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English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:47:07 AM »
Prepone (V): Bring (something) forward to an earlier date or time.

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 17, 2015, 10:45:04 AM »
Mediate (v): to ​talk to two ​separate ​people or ​groups ​involved in a ​disagreement to ​try to ​help them to ​agree or ​find a ​solution to ​their ​problems.

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 15, 2015, 01:35:11 PM »
Lepak----spend one’s time aimlessly loitering or loafing around

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 15, 2015, 01:33:57 PM »

English / Re: 6 Amusingly Stupid Computer Viruses
« on: October 15, 2015, 01:32:57 PM »
How we can get rid of these virus?

English / Re: আমি কবি নই
« on: October 15, 2015, 01:03:46 PM »
Where is the new poem?

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 14, 2015, 03:38:59 PM »
Climate Justice, (noun): the holding to account of those responsible for climate change and reparation for those most affected by it.

English / Re: Learn a word every day
« on: October 14, 2015, 03:37:24 PM »
Negotiator: someone who tries to help two groups who disagree to reach an agreement with each other, usually as a job.

epp Blatter's long-time confidant has declared that the suspended FIFA president is deserving of more respect, while also deriding the "robber barons" of UEFA and European football.

Klaus Stohlker has leapt to the defence of Blatter, who he says is the "father of football", before launching an astonishing attack on his UEFA counterpart Michel Platini, and both the French and German football federations.

Blatter and Platini were both recently suspended by FIFA's independent Ethics Committee for a period of 90 days, acting in response to Blatter being placed under criminal investigation by the Swiss Attorney-General.

Blatter is being investigated regarding a contract he signed that was "unfavourable" to FIFA and is also accused of making a "disloyal" payment to UEFA president and FIFA vice-president Platini.

Blatter has denied any wrongdoing, amid widespread criticism and according to Stohlker, "nobody understands what this man has done for world football".

“Joseph S. Blatter has built world football’s governing body FIFA into a global corporation over the past 40 years," declared Stohlker, writing for financial news outlet Inside ParadePlatz.

“Now FIFA is in a growing crisis for which everybody wants the head of Sepp Blatter.

“I am of a different opinion: Sepp Blatter is the father of world football, which did not exist before him. In 40 years he has built an organisation with 1.6 billion fans, 300 million active participants and 209 national associations with a worldwide turnover of more than 300 billion Swiss francs. While the wolves howl in Europe and the US, the fans flock to the stadiums; 2015 is also the growth of the football industry globally over 20 percent."

Stohlker also added that Blatter, the 79-year-old FIFA president of 17 years, should take the credit for the "explosive growth" of world football - and the success of its governing body - in the last decade.

He points to Blatter as the man who sought to bring in 'ethical rules' within the governing body's framework, but who saw Platini and powerful European nations hold back his drive for reform, and says UEFA are now hanging Blatter out to dry, as they seek to conserve their own power.

“FIFA has become rich enough to afford an investment of 1.5billion Swiss franc a year, in football development. Sepp Blatter has built this.

"Where such a lot of money will be implemented, it needs ethical rules, not robber barons taking possession of the game.

“Who stood in his way? UEFA president Michel Platini and many European national associations, especially Germany and France.

“Sepp Blatter believed everyone in the world had the right to play football. Hence the Latin Americans adored him, even more the Africans whom he brought up to world standard as well as Asia and Oceania who consider him the ‘father of football’. The Europeans saw their control ebb away.

“UEFA is the home of the richest clubs in the world and wants to keep control of the world game through the help of Michel Platini. The Asians, Africans and Arabs see a unique opportunity to use the power of their majorities within FIFA to dominate world football.

"The United States, with its own stagnating 'football’, sees how their immigrant Latinos and Asians are achieving fabulous growth rates with ‘soccer’.

"I demand respect for Sepp Blatter".


The ICC have revealed that associate and affiliate countries will receive a cash boost as well as doubling the prize money for the top men's and women's teams.

Cricket's governing body made the decision during a two-day meeting of the International Cricket Council board that concluded in Dubai on Tuesday.
An ICC release said: "The board approved an increased allocation of $US65 million ($NZ97.3 million) prize money for the top-ranked test sides and for men's and women's ICC events during the period 2016-2023."

