Actor Madhavan has slammed politicians for turning superstar Rajinikanth’s secluded visit to Sri Lanka into a political controversy.Rajinikanth last week called off his trip to the island nation, where he was supposed to unveil a housing scheme for the Tamil population affected by the bloody civil war. “Mr Rajinikanth is vulnerable right now because a film is about to release and it doesn’t make sense to create a controversy at this point of time because there will be so much money, everybody’s life earnings at stake now right now… If it gets delayed or postponed, it is not right,” he said. “I think he is very smart. The most appropriate thing to do at this point of time is to not create a controversy,” Madhavan added. However, the actor also added that in the future, people should not politicise his visit to any part of the world.Lyca Productions had announced that Rajinikanth will unveil a housing scheme by its charity wing Gnanam Foundation for displaced Tamils in Jaffna. The pro-Tamil groups raised a protest banner against Rajinikanth’s visit, alleging ulterior motives behind the invitation of Lyca Productions. With just a few months left for the release of rajinikanth’s sci-fi film, 2.0, which is being made at a budget of more than Rs 400 crore, Rajinikanth could not have afforded a controversy that had the potential to hamper the release of the film. So he gave into political pressure, requesting the people to respect his decision as an individual in the future.“I am an artist and not a politician. My duty is to entertain people. If the future presents me an opportunity to visit, meet and entertain Tamils in Sri Lanka, please don’t make it a political issue and keep me from visiting the country. I’m saying it lovingly and rightfully,” Rajinikanth said in a statement. (Colombo Gazette) “You must understand we are very vulnerable as actors and it is unfair that social issues get linked to us before the release of a film,” Madhavan said while talking to Times Now. He also suggested that about 500 families depend on a film for their livelihood and with so much at stake, the actors cannot afford to be dragged into a controversy that could affect the business of their film. He also said that Rajinikanth was smart to cancel his Sri Lanka visit. read more

The Social Bicycles program in Hamilton has continued to gain momentum. The company reports steady growth in its membership but is it enough to warrant an expansion.SoBi Bicycles told CHCH today that since spring finally arrived, ridership has increased significantly. Based on the success of the program since it began, there is pressure to expand to different areas in the city including Wards 6 to 8.Most SoBi Bicycle riders use the system to get to and from work or run errands. Their distance is roughly two kilometers.Since SoBi Hamilton launched in 2015 General Manager, Chelsea Cox says its membership has grown to more than 17 000 users.With over a million trips since SoBi launched three years ago and ridership continuing to increase, the company says it does see expansion plans in its future.“It’s always funding dependent, so as a not for profit operator we have to be conscious of our expenditures and were going to sustain that growth.”So far, riders have travelled over two million kilometers since launching and this month, they’ve already seen 1500 trips made by cyclists. An expansion will mean adding more hubs and bikes but also improvements to the systems infrastructure too.“In the future that looks like serving other parts of the city, maybe going to other nearby cities and just getting to more people in more neighbourhoods.”Ian Walker owns Smalls Coffee and uses the bike sharing system often.“I use the bicycles every other Sunday to go get donuts for the coffee shop so it helps us as a cost effective way to get donuts and not have to use a gas powered vehicle.”“I have a challenge to ride everyday in May, so i’m taking the time to jump on SoBis. Short trips, long trips, commuting, on the weekend.” said Ward 3 councillor Matthew Green.Not only is it a healthy way to get around the city, its good for the environment and saves money.Hamilton has 130 SoBi bicycle hubs and there are 825 bicycles scattered across the city.Council will hear a proposal for expansion of the social bicycle program on Monday.There is pressure to expand east to include Wards 6, 7 and 8 as well as connect the network into Burlington. read more

“I was very encouraged to see the progress being made, the seriousness with which the German companies, trade unions and NGOs [non-governmental organizations] take this initiative,” Mr. Annan told reporters following a meeting on the Global Compact with representatives from all three groups. “We’ve all promised we’ll move forward to work even harder to apply [the Compact’s principles] not only to institutions in this country, but around the world.” Workers from participating companies – seven of which attended the meeting – were “very, very happy to be working for something positive, something ethical, something that is socially responsible and gives something back to society,” he added. According to a UN spokesman travelling with Mr. Annan, the Secretary-General told participants at the meeting that he had launched the initiative to make globalization sustainable by underpinning international markets with strong social and ethical foundations, and called on those present to begin practicing good global citizenship. Wrapping up his three-day official visit to Germany, the Secretary-General also met with Edmund Stoiber, Minister President of Bavaria, who is challenging Gerhard Schroeder for the Chancellorship in elections later this year. They discussed the post 11 September global security environment and current attempts to get UN inspectors back into Iraq, and also reviewed efforts to restart Middle East peace talks, according to the spokesman. The situation in Iraq was also on the agenda during a meeting held between Mr. Annan and Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, Germany’s Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, the spokesman reported. She laid out Germany’s strategy for the International Conference on Financing for Development, to be held in Mexico later this month, as well as the country’s approach to reconstruction aid in Afghanistan – an effort she said would focus on the first 100 days for maximum impact. As he was leaving Germany, the Secretary-General discussed Afghanistan and the situation in the Middle East with Kamal Kharrazi, the Foreign Minister of Iran, who happened to be at Frankfurt Airport at the same time as Mr. Annan. read more

