first_imgBy Poonam Mehra New Delhi, Aug 20 (PTI) They hail from four different corners of the country and have contrasting tales of struggle to tell but P V Sindhu, Sakshi Malik, Dipa Karmakar and Lalita Babar today stand united as the confident new face of woman power in Indian sports which saved a floundering Olympic campaign. Not all of them got medals with Sindhus badminton silver and Sakshis wrestling bronze being the two outstanding moments. But they were equals when it came to effort and perseverance in what is called the greatest show on earth. The quartet is a study in contrast, not just for where they come from but also for how they have gone about chasing their dreams. Sindhu, who is shining the brightest right now with a silver that was won after pushing the reigning world No.1 Carolina Marin of Spain to the wall, comes from the southern corner of the country. Daughter of an Arjuna awardee volleyball player P V Ramana, she did not need outside inspiration to warm up to sports. But the 21-year-old chose to pursue an individual craft in badminton after watching Pullela Gopichand become the All England champion in 2001. She would go on to become Gopichands protege, encouraged by a sporting family which had the wherewithal to give wings to her dreams. Nurtured and supported well, Sindhu has today outshone a certain Saina Nehwal, again a woman, who redefined sporting excellence in India with her feats. At the other end of the spectrum is Sakshi, a lively 23-year-old hailing from Haryana up north. She comes from a state where female foeticide remains a concern besides the social boundaries set for women. Perhaps her tremendous will to fight, even after trailing in all the three bouts leading up to that bronze in Rio, came from the spirit which an average woman has to dig from to survive in the badlands of northern India where the fairer sex is yet to get a fair deal. The Rohtak village, which cannot stop celebrating her bronze right now, had once questioned and even criticised her parents for letting their daughter pick sport as a career. But to the credit of her bus conductor father and an anganwadi supervisor mother, Sakshi wasnt short of support from where it mattered. She wasnt among the medal contenders who were hyped before the Games and had seen one of her more fancied teammates — Vinesh Phogat — stretchered off the mat with a grievous knee injury minutes before her bouts. But Sakshi gave a demonstration of what it means to have nerves of steel in a sport which had not seen an Indian woman on the Olympic podium before her. In complete contrast is the tale of Dipa Karmakar — a shy, unassuming and focussed-to-the-point-of-being-obsessive gymnast from the small state of Tripura tucked away in the north east of the country. MORE PTI PM SSR PMadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgThey aren’t exactly “begging” India to play against them but Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan says PCB is well within its rights to “push” the BCCI into honouring the Memorandum of Understanding for six bilateral series between the two countries.”We are not begging them to play us. Please don’t get that impression. But they (BCCI) signed a proper Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with us to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023 and they didn’t meet their commitment,” Shaharyar told the media in Islamabad after attending a meeting of the national standing committee on sports.”It is our right as a cricket nation to push them to honour the MOU. They immediately owe us at least two home series as the last full bilateral series was played in India in 2007. In the MOU, Pakistan was to host four series between 2015 and 2023,” he said. (Pakistan will survive without playing India, says PCB chief Shaharyar Khan)Shaharyar, a former career diplomat, said that both countries have to play bilateral cricket according to the MOU signed in 2014 during the ICC meeting and the PCB depended on these series for huge financial boosts.He said Pakistan had lost huge revenue due to India’s refusal to play them and that was the reason the matter was also been taken up in the ICC executive board in Cape Town.”We have been consulting our lawyers on this issue of the MOU and we will be taking up this case of bilateral series at the Asian Cricket Council (ACC) meeting this month,” he said.advertisementShaharyar was recently elected Chairman of the ACC and will chair the next meeting in Colombo on December 17.Though the ACC meet is being held to discuss development issues and future schedule of tournaments, the PCB chief said he will be discuss the MOU with India.last_img read more

