Ravena vows no letup for playoff-bound NLEX

first_img2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting Pacres redeems self in UST win over Adamson “It’s nice that anyone from the team can play well. Now, it’s Kevin and with that performance, it’s the right time for him to regain his confidence, the Kevin Alas of last year. For us, it’s always a good sign when other players step up. It’s huge when everybody’s contributing,” he said.The job, however, isn’t over as the Road Warriors still have one last game scheduled on February 28 against TNT before the quarterfinals.Despite NLEX already clinching a playoff berth, Ravena promised to have no letups as the team aims for a better seeding.“We have TNT last game and you know they’re gonna fight for that spot. They’re not out yet, the odds are against them but for now, it’s all about positioning for us,” he said. “Even though we’re secured of the quarterfinals, we want to continue the momentum and finish as high as we can.”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Read Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers PBA IMAGESBOCAUE — NLEX may not acknowledge the Philippine Arena as its home court, but that won’t stop Kiefer Ravena from making it his house.Playing for the second time inside the world’s largest indoor arena, the super rookie was sensational once again, going for 23 points, three rebounds, and three steals in the Road Warriors’ 93-90 victory over Blackwater on Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH It’s just the kind of performance one could ask from Ravena, who had 22 points and five assists in NLEX’s 115-104 Christmas Day win against GlobalPort.“It’s not so often that you play in this kind of atmosphere. It’s not everyday that the PBA plays here, so I’m making the most of the opportunity here and again, we’re just doing our job to make it to the next round,” he said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRavena’s explosive outing, which coincided with Kevin Alas catching fire from downtown in the payoff period, is just the kind of showing the Road Warriors need as they proceed to the 2018 PBA Philippine Cup quarterfinals.And with NLEX winning its last four games, the 24-year-old guard is hopeful that the team would be able to sustain its momentum going to the playoffs. Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES AFP official booed out of forum View commentslast_img read more

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Super Bowl ads heavy on humor, surprises and… robots

first_imgThis undated image provided by Anheuser-Busch shows a scene from the company’s Bud Light 2019 Super Bowl NFL football spot. (Anheuser-Busch via AP)NEW YORK — This year’s Super Bowl ads went heavy on the humor — and surprises.Take, for instance, Jason Bateman’s Hyundai ad about an elevator with unpleasantness on every floor. A surprise “Game of Thrones” tie-in with Bud Light both confused and delighted viewers. And robots seemed to be everywhere as advertisers picked up on Americans’ unease over our growing dependence on artificial intelligence.ADVERTISEMENT This year’s ads are “more mild than wild,” said Kelly O’Keefe, a professor at Virginia Commonwealth University’s Brandcenter. “While the focus of the night is on entertainment rather than controversy, there is very little that we’re going to talking about at the water cooler tomorrow.”The New England Patriots reigned supreme over the L.A. Rams on the field in Atlanta, but during ad breaks, advertisers battled each other for buzz. Bud Light was one of the more talked about advertisers during the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesIts surprise ad , for instance, garnered some raves. The Bud Light spot started off focused on its “Bud Knight” mascot in a jousting tournament. But he ends up facing an evil character from the TV show who attacks him while a dragon fills the sky and apparently incinerates the scene — abruptly turning the ad into a promo for the upcoming final season of the series.Super Bowl ad fan Tom Olivieri, 42, watching the game at a party at his sister’s house in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, said the ad was the “best so far.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “Everyone here loves ‘Game of Thrones,’” he said. “The whole room was screaming.”Bud’s wasn’t the only misdirection of the night. A Hulu ad for the new season of “The Handmaid’s Tale” started out as a spoof of Ronald Reagan’s 1984 campaign ad “Morning in America.” And a promo for CBS’ new “Twilight Zone” made it seem like the game was starting up again in Atlanta before abruptly cutting to an empty stadium with host Jordan Peele at the center.Ads poking fun at robots appeared everywhere. TurboTax had a “Robochild” and Michelob Ultra showcased an uber-athletic robot sad that he can’t partake in a beer. SimpliSafe and Sprint’s ads also featured robots. Meanwhile, Pringles and Amazon itself made fun of smart assistants.Most of the ads played up robots for laughs and weren’t realistic.“We have a real anxiety about AI and our future overlords, and a lot of advertisers are trying to address it,” said Mark DiMassimo, head of ad agency DiMassimo Goldstein.ADVERTISEMENT US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Jared Goff, Rams’ electric offense shorts out in Super Bowl defeat LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Amazon’s ad was the best of the bunch, he said. It showed Harrison Ford, Forest Whitaker and other celebrities testing out rejected Amazon products that feature its Alexa digital assistant, such as a talking electric toothbrush and a dog collar that responds to dogs, not humans.“Amazon stands out for having gotten tech-related advertising right,” he said. Their ad was “pop-culture first, self-deprecating, and it plays against the robot-like personality of Alexa.”Women-centric ads were also big. After Hulu’s “Handmaid’s Tale” spot, Serena Williams appeared as spokeswoman for Bumble, which bills itself as a feminist dating app where women make the first move. The tennis icon urges women not to wait to be given power, saying, “we already have it.”Supermodel Karlie Kloss played up her identity as a businesswoman in an ad for web-hosting service Wix.com . She wore an understated green T-shirt, a far cry from skimpily clad super models in Super Bowl ads of yore.Ads in general avoided politics, but a few tugged at the heartstrings.A Microsoft ad showed a disabled child talking excitedly about the fun he has using Microsoft’s adaptive Xbox controller designed for players with mobility limitations. The Washington Post aired an ad voiced by Tom Hanks highlighting the often dangerous work journalists do.Google’s pair of ads focused on its good deeds. One focused on its ability to help veterans search for jobs. Another emphasized the human side of its translation service. “Words can hurt and sometimes divide,” the voiceover said. But according to the ad, every day the most translated words are “How are you,” ″Thank you,” and “I love you.”That ad was a favorite at Robert Lerner’s gathering in Los Altos, California. He hosted about 20 people on game day.“People liked the fact it was international and shows Google is doing the good stuff — we live in Google country,” he said. “It was heartwarming and good to see.” Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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West Ham fan on club’s supporters’ board marched with Democratic Football Lads Alliance

