Gujarat on alert as Hardik Patel goes on fast

first_imgPatidar leader Hardik Patel on Saturday began a fast on the outskirts of the city amid heavy deployment of the police and the detention of several of his aides.He is pressing for reservation for the Patidar community and waiver of farm debt in the State.Tight securityPolicemen have been deployed to frisk all visitors to his sprawling farm house, the venue of the fast.Several Congress leaders, including Lalit Vasoya, Lalit Kagathara, Kirit Patel, Asha Patel and Brijesh Merja, were present when Mr. Patel began his fast at 3 p.m. in the presence of hundreds of supporters.Also Read “Today is the third anniversary of the Patidar agitation. Two months ago, we had sought permission to stage a protest in the form of an indefinite fast. The administration has denied us permission to hold protests even in Gandhinagar. Since we were denied all venues we sought, we decided to hold it in my residence,” Mr. Patel told presspersons at the venue.“In all highways, the police are intercepting and checking vehicles to prevent our activists and supporters [from participating in the agitation],” Mr. Patel said, slamming the BJP government for using force and the State machinery to dissuade people from supporting his fast.Days-long protest“Thousands across the State will sit on fast, and the protest will continue for days. I have also invited people to come to my house to join me in the fast. This is not about me. It is about the people of Gujarat,” he said.On Friday, the Gandhinagar district administration denied him permission to hold a protest. “All this shows the government is scared of the agitation,” Mr. Patel said.Director-General of Police (DGP) Shivanand Jha has directed all senior police officials to remain vigilant.The State Reserve Police (SRP) has also been deployed.R.B. Brahmbhatt, chief of Gujarat’s Intelligence Bureau (IB), said that 158 people from across the State have been detained by the police based on intelligence inputs. He denied Mr. Patel’s claim that several thousand persons had been held. Police preventing people from joining hunger strike, says Hardik Patellast_img read more

Travel agencies, tourism boards lure Indian visitors to foreign shores

first_imgMumbai’s tiger totsAdults don’t seem bothered about the fate of the endangered Indian tiger. Sanctuary Asia magazine and Britannia Industries Ltd are hoping they can at least make tomorrow’s decision-makers sensitive.At a three day Tiger Mela at Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty last week, as part of the Kids for Tigers programme,Mumbai’s tiger totsAdults don’t seem bothered about the fate of the endangered Indian tiger. Sanctuary Asia magazine and Britannia Industries Ltd are hoping they can at least make tomorrow’s decision-makers sensitive.At a three day Tiger Mela at Mumbai’s Girgaum Chowpatty last week, as part of the Kids for Tigers programme undertaken to spread the message of tiger conservation to children in over 650 schools countrywide, they were given lessons on India’s natural heritage. Some said they loved the tiger so they were there; for others it was just a way to have some fun.One more in a line of exhaustive attempts made by travel agencies and tourism boards to lure Indian visitors to foreign shores. Except that the Malaysian Tourism Board and the Malaysian Airlines threw in some exotica with their models walking the ramp draped in sonkets and tunics in lace and brocade.Native designers Tom Abang Saufi and Sharifah Kirana experimented with unconventional cuts mixed with traditional motifs to create a pleasing array in shades of inks, greens and orange. But the show did not dazzle the judicious Indian consumer. Last overheard: Sri Lanka was offering better discounts.The winning quartetAnother one of those dos for the corporate honchos and the diplomatic fraternity. Only this time – rather it’s becoming an annual event – they weren’t there just for glitterati and chatterati purposes but to showcase their tennis talents.The Trans Meridian “doubles only” Tennis Tournament, attended by Dabur’s Amit Burman and Jim Catchpole of the British High Commission, among others, was sponsored by William Grant’s Scotch whisky and the Hyatt Regency. Blending joy with sporting spirit?advertisement- Contributed by Natasha Israni and Himanshi Dhawanlast_img read more

Will Pick and Choose Tournaments to Remain Fit with 2020 Tokyo Olympics in Mind: PV Sindhu

