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Kroos slams Ozil’s ‘nonsense’ racism accusations

first_imgGermany star Toni Kroos has hit out at former international team-mate Mesut Ozil, suggesting his claims of racism within the team and German federation are “nonsense.”Ozil stepped away from Germany duty last month at age 29 , citing racism as the main culprit after a controversial pre-World Cup photo session with Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan.The criticism Ozil and Ilkay Gundogan received for the photo intensified following Germany’s shocking World Cup exit at the group stage.  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! The Arsenal star said that the lack of backing he received from the German federation made him “no longer want to wear the German national team shirt.”But Kroos has launched a scathing assessment of Ozil’s claims. “The proportion that is well and properly addressed in [Ozil’s] statement is unfortunately overshadowed by the much higher proportion of nonsense,” the Real Madrid star told Bild . “I think that he knows that racism does not exist within the national team and the DFB,” Kroos continued.”On the contrary, we are always committed to diversity and integration. Mesut was a good example, as many of our fellow players [were].”Toni Kroos Mesut Ozil Germany 2018Kross went on to address the controversial photo with Erdogan, which Ozil says led to him being slammed for his Turkish heritage. “I am German when we win, but I am an immigrant when we lose,” Ozil said last month. Kroos, again, disagreed with Ozil’s characterisation. “Mesut was criticized for the photo – and rightly so,” Kroos said.”And he missed the chance to explain himself. Nevertheless, he was absolutely supported by the athletic leadership and the team.”Later he was – as we others also – criticized for the performance at the World Cup. The type of criticism was certainly not always at a good level – but you have to go through [that] as a player.”last_img read more

STF arrests two racketeers seizes huge cache of Yaba tablets worth Rs

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has again nabbed two persons and seized a huge quantity of Amphetamines, commonly known as ‘Yaba’, in tablet form on Saturday.Since the last 10 days, a huge quantity of narcotics has been seized, including ‘Yaba’ tablets worth several crores, which is alarming according to the police. According to STF officials, on Saturday morning police came to know from their sources that two Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racketeers were hiding in Topsia area. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaBased on the information, the anti-FICN team of STF went to Topsia and waited for a car as per the tip. At around 8 am, the source pointed towards an SUV coming towards the Hindu burial ground on Topsia Road (South). As soon as the source identified the car, police blocked the SUV’s way with their car and forced the passengers of the car to get down. During search, 70 packets containing approximately 1.5 lakh ‘Yaba’ tablets were found concealed under the seats of the car. The duo along with the car was detained and taken to STF police station in Lalbazar. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayDuring interrogation, the accused duo stated that they had procured the ‘Yaba’ from North East and was about to hand them over to carriers in order to smuggle it out to Bangladesh. In the afternoon, the duo identified as Faruk Ahmed and Musaddik Ali alias Chhotu of Kamrup in Assam, was arrested and the tablets were seized. According to police, the seized ‘Yaba’ tablets are worth Rs 60 lakh approximately in the illegal market. Sources informed that during the last few days, police have arrested several persons with narcotics such as Yaba, charas and phensedyl. Among them, a few persons are known to be FICN racketeers. It is suspected that since police are keeping a strict vigil on FICN smuggling, they are now shifting to narcotics smuggling. However this also a headache for the police as apart from smuggling of narcotics to Bangladesh, racketeers have already developed a secret market in the city as well, which is alarming.last_img read more

