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  • In Iglas, sections of Jats back BSP candidate

    first_imgIn a first, Jats of the Iglas reserved constituency are joining hands with the Bahujan Samaj Party to take on the BJP in the upcoming bypoll on October 21. In the last week, two panchayats were organised in Tochhigarh and Dhantoli, the biggest villages of the constituency, where Jat leaders advocated support to BSP candidate Abhay Kumar Bunty, a Jatav. In the panchayats, Mr. Kumar garlanded the portrait of former Prime Minister Charan Singh and the Jat leaders put the traditional turban on his head.The move, locals say, is necessitated by the anger caused by the cancellation of papers of the Samajwadi Party-supported Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Suman Diwakar.Yogi’s rallies Feeling the heat, the BJP is taking no chances with Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath holding two rallies in the constituency. Three State Cabinet Ministers were also pressed into service in what earlier appeared just a bypoll for the ruling party.On Friday, Mr. Adityanath invoked the names of Charan Singh and Raja Mahendra Pratap along with PM Narendra Modi to garner votes for BJP candidate Raj Kumar Sahyogi, also a Jatav.RLD leader Jatin Chaudhary, who organised the panchayats, told The Hindu that Iglas was traditionally a party bastion. He alleged the BJP “poll managers” were responsible for the last-minute disqualification of the RLD candidate. “They created pressure on the administration. By supporting the BSP, we want to send a strong message to the BJP and the party leadership,” he said, expecting the support of 60%-70% of the 1.25 lakh-odd Jat voters in a constituency of 3,75,813 voters.The BSP candidate criticised the anti-farmer policies of the U.P. government, particularly the rise in electricity charges and menace of stray cattle. “They have turned the farmer into a watchman,” said Mr. Kumar, adding the potato farmers in the area were not getting the right price and being forced to throw away their produce, but the CM instead spoke about the expansion of a sugarcane mill in Mawana (Meerut) during a rally.Mr. Chaudhary lamented the harvesting of Hindu sentiments of farmers by the BJP. He said most farmers used to sell male calves to slaughterhouses since most of them use tractors these days. “It seems the Opposition is not fighting against Mr. Sahyogi but is in a fight with the views the Prime Minister has injected into many of us. The dilution of Article 370 has no relevance to the bypoll but still, the BJP is selling it to farmers,” he said.Ramveer Singh, pradhan of Karmawali village, admitted there was a time when most local socio-political fights in the region were between the RLD and the BSP workers or, simply put, between Jats and Jatavs. “But with the BSP being out of power for almost a decade, the party’s support base has whittled,” he said.Changing social equation“When the constituency was delimited, the Jat leadership lost its significance. So the Jat decided to put his lathi (stick) into a corner and decided to pick up the spade and gave a pen to his child. This changed the social equation to an extent,” analysed Ram Kumar Singh, a senior advocate.The Jat supporters of the BJP talk of corruption-free recruitment of constables in police, a major source of employment in the region. “During the rule of previous governments, anybody who was not a Yadav or a Jatav had to pay a bribe,” said Prempal Sikatra, a farmer from Tehra village.A seasoned RSS worker who runs a family shoe shop in Aligarh, Mr. Sahyogi, BJP insiders say, lacks the ‘charisma’ that electoral politics requires. “That’s why the leadership is not taking any chances,” said a senior leader.With chants of ‘Banke Bihari’ and ‘Jai Shri Ram’ echoing in the air, Mr. Sahyogi said Mr. Modi and Mr. Adityanath were trying to bring ‘Ram Rajya’ back with schemes that have led to “social inclusion” of the marginalised sections. At Paharipur village, Aarti, a Dalit girl pursuing her graduation, responded with “sab sahi hai” (all is well) to most questions about the social fabric and government schemes. “We haven’t received the promised ₹2,000 under the PM Kisan scheme but I keep going to the officials. We cannot afford to get the cylinder we got under the Ujjwala scheme refilled every month, so we use it sparingly. We can’t depend on any government. We have to make our own destiny,” she said.last_img read more

