New Image Consulting Service Is the First of Its Kind in Burlington

first_imgBurlington, VT — Olivia Gorun, of Burlington, VT announced today the launch of Aviva, an image consulting service for people who are transforming themselves. Olivia helps men and women develop a plan to evaluate style, color and wardrobe needs to meet personal and professional goals. As a result, her clients project confidence, feel beautiful, and express themselves in a way that emphasizes their potential. The business is the first of its kind in Chittenden County.Avivas mission is to help her clients look great at any stage of life. Personal style has little to do with what is considered fashionable in a given season, says Olivia. Instead, it emphasizes the bodys potential. When clothes and makeup complement your coloring, you look natural and exciting.Her unique personal service addresses a range of needs. Color and image assessments help clients identify the colors and styles that complement their physical attributes. The closet assessment takes Olivia into the clients home to consider which elements of their current wardrobe complement coloring and body type, and communicate an image that supports their goals. Her wardrobe building service creates a shopping checklist and teaches strategies for exploring new styles in affordable ways. The personal shopper service assures that clients find durable, flattering, and well-fitted clothing that also fit the clients budget.Olivia Gorun has worked as a jewelry designer in the US and abroad. Her exposure to different cultures and social and economic levels of business and government make her a no-nonsense but approachable person. She urges her clients to embrace new attitudes and behaviors when considering how they apply makeup, choose a hairstyle, dress, or shop. New clothes offer the possibility to reinvent ourselves, Olivia says. Her mission is to help clients revel in that possibility.For more information, contact Olivia Gorun at 802-658-7592.last_img read more

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Opal Plesiosaurs, Flashy Pterosaurs and Hot Titanosaurs Inspire Stories

first_imgPaleontologists continue to dig up bones of fascinating species of long-lost animals.  When it comes to extinct species, the line between observation and interpretation becomes fuzzy, since there is no way to be absolutely sure how they behaved and what they were doing when they died.  This does not prevent scientists from freely speculating on what the bones tell us.Precious stone bones:  Two new species of plesiosaur were discovered in Australia this month, according to the BBC News.  The bones of the beasts were replaced by opal minerals that seeped in and replaced the original fossil-bearing rock.  Interpretation: one species had crests on its head, “perhaps for display or mating purposes.”  Other inferences were stated, with copious use of possibility words: suggests, believe, and might have; other times, interpretations are stated as matters of fact:They are thought to be of juvenile animals, suggesting the lake was a breeding and nursery ground.    Scientists believe sea-dwelling adults returned to the shallow inland waters to breed and raise their young.    At the time, Australia was much colder, and the inland ocean would have frozen over in places during the winter.    Scientists believe the creatures might have evolved mechanisms to cope with the harsh climate, such as a faster metabolic rate.  They were carnivorous, feeding on fish and squid.Crest aphrodisiacs:  Another BBC News story talks about the exotic head crests on a rare species of pterosaur in Brazil.  Scientists found a younger juvenile with a less-developed crest.  Interpretation: the crest arose as a sexual display during puberty.  At least Dr. Darren Nash left the door open for doubt: “We don’t know this but we imagine they would have bobbed it around and used it to attract other pterosaurs.”  The title of the article said, however, that a flying reptile mystery was “solved.”Hot beef:  Earlier in the month, Live Science and other news sources reported on a study that suggested body temperature was a function of dinosaur size.  The interpretation was based on models that correlated dinosaur growth rates with maximum size as adults.  From here, it was speculated that the largest beast was 118 degrees Fahrenheit, and that temperature was the main factor setting a size limit.  The article also speculates, “Dinosaurs likely got warmer as they became adults.”Speaking of big beasts, National Geographic News reported a new record: Puertasaurus, a sauropod of the titanosaur group, found in Argentina.  One back vertebral bone is nearly as big as a small car.  An artist’s rendition shows the monster with beefy calves and monster quads, and a chest 16 feet across.  They estimate it grew to be 130 feet long, weighing 110 tons.  (Only neck, back and tail bones were found, so the rest is extrapolated from other species.)Bones are interesting, dinosaurs are fun, and gathering data is good Baconian exercise.  Most people are not content with dry accumulations of facts, however, and want a story to put them in context.  Scientists are usually happy to oblige this desire.  It’s nice when they go to the trouble to state when the facts end and the speculation begins.  All too often they leave that task to the reader – and the artist.(Visited 9 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

