The Congress-led Madhya Pradesh government has approved a proposal to amend the cow protection law and award jail terms ranging from six months to five years to those who indulge in violence in the name of cow vigilantism.The proposal to amend the MP Cow Progeny Slaughter Prevention Act, 2004, was cleared at a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Kamal Nath on Wednesday, a source said.State Animal Husbandry Minister Lakhan Singh Yadav also confirmed that the proposal to amend the cow slaughter prevention law has been cleared.The State government is likely to introduce the proposed Bill before the Assembly during its monsoon session beginning July 8.If the amendment is cleared by the Assembly, those who indulge in violence in the name of cow vigilantism would face a jail term of six months to three years and attract a fine of ₹25,000 to ₹50,000 or both, the source said. The punishment will be extended to a minimum of one-year and maximum five years in case a mob is involved in such violence.Besides, the proposed amendment also seeks to double the punishment for repeat offenders, the source said.It also seeks to punish those who abet such violence with an imprisonment of one year to three years. People who damage property will also be punished.The development to tweak the 2004 law has come following the thrashing of a Muslim man and a woman on suspicion of carrying beef in Madhya Pradesh’s Seoni district last month.
ATHENS (AP) — Aleksandar Prijovic scored with an 87th-minute penalty to put PAOK top of the Greek league with a 1-0 win over host Panetolikos on Sunday.PAOK is a point ahead of defending champion Olympiakos, whose nine-game winning streak ended in a 1-1 draw at Asteras. AEK, 2-0 winner over Lamia on Saturday, is a further point behind.In the city of Tripoli, the start of the second half between Asteras and Olympiakos was delayed as police used tear gas to push back ticketless fans trying to get into the stadium.Xanthi came back from a goal down to beat Levadiakos 2-1, Giannena beat host Panionios 1-0 and Atromitos defeated visiting Larissa 1-0.TweetPinShare0 Shares
Leicester City 1 Manchester City 1 (aet, 3-4 pens): Vardy & Mahrez miss in shoot-out as visitors reach semi-finals Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 06:43 12/20/17 Getty Images Manchester City are into the semi-finals of the EFL Cup thanks to a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Leicester City following a 1-1 draw. Jamie Vardy equalised from the spot but failed in the shoot-out as Manchester City beat Leicester City 4-3 on penalties following a 1-1 draw to secure a spot in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.The England striker and Riyad Mahrez were brought on in the second half as Claude Puel looked to put City under pressure, but Vardy saw his penalty strike the post before Claudio Bravo stopped the Algerian’s effort to spark the visitors’ celebrations.Leicester were their own worst enemy for much of the first half, inviting pressure with a string of avoidable mistakes and one ultimately led to the opening goal – Bernardo Silva steering home after Ilkay Gundogan had wrestled the ball from Kelechi Iheanacho just before the half-hour. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player The hosts improved after the break and gave City more to worry about, though clear-cut chances remained at a premium for them, with Bravo rarely forced into meaningful saves until late in proceedings.The spotlight was on the Chilean deep into eight minutes of stoppage time at the end of regulation time and he could do little to prevent Vardy from forcing an extra half hour with his penalty, which was controversially awarded after Demarai Gray went down under pressure from substitute Kyle Walker.Still the two sides could not be separated and it came down to the shoot-out, with City ultimately reigning supreme, scoring all four of their kicks and claiming victory thanks to Vardy missing and Bravo swatting away Mahrez’ final penalty.Claudio is back @C1audioBravo pic.twitter.com/5v4fMPLKOM— Benjamin Mendy (@benmendy23) December 19, 2017The much-changed and youthful visitors looked more threatening early on and received plenty of encouragement from the error-prone Foxes.Christian Fuchs was robbed by Silva to the left of Leicester’s penalty area, with Ben Hamer bailing the full-back out by parrying the Portuguese playmaker’s shot to safetyHamer then made a mess of things himself in the 15th minute as the ball squirmed from his grasp on the edge of the box.Harry Maguire stepped in to prevent Gundogan from finishing into the empty net and Silva knocked the rebound wide.Leicester’s resistance ended in the 26th minute, with City finally punishing an error.Gundogan stole possession from former City youngster Iheanacho in the centre circle and charged through the heart of the Leicester team before flicking a clever pass towards the right-hand side of the area, where Silva provided a neat finish.Leicester looked a little more promising in attack after the break and, seemingly optimistic about his side’s prospects, Puel introduced Mahrez and Vardy from the bench just before the hour mark.But chances did not suddenly become more frequent, with City actually the next to go close.Silva seized upon another Fuchs mistake and darted into the area, only to drag a pass behind the lurking Gabriel Jesus.And Leicester took full advantage of that let-off, as Vardy slammed home from 12 yards after Walker was harshly penalised for tripping Gray deep into the eight minutes of stoppage time added on as a result of a facial injury to Eliaquim Mangala.The hosts looked understandably buoyed by their equaliser and Vardy nearly had another towards the end of the first half of extra-time, blocking a Bravo clearance and seeing the ball rebound just wide of the bottom-left corner.Fatigue played an obvious role in the additional period and contributed to some wasteful play at both ends of the pitch, with the finale from 12 yards looking a formality for most of the second period.Tiredness had no impact on City’s players in the shoot-out, however, as Gundogan, Yaya Toure, debutant Lukas Nmecha and Jesus all scored with aplomb.@C1audioBravo #foxesvcity pic.twitter.com/jT0CdcXxwA— Manchester City (@ManCity) December 19, 2017Leicester’s main stars could not follow suit, with Vardy seeing his effort strike the outside of the left-hand post, before Bravo brilliantly denied Mahrez to clinch a place in the final four. read more