That means prize money paid to players will increase by 41 per cent compared to the previous eight-year cycle and the  No 1-ranked test team, by April 1 2016, will receive $US1 million ($NZ1.5 million) – up from $US500,000 ($NZ750,000) in 2015.

"This prize money is in addition to the Test Cricket Fund of $US70 million ($US105 million), which the ICC board introduced last year to help ensure test-playing sides are able to sustain a home program of test cricket through to 2023," added the ICC.

The extra funding will be available next year to all test members except the Board of Control for Cricket in India, Cricket Australia and the England and Wales Cricket Board.

The ICC board have also increased funding for the 38 associate and 57 affiliate members by up to $US208 ($NZ312 million) for 2016-2023, compared to the $US125 million ($NZ187.5 million) they received in the previous cycle.

Women's cricket will also have a five-fold increase in prize money in the six women's events between 2016 and 2023 and the ICC has acknowledged developments in the game.

"The women will compete for total prize money of $US4.4 million ($NZ6.6 million) during the period, including a prize money pool of $US1 million ($NZ1.5 million) for the ICC Women's World Cup 2017."

The 2017 Women's World Cup will also have a new format, with eight teams competing in the event to be hosted by the England and Wales Cricket Board.

Teams will play a round-robin format before the top four sides progress to the semifinals, followed by the final.

The ICC also noted their developed relations with the suspended United States Cricket Association

They said: "The board was pleased with the work undertaken, in conjunction with the wider US cricket community, to start developing a meaningful strategy for cricket in the USA, which includes the unification of all stakeholders."


Cricket / India under pressure to regain lost ground
« on: October 14, 2015, 03:26:52 PM »
 If there is a place for India to get their groove back after falling behind early against South Africa, Indore's Holkar Stadium is it. They have won all three ODIs played at the venue, which has not seen international cricket since 2011.

The South African visit threatens to very quickly go downhill for India after they lost the T20 series and the first ODI. They have also lost their premier spinner and the only bowler who really troubled the South Africa batsmen, R Ashwin, to a side strain and have to find both the motivation and the right men to get things back on track.

The captain, MS Dhoni, has to be one of those men especially because, so far, his tactics have been questioned. Dhoni's use of his bowlers have, at times, given South Africa's batsmen a free passage, and he will have to be attacking and aggressive if he wants his team to draw level.

Dhoni need look no further than the opposition camp to see how to do that. South Africa are batting with intent and bowling with energy and the results are falling in their favour. They'll be careful not to think that means nothing can go wrong because, they know that as soon as they get too comfortable, they will likely pay the consequences.


The newly published The Best American Poetry 2015, an esteemed literary anthology, features a poem from "Yi-Fen Chou," the pen name of a white author named Michael Derrick Hudson.

Inside the 2015 edition, the author says that there's a "very short answer" for his reasoning. He's been rejected a "multitude of times" under his real name and using the Asian identity was a "successful" strategy for him.

"The poem in question, 'The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve,' was rejected under my real name forty (40) times before I sent it out as Yi-Fen Chou (I keep detailed submission records). As Yi-Fen the poem was rejected nine (9) times before Prairie Schooner took it. If indeed this is one of the best American poems of 2015, it took quite a bit of effort to get it into print, but I'm nothing if not persistent," he writes.

"I realize that this isn't a very 'artistic' explanation of using a pseudonym. Years ago I did briefly consider trying to make Yi-Fen into a 'persona' or 'heteronym' a la Fernando Pessoa, but nothing ever came of it."

Writers responded to Mr Hudson, shortly after poet Saeed Jones posted the excerpt to his Facebook page.

Franny Choi, a Frederick Bock Prize winner, told The Independent that the author’s deception is cultural appropriation at it’s purest, as Asian-Americans are forced to change their names to survive racism.

“When I was in the second grade, I stopped going by my Korean name, Jeong Min, because at seven years old, I already felt the shame of being foreign and the exhaustion of hearing my name butchered over and over again. As a kid, I tried to imagine myself as an author but worried about how to hide my obviously Korean surname,” she said.

“For Asian-Americans, changing our names is a strategy to survive a racist and nativist America. Michael Derrick Hudson's pseudonym is cultural appropriation at its purest — it’s stealing from the struggle of people of color for a white man's personal gain.”

