BJP ready for polls in Rajasthan: Amit Shah

first_imgBharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah on Saturday said his party was set to become “invincible” in Rajasthan in the next four months following a drive to strengthen each polling booth in the State. Ahead of the 2018 Assembly election, the BJP would emerge as the strongest party in the State, he said. .Addressing a press conference at the State BJP headquarters during his three-day visit here, Mr. Shah said while the BJP would form the next government in Rajasthan, there was no proposal for a change of the Chief Minister. “Vasundhara Raje is doing a good job…Leave this issue for our central leadership,” he said while setting at rest speculations about change of guards.Abducted IndiansThe BJP chief defended External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj who had recently stated that the 39 Indians abducted by the Islamic State from Mosul city in Iraq were alive in a prison. “The search is underway to locate the missing Indians. The government is not misleading the nation,” said Mr. Shah.Asked about the increasing number of suicides by debt-ridden farmers across the country, Mr. Shah said Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had already clarified that the State governments were free to take a decision on loan waiver for agriculturists.Mr. Shah said the BJP was not against the implementation of goods and services tax in the past, while the Centre had accepted the States’ demand that the losses incurred by them be compensated. “The Opposition has raised apprehensions, but the people of the country have happily accepted the GST regime.”Ram templeAsked about the controversial issues such as ban on cow slaughter and construction of Ram temple in Ayodhya, Mr. Shah said the legislation for protection of cow exists in the BJP-ruled States and the BJP manifesto during the last four Lok Sabha elections had stated that the temple should be constructed through the due process of law.Earlier in the day, Mr. Shah, accompanied by Ms. Raje and BJP State president Ashok Parnami, met a large group of seers and monks and sought their blessings. The BJP leaders spent an hour with the seers at a closed-door meeting at a luxury hotel in the city.last_img read more

Football : Happy Birthday Mohammed Salah!

first_imgAdvertisement(photo credits: Daily Express)Mohammed Salah the Egyptian and Liverpool winger turns 26 years today. Known as the ‘Egyptian Messi’ in his nation, Salah had a prolific season with Liverpool scoring 32 league goals and overall 44 goals.Happy Birthday, @MoSalah! 🎉#EGY#WorldCup— FIFA World Cup 🏆 (@FIFAWorldCup) June 15, 2018The winger was taken off when he injured his shoulder in the UEFA Champions League final against Real Madrid on 26th May. Beating all the odds he has recovered fully and is in contention to feature in the starting lineup against Uruguay today.Salah was the top scorer for Egypt with five goals during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, including both goals in the decisive 2–1 victory over Congo, one of which was a penalty in the last minute to make the Pharaohs reach their first World Cup finals since 1990.He would now look to take his stellar form which he displayed for his club into the world cup and lead his nation to further glory.Also Read: FIFA World Cup 2018: Russia vs Saudi Arabia Review (Video Highlights) Advertisementlast_img read more

