ICC Champions Trophy: Hasan Ali, Azhar Ali destroy England as Pakistan reach first-ever final

first_imgPakistan cruised to the ICC Champions Trophy final after thrashing hosts England by eight wickets in the first semi-final at the Sophia Gardens  on Wednesday.Chasing a below-par 212, the Green Brigade rode on a brilliant 118-run opening stand between Azhar Ali (76) and Fakhar Zaman (57) before Babar Azam (38 not out) and Ali helped the team with a 55-run second-wicket stand to set their date with the winner of the second semi-final between India and Bangladesh, on Sunday.After bowling the hosts out for 211, thanks to pacer Hasan Ali’s 3/35, the Pakistani opening duo of Ali and Zaman made light work of the English bowlers as the visitors crossed the 50-run mark at the end of the mandatory powerplay.The 27-year-old Zaman was the more destructive of the two, bringing up his second consecutive fifty off 49 balls, laced with six boundaries and a six off a bouncer from pacer Mark Wood in the very first over of the innings.It seemed the Pakistan batsmen were in a hurry to get to the total as the duo helped the team touch the three-figure mark in the next seven overs before Ali too got to his half century off 68 deliveries.Unable to find the breakthrough, English skipper Eoin Morgan got Adil Rashid back into action, and the leg-spinner delivered on the very first delivery of his fourth over with the wicket of the dangerous Zaman, stumped by wicketkeeper Jos Buttler.The wicket of Zaman brought in Azam, who wasted no time in settling down, dancing down the track to loft Rashid over for a straight six as the visitors crossed the 150-run mark in no time.advertisementAli slowed down a bit midway till he picked Liam Plunkett for a boundary as the second wicket partnership flourished to 50 off 55 deliveries.But a slower one from pacer Jake Ball saw the back of the opening batsman. Ali, who had by now faced 100 deliveries, only managed to get a bottom edge which crashed into his own stumps.Needing 39 runs to win, the experienced Mohammed Hafeez (31 not out off 21 balls) and Azam finished off in style with a 42-run unbeaten third-wicket stand.Hafeez, who started off clobbering all-rounder Ben Stokes for a massive six, got the winning runs with a boundary off the same bowler as Pakistan overhauled the target with 77 balls to spare.Earlier, Pakistan bowlers led by Hasan Ali put up a quality display to restrict England to 211 runs in 49.5 overs. Ali was complimented well by Juniad Khan and debutant Rumman Raees, who chipped in with two wickets each.For England, Joe Root (46), Jonny Bairstow (43) and Ben Stokes (34) were the major contributors to the cause.England, who were brilliant in the group stages, wasted a steady start, thanks to the immaculate line and length of the bowlers, who were right on the coin throughout the match.The home side’s ploy to bring back Bairstow in place of Jason Roy clicked but some poor middle-order batting saw Pakistan dominating the game.Unlike the previous matches, England’s lower-order drastically failed to live up to the pressure as Jos Buttler (4), Moeen Ali (11), Rashid (7), Plunkett (9) and Wood (3) only managed to add 30 runs for the cause.last_img read more

Carabao Cup final XIs: Ramsey starts, Sterling out

first_imgArsenal v Manchester City Arsenal vs Man City team news: Ramsey starts as Sterling misses out through injury Goal Last updated 1 year ago 23:40 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Montage Guardiola Wenger goal Arsenal v Manchester City League Cup Manchester City Arsenal Arsene Wenger is looking to win the trophy for the first time, while Pep Guardiola is seeking to break his silverware duck in England Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey has been passed fit for the Carabao Cup final but Raheem Sterling misses out through injury for Manchester City.Ramsey, 27, has been named in the startling line-up for the Gunners but Sterling, 23, has not been included in City’s squad due to a hamstring problem.Gabriel Jesus has been named amongst the substitutes for Pep Guardiola’s side alongside Ederson with Claudio Bravo starting in goal. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player David Ospina starts between the sticks for Arsenal, who are lining up in a back three for the Wembley showpiece, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang features up top for the Gunners.Kevin De Bruyne is expected to feature from the right-hand side for City due to Sterling’s absence, while Danilo gets the nod at left-back ahead of Oleksandr Zinchenko.Arsenal, on the other hand, have named an experienced bench featuring the likes of Petr Cech and Per Mertesacker.It’s the first time that Jack Wilshere and Ramsey will play together for 154 competitive Arsenal games.Arsenal XI: Ospina; Bellerin, Chambers, Mustafi, Koscielny, Monreal; Xhaka, Wilshere; Ramsey, Ozil, Aubameyang. Subs: Cech, Mertesacker, Kolasinac, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Iwobi, Welbeck.Man City XI: Bravo; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Danilo; Fernandinho, Silva, Gundogan; De Bruyne, Aguero, Sane. Subs: Ederson, Stones, Laporte, Bernardo, Zinchenko, Foden, Jesus.last_img read more

National Youth Squad camp a success

first_imgAustralia’s best young talent united in Sydney over the weekend to train together for the first time as the Australian National Youth Squads. Australia’s 18’s and 20’s Boys and Girls squads trained tirelessly over the weekend, impressing in their first foray as National Youth Squad members for the 2015 Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign, which will be held in January next year. It wasn’t all smooth sailing – Friday’s Sydney Airport Terminal Two closure threw a spanner in the works, with some player’s flights pushed back until late Friday night and early Saturday morning, before Saturday afternoon’s wild weather changed plans for teams – but the teams were still incredibly eager to make the most of their time together. Touch Football Australia’s High Performance Manager, Wayne Grant, said the weekend was a big success and looks forward to the rest of the Youth Trans Tasman Series campaign. “It was a great camp held in some trying conditions but the way the players and coaches approached the weekend has me delighted the Youth Trans Tasman preparation has started off on the right track,” Grant said. “We have some tremendously talented youth in our game with some amazing skill levels that continue to improve year after year.”To view photos from the weekend, be sure to visit the TFA social media pages:Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyausInstagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksAussie camp a successlast_img read more