Author Danez Smith told The Independent that he hopes the author's "antics" doesn't continue to hurt writers of color and that his actions "distract (a function of racism) from the work of amazing writers of color published under their real names."

"Michael’s theatre has already taken up space a writer of color could have filled, his antics trivialize the experience of people of color, of growing up with a name that many white Americans refuse to fit in their mouths," he said.

"I hope his actions don’t continue to hurt writers of color, specifically writers from the Asian diaspora. I hope editors don’t use this as an excuse to continue to marginalize actual People of Color, but rather teach us a lesson about responding appropriately when racism announces itself, especially when that announcement is plain, clear and in the author’s note."

The Angry Asian Man blog also accused Mr Hudson of yellowface in poetry and predicted that the author wouldn't be enjoying his newly discovered privilege much longer.

The anthology's editor Sherman Alexie responded to his critics in a lengthy blog post. He explained why he chose to publish the "poetry colonist" after he discovered that the author was a white man.

"I only learned that Yi-Fen Chou was a pseudonym used by a white man after I'd already picked the poem and Hudson promptly wrote to reveal himself," he began, admitting he was angry after being fooled by the "colonial theft."

"But I had to keep that pseudonymous poem in the anthology because it would have been dishonest to do otherwise. If I'd pulled the poem then I would have been denying that I gave the poem special attention because of the poet's Chinese pseudonym.

"If I'd pulled the poem then I would have been denying that I was consciously and deliberately seeking to address past racial, cultural, social, and aesthetic injustices in the poetry world."

Mr Alexie said that in keeping the poem he commit "an injustice against poets of color and against Chinese and Asian poets in particular."

However, Mr Smith responded to the blog post by saying that the editor's response made little sense.

"I can’t imagine how a writer of color, one who claims to be about literary justice for people of color, could muster the logic to reward a white man for his racist act. If being called out for 'racial nepotism' (read: our imaginary friend Reverse Racism) is the price of having one less white male voice, one masquerading as a Chinese one (for the what? mediocre poetry fame? Infamy as a catalyst for stardom?), then let them call you what they will," he said.

The [insert] Boy author and Lambda Literary Award winner recalled a conversation with poet Joshua Bennett, where the pair discussed how out of character Mr Alexie's explanation was. They agreed that the editor had previously displayed a "long track record of being critical of whiteness and its offices."

"His unfortunate actions and reasoning hopefully show us that we can’t just talk shit about dismantling racism in our world, our publishing reality, but we have to be willing to make the brave, and I believe also sensible, choice when the moment arrives."

The Independent's calls to Simon & Shuster and Michael Derrick Hudson were not immediately returned.


Cricket / Redbacks prevail in Matador thriller
« on: October 11, 2015, 04:55:22 PM »
A brilliant display of late hitting from Alex Ross has guided South Australia to a thrilling one-wicket win in their Matador BBQs One-Day Cup clash against Queensland.

Ross had been joined at the crease by Adam Zampa in the 32nd over of the run chase with the Redbacks struggling at 5-132, needing more than eight runs an over to chase down Queensland's total of 9-279.

The leg-spinning allrounder launched a brilliant counter-attacking innings, smashing two sixes and seven fours in reaching his half-century from just 30 balls.

With rain in nearby suburbs and dark clouds surrounding the ground, Zampa smacked two more boundaries before he lobbed a catch to backward point to depart for 61 from just 38 deliveries.

WATCH: Bulls powerless against Zampa fightback

The Redbacks were 6-219 in the 44th over when a short rain delay of around 10 minutes reduced the target to 275 in 49 overs, with Ross unbeaten on a composed 51 and the key to SA's chances of victory.

And the right-hander delivered in stunning fashion, shepherding the tail and then hitting a six and three fours in the final over from veteran James Hopes to secure the win with one wicket and one ball to spare.

Towering Queensland quick Billy Stanlake had earlier announced himself on the domestic scene with a starring role in the early overs of the run chase.

The 20-year-old marked his second-ever game for the Bulls with the crucial scalp of SA captain Travis Head in just his second over, hurrying the left-hander into a top-edged pull shot that went straight to Michael Neser at fine leg.

WATCH: Big Billy lands maiden Matador wicket

He then removed Sam Raphael in identical fashion two overs later and claimed the wicket of Tom Cooper LBW for 5 in his second spell.