Why MS Dhoni is not good news for Indian cricket anymore

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni did not want to miss out on an opportunity to play for India amidst a season that is packed with Test matches. In Zimbabwe, leading a second-string team, Dhoni has made the most out of the chance by helping the team complete a whitewash against the hosts, thereby ending his 20-month wait for an ODI series win.The win, despite coming against the minnows should have given him the much-needed respite. Over the two years, there has been a severe drought in his famous trophy cabinet. The 34-year-old, being at the helm of the ODI team after retiring from Test cricket, has been a shadow of his glorious past. (Dhoni becomes first Indian wicketkeeper to complete 350 ODI dismissals)After a 2-1 victory against West Indies at home in 2014, India, under Dhoni, have been thrashed and battered in the 50-over format of the game. Just before the 2015 World Cup, India went winless in the tri-series involving England and Australia. At the showdown event in Australia, India were knocked out in the semi-finals after losing to the hosts.The Men in Blue hit rock bottom when they were humiliated in Bangladesh after young pacer Mustafizur Rahman left the full-strength unit jaded. Dhoni’s problems aggravated when South Africa sealed a series win in India.At a time, when Virat Kohli led the Test unit to back-to-back series wins against Sri Lanka and South Africa, Dhoni looked worn out and clueless with his ODI team, that was facing an array of defeats.advertisementNeither did 2016 begin well for the skipper as India lost to Australia 1-4 despite Kohli and Rohit Sharma scoring heaps of runs.From being one of the best in the business, Dhoni has gone on to become a lacklustre figure in the side. Here are few reasons why Dhoni is no more a good news for Indian cricket. (Dhoni flexes his muscles after crushing Zimbabwe)WHERE IS INDIA’S PROACTIVE CAPTAIN?Once upon a time, Dhoni was celebrated for his bold moves. He surprised quite a few by entrusting a rookie pacer with the responsibility of bowling the last over of a World T20 final, a daring tactic that turned out to be a masterstroke.However, in the recent past, Dhoni has borne the brunt for being reluctant to make changes. His persistence with under-performing players in the squad has hurt the team. Take the case of Shikhar Dhawan. The left-handed opener was given a long rope in the 2015-16 T20 season, despite seven single-digit scores in 16 games. However, he was dropped in the all-important World T20 semi-final clash against West Indies.In the Zimbabwe ODIs, Dhoni was reluctant to test the bench strength in the last game even after taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Youngsters Jayant Yadav and Jaydev Unadkat warmed the benches throughout the series after Dhoni refrained from making wholesale changes.   HANDLING THE FAST BOWLERSMore often than not, Dhoni, after defeats, has been taking cover in his bowlers’ poor performances. He has been reluctant to go for pace and has often sidelined Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron. His persistence with military medium pacers of the likes Mohit Sharma and Sreenath Aravind has been heavily criticised. (Dhoni happy to focus on daughter after hectic season)In Indian Premier League 2016, Dhoni snubbed Irfan Pathan for most part of the tournament and went ahead with Rajat Bhatia. Dhoni was forced to make a change after an array of losses but it was already late for Pune Supergiants, who finished seventh in their debut season.On the other hand, Kohli has believed in his pacers a lot more which has worked wonders for the team. Umesh, Ishant Sharma brought out their best against Sri Lanka and South Africa and orchestrated India’s winning campaigns.Also, continuing to set fields for bad deliveries has shed light on the defensive mindset that has smitten Dhoni.HORSES FOR COURSES?Dhoni was under the scanner once again in Zimbabwe despite having a successful campaign. His decision to hold back Manish Pandey has drawn flak. Pandey, who scored a match-winning century in January against Australia in Sydney, faced only one ball over three games in his next international assignment in Zimbabwe. Dhoni defied logic by sending Ambati Rayudu at No. 3 in the second ODI when India were chasing a modest total of 126. If India are looking to fill the middle order spot left vacant by an out-of-form Suresh Raina, bringing in the young and proven Pandey would make more sense. (Kohli should replace Dhoni as India captain in ODIs, T20Is: Ravi Shastri)advertisementPERSONAL FORMDhoni’s magical knocks that have done the job for India over the years are becoming a rarity. The wicketkeeper-batsman is not being able to finish games as good he used to. The fading ability was exposed during India’s tour to Australia earlier this year. In the five one-day internationals, Dhoni who came in, after solid platforms set by the top-order batsmen, failed to provide the necessary acceleration in the end overs. With Dhoni, scoring at run-a-ball in the end overs, India fell decisively short of 20-30 runs in almost all the games.Former cricketers, especially Sourav Ganguly, who seems to be optimistic about Dhoni’s future with the team, has been disappointed with the skipper’s reluctance to promote himself higher-up the order. Having retired from the longest format of the game, not giving enough time in the middle is certainly not a step in the right direction for Dhoni. (Sourav Ganguly raises questions on MS Dhoni’s future as India captain)HIS REPORTED DIFFERENCES WITH ASHWINDhoni seems to have turned his back on his go-to-man Ravichandran Ashwin. The Tamil Nadu off-spinner completed his quota of four overs only four times in nine matches across Asia Cup T20 and World T20 tournaments.At RPS, Dhoni made it evident and deprived Ashwin of enough opportunities to stage fightbacks. Dhoni, who found a lot of success after throwing the new ball to Ashwin at Chennai Super Kings, rarely opened with the offie in season nine. Dhoni’s under-utilisation of the off-spinner fuelled speculations that differences have cropped up between the two players.ARROGANCE CREEPING IN?Dhoni might be bored of answering the same set of questions again and again but with his fading abilities to motivate his team, critics have every right to query him about his shelf life.Dhoni seems to be showing an indifferent attitude at press conferences when a probing question is being directed at him. The way Dhoni ridiculed an Australian journalist over retirement question after India’s loss to West Indies in the World T20 2016 semi-final speaks volumes about a captain who doesn’t want to take responsibility.last_img read more

Tamil Nadu NEET Merit List 2017 released: Download call letters for counselling at,

first_imgThe Selection Committee, Directorate of Medical Education of Government of Tamil Nadu has released the merit list for the admission for NEET based MBBS and BDS courses in Government and Self Financing medical colleges.Candidates can check the same on the following websites:tnhealth.orgtnmedicalselection.orgAs per reports, the list was released after the Supreme Court asked the Tamil Nadu government to start counselling for admissions for MBBS and BDS seats in the state based on the NEET merit list and complete the process by September 4.Steps to download the Tamil Nadu NEET Counselling call letters:Go to the official websiteClick on ‘Download your Call letter MBBS/BDS 2017-2018 for Government Quota’Fill in all the required details such as ‘ARNO’ and date of birth in the space providedClick to submitCall letters will be displayed on the screenDownload and take print out of the same for future use.Important points to remember:Candidates selected under Special Category (Ex-Servicemen, Eminent Sports persons, Orthopaedically Physically Disabled) in 1st Phase of counselling are not eligible for re-allotmentIf a candidate is absent for the first phase of counselling, he/she cannot attend the subsequent phaseApart from processing fee of Rs 500 for counselling, candidates need to give a demand draft towards tuition fee after the allotment is confirmedThe tuition fee of Rs 25,000 paid by candidates allotted under government quota of self financing MBBS who do not join the course will not be refundedFurther, mobile phones and other communication devices are not allowed in the counseling hall during their turn.advertisementNote: Candidates should view the websites for daily vacancy position. Mobile phones and other communication devices are not allowed in the counseling hall. Tentative vacancy position will be displayed on the official website: CBSE to make NEET common question paper in all languages: Supreme Court Read: Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani feels lucky to have missed his IIM exam  For information on more latest news and updates, click here.   For more updates, follow India Today Education or you can write to us at education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