Audrey Azoulay Among Candidates for UNESCO DirectorGeneral

By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Audrey Azoulay, the daughter of of royal advisor Andre Azoulay, is among the nine nominated names for Director-General of United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).The President of the UNESCO’s Executive Board, Michael Worbs officially announced the names of the nine candidates on March 16. Azoulay, born in 1972, is a graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and the École Nationale d’Administration. She has, among others, worked at the general direction of media  and was magistrate of the Court of Auditors.Four Arab candidates are also nominated for Director-General of UNESCO position, namely Veira El Khoury Lacoeuihe (Lebanon), Moushira Khattab (Egypt), Salah Al Hasnawi (Iraq) and Hamad Ibn Abdulaziz Al Kawari (Qatar).Three other Asian candidates are also competing for this position including Polad Bulbuloglu (Azerbaijan), Pham Sanh Chau (Vietnam), Qian Tang (China).Finally, the last nominated name for the same position is Juan Alfonso Fuentes Soria from Latin America.The nine candidates will be interviewed during the 201st session of the Council on Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 April.The Director-General of UNESCO will be appointed by the General Conference for a period of four years. read more

Bosnian court jails two former guards after referral from UN war crimes

The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina yesterday sentenced Mitar Rašević to eight and a half years in prison and Savo Todović to 12 and a half years after finding them guilty of crimes and humanity.Mr. Rašević was the guards’ commander and Mr. Todović was the deputy warden at a detention centre in Foca in south-eastern Bosnia and Herzegovina that operated between April 1992 and October 1994. The court found that both men participating in setting up and maintaining a system of punishment and mistreatment of detainees, including the use of forced labour.Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), which is based in The Hague, indicted the two men in 1997, but the Tribunal ruled in September 2006 that it would refer the case to the court system of Bosnia and Herzegovina.Referring cases is part of the ICTY’s efforts to try to strengthen the rule of law across the region and enhance its partnership with judiciaries in the former Yugoslavia. Although the ICTY still tries the cases involving the most senior figures from the war, some intermediate and lower-rank accused have been referred to national courts.So far, the Tribunal has referred six cases involving 10 accused to the courts of Bosnia and Herzegovina. 29 February 2008Two Bosnian Serb guards who persecuted non-Serbs at a prison camp during the Balkan wars of the 1990s have been convicted and sentenced to jail by a national court in Bosnia and Herzegovina after the case was transferred from the jurisdiction of a United Nations war crimes tribunal. read more

UNbacked anticyberthreat coalition launches headquarters in Malaysia

20 March 2009The headquarters of the global coalition to tackle the world’s most serious cybersecurity threats, backed by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU), was inaugurated outside of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur today. The headquarters of the global coalition to tackle the world’s most serious cybersecurity threats, backed by the United Nations International Telecommunication Union (ITU), was inaugurated outside of the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur today.The new state-of-the-art facilities of the International Multilateral Partnership Against Cyber-Threats (IMPACT) in Cyberjaya will host the ITU’s Global Cybersecurity Agenda (GCA), which promotes international cooperation to make cyberspace more secure in an increasingly networked information society.The joint effort by the ITU and IMPACT – an initiative which brings together governments, industry leaders and cybersecurity experts to enhance the global community’s capacity to prevent, defend and respond to cyberthreats – aims to provide real-time analysis, aggregation and dissemination of global cyber threat information.“Cybersecurity is one of the most critical issues of our time,” said Hamadoun Touré, ITU Secretary-General, noting that the problem demands “a truly global approach.”Last September, the heads of ITU and IMPACT signed an agreement to operationalize the GCA at IMPACT’s Cyberjaya site.Although the GCA will be housed at the IMPACT centre, ITU will have a “virtual showcase” at its headquarters in Geneva of the early warning system, crisis management and real-time analysis of global cyber threats. read more

UPFA to prepare to contest next election independently

The United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA) says it will prepare to contest the next election independently.UPFA General Secretary Mahinda Amaraweera said that while the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United National Party (UNP) are currently working together in the Government, the SLFP with the UPFA will contest the next election separately. He also said that there are attempts to split the SLFP but the public must ensure the SLFP remains united and all parties work together with the Government. Amaraweera said the cohabitation Government was formed to develop the country and not steal from the country.He rejected allegations that the SLFP and UNP were protecting any wrongs committed by both sides since they are in a cohabitation Government. Amaraweera said that the current cohabitation Government will not change for at least five years as an election cannot be held any time soon. The Fisheries Minister said that by working together the Government was able to prevent an international war crimes investigation on Sri Lanka.“We can safely say there is no international war crimes probe on the country,” he said.The Minister said that the international community has now changed its attitude towards Sri Lanka and is assisting Sri Lanka in many ways. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Moriyamas legacy in bloom at Brock

It’s springtime at Brock, and that means thousands of white blooms lighting up the grounds in front of the Schmon Tower.Cherry blossoms have bloomed on about 100 Sakura trees. The Japanese government gave the trees to Brock in 2003 as a gesture of friendship between Japan and Canada.The gift was part of the Sakura Tree Planting Project, which saw 3,000 Sakura trees planted around Ontario.The trees are part of the legacy of former Chancellor Raymond Moriyama, who helped secure the gift. They were granted in a 2003 ceremony in Toronto with Moriyama and Takashi Koezuka, the Consul General of Japan. During the ceremony, Moriyama learned he had been conferred the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold Rays with Rosette, from His Imperial Majesty, Emporer Akihito of Japan. He received the honour for his work strengthening the relationship between Japan and Canada.Links:• Honouring a revered Canadian architect – The Globe and Mail (April 16, 2010)• Order of the Rising Sun (Japanese honour) — Britannica Online Encyclopedia• Cherry blossom history — U.S. National Park Service read more

