Law student gang-raped in Ranchi, 12 arrested

first_imgA 25-year-old law student has been allegedly gang-raped by a group of armed men, following which all the 12 accused have been arrested, police said on Friday. According to an FIR lodged by the victim with Kanke police station, the incident happened at around 5.30 pm on November 26 when she was with a male friend at Sangrampur area in the city outskirts, a police statement issued here said. Some men overpowered the woman’s friend and abducted her to a nearby brick kiln, where they took turns to rape her, the complainant said. The accused have been arrested in subsequent raids led by Superintendent of Police (Rural) Rishabh Kumar Jha. They were booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code, SC and ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and Arms Act, the statement said. A car, a motorcycle, a pistol, eight mobile phones and the cellphone snatched from the victim have been seized from the possession of the accused, it added.last_img read more

Empathise with Virat Kohli, players interests not taken care of: Vinod Rai

first_imgCommittee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai today empathised with skipper Virat Kohli on the issue of cramped scheduling, saying that players’ interest will be taken care of.India will finish their home series against Sri Lanka on December 24 before leaving for South Africa on December 28.They are scheduled to play a two-day warm-up tie starting on December 30 before taking on South Africa in the first Test on January 5.Kohli had complained that cramped schedules are getting in the way of proper preparation for a big series such as the South Africa tour.”I totally empathise with Kohli. That is a fact. What we recognise as Future Tour Programme (FTP) has been drawn up such that all the state associations get chances to generate revenue by conducting matches,” Rai said during a session at the Times Lit Festival here.”And unfortunately it is the players because of whom these revenue comes and their interests are not taken care of. We will ensure that there is a balance in the three formats from next year,” he added.Regarding players contracts, Rai said: “We had inherited the three grades of A, B and C. We have modified it and have started a process where we consult the players. We had two rounds of consultation and we will do another one in a week’s time just before the Delhi Test.”We will make a presentation to the players. In this entire business, the one group that is left out completely is the players, their interest is not protected. Nobody has consulted them.”advertisementTo a question why BCCI is refusing to allow NADA to conduct dope tests on its players, Rai said: “We have zero tolerance to doping. As per as BCCI is concerned, it conforms to the anti-doping policies of the ICC, who conform to WADA.”As for conducting tests in the country, there is a NADA which runs the National Dope Testing Laboratory (NDTL), which is headed by secretary of Sports itself. All samples drawn from cricketers in this country are tested only in NDTL.”As of now, the samples are drawn by an agency called IDTM, approved by ICC. So we are totally in line with the country’s anti-doping guidelines. Now cricketers worldwide have issues regarding privacy and security because they have to tell their whereabouts all the time. So the ICC decided to involve IDTM.”Rai also said adhocism of BCCI created the fiasco during the selection of the India coach, where Anil Kumble was roped in for some time before the subsequent appointment of Ravi Shastri by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) which includes Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.”Unfortunately, there is no system in the BCCI on how a coach should be appointed but I think the move to set up the CAC is good,” said Rai, the former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) of India.”The three iconic players made the selection of coach last year. They had selected somebody who was unfortunately not acceptable to BCCI, who gave the opportunity to Kumble.The CAC had recommended him for two years but then BCCI said ‘no no’, it is for one year,” he added.Rai also said that India might have a women’s Indian Premier League (IPL) from next year.”With Diana Edulji (the CoA member), Mithali (Raj), Jhulan (Goswami), we have drawn up the sequence of events which hopefully you will see women’s cricket…or you might even see an IPL also,” Rai said.”The match fee of the women cricketers has been doubled by us over the last three months. The rewards which were given have been brought more or less at par with the men’s team.In the longer run we may not be able to make it equal because all this revenue generated from the matches played — the men’s team play more and generate larger amount.”Hopefully the women’s team will also come to their level in future. So next year you are certainly going to see the change,” he added.Rai also said that COA had submitted their recommendations regarding the conflict of interest that was pointed out by former member Ramachandran Guha.”We have drawn up policies on conflict of interest but you will be surprised that all those policies, including players compensation policies, we offered to SGM but even after three meetings it was not adopted,” he said.Asked specifically about the conflict of interest of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rai said: “Please be assured that our entire conflict of interest policy will leave Dhoni or anybody else with no option but to conform to it.”advertisementTalking about the need for reforms in the BCCI, Rai said: “It is not a bad idea to be setting a set of standards. I believe BCCI is very insular body. Anything happened in BCCI never came out in the public. Now if you are throwing BCCI open to public it is good.”last_img read more

