10 months agoWatford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup win

first_imgWatford boss Gracia pleased with ‘focus’ for Woking FA Cup winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWatford did just enough to see off FA Cup opponents Woking on Sunday.Watford captain Troy Deeney came off the substitutes’ bench to wrap up their FA Cup third-round win over non-league Woking.The Premier League outfit made hard work of seeing off their hosts, Will Hughes giving them a first-half lead before Deeney was introduced late on to secure a 2-0 victory in Surrey.Hornets boss Javi Gracia said: “Before coming we knew it would be a demanding game instead of just the difference being the levels of the teams, but the players started playing very focused, knowing what they had to do.”We scored early and we had the control. We knew, while it was only one goal, we needed to kill the game, we didn’t do it until the second half but it was a good performance.” He added: “We have a good squad. The players that played today didn’t play the last games and I know all of them are ready and, like they showed today, they are available and ready to compete.”The result is not as important. It’s more important for me to see my players in a good condition and with a good attitude today.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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23 days agoBarcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuable

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona striker Suarez: Beating Inter Milan very, very valuableby Carlos Volcano23 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuis Suarez was delighted with Barcelona’s fight-back for their Champions League win over Inter Milan.Suarez struck twice in the 2-1 victory.”It’s a very valuable victory against a direct rival,” Suarez said afterwards.”We reacted, in some ways, to correct the errors of the first half. We knew that if we kept playing that way then we could lose.”We were patient, and this is important because we created chances.”Suarez credited Ernesto Valverde with Barcelona’s stronger second half performance and the alterations the coach made at half-time.”He told us to be more organised when pressing,” Suarez said about his boss’s half-time team talk.”That’s why we have a coach, to correct these mistakes.”It’s also a compliment to the opponent because they have very quick players and they took advantage of the space we left.” last_img read more

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Video: Refs Absolutely Botch Late Call In Syracuse vs. Gonzaga

first_imgA close up of Trevor Cooney not out of bounds.trevor cooney out of boundsSyracuse survived Gonzaga Friday night, but it wasn’t without controversy. The Orange, which rallied to overcome a five-point deficit late, almost lost in heartbreaking fashion. A phantom out-of-bounds call was at the center of the storm.Gonzaga, trailing 61-60, had a chance to take the lead with 20 seconds to play, but an errant pass from Josh Perkins wound up in the hands of SU’s Trevor Cooney. Cooney, upon collecting the ball, did all he could to keep his feet inbounds.Cooney, however, was whistled out of bounds. As you’ll see below, it was a bad call.Channeling Cooney’s Balance @bballbreakdown #MarchMadness @AdamZagoria, @espn, @GregAnthony50 https://t.co/7LvScmvE9P— BBiomechanics (@BBiomechanics) March 26, 2016Yep, he’s in, what a play by Cooney. #Syracuse pic.twitter.com/wG4pfaReio— XFINITY Sports (@XFINITYSports) March 26, 2016Let’s review how much time is left.OK, now let’s make the wrong call.— Darren Rovell (@darrenrovell) March 26, 2016#cooney was #inbounds #Sweet16 #Syracuse wooooooo pic.twitter.com/tZhkMHjAnw— Grove Street (@Grove_Street2x) March 26, 2016Tyler Lydon blocked the Bulldogs’ shot on the ensuing possession, and after two Lydon free throws, the Orange emerged victorious anyway. They’ll next get UVA in an all-ACC Midwest region showdown.last_img read more

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SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL HACKED

first_imgThe Sundance Film Festival has been hacked.“Sundance Film Festival has been subject to a cyberattack, causing network outages that have shut down our box office,” said a spokesperson for the festival. “No further information about the attack is available at this time, but our team is working hard to get our system back up and running as soon as possible. All screenings will still take place as planned.” Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebooklast_img read more

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DWAYNE JOHNSON GAL GADOTS RED NOTICE MOVES TO NETFLIX ADDS RYAN REYNOLDS

first_imgFrom left: Dwayne Johnson, Gal Gadot, Ryan Reynolds | Getty Images (3) Advertisement Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Login/Register With:center_img Facebook Filmmaker Rawson Marshall Thurber, who directed Johnson in last year’s Skyscraper, is writing and directing Red Notice, which Universal previously was going to release on Nov. 13, 2020. It now has no release date, but will shoot in 2020. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Universal was previously going to release the film in November 2020.Red Notice is setting up shop at Netflix. The big-budget international heist feature starring Dwayne Johnson and Gal Gadot has moved from Universal to the streaming service, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. With the move comes the additional casting news of Ryan Reynolds, who is starring in Michael Bay’s Six Underground for Netflix.last_img read more

