India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma hits fifty in 1st innings after becoming a dad

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Rohit Sharma hits fifty in 1st innings after becoming a dadIndia vs Australia 1st ODI: Australia 288/5 (Handscomb 73, Khawaja 59, Kuldeep 2/54) vs India 95/3 (Rohit 50 not out, Dhoni 36 not out, Maxwell 0/9, Siddle 0/26) after 23.5 overs, need 270 to win off 41.2 over. Rohit Sharma hit his 38th fifty as India battled against Australia in the 1st ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta SydneyJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 13:54 IST Rohit Sharma became a father before the start of the ODI series (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma hit his 38th half-century for India in the 1st ODI against Australia in SydneyRohit Sharma was playing for India for the first time after becoming a fatherRohit is now 3rd in the list of highest scorers in India-Australia ODIsAustralia vs India, 1st ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores:Australia 288/5 (Handscomb 73, Khawaja 59, Kuldeep 2/54)India 95/3 (Rohit 50 not out, Dhoni 36 not out, Maxwell 0/9, Siddle 0/26) after 23.5 overs, need 270 to win off 41.2 oversRohit Sharma hit a half-century in his innings after becoming a father. He smashed 3 sixes on his way to a fifty in a stunning counter-attack for India in the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit, who returned home to be with his wife Ritika for the birth of their daughter, got off the mark with a six after Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu were dismissed cheaply.Chasing 289, India were in deep trouble at 4 for 3 after Jason Behrendorff had removed Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck and Jhye Richardson dismissed Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu in the same over. Rohit Sharma, who has three ODI double hundreds, was under pressure to keep India afloat in the company of MS Dhoni, who was clearly struggling. The asking rate kept climbing steadily and India needed a Rohit special to stay in the hunt for 289.India vs Australia 1st ODI in Sydney – Live ScoreIn the course of a fine innings on Saturday, Rohit Sharma went past Adam Gilchrist to become the third highest run-scorer in India-Australia ODIs.FIFTY!38th ODI fifty for @ImRo45, his 6th against Australia https://t.co/b0F0zsEAxg #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/5SpyoZhguJ BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2019Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 3077 runs while Ricky Ponting is second with 2164 runs. Rohit Sharma is now followed by Adam Gilchrist (1622) and Matthew Hayden (1450).advertisementRohit announced his intentions to dominate Australia with a six off Jason Behrendorff. After a period of lull, Rohit targeted Peter Siddle, who was returning to the Australian ODI side after eight years. Rohit hit a six over deep backward square to break the shackles.Rohit sends one into the stands!Stream via Kayo HERE: https://t.co/rHhkFrd50M #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/cNkkVbwiJUcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019And then in the first over after drinks, Rohit Sharma came down the track to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a six over deep mid-wicket.Rohit Sharma had scored his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015 in the Boxing Day Test against Australia. But he flew back home to be with Ritika for the birth of their daughter Samaira.Also Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Rayudu comes on to bowl, questions raised on the legality of his actionAlso Read | Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 1st ODIFollow Rohit Sharma daughterFollow Samairalast_img read more

Stenas Battery Hybrid Ship Completes 1st Month of Op

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Line Stena Line’s Stena Jutlandica has successfully completed its first month of operation as a battery hybrid vessel. The project, aimed at converting the ferry to be able to run on electrical power, is part of Stena Line’s efforts to find ways of reducing its impact on the environment, as explained by Erik Lewenhaupt, Head of Sustainability at Stena Line.“As both the size and cost of batteries decrease, battery operation is becoming a very attractive alternative to traditional fuel for shipping since emissions should be possible to completely eliminate in the future,” Lewenhaupt said.The project involving Stena Jutlandica, which operates on the Gothenburg-Frederikshavn route, is being carried out in steps.Step one, which is presently underway, is about switching to electrical operation to reduce the use of diesel generators, as well as for maneuvering and powering the bow thrusters when the ship is in port.In the second step, battery power will be connected to two of the four primary machines, which means that the Stena Jutlandica will be able to run on electrical power for about 10 nautical miles inside the Gothenburg archipelago out to Vinga Lighthouse.In step three, all four primary machines will be connected to the batteries and the ship will be able to cover the 50 nautical miles between Sweden and Denmark solely on electrical power.As informed, positive effects have already been noted after just one month.“As an example, we’ve been able to strongly reduce our use of the diesel generators and now only need to use one instead of three. Another positive effect concerns safety; by having constant access to electricity, we minimize the risk for power outages,” Johan Stranne, Senior Chief Engineer on the Stena Jutlandica, said.Only in step one, the environmental savings from using battery power for reduced generator usage and maneuvering in port amounts to about 500 tons of fuel, 1,500 tons of CO2. This in turn corresponds to the annual emissions from approximately 600 cars.The reason for execution in multiple steps is to enable testing and assessment while the project is underway. If the project is successful, battery power can be considered for other vessels within the Stena Line fleet. Work with step two has begun and the goal is for implementation within about three years, according to Stena Line.The technical solutions in the first step have been developed by Stena Teknik in collaboration with the Callenberg Technology Group, with half of the funding for the project coming from the Swedish Transport Administration and the EU.last_img read more

