Focus on Krunal, Shreyas as selectors pick squads for Zimbabwe, West Indies

first_imgThe selectors are expected to reward IPL performers Krunal Pandya and Karun Nair with their maiden call-ups for the short Zimbabwe tour. While Shreyas Iyer for his strong domestic show could find his name for the four-Test series against West Indies, as selectors pick squads for the two tours on Monday.MS Dhoni is expected to say yes for the short Zimbabwe tour and could be his last assignment for this season with India scheduled to play only Test matches starting from the West Indies tour. If Dhoni opts out asking for rest, Ajinkya will be leading a young side to Zimbabwe.However, Virat Kohli would be getting seasoned and experienced players for the Test series at the Caribbean.SHREYAS IYER IN CONTENTIONKohli, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, KL Rahul, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma are some of the certainties in the squad, while the place for extra batsman might go to Iyer, who has amassed 1321 runs at an average of 73.38 in the current Ranji Trophy season having scored 809 runs in the previous one.Naman Ojha is likely to take the second wicketkeeper’s slot while the fight for the third spinner’s slot is between Harbhajan Singh and Ravindra Jadeja with little to choose between them.Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron are likely to be the other three pacers apart from Ishant while it will be interesting if Jasprit Bumrah will be considered for the longer version with his ability to bowl yorkers.SENIOR PLAYERS TO BE RESTED FOR ZIMBABWEadvertisementAccording to BCCI sources, for Zimbabwe, the selectors will not be considering seniors like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, R Ashwin and Shikhar Dhawan – all of whom have played non-stop for the last six months.For Zimbabwe, KL Rahul, who has scored 348 runs in 13 matches (before the start of DD game,) can be used as wicketkeeper-batsman while Rishabh Pant, whose talent has been the talk of the town, will be a dark horse.With 16 wickets in the IPL, RCB legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal should also fancy his chances for the Zimbabwe tour. In case Dhoni goes, it could be a life-changing opportunity for Pant, who is also a wicketkeeper, to learn from a player of the skipper’s stature.KARUN, KRUNAL IN FRAYKarun Nair, with 346 runs which included a match-winning innings against Sunrisers, is also likely to get the nod. Ambati Rayudu, with a decent IPL, could also be in the Zimbabwe bound squad.But Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians, with 237 runs at a strike-rate of 191 plus and six wickets with flat left-arm spin, could be an ideal replacement for Jadeja.In the pace department, Mohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah are certainties while left-arm pacer Barinder Sran with his variety will be a replacement for the injured Ashish Nehra.His fight for the slot will be with Sreenath Aravind. Sandeep Sharma of KXIP could also be a back-up pacer and will fight it out with Bengal’s Ashok Dinda, who has had a decent IPL to be in the mix of things.With dearth of seam bowling allrounders, the fight will be limited between Hardik Pandya and Stuart Binny, both of whom have no notable performance to show for their efforts.(with PTI inputs)last_img read more

These pictures prove that Malaika Arora Khan’s back with a bang

first_imgNothing stops Malaika Arora Khan from being one of the most glamourous faces on the telly. The actress is ready to judge the seventh season of reality show India’s Got Talent and she’s working them looks rather seriously.Also read:3 times Malaika Arora Khan ruffled our hearts with her styleThe actress started serving style by wearing a black tea-length dress from Russian label Ester Abner, finished with baubles from Farah Khan Fine Jewellery and a chic chignon.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@manekaharisinghaniTaking a turn from her elegant outing, the actress sported a biker-chic look with gear from Harley Davidson, and Isabel Marant boots.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@manekaharisinghaniAlso read: Deepika, Katrina and Malaika give us #OutfitGoalsThe actress showed off her curves in a strapless red dress from Thailand-based brand Poem. Finishing touches came in the form of Givenchy big ‘G’ logo earrings from Viange, pointed pumps from Christian Louboutin and side-swept curls.Picture courtesy: Instagram/@manekaharisinghaniPost her split with husband Arbaaz Khan, Malaika seems to have thrown herself into her work, head on. The last season of India’s Got Talent saw Malaika Arora Khan play a rather sporting judge with contestants using her, her jewellery and even her phone as a part of their acts.We are really excited to see what’s in store this season!last_img read more

