Auto-component workers hold protest

first_imgSeveral hundred workers from different automotive companies in and around Gurugram held a day-long hunger strike and demonstration outside the mini-secretariat here on Sunday against the large-scale lay-offs over the past few months, shutting down of companies and the alleged anti-worker policies of the present regime.Organised by Bellsonica Auto-Component Workers’ Union members, the protest witnessed participation of workers from some of the major automotive companies, including Maruti and Honda, and the representatives of trade unions. The workers protested against the fixed term employment policy, shutting down of seven companies rendering workers unemployed and the pending charter of demands. They also sought the reinstatement of the workers laid-off, release of 13 Maruti workers convicted in July 2012 violence case and expressed solidarity with the five activists arrested last month.Inklabi Mazdoor Kendra member Shyam Bir said the law protecting the interests of the workers were grossly diluted by the present regime making it easy for the companies to lay them off. He added the introduction of the fixed term employment policy had had a devastating impact and more than 10,000 workers were laid-off in the region with the shutting down of seven companies over the past one year. ‘Shutting down illegal’ “The shutting down is illegal as the companies were not suffering losses. But they had shifted their production elsewhere to lay-off regular workers. Besides, a dozen companies have laid-off several workers for indulging in union related activities,” he said.Human rights lawyer Monu Kuhar said the charter of demands, which includes demand for wage hike and improving working conditions, by various workers unions in almost a dozen companies in Gurugram was pending before the respective managements for more than a year.Maruti Udyog Kamgaar Union general-secretary Kuldeep Jhangu said of the 2,500 industrial units in Gurugram only 100-odd had unions making the workers vulnerable to exploitation and the labour department had miserably failed to protect the interest of the workers community. He said that anger was simmering among the workers and it could take the shape of a large movement in the days to come.last_img read more

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Astronaut Sunita Williams and crew reach International Space Station

first_imgRecord-setting Indian-American astronaut Sunita Williams along with two other cosmonauts on Tuesday successfully docked their Soyuz spacecraft with the International Space Station (ISS) for a four-month long stay during which they will conduct over 30 scientific missions.46-year-old NASA astronaut Williams, Russian Soyuz Commander Yuri Malenchenko and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency flight engineer Akihiko Hoshide arrived at the ISS after two days in orbit.”Everything is perfect,” Malenchenko radioed Russia’s Mission Control Center in Korolev after docking with the space station.Their Russian spacecraft — Soyuz TMA-05M — docked automatically with the Rassvet module at around 10:21 IST.The crew took off to the ISS successfully from Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Sunday for a four-month long mission to the space station.This is the second space mission for Williams. She also holds the record of the longest spaceflight — 195 days — for woman space travellers.The crew which will return home in mid-November is expected to conduct over 30 scientific missions during their stay aboard the ISS.In the space, Williams and her team of astronauts also plan an orbital sporting event to mark the Summer Olympics in London.Williams and her crewmates will join the three others already living on the space station: commander Gennady Padalka of Russia, his cosmonaut colleague Sergei Revin, and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba, who have all been in space since May.The six crew members will work together for about two months.Acaba, Padalka and Revin are scheduled to return to Earth on September 17. Before they depart, Padalka will hand over command of the station and Expedition 33 to Williams.advertisementThe launch and docking of Expedition 32 coincides with the 37th anniversary of the Apollo-Soyuz Test Project, the first docking of an American spacecraft with a Russian spacecraft.An Apollo spacecraft from Kennedy Space Centre and a Soyuz 7K-TM vehicle from Baikonur Cosmodrome launched on July 15, 1975, and docked two days later.Williams and her colleagues will be aboard the station during an exceptionally busy period that includes two spacewalks, the arrival of Japanese, US commercial and Russian re-supply vehicles, and an increasingly faster pace of scientific research.Video cameras on the exterior of the space station captured spectacular views of the Soyuz pulling up to the orbiting lab with the bright blue Earth in the background.Williams lived and worked aboard the International Space Station for six months in 2006.Williams, whose father hails from Gujarat, was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in 1998.She was assigned to the International Space Station as a member of Expedition 14 and then joined Expedition 15. She received a master’s degree from the Florida Institute of Technology in 1995.”I’m just looking forward to seeing the full capability of the space station, it’s an experiment, not only the things that we’re doing inside but also all the engineering that has gone into allowing us to dock new vehicles, do space walks, Russian and US. So, it’s a pretty complicated vehicle now and I’m looking forward to being part of it,” Williams said recently.Meanwhile, in orbit high above the Earth, Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba focused on cleaning the exhaust and intake ducts of the Starboard Crew Quarters yesterday to prepare them for the arrival of new crewmates, NASA said.Acaba also swapped out batteries on EarthKAM camera in the Window Observational Research Facility inside the Destiny laboratory.EarthKAM is a student-operated photography experiment that allows middle school students to programme a digital camera aboard the station to photograph a variety of geographical targets for study in the classroom.Over the weekend, the station residents, besides continuing preparations for the arrival of their crewmates and performing some regular maintenance duties, will enjoy some off-duty time and have an opportunity to speak with family members, NASA said.last_img read more

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CWG 2014: Watch this stunning 41-shot table tennis rally

first_imgNigeria’s Segun Toriola played out a 41-shot rally against Singapore’s Ning Gao in the men’s team table tennis semi-final at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games. The Nigerian paddler displayed tremendous defence skills to win the rally, but could not salvage the game.Ning bagged the first two games 11-7, 11-8, but the 39-year-old Toriola fought back to seal the next two games 11-0, 11-7. In the final game, Gao absorbed the pressure and ralllied hard to a 11-9 win.Nigeria had to settle for bronze after losing to Singapore 3-1, but this 41-shot rally became the talking point of the Glasgow games on the social media.last_img read more

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Yuvraj Singh: All good things come to an end

