IMG Targets Indian Sports

first_imgSports marketing giant IMG Worldwide is teaming up with India’s Reliance to develop India’s sporting talent. The venture called IMG Reliance, according to a press release, aims to “provide and operate world class infrastructure and coaching facilities in the country to unlock India’s sporting potential and; to create and operate major sports and entertainment assets in the country.”Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani said, “Development of sports and the sporting culture is a social imperative for India in the 21st Century. World-class infrastructure, frugal engineering, technology and scientific coaching are an integral part of development of today’s sporting talent globally. IMG has an enviable track record of leveraging these aspects and identifying, training and developing champion talent across disciplines. With IMG’s five decade experience, we are embarking on an exciting journey to transform the sporting fabric in the country.”The venture is expected to develop India’s soccer and basketball leagues. IMG is also behind the Indian Premier League. Related Itemslast_img read more

Asia Cup T20: MS Dhoni helped me calm my nerves on debut, says Pawan Negi

first_imgA bundle of nerves ahead of his international debut in the ongoing Asia Cup, India allrounder Pawan Negi said that emotions were getting the better of him before senior players stepped in with their calming words.Negi made his debut against the UAE last night and grabbed one wicket. Also read: Dhoni backs Dhawan to come out of poor form “I got to know that I will be making my debut in the afternoon. Our bowling coach Bharat Arun told me that I will be playing this game. I felt really great when I heard that news,” he told BCCI.TV.”It felt normal when we were in our team meeting and then boarded the bus for the stadium. But just when we reached close to the ground, I had a bit of butterflies in my stomach. I was about to play my first game and there were a flurry of emotions as I walked into the dressing room.”When Ravi (Shastri) sir gave me the cap and I wore it, it felt really great. All the players came up to me to congratulate and that moment felt really special,” he said.Negi said that the team helped calm his nerves. Also read: Dhoni exudes confidence after India’s 9 out of 10 T20 wins in 2016 “The seniors in the side really helped me to calm my nerves and they came up to me to boost my confidence levels. The entire team was really supportive and I never felt like I was playing my first match,” he said.advertisement”Before walking out to the field, our captain MS Dhoni walked up to me and asked me not to think too much about the fact that I was making my debut. He asked me to relax and treat the game as a normal game and go about things normally.”The 23-year-old was handed the ball in the 13th over of the match against the UAE last night and didn’t disappoint as he picked his first international wicket in his fifth delivery.”Before the start of the match, Harbhajan Singh came up to me and spoke about the pitch. He said that the pitch is dry and if I bowled with a little flight, I would be able to turn the ball. I tried to do just that.”When I took that ball in my hand, my complete focus was to pitch the ball in the right areas and bowl wicket to wicket. But, my nervousness got the better of me and I leaked runs.”But once I got a wicket, I got a lot of confidence. MS Dhoni came up to me and told me that I was bowling under pressure. He asked me to loosen up and bowl freely. That really boosted my confidence. A wicket on debut is huge for anyone and I felt really great.”Negi said that he would be looking to take a lot of confidence from his first game for India.”I speak a lot about bowling during our practice sessions with our lead spinners – R Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh. They both are very supportive. Suresh Raina also supports me off the field. I also keep talking to our captain during our nets session with regards to my batting. I feel I have gained a lot of confidence after playing my first match. I will remember this moment for a long time.”last_img read more

Formula One: Lewis Hamilton fastest in final British GP practice

first_imgLewis Hamilton was fastest in final practice for a home British Grand Prix that he is aiming to win for the fourth year in a row on Sunday.The Mercedes driver, who looks a favourite for pole position later on Saturday, lapped the cold, wet and windswept Silverstone circuit with a best time of one minute 28.063 seconds.That was significantly faster than Friday’s best of 1:28.496 and the quickest yet at the former World War Two airfield.Ferrari’s championship leader Sebastian Vettel was second fastest, a mere 0.032 slower than the Briton, with Hamilton’s team mate Valtteri Bottas third on the timesheets and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen fourth.Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg was a promising fifth.Bottas will collect a five-place grid penalty after qualifying, due to an unscheduled gearbox change, as will Red Bull’s Australian Daniel Ricciardo for the same reason.McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, meanwhile, collected a massive 30-place drop for various engine penalties, ensuring the Spaniard starts at the back — a familiar experience for the double champion this season.The penalties look like turning qualifying into a straight battle between Hamilton and the Ferraris in a session likely to be overcast but with a decreasing likelihood of rain after steady morning drizzle.A pole for three-times world champion Hamilton would put him just one away from Michael Schumacher’s all-time record of 68 and come as a timely boost after two races off the podium that have left him 20 points behind Vettel.Pole is not crucial at Silverstone, however, although every winner at the circuit since 2000 has started from fourth place or higher. Hamilton has taken the top slot for the last two seasons.advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea must dig deep to beat Manchester United, says Antonio Conte

