BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast It was a game where it boiled down to the final minute and Ginebra head coach Tim Cone said his team was just fortunate enough to have one more shot than Meralco.“It came down to one or two shots, we had one more shot than they did,” said Cone. “There wasn’t much that separated us, Meralco’s a good team.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingGinebra’s march to victory came when Japeth Aguilar tied the game at 86-86 with 1:17 left in the fourth quarter with a short-range jumper.Then it was Joe Devance’s turn to step on the clutch pedal when he got the ball off a scramble and floated it in to give Ginebra an 88-86 lead with 38.9 seconds left. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo 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 City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO—Barangay Ginebra gained a share of the top seed after clipping Meralco, 90-89, in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup Sunday at Ynares Sports Center here.The Gin Kings improved to 8-2 and tied the Star Hotshots at the helm while the Bolts ended their elimination round schedule with a 7-4 card. ADVERTISEMENT After sorry loss to TNT, ROS focuses on positives heading into playoffs View comments LA Tenorio gave Ginebra a 90-86 cushion with 30 seconds remaining with two free throws before Cliff Hodge cut it to one, 90-89, with seven seconds left.Justin Brownlee missed his two free throws at the 6-second mark but Chris Newsome’s full-court heave went long as time ran out and Ginebra escaped with a crucial win.“We played them in the Finals two conferences ago, it was a battle then, and it was a battle tonight,” said Cone who faced Meralco in the Governors’ Cup Finals back in 2016.Brownlee led Ginebra with 22 points and nine boards while Tenorio also finished with 22 markers.Baser Amer had 21 points for Meralco.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP
Within a couple of months ahead of its launch, Motorola has overhauled Moto G, its top selling smartphone. The second generation Moto G offers much more than its predecessor at a lesser price. Here are the top 5 distinguishing features that make second generation Moto G better:1. Bigger screen: The new Moto G appears to be identical as the old one, yet has a somewhat greater screen. The new model has a presentation bigger than the old model by 0.5 inches yet the resolution remains same. Its 5 inch 720p screen delivers great colors. Though, the bigger screen with similar pixels tends to lower the pixel density, but the difference is too minimal to be able to be noticed by naked eyes.2. Enhanced Camera: The Moto G (second generation) accompanies an 8 MP camera. The rear camera has been upgraded from 5MP in the previous version to 8 MP in the newer phone, while the front camera has been upgraded to 2 MP from 1.3 MP.3. Extra storage capacity: A noteworthy change in the second-gen Moto G is that it supports a microSD card slot. The earlier version of Moto G didn’t sported expandable memory option.4. Double speakers: Unlike the old Moto G that accompanied a speaker barbecue at the back, the new Moto G has double speakers at the front that deliver decently clamorous sound in normal surroundings. But in noisy surroundings the results may vary. Other than this, headphones also offer a good sound quality.5. Less expensive: The new avatar of Moto G has been upgraded in most of it’s specifications, however one thing remains unchanged or rather has been reduced- The Price. The 16 GB variant of second-gen Moto G comes at a price which is INR 1000 less than the first model. The brand is yet to announce its 8 GB version.advertisement
September 03, 2017 ipl_3049823f RELATED · TV broadcast, mobile and digital rights are major categories for which companies are set to bid Digital media platforms seem to outnumber traditional broadcasters when it comes to bidding for the rights of the Indian Premier League.A total of 24 players have picked up the tender documents and are already in the fray for the auction to the media rights, which is scheduled to open on September 4. The Board of Control for Cricket in India will be conducting the bidding on Monday.Industry observers point that a slew of digital players in the bidding process signifies the growing importance of online as a category.Companies will be bidding for two major categories — broadcast and digital (Internet and mobile) rights.Besides linear broadcasters such as Star India and Sony Pictures Network, new entrants in the digital category include Reliance Jio Digital, Amazon Seller Service, Yupp TV, Airtel, Twitter, ESPN Digital Media, Times Internet, Facebook, Yahoo, BAMTech and DAZN/Perform group, among others.Several company spokespersons BusinessLine spoke with indicated that they would be bidding for the media rights.“Viewers want anytime, anywhere convenience of watching. With data packages getting cheaper, it is only imperative that this viewership is going to grow in coming years and live events are a sure short bet,” digital broadcasters point.According to experts, BCCI could make windfall gains of Rs 13,000-Rs 15,000 crore.According to Duff & Phelps, a premier global valuation and corporate finance advisor, the overall value of IPL as a business has increased to $5.3 billion from $4.2 billion last year.Duff & Phelps, which brought out the report IPL: The Decade Edition: A Concise Report on Brand Values in the Indian Premier League, also had said the new broadcasting rights auction will be a keenly watched development.“The BCCI is clearly set for a huge windfall. We could be looking at a television broadcasting deal of record proportions. This deal may follow the precedent set by some of the big-ticket broadcasting deals across the world,” Santosh N, MD-Valuation Advisory Services, Duff & Phelps said in a statement.Duff and Phelps also noted that digital content is becoming a very strong medium of social media engagement for sports viewers.BCCI auctions were to be held on August 28. However, it was pushed to September 4 as a case regarding electronic auctions was pending in the Supreme Court.Currently, Sony Pictures Network has the broadcast rights until this year’s IPL edition. It had paid Rs 8,200 crore for a 10-year deal in 2008. The digital rights of IPL wrests with Star India. BCCI had said the digital rights for the last three years had fetched just over Rs 300 crore.All the rights will be for a period of five years from 2018-2022.Vinod Rai, the Chairman of the Committee of Administrators, was appointed by the Supreme Court of India in January to supervise the BCCI to ensure that it worked according to the guidelines of the Lodha recommendation. · New rights will be for a five-year period 2018-2022 cricket IPL valuation touches a whopping $5.3 billion ipl_3049823f COMMENT 0 · 24 bidders in fray including host of digital players × COMMENTS Apex court refuses to direct BCCI to e-auction IPL media rights SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on sport SHARE Pointers:· Auction postponed to Sep 4 from Aug 28 Sony Pictures, Discovery to bid for IPL media rights