first_imgShare on Messenger Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Topics Applications were anonymised and scored by an independent panel and representatives selected by themWest Ham spokesperson news The RWHFG and WHUISA were part of a coalition of 15 fan groups that held meetings with Brady to discuss supporter discontent earlier this year. Smith is one of 18 members on the official supporters’ board, which was set up to improve dialogue with the club following unrest over West Ham’s decision to leave Upton Park for the London Stadium. WHUISA has declined to take part.The Guardian asked West Ham whether it was appropriate for Smith to remain on the OSB given his support for the DFLA and to explain the process that led to representatives being selected by an independent panel of four, which included Sir Trevor Brooking. The club did not answer questions regarding whether it conducted background checks or reserved the right to veto members.A West Ham spokesperson said: “Members of the official supporters’ board are not appointed by the club, but by an independent panel. The process was open and available to all supporters to apply and applications were anonymised and scored by an independent panel and representatives selected by them. The supporters receiving the highest score in each area were selected as a supporter representative. We do not comment on individual members.”West Ham received a complaint from a supporter about Smith’s place on the new board last week. A member of supporter services responded: “Panel members were chosen based on their backgrounds within football, supporter experience or because they possessed great knowledge and passion for West Ham.” A spokesman for Hope Not Hate, an anti-racism group, called on West Ham to respond appropriately. “It’s disappointing,” Matthew Collins said. “Perhaps he should have made known to the people electing him that he attended a far-right demonstration. We hope the board at West Ham treat this very seriously. West Ham say they are a proud and inclusive club and that doesn’t appear to be the case with the DFLA.”Smith has stated his aim is to be “a conduit between supporters and the club so there’s a measured and manageable dialogue at all times”. Tottenham’s Danny Rose: playing at Wembley no longer feels like an honour Reuse this content Share via Email Read more Smith, a season-ticket holder at the London Stadium, replied: “I did attend the march in October. I’m opposed to acts of terrorism as a political means of effecting change and marched on that basis.”Smith has previously expressed support for Mark Phillips, the West Ham Under-18s coach who also attended the march. The club suspended Phillips and held an investigation to determine whether his social media activity had broken club rules. He returned to his role in the academy last month after West Ham found there were not sufficient grounds to sack him. They had taken external legal advice from employment specialists.“We were protesting about better treatment for homeless old soldiers as much as Islamic extremism,” Smith told the Sun in October. “I don’t know Mark Phillips but it makes him look like a condemned man before he has a fair trial. The suspension has been a big topic among a lot of West Ham fans who think it’s too much, too soon.”Smith’s comments raise troubling questions for West Ham. The DFLA, a group formed of mainly middle-aged, white, male football fans, had planned a mass march from Park Lane to Whitehall. Organisers said on Facebook they were protesting against “returning jihadists”, “thousands of Awol migrants”, “rape gangs and groomers” and “veterans treated like traitors”. The demonstration descended into violence when anti-racism protesters attempted to block the DFLA’s route. There is no suggestion Smith was involved in any disturbances.The DFLA has been accused of spreading Islamophobia and of having links with far-right organisations. It was set up after the London Bridge terror attack in 2017, has called itself an anti-extremist group and has received support from Tommy Robinson, the former leader of the English Defence League. The Premier League warned clubs about the DFLA’s growing presence inside stadiums this year.Smith, who is on the OSB to represent 1966 season-ticket holders, also has links with the Real West Ham Fans Group, which was set up last season by Andy Swallow and Micky Morgan, the founder members of the infamous unofficial Inter City Firm. West Ham were accused of failing to respond appropriately after the RWHFG orchestrated an online campaign against the former head of West Ham United Independent Supporters’ Association, a rival fan group. West Ham United Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. A representative on West Ham United’s newly formed official supporters’ board has placed the club in an awkward position after expressing support for the Democratic Football Lads Alliance, a group condemned by anti-racism campaigners.Greg Smith, who was present when the 18-member OSB held its first meeting with Karren Brady, West Ham’s vice-chairman, and other club officials last week, was asked by the Guardian whether his attendance at October’s DFLA march in London was compatible with his position as a fan representative. Share on LinkedInlast_img read more

