Afridi bowls the best spell by a captain in World Cup

first_imgPakistan skipper Shahid Afridi bowled the best spell by a captain in any world cup match on Wednesday to sink Kenya at Hambantota as Pakistan registered their first win in the World Cup.Afridi finished with figures of 8-3-16-5 on Wednesday. Priviously, Kapil Dev of India held the record. He had finished with figures of 5-43 runs against Australia during the Prudential World Cup in 1983, which India eventually won.Shahid Afridi also secure the best figures by any Pakistani bowler in a World Cup encounter.Earlier, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram owned that record. He had captured 5-28 in a match at Kimberley against Namibia during the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.Incidentally, Akram had completed his 500 ODI career wickets in that match.last_img read more

Gionee Gpad G5 with Android KitKat launched at Rs 14,999

first_imgAdding another product to its line-up, Gionee has launched Gpad G5 phablet priced at INR 14,999.The successor to Gionee G4 will be available in the coming week and bucking the trend the company has not given exclusive rights to any ecommerce company to sell it.Gpad G5 boasts of a 5.5 inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display coupled with Asahi Glass Dragontrail protection against scratches.It supports dual SIM connectivity and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the box. The G5 phablet comes with Cortex A7 1.5GHz hexa-core processor manufactured by MediaTek and ARM Mali-450 MP GPU along with 1GB RAM. While the device comes with an 8 MP rear camera with an LED flash, it also sports 2 MP front camera.The 3G connectivity accompanied by the 2MP front camera can be used for video calling. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The gadget sports a 2400 mAh battery which arguably gives up to 12 hours of talk time and 288hours standby. Gpad G5’s dual crystal loudspeakers with DTS technology will provide optimal output, as claimed by Gionee.last_img read more

Davis Cup: Ramkumar loses crucial match; Yuki wins

first_imgSHARE India were left to battle it out in the Asian zone yet again after Ramkumar Ramanathan’s defeat in the must-win fourth rubber as Denis Shapovalov steered Canada back to the elite Davis Cup World Group, here Sunday.India needed Ramkumar to create some magic on the final day of the tie but his failure to convert chances proved crucial as world number 51 Shapovalov shut the door on the visitors with a decisive 6–3, 7–6(1), 6–3 win.Their fate already sealed, Yuki Bhambri won the dead fifth rubber against Brayden Schnur 6–4, 4–6, 6–4 as India lost the World Group Play-off tie 2–3 to the hosts.In a see-saw battle, Yuki overcame lapse of concentration and an early break in the deciding set to finally convert his fifth match point and finish the indoor away tie.It is now fourth straight year that India have not managed to cross the Play-offs hurdle, having lost to Serbia, Czech Republic and Spain in previous three attempts.Canada thus have earned their spot back in the 16 nation World Group after losing the first round to Great Britain in February this year while India will again strive in the Asia/Oceania Group I in 2018 to get to the Play-offs stage.Missed chancesIndian team captain Mahesh Bhupathi rued the missed chances on all the three days. “We did not take our chances. We had few on all the days including today when Ramkumar had four set points in the second to even the match,” Bhupathi told PTI.Talking about the positives from the tie, he said, “We worked and fought hard and we are very close to making the world group. Next year this time, I expect both Yuki and Ramkumar to be in top 100.”In a nervous start, Ramkumar lost 11 straight points but gradually the serve and volley strategy helped him negate Shapovalov’s fiery ground strokes.The Chennai youngster took some time to settle but by the time he controlled the butterflies in his stomach, Shapovalov had gone up 4–1 with a break of serve in the opening set.It was one-way traffic till the eighth game as the Canadian left–hander lost only three points till he came out to serve out the opening set.Ramkumar tried to serve and volley but Shapovalov was quick with his returns, hardly giving time to the Indian to charge the net finish the points. The Indian did pose a few question in the ninth game with some sharp returns, earning two breakpoints, but Shapovalov used his big serve to save both and served it out with an ace.With gaining confidence, the Indian put up a much better fight in the second set as he served two games at love. The chip and charge strategy paid good dividends as he led 5–4. However, the good work came to a naught as he could not convert any of the four set points he earned in the 12th game and eventually lost the tie-breaker with his fifth double fault of the match.Despite put under pressure, Shapovalov won 13 of the last 15 points of the second set. That was the difference between the two players. While Ramkumar could take none of the six break chances he got, Shapovalov lifted himself from tricky situations easily.Shapovalov broke the Indian at love in the sixth game to open up a 4–2 lead and clinched the tie in the ninth game on an unforced error from Ramkumar. COMMENT tennis September 18, 2017center_img COMMENTS Published on SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Jose Mourinho chides ‘inhuman’ Manchester United’s schedule

