Teams get down to the nitty gritty

first_imgBy BEN HARRISSydney Rebels got win number 34 but only just.The three-time defending mixed open champions were pushed to the edge by ACT Pirates on day two of the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League at Coffs Harbour.After racking up consecutive win number 33 by downing North Queensland Tropical Cyclones 9-4, the Rebels had to dig deep to defeat the Pirates 12-11 in round four.Rebels lead Pool A by four points and will meet second-placed Sydney Mets on day three.The Pirates and Cyclones are third and fourth followed by Hunter Western Hornets and Japan.In Pool B, Brisbane City Cobras are five from five and lead the group.South Queensland Sharks were circling the Cobras as the two teams were undefeated, however last year’s runners-up hammered their southern neighbours 12-3 to go it alone on top.Behind the Sharks are Sunshine Coast Pineapples in third and Northern Eagles in fourth. They are followed by Northern Territory, Defence Warriors and Sydney Scorpions.Five Queensland sides dominate the men’s T-League division.South Queensland Sharks (A) lead Pool A and Brisbane City Cobras are in front in Pool B.But closing the gap are Central Queensland Bulls and Sunshine Coast Pineapples – both in Pool A – and South West Queensland Swans in Pool B.Rebels and Scorpions are the only NSW sides putting up a fight to the Queenslanders while the international teams, Japan and Papua New Guinea, continued to impress.It’s tight in Pool A of the women’s T-League division with Hornets, Swans, Cobras, Victoria and Northern Territory all within eight points of each other.It is a little spread out in Pool B with Scorpions and South Australia leading the way.The Sharks remain unbeaten following six matches of the men’s 30s division.They are in front of Pineapples, Hornets and Scorpions.Scorpions have their own problems as ACT and Sydney Mets are on the same points as Scorpions but behind on percentages.Swans finished on top in the women’s 35s and will play the winner of the Hornets-Pirates preliminary final match.Cyclones and Northern Territory play in the other preliminary final with the loser eliminated from the title race.Scorpions and Sharks are equal on points in the men’s 40s but the Sydney side has a game up their sleeve.Defence Warriors are third, and Hornets and Cyclones are in a battle for fourth spot.Scorpions will be hard to beat in the women’s 40s after winning all their round matches.They will meet Hornets or Northern Eagles in a qualifying final tomorrow. Western Tigers take on ACT in the other qualifying final.Men’s 45s seems to be a two-horse race with Scorpions and Hornets undefeated.The men’s 50s is set to go down to the wire with four points separating the top four.Mets, Pineapples, Sharks and Hornets occupy the top four positions in the division.Eagles, Cyclones and Scorpions will be battling each other for the two spots in the men’s 55s.In the senior mixed, Sharks have all but confirmed their spot in the grand final but the Hornets and Cobras are going head-to-head for the last spot.You can keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 X-Blades National Touch League in the following ways:Websiteswww.ntl.mytouchfooty.comwww.austouch.com.auSocial MediaFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #NTL2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksNTL results day twolast_img read more

10 days agoGiroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea return

first_imgGiroud ‘pumped up’ for Chelsea returnby Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlivier Giroud says he will return to Chelsea “pumped up” after starring for France this week. The 33-year-old striker scored in both of France’s matches against Iceland and Turkey.With a fight on his hands for playing time at Stamford Bridge, Giroud is determined to continue his stellar international form.He said: “[Lampard] will almost certainly watch the matches. In any case, I am going back to Chelsea pumped up.”For different reasons, I have played little since the last national team break. Of course it feels good to make the difference.” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

21 hours agoREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teen

first_imgREVEALED: Man City rejected Bernardo Silva as teenby Paul Vegas21 hours agoSend to a friendShare the loveBernardo Silva was rejected by Manchester City as a teenager.Super agent Jorge Mendes touted the Portuguese star when he was an emerging force at Benfica but City opted not to make a move. In an extract from the book ‘Pep’s City: The making of a Superteam’ published by Goal, it was revealed that Mendes had said: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”He eventually joined the club for £43m. Silva, 25, has emerged as one of City’s most important players and was nominated on the long list for this year’s Ballon d’Or. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Michigan State Board Of Trustees Member Epically Trolls Jay Harbaugh On Twitter

first_imgMichigan State Board of Trustees member Mitch Lyons.Michigan may have completely overhauled its coaching staff this offseason, but clearly, Michigan State and its fans aren’t conceding state bragging rights any time soon. Thursday night, one MSU board of trustees member made that clear.Mitch Lyons, the Vice-Chair of the Michigan State Board of Trustees, had a little fun with new Michigan tight ends coach Jay Harbaugh on Twitter. Harbaugh, clearing trying to endear himself to his new fan base, asked his followers if it was legal to own a Wolverine as a pet. Lyons responded, telling Harbaugh he should ask Coach Mark Dantonio. If you aren’t connecting the dots, he’s claiming that Dantonio owns the Wolverines.@JayHarbaugh @ryanschuiling Ask Coach D…..#GoGreen— Mitch Lyons (@mlyons85) January 23, 2015Considering Dantonio is 6-2 against Michigan in his time in East Lansing, this is an A+ troll job. Unfortunately, Harbaugh never responded, instead choosing to ignore the comment.last_img read more

