New Delhi: Indian football team coach Igor Stimac Friday named a list of 25 players ahead of the Intercontinental Cup, slated to kick off at the EKA Arena, Ahmedabad from July 7. Defending champions India take on Tajikistan in their first match on the opening day, while Syria and North Korea are the other two participating teams. All teams will play each other once with the top two making it to the final. Stimac stated that “all players worked really hard at the preparatory camp in Mumbai”. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football together”We are satisfied with the execution of work for the past ten days,” he informed. “The players worked really hard, and we are all very enthusiastic about our upcoming games,” he added. Indian Arrows defender Narender Gahlot was named in the list along with Mandar Rao Desai. The list will be pruned to 23 prior to the start of the tournament. This is the first time Gujarat is hosting a a senior men’s international competition. Stimac, who coached Croatia to the 2014 FIFA World Cup, said, “All our work has been programmed to get us in form for the qualifiers.” The 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers kick off in September, the draw for which is slated for later this month. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian Open”Once again, I will use the upcoming games in the tournament to have a look at all the players in action. Each one of them deserve the chance,” the coach explained. Stimac had summoned a list of 35 players for the preparatory camp in Mumbai which kicked off on June 25. The 10 players who were released include Vishal Kaith, Nishu Kumar, Salam Ranjan Singh, Sarthak Golui, Anwar Ali, Raynier Fernandes, Michael Soosairaj, Nikhil Poojary, Jackiechand Singh, and Balwant Singh, while Ashique Kuruniyan was earlier released from the camp. The list of 25 stay as follows: GOALKEEPERS: Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, Amrinder Singh, Kamaljit Singh. DEFENDERS: Pritam Kotal, Rahul Bheke, Sandesh Jhingan, Adil Khan, Anas Edathodika, Narender Gahlot, Subhasish Bose, Jerry Lalrinzuala. MIDFIELDERS: Udanta Singh, Brandon Fernandes, Anirudh Thapa, Pronay Halder, Rowllin Borges, Vinit Rai, Sahal Abdul, Amarjit Singh, Lallianzuala Chhangte, Mandar Rao Desai. FORWARDS: Jobby Justin, Sunil Chhetri, Farukh Choudhary, Manvir Singh.
Lucknow: The Samajwadi Party (SP) is likely to boycott the 48-hour marathon Uttar Pradesh Assembly session proposed by the Yogi Adityanath government to discuss and deliberate the 17-point Charter of the United Nations’ Agenda on Development. The session is scheduled to be held on October 2, on the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. Senior SP leader and Leader of Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary on Thursday said party chief Akhilesh Yadav has called for state-wide protest on October 1 to raise the issue of hike in electricity tariff. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ On October 2, all MPs, MLAs and MLCs would stage a day-long dharna at Gandhi statue “to save democracy”. “A non-stop, 48-hour session seems illogical. Instead of the day and night deliberations, the session could have been extended to three or four days. SP is preoccupied with agitations and a final decision would be taken soon,” he said. A Congress leader, on the other hand, has raised a question: “What is the need for a non-stop session? Is it an Emergency? We have communicated our feelings to the party high command and a decision on our participation will be taken soon. The Congress Legislators are not in a mood to attend this session.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K The SP and the Congress’s new stand on the session has surprised the ruling party as earlier they had expressed willingness to join the special Assembly session. The decision to hold this unique session was unanimously taken at an all-party meeting convened by Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit in last week of August. After the meeting, Congress leader Ajay Kumar Lallu had said: “While all of us have unanimously agreed to the session as it is for a good cause, we asked the Chief Minister that the discussion should not be limited for the sake of record.” The session will discuss the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Every member is expected to get five minutes to speak on the subject. They will not be allowed to speak on any other subject during the special session.
Today’s action was prompted by the Council’s concern at the continuing insecurity and the flow of illegal weapons throughout the vast DRC – driven chiefly by armed groups and militia in North and South Kivu and in Ituri.The Council’s unanimous resolution condemns the illicit flow of weapons into the DRC and declares its determination to closely monitor compliance with the arms embargo imposed last July, when the Council demanded that States, particularly those in the region, ensure that no direct military or financial assistance was given to the movements and armed groups present in the country.The committee established today will report regularly to the Council with its observations and recommendations, in particular ways to strengthen the effectiveness of the measures aiming to prevent the direct or indirect supply, sale or transfer of arms and related materiel and the provision of training or military assistance to all foreign and Congolese armed groups in the east of the country. States were requested to report to the committee within 60 days on their actions taken towards this end.The Council also asked Secretary-General Kofi Annan to create within 30 days an expert, four-person panel to examine and analyze relevant information gathered by the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) in its efforts to monitor the arms embargo.For its part, MONUC was asked to continue to use all means to monitor the movements and presence of armed groups, and to continue its surprise inspections of aircraft cargo or of any transport vehicle using ports, airfields and military bases and border crossings in North and South Kivu and in Ituri.The Council’s text also underscores the right of the Congolese people to control their natural resources and stresses the need for all countries to work to bring an end to the illegal exploitation of such resources as well as trafficking in the region’s raw materials.
