Although the 54-member meeting of the African Union in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia is being held under the theme “Agriculture and Food Security,” the discussions are focusing more on war in Africa than the designated subject matter.A dispatch from the AFP in Addis Ababa indicates that war in the Central African Republic (CAR) and South Sudan are the key concerns at the summit.Ethiopian Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom, in a statement earlier said while it may be necessary to discuss the “African renaissance,” it is a painful fact that all present must consider the humanitarian tragedies presently unfolding in the two African countries.Africa’s youngest nation, South Sudan, got independence only two years ago from the Sudan Republic. Unfortunately, it has recently been plunged into a civil war leaving the people of the country divided, creating a serious humanitarian crisis.The war in South Sudan has forced over 800,000 people from their homes as warring parties signed a fragile ceasefire characterized by constant clashes.For the Central African Republic, around a million people out of its 4.6 million population have been forced out of their homes over the past 10 months. Many have lost their lives as a result of the sectarian violence between Muslims and Christians.The African Union has deployed 5,200 strong forces along with 1,600 French troops, and new interim leadership is being installed in the person of Catherine Samba-Penza; who hopes to reunite the people and prepare for future elections.Foreign Minister Tedros Adhanom in his statement said unless AU member countries find an urgent solution to these problems, the situations in the two countries would have serious implications for peace and security in the region and the entire continent.Director of the African Centre at the Atlantic Council, Peter J Pham, also commented that AU’s slow response to the crisis in the Central African Republic pointed to a deeper institutional weakness when it comes to rapidly evolving conflicts.Meanwhile, Liberian Foreign Minister, Augustine K. N’gafuan and his delegation had earlier left for Addis Ababa to participate in the AU Foreign Ministers meeting ahead of discussions scheduled for African leaders.President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has also left for Addis Ababa to form part of the African Heads of States meeting.The controversial role on the continent of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is also expected to be discussed at the AU’s meeting.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
A request from the dismissed Deputy Director for Operations of the Executive Protection Service (EPS), Darlington George, to have criminal charges against him dropped could not take place yesterday after state lawyers pleaded with Criminal Court ‘B’ for suspension of the matter.The case was, however, rescheduled to today at the Criminal Court ‘B’ at the Temple of Justice in Monrovia.George and his bodyguard James Tamba are charged with aggravated assault, a felony of the second degree, and criminal facilitation. The two EPS officers allegedly beat and wounded one Ms. Varnester Maday Kiatamba, a resident of Barnesville Estate, in September last year.George’s request for dismissal of the charge is based on what his lawyers argued as government’s failure to prosecute their client despite four consecutive court terms, which expired without state lawyers pressing for prosecuting their client.Under the law, an indicted person should be tried within two consecutive court terms, a law which George’s legal team based their argument on to ask the court to drop the charge against him.It is not clear if the court will grant his request. But if it does, defendant George will walk away from the court today, Friday, September 30, a free man. However, if the request is denied, George and co-defendant Tamba’s trial will resume anytime soon.The case was initially filed at the Barnesville Magisterial Court for prosecution. It was later transferred to Criminal Court ‘A’ due to the magisterial court’s lack of jurisdiction to try the case.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Mark EnglishDONEGAL’S Mark English is through to the final of the 800M in the European Championships in Zurich.The Letterkenny athlete was a second faster than in the heats, but just made into the finals.With a run of 1:46.23 he was pushed into the fourth from second by Artur Kuciapski of Poland (1:46.05) and Switzerland’s Andreas Bube (1:46.09). France’s Pierre-Ambriose Boose led all the way and won in a time of 1:45.94. English admitted afterwards that he “tied up a bit” towards the end of the race and had never been as nervous as he was beforehand.“I’m just delighted to have made it into the final,” said Mark afterwards.“I was nervous; there’s no doubt about it. But it’s my first major final and I’m looking forward to it now.”Ireland’s athletics manager and fellow Donegal man Patsy McGonagle said he was ‘just delighted’ for the 21-year-old on qualifying. English was drawn in the first semi-final and needed to be in the top three positions to be sure of a place in the final. He ran a tactically smart race tracking the leaders every move.It was only in the last 50m that English began to struggle as he slipped down to fourth place.However there was joy for English as the second semi-final was much slower meaning he qualified for the final as a fastest loser.Commenting afterwards English said: “The aim coming in was to make the final so I am happy with that; it’s a relief now to be in the final. Of course I wanted to be in the top three but that doesn’t matter now. I’ll recover and give it my best in the final.”English’s performance means he becomes Ireland’s first 800m finalist since1998 when James McIlroy (cousin to golfer Rory) placed fourth. MARK ENGLISH THROUGH TO EUROPEAN 800M FINAL was last modified: August 14th, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIPSmark englishpatsy mcgonagleZurich
