Siddaramaiah denies reports that he instigated rebels

first_imgBengaluru: Senior Congress leader and former Chief Minister Siddaramaiah on Thursday rubbished reports he had instigated the rebels to resign and destabilise the coalition government headed by H D Kumaraswamy. Cautioning media houses against peddling “false news”, Siddaramaiah said he would give them a befitting reply if they repeat the allegation in front of him. In a series of tweets, the Congress strongman in Karnataka said the rebels were trying to “shift the blame on me….”last_img read more

SBI Shanghai branch 1st Indian bank to link up with China National

first_imgBeijing: The State Bank of India’s Shanghai branch is now connected to China’s National Advance Payment System (CNAPS), becoming the first Indian Bank to operationalise it, a senior bank official said on Friday. The CNAPS, launched in 2008 by People’s Bank of China (PBOC) provides real-time settlement services for all payments cleared in mainland China, as well as in all clearing banks in offshore yuan centers, such as Hong Kong. The CNAPS system is complemented by its international counterpart, the CIPS (China International Payments System or Cross-Border Inter-Bank Payment System), launched in 2015 with the aim of boosting international use of the Chinese currency, yuan. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe CIPS already has participants from multiple countries across the globe. The SBI is the only Indian bank to have obtained the license to do business in local currency and also inducted to the CNAPS by the PBOC as on date, K Swaminathan, Chief Executive Officer of SBI, Shanghai said on Friday. The SBI has obtained the PBOC approval in December 2016 for implementation of the CNAPS and after successful installation of various hardware and software, testing it is now connected to the PBOC live system on July 8, 2019, he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostAfter being a member of the CNAPS, SBI Shanghai can also offer real time transfer of local funds within China by routing them through the PBOC. It eliminates the need of tie up and maintenance of accounts with multiple Banks for fund transfer, he said. The CNAPS will also be used for cross border RMB payments which are hitherto being made through local correspondent banks. This will also give SBI opportunity to do business of Bankers acceptance drafts (BAD), he said. The SBI has started its representative office in 1997 and began its commercial operation in 2006. Currently, it is the only Indian bank with license to deal in RMB, the local currency, as well as foreign currency. With total customer credit of nearly $500 million and staff strength of 40 people that includes 32 Chinese nationals, the bank has always been at the forefront of facilitating India-China trade and investments apart from serving the Indians working in China in the field of IT and others, Swaminathan said. The bank extends bank guarantee facility to Chinese corporates undertaking various construction, tech, and investment projects, he said. The bank has also been extending term as well working capital credit facilities to Indian corporates and companies promoted by Indians in China to facilitate Indian investment in China, he said. The bank has also been an active participant in local syndication arranged by major foreign as well as Chinese banks. Other than the activities on asset side, the bank has been facilitating Indians working in China in their remittance as well as other banking needs, he said.last_img read more

Ottawa Volkswagen both want diesel vehicle investigation documents sealed

first_imgOTTAWA – The federal government has refused to provide records showing the scope of its investigation into the Volkswagen emissions-duping scandal in Canada and the Germany automaker is now seeking a legal order to keep those records confidential.In September 2015, Volkswagen admitted it had installed software on 11 million diesel-engine vehicles designed to dupe emissions testing equipment into thinking the cars were emitting less greenhouse gases than they actually were. About 105,000 of those cars were sold in Canada and Environment and Climate Change Canada has been investigating the company here for more than two years now.Environmental Defence and Canadian Physicians for the Environment are frustrated by the slow progress of the Canadian probe and filed a lawsuit over the summer to try and force the government to complete those investigations.As part of the lawsuit, the groups requested all material from the current investigation be handed over. The government refused.Last week, Volkswagen filed a motion requesting intervener status in the case, asking the court to protect its confidential information, and saying the company provided information to Environment Canada “with an expectation of confidentiality.”The environmental groups asked Environment Canada to look into four specific things: Did Volkswagen import cars which violated Canada’s emissions requirements? Did it apply the national emissions mark on cars that didn’t meet the standards and then sell those cars? Did it lie about it? Did it resume sales earlier this year of models that still don’t meet Canadian emissions standards?Environment Canada says it was already investigating the first three items and did agree to launch an investigation into the fourth. An official from the department told The Canadian Press last week it is not unusual for complex investigations to take this much time.An official speaking on background last week said it will be many more months before the Canadian probe is finished. Environment Canada told Environmental Defence earlier this month its investigation of the resumption of sales of the faulty vehicles will take a year more to complete.In its own news release issued in September 2015, when the investigations were first launched, Environment Canada said emissions-testing defeating software is illegal in Canada.Documents also recently showed Canada had done some testing on the 3.0 litre diesel-engine vehicles itself and shared that information with the United States, which used it to go after the automaker there.Volkswagen pleaded guilty in U.S. court last March to defrauding the U.S. government by selling vehicles it knew didn’t meet U.S. emissions standards for diesel-engines and hiding that fact with software that defeated emissions-testing equipment to make it seem as if the vehicles were emitting less than they were.The company was fined more than $4.3 billion U.S.Six executives have also been criminally charged in the United States in the affair, one of whom pleaded guilty in August.Class action settlements in the U.S. and Canada have also been settled by the company with customers who purchased one of the vehicles in question, which included 2.0 litre and 3.0 litre diesel engines made by Volkswagen, Porsche and Audi.— follow @mrabson on Twitter.last_img read more

