Imran suggests fixing could be found in teams other than Pak

first_imgFormer Pakistan captain Imran Khan says it’s impossible to gauge the extent to which spot-fixing has spread worldwide and wants the International Cricket Council (ICC) to use innovative methods to investigate the whole issue and not limit it to only his country.The 1992 World Cup-winning captain feels that if it is proved that Pakistani players were actually involved in spot fixing in the series against England, they should be banned to set an example.”If what the News of The World [newspaper] has uncovered is spot fixing, then I am afraid it could be a lot more than what you could imagine because, clearly, it wasn’t the ICC investigations that uncovered these allegations. So, God knows how much of this goes on?” Imran told Headlines Today in an exclusive interview in New Delhi.”How can anyone tell whether someone has bowled no balls after being paid money or it’s an accident? In my opinion, there has to be a worldwide investigation into this because it could be widespread. It is impossible to detect. ICC has to come up with innovative ways of finding it out. If Pakistani players are involved, they must be punished,” he said.Asked specifically on allegations against some Pakistani players, Imran declined to jump the gun. “These are still allegations and a case is still going on.Natural justice demands that you are innocent until proven guilty. That’s why I am waiting for the verdict,” he averred.Kapil Dev, who led India to 1983 World Cup title, felt the ICC should properly channelise its resources to check corruption in the game. ” This World Cup [to be held in south Asia in February- April] will be very important for the ICC. It should play its role very carefully and very strongly. I personally would like to see Pakistan cricket come up. Whatever happened in the last six or eight months, we have pointed fingers on Pakistan,” he said.advertisement”But if ICC spends the right amount of time and money, these things can be sorted out. The authorities who are handling this and are deeply involved 24 hours [a day], they should see this as a challenge and say ‘ why things have landed up this far’. More important is that the ICC put together its heads and say, ‘we’ve to rectify everything with it’.” Arjuna Ranatunga, who captained Sri Lanka to an unexpected world title in 1996 and was part of the discussion, suggested that the ICC should involve former cricketers of integrity to assess the corruption in the game.”I personally feel that they [ICC’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit sleuths] should go and see matches personally, ball by ball, and see what’s happening.The ACSU is run by top cops and they don’t know anything about cricket. You need to involve proper, honest cricketers to get them analyse these things,” he said.”When cricketers say something, they will probably mean that there’s something fishy. But a cop will maybe go and check their bank balances. You need to involve honest, proper cricketers who they [ match fixers] won’t be able to buy. That’s the easiest way to stop this [ malaise].” Imran felt that Pakistan is not just confronting spot fixing charges, but its entire cricket setup needs to be overhauled.”Unfortunately, it’s the way cricket is run. The president of the country appoints the cricket board chairman and that’s where things going wrong. The only qualification for the chairman is that the president likes him and he’s accountable to no one. Basically, it’s the ad hoc basis on which the team is run,” he said.”The moment the team loses, there’s pressure on the team. He [ board president] wants to do something … sacks the captain. We had five different captains in one year. You can’t have stability in the team if captains keep changing.” Asked if he was the right person to head the cricket board, Imran was sure his political opponents won’t let him clean the system. ” I know what the problems are in Pakistan. And I know if I am put in that position, I will not be able to function properly. I have political opponents in Pakistan and they would like to see me fail and would not let me succeed,” he said. Kapil was for Imran heading the board and even said Pakistan’s ” 80 per cent” problems would vanish if he was at the helm of cricketing affairs.Ranatunga disagreed and cited his own case to illustrate how politicians interfere in board’s working in the Indian subcontinent.advertisement”Imran can’t sort out PCB. I couldn’t sort out Sri Lankan cricket and I was there only for 11 months. I tried to stop corruption and I tried to set the cricket right and I was thrown out by a minister who was the most corrupt in the country,” he alleged.On Pakistan’s prospects at the World Cup, Imran felt that if pacers Mohammed Asif and Mohammed Amir are cleared of spot fixing charges, it would boost the team’s chances. ” If they play, Pakistan’s chances go up. They are outstanding. They are the sort of bowlers who will get early wickets. There are two ways of winning one-day matches – one is by containing runs, the other is by taking wickets. They can get wickets. That would give Pakistan a chance.”last_img read more