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11 dead as SUV falls into gorge in J-K’s Ramban

first_imgBanihal/Jammu: Eleven people, including four women and five children, were killed and four others injured when an SUV skidded off a road and fell into a deep gorge in Ramban district of Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, police said. The SUV, carrying 15 passengers from Chaderkote to Rajgarh, rolled down into the over 500-feet-deep gorge when its driver lost control at Kunda nallah near Baglihar power house at 10.30 am, an official said. He said the locals along with the police immediately launched a rescue operation and pulled out bodies and injured from the scene. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day While six persons were found dead on-the-spot, five others succumbed on way to hospital, the official said, adding that three more critically injured persons, including driver of the vehicle, are being airlifted to Jammu for specialised treatment. Rajgarh is a far flung tehsil in Ramban district and is connected with the Jammu-Srinagar national highway through a link road which is reportedly damaged at various places. The allowed capacity for SUV operating in the hilly roads is only seven passengers and the driver of the vehicle has violated the directive, the official said. Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: Bhagwat He identified some of the deceased as Romal Din (61), Mohammad Mubeen (23), Rubeena Begum (30), Urmilla Devi (32), Babli Devi (37), 13-year-old Imano Bano, nine-year-old Arjun, two-year-old Pari, and a three-month-old baby. Another child who was being airlifted to Government Medical College hospital Jammu succumbed at the helipad, the official said, adding the identity of the child and a woman is being ascertained. In separate cases, a cyclist was crushed to death by an unidentified vehicle in Poonch district, while nine passengers were injured in a collision between two buses along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district on Saturday. The cyclist, Prakash (48), a daily wager in Municipal Committee Poonch, was hit by an unidentified vehicle near Jhalas when he was on way to work Saturday morning, resulting in his on-the-spot death, officials said. They said a bus and a mini-bus collided near Thandi Khui in Vijaypur along the Jammu-Pathankot highway in Samba district around 9.30 am, resulting in injuries to nine passengers. Three of the critically injured were rushed to Government Medical College hospital Jammu for specialised treatment, the officials said.last_img read more

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KMDA to repair Sealdah flyover soon

first_imgKolkata: The consulting agency engaged by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) to do the health study of Sealdah flyover, popularly known as Vidyapati Setu, has stated that the bridge is in need of repair.”The preliminary report has pointed out that the Sealdah flyover is in need of repair. But the condition is not such that it needs immediate work. We have sought a detailed report from the consulting agency, in which they will specify the areas that need to be repaired,” state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim said. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaHakim has already brought the report to the notice of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A senior KMDA official said that the detailed report will be submitted in the month of July and the tender will be floated for repair of the bridge. “There are seven other bridges for which we have already engaged a consultant and their health study is going on in full swing,” the official said. The flyover, set up in the late 1970s, is one of the busiest in the city. It may be mentioned that soon after the caving in of Majerhat bridge in September last year, the state government had prepared a list of 15 bridges for structural health audit. The list included Dhakuria bridge, Bijon Setu, Auro- bindo Setu, Chetla bridge, Kalighat Bridge, Durgapur bridge and Sealdah flyover among others.last_img read more

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In five years, PM Modi and his ministers spent Rs 393 cr on foreign & domestic tours

first_imgMumbai: A Right to Information (RTI) query has revealed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his council of ministers incurred an expenditure of Rs 393 crore on foreign and domestic travel in the last five fiscal years. City-based RTI activist Anil Galgali had filed an RTI query with the PMO seeking the total Foreign Travel Expenses (FTE) and Domestic Travel Expenses (DTE) incurred by the prime minister and his council since May 2014.In December 2018, the Modi government, replying to queries on foreign travel expenses in the Rajya Sabha, had said that an expenditure of over Rs 2,021 crore was incurred on chartered flights, maintenance of aircraft and hotline facilities during Modi’s visits to foreign countries since June 2014. The RTI filed by Galgali finds that Rs 263 crore was spent by the PM and his cabinet colleagues on their foreign visits, while Rs 48 crore were spent in their domestic visits. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss account details under automatic exchange frameworkAs far as ministers of state are concerned, the RTI reply states that they incurred expenses of Rs 29 crore on foreign visits and Rs 53 crore on domestic visits. Replying to his query, Satish Goyal, the senior accounts officer of Pay and Account Office of the Cabinet Affairs, has stated that cumulative expenditure incurred on FTE and DTE by the PM and the ministers from financial year 2014-15 to 2018-19 was Rs 393.58 crore. According to the PMO website, Modi has made 49 foreign trips from May 2014 to February 22, 2019. It also lists the expenses incurred on chartered flights on these 49 foreign trips. Also Read – Trio win Nobel Medicine Prize for work on cells, oxygenCiting e-lekha reports, Goyal gave separate expenditures of Cabinet ministers, the Prime Minister and ministers of state. According the RTI reply, Cabinet ministers and the Prime Minister spent Rs 311 crore while ministers of state spent Rs 82 crores on their foreign and domestic visits. A major chunk of expenses was incurred in the year 2014-15, when Rs 88 crore was spent on foreign travels by the prime minister and his cabinet colleagues. Galgali asked why all details were not kept separately and termed it a “lack of transparency”. “This information on travel expenditure does not give the full picture and therefore, it is a lack of transparency. The government should keep all records of each minister and their numbers of trips and their expenses and all these information should be available in public domain.” Replying to Galgali’s previous RTI query, the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) had said that it does not keep records of the expenses incurred on the domestic visits of the prime minister exclusively. Praveen Kumar, Under Secretary and the Central Public Information Officer of the PMO, had replied that the MPs’ domestic visits are organised by the different public authorities and documentation of the expenses incurred on the PM’s domestic visits is not part of the records and information maintained. Kumar also said that the prime minister’s tours related to poll campaigns are not official ones and the PMO does not have to incur any expenditure on them, therefore, the details cannot be provided. As per PMO website, the expenses on domestic visits of the prime minister are met out of the budget of the Ministry of Defence, while the expenses of his foreign tours are met out of the budget head “Cabinet Ministers Maintenance of PM’s aircraft Other charges”.last_img read more