  • Chhath celebrated with fervour in Bihar, Nitish Kumar greets devotees

    first_imgThe fervour of Chhath held the Bihar capital in its thrall on Saturday when lakhs of devotees thronged the numerous ghats along the river Ganga here to pay obeisance to the setting sun. All roads in the city appeared to be leading to the river Ganga as the young and the old, men and women, marched barefoot to reach the ghats, battling the exhaustion caused by fasting and carrying of wicker baskets heavy with “prasad” items including bunches of bananas, sugarcane, winnows and “thekuas”, a must-have sweet prepared on the occasion. Chief Minister Nitish Kumar kept up with his practice of greeting the Chhath “vratees” (devotees) on the ghats from atop a steamer that commenced its journey at Danapur, the city’s western extreme. Before embarking on the journey, Mr. Kumar observed Chhath rituals at his official residence 1, Anne Marg, along with close members of family. On the steamer, the Chief Minister was joined by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi among others.last_img read more

  • Brady takes his 3rd Super Bowl loss, despite 500-yard game

    first_imgBrace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC This was surely not the end of his unparalleled and sure-bet-for-the-Hall-of-Fame career, but at age 40 there’s no guarantee this wasn’t the last time he played in a Super Bowl.“It’s a team sport. The Eagles played a better game today,” Brady said. “They deserve to win. That’s why we’re not the champs.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe fumble, forced by Brandon Graham and picked up by Derek Barnett, put the Eagles in position for a field goal that pushed their lead to eight points. Brady and the Patriots had one last possession, but his final heave from midfield was batted down to give the Eagles their first Super Bowl trophy with a 41-33 victory and drop Brady’s career record in the title game to 5-3.The all-time leader with eight career postseason fourth-quarter comebacks, Brady wasn’t able to notch a ninth. “We obviously didn’t make enough plays in the red zone and turned the ball over one time,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “If we have a turnover that leads to some points for them, and you fail to score a couple of touchdowns in the first part of the game, generally speaking against a really good team, it usually comes back to bite you.”Brady already owns a healthy share of the NFL record book, but there’s a new entry that he and all of New England would prefer to erase. Brady became the first quarterback in NFL history to lose a game, in the regular season or the playoffs, despite passing for 500 or more yards, three or more touchdowns and no interceptions.“You always hope you come out on the winning end of the shootout,” Brady said. “We didn’t win it today.”Brady finished 28 for 48 for 505 yards and three scores and a 115.4 passer rating. He has two of the three 400-yard passing games in Super Bowl history, with his 466 yards in last season’s overtime win over Atlanta and Kurt Warner’s 414 yards for the St. Louis Rams in a victory over the Tennessee Titans 18 years ago.“I’ve played in eight of them, and they’re all good games. Today, we had our opportunities,” Brady said. “Never really got control of the game. Never really played on our terms. Just didn’t make plays when we needed to.”ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES New England Patriots’ Tom Brady sits on the field after the NFL Super Bowl 52 football game against the Philadelphia Eagles Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, in Minneapolis. The Eagles won 41-33. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)MINNEAPOLIS — The ball had just been whacked out of Tom Brady’s right hand at the worst possible momentfor the New England Patriots, giving the Philadelphia Eagles the ball just before the two-minute warning.Brady sat on the turf, resting his arms on his knees with a pose of resignation. Once he reached the sideline and plopped down on the bench, he lowered his head and stared down for several seconds .ADVERTISEMENT View comments John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Read Next AFP official booed out of forum Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH This was the second time Brady was voted the NFL’s Most Valuable Player and lost in the Super Bowl, a contrast he also experienced 10 years ago.In fact, the past nine winners of the Associated Press MVP award to reach the big game have lost. The others were Kurt Warner (2001), Rich Gannon (2002), Shaun Alexander (2005), Peyton Manning (2009 and 2013), Cam Newton (2015) and Matt Ryan (2016).Brady led the league in 2017 with 4,577 passing yards, despite losing standout wide receiver Julian Edelman to a knee injury, so he sure hasn’t been slowing down. There’ve been reports of friction between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft, but any potential dysfunction didn’t deter him. He was all smiles during his interview sessions during the week, wondering with seeming sincere curiosity why there’s been so much media fixation on when he’ll ever retire. This one, though, had to hurt.“No one is going to feel sorry for us,” Brady said. “We’ll evaluate like we always do. I’m sure everyone is pretty tired after a long year. That’s football.” NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Zark’s-Lyceum slips past Wangs-Letran for 4th straight win Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