Maria Sharapova storms into 3rd consecutive French Open final

first_imgMaria Sharapova defeated Eugenie Bouchard 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 in the semis on ThursdayMaria Sharapova made it back into the French Open final for the third straight year, beating Eugenie Bouchard of Canada 4-6, 7-5, 6-2 Thursday.The seventh-seeded Russian lost the first set for the third straight match, but again managed to turn things around. Sharapova won eight of the last 10 games, and has now won 19 straight three-set matches on clay.Sharapova completed a career Grand Slam by winning the title at Roland Garros in 2012, but lost to Serena Williams in last year’s final.Bouchard, a 20-year-old Canadian seeded 18th at Roland Garros, was playing at the French Open for the only second time. Last year, she lost to Sharapova in the second round.In the other semifinal match, fourth-seeded Simona Halep of Romania will face 28th-seeded Andrea Petkovic of Germany.The final is on Saturday.Sharapova struggled a bit with her serve, double-faulting nine times and getting broken four times. But she made up for her shaky serving with solid groundstrokes, either going for winners or waiting out errors from Bouchard.Bouchard took the early lead with her first break in the third game of the match, smacking a forehand winner to give herself a 2-1 edge. She quickly made it 3-1 by completing a run of winning 12 of 17 points.The pair traded breaks early in the second set, and then again later. But Sharapova managed to stay ahead and broke Bouchard for the third time in the set to even the match at one set apiece.advertisementSharapova served first in the third set, and made her move in the fourth game, converting her third break point to take a 3-1 lead that she held onto until the end.Bouchard, who reached the Australian Open semifinals in January, saved four match points before Sharapova won it with a forehand that Bouchard missed on the other end.Sharapova won her first Grand Slam title 10 years ago at Wimbledon. She followed that with major titles at the U.S. Open in 2006 and the Australian Open in 2008. But since she recovered from having right shoulder surgery in 2008, she has vastly improved her clay-court game and has won six of her last eight titles on the red surface.This year, Sharapova has already won clay-court titles in Stuttgart and Rome, and her six wins so far at Roland Garros give her an 18-1 record on the dirt this season.And like against Bouchard, it’s been tough to beat her in three sets on the surface. The last time Sharapova lost a three-set match on clay was at Roland Garros in 2010, when Justine Henin beat her in the third round.last_img read more

‘Cry baby’ Neymar responds to critics with unique celebration vs Nimes

first_imgBrazil and Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar had the perfect response for his critics. The Brazilian was attacked for his diving antics during the 2018 FIFA World Cup.He first came under fire against Costa Rica and was slammed on Twitter for overreacting to a foul in the match against Serbia.Since then he has mocked himself and even taught kids how to fall like him. On Saturday, while playing for PSG, Neymar celebrated his goal with an unique celebration in response to the home fans loud jeers.He scored in the 36th minute and ran to a banner in the crowd which said ‘Neymar is a cry baby’ and sat down and pretended to cry.Neymar celebrating in front of a banner labelling him a crybaby. Fold it up and go and wait in the car, lads. Hes had you off. pic.twitter.com/5x2x87MKpjMUNDIAL (@MundialMag) September 1, 2018After the end of the game Neymar earned further praise from the fans after he made a young fan’s dreams come true.A young boy had got past the advertising boards around the pitch to meet the Brazilian, and Neymar ever the gentleman, picked up the boy and presented him his jersey.???? Pure class from @neymarjr ?? #NOPSG pic.twitter.com/hVRQ8rQBN0Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) September 1, 2018PSG won the match comfortably 4-2 against newly-promoted Nimes Olympique, and maintain their 100 percent Ligue 1 record, despite France forward Kylian Mbappe being sent off.Mbappe scored with a powerful volley in the 77th minute to put PSG up 3-2 after Neymar and Angel di Maria’s first-half strikes were cancelled out by Antonin Bobichon and Teji Savanier.advertisementEdinson Cavani made it 4-2 in added time to seal a fourth win in as many league matches for PSG under their new manager Thomas Tuchel.But PSG’s victory was soured as Mbappe was sent off in the third minute of extra time after clashing with Savanier, who was also dismissed, following a late tackle by the Nimes midfielder.Four minutes after Neymar’s goal, Di Maria produced a moment of magic by curling the ball directly into goal from a corner.Nimes were not done yet and clawed their way back in the second half with a well taken goal from distance by winger Bobichon and Savanier’s penalty which was awarded after the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).However, PSG were rewarded for their relentless attacking and their superior quality up front and eased towards victory. Tuchel’s side are top of the league table after four games and could be joined on 12 points by Dijon who face Caen later.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

The 1967 Cadillac Eldorado is reborn as the Elmiraj Concept

first_img The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game The Best Hats for Men to Fit Every Occasion Are Fermented Pizzas a Trend to Watch? We Asked a Pro to Find Out Editors’ Recommendations Watch This Bugatti Chiron Shatter a World Speed Record at More Than 300 MPH Just yesterday I wrote about the manliness of new Mercedes-Benz GLA compact crossover. I concluded that it is very manly because it’s stylish, efficient, and versatile – capable of doing most anything you ask it to do. And what’s manlier than that?While I haven’t in any way changed course on my conclusions surrounding the manliness of the GLA, I have found something that is much manlier, but in very different ways.I present to you the new Cadillac Elmiraj concept.The Elmiraj is the latest iteration in Cadillac’s Art & Science design language. Modern Cadillacs before the Elmiraj have been good looking, sure, but they’ve been exceedingly boxy. The Elmiraj is broad, confident, and just the right amount of round-y.Up front we find the distinctive vertical Cadillac headlights and a new grille proudly wearing a new Cadillac emblem. I had heard rumors that Caddy was considering losing the wreath around its iconic logo but I didn’t think we’d see it so soon. Cadillac wants to take on BMW and I think the new badge – sans wreath – is just the symbol to do the job. It turns the Cadillac brand into something new without losing its identity. It looks light and stylish, just like the Cadillacs of late.Behind that new Caddy logo, underneath the chiseled hood, is a 500-horsepower 4.5-liter V8 that has been fitted with twin-turbochargers. This new engine is based upon the 420-horsepower twin-turbo 3.6-liter V6 that powers the 2014 CTS Vsport. I had hoped that Caddy wouldn’t give up on the V8 and, delightfully, it looks like it hasn’t.The Elmiraj rides on custom 22-inch rims backed by ceramic brakes fitted with monoblock calipers, ensuring the large coupe can stop as fast as it goes.On the interior, Cadillac designers aimed for bespoke levels of luxury. The camel-colored leather has been well matched to the fallen Brazilian Rosewood, which was handpicked by Cadillac craftsmen. The Elmiraj seats four in a 2+2 seating arrangement with four bucket seats. Cleverly, even the rear buckets can recline, ensuring comfort for all passengers.In the dash, designers have affixed a transparent analogue speedometer and tachometer that, when not in use, allow the driver to view a large, high-res screen displaying driver information or even the image from a front-mounted camera.Cadillac revealed that a new, lightweight rear-wheel drive chassis that is slated for production underpins the Elmiraj. Although Cadillac probably won’t build a production version of the Elmiraj, we could likely see something very similar.Where did the idea for Elmiraj come from? Specifically, the 1967 Eldorado inspired Cadillac designers. I think it is high time that Cadillac return to its routes and build some world-class, hulking grand coupes. The time is right, too. Mercedes has plans to replace its CL-Class with a new S-Class based coupe. How fabulous would it be to see full-size coupe battle between Mercedes and Cadillac? The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queenslast_img read more