Transition back to main camp for those arrested at Standing Rock hasnt

first_imgTamara PimentelAPTN National NewsOn Thursday, nearly 150 water protectors were arrested by local and State police at a barricade in North Dakota near a pipeline construction site.They were taken to the Morton County jail in Bismark for processing.Most of them have been charged with various offence and released.They’re settling back into life at the main camp – but for some, the transition hasn’t been easy.tpimentel@aptn.calast_img

Will bat for making South Delhi a beautiful place Boxer Vijender Singh

first_imgThe world has witnessed the success story of Vijender Singh in the boxing. He defeated many opponents in the ring as his dedication and hard work earned him respect in the form of Arjuna Award, Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award and Padma Shri in 2010. But this time, the Olympic medallist will be trying his luck in politics as the Congress has fielded him from the South Delhi constituency. In an exclusive interview with Abhay Singh of Millennium Post, the champion boxer says that he is confident of winnning the seat and also bats for making South Delhi a beautiful place for living. Singh promised all around development in the city and says he would also build sporting culture in Delhi. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanIn the interview, Singh discussed poll promises for the 2019 parliamentary elections and reasons behind choosing politics. “People are very happy with me. Both the parties will lose this election as they did not fulfil their poll promises,” said Singh. You have been one of the best players in India. How do you feel after joining politics? I am feeling good, we need change, want answers for our questions. I am feeling very excited. I want that every youth of our country should join politics and also raise questions. Politics is a very responsible job. Voters give us the responsibility and we should work for the development of citizens and nation. Also Read – Water supply disruption likely in some areasWhat made you join politics? I used to think about politics after I saw that political dignity is falling below standards. Politicians criticise each other, they never talk about the problems faced by common people. Indian Army should not be criticised. The main agenda should be fulfilling the promises made before the citizens, providing employment, better environment, food to people. Why the people of Delhi should vote for you? I am confident of winning the seat. Yes, they will vote for me as both the governments (whether it is BJP MP or the AAP in the state) they have completely failed to fulfil their promises which were made before people. Both these parties have betrayed the trust of the Delhi people. The current MP also misbehaved with the Poorvanchali people living in Delhi. The voters do not want them, they will lose. Several people are taking selfies with me and I am asking them to vote. What are your poll promises for this election? First of all, the promises made in the Congress manifesto will be fulfilled. The woman safety in the city is a major priority for us. I also want to build sports facilities in Delhi. I will never make fake promises to people. There will be development in the health sector. I will also “regularise” the status of all unauthorised colonies in the Capital. What are the problems you noticed in South Delhi? South Delhi is a very big constituency. There are many problems in the city. In Sangam Vihar, the condition of Poorvanchali people is very bad. Poor facility of water, no sewerage and sealing has affected people’s lives. I will bring some changes in these. My fight is not with the candidates but with the problems of citizens. I will improve the lifestyle of the people in the city. What is your campaign strategy and how will you connect with the people? First of all, people in Delhi are happy with me. I do not believe in show off. I am a grounded person and will meet them. After Congress wins, Delhi people should be relaxed and happy as we will be fulfilling every promise made to them. I do not come from a rich family. I grazed buffaloes. It has been a long journey, and throughout my life I have remain grounded.last_img read more