  • LG teases the V30’s 6-inch dual curved OLED display ahead of Aug 31 launch

    first_imgLG is set to launch its next flagship LG V30 on August 31 in Berlin and the phone will go on sale in September this year. Now, the company has also confirmed that its next flagship smartphone will come with 6-inch dual curved OLED display as rumoured before.LG V30 will be the company’s first-ever smartphone to feature a plastic OLED FullVision display. The company’s last phone to sport OLED display was LG G Flex 2 which came in year 2015.”With competition in the global smartphone space fiercer now than ever, we felt that this was the right time to reintroduce OLED displays in our mobile products,” said Juno Cho, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.LG V30 will be the first 6-inch phone from LG. The company has further hinted that the phone will have a smaller body than its predecessors i.e. V20. LG has reduced the sizes of upper and lower bezels in V30 by 20  and 50 per cent compared to the V20. Also, the company logo has been moved from the bottom of the display to the back of the phone to increase the usable screen area. The FullVision display has been enhanced on the 4.15 million pixels of the QHD+ (1440 x 2880) OLED screen. The phone’s screen will come with Gorilla Glass 5 protection.Also Read: LG V30 to come with wireless charging support, may ditch the signature secondary displayLG V30 has been in buzz for quite some time. The smartphone has been subjected to numerous leaks and rumours in past. While the company has now revealed almost everything about the phone’s display, the past rumours hint on few internal specs like the phone could come with dual cameras on the back. In an image leaked by OnLeaks, the phone is seen in a glossy black colour with dual rear cameras and a fingerprint sensor placed it. The volume rockers are expected to placed on the left edge of the phone while a 3.55 mm audio jack could come on top edge of the handset.advertisementThere are talks that LG could ditch its signature secondary display  in V30. The company had introduced the secondary screen with V20. The secondary screen is placed above the main screen and shows 5 different shortcut buttons based on what  is currently on the main screen. The rumoured V30 could be powered by the Snapdragon 836 which is to go official in coming few months.  It is expected that the phone could house 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage.last_img read more

  • World Cup 2018: Russian players bask in the glory of dream run at home

    first_imgRussia virtually booked their place in the round of 16 of 2018 FIFA World Cup with a comprehensive 3-1 over Egypt on Tuesday.A three goal blitz in the space of 15 minutes early in the second half put the Russians firmly in command before Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, who had a subdued game on his return from injury, struck from a penalty, awarded after a video review.Russia’s place in the round of 16 will be assured if Uruguay wins or draws against the Saudis on Wednesday. Those two scenarios would also eliminate Egypt, which started with a 1-0 loss to Uruguay.World Cup 2018: Russia in sight of knockouts after crushing EgyptArtem Dzyuba, who scored the third goal for the hosts, celebrated in manic fashion.”The most important thing is we won. The whole country is happy I think, Russia is partying. We are unbelievably happy. Thank you to everyone for the support.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERAGE”Every player battled today in every area of the pitch. We didn’t give Egypt a centimeter of the pitch. We held back Salah and deserved to win,” he said.Salah, who had not played since going off injured in Liverpool’s Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid last month, managed some consolation when he converted from the spot.The penalty came after a video assistant referee (VAR) ruling that he had been brought down by Zobnin inside the area after the referee had initially awarded a free kick.FIFA WORLD CUP: FIXTURES | POINTS TABLE”We had a good first half then we had 10-15 really bad minutes and that’s why we lost,” said Cuper, who immediately faced questions over his future.advertisement”Whether I should stay or not does not depend on me and we still have another match. In a World Cup you have to wait till the very last minute although our chances are minute,” he added.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

  • KL Rahul’s train journey with Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma

    first_imgKL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli and wife Anushka Sharma made the most of some off time for the Indian team on their tour of England. Rahul posted a photo of the group enjoying a train journey on Sunday.Rahul was in spectacular form in the 2018 IPL for Kings XI Punjab and he was subsequently picked for the tour of Ireland and England. He made a cracking half-century in the second T20I against Ireland before hammering his second T20I hundred against England.The stylish Bangalore batsman recently revealed how Kohli and Anushka helped him after a disappointing Test debut in Australia back in 2014.Rahul revealed on talk show Open House with Renil, how he was disappointed and depressed with his performance and how Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma came to his aid.”Both of them (Anushka and Virat) have been very good to me and I have a great story to tell you,” Rahul said.”Anushka was there to watch the Melbourne match. She could see that I was down and dejected (with personal performance) while my thoughts were all over. Anushka came to my room and told me she isn’t going to let me sit alone and think about cricket and added that she and Virat are going to take him out.”MS Dhoni booed at Lord’s, Virat Kohli defends former captainIn England, Rahul has carried on from where he left off in the IPL. He did not have much to do in the first ODI of the three-match series but he was dismissed for a duck as India went down by 86 runs at Lord’s.advertisementKohli and the team management would be hoping for a big innings from Rahul when India take on England in the series-decider on Tuesday.last_img read more