MAKAUT launches new courses to boost job prospects

first_imgKolkata: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (Makaut) has launched a number of new vocational courses that are designed to expand the career options for the students. “The new vocational courses will help the students to choose the right career as per their choice and will also open up job avenues for them” said Saikat Maitra, Vice Chancellor, Makaut.The new vocational courses that can be taken up in the undergraduate level include Travel and Tourism, Medical Lab Technology, Medical Imaging Technology, Banking-Financial Services and Insurance (BFSI), Hardware Networking, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning, Interior Design, Automotive Manufacturing Technology, Retail Management, Industrial Tool Manufacturing, Renewable Energy, Electronic Manufacturing Services, Animation, Beauty and Aesthetics, Theatre Studies, Fashion Designing, Catering Technology and Hotel Management etc. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaEligibility criteria for admission to these subjects are higher secondary or equivalent. There are provisions for exit from the course at the end of completion of first and second year course of their studies with diploma and advanced diploma, respectively. On being asked about the course on Beauty and Aesthetics that has nothing to do with a technology varsity, a senior official of the varsity said that the course will train the students in non-clinical aspects of cosmetology. “Beauty professional courses are in very high demand nowadays and students pursuing this course can explore job opportunities in a salon or spa, as a beauty and skin specialist,” he added. The B voc course in Theatre Study and Acting is also tailor made for students to get associated with film and television media. This course that includes topics like theatre techniques and designing, study of theatrical script and play is expected to develop the intangible concept of creative imagination and its expression within the collective framework of a group.last_img read more

Cong will have direct fight with BJP Chako

first_imgNEW DELHI: PC Chako, All India Congress Committee in-charge of Delhi, on Thursday said his party will have a direct fight with the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections in Delhi and asserted that the possibility of a triangular contest is “slowly disappearing” in the national capital. The senior Congress leader also raised doubts about AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal’s seriousness in defeating the BJP. Chacko said the Congress was getting a good response after the party fielded its candidates for all the seven Lok Sabha seats in Delhi, which goes to polls on May 12. Also Read – Meeting: Issues related to handling of Airport Entry Passes discussedDelhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) on Thursday introduced its candidates before the media at its party office here. Talking to reporters, Chacko said he has “doubts” about Kejriwal’s seriousness to defeat the Bhartitya Janata Party in Delhi. “Earlier, we thought there is a triangular fight in Delhi, but (the possibility) of a triangular fight is disappearing slowly in Delhi. We have a direct fight with BJP in Delhi,” the party’s general secretary in-charge of Delhi said. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanAsked about the possibility of any alliance between the Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party even after both parties announced its candidates, Chacko said that it is now a closed chapter. “It is difficult to get the AAP into confidence because we have doubts about Kejriwal’s intension…without any reason, he (Kejriwal) stepped back that is why we still have doubt about him being serious in defeating the BJP,” the Congress leader said. Asserting that there will be no split of anti-BJP votes in Delhi, he said in the entire country, there is fight between the Congress and BJP. “Anti-BJP votes will come to Congress. In the entire country, there is fight between Rahul Gandhi and Narendra Modi and in view of this, there will be no split of votes,” Chacko also said. Congress president and North-east candidate Sheila Dikshit said that the Congress candidates are familiar with the people of Delhi as they have been serving them for past many years in various capacities.last_img read more

Manchester in agreement to sign Jorginho

first_imgIt seems Manchester City are out to sign a deal with Napoli midfielder Jorginho as his agent claims they now have a verbal agreement in place.The Italy international appears to be one of the topmost attractive players in the transfer list this summer, as manager Pep Guardiola moves to bolster his options in the middle of the park.Agent Joao Santos has now claimed that the transfer is still well on course to completion despite no documents having been signed by either party.“Jorginho is now in Fortaleza with his family on vacation,” Santos is quoted by CalcioNapoli24 via City Watch.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“In football you need signed documents, without this you can do little.“We have a verbal agreement with City, now we are waiting for Napoli to find the agreement and Manchester [City] to define the deal. Everything depends on this aspect, next week could be the one.”Jorginho has represented Napoli more than 130 times since joining from Italian rivals Hellas Verona in 2014.last_img read more

21 year old Anthony Clarke charged by police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Royal Turks and Caicos Island Police force continue their efforts to crack down on crime.Police have charged 21 year old Anthony Clarke of Grand Turk with Handling Stolen Goods. After pleading not guilty to the charges, Clarke is now set to appear before the Magistrate’s court for trial on December 17, 2013. The police are imploring residents to trust their instincts and report suspicious activities in their neighbourhoods and even schools. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Etihad Airways leads World Travel Awards winners in Middle East