Keysight receives certification for eCall test emulator software

first_imgKeysight Technologies announced that the Keysight E6951A public safety answering point (PSAP) emulator has been certified by NavCert. The E6951A is part of Keysight’s E6950A eCall Conformance Test Solution. The certification was awarded Dec.18, 2017.From automotive test labs, OEMs and suppliers within the EU, to those wanting to sell into the EU market, the race is on to achieve eCall compliance. Enforcement of EU-Regulation 2015/758 is quickly approaching with far-reaching impact. The regulation states beginning April 1, 2018, eCall in-vehicle system (IVS) functionality must exist in all new types of vehicles in categories M1 and N1 (cars and light vans) and are subject to EC type-approval specifications as laid out in Annexes I–VIII of EU-Regulation 2017/79.Keysight’s E6951A PSAP emulator has been independently verified by an eCall certification authority as being able to simulate a public safety answering point (PSAP) according to EN standards. Customers can therefore be assured that when successfully testing IVS modules against the E6951A PSAP emulator, the device will be compliant to these standards. The E6951A PSAP emulator also enables a “Live Network Mode.” This allows functional test of an IVS module using a commercial mobile phone in real world scenarios, such as testing emergency calls in poor reception areas or checking the survivability of an IVS module during a crash test. NavCert has certified the Keysight E6951A PSAP Emulator as compliant with the EN 16454 and EN 15722 standards, as detailed on their website.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software Continue Reading Previous Concurrent enhances security for existing product rangesNext Vector: simplified measurement and calibration of ECUs and ADAS sensors with CANape 16.0last_img read more

BOATERS HEAD FOR WATERWAYS DURING HOLIDAY WEEKEND

first_imgThe weather has finally turned warm enough to get your boat out on the water.Susan Stocker, the D-N-R administrator who oversees Iowa boating laws, says don’t let your excitement at getting onto the water turn into tragedy.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BOATWKND1.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….CAR :21Stocker says drinking on the water has other issues that go with it.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BOATWKND2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….DRINK :15There were 41 reported boating incidents on Iowa waters last year, with 22 of those involving personal injury.There were four people killed in boating accidents and Stocker says you need to be aware of the water conditions when you are out on a lake or river:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BOATWKND3.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….HIGH WATER :13Iowa law also requires that the boat has a life jacket for everyone aboard.Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/05/BOATWKND4.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC….THE STORES :19You may find out more about boating safety on the D-N-R’s website at iowadnr.gov/boating.Radio Iowalast_img read more

Most Important People #13 – Nigel Nicholas

first_imgWhere he fits in: DT has long been a sore subject for lifelong Cowboy fans. When’s the last time we had a good one? Kevin Williams? We usually see it as the main reason our defense sucks and as such the catalyst for all the losses our football team endures (we have the best offense in the country, if we just had a D…!!). Nicholas and Christian Littlehead have a real chance to reverse that this year. Of course I think we say that almost every August. We mean it this time though!Why he matters: Our DTs lost the game against Nebraska, I really believe that. They made Taylor Martinez look like an Archie Manning offspring because he didn’t get touched while visiting the state of Oklahoma last year. That has to change, and it starts with this guy.Bill Young says of Nicholas, “We’re looking for him to have a tremendous year.” We are too.This post is part of our series on the 20 most important people to a 2011 Oklahoma State title run. Check the full list out here.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Photo Attribution: Icon SMIWho he is: He came in as a tight end from Georgia (is Georgia becoming our new recruiting pipeline?) before switching to defensive tackle his first year. I’ll always remember him as “the guy who tried to end Ryan Broyles’ life seconds after the most amazing football play in school history” (see 0:07 mark below), you might remember him as an average to above-average defensive tackle. What he does: He only had 26 tackles and 2 sacks last year but that’s fine with me as long as he’s clogging up the middle and not letting teams run between the tackles while they open up the outside. Bill Young sounds like he’s all in on the guy so I don’t see any reason for us not to be either. I even tabbed him as one of the five players OSU can least afford to lose. last_img read more

