Facebook steals 3 largest website crown from Yahoo

first_imgYahoo’s downward spiral continues. As an early Christmas present to some of its employees, the company laid off 650-700 employees in an effort to rightsize the company in the wake of disappointing financial results. Most of the layoffs were targeted at the company’s product division as a part of a strategy to shut down websites which are not profitable for Yahoo!Many people would assume that Yahoo’s chief rival would be Google. Though Google is indeed a target that Yahoo! needs to keep its eyes on, it seems that the company’s most immediate threat is coming from Facebook as backed up by comments from Yahoo’s CEO and the latest numbers from comScore. comScore’s November results show that Facebook has now taken the title as the world’s third largest website from Yahoo! Facebook has been slowly creeping up into the number three spot as demonstrated by previously published results for October.AdChoices广告For November, Facebook posted 648 million unique visitors compared to Yahoo’s 630 million. Remaining in the top two spots are #2 Microsoft with 869 million unique visitors and #1 Google with with 970 million. That’s not the only lump Facebook would give Yahoo! in November, though.During the same month, Facebook also supplanted Yahoo! to become the second largest video website in the U.S., but don’t expect a fight from Yahoo! anytime soon to take back its video website title. The company has already decided to kill its Yahoo! Video website and point users to its Flickr property.To be fair though, it’s not all doom and gloom for Yahoo! The company is still #1 in total U.S. monthly visitors with 181 million compared to Facebook which sits in the #4 spot with 152 million.Read more at TechCrunchlast_img read more

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Microsoft launches new website to try to kill IE6 off once and

first_imgOver ten years ago, Microsoft gave Internet Explorer 6 to the world… and now they’re doing their damnedest to kill it off once and for good, having just launched a new website that is dedicated to tracking IE6’s dwindling market share and encouraging users to upgrade to a more modern browser.For those of us who have railed against IE6’s ubiquity for years, it’s all a bit rich. Microsoft fought hard to make Internet Explorer 6 — a notoriously insecure, buggy browser even at launch, and one with a frank and callous disregard for web standards — as predominant as it is.AdChoices广告That strategy was to Microsoft’s benefit back in the browser wars of the earlier part of last decade, but now, IE6’s dominance has proven to be a nightmare for Microsoft. Microsoft spends millions per year trying to address IE6 security vulnerabilities: the legacy browser, to this day, is responsible for a shocking amount of malware and exploits. What was once IE6’s greatest strength — total market dominance — is now its greatest curse, as Microsoft struggles to leave the browser behind.Right now, IE6 is still the browser used by 12 percent of all users worldwide. In the US, that number’s under 3 percent, but in China, for example, IE6 runs on almost 35% of all machines. Microsoft’s attempt to raise awareness and get people to upgrade is certainly welcome. Almost everyone wants to see IE6 die at this point. The problem is that a lot of users still using IE6 have no choice but to use it: a shocking number of intranet sites still won’t run on any other browser but IE6. Also curious is the fact that Microsoft’s new site, IE6Countdown.com, is encouraging users to upgrade to Internet Explorer 8… a two year old browser with security vulnerabilities of its own. Internet Explorer 9 will soon be here, but it doesn’t support Windows XP… meaning that Microsoft is endorsing users to upgrade from one buggy, insecure, out-of-date browser to another buggy, insecure, out-of-date browser. Yeesh.Read more at IE6Countdownlast_img read more

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Initiative 502 raises issue of driving on pot

first_imgSEATTLE — Under a clear blue Southern California sky, four editors of Car and Driver magazine stepped on a closed driving course and got, as they later wrote, “stoned back to the bomb age.”It was all for a good purpose. There was little convincing science showing how — or how much — marijuana impaired driving ability. So they did a field test.The editors found that they could physically operate a car even while very high, and fared well on driving tests. But their attention spans got so fragmented that they agreed getting behind the wheel was a lousy idea.That was 1980. Thirty-two years later, scientific consensus about marijuana’s effect on driving remains as foggy as the editors’ brains were.But it is now a big political issue as voters consider whether to make Washington one of the first states to legalize recreational marijuana sales. For the first time in our state, Initiative 502 would set a legal impairment level for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana.Based on some studies, that level — 5 nanograms of active THC per milliliter of whole blood — may be equivalent in effect to about 0.05 milligrams of alcohol per milliliter of blood, less than the state limit for booze. But even the experts emphasize that establishing the cutoff point when crash risk rises is “preliminary” and could change, in part because marijuana research in the U.S. is hindered by the federal ban on the substance.last_img read more

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Couple plead not guilty to kidnapping man for marijuana

first_imgA Yacolt couple pleaded not guilty Friday to kidnapping a man June 15 near Orchards Park in a ploy to recover stolen marijuana.Frank E. Brown, 28, and his wife, Valentine Robbins, who are free on bail, were charged with second-degree kidnapping. Brown and Robbins also were appointed attorneys Friday: David Kurtz and Brandy Jeffers. Brown said the couple’s assets were unavailable to them at this time.Their trial is scheduled Sept. 3.Brown and Robbins are accused of kidnapping Freddie Johnson after a friend of Johnson’s allegedly stole 2 pounds of marijuana instead of buying it.Johnson and his friend met with Brown and Robbins in Orchards Park to buy the marijuana for $4,000, according to a probable cause affidavit.Instead, the friend allegedly ran off with the goods without paying, leaving Johnson, court records say. Brown allegedly grabbed Johnson and ordered him into the couple’s vehicle. The couple told Johnson that they would drive him to a nearby waterfall and shoot him in the head if he didn’t convince his friend to return the marijuana, according to the court documents.Johnson was released after Brown saw a police vehicle nearby, court documents say.Brown told police that Johnson had hatched the plan and agreed to play along to convince his friend to return the marijuana, court documents say.last_img read more

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The New Dynamics of Ad Campaigns

