India recorded their first win over England in five matches at home when the Virat Kohli-led side hammered Alastair Cook’s men by 246 runs in the second Test of the ongoing five-match series. England came into the series on the back of three consecutive Test series victories over India.Chasing an improbable 405-run victory target, England were all out for 158 shortly after lunch on the fifth and final day in the second Test in Visakhapatnam. The touring side lost all 10 of their second-innings wickets for 83 runs after openers Alastair Cook and Haseeb Hameed combined in a stand of 75 runs on Sunday.After resuming on 87/2, England lost five wickets in the first session and then the last three to off-spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and debutant Jayant Yadav after the lunch break on Day 5. (Match Highlights)India’s Vizag win is also their second-highest in terms of runs over England, bettering their 187-run victory over them in Kolkata on December 30, 1961. India’s highest win margin is 279 runs which they registered on June 19, 1986 in Leeds.ENGLAND A DOMINANT FORCEThe last time England toured India, they emerged 2-1 winners in the four-match series in 2012. However, with revenge in their minds in 2014, MS Dhoni’s brigade started off the five-match series in England with a draw at Trent Bridge, before India registered an infamous 95-run win at Lord’s in the second Test. (Kohli and Joe Root after 50 Tests: Who has the better stats?)But the Lord’s victory was not enough to boost the confidence of India, who looked set for a series victory, but they suffered three consecutive defeats at Southampton, Manchester and the Oval to lose the series 3-1.advertisementEngland have been a dominant force over India in Test cricket in the recent past and stats prove that. In the last 15 Tests, England have defeated India nine times, lost three and three have ended in draws. (India unbeaten at home in 16 Tests since 2012)INDIA’S LAST SERIES WIN CAME IN 2007India last won a series against England in 2007 when Rahul Dravid-led side beat Andrew Strauss’ men 1-0 in a three-match series. However, England have since dominated India in every series with 4-0 win in 2011 at home, followed by 2-1 win in India in 2012 and 3-1 again at home in 2014. (India’s new spin twin Ashwin and Jayant in awe of each other)Interestingly, England came from behind to beat India in their previous two series. In the ongoing series too, England came to India with their backs to the wall following their first-ever Test defeat against Bangladesh. But Cook and Co. performed extremely well and came close to even winning the opening Test in Rajkot where captain Kohli’s class and grit spared India’s blushes. (Don’t want to be complacent, don’t want to be desperate: Kohli)However, India regrouped themselves and rode on Kohli’s 248 runs (167 and 81) and Ashwin’s eight wickets in the match to rout England in Vizag and go 1-0 up in the series.India’s top five victories over England (in terms of runs): Victory Margin Venue Match Date 279 runs Leeds June 19, 1986 246 runs Vizag November 17, 2016 187 runs Kolkata December 30, 1961 140 runs Bangalore January 28, 1977 138 runs Mumbai November 27, 1981
Oklahoma State was one of the youngest teams in the nation last season, and the Cowboys faced adversity in many different forms last year. Emerging from a losing streak to defeat rival Oklahoma and Washington in the Cactus Bowl have OSU primed for an exciting upcoming season, and late season success was mainly attributed to quarterback play and an improved offensive line.It goes without saying, but football is a team sport. So, I’ve broken down the three most underrated players on the Cowboy roster. These are players that don’t receive enough credit they deserve for their contributions to the team, both on and off the field.Blake JarwinJarwin burst onto the scene last season after opting to walk on and play for the Cowboys. After catching 3 passes his junior year at Tuttle High School, he moved to play offensive line, and never showed promise he would become a reliable tight end target after the position was overshadowed by the amount of skilled wide receivers on the roster. Jarwin caught 5 passes for 107 yards last season, and he appears to be emerging as a reliable target for Mason Rudolph this coming season.Ryan SimmonsWhile inexperience and youth was a main concern last year, Simmons represented a small group of veteran players with experience. A linebacker rotation that included several freshman last season, Simmons was the rock in the middle of the defense. Simmons started every game in 2013 and ranked eighth in the Big 12 with 5.1 solo tackles per game, finishing behind Jordan Sterns for the second most tackles on the team. Simmons is a consistent leader and veteran for Glenn Spencer’s squad with invaluable experience.Trace ClarkClark has progressed every year during his time in Stillwater, and has played in 33 games in the last three years, including every game the last two seasons. After his sophomore campaign saw him finish with 10 tackles and four solo stops, his junior year he took it to the next level, finishing with 17 tackles, 13 solo stops and two tackles for loss. With the defensive end position solidified with Emmanuel Ogbah and Jimmy Bean, Clark will again play a key role this season in the rotation and could play a huge factor in the Cowboys’ chase for another Big 12 title.Those are the three players I feel are most underrated on the Cowboys squad. Who do you feel is a consistent performer who does not get the credit they deserve?If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Mainz 0-1 Schalke, Bayern Munich 6-0 Hamburg, Hannover 96 1-3 Augsburg, Hertha Berlin 0-0 Freiburg, Hoffenheim 3-0 Wolfsburg, Bayer Leverkusen 2-0 Borussia Mönchengladbach, Stuttgart 0-0 RB Leipzig, Borussia Dortmund 3-2 Eintracht Frankfurt Hide 18Cologne25-2217 Borussia Mönchengladbach 3Borussia Dortmund262045 1Bayern Munich264766 Sportblog Facebook Twitter 15Wolfsburg26-825 Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Was this helpful? Pinterest Quick guide Bundesliga results 11Hertha Berlin26-132 Share on Messenger It was all too familiar. Gladbach have lost six of their last seven away games, failing to score in five of them. Germany’s