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first_imgIn a bid to resurrect the situation for his party, Telugu Desam president N. Chandrababu Naidu embarked on a 117-day padayatra from Hindupur on Tuesday evening to redeem the situation for his party.According to reports, Naidu struggling to capitalise on the wide gap between promise and performance of the Congress-led government seeks to expose the inefficient state administration through his long march.In an interview to a newspaper, Naidu reportedly said: “The Congress leadership has pushed Andhra Pradesh into an abyss after retaining power in the 2009 Assembly elections by its indecision on fundamental issues like Telangana and by staging political charades with the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) and the YSR Congress.”Through his padyatra, the leader of Opposition in the Andhra Pradesh Assembly is expected to cover over 2,000 kms in 117 days covering about 13 out of 23 districts of the state in the first round of ‘Vastunna…mee kosam’ (I am coming….for you) yatra.Naidu formally kicked off his padayatra from Hindupur in Anantapur district on Tuesday, and walked about eight kilometres on the first day.It may be noted that the TDP has remained out of power ever since Y S Rajasekhara Reddy brought the Congress party back in power in the state. Expecting a favourable response from electorate in 2014 elections, Naidu’s yatra is also an attempt to regain the lost glory of party. During these 117 days, Naidu would reportedly trek 2,340 km covering 13 districts, including those in Telangana, Rayalaseema, coastal Andhra and North Andhra.Sporting imported Duomax imported shoes, Naidu will reportedly walk at the rate of 12-15 km every day along with 1,000 party workers. The party leaders have arranged a team of doctors, a personal cook and other paraphernalia. Since Naidu is avoiding the special protection group security cover, the government is ensuring that he is provided with adequate security during the yatra.Naidu’s padayatra is expected to be the longest ever taken up by any politician. In 2003, former Chief Minister YS Rajasekhara Reddy undertook the historic padayatra, Praja Prasthanam, of about 1500 km, starting from Chevella in Ranga Reddy district to Itchapuram in Srikakulam district in mid-summere; the yatra catapulted YSR to power in the 2004 assembly elections.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgFILE – In this Dec. 29, 2018, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard Seth Curry, left, and his brother, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, exchange jerseys after an NBA basketball game in Portland, Ore. The Curry brothers are returning to their hometown of Charlotte, N.C, for the NBA All-Star weekend. Stephen, a two-time league MVP, will join younger brother Seth in the 3-point shootout on Saturday night at the Spectrum Center and then play in his sixth straight All-Star game on Sunday. (AP Photo/Steve Dykes, File)CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Curry family All-Star Weekend is off to a rousing start — a Curry knocked down a big shot on Friday.Not surprising, except it was Sonya Curry. Yes, Dell’s wife and the mother of Stephen and Seth showed she also hit a dramatic game-winning shot from deep.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Dell isn’t sure what to expect from his highly competitive sons.“At my daughter’s wedding we played Liar’s Dice for about two hours and that was the most competitive thing I have seen in a long time,” the proud papa said with a laugh.The NBA is accommodating the Currys with extra tickets, knowing how big of a weekend it is for the family. Stephen has his own guest list — separate from the rest of the family — and hopes to limit it to 30 people. The immediate family is staying in downtown hotels, which Stephen said feels “really weird.”Some of the out-of-towners will stay at Dell and Sonya’s house while the couple bunks downtown so they can be close to family.Dell was overjoyed that all of his kids — and their children — made it back to Charlotte.Stephen is married to Ayesha and the couple has three children. Seth has a child with Callie Rivers, the daughter of NBA coach Doc Rivers. And the players’ sister, Sydell, who recently married Stephen’s Warriors’ teammate Damion Lee, a two-way player with Golden State, is in town, too.Dell was beaming about the improvements to the Carole Hoefener Center, which was partly funded by the Currys.“What makes me the proudest is that all the kids were here,” Dell said of the dedication, “everyone contributed and long after the All-Star game is gone kids in Charlotte will still be able to use the community center.” ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Lakers’ Kyle Kuzma wins MVP as Team US tops World in NBA Rising Stars Sonya sank a one-handed, half-court shot — that she took underhanded — to beat the clock and help her three-person team topple squads led by her NBA sons and one led by her daughter in a family shootout during a dedication of a refurbished Charlotte community center.And she let her sons know about it. Sonya raced around the court after the ball went through the basket as fans in the crowded center cheered. She danced, taunting her sons as they looked on in amazement while her teammate and husband applauded.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“I was trash talking with the kids and I said, ‘me and your pops, we are going to take this thing from you.’ And they were like, ‘whatever, whatever,” Sonya said.She joked that she now has “bragging rights” as the family’s best shooter, holding up a black-and-gold championship belt with the letters “SC” on it. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Dutertecenter_img US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants He said he was just happy he didn’t lose to his brother.The shootout featured that included the Curry children and their families. Each team had to make a layup, a foul shot, two 3-pointers from the corner and the top of the key and, finally a half-court shot in the timed event.It was part of a busy day of All-Star Weekend activities for the Currys in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina.After the community center dedication, Stephen headed 30 miles north to Davidson College, where he cheered on his alma mater against St. Joseph’s. It wasn’t just polite claps or nods after good plays, he really got into it.At one point he tipped over a beer under his seat. He gave an incredulous look and pumped his fist when 6-foot-10 freshman center Luka Brajkovic threw a no-look over-the shoulder pass to teammate KiShawn Pritchett for an easy layup. And he clapped to “Cotton-Eyed Joe” at the halftime show featuring kids performing a Wizard of Oz dance routine.And after Davidson won Stephen jumped into the student section and posed for a picture with the Davidson men’s swim team — who were wearing nothing but Speedos.The crowd roared with delight, chanting, “MVP, MVP, MVP.”While Stephen was taking in the Davidson game, Seth was heading downtown to meet with old friends and have some dinner.Stephen will join younger brother Seth in the 3-point shootout Saturday night at the Spectrum Center and then play in his sixth straight All-Star game Sunday. Seth is planning on taking in a high school game at his alma mater, Charlotte Christian, on Saturday and Dell is being honored at the NBA Legends brunch on Sunday.The fact that Seth is involved makes it extra special. Stephen said that the family group text was “buzzing” when everyone learned Seth was invited to compete in the 3-point contest. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments “I got the belt ,” Sonya proudly proclaimed.Dell said Sonya practiced the shot last week and “she told me she was going to make it — she called it. I was shocked, surprised, amazed.”So was Stephen, the Golden State Warriors two-time league MVP who said, “Unbelievable — absolutely unbelievable.”Seth couldn’t hold back laughter knowing he just got beat by his mom, a former volleyball player — and knowing he’s probably not going to hear the end of it.The Portland guard said afterward “that was a lucky shot, but she knocked it down on the big stage.”ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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first_imgIt took 12 years for a dream to become reality. For India to win its first gold as independent country in hockey. And all this happened because of one man, Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar). A ‘pagal bangali’ who had the dream of making a hockey team that would beat British on their own land, and make India win its first gold as an independent nation.Gold traces the “golden era” of Indian hockey through the journey of Das, a young assistant manager in 1936, who dreams of playing for independent India.Inspired by true events, Gold captures India’s first Olympic Games win as a free country in hockey. Kumar is back on the big screen with his usual dose of nationalism, but this time in the form of a sports drama.Apart from Akshay, the film also stars Kunal Kapoor, Vineet Kumar Singh, Amit Sadh and Mouni Roy.The 50-year-old actor took to Twitter to unveil the trailer of Gold, and wrote, “Winners under British India, Legends under Free India. Witness the golden era of Indian Hockey through #Gold.”Talking about Gold, Akshay in an earlier interview had said, “Gold releases on August 15 and on August 12 is the 70th anniversary of India’s first gold medal as a free country at the 1948 Summer Olympic Games in London. The release couldn’t have been planned better. It’s a matter of pride that while we celebrate the 70th anniversary of one of our first biggest victories on foreign soil in hockey, we will also host the Hockey World Cup. As for the sport getting its due, I think this was long overdue.”advertisementDirected by Reema Kagti, Gold is set to release on August 15.ALSO READ | Gold teaser: Akshay Kumar recreates India’s first Olympic gold win in Reema Kagti’s nextALSO READ | Akshay Kumar’s Gold: All you need to know about independent India’s first Olympic goldALSO WATCH | Akshay Kumar wins National Award – How the actor became Sabse Bada Khiladilast_img read more

