Saina to skip nationals next month

first_imgSaina Nehwal will miss the senior national badminton championships in Rohtak from January 3-10, since the meet will clash with the Super Series finals, which get underway in Taipei on January 5.Speaking to MAIL TODAY, the Hyderabadi, who won the Hong Kong Super Series meet on Sunday, said the clash of dates with the season- ending Super Series event was the reason for her missing the nationals.”The fact that I have to play in the Super Series final is very important for my rankings. This year I skipped five such events and as a result could not finish higher up.”But then, I had to do this since winning gold at the Asian Games and the Commonwealth Games was my top priority,” she said.Saina, who arrived in Hyderabad late on Monday, said that she was happy with the way she executed her tactics in the final against Wang Shixian of China.”I am extremely happy that I was able to play my best in the final against her (Shixian). She is one of the best players in the world and I am happy that I could win despite losing the opening game,” Saina said.Saina also felt that all the emphasis she had laid on improving her fitness has paid off.”More than anything else, I would credit my success this year to my fitness. I think I have never been so fit before this in my career.”I have been working very hard on this aspect and it was because of this that I could outlast Shixian in the decider,” she said.advertisementDespite losing the opener, Saina said she knew the match was not going to slip out of her hands.”I was confident that I could win this match. I had worked out my tactics with Baskar Babu (coach who accompanied her to Hong Kong).”We knew that we were in for a long match. And once I had won the second game, I knew I was in with a chance. She was making uncharacteristic mistakes. I think the pressure got to her,” Saina added.Playing at Indian OpenMeanwhile, Saina will be in action at the rechristened Indian Open, which gets underway in Hyderabad on Wednesday. This tournament was known as the Syed Modi International till last year.”I had a great year. I would like to end that on a positive note by winning in front of my home crowd,” said Saina.last_img read more

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Jeep Compass: Everything you need to know

first_imgThere is little to doubt that the Jeep brand in itself has incredible ‘aspiration’ value. No one can also take away from the fact that the brand is also responsible in creating this whole SUV aura around the world. So the bottom-line is that everyone wants to own a Jeep. The company after making Indians wait for a rather long time launched the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler in India recently. However both these versions thanks to being CBUs are incredibly expensive and away from the realms of the common man. So the Grand Cherokee and the Wrangler are actually halo cars for the brand. But halo cars do not mean sales! What brings sales is something much more affordable.The diesel engine in the Compass will be a 2.0-litre motor which comes from Fiats MultiJet lineup. It will be paired with both automatic and manual gearboxes.ALSO READ:Fiat to roll out Jeep Compass SUV from Pune plant in 2017Enter the brand spanking new Jeep Compass. The Jeep Compass will be the SUV which will be completely ‘made-in-India’ and this will ensure that the cost of the same is kept affordable. We expect the Jeep Compass range to start from the Rs 20 lakh mark and this means that it will have to take on the likes of the soon to be launched Hyundai Tucson. The Compass is expected to be launched in India next year. So now that you have a low down on timelines and price, let us take you through the SUV itself.advertisementThe cabin looks smart and is available in a two-tone or all-black scheme depending on variant.The Jeep Compass is based on the same platform as the Fiat 500X albeit heavily reworked to suit the overall larger dimensions. But what makes the Compass a proper Jeep is the design. Look at it from any angle and it is unmistakably a smaller Grand Cherokee. It offers the seven slat grille which has become the identity of this American brand. The sleek pair of headlamps flanking the grille come with LED daytime running lamps. The fog lamps sit on the bumper which also has a dual tone effect to it.  In profile it is clear that the Compass has proper SUV intentions. The big wheel arches house the 18in alloys and the claddings give it that tough look.Instrument panel is properly loaded and blue backlighting is soothing.ALSO READ: All-new Jeep Compass debuts in Brazil; India launch in 2017The Compass offers a ground clearance of around 218mm which is rather respectable. Reduced overhangs further ensure better go- anywhere capability. The Compass has a entry angle of 28.7 degree and a departure angle of 31.9 degree which is good for treading off the road. The 23.2 degree ramp angle makes things even better. At the back, the Compass comes with large LED wraparound tail lamps which look good. The tail gate too is large and the loading lip has been kept as low as possible. Some might be disappointed that the spare wheel is hidden within the SUV but it is a good thing.The 8.4in touchscreen unit infotainment offers CarPlay.Now let’s move inside. The cabin of the Compass is large enough to take in five passengers. The cabin has been given the all-black treatment which looks good. The dash houses a large 8.4in touchscreen system. Right below sit the switches for the climate control. One thing to notice here is that most manufacturers these days are busy reducing clutter within the cabin and Jeep is no exception.Short overhangs and good ramp and departure angles allow for ease of off-roading.ALSO READ: Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT pits against an aerobatic twister planeWe like the clean look to the dash. The instrument panel is a standard two-pod affair. One occupied by the speedo and the other by the tacho. The space left in between is a digital display with fuel and temperature gauges taking centre stage. The rest of the space is left for the comprehensive trip computer. Overall the blue backlight gives the instrument panel a smart look.The Terrain Response System knob sits ahead of the gear lever. It also houses the button to shift into 4WD low. Sitting ahead of the gear lever is a neat rotary knob which is dedicated to the 4WD system of the Compass. Twist it and one can select terrain out of the four options which include sand, snow, mud or auto. There is also a button there to shift into the 4WD low mode which is dedicated to proper off-road conditions. At the back the seats are flexible and can be folded in multiple ways to ensure versatility. The boot on the other hand offers 410 litres of cargo space which can be enhanced to a rather large 1,191 litres by folding the seats down.ALSO READ:A trip down Jeep’s memory laneadvertisementThe Compass offers 218mm of ground clearance. Moving on to powerplant, the Compass will be available in both petrol and diesel guise internationally. The diesel in question is a 2.0-litre turbocharged engine which comes from Fiat’s MultiJet series. In the Compass, it churns out 170bhp and 350Nm of torque. Jeep claims that the Compass in this spec can sprint to 100kmph in just 10 seconds and can keep going until it touches 194kmph. We also expect Jeep to offer this same engine here in India. An AWD version is also expected to be offered in this spec and gearbox options will include a 6-speed manual and 9-speed automatic. Details of the petrol engine are yet to be revealed but we believe that it is going to be the 1.6-litre unit.The Jeep Compass will compete with the hyundai tucson and is expected to be priced around the Rs 20 lakh mark. Jeep is offering the Compass in four variants which include the entry level Sport followed by the Limited. Then comes the Longitude and finally one can have the top of the line Trailhawk. The Trailhawk though will come with even more features which include a dual-tone paint treatment.ALSO READ: Jeep launches iconic Wrangler and mighty Grand Cherokee in Indialast_img read more