These contracts are for the construction of the interior of the new addition and renovations within the existing hospital. Work includes flooring, window blinds, cabinets, toilet accessories, lockers, fire doors and grills, medical headwalls which hold gas and electrical outlets, patient lifts, cubicle tracks and curtains. The total cost of these contracts is more than $3.9 million. Two sets of construction contracts were awarded earlier this spring. The expansion and renovations will result in the addition of 48 beds on the fifth floor, eight new operating rooms to replace four existing operating rooms and a new outpatient care space. The work also includes extensive upgrades to the entrance and diagnostic imaging areas. To see a time-lapsed video of the Dartmouth General Hospital’s construction and renovation, go to https://youtu.be/UsExR9IOj0o . The QEII redevelopment project also includes the expansion and renovations at the Halifax Infirmary of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, new and renovated operating rooms at Hants Community Hospital in Windsor and the construction of a new community outpatient centre in Bayers Lake. This work will allow services to be moved out of the Centennial and Victoria buildings on the Victoria General site, to prepare for their eventual closure. For updates on the QEII redevelopment project, visit http://www.QE2redevelopment.ca . More construction contracts for the Dartmouth General Hospital’s expansion and renovation have been awarded to Nova Scotia, Ontario and Quebec companies. Government awarded the remaining contracts for the third construction services tender today, May 1, as part of the QEII redevelopment project. The companies are: Rodney Enterprises Limited, Dartmouth Commercial Flooring Group, Dartmouth EEME Inc., Boisbriand, Quebec Hill-Rom Canada, Mississauga, Ontario
Mumbai: Actor Anil Kapoor, who recently met Apjit Bindra, says he is excited to play the father of Abhinav Bindra, an Olympic gold medallist shooter, and that the journey of the sports personality is worth telling on the big screen.”Great stories deserve to be told and we had the pleasure of understanding the family’s journey and Abhinav Bindra’s career graph. This is a film that we’re all really excited to bring to the silver screen,” Anil said in a statement.The biopic will be directed by Kannan Iyer and will have Anil’s son Harshvardhan Kapoor playing the character of Abhinav in the film.Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian sportsperson to win an individual gold medal at the Olympics, when he won the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 games held in Beijing.
MONCTON, N.B. – A program that helps international students to stay and work in Nova Scotia will be adopted by the three other Atlantic provinces as they try to grow their population.Federal Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said Atlantic Canada has a retention rate for skilled immigrants that “hovers at around 60 per cent,” compared to rates of 90 per cent or higher in Ontario and Alberta.Hussen said the region-wide extension of Nova Scotia’s “Study and Stay” program will act as a compliment to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Project announced in 2016 that connects immigrants and companies.“It is very explicitly about retaining people here,” Hussen told a news conference following a meeting Tuesday of federal politicians and Atlantic premiers in Moncton, N.B.“Atlantic Canada has never had a problem attracting skilled immigrants — the problem is retention, so they come here and they don’t stay.”Such programs are key because they involve companies in helping to establish local roots for skilled immigrants and their families, he said.“We know that will vastly improve the retention rate,” Hussen said. “I think it’s great because it addresses a real challenge that is a little bit more acute in Atlantic Canada than the rest of the country.”In Nova Scotia, Study and Stay provides targeted support and services for up to 50 international students during their final year of post-secondary studies.The program includes career mentoring and access to employment-related events and workshops, and there is also a subsidy to help local employers offset the cost of hiring students for a work-term after they graduate.Karen Casey, Nova Scotia’s deputy premier, said the program had received over 700 inquiries from international students, of which 49 students were selected for participation.“We are looking each year to add more numbers to that,” said Casey. “I think those numbers demonstrate first of all that there is an interest and second that we can make this work for international students.”Federal officials said the pilot program would be adapted to meet the specific needs of the other Atlantic provinces.Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan said it’s essential for all the Atlantic provinces to focus on measures that will grow the population, which in turn would help the economy to grow.“What we are really talking about here is relationships,” said MacLauchlan, pointing to a so-called bio-cluster of companies created on the Island, and its use of skilled immigrants.