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first_imgThe number one Test team in the world is struggling. Up until last year, Virat Kohli had the world at his feet thanks to the Indian team’s performance in whites.But the script has completely changed in 2018 as the team has been found wanting in overseas conditions.Out of six matches, the Indian team has managed just two wins, including the one against Test debutants Afghanistan, while losing the remaining games by big margins mainly due to the poor form of its batsmen.Time running out: How long can Indian batsmen keep failing overseas?Cheteshwar Pujara and Shikhar Dhawan in particular, have failed miserably whenever they have come up against good bowlers on seaming tracks.Pujara, India’s top choice at No.3, has been in tremendous touch on home soil while the same is true for Dhawan.Virat Kohli finally admits he got team combination wrong after Lord’s humiliationBut the duo have struggled to replicate that form when they have been taken out of their comfort zones in South Africa and England.The problem here is that both these batsmen have been struggling for quite some time now outside the sub-continent.Virat Kohli after innings defeat at Lord’s: We were outplayed and deserved to losePujara scored 1 and 17. He did manage to spend some time in the middle, facing 25 and 87 balls in both innings, but his strike rate made matters worse for the team.On the other hand, Dhawan’s failure in the first Test meant that he found no place in the playing XI at Lord’s.advertisementIndia handed humiliating defeat by ruthless England at Lord’sPujara’s average in Asia is a staggering 65 but it drops down to 31 in South Africa and even worse 20 in England since his first tour in the country in 2014.Dhawan’s performance is alarming to say the least in South Africa and England. He’s averaging just over 20 in England and 18 in South Africa.Downright embarrassing: Indian cricket fans fume after Lord’s disasterPujara’s highest score in Europe is 55 while Dhawan hasn’t managed more than 37 in an innings in the continent.The team has been quite patient with these two batsmen but it seems like the time has come for the selectors to start looking for other options for future overseas tours.India’s star batsmen have no excuses left after failing in another away TestWhy does Pujara, who has been playing for 8 years now, deserve a place in the XI when he is averaging 34 away from home? And even the away average includes Tests against Sri Lanka and West Indies.And why has the team persisted with Dhawan when his record in England is appalling? Shikhar Dhawan’s highest Test score in England remains 37 that he scored four years ago (AP Photo)Sunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England’India gave KL Rahul the chance to open the innings in Lord’s but the Karnataka batsman failed to get the desired results. But Rahul needs to be given a longer rope at the position and also needs to feel secure about his place in the playing XI for him to start succeeding on a regular basis.This wasn’t the first time India gave Dhawan the chance to play the first Test and then replaced him with Rahul for the next game after one bad result. The same happened in South Africa.Pujara on the other hand, holds the most important batting position in the lineup. Experts say the best batsman in the team must bat at No.3 in Tests and that is where he has been struggling.The immediate replacement in sight at the moment is Karun Nair, who has been waiting in the wings ever since his record-breaking triple hundred against England two years ago.Nair has been in decent form in first-class cricket having scored some runs against West Indies A and England Lions.But it is unlikely that he will get an opportunity at Trent Bridge with Pujara holding on to his batting position for another Test at least.Time is running out for Pujara and Dhawan. They will have to pull up their socks now or else they may not make the cut for the Australia tour later in the year.The ball is in the Indian selectors’ court now as they will have two months after the England series to decide whether they want to stick with the underperforming duo or move on and give youngsters like Nair a chance in future.last_img read more