Can The Eagles Beat The Bears Can Houston Stop Andrew Luck

Salfino: Remember, Foles was LUCKY to beat the Falcons last year. He had a ball go off a Falcon’s knee, or they probably lose that game. Then he turned into Cinderella, and I have no idea how or why.sara.ziegler: He did get to face the Vikings last year — that undoubtedly helped.joshua.hermsmeyer: If Foles can be efficient and healthy, and the Eagles are patient, I can totally imagine a game where Biscuit implodes and the Eagles move on. I think the spread has some of that in it.Salfino: I do not believe in the Eagles defense at all. But I also don’t like how Nagy hasn’t given Tarik Cohen consistently more touches than Jordan Howard. And the Bears are all banged up now at WR.I agree with Josh on Trubisky, but the Bears and Nagy can’t put him in a position to lose that game. The Eagles have no playmakers. Dare them to score.sara.ziegler: Yeah, it could be closer than it seems. Of course, if Foles can’t play, then the Eagles will REALLY need a fairy tale.All right, let’s wrap this up with our Super Bowl predictions, so we can continue to look ridiculous when our picks all lose.Salfino: I’m going Saints-Chiefs, but that’s predicated on the Colts beating the Texans and giving the Patriots a nightmare matchup in the divisional round. It’s so public to fade the Chiefs that I’m fading the public. Offense!Mahomes wins MVP and Brees wins Super Bowl MVP. Seems fair.neil: I’ve been saying New Orleans over K.C. for these past few chats, and that’s still possible, so I’m sticking with it. (Despite the defensive concerns!)sara.ziegler: I took the Bears last time, and now having watched them flatten my own team, I probably need to keep them. Bears-Chiefs, Chiefs take it down.joshua.hermsmeyer: Chiefs-Rams rematch, Chiefs win. Because that would be the best ending to the best offensive season in the NFL probably ever.neil: What’s the score on that one, Josh? Is it the first Super Bowl whose score will be mistaken for an Arena Bowl?joshua.hermsmeyer: 36-35 with the game decided on a 2-point conversion.neil: Ooh, going low. I like it.Check out our latest NFL predictions. This will be the defining image of the season for me.Salfino: Cousins showing Thielen how to run routes was both hilarious and sad.joshua.hermsmeyer: One silver lining for the Vikings is that the situational football we typically use to judge Cousins as a disappointment is among the least predictive of future performance in all of football: throws under pressure, third-down conversions. Kirk deserves his share of the blame, but the entire offense looked out of sync yesterday and for a lot of the second half of the season.sara.ziegler: Cousins has his redemption narrative all set for next season, LOL.Salfino: The Eagles benefit from the Vikings’ struggles. I can’t believe that the Bears are only 6-point favorites.neil: Particularly with Nick Foles not necessarily 100 percent.sara.ziegler: The Eagles don’t even need Foles, Neil!neil: Carson Wentz? Nick Foles? Nate Sudfeld? No problem.sara.ziegler: Well … Wentz? Some problems.Everyone else? Fine.neil: Philly was always a backup QB’s dream city during the McNabb era. Some of that has carried over, I guess.Salfino: Foles has got to be the most volatile QB in NFL history. We should quantify that. He’s below average for his career and is treated like a franchise QB based on about 16 games, if we include all of 2013.neil: Yeah, the gap between his best 16 and worst 16 starts has to be one of the biggest ever.Salfino: I can’t even imagine the Bears losing to the Eagles. They are just going to chew Philly up. The Eagles’ best playmaker is still 100-year-old Darren Sproles, who is amazing, but come on.joshua.hermsmeyer: I can’t think of Foles without wincing that he lost $1 million because of four snaps.This is just brutal.sara.ziegler: Ooof.Salfino: Foles is going to get $100 million in about three months, so I will not feel sorry for him.joshua.hermsmeyer: hahsara.ziegler: LOLThe one other meaningful game yesterday — aside from the games that cost coaches their jobs — was Colts-Titans. Anyone surprised that the Colts dominated that one?neil: I mean, Blaine Gabbert was starting for Tennessee, Sarasara.ziegler: FairSalfino: Titans-Colts is QB wins to me. Luck vs. Gabbert. Come on. Murder. She. Wrote.joshua.hermsmeyer: Oh gawd not QB WinzSalfino: YES!!!Give me the better QB, and I’ll take my chances.joshua.hermsmeyer: smhMarlon Mack outrushed Derrick Henry, so why not RB winz?Salfino: No RB winz because winning yards per carry gets you nothing in win probability.Josh, you and I agree broadly but just quibble about how much credit quarterbacks get in the passing game.joshua.hermsmeyer: This is true.neil: Either way, it’s been great to see Andrew Luck bounce back from the injury and lost season to play well and lead a playoff push.sara.ziegler: I’m still amazed by the Colts’ turnaround.They were at 4 percent to make the playoffs on Oct. 15.Salfino: Luck should be in the MVP conversation. I understand it’s Patrick Mahomes. But Luck has done a lot with a lot less than Mahomes. Luck does seemingly have great coaching now though. Frank Reich, who the Colts backed into, was the hire of the offseason. I think better than Matt Nagy even.joshua.hermsmeyer: Luck truly played himself back into game shape. Early on, his throws were routinely Derek Carr short, and by the end of the season he was mostly back to the old Luck.sara.ziegler: So let’s turn to this weekend’s games.Colts-Texans and Seahawks-Cowboys on Saturday, Chargers-Ravens and Eagles-Bears on Sunday.Which underdog has the best chance?neil: Three of the 4 underdogs are +2.5 per Vegas.Salfino: Colts-Texans is the game of the week to me in terms of having no idea who will win. The Texans are a strange team with great strengths (QB, pass rush) and crippling weaknesses (offensive line, pass coverage).On paper, the Colts are a terrible matchup for the Texans because Luck led the league in lowest sack rate as he completely transformed his game to protect his health. So smart.neil: Indy also also beat Houston in Houston less than a month ago.Salfino: I am going to fade the Seahawks: 25th in yards allowed per play and 31st in sack rate allowed. That’s so bad. I can’t believe they even made the playoffs.neil: Ironically, our Elo gives Seattle the best chance of any wild card weekend team. 😉Elo has a tendency to react strongly to recent hot streaks, for better or worse.Seattle has won six of its past seven, including a win over Kansas City.Salfino: If you have Russell Wilson, anything is possible. I will stipulate.joshua.hermsmeyer: I like Seattle for my part. Turnovers are wildly unpredictable, and that drove their defensive Defense-adjusted Value Over Average for much of the season, but they are built to win close games like this one where both teams appear to want to “establish the run.”Salfino: The football story of the week when it comes to the chess aspect of the game and coaching is whether the Chargers having experienced the Ravens offense can now shut it down. But they don’t really do much on defense except play that Seattle, straight-up style. So do they even have a bag of tricks?sara.ziegler: Seems strange to me that the Ravens are favorites over the Chargers.Baltimore is hot right now, but L.A. has been solid all season.Salfino: Well, Baltimore has had the best home-field advantage in football when you factor in road vs. home record. So LAC are up against it.neil: Never underestimate the extra value of home-field advantage in the NFL playoffs, too.sara.ziegler: Yeah, that all makes sense.I still like the Chargers. I’m being obstinate, LOL.neil: Well, this is a little bit of a counter to the QB Winz debate from above. L.A. clearly has the better QB.joshua.hermsmeyer: I like Philip Rivers and the Chargers as well. Particularly if the Chargers keep Jackson in the pocket.Salfino: No Super Bowl team has won a road game since the 2012 season. But I’ll say that the most likely road winners this week in order are the Colts (they win), Chargers (I can see it but don’t think they adjust defensively), Seattle (Wilson gives them a chance) and Eagles (no chance unless Mitch Trubisky craps the bed).sara.ziegler: 🔥joshua.hermsmeyer: The Baltimore defense prevents completions, that’s their best skill. But Rivers has completed passes at 1.8 percent over expected this season.Salfino: New England really gets tested if the Colts win. (They would have to play the winner of Baltimore-LAC.) If the Texans win, Houston is just made for an easy Patriots victory in the divisional round.Little worried about how Rivers has looked of late. But probably just random variance. There’s not much data on QBs this old late in the season and into the postseason other than Brady.sara.ziegler: I’m worried about how Rivers looks, too — at least in this Mina Kimes drawing: sara.ziegler: 🤣Salfino: I think the Bears just crush the Eagles. This spread is all Foles-narrative-driven, and I don’t believe in fairy tales.sara.ziegler: Wow, Mike.LOLneil: Anybody picking the Eagles probably does have visions of this being yet another Bears team that got into the playoffs on defense with a weak QB performanceAnd promptly lost. But that’s not really this team. Trubisky has been progressing.(The defense is still amazing, of course)joshua.hermsmeyer: You can dink and dunk on Chicago. joshua.hermsmeyer: looolneil: That’s still accurate.I loved that segment on NFL Countdown Sunday, where they talked about Rivers’ trash talk. Which somehow never includes swearing.sara.ziegler: I’ve always really liked him. A perfect fantasy football QB.Salfino: Philip Rivers is great. A Hall-of-Famer IMO. But unbelievably he has as many career playoff wins as Mark Sanchez. He needs more pelts on the wall.sara.ziegler: Very fair.Is anyone taking the Eagles over the Bears?neil: I recuse myself.LOLsara.ziegler: Wait, we can’t make predictions about our favorite teams?I’ve literally been picking the Vikings to lose all season.neil: I gotta hand it to you, those were accurate predictions.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: As opposed to this one: sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, assistant sports editor): The NFL’s 2018 regular season is finally in the books. Before the playoffs get rolling, let’s look back on an interesting Week 17 and preview next weekend’s wild-card round. We’ll end with giving our Super Bowl predictions again, just to keep us honest.Salfino (Michael Salfino, contributor): I will have to revise my Saints-Steelers Super Bowl pick.sara.ziegler: LOLThe AFC had all the drama yesterday, so let’s start with the Ravens/Steelers/Colts/Titans business.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): I was very much hoping for that Colts-Titans tie. But alas.sara.ziegler: If the NFL were scripted, we would have ended the regular season on a tie.neil: Particularly this of all regular seasons.Salfino: What’s interesting to me about the Ravens is that teams are not punishing Lamar Jackson for running.joshua.hermsmeyer (Josh Hermsmeyer, NFL analyst): I’m unclear on why teams don’t force Jackson to beat them with his arm as well. It’s worked in the past against other highly mobile QBs, and there seems to be no great reason why it won’t work again.neil: That’s part of what makes the Ravens so interesting, that their second-half playoff push basically coincided with the QB change and this rush-heavy identity that seems so different in a league that set new records for passing in 2018.Salfino: Yes, the Ravens and the Chiefs are the offenses you really can’t prepare for in a week, IMO. I have no idea how a team can prepare for Jackson in one week. But LAC at least just faced him. Is that advantage Chargers? To me this is the most interesting game of the wild-card round.sara.ziegler: The Ravens nearly let Sunday’s game slip away, though.Salfino: The problem is that it’s so hard to stay disciplined and not chase him. Defenses are taught to be aggressive.Jackson allows the offense to play 11 on 11, and all of defense is predicated on the defense playing 11 on 10.joshua.hermsmeyer: Also strange is that we can make legit comps between Jackson and Josh Allen. Bill Belichick kept Allen in the pocket during Week 16 knowing the main danger he poses is from his legs. And New England won.Salfino: Yes, the Patriots are just taught to be super disciplined so they can counter that probably better than most teams.sara.ziegler: Did the Browns figure that out a little bit too against Jackson? The Ravens rushed for 8.5 yards per carry in the first half and just 4.5 in the second.Salfino: Maybe as the game wore on, but by then the damage was done. The Browns were just getting gashed. The Ravens were running on 3rd-and-long and converting. It was like a college game — old-school college before the passing explosion.joshua.hermsmeyer: Credit as well to the play-calling, I think. It’s a very creative scheme the Ravens are rolling out.Salfino: Is the Ravens defense overrated? Where are the blue chip players? They are just coached so well. Wink Martindale should get interviews.neil: And Jackson’s own speed is really something to behold. On that first TD Jackson scored, it looked like he was shot out of a cannon.Salfino: Jackson also looked like he was playing at video game speed even on the shorter second TD run. He just darted into the end zone like everyone was standing still.I think the Ravens offense is underrated and their defense is overrated.sara.ziegler: In the other afternoon AFC game of note, the Steelers came out incredibly flat before rallying for the win, which wasn’t quite enough.neil: Pittsburgh’s season will go down as one of the all-time collapses, I think?Salfino: The Steelers have to be the most disappointing team in recent memory. They were top 10 in all the key defensive stats except interception percentage — which is fluky, but man that killed them. They have Ben Roethlisberger throwing for 5,000 yards, two All-Pro WRs, and the running game was fine. Yet they just blew one game after the other.joshua.hermsmeyer: Antonio Brown has been inefficient this year, but he was missed.Salfino: The Steelers were sixth in yards per play and sixth in yards allowed per play and didn’t make the playoffs. This is almost impossible. I thought it was impossible.neil: After Week 11, we gave them a 97 percent chance of making the playoffs.sara.ziegler: I was surprised all season that they were as high in Elo as they were.Salfino: Being third in sack rate and 28th in interception rate defies conventional wisdom that pressure creates turnovers. Maybe PIT was super unlucky, too.sara.ziegler: They reeled off six wins in a row, but they never looked dominant.neil: Some of that was probably residual, Sara, from last year, when they had Le’Veon Bell, etc. But the narrative all first half was how they didn’t need Bell.sara.ziegler: Yeah, and James Conner filled in well for them!Salfino: Is MIN more disappointing than PIT? This is going to be a brutal offseason for Kirk Cousins. No player in memory is going to be under more pressure than he will be next year.neil: This is a fraught question for Sara ….sara.ziegler: I can’t even talk about it.neil: Yep.sara.ziegler: Well, Mike, we all know how well Cousins does with pressure.neil: 😬Salfino: I really thought Cousins was a franchise QB. He did pretty well with just garbage offensive talent in 2017 in WAS, and this year he just never really could get it going. He played so tight.neil: Sunday was sort of symbolic of the whole 2018 Vikings.They controlled their destiny at home (granted against the Bears).Cousins goes 4-for-11 for 2.1 yards per attempt and two sacks on third and fourth down.Terrible overall performance.Salfino: It seemed like Cousins averaged about a yard per attempt. If I were the coach of the Vikings, I’d tell him to take chances and not care about INTs. They’re overrated.neil: The Minnesota defense was uncharacteristically bad on third down, too. Allowed 57 percent conversions after giving up only 28 percent all season before Sunday.sara.ziegler: read more

