25 Oct

Furious fans call for Neymar’s departure as PSG beat Nimes 3-0

first_img Associated Press ParisAugust 12, 2019UPDATED: August 12, 2019 19:50 IST PSG’s Neymar during a training session at Camp (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSSome PSG hardcore fans mocked Neymar’s with one banner saying “Get lost Neymar”Kylian Mbappe fired the ball into the top left corner in the 57th for 2-0PSG dominated from the start and monopolized possession to camp in Nimes’ half of the pitchFans expressed their anger at Neymar with chants and banners demanding his departure as Paris Saint-Germain started the defense of its French league title with a 3-0 win over Nimes on Sunday.Neymar, who reported late to training from his summer holidays and has been linked with a move away from PSG to Barcelona or Real Madrid, was not included in coach Thomas Tuchel’s squad.Some PSG hardcore fans mocked Neymar’s behavior with one banner at the Parc des Princes saying “Get lost Neymar”.Neymar, who became the most expensive player in the world when he moved from Barcelona to PSG for 222 million euros (about $250 million) in 2017, has made clear in recent weeks that he wants to leave the club.In his absence, PSG dominated from the start and monopolized possession to camp in Nimes’ half of the pitch.Edinson Cavani put the hosts in the lead from the penalty spot in the first half before Kylian Mbappe scored his 63rd league goal near the hour mark and then set up Angel Di Maria’s goal.Mbappe was in superb form with his trademark dribbles and bursts of speed, while new signing Pablo Sarabia worked well with his teammates and delivered several good passes from the right flank which destabilized the visitors’ defense.Nimes held out until Pablo Martinez was sanctioned for an unintentional hand ball in the box following a VAR review. Cavani took the penalty and beat goalkeeper Paul Bernardoni with a powerful strike in the 24th.Sarabia was dangerous again in the 34th with a fine volley at the far post that drew a spectacular save from Bernardoni, and Cavani missed an easy chance from close range with a poor touch from Mbappe’s cross.advertisementMbappe fired the ball into the top left corner in the 57th for 2-0 after connecting with a cut-back pass from Juan Bernat, and then delivered a perfect assist to the unmarked Di Maria inside the area. The Argentina forward, who came on as a substitute, controlled the ball and beat Bernardoni with a left-footed shot for his 40th French league goal.OSIMHEN SCORES 2Lille forward Victor Osimhen scored twice on his French league debut to help the northern side to a 2-1 win over Nantes.Runner-up last season behind Paris Saint-Germain, Lille hired the Nigeria striker this summer to compensate for the loss of Nicolas Pepe, who joined Arsenal.The 20-year-old Osimhen, who scored 20 goals for Belgian side Charleroi last season after starting his professional career in the Bundesliga, showed both his athletic abilities and technical skills to put the hosts in the lead.After Nantes gave the ball away in Lille’s half of the field, Osimhen collected a lofted pass with perfect chest control, pushed the ball forward with a fine touch, surged past a defender with a burst of speed and scored from close range with great composure.After Zeki Celik’s own-goal put Nantes back in the game soon after the interval, Osimhen was decisive again with nine minutes left with a near-post finish from Celik’s cross.Turkish international Yusuf Yazici also made his league debut for Lille after completing his move from Trabzonspor. Although he did not score, Yazici came off the bench as a replacement for Timothy Weah to add a dose of creativity in midfield and came close with a menacing free kick which went just over the bar in the 78th minute.Also Read | There’s always that question mark: Paul Pogba on his future at Manchester UnitedAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow NeymarFollow PSGFollow BarcelonaFollow Kylian Mbappe Next Furious fans call for Neymar’s departure as PSG beat Nimes 3-0Fans in anger demanded Neymar’s departure as Paris Saint-Germain started the defense of its French league title with a 3-0 win over Nimes.advertisementlast_img read more

24 Oct

Discussions Under Way for Aviation School in Jamaica

first_img Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says stakeholder discussions are under way for the establishment of a globally recognised aviation school in Jamaica. Story Highlights Mr. Montague advised that the consultations involve representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), and two overseas institutions. He said this forms part of the Government’s plans to further boost the local aviation industry by establishing a world-class facility to train more Jamaican commercial pilots. Transport and Mining Minister, Hon. Robert Montague, says stakeholder discussions are under way for the establishment of a globally recognised aviation school in Jamaica.Mr. Montague advised that the consultations involve representatives of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, Airports Authority of Jamaica (AAJ), Jamaica Civil Aviation Authority (JCAA), Caribbean Maritime University (CMU), and two overseas institutions.He said this forms part of the Government’s plans to further boost the local aviation industry by establishing a world-class facility to train more Jamaican commercial pilots.The Minister was delivering the keynote address at the opening ceremony for the second annual two-day aviation seminar, jointly hosted by the AAJ, JCAA and Aeronautical Telecommunications Limited (AEROTEL) at the Courtleigh Auditorium in New Kingston on Thursday (December 6).Mr. Montague, who noted that Jamaican pilots have long established themselves among the best in the world, said data suggest that the global aviation industry is short of approximately 600,000 commercial pilots.He contended that Jamaica needs to tap into the potential opportunities that this presents. “We believe we are selling the industry short if we do not give to general aviation, more Jamaican pilots,” he added.Meanwhile, Mr. Montague said the Government has given the JCAA approval to seek a seat on the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), when the elections are held next year in Montreal, Canada, where the ICAO is headquartered.The Minister, who indicated that “we are confident of victory”, said securing a seat would be a major boost for the country and the wider Caribbean.The two-day seminar, being held under the theme ‘Air Transport as an Engine of Economic Development in Jamaica and the Caribbean’, forms part of Jamaica’s observance of International Civil Aviation Day on December 7 by the United Nations (UN), in commemoration of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s establishment in 1944.last_img read more