UN official voices hope that upcoming climate talks spur action at highest

8 September 2009The high-level United Nations climate change summit later this month seeks to allow leaders to hold candid discussions on how to resolve obstacles in talks with fewer than 90 days left before the start of December’s conference in Denmark, an official with the world body said today. The high-level United Nations climate change summit later this month seeks to allow leaders to hold candid discussions on how to resolve obstacles in talks with fewer than 90 days left before the start of December’s conference in Denmark, an official with the world body said today.The 22 September summit in New York “is intended to provide political momentum at the highest level to accelerate progress toward a deal in Copenhagen,” Janos Pasztor, Director of Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Support Team, told reporters.Only 15 days of negotiations remaining before conference in the Danish capital, where countries are expected to wrap up negotiations on a new agreement on reducing greenhouse gas emissions, he noted.To date, the pace of progress of climate talks has been “much too slow,” Mr. Pasztor underscored, with Mr. Ban continually urging leaders to take more urgent measures to reach a “fair, equitable, comprehensive and effective” global pact.All States are invited to Mr. Ban’s summit later this month, the official emphasized. “This is not just for eight countries or 20, but for 192,” including highly vulnerable States, large emitters and fast-emerging developing nations.“We need a global solution for a global problem.”The day-long event will comprise round-table discussions chaired by heads of State and government on “how we can move toward a lower emissions, climate resilient global economy,” he added.The Secretary-General has just returned from a visit to the Arctic ice rim where he saw the devastation wrought by climate change first hand, voicing hope that all leaders could see the effects of global warming for themselves.His trip “reminds us that addressing climate change is not optional or something that could be postponed indefinitely,” Mr. Pasztor said. “A failure to take action will have serious consequences, not just for polar bears in the Arctic, but for people on every continent and every country.”Following his visit to the Arctic Circle, Mr. Ban exhorted nations to not waste time and ‘seal the deal’ in Copenhagen.Speaking at the World Climate Conference in Geneva, he said that “our foot is stuck on the accelerator and we are heading towards an abyss.” read more

Brock mourns death of secondyear student

Brock University is mourning the death of Albert Piccioni, a second-year Accounting student who died Thursday Oct 4.Albert, aged 19, of Campbellville, Ont., died after colliding with a car while he was bicycling near campus on Merrittville Highway near Decew Road, around 9 pm.Funeral arrangements have been made at McKersie-Kocher Funeral Home, 114 Main St. E. in Milton, Ont., where visitation will be 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Monday Oct. 8.A service will be held at the funeral home at 1 pm on Tuesday Oct. 9, with interment to follow at Evergreen Cemetery, Ontario Street, Milton.The University offers sincere condolences to the Piccioni family and friends. read more

Storms leave damage in their wake

Environment Canada will be busy next week checking to see if tornadoes touched down in the area from Oakville to Georgetown and around the lake to Niagara Falls and Fort Erie.Damage is wide spread and varied.  Power outages are scattered throughout the region.More storm lines are on their way for the overnight hours.Watch CHCH news at 11 for more details.

Liberal government announces Ontarios minimum wage will go up to 11 an

Liberal government announces Ontario’s minimum wage will go up to $11 an hour TORONTO – Ontario’s Liberal government will raise the minimum wage to $11 an hour starting June 1, and will tie future increases to the rate of inflation, but critics say it’s not enough to lift workers out of poverty.Premier Kathleen Wynne announced the 75-cent-an-hour hike Thursday — the first minimum wage increase in the province since 2010 — calling it a “fair adjustment” that reflects the rise in the Consumer Price Index.“I think the vast majority of people in Ontario understand that it’s very difficult to make ends meet living on minimum wage, and that there needs to be a fair way of allowing minimum wage to keep up with the cost of living.” she said.Anti-poverty activists and unions have been demanding an immediate increase to a $14-an-hour minimum wage, but Wynne said that was too big of a jump for businesses to absorb all at once.The Ontario Convenience Stores Association admitted some store owners won’t like the $11 dollar minimum wage, “but it’s better than $14,” said CEO Dave Bryans.“Some of our members might be upset, but there’s an adjustment period,” he said. “Many people get their first jobs at convenience stores or the fast food sector, and I believe it’s time that everybody had a fair wage.”However, the Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association warned the 75-cent hike will result in fewer jobs, calling it “unnecessary, tough for small business and counter-productive.”The Retail Council of Canada likes the plan to link future hikes to inflation, but complained about using the Consumer Price Index to determine a catch-up raise for the past four years.Amelia White of Toronto, a single mother who works full time in a grocery store for minimum wage, said she has to look for additional work so she can pay the bills.“I have to decide if I want to pay for rent, hydro or buy food. It’s not enough to look after my child and it’s not enough to live on,” said White. “I pay my rent first and then I miss the bills and then I catch up the next month. It’s a cycle that goes on and on and on.”The Canadian Federation of Students said “$11 is still legislating poverty,” while the Workers’ Action Centre said it will still leave workers below the poverty line.“Going up with the cost of living every year is an important step forward, but a minimum wage that’s below the poverty line still puts workers behind,” said spokeswoman Sonia Singh.Unifor, the union created by the merger of the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, said an $11 minimum wage “is too small, and locks in the poverty-level wages of the province’s lowest-paid workers.”The Progressive Conservatives warned the 75-cent hike in the minimum wage would result in reduced hours for workers, or even job losses.“If labour costs go up seven per cent, they’ve got to lay people off, putting them on unemployment,” said PC critic Jane McKenna. “What’s stopping a 40-hour week from becoming a 37-hour week?”Wynne promised legislation to tie future increases in the minimum wage to the rate of inflation, and said the new rate would be announced April 1 each year and take effect Oct. 1, giving businesses six months advance notice.The premier took a shot at the opposition parties as she urged them to support the legislation.“It’s a little shocking to me that we have a Conservative party that seems not to care, seems not to think that it’s their responsibility to have an opinion or to care about people making minimum wage, and we have an NDP that has no position on this,” said Wynne.NDP Leader Andrea Horwath put out a statement promising to look at the Liberal plan to index future increases in the minimum wage to the CPI, without saying if she supports an increase in June to $11 an hour. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 30, 2014 2:00 am MDT Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne (right) hands Minister of Labour Yasir Naqvi a cup of coffee that she brewed in a Toronto coffee shop, on Thursday January 30 , 2014. The premier announced Ontario’s minimum wage will be increased to $11 an hour effective June 1, up 75 cents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young read more