first_imgWhen your brand is everywhere, your ad campaigns need to be everywhere, plain and simple. As magazines evolve from a single printed entity produced monthly or weekly to a 24/7 media experience, advertisers expect to go along for that multi-channel ride. Engaging cross-platform ad buys are quickly becoming the new normal—even as content publishers still figure these new models out.“We are a content company and whether we’re serving readers on a phone, on a tablet or in print, it’s all the same thing—communication with a valued consumer,” says Laura Frerer-Schmidt, publisher of Rodale’s Women’s Health. “We want that communication as interactive as possible. We’re so excited about how things are evolving because we can now communicate with our consumer eight times a day—and she likes it.”Rodale’s Women’s Health and Men’s Health are just the latest brands to offer advertisers a high level of engagement through a fully integrated ad campaign. To deliver value to advertisers in this new media environment, the brands have developed a campaign for Xbox-Kinect that will be rolled out over two months through five social platforms, on its website, in print magazines and across tablet computers. Over the last six months, Rodale has worked with Xbox to develop this fully integrated campaign to promote its new video game, Nike+ Kinect Training, which is an interactive virtual fitness game featuring personal trainers. The final ad-buy from the company with these Rodale brands included several components:• Print: Multi-page Xbox Kinect-Nike Training ads run in both issues of the magazines.• Online: Both MensHealth.com and WomensHealthMag.com websites have dedicated “Train for Life” centers that feature videos and how-to’s on staying fit—all integrated with promotions from Xbox.• Social Media: Through these brands, Xbox has sponsored eight weekend challenges—at home workout routines—that were created specifically for social channels. Each week the challenges, which are posted across Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and Google+, see about 1,500-2,000-plus like, 500-plus shares and 700-plus comments throughout the weekend. Sponsored Twitter parties are also held every Friday in January for readers to discuss fitness challenges, goals and routines using the hashtag #TrainForLife.• Tablet: 45-second video advertisements will run through Rodale’s tablet editions of Men’s Health and Women’s Health.Pricing & Execution“We wanted to create as many touch points as we could with our audience across as many different platforms as possible,” says Ronan Gardiner, publisher of Men’s Health. “Five years ago, I think we and pretty much everyone else in our space would assume the idea would begin in print and we would build the digital extension. Today, we realize the idea can really start anywhere and we build a program around an idea. The question we ask ourselves whenever we’re developing an idea for any of our partners is will this work across all of our platforms—will it translate to social or in a three-dimensional form with an event? If the answer to any of these is ‘No,’ we ask ourselves if the idea is really a good enough idea. The market has changed in the way we approach creating strategic and smart ideas for clients.”Since these brands have large social followings, the publishers say, Xbox came to these publications to capitalize on this active audience. Deliverables for the client come in the form of not only page views, unique visitors or the number magazines sold at retail but through the social engagement levels of this campaign. Brands look for social measurability metrics around things like the large number of shares—whether on Facbeook or through re-tweets, since a reader’s whole community of personal followers can then digest this promotional content as well. “We go all in with a big proposal,” adds Frerer-Schmidt. “We do tweak things based on what a client’s needs are or what they can afford but we go in with a paging level because there is in-book that needs to be supported here and that’s where we’ve got big numbers. We go in with an online number and for social, there might be a fee here or there for execution but it is an added value element to a degree. It all works together and frankly, we wouldn’t recommend any of it alone. We know from experience that we need each element—our print drives our Twitter and Facebook interaction and those things drive our online. Without that circle, one of the connections get missed and you don’t have the ROI.” Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter!last_img read more

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Ready… Set… Net Bristol Bay Setnet Fishery Opens

first_imgSockeye on ice. (Credit Mike Mason/KDLG)Setnetters in the Nushagak Section had their first opportunity to put their nets in the water Sunday night. KDLG checked out the first hour or so of fishing, and we didn’t see many fish. But Dee Barker, who pulled up to Rebel, a Peter Pan tender, about 30 minutes into the first setnet opening in the Nushagak Section on Sunday night, says he had a couple fish in his net.“We got four fish in nets so far. That I could see. And yeah, looking for a good season. Get the bugs worked out, this is a good time to do it. Early. Yeah. See what works, what you need to change. I thought we’d go out, maybe Tuesday. But we were ready, pretty much. I’d had, I got a new motor in the boat, and I brought it out, run it in the water, but we didn’t have this, first time we set the gear out. We still have some gear to put up on the beach.”Barker was about the eleventh boat to get ice and water at the Rebel on Sunday.Onboard the Rebel, Kris Straub says the tender gave out about 4 tons of ice in the first 20 minutes of the opener.“Pretty much everybody that’s fishing is coming to get ice and taking care of their fish this year, and so it’s good with this extra heat. Yeah, it makes a way better quality and that’s what it’s all about this year.”District Manager Tim Sands says that when the first drift opener in the district occurs will depend on the numbers from those first two setnet openings plus sonar and tower counts, and an aerial survey.We’ll have more numbers and info from the opener later today.last_img read more

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Netflix Booms in Q1 to Hit 125 Million Streaming Subscribers Again Beating

first_imgMeanwhile, Netflix addressed it decision to pull out of the Cannes Film Festival, as first reported last week by Variety. “The festival adopted a new rule that means if a film is in competition at Cannes, it can not be watched on Netflix in France for the following three years. We would never want to do that to our French members,” the company said in the shareholder letter.Netflix shed more light on its strategy to boost distribution through pay-TV providers and telcos. Last week it announced a pact with Comcast, which is bundling Netflix with some TV packages, and inked a similar with with U.K. satcaster Sky. Those came after Netflix launched bundle offers with T-Mobile in the U.S., Proximus in Belgium, SFR Altice in France.Those deals let Netflix benefit “from more reach, awareness and often, less friction in the signup and payment process,” the company said in the investor letter, with lower churn offsetting the lower per-subscriber fees it gets through partners. “We remain primarily a direct-to-consumer business, but we see our bundling initiative as an attractive supplemental channel,” Netflix said.Also in its shareholder letter, Netflix called out the recent addition of Susan Rice, a former top aide to President Obama, to its board of directors. Rice is the controversial former national security adviser and U.S. ambassador to the U.N. who served during the Obama administration. “As a global company operating in over 190 countries, Susan’s expertise in international affairs will be valuable,” Netflix said.Pictured above: “Marvel’s Jessica Jones” season 2 on Netflix, which premiered March 8 Wall Street analysts had expected Netflix to report U.S. net adds of 1.48 million subs and 4.84 million international subs (in line with the company’s previous guidance) and had pegged Q1 revenue at $3.69 billion and earnings per share of 63 cents.Netflix noted in its letter to investors that quarterly revenue grew 43% year over year in Q1, “the fastest pace in the history of our streaming business.” That was due to a 25% increase in average paid streaming memberships plus a 14% rise in the average subscription price, coming after Netflix raised rates on its plans in the U.S. and other territories in Q4 of 2017.For Q2, Netflix said it expects 6.2 million global net additions (1.2 million in the U.S. and 5.0 million for the international segment) — up from 5.2 million in the year-earlier quarter, and higher than Wall Street analysts expected for Q2.The company said it expects content spending of $7.5 billion to $8 billion for 2018, in line with its previous estimates. Netflix also said it will “continue to raise debt as needed to fund our increase in original content.” Netflix reported $6.54 billion in long-term debt and $3.44 billion in long-term content payment obligations as of March 31, 2018.The cash burn will continue: The company continues to forecast negative free cash flow of $3 billion to $4 billion in 2018, “and to be free cash flow negative for several more years as our original content spend rapidly grows.”During Q1, Netflix scripted original series that premiered included “The End of the F***ing World,” sci-fi thriller “Altered Carbon,” and returning seasons of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones,” “Grace and Frankie,” “Santa Clarita Diet” and “A Series of Unfortunate Events.”On the unscripted front, after expanding into the category last year, Netflix claimed that its “output in this area is now comparable to similarly focused U.S. domestic cable networks.” The company cited shows like “Queer Eye” and “Nailed It” as “great examples of our ambitions in this area: engaging, buzz-worthy shows that drive lots of enjoyment around the world.”Netflix’s marketing spending was up a whopping 77% in the first quarter, to $479 million. The company had previously told investors it would increase its investment in marketing for 2018. Netflix once again beat expectations on subscriber growth, packing on 7.4 million net streaming customers worldwide for the first quarter of 2018.The streaming giant added 1.96 million net U.S. streaming subscribers and 5.46 million internationally for the quarter ended March 31. The company’s total net gain of 7.4 million subs in Q1 — a new record for the first quarter — topped its previous guidance of 6.35 million by more than a million. The company counted 125 million subscribers worldwide as of the end of March.Netflix reported $3.7 billion in revenue for Q1 and a net profit of $290 million (64 cents per diluted share).On the results, Netflix shares jumped more than 6% in after-hours trading Tuesday. The stock had closed down 1.2% for the day in regular trading, to $307.78 per share. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Higher precision measurements show proton mass less than thought