Ronaldo and Zidane – who are Goodwill Ambassadors for the UN Development Programme (UNDP) – will mobilize their team of internationally renowned football players for a friendly game against the Bern professional football club, the BSC Young Boys and Friends, for the 11th Match Against Poverty, slated for 4 March.“Through the 11th edition in Bern we hope to be able to raise both awareness and funds for the people in need in the Philippines,” said Zidane. “Working together in support of the victims of Typhoon Haiyan, we will all be winners in the Match Against Poverty.”Two thirds of the match proceeds will be used to bolster recovery efforts in the Philippines, where more than 5,000 people lost their lives to Typhoon Haiyan, with almost 1 million people displaced and an estimated further 11.8 million affected, UNDP said in a news release.To bolster the local economy, UNDP has already begun a cash-for-work project clearing debris in Tacloban, the worst affected area, and will continue its efforts to help those who have lost homes, businesses and jobs as a result of the typhoon.“Our goal is to dedicate the proceeds of this 11th Match Against Poverty to help survivors rebuild their lives and help the Philippines on a path to recovery,” said UNDP Administrator Helen Clark. “As the Philippines works to recover from this terrible tragedy, UNDP is there in support and to help strengthen the nation’s resilience to future shocks.”Zidane and Ronaldo have been the driving force behind the match since its inception in 2003. Proceeds from previous matches have benefited projects in dozens of developing countries, including recovery efforts in the wake of the 2010 Haiti earthquake and the response to the food crisis in the Horn of Africa. “Last year we celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Match in Brazil and I am still very proud of its success. I am honoured that clubs such as BSC Young Boys have offered to host the event,” said Ronaldo, who is now a key member of the FIFA World Cup 2014 Organizing Committee. “This year we are concerned about the situation in the Philippines and we would like to help through the match to the global fundraising efforts for the country,” he added.BSC Young Boys will donate the remaining third of the profits to the club’s partner charity, the Laureus Foundation Switzerland. The Foundation provides financial and practical support to sports-related projects at the national level, and is part of the global Laureus Sport For Good Foundation, which supports over 140 projects in 34 countries around the world.Previous editions of the Match Against Poverty – which will be televised globally and is supported by both football’s governing body, the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), and the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) – have been held in Madrid, Dusseldorf, Marseille, Malaga, Fes, Lisbon, Athens, Hamburg, and Porto Alegre. Ronaldo and Zidane are part of a distinguished group of UNDP Goodwill Ambassadors that includes fellow football stars Didier Drogba, Iker Casillas and Marta Vieira de Silva in addition to other world-renowned personalities. read more

John Isner became the top-ranked American male tennis player by playing his best tennis at home. He wins more than two-thirds of his matches in the U.S., but just half elsewhere. Tennis writers have portrayed Isner’s strength at home as a weakness abroad. But in his sport, where players set large parts of their own schedules, displaying a repeatable competitive advantage is an opportunity, not a liability.1Unlike, say, in the NBA, where an Eastern Conference team that struggles out west can’t replace trips to California with more home dates.Even as he’s pledged to solve his road woes, Isner has filled his calendar with U.S. events. His home-court advantage has helped him rise this month from the world’s No. 13 to No. 10. A couple of weeks ago at a tournament in Indian Wells, Calif., Isner reached the semifinals, where he took a set off No. 2 Novak Djokovic. This week in Miami, he reached the round of 16 but lost on Tuesday to No. 7 Tomas Berdych. In two weeks, Isner will seek to defend his title in Houston.These wouldn’t have passed for spectacular American results when Andre Agassi and Pete Sampras ruled the sport in the 1990s, or even when Andy Roddick and James Blake took up residence in the top 10 during the last decade. These days, though, pretty good is as good as it gets for American men in tennis. None of Isner’s peers got past the round of 64 at either tournament this month; he was the last American man at each by at least two rounds. And no other American man is ranked in the top 60 in the world. (There’s little reason to hope for better things from the next generation: No American ranks in the top 20 in either the under-20 or under-21 world rankings.)Isner is famous among casual fans for his role in the longest match ever played, which he won over Nicolas Mahut at Wimbledon in 2010, with the basketball-like 70-68 score in the fifth set. But he’s done his best work at home. Fourteen of his 17 career finals and six of his eight career titles have come in the United States. He’s been an entirely average player at the tour level2This means matches that count towards a player’s official match record: matches at Grand Slam tournaments, in Davis Cup matches and at ATP World Tour events. away from the U.S., winning 51 percent of his matches. At American events, he’s won 69 percent.“I always play my best in the United States,” Isner said at a press conference in Indian Wells. “A lot of times, especially in Europe, I have ‑‑ you know, I haven’t had great results at all.” He was at a loss to explain why, offering perhaps a lack of toughness at overseas tournaments. “There is no reason I can’t have a result like this outside of the U.S.,” he said.The reasons for Isner’s home advantage are varied. The obvious suspects, like the surface he’s playing on and the strength of his opponents, don’t fully explain it. A lot of it comes down to Isner himself.It’s true that much of Isner’s home success has come against weak competition. He has thrived at smaller U.S. tournaments that are optional for top players, who mostly live in Europe and don’t bother to make the trip. These events account for all of his U.S. titles and all but two of his U.S. finals. Just 6 percent of his matches at those events have come against top 10 players, none ranked in the top four. The relative weakness of his competition thanks to these events can be seen in the median ranking of his opponents over the last year: just 64, making his the softest schedule of any player in the top 35 in the world rankings.Isner also gets to play on hard courts, his favorite surface, at most of the U.S. events where he chooses to play. Just two are played on other surfaces: Houston, on clay; and Newport, R.I., on grass.These factors alone don’t explain Isner’s U.S. success, though. I pulled his career match record and ran a logistic regression, controlling for surface,3Isner has played 32 matches on grass, 66 matches on clay and 256 matches on hard courts. I separately ran the regression with each surface and also combining hard and grass, since so few matches are played on grass. The results were essentially the same. the ranking of his opponent4Technically I used the logarithm of his opponent’s ranking, since there is a much wider gap between the No. 1 and No. 10 players in the world — and therefore the probability of beating each one — than there is between the No. 10 and No. 100 players. and the value of each match, in ranking points.5The goal was to check whether Isner plays better in higher-leverage matches, those that count for more — i.e. matches in big tournaments, or later rounds of smaller ones. If he does, this effect could be confused with a preference for home courts. That’s because many of his U.S. events have weak fields, pitting Isner against early-round opponents whom he’d likely beat anywhere. That gives him more high-stakes home matches, so if he thrives in high-stakes matches, it might help explain his home advantage.To calculate the leverage of each match, I took the number of ranking points Isner would receive if