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3 days agoSpurs boss Pochettino: If we don’t improve – I’m sacked

first_imgSpurs boss Pochettino: If we don’t improve – I’m sackedby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSpurs boss Mauricio Pochettino has admitted that he is fearing the sack for the first time.Tottenham’s dismal run of form continued at the weekend after a 1-1 home draw against struggling Watford .Spurs have won just three of their 12 games this season.“If we don’t improve our performances and results, what is going to be the result? It’s always the same in football,” said Pochettino.“I understand the business, I am 47.“Why do you think I don’t have white hair? Because I don’t pay attention to any of this.“I only pay attention to the fact that we need to improve our performances.”He added: “Football is always about winning today. What happened yesterday is gone.“Managers and coaches always need to win, today and tomorrow. Sometimes we think too far ahead. People sometimes say ‘Come on gaffer you are thinking too much’. But we need to think about today.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Cudicini: Kepa and Sarri have adapted to PL

first_imgCarlo Cudicini stood in for a sick Gianfranco Zola after Chelsea’s 2-0 win over Nottingham Forest in the third round of the FA Cup and he gave his verdict on Maurizio Sarri and Kepa Arrizabalaga’s starts to life in English football.Arrizabalaga signed for Chelsea from Athletic Bilbao in a record breaking £71 million deal for a goalkeeper in the summer, and the Spain international has been a steady influence in Chelsea’s goal, earning 10 Premier League clean sheets and helping the Blues to the league’s second-best defensive record.Cudicini, who works as an assistant to Sarri, won two Premier League titles as Chelsea’s goalkeeper and thinks there is a consensus among those at the club that Arrizabalaga has made a big impact. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? “It is especially [difficult] for a goalkeeper, the Premier League is a different way,” Cudicini told reporters at Stamford Bridge. “I do remember when I first joined here and obviously it was a big difference with the physicality and the speed of the game.”It’s a completely different way of playing the game. I think he’s adapted really well. He was straight in, he didn’t have a lot of time to get used to this football but he’s coping very well. We are all very happy about his performance.”Cudicini made 141 league appearances as a Chelsea player and has now transitioned into life as a coach at Stamford Bridge, after a brief spell with Ireland’s Under 21s.He began working under Antonio Conte at the club as an assistant but also helped him with translations from Italian to English.And Cudicini explained his role in helping both Conte and now Maurizio Sarri, who is aiming to make a big step in winning his first trophy as a manager with a Carabao Cup semi-final against Tottenham on Tuesday.”It’s always difficult for foreign managers to come and change and be part of the Premier League,” He added. “The Premier League is a different league. It’s one of a kind, with so many games. And so, the challenge and the competition is so high.”I had the luck to work with Antonio Conte before and now with Maurizio and it’s a big difference from any other country. So it takes a bit of time to understand how it works and what’s going on. Obviously Gianfranco next to him is a big help.Carlo Cudicini and Antonio Conte“He is one on the staff that’s had a chance to have some experience in this league and he’s doing his best to make his life a bit easier. But, you know, the team is doing well and can only improve. We are on the right way.”The games are coming in thick and fast and that’s good because it means we’re in all the competitions. We have a very important game [against Spurs in the Carabao Cup]. We need a bit of rest. We need to get a bit of energy back. Then we go again.”It’s a competition that when you reach the semi-finals you want to go all the way. Obviously we know the level of the opponent. I don’t know if we’re talking about pressure but it’s always important to win the first trophy of the season.”You have the chance to win it in February and it can help to then have an even better end of the season. A trophy’s a trophy. We all, as a club, consider all the trophies to be important and we have the chance to reach the final and go all the way, so we want to do well.”Chelsea go into their game with Tottenham suffering from a host of injuries and selection problems as Ruben Loftus-Cheek went off in tears, after a reoccurrence of a back injury in the match against Nottingham Forest. He then described his injury as “not good” to reporters, upon leaving the stadium.Ruben Loftus-CheekCesc Fabregas is also on his way out of Chelsea, as Pedro and Olivier Giroud are hoping to recover in time for the match at Wembley Stadium with Willian set to miss out. Cudicini admits that it isn’t easy to keep the players fit in January and explained the absence from the last two games of Mateo Kovacic from midfield.”It’s difficult to say because we have a few players recovering from injuries,” He concluded. “A few today were struggling. We will assess the situation and then have an idea on who will play. We need to have in mind the few problems we have.”Mateo is sick, not injured. So hopefully he is one who will be back. We will assess the others.”last_img read more