  • Mahrez released with Leicester exit imminent

    first_imgTransfers Mahrez released by Algeria to complete Leicester City exit Tom Maston Last updated 2 years ago 07:36 8/31/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(9) Riyad Mahrez Leicester Getty Images Transfers Leicester City Riyad Mahrez Premier League The 2016 PFA Player of the Year has been linked with a move all summer and now seems set to depart, with Barcelona linked with his signature Riyad Mahrez has been released by the Algerian national team so he can complete his move away from Leicester City.The winger has been linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium all summer, with Monaco and Roma having previously shown an interest.Leicester 12/1 to be relegated Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina He has since been linked with Manchester United and Barcelona, and he looks set to depart the Foxes before the window closes.Mahrez has spent the past week preparing for his country’s World Cup qualifying match against Zambia on Saturday, but will now leave the camp so as to complete a move that could be worth in the region of €50 million.@Mahrez22 AUTORISÉ À ALLER OFFICIALISER SON TRANSFERT VERS SON NOUVEAU CLUB#LesVerts #TeamDZ— Les Verts d’Algérie (@LesVerts) August 30, 2017In a statement released on Twitter, the Algerian Football Associaltion said: “Mahrez [is] allowed to go formalise his transfer to a new club.”Having released a statement at the end of last season outlining his wish to leave the 2015-16 Premier League champions, Mahrez has endured a frustrating summer.Monaco pulled out of the race early due to financial reasons while reported interest from Arsenal never materialised as they focused their efforts on Monaco’s Thomas Lemar.Roma had three bids – the last of which was worth €40m – rejected by Leicester, who value the 2016 PFA Player of the Year at closer to €50m.Should Barcelona be Mahrez’s final destination, he would have until Friday to complete the move, as the transfer window in Spain closes a day later than the majority of the main European nations.last_img read more

  • ‘Sarri madness will soon spark exit talk’

    first_imgMaurizio Sarri’s Chelsea have been found out, says Graeme Le Saux, with the man at the helm set to become the subject of exit talk unless he moves away from the “madness” of a system that is not working.The Blues have become synonymous with regular changes in the dugout, with few coaches lasting long at Stamford Bridge.Sarri has been warned that he faces heading the same way as his predecessors, which include a number of Champions League winners, unless he learns to “adapt”. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? The Italian enjoyed a bright start to his reign in west London, but his favoured approach is no longer delivering the required results and pressure is building after slipping out of the Premier League’s top four on the back of a humbling 4-0 defeat to Bournemouth.Former Blues defender Le Saux told the Daily Express: “The problem with Chelsea is that as soon as they lose a few games, people start talking and a manager goes. That is their legacy. I hope that does not happen again.“I am not saying that Sarri should change his principles. I love to see teams playing it out from the back and passing the ball. He did a fantastic job at Napoli.“Is Sarri prepared to have a bumpy ride like the one he is going through, because he believes that the end result is worth it? It is a risky path, for me.”Le Saux added on what needs to be done at Chelsea: “Sarri has to adapt. He has to be willing to change his system – otherwise his problems are just going to get worse.“They say that one definition of madness is that if something is not working, you keep doing the same thing over and over again. Right now, that seems to be the problem with Chelsea.Higuain Sarri Chelsea Bournemouth“I look at the successful teams, and they are all ready to change their games, their tactics when things are going wrong.“Bournemouth caused problems for Chelsea that they just did not know how to cope with. To be a top team, you have to be able to adapt. Jurgen Klopp tweaks his system at Liverpool, Pep Guardiola does it at Manchester City. But I have not seen Sarri do it.“He sticks to a 4-3-3 system, and when he does make a change he just changes a player within the system – so it is easy for opponents.“Everyone had worked Chelsea out by November. They knew that Jorginho was the fulcrum. So now teams drop a player onto him, like Bournemouth did with David Brooks, and they stop him. Then you have N’Golo Kante not comfortable in his role on the right, and the team are unbalanced.“If you don’t adapt then you are stuttering, or even going backwards.“This was not just a one-off – there is a pattern now. This has happened to Chelsea several times this season – at Tottenham, Arsenal and now Bournemouth. And it has not been simply an unlucky 10 minutes in these matches.“This is a defining period for Sarri. He has huge league games coming up against City and Spurs. If they put up a performance like the other night they are going to be in trouble.”Chelsea will be back in action on Saturday when they play host to rock-bottom Huddersfield. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