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Ohio State womens soccers poor play results in three game losing streak

Ohio State’s women’s soccer team posted an 0-2 record against Big Ten foes last weekend and, according to coach Lori Walker, the team’s performance was as poor as she’s ever seen. The weekend started for the Buckeyes with a 1-0 home defeat to Iowa Friday. Then came a 3-2 loss to Nebraska Sunday afternoon at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. The Buckeyes (8-7-1, 3-4-1) have lost three matches in a row, with all of the defeats coming at the hands of conference foes. Coach Lori Walker was noticeably frustrated by the team’s play this weekend. “I think our team is playing about as poorly as I’ve ever seen us play,” Walker said. After being held scoreless Friday, the Buckeyes showed more energy offensively Sunday, outshooting the Cornhuskers 26 shots to 14. Despite scoring two goals, Walker said the team is struggling most on the attack. “I think that our inability to be dangerous in the final 25 yards of the field is absolutely crippling our confidence,” she said. “Although we found a couple of goals today, we are not consistently being dangerous in the last 25 yards. “You can’t outshoot a team 26 to 14 and find a way to lose 3-2 unless your attack is in the crapper right now, and ours is.” Trailing 3-1, senior defender Danielle Scoliere settled a loose ball in the box and finished from six yards out to bring the Buckeyes within a goal in the 81st minute. It was her first goal of the season. The Buckeyes dug themselves into an early second half deficit, allowing a Nebraska goal in the 50th minute. The gap swelled to 3-1 in the 71st minute when OSU gave up a breakaway goal. Junior forward Lauren Granberg tied the game in the 26th minute with her third goal of the season. After a deflected header attempt by senior forward Paige Maxwell, the ball landed in front of Granberg who finished into a wide open net level the score, 1-1. OSU fell behind early when it conceded an own goal to the Huskers in the 11th minute. October has not been kind to the Buckeyes, who are now 1-3-0 during the month. The Buckeyes continue Big Ten play this week with two away matches. OSU will face Michigan Friday at 7 p.m. and Michigan State Sunday at 12 p.m. read more

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Ronaldo questions Salahs award win

first_imgJuventus forward Cristiano Ronaldo has questioned FIFA’s decision to give the Puskas award to Mohamed Salah.The Portuguese captain believes he was wrongly overlooked for the FIFA goal of the year award and claims his goal was better than Salah’s.The former Real Madrid star was shortlisted for the Puskas Award for his beautiful overhead kick against the current club, Juventus in the UEFA Champions League last season alongside Gareth Bale’s own bicycle kick in the Champions League final against Liverpool and Mohamed Salah’s curling effort against Everton.Salah would eventually claim the award to much surprise during a ceremony in London in which Luka Modric also beat Ronaldo to the Men’s player of the year award.Ronaldo was absent from the awards ceremony that night but during a question and answer session via his Instagram account, he reacted to being snubbed by world football’s governing body.“Salah deserved to win the Puskas Prize, he scored a nice goal,” the 33-year-old said, according to Goal.Mario Mandzukic, JuventusJuventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“But let’s be honest, do not lie to us, my goal was the most beautiful.“I’m not disappointed, it’s life, sometimes we win and others lose.“What interests me is that in fifteen years of career I managed to maintain the same level of performance.”However, despite being nominated for the FIFA’s The Best player of the year award and winning the Puskas award, Salah missed out on the FIFPro selection for the team of the year honours.last_img read more

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Mexico has yet to find a coach

first_imgPlayers have asked for different candidates, but the country will play its third and four consecutive matches without a managerAfter the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia ended for Mexico, with a defeat against Brazil, former boss Juan Carlos Osorio left the team.Since then the team has played two matches and will play two more this week, without a manager, using instead interim coach Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti from Tigres.And players are still proposing candidates, like PSV Eindhoven winger Hirving Lozano who wants Atlanta United’s Gerardo “Tata” Martino in “El Tri.”Quiz: How much do you know about Hirving Lozano? Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 6, 2019 Time for you to tell us everything you can answer about Hirving Lozano. We will ask you 10 questions about the Mexican forward. Have…“I think he is a great coach, so hopefully he can come and it will be the best for the national team,” Lozano told reporters on arrival in Mexico City as quoted by ESPN.For Xolos Tijuana goalkeeper Gibran Lajud, it doesn’t matter who comes, as long as he knows the Liga MX well.“We should go for people who know Mexican football, someone who is knowledgeable about what is going on in the Mexican league, who knows the Mexican player, their characteristics and abilities,” Lajud told reporters.Mexico will play against Costa Rica and Chile with Ferretti as interim, but these will be the last matches for the Tigres manager.last_img read more