first_imgMILWAUKEE (AP) — Giannis Antetokounmpo’s inside game is setting up the Bucks’ new-look, long-range attack.Antetokounmpo had 26 points and 15 rebounds and Khris Middleton added 25 points to help Milwaukee beat the Indiana Pacers 118-101 on Friday night in the regular-season opener in the new Fiserv Forum.The Bucks hoisted up a franchise-record 47 3-point attempts.“To some degree if we’re attacking the paint, we’re attacking the basket and we’re getting great shots there, then we’ll take them,” first-year Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer said. “If there’s going to be rotations, there’s going to be helps, there’s going to be shifts, and there’s opportunities to shoot threes, then we’ll take those.”Victor Oladipo led Indiana with 25 points, and Doug McDermott added 14.The Bucks led 62-53 at the half and extended it to 93-76 entering the third quarter.Milwaukee, which ranked 25th in the NBA last season with 24.7 3-point attempts per game, continued to fire away under new coach Mike Budenholzer. The Bucks were 17 of 47, with Antetokounmpo going 0 for 7.“As far as shooting, I want him to shoot. If he’s open, I want him to let it fly,” Budenholzer said. “I want him to be confident. Again, he can be a lot better. I’m sure tonight he’s going to go home and think about all they ways he can be better, and for us, that’s exciting.”Antetokounmpo said the Bucks perimeter shooting is part of Budenholzer’s philosophy.“That comes from coach,” said Antetokounmpo, who is 0 for 10 beyond the arc in two games. “He wants to shoot the ball. Like, I was 0 for 7 today, but I’m going to keep shooting.”Middleton had five 3-pointers, including a four-point play that put the Bucks up 111-88 with 5:03 remaining.The Bucks were 14 of 34 beyond the arc in their 113-112 season-opening victory at Charlotte on Wednesday night.“Anytime you’re not stopping the ball and that ball is getting to the paint, it forces your defense to collapse,” Pacers coach Nate McMillan said. “When the defense collapses, it’s going to be a kick-out for three. Antetokounmpo is one of the better players in the league at finding the perimeter guys when he gets deep penetration.”The Bucks shook off a slow start en route to a 30-25 lead after one quarter, extending it to 62-53 at the half. Milwaukee took 26 of its 51 first-half shots from 3-point range, making eight.Antetokounmpo had 22 points and 11 rebounds in the first half.“He demands a lot of attention, obviously,” Oladipo said. “One man can’t stop him all by himself. We need to load to him and stop him. Overall, we have just got to do a better job of doing that earlier in the game. You know once he finds his rhythm, he starts finding guys, and guys were hitting shots. It’s hard to defend, but we have to control what we can control out there.”TIP INSPacers: Bojan Bogdanovic, who had 19 points in the season-opening 111-83 victory over Memphis, was 0 for 7 from the field, with just three points in 27 minutes.Bucks: Reserve center John Henson was 2 for 3 from 3-point range. Henson entered with one 3-pointer in 13 attempts in his first 392 career games.FISERV FORUM ROCKSThe Bucks’ regular-season home opener was squeezed in amongst a week of concerts at the new Fiserv Forum. Metallica played Tuesday night, followed by the Foo Fighters on Wednesday and Eagles on Thursday. The court comes up again Saturday for a show by Twenty One Pilots. The Bucks also were competing Friday night with the Brewers-Dodgers in Game 6 of the NLCS at Miller Park.UP NEXTIndiana: Hosts Brooklyn on Saturday night.Bucks: Host New York on Monday night.—By JIM HOEHN , Associated PressTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgFormer India fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad was not too happy with MS Dhoni’s poor batting display at the Asia Cup 2018 in the United Arab Emirates.Dhoni has struggled with the bat ever since he joined the Indian team after a successful stint with Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League this year.The 37-year-old amassed 455 runs in 16 IPL games this year at an average of 75.83 with three half-centuries.Everybody had hoped that Dhoni would carry that form into the national team as well but the former captain has struggled to score runs consistently ever since.Also read – I am a lot like MS Dhoni as captain: Rohit Sharma after winning Asia Cup 2018This year Dhoni has aggregated just 225 runs in 10 ODI innings at a paltry average of 28.12 with a highest score of just 42 not out. After the IPL, Dhoni has managed scores of 37, 42, 0, 33, 8 and 36.”At the end of the two-week cricket extravaganza in the UAE, Rohit Sharma and Co. emerged deserving Asia Cup champions. With the focus on next year’s World Cup, the victory is a big statement of intent by the Indian side. Having said that, it was also a reality check for the middle order, which still looks fluid. MS Dhoni will need to step up as a batsman. Although Rishabh Pant is waiting in the wings, Dhoni’s wicketkeeping skills remain sharp and a cut above the rest,” Prasad wrote in his column for Times of India after India won a record 7th Asia Cup on Friday.Also read – MS Dhoni bonded with junior cricketers over hookah: George BaileyadvertisementDespite stepping down as captain, Dhoni has continued to influence the Indian team as a strong leader. He can be heard giving instructions to talented young spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Besides, Dhoni’s use of the Decision Review System (DRS) in the shorter formats has helped India on several occasions.But it is his form with the bat which has been a huge cause for concern for the Men in Blue. Not only has Dhoni struggled to score runs, but he has also found it hard to maintain a healthy strike rate on the rare occasions that he has scored some runs.Also read – MS Dhoni captains India for 200th time in one-day internationalsOn one occasion at Lord’s this year, Dhoni was even booed by the frustrated fans due to his 59-ball 37 in a steep chase of 323 in the second ODI against England.Prasad is not the first one to voice his concern with Dhoni’s form. Former India skipper and India Today expert Sunil Gavaskar wants Dhoni to return to domestic cricket to regain form.”Dhoni should be playing domestic cricket and should be playing the four-day games as well because he will help so many of the emerging players from Jharkhand.Also read – MS Dhoni should play domestic cricket: Sunil Gavaskar”I know he travels with the team (Jharkhand), he acts as their mentor but to actually have him playing with them is a great inspiration. He will be a great inspiration to the younger players in the team,” Gavaskar had told India Today earlier this week.”In the 50-over game you have limited opportunities but if you play a four-day game and play a long innings its great for your stamina, for your legs, for the rhythm that you want in limited-overs cricket,” he added.Dhoni will next be seen in action during the limited-overs leg of the West Indies series in October.last_img read more