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Chennai: World champion PV Sindhu on Thursday said she will pick and choose tournaments to stay fit ahead of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The Olympic qualification period started on April 29 with the Badminton World Federation (BWF) considering the rankings list published on April 30, 2020, to allocate spots. Since last year, the BWF has also made it compulsory for the world’s top 15 players in the singles events and top 10 pairs in the doubles disciplines to play a minimum of 12 out of 15 tournaments of the World Tour or face a penalty.”Since it’s the Olympics year, each and every tournament is important. You need to be mentally and physically fit and maintain your fitness levels and give your 100 percent in every tournament,” Sindhu said.”Definitely, I will choose tournaments since you have to be injury-free and give 100 percent which is very important…” she added.The 24-year-old Hyderabad shuttler became the first Indian to be crowned world champion when she defeated Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in August. She had previously lost in the finals twice.Sindhu felicitated the sports achievers of Velammal Nexus Schools for their accomplishments in various disciplines at the national and international level with scholarships worth Rs 60 lakh.She thanked people for their support and said her next aim was to bag the gold in the Tokyo Olympics.”I would just take it as blessings and love and support from all, the billions of people of the country and go out there and play at the Olympics in 2020. And definitely I hope and I wish I will give my best and get the gold,” Sindhu said.Later, the ace shuttler met actor and Makkal Needhi Maiyam chief Kamal Haasan at his office. 2020 tokyo olympicsBWFfitPV Sindhu First Published: October 10, 2019, 9:09 PM ISTlast_img read more

‘Fans who illegally stream matches are parasites’

first_imgSunderland director Charlie Methven has labelled supporters who watch illegal streams of matches “parasites” as he continues to confront the club’s fan base.Methven, a public relations expert, came in alongside new owner Stewart Donald, who took over from the much-maligned Ellis Short ahead of the 2018-19 season. The north-eastern club endured a second successive relegation last season, dropping out of the Championship and into League One in a campaign when they were expected to push for an immediate return to the top flight.And despite his experience in PR, Methven made no attempt to mince his words when discussing certain sections of the Black Cats’ support. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! “If you’re a fanatic of your football club and you decide, actually what you’re going to do is you’re going to spend your money on a few pints of lager and watch an illegal stream of the match rather than contributing that money to trying to help your club to be the best it probably can, you’re not a fan, you’re a parasite,” he said to BBC Newcastle.He reasoned that Sunderland match-day tickets were reasonably priced and voiced his displeasure with fans that spend their money elsewhere instead of supporting the club financially by attending games.“When you average them out, it can be about £12 per ticket. I don’t buy that there are people who are poor enough to not be able to afford that but are rich enough to be able to afford to go to pubs and drink in there.”This is not the first time Methven has publicly criticised supporters, having previously voiced his disappointment with those that leave matches early, rather than staying to support their side through to the full-time whistle.Sunderland currently sit third in League One, three points off table-topping Peterborough and two behind Portsmouth as the Black Cats look to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.last_img read more

ICC Champions Trophy: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli sweep aside Bangladesh, it’s India vs Pakistan in summit clash

first_imgIndia cruised into the final of the ICC Champions Trophy after a nine-wicket victory over Bangladesh on Thursday, setting up a clash with old rivals Pakistan on Sunday.A masterful unbeaten 123 from Rohit Sharma steered defending champions India to victory with nearly 10 overs to spare after they were set a target of 265 by Bangladesh, playing in their first semi-final of a major tournament. (ICC Champions Trophy: Virat Kohli calm and composed ahead of final vs Pakistan)WATCH FULL VIDEOSharma shared a 178-run partnership with Virat Kohli, who ended unbeaten on 96 as India delivered a composed and classy batting display.Bangladesh’s bowling attack never managed to create any real pressure on what was a good batting track and they will also feel they failed to put up a big enough target. (ICC Champions Trophy: Rohit Sharma says Team India ready for title showdown vs Pakistan)An entertaining 123 run third wicket partnership between Tamim Iqbal and Mushfiqur Rahim put Bangladesh in a strong position but their middle order failed to fully capitalise on that foundation.Bangladesh ended their 50 overs on 264 for seven after Tamim top scored with 70 and Mushfaqir made 61, but with a stronger middle and lower order contribution they would have expected to reach around 300. (Virat Kohli smashes AB de Villiers’ record, becomes to fastest 8000 ODI runs)Bhuvneshwar Kumar claimed two early wickets for India – Soumya Sarkar dragging on in the first over and then Sabbir Rahman slashing a short ball to Ravindra Jadeja at backward point to leave Bangladesh at 36 for two.advertisementReuters PhotoTamim was fortunate when he was bowled by Hardik Panya off a no-ball when he was on 17, but he took good advantage of the reprieve.Together with Mushfiqur, Tamim took the game to India with some aggressive batting, taking calculated risks and scoring at a brisk pace as they brought up the century partnership off 104 balls with 10 fours and one six. (Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma become most successful opening pair in ICC Champions Trophy history)The breakthrough came after India had managed to slow down the run-rate and with the pressure on, Tamim lost his composure, bowling the part-time off-spin of Kedar Jadhav as he attempted a wild slog.Shakib Al Hasan was superbly caught, off a bottom edge by MS Dhoni, stood up to spinner Ravindra Jadeja and then Jadhav struck again with the crucial wicket of Mushfiqur, whose mistimed shot was snaffled up by Virat Kohli at mid-wicket.Bangladesh badly needed Mahmudullah, a century maker in the win over New Zealand last week, to regain the momentum but he was only able to make 21 off 25 balls before being bowled by a fine Jasprit Bumrah yorker.last_img read more