first_img× SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Published on COMMENT YUVRAJ_SINGHcenter_img SHARE August 14, 2017 YUVRAJ_SINGH He single-handedly won a World T20 for India in 2007. But then he played a big role in losing the 2014 edition. He coughed blood, hung around and won India the 2011 World Cup. Yet, his failures as a Test cricketer remain baffling.Indian cricket’s ‘fighterman’ Yuvraj Singh has time and again bounced back after adversities that would have felled most others. He even battled a rare germ cell cancer to return to cricket — a testimony of triumph in life.But now it looks like one of India’s greatest ever limited-overs exponents may never be seen again in a blue jersey, a uniform he had made his own for the better part of the last 17 years.The national selectors yesterday did not name the 36 year-old for the ODI series in Sri Lanka, a tough but fair call, indicating their mindset going into the 2019 World Cup in England.So, is it time up for Yuvraj Singh? Perhaps, it is if one reads between the lines of what experts feel.“Yuvi is a fighter but I believe going into the 2019 World Cup, it is more to do with his fitness rather than just form. Look, there’s a difference between 20-over fitness and 50-over fitness,” Saba Karim, who was a national selector in the last panel, told PTI today.“It was our panel, who got Yuvraj back in 2015 for the Australia T20. At that point, we were looking only at the World T20 in India and Yuvraj’s experience. But now it’s different. I believe Manish (Pandey) is a great talent and should be given enough opportunities,” the former India stumper said.“We have little over one and half years to the World Cup. The core team needs to get 40 matches at least. And Manish has done extremely well as India A captain. And he is perhaps one of the best fielders in current Indian line-up,” he observed.An interesting piece of statistic will help in understanding the practical reason behind the selectors’ call.When India will go into World Cup in 2019, it will be one of India’s oldest teams in terms of average age playing a marquee event. Skipper Kohli will be nearly 31, Rohit Sharma will be 32, Shikhar Dhawan 33, Kedar Jadhav 34, Ravichandran Ashwin 32, Ravindra Jadeja 30, Umesh Yadav 31 and Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be 38 plus.From being a precocious U–19 talent thrown into the deep end of the pool by Sourav Ganguly in 2000, Yuvraj’s career has been one of the most eventful ones with various shades all mixed in a palette one calls life.Yuvraj, in all these 17 years, has been a bundle of contradictions. But possibly there’s not much fuel left in the tank for one more comeback on the field.Former India opener and analyst Aakash Chopra raised a valid point. “Unless selectors come out with a definitive statement on Yuvraj, you don’t exactly know their policy. Having said that, you possibly can’t have two 38 year-olds going into World Cup. If you have both Dhoni and Yuvi, you will have to make them bat at No.4 and 5. That will be an issue,” Chopra explained.He also feels that whether it’s persisting with Yuvraj or giving Manish his share of chances, a clear cut thought process will be required.“If you continue playing someone whom you don’t want in the longer run and not give chances to one you think can do the assigned job, you are not being fair to both of them. Also we now have KL Rahul, Kedar Jadhav and Manish — in that middle order,” said Chopra.“Perhaps, selectors and the team management feel that Manish can be the No.4 and look at preparing Kedar as a finisher,” Chopra said.With 8,701 runs in 304 ODIs to his credit, maybe the die-hard Yuvraj fans would love to believe that a last hurrah will be somewhere round the corner. Even if not, there’s no embarrassment as it has been a career worth celebrating.last_img read more

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Not Speaking to My Mother Was Tough: Real Kashmir FC Defender as Valley Lockdown Completes 100 Days

first_imgNew Delhi: Real Kashmir FC defender Muhammad Hammad has a custom that he follows before every game. “I always talk to my mom and ask her to pray for me.” But when his team played its first game of the Durand Cup against Chennai City FC, Hammad had no way to contact his mother.The match was played in Kolkata on August 7, a day after the Parliament passed the bill repealing Jammu and Kashmir’s special status after a severe clampdown was imposed in the Kashmir Valley. Hammad and the other Kashmiri players had no contact with their families and their professional commitments tied them to Kolkata. Yet the show went on.The team played I-League champions Chennai City FC and registered a 1-0 win as the team’s star forward and local boy Danish Farooq scored the decisive goal.”We won our first game at the Durand Cup but all us Kashmiri boys got very emotional. The fact that I couldn’t speak to my mother before the match made me very sentimental,” Hammad said on Tuesday even as the crippling lockdown in the Valley has now lasted 100 days.He revealed that the team members could not speak to their families for 10 days. “As a team, we stuck together and helped each other cope with the feelings. Everyone was there for the other. But as professionals, we had to focus on the game and that’s what we did,” Hammad said on the sidelines of the team’s jersey launch in the capital along with its partner, sportswear giant Adidas.While the postpaid mobile services in the Valley were only restored on October 14, 72 days after the restrictions were imposed, the team’s co-owner Sandeep Chattoo arranged for the players to speak to their families. The shutdown of internet and prepaid mobile services still persists.To help out his team members, Chattoo got a phone activated with “special permission”, which was the only way the players could contact their families in India and abroad.”Sometimes the phone would ring at 3 o’clock in the morning, calls would come from Zimbabwe, England and Nigeria,” Chattoo told PTI.Real Kashmir coach David Robertson, who is now in his third season with the club, acknowledged that Kashmir was a difficult place to begin with but added that he has grown extremely fond of the place and has a tight-knit squad with him.”It’s difficult to be at Real Kashmir because there are various hurdles to overcome. For foreign players and staff, we’re trying to communicate home. The Kashmiris were in a tough spot not being able to contact their families. We are all just there in need for each other, that was the time for Kashmiris with them not being able to speak at home but we tried to keep a nice atmosphere. We all help each other through hard times,” Robertson, who is from Scotland, said.”I have an emotional attachment to this club and this place, it’s like a second home. I know there will be a time when I’ll either be sacked or move on but while I’m here, I just enjoy the experience,” he told News18.com.It weren’t just the Kashmiris who were affected by the lockdown. With the communication and internet lines still not fully open, Real Kashmir’s new signing Kallum Higginbotham also has had to find a way around to keep in touch with his family.The team has been in Kashmir for the past one month and it is through the landline at their hotel that Kallum is able to speak to his family back in England.”Due to the communication lockdown, it has been tough to get in touch with my family. Since there is no internet, we can’t FaceTime. There is one landline at the hotel that we use to speak.”We are a close group so we help each other stay positive. I have played in England as well but this is the best camaraderie I have experienced within a team,” Kallum said.On being asked why he chose to join Real Kashmir, Kallum said he spoke to Robertson and that made him go ahead and sign for the I-League club. Robertson said he told Kallum of all the positives and the pitfalls of the place after which he chose to join.”I told him it takes twice as long as anywhere else to reach places and you have to be patient. What helped was knowing I was here, my son was here. He has loved it ever since,” Robertson explained. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Article 370communication lockdownDanish FarooqDavid Robertson First Published: November 12, 2019, 7:14 PM ISTlast_img read more

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Under-22 Azkals bow to Busmen

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Someone from the Philippines could win a $208 million jackpot this week! Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map PLAY LIST 01:30Eriksson’s ‘Azkals’ put Philippines on Asian Cup map00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ONE Championship to have Philippine league Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Rice industry paralysis MOST READ The Busmen have four points like Mendiola.The Azkals’ first win came at the expense of Green Archers United, 1-0, on Sunday.Kaya-Iloilo and Stallion Laguna have three points each in pacing Group B, with both owning wins over the Philippine Air Force, 5-0, and 2-1, respectively.Group winners and runners-up will advance to the semifinals and the Azkals would have to beat Mendiola to have a chance.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Priority legislation in the 18th Congress De Bruycker is actually still part of the Under-22 pool. But he had to suit up for Ceres in the competition as the Busmen allowed some of their stars to take a break following a long league campaign.Stephan Schrock, who is being considered as one of the two overaged players who will reinforce the SEA Games team, did not see action for Ceres.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceStill, the Philippines remains in the running for a spot in the semifinals with three points from two matches. The SEA Games-bound squad will face Mendiola on Wednesday with the winner advancing to the Last Four.Mendiola, which held Ceres to a 2-2 draw last Saturday, also stayed in contention after a Jim Ashley Flores strike ensured a 1-0 win over Green Archers at Aboitiz pitch in Lipa City. Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Unable to sustain a strong start, the Philippines’ Southeast Asian Games-bound side absorbed a 1-2 defeat to PH Football League champion Ceres Negros recently in the Copa Paulino Alcantara at Biñan Football Stadium.Yrick Gallantes struck in the 30th minute to give the Young Azkals the lead, but goals from Dylan de Bruycker and Robert Lopez Mendy in the second half put the Under-22 side to the sword.ADVERTISEMENT Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ View commentslast_img read more

