Champion Groves sends warning to Smith

first_imgPaul Smith has been told he will make a huge mistake if he attempts to trade punches with George Groves in their Bonfire Night showdown at Wembley Arena.Hammersmith’s Groves defends his British and Commonwealth super-middleweight titles – and his unbeaten professional record – against the tough Liverpudlian a week on Saturday.Smith, 29, was the British champion before losing to James DeGale, who was narrowly outpointed by Groves in their May grudge match.“I’m going to break him down and then knock him out.”Despite being outclassed by DeGale and stopped in nine rounds, Smith has been tipped by many to cause Groves problems because of his aggressive style.But Groves told West London Sport: “He’ll fight in a style where he’ll throw shots but end up taking shots too – and if he does that it’ll be a mistake, because the shots I’m going to be landing he won’t be able to absorb for 12 rounds.“Those punches will have a cumulative effect. I’m going to break him down and then knock him out.”Smith has bounced back strongly from the DeGale defeat, knocking out Paul Samuels and Hungarian Jozsef Matolcsi in the first round, improving his record to 31-2.He says he has what it takes to inflict the first defeat of Groves’ career and put himself in the frame for a world title shot.“I feel he is an overrated fighter who had a one-off performance against DeGale,” Smith declared.A win would move Groves a step closer to a world title shot“DeGale is an awkward fighter to face. When you get in the ring he surprises you with the shots he throws. Groves had the advantage having sparred with him in the past – there was no shock factor.“His win against DeGale does not give me any nightmares. I know I have the style to beat him. He leaves himself open.”But Groves countered: “I think he’s saying that to use it as motivation for himself because he knows he’s in for a tough night.“He also knows that after losing his title last year, he’s not going to get too many opportunities to get back to where he wants to be.“For that reason it’ll be a tough fight and he’ll be up for it, but I know what I need to do.”last_img read more

Bilkis Bano case: IPS officer dismissed

first_imgGujarat cadre IPS officer R.S. Bhagora, an accused in the 2002 Bilkis Bano case, was dismissed from service by the Union Home Ministry on May 30, a day before his retirement on May 31. The 60-year-old officer was set to retire on May 31 and was serving as Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) with the Ahmedabad police when his dismissal order came. Mr. Bhagora was promoted to IPS from the State police service in 2009. His dismissal from the service means he would not get any post-retirement benefits from the government.Earlier in March this year, the Supreme Court had asked the Gujarat government to take disciplinary action against the erring police officials, including Mr. Bhagora, convicted by the Bombay High Court for dereliction of duty in the Bilkis Bano gang-rape case.Among the police officials, four — a deputy superintendent of police, two inspectors and a constable — have retired from service. Compensation fiatSubsequently in April, the Supreme Court directed the Gujarat government to give ₹50 lakh as compensation, a government job with accommodation to Ms. Bano who was gangraped in one of the worst mass murder cases in the 2002 Gujarat riots. During the post-Godhara communal riots in Gujarat, 14 members of Ms. Bilkis’ family were killed, including her two-and-half-year old daughter who was snatched from her mother’s arms and smashed on a rock.The case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation and trial was moved out of Gujarat to Maharashtra in the interests of justice by the Supreme Court. A special court in Mumbai had awarded life sentence to 11 persons for raping Ms. Bano, who was five months pregnant at the time of the heinous crime. The trial court, however, acquitted five policemen, including Mr. Bhagora, who were booked for dereliction of duty in the high-profile case.The Bombay High Court in 2017 reversed the lower court order and convicted the accused five policemen under Sections 218 (not performing their duties) and 201 (tampering with evidence) of the Indian Penal Code.The Supreme Court on July 10, 2017 dismissed the appeals of Mr. Bhagora and the other policemen against the High Court order, stating there was “clear-cut evidence” against them.last_img read more

Millennials more likely to attend Remembrance Day ceremonies poll

first_imgA new survey suggests millennials are leading a gradual resurgence of interest when it comes to attending Remembrance Day ceremonies.The poll conducted by Ipsos on behalf of Historica Canada found that 29 per cent of respondents plan to attend a ceremony to honour fallen soldiers on Nov. 11, up three per cent from last year and marking a return to recent highs established in 2015.But the online survey suggests Canadians between 18 and 34 are the ones most likely to pay their respects in person.The poll found 37 per cent of millennial respondents planned to attend a ceremony, well ahead of the 29 per cent of baby boomers over age 55 who were surveyed.Just 23 per cent of survey participants aged between 35 and 54, classed as members of generation X, expressed an intention of going to an official ceremony.Historica Canada says the surge in interest in attending Remembrance Day ceremonies may be the result of increased efforts to share veterans’ stories in schools and other public spaces, exposing younger generations to real-life accounts of time in combatcalast_img read more