Fitbit Inspire HR review: Best of Fitbit made more affordable

first_imgWhen it comes to fitness wearables, Fitbit fitness trackers are arguably the best in the market right now, not just in terms of features and precision but also in terms of design and battery life. But they are also a tad bit costly and hence meant only for those who take keen interest in keeping a track of their fitness. At Rs 13,990, the Fitbit Charge 3 that was launched in January this year was the company’s cheapest fitness tracker, until the company launched the Fitbit Inspire HR in India.The Fitbit Inspire HR was launched alongside its younger sibling – the Fitbit Inspire that costs just Rs 6,999 — last month at a modest price of Rs 8,999. Together, the two devices are designed to cater to the users who are new to the entire fitness tracking universe and hence don’t want to spend much on a fitness wearable. Additionally, the two devices are also aimed at those who don’t want to replace their expensive analog watches with digital watches and are looking for a relatively low-cost device that helps them keep a track of their fitness levels. The Fitbit Inspire HR, which is the star of today’s review, fills this void well.The newly launched Fitbit Inspire HR comes with some of the best features such as 24/7 heart rate tracking, goal-based exercise modes, relax guided breathing, goal celebrations and a swim-proof design that Fitbit has to offer.When it comes to performance, it performs spectacularly well in all those aspects and it leaves no room for question or concern at all. And with a battery that lasts for almost a week, there is little left to complain about. But there are bits and pieces here and there that can be concerning to some.advertisementComfortable, light and brightFitness wearables, whether you are a fitness enthusiast who has recently gotten cautious about his health or a gym freak or an athlete, are meant to be worn not as an accessory but as an extension to one’s body part. They track our vitals and inform us if we need to turn the things a notch up in order to live a healthier lifestyle. And so it is imperative that they not just come with a battery that needs to be charged less often but also possess a comfort level that would make it easy for the users to sleep in them – quite literally. The Fitbit Inspire HR fits this bill perfectly.Inspire HR is slim and uniformly built, somewhat similar to the Fitbit Alta but with softer edges. It sports a backlit OLED display that attaches itself to a soft silicone band, which makes it both pleasing to the eyes and comfortable to wear at all times. Now, the Fitbit Inspire HR, like all other fitness trackers available in the market right now, is meant to be worn at all times. Its sleep-tracking feature and swim-proof design make it particularly suitable for long-term. Point being, you can wear it outside, you can wear it when you are asleep and you can wear it when you are in shower – like your second skin – without any apprehensions. And while this is true, even Fitbit advises you to take it off time to time, to let some air in.As far as the display is concerned, the Fitbit Inspire HR comes with a slim OLED display that can be customised to show information that includes the time, the heart rate, step count, distance travelled, calories burnt and date on screen. The clock faces that can be changed from within the Fitbit app, allows users to display their preferred information on screen in their desired style with ease. Tap once to activate the screen and tap twice to turn the screen off. You can also turn the screen off using the side button, which also serves as the one stop destination to check the battery and turn the screen wake and notifications on or off.You can wear it when you are asleep and you can wear it when you are in shower like your second skin without any apprehensions.The display overall works splendidly. Admittedly, absence of colours does make it a bit boring. But it does display information, even in the bright sunlight, without straining the eyes. What helps is the touchscreen that works without a hitch. Pull it down to access features such as exercise modes, alarms, timers and relaxation exercises among others and pull it up to see your latest set of stats.advertisementServing with a smileInspire HR offers the best of what Fitbit has to offer at a comparatively low cost. But there are bits and pieces here and there that need attention. But first, the good parts. The Fitbit Inspire HR can do almost everything that the Fitbit Charge 3 can. It can automatically detect which exercise – including swimming, weight-lifting and running on a treadmill — you are on to, which means that you don’t have select the kind of workout you are busy with as the tracker would automatically detect it using its sensors. It can help you relax using its guided breathing sessions. You can track your sleeping patterns and you can even use it to set alarms and timers natively on the watch, all of which work accurately without a hitch. You can also get notifications – both messages and calls – on the tiny display of Inspire HR. However, you cannot respond to any of those messages or answer a call on the fitness tracker. And it doesn’t help that you cannot see the message notifications again once you have dismissed it. It’s quite similar to the old adage – out of sight and out of mind.To add on to it, it doesn’t feature native support for GPS, which means you will have to keep your phone nearby if you want it to track some of the more nuanced features that require calculations pertaining to distance. Admittedly, not being able to get rid of your smartphone evening run is somewhat annoying, however, the shear precision of the device makes up for it. It also matters that the Inspire HR is priced under Rs 10,000.Additionally, Inspire HR also pushes you towards your daily goal and nudges you to walk a few steps every time it senses that you have been stationary for long. Completing the daily goal or superseding it definitely feels rewarding.It took less than a minute for Inspire HR to turn on automatically and charge 3 per cent and approximately two hours to juice up completely.Apart from this, Inspire HR comes short of a feature that we saw in Charge 3 – Fitbit Pay. It also cannot count the floors that you have climbed, but perhaps that is because floor count is not for amateurs but for serious health freaks.Long lasting battery life A fitness tracker without a decent battery life is like a car with an exceptionally small fuel tank that needs to re-filled every other day. In order to sustain a long drive you need a fuel tank that can hold a substantial amount of fuel in it. You also need a powerful engine that can utilize that fuel efficiently. It is the same in case of the battery life in fitness wearables. They need to last long enough for a person to be able to use them 24×7. The Fitbit Inspire HR does this and much more with ease.Fitbit claims that under optimum usage conditions, the newly launched Inspire HR can provide up to 5 days of battery life. And true to its words, Inspire HR can last five whole days after which it demands a re-fill. In my 10-12 days of usage, I charged Inspire HR twice and each time when the battery dipped to 15 per cent Fitbit sent me an email-notification requesting me to charge the fitness tracker.advertisement Another thing I liked about Inspire HR is its charge time. During my time with the fitness tracker I let the battery drain out completely to see how long it took to get the device up and running on 100 per cent power. And to my surprise, it took less than a minute for Inspire HR to turn on automatically and charge 3 per cent and approximately two hours to juice up completely.One thing that I didn’t like about the entire charging setup is the charger itself. Fitbit ships a proprietary charger along with all its wearables and Inspire HR is no exception to that rule. The problem, however, lies in the length of the charging cable, which in case of Inspire HR is pretty short I mean really short. This makes charging it a bit difficult as you need to find the right spot in your house to place, which in my experience is not easy to come by.Should you buy the Fitbit Inspire HR?Yes. The Fitbit Inspire HR as I mentioned before offers the best of Fitbit at a marginally low cost. It has some great fitness tracking features and a long battery life that takes no time to juice up. It also has a swim-proof design and the sleep tracking functionality that add on to its overall allure.Sure it has a couple of areas where it could perform better but at a price of Rs 8,999 and a list of features to its credit, the Fitbit Inspire HR is one of the best that there is in the market right now.Fitbit Inspire HR review8/10ProsLong lasting batteryLight-weightComfortable designSwim-proof designConsNo Fitbit payBoring DisplayChargerlast_img read more