  • EXMAR and PRE Order Barge-Based Floating LNG …

    first_imgzoom EXMAR NV and Pacific Rubiales Energy Corp., through its fully own affiliate Pacific Midstream Holding Corp, ordered a barge-based floating LNG regasification unit under a 50/50 joint venture. The Unit will be constructed by Wison Offshore & Marine (Wison) at its shipyard in Nantong, China.Delivery of the Unit is anticipated in the fourth quarter of 2015. Negotiations for a long term charter are ongoing and an award is expected by mid-2014.Nicolas Saverys, CEO of EXMAR stated: “We are honoured to place this order together with our partner PRE, with whom we have already developed the Floating LNG Liquefaction and Storage Unit “Caribbean FLNG” that is currently under construction. We strongly believe this innovative and flexible barge-based regasification concept will further increase the competitiveness of LNG compared to other energy types. By adding a floating storage unit we can customize the storage size and overall availability to specific project requirements.”Ronald Pantin, CEO of PRE commented: “With this order for a next generation floating regasification solution, PRE and EXMAR are well positioned to serve the LNG global markets”.Exmar NV, February 7, 2014; Image:last_img read more

  • MPs across party lines call for new housing subsidy to help homeless

    first_imgOTTAWA — A cross-party group of MPs is asking the federal Liberals to create a new housing stipend to help thousands of this country’s veterans get off the streets.The motion from Ontario Liberal MP Neil Ellis asks his own government to create a subsidy similar to one in the United States that’s credited for helping to cut in half the number of homeless American veterans.Veterans Affairs Canada recommended something similar in early drafts of its strategy for helping homeless vets, noting that a rent-assistance program would help veterans quickly find permanent housing wherever they live.The department wasn’t authorized to provide that kind of financial help but Ellis and other MPs now see a path to make it happen through the decade-long national housing strategy by creating a benefit for veterans alongside one already promised in the plan.The motion, which has backing from Conservative and New Democrat MPs, also calls on the government to commit to ending veterans homelessness by 2025 and deliver a plan to do so by this time next year.Various estimates peg the number of homeless veterans in Canada at between 3,000 and 5,000.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

  • Most actively traded companies on the TSX

    Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,576.10, down 10.42 points).Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Industrials. Down 44 cents, or 15.07 per cent, to $2.48 on 75.8 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Down 23 cents, or 2.26 per cent, to $9.93 on 6.9 million shares.Enbridge Inc. (TSX:ENB). Energy. Unchanged at $51.05 on 6.2 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financials. Up seven cents, or 0.29 per cent, to $24.45 on 5.5 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Down eight cents, or 1.44 per cent, to $5.48 on 4.9 million shares.Stornoway Diamond Corp. (TSX:SWY). Materials. Down one cent, or 14.29 per cent, to six cents on 4.8 million shares.Companies reporting:Bombardier Inc. — Bombardier Inc. cut its revenue and profit forecast for 2019, citing production problems at its train-making unit, triggering a plunge in the company’s shares Thursday morning as analysts questioned the company’s credibility. The company, which keeps its books in U.S. dollars, said it now expects full-year revenues to be approximately US$17 billion, roughly $1 billion lower than originally anticipated. Most of the shortfall stems from the transportation unit, where revenue is expected to be about $750 million — or 11 per cent — lower due to “slower production ramp-up on certain large projects” as well as unfavourable currency impact, Bombardier said.Cogeco Communications Inc. (TSX:CCA). Down $1.15 to $88.04. Cogeco Communications says the head of its main U.S. subsidiary, Atlantic Broadband, is leaving after a brief transition to pursue unspecified personal interests. Richard Shea has held senior positions at Atlantic Broadband since its creation in 2003 and has been its president and chief executive officer since 2015. Atlantic Broadband was acquired by Cogeco in 2012 as the Montreal-based cable, internet and communications company’s entry into the United States.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Up 61 cents or 1.9 per cent to $32.06. Air Canada says it is removing its grounded Boeing 737 Max jets from service until at least Aug. 1 in order to provide more certainty for passengers with summer travel plans. Canada’s largest airline, which had previously scrubbed the planes from schedules until July 1, says it has taken several steps to adjust since Transport Canada banned the 737 Max from Canadian airspace as part of an international response to the fatal March 10 crash of an Ethiopian Airlines plane. Chief commercial officer Lucie Guillemette says the company has “protected 96 per cent of planned flying” through measures that include consolidating flights on larger planes and extending leases on aircraft planned to exit the fleet.The Canadian Press read more