first_img Recommended for you Diamonds La Gemma dell’Est to host World Travel Awards Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony 2016 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppDubai, May 5th 2015 – Etihad Airways has retained its title as the Middle East’s Leading Airline for an incredible ninth consecutive year at the World Travel Awards.The United Arab Emirates’ flag-carrier was recognised during a red carpet awards presentation evening at the Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach in front of hundreds of Middle Eastern tourism leaders.Also picking up the a coveted trophy was Jumeirah Al Qasr, Madinat Jumeirah which claimed the Middle East’s Leading Hotel title, while Jebel Ali Golf Resort walked away with the prize for Middle East’s Leading Family Resort.Speaking during the event World Travel Awards President Graham Cooke said: “It was a pleasure and a privilege for World Travel Awards to recognise the leading airlines, hotels and tour operators from across the Middle East here at the luxury Four Seasons Resort Dubai at Jumeirah Beach.“This beautiful property – which itself takes the title of Middle East’s Leading New Resort – has provided us with a wonderful backdrop for this prestigious event.“Congratulations to all our winners and we look forward to seeing them later in the year for the World Travel Awards Grand Final.”Also among the winners at Four Seasons was Al Mashreq Boutique Hotel, which took the title of Middle East’s Leading Boutique Hotel, Le Royal Meridien, recognised as the Middle East’s Leading Spa Resort, and the Dubai Department of Tourism & Commerce Marketing, which took the title of Middle East’s Leading Tourist Board.Hailed by worldwide media for its role in identifying and rewarding excellence in the travel and tourism sector, World Travel Awards celebrates its 22nd anniversary in 2015 and is acknowledged as the ultimate travel accolade.World Travel Awards global events are widely recognised as the best networking opportunity within the travel industry, attended by government and industry leaders, luminaries, and international print and broadcast media. Related Items:dubai, etihad airlines, four seasons resort, world travel awards Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort to host World Travel Awards Grand Final 2015 Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Sandals Resorts International Honored At Annual World Travel Awardslast_img read more

Golfweek Fires Editor Over Noose Cover

first_imgGolfweek has fired its editor less than a week after publishing a noose on its cover.Dave Seanor, the editor responsible for the controversial cover, has been replaced with senior writer Jeff Babineau, the magazine confirmed Friday.The cover was an attempt to illustrate a story on the racially-insensitive remarks made by a Golf Channel announcer about Tiger Woods. The anchor, Kelly Tilghman, suggested on-air that Woods’ rivals “lynch him in a back alley.” “We apologize for creating this graphic cover that received extreme negative reaction from consumers, subscribers and advertisers across the country,” William P. Kupper Jr., president of Turnstile Publishing Co., the parent company of Golfweek, said in a statement. “We were trying to convey the controversial issue with a strong and provocative graphic image. It is now obvious that the overall reaction to our cover deeply offended many people. For that, we are deeply apologetic.”Seanor’s firing came a day after the PGA Tour threatened to pull all of its advertising out of the magazine.”Clearly, what Kelly said was inappropriate and unfortunate, and she obviously regrets her choice of words,” PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said in a statement. “But we consider Golfweek’s imagery of a swinging noose on its cover to be outrageous and irresponsible. It smacks of tabloid journalism. It was a naked attempt to inflame and keep alive an incident that was heading to an appropriate conclusion.”“We know we have a job ahead of us to re-earn the trust and confidence of many loyal readers,” Babineau said in a note posted on the Golfweek Web site. “Our staff is very passionate about the game. Our wish is that one regretful error does not erase more than 30 years of service we’ve dedicated to this industry.”DISCUSS: Did Golfweek’s ‘Noose’ Editor Deserve To Be Fired? More on this topic Did Golfweek’s ‘Noose’ Editor Deserve To Be Fired? The Hitler-Noose Double Standard? Golfweek’s Bland Rage People on the Move | 07.16.09 People On The Move | 8.23.12 2008: The Year in MagazinesJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ The Atlantic Taps Creative Leadership | People on the Move The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the Move This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV NetworksPowered bylast_img read more

19 Properties Sold In Wilmington In February

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to the Middlesex North Registry of Deeds, 19 properties were sold in Wilmington during February 2019:Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related40 Properties Sold In Wilmington In AugustIn “Business”42 Properties Sold In Wilmington In JulyIn “Business”44 Properties Sold In Wilmington In JuneIn “Business”last_img read more

FDA says buying young peoples blood wont keep you from aging

first_img Plasma is the liquid part of blood that contains proteins to help with clotting. It can be used to manage bleeding. Patients whose blood is unable to clot can benefit from plasma, though there are still risks such as allergic reactions. Plasma infusions from young donors can involve administering large amounts of plasma, which can be linked with infectious, allergic, respiratory and cardiovascular risks, according to the FDA. Some people have charged thousands of dollars for infusions that haven’t been proven to be effective, the agency said. “Simply put, we’re concerned that some patients are being preyed upon by unscrupulous actors touting treatments of plasma from young donors as cures and remedies,” Gottlieb and Marks said. “Such treatments have no proven clinical benefits for the uses for which these clinics are advertising them and are potentially harmful.”The administration said it’ll consider taking actions against companies that abuse patients’ trust and that endanger their health, whether through their manufacturing conditions or by promoting purported treatments that haven’t been proven safe or effective.Following the FDA’s statement, Ambrosia Health, a startup that charged thousands of dollars for plasma infusions from young donors, said on its site that it has stopped patient treatments. The company didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.People considering plasma treatments should ask their health care provider if the FDA has reviewed a treatment before proceeding, the agency said. It’s also asking patients and health care providers to report negative side effects linked to treatments using plasma from young donors, for aging or similar conditions, to the FDA’s MedWatch Adverse Event Reporting program. The FDA said it’ll monitor the issue and take appropriate steps with state and local health departments and blood establishments. First published Feb. 19, 2 p.m. PT.Update, Feb. 20 at 9:43 a.m.: Adds that Ambrosia Health has stopped patient treatments following the FDA’s statement.  CNET Next Big Thing: The Invisible Doctor Sci-Tech Wellness Tags Now playing: Watch this: 0center_img 59:45 Wladimir Bulgar/Getty Images If you’re planning on getting infused with young blood to fight memory loss and aging, the US Food and Drug Administration would like you to reconsider. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb and Peter Marks, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, warned in a statement Tuesday against getting infused with blood plasma from young donors. Claims that these infusions can help treat conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and post-traumatic stress disorder haven’t been clinically proven, the FDA said. Read more: FDA cleared vs FDA approved: You should know the difference | FSA vs. HSA: What’s the difference? | 14 unexpected things you can buy with your FSA”We have significant public health concerns about the promotion and use of plasma for these purposes,” Gottlieb and Marks said. “There is no proven clinical benefit of infusion of plasma from young donors to cure, mitigate, treat, or prevent these conditions, and there are risks associated with the use of any plasma product.”The FDA said it’s alerting consumers and health care providers that treatments using young blood haven’t gone through the appropriate testing to confirm their therapeutic benefit and safety. Therefore, these infusions shouldn’t be considered safe or effective, and consumers shouldn’t get the infusions beyond clinical trials with an institutional review board and regulatory oversight, it said. Post a comment Share your voicelast_img read more