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6 College Coaches Named Candidates For NFL Jobs

first_imgJim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team.ANN ARBOR, MI – DECEMBER 30: Jim Harbaugh speaks as he is introduced as the new Head Coach of the University of Michigan football team at the Junge Family Champions Center on December 30, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)With only a few days left in the 2018 NFL regular season, plenty of NFL jobs are going to become vacant by “Black Monday.” Two NFL teams have already sacked their head coaches, with several more expected to do the same.Plenty of NFL assistants or retread coaches are expected to be top candidates for the jobs. But NFL insiders Ian Rapoport and Tom Pelissero published a list of potential coaches that includes half-a-dozen top college coaches.The report named Iowa State’s Matt Campbell, Northwestern’s Pat Fitzgerald, Washington’s Chris Petersen, Stanford’s David Shaw, Oklahoma’s Lincoln Riley and, of course, Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh as the six most likely college coaches to get NFL looks.Harbaugh is the only coach on the list with prior NFL head coaching experience, from his four-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers.Has won everywhere he’s been, including San Francisco (44-19-1 from 2011-14). Jets’ interest was real, but no signs he wants to bolt his alma mater.Riley has excelled in his two years at Oklahoma, leading the Sooners to back-to-back Big 12 titles and College Football Playoff appearances. He has also developed two straight Heisman Trophy winners.If he wants an NFL job, he can get one, and he’d listen if the call came. But it’d have to be the right opportunity and the right market to actually lure him.Campbell, Petersen, and Fitzgerald were both credited with developing non-traditional programs into successful ones.Shaw has prior experience as an NFL assistant from 1997 to 2005.last_img read more

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Delhi doctor detained in Kanpur kidney racket case

first_imgLucknow: A doctor of a private hospital in Delhi has been detained by the Kanpur police in connection with its probe into a kidney racket, which was busted in February, an official said Saturday. “Dr Dipak Shukla was detained in Delhi on Friday night and has been brought to Kanpur for investigation,” Superintendent of Police (Crime), Kanpur, Rajesh Yadav, told PTI over phone. Shukla is the CEO of a private hospital in Delhi and was detained by a Special Investigation Team, he said, without elaborating on details of the probe. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal Nagar Eight people, including the racket’s alleged kingpin Gaurav Mishra, have been arrested in the case till now. The international kidney racket was busted on February 17. People involved in it used to remove kidney of poor people illegally and sent it for transplant into patients, including foreigners. Police have arrested Gaurav Mishra of Lakhimpur Khiri, T Rajkumar Rao of Kolkata, Shailesh Saxena of Badarpur in New Delhi, Saboor Ahmad of Kakori in Lucknow, Vicky Singh of Panki in Kanpur and Shamshad Ali of Chowk in Lucknow, Shyam Tiwari and Ramu Pandey in the case. Going by the investigations, almost all the donors have accused Gaurav Mishra of trapping them.last_img read more