Lars Stindl, who battled gamely here as always, hasn’t scored for 14 games, but then again none of the team’s forwards has struck since Thorgan Hazard in the 20 January win over Augsburg. Raúl Bobadilla, yet to score in his second spell at the club after returning last summer, was dragged off just past the hour mark.They’ve lost five and drawn one of the last seven, and only doomed Hamburg and plummeting Wolfsburg have taken fewer points so far in the Rückrunde. The worst aspect of this is that it might well get worse before it gets better. The remainder of the fixture list is fairly kind, give or take trips to Bayern and Schalke – and the latter, some Gladbach fans might suggest, is more of an opportunity than a potential ordeal. If we’re really looking on the bright side, Gladbach have a better recent record against Bayern than most.Hecking looks like he’ll have a job on his hands putting a team out, though. The number of players on Gladbach’s (hopefully large) treatment table is well into double figures, with Reece Oxford tearing a hamstring at Leverkusen, to add to Vincenzo Grifo and Kramer picking up knee injuries that rule them out indefinitely. Even Jannik Vestergaard, the centre-back who hadn’t missed a minute of Bundesliga football since December 2016, has gone down. He broke a metatarsal fouling Kai Havertz and will miss the rest of the season.With stalwarts like Raffael, Fabian Johnson and Oscar Wendt already missing, this felt like Gladbach’s season coming to an end. It’s hard not to wonder whether Max Eberl might have made better use of the last two transfer windows – even if Denis Zakaria has been a success in midfield – and though nothing could have prepared them for the current plague of injuries, the fact Raffael, approaching his 33rd birthday, is so badly missed says a lot.Some of those chastened Gladbach fans might sneakily look to Leverkusen’s example and wonder if a full house cleaning might be the way to go. If it is, Hecking might struggle to hold on for the refurbishment.Talking points• One player definitely unhappy with his club’s transfer policy is Hamburg’s Kyriakos Papadopoulos, who complained that “other teams brought in players to score goals” after Saturday’s annual humbling at Bayern. Chairman Heribert Bruchhagen and sporting director Jens Todt already paid the price in midweek, losing their posts in a ready-for-the-second-tier reshuffle. Papadopoulos, unlikely to go down with them, might have picked a better moment to moan than after a 6-0 defeat in which he played terribly. 4Bayer Leverkusen261444 Facebook Share via Email PosTeamPGDPts Borussia Mönchengladbach fans pay tribute to Waltraud “Walli” Hamraths. Photograph: Friedemann Vogel/EPA 2Schalke 04261046 6RB Leipzig26440 Kyriakos Papadopoulos, left, complained about his team’s transfer policy. Photograph: Michaela Rehle/Reuters The evening began with a show of respect from the visiting Borussia Mönchengladbach fans. It ended with anything but. As their players emerged on to the BayArena pitch to face Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, Gladbach’s 4,000 travelling fans held aloft black pieces of plastic, creating a tifo in memory of well-known fan Waltraud “Walli” Hamraths, who recently died at the age of 83.In the circumstances, Gladbach’s players shouldn’t have been surprised at what happened at the end. They were, again, hugely disappointing in a match in which they had the opportunity to haul themselves back into the incredibly open Champions League race against a direct rival. Remembering Walli, perhaps, stirred memories of the club’s 1970s glory days, in which he was famous for wildly celebrating. 16Mainz26-1425 Share on LinkedIn 5Eintracht Frankfurt26542 Share on Twitter Twitter 7TSG Hoffenheim26538 12Hannover 9626-532 13SC Freiburg26-1730 Reuse this content Read more 14Werder Bremen25-627 Bayer Leverkusen Photograph: Pixathlon/REX/Shutterstock/Rex Features Topics 9Borussia M’gladbach26-635 17Hamburg26-2318 European club football • Staying put, it seems, is Timo Werner, who jolted everyone out of the Sunday afternoon slumber prompted by Leipzig’s 0-0 draw at his former club Stuttgart, telling Sky: “I’m definitely still going to be playing here next year.” With interest from Spain and England, we may yet see whether a good World Cup with Germany will change that.• Game of the weekend was Dortmund’s thrilling 3-2 win over Eintracht Frankfurt in a duel for Champions League places. A stoppage-time equaliser by Danny Blum appeared to have given Niko Kovac’s team the draw their stirring second-half display deserved, only for substitute Michy Batshuayi to hit his second with the last kick of the game. “It was shit,” Marco Reus said of another poor second-half showing from BVB which came three days after their Europa League loss to Salzburg. They remain unbeaten in the Bundesliga under Peter Stöger, but the coach continues to inspire mixed feelings. Bundesliga features Pinterest Thank you for your feedback. 10VfB Stuttgart26-634 Show It’s fine that the era of Jupp Heynckes, Allan Simonsen, Rainer Bonhof and company feels a long time ago – it was. Nobody is expecting a reprise, especially in the era of the Bayern Munich behemoth. More than what is being offered currently, however, would be nice. What should have been a keenly-fought battle for tangible reward was one-way traffic, with Heiko Herrlich’s side cruising until a late second-half wobble twice allowed Gladbach a sniff of an equaliser – one a glaring miss from the head of Filip Drmić and the other an attempted clearance from Wendell that Bernd Leno brilliantly tipped over.If anybody was fooled by the late mini-flourish it should be reiterated that the visitors’ best chance was from the boot of a Leverkusen player. Substitute Julian Brandt’s stoppage-time strike to seal it was more just than your average late counter-attacking goal, giving a more realistic sheen to the scoreline.The visiting fans had seen more than enough. Having chanted “wir wollen euch kämpfen sehen” – we want to see you fight – for a number of minutes, the players were booed and whistled by sections of the support as they approached the away fans, and the whistles continued as they went down the tunnel. “I fought and gave everything,” midfielder Christoph Kramer said