Sensex falls over 150 pts banking IT stocks drag

first_imgMumbai: Domestic equity benchmark BSE Sensex fell over 150 points in early trade Wednesday dragged by losses in banking and IT stocks amid negative global cues. The 30-share index was trading 158.33 points, or 0.40 per cent, lower at 39,792.13 at 0940 hours. Similarly, the broader NSE Nifty was quoting 44.95 points, or 0.38 per cent, down at 11,920.65. Top losers include Yes Bank, Bajaj Auto, Bharti Airtel, HCL Tech, HDFC twins, Kotak Bank, TCS and Infosys, shedding up to 2.55 per cent. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents On the other hand, Vedanta, Tata Steel, IndusInd Bank, Sun Pharma, Asian Paints, RIL and ITC fell up to 1.25 per cent. According to experts, market mood turned negative tracking weak cues from other Asian markets amid escalation trade war tension between the US and China. US President Donald Trump Tuesday said he was not interested in a trade deal unless China agreed to four-five major points. “We had a deal with China and then they went back on the deal. They said, ‘We don’t want to have four major points, five major points’. So we changed it. But we had a deal with China. Unless they go back to that deal, I have no interest,” he said. Also Read – World suffering ‘synchronized slowdown’, says new IMF chief Investors were also cautious ahead of the release of inflation numbers, scheduled for release later in the day, traders said. Elsewhere in Asia, bourses in China, Japan and Korea were trading on a weak note in their respective early sessions. On the currency front, the Indian rupee appreciated 7 paise to 69.37 against the US dollar. The global oil benchmark Brent crude futures were trading 1.36 per cent lower at 61.44 per barrel. In the previous session on Tuesday, the BSE gauge rose 165.94 points, or 0.42 per cent, to close at 39,950.46; while the Nifty gained 42.90 points, or 0.36 per cent, to settle at 11,965.60. Foreign institutional investors bought equity worth Rs 95.79 crore, while domestic institutional investors sold shares to the tune of Rs 151.01 crore, provisional data available with stock exchanges showed on Tuesday.last_img read more

Court martial for alleged racial slur striking of superior underway at NS

first_imgKENTVILLE, N.S. – A reservist who allegedly made a racial slur towards a civilian kitchen worker and struck his superior officer is facing a court martial today in Nova Scotia.Retired Cpl. Garett Rollman is pleading not guilty to two charges of “conduct to the prejudice of good order and discipline,” and to the charge of striking a superior officer in February 2016, when he was still an active member, in Aldershot, N.S.During opening statements, the defence asked for the case to be adjourned to give time to find Earl Smith, who the military defence lawyer said was the sergeant who Rollman allegedly struck.The military prosecutor said Smith has left the military and he could not be located.The presiding military judge ruled that the case could proceed, noting a week has been set aside for the case.During the morning, the military court heard evidence from Cheryl Richard, a co-worker who testified that Rollman had used a racial slur in her presence and also said she’d witnessed Rollman striking Smith’s hand.last_img read more

Moroccan researcher Rachid Yazami awarded 2014 Charles Stark Draper prize

first_imgWashington – Moroccan researcher Rachid Yazami won, on Monday, the prestigious Charles Stark Draper prize for the year 2014 by the National Academy of Engineering (NAE) of Washington DC in recognition of his work in relation with the development of rechargeable lithium batteries 30 years ago. Yazami will share the prize with American John B. Goodenough, and Japanese Yoshio Nishi and Akira Yoshino.Worth 500,000 dollars, the prize will be awarded on February 18 at the US capital during a ceremony which will mark this year the 25th anniversary of the Draper Prize.last_img

Federal cabinet will have final say on which infrastructure bank projects get

OTTAWA — Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the federal government will have the last word on projects approved by a new, arm’s-length agency designed to merge billions in public and private infrastructure cash.He says says the cabinet will always have some level of oversight when it comes to Ottawa’s soon-to-be-launched infrastructure bank.Morneau says the government’s goal is to make the proposed bank as independent as possible from the standpoints of governance and management.However, he says it’s also important for government to protect Canadians’ interests as huge infrastructure projects are taken into consideration.Morneau says projects can be run and managed without government intrusion after the feds give them the green light.Canada Infrastructure Bank will be based in Toronto, federal government saysIs the Canada Infrastructure Bank actually a bank ? Don’t bank on itThe infrastructure bank is central to the Liberal economic growth strategy and is designed to use $35 billion in public dollars as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for large projects — including roads, bridges and public transit.“It will be important to make sure for Canadians that as we consider large, transformative projects in our country that they’re done in the best interests of Canadians,” said Morneau, who added that capital lured by the bank will create jobs and enable far more spending on projects.“So, we will always need to have some level of oversight.”The bank, which will entice private capital by offering investors steady returns through user fees, has also come under fire from political opponents.Rivals have heavily criticized the proposed Crown corporation, warning the agency will likely force Canadians to pay twice for their infrastructure — first through the public treasury and then through user fees that will generate corporate profits.They have also accused the Liberals of giving global investors too much power over the agency’s blueprint — and, in particular, they have pounced on BlackRock Inc.’s involvement in the design process.Conservatives and New Democrats have been trying to frame BlackRock’s role as evidence that Ottawa’s new bank will put the priorities of wealthy investors ahead of taxpayers.On Monday, Liberal ministers were also asked repeatedly whether taxpayers would be forced to absorb losses from any bad loans through the bank.The Canadian Press read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Tuesday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close FriNov. 496.20 498.30 495.10 495.20 496.70Jan. ’18 502.00 503.60 500.00 500.10 502.10March 507.50 508.40 504.70 504.90 507.00May 510.00 510.90 507.70 507.40 509.40July 511.50 511.50 509.00 508.50 510.30Nov. 489.80 489.80 484.30 484.50 486.00Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 486.20 487.70March 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.90 490.40May 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.90 490.40July 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.90 490.40Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 488.90 490.40Barley (Western): Open High Low Close FriOct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 145.00 145.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $505.20 (November 2017)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $520.20 (November 2017) read more