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Frivolous to compare ‘Gold’ with ‘Chak De! India’: Akshay Kumar

first_imgMumbai, Jul 29 (PTI) Akshay Kumar, whose next “Gold” is based on true events about India winning its first Olympic gold medal in hockey as a free nation, believes it is “frivolous” to compare the film with “Chak De! India”.Led by Shah Rukh Khan, the 2007 sports film was a fictional story about the Indian women’s national field-hockey team, which was inspired by the squad’s win at the 2002 Commonwealth Games.”Everything will be a competition. For me, it is all about doing a good film. ‘Chak De…’ was a different story, ‘Gold’ is different. It is frivolous to even think like thator competing with that film. Don’t compare it, it is all different,” Akshay said in an interview.”Gold”, directed by Reema Kagti, traces the journey of Tapan Das (played by Akshay) an assistant manager, who dreams to get a gold medal for the then newly-independent India.The actor said he was initially unaware about the story of “Gold” but was bowled over when Kagti narrated the film.”Reema is a tough master, she handled the sports thing very well. I salute her. It is commendable. It is a tough film to handle as you are taking the audience to the time period of 1936, then 1947 and 1948, she had to do so much homework. To make a film in that era is a very difficult job,” he added.Talking about his character, the actor said, “He is a controversial guy. He is a drunk and a cheater. But within a year, he brought 11 people together, made a team and went for Olympics, won the gold medal. I felt this story was unbelievable and needed to be told.”advertisementAsked if the iconic event got buried in the history in the aftermath of the Partition, Akshay said “gold medal was not a priority at that time” for the country.The film also stars Amit Sadh, Kunal Kapoor and Vineet Singh, and marks Mouni Roy’s feature film debut.”Gold” is set to face off with “Satyameva Jayate” on August 15. PTI KKP RDSRDSlast_img read more

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Irani Cup: Umpire Nandan, who ruled Faiz Fazal out erroneously, hit on the head by ball