All countries must contribute to solving global refugee crisis says General Assembly

“The world has not seen a global humanitarian crisis of this magnitude since the Second World War and with winter approaching in the northern hemisphere, it is only going to get worse,” Mogens Lykketoft cautioned during his first formal press conference since taking office last week. “The tragic stories and heart-breaking images we are seeing in the media are only the tip of the iceberg – the manifestation of much bigger issues which only multilateral cooperation and global leadership can solve,” he added. “This is a global crisis. And it requires a global solution.”Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who has invited Member States to a special meeting on 30 September in New York to discuss the crisis, also voiced his concern about the deteriorating situation facing refugees and migrants arriving across Europe. Mr. Ban “calls on all European States to ensure that they abide by their international obligations, including the right to seek asylum, and the prohibition of refoulement,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “All persons must be received with dignity and their human rights must be respected. The Secretary-General has followed with increasing concern the closing of some borders in Europe, as well as the lack of proper reception facilities as well as the increased use of detention and criminalization of irregular migrants and asylum-seekers.”Meanwhile, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) is helping survivors of two separate incidents over the weekend involving boats carrying refugees and migrants between Turkey and Greece, which left up to 40 people either dead or missing. Nearly 3,000 people have died or gone missing crossing the Mediterranean this year.The agency and its partners in Greece are providing ongoing support for the survivors and families, including medical and psychological care, accommodation, legal assistance, food and water. Mr. Lykketoft will shortly be convening a meeting of the General Assembly on the refugee crisis, building on the high-level meeting organized by the Secretary-General. He will also discuss the situation with Pope Francis, who will be visiting UN Headquarters in New York on Friday.“The majority of people fleeing war and violence are refugees and have the right to seek asylum without any form of discrimination. It is not a crime to seek refuge and asylum,” he said. “We need to ensure that our responses are tangible, focused and that we work towards lasting, sustainable solutions.”“We need to ensure that countries affected by the arrival of refugees, particularly Syria’s neighbouring countries, receive the support and assistance necessary to address the needs of these vulnerable populations,” he added. read more

Implantations inutiles de défibrillateurs chez plusieurs Américains

first_imgImplantations inutiles de défibrillateurs chez plusieurs AméricainsDes dizaines de milliers de patients américains se seraient fait implanter des défibrillateurs alors que cela n’était pas justifié. 22,5% d’entre eux ne répondaient pas aux critères médicaux nécessaires pour cette intervention.    110.707 Américains ont bénéficié d’une implantation de défibrillateur entre janvier 2006 et juin 2009. Sur ce total, 22,5% n’en auraient pas eu besoin révèle le Journal of the Medical Medical Association (JAMA) d’hier. Or les risques de complications suite à ces opérations sont de 34% supérieures chez les personnes qui n’en auraient pas eu besoin que chez les personnes pour qui cette opération était justifiée. De plus, chaque opération coûte 35.000 dollars dont 20.000 destinés à payer l’appareil lui-même. À lire aussiInfarctus : définition, signes et symptômes, causes, comment réagir face à un infarctus ?Les défibrillateurs implantés ont pour fonction de provoquer un choc électrique chez les patients dont le coeur faiblit, de façon à rétablir une contraction normale. Mais en aucun cas les critères établis ne stipulent que les défibrillateurs peuvent servir en prévention chez des patients ayant subi un infarctus, un pontage coronarien ou autre. Pourtant, selon les chercheurs de l’université de Duke, auteur de l’étude publiée dans JAMA, et rapportée par Cyberpresse.ca, “il est difficile de savoir dans quelle mesure les médecins suivent ces recommandations dans leur pratique clinique quotidienne”. Il semblerait que les implantations inutiles aient été essentiellement réalisées par des chirurgiens thoraciques avec 36% d’opérations injustifiées (contre 24,8% chez les cardiologues).Le 8 janvier 2011 à 09:18 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

