Thrilling first day on field for Test debutant Jayant Yadav

first_imgThe first day as a Test cricketer is always full of nerves but Jayant Yadav handled the pressure well by not getting bogged down by the moment. It was baptism by fire for the young offspinner at the ground where he made his ODI and Test debuts. (Scorecard)India started second day’s play of the second Test eyeing a first innings total above 450 with Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin at the crease. The start was not what India had expected with Kohli (167), Wriddhiman Saha (3) and Ravindra Jadeja (0) falling in quick succession, but Ashwin (58) along with Yadav stitched a crucial partnership of 64 runs to help the hosts post 455 runs. If not for Yadav’s 84-ball 35, India would have struggled to go past the 450-run mark. The spotlight was again back on Yadav when he ran Haseeb Hameed (13) out with a brilliant piece of fielding. Not to forget Saha’s brilliance in the run out, who did a MS Dhoni by hitting the stumps throwing the ball backward. The icing on the cake for Yadav came when he bagged his first Test wicket by trapping Moeen Ali leg before wicket for 1. Moreover, India have not been reluctant using the DRS in Vizag after Moeen was initially given not out by the on-field umpire but the decision was overturned after a review. (Vizag Test, Day 2: Ravichandran Ashwin, Jayant Yadav wipe out England’s top half)Kohli played his part in helping Yadav claim his first Test wicket by immediately going upstairs for the review.”Wriddhi did the job of convincing the captain (going for the review]. We had the same view on whether the ball was hitting the stumps,” Yadav said after the match on Moeen’s dismissal. (India vs England, 2nd Test, Day 2: As It Happened)advertisementIt will take some time to absorb all the emotions but Yadav is thouroughly enjoying his Test debut. “Thoroughly enjoyed it today and looking forward to tomorrow. When we start playing proper cricket, when you get into an academy, all you dream of playing is Test cricket. Coincidentally, I made my ODI and Test debut at the same ground. The first day, it did hover on my head (Test cap) for a long time,” Yadav said.Though he is playing his first Test, Yadav is quick to realise the pressure involved in playing top-level cricket.”There’s a vast difference in U-19, first-class and international cricket. More than the skills it’s about handling the crunch situations,” the debutant added. (Vizag Test, Day 2: Bowlers give India control after 455)Yadav could not have handled the crunch situations better.last_img read more

Zimbabwe pacer Vitori reported for suspect action

first_imgZimbabwe cricketer Brian Vitori will need to get his bowling action tested within a fortnight after being reported for a suspected illegal bowling action during the final of the tri-series against Sri Lanka.The 26-year-old pacer, who was banned from bowling earlier in January but allowed in June after he amended his action, can however continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the tests are out, according to a statement from International Cricket Council (ICC).The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Zimbabwe management, cited concerns about the legality of the seamer’s bowling action during Sunday’s final.last_img

Australia-Greece Soccer Set

first_imgSYDNEY — Asian Cup champion Australia will play 2004 European champion Greece in an international friendly at Sydney’s Olympic stadium on June 4, the first meeting between the two countries since the Socceroos’ 1-0 victory in front of 95,000 fans in Melbourne in 2006.Socceroos coach Ange Postecolglou, who was born in Greece and moved to Australia as a child, said the match in Sydney and another, likely in Melbourne on June 7, would be an important warm-up for the next round of Asian qualifiers for the 2018 World Cup.Football Federation Australia Chief Executive David Gallop said, “Greece has a proud football history and with so many Australians having a Greek heritage this is going to be a special match.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

Avalue introduces advanced ARC industrial tablet PCs

first_img Continue Reading Previous ESCRYPT: smart control loop for detecting and blocking attacks makes vehicles immuneNext MEN: rugged COM Express module with AMD V1000 Avalue Technology’s modular and scalable ARC-series 1209/1509 tablet computers are rugged and can be upgraded flexibly, gaining widespread industrial adoption in recent years. Riding on the success of the ARC series, Avalue is introducing an advanced version – the highly scalable and modular ARC-series 1232/1532 tablet computers. Besides shortening the time-consuming system development process and lowering overall management cost, rapidly expanding functions and allowing easy maintenance, and enabling industrial automation, the advanced version features low power consumption and high-performance computing, allowing for optimized performance in IoT applications. Featuring characteristics of a rugged PC, it is shockproof, waterproof and operates at wide temperature range. The highly scalable and modular ARC-series 1232/1532 tablet computers are ideal for industrial automation, human-machine interface, and vehicular system.Avalue’s ARC-series 1232/1532 modular industrial computers are equipped with the structure for easy upgrading and flexible scalability. Users may choose their preferred processor, panel size, 5-wire resistive touch screen (with front bezel; Model A) or p-cap multi-touch (with full-flat touch screen; Model B) to meet their industrial requirements, and combine them with ARC-series highly scalable I/O interface expansion ports, including USB3.0, HDMI, isolated RS, and GPIO and CAN bus. Avalue ARC-series 1232/1532 tablet computers allow users to build their industrial computers rapidly in accordance with the required specifications, location and budget, and is easy to maintain and provides flexibility for upgrading.ARC-series 1232/1532 tablet computers utilize Intel Core i5-6300U 2.4GHz dual core processor and support DDR4 2133 SO-DIMM memory, bringing breakthrough in computing performance for thin and lightweight industrial computers, balancing performance and low power consumption. With its fanless design, and IP65 and IP41 dust ingress protection in the front and rear of its enclosure respectively, Avalue ARC-series 1232/1532 tablet computers may be used in high-dust factory environment. 12-26V DC wide voltage input provides a stable power source, preventing system damage caused by poor-quality power source; and wide temperature range and MIL-STD-810G certified shock resistance allow industrial control system to operate normally in a harsh environment. Furthermore, touchscreen panel module may be customized with anti-UV optical bonding or anti-reflective/ anti-glare/ anti-fingerprint coating for visibility under sunlight in an outdoor or semi-outdoor operating environment.The choice of touchscreen panel includes 5-wire resistive touch screen (Model A) which is operable even with gloved hands and p-cap multi-touch screen (Model B) which is anti-scratch, heat-resistant and has higher light penetration ratio. The advanced version also enables rugged operation at a wide temperature range and high shock resistance, making it ideal for human-machine interface, smart factory, automated equipment and vehicular system, and IoT applications.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