Musk Teslas selfdriving tech is vastly ahead of everyone

first_imgHow does Tesla CEO Elon Musk compare his company’s still-under-development self-driving systems to the competition from Waymo, Cruise Automation and the like? Easy. He believes his company his “vastly ahead of everyone.” This quote comes from Musk’s recent appearance on Lex Friedman’s Artificial Intelligence Podcast, where Musk spoke about topics ranging from how much longer people will need to keep their hands on the wheel (“At least six months from here”) to what question would you ask of a truly sentient artificial agent (“What’s outside the simulation?”).  More From Roadshow 18 Photos Outside of a rare few desirable collector machines and seemingly every Porsche more than 20 years old, few cars actually do wind up appreciating in value significantly. And, very few manufacturers would be bold enough to make that a promise of their new cars. But back to autonomy, when will the cars start driving themselves? Musk believes you’ll need to keep your hands on the wheel for “at least six months from here,” raising the question: “How much safer than a person does Autopilot need to be before it’s OK to not monitor the car?” Musk’s basic thesis is that, once Autopilot is proven far safer (perhaps by 200%, he notes), then letting a human take over actually becomes risky behavior. He references the early days of elevators, where a human pilot manually directed them to go up or down with a lever. Now, Musk says, “Nobody wants an elevator operator, because the automated elevator that stops at the floors is much safer.” And what about the competition developing their own self-driving technologies? “To me, right now this seems like game, set and match. I don’t want to be complacent or overconfident, but that is literally how it appears right now. I could be wrong, but it appears to be the case that Tesla is vastly ahead of everyone.” With competitors like Waymo racking up real-world miles for its self-driving systems, that’s an awfully confident statement to make. As ever, the proof will be in the pudding.  Auto Tech 2019 Tesla Model S Long Range review: Familiar, yet oh so much better Tags Tesla Model 3: The one you’ve been waiting for 4center_img Share your voice Comments Tesla Model 3 Review: Performance trim But the bulk of the conversation centered around Tesla’s pursuit of self-driving vehicles. Tesla has long offered a $5,000 “Full Self-Driving Capability” package for its vehicles, promising access to an eventual software update enabling the company’s cars to drive themselves. Musk reiterated this promise, saying: “The hardware currently being produced is capable of full self-driving.” However, autonomy won’t be an overnight thing where you drive yourself home from work one day and the next morning, after a little OTA action, enjoy a fully automated commute. “As we refine the software, the capabilities will increase dramatically, and then the reliability will increase dramatically, and then it will receive regulatory approval.” This, however, is where Musk’s position took an interesting turn. Musk believes autonomy will make a car significantly more valuable, perhaps five times more than a normal, human-driven machine. His conclusion? “If you buy a Tesla today I believe you are buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset.”  If you buy a Tesla today I believe you are buying an appreciating asset, not a depreciating asset.   Elon Musk Tesla Waymo’s autonomous Pacifica cruising through Castle Elon Musk Teslalast_img read more