22 Oct

Archives Museums Take Part in Nocturne

first_imgNavigate a starry sky, savour Nova Scotia’s seafood history, and sing some sea-faring songs, as part of Nocturne: Art at Night on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Museum of Natural History, the Nova Scotia Archives and the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will offer special programs and exhibits as part of the sixth annual visual arts festival, taking place from 6 p.m. to midnight throughout Halifax. Admission is free at all sites. “Nocturne: Art at Night is an opportunity for Nova Scotians of all ages to experience Halifax’s visual arts scene,” said Laura Lee Langley, deputy minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “The amazing team at the Nova Scotia Archives, the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Museum of Natural History have put together some very interesting and interactive exhibits that will give people a chance to learn about the province’s heritage in a really fun and unique way.” Dozens of galleries, institutions and businesses throughout Halifax will host events during Nocturne. “The Nocturne board of directors is always pleased to work with galleries and institutions that come together year after year for Nocturne,” said Lorraine Plourde, Nocturne: Art at Night chair. “Dedicating special programming and staying open late for the night contribute to the magic of the night of our event.” The Nova Scotia Archives is looking back at Nova Scotia’s food industries, specifically the canning of lobsters. The archives will feature the exhibit What’s Cooking, a wildly colourful and artistic collection of canned seafood labels from more than a century ago. The exhibit features cannery labels used by Roberts, Simpson and a number of other commercial operations throughout the Maritimes. There will also be food to complement the exhibit. The Nova Scotia Archives will be open from 6 p.m. until 11:45 p.m. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic will feature Nocturnal on Nocturne. In the 18th century, in the evenings under a star-filled sky, sailors used nocturnals to find their way through the vast and endless sea. Demonstrations using replicas of the nocturnal instrument will be held at 8:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. The museum will be filled with the sounds of traditional sea-faring songs and stories told by members and friends from the Helen Creighton Folklore Society, starting at 6 p.m. The museum will be open until midnight. The Museum of Natural History will host live shows on its Science on a Sphere every 30 minutes, about live weather, air traffic, earthquakes, Facebook connections and more. The museum will also host Celebrate The Common 250 as they project images of the Halifax Commons in the main Gallery. For more information, go to http://nocturnehalifax.ca .last_img read more

22 Oct

New Scholarships Help Nova Scotians Study in China

first_imgNova Scotia students will have more opportunity to further their studies in China, thanks to new scholarships announced today, Sept. 12, by Premier Stephen McNeil in Shandong province, China. Government and Mitacs, a national not-for-profit research and training organization, will fund five $5,000 scholarships each year for the next three years. “For years, students from China have come to Nova Scotia to attend university, study, and conduct research,” said Premier McNeil. “These scholarships will offer Nova Scotia students the same opportunity in China, and will help strengthen the long-standing relationship between Nova Scotia and Shandong province.” The scholarships will help senior undergraduate and graduate students complete research internships at universities in Shandong province. “This partnership will encourage the exchange of research knowledge and innovation between Canada and China,” said Mitacs CEO and scientific director Alejandro Adem. “It will also provide new opportunities for graduate students and faculty from Nova Scotia’s universities.” Government will invest $45,000 in the scholarship program and Mitacs will invest $30,000. On Sunday, Sept. 11, Premier McNeil signed a twinning agreement with Governor Guo Shuqing, of Shandong province. This type of agreement between governments is an important step in building relationships and will help lead to increased opportunities for Nova Scotia businesses and institutions. Nova Scotia launched a China engagement strategy in April, with a vision to deepen and broaden Nova Scotia’s engagement with China by promoting and building mutually beneficial trade, investment, business, political, educational and cultural relationships. The strategy’s three major elements are to focus on our competitive strengths, to build and strengthen relationships in China and to coordinate activities at home and in China.last_img read more

13 Oct

Highlights from the federal governments fall economic update tabled Tuesday

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal Liberals gave an update Tuesday on the government’s finances, and with it, how they plan to spend a windfall generated by better than expected economic growth.Here are some highlights from the fall economic update:— Positive economic developments have left the government with about $46.6 billion more to spend over five years than they’d projected in the 2017 budget.— The economic update details ways they plan to spend roughly $14.9 billion of that over five years, leaving the rest to pull down the deficit.— The deficit this fiscal year is now projected to be $18.4 billion, down from the spring projection of $25.5 billion. By 2021-2022, the deficit will fall to $10.9 billion. It had originally been projected to come in at $15.8 billion.— The government focused on four major spending measures in the update: indexing the Canada Child Benefit to cost of living increases, expanding the Working Income Tax benefit program, formalizing a promised cut to the small business tax rate and ongoing work to overhaul the tax code.— The indexation of the Canada Child Benefit project will now begin in July 2018, two years ahead of schedule. Over five years, the increases are projected to cost about $5.6 billion. As an example, the government says someone currently receiving the maximum amount of $6,400 for a child under six would see that rise to $6,496 next year, and $6,626 by 2019-2020.— Expanding the Working Income Tax Benefit program. The program is designed to account for the fact that when people go off government assistance and get a job, their paycheque may not be as high as government support and so there’s less incentive to work. The benefit seeks to make up some of that pay difference. The government says they’ll spend $500 million a year starting in 2019 to allow more people to qualify.— Taken together, measures to lower the small business tax rate to 10 per cent next year and nine per cent in 2019, along with ongoing overhauls to the tax code, will cost the government $1.3 billion between 2017 and 2022, but that doesn’t take into account one of the major changes coming to tax rules on how passive investments are handled.— Almost $9 billion in program spending is detailed in the update, some of which has not been previously announced at all, or has only been detailed in very broad strokes. Among the new programs: over $1 billion for Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Canadian Coast Guard Services over six years; $760 million for security at Canada’s embassies and consulates over six years; $4 million over two years to expunge the criminal records of Canadian previously convicted of consensual sexual activity with same-sex partners; $526 million for legalization marijuana and a further $150 million over six years to handle drug-impaired driving.last_img read more