Nick Kyrgios leads rebels in push to puncture top three aura

first_imgThere was disappointment, though, for British No 2 Heather Watson, who let a lead slip in a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Barbora Strycova. Watson was unhappy with a number of line calls and declined to shake the umpire’s hand at the end of the match.Russia’s Margarita Gasparyan pulled off an upset in the opening contest of the day, defeating the fourth seed Elina Svitolina 6-3, 3-6, 6-4. Svitolina had been struggling with a knee injury and, despite ending a four-match losing streak by reaching the third round of the French Open, she admitted she may be forced to skip the grass-court season. PA Andy Murray says he is back in love with tennis as he prepares for Queen’s Read more Share on LinkedIn Johanna Konta coasted to victory in the first round of the Nature Valley Classic, defeating Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-2. Photograph: Ryan Browne/BPI/Shutterstock Twitter Facebook Tennis Topics Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Australia sport Nick Kyrgios Share on Facebook Nick Kyrgios says he is happy to keep his feud with Novak Djokovic ticking over at Wimbledon next month – while Daniil Medvedev, another of the sport’s young rebels, uttered the ultimate heresy on Monday when he revealed he always wanted Roger Federer to lose.For the first time since 2013, when the Latvian loose cannon Ernests Gulbis accused Federer, Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray of being “boring”, there is insurrection in the air and boredom seems the underlying cause of the latest unrest. Since you’re here… Pinterest Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Share via Email Stefanos Tsitsipas, the 20-year-old Greek who is top seed here, is impatient for other young players to challenge harder against the elite. Kyrgios, who has already upset his betters, thinks the stars do have a hold over the next generation – but shouldn’t. “I probably don’t show them respect,” the Australian admitted. “They’re just good at tennis. I just don’t know if the younger guys are good enough to beat them over five sets.”Meanwhile Medvedev, one of the game’s bright hopes, says that growing up in an era when the Big Three have won nearly all the important trophies had never sat well with him.Shortly after dismissing the 35-year-old Spaniard Fernando Verdasco 6-2, 6-4 in 70 minutes on day one of the Fever-Tree championships, the 23-year-old Russian said: “When I was 10, I hated Roger. I just couldn’t see him win again. I was cheering from the first round for other guys, because that’s the way I was. When Barcelona was winning everything in football, I wanted them to lose badly. If I lose first round, I don’t care if it’s Nadal, Roger or Novak who wins the French Open. I’m just upset about myself losing in the first round. That’s how it is.”Kyrgios, who said in a recent podcast that Djokovic’s cup-of-love victory celebrations were cringeworthy, was nevertheless happy to laud Nadal for his 12th Roland Garros triumph, adding that Wimbledon, which starts on 1 July, could be a shootout between Djokovic and Federer. “Over five sets I don’t think anyone will ever beat Rafa at the French Open,” Kyrgios said. “It’s just too hard physically. But at Wimbledon it’s going to be tough to beat Novak or Federer, five sets.”Kyrgios, who faces the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino on Tuesday, is not intimidated by anyone. He won all four sets against Djokovic in their only two matches, back-to-back two years ago in Acapulco and Indian Wells, and has promised to imitate his love-to-the-crowd gesture if he beats him again. He said of his fractious relationship with the spiritual Serb, “If I play Novak, he’d just be determined to get one win against me.“I have played Rafa a bunch of times. We have beaten each other, as well. I think they are motivated to beat me in general. I don’t think before those comments they were, like, ‘Oh, I don’t really care.’ They wanted to beat me, regardless. But my opinions won’t change. I don’t mind. When we go out there and we battle, that’s what it is.”Kyrgios had a mixed message for his friend Murray, however, two days before the Scot returns to the game in doubles with Feliciano López: “Just to see him back healthy and seeing him happy on court is all that matters. He’s the first person I saw here on the court, doing doubles drills, and I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. It’s just good to see him back – but I don’t think I want to carry him for Wimbledon dubs.”Cameron Norrie, one of five British players in the Queen’s draw, found the two-times grand slam finalist, Kevin Anderson, too strong over two hours and 20 minutes and the South African won 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4.In two and a half hours of late-evening drama the British qualifier James Ward came agonisingly close to going through to the second round but in the end Gilles Simon saw him off 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (2).Kyle Edmund, Dan Evans and Jay Clarke play on Tuesday. Evans, coming off 10 straight wins and two grass-court titles, plays the three-times major champion Stan Wawrinka for the third time, having taken a set off him in Indian Wells this year and nearly beaten him in five high-quality sets in the third round of the US Open three years ago.Konta eases through on return from French Open semi-finalsJohanna Konta impressed in her first match since reaching the French Open semi-finals to ease into the second round of the Nature Valley Classic in Birmingham.The British No 1 made a seamless transition from clay to grass, beating Anett Kontaveit 6-4, 6-2. The Estonian is only ranked two places lower than Konta but the No 7 seed played at a high level throughout and wrapped up victory in an hour and 12 minutes.The only blip came when she dropped serve at 4-3 in the opening set but she re-established her advantage straight away and the second set was particularly impressive, with Konta displaying her more rounded game to great effect. 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10 months agoLobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelona

first_imgLobera: Jeison Murillo could replace Lenglet at Barcelonaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Las Palmas coach Sergio Lobera is pleased for Jeison Murillo over his move to Barcelona.Murillo has joined Barca on-loan with the option to sign permanently from Valencia.Lobera said, “He is a player who when he played in Segunda B in Ceuta I suffered from him as a rival when he played in Cádiz. “He has a very good profile for Barça. He has good passing, technically he is very good, tactically also and has personality to play the Barça style. “He has good aerial play, is very competitive and is also a great person.”He added: “I think he can play even before Clement Lenglet. At an experience level the Frenchman would probably have more, but if given the opportunity, he could be the big surprise.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Places Top 10 Team On “Upset Alert”

