AdvertisementIndia continued their brilliant form at the 2018 Asian Champions Trophy by picking up a 3-1 victory over their arch-rivals Pakistan at the Sultan Qaboos Sports Complex on Saturday.India continued their stupendous form with a 3-1 victory over arch-rivals PakistanPakistan stunned India when they drew first blood at the opening minute thanks to Muhammad Irfan Junior. Pakistan did well enough to hold their ground at the first quarter, but skipper Manpreet Singh broke the dogged resilience at the 24th minute.The half-time talk from coach Harendra Singh did wonders for the Men In Blue as Mandeep Singh gave India the lead at the 33rd minute. Pakistan pressed hard for the equalizer, but striker Dileep Singh hit the final nail in the coffin at the 42nd minute to give India an unassailable 3-1 lead.Pakistan’s efforts to score a consolation would go in vain as the scoreline remained the same at the full-time whistle. With this victory, India sit on the top of the group table with 2 wins and no losses, whereas, Pakistan are third on the table with a win and a loss.India will next take on Japan on Sunday at 22:40 IST. On the other hand, Pakistan will look for nothing less than three points when they would cross swords with hosts Oman on Monday.Advertisement
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Chinese smartphone maker Meizu is set to unveil the Meizu 16 and 16 Plus today at an event in China. The company at the event will confirm the price, availability and the specs of the Meizu 16 duo. The event starts at 14:30 in China. There have been a lot of rumours, leaks, and speculations about the specs of the phone including a Geekbench spotting that happened only yesterday i.e. August 7.The Meizu 16 Plus showed on Geekbench giving a sneak peek into the specs of the phone. The listing confirms that Meizu 16 Plus will run on Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 845 paired with 8GB/6GB RAM. The phone has scored 2352 in the single-core test and 8808 in the multi-core test on the Geekbench.The listing further reveals that Meizu 16 Plus will run Android 8.1.0. While this is all we get from the Geekbench listing, the leaks and rumours in the past reveal some more details of the phone. It is rumoured that Meizu 16 Plus feature a 6.5-inch AMOLED display with an 18:9 aspect ratio. The company will launch two variants of the phone- the Meizu 16 Plus and Meizu 16 so you can expect a smaller screen size for the base variant.The Meizu 16 will come with 6GB RAM and 64 GB storage while the Plus model will have 8GB RAM and 256GB of internal storage inside it. Joining the notch-trend, Meizu 16s will sport notched displays. Interestingly, Meizu plans to add the fingerprint sensor beneath the display. So, Meizu 16 and 16 Plus could be the first Meizu phones to come with an in-display fingerprint scanner. Further, the Meizu 16 Plus is expected to be backed by a 3,570mAh battery with fast charging support.advertisementCamera-wise, the Meizu 16 is said to sport a dual camera set up of 12MP + 20MP on the back and a 20MP camera on the front. There are also chatters that Meizu may join the triple camera set up bandwagon this time. It is said that Meizu 16 Plus could sport triple cameras at the back with two 12MP and one 20MP camera sensors.There are now words on the pricing but going by the rumour, Meizu could price the Meizu 16 at $580(Rs 39,000 approx) and 16 Plus at $625(Rs 42,890 approx). The company will launch three colours variants of the phone-Mirror Silver, Deep Ochre, and Mirror.
Rabat – Syrian refugee Haider Jalabi, who was finally reunited with his father in Morocco, has thanked King Mohammed VI for granting him a visa to enter the country. The 11-year-old arrived at the Casablanca international airport after a video of him appealing to King Mohammed VI went viral on social media networks.In a video posted on YouTube on Wednesday, Haider also thanked the Moroccan people for their support and warm welcome. Haider is now reunited with his father who has legal residency in Morocco and is married to a Moroccan woman who had been living with him in Syria before the start of the revolution in 2011.He also met his baby brother for the first time.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission
Rabat – Moroccan Mona Qabbani, who survived the tragedy of Grenfell Tower in west London, has given her account of the incident saying that a huge number of missing victims are Moroccan.Mona Qabbani, a Moroccan who survived the massive fire in Grenfel Tower, stated in an interview with the Arabic-language news source, Alyaoum 24, that the incident was “extremely terrible and frightening,” and that the survivors “lived the worst day of their lives.”Qabbani who lived in the 11th floor of the giant building that caught fire on June 14 said she did not notice the fire and that her friend called her and told her to run away. “My friend saved me and my kids after she called me and told me to run away quickly. Had it not been for Allah’s mercy, I would have been dead, especially because the fire was close.” Qabbani added that 40 percent of the residents in the building are Moroccan and the rest come from different Arab nationalities. She pointed out that the majority of them are missing. “Every now and then we remember some Moroccan families through their photos and we notify the British authorities. I hope they are not among the victims,” said Qabbani, noting that two members of one Moroccan family were rescued, but the father, mother, and a son are still missing. “We don’t know if they are dead or alive,” she added.The Moroccan survivor also pointed out that a faulty refrigerator caused the fire, and explained that the retrofitted exterior insulation in the building made the rescue operation extremely difficult.Qabbani spoke about the people injured in the incident saying they are so numerous that she cannot count them, and noted that a Moroccan woman a her children have been in the emergency room since the day of the event after they inhaled smoke.
