AAP plans to contest all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Punjab

first_imgAam Aadmi Party convener and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday said that the party will contest all the 13 parliamentary seats in Punjab in the polls due this year.“We will contest all the seats in Punjab in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. The AAP will bring the Delhi model of good governance in Punjab,” he told reporters in Sangrur.Addressing a rally at Barnala, Mr. Kejriwal said that there have been attempts to break the party but it was strong and united.‘Dalits betrayed’Hitting out at the ruling Congress government in the State, Mr. Kejriwal said that Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has betrayed the Dalits and backward classes besides farmers and the unemployed youth.“Not just the Congress party but the previous Parkash Singh Badal-led Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government also never cared and suppressed the rights of the Dalits, backward classes and poor people,” he alleged.Mr. Kejriwal also accused the Congress government of failing to keep its promises made during the Assembly elections in 2017. “Not even a single promise made by Capt. Amarinder has been fulfilled. Be it complete farm loan waiver or employment for the youth. Neither people are getting employment nor any one had got the smart phone as promised during the Assembly poll campaign.”last_img read more

Former IPL chairman Lalit Modi loses appeal against 90,000-pound compensation to Chris Cairns

first_imgFormer Indian Premier League (IPL) chairman Lalit Modi has lost his appeal against the 90,000 pound libel award to former New Zealand cricketer Chris Cairns over unfounded accusations of match-fixing.The Guardian reported that three judges in the Court of Appeal, headed by the Lord Chief Justice Lord Judge, said the “awards were proportionate to the seriousness of the allegation and its direct impact on Cairns himself — and would serve to vindicate his reputation”.The 42-year-old Cairns had sued Modi over an “unequivocal allegation” on Twitter in January 2010. Modi had tweeted that the New Zealander was removed from the IPL auction list because of his involvement in alleged match-fixing. Cairns said that Modi’s tweet turned his achievements to “dust”.Earlier this year in March, Justice David Bean gave the verdict in favour of Cairns, saying Modi had “singularly failed” to provide any reliable evidence of Cairns’ involvement in match-fixing or spot-fixing.last_img read more

Topless Tongan eyes unique Olympic treble

first_img(FILES) In this file photo taken on February 25, 2018 Tonga’s Pita Taufatofua attends the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium. – Taufatofua — the bare-chested flag bearer who became an online sensation at both the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympics — plans to break out the baby oil once again and compete at the Tokyo Games in 2020. (Photo by Jonathan NACKSTRAND / AFP)Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua — the bare-chested flag-bearer who became an online sensation at both the Rio and Pyeongchang Olympics — plans to break out the baby oil once again and compete at the Tokyo Games in 2020.After traveling to Brazil as a taekwondo fighter and South Korea as a cross-country skier, Taufatofua is aiming to paddle his way to the Tokyo Olympics as a kayaker.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I’m trying to be the first person in the modern Olympics to do three unrelated sports,” said the 35-year-old, who will also attempt to compete again in taekwondo in Japan.“You’ll have indoor sports, winter with the cross country skiing and water,” he told AFP.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“I grew up in a kayak on the ocean, so it’s not such a big leap for me.”Taufatofua first captured global attention when he appeared at the Rio opening ceremony shirtless in 2016, his torso glistening in oil and wearing just a traditional Tongan ta’ovala mat around his waist. LATEST STORIES PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss After the ceremony he went viral, racking up 45 million mentions on Twitter and later appearing on US talk shows.He repeated his performance two years later at Pyeongchang, this time risking frostbite in sub-zero temperatures.Brisbane-born but fiercely proud of his Tongan heritage, Taufatofua had been practicing taekwondo for 15 years before the Rio Games.Qualifying for Pyeongchang was a much more bizarre affair. Not only had Taufatofua never skied before, but he’d also only seen snow once in his life.‘Not scared of failing’ADVERTISEMENT He made it after completing a training regime that included strapping planks of wood to his feet, in an attempt to recreate the rigors of cross-country skiing in sweltering Australian heat.Preparation for the 200-meter kayak sprint in Tokyo has been no less madcap, with Taufatofua starting his bid for Olympic glory paddling a plastic toy canoe — the only vessel he had available.He now has a proper kayak but it weighs 40 kilograms (88 pounds) and, compared to the sleek 10-kilogram Olympic vessels, more closely resembles a bathtub.“I’ve sat on a race kayak and I’m struggling just to even balance on the thing at the moment,” he said.“Maybe in time we’ll get the right kayak but for now we don’t have the funds.”He faces a tough challenge to reach Tokyo. He needs to either finish in the top five at the World Championships in Hungary in August, or win outright at the Oceania qualifiers against seasoned rivals from Australia and New Zealand.Taufatofua was eliminated in the first round of the taekwondo competition in Rio and finished 114th out of 119 in his event in Pyeongchang.But results are not the prime motivation for the personable engineering graduate, who works with homeless children when not pursuing quixotic sporting quests.“I’m not scared of coming last, I’m not scared of failing in front of everyone,” he said.“That gives me freedom to allow myself to try. It’s about what’s the next level that we can try and achieve.” Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Taufatofua’s Olympic adventures are not for everyone. His tilt at the winter Games left some established skiers decidedly off-piste.“I think he looks better covered in oil than with skis on his feet,” sniffed one Norwegian Olympic champion.The kayaking fraternity have been more welcoming, with the International Canoe Federation tweeting its support.“We are very excited to have @pitaTofua choose our sport to target a potential third Olympics! It will be a tough road, but if anyone can do it…,” it posted.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Tim Tebow struggling in Triple-A, still a work in progresslast_img read more