“It’s remarkable how many of those are driven by the talent, the knowledge and the relationships that have come from people that have come first to our region to study,” he said.Federal Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc said the Atlantic Immigration Pilot had so far designated more than 900 Atlantic Canadian companies to employ skilled foreign workers and international graduates.LeBlanc said the program had recruited over 1,300 immigrants to the region and more than 1,100 of those had received job offers and are able to apply for permanent residency.Tuesday’s meeting also included a discussion on Ottawa’s inclusion of Atlantic Canada’s Ocean Supercluster as part of its $950 million superclusters initiative.The Ocean Supercluster is to utilize the combined talents of companies working in areas such as marine renewable energy, fisheries, aquaculture, oil and gas, defence and shipbuilding.The ministers and premiers also announced they will lead a trade mission to China in November 2018 to advance business and educational trade ties.– By Keith Doucette in Halifax
Srinagar: Six militants were killed on Thursday in encounters in with security forces in Shopian and Pulwama districts of Jammu and Kashmir while a civilian and a soldier also lost their lives, police said.While three Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorists, a civilian and a soldier were killed in the encounter in Pulwama, three militants were eliminated during a gun battle with security forces in Shopian district, a police spokesman said. “On a credible input, a cordon and search operation was launched this morning by police and security forces at Delipora area in district Pulwama,” the spokesman said. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghHe said as the security forces were evacuating the target house, the hiding militants started firing indiscriminately. “One army jawan Sepoy Sandeep attained martyrdom and one civilian Rayees Dar also lost his life,” the spokesman said. In the retaliatory action, three terrorists were killed and their bodies were retrieved, he said. “They were identified as Naseer Pandith of Kareemabad Pulwama, Umar Mir of Shopian and Khalid from Pakistan,” he said. The spokesman said according to the police records, the slain militants were affiliated with proscribed terror outfit JeM. They were wanted by law for their complicity in a series of terror crimes including attack on security establishments and civilian atrocities, he added. “Naseer Pandith had a long history of terror crime records before joining terrorist organization and several terror crime cases were registered against him for planning and executing terror attacks in the area after joining proscribed terror outfit JeM. He was also involved in the killing of a policeman Mohammad Yaqoob Shah of Pulwama in 2018 on the eve of Eid,” the spokesman said. Pandith was also involved in several weapon snatching incidents reported from the area, he said. He said Khalid, who was operating as a JeM commander, was involved in several terror attacks on security establishments and civilian atrocities in the area. Incriminating material including arms and ammunition were recovered from the site of encounter.
Nilam, 36, came to Vancouver during a raging civil war in his home country in 2008. His lawyer says he followed the rules when he made two return trips home, but now that Canada’s immigration laws have changed, he’s caught in a legal limbo. He says that when the civil war was over three years later, he returned home twice to visit his ailing mother and then to get married. “He’s a law-abiding refugee who is now being told to get lost,” said Doug Cannon, who has filed for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada, questioning whether or not refugees are equal to other immigrants.The case could affect hundreds of other refugees impacted by legislative changes made by the Conservative government in 2012. A Sri Lankan in Canada has filed an appeal in the Supreme Court of Canada against a move to deport him.Taxi driver Nisreen Ahamed Mohamed Nilam fled Sri Lanka almost a decade ago and successfully claimed refugee status, but he’s still waiting to become a full Canadian citizen because his case is snarled in a changes to immigration policy, CBC News reported. When he returned from his trip with his new wife, they dreamed of starting a family in Vancouver.Border guards offered them good wishes as they entered Canada.But in the meantime, changes to the law allowed officials to reopen asylum files. Then Immigration Minister Jason Kenny promised this would help catch frauds and fakes.But immigration experts say instead “cessation applications” create fear and clog the refugee hearing system.Cannon says the focus on pushing people out suggests “refugees really are just opportunists — or they are a constant burden on our society, and we should get rid of as many as we can.“Like that kind of stuff is just nonsense.”Nilam only learned he was being flagged for his earlier trips home after writing his citizenship tests in 2015 and awaiting word of the date for his swearing-in ceremony.Cannon says immigration officials secretly set Nilam’s file aside.“When he came to me, he was baffled,” said Cannon, describing his client’s shock at being barred from citizenship.Nilam’s wife, Fathima, 30, has obtained permanent residency status — but Nilam may now be deported, despite living in Vancouver, working as a taxi driver, paying taxes like a “model citizen,” says his lawyer. (Colombo Gazette) Those changes allow the government to revoke permanent residency status for settled refugees, if the person travels back to their home country, uses their old passport or applies for a new passport.The rules are based on the fact that a refugee fleeing from a dangerous situation needs Canada’s protection and can’t return to their home.Nilam fled fearing the persecution of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, flying to the U.S. and crossing into B.C. on foot near the Peace Arch border crossing in 2008.