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Gearing up for space war

first_imgWhen the Prime Minister told the nation in a special broadcast on March 27 that India had been able to develop an anti-satellite (A-SAT) missile which had shot down a low earth-orbiting satellite (one of India’s own), the country was in election mode and many thought it was an election gimmick. Few realised that it was not a one-off exercise but the first step in a well-thought-out plan to defend India from space attacks which had become a distinct and dangerous possibility with China developing a wide range of anti-satellite weapons–both kinetic and electromagnetic. Also Read – A special kind of bondBut the recent official announcement that the Integrated Defence Staff (IDS) of the army, navy and air force was going to conduct a two-day drill (named IndSpaceEx) for defending attacks from space on July 25 and 26, makes it clear that India is preparing for space war or rather for defence against attacks from space. This has become necessary in view of China’s growing strength in space defence and counter-space capability. It poses an imminent threat to India. Also Read – Insider threat managementChina has already developed a wide range of both kinetic and co-orbital killer satellites and laser and electromagnetic pulse weapons. These weapons can disable the entire electronic communication system of the country being targeted. They can also damage aircraft, besides jamming India’s communication satellites in the midst of a war. They can interfere in our early-warning system. Usually, gamma-ray emission following a nuclear explosion causes ionisation of air and disrupted electronic communication systems. Star war can achieve the same objective without a nuclear explosion. Space war is a combat that takes place not on the Earth but in outer space, e.g. ground to space war by attacking satellites or in outer space by satellites attacking and destroying enemy satellites. The Outer Space Treaty that was signed on January 27, 1967, prohibits the placing of nuclear weapons in space or on the Moon or on any celestial body. But it does not prohibit non-nuclear weapons being used from outer space. While China is preparing for an offensive space war, India is purely defensive. It wants to protect itself adequately against a surprise space attack from an enemy country. The July drill was meant to identify the nature of challenges and how to deal with them if a war extends into the outer space. At present, the US has unchallenged supremacy in the field of space war, but China is fast emerging as a rival to the US. Once it can do so, other countries can be easily targeted. This is what is of prime concern to India. China last week issued its first defence White Paper in four years, spelling out its policy on developing space weapons. The White Paper recognised that outer space is a “critical domain” in international strategic competition. The US press reported that China admitted it was developing necessary “technologies and capabilities” for safeguarding its satellites and maintaining the “ability to safely enter, exit and openly use space.” As far as India’s strategic security is concerned, there is little to take comfort from the fact that China is not placing nuclear weapons in outer space. China has shown scant regard for international law. Its intransigent stand on the South China Sea is an example. It refused to abide by the decision of the Permanent Court of Arbitration which did not recognise Chinese sovereignty over the whole of the Sea. China refused to take part in the proceedings of the PCA. India took the first step to enter the arena of space wars quite late in the day when it successfully shot down one of its own satellites earlier this year. China did this twelve years ago on January 11, 2007, when it shot down a weather satellite at an altitude of 865 kms. The killer missile was a kinetic vehicle travelling at the speed of eight kms per second. China is far ahead of us and we have to more than double-march to make up for the time lag. There is one difference though. China’s is an offensive space war programme, primarily aiming to be at par with the United States which it considers to be the biggest threat to its security. India is, however, concerned with developing a defensive capability to neutralise any attack from outer space. In a space war, any communication satellite can be hit, even satellites that make the Global Positioning System or GPS may be hit, satellites through which financial transactions are carried out or which keep a twenty-four-hour watch on a hostile country from space can be made dysfunctional. In times of war, communication links between army commands can be effectively snapped, throwing into disarray the coordinated movement of troops in different theatres. All these are within the range of possibility. India has just started to toddle in this terra incognita. It has to stand up and start running. That will take time but eventually, we should be able to develop the capacity to protect ourselves from space attacks. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