VT Halter Marine Splashes Crowleys 2nd LNGFueled ConRo

first_imgzoom Pascagoula-based shipbuilder VT Halter Marine has launched Crowley Maritime Corp.’s second Commitment Class container/roll on-roll off (ConRo) ship, Taíno.The LNG-powered ConRo will now proceed through the final topside construction and testing phase before beginning service in the U.S. Jones Act trade in 2018.Taíno, will join its sister ship, El Coquí, which was launched in March this year and is now in final testing prior to entering service in early 2018.Once delivered, the duo will replace tugs and triple-deck Roll-on/Roll-off barges currently sailing between Jacksonville and Puerto Rico.“Monday’s launch represents another momentous achievement for the men and women at Crowley, VT Halter Marine and other partners, who have dedicated themselves to designing and building this pioneering ship as well as sister ship, El Coquí,” the company’s CEO Tom Crowley said.Based on their design specifications, the ConRo pair will be able to transport up to 2,400 TEU and a mix of nearly 400 cars and larger vehicles in the enclosed Ro/Ro decks respectively. According to Crowley, the ships will be able to accommodate container sizes ranging from 20-foot standard, to 53-foot by 102-inch-wide, high-capacity units, as well as up to 300 refrigerated containers.VT Halter Marine, part of ST Engineering, and Crowley signed the construction contract for the duo in November 2013. The U.S. shipbuilder started building the LNG-fueled ships in October 2014.Image Courtesy: Crowley; Video Courtesy: VT Halter Marinelast_img read more

Nationalism means respect for people Priyanka to BJP

first_imgAmethi/Rae Bareli: True nationalism means love of the people and for the country but the BJP mirrors neither love nor respect in anything it does, says Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.Stepping up her attack on the saffron party and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for failing to address real issues, Priyanka Gandhi said there will be consequences if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader. In an exclusive interview to PTI, the Congress leader also said there is growing “public anger and pain” for which the people of India will give a message to Modi on May 23 when the votes for the Lok Sabha polls will be counted. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”I believe true nationalism is love of the people and love for the country, which means respect and I do not see respect for the people in anything they are doing,” Priyanka Gandhi said in an interview during her campaign through the constituencies represented by her mother and brother. While Sonia Gandhi is the MP from Rae Bareli, Rahul Gandhi represents Amethi in the Lok Sabha. “Nationalism means solving the problems of the people of the country. The greatest patriotism of any politician, of any government, would be to be able to hear the people when they speak, would be to be democratic, to be able to strengthen the institutions that strengthen the public voice, not weaken it,” Priyanka Gandhi said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe BJP has been building its campaign narrative around the issue of nationalism and national security and the party has been referring to the Balakot air strikes and the Modi government’s policy in tackling terror. Priyanka Gandhi, who has been vigorously campaigning in Rae Bareli and Ameth, said the Modi government’s policies have led to large scale public anger and pain among people. “I think the people will give the message to him (PM) because I think whereever I go, I see a lot of public anger, public pain, which has not been addressed,” the Congress general secretary in-charge of eastern Uttar Pradesh said. “Any leader whether it is him (Modi) or anyone else, if public pain is not addressed, if the voice of the people is drowned by the voice of one leader or by the kind of ideology they have, they will have to suffer the consequences. So I think the people are very clear,” she said. PTIlast_img read more