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World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s road to semi-finals

first_imgNew Zealand are all set to become the first team to play their eighth semi-final match in World Cup history when they take the field against India at the Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester on Tuesday.New Zealand have been one of the most consistent teams in the tournament’s history but their record in the semi-finals is not something they would be very proud of. Out of the seven semi-finals they have featured in so far, New Zealand have lost six and won just once, in 2015 when they reached the final but lost Australia in the summit clash.It is this record which Kane Williamson’s side will be looking to improve upon even though they are heading into the last-four clash on the back of three successive defeats.New Zealand started off strong winning six matches on the trot but their campaign suffered in the second-half of the league stage as they lost against Pakistan, Australia and England but still manage to scrape through to the semis thanks to their superior net run rate over Pakistan.Both teams were tied on 11 points but the Kiwis had a NRR of 0.175 while Pakistan had a NRR of -0.43.But even with a team that is not in the best of forms, New Zealand have the ability to bounce back and even stun India in the upcoming blockbuster clash on Tuesday.Off to training we go says @JimmyNeeshv Semi-final LIVE Tuesday on @skysportnz + @radiosportnz 10:30am (UKT) | 9:30pm (NZT) #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/9rXVNyzXuUadvertisementBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) July 8, 2019Before the much-awaited clash, let’s take a look at how New Zealand reached the semi-finals in this World Cup.NEW ZEALAND vs SRI LANKANew Zealand made a strong statement right at the start of their campaign as they thrashed Sri Lanka by 10 wickets in their opening match in Cardiff on June 1.Led by Lockie Ferguson and Matt Henry’s three-wicket hauls each, the Blackcaps bowled Sri Lanka out for a paltry score of 136 in 29.2 overs. Openers Martin Guptill (73 not out) and Colin Munro (58 not out) then made light work of the run chase and overhauled the target in just 16.1 oversNEW ZEALAND vs BANGLADESHThe very next game they played was one where they were pushed to the very edge but New Zealand managed to prevail in the end and beat Bangladesh by 2 wickets in a thrilling match at The Oval on June 5.Put into bat, Bangladesh rode on Shakib Al Hasan’s 64 and middle-order contributions from Mohammad Mithun (26) and Mohammad Saifuddin (29) to reach 244. Matt Henry starred with 4 wickets while Trent Boult picked up 2.New Zealand in reply were cruising in their run chase at 160 for 2 when the collapse happened for them thanks to a double-wicket over from Mehidy Hasan as he removed Kane Williamson (40) and Tom Latham (0) within 5 deliveries. Ross Taylor’s dismissal for 82 sent down shivers down their spine before James Neesham (25), Colin de Grandhomme (15) and Mitchell Santner (17 not out) played useful knocks to take the team over the finish line in 47.1 overs.Is it going to be a sea of blue on Tuesday? @RossLTaylor expects so! BUT he hopes some NZ flags will be flying in support too…v Semi-final LIVE Tuesday on @skysportnz + @radiosportnz 10:30am (UKT) | 9:30pm (NZT) #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/aMcJsHUd9BBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) July 8, 2019NEW ZEALAND vs AFGHANISTANThe match against Afghanistan proved to be a cakewalk for Kane Williamson’s team as they won by 7 wickets at Taunton on June 8 to register their third successive victory.A five-wicket haul from James Neesham and four wickets from Lockie Ferguson saw New Zealand bowl Afghanistan out for 172 in 41.1 overs.In reply the Kiwis got to the target in 32.1 overs with captain Williamson remaining unbeaten on 79 while Ross Taylor made 48.NEW ZEALAND vs INDIAIndia and New Zealand were the only two unbeaten teams in the competition before their face-off in Nottingham on June 13 but no play was possible and the match had to be abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled. Both teams dropped points for the first time in their campaign, sharing a point each due to the washout.NEW ZEALAND vs SOUTH AFRICAKane Williamson’s six under pressure in the penultimate over proved to be the telling blow as New Zealand defeated South Africa by 4 wickets and 9 balls to spare to all but knock the Proteas out of the semis race.Lockie Ferguson once again starred with the ball with 3 wickets as New Zealand restricted South Africa to 241 for 6 in the 49-overs-a-side match.Which @BCCI bowler is @RossLTaylor talking about here at the @cricketworldcup?! See if you can guess before he mentions him!v Semi-final LIVE Tuesday on @skysportnz + @radiosportnz 10:30am (UKT) | 9:30pm (NZT) #BACKTHEBLACKCAPS #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/OwBBpLfpGPadvertisementBLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) July 8, 2019In reply, the Kiwis got off to a horror start as Colin Munro departed in the third over. The middle-order failed to fire as well and it was only Kane Williamson’s knock which kept the team in the chase all throughout.He first stitched a 60-run stand with opener Martin Guptill (35) before adding 57 with Neesham (23) for the fifth wicket. Then came Colin de Grandhomme, who played a lovely cameo of 60 off 47 balls hitting five boundaries and two sixes to ease the pressure off his captain. The duo added 97 runs for the sixth wicket and took the team close before the chase turned tense as de Grandhomme departed.But Williamson stayed calm under pressure and took his team over the finish line in the 49th over, finishing the match with a six and a four to remain unbeaten on 106.NEW ZEALAND vs WEST INDIESThe game between New Zealand and West Indies has probably been the match of the tournament so far which finally ended with the Kiwis winning by just 5 runs to remain unbeaten in the competition.Williamson once again continued his brilliant form with the bat and struck 148 off 154 balls after the openers failed to open their accounts. The captain’s 160-run partnership for the 3rd-wicket with Ross Taylor (69) saw the team reach 291 for 8 in 50 overs. Sheldon Cottrell picked up 4 wickets for the Windies while Carlos Brathwaite got two.#BackTheBlackcaps | #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/JukKZro9InCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 7, 2019A measured 87 off 84 balls from Chris Gayle and Shimron Hetmyer’s 54 had the Windies cruising at one stage. But the chase fell apart for them once the 122-run partnership for the third wicket came to an end.Trent Boult (4 for 30) and Lockie Ferguson (3 for 59) ran through the Windies middle-order before Carlos Brathwaite staged a superb fight back as he batted with the tail-enders to take his team within touching distance.Brathwaite stitched a 47-run stand for the 8th wicket, 34 for the 9th and 41 for the 10th wicket and made 101 before failing to clear the ropes against a James Neesham delivery which led to his dismissal. West Indies fell short of the target by just 5 runs and Brathwaite was down on his knees.NEW ZEALAND vs PAKISTANNew Zealand’s downfall started with the game against Pakistan which they lost by 6 wickets in Birmingham on June 22.James Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme’s 132-run partnership for the sixth wicket helped New Zealand reach a below-par 237 for 6 after Shaheen Shah Afridi’s lethal bowling performance.Pakistan then rode on a superb 101 not out from Babar Azam and 68 off 76 from Haris Sohail to cross the finish line with 5 balls to spare and inflict the first loss on New Zealand.NEW ZEALAND vs AUSTRALIAThe trans-Tasman rivalry was renewed at the Lord’s on June 29 but just like the 2015 World Cup final, Australia completely outclassed New Zealand in a one-sided contest and won by 86 runs to become the first team to reach the semi-finals.advertisementTrent Boult’s hat-trick helped New Zealand restrict Australia to 243 for 9 despite superb knocks from Usman Khawaja (88) and Alex Carey (71).New Zealand in reply, were completely blown away by the pace and swing of Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff as the two left-arm fast bowlers shared 7 wickets between themselves. Starc finished with 5 for 26 while Behrendorff got 2 as Australia bowled out the opposition for 157 in 43.4 overs.NEW ZEALAND vs ENGLANDThe hosts once again dished out a complete team performance after beating India in the previous game and hammered New Zealand by 119 runs to reach the semi-finals on July 3.Batting first, England posted 305 for 8 on the board with Jonny Bairstow scoring 106 while Jason Roy (60) and Eoin Morgan (42) also made useful contributions.Mark Wood, Jofra Archer, Chris Woakes and Liam Plunkett then rattled the Kiwis with pace and bounce as England bowled New Zealand out for 186. Wood got 3 wickets while Woakes, Archer, Plunkett, Adil Rashid and Ben Stokes chipped in with a wicket each.After this defeat, New Zealand had to rely on the result of Pakistan’s final league match against Bangladesh to make it to the last-four. Pakistan had to defeat Bangladesh by atleast 311 runs to topple New Zealand from the fourth position in the table. Pakistan won by 94 runs to finish their campaign level on 11 points with New Zealand but their inferior net run rate saw Kane Williamson’s side sneak into the semi-finals.Also Read | World Cup 2019: India’s road to semi-finalsAlso Read | Virat Kohli on meeting Kane Williamson in another World Cup semi-final: Quite a nice memoryAlso Read | Dream11 Prediction: India vs New Zealand 1st Semi-Final Playing 11, Captain and Vice-Captain World Cup 2019last_img read more