afterwards. “But every fan is allowed to sing what they want.”While the tribute at the opening of proceedings might have let a mind or two wander back to the sensational 70s, there was no avoiding reality. Leverkusen and Gladbach, like Schalke, came into this season in a similar boat, with no European football and time in the calendar to plan and to pace themselves as they attempted to regain it.Schalke – who retained second place thanks to Daniel Caligiuri’s superb winner at Mainz on Friday night – and Leverkusen started further back, both bedding in new coaches after turbulent ends to last season. Herrlich, whose appointment was met by a thoroughly underwhelmed reaction, was faced with a rebuild too. So those Gladbach fans have every right to ask why they are lagging so badly behind Leverkusen in particular. There was, as Westdeutsche Zeitung’s Jochen Schmitz wrote, “almost a gap in class” between the two sides on Saturday.Die Fohlen largely got away with it during the first half, as Leon Bailey was as scattershot as he was electrifying. After Bailey did get it right – with his cross to the back post nodded back by Kevin Volland and then in by the impressive Lucas Alario – it rarely seemed that Dieter Hecking’s team would come back. Share on WhatsApp Tears and tributes as Serie A returns with Davide Astori in its thoughts 8Augsburg26335
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Roma ahead of Arsenal as Rugani fed-up at Juventusby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveDaniele Rugani is ready to leave Juventus in January.Sportmediaset says the defender has lost patience with his situation in Turin.Rugani hasn’t played a minute under coach Maurizio Sarri. If the situation should remain like this, he will make a transfer request in the New Year.Roma are favourites to sign the defender.Rugani came close to joining Arsenal in August before getting cold feet.
zoom South Korean shipping company Hanjin Shipping has received approval from creditors to move forward with its voluntary restructuring proceedings, the company said in an exchange filing.The approval comes after Hanjin submitted a formal request to restructure its debt with its seven lenders, led by state-run Korea Development Bank, on April 29.The announcement serves as a confirmation of an already expected outcome for Hanjin which has accrued USD 4.39 billion in debt.The restructuring is expected to facilitate the company’s push for normalization of operations along with discussions on charter rate reduction and alliance reorganization.Namely, Hanjin is member of the CKYHE alliance between the Asian liners COSCON, ”K”Line, Yang Ming, and Evergreen Line, which is expected to be broken up in 2017 with the start of operation of the new container carrier alliance announced by CMA CGM, COSCO Container Lines, Evergreen Line and Orient Overseas Container Line.Financially-troubled Korean container carrier has been busy with efforts aimed at boosting its liquidity and the most recent turn of events saw Hanjin Shipping sell its remaining stake in H-Line Shipping for KRW 34 billion (USD 29.6 million).The sale follows that of Hanjin’s office building in London in March for KRW 66.7 billion (USD 57.2 million).World Maritime News Staff
“Until now, estimates of foodborne diseases were vague and imprecise. This concealed the true human costs of contaminated food. This report sets the record straight,” said WHO Director-General Dr. Margaret Chan upon release of the Estimates of the Global Burden of Foodborne Diseases – the most comprehensive report to date on the impact of contaminated food on health and wellbeing.“Knowing which foodborne pathogens are causing the biggest problems in which parts of the world can generate targeted action by the public, governments, and the food industry,” Dr. Chan explained.According to the report, which estimates the burden of foodborne diseases caused by 31 agents – bacteria, viruses, parasites, toxins and chemicals – each year, as many as 600 million people, or almost one in 10 worldwide, fall ill after consuming contaminated food. Of these, 420,000 people die, including 125,000 children under the age of five years, accounting for almost a third of all deaths from foodborne diseases, the report said.The WHO report added that diarrhoeal diseases are responsible for more than half of the global burden of foodborne diseases, causing 550 million people to fall ill and 230,000 deaths every year.The health agency also reported that Africa and South-East Asia regions have the highest incidence and highest death rates, including among children under the age of five.“Based on what we know now, it is apparent that the global burden of foodborne diseases is considerable, affecting people all over the world – particularly children under five years of age and people in low-income areas,” said Dr. Kazuaki Miyagishima, Director of WHO’s Department of Food Safety and Zoonoses.Children are at particular risk of foodborne diarrhoeal diseases, with 220 million falling ill and 96,000 dying every year, WHO said, adding that diarrhoea is often caused by eating raw or undercooked meat, eggs, fresh produce and dairy products contaminated by norovirus, Campylobacter, non-typhoidal Salmonella and pathogenic E. coli.Other major contributors to the global burden of foodborne diseases are typhoid fever, hepatitis A, Taenia solium (a tapeworm), and aflatoxin, which is produced by mould on grain that is stored inappropriately.“The risk of foodborne diseases is most severe in low- and middle-income countries, linked to preparing food with unsafe water; poor hygiene and inadequate conditions in food production and storage; lower levels of literacy and education; and insufficient food safety legislation or implementation of such legislation,” the report said.The report’s findings underscore the global threat posed by foodborne diseases and reinforce the need for governments, the food industry and individuals to do more to make food safe and prevent foodborne diseases, WHO said.WHO is working closely with national governments to help set and implement food safety strategies and policies that will in turn have a positive impact on the safety of food in the global marketplace, the agency said.“Food safety is a shared responsibility,” WHO said.