13 Oct

Nissan unveils new Leaf car after Ghosns arrest delays it

first_imgYOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan is showing the beefed up version of its hit Leaf electric car as the Japanese automaker seeks to distance itself from the arrest of its star executive Carlos Ghosn.The event at Nissan Motor Co.’s Yokohama headquarters, southwest of Tokyo, had been postponed when Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19.Ghosn has been charged with underreporting his income. Tokyo prosecutors have extended his detention through Friday, adding breach of trust allegations.Ghosn made his first public appearance since his arrest Tuesday, and denied each allegation in the Tokyo District Court.The new 4.16 million yen ($38,000) Leaf e+ is about the same size as the model on sale, but gets more power and cruise range. The bestselling electric car competes against Tesla models and General Motors’ Bolt.The Associated Presslast_img read more

12 Oct

Construction starts on $2.3B highway across Turkmenistan

ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan — Construction has started in Turkmenistan on a four-lane highway across the gas-rich ex-Soviet nation.The $2.3 billion project is designed to link Turkmenistan’s capital of Ashgabat, the largest city in Central Asia and located not far from Iran’s northern border, to Turkmenabat near the border with Uzbekistan.Government newspaper Neutral Turkmenistan said Friday that the highway will stretch across 600 kilometres (372 miles) of desert.To boost cross-border trade, plans call for the new artery to connect to another highway that takes vehicles between the capital and the port of Turkmenbashi, on the Caspian Sea,The son of Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, a deputy regional governor, led a ceremony to mark the beginning of building the highway.The Associated Press read more

3 Oct

Gilbert and Torabi to write columns for Winfreys magazine

Gilbert and Torabi to write columns for Winfrey’s magazine NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Eat Pray Love” author Elizabeth Gilbert and personal finance author-commentator Farnoosh Torabi will be writing columns for O, the Oprah Magazine.Editor-in-chief Lucy Kaylin told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Gilbert will contribute an “uplifting column” about self-expression and creative living and will provide a video to go with her monthly writing. Torabi will be a financial columnist, “helping readers learn to take control of their finances.”The debut columns of Gilbert and Torabi will appear in the May issue, which comes out April 12.Other books by Gilbert besides “Eat Pray Love,” the spiritual memoir that became a film starring Julia Roberts, include the novel “The Signature of All Things.” Torabi is known for the podcast “So Money” and such books as “When She Makes More.” by The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2016 5:09 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2016 at 5:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

2 Oct

Ticking bomb health warning over deteriorating conditions facing Cyclone Idai victims

Amid concerns that the death toll is likely to rise as the floodwaters recede, the IFRC official insisted that everything possible was being done to get help to where it was needed most.“We are making an extra effort to go to those that are hardest to reach and those that are most vulnerable,” he said. “And those of course, will include the elderly, female-headed households, the children, the disabled. These are often times, the ones that are left behind.”Underlining the importance of ensuring that protection of victims is as important as providing food and safe water and sanitation facilities, Mr. As Sy explained that sexual exploitation was common in such situations – although he had not received any reports of abuse yet.“These are very, very, very vulnerable people: very vulnerable children, very vulnerable young girls and women,” he insisted. “If we do not do something, then we should not then be surprised and then feel sorry afterwards that something happened.” Latest reports indicate that more than 400 are now confirmed dead in Mozambique alone, with a further 300 fatalities in Zimbabwe and Malawi.In Geneva, Elhadj As Sy, Secretary General of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), said that an estimated 300 square kilometres of land had been destroyed or submerged when 150 kilometre-per-hour-plus winds and floodwaters swept across Mozambique, Malawi and Zimbabwe from the night of 14 March.In partnership with the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) and other UN agencies, IFRC is working with the authorities to provide assistance.Trees as high as 10 metres ‘all under water’“We flew over many – what used to be – forests but you could not even see the trees,” Mr As Sy said, describing his visit to Mozambique last Friday: “Trees as high as 10 metres were all under water”, he added, noting that many homes lay totally submerged beneath.It’s not an exaggeration when I say that we are really sitting here on a water, sanitation and hygiene ticking bomb – IFRC’s Elhadj As SyNeeds are huge for all those affected by the disaster, made worse by the widespread poverty and lack of development in the affected countries.Women and children are particularly vulnerable and suffering from “multiple deprevations”, Mr. As Sy explained, after his visit to Beira, the port city where Idai made landfall.“Jumping up in your eyes, these kinds of disasters do affect disproportionately, women and children,” he said. “The worst is the children crying and looking for their parents, either because they’re just in a different shelter, hopefully, or unfortunately, they may have died.”An initial IFRC appeal for around $10 million has been tripled after “we realized very, very quickly that this is not going to be anywhere near the scale and magnitude to make any difference”, Mr. As Sy said.Praising the courage and professionalism of countless boat-owners who rescued thousands of people from flooded areas, the IFRC top official expressed concern over the lack of adequate shelter and basic services for survivors in Beira – Mozambique’s second-largest city, which was hit twice by the cyclone.Six toilets for 3,000 sheltering in a half-flooded school“They are not good, to be very honest,” he said, noting the conditions survivors’ faced in the city. “Some of them are even horrendous,” he said, adding that he had gone to a school where 3,000 were crammed into15 classrooms: “The school itself is half-flooded and there are only six toilets for all those people. So it’s not an exaggeration when I say that we are really sitting here on a water, sanitation and hygiene ticking bomb.”Water levels in #Mozambique started to decrease, which will facilitate and accelerate the humanitarian response from now on. But some areas are still flooded. In this picture we took yesterday, people are crossing a flooded road towards Buzi to reach dry zones. #CycloneIdai pic.twitter.com/2zpg3pUV9G— OCHA Southern & Eastern Africa (@UNOCHA_ROSEA) March 25, 2019 read more

28 Sep

Louisville Favored in Final Four but Wichita State Could Become Unlikeliest Champion