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R2.2bn upgrade for South Africa’s rail system

first_imgRay Maota Prasa’s investment in rail infrastructure aims to make rail the backbone of transport systems in the country, as it is able to carry high volumes of commuters. (Image: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free photos, visit the image library) Prasa CEO Lucky Montana said that the new signalling upgrades and the introduction of new technology will ensure operational efficiency, unlock capacity and improve reliability. (Image: Prasa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Nana Zenani  Prasa: Group Head of Communication  +27 71 860 8500 RELATED ARTICLES • Motor industry, government talk more jobs • Gautrain’s Pretoria route rolls out • Public rail to get R97-billion revamp • Impressive growth at South Africa’s Ngqura PortThe Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) plans to install a modern signalling system to enable the country’s trains to run more smoothly.Prasa announced its plans at the Railway Safety Imbizo in Mamelodi East, Pretoria, on 12 October 2011, coinciding with Transport Month in South Africa.The agency has set aside R1.9-billion (US$242-million) to overhaul trains’ signalling systems.The investment forms part of Prasa’s aim to make rail the backbone of transport systems in the country, as it is able to carry high volumes of commuters.Prasa CEO Lucky Montana said: “The new signalling upgrades and the introduction of new technology will ensure operational efficiency, unlocking capacity and improving reliability.”Deputy Minister of Transport Jeremy Cronin said that rail was a far safer mode of transport as there were few accidents and fatalities than road-based transport.Phase one of the signal upgrade has already begun at the Midway-Lenz corridor in the south of Johannesburg.Improvements will also be done in KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape in November.Doubling rail tracks and improving stationsPrasa has also set aside R373-million ($47-million) to double rail tracks at Pretoria’s Eerste Fabrieke and Greenview, build a new station at Greenville and upgrade the Mamelodi Gardens and Pienaarspoort stations.The doubling of 4.5km of tracks is currently under way between the Eerste Fabrieke and Greenview stations.“In both Greenview and Midway-Lenz we deal with higher than normal passenger numbers and have prioritised these and other high-volume corridors in line with passenger demand to deliver quality passenger rail services,” said Montana.According to Prasa, the Mamelodi to Pretoria CBD corridor accommodates 91 000 commuters daily.With Metrorail running only a single train in and out of the section between Eerste Fabrieke and Pienaarspoort via Mamelodi Gardens, the doubling of the rail tracks will enhance the ability to transport the 31 000 commuters during peak hour.Metrorail is Prasa’s commuter rail operator.Prasa’s predictions are that peak-hour traffic at these stations will almost double in the coming years, warranting an improvement to the facilities.“With the finalisation of the rail-doubling project and the introduction of bi-directional signalling, our rail operator will be able to almost double the number of daily trains on the corridor, necessitating increasing the combined capacity of these three key stations from handling approximately 39 000 people per day to 58 000 people per day in future,” said Montana.After the upgrade the Mamelodi Gardens station will have two island platforms instead of one, and one platform will be extended by 50m.A new station with two island platforms and four platforms will be constructed at Greenview, while a contractor is still being procured for the construction at Pienaarspoort station.Montana added: “Our aim as Prasa is to improve the running time in the corridor from a 30-minute waiting period to five to seven minutes – effectively moving approximately 60 000 people to their areas of employment on time.”Job creationThe rail improvement project will create 398 jobs.The current phase of the project has already generated 268 jobs, from which 181 are specifically for the unskilled, semi-skilled and nearby communities.The next phase will produce 130 jobs, while permanent jobs will also be available after the end of construction as stations will need personnel.Relocation of residentsResidents living in houses close to the railway tracks have been relocated, with Prasa making sure the individuals are satisfied with the new arrangements.According to Prasa, the owners were approached with offers to purchase and were allowed to negotiate the terms of sale. The owners were also able choose their new houses and preferred locations, with Prasa overseeing the relocation process.Prasa will also help with the registration process.Montana said: “We want to ensure that the upgrading of the stations does not interfere with the stability of the communities located close to our rail tracks. We want to treat them with the upmost dignity and respect during their relocation.”last_img read more