The heat is on as conflict deepens in fight for Spanish football’s soul

first_imgThis time, the game was played at the Camp Nou. Next time, it will be played 7,555km away in Miami. That at least is the league’s now famous plan – but it’s looking more difficult all the time. And while protests were conspicuous by their absence, elsewhere opposition builds: from the RFEF, from Fifa, from some fans, from the players’ union, and even from the government, who fear the political implications of a Catalan clash going international. Other voices are being raised too and what seemed a fait accompli looks much less certain now.This weekend Real Madrid president Florentino Pérez, who would rather break the US alone than with La Liga and doesn’t trust Tebas or Jaume Roures, head of rightsholders Mediapro, and who was remarkably aggressive at the club’s assembly insisted: “I don’t know whose interests it is in, certainly not the fans’ or the clubs. We absolutely refuse,” he said.But that was just the beginning: as temperatures rose, the conflict deepened. Athletic manager Eduardo Berrizzo, complained about the heat in Seville, saying: “Why don’t we worry about giving value to the actual content, which is the game of football that everyone wants to see, before embarking on the supposed conquest of other territories?” Betis defender Marca Bartra admitted that at times it was hard to swallow in the heat. At least that was at 8pm; in Vallecas they played at 1pm, at Levante kick-off was at noon and Villarreal-Valencia started at 4.15pm, where the temperature was reportedly close to 32 degrees Celsius with 80% humidity. In the visitors’ section, high in the north stand behind a glass screen, it was up at 35. In Vallecas, Jordi Amat and Fernando Pachecho suffered dizzy spells. In Eibar, so did Kike García. In Villarreal, Alvaro vomited at half-time. “The TV companies pay for football so it’s bad to complain, but it’s bad to play at these times too,” he said. 17Huesca5-74 13Real Betis5-26 At the one end of the ground that is an end and not just a wall, a small gang of Rayo Vallecano fans in bright high-vis jackets and yellow hard hats started leaping up and down, testing the foundations. Around them, drums beat, flags waved and supporters laughed as they took out their tools to fix the place up, bashing away with inflatable yellow hammers. If it looked silly, it was supposed to – and it was no dafter than the real thing – but at least they were here now. Rayo, promoted in the summer after two years away from primera, hadn’t been home since the opening day of the season. On Saturday, they returned in the way that only they seem to know how – and a way that felt appropriate somehow, this weekend more than ever.That night, against Sevilla, a small boy fell through a gap and on to some rubble, while above him the stand literally shook. Long denounced by supporters, Rayo’s ground, which had gone six years without a valid safety certificate, was shut down by the council. Athletic Club were next in town and some of them came too – they’d already arranged their travel by the time the decision had finally been made, four days before it was due to be played – but they didn’t see a game and didn’t get compensation either, of course. There had been discussions about Butarque or the Metropolitano, while Getafe said no to using the Coliseum; instead the match was postponed and work got under way. Topics 7Sevilla547 A few hours later, Betis manager Quique Setien said something similar, pleading with fans not to get on the team’s back, after there were whistles for Francis during their 2-2 draw with Athletic. “Sometimes, in some cases the ball burns their feet because they don’t feel backed and that’s very sad,” he said. “You have to think that could be your son out there.”That’s not all. It was also the weekend for VAR, which caught out Ba and Lenglet and gave Asensio his goal back, which makes technology good over there and bad over there, and the weekend in which there were seven red cards and 33 goals – two 2-2s, a 3-3, a 5-1 and a 6-2. It was hot and it had Iago Aspas, Ibai Gómez, Thomas Lemar, Wissam Ben Yedder and Sergio Canales, it also had Lionel Messi and Cristhian Stuani – the only player to score a brace against Madrid and Barcelona this century. Most of all, though, it had two men: Luis Rubiales and Javier Tebas. 5Atletico Madrid518 Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Twitter 11Eibar5-17 From Ibrox abuse to sacking Lopetegui: meet the head of Spain’s FA Kevin Gameiro takes on Villarreal’s Mario Gaspar in the afternoon heat. Photograph: Domenech Castello/EPA 14Villarreal5-15 Facebook European club football Sportblog Marseille must beat big rivals if they are to return to Champions League It’s not always great to watch, either. Fourteen fans sought medical attention at Levante-Sevilla, while four more were attended to in Villarreal. Rubiales took to Twitter where he posted a picture of a woman lying down, drip attached to her arm at Levante, describing the kick-off times as a “disgrace” and announcing his intention to take back control of the timetabling. Tebas responded swiftly, sarcastically writing to his “pal Rubiales”, and accusing him of demagoguery – the argument so often turned to by those who don’t have an argument – and insisting he had been at the motorbike grand prix that afternoon where there were “114,000 people in the sun, at 32 degrees, and no complaints”. 16Levante5-34 Read more Share on Messenger Share on Facebook Show Pinterest Barcelona 2-2, Girona, Real Betis 2-2 Athletic Bilbao, Villarreal 0-0 Valencia, Levante 2-6 Sevilla, Real Madrid 1-0 Espanyol, Getafe 0-2 Atlético Madrid, Celta Vigo 3-3 Valladolid, Eibar 1-0 Leganés, Rayo Vallecano 1-5 Alavés, Huesca 0-1 Real Sociedad Impressive Hertha Berlin finally start to catch the imagination 1Barcelona51113 PosTeamPGDPts Quick guide La Liga results Twitter Pinterest center_img 4Celta Vigo528 Share on WhatsApp features 6Girona5-18 8Espanyol517 19Rayo Vallecano4-73 20Leganes5-61 Share on Pinterest 10Getafe507 La Liga Thank you for your feedback. Read more 12Athletic Bilbao416 Was this helpful? Share via Email 15Valencia5-24 Three weeks in, a video emerged taken from the flats behind the wall of all the sand bags lined up in the stand and the workmen bouncing up and down, like a big bloke proving that this ice ain’t thin; it could have been the opening scene of Casualty and, as tests go, it wasn’t the most convincing, but at least it inspired. No one does protests or parody like Rayo – most don’t do them at all, in truth – so the fans who have donned Guantanamo prisoner boiler suits and fireman’s gear, paid for season tickets in coins carried there in bulging bags, and built a bed in the end, declaring 11pm kick-offs too late for football, became men at work. And though they were defeated 5-1, they kept hammering away.After all, it was Saturday lunchtime, sunny, and football was back in Vallecas. In Vallecas, Vigo, Valencia and Villarreal; Getafe, Huesca, Madrid and Eibar; in Seville and Barcelona, but not yet in Miami – and maybe not at all.This was the weekend in which Vallecas reopened and Spanish football flung open familiar conflicts. The weekend in which Getafe still couldn’t score against Diego Simeone’s Atlético – it’s 28-0 in 13 games now after their 2-0 win at the Coliseum, where the second goal was superb – in which Julen Lopetegui said Real Madrid “lost control” but didn’t lose the game, Marco Asensio getting the only goal against Espanyol; in which Valladolid, goalless so far, scored three, including a last-minute equaliser against Celta and Sevilla got six away for the first time ever, winning 6-2 at Levante to make it 11 goals in three days. To prompt Levante’s fans to ironically applaud their goalkeeper Oier when he made an easy catch, too, and him to spit back: “Oh, it’s funny is it, you sons of bitches?” And so, it started; the radios called, offering platforms and taking sides as the two men laid into each other for control of the game, and the conflict got wider. Back and forth they went, chests puffed out and pettier with every passing minute, eclipsing everything. Rubiales declared his intention to take back control; this was not just about the heat, this was much bigger: no more Mondays, no more four-day weekends, no more 10 different kick-off times, no more of Tebas’s plans. No more Tebas if he had his way – and the feeling is most definitely mutual.“He can get Miami out of his little head,” Rubiales said. “He’s not in control; he’s a prisoner of the television companies. They call him and tell him what to do and he bows his head.” Tebas said all Rubiales wants is revenue because sponsors are leaving the Federation in droves and he’s getting desperate. “He’s rung everyone except the Pope asking for money, he sniped. Tebas also accused people of acting. The feinting was fake, apparently, the medical reports made up. Meanwhile, from the Federation came a promise there is more to come, heavy artillery wheeled out. “I’m not scared to meet him face to face. I don’t want conflict, but nor will I hide,” Rubiales said.And that feels pretty much how this might end now. Rubiales v Tebas, fighting it out. Which might not be such a bad idea after all. Maybe they can take that to Miami instead and leave everyone else to get on with doing the thing Spanish football does best: play football. Read more Reuse this content Marco Asensio celebrates after scoring. Photograph: Rodrigo Jimenez/EPA 2Real Madrid5913 It was always likely that the president of the Federation and the president of the league would take centre stage this weekend, given the game that wrapped it up. And just in case, the weather made sure of it.On Sunday night, Barcelona drew 2-2 with Girona. Leo Messi was denied a wonderful goal with a superb save early on but while Girona had Bono, Barcelona had the edge and the Argentinian who has now played more games here than any other foreigner ever, put them into the lead soon after. Yet with Lenglet sent off for an elbow on Pere Pons that no one had spotted but Gil Manzano went to see on the screen, and Busquets momentarily filling in at centre-back, Stuani equalised for Girona. Stuani then gave them a second-half lead, smashing his finish high into the net, and although Piqué got the second Barcelona were unable to find a winner, slipping back level with Madrid at the top. “Gironazo in the Camp Nou,” AS’s cover called it. 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AAP Goa demands replacement for sacked swimming coach