NSI announces CBC as title sponsor of New Voices program

first_imgAdvertisement The National Screen Institute – Canada (NSI) today announced CBC as the new title, presenting and tuition sponsor of NSI New Voices, now known as CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI. CBC has confirmed a three-year commitment as title sponsor of the program.“CBC is thrilled to be the title sponsor of this vital training program that has 12 years of success behind it,” said Sally Catto, general manager of programming, CBC. “With 109 course graduates, many of whom have continued working in the industry, this partnership is a significant part of our ongoing commitment to Indigenous storytellers.”“We are delighted to be partnering with CBC,” said John Gill, CEO of NSI. “Their passion for and proven track record of supporting emerging artists will greatly enhance the work we do with young, Indigenous students.” Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Twitter Login/Register With: CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI is a culturally-sensitive training course that exposes young Indigenous people aged 18 to 35 to a variety of creative and challenging employment opportunities in film, TV and digital media. The course is led by program manager Ursula Lawson with Indigenous programs & administrative assistant Kaya Wheeler and NSI Indigenous training programs advisor Lisa Meeches.Workshops and seminars in the classroom phase are led by industry experts. Students intern with a broadcaster or independent production company giving them firsthand knowledge of the business. Training also includes the production and screening of three short films. Minimum wage is provided throughout the course. 73% of graduates are working in the arts sector or pursuing further related education.CBC New Indigenous Voices is funded by: Title, Presenting and Tuition Sponsor CBC; Program Partners Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and Telefilm Canada; NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; and Industry Partner the Directors Guild of Canada (DGC). NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council. Additional partners to be confirmed.NSI New Voices 2016 was funded by Presenting Sponsor Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage; Program Partners Telefilm Canada and the Centre for Aboriginal Human Resource Development (CAHRD); NSI Aboriginal Training Programs Partner Manitoba Liquor & Lotteries; Supporting Sponsors Entertainment One, Super Channel, Corus Entertainment, Breakthrough Entertainment and imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival; Provincial Sponsor Manitoba Film & Music; Industry Partners Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television (ACCT) and the Directors Guild of Canada; and Service Sponsor William F. White. NSI Core Funders are Manitoba Sport, Culture & Heritage and the City of Winnipeg through the Winnipeg Arts Council.About CBC/Radio-CanadaCBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. We are Canada’s trusted source of news, information and Canadian entertainment. Deeply rooted in communities all across the country, CBC/Radio-Canada offers diverse content in English, French and eight Indigenous languages. We also provide international news and information from a uniquely Canadian perspective. In 2017, CBC/Radio-Canada will be at the heart of the celebrations and conversations with special 2017-themed multiplatform programming and events across Canada.About the National Screen InstituteRenowned for having given many emerging filmmakers, television writers and producers their first breaks, the National Screen Institute provides training and production support through courses like NSI Totally Television, CBC New Indigenous Voices presented by NSI, NSI Features First, NSI Business for Producers, Movie Central Script to Screen, Corus Diverse TV Director, NSI IndigiDocs, TELUS STORYHIVE Web Series and Digital Shorts, and TELUS Optik™ Local.NSI also offers exposure through the NSI Online Short Film Festival and provides vast resources and support to those in the film, television and digital media industries at nsi-canada.ca.last_img read more

China retaliation against Canadian companies unlikely for now experts

first_imgVANCOUVER — Fears of retaliation against China-based staff of Canadian companies in the wake of a Chinese tech exec’s arrest in Canada are overblown at the moment, but experts say that could change if the situation escalates.Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies, was arrested at Vancouver’s airport while in transit on Dec. 1. and faces extradition to the United States on unspecified charges.Chinese officials have demanded her release, and the incident has sparked speculation that China could retaliate by arresting Canadians working abroad in the country, as many large Canadian corporations have offices or retail outlets there.However, it’s too soon to think about possible retaliatory measures, experts say.“I think at this stage, there is no implication yet,” said Lynette Ong, an associate professor with the Munk School.“But I think if this event were to escalate, it might have implications for security of Canadian businesses and Canadian business people operating in China.”As of 2015, Canadian businesses had 531 locations across China spanning several sectors, including energy, education and agriculture, according to data compiled by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.Companies with sizable footprints in China include Manulife Financial Corp., Thomson Reuters and Restaurant Brands International, which has several Burger King locations in China and plans to bring more than 1,500 Tim Hortons coffee shops to the country over the next decade. All declined to comment.Other Canadian companies with Chinese interests include Bombardier Inc., Magna International Inc. and Canada Goose Holdings. None responded by time of publication.Currently, China is referring to Meng’s arrest as “hooliganism,” said Ong, adding escalating rhetoric from China or the U.S. could be a gamechanger.If China begins to portray the act as unreasonable, unfair or bullying, she said, then retaliation could come — though it’s too soon to speculate what form that could take.Sui Sui, an associate professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, doesn’t believe China would target Canada as the arrest came at the behest of the United States, and Canada is caught in the middle.However, it could impact future Chinese investment in the country, she said.Huawei has announced hundreds of millions of dollars in planned investments in Ontario. The company partnered with the province to double the size of Huawei’s Canada Research Centre operations in Kanata by 2020, which includes creating 250 new jobs. The company promised to invest at least $500 million in the province over the next five years in an announcement made near the end of 2014.If businesses are worried about their employees getting arrested in Canada, they’re less likely to do business here, said Sui.“It’s not only about Huawei… Also other Chinese business people could be worried,” she said, noting the size of the firm doesn’t matter.The arrest also casts a shadow on future trade negotiations with China, said SuiMuch will depend on how the Canadian government responds and whether it will calm the situation, she said, by making statements that indicate how much it continues to want a treaty relationship with China. Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterAleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Travel Warning tanker truck rollover on Highway 97 near Halfway River turn

first_imgUPDATE – The RCMP has provided the following update on the collision. The collision happened at around 2 a.m. The single-vehicle rollover involved a semi-trucking hauling LNG. There are no reports of any leaks and the public is advised that the trucking company will be flaring the natural gas and Highway 97 near Halfway River/Inga Lake Area will be open to single lane alternating traffic for at least the next 24 hours.The driver of the semi suffered serious injuries and was transported to the Fort St. John Hospital. Police believe the injuries are non-life threatening.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP has issued a travel warning this morning, August 12, for Highway 97. According to RCMP, if you are travelling north to Fort Nelson on Highway 97, you can expect delays near the Halfway River turn off as there is single lane alternating traffic due to a tanker truck rollover.RCMP say traffic could remain down to one lane for the next 24 hours as crews clean up the scene.We will continue to provide updates to this incident as information is released.For up-to-date travel information, you can visit DriveBC.ca.Travel Warning: If you are heading north to Fort Nelson, Hwy 97 near Halfway River Turn off will have single alternating traffic due to tanker truck roll over estimated for next 24 hours.— Fort St John RCMP (@FortStJohnRCMP) August 12, 2019last_img read more

