VANCOUVER – The British Columbia Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal by Nevsun Resources (TSX:NSU) to have a human rights case against the miner moved to the Eritrea.The case, brought forward by three Eritrean refugees, alleges that international law norms against forced labour, slavery and torture were violated during the construction of Nevsun’s Bisha mine in the East African country.Nevsun has argued that the case should be heard in Eritrea, but the B.C. Court of Appeal has upheld last year’s ruling by the B.C. Supreme Court that since Nevsun was a B.C. company, the province’s court had territorial jurisdiction.The appeal court said that while the practical and logistical difficulties of trying these claims in B.C. would be considerable, last year’s ruling was not wrong in finding that there was a real risk of corruption and unfairness in hearing the case in Eritrea.The company declined to comment on the lawsuit because it’s still before the court, but said in an email that the Bisha Mine, which is 40 per cent owned by the Eritrean government, is committed to safe and responsible operations.The allegations against the company, which have not been proven in court, include that the company must have been aware of credible reports of abuses by the government, and that it allegedly facilitated forced labour by entering into a commercial relationship with the Eritrean regime.
New Delhi: The Congress on Monday released the list of candidates on six out of the seven parliamentary constituencies in Delhi for the May 12 Lok Sabha polls, signalling a non pre-poll alliance with the national capital’s ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). The three-time former Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit will contest from the North East Delhi seat, while former Delhi Congress Chief Ajay Maken will contest from New Delhi, said a letter by Mukul Wasnik, General Secretary of the All India Congress Committee (AICC). Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Dikshit will be facing the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Delhi chief Manoj Tiwari and the AAP’s Dilip Pandey. Senior Congress leaders and also former presidents of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) J.P. Agarwal (Chandni Chowk) and Arvinder Singh Lovely (East Delhi) are also in the list. Rajesh Lilothia, former MLA and the Working President of DPCC will be the party’s face from North West Delhi, while Mahabal Mishra will contest from the West Delhi seat. The party however, is yet to finalise a candidate for the South Delhi seat. For weeks, alliance talks between the AAP and the Congress were on, although the former had listed out its candidates for all the seven seats last month. The two parties wanted to join hands in order to defeat the BJP, who won all the seven seats in Delhi in 2014 elections.
Kolkata: The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) declared the Class -XII results on Thursday.This year, the overall pass percentage is 83.4 per cent. The pass per cent of girls is 88.70 while 79.40 per cent boys passed the examination. Toppers Hansika Shukla from Ghaziabad and Karishma Arora from Muzaffarnagar scored 499 out of 500 marks. The pass out rate of girls’ is 9 per cent more than boys this year. Altogether 520 students from South Point High School appeared in the CBSE examination this year. Debanjan Das from South Point High School is the overall topper in the Eastern Region of CBSE (comprising West Bengal, Orissa, Jharkhand and part of Chhattisgarh). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHe studied under the Humanities stream and scored 98.6 per cent marks. Angikar Ghosal of South Point High School from science stream scored 97.4 per cent while Chaitanya Jhunjhunwala of the commerce stream scored 96.6 per cent. Various education institutes in the city fared better than last year, including Apeejay, DPS Ruby Park, Birla High and BD Memorial. Kendriya Vidyalaya schools in Bengal too, recorded a higher pass percentage this year. Last year, students from 41 Kendriya Vidyalayas took the exams while this year the number went up to 52. The examination was held at 15 Kendriya Vidyalayas in Bengal. Around 13 lakh students appeared for the CBSE Class XII examination. The results have been announced within 28 days of the last date of the examination. The Class XII examination began on February 16, earlier than previous years. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee posted a congratulatory message on social media wishing luck to all the students who passed the examination for their future endeavours.
Lucknow: As the general elections are inching to a close, political activity in Uttar Pradesh is touching crescendo. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address rallies in Azamgarh and Jaunpur on Thursday, which will be attended by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and several state ministers. In these two rallies, the Prime Minister will cover four Lok Sabha seats — Azamgarh, Lalganj, Jaunpur and Machhlishahr. Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav is contesting from the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat where the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has fielded Bhojpuri actor Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra will also address rallies in Jaunpur, Pratapgarh and Sultanpur. In Sultanpur, she will be campaigning against her estranged aunt Maneka Gandhi who is the BJP candidate. BJP President Amit Shah and Yadav will be addressing rallies in Siddharthanagar. Shah will also address a rally in Sant Kabir Nagar. The dusty winds and blazing temperatures in Uttar Pradesh are making campaigning a tough task but political leaders are leaving no stone unturned to ensure the victory of their candidates in these final phases.