Boxing: Roman Gonzalez vs Juan Estrada rematch in works for Superfly 3

first_imgAlso Read…Boxing: Carl Frampton to fight Luke Jackson at The Windsor Park on August 18 AdvertisementSuperfly 3 on HBO will be happening on September 8th at The Forum in Los Angeles according to promoter Tom Loeffler. However, Srisaket Sor Rungvisai will not be on the card.Rungvisai has been rumored to have been having some mental issues, going through a personal matter in his life. There was a chance that he would not make the trip to America to fight on the card and rematch Juan Francisco Estrada.According to Loeffler that may not be the case instead Rungvisai has elected to fight in Thailand, he will be back to fight in the states next year. Now, that leaves Estrada without an opponent and rumors are swirling on who will step in and take Rungvisai’s place.Roman “Chocolatito” Gonzalez could be the replacement for Rungvisai. If true he could face Estrada in a rematch. Gonzalez beat Estrada back in 2012 by unanimous decision. The bout took place at flyweight for the WBA title. Advertisementlast_img read more

iPhone-like Oppo R9’s fingerprint scanner to unlock in 0.2 seconds

first_imgChinese company Oppo has claimed that its upcoming phone R9’s fingerprint scanner will be capable of unlocking the phone in just 0.2 seconds. Earlier, it had hinted that the phone would be ideal for making mobile payments although it’s not clear whether it would be launching its own payments service. The R9 is expected to be launched by the company on March 17, and if images (of the phone) from Chinese certification website TENAA are to be gone by then it could look a lot like the iPhone.Not long ago, HTC had brought out a phone (the One A9) that oddly resembled the iPhone 6. Looks like Oppo is apparently following suit. In fact, images leaked on TENAA suggest that the R9 looks closer to an iPhone 6 than HTC’s offering.Oppo’s R9 is said to feature a 5.5-inch 1080p AMOLED screen.  It will be powered by a 1.95 GHz octa-core processor coupled with 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory (expandable). The dualSIM phone will run Android 5.1 Lollipop and sport 16-megapixel cameras on the front and back. It will be backed by a 2,850 mAh battery.At the same time, rumour has it that Oppo may launch a plus-sized variant of the R9, tipped to be called the R9 Plus. It is said to have a 6-inch 1080p AMOLED display and a 1.8 GHz octa-core processor with 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal memory (expandable). It is also said to sport a 16-megapixel camera on the rear and front. It will use a 4,120 mAh battery.advertisementlast_img read more

The Manual Awards: The Best of Portland, Oregon

first_img How to Make a Rye Whiskey Smash Editors’ Recommendations The Best CBD Coffee Brands for Energy Without the Jitters This is the first year The Manual is giving awards to our favorite spots in eight cities across America that we think are doing great things for their neighbors, town and overall community.  Winners were chosen both by writer’s opinions as well as readers who could vote on The Manual’s Facebook page. Winners will receive a decal to mount in their establishment as well as exposure on the site and on social media. We are excited to take this trip across America with our friends at the leather and lifestyle brand, Moore & Giles. Enjoy! Why not kick off our awards with our own hometown. Portland, Oregon is where our parent company, DigitalTrends.com is based and where The Manual spends a lot of quality time. The city is known worldwide for its forward thinking concepts in everything from city planning to beer making.Here are our favorite places in PDX.Best Restaurant:Woodsman TavernOpened by Stumptown Coffee owner, Duane Sorenson, the tavern is wood paneled and chocked full of scenic mountain landscapes framed above the booths. Yes, it’s a little lumber-sexual and we like it that way. Go for the Pacific Coast oysters, go for Fried Chicken with local bee honey and swill down their version of a Manhattan, The Hunter.Best Bar:Bit House SaloonWhile we hosted one helluva cocktail party here, the saloon has been getting many mug clinks from the locals. Why? Thanks to the owner, celebrated barman Jesse Card’s meticulously thought out beverage and food menus. Located in a historical building on the eastside, you may find a smoked fig in your drink and an Armadillo egg on your plate. And you will like it.Best Coffee Shop:See See Motor Coffee ShopWe are fans of biker bars, but biker coffee shops? Only in the City of Roses! ‘Engines & Espressos all under one roof’ as they describe it. Here you can get your morning motoring with coffee from Stumptown and pastries by Roman Candle Bakery. If it couldn’t get any better you can even get a locally crafted hot dog with your order, or save it for later of course.Best Local Brew:BreaksideBreakside has been hauling in the awards ever since their first pour in 2010. How about a Bourbon Barrel-Aged Aztec? A Passionfruit Sour? A Gin Barrel-Aged Sour Double Wit with Kaffir Lime? It’s all rather mind boggling to imagine so get thee to either their Milwaukie brewery or their Dekum Pub and savor the foamy goodness all for yourself. Their beers are not available nation wide just yet, so tasting these in situ can be a real treat.Best Shop:Made Here PDXThe only thing wrong with this shop is that they haven’t taken their concept across the country. This shop is a poster child of what should be done in every innovative city to support local brands. You can find everything from six-pack carriers from Walnut, soaps by Roots, Hot Winter Hot Sauce and Oak Bottom Forge knives. There is also awesome apparel, home wares and kitchen items that shouldn’t be missed.Best Barber Shop:Rooks TraditionalClassic barbers are hot again and we couldn’t be happier. Opened in 2009 by Justin King, Rooks has three locations in Portland and every barber has a great reputation and provides a stellar cut (and shave!) with zero pretension.  Added bonus: they may offer you an IPA while you wait or you may even get a free shot (if you are 21 or older of course). Now that’s the way to finish off a great cut.Best Local Brand:DannerWhile Portland has a plethora of amazing brands based there, Danner really stands out to us. Established in 1932 by Charles Danner in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, Danner moved his family out to Portland in 1936 to sell to the logging industry known as the ‘Shipyard Boot’. When President Kennedy declared exercise a good thing, the country began hiking and Danner launched into hiking boots. Today they still produce quality hiking, fishing, hunting and work boots from their Portland based factory. We are big fans of their recrafting too. They will replace an outsole, rework the leather or restitch the seams of your boots so you can keep on hiking for years to come. The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches The Best American Liqueur The Most Unique Collaboration Beers in the U.S. last_img read more

