Arsenal players must stand up – Gilberto

first_imgAfter another dismal season for Arsenal, Gilberto Silva has urged the players to “stand up” and fight for the under-pressure Arsene WengerThe club look set to fail to qualify for the Champions League for a second consecutive season with 13 points separating them in sixth place from Tottenham in fourth.Following a turbulent run at the start of 2018, which saw Arsenal succumb to four consecutive defeats, Wenger came under intense scrutiny with both fans and former players calling for the Frenchman’s resignation.Silva, who was part of the famous “invincibles” squad that Wenger led to an entire season unbeaten in 2003/04, has defended the coach and has questioned the players attitude at the Emirates this season.“I worked with Wenger for such a long time. As I know him, he’s a person who loves the game and wants to win things. He sacrifices himself for the players and for the club.” Silva told Sky Sports.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“At the moment things are hard but he’s trying the best he can to handle the pressure and get the best out of his players. All the time the pressure is on him but there comes a time when you have to question what the players can bring back to him because he trusts them.”Arsenal have recently had an upturn in form with the Gunners having won their previous three games and having progressed to the quarter-finals of the Europa League.But Silva believes that it is the players’ responsibility to ensure the results come Arsenal’s way and has urged them to fight for the Frenchman.“It’s about somebody standing up and holding the pressure for somebody who believes in them. All the questions in the media talk about whether it’s time for Wenger to go or if he lost his appetite.” said the 2002 World Cup winner.“It’s not about this, it’s about the players at the club supporting him as long as he stays in the club.”last_img read more

Danny Ings has revealed that he left Liverpool for happiness

first_imgAfter his anticipated arriving from Burnley to Anfield, Danny Ings unfortunately was hampered by two knee ligament injuries that led to his sharp decline in the club.The 26-year-old striker has returned to Southhampton, his hometown, in search of play time but most importantly for the sake of happiness.Joe has reported the striker speaking to Times about his hard time while out of play for Liverpool and why he had to move to Southhampton. He cited the Champions League final as his saddest moment while not being able to play for Liverpool: “That was one of the moments that obviously broke my heart. For any player to play a part in the Champions League, coming on in games, to not then be part of the final was absolutely heartbreaking.“I did get game time towards the end of the season and it was great to have that feeling in the tummy when you stand in the tunnel. It got me wanting to feel that every week, which is what I am getting now at Southampton.“The lads at Liverpool all wanted me to stay, but understood. We used to play cards on the way to away games and it was a different feeling for me because I wouldn’t be starting.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I would cover that up, and I hid that, because I didn’t want to bring any negativity to the group. But it didn’t stop me going home and just sitting in the house with my dogs and being upset. That happened for a long time.“Although I was happy around the lads and everyone at the club, on a much deeper level I know I wasn’t as happy as I can be. And, when I am happy, I play my best football.”last_img read more

Nielsen Combines Media Entertainment Brands

first_img“There are some common advertisers across the brands, so it will definitely be a benefit as a result of the alignment, but not something that drove the decision,” the spokesperson wrote.The new media and entertainment will be led by senior vice president Gerry Byrne, who most recently oversaw Nielsen’s entertainment group. Also, marketing, media and visual art group senior vice president Sabrina Crow will take on the additional responsibility of corporate planning and developing, including strategic planning and M&A activities, the company said.Crow will continue to oversee the travel, training, photo, jewelry, food and real estate brands, which Nielsen regrouped under Brand Media Group.Last fall, Nielsen combined content development and distribution for Adweek, Brandweek and Mediaweek magazines under one editorial organization. In November, the company traded media rates and data provider SRDS to U.K.-based ad agency the WPP Group in exchange for the remaining 50 percent stake in AGBNielsen Media Research. Nielsen Business Media said it has combined its AdweekMedia and entertainment groups under a newly-created media and entertainment division.“This is part of an ongoing strategy to better integrate and align our businesses,” a Nielsen spokesperson wrote in an e-mail to FOLIO:. “About a year ago we created the entertainment group by bringing together two separate film and music groups. This move simply expands that entertainment group to include the media brands, and is just another step in harnessing the collective resources and strengths of those brands.”No layoffs were made and no magazine products were closed in association with the reorganization, the spokesperson said. Nielsen’s AdweekMedia group includes Adweek, Brandweek, Mediaweek and Editor & Publisher magazines, as well as the Clio Awards. The entertainment group is made up of several products, including The Hollywood Reporter and Billboard.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Assisting Hands Home Care To Hold Electronics Recycling Fundraiser For Senior

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — On Saturday, September 22, 2018, from 9am to noon, Assisting Hands Home Care will be sponsoring its First Annual Electronics Recycling event to benefit Wilmington’s Buzzell Senior Center. Goods can be dropped off at 5 Middlesex Ave, Wilmington, MA and there is a suggested $10 donation per carload, with some items, like TV’s, monitors, batteries, toner, and wood, costing more.“When you bring your recyclable electronics to this drive, you will not only be helping the environment, but you’ll also be helping patients with Alzheimer’s and dementia” explains John Benchoff, Owner of Assisting Hands Home Care of Boston North suburbs. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Alzheimer’s Memory Café program at Wilmington’s Buzzell Senior Center.Alzheimer’s Memory Cafés are a place where people with memory loss and their care companions can come together in a safe, supportive environment and can socially connect. Guests can share a conversation over a cup of coffee in a “dementia-friendly” environment. “We have such a great community and we’re delighted to be able to start a memory café for Wilmington residents,” stated Terri Marciello, Director of the Buzzell Senior Center.The event will be held rain or shine. The event is open to everyone, not just Wilmington residents. For more details about the event and the items that can be donated, visit  https://www.assistinghands.com/63/massachusetts/wilmington/recycle/ or call 781-400-8880.About Assisting Hands Home CareAssisting Hands Home Care provides quality non-medical home care to seniors and others needing assistance, allowing them to remain safely and comfortably in their own homes. This includes personal care as well as transportation, medication reminders, shopping and errands, light housekeeping and laundry. They specialize in caring for clients with Alzheimer’s, dementia, Parkinsons, hospice, and paraplegic/quadriplegic needs.(NOTE: The above press release is from Assisting Hands Home Care.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Senior Center To Benefit From Electronics Recycling Fundraiser On September 22In “Community”IT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”HOT OFF THE PRESS: Read Wilmington Senior Center’s September NewsletterIn “Community”last_img read more