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Frank Eliason, the man behind the ballyhooed Twitter account @comcastcares, announced his resignation from giant cable and internet provider Comcast this afternoon. Companies interested in social media, and that’s just about all companies these days, have watched @comcastcares very closely.Eliason was named Senior Director in National Customer Operations at Comcast just one year ago and has only been at Comcast at all for less than 3 years. Stardom can be built up fast in the young world of social media, however, and as a widely studied ground-breaker Eliason could likely now get a job at almost any company in the world. A specific but unnamed opportunity to do social media work in the financial services industry, where Eliason has worked for years before, is next on his agenda, according to his blog post on the Comcast site.While “the man behind the curtain” has been a dominant metaphor for magic for many years, Eliason was instead the man in front of the curtain at Comcast. Working behind him were a team of people with personas like @ComcastBill and @ComcastBonnie. There was also a substantial amount of new social media tracking technology powering the ostensibly personalized customer care the company grew famous for.If you tweet about problems with Comcast, someone responds. Quickly. And they stick with you. It’s not just because you’re special though, or even just because they are. The Comcast customer service team uses the latest and greatest social media CRM (customer relationship management) software, behind the scenes.We described that technology in detail in April 2009, (This Machine Eats Tweets: The System Behind @Comcast and Others) at a time when the field of social media CRM was less widely adopted and discussed. Eliason and his team built an incredible amount of goodwill and industry admiration through their customer service work on Twitter. @ComcastCares will long be a case study taught in schools. Comcast hasn’t traditionally been a much-loved company and Eliason really made an impact on the public’s perception. (Was his resignation motivated by having been one-upped by the Old Spice guy this week and needing to do something new to regain his crown? Imagine if that were the case!)Can Eliason do something as marvelous in financial services? That’s no small challenge, and his next gig won’t be the first of its kind in the same way. It will, however, be interesting to watch.Starting today, you can follow Frank Eliason on his new Twitter account, @FrankEliason. Tags:#news#web Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… marshall kirkpatrick Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market
In the recent Bollywood hit Swades, Shah Rukh Khan’s character, Mohan Bhargava, plans a visit to India to reconnect with his roots and search for his childhood caretaker, whom he misses dearly. Upon arrival, he discovers that she has moved into the country’s deep, rural hinterland and he embarks on a journey to locate her. He eventually does and spends the rest of his trip with her and the fellow villagers in a fictional town, deep in central-India. His quickie, two-week trip extends far longer and transforms into an intimate journey of discovery about himself and the people of his homeland.Kaushal Mehta : “I was taken aback by the extent of poverty.” It is an emotionally wrenching plot that tugs at the hearts of 20 million overseas Indians worldwide. The stupendous success of the movie in overseas Indian markets demonstrates that it touched a raw emotional nerve. But how removed from real life is the fictional Mohan? Little India explored the experience of three young, diverse NRIs – Kaushal Mehta, Venu Kohli, and Meeta Patel – on their first visit to the homeland.In the film, Mohan’s return journey was delayed because of the obligations of his job at NASA. NRIs can relate to those logistical concerns. Canadian-born Kohli, a newly minted college graduate, had never traveled to India because of pressing academic obligations: “I’ve actually wanting to go for a long time. This was the first opportunity that I had due to the fact that I was done school and had no other pending commitments at the time.”Mehta, 26, a recent biochemistry graduate from University of California, San Diego: “My family was in Kenya, my dad’s relatives were all in Kenya. In fact, my dad has only been to India once as a kid when he was 7. My mom’s side had come here to the states years ago. We did not have much family in India that was close. Therefore, we never went there. While, I consider myself pretty cultured for having not gone to India before, I wanted to see what it was like. I just felt I had to visit my roots. “He went with three other friends (who had been to India before) and his brother. His trip was laced with nervous excitement and childlike curiosity. “Since it was my first time, I wanted to go everywhere. I wasn’t sure where to stay since we had no family, so we just ended up staying in hotels. We booked all the nice ones and went to Delhi, Kerala, Bangalore, Mumbai, Goa and then, finally Gujarat. We did the whole tourist thing. I speak Gujrati and Hindi fluently since Kenya is kind of like ‘mini-India.’ I also learnt Hindi from friends and movies living in America and it proved to be very helpful there.”It is no surprise that mainstream Bollywood movies serve as cultural ambassadors to most NRIs abroad. But Swades is the rare Bollywood film rooted in the rural countryside of India, without the usual “fluff” of escapist India cinema of India. In the movie, Mohan visits a remote village to collect rent from a poor tenant. The experience leaves him depressed, tired, confused, and guilt-ridden because of the poverty he witnesses along the way.For the first time, he comprehends that while he had been living in a bubble of material comfort in the United States, many poor Indians were living contently even in poverty, which all the more ironical considering that a sense of contentment eluded him.Shah Rukh Khan in Swadesh.Mehta experienced a similar epiphany: “I didn’t like the fact that the value for life was not there. People were hungry, lots of beggars, and so on. I had heard that, but seeing it was a whole new story. I was also shocked by the class difference; one minute we were at the 5-star Taj Hotel, where you couldn’t tell that you were in India, and a block away, you could see people sleeping on the streets. I felt the rich had it really good and the poor had it just as bad. I still made every effort to talk to everyone there and ended up talking to all the cab drivers. They hardly made anything, but were happy. I had received so many warnings from people saying that to be careful, they’ll rip you off, or don’t leave your bags unattended, people will steal your money, among other horrible things. I didn’t find any of that to be true. On the contrary, I found people to be very helpful and very nice.”But the poverty was jarring. Says Kohli: “I was really taken back by the extent of poverty…. I wasn’t expecting to see so many homeless people everywhere I went. It was especially hard seeing the young children. All this was hard to adjust too at first”Like Mehta, Kohli carried with her a brewing curiosity, longing to travel all over India, and tried to cram as much as she could in her four week visit. “I spent a few days in Mumbai as well as Pune. I also stayed in New Delhi for two weeks and traveled to Jalandar and Amritsar. I went with my mom; all of her family, except for an uncle in California, resides in India. So we went to visit my family. I especially wanted to see my grandmother (my mom’s mother).”Before going, however, Kohli made sure she was abreast on the latest Indian trends and the general atmosphere using the latest Bollywood blockbuster as her guides. Did these images present themselves accurately as reference points? Kohli felt so. “I was actually quite surprised to see how alike the ‘India’ I knew from Hindi movies was to the ‘real’ thing, like the bazaars, taxi’s, rickshaws, and corruption. I was quite taken by the corruption that takes place in India and what having money really means. This meant how easy it is to buy your way through many situations. The amount of pollution, too, was shocking. I never expected it to be that bad!”Kohli’s laundry lists of annoyances were on a more micro-level, and, as she learned, a part of Indian culture that is unlikely change anytime soon. She was especially turned off by the lecherous looks of men, perennial traffic jams, constantly being called “madam,” overbearing and pesky annoying “tour guides” at every tourist attraction.Venu Kohli: “I was actually surprised to see how alike the ‘India’ I knew from Hindi movies was to the ‘real’ thing.” Nevertheless, she concedes her undeniable attraction with the culture and way of life: “There where many things I just loved. The food, the shopping, and, most importantly, seeing family that I’d never met before. I loved the scenery, most of the time. And even the weather, although it got unbearably hot at times. I enjoyed watching TV there, especially the Hindi dramas. In fact there was never “nothing to watch’” there! I enjoyed visiting places I had only seen on TV and in pictures, such as the Taj Mahal and The Golden Temple. I also enjoyed seeing where my parents grew up and learning a bit more about them.”It took some time for 26-year-old Patel to develop appreciation for the strange homeland of his forebears. He first had to come to terms with the pervasive poverty everywhere, which was a particularly painful ordeal to deal with because it was her first impression of the country. “It was the one thing that really upset me. As we left the airport and found our family the first thing I noticed was the distinguished smell and the heat. Then a little girl, no older then 5, and her younger brother, who was probably about 3, were both holding hands and they approached me. The little girl asked me for money, and before I could say anything the family that picked us up, made them leave us alone. It took me completely off guard, even