Anjali celebrates after winning the gold medal.Talk of comebacks and Saturday saw one that would bring a smile to any sports lover’s face. India’s acclaimed rifle shooter Anjali Bhagwat clinched the gold medal in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions event at the 54th National Shooting Championships here, stamping her authority on her first competition since the Beijing Olympics in 2008.A three-time Olympian and the 2003 World Cup Finals gold medallist in air rifle, Anjali had competed in the rifle prone event at the Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range on Friday but hadn’t made it to the podium. Heading into the final on Saturday, though, Anjali was level on points with eventual silver medallist Lajjakumari Gauswami of Gujarat on 576 points. Madhya Pradesh’s Rajkumari Rathore, who had won the prone on Friday, was leading with 577 points, while prone world champion Tejaswini Sawant was also lurking.But in the final, Rajkumari went hurtling down the leaderboard, leaving Maharashtra’s Anjali and Lajja to fight it out for top spot. Anjali, 41, scored 10.3 and 10.8 on her first two shots to take the lead, with Lajja fighting back on the third and fourth shots (10.9 and 10.1 respectively) to stay level. However, Anjali shot nines on her sixth and seventh shots to go 1.3 points adrift of Lajja.Then came the game-changing moment where Lajja aborted three times and then, with the time-limit approaching, could only manage 7.1.Anjali, on the other hand, shot 10s all the way through to take top spot with a total score of 675.7, shooting 99.7 in the final. Lajja ended with 673.1 while Tejaswini, also of Maharashtra, took the bronze with 670.4.advertisementA beaming Anjali later said she had been fighting a migraine problem all night. “I wasn’t 100 per cent fit, to be honest, but I guess as soon as I picked up the weapon, everything became alright. I have had only four sessions of training coming into the nationals, so it feels great,” she told reporters.In the period between the Olympics and now, Anjali has given birth to her first child, a boy, who she had brought to the range.The other comeback story of the day was Jaspal Rana making it to the final of the rapid fire pistol competition. Rana, who has taken up rapid fire for the first time in his storied career with an eye on the Olympics, shot a total of 570 over two stages to make it through to the final, along with Commonwealth Games champion Vijay Kumar (576) and fellow armymen Pemba Tamang (571) and Gurpreet Singh (568), among others.The new format of the final nullifies the qualification scores and thus all shooters started from scratch. Only a shot above 9.7 gives a shooter one point.In this format, after the first four series, the lowest-scoring shooter is eliminated after each series and Rana was the first to be eliminated after series of 2, 4, 1 and 1.Eventually, Vijay showed remarkable consistency to register 32 out of 40 points, with Gurpreet taking silver with 26 and Pemba bronze with 20 (out of 35) to give army a clean sweep.In the men’s 10m air rifle, army marksman Imran Hassan Khan was the surprise winner with a total of 696.8 (596+100.8) points, outgunning heavyweights like Gagan Narang and Olympic champion Abhinav Bindra.Air India’s Narang, who qualified with 594 points, won a tie-shoot for silver with 10.3 points against Satyendra Singh of the army, who shot 9.9. Both had ended up with 695.5 points. Bindra also lost a tieshoot against navy’s Sanjeev Rajput for fifth place.SANDHU & MANSHER ON TOPIn the men’s trap trial for the national team being held simultaneously, national champion Manavjit Singh Sandhu and Mansher Singh topped the scoresheet with 121 points, with Prithviraj Thondaiman scoring 115 and junior champion Kynan Chenai registering 114. In skeet, Allan Daniel Peoples led the way with 123 points.
Juventus It was destiny to score 100th Serie A goal at San Siro, says Higuain Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 03:41 10/29/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Getty Images Juventus Milan v Juventus Milan Serie A After reaching 100 Serie A goals in Juventus’ win at AC Milan, the Argentine claims he was destined to reach the landmark on a big stage Gonzalo Higuain believes it was “destiny” that he scored his 100th Serie A goal in Saturday’s clash between AC Milan and Juventus.The Argentine moved onto 99 strikes in Italian league football in Wednesday’s 4-1 victory over SPAL, but he had a second disallowed to deny him the century.Murray 6/1 FGS with dabblebet 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 Higuain was sure his big moment would come at San Siro against big-spending Milan and it duly did, before the 29-year-old doubled his tally in the second half to secure a 2-0 victory.”When they disallowed the goal against SPAL, we said it was my destiny to score the 100th at San Siro,” he told Sky Sport Italia. “Now it’s 101 – not bad.”Milan perhaps started stronger, but we played like a great team and the goal got us back on track. I think we deserved the victory.#FinoAllaFine pic.twitter.com/AzrddyeXx5— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) October 28, 2017″The coach said games never end early at San Siro and that is absolutely true. We stayed concentrated for the full 90 minutes and made only one mistake, when they hit the bar.”Higuain endured a slow start to the season, but coach Massimiliano Allegri now wants his front man to push on after rediscovering his best form.”This must not be an ending point for Higuain,” he added. “He is in great shape at the moment and he is really helping the team to play better.”Gonzalo must believe in himself much more, because he has extraordinary potential. Every now and then he rests on his laurels, which is not good for him or for us. He must demand more from himself.”
