U.S. Designates Indian-Origin UK Citizen as Global Terrorist

first_imgThe U.S. State Department designated Indian-origin British ISIS member Siddhartha Dhar among Specially Designated Global Terrorists (SDGTs) on Jan. 23. In designating Dhar as a global terrorist, the United States is trying to restrict his access to resources.“These designations seek to deny Dhar the resources they need to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks. Among other consequences, all of Dhar’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction are blocked, and United States persons are generally prohibited from engaging in any transactions with them,” the State Department statement said.Who is Siddhartha Dhar?Siddhartha Dhar, who is in his 30s, was a leading member of the now-defunct terrorist organization Al-Muhajiroun. In September 2014, he left the United Kingdom to travel to Syria to join the Islamic State group. He vanished after being out on bail for encouraging terrorism in the United Kingdom. He is also known as Abu Rumaysah and was reportedly popular among radical Islamists in London. He is considered to have replaced ISIS executioner Mohammad Emwazi, also known as “Jihadi John.”Police had banned him from traveling and asked him to hand over his passport, but he boarded a train to Paris with his family. A few weeks after he vanished he posted a photo from Syria with a rifle and his newborn fourth child.“What a shoddy security system Britain must have to allow me to breeze through Europe to [IS],” he had tweeted.Dhar is believed to be the masked leader who appeared in a January 2016 ISIS video of the execution of several prisoners accused by the terror outfit of spying for the United Kingdom.He was born in a Hindu family but converted to Islam in his teens and took the name Saiful Islam (Abu Rumaysah is a nickname, which means “Father of Rumaysah”). He became a proponent of the al-Muhajiroun network, a banned group in the United Kingdom.He had also appeared on the BBC’s Sunday Morning Live program after gaining fame through his YouTube videos and other speeches about the Sharia way of life.   Related ItemsBritainTerrorismUnited Stateslast_img read more

SAI officials bear the brunt of dope fallout

first_imgAs many as seven officials have either been suspended or transferred in the aftermath of the positive dope cases that rocked the Indian athletics in the last one week while the sports ministry on Thursday appointed retired Justice Mukul Mudgal for a probe into the fiasco.Double gold-medallist Ashwini AkkunjiEven as the Sports Authority of India (SAI) took action against its officials, including coaches, the ministry appointed Mudgal to examine the reasons for the large scale doping and the modus operandi involved. Mudgal has been asked to submit the report within six weeks.On Monday, the sports ministry had ordered the SAI to submit a report on the doping scandal, which saw eight Indian athletes testing positive for banned substances, and as per the recommendations in the SAI report, submitted on Thursday, a number of officials including coaches have been shown the door.Weightlifting coach Naveen Kumar, who was posted in Bangalore at the SAI’s centre of excellence, has been removed after syringes and drugs were recovered from his room.”Based on the report from G Kishore, the SAI director in Bangalore, we have removed Naveen Kumar from his post and also Praveen Kumar, who was the coach for the gymnastics team there, has been transferred,” SAI secretary Gopal Krishna told Mail Today . After Ukrainian coach Yuri Ogorodnik, the SAI has issued a show cause notice to Ramesh Nagapuri, who is in Kobe, Japan, with the Indian relay team for the Asian Athletics Championships.After the reports of athletes failing dope tests surfaced, PC Kashyap, executive director of the Teams wing of the SAI, and director Satish Rana were rushed to National Institute of Sports, Patiala, where they interacted with the athletes and officials.advertisementOgorodnik, whose termination was announced by sports minister Ajay Maken on Tuesday, was officially relieved from his services on Thursday after the director of NIS, Patiala, recorded his statement. “We have got the report from our officials and after it was submitted, the SAI has officially terminated Ogorodnik’s contract,” Krishan said. He said that Ogorodnik hasn’t been asked by the SAI to stay back until a final report is submitted on the issue. “His statement was recorded by the NIS director and sent his relieving letter today,” he said.Two female NIS employees have been removed as they were not aware of their duties despite the fact that a number of athletes tested positive from the camp. Sunita Bedi was the caretaker of the girls’ hostel while Kalpana Debnath was the warden of one of the hostels in Patiala.In the last one week, eight athletes, including the famed Ashwini Akkunji, Mandeep Kaur and Sini Jose, who won gold medals at the Delhi Commonwealth Games and Asian Games last year, have tested positive.The sports ministry had sought a report from the SAI and the Athletics Federation of India (AFI) on urgent basis so as to reach to a conclusion on the spate of positive doping cases that have occurred in the recent past.Since 1992, there have been no recruitments of coaches, nutritionists, dieticians among others within the SAI, but Krishan said the recruitment process will start soon and the body have invited specialised personnel.”Yes, there hasn’t been any recruitment in SAI since 1992, but we have already begun the process of recruitment and in fact we have carried advertisements in that regard as well,” he said.”We have invited coaches and scientific personnel and in next couple months we will have a specialised staff. On August 27, we will examinations for lower division clerks and accountants.”last_img read more