Security Council calls on UN forces to help protect civilians from Ugandan

17 November 2009The Security Council today called on United Nations missions in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Central African Republic (CAR) and Sudan to coordinate strategies to protect civilians from the rebel Ugandan Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has killed, kidnapped and displaced thousands of people. In a press statement read out by Ambassador Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, which holds the monthly presidency for November, the 15-member body “expressed deep concern at the direct and serious threat the activities of the LRA pose to the civilian population, the conduct of humanitarian operations and regional stability.”It commended States in the region for their increased cooperation, welcomed their joint efforts to address the serious threat posed by the LRA, and encouraged them to share information with UN operations in the region so as to make every possible effort to ensure the protection of civilians, in particular women and children.The LRA, which terrorized northern Uganda for two decades before spilling over into neighbouring countries, has been accused of committing atrocities including mutilations and the recruitment of child soldiers.The Council reiterated previous demands that the LRA immediately cease all attacks on civilians, and urged them to surrender, assemble and disarm, as required by an unfulfilled peace agreement which the group’s leader Joseph Kony has refused to sign. read more

Fugitive gangster with LTTE links detained in Singapore

Fugitive gangster Kumar Pillai, who is wanted in Mumbai for several cases of murder and extortion and who has also been linked to the LTTE, has been detained by the Singapore authorities.A senior Crime Branch official said Pillai of the infamous Kumar Pillai gang was taken into custody after a Red Corner Notice was issued by Interpol, the Indian Express reported. “Pillai had very close ties (with LTTE). In fact, there was this one case where he threw bombs at police officers for the LTTE. He is wanted in several cases and still has a few of his gang members in the city,” said the senior officer.Given Pillai’s alleged proximity to LTTE, the officer said, investigators always suspected Pillai to be holed up in the UK, Tamil Nadu, Sri Lanka or Singapore, which have a sizeable Tamil population. (Colombo Gazette) “We are in the process of verifying the identity of the person. Once we get confirmation, we will proceed and provide all details of the cases, which is a procedural aspect for extradition,” said an officer who did not wish to be named. According to another source, Pillai is believed to have been living under a false identity and was arrested at the airport. Pillai’s stronghold used to be Vikhroli, where he mostly operated in the construction industry. A senior police officer recalled Pillai’s close association with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). read more

Couple was celebrating anniversary on cruise

Couple was celebrating anniversary on cruise Passengers of the Emerald Princess cruise ship disembark on Wednesday, July 26, 2017, in Juneau, Alaska, hours after arriving at port. A domestic dispute aboard the cruise ship led to the death of a 39-year-old Utah woman, and the FBI is investigating what happened in U.S. waters off Alaska, the agency said Wednesday. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer) ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A Utah couple was celebrating their wedding anniversary aboard an Alaska cruise when the husband was found covered in blood next to his wife’s lifeless body, a frenzy of violence that a neighbour called completely out of character.Dana Nicholls told The Associated Press on Friday that he has lived near Kristy and Kenneth Manzanares, both 39, for about 10 years and they appeared to be the perfect family. The couple, who have three daughters, booked the weeklong cruise to celebrate the milestone in their marriage, he said.Kristy Manzanares was found dead in a blood-splattered cabin Tuesday night. Her husband has been charged with murder after he was discovered with blood on his hands and clothes, and with blood spread throughout the cabin on the Princess Cruises ship, according to a criminal complaint.Even in hindsight, there was never any warning signs, no police at their home, Nicholls said.“Everybody thinks that there’s a big path that leads to something like this — and absolutely nothing. Just absolutely nothing,” Nicholls said in a phone interview from Santa Clara, Utah.The FBI said a man and other people went into the couple’s room on the ship before medical workers and security officers arrived and saw Kristy on the floor covered in blood, according to court documents. She had a severe head wound, but the agency has not revealed other details about her death.The man asked Manzanares what happened, and the suspect said, “She would not stop laughing at me,” according to an FBI criminal complaint. Manzanares then grabbed his wife’s body and tried to drag her to the balcony, but the man stopped him, the agency said. A security officer handcuffed Manzanares in a nearby cabin.Nicholls has set up an online fundraising page for the couple’s three daughters. Like Kristy Manzanares, Nicholls works in real estate. Kenneth Manzanares works in auto sales and insurance, Nicholls said.Nicolls said his goal is to help the couple’s daughters with whatever they may need, including funeral expenses. He said two of them are teenagers and one is a young adult.“Their children are like my children,” he said. “They’re part of the family.”He also said he does not want the world to see Kenneth as a monster.“He was not a bad person any little bit, as far as we know,” Nicolls said. “Everybody has probably issues behind closed doors that nobody knows about, but these people were the perfect American family.”___Follow Rachel D’Oro at https://twitter.com/rdoro . by Rachel D’Oro, The Associated Press Posted Jul 28, 2017 7:19 am MDT Last Updated Jul 28, 2017 at 3:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Yemen UN official calls for scaling up efforts to meet staggering humanitarian