Helpline numbers for JK residents outside announced

first_imgNew Delhi: In view of the tense situation in Kashmir and upcoming Eid festival, Srinagar District Magistrate Shahid Choudhary on Thursday announced helpline numbers for residents of Jammu and Kashmir living outside for assistance in travelling back home and contacting relatives in Kashmir. “DC Office #Srinagar has established two helplines 9419028242, 9419028251. Residents/Students outside state can contact. Families back home are also using these lines to reach out,” he tweeted. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Choudhary also said that for passengers in transit, ‘langars’ have been set up, and accommodation and transport arranged. “Special trains/coaches from Udhampur/Jammu have been coordinated in view of large number of workers including those going home on Eid. DTM Mr Chetan coordinating. +919797532910,” he added. “Workers intending to visit homes in other states are being facilitated. 56 buses carrying 1940 passengers moved yesterday. More today,” Choudhary said in another tweet. He said more than 300 vehicles are pressed for the movement of students from various districts of Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh and outside the region. Kashmir has been on lockdown since Sunday and all communication services in the region have been blocked, including cellular network, landline, mobile internet, and broadband connectivity.last_img read more

Keanu Reeves CarrieAnne Moss return for Matrix 4

first_imgLos Angeles: Actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning for the fourth installment of the “Matrix” franchise, which will be helmed by Lana Wachowski. Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth science fiction film set in the world of “The Matrix,” with Reeves and Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively, reports variety.com. Production company Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement on Tuesday. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “We could not be more excited to be re-entering ‘The Matrix’ with Lana,” said Emmerich. “Lana is a true visionary — a singular and original creative filmmaker — and we are thrilled that she is writing, directing and producing this new chapter in ‘The Matrix’ universe,” he added. In addition to Wachowski, the script was also written by Aleksandar Hemon and David Mitchell. According to sources, the film is expected to begin production in the beginning of 2020. Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna Warner Bros. has been trying for the last of couple years to find a way to get back into “The Matrix” universe, but a hold-up over producing rights slowed the project down. The plot details of the film are currently under wraps, as is how the role of Morpheus will be handled, originally played by Laurence Fishburne. According to sources, Fishburne’s role may be recast for a younger take. The three previous installments — “The Matrix,” “The Matrix Reloaded” and “The Matrix Revolutions” — have collectively earned more than $1.6 billion at the global box-office. “Many of the ideas Lilly and I explored 20 years ago about our reality are even more relevant now. I’m very happy to have these characters back in my life and grateful for another chance to work with my brilliant friends,” Wachowski said. The first installment of the “Matrix” franchise released in 1999. It told the story of A computer programmer, who has to fight an underground war against powerful computers who have constructed his entire reality with a system called the Matrix.last_img read more

