Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has jumped to the defence of Virat Kohli, hitting back at critics who have questioned the visiting captain’s behaviour in the ongoing four-Test series against Australia.Speaking to the media in Melbourne on Sunday, Ravi Shastri said Virat Kohli is an absolute gentleman and that he has been fantastic on the field against Australia in the first two Test matches.”He was fantastic. What is wrong with his behaviour? Of course, you can question but as far as we are concerned, he is an absolute gentleman,” Shastri said.Shastri’s comments come at a time when Virat Kohli has been criticised by cricket experts. Former Australia pacer Mitchell Johnson had said the India skipper’s behaviour in Perth was “silly” while referring to his on-field banters with Australia captain Tim Paine. The former Australian pacer also said Kohli’s failure to acknowledge the crowd’s applause during the second Test was “disrespectful”.Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar also hit out at India’s behaviour in the ongoing series, saying sledging and starting banters is not part of the DNA of Indian cricket.’Easy to fire blanks when you’re a million miles away’Meanwhile, Shastri also hit back at critics who had questioned the team management over selection issues after India’s 146-run defeat in the second Test at the Perth Stadium.India opted to play four pacers and the lack of a frontline spinner hurt the team whereas Australia, with Nathan Lyon picking up eight wickets, dominated the match from the word go.Gavaskar was critical of captain Kohli and the team management as he told India Today that someone needs to held accountable if India fail to beat a weakened Australian side in the ongoing series.India were humbled by Australia in the second Test in Perth by 146 runs, prompting the likes of legendary Sunil Gavaskar to question the team management’s selection policies and demanding more accountability from captain Virat Kohli and the head coach.Shastri didn’t take any names but in his inimitable style rubbished all criticism making it evident that he has not taken it too well.”When you are millions of miles away, it is very easy to fire blanks. Their comments are too far away and we are in the Southern hemisphere. We have to do what’s best for the team, as simple as that,” Shastri said.Meanwhile, the head coach also expressed confidence that India will be third time lucky in Australia referring to the missed chances of winning away series in England and South Africa earlier this year.The four-match series is currently tied at 1-1 after Australia buried the memories of the series-opening defeat in Adelaide to beat India in Perth. The two teams will play the third Test in Melbourne from Boxing Day.”We have not lost any morale in Perth. We knew we had our chances there in Perth as well, so we are ready. We are at 1-1 in a Test series in Australia,” Shastri said.”Very rarely have we been in a position [this year] where we are 1-1, and it is not often for a team, when they travel overseas, that they are placed 1-1 with two Tests to go. So the boys know what they can do and what they are capable of. The potential lies ahead. We will be third time lucky.”advertisementAlso Read | Australia branding Kohli a villain like pot calling the kettle black: Aakash ChopraAlso Read | Test specialists Rahane and Pujara likely to play for India A against England LionsAlso Read | Virat Kohli is the energy of this Indian team and the clear leader: Brad HoggAlso See:
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Atalanta coach Gasperini reveals special Guardiola gesture: It’d never happenedby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has revealed a special gesture he received from Pep Guardiola.Manchester City host the Oribici tonight in the Champions League.Gasperini said, “I must say that Guardiola is a very great person, beyond this, he made a gesture that had never happened to me before.”Eight years ago, when I left Inter he called me through Estiarte, with whom we had known each other since Pescara, and invited me to Barcelona to spend a few days with them. “For me it was an extraordinary gesture, of great sensitivity, because at that moment he gave me something beautiful. Also for this I respect him a lot. Having said that being here is beautiful, even if they are definitely dangerous…” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