15 days agoMan City midfielder Rodri: Liverpool are best team in Europe

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Man City midfielder Rodri: Liverpool are best team in Europeby Freddie Taylor15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Rodri believes Liverpool are the “best team in Europe”.The reigning European champions are yet to lose a match in the Premier League, which sees them eight points ahead of City on top of the table.”I don’t know,” he told ESPN FC when asked if the fans saw United or Liverpool as City’s main rivals. “I had never been in the city before, I don’t know how people in the city feel.”But the team to beat is Liverpool now and that has been for the last two seasons. They are the champions of Europe so everyone wants to beat them, not just us.”They’re a great team, they have improved a lot of things, they’re a very good team, and they’re the best team in England and in Europe.” last_img read more

4-Star OT Aaryn Parks Decommits From Penn State, Reopens Recruitment

first_imgJames Franklin walking onto the field with his Penn State players.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: (L-R) Grant Haley #15, Nick Scott #4, head coach James Franklin, Marcus Allen #2 and Troy Apke #28 of the Penn State Nittany Lions walk out to field arm in arm before the start of the second half of the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Another four-star offensive lineman has decommitted from Penn State, the second to do so in the last week.Fort Washington (Md.) National Christian Academy four-star offensive guard Aaryn Parks backed off his pledge to the Nittany Lions this afternoon. Parks had been committed to PSU since late April.Parks joins four-star offensive tackle Grant Toutant in decommitting from the Nittany Lions in the last few days. Toutant flipped to Ohio State on Sunday.Based off Parks’ Twitter statement, it sounds like he feels like he rushed into his commitment. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p “In a process of being a man, you have to make man-like decisions,” Parks wrote. “I have decided to de-commit from Penn State University. I feel as though I made my decision off of emotions and locked in too early without giving other universities an equal opportunity to recruit me. Penn State will continue to be a top choice on my list of schools that I am interested in, but as of right now, my recruitment is 100 percent back open.”Please Respect My Decision…..@RivalsFriedman @BrianDohn247 @rivalsmike @SWiltfong247 ….— Aaryn “AJ” Parks (@AP61_) June 12, 2019Parks is the No. 9 offensive guard and the ninth-rated prospect from Maryland in the 2020 class, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.He holds offers from North Carolina, Florida, Kentucky, Indiana, West Virginia, Pitt, Maryland and others.last_img read more