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Four teams remain undefeated in boys division

first_imgFour teams are vying for top spot in the boys division of the X-Blades National Youth Championships at Port Macquarie.Defending premiers Queensland Secondary Schools Touch, Central Queensland Bulls, New South Wales Combined Catholic Colleges and NSW Combined High Schools remain the only undefeated teams in the competition.All four recorded comfortable wins on day one.QSST won 9-6 against Touch New Zealand under 15s, a 16-4 thumping of Victoria and scored eight touchdowns while NSW Combined Independent Schools were kept scoreless.The Bulls had wins over Victoria (13-2), NSWCIS (11-1), South Queensland Sharks (14-4).NSWCCC and NSWCHS sit on top of Pool B with 14 points.NSWCHS enjoyed victories over NSW Touch Association Development (13-2), ACT Pirates (17-2), and Western Tigers (10-6).NSWCCC were too good for Touch New Zealand under 17s (7-2) then they escalated their attack and scored 35 touchdowns in their next two matches against Tasmania (18-5) and Northern Territory (17-2).That 15-touchdown defeat to NSWCCC hurt NT’s for and against but they remain third in Pool B while South Queensland Sharks are holding the number three position in Pool A.Tomorrow will see two of those undefeated teams go head-to-head.NSWCCC and NSWCHS meet each other on field two at 10.40am in the match of the day.Whoever wins this match will most likely go on and finish on top of the competition, and have the number one ranking heading into the quarter-finals.For more information on the NYC, check out these websites:NYC – www.nyc.mytouchfooty.comTouch Football Australia – www.austouch.com.auOr follow us on Twitter or on our Facebook page.Related LinksFour Teams Undefeatedlast_img read more

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ESPN Predicts The Winners Of Week 6’s Biggest Games

first_imgA general view of Ohio State's stadium.COLUMBUS, OH – APRIL 18: A general view of Ohio Stadium as more than 99,000 fans packed in to watch the annual Ohio State Spring Game on April 18, 2015 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)Week 5 of the 2019 college football season is in the rearview and it’s time to look ahead to Week 6. It should be a good one.Week 6 of the season features several big-time games.ESPN’s Football Power Index has made its picks for the weekend’s biggest contests.Here’s who ESPN’s computer likes this week: No. 19 Michigan vs. No. 14 IowaWinner: Michigan, 62.1 percent Jim Harbaugh on the sideline at Wisconsin.MADISON, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 21: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines watches action prior to a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Camp Randall Stadium on September 21, 2019 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)No. 10 Florida vs. No. 7 AuburnWinner: Auburn, 53.2 percent Bo Nix throws a pass during Auburn's win over Oregon.ARLINGTON, TEXAS – AUGUST 31: Bo Nix #10 of the Auburn Tigers scrambles with the ball against the Oregon Ducks in the fourth quarter during the Advocare Classic at AT&T Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)West Virginia vs. No. 11 TexasWinner: Texas, 75.8 percent Sam Ehlinger throws a pass for the Texas Longhorns.AUSTIN, TX – AUGUST 31: Sam Ehlinger #11 of the Texas Longhorns looks to pass in the third quarter against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on August 31, 2019 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Tennessee vs. No. 3 GeorgiaWinner: Georgia, 91.3 percent Jake Fromm warms up before a game against Arkansas State.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 14: Jake Fromm #11 of the Georgia Bulldogs is seen prior to the start of the game against the Arkansas State Red Wolves at Sanford Stadium on September 14, 2019 in Athens, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)No. 4 Ohio State vs. No. 25 Michigan StateWinner: Ohio State, 89.6 percent Justin Fields warms up before game at Nebraska.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 28: Quarterback Justin Fields #1 of the Ohio State Buckeyes warms up before the game against the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Memorial Stadium on September 28, 2019 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)***Who do you like in Week 6?last_img read more