Pakistan’s inaugural national cricket league has been an unexpected success, even though all the matches have been played in the United Arab Emirates due to security risks.Since the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was announced last September, the country’s cricket board has sold five franchises for $93 million and attracted players from 11 different countries.They include big names like West Indies batsman Chris Gayle and former internationals Kumar Sangakkara of Sri Lanka and England’s Kevin Pietersen.The biggest surprise, however, has been the response from Pakistan’s public.Since matches began in the UAE on Feb. 4, national television viewing figures have been higher than for the 2015 World Cup, with 55 percent of Pakistan’s TV-watching public tuning into the tournament at peak times.Tuesday’s championship match between Islamabad United and Quetta Gladiators in Dubai is expected to attract similar figures. The match is sold out.”Big businesses have bought the franchises, millions of people have tuned in even though the matches aren’t in Pakistan, and our own young cricketers are getting a chance to rub shoulders with giants,” PSL chairman Najam Sethi told Reuters.”This is the most extraordinary moment for Pakistani cricket since we were exiled from the international game.”It is still unclear when the PSL will be able to stage its first match on home soil.Pakistan has been forced to play designated ‘home’ matches primarily in the United Arab Emirates since 2009 when the Sri Lankan team was ambushed by Taliban militants while travelling from their hotel to Lahore’s Gaddafi stadium for a test match.advertisementThe attack killed six policemen and a van driver while some players and a local umpire were wounded.Many see PSL as a turning-point, not just for the country’s cash-strapped cricket board but also for young cricketers who have missed out on opportunities to interact with and learn from leading international players.Among those who have bought the franchise are Habib Bank Limited, the country’s biggest bank, Haier Group, a major electronics and home appliances company, and Qatar Oil.If all goes according to plan, PSL will generate revenues of approximately $50 million, according to cricket board estimates. A 10-year forecast sees the board making profits of $50-60 million.Given the size of Pakistan’s potential market of 180 million people, cricket experts say it is possible to imagine the PSL becoming one of the world’s biggest cricket leagues.”It would not be outlandish to say that PSL could soon be the world’s third largest league,” Osman Samiuddin, author of The Unquiet Ones: A History of Pakistan Cricket, said, comparing PSL to the Indian and Australian domestic leagues.”Looking at how successful this season has been, how much the public has enjoyed it, and the fact that it has generated a real revenue stream for the cricket board, I would say it’s possible.”Despite the success of PSL’s first season, the real test for the cricket board will be if it can permanently bring the game back home.Pakistan Cricket Board officials said before the season that the ruling body approached over a hundred cricketers to ask them if they would be willing to play on Pakistani soil. Not one of them agreed.”Next year, we hope to have at least the opening and closing PSL matches on Pakistani soil,” PSL Chairman Sethi said. “That is the dream.”
Shillong, Apr 26 (PTI) The Central Election Committee of the BJP today rejected a proposal by the state leaders to contest in the Tura by-poll in Meghalaya in view of the National Peoples Party being an ally of the NDA government.The state BJP had forwarded the names of three candidates to the Central leadership for consideration and approval but the central committee refused to field any contestant, state BJP President Shibun Lyngdoh said.He said the central leadership asked the party leaders to drop the idea of contesting in the by-elections in view of the NPP being an ally of the NDA government at the Centre.The by-poll for Tura MP constituency was necessitated following the death of former Lok Sabha Speaker and founding President of the NPP, Purno A Sangma.Lyngdoh said the party is supporting the NPP candidate Conrad K Sangma, the youngest son of P A Sangma.”The BJP had in 2012 supported P A Sangma when he contested the Presidential elections and the party will support his son this time,” Lyngdoh said.The Opposition United Democratic Party today met Conrad K Sangma and senior party leaders at Baksalpara in the Garo Hills expressing their open support to the NPP.UDP President and Leader of Opposition Donkupar Roy besides other senior leaders of the party campaigned for Conrad.Both the NPP candidate, Conrad K Sangma and the Congress nominee, Chief Ministers wife Dikkanchi D Shira, are likely to file their papers tomorrow. PTI JOP SUS ANP SNP
Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11’Not just basketball’: Circumcisions, pageants at Philippine courts02:25Raptors or Warriors? PBA players take their pick of NBA champ02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Becoming his own man Fit-again Neil Etheridge delivers epic performance vs China Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next NLEX breaks in a new import in Manny Harris on Wednesday when the Road Warriors collide with Columbian in the PBA Governors’ Cup eliminations at Ynares Center in Antipolo.Though going 4-1 with first choice Olu Ashaolu, the Road Warriors are making the switch to someone who is a tested scorer as NLEX primes up to take on the big guns in the playoffs.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Kiefer Ravena has been the most consistent—and prolific—local for Guiao, averaging close to 19 points.And he has gone above and beyond his duties for the Road Warriors by getting Harris acclimatized, so to speak. They played together for the Texas Legends in 2016.Harris arrived just last Saturday. After playing in the NBA, he took his act to Ukraine, Greece and China and if his credentials hold, NLEX could have someone who can battle San Miguel Beer’s Dez Wells, TNT’s KJ McDaniels and Barangay Ginebra’s Justin Brownlee offensively.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Harris had stints with Cleveland, the LA Lakers and Dallas in the NBA and holds some scoring records in the NBA D-League. He will be tested by the stingy Dyip defense in the 4:30 p.m. contest.Meanwhile, Magnolia import Romeo Travis is listed as a gametime decision and Blackwater reactivated Marqus Blakely as the two sides clash in the 7 p.m. game with the defending champion Hotshots trying to keep in step with the teams in the upper half of the standings.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practice“We’re playing a very dangerous team, one that’s improving every game,” NLEX coach Yeng Guiao said as his well-rested wards shoot for a follow-up to a 113-111 overtime win over Barangay Ginebra last week in Dubai.“(Another concern) is having a new import and blending him in on time,” Guiao went on. “We are just hoping that we are able to defend their (Dyip’s) guards.” Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ View comments Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. This jewelry designer is also an architect