Priti Patel demands explanation from police watchdog over botched Operation Midland investigation

Carl Beech has been jailed for 18-years Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. In a statement issued on the day Beech was found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud, the IOPC said it had investigated the allegations against the officers but had found no evidence that any of them had deliberately withheld evidence from the warrant applications with the intention of misleading the district judge and would have no case to answer for misconduct. Carl Beech has been jailed for 18-years Harvey Proctor, the former Tory MP, who lost his home and job after being falsely accused of three child murders, dismissed the IOPC’s findings as a “whitewash”.Ms Patel met with Mr Lockwood on Thursday and he has promised to provide a full written explanation about the findings. A Home Office source said: “Priti and Martin Lockwood had a constructive meeting. In the meeting the Home Secretary asked for an explanation of the decision of his decision not to charge.”He explained some of that verbally but will follow up and provide a full explanation in writing.” The Home Secretary has demanded a full written explanation from the police watchdog as to why no officers will face disciplinary charges over the botched Operation Midland investigation, the Telegraph can reveal.Priti Patel met with Martin Lockwood, the head of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) on Thursday, to discuss the fallout from the Carl Beech investigation, which saw a string of high profile figures falsely accused of child abuse and murder.The pair were said to have had a “constructive meeting”, but the recently appointed Home Secretary, is seeking a full explanation of the IOPC’s findings.During the £4 million investigation, Beech’s claims were described by senior Scotland Yard officers as “credible and true”, and the homes of some of the accused were raided by detectives.Last week, Sir Richard Henriques, the retired High Court judge, who carried out a review of Operation Midland said he believed there were grounds for some officers to be investigated for the criminal offence of perverting the course of justice after they were accused of misleading a district judge when they applied for the search warrants.The IOPC investigated five officers for potential misconduct, but all were cleared and will face no further action. read more

ŠABAC IN DANGER Challenge Cup FINAL despite the biggest floods in history

Serbia fighting with the biggest floods in the history of this Balkan countries. Dozens of cities are under water, while in Obrenovac, city 30 km far away from capital Belgrade, city is totally under water with some deaths and currently is “on” total evacuation of city of 40.000 inhabitants.Despite the state of emergency and call that all the sports matches have to be delayed by Ministry of Sports, the only match will be played is handball EHF Challenge Cup Final in Sabac, where Metaloplastika will face Swedish Savehof (19hrs). The things becoming more interesting because Šabac is the “question” number 1 in Serbia today, because it is expected that Sava river will reach the maximum level in the last 120 years near city!Prime-minister Aleksandar Vucic called voluntairs from whole Serbia to come and help Šabac:– We must save Šabac” – said Vucic last night before he went to the handball city on Friday evenning.Army, Police members and 10.000 voluntairs worked all the night to ensure embankment by the river.Serbia living the biggest catastrophie in the history…Šabac prepares for the handball match… serbia floods ← Previous Story Mork and Mamelund are the best in Norway! Next Story → SILENCE IN BERLIN: PICK Szeged at the final! read more

Second bomb blast in Russian city kills at least 10 people

first_imgA BOMB BLAST tore through a trolleybus in the city of Volgograd on this morning, killing at least 10 people a day after a suicide bombing that killed at 17 at the city’s main railway station.The explosions put the city on edge and highlighted the terrorist threat that Russia is facing as it prepares to host the Winter Olympics in February. Volgograd is about 650 kilometers northeast of Sochi, where the Olympics are to be held.The National Anti-Terrorism Committee said the bus explosion came from a bomb that most likely had been placed in the vehicle’s passenger area, but there were no further details. The Emergencies Ministry said at least 10 people were killed and news reports said anywhere from 15 to two dozen people were hospitalized.The explosion ripped away much of the bus’s exterior and broke windows in nearby buildings.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for either explosion, which came several months after Chechen rebel leader Doku Umarov called for new attacks against civilian targets in Russia, including the Sochi Games.Suicide bombings have rocked Russia for years, but most have been in the North Caucasus region, the center of an insurgency seeking an Islamist state in the region. But Volgograd, formerly known as Stalingrad, has been struck three times in two months — suggesting militants may be using the transportation hub as a renewed way of showing their reach outside their restive region.A suicide bus bombing in Volgograd in October killed six people. On Friday, three people were killed when an explosives-rigged car blew up in the city of Pyatigorsk, the center of a federal administrative district created to oversee Kremlin efforts to stabilize the North Caucasus region.In the railroad station blast, the bomber detonated explosives in front of a metal detector just beyond the station’s main entrance when a police sergeant became suspicious and rushed forward to check ID, officials said. The officer was killed by the blast, and several other policemen were wounded.Following Sunday’s explosion, the Interior Ministry ordered police to beef up patrols at railway stations and other transport facilities across Russia.Russia in past years has seen a series of terror attacks on buses, trains and airplanes, some carried out by suicide bombers.Twin bombings on the Moscow subway in March 2010 by female suicide bombers killed 40 people and wounded more than 120. In January 2011, a male suicide bomber struck Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport, killing 37 people and injuring more than 180.Umarov, who had claimed responsibility for the 2010 and 2011 bombings, ordered a halt to attacks on civilian targets during the mass street protests against President Vladimir Putin in the winter of 2011-12. He reversed that order in July, urging his men to “do their utmost to derail” the Sochi Olympics which he described as “satanic dances on the bones of our ancestors.”VIDEO: Suicide bomber kills 16 in Russian train station >last_img read more