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first_imgBangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza marked his 200th ODI to claim 3-30 and help his side secure a five-wicket victory against West Indies in the three-match series opener on Sunday.His fellow pace bowler Mustafizur Rahman ended with 3-35 as Bangladesh restricted West Indies to 195-9 on a sluggish wicket, before its batsmen comfortably chased the target with 89 balls to spare.Mushfiqur Rahim led the chase with a 70-ball 55 not out, hitting five fours while opener Liton Das provided the early impetus with 41.The platform was set by Mortaza, who ran through West Indies top order and bowled with tight line and length to make it difficult for the visitors.After captain Rovman Powell won the toss and opted to bat first, left-arm spinner Shakib Hasan (1-36) secured the initial breakthrough, removing Keiran Powell (10) for the third straight time having done so twice in the second test.Opener Shai Hope stayed calm on a wicket that offered variable bounce but saw wickets tumble at the other end.Darren Bravo, playing his first match in two years, survived twice, before Tamim Iqbal held a difficult catch to give Mortaza his first wicket on his 200th match, ending Bravo’s hard-fought innings on 19.Most of the West Indies batsmen got off the mark but couldn’t carry on in large part due to the Bangladesh bowlers’ disciplined attack with Mortaza at the fore.The defining wicket of the match was Hope’s as Mortaza had him caught by Mehidy Hasan at point. Hope’s 51-ball innings included three boundaries.advertisementOffspinner Mehidy (1-30) then compounded the visitors’ pain by getting in-form batsman Shimron Hetmyer (6) with a delivery that kept extremely low while fast bowler Rubel Hossain (1-61) removed Marlon Samuels (25) who perished to a rash shot.With the West Indies on 127-6, Roston Chase and Keemo Paul combined for a 51-run stand for the seventh wicket to raise the tourists’ hopes. But just as the partnership was starting to look threatening, Mustafizur Rahman ended Chase’s vigilance when he was on 32 off 38 balls.Paul then took charge and was key in helping West Indies take 66 runs in the last 10 overs but Mustafizur took two wickets in the last over, to deny West Indies going past 200.In pursuit of the tricky total, Bangladesh had far from an ideal start.Coming off a long injury lay-off, opener Tamim Iqbal was foxed by an offspinner Roston Chase (2-47) delivery to be out on 12 while Imrul Kayes (4) was undone by the searing pace of Oshane Thomas (1-34), leaving Bangladesh at 42-2.Rahim and Das combined for a 47-run third-wicket stand to keep the side aloft but Das too played a loose shot to throw away his wicket after he smacked five boundaries.Shakib Al Hasan made a 26-ball 30 to pace the innings when West Indies appeared to be the control of the game.West Indies bowlers dismissed Shakib and Soumya Sarkar (19) in quick succession but Mushfiqur Rahim and Mahmudullah (14 not out) finished the job and secured a 1-0 lead.The second match of the three-ODI series will be played on Tuesday.(With AP inputs)Also Read | Bangladesh vs West Indies 1st ODI in Mirpur: As it happenedAlso Read | Bangladesh vs West Indies 1st ODI: ScorecardAlso Watch:last_img read more

