Bihar ATS nabs Bangladeshi terror suspect from Pune district

first_imgA team of Bihar anti-terrorist squad (ATS), aided by the Pune ATS, has arrested an alleged terror suspect from Pune’s Chakan industrial area in connection.According to sources, Shariat Anwarul-haq Mandal (19), alleged to be a resident of Nadia district in West Bengal, was detained by the Maharashtra ATS in Chakan and arrested by the Bihar ATS team.He is believed to be an associate of the two Bangladeshi terror suspects arrested earlier this week by the Bihar ATS in Patna.The Bihar ATS on Monday had arrested Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultan, two Bangladeshi residents of Khulna alleged to have affiliations with terror outfits like the banned Jama’at-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and the Islamic State in Bangladesh.Shariat Mandal, who was reportedly working as a construction worker in Chakan, was produced before the Sessions court here and was later taken to Bihar for further questioning on a transit remand.Khairul Mandal and Abu Sultan had allegedly entered the country illegally without valid documents, had travelled to a number of states in a bid to induct youth into proscribed terror outfits. Shariat Mandal’s whereabouts was revealed following their interrogation.last_img read more

AC Milan Suffer Record 146 Million Euro Losses: Reports

first_imgMilan: Troubled former Italian footballing giants AC Milan have suffered record losses, according to reports in Italy on Wednesday.Gazzetta Dello Sport claimed that in the year to June 30, 2019, losses rose by 16 percent to 146 million ($162 million) euros compared to 126 million euros for the same period the previous year. Gazzetta said the figures were far worse than the predicted loss of 90 million euros.US hedge fund Elliott took over the debt-ridden seven-time European champions from Chinese businessman Li Yonghong in July 2018.The club’s absence from European football has had an impact on merchandising and sponsors, with income from sponsors slipping by 6.7 million euros and ticket sales down by 1.2 million euros.However, revenues from TV rights rose from 109.3 million to 113.8 million.Milan finished fifth in Serie A last season but surrendered their Europa League berth after breaching UEFA’s financial fair play rules.Revenues from the sale of players in particular dropped from 42 million euros to 25.5 million euros.To keep the club afloat, Elliott have injected 325 million euros in total up until this September, Sky Sport Italia reported.On the pitch the 18-time Serie A champions are also in turmoil with Marco Giampaolo sacked as coach after just seven games and Stefano Pioli coming in as the club’s eighth coach in five years.Milan won their last Serie A title in 2011, and have not played in the Champions League since the 2013-2014 season.The club are 13th place in Serie A, following a run of four defeats in seven games.Italian media mogul and former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi, who oversaw Milan’s glory years during his 31-year ownership, sold the club to Li in 2017 with Elliot assuming control after the Chinese businessman defaulted on a loan payment.AC Milan are currently working with city rivals Inter Milan on a new 1.2 billion euro ($1.34 billion) stadium project to rebuilt the San Siro and the area surrounding stadium to the west of the city. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. AC MilanfootballItaly First Published: October 17, 2019, 12:39 PM ISTlast_img read more