he lost the match and subtracted it from the number he would get if he won, then lost the subsequent match. The result is roughly the value of the match, as prize money rises with ranking points and the points also determine a player’s subsequent seedings and affect his earning potential. The calculation is complicated by the ATP’s change in ranking points in 2009, so it isn’t exact, but since most of Isner’s tour-level matches came after 2008, the effect is small. Even after controlling for these factors, Isner remains a homecoming king. Surface, it turns out, isn’t a statistically significant driver of his success. Nor is the value of winning the match. His opponent’s ranking is highly significant. But independent of these factors, a 50-50 match for Isner away from home becomes a match he’ll win two out of three times in the U.S.Tennis isn’t usually associated with strong home-court effects, because of its individual and international nature. Many events draw fans from across the globe, who cheer for players from countries other than their own. And most players get few chances to play at home outside of the Davis Cup, the partisan international team competition that provides a rare home-court advantage in tennis. A popular explanation for home advantage in many other sports — that officials are influenced by partisan crowds — doesn’t translate to tennis because electronic line-call review at the sport’s top levels has greatly reduced the potential influence of subjective calls on match outcomes.Perhaps Isner thrives so much at home because of his background in college tennis, a level of competition where the team is primary. Isner starred at the University of Georgia and loves college team sports, spending much of a press conference last Saturday in Miami breaking down his NCAA men’s basketball tournament bracket. Isner counts on support from American crowds, and was taken aback by U.S. Open fans’ cheers for his opponent, Frenchman Gael Monfils, last summer.Isner lamented his inconsistency away from home in that Indian Wells press conference, and he’d naturally rather do as well outside the U.S. as he does in it. But if he had to choose between his unbalanced current record and, say, maintaining the same win probability everywhere, he should opt for the status quo. Ranking points and prize money nearly double at each stage of a tournament, rewarding players who alternate finals with first-round exits over players who consistently lose in the second round.6We can illustrate this by imagining a simplified five-tournament sequence in which each tournament has 32 players and five rounds. Points and prize money double each round, from one point and $1 for a first-round exit up to 32 points and $32 for a title.Player A, with one title and four first-round losses, would pick up 32 points and $32 for the title, and an additional four points and $4 for the other four tournaments, for a total haul of 36 points and $36. His record would be 5-4.Player B, with five quarterfinal exits, would get four points and $4 in each tournament, for a total of 20 points and $20 — barely half the yield of Player A, despite a superior win-loss record of 10-5.So inconsistency in tennis is good. Even better is predictable inconsistency. A player who doesn’t know when he’ll thrive can’t plan around it. Someone who does best at clay-court events can schedule as many as he can fit in. A player who plays best at home ought to schedule as many home tournaments as possible. Isner has learned that lesson. He has reaped the benefits of a tournament calendar that still features a significant number of U.S. events, even as players from other countries have ascended in the rankings.In addition to the U.S. Open and the mandatory events in Indian Wells, Miami and Cincinnati, Isner had 10 ATP events in the U.S. to choose from in 2007 and 2008, his first two years on tour. That number declined to nine, then eight and then, this year, seven. But the decline in American men’s talent has been even steeper during that time, making ranking points at those events low-hanging fruit for Isner. Combine the easy fields with his home-court preference, and Isner finds lots of success in places such as Atlanta, Winston Salem, N.C., and Houston — even as events he played earlier in his career in Indianapolis, Las Vegas, San Jose, Calif., and New Haven, Conn., have vanished.Early in his career, Isner didn’t choose so well for himself. In his first two years on tour, he opted to play just three of his 10 non-mandatory events in the U.S. But from 2009 to 2013, he managed to play 29 of his 53 optional events in the U.S., even though only one-fifth of such events took place there. Last year, the U.S. hosted eight of these events, and Isner played in seven. He reached the semifinals of six and the finals of three, winning twice.Isner has taken advantage of his home-court preference more wisely than his peer and frequent doubles partner, Sam Querrey. I ran the same analysis on Querrey, the second-ranked American man today. For Querrey, too, surface and leverage weren’t significant. He also showed a significant home-court advantage, though the effect was smaller and less significant than for Isner.7A 50-50 match away from the U.S. for Querrey would turn into a match he’d win 62 percent of the time at home. Yet after playing almost exclusively at home in his rookie year on tour, Querrey has opted to play events away from the U.S. almost as often as home tournaments, averaging one more optional road trip per year than Isner.Perhaps many players would show a strong, significant home advantage if they had the chance. None of the world’s top five players gets more than two or three home events each year. Players from the other Grand Slam-hosting countries — the U.K., France and Australia — have a few more opportunities. But those countries combined have about the same number of tournaments as the U.S.Tennis’s general move away from the U.S., and Isner’s impending 29th birthday, might keep him from entering as many home events in the future. He’s compensating by making more of his opportunities and stepping up at the bigger U.S. events, such as this month’s strong runs and his finals in Cincinnati last year and in Indian Wells the year before that. If Isner can keep improving at the big U.S. events, he won’t have to worry about getting better away from home. read more