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Attacks on minorities increased after election BHBCOP

first_imgBangladesh Hindu-Buddhist-Christian Oikya Parishad (BHBCOP) on Friday expressed deep concern over the increased violence and oppression of minorities in the last four months after the national election, reports UNB.The BHBCOP, a non-profit aiming to protect rights of the religious and ethnic minorities, voiced its worries during its extended meeting at Moni Singh-Farhad Trust Bhaban in Dhaka’s Purana Paltan.It also noted that a section of ruling party leaders and activists are involved in criminal activities to tarnish the government’s image, according to a press release.It urged the government and law enforcement agencies to take immediate action against them. “The existence of minorities will be threatened more if the persecution is not stopped,” the statement said.The BHBCOP decided to hold protest rally and procession across the country on 25 May at 10:00am to attract the government’s attention.It also decided to organise its 11th National Convention on 11-12 December next year.Chaired by BHBCOP president Nim Chandra Bhowmik, leaders of 64 districts took part in discussion over the report placed by general secretary Rana Das Gupta.The report stated that attacks on religious minorities, torture, occupation of land, and vandalism in temples began to increase again throughout the country during the post-election period.The organisation condemned death threats given to three eminent intellectuals and human rights activists – Sultana Kamal, Shahriar Kabir and Muntasir Mamun – and demanded to bring the perpetrators to book.Among others, the meeting was also addressed by, Kajal Debnath, Nirmal Rosario, JL Bhaumik, Manju Dhar, Milon Kanti Datta, Basudeb Dhar, Manindra Kumar Nath, Tapash Kumar Pal, Nirmal Kumar Chatterjee, Kishore Mandal, Padmavati Devi, Dipankar Ghosh, Arun Goswami, Rahul Barua and Tapash Kumar Bole.last_img read more

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Mendelson ReShuffles Council for Whites Entrance

first_imgVincent Orange’s Aug. 15 resignation from the D.C. Council has resulted in several changes – the selection of Robert White to finish his term and a change in the Council’s committee structure. Orange was defeated in the June 14 Democratic Party at-large primary by Robert White, an activist who lives in the Brightwood section of Ward 4.D.C. Council Democratic Candidate Robert White was recently selected to fill Vincent Orange’s council seat for the remainder of the year. (Courtesy Photo)Orange resigned to become president of the D.C. Chamber of Commerce. To fill his position, White was selected on Sept. 15 to finish out the remainder of Orange’s term by a vote of the D.C. Democratic State Committee. White was elated at his selection. “I look forward to bringing immediate and transparent representation to the council for the final months of the 2016 Council period,” he said.White was sworn into office on Sept. 16 and has already selected Mtokufa Ngwenya, a District political activist, as his chief of staff. D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said that White will serve on the committees that Orange belonged to.He won’t, however, assume Orange’s former committee chairmanship. On Sept. 19, Mendelson announced that the Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs that Orange chaired will be folded into the Committee of the Whole, which he chairs, and will be given new parameters until the end of the remainder of the calendar year.“I have decided to move the work of the committee to four new subcommittees,” Mendelson said. “[D.C.] Council member Charles Allen will chair the subcommittee dealing with business development and utilities, Council member [Elissa] Silverman will chair the workforce subcommittee, Brianne Nadeau will chair the consumer affairs subcommittee and Brandon Todd will oversee boards and commissions.”Mendelson said that this is the first time the subcommittee structure has been used since the early 2000s. He said that the use of subcommittees changes the legislative process of a bill going through the council.As a result of the change, a bill dealing with the issues that the subcommittees handle will go to them and if legislation passes at the subcommittee level, it would go to the Committee of the Whole. No other council committee has subcommittees.Allen, a Democrat who represents Ward 6, embraces the chairman’s re-organization. “While there are only a few months left in this Council period, I look forward to chairing this subcommittee for the final months of the year,” he said. “I plan to focus on supporting our growing local businesses and continued oversight of important programs such as Certified Business Enterprises, Main Streets and Business Improvement Districts.”“Robert will be a part of the four subcommittees and serve on the Committee on Finance and Revenue and Housing and Community Development,” the chairman said. “We did this because it was the least disruptive of the process.”While White is settling in to the council, D.C. Council member LaRuby May (D-Ward 8) is working on her exit strategy. May, who lost to Trayon White in the June 14 Ward 8 Democratic primary, told a meeting of the Ward 8 Democrats on Sept. 17, that she will be busy during the last months of the council period.“I will work to pass the “Death with Dignity bill,” May said, referring to legislation sponsored by D.C. Council member Mary Cheh (D-Ward 3) that will allow terminally ill patients the option of physician-assisted suicide. “I know that some people are uncomfortable with that bill and I will work to educate them about it.”May said she will meet with the chairman of every council committee to review bills that affect Ward 8 residents “and work to get them through the legislative process.”“Trayon White has also agreed to come to those meetings,” May said. “Mr. White will work with us to get those bills passed. He and I are on the same page.”In a related matter, Mendelson said he is interested in reviewing legislation on the re-naming of public buildings in honor of the late Marion Barry, a D.C. Council member and four-term mayor. “I do have that issue on my agenda,” he said. “We will be looking at that during the fall.”Both Robert White and Trayon White will be on the Nov. 8 general election ballot.last_img read more