At CES 2019 Alexa and Google Assistant will howl The rest will

first_img null 0 12 Photos Smart Home Gadgets Tech Industry Tags More digital assistant stories Amazon Alexa 2018 event: Editors react Samsung’s first Bixby speaker, the Galaxy Home, revealed Share your voice CES 2019center_img Google is primed to go big at CES again Amazon’s Echo devices get redesign on the way to world domination Apple, Siri fall further behind Google, Amazon in the smart home 9:57 The world’s largest tech show has become center stage for the digital assistant wars.Amazon Alexa was the belle of the CES ball two years ago when the e-commerce giant unveiled a long list of product integrations that included Ford vehicles and Whirlpool appliances. Not to be overshadowed, Google the following year constructed a large, eye-catching stage and announced four new Google Assistant-powered smart displays.Which brings us to CES 2019, kicking off next week. There, Amazon and Google are expected to make big splashes designed to show the rest of the tech industry that they — not the other guy — have the best platform for operating our smart homes, connected cars and voice-powered offices. Making their cases will be especially important at CES, since the show has become a who’s who for the smart home and automotive industries, two major growth areas for voice assistants.But while both have extended the reach and influence of voice computing, both also need to broaden their messages and showcase their voice assistants’ capabilities. That work could persuade more consumers that they need smart speakers as much as they need smartphones. Currently, 32 percent of Americans own a smart speaker while 77 percent have smartphones, according to Adobe and Pew Research, showing there’s much more room for voice to expand Smart speaker adoption has been growing at a healthy clip, but drawing in new customers may get harder, with increased consumer concern about data privacy and a regular trickle of negative anecdotes about Alexa malfunctioning. Also, Adobe reported the No. 1 reason people don’t own a smart speaker is that they feel they just don’t have a use for one.”If the industry can convince those that do not own a smart speaker to get one, we believe the effects can be exponential,” in sparking new uses in gaming, shopping and search, Adobe Analytics’ Heidi Besik wrote last month.Here’s what to expect from the leading voice-assistant players at CES this year.Amazon Alexa: The market leaderThe online retailing kingpin will likely keep up its strategy of announcing lots of new Alexa partnerships to demonstrate its market dominance and highlight the versatility of its voice assistant.Amazon may also use its now sprawling devices portfolio to help retain its lead. That could mean using CES to unveil new integrations or features for its Fire TV streaming devices, Amazon Key in-home delivery service or Ring home-security gadgets. But don’t expect a long list of new Amazon-branded devices. The company introduced many Alexa-powered devices in September at its own Seattle launch event. At CES, Amazon is all about unveiling new partnerships, like this one with Toyota last year. Ben Fox Rubin/CNET And while Amazon’s playbook of using a large volume of announcements to show voice supremacy has worked well in the past, the company now faces a lot more competition. In mid-2017, Amazon controlled just over 70 percent of the US smart speaker market, eMarketer reported. The research firm last month predicted that number will drop to 63 percent in 2019 as competitors catch up. The Google Home speaker, for instance, should reach 31 percent; other speakers, including the Apple HomePod and Sonos One, will account for 12 percent. (Some consumers use multiple brands, accounting for a total that’s higher than 100 percent.)It’s why Amazon needs the CES spotlight focused on Alexa and not on some rival voice assistant.Google Assistant: The fast-following No. 2lenovo-smart-display-with-google-assistant-3284-012One of the four smart displays Google unveiled with its partners at CES last year. Josh Miller/CNET If any company can make Amazon nervous about its future in voice, it’s Google.The search giant introduced its first smart speaker in late 2016, two years after Amazon unveiled the Echo, but has quickly captured almost a third of the US smart speaker market. Google has also copied some of Amazon’s best ideas — coming out with a cheap, pint-size speaker called the Google Home Mini to rival the Echo Dot, and introducing its own smart displays to compete against the Echo Show.Now Google is signaling big plans for CES 2019, saying it’ll triple the size of its presence from last year. The company may introduce more partnerships as well as smart-home features from its Nest team to help keep pace with Amazon.But while Google has made big strides, it’s unlikely to dethrone Alexa in the next few years.Samsung Bixby: A lot of potentialSamsung, the world’s biggest smartphone maker, has been working its way into voice via its Bixby assistant. It started by bringing Bixby to its Galaxy S8 in 2017, and even created a dedicated Bixby button on the side of the phone. It also unveiled a smart speaker in August, called the Galaxy Home, which hasn’t gone on sale yet. In late 2017, the company said it would start adding Bixby into its refrigerators and smart TVs. Facebook may make some noise this year, using CES to promote its Alexa-powered Portal smart display. Then there’s IBM. Given that CEO Ginni Rometty has a coveted CES keynote speaker spot this year, we may hear news about Watson, though it will likely be focused more on businesses rather than consumers.For any of these companies hoping to hold its own at CES — and many don’t even want to play that game — coming out from under Amazon and Google’s massive shadows won’t be easy.’Hello, humans’: Google’s Duplex could make Assistant the most lifelike AI yet.The Honeymoon Is Over: Everything you need to know about why tech is under Washington’s microscope. Now playing: Watch this: Samsung has been talking up its plans to make Bixby a more important piece of its future. But so far, it’s well behind Amazon and Google in voice assistant smart-home devices, features and partnerships. It may even be too late to catch up.The company is typically a big player at CES, so it may use the show to keep pushing awareness of Bixby. It’ll be a challenge to stand out, though, against the two top dogs.The rest of the pack: A scramble for relevanceApple’s Siri pioneered voice computing on phones and remains a notable player in the market. But Siri has fallen far behind the competition, and Apple’s HomePod remains an also-ran in smart speakers as the company focuses on iPhones, its main profit driver. In addition, Apple rarely has a public presence at CES, preferring to host its own events. All these factors point to Siri likely being irrelevant at the upcoming show.Microsoft’s presence at CES in recent years has focused mostly on supporting its PC partners’ new devices, so it’s unlikely to make a big Cortana-related announcement at the show. Although an early player in voice computing, the software giant hasn’t pushed Cortana development, keeping its voice assistant a minor player. Google Assistant Alexa Amazon Voice recognition Google Samsung Sirilast_img read more