In a statement released late Friday by his spokesman, the Secretary-General said the signing in Rome by leaders of EU countries marks a “major milestone.”“This important and positive step opens new horizons for the European Union in the twenty-first century and provides a unique opportunity to preserve and strengthen democracy, peace and prosperity,” he said, expressing hope that the document will bolster UN-EU collaboration in fostering peace and development.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email PetroBakken plans $675-million in capital spending in 2013 to boost output by The Canadian Press Posted Jan 11, 2013 3:19 pm MDT CALGARY – PetroBakken Energy Ltd. has budgeted $675 million for capital projects this year, with a focus on growing production from the Cardium formation in west-central Alberta.That’s a big drop from the $975 million the Calgary-based light oil producer spent in 2012. About $100 million of this year’s spending was moved up to the end of 2012 to take advantage of oilfield services during the winter drilling season.“Our initial capital plan (including the acceleration of $100 million into 2012) is materially lower than previous years, which we believe to be prudent given the current price volatility and wider light oil differentials being experienced by the industry,” the company said in a release.“Our capital plan may be adjusted throughout the year to take into account changes to realized prices and service costs.”In addition to the Cardium, PetroBakken will also make investments in the Bakken light oil formation that straddles the Canada-U.S. border, as well as in conventional oil and gas in southeastern Saskatchewan.PetroBakken says it produced the equivalent of 53,200 barrels of oil a day on average in December, which was six per cent above the same month of 2011.It’s aiming to exit 2013 at about the same level, in a range of 49,000 to 52,000 barrels a day, but boost annual output by eight to 12 per cent above 2012.In 2013, the company plans to spend $480 million — 71 per cent of the total capital budget — on drilling, completion and tie-in activities. A further $140 million is for facilities, optimization, workovers and sustaining capital.On a geographic basis, about 60 per cent of the drilling will be in the Cardium formation. It will get $290 million, compared with $85 million allocated for the Bakken, $27 million for conventional projects in southeastern Saskatchewan and $78 million in Alberta and British Columbia.The company’s former majority shareholder, Petrobank Energy and Resources (TSX:PBG), spun off its 56 per cent stake to Petrobank shareholders this month.Desjardins Securities analyst Allan Stepa said PetroBakken is spending less than expected in 2013.“Although the company’s program is significantly more conservative than we had forecast, with essentially flat year-over-year production growth, we note that more disciplined capital spending is somewhat prudent given current Canadian differentials and the company’s levered balance sheet,” he wrote in a research note.“To that end, we believe investors will remain focused on PetroBakken’s ability to manage debt levels this year and to protect its eight-cent monthly dividend.”PetroBakken shares were down 2.5 per cent at $10.03 Friday afternoon on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
TORONTO – A worsening in the Ukraine-Russia crisis put pressure on North American stock markets Friday, although Toronto managed to finish with a minor gain.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 13.06 points to 15,304.24.Markets initially went deep in the red after NATO said that Russian military vehicles crossed into Ukraine during the night and the Ukrainian president said most of the force had been quickly destroyed by his troops. Russia denied any incursion.The report persuaded traders to seek safety but the Canadian dollar was higher as jobs data for July blew past expectations.The loonie rose 0.12 of a cent to 91.84 cents US as Statistics Canada issued a revised report saying the economy added 42,000 positions last month, more than double the 20,000 that had been generally expected by economists. The federal agency disclosed earlier this week that it had discovered an error in its jobs data originally released Aug. 8 showing the economy added a meagre 200 jobs.The rise in the Canadian currency came as traders looking for a safe haven bought into the U.S. dollar. The yield on the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasurys fell to 2.338 per cent, down from 2.375 per cent earlier in the morning.Most U.S. indexes gave up early gains with the Dow Jones industrials finishing down 50.67 points at 16,662.91, the Nasdaq gaining 11.93 points to 4,464.93 and the S&P 500 index slipping 0.12 of a point to 1,955.06.“Definitely a big impact,” said John Stephenson, president and CEO at Stephenson & Company Capital Management“This clearly casts a bit of a pall over the markets on a Friday and will likely make a negative impact, depending on how things evolve for the beginning of the trading week.”Meanwhile, it wasn’t clear if that armed convoy was part of another convoy of almost 300 vehicles containing humanitarian aid that the Russian government dispatched to eastern Ukraine earlier this week. The area has been the scene of heavy fighting as Ukrainian forces fight to retain control of territory from pro-Russian militias.Russia had earlier agreed to let Ukrainian officials inspect the aid convoy on Friday and agreed to let the Red Cross distribute the aid around the rebel-held city of Luhansk.Markets had been further reassured after Russian President Vladimir Putin appeared to tone down his rhetoric on Ukraine, where pro-Russian rebels are waging an insurgency in the eastern part of that country. He said Moscow’s goal was “to stop bloodshed in Ukraine as soon as possible.”The gold sector was off early lows, down about one per cent as December bullion halved earlier losses. However, gold still lost $9.50 to US$1,306.20 an ounce.Financials were a weight, down 0.35 per cent.The energy sector led advancers, up one per cent with September crude in New York ahead $1.77 to US$97.35 a barrel.The metals and mining group rose 0.63 per cent, while September copper was a cent higher at US$3.10 a pound.Despite the geopolitical worries, Toronto and New York markets registered gains last week on earnings news and the belief that poor economic data from Europe and China will force central banks to step in with more stimulus. The TSX gained 0.71 per cent while the Dow industrials advanced 0.66 per cent.On the corporate front, the world’s biggest soda maker is hoping to benefit from the surging popularity of energy drinks. Coca-Cola is buying a 16.7 per cent stake in Monster Beverage for US$2.15 billion. Monster shares surged 30.48 per cent to US$93.49 while Coca Cola gained 1.74 per cent to US$40.88. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2014 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TSX little changed, Ukraine claims its forces destroyed Russian armoured force