3 apprehended for threatening restaurant owner

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhi Police on Monday said that they have arrested a youth and apprehended two juveniles for demanding extortion money from a restaurant owner in Outer-North district.Police identified the accused as 19-year-old Rhythm. He was arrested from Rohini. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer-North) Gaurav Sharma said that on July 18 the complainant (restaurant owner) reported that someone who introduced himself as Fajja, has called him and threatened him of dire consequences if he does not pay extortion money of Rs 50 lakhs. He received the calls but refused to give in. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”After a few hours, one unknown person fired in front of complainant’s restaurant. Thereafter, they called him again and told him that if do not pay the amount the next target will be his family,” police said. DCP Sharma said that the team of special staff started working on the case and initially found that the phone with which the call has been made was snatched just a few hours ago before making extortion calls. “The phone owner was contacted who revealed that two persons on a bike have snatched his mobile phone and ran away. After making efforts a sketch of the accused persons was got prepared,” police said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsOn July 20, the accused persons again fired several shots at the house and the restaurant of the complainant. Meanwhile, the complainant again received a call from the same person on August 5 who again threatened him of dire consequences. Again this time the phone was found to be a snatched one. It was found that just a few hours ago before making extortion call it was snatched from Rohini. “With the help of sources, we came to know about the movement of the accused persons with Bullet motorcycle. Later they were apprehended,” police said.last_img read more

Abhishek shoots gold in 1st WC final secures Olympic quota

first_imgBeijing: Leading the final from beginning to end, Abhishek Verma secured India’s fifth Olympic quota place in shooting, winning the 10m air pistol gold medal at the ISSF World Cup here Saturday. Shooting in his maiden International Shooting Sport Federation World Cup final, the lawyer-turned-shooter led the field throughout the men’s 10m air pistol event to clinch the top spot with a total score of 242.7. Russia’s Artem Chernousov took silver with a total of 240.4 points in the eight-man final. Korea’s Seungwoo Han finished with a bronze after shooting 220.0 in the final. Also Read – We will push hard for Kabaddi”s inclusion in 2024 Olympics: RijijuSon of a siting judge, Verma showcased his class in what was only his first ISSF World Cup final. The Indians have sealed five quota places for the Tokyo Olympics so far with young Saurabh Chaudhary clinching one in 10m air pistol event at the ISSF World Cup in New Delhi earlier this year. With this, India have clinched both their quotas in this event. Incidentally, Verma made his World Cup debut in New Delhi but failed to qualify for the final at home. Also Read – Djokovic to debut against Shapovalov at Shanghai MastersIn the Chinese capital on Saturday, Verma shot a total of 585 points to qualify for the final at the fourth spot. He was the only Indian who progressed to the final with Shahzar Rizvi and Arjun Singh Cheema finishing 32nd and 54th respectively. Verma, who had won a bronze medal in the 10m air pistol event during his India debut at the Asian Games, does not have much international exposure, making the feat even more creditable. This was his fourth big final in less than nine months and a third international medal in his very first year. He was on the job from the word go, evident from a score of 97 in his first qualifying series. He shot a 100 in the fourth and finished with 98 and 97 for a qualification round score of 585, his best in a short international career. The total placed him in a comfortable fourth place in the 97-strong field. Park Daehun of Korea topped the field with a 586. The final eight comprised names such as former Olympic champion Pang Wei of China, world championship silver medallist and world number two Artem Chernusov of Russia as well as experienced campaigners and multiple ISSF medallists like Oleh Omelchuk of Ukraine and Yusuf Dikec of Turkey among others. Verma, however, remained unfazed and pulled off a comfortable victory in the end. In the day’s other events, Manu Bhaker was the best-placed Indian shooter after the precision stage of the women’s 25m pistol qualifications round. She shot 291 to be four points behind the leader in 14th spot while Asian Games champion Rahi Sarnobat’s effort of 288 put her in 29th place. Chinki Yadav shot 284 to lie in 57th spot. All three Indians in the women’s 50m rifle 3 positions (3P) event also comfortably sailed through their elimination round and will shoot the qualifying round on Sunday, which is also the concluding day of competitions. On Friday, Rajasthan’s 17-year-old teenager Divyansh Singh Panwar on Friday secured India’s fourth Olympic quota place by winning silver in 10m air rifle event. This is India’s fifth 2020 Tokyo Olympic quota after Anjum Moudgil and Apurvi Chandela (10m air rifle women), Saurabh Choudhary (10m Air Pistol men) and Divyansh had secured berths in the earlier World Cups and last year’s World Saurabh Chaudhary was fielded in the MQS category earlier in the day to boost the chances of another Olympic quota place for India.last_img read more

EC orders repolling in one booth in West Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission has ordered repolling in one polling booth in West Bengal’s Bankura parliamentary constituency on May 19, an official said. The constituency had voted in the sixth phase of polls on May 12. As per the notice on Friday, the EC has ordered the repoll in Chhatarkanali Prathamik Vidyalaya that falls under the Saltora assembly segment. The booth will go for the polls from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. along with the seventh phase elections for nine seats. There are 1,936 polling stations in Bankura parliamentary constituencylast_img