Brittany Hobson APTN National NewsIn the northeast corner of Manitoba, along the shores of Island Lake sits the Garden Hill First Nation.It’s an isolated community.When it’s cold, there is a winter road that connects people to the nearest community 18 kilometres away.In the summer, access is only by boat or air.On top of the isolation, the people of Garden Hill are dealing with a housing crisis.“My grandkids all sleep on the floor here as you can see,” said Sharon Beardy. “One mother with two little ones and my four grandkids just sleep anywhere. anywhere possible on the floor.”Overcrowded housing is the new normal for Garden Hill.The 3,500 residents share 500 homes.Three or four families can share one residence at a time.Beardy has lived in her home for the past eight years. She shares her three-bedroom house with 12 others.She told APTN the living situation is hardest on her two granddaughters.“With the two older ones, they’re teenagers, they need their privacy but basically this is their kitchen, living room and their bedroom,” she said.Kelly Ann Monias, 14, and Natalia Beardy, 12, are Beardy’s granddaughters.Like most young girls their age, they enjoy listening to music by Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez.But unlike many young girls across Canada, they do not have a room to call their own.“It’s really loud and they bother me all the time,” said Moonias.The Beardy house also have heating issues. They seal cracks in the walls with foam spray and cover the windows outside with plastic for a quick fix.Despite the crowded conditions and heating issues – the Beardy’s are one of the lucky families. They have running water.Other homes have to rely on water trucks that make their way around the community three times a week.Rachel Keno’s home is one without water.Keno lives with 15 others in her two-bedroom home. Her two teenage children sleep in the living room.“Everybody has different sleeping patterns so some will try to go to sleep early and they try to go to bed but they can’t because one wakes up and then everyone wakes up everybody else. it’s hard,” said Keno. “Sometimes they all hang out in my room until I kick everybody out. It’s just kind of difficult for them to adjust and everything. there’s just too many people in here.”Keno’s son Sebastian is 16 years old. At times he has missed school because he doesn’t get enough sleep.“He tries to go to bed early because he wants to get up for school,” Keno said. “But they keep waking him up because he sleeps right in the living room. Sometimes I’ll put him in my room just for him to fall asleep.”The lack of privacy is one of the reasons families turn to the chief and council for help.“Everyday people are knocking at our band office asking for materials, boards to try and make a small room for their children,” said Chief Dino Flett.According to Flett, Garden Hill needs 500 more homes. He said they haven’t built a decent house in five years because the remoteness makes it difficult to get materials to the community.He said people are feeling frustrated – and helpless.“They do have family problems because of overcrowding,” he said. “They need space. We do have social problems too where frustration kicks in for the teenagers. They get depressed. this is a very touchy subject. Even suicide or runaways. These kinds of things that happen in our community. This is what we’re dealing with.”Some people in Garden Hill said they can’t deal with it anymore. They’ve left the community for Winnipeg.About 1,000 members, almost a third of the community, now live off reserve.For the growing population of Garden Hill it’s just too hard a place to have a life.“There isn’t really any place for me to have privacy unless i go out,” said Victoria Barkman, 17. “But during winter it’s too cold and during summer it’s too hot so i don’t really have a place to have my own privacy.”Overcrowding isn’t the only problem for kids here. They say there’s not much to do.Right now there is one sports complex in the community.Beardy’s granddaughters rely on it when they need to get away from the chaos of home.“We play hockey and basketball. we always go do that,” said Kelly Ann Monias.But for teens who don’t like sports, there isn’t anywhere else for them to go.One teacher at the high school is trying to change that.George Munroe teaches geography and social studies.He said he tries to make his classroom a safe haven for his students.“Certainly the school gives our students a place to go, a place where they can strive for in terms of trying to get their education,” said Munroe.But a lack of resources means Munroe can only do so much.There is no education facility beyond the high school meaning students must travel to the city to get further training.This can be hard on students like Barkman who don’t want to leave – but must if they want to pursue a career.“We need different courses. sometimes we don’t have the courses that we need to get into a career that we want to and sometimes we have to go into the city for that kind of class,” she said.For now Flett said council is trying to do as much as they can but the reserve needs assistance from both the federal and provincial governments.The people who call this place home – do the best they can – and hope for a better future.“Moving is not the answer. I grew up here. I love my community. I love the people that surround this community,” said [email protected]