“Adoption of safety-engineered syringes is absolutely critical to protecting people worldwide from becoming infected with HIV, hepatitis and other diseases. This should be an urgent priority for all countries,” Dr. Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the WHO HIV/AIDS Department, said in the announcement by the UN health agency.A 2014 study sponsored by WHO, which focused on the most recent available data, estimated that in 2010, up to 1.7 million people were infected with hepatitis B virus, up to 315,000 with hepatitis C virus and as many as 33,800 with HIV through an unsafe injection. “The new ‘smart’ syringes WHO recommends for injections into the muscle or skin, have features that prevent re-use,” according to the announcement. “Some models include a weak spot in the plunger that causes it to break if the user attempts to pull back on the plunger after the injection. Others have a metal clip that blocks the plunger so it cannot be moved back, while in others the needle retracts into the syringe barrel at the end of the injection.”The new WHO injection safety guidelines with support from the IKEA Foundation and Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, also provided recommendations highlighting the value of safety features for syringes, including devices that protect health workers.“Syringes are also being engineered with features to protect health workers from ‘needle stick’ injuries and resulting infections,” WHO said. “A sheath or hood slides over the needle after the injection is completed to protect the user from being injured accidentally by the needle and potentially exposed to an infection.” WHO said it is urging countries to transition, by 2020, to the exclusive use of the new “smart” syringes, except in a few circumstances in which a syringe that blocks after a single use would interfere with the procedure. Syringes without safety features currently cost 3 to 4 cents when procured by a UN agency for a developing country and the new smart syringes cost at least twice that much, but WHO said it is calling on donors to support the transition, anticipating that prices will decline over time.Noting that injections are one of the most common health-care procedures used around the world, WHO stressed the need to reduce the number of unnecessary injections as a critical way of reducing risk.“There are 16 billion injections administered every year” but only some 5 per cent of these injections are for immunizing children and adults, and 5 per cent are for other procedures like blood transfusions and injectable contraceptives,” the WHO press release said. The remaining 90 per cent of injections are given to administer medicines, according to WHO. Finally, WHO said “unsafe injection practices would logically impact on other blood borne diseases transmitted through the reuse of injection equipment e.g. haemorrhagic fevers such as Ebola and Marburg viruses, malaria, and others.”
“Dr. Nabarro will work with Member States and other relevant stakeholders to galvanize action on implementation of the Agenda and also oversee the Secretary-General’s special initiatives, e.g. Every Woman Every Child,” said Mr. Ban in his wide-ranging address to the media at UN Headquarters in New York today.Prior to this, Dr. Nabarro has served as Special Envoy of the Secretary-General on Ebola since September 2014, providing strategic and policy direction for the international response, and from 2005 to 2014, he was Senior Coordinator for Avian and Pandemic Influenza.With over 30 years of experience in public health, nutrition and development work at country, regional and global levels, Dr. Nabarro has also held positions in non-governmental organizations, universities, national Governments and the UN system.At the same press conference, Mr. Ban also announced the appointment of El Ghassim Wane of Mauritania as Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations.“Mr. Wane brings extensive experience on peace and security issues and conflict resolution, particularly in Africa in partnership with international and regional organisations, at a time when United Nations peacekeeping has reached a historic high in terms of levels of deployments of civilian and uniformed personnel and complexity of mandates,” said Mr. Ban.Mr. Wane will succeed Edmond Mulet of Guatemala, whom the Secretary-General has appointed as his Chef de Cabinet.The UN chief reiterated his deep gratitude and appreciation for Mr. Mulet’s dedicated service in his former position.
Light commercial vehicle market declines -11.1% in November, the third consecutive monthly fall.Demand down across all segments, with 26,486 new vans and pick-ups registered.Year-to-date registrations fall -4.1% to 334,133 units.SEE LCV REGISTRATIONS BY BRANDDOWNLOAD PRESS RELEASE AND DATA TABLENew light commercial vehicle (LCV) registrations experienced a double-digit decline in November, according to figures released today by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). The market fell -11.1%, with 26,486 new vans and pick-ups registered – the third consecutive monthly fall.All segments experienced declines, with demand for smaller vans falling the most, down -21.7%. Pick-ups were next, down -14.4%, followed by 4x4s, larger vans, and vans weighing 2.0T-2.5T, which dropped -10.0%, -9.4%, and -8.9% respectively. Year-to-date, the LCV market has fallen -4.1% with 334,133 new vans joining UK roads, broadly in line with expectations. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, saidWhile the market decline is worrying, it remains at an historically high level. Nevertheless, economic and political uncertainty continues to affect business confidence and with it new van purchasing patterns which is damaging, both for the market and for efforts to improve air quality. Getting more of the latest, Euro 6 LCVs onto our roads is the fastest way to reduce emissions so, to avoid a prolonged downturn, it is vital that government works to restore the conditions that give operators confidence to invest in their fleets.