Sensex and Nifty Open High Nikkei Surges due to Federal Optimism

first_imgBajaj Finance2080-38.10-1.80 Engineers India313.20+9.05+2.91 Top losers from BSE at 9:40 am:NameNameLast traded priceLast traded priceChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameKotak Mahindra BankLast traded price940Change-20Change in percent-2.08NameUnited SpiritsLast traded price2748Change-58.10Change in percent-2.07NameONGCLast traded price434.10Change-9.10Change in percent-2.05NameCRISILLast traded price1726.45Change-34.35Change in percent-1.95NameBajaj FinanceLast traded price2080Change-38.10Change in percent-1.80 Jaypee Infratech Ltd33.50+0.90+2.98 Suzlon Energy28.80+0.55+1.95 Crompton Greaves203.50+5.35+2.70 United Spirits2748-58.10-2.07 Kotak Mahindra Bank940-20-2.08 NameLast traded priceChangeChange in percent NameLast traded priceChangeChange in percent During the pre-opening session at 9 am, sensex recorded 25,274 points with an increase of 27.75 points. While S&P BSE 100 recorded 7,698.32 points, Mid Cap, Small Cap and BSE 200 too recorded highs.At 9:15 am on Thursday, BSE index opened higher at 25,327.67 and surged by 26.1 points minutes later. But, at 9:21 am, the index decreased to 25,351 points.On the other hand, Nifty opened higher by 7,581.30 points with increase of 23.1 points due to Federal Reserve optimism at 9:15 am.BSE index ended on Wednesday at 25,246.25 points with decline of 274.94 points and Nifty too declined by 73.50 points at 7,558.20 points. Indian shares slipped over one percent on Wednesday, falling for three out of four sessions.Top gainers from BSE at 9:40 am:NameNameLast traded priceLast traded priceChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameGMR InfraLast traded price34.35Change+1.50Change in percent+4.57NameJaypee Infratech LtdLast traded price33.50Change+0.90Change in percent+2.98NameEngineers IndiaLast traded price313.20Change+9.05Change in percent+2.91NameCrompton GreavesLast traded price203.50Change+5.35Change in percent+2.70NameSuzlon EnergyLast traded price28.80Change+0.55Change in percent+1.95 GMR Infra34.35+1.50+4.57 CRISIL1726.45-34.35-1.95 But, top five gainers and losers shifted their ranks during trading session.While at 9:45 am, top gainers from NSE index were Cipla, Lupin, Kotak Bank, Hindal Corporation and GAIL, top losers were Jindal Steel, BPCL, IDFC, BHEL and NMDC.On Wednesday, India received $72.31 million Foreign Institutional Investment debt and Indian government traded securities worth 92.86 billion, which involved purchase and selling of securities.Asian stocks surged in early trade on Thursday, as Federal Reserve decided to retain its monetary policy after the meeting on Wednesday, reported Reuters. Brent crude oil rose to a nine-month high on Wednesday as investors worried about exports from Iraq, but US treasuries gained on Wednesday as Federal Reserve planned to cut interest rates on its monetary policy. US government took this step after the release of inflation data.Besides, US based Dow Jones index surged 98.13 points by 16,906.62 points and the NASDAQ index increased to 4,362.84 points by 25.60 points on Wednesday. Moreover, London based FTSE rose up at 6,778.56 points by 11.79 points.In the meantime, Japan’s Nikkei share index jumped 1.4 percent to a four-and-a-half month high on Thursday as it recorded 213.10 points surge at 15,328.87 points at early trade. ONGC434.10-9.10-2.05last_img read more

The new Modi NITI how to take on China with AIM

first_imgPM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues on the domestic front.IANSEyeing the global revolution in tech-innovations, the Modi government, in its second avatar, is all set to redefine the scope of ‘Knowledge and Innovation’ at NITI Aayog. Before leaving for his foreign visit to the Maldives, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a series of meetings with technocrats, top officials and key cabinet colleagues, discussing how to radically redefine innovations and technology on manufacturing front to compete with China.Overall, the prime focus of the government, as well as NITI Aayog, remains on accelerating the pace of the manufacturing sector in India. On the domestic front, PM Modi has set his eye on water management, agriculture and security issues and he would likely underline his priorities once he chairs the first big meeting of NITI Aayog, on June 15.In the wake of sharp criticism from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on the alleged failure of NITI Aayog, the government now seems more determined to take the Aayog to a new height, inducting domain specialists at the rank of Joint Secretary and above.”The PM’s dream project is the success of the Atal Innovation Mission,(AIM) the flagship project of NITI Aayog to promote innovation and entrepreneurship in the country. If AIM takes off well, the country would soon be a substitute for China as a global manufacturing hub. In fact, AIM complements Make In India, Digital India and Startup India mega projects,” said a senior NITI Aayog official.To provide impetus to the industrial growth, the NITI Aayog Vice Chairman Rajiv Kumar recently told media that a slew of big-bang economic reforms are being pursued by the Modi government. These include a change in labour laws, privatization moves and land banks for new industrial development. Once the stage is set for a positive industrial environment, the innovation mission will finally accelerate the growth of the manufacturing sector.Global tech giants such as Adobe, Amazon, Dell, IBM, Intel and Microsoft are already partnering with Atal Innovation Mission. The AIM project serves as a platform for promotion of world-class innovation hubs, and self-employment activities in technology-driven areas.Through AIM, the government expects a radical change in the country’s MSME industry.Earlier in Modi’s first tenure as PM, his Cabinet Minister Kalraj Mishra and later Minister for State (Independent Charge) Giriraj Singh did not impress the business fraternity while running the ministry for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME). In an afterthought, Modi in his second innings gave the charge of this crucial ministry to Nitin Gadkari, known for delivering the goods on time.”Modi ji had spoken about the project to Gadkari ji. He (Gadkari) was more than willing to take up this challenge. I am sure MSME would now be one of the most important ministries in the government as it also addresses the problem of unemployment and lack of fast-paced industrial growth,” said a BJP leader close to Gadkari.Another big change on the scene is the Atal Tinkering Labs (ATL). It is Modi’s long-term plan for revolutionizing the young Indian minds. The ATLs are innovation workplaces where do-it-yourself kits on latest technologies like 3D printers, Robotics, Internet of Things, are installed at schools using the government grant. The mission director of AIMs, R. Ramanan, an IITian, says that by next year 10,000 ATL workplaces in the Indian schools will bring radical change in the near future in the field of innovation.The objective of PM Modi through mega ATL project is to enable India to become a global leader in technology and innovations, the key to ruling the modern-day industries.last_img read more