first_imgUmpire CK Nandan suffered a nasty blow while officiating during the fourth day of the Irani Cup match between Vidarbha and Rest of India in Nagpur on Friday.During the second session of play and with Rest of India reaching 287 for 3 in their second innings, Hanuma Vihari took a single towards long off, the fielder picked up the ball and threw towards the stumps, at the non-striker’s end, but missed his aim and the ball hit umpire Nandan hard on the back of his head forcing him to go down on the ground.The impact shattered the sunglasses that Nandan had kept on the back of his hat as he winced in pain. Physios rushed to check on him and play was halted for a few minutes.The match referee also came on to the field to check on Nandan and even asked him if he could continue to which the umpire replied in the affirmative.pic.twitter.com/5q8o2cI4O0Dhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 15, 2019Vihari was batting on 144 at the time along with Shreyas Iyer on 8 as ROI led the Ranji Trophy Champions by 191 runs. ROI eventually declared their second innings at 374 for 3 with Vihari finishing unbeaten on 180 while Iyer made 61 not out, setting Vidarbha a target of 280 to win the match.They lost the wicket of captain Faiz Fazal for a duck but Sanjay Raghunath and Atharwa Taide steadied the innings and took the team to 37 for 1 at stumps. Vidarbha need another 243 runs to win the match with 9 wickets and one full day’s play remaining.advertisementThis was the second incident involving umpire CK Nandan in the past three days in this match as he was also the one who gave Faiz Fazal out under controversial circumstances on Day 2 when Vidarbha were batting in their first innings.Nandan was criticised for taking a lot of time to give Fazal out on the second day when the left-handed opener was batting on 27 with Vidarbha 50 for no loss.Fazal edged a delivery from Krishnappa Gowtham which ended straight in the gloves of wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan. All the players in ROI team went up in appeal but Nandan shook his head initially but suddenly raised his finger after his colleague, umpire Nitin Menon standing at square leg, confirmed that the ball had hit Fazal’s gloves.pic.twitter.com/e3oF3Q0haYDhoni Fan (@WastingBalls) February 13, 2019The decision left Fazal in shock while the ROI players, including the bowler Gowtham, were also confused as to what had just happened. But after realising the umpire’s final call they celebrated.Vidarbha managed to post 425 in their first innings and grabbed a crucial 95-run first innings lead after bowling out Rest of India for 330.Also Read | Irani Cup Day 4: Hanuma Vihari 180, Rahane 87 leave Vidarbha with tricky chaseAlso Read | Vidarbha’s X-factor, Aditya SarwateAlso Read | Hanuma Vihari creates Irani Cup history with hat-trick of hundredslast_img read more

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IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma rested vs KXIP, Kieron Pollard to lead Mumbai Indians

first_imgMumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma was rested as a precautionary measure against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Kieron Pollard led MI against Kings XI Punjab after Rohit Sharma was ruled out with a right leg muscle spasm.Rohit Sharma has played 178 matches in the Indian Premier League and has scored 4611 runs including 1 hundred and 34 fifties.However, in the 2019 Indian Premier League, Rohit has only managed to score 118 runs from 5 matches and is yet to hit a fifty.On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma gave Mumbai Indians and India a major injury scare when he limped out of MI’s practice session. Rohit is key for MI in the IPL and he is expected to play a big role for India in the 2019 Cricket World Cup.Kieron Pollard had captained Mumbai Indians in 3 games in 2014, but in the Champions League, when Rohit Sharma, sustained a fractured middle finger!#IPL2019#MIvKXIPMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) April 10, 2019There had been a slight injury scare around Jasprit Bumrah earlier in the season but he was declared fit soon after.On the eve of Mumbai Indians’ match against Kings XI Punjab, Rohit Sharma appeared to pull his muscle and lay on the ground and looked in pain. However, he walked up the steps after receiving immediate medical attention.Kieron Pollard said Rohit Sharma was rested against KXIP only as a precautionary measure. After tonight’s clash, Mumbai Indians will host Rajasthan Royals on April 13 and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15 before travelling to Delhi for their match against Delhi Capitals on April 18.advertisementSiddhesh Lad is all set to make his debut for the @mipaltan #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/tPw5eQN3svIndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2019Rohit Sharma was replaced by Siddhesh Lad who has been with Mumbai Indians since 2015 but had never got a game before. The 26-year-old Siddhesh Lad has scored heavily in first-class cricket. From 49 matches, Lad has scored 3592 runs including 8 hundreds.Mumbai Indians: Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Siddhesh Lad, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard (captain), Rahul Chahar, Alzarri Joseph, Jason Behrendorff, Jasprit BumrahKings XI Punjab: Chris Gayle, K.L. Rahul (wicketkeeper), Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Sam Curran, Hardus Viljoen, Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Ankit Rajpoot, Mohammed ShamiAlso Read | IPL 2019: MI likely to rest injured Rohit Sharma for KXIP match at WankhedeAlso Read | Started to doubt myself after Koffee with Karan row, I was hated nationally: KL Rahullast_img read more

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Barcelona team news & likely line-up vs Sevilla