first_imgAFC Cup 2017: FC Istiklol 1-0 Bengaluru FC – The Blues fail the Tajikistan test Goal Last updated 2 years ago 21:54 27/9/2017 Istiklol vs Bengaluru Bengaluru FC A 27th minute goal from Dmitry Barkov meant that Albert Roca’s Blues exited the pitch on a losing note at the full-time whistle.. Visitors Bengaluru FC fell prey to Istiklol on Wednesday evening after a 27th-minute goal from Dmitry Barkov was proved to be enough to seal a victory for his side. Albert Roca’s Bengaluru FC side lined up in a full strength 4-3-3 formation with the exception of English defender John Johnson who has pulled out of the side’s AFC Cup campaign citing personal commitments. Also missing from the starting lineup was veteran wing-back Harmanjot Singh Khabra, relegated to the bench as Collin Abranches replaced the 28-year-old.As for Istiklol, who opted for a 4-4-2 formation, three of their stalwarts were suspended for this game. Defender Artem Baranovskyi and midfielders David Mawutor and Amirbek Juraboev were not available for selection after continuous yellow cards in their previous game. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. The match kicked off on a nervous note for the hosts as youngster Udanta Singh broke away from his marker, and with Stetsenko still finding his feet in the game, the winger found time and space to deliver a cross into the box, which was safely handled by the goalkeeper.Istiklol vs BengaluruThirteen minutes into the game, the new Indian Super League side’s custodian Gurpreet Singh Sandhu pulled off an important save. It was Fatkhuloev who made the run and sent a cross into the box. Eventual goalscorer Barkov was left unmarked but his headed effort was latched onto by the Bengaluru goalkeeper.The home side kept trying their luck for an opening goal as Fatkhuloev succeeded in getting past Lenny Rodrigues to spew the ball inside the box. However, Dzhalilov failed to connect to the sweet spot. Just a minute later, Jahongir Aliev took a shot with his weaker foot from Davronov’s brave low cross into the box as he nearly crossed over the by-line. Aliev was left unmarked inside the box but again, the visitors escaped without punishment as the cross went wide.27 minutes into the game, the deadlock at the Hisor Central Stadium was broken and Dmitry Barkov registered his name on the scoresheet. Barkov opened the goal tally for his side with a headed goal which almost resembled a cannon shot, all thanks to Fatkhuloev who lobbed it in beautifully for the Russian who found space between the two unalert defenders inside the box. Around the half-hour mark, skipper Sunil Chhetri tried to get his team back into the game with a vicious shot but it sailed wide of the goal.The tail-end of the first half witnessed end-to-end action as Bengaluru FC looked more poised when going forward but the side trailed by a goal at the half-time whistle.Istiklol vs BengaluruThe second half saw Gurpreet Singh Sandhu tested yet again as Fatkhuloev dug deep and targeted the near post. The former Stabaek goalkeeper, with his commendable glove work, dived to keep the ball away.At the hour mark, Bengaluru FC came close to setting up the equalising goal as captain Chhetri had Panjshanbe within his grasp but failed to find an opening from the edge of the box. However, Dovale was flagged offside by the linesman and the chance went in vain.Eight minutes later, Harmanjot Khabra was introduced by coach Roca, who in turn fed the ball to Chhetri. The skipper found himself in a rather sticky position and let it loose from distance which went miles wide. Istiklol vs BengaluruWith fifteen minutes of regulation time remaining, the visiting side tried to pull up their socks and Istiklol looked somewhat disorganised as Roca played his cards through substitutions. After Udanta and Daniel fail to find an opening, Istiklol broke on a counter. Vasiev foolishly took a long swipe with only the goalkeeper in front of him and Gurpreet expectedly latched onto it with no problems whatsoever.Bengaluru FC maintained ball possession for long periods in both the halves but failed to convert any of it as they were defeated by Istiklol at Tajikistan following a lack of successful attempts for an equalizer in the latter half. As for the home side, The Crowns have a slender one goal advantage heading into the second leg of the 2017 AFC Cup inter-zone play-off finals.  read morelast_img read more

first_imgShare via Email Rumour mill features Share on LinkedIn Topics Football Share on WhatsApp Share on Facebook Share on Twittercenter_img José Mourinho heaps praise on the ‘special’ ones at Paris Saint-Germain Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Cristiano Ronaldo has decided that Real Madrid need a new goalkeeper and has drawn up a three-man shortlist of potential replacements that he believes his employers should think about trying to sign. Quite what current Real stoppers Keylor Navas and Kiko Casilla will make of speculation that their team-mate would rather see David de Gea, Thibaut Courtois or Marc-André ter Stegen lining up between the sticks at the Bernabéu remains to be seen, but it ought to make for a frosty atmosphere at training this week. Should Real try to secure longtime target De Gea, they could offer Gareth Bale to Manchester United in some sort of exchange deal.Fairly or unfairly, the much-maligned Mesut Özil is being scapegoated for yet another Arsenal defeat after spurning a glorious opportunity to put his side 2-0 up against Watford at Vicarage Road on Saturday and the consensus now seems to be that he’ll be sold in January. Internazionale and Manchester United are both believed to be interested in the German international, but would rather wait until the summer when he will be available on a free transfer. Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain may offer Arsenal up to £20m during the January window.Ronald Koeman wants to add some much-needed backbone to his Everton side and has identified Sporting defensive midfielder William Carvalho as the man to do a job. Reports from Portugal suggest Everton will bid £31m for a player Sporting say is “untransferable”, while West Ham and Real Madrid are also interested in testing the Primeira Liga side’s resolve. Whether Carvalho rocks up at Goodison Park or not, Everton midfielder James McCarthy’s days at Everton look numbered and Newcastle, West Brom and Crystal Palace are reported to be interested in throwing the injury-prone Republic of Ireland international a career lifeline.And finally, having failed in their pursuit of Philippe Coutinho during the summer, Barcelona could switch their attention to Thiago Alcântara instead. The elegant midfielder was among the goalscorers as Bayern Munich crushed Freiburg 5-0 at the weekend, to give Jupp Heynckes his fourth winning debut in as many spells in charge of the German champions. With Benjamin Mendy expected to be sidelined until mid-April with the knee injury he suffered while playing against Crystal Palace in September, Fabian Delph has been filling in at left-back for Manchester City, while Pep Guardiola has also pointed out that Danilo, Fernandinho and “even Oleksandr Zinchenko can play there”.Such a wealth of options hasn’t stopped City being linked with Southampton full-back Ryan Bertrand and tabloid reports suggest the player could swap clubs during the January transfer window. Already a Champions League winner with Chelsea, having made his debut in the 2012 final against Bayern Munich, Bertrand is also being linked with a return to Stamford Bridge and could join Cedric and Virgil van Dijk in a potential exodus of defenders from St Mary’s that is unlikely to please Southampton fans should it come to pass. Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is also reported to be keen on Cedric, who was also linked with a summer move to Tottenham Hotspur, while Van Dijk’s eagerness to leave Southampton for Liverpool, Chelsea or Barcelona has been well documented. Read more Reuse this contentlast_img read more