Ranking the units: Linebackers dominate

first_imgPhoto Attribution: USATSIPhoto Attribution: USATSIThe season will be half over when OSU plays on Saturday and I wanted to use the break to rank the different facets of OSU’s team thus far. Let’s dive in…1. LinebackersYou could make a decent argument that Caleb Lavey and Shaun Lewis have been the best players on this team through five games, and not just because of the K-State game.2. Defensive lineLet’s step back and take a look at what I just wrote. If you were a fan of OSU in the 1990s and you were capable of time travel and you came to 2013 and found this blog you would just lose your mind over the fact that OSU’s defensive line and linebackers are its two best units.You would also probably lose your mind that there are two OSU blogs and three message boards solely dedicated to providing you news about Oklahoma State sports 24/7.Actually you would also probably lose your mind that there’s an Internet.3. SecondaryAnother victim of the yards per game fallacy. OSU’s secondary has been pretty good this year. It’s fourth in the conference in yards per attempt (6.1) and only two teams have faced more passes than it has. It also has the second most interceptions in the Big 12 (9) but that’s likely just a product of being passed on a lot.We are three units in and still nothing from the offense!4. QBsIt’s a little bit scary that QBs ranks this high on the list but who would you put ahead of them? The receivers have more drops than Snoop in 2004, the running backs are on pace for 959 yards combined, the punt/punt return unit has been all right but the 13-yard and 16-yard punts are sticking with me (call me crazy). I know Walsh hasn’t been elite but he hasn’t gotten much help from his allegedly great wide receivers either.If he gets a few catches in Morgantown and Stewart doesn’t drop that bomb two weeks ago, I think we’re looking at his season in a different light.[1. Again, for the 1,000th time, his inability to stretch the field is a huge problem and probably really pisses off his offensive line but everybody else has been so bad that I don’t know who to rank ahead of him.]5. ReceiversFor as deep as this unit is supposed to be, Gundy sure does keep talking about how OSU hasn’t been going fast because its receiving unit isn’t deep enough. I know they’ve had injuries but so did they 2011 and 2012 teams.Plus, who’s the go-to guy? Josh Stewart? So the guy averaging 66 yards a game in an air raid offense is your go-to dude on the last drive of the game when you need a touchdown?It seems like having eight receivers who are all equally talented would be better than a clear hierarch of three (like OSU did in 2011) but it’s seemed to have the opposite effect. Also, Blake Jackson has 98 yards. On the year. Total.6. Punting/punt returningThis is 29 yards worth of punts.7. Kicking/kick returningThis is, essentially, a missed extra point.Grogan has the second-worst FG percentage in the conference (the guy who’s last is Baylor’s kicker and he’s 2-4). But at least we’re covering those kickoffs better! No, really, this is a good thing — first in the conference in kick coverage…sixth in kick returns though.8. Offensive lineI actually feel like this story is somehow getting underplayed. Everybody is so used to Joe Wickline throwing out an O-line that’s the college football equivalent to the secret service so when it doesn’t happen we all throw our hands in the air and say “must be QB1!!”Parker Graham said this week he knows they have to be better — he’s right, unless you guys just really want to be two-peat Heart of Dallas Bowl champs.9. Running backsIt has not been pretty. Here are the yards per carry averages ranked (min. five attempts):1. WR2. QB3. QB4. RB5. RB6. RBI’m guessing this isn’t what Dana had in mind when he put the offense in back in 2010. I’m guessing this is not what Mike Yurcich had in mind when he took the job earlier this year.I honestly don’t know whether to blame the offensive line, the lack of an arm on our QB, the plays Yurcich is calling, or the actual guys running the ball but those other units have actually been decent in other areas (passing). The RB combos have been just awful so far.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Pochettino: Mourinho one of the best