New match Men and Women competitors for ladder matches announced for Money

first_img WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Now Playing Up Next Video: Watch the live WWE Clash of Champions Kickoff Show from Charlotte tonight Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Videos Articles WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte WWE has added another match to the Money in the Bank event, as well as confirmed the RAW men and women in the Money in the Bank Ladder Matches, taking place on Sunday, May 19.At the event, The Miz will be challenging Shane McMahon in a Steel Cage Match. This was confirmed on last night’s Monday Night RAW.WWE also confirmed that the RAW portion of the Men’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match will have Braun Strowman, Ricochet, Drew McIntyre, and Baron Corbin taking part. The Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match will have Natalya, Dana Brooke, Naomi, and Alexa Bliss representing RAW.Here is the updated card for Money in the Bank as of this week:WWE Universal ChampionshipSeth Rollins (c) vs. AJ StylesRAW Women’s ChampionshipBecky Lynch (c) vs. Lacey EvansSmackdown Women’s ChampionshipBecky Lynch (c) vs. Charlotte FlairMen’s Money in the Bank Ladder MatchBraun Strowman vs. Ricochet vs. Drew McIntyre vs. Baron Corbin vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBAWomen’s Money in the Bank Ladder MatchNatalya vs. Dana Brooke vs. Naomi vs. Alexa Bliss vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBA vs. TBASteel Cage MatchThe Miz vs. Shane McMahonRoman Reigns vs. EliasRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-DownVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:32/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Google+ Videos Articles WhatsApp Ronda Rousey Pinterestcenter_img Now Playing Up Next WWE Female Superstars Get Green Light To Bounce Between Brands WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Facebook Nikki Bella Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next How To Win A Trip To Meet The Miz And Becky Lynch Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Drew Mcintyre WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Twitterlast_img read more

CRC Concludes Second Leg Of Nationwide Consultation On The 1997 Constitution

first_imgBy Nelson MannehThe Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), on Sunday December 9th 2018, concluded the second leg of their nationwide consultation with the people, on the review of the 1997 Constitution.The second leg national consultation started on Saturday November 24th and ended on Sunday December 9th 2018. The nationwide consultation started from the Upper River Region and ended at the Lower River Region of the Gambia.The delegation held two meetings in each of the Districts in these Regions to discuss with the people on issues contained in the 1997 Constitution, and what they want the proposed new Constitution to make provision for. The CRC is mandated to revisit the 1997 Constitution and come up with a proposed report and draft of a new Constitution, to be endorsed by the Gambian people at a referendum.The final meeting of the second leg was held in Kiang Karantaba village in the Kiang West District of the Lower River Region.In response to some of the issues raised by the CRC delegation, Mustapha Manjang of Kemoto Village said the proposed new Constitution should make provision for the death penalty not be practiced in the Gambia, because the country is not an Islamic State. “The death penalty should only be practice in Islamic States. My proposal is for it to be replaced with life imprisonment,” Manjang told the CRC delegation; that the seven and fifteen years of both marriage and naturalization requirements for citizenship according to the 1997 Constitution, is enough and should neither be increased nor reduced.“We have our relatives in the diaspora and we want them to be documented. Therefore, we should also be flexible to others in our country,” he said. Manjang continued that anybody born in the Gambia, and is educated and working in the country, should be regarded as a citizen.On his part, Ebrima Sanyang told the CRC delegation that the proposed new Constitution should make provision for diaspora Gambians and those prisoners who are Gambian citizens, the right to vote. “As far as they are Gambians, they deserve to participate in their civic duties.”Sanyang said elections are expensive and contributed that both presidential and national assembly elections, should take place on the same day.“Alkalos should not be voted. Chiefs should be subjected to elections, but Governors should be appointed by the president,” he suggested.Demba Bajinka said the proposed new Constitution should make provision for the Chief Justice of the Gambia to be a Gambian. Bajinka said Gambians should be ready to take up all responsibilities as they claim to be independent.“The women, youth, disable people and minorities, should be empowered in all areas. Dual citizenship should be accepted but they should not have senior positions in our Government,” he said.The CRC plans to start the third leg of the nationwide consultation of the people on Monday December 17th 2018, in Foni to the rest of the Western Region.last_img read more