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Now that Redmi K20 price is official, Realme X is the phone to buy under Rs 20,000

first_img Next Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJuly 20, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 08:19 IST HIGHLIGHTSRealme has tried to match and take on almost every Redmi phone out there right now.Many also believed that the Realme X would compete against the Redmi K20.With the Redmi K20’s price now official at Rs 21,999, it means the two phones now fall under two different price segmentsThe Xiaomi – Realme battle is getting more and more fierce by the day and the outcome of this is that consumers get some excellent affordable smartphones that offer great specs at disruptive prices. Realme has tried to match and take on almost every Redmi phone out there right now. Many also believed that the Realme X would compete against the Redmi K20. But with the Redmi K20’s price now official at Rs 21,999, it means the two phones now fall under two different price segments, leaving the sub-Rs 20,000 category for the Realme X.Despite the outrage over the price of the Redmi K20, we feel that the phone offers a great set of features for its starting price of Rs 21,999. In fact, it is the only phone in its segment to offer a Snapdragon 730 processor. Similarly, the Realme X is the only phone under Rs 20,000 to offer a combination of features that includes a notchless Super AMOLED display, 48MP dual camera, pop-up selfie camera, in-display fingerprint sensor and Snapdragon 710 chipset.Realme X is the company’s most premium smartphone yet, and its most disruptive phone as well. With a starting price of Rs 16,999, the Realme X offers a near flagship-level experience that cannot be matched by any other phone in this segment. While we do have some impressive phones like the Samsung Galaxy A50, Redmi Note 7 Pro and Vivo Z1 Pro in the sub-Rs 20,000 segment, the Realme X has a unique position as it brings the best of 2019 trends at an affordable price.advertisementThe Realme X offers a great combination of features at an affordable price of Rs 16,999.The display of the Realme X is easily one of the best features about the smartphone. It offers a large 6.5-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display without a notch or punch-hole cutout. During our review of the Realme X, we found the display offered excellent brightness levels along with punchy colours and deep blacks. It is a great screen to watch videos or play games on, but we would have liked to see Widevine L1 support here to support HD playback on platforms like Netflix and Prime Video.The only other phone that can match the display of the Realme X in this segment is probably the Galaxy A50, which also offers a 6.4-inch FHD+ Super AMOLED display as well as Widevine L1 support.The Realme X also offers a snappy in-display fingerprint sensor and face unlock. It’s glossy rear panel comes in a couple of attractive colours with the Polar White option being a personal favorite.Realme has used a Snapdragon 710 chipset for the Realme X, which is the same processor powering the Realme 3 Pro as well. It is easy to understand this decision as the Snapdragon 710 is a great mid-range SoC that offers a fast and smooth performance. It also makes the Realme X a terrific gaming phone thanks to the Adreno 616 GPU. The phone handles games like PUBG and Asphalt 9 on high graphics setting with ease.The Realme X is also offered with 128GB of internal storage for both 4GB and 8GB RAM variants which is great because the smartphone unfortunately lacks support for storage expandability, which is one of the only major flaws to the device. The other issue being the company’s claim of 960fps slow motion recording.This brings us to the cameras, which is the other major highlight of the Realme X apart from its display. The smartphone sports a 48MP dual camera setup that includes a Sony IMX586 sensor primary sensor with f/1.7 aperture and a 5-megapixel secondary for depth sensing. The pop-up camera system houses a 16-megapixel sensor. Overall, the Realme X offers some of the best camera in its segment. The primary camera is capable of delivering sharp, high-res images while the selfie camera captures clear and attractive selfies. The camera also manages to hold its own in low-light conditions thanks to the NIghtscape mode. You can also capture saturated and colourful photos using Chroma Boost. However, we weren’t impressed with the 960fps super slo-mo video recording as we found the results to be choppy rather than smooth.Lastly, the Realme X delivers a full day battery life on its 3,765mAh capacity. While this may not sound like much compared to 4,000mAh phones like the Galaxy A50, the Realme X still manages to deliver a long-lasting battery thanks to some neat software optimization and smart battery saving features. But what’s more appealing is that it supports VOOC 3.0 fast charging which can charge the device from zero to 100 per cent in 80 minutes.advertisementThe Realme X offers a great set of features that is available at a price of Rs 16,999. One of the closest competitors to the phone would be the Vivo Z1 Pro, which is a little more affordable but offers a bigger battery, a better selfie camera and a marginally faster Snapdragon 712 chipset. However, the Z1 Pro won’t offer the kind of vivid display that you get from the Realme X’s AMOLED panel nor does it offer a high quality rear camera.The base model of the Reame X is what I feel consumers will be looking at the most as the Rs 19,999 top-end variant puts it in spitting distance of the Redmi K20. For a few thousand rupees more, the Redmi K20 can be found offering a Snapdragon 730 SoC and most of the features that the Realme X offers. Until Xiaomi decides to drop the price of the Redmi K20 by a few notches, we feel the Realme X is the one to go for under Rs 20,000.ALSO READ | Redmi K20, Redmi K20 Pro India price controversy: Xiaomi VP Manu Jain explains reason for high price in open letterALSO READ | Jio is now second-largest telecom operator in India, leads overall broadband sector by 55 per cent market shareALSO READ | Xiaomi Redmi K20 quick review: The price is alright, folksGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySneha Saha Tags :Follow Realme Now that Redmi K20 price is official, Realme X is the phone to buy under Rs 20,000Realme X is the company’s most premium smartphone yet, and its most disruptive phone as well. With a starting price of Rs 16,999, the Realme X offers a near flagship-level experience that cannot be matched by any other phone in this segment.advertisementlast_img read more

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Toddler 3 found unconscious in swimming pool in Drummondville Que

first_imgDRUMMONDVILLE, Que. – A three-year-old boy is fighting for his life after being found unconscious at the bottom of a pool in Drummondville, Que.Provincial police say family members lost sight of the child during a family gathering on Saturday evening.A young girl found the boy at the bottom of the pool and informed nearby adults, who tried to revive him.The boy was taken to a hospital where his condition was described as very serious.Provincial police are investigating the circumstances surrounding the event.Drummondville is located halfway between Montreal and Quebec City.last_img read more

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In a record year the movie theatre strikes back