This year’s N.C.A.A. tournament has not featured all that many great games — with some exceptions, like Michigan’s come-from-behind win against Kansas on Friday. The flip side is that the four teams that remain have all played exceptionally well, often dominating their opponents.Louisville won its first four games by an average of 22 points — the same margin by which it beat Duke on Sunday. Syracuse has won by 20 points, on average. Michigan’s margin of victory has averaged 16 points, despite the close call against Kansas. Even Wichita State, which has a chance to become the most poorly seeded team ever to win the tournament (and probably the least likely, statistically), has won its games by an average of 11 points.What follows is an overview of the four teams that remain — how their odds have evolved through the tournament and what their chances look like now.LOUISVILLE CARDINALSProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 52.9 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 22.7 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 32.4 percentChance of winning tournament now: 55.0 percentLouisville began the tournament as the nominal front-runner, with a 22.7 percent chance of winning the title according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Its odds increased sharply after its first two games and have continued to rise after wins against Oregon and Duke, and now stand at 55 percent.This is despite the gruesome injury suffered by the sophomore guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, which will affect Louisville’s depth. Ware had averaged just 17 minutes per game for the Cardinals, but he was productive when he played, shooting efficiently and averaging more than one steal per game despite the limited playing time. The FiveThirtyEight formula, which adjusts for player injuries, estimates that Louisville’s chances of winning the tournament would be closer to 57 percent (rather than 55 percent) if Ware were healthy. The intangible impact of the injury is obviously harder to gauge — especially after the Cardinals’ emotional second-half surge against Duke on Sunday.But there is little reason to doubt that Louisville is the favorite. Wichita State, its opponent in the national semifinal, is dangerous enough — but a favorable opponent for the Cardinals compared with Ohio State or Gonzaga. (The FiveThirtyEight model gives Louisville an 85 percent probability of beating Wichita State, which would translate to its being a 10 1/2-point favorite in the Las Vegas point spread.) Another bonus is that Louisville is the closest of the four remaining teams to Atlanta, the site of the Final Four games, and has had little travel throughout the tournament, which should help to ensure that it is well-rested physically under emotionally trying circumstances.MICHIGAN WOLVERINESProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 12.7 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 2.4 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 3.8 percent.Chance of winning tournament now: 21.2 percentThe FiveThirtyEight model viewed Michigan as underrated – but it thought that was even more true of Florida, and so had the Gators favored to win the South region. Instead, Michigan blew Florida out on Sunday.Still, Michigan provides some evidence for the hypothesis that the way a team finishes its regular season is not all that important — especially when one fails to account for changes to its strength of schedule. Michigan did not play an especially tough out-of-conference schedule this season, helping it go 13-0 in nonconference play. But the Big Ten was brutally competitive, and most of Michigan’s toughest games were stacked in the second half of its schedule. It’s not clear that Michigan played any worse down the stretch as much as it faced some tougher opponents.Michigan will present a clash of styles against Syracuse, and potentially Louisville. The Wolverines rate as having the best offense in college basketball, according to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, whereas the Orange and the Cardinals have dominated defensively. Michigan enters the semifinal as essentially even-money against Syracuse (the FiveThirtyEight model gives Michigan a 51.9 percent chance of winning). But the score isn’t necessarily guaranteed to be close: the Wolverines’ reliance on the 3-point shot could yield a blowout or an embarrassment depending on their accuracy from behind the arc.SYRACUSE ORANGEProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 11.7 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 2.0 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 4.8 percent.Chance of winning tournament now: 19.0 percentWe’ve found that in contrast to how a team plays in the late stages of the regular season, how well it adapts to tournament conditions does have some predictive power. Hence, the FiveThirtyEight model increased Syracuse’s chances considerably after its record-setting opening-round win against Montana, and after its subsequent solid play against California, Indiana and Marquette.The catch is that the other teams in the Final Four have also played so well that it isn’t clear that you would pick Syracuse even if you were determined to choose the hot hand.WICHITA STATE SHOCKERSProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 1.3 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 0.08 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 1.2 percentChance of winning tournament now: 4.7 percentThe FiveThirtyEight model gave Wichita State only a 1.3 percent chance of reaching the Final Four before the tournament began, or about 75-to-1 odds against. Does that imply that the Shockers’ having reached the Final Four represents a once-every-75-year event –about as rare as Halley’s comet?Actually, the math is a little bit more complicated than that. There are four regions, and in each one, there are a number of long-shot teams, so there are a lot of opportunities every year for someone to defy the odds. Instead, our pretournament model suggested that there was about a 16 percent chance (roughly 1-in-6) that Wichita State or any of the other 37 teams with under a 2 percent chance of reaching the Final Four would do so.Some of the historical cases of teams that defied even longer odds are well-known. Pennsylvania, in 1979, overcame what we estimate were 500-to-1 odds against reaching the Final Four — while Virginia Commonwealth in 2011 was about an 800-to-1 underdog.However, Wichita State’s accomplishment holds up well against some other Cinderella teams, including Louisiana State in 1986 and George Mason in 2006, both of which made the Final Four as No. 11 seeds. Wichita State was a No. 9 seed, and a reasonably good one. The problem is that being a No. 9 seed is probably more difficult than being a No. 11. A No. 9 seed will almost certainly have to defeat a No. 1 seed in its second game (as Wichita State did against Gonzaga) – eliminating the chance of getting lucky because the favorite gets knocked out early. In addition, Wichita State beat a very tough No. 8 seed, Pittsburgh, and a very tough No. 2, Ohio State — and the Shockers have made some of these wins look easy.The issue, as is the case for Syracuse, is that the accomplishments for the other three Final Four teams have been just as impressive — and they began with considerably better regular-season résumés than Wichita State. So the FiveThirtyEight model gives the Shockers only about a 5 percent chance of winning out.But what if they do it? The initial model gave Wichita State only about a 0.08 percent chance of winning the tournament, or about 1,200-to-1 odds against. If the Shockers win the tournament, they would probably qualify as the least-likely champions in history — displacing the 1985 Villanova Wildcats, who won as a No. 8 seed and faced a somewhat more favorable draw.A version of this article appears in print on 04/02/2013, on page B9 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Four