Mainul arrest to foil movement alleges BNP ministers deny political motive

first_imgDr Kamal HossainTop leader of a new political coalition Kamal Hossain on Tuesday expressed concern at the recent arrests and harrassment of the opposition by the Awami League government, saying such missteps might ruin the atmosphere for fair and peaceful politics.In a statement, he said the National Unity Front was formed to promote constitutional politics of all pro-liberation parties through their participation in national elections. “This is compatibale with the thinking of the prime minister,” he said expressing apprehensions about the fallouts of the recent steps of the government.Opposition Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP), a major component of the Unity Front, blasted the AL government for arresting former caretaker government adviser Mainul Hosein but two ministers tried to justify the arrest.The BNP termed it a move to foil the opposition movement for Mainul is part of the new opposition coalition of Jatiya Oikya Front or National Unity Front while the ministers denied such allegations.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that Mainul Hosein was arrested illegally at the behest of the top leadership of the govenment to frustrate the movement aimed at ‘restoring’ democracy in the country.Two ministers, however, said Mainul was arrested for his “abusive and vulgar” remarks about a female journalist. Ahead of the arrest on Monday, prime minister Sheikh Hasina criticised Mainul.Mainul Hosein, also a former member of parliament and chairman of the editorial board of a newspaper, was playing an active role in formation of the Front, led by eminent jurist Kamal Hossain. They demanded free, fair, participatory and credible general elections due later this year.AL general secretary and road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader said the police arrested Mainul as cases were filed against him.”His involvement with the Oikya Front has nothing to do with the arrest,” he told newsmen at his ministry.Quader claimed, “The arrest was made to stop recurrence of such incidents. He was considered as a person, not a leader of the Oikya Front.”Another cabinet member, law minister Anisul Huq said Mainul Hosein used to talk against the incumbent government in television talkshows even before the formation of Oikya Front but he was not arrested then.Arrested Mainul Hosein. File PhotoHe was arrested for recent cases against him, the minister told newsmen after a seminar at Dhaka University.“The first thing is we didn’t arrest him for his anti-governemnt opinions aired on TV talkshows. He was arrested for what he told journalist Masuda Bhatti in an interview… The case was filed as the womenfolk think arrogant speech disrespected them,” he said.Anisul, a lawyer by profession, argued, “I think, the womenfolk would have been aggrieved had the law enforcement not taken any step as per the directives of the court for that comment. That is why he was arrested after warrant was issued.”Speaking at a press conference at the BNP’s Naya Paltan central office, party leader Rizvi condemned the arrest and demanded his immediate release.”The arrest of a renowned lawyer like Mainul Hosein in a defamation case is an unprecedented action. It was made to hamper the movement aimed at restoring democracy,” he said.Describing Mainul Hosein as a man who has respect for law, Rizvi said, “His offence was to take a stand against misrule and speak in favour of democracy.”He alleged the prime minister at her press conference on Monday encouraged some people to file more cases against him and talked about subsequent action against him.”Hours after her such announcement, the arrest warrant was issued, and he (Mainul) was arrested. It’s now clear that he was arrested at the directives of the government high-ups after issuing a warrant for his arrest by a court at night,” the BNP leader said.Rizvi said it is legal practice to issue summon first by the court in a defamation suit and then take statement of the accused before issuing the arrest warrant. “There’s no example of issuing arrest warrant immediately after filing of any defamation suit. So, Mainul Hosein’s arrest is illegal. We strongly condemn it.”So far, six cases have been filed against Mainul Hosein across the country.Journalist Masuda Bhatti filed a defamation suit in Dhaka on 21 October. Three more defamation suits were filed in Jamalpur, Cumilla and Kurigram on that day.Two more cases — one in Bhola and another in Rangpur — were filed on Monday.A team of Detective Branch (DB) of police on Monday night arrested Mainul Hosein from in front of Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) president ASM Abdur Rab’s Uttara residence in a defamation case filed in Rangpur.last_img read more