Amazon leads 700 million investment in electriccar startup Rivian

first_img Electric Cars Car Industry Trucks SUVs Comments 22 Photos More From Roadshow Tags 2 Rivian, the startup manufacturer planning to launch an all-electric pickup truck and an electric SUV, announced Friday it has received a $700 million equity investment that is led by internet giant Amazon. Rivian said it will remain an independent company, but the investment will no doubt help the new automaker push its planned models into production.The investment will help startup Rivian launch this R1T pickup and the related R1S SUV. Rivian Rivian showed off its R1T electric pickup truck and R1S electric SUV at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. The R1T will have a driving range of up to “400+” miles, depending on which battery pack a buyer chooses. It’s scheduled to launch in November 2020 and will be built at a former Mitsubishi plant in Illinois. The R1S, meanwhile, is a seven-seat electric SUV that’ll offer up to 410 miles of range. It’s set to launch in early 2021. The two models share many of their mechanical components.Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe characterized the investment as key for Rivian’s growth. “This investment is an important milestone for Rivian and the shift to sustainable mobility,” he said in a statement. “Delivering on this vision requires the right partners, and we are excited to have Amazon with us on our journey to create products, technology and experiences that reset expectations of what is possible.””We’re inspired by Rivian’s vision for the future of electric transportation,” Jeff Wilke, Amazon CEO Worldwide Consumer, said in a statement. “We’re thrilled to invest in such an innovative company.”Rivian promises its all-electric vehicles will have plenty of off-roading capability.Rivian’s two vehicles will be pricey luxury models, with the R1T tentatively scheduled to start at $69,000. Both vehicles ride on the company’s own “Skateboard” chassis that features a large centrally mounted battery pack and two electric motors. Though the vehicles are impressive, it’s safe to say that it’s still a long journey from showing two vehicles to actually selling them to the general public. Ramping up production will be “the biggest challenge we have,” Rivian executive director of engineering Mark Vinnels told Roadshow in fall 2018.Rivian offered no further details about the investment, saying only that this equity investment round, “includes participation from existing shareholders.” An earlier report had suggested that Amazon was interested in investing into Rivian. That report also claimed that General Motors might also want to invest in the electric-car manufacturer, but as of Friday, there’s no news on that front. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Amazon 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous The Rivian R1T might be the electric pickup truck of tomorrow Share your voicelast_img read more