L Chairman embarrassed by former ties with Epstein

NEW YORK — Chairman and CEO of Victoria’s Secret parent L Brands says he is “embarrassed” by his former ties with the disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, according to multiple media reports.Les Wexner delivered the remarks during his opening address Tuesday at the company’s annual investor day in Columbus, Ohio. Epstein started managing Wexner’s money in the late 1980s. The CEO has said he completely severed ties with Epstein nearly 12 years ago.Epstein was arrested in July on federal sex-trafficking charges, drawing new attention to allegations he had sexually exploited women and girls. He killed himself in jail in August while awaiting trial.Wexner publicly accused Epstein of misappropriating “vast sums” of his fortune after Epstein was charged this summer.The Associated Press read more

Paying with a smartphone will be the biggest tech trend in 2015

Paying with a smartphone will be the biggest tech trend in 2015: Deloitte AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 13, 2015 3:00 am MDT TORONTO – More Canadians will be reaching for their cellphones instead of their wallets to pay for purchases this year, predicts a report by global professional services firm Deloitte.The report, released Tuesday, sees 2015 as a “tipping point” for retailers, banks and telecom companies to adopt the technology, which allows consumers to make relatively small payments within seconds with their smartphones.Duncan Stewart, a director at Deloitte Canada, said there now are more phone models with the technology, called near field communication, and more retail locations that can accept the payments.The familiarity Canadians already have with using credit cards to tap and pay, whether in a coffee shop or at the drugstore, will make it easier for consumers to transition to using the same technology with their smartphone.“They think: ‘If I’m doing it with my credit card, why not do it with my phone? It’s basically the same,” said Stewart.Deloitte’s annual report named smartphone mobile payments as its top technology trend of 2015 — beating out other emerging trends such as 3D printers, click-and-collect retail locations and the Internet of Things — a term used to describe devices that communicate with each other.It estimates that, this year, about five per cent of the world’s 600 million equipped smartphones will be used to make an in-store purchase at least once a month, a 1,000 per cent increase over 2014. By the end of the year, it expects one in 20 smartphone owners to have made a mobile payment with their phone.Although usage will be up, it is not yet “mainstream.”“It will be a long while before the majority of us can jettison our physical wallets,” said the report, although it noted the attraction of a higher spending limit for such payments using smartphones, around $100 versus $50 for credit cards.Stewart said adoption will be driven by retailers who see benefits to promoting contactless smartphone payments, such as the ability to process transactions and to integrate loyalty programs and special in-store offers seamlessly.“The real benefit to the retailer is speed,” he said. “They don’t need to handle cash, or customers typing in a PIN. It moves people through the stores faster.”But the report also noted that one of the impediments for retailers may be the cost of installing new point-of-sale machines equipped to handle the new technology.In addition to smartphone payments, Deloitte forecasted that the popularity of physical books will continue its resurgence in 2015 with more consumers demonstrating that they’re still willing to pay for print books after the sales of ebooks plateaued or fell last year in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K.It also noted that those aged 18 to 34 years will spend an average of US$750 a year on traditional and digital content this year. The report said that translates to nearly US$7 billion in sales for the Canadian media industry for pay TV, music, computer games, books, live sports, streaming video and newspapers.Deloitte’s report is based on interviews and research conducted with more than 8,000 clients, industry analysts and global leaders from June to December.— Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter. read more