first_imgPrimera División Barcelona Team News: Injuries, suspensions and line-up vs Sevilla Ben Hayward Last updated 2 years ago 15:20 11/4/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Lionel Messi Barcelona Athletic Club Juan Manuel Serrano Arce Primera División Barcelona v Sevilla Barcelona Sevilla Everything you need to know ahead of the Catalans’ league game at home to the Andalusians on Saturday… Barcelona return to action in La Liga on Saturday after their midweek draw away to Olympiacos in the Champions League.Ernesto Valverde’s men were held in a goalless game in Greece on Tuesday, but still top their group by three points from Juventus and remain unbeaten since the Spanish Supercopa in August.The Blaugrana lead La Liga by four points from Valencia, with Real Madrid and Atletico eight off the pace. So far, Barca have won nine of their fixtures and drawn the other – away to Diego Simeone’s side last month. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player BARCELONA INJURIES Ousmane Dembele is still sidelined with a thigh injury, but the French forward posted a picture on social media this week which revealed he is back in training with Barcelona.Andres Iniesta should be involved after returning to training on Thursday, but Andre Gomes, Sergi Roberto and Rafinha are all sidelined.Arda Turan is doubtful.Ousmane Dembele Getafe BarcelonaBARCELONA SUSPENSIONS Gerard Pique was suspended for the trip to Olympiacos, but the centre-back returns on Saturday and Barcelona do not have any players banned in La Liga.Gerard Pique BarcelonaBARCELONA POTENTIAL STARTING LINE-UPBarcelona boss Ernesto Valverde is without Sergi Roberto and Andre Gomes, but Andres Iniesta could return to the starting line-up after recovering from injury.In defence, Gerard Pique is back after missing the game against Olympiacos through suspension, while Nelson Semedo will start at right-back.Aleix Vidal is in line to feature further forward in a 4-3-3 formation, the former Sevilla man in contention to start on the right against his former club, with Lionel Messi in a more central role and Luis Suarez drifting in from the left.Messi 11/10 to score 2+Barcelona possible XI SevillaSEVILLA TEAM NEWS Sevilla secured a vital 2-1 win at home to Spartak Moscow in the Champions League on Wednesday night to move back into second place in Group E and erase the memory of their shock 5-1 loss in the Russian capital in the previous matchday.Doubts remain over new coach Eduardo Berizzo. The former Celta Vigo boss has led the Andalusians to six wins in their 10 matches in La Liga, although they have also lost three times so far, including a 4-0 defeat at Valencia in their last away game, and are in fifth place ahead of Saturday’s trip to Camp Nou.Daniel Carrico, Nico Pareja and Joaquin Correa will all miss the game against Barcelona through injury.HD Sevilla celebrate v LiverpoolBEST OPTA MATCH FACTS Sevilla have not won any of their last 14 league games against Barca at Camp Nou, losing 12 of those and conceding 38 goals in the process (2.7 per game). Barcelona are on a run of 17 league games without a defeat (16 wins and a draw), the third-best streak in the top five European Leagues after Manchester City (18) and Napoli (23). Barca have only conceded three goals in La Liga this season, their best ever defensive tally after the first 10 games of a season. The last time Barcelona started a La Liga season with nine wins and a draw was in 2013-14 when they finished second behind Atletico Madrid. Lionel Messi has scored 29 goals in his 30 games in all competitions against Sevilla, his most favoured opponent in terms of goals scored. TV COVERAGE & KICK-OFF TIME Barcelona versus Sevilla kicks off at 20:45 local time at Camp Nou on Saturday and will be broadcast live from 19:40 UK time on Sky Sports Football.last_img read more

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2015 NSW State Cup results

first_imgCongratulations to all of the winners from the 2015 New South Wales State Cup in Port Macquarie. Men’s Open AChampionship � Parramatta Eels 4 defeated Murwillumbah Mavericks 3Women�s Open AChampionship � Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 5 defeated Wests Magpies 2Mixed OpenChampionship � Eastern Suburbs Roosters 7 defeated Murwillumbah Mavericks 5Bowl � Mudgee Mudcrabs 7 defeated Wallsend Wolves 3Plate � Wagga Wagga Vipers 7 defeated Yamba Ospreys 5Shield � Narrabri Knights 6 defeated Macksville Falcons 5 Men�s Open B Championship � Central Coast Dolphins 4 defeated Wests Magpies 1Bowl � Wests Magpies (3) 5 defeated Appin Warriors 4Plate � Taree Flames 6 defeated Penrith Panthers (2) 5Shield � Cronulla Sharks 6 defeated Doyalson Dragons (3) 5Women�s Open BChampionship � Easts Roosters 6 defeated Wallsend Wolves 3Bowl � Murwillumbah Mavericks 3 defeated Norths UTS Bears (2) 2Plate � Taree Flames 2 (2) defeated Peninsula Piranhas 0 Men�s 20�sChampionship � Murwillumbah Mavericks 9 defeated Penrith Panthers 2 Bowl � Taree Flames 7 defeated Yass Flames 5Women�s 20�sChampionship � Murwillumbah Mavericks 6 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 5Bowl � Beresfield Bandits 5 defeated Hills Hornets 2 Men�s 30�sChampionship � Murwillumbah Mavericks 9 defeated Manly Sea Eagles 5 Bowl � Newcastle City Knights 7 defeated Port Macquarie 5Senior MixedWollongong Devils 9 defeated Balmain Tigers 2Women�s 30�s Eastern Suburbs Roosters 5 defeated Maitland Redbacks 2Men�s 40�s Championship � Wallsend Wolves 7 defeated Murwillumbah Mavericks 5Bowl � Lismore Lizards 4 defeated Manly Sea Eagles (2) 3 Women�s 40�sChampionship � Manly Sea Eagles 3 defeated Central Coast Dolphins 2Bowl � Manly Sea Eagles (3) 1 defeated Forster Tuncurry Men�s 50�sManly Sea Eagles 6 defeated Murwillumbah Mavericks 2Men�s 55�s Manly Sea Eagles 3 defeated Penrith Panthers 1Related LinksState Cup Resultslast_img read more