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BJP may need allies to reach majority mark Ram Madhav

first_imgNew Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national general secretary Ram Madhav has forecast that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led front will require the support of allies to form the next government at the Centre, according to a report by Bloomberg. “If we get 271 seats on our own, we will be very happy,” Madhav said in an interview with Bloomberg on May 4. “With NDA (National Democratic Alliance), we will have a comfortable majority,” Madhav added. BJP president Amit Shah and other senior leaders have repeatedly said the saffron party will get a full majority on its own. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghMadhav told the publication that the party will make up for expected losses in the northern states by gaining seats in the Northeast and eastern states of West Bengal and Odisha. He said the BJP government would pursue pro-growth policies if it returns to power, adding that it had not shifted to populist cash handouts from its focus on economic reforms. “We have expanded in eastern India very well — if similar effort had been put into south India also, probably we would have been more comfortable,” Madhav said. “As politicians, we must remember that what we achieved last time, we may not repeat because of anti-incumbency,” he added. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadIn the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the Modi-led party swept through the Hindi-speaking belt. Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Bihar, Chandigarh and the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi have a total of 226 parliamentary seats. The BJP won 191 of these seats in the previous parliamentary election. Its partners from the NDA won 11 seats there. However, in December 2018, Congress was able to wrest Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan from the BJP in one-on-one contests in the assembly elections, largely banking on local anti-incumbency and agrarian distress.last_img read more

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Hollywood Having Mohammed as Lead Actor Wont Get a Film Financed

Rabat – In an interview with US Variety Magazine, British director Ridely Scott has unveiled that tackling Islam-related topics in Hollywood will not get a film financed.Promoting his upcoming movie Exodus: Gods and Kids, which tells the story of Moses, the director of Gladiator responded to criticism online stemmed from his decision to cast white American, European and Australian actors in most of the key roles in his films.Even in his newest high-profile religious film, actor Christian Bale stars as Moses while Australian actor Joel Edgerton plays the role of Moses’ adoptive brother-turned-nemesis Ramses. Asked about his choice of actors, Ridely Scott said: “I can’t mount a film of this budget, where I have to rely on tax rebates in Spain, and say that my lead actor is Mohammed so-and-so from such-and-such.”“I’m just not going to get it financed. So the question does not even come up,” he added.Scott’s new movie Exodus was made at a cost of $140 million (closer to $200 before European tax credits) and it is due to be released during the holiday season. read more

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Moroccan Embassy Takes First Step in Repatriating Migrants Stranded in Libya

By Sana ElouaziRabat – A delegation from the Moroccan embassy in Tunis paid a visit to the Zouara detention center in northwest Libya, on Tuesday, November 28, to take the fingerprints of about 235 migrants detained in the center and verify their identity, reported the news outlet Telquel.This is a major step forward taken by the government towards the repatriation of Moroccans stranded in Libya. Representatives of the Moroccan embassy in Tunis crossed the Tunisian-Libyan border to reach Zouara, as was confirmed by the director of the detention center, Anouar Abu Dib and by the migrants in Libya themselves.In addition to the fingerprints taken, passes will be given to those who did not or no longer have passports.However, repatriation will not be immediate, according to the director and the migrants.In August, during the previous repatriation operations, it took 20 days for authorities to obtain these documents.Also, for safety and security reasons, it is necessary to verify their identities given that Moroccan authorities fear the infiltration of jihadists and radicals into Moroccan territory.This initiative comes after King Mohammed VI gave his instructions to speed up the procedure.On Monday, dozens of families of Moroccan migrants stranded in Libya protested in front of the Ministry of Foreign and International Affairs in Rabat, before being received the next day by the Minister Delegate in charge of Moroccans Living Abroad (MRE) and Migration Affairs, Abdelkrim Benatiq.A member of local association told Telquel that no visit has been made to date in the other centers of Tripoli and Misrata, where more than 700 Moroccan migrants are still detained.The large group of Moroccans have been stranded for months in Libya after their attempts to cross the Mediterranean to Europe failed. They found themselves the subject of human trafficking by smugglers before being detained by Libyan forces in Tripoli and the center of Zouara near the Tunisian border. read more

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De Havilland brand preps for takeoff after Bombardiers Dash 8 sale to