2018 FIFA World Cup: Who are the Dark Horses?

first_imgEvery year going into the World Cup there are favourites to lift the trophy on paper. They are considered to be the best team going forward in terms of lifting the trophy because of their past experience, squad depth and current form.Then there are teams, which can cause an upset or two and then come the ‘dark horses’. Dark horses are those teams, who can not only cause an upset or two but can go on and lift the trophy if they play to potential.Now going into the 2018 World Cup in Russia, there are many teams that can cause an upset or two on their day and can give the big boys a run for their money. Teams like Colombia and Portugal might not be fancied but they certainly have the goods to beat the big teams and go through the last four at least.But, the team that can be the most dangerous and can actually lift the trophy in Moscow has to be Belgium. There are no surprises there yet again. The Red Devils have been the ‘Dark Horse’ since 2014 but they have failed to perform collectively as the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyn, Romelu Lukaku were all there but they have all developed in the last four years and are a bigger threat going into Russia.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: FULL COVERGAESo, what makes Belgium the Dark Horse yet again?Well…first, it has to be their squad. From Thibaut Courtois and Simon Mignolet in goal to Romelu Lukaku, Dries Mertens and Michy Batshuayi up top, the Roberto Martinez’s team is a star-studded affair. But, what makes them even more lethal is their midfield. With the likes of Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco, Mousa Dembele, Marouane Fellaini, Youri Tielemans and a few more, their midfield along with Germany’s is the most potent and diverse ever.advertisement Belgium have never won a World Cup so far (Reuters Photo)Some might ask ‘Really? Is it as good as Germany’s?’ Yes! It is. If not better. De Bruyne was Premier League’s best playmaker last season and Hazard consistently performed for Chelsea towards the end of the tournament. Along with them, there is Dembele, who has been a rock for Tottenham Hotspur in the midfield and then they have the likes of Fellaini and Witsel, who can provide the physical aspect to the side.Ahead of them, they have Lukaku and Mertens, who have scored goals for fun at Manchester United and Napoli and will lead the attack for them. If they don’t fire, Martinez has a potent replacement in Batshuayi, who has enjoyed a resurgence in Borussia Dortmund.They are also not only about their attack. In Toby Alderweireld, Thomas Meunier, Jan Vertonghen and Vincent Kompany, they have a solid back line ahead of one of the world’s best keepers in Chelsea’s Courtois.In Brazil four years back and even in Euro 2016, they were a team that showed improvement but their steam ran out and were knocked out in the quarters in France after an inspiring performance from Wales. Two years later, they are back, with their core retained, with more experience and in the midst of their purple patches in Russia and they are eyeing their maiden trophy.Full squad:Goalkeepers: Thibaut Courtois (Chelsea), Simon Mignolet (Liverpool), Koen Casteels (Wolfsburg)Defenders: Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur), Dedryck Boyata (Celtic), Laurent Ciman (Los Angeles FC), Leander Dendoncker (Anderlecht), Vincent Kompany (Manchester City), Thomas Meunier (Paris Saint-Germain), Thomas Vermaelen (Barcelona), Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham Hotspur)Midfielders: Yannick Carrasco (Dalian Yifang), Kevin De Bruyne (Manchester City), Mousa Dembele (Tottenham Hotspur), Marouane Fellaini (Manchester United), Youri Tielemans (Monaco), Axel Witsel (Tianjin Quanjian), Nacer Chadli (West Bromwich Albion)Forwards: Michy Batshuayi (Chelsea), Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Thorgan Hazard (Borussia Mönchengladbach), Romelu Lukaku (Manchester United), Dries Mertens (Napoli), Adnan Januzaj (Real Sociedad)last_img read more