Royal Challengers Bangalore’s KL Rahul, who top-scored in a losing cause in the game against Mumbai Indians yesterday, said his team cannot depend on Chris Gayle all the time.Rahul said Gayle was capable of taking the game away from any team with his big hitting capabilities but also conceded that it could not happen always. (Full Coverage|Points Table) “In this game, we decided on Chris to open the innings as he is a dangerous batsman, and we all know that. If he fires he can get us 250 runs on any wicket and any ground. But that doesn’t happen as always,” Rahul said.Pitch eased out in the second halfRahul added that Mumbai Indians benefited as the pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru had eased out in the second half.Mumbai Indians relied on a late assault from Kieron Pollard and Jos Buttler to beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets in their crucial IPL match and keep their hopes of a play-offs berth alive last night.”Having lost Virat and Chris early, we had to change the batting strategy. The wicket was a bit slower on the side and it was not easy to go there and start hitting straight away. We discussed in the middle to stick on and build a partnership, and may be after 10 overs decide on a target.Unfortunately, AB (de Villiers) got out, but we were happy to have posted 150 odd runs. Obviously, in the second half, the wicket became a little bit easy for batting,” Rahul said.Flexible batting line-upadvertisementRahul said he donned the role of an opener when he walked out to bat as Kohli and Gayle were dismissed early. Moreover, the team had stressed on flexible batting line-up, which did not click due to the bad start, he added. (Also read: Dhoni should be allowed to take a call on retirement, says Mohammad Azharuddin)”That was the plan, and that’s what we discussed in the team meeting, to be flexible. Unfortunately, we lost Chris and Virat early, and it wasn’t in any way a good start for the team, but I played the role of an opener when I went in to bat early on,” he said.Krunal Pandya surprised Mumbai Indians’ Krunal Pandya said he was surprised to have won the Man of the Match as mostly the award goes to a batsman in this slam-bang league.”Yeah (I was surprised) that a bowler got the Man of the Match in this format. However, I am very happy the way I bowled today. Getting a result in our favour was like icing on the cake,” he said.Replying to a query, Krunal said, “Actually the wicket was not a normal Bangalore wicket. Today it was on a slower side. The ball was gripping slightly, so when we went into bat our plan was to keep wickets at the back end, and 150 runs target here is gettable because of the smaller size of the ground.”(With PTI inputs)
Share on Messenger Toothless USA booed as they lose for second time in five days US sports features Share on Twitter Gold Cup 2019 Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Topics The boos from the stands at Nippert Stadium at half-time on Sunday were the sounds of Gregg Berhalter’s honeymoon period coming to a screeching halt. The US trudged off the field 3-0 down to Venezuela in Cincinnati, four days after a 1-0 loss to Jamaica in Washington DC. It’s not pleasant to be home-schooled on the eve of your biggest games since 2017.At least there was no danger of these Americans being accused of over-celebrating. But the defeats were morale-sappers ahead of the group stage of the Concacaf Gold Cup, which sees the US kick off against Guyana in Minnesota on Tuesday before facing Trinidad & Tobago and Panama. Share on Facebook USA Read more Share on Pinterest The losses were instructive: the team aren’t competitive without their best four or five players; goalkeeper Zack Steffen needs to cut out basic errors; left-back is a problem position; midfielder Wil Trapp, who flourished under Berhalter with the Columbus Crew, is no Michael Bradley in a midfield metronome role that requires him to create and frustrate.The games also floated a more general question: can the US realise head coach Berhalter’s vision of possession-based play that makes use of full-backs as surrogate attackers, with the team pressing hard and high without the ball? It might be a question of time; it could ultimately prove a matter of ability.Though Berhalter won 44 caps for the US, this is his first job managing a national team, where rosters are fluid and quality time is fleeting with players who spend the vast majority of their office hours in a multitude of leagues across several continents. But the signs are that he wants to implement strategies honed over five years with the Columbus Crew, and he comes armed with two whiteboards and three data analysts.“It’s a very detailed system,” former Crew and US defender Michael Parkhurst told Pro Soccer USA. “It took a while, and so for these guys that are in camp a week at a time here and there – some guys, their first camp, some guys’ first time playing together within the system, it’s difficult. It takes time.”A restive fanbase doesn’t want to hear that the team is still in a “learning moment” 20 months after the 2-1 loss to Trinidad that saw the US fail to reach a World Cup finals for the first time since 1986.Still, these were only Berhalter’s fifth and sixth matches in charge, and he’s had very little time with a full-strength roster. He’s entitled to experiment and it’s not his fault that US Soccer waited so long to appoint a permanent coach, strangely allowing the team to play 12 games under an interim who gave debuts to 23 players.The line-up against Jamaica bore little relationship to the side we’ll see in the matches that matter, and judging the US without Christian Pulisic is like reviewing the Louvre without mentioning the Mona Lisa.All the same, the past two performances lacked intensity as well as fluidity. The Americans only mustered one shot on target at Audi Field and were 3-0 down after 36 minutes against Venezuela – who are in form and beat Argentina 3-1 in March – with a Steffen blunder followed by two segments of dazed defending. That proved the final score.It was regressive stuff after Berhalter began with clean-sheet wins over Panama, Costa Rica and Ecuador, then a respectable 1-1 tie with Chile. No wonder he stood on the touchline with lips pursed in such a rigid horizontal line that they could double as a spirit level.Absorbing a new approach is one thing; enacting it, another. Learning your lines doesn’t mean you’re ready for Broadway. The great strides made by MLS since the 2000s mean it’s natural to hold higher expectations for the national team, but it’s not clear that the talent pool is deeper than it used to be.Most of the current squad are in their mid-20s, so should be in their prime when Qatar 2022 rolls around. But how much better are they likely to get before then? It might be unrealistic to imagine that 24-year-olds such as Paul Arriola, Cristian Roldan and Jordan Morris can ascend from good to great. Will Berhalter, in the end, have to adapt his system to the squad, not the other way around?The US now have the opportunity for a quick rebound, with the presumed toughest opponents in Group D, Panama, up last. It is impossible to imagine the Americans failing to beat the Golden Jaguars on Tuesday: Guyana are ranked equal 175th in the world by Fifa and the country’s population is 800,000 – smaller than greater Dayton, Ohio.As so often in American soccer, the key question will be: can you beat Mexico? The US must also handle the pressure of a predictable past: they have failed to reach the Gold Cup final only once in the last seven attempts (in 2015). The 14 previous tournaments were won by Mexico (7) or the US (6) every time except 2000, when Canada were the victors. This year features 16 teams, up from 12, making it (even) easier to get out of the group stage.The Columbus captain, Trapp, who has played in all of Berhalter’s games, needs to show he can boss the midfield at international level. If goals are scarce, Berhalter’s curious decision not to take the promising 19-year-old forward, Josh Sargent, will be scrutinized.The viability of deploying Tyler Adams at right-back rather than midfield, where he features for his club, RB Leipzig, is a debate that must wait after the 20-year-old withdrew from the squad on Tuesday through injury.Go deep into the tournament and Berhalter will have met expectations; an early exit and… well, no matter the mitigating circumstances, we live in impatient and intolerant times and the Managerial Competence Scale has only two classifications: genius and idiot.
COLUMBUS, OH – SEPTEMBER 08: Acting head coach Ryan Day of the Ohio State Buckeyes looks on before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Ohio Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Four-star quarterback Dwan Mathis’ flip from Ohio State to Georgia was one of the biggest surprises of the early signing period. As you’d imagine, the Justin Fields rumors that popped up right around that time played a major part.Just ahead of the early signing period, word came out that Fields was considering a transfer from Georgia, just one year into his college career.Fields, a five-star member of the 2018 class, was one of the top quarterback recruits in recent memory.At No. 2 in the country overall, Fields was only ranked behind Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence. Unlike Lawrence, he was unable to overtake sophomore Jake Fromm, who led Georgia to the national title, and took a step forward as UGA’s QB1 this season.Ohio State quickly emerged as the leading candidate to land Fields, and he made it official this week.Dwan Mathis would up essentially taking Justin Fields’ spot at Georgia, after the Ohio State staff told him they were not recruiting the coveted transfer.He recently spoke to DawgNation‘s Mike Griffith, and explained how things went down from his end.From the interview:Former Bulldogs’ backup Justin Fields had been talking with the Buckeyes about transferring into Columbus, leading Mathis to consider other options.“I called before I went in to sign, I had papers from both schools in front of me,” Mathis said. “… I asked if they were talking to Justin Fields, and I got a ‘No’ ”Mathis, however, said all signs on social media suggested otherwise, and he originally been enticed to come to Georgia during a visit in July of 2017.Where Georgia’s quarterback room was the more stacked situation at the time of Mathis’ commitment to Ohio State, the two schools have totally flipped. Fromm is now the only experienced QB in Athens, with the transfers of Fields and Jacob Eason to Washington last year, while Ohio State will feature yet another heated quarterback battle between Fields and Tate Martell, if Fields is granted immediate eligibility.It’s not a great look for Ohio State, but unfortunately this type of thing isn’t that uncommon in recruiting, especially in the lead-up to players signing their Letters of Intent.Good on Mathis for doing the due diligence on his situation, and not getting blindsided here.[DawgNation]
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Agartala: The Election Commission on Thursday removed the returning officer of the Tripura West seat, where polling was held on the first phase on the Lok Sabha elections on April 11, an official said. “The Election Commission removed the returning officer of the Tripura West seat Sandeep Mahatme. Tripura East’s returning officer, Vikas Singh, has been appointed in his place,” an Election Commission official, who did not want to be identified, told IANS. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange framework Alleging large-scale rigging, booth capturing, intimidation and attacks on voters and polling agents by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) members and their goons, the opposition Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) and the Congress had been demanding re-polling in the constituency. They had also been demanding Mahatme’s removal. The EC order issued by Secretary Arvind Anand, and available with IANS, relieved Mahatme, the District Magistrate of West Tripura, from election-related duties. It also asked Vikas Singh, the District Magistrate of Dhalai, to join his new posting by Thursday. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygen According to the official, Tripura’s Chief Electoral Officer Sriram Taranikanti has been asked to send a panel of names by Thursday to be appointed the new District Magistrate of Dhalai. While polling was held in Tripura West on April 11, voting in the Tripura East seat, slated for the second phase of April 18, was deferred to the third (April 23) by the poll panel, citing the “non-conducive security situation”.