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has placed a top 10 team on “upset alert” heading into today’s slate of games.Oklahoma, the No. 7 team in the country, is traveling down to Lubbock this evening to take on Texas Tech at Jones AT&T Stadium. The Sooners and the Red Raiders have played some wild games in recent years. Is another one coming today?Herbstreit thinks so.“This will be the best offense that they have faced,” Herbstreit said of Oklahoma’s revamped defense, which has looked better since coordinator Mike Stoops was fired.Herbstreit thinks Oklahoma and Texas Tech could be playing another shootout-type game.“You wonder if it’ll be one of these (shootout-type) games,” he said on ESPN this morning.Oklahoma and Texas Tech are set to kick off at 8 p.m. E.T.The game will be on ABC.last_img read more

Meriaura Expands Cargo Fleet

first_imgzoom Finnish shipping company Meriaura Group has entered into a contract with Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes for construction of two 4700DWT VG EcoCoasterTM general cargo vessels. The contract for two newbuildings was signed in Turku in December and comes as Meriaura aims to regenerate its fleet with vessels that have lower fuel consumption and GHG emissions.The delivery of the first vessel is due at the end of July, 2016 and the second will follow three months later.VG EcoCoasterTM is designed to cause considerably less environmental impact than conventional dry cargo vessels.The hull and machinery of the newbuildings are optimized to the speed of 10,5 knots in open water conditions.Power required for Ice Class 1A is achieved by a diesel electric driven booster unit. The aim is to almost halve the fuel consumption compared to conventional dry cargo vessels of similar type and size, and therefore also cut emissions.The vessels will be equipped with a dual fuel system, main engine ABC 8DZC being suitable for biofuel and MGO.Biofuel for the vessels is produced in VG-Shipping’s (part of Meriaura group) own refinery located in Uusikaupunki.“Our goal is that in five years’ time at least 50% of our fleet consists of fuel efficient and low emission EcoCoasters that are run by biofuel produced of recycled oils. Designing of larger EcoCoaster is under process,” says Jussi Mälkiä, President of Meriaura Group. Currently Meriaura’s fleet consists of 20 vessels. Special purpose vessel “Meri” that was built in Turku shipyard in 2012 is reportedly the first cargo ship in the world being able to use biofuel.last_img read more

Province Invests in More Lands

first_imgNova Scotians will have more opportunities for recreation and economic development thanks to an investment in land purchases. As part of the capital plan, the province is increasing its Crown land base. Lands purchased will be used to increase coastal access, protect Mi’kmaq values, enhance wildlife conservation, and help the province meet its 12 per cent land protection goal. The $6.3 million dollar investment, which includes $800 thousand from the Forestry Transition Land Acquisition Program, is included in the 2013-14 fiscal year. “It’s good sense to make purchases that increase our Crown land base, and that are valuable for their resources and outdoor recreation opportunities,” said Natural Resources Minister Charlie Parker. “Although the size of Nova Scotia cannot be changed, we can change the amount of land that is owned by the province and ensure that it works to enhance our economy and the environment.” About 30 per cent of the province’s land base is provincial Crown land and protected areas. “Nova Scotians value the province’s wilderness areas and want to ensure that these areas are protected for the enjoyment of people now, and generations to come,” said Environment Minister Sterling Belliveau. “This investment will help to do just that.” “This is an important investment in conservation,” said Chris Miller, national conservation biologist, Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society. “Some of the most ecologically-significant ecosystems in Nova Scotia occur on private land, including old-growth forest and species-at-risk habitat, so allocating resources to acquire these properties is an important step to make and will help protect biodiversity in this province.” This is the third straight year the province will release the capital plan before the spring budget. This sends a clear signal of what the province intends to do in the year ahead, and gives the private sector greater opportunity to prepare for projects, creating efficiencies and cost savings for the province.last_img read more

Auto slowdown SBI waives processing fee on car loan more PSBs to

first_imgNew Delhi: In a bid to boost car sales amid piling inventories, the State Bank of India (SBI) on Tuesday waived processing fee on car loans during the upcoming festival season and is also offering the lowest interest rate starting 8.70 per cent on car loans, with no escalation in interest. The move is likely to be followed by other PSBs in different formats to make credit cheaply available to the buyers. Officials from at least three public lenders said they would respond to the SBI move in their own way to benefit auto buyers during the festival season. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The Indian auto sector is going through an unprecedented downturn. Auto sales in July this year fell to a 20-year low, and at the current monthly average sales, total projected annual sales of passenger vehicles for 2019-20 may drop to yearly sales levels seen in 2014-15 and 2015-16. Tuesday’s SBI announcement came after the largest Indian lender on Sunday extended by 15-30 days the loan repayment period for stressed automobile dealers to help them out of current inventory builds-ups. The bank has an exposure of Rs 11,500 crore to auto dealers. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Normally, the repayment period is 60 days. So we extend it for 75 days for some dealers and to 90 days for a few others. We are talking to each dealer. We also had meetings with the Federation of Auto Dealers. We are actively engaged with all of them. On a case to case basis, whichever dealer has faced any problem on account of excess inventories, we have been working out solutions for all of them,” said P.K. Gupta, Managing Director-Retail & Digital Banking, SBI.last_img read more