CESE Promoting Reading in Morocco is an Urgent Necessity

Rabat – Morocco’s Social Economic and Environmental Council (CESE) says that a concerted national strategy must be established to promote reading throughout life.The report, entitled “Promoting Reading, an Urgency and Necessity” recommends that national conferences be held to develop integrated and shared public policy that promotes reading.Additionally, CESE proposed that local authorities across Morocco set aside a budget to promote reading, as well as to promote the production and distribution of books by putting in place incentives to support the publishing sector. CESE said incentives such as prizes and grants to various categories for Moroccan authors must be established. CESE added that regular reading activities must be promoted in the school system, on top of writing a national reading week into the annual calendar.The Council also called for the development of a national network of local public libraries, as well as encouraging the private sector to invest in school libraries and cultural centers, and creating reading spaces in all places of worship.To ensure access to reading resources to those from all backgrounds, CESE recommends free online libraries be established. They also recommend a national initiative to promote startups involved in the creation of dedicated digital tools and applications, in order to engage more people to reading. These tools would take into account the particular needs of people with reading difficulties or special needs.Why is reading in Morocco important?In Morocco, illiteracy is still prevalent, with 32.2% of Morocco’s population older than 10 years of age being considered illiterate. Illiteracy affects women more than men. 42.1% of Moroccan women and 22.1% of men were recorded as illiterate in 2014.Rural populations are also more affected, with 57% of illiterate people coming from rural areas as opposed to the lower percentage of 43% from urban areas.Although literacy has seen a dramatic rise in recent years, with an increase of 12% between 2009 and 2015, there is still a long way to go. CESE’s report found that Moroccan society is still marked by inadequate reading levels.CESE believes this is caused by a combination of factors, including family environment and socio-economic background, which play an important role in the reading level of children. According to CESE, these factors also have a detrimental effect on the persistence of illiteracy and the lack of school and public libraries or other dedicated reading spaces.Adding to this, CESE says, is the lack of involvement of local authorities in promoting reading as well as low productivity of the publishing sector, the regression of bookstores, and a weakening of the book market.How much time do Moroccans spend reading?A survey conducted by Morocco’s High Commission for Planning (HCP) from 2011-2012 and released in January of this year, analyzed how Moroccans spend their free time. The study found that Moroccans over the age of 15 only spend an average of 2 minutes a day reading.For children, the rate was even lower, with an average of just one minute a day. Instead, children devote 3 hours daily to watching television, accounting for 43.6 percent of their free time on average.Government strides to increase literacyMorocco’s National Agency Against Illiteracy (ANLCA), set up in 2013 to address the problem nationwide, has been making strides to reduce illiteracy. ANLCA has put in place a national strategy against illiteracy, aiming to reduce illiteracy rates to 10% by 2026, as well as supporting organizations across Morocco that work towards ensuring access to education.ANLCA runs workshops for teachers and provides training modules to support children and adults in achieving literacy, prioritizing actions for women, children, and people in rural areas.It has also created an app, “Alpha Nour,” to teach basic literacy, and in May, it launched the Center for Literacy Resources and Expertise (CREA), a virtual platform on which to share training modules.ANLCA’s goal is for 1,050,000 more people to achieve literacy every year.Read also: 550,000 Visitors Attended the 25th Casablanca International Book Fair read more

Billionaire victim advocate faces hearing in Vegas drug case

LAS VEGAS — A judge says she’ll decide next month if a California tech billionaire and victim rights advocate should stand trial on felony drug trafficking charges after authorities say he was found in a Las Vegas Strip hotel room with briefcases full of drugs.Las Vegas Justice of the Peace Karen Bennett-Haron on Thursday scheduled a June 25 preliminary hearing in the case involving Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Nicholas III and co-defendant Ashley Fargo.Their attorneys, David Chesnoff and David Brown, deny Nicholas and Fargo committed any crime.Police reported finding Fargo unconscious at the Encore resort last August with cases containing marijuana, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine and tablets identified as ecstasy.Chesnoff points to Nicholas’ philanthropy and funding of campaigns for states to adopt so-called “Marsy’s Law” victims’ rights bills.The Associated Press read more