first_imgWhen his father Nick broke the news of the tragedy on Facebook he said the family’s “world had fallen apart.”Paralympic champion Dame Sarah Storey described his death as “a tragic loss”.Charlie was described by his headteacher as a role model to others and who “had a bright future ahead of him”. Coroner Chris Morris recorded a narrative conclusion.He said he would be writing to the relative organisations about the lack of medical screening for junior cyclists.”It is of residual concern that British Cycling still does not routinely undertake medical evaluation or screening prior to accepting individuals on to their junior training programme,” he said.The coroner accepted it may not have changed Charlie’s fate, but he added: “All sports have a role to play in reducing the number of young deaths.” A teenage cyclist died in his sleep after pushing himself hard in intensive training, an inquest heard. Charlie Craig had been chosen to take part in an elite training programme after his potential was spotted by British Cycling chiefs.An expert cardiologist told the coroner he believed huge surges in adrenaline during intense training was likely to have caused the schoolboy to have suffered a series of heart attacks.No one had suspected he was dangerously unwell because the 15 year-old showed no obvious symptoms of coronary problems.But South Manchester Coroner’s Court was told the dedicated athlete was found dead in his bed on 20 January last year by his mother who thought he was just having a lie in. Charlie Craig with parents Sarah and Nick The son of a retired professional rider who had also had heart problems, Charlie himself never underwent the same tests as his older brother Tom, who was also an elite Team GB cyclist, because he was deemed too young.Charlie from Hayfield, Derbys, was a rider with the British Cycling Team’s Rider Route apprenticeship scheme and was highly regarded within the sport.His father Nick said Charlie had been “happy” after being invited into the elite training programme in 2016 after winning the National Trophy Cyclo-cross Series. “Charlie was committed to the programme. He was thinking about cycling as his future,” said his father. He said the teenager was “sensible” about his training regime.”For youngsters the hardest discipline to get is not to train. That’s the smart bit, knowing when you have to rest,” said Mr Craig.”I never had any concerns that Charlie was overdoing it,” he added. The teenager’s family said their “world had fallen apart” when he diedCredit:Eugene Henderson center_img Charlie Craig had huge surges in adrenalineCredit:Eugene Henderson Charlie Craig  Two months before his death Charlie complained of recurring sore throats and acid reflux. His doctor had prescribed a course of antacids and he was tested for glandular fever.He never spoke about chest pains or symptoms that would flag up any potential heart problems.Professor Sanjay Sharma, Medical Director for the London Marathon and Cardiologist for the English Institute of Sport, said: “The findings of a full-blown heart attack in a 15 year-old or previous smaller heart attacks is really very unusual, particularly when the arteries themselves look normal.”I have only seen two such cases, including Charlie’s, in the 20 years I have been dealing with young people, including athletes and people with inherited diseases,” he said.Asked what had caused these episodes he the heart may have gone into spasm due to “very high surges of adrenaline” which would co-incide with periods of intensive training. 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.last_img read more

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Handball F4Nikola KarabaticVelux EHF F4 Nikola Karabatic is injured (calf muscle) and his appearance at the VELUX EHF F4 in Cologne is questionable! Spanish El Mundo Deportivo brought a story about possible problem for FC Barcelona in their race for another trophy this season. Barca’s coach Xavi Pascual said:– I hope that his participation is not questioned, but I can not guarantee it. If he can not play, his teammates will replace.FC Barcelona will meet SG Flensburg in semi-final clash in the “Lanxess Arena” next Saturday. ← Previous Story Larvik HK sign world-class shooter Alina Wojtas! Next Story → Oliver Roggisch says farewell to RNL and Handball read more

first_imgThe Rangers footballer believes the UEFA Europa League is the best tournament for a young player to showcase his talents21-year-old English winger Ryan Kent was loaned from English Premier League side Liverpool to Scottish Premiership club Rangers and the youngster is ready to prove himself.He signed his first professional contract with Liverpool in 2015, but he hasn’t appeared for The Reds, instead of getting loaned to five different teams already.But after four games with Rangers and one goal, he believes he is ready for the UEFA Europea League competition.“After putting four past Dundee today, we are going to Thursday’s game with a lot of confidence,” Kent told The Daily Star.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“We have warranted and deserved to get to where we are in the group stages, so we go there with a lot of confidence and we will enjoy the game.”“It is the perfect stage for a young player to really put himself up against top quality players across Europe,” he added.“It is a big stage and one I am really relishing and looking forward to.”“I think my performances have been getting gradually better, and it helped today getting my first goal for Rangers, so that was a bonus as well topped-off with a good result,” he continued.“The goal meant a lot to me as it is the first goal I have scored in a while. I have been knocking on the door and finally, I have broken through. Hopefully, I can kick on and get a few more.”last_img read more

first_img 0 The Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix hits theaters on Oct. 4. Warner Bros. The Joker is a master at being the kind of complex, cryptic character who keeps people guessing. So it makes sense that the official Joker Instagram would post unusual videos for the upcoming Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix that included subliminal messages.The handwritten messages are posted within six different teaser trailer videos. When piecing together the messages that quickly flash across the screen in the videos, it reads “trailer 8.28.” This most likely hints that fans can expect a second trailer on Wednesday.Here are the new videos.  The Warner Bros. movie directed by Todd Phillips takes place during the ’80s and follows the story of failed comedian Fleck as he sinks into madness and becomes the iconic Batman villain of the Joker. The videos posted on Instagram include footage that has already been used in previous trailers for Joker, but there is one glimpse at a new scene of Phoenix as Fleck/Joker climbing into a refrigerator.Joker movie debuts in theaters worldwide on Oct. 4. Share your voice The Joker: See all the actors who’ve played the DC Comics villain 14 Photoscenter_img Post a comment Tags TV and Movies Joker Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgHardik Pandya, Karan Johar, KL RahulInstagramAfter two months of the contemplation and immense backlash, the dust may have settled but for KL Rahul, the Koffee with Karan row still remains a nightmare. What started out as an unfiltered, candid conversation had turned into a massive backlash for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, whose statements on one of the episodes of Koffee with Karan hadn’t gone down well with the audience.Not only were the two been slammed by various sections of the society for their derogatory and misogynist comments, BCCI too had intervened to take stock of the situation. Even Hotstar, the online streaming partner of the show, had to pull down the episode and all the teasers and promos of the episode from their social media handles.Talking about the whole issue with India Today, KL Rahul has now said, “I was hated nationally and it was not easy. I always thought I was a good person and then I started to believe otherwise. I couldn’t come out of home for I was not ready. Only played play station and all. I have become calmer and more mature as a result. It has taught me a lot and maybe I have emerged stronger also.”Owing to the furore, Pandya issued an apology and said, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”Both Pandya and Rahul were suspended for a brief period and are now back for the IPL season.last_img read more