  • Melbourne books its place in UN cultural network of cities

    29 August 2008Melbourne has been declared a City of Literature by the United Nations cultural agency, joining a global network of cities set up to promote their cultural, social and economic development in fields ranging from gastronomy to music to folk art. The UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that Melbourne had been selected as the twelfth member of the Creative Cities Network, which was founded in 2004, in recognition of its rich literary culture and history and its pool of creative talent.The announcement coincides with the staging of the current edition of the annual Melbourne Writers Festival, which finishes on Sunday.“Melbourne demonstrates the important role literature plays in the overall development of the city, through various multilingual editorial initiatives, the active development of related industries and the quality of educational programmes and public events reaching out to different audiences, reflecting the cultural diversity of local communities,” UNESCO said in its evaluation of the city’s bid to join the network.The Creative Cities Network aims to give member cities a platform to present their cultural assets an opportunity to exchange and explore the know-how, information and experience of other cities, especially in maintaining and preserving cultural heritage. It encourages public-private partnerships to foster cultural development.UNESCO said Melbourne is home to Australia’s publishing sector and to a third of all of the country’s writers, noting that the Booker Prize-winning author Peter Carey had also given his support to the city’s bid.Melbourne is now the second City of Literature in the Creative Cities Network, following Edinburgh’s earlier selection. Berlin, Buenos Aires and Montreal have been designated as Cities of Design and Bologna, Seville and Glasgow as Cities of Music. The Colombian city of Popayán was selected for its gastronomy, Lyon for its digital media and the United States city of Santa Fé and Egypt’s Aswan for their crafts and folk art. read more

  • Top UN official in Kosovo and Yugoslav President agree on further cooperation

    Hans Haekkerup, head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), and President Vojislav Kostunica both said the talks, which lasted for one hour, had been constructive. According to UNMIK, President Kostunica agreed to urge the Kosovo Serbs to participate in finalizing the legal framework for provisional self-government for Kosovo, and to take part in elections to be held later this year. Legal experts from Belgrade would assist Kosovo Serbs in finalizing the framework.Mr. Haekkerup said he had agreed to use his best efforts to determine the fate of 3,000 missing persons in Kosovo, 1,300 of whom were Serbs. As part of that task, he raised the possibility of doing DNA testing on the approximately 600 still-unidentified remains.On the question of the divided city of Mitrovica, it was agreed that UNMIK would work with the Yugoslav Committee for Cooperation to ensure improved security for the area’s Serbs.Discussions also touched on the subject of Serb returns. UNMIK said that while such returns were possible, “it would still be a matter of enclaves rather than free and open return and resettlement.” read more