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Man dies in hospital after being shot by Montreal police

first_imgMONTREAL – Quebec’s police watchdog is investigating a police shooting in Montreal on Tuesday evening that claimed the life of a 58-year-old man.The Independent Investigations Bureau say police were called at about 7 p.m. regarding a man who was allegedly demolishing everything in his apartment.The agency says the man held a screwdriver in each of his hands when police arrived and that officers unsuccessfully tried to subdue him with plastic bullets and a stun gun.It says the man was then apparently shot several times by police officers and later died in hospital.Twelve agency investigators along with Quebec Provincial Police are investigating the incident.last_img

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JUST FOR LAUGHS 2017 MONTREAL FESTIVAL – DAY 3 IN PHOTOS

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Here’s a recap of Day 3The highlight of the night … Jim Carrey, Trevor Noah and Craig Ferguson were among the acts honoured at the Just For Laughs awards show in Montreal last night.Movie director Judd Apatow gave Carrey his ‘Generation Award’, and recalled the times they worked together in the LA comedy clubs in the 1980s. Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Facebook Login/Register With: Twitterlast_img

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Decision to Ban Much Loved Was Made by the Government Head

Rabat – The government apparently made the decision to ban Nabil Ayouch’s prostitution-themed drama “Much Loved” without consulting with the film regulatory body CCM.CCM director Sarim Fassi-Fihri told Huffpost Morocco website that the Ministry of Communication called them to see if the leaked clips, which have prompted an avalanche of criticism on social media platforms, actually belong to “Much Loved”.“The Ministry of Communication called us to inquire if the video clips posted for several days on YouTube are present in “Much Loved.” We said yes,” Fassi-Fihri said. “And it is on this basis that the Ministry decided to ban the screening of the film in Morocco.”  The CCM has not given its opinion.The Ministry of Communication said in a previous statement that the decision to ban the film had been taken after a team from the Moroccan Cinematographic Center (CCM) saw it at an international festival, referring to Cannes Festival.“After a CCM group saw the film in an international film festival, it was decided not to authorize the release of the film in Morocco, “ a statement from the Ministry of Communication said last Monday.The film’ director Nabil Ayouch said he was shocked by the decision of the Ministry of Communication because none of its members have actually seen the film, and that he hadn’t even applied for a permit for it be shown in Moroccan movie theaters.A number of international filmmakers and producers- including Arnaud Desplechin, Michel Hazanavicius, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Costa-Gavras, Bertrand Tavernier, Jean Labadie, Edouard Weil and Christophe Rossignon- have signed a petition to support Ayouch and Loubna Abidar, the film’s main character.Cannes Directors’ Fortnight Edouard Waintrop has also joined those who are protesting against Morocco’s ban on Nabil Ayouch’s film, saying that the reality the film is seeking to portray “won’t be altered by an act of deliberate censorship.” read more

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Haiti UN applauds publication of Senate election results despite low turn out

The average participation rate for the first round of balloting last week was just over 11 per cent across Haiti, but MINUSTAH noted that numbers varied widely from one department to another. While pledging its continued support, MINUSTAH urged the Provisional Electoral Council (CEP) to focus on the next round of voting slated for 7 June, when around a third of Senate seats are up for grabs.MINUSTAH also called on the CEP and the Haitian National Police to learn from the logistic, technical and security challenges faced during polling on 19 April and make the appropriate adjustments for a successful second round election.The relevant national authorities should “take the necessary measures to investigate the incidents of 19 April and ensure that all those who have violated the law are held accountable for their actions,” the mission said in press release.According to media reports, voting for one of the seats in a rural department was cancelled after protestors raided polling stations and a supervisor was injured in a shooting incident. It was also reported that some voters had difficulty reaching the polls in the capital city of Port-au-Prince because public transport was stopped.Encouraging Haitians to use their vote in June, the UN mission called for calm and compliance with the law. 28 April 2009The United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH) today welcomed the publication of election results for the Caribbean country’s Senate although poor turn out meant that none of the candidates picked up sufficient votes to win a seat outright. read more

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Ban voices concern at pattern of political killings in GuineaBissau

Mr. Ban is “dismayed” by the news of the assassinations of Baciro Dabo, a candidate in the forthcoming presidential elections, and Helder Proenca, a Member of Parliament and former Minister of Defense, along with others, his spokesperson said in a statement. Coming so soon after the assassinations in March of President João Bernardo Vieira and his Chief of General Staff, General Batista Tagme Na Waie, “these criminal acts are a tragic setback for efforts to restore the rule of law and democratic processes in the country, but they should not be allowed to deter the forthcoming presidential elections,” the statement said. “These developments underscore once again the importance and urgency of conducting a thorough, credible and transparent investigation into the circumstances surrounding the assassinations in Guinea Bissau,” it added.Mr. Ban called on national authorities, including the military, to ensure that the human rights of all citizens are upheld and protected.Today’s statement added that the UN will be consulting with national authorities and the International Contact Group on Guinea-Bissau to explore what more needs to be done to end impunity and restore respect for the rule of law in the country. In a report released last month, Mr. Ban had said that assassinations in March highlighted the need for the West African nation’s justice, defence and security sectors to be reformed. The country has struggled in recent decades to combat drug trafficking and organized crime, and also to sustain economic growth and political stability amid a series of civil conflicts, coups d’état and uprisings. 5 June 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced his concern at the “emerging pattern of killings” of high profile personalities in Guinea-Bissau, where a presidential candidate and a member of parliament were gunned down today, just months after the country’s president and his chief of staff were assassinated. read more