Manolo CadenasWisla Plock ← Previous Story BIG SUMMER PLAN: Kielce want to set new record with 15.500 fans against PSG Next Story → Granollers Cup 2015 confirms slogan “Fun, friends and handball” Spending his time in Spain coach Manolo Cadenas completes the ORLEN Wisla team for the season 2015/2016. Polish vice-champions wants to at least repeat the result from the last two years, when they got to TOP16.Even before the end of the 2014/2015 season it was clear, that three inportant pieces in the Cadneas’ puzzle will leave the club: Mariusz Jurkiewicz (Vive Tauron Kielce), Kamil Syprzak (FC Barcelona Lassa) and Sasha Tioumentsev (Meshkov Brest). In their place Wisla decided to sign Dmitry Zhitnikov (Czechowskije Miedwiedi) and Bartosz Konitz (Pogon Szczecin). But this is not the end of ORLEN Wisła Płock reinforcements.– At the moment our team consists of 16 players, but we are in advanced negotiations with a line player and playmaker – says Spanish coach – They both want to be in Wisla in the next season, one practically has already accepted our terms, we are currently negotiating and look forward to the decision of the other side. If its expectations will be too high, I have other candidates on my mind. We observe the market all the time to choose the optimal solution, that will allow us to raise our level. The possibility of performance in the Champions League elite is like a magnet for many players.Cadenas also commented the draw for the Champions League VELUX:– Pots were designed so that we knew before the draw, that the most famous handball team will come to Płock again. I was pleased with the decision of the EHF, that appreciated our performances last season and assigned us to group A. It’s important for this city and for our community to be in the elite and keep in it.ORLEN Wisla’s workouts will resume on 27 July.
Le réchauffement climatique va réduire de 50% l’espace de nombreuses espèces d’ici 2080Selon une étude publiée dimanche, en raison du réchauffement climatique, plus de la moitié des espèces végétales et d’un tiers des espèces animales verront l’espace propice à leur existence réduit de moitié d’ici 2080.Au rythme où vont les émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES), et dans la mesure où elles peinent encore à diminuer, un réchauffement climatique global de 4°C (par rapport aux niveaux pré-industriels) est attendu d’ici 2100, selon les spécialistes. Pour cerner l’impact d’un tel changement sur la faune et la flore, des scientifiques britanniques se sont intéressés aux espaces dans lesquels les conditions climatiques sont propices à l’existence de quelque 50.000 espèces (3zones climatiques”).En étudiant ces conditions, les chercheurs de l’université britannique d’East Anglia ont conclu que 55% des plantes et 35% des animaux faisant partie des 48.786 espèces pourraient voir au moins 50% de ces espaces réduits d’ici 2080. Publiée dans la revue Nature Climate Change, l’étude montre que ce sont les plantes, les amphibiens et les reptiles qui sont les plus menacés. En effet, ces organismes ont plus de difficultés à s’adapter. Ils évoluent plus lentement que le changement climatique lui-même, soulignent les chercheurs. Quant aux régions qui seraient les plus fortement touchées, ce serait l’Afrique sub-saharienne, l’Amérique centrale, l’Amazonie et l’Australie. Pour la chercheuse Rachel Warren, ces estimations se situent “probablement dans la fourchette basse” dans la mesure où elles ne prennent en compte que l’impact de la hausse des températures et pas les évènements extrêmes qu’entraîne le changement climatique (cyclones ou inondations).Des retombées pour l’homme À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?”Les populations d’animaux en particulier pourraient disparaitre plus que nous ne l’estimons avec moins de plantes disponibles pour les nourrir”, explique la scientifique du centre Tyndall citée par l’AFP. Nécessairement, “il y aura aussi des retombées sur les hommes car il y a des espèces qui sont importantes pour la purification de l’eau et de l’air, pour limiter les inondations et le cycle de l’alimentation”, ajoute-t-elle.Toutefois, si les rejets de GES atteignaient leur niveau maximal en 2016 (scénario aujourd’hui irréaliste), les pertes de zones climatiques seraient réduites de 60%, d’après les résultats ds chercheurs. Avec un plafond atteint en 2030, ce chiffre serait de 40%.Le 14 mai 2013 à 10:34 • Maxime Lambert
If you drop food, you can just pick it up right away and it’s fine, right? The so-called “five-second rule” is seen by many as a universal truth, but no one has ever done a proper peer-reviewed study on it until now. It turns out that, no, it’s probably not fine to pick it up and eat it. That said, some food-dropping scenarios are safer than others.The study was conducted by Professor Donald Schaffner, a food microbiologist from Rutgers University. The testing was performed on both dry and sticky foods including cut watermelon, bread, buttered bread, and strawberry gummy candy. The team also used several different flooring materials like ceramic tile, wood, and carpet. Samples were exposed to all the different floorings types for varying amounts of time with 20 repetitions of each test. There were a total of 2,560 measurements of bacterial transfer, making this easily the largest assessment of the 5-second rule ever.The results showed that the 5-second rule isn’t completely bunk — there’s some common sense behind it. If a dry bit of food like bread lands on the carpet and you scoop it up in less than five seconds, the level of bacterial contamination is low but still present. Those are all the lowest risk categories, according to the study. But if you were to drop a watermelon on your ceramic tile kitchen floor for any amount of time, it’s going to pick up plenty of nasty stuff.The most important finding of this study is that everything is contaminated on contact with the floor. It’s just about how contaminated it is. Even bread on the carpet will eventually collect a worrying amount of bacteria. That’s not to say it can’t become dangerous on contact. Bacteria are not hiding on your floor with little microscopic stopwatches set to five seconds. If you do adhere to the 5-second rule, just be thankful for your robust immune system.