Second Edition of France India Sports Business Held in New Delhi

first_img(Eds: Disclaimer: The following press release comes to you under an arrangement with PR Newswire. PTI takes no editorial responsibility for the same.)NEW DELHI, December 10, 2018/PRNewswire/ –The second edition of the Sport Symposium on ‘France India Sports Business’, organised by the French Trade and Investment Commission, Business France and Yes Bank as ‘Knowledge Partner’ took place on Monday 26th November, 2018 at the Embassy of France in New Delhi.H.E. Mr. Philippe Vinogradoff, Ambassador for Sport, of the French Ministry of Sports was present all along this event with a delegation of eight visiting French companies from Sport sectors – some of which partnered in the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia who came to share know how and technology with the key players of India’s sports sector.”India has strong potential as it is a very young country. As of now, 10 to 13 French companies are present in India in this sector and I am sure that in the years to come, more French companies will choose India to develop their Business in this country,” said H.E Philippe Vinogradoff, Ambassador for Sport India, as a strong young demographic nation, has made sports a strong driver of its economic development. As such India has chosen to create a holistic ecosystem for sports which would be transparent, robust and world class. India’s performance in the 2018 Asian Games has thus been praiseworthy.France with its structured sports industry is an important player in the global sports industry. French companies are instrumental in spreading the practice of sports all over the world with their well-recognised expertise and innovation in this sector. This event started with a conference that was held to bring together policy makers, leading business minds and eminent sportspersons to identify key sectors of growth that would make sports a high-potential sunrise industry for investments. This was also a perfect occasion to launch the first release of the knowledge paper: ‘Business of Sport – Rumble under our feet’ co-published by French Trade Commission-Business France & Yes Bank who compile different articles about sports sector in a business point of view.advertisementThe event was also the occasion for companies to meet Indian counterparts and B2B to share on their know-how and interact with Indian counterparts. Meet the delegation of French companies:ALCOR Equipements:ALCOR Equipements is an industry leader for modular grandstand seating (self-locking solutions). The company designs its own products and installs over 250,000 seats a year. It was the official provider for Euro 2016, World Football Cup 2018. It is already serving different States of India. For further information please visit: https://www.alcor-equipements.com/.Metalu PlastLeading French manufacturer of sports equipment and sport fencing, Metalu Plast accounts nearly 11,000 m of space on two production sites and 3,000 m warehouse of finished products in France. Metalu Plast offers a wide range of equipments for different sports: Football, Badminton, Basketball, Handball, Rugby, Tennis, Mini Tennis, Volleyball, Hockey, Golf. The company also manufactures multi-sports pitch and equips the biggest and most well-known stadiums in France with its products. In addition, a wide range of sports nets is also available. The sport enclosure is also part of its core business: ball stop, nets, hand rails and installation accessories are custom made. It was the official provider of World Football Cup in Russia 2018, Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and it will be provider for CAN 2019 too. It is present in more than 30 countries. For further information please visit: http://www.metalu-plast.fr/en.ABEOABEO, a French group, is one of the global leaders in the sports and leisure equipment sector. It has a turnover of approx. 200 M and employs more than 1,500 people. ABEO’s activities are divided into three divisions: Gymnastics and other sports ‘Gymnastics’ represented by Gymnova, Janssen-Fritsen, Spieth Gymnastics and Spieth America, which rank among the world leaders in this specialty. Between them, these four brands participated 11 times in the Olympic Games; Janssen-Fritsen was a supplier at the Beijing Games in 2008, Gymnova in London in 2012, and Spieth Gymnastics and Gymnova supplied the Rio Games in 2016. These four ABEO brands give the Group a strong presence on every continent. ‘Other sports’ represented by Schelde Sports which specializes in team sports – particularly basketball; O’Jump which specializes in wrestling and other combat sports; ADEC Sport which is a generalist Belgian company, ERHARD Sport a specialist which equips sports halls in Germany, Cannice in China, Bosan in the Netherlands. Sportsafe UK is a specialist in the sports facility maintenance. Sportsafe UK employs some 90 people and works with clients at more than 15,000 sites. Climbing this division consists of the Entre-Prises brand, which is a global leader in artificial climbing walls, and the Top 30, Dock 39 and Clip’n climb brands. This division consists of France’s leading brands – France Equipement, Sanitec, Suffixe and NAVIC – prospec brand in the UK and the USA, META in Germany. Each brand of ABEO designs its own product range in its own design office, manufactures the products using its own subsidiaries and then markets and installs them. Each entity has a great deal of autonomy. For further information please visit: http://www.groupe-abeo.fr/index-en.html.advertisementSodikartSodikart, world leader in karting industry, has built its reputation on an audacious development strategy, exclusive innovations supported by numerous patents and a constant pursuit of excellence in serving its customers. Sodikart is a financially sound and profitable company since its creation, present on the five continents (85 countries) and now a key player in the karting market offering a unique range of products and services:Rental karts “SODI Rental” – http://www.sodikart.com/en-gb/sodi-c13.htmlRacing karts “SODI Racing” – http://www.sodikart.com/en-gb/3mk-events-c14.htmlComplete range of accessories (Tekneex, Mekaone) and equipment (Box’s) – http://www.sodikart.com/en-gb/accessories-and-equipment-c23.htmlDistance selling and specialized shops under the brand of ITAKAshop – http://www.sodikart.com/engb/itakashop-c15.htmlFor further information please visit: http://www.sodikart.com/en-gb/about-sodikart-c9.htmlParis Saint-GermainBased in Paris, the football Club has gone from a budget of 90 M EUR in 2010-2011 to 500 M EUR in 2017. In addition, 2 stars of international football are at present in the workforce: Neymar and Mbapp, new darlings of world of football. The aura and the positive image associated with these players allow the PSG brand to develop internationally: ticket prices, sponsorship contracts, rising demand of PSG T-shirts.For further information please visit: https://en.psg.fr/Based in Paris, the company is an integrator of new technologies in the modern sports business. The company will present 3 technologies at the conference:Seaters – Seaters helps brands create premium inbound marketing by leveraging data analysis and digital technology to deliver individualized messages at scale. This digital tool optimizes the return on investment of sponsorship contracts, collect infinite data on fans, mechanically eliminate last minute No Shows and have a positive impact on the filling of sports events.For further information please visit: http://www.getseaters.com/welcome/Vogo – An innovative in-venue live & replay experience. This video technology is at the crossroads of the enhanced fan experience (second screen for the live viewer) and a better performance of the pro sportsman (replay and multiple viewing angles for coaches and doctors).For further information please visit: http://www.vogosport.com/en/My Coach – French start-up created in 2011, My Coach Sport is the pioneering actor of digitization solutions for uses and processes in the accompaniment and practice of mass sports. This digital solution is the ideal assistant of the amateur and professional world. Intended mainly for educators, its vocation is to help in the day-to-day management and organization of a team or a club.For further information please visit: https://www.mycoachsport.com/About Business France:advertisementBusiness France is the National Agency for the Internationalization of the French Economy, responsible for fostering the international expansion of French businesses as well as promoting and facilitating international investments in France. It promotes France’s companies, business image and nationwide attractiveness as an investment location, and also runs the V.I.E scheme (an international internship program).Business France has 1,500 staff members, both in France and over 70 countries throughout the World.In India, Business France maintains offices in New Delhi, Bombay, Bangalore and Chennai, with a multicultural team of French and Indian experts who work intensively to strengthen the relations between French and Indian companies.For further information, please visit: http://www.businessfrance.fr and youbuyfrance.com/in.Source: Business FrancePWRPWRlast_img read more

Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo may launch in India soon

first_imgOppo is planning to launch a trio of smartphones in India, possibly by the end of the first quarter of 2019. A new report details that the Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo are coming to the country along with some specifications. It is possible that the F11 phones may be Oppo’s first smartphones to come with 10x optical zoom. Oppo may debut the F11 series at MWC 2019 in February after which an India launch is expected.Oppo has already announced that it is bringing 10x optical zoom to smartphones and it will reveal this at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. According to a report by MySmartPrice, the Oppo F11 and F11 Pro might just be those smartphones. They were recently certified The F11 duo may come with triple cameras as well, but beyond these details not much is known about the devices as of now. The report also does not provide an exact timeline for the launch of the F11 and F11 Pro in India.Meanwhile, the Oppo R17 Neo is also expected to land in the country soon. The phone was first announced in Japan in October as a lower mid-range version of the Oppo R17 Pro. The R17 Neo sports a 6.41-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. In comparison, the R17 and R17 Pro offer Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710 chips, respectively.The Oppo R17 Neo also comes with dual cameras on the back that includes a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. Up front, the R17 Neo gets a 25MP selfie snapper. The R17 Neo is offered with 128GB of internal storage, 4GB and Bluetooth 5.0 support, as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor. It houses a 3,600mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 with ColorOS 5.2 on top.advertisementThe R17 Neo has a price of JPY 38,988 in Japan, which roughly translates to around Rs 25,000 in India. This is what we expect the India pricing to be considering the R17 slots a little higher at Rs 34,990. Oppo should start teasing the launch of these phones in a few days if they are indeed set for a Q1 2019 launch in India.ALSO READ | Oppo R15 Pro launched in India with Snapdragon 660, now on sale on Amazon IndiaALSO READ | Oppo R17 Pro review: Stunning, good performance and crazy fast charginglast_img read more