“You are essential partners and without you as advocates, we would not be where we are on some of the issues on the agenda today,” Mr. Annan said, wrapping up the General Assembly’s historic two-day hearings with non-governmental organizations (NGOs), civil society groups and the private sector.The 191-member Assembly opened its first-ever interactive sessions with civil society groups yesterday to hear proposals on security, human rights, development and UN renewal, ahead of a landmark summit in September commemorating the world body’s 60th anniversary.The hearings coincided with the ongoing closed-door negotiations among UN Member States preparing for the summit, which will kick off on 14 September with a mid-term review of worldwide efforts to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of ambitious targets, ranging from halving extreme poverty, to halting the spread of HIV/AIDS and to providing universal primary education, all by 2015.World leaders gathering at the UN will also have what Secretary-General Kofi Annan says is “once-in-a generation” opportunity to make the world body more efficient at tackling global problems by adopting the reforms he proposed in his landmark report In Larger Freedom, which he introduced to the Assembly in March. “As a civil society and as individuals you have quiet a lot of power and you know how to use it. And when you mobilize you usually get results,” Mr. Annan said this afternoon, adding: “Your overall message is loud and clear: to build a more prosperous, just and peaceful world, we need Member States to take bold actions here in September.” “We need your support. We are counting on you, and many around the world are counting on you particularly the poor the weak the frightened and the intimidated, who have no voice or representation in powerful chambers,” he said.Assembly President Jean Ping of Gabon said that there was no doubt that the hearings of the past-two days would have an impact on the outcome of the 2005 World Summit. Since the draft outcome for the high-level plenary will be a consensus document, every topic raised during the hearings cannot be reflected exactly as discussed in hearings, he said – but this does not make the contributions of participants less important.“The time has come, he said, “to collectively grapple with all the threats and challenges that humanity is confronting if we are going to build a more peaceful, a more fair world based on solidarity. We will succeed all the more easily if the Member States and the non-governmental organizations, civil society and the private sector manage to work together with a genuine spirit of partnership.”
Charles Barkley went the weekend without insulting Black people, which, at the rate he set in the last month, was an accomplishment. It’s also ironic that the former NBA star has been on so many media outlets firing off his right wing nonsense because he said last week: “I don’t like talking about race issues anymore to the media.” But he talked … and talked … and … in the process, has a portfolio of comments that offend many Black people.A Joke, But Was He Really Joking?“I can be bought. If they paid me enough, I’d work for the Klan.” Black People“We all have bad characters in our groups. Black is not always right, and white is not always wrong. We as Black people, we have a lot of crooks. We can’t just wait until something like (the Michael Brown shooting) happens. We have to look at ourselves in the mirror. There is a reason that they racially profile us in the way they do. Sometimes it is wrong, and sometimes it is right.”
1990NOR17.17.518.518.8-0.3 The Bengals entered this year as playoff contenders with a retooled offense that was considered one of the fastest units in the NFL. But two games into the season, they’ve kicked three field goals. And that’s it, that’s all the points the team has scored. Cincinnati’s inability to score a touchdown in its first two games (both losses) has led to the quick dismissal of offensive coordinator Ken Zampese in his 15th season with the team.It may not sound like that big a deal to be held without a touchdown for the first two games of the season, but going back to 1970, this has only happened 15 times prior to 2017. Another eight teams registered only a return touchdown, failing to score with their offense.The 23 teams that got left at the starting gate should not give Bengals fans much confidence in this year’s unit. These offenses would go on to average 17 points per game for the remainder of the season. If you include the two clunkers each team had in Weeks 1 and 2, the group finished the season with a paltry 15.6 points per game. When compared to their previous season’s scoring output, teams — not counting the 1976 Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who were an expansion team and so did not have a previous season — declined by an average of three points. 