The Republic of Ireland players are responsible for recent results and not the coaches, says Shane DuffyThe Boys in Green were met with boos from their own supporters in Dublin following a disappointing 1-0 defeat to Wales in the Nations League.Ireland have gone five competitive matches without a win and have scored just nine goals in their last 13 games.Calls have been made by the likes of former Ireland international Keith Andrews for the dismissal of manager Martin O’Neill and assistant coach Roy Keane.But Brighton defender Duffy insists the blame lies with the entire squad.Report: Former Liverpool striker Heskey reveals all George Patchias – September 10, 2019 Former Liverpool striker Emile Heskey reveals all in his new book.In Heskey’s new book “Even Heskey Scored,” serialised in the Guardian, the player talks,…“Well, it’s us out there [on the pitch], it’s not them. It’s us playing. It’s players’ responsibility to go out and perform. They can tell us what to do, but it’s up to us to do it,” said Duffy, according to Sky Sports.“We’ve obviously let them down. The players have to take responsibility and put it right. It’s obviously not good enough.“I wouldn’t blame them. They’re not out there. It’s down to us. That’s the main thing. We’ve got to look at ourselves.”Ireland remains bottom of Group B4 with just a single point from three games and could be relegated if Wales fail to defeat Denmark next month.
The roomful of young students sat silently as Jake McClain spoke about his battle with heroin and methamphetamine.He talked about how his parents relapsed into drug use when he was 11. About the downward spiral into his own addiction. About finally hitting rock bottom, shooting up in the school bathroom.And how he pulled out of it and was inspired to help people.The kids were mesmerized, at least in part because this wasn’t an adult recalling his tortured teenage years. Jake is graduating from high school this summer. His rock bottom period was last year.He was one of many teens wanting to help teens who convened at Clark College on Friday.The Teens Care Too Youth Prevention and Leadership Summit brought nearly 300 middle and high school students to the college campus. Its theme — youth voices, youth choices — neatly summed up what the afternoon was all about — letting the kids do the talking about how to curb drug and alcohol abuse in their ranks.The afternoon followed that to the letter. Even though a host of luminaries — state representatives, mayors, county commissioners and city councilors — attended, most of the speeches and announcements in Gaiser Hall were made by people too young to vote.The big crowd broke up into workshops mid-afternoon, many of which were led by adult experts. But not all.One of them, called “Experience, Hope and Strength,” featured Jake and two of his school mates from Legacy High School in Vancouver.Marika Neis-Steinwand spoke about post-traumatic stress disorder, a condition usually associated with combat veterans. Marika fought fierce-enough battles in her teenage years to be diagnosed with the disorder. Nearly 300 teens gather Friday in Clark College’s Gaiser Hall for the Teens Care Too Youth Prevention and Leadership Summit. The event let students discuss among each other how to curb drug and alcohol abuse.
To be among the world’s top five smartphone manufacturers, India’s Micromax is set to sell phones in the Chinese market, reported the Wall Street Journal. China, the world’s largest market for phones, will help Micromax expand volume growth and push up India’s number two manufacturer on to the world podium.In a bid to achieve the ambition, the company may list its shares on the Indian bourses or invite a strategic partner in two years’ time, said the report.Speaking at the Rise Conference in Hong Kong on June 2, Micromax co-founder Vikas Jain said that cash was important to the firm as it needs to acquire companies that help build a network of services. That will help our “phones stand out in the crowd of competitors,” WSJ quoted him as saying.The Economic Times, citing sources, said Micromax plans to roll out a single model in China in collaboration with its e-commerce giants. To have an exclusive Chinese mobile phone portfolio, the company will partner with local players to the extent of offering a different operating system, it added.According to the ET report, a statement by Micromax read that its vision to be one of the world’s top player “will be realised by going to multiple countries, by being not only a hardware but a hardware and services company, and hence the experience.”WSJ, citing International Data Corp (IDC) research, said that Micromax’s target was ambitious as the China-based Vivo, currently the world’s fifth largest manufacturer, sold four million phones a month â€” nearly 3 million phones more than the number sold by Micromax in the same time period. Also, the company’s sales in the Asian market have slipped, with Samsung and many Chinese manufacturers vying for a larger share.WSJ quoted Kiranjeet Kaur, analyst at IDC, as warning that the Chinese market is not growing and is really competitive. “I don’t know how they will survive there,” the analyst said.However, another IDC researcher, Navkendar Singh, told ET that the strategy of offence might be the best form of defence when wanting to venture China. In fact, their phone manufacturers have got the better side of this philosophy by continuing to do well in India despite soaring competition, he added.Micromax, which sells phones in Nepal, and is the No.3 player in Russia, may not find China’s gradual shift towards mid-tier priced phone market as its core strength. Micromax’s core competency is in entry-level phones and feature phones, noted ET. However, china’s smartphones buyers are now moving away from entry level phones and the smartphone makers are offering strong local services.