Samsung Galaxy S7 quick review: Looks like Galaxy S6 but big changes inside

first_imgWhen Samsung launched the Galaxy S7 and the Galaxy S7 Edge on Sunday night ahead of the Mobile World Congress, there wasn’t many surprises. In the run up to the launch event the phone was leaked left, right and centre. We knew how it looked and we knew what was coming inside it.With this context, when you see the Galaxy S7 for the first time, you do feel a tinge of disappointment. If you have seen the Galaxy S6 and the S6 Edge, you have seen the S7 and the S7 Edge. At least that is what it feels like at the first glance. But take a closer look, and you realise there are subtle changes in the design and big changes in the hardware.Design wise, the changes are really subtle. The glass that covers the screen now has a slightly more curve to it, which helps it meld into the metal frame. The same is true for the glass back cover. The metal frame is less prominent now. Instead, the S7 has the glass warring around its edges. This makes the devices look and feel more premium, although the S6 is anyway one of the best looking smartphones ever released. The other change, at least on the S7 unit that we checked out, is in the look of the glass back cover. Unlike just the glass look, like on the S6, the back cover has this subtle hue to it in the S7. It is as if there is liquid metal under the glass. It looks really cool.The other design change is that the camera module now sits almost flush with the back cover. It doesn’t protrude anymore.advertisementThe S7 Edge is also the same. Although, compared to the S6 Edge, its screen size has gone. It sports a 5.5-inch screen size with 1440p resolution.Talking of screen, on both the S7 and the S7 Edge we get the superAMOLED panel. It shows extremely vibrant colours and is very punchy. Once again, Samsung is going to to lead in terms of screen that it puts in its high-end phones. The screen on the iPhone 6S is nice, and a shade brighter probably compared to the S7 screen, but overall we have to say that the Samsung’s phone packs in a display that more will like.The big changes with the Galaxy S7 and the S7 Edge are inside its sleek body. The phone gets a new processor. Depending on the market, Samsung will either sell the S7 with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 or the Exynos 8990. Both phones have 4GB RAM and 32GB internal storage. At the Samsung we tried the Exynos version. Samsung says that the S7 is over 30 per cent faster than the S6 in general processing. In graphics performance, it is around 60 faster. Although these are big claims, important bit to note here is that the Galaxy S6 was also a fast phone. When we used the S7, we didn’t find any discernible performance advantage that it may enjoy over the S6 in day to day use. That said, we will know better when we try demanding games on the device or use it a bit more thoroughly.  A more important point to note is that the processors inside the S7 are more power efficient. This means they may not heat as much as the processor that powers the S6 as well as may offer better battery life. But this is something we will test when the phone launches in India, which is likely to be March 11.One big change in the S7 compared to the earlier Galaxy is the camera. The phone comes with a 12-megapixel camera that has optical image stabilisation and bigger pixel so that it performs better in the low light. It also has a wide F1.7 aperture. We will say more about the S7 camera in the coming days but from some of the images we clicked with the S7 in the low light indoor settings we can say that this is probably going to be the best camera we have seen in a smartphone. Even in low light, it captured crazy amount of detail and maintained reasonable quality of colours.The S7 and the S7 Edge come with Android Marshmallow. It is customised with Samsung’s Touchwiz interface, which is frankly a pity. Put stock Android on the S7 and it will fly off the shelves. But that is not going to happen. The S7, unlike the S6, also comes with support for a microSD card and has a body that is waterproof.advertisementWe will take a better look at the devices in the coming days. We feel it is not something that S6 users will like to upgrade to. But those looking for a high-end Android must consider it. The camera, screen and design of this phone are crazy good.last_img read more

Adil Rashid settles into role as key bowler for England’s World Cup

first_img Adil Rashid successfully appeals for the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Kusal Mendis during the fourth ODI. Photograph: Lakruwan Wanniarachchi/AFP/Getty Images Adil Rashid inflicts mortal wounds on India and can look to Sri Lanka Since then Rashid has sorted out his future at Headingley with a new one-year deal; a freebie of sorts for the club now England have given him a central contract. Bad blood between himself and the coach, Andrew Gale, which in part stemmed from him missing a title-decider in 2016 in order to rest for England duty, has simmered down too.“I’ve been there since I was 11 years old. In my heart that was home for me. To leave would have been a tough decision,” Rashid says. “You have ups and downs as player and coach but we sat down and had a chat. There’s always going to be [occasional] tension or friction but it’s nice to know it’s behind us. Hopefully we can kick on and get a good friendship. For now everything is OK.” Australia coast past Pakistan in first women’s T20 international Cricket England in Sri Lanka 2018 Share on Pinterest Read more Topics Read more Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter features … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Twitter Support The Guardian Pinterest England cricket team Sri Lanka cricket team Share on Facebook The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. Rashid’s controversial Test return against India was quiet amid a summer dominated by the seamers (a jaw-dropping leg break to bowl KL Rahul at the Oval notwithstanding). And of his 500 first-class wickets, the 48 that came in 15 Tests have cost 40 runs apiece. But after another impressive display in the 3-1 one-day series win in Sri Lanka, expectations will rise come the red-ball leg of the tour.Rashid admits such pressures would get to him in the past but family life and a deeper understanding of his faith are now at play as he treats every match the same, along with the support of his close friend Moeen Ali and the decision to come off social media.The pair, whose families both originate from the Mirpur region of Pakistan, are scarcely seen apart on tour. Their dual success is no coincidence and Rashid is acutely aware of the role they are playing as the England and Wales Cricket Board tries to bring more British-Asian players into the mainstream after decades of neglect.Rashid says: “We’ve got a big support, especially in the Asian community, whether it’s Bradford, Birmingham or Pakistan. In your younger days you play for yourself but as you represent England you go all around the world and realise it’s a bit bigger than that. People look up to you, so it’s about setting a good example so when they’re coming through, they see that and know it’s achievable.” Rashid is the now matured leg-spinner of which he speaks. A prodigy who got the Warne-comparisons early on, he is now 30 years old and having thrived under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan, is unquestionably England’s most important bowler going into the World Cup next summer.In the past few years he has begun to fully understand the art of working out a batsman. After learning, in his own words, to “train smarter”, he is not only equipped with all the tools but also knows when to deploy them, such that only Afghanistan’s wrist-spinner Rashid Khan can better his 116 one-day wickets since the last World Cup.By Rashid’s admission it has been “a rollercoaster” during this time, and not least the last 12 months. He became the subject of public debate in the summer when recalled to the Test side by the national selector, Ed Smith, despite having signed a white-ball-only deal with Yorkshire. His county future was plunged into doubt as the hierarchy scarcely concealed its frustration. At the Adelaide Oval on Thursday an 18‑year‑old leg‑spinner with a shock of red hair and a devilish wrong’un sent the Australian cricket fraternity into something of a lather.South Australia’s Lloyd Pope became the youngest bowler in Sheffield Shield history to claim a seven-wicket haul, bamboozling Queensland’s batsmen in much the same way he did England’s rookies when taking out eight of them during the Under-19 World Cup in January. Share via Email Share on LinkedIn A quick scroll down social media timelines both then and now reveals that in the eyes of many in Australia a star has very much been born and it is only a matter of time before young Pope’s eye-catching locks have a Baggy Green cap on top of them.Almost 5,000 miles away, in Colombo, another wrist-spinner gives a knowing nod about the hype his ilk tend to generate with early success. Adil Rashid, who announced himself to English cricket as an 18-year-old with six wickets on his County Championship debut for Yorkshire in 2006, had never heard of Pope before but having been made aware of his feat, is nevertheless preaching patience and a general cooling of the jets.“There’s pros and cons [to early success]. You want him to develop his skills and as he gets older, he’ll mature and get better,” Rashid says. “They say leg-spinners develop in their late-20s/early-30s. So it’s about making sure that if he does get in the [Australia] team he’s not affected by the hype, knowing he has to follow in the footsteps of Shane Warne. That could potentially be a dangerous route to go down.” Facebook Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