1970NOR12.31.514.122.2-8.1 2001WAS16.01.518.117.6+0.5 1977BUF11.43.012.817.5-4.7 2016LAR14.04.515.417.5-2.1 1977TAM7.43.08.18.9-0.8 1985PHI17.93.020.017.4+2.6 2001SEA20.06.022.021.1+0.9 2006TAM13.21.514.918.8-3.9 1982KAN19.614.021.221.4-0.2 1985BUF12.56.013.415.6-2.2 YEARTEAMFULL YEARGAMES 1-2REST OF YEARPRIOR YEARDIFF 2006OAK10.53.011.618.1-6.5 1990PIT18.311.519.316.6+2.7 1988CLE19.04.521.126.0-4.9 2004TAM18.88.020.318.8+1.5 1975NOR11.81.513.511.9+1.6 1978BAL14.90.017.021.1-4.1 AVERAGE POINTS PER GAME Excluding the 1976 Tampa Bay team, which was in its first year as a franchiseSource: Pro-Football-Reference.com 1997IND19.68.021.319.8+1.5 1996TAM13.84.515.114.9+0.2 2000DET19.214.519.920.1-0.2 1973OAK22.914.024.426.1-1.7 1974PHI17.38.018.922.1-3.3 Teams that started like the Bengals didn’t rebound wellHow the 22 past teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in Weeks 1 and 2 fared over the rest of the season, compared to the season prior All is not lost here for the Bengals. Eight of those teams that didn’t score an offensive touchdown in their first two games actually went on to score more on average in their remaining games than they did in the previous year. But all of these gains were modest, in many cases less than a point. The biggest rebounders were the 1990 Pittsburgh Steelers, who averaged 16.6 points in 1989, failed to score an offensive TD in Weeks 1 and 2, and then averaged 19.3 points for the rest of the year. The news is less rosy when you look at three most recent examples: The 2016 L.A. Rams, the 2006 Oakland Raiders and the 2006 Tampa Bay Bucs. The inauspicious starts for these three were a dark omen for what was to come. The trio combined to go 10-38.The hope of modest gains isn’t much for Bengals fans to cling to. This team was expecting its offense, which ranked 24th in the NFL last year, to get much better — not to plateau or fall off a cliff. Since history tells us to expect that teams in the Bengals’ position will score an average of three fewer points per game than they did in the previous season, and Cincinnati scored 20.3 points per game last year, we’d expect the team to post about 17 points per game in 2017. In the 16-game era,1Not counting 1982 and 1987 seasons, which were shortened by strikes. teams that average between 16 and 18 points per game are 871-1,635-6 for a .348 winning percentage that translates to between five and six projected wins this year for the Bengals.Of course, the Bengals could have just run into hot defenses in their first two games, against the Baltimore Ravens and Houston Texans. But even the great 1985 Bears gave up 22 offensive touchdowns that season, or 1.4 per game. Getting shut out from paydirt in two straight games is epic futility no matter who you’re facing. Cincinnati might pin Week 2’s offensive fiasco on the fact that is was playing a Thursday night game on short rest, but that likely had no effect given that in games through Week 2 since 2014, teams have actually averaged more points per game on Thursdays (23.3) than in the season as a whole (22.6).Some expressed worries that the Bengals’ attack would suffer after the team let 35-year-old Pro Bowl tackle Andrew Whitworth leave for the Rams in free agency, but the Bengals attempted to compensate for the loss by picking up even more skill players in the draft. Owner Mike Brown and head coach Marvin Lewis selected world-class sprinter John Ross to be a game-changing deep threat with the ninth overall pick. And in the second round, the club added 226-pound running back Joe Mixon, who ran a 4.5 40-yard-dash at his Pro Day.And those players were added to a mix that already included three-time Pro Bowl quarterback Andy Dalton, perennial Pro Bowl wideout A.J. Green and one of the league’s most efficient scorers in tight end Tyler Eifert, who since 2000 has the third most touchdowns per catch (minimum 20 touchdowns) among tight ends. The team has 11 offensive players who are home-grown first- or second-round draft picks.All of which makes the offense’s ineptitude even more perplexing. Which explains why the team took drastic measures: This is the first time in the Bengals’ 50-year history, all of which has been spent under the guidance of the Brown family, that an offensive coordinator has been fired during the season.But the bigger issue may be Dalton, who currently ranks last in the NFL in QBR with a rating of just 10. The league average QBR through Week 2 is 49; last year, Dalton’s was 52.3. There have even been rumblings about benching Dalton, including from a former NFL Executive of the Year.Either way, Cincy has no excuses this week — at least, that is, no excuses for not scoring a touchdown. The Bengals are in Green Bay facing a Packer defense that ranks 25th in yards allowed per play through Week 2 after finishing 28th in 2016.But perhaps the Bengals can look to one of their NFC counterparts for offensive inspiration. The Bengals were the 24th team to go through their first two games without scoring an offensive TD, but the 25th team, this year’s San Francisco 49ers, joined the club just a few days later. After a fortnight of grim, incompetent offense, Brian Hoyer and the Niners exploded for five touchdowns and 39 points in Thursday night’s loss to the Rams.Then again, when it’s only Week 3 and you are already trying to emulate the feats of the Niners, something has gone terribly wrong.