APTN InFocus The troubles in Thunder Bay have people living on the edge when it comes to drugs, deaths and gangs.As national best-seller author Tanya Talaga calls it, “It’s a Thunder Bay problem, it’s a Canada problem as well.”Today on In Focus, we put those problems into perspective as APTN reporter Willow Fiddler digs deeper into what’s happening.In one of her stories, she looks at the lives of First Nations youth living in Thunder Bay and how some people have been working to protect them from the dangers they face.APTN’s Dennis Ward also joined the conversation by talking about his experience living and working as a reporter in Thunder Bay, recounting stories about how the Thunder Bay Police Service has been working to tackle the crime.And James Favel, Executive Director at Bear Clan, spoke about how the 900-volunteer-member strong organization patrols streets in five cities to protect women and youth, including the streets of Thunder Bay.Tune into APTN National News this week to see more stories from Thunder Bay.Subscribe to the APTN InFocus podcast below:
BlackBerry Ltd. is launching a new way to enhance the security of commonly-used Microsoft Corp. cloud and mobility software in response to increased customer awareness of the need to protect sensitive information.The two companies jointly announced Monday that they’ve collaborated on a software bridge between Microsoft’s suite of applications and BlackBerry’s highly-secure operating environment for enterprises.The bridge will provide various BlackBerry security features for Microsoft Word, Excel and other programs whether they’re on smartphones, tablets or computers using major operating systems such as iOS, Android and Windows.The new level of integration between BlackBerry and Microsoft software will provide a more precise way to decide who has access to documents, under what circumstances and for how long.For example, an employee, consultant or supplier could get personal access to a spreadsheet or presentation for 24 hours but have no ability to forward it to anybody else.BlackBerry chief marketing officer Mark Wilson said at a press briefing in Waterloo, Ont., that organizations are increasingly looking for ways to improve cybersecurity for a highly interconnected workforce.“What we do . . . is secure all of the communications and collaborations within those organizations,” Wilson said.As an example, he said, BlackBerry shares its product road maps with customers “but we actually have embedded security into the files, where they actually can’t share those files with anybody outside of their organization.”In addition, BlackBerry will put a time-limit on the shared documents and kill them off after a month.“They don’t have to kill it, we actually manage the rights of the document so the security travels with the document. So we can kill that document whenever we want.”He said BlackBerry’s customers have long wanted to have that level of security while using Microsoft’s software as it normally operates without the user knowing how secure it is.“For them, they think they’re using the regular Microsoft app. For the IT manager, they know behind the curtain what’s actually happening.”BlackBerry Enterprise Bridge, the software that creates a connection to the Microsoft application environment, is undergoing final customer trials and will be sold on a per-user subscription basis when it’s launched commercially. Final prices were not disclosed.BlackBerry is not the company it was a few years ago when it was still the market leader in smartphones, before it was pushed aside by Apple’s iPhone and various devices using the Android operating system.Now the company gets about 75 per cent of its revenue from enterprise software, which is used by businesses, government departments, police, fire and other first responders and other organizations.Wilson said BlackBerry’s marketing strategy has also evolved, because it’s trying to reach about 40,000 business people globally — rather than to billions of consumers.“It will be better to use different tactics to go after the set of enterprises that we want to go after,” Wilson said.For example, BlackBerry will be holding a series of events in 10 cities, beginning with San Francisco on May 3 and ending with Amsterdam in June.Ottawa is the second stop on the tour, on May 8, to address a largely government-oriented based. The only other Canadian stop is Toronto on May 10, where BlackBerry will address a broader client base.While BlackBerry is just a fraction of the size of Microsoft, it retains a reputation for being a market leader in enterprise security — a feature of the BlackBerry phones that contributed to their success.Companies in this story: (TSX:BB)