Game developer CD Projekt is a company everyone should appreciate even if you’ve never sat down and played one of their games. There are two reasons for this. The first is the fact they are anti-DRM and try to avoid using it at all costs. Secondly, they are the company behind Good Old Games, which has been serving us classic games DRM-free for a over 4 years now.CD Projekt’s most well-known gaming series is The Witcher, and CEO Marcin Iwinski has just given an interview where he reveals sales and piracy figures for The Witcher 2.Legitimate sales have exceeded 1 million copies, which is a great achievement. But the game has also been pirated roughly 4.5 million times, based on looking at torrent site stats and doing the math. In reality that figure is probably much higher.Unlike other companies working in the games industry, and in particular big name publishers, CD Projekt isn’t talking up DRM as a solution to those pirate copies. In fact, Iwinski thinks a 1 to 5 ratio between legitimate and pirated copies isn’t actually that bad.CD Projekt’s answer to piracy is just to offer more value to the legitimate gamer with additional content you can’t download such as collectible, physical items. When asked why other games use DRM, Iwinski explains it’s just a “I will cover my ass” solution that doesn’t work. Publishers don’t care and won’t listen to reason as long as the numbers add up.Read more at PC Gamer, via EDGEMatthew’s OpinionI have always had a strong opinion that DRM is totally the wrong solution for games, but now we have proof that game sales work without it. Selling a million copies of a game more than pays for its production and goes a long way towards keeping a studio open and working on the next titles. Those 4.5 million illegal copies can’t really be counted, as the people downloading them wouldn’t have bought the game. They are simply not lost sales. GOG is also proof no DRM works with 6 million legitimate game sales in 4 years.The argument that DRM stops copying is pretty ludicrous when you see many of the games carrying it available to download the week of launch. In most cases DRM just ends up being a downside of purchasing a legitimate copy, as you have to deal with it installing and running on your system.The state of DRM is pretty dire. It doesn’t stop illegal downloads, it increasingly requires a constant Internet connection, the game you bought has limited installs, and if the server the publisher uses to check a game is legal goes offline, your game becomes unplayable.CD Projekt does not use DRM, they are selling millions of games, and their future looks bright. Maybe it’s time for a long overdue rethink on DRM across the games industry.
You might not know this from the movies, but the world of DC comics is a rich and wonderful place full of fantastic characters with legacies and histories of exciting adventures worth celebrating. We’re not just talking about Batman and his foes. The entire DC universe is a vast multiverse of amazing heroes and villains to explore on comic pages and on television thanks to the DC Animated Universe as well as the recent Arrowverse. These classic characters may be criticized for being stiff and unrelatable gods compared to their flawed and human Marvel counterparts, but there are no greater paragons of virtue and heroism than the shining stars of the DC Universe.View as: One Page Slides1. AquamanThe only opponent worthy of the great Black Manta is the King of the Seas himself.Currently $8.86 on Amazon. Purchase Here.2. BatgirlBarbara Gordon/Batgirl/Oracle has been through a lot over the years, but she’s in a better place now than she has ever been.Currently $7.50 on Amazon. Purchase Here.3. CyborgThese days Cyborg is a core member of the Justice League, but to me he’ll always be an indispensable member of the Teen Titans. Take that, Slade. Booyah!Currently $112.44 on Amazon. Purchase Here.4. FlashHis movie may be in jeopardy, but the Flash’s top-notched, Grodd-filled TV adventures can’t be beat.Currently $8.97 on Amazon. Purchase Here.5. Green ArrowGreen Arrow is about three things: shooting arrows, wearing green, and being a big, fat, unabashed far leftist. So he’s pretty much the best superhero.Currently $9.16 on Amazon. Purchase Here.6. Green LanternOne of the many great things about the Justice League cartoon is that it established John Stewart, not Hal Jordan or Alan Scott, as the real Green Lantern for a generation of viewers like me.Currently $19.86 on Amazon. Purchase Here.7. HawkgirlHawkgirl makes this list over her male counterpart due to her amazing, complex character arc on the Justice League cartoon.Currently $27.25 on Amazon. Purchase Here.8. Swamp ThingFamous snake worshipper Alan Moore took a B-movie monster character like Swamp Thing and turned him into a noble and literary protector