But Callum Ferguson (58 from 78 balls) and Ross slowly rebuilt the innings before Zampa's brilliant cameo.

The win is South Australia's second of the tournament ahead of the their next match against Tasmania on Wednesday.

The Bulls have now lost two of their three matches ahead of Friday's match against a rampant NSW Blues side at Drummoyne Oval.

A 168-run partnership between Nathan Reardon and Chris Hartley was the foundation of Queensland's 9-279, an innings that started and finished with a flurry of wickets.

Left-handers Reardon (87 from 97 balls) and Hartley (79 from 113) scored more than half of their side's runs as SA quick Kane Richardson starred with 5-35 in the Matador BBQs One-Day Cup clash.

Reardon's most likely mode of dismissal early on was timed out, Queensland's No.4 forced to frantically pad up and make his way to the middle after Richardson had taken a wicket with the first and second balls of the match.

Test batsman Joe Burns chipped the opening delivery to mid-wicket to record his second first-ball duck at North Sydney Oval inside a week, before Marnus Labuschagne was trapped plumb in front the very next ball.

Reardon survived the hat-trick ball, although he did play and miss twice more in an extraordinary opening over that left the Bulls 2-0.

The Redbacks would have to wait 33 overs for their next breakthrough however as Reardon and Hartley, who had watched the first over from the non-striker's end, combined for a match-turning stand.

Reardon was the more fluent of the duo, striking 10 boundaries before he attempted an ambitious swipe across the line to fall just 13 runs short of a second List A century and hand Richardson his third wicket.

WATCH: Reardon's rescue act for Queensland

Big-hitting allrounder Ben Cutting was elevated in the order ahead of captain Peter Forrest and the right-hander took a liking to the leg-spin of Adam Zampa, depositing him over the pavilion at the southern end of the ground.

But Zampa got the crucial wicket of Hartley for 79 before Forrest was unlucky to be run out for 4, caught short when his bat got stuck in the centre wicket and dislodged from his hand before he'd made his ground.


rick and all rectangles, London's bleak and forbidding Southwark Crown Court is far removed from the thwack of willow-on-leather on a grassy English village green; it's simply not cricket in any sense.

Yet on Monday and for the next few weeks it will be more about cricket and its image than the traditional and elegant Lord's cricket ground across the Thames River, or The Oval it shares the south bank with.

Southwark, a building so concentrated on serious legal business it was built with its back to majestic views across the Thames to the Tower of London, will host evidence about the dark art of match fixing, as the perjury trial of former Black Caps captain Chris Cairns gets underway, after a stuttering start last week.
Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent will give evidence.
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Former New Zealand batsman Lou Vincent will give evidence.

This is serious business, worse than match fixing. Perjury is a criminal charge. Cairns, 45, is accused of lying under oath in court when he said "I have never, ever, cheated at cricket. Nor would I ever contemplate such a thing".

If found guilty, the maximum sentence is seven years' jail. Cairns has denied all charges, saying he stands by his evidence.

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The words in question were uttered by Cairns as he saw off Lalit Modi in a London case in 2012, when he took the Indian businessman to court for libel and won. Modi had to pay him damages and costs said to amount more than NZ$3 million.

As a result, Cairns is now facing a more deadly attack, the British Crown Prosecution Service with its immense resources.

Crown prosecutor Sasha Wass QC has already had a free hit at Cairns in her opening statement last week, in which she outlined what various witnesses would say.

She played a Skype interview between the cricketer's legal adviser Andrew Fitch-Holland and Lou Vincent in which he appeared to be cajoling Vincent to give false evidence to the libel case. Vincent is to give evidence from the witness box on Monday.

Wass will have to convince a jury beyond reasonable doubt that Cairns did lie.

Cairns risked his reputation taking the libel case against Modi, and will remain intent on preserving it this time.

His defence tactics are yet to be revealed, though Wass warned the jury he was likely to try to attack the reputation of key witnesses Vincent and Brendon McCullum, an old friend he has fallen out with.

McCullum is expected to say Cairns talked to him in India in 2008 about spread betting - where punters bet on brackets of scores, such as under or over 50 runs being scored in the first 10 overs.