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Seizure Action Plans for Schools

first_imgRuss SA, Larson K, Halfon N. A national profile of childhood epilepsy and seizure disorder. Pediatrics. 2012; 129(2):256-264 Epilepsy is one of the most common neurological diagnoses, with nearly 1% of U.S. children having a lifetime prevalence of epilepsy.2   The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act of 1990, and Individuals with Disabilities Improvement Act of 2004, abled the majority of children with epilepsy to attend school outside of the home.The goal of the clinical report “Rescue Medicine for Epilepsy in Education Settings” is to help prescribing professionals become more aware of issues school personnel may face who care for a student diagnosed with epilepsy.Action plans are often written by the school nurse based off of the prescribing physician’s medical orders, with the intention of having school personnel educated in how to appropriately react when a student has a seizure. Although school personnel are often trained in basic first aid including what to do when someone has a seizure, an action plan needs to be created for students with epilepsy so that personnel respond effectively to that particular child’s needs.Because every student is different, every action plan can be different and might include information about a prescribed seizure rescue medication. Prescribing physicians have multiple options for prescription medication to stop a seizure, however, there are conditions with the medications that could prevent school staff from feeling comfortable administering the medication in the event of a child having a seizure. For instance, Rectal Diazepam Gel is one of the most widely used seizure rescue medications however it requires the patient to be partially undressed, which could present a problem for school personnel. With other medications administering the medication can be oral or buccal administration. Although these methods would most likely be more comfortable for school personnel, there are still factors the administrator would need to take into consideration before administering the seizure rescue medication such as clenched teeth, copious secretions, and emesis during  the seizure.For more information about creating an action plan for school, and seizure rescue medication options, read “Rescue Medicine for Epilepsy in Education Settings” from the American Academy of Pediatrics. If you would like to know more about Epilepsy check out some of the following resources:Epilepsy FoundationMayo ClinicNational Institute of Neurological Disorders and StrokeAmerican Epilepsy Society References:Hartman AL, Di Laura Devore C. Rescue medicine for epilepsy in Education Settings. Pediatrics. 2016; 137(1):e20153876last_img read more

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Meet The Elite

first_imgIn the lead up to the 2015 Elite Eight Series, we catch up with each of the teams to see how their preparations are going in the lead up to the series.In the first edition of ‘Meet The Elite’, we hear from the New South Wales Country Mavericks’ Terry Deegan – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33601849 In the second edition, we catch up with Queensland Country Outlaws’ Laura Waldie –  http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33612073In the third edition, we hear from the Queensland Stingrays’ Michael Singh – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=0-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33625628In the fourth edition, we hear from the New South Wales Rebels’ Patricia Michaelopoulos – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=0-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33639069In the fifth edition, we hear from the Queensland Chiefs’ Jemma Mi Mi – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=0-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33655976In the sixth edition, we hear from the New South Wales Country Mavericks’ Rachel Beck –  http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33669659In the seventh edition, we catch up with New South Wales Scorpions’ Steph Maiolo –  http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33693634In the eighth edition, we hear from the New South Wales Mets’ Trent Touma – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33707036In the ninth edition, we hear from the Alliance’s Rebecca Beath – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33723768 In the 10th edition, we catch up with the Queensland Stingrays’ Ashleigh Kearney – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33736653 In the 11th edition, we hear from the New South Wales Mets’ Kristin Boss – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33743229 In the 12th edition, we hear from the Queensland Country Outlaws’ Trevor Moran – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33749910 In the 13th edition, we catch up with the Alliance’s Ben Hughes – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33749910In the 14th edition of ‘Meet The Elite’, we hear from the Queensland Chiefs’ Sebe Rey – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33769938In the 15th edition, we catch up with New South Wales Scorpions’ Daniel Barton –  http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33773338In the 16th edition, we hear from the New South Wales Mets’ Madalitso Masache – http://www.foxsportspulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?client=14-907-0-0-0&sID=9248&&news_task=DETAIL&articleID=33776717 To view the ‘Meet the Elite’ series, please visit the National Touch League website – www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com.Stay tuned to www.touchfootball.com.au and www.ntl.mytouchfooty.com in the lead up to the event to hear from each of the Elite Eight teams and their preparations for the series which starts on Wednesday, 11 March in Coffs Harbour.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2015 National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.touchfootball.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2015)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksMeet The Elitelast_img read more