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Chamber of Commerce hosting a community meeting with Progress Energy to discuss the future economic activity for the City.Recently, Progress Energy has announced that it will be starting its well-drilling operations in the Fort St. John area. On Trev Talks, Lilia Hansen, Executive Director for the Chamber of Commerce, said she is very appreciative that the President and CEO of Progress Energy will be meeting with the chamber.“I’ve got Mark Fitzgerald, President and CEO of Progress Energy coming to Fort St. John, I really appreciate it and, again, it’s building those connections, you know, with industry. With Julie Bourdon, we’ve been trying to work out some dates for some time, and Mark is going to come to Fort St. John”. Instead of speculating about what boost this project may bring to the local economy, Hansen says it will be great to hear what plans Fitzgerald will be presenting.“A lot of times, there’s talk in the coffee shops, you know, this is what’s going to happen to Fort St. John now that we have these positive announcements, we’re going to get it right from the president. This is what Progress Energy is expecting. They have some announcements to make as well, and I’m really glad they are coming to Fort St. John. They’re making Fort St. John a priority to start here”.Progress Energy has made no announcement as to how many holes are to be drilled. Earlier this week, Energeticcity.ca made a request for details from Progress Energy about the project. They have yet to respond to our request.A conversation with Progress Energy will be taking place on November 27 at the Pomeroy Hotel and Conference Centre. Everyone is welcomed to attend.To register for this event, you can visit FSJchamber.comTo watch the full discussion, you can view the entire episode of Trev Talks below:
New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Friday directed its Kerala unit to conduct re-polling in seven booths in Kasaragod and Kannur parliamentary constituencies of the state on May 19 when 59 Lok Sabha seats across eight states will go to the polls in the seventh and final phase of polling. Kasaragod’s four booths in Kalliassery and Thrikkaripur Assembly segments and three booths in Kannur’s Taliparamba and Dharmadam Assembly constituencies will go to the polls on Sunday after the EC declared the voting conducted at these polling stations on April 23 as “void”. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Citing a letter dated May 10 submitted to the Commission by the Chief Electoral Officer of Kerala regarding “bogus voting” in these booths, the EC said the decision has been taken to conduct fresh polls in these polling stations under “sub-Section (1) and (2) of Section 58 of the Representation of the People Act, 1951”. The polling time in these booths has been fixed from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on May 19 in accordance with the Commission’s instructions contained in “chapter XIII of handbook for Returning Officer”. Through a letter issued on Friday to the Returning Officers and Deputy Election Officers for Kasaragod and Kannur constituencies, the EC asked them to ensure that wide publicity is given to the re-polling by beat of drums in the polling areas. It also asked them to inform the political parties and the concerned candidates in writing about the fresh polling.
Casablanca – Everyone remembers the unprecedented outrage that the anti-Islamic documentary “Innocence of Islam” had caused among Muslims across the world. On Wednesday, a U.S. appeals court ordered Google Inc to remove the documentary from YouTube.According to Haaretz, the Court turned down Google’s assertion that removing “Innocence of Islam” from YouTube would be unconstitutional. Cindy Lee Garcia, the plaintiff and one of the actors in the documentary, had objected to the film after she discovered that a clip she had shot for a different film was included in the anti-Islamic documentary. In the clip, Garcia appears asking, “Is your Mohammed a child molester?”However, Google did not accept the Court’s decision and stated that “we strongly disagree with this ruling and will fight it.”“Ordering YouTube and Google to take down the film was the right thing to do,” Garcia’s lawyer, Cris Armenta, stated after hearing the Court’s verdict.Google claimed that while Garcia could have legal claims against the film director, she should not have won a copyright case against Google. The giant company also claimed that the video should not be removed because it had become part of public debate.Before resorting to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, Garcia’s claim for copyright was addressed in a lower court, where her request to have the documentary removed from YouTube was rejected.The documentary depicted the Prophet Mohmmaed as a fool and a sexually neurotic individual.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed