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first_imgBy Krishna SinhaChaudhuryNew Delhi, Dec 26 (IANS) Finnish company HMD Global, which sells Nokia-branded phones, has more or less designed products based on the traditional “Nokia build” that has been received warmly by Indian buyers.The latest Nokia 8.1 smartphone retains the design language that we have been seeing in Nokia devices.Available in India for Rs 26,999 in a single configuration of 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage, the device supports high-quality HDR10 display, like its predecessor, the Nokia 7.1.While the handset maker’s focus has been on manufacturing value-for-money devices for the price-conscious Indian market with good hardware and neat Android One experience, this device has been priced a little higher and, according to the company, falls under the “value flagship” category.We used the phone for a few days and here’s how it fared in real-life usage.HMD Global has used a single block of series 6000 aluminium to build the device — in a rich glass sandwich design with a sand-blasted finish. The iron/steel-coloured review variant was a refreshing change from the usual blue and red tints that we see in smartphones these days.Considering the design language, the Nokia 8.1 looked a lot more premium than its rivals in the same price segment. The maroon-coloured finish with hues of steel looked great.Talking about the front of the device, a 6.18-inch Full HD+ screen takes up most of the space. There’s a notch as well that houses the earpiece, and the selfie camera.The screen definitely outpaced Xiaomi Poco F1 in terms of sunlight legibility and brightness.The phone’s display settings can be tweaked between the default Dynamic mode, the Vivid mode and Cinema mode. The FHD+ LCD screen is also protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass from Corning.The Nokia 8.1 features a 12MP auto focus (AF) sensor and a 13MP fixed focus (FF) sensor at the rear that churned out good photographs with the right amount saturation. Images shot in both landscape standard auto were equally sharp.The smartphone also sports HMD Global’s famed “Bothie” feature that essentially lets the user shoot photos from the rear and selfie cameras simultaneously.A 3500mAh battery powers the device that let us churn out over a day’s juice on a single charge.Android “Adaptive Battery” feature is worth mentioning that adapted to the usage pattern and helped increase the battery life after using it for 2-3 days.A Qualcomm Snapdragon 710 system on chip (SoC) paired with 4GB RAM and 64GB onboard storage handled most everyday tasks efficiently. Usual social media surfing, Internet and video streaming and gaming was pretty smooth on the device.The internal storage can be further expanded up to 400GB via a hybrid MicroSD card slot.What doesn’t work?While the Nokia 8.1 ticks most boxes, it comes with a few caveats too. For example, the size of the notch could bother some users. Also, considering the price point of Rs 26,999, we would have loved some sort of weather-proofing (IP rating) on the device.The photos taken in low-light conditions fell short of detail.Conclusion: Android One (pure Android experience) and timely software paired with the Snapdragon 710 chipset make this one stand out in the mid-range priced smartphone category. Those looking for an enticing design and capable hardware should consider buying this phone.(Krishna SinhaChaudhury can be contacted at krishna.s@ians.in)–IANSksc/na/vm/sacadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_imgShare via Email ABC News (@ABC)NEW: Tiger Woods pleads guilty to reckless driving following DUI arrest. https://t.co/lbaB2VcDjR pic.twitter.com/ouB2eBZp7QOctober 27, 2017 US sports Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Pinterest Since you’re here… Tiger Woods pleaded guilty to reckless driving and agreed to enter a diversion programme on Friday, five months after he was found passed out in his Mercedes with prescription drugs and marijuana in his system.Woods, 41, spoke only briefly during a hearing at a Palm Beach County courthouse, answering questions from a judge about his plea agreement. Prosecutors dropped his driving under the influence charge, and the judge warned him to stay out of trouble.“This particular plea agreement has no jail time on it. However, if you violate your probation in any significant way, I could revoke your probation and then I could sentence you to jail for 90 days with a fine of up to $500, is that understood?” Judge Sandra Bosso-Pardo said. Woods nodded. He did not make any statement during the hearing or outside the courthouse.In the diversion programme, Woods will spend a year on probation and pay a $250 fine and court costs. He has already met some of the programme’s other requirements, completing 50 hours of community service at the Tiger Woods Foundation, prosecutor Dave Aronberg said.Aronberg didn’t say specifically what Woods did with the charitable group, but said he met the terms of the deal. Woods also attended a workshop where victims of impaired drivers detail how their lives were damaged. Since he was intoxicated with prescription drugs and marijuana, according to court records, he will also be required to undergo regular drug tests. Share on Twitter Woods was arrested at about 2am on 29 May when officers found him unconscious in his Mercedes, which was parked awkwardly on the roadside and had damage to the driver’s side. It’s not clear how he damaged the car. Officers checked the area but didn’t find that he had hit anything. He was about 15 miles from his home.His arrest was recorded by an officer’s dashcam video and released to the public.Woods had the active ingredient for marijuana, two painkillers Vicodin and Dilaudid the sleep drug Ambien and the anti-anxiety drug Xanax in his system but no alcohol, according to a toxicology report released in August. He completed a drug treatment programme in July. Woods has said he had been self-medicating to relieve the pain from his fourth back surgery and insomnia.Woods has not competed since February because of his back injury and is not expected to return this year. His last win was in August 2013. Share on Messenger Support The Guardian Share on Facebook Golf news Share on WhatsApp Tiger Woods Topicslast_img read more