Trump Open To Letting Dreamers Morph Into Citizens

first_img Share Bob Daemmrich for The Texas TribunePresident Donald Trump said Wednesday he’s open to an immigration plan that will provide a pathway to citizenship for hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the country as children and are now here illegally.“We’re going to morph into it,” Trump told reporters. “It’s going to happen, at some point in the future, over a period of 10 to 12 years.”His pronouncement came as the White House announced it would be unveiling a legislative framework on immigration next week that it hopes can pass both the House and the Senate.Trump’s remarks amounted to a preview of that framework. He said he’ll propose $25 billion for building a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and $5 billion for other security measures.Trump told reporters he had a message for the so-called Dreamers, those brought to the country illegally as children: “Tell ’em not to be concerned, OK? Tell ’em not to worry. We’re going to solve the problem.”Trump was talking about the young immigrants who had been protected from deportation and given the right to work legally in the country under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. Trump announced he was ending DACA last year, but he has given Congress until March to come up with a legislative fix.Trump said he was confident that a deal can be reached on the issue. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the framework to be unveiled Monday “represents a compromise that members of both parties can support.”The White House appeared to be trying to take control of the process amid criticism that the president had taken too much of a back seat during recent negotiations and had sent mixed signals that repeatedly upended near-deals.“After decades of inaction by Congress, it’s time we work together to solve this issue once and for all,” Sanders said.Senators from both parties were making a fresh search for their own compromise immigration legislation, but leaders conceded that the effort wouldn’t be easy and were already casting blame should it falter.Around three dozen senators from both parties met privately Wednesday, and two top lawmakers said they’d try crafting a compromise bill based on colleagues’ suggestions. The goal is to produce consensus legislation that would be the starting point for Senate debate on immigration, which is expected to begin Feb. 8, said Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., their parties’ No. 2 leaders.“We’re the Senate, we have our own responsibility under the Constitution and we decided in this room to move forward,” Durbin said afterward. “If the president has some ideas he’d like to share, of course we’ll take a look at them.”When asked if he knew what would be in the White House proposal, Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he didn’t know and added, “But they’re not writing the bill.”Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., vowed not to “let those who are anti-immigrant, who call giving the Dreamers hope ‘amnesty,’ block us. Because then we will fail, and it will be on the other side of the aisle that made that happen.”Schumer spoke about 12 hours after Trump put the onus on him. “Cryin’ Chuck Schumer fully understands, especially after his humiliating defeat, that if there is no Wall, there is no DACA,” the president tweeted late Tuesday. “We must have safety and security, together with a strong Military, for our great people!”Sanders said the White House framework is based on dozens of conversations Trump and his staff have had with members of both parties and that “it addresses all of the different things that we’ve heard from all of the various stakeholders” during the past several months.Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., said Trump called him Wednesday morning and wants to provide “dependability for these kids,” but still expects a deal to include money for border security and his promised southern wall, to limit immigrants’ ability to sponsor family members and to end a visa lottery aimed at diversity.“He’s driving that a DACA solution is something he wants,” Perdue said.Schumer said Tuesday that he’d pulled back an offer of $25 billion for Trump’s border wall. An aide said Schumer had actually withdrawn the offer Sunday night after it became clear that there would be no quick compromise on protecting the Dreamers.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has said if senators cannot produce a compromise plan by Feb. 8, he would open a debate on immigration legislation that would be “fair to all sides.” That suggests both parties would be allowed to offer amendments.While Cornyn said he hoped the bipartisan group of senators would produce a measure that can pass the Senate, “it would also have to get the president’s support eventually. Because without his support, I don’t think it would pass the House of Representatives,” which has more conservative views on the topic.Feb. 8 is the date legislation expires that reopened the government after a three-day shutdown, which began after Democrats demanded movement toward an immigration deal as the price for financing federal agencies.last_img read more

Stellar Attorneys Step Up To Defend Dawnta Harris

first_imgBy Sean Yoes, Baltimore AFRO Editor, syoes@afro.comDawnta Harris, 16, sits in the Baltimore County Detention Center awaiting trial as an adult for the killing of Baltimore County Police Officer First Class, Amy Caprio. On May 30, just nine days after Caprio’s death, a Baltimore County grand jury indicted Harris, Darrell Ward, 15, Derrick Matthews, 15 and Eugene Genius,17, for first-degree murder, burglary and conspiracy to commit burglary.Harris is being represented by two of the best defense attorneys in the state; J. Wyndal Gordon and Warren A. Brown.“This is not a kid that has a murderous spirit at all. This is a kid who panicked,” Brown told Fox 45 News. “…A lot is on the line,” he said.Sean Yoes (Courtesy Photo)Indeed, a lot is on the line, but it is a familiar position for both Brown and Gordon, who decided to take the Harris case pro bono.Brown, a veteran of over 5,000 criminal cases since being admitted to the Maryland Bar in 1980, has been a player in Maryland’s legal arena for decades. In the 1990’s Brown spent thousands of his own dollars annually around the Christmas holiday, buying back guns off the street at $50 a pop, no questions asked. In 2005, Brown represented Dontee Stokes, the man who shot defrocked priest Maurice Blackwell in 2002, in Stokes’ sexual abuse case against Blackwell (Stokes was an altar boy at Blackwell’s church when the abuse began). Brown got a conviction in the case, which garnered national headlines at the height of the Catholic priest sexual abuse scandals. Brown, who was named one of Maryland’s “super lawyers” five years in a row (2007-2011), has also experienced his share of adverse moments in the spotlight.In 2015, Brown’s son Matthew was arrested on charges of human trafficking connected to three underage, teenage girls allegedly forced into prostitution. The younger Brown was sentenced to two years last July. Just weeks earlier on July 1, Warren Brown’s stepson, Louis “Cody” Young, was gunned down at a West Baltimore gas station and Matthew Brown was allegedly the gunman’s target.Brown has spent much of his distinguished career, as well as instances in his private life, fighting to keep young Black men and boys from being devoured by the criminal justice system.Gordon has been licensed to practice law in the state of Maryland since 1995, the same year he graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law.In 2006, Gordon was appointed lead standby counsel for John Allen Muhammad, the so-called “Beltway Sniper,” thrusting the attorney on to the national stage. Gordon has maintained a national presence as a legal commentator on several cable news network shows such as, CNN, TruTV and Headline News and he has been a part of several high profile cases prior to teaming with Brown to defend Harris.Gordon represents Aaron Winston, who at 5’6”, 150 pounds, was allegedly brutalized and had his arm broken by 6’2”, 350 pound Baltimore police officer Alexandros Haziminas. Winston was acquitted of assault and other charges connected to his arrest that led to him allegedly being beaten up by the behemoth Baltimore cop. A lawsuit by Gordon on Winston’s behalf is pending.Gordon also represents the family of Korryn Gaines, the 23-year old mother of two who was shot to death by Baltimore County police on Aug. 1, 2016, who was awarded $37 million in damages Feb. 16 in a wrongful death lawsuit against the county.Now, Gordon and Brown have decided to defend Harris, this 16-year old boy at the center of a tragic series of events that took the life of a young woman and threatens to incarcerate him and three other boys for decades. Harris has been branded by virulent online trolls as every vile thing from  a “nigger” to the devil and everything in between. He is none of those things, he is a child that made a horrific mistake.In a commentary by E.R. Shipp, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist in residence at Morgan State University, Brown said, “In taking on the case pro bono, J. Wyndal and I are saying, `He matters. He’s not garbage. He’s clothed and covered with our credibility.’”A lot is on the line.Sean Yoes is the Baltimore editor of the AFRO.last_img