first_imgManchester United ‘Mourinho one of the best managers in the world’ – Pochettino denies bad blood with Man Utd boss Dom Farrell Last updated 2 years ago 20:30 10/27/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) JoseMourinhoMauricioPochettino - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur José Mourinho Manchester United v Tottenham Hotspur Premier League The Spurs boss criticised his United counterpart’s courting of Eric Dier in his new book but bears no ill will towards the Man United boss Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino insists there is no rift between himself and Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho ahead of their weekend showdown.United and Spurs are level on 20 points in the Premier League and sit as the closest challengers to leaders Manchester City on the eve of a keenly anticipated Old Trafford clash.Spurs 5/2 to beat United Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player An extract from Pochettino’s new book, published this week, detailed how the Argentinian was unimpressed by Mourinho hugging and talking with Eric Dier after last season’s match at Old Trafford that United won 1-0.Dier had been linked with a possible move to United and confirmed interest from the 20-time English champions in a lengthy discussion with Pochettino after the incident.Pochettino accused Mourinho of putting Dier “in a compromising position” but, speaking at a news conference ahead of Saturday’s game, he insisted the affair had long since been put to bed.”That is a thing that is in the past,” said the Spurs boss, who will be without top scorer Harry Kane against United due to a hamstring injury.”I was honest. My relationship with him is very good, we are in contact. That was only one situation, a small one. It is not an issue. “I don’t like to speak about my book because it is in the past. The book only tried to show how difficult it is for every manager. Not only me. The intention is a book that can help a lot of people understand how our life is. “You can read in my book how he is, for me, one of the best managers in the world – admired like [Pep] Guardiola. I am not perfect, I am human too.”Putting in the hard work ahead of Man Utd #COYS pic.twitter.com/yeozhbAE3F— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 27, 2017Pochettino went on to confirm he stays in regular text contact with Mourinho and got in touch to offer condolences when the Portuguese’s father passed away during the close season.The Spurs manager was keen to move attention away from the book and towards the weekend match, where he feels there should no longer be onus on his side to prove they belong alongside the heavyweights of English football.”Every time over the last months when we are going to compete and play, [people say] that game will be… against Liverpool, Real Madrid and now in Manchester,” he added.”Always it is like we need to show the people that we deserve to be there. It is not like this.”We are a team who want to compete, who are competing and then the results are the results.”We have a clear idea about how we want to move and go – that is to win games and try to be on top in every competition.”last_img read more

Pep: City don’t have a Fernandinho replacement

first_imgFernandinho’s bravura display in Manchester City’s 2-1 win over Premier League title rivals Liverpool proved he is irreplaceable, according to manager Pep Guardiola.The Premier League champions closed to within four points of Jurgen Klopp’s leaders at the summit thanks to goals from Sergio Aguero and Leroy Sane either side of Roberto Firmino’s second-half equaliser.Fernandinho sat out City’s back-to-back defeats against Crystal Palace and Leicester City last month, with John Stones and Ilkay Gundogan providing uneasy alternatives at the base of Guardiola’s midfield as Liverpool were gifted the initiative. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And, in a season when star man Kevin De Bruyne has been limited to a solitary league start due to medial knee ligament injuries, Guardiola knows he can ill afford his 33-year-old midfield general spending any more time on the sidelines.”Fernandinho’s specific qualities, we do not have a replacement for him – his kind of duels, the way he is going backwards,” said the City manager.”He is an incredible, outstanding player for us. Against Liverpool he showed it again.”And pray, pray [for him] to be fit for as long as possible.”Another veteran of City’s previous title triumphs, Aguero, opened the scoring on Thursday by beating Alisson with a thunderous finish from an almost implausible angle.Friday mood! pic.twitter.com/X4QUAHP2FO — Fernandinho (@fernandinho) January 4, 2019 It was the Argentina striker’s 250th league goal of a career that started with Independiente in his homeland before a move to Atletico Madrid. Guardiola ranks City’s all-time top scorer Aguero and Fernandinho among a select few of his first-team squad for whom winning is akin to a drug – proven characters who could be pivotal should the battle with Liverpool go to the wire.”Always he responds,” the ex-Barcelona boss said of Aguero. “He has these incredible numbers.”I have a lot of respect for the players who stay 10, 11, 12 years – every year doing that. They are the ones I respect the most.”Everybody can make an exceptional season or good moments in six months or two seasons.”But players like Vincent [Kompany], like David [Silva], like Sergio, like Nicolas Otamendi, who every single year are there competing with the desire to do more and more and more…”Winning is so addictive. It is something when you taste it, you go, ‘wow, I want more of that’.”The hedonism of midweek at the Etihad Stadium, where Guardiola credited a raucous home crowd for being “close to us more than I ever saw before in my period here”, gives way to a Sunday visit from Rotherham United in the third round of the FA Cup.Last night will be remembered. Love to our fans who pushed us throughout. Together we can go above and beyond. #ManCity pic.twitter.com/9tdUYta1TK — Vincent Kompany (@VincentKompany) January 4, 2019 Then comes the first leg of an EFL Cup semi-final against Burton Albion as City continue to battle for trophies of four fronts.As much as he welcomes that challenge, Guardiola conceded there might be more enjoyable ways to spend the English winter.”I would like to have two months of holidays right now, definitely,” he added. “This month was really tough but it is what it is.”We want to become a top, top club. You cannot deny any game, you cannot drop any competition.”I don’t know how we are going to be. Maybe if we didn’t play in the Carabao Cup it would be easy for our recovery. For example, Liverpool are out [of the EFL Cup] and have more time to prepare the Premier League.”But I prefer to be in [City’s] position. We have enough of a squad – Kevin is coming back, Gundogan is coming back. Everybody is going to rotate and everybody is going to play. It is the only way.” Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