Rabat – The US Department of State has announced the opening of the registration period for the diversity visa lottery for US permanent residence in 2020. The US grants 50,000 immigrant visas through the diversity visa lottery each year to foreign citizens of eligible countries, including Morocco, who have applied and qualified. Eligible countries are those that have sent fewer than 50,000 immigrants to the US in the past five years.The registration period began Wednesday, October 3, and will continue until 5 p.m. (Moroccan time) on November 6, 2018. All registrations should be submitted through dvlottery.state.gov. The US Department of State stressed that the application process is free. The department advised visa applicants to remain vigilant for fraudulent emails, websites, and letters claiming to be part of the diversity visa program.Read Also: General Information about Diversity Visa ProgramTo apply for the diversity visa, candidates must have obtained a Baccalaureate or diploma. Married couples can submit a joint application on the condition that both have at least a Baccalaureate degree.Applicants can check their if they have been selected through the Department of State’s secure online site on May 7, 2019. The department randomly selects applicants to proceed to the next stage.Although more than 100,000 Moroccans apply yearly for the visa, only 900-1,000 of those selected receive the permanent residence visas.Selected entrants are encouraged to complete the next stage of the online application immediately to schedule an interview appointment. Selected Moroccans would interview at the US Consulate in Casablanca. Before being interviewed, each applicant must pay the diversity visa lottery fee of approximately $220.Read Also: Donald Trump Vows to End Green Card Lottery, Family Sponsored Visas
24 November 2008Two United Nations disarmament events kick off today in the Republic of Korea (ROK) and Brazil as part of the world body’s efforts to promote the non-proliferation of weapons across the globe. The seventh annual Joint Conference on Disarmament and Non-proliferation issues, organized by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and the ROK, is taking place on Jeju Island from today through Wednesday.This year’s conference will focus on such concerns as revitalizing the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) process, the nuclear renaissance, a multilateral assurance mechanism for nuclear fuel supply, and non-proliferation challenges in North-East Asia.Some 40 representatives of governments, international organizations, academic and research institutions, as well as civil society are expected to participate.The annual event, which has been hosted by ROK since 2002, is a forum for dialogue and the exchange of views on pressing security and disarmament-related issues facing the international community, addressing particular disarmament and non-proliferation concerns in the Asia-Pacific region.Meanwhile, in the Brazilian city of São Paulo, the Office for Disarmament Affairs has organized a week-long workshop on implementing Security Council resolution 1540. That resolution, adopted by the Council in 2004, focuses on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.The workshop aims to enhance national capacities for the management of export control processes at a practical level as well as to improve information and experience-sharing between national expert control and enforcement authorities.
TORONTO — Home Capital Group Inc. (TSX:HCG) says it has reached an agreement to sell its payment processing and prepaid card business as it looks to further streamline operations.The Toronto-based alternative mortgage lender says the sale of the business will save about $20 million in annual salary and other operating costs, while giving up the $18 million in fees and other income it brought in.Home Capital had already signalled its intention to sell the division as a non-core operation, and says the impact from the sale on its full-year net income is insignificant.Earlier in October, the company said it had cut 65 jobs as part of a program to eliminate $15 million in annual costs that was largely complete.The company has been looking to restore soundness after allegations by regulators that it misled investors prompted a run on deposits by customers in April.Home Capital says it is still facing elevated expenses because of the scrutiny, and the need to borrow funds at higher rates to make it through the liquidity crunch.
“The highest levels of political leadership in the country must send a clear message that those responsible for this murder will be held to account,” said Acting High Commissioner for Human Rights Bertrand Ramcharan. “The problem of impunity remains a central obstacle to the process of building democratic institutions and advancing the enjoyment of human rights under the rule of law in Cambodia.”Chea Vichea, who presided over the Free Trade Union of Workers of the Kingdom of Cambodia, was shot dead last Thursday, the latest in a series of assassinations and attempted murders of prominent figures in Cambodia over the past year. Mr. Vichea reportedly had received a number of threats to his life in the months prior to his murder.Pointing also to reports of the murders of a number of local opposition activists in the last six months, Mr. Ramcharan said, “All States have an obligation to protect their citizens from arbitrary deprivation of life, and must be active in providing this protection where an individual has faced serious threats.”He said a thorough and impartial investigation must be publicly established and undertaken, identifying both those who were responsible for the killing of Mr. Vichea, as well as those who ordered it.”It is hoped that the prosecutions will take place in a fully transparent manner, in accordance with the due process guarantees contained in the Cambodian Constitution and the international human rights conventions to which Cambodia is a party,” Mr. Ramcharan said.