3rd ODI: India Women clinch thriller vs South Africa to win series 3-0

first_img3rd ODI: India Women clinch thriller vs South Africa to win series 3-0India women were in a state of bother after putting up just 146 runs but the bowlers helped restrict South Africa to 140 thereby launching a 3rd consecutive victory.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service VadodaraOctober 14, 2019UPDATED: October 14, 2019 17:36 IST India bowled out South Africa for 140 at the Reliance Stadium (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSIndia bowled out South Africa for 140 at the Reliance StadiumIndia had already won the 3-match series before the 3rd ODIEkta Bisht picked up 3 wickets to be adjudged the Player of the MatchIndian bowlers, particularly the spinners, on Monday came out with a stupendous bowling performance as the Women in Blue defeated South Africa in a low-scoring thriller and clinched the three-match ODI series 3-0.After managing just 146 runs in their first innings, the Indian eves rode on brilliant bowling performances from Ekta Bisht, Deepti Sharma and Rajeshwari Gayakwad to bowl out South Africa women for 140 and win the match by six runs at the Reliance Stadium.Chasing 147, the visitors kept losing wickets at regular intervals and were never allowed to bat freely by the Indian bowlers.What a thrilling end to the final ODI in Vadodara. India clinch a nail-biter by 6 runs and take home the series 3-0 #TeamIndia #INDvSA @Paytm pic.twitter.com/oMIgmSDkgDBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) October 14, 2019Apart from Marizanne Kapp (29), captain Sune Luus (24) and Laura Wolvaardt (23), none of the other batters contributed much and as a result, the Proteas women failed to register the consolatory win, which at the mid-way mark of the match, seemed probable.Ekta, who was adjudged the Player of the Match, was the pick of the Indian bowlers as she scalped three wickets, giving away just 32 runs from her 10 overs. She was well supported by Deepti and Rajeshwari who picked up two wickets each.Harmanpreet Kaur and Jemimah Rodrigues, known for their batting skills, also contributed to India’s winning cause with the ball and chipped in with a wicket each.Earlier, winning the toss and electing to bat, India didn’t have a great start as they lost both the openers in the first two overs. Skipper Mithali Raj did try to steady the ship along with Poonam Raut. However, they both fell quickly after contributing with 11 and 15 respectively.advertisementHarmanpreet, who came in next, however, kept batting from one end and played a crucial knock of 38 runs which came off 76 balls. Apart from her, Shikha Pandey contributed 35 valuable runs down the order and helped the team reach near the 150 mark.India had won the first two matches by eight and six wickets respectively.Brief scores: India Women 146/10 (Harmanpreet Kaur 38, Shikha Pandey 35; Marizanne Kapp 3/20) bt South Africa Women 140/10 (Marizanne Kapp 29, Sune Luus 24; Ekta Bisht 3/32)Also Read | Sourav Ganguly: Indian cricket’s crisis man since 1996, set to start new chapter as BCCI presidentAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly 1st India cricketer in 65 years to become BCCI presidentFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow India women cricket teamFollow India women vs South Africa womenFollow Ekta Bisht Nextlast_img read more