After one of the most astonishing score lines in the history of the World Cup on Tuesday — Germany 7, Brazil 1 — nothing that happens in Sunday’s World Cup final would be a total surprise. But we do have estimates of the most likely final scores for the game.Germany is a 63 percent favorite to defeat Argentina, according to the FiveThirtyEight forecast. Argentina had a slightly higher Soccer Power Index (SPI) rating when the tournament began, but Germany has seen its rating rise, particularly after its thrashing of Brazil, and it now ranks No. 1 by some margin. Betting lines also have Germany favored.The SPI match predictor allows us to predict the number of goals scored and allowed for each club. It calls for 1.7 goals by Germany and 1.2 by Argentina.There are a couple of problems with this — for one thing, a team cannot score seven-tenths of a goal. So the match predictor uses a version of a Poisson distribution, which calculates the probability of the teams finishing with any whole-number score. For example, if Germany scores an average of 1.7 goals, how often does it score exactly two goals or exactly three goals? That’s what a Poisson distribution does.Another issue is that the match predictor is calibrated on the basis of 90-minute matches when knockout-round games can go to extra time. To account for extra-time results, we ran an additional Poisson regression based on the results of extra-time games in major international tournaments since 2005. (In geek speak, we’re nesting a Poisson distribution within another Poisson distribution.) All of that produces the following heat map:Read left to right for Germany’s score and top to bottom for Argentina’s. Boxes in which the score is still tied after extra time represent cases where the game goes to penalty kicks (there is about a 14 percent chance of this happening). The 10 most probable scores are as follows:Germany 2, Argentina 1Germany 1, Argentina 0Argentina 2, Germany 1Germany 2, Argentina 0Argentina 1, Germany 0Germany 3, Argentina 11-1 draw (game goes to penalties)Germany 3, Argentina 2Germany 3, Argentina 0Argentina 2, Germany 0What are the odds of another 7-1 scoreline? The model says there is only about a 0.06 percent probability of such a score favoring Germany (about one chance in 1,600). There’s even less of a chance — more than 10,000-to-1 against — of the same score favoring Argentina.But these figures may underestimate the chance of astonishingly lopsided results. The mathematical basis for the Poisson distribution is the assumption of independent trials. This is a little inexact (it describes a special case of a Poisson distribution called a binomial distribution), but a Poisson distribution is treating a soccer game something like this:Suppose we expect Germany to score 1.7 goals on average in a 90-minute game against Argentina. That translates into about a 2 percent probability (1 chance in 50) of scoring a goal in a given minute of play.So we can run an experiment where we randomly draw ping-pong balls from a set of 90 lottery machines, one representing each minute of the game. In each machine, there are 50 balls, one labeled GOAL! and 49 blanks. The probability of drawing a GOAL! from one machine doesn’t affect what happens with the next one. (This is the assumption of independent trials.) After we’ve drawn balls from all 90 machines, we count the number of GOAL! balls. This represents how often Germany scored in the game.We can repeat the experiment a bunch of times. Most commonly, we’ll wind up with something like one or two GOAL! balls. But other times we’ll have drawn zero or four or six. The relative frequency of these outcomes represents the Poisson distribution for Germany’s score.As strange as this experiment might seem, it isn’t a bad mathematical approximation of a soccer game. And for the most part, Poisson distributions do a good job of modeling real-world soccer scores.But there are some complications. For instance, we may have some estimate of how the absences of Neymar and Thiago Silva might affect Germany’s chances of scoring against Brazil. But there is some uncertainty around that: Maybe Brazil plays more fluidly when it isn’t waiting around for Neymar to do something, or maybe it breaks down. This is equivalent to not knowing exactly how many GOAL! balls and blanks there are in the ping-pong machines. This uncertainty will tend to slightly increase the number of extreme outcomes (Germany scoring zero goals or a lot of goals) that we observe in the real world.Another issue is that the texture of play in soccer depends to some extent on the scoreline. Play is usually tighter and more conservative in a drawn game and then opens up once the tie is broken. As a result, standard Poisson distributions slightly underestimate the chance of draws and of some wild scores, such as 5-2. (The variant of the Poisson distribution that we use is meant to address this problem.)For the most part in sports, these complications are not worth worrying about. There are cases where a Poisson distribution or a normal distribution isn’t perfect — normal distributions seem to slightly underestimate the number of extreme outlier scores in sports — but they usually hold up reasonably well. Nobody gets hurt when you say that Germany has only a 1-in-4,000 chance of winning by six goals when it actually had a 1-in-400 chance.But real-world distributions are often slightly fat-tailed, meaning that extreme outliers happen more often than the normal distribution predicts. And — outside the sports world — using the wrong model can cause real problems, underestimating the chance of an earthquake or a financial crisis.
In the team’s final meet leading up to the Big Ten Outdoor Championships, some members of the Ohio State men’s track team participated in the Campbell/Wright Invitational Friday and Saturday at the University of Akron. Among the athletes competing for OSU, sophomore Demoye Bogle was the lone winner, finishing first in the 400-meter hurdles in a time of 52.06 seconds. Twin brothers Jeff and Brian Hannaford, OSU athletes who are redshirting their freshman season but competed unattached, took the top two places in the 3,000-meter run with times of 8:37.15 and 8:37.31, respectively. Freshman Devin Smith, who is also a wide receiver on the football team, competed in his first meet of the outdoor season. He finished sixth in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.86 seconds and fourth in the high jump with a height of 2 meters. Two OSU throwers had runner-up finishes. Redshirt senior Tyler Branch finished second in the shot put with a throw of 17.73 meters, while redshirt senior Matt DeChant finished second in the discus with a throw of 52.27 meters. “This meet was exactly what some of our guys needed to get them ready for next weekend,” interim coach Ed Beathea said in a press release. “I like where we are at and I feel like we are ready for a tough test at the Big Ten Championships at Madison.” The OSU men’s and women’s track teams are competing in the Big Ten Championships in Madison, Wis. on May 11-13.