International Bar says Lanka facing crisis

The removal from office in Sri Lanka of Chief Justice Bandaranayake was unlawful, is undermining public confidence in the rule of law, and threatening to eviscerate the country’s judiciary as an independent guarantor of constitutional rights states the Executive Summary of an International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) report released today.Issued ahead of the full report, the Executive Summary of A Crisis of Legitimacy: The Impeachment of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and the Erosion of the Rule of Law in Sri Lanka finds the legal profession in Sri Lanka to be in a perilous state. The Executive Summary of A Crisis of Legitimacy includes specific recommendations to Sri Lanka’s authorities, including taking immediate steps to reverse the impeachment and replacement of Chief Justice Bandaranayake, consistent with the Sri Lankan Constitution and extant rulings of the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court, drawing up a Code of Conduct for judges as a matter of urgency, taking full account of the principles set out in relevant international instruments, including the Bangalore Principles of Judicial Conduct and the Latimer House Guidelines; and Repealing the 18th Amendment to the Constitution and taking steps to create a body independent of the President and responsible for the appointment of all senior officials and judges in Sri Lanka.To the UN, the Commonwealth Secretariat, the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group and Member Countries of the Commonwealth the delegation’s recommendations include inviting the Government of Sri Lanka to indicate precisely what assistance it requires to put reforms into effect and asking the Government in particular how it will facilitate future visits by and cooperate with the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders, and the UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances. Sternford Moyo, IBAHRI Co-Chair commented, ‘We call upon the Government of Sri Lanka to take immediate steps to reverse the impeachment and replacement of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and to work to rebuild the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession in the country, as a matter of absolute urgency.’ The interviews were conducted remotely because authorities would not permit an investigation to take place within Sri Lanka. The delegation found there to be a systematic effort to intimidate and discredit lawyers and others who advocate and promote respect for fundamental rights in Sri Lanka.In advance of the planning for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), scheduled to be held in Sri Lanka in November 2013, Sternford Moyo stated, ‘This is a critical time for Sri Lanka and international efforts to work towards reform must be intensified. The IBAHRI invites the Commonwealth to carefully consider this report and Sri Lanka’s position with regard to respect for the separation of powers, the rule of law, good governance and human rights as enshrined in Sri Lanka’s Charter when deciding how to proceed with arrangements for the forthcoming CHOGM.’ A high-level delegation, under the auspices of the IBAHRI, investigated the removal of Chief Justice Bandaranayake and the independence of the legal profession in Sri Lanka through a series of in-depth conversations by telephone and via the internet with a range of key players in Sri Lanka, including judges, lawyers, journalists, parliamentarians and civil society activists. read more

Sri Lanka notes importance of role played by UN youth envoy

He underlined the fact that Ms. Wickramanayake as UNSG’s envoy on youth, has a very crucial task at hand – to be the bridge between the UN and the youth across the world to identify the problems that are confronting the youth, as well as finding possible solutions to them. She also noted the importance of bringing youth issues to the table and working towards on furthering the rights of persons. She emphasized that contribution of the youth in this discussion should not be an addendum, but a core element.Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake in her statement thanked the Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka for organizing this event, and took note that her position in the UN is not only as the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth but as the voice of youth at the United Nations. Ms. Amina J Mohammed, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, welcoming Ms. Wickramanayake to the UN team emphasized the importance of the task she had undertaken as representative of over 1.8 billion youth worldwide. She expressed her enthusiasm for the work ahead of her and the future collaborations with the UN agencies and member states in furthering the mission of her office.The event saw participation from high-level UN officials, diplomats, representatives of the UN agencies, NGO’s and youth delegates. (Colombo Gazette) The Permanent Mission of Sri Lanka hosted a reception at the United Nations Headquarters, to welcome the Secretary-General’s Envoy on Youth, Ms. Jayathma Wickramanayake.Dr. Rohan Perera commenced the evening’s proceedings with welcome remarks, highlighting the good work carried out by Ms. Wickramanayake as a youth delegate in Sri Lanka, having been foremost in organizing the World Youth Conference in Sri Lanka in 2014, as well as for taking the necessary steps in steering a resolution in the General Assembly establishing 15th July as World Youth Skills Day. read more