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DC Residents Talk about Their 2019 Resolutions

first_imgBy George Kevin Jordan, AFRO Staff WriterAFRO Staff Writer, George Kevin Reporter talked to people at a burning bowl ceremony at Unity church 1225 R Street NW 20009.Lionell Thomas, Resides in D.C. and Atlanta“To live healthier mind body and soul. That means in all my affairs – I’m going to try to eat right, I’m going to feed my spirit and I’m going to try to treat people with the respect that I want for myself.”Joseph Boyce, D.C. Resident“I want to drop ten pounds and be more loving to my spouse.”James Watson“I don’t do resolutions anymore,” Watson said.  said. “It falls upon humanity to do resolutions and humanity is faltered but in spirit I can affirm that which is different within myself and that’s how I focus for the upcoming in which is in spirit.“Restoration and a holistic approach to life and whatever that manifests itself into being will be for my highest good.”Sandra R. Brown D.C. Resident“I don’t do resolutions because I believe in talking life one day at a time. And I just set intentions for the new year and if I don’t reach them that’s okay, but at least if I put some effort into it, either I will reach the goal or won’t reach the goals and I don’t stress it anymore,” Brown told the AFRO.“To read more and to write more. Once I finished my doctorate I got behind on my reading and I love to read fiction so one of my goals is reading more books.”last_img read more

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NDLI stall makes dream of bibliophiles come true at book fair

first_imgKolkata: It is difficult for book-lovers to control themselves when they see their favourite volumes stacked in stalls. However, despite the temptation, it is seldom possible for them to buy all the books they desire. However, at the 43rd International Kolkata Book Fair, it has become possible thanks to the stall of National Digital Library of India (NDLI) put up by IIT Kharagpur.NDLI has a huge catalogue of free content in over 300 languages as books, papers, theses, audio books, simulations, short-stories and multiple other formats and any number of books can be downloaded for free, using QR codes at stall no. 383 at the book fair. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseRegistration is absolutely free and volunteers at the stall are more than happy to assist the visitors to log in via computers or install the app on their mobile phones. This is the first time an online library has established a physical presence at the book fair, with the initiative being sponsored by Ministry of Human Resource Development (MHRD) and developed by IIT KGP. Bibhas Samanta from team NDLI said: “If you go into any of the other stalls, you might be buying one or two books to fit your budget. The best part of our stall is that you can walk in without a single rupee in your pocket and take home as many books as you want at the click of a button.” The stall has been seeing massive footfall since day one as learners of all ages and interest groups have been visiting the stall and downloading books of their choice.last_img read more

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ACV bumps cruiseonly commission to 16 through Oct 25

first_img Wednesday, October 12, 2016 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Air Canada Vacations, Commission ACV bumps cruise-only commission to 16% through Oct. 25center_img Posted by Share MONTREAL — Air Canada Vacations is offering 16% commission on cruise-only bookings made online from Oct. 11 – 25.Agents booking clients on ACV’s all-in-one cruise packages until Oct. 31 will earn 12%. Clients who book a cruise package by this date will save $175 per person and only pay a $100 deposit.Agents also have a chance to win a seven-night Caribbean cruise for two for all-in-one cruise packages booked online. Roundtrip airfare is included in the prize. The contest ends April 15, 2017.last_img read more

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Ukrainian cable operator Volia has extended the av

first_imgUkrainian cable operator Volia has extended the availability of its HD service to seven more cities across the country.HD services are now available in Lviv, Kharkiv, Poltava, Sumy, Dnipropetrovsk and Sevastopol as well as the capital, Kyiv. Channels available include National Geographic HD, Nat Geo Wild HD, Viasat History HD/Viasat Nature HD, Outdoor Channel HD, Travel Channel HD, MyZen.TV HD and Fashion One HD. A new local sports channel, Football HD, will be launched in time for the Euro 2012 championship, to be held this year in Poland and Ukraine.HD services will be available for no extra charge for the first three months in the new cities to subscribers who sign up before May. The normal price of the HD package is UAH40 (€3.70) a month.last_img read more