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Changes coming to Fisheries Act will impact Northwest Territories economy

first_imgAPTN National NewsAn internal Conservative document leaked late last month reveals that major changes may be coming to the Fisheries Act, including the removal of many habitat protections.In the Northwest Territories, fishing is a way of life, and as APTN National News reporter Cullen Crozier tells us, these changes could have a huge impact on the way life is lived in the territory.last_img

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Kellogg latest US brand to ditch crisiswracked Venezuela

first_imgMARACAY, Venezuela – Kellogg Co. closed operations in Venezuela and laid off 300 workers Tuesday at a time of widespread hunger in the crisis-wracked South American nation.The Battle Creek, Michigan-based company said in a statement that it ceased operations as a result of the “current economic and social deterioration” in Venezuela.The move drew an angry rebuke from socialist President Nicolas Maduro, who accused the company of trying to sabotage his chances of getting re-elected in Sunday’s presidential vote. He said he had ordered the company’s plant in the central city of Maracay to be turned over to Kellogg’s workers so they can continue to produce cereals.“Why are they doing it today? Because we are four days away from elections and they think it will spook the people,” Maduro said at a campaign rally, adding that he would seek the international arrest of the owners of Kellogg’s Venezuelan subsidiary. “Imperialists! Oligarchs! Nobody can scare our people.”Workers arriving Tuesday for the early shift at Kellogg’s factory in Maracay were surprised to find a notice taped to an iron gate informing them the company had been forced to shutter the plant. As news of the layoffs spread, Venezuela’s labour minister showed up to speak with the workers.The factory, with a giant figure of Tony the Tiger lording over the entrance, produces 75 per cent of the breakfast cereals consumed by Venezuelans, according to the company’s website. A spokeswoman for Kellogg’s said its market share was lower than 75 per cent but declined to say by how much.Omar Rodriguez, who had spent 26 years working at Kellogg’s, said he didn’t know how he would feed his three children without his job.“It’s going to be a tough blow,” Rodriguez said, expressing anger that the company had decided to let go of its workforce in such an impersonal manner. “What am I going to bring home? Nothing.”The company said it looks forward to resuming operations once conditions improve. The company has been producing cereal in Venezuela since 1961 and the market had at one point been its biggest in Latin America after Mexico, although in 2016 it deconsolidated its Venezuela business from the company’s overall earnings results.Kellogg’s joins multinationals including Bridgestone, Kimberly-Clark and General Mills that have closed or reduced operations in Venezuela amid hyperinflation, shortages and a recession deeper than the Great Depression of the 1930s.last_img read more