first_imgChelsea must find the strength to beat Premier League rivals Manchester United on Sunday and get their season back on track, manager Antonio Conte has said.The champions are fourth after an underwhelming start to the campaign, with three defeats in their opening 10 games, and sit nine points behind leaders Manchester City and four behind second-placed United.Chelsea suffered their first loss in the Champions League this season with a 3-0 defeat at AS Roma that dropped them to second place in their group.It also marked their third defeat in their last seven games in all competitions.Conte told the club’s website ( they had no time to feel sorry for themselves.”Now there is another big game against Manchester United and we must find the strength to try to put all of ourselves on the pitch during the game,” he said.”Now we need to work together and understand that this season we have to dig deep, very deep, if we want to be competitive in all competitions.”Chelsea have not lost a home league game against United since 2012.last_img read more

PO Ferries to Upgrade Two Ships on HullZeebrugge Route

first_imgzoom Pan-European ferry operator P&O Ferries said that it plans to spend GBP 8.5 million (USD 10.6 million) on upgrading its two ships on the North Sea’s Hull-Zeebrugge route.Two 32,000 ton sister vessels the Pride of York and the Pride of Bruges, which can carry up to 880 passengers on their overnight sailings to and from the continent, will benefit from the major investment in their infrastructure and passenger areas.The upgrades will be conducted at the Remontowa shipyard in Poland and, according to Janette Bell, Chief Commercial Officer at P&O Ferries, “will take both vessels up to the next level.”“This year we have introduced weekend mini-cruises to the historic Belgian city of Bruges for customers on our Hull-Zeebrugge route,” Among the upgrades planned under the investment, the ferries’ cabins will be upgraded, as well as the vessels’ kitchen dining area.P&O Ferries deploys vessels on eight major routes between Britain, France, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland, Holland and Belgium.The company operates 20 vessels which carry more than 10 million passengers, 1.6 million cars and 2.2 million freight units every year.last_img read more

Seton Lake blockade CN Rail line in solidarity with Chief Spence Sarnia

first_imgBy Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsA blockade of a CN Rail main freight line is going into its third day north of Vancouver.Chief Garry John of the Seton Lake Indian Band says community members put up the blockade Friday at 3 p.m. in solidarity with Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence’s hunger strike that began Dec. 11 in Ottawa.John said the rail line is the main route for CN from North Vancouver and Prince George. They are positioned near the mile 138 marker.“An average of four trains go up through here each day,” said John.John said CN hasn’t issued a court injunction to have the protesters removed like they did in Sarnia where a blockade of a spur line is in its ninth day. A court has ordered Sarnia police to remove the blockade but so far they’ve refused to intervene unless it’s done in a peaceful manner.“We’re going to take it day by day. We certainly want the folks in Sarnia and Chief Spence to know we are in support of them,” said John as to when the blockade could end.He said they expect to go into Sunday and are there now, where they’ll remain overnight.Before blocking the line they called CN to give them a heads up.APTN National News contacted CN but spokeswoman Emily Hamer provided no information.CN is currently working to reroute freight trains in Sarnia because the blockaders say they’ll be there until there is a meeting between Prime Minister Stephen Harper, the Governor General and First Nation leaders, which is the same demand made by read more