Legislation To Repeal Mandatory Retirement

first_imgProvincial government employees who turn 65 will find it easierto continue to work thanks to a legislative amendment introducedin the House of Assembly today, Sept. 30. The amendment to the Public Service Superannuation Act willremove the mandatory retirement provision for employees withinthe Public Service Superannuation Plan. The plan covers all civilservice employees, employees of Crown corporations, Workers’Compensation Board employees, some Nova Scotia Community Collegeemployees and many members of the health sector. “We know that many older workers are qualified and capable ofworking,” said Finance Minister Peter Christie, “and we valuetheir knowledge and experience.” Section 16 of the act currently says that employees must retireat age 65 unless the Governor in Council determines it is in thepublic interest to retain their services. Over the past number ofyears, government has routinely allowed employees to work beyondage 65 by issuing an order in council. About eight or 10 requestsare made per year. This will no longer be required when theamendment is enacted. The courts have not found mandatory retirement provisions to beunconstitutional on the basis of the Canadian Charter of Rightsand Freedoms. But the amendment will bring Nova Scotia’slegislation in line with most public service pension legislationin other jurisdictions. The only provinces that currently havemandatory retirement provisions are Newfoundland and Labrador,Saskatchewan and Ontario. Ontario has introduced a bill thatwould repeal its provision.last_img read more

New Provincial Funding Supports Small Business Export Sales

first_img For more information on NSBI’s export growth programs, visit www.novascotiabusiness.com. $500,000 more for the Export Growth Program (total $1.5 million) $500,000 to double the Small Business Development Program (total $1 million) $250,000 commitment to the Atlantic Trade and Investment Growth Strategy, including the development of an Export Growth Accelerator Program (total $440,000). A Nova Scotia sign company is experiencing growing export sales, contributing to increased staffing here at home. Eyecandy SIGNS INC. of Halifax expanded its products and hired more people thanks in part to export support from Nova Scotia Business Inc. (NSBI). “eyecandy SIGNS INC., based in the vibrant north end of Halifax, is proud to be a local business that’s going global,” said Allison Moz, partner, eyecandy SIGNS INC. “We expanded our product line in 2006 from the artistic boutique sign we’re so well known for to now include navigation systems. With the support of the Export Growth Program we’ve developed an export marketing plan, travelled into new markets with NSBI, and we’ll be heading into export markets again this year at a time when accessibility requirements are being legislated across Canada.” Now competing on a national stage eyecandy SIGNS INC. recently supplied more than 4,000 braille signs to the Oakville Hospital in Ontario. The company has recruited new talent to support this growth and today employs 12 staff. “Small businesses are exporting, growing, and creating jobs. When we help small businesses grow, we build a stronger Nova Scotia,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Business. “We want to be an enabling partner to encourage small businesses to export and to help exporting companies increase their exports because this leads to the kind of growth we all want.” The province recently invested more money in the Export Growth Program so more businesses can find customers in other markets. This support will help with the cost of trade shows and conferences, travel to markets, and partnering on trade missions. “We want Nova Scotian companies to begin selling or increase their sales outside our province,” said Laurel Broten, president and CEO of NSBI. “We have seen a number of success stories already, with companies like eyecandy SIGNS INC. creating new markets for their products. We want that number to grow, so companies make more sales, have higher profits, and stay in business longer.” Increased and new export programs offered by NSBI include the following: last_img read more

Prince Charles Visits Refugee Camp In Jordan

first_imgIn the week marking two years since the crisis in Syria began, the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited a refugee camp in Jordan and met families who have fled the fighting.The King Abdullah Park camp, just 15 kilometres from the Syrian border, is sheltering 921 people, 529 of whom are children under 18. They are receiving assistance from UNICEF, UNHCR, and the World Food Programme.During their visit, their Royal Highnesses spent time with families in the camp, hearing for themselves about the profound distress that they have been through and the extreme challenges that many now face as they start a new attempt to survive and look after their children. The Duchess of Cornwall was introduced to children at the centre, who told her that they were drawing pictures of things they miss from home, like their gardens. Her Royal Highness was told that this kind of activity helps children deal with the severe trauma that many have experienced before they fled their country to escape the conflict. In essence, they learn to reconnect and become children again.
 
UNICEF Representative Dominique Hyde explained to the party that 250 children from the camp are transported every day to a Jordanian state school in a nearby town. The children told Her Royal Highness that it makes them happy to be able to go to school again.Ms. Hyde then described how UNICEF helps children in the camps on a daily basis. “After all the violence they have witnessed and all the stress they have been through, UNICEF is providing the children of Syria with vital support ranging from safe drinking water, essential vaccines and nutrition, to education, clothing and protection,” she said.
 