Cable and wireless pressures could prompt Rogers to lower its 2012 outlook

Rogers Communications Inc. could lower its 2012 financial guidance due to competitive pressures in its cable and wireless divisions when the company reports its second-quarter earnings on Tuesday.Analysts from Desjardins Financial and UBS Investment Research said Rogers is facing pressure on its revenues and the Toronto multimedia company has already cut costs.Given Rogers’ growing footprint overlap with Bell Fibe, we believe the cable business has a higher risk of negative surprise than the wireless business“Given the trends seen so far this year — weak media metrics, pressure on the cable business and continued pressure in wireless — it is possible that Rogers will lower its guidance for 2012,” Desjardins analyst Maher Yaghi said in a research note.“The introduction of a significant cost-cutting initiative could allow the company to maintain its guidance,” Yaghi said.Rogers has cut almost 700 jobs so far this year.The company has forecast an adjusted operating profit of between $4.73-billion to $4.91-billion in 2012. Rogers has forecast wireless network revenue of between $6.65-million to $6.8-million and cable revenue of $3.38-million to $3.4-million.[np-related]But UBS analyst Phillip Huang noted that Rogers’ management has acknowledged that pressures on revenues, for both wireless and cable, have been greater than anticipated. He said the company’s new chief financial officer Anthony Staffieri is already on a cost-cutting mission.“With Mr. Staffieri as the new CFO, management has accelerated cost reduction initiatives to sustain operating profits and cash flows,” Huang wrote in a note.“Nonetheless, we see high likelihood of management lowering guidance. We note that consensus estimates are already 1.5 per cent to three per cent below the mid-point of current guidance.”Huang said Rogers’ cable division could take a hit.“Given Rogers’ growing footprint overlap with Bell Fibe, we believe the cable business has a higher risk of negative surprise than the wireless business.”In its first quarter, Rogers said it lost 7,000 cable customers in a highly competitive period with Bell’s IPTV service. Huang said at that time the loss of subscribers was not a “one-off event” and he predicted Rogers will lose 86,000 cable subscribers in 2012.Rogers has said it hopes to get increased revenues from its mobile banking initiative, Internet-connected devices such as parking meters and machines and other business services.Analysts’ estimates compiled by Thomson Reuters expected revenue of $3.14-billion for its second quarter. Earnings per share were estimated at 87 cents. Both estimates have the company performing slightly better than the year-ago quarter.Toronto-based Rogers is Canada’s largest cable TV operator and wireless operator and is a major magazine publisher, TV and radio broadcaster and owner of the Toronto Blue Jays.It also owns a slate of print magazines including Maclean’s and Chatelaine.Major telecom Telus reports its second quarter results on Aug. 3 and BCE on Aug. 8. read more

On International Day UN agency urges hope healing dignity for fistula sufferers

“With strong political leadership, investment and action, we can end this scourge in our lifetime,” the Executive Director of the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), Babatunde Osotimehin, said in his message for the Day. “Join us in standing with the world’s poorest, most marginalized women and girls.” Obstetric fistula is a hole in the birth canal caused by obstructed labour. Women who experience obstetric fistula suffer constant incontinence, shame, social segregation and health problems. The condition, which affects between 50,000 and 100,000 new women and girls each girl, is believed to be largely avoided by delaying the first age of pregnancy, avoiding harmful traditional practices, and receiving medical attention in time. That, unfortunately, was not the case for Nachilango Bisolomo in Malawi. She married early and was pregnant by the age of 18, before her pelvis fully developed. After a long and difficult labour, her baby died, and Ms. Bisolomo was left with a fistula. She changed her name from Nasiwelo to Nachilango, meaning “one who has been punished.” Like many survivors, she felt embarrassed and alienated: “My life has been hell.” After 46 years, Ms. Bisolomo had her fistula repaired at a clinic supported by UNFPA. “I don’t intend to change my name when I go back, despite being healed,” she told UNFPA from her hospital bed, “because I want to still be an example to many that this condition can be cured. In his message for the Day, Mr. Osotimehin noted women like Ms. Bisolomo, as well as two women whom he has known personally who underwent the procedure at the ages of 83 and 77. “I have no words to describe the sense of hope, healing and restored dignity for that this treatment provided,” he said, “foremost to these two women, but also to their loved ones.” In recognition of women who have endured this condition for decades, this year’s theme is ‘Hope, healing and dignity for all’ with a special focus on those most left behind, excluded and shunned by society. VIDEO: In Mozambique, a country with one of the highest rates of child marriage and maternal mortality in the world, efforts are underway to ensure all young girls enjoy their right to equality read more