Transfers Pastore rubbishes PSG exit talk amid Atletico and Inter rumours Chris Burton 17:14 12/24/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Transfers PSG Atlético Madrid Ligue 1 Primera División The Argentine playmaker was reported to have played his last game in France as he seeks more minutes in January, but he claims that is not the case Javier Pastore has distanced himself from Atletico Madrid and Inter by denying that he has played his last game for Paris Saint-Germain.Amid fierce competition for places at Parcs des Princes, a January transfer has long been mooted for the Argentine playmaker.At 28 years of age, Pastore needs to be making the most of his peak years, and the likes of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Angel Di Maria, and Julian Draxler are denying him regular minutes. 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 A return to Italy has been mooted for the former Palermo star, while La Liga giants Atletico are also said to be keen amid uncertainty regarding the long-term future of Antoine Griezmann.Pastore, though, has moved to rubbish claims that a switch is imminent, telling Mundo Deportivo: “It’s a lie to say that I have said goodbye to my team-mates.“I’ve always thought about playing for this club and doing the best I can every time.“In recent games, I’ve played a lot and I’m happy.“I still have a year-and-a-half contract, and I’m very calm.“I was looking for more playing time, it’s true. The coach makes the decisions and I have to make sure to keep improving to get some PSG playing time.”Pastore’s agent, Marcelo Simonian, had sparked the exit talk by stating ahead of PSG’s clash with Caen that his client may be taking his last game for the club.The Ligue 1 giants have, however, sought to play down the transfer rumours at regular intervals.PSG coach Unai Emery said recently: “I’m very pleased with Pastore.”He did not say he wanted to leave. He works to be on the field, with the very great talent he has.” Pastore will, however, need to remain involved at PSG if the speculation is to subside during the winter window.Along with Atletico and Inter, several Premier League clubs have been linked with the talented midfielder in the past – with Eric Cantona having talked him up for a potential switch to Manchester United.
Croatia Shambolic, frenzied, anarchic – and Argentina crisis has Messi at its heart Argentina’s Jorge Sampaoli ‘begs forgiveness’ with World Cup in balance Ante Rebic acrobatically opens the scoring with a first-time volley after reacting sharply to a terrible Willy Caballero blunder. Photograph: Michael Sohn/AP It felt strange, almost uncomfortable at times, to see Messi struggling to emerge from the shadows of this game, waiting for the pass that never came and powerless to bend the match into Argentina’s favour after Caballero’s error. He is still looking for his first goal at this tournament and may not get another chance after the Nigeria game, although Sampaoli summed it up rather succinctly when he was asked about the inevitable comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo’s contribution for Portugal. “The reality of the Argentina squad clouds Leo’s brilliance,” Sampaoli said. Facebook Share on LinkedIn Croatian fans react after shocking 3-0 victory over Argentina – video Share on Messenger Twitter As Croatia’s jubilant supporters celebrated the sight of their country winning back-to-back World Cup matches for the first time since 1998 – they finished third that year – the Argentina fans sat in silence, wiping tears from their eyes as they tried to digest a woeful performance that prompted Sampaoli to “beg for forgiveness”.With one point on the board and a final group game against Nigeria to come, Argentina could still qualify for the last 16. Yet it is hard – almost impossible – to imagine how Sampaoli and his players can possibly recover from such a chastening experience and one that highlighted all the concerns that had been voiced before a ball had been kicked at this World Cup, not least the unhealthy extent to which Argentina are dependent on Messi. World Cup Read more Jonathan Wilson Sampaoli then rolled the dice. He replaced Sergio Agüero with Gonzalo Higuaín, brought on Cristian Pavón and introduced Paulo Dybala, as he became more and more desperate. Messi, with a rare sight of goal, had a close-range effort blocked by Rakitic, his Barcelona teammate, after Maximiliano Meza had been denied by Danijel Subasic, Croatia’s goalkeeper, but there was nothing menacing about Argentina’s play.Croatia, in contrast, looked threatening every time they attacked and ran riot late on. Modric’s goal was a beauty and Rakitic, who hit the bar with a free-kick, slotted in the third to put Zlatko Dalic and his players in dreamland. “We were excellent,” Dalic said. “But now we must be calm, dignified and humble.” Read more Share on Facebook 0:51 Argentina To put an extraordinary evening into some sort of context, this was Argentina’s heaviest defeat in the group stage of a World Cup since losing 6-1 to Czechoslovakia in 1958. It is also the first time they have failed to win either of their opening two matches at a World Cup for 44 years. Sampaoli’s players, in other words, were creating history here – just not the sort of history that Messi had in mind when he came out of international retirement two years ago.Messi could never have envisaged when he made that decision that Argentina would descend into such a sorry mess, encapsulated by the sight of Willy Caballero, who made his first competitive start for his country on Saturday, making the sort of blunder that will live with him for ever. Ante Rebic was the grateful recipient of a dreadful pass that sent Sampaoli, who must have covered more yards than some of his players as he paced up and down the touchline in a blind panic, into a meltdown.What followed showed just how weak and brittle Argentina are these days as Croatia took the game away from Sampaoli’s side with alarming ease. Modric, shifting the ball one way and then the other, curled an exquisite 25-yard shot past Caballero, before Rakitic completed the rout by tapping in the third. World Cup 2018 Share on Twitter Jorge Sampaoli held his head in his hands. Lionel Messi stared at the floor. The rest of the Argentina players were speechless, standing with hands on hips and gazing aimlessly into space as wild Croatia celebrations broke out all around. Luka Modric had just filed a contender for the goal of the tournament showreel and twisted the knife in the process, leaving Argentina, twice world champions, on the brink of elimination. By the time Ivan Rakitic added a third, in the 91st minute, Argentina were broken.This was about as humiliating as it gets for Argentina as the limitations of a team that only just managed to qualify for the World Cup were brutally exposed. Messi, their talisman and inspiration, was a passenger throughout, lost in a game that took place around him as Argentina, abject defensively, overrun in midfield and clueless going forward, crumbled in the face of a terrific Croatia side. Topics Reuse this content Messi is so often the scapegoat when Argentina lose, yet Sampaoli will not escape the fallout this time. His decision to keep faith with Caballero – something that one reporter told him 40 million Argentinians could not understand – badly backfired and it was also a huge gamble to dispense with a four-man defence and set up with a back three instead. A huge gamble that spectacularly failed.Croatia sensed vulnerability early on and targeted the flanks, where so much space opened up behind the two Argentinian wing-backs. Ivan Perisic, Mario Mandzukic and Rebic all had excellent chances to open the scoring before Caballero pressed the self-destruct button. Only he knows why he chose not to punt upfield when Gabriel Mercado, running towards his own goal, passed the ball back to him. Instead, Caballero tried to return the ball to Mercado with a little chip, horribly miscued and gifted Rebic a chance that he was not going to refuse. The winger volleyed the ball straight back over Caballero’s head and Croatia were on their way to one of their most famous victories. Pinterest Play Video match reports Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share via Email World Cup Fiver: sign up for our daily email.