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first_img Sponsor Advertisement Not surprisingly, the gold stocks gapped down about a percent and change at the open—and barely moved for the rest of the day, as the HUI finished down 1.59%. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Wednesday showed that zero gold and 14 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories.  JPM issued 11 contracts—and Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia stopped all 14 contracts.  The link to that activity is here. There was another reported withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time it was 48,216 troy ounces.  And as of 9:45 p.m. EST, there were no reported changes in SLV. Once again there is nothing to report from the U.S. Mint as far as sales are concerned.  But the story posted at this link regarding 2014 U.S. silver eagles sales is worth your while. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, there was some decent gold movement for a change.  Only 3 kilobars were reported received by Brink’s, Inc., but 53,086 troy ounces were reported withdrawn—and 52,539 troy ounces of that came out of JPMorgan’s warehouse.  The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was 601,047 troy ounces received by Brink’s, Inc.—and nothing was reported shipped out.  The link to that action is here. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column—and I hope you find some on the list that strike your fancy. Every ambitious would-be empire clarions it abroad that she is conquering the world to bring it peace, security and freedom, and is sacrificing her sons only for the most noble and humanitarian purposes. That is a lie, and it is an ancient lie, yet generations still rise and believe it! … If America ever does seek Empire, and most nations do, then planned reforms in our domestic life will be abandoned, States Rights will be abolished — in order to impose a centralized government upon us for the purpose of internal repudiation of freedom, and adventures abroad. The American Dream will then die — on battlefields all over the world — and a nation conceived in liberty will destroy liberty for Americans and impose tyranny on subject nations. – George S. Boutwell Another day—and another engineered price decline—with this one starting a little earlier than the one on Monday.  The results were the same—as more technical funds and small traders went short or sold long positions, with JPMorgan et al gobbling up all the long positions offered.  It’s the same old, same old—at least for the moment. Here’s what silver analyst Ted Butler had to say about the current price action in his mid-week column to his paying subscribers yesterday—and he says it so much better than I ever could: A few words on the rotten price action this week. It appears to me that we’re enduring a typical COMEX rig job to the downside designed to induce those technical funds who bought contracts in Monday’s COT report to sell once again. That can only be achieved on sharp sell-offs. I’d lay the blame squarely on the crooks at JPMorgan because the bank did sell both gold and silver in the latest COT. More seem to be noticing the blatancy of the deliberate sell-offs, but the real question is why more don’t see the manipulation, particularly after it’s explained to them. I think with today’s price take-down, a sufficient number of technical fund contracts were sold to bring those funds which bought in the latest COT, back onto the sell side. Of course that’s only a guess on my part. What’s not a guess is just how crooked are JPMorgan and the CME Group, owner of the COMEX. While we have retreated from penetrating the key moving averages to the upside, that just delays the process—and what JPMorgan does when the moving averages in gold and silver are penetrated, remains the key issue. It certainly doesn’t feel that way today, but we are still structured for an upside surprise. There wasn’t a creature stirring in the precious metal markets in the Far East on their Thursday.  Volumes were fumes and vapours—and down more than 50% from where they were yesterday at the London open.  Virtually all of the volume was in the current front months for both metals, so my guess is that most of the volume that did exist, was of the HFT variety.  The dollar index, which traded slightly above the 81 mark yesterday, is now a hair below that. And as I fire this off to Stowe, Vermont at 5:15 a.m. EST, there still isn’t a thing going on in any of the precious metals.  Volumes are still very light—and the dollar index isn’t doing much either. I haven’t the foggiest idea as to what today’s trading action will be like once we get past the London silver fix at noon GMT—and the Comex open—however it’s easy to use the price patterns from the first three trading days of the week as a template for what might happen today.  We’ll find out in the fullness of time—and not too much time, either. See you tomorrow—and if you live west of the International Date Line, I hope you enjoy your weekend. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com. Not surprisingly, it was silver that was under the most price pressure—and that was the case right from the New York open on Tuesday evening.  The rally after the noon London silver fix got dealt with in the usual manner—and at the same time as “da boyz” took down the gold price for the first time, which was just minutes after 1 p.m. GMT—and about 15 minutes before the Comex open.  That was pretty much it for silver for the remainder of the day. The high and low price prints were reported as $19.865 and $19.31 in the March contract. Silver closed in New York at $19.52 spot on Wednesday, which was down 32.5 cents from Tuesday’s close.  Volume was a very healthy 48,000 contracts. There are some decent sized out-of-the-money bets for 2015 and 2016 in silver as well.  Here’s the link. On Wednesday, platinum got sold down a bit into early London trading—and then recovered in price as the trading day unfolded.  Palladium didn’t do much.  Here are the charts. The dollar index closed in New York on Tuesday afternoon at 80.87.  Once it opened for trading in the Far East on their Thursday, the index finally broke through the 81.00 mark, but in rather unconvincing fashion.  However it did manage to close above that mark at 81.08—which was up 21 basis points from Tuesday’s close. The silver stocks finished down as well, but not as bad as the gold equities.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver 7 Index closed down 0.92%. It’s the same old, same old—at least for the moment. Gold didn’t do much anywhere on Planet Earth yesterday, but it was obvious that the HFT boyz were out and about—with the first occurrence shortly after 1 p.m. GMT in London—and the second in the thinly-traded New York Access Market shortly after 2 p.m. EST.  The latter sell-off took the gold price to its low tick of the day. The high and low, such as they were, were reported by the CME Group as $1,231.80 and $1,217.70 in the February contract. The gold price closed at $1,225.90 spot, which was down $5.90 from Tuesday’s close.  Volume, net of roll-overs out of the February contract, was only about 116,000 contracts. What was interesting in yesterday’s volume figures were the big futures positions placed way out in 2015 and 2016—and the link to yesterday’s CME’s settlements page is here.  Note not only the contracts placed yesterday, but also what the prior day’s open interest was in those particular months [and others] that far down the road.  These are big out-of-the-money bets by somebody with very deep pockets that may be armed with future price information that is unknown to us mere mortals.last_img read more