CARMELO looks at a player’s closest historical comparables to get a sense of how he will develop going forward, and it doesn’t see Thompson being anything more than an average player over the next few years.For instance, Thompson’s wins above replacement (WAR) projection over the next five years (9.1 WAR) ranks 114th among NBA players for whom we have a projection. At the league’s going rate per win (which adjusts for the coming salary-cap spike), that amount of WAR is worth a mere $36.1 million, a far (far!) cry from the $80 million that Cleveland offered — and Thompson rejected — for the same span of seasons. CARMELO also thinks Thompson’s next three years will be worth only $23.4 million, less than half of the $53 million he was seeking for the same term.With practically no leverage, Thompson will probably return to the Cavs sooner rather than later, and at a lower price than he’d previously been offered. But according to CARMELO, any cost higher than about $7.5 million per season will be too much for his services. Thompson isn’t a bad player, but he is a deeply average one — and was never worth even half the maximum contract he was seeking this summer.Read more:NBA player projections2015-16 NBA Previews After losing the NBA Finals in June, the Cleveland Cavaliers had to quickly turn their attention away from the court and toward their bank account. LeBron James was a free agent! (He re-signed with Cleveland for two years and $47 million.) Ditto Kevin Love! (He re-upped for five years and $110 million.) Not to mention Iman Shumpert, J.R. Smith, James Jones and finals folk hero Matthew Dellavedova, all of whom were brought back by the Cavs over the summer.But amid all the returnees was a glaring absence: power forward Tristan Thompson.Thompson, who made a name for himself during the Cavs’ playoff run with a solid performance in place of the injured Love, has turned down Cleveland’s contract offers all year long. He reportedly declined a four-year, $52 million extension in January and an offer of five years and $80 million this summer, supposedly because he wanted the league maximum of five years and $94 million. (He would later reportedly request — and be denied — a three-year, $53 million deal.) And despite threats that he’d accept Cleveland’s one-year qualifying offer of $6.8 million in order to become an unrestricted free agent next summer, Thompson eventually turned that down, too. Now Thompson is officially holding out, refusing to play until he gets a new contract.1On Thursday, collective bargaining agreement expert Larry Coon said he suspects that the Cavs have pulled their $80 million offer, further reducing Thompson’s options.You can appreciate Thompson’s dilemma. He became a free agent the summer before huge increases will reshape the NBA’s salary cap and maximum salary, thanks to the league’s gargantuan new TV contract. If Thompson takes the Cavs’ offers now, he’ll potentially be leaving a lot of money on the table, compared with what his peers will make starting next year. His holdout is the last resort in an attempt to inject what little leverage he can into his current situation.But all this talk kind of ignores the elephant in the room when it comes to Thompson: He isn’t all that good. Or at least, that’s the opinion of CARMELO, our new player-projection system.
Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. When the creators of the musical Hamilton were trying to drum up money to fund the staging of the show they were initially met with incredulity.Ron Chernow, the author of a 2004 biography of Alexander Hamilton, said: “When we would tell people about a hip-hop musical about the Founding Fathers, they would laugh in my face.”Who’s laughing now?Around 100 investors who agreed to put up a total of $12.5m (£9.35m) when it was being prepared for Broadway have reportedly made “unprecedented” returns of roughly 600 per cent.They now expect to reap similar profits from the London production, which opened on Thursday. Given its subject matter and hip-hop format the story of Hamilton, the first US Treasury secretary, has been an unexpected success, praised by critics and selling out on Broadway, in other US cities and, most recently, in London.Among the investors was Robert Greenblatt, the NBC Entertainment chairman, publicist Ken Sunshine, billionaire theatre mogul Len Blavatnik, the Broadway producer Brisa Trinchero and her fellow producer Amy Nederlander. Along with her fellow ‘angels’ – as theatre investors are known – she quickly recouped her investment.From mid-2015 Broadway tickets sold for $139-$549 (£104-£410), generating gross sales of about $88m (£65m). In the year to date, the New York show has grossed about $293m (£219m) .Hamilton’s initial backers were invited to put up half the funds for the London show, with the rest coming from Cameron Mackintosh, the British theatre impresario, and other local investors. Hamilton investor Brisa Trinchero (left) at the ‘Only Ever Yours’ book launch party, New York, Credit:Deitch/BFA.com/REX/Shutterstock But it’s not just the investors who stand to make money from the show’s improbable success.Jeffrey Seller, the lead producer, a veteran of other Broadway hits, including “Rent”, splits 42 percent of the net profits from the show with its other producers, Jill Furman and Sander Jacobs. Hamilton’s director, choreographer and orchestrator, as well as the show’s costume, lighting and sound designers, are entitled to royalties, and are all likely to make millions of dollars over the life of the show.In tune with the democratic impulse of Hamilton’s plot the profit-sharing extends not only to actors and dancers but also stage managers, who are likely to receive around $10,000 (£7,400) a year return from