  • Research In Motion shares fall despite better than expected earnings report

    Research In Motion shares fall despite better than expected earnings report by The Canadian Press Posted Dec 21, 2012 4:30 pm MDT TORONTO – Shares in Research In Motion plunged more than 20 per cent Friday as analysts raised concerns about less revenue from the lucrative service fees charged by the company to use its secure network.BMO Capital Markets analyst Tim Long said changes to the company’s service revenue model — outlined Thursday — add more risk for RIM, which is preparing for the launch of its next generation of smartphones and operating system next month.“We have long viewed the recurring service revenues as the key value driver for the stock,” Long wrote in a note to clients.“With subscribers declining, and the potential for a faster drop in average revenue per user, service revenues could fall even faster. That said, the stock will be most dependent on the launch on new BB10 devices, and we believe it is too early to make a call on — success or failure.”The stock closed down $3.09 or 22 per cent at $10.86 Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange on very heavy volume of more than 15.5 million shares, making it easily the most active issue on the TSX.The drop in the stock came despite better than expected financial results by the company in its report after the close of markets on Thursday.However, it was the plan for the service fees that attracted the most attention.RIM (TSX:RIM) wants to launch an a la carte menu of services under which both enterprise customers and casual smartphone users can pick their packages.“The company had previously alluded to potential changes, but the issue is moving more to the forefront now,” Long wrote in his report.“We found the details lacking for such a significant announcement. We believe the service model for the consumer segment is more at risk than for enterprise.”RIM reported Thursday a third-quarter profit of $9 million, or two cents per share on $2.73 billion in revenue, compared with a profit of $265 million or 51 cents per share on $5.17 billion in revenue a year ago.On an adjusted basis for the quarter, RIM said it lost $114 million or 22 cents per diluted share, coming in notably better than analyst expectations of a quarterly loss of 32 cents per adjusted share on revenue of $2.6 billion.However, despite the concerns about the service revenue, CIBC analyst Todd Coupland recommended investors continue to buy RIM shares ahead of the launch of BlackBerry 10 on Jan. 30.“RIM is prepped, cashed up and ready for its Jan. 30 launch with over 150 carriers testing BB10 for final certification,” he said.“We restate our thesis that it remains unclear whether BB10 will help RIM win back material share from Android and iOS. Regardless of market share upside, it is our view RIM is now in a good position to successfully stabilize its base.”During the quarter, the company shipped 6.9 million BlackBerry smartphones and 255,000 BlackBerry PlayBook tablets, however the company’s subscriber base slipped by 1 million to 79 million from the previous quarter.In its outlook, RIM said it expected continued pressure on operating results in its fourth quarter and warned the timing of the BlackBerry 10 release could hurt sales of its current models as customers wait for the new devices.RIM also said it expected to significantly increase its marketing spending in the fourth quarter and report an operating loss.The results came as Nokia Corp. said Friday that it has signed a new license agreement with RIM that will end all existing patent litigation between the two struggling companies.Terms of the deal were confidential, but Nokia said the agreement includes a “one-time payment and on-going payments, all from RIM to Nokia.”The Finnish company sued the Blackberry maker last month for breach of contract in Britain, the United States and Canada over cellular patents they agreed on in 2003.In recent weeks, RIM shares have traded higher since hitting their lowest level in about a decade in September.The launch of BlackBerry 10 is widely seen as RIM’s chance to regain at least some of its mojo in a sector that it pioneered and once dominated.However, the company has an uphill battle as it has already seen its market share in North America get gobbled up by alternatives including the latest version of the iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy S3. read more

  • Syria UN envoy urges action to avert mass hunger in eastern Aleppo

    UN Senior Advisor, Jan Egeland. UN Photo/Luca Solari “None of the four elements are conditional on the others,” he said.“Having heard back from the [humanitarian] taskforce today, we are hopeful that both sides will, since the situation is so horrendous as it is, grant us the opportunity to both come with supplies into east Aleppo, and evacuate wounded and others out of east Aleppo,” he said.The International Syria Support Group (ISSG) has established the respective taskforces on humanitarian aid delivery and a wider ceasefire. They have been meeting separately since early this year on a way forward in the crisis. Russia and the United States are the co-chairs of the taskforces and the ISSG, which also comprises the UN, the Arab League, the European Union and 16 other countries.“I do not think anybody wants a quarter of a million people to be starving in east Aleppo,” he said. “I do believe we will be able to avert mass hunger this winter.” There are also hardships in western Aleppo, which can still be reached with aid, he said, warning that civilians there are dying every single week from the continued fighting. Mr. Egeland also noted that the situation has not gotten better in the other besieged areas.As for Madaya, Zabadani, Foah and Kafraya under the ‘Four Towns Agreement,’ all relief into these areas and medical evacuations out have been paralyzed because of the “conditioning” between Iran and Ahrar al-Sham.“I have not seen a place where there has been so much politicization, manipulation of aid, as we have seen in Syria in recent months. It has to stop,” he said. “The fifth war winter is starting in Syria. There is no doubt it will be the worst in this cruel war, and I fear it will be a real killer in too many places,” Jan Egeland, Special Advisor to the UN Special Envoy for Syria, told reporters in Geneva.“Some of the areas are freezing cold, horrible conditions, and people will be in need of digging themselves down in the ground in extreme cases,” he said, explaining that humanitarian convoys are being blocked physically or administratively from reaching them, or they cannot depart because of crossfire or insecurity.He said that the last time eastern Aleppo was reached with significant humanitarian supplies was the beginning of July and reports imply that the last food rations are being distributed now. “There will not be more to distribute next week,” he said.Mr. Egeland said that the UN put forward a humanitarian initiative last week, which has been translated into Arabic and presented to the negotiating parties, including Russia, the Syrian Government and the armed opposition groups.He said that the initiative calls for four actions to save the people in eastern Aleppo: distribution of medical supplies to the medical facilities; medical evacuations for the estimated 300 or so patients, together with their families; delivery of food and other urgent humanitarian relief supplies; and dispatch of more personnel to provide medical relief. read more