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first_imgKeanu Neal exits the field in pain after being injured.INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA – SEPTEMBER 22: Keanu Neal #22 of the Atlanta Falcons is helped off the field during the second quarter in the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Justin Casterline/Getty Images)Atlanta Falcons star safety Keanu Neal suffered an Achilles injury in the first half of today’s game against the Indianapolis Colts.Neal was hurt in a non-contact scenario, which is never a good sign. The veteran defensive back had to be carted into the locker room.The Falcons haven’t revealed any additional info on the extent of Neal’s injury, but his reaction as he was taken into the tunnel said a lot.One look at Neal’s face and you can see he thinks it is serious. Unreal… another non-contact injury for Keanu Neal and his body language….. man… (🎥CBS) pic.twitter.com/rQ5dJXyxsy— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 22, 2019If Neal tore his Achilles, it would be an absolutely crushing development. The fourth-year pro missed almost all of last season after tearing his ACL in the season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles.When healthy, Neal is a tremendous talent. The No. 17 overall pick in the 2016 draft, he made the Pro Bowl in his second season.We’ll keep you posted on Neal’s injury as more info becomes available.last_img read more

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first_imgzoom Australia’s Port of Newcastle could turn away from coal as its new chairman said there is an “urgent need” to diversify the regional economy and the port’s business.Professor Roy Green, who has been appointed Chairman of the Port of Newcastle Board, informed that coal “has been at the heart of” the Hunter’s economy for the better part of two centuries, and it will continue to be central to the prosperity of the region and Port of Newcastle for some time to come.“However, there is also an urgent need to diversify the Hunter economy and the port’s business,” Green added.Port of Newcastle has already started diversifying, through investments in a new cruise terminal and non-coal freight facilities.“But we must build significantly on this platform and create world class port facilities that are able to meet the needs of a rapidly changing Hunter and NSW economy. With a 98 year lease, the Port of Newcastle is obliged to think long term, and it will,” Green commented.“Clearly the long term outlook for coal is a threat to the port and Hunter region, but it is also a huge opportunity. While the world’s demand for our coal is beyond our control, our ability to invest in new sources of growth and innovation is not,” he continued.Additionally, Green said that ensuring a level playing field for the development of a viable and competitive container terminal will be among other challenges.Port of Newcastle’s Shareholders are The Infrastructure Fund and China Merchants Group who have an equal 50/50 shareholding.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Shares of BHEL climbed over 5 per cent Monday after the company posted 49.33 per cent jump in standalone net profit for March quarter 2018-19. The scrip jumped 5.36 per cent to close at Rs 72.70 on the BSE. During the day, it zoomed 6.15 per cent to Rs 73.25. At the NSE, shares gained 5.36 per cent to close at Rs 72.70. In terms of traded volume, 40.16 lakh shares were traded on the BSE and over 3 crore shares on the NSE during the day. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents State-owned BHEL Monday posted 49.33 per cent jump in standalone net profit at Rs 682.70 crore for March quarter 2018-19 mainly on the back of higher revenues. The company’s profit in the year-ago period stood at Rs 457.17 crore, as per a BSE filing. Total income rose to Rs 10,418.03 crore in March quarter from Rs 10,351.07 crore in the same period of 2017-18. In addition to interim dividend of Rs 0.80 per share (40 per cent) already paid (on share with face value of Rs 2 each), the company’s board Monday recommended a final dividend of Rs 1.20 per share (60 per cent).last_img read more

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first_imgWhen Avengers: Endgame hits theatres today, it will mark the culmination of Marvel and Disney’s 11-year, 22-movie campaign aimed to utterly dominate the blockbuster box office industry. And it has been an incredibly successful campaign. But how did these types of movies (and yes, D.C. films count, too) come to so successfully dominate an entire industry, to the point that more than half of a given year’s top 10 box office earners are now superhero films? And will the general public ever get tired of them?Norm Wilner has been watching and writing about movies since superhero flicks were rare and generally bad. What changed? How does the superhero formula manipulate an audience into watching similar movies 4-6 times per year? If the latest and greatest is terrible, would it change anything? Oh and, since he’s seen it in advance, is Endgame any good, anyway?GUEST: Norm Wilner, NOW magazine, Someone Else’s Movie (You can read Norm’s review of Avengers: Endgame here.)Audio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_04262019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