Crunch Time Of The NFL Season Is Right Now

In the NFL, every single game is important. Each one represents more than 6 percent of a team’s season, and one win is often the difference between making the playoffs and not, between getting a bye and playing on wild-card weekend, or between playing at home and playing on the road. But even within the every-game-matters paradigm, the first weeks of the NFL season are special.For us fans, early-season games set the agenda. They reveal surprises, like the 1999 Rams, who — starting an Arena league quarterback and coming off a four-win season — won their first three games with a combined score of 100-27 (including a 35-7 romp over the Atlanta Falcons). It would be weeks before people really started taking the team seriously, but if the Rams had started 0-3, they could have been safely written off. Early-season games also reveal busts, like the 1999 Atlanta Falcons, who — coming off a 14-2 season — lost their first three games by a combined score of 76-28.In other words, these games are doubly important because they reveal both who won and who is likely to win going forward. This new information can supplement — and often supercede — a whole offseason of analysis. Yes, we have considered opinions about who’s strong and who isn’t, who did well in free agency or poorly in the draft, but outside of a small number of sure things, predicting which teams will rise or fall from year to year can be nigh impossible. Of course, we do our best.But for the moment, let’s simplify and pretend we don’t know anything except the results right in front of us. How much is a win worth?Late in the season, a win is worth close to face value. Each win is worth 0.5 wins above random expectation. For example, if your team is 7-7 going into the last two weeks, you’re expected to win 8 games. If you win in Week 15, you’ll be expected win 8.5, and if you lose, you’ll be expected to win 7.5.But in the beginning of the season, wins give you one mark in the win column, while also indicating that you’re more likely than average to win going forward. To see this, let’s start with the expected fortune of any generic team with any given record. In the chart below, match up wins and losses along the axes to find the average number of wins that teams with that record have finished with since 1995: Now, one win being the equivalent of two wins may not sound like much, but again, one win in the NFL can make a huge difference. Thus, unsurprisingly, early-season results have serious playoff implications: The first two weeks of the season alone mark the difference between having a 61 percent chance of making the playoffs (for a 2-0 squad) and a 10 percent chance (for 0-2).Indeed, early-season wins are so important that these games are nearly comparable in leverage to late-season games by playoff contenders: Since 1995, teams who win their opening game have averaged around 9.1 wins, while teams losing their opener average 6.9. So the information a win conveys makes it worth more than double its face value.If you combine how much wins and losses tell us about every team, Week 1 is the most informative of the season, followed closely by Week 2, then big dropoffs in Weeks 3 and 4. While only 16 games are played in Week 1, we get nearly 70 wins and losses worth of information out of them: (Incidentally, I keep a copy of this chart on my desk for quick reference, so every time a commentator says something like a 6-2 team is “on pace” to win 12 games, I can say, “Nuh-uh, they’re on pace to win 10.8.”)Using the above chart, we can easily compare wins and losses for a given record and see which games convey the most about a team’s eventual win tally. You’ll never guess: And when you consider that every team in the league starts and 0-0 before Week 1 and enters Week 2 at 1-0 or 0-1, but only a few teams will be sitting at 9-6 in Week 17, the changes to teams’ playoff fates that take place in these first few weeks really start adding up.For example, teams that win their opening game have made the playoffs 51 percent of the time, while teams who lose their first game have made it only 25 percent of the time. That 26 percent difference isn’t quite as high as the difference for a team that’s 7-6 (for whom each game carries a 29 percent difference), but on the other hand, every single team goes through that 25 percent difference-maker in Week 1, while relatively few will see that 29 percent game in Week 16.If you combine how much we learn about playoff chances from week to week (as we did above for wins), you find that the first two weeks are by far the most significant of the regular season: Each of the first two weeks tells us roughly as much about who will or won’t make the playoffs as four win-or-go-home games, which would decide eight teams’ fates. So it’s almost as if the season starts off with two rounds of playoffs — except that all the excitement is spread thin across the entire league.Now, I know you’re a smart readership, so you’re probably thinking this is all just a bit too clever, because we have reams of knowledge about these teams already, so to some extent this “information” value is going to reflect stuff that we already know.So give yourself a pat on the back, you’re right. But you’re also pretty much wrong. Much of what you think you know, you don’t know. And much of what you know is just a different baseline. Even for very strong and very weak teams (such as those with 12+ wins or losses the year before), the outsized leverage of first weeks of the season has been borne out.When it comes to the NFL, there isn’t much signal and there’s a ton of noise (hi, boss!). But while individual wins and losses in September may not seem like the clearest signals you’ll ever hear, they’re deceptively strong, and they’re coming at you from 32 directions. So listen carefully. read more

Cable Wireless Communications CWC achieves Cisco Advanced Cloud and Managed Services Certification

first_img CWC and Columbus Promise to Protect Consumer Interest Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNovember 28, 2014 – Cable & Wireless Communications announced today it recently achieved the Cisco® Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification. This certification recognizes Cable & Wireless as having the capabilities to sell and deliver cloud and managed services to help accelerate time to market and time to revenue.Laurie Bowen, CEO of Cable & Wireless Business Solutions said: “We are honored to have achieved this important certification from Cisco which reaffirms our focus on expanding our products and solutions portfolio and constantly work towards meeting our customers’ needs.”The Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certification is part of the Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Program, focused on helping partners such as Cable & Wireless to envision, build, market, and sell cloud and managed services with business acceleration tools and services, sales training and the Cisco Cloud Marketplace to address the varied needs of its customers. As a Cisco Cloud and Managed Services Advanced Certified Partner, Cable & Wireless will offer Cisco Powered services and provide basic management capabilities that support Cisco technologies.This certification adds to the current list of Cisco certifications for Business and Government Managed Services held by Cable & Wireless including: Premier Certified Partner, Advanced Collaboration Architecture Specialization, Advanced Routing & Switching, Cisco Powered MPLS VPN and Cisco Metro Ethernet, Cisco Telepresence Video SMB Program, among others. Related Items:cable and wireless communications, cisco, cisco cloud, Laurie Bowen Cable & Wireless Communications’ Shareholders Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of Merger with Columbus International Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Cable & Wireless Wins the Americas TMT Deal of the Year Award 2014last_img read more