We found you in a catalogue of Native children

first_img(Colleen Cardinal, purple shirt, sits with the organizers of an Ottawa gathering Sept. 20-21 for Indigenous adoptees. Submitted photo)Kenneth JacksonAPTN National NewsOTTAWA – On Colleen Cardinal’s adoption records it says her parents were Aboriginal and alcoholics.It doesn’t say her mother was a residential school survivor.That she suffered from the experience up until to her death in 1999.“It was really focusing on they were alcoholics,” said Cardinal.If you’re an Indigenous adoptee Cardinal’s story may sound familiar.At a young age she and her sisters were taken from her parents in Edmonton.They bounced around in foster homes until a non-Indigenous family adopted all three of them thousands of kilometres away in unknown Sault. Ste. Marie, Ont.Feeling lucky to stick together they would soon find out how unlucky they were.“It was pretty abusive. My sisters experienced the brunt of it because they were older,” said Cardinal. “We all ran away by the time we were 15. By the time I ran away my sisters were back out in Edmonton.”Cardinal spoke to APTN National News about her life, but generally prefers to stay in the background.Her one sister was murdered in 1990 and the other doesn’t like talking about what happened.When Cardinal moved to Ottawa in 2011 she met other adoptees.Together, they found strength.Now, they’re looking to share it.She’s one of the organizers of a gathering in Ottawa where Indigenous adoptees, foster kids and children of the Sixties Scoop are meeting Sept. 20-21 at the Richelieu-Vanier Community Centre.“So many adoptees are just grateful to meet other adoptees. We don’t realize how much of a common experience we have,” said Cardinal. “We’re all struggling with the same stuff.”The list of attendees to participate in the sharing circle is full at 80 people from all over Canada, including one from North Dakota.While survivors look to share their story, many Indigenous youth are making their way through the same system.According to one recent study, on any given day there are 1,000 kids in child welfare in British Columbia.More than half of them are Indigenous kids.And a hearing is taking place in Ottawa at the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal looking into the reasons why thousands of Indigenous children are currently in state care and whether the federal government discriminates against First Nation children because of underfunding the organizations charged with their care.The Harper government tried to have the case thrown out several times with no luck.Last month, Tina Fontaine, 15, ran away from a foster home and was found dead, wrapped in plastic, in a Winnipeg river.Her killer hasn’t been caught.But the history of Indigenous children taken from their homes nearly as old as the country is by name.For over 100 years, ending in the 1990s, the federal government ripped tens of thousands of Indigenous children from their parents and put them in state-funded, church-operated schools known as Indian Residential Schools.Christianity was forced on the kids and they weren’t allowed to speak their language.It’s estimated thousands of children died, many more were abused, both physically and sexually, nearly destroying generation after generation.The government apologized in 2008 and has since been providing settlements to survivors.The Sixties Scoop has also been well documented, as well.From the 1960s to 1980s Indigenous children were taken from their homes and put in foster care. Some ended up in the United States. Many were put in the homes of middle class non-Indigenous families.Two Sixties Scoop class-action lawsuits are currently before the courts in British Columbia and in Ontario.Cardinal believes the gathering is the beginning of a movement.“It will be as big as residential schools. There are thousands of people who experienced the same thing I did (as an adoptee),” she said.When Cardinal ran away from her adoptive home she found her biological mother, still struggling.“I was so anxious to meet my family, to know my family … just to be with them. I learned later, after my mother died, she went through residential schools,” she said.She moved back to Sault Ste. Marie in 1998 with her chldren and tried in vain to reconnect with her adoptive mother (The abusive adoptive father was no longer in the picture.)The woman wouldn’t talk about the abuse but Cardinal said she did learn one thing about how she and her sisters were found by a white family Ontario.“She said ‘we found you in a catalogue of Native children,” said Cardinal. “Can you believe that?”For more information on the gathering visit their website at read more

Trump delays decision on auto tariffs for up to six months

first_imgWashington: President Donald Trump on Friday announced a six-month delay in imposing steep tariffs on auto imports, seeking to pressure Europe and Japan into bargaining table concessions on trade. The decision marked a temporary reprieve from what would have been a sizable escalation in Trump’s multi-front trade wars. Trump’s threat targets a major chunk of global economic activity with profound disruptions. Hundreds of billions of dollars in autos are manufactured, shipped and sold internationally every year. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: Report In a proclamation, the president directed US Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer to update him within 180 days on the outcome of negotiations with the EU, Japan and “any other country” Lighthizer deems appropriate. By leaving the threat of tariffs hanging, Trump’s move raises the temperature in European capitals already angered by the imposition of punishing US duties on steel and aluminum last year. Trump’s decision also preserved a truce declared last year with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker in which both sides agreed to cease trade hostilities while efforts continued to resolve the trade dispute. Also Read – Iraq military admits ‘excessive force’ used in deadly protests Despite the decision, Trump continued his attacks on EU trade policy. “The European Union treats us, I’d say, worse than China — they’re just smaller,” Trump said at an event. “They don’t want our farmers, they don’t want our cars… They send Mercedes-Benz here like they’re cookies,” Trump said, adding that “they take advantage of us on trade.” “We all love Europe but it’s not fair.” In response to the US metal tariffs, the EU last year imposed stinging duties on American exports like motorcycles, orange juice, whiskey and blue jeans, and threatened to retaliate further should the auto tariffs be imposed. European Trade Commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom confirmed an existing offer that “the EU is prepared to negotiate a limited trade agreement including cars.” The six-month delay had been expected this week as industry sources confirmed media reports that Trump would hold off — delighting markets which had feared sharp economic consequences of such a move. In his proclamation, Trump described the US auto sector as facing decline due to unfair foreign competition. A report by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross concluded that America’s shrinking share of the auto market jeopardized its research, development and manufacturing — all “vital to national security,” according to Trump. In a conclusion likely to invite challenges from manufacturers and industry analysts, Trump said America’s defense industrial base relied on the domestic auto sector for technological advances essential to US “military superiority.” Citing Ross’s conclusions, Trump pointed to a doubling of US imports over the last 34 years but accused Europe and Japan of raising “significant barriers” to accepting American exports in return. In that same period, the domestic market share of American-owned manufacturers fell to just 22 percent from 67 percent, he said. “In light of all of these factors, domestic conditions of competition must be improved by reducing imports,” Trump said. Reacting to the announcement, Dieter Kempf, head of the German industrial federation, said “cars do not threaten the national security of the United States.” Japanese automaker Toyota, which has factories and research centers in the United States also strongly rejected the notion. “Today’s proclamation sends a message to Toyota that our investments are not welcomed, and the contributions from each of our employees across America are not valued,” a statement read. “If import quotas are imposed, the biggest losers will be consumers who will pay more and have fewer vehicle choices.” Charlie Chesbrough, senior economist at Cox Automotive, said that by jacking up tariffs on 200 billion worth of Chinese merchandise last week Trump had shown Brussels his tariff threats were not idle. “I think it’s a signal to everybody that he means business,” Chesbrough told AFP. “I think in general it’s a good news story in that it buys the industry a little more time to try to get the president to change his mind about the tariffs.” The United States imported almost 200 billion worth of autos in 2017, according to the proclamation. But, while foreign-branded cars are popular in the United States, many automakers have championed their US-based manufacturing operations in places like Alabama, Kentucky and South Carolina.last_img read more