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first_imgIn honor of Earth Day on April 22, Colgate is proud to announce that one of the most decorated athletes of all-time, swimmer Michael Phelps, is joining the company’s water conservation awareness effort as global ambassador.As Colgate continues its ongoing partnership with The Nature Conservancy, a leading conservation organization to restore waterways in the U.S. and educate people about the importance of water, Michael Phelps will help raise awareness for the ‘Save Water’ program and inspire the next generation to take action.Colgate is found in more than two-thirds of households around the world, more than any other brand, according to Kantar research, and nearly all Colgate products require consumer water use. By leaving the faucet on, the average American can waste up to four gallons of potable drinking water while brushing his or her teeth for two minutes. Together with Michael Phelps and The Nature Conservancy, Colgate’s 2017 mission is to reach 100 million people and inspire 10 million children to turn off the faucet while brushing, because every drop counts. If embraced broadly, this simple habit can be a powerful act of water and energy conservation.“Water is the earth’s most precious resource, but without realizing it we often take it for granted,” Phelps said. “I’m committed to joining Colgate’s efforts to save water and encouraging the next generation to turn off the faucet. Our son Boomer turns one next month, so he isn’t brushing on his own quite yet, but we’ll teach him to as soon as he does!”As someone world-renowned for his connection to water, Phelps is proud to join Colgate as the global ambassador in this water conservation awareness initiative, appropriately kicking off during Earth Month. This summer, Phelps will introduce three short-form documentaries that convey water issues in the U.S., and rally his and his family’s followers on social media to spread this important message that every drop counts. Colgate will also share this message with children, teachers and families through its award-winning Colgate Bright Smiles, Bright Futures oral health education program.“Colgate is committed to making every drop of water count,” said Lori Michelin, vice president of sustainability & EHS at Colgate-Palmolive. “We work consistently to reduce our water-use footprint and have avoided enough water consumption in manufacturing to fill nearly 20,000 competition-sized swimming pools since 2002. That said, 90 percent of Colgate’s current water-use footprint comes from consumer use of our products, so we’re asking everyone to help.”In addition to turning off the faucet while brushing, individuals can spread awareness using #EveryDropCounts on social media and by learning more here.last_img read more

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first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — A local woman is hosting a fundraiser for the family of 4-year-old Natalie Small in Cecil Lake this weekend.Last December, Small was diagnosed with Stage 4 neuroblasma and has been at B.C. Children’s Hospital undergoing chemotherapy ever since. Natalie’s parents have since been making many round trips to care for her while she’s in hospital, while also caring for her siblings back home.Local resident Stacy Tindill says she doesn’t know the Small family, but has reached out to tell them about the fundraiser, which is taking place at the Cecil Lake Community Hall this Saturday. Tindill said that the Community Hall and Canteen have been donated for the event, which she said is being put on as a winter farmer’s market with vendors and a silent auction. Tindill said she was inspired to keep helping the Small family with their travel expenses after seeing so many members of the community come out to raise money for her in February. She added that vendor tables are still available, and is also looking for items to be donated to the silent auction.For more information about the fundraiser, visit the Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/108346613329048/last_img read more

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Rabat –  The official visit, which HM King Mohammed VI will pay starting Wednesday to China, heralds a new era of cooperation between Rabat and Beijing and will strengthen the strategic, comprehensive and exemplary partnership between the two countries, said Chinese Ambassador to Morocco Sun Shuzhong.“Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Morocco in 1958, the two countries have always had good relations of cooperation and friendship,” said the Chinese diplomat in an interview with MAP ahead of King Mohammed VI’s visit to China, scheduled to take place on May 11.The Chinese ambassador called for strengthening cooperation between the two countries, recalling that the two sides share a long history of friendship and understanding for each other’s characteristics. “Mutual understanding is a prerequisite to mobilize all cooperation factors: investment, trade and transfer of technology,” he said.Sun called for the promotion of cultural exchanges, especially among young people, saying that his country has set up two “Confucius” institutes in Morocco and a Chinese Center, which is still under construction.With MAP read more