Best universal remotes of 2019

first_imgSarah Tew/CNET If you have a serious home-theater system, or even a semiserious one with three or more components, a universal remote control is a wonderful thing. The best universal remotes can unify all those different device clickers into a single wand in a way that can feel magical. All of the best universal remote options have superior ergonomics, with more intuitive button layouts and a better feel than standard remotes. And many of them work with your smartphone or voice systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Home. My family and I have used many of the remotes on this list to control my main home-theater system for months or years at a time. At various points they’ve controlled multiple devices including my TVs, AV receivers, game consoles, Roku streamers and even a cable box DVR. My family uses the system as much as I do, and my main criteria in a universal remote is making it simple enough for a child to operate.Here are my favorite choices for best universal remote over the years that are currently available, in ascending order of price.Note that CNET may get a share of the revenue if you buy anything featured on our site. Read the Logitech Companion review My pick for the best universal remote for the money, is the Companion, a real remote tied to a Harmony Hub. Since the Harmony Hub handles the actual command sending you don’t have to aim the remote and risk one of your devices missing a command — which leads to confusion and delay. The remote is slick and easy to hold, and the battery lasts for months. In my years of using it at home, the main things I missed are backlighting behind the keys and a remote finder. Logitech Harmony Companion: $105 Sarah Tew/CNET Read the Logitech Harmony 650 review Caavo Control Center: $60 plus service fee Read the Logitech Harmony Express preview Read the Amazon Fire TV Cube review Read the Caavo Control Center preview See at Amazon Comments Logitech Harmony wrote the book on the universal remote control, and these are its most basic clickers I can recommend. The main appeal over a cheaper, non-Harmony-based remote controller, or the clicker that comes with your cable box, is the activity-based control. Press the “Watch TV” or “Listen to Music” buttons and the remote controller turns on all the relevant devices (such as your smart TV, blue-ray player, cable box and AV receiver), switches to the right inputs and maps the keys to that activity (Volume to the receiver and Channel up/down to the cable box, for example). Unlike more-expensive Harmonys (below), which use a universal remote app for setup and control, you’ll have to use Harmony’s Mac- or PC-based software to program the remote. The 650 and 665 also rely on IR (infrared) codes emitted from the front of the remote — if you want point-anywhere convenience, you’ll have to spend up for a system with a hub.The 665 is the only one currently listed on Harmony’s site but the 650 is identical (aside from color and number of devices each can control) and can often be found for less, especially refurbished. Harmony Elite: $250 Now we’re getting into big spending territory. The Elite’s main draw over the Companion is its screen, and for most users it’s just not worth it. The touch screen makes it more versatile than cheaper models, especially for calling up favorite channels and Roku apps, and the full backlighting is great. Unfortunately, both suck a lot of battery power so you (and your family) will need to remember to park the remote in its dock on the reg. The Hub is the only clicker on this list that doesn’t actually include a clicker. Instead, you control everything using the Harmony smartphone app — or by talking to your Alexa or Google Home speaker. The hub itself nestles deep in your AV cabinet, blasting out Infrared, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals to your equipment. This Harmony smart control is a great system if you live on your smartphone, but for most people investing in a real remote is worth the extra few bucks.  Share your voice See at Amazon See at Amazon Amazon Fire TV Cube: $120 Logitech’s newest all-in-one remote control is its most voice-centric yet. Like the Caavo, you can use voice commands to control stuff by talking into the smart control, but unlike Caavo, the Express can talk back in Alexa’s voice. It’s like having a miniature Alexa speaker in your hand. After a couple months as my family’s main remote I find myself wanting an actual power button — you have to say “Turn on the TV” or “Watch Netflix” or even “Turn off the TV” to get stuff to happen — but my main quibble is its high price. As Harmony’s only remote with a finder function, however, this is still the one I’d get if money wasn’t an object.center_img The wacky Cube is a mashup of universal remote controls, Fire TV 4K streamer and Amazon Echo speaker. It comes with a remote but its keys are sparse and rudimentary: real device control happens via your voice. The Cube has an IR blaster to control your gear and a mic sensitive enough to hear your commands over the blare of music. On the downside, you’ll need to keep your old remotes around for many functions.This controlling device is often sold for as little as $80 or less, so definitely wait for a sale — or Prime Day — before buying it. Sarah Tew/CNET Logitech Harmony 650/665: $50 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Logitech Harmony Hub: $70 TVs Media Streamers Logitech Harmony See at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Sarah Tew Amazon Bluetooth Best Buy Google Logitech Roku Tags Read the Logitech Harmony Elite review See at Amazon 4 See at Best Buy Caavo’s Control Center is one of two non-Harmony remotes on this list and is also the second-cheapest, but there’s a catch. To get Caavo’s advanced features, you’ll need to shell out bank for the service fee. It costs $4 per month, $40 per year or $130 for the lifetime of the remote. Unlike Harmony, Caavo Control Center includes an HDMI switch in addition to the smart remote. You plug your stuff into the switch and it handles the rest, including automatically recognizing your gear during setup. Caavo has its own voice control system and onscreen display to help you find stuff to watch, the clicker itself is simple and elegant and the remote finder is gold. Like the hub-based Harmonys below, Caavo doesn’t require line of sight (the switch acts as the hub) and will also work with voice commands from Alexa and Google Home speakers. Logitech Harmony Express: $250 See at Amazonlast_img read more

BSE closes points 8040 up on July 18

first_imgBSE closes points 80.40 up on July 183.1K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 80.40 up on July 183.1K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 80.40 points up to stand at 25,641.56. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 23.45 points up to stand at 7,663.90. Exide Industries ltd. and Muthoot Finance Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.07% and 3.76% along with Shriram City Union Finance Ltd. and Karnataka Bank with an increase of 3.15% and 3.12% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Indian Hotels and GMR Infra with a decrease of 6.96% and 4.01% along with REC and Financial Tech with a decrease of 3.64% and 3.62% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 3.08 points at 15,713.19 while the banking sector is up 134.21 points at 17,611.71 and the realty sector is down 17.55 points at 1,981.36. The Indian currency is 0.22 % up at Rs 60.31 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, July 18 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 80.40 points up to stand at 25,641.56. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 23.45 points up to stand at 7,663.90. Exide Industries ltd. and Muthoot Finance Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 4.07% and 3.76% along with Shriram City Union Finance Ltd. and Karnataka Bank with an increase of 3.15% and 3.12% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Indian Hotels and GMR Infra with a decrease of 6.96% and 4.01% along with REC and Financial Tech with a decrease of 3.64% and 3.62% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 3.08 points at 15,713.19 while the banking sector is up 134.21 points at 17,611.71 and the realty sector is down 17.55 points at 1,981.36. The Indian currency is 0.22 % up at Rs 60.31 per dollar.last_img read more

Court extends Khaleda bail

first_imgKhaleda Zia. File PhotoA Dhaka court on Thursday extended until April 22 the bail of BNP chairperson Khaleda Zia in the Zia Charitable Trust graft case.Judge Md Akhteruzzaman of the Special Judge Court-5 passed the order following a petition filed by the BNP chief’s lawyers.The BNP chairperson was not produced before the court on Thursday as she was ill, said her lawyer Md Sanaullah Miah.However, Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) lawyer Mosharraf Hossain Kajal filed a petition seeking to continue the hearing of the case through video conference as the former prime minister was ill.On March 28, the same court extended until April 5 the bail of the BNP chair in the graft case.The court order came after the ACC had appealed to it, saying it was not possible to continue arguments in the case without the presence of Khaleda Zia.On March 13, the court had ordered the jail authorities to produce Khaleda Zia before it on March 28 and 29 for hearing.On August 8, 2011, the ACC filed the Zia Charitable Trust graft case with Tejgaon Police Station accusing four people, including Khaleda Zia, of abusing power in raising funds for the trust from unknown sources.The same court on February 8 last convicted her in the case and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment.last_img read more