The 2008 School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament has come to a close with all impressed with the Tasmanian hospitality on offer.Tournament Director, Maree Tomlin, did a wonderful job with all impressed with the set-up and organisation of one of the most enjoyable Touch tournaments on the calendar.Although great hosts off the field, Tasmania also had good results on it as well with the Tasmanian 15’s Girls winning their Plate Final in a drop-off against Western Australia. With some of the players not actually experiencing a drop-off before, the youngest player of the Tassie line-up, Maddison Smith, scored when players were down to three apiece much to the delight of coach, Tim Elliott. The form of some of the developing states was also pleasing. In the 15’s Boys, both ACT and WA were competitive in their semi-finals against QLD and NSW.Players from different states swapped uniforms and pins as the tournament concluded. Many players made great speeches while South Australia closed the tournament and hoped that many would join them when Adelaide hosts the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament in 2009.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate on participants on their achievements and would like to thank Touch Football Tasmania and School Sport Australia for putting on another successful tournament. Full details are below:15’s Boys Finishing Positions:1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – Western Australia4th – ACT5th – Northern Territory (Plate Winners)6th – Victoria7th – Tasmania8th – South AustraliaPlayer Awards:* Player of the Series – Kade Bonner (Queensland)* Player of the Final – Brad Pendal (Queensland)* Encouragement Award – Brendon Donnelly (Northern Territory) Finals Referees:* Rick Borg* Matt Lavery* Dean McMillan15’s Girls Finishing Positions:1st – New South Wales2nd – Queensland3rd – ACT4th – Northern Territory5th – Tasmania (Plate Winners)6th – Western Australia7th – South AustraliaPlayer Awards:* Player of the Series – Kimberley Resch (New South Wales)* Player of the Final – Jenna Hitch (New South Wales)* Encouragement Award – Rebecca Beath (ACT)Finals Referees:* Rick Borg* Bri Berry* Michelle Traynor12’s Boys Finishing Positions:1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – Northern Territory4th – ACT5th – South Australia6th – Tasmania12’s Girls Finishing Positions:1st – Queensland2nd – New South Wales3rd – South Australia4th – ACT (Equal)4th – Northern Territory (Equal)6th – Tasmania For further information, visit the School Sport Australia Touch website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=14-4282-0-62519-0
10 Classic Vodka Cocktail Recipes You Can Mix at Home Editors’ Recommendations How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash We don’t usually equate boozing with reducing world hunger, but that is Ultimat Vodka’s goal this summer with their summer-long fundraising campaign with Action Against Hunger aptly named, Ultimat Lemon-AID.Launched in May and continuing through August 20th (National Lemonade Day), the public is invited to text LEMONAID (50555) to donate $5 to Action Against Hunger. Donations from the campaign will be used to support the non-profit’s efforts to distribute Ready-To-Use Therapeutic Foods (RUTFs), which are nutrient packed pastes that help fight childhood malnutrition. They don’t need to be mixed with water, have a long shelf life and can withstand the elements – fool-proof food supplements! Each pack costs about 33 cents so $5 translates to five days of treatment, helping a child to a full recovery (which takes about 45 days)If you aren’t familiar with Ultimat vodka it is a part of the Patron Spirits Company (Tequila!) and is crafted with wheat for smoothness, rye for complexity and potato for richness. Made in Poland, you can spot this premium vodka by its cobalt blue decanter.In Manhattan this summer, every Friday at Truman’s Gentleman’s Groomers guys can enjoy two complimentary grooming services and an Ultimat Lemon-AID cocktail, with the purchase of a haircut. A portion of proceeds from every treatment will go to Action Against Hunger. There is also a plethora of summer sun quenching vodka cocktail ideas on the Ultimat site. Some of our favorites we have included below.Ultimat SmashCreated by – Katie Stipe, NYC MixologistThe smash is a style of cocktail that can be made with all different spirits. It entails muddled lemons & mint & sugar along with featured spirit. Refreshing, easy drinking and always a crowd pleaser.Muddle 4 lemon wedges (1/2 a large juicy lemon) and 7-10 mint leaves in one oz. of honey syrup*. Add 2 oz. Ultimat Vodka.Add ice and shake aggressively. Fine strain over crushed ice in a Rocks or Collins glass. Finish with 2-3 twists of finely cracked pepper and a sprig of mint.*Honey syrup is 2 parts honey (wildflower or clover suggested) mixed with 1 part hot water. Stir until honey and water have combined. Will keep for two weeks refrigerated.Chelsea FizzCreated by – Walter Easterbrook, Bowery Collective1 1/2 oz. Ultimat Vodka3/4 oz. Lemon Juice1/2 oz. Agave Nectar Grated Ginger3 StrawberriesCombine first three ingredients over ice in a mixing glass. Shake and strain into a tall glass. Top with seltzer. Garnish with a strawberry.Umami LemonadeCreated by – Julie Williams, NYC Mixologist2 oz. Ultimat Vodka2 oz. Lemon cucumber shrubb (made with Kirby cucumbers, lemon peels, champagne vinegar, apple cider vinegar and sugar)Stir ingredients together. Serve in a Highball glass. Garnish with a pickle or a lemon twist. Pisco Cocktails are the Refreshing Balm You Need for the Dog Days of Summer 10 Refreshing Labor Day Cocktail Recipes to Salute the End of Summer How to Make a Mojito