St Patricks Athletic fan dies in Warsaw

first_imgA ST PATRICK’S Athletic fan has died ahead of their Champions League tie with Legia Warsaw in Poland this evening, the club have announced.A statement from the club earlier today read:“It is with great sadness that St Patrick’s Athletic learned of the death of an English based fan of the club in Warsaw this morning.“The club would like to express its deepest condolences to the fan’s family and friends on this very sad occasion.”Further details of the death are currently unclear.Rugby had higher percentage of positive drugs tests than athletics in 2013> Chelsea agree reported €25 million deal to sign Atletico’s Luis>last_img read more

SpaceXs Merlin engines after last years failure are ready for liftoff

first_imgSpaceX has a resupply mission to the International Space Station planned for March 1 of this year. The cargo will be carried up in one of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rockets, but the rocket will be powered by the Merlin engines that experienced failure during a launch on October 7 of last year. However, despite an investigation into the engine failure not yet being closed, NASA says SpaceX’s Merlin engines are finally ready to go.During the launch on October 7 of last year, the engine shut down just 79 seconds in, and debris shot from the bottom, which led some to speculate that the engine had actually exploded in some fashion. However, SpaceX said the engine shut down as it was supposed to, and the debris was most likely from the pressure shattering an aerodynamic cover.The Merlin rocket engine, initially designed for sea recovery and reuse, uses liquid oxygen and Rocket Propellant-1 as propellants, and has gone through five revisions and variants so far, with a sixth planned for SpaceX’s upcoming Falcon Heavy space flight system.Mike Suffredini, NASA’s ISS program manager, has reassured everyone that the Merlin engine has undergone heavy testing and everything should be just fine. He said that the units have not been testing beyond their intended usage, and that the teams are “completely satisfied that the right amount of work has been done on these systems.” Hopefully with this amount of new testing the launch shouldn’t be met with failure this time around.last_img read more

Greek crackdown on homes with illegal areas

first_imgThis regulation is part of the Greek government’s ongoing effort to properly record all built property. It is paramount to secure and protect your property for yourselves and most importantly, your heirs. Start by asking yourself key questions. Do I own illegal property? In many cases, owners of property in Greece are not aware of their ‘property status’, that is, what they actually own. Unlike many countries, the common case in the Greek real estate market for decades now has been that most buildings are in violation of the building codes set by law. This is a concept especially unfamiliar to foreign owners who have bought property throughout the years and overseas Greek owners who have inherited property from family.In view of this reality, in 2011 the Greek government passed Law No. 4014/2011, which has been replaced by Law No. 4178/2013, effective as of August 2013 and up to February 8, 2016. This law allows a property owner with violations to legalise their illegal structures by filing a declaration, paying either a lump sum with a benefit discount or interest-free instalments. If the property is not declared, fines applicable by the government are extremely high and require an annual fee for maintaining the ‘status’ of the illegal construction. Why legalise my property now? According to the Greek Law, you cannot sell, transfer, rent or mortgage property that is illegal in structure or use. If you own land and/or buildings and want to proceed in any legal transaction, you must submit a ‘Declaration of Legal Property Status’ signed by a certified architect confirming that the property is legal and in compliance with the legal building licence issued.In addition, the newly-voted law allows owners the option to benefit 50 per cent of the total fine to be paid, should they decide to invest in the energy efficiency upgrading or the structural reinforcement of their building.Furthermore, you will be ready to sell at any time since only ‘legally declared’ constructions can be included in contracts and other documentation. False declarations by all parties involved (e.g. architects, notaries and owners) will be faced with legal charges.What can be legalised? In general, all structures can be legally declared, except for those built on forestry land, protected areas, or too close to beaches, riverbeds and roads. Examples of illegal constructions that can be declared are:• Buildings and landscape structures such as swimming pools, pergolas and canopies without a licence. • Buildings and extensions on existing buildings that do not comply in dimensions and use or are situated differently on site than indicated on the authorised building drawings and licence. • Enclosed balconies and verandas, roofed terraces, garages, attics and basements converted into living space.Where to start? The first step in verifying the ‘legal status’ of your property is for an on-site inspection to be conducted, after gathering authorised building plans and licenses, if issued. If illegalities are determined, the initial phase of declaring the property can begin without delay. Through the electronic system of the Technical Chamber of Greece, the owner will be given a unique application code of the declaration and the invoice of the initial lump-sum payment necessary to validate the process. Fines are determined depending on the extent in size and of the use of the structure, the time-frame in which it was built and the area’s set tax value.Fees for each declaration and completion of final documentation/property portfolio differ depending on the nature, size and complicity of each structure.For more information on legal and architectural issues, head to www.ksirouni.com or email info@ksirouni.com * Katerina Sirouni is a Greece-based architect and property manager. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

SVoice lapplication peut être utilisée sur dautres smartphones

first_imgS-Voice : l’application peut être utilisée sur d’autres smartphones…L’application S-Voice, système de reconnaissance vocale exclusif du Samsung galaxy s3,  peut être installé sur d’autres smartphones, grâce au travail d’habiles développeurs…Les informaticiens de XDA-developers ont réussi à porter S-Voice, le système de reconnaissance vocale dont est équipé le smarphone Galaxy S III de Samsung, sur Android 4.0. Celui-ci peut être installé sur d’autres smartphones alors que l’appareil de Samsung n’est pas encore en vente…À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Une fois installée, l’application fonctionnerait parfaitement sur le terminal Samsung Galaxy Nexus, mais ce ne serait pas le cas sur le Samsung Galaxy S, d’après Clubic. Afin d’installer cette appli, il suffirait juste d’installer le package (au format APK) situé cette page, avec les modifications effectuées dans le dossier system/app au préalable.Ensuite, la manœuvre semble élémentaire et dépendra plutôt du smartphone utilisé. Mais attention, cette dernière est sans garantie, et aux risques et périls de l’utilisateur; Samsung n’ayant, bien évidemment, pas autorisé ni cette transposition de programme, ni les modifications interne au programme des smartphones.Le 21 mai 2012 à 13:40 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Japans lower house passes IR Implementation Bill