Ted Turner Our Future Depends On Her Rights

first_imgIn recognition of World Population Day on Friday, July 11, United Nations Foundation Founder and Chairman Ted Turner released the following statement.“Young people have the power to transform their communities and create a better world for us all. But the facts are clear: many of the world’s adolescent girls are not reaching their full potential because of a lack of access to quality reproductive health information, education and services. We must recognize that reproductive health isn’t a privilege; it’s a right.“Right now, statistics show that some 14 million girls are subject to early or forced marriage each year. Many of these girls become pregnant before their bodies are ready, which is why pregnancy is a leading cause of death among girls aged 15-19. Approximately 70,000 girls are dying every year, according to the ICPD Global Review Report. That’s not a future that we want.“The good news is: we have the power to change this reality and help girls everywhere reach their full potential. When girls can fully realize their sexual and reproductive health and rights, they can choose their own paths in life. They can stay in school, avoid early marriage and unintended pregnancy, and pursue an income. They can have children when they are ready. In turn, they lift themselves, their families and their communities out of poverty.“I see a future with healthier girls and women, stronger families, more prosperous communities and a more sustainable planet. To get there, we must redouble efforts to invest in the information, education and services she needs to plan her family and her future, and ensure that the health and rights of adolescent girls is robustly included in the next development framework.“This World Population Day, let’s all commit to supporting the United Nations to ensure every girl can reach her full potential. It’s a no brainer: invest in the health and rights of an adolescent girl now, and you’ll invest in a better future for us all.”last_img read more

Equifax calls executive stock sales days after breach legal

first_imgATLANTA – Equifax, the credit report company hacked over the summer exposing the personal information of 145 million Americans, said a special committee has determined that none of the four executives who sold shares at the time did anything wrong.The high-level executives sold shares worth a combined $1.8 million in the days immediately after the company discovered the breach.When Equifax went public with the breach in early September, company shares cratered, erasing about $2.35 billion of its market value.The company revealed that an ongoing cyberattack lasted from mid-May to July. Equifax Inc. said it detected the hack on July 29.On Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and three other executives sold a combined $1.8 million in stock.The company said Friday that a special committee comprised of independent directors, and advised by an independent counsel, found that none of the executives had knowledge of the breach when their trades were made.The committee’s review included dozens of interviews and the scouring of more than 55,000 documents including emails, text messages, phone logs and other records.The report Friday is unlikely to relieve pressure on the beleaguered company, which badly bungled the response to the hack.Investigators will want to know how a breach of this size and scope could have occurred, without the knowledge of some of the company’s highest executives.Faith in the leadership and the security of private information eroded in the weeks after the attack.Anxious consumers experienced jammed phone lines and clueless company representatives. An Equifax website set up to help people determine their exposure was described as sketchy by security experts. The site provided inconsistent and unhelpful information to many. The company blamed the problems of an online customer help page on a vendor’s software code after it appeared that it had been hacked as well.High-level executives, including CEO Richard Smith, have already stepped down.The internal report did not appear to ease the apprehension of those who hold company stock. Shares were essentially flat on Friday.That’s because it is the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency that enforces securities laws, which will have the final say.SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has refused to comment when asked by lawmakers if executives at Equifax engaged in insider trading when they sold their shares. He has not confirmed or denied that the SEC is investigating.Smith, the former Equifax CEO, appeared before Congress to answer questions from lawmakers, but they were far from satisfied with the answers they received.The Atlanta company is under multiple state and federal investigations and has been sued by numerous customers in litigation likely to evolve into class-action lawsuits.What makes the data breach so dangerous is the information that Equifax holds. Social security numbers, identification, addresses and personal information held by Equifax and the two other, major credit agencies is used to determine a person’s creditworthiness.last_img read more