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“Like never before, the world needs your leadership. The world needs your strong, effective, outspoken parliaments,” Mr. Ban said in remarks to the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) World Conference of Speakers of Parliament, taking place in Geneva.“You may have varying powers and ambitions but you are the true backbone of democracy. You make the laws. By your very diversity, you are the voice of the people,” he added. The Secretary-General noted that since the group last met five years ago, the world has been shaken by crises in the areas of finance and food, as well as ongoing conflicts in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Sudan, natural disasters, most recently in Haiti, and the menaces of nuclear weapons proliferation, terrorism and transnational organized crime. He said the leadership of the world’s elected lawmakers is needed in four areas. “First, it is you who must act on the great challenges of our times. It is you again who must ratify treaties on climate change, nuclear non-proliferation, economic development… and much else.“And again, it is you, the parliamentarians, who must fund these commitments. It is you who must remind governments of their international obligations,” he stated. Secondly, Mr. Ban emphasized that parliaments can and should be a force for stability, noting that democracies rarely wage war against each other and that civil wars break out less frequently in well-established democracies. “Parliaments help to resolve ethnic, religious and economic tensions. They reinforce justice and the rule of law. They can help advance the interests of women and minority groups.” Parliaments are also essential in advancing development and creating prosperity, he stated, which is particularly important as the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – global targets to reduce poverty, hunger and ill-health – is only five years away.“We have made progress, but we must step up the pace,” said the Secretary-General, who will convene a high-level summit in September in New York to advance progress on the Goals.He added that parliaments can write the laws and invest in programmes that will achieve the MDGs. “You are on the front lines, fighting for your people for basic services like safe water and sanitation, primary education and health care.“It is again up to you to mobilize and prepare your governments for our final push towards the Goals,” he said.Mr. Ban also highlighted the leadership needed from parliaments on the issue of nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, an area that has recently seen some signs of progress, including the conclusion of a new arms reduction treaty between the United States and Russia. “With these building blocks, we are inching closer to a world free of nuclear weapons. But much more needs to be done,” said the UN chief, voicing his hope that the 2nd Nuclear Security Summit to be held in 2012 in the Republic of Korea, his home country, will be a great success in helping realize the goal of a world free of nuclear weapons.He also cited the need for urgent progress towards the entry into force of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), as well as to revitalize the Conference on Disarmament – the world’s sole multilateral disarmament negotiating forum.In addition, Mr. Ban expressed his concern at recent reversals in democracy, including many cases of unconstitutional changes of government, in Africa and elsewhere, which puts hard-won development gains at risk and breeds instability. “Constitutional rule is not always shattered in a single blow. It can suffer death by a thousand cuts, as when governments manipulate constitutional, political and electoral processes to extend their term in office,” he stated.International criminal networks pose yet another threat to the rule of law, he added, noting that they spread corruption, compromise elections and damage the legitimate economy.“Such threats remind us that there is nothing inevitable about democratic development. It comes through hard work, vision, leadership… and sustained effort. “People rightly look to the United Nations to help,” he said. “They look to us to help democracy, to recover from war, to help uphold the rule of law and to shine a spotlight on shortcomings and outright abuses.“But above all, people look to you, their chosen and elected parliamentarians. You are part of a universal democratic ideal. You are proof that democracy is not a model imposed by one part of the world on another, you are evidence that democracy is a yearning shared and voiced by people the world over.”The Secretary-General met with a number of officials on the sidelines of the meeting, including Ali Larijani, Speaker of Iran’s Parliament, with whom he discussed the country’s nuclear issue, combating terrorism and drug trafficking, and the situations in Iraq, Afghanistan and Gaza. Last month the Security Council imposed a fourth round of UN sanctions against Iran, while demanding that the country suspend its enrichment activities and peacefully resolve outstanding concerns over the nature of its nuclear programme, which Tehran has stated is for peaceful purposes but some other countries contend is driven by military ambitions.Mr. Ban “stressed the importance of an early resolution to this issue, through dialogue and full compliance with all relevant Security Council resolutions,” said his spokesperson, Martin Nesirky. 19 July 2010The world’s elected parliamentarians can play a leading role in tackling some of today’s global crises and challenges, including unconstitutional changes of government and threats to the rule of law, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today. read more

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Jean-Christian Cady, deputy head of UNMIK, told the Kosovo Interim Administrative Council (IAC) that the returns could take place as early as March. There are presently 162 Kosovo Albanian detainees in the Serbian prisons.Mr. Cady, who heads a branch of UNMIK dealing with police and justice issues, known as Pillar 1, said that the Belgrade authorities had already handed over to the Mission a large number of the detainees’ files. After studying these files, he would determine which detainees were political prisoners and could be released on their transfer to UN control, and which should continue to serve out their sentence in Kosovo prisons. According to Mr. Cady, the Serb approach in discussions about these transfers was very positive. Briefing the IAC on the situation regarding voluntary returns of the displaced and refugees to Kosovo, UNMIK officials explained that the return programme was entirely voluntary and that economic prospects for the returnees were an important aspect of UN efforts. read more

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by The Associated Press Posted Feb 20, 2017 7:30 pm MDT Last Updated Feb 20, 2017 at 8:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Fox News host Brenda Buttner dies at age 55 NEW YORK, N.Y. – Brenda Buttner, host of Fox News Channel’s “Bulls and Bears” has died after a battle with cancer. She was 55.Buttner served as CNBC’s Washington correspondent and hosted the network’s “The Money Club” before joining Fox News in 2000.Buttner graduated from Harvard University and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University.Fox News host Neil Cavuto paid tribute to Buttner on his show “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” He praised her intelligence and sense of humour, saying “business journalism is never going to be the same.”Fox News announced her death on Monday. read more