England drop to No.5 in ICC Test rankings despite 232-run victory over West Indies

first_imgEngland drop to No.5 in ICC Test rankings despite 232-run victory over West IndiesWest Indies won the series 2-1 despite the thrashing in the final Test. The hosts, under Jason Holder, had clinched dominant wins to seal an unbeatable lead in the three-match seriesadvertisement Reuters St LuciaFebruary 13, 2019UPDATED: February 13, 2019 08:33 IST West Indies vs England: Joe Root said England’s win in the dead rubber will give them a lot of confidence going into a busy summer (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSEngland have dropped to fifth in ICC Test team rankings after 2-1 defeat to the West IndiesDespite a hundred from Roston Chase, West Indies were bowled out for 252Joe Root top-scored for England in the 2nd innings with a match-winning 122England wrapped up a comprehensive 232-run victory over West Indies in the third Test in St Lucia on Tuesday after home batsman Roston Chase made a century but got little help.Number five Chase scored an unbeaten 102 for his fifth Test ton, after England pace bowler James Anderson ripped through the home side’s top order with three quick wickets.This week a confidence booster: Joe RootAlthough West Indies had already won the series with victories in the first two tests, England’s win in the finale will provide a pick-me-up as they eye a home Ashes series against Australia starting in August.”This week should be a real confidence booster going into a very exciting summer of cricket,” England captain Joe Root said at the victory presentation.Chasing an unlikely target of 485 runs for victory on day four, West Indies made 252 in their second innings.Chase brought up his century with his team already nine wickets down when he cut part-timer spinner Joe Denly for four.He was aided by an entertaining 34 by tailender Alzarri Joseph, who slogged three sixes, but pickings were otherwise slim for the hosts, who crumbled again after scoring only 154 in their first knock.”We still have a lot of improvement to make but lots of positives came out of the series,” said West Indies captain Jason Holder, who was suspended for the match due to his team’s slow over rate in the second test.James Anderson shinesWest Indies’ top order had no answer to Anderson’s movement off the seam, with John Campbell (golden duck), Kraigg Brathwaite (eight) and Darren Bravo (duck), all caught in the slip-gully cordon.advertisementMark Wood, who picked up five wickets in the first innings, continued his outstanding match when he had Shai Hope (14) caught at cover off a leading edge just before lunch. Wood was later named Player of the Match.”He bowled fantastically well, a huge amount of pace,” Root said. “It’s great to see him come back into the side and put in such a strong performance… and now prove how good a player he is.”Anderson finished with 3-27, while spinner Moeen Ali had 3-99 as England won with more than a day to spare.Denly also did his part, delivering an excellent throw from the outfield to run out Shimron Hetmyer for 19.Earlier, Root declared his team’s second innings immediately upon his dismissal for 122, with the visitors 361 for five. Ben Stokes was unbeaten on 48.England batted for only 5.2 overs, adding a quick 36 runs to their overnight total.Also Read | Nasser Hussain applauds Joe Root for standing up against homophobic slurAlso Read | West Indies, England bowlers bowl most number of wides in a Test matchFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow West Indies vs EnglandFollow 3rd TestFollow Joe RootFollow Roston ChaseFollow Jason Holderlast_img read more

Journalist with two bullet injuries dodges death in Bihar

first_imgMadhubani/Darbhanga: A part-time journalist of a national Hindi daily, shot and injured in Bihar’s Madhubani district, is now out of danger, police and doctors said on Tuesday. Police had earlier said Pradeep Mandal, who was fired upon by two motorcycle-borne assailants at Sarsopahi Bazaar on Monday, had died. A senior police officer clarified that Mandal, 36, who received two bullet injuries, is still alive and undergoing treatment at Darbhanga Medical College and Hospital. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “The journalist has been operated upon and his condition has improved. He is out of danger,” Superintendent of Police (SP), Madhubani, Satya Prakash said. G C Karn, head of the Department of Surgery at the hospital, said while one bullet was removed after operation, another lodged near the kidney could not be extracted as it could cause complications. The SP claimed the assailants have been identified and a hunt was on for them. He said the assailants had criminal antecedents. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Satya Prakash said police will move court to secure orders for attaching their properties if efforts to apprehend them did not materialise by Tuesday evening. IG (Darbhanga) Pankaj Darad, who is monitoring the case, said two policemen and a chowkidar have been deployed at the Madhubani residence of the journalist. According to some accounts, the assailants were involved in illegal trade of liquor and were angry with Mandal for highlighting their activities. Total prohibition exists in the state since 2016.last_img read more