of all plant life, “The Green.” And he’s scented. Currently $18.97 on Amazon. Purchase Here.9. Beast BoyNo green monkeys included with purchase. Currently $34.99 on Amazon. Purchase Here.10. RobinBatman’s figurative (and in one case literal) son, Robin demonstrates that Batman is at his best when he’s working with a Batfamily. Currently $29.99 on Amazon. Purchase Here.11. SupergirlThese days, if you want fantastic live-action Superman adventures, just watch his cousin Kara on CW instead.Currently $9.27 on Amazon. Purchase Here.12. SupermanForget Batman v Superman ever existed and remember that Superman embodies the best of what a superhero should strive to be. And in black and white,Currently $18.99 on Amazon. Purchase Here.13. Wonder WomanThe Wonder Woman Funko Pop comes with a jet that’s both invisible and intangible.Currently $38.45 on Amazon. Purchase Here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Toy Tuesday: The Most Fatal ‘Mortal Kombat’ ToysToy Tuesday: The Best Funko Pops Stay on target
Lazio Coach Simone Inzaghi revealed his side lacked the passion and desire to win the Derby della Capitale, suggesting Roma were worthy winners.Ciro Immobile brought Lazio back on level terms after Lorenzo Pellegrini gave Roma the lead. But a beautiful free-kick from Kolarov and a bullet header from Fazio ensured Eusebio’s men the three points.“Roma were more determined than Lazio and believed in it more. We conceded three goals from three dead ball situations, but I thought we had deservedly equalised and unfortunately were caught out by a free kick,” the Lazio Coach told Sky Sports Italia.“We had more possession, Roma closed up and went more on the counter than they usually do. We didn’t react in the best way, but we’ll learn from the experience.Chris Smalling open to a permanent AS Roma deal Andrew Smyth – September 6, 2019 Chris Smalling can “definitely see a longer-term future” for himself at AS Roma should things work out on his loan spell from Manchester United.“I thought the inertia of the game would change with the equaliser and make it far more open, but unfortunately we conceded just three minutes after drawing level.“We created more chances in the first half and had more of the ball, but Roma deserved the victory because they were more determined.“Our first 20 minutes were excellent and we deserved more. We should’ve been more concentrated, but if you concede goals from set plays, you probably are going to lose.”
We enjoy pointing out that Make a Difference Day, the largest annual community service day in the nation, was started by the print media.It was magazine-style USA Weekend, an insert carried by many newspapers, that launched the annual day of volunteerism in 1992. Since then, millions of Americans have signed up and shown up on the fourth Saturday in October to do something positive for their communities.This year, the Vancouver-Clark Parks and Recreation Department has four opportunities for volunteers who want to clean up Clark County. Everybody is invited to participate — all ages and groups of all sizes — on Saturday. Here are the details.• Parks and public areas: “The Butt Stops Here.” Volunteers will meet at 10 a.m. at Luke Jensen Sports Park, 4000 N.E. 78th St., and then fan out in search of cigarette butts and other litter in parks and public areas. You must provide your own transportation. Volunteers will return to Jensen Park at 12:30 p.m. to weigh their bags of litter and to eat lunch. Orientation coffee donated by Starbucks and lunch donated by Blind Onion Pizza.
KIEV, Ukraine — Russia is launching artillery attacks from its soil on Ukrainian troops and preparing to move heavier weaponry across the border, the U.S. and Ukraine charged Friday in what appeared to be an ominous escalation of the crisis.Russia accused Washington of lying and charged Ukraine with firing across the border on a Russian village. It also toughened its economic measures against Ukraine by banning dairy imports. Andriy Lysenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council, said five salvos of heavy rockets were fired across the border near the town of Kolesnikov in the Luhansk region in the country’s east. A border crossing point near Marynovka was fired on twice with mortars, also from the Russian side, while Ukrainian forces shot down three Russian drones, Lysenko said.If true, the allegations mean Moscow is playing a more direct role in the fighting than it has been accused of up to now — a dangerous turn in what is already the gravest crisis between Russia and the West since the end of the Cold War.In addition, Col. Steve Warren, a Pentagon spokesman, said that the U.S. has seen powerful rocket systems moving closer to the Ukraine border and that they could be put into the hands of the Russian-backed separatists as soon as Friday.