Santi Cazorla has rejoined his former club Villarreal and will partake in the preseason with the senior side as he bids to continue with his recuperation from his ankle injuryThe Spanish midfielder has been struggling with the injury since October 2016 and has been unable to return to competitive action after undergoing 11 separate operations on his chronic Achilles injury.Part of the procedures also saw the doctors remove the skin from his arm to cover the eight centimetres of tendon he lost in his right ankle.After scoring 29 goals in 180 appearances in his six years at Arsenal, Cazorla was released at the end of the season and has since been training with the Alaves youth team in a bid to prove his fitness.Report: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…Now the 33-year-old will return to Villarreal and will take part in their pre-season training program for the senior side this summer.“Santi Cazorla returns home. The Asturian footballer will spend the pre-season with the first team of Villarreal with the aim of recovering from an operation in the Achilles tendon of the right leg, which was held on November 28 by Doctor Mikel Sanchez,” read a club statement.In two separate spells with El Submarino Amarillo, Cazorla made 241 appearances between 2003 and 2011.
Spain midfielder Saul Niguez is ready to move on from his disappointing World Cup campaign at RussiaThe Atletico Madrid star did not play a single minute under interim coach Fernando Hierro as Spain went crashing out at the last-16 stage to hosts Russia on penalties.Speaking after scoring in Spain’s 2-1 win over England at Wembley, Saul confessed that not featuring at all for La Roja had troubled him.“It is not the time to talk about the past,” said Saul, according to Marca.“I thought about it a lot in the summer, but I don’t think we need to talk about that anymore because it doesn’t matter.“I lived an unforgettable experience and I contributed what I could.“In the European Championship I was left out and I realised that if I do well in my team then things will come.”Quiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Next up for Spain will be World Cup finalists Croatia and Saul expects a big challenge from their star midfield duo.“We all know [Ivan] Rakitic and [Luka] Modric,” he said.“They have a great midfield and they will be a difficult opponent to beat.”Saul was quick to downplay the significance of his role under new head coach Luis Enrique.“I’m not fundamental for the national team, but I feel important at Atletico.“Everything I do is for the good of the team.“The national team does not depend on me.”
For defender Ayman Ben Mohamed, the only way to redeem themselves after losing 3-0 against Al Ain in the Quarterfinals is to beat Guadalajara tomorrowTunisian club Espérance Sportif de Tunis had a disastrous first match at the 2018 FIFA Club World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.They failed against local Emirati side Al Ain FC 3-0 and now will play for fifth place against Mexican squad Chivas de Guadalajara.“It’s a game for fifth place, we were disappointed with the last match. But this is a good game, especially for the fans,” said defender Ayman Ben Mohamed.“[Against Al Ain] it was a very difficult defeat, we expected a lot better from ourselves.”“We didn’t have a good performance overall. It was difficult to concede an early goal, and Al Ain was the better team for the game,” he added visibly perturbed by the defeat.Report: Chaos of the African Champions League final George Patchias – August 1, 2019 Teams walking off in the game, VAR breaking down and the Court of Arbitration for Sport asked to decide the result.In a report from…But Mohamed knows that a win in the FIFA Club World Cup is very important, it doesn’t matter if is only for fifth place.“We felt really disappointed, especially for the fans. To make the fans happy. Hopefully the next game we can do better.”#CWC18: For Ayman Ben Mohamed, defender of @ESTuniscom, the only way to make fans happy would be to win fifth place against @Chivas tomorrow in the @ClubWorldCups. pic.twitter.com/zyiHDHOsZw— Ronaldo.com (@ronaldocomint) December 17, 2018
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists injury-prone Adam Lallana still has a role to play for the Anfield side despite his fitness issues.The England international has suffered injury woes at Anfield as he only made 3 starts in all competitions last season and same number this season.Amid speculation of a possible exit, Manager Jurgen Klopp has now come out to dismiss such adding that the player still has a role to play for his side.“It’s brilliant to have him around as he can cool games down, he can be creative between the lines, he still has speed and all these things,” he said, via the Liverpool Echo as obtained by FourFourTwo.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It’s not cool to lose him in a session, we didn’t have many training injuries this season. He stretched to get the ball and it happened. Nothing else to say about it.“Could he be in a better place mentally? Yes, if he was playing and had scored 20 goals in the last 10 games.“But everything is fine. Adam knows that we need him.”