Andrew Scheer narrowly elected leader of federal Conservative party

first_imgAndrew Scheer, a longtime Saskatchewan MP and former Speaker of the House of Commons, has been narrowly elected the new leader of the federal Conservative party.The nail-biting process of winnowing the field went down to the final 13th ballot before Scheer, 38, was declared the winner with 51 per cent of the available points, edging out longtime front-runner Maxime Bernier.CityNews Parliament Hill Bureau Chief Cormac Mac Sweeney, and as well as numerous Maclean’s reporters, were reporting live from the convention in Toronto. You can follow their updates below.Bernier had led throughout the previous 12 ballots, but finished a close second with 49.05 per cent.Candidates were scored not by votes, but by points: every riding in the country was allocated 100 points, and each candidate received a number of points depending on their share of votes in that riding.Bernier is a longtime Quebec member of Parliament, but support in his home province wasn’t a sure thing, given his profuse opposition to the supply management system that regulates some of the province’s most lucrative agricultural industries.After the first ballot, he had captured just 48 per cent of support from his own riding of Beauce, with rival Scheer nabbing a surprisingly high 47 per cent.Deepak Obhrai, Andrew Saxton, Rick Peterson, Kevin O’Leary, Chris Alexander, Steven Blaney and Lisa Raitt were some of the earliest casualties as early-ballot results were announced, while Kellie Leitch, Pierre Lemieux and Michael Chong fell off in subsequent rounds.“I’m a free market guy so I like competition,” Bernier said earlier, after he was seen exchanging a nervous laugh with Scheer after the results of one of the ballots. “It’s a tough competition.”Gone in the 9th ballot was controversial MP Kellie Leitch, the former cabinet minister and orthopedic surgeon whose key campaign pledge to screen newcomers for Canadian values saw her dominate early media coverage of the race, only to fade from prominence as the vote grew nearer.Pierre Lemieux, a former MP from Ontario who ran championing socially conservative policies, dropped off in the 8th ballot, while Brad Trost hung in longer than many expected, dropping off on the 11th ballot.Obhrai was the first of 13 candidates to drop off as the party begins disclosing the results of voting, which began weeks ago by mail and culminated Saturday with members voting in person at the Toronto Congress Centre and polling stations across the country.O’Leary dropped out of the race abruptly last month but was too late to have his name removed from the ballot.The lengthy ranked-ballot system and the size of the field meant several rounds of balloting were necessary to crown a winner. Officials say 132,000 ballots – the party has some 259,000 eligible members – had been received by the Friday deadline for mail-in ballots.Candidates were scored not by votes, but by points: every riding in the country was allocated 100 points, and each candidate received a number of points depending on their share of votes in that riding.Mesh bags released Conservative party balloons over the crowd at the Toronto Congress Centre as hundreds of people cheered the news of their unlikely winner.Ahead of the announcement, the party’s interim leader Rona Ambrose took to the stage for one final farewell – and to send some words of advice to whomever replaces her.Bedrock conservative values are more important than any policy proposals shared during the campaign, Ambrose said.“When we rally around those values and speak with one voice there is no limit to what we can achieve together,” she said.The winner should also take heed of the advice former leader Stephen Harper gave caucus when she replaced him, she added.“The measure of a good leader is also how they treat their opponents in defeat,” she quoted Harper as saying. “Never forget that.”last_img read more

Iraqi letter on return of weapons inspectors only a beginning Annan

Speaking to reporters at a press conference along with principals of the diplomatic Quartet on the Middle East – including the Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation and the United States Secretary of State – Mr. Annan said Baghdad’s new position, expressed in a letter received yesterday, must be viewed “as a beginning in our effort to return the inspectors who are going to disarm Iraq.”The Secretary-General also recalled that between 1991 and 1996 in particular, UN inspectors “did an incredible job” destroying Iraq’s weapons. At the same time, he acknowledged that “given the history of the past, there are delegations and Member States who feel that we should not return business as usual, and that we should take steps to ensure that the inspectors are able to go about their work unimpeded and with the full cooperation of Iraq.””They would want Iraq to understand that this is not going to be business as usual or a repeat of what happened in the past,” he added.US Secretary of State Colin Powell said “the only way to do make sure that it is not business as usual, and to make sure that it is not a repeat of the past, it seems to me, is to put it in the form of a new UN resolution.” “We have seen this game before,” he said, calling for a new and tougher stance to satisfy the needs of disarmament, and adding that other issues must be dealt with as well.”We note the letter, and now we will go back into consultations with our colleagues in the Security Council to see what appropriate action is now before us,” Mr. Powell said. “The Security Council should speak again.”Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov said the Security Council and the international community have constantly sought to bring about the return of inspectors to Iraq in order to address concerns about the country’s possession of weapons of mass destruction – “the central problem about which there are appropriate resolutions.”He welcomed the fact that thanks to international efforts, Iraq had given its consent to the return of inspectors without any preconditions. Of course there would be many opinions regarding whether or not Baghdad could be trusted, but it would be essential to look at the facts alone, he stressed. In order to get the facts, “we need to bring about the speedy return of inspectors to Iraq.” “From our standpoint, we don’t need any special resolution for that to occur,” said the Russian Foreign Minister. “All the necessary resolutions, all the necessary decisions about that are [on] hand.” There were members of the Security Council that sought to adopt a new resolution, and such proposals were under discussion, he added.Stressing the importance of unity, Mr. Annan said, “from my experience, the Security Council has a lot of impact and gets a lot done when they work in unison, and we should try and retain the unity of purpose that has emerged over the last few days as we move forward.” read more