first_imgNEW YORK — The movie theatre was dead, they said. After ticket sales slumped in 2017 , due largely to the worst summer season in more than a decade, pundits far and wide predicted the hastening demise of moviegoing, an inevitable casualty to the rise of streaming.This year, the movies flipped the script.This weekend, as “Aquaman,” ”Bumblebee” and “Mary Poppins Returns” arrive in theatres, ticket sales will reach a new record for the year, passing the previous 2016 high of $11.4 billion. Driven in part by zeitgeist-grabbing cultural events like “Black Panther,” ”Crazy Rich Asians” and even documentaries like “Won’t You Be My Neighbour?” the box office is expected to end up around $11.8 billion for the year. The overall domestic gross is up nearly 9 per cent from last year; ticket sales are up about 6 per cent.And it’s not just in North America. Propelled by Chinese moviegoers, global ticket sales should, for the second time ever, exceed $40 billion. Saudi Arabia declared itself open for business to Hollywood, after more than 35 years without theatres. In the United Kingdom, cinemas are headed to their best year since 1971.“This year serves to confirm that the movie theatre business is strong and growing in the long term, even though it can be cyclical in the short term,” said John Fithian, president of the National Organization of Theater Owners, the trade organization known as NATO. “Last summer of 2017, when there just weren’t very many movies coming out that had any traction, we confronted the inevitable story about the impending death of the movie theatre business. And we said back then: It’s all about short-term product supply.”“We knew that once the movies came back, we would be fine,” said Fithian.Even in a year where “Star Wars” flopped, the hits have indeed returned, even if they’ve come from some predictable places. All of the year’s top 10 movies were either sequels, reboots or based on a comic book. Even this year’s Oscar front runner, “A Star Is Born” ($376.6 million worldwide and counting for Warner Bros.), is a remake. The top three films of the year — “Black Panther,” ”Avengers: Infinity War,” ”Incredibles 2″ — all come from market-leader Disney, which is also in the process of gobbling up 20th Century Fox.But there were some less likely hits, too. Mid-budgeted films like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” ”Halloween,” ”Creed II” and the year’s bestselling original movie, “A Quiet Place,” had a significant role in driving the record box office. For the first time ever, four documentaries — “RBG,” ”Free Solo,” ”Three Identical Strangers,” ”Won’t You Be My Neighbour” — each cleared $10 million. Surprise successes — a franchise-birthing “Spider-Man” spinoff (“Venom”), a well-reviewed “Transformers” movie (“Bumblebee”) — outnumbered the disappointments (“Skyscraper,” ”Robin Hood”).Above all, the movies were often in the centre of the cultural conversation, never more so than with the history-making “Black Panther,” which became the third-highest grossing domestic release ever ($700.1 million) not accounting for inflation.Hollywood executives say the year has demonstrated that 2017 was an aberration.“When the experts out there were talking about the end of theatrical moviegoing, I just didn’t buy that to begin with,” said Jim Orr, distribution chief for Universal Pictures, which had hits in “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom,” ”The Grinch” and “Halloween.” ”It was just some scheduling moves that happened along with some movies that just underperformed. People want to go out. They want the social experience. They want to be in theatres. And we proved that exponentially this year.”The box-office rebound came in a year during which Netflix launched its most ambitious original movie slate, premiering some 70 new films. Though Netflix this fall relented to a degree by playing three of its films (“Roma,” ”The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” and “Bird Box”) exclusively in theatres before premiering on its streaming service, Netflix and exhibitors remain at odds over the benefits of the traditional theatrical window.Yet there is a growing sense that Netflix may not be public enemy No. 1 for movie theatres, after all. In 2018, Netflix has gained millions of subscribers, just as movie theatres have surged. Co-existence is possible. Last month, a NATO survey found that 33 per cent of moviegoers who see nine or more movies a year also spend 15 hours per week on streaming platforms.“We have maintained for years that streaming in the home is not taking away from the moviegoing experience,” said Fithian. “If anything, streaming in the home is damaging other forms of home entertainment. Cable television, for example. DVD sales, for example.”Streaming will only be more omnipresent in 2019, when Disney and Warner Bros. are set to debut their own Netflix-like services. But both studios remain resolutely devoted to exhibition and in releasing some of their biggest releases in traditional slow periods on the calendar. The year’s biggest movie, “Black Panther,” opened in February. Three of Warner Bros.’ top performers — “The Meg,” ”Crazy Rich Asians” and “The Nun” — benefited from the typically quiet dog-days of summer.“There were some really good movies that were spread out through the year,” said Jeff Goldstein, Warner Bros. distribution chief. “That’s the real takeaway: Make good movies, people will come.”But disruption is still at the door. Subscription services remade the moviegoing experience, led by the swift rise and fall of MoviePass, which took credit for the box-office revival before its inexpensive pricing structure proved unsustainable. MoviePass ran out of cash, repeatedly revamped its business model and descended into chaos, lawsuits and even a fraud investigation.The box office still chugged along (Fithian calls MoviePass’ impact “overblown”) and other subscription services (notably one by AMC , the world’s largest chain) entered the fray.Other threats to the movie theatre loom. When Disney’s acquisition of Fox is made official, there will be one less major studio in Hollywood. Further consolidation is expected, something Fithian grants “poses a challenge” for exhibitors that depend on a steady supply of movies. But he pointed to others that have picked up the slack: STX, Annapurna, A24, Bleecker St., Amazon and Apple, which last month partnered with A24 for a slate of films.Whether 2019 will continue the box-office trend or see a repeat of last year will come down, as it always does, to the movies. Analysts are bullish, predicting another record-setting year thanks to a Disney-heavy lineup including sure-fire blockbusters “Avengers: Endgame,” ”Captain Marvel,” ”Frozen 2″ and “Star Wars: Episode IX.”“On paper, that year is going to make this year look like small potatoes,” says Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for Comscore.Of course, similar predictions were made for 2017, too. That’s the problem with movie scripts. They can always be rewritten.___AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr contributed to this report.___Follow AP Film Writer Jake Coyle on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/jakecoyleAPJake Coyle, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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WatchShopify sees 100 pot orders per minute on Canadian websites for legalization

TORONTO — The Canadian online cannabis stores powered by Shopify Inc.’s e-commerce software are collectively processing more than 100 orders per minute, the Ottawa-based company said, an indication of the high demand for newly-legal pot.Since recreational cannabis was legalized in Canada at midnight, local time, the government-operated websites and private retailer portals powered by Shopify have processed “hundreds of thousands” of orders since cannabis was legalized at the stroke of midnight, said vice-president Loren Padelford.These online stores have seen “millions of visitors” from Canada and around the world in the hours since they went live at 12:01 a.m. local time.“For 12 hours in and the number of stores that are live, that’s a pretty big number,” Padelford said.Canadians of adult age are now able to purchase non-medical cannabis online or in physical outlets across the country for the first time — marking a massive shift in the country’s drug policy and the opening of what some are expecting to be a massive and lucrative market. It could be worth as much as $4 billion in the first year, according to a report from consultancy Deloitte.Most of those initial consumer purchases of legal adult use pot will be online, given that there are relatively few physical outlets open for business and they are not evenly spread across Canada’s vast geography. For example, while Newfoundland and Labrador has more than 20 outlets open for business, Ontarians can only buy recreational pot online until private retail shops open next year.Ontario, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Prince Edward Island — where online sales of cannabis will go through government portals — as well as some private retailers in other provinces, are using Shopify for their e-commerce websites.Demand was high for many government online stores including AlbertaCannabis.org, which needed to place customers in a virtual queue shortly after midnight to avoid an outage.The website, developed with U.S.-based OnX Enterprise Solutions, was “rigorously tested” but the surge of users “simply exceeded our expectations,” said a spokeswoman for the Alberta Gaming, Liquor and Cannabis commission. The queue was clear by 12:50 a.m. local time, she said.Ontario’s website, meanwhile, also saw brisk business and handled over 38,000 orders after it launched, premier Doug Ford said in the provincial legislature on Wednesday.Padelford said overall these “strong” visitor and sales volumes were expected, and Shopify did not see any technical issues or problems.“It’s not as big as Black Friday, but it’s definitely a big day… These are big stores with consistent, large volume going through them.” read more

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Softbank of Japan to acquire 70 per cent of Sprint for 201