Enoch Will Enter NBA Draft Retain Collegiate Eligibility

first_imgStory Links LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville center Steven Enoch will enter his name for consideration in the 2019 NBA Draft, but will take the necessary measures to preserve his collegiate eligibility and allow a return for his senior year with the Cardinals.”The NBA has always been a long term goal, and this is a wonderful way for me to evaluate myself and find out where I stand,” said Enoch.  “I will not be hiring an agent at this time. I am grateful for the continued support I have received since coming to Louisville and I am a Cardinal forever.””The NBA and the NCAA continue to shape the undergraduate process of determining draft prospects in a more refined way,” said UofL Head Men’s Basketball Coach Chris Mack. “I fully support Steven as he tests the draft waters on where he stands in his basketball future. When the time comes to make his decision it will be with feedback straight from the source, the NBA.”Enoch was a double-figure scorer in 17 games for the Cardinals this season.  In his last 20 games coming off the bench, Enoch averaged 10.0 points, 5.6 rebounds and made 52 percent of his shots from the field, including 11-of-32 three-pointers (.344), in an average of 19 minutes a game. A powerful player with a soft shooting touch, Enoch was third on the team in free throw percentage (58-of-72, .806).  Enoch scored a career-high 22 points against Boston College, while pulling down six rebounds, and he produced his first double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds at North Carolina.  He scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds against Minnesota in the NCAA Tournament First Round.A junior from Norwalk, Conn., Enoch played his first season with the Cardinals this year after transferring from the University of Connecticut and sitting out last season.  The communication major was named to the 2019 All-ACC Academic men’s basketball team. New NCAA legislation in effect in 2019 allows college basketball players to be represented by an agent after the season if they request an evaluation from the NBA Undergraduate Advisory Committee.  To maintain collegiate availability, the agreement with an agent must be in writing, disclosed, terminated when the student returns to college, as well as meeting other conditions.  Players who request an evaluation, participate in the NBA combine and aren’t drafted can return to school as long as they notify the university by the Monday after the draft.Enoch helped Louisville achieve a 20-14 record against the nation’s third-toughest schedule and participate in its 39th NCAA Tournament.  Picked in the preseason to finish 11th in the ACC, UofL attained a 10-8 conference record and earned a tie for sixth in the final regular season standings.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Backyard astronomer in Ireland finds supernova

first_img Exploding star in NGC 2397 Citation: Backyard astronomer in Ireland finds supernova (2010, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-backyard-astronomer-ireland-supernova.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com Image: David Grennan/Astronomy forum. Astronomer David Grennan and his wife Carol were about to turn in from their garden shed observatory in Raheny in Dublin on 17th September when they discovered a supernova. The explosion that caused the burst of light occurred an estimated 290 million years ago. The discovery was confirmed officially by International astronomers earlier this week.Supernovae are stellar explosions that can outshine entire galaxies for a short time, and they are the major source of heavy elements in the Universe.Mr Grennan is a software developer by day, but at night he spends as much time as the Irish weather permits in his home-made observatory, which is a converted garden shed with a retractable roof. Grennan said he had been stargazing since he was about five years old, and had always been fascinated by the stars. He bought his first telescope in 1991, and has continually upgraded his equipment. In 2005 he built his home observatory using standard DIY parts. The observatory is equipped with a 14 inch Cassegrain telescope.David’s wife Carol analyzes the images he takes with his telescope and helps identify interesting objects. They discovered the supernova by comparing images of the galaxy UGC 112 taken in August and September. The signs were tiny, but David’s many years of experience helped him to spot them.David said the discovery was the result of a year’s work, during which he surveyed 2,611 galaxies. He said it was “mind-boggling” to be the first to see something that happened almost 300 million years ago, and the time-lag “is on a scale almost as difficult to comprehend as Ireland’s astronomical debt.” Carol was even more excited than he was, and the two shared a bottle of champagne when the supernova was confirmed. The supernova, named 2010 IK by official astronomy bodies, is the first to be discovered by someone in Ireland, but it is not Grennan’s first discovery. In 2008 he discovered a three-meter-wide asteroid (his second), which he named after his mother, Catherine Griffin, in honor of her encouragement of his stargazing hobby.Grennan, who was once chairman of Astronomy Ireland, said he would love to see young children becoming interested in astrophysics because “it’s amazing what you discover.”Supernovae are spotted regularly, but Professor Stephen Smartt of Queen’s University Belfast said it was unusual for astronomers in northern Europe to find one. He confirmed the finding was the first supernova to be discovered from Ireland.The supernova is expected to be visible with a powerful telescope for the next two or three months, after which it will fade from view.center_img 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. (PhysOrg.com) — An amateur astronomer working from his backyard shed in Ireland was the first in the world to spot a supernova explosion last month. The discovery is the biggest ever in amateur astronomy in Ireland. Explore furtherlast_img read more