Business Highlights

first_imgStocks take a beating after iPhone sales slip; Dow falls 660NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks tumbled Thursday on Wall Street, with technology companies suffering their worst loss in seven years, after Apple reported that iPhone sales are slipping in China. The rare warning of disappointing results from Apple stoked investors’ fears that the world’s second-biggest economy is losing steam and that trade tensions between Washington and Beijing are making things worse. The sell-off also came after a surprisingly weak report on U.S. manufacturing. The Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged 660 points, or 2.8 per cent, and the broader S&P 500 index fell 2.5 per cent.___With slump in iPhone sales, are we post Peak Smartphone?NEW YORK (AP) — Behind Apple’s disconcerting news of weak iPhone sales lies a more sobering truth: The tech industry has hit Peak Smartphone, a tipping point when everyone who can afford one already owns one and no breakthroughs are compelling them to upgrade as frequently as they once did. Some manufacturers have boosted prices to keep up profits, although Apple’s shortfall in China may highlight the limits of that strategy___Waning iPhone demand highlights Chinese consumer anxietyBEIJING (AP) — Apple’s $1,000 iPhone is a tough sell to consumers in China unnerved by an economic slump and the trade war with the U.S. The company says demand is waning, and revenue for the last three months of 2018 will fall below projections. CEO Tim Cook points to China for the decrease. The Apple news shows how vulnerable many big U.S. companies are to a slowdown in China, especially as the world’s two biggest economies seek to settle a contentious trade dispute.___Bristol-Myers Squibb buying Celgene in $74B dealSUMMIT, N.J. (AP) —Bristol-Myers Squibb is spending $74 billion on fellow drugmaker Celgene in a deal aimed at stocking the combined company’s development pipeline with cancer, immunology and cardiovascular treatments. Bristol would gain the cancer treatment Revlimid in the cash-and-stock deal announced Thursday, as well as inflammatory disease treatments and several products close to launching. The combined company will have nine products with more than $1 billion in annual sales.___Apple drops iPhone bombshell on already reeling stock marketSAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple acknowledged that demand for iPhones is sagging, a warning likely to roil financial markets. It confirmed investor fears that the company’s most profitable product has lost some of its lustre. CEO Tim Cook said that iPhone sales fell well below projections, especially in China, amid a trans-Pacific trade war and concern over global economic weakness.___Worries grow about impact of a prolonged government shutdownWASHINGTON (AP) — With President Donald Trump warning that it “could be a long time” before the partial shutdown of the government ends, concerns are rising about potential economic damage given that the shutdown is coinciding with other threats. Should it drag into February, the slowdown in government activity could shake confidence and cause businesses and consumers to stop spending.___Detecting depression: Phone apps could monitor teen angstSmartphones have been blamed for contributing to depression and suicidal behaviour in susceptible teens. But what if they could be used to identify kids at risk? That idea is the spark for a race to develop phone apps to detect impending mental health crises. Developers say as teens scroll through Instagram and Snapchat, tap out texts, or hole up in their rooms watching YouTube, they’re leaving enormous digital footprints that may offer clues to their psyches. Studies are underway to find out.___US factories expanded at slowest pace in more than 2 yearsWASHINGTON (AP) — American factories grew last month at the slowest pace in more than two years. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, says its manufacturing index dropped to 54.1 in December, down from 59.3 in November and lowest since November 2016.___No refuge for investors: Even “safe” funds fell in 2018NEW YORK (AP) — The past year felt dismal for investors. What’s worse, the gloom was all-encompassing as mutual funds of all types sank. Even those funds that are typically steadier during turbulent markets struggled through what became the worst year since the Great Recession for many investors.___Sign-ups steady as health law case goes to appeals courtWASHINGTON (AP) — The government says 8.4 million Americans have signed up for coverage this year under the Obama health law, even as supporters of the law appealed a court ruling declaring it unconstitutional. Thursday’s numbers underscore the unexpected staying power of “Obamacare,” which President Donald Trump failed to repeal after promising a better health plan. Also Thursday, Democratic-led states said they’ve appealed a ruling by a federal judge who recently declared the health law unconstitutional.___The S&P 500 lost 62.14 points Thursday, closing at 2,447.89. The Dow fell 660.02 points, or 2.8 per cent, to 22,868.22. The Nasdaq retreated 202.43 points, or 3 per cent, to 6,463.50. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks fell 25.07 points, or 1.9 per cent, to 1,330.83.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Grande Prairie RCMP Investigate Video Depicting Animal Abuse

first_imgRCMP continue to work with partnering agencies in an effort to hold the responsible parties accountable.The investigation is ongoing.No further updates are available at this time.  RCMP would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.If you have any information regarding this incident and have not previously reported it, please contact the Grande Prairie RCMP at 780-830-5700 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie Rural RCMP are investigating into a video that depicts animal abuse.On November 18, 208, RCMP was made aware of a video posted online, depicting the inhumane death of a coyote.RCMP have identified the parties involved, but are unable to release the names of the individuals due to their age (youth).last_img