Council rakes in up to £400000 in six months by fining parents

Heavers Farm Primary School in south London A spokesman said: “The council piloted this scheme because inconsiderate school run driving had become a safety risk to children and a nuisance to residents.”The primaries involved have since reported less congestion, a safer road for children to walk to school in and more punctuality, and over time the council has needed to issue fewer fines.” A council has raked in up to almost £400,000 in motoring fines in just six months by targeting parents on the school run.The crackdown was the work of Croydon Borough Council, who closed off roads to those dropping children to and from three primary schools in the capital. Officials claimed it was to manage congestion, but during the six-month scheme up to £380,120 worth of fines were handed out to parents. The pilot project saw parents banned from driving through roads outside Heavers Farm Primary, St Chad’s and Woodcote Primary School in south east London.A total of 2,924 penalty notice charges – at £130 each – were issued between October 2 last year and March 2 by Croydon Borough Council. A Freedom of Information request showed that the council made a minimum of £190,060 and a maximum of £380,120 in motoring fines.During the six month trial the roads were only closed to school-run parents and the council used automatic number plate recognition to ensure locals could use the roads.Parents were given the chance to pay a discounted fine of £65 if they paid within 14 days.Croydon Borough Council confirmed that as parents became used to the restrictions fewer fines were handed out. St Chad’s Primary School in south LondonCredit:Google Maps 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. Woodcote Primary in Coulsdon, south London, received the most fines with 1,392, Heavers Farm received 823 and St Chad’s 709.The spokesman added: “Any surplus money from parking fines in Croydon is spent on funding the Freedom Pass, a travel scheme for the over-60s in London, and drivers who pay their fine within a fortnight are charged £65 instead of £130.”The council’s traffic management advisory committee will decide later this year whether to make the schemes permanent.” St Chad's Primary School in south London Heavers Farm Primary School in south LondonCredit:Google Maps read more

OpEd The Bitter Struggle for Sweet Sugar

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedOp-Ed: Politics, Race and SugarJanuary 26, 2018In “Opinion”OPINION: APNU+AFC seems determined to end sugar in GuyanaMarch 11, 2019In “latest news”Gov’t may not be able to sustain GuySuCo subsidy – CoI ChairmanOctober 2, 2015In “Business” Below in an opinion piece by Attorney-at-Law, Member of Parliament and former Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Anil Nandlall:Any assessment that views the sugar industry through the lens of dollar and cents or profit and loss, would be deeply flawed and highly myopic. Sugar in Guyana is not merely an economic undertaking or venture. It is an institution. It does not merely provide employment, earn foreign exchange or contribute to GDP. It sustains communities comprising of tens of thousands of humans and represents a way of life. The Guyanese economy is neither large nor diversified enough to sustain the loss of sugar.The socio-economic consequences that will flow therefrom will reverberate across every divide and pull every sector with it in its cascading downward avalanche.​Recently, in Nairobi, Kenya, President David Granger informed the world that his government is committed to people and not profits. The President fails to see the contradiction in closing down an industry, which directly and indirectly will affect every citizen of his country on the basis, that it is not yielding the desired profits.The PPP, from the inception, requested of the government to do an impact assessment of the intended closure of the industry. We are firmly committed to the view that the cost of closure far outweighs the cost of keeping the industry operational. Indeed, the government did no impact assessment whatsoever or feasibility study of any kind before deciding to close the industry. Its own Commission of Inquiry did not recommend closure. As a result the government is unable to proffer an intelligent reason for the closure of the industry. The consequence is that they have exposed themselves to the widespread view that the decision to close the industry is driven by political and ethnic considerations.​It is obvious that one newspaper piece can never accurately encompass the true impact of the closure of this industry. However, at a glance, thousands of families are immediately placed on the bread line without any hope, whatsoever, of alternative employment in the foreseeable future. Severance benefits, if paid at all, will not be paid in the near future. These families have loan payments to make to the commercial banks for their homes. They have debts to pay for furnishings and vehicles acquired by hire purchase. Food has to be placed on the table and in lunch kits for children to attend schools. Electricity and other expenses have to be met. Clothes and healthcare have to be paid for. And the list goes on.Suicides commencedThe indirect consequences would be equally devastating. The impact of the closure of Wales Estate can currently be assessed. The lower West Bank of Demerara communities are currently gripped in a socio-economic paralysis. Over 75% of the economy of Regent 6, revolves around the sugar industry. The remaining 25% would find it impossible to survive in isolation. The private sector recognizes this reality; hence their call on the government to reverse the decision to close the industry. The suicides have already commenced. It will only intensify. Crime will continue to skyrocket. Other social dilemmas will soon emerge and multiply.​The government seems oblivious to the fact that the drainage and irrigation system currently administered by GUYSUCO is fundamental to keeping floodwaters off the low coastland. When these estates are closed this vital interlink of drainage canals will collapse. Massive flooding will be the inevitable consequences. The residents and farmers of canals no. 1 and 2 are currently reeling from floodwaters inundating those communities because of the blocked canals that formed part of Wales Estate. This catastrophe will replicate itself in all those areas where estates are being closed. The destruction will be catastrophic. The cost to central government will be phenomenal. Not a cent has been budgeted for the year 2018 to address this impending disaster.​Many of these estates provide a system of healthcare for its workers, their families, and others in the locality in which they are situated. This healthcare system will close down. The impact may become a public health tragedy. The community centres and other recreational facilities that provide scarce clean entertainment opportunities for residents in these communities will swiftly disappear. Alcohol and drug abuse will flourish in replacement.Dr Cheddi Jagan​Dr Clive Thomas, the chairman of GUYSUCO, is quoted in the press, as saying that the Skeldon co-generation plant supplies electricity to the national grid for 65 000 families. GPL receives the revenue. Not a cent goes to the sugar industry. This supply of electricity will soon die. Demerara Distilleries Ltd. one of Guyana’s largest manufacturing companies, is currently reviewing the impact that the closure of the sugar industry will have on its capacity to continue to produce rum.​The above is by no means exhaustive. However, it provides more than a glimpse of the devastation, which will flow from the closure of the sugar industry. This is nothing short of a human rights tragedy, nay economic genocide. I do not think Guyana’s economy is sufficiently either versatile or robust enough to sustain the social and economic onslaught that the closure of the sugar industry will soon unleash. I am confident that the government will not survive it. Our society is simply too small and our economy too integrated to be insulated from the consequences. Like the financial crisis that hit the world in 2008, the economic and social meltdown will affect every citizen.As for the PPP, we will stand resolutely not only with the sugar workers, but with all other workers who will reel from this disaster. We will use the one hundredth birth anniversary of Dr. Cheddi Jagan as the platform for the struggle and to inspire us to work relentlessly in order to ensure not only the survival these workers and their families but also the eventual reversal of this evil, inconsiderate, and unwarranted decision to close the sugar industry. We recognize that struggle will be long and hard and the sacrifices will be many; but win we must for our cause is just. History and time are on our side. read more