…was reportedly involved in a fightDead: Kevin KetwarooThe family of 28-year-old, Kevin Ketwaroo called “Wild Buck” whose body was discovered floating in a trench at Craig Side Line dam, East Bank Demerara (EBD) on Monday last are now searching for answers after a postmortem examination conducted on the mason determined that he died as a result of blunt trauma to the head along with compression injuries to the neck.Moreover, Ketwaroo’s family believes that he was murdered and thrown into the trench in which he was found, since according to them he was involved in a fight on Saturday last at the Third Street, Grove, Ball Field.However the persons that he reportedly fought with are yet to be identified by Police.INews had previously reported that the Friendship resident was pulled out of the trench at about 14:45h on the day in question in a partially decomposed state.Police have disclosed that according to the man’s younger sister who identified his body, she last saw him on August 1 at about 07:00h when he visited her home to borrow money.Ketwaroo’s wife has also allegedly told investigators that approximately one month ago, the deceased had physically abused her and as such, she had made a report at the Grove Police Station. However, when the ranks turned up to arrest the man, he had allegedly fled.To this end, the mason’s wife said that since then, she has been residing alone in Sophia, Georgetown.Persons in the Kaneville, East Bank Demerara area who have since been questioned by the Police have confirmed that Ketwaroo was indeed involved in a fight.His family is now pleading for anyone with information to urgently make contact with the Grove Police Station.Investigations are continuing. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPartially decomposed body found in Craig trench identifiedAugust 7, 2018In “Crime”Update: Body fished out of Herstelling trench identifiedJuly 17, 2018In “Crime”Missing ex-officer who was fished out of canal died from blunt trauma- autopsyJanuary 14, 2019In “Crime”
Initiatives by Australia’s State Government of Victoria to develop its untapped gold potential are bearing fruit with proponents saying at least three of newly discovered orefields are expected to contain more than 1 Moz of gold. Addressing the second day in Melbourne of the Paydirt 2008 Victoria Resources Conference, Geoscience Victoria Director, Ms Kathy Hill, said the State’s A$9 million gold undercover assessment had now completed two of its three planned stages.“The results in the Bendigo zone for example, have provided the geoscience data pointing to a potential 30 Moz of gold in mesozonal orogenic deposits only, awaiting exploration and potential development,” Ms Hill said. “Our analysis has also delivered a confidence level of around 80% that the actual range could be as high as 50 Moz. Within this range, there are possibly 15 to 32 significant undiscovered ore fields each pointing to hosting around 250,000 oz of gold.“The work north of Bendigo has unlocked several basement highs, with the regional gravity data now intensified from 1500 m spacing to as close as 500 m spacing. Some initial drilling has already been initiated over these opportunities. Leviathan Resources announced last November, for example, gold intercepts in bedrock at 70 m depth, including intercepts of 1 m grading 160 g/t Au – so the value of the Geoscience Victoria work is setting the groundwork for future discoveries.”A new gold assessment over the Stawell region will be released at the Conference’s Technical Forum on August 27.Latest technologies are being used in Victoria’s work, including one that mimics bats’ night navigation technique, which has been used for the first time to image structures beneath the earth’s surface that played an important role in forming Victoria’s gold deposits. Speaking as he opened the conference, Energy and Resources Minister Peter Batchelor said the innovative approach being presented at the conference would produce deep seismic data that could help explorers better pinpoint new gold deposits.“Previously geologists have been able to map the land surface in Victoria and estimate what might be below, but this is the first time they have been able to directly image how faults behave deep in the earth’s crust,” Batchelor said. “The deep seismic study focused on an area nearly 400 km long, spanning western and central Victoria from Stawell to Cobram and has for the first time imaged the earth’s crust at depths of up to 40 km below the surface. Analysis of this seismic data has provided crucial evidence which supports the long held theory that Victoria’s gold came from faults deep below the surface.”The presentation at the conference, Tectonic Evolution of Western and Central Victoria: New Interpretations from the Deep Seismic Transect, showcases the results of one of a number of new geological studies that are either completed or currently being undertaken by GeoScience Victoria.Several projects are being released at the three-day conference to help industry better pinpoint resources in Victoria with the potential to be explored and exploited. GeoScience Victoria Senior Geologist Ross Cayley said the seismic survey used controlled energy waves to identify objects, a technology based on the same technique used by bats to navigate in darkness.“Bats direct controlled bursts of energy waves at objects and by listening to reflections of this energy bats can interpret their shape, distance and geometry,” Cayley said. “Using an advanced version of this technique used by bats, geologists can image objects deep beneath the surface of the earth, even when they may lie buried as is the case for this survey, at depths of up to 40 km. In the past these types of seismic surveys have mostly been used for offshore gas and oil exploration.“While there have been two small surveys carried out near Stawell previously, this is the first time geologists have been able to carry out a large-scale onshore seismic survey designed specifically to look into Victoria’s oldest rocks .” Cayley said to carry out the survey three specially constructed 15 t trucks were used. Each truck as a number of steel plates attached which send vibrations at various frequencies into the ground. Geophones, are then placed in the ground around the area to listen to reflections of the energy pulses.“This survey has proven that geologists have been on the right track about how gold deposits were formed in Victoria and it will now help us model the ancient fluid flow from the faults, which should help us better understand known minerals deposits, and perhaps more accurately locate new ones.”“It’s all about reducing exploration risk for mineral explorers,” Batchelor said. “The more information we make available to explorers, then potentially the lower the financial risks, which makes Victoria a better prospect for resources investment. The data collected will also feed into the 3D geological model of Victoria currently being developed by GeoScience Victoria. There are also plans to use the model to look at the last 500 million years of Victoria’s history and create detailed ‘snapshots’ of critical moments of mountain building and movement of mineral rich fluids from great depths within the earth beneath Victorians’ feet.”