McCullum will in evidence say he declined to get involved, then Cairns made another approach later that year in England. Cairns rejects that there was any such approach.

Cairns was a world cricketing great, a Wisden player of the year in 2000, which heightens world interest in the trial outcome.

The son of Lance Cairns, a New Zealand cricketing cult hero, he took more than 200 test wickets and hit more than 3000 runs, in 58 tests.

He was three times awarded player of the year by the New Zealand Cricket Almanack, and once held the world record for most sixes in tests (87).

Only Richard Hadlee, Daniel Vettori and Chris Martin have taken more test wickets for the Black Caps.

His test debut was in 1989, his last test in June 2004, and his last ODI in 2006.

After retiring from the international game he played professionally in England and the cricketing hot-bed India, so cricket officials across the world will be nervous about what will be revealed in Southwark Crown Court.


The most shocking game of this college football season included one program’s largest margin of defeat in more than a decade. On Saturday, that program, Oregon, suffered an equally stunning loss, only instead of a blowout it was decided in double overtime. The Ducks lost 45–38 to Washington State at Autzen Stadium to fall to 3–3 on the season and 1–2 against Pac-12 competition.

If the Utah defeat was written off in some quarters as a hiccup for an otherwise steady program, this loss made clear that interpretation was too generous. It’s not just that the Ducks won’t even come close to competing for a spot in the College Football Playoff a year after they fell one game short of winning it all. It’s that Oregon’s performance this season suggests it’s no longer the program that can be expected to stockpile double-digit win seasons and big-time bowl appearances while lording over one of the nation’s top conferences.

Those things were easy to take for granted when a brilliant tactical mind (Chip Kelly) stalked the sidelines and a once-in-a-generation quarterback (Marcus Mariota) piloted a devastating offense.

By guiding the Ducks to consecutive double-digit win seasons and a national championship game appearance in 2015, Kelly’s successor, Mark Helfrich, provided evidence that he could keep the machine humming at high speed. Yet this season offered an entirely different challenge: Could Helfrich win without the best player in program history?

The haphazard manner in which Oregon went about acquiring Mariota’s heir didn’t inspire confidence. It wasn’t until the middle of August, after Oregon had already started preseason workouts, that Vernon Adams was able to join the program when he passed his last math test at Eastern Washington. Adams arrived with impressive credentials—consecutive runner-up finishes for the Walter Payton Award and a track record of picking apart Pac-12 defenses—but the fact that Oregon’s offensive plans seemingly hinged on the addition of a Big Sky conference transfer who received zero FBS scholarship offers out of high school was telling.

How much blame Oregon deserves for not recruiting and/or developing Mariota’s successor in-house misses the point. What’s clear is that the Ducks failed to execute a smooth transition from the end of his college career into the future. In the past, Kelly’s offensive acumen may well have been enough to cover up a major deficiency at the most important position on the field. Absent that, Oregon came up with an underwhelming backup (Jeff Lockie), a walk-on (Taylor Alie) and the 11th hour importation of an FCS player (Adams) with no prior experience running the offense and precious little time to learn it before Week 1.

Pinning Oregon’s poor start on bad quarterback play—and the lack of an offensive wizard to overcome it—is reductive. For one, Oregon entered Saturday ranked 23rd nationally in yards per play and 20th in Football Outsiders’ S&P + ratings. That’s not bad—it’s just not Oregon-level good. The Ducks’ defense, under second-year coordinator Don Pellum, remains porous. Oregon entered Saturday ranked 47th nationally in yards allowed per play and 91st in Football Outsiders’ S&P+ Ratings.

Then there’s Sports Illustrated’s Pete Thamel’s report that Oregon players feel “entitled.” A lot has to go wrong for a program accustomed to squashing subpar conference opponents like Washington State to confront the very real possibility of missing a bowl game before Halloween.

There is time still for Oregon to recover, to make something of a season seemingly headed for more disappointment. At this point, with all meaningful postseason goals out of reach, the most encouraging development would be evidence of progress. Oregon probably can’t compete for a Pac-12 North title this season, but a strong finish, with multiple wins against the conference’s upper crust—games remain against Cal, Stanford, Arizona State and Washington—would provide hope that the Ducks can right the ship and enter 2016 on more solid ground.

Oregon is playing for the future now. The problem is no one’s quite sure what the future holds.


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