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first_imgDisabled people’s organisations (DPOs) are to consider boycotting any engagement with the UK government, after it misrepresented their views to a UN committee of human rights experts.The UN committee on the rights of persons with disabilities (CRPD) last week delivered a report on the UK government which included more than 80 recommendations for improvements to its implementation of the UN Convention of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.It was, said the committee, the highest number of recommendations it has ever produced for a country undergoing its review process.The committee’s “concluding observations” on the UK’s progress in implementing the convention followed a two-day public examination of its record in Geneva last month.But a delegation of DPOs that attended the public examination – and had briefed members of the committee on the many breaches of the convention by the UK – were appalled at how disabled people’s views were misrepresented by the government in Geneva.And they have now told Disability News Service (DNS) that they will be “considering a joint position on boycotting engagement with government” until it can be trusted not to misrepresent the views of disabled people and their organisations.Ellen Clifford (pictured in Geneva), a member of the national steering group of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), said: “Responses by government representatives throughout the CRPD process have further proved how they exploit any form of engagement to dishonestly validate policies that are actively harming disabled people and retrogressing our rights.“What we want to do is try and establish a shared platform of non-engagement until the government can be trusted to do that in good faith and listen to what we say and not misrepresent those engagement opportunities.”Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, who also attended the Geneva session, added: “How can we work with a government whose policies are catastrophic and who deny there is anything wrong?”Karen Jochelson, the head of the Office for Disability Issues and the UK delegation, told the committee during the examination in Geneva that “constructive dialogue, collaboration and coproduction with disabled people is key to the UK meeting its ambitions to progressively realise disabled people’s rights”.She said the UK government had “a strong record in engaging with disabled people, disabled people’s organisations, representative groups and service users to inform and influence policy”.And she praised the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) – ODI is part of DWP – for working with disabled people and DPOs to improve personal independence payment (PIP) and employment and support allowance (ESA), even though both disability benefits have been the subject of angry protests and campaigns over the damage they have caused tens of thousands of disabled people.DPOs in Geneva were particularly appalled to hear Jochelson’s “offensive” claim that the 2,000 pages of evidence the committee received – much of it from DPOs who had spent years compiling proof of the government’s breaches of the convention – were partly “a testament” to ODI’s efforts to promote the UN review process among disabled people and their organisations.Clifford said: “It was at that point where people (from the DPO delegation) got upset.“Not only were we being dismissed and not being listened to, but the dire situation [facing disabled people] was being used as evidence [of engagement].”DPAC and other DPOs believe that this misrepresentation mirrored the way Conservative ministers have repeatedly claimed that disabled people and their organisations have co-produced controversial government policies, such as the introduction of PIP and changes to the work capability assessment, the eligibility test for ESA.In April, DNS revealed how DWP wrongly claimed that DPOs had “co-designed” plans to force new ESA claimants to take part in its punitive new health and work conversation, plans that disabled activists had described as “DWP skulduggery”, “pernicious”, “oppressive”, “punitive”, and “abusive”.Meanwhile, the delegation of UK DPOs – which also included Disability Rights UK, Equal Lives, The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE), Disability Wales, Inclusion Scotland, the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance, Black Triangle and the British Deaf Association – has welcomed the UN committee’s conclusions and recommendations.And there was satisfaction among the DPO delegation at the influence the disabled people’s movement has had on the CRPD process by working together to provide evidence to the committee about breaches of the convention by the UK government.Coomaravel Pyaneandee, a vice-chair of the committee, had told the UK government’s delegation during the examination: “I want to see you coming back as world leader [on disability rights], which at the moment I am afraid you’re not, but disabled people’s organisations from whom I draw inspiration are in fact the world leaders in your country.”The DPO delegation said, in a joint statement, that they had “established themselves as a force to be reckoned with following a long campaign of challenging the government’s blatant disregard for the lives of Deaf and disabled people in the UK”.Clifford said: “The working relationship we established through this process stands us in better stead for collective action.”Sarah Rennie, from the disabled women’s collective Sisters of Frida, who was also in Geneva, said the “collaborative way” DPOs had worked together had “clearly been highly effective at advocating for the interests of disabled people in the UK”.And she said she hoped they would continue to work together in a way that was “inclusive of all disabled people, including the smaller DPOs”.Lazard welcomed the committee’s “damning verdict” but said it would come as no surprise to disabled people in the UK, who were experiencing “increasing levels of poverty and exclusion, massive cuts to social care and independent living support and hundreds of thousands of people being forced through a totally discredited and punitive assessment regime”.She said the committee’s conclusions were in “stark contrast” to the government’s “denial, spin, misinformation and frankly disdain for disabled people and our organisations, disdain for the mountain of evidence that shows things are actually going terribly wrong for disabled people and disdain for the UN process itself”.Kamran Mallick, chief executive of Disability Rights UK, called on the UK government to “cut the rhetoric and start delivering on these excellent recommendations”, and welcomed the committee’s decision to raise concerns at the use of compulsory mental health detention and treatment.Rhian Davies, chief executive of Disability Wales, said: “It is a relief to see that the UK government’s appalling treatment of disabled people has been called out by the UN committee.“The concluding observations give a clear sense of direction for the UK and devolved governments.”Dr Terry Riley, BDA’s chair, welcomed the committee’s recommendation that the UK government “finally legislate to protect language rights of deaf people”.He said: “Deaf people have been passed over too long; there can now be no doubt that the government has been taken to task. Without language rights, we have no human rights.”Tara Flood, ALLFIE’s director, said: “We are delighted that the committee has highlighted the government’s shocking disregard for the human rights of disabled children and young people to be included in mainstream education and we welcome the committee’s call for a strategy to end the segregation and institutionalisation of children and young people from their families and communities.”John McArdle, co-founder of Black Triangle, said there was now “irrefutable” evidence that the UK government was operating as a “rogue government”, and that it was “totally disregarding” its international treaty obligations and showing “contempt for disabled people”.He also criticised the reaction of opposition leaders in the UK, who had failed so far to speak out strongly on the commission’s report.He said: “We feel forgotten as disabled people. There is always something else more important. It has just been a blip on the radar and it is all forgotten.“We have done all our hard work as DPOs these past seven years but it comes to a point where the so-called opposition parties should step up to the plate and go to war with the Tories on our behalf.”Mark Harrison, chief executive of Equal Lives, said: “When the chair of the disability committee described the situation that disabled people face as a ‘human catastrophe’ she was reflecting what Norfolk’s disability community has been experiencing over the last seven years. “In a very short space of time we have gone from having some of the best rights in the world to a crisis situation where people are dying because of the barriers and discrimination caused by austerity.”In response to the CRPD report, a DWP spokeswoman said: “These concluding observations are the latest part of a standard review process that all member states that ratify the convention go through.“We are considering the full report in the context of cross-government work on disability issues, and will provide further information to ministers in DWP in due course.”She added: “We’re disappointed that this report fails to recognise all the progress we’ve made to empower disabled people in all aspects of their lives, and our ongoing commitment to furthering the rights of disabled people.“Almost 600,000 disabled people have moved into work over the last four years and we spend over £50 billion a year to support disabled people and those with health conditions – more than ever before, and the second highest in the G7*.“The UK is a recognised world leader in disability rights and equality, which is why we supported the development of the UN convention.“The UK has some of the strongest equalities legislation in the world, including the Equality Act 2010, and we will continue to make sure that these rights are protected.“This government believes that a disability or health condition should not dictate the path a person is able to take in life – or in the workplace.“This forms the foundation of our reforms to help disabled people realise their potential in the labour market and wider society.”*The other G7 countries are the USA, Japan, France, Germany, Italy and CanadaPicture by Natasha Hirstlast_img read more