Editors’ Recommendations Next Monday is Columbus Day and, while Christopher Columbus’ legacy is complex and nuanced, the holiday ushers in one of America’s great traditions—enjoying a three-day weekend in the peak of autumn. Chances are you’ll take a fall getaway with a significant other, sleep-in and lounge around the house, or fit in one last barbecue for the season. Whatever you decide to do over Columbus Day weekend, you’re probably going to want an adult beverage or two.Luckily, we here at The Manual have two perfect wines for the occasion. Christopher Columbus was, of course, Italian, but his voyages to the West Indies and Americas were undertaken with the financing of the Spanish monarchy. So, to celebrate, we have one Italian wine and one Spanish wine for your consideration.The 2007 Tenuta Castelbuono Montefalco Sagrantino hails from the Umbria region of Italy—the only Italian region without access to the sea. The secluded region features an abundance of grape varieties and assortment of wines. The Montefalco Sagrantino is made in the hamlet of Montefalco—a town that retains its medieval rampart walls.The wine consists of 100% Sagrantino grapes, which were originally used by monks for religious rites. Upon uncorking the bottle, the 2007 Montefalco Sagrantino fills your nose with a warm, pleasant aroma; and the taste is no different. This a smooth red despite being a high tannic and high acidity wine—two qualities that make it perfect for aging. You’ll have no trouble drinking a glass or two of Montefalco Sagrantino on an orange and gold autumn afternoon.From Spain, we have the 2013 PradoRey Verdejo, Rueda. The Rueda region has long been home to the Verdejo grape, whose white wines are quickly gaining ground in the United States due to their similarity to Sauvignon Blanc. This wine is the definition of crisp and fresh. The taste features notes of flowers, herbs, and nuts with a precocious, light lime finish. Its attractive bottle makes it a perfect addition to a picnic for an unseasonably warm day, or as a pairing for really any kind of meal.We didn’t want to overwhelm you with choices, so kick back on this long Columbus Day Weekend with a bottle of Montefalco Sagrantino or PradoRey Verdejo. We’re in the peak of fall—enjoy it! 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The McMenamins Effect: How 2 Brothers Helped Start Beervana Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men Smart Practices for Drinking With the Environment in Mind The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters
zoom The US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation has approved the Ports Performance Act, intended to provide earlier warning of disruptions to various sectors of US economy following the recent nine month labor dispute at 29 West Coast container ports.This particular port slowdown has been cited as a cause of the anemic 0.2 percent annual growth rate of the US economy in the first quarter of 2015.”This bill creates a right for the public to know, and an opportunity for government officials to act, if future labor strife or any other development threatens efficient operation of maritime commerce,” said bill sponsor and committee chairman Sen. John Thune.”The damage inflicted on our economy because of port labor strife needed a response to help prevent a reoccurrence. Today, the committee resisted arguments against transparency and acted on that need.”The Ports Performance Act requires the director of the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) to establish a port performance statistics program and report annually to Congress on the performance and capacity of key US ports.The US port authorities that are subject to federal regulation or that receive federal assistance will report annually to BTS.The Act also requires the Secretary of Transportation, in consultation with the Secretaries of Labor and Commerce, to report to Congress on a port’s performance before and after the expiration of maritime labor agreements to help indicate whether labor discussions have impacted operations, the estimated economic impact of such disputes and roughly how long it will take for shipments to return to normal.A separate amendment which would have removed provisions related to monthly reporting requirements in proximity to maritime labor agreements, was defeated by a vote of 11-13.The Ports Performance Act may next be considered as part of the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization bill.
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pxhere under CC0 Creative Commons license Israel-based liner company Zim Integrated Shipping Services (ZIM) is set to begin offering the opportunity to all its customers to switch to electronic Bills-of-Lading based on blockchain technology.The offering will be introduced first on selected trades, with the Asia-South Africa and North America-Mediterranean trades being put in focus in the first quarter of 2019.The company said these trades were chosen due to their “diverse activities and involved players.” “Having gained considerable experience with this revolutionary technology, we are now moving forward,” Eyal Ben-Amram, ZIM CIO, said.The move is being announced following successful trial period of the paperless Bills-of-Lading, accomplished with the Wave Ltd. and Sparx Logistics.ZIM said that the exploratory transactions indicated that the blockchain technology can not only replace paper but also improve current activities which rely on emails, fax and other existing tools.In two recent transactions, Original Bills of Ladings were transferred to the receiver within under two hours from vessel departure, a process that ordinarily takes days or even weeks, the company informed. All documentation processes, including endorsements, ownership transfers etc. were performed over the blockchain-based platform.One consignment was shipped from Vietnam to the US East Coast, and a shipment of 11 High-Cube special containers were loaded in Koper and shipped to Haifa.“Digitizing the shipping documentation process will have a tremendous effect of reducing the time, complexity and costs for all parties involved,” the company said.“ZIM is pioneering the digitization efforts and have started involving other industry stakeholders for the exchange of knowledge and the creation of industry standards.”ZIM completed the first pilot using Wave application, based on ledger technology, back in 2017.During the trial all participants issued, transferred and received original electronic documents using the Wave Application, and the containers were shipped by Sparx Logistics from China to Canada.An electronic substitute to the traditional Bill-of-Lading has been the industry’s Holy Grail for many years.ZIM believes that the blockchain technology can be the solution that will drive the trade to the digital era.