The Four Girl Group Stunt was won by Krista Fierro, Alex Birch, Emily Mattey and Kiana Davee as they defended their crown from a year ago.1.) University of Louisville (92.7778)2.) California Baptist (91.8333)3.) California Baptist 2 (91.4444) Print Friendly Version The Spirit Groups of the University of Louisville continue to be a formidable force on the national stage, winning three national championships at the 2019 NCA & NDA Collegiate Cheer and Dance Championship in Daytona, Beach. The University of Louisville Ladybirds won their 18th consecutive and 20th overall National Champions in the Division IA Team Performance. Under the direction of Coach Sheryl Knight, the Ladybirds put up the highest score of the field.1.) University of Louisville (95.80)2.) South Carolina (94.68)3.) NC State (93.28) The University of Louisville Small Co-Ed Cheerleaders finished second by just .52 of a point behind Oklahoma State in a very tight field.1.) Oklahoma State (96.8667)2.) University of Louisville (96.3458)3.) NC State (95.0084) The University of Louisville Large Co-Ed Cheerleaders lost by .8 of a point short of a national title. Texas Tech edged the Cardinals for the win.1.) Texas Tech (98.154)2.) University of Louisville (97.354)3.) Oklahoma State (95.250) The University of Louisville All-Girl Cheerleaders won their sixth straight titles and 16th overall national title when they edged South Carolina for the crown.1.) University of Louisville (96.704)2.) South Carolina (95.212)3.) Missouri (94.395) The Ladybirds finished second in the Hip Hop Division IA, falling just short of repeating their double title from a year ago.1.) BYU (97.228)2.) University of Louisville (96.314)3.) Florida International (95.514) Story Links
Associated PressIRBID, Jordan (AP) – Sultan, a 42-year-old Syrian anti-regime activist, knew he was being hunted, even in this northern Jordanian city where he had taken refuge. The attack came on a crowded street: Two men grabbed him and dragged him into a waiting car, shouting, “It’s him!”In the chaos, Sultan says, he recognized the car’s driver: a Syrian intelligence officer from the Damascus prison where for three months this year Sultan was jailed and tortured for participating in protests against President Bashar Assad. Sponsored Stories Top Stories Meghan McCain to release audiobook on conservatism, family Think Tank analyzes the second round of Democratic debates Three residents and two members of the Free Syrian Army said that on March 17, a pair of Syrians were caught dumping bags of rat poison into the water tanks on the building’s roof. Then in June, they said, Syrians gave a resident money to dump pills into the tanks. The resident instead turned the money and the pills over to FSA members in the building, who said the pills were found to be cyanide-based. The FSA members said they believed Syrian intelligence was behind the attempts, but there was no independent confirmation of the incidents.(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.) Jordanian political analyst Labib Kamhawi said the kingdom is deeply concerned over Syrian “sleeper cells.”“There could be killings, or explosions, or assassinations of Syrians and Jordanian personalities,” he said. “There could also be serious border confrontations or incursions.”There has already been one attempted bombing of a Jordanian.Security officials say they arrested a man in June trying to plant a bomb under the car of Jordanian businessman Nidal Bashabsheh, who has been active in helping Syrian refugees. Bashabsheh was visiting an apartment complex in northern Jordan where he is housing refugees when the man was seen putting the bomb under his car, the officials said, speaking on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to talk to the press.There is precedent for more. In 1982, when Syria’s regime waged a bloody crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood, Syria massed troops on Jordan’s border, accusing the kingdom of supporting the Islamists. No attack took place, but there was a wave of assassinations of Syrian Brotherhood activists who took refuge in Jordan. In 1970, the Syrian military carried out a short invasion of northern Jordan to protect Palestinians during a Jordanian crackdown on Palestinian factions. New high school in Mesa lets students pick career paths The vital role family plays in society Comments Share A former Syrian army captain from Daraa who defected and fled to Jordan said he was attacked in the capital, Amman. He arrived in Jordan on May 8 and quickly heard from fellow Syrians that a group of Syrians was asking about him.Three days later, three Syrian men and a woman approached him on an Amman street and said they had a letter for a Syrian in the neighborhood. They seemed unsure if he was the man they were looking for, since he had grown out his beard and dyed his hair since defecting, said the 34-year-old former captain. When he replied in a Syrian accent, they realized he was their man, he said.They put two guns to his head, dragged him into a car and drove to an empty lot where they beat him with clubs, he said.“They said the next time, they’d come back to kill me if I don’t head back to Syria within a week,” he said. “They sped off and left me bleeding from the nose, mouth and head all night.”The captain, his head still creased with the scars, is now in hiding in a city in Jordan’s eastern desert. He spoke on condition his name and exact location not be revealed for fear of being tracked down.In a more mysterious incident, refugees living at the apartment complex run by the Jordanian businessman Bashabsheh reported two attempts to poison the complex’s water supply. 