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ONCE UPON A TIME IN MUMBAI

first_imgThe barrel of the gun was pointed at Dawood Ibrahim’s heart. The gunman had been training his focus for a long time. He was waiting for the right moment to pull the trigger. The gunman had only one chance. If the bullet missed the target, the man at the other end would certainly gift him a not-so-exquisite death. The man pointing the muzzle at Dawood had been sent by his arch-rivals from the underworld. The gunman was accompanied by his cronies, who were huge, hefty men called the Pathans, with Peshawari and Afghan ancestry. Since the1950s, the Pathans, known for their moneylending habits, had taken to crime. Cousins Amirzada and Alamzeb wanted Dawood dead. The man was a menace. An audacious chit of a boy, he challenged the Pathan hegemony, and since the time he had emerged in the area as a small-time criminal, was proving to be a headache for the Pathans. Also Read – Torpedoing BengalIn the 1970s, the turf war among the mob generally ended with some serious skirmishes. But the Pathans were so furious with the tenacious Dawood Ibrahim that they decided to investigate his sources of power. They found a nexus between local newspaper-owner and crime reporter Iqbal Natiq and Dawood. The two shared an amazing rapport, with Dawood invariably spending a couple of hours every day at Natiq’s office in BIT Blocks in Dongri. And Natiq’s newspaper—Raazdaar (The Confidante)—exposed the Pathans often, which brought the police to their doorstep. Also Read – Educational model of coexistenceAs retribution, the Pathans killed Natiq brutally. Dawood and his brother Sabir Kaskar swore revenge. Their first target was Saeed Batla. They did not kill Batla, preferring, instead, to maim him and amputate his fingers, something unheard of in the Indian underworld in those times. Before they could proceed with such ‘special treatment’ for the other Pathans, the police picked them up. However, the Kaskar brothers managed to secure bail on attempt-to-murder charges. Upon receiving bail, as is routine in any police prosecution case, Sabir and Dawood were supposed to intermittently present themselves at the Nagpada police station in central Bombay (now Mumbai). They had to assure the cops that they were not up to any mischief and that they were miles away from any criminal activities. The slang for these routine police-station visits is haazari lagana (marking one’s attendance), where the accused meet the police inspector, answer a few questions and leave within a few minutes. Dawood preferred the formality of the official haazari to the cold walls of the prison and, of course, it helped that these visits ensured that the police did not land up at their house and complain to their father, Ibrahim Kaskar, who was also a cop. Kaskar senior was an absolute disciplinarian who was known to reserve his leather-belt treatment for the unbridled Dawood, his third child. On that cool afternoon in October 1980, a defenceless Dawood, along with Sabir, was the target. The Pathans—Amirzada and Alamzeb—knew that Dawood would not be carrying any weapons to the police station. They decided to take advantage of this particular visit to finish off Dawood, because under no other circumstances would they find him unarmed. But what they did not see coming was another Pathan, Khalid Khan, who shepherded Dawood to the police station that day. Built like a mountain, with a towering height of 6 feet 2 inches and a brawny physique, Khalid was very attached to the promising young Dawood. Earlier, Khalid had cut his teeth in crime with another don, a local strongman by the name of Bashu Dada. But that was long before Dawood endeared himself to him. Khalid was very protective of Dawood, and that particular day his instincts told him that Dawood would be vulnerable and in a tight spot around the police station. He rationalized that since Nagpada was closer to Kamathipura and Tardeo, the stronghold of the Pathans, they might make a play for Dawood. Khalid cancelled all his engagements scheduled for that day and decided to follow Dawood to the police station. He also decided to escort him back to his headquarters at Musafir Khana, safe and unharmed. Since Khalid’s name was not in the First Information Report (FIR), he could safely accompany Dawood and also carry a weapon on the sly. The cops would not frisk him for weapons, he surmised. After Dawood and Sabir signed their attendance and completed other formalities, they saluted the cops—there was a lot of respect for the uniform; it came from their father—and were on their way towards the exit. They were oblivious to the face of death staring at them from the opposite building and were nonchalantly walking out unaware that their lives would irrevocably change after a few minutes. What transpired in the next few minutes, however, changed Dawood forever, making him invincible. Khalid, who was extremely alert and looking around, scanning the perimeter, eyes darting like a panther after its prey, suddenly sensed the movement even before he saw the gun. He spotted the barrel of the gun, held by a man at the ground-floor window of Memnani Mansion next door. Khalid knew the man wanted Dawood first, not Khalid or Sabir. In that split second, both the gunman and Khalid acted swiftly. The gunman pulled the trigger and a bullet flew out, whizzing towards Dawood.’Dawood, hato!’ Khalid screamed.Khalid moved with amazing speed and, before the bullet could complete its trajectory, he managed to push Dawood aside and, in the same moment, whipped out his revolver hidden in the small of his back. Amirzada’s bullet, which was meant for Dawood’s heart, grazed Khalid’s left arm. Khalid began firing at the gunman. Amirzada, who was firing at Dawood, was oblivious to Khalid and Sabir. He had to kill Dawood and kept firing at him. By the time he realized that Khalid had retaliated, he had already been hit below the hip and the bullet got lodged in the flesh. His crony, Alamzeb, saw the blood gushing out and realized that their game was up. In the meanwhile, Dawood and Sabir, not ones to cower and hide, went straight for the shooter. The brothers charged towards the building, Khalid close behind them. Memnani Mansion, an old V-shaped building located at the cusp of Nagpada Junction, is renowned for the world-famous Irani hotel Sarvi, located on its ground floor. (The establishment is over ninety years old and serves the best seekh-kebab rotis in the city.) The exchange of bullets right outside their compound alerted the Nagpada police as well, and the men rushed out to find out the source of the gunfire. Amirzada and Alamzeb, who, by now, knew they were outnumbered and outsmarted, ran for their lives. A team of police officers yelled, ‘Udhar Sarvi ke aage nikle hain, dekho’ (Look, they are running towards Sarvi). Coming back to October 1980, the Pathans were now running berserk in this melee, violently shoving people aside and brandishing a gun and chopper. They knew that if they didn’t escape today, it would be the last day of their lives. Just a few feet away, a furious Dawood, Sabir and Khalid were closing in on them. Occasionally the Pathans turned and fired at the chasing trio, and Khalid returned the fire from his own revolver without breaking his rapid strides. Even as these goons were chasing each other, a few uniformed cops were spiritedly following them in hot pursuit. The bystanders watched in astonishment, perplexed. People later said that they thought they were witnessing some scene from a film shooting, and the crowd was trying to spot some film star among all the extras. After all, 1980 was the year which witnessed the maximum number of action blockbusters, including multistarrers like Shaan, Qurbani, Dostana, among others. It was easy to believe that what the people saw on the busy street could be an enactment of an action scene for some forthcoming movie. (Honestly, it might have been difficult for films of the time to capture such a high-octane chase sequence.) It never occurred to them that the men were actual gangsters shooting with real guns and that the underworld’s gang wars had spilled on to the streets, a sign of the times to come. An officer from the Nagpada police station later recounted that by the time they reached the turn for Alexandra Cinema, the Pathans had halted a cab, Alamzeb pushed a limping Amirzada into it, and escaped from the spot. They were terrified of Khalid, who would never have hesitated to empty his gun in to them. Dawood and company gave chase till Cafe Andaz, an Irani joint behind Alexandra Cinema, and stopped in front of the A to Z Tailor shop. Ali Akbar Seth, the owner of the Irani hotel, and the masterji (tailor) could never forget the famous chase in their area and often recounted the whole incident with flourish. Just beyond the Irani hotel lay the brothels of Kamathipura. Dawood, Sabir and Khalid gave up the chase and walked back and met the police party, which had already stopped opposite Maharashtra College and was trying to disperse curious onlookers. The students had come out on the road after hearing the gunfire and saw the police team and gangsters in the middle of an animated discussion, punctuated by the aggressive waving of hands and a generous use of cuss words. The whole episode was over within a matter of minutes, but remained etched in the minds of the Nagpada residents, shopkeepers and visitors. It was the first time that Khalid had saved Dawood’s life and taken a bullet for him. Khalid’s presence of mind, courage and agility had saved Dawood from certain death. This was the first such attempt from the Pathans on Dawood’s life, which was only averted because of one man’s daring. Much later, people realized that Dawood owed his life to Khalid not only that day but, subsequently, on several other occasions as well. In fact, Dawood’s rise to power could be pointedly attributed to Khalid. Khalid Khan, alias Khalid Pehelwan (meaning ‘wrestler’), scripted Dawood’s story and pushed him to do bigger things. Khalid Pehelwan made Dawood the numero uno mafia mobster of India. (Excerpted with permission from Dawood’s Mentor; written by S Hussain Zaidi; published by Penguin. 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France Is Rich With Offense But Is Winning With Defense