Axed Catalan president to stay in Brussels

first_imgOn Monday Joan Escanilla from the CSIF civil servants union said: “For now everything is very quiet. People have returned to work as normal.” Catalonia`s dismissed leader Carles Puigdemont along with other members of his dismissed government address a press conference at The Press Club in Brussels on 31 October, 2017. Photo: AFPCatalonia’s deposed separatist leader Carles Puigdemont said Tuesday that he would stay put in Brussels after being dismissed by the Spanish government, but denied he would seek asylum to avoid possible rebellion charges. “I am not here in order to demand asylum,” Puigdemont, sacked by the Spanish government on Friday after Catalonia’s parliament declared independence, told a packed news conference in Brussels.He said he was in Belgium “for safety purposes and freedom”, without detailing how long he would stay.After being axed, the 54-year-old reportedly drove hundreds of kilometres from Catalonia to Marseille in southern France with several members of his dismissed cabinet and then flew to Belgium.His departure is the latest twist in the saga over semi-autonomous Catalonia’s drive for independence that has presented Spain with its biggest political crisis in decades.On October 1, Catalonia held a referendum organised by Puigdemont’s administration which it said saw a large majority vote in favour of seceding from Spain, although turnout was just 43 percent.Puigdemont said this gave the Catalan parliament a mandate to declare independence on Friday, a decision beamed onto big screens to cheering crowds in regional capital Barcelona.But the same day Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s government in Madrid invoked a never-before-used article of the constitution to dismiss Catalonia’s leaders and impose direct rule.The international community including the European Union, struggling with Brexit and other challenges, has largely spurned the independence declaration and has united behind Madrid.- Rebellion -On Monday Spain’s chief prosecutor said he was seeking charges including rebellion — punishable by up to 30 years in prison — and sedition against Puigdemont and fellow leading separatists.Jose Manuel Maza said they had “caused an institutional crisis that led to the unilateral declaration of independence carried out on October 27 with total contempt for our constitution”.A court now has to decide whether to bring charges.Separately, Spain’s Civil Guard police force on Tuesday searched the headquarters of Catalonia’s regional police in a probe centred on the independence referendum, a spokesman said.Meanwhile, Spain’s Supreme Court summoned the former speaker of the Catalan parliament to charge her, a judicial source said.- Elections -With its own language and distinct culture, Catalonia accounts for a fifth of the eurozone country’s economy.It had a high degree of autonomy over key sectors such as education, healthcare and the police.Rajoy also called snap elections for December 21 to replace the Catalan parliament in a drastic bid to stop the secessionist drive.Puigdemont said on Tuesday that he accepted the “challenge” and that he would “respect” the result whatever it is.”I want a clear commitment from the state. Will the state respect the results that could give separatist forces a majority?” he nevertheless asked reporters in Brussels.- Business as usual -There had been speculation that Catalan leaders and civil servants might seek to disrupt Madrid’s move to impose direct rule but in the event it passed off without major incident.Catalan police, now under orders from Madrid, were told Monday they could allow the dismissed leaders to enter the government headquarters in Barcelona, but only to clear their desks.But in the end, apart from one regional minister who tweeted a photo of himself at his desk, there was no major resistance.last_img

Khulna journo Hedait gets bail until 14 Jan

first_imgHedait Hossain Mollah. File photo UNBA Khunla court on Thursday granted bail until 14 January to Hedait Hossain Mollah, Khulna correspondent of Dhaka Tribune and online portal Bangla Tribune, in a case filed under the Digital Security Act for running a report on the election results of Khunla-1 constituency reportedly with false information, reports UNB.District and session’s judge Mashiur Rahman Chowdhury passed the order after hearing a bail petition filed by Hedait’s lawyer Masum Billah.Police arrested Hedait, also city editor of local newspaper Dainik Probaho, from Gallamari area in the city on Tuesday afternoon.Later on Wednesday, he was placed on a three-day remand in the case.Upazila Nirbahi Officer and Assistant Returning Officer Debashish Chowdhury filed the case with Batiaghata police station on Monday night against Hedait and Rashedul Islam, Khulna Bureau Chief of the Dainik Manabzamin and newly elected vice-president of Khulna Press Club.According to the case statement, Bangla Tribune and Manabzamin published report headlined ‘22,419 more than total votes cast in Khulna-1’ based on false and fabricated information.last_img read more

I am not worthy of Nobel Peace Prize Imran

first_imgPakistani prime minister Imran Khan attends talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, 2 November 2018. Photo: ReutersPakistan prime minister Imran Khan, addressing calls by his countrymen on social media and in his government to award him a Nobel Peace Prize for “de-escalating” tensions with India, on Monday said that he is not worthy of the honour.”I am not worthy of the Nobel Peace Prize. The person worthy of this would be the one who solves the Kashmir dispute according to the wishes of the Kashmiri people and paves the way for peace and human development in the subcontinent,” he tweeted.Supporters and officials of Khan’s administration started lobbying for a Nobel Peace Prize for him following his announcement to release Indian Air Force (IAF) officer wing commander Abhinandan who was captured by Pakistan on 27 February after his MiG-21 crashed inside Pakistani territory. He was released on 1 March.Soon after the Indian pilot was handed over to the Indian authorities, the hashtag “#NobelPeacePrizeForImranKhan” started trending in Pakistan on Twitter. Until Sunday, over 300,000 people had signed online petitions seeking the Nobel for Khan.A resolution was also submitted in the country’s National Assembly Secretariat last week for the same. The motion stated that Khan played a “sagacious role in reducing tension between Pakistan and India which was created due to warmongering attitude of the Indian leadership”.Meanwhile, the Pakistan Peoples Party, which had earlier questioned the timing of the release of the Indian pilot, expressed its sorrow over the ongoing campaign for the award.last_img read more