In worldwide ceremonies UN mourns Baghdad terror victims on first anniversary

From Baghdad itself to UN Headquarters in New York, from Geneva to Buenos Aires and in other far-flung outposts of its worldwide operations, staff observed a minute’s silence, top officials and local representatives paid homage and relatives mourned the 22 people who perished in the blast of 19 August 2003.In Baghdad, almost within site of the ruins of the Canal Hotel where top UN envoy Sergio Vieira de Mello and many of his colleagues died, dozens of women and men, both Iraqi and international UN staff members, gathered in the Diwan School in the International Zone.Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative Ashraf Qazi delivered a message from Mr. Annan and paid tribute to the victims, survivors, those injured and their families for their determination to press on with their mission in serving the Iraqis and other peoples around the world.The attackers “will not deter us from going ahead with the UN,” the Officer-in-Charge of the UN Administration in Baghdad, Anas Darwash, said in re-pledging the commitment of Iraqi UN staff to pursue their work with dedication in helping the country to emerge from successive wars and build a secure future. A religious service including an imam and two priests was held. At the UN’s European headquarters in Geneva, Mr. Annan himself led the commemoration ceremonies, pledging to do all in his power to reinforce security in the face of the “new and more intimidating” form of danger that faces the world body as it goes about its global peacekeeping and humanitarian operations. At the UN’s world Headquarters in New York Deputy Secretary-General Louise Fréchette presided over ceremonies attended by representatives of the bereaved families as well as colleagues who were injured in the bombing.A documentary film celebrating the achievements of the fallen was shown, and the UN flag that had flown over the Canal Hotel that fateful day one year ago was unveiled in a place of honour in the Trusteeship Council Chamber, damaged by the blast but still proud.The Security Council issued a press statement mourning the “irreparable loss” in the attack on people whose only mission was to help Iraq “build a better future of peace, justice, sovereignty and full independence,” and it strongly condemned the continuing terrorist attacks on representatives of the international community.Hundreds of staff staged a silent march around the fountain in front of the UN complex carrying placards with messages such as “We will never forget you,” “Remember the fallen” and “Never again.”At three ceremonies joined by video-link in New York, Geneva and Amman – the Jordanian capital where many international staff relocated after the attack – UN flags on the stage were dipped in salute and a minute of silence was observed after Mr. Annan’s address.Members of the bereaved families or their representatives were led to the podium where they lit candles for each of the fallen, their images projected on a screen, and identical commemorative plaques were unveiled.Similar ceremonies were held in many of the world’s current hotspots where the UN is on the front line with peacekeeping or humanitarian missions in the field.In Kabul, a tree was planted and a plaque mounted at the UN operation centre. The head of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA), Jean Arnault, said the magnitude of what happened a year ago served as a reminder of the scale of the risk that the world body faces in many of its operations today.At the Monrovia headquarters of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL), a country torn apart last year by civil war before the UN arrived to support the peace process, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative Jacques Paul Klein embraced four staff members who survived the Baghdad tragedy and are currently serving in the West African nation. In Sudan and Burundi, two countries most recently in the headlines because of massacres and brutalities, UN missions held similar memorials, as they did in former hotspots that have enjoyed greater stability more recently, as in Nicosia, Cyprus, where more than 100 UN military, police and civilian personnel were in attendance. On the front line of natural catastrophes, too, in Dhaka, capital of Bangladesh, where disastrous floods recently killed 600 people, left 20 million more in need of food aid, damaged or destroyed three million homes and caused losses estimated at $7 billion, UN Development Programme (UNDP) Administrator Mark Malloch Brown paid tribute to the fallen and re-dedicated the world body to its principles of aiding all humanity. And so it was in Nairobi, Kenya, the UN’s African headquarters, and in countless other field offices of a world body whose missions gird the planet, from tiny Timor-Leste to the vast expanses of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), from the Caucasus mountains of Georgia to the tropical shores of Haiti.WATCH VIDEO Duration: 41 minutesListen to UN Radio read more

EU looking to give existing sanction more bite rather than expand penalties

EU looking to give existing sanction more bite rather than expand penalties to new sectors AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Raf Casert, The Associated Press Posted Sep 3, 2014 3:21 am MDT BRUSSELS – European Union nations will be looking to give existing penalties against Russia more bite by the weekend rather than expanding sanctions to include sport events to punish Moscow for its involvement in the Ukraine crisis.Several member states came out on Wednesday against the idea of taking action against Russia’s high-profile sports events, such as its hosting of the 2018 World Cup, describing it as unrealistic at this stage.The EU’s executive Commission said in a statement that it offered proposals to the 28 member states to complement sanctions and centre on “access to capital markets, defence, dual use goods, and sensitive technologies.”It would leave the member states to primarily toughen existing measures. The proposals will now be considered by member states and a decision is expected by late Friday.The EU and the United States have so far imposed penalties against dozens of Russian officials and the financial and arms industry.On Wednesday, the bloc’s officials were looking at whether a ceasefire discussed by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin would materialize, but there was no immediate indication that the fighting would stop.The idea of sports sanctions briefly came up but could not gain swift acceptance among many member states. Such sanctions against nations have often been fraught with difficulty and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s spokesman, Steffen Seibert, sounded skeptical about any such move for the World Cup.“It is now 2014, the World Cup will happen in 2018, so I don’t think that this is something we have to discuss here today,” he said.Soccer governing bodies FIFA and UEFA have both declined to punish Russia despite apparent breaches of their rules in recent weeks, including the Russian Football Union’s attempt to integrate clubs from Crimea, which Moscow annexed in March, into its competitions.___Graham Dunbar contributed from Geneva, Geir Moulson from Berlin.___Raf Casert can be followed on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/rcasert read more

UN chief lauds Philippines landmark achievement on setting up transition authority in

In addition to the Government, he commended the Islamic Liberation Front, civil society groups, local communities and the Bangsamoro Transition Commission itself, which was first tasked some six years ago to help draft what in 2018 became the Organic Law for the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.The de facto seat of the Autonomous Region, which consists of five mostly Muslim provinces, has its own government, which is outside of its jurisdiction.Following the plebiscite confirmations of 21 January and 6 February, Mr. Guterres called the Bangsamoro Organic Law “a landmark achievement on the road to lasting peace in the Southern Philippines,” as well as “a historic occasion for all people from the Philippines.”He pledged continued UN support in implementing the Bangsamoro Organic Law and helping to “build the capacity of the Bangsamoro Transition Authority to achieve peace, democratic governance, and respect for human rights.” read more