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US stocks hit new records TSX advances to twoweek high

North American stocks rose, extending records for U.S. benchmark indexes, as comments from Janet Yellen signaled she will continue the Federal Reserve’s stimulus efforts.The Standard & Poor’s 500 Index rose 0.4 percent to a record 1,788.23 at 12:13 p.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average added 31.70 points, or 0.2 percent, to 15,853.33, also a record. Trading in S&P 500 shares was 19 percent higher than the 30-day average for this time of day.“Yellen’s confirmation hearings are under such intense focus by investors,” Gary Flam, managing director and portfolio manager at Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC, said by phone from Los Angeles. Bel Air manages $7 billion in assets. “It just shows how much central bankers are what’s driving the market, and confidence in central bankers is high.”Canada’s benchmark stock market advanced to a two-week high as the next likely leader of the U.S. Federal Reserve made clear the economy will need to show more improvement before the central bank starts to withdraw economic stimulus.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 83.62 points to 13,454.28 with support also coming from strong earnings reports from IT company CGI Group (TSX:GIB.A) and Kinross Gold (TSX:K), its highest level since Oct. 31.The Canadian dollar fell 0.34 of a cent to 95.24 cents US.Yellin’s prepared remarks were released Wednesday after the market close and they indicated she won’t be straying from the low-interest rate policies of outgoing chairman Ben Bernanke.She said the economy has regained ground lost to the recession, but unemployment remains too high.Later, during a question and answer session with senators, Yellen said the Fed understands that quantitative easing, involving the monthly purchase of US$85 billion of bonds, can’t go on forever.But she made it clear that “it is important not to remove support while the recovery is still fragile.”Yellen added that “it is also important to remove accommodation when the right time comes.”A strong rally on markets during October has largely stalled this month on concerns that the Fed could start tapering as soon as next month. The Fed’s bond purchases have kept long-term rates low and supported a strong advance on many markets.“Regardless of when this tapering actually comes to be, and the Fed knows it has this massive balance sheet, it knows it has to start the process to exit,” said Stephen Lingard, portfolio manager at Franklin Multi-asset strategies.“But that doesn’t mean that tighter policy or even less loose policy is imminent.”The gold sector led advancers, up 2.3% while bullion prices advanced with December gold ahead $21 to US$1,289.40 an ounce. Goldcorp (TSX:G) gained 53 cents to $25.82.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K) reported a big drop in third-quarter net earnings amid falling gold prices and higher production costs. Kinross said net income fell to US$49.9 million or four cents per share in the three months ended Sept. 30. Adjusted earnings were $54.4 million or five cents per share, in line with analyst estimates and its shares rose 19 cents to $5.39.The tech sector was up 1.5% with shares in CGI Group Inc. (TSX:GIB.A) up $2.21 or 5.87% to $39.83 after posting $141 million of net income in its fourth quarter, compared with a loss of $168 million a year ago. Ex-items, earnings were 67 cents a share for the Montreal-based IT services company, five cents better than expected. CGI has been partially blamed for the huge problems related to the online launch of Obamacare.In the U.S., Cisco Systems Inc. fell 12.25% to US$21.05 after the tech bellwether posted lower-than-expected revenue for its first quarter on Wednesday and warned that its revenue for the current period could fall as much as 10% from a year ago. Its stock tumbled 11.3% in pre-market trading in New York.Financials were higher with Scotiabank (TSX:BNS) ahead 73 cents to C$65.63.Royal Bank (TSX:RY) will record an unusual negative item in the fourth quarter, about $118 million after taxes, as it grapples with changes to how Ottawa taxes individual life insurance policies. The charge will reflect the reduced long-term profit that it expects from policies issued by its insurance unit and its shares gained 38 cents to $71.44.The energy sector was ahead 0.36% with December crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange down 95 cents to US$92.93 a barrel. Talisman Energy (TSX:TLM) advanced 17 cents to C$12.76.The base metals component was off 0.25% while copper lost ground for a third day, reflecting disappointment that a meeting of Chinese leaders earlier this week failed to yield hoped-for economic reforms. The December contract declined one cent to US$3.15 a pound.Turquoise Hill Resources (TSX:TRQ) fell 28 cents to $4.35. The fall came as the miner suspended work on development of its premier project, the copper mine at Oyu Tolgoi in Mongolia after the government said financing for the project would require parliamentary approval. The company said Thursday talks with the government are continuing it will be unable to complete project financing this year.The Canadian Press with files from Bloomberg read more