though I knew before I came to India that it was a place with a lot of poverty. Sadly, seeing children beg for money during my trip became a very frequent sight.”Patel said she too had never traveled to India before because scholastic obligations. Her exposure to the homeland in adulthood, she says, developed in her an appreciation at her fortune at having the many opportunities she has had being born in America, which many of the India children will not – a conclusion that left Mohan eternally conflicted.As the trip progressed, Patel took mental notes of things that took her time to adjust, like the animals outside the door in the villages where she stayed, free-roaming elephants on the roads, and the howling wild dogs that would fight at night.Then there was the pervasive corruption and unpredictable electricity outages. “The police there are really corrupt. My aunt and I got pulled over, because she wasn’t wearing a seat belt and he asked her from Rs 500. She bargained her way down to Rs 50 and then he let us go. And the power outages there was really annoying; electricity went out every 30 minutes!”Electricity played a big part of symbolism in Swades. For a westerner used to a near-flawless electric supply, even 30 minutes without electricity is a blunt reminder that India is indeed a different country. In the film, Mohan uses his cinematic liberties to build a mini-power plant for his adopted village.In “filmi” fashion, he infuses western solutions for a perennial Indian problem.In real life, that was not a option for the NRI travelers. Over time, like the locals, they adjusted the “fact of life” and did their best to cope in the searing heat.And they discovered an eye-opening and life changing experience. Patel rode in rickshaws, scooters, and trains. “It’s all really a different type of experience. There are no car seats, no traffic control, everyone piles up in one rickshaw,” Patel chuckles.She also visited the village her dad grew up in and the little house he lived in with 7 siblings. “I met relatives that I had not ever seen. It was really neat to see were my dad grew up with my uncles and aunts and the places that he had seen as a child. I met many of my dad’s oldest friends and college friends.”Don’t get any of them started on the food. Says Patel: “Before I left I was given specific instructions by my dad and fiancé not to eat off any of the food cart vendors and stalls in India on the street because, if I did, I’d get really sick. All this advice went out the door, because one day when me, my mom, my cousin and uncle went to a street were they had about 15 -20 carts of all this amazing food. I had to try it out! I ate samoas, bhel puri, dosas, and lots of other things. This became a regular thing and everyone was amazed that I did not get sick once. Something about the food there was just different. It was probably some of the best food I had ever eaten.”Mehta’s visit coincided with Holi, which proved a real-life Bollywood-sized event.“I was lucky enough to be there during Holi festival. It was the first time that I felt like I was reliving an event that I had only seen in Hindi movies.” The night before they started Holi with poojas, then the next day, the color-wars began. “It was amazing. We were all dressed in old clothing, mostly white, and then went from house to house coloring each other. It was so much fun. I was drenched in all kinds of colors to the point that my mom did not even recognize me. I think Holi is one of my most memorable times in India.”Shopping, however, wasn’t quite as glamorous. Patel, a self-confessed shop-a-holic, says she had never experienced the sheer brute force of Indian merchants and she wasn’t impressed by their antics. “Going there I was so thrilled to shop and buy all these different things and once I got there I just did not want to deal with the people at the shops. Going store to store seeing saris and outfits that I would never wear wore my patience out.“The people in the stores would show me things that were covered in embroidery or colors that I would not be caught dead in. The same things were shown over and over again and all the same comments, like, ‘sista’ this is newest style or new fashion or new color!’ After being at a store for an hour, they would finally bring out clothing that was little more to my taste. The prices were ridiculous in many of the places and a lot of it had to do with the fact that it was obvious that they knew we were from America. So they would double or triple the prices. I got really tired of the storeowners trying to push saris on me!”Does she see herself paying a return visit then? “Yes, of course. I plan to go back next year to India for my cousins wedding. And, I plan stay as long as I can. Just no shopping!” she vows.Mehta and Kohli are similarly hooked. The visit did little to satiate their curiosity, rather fanned it.In Swades, the simple act of returning to America, getting “back to normal” is not that simple for Mohan – not after his searing experience leads him to the conclusion that he is more Indian than American, symbolized in the movie’s signature song, “Yeh Jo Desh Hai Tera.”The experiences of Mehta, Kohli, and Patel, not being quite as dramatic as Mohan’s, do not lead them quite as far. But they are all mesmerized by India’s uncommon charm and recognize it as a part of their identity. With Mohan, they too can hum: Yeh jo desh hai tera, swades hai tera / tujhe hai pukara/ ye woh bandhan hai jo tooth nahin sakta (this country of yours is your motherland / and is calling out to you / this is a bond which can never break). Related Items
Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Iker Casillas released from hospital, uncertain about future Rugby World Cup bosses have warned Japanese hosts about running out of beer before, during, and after the international tournament. (Stock photo)TOKYO — When hosting an international rugby tournament and welcoming thirsty fans from around the world, the last thing you want to do is run out of beer.That’s the message from Rugby World Cup bosses to Japanese hosts as they gear up for the global showcase that kicks off on September 20.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. He added that hosts were keen to seize on the commercial opportunities and hoped to leave fans with a good impression to entice them back as tourists.Heineken is a global sponsor for the Rugby World Cup and will be sold at stadiums and other officially sanctioned areas.And brewer Kirin, which produces Heineken in Japan, said it will review ticket sales and other data to make sure there is enough beer flowing.“This will be a great opportunity to showcase our products to the world,” said Naomi Sasaki, a Kirin spokeswoman. “We want our guests to really enjoy the quality of Japanese beers.”The Rugby World Cup opening ceremony is on September 20 with hosts Japan taking on Russia in Tokyo in the opening match. The final will be played in Yokohama on November 2.ADVERTISEMENT Japan is the first Asian country to host the World Cup and may be unfamiliar with rugby culture, organizers said, including a healthy thirst for beer – before, during, and after the action on the pitch.Rugby bosses have warned host cities about running out of ale, using anecdotes such as when Australian and Irish fans drank the city of Adelaide dry, forcing emergency supplies to be brought in from surrounding areas.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsAround two million liters of beer were downed at stadiums and nearby areas during the 2015 Rugby World Cup with rugby fans having a reputation for outdrinking their football counterparts.Rugby culture “is not widely known in Japan,” admitted a spokesman for the World Cup organizing committee, confirming the message was being passed on to host cities. Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Games will take place in 12 host cities all over Japan, from Sapporo in the north to Kumamoto in the country’s far west. /kgaSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments
It’s about glitz, glamour and of course the ‘Champion Dance’ as Indian Premier League’s new season kicks off with a glittering opening ceremony tonight. The extravaganza will be held at the National Sports Club of India in Mumbai. (Shah Rukh Khan dazzles as KKR release new team anthem)It will be a mix of Bollywood tadka, with American singer Chris Brown and Major Lazer group adding some international flavour. And not to forget cricket’s own rapper Dwayne Bravo will also be in the mix performing his chartbuster ‘Champion’.Champion rocksBravo’s ‘Champion’ number is already a hit among cricket-loving fans in India and now the West Indian all-rounder is set to perform his smash-hit rap at the opening ceremony. (No Chennai flavour this summer)The West Indies all-rounder was in Chennai a couple of days ago for a promotional event in which he once again danced to his chartbuster tune. Bravo said he missed his former club Chennai Super Kings and that there can never be another franchise like CSK. Bravo also requested the cricket fans in Chennai to support his new franchise Gujarat Lions, which has retained five players who had played for the Chennai-based club last season. (Full IPL 2016 coverage)”Dwayne Bravo is performing on Champion Dance during the opening ceremony of IPL-9 in Mumbai. His performance will be the special attraction and there might be a few more West Indies cricketers, who will perform alongside Bravo,” IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla was quoted as saying. (IPL 2016 complete team list )advertisementBollywood boostBollywood stars Ranveer Singh, Jacqueline Fernandez, Katrina Kaif and Yo Yo Honey Singh will set the stage on fire on the eve of the opener between MS Dhoni’s Rising Pune Supergiants and defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.Ranveer has promised that his act will honour the spirit of cricket and victory and he wants to dedicate the performance to all the cricket fans across the world. Sri Lankan beauty Jacqueline’s act will focus on the intensity and the determination of the players.The ceremony would also see 200 dancers and mass cast performers and a huge number of folk artists and percussionists.IPL this seasonThe ninth edition of the IPL will miss two of its most popular teams – Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals – after both the teams were suspended for two seasons for corruption in spot-fixing and betting scandal. They have been replaced by two new franchisees – Rising Pune Supergiants and Rajkot-based Gujarat Lions.The franchise-based competition will, however, see eight teams clash in 60 matches at 10 different venues across the country, with final match taking place in Mumbai on May 29.