Ban strongly condemns Qadhafis actions against protesters calls for punishment

23 February 2011Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today condemned Libyan President Muammar Al-Qadhafi’s actions against protestors as possible crimes against humanity, calling for the punishment of those who “brutally shed” the blood of innocents. “I have strongly condemned, again and again, what he has done. It is totally unacceptable,” Mr. Ban told reporters after rushing back early from a trip to Los Angeles to confer with his senior advisers on the Libyan crisis at United Nations Headquarters in New York. “I am sure that the international community are considering a broad range of options,” he said, referring to his own extensive appeal he made to the Libyan leader in a long telephone call on Monday to end violence immediately. “He has not heeded to that… the Government of Libya must meet its responsibility to protect its people…“At this critical juncture, it is imperative that the international community maintain its unity and act together to ensure a prompt and peaceful transition.” Summarizing his position on the violence, which according to some media reports has claimed over 1,000 lives, Mr. Ban underscored what the UN special advisers on the prevention of genocide and the responsibility to protect said yesterday.“The reported nature and scale of the attacks on civilians are egregious violations of international humanitarian and human rights law. I condemn them, loudly and without qualification,” he said. “Those responsible for brutally shedding the blood of innocents must be punished.”Describing Monday’s 40-minute phone conversation with Mr. Qadhafi, Mr. Ban told a dinner in Los Angeles last night: “It was not an easy conversation. I told him, bluntly, that the violence must stop – immediately.” According to media accounts, Mr. Qadhafi went on state TV yesterday to call on his supporters to fight those protesting against his four decades in power and today two pilots were reported to have crashed their warplane and parachuted to safety rather than execute orders to bomb the opposition-held city of Benghazi. Mr. Ban applauded the decision of the Arab League to suspend Libya – “the first time the League has taken such an action on the domestic situation of one of its members” – and the UN Security Council’s statement condemning the use of force, demanding an immediate end to the violence, and calling on the Government to address the legitimate demands of the population, through national dialogue in full respect for human rights. He told reporters today the he and his top advisers are closely watching developments in Bahrain, Yemen and other countries in North Africa and the Middle East where protests have erupted against entrenched leaders. This afternoon he spoke by phone with Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa and he announced that tomorrow he will send UN Undersecretary-General for Political Affairs B. Lynn Pascoe and senior economic, development and human rights officials to Egypt, where popular demonstrations ousted President Hosni Mubarak earlier this month. Over the weekend, he will dispatch a senior official of the Department of Political Affairs, Jamal Benomar, to Tunisia, where the current wave of popular demonstrations first crested, forcing President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali to flee the country.He welcomed the decision of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva to convene a special session on Libya on Friday, including the possible establishment of an international inquiry into the events there, and he voiced concern for people fleeing the country, noting that the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has appealed to neighbours in Europe and North Africa not to return them.Mr. Ban, who has spoken repeatedly with leaders of the region in the weeks since unrest first erupted, noted in his speech last night that for years the UN has been calling attention to the so-called “youth bulge” in the Arab world. In some countries over 60 to 70 per cent of the population is under 30. “Our Arab Human Development Report has consistently chronicled the need for economic, social and political reform across the region. In particular, it emphasized what we called a ‘deficit of democracy’ and the need for political leaders to address it. Now the situation has exploded onto the streets,” he said. “The changes underway in the Middle East are historic. Whether in Libya or elsewhere, our message must be consistent and strong: no violence. The time for change is now. The United Nations stands ready to assist the people of the region in meeting the challenges of this great transition.” read more