first_imgAAP Goa demands replacement for sacked swimming coachOn September 8, Goa Police arrested Ganguly, after a 15-year-old national swimming champion accused him of molesting her. The police action against the swimming coach came after a video of the coach molesting the victim surfaced online and went viral.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service PanajiSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 12, 2019 13:29 IST Swimming coach Surajit Ganguly (Photo: IANS)The Aam Aadmi Party in Goa on Thursday demanded the immediate appointment of a new swimming coach for women and girl swimmers, blaming the state sports ministry for delaying the process, a week after the state’s sacked chief swimming coach Surajit Ganguly was arrested in a molestation scandal.”Why is the state government dragging its feet over appointment of a new coach? Swimmers are suffering because of a lack of a coach now,” AAP Goa General Secretary Pradeep Padgaonkar told a press conference in Panaji.On September 8, Goa Police arrested Ganguly, after a 15-year-old national swimming champion accused him of molesting her. The police action against the swimming coach came after a video of the coach molesting the victim surfaced online and went viral.President of the Goa Swimming Association as well as the Swimming Federation of Goa Digambar Kamat said that he has already spoken to Chief Minister Pramod Sawant over appointment of a female coach to replace Ganguly who has since been sacked by the state sports association and banned by the federation.”The appointment will happen in a few days,” Kamat said.Also Read | Goa molestation scandal: Parents had sought woman swimming coachAlso Watch | Boxing federation serves final warning to Olympian Vijender SinghFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byManisha Pandeylast_img read more