That’s way behind the top-paid stars: Transformers: The Last Knight’s Mark Wahlberg leads the way with $68 million, followed by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at $65 million and Vin Diesel at $54.5 million. Who needs Oscars? Mark Wahlberg evidently earned a substantial paycheque from Transformers: The Last Knight in order to top the list of highest paid stars. (PARAMOUNT PICTURES – BAY FILMS) Advertisement Don’t feel sorry for them or anything, but most of the actors and actresses confirmed for TIFF 2017 so far are lagging behind their counterparts when it comes to earnings.A list of the highest paid male and female stars released by Forbes on Tuesday revealed Emma Stone was the highest ranked of TIFF attendees at No. 15, with gross earnings of $26 million (all figures U.S.) between June 1, 2016 and June 1, 2017.Another TIFF guest, Jennifer Lawrence, was at No. 17 with $24 million and Matt Damon clocked in at No. 19 with $21 million. Forbes also made note of the continuing pay gap between males and females in Hollywood, with the top 10 actors earning $488.5 million, nearly three times the $172.5-million total of the top 10 women.A couple of Canadian celebs, the Ryans Reynolds and Gosling, were newcomers to the list this year with Gosling making $29 million on the strength of La La Land, and Reynolds making a likely Deadpool-fuelled $21.5 million.Meanwhile, three Bollywood superstars, Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan and Akshay Kumar, rounded out the Top 10.The full list of the top 20 is below:1. Mark Wahlberg, $68 million2. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, $65 million3. Vin Diesel, $54.5 million4. Adam Sandler, $50.5 million5. Jackie Chan, $49 million6. Robert Downey, Jr., $48 million7. Tom Cruise, $43 million8. Shah Rukh Khan, $38 million9. Salman Khan, $37 million10. Akshay Kumar, $35.5 million11. Chris Hemsworth, $31.5 million12. Tom Hanks, $31 million13. Samuel L. Jackson, $30.5 million14. Ryan Gosling, $29 million15. Emma Stone, $26 million16. Jennifer Aniston, $25.5 million17. Jennifer Lawrence, $24 million18. Ryan Reynolds, $21.5 million19. Matt Damon, $21 million20. Jeremy Renner, $19 millionBy Debra Yeo With files from Forbes.com Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter
The Canadian Press In the wake of its World Cup qualification, Canada has moved back into the top 20 of the World Rugby rankings.The Canadian men climbed one spot to No. 20 at the expense of Spain, which fell to No. 21 after losing 28-10 to No. 16 Samoa.The top seven were unchanged with No. 1 New Zealand ahead of Ireland, Wales, England, South Africa, Australia and Scotland. Fiji jumped two places to No. 8 after upsetting France 21-14.France and Argentina dropped one spot to No. 9 and 10, respectively.Canada was ranked 23rd in the world when it opened play Nov. 11 in a four-team repechage in Marseille, France. Kingsley Jones’ team went on to beat Kenya, Germany and Hong Kong to secure the 20th and last berth at the 2019 World Cup in Japan.The Canadian men were ranked 18th when they faced Ireland, then ranked No. 6, in their opening match at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Canada was trounced 50-7, the first of four straight losses at the tournament.
Audio Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/womenatsloan.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When FiveThirtyEight offered me the opportunity to attend last week’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I jumped at the chance to geek out on two of my favorite subjects — sports and data.But my heart sank a little when I saw that only one of 30 speakers listed on the preliminary agenda was a woman. (The final speaker count was 22 women and 131 men.) I’ve been to other sausage fests, and they can operate like insular clubs that leave women feeling like outsiders.This year’s conference seemed promising, though. While the honorary executive board was all men, the conference chair was event co-founder Jessica Gelman, a former professional basketball player and the current vice president of customer marketing and strategy at the Kraft Sports Group, owner of the New England Patriots. The other women on the agenda were all-stars, too — like Amy Brooks, executive vice president of the NBA’s team marketing and business operations department; Heidi Pellerano, senior vice president at Wasserman Media Group; Stefanie Francis, co-founder of Navigate Research; and Elyse Guilfoyle, a senior industry analyst at Google.But there weren’t many women on stage or in the crowd. Only one of the 23 people attached to a finalist research paper was a woman, and one of her male colleagues presented the paper. Pellerano and Francis’s presentation on how Hispanic fans consume sports and Guilfoyle’s talk about ticket purchasing analytics were some of the only times that women were in the spotlight.Despite more than 3,000 people at the event, there was never a line at the women’s restroom. Gelman estimates that about 85 percent of attendees were men. That was true of the FiveThirtyEight delegation, too — I was the only woman from our team to attend, and the gender imbalance of our office is something we’ve noticed and that senior members of FiveThirtyEight are working on.When you feel like an outsider, it’s natural to seek out your own, and as I walked through the hallways, I found myself exchanging friendly head nods with the few other women I passed. It reminded me of that little wave that motorcyclists sometimes give each other out on the road, and I started asking these compatriots what they thought of the conference and what it was like to be so outnumbered by men.One of the first women I approached turned out to be Leigh Castergine, who is suing her former employer, Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon, for gender discrimination (the lawsuit alleges that he fired her for being pregnant out of wedlock). She said she had lots to say but couldn’t talk until the lawsuit was resolved. The Mets deny the allegations.Attendee Valerie Laird, a research assistant at the University of Michigan’s business school, told me that she’d agonized over what to wear. “I want to be taken seriously, but I want to look nice,” she said. Was it better to wear a dress or pants? If she made herself look attractive, would she be taken less seriously, or would she worry that men were approaching her because they wanted her number? Laird’s friend Jessica Edwards told me that considerations about how to dress were part of the ongoing fight for respect. “Guys don’t take you seriously in sports,” she said. “It’s so frustrating because this is what I want to do with my life.”One student who requested anonymity told me that she struggled with what name to put on her conference badge and her résumé. She has always gone by a nickname that’s a diminutive of her already very feminine name. She was there to network, and she worried that hiring managers, who often make quick judgments about candidates, might too easily dismiss or stereotype her based on her nickname.Two other young women who didn’t identify themselves (I’ll call them Jane and Jill) laughed when I asked whether they would mind telling me what it was like to attend Sloan as a woman. “We’ve been talking about this a lot,” Jane said. Like me, they’d noticed that many of the women on stage were there as moderators, rather than speakers. “We would prefer to see more women who are actually talking about their experience as the expert, versus facilitating the conversation,” Jill said.This difference between being the moderator and the expert reminded me of