first_imgCollege hoops fans will be able to immerse themselves in the action of up to 21 games from the NCAA March Madness tournament in virtual reality.The March Madness Live VR app will carry live games beginning with the first and second rounds and continuing throughout the Sweet 16, Elite 8, Final Four and National Championship. NCAA March Madness Live VR is available to download for free starting today in Facebook’s Oculus Store and the Google Play store.The live VR service was developed by Turner Sports, in partnership with CBS Sports and the NCAA. CBS and Turner have multiplatform distribution rights to NCAA March Madness tournaments through 2032, under an $8.8 billion deal inked in 2016.Users can pay $2.99 per game for access to the March Madness Live VR live-stream, or $19.99 for the “VR Tournament Pass” for access to all 21 games. Popular on Variety In the app, viewers can select the camera they want to watch from or choose fully produced VR coverage incorporating multiple courtside cameras and audio from inside the arena.During the first and second rounds, audio will include game commentary from the telecasts across TBS, CBS, TNT and truTV. For Sweet 16 and Elite 8 action, March Madness Live VR will feature exclusive play-by-play and dedicated game commentary featuring Spero Dedes and analyst Steve Smith from Los Angeles and Rich Waltz and Steve Lavin from Boston. Dedes and Smith will also call the Semifinal and National Championship games.NCAA March Madness Live VR also will include an interactive bracket that is updated throughout the tournament, as well as full-length game replays, highlights from all games in 2D and VR, and video-on-demand that includes behind-the-scene access, coach and player interviews and other content.For the eighth year in a row, Turner Sports and CBS Sports will provide live coverage of all 67 games from the 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship across four national television networks — CBS and Turner’s TBS, TNT and truTV — and online via NCAA March Madness Live.The regular live-streaming March Madness games will be available to subscribers of participating pay-TV providers, across multiple devices. NCAA March Madness Live will again this year offer a temporary three-hour preview period giving users access to live game streaming before requiring login credentials. (Live games broadcast on CBS do not require login, except on Apple TV and Apple AirPlay, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, and Google Cast.)This year’s NCAA Final Four National Semifinals on Saturday, March 31, along with the National Championship on Monday, April 2, will air on TBS, with corresponding TeamCast presentations on TNT and truTV.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgStyleLike Rare’s classic Nintendo 64 3D platformer Banjo-Kazooie, Snake Pass and Yooka-Laylee both star cute, big-eyed buddy animal duos: a protagonist reptile (Noodle the Snake and Yooka the Chameleon) and a small flying sidekick (Doodle the Bird and Laylee the Bat). Behind the scenes, both games were also developed by British developers. Snake Pass is Sumo Digital’s first independent game while Yooka-Laylee is the first game period from Playtonic Games following a successful Kickstarter.However, Playtonic Games’ team consists of industry veterans most of whom formerly worked at Rare. So Yooka-Laylee’s style resembles Banjo-Kazooie-era Rare to a fetishistic degree. Backers were promised cheeky, in-joke-laden humor and mumbled speech and lots of quirky characters and they got it. Do you like googly eyes on everything because Yooka-Laylee has googly eyes on everything. Googly eyes literally flop around searching for objects to attach to like a parody of Rare character design.Snake Pass’s style, while charming and visually pleasing thanks to Unreal Engine 4, is more like a generic jungle animal cartoon adventure. Apparently, the game originally had a more realistic look, but players didn’t enjoy staring at an actual snake for that long.GameplayYooka-Laylee’s Rare reverence extends far beyond its style. The game is a new, traditional, Unity-powered Banjo-Kazooie in all but name only. And the name is pretty close. Players run and jump around sprawling hub worlds and levels bopping enemies and unlocking new moves (like shooting or rolling or gliding) to reach new places. The biggest philosophical shift from those older game is a greater emphasis on player choice. Banjo-Kazooie: Breath of the Wild?The five main worlds are fairly nonlinear. Players can run and explore in any direction, tackling any tangent they want if they have the right abilities. With enough “Pagies” players can unlock a new world or expand an existing one, which is a cool idea. Beyond buying new moves, players can access different transformations and buff themselves RPG-style with different “play tonics.”The game is packed to the gills with almost too many trinkets to collect and side games to play alone or with friends. Granted, some of that side content is pretty bad. Quizzing you with personal details from your adventure sounds novel but is actually tedious. Fortunately, it can mostly be ignored. Anytime I became bored with a certain boss or puzzle, I just did something else, like talking to Shovel Knight or celebrating the fact that famous internet racist JonTron was cut from the game.Calling Snake Pass a 3D platformer is technically accurate, but it’s a much different kind of game in comparison. It’s series of physics traversal puzzles closer to QWOP or Octodad than Super Mario 64. Players control a snake named Noodle and must collect different crystals in jungle obstacles using a snake’s signature style of movement.Controlling Noodle is like controlling a weird rope car. Players accelerate with the trigger and change direction by aiming Noodle’s head with the analog stick. But ascending bamboo columns or slipping through undersea rocks require mastery of more advanced mechanics and concepts. Slithering properly grants a speed boost. Raising Noodle’s head up and down with a button press while tightening and loosening your grip with the other trigger lets you wrap yourself around objects. And having Doodle, the Bird lift your tail up can save your snakeskin in the right situation.Snake Pass’s puzzles, while inventive, are never that complicated. However, the controls are so involved that’s a good thing. Just pulling a lever is a whole multi-step process. But the game is so chill and relaxed this is rarely frustrating. Noodle’s dope expressions let you know he’s not in a rush and neither should you. There are no enemies to threaten you, and time trials are just a side feature. No pressure. Snake Pass is all about the surprising Zen joy of moving around like a snake, like a spiritual successor to Rare’s own Snake Rattle ‘n’ Roll. Just don’t tread on him.MusicBoth Snake Pass and Yooka-Laylee feature soundtracks from veteran Rare composer David Wise, who scored the classic Donkey Kong Country games as well as the excellent Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze on Wii U. However, the bulk of Yooka-Laylee’s score was written by Grant Kirkhope, who also has a long history with Rare and Banjo-Kazooie specifically. So no matter which game you pick, you’ll be listening to some pretty Rare tunes.SpiritYooka-Laylee introduces a handful of new ideas into the 3D platformer