4 sleep positions for men and what they mean “Assad is seething with anger at Jordan. It’s now like a jigsaw puzzle with all scenarios possible,” said Adnan Hamdan, 50, a cleric who worked in Syria’s Religious Affairs Ministry until he defected to Jordan last Februrary.Hamdan, now in Irbid, said he has received dozens of emails, text messages, and telephone calls from people with Syrian accents, warning “me that I will be killed because I have been outspoken in the media, exposing Assad’s atrocities against the people.”Traditionally, Jordan’s relations with Syria have been strained because of the kingdom’s strong alliance with the United States and cordial ties with Syria’s arch Israeli enemy under a 1994 peace treaty.Syria’s crisis has only worsened ties. Last year, Jordan’s King Abdullah II suggested Assad must step down over the bloody crackdown. Last week, Jordan inaugurated its first refugee camp for the Syrians, an embarrassment for Damascus.Recent shootings by Syrian troops on refugees at the border have raised Jordanian worries of an incursion, prompting Amman to deploy more troops near the frontier and put air defenses on alert. King Abdullah inspected the frontier and visited with his troops late Wednesday. More Valley freeways to be closed this weekend for improvements 5 greatest Kentucky Derby finishes “We can finish him in seconds,” one of the men shouted, Sultan told The Associated Press, speaking on condition that his full name not be used to avoid further reprisals.In the car, they stabbed him with a knife, slashing his neck and head. But the car got stuck in traffic. When Sultan screamed and pounded on the windows, passers-by and police intervened and rescued him, arresting the four Syrian men in the car.The attack, in early July, was the latest in a string of similar incidents in recent months that have raised fears among Syrian refugees that Assad’s regime is extending its crackdown across the border into neighboring Jordan. Refugees and Jordanian officials believe Syrian regime agents are operating in the kingdom on a campaign to hunt down opponent and intimidate those who have fled.That has Jordanian officials worried over a potentially more extensive campaign of assassinations or bombings _ targeting Jordanians as well as Syrians _ as Damascus lashes out against its neighbor in moves that could drag this U.S.-allied kingdom into Syria’s civil war. Jordan already faces its more powerful neighbor’s growing anger because it is hosting more than 140,000 refugees who fled the 17-month-old conflict, as well as members of the rebel Free Syrian Army fighting Assad’s military. In the past few months, Syria has been pressing for the extradition of Syrian army and police defectors, but Jordan declined, according to a security official, who declined to be identified, saying he was not allowed to comment on sensitive state security matters.Recently, Foreign Minister Nasser Judeh admitted that Jordan has toughened its entry regulations and screening for Syrians to prevent pro-Assad loyalists from operating among refugees.But the attack on Sultan and others like it suggest regime agents are present.Sultan, who arrived in Jordan in mid-July and works with the FSA, said that before the attack, neighbors in Irbid told him men were asking for him, claiming to have a message from his hometown of Daraa. Terrified, Sultan refused to leave his house for days.“All I thought of is to find another place to hide,” he told The Associated Press. Finally, “I went out for a breath of fresh air and to see the sun,” he said. “I thought I’d try my luck, maybe they gave up looking for me.”That was when the attack came. A Jordanian security official confirmed the July 4 attack on Sultan and said the four men arrested from the car were Syrians. The official would not say more about the case and spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the press.
Silversea CruisesSilversea Expeditions to cross fabled Northeast Passage in 2019Silversea Expeditions, the leading authority in expedition cruising, is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the introduction of its first crossing of the Northeast Passage – a remote and spectacular cruising route above the Arctic Circle. Few cruise ships have transited the passage, which follows the extreme coastlines of Asia and Europe and has long enjoyed a fabled reputation among seafarers.The intimate, all-suite Silver Explorer will become the most luxurious cruise ship to sail the route, as it passes 5,019 nautical miles of dramatic seascapes and untamed wilderness on a 25-day voyage. On 10 August 2019, the ice-class expedition ship will sail from Nome, Alaska, to Tromsø, Norway, on a 25 day, once-in-a-lifetime explorative journey through this challenging region.“In this special anniversary year, which marks Silversea’s decade of ultra-luxury expedition cruising, we’re particularly thrilled to announce our inaugural crossing of the Northeast Passage,” says Conrad Combrink, Silversea’s Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Expeditions and Experiences. “Continuing our legacy of exploration, this epic Arctic passage will take guests across the top of Asia and Europe to discover extraordinary landscapes, unique cultures and rare animal species, while enjoying the comfort of Silversea’s ultra-luxury Silver Explorer.”One of Silversea’s most ambitious expeditions to date, the journey will encompass the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Wrangel Island, where polar bears and walruses roam and migratory birds nest; Champ Island, known for the large, mysterious stone spheres that dot its otherworldly landscape; Tikhaya Bay’s Rubini Rock, with its stunning basalt columns; and the archipelago of Severnaya Zemlya, famous for its