first_imgManchester United manager Jose Mourinho has termed his side’s jammed-packed schedule as ‘not human’ after the club’s growing list of injuries continue to threaten their hopes of making top-four finish in the Premier League.United slumped to their sixth stalemate in eight games following their 1-1 draw against Swansea City at Old Trafford, thus harming their hopes of a place in next season’s Champions League.To add to their woes, the Mourinho-led side are also hit with number of injuries.Luke Shaw, who was criticised by Mourinho earlier this month, was forced to walk off the field during the draw after nine minutes with an injury to his left leg.United also lost fellow defender Eric Bailly ahead of Thursday’s Europa League first leg semi-final visit to Celta Vigo.Meanwhile, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling are already sidelined.Reflecting on the same, the Portuguese manager said although his side do not seem to be tired and exhausted, they are quite affected by the hectic schedule in reality.”We lost players and we lost points, so yes today was a bad day. We did not look tired and exhausted, we are tired and exhausted,” Sport24 quoted Mourinho as saying”You cannot isolate the performance out of the context. This is the ninth match of April, it is not human. We have a squad of 22 that is reduced to 13 or 14 players. The players are very tired,” he addedWith Paul Pogba and Marouane Fellaini returning against Vigo from injury and suspension respectively, Mourinho remains hopeful that his team would continue their amazing spirit and bring the side back on track.advertisement”I trust the boys, the spirit is amazing. The group is phenomenal. Fellaini and Pogba will be back for that game, so a bit more options and we try with everything we have and we go again,” the former Chelsea boss said.United are currently standing at fifth spot in the Premier League table, having 17 wins from 34 games they played so far.last_img read more

Baseball’s Don Zimmer Dies at 83

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Don Zimmer wasn’t a fixture in baseball forever. It just seemed that way.He played alongside Jackie Robinson on the only Brooklyn Dodgers team to win the World Series. He coached Derek Jeter on the New York Yankees’ latest dynasty. And his manager once was the illustrious Casey Stengel.For 66 years, Zimmer was a most popular presence at ballparks all over, a huge chaw often filling his cheek. Everyone in the game seemed to know him, and love him.Zimmer was still working for the Tampa Bay Rays as a senior adviser when he died June 4 at 83 in a hospital in nearby Dunedin. He had been in a rehabilitation center since having seven hours of heart surgery in mid-April.“Great baseball man. A baseball lifer. Was a mentor to me,” teary-eyed Yankees Manager Joe Girardi said.Zimmer started out as a minor league infielder in 1949, hitting powerful shots that earned him the nickname “Popeye.” He went on to enjoy one of the longest-lasting careers in baseball history.Zimmer played on the original New York Mets, saw his Boston Red Sox beaten by Bucky Dent’s playoff homer and got tossed to the ground by Pedro Martinez during a brawl.Oh, the tales he could tell.“Zim was around when I first came up. He was someone that taught me a lot about the game — he’s been around, he’s pretty much seen everything,” Jeter said after the Yankees lost to Oakland 7-4. “His stories, his experiences.”With the champion Yankees, Zimmer was Joe Torre’s right-hand man as the bench coach. “I hired him as a coach, and he became like a family member to me. He has certainly been a terrific credit to the game,” Torre said in a statement.“The game was his life. And his passing is going to create a void in my life … We loved him. The game of baseball lost a special person tonight. He was a good man,” he said.A career .235 hitter in the big leagues, numbers could never define all that Zimmer meant to the game. He had tremendous success, too — his teams won six World Series rings and went to the postseason 19 times.Zimmer’s No. 66 Rays jersey had been worn recently by longtime Tampa Bay third base coach Tom Foley in tribute — the team wanted that, and MLB decided a coach should wear it.Foley was crying in the dugout June 4 during a 5-4 loss to Miami. He later remembered the Rays going as a team to see “42,” the movie about Robinson. “He would talk about it. He had a lot of stories, a lot of history coming out of him,” Foley said. “He had a lot to give, a lot to offer and he did.”Earlier this season, the Rays hung a banner in the front of the press box at Tropicana Field that simply read “ZIM.”“Today we all lost a national treasure and a wonderful man,” Rays principal owner Stuart Sternberg said in a statement.There was a moment of silence at Dodger Stadium for Zimmer before Los Angeles played the Chicago White Sox.“On behalf of Major League Baseball and the many clubs that ‘Popeye’ served in a distinguished baseball life, I extend my deepest condolences to Don’s family, friends and his many admirers throughout our game,” Commissioner Bud Selig said in a statement.Zimmer’s biggest admirer was his wife “Soot” — they were married at home plate during a minor league game in 1951. Two years later in the minors, Zimmer’s path took a frightening turn — he was beaned by a fastball and left in a coma, and doctors had to put metal screws in his head.Zimmer recovered well enough to wear a lot of uniforms during his 56 years in the majors. He played for the Dodgers, Mets, Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and Washington Senators. He managed San Diego, Boston, Texas and the Cubs.“I loved Zim. I loved his passion. He was a great, great guy. He was a great baseball guy,” Yankees executive Hank Steinbrenner told The Associated Press. “Everybody loved him.”Zimmer hit 91 home runs and had 352 RBIs in 12 seasons. He started Game 7 when Brooklyn beat the Yankees for the 1955 crown and was an All-Star in 1961.The next year, he played under Stengel on the 1962 expansion Mets, who famously went 40-120. “Don’t blame them all on me,” Zimmer once said. “I got traded after the first 30 days.”Zimmer was the 1989 NL Manager of the Year with the Cubs and was at Yankee Stadium for three perfect games, by Don Larsen in the 1956 World Series and by David Cone and David Wells in the late 1990s.“Zim was a great man, and there are no words to explain what he brought to us and what he meant to me,” Rays star Evan Longoria said. “He taught me a lot of things, and those days of sitting in the dugout with him will be missed,” he said.Said Rays pitcher David Price: “Zim was a very special person to all of us. A very special person in baseball, period.”“He always lit everybody’s faces up whenever he’d walk in,” he said. “Zim had a passion for baseball that rubs off on everybody.”Zimmer is survived by his wife; son Thomas, a scout with the San Francisco Giants; daughter Donna, and four grandchildren.last_img read more