Townsend reveals the best goal of his career

first_imgCrystal Palace winger Andros Townsend says his goal during their shock 3-2 victory at Manchester City is the best goal of his career.Champions Manchester City lost their 100 percent home record this season after suffering a shock 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace on Saturday.Townsend put the visitors’ ahead after Jeffrey Schlupp had equalized Ilkay Gundogan’s 27th-minute opener.The 27-year-old midfielder hit a fantastic volley that flew into the top right corner in the 35th minute and has labeled it the “best goal” of his career.“I knew I had to take it first time because the way Manchester City press, if you take a touch it would have probably ended in a counter-attack and I hit it clean so as soon as it left my foot I knew it had a very good chance of going in,” Townsend told the club’s website.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It was a big moment in the game and gave us a big lift when playing such a good side. Having watched it back it was definitely the best goal of my career, given the circumstances and the opposition I think it is probably the best side I have played in my career, you couldn’t get near them at times so to score against these, away from home, is certainly the best for me.“We knew we had to ride our luck at times but to come here and score three goals and get maximum points is an incredible achievement for us,”last_img read more

Facebook owns Instagram and WhatsApp and plans to make that obvious

first_img Facebook Tags Originally published Aug. 2, 3:31 p.m. PT.Update, 3:47 p.m.: Adds information about where the rebranding will appear. Share your voice Mobile Tech Industrycenter_img Facebook said Friday that it plans to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp.  Angela Lang/CNET Facebook plans to rebrand Instagram and WhatsApp so users know they’re from the social network, a move that highlights how the company is exerting more control over its acquisitions. The apps will say “Instagram from Facebook” and “WhatsApp from Facebook.””We want to be clearer about the products and services that are part of Facebook,” Bertie Thomson, a Facebook spokeswoman, said in a statement Friday. She said the change is currently rolling out slowly and more and more users will start to see the rebranding. The rebranding will appear on Instagram’s and WhatsApp’s login screens and in app store descriptions for the two apps, Thomson said. The Information, which earlier reported the rebranding, cited three people familiar with the matter and said some employees are surprised and confused about the upcoming change.Facebook, which has been dealing with a series of privacy and security scandals, allows Instagram and WhatsApp to operate independently and the apps don’t bear the Facebook name. But the apps are also going to become more intertwined with one another in the future. The social network is trying to make it possible for users who use Facebook Messenger, Instagram direct message and WhatsApp to send messages to each other without having to switch apps.Though Facebook purchased both apps years ago, many consumers don’t know the social network owns both Instagram and WhatsApp. The change comes as the Federal Trade Commission is investigating Facebook over antitrust concerns. The FTC is looking into whether Facebook’s purchases of companies such as Instagram and WhatsApp were part of a strategy on the part of the social media giant to stifle competition, according to a report this week from The Wall Street Journal. Post a comment 0last_img read more

Charging bear killed near Sitka

first_imgA charging brown bear was killed near Sitka last month. This is not the bear that was shot in Sitka. (Photo from Alaska Department of Fish and Game)A pair of Forest Service workers killed a charging brown bear near Sitka at the end of August. It was the third dangerous bear encounter in the Sitka Ranger District in less than a month.Listen nowSitka District Ranger Perry Edwards says the pair — whose names will not be released — was doing a fisheries survey along Appleton Creek, about 30 miles north of Sitka, and only about 10 miles from where a wilderness guide from UnCruises was seriously mauled just over a week earlier.Edwards says the workers were making a lot of noise as they progressed about a mile up the stream bed, when they saw a brown bear on the canyon wall about 50 yards ahead.“The bear saw them, immediately came charging down the hill at full speed. It was really brushy. The crew had enough time to back up from thick salmonberry brush to have a clear opening. And the bear came through the brush and was shot about 30 feet away from the crew,” said Edwards.Edwards says brown bears at top speed move at around 30 miles per hour. His crew relied on training and muscle memory to avert a disaster.“The crew estimated less than four seconds from the moment they first saw that bear to the moment they fired the first shot,” said Edwards.Edwards says that the Tongass National Forest has annual training for employees in the use of both lethal and non-lethal bear deterrents — and in how to avoid potentially harmful bear encounters altogether.The bear proved to be a sow. She had two large cubs, both of whom were in trees next to her, and nowhere near the fish crew.Edwards, who is also a habitat biologist, suspects that sows over the last few mild winters may have produced more cubs than usual and now — especially with pink salmon returns lower than normal — they’re feeling stressed.Not many people make their way up Appleton Creek. Edwards says one possibility was that this bear was guarding the stream like it might guard a food cache.“Maybe the bear was defending that fishing spot and was at the point where, One more creature comes by my fishing spot and and I’m going to give them a what-for that they will always remember,” said Edwards.The shooting took place on August 27. Forest Service dispatch notified Alaska Fish & Wildlife troopers. As with any so-called “DLP” — or the shooting of a bear in defense of life and property — the Forest Service surrendered the hide, skull, and claws to the state. Edwards says his fisheries crew performed this task using only a Leatherman multi-tool.Just nine days before this incident on August 18, and about ten miles away across Peril Strait, two UnCruise guides were mauled leading a group of over twenty people in Sitkoh Bay. The guide at the front was medevacked south and is expected to recover. And on August 7, former search-and-rescue captain Don Kluting shot a sow with a .44 revolver after it charged him and a hiking partner in Nakwasina Sound — the first time this lifetime resident and outdoorsman had shot a bear in self-defense. He also had only a Leatherman and a pocket knife to salvage the hide.Edwards says the reasons why these bears are charging are impossible to know, and in his words, “irrelevant.” Rather, he wants the public to be aware of their surroundings, make efforts to avoid bear encounters, and be prepared to deter a bear, if necessary.last_img read more