Judge Orders Paul Manafort Detained Amid Witness Tampering Allegations

first_imgUpdated at 12:31 p.m. ETA federal judge ordered Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, to jail on Friday following allegations by prosecutors that he tampered with witnesses in his case.“You’ve abused the trust placed in you six months ago,” said Judge Amy Berman Jackson. “I thought about this long and hard, Mr. Manafort. I have no appetite for this.”But Berman Jackson said she could not turn a blind eye to the charges that Manafort had attempted to contact witnesses in his case after he was on bail. The judge said Manafort had not committed physical violence but rather had harmed the community.“The harm in this case is the harm to the administration of justice, the harm to the integrity of the justice system,” Berman Jackson said.Manafort was led out of the courtroom by security officers; he was not handcuffed. As he approached the courtroom door, he waved to his wife, Kathleen, who nodded to him. Friends hugged Kathleen Manafort as her husband was taken out of court. Jury tampering allegationsManafort, along with a Russian associate, is accused of asking future witnesses in the case to lie to the jury. Prosecutors say he and Konstantin Kilimnik contacted European witnesses to ask them to tell jurors in Manafort’s trial that lobbying work they did together was confined only to Europe and did not take place inside the United States. Manafort is facing charges that include alleged money laundering, tax evasion, conspiracy and failure to register as a foreign agent. Manafort has pleaded not guilty in his D.C. case, and another federal case brought against him in the Eastern District of Virginia. In light of the witness tampering accusations, the special counsel’s office earlier asked a federal judge to consider revoking Manafort’s bail and ordering him into custody ahead of his trial this autumn.His lawyer, Richard Westling, had asked the judge to lay out a clear order listing people Manafort should avoid and to send him home under the bail conditions he had negotiated with the special counsel’s office.Berman Jackson said she could not agree because there could be no guarantee that Manafort would not reach out to others. “This is not middle school,” she said. “I can’t take his cellphone.”Manafort’s lawyers also requested the judge let him go while they appeal, but she declined.Ordering Manafort into custody compounds the legal pressure he is facing and represents another step down from the position he once enjoyed as Trump’s campaign boss and, before that, a longtime influence-broker.Counsel to dictators Manafort spent decades as a powerful insider; he told a congressional hearing in 1989 that “the technical term for what we do and what law firms, associations and professional groups do is lobbying,” adding, “some people might term it influence peddling.”Manafort was testifying about his role in a scandal at the Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Reagan administration. It wasn’t the only time that Manafort’s business practices have come under scrutiny.His lobbying firm — Black, Manafort, Stone and Kelly (the Stone was Roger Stone, who is also reportedly under investigation by the special counsel) — was included in a 1992 report by the Center for Public Integrity titled “The Torturers’ Lobby.”It cited the group’s work on behalf of repressive governments in Nigeria and Kenya, the UNITA rebels in Angola, and a group with ties to Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos.Riva Levinson was hired by Manafort in the 1980s, becoming, she says, his “Third World traveler of choice.” During her job interview in the summer of 1985, she promised Manafort “there was no place I wouldn’t go. And Paul took full advantage, and there was no place he wouldn’t send me.”That included Somalia, where Manafort’s firm was trying to sign a contract with dictator Siad Barre, accused of human rights abuses. Levinson recounted the episode in her book Choosing The Hero.“I asked Paul if he wanted this guy as our client,” Levinson said. “Paul’s response to me at the time is, ‘Riva, we all know he’s a bad guy; but he’s our bad guy.’ ”In the early 2000s, Manafort was hired as a political consultant for future Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin. Manafort defended his work for Yanukovych in a 2017 interview on CNN:“You will see if you do any fact-checking that I was the person that negotiated the framework which is based upon which Ukraine is now a part of Europe. That was my role. That’s what I did, and when it was completed, I left.”Prosecutors say that Manafort’s work for Ukraine also had a clandestine aspect; according to one indictment, Manafort recruited a number of European political figures to advocate on behalf of Yanukovych and Ukraine, apparently independently. Actually, their work was being coordinated by Manafort and underwritten by the Ukrainian government.Longtime RepublicanManafort’s political skills in the United States were of more interest to Trump. He helped Gerald Ford secure the 1976 nomination and later worked for Ronald Reagan. He was hired by Scott Reed, then-presidential nominee Bob Dole’s campaign manager, to help run the 1996 Republican National Convention. In an interview with NPR after Manafort signed on with Trump in 2016, Reed noted Manafort has an apartment at Trump Tower in New York.But more importantly, he and Trump were peers.“He’s the one person in the room that calls him Donald,” Reed said. “It’s not ‘Mr. Trump.’ It’s ‘Donald.’ ‘Come on, Donald; we’ve got to do the right thing here.’ And I think that’s an important part of managing a campaign — to be able to have that type of relationship with the candidate of trust and, you know, knowledge.”Trump had previously hired Manafort back in the ’80s to lobby on gambling and real estate issues. Even though Levinson had her disagreements with Manafort, she called him a master strategist.“He can hover above all of the moving parts, and intuitively he understands how to put them together,” she said. “And he taught me how to not get distracted from the clutter.”Within the famously disorganized Trump campaign, not getting distracted by the clutter was an invaluable skill. But Manafort’s tenure at Trump campaign was short-lived. He was ousted by Trump in mid-August, after a little more than two months on the job as chairman, when reports of his involvement with Yanukovych and the possibility that he received an illegal payment from Yanukovych’s party drew intense media scrutiny.“My father just didn’t want to have the distraction looming over the campaign,” said Eric Trump, the then-candidate’s son, in a Fox News interview. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