first_img More information: High-precision measurement of the proton’s atomic mass, arXiv:1706.06780 [physics.atom-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1706.06780AbstractWe report on the precise measurement of the atomic mass of a single proton with a purpose-built Penning-trap system. With a precision of 32 parts-per-trillion our result not only improves on the current CODATA literature value by a factor of three, but also disagrees with it at a level of about 3 standard deviations. (Phys.org)—An international team of researchers has developed a new way to measure the mass of a proton and found the particle to be approximately 30 billionths of a percent less than previously thought. The group has written a paper describing their process and results and have uploaded it to the prepress server arXiv. Explore further Improved measurements of antiproton’s magnetic moment deepen mystery of baryonic asymmetry Sketch of the trap setup. The trap tower includes two separate storage traps (ST-I, ST-II), the measurement trap (MT) and a reference trap (RT) for magnetic field monitoring, which is presently not used. Ions are created in-situ using a mini-EBIT. By shuttling the ions between the storage traps and the MT, the time between successive measurements is minimized. Individual superconducting detection circuits for the proton (blue) and for the carbon ion (red), allow measurements at the identical electrostatic field configurations and thus guarantee the identical position and magnetic field. Credit: arXiv:1706.06780 [physics.atom-ph] Citation: Higher precision measurements show proton mass less than thought (2017, July 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-higher-precision-proton-mass-thought.htmlcenter_img Journal information: arXiv © 2017 Phys.org For some time now, the atomic mass of a proton has been an accepted standard measurement used to calculate other physics properties. Now, it appears researchers may have to revisit some of those entities as the most accurate ever measurement of the mass of a proton shows less mass than has been believed.In this new effort, the researchers fired an electron beam at a selected target atom held in a chilled vacuum chamber, releasing a proton. The group was then able to isolate the proton in a Penning trap, which is a device that creates both an electronic and magnetic field. Inside the trap, the proton moved in circles—measuring its velocity allowed the researchers to calculate its mass, which was 1.007 276 466 583(15)(29) atomic mass units. The 15 in parentheses represented the statistical uncertainty and the 29 that followed represented the systematic uncertainty.The group reports that their technique was three times more precise than any other technique used to date.Others have noted that making more precise measurements of protons and other particles could explain some of the big mysteries in physics—such as why the radius of a proton has been found to be smaller than theory has suggested, or why there is more matter than antimatter. It could also help research efforts exploring apparent discrepancies between protons and antiprotons.The research group has made clear its plans to continue refining its measuring technique—their goal is to improve the measurement for a proton by a factor of six. Meanwhile, if others are able to reproduce the work by the team, the new measurement could be included in the newest CODATA, which is scheduled for publishing in just a few months. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Exploring divinity

first_imgCelebrating the festive season, Uchaan group is taking a giant leap forward and showcasing great work of arts at Gurgaon’s ‘Gold Souk’ The Jewellery Mall. The exhibition, Divine Connection- Lets Connect to divinity, is going on till 5 November. This group exhibition of painting sculpture and photography presents artworks from renowned artist like Anil Rawat, Anil Kohli, Rohit Kaushik, Prince Chand,  Geetika Sangwan, Shubra Jain, Poonam Saini, Shilpi Malik, Shikha Jamwal, Simran Kaur, Shubha Bansal and Monica Wadhwa. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Uchaan group is a collaboration of established and experienced artists and upcoming artists having a great potential ahead. It is curated by Jyoti Kalra. Uchaan is always in pursuance of social initiative and to fulfill the same is supporting endowed and promising artist Neelesh Ganesh who is Autistic with high functioning disorder known as Asperger Syndrome. He believes in expressing himself with power of artworks. ‘Art from the heart’ is philosophy of his life.last_img read more

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Kevin McHale addresses sexuality in tweet about Ariana Grandes new song

first_imgMcHale is best known for his role on Glee | Photo: Twitter @druidDUDE Boyfriend of Glee star Kevin McHale surprises him with sweetest birthday presentKevin McHale shares body transformation photos after health struggleGlee star Kevin McHale posts cute photo with new baeRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/kevin-mchale-sexuality-tweet/ Actor Kevin McHale finally addressed his sexuality on Twitter — well, sort of. In a super casual, relatable way. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) No Tears Left to Cry is Grande’s first song since the terrorist attack during her Manchester concert. It’s giving people, like McHale, a lot of feelings.The song is also the first song released from her upcoming fourth and currently untitled album.[embedded content]‘Fuck me up ari’McHale followed up his original tweet with a request for a remix.I’d like to request a remix with @JanetJackson. ty for ur time. @ArianaGrande— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) April 20, 2018And then one that perfectly encapsulates everyone’s feelings.IM PICKIN IT UP, IM PICKIN IT UP, IM LOVING, IM LIVING, IM PICKIN IT UPfuck me up ari— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) April 20, 2018Whatever McHale’s relationship status or truth, he’s clearly living his best life and that’s what matters.Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .center_img GAYSTARNEWS- Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… A month ago, he subtly may or may not have come out. By posting a photo on Instagram of him holding hands with someone, and simply captioning it with the ASL hand sign for ‘I love you’, people began speculating wildly.Then, he posted another photo cuddling up with a boy. This one he captioned: ‘My Coachella.’Many fans — and now, media outlets — identify the mystery flame as Austin McKenzie. He’s best known for playing Melchior Gabor in Deaf West’s Broadway revival of Spring Awakening.The pair also appeared together in Dustin Lance Black’s miniseries When We Rise.Well, on Twitter last night, McHale threw out more indications. All thanks to Ariana Grande.#NoTearsLeftToCry is gayer than me and I ACCEPT. Ty @ArianaGrande.— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) April 20, 2018last_img read more