UN agency warns 125 million Ethiopians face starvation as funding falls short

“As we enter Ethiopia’s lean season before the harvest, the number threatened by starvation has shot up from 11 million to 12.5 million and our best estimates are that it is still climbing,” WFP Executive Director James Morris told the agency’s Executive Board.Despite an early alert and a rapid response by the international community, there is still a substantial shortfall of some 230,000 tons of food aid towards 2003 operation requirements totalling 619,000 tons, WFP said.”We have not had enough support to give out a complete cereal ration in Ethiopia and we and our partners have been forced to reduce it from 15 kilogrammes a month to 12.5 kilogrammes,” Mr. Morris stated. “Currently we have commitments of about half of what we need for the new emergency operation. A threat of a pipeline break in September remains.”As a result, only the most vulnerable Ethiopians have so far received the full 15 kilograms of cereal ration required each month per person, WFP said warning that until food assistance is available to all in need, malnutrition rates will continue to rise. “I assure you cutting rations is an action we and our partners only take in desperation,” Mr. Morris said, reaffirming the agency’s commitment to provide the fuller cereal ration to all food aid recipients in the country with the support of international donors.Besides a food shortage, the humanitarian crisis in Ethiopia is exacerbated by a lack of clean drinking water, widespread seed shortage, poor sanitation, nutrition and primary health care, according to WFP. read more

Womens Basketball No 3 Ohio State cruises to 8745 win against No

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga takes a shot during the Buckeyes game against the Boilermakers on Feb 18. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team, led by its five seniors, advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament with a 87-45 victory against George Washington Saturday afternoon at St. John Arena. The Buckeyes will take on 11th-seeded Central Michigan in the second round at 6:30 p.m. Monday.The third-seeded Buckeyes handled the 14th-seeded Colonials in their first-ever meeting. Ohio State has now won 12 of its past 13 games and has scored less than 70 points just once in those victories. An 11-0 run to open the third quarter closed the doors for any possible comeback from George Washington, pulling ahead 50-27 midway through the quarter. The Buckeyes finished the third quarter with a 64-34 lead.Ohio State outscored George Washington 25-7 in the third quarter, going 10-of-17 from the field compared to the Colonials’ 3-of-18. George Washington turned the ball over four times, which allowed the Buckeyes to run in transition.Ohio State redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga finished the game with 22 points, 13 rebounds, and four blocks. Senior forward Alexa Hart started her fourth game in a row and had 12 points and five rebounds. Senior guard Asia Doss, who sat out the entire Big Ten tournament with a sprained ankle, added eight points in 22 minutes off the bench.With Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell, the nation’s second-leading scorer with 24.5 points per game entering Saturday, only scoring 11 points, it’s hard to imagine the Buckeyes could score 86 points and win by a 42-point margin.“I think the good and positive about our team is that have just so many different players with so many different abilities,” Mavunga said. “If one person is down or one person wants to facilitate that day, someone could just easily step up. Another thing is that our team is has been really working on working as a team, playing hard, playing smart, playing together. With that comes passing more and driving and making the open shot rather than forcing it.”A 22-point second quarter saw the Buckeyes extend their five-point lead to 12 heading into halftime. The 3-pointer was not falling for Ohio State, so aggressive play from Mavunga and Mitchell powered the team in the opening half and combined for 23 of the team’s 39 points at halftime.In the first half, George Washington kept itself relatively alive thanks to 3-point shooting and questionable shot selection from the Buckeyes. But as their shots stopped falling and the Buckeyes got in rhythm, the team quickly fell behind. The Colonials’ leading scorer, senior guard Brianna Cummings, finished with just 14 points. George Washington struggled to find any sort of offense after keeping it relatively close in the first quarter, only trailing 17-12 after 10 minutes. George Washington shot just 27 percent from the field, compared to Ohio State’s 56 percent. After making four 3-pointers in the first half, George Washington made only one more the rest of the game. In addition to the Colonials’ shot not falling, they were outscored 46-20 in the paint.Following Ohio State’s victory over Maryland in the Big Ten tournament championship game, the team nearly had two weeks off since its last game. But Buckeye head coach Kevin McGuff said he was pleased with his team’s effort despite various miscues.“I think Steph got it right, in that we had stretches where we were really, really good, but we also had some stretches where we were sloppy, we had some silly turnovers,” he said. “We had some stretches in the first half where I didn’t like our transition defense, gave up a couple 3s. Overall, I think it was a really good performance from us, especially since we haven’t played in two weeks, but we just had some stretches where we could have been a little bit better.”On Monday, the Buckeyes will play the Chippewas, who upset No. 6 seed LSU on Saturday. read more