MS: There’s been a lot of interest from advertisers—the relaunch was sponsored by Seiko, for instance—but it also opens us to opportunities around e-commerce. We partnered with a fashion brand to sell one of its limited-edition products on the site. (For the first 24 hours of the product being on sale, the only way a consumer could buy it is by clicking a link on Esquire. com). In 24 hours, we sold thousands in revenue—and it’s a product our editors fully embrace.Folio: We see you’ve increased traffic by 15 percent in fashion and style since focusing on the segment. How did you do it specifically?MS: We started amplifying our style content in new ways, optimizing it more for search and, in some cases, seeking more social friendly packaging. In only a couple months, we started to notice growth and thought: if we go all in here we could really make a dent. Also at this time, we started executing on an e-commerce strategy—really the first time Esquire has done this in earnest—and have seen 400 percent year over year growth.Folio: Do you have any plans to you target and other segments?MS: We’re planning more watch coverage. We’ll also ramp up our grooming coverage— we’re developing a video series around beards, in fact—as well as cultivating a new style essayist to bring more humor to the section. Outside style, we’ve ramped up our food coverage, as well as our sex/relationship content.Folio: What’s the relationship between the site and the magazine? Do your teams work together in any way?MS: Although we’re technically separate, the Esquire print and digital teams have an excellent relationship. We meet throughout the week so they know the longer term projects we’re working on and vice versa. We also work with them on the strategy for how to roll out print stories online. Some brilliant people work on the print magazine, and I’m learning a lot from them.Folio: In more general terms, what should we expect from Esquire.com in 2018?MS: There will be this sustained push around style content. We’re also thinking about our political coverage—particularly how we’re going to cover whatever comes out of the Mueller investigation and the midterm elections in the fall. Esquire.com saw writing on the wall that fashion and style offered the brand an opportunity to not only increase audience engagement but also build new business. To best do that, the brand decided to build out a new customized environment for that content to live and develop bespoke products for its partners. We caught up with site director, Michael Sebastian, to learn more about the new vertical and what else he and the team has in the pipeline.Folio: Tell us about the relaunched style section and the purpose behind it?Michael SebastianMichael Sebastian: The new style section looks different from the other sections on Esquire. com—both the layout and the marquee, which will be customized every week—to set it apart visually. In terms of the content mix, we’re leaning into more service, more inspiration, more commerce (you should be able to easily buy everything we recommend), and more journalism, meaning we’re going to report stories on the brands and trends our readers care about.Folio: What new partnership opportunities does this offer the brand?
The Department of Veterans Affairs in Alaska has made enormous strides the last few years connecting veterans with benefits and healthcare. But serious problems remain. Yesterday we brought you the first part of a story about Scott Harrison, a former Marine who fell into poverty while stranded between operations.One hurdle for Harrison is not being able to get a copy of his service treatment record. In this second part of the story, we examine where exactly that record is.Download AudioScott Harrison standing outside the cabin he rents in Big Lake. It’s too small inside for him to fit many of his possessions, so he keeps more durable items like clothes and dry-goods outside. Photo: Zachariah Hughes, KSKATo find out where Harrison’s service record could be, I sat down with Forest E. Powell III, the the perpetually cheerful program manager for the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs.That name can be confusing — though it has ‘VA’ in the title, DMVA is not part of the federal Department of Veterans Affairs. Instead, Powell and other members of DMVA’s small staff work for the state. They’re a kind of liaison between veterans living in Alaska and the national VA. As a result, they are masterful explainers when it comes to breaking down a system that might be generously be described Byzantine.“A veteran has to have a service-connected disability to be eligible for VA benefits,” Powell explains as the starting point in the claims process.If Harrison is going to prove that his injuries and disability are connected to his time in service — the Veterans Benefits Administration, the section of the VA handling benefits — needs to comb through his service treatment record… which, given his time as a Marine in the 80s, presents problems.“There’s a group that did not serve during the war period,” Powell said, “that was right after Vietnam and just before the Gulf War — I call it the donut hole.”He calls it that because the consistency in record-keeping at the time varied — and veterans are often confronted with gaps in what can look like a complete service record.But Harrison, our Marine vet, believed the VA couldn’t find his file.After weeks of asking VA officials what could have happened to Harrison’s service record, I was finally able to verify that it does exist: The VA in Alaska has had it since at least the mid-90s.It took almost a month of looking to confirm Harrison’s service record existed. The request was routed through an office in Portland, Ore. In the end, I didn’t see Harrison’s record, but was authorized to discuss it with Chad Pomelow, who manages the Veteran Service Center, part of the VBA within the Anchorage VA office.“The bigger challenge is when we can’t track down records,” Pomelow explained of difficulties facing VBA guiding veterans through the claims process.In this case, however, the record was tracked down as part of an application Harrison filed for a service-connected injury in 1996. According to the summary report Pomelow read me, doctors didn’t find compelling evidence his back injury was service-related.“I will say that if they didn’t go get documentation of an injury then we’re not gonna have evidence of it,” Pomelow added.The caveat is an important one, because if veterans suspect there are holes in the documentation they have options for recourse during an appeals process, such as collecting “buddy statements” or providing non-official evidence like journal entries from the time. Recognizing that service treatment records are not perfect documents, the VA has expanded what doctors will look at to substantiate or deny claims. But those appeal strategies depend on knowing what exactly is in the official service treatment record.Harrison said he doesn’t remember ever seeing the denial the VA issued on his claim. He believes it would have been a essential piece of information to have.