Goal difference, goals scored, head-to-head – how do leagues determine ranking when clubs are level on goal difference?Manchester City won the title in remarkable style in 2012, clinching it right from under the noses of their greatest rivals Manchester United after the two were level on points, though Roberto Mancini’s side were crucially victorious through their superior goal difference.The amount of yellow cards you pick up in a season could also potentially determine your finish in the league, as well as a slew of other quirky tie-breakers and rules. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! So how do the likes of the Premier League, La Liga, Ligue 1, Serie A and other top competitions determine their table rankings? Goal takes a look.What is goal difference vs. head-to-head?Goal difference is a tie-breaker used to rank teams who finish on equal points in a league tournament. Goal difference is counted as the number of goals scored by a team in all league matches across the season, minus the number of goals conceded – for instance, if a team were to score four goals but concede two across two matches, their goal difference would be +2. A negative goal difference occurs when a team concedes more goals than they have scored, like if they conceded three but managed to score one goal (giving them a goal difference of -2).The usage of goal difference as a tie-breaker was first introduced at the 1970 World Cup, and then used by the English Football League in 1975. Since then, the majority of European football leagues as well as tournaments around the world use goal difference to determine ranking – though other competitions may favour the “head-to-head” record or other variations as a priority tie-breaker.Goal difference has replaced the “goal average” tie-breaker in order to encourage attacking play, as goal average means the number of goals scored divided by the number of goals conceded – which often enabled some teams to sit back and defend in order to edge out low-scoring games.Another issue with goal average was that if a team were to concede no goals, the value cannot be determined, as division by zero is undefined.Using head-to-head as a tie-breaker determines the form of the two level clubs when they have faced each other. If Chelsea and Liverpool were level on points but Chelsea managed to beat Liverpool home and away in the league, the London side would be deemed victorious.How does the Premier League rank teams level on points?In the English top-flight, if any clubs finish the season with the same number of points, their position is first determined by: Goal difference Higher number of goals scored Playoff at neutral venue if relevant for deciding champion, relegation or participating in a European league, otherwise by draw.How does the Champions League rank teams level on points?In the Champions League group stages, teams are organised into groups of four and then ranked according to points. The teams to finish in the top two of their group will progress to the knockout stages, while the latter two will either be eliminated or dropped into the Europa League. Head-to-head points between tied teams Head-to-head goal difference between tied teams Goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams Away goals scored in head-to-head matches among tied teams If more than two teams are tied, and after applying all head-to-head criteria above, a subset of teams are still tied, all head-to-head criteria above are reapplied exclusively to this subset of teams Goal difference in all group matches Goals scored in all group matches Away goals scored in all group matches Wins in all group matches Away wins in all group matches Disciplinary points (red card = 3 points, yellow card = 1 point, expulsion for two yellow cards in one match = 3 points) UEFA club coefficientHow does La Liga rank teams level on points?La Liga decides their tie-breakers between two level clubs first through goal difference, like in the Premier League.But, if points are equal between two or more clubs, then the tie is broken through: Head-to-head points between tied teams Head-to-head goal difference between tied teams Goal differenceIf the tie is still not broken, then the winner will be determined by Fair Play scales: Receiving a yellow card: -1 point Doubled yellow card/ejection -2 points Direct red card -3 points Suspension of coach or other club personnel -5 points Misconduct of supporters -5-7 points Stadium closure -10 pointsThen, if the clubs are still level, the ranking will be resolved with a tie-break match in a neutral stadium.How does the Bundesliga rank teams level on points? In the Bundesliga, they also use goal difference as the priority tie-breaker. Their rules for determining the end-of-season ranking are as follows: Goal difference Goals scored for the entire season Head-to-head results (total points accumulated) Head-to-head goals scored Head-to-head away goals scored Total away goals scored for the entire season Playoff at neutral venue if relevant for deciding champion, relegation or participating in a European league, otherwise by draw.How does Ligue 1 rank teams level on points? In Ligue 1, the following tie-breakers are observed: Goal difference Higher number of goals scored Playoff at neutral venue if relevant for deciding champion, relegation or participating in a European league, otherwise by draw.How does Serie A rank teams level on points? The deciding tie-breakers in Serie A are as follows: Head-to-head points Head-to-head goal difference Goal difference Higher number of goals scored Playoff at neutral venue if relevant for deciding champion, relegation or participating in a European league, otherwise by draw.Until the 2004-05 season, a playoff fixture at the end of the season would be used to determine the champions, European spots or relegation, if the two teams were tied on points.The last championship playoff occurred in the 1963-64 season when Bologna and Inter both finished on 54 points and Bologna won the playoff 2-0.How does the Eredivisie rank teams level on points? The deciding tie-breakers in Eredivisie are as follows: Goal difference Higher number of goals scored Head-to-head points Head-to-head goal difference Head-to-head away goals