Everyones Still Chasing The Yankees And Red Sox On Facebook And Twitter

Twins330906301,140403,100 Mets4501604,2801,32023010,310 Rangers6301901,4802,260407,640 Nationals3101009706001003,690 Giants9002103,8302,97029023,910 Angels3501301,4301,2801307,700 Orioles3801109601,0901203,950 Mariners310901,0801,0901204,470 Athletics28060840770602,530 Diamondbacks23080840680604,080 Tigers7302201,2202,32019010,510 Phillies1,0401707201,690-303,610 White Sox3401101,0701,650705,650 Astros2901201,6208901508,450 Rockies21060560860303,010 NAMEFANSFAN GROWTHINTERACTIONSFANSFAN GROWTHINTERACTIONS MLB5,280k1,360k11,420k6,300k330k21,940k Cubs7103104,7002,58027021,210 Red Sox1,1402602,2405,1003010,400 Marlins17040620580502,270 Dodgers8302304,9002,95018015,100 Padres20060540710501,940 Braves6901401,5902,140809,040 TWITTERFACEBOOK Pirates4101201,7501,0901508,890 Cardinals7201902,0102,33016013,800 Brewers300804901,040403,550 Rays27080510700203,270 Blue Jays1,1005702,5601,38034010,530 Royals4501701,9801,0202309,090 The Kansas City Royals beat the New York Mets on Twitter as well as in the World Series.The Royals had about 479,000 followers on Twitter as of this morning, 15,000 more than the Mets had — even though New York City’s metropolitan area has nearly 10 times the population of Kansas City’s. In fact, the Royals had 8,000 more followers than the 2014 population of Kansas City, Missouri.1By far the more-populous of the two Kansas Cities. The Mets were winning on Facebook, though, with 1.3 million fans to the Royals’ 1.1 million.2We’re defining fans as people who like the team’s Facebook page.One reason most people who live in or near New York City aren’t following the Mets’ tweets and Facebook statuses about ticket sales, merchandise and, the day after the team’s World Series exit, bittersweet musings: Their region also has the Yankees and seven other major pro sports teams in the NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL. Residents of Kansas City have only the 3-5 Chiefs.The Mets and Royals are far from the top of the social-media leaderboards in the MLB. The Yankees and Red Sox have the most Twitter followers and Facebook fans of any MLB team, according to data as of Oct. 25 compiled by Socialbakers, a company that analyzes social media followings. (The Royals already led the Mets in Twitter followers on Oct. 25, even before the World Series began, though both follower counts rounded to 450,000.) The Yankees couldn’t make it out of the wild-card round in the playoffs, but their Facebook page has 35 percent more fans than MLB’s page does. The Philadelphia Phillies, meanwhile, rank fourth in Twitter followers but much lower in Twitter interactions and were the only team to lose Facebook fans over the past 12 months. Here’s how MLB teams compared to a year earlier:3Interactions on Twitter include retweets, favorites and replies on tweets from the profile account. On Facebook, they include shares, likes and comments. The picture doesn’t look that different between the two leading social media platforms: The r-squared for the relationship between number of interactions on the two platforms among teams is 0.77; it’s 0.71 for the number of fans; and it’s 0.37 for growth in number of fans over the past year. Yankees1,5202604,5708,4902026,050 Reds4501101,2601,190709,430 Indians3501001,1701,1201303,600 Even the Yankees and Red Sox can’t compete with the online following of top NBA teams. Both the Los Angeles Lakers and Chicago Bulls have more than twice the number of Facebook fans as each of the Yankees and Red Sox — and Lakers followers on Twitter outnumber Yankees and Red Sox followers combined. Some of that support comes from outside the U.S., where the NBA is far more popular than MLB. The popularity extends to the league as a whole. The NBA’s Facebook page has 27.5 million fans, more than the NFL’s (12.5 million), MLB’s (6.3 million) and NHL’s (3.9 million) combined. And while Socialbakers hasn’t run the numbers yet for this year’s World Series, Facebook and Twitter activity around last year’s Game 7 fell far short of activity around the end of conference championships in the NBA and NFL. The Royals won the World Series — in a sport that has a lot of work to do to capture the attention of the social-media world. read more

Finally Mimi Kraus in HSV Hamburg

Best German Playmaker, Michael Mimi Kraus (27) signed 4 years contract with Bundesliga vice-champion, HSV Hamburg. That is a epilogue of “never ending TOP story” where the actors were Kraus, his former and his future team, Lemgo and HSV. After he announced that “he wants to play in Champions League next season”, Kraus was under the pressure, expecially after EURO 2010, where Germans was 10th on the end. He had problem with a club discipline, got suspension in Februar, but on the end finished season in “big style” with scoring 12 goals in a second match of Cup EHF final against Swiss Kadeten and won the trophy.Now, everything is a history. Kraus will play in CL next season and TBV Lemgo stayed satisfied with a 300.000 Euros from the transfer release. ← Previous Story S – League a new project of Ex-Yu countries, Hungary and Austria Next Story → Men’s U 20 EC in Slovakia from Thursday read more

Thats all folks Troika wrap up their final visit to Ireland today

first_imgIT HAS BEEN a long four years but today marks the end of the final visit by Troika officials to Ireland to see how the bailout is getting on.Over the past nine days, officials from the EU, ECB and IMF have been holding their twelfth and final review of the Government’s economic programme, ahead of Ireand’s planned exit from the bailout programme on 15 December.Much of the focus of the visit has been on whether Ireland will need a post-bailout emergency credit line in 2014. The precautionary measure would be used to help make it easier for Ireland to get used to raising money on the normal international lending markets rather than relying on bailout funds for the first time in more than four years.However the Government has been reluctant to seek the insurance policy of the extra funds because of the possible conditions that would be attached to it and has hinted that it would prefer to go it alone.Separately, the Troika officials met with a group of backbench TDs during their visit, which was the first time that the mission had met with any politicians outside of the Cabinet or the main opposition TDs.The Troika officials will shortly release a statement with their verdict on the final review of the mission to Ireland.Their last review found that Ireland’s bailout programme remained on track but raised concerns over unemployment and non-performing loans at the country’s banks.Read: Sinn Féin on Troika meeting: ‘We gave it to them hard and heavy’ >Read: Taoiseach expects decision on post-bailout credit facility before December exit >last_img read more