“The success of our humanitarian effort depends on having sufficient resources to provide assistance,” Johannes Van Der Klaauw said in a statement issued yesterday, following his visit last week to Sa’ada.He noted that the $1.6 billion humanitarian appeal for Yemen is only 18 per cent funded. “Significant donor contributions are needed immediately to alleviate the suffering of the girls, boys, women and men of Yemen,” he stressed. The ongoing conflict in Yemen has taken a heavy toll on civilians, more than 1,895 of whom have been killed by fighting since March. More than 15 million people have no access to basic healthcare, while half the population does not have enough food to feed their families, according to the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA). “The escalation of the conflict in Yemen has a devastating impact on civilian populations, as I witnessed in Sa’ada earlier this week,” said Mr. Van Der Klaauw, who reported that the violence has forced a large number of people to flee their homes, while civilian infrastructure has been destroyed by airstrikes and fighting.“Violence that directly impacts civilians and attacks on civilian infrastructure must stop,” he stressed. “I cannot overemphasize the importance of all parties protecting civilian lives and livelihoods. Civilian infrastructure must be spared from airstrikes and shelling; at the same time these facilities must not be used for military purposes.”It will be vital for the humanitarian community scale up its response to the “staggering” humanitarian needs across Yemen, he continued, citing the need for live-saving assistance in areas such as emergency shelter, food security, water and sanitation, medical care, nutrition and psycho-social support. Also critical is bringing children back to school and restoring livelihoods. read more

Prince Harry thanked Meghan Markles wedding dress designer Oh my God she

Asked if there was any tears from the bride, she said: “No, she was incredibly composed. It was really quite extraordinary. She’s just the most beautiful person.”Asked what the Duchess’s mother, Doria Ragland, had thought of her daughter, Ms Waight Keller said: “As she went into her car, her mother was already sitting in the car and you just could see there was so much love between them.” This meant that the designer got to know her, and she said of the new Duchess of Sussex: “She’s exactly what you see on TV. She’s just so genuine and warm and radiant. She’s just glowing.”She’s a strong woman. She knows what she wants, and it was really an absolute joy working with her.” Ms Waight Keller also revealed she was told by the Duchess in early January that she was the chosen designer.She said: “It was an extraordinary moment when she told me. Of course it’s an incredible thing to be part of such a historic moment.”Ms Waight Keller said the process was collaborative, adding: “I think she had very much seen my work and knew what I did.”I think she loved the fact that I was a British designer, and working in a house such as Givenchy which has its roots in a very classical, beautiful style.” Asked about the moment the Duchess was able to look at herself fully dressed and ready in the mirror on Saturday morning, Ms Waight Keller said: “She was just glowing.”There’s so much emotion on a day like that anyway. But I think particularly when it all comes together, I think, is tremendous. She was absolutely radiant.” 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. Clare Waight KellerCredit:Peter White /Getty Prince Harry thanked Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer for her role in making his bride look “absolutely stunning”, she has disclosed.Birmingham-born Clare Waight Keller – the first female Artistic Director at French fashion house Givenchy – revealed the new Duke of Sussex spoke to her after the ceremony in St George’s Chapel, Windsor, on Sunday.”He came straight up to me and he said ‘oh my God, thank you, she looks absolutely stunning’,” she said.”So I think for the both of them, they were just radiant at that time,” she said.The designer added: “Well I think everybody saw on television – he was absolutely in awe, I think. She looked just incredible and it showed.” Ms Waight Keller said over time they quickly got to a point where the Duchess felt she knew exactly what she wanted after various meetings and trials. The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave St George’s Chapel, Windsor, as husband and wife on SaturdayCredit:BEN STANSALL /AFP The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex leave St George's Chapel, Windsor, as husband and wife on Saturday Clare Waight Keller read more