“In this camp alone we are helping more than 250 children to get back into school and reconnect with their childhood. Across Jordan, we support the education of nearly 40,000 children,” she added.“We hugely welcome the visit of Their Royal Highnesses and thank them both for shining a spotlight on our work, alongside that of the Jordanian Government and all our partners. We also hope that the world’s attention continues to focus on this crisis and that we can receive the support we desperately need to continue our vital and lifesaving work,” she said. To date, UNICEF’s appeal for children affected by Syria is less than 20 per cent funded. This chronic lack of funding is threatening to leave many Syrian children without essential assistance. Unless an 80 per cent funding gap is bridged UNICEF will be forced to scale back on even life-saving interventions including water provision.Source:UNICEFcenter_img The royal couple were shown around the camp by UNICEF and UNHCR, which support the Jordanian government to assist the families. Their Royal Highnesses visited a children’s space and met children who had fled Syria with their families. last_img read more

INS Ranjit to be decommissioned on May 6

first_imgNew Delhi: INS Ranjit, an Indian navy destroyer built by erstwhile USSR, will be decommissioned on May 6, officials said on Friday.The third of the five Kashin-class destroyers, it was commissioned in 1983 and has rendered service to the Navy for over 36 years. “On May 6, a glorious era of INS Ranjit, being the frontline missile destroyer of the Indian Navy, is going to end,” the Navy said in a statement. The ship will be decommissioned at a solemn ceremony at the Naval dockyard in Visakhapatnam. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghThe ceremony will be attended by personnel who have served onboard the INS Ranjit in the past, and officers and sailors from the commissioning crew, it said. The chief guest for the ceremony would be Lieutenant Governor Andaman and Nicobar Islands Admiral (retired) Devendra Kumar Joshi. “INS Ranjit was constructed as Yard 2203 in the 61 Communards shipyard in the town of Nikolev in present day Ukraine. The keel of the ship was laid on June 29, 1977, and she was launched on June 16, 1979,” the statement said. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadThe ship was given its Russian name ‘Lovkly’, which means agile, and was commissioned as INS Ranjit on September 15, 1983, with Captain Vishnu Bhagwat at the helm, it said. The officer went on to serve as the chief of naval staff during the period 1996 to 1998. In her maiden sortie, the destroyer traversed through the Black Sea, Mediterranean Sea, Red Sea and Arabian Sea, the statement said. The ship has the distinction of serving in both the western and eastern seaboard and has been the Flag Ship of both the western and eastern fleets. INS Ranjit took part in PASSEX with the US Navy in 1991-92 which was a precursor to the Malabar series of exercises with the US Navy.It also took part in the first INDRA (India-Russia) exercise with the Russian Navy in 2003, according to the statement. The ship also participated in the first ever SAREX with the PLA Navy in November 2003. The ship in 2007 took part in the first ever Malabar exercise in the Pacific Ocean as well as the first ever INDRA series of exercises in Russian waters, the statement said. The ship was actively deployed as part of the Navy’s relief operations post the 2004 tsunami and cyclone Hud-Hud in 2014. In recognition to her service to the nation, the ship was awarded the Unit citation in 2003-04 and 2009-10, the statement said. “As the sun sets on May 6, the Naval Ensign and the commissioning pennant will be lowered for the last time onboard INS Ranjit, symbolising the end of the Ranjit era in the Indian Navy,” it said.last_img read more

Franz Ferdinand Rocks 2019 ‘Jazzablanca’ Festival

Rabat – The Scottish rock group brought the Casablanca Hippodrome to its feet on the first night of the Jazzablanca Festival, lasting from July 2 -12.The band started the set – their first on the continent – with “Stand On The Horizon” from their 2013 album “Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action.”Although Alex Kapranos mostly exhorted the audience with phrases of French or in his native English, he also demonstrated that he had memorized some Darija before taking the stage. “Kulchi bekhir? Kulchi mezian?” Kapranos asked the crowd, delivering the customary Moroccan greeting like a slightly sheepish punchline, to cheers from the audience.Caption: Franz Ferdinand performing “Take Me Out” from their 2004 Grammy-nominated debut photo credits: Sarah Goodman/MWNHowever, Franz Ferdinand’s showmanship was far more physical than linguistic: Kapranos’ made periodic fan kicks at the microphone. During the rendition of 2004 hit “Take Me Out,” four of the five musicians moved center stage for synchronized jumps during the chorus.Franz Ferdinand’s eponymously titled 2004 debut album launched them onto the global music scene, one of a handful of rock bands to emerge from Great Britain in the early 2000s. Along with the Kaiser Chiefs and the Arctic Monkeys, Franz Ferdinand helped pioneer a dancefloor-friendly, slightly frenetic, punk-influenced variant of rock.The setlist telescoped in time, interspersing Grammy-nominated hits from the early 2000s with tracks from their most recent album, “Always Ascending,” released in February 2018.Photo credits: SIFE ELAMINE/JAZZABLANCAAudience members enthusiastically sang along to “Do You Want To,” a track from Franz Ferdinand’s 2005 album “You Could Have It So Much Better,” the group’s second album, which also topped the charts in both the United Kingdom and the United States.Performing for Casablanca, Franz Ferdinand alternated  hits from their early repertoire, such as “The Dark Of The Matinée,” “Jacqueline,” and “Michael,” with recent songs like “Ulysses” and “Lazy Boy.”Returning to the stage for the encore, Kapranos addressed the crowd with a glass of wine in one hand and a cigarette in the other, instructing everyone to “feel the love.”Franz Ferdinand’s performance at the 14th edition of Jazzablanca photo credits: Sarah Goodman/MWNLeaving the stage at the end of the set, the musicians graciously paused for selfies and handshakes with fans gathering by the exit.Jazzablanca’s history roughly coincides with Franz Ferdinand’s timeline: the first festival was held in 2006. Now on its 14th edition, Jazzablanca boasts of presenting a wide range of artists representing an equally wide range of genres. Homegrown ensemble Les Frères Souissi, branding themselves as Moroccan Jazz, will perform at this year’s festival as will the disco-funk legend Al McKay, the Grammy-winning guitarist of 1970s group Earth, Wind, and Fire. read more