La gamme One dévoilée par HTC

first_imgLa gamme One dévoilée par HTCLe constructeur taïwanais a profité de l’ouverture du Mobile World Congress de Barcelone pour présenter trois nouveaux smartphones qui inaugurent sa gamme One.HTC n’est pas venu les mains vides au Mobile World Congress (MWC) de Barcelone. La firme de Taïwan y présente en effet sa toute nouvelle gamme, baptisée One, et qui compte déjà trois appareils, qui seront commercialisés au cours du second trimestre 2012. Trois smartphones, pour le haut, le milieu et l’entrée de gamme. Le plus sophistiqué est le HTC One X (notre photo), qui fonctionne sous Android Ice Cream Sandwich, le dernier OS de Google. Il est doté d’un grand écran de 4,7 pouces (1280 x 720 pixels) et embarque un processeur Nvidia Tegra 3 cadencé à 1,5 GHz – ainsi qu’un processeur Snapdragon Qulacomm pour la version 4G LTE -, une mémoire interne de 32 GB. A noter qu’il est compatible avec la technologie sans contact NFC, révèle Les Numeriques.com. Outre ces éléments, il possède un capteur photo de 8 Megapixels avec un double obturateur (Video Pic)pour pouvoir photographier tout en filmant en HD. Le HTC One S est lui porté sur la finesse avec 7,9 mm d’épaisseur. Il affiche un écran de 4,3 pouces (540 x 960 pixels) et embarque un processeur Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 cadencé à 1,5 GHz. Comme le One X, il propose un capteur photo de 8 Megapixels. Enfin, HTC One V se chargera de l’entrée de gamme, avec un écran de 3,7 pouces (800 x 480p), un processeur Qualcomm de 1 Ghz, un capteur photo de 5 Mpixels et une mémoire interne de 4 Go (extensible via MicroSD). A noter que tous les trois disposeront d’un abonnement Dropbox limité à 25 Go sur deux ans et d’un traitement Beats Audio. Le 28 février 2012 à 15:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Viewer numbers for 4/6 WWE RAW, viewers see a drop

first_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Google+ Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission Now Playing Up Next Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Twitter Velvet Skycenter_img Pinterest Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 WhatsApp Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Facebook WWE RAW Preview: King of the Ring Final Match, Fallout from WWE Clash of Champions Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Last night’s 4/6 WWE RAW drew an average audience of 3.96 million viewers on Monday night. The first hour drew 4.30 million viewers, the second hour drew 4.04 million viewers and the third hour closed out the night with 3.55 million viewers.This is down from last week’s show that drew 5.27 million viewers.Despite the drop in overall viewers, RAW was the No. 1 rated show on cable Monday night drawing a 1.5 rating among adults 18-49.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the listlast_img read more

TT athlete sets world record at World Para Championships

first_img One CARIFTA GAMES Medal for Team TCI Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppLondon, UK July 18, 2017 — Trinidad & Tobago paralympic athlete Akeem Stewart has broken his own world record after winning gold in the Men’s Javelin event at the World Para Athletics Championship currently taking place in London, England. In his second attempt, Stewart logged a distance of 56.74 metres. Stewart’s previous record was achieved in the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil with a throw distance of 57.23 metres. T&T also won a bronze medal on Monday when sprinter Nyoshia Cain gained third place in the Women’s T44 100 metre final.#MagneticMediaNews#WorldParaAthleticsChampionships Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Akeem Stewart, gold medal, World Para Athletics Championships, world recordlast_img read more

16th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge Guacamole Bowl

first_img KUSI Newsroom, 16th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge Guacamole Bowl KUSI Newsroom SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Dozens of teams are getting ready for San Diego County’s largest guacamole making competition on Saturday, March 9th.The 16th Annual Law Enforcement Challenge Guacamole Bowl is at Balboa Park Club and goes from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m.Proceeds benefit: Sports for Exceptional Athletes. A nonprofit organization that provides sporting opportunities for over 1,400 San Diegans with developmental disabilities from ages 5 years old to adulthood.An $8 donation at the door gets you, entrance into the event, a bag of Mission Chips, live entertainment and a chance to vote for your favorite guacamole recipe.Over the past fifteen years, the Guacamole Bowl has raised over $154,000 to support local programs for athletes with developmental disabilities, according to retired San Diego Police Officer Matt Weathersby.For more information click here. March 6, 2019 Posted: March 6, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Working in Clark County Crystal Payne bridal consultant

first_imgWorking in Clark CountyWorking in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: mary.ricks@columbian.com; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.Crystal Payne worked for Hilton Reservations Worldwide in Vancouver. She liked her job, but they closed the call center and she was unemployed. She started working as a bridal consultant at The Hostess House/Bridal Arts Building 10 years ago. I have learned a lot from the brides and from my mistakes, but I have a job I love, she said.Name: Crystal Payne.Job/employer: Bridal consultant and manager of The Hostess House/Bridal Arts Building, 10017 N.E. Sixth Ave.Age: 46.Education/professional background: I graduated from Columbia River High School and attended business college in Georgia. I served in the Army for four years and two years in the reserves. I returned to Vancouver and worked for Hilton Reservations Worldwide. After they closed the call center I needed a job. That was 10 years ago. And for the last eight years I have also been the manager of the Bridal Arts Building. I was not technically trained for the job but have learned a lot from the brides and from my mistakes. Brides come in with no idea of what they want. They may have seen a dress on a television show and they want that particular dress. I can usually find something a bride likes. We have 1,000 gowns in the shop from five manufacturers and are one of the few shops that carries plus-sized gowns up to size 32. Bridezillas: I haven’t had to deal with bridezillas. The biggest problem is usually the mother of the bride. Some mothers are trying to live through their daughter, and some brides don’t want to disappoint their mother.last_img read more