MONTREAL — The De Havilland brand will take flight once again, as its parent company announced the re-launch of the Dash 8 aircraft program following its newly minted purchase from Bombardier Inc.Longview Aviation Capital Corp. unveiled the de Havilland Aircraft of Canada Ltd., its new subsidiary that will operate the turboprop family following the Monday close of Bombardier Inc.’s Q Series sale to Longview for about $250 million after liabilities, fees and closing adjustments.The sale also includes the de Havilland trademark and Bombardier’s full Dash 8 program, composed of the 100, 200 and 300 series.David Curtis, chairman of the B.C.-based Longview — whose subsidiary Viking Air Ltd. makes turboprop aircraft such as the Twin Otter — said in a statement de Havilland Aircraft would take on board more than 1,200 employees from Bombardier.Bombardier, which bought de Havilland Canada in 1992, said the Q400 will continue to be manufactured at its Downsview facility in Toronto under Longview’s management. Curtis has previously pledged to keep all manufacturing already in Canada within the country and to maintain supply chains for the Q400 series that currently stretch from China to Ireland to Mexico.Bombardier manufactured roughly 28 to 30 Q400 aircraft annually at its Downsview property north of Toronto, land that the company sold for $817 million last year to the Public Sector Pension Investment Board. Under a lease agreement, the Montreal-based company was slated to continue to operate from Downsview for up to three years after the deal closes, with two optional one-year extension periods.The Downsview airfield was built in the late 1920s to test aircraft made by de Havilland, a corporate name that dates back nearly a century with roots in Britain’s early aviation history.Companies in this story: (TSX:BBD.B)The Canadian Press read more

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Senior beaten in Acton

Halton police are looking for a man who attacked an elderly man in Acton. Investigators say it was an unprovoked attack. Last Monday afternoon a man was walking his dog across Mill Street East near Main Street North when a vehicle sped up forcing the man to pick up his dog, rush across the street and into a nearby store.Police have released surveillance video showing the man following the senior into the store. He then yells at him and pushes him to the ground. The senior suffered bruising and cuts and some muscle damage. Police are looking for a man who is in his late 30’s, about six feet, 190 pounds with black shoulder length hair and a muscular build. He was driving a grey minivan, possibly a Dodge Caravan.Anyone with information’s asked to call Halton Regional Police at 905-825-4747 x2415, or Halton Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. Cell phone users can also text ‘tip201’ with your message to 274637. read more

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Turkey slams EU for backing Cyprus in drilling dispute

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey is rejecting European Union condemnation of its efforts to drill for gas in waters off the coast of Cyprus and says the bloc cannot be considered an impartial mediator for the divided island.The Turkish Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that Turkey will press ahead with efforts to safeguard Turkish Cypriots’ rights until they are included in the island’s decision-making mechanisms, including concerning the sharing of the island’s resources.Cyprus says Turkey is encroaching in waters where the east Mediterranean island nation has exclusive economic rights, and the European Union has threatened sanctions.The Turkish Fatih ship started drilling last month 42 miles off Cyprus’ west coast. A second vessel, Yavuz, has now sailed to an area off the Karpas peninsula on Cyprus’ east coast.The Associated Press read more

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Syria UN Security Council condemns terrorist attacks in Aleppo

“They [Council members] expressed their deep sympathy and sincere condolences to the families of the victims of these heinous acts and to the people of Syria,” added Ambassador Gert Rosenthal of Guatemala, which holds the Presidency of the Security Council for the month of October, in a statement he read out to the media at UN Headquarters in New York.In the press statement, the Council noted that Jebhat al-Nusra – an Islamist militant group affiliated with the Al-Qaida terrorist group – had claimed responsibility for the attack.According to media reports, at least two car bombs exploded on Wednesday in Aleppo’s main Saadallah al-Jabiri Square and another bomb exploded a few hundred metres away, killing at least 48 people. “The members of the Security Council reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of their motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed,” Ambassador Rosenthal said in the press statement.In addition, the Council members reiterated their determination to combat all forms of terrorism, in accordance with its responsibilities under the UN Charter. They also reminded States that they must ensure that measures taken to combat terrorism comply with all their obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and humanitarian law. read more

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Britishbuilt engines enjoy 130 July growth in exports

UK engine production remains steady in July, increasing by a modest 1.0%.Exports growth outweighs domestic decline, up 13.0% in the month and 14.5% year-to-date.Almost 1.7 million engines built in the UK in first seven months of the year. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said,It’s good to see previous significant investment into British engine technology and facilities continue to pay dividends, with strong and growing global demand for our high quality, cutting-edge products. To ensure future growth, it is critical we maintain the free and frictionless trade we currently enjoy with the EU and other key international markets.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