the Broadway production alone – a significant sum for performers who are usually paid relatively low salaries. “I went to the first workshop [of Hamilton] and I couldn’t believe what I saw,” said New York based Ms Nederlander. “I thought, this is phenomenal on so many levels and I want to be a part of it.” Jamael Westman as Alexander Hamilton (centre) at the newly rebuilt and restored Victoria Palace Theatre But Ms Trinchero and the others were reassured by the fact Hamilton’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda had already impressed Barack and Michelle Obama when The Hamilton Mixtape, an early version of the production, was performed at the White House.Miranda developed the project into a full-length musical and Ms Trinchero and the others agreed to come on board.”If you want to be involved and somebody brings a project to you, know that you might lose that money,” says Ms Trinchero. “But know that also it’s really the only way to get in – there’s a real badge of honour for that.” Backing a musical is not without its risks, of course. Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, reportedly lost investors $60m (£44m) Theatre producer and Hamilton investor Amy NederlanderCredit:Cindy Ord/Getty Images North America
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Kadetten SchaffhausenSchaffhausenSwiss handballwacker thun Kadetten Schaffhausen has showed good form at the very beginning of the season. Swiss champion won easy national Super Cup over vice-champion and Cup winner, Wacker Thun 29:18.Super Cup MVP was Kadetten’s right back, Aleksandar Stojanovic, who scored five goals.Kadetten Schaffhausen – Wacker Thun 29:18 (12:7)Kadetten: Vaskevicius/Quadrelli (ab 49.): Bucher (1), Emrich, Göpfert, Jurca (1), Kukucka (2), Mamic (1), Pendic (8/4), Prieto (1), Schelbert, Starczan (7/2), Stojanovic (5), Tominec (3), Ursic, Cvijetic.Wacker Thun: Merz/Winkler (27.-48.): Caspar (3), Chalkidis (3/3), Dähler (1), Franic, Friedli (1), Hess (2), Isaliovic, Lanz, Linder (4/1), Rathgeb (2), von Deschwanden (2). ← Previous Story South Africa: 6.000 people play handball! Next Story → Portugal: F.C Benfica is Super Cup winner!
If you are a gamer who got caught up in the excitement of Windows 8.1 being released last week, you may be regretting your decision to upgrade right now. The reason? Some games have been rendered unplayable due to serious mouse lag on Microsoft’s latest operating system.Microsoft has changed the way the mouse interactions work in Windows 8.1 and any game that does not read raw mouse data (or DirectInput) is now experiencing severe mouse lag. Affected games include, but are not limited to Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Metro 2033, Stalker: Call of Prypiat, and the Call of Duty games.The situation is thought to be worse if you are using a mouse that has a very high DPI or high polling-rate. For now, there’s no fix from Microsoft, but a workaround that makes things better (not perfect) has appeared from the Reddit community.The temporary fix/improvement involves right clicking on the executable of the game you want to play, clicking on properties and then clicking the compatibility tab. Once there, select Windows 8 as a compatibility mode and check “disable scaling on high DPI settings” as well. You will also want to make sure you are running the game as an administrator.Like I said, this doesn’t fix the problem, but could make a game playable again. And that’s about as good as it’s going to get until Microsoft figures out what’s causing the problem and issues a fix. Alternatively, some game developers may offer their own fix by patching a game to change how it interacts with the mouse.
Review: ‘Daemon X Machina’ Has Big Robots, Small Fun on Nintendo SwitchThis Robot Is Equal Parts Lawnmower and Snow Blower It is not the strongest or most intelligent of the species that survives, according to Charles Darwin. But the one that is most adaptable to change.Which bodes well for MIT’s new “superhero” robot, capable of wearing different outfits to complete different tasks.Developed by researchers from MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL), the shape-shifting bot comes with four costumes, allowing it to walk, roll, sail, and glide.Dubbed “Primer,” the miniature cube-shaped machine transforms itself—no phone booth necessary.Walk-bot (via MIT CSAIL)It simply strides onto a sheet of plastic, which, when heated, folds into a specific shape. Once Primer is finished, it sheds its “skin” by immersing itself in water, which dissolves the exoskeleton.“If we want robots to help us do things, it’s not very efficient to have a different one for each task,” Daniela Rus, CSAIL director and principal investigator of this project, said in a statement.“With this metamorphosis-inspired approach, we can extend the capabilities of a single robot by giving it different ‘accessories’ to use in different situations,” she added.The wheel-bot, for instance, uses discs to move twice as fast as walk-bot. And boat-bot can float on water and carry nearly twice its weight. Glider-bot, meanwhile, soars across long distances—useful for deploying robots or changing environments.They’re no Justice League. But these Power Ranger-like cyborgs are already being eyed for future applications, including space exploration.“You could send a single robot with a stack of exoskeletons to Mars,” study co-author Shuguang Li said. “The robot could then perform different tasks by wearing different ‘outfits.’”Wheel-bot (via MIT CSAIL)Primer can even don multiple ensembles at once—”like a Russian nesting doll,” MIT suggested. A single robot could, for example, sail across a stream and then deliver objects on the other side.