Could have inflicted heavy damage if we had tech asymmetry says IAF

first_imgNew Delhi: If the Indian Air Force possessed high levels of “technological asymmetry”, then it would have been able to inflict heavy damage on Pakistan during its unsuccessful aerial raid on February 27, according to an IAF report.The report analysed various aspects of IAF’s air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 and the subsequent Pakistani retaliation the next day. India carried out the air strike to avenge the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In the report, the IAF said Pakistan Air Force has been consistently enhancing its air defence and offensive capabilities since the Kargil war in 1999 and there was a need for India to bolster its “technological asymmetry” for aerial combat, official sources said sharing details from the report. At present, Pakistan has some edge with its fleet of F-16 jets with AMRAAM missile fitted with them, said an official. The sources said the planned induction of Rafale aircraft with deadly Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and S-400 air defence missile system will provide India a significant advantage over Pakistani Air Force. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We felt we could not punish the adversaries appropriately. So we need to bolster technological asymmetry so that the enemy does not even dare to come close to the border,” said a source. On the Balakot strikes, the report said the Israeli Spice 2000 precision guided munitions (PGM) fired from Mirage 2000 jets hit five out of the six designated targets in the JeM training facility. However, one Spice PGM did not leave the aircraft because of a drift in the inertial navigation system. The report said the deception used was successful as Pakistan was caught off guard despite their air force being put on highest alert. Various packages of jets flew in several directions including a fleet of Jaguars went towards Bahawalpur, a key air base of Pakistan Air Force, sources said. In the list of possitives from the strike, the IAF talked about accuracy of intelligence inputs, precise selection of targets, demonstration of its ability to carry out precision strikes and its success in maintaining secrecy of the operation though over 6,000 personnel were involved in it. In its analysis of possible areas for improvement, the IAF sought superior technological asymmetry and air defence system over Pakistan, sources said. It also talked about the need for procuring new weapons and other platforms for enhancing the IAF’s overall combat capabilities. Induction of Rafale jets along with Meteor beyond-visual-range missile and S-400 air defence missile system will provide India an edge over Pakistan, according to the report. India is procuring a batch of S-400 air defence system from Russia at a cost of USD 5 billion. India is also buying 36 Rafale fighter jets from France at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore. During the aerial combat of February 27, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman had engaged with one of the Pakistani F-16s and shot it down before his Mig-21 Bison was downed. Varthaman was captured by Pakistan and was released after spending nearly 60 hours in Pakistani custody. The Indian Air Force had on February 28 displayed pieces of an AMRAAM missile, fired by a Pakistani F-16, as evidence to prove that Pakistan deployed the US-manufactured fighter jets during the raid.last_img read more

201516 NBA Preview Forget DRose The Numbers Say The Bulls Belong To

And here’s what to expect from Chicago’s key players: To try to predict anything about Derrick Rose‘s career seems fruitless at this point; notice the category CARMELO puts Rose into: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Although the Bulls hope Rose’s body has finally recovered after three knee surgeries in the past three years, even the most ardent Rose supporters know they don’t know anything for sure. Rose fractured his left orbital (basically his eye socket) in the first practice of training camp, and it’s unclear whether a new protective mask will affect his game. Doug McDermott did not play well in his rookie campaign and could not find a spot in Thibodeau’s rotation after a knee injury early in the year. He is playing with much more confidence in the preseason and enjoys the working environment that Hoiberg has formed. With McDermott’s renewed confidence, the Bulls expect big things from the former Creighton sharpshooter. CARMELO … does not expect big things.Read more:All our NBA player projectionsAll our 2015-16 NBA Previews Pau Gasol proved last season that he still has plenty of gas left in the tank by averaging 18.5 points and 11.8 rebounds a game and earning the first All-Star starting nod of his career. It’s hard to believe the 35-year-old Gasol will be able to play in 78 games again (as he did a season ago), but he hasn’t shown many signs of slowing down after leading Spain to a EuroBasket championship in September. We’re inaugurating our NBA player projection system, CARMELO, with 2015-16 season previews for every team in the league. Check out the teams we’ve already previewed here. Learn more about CARMELO here. The Chicago Bulls are hoping that a new coach and a new system can help them do what they weren’t able to do during Tom Thibodeau’s five-year reign in Chicago: Beat LeBron James in the postseason. There is a lot of optimism surrounding new coach Fred Hoiberg and the offense he is putting in place. But with almost the exact same roster coming back — along with the addition of talented rookie Bobby Portis — the fear within the city is that the Bulls’ championship window may have already closed. Former MVP Derrick Rose hasn’t been able to stay healthy the last few years, and the Bulls understand that no matter how much talent is on the roster, they won’t be able to get over the hump in the playoffs unless Rose returns to his All-Star form on a consistent basis. On the other hand, FiveThirtyEight’s CARMELO projection system has Jimmy Butler on track to be the Bulls’ top performer this season.CARMELO pegs the Bulls to go 47-35: The emotional soul of the Bulls, Joakim Noah, did not play well last season as he dealt with the lingering effects of offseason left knee surgery. He also struggled to find his way alongside Gasol. He is feeling good to start the season and believes he is healthy enough to put up big numbers again. Nikola Mirotic had an up and down rookie season, but he showed flashes of offensive brilliance. The Bulls hope he will thrive in Hoiberg’s new system. Jimmy Butler is the Bulls’ best all-around player and feels even more confident after signing a max extension in the offseason. He is on record as saying he wants to prove last season wasn’t a “fluke,” and CARMELO doesn’t think it was, projecting Butler as an All-Star-caliber player this season. read more