Source: National GalleryTHE MONET PAINTING damaged in an incident in the National Gallery in Dublin two years ago is due to go back on display this morning following extensive repair work.A man is currently before the courts in connection with the incident, which happened in June 2012.The painting — ‘Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat’ — was seriously damaged, and experts have been painstakingly working to restore the it for the past 18 months.Read: National Gallery ‘disappointed’ jury failed to reach a verdict in damaged Monet painting case
With the retirement of the Space Shuttle imminent, a lot of attention has been given to the spacecraft and the work that goes into preparing it for travel. What has seemed to go unnoticed are two lesser components which are necessary for any successful shuttle mission. The solid rocket boosters (SRBs), one attached to each side of the main rocket, give the spacecraft that extra push it needs to achieve orbit. Once their work is done, the SRBs gently fall away and out of sight of the Space Shuttle crew. The next time most of us see them again is when they are attached to another Space Shuttle ready for launch. What is missed is the effort that goes into recovering the SRBs from the Atlantic Ocean so as to be used again.For the first time, NASA has posted on YouTube an up-close, high-definition video of that recovery as carried out by crews aboard NASA’s two recovery vessels called the Liberty Star and Freedom Star. The video was shot during the launch of Discovery‘s final flight, STS-133, on February 24th. Pay particular attention to how the SRBs float straight up showing only a small part of their massive height with the rest under water much like an iceberg.Viewers will find particular interest in how divers swim to the bottom of the floating rockets to attach equipment to enable them to float horizontally before being towed into shore. Upon being returned to Hangar AF at Cape Canaveral, the rockets are processed and sent to Utah where they are refurbished and stored for possible future use.Be sure to look for the part of the video when the camera captures the sound of the boosters hitting the ocean. Upon hearing the sound, and seeing how massive these rockets are, most people will appreciate why you don’t want to be near these things when they hit.via YouTubeBrian’s OpinionWhile the high-definition video taking by NASA is stunning it is also bittersweet. The video is truly a testament to the hard working people behind the scenes that have supported the Space Shuttle over its many years of service. It is some of these same people who will be laid off when the Space Shuttle officially retires with the launch of Atlantis in June 2011. In July of last year, NASA got a head start on layoffs when it handed 1,300 pink slips to workers in lieu of the Space Shuttle program’s retirement this year.While I applaud the notion that America’s future in space travel should reside in commercial enterprise, I’m not a big fan of the current approach to do so. To me it’s no different than throwing your kid in the deep end of the pool before they have really had any swimming lessons. Since U.S. companies are not yet ready to take on some of the same responsibilities that were handled by the Space Shuttle program, the U.S. must pay Russia like a taxi driver for rides to the International Space Station. So, not only is the Moon no longer in reach, Earth’s orbit is no longer available for the U.S. without hitching a ride.As a result of this gap caused by the U.S. not preparing a suitable replacement for the Space Shuttle, workers, whose talents could have been re-purposed toward another manned spacecraft program, will now be lost as they hit the streets looking for another job. I can only hope enough of them land with a U.S. company so that a commercial spacecraft can be developed soon.
28,235 Views By Aoife Barry “It took over my life, really, for 10 years in a nice way,” says Howard when we speak. He’s in the midst of promoting the book, but he clearly hasn’t tired of talking about Browne.“It was a life’s work really, it’s just one of those books: when I look at it I feel like it’s a big accomplishment – and I don’t mean that in a big headed way.”He put years of work into I Read the News Today, travelling to England to do hours-long interviews, tracking down friends and family of Browne, and gaining the trust of those closest to the young man.In the end, he had 2.5 million words, which he had to whittle down to 110,000.“I didn’t want to finish the work on the book until I was sure I could speak to everybody I could possibly get,” says Howard. He would work on it for a few months of the year, in between writing his Ross O’Carroll Kelly books and other work.“It is a strange thing when somebody immortalises you in song as John Lennon did with Tara Browne – he made his name famous but somehow that shrank the story, it’s like he reduced Tara’s life to lines of a song, albeit one of the greatest songs ever written, but people know about Tara as the lucky man who made the grade and blew out his brains in the car,” says Howard. The Beatles at London airport prior to boarding plane for New York and a two-week tour of America on August 13, 1965. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesWhen he describes Browne’s almost unbelievable life, it’s clear why Howard was fascinated with him.His life transected with so many interesting people. He had all these wonderful people – he met Igor Stravinsky, met Humphrey Bogart and Truman Capote, Lucian Freud, he met Samuel Beckett… this was all before he was 12. Oct 30th 2016, 8:15 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Source: Paul Howard/Twitter He was incredibly sophisticated because of who he had met and because of all the experiences he had. And because he had never gone to school.According to Howard, the Beatles song didn’t just reduce Browne’s life down to a few lines – it also downplayed the role he played in sixties London.“The song implies that he was a peripheral figure. In swinging London everybody knew who Tara Browne was, no one was in any doubt as to who he was,” assures Howard.He was a friend of the Rolling Stones and the Beatles, and especially close to Paul McCartney. He ran a shop called Dandy Fashions, and could be seen driving around London in his ill-fated Lotus Elan.He also came to prominence at a time when the 1960s were exploding in a technicolour riot in London. It was a time when “class was ceasing to matter – it didn’t matter if you were high born or so called low born, suddenly the world was a meritocracy and it was suddenly more about what you could say and what you could do”. Source: TheBeatlesVEVO/YouTube“It’s such a haunting piece of music”Howard’s parents lived in London during the 60s and had a deep love for the band – his father even saw the Beatles when they played the famed Cavern venue.They passed this love on to their child, with Howard – who grew up in England, later moving to Ireland as a schoolboy – having many memories of listening to his dad’s original copy of Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, with its Peter Blake diorama on the front.“I think the first time I ever heard A Day in the Life I was really spooked by it,” says Howard now. “It’s such a haunting piece of music, that intro.”He always wondered about the veracity of the story behind the song, and a decade ago got to interview Tara Browne’s older brother, Garech de Bruin (a founding member of the Chieftains) on the 40th anniversary of Browne’s death.Howard “came away from it thinking I hadn’t done a really good job, I hadn’t even scratched the surface”.So he decided to set about and find the real story of Tara Browne’s life. “There are so many myths about Tara Browne and if you go on the internet you can find out hundreds of facts of his life that aren’t actually true,” he says. “So it was extracting the real person from the mythology – that was my job when I started to write the book.”