Business Highlights

___Unemployment hits 49-year low as US employers step up hiringWASHINGTON (AP) — The April U.S. jobs report from the Labor Department showed that solid economic growth is still encouraging strong hiring nearly a decade into the recovery from the Great Recession. Employers added a robust 263,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate fell to a five-decade low of 3.6%. Many businesses say they’re struggling to find workers, yet each month they seem to add a substantial number.___Are retail jobs in a funk? It’s complicatedNEW YORK (AP) — The overall economy is adding jobs while retailers are cutting. The government job figures, released Friday, offer the latest evidence of a shift away from employee-heavy stores as Americans increasingly shop online. But the figures don’t tell the whole story. In fact, jobs in areas like distribution warehouses where job growth is soaring are counted under the warehouse industry category, not retail. And retailers are still struggling to find qualified workers even in physical stores.___US stocks end broadly higher on solid jobs report, earningsNEW YORK (AP) — A solid jobs report and company earnings spurred U.S. stocks broadly higher Friday, driving the S&P 500 to its second straight weekly gain. The Nasdaq composite hit an all-time high for the second time this week. The S&P 500 closed less than 0.1% below the record high it reached on Tuesday. Technology and consumer-focused companies did the most to push the market higher. Smaller company stocks rose more than the rest of the market.___Musk doubles down on investment as Tesla raises capital goalDETROIT (AP) — Tesla CEO Elon Musk is more than doubling the stock he will buy in a new public offering in an apparent bid to earn investors’ confidence as he tries to turn around his struggling electric car company. Musk raised his latest investment from $10 million to $25 million on Friday as Tesla boosted the size of a note-and-stock offering to raise much needed capital to keep the company going.___European, US investigators make major darknet bustBERLIN (AP) — Authorities say European and American investigators have broken up one of the world’s largest online criminal trafficking operations in a series of raids in the United States and Germany. Three German men were arrested after the raids in three southern states on allegations they operated the so-called the “Wall Street Market” darknet platform. Authorities say it hosted some 5,400 sellers and 1.15 million customer accounts.___Workers allege racism at Harley-Davidson plant in MissouriKANSAS CITY (AP) — Several current and former black employees at the Harley-Davidson plant in Kansas City say minorities at the plant faced ongoing harassment that included nooses and swastikas on the walls and in bathrooms and frequent racial epithets. At a news conference Friday organized by the NAACP-Kansas City, the employees said their complaints were consistently ignored.___Sinclair to buy regional Fox Sports networks for $9.6BNEW YORK (AP) — Media company Sinclair Broadcasting Group is buying Fox’s regional sports networks for $9.6 billion. The Walt Disney Co. agreed to sell the networks to get regulatory approval for its $71 billion acquisition of Fox’s entertainment assets. The 21 networks include exclusive local rights to 42 professional teams, including 14 Major League Baseball teams, 16 National Basketball Association teams and 12 National Hockey League teams. Sinclair is also buying Fox College Sports.___US service companies grew at a slower pace in AprilU.S. service companies grew at a slower pace in April, as business activity generally showed a levelling off. The Institute for Supply Management, an association of purchasing managers, reported that its service index fell to 55.5% last month, down from 56.1% in March.___Families defrauded by unregulated service dog trainersAPEX, N.C. (AP) — The Americans with Disabilities Act does not require that service dogs be professionally trained, and experts say that makes vulnerable families easy prey for incompetent or unscrupulous trainers. Officials in North Carolina and Virginia are currently investigating two nonprofits for alleged fraud affecting dozens of families. Properly training a service dog can take up to a year and a half and cost upward of $50,000, depending on the tasks being trained. But about half of all dogs wash out.___Fiat Chrysler expects improvements after weak first quarterMILAN (AP) — Carmaker Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has reported a 47% drop in profits for the first quarter of 2019 due largely to production shifts. It nevertheless expressed confidence that new models will help it meet full-year profit targets. It said Friday that net profits fell to 508 million euros ($567 million) from 951 million euros in the same quarter a year earlier, while net revenue sank 5 per cent to 24.5 billion euros.___Drivers group plans work stoppage ahead of Uber IPONEW YORK (AP) — An organization representing for-hire drivers in New York City says its members will go on a two-hour strike against Uber and Lyft ahead of Uber’s planned initial public stock offering. The New York City Taxi Workers Alliance says its members voted not to drive for Uber or Lyft between 7 and 9 a.m. Wednesday. San Francisco-based Uber is aiming to raise $9 billion in its initial public offering Thursday.___The S&P 500 index gained 28.12 points, or 1%, to 2,945.64. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 197.16 points, or 0.7%, to 26,504.95. The Nasdaq composite climbed 127.22 points, or 1.6%, to 8,164. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks picked up 31.37 points, or 2%, to 1,614.02.The Associated Press read more