Rangers Take Off Blue Jackets, 2-1

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares COLUMBUS, Ohio — After consecutive shutout losses, the New York Rangers needed a lift.They got it from their sterling goaltender — and with the return of an injured teammate.Marc Staal and Chris Kreider scored and Henrik Lundqvist made 35 saves to lead the New York Rangers to a 2-1 victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets on Jan. 16.Lundqvist dueled with Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky most of the night, trading great saves.Despite getting only two shots on goal in the third period, the Rangers hung on.“We did what we had to do,” coach Alain Vigneault said. “When we weren’t where we were supposed to be, our goaltender was.”Lundqvist was pleased that his team pulled out of its offensive funk.“When you get used to winning, losing is terrible,” he said. “You could see when we scored that first goal we relaxed a little bit, we started playing better, we had more speed.”Derek Stepan, who was a game-time decision to play due to an upper-body injury, assisted on both second-period goals after missing the Rangers’ last game.“We came out in the second period and did a lot of good things — things we had been doing earlier in the season,” he said. “When we execute the way we did in the second, we’re really a tough team to play.The Rangers finally found some offense after a scoreless drought of 146:59.Staal converted on a rebound off a shot from the left circle by Stepan at 5:59 of the period. They had not scored since Nash tallied on an empty-netter with 1 minute left in a 3-1 win at San Jose on Jan. 10.Just 4:11 later, they scored again.Stepan triggered the goal with a nifty stretch pass to Kreider, all alone behind the defense, who faked to his forehand before slipping a backhand just past Bobrovsky’s outstretched left toe at the post.The Blue Jackets got on the board at 3:16 of the third. Bobrovsky, who made 24 stops, made a spectacular save on a redirect, with Ryan Johansen then connecting with Hartnell on a long pass. Hartnell beat Lundqvist high on the glove side, with the goalie picking up the second assist.The Rangers, thanks to some quality saves by Lundqvist, hung on.“I wouldn’t say we necessarily shut them down,” Vigneault said. “They had a couple of good looks. I liked the way we battled tonight. We weren’t crisp the whole night, but we found a way.”Scott Hartnell had the goal for the Blue Jackets, who have dropped four in a row while being outscored 15-7 after collecting points in 13 of 15 games.“It’s just frustrating we’re on a little bit of a skid right now,” Hartnell said.Ryan Johansen extended his personal- and franchise-record points streak to 12 games with an assist (7-7-14). It’s the longest such streak in the NHL this season.“We did some good things,” Columbus coach Todd Richards said.Lundqvist was solid all night. He stymied Johansen on repeated whacks at a loose puck in the crease with just under 6 minutes left.It appeared the Rangers got a big goal late. Bobrovsky deflected a high pass by Mats Zuccarello for Kevin Klein with 1:26 left in regulation.The puck glanced off the right leg of Hartnell and bounced into the net. It was ruled a no-goal on the ice and a video review was inconclusive whether Klein had contacted the puck with a high stick.Bobrovsky stood tall as the Rangers swarmed with seven shots on their first power play, and also gloved Dominic Moore’s shot after Tanner Glass’ steal in the opening period.Lundqvist, playing can-you-top-this, stopped Cam Atkinson in close after a New York giveaway early in the game, then twice turned away Johansen, first on a wrister and then point-blank off a loose puck, in a span of a few seconds.(RUSTY MILLER, AP Sports Writer)last_img read more