Cardinals Compete in Three Meets This Week

first_img Texas Relays Live Scoring Distance runners will be competing at the Raleigh Relays on Friday beginning at 9:45 a.m. Dorcas Wasike will make her outdoor debut after earning Indoor All-American honors in the 5,000m. At the Houston Spring Break Invitational, Ivine Chemutai took first place in the 3,000m with a time of 9:59.40, while Albert Kosgei took second place in the 1,500m with a time of 3:57.93. Story Links The rest of the Cardinals will compete at the Ole Miss Classic on Saturday. Gabriela Leon and Morgan Zacharias are coming off school record-breaking marks in pole vault, each hitting 4.20m/13-09.25. Alexis Gibbons broke the school record in long jump with a leap of 6.39m/20-11.75. Holly Hankenson will open the multi-events for the Cardinals, competing in the heptathlon at the Texas Relays beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday and 11 a.m. on Thursday. Ole Miss Classic Live Scoring Raleigh Relays Live Scoring LOUISVILLE, Ky. – After a seven-win showing at the Victor Lopez Classic, the University of Louisville track and field team will split up and compete at the Texas Relays in Austin, Texas, the  Raleigh Relays in Raleigh, N.C. and at the Ole Miss Classic in Oxford, Miss. Anthony Crandon heads to Ole Miss with two consecutive wins in the 400m. He posted a season-best time of 48.12 last weekend at the Victor Lopez Classic. Marcus Jegede is coming off two straight wins in long jump, also posting a season-best mark at the Victor Lopez Classic with a jump of 7.68m/25-02.50. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Chads Historic Day Leads Louisville Past Ohio State

first_img Box Score (PDF) Story Links Teeter/Players Postgame Video center_img LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Tessa Chad scored nine goals and tallied two assists, setting a program record for points in a single game, to lift University of Louisville women’s lacrosse team past Ohio State 19-7 on Tuesday afternoon.Chad’s nine goals also tied her own program record for goals scored in a single contest and allowed her to earn both her 200th career point and 100th point as a Cardinal.”My teammates found me a lot today when I was open, I couldn’t score without my teammates,” said Chad. “Our offense had a good flow today and I think we’re finding a groove out there.”With the victory, the Cardinals snap a four-game losing streak and improve to 5-10 on the season, while the Buckeyes drop to 8-6.Ohio State opened the game with two goals in the first two minutes, but the Cardinals quickly countered as Chad converted on two free position attempts to even the score at 2-2.The Buckeyes responded with a pair of goals before the Cards fired off six unanswered goals to secure an 8-4 lead heading into halftime.Louisville continued its run with five more goals to start the second half and overall used an 11-0 spurt to take a 13-4 lead with 24:19 to go.Ohio State scored two straight to pull within 13-6, but the Cardinals scored six of the final seven goals to cruise to a 19-7 win.”We sputtered coming out of the gate a little bit, but we responded and played an excellent game in all areas,” said head coach Scott Teeter. “We competed for draws, went after 50/50 balls and really limited them defensively.”Chad’s nine goals tied her program-record for goals in a game, which was set earlier this year against Duquesne. Her 11 points broke her own program-record of 10 points in that same game vs. Duquesne.She now has 107 points in her two years at Louisville and 209 points in her four-year collegiate career.Ally Hall also finished with a hat trick for the Cardinals, while Paige Richbourg added two goals and two assists. Louisville finished with 37 shots, while limiting Ohio State to just 14. The Cardinals return to ACC action when they play at Virginia on Saturday at 12 p.m. ET.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

A high sense of purpose in life lowers death risk

first_imgPeople who have a higher sense of purpose in life are at lower risk of death and cardiovascular diseases, says a study.“Possessing a high sense of purpose in life is associated with a reduced risk for mortality and cardiovascular events,” said one of the researchers, Randy Cohen from Mt. Sinai St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, New York. The findings suggest that approaches to strengthening a sense of purpose might lead to improved health outcomes. The researchers pooled data from previous studies evaluating the relationship between purpose in life and the risk of death or cardiovascular diseases.  The analysis included data on more than 136,000 participants from ten studies—mainly from the US or Japan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The US studies evaluated a sense of purpose or meaning in life, or “usefulness to others”. The Japanese studies assessed the concept of ikigai, translated as “a life worth living”. The study participants, average age 67 years, were followed up for an average of seven years.  During this time, more than 14,500 participants died from any cause while more than 4,000 suffered cardiovascular events such as heart attack or stroke.The analysis showed a lower risk of death for participants with a high sense of purpose in life. A high sense of purpose in life was also related to a lower risk of cardiovascular events. “Together, these findings indicate a robust relationship between purpose in life and mortality and/or adverse cardiovascular outcomes,” the researchers wrote. The study appeared in Psychosomatic Medicine: Journal of Bio-behavioral Medicine.last_img read more

A53 reopens two hours after accident

first_imgRead MoreLatest Staffordshire Police News Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailThe A53 was blocked for two hours in both directions by a lorry following an accident The accident took place on the A53 Etruria Road near the junction with Lanehead Road – and the driver has been taken to hospital. The road was closed in both directions between A5010 Etruria Road / Festival Way (Festival Park Roundabout) and A500 D Road /Etruria Way ( Basford Roundabout). INRIX, a traffic data company, reports the accident has happened near Etruria Park and the road is blocked in both directions. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 9.30am and reopened at 11.30am Traffic was queuing in the area – with police asking motorists to seek alternative routes if possible. A Staffordshire Police spokesman said: “A53 – Etruria Vale Road was currently closed in both directions whilst officers respond to an incident. “We had the A53 closed both directions due to an incident by Festival Park.” Read MorePolice probe after North Staffordshire woman, 56, found dead in Central America The section of road reported blocked (Image: Google/INRIX) The approximate location of the accident The closure led to queuing traffic on other major roads in the area including Trinity Street in Hanley and the A500 Southbound. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said they had sent two ambulances to the scene and taken a man to hospital. She said: “We were called by Staffordshire Police to reports of a man in cardiac arrest in a lorry. “Police performed CPR on the scene. Two ambulances attended and paramedics took over advanced life support. “The man has been taken on blue lights to Royal Stoke University Hospital.” center_img Police find £250k cannabis factory There is no other reported traffic disruption in the city at the moment. For more live traffic and travel news from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire visit our daily live news service here.last_img read more