Buckeyes look to bounce back after tough series at Western Michigan

Crunch time. Do or die. Win or go home. Whatever sports cliché you can think of for needing to win, the unranked Ohio State men’s hockey team is at the point of using it. “It’s getting to that time of year where points are really becoming important,” said junior forward Cory Schneider. “The league standings are pretty tight, so this is a huge series for us.” Under the weight of the series, even OSU coach Mark Osiecki jumped onto the cliché bandwagon. “It’s starting to get down to crunch time,” he said, “and people are looking for points.” The Buckeyes have won six of their last eight games — including a sweep of then-No. 7 Miami (Ohio) on Jan. 7–8 — and will look to continue on that track this weekend against No. 8 Notre Dame. The series between Notre Dame (15-8-3, 12-5-1) and OSU (12-9-2, 7-7-2) will be the Buckeyes’ third straight against a team ranked in the top 20. But they aren’t complaining about it. “It’s fun,” Osiecki said. “I think it’s great for our guys.” Osiecki said his players don’t let the tough matchups mess with their heads. “They’re pretty focused,” he said. “You don’t have to say much during the week — they know what’s coming at them.” Osiecki said he also knows that to beat the Fighting Irish, his Buckeyes can’t stray from who they are and begin to worry about the other team. “If we started to worry about what Notre Dame is doing,” he said, “we’re in trouble.” This week’s series is especially important because of the team’s performance against Western Michigan last weekend. The Buckeyes left “that state up north” with a 4-2 loss Friday and a 2-2 tie Saturday, which they clinched, 2-1, in a shootout. Senior forward John Albert said the team didn’t play as well as it should have, despite pulling off a shootout win, but that it shouldn’t dwell on its subpar effort. “We can’t look back at last weekend and be down on ourselves,” he said. Osiecki agreed, focusing on the team’s improved effort Saturday. “We did not play well in the first two periods Friday night. Certainly it was not our best effort,” Osiecki said. “We certainly played a lot better on Saturday.” Osiecki said that rather than focusing on whom they’re playing, the Buckeyes are focusing on how they’re playing leading up to this weekend’s series. OSU will face off against Notre Dame at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Schottenstein Center. read more

Wisla beat Veszprem

Polish vice-champions Orlen Wisla Plock beat MVM MKB Veszprem 34:33 (16:16) in the first match of the VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16. Romanian right wing Valentin Ghoinea scored 9 goals for the winning team, while Momir Ilic and Laszlo Nagy have been the best on defeated side with 7 goals…Orlen Wisła Płock – MKB Veszprém 34:33 (16:16)Wisła: Sego, Wichary – Zrnić, Wiśniewski 1, Ghionea 9/3, Nikcević 4, Toromanović 1, Syprzak 2, Nenadić 5, Jurkiewicz 6, Lijewski 3, Eklemović 3, Montoro 2.Veszprem: Fazekas, Alilović – Gulyas 3, G. Ivancsik, T. Ivancsik, Ugalde 5, Vilovski, Schuch, Sulić 9, Ruesga, Ilić 7/3, Mocsai, Nagy 7, Jamali 1, Vaquero 1, Terzić. ← Previous Story EHF CL TOP 16: Kiel and Barca on the way to TOP 8 Next Story → SCANDAL: Dujshebaev: You are provocator – Gudmundsson: You are liar EHF Champions Leagueveszpremwisla read more