ADI: biological and chemical sensing interface IC

first_imgAnalog Devices announces a new sensor interface IC that enables the next generation of intelligent electrochemical sensors. As the only solution available to incorporate potentiostat and Electrochemical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) functionality on a single chip, the ADuCM355 precision analog microcontroller with bio-sensor and chemical sensor interface is an ideal solution for applications such as industrial gas sensing, instrumentation, vital signs monitoring and disease management.The device features the industry’s most advanced sensor diagnostics, best-in-class low noise and low power performance, and smallest form factor. This new microcontroller platform offers increased reliability, utmost flexibility and significant cost savings.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous IBASE: slot-in digital signage player running on Window 10 and Linux UbuntuNext Key driving technologies for industry 4.0last_img read more

Tate Martell Reportedly Did Not Practice Today After Losing QB Battle

first_imgMiami quarterback Tate Martell at the spring game.MIAMI, FL – APRIL 13: Tate Martell #18 of the Miami Hurricanes warms up before the annual Spring Game at Nathaniel Traz-Powell Stadium on April 13, 2019 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)On the day Miami head coach Manny Diaz officially named Jarren Williams the starting quarterback, Tate Martell did not practice, according to a new report.247Sports Miami insider Andrew Ivins reported that Martell did not participate in Monday’s practice. Just hours earlier, Diaz announced that Williams, a redshirt freshman, had beaten out Martell and sophomore N’Kosi Perry and would start the season opener against Florida on August 24.“All three guys showed tremendous improvement and development, which is a credit to their hard work and the work of Dan Enos and his offensive staff,” Diaz said. “We believe we can win with all three guys, however, we feel like Jarren has the greatest upside due to his passing ability, his instincts and his determination.”Diaz added that he would continue to evaluate who would be the team’s No. 2 quarterback behind Williams. I’m hearing that Tate Martell didn’t practice Monday. Manny Diaz has obviously named Jarren Williams the team’s starting QB. https://t.co/lPAYskiNn8 pic.twitter.com/jytyRK1KCJ— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) August 13, 2019Martell transferred to Coral Gables from Ohio State in January in the wake of Justin Fields’ decision to leave Georgia and play for the Buckeyes.Many assumed he was a near-lock to win the starting job, but apparently Williams impressed the Miami staff more.Of course, given the news of Martell’s reported absence, there is speculation that he could be transferring again. Nothing is official yet though, so no one is sure what his next move will be.Stay tuned.last_img read more

USA: St Johns Ship Building Delivers New OSV …

first_imgzoom St Johns Ship Building of Palatka, Fla. has delivered a new Offshore Support Vessel the ATLANTIC SPIRIT to Inland and Offshore Contractors, Ltd.“ATLANTIC SPIRIT” (Yard No 157) was designed by Entech and Associates Inc. of Houma, Louisiana. The vessel is the third delivery of this design with forth scheduled for delivery in late March early April this year.This ABS +A1 classed DP-1 state-of-the-art OSV measures 496 ITC Gross Tons, 148 Net tons. The vessel has LOA of 157′-6″ (48.01-m), breadth of 38′-0″ (11.58-m), depth of 11′-6″ (3.51-m), design draft 9′-0″ (2.74-m) and maximum draft of 9′-8″ (2.95-m).With boarded deck space of 3000 sqft (278.7-m²), fuel capacity of 62,916 gallons, Rig/Ballast water capacity of 117,792, potable water capacity of 22,510 gallons the vessel is ideally suited for operations in the Caribbean.St. Johns Ship Building, Inc. is a full service ship building facility with over 30 years combined experience, state of the art equipment and a crane capacity of 500 Tons. The shipyard features over 900′ of bulkhead waterfront including a 400′ launch basin, a 1,200 Ton Dry Dock, a 425′ X 75′ fabrication shop as well as complete carpentry, electrical and machine shops. My location 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 Print  Close St. Johns Ship Building, January 30, 2014last_img read more