ESPN Announces Major News For Rising College Football Reporter

first_imgmaria taylor posts a photo on instagramMaria Taylor is one of the rising stars in the college football reporting world.The ESPN reporter, who’s entering her second season as the reporter for College GameDay, will be sticking around at the Worldwide Leader for a while longer, too.ESPN announced this morning that it has inked Taylor to a new contract.Taylor’s Made for This! @MariaTaylor7 Inks New Deal with ESPN https://t.co/nHNOCSehql pic.twitter.com/Nik8XtJktI— Anna Negron (@ItsAnnaNegron) August 28, 2018From ESPN:“I have been blessed with so many opportunities to grow and evolve as a broadcaster and learn from so many incredible people,” said Taylor. “I am excited to start the next chapter of my career with my ESPN family, and to continue working with the players, coaches, and programs that I am incredibly passionate about.”Taylor enters her second season on College GameDay Built by The Home Depot this year, and will continue as a rotating host on College Football Live, in addition to contributing to other ESPN shows, including Get Up!, SportsCenter, as well as NBA Draft and NBA Combine coverage.“Maria’s level of preparation, knowledge, passion and enthusiasm is what makes her standout in everything she does,” said Lee Fitting, ESPN vice president of production. “Her growth at the network is a testament to her versatility both on the sideline and as a host in the studio, shaping her into the ultimate modern day broadcaster.”Taylor has been with ESPN since 2014.last_img read more

UN mission in Kosovo helps Serbian convoy to deliver aid

The large convoy, consisting of 10 buses with more than 300 people and five trucks of humanitarian supplies, officially notified UNMIK of its arrival only on 12 July — too short a time in terms of required notification, according to Susan Manuel, a spokeswoman for the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).As the security could not be arranged in time, UNMIK decided that the convoy could not travel through Kosovo, Ms. Manuel said. A compromise was found on 13 July for a smaller convoy to come on 15 July, but the convoy organizers chose to attempt entrance on 14 July with the full entourage.KFOR, the international security force in Kosovo, stopped the convoy to prevent possible incidents. Because of some protest among the population against the convoy, KFOR transferred all supplies onto KFOR lorries and allowed some Serb representatives to monitor delivery. Five small convoys then delivered the supplies to several enclaves, completing the operation on Sunday.”We do not oppose such visits,” the spokeswoman said, “but we have a clear policy on notification in order to make the needed security arrangements.” read more

Chad UN finds new site for thousands of refugees from Central African

So far over 1,500 of some 6,000 refugees have been moved to a new site at Dosseye, some 30 kilometres from Goré, the main town in southern Chad, where they have better access to water, a health centre, security and a school – and space for each family to cultivate land, UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman William Spindler told a news briefing in Geneva today.The rest are expected to move over the next few days to the site, which can host up to 10,000 people, as will any new arrivals from CAR.The refugees were living at a site at Amboko on agricultural land belonging to local people as a provisional measure. Most of them arrived between June and December 2005.There are about 45,000 CAR refugees in Chad, which also shelters some 220,000 refugees from Sudan’s war-torn Darfur region along its eastern border. read more