“Our approach shows that origami-inspired manufacturing allows us to have robotic components that are versatile, accessible, and reusable,” Rus said.The project, published today in the journal Science Robotics, was led by Rus and Shuhei Miyashita, former CSAIL postdoc and current director of the Microrobotics Group at the University of York. Co-authors include Li and graduate student Steven Guitron.Boat-bot (via MIT CSAIL)It builds on two previous projects from Rus’s team: magnetic blocks that assemble themselves into different shapes, and centimeter-long microbots that are precisely customized from sheets of plastic.Moving forward, the team will explore other capabilities, from driving through water and burrowing in sand to camouflaging their color.“I can imagine one day being able to customize robots with different arms and appendages,” Rus said. “Why update a whole robot when you can just update one part of it?”Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target
Get ready for the mildest of Star Wars: The Last Jedi spoilers, because I have a name and a face for you. The name is DJ, though it could be a code name because that’s literally the least Star Wars-sounding name imaginable next to “Mike Johnson.” The face is Benicio del Toro’s. And the Hasbro action figure is unsettlingly realistic, thanks to technology.I met with Hasbro at New York Comic-Con, where they showed off new Star Wars and Marvel action figures planned for the holiday season and 2018. On the Star Wars side we’ve already seen some of the bigger items from the Force Friday reveal, but this was the first close look we got at the 6-inch Black Series DJ action figure.This is one of the first 6-inch figures made using a new printing process to produce realistic faces. And when it comes to Benny del T, it’s upsettingly realistic. I love it.According to the Hasbro representatives I talked to, 6-inch action figures were previously painted used a stamping system. The new process uses a printer-like inkjet system to produce much finer facial details. The result is a DJ who looks like he just came out of a crossover between Sicario and Small Soldiers.I really, really want to see a 6-inch version of The Collector now. Ooh, or a short-packed Grandmaster from Thor: Ragnarok (though that doesn’t seem to be in the cards). Basically, any weird character actor I want to see using this new tech. Make Vincent D’Onofrio Kingpin, Hasbro!Okay, the new tech extends beyond weirdos. The new Rey figure for The Last Jedi looks impressively like Daisy Ridley, and is much more realistic than the Black Series figure for The Force Awakens. I didn’t see Luke Skywalker or Poe Dameron figures using the new process, but I expect they’re coming next year. Collectors will want realistic Mark Hamill and Oscar Isaac in 6-inch format.On the Marvel side, the MCU’s favorite woobie Tom Hiddleston looks absurdly charming with the new paint process, and even though half of her face is painted like a juggalo, Cate Blanchett’s Hela looks great, too.Currently the new facial painting system will only be on 6-inch Star Wars Black Series and Marvel Legends figures; the 3 3/4-inch format is too small for the technology, and the 12-inch Marvel Legends figures get their own treatment. The new figures will be released alongside their respective movies, or in Q1 or next year.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Star Wars x Adidas Ultraboost Photos Have Leaked’Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target
Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly has revealed his delight after captaining the team to a victory over Cagliari on Sunday.The 27-year-old insists he’s happy after leading the Partenopei to a 1-0 victory over Cagliari in the Serie A at the Sardegna Arena.Arkadiusz Milik’s late winner helped Carlo Ancelotti’s side claim their 12th league win of the season and maintain their stronghold on second place on the standings.The Senegal international played the entire 90 minutes and made three tackles to ensure they keep a clean sheet and he took to the social media to express his joy over the win.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Good and determined: we have proven to be a great team. And what a pride [to have] the captain’s band from the first minute,” Koulibaly tweeted, as quoted by Goal.The win in Sunday is a welcome relief for Napoli, who suffered a disappointing 1-0 loss to Liverpool in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday which meant they’ll be playing in the Europa League come next year.
Former Manchester United striker Louis Saha believes Zinedine Zidane is the right manager to lead Manchester United to glory after Jose Mourinho was sacked.The former French International says Zidane who led Real Madrid to three consecutive Champions League titles before leaving will bring a new dimension to the team.In an interview with Omnisport via FourFourTwo, Saha backed former France team-mate Zidane to succeed at Old Trafford. .“For me, I am a supporter of Zidane in relation to the man,” Saha said. “He was an exceptional player, the coach, there is no equivalent.“In communication he has made a lot of progress. When I hear him talking, it’s incredible.Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“He breathes football, he is a passionate person, who has all the qualities to be respected. He knows how to balance attack and defence.“At Real Madrid, he had three offensive monsters, and he has to make the link with the defence. It’s huge.“For me it’s the best choice for United. I think he will have the support of the supporters, the staff, the president because he deserves it. And we’re going to give him time.”Zidane is no manager of any club at the moment and could take the job if both parties agree.