High on Hops: Pie Beer Season

first_imgThanksgiving is the time of year when we gather around communal tables to celebrate our gifts of abundance.Depending on your specific situation, that abundance may not always be represented by familial goodwill. However, it is much more likely that life’s many gifts are embodied by an exorbitant quantity of foodstuffs.Main courses of roasted turkey plated with cranberry sauce and cornbread stuffing are de rigueur along with the afterthoughts of limp vegetables slowly simmered in butter. Regardless of how much sugar Aunt Silvia puts into her signature marshmallow-coated casserole, the main star of the Thanksgiving meal is the dessert course.Related Post: Unique Fall CocktailsFor those of us who would prefer to drink our calories this holiday season, there’s no need to leave the comfort of the warm, spiced goodness of freshly baked pies to everyone else. Try one of these pie-themed beers to get into the spirit and satisfy your beer craving and sweet tooth all at once.Pumking – Southern Tier Brewing Co.Imperial Pumpkin Ale8.6% ABVSouthern Tier cuts right to the chase in its description of Pumking, stating that this beer is “Particularly tasty when paired with traditional Thanksgiving dinner, a compliment to pumpkin pie, desserts.”Truth be told, the first time I had this beer on draft, I thought I was drinking an actual pureed, whipped and thinned slice of pumpkin pie. It’s heavy on the orange gourd, but along with that, the brewers have cultivated a stellar recipe that brings out all of the other expected accents, from the sweet, chewy crust and earthy nutmeg to a sensory trick that conjures whipped cream dolloped on top.Coffee Pecan Pie Porter – Clown ShoesAmerican-style Porter8% ABVThis limited fall 2015 seasonal release is a modification of Clown Shoes’ Genghis Pecan ale highlighted by the addition of cold-brewed coffee. Brown sugar folded in with cinnamon is decadent enough but the toasty malts, dry nuttiness and quality coffee infusion create a truly special tasting experience. Coffee Pecan Pie Porter is complex without being complicated and a welcome addition to any holiday table.Key Lime Pie – Short’s Brewing Co.Fruit Beer5.5% ABVIf you’re the type who prefers a Caribbean getaway for Thanksgiving instead of sitting at the kids’ table at Grandma’s house, Michigan brewery Short’s has you covered with its Key Lime Pie beer. Short’s uses real-deal ingredients in this recipe, from the key limes to graham crackers and even has actual marshmallows tossed into the brew. It’s intermittently sweet and tart, refreshing while warm with baker’s spices. That dichotomy makes Key Lime Pie a nice diversion from heavier holiday beers.The pie-in-a-bottle construct has really taken off in the last few years, and in addition to these fine ales there are dozens of similar beverages – from Funky Buddha’s robust Sweet Potato Casserole beer to Moonlight Meadery’s delicate digestif Kurt’s Apple Pie sweet mead. Since there’s always room for pie, be sure to pick up an extra bottle or two to share with the family this Thanksgiving. Editors’ Recommendations 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts 11 of the Best Low-Calorie Craft Beers for Watching Your Beer Belly The Best Coffee-Infused Beers to Flip All the Switches 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weather America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scenelast_img read more

Video River Conveyance of World Dream

first_imgWorld Dream, the second cruise ship built for Asian cruise line Dream Cruises, left Meyer Werft Shipyard in Papenburg, Germany, on September 17, to be conveyed on the river Ems to Eemshaven, Netherlands.The river conveyance is the official start of World Dream’s journey to the North Sea where the vessel will undergo sea trials before it embarks on a voyage to its home in Asia. World Dream reached the North Sea, the vessel’s AIS data from September 18 show.As informed, the newbuilding will start sailing from Hong Kong on November 17 and from Nansha on November 19.The construction of the 151,300 gross ton World Dream began in February 2016 with the steel cutting ceremony at Meyer Werft.Last month, Genting Cruise Lines, a parent company of Dream Cruises, celebrated the float out of the 335-meter-long vessel.Designed for the Chinese market, the 3,400-passenger World Dream is the sister vessel to Genting Dream, which was handed over to the company in October 2016.“World Dream will play a key role in Genting Cruise Lines’ growth strategy in Asia. By building on the success of her twin sister ship Genting Dream, World Dream is expanding our capacity and strengthening our market leadership in the region,” Kent Zhu, President of Genting Cruise Lines, said in a statement.“We are as excited to welcome World Dream at her homeports in Hong Kong and Nansha this November to further grow the Pearl River Delta as a cruise centre and increase the FlyCruise market in this part of Asia,” he added.Video Courtesy: Hamburg Videoslast_img read more