Softbank of Japan to acquire 70 per cent of Sprint for $20.1 billion TOKYO – Tokyo-based mobile phone company Softbank Corp. has reached a deal to acquire 70 per cent of U.S. wireless carrier Sprint Nextel for $20.1 billion in the largest ever foreign acquisition by a Japanese company.The deal, announced Monday at a joint news conference in Tokyo by Softbank President Masayoshi Son and Sprint Chief Executive Dan Hesse, was given a green light by the boards of both companies. It still needs approval from Sprint shareholders and U.S. regulators. Softbank said the deal is expected to be completed by the middle of next year.The deal will bring together the third biggest mobile carriers of both Japan and the U.S., underlining the growth ambitions of Softbank, which has made a series of acquisitions and investments over the last couple of decades, including Yahoo Japan, the Japan unit of British mobile company Vodafone and Alibaba Group, a Chinese e-commerce company.Son said the investment made sense because the U.S. is the world’s biggest market in smartphones, and it was still growing.The news of the deal, which leaked late last week, had spooked investors worried about such a big investment and sent Softbank shares lower by about a third in recent sessions. Shares of Sprint, in contrast, shot up in anticipation of the offer.Sprint has struggled in recent years to compete with Verizon and AT&T. The company has $21 billion in long-term debt, and has launched a costly network restructuring and signed a long-term contract to buy $15.5 billion worth of iPhones from Apple Inc. over four years.Son is looking abroad for new growth as the Japanese mobile market has been stagnant for years. Softbank has been an exception in racking up strong profit despite such stagnation, largely on the popularity of the iPhone.Softbank was the first carrier to offer the iPhone in Japan, and was the only one in initial years. The iPhone has been such a hit in Japan it has shaped Softbank’s brand image and helped it lure customers away from its two bigger rivals. Son said earlier this year that he is determined Softbank will overtake NTT DoCoMo, the longtime No. 1.Son said the advent of smartphones means that the U.S. and Japanese markets have much in common, and the two companies could benefit and learn from each other.Son, a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, said he was only 16 when he ventured alone to the U.S.“I am happy to be able to tell you today of my big comeback to the U.S.,” he said. “This is going to be an even bigger challenge.”Before Monday’s deal, the biggest overseas acquisition by a Japanese company was Japan Tobacco Inc.’s purchase of Gallaher Group of Great Britain in 2007 for about $19 billion.___Follow Yuri Kageyama on Twitter: www.twitter.com/yurikageyama by News Staff Posted Oct 15, 2012 5:01 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Research study needs participants on job hunt

Students who are on the hunt for a part-time or full-time job, internship or co-op placement are needed for an upcoming research study.The study is being conducted by Associate Professor Adam Kanar in the Department of Organizational Behaviour, Human Resources, Entrepreneurship and Ethics (OBHREE) at the Goodman School of Business.Participants will be asked to complete survey questions about their job search habits and background.The total time commitment of all components of the study is about 90 minutes over the course of several weeks.It will include two 30-minute online surveys — one at the beginning of the semester and one 10 weeks later.Each week during the semester participants may also be asked to complete a two-minute survey about their job search progress.Study participants will be entered into a draw to win a Campus Store gift card.There is one $250 gift card, two $100 gift cards and three $50 gift cards available to be won.Participants will receive one entry into the draw for completing the initial survey and another for completing the survey at the end of the study.Anyone interested in participating can visit the following link and sign in using their Brock credentials for more information.Deadline to apply is Feb. 10. read more

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Brock creates business analytics research centre

A new research hub being created at Brock University will strengthen interdisciplinary research collaboration on data analytics across the University.The Centre for Business Analytics (CBA) will bring together faculty from various disciplines across the University, as well as alumni and industry partners for a common purpose.The Centre will be led by Anteneh Ayanso, professor of information systems and chair of the Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems at the Goodman School of Business.Following the introduction of the business analytics specialization in Goodman’s MBA program in 2014, one of the first of its kind in Canada, the Centre will build on the University’s capabilities to bring together various fields within the world of big data and further data-driven research.The Centre’s objectives include: supporting an interdisciplinary team of data analytics researchers; acting as a source of expertise for both public and private sectors; and fostering a training hub for the next generation of data scientists.CBA will partner with external organizations and software and application providers to maximize their impact and has already developed a relationship with SAS, a leading analytics software provider that is widely used in the field.Executives and managers are increasingly making business decisions based on data, making it more important for recent graduates to be trained in the field.“It is critical for Brock to keep up to the pace of the fast-moving business world and to respond to marketplace needs through our research and student training efforts,” says Barry Wright, interim dean of Brock’s Goodman School of Business. “This Centre will allow the University to do just that.”From major league sports to banking and retailing, big data has allowed organizations to gather enormous amounts of data on every aspect of their business models.“As a challenging academic frontier, big data analytics requires a new approach and ecosystem,” says Ayanso, director of the Centre for Business Analytics.“With the establishment of this Centre, Brock will join few institutions in Canada that are leading this research frontier. This new collaborative research environment will not only substantiate our presence and leadership in analytics training, but also give us a unique competitive advantage in attracting scholars and graduate students.”“We are eager to start this fall and to be able to work in partnership with our Brock colleagues in all other faculties and also to have a new way of providing students with in-demand training that will serve them well in their careers.”CBA membership is open to all Brock faculty and staff members who can contribute to the Centre’s objectives. The Centre will have regular calls to expand its membership. Interested members can learn more by contacting Ayanso at aayanso@brocku.ca. Brock students are also welcome to attend member committee meetings and graduates in the field of analytics are encouraged to become CBA affiliates.Guided by an advisory committee, the member committee is currently comprised of the following Brock faculty members:S. Ejaz Ahmed (Department of Mathematics and Statistics)Anteneh Ayanso (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Ernest Biktimirov (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)John Bonnett (Department of History)Kareen Brown (Department of Accounting)Zhongzhi (Lawrence) He (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Martin Kusy (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Walid Ben Omrane (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Roelof Makken (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Kevin Mongeon (Department of Sport Management)Reena Yoogalingam (Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems)Anteneh Ayanso, professor of information systems and chair of the Department of Finance, Operations and Information Systems at the Goodman School of Business read more

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Former Apprentice contestant sues Trump for defamation

first_imgFormer Apprentice contestant sues Trump for defamation Summer Zervos’s lawsuit claims that Trump lied when responding to allegations that he tried to kiss and grope her without her consent. Image: Ringo H.W. Chiu Short URL Share7 Tweet Email1 Tuesday 17 Jan 2017, 10:40 PM By AFP 44 Comments http://jrnl.ie/3191851 Image: Ringo H.W. Chiu Jan 17th 2017, 10:40 PM 25,724 Views PRESIDENT-ELECT DONALD TRUMP was today hit with a defamation lawsuit by a former contestant on his reality television show The Apprentice who had previously accused him of sexual misconduct.Summer Zervos’s lawsuit claims that Trump – set to become the 45th US president on Friday – lied when responding to allegations that he tried to kiss and grope her without her consent.Trump has “debased and denigrated Zervos with false statements about her,” the lawsuit says.Trump, who faced a series of sexual misconduct accusations during the campaign, has denied any wrongdoing and vowed to sue the women behind the claims.“All of these liars will be sued after the election is over,” Trump said at a rally in Pennsylvania in October. He has yet to file suit.Zervos’s attorney Gloria Allred said her client, who had previously said she would not take any legal action against the president-elect if he didn’t sue, had a change of heart as Trump has shown no remorse for his alleged behavior and had “lied” further to cover it up.“It was Donald Trump who was lying when he falsely denied his predatory misconduct with Summer Zervos, and derided her for perpetrating a ‘hoax’ and making up a ‘phony’ story to get attention,” according to the suit filed in New York.“In doing so, he used his national and international bully pulpit to make false factual statements to denigrate and verbally attack Ms Zervos and the other women who publicly reported his sexual assaults in October 2016.”StatementsZervos is asking that Trump retract or apologize for the statements he made against her. She is also asking for compensatory and punitive damages in an amount to be determined at trial.In a statement read to reporters in Los Angeles today, Zervos said she would be willing to drop her suit if Trump “will simply retract his false and defamatory statements about me and acknowledge that I told the truth about him.”Zervos last year revealed that Trump had made unwanted sexual advances toward her when she met him at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles in 2007 to discuss career opportunities.Trump moved toward her aggressively during the encounter and touched her on the breast but she rebuffed him, she alleged.Zervos and several other women who made similar allegations came forward after a 2005 videotape of Trump bragging about groping women surfaced during in early October.The president-elect claimed his comments on the tape were “locker-room banter,” and denounced the sex assault allegations as lies and fabricated stories.- © AFP 2017Read: Ethics probe begins into Justin Trudeau’s lavish island holiday Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Gestion de la grippe A lOMS soutenue par ses membres