scored Playoff if relevant for deciding champion, relegation or participating in a European league, otherwise by draw. Penalty shoot-out (only after a playoff)How does goal difference and head-to-head work in international competitions? In the group stage of the World Cup, which is the first round of the final tournament before the last-16 stage, the following tie-breakers are observed to determine the ranking of teams who are level on points: Points obtained in all group matches Goal difference in all group matches Number of goals scored in all group matches Points obtained in the matches played between the teams in question Goal difference in the matches played between the teams in question Number of goals scored in the matches played between the teams in question Fair play points in all group matches (only one deduction could be applied to a player in a single match)The fair play point deductions are as follows: Yellow card: -1 point Indirect red card (second yellow card): -3 points Direct red card: -4 points Yellow card and direct red card: -5 pointsThe fair play point deductions were observed to determine the winners of Group H in the 2018 World Cup, where Senegal and Japan were level on points, form, goal difference, number of goals scored and number of goals conceded.Japan eventually progressed to the next round based on fair play after it was ruled that they received two fewer yellow cards than Senegal, earning a deduction of -4 points compared to Senegal’s of -6 points.What league titles have been decided by goal difference and head-to-head? The most recent, and one of the most iconic and classic, cases of a league title won based on goal difference came during the race between city rivals Manchester City and Manchester United in the 2011-12 season.Much of the league season was a two-horse race contested by the two Manchester clubs, with the two finishing 19 points ahead of third-placed Arsenal. City and United headed into their final game of the season level on points, but City were ranked first due to their goal difference superiority of eight goals. In order to win the league, they had to make sure that they bettered United’s result – who faced Sunderland away.City clinched the title in remarkable, unscripted fashion, scoring two goals in injury time to stage a dramatic 3-2 comeback. United scored early on to win 1-0 and had thought that they won the league after the 90th minute in the City game, where they were still 2-1 down – but an equalizer from Edin Dzeko and Sergio Aguero’s later winner secured the Sky Blues the Premier League title ahead of their fiercest rivals based on goal difference.Another league title was won in classic dramatic fashion when Arsenal beat Liverpool in the 1988-89 season. The Gunners defeated Liverpool 2-0 away at Anfield to win the championship on the last day of the season after the two finished level on points and goal difference.PSV, Ajax and AZ headed into the final day of the 2006-07 Eredivisie season all level on points. PSV eventually won the title during a breathless 90 minutes for all sides after winning 5-1 against Vitesse Arnhem which secured them a goal difference of +50 to Ajax’s +49, while AZ lost to Excelsior. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.
Oppo finally announced the Find X flagship for the Indian market on Thursday at an event in New Delhi. The Find X is the first smartphone in the Find-series since seven years and it is every bit as futuristic as you expect it to be. Oppo has crammed in a number of 2018 trends which includes a full-screen, bezel-less display on a phone that’s almost entirely made up of glass. But what sets the Find X apart from pretty much every other Android flagship today is that there is no notch to be found here. What you get instead is a whopping 93.8 per cent screen-to-body ratio, a motorised camera system and some flagship-grade hardware, all for Rs 59,990.Oppo announced that the Find X will cost Rs 59,990 and will be available in Glacier Blue and Bordeaux Red. The flagship will go on sale starting August 3 on Flipkart and across offline stores in India. Pre-orders for the phone will begin on July 25 on Flipkart. The e-commerce site will also offer gift vouchers worth Rs 3,000 on purchase of the Find X. The company also announced a special Oppo Find X Lamborghini Edition that comes with 8GB + 256GB configuration and SuperVOOC fast charging.The Oppo Find X brings what the company calls a Stealth 3D Camera, which is a slider mechanism that raises the three cameras from the top of the phone in about 0.5 seconds when unlocking using 3D facial recognition and whenever you need to use the camera app. Unlike the little pop-up selfie camera on the Vivo NEX, the Find X has the whole top of the phone slide up revealing the front camera, dual rear cameras and a bunch of other sensors that include infrared camera, dot projector and flood illuminator. This allows for what Oppo calls 3D Structured Light Face Recognition Technology which unlocks the phone with greater accuracy and safety compared to ordinary facial recognition tech.advertisementThe Find X has a 3D glass design that curves around the sides and edges similar to the Galaxy S9. It sports a tall 6.4-inch 1080p+ OLED display with a panoramic arc screen and a 19.5:9 aspect ratio. The Find X also brings the best hardware you can find inside a 2018 Android phone which includes a Snapdragon 845 chipset, 8GB of RAM and 256GB of internal storage. The Find X runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based Colour OS 5.1 and is backed by a 3,730 mAh battery with support for VOOC fast charging and Type-C port. Notably, the special Lamborghini edition comes with a smaller 3,400mAh battery and supports SuperVOOC fast charging.The cameras fitted in the slider mechanism includes a 25-megapixel AI-enhanced front sensor with 3D portrait lighting features an Animoji-like feature that Oppo calls Omoji. The dual rear camera setup includes a 16-megapixel primary sensor and a 20-megapixel secondary sensor with OIS. While the Find X looks stunning and is everything one would want from a 2018 flagship, we’ll know how the motorised system works and whether it is capable of surviving everyday wear and tear after an in-depth look.