England0.89 Portugal1.10 Pogba has much more rarely gotten into the final third to create, passing instead more from deep and wide areas. This has kept him from being particularly dangerous in the attack, where his shot involvement has dropped by 4.6 shots attempted or assisted per 90 minutes with Manchester United to 2.8 for France. But in this disciplined, defensive role, the midfielder has found ways to affect the game, most recently with six attempted tackles and two penalty area clearances against Belgium. Pogba has been asked to trade his usual attacking production for defense, and so far, the plan has worked.The one man on France who doesn’t seem limited by these tactics is Kylian Mbappe. With Pogba playing deep, Mbappe has been asked to move the attack through the final third. He has attempted 52 take-ons, most in the tournament — a rate of about 10.6 per 90 minutes. Mbappe is a dangerous dribbler, but for Paris Saint-Germain last season, he averaged 6.4 take-ons per 90. If you’re hoping for excitement from France, wait for Mbappe to get on the ball. He will be looking to beat a defender or two, and that will be the primary danger France poses in open play. Otherwise, Les Bleus will be focus on defending.Will this strategy work against Croatia? Deschamps has to trust that his attack will produce goals even while outnumbered in the final third, while the midfielders trail the play. If Mbappe cannot progress the ball for his teammates, a long and scoreless match is possible.Croatia has thus far excelled in long matches, surviving extra time three times to reach the final. Its strength is its skilled midfield, where Luka Modric, Ivan Rakitic, Marcelo Brozovic and Mateo Kovacic all rate among the world’s best passers. Over time, opposition teams lose the legs to press Croatia, and the midfielders can find space to work. England successfully pressed Croatia in the first half and kept possession about even at 47 percent to 53 percent, but Croatia dominated the ball 64 to 36 percent in the second half, when it scored its equalizer.In the final, Croatia is likely to depend on its defense (seventh in the World Cup in the chart above) to hold back a more talented opponent. France will likely refuse to commit numbers to the attack and hope its skill wins out. If France can notch an early goal, it’s hard to see Croatia finding a comeback as it did against England. But France’s strategy has the same weakness that was discovered by Portugal in the final of the 2016 Euros. If the opposing team’s defense is solid, Les Bleus do not have the kind of swarming, overwhelming attack that can be counted on to pick up a needed goal. And if the match is running late and Modric starts to find himself with an extra yard of space in midfield, the possibility of an upset — and a first-time World Cup winner — starts to look a lot more likely.France is rightly favored, and its defense, strengthened by some conservative tactical choices by Deschamps, has been impregnable. But the final of the Euros showed what happens when this French approach fails, and if Croatia’s defense can hold back Mbappe and the French forward line to start, its midfield has the skills to pull off a late upset.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. Spain1.02 Brazil0.56 Senegal0.64 Sweden1.00 TeamExpected goals allowed France0.61 Three players exemplify how the French approach works. First is N’Golo Kante. He may be the world’s premier open-play defender. Kante has averaged about 7.5 tackles or interceptions per 90 minutes since 2014-2015, most in the world among players with at least 8,000 minutes played in league and Champions League play those four seasons. Brazil’s Casemiro, at 7.04, is the only other player with more than 7. Kante’s talents prevented Leicester City’s open attack from leaking goals during the Foxes’ miracle title campaign, and they then helped Chelsea rebound to a title after falling out of the top four the previous season. He is the primary reason that France so rarely concedes good chances. But instead of giving Kante the job of cleaning up midfield himself, as he often does for his club teams, Deschamps gives him added protection with the deployment of Paul Pogba.Pogba is a great playmaker who does much of his best work in more advanced areas. With France, Pogba is reserved, and his forays into the final third are limited. The blue wallTeams with the fewest expected goals allowed per match in the 2018 World Cup Uruguay0.50 Source: Opta Sports Croatia1.00 France entered the European Championships in 2016 with perhaps the most talented squad, and Les Bleus beat fellow tournament favorite Germany in the semifinal. A final matchup loomed against a less-heralded Portugal, which had never won the tournament. Portugal had played a defensive style that bottled up the midfield and limited opposition attacking opportunities.Sound familiar?In this World Cup, France knocked off two former champions from South America before winning its semifinal over Belgium, the next-best team remaining in the tournament according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index. Croatia, like Portugal in 2016, has never won a major tournament and got to the final through a comparatively easy draw. In the 2016 final, Portugal managed to stymie France and won its first ever European championship on an extra-time strike. Will this international final see another upset and first-time winner, or will the French golden generation bring a second-ever cup home?Croatia is a clear underdog — as it was in the semifinals against England — and there’s reason to believe the task ahead is even more difficult than it seems. SPI rates France as a solid 59 percent favorite to win. Through the tournament and even in qualifying, as Mike Goodman pointed out before the games started, it has been clear how France would choose to play. Despite an incredible blend of world-class attacking talent, Les Bleus set up first to prevent opposition chances and win on defense. And they have. France has conceded just four goals in six matches — three of which came against Argentina in the round of 16. And Didier Deschamps’s team has even better underlying numbers, with about 0.6 expected goals conceded per match. Australia0.76 read more

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Football Ohio State defensive tackle Malik Barrow will miss season with torn

Ohio State redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow will miss the rest of the season due to a torn ACL he suffered during the Buckeyes’ 54-21 win versus UNLV Saturday, head coach Urban Meyer announced Monday.“It’s just a tough — prayers for him,” Meyer said. “He’s such a good kid.”Barrow has not played much in the first four games of the season and has not recorded a tackle. He played in Saturday’s blowout victory with Ohio State’s backups.The former four-star prospect from Tampa, Florida, suffered an ACL injury in his other knee as a senior at IMG Academy.

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