first_imgYoung people and new Nova Scotians in the Strait region now have more opportunities to build their professional networks and find a good job with the expansion of the Connector Program. Premier Stephen McNeil announced an investment of $100,000 in the expansion today, Aug. 1. The program will be delivered by the province’s Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network. “Creating opportunities for our youth and new Nova Scotians is an important part of building our economy,” said Premier McNeil. “Expanding this program gives more recent graduates and new residents another chance to succeed here by making meaningful connections with local mentors.” The program connects local businesses, organizations and well established community volunteers to Nova Scotians who are interested in starting and growing their career in the province. It helps recent graduates, international students and young and new Nova Scotians grow their professional and community networks, find jobs and stay in communities across the province. In Nova Scotia, the Connector Program is also available in the western region, the Annapolis Valley, Halifax and Cape Breton. More than 20 communities across the country offer similar programs. Since 2009, The Greater Halifax Partnership Connector Program has helped more than 1,000 people secure jobs in the Halifax area. “Having the Connector Program expanded into the Strait Region provides a solid resource for us to attract and retain the skills needed by the various sectors in our region,” says John Beaton, CEO, Eastern Strait Regional Enterprise Network. “The growth of our regional economy depends on re-population strategies that include the right kinds of skill sets and this program will be an important piece to us getting there”. For more information on the Connector Program, go to .last_img read more

first_imgHyderabad: Dharmapuri Arvind, who caused the biggest upset in Lok Sabha polls in Telangana by defeating TRS heavyweight K Kavitha, Thursday said the BJP is confident of coming to power in the state after the next Assembly elections.A first-time contestant in electoral politics, the former Ranji Trophy cricketer defeated sitting MP Kavitha, daughter of the TRS president and Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao, by 71,057 votes, sending shock waves in her party. Also Read – Pak activated 20 terror camps & 20 launch pads along LoCBasking in glory after his ‘giant-killing’ feat, the 1976 born said he is confident of his party wresting Telangana from the ruling TRS after the next Assembly polls, due in 2023. “We will increase our tally (Lok Sabha seats) by 2024 for sure. In Telangana, we will be be a formidable strength and by 2023, I am certain about forming the government in Telangana,” Arvind, who has now become a poster-boy of sorts for the BJP’s state unit, said. BJP was ‘down-in-the-dumps’ after the Assembly elections last year when it could win only one seat in the 119-member House, with the TRS returning to power with a rich haul of 88 seats. The Lok Sabha elections saw the party winning four seats of the total 17 in the State, up from just one in the 2014 polls, giving a new energy to the Amit Shah’s outfit. Arvind is son of TRS Rajya Sabha member D Srinivas, who was a Congressman for a long time and had served as president of erstwhile Andhra Pradesh Congress unit before joining the ruling party.last_img read more

first_imgEDMONTON – An Alberta family allegedly kidnapped by a group of naked neighbours, who may have unknowingly drank some hallucinogenic tea, say it was a frightening experience.And the family members say until they learn more facts about what happened, they don’t know how to feel about the ordeal.“We just don’t have enough information,” said one family member, who asked not to be named. “We have no answers as to whether anything was purposely taken or not purposely taken.”The family members were reluctant to share their experience because of the ongoing court case, but they told The Canadian Press they know the accused as neighbours. They are all members of the same Jehovah’s Witnesses church.When one of the female accused showed up at the family’s home in Leduc County south of Edmonton on Monday morning, clothed and acting frantic, they thought there must be an emergency.But the family said with her were four other people who were naked and the family was forced outside and into a BMW. The man was allegedly put in the trunk and his daughter and her baby in the car with the others.While the car was being driven, the family said the man managed to jump out of the trunk. As the car slowed, the woman and her baby then managed to get away.The man, woman and child were then picked up by a passerby in his truck, but the truck was allegedly rammed by the car.RCMP have said that when they arrived at the scene of the crash, they took five people into custody. Three adults, a man and two women, are facing charges of kidnapping, resisting arrest and mischief and are to next appear in court Nov. 30.Two teenage girls also in the car were released without charges.No one was injured.The father of the girls, ages 13 and 15, has said his daughters and their mother were having breakfast Monday morning with another couple when they decided to have some tea recently brought back from a trip overseas. The father said the tea was from India, but the family that was allegedly kidnapped said one of the accused had travelled earlier in the year to Thailand and South Korea.“It’s absolutely crazy,” said the father, who cannot be named due to a court publication ban protecting the identity of youths involved in the case.“It’s a scary thought thinking, ‘Oh, let’s try this tea that we purchased.’ And then all sit down thinking they’re just going to have a nice morning and end up in that circumstance.”He said the girls don’t remember what happened.The Mounties have not said if they’re investigating whether a hallucinogenic tea motivated the alleged crime but have said drugs and/or alcohol may have played a role.last_img read more