Dominant Teams, With One Standout.,This year’s N.C.A.A. tournament has not featured all that many great games — with some exceptions, like Michigan’s come-from-behind win against Kansas on Friday. The flip side is that the four teams that remain have all played exceptionally well, often dominating their opponents.Louisville won its first four games by an average of 22 points — the same margin by which it beat Duke on Sunday. Syracuse has won by 20 points, on average. Michigan’s margin of victory has averaged 16 points, despite the close call against Kansas. Even Wichita State, which has a chance to become the most poorly seeded team ever to win the tournament (and probably the least likely, statistically), has won its games by an average of 11 points.What follows is an overview of the four teams that remain — how their odds have evolved through the tournament and what their chances look like now.LOUISVILLE CARDINALSProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 52.9 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 22.7 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 32.4 percentChance of winning tournament now: 55.0 percentLouisville began the tournament as the nominal front-runner, with a 22.7 percent chance of winning the title according to the FiveThirtyEight model. Its odds increased sharply after its first two games and have continued to rise after wins against Oregon and Duke, and now stand at 55 percent.This is despite the gruesome injury suffered by the sophomore guard Kevin Ware on Sunday, which will affect Louisville’s depth. Ware had averaged just 17 minutes per game for the Cardinals, but he was productive when he played, shooting efficiently and averaging more than one steal per game despite the limited playing time. The FiveThirtyEight formula, which adjusts for player injuries, estimates that Louisville’s chances of winning the tournament would be closer to 57 percent (rather than 55 percent) if Ware were healthy. The intangible impact of the injury is obviously harder to gauge — especially after the Cardinals’ emotional second-half surge against Duke on Sunday.But there is little reason to doubt that Louisville is the favorite. Wichita State, its opponent in the national semifinal, is dangerous enough — but a favorable opponent for the Cardinals compared with Ohio State or Gonzaga. (The FiveThirtyEight model gives Louisville an 85 percent probability of beating Wichita State, which would translate to its being a 10 1/2-point favorite in the Las Vegas point spread.) Another bonus is that Louisville is the closest of the four remaining teams to Atlanta, the site of the Final Four games, and has had little travel throughout the tournament, which should help to ensure that it is well-rested physically under emotionally trying circumstances.MICHIGAN WOLVERINESProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 12.7 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 2.4 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 3.8 percent.Chance of winning tournament now: 21.2 percentThe FiveThirtyEight model viewed Michigan as underrated – but it thought that was even more true of Florida, and so had the Gators favored to win the South region. Instead, Michigan blew Florida out on Sunday.Still, Michigan provides some evidence for the hypothesis that the way a team finishes its regular season is not all that important — especially when one fails to account for changes to its strength of schedule. Michigan did not play an especially tough out-of-conference schedule this season, helping it go 13-0 in nonconference play. But the Big Ten was brutally competitive, and most of Michigan’s toughest games were stacked in the second half of its schedule. It’s not clear that Michigan played any worse down the stretch as much as it faced some tougher opponents.Michigan will present a clash of styles against Syracuse, and potentially Louisville. The Wolverines rate as having the best offense in college basketball, according to Ken Pomeroy’s rankings, whereas the Orange and the Cardinals have dominated defensively. Michigan enters the semifinal as essentially even-money against Syracuse (the FiveThirtyEight model gives Michigan a 51.9 percent chance of winning). But the score isn’t necessarily guaranteed to be close: the Wolverines’ reliance on the 3-point shot could yield a blowout or an embarrassment depending on their accuracy from behind the arc.SYRACUSE ORANGEProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 11.7 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 2.0 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 4.8 percent.Chance of winning tournament now: 19.0 percentWe’ve found that in contrast to how a team plays in the late stages of the regular season, how well it adapts to tournament conditions does have some predictive power. Hence, the FiveThirtyEight model increased Syracuse’s chances considerably after its record-setting opening-round win against Montana, and after its subsequent solid play against California, Indiana and Marquette.The catch is that the other teams in the Final Four have also played so well that it isn’t clear that you would pick Syracuse even if you were determined to choose the hot hand.WICHITA STATE SHOCKERSProbability of reaching Final Four before tournament began: 1.3 percentChance of winning tournament before tournament began: 0.08 percentChance of winning tournament before Round of 16: 1.2 percentChance of winning tournament now: 4.7 percentThe FiveThirtyEight model gave Wichita State only a 1.3 percent chance of reaching the Final Four before the tournament began, or about 75-to-1 odds against. Does that imply that the Shockers’ having reached the Final Four represents a once-every-75-year event –about as rare as Halley’s comet?Actually, the math is a little bit more complicated than that. There are four regions, and in each one, there are a number of long-shot teams, so there are a lot of opportunities every year for someone to defy the odds. Instead, our pretournament model suggested that there was about a 16 percent chance (roughly 1-in-6) that Wichita State or any of the other 37 teams with under a 2 percent chance of reaching the Final Four would do so.Some of the historical cases of teams that defied even longer odds are well-known. Pennsylvania, in 1979, overcame what we estimate were 500-to-1 odds against reaching the Final Four — while Virginia Commonwealth in 2011 was about an 800-to-1 underdog.However, Wichita State’s accomplishment holds up well against some other Cinderella teams, including Louisiana State in 1986 and George Mason in 2006, both of which made the Final Four as No. 11 seeds. Wichita State was a No. 9 seed, and a reasonably good one. The problem is that being a No. 9 seed is probably more difficult than being a No. 11. A No. 9 seed will almost certainly have to defeat a No. 1 seed in its second game (as Wichita State did against Gonzaga) – eliminating the chance of getting lucky because the favorite gets knocked out early. In addition, Wichita State beat a very tough No. 8 seed, Pittsburgh, and a very tough No. 2, Ohio State — and the Shockers have made some of these wins look easy.The issue, as is the case for Syracuse, is that the accomplishments for the other three Final Four teams have been just as impressive — and they began with considerably better regular-season résumés than Wichita State. So the FiveThirtyEight model gives the Shockers only about a 5 percent chance of winning out.But what if they do it? The initial model gave Wichita State only about a 0.08 percent chance of winning the tournament, or about 1,200-to-1 odds against. If the Shockers win the tournament, they would probably qualify as the least-likely champions in history — displacing the 1985 Villanova Wildcats, who won as a No. 8 seed and faced a somewhat more favorable draw.A version of this article appears in print on 04/02/2013, on page B9 of the NewYork edition with the headline: Four Dominant Teams, With One Standout. read more