Rabat – A total of 299 Moroccan women have passed the admission test to become public notaries (adoul), accounting for 38.37 percent of the passing candidates.A statement from the Ministry of Justice announced on Saturday that 501 men passed the admission test, representing 62.62 percent.King Mohammed VI announced in January an unprecedented decision to open the position of adoul to women candidates. Of the 18,948 who took the test on May 6, 7,632 were women.Public notaries in Morocco, similar to lawyers, typically handle the paperwork for a multitude of transactions, including the sale of property, marriage contracts, and commercial contracts. Traditionally, the notary position was held by a religious man certified by Morocco’s government to document marriage papers and manage inheritance issues.The tests were given in several regions across Morocco, including Rabat, Oujda, Marrakech, Agadir, Casablanca, Tangier, and Fez.Following the decision of the King, the ministry announced that it would create up to 800 jobs for Moroccan men and women wishing to become public notary officials.The ministry described the event as “historic,” adding that it is a new phase that “embodies the modernist democratic choice of the Kingdom, particularly in the promotion of women’s rights, the fight against all forms of discrimination and the strengthening of their position alongside men.” The royal decree allows Moroccan women across the country to carry out several duties in accordance with the Islamic law (sharia), such as documenting witness testimony in courts and handling inheritance cases and real estate transactions.Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said during the Government Council that equality between men and women on economic, social, and political levels has become a national cause.El Othmani also said that he wants to see women as decision-makers, abiding by the constitutional reforms of 2011 which emphasize equality between genders and the integration of women in different fields.El Othmani invited everyone to be vigilant towards “caring for women in all parts of their lives, especially for [their] education, health, and social integration.”
The United Nations Security Council today extended until the end of the year its arms embargo and other sanctions meant to keep weapons out of the hands of militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which it said continue to threaten stability in the eastern part of the vast country. Council members voted unanimously this morning to maintain, with some modifications, the sanctions – consisting of the arms embargo, a travel ban and an assets freeze on those who violate the embargo – until at least 31 December. The Group of Experts that monitors the embargo and develops recommendations for its improvement was also extended until the same date. In the resolution extending the sanctions regime, the 15-member Council expressed its continued concern about the situation in the provinces of North and South Kivu and in the Ituri district, close to the border with Uganda, Rwanda and Burundi. It noted, however, an improved exchange of information between the Council committee monitoring the sanctions, other parts of the UN and Governments of the region, and in that light modified the rules for importation of military supplies for the national army and police of the DRC. At the same time, it continued to stress the urgent need for progress in security sector reform in the country, which has suffered from decades of war and misrule but in 2006 held its first free elections in more than 45 years. The embargo was first imposed in 2003 amid concerns that the growth and trafficking of arms was serving to fuel and exacerbate conflicts across the Great Lakes region. The Council also noted the link between the illegal exploitation and trade of natural resources in the DRC and the proliferation of arms. The embargo does not apply to arms and related materiel intended for the use of units of the national army or police as long as those units meet certain criteria. 31 March 2008The United Nations Security Council today extended until the end of the year its arms embargo and other sanctions meant to keep weapons out of the hands of militias in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), which it said continue to threaten stability in the eastern part of the vast country.