FCC Chairman Genachowski confirms plans to step down in coming weeks

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Julius Genachowski, on Friday announced that he’s stepping down in the “coming weeks,” after a four-year tenure that’s garnered mixed reviews for him and tangible progress in the industries he oversees.The country’s top telecommunications regulator told a staff meeting of his decision Friday morning. His impending departure was reported Thursday by several news outlets.Genachowski, 50, was appointed in 2009 and has hewed a middle line between the desires of public-interest groups and the telecom industry, which hasn’t enamoured him to either side.His tenure has seen continued adoption of broadband and ever higher Internet connection speeds, especially on the wireless side, but consumer groups saw the approval of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC as a mistake, while AT&T Inc. suffered a severe blow when its acquisition of T-Mobile USA was blocked.“For those of us who represent the public, Chairman Genachowski’s term can best be described as one of missed opportunities,” said public-interest group Public Knowledge. Genachowski should have done more to assert the FCC’s authority over broadband, which is lightly regulated compared to the telephone, and to prevent consolidation in the industry, it said.In an interview, Genachowski defended the FCC’s 2010 order that prohibits wired Internet service providers from blocking access to websites and services.“We put in place the first rules to protect Internet freedom and openness, and the rules are working. We’re seeing increased innovation and investment in Internet applications and services and also in Internet networks and infrastructure,” Genachowski said. “I believe we’ve established an open Internet as a business and social norm in the U.S.”President Barack Obama, who worked with Genachowski at the Harvard Law Review, said he brought to the FCC a “clear focus on spurring innovation, helping our businesses compete in a global economy and helping our country attract the industries and jobs of tomorrow.”Rob Atkinson, president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation, a non-partisan think-tank , commended Genachowski’s FCC for its National Broadband Plan — the first comprehensive federal plan to stimulate the availability and adoption of high-speed Internet access — and for its efforts to put more radio spectrum to use wireless broadband.“America’s broadband economy is thriving, with record-setting private investment, unparalleled innovation in networks, device and apps, and renewed U.S. leadership around the world,” Genachowski said Friday as he thanked the FCC’s staff.Genachowski’s departure will follow that of Republican Robert McDowell, which leaves the five-member commission with a 2-1 Democratic majority until Obama appoints a new chairman and commissioner.Stifel Nicolaus analysts Christopher King and David Kaut said they believe the front-running candidate for next chairman is Tom Wheeler, a venture capitalist and former president of two major trade groups, for the cable and wireless industries. by Peter Svensson, The Associated Press Posted Mar 22, 2013 12:44 pm MDT FCC Chairman Genachowski confirms plans to step down in coming weeks AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

US stocks snap higher as Fed promises a patient approach on rates

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The U.S. stock market is closing with its biggest gain in more than a year after the Federal Reserve said it was in no rush to raise rates.The Federal Reserve indicated Wednesday it was moving closer to raising rates from record lows because the U.S. economy and job market are strengthening. The Fed said it would be “patient” in its approach to raising rates.The Standard & Poor’s 500 gained 40 points, or 2 per cent, to 2,012, the largest increase since October 2013.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 288 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 17,356.The Nasdaq climbed 96 points, or 2.1 per cent, to 4,644.Energy shares rose the most Wednesday as oil gained.Bond prices fell. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note rose to 2.14 per cent. by The Associated Press Posted Dec 17, 2014 2:13 pm MDT US stocks snap higher as Fed promises a ‘patient’ approach on rates; oil price steadies read more

UN agency boosts aid for Malawis flood victims as Member States are

Also today, UN Member States were briefed on the unfolding humanitarian situation in the southeast Africa country. Speaking on behalf of General Assembly President Sam Kutesa, Assembly Vice-President, Denis Antoine, urged the international community to consider giving more to address the growing needs in Malawi.“While we may not be able to prevent disasters from taking place, we can do much more to mitigate their impact on people and economies,” Mr. Antoine told the Assembly this morning at a meeting organized by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). The world must not let the “increasing humanitarian crises around the world” take away from addressing a very serious situation unfolding in Malawi, he added. “Since the beginning of the rainy season last October, more than 100,000 people in southern Africa region have been displaced or affected by floods and storms,” said Mr. Antoine. Although countries in the region are leading humanitarian efforts with the assistance from the UN and its partners, the international community must do more to “support a full recovery.”Malawi’s Minister of Lands and Housing also participated in the briefing via video link from his country’s capital, Lilongwe. Also joining in was the UN Resident Coordinator in the country and other members of the UN country team who provided details on the situation on the ground. The situation is expected to get worse before it gets better, with downpours forecast for the next several days. This year’s rains have come ahead of their usual schedule, repeatedly bursting the banks along the Shire and Ruo rivers.In a note, WFP today said more resources are urgently required to fill the funding gap. The Programme is currently working to bring food to an additional 160,000 people who have been affected by the floods. This week alone, it plans to dispatch food to Mangochi, Thyolo, Chiradzulu, Blantyre, Salima and Balaka districts. It is delivering maize, beans, vegetable oil and ‘Super Cereal’ (a flour-fortified with vitamins and minerals). Meanwhile, it has also provided 28 metric tons of High-Energy Biscuits to more than 34,000 people in Chikhwawa and Nsanje districts. The fortified biscuits are often used in emergencies when people have no access to cooking facilities.The WFP has been able to reach hard-to-reach areas of the hardest hit areas of Chikhwawa and Nsanje using its own helicopter. By the end of January, it had reached nearly 210,000 people with more than 1,500 metric tons of food assistance in eight districts. read more