New Lien Check Service Protects Consumers

first_imgMany people take unnecessary financial risks when they buy a usedvehicle or boat. Starting Thursday, July 1, a new online servicecalled Lien Check will offer consumers a low cost way to protecttheir investment. When someone loans money to purchase personal property — such asa car — the lender can register a lien on the property. Thismeans that if the borrower does not repay the loan, the lendercan take possession of the property. If someone purchased a carsecond-hand, one which had an outstanding lien, the purchasercould lose the car. It’s also likely that the purchaser wouldthen have to take the person who sold them the car to court torecover their money. Lien Check is at and any computer thatis connected to the Internet can access the service. All searchesand payments are processed in a secure online environment. Consumers can also access Lien Check through public terminals atany Registry of Deeds or Access Centre in Nova Scotia. There isno fee to use the terminal but standard search fees will apply. “A Lien Check search only costs $7 and takes just a few minuteson our website,” said Gillian Shute, personal property registrarat Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. For an additional fee, consumers can use Lien Check to look forregistrations in New Brunswick and Newfoundland and Labrador.Prince Edward Island is expected to launch a similar service,accessible through Lien Check, soon. Each province sets its ownsearch fee. While vehicles will likely be the most frequent searches, LienCheck should be used before purchasing any of the followingserial numbered property: on- and off-highway vehicles (but notbicycles), farm tractors and combines, boats and other watercraft, trailers, mobile homes, aircraft and outboard motors. Searches are conducted using the serial number of the property,such as the vehicle identification number (VIN) for a car, andthe province where the seller resides. “Lien Check is a response to consumer demand,” said Ms. Shute.”We surveyed clients last year and 70 per cent of them said theywanted an online service that they could access where and whenthey wanted.” Lien Check is managed through Atlantic Canada On-Line (ACOL), ajoint effort of the governments of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick,Prince Edward Island, and Newfoundland and Labrador, and UNISYS,a private sector technology developer.last_img read more

Saeed tells Merchant to stopstealing songs

first_imgMumbai: Farhan Saeed, a former member of Pakistan’s popular band Jal, has slammed Salim Merchant for copying his song ‘Roiyaan’. However, the Indian singer-composer called it a “mere coincidence”. “Someone just sent me @salim_merchant song ‘Hareya’, which is a total copy of my song ‘Roiyaan’. I wonder they have the audacity to call themselves artists when they steal someone’s work. Karna hi hai to pooch ke kuro aur ager poochna nahin hai to at least acha to kuro! #stopstealing,” Farhan tweeted on September 14. Salim suggested Farhan to check with the lyricist instead. “If I had to copy, I would have done that way long back in my career. I really wish I had heard your song before I made mine. Would have surely made changes to our composition to make it sound different from yours,” he tweeted.last_img read more

Suspects sought for using stolen card in Niagara Falls

Niagara police are searching for two suspects who went on a shopping spree with a stolen credit in Niagara Falls.Police say the credit card and a number of personal items were taken from a parked vehicle at a home in Port Colborne during the overnight hours of Feb. 16 and Feb. 17.Officers are looking for a man and a woman who were captured on surveillance cameras using the stolen credit card.Police say the duo used the card five times in less than 30 minutes.Anyone with information is asked to call the Welland Detective Office at 905-735-7811. read more

Football Fourstar defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson transfers to Ohio State from junior

Ohio State failed to land four-star defensive tackle Antwuan Jackson when he was in high school and a member of the class of 2016. Now transferring from Blinn College, Jackson committed to attend Ohio State as a transfer in the class of 2018.Proud to announce that I’m committed to THE hio State University ? #OhioState #BUCKEYES #BuckeyeNation— Antwuan Jackson (@Hercules__52) September 12, 2017Jackson was enrolled at Auburn for the 2016 season, but when he elected to transfer from the school, Auburn blocked him from attending another SEC school and other Power-Five conference schools. He then opted to take the junior college route.Now the 6-foot-2, 305-pound defensive tackle has joined the Buckeyes after he received an offer from the program on Aug. 29. The Ellenwood, Georgia, native chose Ohio State over an offer he received from Alabama on Aug. 30. read more