Greek authorities put refugees lives in danger

first_imgRefugees and migrants trying to reach the EU via Greece from conflict-torn countries like Syria and Afghanistan are being unlawfully returned to Turkey by Greek coast and border guards, Amnesty International reveals in a new report this week.The 40-page report Frontier Europe: Human Rights Abuses on Greece’s border with Turkey examines the Greek authorities’ dangerous use of ‘push backs’- when they turn groups of migrants back across the border, denying them the right to have their individual cases heard or to challenge their expulsion. The report also highlights the dangers refugees and migrants face trying to cross from Turkey to the Greek islands, and explores the appalling detention conditions those who do make it are often held in.Since March, Amnesty International has spoken to nearly 30 people in Greece and Turkey who, in at least 39 separate instances, have been stopped trying to cross the Aegean or the northern land border between the two countries along the river Evros. Almost all of them described how they had experienced or witnessed violence and/or other ill-treatment by the Greek authorities. Many said guards had taken their belongings, including money, family photos and heirlooms, and in some cases, thrown them into the sea.“What’s happening along the Greek border does not just shame Greece. It shames the European Union as a whole,” said Jezerca Tigani, Amnesty International’s Deputy Director for Europe and Central Asia.“The number of push back stories we collected is extremely alarming. It suggests that the Greek authorities are employing this practice on a regular basis, despite the fact that it is unlawful. And it is also extremely dangerous – to the point where it puts people’s lives seriously at risk.”Testimonies collected by Amnesty point to the blatant disregard for human life shown by the Greek coastguard during these operations carried out in the Aegean Sea. Thirteen of the 14 interviewees who described being returned to Turkey said how their inflatable boats were rammed, knifed, or nearly capsized while they were being towed or circled by a Greek coastguard boat. They said their boats’ engines were disabled and their oars removed, then they were just left in the middle of the sea. Life-endangering practices were also reported by people caught after crossing the river Evros. The route across the Aegean has become more popular since last year when authorities built a 10.5 kilometre fence and deployed nearly 2,000 new border guards along the border at the river Evros. But it is a dangerous one. As well as the threat of push backs, since August last year more than 100 people – including women and children and mostly Syrians and Afghans – have drowned trying to reach Greece.“As the weather gets better and conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and Somalia continue, we expect more people will attempt the journey and we are likely to see more tragedies like these,” said Jezerca Tigani.Those who do make it to Greece are routinely detained in dark, dirty cells for long periods. Many of the people Amnesty spoke to had spent nearly nine months behind bars. Health problems are rife.“The conditions refugees and migrants are being held in are often appalling. In fact, when we visited people in those cells it was difficult to remember we were actually in the EU. Many of them are fleeing conflict, poverty and hunger but too often they are being held in dark, dirty, damp cells, with limited access to fresh air and not enough food,” said Jezerca Tigani.“Some detainees told us they had to call the police when they needed to use the toilet as there were no toilets in their cells. They said their calls were often not answered for hours so they had to urinate in bottles. Others said their bedding had not been washed for months, and that they had limited access to soap, shampoo or sanitary towels,” she added.Amnesty International is calling on the Greek authorities to stop push backs immediately and investigate allegations of collective expulsions and ill-treatment, and to prosecute those involved. It wants all those intercepted trying to cross borders to have their cases for international protection heard fairly. It wants the Greek authorities to end the indiscriminate and prolonged detention of irregular migrants and asylum-seekers; and use alternatives to detention. The EU has a role to play too. It must support the Greek authorities by helping to improve reception services instead of sealing off borders. The EU should also explore new ways of sharing responsibility for refugees and migrants.“It is obviously Greece’s prerogative to control its borders, but not at the expense of the human rights of those trying to reach safety, or looking for a better life, in Europe. These are difficult times in Greece, and for millions across Europe, but there is no excuse for how refugees and migrants are being treated,” said Jezerca Tigani.“Other EU Member States appear only too happy for Greece to act as their gatekeeper. But the policies and practices along the Greek border expose the bitter irony of European countries pressing for peace abroad while denying asylum to and putting at risk the lives of those seeking refuge in Europe. The EU must act now to stop these human rights violations at its borders,” she said.Source: amnesty.org. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