Wilmingtons OSRAM Acquires Vixar Inc

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington’s OSRAM Launches OPTOTRONIC Intelligent Programmable Compact LED DriversIn “Business”Wilmington’s OSRAM Completes Acquisition of Novità TechnologiesIn “Business”BUSINESS BRIEF: Wilmington’s OSRAM & Boston Children’s Hospital Shine A Light For Boston’s Littlest PatientsIn “Business” WILMINGTON, MA — Osram has added to its expertise in semiconductor-based optical security technology by acquiring Vixar Inc.Already a technology leader in infrared LEDs and infrared laser diodes, Osram will have a unique breadth of technological expertise and an expanded product portfolio after bringing on board Vixar’s specialist capabilities in the field of VCSEL.While currently known primarily for identification applications in mobile devices, VCSEL also can be used to recognize gestures and measure distances in medical, industrial and automotive applications. Vixar was founded by pioneers in the VCSEL industry, having first brought VCSEL to the data communication market in the late 1990s, and more recently by founding Vixar in 2005 to pursue sensing applications.Approximately 20 employees of the company, which is based in Plymouth, Minnesota, will transfer to Osram as a result of the acquisition. Vixar is profitable both on an operational and net results level. The parties to the deal have agreed not to disclose financial details. Closing of the transaction is expected in summer. “The acquisition of Vixar is adding to our expertise, particularly in the fast-growing market for security technologies,” said Olaf Berlien, CEO of OSRAM Licht AG.Osram is a technology leader in infrared optical semiconductors and has already succeeded in bringing to market light sources for fingerprint sensors, iris scanners, and 2D facial recognition. The acquired capabilities will pave the way for further security technologies, including ultra-compact 3D facial recognition. In addition to unlocking smartphones and other consumer electronics devices, such technologies also can be used for high-security access controls in industry.The way in which VCSEL technology captures 3D environmental data has applications in everything from gesture recognition, augmented reality, robotics and proximity sensors to autonomous driving. VCSEL stands for vertical cavity surface emitting laser and is a special type of laser diode in which the light is emitted perpendicular to the surface of the semiconductor chip. Vixar is a fabless semiconductor company, and has developed a robust volume supply chain consisting of merchant foundries serving the optoelectronic market. Osram’s depth and breadth of semiconductor experience will further strengthen the manufacturing capabilities for the rapidly growing VCSEL market.(NOTE: The above press release is from OSRAM via BusinessWire.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.last_img read more

Chanlyut helps men restart learn to live life on lifes terms

first_imgChanlyut director Bill Tsurnos sits in the living room of the residential re-education program. Hillman/KSKASometimes starting over means more than just looking for a new job or a new place to live. It means relearning how to “live life on life’s terms,” says Bill Tsurnos, the director of Chanlyut. The free, two-year intensive residential program in Anchorage run by Cook Inlet Tribal Council is helping men do just that.Download AudioTsurnos sits in a bright, airy common room, his late uncle’s heavy gold ring whacking into the table as he gestures broadly. Twenty years ago, his family never would have let him near such an heirloom.“A gold ring? I would never have one of these. A Rolex watch? No way. I couldn’t hold one of these for two hours before.” He would sell it instantly, he said. “Everything I looked at, leather coats, all I saw was heroin. How much can I get for that?”For more than 20 years Tsurnos was in and out of jail. He couldn’t hold down a job for more than a month. He was struggling with a heroin addiction and with the fact that, occasionally, the basics of modern life suck.“Sometimes it’s like waking up in the same house from the same bed and getting in the same car and going to the same job and doing it over and over and over again. Not just for a day, for a week — for years and years, ya know?”By the early ’90s, Tsurnos was ready to clean up his act. He joined the Delancey Street program in San Francisco. It’s the model for Chanlyut, the residential education program that he now runs. Chanlyut requires participants to hit reset. They move into the house with only basic supplies and share a bunk bed in a dorm room. For the first month or so, they can’t communicate with any family or friends outside of the program. They focus on relearning the basics — proper hygiene, cleaning the house, cooking dinner.“I gotta teach them to save electricity, too,” Tsurnos says as he shuts off a light. “That’s living life on life’s terms, Anne! You know if you’re paying the electricity bill, you’re gonna turn the light off.”But Tsurnos isn’t the only one teaching life skills. The philosophy behind Chanlyut is “each one, teach one.” Once a participant learns a skill, he teaches the next guy who joins the program. Tsurnos says this encourages responsibility and accountability as they earn new privileges, like writing letters to their parents twice a month or moving into a room with single beds instead of bunks.Eventually participants move on to learning new skills by working for one of Chanlyut’s businesses. They make wholesale foods for coffee shops and do lawn care.“We have a janitorial service where we clean the Credit Union One Bank,” he says. “I know, how cool is that, huh? They let a bunch of us ex-convicts, ex-drug addicts, criminals go into their bank and clean it at night.”The emphasis is on ex. The recidivism rate for program graduates is only 19 percent, less than a third of the statewide average. But going to Chanlyut is never a condition of parole. The participants are only there because they choose to be; it’s voluntary.If someone says otherwise, Tsurnos responds in his gravely voice: “You wrote me a letter and you asked to come here and you told me why you wanted to come here. I didn’t send out no invitations. You said you wanted to be here.”And if they don’t want to deal with the extremely strict rules?“There’s the door. Go! If you don’t want to be here, we don’t want you here!”Kevin Carlson chose to join the program a year ago after six years of drug use and a quick stint in jail. He’d lost his wife and his kids, and says six months of rehab just wasn’t going to be enough to transform his perspective.He says so far he’s figured out, “how to be less self-centered, less worried about what I need, and more worried about what I can do to help. Chanlyut has taught me that as long as the product is coming out the same, let them do it their way. Not everything has to be my way.”Carlson says he’s not who he wants to be yet, but through Chanlyut, he’s getting there.last_img read more