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Twitters Business May Finally Be Trending in the Right Direction

first_img Apply Now » Entrepreneur Staff What happens when you’re making money but don’t have any new customers? That’s the question Twitter is currently grappling with. The social media platform recently reported its first profitable quarter in the company’s 12-year history. It made $91 million in the fourth quarter of 2017, but its user base stayed flat.The company ended the year with 330 million monthly users, which is up 4 percent from the same time in 2016, but that that figure fell short of Wall Street analysts who were predicting that it would increase by 1 million.Although not quite the behemoth that Facebook is — Mark Zuckerberg’s social network reported in June of 2017 that it had 2 billion monthly users — Twitter is still dealing with many of the same issues.In October, representatives from Twitter were present on Capitol Hill with counterparts from Facebook and Google to answer for how Russian entities might have used social media to influence the 2016 presidential election.Related: Twitter Says What You Do Offline Could Cost You Your ‘Verified’ Blue CheckmarkIn a January 2018 blog post, Twitter disclosed that it had identified more than 50,000 Russian-linked accounts that were disseminating content related to the election, and that it had notified 1.4 million users who had followed one of these accounts.So what is Twitter doing to keep the momentum going in a positive direction?Increased policing of hate speechOn Feb. 8, in concert with Safer Internet Day, the company published a blog post highlighting the work that it has been doing to police hate speech on the platform, which includes frequent updates about the rollout of revamped policies. At the end of December, Twitter began enforcing new rules that would ban accounts associated with hate groups.We’ve updated our rules around abuse and hateful conduct as well as violence and physical harm. These changes will be enforced starting December 18. Read our updated rules here: https://t.co/NGVT3qGFvg— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 17, 2017And as recently as this week, Twitter shared that it now had tools in place to report content and accounts that encourage self-harm.While we continue to provide resources to people who are experiencing thoughts of self-harm, it is against our rules to encourage others to harm themselves. Starting today, you can report a profile, Tweet, or Direct Message for this type of content.— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) February 13, 2018Increased character countTwitter’s decision to allow users to publish 280-character tweets seems to be working, though perhaps not in the way that the powers that be at Twitter initially thought.During an early February investor call, Dorsey said that the average length of a tweet has not changed. “We’re seeing less abandonment of tweets. But we’re also seeing a lot more engagement. We’re also seeing more retweets, and we’re seeing a lot more mentions. And we’re also seeing people get more followers and return more often.”He went on to say that he thought the change would make the platform more welcoming for new users. “We do believe that it’s minimizing some of the complexities and some of the confusion around Twitter in general,” he said.It seems straightforward enough. Make things easier and actually address people’s concerns. Whether it leads to an upward trend in both revenue and users remains to be seen. February 22, 2018 84shares Image credit: rvlsoft | Shutterstock 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Nina Zipkincenter_img Next Article What you can learn from the struggling social site’s turnaround. 3 min read Twitter’s Business May Finally Be Trending in the Right Direction Twitter The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queuelast_img read more

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