22 Sep

France win thriller over Norway

← Previous Story Belarus win opener against Austria in Porec Next Story → Croatia beat Serbia with +10 The reigning World Champions – France beat Norway 32:31 (15:17) in the second match of Group A in Porec. Kentin Mahe had a main role with eight goals for the winning team, who took important points in possible battle for semi-finals.France: Mahe 8, N. Karabatic 4, Abalo 4, Guigou 4, Remili 3, Dipanda 2, Gate 2, Tournat 2, N’Guessan 1,  Norway: Kent Robin Tønnesen 7, Kristian Bjørnsen 6, Bjarte Myrhol 5, Magnus Jøndal 4, Sander Sagosen 3, Gøran Johannessen 3, Magnus Gullerud 1, Christian O’Sullivan 1, Eivind Tangen 1. read more

22 Sep

Two men arrested in investigation into attempted murder of PSNI officers

first_imgDETECTIVES FROM PSNI’s Serious Crime Branch investigating the attempted murder of police officers in Newtownabbey on 9 March have arrested two men.The suspects, aged 23 and 42, were taken to the Serious Crime Suite at Antrim police station for questioning.A number of searches were also carried out in north Belfast.On Saturday 9 March an explosive device was discovered after police officers reported hearing a blast.They had gone to the area of the Duncrue towpath beside the M5 after receiving a phone call when an explosive device detonated.Read: Belfast bomb was an ‘attempted murder’ attack on PSNI officers’ lives >last_img read more

21 Sep

ARM introduces dualcore CortexR5 and R7 MPCore 28nm processors

first_imgProcessor design company ARM has today unveiled two new updates to its Cortex-R range of processors: the Cortex-R5 MPCore and the Cortex-R7 MPCore.While the Cortex-A processors can be found in mainstream consumer products such as cell phones and tablet devices, the Cortex-R chips are meant for deeply-embedded and system-on-a-chip duties. Notably you can find the last generation Cortex-R4 in hard disk drive controllers, wireless baseband processors, and automotive systems.The updated 28nm R5 and R7 chips improve mainly in the area performance over the R4, which was originally released in 2006. But also adds increased efficiency, reliability, and better error management in real-time systems.The performance gain comes not only from the updated architecture, but through the option of having single and dual core processors. Features specific to the R7 include out-of-order execution, dynamic register renaming combined with improved branch prediction, superscalar execution and faster hardware support for divide, floating point and other functions.ARM expects the new chips to be used in the latest LTE and LTE-Advanced mobile baseband deployments, both HDD and SSD due to fast real-time response and reliability gains, and safety-critical automotive and medical systems.With both chips aiming for the high-end embedded market ARM is poised to get its processors in the next generation of devices and supporting infrastructure we use. Licenses for either processor are already available for interested manufacturers.Read more at the ARM press releaselast_img read more

21 Sep

Chinese PM eyes investments ahead of landmark visit to Greece

first_imgJust over a year after Prime Minister Antonis Samaras visited China to seek investment, his counterpart Li Keqiang is due in Athens on Thursday for a three-day visit during which both sides are expected to reaffirm their commitment to boosting bilateral trade ties with several agreements expected to be signed.Li, who is to be accompanied on his visit by a 14-member government delegation, noted in a letter published in Wednesday’s Kathimerini his intention to “open up new prospects for a deeper China-Greece relationship.”Describing the Greek and Chinese economies as “mutually complementary,” the Chinese premier said he saw “huge potential for cooperation.” A key aim is to expand the Chinese presence at Piraeus where the firm Cosco is already active, he said, declaring that the Chinese “will work with Greece to make the port the best of its kind in the Mediterranean.” Li also expressed interest in “airport, rail, road and other infrastructure development”” as well as in maritime transport, logistics and shipbuilding. He described tourism as an “important growth area for China-Greece cooperation,” noting that officials from both sides would sign an agreement foreseeing the creation of cultural centers to facilitate “people-to-people exchanges.”Samaras and Li are also expected to sign several more pacts foreseeing closer cooperation in shipping, infrastructure, financial services and exports.On Friday the two leaders are scheduled to visit Cosco’s facilities in Piraeus in a highly symbolic appearance as the firm is aiming to acquire 67 percent of the Piraeus Port Authority’s share capital.Later on the same day, the two men are due to address a forum exploring opportunities in shipping, investments and trade. In another symbolic trip the two leaders are due to travel to Crete, one of Greece’s top tourist destinations. While there, the Chinese premier is expected to repeat Beijing’s interest in the new international airport near the port of Iraklio.Li’s visit comes nearly a month before a trip by Chinese President Xi Jinping to Rhodes, another top tourist destination. Xi is set to meet his Greek counterpart Karolos Papoulias on the island. In a letter sent to Papoulias earlier this month, the Chinese statesman reportedly described Greece as “a strategic partner” and reaffirmed Beijing’s interest in making major investments in the country.Source: Kathimerini. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