genre, a genre that’s pretty much dormant except of course for famous New Donk City tourist Mario. However, nostalgia makes up the vast majority of its appeal. It’s Banjo-Kazooie with modern upgrades like HD visuals, bigger vistas, and smoother controls as well as a mix of modern drawbacks like technical issues that are still being patched up and dated design flaws like cheap deaths from bad camera angles. If that’s what you want as a Rare fan that’s what you’re getting.However, Snake Pass is the game I’ve returned to more often, and not just because I’m not a Banjo-Kazooie fan (Donkey Kong 64, while worse, at least was bloated in a kind of epic, Cleopatra-of-mascot-platformers way). Snake Pass offers creative gameplay I had never seen before, a feeling old Rare games used to evoke even if Yooka-Laylee is more of a Rare Game ™. I dug how Snake Pass rewrote my brain into thinking like a snake to skillfully and instinctively loop Noodle around new challenges. It’s a shorter game, but it’s also half the price.Yooka-Laylee is an impressive labor of love and retro respect that will hopefully please fans. But if you want classic Rare injected into your veins, why not just cut out the middleman and pick up the excellent classic compilation Rare Replay. Then play Snake Pass for something new. Or stick with Yooka-Laylee. They are different games, there’s room in the world for both, and for what it’s worse, they are both (or will soon be) Nintendo Switch Games That Aren’t Zelda.Want to learn more? Here’s everything you need to know about the Nintendo Switch.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch Accessories Controller Patent Teases SNES Games on SwitchPlay These Nintendo Switch Games Before ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield&… Since 1985 British developer Rare has been responsible for some beloved games on the ZX Spectrum, Nintendo systems, and the Xbox after they were purchased by Microsoft. However the Microsoft buyout has slowly eroded the studio into somewhat of a shell of its former self, cranking out generic Kinect games instead of creative wonders like Donkey Kong Country, Viva Piñata and Goldeneye (the game that made first-person shooters work on console). It didn’t help that much of the original talent left the team.The upcoming pirate multiplayer game Sea of Thieves looks like it might be the most interesting actual Rare game in years, but in these last few weeks I’ve played two games that embody much of the Rare Spirit: Snake Pass (out now) and Yooka-Laylee (out soon). Each one stands fine on its own as an original game (well, one more than another) but playing them back-to-back make really reveals their underlying Rare-ness. So which one is the Rarest of them all?center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_img Citation: Quantum computer that ‘computes without running’ sets efficiency record (2015, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2015 Journal information: Physical Review Letters The researchers explain that the “on” and “off” states can be thought of as the two paths of an interferometer, where a photon may take one path or the other, but not both.”Such a situation is very similar to the case of a photon passing through a two-way interferometer,” Jiang said. “When a detector on one of the paths catches the photon, then one says the photon does not go on the other path. Similarly, when the whole system collapses into the ‘off’ subspace, one can conclude that the computer does not run. After each repetition, the state changes slightly. It finally evolves to a certain value after N repetitions from its initial value. By detecting its state, we get the information that is ‘programmed’ in the computer, although the computer has not run.” Breaking the efficiency limitPrevious experimental CFC protocols have faced a counterfactual efficiency limit of 50%, where the counterfactual efficiency is defined as “the average probability of learning the result of a computation without running the computer.” But the generalized CFC (first proposed by G. Mitchison and R. Jozsa in 2001) does not face this limit, which allowed the researchers in the new study to experimentally demonstrate an efficiency of 85% at 17 pulse repetitions. “The key difference between the two protocols is that the ‘off’ subspace of the generalized CFC is dependent on the choice of the ‘algorithm’ (Ur), whereas it is independent in the controlled-Ur CFC,” said coauthor Chenyong Ju at the University of Science and Technology of China. “As a consequence of this fact, the sum of the ‘volume’ of each ‘off’ subspace, which has a direct relation to the counterfactual efficiency, is much larger for the generalized CFC than the controlled-Ur CFC.”The higher efficiency opens up the possibility of developing highly efficient yet very low-light imaging technology. This technology could be useful in any situation in which light may damage or destroy the illuminated sample, which makes the method particularly relevant for biological imaging. Applications may include imaging green fluorescent proteins that might be bleached under laser light, as well as UV imaging of cells and safe X-ray imaging. In some situations, these applications might be performed using only a single photon.”The use of one photon is just for the special case that the object to be imaged has only one pixel being transparent, whereas the other pixels are opaque,” said coauthor Fei Kong at the University of Science and Technology of China. “To image the object with our protocol, one may imagine that the situation in which a photon is absorbed by an opaque pixel is just like the computer evolving into the ‘on’ subspace. Such a process is effectively avoided in our protocol. The photon will eventually ‘find’ the transparent pixel and pass through it. Through a detector below, one can locate this pixel and hence accomplish the imaging with just one photon. The number of photons needed is proportional to the number of transparent pixels, whereas normal imaging methods need [many more] photons.”In the future, the researchers also plan to investigate potential applications of counterfactual computing for secure communication.”We are looking forward to exploring more realistic applications of the generalized CFC,” Du said. “There are several recent works on the topic of counterfactual quantum cryptography and communication. Employing the counterfactual quantum phenomenon, several groups have proposed and demonstrated a new model of secret communication in which no physical signal particles are transmitted, which provides practical security advantages. [For example, see here, here, and here.] We wonder what the potential of the generalized CFC is in this area.” Paving the way for a faster quantum computer Now in a new paper, scientists have experimentally demonstrated a slightly different version called a “generalized CFC” that has an efficiency of 85% with the potential to reach 100%. This improvement opens the doors to realizing a much greater variety of applications, such as low-light medical X-rays and the imaging of delicate biological cells and proteins—in certain cases, using only a single photon. The researchers, led by Prof. Jiangfeng Du at the University of Science and Technology of China and Prof. Liang Jiang at Yale University in the US, have published a paper on the high-efficiency counterfactual computing method