Womens Basketball Ohio State seeks second win of the season against Indiana

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga shoots through contact during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe No. 10 Ohio State women’s basketball team (15-2, 4-0 Big Ten) will look to expand its eight-game win streak when it takes on Indiana (8-10, 1-4 Big Ten) on the road at noon Saturday. The Buckeyes, the only undefeated team in conference play, hope to continue creating separation atop the Big Ten from No. 11 Maryland, No. 18 Iowa and No. 21 Rutgers. Buckeyes head coach Kevin McGuff hopes to lead Ohio State to a 5-0 record in the Big Ten for the first time in eight seasons.The Buckeyes’ last meeting against the Hoosiers came Dec. 31, when senior guard Kelsey Mitchell helped lead the team to a 85-70 victory with 22 points. Ohio State jumped out to an early 32-13 lead after the first quarter and continued adding to the advantage before Indiana outscored its opponent 21-12 in the fourth quarter after the game was out of hand.The Hoosiers were limited to just 33 percent shooting from the field and turned the ball over 15 times.Though the Hoosiers have struggled this season, it has not been for a lack of production out of their two seniors, guard Tyra Buss and forward Amanda Cahill. Buss leads the team with 20.4 points per game, while Cahill leads in rebounds with 8.1 per game and is second in points per game with 13.7.“[Buss and Cahill are] so good, I don’t think we’re going to just not let them do anything,” McGuff said. “Just make them earn everything they get and try to limit them a little bit, but they’re going to score, they’re going to play well. We can’t let them go crazy because they’re capable of winning games by themselves, I think they’re that good.”Records don’t necessarily paint the whole picture, and that is the case with the Hoosiers, who have lost six of their last eight games. Of the Hoosiers’ ten losses, five have been by eight points or less. This will be the first opponent Ohio State plays twice this season.“We’re always focused, I feel like every time we show up in the gym we’re going to take their teams best shot, it’s just by virtue of who we are and kind of were we finished last year and what the expectations are for our team,” McGuff said “I know [Indiana] is going to play really well, they’re going to play hard, they’re going to be extremely prepared.”Ohio State forward and Indiana native Stephanie Mavunga said she will not let the emotions of returning to her home state affect her play.“The goals never change, you still want to get the win, you still wanna play hard, play smart, play together and just have fun out there,” Mavunga said.A Buckeye win against the Hoosiers will give them a 5-0 record for the ninth time in school history. read more

HANDBALL TALKS Who hid Budapest on the road to Croatia

TEXT: ZIKA BOGDANOVIC“My opinion is that Men’s and Women’s handball can be called “same sport” only in terms of size of the playing court”, said legendary player and Slovenian NT coach, Veselin Vujovic, a few weeks ago at handball conference in Belgrade during the celebration of 10th birthday of are lot of same or similar comments when handball people across the globe start talking about women’s handball called also “damen handball” as something not equal with the game of “14 strong warriors”.However, everyone can talk whatever they won’t about similarities and differences of boys and girls in handball. Even to underestimate efforts, technical or tactical  developments of female handball stars, investments in the clubs and number of the European teams who can be called “proffessional”. Everyone, but not people responsible to organize, develop and promote women’s handball across the globe.There are only two days in the whole year, when women’s handball has a clear chance to overcome popularity of men’s handball. One is the final of the major events – like World or European championship. The second one is the final of the Women’s EHF Champions League as premium product in our sport organized by European Handball Federation – the event which definitely raise marketing potential of the girls in our sport.Who decided to make Final4 in Budapest in time of important battles in qualifications for the Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia? Who is responsible for hiding the best of women’s handball from thousands of fans, players, journalists, who were linked with their national teams during the previous weekend? Who made such a huge mistake in making schedule of the season?Mistake that should never happen to handball – sport who has only few moments during the year to overcome size of loyal, but not too big handball family – mostly based in Europe. ← Previous Story Dujshebaev to resign – Polish president Krasnicki can’t confirm it Next Story → Uroš Vilovski scores first goal for Hungary read more

Over nine million people in Syria need outside help to survive

first_imgTHE UNITED NATIONS warned today of a major rise in homeless numbers in Syria, and called for greater UN Security Council pressure to seek access to the war-stricken nation.UN humanitarian chief Valerie Amos told the council that 9.3 million people now need outside help to survive, up from 6.8 million in September, and 6.5 million are now homeless inside the country, up from 4.25 million.The United Nations estimates more than 2.2 million people have fled to neighboring countries and the figure will be above three million by the end of the year.With neighbouring countries such as Jordan warning that they cannot cope with the influx, Amos appealed to the council for its “help and influence” to press for greater access to give assistance inside Syria.Food and medicineAmos said the council “should put its full political weight with both the regime and the opposition parties” to ensure that previous calls for access are carried out, Britain’s UN ambassador Mark Lyall Grant said after Amos gave a private briefing to the council.The humanitarian chief handed the council a letter which set out a call for greater pressure to back a statement agreed by the Security Council on 2 October calling on the government and opposition rebels to make it easier to provide food and medicines, diplomats said.Amos told the council that the Syria crisis “continues to deteriorate rapidly and inexorably,” said her spokeswoman Amanda Pitt.She “continues to press the council for their help and influence over those parties who can ensure the protection of civilians and civilian facilities; the safe passage of medical personnel and supplies; the safe and unhindered delivery of humanitarian assistance.”The 15-nation council is divided over the 32-month-old war which the UN says has left well over 100,000 dead.ResolutionWith Russia backing President Bashar al-Assad and western nations supporting the opposition rebels, the council has passed only one resolution on the conflict – one which ordered the destruction of Assad’s chemical weapons attack.Russia’s UN ambassador Vitaly Churkin told reporters he was not convinced that a binding resolution on the humanitarian crisis would work. He said “all countries should work on all sides” to improve access.Jordan and Lebanon have both appealed for greater international assistance to cope with growing numbers crossing the border.Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned on Sunday that his country may take special measures if action is not taken over the refugees.“Jordan currently hosts around 600,000 Syrian refugees – an issue that depletes our already limited resources and puts enormous pressure on our infrastructure,” the king said in a speech to parliament.“If the international community does not move quickly to help us shoulder the burdens of the Syrian crisis… Jordan is able to take measures to protect the interests of our people and country,” he said without elaborating.Refugee campThe UN refugee agency says there are 541,025 registered Syrian refugees in Jordan, including more than 100,000 in a camp at Zaatari near the border with Syria.The UN says there are more than 800,000 Syrian refugees registered in Lebanon. The government says there are more than 1.2 million.Jordan and Lebanon say the influx has put pressure on power and water supplies, health and education facilities and heightened social tensions as refugees battle locals for scarce jobs.- © AFP 2013.Read: Israeli warplanes carry out Syrian airstrike>Column: “Being caught with patients is like being caught with a weapon”>last_img read more