Greece commits to 65 percent cut in CO2 emissions by 2050

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece will slash its carbon dioxide emissions 65 percent by 2050, Environment Minister Tina Birbili said last week, adding that the Papandreou government plans to put in place a long-term energy policy.The government plans to introduce into parliament legislation simplifying procedures for investment into renewable energy “which should reach 20 percent by 2020,” she said at a conference organised by The Economist news magazine.Climate change “isn’t just a global game but also a national challenge”, Birbili said ahead of the global climate conference beginning next week in Copenhagen.She noted that new government renamed her office the Environment and Climate Change Ministry in order to promote green policies and change development models.Nevertheless the new energy policy will continue to recognise the preeminent place of lignite, or brown coal, in Greece’s energy mix, although “using best practices”, she said.The use of the relatively dirty fuel, of which Greece is a major producer, is one reason why the country emits 37 percent more carbon dioxide per unit of gross domestic product than the average in the 27-member European Union.last_img read more

Manchester City to challenge Spurs and United for EPL defender

first_imgThe Premier League leaders Manchester City reportedly joined Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United in the race for highly-rated EPL defenderDespite the fact Pep Guardiola had already invested around £180 million in his backline over the past two years, the Spaniard still believes he can improve the defensive department.Kyle Walker (£45m), Danilo (£26.5m), Benjamin Mendy (£52m), and Aymeric Laporte (£57) have all landed at the Etihad Stadium since summer 2017.However, the former Barcelona boss doesn’t seem entirely convinced by the performance of his expensive signings, as he intends to make another high-cost transfer.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.According to the British newspaper, the Mirror, the Citizens plan to make a lucrative offer for Bournemouth impressive youngster Nathan Ake.The Premier League holders have been monitoring the 23-year-old left-footed defender ever since his £20 million transfer from Chelsea and could make a decisive move next summer.Meanwhile, the promising Dutchman has established himself as one of the most reliable young defenders in the league. He has been an essential part of the Cherries team over the last 16 months, having collected a total of 46 Premier League appearances in the process.last_img read more

ASAWISHH Hosts Soy Dairy Seminar in Guatemala

first_imgParticipants learn how to make tofu as part of the workshop. Photo Credit: WISHHOn May 12 and 13 the American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) program and Guatemalan partner Proximos Pasos, hosted a soy products seminar entitled, “Soy Dairy: Production, Uses and Benefits.” ASA/WISHH Latin America Program Manager Liz Hare was in attendance with over 45 other participants. Individuals representing a variety of Guatemalan organizations and businesses currently working with, or interested in working with soy were included.last_img

Jesse Joy Juan Luis Guerra To Perform At 2017 Latin Person Of

first_imgNews Email Jesse & Joy, Juan Luis Guerra To Perform At 2017 Latin Person Of The Year Gala A star-studded lineup of GRAMMY and Latin GRAMMY winners and other industry stars will perform in tribute to Alejandro SanzBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 10, 2017 – 11:52 am GRAMMY- and Latin GRAMMY-winning Spanish singer/songwriter Alejandro Sanz is the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year honoree for 2017. To celebrate his contributions to music and culture, as well as his ongoing philanthropic efforts, an exclusive benefit gala will be held in his honor at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas on Nov. 15.The star-studded evening will feature an amazing group of performers who will pay tribute to Sanz tremendous musical output. The lineup of performers includes Latin GRAMMY winners such as David Bisbal, Alejandro Fernández, Residente, Luis Fonsi, Juan Luis Guerra, Jesse & Joy, Juanes, Natalia Lafourcade, Gian Marco, Niña Pastori, and Jimmy Zambrano, as well as Camila Cabello, Santiago Cruz, Mon Laferte, and Manuel Fernández Montoya “El Carpeta,” Rosalía.How The Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation Is Making A DifferenceProceeds from the gala will support the charitable work of the Latin GRAMMY Cultural Foundation, which endeavors to further international awareness and appreciation of the significant contributions of Latin music and its makers to the world’s culture through scholarships, fellowships, grants, and educational programs.Tune in to the 18th Latin GRAMMY Awards on Nov. 16, presented live on Univision Network at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT.Alejandro Sanz: 7 Milestones From The 2017 Latin Person Of The Year Twitter 2017 Latin Person Of The Year Performers Announced jesse-joy-juan-luis-guerra-perform-2017-latin-person-year-gala Facebook last_img read more