in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”The main keys to achieving high-efficiency CFC include the utilization of exotic quantum features (quantum superposition, quantum measurement, and the quantum Zeno effect), as well as the use of a generalized CFC protocol,” Du told How counterfactual computing worksBy “not running,” the scientists mean that the computer—which can operate in either an “on” subspace or an “off” subspace—stays in its “off” subspace for the entire computation. Physically maintaining the computer in the “off” subspace, in this scheme, involves controlling the spin properties of a diamond system, which acts as a quantum switch. Some of the spins must be kept in a superposition state, in which they occupy two states at the same time. To control the spin superposition, the physicists took advantage of the quantum Zeno effect, in which frequent measurements on a system can “freeze” the system in its current state. By applying a sequence of pulses to the system, the scientists could keep the system in its “off” subspace, and so keep it from running. “The procedure comprises a quantum switch and a quantum register,” Jiang explained. “For each repetition, we prepare the quantum switch into a quantum superposition state, including two coherent parts (‘on’ and ‘off’). Then the ‘algorithm,’ a NOT gate on the quantum register in our case, is performed in the ‘on’ subspace. Although it seems the computer has run in this step, a consequent projective measurement will remove all the changes in the ‘on’ subspace, since the probability of the whole system collapsing into the ‘off’ subspace during the measurement is very large (approaches 100% as the number of repetitions tends to infinity utilizing the quantum Zeno effect).” More information: Fei Kong, et al. “Experimental Realization of High-Efficiency Counterfactual Computation.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.115.080501 (a) The pulse sequences for the generalized CFC scheme keep the system in its ‘off’ state. (b) Populations of different states as a function of the number of repetitions of pulse sequences. (c) The green curve shows the simulated efficiency (reaching 85%) with practical imperfections, while the dotted curve shows the ideal efficiency (reaching 100%). The dashed line shows the 50% limit. Credit: Kong, et al. ©2015 American Physical Society Explore further (—Due to quantum effects, it’s possible to build a quantum computer that computes without running—or as the scientists explain, “the result of a computation may be learned without actually running the computer.” So far, however, the efficiency of this process, which is called counterfactual computation (CFC), has had an upper limit of 50%, limiting its practical applications. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgCompact and humble, the first of Australia’s Ace EVs rolled out to meet the media this morning in South Australia. With a range of around 200 km (124 miles) and a carrying capacity of 500 kg (1,100 lb), the Ace Cargo is a simple, practical delivery vehicle its creators hope will hit the sweet spot early.Delivery vehicles are a perfect target for EV manufacturers, as they do a lot of urban miles, and buyers can quickly reap back the higher purchase prices in lower fuel and maintenance costs.There’s little to excite a petrolhead about the Ace Cargo – its small electric motor delivers a continuous 18 kW (24 hp), and can burst up to just 45 kW (60 hp), offering a maximum torque of 174 Nm (128 lb-ft) and a top speed of just 100 km/h (62 mph). It’ll take seven seconds just to get to 50 km/h (31 mph) and if it’s carrying a max load the steepest it can handle is a 20-percent slope before it runs out of chug.Its battery pack, full of lithium nickel cobalt manganese 18650 laptop cells, holds just 23.2 kWh of energy, for a range around 150-200 km (93-124 mi) per charge depending on load and driving style. The Ace Cargo’s small electric motor offers a maximum torque of 174 Nm (128 lb-ft) and a top speed of just 100 km/h (62 mph)Ace EV These are not barnstorming figures, but they don’t have to be in order to make the Cargo a practical and rational choice, as long as Ace gets one other figure right: the price. There’s no official word on that as yet, but Ace tells us it’s “target pricing” is between AU$40,000-48,000 (US$27,000-32,500).Pitched against something like the Volkswagen Caddy, another small delivery runabout that starts around AU$25,000 (US$17,000), there’s still a price premium that can’t be ignored, but Ace estimates your running costs per mile will drop by up to 85 percent, so there’s a chance to catch up over a few years, and you’ll also be reducing your fleet emissions by more than 70 percent, depending on what kind of energy you charge it on.The company also has a “Yute” pickup and an “Urban” hatchback in the pipeline, and while the carbon composite chassis is currently sourced from China, Ace EV CEO Greg McGarvie says his ambition is to “work at it until at least 50 per cent of the car comes from South Australia” and be producing 15,000 Ace vehicles a year by 2025.Source: Ace EVlast_img read more

first_imgOnly a week before Luxperience 2015 opens and diaries are fullOne week today the Australia Technology Park will be bursting with exhibitors and buyers at the start of the business component of the leading luxury and experiential travel trade exhibition, Luxperience. The Luxperience proprietary on-line appointment system, coordinating over 30,000 meetings across the 3.5 day event, has filled everyone diaries to almost overflowing.The highly anticipated opening event is the Thought Leaders Forum and Welcome Cocktail Party kicking off Luxperience 2015 at the Sydney Town Hall on Sunday, 06 September. Respected journalist, author, columnist, news presenter, blogger and mother (what can’t she do!), Jacinta Tynan will be the Master of Ceremonies.Jacinta is introducing a galaxy of keynote speakers from Anouche Newman, the passionate and fascinating customer experiences expert from the Customer Service Institute of Australia and award-winning cinematographer Corey Baudinette from LUXHD, to Dr Matthew McDougall, CEO of Digital Jungle, the renowned digital marketing expert advising organisations on how to the work through and succeed in the often perplexing social media platforms.There will be a panel discussion on the paradoxical perceptions of high cost events. Is there a backlash on this perceived overt consumerism in events and incentives? And is this perception of materialism stifling innovation in events?  On the panel will be luminaries of the meetings and conventions arena: Anne Candy, from Signature by Anne Candy; Renita Collins, from Directions, and Melissa Bajugi, from Sydney Town Hall.Also presented at the Thought Leaders event will be the initial findings of the latest trends, opportunities and challenges facing the luxury travel industry uncovered in the research initiated by Luxperience with respected market research specialists, Not to be forgotten at Luxperience 2015 is the world premiering of the LUXE Concierge App. Everyone attending Luxperience will be given access to their own travel itinerary and appointment schedule through the App, along with access to LUXE’s insightful, comprehensive yet playful guide to Sydney including maps and up-to-the-minute recommendations.Luxperience 2015 is the place to be this September.Source = Luxperiencelast_img read more