Boushies family meets federal ministers after acquittal in murder trial

first_imgThe Canadian Press OTTAWA – Colten Boushie’s family is in Ottawa meeting federal ministers after a Saskatchewan farmer accused of fatally shooting him was acquitted late last week.Boushie’s cousin, Jade Tootoosis, said Monday the family has no specific goal beyond building relationships with people who have the power to change the way First Nations people are treated in the criminal justice system.“We’re not in a rush because we want things done right,” Tootoosis said shortly after meeting with Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.“We have little to no faith in the justice system. We’re here to talk about that.”On Friday, a jury found Gerald Stanley, 56, not guilty of second-degree murder in the 2016 killing of Boushie, a 22-year-old member of the Red Pheasant First Nation.Boushie’s relatives are expected to sit down with Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale and Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould on Tuesday.Boushie’s mother, Debbie Baptiste, said justice for Colten would mean a change to the justice system.Chris Murphy, a family friend and lawyer, said the family discussed the issue of jury selection with Bennett.The apparent all-white makeup of the jury has been widely criticized, along with so-called peremptory challenges, which allow lawyers to reject jury candidates without needing to provide a justification.Tootoosis said she would like to see the government do away with peremptory challenges.Wilson-Raybould, who is the country’s first Indigenous justice minister, tweeted Saturday in the wake of the Stanley verdict that Canada “can and must do better.”Aboriginal Sen. Murray Sinclair posted a poem online saying he grieves for First Nations youth “who now see no hope,” and says Indigenous people have been grieving for so long it has become part of their DNA.“I grieve for a family that has not yet seen justice from the moment a handgunned farmer (why does a farmer need such a gun?) pulled the trigger and killed their son,” Sinclair wrote.Kevin Seesequasis, a Cree Nation councillor in Saskatchewan, said both Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents are reeling from what he describes as a horrible failure of the criminal justice system.“Colten Boushie was not just the victim of a senseless murder,” Seesequasis said.“If we cannot find some way toward real change for Indigenous people in the criminal justice system, Colten Boushie will also be the victim of a criminal justice system that was stacked against him from the start and a government indifferent to that reality.”Indigenous faculty members and allies sent an open letter to heads of universities across Canada describing the Stanley verdict as “yet another iteration of the systemic violence that Indigenous peoples in this country have faced for over 150 years.”The letter, signed by more than 20 faculty members from schools as far afield as Australia and New Zealand, calls for universities to support anti-oppressive education and enhance institutional accountability towards First Nations communities.last_img read more

Booker other Democrats target biased tech tools

Congress is starting to show interest in prying open the “black box” of tech companies’ artificial intelligence with oversight that parallels how the federal government checks under car hoods and audits banks.One proposal introduced Wednesday and co-sponsored by a Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Cory Booker, would require big companies to test the “algorithmic accountability” of their AI systems that are helping make important criminal-justice decisions and affecting people’s access to housing, credit and jobs.Companies would have to look for and correct any discrimination in high-risk automated systems.The Democrats’ proposal is the first of its kind and may face an uphill battle in the Republican-led Senate.But it reflects growing and bipartisan scrutiny into tech company tools that have a major societal impact.Matt O’Brien, The Associated Press read more

HBC shareholders challenge executive pay packages companys real estate plans

TORONTO — Hudson’s Bay Company faced a fight from some of its most prominent investors Tuesday over its decision to award executives with multi-million-dollar pay packages despite two years of weak sales and sizable losses for the retailer.The Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan, British Columbia Investment Management Corp. and the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) said they voted against the company’s remuneration practices that include a $54.8 million pay package for the retailer’s executive chairman Richard Baker.The “say on pay” vote — a non-binding motion that is growing in popularity at Canadian companies and aimed at collecting shareholder feedback — took place at the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto and ended in the executives’ favour.However, CalPERS spokesperson Mike Osborn said in an email “we don’t feel the company sufficiently linked pay with performance” and Teachers’ said in its proxy vote statement that “in this case, we do not feel that the awards have been sufficiently justified.”Baker’s compensation includes more than $37 million in share-based awards and more than $16.6 million in option-based awards. The company’s other executives are due to earn totals between $1.4 million and $9.4 million, according to HBC’s information circular.After the vote passed, one shareholder in the audience criticized Baker’s remuneration saying, “It is one thing to award a package. It is another to accept it and so I think accepting it reflects on (Baker)’s character, who not so long ago said the fair value was twice where these payouts are.”The shareholder called on Baker to address the issue, to which Baker replied “we appreciate your question. Thank you.”The majority of other stakeholders at the meeting focused on the value of the company’s real estate, which at least one activist investor has previously pushed the company to think strategically about, given the retailer’s rocky recent performance that included a $400-million loss in its first quarter compared with a loss of $221 million a year ago.In October, Jonathan Litt, who is chief investment officer and founder of activist investor Land & Buildings Investment Management, said the company is really a real estate company, not a retailer, that has failed to outline a plan to unlock the “substantial real estate value trapped in the company.”On Tuesday, one shareholder echoed Litt’s sentiments saying, “what are you people waiting for? Are you waiting for us to go into a recession before you sell some of your real estate?”He suggested the company take its Toronto HBC and Saks Fifth Avenue location at Yonge and Queen St. and build condos above it “while real estate is hot.”Helena Foulkes, the company’s chief executive officer, indicated that the company might be ready to heed some of their investor’s advice.She said the company was looking at selling certain properties, but was not in a hurry to sell everything quickly.Baker said the company was looking to “better utilize” its spaces to create revenue as it has through partnerships with Topshop, health clubs or shared office space business We Work.In Toronto, for example, he said the company had taken its Yonge and Queen St. real estate and emptied two floors, pushing merchandise to other floors “in a way where we will lose no sales.”That freed up 100,000 square feet of prime space that the company used for a lease with We Work, valued at more than $50 a square foot.He said the deal was generating foot traffic and new shoppers and is indicative of the company’s plans moving forward.“Our general focus around the world is to better utilize space, rather than selling off the particular pieces.” read more