(Updated) An OPP officer from the Niagara detachment remains in hospital with serious injuries after a freak accident during training this morning.The officer has been identified as Constable Pete Tucker. He was taking part in a training exercise near Barrie when his bike struck a goose and he crashed.The accident took place shortly before 9:30 this morning at Highway 400 and Highway 11. Tucker, a member of the Golden Helmets Motorcycle Precision Team, was riding his bike alongside 14 others taking part in a VIP escort training exercise.The mock escort was travelling southbound on Highway 11 when the goose in mid-flight collided with Tucker. The OPP say it’s likely the goose hit the motocycle’s windshield which was broken off the police bike. Tucker was airlifted to Sunnybrook Hospital with injuries to his legs that the OPP are describing as “life-altering.”A section of Highway 11 was closed for several hours but has since re-opened. The goose was found dead about 150 metres from the crash and did not hit any of the other officers’ on motorcycles.The OPP say the one silver lining to this incident is that because it happened during a training exercise. The roads were closed off to normal traffic and there were no other vehicles on the highway. Constable Tucker is a veteran of the force in the highway division and has extensive experience riding motorcylces. He remains in critical condition at this time.
Retention bonuses of $9.2 million for key Sears Canada employees spark outcry Sears Canada’s plan to pay out millions in bonuses to keep execs and key staff on board while not paying severance to laid-off workers is being met with shock and disbelief.“It definitely should not go to them,” said Marinella Gonzalez, who worked as a planner at the retailer’s head office for 18 years before getting laid off in June with no severance.“This situation happened because of mismanagement, and it should not be the workers that have to pay for that.”Gonzalez said more needs to be done to protect and prioritize worker rights when companies get into trouble.“This is not the Canadian way…. To be treated in this way is absolutely unacceptable. I think our government needs to step in and these corporations need to smarten up.”Ken Eady, who spent 30 years at Sears before retiring, said news of the bonuses while not paying severances was just the latest development in a terrible situation.“To see people being paid what might be millions of dollars in bonuses for staying seems so out of balance and so unreasonable that it’s beyond the pale,” said Eady, who now works to protect the pensions of retired Sears employees at the independent SCRG retiree association.Sears Canada got court permission on Thursday to pay $9.2 million in retention bonuses as part of a compromise with retired employees that will see the company continue making some benefit and pension payments until Sept. 30.The retailer had initially asked the court for permission to immediately halt payments for pension, health and dental benefits for laid off employees, retirees and surviving spouses due to a severe cash crunch.Justice Glenn Hainey wrote in his approval of the $9.2 million in payments that the details should remain confidential. But the company estimated when it sought court protection in June that it would need to pay $7.6 million for key employees at head office and $1.6 million for managers of stores that are scheduled to be closed under the restructuring.Sears Canada spokesman Joel Shaffer said the payments are common during the creditor protection process, and are designed to keep key employees motivated with performance indicators and incentives to successfully close stores.He said the payments are designed to support the best possible outcome for the business and stakeholders, and that the situation could worsen without them.Along with approving the deal between the company and former employees, Hainey also gave Sears Canada the green light to immediately proceed with reaching out to potential buyers while it’s under court protection from its creditors.Sears Canada shocked many employees when it announced in June that it planned to close 59 locations across the country and cut approximately 2,900 jobs, without severance, while under the Companies’ Creditors Arrangement Act.Employment lawyer Susan Ursel, whose firm represents more than 17,000 non-unionized former and current employees, said Thursday they continue to push for temporary hardship fund for those who are in dire need of cash and health benefits. by Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2017 1:14 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2017 at 2:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
PosPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWARPlayerWAR Only three teams in our sample — the 1977 and 1982 Toronto Blue Jays and the 1980 Oakland Athletics — had lower established WAR levels for their starting lineups on Opening Day than the Orioles will have this season. CCerone-0.2Heath-0.3Whitt+0.4Sisco+0.1 SSTorres+0.3Guerrero-0.3Griffin-1.1Martin+0.0 The 2018 Baltimore Orioles were so bad that we questioned whether they belonged in the major leagues at all. They were our runaway pick for worst pro team of the year, going far beyond the many wannabe Astros and Cubs who’ve jumped on the tanking fad in recent seasons.Amazingly, things might get even worse this year. Since the middle of last season, Baltimore has traded away established veterans Manny Machado, Jonathan Schoop, Zach Britton, Kevin Gausman, Darren O’Day and Brad Brach, and watched as others such as Tim Beckham, Caleb Joseph and Adam Jones departed in free agency as well. Now there are only three remaining members of the Orioles’ lineup with even two years of MLB service time heading into 2019: Jonathan Villar, Trey Mancini — both average players at best — and Chris Davis, who had arguably the worst individual season in MLB history in 2018 when he hit .168 (in 470 at-bats!) with a .539 on-base plus slugging and -2.9 wins above replacement (WAR).1According to our usual 50-50 blend between the WAR versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. Davis’ untradeable contract means the Orioles are stuck with him, so they’ll pencil his name in on opening day no matter how bad he was last season.And those are the guys in the starting lineup who can be remotely labeled as household names. The rest is filled out with either youngish players who are past “prospect” status or journeymen plucked off the scrap heap. Taken as a whole, the 2019 Orioles’ roster basically recalls this scene from “Major League”:(No word on whether Baltimore owner Peter Angelos secretly built this team of cast-offs so he can move the team to Miami.)There have been a few teams who went into a season with less apparent talent than Baltimore — but not many. Using Baseball-Reference.com, we gathered data for each American League team’s opening day lineup since 1973 (to include every team who used the designated hitter full-time) and calculated those players’ established WAR track records going into the season.2To find a player’s established level of performance, we multiplied his WAR from the previous season by three, doubled his WAR from two seasons before and added it on, then added his WAR from three seasons before, and divided by six. This is an old Bill James invention for roughly projecting how much you can expect out of a player (in any given stat) based on the previous three years of performance. The track records for these Orioles — to the extent they have track records at all — place the team at or near the low-water mark at each position relative to all other AL opening day starting lineups since 1973: CFWoods-0.1Murphy+0.7Moseby+0.5Mullins-0.1 LFScott+0.0Henderson-0.4Woods+0.6Mancini+0.6 1977 Blue Jays1980 Athletics1982 Blue Jays2019 Orioles Baltimore’s place among the worst opening day lineupsAmong American League teams since 1973, the four worst opening day lineups according to the sum of players’ established wins above replacement (WAR) levels DHVelez+0.7Essian+1.6Mayberry+1.8Santander-0.2 2BGarcia-0.6Picciolo-0.8Garcia-0.2Villar+1.8 RFBowling-0.1Armas+0.3Barfield+0.7Hays+0.0 Total-0.5+1.4+1.8+2.1 1BAult+0.0Newman+0.7Upshaw-0.4Davis-1.0 3BMcKay-0.5Klutts-0.1Mulliniks-0.3Nunez+0.9 Established level is calculated as a weighted average of WAR from the previous three seasons.Sources: Baseball-Reference.com, FanGraphs One of those teams, the ’77 Jays, was an expansion club that won just 54 games. But the two others finished around .500, meaning there are limitations to predicting off a lineup’s previous MLB track records. Of course pitchers can come to the rescue, as they did for Toronto in 1982 (led by the underappreciated Dave Stieb). Also, young players can emerge in dramatic breakout fashion: Rickey Henderson had done little as a rookie for the 1979 A’s before erupting for 8.3 WAR in 1980, for instance.But it’s tough to find the next Stieb or Henderson waiting in the wings to save Baltimore this year. De facto staff ace Dylan Bundy had a 5.45 earned run average last season, while the top prospect in the Orioles system, outfielder Yusniel Diaz, is starting the year in the minors and probably won’t be a full-time contributor until 2020. Among those actually in this lineup on opening day, outfielders Cedric Mullins and Austin Hays and catcher Chance Cisco probably have the best breakout potential. In fact, FanGraphs currently projects Mullins for a team-best 1.8 WAR, thanks to a combination of power and speed that could make him one of the few Orioles worth watching this season.New Orioles general manager Mike Elias told BaltimoreBaseball.com earlier this month that he wants the rebuild to go quickly: “This team finished last last year with a bad record,” he said. “I want to get out of that phase as quickly as possible, and so every decision that we’re going to make is going to be towards accelerating our advancement to be a playoff-caliber team again. I see no reason to stretch that out, drag it out beyond what we have to.”For now, though, this Baltimore lineup looks like it will battle the Miami Marlins for the saddest collection of mediocre veterans and anonymous prospects in the game. In each case, you’ve probably never heard of half of these guys, and the ones you do know are way past their prime. (Or never had a prime.) We’ll just have to see if this ragtag group can rally together and win the pennant anyway — or more realistically, rally to avoid 115 losses this time around.