FBI steps up to 1B nextgen ID program

first_img The new undertaking will also store latent and rolled fingerprints and palm prints. The FBI has been pilot testing a facial recognition system where agents will seek to match up existing mugshots with faces in crowd photos; and in the reverse they will compare images of interest from security cameras with the repository of shots in their database. An algorithm would perform an automatic search and return a list of potential hits for an officer to sort through and use as possible leads for an investigation. Another advancement on the books is the ability to accept and search for photographs of scars, marks, and tattoos.According to the FBI’s Jerome Pender, in February 2012, the state of Michigan successfully completed an end-to-end Facial Recognition Pilot transaction and is submitting facial recognition searches to the CJIS (Criminal Justice Information Services Division). Pender said that MOUs (Memorandums of Understanding) have been executed with Hawaii and Maryland, and South Carolina, Ohio, and New Mexico are engaged in the MOU review process for Facial Recognition Pilot participation. Kansas, Arizona, Tennessee, Nebraska, and Missouri, he said, are also interested in Facial Recognition Pilot participation. Pender was making the statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on Privacy, Technology, and the Law, in Washington in July. Pender is presently executive assistant director of the FBI’s Information and Technology Branch.The facial recognition database is scheduled for rollout nationwide by 2014. A report about the FBI’s initiative in New Scientist notes that facial recognition technology is improving all the time. Tests in 2010 already showed that the best algorithms can choose someone in a pool of 1.6 million mugshots 92 per cent of the time. The report added that algorithms developed at Carnegie Mellon can analyze features of a front and side view set of mugshots, create a 3-D model of the face, rotate it as much as 70 degrees to match the angle of the face in the photo, and match the new 2-D image with a fairly high degree of accuracy.Also touting the powers of facial recognition technology, Alessandro Acquisti of Carnegie Mellon has noted that under certain conditions, machine face recognition performance can be comparable or even better than humans at recognizing face.Predictably, privacy advocates are worried about how far the FBI will go in deployment. They are concerned about legal implications of law enforcement use of facial recognition technology. The FBI has assured that the searchable photo database in the pilot studies only includes mugshots of known criminals and that each participating pilot state or agency must submit written statements detailing how they will use and protect the information from unauthorized disclosure.In reaction to the FBI’s Jerome Pender’s statements to the Senate in July that the searchable photo database used in the pilot studies only includes mugshots of known criminals, attorney Jennifer Lynch of the Electronic Frontier Foundation said it was unclear from the NGI’s privacy statement whether that will remain the case once the entire system is up and running or if civilian photos might be added. (—The good news is that the FBI is crawling out of the fingerprint age. They are moving up into a $1 billion project that will enable criminal searches and accurate identifications using updated technologies including a range of biometrics. The bad news, at least for privacy advocates, is one and the same. Privacy groups are asking, biometrics, at what price? How will they be used and who is to guarantee against their abuse? Nonetheless, the FBI is set to witness significant improvements to their existing fingerprint identification services, and there is an ambitious title behind their resolve, the $1 billion Next Generation Identification (NGI) program. Eventually this program is to encompass facial recognition, iris scans, DNA analysis and voice identification. Explore further © 2012 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. Citation: FBI steps up to $1B next-gen ID program (2012, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from US hearing warns FBI, Facebook on facial recognitionlast_img read more

Hyd Metro Deadlock over Sultan Bazar realignment ends

first_imgHyderabad Metro Rail project execution received a major thrust on Friday with reaching of an agreement on a special package between traders, owners and hawkers operating in Sultan Bazar and officials.The “breakthrough” was achieved at a meeting held at Metro Rail Bhavan, between HMR officials led by Managing Director, NVS Reddy and Traders’ Joint Action Committee.At the meeting, Reddy informed the gathering that Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao had directed HMR officials to arrive at a mutually agreeable special package to Badi Chowdi-Sultan Bazaar-Koti area, given its special place in history and culture of Hyderabad, an HMR release stated. On the directive of the Chief Minister, the old charm of Sultan Bazaar shall be revived by HMR to regain its past glory, Reddy said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOwners of the shops and establishments at Sultan Bazar had held protests demanding that the government protect the historic area, mainly comprising garment and textile shops, by realigning the Metro Rail Corridor-II.They had observed a shutdown in November against the state government’s decision to allow the elevated Hyderabad Metro Rail to pass through the area as per the original plan.“In view of the narrow roads and pedestrian nature of Sultan Bazaar stretch of corridor-II, road widening will be minimal as a special case and no religious or other sensitive structures shall be touched by the widening,” the release quoted Reddy as saying.last_img read more