31 Aug

Qubits and Branes Share Surprising Features

first_img Citation: Qubits and Branes Share Surprising Features (2008, July 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-07-qubits-branes-features.html Most recently, Duff and colleagues from Imperial College London and the Institute for Research in Fundamental Sciences in Tehran, Iran, have discovered another correlation. They’ve shown that the “branes” in string theory mathematically correlate to the qubits in quantum information theory. Their study, titled “Wrapped Branes as Qubits,” is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.“These relations between black holes and qubits are still mysterious,” Duff told PhysOrg.com. “The significance of this recent paper is that, by invoking branes wrapping around the extra dimensions, it resolved the puzzle of why black holes should display any kind of two-valuedness: ‘To wrap or not to wrap; that is the qubit.’”In string theory, which requires extra dimensions, branes are theoretical objects that can be used to describe parts of the universe on a quantum scale. For instance, black holes can be described by four D3-branes intersecting at an angle, which can be useful for understanding the microscopic origins of black hole entropy.In the current study, the researchers have shown that four D3-branes can also be wrapped around the six extra dimensions of space (that exist in 10-dimensional string theory) in a way that closely resembles an entangled three-qubit state. As the physicists explained, the way that each D3-brane can wrap one way or the other around dimensions resembles the two states that a qubit can have. The researchers showed that a similar correlation exists between M2-branes, which can wrap in one of three ways around dimensions, and qutrits, which have three possible states.To mathematically demonstrate this connection, the physicists used a well-known fact from quantum information theory: a three-qubit state can be described by five parameters (four real numbers and an angle). They showed how these five parameters correspond to the four D3 branes and the branes’ angle of intersection. The work adds to a growing body of papers published in the past year on correlations between entanglement and black holes (or quantum gravity). As the physicists described, these papers are building a kind of dictionary of translations between phenomena in one language to the phenomena in the other. “When two very different areas of physics share the same mathematics, one can learn new things about each field by borrowing techniques from the other,” Duff said. “This has been a two-way pay-off and we are certain that yet more correlations will be discovered.” However, no one yet knows whether there are any physical reasons underlying these mathematical coincidences. As Duff said, “an underlying physical basis, if it exists, would be an extra bonus.”Still, understanding the mathematical correlations could be enough to lead to some interesting applications in quantum information theory.“The weird kind of numbers known as octonions have fascinated both mathematicians and physicists for decades,” Duff said. “But in their recent books, both Roger Penrose and Ray Streater have written them off as ‘lost causes in physics’ because they have so far failed to find any application. However, we believe that the tripartite entanglement of seven qubits (inspired by stringy black holes) provides a way of testing octonions in the laboratory, and this might find applications in QI, for example, in cryptography.”More information: Borsten, L.; Dahanayake, D.; Duff, M. J.; Ebrahim, H.; and Rubens, W. “Wrapped Branes as Qubits.” Physical Review Letters 100, 251602 (2008).Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. What do black holes and entangled particles have in common? Until about a year ago, physicists thought that the two entities existed in completely separate worlds. Then, in 2007, physicist Michael Duff from Imperial College London demonstrated a correlation between the entanglement of three qubits and the entropy of a black hole. In the past year, several studies have demonstrated even more connections. 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. (Left) A simulated view of a black hole, and (right) a qubit representation. Credit for black hole: Ute Kraus, physics education group, Theoretische Astrophysik Tübingen, Space Time Travel (http://www.spacetimetravel.org/).last_img read more

27 Aug

iSchemaView Brings RAPID Imaging Platform to Australia and New Zealand

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News | Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) | August 06, 2019 Canon Medical Introduces Encore Orian MR Upgrade Program Canon Medical Systems USA Inc. is helping to provide low-cost patient care solutions for its customers with the launch… read more July 13, 2018 – iSchemaView has signed Diagnostic Imaging Australia (DIA) to be the exclusive distributor for the RAPID cerebrovascular imaging analysis platform in Australia and New Zealand. Hospitals and clinics that treat ischemic stroke in these countries will now have access to RAPID’s automated computed tomography perfusion (CTP), magnetic resonance (MR), CT angiography (CTA) and ASPECTS solutions, with support from DIA’s customer service specialists in the region.iSchemaView’s RAPID platform was recently used to select patients for two landmark stroke trials published in The New England Journal of Medicine, DAWN[1] and DEFUSE 3[2], that successfully treated patients up to 24 hours after onset. RAPID was the exclusive imaging tool used to aid in patient selection in both studies. The prior treatment window for mechanical thrombectomy was up to six hours. However, select patients with salvageable brain tissue identified through advanced imaging are now eligible for treatment up to 24 hours after they were last seen well.The RAPID neuroimaging platform creates high-quality images from non-contrast CT, CT angiography, CT perfusion, and MRI diffusion and perfusion studies. The software provides an intuitive and easily interpretable real-time view of brain perfusion, allowing physicians to determine lesion volumes for a wide variety of different thresholds. The platform includes four different imaging products, tailored to the particular needs of different types of facilities:RAPID MRI provides fully automated, easy-to-interpret diffusion and perfusion maps that identify brain areas with low ADC values, as well as delayed contrast arrival. RAPID MRI perfusion automatically quantifies regions of reduced cerebral blood flow, volume and transit time that exceed pre-specified thresholds;RAPID CT perfusion automatically quantifies regions of reduced cerebral blood flow, volume and transit time that exceed pre-specified thresholds. Regions are color-coded and the volumes of interest are automatically measured. Maps (including mismatch maps) of the severity of Tmax delays are provided using a four-color-coded scale;RAPID CTA automatically provides clear, easy-to-interpret CTA maps that include a colored overlay to identify brain regions with reduced blood vessel density. The severity of reduction can be readily visualized by a simple, four-color-coded scale. Additionally, a 3-D reconstruction of the vasculature allows physicians to rotate the image for optimal viewing of the vessels from multiple angles; andRAPID ASPECTS automatically generates a standardized score — based on clinically validated machine learning algorithms — that enables physicians to easily communicate about the extent of a patient’s ischemic changes and to determine eligibility for thrombectomy (clot removal). In addition, RAPID ASPECTS provides clear visualization of the brain so that clinicians can better scrutinize each region and confirm the automated score. Sponsored Content | Case Study | Radiation Dose Management | August 13, 2019 The Challenge of Pediatric Radiation Dose Management Radiation dose management is central to child patient safety. Medical imaging plays an increasing role in the accurate… read more For more information: www.irapid.comReferences1. Nogueira R.G., Jadhav A.P., Haussen D.C., et al. “Thrombectomy 6 to 24 Hours after Stroke with a Mismatch between Deficit and Infarct.” New England Journal of Medicine, Jan. 4, 2018. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa17064422. Albers G.W., Marks M.P., Kemp S., et al. “Thrombectomy for Stroke at 6 to 16 Hours with Selection by Perfusion Imaging.” New England Journal of Medicine, Feb. 22, 2018. DOI: 10.1056/NEJMoa1713973 FacebookTwitterLinkedInPrint分享 Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a Siemens Go.Top Dedicated Cardiac Scanner This is a quick walk around of the new Siemens Somatom Go.top cardiovascular edition compact computed tomography (CT) read more News | Neuro Imaging | August 16, 2019 ADHD Medication May Affect Brain Development in Children A drug used to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) appears to affect development of the brain’s… read more News | Stroke | August 16, 2019 Mobile Stroke Unit Gets Patients Quicker Treatment Than Traditional Ambulance Every second counts for stroke patients, as studies show they can lose up to 27 million brain cells per minute…. read more Image courtesy of UTHealth McGovern Medical School News | Medical 3-D Printing | August 08, 2019 RSNA and ACR to Collaborate on Landmark Medical 3D Printing Registry The Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) and the American College of Radiology (ACR) will launch a new medical… read more Technology | Neuro Imaging | August 07, 2019 Synaptive Medical Launches Modus Plan With Automated Tractography Segmentation Synaptive Medical announced the U.S. launch and availability of Modus Plan featuring BrightMatter AutoSeg. This release… read more The CT scanner might not come with protocols that are adequate for each hospital situation, so at Phoenix Children’s Hospital they designed their own protocols, said Dianna Bardo, M.D., director of body MR and co-director of the 3D Innovation Lab at Phoenix Children’s. Videos | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 07, 2019 VIDEO: Walk Around of a GE Cardiographe Dedicated Cardiac CT Scanner This is a quick walk around of the GE Healthcare Cardiographe dedicated cardiac CT system on display at the… read more Images of regions of interest (colored lines) in the white matter skeleton representation. Data from left and right anterior thalamic radiation (ATR) were averaged. Image courtesy of C. Bouziane et al. Technology | Interventional Radiology | August 16, 2019 Profound Medical Receives U.S. FDA 510(k) Clearance for Tulsa-Pro Profound Medical Corp. announced it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to… read more News | Stroke | July 13, 2018 iSchemaView Brings RAPID Imaging Platform to Australia and New Zealand Diagnostic Imaging Australia will be exclusive distributor of imaging solution that provides automated scoring and assessment of brain ischemia News | CT Angiography (CTA) | August 06, 2019 Artificial Intelligence Improves Heart Attack Risk Assessment When used with a common heart scan, machine learning, a type of artificial intelligence (AI), does better than… read morelast_img read more