Its time to get on the hoop trend

first_imgTrends may come and go, but the hoop earrings have become a must have in every girls jewellery box. From patterned hoops to charm hoops, there are different styles of hoops to play with, here’s how: Diamond hoops: Diamonds add an element of bling to any fine jewellery, and the classic gold hoops are no exception. These elegant circlets scream opulence in an understated manner and are a must have for any special occasion, traditional or otherwise. Glam up the classic ‘little black dress’ or even a traditional chiffon saree with a pair of diamond dazzlers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPatterned hoops: A style that’s a confluence of the modern and ancient, patterned hoop earrings are a great option for young fashionistas looking to accessorise a ‘desi’ outfit. Choose from an expansive array of patterns that are either engraved on or crafted around the hoop to celebrate your individual style.Hoop jhumkas: Jhumkas are one traditional design that has transitioned exceptionally well from the old world. Hoop jhumkas, a recent update to this classic design, are the perfect blend of traditional and contemporary style and just right for an evening function. Add a statement pair to a heavy lehenga and choli combination, to dazzle in the gathering. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSlim hoop earrings: Comfortable, classy and chic, slim hoops have always been a saviour to all. Couple your pair with trousers and a crisp white shirt, for effortless everyday style. Classy and feminine, slim hoop earrings add a much needed dash of glamour to an otherwise Plain Jane outfit.Charm hoops: Channel your inner hippie with fun charm hoop earrings, designed to add a touch of quirk to your personal style. Accessorise that plain palazzo and kurta set, or a maxi with a pair of charm hoops earrings and make a subtle yet stand out statement.last_img read more

New cruise ship set to be Norwegians largest

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Norwegian Cruise Line has finalised a 700 million euro agreement for the construction of a new vessel, set to be the largest cruise ship in the company’s fleet.With delivery expected in October 2015, and with the option for a second ship to be delivered in late 2017, the new ship will be larger than the company’s Breakaway class ships at 163,000 gross tons and approximately 4,200 passenger berths. Classifying the vessel under the project name, ‘Breakaway Plus’, Norwegian Cruise Line chief executive Kevin Sheehan said signing an agreement for a tenth and possible eleventh vessel signified the company’s commitment to delivering “innovation in terms of the guest experience”.”Norwegian Breakaway and Norwegian Getaway have garnered significant attention in the marketplace with their innovative design, rich stateroom mix and world-class amenities,” he said.  “Building on that momentum, along with MEYER WERFT’s expertise and efficiency in the design and construction process, we are extending the excitement and anticipation with a new, larger edition Breakaway Plus class ship to further distinguish the Norwegian brand.”Responsible for the construction of the vessel, MEYER WERFT GMBH is also currently building Norwegian’s two new 146,600 gross ton, 4,000-passenger Breakaway class vessels: Norwegian Breakaway (scheduled for delivery in late April 2013) and Norwegian Getaway (scheduled for delivery in January 2014). last_img read more

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first_img – / 24 Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Comments   Share   DWIGHT FREENEYDespite being 33 years old and in the pre-season, he still gets respect. The Cardinals’ scout defense was giving the first teamers a look with 10 players wearing white jerseys. One player wore the red 93 to represent Freeney. The coaches gave the defensive formation and play to the other 10, then told “Freeney” what he was to do.DARYL WASHINGTONAnother interception. I’ve been to every practice but one. He has a pick or a tip in every practice I’ve been to.JARON BROWNYou never know if you can read into this or not. Andre Roberts walked past me in gym shoes. I had no idea what was wrong. Since I wasn’t expecting him out, I quickly went over to watch receiving drills.During 7-on-7 drills, every time the Cards went three-wide with a TE and RB (sophisticated people say “11 personnel,” but I’m not sophisticated), Brown was in with Fitz and Floyd. When they went to team drills, I didn’t see the same formation come up for the ones so I don’t know if Brown is officially the number-four WR behind Roberts. This may have been a clue who has the leg up on the WR battle.The next decision would be between Charles Hawkins and former Sun Devil Kerry Taylor. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo PATRICK PETERSONPost pattern. Caught it four yards deep in the end zone. Full-out sprint. In two steps regained complete body control. Jumped off of one-leg. Dunked the ball over the crossbar. If you’re not aware, the crossbar is the same height as a basketball rim.I’ve also heard that he taught himself how to play golf. The guy is an amazing athlete and even better person. Add to it that Denver wanted Von Miller over this guy and the Cardinals are looking good. Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Overwatch esports league expanded and ready for th