Video of press remarks [07mins] Secretary-General Kofi Annan today announced he is dispatching the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour and his Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Juan Méndez to the strife-torn region of Darfur in Sudan to recommend what can be done to protect civilians there from continuing brutal attacks by local militias.Ms. Arbour and Mr. Méndez will arrive in the Sudanese capital Khartoum on Saturday to begin their mission, Mr. Annan told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York.”Their job is not to describe or characterize what is happening, but to see what more can be done to stop it, and to prevent further abuses,” he said, referring to the debate about whether the situation should be termed genocide. “Civilians are still being attacked and fleeing their villages even as we speak,” he added.More than 1.2 million Sudanese are internally displaced within Darfur and another 200,000 live as refugees in neighbouring Chad since the mainly Arab Janjaweed militias allied to the Government in its conflict with two rebel groups began attacking black African civilians.The Secretary-General said he told Security Council members yesterday that he wants a proposed commission of inquiry into whether genocide has taken place in Darfur to proceed.The United States is circulating a draft resolution on Darfur among Council members after its Secretary of State Colin Powell said last week that the killings in the war-torn region over the past year constituted genocide.The Council’s 15 members are holding consultations this afternoon about the content of the draft text.Mr. Annan said it is the first time in the Council’s history that it has ever been seized under Article 8 of the Genocide Convention, which allows parties to the treaty to “call upon the competent organs of the UN” to take action under the Charter to prevent and suppress acts of genocide.”It seems to me inconceivable that [the Council] should fail to respond. In any case, the Council must be fully engaged. It must continue to pressure all sides,” he said.But the Secretary-General said that, regardless of whether the crimes being committed in Darfur are defined as genocide or not, it is essential to take action immediately to protect the civilians.He also said the ceasefire in Darfur is being broken by both sides – the Sudanese Government forces and the two rebel groups, the Sudan Liberation Army (SLA) and the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).Earlier this year, two UN human rights fact-finding reports accused the Janjaweed of committing numerous atrocities, including the murder and rape of villagers, the destruction of homes and cropland, and the poisoning of wells and other water sources.This week a survey by the World Health Organization (WHO) indicated that hundreds of people in the vast, impoverished region are dying every day, either because of diseases contracted in the often crowded and unhygienic camps for displaced persons or because of Janjaweed attacks. read more

WASHINGTON – U.S. wholesale stockpiles rose in May at the weakest pace in five months as companies kept their supplies in line with slower sales.Wholesale stockpiles grew 0.5 per cent in May, the Commerce Department said Thursday, down from a 1 per cent surge in April. Big gains in inventories of autos, lumber and metals drove the latest increase.Sales at the wholesale level, meanwhile, rose 0.7 per cent, down from 1.3 per cent in April. Auto sales jumped 1.1 per cent while sales of computers and electrical equipment fell.The slower pace of sales and restocking suggests that consumer and business demand weakened a bit in May. But the figures also show that companies aren’t building up large stockpiles, which can leave them with unsold goods if sales slow further.And May’s increase in inventories can contribute to economic growth because it means more orders of factory goods, which boosts manufacturing output.Thursday’s report covers inventories held at the wholesale level. Next week, the government will detail inventories at the manufacturing and retail levels.Businesses sharply cut back on restocking in the first three months of the year, a big reason the economy shrank at a 2.9 per cent annual rate. That was the largest contraction since the first quarter of 2009, in the depths of the recession.But companies are now restocking their shelves and warehouses at a faster pace, which should boost growth. Total business inventories rose 0.6 per cent in April, the biggest gain in 6 months.Harsh winter weather in the first quarter shut down factories, disrupted shipping and lowered auto and home sales. Most economists expect warmer weather will help the economy grow again in the second quarter, at about a 2.5 per cent to 3 per cent annual rate. US wholesale stockpiles rise at a slower pace in May as sales gains also weaken by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2014 8:24 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNCHR) said that during the first six months of 2013, more then 46,000 refugees and migrants arrived in Yemen, a country that has received close to half a million refugees since 2006.“UNHCR staff and our partners, such as the Yemeni Red Crescent and the Danish Refugee Council, work daily to record new arrivals and offer them support,” UNHCR spokesperson Melissa Fleming told reporters in Geneva. “That help takes many forms, including food and water, first aid and transportation to transit and reception centres, hot meals, welcome packages including blankets and clothing, accommodation and counselling.”Ms. Fleming said UNHCR had witnessed a significant change in the refugee and migrant population arriving in Yemen over the past two years, with more arrivals from Ethiopia. Previously, Somali refugees made up between one-third and one-quarter of total arrivals. Other arrivals come from Djibouti and Sudan, she said.“Refugees and migrants are vulnerable to exploitation, violence and sexual abuse at all stages of their journeys,” Ms. Fleming said. “Boats crossing the Arabian Sea or Red Sea to Yemen are often overcrowded. Smugglers may force passengers into the water to avoid detection. Smugglers and traffickers often wait on the coast to receive the new arrivals.”The Government of Yemen automatically recognizes Somali arrivals as refugees, while UNHCR determines the refugee status of Ethiopians and other nationals. Ms. Fleming said few Ethiopians seek asylum as many want to travel beyond Yemen or do not know how the asylum process works. “As a result, most Ethiopians are left extremely vulnerable,” she said.Ms. Fleming said there have been positive developments, as the number of dead or missing refugees and migrants has dropped significantly – to five people so far this year from 43 in all of 2012. Yemeni authorities have also had some success in locating smugglers’ and traffickers’ bases and cracking down on their operations.“We are also engaged with the Yemeni Government and national and international partners. Together we are working to enhance services offered to refugees, asylum-seekers and migrants as well as find sustainable solutions,” she added. read more