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The Note 10 amps up your photo powers with new stylus controls

first_img Related Links There’s a lot you can do with your photos with the stylus.  Sarah Tew/CNET At Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10 Unpacked event, as part of the new Galaxy Note 10 and Tab S6, the company revealed new features for its S Pen — the Note’s signature feature. Along with gesture controls, the embedded stylus can trigger your phone’s camera with the press of a button. There’s also an augmented reality feature that lets you use the pen to draw on top of photos and videos with three-dimensional AR doodles — to amp up your social media posts on Snapchat and Instagram Stories. samsung-unpacked-2019-event-100Samsung demonstrated the fun you can have with AR Doodle.  Sarah Tew/CNET To work with the S Pen camera feature, you set up the Note 10 on a tripod then hold down the S Pen’s button to open your phone’s camera. You can use the S Pen’s new gesture function to scroll through modes, zoom in and out and then snap a photo by pushing the button on the stylus. All this is done without touching your phone. samsung-unpacked-2019-event-062The new S Pen features make taking a selfie way easier.  Sarah Tew/CNET The new Note 10 LTE is $949 and the 5G is $1,049 in the US. The Note 10 Plus starts at $1,099 and the 5G model starts at $1,299. Both the Note 10, 10 Plus and the Tab S6 go on sale Aug. 23. (See how to preorder a Note 10 here.) The new Galaxy Watch Active 2 will be available Sept. 13, and Samsung’s newest laptop, the Galaxy Book starts at $999. You can catch all of the announcements from the Note 10 event here. Galaxy Note 10 and 10 Plus: Samsung’s two new phones kill the headphone jack Samsung has a new insanely thin laptop Galaxy Note 10 Plus 5G will cost $1,300 and start as a Verizon exclusive Everything unveiled at Samsung Unpacked Full coverage of Samsung’s event Galaxy Note 10 and Note 10 Plus look incredible Share your voice Galaxy Note and Note 10 Plus are here to wow you 62 Photos Phones Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: 0 Samsung Event Tags 10:55 Samsunglast_img read more

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Maharshi 4th song Padara Padara released Lyrical video is about Mahesh Babus

first_imgMaharshiThe makers of Maharshi have released the lyrical video of its fourth song Padara Padara on YouTube and it is expected to talking of speak about superstar Mahesh Babu’s new farming methods in the film.The producers have already released three songs from Maharshi and they have received wonderful response from the audience. These three lyrical videos have together registered around 20 million views on YouTube alone. As the film nears its release date, all eyes are now set on the release of its next soundtrack. The director revealed its fourth song Padara Padara would hit the net on Wednesday.Vamshi Paidipally tweeted, “#PadaraPadara tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. Thank You @Shankar_Live Sir for Your words.. Your voice made this Song much more Inspiring..A Grt Composition by @ThisIsDSP & Amazing lyrics by @ShreeLyricist. Superstar @urstrulyMahesh #Maharshi4thSingle #Maharshi.”The makers have released some photos from the song of Maharshi, which show Mahesh Babu busy with farming activities, which has raised a lot of curious among the viewers, who feel that it may talk about farming methods. Vamshi also released a video who shows Shankar Mahadevan talking about the song, which he describes as most amazing Telugu song. His words have doubled the music lovers’ expectations. MaharshiTwitterIn this video, Shankar is seen saying, “I got an opportunity to sing a song called Bollywood Balarajudu for superstar Mahesh Babu’s first film Rajakumarudu. And now it is a historical moment. When we are all celebrating his 25th film Maharshi, I again got an opportunity to sing a song for it. I think it’s one of most amazing songs in Telugu and it is composed by my dear friend Devi Sri Prasad and written by Srimani.”Shankar Mahadevan adds, “The song is called Padara Padara, which is such an inspirational, strong and emotional song. I really feel previleged to get an opportunity to sing this one, because this one is very difficult and moving song and it is most imporant song in the film. I would like to congratulate director Vamsi and wish him for this historical film, the most expected film, which is releasing in May.”last_img read more

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East Houston Hospital Closes From Storm Damage

first_imgTwitter via @HoustoninformerThe 131-bed East Houston Regional Medical Center took on six feet of water during Hurricane Harvey — damaging more than the hospital can afford to repair. The hospital said closing the site is simply the safest option for their patients.“That particular hospital has been vulnerable to flooding on multiple occasions,” said Darrell Pile of the South East Texas Regional Advisory Council. The group helped evacuate the hospital during Harvey. “It is always sad when a hospital closes, in this particular case it seems to be a wise decision since the cost of closing and reopening can become exorbitant and unwise,” he said.Pile said other medical centers in east Houston have seen an increase in patients — he believes they’re able to pick up the slack.In a letter to the Texas Workforce Commission, the hospital said 497 people would be laid off. A hospital spokesperson told the Houston Chronicle that many of those employees will actually be reassigned at different facilities. Sharelast_img read more

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