1228 WWE Results Hershey Pennsylvania CenaRollins

first_img Pinterest WWE told hold first-ever Latin American talent tryout in Santiago, Chile this December WhatsApp CMLL World Lightweight Champion Dragón Lee to debut at MLW December events Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Blue Lightning sent this live report in.-Dolph Ziggler def. Luke HarperJust as great as their tv matches. Ziggler connected with two superkicks and a Zig Zag for the win.-Jack Swagger and Fandango w/Rosa in a dance offFandango did his normal dancing and then Swagger danced to Can’t Touch This. Fandango attacked him mid-dance and Swagger came back and gave him a beating and put him in the ankle lock.-The Bella Twins def. Alicia Fox and EmmaHigh paced match from the start. Later on Emma had a bad fall from the ropes and seemed injured but made the tag to Alicia quickly. Nikki pinned Alicia to win and then proceeded to run her mouth about how she’s the greatest diva of all time. Paige’s music hit and she decked Brie and superkicked Nikki.-Ryback def. Curtis AxelAxel tried to be buddies with Ryback only to be blown off by his former partner. Later in the match Ryback did a stalling suplex that let the fans count to 47 seconds. Ryback won with Shell Shocked. Huge “feed me more” chants.-Randy Orton def. KaneRandy sprinted to the ring at the start and set the pace for the whole match. Orton countered the chokeslam and hit an RKO.-Sami Zayn def. Adrian NevilleThe crowd was dead for the entrances but as the match went on the cheers got louder and louder. Sami retained his title after avoiding the Red Arrow and Adrian landed on his feet only to take a Helluva kick.-The Usos and Erick Rowan def. The Miz, Damien Mizdow and Big ShowMiz and Big Show both trolled Mizdow with false tags through. Hilarious act to watch live. Mizdow finally got the tag and Big Show KO Punched him, then left the match. Miz took a superkick and a splash.-John Cena def. Seth Rollins in a street fightThe crowd was extremely pro Cena. Three tables were broken in the match including one that was botched with a broken leg. Rollins covered for it by ripping said broken leg off and used it as a weapon on Cena. Cena finally won with an AA from the ropes through a table.center_img Google+ Facebook Impact Tag Team Champions to debut at EVOLVE Wrestling December events Twitterlast_img read more

Guardiola Sane is the best winger in the world

first_imgPep Guardiola has declared Leroy Sane as the world’s best winger ahead of Manchester City’s Carabao Cup final with Chelsea on Sunday.The Germany international came off the bench on Wednesday to equalise for City against former club Schalke 04 in the first leg of their last-16 Champions League clash by scoring a superb free-kick from 30 yards out.Sane’s goal helped inspire 10-man City to a 3-2 comeback victory on the night and he will now be eyeing a starting spot at Wembley this weekend as the Citizens chase a second successive Carabao Cup.But opportunities at the Etihad Stadium have been a little harder to come by this season for Sane due to Bernardo Silva’s adeptness down the right wing and Raheem Sterling’s fine form.However, Guardiola holds Sane in very high regard and will not contemplate moving him down the middle.“Playing in the middle he can do it,” said Guardiola on the club website.“But I think he’s better out wide.“I’m not saying he can’t (play in middle) but at the moment we have better players to do that job.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…“But Leroy is best playing in the world out wide. I’d prefer to use him where he is strongest, he’s an incredible player.”The former Barcelona coach is well aware of the importance that this weekend’s cup final can have on his City team and is wary of a possible revenge-seeking Chelsea, who they thrashed 6-0 in the league on February 10.“It was really important [to win the Carabao Cup],” revealed Guardiola.“In the Premier League, we were flying in that period but in the days before, we went out of the FA Cup at Wigan.“It is not the most important title but we are here, playing at Wembley – a magical stadium, against a top side in Chelsea.“In the moment, I was so happy but today, I wish we hadn’t beaten them 6-0!“I don’t like to play one team in a short period of time, after you’ve beaten them. They are professional players and they will go extra.”The Carabao Cup final between Chelsea and City will take place at Wembley on Sunday with kick-off set for 5:30 PM (CET).GELSENKIRCHEN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 20: Leroy Sane of Manchester City celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s second goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 First Leg match between FC Schalke 04 and Manchester City at Veltins-Arena on February 20, 2019 in Gelsenkirchen, Germany. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Bongarts/Getty Images)last_img read more