Brock tops in intramurals yet again

Brock’s seven CIRA Ontario banners. Call it Lucky No. 7.Brock University has its seventh CIRA Ontario Outstanding Intramural Achievement banner.The University was recognized yet again for providing a stellar intramural experience to students, giving 6,800 Badgers the chance to play the usual sport suspects like volleyball, or the off-beat, such as innertube water polo, underwater hockey and ultimate Frisbee.In all, 52 competitive and recreational activities were offered, with two new leagues added to the roster: tchouckball and extreme intramurals, which combined, saw nearly 30 teams and 200 people participate.“The most rewarding part of Intramurals is the fact that students and staff from all over the campus choose to participate. Our program sees students in all faculties participate,” Megan Locker, intramural program co-ordinator wrote in the award application.“What makes Brock Intramurals outstanding is the fact that all participants are given plenty of opportunities to meet other students while participating in sports they may or may not have played before on campus.”That sentiment was echoed by students, who wrote letters of support for the University.“Getting involved with intramurals really made all the difference to my time at Brock and it really made me want to encourage others to do the same,” one student wrote. “I look forward to continuing the remainder of my years at Brock with the intramural program andseeing just how much fun we can have.” read more

Newsrooms hold moment of silence for 5 shooting victims

first_imgANNAPOLIS, Md. — Newsrooms across the country, including The Columbian’s, paused Thursday to observe a moment of silence for five employees of a Maryland newspaper who were killed a week ago in one of the deadliest attacks on journalists in U.S. history.The Capital Gazette staff paused somberly at 2:33 p.m. as editor Rick Hutzell rang a bell for each person who died at the Annapolis paper exactly seven days earlier, The Baltimore Sun reported.The staff traditionally convenes meetings by clanging a bell, and Hutzell said the act has taken on a new meaning.“Every time we ring that bell, we’re going to think about our friends,” he said.About a dozen people held hands and prayed next to a memorial near the building where the shootings happened. Cheryl Starr and her son, Sam, came to pay their respects.“We live right next door, so it just hit us hard, because it’s so close to home — way too close to home — and it’s tragic. Everyone in the community knew these people, and it just shouldn’t happen like that,” she said.The American Society of News Editors and The Associated Press Media Editors asked newsrooms around the globe to join in a remembrance of the dead, and many did.last_img read more

Charlie Puth Sings Through His Shyness With The Way I Am

first_imgPuth’s relationship with collaborators stands out on Voicenotes and these were a big part of the lead up to its May release, including “Done For Me” featuring Kehlani and “Change” with James Taylor.The album’s pre-release single “How Long” made it to the Billboard Hot 100 No. 21 in Feb. and has received more than 400 million views for its complaints about being cheated on. Like “The Way I Am”‘s complaints about shyness, there is a tuneful celebration of self-acceptance at its center.Finding his voice and gaining comfort in the spotlight, Charlie Puth’s craft and growth as an artist feel centered. Heading on tour with a great sophomore LP on the books, it seems like Puth is just where he should be.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more Charlie Puth Accepts “The Way I Am” charlie-puth-sings-through-his-shyness-way-i-am Charlie Puth Sings Through His Shyness With “The Way I Am” https://twitter.com/charlieputh/status/1016524957734621184 The right place to hide for this high-register balladeer is front-and-center, inside his musicPhilip MerrillGRAMMYs Jul 10, 2018 – 2:50 pm Singer/songwriter Charlie Puth’s second studio album Voicenotes was released in May and reached No. 4 on the Billboard 200, topping his 2016 debut album Nine Track Mind’s No. 6 peak position. On July 9 Puth released the video for his latest’s opening track “The Way I Am,” soaring swiftly past its first million views on YouTube.A pop anthem for self-acceptance, with confessional overtones, its message holds a “just Puth” commentary on his rapid rise as a successful new voice. Puth is up-front about this ambivalence with the lyric, “I’m just trying to find a place to hide,” and center stage seems like a good place for that — Puth kicks off his North American tour in Toronto on July 11. With his summer packed with performance dates, whatever shyness fuels his talent can be explored before thousands of adoring fans. Twitter NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 17, 2016 – 1:21 pm Charlie Puth Wrote “See You Again” In 10 Minutescenter_img Facebook News In 2014 Puth’s Hot 100 No. 1 hit “See You Again” with Wiz Khalifa associated his relaxed tenor register with the lasting relationships that powered Furious 7 and commemorated the loss of Paul Walker. In addition to the track’s Best Pop Duo/Group Performance nomination at the 58th GRAMMY Awards, the pair were also nominated as composers in Best Song Written For Visual Media and Song Of The Year. Puth told us he wrote the first draft in 10 minutes while staying at the Montage in Beverly Hills. Email Content Not Available last_img read more