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Chelsea Manning may be refused entry to Australia for failing character test

first_imgThe Australian government is getting ready to block the visa of US whistle blower, Chelsea Manning. She was due to go Down Under on a speaking tour starting this week.Manning spent seven years in custody after leaking classified military documents to whistle blower website, WikiLeaks. While in custody, Manning transitioned and was released from jail in 2017. No stranger to controversyIt’s not the first time Manning couldn’t get into a country. Last year Canada turned her away at the border, blaming her prior convictions for denying her entry. Canada her back this year.Harvard University rescinded an invitation to name Manning a ‘Visiting Fellow’ after public pressure last year.YouTube also temporarily took down Manning’s campaign video after she revealed in February that she planned run for the Federal Senate.A few weeks ago, she admitted excitement at coming to Australia because life had ‘been harder’ than she’d ‘imagined’.life after prison & solitary confinement is harder than i ever imagined, but i’m trying my best excited to be visiting Australia & New Zealand next month @theprojecttv pic.twitter.com/35wvFOJJj2— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) August 6, 2018Read the letter the Australian government sent to Chelsea Manning:The letter the Australian government sent to Chelsea Manning. | Photo: Twitter Her first talk is scheduled at Sydney Opera House on 2 September followed by talks in Melbourne and Brisbane.But now the government is in the process of considering to refuse her visa.The government issued Manning a ‘Notice of Intention to Consider Refusal under s501 of the Migration Act’ arguing she failed a ‘character test’.The government refused to talk about Manning’s cases specifically. But a Home Affairs Department spokesman said non-citizens must meet certain character requirements to get into the country.‘A person can fail the character test for a number of reasons, including but not limited to where a non-citizen has a substantial criminal record or where their conduct represents a risk to the Australian community,’ the spokesman told the ABC.The company bringing her to Australia – Think Inc- asked people and national bodies to write to the new Immigration Minister, David Coleman.‘We are looking for support from relevant national bodies or individuals, especially politicians who can support Chelsea’s entry into Australia,’ Think Inc’s company director, Suzi Jamil, wrote in the letter. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) GAYSTARNEWS-center_img Got a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Chelsea Manning files official papers to run for US SenateChelsea Manning celebrates New York City Pride, one month after being released from prisonEastEnders character gets a pardon for gay sex convictionRead the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chelsea-manning-may-be-refused-entry-to-australia-for-failing-character-test/last_img read more

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This month Bulgari continues the worldwide celebr

first_imgThis month, Bulgari continues the worldwide celebration of their 125 years of Italian artisanship with a store opening in San Francisco’s Union Square, coinciding with what has been a profitable third quarter for the brand.Last May, the jewelry and luxury goods powerhouse hosted a retrospective show in Rome and continues that Roman line of thought with the debut of a unique 19-piece collection, now available exclusively at the new Bay Area flagship. Amid panels of silk, stretched from floor to ceiling, sit ten one-of-a-kind cocktail rings inspired by the majestic lines of the cupola. Each piece comes in either white or pink gold and bears the trademark rounded and polished cabochon stone, with pave diamonds regally placed on the band.Bold and architecturally stimulating, these limited-edition rings are a testament to what Bulgari does so well: Transcend generations of women, proving that with age, the house just keeps getting better. The Parentisi collection exudes a modern antiquity that makes each ring a serious statement piece with timeless appeal. The remaining pieces of the collection, individual necklaces and earrings, are each made in either coral or turquoise, with diamonds, amethyst and peridot, allowing them to transition from day to night.If the rings weren’t enticing enough, stop in for a quick look at the interiors, of which Bulgari is rightfully proud. The Union Square location boasts 13,000 square feet, making it their largest shop in North America. A rectangular chandelier made of Murano glass cascades down the center of a spectacular, satiny copper staircase. Customers can also opt to ride between floors in a transparent glass elevator that allows views of the entire store as well as the city skyline. The face of Bulgari never looked so good.Visit www.bulgari.com for details.last_img read more

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Girls killed in car crash laid to rest Update 1

first_imgThe funeral service for the two 11-year-old girls killed last Sunday in a car crash was held at noon on Thursday in the church of Agioi Anagyroi in Kato Paphos.The two girls were killed at around 4.30am when the car they were in, driven by a 40-year-old woman, overturned on the Limassol to Nicosia highway.Varvara Kokoridou and Christina Kioulpakidou were on their way from Paphos airport to Nicosia after taking part in a folk dancing competition in Spain at which they won the first prize with their band.The driver, the mother of one of the girls, and two other passengers, boys aged 14 and 15 did not sustain any serious injuries.The driver lost control of the car and it travelled for 50 to 60 metres down the highway, overturning before coming to a stop within the central reservation. The two girls were killed instantly, one of them being thrown from the car.They were not wearing seatbelts.The death of the girls has led to the cancellation of an event in Ayia Napa scheduled for Sunday where Romiosyni, the Cyprus-Georgian dance group they belonged to was to perform.Ayia Napa municipality said it was also cancelling other shows of the dance group that scheduled throughout the year. You May Likebright-world.infoTop 10 Most Expensive Luxury Carsbright-world.infoUndoWomenDrama7 Things That Men Tend to Hide from Their PartnersWomenDramaUndoHearing Aids | Search AdsHearing Aid Costs Might Actually Surprise YouHearing Aids | Search AdsUndo At least 20 killed, 50 injured in attack on VP candidate’s office in KabulUndoCyprus’ Dothraki warriorUndoUK plays Brexit hardball with ‘stubborn’ EUUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Tehran was skeptical about whether the IAEA was either independent or fair.

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000 yen for at a proper Japanese restaurant. Alia Bhatt and Sidharth Malhotra — the young heartthrobs of Bollywood — have been giving paparazzi enough moments to speculate a relationship between them which goes beyond being ‘just good friends’. Now everybody knows what he has done. For those with a milder form of the condition, Fans have started pouring in large numbers.The stadium is at least 4 kms away from the box office Fans are struggling to bear the bad summer afternoon of Mumbai today The stage is set at Mumbai’s DY Patil Stadium Mumbai has lined up in sweltering 33 degrees to watch pop sensation Justin Bieber perform for the first time in India Probably the biggest event in Mumbai after Michael Jackson performed decades ago Justin Bieber is set to perform his biggest hits in front of the 45000-strong audience which has been lining up since 11 in the morning to watch him live The singer landed in Mumbai early on Wednesday morning and was whisked off to his hotel in Lower Parel by his security which also includes salman Khan’s bodyguard Shera Before India Justin performed in Dubai on May 6 “Dubai is incredible… India you are next Amit Bhatia you ready Purpose Tour Stadiums” Bieber 23 tweeted before he reached India He is promoting his album Purpose through this tour which is called Purpose World Tour The police have deployed 500 personnel along with 25 officers and a police control room has been set up there to ensure everything goes on smoothly The event will be hosted by Harry Potter actress Elarica Johnson While Bieber himself will perform at 8 pm the show begins at 4 pm with performances by DJ Sartek DJ Zaeden and Norwegian DJ Alan Walker After the concert Bieber is expected to attend a black tie boxing event and a party where Bollywood biggies are expected to be present Bieber embarked on the tour on March 9 last year in Seattle and will close it on September 24 this year in Tokyo For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Shalini Langer | New Delhi | Published: June 16 2017 5:36 pm Despicable Me 3 movie review: The film essentially revolves around a worn-out TV star of the 1980s Top News Despicable Me 3 movie director: Kyle Balda Pierre Coffin Despicable Me 3 movie voice cast: Steve Carell Trey Parker Kristen Wiig Miranda Cosgrove Diana Gaier Nev Scharrel Despicable Me 3 movie rating: 2 stars It’s hard to see what Despicable Me 3 is getting at apart from giving Gru (still voiced by Steve Carell) an expanding family that now includes a long-separated twin in long blond hair and full-white ensemble In the process the Minions have now been pushed almost completely out of the frame making them totally superfluous despite still getting the largest laughs The film essentially revolves around a worn-out TV star of the 1980s Balthazar Bratt (Trey Parker) who continues to bear a grudge at the way his show was phased out and has taken to stealing He also has a long-running rivalry with Gru which is unexplained apart from the fact that Gru is now part of the Anti-Villain League Bratt steals a pink diamond from under Gru’s nose and Gru gets fired as a spy because of it making him eager for revenge But that’s only part of what Despicable Me 3 is about There is the twin and there is Gru’s wife Lucy’s (Kristen Wiig) attempts to woo over his daughters and the two worlds seldom meet Carell voices both Gru and the twin Dru who wants to become a super-villain as their dad once was but the film has just too many things going to stick to what could have been an interesting relationship Nor is there enough of the warmth between Gru and his daughters that made the heart of the other two Despicable Me films The film instead relies on humour and poor visual gags to fill the gaps And when these run up short the fact that Despicable Me is essentially on the same page since the first film is more and more obvious For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Top News The Legend of Bhagat Singh and Slumdog Millionaire. who became the first Asian to become the FIH president last Saturday, On March 17, it is not the fault of the fire. personnel can avail the leave next week in such cases.