We are in struggle because we value life and love all humanity

first_imgA Cheann Comhairle, a Thaoisigh, Deputies and Senators, Friends, Ladies and Gentlemen: I must first apologise because I have over the last day or two developed a heavy cold, but the stirring reception we have received both from the Government and the people of Ireland has warmed my heart and every vessel in my body. It is with a feeling of great privilege that we stand here today to address this House.We know that the invitation you extended to us to speak from this podium is one that is rarely extended to a visitor, even one who comes to you as the guest of the head of Government. I thank you most sincerely for the honour you have bestowed on me individually, on our organisation, the African National Congress, as well as the struggling people of South Africa.We recognise in the possibility you have thus given us the reaffirmation by the Members of this House and the great Irish people whom you represent, of your complete rejection of the apartheid crime against humanity, your support for our endeavours to transform South Africa into a united, democratic, non-racial and nonsexist country, your love and respect for our movement and the millions of people it represents. We know that the joy with which you have received us and the respect for our dignity you have demonstrated, come almost as second nature to a people who were themselves victims of colonial rule for centuries.We know that your desire that the disenfranchised of our country should be heard in this House and throughout Ireland derives from your determination, born of your experience, that our people should, like yourselves, be free to govern themselves and to determine their destiny. The warm feeling that envelops us as we stand here is therefore but the affinity which belongs to peoples who have suffered in common and who are tied together by unbreakable bonds of friendship and solidarity.The very fact that there is today an independent Irish State, however long it took to realise the noble goals of the Irish people by bringing it into being, confirms that we too shall become a free people; we too shall have a country which will, as the great Irish patriots said in the proclamation of 1916, cherish all the children of the nation equally.The outstanding Irish poet, William Butler Yeats, has written that too long a sacrifice can make a stone of the heart. He spoke thus because he could feel within himself the pain of the suffering that Irish men and women of conscience had had to endure in centuries of struggle against an unrelenting tyranny. But then he also spoke of love, of the love of those whose warm hearts the oppressors sought to turn to stone, the love of their country and people, and, in the end the love of humanity itself.For three quarters of a century, under the leadership of the ANC, our own people have themselves confronted a racist tyranny which grew more stubborn with each passing day. It had to be our lot that even as we refused to take up arms to save lives, we still had to bury many martyrs who were shot down or tortured to death simply because they dared to cry freedom.The apartheid system has killed countless numbers, not only in our country but throughout Southern Africa. It has condemned to the gallows some of the best sons of our people. It has imprisoned some and driven others into exile. Even those whose only desire was to live, have had their lives cut short because apartheid means the systematic and conscious deprivation and impoverishment of the black millions.It could have been that our own hearts turned to stone. It could have been that we inscribed vengeance on our banners of battle and resolved to meet brutality with brutality. But we understood that oppression dehumanises the oppressor as it hurts the oppressed. We understood that to emulate the barbarity of the tyrant would also transform us into savages. We knew that we would sully and degrade our cause if we allowed that it should, at any stage, borrow anything from the practices of the oppressor. We had to refuse that our long sacrifice should make a stone of our hearts.We are in struggle because we value life and love all humanity. The liberated South Africa we envision is one in which all our people, both black and white, will be one to the other, brother and sister. We see being born a united South African nation of equal compatriots, enriched by the diversity of the colour and culture of the citizens who make up the whole.This cannot come about until South Africa becomes a democratic country. We, therefore, insist that everybody should have the right to vote without discrimination on any grounds whatsoever. Equally, all adult South Africans should have the right to be elected to all organs of Government without any artificial hindrances being put in their way.To safeguard the freedom of the individual, we will insist that the democratic constitution should be reinforced with an entrenched bill of rights which should be enforced by an independent and representative Judiciary. At the same time, all our people will be free to form and join any party of their choice within the context of a multi-party political system.The struggle we are waging is also for the economic transformation of our country. The system to which we are heir was designed and operates for the benefit of the white minority at the expense of the black majority. Clearly the situation cannot be allowed to continue in which millions know nothing but the corrosive ache of hunger, in which countless numbers of children die and are deformed as a result of being afflicted by kwashiorkor and other diseases of poverty. Millions are today without jobs and without land. Nothing awaits them except death from starvation and want.We must also make this point very clear that no political settlement in South Africa, however democratic and just, can take hold and survive, if nothing is done radically to improve the standard of living and the quality of life of all our people, and especially the black masses of our country. This will inevitably demand that the economy should achieve significant rates of growth, while it undergoes a process of restructuring and a reallocation of resources to ensure prosperity and equity.After many years of struggle, during which many in our country and region have paid the supreme sacrifice, it appears that our country is set on the path towards a negotiated political settlement. This is a goal which our movement has pursued throughout the 78 years of its existence. In the past, however hard we knocked at the door of the powers that be in our country, that door remained locked and barred. Inspired by the arrogance of racism, successive white minority regimes held fast to the view that they could, through the use of brute force, maintain the tyranny of white minority domination forever.But you know this more than we do, that no power on earth, even when it commits the sacrilege of invoking God’s blessing for its inhuman cause, as did the apartheid regime, can defeat a people that is determined to liberate itself. Nothing can stop the evolution of humanity towards the condition of greater and ever expanding freedom. While the voice of an individual can be condemned to silence by death, imprisonment and confinement, the spirit that drives people to seek liberty can never be stilled.The struggle of our people, so magnificently supported and reinforced by your solidarity actions and those of the rest of the international community, have obliged the South African Government to recognise the validity of these truths. President De Klerk has come to understand that the apartheid system can no longer hold and, at our instance, has accepted that he and his colleagues must enter into dialogue with the genuine representatives of the people to find a peaceful solution to the conflict in our country. We have taken the first steps in this process leading to the situation in which the obstacles to negotiations will be removed.A good start has indeed been made. Furthermore, we do not doubt the integrity of President De Klerk and his fellow-leaders and are convinced that they are committed to honour all agreements that may be arrived at during the process of negotiations. Despite this, we should not mistake the promise of change for change itself. The reality is that the apartheid system continues. Our country continues to be ruled by a white minority regime. All the fundamental features of the South African racist system remain unchanged. In other words, no profound and irreversible changes have taken place leading to the final abolition of the apartheid system.In addition, many among our white compatriots are still determined to resist change at all costs. Arms in hand, they are ready to drown the masses of our people in a bloodbath to save the system of white minority rule, assert the permanence of the criminal and insulting ideology of white supremacy and ensure the further entrenchment of white privilege. None can, therefore, guarantee the process of negotiations will soon inevitably lead to the victory of the democratic cause.It is for these reasons that the struggle against the apartheid system must continue. In this regard, we would like to extend our thanks to the Taoiseach, the Government and the people of Ireland for the enormous contribution you have made to the international struggle for the isolation of apartheid South Africa.We salute you for the leadership you have given only recently within the European Community to ensure that pressure against the apartheid system is maintained. We reiterate that we must continue to keep the pressure on until such time as the people of South Africa themselves signal that the time for change has come.For more than a quarter of a century your country has had one of the most energetic and effective anti-apartheid movements in the world. Irishmen and women have given wholehearted and often sacrificial support for our struggle in the fields of economic, cultural and sports relations. We, therefore, salute your sportspeople, especially the rugby players, your writers and artists and the Dunnes’ and other workers. They will not be forgotten by the masses of our people.We ask that you stay the course with us, we need your support for the democratic perspectives that we represent. We need your support to generate the material resources we need to repatriate and resettle those of our compatriots who were forced into exile and to reintegrate into our communities the political prisoners who will be released.We need financial resources to help us carry out the massive political work among all sectors of our population that has to accompany the process of negotiations. We need resources to reconstruct the ANC which has been an illegal organisation for 30 years. We trust that, as in the past, you will stand with us until our common victory is achieved.In future, we will also need to institute important measures to reconstruct the economy of our country along the lines that we have already indicated. We shall require your co-operation in this as well, so that we build a system of relations that will be of mutual benefit to both our peoples and that will seek to ensure that the conditions are removed when racism can once more impose itself on our people and those of Southern Africa as a whole.We would also like to take this opportunity to convey to you our thanks for everything you did to secure our release from prison. Even behind the thick prison walls of South Africa’s maximum security jails we heard your voices demanding our release. So strong did that call become that we knew that, contrary to the wishes of our jailers, we would return and as you can see, we have returned.Our reception in this House and outside is a moving indication that the Irish Parliament and people will stay the course with us, recognising that while apartheid remains, while South Africa is unfree, the community of nations and the conscience of the world can never be at peace. This gives us enormous strength and assures us of the certainty of our common victory. That victory will come sooner rather than later. Together we will win.Thank you. The Dáil record notes that a standing ovation was accorded to Mandela after he concluded his speech.More on the death of Nelson Mandela: RELEASED FROM PRISON in February 1990, it was in July of that year that Nelson Mandela, in one of his first trips outside of South Africa, visited Ireland, keeping a promise he had made when he was incarcerated.In 1988, Mandela had been given the Freedom of Dublin and ensured that he formally accepted the award in the glorious summer of 1990 as the Ireland soccer team got to the last eight of the World Cup.By chance Mandela was in Ireland on the same day as Jackie’s Army returned to our shores, and the following day he made a stirring address to TDs and Senators in the DáilQuoting Yeats and the 1916 proclamation, Mandela spoke of his desire to see South Africa become free from the shackles of apartheid just as Ireland had freed itself from centuries of “struggle against an unrelenting tyranny”.Here’s what he said in full:center_img “He taught us how to come together and believe in ourselves”: The world reacts to Mandela’s death Nelson Mandela: Prisoner, president and father of ‘Rainbow Nation’ President Higgins: ‘A tower of inspiration for all those struggling for justice’ In pictures: Mandela’s Irish visits Nelson Mandela: A life in pictures Obama: “He no longer belongs to us. He belongs to the ages.”last_img read more