Western Digital acquires Hitachis hard drive business

first_imgThe number of hard drive manufacturers got a little bit smaller today as Hitachi has agreed to sell its storage business to the world’s second largest hard drive manufacturer and competitor Western Digital.Hitachi Global Storage Technologies (HGST) will become a part of Western Digital’s business. In return Western Digital is paying $3.5 billion in cash and offering Hitachi 25 million common shares worth $750 million, therefore valuing the HGST business at $4.25 billion.Regulatory approval is still required for the deal to be finalized, but as far as the two companies are concerned everything is settled and the transaction will complete in the third quarter of this year. It will also mean the Hitachi name will no longer be seen as branding on hard drives. Western Digital has stated it will rename the company as part of its own brand.HGST’s headquarters in Irvine, California will remain with their current president Steve Milligan becoming president of Western Digital and reporting to existing CEO John Coyne. The amount of shares being transferred as part of the deal also sees Hitachi take a 10% share in the WD going forward.Western Digital made the acquisition to allow for an expansion of its business. Coyne has stated that the HGST acquisition benefits their research and development, innovation capabilities, increases the range of products they can offer, and the size of the market they can cater to.With the acquisition Western Digital has definitely become a larger company giving it more room to move on pricing and therefore profit based on increased production capabilities. It will also allow it to compete with the largest hard drive manufacturer in the world, Seagate, on more even terms in the future.Read more at the Western Digital press releaselast_img read more

Airport concession ruling imminent

first_imgThe Greek Parliament is expected to approve the concession contracts of 14 regional airports set to be operated and upgraded by the Fraport-led consortium, following the Orthodox Christian Easter weekend.According to a report in Kathimerini, the draft law is almost ready and expected to include two concession contracts, each referring to seven airports, in relation to the the tender that was proclaimed by state privatisation fund TAIPED.To have reached such an advanced level, the Greek government is believed to have secured the approval of the country’s Competition Commission, in addition to the opinion of European Commission competition authorities that the contracts do not constitute a state subsidy.With people of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) and other civil servants preventing Fraport officials from entering the airports, the biggest obstacles reported at the terminals of Thessaloniki and Cephalonia airports, passing of the law is expected to ease pressure. Questions have emerged, as to who is in fact backing those preventing the entry of Fraport officials to the Makedonia Airport.While in Cephalonia’s case, protesters appear to have been encouraged by a so-called referendum carried out by the head of the Ionian Islands’ Regional Authority on the concession of the airports. Though an online poll showed 75 per cent of voters were against the concession, it was noted than only 3 per cent of the region’s 200,000 registered voters took part. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Disney releases first trailer for Frozen 2

first_img Jonathan Halvorson, Jonathan Halvorson Categories: Entertainment, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwitter (KUSI) – The teaser trailer for “Frozen 2” arrived on Wednesday, giving a peek of what viewers can expect in the highly anticipated sequel.Idina Menzel, Kristen Bell, Josh Gad and Jonathan Groff will reprise their roles, and the film will once again be directed by Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee.The original “Frozen” movie became a massive hit when it opened in 2013, earning over $1.3 billion at the worldwide box office, along with two Oscars.“Frozen 2” opens in U.S. theaters on Nov. 22, 2019. Disney releases first trailer for Frozen 2 Posted: February 13, 2019 February 13, 2019last_img read more

Clinton Stick with Obama

first_imgHere’s the full text to former President Bill Clinton’s speech to nominate Barack Obama at the Democratic National Convention in 2012.CHARLOTTE, N.C. — In an impassioned speech that rocked the Democratic National Convention, former President Bill Clinton proclaimed Wednesday night, “I know we’re coming back” from the worst economic mess in generations and appealed to hard-pressed Americans to stick with Barack Obama for a second term in the White House.Obama strode onstage as Clinton concluded his speech. The 42nd president bowed, and was pulled into an embrace by the 44th as thousands of delegates jammed into the convention hall roared their approval.Clinton, conceding that many struggling in a slow-recovery economy don’t yet feel improvement, said circumstances are indeed getting better, “and if you’ll renew the president’s contract you will feel it.” To more cheers, he said of Obama, “I want to nominate a man who is cool on the outside but who burns for America on the inside.”last_img read more