Bethesda claims Interplay can only make Fallout MMO if it has nothing

first_imgBack in 2007, Bethesda — makers of the popular Elder Scrolls series of RPG games, including Oblivion — arranged to purchase the license to the popular post-apocalyptic Fallout series from failing publisher Interplay.The fruits of that deal are well known: namely, Fallout 3 and Fallout: New Vegas. What you might not know is that Interplay retained the rights to make a Fallout MMO as long as that title stays in production and is eventually released… and Bethesda’s been fighting Interplay tooth and nail ever since for the exclusive rights to a Fallout MMO back.It appears that Bethesda may now be resorting to dirty pool to get the MMO rights back: in a recent court filing, they claim that they only allowed Interplay to keep the rights to a Fallout MMO if it bears no resemblance to the Fallout universe at all, or use any of the characters or themes found there-in.Interplay, rightly, is completely incredulous: “First, this is not only absurd, but is specifically prohibited by the agreement because Interplay was only granted a ‘license and right to use the Licensed Marks on and in connection with its FALLOUT-branded MMOG … and for no other purpose,” Interplay argued.“It was not the parties’ intent that Interplay create, for example, an online baseball game or poker game called ‘Fallout,’” they witheringly conclude.We can see their point. It sounds to me like Bethesda wants to make a Fallout MMO of their own and (probably rightly) conclude that Interplay will just sit on the rights for years, never getting any closer to actually making one. That would suck, but it’s also Interplay’s legal prerogative… completely outlandish claims like “We only agreed they could make a poker game called Fallout” simply don’t help the case.Read more at Gamasutralast_img read more

EPA Takes Steps to Repeal WOTUS

first_imgThe Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) sent a proposal to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) this week to repeal the Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule, in accordance with President Trump’s Executive Order to repeal and replace the rule.The agencies are working to implement the executive order in a two-step process. According to a PowerPoint used in an EPA’s Federalism Consultation Meeting on order this includes:“The agencies are taking action to establish the legal status quo in the Code of Federal Regulations, by recodifying the regulation that was in place prior to issuance of the Clean Water Rule and that is being implemented now under the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit’s stay of that rule.The agencies plan to propose a new definition that would replace the approach in the 2015 Clean Water Rule with one that reflects the principles that Justice Scalia outlined in the Rapanos plurality opinion.”The EPA is consulting with state and local officials to propose a new rule that is consistent with the executive order. They are asking for comments from state and local governments to develop a new definition of WOTUS by June 19, 2017.last_img read more

Obama endorses Andrew Gillum in Florida governors race

first_imgObama’s endorsement might not be helpful to Democrats competing in southern states, where the former president isn’t popular. Bredesen said last month he wouldn’t welcome Obama or other party leaders campaigning for him in Tennessee.Obama favored Democrats in close races across the country, veterans of his administration and past campaigns, and he also prioritized diversity. In a statement, Obama described the candidates as “Americans who aren’t just running against something, but for something.”“The Democratic Party has always made the biggest difference in the lives of the American people when we lead with conviction, principle and bold, new ideas. Our incredible array of candidates up and down the ticket, all across the country, make up a movement of citizens who are younger, more diverse, more female than ever before,” Obama said.The former president’s engagement in the political fray since leaving office has been limited and carefully crafted. He returned to the political stage last month with a speech in Illinois, in which he made a sharp break from the deference that past presidents typically show their successors, offering a scathing rebuke of President Donald Trump’s tenure.Obama also endorsed Sen. Bill Nelson, who is running against Gov. Rick Scott in a tight race for the U.S. Senate. He endorsed a total of 20 Florida Democrats in his announcement.Gillum is also expected to receive an endorsement from Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló at a campaign event scheduled for Monday afternoon. The Gillum campaign is promising a “major announcement” during the event.Rosselló appeared at a campaign event Monday morning in Orlando to announce his endorsement of Sen. Nelson. Today, I’m proud to endorse even more Democratic candidates who aren’t just running against something, but for something—to expand opportunity for all of us and to restore dignity, honor, and compassion to public service. They deserve your vote: pic.twitter.com/NO5jnhX3XD— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) October 1, 2018“Andrew is a proven fighter with the courage and determination to stand up for Florida families. As Governor, Andrew will expand access to affordable healthcare, protect Floridians with pre-existing conditions, invest in education, protect the environment and build an economy that works for all. Andrew believes that healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and he will make expanding Medicaid a priority on day one as governor,” Obama said in a statement.While the candidates that Obama endorsed stretch up and down the ballot — from gubernatorial hopefuls to aspiring state lawmakers — he notably declined to wade into several races that have captivated national attention. Obama did not endorse Rep. Beto O’Rourke, the Democrat challenging Sen. Ted Cruz in Texas, or Phil Bredesen, a former Democratic governor of Tennessee who is now running for Senate against Republican Rep. Marcia Blackburn. Florida’s race for governor is being closely watched not just in the Sunshine State, but throughout the country. Republican nominee Ron DeSantis has touted his endorsement from President Donald Trump; now Democratic nominee Andrew Gillum has received an endorsement from former President Barack Obama.Gillum is one of many Democrats the former president endorsed in a tweet posted Monday morning.center_img The Gillum campaign previously announced that Hillary Clinton would appear at a rally in South Florida later this month.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Black Keys Modest Mouse Announce Lets Rock North American Tour