COSCO Dalian Clinches Rig Deal with Derwent Ocean

first_imgzoom COSCO (Dalian) Shipyard, a subsidiary of the COSCO Shipyard Group, has secured a USD 184 million contract from Derwent Ocean Limited S.A, part of Foresight Group to build a jackup drilling rig based on the LeTourneau Super 116E Class design.The rig will be built to ABS classification, with notation A1, and will be a self-elevating drilling unit capable of drilling HPHT wells.With a drilling depth of up to 30,000 feet, the rig will be capable of operating in 350 feet water, with accommodation for up to 120 persons onboard.It will be equipped for efficient operation and layout, optimization of deck space, ease of material handling, and safety of personnel on board.The rig is scheduled to be delivered in the third quarter of 2016.Press Release, May 9, 2014last_img read more

Bearproofing Property

first_imgAfter hibernating through the long winter months, Nova Scotia’s black bears are out and about at this time of year and are constantly looking for food. While there is an abundance of natural foods, bears are known to search for food from other sources, including rural backyards and subdivisions at the edge of towns and cities. Black bears are the only kind of bear found in Nova Scotia. Bear sightings in communities and near homes should be reported to the Department of Natural Resources. Trained and experienced staff will determine the appropriate action. During business hours, call a local Natural Resources office. After hours, and on weekends and holidays, call toll-free 1-800-565-2224. In most cases, the problem can be solved by removing food sources but, in some cases, live trapping and relocating the bear may be necessary. If the bear is bold or aggressive, or appears to be overly dependant on food provided by humans, it may have to be put down. In their search for food, bears are attracted to garbage, composters, green bins, and bird feeders. Home and cottage owners, campers and hikers should take the following steps to reduce the likelihood of attracting bears: Never leave garbage lying around properties or camp. If possible, garbage containers should be made of metal and kept away from forested areas or stored in a building. When leaving camps or cottages, garbage should be removed. Do not pour cooking fats outside, near homes, cottages or camps. Keep barbecue grills clean and free of grease. If household pets are fed outdoors, make sure leftovers and spills are cleaned up. Bird feeders should be removed at night in areas where bears are common or if a bear is known to be in the area. The feeders should be removed for several days until the bear has left. Composters should be properly used, which means meat and fish scraps should not be included. Compost should be turned often to prevent odours and to hasten decomposition. Lime can be used to reduce odours and make the compost unattractive to bears. Compost green bins should be kept in shady but open areas away from forest cover. Meat, fish scraps and kitchen waste may develop a strong odour. They should be wrapped well in newspaper or frozen and put in the green bin on collection day. Green bins should be washed often to get rid of lingering smells. Keep calm. Back away slowly while watching the bear. Do not run. If you see a bear before it sees you, leave the area. If it is not possible to leave the area entirely, move upwind to let the bear catch your scent. If the bear is more than 100 metres away, make enough noise for it to become aware of you. Talk in a calm, authoritative voice. If a bear approaches you or begins to follow you, drop an article of clothing, your backpack, water bottle or anything with your scent on it, and leave the area quickly. The bear should stop to investigate the article and this will give you time to move away. If you encounter a female bear with cubs, act non-threatening. Do not make sudden movements and avoid direct eye contact. Leave the area immediately. Never get between a female and her cubs. In most cases a female will immediately send her cubs up a tree if she senses danger. She may follow the cubs, sit at the base of the refuge tree or even leave the area temporarily. If a bear should attack, do not play dead. If there is no way to avoid an attack, act aggressively by shouting, waving your arms, and throwing rocks or sticks. Leave the area at the first possible opportunity. Bears are normally shy of people. There has never been a reported incident of a bear injuring a person in Nova Scotia. However, they have the potential to be dangerous so use caution if a bear is sighted or when in an area where bears may be expected to be present. Hikers or walkers who see a black bear should take the following precautions: Do not attempt to shoot a nuisance bear. It is illegal to kill a bear unless it poses an imminent threat to human safety. In populated and developed areas use of a firearm could pose an added threat to human safety. For information about bears see the Department of Natural Resources website at www.gov.ns.ca/natr/wildlife .last_img read more