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Syria first civilians evacuated from Homs after nearly twoyear siege UN reports

“I continue to call for the safe and voluntary evacuation of all civilians and for full access for humanitarian workers to help people caught in similar situations across Syria,” UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said in a statement, calling today’s operation “a breakthrough, and a small but important step towards compliance with international humanitarian law.”More than 80 women, children and elderly were evacuated from the Old City of Homs, the first of the 500 families who have become a symbol of the horrors inflicted upon civilians by the civil war in which considerably more than 100,000 people have been killed and millions of others driven from their homes since the conflict erupted in March 2011 when originally peaceful protestors sought the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad.The UN, often with relief convoys mere miles away from the civilians under siege, has long demanded that the warring parties grant full humanitarian access. But the sides refused to give the green light until yesterday when a so-called “humanitarian pause” was announced for Homs, where UN trucks have been on standby for weeks only 12 kilometres from the Old City, ready to deliver urgently needed food and medicines.Ms. Amos said she remains in close contact with humanitarian teams on the ground, who are working with the local authorities, representatives of the parties and community leaders to evacuate more civilians and deliver aid in the next few days.Those evacuated today were taken to the places of their choice, escorted by UN and Syrian Arab Red Crescent staff.For the most part, the operation went smoothly but there were isolated reports of gunfire heard during the day. read more

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Rehab Legal action being taken against writer of letter to PAC

first_imgTHE REHAB GROUP said today that legal action is being taken against the author of a letter sent about the group to the Public Accounts Committee.In a strongly-worded statement, it also criticised the chairman of the PAC, TD John McGuinness.Speaking to TheJournal.ie, McGuinness pointed out that the remarks Rehab was referring to in its statement were issued by PAC as a committee and not on behalf of any individual member.AllegationsLast Thursday, the PAC said it had referred a letter containing “a number of serious allegations” against individuals linked to the Rehab Group to the gardaí.The committee said that it had received a letter from the solicitors acting on behalf of the developer John Kelly.The letter fell outside the remit of the committee, and the PAC met for over an hour on the issue. It was decided to send the letter to the gardaí.The situation has taken a new turn with a statement released by the Rehab Group.Rehab referred to the comments made by McGuinness in PAC’s statement about the letter: That the Chairman of Public Accounts Committee would comment publicly in this way on the allegations said to have been made, without having first given those persons who are said to be the subject of the allegations an opportunity to see the allegations, and to respond to them, is grossly unfair.Rehab alleged that the comments have “caused serious harm to the Rehab Group, to individuals within the Rehab Group, and to its employees”.It has also caused unnecessary anxiety to persons who receive services from Rehab Group companies.The Rehab Group also said it is particularly concerned that the PAC has “refused to provide it with a copy of the letter said to contain the allegations made”.It concluded: “We understand that legal proceedings are presently being issued in response to the allegations made by Mr Kelly.”Speaking to TheJournal.ie, John McGuinness said: “The statements or remarks that they are referring to were issued by the PAC as a committee and not as any individual member. They were issued after the matter was discussed in full, after unanimous agreement was reached across all members to issue the statement publicly”.He said the release of the statement “follows legal advice we were given”.The PAC is due to hold a further meeting with Rehab on 10 April.Rehab: PAC refers serious allegations about Rehab to gardaí>last_img read more

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Women cannot stand for president of Iran

first_imgWOMEN CAN NOT contest Iran’s presidential election on 14 June, a member of the Islamic state’s electoral watchdog said in media reports today, dashing the hopes of some 30 female candidates.“The law prohibits women from being president,” said hardline cleric and former judiciary chief Ayatollah Mohammad Yazdi, quoted by the Mehr news agency.Yazdi is a prominent member of Iran’s Guardians Council, an unelected watchdog controlled by religious conservatives and appointed by Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei that is tasked mainly with vetting candidates.The vetting process is designed to ensure candidates are faithful to the principles of the Islamic republic and its official religion.Since the 1979 Islamic revolution, it has rejected all female candidates for the presidency, although women have been allowed to stand in parliamentary elections and to serve as lawmakers.A final list of hopefuls who can contest the June 14 poll is expected to be announced early next week. Some 686 people, including 30 women, registered their candidacy last week.Yazdi said that under the constitution only men can run for the presidency, but did not specify if this was his interpretation or that of the council.In 2009, the watchdog’s spokesman, Abbasali Kadkhodai, said there was no restriction on women standing for president.The Guardians Council had “never rejected anyone’s candidacy because (he or she) was a woman or a man, and when a woman’s candidacy was rejected it was because she did not have the overall skills,” he said at the time.- © AFP, 2013Read: Journalist reports existence of Iran ‘vote-rigging’ tape, gets arrested > Read: Death penalty stats show increase in executions but drop in death sentences >last_img read more