first_imgTop European scientist have started to work on a project called “RoboEarth” that could potentially be used to allow robots to share information between each other.RoboEarth will be the place where the robots can upload data from tasks that they have been programmed to undertake and they can also use the same system to ask for help in carrying out new tasks, thus they are able to learn for themselves (Skynet anyone?).The system is like the equivalent of the World Wide Web but for robots, it will be used primarily as a communication system and as a database. The database will contain maps of places that the robots work, descriptions of any objects that they encounter and specific instructions that they used to complete the tasks.RoboEarth researcher Dr Markus Waibel compared this to the human equivalent of Wikipedia:Wikipedia is something that humans use to share knowledge, that everyone can edit, contribute knowledge to and access, he said. Something like that does not exist for robots. If the system takes off it could allow a robot to gain a better understanding of what it means to do some of the more basic tasks that we take for granted, i.e. setting the dinner table and what items are needed to achieve this (knives, forks etc).This way robots could become truly beneficial to humans as they progressively learn from each other to avoid making the same mistakes.Read more at BBC via RoboEarthlast_img read more

first_imgTrump targets critic by name on Twitter after Republican backlash to his health plan “This is Obamacare Lite, it will not pass,” Senator Rand Paul fumed. 33,810 Views US PRESIDENT DONALD Trump is facing mounting concern from fellow Republicans over their party’s plan to replace Obamacare, with conservatives warning the bill is too similar to existing controversial health care law.Several far-right lawmakers said the Republican plan abandons conservative fiscal principles by maintaining government subsidies of the Affordable Care Act, but under the guise of “refundable tax credits” for people to purchase their own health insurance.“This is Obamacare Lite, it will not pass,” fumed Senator Rand Paul on Fox News.Later, he told reporters that Republicans were “united on repeal, but divided on replacement.”Other Republicans described the bill – the result of seven years of effort – as a missed opportunity, even a step in the wrong direction.“We don’t know how much it will cost, and we don’t know if this bill will make health care more affordable for Americans,” said Senator Mike Lee, who opposes the use of tax credits.With rebellion brewing, Trump hosted more than 20 House Republicans at the White House, where he said he is “proud” to back the plan and anticipated Congress would vote to repeal Obamacare “quickly.”“They want Obamacare over,” he said of Americans who voted Trump into office.So let’s get it done. Share4 Tweet Email Mar 8th 2017, 8:55 AM 36 Comments Short URLcenter_img Source: Alex BrandonThe legislation gets its first official review in Congress today, when two House committees debate and possibly amend the bill.Republicans control the White House and both chambers of Congress.If enough Republicans defect, particularly in the Senate, where they hold a narrow 52-48 majority, the highly anticipated repeal-and-replace plan could collapse.House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has shepherded the bill through several drafts, sought to downplay divisions within his party.“We will have 218 when this thing comes to the floor, I can guarantee you that,” Ryan said, referring to the majority votes needed to pass legislation in the 435-member chamber.‘Ryancare’ Pressure from outside Congress swelled quickly yesterday, with several conservative groups opposing the plan.The pro-free-market Club for Growth labeled it “Ryancare,” after the speaker, and said it was a “warmed-over substitute for government-run health care.”Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence was dispatched to the US Capitol to huddle with Senate Republicans in a show of support for the legislation that was crafted by House Republican leadership.Pence said afterwards that the bill remained “open to improvement” through the legislative process. Source: TwitterThat debate is proceeding apace “and will continue to be vigorous,” said Senator Ted Cruz, who said he had “a number of concerns” with the House legislation.“We can not do nothing at all,” Cruz said.Failure is not an option.The bill has come in for criticism from more moderate factions too, including four Republican senators whose states expanded the low-income Medicaid program through Obamacare.Those states’ Republican governors are concerned that the planned phaseout of the expansion under the new bill would leave thousands of residents without coverage.Reforms implemented under then-president Barack Obama are credited with helping 20 million Americans gain coverage, but have been criticised for rising premiums and other costs.Democrats have savaged the bill as an immoral shift of costs from the wealthy to poor and working-class Americans.Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price explained that “it’s the beginning of the process” and that extensive negotiations were ahead.The goal, top Republicans said, is swift debate and adoption of the Obamacare substitute prior to the Easter break that begins 8 April.- © AFP 2017Read: New round of bomb threats to Jewish community centres across the US >Read: Most Irish people think drinking to excess is part of our culture > Wednesday 8 Mar 2017, 8:55 AM By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Brisbane is home to a very proud Greek community, and this month they are set to turn Musgrave Park blue and white to showcase the best of Greek culture and cuisine.This year is particularly special for organisers, with 2018 marking 42 years since the event was established.“Over four decades Paniyiri has grown to become Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival as well as the country’s longest running Greek festival – an admirable success story for the celebration that started in 1976 when a group of passionate Greek Australians wanted to share their cultural traditions with Brisbane,” organisers said.Over 60,000 people are expected to turn out over the weekend, taking place over two days on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May.It’s best to turn up on an empty stomach, with over 30 authentic Greek food stalls featuring everything from succulent meats, haloumi, and loukoumades.There’s also a line-up of Greek chefs who will take the food experience to the next level with demonstrations that will give them the chance to interact with festival-goers and impart some of their culinary wisdom.To mark the milestone, there is a jam-packed schedule of entertainment lined-up, promising something for each member of the family, even the little ones.Brisbane’s Paniyiri Greek Festival is taking place on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 May at Musgrave Park & The Greek Club, Edmondstone St, South Brisbane, QLD. Stay up-to-date with the program on Facebook @Paniyiri, and to purchase tickets visit paniyiri.comlast_img read more