a recent New York Times piece by Sheryl Sandberg that observed that women often do more than their fair share of the unheralded but important tasks around the office — things like organizing and preparing. Moderating is difficult to do well (you have to herd the speakers into serving the audience instead of themselves), but praise about a panel typically focuses on what the speakers said, rather than the moderator’s performance.Yet everyone I spoke to agreed that a session specifically on women’s sports wasn’t the answer. During an informal discussion about women in the industry, Gelman said the decision not to hold such a panel was deliberate.Segregating sports by gender just amplifies inequalities. “We want to integrate and show how women are actively part of the conversation and not just a side part,” Danielle Russell, one of the conference’s student leaders, told me.Jane and Jill, whom I caught coming out of the negotiating panel, had some suggestions on how to achieve that goal. “They could have talked about Brittney Griner’s salary or about deals they’ve done that are related to that,” Jill said, referring to the former Baylor star who now plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.It’s not surprising that the conference focused primarily on the NFL, MLB and NBA, considering the amount of money they generate relative to other sports. But these are also sports with large disparities between male and female opportunities, observed Alison Mehlsak and Melissa Jenkins, graduate students at the University of Virginia’s business school. Creating some panels focused on sports that are more accessible to women could help, they told me. “Sports like tennis and golf, and events like the Olympics, offer rich opportunities to include women in the conversation,” Mehlsak said. As my FiveThirtyEight colleague Allison McCann recently pointed out, women’s sports are the next frontier in sports analytics.The lack of women at Sloan isn’t entirely the organizers’ fault. Professional sports is a male-dominated industry — one that ignores women at its own peril. Women now make up nearly half of the Super Bowl audience, and the latest Nielsen stats show that they represent at least a third of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL audience. The Sloan conference wields a heavy influence, and its organizers have an opportunity to make a difference by seeking out more women’s voices and inviting them into the fold.
Safeguarding REMSAFE, a remote isolation system for electronic devices to improve operational safety, will be installed at an unnamed Western Australian company’s iron mines. The system is designed to quickly and safely de-energise and isolate bulk handling plant and equipment from all motive energy sources, to ensure that the equipment cannot be moved or restarted while a worker is in the process of repairing or maintaining the equipment.The system isolates heavy mining plant in around three minutes, compared to the traditional manual process which can take up to 90 minutes at each instance of repair or maintenance.REMSAFE is therefore expected to increase operation efficiencies with reduced downtime and deliver cost savings by making the need for electricians to manually operate isolators redundant.The system improves safety and reduces the chance of electrical discharge or arc flash.Michael Lane, Managing Director of REMSAFE, commented that there is a “growing need for Western Australia’s major iron ore companies to improve production efficiencies and commit to an enhanced safety solution”.The system, which has already been used at operations run by BHP-Billiton, Rio Tinto, and Fortescue Metals Group, can be used for electrical, hydraulic, pneumatic or kinetic energy devices in isolation or in combination.The REMSAFE remote isolation system is designed to achieve up to SIL3/CAT4, the highest possible rating for machine safety. It meets or exceeds the Australian and International Standards for machinery and conveyor safety.REMSAFE combines a safety-rated programmable logic controller, built-in redundancy and interlocks to ensure that energy sources are isolated at two independent points on command. Isolation is verified using both automated and manual ‘try-steps.’ The status of the isolation and the health of the system are continuously monitored and displayed using indicator lights, HMI and SCADA transparent to both the operator and the Control Room. The system is failsafe.
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Hogan in action during the 2010 Irish nationals, where he was beaten by Ken Egan (INPHO/James Crombie)The fight was broadcast live across Australia on Fox Sports but Hogan, 28, insisted he would not be fazed by the hype.“I have fought on TV before as an amateur for Ireland and my last fight with Carroll was also actually shown on TV. I loved it each time, and I feel the big stage brings out the best in me.”Tony McCoy booked for two rides today — but he only needs one win for the magic 4000 IRISH BOXER DENNIS Hogan is middleweight champion of Australia after he beat Nathan ‘King’ Carroll.‘Hurricane’ Hogan, who is now unbeaten in 16 bouts, won a unanimous decision 97-93, 98-92, 99-93 on Thursday night in Brisbane.The Kildare man, who is a former Irish amateur international, has taken Australia by storm since turning professional three years agoNow his whirlwind career looks set to gather significant pace after he swept to the pugilistic pinnacle of Oz .Hogan and Carroll previously fought for a Queensland title 18 months ago with Hogan emerging victorious by way of TKO.But despite that triumph, he went into tonight’s contest as underdog against a vastly improved Carroll, who KOd his way to the national title in March.
Microsoft has just announced a sweet new promotion for families and students. If you sign up for a new Office 365 subscription, you’ll also score yourself twelve free months of Xbox Live Gold access.Live Gold usually costs around $50 per year (though you can often find a deal if you scour the web). An Office 365 Home Premium subscription is just $10 per month, so you’re essentially getting almost half your money back. If you’re willing to pay for a full year, you actually do hit the 50% mark since Microsoft reduces the Office 365 subscription to $99 when you pay up front. Eligible students can also opt for the four-year subscription — which costs just $79 for the duration.There are a couple of catches, as there always are with offers like this one. First, you’ve got to activate your Office 365 subscription by September 28. Second, you have to redeem your Xbox Live Gold code by October 31, 2014. You also need to live somewhere other than the United States.38 regions are eligible for the promo, including Canada, the UK, Australia, Germany, Italy, Sweden, and Russia. If you’re an Office user, own an Xbox 360, and live in one of the countries listed on this page, there’s really no reason not to take advantage of the offer.Even if you already have an Xbox Live Gold subscription, it’s probably still worth picking up Office 365. At $10 a month it’s not a big recurring expense, and you’ll be able to tack on your new Live Gold code when your current term runs out (assuming that happens before October 2014).You’ll also get access to Microsoft’s new mobile Office apps, which is another nice bonus. And while you need Microsoft’s console to enjoy Xbox Live, you don’t need one of its phones to use Office — iPhones and iPads have Office 365 apps, too.Still not sold? Don’t forget Microsoft also recently announced that it would be giving away two free games every month to Gold subscribers.