first_imgJapan’s casino legislation has taken a giant step forward after the lower house officially passed the IR Implementation Bill on Tuesday, paving the way for the nation’s first integrated resorts.The bill will now head to the upper house where the ruling Liberal Democratic Party will try to pass it through before the end of the current Diet session. The session is due to finish on Wednesday, however the LDP has declared its intention to extend the session into July in order to pass its IR bill among others. If successful, the door will be open for the world’s casino operators to start their campaigning in earnest for one of three initial IR licenses to be offered, with two likely to be located in major Japanese cities and one in a regional location.According to local media reports, senior members of the Constitutional Democratic Party of Japan alongside those from five opposition parties expressed their opposition to House of Representatives Speaker Tadamori Oshima regarding any extension to the current Diet session but were told they had no legal grounds to stand on.Assuming the IR Implementation Bill does pass through the upper house by July as anticipated, it is believed that Japan’s first integrated resorts will open their doors around 2025. Seize the Day IAG talks Cambodian gaming law with MdME’s Rui Pinto Proença Load More Japanese government to promote IRs at airports, cruise ports RelatedPostslast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 10 promo materials have apparently leaked

first_img Mentioned Above Samsung Galaxy Note 9 (128GB, ocean blue) How to watch the Samsung Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked live stream event If you like your big phone, thank the Galaxy Note All the Galaxy Note 10 rumors, leaks, design, specs, price and more 1 How does the Galaxy Note 10 get out of the Fold’s shadow?… Phones Rumors Samsung See It Review • Note 10 launch could still give Note 9 sales a jolt CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Verizon Wireless $799 15 Photos $799 Comment “With Galaxy Note 10, we haven’t just made a new smartphone. We’ve designed a computer that’s a gaming console, that’s a film studio, and an intelligent pen, all in one device,” the promo materials reportedly say.Samsung is also claiming the Note 10 has a “nearly bezel-less cinematic display,” according to Droid Life. “Galaxy Note 10’s immersive Infinity Display has nearly invisible bezels that create a seamless experience between thought and action, viewing and creating,” the materials say.The S-Pen, meanwhile, is “the closest thing to a magic wand,” the purported promo materials add. The marketing also points to gesture controls, a battery that lasts for more than a day and “hours of power from minutes of charge.” $999 Sprint See it Samsung Event The leaks keep coming and they don’t stop coming. Droid Life Samsung Galaxy Note 10 promo materials have reportedly leaked ahead of the device’s announcement Wednesday. In what looks to be official marketing, Samsung is calling the device not only a smartphone, but also a “gaming console,” “computer,” “film studio,” and “intelligent pen,” Droid Life reports.Samsung didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment on the apparent leak.The Note 10 will be launched Aug. 7 during a Samsung Unpacked event at the Barclays Center in New York. The venue is the same place the Korean tech giant launched the Note 9 last year. You can already register to receive early access to reserve the Note 10 and its even larger sibling, the Note 10 Plus. Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Best Buy Galaxy Note: The original big phone that changed it all News • Grab an unlocked Samsung Galaxy Note 9 for $719 Preview • Four days with the Galaxy Note 9: Here’s the good and bad so far See It $999 Tags See It Read more on the Note 10 Samsung Galaxy Note 9 4:53last_img read more