first_imgCivil rights groups are calling on Congress to address discrimination in privacy laws.  Ian Knighton/CNET Civil rights groups are calling on Congress to protect marginalized groups in privacy laws. On Wednesday, over 40 advocacy organizations, including the ACLU, NAACP, Consumer Watchdog and the Center for Democracy & Technology, jointly sent a letter to Congress, urging lawmakers to address data-driven discrimination issues in upcoming privacy laws. “Privacy rights are civil rights,” the letter said. “Protecting privacy in the era of big data means protecting against uses of consumer information that concentrate harms on marginalized communities while concentrating profits elsewhere.” The letter said data security and privacy abuses have harmed marginalized communities. Such abuses include deceptive voter suppression, misinformation targeting African Americans, and discriminatory government surveillance. The letter comes as the Government Accountability Office on Wednesday issued a report recommending the passage of a federal internet privacy law with harsh penalties for companies that violate regulation. The report found that over the past 10 years, most of the Federal Trade Commission’s actions against data privacy abuses went without fines because the agency doesn’t have the authority to impose them. Civil rights groups and the federal government have raised concerns over data abuse and bias being built into technology. Facebook has been accused of excluding certain groups of people, based on ethnic groups and gender, in its targeted advertising features. Last month a study found that Amazon’s facial recognition technology shows gender and racial bias.  “It is long past time to see effective privacy laws for commercial data practices established in the United States,” said the letter.NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Comments 2 Share your voicecenter_img Tags Politics Tech Industrylast_img read more

first_imgWorld shares and risk assets rallied and the dollar backed off highs on Thursday, after the Federal Reserve flagged a rate hike next month, but also an intention to take things slow and steady after that.The pick-up in risk sentiment combined with the dip in the dollar .DXY gave commodities a reprieve from recent selling, with oil and gold inching higher.European stocks also opened strongly with the FTSEurofirst 300 .FTEU3 pushed to a three-month high by more than 1 percent gains in London .FTSE, Frankfurt .GDAXI and Paris .FCHI, after Japan’s Nikkei .N225 had hit a similar peak in Asia.[.T]Minutes of the Fed’s last policy meeting showed most members were ready to sanction the bank’s first rise in rates in almost a decade in December as long as further moves then depended on the economy continuing to perform well.”We have had an interesting FOMC minutes and risk assets have rallied across the board with the dollar weaker and EM leading the way,” said Alvin Tax an FX strategist at Societe Generale in London.”That is the success of the Fed really. We expect they will hike in December but then proceed slowly after that and that has soothed markets.”Leaps across Asia meant MSCI’s benchmark emerging market share index .MSCIEF was on course for its best day in a month and the 45-country All World equivalent .WORLD was up for a fourth straight day.Bond markets also seemed to get the message that the Fed was in no rush with rates with longer-term debt outperforming and the yield curve flattening noticeably. While two-year yields rose 3 basis points, those on 30-year paper actually dipped a basis point.Yields were also lower across most of Europe and Asia. The premium offered by U.S. two-year debt over its German counterpart yawned out to 124 basis points, the fattest margin since 2006 and a positive for the dollar.However, being long dollars has been a very crowded trade and investors decided to book some profits in the wake of the Fed minutes. Against a basket of currencies .DXY the dollar dipped 0.4 percent and away from a seven-month peak.The euro edged up to $1.0682 EUR= and off a seven-month trough around $1.0615. The dollar also eased against the yen to 123.25 JPY=, after touching a three-month peak of 123.67.Minutes of the European Central Bank’s last policy meeting are due later on Thursday and will likely reinforce expectations of further easing from Frankfurt in December.Peter Praet, the ECB’s chief economist kept up the speculation saying the so called “zero lower bound” for interest rates was lower than most had originally thought.COMMODITY RELIEFIn Asia overnight, the Bank of Japan surprised no one at its regular policy meeting by maintaining the current pace of asset buying, though many still suspect it will have to ease again at some point to force inflation higher.Tokyo’s Nikkei .N225 firmed 1 percent, brushing aside a disappointing report on exports and imports.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan rose 2 percent, with Australia’s main index AXJO up by the same amount for a third straight session of gains.After a slow start, Chinese markets caught the better mood and the CSI300 index .CSI300 of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen added 1.6 percent.In commodity markets, gold added 0.6 percent to $1,077.20 an ounce having been at its lowest since early 2010. Zinc, copper, lead and nickel were all near their lowest in five to seven years.Oil prices rose from three-month lows on short-covering. U.S. crude steadied at $40.65 a barrel, while Brent firmed 20 cents to $44.34. [O/R]”People are seeing oil at these very low levels and so they want to step in,” said Hans van Cleef, senior energy economist at ABN Amro in Amsterdam.last_img read more