Elderly patient at RG Kar goes missing

first_imgKolkata: A 68-year-old man, who was admitted to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital a few days ago, has gone missing from the hospital.The family members of the victim lodged a complaint in a police station against the hospital authorities for their alleged medical negligence. The patient identified as Bimal Dutta (68), a resident of Matigara in Siliguri fell inside the bathroom on July 10 and sustained severe injuries in his head. He was brought to the RG Kar Medical College and Hospital. After some primary clinical tests the patient was admitted to the observation ward. The patient was responding to the treatment and gradually improving when he suddenly disappeared from the hospital. As the matter came to light the family members of the victim and hospital staff members searched for him at various other wards of the hospital but failed to get any trace of the patient. Following the incident, the family members registered a missing diary at Tala police station. A complaint of medical negligence has also been lodged against the hospital authorities. On the basis of the complaint, the police have started a probe and examining the CCTV footages of the hospital.last_img read more

Maoists arrest AP announces Rs 8 lakh reward for Maha ATS

first_imgMumbai: The Andhra Pradesh government has announced a reward of Rs 8 lakh for the Maharashtra Anti- Terrorism Squad (ATS) team which arrested seven Maoists last year, an official said on Wednesday. The state ATS in January last year raided some eastern suburbs here and arrested seven Maoists of the Golden Corridor Committee, which was formed to spread their ideology in Maharashtra and Gujarat. Later, during further investigation, the ATS arrested one more rebel, an official said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Maoist leader Krishna Lingayya Ghoshka alias Venugopalan, who was wanted by Andhra Pradesh police in connection with a case in 2012, was among those arrested. The Maharashtra government recently received a communication from Andhra Pradesh that there was a reward of Rs 8 lakh on Venugopalan, an official said. Appreciating the probe carried by the Maharashtra ATS, the AP government subsequently announced the reward of Rs 8 lakh for the investigation team, he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The reward amount along with an appreciation letter was, accordingly, sent by the intelligence department at Hyderabad to Maharashtra Director General of Police, he said. A government resolution issued by the Maharashtra home department last week gave a nod to accept the cash reward. Deputy Commissioner of Police Mohankumar Dahikar, Assistant Commissioner of Police Sunil Wadke, police inspectors Sanjay Marathe, Bhaskar Kadam and seven other personnel of the investigating team will share the reward amount, the official said. The ATS, in a charge sheet filed recently in connection with the case, said it believed that these Maoists were working to form a so-called ‘golden corridor’, covering Mumbai and neighboring cities of north Maharashtra, and south Gujarat (including Surat). The charge sheet also claimed that young people were recruited to join the Maoist movement and take up arms to fight in the areas dominated by ultras. Besides Venugopalan, the others rebels arrested by the ATS were Satyanarayan Karrella, Babu Wanguri, Shankarayya Gunde, Ravi Marampelli, Ramesh Golala, Narsayya Jumpala and Saidul Singapanga.last_img read more

Prohibition not a solution Ekta Kapoor on demand to regulate digital content

first_imgMumbai: Producer Ekta Kapoor is not in favour of regulating streaming platforms as she believes it will only create a bigger need for unregulated content. The Supreme Court has sought the government’s response on a plea to regulate the functioning of streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video. Currently there is no censorship on online content other than age rating. “Prohibition will create a bigger want. This is a sad situation… A lot of people ask me, ‘How can you be so bold?’ but I have always said this that I don’t have any problem with sex. Also Read – ‘Terminator: Dark Fate’ has James Cameron’s fingerprints all over it: Arnold Schwarzenegger “If the person who is acting has consensually agreed to have people watch them and the person is watching because he wants to watch it (then there is no issue). It is a two-way street. When anything is a one-way street, even in a marriage, it is a crime. Sex is not an issue, forcing yourself (on someone) is.” Ekta owns the OTT platform AltBalaji. When asked what would be her decision if the apex court takes a stand, the producer said, “Who are we to take a stand? They will take a stand and we will follow. But my beliefs are clear. I feel any prohibition in society will only create a bigger need for it. It is human psychology.” Also Read – Salman pays tribute to Vinod Khanna on ‘Dabangg 3’ wrap up With streaming platforms gaining a strong foothold in the Indian market, Ekta said there is a constant need to come up with good content that appeals a large segment of the audience. “I have to put out lot of content and better content as soon as possible. But I don’t compete with them. They deal with urban niche audience and I deal with mass audience.” Talking on the sidelines of the launch of season two of TV shows “Kawach” and “Bepanah Pyaarr”, Ekta said she enjoyed the web medium more.last_img read more