Trump on opioids and immigrants

first_imgDonald Trump speaks at a rally in Nashville, Tenn. Trump fabricated history when it came to the 2016 election, his achievements on the opioid epidemic and a congressman’s voting record on taxes. 29 May. APBoasting in vague terms about the numbers being “way down,” President Donald Trump may have offered false hope that the opioid epidemic is subsiding. His critics on immigration policy spread a false alarm that the government took 1,500 immigrant children from their parents and lost them.Here’s a look at a sampling of rhetoric from the president and his detractors over the past week, and the reality behind the statements:Trump: “African-Americans vote for Democrats for the most part. You know, vast majority. They’ve been doing it for over 100 years.” – Nashville rally Tuesday.The Facts: Not 100 years or anything close. Most African-Americans for much of US history were disenfranchised, then prevented from voting until the 1965 Voting Rights Act, which outlawed racial discrimination in voting. Before then, those who could vote mostly backed Republicans until the 1932 election of president Franklin D Roosevelt, whose New Deal programs of economic relief helped spur a longer-term shift of black support from Republican to Democrat.Trump: “Some of these states, I won by 44 points.” – Nashville rally.The Facts: Not some. One. He won Wyoming with 70 per cent of the vote in 2016, exceeding Hillary Clinton’s 22 per cent by nearly 48 points, according to Associated Press election data. His next biggest win came in West Virginia, where he won by 42 points.Nationwide, Trump lost the popular vote. He garnered 46 per cent to Clinton’s 48 per cent, but ultimately won the election based on an Electoral College system in which the votes of smaller rural states that generally backed Trump are weighted more heavily than big, Democratic-leaning states such as New York and California.Under the US system of electing presidents, Electoral College votes are set equal to the number of US representatives in each state plus its two senators.Trump: “We got $6 billion for opioid and getting rid of that scourge that’s taking over our country. And the numbers are way down. We’re getting the word out – bad. Bad stuff. You go to the hospital, you have a broken arm, you come out, you’re a drug addict with this crap. It’s way down. We’re doing a good job with it. But we got $6 billion to help us with opioid.” – Nashville rally.The Facts: That’s misleading. One leading indicator of the opioid epidemic is down – painkiller prescriptions. Other indicators are up, such as the number of overdoses and deaths. And none of that has to do with the $6 billion enacted by Congress. The numbers are from 2017; the money is for this year and next.Prescriptions for opioid painkillers filled in the US fell almost 9 per cent last year, the largest drop in 25 years. The total dosage of opioid prescriptions filled in 2017 declined by 12 per cent because more prescriptions were for a shorter duration, fewer new patients started on them and high-dose prescriptions dropped. The numbers are from health data firm IQVIA’s Institute for Human Data Science.But overdose deaths involving opioids rose to about 46,000 for the 12-month period ended October 2017, up about 15 per cent from October 2016, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The numbers are preliminary because of continuing cause-of-death investigations later in the reporting period. They could go higher.As well, the CDC says emergency department visits for overdoses of opioids rose 30 per cent in the US from July 2016 to September 2017. Overdoses shot up 70 per cent in the Midwest in that time while increasing by 54 per cent in large cities in 16 states.Trump: “Democrats mistakenly tweet 2014 pictures from Obama’s term showing children from the Border in steel cages. They thought it was recent pictures in order to make us look bad, but backfires.” – tweet Tuesday.The Facts: He is correct about widespread misrepresentation of the photos on Twitter.The photos, taken by AP, were from 2014, during the Obama administration, but were presented by liberal activists as if they showed the effects of Trump’s immigration policy now. The photos were taken at a center run by the Customs and Border Protection Agency in Nogales, Arizona. One photo shows two unidentified female detainees sleeping in a holding cell. It’s not clear that many prominent Democrats spread an Arizona Republic story that used the photos, though some did.Democrat Antonio Villaraigosa, former Los Angeles mayor now running for governor, tweeted that he was: “Speechless. This is not who we are as a nation.” Jon Favreau, ex-speechwriter for Obama, tweeted: “This is happening right now.” They and others deleted their tweets when they realized the mistake.Trump: “AP has just reported that the Russian Hoax Investigation has now cost our government over $17 million, and going up fast. No Collusion, except by the Democrats!” – tweet Friday.The Facts: The AP did not report the cost is going up fast. It cited a Justice Department finding that the investigation over 10 months has cost $16.7 million, which Trump rounded up to $17 million. Of the costs assigned to the investigation, $9 million would have been spent even absent the investigation, the department said.Trump: “Not that it matters but I never fired James Comey because of Russia! The Corrupt Mainstream Media loves to keep pushing that narrative, but they know it is not true!” – tweet Thursday.The Facts: Trump himself fed that “narrative.” The president has said at least twice that Comey’s firing in May 2017 was related to the FBI’s investigation into whether Trump’s campaign associates coordinated with Russia in an effort to sway the 2016 election. And his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News in May that Trump fired Comey because the FBI director wouldn’t publicly state that Trump “wasn’t a target” of the Russia investigation. Trump’s public rationale for firing Comey has shifted on multiple occasions.Trump, referring to Robert Iger, CEO of ABC’s parent Walt Disney Co.: “Iger, where is my call of apology? You and ABC have offended millions of people, and they demand a response. How is Brian Ross doing? He tanked the market with an ABC lie, yet no apology. Double Standard!” – tweet Thursday.The Facts: “No apology” is wrong. Trump should know that because he expressed satisfaction in December with ABC’s statement that said, “We deeply regret and apologize for the serious error” by Ross, an investigative reporter.Ross had reported that Trump, as a candidate, directed aide Michael Flynn to make contact with Russian officials during the campaign, a potentially explosive development. Ross changed his report hours later, saying his source stated that Trump’s outreach actually came after Trump won the election, when presidents-elect might be expected to get to know foreign officials. ABC issued the apology, suspended Ross for four weeks without pay and said he would no longer report on Trump.At the time, that pleased Trump, who tweeted: “Congratulations to @ABC News for suspending Brian Ross for his horrendously inaccurate and dishonest report on the Russia, Russia, Russia Witch Hunt. More Networks and ‘papers’ should do the same with their Fake News!”Trump’s revived wrath at ABC and Iger comes after the network canceled Roseanne Barr’s show because of her racist tweet about Valerie Jarrett, who was an aide to President Barack Obama. Iger tweeted that the cancellation was “the right thing” to do.Trump: “There is no one better to represent the people of NY and Staten Island (a place I know very well) than @RepDanDonovan, who is strong on Borders & Crime, loves our Military & our Vets, voted for Tax Cuts and is helping me to Make America Great Again. Dan has my full endorsement!” – tweet Wednesday.The Facts: He’s incorrect about the tax cuts he signed into law in December. Donovan voted against them, one of the few Republicans to do so. He told AP on Thursday that Trump knew that. “The president was well aware,” he said. “We’ve had discussions about my tax vote, the president and I.” Donovan opposed the tax bill because he said it would mean a tax increase for his constituents. “With the state and local tax deduction nearly eliminated, this tax bill doesn’t equal relief for far too many New Yorkers,” he said at the time.Trump, sharing this tweet from broadcaster Rush Limbaugh: “If the FBI was so concerned, and if they weren’t targeting Trump, they should have told Trump. If they were really concerned about the Russians infiltrating a campaign (hoax), then why not try to stop it? Why not tell Trump? Because they were pushing this scam.” – Thursday.The Facts: The FBI did tell the Trump campaign about threats posed by foreign intelligence services. What level of detail it disclosed has not been established. It is now well known that Trump aides had multiple contacts with Russian interests during the campaign and the FBI was investigating those contacts for any evidence of collusion between the campaign and Russia. It is therefore unlikely that the FBI would share specifics that might compromise its criminal investigation.In August 2016, an FBI counterintelligence agent gave candidate Trump what is known within the bureau as a defensive briefing about the threats from foreign intelligence services. Such briefings are fairly standard and are intended to help campaigns guard against infiltration or hacking by foreign governments, such as Russia and China. Similar briefings were given to Clinton and the two vice presidential picks prior to the election, according to an October 2017 letter from Greg Brower, then the FBI’s head of congressional affairs.Jim Carrey, actor: “1500 innocent children ripped from their mothers’ arms at our border. Lost in Trump’s ‘system’. – tweet 27 May.The Facts: This didn’t happen. Many Trump critics, Carrey among them, misrepresented the fate of nearly 1,500 minors who came to the border – without their parents – and were transferred by US authorities to sponsors in the country.The health and human services department followed up with such children by calling their households to check on them late last year, getting information on the whereabouts of most, officials said. But they could not account for 1,475 of them, in part because many sponsors didn’t respond to the calls.On that basis, Trump critics are calling the children “lost.” But in that round of calls, the Trump administration actually had a slightly better rate of confirming such children’s circumstances than the Obama administration did in 2016, according to an inspector general’s report – 86 per cent versus 85 per cent.The episode with the unaccompanied children and the 2014 photos distracted from what is actually happening. Under a Trump policy to enforce criminal charges against people crossing the border illegally with few or no previous offenses, separation of parents from children is bound to become more common, and that trend may have started.A Customs and Border Protection official told lawmakers that 658 children had been separated from their parents at the border from May 6 to May 19, after border agents began referring every illegal entry to criminal prosecutors. This is in addition to hundreds more who were estimated to have been removed from their parents at the border since October.Associated Press writers Anne Flaherty and Chad Day in Washington, Mike Stobbe in New York, Carla K. Johnson in Seattle and Elliot Spagat in San Diego contributed to this report.last_img read more