first_imgOverwatch esports league expanded and ready for the road AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email With eight new franchises and plans to take its regular season on the road, the Overwatch League is opening its second year a few steps closer to its goal of becoming a truly global, city-based esports league.The circuit’s inaugural season was an industry-shifting success. Launched with 12 teams from three continents, the Overwatch League drew hundreds of thousands of online viewers to its regular-season matches in Southern California and packed Brooklyn’s Barclays Center during a two-night championship between the London Spitfire and Philadelphia Fury. The league got financial backing from traditional sports heavyweights like New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, signed on with major advertising partners, and landed a two-year broadcasting deal with ESPN — its Grand Final was even the first live esport event aired by the traditional sports giant in prime time.It was a promising debut, but executives for the league have been clear that their aspirations are higher. Commissioner Nate Nanzer envisions his players becoming “global superstars,” seen in the same light as Lionel Messi or LeBron James. In 2018, the league proved it could lay the groundwork for such a stage. Now it’s time to find out if the foundation can bear the weight of some additions.The league begins play Thursday with a rematch between London and Philadelphia. Here’s what to expect in season two:LOOKING BACKA quick refresher on the league and the game: “Overwatch” is a first-person shooter released by Blizzard Entertainment in 2016, and it was built with competitive gaming in mind. Each team gets six players, and the squads compete to escort vehicles across intricate maps or protect designated zones from enemy capture. Players can choose from 29 characters with varying abilities. It’s heavy on teamwork and strategy, and it can be dizzyingly fast paced, especially to new viewers and players.The league sold twelve expansion slots for the inaugural season for a reported $20 million each. The teams recruited their own rosters, with players coming mostly from South Korea but also the U.S., Canada, Europe and elsewhere. The minimum salary was set at $50,000, and Nanzer has said the average salary is well above that. Players were almost all provided housing by their clubs, as well as physical trainers and team chefs.Teams vied for a share of a $3.5 million prize pool, with the champion Spitfire taking home $1 million after sweeping the Fury in in the finals. The two-day match drew 10.8 million viewers globally and was crowned Esports Live Event of the Year at the 2018 Esports Awards.GETTING MORE GLOBALNanzer’s goal is to have 28 teams, each connected to a city — an unprecedented endeavour for competitive video games. It added eight franchises during its first off-season: Paris joins London as the only European clubs; Washington and Atlanta expanded the U.S. contingent; Toronto and Vancouver, British Columbia, became the first Canadian teams; and China got franchises in Chengdu, Guangzhou and Hangzhou.Eventually, all those franchises will have arenas in their home cities, hoping to draw hundreds or thousands of fans to each match. That won’t happen until at least 2020, and Nanzer was noncommittal in an interview with The Associated Press last week about the timeline for those homecomings.The league is giving fans in some cities a taste of live action this season. It will hold Homestand Weekends in Dallas, Atlanta and Los Angeles, an experiment that will inform future decisions on how to build a full home-and-away schedule for the league.With expansion, competitive balance could become a concern. There was a bit of a skill gap even in the inaugural season — the Shanghai Dragons, for instance, went 0-40. But Nanzer is confident the league’s new teams — built largely with players coming from Overwatch’s top minor league, Overwatch Contenders — can keep the bar high enough to satisfy a demanding fanbase.SEEKING STABILITYMarket research firm Newzoo projected this week that esports revenues will surpass $1 billion for the first time in 2019, yet traditional advertising partners have been apprehensive investing in some esport circles. In part because of its structural resemblance to traditional sports leagues, Overwatch has had more success there. The league debuted with major sponsors like Toyota and T-Mobile, and it added Coca-Cola as an advertising partner this month. It has also entered a multiyear partnership with sports merchandise retailer Fanatics to boost jersey sales, plus there’s the non-exclusive broadcast deal with ESPN.That advertising support — and accompanying revenue — are noteworthy in this industry. Just last summer, Riot Games — the company behind esports giant “League of Legends” — revealed it was not close to turning a profit despite its massive popularity. Nanzer wouldn’t comment directly on the Overwatch League’s finances, but he and the league’s investors have expressed confidence in its financial direction.“I think the inaugural season exceeded expectations on all fronts,” Nanzer said. “I think we’re definitely pacing ahead of schedule.”___More AP esports: https://apnews.com/Esports and https://twitter.com/AP_SportsJake Seiner, The Associated Presscenter_img by Jake Seiner, The Associated Press Posted Feb 13, 2019 11:54 pm PDTlast_img read more