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People on the Move

first_img Rachel Jacoby Zoldan has been named senior editor at DailyBurn. She had been senior digital editor at Self. Jose Valle has been named president, political and advocacy sales, at Univision Communications. He had been president at Univision Radio.  Here’s the rest of this week’s people on the move: Matteo Gabba will rejoin Condé Nast as associate director of Condé Nast Global Development. Gabba returns to Condé Nast having held the position of marketing director consumer for the 24 ORE Group. Gabba previously worked as group marketing director at Edizioni Condè Nast (Condé Nast Italy), across GQ and Wired including organising events such as the first edition of Wired Next Fest. While breaking news has long been a critical part of the content mix for a lot of titles, lifestyle magazines have had the luxury of standing apart to a degree. Mobile and social have muddied the waters, but traditionally, their jobs have been to react, not report. More on this topic People on the Move People on the Move 10.30.14 People On The Move | 10.18.12 People On The Move | 6.20.13 New Yorker Swaps Publishers People on the Move | 10.24.13Just In Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the MovePowered by Kaelyn Forde has been named executive editor of news at Refinery29. She had been a reporter and producer at Al Jazeera Media Network. The 24-hour news cycle has officially made its way to magazines.center_img Bloomberg Pursuits has named Ali Salama its new publisher. Most recently, she was group advertising director at Bloomberg LP. Hearst Magazines Digital Media is formally tearing down that wall though, naming Michael Sebastian senior news editor. He’ll manage a 24-hour shared news desk connected to each of the company’s 18 magazine sites. Sebastian had been reporting on media for Advertising Age since 2013. Karen Mahabir has been named managing editor of news at The Huffington Post. Previously, she’d been digital products producer at The Associated Press.  Nigel M. Smith has been named entertainment writer at The Guardian. He had been managing editor at Indiewire.  “Michael is a sharp reporter with deep experience and an understanding of our brands and the kind of news that resonates with our audience,” Kate Lewis, vice president and editorial director of HMDM, says in a statement. “ He is as comfortable writing as he is managing and editing, and he will be a strong and steady leader for this team as we build out our newsroom.” Jeffrey Garten has joined Foreign Policy as a columnist for the brand’s new economic and finance channel. Garten teaches at the Yale School of Management.last_img read more

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first_img Share your voice Comments Tags Samsung “The ACCC alleges Samsung’s advertisements falsely and misleadingly represented Galaxy phones would be suitable for use in, or for exposure to, all types of water, including in ocean water and swimming pools, and would not be affected by such exposure to water for the life of the phone, when this was not the case,” ACCC Chair Rod Sims said.”Samsung showed the Galaxy phones used in situations they shouldn’t be to attract customers,” Mr Sims said.For its part, Samsung says it has noted ACCC’s accusations and plans to defend itself in court.”Samsung stands by its marketing and advertising of the water resistancy of its smartphones,” the company said in a statement. “We are also confident that we provide customers with free-of-charge remedies in a manner consistent with Samsung’s obligations under its manufacturer warranty and the Australian Consumer Law. Customer satisfaction is a top priority for Samsung and we are committed to acting in the best interest of our customers.”  Now playing: Watch this: Samsung’s flagship phones have been advertised as IP68 water resistant since 2016. Josh Miller/CNET An Australian government watchdog agency is taking Samsung to court over claims that the company’s Galaxy phones are safe to take in the water.In 2016 Samsung released its first IP68 water-resistant phone, the Galaxy S7. All of the electronics giant’s flagship phones have since carried the IP68 certification for water resistance and have been advertised as water-friendly phones. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) says this amounts to false advertising.There are two key components to the ACCC’s issue with Samsung. First, Samsung’s advertising indicated that submerging a Galaxy phone under 1.5 meters (about 5 feet) of water for 30 minutes or less wouldn’t impact the device over the course of its lifetime. Second, Samsung advertised phones being used in beaches and pools, even though the IP68 certification only applies to fresh water. ACCC reviewed over 300 Samsung ads as the basis for its claims, it said.  IP68 certified phones are technically water-resistant, not waterproof, and specifically for depths up to 1.5 meters and for 30 minutes or under. IP67 phones, like 2014’s Galaxy S5, are resistant for 30 minutes or less for depths of 1 meter or less, but ACCC specifically referred to phones marketed from 2016 on. The ACCC claims that Samsung has rebuffed warranty claims by customers who say their phones were damaged by water exposure. The watchdog also notes that Samsung’s own website claims the Galaxy S10, its early-2019 flagship phone, is “not advised for beach or pool use.”  Phones Tech Industry 83 The Galaxy S10 is fantastic 5:14 Photos from the iPhone XR and Galaxy S10E 59 Photoslast_img read more

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