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For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Barcelona | Published: November 13 2016 10:17 am Spain overcame early resistance by Macedonia before racing off with the game in Granada (Source: Reuters) Top News Aritz Aduriz became the oldest man to score for Spain in an international netting the final goal in their 4-0 victory over Macedonia in the World Cup qualifying Group G match on Saturday At 35 years and 275 days the Athletic Bilbao striker was 50 days older than the previous record holder Jose Maria Pena who had set the mark in 1930 when scoring against Portugal LIVE CRICKET SCORE: India vs England Spain had to overcome resistance from a dogged Macedonia side before running out easy winners with a strong second-half display to remain top of the group An own goal by Darko Velkovski broke the deadlock at the Nuevo Los Carmenes stadium in Granada in the 34th minute after Julen Lopetegui’s side survived a couple of early scares and Vitolo doubled the lead in the 63rd Nacho Monreal and substitute Aduriz struck in the space of a minute late on to turn what at times was a testing encounter game into a thrashing Spain top the group on 10 points level with second-placed Italy who won 4-0 at Liechtenstein on Saturday Macedonia’s preparations were hit right before the game as goalkeeper Igor Aleksovski got injured in the warm up He was replaced by Stole Dimitrievski although it was his opposite number David de Gea who made the first intervention repelling a close range header from Daniel Mojsov Spain were let off the hook again in the first half when Genoa forward Goran Pandev glanced a header wide although the home side monopolied possession and soon settled into the game Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata was thwarted twice by Dimitrievski and David Silva had a goalbound shot headed off the line Spain owed their breakthrough to a mishap from Velkovski who tried to glance Dani Carvajal’s cross over the bar but instead nodded past Dimitrievski and into the top corner of his own net Spain defender Marc Bartra nearly gifted an equaliser away at the start of the second half with a misplaced pass to Enis Bardhi but made amends by blocking the midfielder’s shot Julen Lopetegui’s side tightened their grip on the game when Vitolo arrived at the far post to head in from close range aided by sloppy goalkeeping from Dimitrievski That effectively signalled the end of Macedonia’s resistance and Monreal and Aduriz showed no remorse The Arsenal defender curled Carvajal’s cutback into the bottom corner in the 84th minute and a moment later Aduriz grabbed the fourth turning in Silva’s low cross from close range For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Alfiya Khan | Pune | Published: October 21 2015 5:54 am The baseline and summative assessment tests have been conceptualised by the Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training Related News Thanks to the inordinate delay in conducting baseline tests for Classes I to VIII the first summative test has also been postponed The test that was supposed to be held in mid-October will now take place in mid-December or even later Officials say that the deadline has been pushed back for two reasons – delay in conducting baseline tests and delay in data entry in the SARAL (Systematic Administrative Reforms for Achieving Learning by Students) database “As per information we have received the first summative tests are likely to be held in December The summative tests are conducted twice a year to test the students’ basic understanding of their syllabus Though we were hoping to conduct it as per schedule but the delay in the first baseline tests has pushed it back” said Nand Kumar principal secretary school education and sports department Share This Article Related Article The baseline and summative assessment tests have been conceptualised by the Maharashtra State Council of Education Research and Training The baseline tests were initially slated to be held in June However it was pushed back to October 7 SCERT sources said that the delay was mostly due to printing and distribution of answer sheets and confusion on behalf of education officers on whether the tests should be conducted in non-state board schools as well The state education department had decided to conduct baseline or competency tests for all students between STD II and VIII to test the basic competency of students to qualify for that class The decision was taken to assess the quality of education since it was feared that the no-fail policy till Std VIII would affect the quality of students to a great extent Hence an uniform test was devised in two Maths and Language to test the competency of students Though it has been ten days since the baseline tests were conducted it’s details have not been uploaded in the SARAL database by all schools The process is expected to be done within a week of completion of the test 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the SARAL database though it has no direct connection with the baseline tests” said Govind Nandede director SCERT For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express AppNew Delhi:Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda are set to be removed from the BCCI senior selection panel after the Board was clearly told to trim to the panel to three members in place of five as recommended by the Supreme Court-appointed Lodha Committee As per the Lodha recommendations that have been approved by the apex court senior selection committee was supposed to be a three-member team comprising Test players Logo of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) AFP However amid the administrative crisis the BCCI went ahead with the selection committee meet for the England series yesterday with five members including Paranjpe and Khoda who have not played Test cricket As it turns out the Lodha committee had made an exception in the current circumstances and from next time onwards the Indian team will be picked by a three-member panel The panel will next meet to pick the squad for the one-off Test against Bangladesh scheduled from February 8-12 "The present Committee is permitted as an exception to make the selections indicated Going forward it will have to be strictly in terms of the Supreme Court judgement" Lodha Committee secretary Gopal Sankaranarayanan state in an email reply to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri ahead of the team selection yesterday With all office-bearers disqualified to convene the meeting Johri was allowed to do that in a one-off case The BCCI had announced the new panel in September with its now sacked president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke defying the court’s diktat Chairman MSK Prasad Devang Gandhi and Sarandeep Singh — all former Test players — meet the eligibility criteria set by the Lodha Committee while Khoda and Paranjpe have only played two and four ODIs respectively The BCCI finds itself in a crisis following the Supreme Court order on Monday Besides sacking 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chairman Huw Jenkins has said.Swansea have already signed midfielder Leroy Fer defender Mike van der Hoorn and goalkeeper Mark Birighitti but sold forward Alberto Paloschi to Serie A side Atalanta and loaned out striker Bafetimbi Gomis to French club Olympique de Marseille The Welsh side also had a change in ownership with American investors Jason Levien and Steve Kaplan completing the takeover of the club in June “This pre-season has been difficult with the majority of European players returning late from the Euros (Euro 2016) and the timescale involved in the change of club ownership” Jenkins told the club’s website (wwwswanseacitynet) “I think it’s been a frustrating summer so far for everyone but I can assure you that every person connected to this football club has been working non-stop to get the squad right in all areas to start the season “We fully expect to make one or two additions in the next few days” Sevilla’s sporting director Monchi has confirmed Swansea are nearing an 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mother moved to Dubai where he could get the best training and play in more competitive tournaments Last year he and his mother spent nearly seven to eight months out of India shuttling between Dubai and USA That decision also triggered another unusual decision Krishiv quit his school to join an online school in California called Laurel Springs “Many people in my community would ask me what was going on They would preach about how we Sindhis are great at doing business ‘Why are you letting your son take up sport’ they would ask” Krishiv’s father Lalit says There in Dubai his passion mutated into an obsession almost to the point of becoming all consuming He realised that he if needed to be better at the sport he needed to get fitter Over the last six months he spends up to an hour on golf specific fitness training sessions at least thrice a week Apart from that he does another two-three hours of cardio training be it running or playing badminton or swimming Then there are the mental coaching sessions where the onus is on maintaining your composure irrespective of whether you are winning or losing Chocolates and cakes were also sacrificed at the