first_imgSource = Travel Money NZ Rhine River, GermanyNew report identifies best value holiday spots in UK & EuropeIn the wake of the Brexit vote the spotlight has been on the UK and Europe and many Kiwi holidaymakers are wondering just how far their money will now go due to the fall of the Sterling.While the Euro and other currencies within the European Union haven’t been affected like the British Pound, many travellers have recognised that now is a good time to be travelling to this part of the globe. Travel Money NZ reports the question many of their customers are asking is what destinations offer the best value for money.Released today, the latest edition of the Travel Money NZ Holidays Costs Index (UK/Europe edition) answers this question. Monitoring the price of 10 tourist items in 13 destinations popular with Kiwi travellers, the easy to read index shows how potential destinations measure up, comparing on-the-ground costs such as bottled water, a local meal out and transport from the airport to the city centre.Key findings include:As far as best value destinations go Eastern Europe comes up trumps with Poland a good option for budget conscious travellers, a taxi into the city centre will only set you back $3NZD, compared to $135NZD in London,Croatia also tops the list of inexpensive destinations, particularly for a night out with a meal and beer costing $18NZD per person, on the flip side a night out in Norway might set you back $45NZD,Surprisingly Germany comes out as one of the more affordable destinations, one nights accommodation in a 2/3 star property will cost around $115NZD, that’s compared to $280NZD in Amsterdam,Coffee lovers should head to Italy where a cappuccino will only cost $1.90NZD, Norway on the other hand will set you back $6.70NZD,McDonald lovers might want to re-consider visiting Sweden where a Big Mac will cost $8NZD,Budget-conscious travellers who like a night out should consider the Czech Republic or Poland where a beer costs between $2-3NZD, andThanks to the fall in the Sterling the UK no longer sits at the higher end of the scale, in fact the UK is the cheapest destination for buying a bottle of Coke, $1.10NZD compared to Norways $5NZD.The destinations in order from best value:PolandGermanyCroatiaCzech RepublicSpainGreeceUKIrelandPortugalNorwayItalySwedenNetherlandsScott McCullough, general manager Travel Money NZ, says that since the Brexit vote the demand from customers purchasing Sterling has been phenomenal.“Since the result, our Travel Money NZ stores around the country have had record numbers through the doors with Kiwis wanting to buy large quantities of Sterling. After the initial announcement we nearly ran out of physical cash.”At today’s exchange rates, a traveller converting $5,000NZD into British Pounds would receive approximately £2,800GBP, 10 years ago in July 2006 this would have only bought around £1,600GBP.Mr McCullough says many Kiwis make the mistake of foregoing to pay attention to exchange rates, however this latest movement has really shone the spotlight on the savings that can be made if travellers do their homework.“We know that most of our customers book their flights months in advance but wait until the day they travel to purchase their foreign currency, this can cost in the long run. Exchange rates can see a lot of movement so it’s a good idea for travellers to monitor the market and purchase in advance when the rates are in their favour.” Travel Money NZlast_img read more

first_img June 7, 2013 515 Views Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bank Failure FDIC Investors Lenders & Servicers Processing Service Providers 2013-06-07 Tory Barringer Vegas Bank Rolls Snake Eyes, Failure Count at 15 “”FDIC’s””: failed bank tally rose to 15 as an institution in Las Vegas shut down, the agency announced.FDIC’s board of directors issued an order to close 1st Commerce Bank in North Las Vegas. As receiver, FDIC entered into a purchase and assumption agreement with “”Plaza Bank””: (Irvine, California), which will assume all $19.6 million of 1st Commerce’s deposits and purchase “”essentially all”” of the collapsed bank’s $20.2 million.FDIC also announced it has entered into a loss-share transaction with Plaza Bank on $12.2 million of 1st Commerce’s assets. Plaza Bank will share in the losses on the asset pools covered under the agreement.The estimated cost to the Deposit Insurance Fund will be $9.4 million. 1st Commerce is the first FDIC-insured bank to fail in Nevada since April 2011.[COLUMN_BREAK][IMAGE]center_img Share in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicinglast_img read more

first_img Top Stories Indeed, Kolb is not the only new piece being integrated into the Cardinals way of life. However, fair or not, all eyes will be on the QB when the games start to count, with media and fans alike wondering if Arizona has solved their QB problem.Solving Arizona’s offense will make things much easier for the 27-year-old former Eagle.“Each club has access to every play that was run by every other club throughout the league,” Miller said, adding that there are no secrets. “Really it’s just learning a new language, if you will. It’s learning new verbiage, new terminology, getting used to those things.”Miller is confident his new passer will be ready by the time the Panthers come to University of Phoenix Stadium on September 11.“He’s making good progress now,” Miller said. “We’re not going to throw the entire playbook at him Week 1, we want to put a good plan together for Carolina, practice it and rep it, make sure he’s comfortable with it, make sure everyone’s comfortable with it.”Once Kolb is comfortable with the offense his job will be to make sure the Cardinals — and fans — are comfortable with him under center. Comments   Share   Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation At the very least, Kevin Kolb looked like an NFL quarterback in the preseason opener last Thursday.Completing 4 of 7 passes for 68 yards, Kolb found Larry Fitzgerald often enough to make you think he’s getting the hang of the offense.Still, there is a lot of work ahead of the signal caller if he is to be ready for the team’s Week 1 date with Carolina.“I think one of the biggest things is getting on the same page with all the other guys,” Cardinals quarterbacks coach Chris Miller said, mentioning Todd Heap, Jeff King and Ryan Williams. “We’ve got some new weapons, which is exciting.” What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ He’s off to a good start.last_img read more

first_imgThe Nicosia Criminal Court on Friday found a 35-year-old man guilty of the repeated sexual abuse, for around a year-and-a-half, of the now 11-year-old daughter of his partner.The court found the defendant guilty of 39 charges concerning the rape, sexual abuse and indecent assault of the girl between August 2013 and January 2015. The abuse began when the girl was seven-years-old.The offences took place at the home of the girl, where she was living with her mother and the 35-year-old who was at the time in a relationship with the girl’s mother. Sentencing was adjourned for Tuesday, when defence is to deliver their mitigation arguments.The court acquitted another suspect, the previous partner of the girl’s mother and who was facing eight charges of indecent assault against the girl, between January 2012 and August 2013.You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more