first_img Facebook Twitter News The Black Keys & Modest Mouse Announce Joint Tour black-keys-modest-mouse-announce-lets-rock-north-american-tour The tour announcement comes a week after The Black Keys released their first new music in five yearsAna YglesiasGRAMMYs Mar 14, 2019 – 1:46 pm Today, GRAMMY winners The Black Keys announced a 31-date North American tour with special guests and fellow alt-rock titans, GRAMMY nominees Modest Mouse. The jaunt, which they’ve dubbed “Let’s Rock,” has the two groups kicking things off on Sept. 23 in Denver, Colo. and closing out on Nov. 24 in Vancouver, B.C. The Black Keys & Modest Mouse Announce “Let’s Rock” North American Tour Most of the shows are taking place at arenas and other large venues, including the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio on Sept. 30, for a big show not far from The Black Keys birthplace of Akron, Ohio. Modest Mouse will be supporting all dates, which also includes stops at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. on Oct. 15, the State Farm Arena in Atlanta on Nov. 9, the Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas on Nov. 13 and The Forum in Los Angeles on Nov. 19.Before making the final show in Vancouver, the tour will make two stops on the U.S. side of the Pacific Northwest: Modest Mouse’s home base of Portland, Ore. on Nov. 11, then, the next day, in Tacoma, Wash., less than an hour drive from where frontman Issac Brock formed the group.Shannon & the Clams, *repeat repeat and Jessy Wilson, whose forthcoming debut album was produced by Patrick Carney of The Black Keys, will offer support on select dates.Last week, on March 7, The Black Keys released a new song, “Lo/Hi,” their first new music in five years, since the release of their GRAMMY-nominated Turn Blue in 2014. The prior album, 2011’s El Camino, won Best Rock Album at the 55th GRAMMY Awards and one of its singles, “Lonely Boy,” won Best Rock Performance.Modest Mouse released their last album in 2015, Strangers to Ourselves. Their commercial breakout album, Good News for People Who Love Bad News, which featured “Float On,” earned the group a nod at the 47th GRAMMY Awards for Best Alternative Music Album.Tickets for “Let’s Rock” go on sale to the public next Friday, March 22, with fan presale beginning Tues. March 19. Click here for full tour dates and here for presale info.Dan Auerbach | “Required Listening” PodcastRead more https://twitter.com/theblackkeys/status/1106179080955801605 Email last_img read more

APOC fines Slope mayor Charlotte Brower 35k for failure to disclose

first_imgThe Alaska Public Offices Commission is fining North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower $34,460 dollars for failing to file her annual disclosure report for 2014. In the investigation into her campaign for re-election last year, Brower and her staff refused to provide information repeatedly requested by APOC.According to Alaska Dispatch News, the fine is the largest the agency has ever levied against a candidate. Pat Forgey reported the story for the newspaper this week and joins Alaska News Nightly host Lori Townsend.Download Audiolast_img

Coffee Day selling Tech Park to Blackstone for Rs 3000 cr

first_imgAn employee prepares coffee for customers at a Cafe Coffee Day outlet in Mumbai, India, November 2, 2015 (representational image).Reuters fileCoffee Day Enterprises Ltd on Wednesday approved selling Global Village Tech Park of its subsidiary Tanglin Developments Ltd in Bengaluru to the US-based private equity firm Blackstone for Rs 2,600 to 3,000 crore over the next 30-45 days.”The Board of Directors approved the disinvestment of Global Village Tech Park in its subsidiary, Tanglin Developments Ltd, in favour of Blackstone for a transaction value of Rs 2,600-3,000 crore,” said the city-based company in a regulatory filing on the BSE.The decision comes a fortnight after the company’s founder-chairman V.S. Siddhartha was found dead on July 31 in a river near Mangaluru on the state’s west coast.”Parleys with Blackstone were underway by Siddharth since January when he was looking at selling his or the holding company’s equity stake to raise funds for pairing high-cost debts,” a source told IANS.The New York-headquartered Blackstone specialises in private equity, credit and hedge fund investment strategies.”The transaction is subject to completion of Blackstone’s due diligence, documentation and receipt of regulatory approvals in the next 30-45 days,” added the filing.The board also approved disinvesting in its step-down arm AlphaGrep Securities Ltd to Illuminati Software Ltd for Rs 28 crore.The 9-year-old Delhi-based IT firm is involved in the data processing.”The twin transactions will help in deleveraging the Coffee Day Group, and ensure smooth operations while safeguarding the interests of stakeholders, including investors, lenders, employees and customers,” added the filing.last_img read more