“I’ve definitely made enough noise about it, I’ve definitely called all over about it,” he said.When asked about who he speaks with at the VA about navigating the claims process, he rattled off a list: “I’ve talked with social workers, I’ve talked with doctors, I’ve talked with members of the primary care team. My understanding is it has been voiced up to the highest levels of the VA here.”Scott Harrison spends most of each day on a hospital bed that stopped working after a water-leak this fall shorted it out. Photo: Zachariah Hughes.Harrison said he has spent enormous amounts of time trying to locate his record, and has never seen or held a copy of it.He’s not alone. The scale of this problem in Alaska depends on who you talk to. Steve Harrison (no relation to Scott) is chairman of the Veteran’s Party of Alaska, a political group. It took him 11 years to establish his own benefits.According to Steve, that’s not uncommon. Among his daily interactions with vets over Facebook pages and websites, he estimates about 95 percent have had a problem applying for benefits. The most frequent issue cited is that a service record can’t be found.“That’s one of their favorite excuses — is to lie straight to the veteran’s face saying that they lost them, and that’s not true,” Steve said by phone. “So we wind up suffering and dying needlessly.”Steve Harrison’s take is an extreme. On the other side are Veteran Service Officers — people employed by groups like the Veterans of Foreign Wars to act as intermediaries between a claim-seeking veteran and the VA. Service officer Gerry Glover said most of the vets he works with get closure on the claims they file in a reasonable amount of time.“We have a pretty high success rate,” Glover said in a phone interview.When evidence for a claim exists, the Anchorage VSOs are generally able to get him or her connected to services. When they can’t establish a connection, Glover said, they can at least explain the rational behind the denial.This is because VSOs like Glover know what they’re doing: they know the name of forms, the right office to call, as well as the VA jargon. Glover sees a disconnect between capable bureaucrats getting “several thousand” Alaska vets through the claims process, and on the other, a frustrated segment of veterans with a poor understanding of the complicated system.Asked for a more specific count of how many veterans in Alaska have successfully worked with VSOs, Glover estimated more than 10,000 had a relationship with his office.The VA has to be rigorous scrutinizing benefit claims because every tax dollar they spend is under a microscope. And because their job is to carefully scrutinize each claim that’s made, VA staff can’t serve as impartial advocates for an individual veteran’s case. That is where the VSOs come in. Glover explained that if you’re not navigating benefit claims every single day, it can seem like an “unmanageably complex” system.“It’s very complicated, there are many different diseases or conditions or injuries,” Glover said. “So it’s not a very simple process and it’d be hard to simplify that.”Glover feels the Anchorage VA office doesn’t have enough VSOs. It can be a long wait getting a benefit claim like Scott Harrison’s seen all the way through, even with a knowledgeable advocate. In 2013, the average time to complete a disability claim was 387 days.Scott Harrison said now that he knows his treatment record exists he’ll apply again for benefits. But the timeline and complexity don’t leave him feeling optimistic. He quit smoking a month ago, but otherwise his health has gotten worse, and he says he doesn’t have much hope things will get better.
.Sampadak Parishad, a platform of newspaper editors, on Thursday decided to hold a press conference at the National Press Club on Saturday, reports UNB.The parishad (council) will reiterate its demand that the Digital Security Act be amended to protect freedom of speech, independent journalism and media institutions from threats of police intervention and arbitrary arrest.The decision to brief newsmen was taken at a meeting of the council at The Daily Star Centre with the Daily Ittefaq Editor Tasmima Hossain in the chair, said a statement issued after the meeting.It reiterated that “The parishad accepts the need for strengthening cyber security through an appropriate legal framework but opposes some specific sections of the Digital Security Act recently signed into law by the president, namely sections 8, 21, 25, 28, 29, 31, 32, 43 and 53.”Sampadak Parishad expressed deep disappointment that “The specific promise made by three cabinet ministers and information advisor to prime minister about taking Sampadak Parishad’s concern to the cabinet and opening the process of discussions with all stakeholders to prepare an amended version of The Digital Security Act was not honoured.”“It (parishad) considers this to be a breach of trust that the Parishad had reposed, in good faith, on the commitment made by three senior cabinet ministers and information advisor to the prime minister; It may be recalled that the meeting was held at the initiative of information minister, Hasanul Huq Inu who, while extending the invitation, committed to opening a new series of discussions, a commitment that was supported by the law minister and the ICT minister in the meeting, “ the statement read.It further noted, “Demands that The Digital Security Act be amended, as specified above, in the next session of the present parliament which will be held in near future. We consider this to be a good opportunity to respond to the concerns of all journalists and citizens in general who consider the Digital Security Act as a serious threat to freedom of speech and freedom of expression.”Sampadak Parishad stated that “Digital Security Act is against our rights to freedom of speech and freedom of press as guaranteed by the constitution under Article 39 (a) and (b); The values of freedom, free speech and rights enshrined in the Spirit of our Liberation War; The fundamental norms of democracy, free society and fundamental rights guaranteed in the UN Charter and other international laws and instruments; and the core values of ethical and independent journalism.”The statement was issued by Tasmima Hossain, acting editor, Daily Ittefaq; Reazuddin Ahmed, founding editor, News Today; Matiur Rahman Chowdhury, editor, Manabzamin; Nurul Kabir, editor, New Age; Matiur Rahman, editor, Prothom Alo; Mahfuz Anam, editor, The Daily Star; Shyamal Dutta, editor, Bhorer Kagoj; Naem Nizam, editor, Bangladesh Pratidin; Imdadul Haq Milan, editor, Kaler Kantho; Alamgir Mohiuddin, editor, Naya Diganta; MA Malek, editor, Dainik Azadi; Mde Mozammel Haque, editor, Karatoa; AMM Bahauddin, editor, Daily Inqilab; M Shamsur Rahman, editor, The Independent; Khandaker Muniruzzaman, acting editor, Sangbad; Saiful Alam, acting editor, Jugantor; Dewan Hanif Mahmud, editor, Bonik Barta; Zafar Sobhan, editor, Dhaka Tribune; Shahiduzzaman Khan, acting Editor, The Financial Express; and Mustafiz Shafi, acting editor, Samakal.