CIE Tours April Sale covers Ireland Scotland England Wales Italy

first_imgCIE Tours’ April Sale covers Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales & Italy Tags: CIE Tours, Promotions Monday, April 8, 2019 << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group center_img Share TORONTO — CIE Tours’ April Sale takes 10% off select, all-inclusive guided vacations through Ireland, Scotland, England, Wales and Italy.Tour departures must be booked by April 22 and run through peak summer travel dates. The promo code is APR1910C.Sample tours, with pre-discount starting rates, include:Irish Spirit: 8 days, starting at Can$2,903 per person – An introduction to the east and west coasts of southern Ireland, including Galway, Connemara and Mayo, plus two nights at the luxury Lodge at Ashford.Irish Classic: 13 days, starting at $4,293 person – The architectural and natural wonders of Ireland with visits to can’t-miss destinations, including Blarney Castle, Cliffs of Moher and Giant’s Causeway.Best of Britain: 10 days, starting at $3,654 per person – A comprehensive tour of England, Wales and Scotland, spanning Britain’s great cities and the charming old towns of the British countryside.Highlights of Britain: 15 days, starting at $5,396 per person – Explores some of Britain’s most popular sites, including Stonehenge, London, Edinburgh Castle and Shakespeare’s birthplace.Scottish Dream: 8 days, starting at $2,552 per person – Castle tours, a trip to picturesque Isle of Skye and the bustling cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.Taste of Italy: 7 days, starting at $2,903 per person – Venice, Florence and Rome featuring Italy’s top sights, culinary highlights and hidden gems.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsFor more information see cietours.com. Posted bylast_img read more

Rep Muxlow has perfect voting record in 201314 legislative session

first_img Categories: News State Rep. Paul Muxlow is part of a group of Michigan legislators with a perfect voting record during the 2013-2014 legislative session.The House took 1,345 roll call votes, and Rep. Muxlow, R-Brown City, did not miss a single vote.“My vote represents the voice of the people in Sanilac County and part of St. Clair County,” Rep. Muxlow said. “I think it is extremely important to cast a vote on everything the House considers so the families in the 83rd House District have a say in state government.”The Legislature last session approved measures to help improve Michigan’s economy and create jobs, along with a Rep. Muxlow-sponsored bill that reforms the scrap metal industry and cuts down on theft of metal items.“We have taken a common-sense approach in making government more efficient and effective,” Rep. Muxlow said. “I will continue to work hard to ensure a bright future for people in our area, as well all Michigan residents.”##### 07Jan Rep. Muxlow has perfect voting record in 2013-14 legislative sessionlast_img read more

Patrick Vos Interactive TV technology provider Zap

first_imgPatrick VosInteractive TV technology provider Zappware is being used by Belgian service provider Mobistar – soon to rebrand as Orange – to power the cable TV service it recently launched thanks to the country’s new open cable rules, the company has revealed.Zappware, which this year celebrates its 15th birthday, is being used by Mobistar – which will be rebranded as Orange Belgium – to deliver the service, which is provided over the networks of Telenet in Flemish-speaking Belgium and over Voo’s network in French-speaking Wallonia.“Orange relied on us because of our experience in cable with a user experience that can match the standards of the mature players in the market,” said Patrick Vos, CEO of Zappware. “It was a technical challenge to launch in time with a user experiences that could stand up to the competition.”According to Vos, the deployment was “quite challenging” because “the end-to-end system makes use of [the other operators’] equipment and it was complex in terms of the deployment and quality assurance.”Vos said that offering a consistent service via an advanced home gateway device across both parts of Belgium via the different cable networks was a complex undertaking.Vos said he believed the open model adopted for Belgian cable could be taken up in other countries with mature networks. “I believe that a lot of regulators are looking closely at Belgium and there could be pressure to open up cable and IPTV networks,” he said, adding that pressure for movement in this area was also coming from mobile operators that are keen to offer TV as part of a quad-play proposition. “Pure mobile operators are obliged to come up with a quad-play to survive. I think there will be a kind of MVNO model in TV and from that perspective a lot of countries are likely to look into it. We have proved we as a company are capable of handling such a complex deployment so it could be a huge opportunity for us as well.”In addition to its deal with Orange, Zappware is providing its technology to IPTV operator Massy Communicatoins in Trinidad and Tobago, which is launching an IPTV service this month including network DVR, catch-up TV, VoD and multiscreen TV.Zappware entered the TV business 15 years ago and in 2005 secured a contract to support Telenet’s deployment of its digital cable TV platform, which involved providing all TVs connected to the network with an IP return path connection to support VoD and interactive TV, in what Vos described as “the first [deployment] of its kind worldwide”. Other milestone deployments included Unitymedia’s digital cable rollout in Germany, which Vos said was judged ‘best in class’ by an independent benchmark study. Zappware has rolled out digital TV services in central and eastern Europe and more recently in Latin America and south-east Asia.Vos said that in its 15 years Zappware had seen three key phases of development in the digital TV business – migration from analogue to digital, migration from SD to HD and the introduction of two-way interactive services, and the latest phase, the introduction of all-IP networks and the delivery of video services from the cloud. “Now you have personalisation of content discovery via smartphones and tablets with consumption on the big screen,” said Vos.“We have experience of seeing through each of those digital waves and we have introduced our product offering for each case. Many regions in the world have still to go through those changes. The advantage of us being Europe-based is that we have seen all these waves we can benefit from that experience and export it to other continents.”last_img read more