first_imgGestion de la grippe A : l’OMS soutenue par ses membresL’Organisation mondiale de la santé (OMS) organisait hier sa 63e assemblée. L’occasion pour elle de recevoir l’appui de ses 193 membres concernant la gestion de la pandémie de grippe A(H1N1).La directrice de l’OMS, Margaret Chan, a affirmé hier lors de l’Assemblée mondiale de la santé que le virus de la grippe A n’avait par “chance” pas muté, ce qui avait facilité la lutte contre la pandémie.L’OMS faisait face depuis plusieurs mois à de nombreuses critiques, concernant sa gestion de la pandémie de grippe A. Le Conseil de l’Europe notamment, l’accusait d’avoir été influencée par les grands laboratoires.La France a tenu à soutenir l’OMS, l’Hexagone ayant lui-aussi été confronté à des “campagnes de dénigrement” pointant du doigt la mauvaise gestion de la pandémie, a souligné la ministre de la Santé Roselyne Bachelot.”Je veux exprimer au nom de la France notre solidarité avec l’OMS, prise à partie de façon injuste”, a déclaré cette dernière. “Au moment où nous avons dû prendre la plupart des décisions importantes, notre connaissance de la sévérité [du virus] était imparfaite”.Mme Bachelot a également rappelé que “le véritable enjeu” devrait être “de savoir si nous avons pris collectivement les bonnes décisions, au bon moment, avec les éléments dont nous disposions au printemps et au début de l’été 2009”.Le 18 mai 2010 à 10:57 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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MovieBob Reviews BLADE OF THE IMMORTAL 2017

first_imgIs Blade of The Immortal good?It’s pretty good.What is it, exactly?A new samurai movie from Takeshi Miike, based on the manga by Hiroaki Samura.“Takeshi Miike” sounds familiar. Should I know who that is?Yes, you should.Oh. So, who is he?Takeshi Miike is 56 years old and directed his first movie in 1991, the same year as his first television directing gig. Blade of The Immortal, released this year, marks his 100th credit as director. No, you didn’t mishear: This man – this man right here – directed 100 complete films, video and television projects within only 26 years… and if you think that’s impressive: FIFTEEN of those were made between 2000 and 2001 alone! Often thought of as the “face” of Japanese underground moviemaking, Miike subscribes to a filmmaking philosophy that one good scene or even just one great shot is worth making an entire movie to set up.Wow. That’s a lot of movies. Are they mostly samurai films like this?Not even close. Best known for producing ultra-violent Yakuza gangster films often centered on challenging societal prejudices against cultural and ethnic minorities within Japanese culture like Dead or Alive and Ley Lines. Miike has made films in almost every conceivable genre from acclaimed horror films (Audition, Gozu, and Imprint), taboo-breaking lurid shockers (Visitor Q, Ichii The Killer and Fudoh: The New Generation), family movies (The Great Yokai War, Ninja Kids and Zebraman), acclaimed historical action features (Hara-Kiri and 13 Assassins). And of late he’s gained renewed fame as a reliable helmer for adaptations of anime, manga and video games – including Ace Attorney, Yatterman, Terraformars and the upcoming live-action version of Jojo’s Bizarre Adventure: Diamond is Unbreakable.Okay, so, while I google how to watch all of those; what’s this one about? As implied by the title, it follows the adventures of wandering swordsman named Manji cursed both by guilt at a tragic mistake committed in his past and more immediately by mysterious blood parasites that heal all of his wounds and prevent him dying – even though he really kind of wants to at this point. The film is based on the first arc of the original manga, in which Manji is hired by a teenage girl named Rin to hunt down and kill the men who murdered her father. He is a cult-like gang of weapon masters who seek to wipe out the established schools of swordsmanship and replace them with their own militantly-informal style.That’s it?That’s pretty much it, yeah. Apart from the magical healing and existential angst, this franchise is about as classical as it gets so if you’ve seen one other tormented ronin samurai movie you know what you’re in for. Manji and Rin wander from place to place hashing out their respective backstories and philosophies, stopping every few minutes for a brutally-violent fights to the death usually themed around the colorful one-off opponents or Manji’s ridiculously large collection of strange and elaborate swords. Which he always seems to be carrying though it’s somewhat unclear where he’s keeping all of them.And it’s not great?Miike’s “pretty good” is usually more fun than most filmmakers’ “great,” but yeah it’s a solid but kind of average movie. As mid-budget action goes, it’s probably on the strong side for this year; though devotees of Miike’s larger body of work may be disappointed to find that this one is much more on the conventional side. Largely eschewing the digressions into outright comedy or other radical changes in tone that define his style elsewhere and overall adhering to an interesting conceit of portraying the over-the-top anime/manga-style violence and fighting techniques without a lot of exaggerated visual flourish. Instead, it almost looks like these otherwise absurd characters and their preposterous weapons are inhabiting a fairly realistic (almost mundane) recreation of mid-Edo period Japan.What’s the highlight?Like most of Miike’s middle-of-the-road films, the details in between the obligatory story-filler and the money-shot fight scenes are a treasure trove of weird, small moments that reward your attention. Most notably, Takuya Kimura’s performance as Manji. Popular culture has given us A LOT of “immortal” heroes sulking cynically through the ages, but Kimura put’s a decidedly different spin on a character who very easily could’ve just been “period Japanese Wolverine.” And instead comes off like a guy who perpetually “just woke up” and is kind of annoyed that he has to fight people again today. I especially like the way he doesn’t really put much effort or specific style into his sword fighting unless he’s got something else going on since, y’know, why would he HAVE to be good? It’s not like he can lose.Is there a main issue holding it back?It’s a little too long thanks to the overly stretched-out middle part, and even though it opens and closes with huge-scale one-versus-an-army battles that are indeed worth the whole ticket price there’s really no reason that material this routine needed to be 2 ½ hours long.But you recommend anyway?Sure. It’s not a masterpiece, but it does the job, and it’s different enough to get into even if you’ve had your fill of bloody samurai movies for whatever reason. Worth seeking out. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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