Basketballs Other 3Point Revolution

The Steph Curry Pull-Up Vigil has been going on for weeks now.Curry is the pagan god of long-range pull-ups, a shot that doesn’t seem to have a place in a league obsessed with efficiency. But over the last three seasons, Curry has made it work anyway, leading the league in pull-up threes — taken and made — and hitting them about 40 percent of the time. But this season he got off to a slow start, making 21.4 percent of his pull-up threes in December, and today he’s sitting at 33.3 percent, just a hair below Russell Westbrook’s mark. Curry’s swoon is hard to explain, but he’s shooting 43.3 percent in his last 10 games and 48.5 in his last five. Smart money says he’ll be just fine.Glance at that pull-up leaderboard, though, and you’ll notice that Curry’s seat hasn’t been vacated, it’s been overtaken. Where just a few years ago Curry was the unrivaled king of pumping efficient points out of a traditionally inefficient well, today an armful of players are doing convincing Steph impersonations off the bounce.The logic against the pull-up three is simple: It’s far, far easier to shoot a spot-up jumper than it is to shoot off the dribble, and it’s far, far easier to find an open look by moving without the ball than it is while holding the ball. This is why most modern offenses are built to work the ball around to players in motion off the ball, looking for an open catch-and-shoot three, preferably from the corner. If the goal of an offense is to seek the most efficient shots, and the best offenses are chasing spot-up threes, then the alternative is clearly less than ideal.The argument in favor of the shot is somehow even simpler: If it goes in, it’s unstoppable. For a player with a certain set of skills, it’s a shot that’s both always available and always open.For the last three seasons, Curry has been unstoppable. For all the intricacies and nuance built into the Warriors’ offense, the single most unguardable piece of it was always Curry pulling up from 30 feet or sliding around a ball screen and flicking up a jumper. Fans, announcers and coaches all learned to recite the Steph Curry mantra: That’s a bad shot if anyone else takes it. Except, increasingly, it isn’t.This season, 26 players are taking at least two pull-up threes per game, up from 17 in 2013-14 and 21 last season. Of the guys taking at least two per game this season, 12 are hitting at least 36 percent (the league average for all threes), up from five in ’13-14. Kemba Walker is taking 4.5 per game and hitting 37.3 percent; Kyle Lowry is taking 4.1 per game and hitting 41.5; James Harden is making less than 32 percent of his, but he’s taking 6.4 a game, tied for the most in the four years the NBA has kept track of pull-ups. We can’t write off this wave of Steph-like gunners who have emerged as mere early-season noise this deep into the schedule. These players aren’t just taking Curry’s signature shots — they’re making a good number of them as well. And that says something about the way teams are approaching modern offense.Not many players can approximate the totality of Steph Curry, but they can emulate him piecemeal. The Rockets, for instance, are shooting from the parking lot this year, distorting the basic shapes of NBA defenses. And while not many teams can duplicate the ball movement of Houston or Cleveland — movement that sets up all those open threes — a good number of them have a guy who can shake his man and rise up for a three. In a league dominated by the long ball, teams seem to be coming around to the idea that sometimes one player can make his own shot, especially if the guy can hit it regularly.The shift in the league’s approach is noticeable at the team level as much as at the player level. In 2013-14, teams averaged 5.1 pull-up threes per game; by last season, that had climbed to 5.9 per game, and this season we’re up at 6.6. A shot and a half per game doesn’t sound like a lot, but that represents an increase of about 30 percent. For context, compare that to what’s happened during the league’s “scoring explosion” — that has come with just a 25 percent rise in overall 3-point attempts over the same four seasons. As teams try to cram ever more threes into each game, a little revolution within the revolution is changing the ways that these shots are created. Hero ball is allowed back on the court, so long as it’s at the 3-point line.This spike in pull-ups isn’t just about the NBA’s faster, rip-and-run style of play these days. When I looked at numbers for the traditional image of a pull-up three — a point guard dribbling the leather off of the ball 30 feet from the rim for ages, only to pull up from deep without ever sniffing the paint — I still saw an uptick in volume and performance. Eleven players are taking at least one three per game on plays where they took seven or more dribbles before the shot (that’s the proxy we’re using for half-court, rather than transition, shots). Six of them are shooting at least 40 percent. Back in 2013-14, those numbers were seven and three.Because the NBA only has reliable data on pull-ups for a few seasons, it’s tough to say how much of this comes down to luck from year to year, like a player’s BABIP in baseball. Walker went from shooting 31.9, 25.6, and 32.2 percent on pull-up threes in years past to 37.3 so far this season; Lowry was a mid-30s guy until this season, when he’s jumped up to 41.5 percent; Kyrie Irving has consistently been in the high 30s to low 40s, except last season, when he slumped badly to 29.1. The individual players peaking from season to season can and likely will shift around. But even with a revolving-door cast, the trend can live on. If it does, it might just give the 3-point revolution a little more flavor.Whether it’s the razzle-dazzle of Curry’s Shammgod or Kemba’s UTEP two-step, or Westbrook hitting the handbrake and going from top speed to perfectly perpendicular in one bounce, or LeBron and Harden casually walking into an unblockable shot, the pull-up done right is a beautiful thing. And if its most proficient practitioners have reached a point where we can reclaim it from the analytics-say-it’s-bad graveyard, perhaps NBA fans won’t be so quick to mourn the next time Steph Curry has a bad December. read more

Disabled passengers left stranded on planes will not get compensation says Heathrow