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They succeeded in lowering the provinces’s standard, but could not stop it fluttering on a dank afternoon when defences prevailed.The Leinster supporters’ club intended to hand them out to members before kick-off. They would have been useful to shield their eyes after a first half that was a triumph for the conditions. Bath have been typical in recent weeks of the muddling mediocrity in the Premiership below the top two: as the weather has deteriorated, so have skill levels but here they worked to the advantage of Bath who from the outset played the role of underdog despite home advantage. Share on WhatsApp Champions Cup Share on Messenger Leinster The Observer Read more match reports Sam Underhill wasted no opportunity to leave his calling card on Jonathan Sexton, who more than once was slow to get up after a challenge. Bath, with another openside flanker, Francois Louw, scavenged enthusiastically from the breakdown and they took the lead after forcing a turnover.Sexton had hit the post with a penalty after 10 minutes, but Leinster were looking slightly off the pace with most of their side having last played three weeks before. Bath hustled them and when Dan Leavy picked up from a scrum five metres from his own line at the start of the second quarter, he was tackled around his ankles by the scrum-half Will Chudley. As the No 8 fell to ground, he was overwhelmed by home forwards. Tom Dunn attacked a retreating defence as Bath exploited the turnover and two phases later the prop Henry Thomas was helped over the line.Leinster slowly regrouped and after Sexton’s break had been taken on by Garry Ringrose, started to exert control. Noel Reid’s chip into Bath’s 22 for Jordan Larmour was gathered by Joe Cokanasiga but as the England wing got to his feet he was snared by three opponents and conceded a penalty for holding on. Rhys Ruddock secured the resulting lineout and as Leinster got into gear for a drive to the line, the ball was smuggled back to Sean Cronin and the outcome was inevitable.Bath rushed up quickly on the flanks to force Leinster to cut back inside and they sniped effectively with Thomas making a telling burst. Sexton spoke to the referee a few times, but Leinster adapted to circumstance and after the sides were tied 7-7 at the interval, they took the lead for the first time with a fortuitous try nine minutes into the second period.Cronin’s throw into a lineout near halfway was taken by the wind and seized by Bath. James Wilson, playing at outside-half one week after signing to provide injury cover, tried to miss out two players with a 20m pass, as if assuming advantage was being played. It wasn’t and when Larmour seized the ball, he had too much of a lead for Cokanasiga to overhaul. Ollie Thorley’s brilliance helps Gloucester humble Exeter Chiefs Read more Bath Share on Twitter “We got a bit lucky,” said the Leinster coach, Leo Cullen. “The lineout was crooked and it was a big moment in the game. It was a mixed performance and we have a lot to work on ahead of the return game on Saturday.”Bath kept slugging it out but desperation came into their play after Wilson missed a 40m penalty. Cokanasiga escaped without a card after clattering into Luke McGrath as he chased a kick, catching the scrum-half on the head as they both skidded on the saturated surface. The referee, Mathieu Raynal, decided that the contact, while high, was unavoidable.It was not Cokanasiga’s afternoon. As Bath attacked in Leinster’s 22 they lost the ball, not for the first time. James Lowe kicked long and chased hard, catching Cokanasiga and forcing a penalty out of the wing, who limped off one minute from time. Ross Byrne kicked the three points with Sexton, who later hobbled off with a calf strain, having treatment.It gave Leinster a cushion and while Bath secured the bonus point they merited with Wilson’s late penalty, had skill under pressure matched their effort they would have had more. Anything other than a win in Dublin and they are out. Share on Pinterest Reuse this content