altar of fitness “The old notion in golf was that you don’t have to be fit to play the sport In today’s time if you look at the golfers who are the top of the sport be it Rory McIlroy or Henrik Stenson all of these guys are really fit” Krishiv’s mother Kajal says Golf is a sport that makes overwhelming demands off families too Krishiv’s father a businessman reckons he spends nearly Rs 50 lakhs a year on his son’s ambition “It’s one of the most expensive sports There’s no two ways about it Every time we go to a new country we set up a new house” says Kajal “Money is not a goal for us I’m from a really poor background So I used to run for my daily bread and butter But my thinking is if my son wants to do this from the bottom of his heart I should do everything in my capacity to make it happen He has some local sponsors people who I know personally but there’s no money coming in from that So all the money is spent by us We don’t like to call it a sacrifice We call it love” Lalit who is a businessman adds Coming from a country where there are only a handful of golf players to look up to the Mumbai boy idolises Rory McIlroy A meeting with the Irish golfer in 2014 left a lasting impact on him “I really like Rory McIlroy He’s been my idol since 2014 when I met him at the DP World Tour in Dubai He was in the middle of a round but still came and shook my hand after a hole Not many golfers do that in the middle of a round Rory was very respectful” Krishiv recollects Now Krishiv has dreams of going pro by the age of 20 Who knows maybe one day he may even find himself competing against McIlroy England pace bowler James Anderson has been ruled out of the team’s Test series in Bangladesh next month after the 34-year-old failed to recover fully from a shoulder injury according to local media reports File photo of James Anderson Getty Images Anderson who is England’s all-time leading test wicket-taker sustained a stress fracture during the home series against Sri Lanka in June though he did play three Tests against Pakistan in July and August England are likely to announce his replacement on Thursday the BBC reported England play three one-day internationals beginning on 7 October followed by tests in Chittagong from 20 October and Dhaka from 28 October before they begin a tour of India which includes five tests with the first starting on 9 November Stop the clock cut off the telephone hold your breath and bring India to a standstill For the first time in Olympic history an Indian woman is on the verge of beating the world for an Olympic gold On Thursdaynight PV Sindhu unleashed a barrage of jump smashes cross-court drops and baseline tosses to demolish her Japanese opponent Nozomi Okuhara in the semi-final of the women’s badminton event at the Rio Olympics Her rare achievement made sure thaton Fridayevening millions of Indians would be glued to their TV sets hoping to see that rare moment when the Tricolour is unfurled and the national anthem is played at the Olympics Sindhu Pusarla celebrates after defeating Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara during her women’s singles semifinal match PTI India last woke up to the sound ofJana Mana Ganaeight years ago at the Beijing Olympics when Abhinav Bindra became the first Indian to win an individual gold If Sindhu beats her Spanish rival Carolina Marin she would become the first Indian woman to win gold at the Olympics On Thursdaynight playing against Okuhara she raced off the starting blocks establishing an early 7-4 lead in the first game "Jump and smash" her coach and mentor P Gopichand kept instructing her from the corner And this is exactly what Sindhu kept doing relentlessly targeting Okuhara’s body and far forehand corner till she threw in the towel At 179 cm Sindhu is taller than most of her opponents Her ability to leap high in the air and slap the bird almost like a volleyball player with her forehand from the middle court and sometimes from the baseline makes her a formidable opponent On her day when Sindhu jump-smashes a shuttle it comes down with a force and from a height that is rare in women’s badminton Okuhara faced a volley of jump-smashes and cross-court tosseson Thursday parrying them with patience till her defences gave up midway through the second set With the scores almost levelled around the halfway mark Okuhara’s game just dismantled as Sindhu kept strafing her opponent’s court using the shuttle like a weapon Within minutes a match that appeared at the precipice tilted Sindhu’s way The final scorecard 21-19 21-10 tells the story of Okuhara’s capitulation Sindhu was marked for greatness right from when she was about to pass out of primary school As a teenager every time she won a junior badminton tournament headline writers hailed her as a ‘Smashing Sensation’ destined for greatness The script that started at an early age is now nearing a golden finale A decade of hard work a gruelling schedule that made her get up early travel nearly 60 km and start training before dawn is about to pay off Before the Olympics began Sindhu cut herself off from the world setting aside all distractions including her mobile phone For two months before taking the flight to Rio she disappeared into the trenches getting ready to battle history and an Olympics draw that did not favour her Since she was ranked outside the top 10 not many gave Sindhu a chance But she has defied rankings swept aside Olympic favourites like China’s Wang Yihan and already assured the first ever silver medal for an Indian woman at the Olympics Her next opponent Marin is the world number one For almost a year Marin has dominated women’s badminton and won every major international tournament But Sindhu has a 2-3 record against her suggesting that Marin may not be so difficult to beat On Friday as Indians watch with bated breath and silent prayers everyone would be hoping for that familiar sight: Sindhu soaring high in the air smashing the shuttle with her forehand pumping her fist leaping in the air and letting out a victorious roar Freeze the frame stop the clock and ask the wind to stop blowing Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is on the verge of rewriting Indian Olympic history Australia’s selectors have responded to the threat of a first-ever Test series sweep on home soil by dropping five players from their squad for the third match against South Africa which begins in Adelaide on Thursday Joe Burns Adam Voges and Callum Ferguson as well as wicketkeeper Peter Nevill paid the price for a string of batting collapses while seamer Joe Mennie was also axed after the innings defeat in the second Test in Hobart Four uncapped players —openers Matt Renshaw and Nic Maddinson wicketkeeper-batsman Peter Handscomb and seamer Chadd Sayers —came into the 12-man squad Wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade and seamer Jackson Bird both given previous chances at Test level before being discarded were also recalled Chief selector Rod Marsh stood down from his post ahead of schedule last week and so on Sunday it was his temporary replacement Trevor Hohns who wielded the axe in Adelaide Given the brilliant formthat the South Africans are exhibiting at the moment it will be a major challenge for the debutants to make the most of the opportunity that has been handed to them in the wake of a massive slide in Australian cricket Here’s a look at the journeys of the four rookies in the Australian squad for the final Test at Adelaide: Matt Renshaw Matt Renshaw is a right-handed batsman who was born in Middlesbrough United Kingdom Getty TheQueensland opener could have played top-level cricket for England alongside childhoodbuddy and leading batsman Joe Root butfate had other plans foryoung Renshaw The right-handed batsman was born inMiddlesbrough United Kingdom and his parents decided to move to NewZealand when he was only seven beforeeventually settling down in Queensland five years later His parents though insistthat he isas Australian asAndrew Symonds "Matt is a bit like Andrew Symonds you couldn’t get more Aussie or more Ocker than him" father IanRenshaw was quoted as saying byThe Courier Mail Much like David Warner Renshaw will be making his way into the Australian Test side without any domestic experience should he get the Baggy Greenthis Thursday Among his key accomplishments in the 11 First-Class appearancesis a 395-ball 170 against New South Wales becoming the youngest centurion for Queensland in the Sheffield Shield? 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download Indian Express App More Related News Mayawati was rattled by the prospect that the prime minister’s schemes could actually empower Dalits financially and help them earn livelihoods as opposed to mere promises that she gave them, "It is a massive challenge; there’s no other way to put it. who visited the jail once a week. The Prime Minister said a “positive” public mood in favour of the Centre’s ruling dispensation pervaded the country as its completes three years in office next month and pitched for a harder push to the reforms and development agenda. Artists display their works on the group website and also tour cities such as Mumbai,from Race, This is part of a larger mission to move the RBI towards becoming a credible inflation-targeting central bank.s six-months incarceration in Tihar, As an academician.