Buy Sell Hold What stocks are analysts tracking on March 20

first_imgIndian pedestrians walk on Dalal Street – Trader’s Street – next to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) in Mumbai on March 7, 2014.INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/Getty ImagesSGX Nifty, an early indicator of the Nifty 50’s trend in India, signals a weak start for the domestic markets after the benchmark Sensex plunged 252 points or 0.76 percent to close at 32,923 on Monday.Here are some of the stock recommendations by analysts for Tuesday:1. Shilpa MedicareMotilal Oswal recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 749Current stock price: Rs 490About the company: Shilpa Medicare produces and exports active pharmaceutical ingredients, fine chemicals, intermediates, herbal products, and specialty chemical products.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 24 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 35 times forward earnings. Shilpa Medicare has a market capitalization of Rs 39 billion.2. Federal BankReliance Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 150Current stock price: Rs 90About the company: Federal Bank operates branches and regional offices throughout India. The bank offers a wide range of financial services, including merchant banking, international banking and foreign exchange, among others.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 5 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 18 times forward earnings. Federal Bank has a market capitalization of Rs 179 billion.3. HCL TechCLSA recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 1,170Current stock price: Rs 926About the company: HCL Technologies provides software development and related engineering services. The group’s technologies utilize a variety of technologies, including Internet and e-commerce, networking, internet telephony, embedded software, among others.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 9 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 15 times forward earnings. HCL Tech has a market capitalization of Rs 1.3 trillion.4. Strides ShasunHDFC Securities recommends ‘Buy’Target Price: Rs 920Current stock price: Rs 696About the company: Strides Shasun operates as a pharmaceutical company. The company provides research and development of biotherapeutic drugs and devices including biosimilars, biobetters, novel formulations, and drug loaded devices.Stock Performance: The stock has lost 40 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 14 times forward earnings. Strides Shasun has a market capitalization of Rs 62 billion.5. Bharti InfratelJefferies recommends ‘Hold’Target Price: Rs 300Current stock price: Rs 334About the company: Bharti Infratel is a telecommunication infrastructure company. The company operates and provides telecommunication tower and related infrastructure services in India.Stock Performance: The stock has gained 13 percent in an year and has a P/E ratio of 25 times forward earnings. Bharti Infratel has a market capitalization of Rs 618 billion.Disclaimer: The recommendations provided by the research analysts are their own, and not that of the website or its management.last_img read more

Samsung to Put Spotlight on Augmented Reality at This Weeks Developer Conference

first_imgBut aside from such eye candy, Samsung is also going to use the event to highlight more cutting-edge AR developments. One of them is Project Whare, an AR cloud initiative the company quietly has been working on out of its Samsung Next incubator.Whare hasn’t been publicly announced yet; a Samsung spokesperson said that it would get a a “soft roll-out” at the conference, adding that it wanted to use the event to “uncover early market signals and feedback from potential audiences and industries.” The project has been described in job listings as a set of “cross platform developer services that will power multi-user, shared AR experiences and applications at scale” meant to “enable a new generation of augmented reality applications.”“This infrastructure will support all developers in the AR community with a shared global management platform for AR assets,” according to one such job listing.Samsung isn’t the only company working on such an AR cloud, with game developers like Niantic, tech giants like Google, AR headset manufacturers like Magic Leap and a number of smaller startups all working on the same basic idea: To take AR beyond simple phone camera filters, developers need to be able to make sense of the real world, store persistent digital information related to that world, and make it available to multiple users at the same time.AR cloud technologies like Project Whare help developers with to create such persistent AR experiences for phone-based apps, but Samsung is clearly already thinking beyond the phone.Samsung’s director of XR developer relations Farsh Fallah suggested during an appearance at the Virtual Reality Strategy conference in San Francisco last month that the company may show off a full-blown AR headset at the event. It’s unclear whether Samsung has any plans to actually turn this into a product aimed at consumers, but anything shown at the conference is likely to be a prototype.Samsung’s new focus on AR comes as the company moves its virtual reality efforts from phone-based technology to high-end headsets. The company released one of the industry’s very first mobile VR headsets, the Gear VR, in late 2014. It followed up with a number of iterations, and disclosed in early 2017 that it had sold over 5 million units of the device. Gear VR received its last major update in March of 2017. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Samsung will give us a first glimpse at its plans for augmented reality (AR) at a developer event this week. The company is expected to unveil an AR Cloud service dubbed Project Whare, and may even preview a dedicated AR headset.The Korean consumer electronics giant is holding its annual developer conference in San Francisco this Wednesday and Thursday, where it will focus on voice and artificial intelligence. Samsung even invited Spike Jonze, the director of everyone’s favorite dystopian AI film “Her,” to make its own fledging voice efforts look cool.But aside from voice, Samsung is also going to shine a spotlight on another nascent technology: augmented reality (AR). The conference’s schedule lists a total of six sessions related to the subject, with one promising attendees help to become “a superstar AR developer.”center_img Not one but two sessions go into details about how to create AR emoji for Samsung’s handsets, something that Disney done for some of its most popular characters. The company since partnered with Samsung on a high-end VR headset powered by an external PC, dubbed the Samsung Odyssey. An updated version of this headset was released last month, making it less likely that we will see significant VR hardware news at the event.However, VR won’t be completely absent from Samsung’s developer conference: Italian VR game studio Symmetrical revealed on Twitter Monday that it will show off its VR horror game “Gates of Nowhere: Inferno” with an arena-style multi-player setup.last_img read more