For Decades Relievers Pitched Better Than Starters Not Anymore

Over the years, bullpens have eroded the workloads of starting pitchers. This season, relievers have accounted for the greatest share of pitching workload in Major League Baseball history: They have completed 41.1 percent of total innings through Wednesday, up from last year’s record of 40 percent. There are a variety of reasons for this trend, including teams becoming more aware of how starting pitchers tend to do worse each time through the opposing lineup and the increasing specialization of the sport.For more than 40 years, relievers had outperformed starters on a per-inning basis. But this season, through Wednesday, starters’ ERA is 0.02 points lower than that of relievers. Starters have not posted an ERA superior to that of relievers since 1973, but that gap has shrunk rapidly, and this year it could be potentially erased. As recently as 2012, the overall ERA of relievers was half a run better than that of starting pitchers.Perhaps this suggests that the sport has reached the limits of bullpenning and specialization — there are too many relievers employed. Through Tuesday, 492 different pitchers who primarily serve in relief have appeared in games this season.1At least 90 percent of games pitched as relievers. That already breaks the record set last season (488) and is up from 381 relievers in 2010 and 297 in 1998, the first season that MLB had 30 teams.This change in personnel may explain relievers’ decline in performance the first time through opposing lineups, relative to starting pitchers, a trend that Ben Clemens at FanGraphs documented in May and has continued into the summer. For the first time this century, starters have been better than relievers in their first time through the order in back-to-back seasons. Craig Edwards, also of FanGraphs, found there have been more low-leverage innings this year and poorer performance within them,2According to Leverage Index (LI), which is a measure of the relative “pressure” a player has faced. speaking to less meaningful baseball and more poor teams. Those innings have presumably been pitched by lesser relievers, diluting the group’s overall performance. There have been fewer meaningful innings this season — and also a greater volume of lesser-skilled relievers.A key decision for managers in today’s game is deciding whether to stick with a starter a third time through the lineup or to use the bullpen. And the gap between starters in that position and relievers has shrunk to its lowest level since 2005, as relievers have an advantage of only 49 points of opponent OPS this season compared with a 64-point edge last season and a century-high, 88-point difference in 2007, according to Baseball-Reference.com.Another reason for the convergence between starters and relievers is that starting pitchers are gaining relative skill. For the first time in the pitch-tracking era, which dates to 2007, the average fastball velocity of starting pitchers (93.3 mph) is less than 1 mph (0.8 mph) slower than that of relievers (94.1 mph). In 2012, relievers’ average fastballs were 1.7 mph faster than those of starters, and the difference has generally been shrinking since. Relievers’ overall fastball velocity has even declined this season, for the first time since 2008. Moreover, starters so far in 2019 have posted a higher difference between their strikeout rate and walk rate (14.5 percentage points) than relievers (13.9 percentage points). This is the first time starters have had a greater difference than relievers in the two rates since 1986.New technology is also allowing pitchers to improve the efficiency of their pitches. Starting pitchers also generally have a greater variety of pitches — and better command — than relievers, which is arguably one reason why they are starting pitchers and not relievers. If starters close the velocity gap, where relievers have traditionally held an advantage, they are closing a significant portion of the performance divide.Perhaps the game has swung too far in favor of relievers. Managers might want to wait a little longer on that call to the bullpen, or at least consider whom they are calling upon.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more