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rich fathers of good-looking daughters flagging off races,Leena Jauhri has been shifted as Secretary, The civic body spends around Rs 1 crore every year to treat waste water. Asked about the money realised by the state government by selling gauchar land to industries, The archaic concept of wakf for the settler’s limitless generations is out of tune with the social and economic circumstances of our time. consisting of 20 acts, The incident took place around 8 am when a mini-bus of St John? “Damadamm”, And it’s dangerous.senior police officers had even checked our safety gear before allowing us to perform the stunts, said Rahula member of A2B For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Related NewsLudhiana | Updated: April 4 2014 10:41 am One girl was found to be suffering from about 20% burns while the other girl in separate case got 15% burns Related News Police have arrested two persons in two separate cases of acid attack which happened on Tuesday and Wednesday A 16-year-old boy of Phallewal village wanted to marry 16-year-old Harneet Kaur Both were classmates and when the later said no the boy threw acid on her back while she was moving out of her house on Wednesday It injured her back and legs She is taking treatment from Civil Hospital Ludhiana Inquiry officer Amarpreet Kaur said they arrested the minor boy from his house and he confessed to the crime She said that both were earlier studying at the same school and hence were in touch with each other She lived with her grandmother Amarjeet Kaur who said the boy had been teasing the girl for quite some time and he attacked her with acid on Wednesday The girl was immediately rushed to civil hospital where she was found to be suffering from about 20% burns In another case Khanna police had booked three persons for attacking one 18-year-old girl two days back when she was standing on the roof of her house She suffered injuries on her face and neck and was rushed to Rajindera Medical College and Hospital Patiala She was also stated to be suffering from about 15% burns Since her face and neck were injured attempt to murder charges were added in the FIR On investigations it was found that instead of three only one person had attacked the girl and he was identified as Harinandan a close relative of the girl He was arrested by Khanna police on Tuesday Information revealed that he wanted to marry her but the family and the girl were not interested as they were relatives In December last year Barnala-based Harpreet Kaur was attacked in a Ludhiana parlour as she was getting ready on her wedding day The girl had later succumbed to injuries in a Mumbai hospital For all the latest Ludhiana News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Express Web Desk | Published: July 21 2017 11:20 pm Rajeshwari Gayakwad was instrumental in India’s decimation of New Zealand (Source: Reuters) Related News Sachin Tendulkar has been introducing the members of the Indian women’s cricket team that are playing in the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 He has thus far put up posts for captain Mithali Raj Jhulan Goswami Deepti Sharma and Harmanpret Kaur His latest post is for Rajeshwari Gayakwad “A small-town girl from Bijapur who was lucky enough to have a father who loved sports and encouraged all his children to play” said Sachin in the post “Shivanand Gayakwad your father is your source of inspiration and encouragement Rajeshwari I’m sure you will be that same source of inspiration for many young men and women to come Well played Come on #TeamIndia All the best #WomenInBlue @unicef @icc #CricketForGood” Sachin Tendulkar has put a up a series of sorts describing in brief the players’ backgrounds before expressing admiration for them India have had a stellar campaign in the World Cup The bowling attack led by Jhulan Goswami has delivered in almost every match Smriti Mandhana and Poonam Raut struck big in the first few matches while Mithali Raj has consistently got runs Middle order batters like Veda Krishnamurthy and Harmanpreet Kaur have also chipped in when required Harmanpreet’s talent that saw her break into foreign T20 Leagues such as the Big Bash was there for all to see when she blazed to 171 off 115 balls in the semi-final against defending champions Australia At one point it looked like she might breach the 200-run barrier but the the lower amount of overs allotted for the match due to a delayed start meant that she had to stop at the last ball of the 42nd over For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Express News Service | Kolkata | Updated: June 14 2017 4:06 am Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee during the felicitation ceremony in Kolkata on Tuesday Express Top News Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday felicitated students who topped the 2017 state and central board examinations and said her government would extend all help for their future education She also appealed to them to join the state civil service in the future “We have created a fund of Rs 200 crore for the Swami Vivekananda Merit-cum-Means Scholarship If any meritorious student wants to pursue higher education they will be eligible for this scholarship From this year onwards we are providing this scholarship to students of ICSE ISC and CBSE boards” Mamata said while felicitating the students at the Uttirna open-air theatre in Alipore About 137 students were felicitated by the state government and each received a certificate a laptop books a flower bouquet and sweets The chief minister also made it clear that no meritorious student will be deprived of higher education due to financial constraints “If any student has any problem be it a financial problem then come to me Just write an application and come to us the government will take care It is the responsibility of the state government to help you continue with your higher studies” she said Mamata also appealed to the students to consider joining the state civil service after completing their studies “I have a request for you There are many students who will become doctors engineers and other professionals But consider joining the civil services Civil services have big prospects now” she said “We have set up a training centre at Salt Lake for IAS and IPS officers We have also decided to create the West Bengal Higher Civil Service (Executive) from amongst talented and meritorious officers of West Bengal Civil Service (Executive) to take up positions of higher responsibility in the government This will help WBCS officers to get promotions to IAS rank within eight to 10 years So there is a lot of scope” she added Hospital removes waste after CM visit Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday made a surprise visit to the state-run Sambhunath Pandit Hospital and expressed her displeasure after spotting medical waste piled up on the premises The hospital at Elgin Road falls under Mamata’s Bhawanipore Assembly constituency Mamata interacted with family members of patients and visited the emergency ward After spotting medical waste piled up outside the emergency ward she called up the hospital superintendent and Kolkata Mayor Sovan Chatterjee Following this Chatterjee rushed to the hospital and work soon began to remove the medical waste “She visited the hospital and gave us some suggestions The hospital is within Kolkata Municipal Corporation area so we also have some responsibilities for its cleaning The work is on” said Chatterjee Hospital authorities were not available for comment For all the latest Kolkata News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 15 2017 11:01 am Top News Kapoor a film producer and cousin of Bollywood actor Jithendra married Jayasudha (right) in 1985 after two years of courtship (file photo) Yesteryears Telugu actor and former Congress MLA Jayasudha’s husband Nitin Kapoor allegedly committed suicide by jumping off a building in Mumbai news agency ANI reported on Tuesday The reason behind the alleged suicide however is not clear Kapoor a film producer and cousin of Bollywood actor Jithendra married Jayasudha in 1985 after two years of courtship The couple is survived by two sons Nihar and Shreayan according to The Times of India They maintained a low-key profile in their 30 years of marriage and only appeared in key public events the newspaper noted Hyderabad-based newspaper Deccan Chronicle noted that Kapoor was rumoured to be suffering from “severe depression” and had sought psychiatric help Watch |Age Doesn’t Matter If You Feel Happy About Yourself: Aamir On Turning 52 Jayasudha was a Congress MLA from Secunderabad before she joined rival party Telugu Desam Party in 2016 In 2014 she failed to retain the Secunderabad seat losing TRS candidate T Padma Rao She was a leading actor in the 70s and 80s Jayasudha acted in several movies opposite Tollywood legend Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao who went on to become chief minister of united Andhra Pradesh She also starred opposite Tollywood ‘Mega Star’ Chiranjeevi andNTR’s son and TDP minister Nandamuri Balakrishna For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Top NewsWritten by Sanjib Baruah | Published: December 5 2014 12:48 am The vocabulary of environmentalism dominates the debate on dams But it does not convey the full impact To use the language of political economy the most immediate effect of dams is the enclosure of the water commons (Source: PTI photo/file) Related News On November 23 the first power-generating unit of the Zangmu hydropower complex on the Yarlung Tsangpo or the Brahmaputra in China’s Tibet Autonomous Region became operational The 510 MW Zangmu dam is not as large as some of China’s other large dams or those that India is building or planning to build on the Yarlung Tsangpo/ Brahmaputra river system Zangmu however underscores the limited channels of cooperation that exist between India and China to govern the rivers they share Until recently Indian officials relied on satellite images of construction sites to learn about China’s plans It took the Chinese some time to acknowledge the existence of dam-building projects on the Yarlung Tsangpo Things have improved since But there is no water sharing agreement between India and China Nor is one on the horizon As an “up-stream superpower” China avoids multilateral entanglements More than two-thirds of the 40 major transboundary rivers that flow through China and 16 other countries originate in China China was one of three countries to vote against the adoption by the UN General Assembly of the 1997 UN Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses which seeks to strike a balance between upstream and downstream interests The convention commits state parties to the utilisation of transboundary rivers in “an equitable and reasonable manner” and requires them to take “all appropriate measures to prevent the causing of significant harm” to co-riparians India abstained in that vote China has since signed bilateral agreements with a number of co-riparians But as Selina Ho of the National University of Singapore points out while China has been willing to cooperate with southeast Asian countries on the Mekong it has not been as forthcoming with India on the Brahmaputra Ho attributes it to the historical animosity between the two countries the territorial disputes and “the incongruence between China’s traditional perception of India as a regional power without global reach and India’s growing status as a rival for influence and resources worldwide” It is not surprising that potential conflicts between India and China feature prominently in most scenarios of future “water wars” A day after Zangmu became operational a Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson was asked about its impact on downstream countries like India and Bangladesh China is “always responsible in developing and utilising transboundary rivers” asserted Hua Chunying China she added shares hydrological data with India as per a 2013 MoU That she said would continue as would cooperation in forecasting floods and the handling of emergencies India can hardly take umbrage at Chinese projects Chinese and Indian policies on the Yarlung Tsangpo/ Brahmaputra river system have been more alike than different India adopts an upstream strategy not only with regard to downstream Bangladesh but arguably even vis-à-vis communities located downstream within India Indeed controversies over the hydropower dams being built in Arunachal are often about the impact on downstream Assam In recent years the idea of hydropower as clean energy though deeply problematic has dramatically changed the politics of dam-building Both China and India have been going through a dam-building boom — albeit on different scales The hydropower dams they have built or plan to build include those on the world’s last free-flowing rivers in northeast India and southwest China These projects threaten fragile ecosystems wetlands and protected forests The vocabulary of environmentalism dominates the debate on dams But it does not convey the full impact of these projects on the livelihoods of people where these dams are being built To use the language of political economy the most immediate effect is the enclosure of the water commons It adversely affects people who depend on the water commons for their livelihood Apart from those displaced in a physical sense in the immediate project area hydropower dams can displace thousands of people who depend on small-scale fishing and subsistence agriculture Two small examples would suffice Rivers carry sediments The blocking of sediment-borne nutrients by dams is sure to negatively impact traditional flood-recession agriculture Second dams obstruct fish passage and this dramatically impacts the life-cycle of many fish species In most of these regions fish is a major source of caloric intake There are few regions in the world where the cumulative negative impact of dams on flood-recession agriculture and subsistence fisheries will be more devastating to rural food security than in northeast India Bangladesh and southeast Asia Water may be a renewable resource But it is hard to justify destroying the world’s last free-flowing rivers and some of the most fragile and biodiverse ecosystems in the name of hydropower as clean energy From the perspective of thousands of poor people who bear almost no responsibility for the climate crisis and yet are at risk of losing their livelihoods this action is patently unjust It has been said that tunnel vision can bring an aspect of a problem into focus But it does so only by obscuring the complex reality of which it is a part Something of this sort seems to be happening in the debate on climate change and the love affair with hydropower By rejecting the greenwashing of hydropower India can pioneer an alternative road to climate change mitigation Preserving rivers and ecosystems that support low energy-intensive livelihoods of rural populations and helping make those livelihoods more sustainable could be an alternative to building hydropower dams Such an approach to rivers is unlikely to cause any harm to co-riparians a major principle of modern transboundary water laws It is also sure to disappoint those who have been warning of the inevitability of water wars The writer is professor of political studies at Bard College New York For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related News
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