Lack of witnesses called to Kivlehan inquest unacceptable

first_imgTHERE HAS BEEN calls for more witnesses to be called before the inquiry into the death of Dhara Kivlehan.The 28-year-old passed away after giving birth at Sligo General Hospital in September 2010.She died from organ failure at Belfast’s Royal Victoria Hospital, after being airlifted from Sligo.She had been diagnosed her as suffering a severe variant of pre-eclampsia called Hellp (Haemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzymes and Low Platelets).The Association for the Improvement in the Maternity Services (AIMS) Ireland said today that it fully supports criticisms expressed by the deceased husband’s, Michael Kivlehan.It is reported that he had critised coroner’s refusal to add several names to the list of witnesses.The widower then alleged there had been a “cover-up”.AIMS has branded as “unacceptable” that only two of the 19 members of staff involved in the incident are on the witness list.“The inquest was relocated at the request of the Irish Attorney General so that the 24 witnesses recommended by Belfast coroner Dr John Leckey could be legally compelled to attend,” co-chair Jene Kelly said. Why now are only a quarter of that number being considered to give evidence by Leitrim coroner Eamon McGowan?Read: ‘Heartbroken’ family of Dhara Kivlehan call for inquest >last_img read more

Adapteva wants to cram 64 cores into your smartphone

first_imgThe new dual core phones like Motorola’s Atrix and LG’s Optimus 2X look pretty muscular by today’s standards, but Adapteva thinks it can do a little bit better than that. How about 16 processing cores? Or maybe even 64? That’s well within reach, they say.Adapteva’s 64 core Epiphany offering consumes only about one watt of power and is roughly the same size as two standard ARM cores at 8mm square. Each core runs at 1GHz and could provide serious computational muscle while remaining easy to integrate into mobile devices where real estate is very much at a premium.But it’s not just space that’s a concern on smartphones and tablets. Power consumption is also a key concern, and Adapteva is squarely focused on making its chips as efficient as possible. The company’s website states that its chips are up to 10 times as efficient as those of its competition.Bittware, a company which manufactures digital signal processing boards, has signed on to produce boards using the Epiphany, and CEO Jeff Milrod is enthusiastic about Adapteva’s technology. Improvements in processing tech have largely come at the expense of efficiency, he believes, adding that Adapteva injected some “much needed creativity into the embedded signal processing world.”The next step is for Adapteva to get some big-time OEMs on board. The company says integration into existing products is a painless process, and I hope that’s true. Like most of you, I’d be more than a little excited to add an extra dozen or so processing cores to my phone.More at Giga Omlast_img read more

Travis Scott Cardi B To Headline The 2019 Made In America Festival

first_imgNews JAY-Z’s music festival returns to Philadelphia for its eighth year, on Aug. 31 & Sept. 1Ana YglesiasGRAMMYs Apr 2, 2019 – 6:21 pm Today, the Made In America Festival, started by JAY-Z in 2012, announced the lineup for its 2019 fest, featuring GRAMMY nominee Travis Scott and GRAMMY winner Cardi B as the headliners. The two-day event is set to take place in Philadelphia Aug. 31–Sept. 1, and will also include performances from GRAMMY winners Anderson .Paak, with The Free Nationals, James Blake and Kaskade. Fellow Made In America headliner Scott, who just closed out the second leg of his successful Astroworld Tour, will also be performing a select number of festivals, as well as Boston Calling and Rolling Loud in Miami. He and Cardi will also be part of the opening weekend parties at the new KAOS club in Las Vegas.Tickets to Made In America go on sale to the general public this Friday, April 5, with a TIDAL pre-sale currently up and running; more ticket info is available on the fest’s site.Kanye West Will Bring His “Sunday Service” To Coachella 2019 Email 61st GRAMMY Awards first-time nominees Jorja Smith and Tierra Whack are also on the bill, along with rising rappers Juice WRLD and Blueface, among others. The eighth annual festival will take place outdoors at Philly’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and is a great way to close out a busy festival season.Cardi is fresh off her first-time GRAMMY win this February, where she took home Best Rap Album for her debut LP, Invasion Of Privacy. The rap queen will be making her rounds at several other festivals around the globe this year, including Hangout Fest in Alabama and Primavera Sound in Barcelona, Spain. Travis Scott & Cardi B To Headline Made In America travis-scott-cardi-b-headline-2019-made-america-festival Travis Scott & Cardi B To Headline The 2019 Made In America Festival https://twitter.com/MIAFestival/status/1113141671687057410 Twitter Facebook NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 10, 2019 – 9:38 pm Watch: Cardi B Wins Best Rap Album last_img read more

Bank of Baroda shares plummet 10 on BSE Sensex rebounds to gain

first_imgShares of state-run Bank of Baroda fell more than 10 percent on the BSE on Monday in response to the second-largest Indian lender announcing disappointing quarterly results on Friday after market hours. Stocks of many other PSU banks, such as State Bank of India, Canara Bank, Dena Bank and Syndicate Bank, also ended the day with losses.The Bank of Baroda stock opened at Rs. 150, marginally lower from its Friday close, and embarked on a downhill path to hit an intra-day low of Rs. 139.80, but later trimmed losses to close at Rs. 142.20, down 8.23 percent from its previous close.  The bank’s standalone net loss was Rs. 3,230 crore for the March 2016 quarter as against a net profit of Rs. 598 crore in the corresponding quarter last year. A 227 percent rise in provisioning for bad loans resulted in the bank’s profit taking a hit.On the NSE, the Nifty PSU Bank was the only sectoral index to end with losses.The S&P BSE Sensex opened from its Friday close but rebounded later to close with a gain of 164 points at 25,653. The NSE Nifty gained 46 points to close at 7,860.”A recovery in oil and commodities sparked a late rally in metal makers, private banks and automobile stocks,” AK Prabhakar, head of research at IDBI Capital Capital Market Services Ltd, told the Mint. Both foreign institutional investors (FIIs) and domestic institutional investors (DIIs) were net sellers of equities worth Rs. 79.84 crore and Rs. 127.91 crore, respectively, according to provisional data released by the NSE. Markets ignored The Indian rupee closed at 66.81 to the US dollar, recovering from the opening low of 66.91 to the greenback. “Following weak global cues the rupee opened on a weaker note but rose in the intra-day session after rebound in domestic equities,” IFA Global said in a note. Gold gained Rs. 25 to close at Rs. 30,050 per 10 gm while silver edged higher by Rs. 335 to end at Rs. 41,260 per kg in the Delhi bullion market on Monday.last_img read more