Security Council stresses need for lasting solution to GeorgianAbkhaz conflict

Ambassador Adam Thomson of the United Kingdom, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for October, said the 15-member body shared Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s concern over the “absence of tangible progress” in the Georgian-Abkhaz peace process.Council members underlined the need to continue efforts to achieve a lasting political solution of the conflict with the support of the UN, particularly Mr. Annan’s Special Representative, Heidi Tagliavini, along with help from the Russian Federation as facilitator and the Group of Friends, he said in a press statement.The Group of Friends of the Secretary-General are France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States.Ambassador Thomson’s statement came after the Council heard a closed-door briefing by Ms. Tagliavini on the Secretary-General’s latest report on the UN Observer Mission in Georgia (UNOMIG).In the report, the Secretary-General warned that the peace process had come “perilously close” to a standstill, noting that while Ms. Tagliavini was still in close and frequent contact with both sides, they have not met at the political level since July, and even the regular working level contacts have been suspended. read more

US services firms grew at slower pace in March

US services firms grew at slower pace in March by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 5, 2017 8:25 am MDT Last Updated Apr 5, 2017 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – U.S. services companies saw their growth rate taper off in March, as hiring and business activity remained positive but dipped relative to February.The Institute for Supply Management, a trade group for purchasing managers, said Wednesday that its services index fell to 55.2 last month from 57.6 in February. Any reading above 50 signals growth.The report points to the United States continuing its nearly 8-year recovery from the Great Recession, a sign that many consumers and businesses are on a solid footing. Services — which can range from home buying to doctor’s visits to hair salons — account for the vast majority of the U.S. economic activity.But some firms also reported a degree of uncertainty regarding the Trump administration in the survey used to compile the report.One finance company said there is a “large amount of future uncertainty” regarding efforts to replace former President Barack Obama’s health insurance law. Another health care firm highlighted uncertainty as well, while a company in the accommodation and food services sector said there are possible challenges because President Donald Trump’s exact policies on trade and immigration are “unknown.”The services sector has now expanded for 87 straight months. But the employment reading dropped to 51.6 last month from 55.2 in February, while business activity and production pulled back to a reading of 58.9 from a solid 63.6.Fifteen services industries reported growth in March, including retailers, real estate and food services. But three sectors contracted: information, education and scientific and technical services.The report also raises questions about job gains in the government’s employment report to be released Friday. Analysts predict that report will show 178,000 jobs were added in March, according to data provider FactSet. But a private survey by payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that businesses added 263,000 jobs in March, the most since December 2014.___This story has been corrected to show that the employment reading for March was 51.6, not 51.5. read more

Ohio fans accustomed to disappointment mediocrity

I grew up watching great high school football in Cleveland: St. Ignatius, St. Edward, Glenville, and even the big Cincinnati schools like St. Xavier and Elder. All these teams were excellent, but I was an Edward’s girl through and through. I love seeing players that I watched in high school play first for top-notch college teams and occasionally the NFL. I knew the kind of talent drinking Lake Erie water can get you. But, when St. Ed’s started to decline after my senior year, I wasn’t surprised. Why? Because I’m an Ohio fan.Being an Ohio fan means getting used to disappointment. As a Clevelander, I’ve had teams that were this close to making history. The Cavs’ trip to the semifinals last season or the Indians’ bids for the World Series in the mid ‘90s were the most poignant disappointments in my memory. Though I was heartbroken when these teams inevitably lost, I was secretly expecting to be disappointed. Why? Because I’m an Ohio fan — and every year is a rebuilding year for us. There is always a “next year” for the Ohio fan.This “next year” attitude encourages mediocrity in both the fans and the players. Look at our own Ohio State football team, it seems to me that they only play as well as their opponent. Against the University of Spoiled Children, our Buckeyes truly rose to the occasion, and almost won, too. But against teams like Toledo and Illinois I felt like we held back, even though our starters stayed in for most of the game. The Bucks don’t play every game like it’s the big game; if they did, it would lead us to winning seasons, to national championships and could even elevate Tressel to the hallowed level of Woody Hayes.Mediocrity is not limited to the Buckeyes, but is an epidemic in the NFL, too. Look at the Browns vs. Bengals game this weekend. Aside from some excellent running by Josh Cribbs and some good interceptions and throws by Cinci, it was a choke-off. It almost ended in a tie for crying out loud — a tie in professional football! Did you know that could happen? I didn’t, and neither did some of the players. If the Bengals’ kicker had missed the field goal, it would have happened. The two pro-football teams in Ohio would have tied each other in yet another demonstration of our state’s mediocrity.Yes, I’m bashing Ohio teams with all the rage of a scorned lover. That’s the key word, though: lover. I will never stop rooting for my Browns, my Indians, my Cavaliers and most of all my Buckeyes, even when I inevitably leave Ohio. I want them to be amazing, to startle the pundits who talk endlessly about Tim Tebow and Brett Favre (who really aren’t that good. Just saying). I want us to win national championships and Super Bowls. Heck,I’d just like for us to have good seasons. I’m a true Ohio fan, in good times and bad, but I’d like an end to year after year of bad and a lot more good. read more