Microsoft’s offers software tools to secure elections

Microsoft is announcing an ambitious effort intended to make U.S. voting more secure and verifiable.The company will offer free open-source software that several top U.S. elections vendors say they will explore incorporating into their voting equipment.The software kit is being developed with Oregon-based Galois, which is separately creating a secure voting system prototype under contract with the Pentagon’s advanced research agency, DARPA.The Microsoft kit is dubbed “ElectionGuard.” It was announced Monday by CEO Satya Nadella at a Seattle developer’s conference.Microsoft says the kit it will be available beginning this summer with prototypes ready to pilot for next year’s general elections.Frank Bajak, The Associated Press read more

New fighting hampers UN efforts to aid thousands displaced in Côte dIvoire

15 March 2011Insecurity and the resulting limited humanitarian access in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire’s largest city are compounding United Nations efforts to aid some of the 300,000 people displaced by fighting stemming from defeated president Laurent Gbagbo’s refusal to leave office. The UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), via local implementing partners, began aid distribution in the city over the weekend and has managed to reach some 10,000 internally displaced persons (IDPs) so far, spokesperson Melissa Fleming told a news briefing in Geneva today.But fighting between Gbagbo loyalists and supporters of opposition leader Alassane Ouattara, the UN-certified victor of November’s president run-off vote, continue to complicate aid efforts.“On Monday [yesterday], new fighting was reported in the city’s commercial district of Yopougon, and overall the situation for Abidjan’s residents and humanitarian workers alike remains fragile,” Ms. Fleming said, noting that aid distributions scheduled for early this week in villages surrounding Abidjan have been postponed as the fighting blocked the access routes.“Despite these conditions, our humanitarian partners continue to discover new pockets of IDPs in and around Abidjan, as well as in Akoupé, Yamoussoukro and Jaqueville in south-east and eastern Côte d’Ivoire.”Of the estimated 300,000 IDPs in Abidjan, UNHCR and its partners have so far identified some 18,000 people in groups spread across 24 sites, and 19,000 others amid clusters of host families.The aid consists of non-food items such as blankets, mats, tents, mosquito nets and soap. In addition, the IDPs are receiving food provided by the UN World Food Programme (WFP), as well as medicine donated by the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF).Currently there are numerous checkpoints around the city manned by self-defence groups from both political camps. “In Yopougon our partners have been physically prevented from delivering aid, which is directly impacting people in need of help,” Ms. Fleming said. “At an IDP site in Yopougon, 314 people have been reported ill. We were told that a woman had had to give birth without medical support, while an eight-year-old boy with asthma was said to have died.”Côte d’Ivoire has been rocked by political uncertainty and violence in Abidjan and the western region since Mr. Gbagbo’s rejection of his defeat in the internationally endorsed results of the election, which was meant to reunify the country after it was split by civil war in 2002 into a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south.Cote read more

MR says projects suspended for political revenge

Former President Mahinda Rajapakse today accused the government of suspending several development projects in the country as part of political revenge being taken against him.Rajapakse said that all the projects initiated by his government had been beneficial to the country and the suspension would adversely affect the country’s economy and public. “My government built highways, airports, ports etc. most of which has now been suspended. I built all this for the sake of the public but the present government has stopped all this for political reasons,” Rajapakse said. “I even started the Colombo Port City project which the government has suspended saying that it was shrouded in corruption. But this very government a few weeks ago said that the Port City was free from corruption. This is nothing but political revenge,” he added. Several development projects including a 1.4 billion US dollar Port City project initiated by the former government were suspended by the new Government after it took office. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN teams with World Economic Forum to drive financing for development