Tata Global Beverages may sell its China operations

first_imgTata Global Beverages on Wednesday said it might sell its loss-making China subsidiary. The company’s Chinese subsidiary, called Zhejiang Tata Tea Extraction Company, reported a net loss of Rs. 15 crore in the previous financial year.  “For China, we are exploring different options, which could be restructuring or a sale,” Cyrus Mistry, the Tata Group Chairman, said at Tata Global Beverage’s (TGB) annual shareholder meeting in Kolkata on Wednesday.The Indian non-alcoholic beverage company holds 81 percent in Zhejiang Tata Tea Extraction (ZTTECL). According to TGBL’s balance sheet, the Chinese subsidiary reported losses of over Rs. 100 crore in the financial year that ended on Dec. 31 Dec, 2015.”We continue to have those challenges and will take a call on the business there in the coming year. It is significantly a B2B business over there. It is not a consumer business. That’s not the reason that business is getting impacted. The reason is more from a productive prospective,” Mistry added. Various options have been considered for “restructuring” the Chinese business. The joint venture recorded liabilities of Rs. 115.54 crore and loss after tax was pegged at Rs. 15.34 crore as of December 31, 2015, according to TGBL’s annual report. “Delays continue in stabilisation of the China business. While prospective customers have shown interest in our instant tea products, the final conversion to orders will be dependent on meeting the product profile requirements. Going forward, stabilising the production process and establishing a pipeline of external customers and successful scaling of technology will be key to the success of the project,” the annual report said.The joint venture between Zhejiang Tata Tea Extraction and TGBL was inked in 2007. TGBL holds 70 percent stake while ZTTECL holds the rest. The TGBL stock was trading at Rs. 141.75 at around 2.31 p.m. on Thursday, up 1 percent from its previous close on the Bombay Stock Exchange.last_img read more

Nokia confirms participation in MWC 2017 Finnish company poised to return with

first_img[Representational Image] Nokia confirms participation in MWC 2017; Finnish company poised to return with a bang. In Picture: Nokia office buildingReutersFormer mobile phone pioneer Nokia has confirmed to participate in the next year’s globally acclaimed MWC (Mobile World Congress) 2017, hinting the Finnish company is ready for the second innings in smartphone business.Nokia (via Twitter) announced that the company’s CEO Rajeev Suri will present keynote speech at MWC 2017, which is scheduled to kick off at Barcelona (February 27-March 02).The revelation comes days after Nokia became legally free to start work on mobiles phones.Also read: Samsung brings Galaxy Note7’s key display feature to Galaxy S7 series via software updateIn 2014, the Finnish company, while parting the mobile division to Microsoft, had agreed not to launch a Nokia-branded phone until the fourth quarter of 2016. Nokia had only sold its smartphone division to Microsoft, while its Nokia-branded feature phone business was sold to HMD Global Oy and Foxconn.With the period of the non-compete clause coming to an end in September, Nokia’s affiliate HMD Global Oy last week re-hired ex-Nokia veteran Pekka Rantala (former Rovio CEO), as their new chief marketing officer to lead the mobile division.Just a two months ago, Mike Wang, president, joint management team, Nokia China, confirmed that the company planned to launch two smartphones and two tablets and probably debut around December.We’re excited to share the news: our CEO Rajeev Suri will deliver a keynote at #MWC17. Read more: https://t.co/HNdnn46tED pic.twitter.com/mU9XPXFHMd— Nokia (@nokia) October 15, 2016Nokia confirms participation in MWC 2017; Finnish company poised to return with a bangNokia via TwitterWith the new announcement, it looks like Nokia might delay the launch of the devices by a couple of months.Also read: New Apple iOS 10.0.3 update released, fixes cellular connectivity bug in iPhone 7 series [How to install]That said, specifications of the Android-powered two flagship Nokia phones and a tablet (code-named D1C) have surfaced online suggesting, Nokia has commenced the testing of the prototypes and may probably see the light of the day in late February, where rival Samsung is speculated to announce the new marquee phone, the Galaxy S8.Word on the street is that, Nokia, known for its expertise in cameras in top-notch Lumia-branded smartphones, is expected to incorporate superior SoC (System-on-Chip) and high-grade construction materials to take on the incumbent players—Samsung, Apple and Huawei.Nokia’s Android phones: What we know so farIt is widely reported that Nokia is working on two flagship phones with different sizes, one a 5.2-inch screen and another with 5.5-inch display. Except the size, both the devices are said to share similar internal hardware.They are expected to come with QHD OLED-based screen with 2560x1440p (2K) resolution and high-grade metal-based shell on the back with IP68 water-and-dust resistant certifications similar to Samsung’s Galaxy S7 series.Nokia D1C tablet: What we know so farUnlike the smartphones, Nokia D1C is said to be mid-range tablet and come with 13.8-inch full HD display having Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 octa-core CPU, Adreno 505 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, Android 7.0 Nougat, 13MP primary camera on the back and an 8MP front camera.Keep an eye on this space for more updates.last_img read more