Not all the numbers work out so neatly, however. Another bin contains all those favorites with win probabilities in the 50s (anywhere from 50.0 percent to 59.9 percent). These teams were supposed to win about 55 percent of the time. In fact, they’ve won 38 of 63 games, or 60.3 percent of the time. So the teams performed a little better than expected in these games.By contrast, teams with win probabilities in the 60s (from 60.0 percent to 69.9 percent) have won 35 of their 60 games, or 58.3 percent. That’s a bit worse than expected.What’s going on here? How are the somewhat heavier favorites, with win probabilities in the 60s, performing worse than those teams whose win probabilities were in the 50s? Are the heavier favorites getting cocky? Is there something wrong with the model?Probably not. Instead, these differences are well within the ranges that might result from random chance. This is easier to explain visually, as in the following graphic, which portrays the results of games from each bin along with their confidence intervals. Our NCAA tournament forecasts are probabilistic. You could say that FiveThirtyEight is “calling” for Michigan State to defeat Virginia on Friday, but it isn’t much of a call. Our model gives Michigan State a 50.7 percent chance of winning, and Virginia a 49.3 percent chance. For all intents and purposes, it’s a toss-up.Other times, of course, one team has a much clearer edge. Duke was a 92.9 percent favorite against Mercer last week, but Mercer won.Still, upsets like these are supposed to happen some of the time. The question in evaluating a probabilistic forecast is whether the underdogs are winning substantially more or less often than expected. The technical term for this is calibration. But you might think of it more as truth in advertising. Over the long run, out of all the times when we say a team is a 75 percent favorite, is it really winning about 75 percent of the time?FiveThirtyEight’s NCAA tournament projections have been published each year since 2011. The formula has changed very little over that period. (The only substantive change has been adding a fifth computer power rating, ESPN’s Basketball Power Index, this season.) That gives us a reasonable baseline for evaluation: a total of 254 games, counting the 52 played so far this year. (These totals include “play-in” games.)You can find a file containing our past predictions here. It’s important to emphasize that these predictions were published at The New York Times or ESPN versions of FiveThirtyEight in advance of each game — these are actual predictions and not hindcasts.Overall, FiveThirtyEight’s favorite won 70.0 percent of the time. How often was the favorite supposed to win? According to our model, 72.1 percent of the time. So at a macro level, the forecasts have been pretty well calibrated (70.0 percent is well within the 95 percent confidence interval drawn by simulating the results 100,000 times).But that doesn’t tell us everything. It’s also important that the heavier favorites, like Duke in its game against Mercer, win more often than the slim favorites, like Michigan State against Virginia.To evaluate this, we can break the 254 games down into bins. The most intuitive way is to use five bins based on the first digit of the favorite’s win probability. For example, one bin contains the 40 games in which the favorite’s win probability was somewhere in the 90s (that is, anywhere from 90.0 percent to 99.99999 percent; in practice, the heaviest favorite in our database is Ohio State, which had a 99.7 percent chance of beating the University of Texas at San Antonio in 2011.)We’d expect the favorite to win about 95 percent of these games. In fact, the favorite won 38 out of 40, or exactly 95 percent of the time. The exceptions were Duke this year and Missouri in 2012, which lost to Norfolk State despite being a 97.2 percent favorite. Each result is within its respective confidence interval. The calibration is not perfect. But the deviations from perfect calibration are not statistically significant. We encourage you to check our work, and let us know if you think there’s a better way to judge our results. But overall, the tournament’s results have been reasonably true to the FiveThirtyEight probabilities. Just don’t tell that to your buddy who had Duke winning it all this year.Correction: Speaking of checking our work: a reader, D.K., discovered that our database incorrectly listed Kentucky as the winner of its 2011 national semifinal against Connecticut. The chart, table and text have now been changed to reflect the correct result. We appreciate D.K.’s assistance and apologize for the error.