first_imgHeathrow Airport’s chief executive has said disabled passengers who are left stranded on planes will not get compensation, after BBC journalist Frank Gardner complained of being stuck after staff misplaced his wheelchair.CEO John Holland-Kaye said: “I don’t think it’s reasonable that we should take financial responsibility,” and set a 20-minute target in which disabled passengers should be helped off the plane after landing.He told BBC Five Live disabled passengers should be able to leave the plane “20 minutes after everybody else has got off.”Mr Gardner said he was left waiting for 100 minutes because his wheelchair had been misplaced by ground staff, and claimed Heathrow would not act to change its treatment of disabled people without a financial penalty.The chief executive said in this case, the wheelchair had been mislabeled, and that was why it was taken to the correct place. The BBC’s security correspondent lost the use of his legs in 2004 after being shot six times by militants while reporting in Saudi Arabia.On Saturday morning, when he landed at the London airport, his wheelchair was mistakenly taken to the terminal instead of to the plane door. Grateful to CEO of @HeathrowAirport John H-K for listening patiently today to what disabled passengers encounter thru UK airports. We’ve identified 3 areas where improvements can be made. A good start.— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) March 25, 2018 He tweeted: “That is your legs gone. It is a basic human right.”Mr Gardner explained: “I am so utterly sick of @HeathrowAirport ground staff ‘losing’ my wheelchair.”Over 70 mins after landing back from Ethiopia I’m still stuck on an empty plane while they try to find it Just when is UK’s premier airport going to stop treating disabled passengers this way?”The journalist said the airport has a “casual disregard” for disabled passengers and said it was “a disgrace to British airports.”A Heathrow spokesman said: “We apologise unreservedly if the service Mr Gardner received today fell short of the experience we aim to provide to our passengers.”We are working with the responsible airline to investigate what went wrong in this case.” I am so utterly sick of @HeathrowAirport ground staff ‘losing’ my wheelchair. Over 70 mins after landing back from Ethiopia I’m still stuck on an empty plane while they try to find it Just when is UK’s premier airport going to stop treating disabled passengers this way? pic.twitter.com/f84wXCgXKB— Frank Gardner (@FrankRGardner) March 24, 2018 He said Heathrow Airport is “committed to making sure that any passengers travelling through Heathrow will have a good experience, and will be treated with dignity and respect.””We want to be seen as the best airport in the world for passenger service. We’ve made huge improvements, but clearly we have more to do, and I’m committed to doing that.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Talks between ministers farmers break down

first_imgTalks between four ministers and unionists representing farmers who have been pushing for tax breaks and other concessions broke down, prompting producers to herald further protest action.Finance Minister Yannis Stournaras, who met the farmers along with his counterparts holding the labor, agriculture and environment portfolios, said that the government “listened to the farmers’ demands” but noted that the “possibilities, within the constricting fiscal framework, are small.”“Nevertheless, efforts are continuing,” Stournaras told reporters.He said the government aimed to offer farmers a special card that would give them discounts on a special consumption tax on fuel and was also considering introducing legislation that would allow all farmers to retire after 40 years of service.Unionists were less positive. “The government gave us nothing,” said Vangelis Boutas, who heads the association of farmers from Karditsa in central Greece. “For us this is a struggle for survival; we will scale up our action,” he said, referring to the roadside blockades that farmers have been holding for several weeks in a bid to wrest concessions.Last Friday Prime Minister Antonis Samaras met with protesting farmers and expressed satisfaction after talks, fueling hopes of a resolution to the impasse. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Le Solar Impulse tente à nouveau de rejoindre Paris

first_imgLe Solar Impulse tente à nouveau de rejoindre ParisAprès une tentative avortée samedi, l’avion suisse propulsé à l’énergie solaire essaye une nouvelle fois ce matin de relier Bruxelles au Bourget près de Paris. Il est attendu au 49e Salon international de l’aéronautique et de l’espace.Ce mardi matin, le Solar Impulse a pris son envol à 5h10 de l’aéroport de Bruxelles, en direction du Bourget, où il sera l’invité d’honneur de la nouvelle édition du Salon international de l’aéronautique et de l’espace, qui se tiendra du 20 au 26 juin. Son arrivée est prévue vers 21h00.Samedi, l’avion propulsé à l’énergie solaire avait fait une première tentative, avortée. Le Solar Impulse avait décollé à 18h37 mais avait dû faire demi-tour trois heures plus tard en raison d’un vent défavorable qui le ralentissait.L’avion suisse s’était posé à Bruxelles le 13 mai après avoir décollé treize heures auparavant de l’aérodrome militaire suisse de Payerne. Il s’agissait-là de son premier vol international.À lire aussiQuand le Père Noël s’entraîne pour sa grande nuit dans… la stratosphèreCet avion prototype a l’envergure d’un Airbus (64 mètres) mais le poids d’une voiture (1,6 tonne). Ses ailes sont recouvertes de 12.000 cellules photovoltaïques qui permettent d’alimenter quatre moteurs électriques d’une puissance de 10 chevaux chacun.L’équipe du Solar Impulse, basée à Dübendorf en Suisse, espère tenter un tour du monde en cinq étapes vers 2013 ou 2014.Suivre en direct la progression de l’avion vers le Bourget, sur le site du Solar Impulse. Le 14 juin 2011 à 09:36 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Danny downgraded watches still on

first_img Related Items:danny, tropical storm Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 Aug 2015 – Danny is a Tropical Storm again now and according to the Bahamas Department of Meteorology, we will likely feel the effect of the system by late tomorrow or mid-week. The system, which was on Friday barreling WNW as a major Category three hurricane has lost momentum thankfully, but there is a new system right behind which has a high chance of becoming stronger. Tropical storm warnings as a result of Danny have been discontinued for countries that make up the Lesser Antilles like Anguilla, but remain in force for Antigua and Barbuda, Montserrat, St Kitts and Nevis and watches are on for Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands among others. That new low pressure system will become a tropical depression in a matter of days the Natl Hurricane Center is saying; this one is moving westward at 20mph. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Sandals Foundation to the rescue for Dominica Update on the Tropics; System forecast to strengthen Hurricane Joaquin damaging and costly to TCIlast_img read more