19 Aug

Costa Rican economy to see less growth in 2013 World Bank says

first_imgNo related posts. Costa Rica will grow 4 percent this year, a lower figure than the 4.6 achieved last year and the 4.8 expected for 2013 by the Central Bank.The World Bank released this week its annual report of Global Economic Prospects, which forecasts that the country will see the third-best economic performance in Central America, surpassed by Panama, whose economy is expected to grow 7.5 percent, and Nicaragua, expected to register 4.2 percent growth.The analysis notes that the “dependence of Costa Rica on the U.S. and Europe is a factor in the reduction of national growth,”and also that “the fall in the dollar exchange rate caused contraction of growth, especially in the export sector.”The bank forecasts that El Salvador’s economy will experience the least growth in the region, with 2.3 percent.Central America’s economic performance is expected to slow somewhat due to a relatively weak U.S. economy. A modest recovery in the U.S. housing sector will provide some support to remittances, although sluggish improvement in labor markets and lower net migration to the U.S. will keep remittance growth subdued, the report added. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

17 Aug

SeaLink buys Captain Cook Cruises

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A The family owned Captain Cook Cruises today announced the well known tourism business is being sold to SeaLink Travel Group.In exchange for an undisclosed sum, SeaLink will get Captain Cook Cruises’ Sydney Harbour vessels (15 in total), an accommodated paddle wheeler cruise operation in South Australia’s River Murray and “the related infrastructure, marina berths and licenses”.The Fijian operations of Captain Cook Cruises are not included in the transaction, a statement from the company read.The 300 or so employees of Captain Cook are expected to be retained as Anthony Haworth is appointed as General Manager and Jackie Haworth-Charlton remains as Director of Sales.“As a family business, we have always placed enormous value on our staff, customer and business relationships. It is very satisfying to know that SeaLink shares these same values,” Captain Cook Cruises founder Captain Trevor Haworth said.“SeaLink is the ideal tourism partner to add further investment and grow this business even further.” With this purchase SeaLink is now one of the largest employers in the tourism industry.For more news as it comes to hand, stay tuned to e-Travel Blackboard.last_img read more

9 Aug

English School student breaks world record for largest drawing

first_imgA 17-year-old student from the English School, Alex Dzaghigian, has broken the Guinness world record for the largest drawing in the world by an individual, it was announced this week.The theme of the painting, measuring 323.9 m², is a turtle, a species endangered by debris in the sea such as plastic bottles and straws.According to a press release, he had three reasons for his decision to create a painting depicting the dangers of sea pollution in July 2018.The first is to raise awareness about sea pollution.“Alex chose this theme since it is a growing issue nowadays and even though people are aware of it, it is always at the back of their minds. By repeatedly raising awareness, people subconsciously adapt to living in a more eco-friendly manner,” the statement said.The second is to raise funds for Cyprus Marine Life Protection and Environment Association (CYMEPA) and Greenpeace, and the third was to promote his art in a unique and exiting way.Alex is not a beginner when it comes to painting. Two years ago, he came fourth in the international Toyota Dream Car Art contest, in which 885,000 contestants from 81 countries took part.In 2017, he sold a painting to a Greek national for €2,900.The painting was completed in the English School sports centre. The drawing will be recycled in the next few days by GreenDot.€2,000 of the net proceeds were donated to CYMEPA, to be used for beach cleaning and conserving the marine environment, and a symbolic amount to Greenpeace.You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoKelley Blue BookYou Won’t Believe How Affordable These Ford Car Models AreKelley Blue BookUndo Pensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCruise passenger airlifted to Paphos hospitalUndoRemand for pair in alleged property fraud (Updated)Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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