“It’s very invasive, to write a biography” Source: SchroerHoward was conscious that by talking to those closest to Browne, he was delving into a sad and painful time of their life.“It’s very invasive to write a biography about somebody,” he says. “You are intruding into people’s lives and it’s even more sensitive when you are writing a biography of someone who is dead and someone who died at such a tender age.”Browne was taken from his brother just as they were getting very close, and also from his sons Julian and Dorian before they even had a chance to get to know their father.“I knew there was going to be a lot of stuff that I was going to be bringing up that would be difficult for them,” says Howard.One of the people he aso had to win over was Nicky, Browne’s estranged widow. She passed away four years ago but before her death she and Howard got to speak about her late husband.The couple had two young children and married while they were just teens. When Browne died, they were in the process of getting divorced. Marianne Faithfull. Source: PA Archive/PA ImagesOnce Howard had the imprimatur of the four key people in Tara Browne’s family, it became much easier to write the book.Two essential figures Howard got to interview were Marianne Faithfull and Anita Pallenberg, who both had key roles in the Swinging London scene.“It was not just a case of phoning her up and saying ‘I’ll chat to you next week’,” says Howard of Faithful. “I had to win her trust.” Pallenberg, meanwhile, took years to contact – it took letters, knocks on her door, and finally a phone call from Garech’s house ( Lugalla in the Wicklow Mountains) after two glasses for Dutch courage.“She was so sweet,” says Howard of Pallenberg, who was the former partner of Brian Jones and Keith Richards. “She said ‘the only reason I didn’t reply to your letters was I didn’t know if you had Garech’s approval’.”Howard was on the plane to meet her the following day – and proved to himself that, despite his fears, she was indeed a real person. ”To finally meet her was amazing – she was everything thing I thought she would be,” he recalls. “She was such a sophisticated lady, so smart. She has done so much living.”To sit down with a woman who was witness to so much of the 60s was one of the highlights of Howard’s journalistic career. Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones and Anita Pallenberg in 1969. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesYouthquake in LondonHoward was born in 1971, but the 60s are a period he has long been fascinated with.“The music in our house growing up, it was always 60s music. When we lived in England, Sunday lunch was always accompanied by the soundtrack of 60s music. It was what my parents used to call music from the good old days. In a strange way I grew up feeling nostalgic about an era I never ever lived through, and everything about the era excites me.”His mother and father would talk about the 60s being a very happy, optimistic time. “It was an ideal,” says Howard now. “They had a sense they could change things.”There were several reasons why the 60s were so unique, says Howard – from the UK bands taking US music and selling it back to the Americans, to the advent of the mini skirt, the appearance of the Pill, and Britain re-establishing itself post-empire.“[After WWII] London was still bomb scarred. A lot of people were still living on rationed food and suddenly the children of the Blitz – you could say a lot of these kids would have been conceived in air raid shelters – suddenly were coming-of-age teens in the early 60s.”These teens, unlike their parents or grandparents, didn’t have to fight a war, and conscription was gone.“They can suddenly see the future and define themselves in their own ways. Like our Celtic Tiger there was an economic boom – it was young people who had the money,” explains Howard. These kids with money were the taste-makers of their generation – if they said the Beatles were the next big thing, they became the next big thing, says Howard.You had all this fusty grey establishment being pushed to one side and this absolute youthquake appearing in London.The time was ripe for a figure like Tara Browne to make his mark.“It was an extraordinary time… when I read about it I get goosebumps, because I wish I was there. I think it is one of the great golden eras,” says Howard. Ringo Starr, left, and Paul McCartney Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIs there a lesson in Tara Browne’s story? “I don’t know if there is a lesson from it,” muses Howard.“Probably if there is a lesson, it’s that these eras come and go like the tides and eventually all the optimism dies and that’s the sad thing.“Tara died just on the cusp of when people realised that all this optimism they had for the world, about making the world a better place, it was optimism. And so Tara still represents to them the world when it was bright and happy, and people really did think they could for instance bring an end to Vietnam [War].”The process of writing the book has also had a personal lesson for Howard – it taught him the discipline of journalism again after years of writing fiction. “My stuff comes from my own sick imagination,” he laughs. “This was different – this was phone calls, detective work, and I loved that. I’d probably forgotten when I stopped being a journalist.”Now that he’s finished this decade-long labour of love, is Howard thinking about his next project? “I don’t know if I’d find another subject I’d consider worthy of 10 years,” he says.There is another Ross O’Carroll Kelly book due to be finished before Christmas, but Howard admits:“I’m sure in the new year I will be itching to get stuck into something. I loved doing the research for this. The 60s is something else.”Just like the story of Tara Browne, something else indeed.I Read the News Today, Oh Boy is out now.Read: These are the best books in Ireland right now – and you get to vote for your favourites> HE’S BEST KNOWN for creating the quintessential Dublin 4 jock Ross O’Carroll Kelly – but for the last 10 years, author and former journalist Paul Howard has also been working on a book about an entirely different individual.Howard has penned the biography of the fascinating Tara Browne, a young Irishman and Guinness heir whose death is explored in the Beatles song A Day in the Life.Browne died aged just 21 in a car crash in London, when his Lotus Elan collided with a parked lorry after driving through a red light.Son of Oonagh Guinness and Dominick Browne, Tara packed a lifetime into just over two decades. He was a socialite, friend to the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, heir to the Guinness empire, father, husband, lover, business owner and swinging Londoner.Howard told TheJournal.ie how he interviewed over 100 people in his quest to tell the real story of Browne’s life, moving past the online myths, and even the Beatles song itself, to uncover the young man’s essence. Image: /Photocall Ireland Short URL Spent ten years of my life researching the life and times of Tara Browne. A courier just arrived at my door with this. #emotional pic.twitter.com/wIe3Lb2uDy— Paul Howard (@AkaPaulHoward) September 29, 2016 http://jrnl.ie/3048964 12 Comments Ross O’Carroll Kelly creator uncovers the story of a tragic Irishman immortalised in a Beatles song We talk to Paul Howard about his new book. Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 8:15 AM Share49 Tweet Email1 Image: /Photocall Ireland He blew his mind out in a car / He didn’t notice that the lights had changed / A crowd of people stood and stared / They’d seen his face before / Nobody was really sure / If he was from the House of Lords – The Beatles, ‘A Day in the Life’