The influential, Swiss-based non-profit WEF, which sponsors the annual gathering in Davos of political and corporate leaders from around the world, formalized its relationship with the UN with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding at UN Headquarters in New York.The initiative seeks to bring together all stakeholders to help the UN promote new or improved policy responses to the main development challenges identified by the International Conference on Financing for Development, held two years ago in Monterrey, Mexico. The yearlong project will take advantage of the public-private synergies that were a distinguishing characteristic of that conference.Oscar de Rojas, head of the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs’ (DESA) Financing for Development Office, told a press briefing that beginning in June, a series of multi-stakeholder workshops would gather experts and representatives of private, public and not-for-profit organizations, who would issue recommendations on specific issues identified at Monterrey.The informal meetings would address important issues such as the effectiveness of public-private partnerships and improving the climate for private investment in developing countries. He said he was confident that cooperation with the World Economic Forum would assure productive involvement of the private sector and other stakeholders.Stressing the importance of the initiative, Richard Samans, the WEF’s Managing Director for Partnership and Governance, said the Forum claimed nearly 1,000 of the world’s leading companies as its members, and had a diverse array of constituencies. Currently, it was collaborating with DESA, the private sector, academics, the media and governments, as well as labour and religious organizations in what was called an “Agenda for Public/Private Cooperation.”For the next year to year-and-a-half, the Forum, in partnership with the UN, would participate in the effort to improve and expand existing public-private partnerships in specific areas of development, he said. In particular, the initiative would attempt to draw lessons from previous experiences, to determine what types of partnerships worked best. Another area requiring attention was capacity building in such areas of financial governance as accounting and auditing. read more

International Court of Justice orders Pakistan to review death penalty for Indian

Kulbhushan Jadhav, said the Court, had not been informed of his rights by the Pakistani authorities, and that the Indian Government has been deprived of “consular access”: the right to communicate with him.During the hearings, the ICJ had directed Pakistan not to carry out the death sentence until the Court’s final ruling. On Wednesday, the Court ordered a “continued stay of execution”, as a “indispensable condition for the effective review and reconsideration of the conviction and sentence”.Mr. Jadhav was arrested three years ago by Pakistani authorities, who say that he was in the restive Balochistan province, which is home to a separatist insurgency that Pakistan accuses India of backing. The charges levelled against Mr. Jadhav were of “espionage and sabotage activities against Pakistan”.Although a video was released shortly after Mr. Jadhav’s arrest, in which he was shown admitting involvement in spying, India has always questioned the alleged confession, saying that it was extracted under duress. The Indian authorities also deny that Jadhav is a spy and say that he was kidnapped in Iran, which borders the province, which he was visiting on business.Following Pakistan’s pronouncement of the death penalty, in April 2017, India filed a case with the ICJ, calling the trial, which took place in a military court, “farcical”, and asked for a stay of execution and consular access to Mr. Jadhav. Pakistan countered that Mr. Jadhav was not given consular access because he is a spy who illegally entered the country in order to create “unrest and instability”. read more

EHF and INFRONT Record year for EHF EURO events

← Previous Story Oliver Roggisch stays in Rhein Neckar Lowen Next Story → FTC VS Gyor – No losers, but someone falls down (VIDEO) ehf euro events The European Handball Federation (EHF) and Infront Sports & Media, the federation’s exclusive marketing and media partner for the EHF EURO events, have announced a new record level of television coverage of the Men’s and Women’s EHF European Championships, both held in venues across Serbia.A total cumulative television audience of 1.85 billion followed the EHF’s flagship events in 2012, which were transmitted by 75 licensed broadcasters into more than 200 countries and territories. The coverage of the biennial events increased by 35 percent compared to the 2010 figure when Austria and Denmark/Norway played host and were watched by an audience of 1.37 billion. An upward trend was also registered in broadcast time, with 3,060 hours achieved, compared to 2,670 in 2010, an increase of 15 percent.Women’s event highlights a clear upward trendThe recently completed media evaluation of the Women’s EHF EURO, which took place from 4 to 16 December 2012, clearly demonstrated the global reach of the women’s event. The total broadcast coverage reached 1,161 hours, amounting to an increase of over 20 percent compared to 2010. Overall, a cumulative audience of 380 million was reached, compared to 335 million during the last edition of the event. There were also positive figures in markets including Norway, where the matches of the five-time European champions reached a 50 percent market share, and in Serbia, where up to two million people tuned in per match to follow the success of the host nation in reaching the semi-finals.Jean Brihault, EHF President, said: “The EHF EURO events continue to deliver exactly what sports fans want: action, drama and excitement, brought to them by the world’s top players and teams, through a high-quality HD television production. I am delighted with the growth in the TV audience and the coverage of the EHF top men’s and women’s events, media figures which provide further evidence of handball’s strong position on the sports market.”Stephan Herth, Executive Director Summer Sports at Infront, said: “The record audience figures for the EHF EURO events in 2012 underline the event’s position as top-tier indoor sports communication platform. First class handball produced to the highest quality broadcast standards remains sought after by both broadcasters and sports fans in Europe and beyond. Together with the EHF we will continue to further raise the appeal and impact of the EHF’s top events.”Positive online developmentsInvestments made to upgrade and further expand the online offerings for fans around the event are also proving valuable. The official EHF EURO YouTube channel registered 370,000 views, leading to 37,400 hours of video content viewed through the platform. In addition, the official EHF EURO website gauged 277,000 unique visitors and over four million page views during the event.Whilst the men’s event in January broke all records in terms of the onsite spectator numbers with over 300,000 fans following the action live, the Women’s EHF EURO 2012 in December also set a new match record with the semi-final clash between the hosts and Montenegro watched by 13,598 people, beating the previous record of 11,411 set during the EHF EURO 2010 semi-final in Herning, Denmark. The event was followed by the media worldwide with approximately 450 journalists and photographers accredited for the event and an overall total of 800 media representatives, with the host broadcaster included. article: EHF read more