Côte dIvoire UN partner agencies work to counter worrisome humanitarian situation

The United Nations and its partner relief agencies today reiterated concern for the “worrisome” humanitarian situation in Côte d’Ivoire, where they are working hard to help hundreds of thousands of people overcome insecurity, shortages of food and basic medicines, and other lingering effects of conflict and drought.The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) joined non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) today in decrying the troubling humanitarian conditions throughout much of Côte d’Ivoire. OCHA said that public services were still not available in the northern part of the country and in the Government-controlled west, leaving hundreds of thousands of people without basic healthcare and threatening to deprive tens of thousands of children an education for the second consecutive year.Security also continues to be a major concern. OCHA cites Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s latest report to the UN Security Council, which identified a number of worrying trends, notably, the purchase of arms by the government and rebel forces. Other security concerns highlighted the activities of armed militias in Abidjan to undermine the Linas-Marcoussis Agreement, the French-brokered peace accord signed last January, which calls on the government, rebels and political opposition to share power in a transitional government until elections in 2005. With the agricultural sector also severely affected – by conflict as well as by erratic rainfall in much of the country — the UN World Food Programme has been operating a number of programmes across the country tailored to help the most vulnerable groups, including children, pregnant women, the mentally handicapped, internally displaced persons (IDPs) and refugees. The agency is also using school feeding programmes to gain access to vulnerable children, to encourage regular school attendance and help demobilize child soldiers. read more

The LA Kings Rediscovered Their Offense Just in Time

During the 2013-14 regular season, the Los Angeles Kings were the NHL’s fifth-lowest scoring team, notching just 2.4 goals for every 60 minutes they were on the ice. On paper, no team headed into the postseason with as anemic an offense. Yet fast forward a month and a half and Los Angeles is on the verge of closing out the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals partly because the Kings’ offense is sizzling. They put together a five-goal barrage in Game 4 against Chicago, and Los Angeles’ 3.3 goals per 60 minute mark leads all teams in scoring during the postseason.How did the Kings’ offense suddenly become so potent? During the regular season, LA converted their shots into goals at a paltry 7.6 percent rate, which tied the Vancouver Canucks for the second-worst shooting percentage in the entire NHL. In the playoffs, though, they’ve upped their conversion rate to 11.3 percent (including 14.5 percent against the Blackhawks), which ranks second among playoff teams. Since they’re not shooting more often (to the contrary — they’re actually averaging 1.6 fewer shots per 60 minutes in the playoffs than during the regular season), the Kings’ goal-scoring increase can be traced to the huge uptick in shooting accuracy.The Kings’ increased shooting percentage hasn’t been driven by facing a particularly easy set of goaltenders. Weighted by the number of shots they had against each opponent, Los Angeles’ playoff foes have had a composite save percentage of .913 during the regular season, which is slightly higher than the overall league average of .911 — certainly nothing that would explain a 3.7-percentage-point leap in shooting percentage. Nor has it been fueled by more time on the power play, where shooting percentages are higher: during the postseason, LA spent about 28 fewer seconds per game with a man advantage than they did in the regular season.One other place to look is where the Kings’ goals have been coming from. For example, during the regular season, LA’s shooting percentage was well below the NHL average on shots from the high slot, the space between the two face-off circles and above the hash marks. And in their Game 1 loss to Chicago, the Kings attempted three shots from that area, missing all three. But ever since, they’ve scored three goals on eight shots (a shooting percentage of 37.5) from a zone of the ice where they usually turn only 6.7 percent of their shots into goals. Since goals are such rare events, even a shift like that on just one section of the ice can lead to a big overall increase in scoring.Likewise, the late-season addition of Marian Gaborik, who leads LA in shots during the playoffs, and whose lifetime shooting percentage of 12.9 percent is well above the league average over his career, explains part of the team’s scoring burst. But it bears mentioning that while shot quality — and converting those chances into goals — makes a big difference in retrospect, it’s hard to tell how much is luck and how much is skill.In other words, the biggest reason the Kings’ offense has caught fire in the postseason may simply be good fortune, with some regression to the mean thrown in for good measure. Los Angeles wasn’t ever as bad at shooting as their regular-season percentage suggested (they were in the middle of the pack the season before), nor are they as good as their postseason run would indicate. The truth lies somewhere in between, and as we’ve seen before with hockey stats, it’s a truth mixed in with a lot of noise. read more