impressive fjords and majestic glaciers.The ship will also spend a day navigating as far north as possible, in the direction of the Ice Edge, in search of seals, walruses and polar bears on ice floes. History buffs will be intrigued by a visit to Murmansk, the last city founded by the Russian Empire. Quaint coastal villages like Chukotka’s Uelen, populated by the Chukchi and Yupik people, will offer immersion in rare cultural experiences.The intimate Silver Explorer accommodates just 144 guests and her fleet of 12 Zodiac® crafts will provide the unprecedented opportunity for up-close exploration. Silversea’s dedicated Expedition Team of qualified specialists will be at hand to share expert knowledge and topical insights. They will provide lectures, run workshops, lead Zodiac® trips, and guide shore excursions – all of which is complimentary for guests.Aboard the ship, guests will enjoy ocean-view suites, sumptuous cuisine, and the personalized service of a butler. Enriching the experience are such all-inclusive amenities as complimentary premium wines and spirits, specialty coffees, bottled water, juices and soft drinks served throughout the ship; an in-suite bar stocked with guests’ preferences; in-suite 24-hour dining; and unlimited complimentary Wi-Fi. Double-occupancy fares start from AUD$50,490 per person, including Early Booking Bonus*.Find out more information about the Northeast Passage Crossing: https://www.silversea.com/destinations/cruises-arctic-greenland/nome-to-tromso-7916.htmlFind out more information about Silversea Expeditions: https://www.silversea.com/luxury-expeditions-cruises.html*Early Booking Bonus available to guests booking and paying in full before 31 July 2018. Voyages and special offers are subject to change and may be withdrawn at any time. Terms and conditions apply. For more information on Silversea, contact your travel professional or Silversea Cruises on +61 2 9255 0600 or 1300 306 872 or visit www.silversea.comAbout SilverseaSilversea Cruises, which is chaired by Manfredi Lefebvre d’Ovidio, is recognised as an innovator in the ultra-luxury cruise line industry, offering guests large-ship amenities aboard its intimate, all-suite vessels: Silver Wind, Silver Shadow, Silver Whisper, Silver Spirit and Silver Muse – all designed to offer an atmosphere of conviviality and casual elegance. With the inclusion of the expedition ships Silver Explorer, Silver Galapagos, Silver Discoverer, and with Silver Cloud recently joining the Expedition fleet, Silversea’s itineraries encompass all seven continents and feature worldwide luxury cruises to the Mediterranean, Caribbean, both polar regions and hundreds of fascinating destinations in between. Silversea is also looking forward to the launch of two new ultra-luxury ships: Silver Moon is due to join the fleet in 2020, and Silver Dawn is scheduled to be delivered in late 2021. Both will be sister ships to flagship Silver Muse, maintaining the small-ship intimacy and spacious all-suite accommodations.In Asia Pacific, Silversea has been voted “Best Luxury Small Ship Cruise Line” by Australia’s Luxury Travel & Style Magazine every consecutive year from 2006 to 2012 and Silver Whisper or Silver Shadow have also won the Gold Award as Best Small Cruise Ship in each of those years. Silversea has also won similar awards from readers of Australia’s Cruise Passenger Magazine, including “Best Expedition Cruise Ship” (Silver Explorer) 2013, “Best Luxury Cruise Line” 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015 & 2016 and “Best Luxury Cruise Ship” (Silver Shadow) 2010, 2011 and 2012. In 2017, Silversea was voted “Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Brand” at Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List Awards, and received the award for “Most Innovative Itinerary – Cruise” at the 29th annual Virtuoso® Awards. In 2018, Silver Galapagos won Best Overall Ship, Best Shore Excursions, and Best Value in the annual Cruise Critic Cruisers Choice Awards. In 2018 Silversea was once again voted “Best Luxury Ocean Cruise Brand” at Luxury Travel Magazine’s Gold List Awards and won the Best Luxury Expedition ships category in the Signature Luxury Travel & Style 2018 Cruise Awards.Source = Silversea Cruises
by Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press Posted May 21, 2019 8:12 am PDT DJ Khaled on Nipsey Hussle: ‘He’s like a prophet’ NEW YORK — During the recording of what became one of Nipsey Hussle’s final songs, the rapper and DJ Khaled spoke passionately about “our families, entrepreneurship, leadership and just love,” Khaled recalls.The result of the session is “Higher,” the latest single from Khaled’s new album “Father of Asahd,” released Friday. Before Hussle’s March 31 death, they filmed a music video for the song, which also features John Legend.Khaled says, “He had a beautiful spirit, beautiful vibe, beautiful energy. When we got to the studio, he put that into the song.”Khaled is donating all proceeds from “Higher” to Hussle’s children, 10-year-old Emani and 2-year-old Kross. The music video, filmed days before Hussle died, was released Friday.Khaled says Hussle was “such a great man and a great leader. He’s like a prophet.”Mesfin Fekadu, The Associated Press This combination photo shows rapper Nipsey Hussle at an NBA basketball game between the Golden State Warriors and the Milwaukee Bucks in Oakland, Calif. on March 29, 2018, left, and DJ Khaled at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 20, 2018. Khaled is releasing a single with Nipsey Hussle that was filmed days before Hussle was shot to death in Los Angeles. (AP Photo) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
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