Teenagers in Police custody and court trial startling

first_img Update: Women robbed while exercising (21 year old Arrested) Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jul 2015 – Police have in custody a 15 year old, we understand in connection to that man found early Friday morning nearly beaten to death on Aviation Drive, which is near Club 2005. The man suffered injuries about the head, chest and legs. Despite this questioning of an alleged suspect, Police today confirmed that they are still in need of information in the investigation and are asking the public to help. Also from Police; Allegedly being found in possession of about a tablespoon of marijuana on Thursday has landed a Bay Road man into Police custody after a search warrant turned up the controlled substance. Marlo Glinton, 33, was charged in Magistrate’s Court and fined $500; Glinton has two weeks to pay the fine or face being jailed for the Cannabis. Police also report that four teenage girls were on Friday charged with assaulting another female student in an incident from April 23. The youngsters are really young: Two 15 year olds, a 16 year old and a 17 year old are not done with this serious charge as yet, and will on Thursday re-appear in court. Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force’s mission to combat abusive images of children online Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:cannabis, court, marlo glinton, police, teenagers Police get wanted man; Magistrate Court back openlast_img read more

Natl Scholars case reports misleading adversarial

first_img Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 25 Feb 2016 – The Ministry of Education is adamant that it has won 11 of the 12 allegations mounted against them in that law suit where three students challenged whether the 2014 selection process for National Scholars was fair and followed. In a release from the Minister, there is explanation that the case questioned Hon Akierra Missick’s discretion or good judgment; charging, according to the statement, that the Minister “acted irrationally”. Well, the Minister denies that there was any irrational decision and contends that the judge agrees. It was said, “She noted that the Minister among other things, did not act irrational, acted within her authority and there was no breach of natural justice and based on the policy must look at the results over a two year period.” Despite this point, the bottom line for those following the case is that the Chief Justice of the Turks and Caicos Islands ultimately quashed the selection decision of the National Scholars Committee for the year 2014 and has asked them to return to the table because the decision was not fair to Tristan Greene and Ryesha Higgs. The Ministry of Education said in that media release that there was irresponsible reporting and that the public was misled in those reports. Some were chided by the Ministry for making the story adversarial, yet in the very same statement issued by the Ministry of Education there are constant uses of words and phrases like ‘challenge’, ‘against’, ‘ruled in favor’, ‘allegations’, ‘were not satisfied’ and more … including the most glaring of all, ‘judicial review’. These words and phrases are evidence that it is not the media or general public which created an adversarial situation; but those involved in the case directly namely: the Minister of Education, the National Scholars Committee, Tristan Greene, Davonte Smith and Ryesha Higgs and of course their parents. This was a dispute that went to the court because it needed a judge to settle a disagreement. Education also says its statement was issued in part, to make clear that this case was about the process and not the players. The win on the one allegation for the trio of students, was the major matter and it was a major victory which now has the power to see the process of selection altered. From the Ministry of Education’s press release of late Wednesday, “The court did observe that it is time for a review of the policy. This is an ongoing process. Based on the judgment of Justice Ramsay, the Minister will reconsider the matter in light of the court’s analysis. The court did rule that the Minister’s decision not to award the title of National Scholar on Greene and Higgs based on the criteria applied by committee and the names offered from principals to the subcommittee was wrong.” Wrong. And it is that fact that will send this committee back to the drawing board, and as the Minister stated herself, will now have to name both Tristan Greene, an A level student at British West Indies Collegiate and Ryesha Higgs, a biology student at Long Island University in New York, as 2014 National Scholars. As for what scholarship reward each will receive; that resolve remains unresolved until the Committee meets. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Education Minister tours schools this week Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Related Items:akierra missick, british west indies collegiate, davonte smith, justice margaret ramsey-hale, national scholars committee, ryesha higgs, Tristan Greenelast_img read more

Cancer growing by four cases monthly in TCI natives 75 of cases

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 18, 2016 – New Cancer Cases are being recorded at a rate of 3-4 per month in the TCI.   An alarming reality revealed yesterday by a special panel of medical experts from the Oncology Department of TCI Hospitals.Rare insight from 2014 to now was provided to media and includes the startling truth that 75% of the cases are Turks and Caicos Islanders and that breast cancer, prostate cancer and colorectal  or colon area cancer are the leading types of cancer among natives.Women patients out-number men at 54% and only South Caicos, of all the main inhabited islands does not have anyone being treated for cancer; even Salt Cay has one.  Brain, lung, Leukemia, Gynae and Kidney cancers are among those recorded here.   In all the country has, on record, 258 cancer patients since the registry was established by TCI Hospitals in 2013.last_img read more