Spandau Ballets new frontman was born 11 years after the band was

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The new lead singer of Spandau Ballet has admitted he is intimidated in taking up the role of front man in a band whose greatest hits were released before he was born.Ross William Wild, 30, a singer and actor, was unveiled as the replacement for Tony Hadley, who left the group a year ago.Asked if he found his new job intimidating, he replied: “Absolutely, they’ve got a legacy and it’s a responsibility of mine to pay homage to that legacy, but also [to] do it my own way.”Wild – who is just 30 – was born 11 years after the band was formed.Spandau Ballet had huge hits with singles including ‘Gold’ and “True” in the early 1980s.Brothers Martin and Gary Kemp remain in the band.  read more

MTU engines achieving high efficiency at 5500 m Jiama copper mine in

first_imgRolls-Royce is showcasing its full range of MTU power systems at bauma China, the construction machinery, material, vehicles and equipment show being held in Shanghai from 27 to 30 November. On display are cutting-edge engines under the MTU brand. These include MTU engines Series 1100 and 1300 and MTU Series 2000 and Series 4000, all designed to meet stringent global emission standards.The company also referred to the use of its “world-leading, high speed diesel engines under the MTU brand” at the Jiama mine in Tibet, China’s largest copper mine and the world’s highest altitude open pit mine (up to 5,500m above sea level). Trucks equipped with robust 16V 2000C66 MTU engines “provide almost round-the-clock productivity as they haul heavy payloads with best in class cycle times, running in extreme temperatures, harsh conditions and a low-oxygen environment.”Kraeft continued, “Trials have also shown that MTU engines continue to perform at mining altitudes reaching 5,500 m. As ordinary diesel engines deteriorate above 3,000m, this is an exciting showcase of the superiority of MTU engine technology.”In addition, the establishment of MTU Yuchai Power based in Yulin City in the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region (GZAR) focuses on building MTU’s highly successful Series 4000 engines, which are designed for use in the oil and gas and power generation industries. The company, which has a capacity to produce 1,500 engines per year, rolled out its first engine in April this year and is now already in serial production.Rolls-Royce Power Systems Greater China President Tobias Ostermaier said: “The growth in China has been nothing short of spectacular, and initiatives such as the Belt and Road strategy adopted by the Chinese government are bringing about a transformation in the economic, industrial and infrastructure development landscape. We are pleased to be able to play a contributing role by introducing our world-leading capabilities in building diesel and gas engines as the country continues to drive towards success. With our new China organization, our commitment to invest further in people and infrastructure in China and our strong intention to build local partnerships shows we are here to contribute to key development projects across the country.”last_img read more

A lot of money and a lot of travel The week in

first_imgIT WAS A week when former Central Remedial Clinic chiefs faced further questioning from the Public Accounts Committee.The government said they were reconsidering the use of withdrawal rooms in schools with Autism Spectrum Disorder units, and Irish Water’s finances came under the the microscope..All that, and more, it’s the week in quotes:last_img

Here are the top beaches in the world for 2017

first_img IT MAY ONLY be January, but plenty of us are dreaming of being on a beach somewhere. But which one?Luckily, National Geographic has named their top beaches for 2017.They include beaches for snorkeling, exploring and just lying on.Here are some of the highlights according to the magazine: 12 Comments Reynisfjara Beach, Iceland Source: Ivan PedrettiOn sunny days on Iceland’s south coast, Reynisfjara Beach’s ink black sand and basalt sea stacks are absolutely stunning.Noordwjk Beach, The Netherlands Source: ShutterstockPast the tulip fields in south Holland, between Amsterdam and The Hague, the seaside town of Noordwijk has a separate dog beach for wild gambols by the North Sea. There are walking routes for human-canine bonding, and pooch-friendly restaurants and lodgings, including Take2 Beach & Bungalows, near the entrance to the dog beach.Playa del Amor, Marietas Islands, Mexico Source: Miguel NaranjoA swim through an opening nearly invisible from the sea reveals what locals call the “hidden beach,” encircled by an impressive rock ring forming a natural oculus for the sun and sky.Shell Beach, Shark Bay, Western Australia Source: Nature Picture Library/Alamy Stock PhotoOn the edge of the continent, and part of the Shark Bay UNESCO World Heritage site, countless white cockleshells, up to 30 feet deep in some parts, spread for miles. Take nothing but pictures. Stop at Old Pearler Restaurant, built entirely of shells from this beach.Cas Abao Beach, Curaçao Source: Turtle & Ray Productions, CuracaoRinged by reefs, Curaçao hides a Caribbean underwater wonderland, and this beach is one of the few sandy ones on the arid island, with a bar and a shop to rent snorkel gear. Slip straight into the shallow crystalline bay alive with sea fans and coral, tropical fish, sponges, sea turtles, and more.Piscinas Beach, Arbus, Sardinia Source: Riky DeianaSculpted by the mistral wind and embellished with juniper bushes and olive trees, the Piscinas Dunes paint a mercurial backdrop on Sardinia’s southwestern Costa Verde (Green Coast). A former mining warehouse, Hotel Le Dune Piscinas sits at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea,with ample windows and lounge spots for admiring the ever changing canvas of sky, sand, and waves.Read: This massive cruise ship will soon call Dublin home 32,105 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Here are the top beaches in the world for 2017 Dreaming of being on a beach? These are pretty nice. Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 10:47 PMcenter_img Share85 Tweet Email2 Short URL By Paul Hosford Jan 19th 2017, 10:47 PM last_img read more

Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse coverup

first_img 75 Comments Tuesday 19 Mar 2019, 4:14 PM Short URL By Daragh Brophy Updated Mar 19th 2019, 4:14 PM POPE FRANCIS HAS rejected the resignation of a French cardinal convicted of a sex abuse cover-up. Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, France’s highest-ranking Catholic official, received a six-month suspended jail sentence for failing to report sex abuse by a priest under his authority.Barbarin, 68, is the most senior French cleric caught up in the global paedophilia scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church. He has been a cardinal since 2003.He said after his 7 March conviction that he would travel to Rome to tender his resignation.That meeting took place yesterday and it had been expected it could take several weeks for the Pope to decide whether to accept the resignation.“Monday morning, I handed over my mission to the Holy Father. He spoke of the presumption of innocence and did not accept this resignation,” Barbarin, who has appealed his sentence, said in a statement.If accepted, Barbarin would have become “bishop emeritus” of the southeastern French city of Lyon but remained cardinal. Barbarin has said he would remain in Lyon pending his appeal. However, he added that he would step back from his job “for a little while”. This would allow, at the Pope’s “suggestion”, the local vicar general Yves Baumgarten to run day-to-day affairs. ‘Unheard of’The Pope’s decision has triggered sharp surprise from the chairman of the Bishops’ Conference of France, who called the situation “unheard of”. “I did not expect this scenario which falls between the two most expected,” Georges Pontier told AFP. He added that this “unheard of” situation resulted from the difficulty of “respecting the judicial process” along with the need to “look after the Lyon diocese”.On 7 March, a Lyon court ruled that Barbarin was guilty of failing to report allegations of abuse of boy scouts committed by a priest, Bernard Preynat, in the 1980s and 1990s.The Pope had previously defended the cardinal, saying in 2016 that his resignation before a trial would be “an error, imprudent”.Barbarin’s lawyer has announced plans to fight the guilty ruling, which was hailed by abuse victims as ushering in a new period of accountability in the French Church.This case comes as the Pope has been seeing to restore faith in the Catholic Church following a slew of abuse scandals across the world, including in Australia, Chile and the United States. – Includes reporting from Hayley Halpin and © AFP, 2019 Mar 19th 2019, 1:50 PM Cardinal Philippe Barbarin meets Pope Francis yesterday. Image: ABACAcenter_img 48,797 Views Cardinal Philippe Barbarin meets Pope Francis yesterday. Share1759 Tweet Email2 Image: ABACA Pope rejects resignation of French cardinal convicted of sex abuse cover-up France’s highest-ranking Catholic official failed to report sex abuse by a priest. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Legislature headed to special session Tuesday

first_imgAs expected, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Friday that she is calling the 2011 Legislature into special session.But far from chastising legislators for failing to pass a budget on time, she praised them for working hard and remaining focused on the largest budget deficit in recent history.“This Legislature has come together in the toughest of times and done significant work in this session on behalf of Washington,” Gregoire said at a televised press conference. “But there is more work to be done. Starting Tuesday, the Legislature will continue to work together to chart a new course and to transform Washington’s government. And I pledge to help them finish the job.”Legislators left early for a three-day Easter weekend after sending a 2011-13 transportation budget to the governor. They’re ending the regular session without reaching deals on the operating budget or the construction budget. The regular session was scheduled to adjourn Sunday. Under state law, lawmakers can meet for up to 30 days in special session once they reconvene, though Gregoire said she hopes the session will be much shorter. With House and Senate leaders from both parties at her side, the governor said lawmakers have agreed to keep the special session focused on the budget and the many bills required to implement it. She also urged quick action on such cost-saving issues as workers compensation reform.last_img read more

Winter Weather Advisory For A Mixture Of Snow And Freezing Rain

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service has issued Winter Weather Advisory for a Mixture of Snow and Freezing Rain for the Western Kenai Peninsula, including the cities of Kenai, Soldotna, Homer, and Cooper Landing in effect from 9pm to 6am, Sunday November 11th. * WHAT…Mixed precipitation expected. Total snow accumulations ofup to one inch and ice accumulations of up to one tenth of aninch are expected.* WHERE…Western Kenai Peninsula.* WHEN…From 9 PM this evening to 6 AM AKST Sunday.* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…The ice will result in difficult travelconditions. Expect reduced visibilities at times. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A Winter Weather Advisory means that periods of snow, sleet or freezing rain will cause travel difficulties. Expect slippery roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. For the latest road conditions call 5 1 1 or visit read more