Stay on target Keto Turns Your Smartphone Into Your Car KeysAston Martin Will Build You Your Very Own Supervillain Lair Once upon a time there was a video game called Burnout Paradise, a brilliant and innovative open-world reinvention of the chaotic racing franchise. It was the last true Burnout game ever released, but when publisher EA instead unleashed the team at Criterion Games on the Need for Speed franchise, the Burnout Paradise legacy carried on a little longer in thrilling open-world racers Hot Pursuit and Most Wanted.However, after some staff reorganization, the Need for Speed games from successor studio Ghost Games just couldn’t do it anymore for old Burnout die-hards like me. Meanwhile, the biggest rival racing games like Forza were leaning more towards their realistic sim elements. So after the less-than-stellar reception to 2015’s would-be reboot simply titled Need for Speed, the developers took a year off and used the extra time to make some big improvements.Need for Speed: Payback isn’t definitely not a racing sim. The developers prefer to call it an “action-driving game” as opposed to just a racing game, or a “CARPG” even. Not only that, it may even be the beginning of a whole new dramatic universe of Need for Speed games. What does that all even mean? I recently got to go hands on with Need for Speed: Payback to find out.Need for Speed: Payback puts a huge emphasis on its narrative. Right from the start players hop between different, diverse members of a quippy, Fast and Furious-esque racing gang. Ghost Games wants Payback to be the first of many adventures with these characters (portrayed via motion-capture and not the live-action actors of previous games), and at the very least they’re more charming than anyone from the recent inexplicable Need for Speed movie (which the developers don’t talk about).Although I played for over an hour, I only saw the beginning of Payback’s actual story, a story that should last nearly 20 hours. When a big score goes awry, you must reunite your crew and get revenge against criminal syndicate The House, who of course always win. That’s just the first of many casino puns you’ll hear in the Las Vegas-inspired Fortune Valley city Payback takes place in. I nearly lost it when my boss told me, “I decide when the cards fall.”The focus on story also gives Payback a justification for big, action-packed, spectacle driving gameplay set pieces. An early mission has you competing in a race, but your ranking doesn’t actually matter because soon enough you peel away from the pack to simply steal the car you’re driving and evade the cops by making sick jumps. Another mission has you winning a race that was supposed to be fixed, incurring the wrath of the fixers. Not all of these missions are as ridiculous as others, but there will be a handful of large-scale “blockbuster” missions that reminded me of Grand Theft Auto V’s acclaimed heists.The story also leaves plenty of room for nonlinear exploration. You can just drive all around taking on new races, missions, cop chases, and other events. Bet on yourself to earn extra cash if you win a race, although you can’t be corrupt and purposefully lose to also make money. The Autolog social network returns to let you interact with friends, but unlike the last Need for Speed, you can thankfully play Payback offline. The arcade-style “casual competitive” gameplay has an excellent sense of gorgeous speed on PlayStation 4 Pro, teetering on the right side of “just out of control.” It takes skill but you don’t need to buy a racing wheel or spend hours tweaking your friction coefficient to have fun.That said, Payback does have plenty of customization options, even if I was able to jump in and have fun without engaging with them. As a “CARPG” you can collect and upgrade different rides across different classes like race, drag, and drift using scrap metal. This is presented through an accessible card-based interface. There are also a handful of legendary “derelict” cars that are initially garbage but can become some of the best vehicles in the game with enough work. Fortunately the microtransactions only offer cosmetics and not stat-increasing parts, which we cleared up after an initial misunderstanding conflating loot boxes with the unrelated “bait crate” cop missions.This is also perhaps the impressive world featured in a Need for Speed game. No longer confined to just urban streets, Fortune Valley has several different outdoor biomes for varied off-road racing. Ride out of the city and into the mountains. It feels like Forza Horizon. There’s also a full day and night cycle, not perpetual gray rain. Again, this was a benefit of taking a year off and really letting the Frostbite engine technology mature.But while the racing shows promise, it’s Need for Speed: Payback’s story that gives the game its silly but distinct identity. And that’s definitely by design. I talked to the game’s executive producer Marcus Nilsson who said the goal of Payback wasn’t just to fix the last game’s issues but also present a clear path forward for the franchise. The extra motivation a story inspires in a player might be the thing to keep them invested in these racing games over others.I also asked if previous Need for Speed characters, like the infamous Razor Callahan, might make an appearance if Payback really is doubling down on Fast and Furious-style extended lore. For what it’s worth, Nilsson’s answer didn’t dash my dreams.Need for Speed: Payback arrives on PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, and PC November 10. Do it for la familia.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has risen to Mohamed Salah’s defence over the “hostile” diving debate and suggested he’s being singled out as a foreign player.Due to his apparent willingness to fall to the ground too easily in a challenge, Salah has faced plenty of backlash over the last few weeks.Unlike fellow Reds legend John Aldridge, however, Fowler reckons Salah is within his rights to go down to the ground when touched.“I was never one for diving — if I had a chance to get a shot off, I’d always take it,” Fowler wrote in the Daily Mirror.“Yet, I’ve been shaking my head in disbelief at the criticism aimed at Mohamed Salah in recent weeks for what people have been particularly eager to call cheating.“It’s been sustained and hostile, and I’m wondering why.“Why it’s been much worse than that aimed at Harry Kane this season, for instance, or in the past say Michael Owen or David Beckham (and I’m not singling them out!).“We have to be very careful as football fans. We need to stop and think about whether Salah is being targeted for where he comes from and who he is.“It seems like stereotyping, and possibly because he’s an overseas player.“If that is the case, it’s totally unacceptable.Liverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.He added: “Yes, there have been times when Salah has gone over a bit theatrically, sometimes he may have gone down a bit easily.“Two things. One, who doesn’t now? Two, he’s almost always been kicked.“In fact, he has been kicked mercilessly for 18 months. And if he doesn’t go down in a way which lets the ref see he’s been kicked, then will he get the decision? No chance.“Watching the Arsenal-Manchester United game on Friday, Paul Pogba went through early, got hacked from behind, but didn’t go down and then lost the ball. No free-kick.“Soon after, goes through again, gets pulled back slightly. What does he do? Of course, he goes down, because otherwise, he knows if he tries to get a shot off and fails, he gets nothing again. It is not as simple as people are making out.“If Salah was this massive cheat people seem to be trying to portray him as, why was the penalty he converted against Newcastle at the end of December the first awarded for Liverpool at Anfield in 18 months?“In that time, he’s scored almost 50 league goals, and not one until this past Boxing Day was a penalty in a home game.”Fowler is a former striker, who scored 183 goals in 369 games across two separate spells for Liverpool.The 43-year-old won the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup in his time at Anfield and is considered a “god” among the supporters.