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first_imgDr. Elizabeth Simas (Associate professor, political science, UH) joins host Gary Polland for a recap of the 2018 mid-term election. Topics include the “Beto Effect,” Props A & B, and the defeat of Harris County judge Ed Emmett by Lina Hidalgo. With guests Neftali Partida (Senior Public Policy Advisor, Locke Lord LLP) and Mustafa Tameez (Managing Director, Outreach Strategists). Original air date: November 9, 2018.Watch more episodes of Red, White and Blue Sharelast_img

Merging the sounds of spiritualism

first_imgThe Capital brought forth its spiritual side as Bhakti Sangeet brings different devotional streams together. Presented by the Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture and Languages and the Sahitya Kala Parishad, the second day (10 May) of the three-day festival saw different streams of truth merge together in expression. The performances by Shubha Mudgal and Mohammad Irshad regaled audience present over there. The day began with the Buddhist chanting of Bhutan  followed by the message of Krishna Bhakti by O S Arun and Mohammad Irshad then enamored the audience by rendering the pure kalams of Bulle Shah. Mudgal ended the evening singing from the school of Nirgun bhakti. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The first day of the festival witnessed the recitations from the Rig Veda by K Vasedevan Namboothiri, A M Kesavan and K Madhavan Namboothiri. The chanting from the Vedas was followed by the mystic Baul singing of Bengal by Parvathi Baul. More for the evening was Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans crooning to the devotional Punjabi Sufi kalams, stirring the spiritual hearts of the audience and listeners.The festival  featured 14 devotional singers of different genres, including bhajans, the sufi qawwali tradition of India as well as the traditions of Krishna bhakti. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Devotional music is one form of expression that can be found in every kind of civilization, society and tribe. Given the multiplicity of religious beliefs in India, it is no wonder that we have an extremely rich and versatile tradition of devotional music. We can find Bhakti Sangeet in every language we encounter and in every region we visit. We are a nation of spirituality and we have multifarious ways of professing our love to God. Bhakti Sangeet is unique as it brings together all different genres of devotional music prevalent in India on one stage’, says Rinku Dugga, Secretary, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Govt of Delhi. It was our bhakti and sufi saints who laid the foundation of our composite culture and the festival  was an ode to it.last_img read more

Paintnet 42 is out with a huge list of changes 4.2 is out with a huge list of changes by Martin Brinkmann on July 15, 2019 in Music and Video – 9 commentsThe developer of released a new version of the image editor for Microsoft’s Windows operating system on July 13, 4.2 is an update for the desktop version and Microsoft Store version of the image editor. The new version is already available for download on the official project website. Updates of the Store version and installed versions may take up to a week if automatic updates are enabled.Desktop users may run a manual check for updates to download the new version immediately; this is done with a click on the Settings icon, and selecting Updates > Check now in the Settings window.To put the 4.2 release into perspective. 4.0 was released in 2014, 4.1 in 2018. The developer of releases updates regularly but major updates like 4.2 are rare.One of the major new features of 4.2 is support for the HEIC file format. Support is not available on all supported versions of Windows, however. HEIC support is only available on devices running Windows 10 version 1809 or newer, and only if the HEVC Video Extensions application is installed.The developer mentions the paid version for $0.99 only but there is also a free version available that users may want to give a try. Microsoft included the codec initially in Windows 10 but moved it to the Store when it released the Creators Update for Windows 10.A quick test on a Windows 10 version 1809 confirmed that the free version is enough to display .heic images in the image editor.The format is used as the default format on Apple iPhone devices and also supported on some devices running newer versions of Android.Core file types, including BMP, GIF, PNG, JPEG, and TIFF — have been upgraded internally. The developer built them on top of the Windows Image Component instead of GDI+ which also introduced new functionality such as support for saving 32-bit BMP images with alpha transparency, support for larger JPEG, TIFF, and PNG sizes, or saving TIFF images at 25-bit and 8 color did not really handle very large images, those starting at 32kx32k pixels, well performance-wise. Users who had to edit these large images noticed that performance would drop of significantly  and that it could take anywhere from several seconds to a minute before the application responded again.Other changes in 4.2New keyboard shortcuts for changing the current layer are available now:Go to Top layer —  Ctrl-Alt-PageUpGo to layer Above — Alt-PageUpGo to layer Below — Alt-PageDownGo to Bottom layer — Ctrl-Alt-PageDownSupport for saving PNG images as interlaced.TGA images load about four times faster than in previous versions.Errors are reported in the Save Configuration dialog. Also, some performance improvements.Fixed Windows Explorer thumbnails for certain image types, PDN, DDS, and TGA, that were not rendering alpha correctly.Improved CPU usage for thumbnail updates.You find the full list of changes published on the Blog.Now You: Which image editor, if any, do you use?Summary12345 Author Rating5 based on 2 votes Software Name 4.2Operating System WindowsSoftware Category MultimediaLanding Page Advertisementlast_img read more