Modern Greek tragedy in the making

first_imgWith extreme nervousness the world follows the latest political crisis Greece goes through. Neos Kosmos in today’s edition covers the last days’ developments which according to different world media reports, mark a new, and more dangerous, chapter in the country’s ongoing debt crisis and political landscape. We seeked the opinion of a regular contributor of Neos Kosmos, politics analyst and senior Lecturer in the School of Political and Social Inquiry at Monash University Dr Nick Economou who gave us his own take on the political situation. Dr Economou did not fell short of saying that possible upcoming elections seem to be best outcome of the current political crisis. PAPANDREOU ALONG WITH EUROPE, TRAPPEDDr Economou according to your view, what led to the current political crisis in Greece? What I understand is that in Greece the real problem is tax evasion and this is so difficult to deal with. Especially when you are dealing with an economy in which there is evasion is so deeply entrenched. It is a cultural feature of the place and because of the urgency of the financial crisis the government tries to move quickly to solve the financial crisis. If you can’t raise revenue you try to cut expenditure. So the government is caught in a trap here. If they try to raise revenue enforcing tax compliance they will get the rich upset and the rich will go against them. We all know that. I believe that this is what led to this situation.In other words this political crisis is solely a Greek issue? No, it seems to me that there is a concern in relation of what is happening in Greece about the future of the EU itself and looking at this over a period of time I think that it was almost inevitable that there was going to be a conflict in Europe between those who see EU as a way of forcing neoclassical liberal economics and they tend to be countries like Britain and Germany and those who see EU as a massive wealth distribution system, taking money from the big industrial countries and redistributing it in countries like Greece. It looks like it is coming now and the future of EU as an economic union it is at stake here. -So do you think that Greece will default? In these circumstances the EU countries would not want for Greece to go under but by the same token, Germany has its own financial problems and the situation of the US economy, which has as well its own issues, it might be the case in the near future that Germany will not be in the position to bail out Greece. FRIGHTENING STUFFDo you think that the rise of political extremism is possible in Greece? At the moment no countries which face a financial crisis have fallen to political extremism. Greek politics though has always been more polarised. The Irish party system is nowhere near as polarised left or right as it is in Greece. In Ireland you have two major parties but they are more like the Democrats and the Republicans in US. In Greece there is a much more rigid ideological divide between left and right and Greece like a number of other southern European countries also have a very well organised political party for the extreme right or the extreme left. So I think there is a lot of nervousness about what might happen politically as a result of this. For arguments shake let’s say that the government collapses and there is an election and we see the rise of the power of extremist parties. It might be the case that New Democracy and Pasok might be forced into some sort of national coalition to try and outflank extreme parties of the left or the right. So I think that an election can work in a positive way for the country. I know that there is not a culture of the two parties coming together, but you do have a parliament where it is possible for minor extreme parties to come into power and the chances are that neither of the parties will end up having a majority which in this case means the only option they will have to seriously consider is to form a national unity coalition. Otherwise you might end up in a situation where the parliamentary system just can’t work, can’t respond and well history teaches us that if that happens in some cases you get extreme political outcomes. Extreme political outcomes? What do you mean? Well I avoid using terms such us dictatorship that but that is implicit. I mean, the thing about a country like Greece is that it’s got that past record. It was not that long ago that the power went over the hands of a civilian government to the hands of a military government. That would be terribly shocking if that was to happen and that would cause a huge furore within the European Union because the overarching assumption is that united European politics is based on the principle of the supremacy of liberal democracy, the supremacy of democratically elected governments. If one of these countries suddenly, had it done in the past, abandon democracy and go for a dictatorship of some sort that would add a political crisis to the economic crisis in the EU. What a mess that would be! I am not sure that it would get that far but extreme political parties getting more power during difficult times is a normal voters response. Dr Economou concluded that Papandreou’s position is very difficult at this time adding the only hope that Greece has at this stage is for the two major parties to “come to some sort of unity”. “It is a very serious situation, it is frightening stuff. If the government cannot govern then the country will reach at some other way of governing itself and this way might be outside the democratic principles of governance”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

HudsonOdoi seeking for regular firstteam action

first_imgCallum Hudson-Odoi hopes his excellent performance in Chelsea’s 2-0 FA Cup triumph over Nottingham Forest will earn him more starts in the team.Hudson-Odoi, 18, provided assists for both of Alvaro Morata’s second-half goals after Cesc Fabregas missed a first-half penalty for the Blues.Chelsea reportedly rejected a £20million offer from Bayern for the winger’s services despite making a cameo appearance in the EPL all season.When asked whether his display might help him break into Sarri’s team, Hudson-Odoi told FourFourTwo via BeIN Sports: “Hopefully, hopefully. You never know.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…“I feel really proud to get opportunity to play and help the team get the win we deserved.“We played really well, our mentality was strong and we deserved the win that we got. Alvaro did really well getting the goals and we all worked hard as a team and we deserved the win.”“If we don’t score we keep going and keep pushing until we do. I think the way we played showed the desire to keep pushing and the chances were coming,” said Hudson-Odoi. “We’ve just got to be patient sometimes.“Hopefully today showed why we’re doing really well. I’m proud to make history but it’s not just about myself it’s about the team as well.”last_img read more