Stine Oftedal MVP of SimplyWunderbar

← Previous Story Dutch girls hold on to the bronze medal! Next Story → ZAGREB, HAMBURG… French ladies at the TOP of the world! The all-star team of the World Championship has been unveiled. Here are the best seven players of the tournament:Goalkeeper: Katrine Lunde (Norway)Left wing: Siraba Dembélé (France)Left back: Lois Abbingh (Netherlands)Centre back: Grace Zaadi (France)Right Back: Nora Mørk (Norway)Right wing: Nathalie Hagman (Sweden)Line player: Yvette Broch (Netherlands)Most valuable player: Stine Bredal Oftedal (Norway)Top scorer: Nora Mork – 59 goals (before the final) franceGermany 2017MVPNetherlandsNorwaySimplyWunderbarSweden read more

Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister Underscores Need for GB Economy to be Strong

first_img— Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, October 26, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, the Hon. K. Peter Turnquest says the government is convinced that the health and strength of Grand Bahama’s economy is vital to the nation’s overall growth and development.“I can’t stress that enough because people don’t necessarily understand how important Grand Bahama is to the entire health of this country, because it is still the second largest economy in the country, never mind that Abaco is gaining on our heels every day and other islands like Exuma are holding their own,” added Minister Turnquest, who was the guest speaker at the 12th Annual Northern Conference of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers, which was held at Pelican Bay Resort, October 25, 2017.“If (Grand Bahama’s economy) fails, it will cause enormous pressure on the rest of the country,” added Minister Turnquest.   “So, I can’t understate how important it is for us to get Grand Bahama right.”In his address to Compliance Officers, Minister Turnquest said his government feels it has an obligation to do what it can to ensure that Grand Bahama succeeds.   He said that is just the first step in delivering on the commitments the government has made to the people of Grand Bahama and for the people of The Bahamas.“The economic transformation of Grand Bahama requires growth,” said Minister Thompson.   “According to the IMF World outlook, The Bahamas is forecasted to grow by 1.8 percent in 2017 and by 2.5 percent in 2018.   However, that growth will not happen and be sustained if the government does not do its part to facilitate economic transformation.“And again, getting Grand Bahama’s economy going is a key, critical component to achieving those goals. In fact, the country cannot progress without undertaking reforms that lead to better business conditions.   These reforms are critical to achieve better living standards, moderate inflation, low inflationary concerns and high growth rates.”The Finance Minister noted that The Bahamas fell in its rankings on the “ease of doing business” ladder since last year and to a large extent that fall was not because of something the Bahamian government did, but rather what they did not do.“In other words, if we continue to stand still, thinking that we are doing okay, we are going to fall further and further behind because the rest of the world is moving forward,” Minister Thompson pointed out.   “For example, Jamaica has made tremendous strides in its utilization of technology in order to facilitate and make the ease of doing business much better. And they have leap-frogged ahead of us.“We have an obligation and we have a commitment to make the improvements, to make the changes that we need to make in order to ensure that we keep pace, at a minimum. But I challenge my people every day to make a quantum leap to ensure that we get ahead.”By: Andrew Coakley (BIS)OPENS BACO CONFERENCE – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Hon. K. Peter Turnquest was the guest speaker to open the 12th Annual Northern Conference of The Bahamas Association of Compliance Officers (BACO) one-day conference, which was held on October 25, 2017 at Pelican Bay Resort.(BIS Photo/Lisa Davis) Related Items:center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more