YouTubers Trevor “TmarTn” Martin and Tom “ProSyndicate” Cassell are well known for making Counter-Strike: Global Offensive videos. Between the two of them, they have over ten million subscribers. Their more popular videos involve the two gambling on in-game items and making huge sums of real-world cash by using a site called CSGOLotto. The existence of these online gambling sites is controversial enough already, but Martin and Cassell have found themselves embroiled in an even bigger scandal after it was discovered they actually own CSGOLotto, but never publicly acknowledged this fact.A YouTuber by the name of HonorTheCall investigated CSGOLotto and discovered that Martin and Cassell are the site’s director and vice president, respectively. In all of their videos, they always described CSGOLotto as a service they use, but not that they are its owners. It makes their surprised and excited reaction to successful bets look, well, fake.As this video from h3h3 productions points out (among other things), it is possible and likely that the two could rigged the betting results in order to stage their videos and encourage others to bet.Martin posted a video where he downplayed his involvement in CSGOLotto. The original video was removed, but since nothing is ever truly deleted on the Internet the video has been archived and reposted by user Marie Antoinette.Despite Martin claiming that his involvement with CSGOLotto was never a secret, h3h3 points out that there are no examples of Martin or Cassell disclosing their connection with CSGOLotto. Until now, the two have only ever labeled themselves as users of the site. Their current videos have since been updated to state their collaboration with CSGOLotto, whereas originally the videos just linked to the site.Independent of this, a class action lawsuit against Valve has been filed by CS:GO player Michael John McLoed. He alleges that the Valve Corporation has been allowing illegal online gambling to happen via CS:GO and the Steam platform. Online gambling is illegal in many states. In the places where it is allowed, it is heavily regulated. The fact that minors can potentially place bets in CS:GO makes this entire situation much murkier from a legal standpoint.It is currently unclear how things will turn out with Martin, Cassell, and the suit brought against Valve, but it seems likely the whole system is set to come tumbling down now. Stay tuned for more as it develops.
A rapid transit line connects downtown Taipei to Taoyuan International Airport. The Airport Mass Rapid Transit operates between 6:00AM to 11:00PM. To ease the journey of the passengers, single journey ticket and E-tickets are also available.Passengers have access to A1 Station In town check in service (ITCI) from 6:00AM to 9:30PM for China Airlines, Mandarin Airlines, Eva Airlines and Uni Air. The special offers available for passengers include 50% discount from March 2- April 1, 2017 and 20% off for groups of 10 or more to start from April 2, 2017.The train has a maximum operating speed of 100km/h and travels between the three special municipalities of Taipei City, New Taipei City and Taoyuan City.
By Poly PantelidesCYPRUS should receive a total of €874 million from EU structural funds during the period 2014 – 2020 that will be fed back into the economy to channel growth, the finance minister said yesterday.Harris Georgiades was speaking during a finance ministry event on structural funds.He said Cyprus’ economy was at a “transformative change” that called for correcting imbalances in the state and banking sectors and the creation of a viable financial model.The Planning Bureau’s Adonis Constantinides said Cyprus should get some €526 million from the Cohesion Fund, €118 million from the Rural Development Fund and about €30 million from the Fisheries Fund. The majority of the project financed by the Cohesion Fund will target measures to encourage growth, he said.Cyprus will aim to enhance competitiveness, support smaller businesses, contain its rising unemployment levels, target property and focus on energy resources, Constantinides said.Meanwhile, the European Parliament plenum yesterday approved a budget of €3 million to be used by the Committee on Missing Persons (CMP) and cultural heritage.The CMP has previously said it needed more than the €2.5 million received each year to sustain its work, in identifying the remains of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots who have gone missing in the sixties and in 1974. It had already conveyed its need to the European Parliament and the European Commission but has also been trying to broaden its donor base.In addition to the amounts expected to be released as part of the EU funds, the European Parliament has approved granting a further €100 million for 2014 and same as much in 2015. The amounts still need to be approved within the framework of budget discussions between different EU bodies.This might be possible based on a law amendment adopted by European Parliament on the initiative of Cypriot member Eleni Theocharous to allow the increase of funding of certain EU projects form 50 per cent to 85 per cent and in certain cases, 95 per cent, as a temporary measure until at least 2016. Theocharous said Cyprus was claiming the extra €200 million in 2014 and in 2015 because of the debt crisis.You May LikeLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementCardiologist: This Is What Happens When You Eat GlutenGundry MD PrebioThrive Probiotic SupplementUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboola
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