Road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader meets an Australian delegation at his secretariat office on Tuesday. Photo: Prothom AloRuling Bangladesh Awami League general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Tuesday hinted at a possible reshuffle in the cabinet.The ruling party spokesperson dropped the hint in response to a volley of questions from reporters after a meeting of the minister with an Australian delegation at Bangladesh Secretariat.“It’s the discretion of the prime minister whether there will be any change in the cabinet. However, a reshuffle may be made in the cabinet. But I cannot say when it will happen,” said Quader.When his attention was drawn to a hearsay that a new post of deputy prime minister could be created, the minister said, “It is a mere rumour.”He claimed that he knew nothing about creation of such post.
Lexington Market Saturday Concert SeriesLexington Market continues its free Saturday afternoon concert series with live performances on the Market’s Arcade stage in April. Upcoming concerts feature The Rise Band and Show on April 13, Bushmasters featuring Gary Brown, April 20, and the Jazz Caravan, April 27. All concerts take place 12 noon to 2 p.m. The concerts are free and open to the public. More information is available at http://www.lexingtonmarket.com or on the Market’s Facebook page. Health and Wellness Expo: ‘I Dare You to Trust God with Your Health’Union Bethel AME Church and the Patapsco River (MD) Chapter, the Links are hosting a health fair featuring Patrick Lundy and the Ministers of Music, on April 12 from 9 a.m. to3 p.m. at 8615 Church Lane. There will be giveaways, makeovers, workshops, a youth corner, cooking demos and more. Admission is FREE. Blackout Poetry Celebrate National Poetry Month. Create your own poem! No writing required. Instead of starting with a blank page, start with a page full of words and cross out the ones you don’t want. Visit the library anytime in April to create your Blackout Poem. adults and seniors are welcome. The Southeast Anchor Library is located at 3601 Eastern Avenue Baltimore, MD 21224. Visit https://calendar.prattlibrary.org/calendar to see more events at the Pratt Library. The Necessity of Tomorrow(s):Boots Riley & Mickalene ThomasOn April 24, from 6:00 pm to 10 p.m, come to The Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive, Baltimore, MD 21218, to hear critically acclaimed rapper, activist, and writer/director of Sorry to Bother You, Boots Riley, in conversation with internationally renowned artist Mickalene Thomas. They will discuss how ongoing systemic injustices inspire and influence their work, as well as the broader role of the arts in spurring dialogue, understanding, and, ultimately, change. Talk starts at 7 p.m. First come, first served. Auditorium seating is limited. Overflow viewing will be available at locations throughout the Museum. Before and after the talk, enjoy free admission to Monsters & Myths: Surrealism and War in the 1930s and 1940s. Catch free screenings of Sorry to Bother You at the BMA on April 13 and April 17. Visit https://www.artbma.org for more information. Bmorenews Community AwardsCome out an celebrate 15 remarkable individuals who make Baltimore special! The celebration is on April 13, 12 noon to 1:30pm at Easterwood Park Recreation, 1530 North Bentalou Street , Baltimore, MD 21216. For more information visit bmorenews.com or call 443.858.2684. RSVP on Eventbrite. Lexington Market Health and Wellness DaysLexington Market’s Health and Wellness Days initiative, in partnership with University of Maryland Medical Center and Johns Hopkins University & Medicine, continues this spring with a focus on job skills and training on April 17. The series culminates in an employment fair on Wednesday, May 15. Classes will cover resume writing, email correspondence, interviewing skills, job searching techniques, and dressing for success with information on interview clothing resources available. The free community health and wellness fairs take place the third Wednesday of every month year-round in the Market Arcade from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. More information is available at http://www.lexingtonmarket.com or on the Market’s Facebook page. Computer Classes for Ages 7-9: 2nd Grade – 4th Grade Home School 2019 Orleans Street Branch, Pratt Center for Technology , 1303 Orleans Street Baltimore, MD 21231 are having classes for homeschooled students (Pre-K – 8th grades). Learn the basic components of the computer, develop writing skills using Microsoft Word. Use interactive programs and websites to enhance language, critical thinking, and logic. Registration Information: To register call 410-545-0735. More dates available April 9 through June 11, from 9:00am to 5:00pm