SDSU to ban electric scooters and other micromobility devices on campus

first_img August 19, 2019 Posted: August 19, 2019 Jonathan Halvorson How will the new policy be enforced?Micro-mobility companies have set up “geofencing” around campus, which will alert riders when they are approaching the “no-ride” campus zones. Once the rider enters the geofence, the device will begin to slow significantly.If a rider attempts to bring the device inside of the geofence, the respective device app will block the rider from ending the ride. Users will receive a notification that they must park the motorized device in a designated zone. As part of the policy, designated parking zones, bordering the geofence, have been constructed.The new policy does not apply to manual powered micro-mobility devices. Personal motorized micro-mobility devices owned by faculty, staff, students and campus visitors will be required to be powered down on campus. Those who operate personal motorized devices on campus will be fined $75. Electric or motorized bicycles may be used on campus if powered off.Additionally, the use of non-motorized scooters, bicycles and skateboards on the bike lanes or curbed campus roadways is still permitted and unaffected by the new policy. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter SDSU to ban electric scooters and other micro-mobility devices on campus Why are motorized devices being prohibited on campus?A report compiled by PATS showed a 22% increase in incidents involving bicycles, scooters and skateboards – both motorized and manual powered – on campus between 2017 and 2018. This prompted the formation of a shared governance committee composed of students, academic senators, Enrollment Services, Student Affairs, and others to explore a new policy for the devices.Following concerns for both pedestrian and rider safety on campus, and in response to instances of accidents involving electric or motorized scooters across the country, the University Senate voted to change the university’s active transportation policy and prohibit “micro-mobility” transportation on campus. The policy was officially approved in March 2019. Jonathan Halvorson, SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego State University said it will ban the use of electric or motorized dockless scooters, bicycles, roller skates, hoverboards, skateboards and other similar devices on  campus starting this fall.Students will be able to use them to commute to and from campus, but they are not permitted to operate the devices within university grounds, with the exception of eight designated parking areas.“The new policy was enacted to ensure the safety of our campus community was a top priority,” said Parking and Transportation Services (PATS) Director Debbie Richeson. “However, we recognize that micro-mobility is a favored and accessible form of alternate transportation and we want to support this mode of transportation to and from campus.”last_img read more

Update Firefighters find motorcycle no driver after Washougal traffic accident

first_imgEast County Fire & Rescue on Friday afternoon found a wrecked motorcycle at the scene of a traffic accident in Washougal but no driver.The accident, which was reported just after noon on Southeast Vernon Road near Southeast 357th Avenue, sounded serious, said Mike Carnes, division chief for East County Fire & Rescue.A woman was initially reported to be lying in the road, according to radio traffic monitored at The Columbian.“They found a bike in the ditch” but no patient, Carnes said Friday afternoon.last_img

Lakshmis NTR press meet RGV hopes YS Jagan will treat him with

first_imgRam Gopal Varma, YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and Nara Chandrababu NaiduCollage of photos taken from Twitter and FacebookRam Gopal Varma is set to hold the press meet of Lakshmi’s NTR in Vijayawada on Sunday, May 26, and he hopes new Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy will treat him with more respect than former CM Nara Chandrababu Naidu.Lakshmi’s NTR was released in the cinema halls across the globe, except Andhra Pradesh. The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) stalled its release in the state, claiming that it would feature Nara Chandrababu Naidu in a bad light and also affect the voters during the 2019’s general elections. He was also not allowed to hold a press meet in Vijayawada to announce its new release date after the state went for polling.The state police stopped Ram Gopal Varma, producer Rakesh Reddy and other team members at the Vijayawada airport and they were forced to return to Hyderabad. The Election Commission also objected the release of Lakshmi’s NTR until the election process was over.With the election results out on May 23, Ram Gopal Varma has decided to release Lakshmi’s NTR in Andhra Pradesh on May 31, a day after YS Jagan Mohan Reddy takes the oath as the new Chief Minister of the state. The director tweeted on May 25, “YS JAGAN Swearing in as CM on May 30th and #LakshmisNTR is releasing on May 31st, both with the blessings of YSR and NTR “Ram Gopal Varma hoped that he will be allowed to hold the press meet without any hurdle. He tweeted, “Due to concerns and summer heat we are holding Vijaywada press meet of #LakshmisNTR tmrw 4 pm at Film chamber,Gandhi Nagar Am landing in Vijayawada 1 pm on spice jet from Mumbai ..I hope @ysjagan police will treat us with better respect than the @ncbn Police “Ram Gopal Varma is the happiest man in the Telugu states after the humiliating defeat of Nara Chandrababu Naidu. Soon after the election results were announced, the filmmaker settled his scores, by trolling him through funny memes on his Twitter page. He also condemned him for congratulating the winners for criticising them during his election campaigns.RGV tweeted, “It’s shameful to see political leaders who lost, congratulating the winners after warning the voters about how bad the opposition is throughout their campaign. If they are honest, they should express their disgust and sadness for those who voted for their opponents. Politics is a very serious business dealing with life-changing issues and not just an entertaining game to be sportive about losing.”Ram Gopal Varma also tweeted the video of YS Jagan Mohan Reddy meeting K Chandrasekhar Rao, the CM of the neighbouring state. He wrote, “It’s making me feel all Telugus are together to see the neighbouring  CM’s so very together.. The Ex CM should understand that power is in togetherness and not being against “It’s making me feel all telugus are together to see the neighbouring 2 CM’s so very together ..The Ex CM should understand that power is in togetherness and not being against ??? pic.twitter.com/AH8cdxiXza— Ram Gopal Varma (@RGVzoomin) May 26, 2019last_img read more