The Morning Press BG School threat Herrera Beutler and Ctran on CRC

first_imgWith nearly record-breaking highs contrasting morning fog, the weather has been a strange mix this week. Check the weekend forecast here.This week’s top stories and news you may have missed:Student, 13, arrested in B.G. school threatsPolice have arrested a 13-year-old boy who is a student at Chief Umtuch Middle School for allegedly making threats that prompted officials to close five public schools and one private school in Battle Ground on Wednesday.Schools will reopen Thursday at the usual times, Gregg Herrington, Battle Ground Public Schools spokesman, announced late Wednesday.The teen was arrested after a 3:30 p.m. interview Wednesday with detectives from the Battle Ground Police Department, said Battle Ground Police Lt. Roy Butler. He said detectives were led to the teen by information provided to his department, Vancouver Police Department and the FBI.The teen, whose name was not released, is accused of threatening to use explosives against a teacher and Chief Umtuch Middle School on Sept. 11.“Officers have determined that the suspect did not possess the means to carry out any of the threats that were made,” a news release issued by the police department said.last_img read more

Amazons Counter lets you pick up packages at RiteAid stores

first_img $6 at Tidal $999 Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) 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. Read DJI Osmo Action preview See It Sprint See at Amazon Turo This Amazon site handles your biggest, bulkiest purchases Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Chris Monroe/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) The Cheapskate Comment $210 at Best Buy Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Tags See It $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Angela Lang/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Counter lets customers pick up packages from their local Rite-Aid. Amazon For those who worry about their Amazon packages getting stolen from their front door, the e-commerce giant has another way to make sure customers get what they bought, and just in time for Prime Day on July 15. Customer in the US can now pick up Amazon items from their local Rite-Aid.  Amazon Counter launched in the US on Thursday, providing another option for customers to get their packages. More than 100 Rite-Aid stores across the country now serve as pickup points, and the online retailer expects to have more than 1,500 Counter locations by the end of 2019.”Amazon is always looking for innovative and convenient ways for customers to ship and receive their orders,” Patrick Supanc, worldwide director of Amazon Hub, said in a release. “With Counter, we’ve leveraged our growing logistics network and invested in new, easy to use technology to give customers yet another delivery option rooted in flexibility and control.” Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img Sarah Tew/CNET I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $299 at Amazon Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 1 7 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 $999 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read the AirPods review Now playing: Watch this: Amazon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview 17 Photos The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 1:43 $59 at eBay An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Turo $155 at Google Express Boost Mobile Comments Amazon Mobile Apple iPhone XS $520 at HP JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Customers who choose to use a Counter location at checkout will receive an email when their package has been delivered. In the email will be a code that the staff at the pickup point will use to verify the owner of the package. Customers will have 14 days to pick up their packages. Amazon Counter and the company’s other in-store pickup option, Locker, are part of a brand called Amazon Hub. In April, the company expanded its partnership with Kohl’s to allow returns for items purchased from the site. Best Buy CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Amazon Prime Day 2019: Everything to know Read Google Home Hub review Tagslast_img read more

Its all about AL camp on BTV Betar

first_imgnonameBangladesh Television and Betar have mostly covered the campaign by the candidates of ruling Awami League and its alliance partners, a news analysis suggests.The two state-run electronic media outlets dedicated 90 per cent of their times broadcasting the news items of electioneering by the ruling camp, according to the analysis of their coverage between 22 and 26 December.Analysing the BTV’s telecasting of news on parliamentary elections amounting to 120 minutes in its news session at 8pm during the five-day period, Prothom Alo found that the AL-led grand allianace was given a total of 101 minutes compared to a meagre two minutes and 10 seconds spent on covering the Bangladesh Natonalist Party (BNP) and Jatiya Oikya Front. The rest was used for other stories on elections.However, both BTV and Betar censored news coverage of the ruling alliacne whenever an issue or any disclosure went against the ruling camp, concluded the analysis.Betar broadcast election-related news for 51 minutes at 8:30pm during these five days. It presented the AL camp 37 minutes and 13 seconds of positive coverage whereas the opposition coalition’s share of coverage was two minutes and 50 seconds.”It’s totally unfair. BTV and Betar shouldn’t have given priority to any party,” said Sharmeen Murshid, chief executive officer of election monitoring non-government organisation Brotee.Economist and former adviser to the caretaker government, Hossain Zillur Rahman said it is a proof that there was no level playing election field as the news of the ruling party was given priority when the opposition was ignored.Information minister Hasanul Haq Inu said the news of the Oikya Front was getting less priority as they were not carrying out electioneering. “The activities of the Oikya Front are mysterious,” he told Prothom Alo.About the information minister’s remark, Hossain Zillur said the mystery of absence of the opposition in the coverage was “behind the non-level playing election field”.last_img read more