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Tech firms should be trying to please women Microsoft researcher

first_img10 things in tech you need to know today LATELY, MICROSOFT RESEARCH fellow, Blaise Aguera y Arcas has been studying the future of tech.One surprising prediction he makes: women will be a bigger market for tech than men within the next few years.So he said when speaking at a Microsoft event in Tel Aviv, Israel. Distinguished engineer Aguera y Arcas is the architect of Bing Maps and Bing Mobile best known for creating photo search tool Seadragon Software, bought by Microsoft in 2006. He’s also known for his popular Ted Talk on 3D photo modelling software Photosynth.Even though women make less money than men today, more women are graduating college. This is causing their incomes to rise faster then men’s. So by 2020, women could (and should) have bigger salaries and more disposal income.“I’ve heard some nonsense that college isn’t worth anything and it’s better to just found a startup,” he said, referring to the long list of tech founders (including Bill Gates) that never finished college. “That’s rubbish as far as I can see. All the data shows college earns you way more money over your career,” he says, about $20,000 per year for every year of college.“Designing it like they’ll be selling it to other men”It’s up to the tech world to be building products to make women want to spend more of their money on tech. Yet, very few women are entering engineering, so men today are still designing most of the world’s tech and they’re often designing it like they’ll be selling it to other men.For example, a mobile app today might vibrate as an alert. It assumes the user is carrying the phone in his pocket like most men do. But most women keep their smartphones in their purses because they often don’t have pockets. And that’s just one woman-specific design issue.The solution? “If you can, hire women engineers and CEOs,” he advises. Barring that, every tech designer should find a way to get feedback from women, such as using “ethnography” analytics tools.(Disclosure: Microsoft paid some of the travel expenses for Business Insider to attend this event.)- Julie Bort‘Build me a robot’: Irish teen’s challenge to tech community>How modern technology is destroying your posture at work>Here’s how much the world’s most iconic logos cost companies to design them> 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change See how smoggy downtown LA was the day before Trump is expected to demolish California’s attempts to tackle auto emissions A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York last_img read more

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iPhone le smartphone dApple victime dune faille de sécurité

first_imgiPhone : le smartphone d’Apple victime d’une faille de sécuritéMonde – Les iPhone qui tournent sous iOS 4.1 présentent une faille importante dans leur système de sécurité. Celle-ci donnerait accès à la liste de contacts du téléphone et permettrait même d’émettre des appels alors que le smartphone est censé être verrouillé.Un membre néozélandais du forum de MacRumors a mis en évidence une faille conséquente dans le système de sécurité des iPhone. En effet, alors même que le téléphone est verrouillé par code, il est possible d’utiliser ses fonctions de téléphonie, SMS et e-mails, de prendre des photos, de modifier la photo d’un contact et d’avoir accès à l’ensemble des photos stockées dans l’appareil.À lire aussiApple Watch : jour de sortie, ce qu’il faut savoir de la montre connectéeLa manipulation à effectuer est tellement simple et grossière qu’elle est vraiment à la portée de tous. Il suffit en effet de passer un appel d’urgence, d’entrer ### puis d’appuyer sur le bouton d’appel et le bouton de marche/arrêt de l’iPhone en même temps. Le téléphone se met alors à fonctionner comme si le verrouillage n’existait pas.La version bêta 3 de iOS 4.2, elle, n’est pas concernée. On peut donc espérer que la mise à jour d’iOS 4.1, prévue en novembre, corrigera cette faille.Le 27 octobre 2010 à 10:23 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Extremely Rare, Two-Colored Lobster Found in Maine

first_img A fisherman had a one-in-50-million find when he discovered a rare, two-colored lobster off the coast of Maine on Friday.Daryl Dunham, captain of the fishing vessel Force of Habit, discovered the lobster, which appears half-red and half-black, and handed it over to the Maine Center for Coastal Fisheries (MCCF). New Species of Giant Flying Reptile Identified By ScientistsWatch: Archaeologists Explore 170-Year-Old Shipwreck ‘Frozen in Time’ Stay on targetcenter_img “We’ve seen some pretty cool lobsters in our marine touch tank over the years, but this one might be a first,” the organization said on Facebook.The MCCF is housing the unique, male “Chimera lobster” in a tank at the center’s Discovery Wharf in Stonington alongside three other rare lobsters — including a calico (they’re one in 30 million) and a blue lobster (one in 2 million) — where visitors can view and feel its rare shell.In October, the organization will release it back into the New England bay where it was caught.The lobster’s colors are split right down its middle. One one side is a bright red and the other side is black. Experts say the two-tone color may be caused by a genetic mutation — a cellular split when the eggs are first fertilized.The split occurs one in every 50 million lobsters, according to National Geographic.“This is a first for many of our staff… we’ve been marveling at it since it arrived,” the MCCF said.More on Geek.com:Angler Catches Bizarre Fish With ‘Two Mouths’ in Upstate New YorkNewly Discovered Fish Is Named After Gollum of ‘The Lord of the Rings’Researchers Turn Lobster Shells Into Biodegradable Plasticlast_img read more

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