SGB Ari Mannis a comedian from California is taking standup comedy to

first_imgThe innate purpose of comedy is to make people forget about their daily drudgery and sink into moments of unadulterated happiness in the form of laughter.The success story of Ari Mannis is that of relentless hard work, breaking stereotypes and grasping every opportunity life throws at you.From the very definition, Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience, usually speaking directly to them. The performer is commonly known as a comic, stand-up comic, comedian, comedienne, stand-up comedian, or simply a stand-up. In stand-up comedy, the comedian gives the illusion that they are dialoguing, but in actuality, they are monologuing a grouping of humorous stories, jokes and one-liners, typically called a shtick, routine, or set.Stand up comedy has evolved as a mainstream form of comedy and has percolated through to almost every country in the world.Today, stand up comedy isn’t just reduced to a mere art, but a full-time profession. Whenever you think of stand up, names like Louis CK, Russell Peters pop up. But today, many artists made it big in the world stage.One such visionary is Ari Mannis from San Diego, California. For a teen graduating college, the ambitions are sky high and being a stand-up comedian is rarely on someone’s radar. Yet, Ari embarked on his journey as a stand-up comedian. Graduating from University of California Santa Cruz as a student of digital media, that was a career path least expected from him. His journey would require him to break a lot of social stereotypes.Some years down the line, he succeeded. Currently residing in Los Angeles, he is the heart of stand up comedy. He performs regular shows in notable venues like The Comedy Store, The Ice House, The Improv to name a few.Paving his way in every form of mainstream media, his shows were featured on MTV’s Greatest Party Stories Ever, Gabriel Iglesias’ Stand Up Revolution on Serious XM, Nerdist, FunnyOrDie, Cracked, Medium, College Humour and TBS.Creativity was always there in his DNA and so he took the next step and started with a monthly comedy show in his living room. It has been featured on Vogue, AirBnBExperiences, Yelp’s Things to Do, Comedy Vortex, and LA Weekly.He also started a comedy news & podcast network called StandUpTalk, where you can find his podcast ‘Unlicensed Therapy’. It has been featured on SoundCloud, iTunes with over 500,000 subscribers.Boasting of footprints everywhere, Mr.Funnybones made it large in comedy.IBT does not endorse any of the above content.last_img read more

Texas Rangers Investigating Sid Millers StatePaid Trips

first_imgBob DaemmrichTexas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller speaks to Evan Smith at TTEvents on March 10, 2016.The Texas Rangers have launched a criminal investigation into Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller‘s use of taxpayer funds to bankroll two out-of-state trips, the Department of Public Safety confirmed Wednesday.The investigation follows complaints filed by the liberal advocacy group Progress Texas, which asked the department’s investigative unit to review two state-paid trips the Stephenville Republican took in February 2015 after media reports indicating he may have traveled for personal benefit, including to participate in a rodeo and to receive a controversial injection known as “the Jesus Shot.”“All the facts point to Sid Miller breaking the law,” Lucy Stein, the group’s advocacy director, said in a statement. “As a steward of the people’s money, Sid Miller must be held accountable for abusing his office. We are hopeful that the Texas Rangers will conduct a thorough and impartial investigation into Miller’s criminal conduct.”In an interview with The Texas Tribune on Wednesday prior to news of the investigation, Miller said there was “absolutely no validity” to the group’s complaints and called them “harassment.” “There’s nothing absolutely illegal or wrong with either of those trips,” he said.In March, the Houston Chronicle first reported Miller’s trip to Oklahoma to obtain a so-called “Jesus Shot,” which some believe cures all pain for life. Miller said he made the trip so he could tour the Oklahoma National Stockyards and meet with Oklahoma officials. But when those officials were contacted by the Chronicle, they said they had no plans to meet with him that day. Internal emails from the Agriculture Department later indicated that Miller had planned the trip around receiving the shot. After details about the trip became public, Miller said he would repay the state for the trip out of an “abundance of caution.”Miller also traveled to Mississippi in February on the state’s dime. While there, Miller, who is a calf roper, participated in the National Dixie Rodeo. When asked about the trip, the Agriculture Department gave contradictory reports to media outlets. The Houston Chronicle reported that Miller took the state-paid trip to Mississippi to participate in the National Dixie Rodeo but later repaid the state with campaign and personal funds. He told the Chronicle that the intent of the trip was to meet with agriculture officials there, making it a legitimate state-covered business trip. Miller said after those meetings fell through, he repaid the state for the trip with campaign funds because he also met with donors and advisers during that time.More than a week before the Chronicle story, Miller’s then–communications director Lucy Nashed told the Tribune that the Mississippi trip — which was always designed to be a personal trip — was mistakenly booked by a staffer as a business trip. Once the staffer realized the trip was personal, Nashed said, Miller repaid the state for the trip.Earlier this week, Nashed resigned, saying there was a “tremendous lack of communication” at the department.Terri Langford contributed reporting to this story.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at http://www.texastribune.org/2016/04/13/texas-rangers-investigate-ag-chiefs-statepaid-trip/. Sharelast_img read more