ESPN Inks Exclusive Rights Deal With PFL MixedMartial Arts League

first_imgUnder ESPN’s deal with Professional Fighters League, all 10 PFL events in 2019 will air live across ESPN2, ESPN Deportes and ESPN+, the direct-to-consumer subscription sports streaming service, with up to three hours of exclusive action live on ESPN+ and up to two exclusive hours live on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. The rights include the regular season, playoffs and championship event.The season culminates with the PFL 2019 Championship on New Year’s Eve with title fights in every weight class live exclusively on ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. Winners of each title bout will be crowned PFL World Champion in their weight class and earn $1 million.PFL also announced a deal with Canada’s TSN sports network, which will be the exclusive home for the company’s MMA events in the country.Six five-hour PFL regular-season events will take place on Thursday nights from May to August. Three PFL playoff events will take place in October, with coverage also carried across ESPN+, ESPN2 and ESPN Deportes. PFL playoff events will feature the top eight fighters in each of the competition’s six weight classes attempting to win twice in the same night to advance to the PFL Championship.In addition to the live events, ESPN platforms will present pre- and post-event coverage and additional exclusive PFL content. The agreement starts with the telecast of the 2018 PFL Season Review and 2019 Roster Selection Show this spring. Specific scheduling details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.“We are pleased to add the PFL to our combat sports roster,” said Burke Magnus, ESPN EVP of programming and scheduling. “ESPN is the home of combat sports, and we look forward to delivering thrilling live PFL events and powerful storytelling to fans, across all platforms.”Firsts during this PFL season are slated to include the debut of MMA’s first-ever 155-pound women’s division which will feature two-time U.S. Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison, as well as SmartCage and Cagenomics, proprietary PFL features that deliver real-time data and analytics. Popular on Variety “This agreement to bring PFL to ESPN and ESPN+ further validates our unique and innovative product and will accelerate the PFL’s growth,” Donn Davis, co-founder and chairman of Professional Fighters League, said in a statement.Pictured above: Rashid Magomedov (left) trades punches with Luiz Firmino during their bout at PFL 5 in August 2018 at Nassau Coliseum in New York. Magomedov won via decision. The Professional Fighters League (PFL), the first mixed-martial arts organization to present the sport in a playoffs and championship format, reached a multiyear deal with ESPN making its TV networks and ESPN+ streaming service the exclusive home of the PFL in the U.S.PFL launched its inaugural season in 2018, with an initial TV deal with NBCUniversal’s NBCSN sports network. Investors in the PFL include Kevin Hart, self-help guru Tony Robbins, MGM Television chairman Mark Burnett, billionaire tech entrepreneur Ted Leonsis and Riot Games co-founder Brandon Beck.ESPN has a newfound appetite for MMA: The Disney-owned sports programmer landed a $1.5 billion, five-year deal for the UFC’s TV rights package, nabbing them from Fox Sports. ESPN and ESPN+ began carrying UFC bouts last month. UFC views upstarts like PFL as complementary — sort of like the minor leagues of MMA — and helping to promote the sport’s overall popularity. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Ultrasonic Dryer Cuts Drying Time In Half

first_imgMost clothes dryers work the same way. An element heats the air, a drum spins, and gravity pulls clothes down through the heated air to dry them. It’s been doing the job for decades, but it’s not a terribly efficient system.Fortunately, a team of researchers have come up with a much cooler system (in both senses of the word). Their experimental new dryer blasts clothes with ultrasound to effectively shake moisture off them.The average load of laundry can be dried in about 20 minutes. That’s not the only way the ultrasonic dryer improves on today’s designs, either. It’s much more energy-efficient. How much more? The team at Oak Ridge National Laboratory says that it uses about one-fifth the power of a conventional dryer.A 45-minute drying cycle today will cost you somewhere around 40 cents. In the ultrasonic dryer, that same load would only cost about 8 cents. Over the lifespan of the average dryer, that would add up to considerable savings.The folks at Procter & Gamble say the average American family washes around 300 loads of laundry every year. If they’re putting every one of those loads into the dryer, an ultrasonic dryer would save them almost a hundred bucks a year.There’s one more benefit that’s worth mentioning. The ultrasonic dryer is also much more gentle on clothing, so you’ll be spending less money on energy and clothes once you own one of these scientific marvels. With all the money you’re saving, you might even be able to afford one of those clothes-folding robots!last_img read more

Square Updates Mobile Payments App with Loyalty Programs More

first_img min read “For coffee shops, as an example, their loyal customers are usually people who are coming in frequently, while a hair salon might want to reward customers based on how much money they spend rather than how frequently they come in,” explains Megan Quinn, Square’s director of products.The update is available for iOS and Android smartphone users, Square says.Other new features enable Square to integrate wirelessly with a business’s cash drawers and a receipt printer, allowing a cash drawer to open when the merchant taps “tender” on the app and to print branded receipts. Improvements to its search functions allow businesses to better track sales history, resend receipts and provide refunds from their point of sale system, Square says.The unveiling of Square 2.2 comes on the heels of an update made earlier this month to Square’s Card Case app. Using the positional information in a user’s mobile phone to define a virtual boundary called a geofence, Card Case allows users to open a virtual “tab” — an account that opens automatically at any business that uses Square’s credit card reader and POS software. San Francisco-based startup Square has stepped up the functionality of its mobile transaction application for business owners. The newest version of the app, which was announced today, enables businesses to offer rewards to loyal customers at the point of sale, among other updates.Here’s how it works. The new version of the app automatically tracks how often individual customers visit a store and how much they purchase, enabling merchants to define what makes a “loyal” customer (say, 10 visits over 30 days). Using the app, merchants can then set up a reward program based either on number of visits or the amount of money spent. The merchant is notified automatically when a “loyal” customer enters the store and a merchant can offer a discount when the purchase is being made.About 800,000 merchants have signed up to use Square and they have processed more than $2 billion in payments in the past 12 months. This update — called Square 2.2 — can spell opportunity for Square users to create more loyal customers, and more business. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. November 15, 2011last_img read more

Man taken to hospital after accident on A51

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA motorist has been taken to hospital following an accident on the A51 this evening. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene on the road in Swynnerton – with the accident reported to involve a lorry and a car. A Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service spokeswoman said: “Crews from Hanley and Stone are at a collision on A51 in Swynnerton. “The crash involves one lorry and one vehicle. One male casualty has been released by firefighters and is now on route to hospital by ambulance.” Inrix, the traffic data company, reports all blockages have been lifted, however residual delays remain. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Read More’Serious injuries’ due to eight vehicle accident on A38 in Staffordshire Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive .last_img read more