Mans Wheelchair Classified as Tank Banned From Street

first_imgA British man has been banned from using his wheelchair on the streets after authorities classified the thing as a tank. Jim Starr, a one-time landscaper, has been wheelchair-bound since 1999 due to back and joint pain and various neurological conditions. This Christmas, a friend gave him a $24,000 electric wheelchair as a gift, allowing him to, among other things, go to the beach with his children.Unfortunately, he’s not allowed to take the thing on the streets because the chair, invented by a US Army veteran after serving time in the Gulf, is technically a tank. According to British law, wheelchairs must be narrower than 33.4 inches and lighter than 275 pounds. Starr’s chair measures 45 inches and weighs a staggering 485 pounds.“It is a fantastic machine and can take me anywhere I want to go,” Starr told AOL. “It has no limits. It is ridiculous that I should have found a chair that could help me do all that … only for the authorities to turn around and say that if I used it on the roads, I would be doing something illegal.”last_img read more

Ronaldo is advising Neymar in Russia

first_imgNeymar is under heavy pressure to impress his nation by bringing the 2018 World Cup trophy home and, in order to help him cope with this burden, he has been receiving advice from Ronaldo Nazario.Ronaldo who understands what it’s like to be in Neymar’s position, because he went through similar experiences in 1998 and in 2002, experiencing tremendous heartbreak in France and then incredible joy in South Korea and Japan. Neymar and Ronaldo have been friends for several years and are regularly talking to each other during this World Cup.Ronaldo’s visits to the Brazil camp have become regular, with the legendary striker greeting the whole squad and then spending some private time with Neymar.As well as this, Ronaldo has been publically backing the PSG star during his appearances as a pundit for O’Globo.“We cannot forget that Neymar is just back from a very significant foot injury and that he is regaining his confidence right now,” he said at the end of the Costa Rica win via Marca.Neymar responds to PSG criticism with a stunning winner Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Despite all the backlash he got today at Parc des Princes, Neymar responded by scoring a stunning winner vs Strasbourg.We all knew that Neymar’s…“I am sure that his goal will help to boost his morale and that things will go better for him now.“He is trying everything, as he dribbles, runs, fights and looks for solutions.“His goal will give him a lot of strength to be the leader of the Selecao.”Also, Neymar’s father is also offering support to the player and has regularly been visiting the hotel.last_img read more

For Inter the comeback made the win more satisfying

first_imgTottenham Hotspur was winning 1-0 but ended up losing 2-1 against Internazionale, tonight in the start of the 2018-2019 UEFA Champions LeagueFor Internazionale Milan coach Luciano Spalletti, today’s win against Tottenham Hotspur is more satisfying than a normal triumph.Inter Milan came back from a 1-0 disadvantage and came out to win the match 2-1 at the end.“The fact we overturned the result with that final push makes it even more satisfying,” Spalletti was quoted by Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“We saw how the fans in the stadium celebrated what it meant to them. We were always attacking and always tried to get behind them, so we put in a great performance.”“This result gives us different self-belief around the work we are doing. Getting players like Icardi to break their ducks is fundamental, as we need his goals,” he added.“[Mauro] Icardi is a serious professional and he is not someone who runs away from responsibility. We have many great players, though and sometimes we must learn how to win even without Mauro. We can’t have the same XI in every game.”“We were missing a link between Icardi and Radja Nainggolan, as at times there were big gaps. Mauro likes to go beyond the line, while Radja’s fitness levels aren’t great after his long injury lay-off. We must avoid losing the ball naively right after winning it back,” he concluded.last_img read more