Mazdas future styling will differ more from model to model says Euro

first_imgEnlarge ImageDon’t expect to see these lines on other Mazda models in the future. Manuel Carrillo III/Roadshow Mazda has always been a company that has been most successful when it opted not to do things the way other companies were choosing to, and instead went its own weird and often wildly different way. This has been as much the case with styling as it has with mechanical engineering and it looks like that independent streak is going to continue.In a report published on Wednesday by Autocar UK, Mazda’s European design chief, Jo Stenuit, outlined Mazda’s different approach to styling. He said that the company wouldn’t participate in so-called “Russian doll” styling, where its vehicles look like differently sized versions of one another. Instead, Stenuit says, the cars will share sufficient design detail to mark them as a Mazda, but the vehicles in its lineup will all be uniquely styled. A Mazda6 won’t share the same lines as a CX-3, and a Miata won’t look at all like the Mazda3. This is, for us anyway, a pretty exciting idea.Mazda’s in-house designers are some of the best in the business, and we can’t wait to see what they come up with, especially when you add in Mazda’s firm continued commitment to improving and cleaning up the internal combustion engine and its reputation for building cars that are fun to drive. 2019 Mazda CX-3 is brimming with personality 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado More From Roadshow Car Industry 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families Tags Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio. Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Comments 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 2 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value More From Roadshow Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. 4 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 18 Photos 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model 52 Photos 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal Tags Comments Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 10 Photos 69 Photoscenter_img Share your voice GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. Mazda Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Share your voice Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 68 Photos 49 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 12 Photos 26 Photos Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. Car Industry Car Culture Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 81 Photos 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 78 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 71 Photos Mazda,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Court Rejects Shell Suit Against Environmental Groups

first_imgAn appeals court has tossed out a request by Shell Oil to block future challenges from environmental groups against Arctic drilling operations.Shell filed the lawsuit against 13 environmental and tribal organizations back in 2012. The oil company wanted a formal declaration that its government-approved spill response plans were legal. They hoped it would help them block hypothetical lawsuits down the road.But the Ninth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals said any challenges would have to go through the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which approves Shell’s plans, rather than Shell itself. The court said it would be unconstitutional for Shell to determine the winner of court battles between BOEM and other groups that haven’t even happened yet.The National Resource Defense Council was one group Shell was suing. In a statement, director Chuck Clusen said, “Shell was attempting to quash dissent and circumvent due process. It didn’t work – our legal system prevailed.”The decision leaves the door open for groups like the NRDC to take potential legal action against Shell’s prospects in the Arctic. That’s as the company tries to secure more federal approvals for a 2015 drilling season in the Chukchi Sea.last_img read more

Director YVS Chowdary sends legal notice to Mohan Babu over land dispute

first_imgYVS ChowdaryTwitterDirector YVS Chowdary has reportedly sent a legal notice to senior Telugu actor Mohan Babu over a land dispute, weeks after the latter was sentenced to one-year imprisonment in the cheque bounce case.A two-page-long legal notice, which is claimed to be sent by YVS Chowdary to Mohan Babu, is being circulated on the social media. “My client is the absolute owner and possessor of the open land of 20 guntas comprising in survey no. 194/part out of total extent of Ac.1.00 at Jalpally Village within the following boundaries: North: 25′ Road; South: Agricultural land in By No. 194/part East: 25′ Road; West: Agricultural land in By No. 194/part,” read a statement from the legal notice.According to this notice, YVS Chowdary had purchased the property from Begurtt Pasha and Sunil Kumar Altuja under Registered Sale Deed dated April 9, 2009. Mohan Babu’s family members have also purchased certain another extent of land in the same survey No. from the same owners and constructed house in the property. The actor had assured Chowdary to take care of his land and prevent encroachments.Mohan Babu had developed the idea of acquiring the property, but certain disputes cropped up between the two due to the dishonour of a cheque issued by the actor. When the director requested to pay the amount, he put pressure on him to sell the land to clear the debt. After he was convicted by the criminal court on April 2, he had erected a wall and closed the entry to his site without obtaining permission. Mohan BabuTwitterA statement in the notice reads, “You have no such right. Our client learnt that you have employed security men and bouncers in and around the scheduled property to prevent our client and his men from entering into his own property. Your acts amount to criminal trespass besides violating the ownership rights of our client and interfering with his possession and enjoyment of the property, which are actionable perse.”YVS Chowdary has asked Mohan Babu to remove the obstruction at the entry and his men into his property. “If you fail to comply with this demand within SEVEN days from the date of receipt of this notice, our client will be constrained to file civil and criminal actions against you making you liable for costs and damages also,” concludes the legal notice.Director YVS Chowdary sends a legal notice to Mohan Babu over a land dispute and cheque bounce case pic.twitter.com/Z5hIOTYGye— Hemanth Kumar C R (@crhemanth) April 9, 2019last_img read more