Where innovation meets vacation planning TDC debuts first eX par Voyages Transat

first_img“Where innovation meets vacation planning”: TDC debuts first eX par Voyages Transat Share Posted by Travelweek Group MONTREAL — Transat Distribution Canada (TDC) says its new boutique agency concept eX par Voyages Transat “will change the way travellers book their holidays”.The new concept is part of a trend over the past several years that has seen some retail travel agencies ramp up their profile with a more immersive in-store experience. In the UK, Virgin Holidays’ retail travel outlets offer a lifestyle concept complete with in-store bar with wine and champagne.At the first eX par Voyages Transat boutique, now open in Quartier DIX30 in Brossard, QC, visitors can take advantage of interactive digital installations as well as attend workshops and presentations to get inspired for their next vacation.Clients will also have the opportunity experience virtual reality and take a tour onboard Air Transat’s Airbus A330 aircraft.“For us, it was important to provide visitors with a fresh and new boutique concept not only to stay competitive and continue to appeal to our current customer base, but also to attract a younger audience with different buying habits, always placing our travel experts at the center of the experience,” says Nathalie Boyer, General Manager of Transat Distribution Canada. “This concept will also serve as a ‘laboratory’ for the start of a new vision we hope to expand throughout our entire agency network one day.”More news:  Beep, beep! Transat hits the streets with Cubamania truck Boyer adds: “Our travel experts are very passionate travellers themselves and can help visitors customize their itinerary exactly the way they want, using technology and a stimulating environment that reflects one’s preferences.“Whether it’s to plan an unforgettable adventure or simply some relaxation in the sun, our travel experts will be ready to service clients and turn travel dreams into a reality.”center_img Thursday, April 25, 2019 Tags: eX par Voyages Transat, TDC, Transat << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

by Jake Coyle The Associated Press Posted Dec

first_img by Jake Coyle, The Associated Press Posted Dec 26, 2017 7:43 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 26, 2017 at 8:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Review: Annette Bening plays Gloria Grahame in ‘Film Stars’ Annette Bening gives Gloria Grahame a nobility rarely shown to faded Hollywood actresses in “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” a tender if generic portrait of aged glamour.Based on the 1986 memoir by Peter Turner, Paul McGuigan’s film joins the dubious movie genre about close encounters with Hollywood royalty. In films like “My Week With Marilyn” (2011) and “Me and Orson Welles” (2008) an outsider is unexpectedly thrust into a short-lived intimacy with a star. The self-aggrandized “me” of those titles promise us a window into an unattainable, larger-than-life personality as if to say: No one knew (fill-in-the-blank) like me.But while proximity to Monroe or Welles has wide cache, Grahame is less of a household name and the close-up offered by “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” is far removed from her heyday. Grahame was, simply, one of the great black-and-white actresses: the “other” 1950s blonde bombshell with a soft, sweet voice. Grahame, a femme fatale of feline grace, could slip through a film, as the critic Judith Williamson wrote, “like a drop of loose mercury.”She slinked through classic noirs like “In Lonely Place,” ”Crossfire” and “The Big Heat,” played the flirtatious girl rescued by Jimmy Stewart in “It’s a Wonderful Life” and won an Oscar for her performance as Dick Powell’s wife in the Hollywood tale “The Bad and the Beautiful.” She was often the troubled tart or the deadly seductress, but Graham’s personal life turned her into a real-life pariah. Her fourth, initially secret marriage was to her former stepson, the son of her third husband, the filmmaker Nicholas Ray. He was 13 when their relationship began.None of that, though, is the subject of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool.” Grahame is here in her final years, in exile, acting in regional theatre while privately battling breast cancer. It’s well into the film before Grahame’s troubled past is alluded to. We are instead introduced to a vivacious woman still passionate for acting and for love, albeit a little delusional about her age. (She pines to play Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company.) From the doorway of her Liverpool apartment, she asks a neighbour, Turner (Jamie Bell) to dance disco with her. Inspired by “Saturday Night Fever,” they groove to “Boogie Oogie Oogie.”Turner, a wannabe actor himself, is drawn into her obit not because of her fame but because she’s still simply intoxicating. And, admittedly, there are few clues besides her lighter inscribed by Humphrey Bogart. What would an Oscar winner be doing in a Liverpool production of “The Glass Menagerie”? Soon, they’re attached at the hip, and jetting to New York and Los Angeles.With some clever transitions, McGuigan (“Lucky Number Slevin) frames their romance through snippets of memory, looking back from Grahame’s final days in 1981, two years after meeting Turner. There are colorful moments with Turner’s bewildered working class family, but “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” never amounts to more than a slight, sideways view of Grahame, sorely lacking context.Whatever the flaws of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” chemistry isn’t one of them. Bening and Bell make for a May-December romance of often touching warmth. They’ve surely exaggerated the pair’s actual relationship. (Turner wrote that he considered his sexuality “fluid,” but Bell’s performance suggests little of that.) Nearly two decades after debuting in “Billy Elliot,” Bell has matured into a potent, even brooding screen presence.What the Grahame of “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” is missing in detail, Bening makes up for in affection. Her performance is a kind of rebuke to the arc and tragic Norma Desmond view of aging movie actresses. They deserve better, Bening seems to be suggesting. And this year, it’s never been easier to see just how right she is.“Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool,” a Sony Pictures Classics release, is rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America for “language, some sexual content and brief nudity.” Running time: 106 minutes. Two and a half stars out of four.___MPAA definition of R: Restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: read more

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