Researchers question Apolloera evidence for the Late Heavy Bombardment

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Application of laser microprobe technology to Apollo samples refines lunar impact history Explore further Citation: Researchers question Apollo-era evidence for the Late Heavy Bombardment (2016, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-10-apollo-era-evidence-late-heavy-bombardment.html Late Heavy Bombardment. One interpretation of lunar soil analysis suggests that four billion years ago the inner solar system was a violent place, gravitational perturbations of the orbits of the gas giants initiated a comet shower which in turn deflected many asteroids into the paths of the Earth and Moon. Erosion has removed most of the craters from the Earth but the Moon’s ancient landscape still bears the scars. Credit: Australian National University But these results are controversial—Apollo lunar samples represent only about 4 percent of the lunar surface and could thus have resulted from a single impact event rather than a more widespread bombardment episode. And due to lunar magnetism and overprinting from successive impacts, all of the Apollo-era lunar samples show evidence of 40Ar/39Ar age spectrum disturbances—in other words, the apparent ages of samples could have been “reset” by later impact events.So two researchers from the Department of Earth, Planetary and Space Sciences at the University of California, Los Angeles, recently reanalyzed the age spectra data from the Apollo samples in order to test the uniqueness of their impact histories. To do so, they used a physical model describing 40Ar* diffusive loss that accounted for age resetting of samples by subsequent impacts. The point of this reanalysis wasn’t to confirm or disconfirm the existence of the Late Heavy Bombardment, but rather to determine whether 40Ar/39Ar can even act as evidence for impact spikes. Their results, recently published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, strongly suggest that episodic crust formation occurring more than 4 billion years ago, combined with 40Ar* loss due to a decrease in impact flux can create a bias in age compilations toward the illusion of an impact spike. “Our modeling shows that, due to the nature of declining impact rates and the early but episodic nature of crust formation on extraterrestrial bodies, apparent bombardment episodes can be a common artifact in 40Ar/39Ar plateau age histograms,” the authors write.They note that although the most widely cited evidence in favor of the LHB likely yields unreliable impact histories, their modeling does not preclude the occurrence of such events. However, determining impact histories will rely on future studies incorporating such techniques as in situ 40Ar/39Ar modeling and quantitative thermochronologic modeling. “Until such evidence is gathered,” the authors write, “we conclude that a monotonic decrease in impactor flux explains all existing 40Ar/39Ar data from both lunar and meteoritic samples.”center_img (Phys.org)—Many scientists believe that a cataclysmic series of impact events called the Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB) occurred around 4.1 to 3.9 billion years ago, during which there was a spike in asteroids colliding with the planets of the inner solar system. Among the possible explanations for the LHB is the migration of large planets to the outer solar system, disrupting objects in the asteroid belt and the Kuiper belt and flinging them toward the inner solar system.The Earth is constantly resurfaced by erosion and cratonic growth, and as a result, can’t contribute much geologic data about the existence of the LHB. Much of the evidence is therefore derived from the moon—specifically, from Apollo-era lunar samples returned to Earth in the 1960s and 1970s. Researchers used argon dating to determine age spectra of lunar rocks found in three major lunar basins. The so-called “plateau ages” of these rocks, as determined from 40Ar/39Ar age spectra, suggest a cluster of impacts approximately 3.9 billion years ago. More information: Illusory Late Heavy Bombardments. PNAS (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1611535113AbstractThe Late Heavy Bombardment (LHB), a hypothesized impact spike at ∼3.9 Ga, is one of the major scientific concepts to emerge from Apollo-era lunar exploration. A significant portion of the evidence for the existence of the LHB comes from histograms of 40Ar/39Ar “plateau” ages (i.e., regions selected on the basis of apparent isochroneity). However, due to lunar magmatism and overprinting from subsequent impact events, virtually all Apollo-era samples show evidence for 40Ar/39Ar age spectrum disturbances, leaving open the possibility that partial 40Ar* resetting could bias interpretation of bombardment histories due to plateaus yielding misleadingly young ages. We examine this possibility through a physical model of 40Ar* diffusion in Apollo samples and test the uniqueness of the impact histories obtained by inverting plateau age histograms. Our results show that plateau histograms tend to yield age peaks, even in those cases where the input impact curve did not contain such a spike, in part due to the episodic nature of lunar crust or parent body formation. Restated, monotonically declining impact histories yield apparent age peaks that could be misinterpreted as LHB-type events. We further conclude that the assignment of apparent 40Ar/39Ar plateau ages bears an undesirably high degree of subjectivity. When compounded by inappropriate interpretations of histograms constructed from plateau ages, interpretation of apparent, but illusory, impact spikes is likely. © 2016 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more