  • Super Mario 64 hack adds 130 new stars to collect

    first_img Super Mario 64 may be 20 years old but that doesn’t mean that this classic can’t get a new lease on life. An ambitious new mod called Super Mario 64: Last Impact has just been released that contains so much additional content that it practically makes Mario 64 an entirely new game. We’ve seen our fair share of user-created mods over the years but this one is easily one of the very best out there.What modder Kaz Emanuar has created is nothing short of inspired. He has added 130 new stars, 12 power-ups, areas, enemies, and bosses to the original Mario 64. As you can see from the trailer, Mario uses abilities and power-ups from a variety of other games in the series. In some ways, this can be seen as a Super Mario Bros. greatest hits. Despite all of these disparate elements, the game doesn’t feel like it was haphazardly put together. It is clear to see that everything in this mod is deliberate.The attention to detail in Super Mario 64: Last Impact is downright astounding. This project took over 4,000 hours to complete and Kaze has been uploading videos on his progress for the last year. It is possible that he has been working on Last Impact for longer than that, however. To be fair, Nintendo does a great job of releasing new high-quality Super Mario games so there hasn’t exactly been an outcry by fans for the series to return to its roots. This project was created more as an act of love rather than to fulfill a need that the original developer has failed to deliver.If you want to try out Super Mario 64: Last Impact for yourself, you can do so by following this link. There is even a handy tutorial for the game that you can watch in the video below. Stay on target Super Mario 64 First Person Mod is a Thing of Pure HorrorSuper Mario 64 is Now Playable Online Thanks to Modders last_img read more

  • Lakewood man struck killed on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield

    first_imgA Lakewood man was killed early Monday on Interstate 5 near Ridgefield when he ran into the path of a semitractor-trailer, according to the Washington State Patrol.Brian N. Wambaa, 25, was pronounced dead at the scene following the 1:45 a.m. collision in the northbound lanes of I-5 near Milepost 10, according to a WSP bulletin.The bulletin said Michelle A. Straight, 46, of Sandy, Ore., was driving a 2006 Freightliner pulling a single trailer north on the freeway when a man ran from the east shoulder into her path.Straight took evasive action but couldn’t avoid hitting the man, the bulletin said.last_img read more

  • Smalling is proud of Uniteds FA Cup history

    first_imgManchester United is the second most successful team in the FA Cup, having won the tournament 12 times, just one less than Arsenal.In FA Cup history, Manchester United are the second-most-successful team of the tournament.They have lifted the trophy in 12 occasions, one less than Arsenal who have 13.And for Red Devils footballer Chris Smalling, this is something to be proud of.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We won it [the FA Cup] back in 2016 and reached the final last year – and of course we won the Europa League and the Carabao Cup as well, so that’s at least one cup final in each of the last three seasons,” said Smalling to the club’s official website.“I think, in general, we stand ourselves in very good positions when we go up against teams over 90 minutes in cup ties.”“I think that experience we’ve had over the last few years in all of the cup competitions is very useful and tees us up nicely for another crack at the FA Cup this year,” he commented.“I think it just brings pure excitement for you. No matter what happened the previous year – whether you won the cup or whether it brought you disappointment – it’s like a fresh start all over again and you’ve no idea who you’re going to get in the draw. That’s what makes it so exciting.”last_img read more

  • Jorginho and his mothers role

    first_imgThe Chelsea midfielder had the chance to go to Manchester City in the summer, but his mother helped him decideBrazilian midfielder Jorginho played with Napoli from 2014 to the summer of last year.And before leaving the Italian Lega Serie A club, the player had the chance to sign for either Chelsea or Manchester City in the English Premier League.But at the end, he decided for Chelsea, thanks to his mother.“A lot of things happen and then, of course, it comes down to preferences,” he was quoted by The Independent.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“I’m really happy with my choice to be here at Chelsea…what’s happened has happened and I’m happy to be there now.”“My mum was a big influence in me coming here. Every decision, I speak to my mum and this one was the same. My mum has always been by my side for every decision I take,” he added.“I think it is easier for me because I know how he works and I know what he wants from me on the pitch. It has made me coming here easier.”“I think he has already changed a lot. You can see that on the pitch, we’ve improved but there is still room for improvement. We need to keep going, keep improving but keep our feet on the ground and who knows, hopefully, we’ll be able to win something.”last_img read more