Department of Defense video shows Mother of All Bombs airstrike in Afghanistan

first_imgThe Department of Defense has released footage of a U.S. airstrike in Afghanistan that targeted an ISIS camp.The attack utilized the GBU-43/B Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb (MOAB), which is more commonly referred to as ‘The Mother of All Bombs.’It’s the largest non-nuclear bomb in the U.S. military arsenal. The video of the blast shows why.War is in the air.last_img

Startups Can Now Buy Insurance to Protect Themselves Against Patent Trolls

first_img Register Now » Patent trolls are a huge problem in this country. Known officially as Patent Assertion Entities, they don’t actually create new products, but instead make money by amassing a collection of patents and suing accused infringers.Big corporations typically have the resources to fight them off, which explains why most patent infringement lawsuits are filed against small to medium-sized companies. When it comes down to choosing between a lengthy, expensive complicated legal battle with a patent troll and paying a licensing fee, many startups don’t have the luxury of selecting the former option. Patent trolls cost small companies about $11 billion in 2011, and despite attempts by lawmakers to reform our broken patent system, the number of lawsuits filed by patent trolls has dramatically increased in recent years.Related: Looks Like Big Tech Is Winning the Battle With Patent TrollsBut now comes news that has the potential to change the nature of the patent trolling business. RPX — a company that strategically buys patent licenses to protect its clients from infringement lawsuits – is now offering its services to small and medium-sized businesses.In other words startups, no matter how small, can now buy protection against patent trolls. Premiums for companies with less than $20 million in revenue range from $7,500 to $10,000; If a covered company gets slapped with a lawsuit from a patent troll, RPX will shoulder legal or settlement costs up to the company’s limit (which starts at $1 million but can go up to $10 million), although that’s only after it pays a retention, which RPX says starts at $25,000.   “This is a game changer because it levels the playing field for small companies by transforming a previously uninsurable threat into a manageable business risk,” John Amster, chief executive and co-founder of RPX, said in a press release. “This insurance policy for small companies now enables RPX to offer insurance for any sized company, from the smallest start-up to multi-billion dollar enterprises.”Up until this point, RPX had only offered its “patent risk solutions” to large companies (current clients include Google and Apple).Related: Yes, Patent Trolls Are Hurting Your BusinessWhile RPX’s services for small businesses aren’t negligible – it’s unfortunate that small enterprises need to worry about this in the first place — the model is intriguing: Essentially, RPX is offering its expertise in negotiating and litigating patent cases to startups. Under RPX’s protection, a small business can’t be easily bullied into paying a licensing fee just to avoid a legal mess.Jamie Balboni, a principal and intellectual-property expert at insurance brokerage Williams Gallagher Associates, told The Wall Street Journal that small tech startups are particularly vulnerable to patent troll lawsuits.However, in RPX she sees a ray of hope (for the tech sector, at least): If the company is successful, she told the outlet, patent trolls “will just move on to another industry.”Related: Entrepreneurs Want Patent Trolls Gone, But Current Legislation Is Sloppy Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 3 min read November 12, 2014 Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more

FILE This booking file photo released by the Ham

first_img FILE – This booking file photo released by the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dept. shows Uma Von Wittkamp after she was arrested in Nebraska. Court records show the son of actors Sean Penn and Robin Wright pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in a Nebraska drug possession case and paid a fine. The actors’ 24-year-old son, Hopper Penn, and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Von Wittkamp, were arrested April 4 after a state trooper stopped their vehicle on Interstate 80 in southeastern Nebraska. Court records show that on April 24, each pleaded no contest to attempt of a felony and ordered to pay $1,000 each. (Hamilton County Sheriff’s Dept via AP, File) Son of Sean Penn, Robin Wright settles Nebraska drug case by The Associated Press Posted Jun 20, 2018 2:15 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 20, 2018 at 3:01 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Emailcenter_img AURORA, Neb. – The son of actors Sean Penn and Robin Wright has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanour in his Nebraska drug case.Twenty-four-year-old Hopper Penn and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Uma Von Wittkamp, were arrested during a traffic stop on April 4 on Interstate 80 in southeastern Nebraska.The Nebraska State Patrol says a search of their vehicle turned up 14 grams of marijuana, four amphetamine pills and 3 grams of psychedelic mushrooms.Both were initially charged with felony drug possession. Court records show they later pleaded no contest to the misdemeanour charge of attempt of a felony. Each was ordered to pay $1,000.A no-contest plea allows a defendant to not admit guilt but acknowledge that there’s enough evidence for a conviction.last_img read more