BWM: waterproof Panel PC for demanding applications

first_img Continue Reading Previous Parasoft and DATPROF unite software test automation, service virtualizationNext MEN Micro offers technology integration with Genetec The new INOX-F15C-ULT3 15-inch Panel PC from BVM Limited is housed in a monolithic 304 stainless steel enclosure sealed to IP69k, the most demanding environmental protection specification.  Designed to be installed in environments such as the food processing industry, where it will be subjected to regular high pressure, high temperature washing, the F15C–ULT3 is suitable for other applications in the industrial, marine and pharmaceutical sectors where a physically rugged self-contained PC is going to be exposed to high levels of dust, water and temperature. The unit is third-party IP69K tested with an 80°C 80 -100 bar water jet at 100 – 150mm distance at angles from 0 to 90°.The fanless PC is based on the Intel Skylake ULT chipset running 6th generation Intel Core i5 and Celeron ULT processors with up to 32GB of DRAM. The integral 10 point touchscreen is fitted with an anti-UV protective coating. Two 10G LAN ports, two COM serial ports and two USB2.0 ports are provided as standard; the interface for all I/O is via M12 sealed connectors. Also externally accessible is a 2.5 inch SATAIII bay for mass storage. Expansion capability is a full-size PCIe Mini card slot, a full-size/half-size (PCIe x1 and USB 2.0 signals slot and a M.2 B-key slot. 12VDC @ 5A power-in is from an external 90 – 264 VAC PSU via a sealed connector.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Paul Finebaum Addresses Idea Of Will Muschamp Being On The Hot Seat

first_imgAn extreme closeup of ESPN's Paul Finebaum.ARLINGTON, TX – DECEMBER 31: TV/radio personality Paul Finebaum of the SEC Network speaks on air before the Goodyear Cotton Bowl at AT&T Stadium on December 31, 2015 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)The college football season is months away, but it appears there is one coach that could be on the hot seat. After spending three years rebuilding South Carolina’s football program, it’s time for Will Muschamp to take the next step.South Carolina had a 7-6 record this past season, which ended in a blowout loss to Virginia in the Belk Bowl. Unfortunately, the road to success only gets tougher for the Gamecocks.ESPN ranked South Carolina’s schedule as the hardest in college football for 2019. Its schedule features games against Alabama, Georgia, Florida and Clemson.Despite the Gamecocks’ brutal schedule for this season, ESPN broadcaster Paul Finebaum believes the pressure should be on for Muschamp to improve their record.Finebaum spoke about Muschamp potentially being on the hot seat during his appearance on Birmingham’s WJOX 94.5 FM radio.From 247Sports:“The seat probably should be (hot), but I’m not sure it is,” Finebaum said. “I say this only because I’ve talked to the president of South Carolina and the athletic director recently and they have put up this stiff upper lip about Will Muschamp. I think it would take an absolute disaster of a season to unload him because they’re now blaming Spurrier for everything that has gone wrong in Will Muschamp’s tenure. Ray Tanner the other day said, ‘we all love coach Spurrier, but he didn’t leave the program in great shape from a recruiting standpoint.’Luckily for Muschamp, it sounds like the program will be patient enough to give him more than four seasons to produce.last_img read more

Cristiano Ronaldo not ready for retirement: ‘Age is just a number’

first_img Next Associated Press TurinOctober 22, 2019UPDATED: October 22, 2019 12:35 IST Cristiano Ronaldo applauds during group B qualifying soccer match between Ukraine and Portugal. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCristiano Ronaldo has been nominated for a record sixth Ballon d’Or award”Age is just a number”: Ronaldo said off his retirementRecently, Ronaldo scored his 700th goal as a professionalCristiano Ronaldo reassured Juventus supporters and his legions of fans worldwide that at 34 he’s not ready for retirement yet.”Age is just a number. It does not mean that at 34, 35, 36 you are at the end of your career,” Ronaldo said at a news conference ahead of Juventus’ Champions League match against Lokomotiv Moscow on Tuesday. “I can show that with my performances, how I play, the way I play, the way I still feel good, sharp, thinking about the game, more mature. This makes the difference.”In the second season of a four-year deal at Juventus, Ronaldo had sparked concern among his fans when he said in an interview published a few weeks ago that he was starting to enjoy seeing himself “outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?”Ronaldo recently scored his 700th goal as a professional while on international duty with Portugal and has been nominated for a record sixth Ballon d’Or award which would break his tie of five with Lionel Messi.But Ronaldo said he’s more interested in winning a treble with Juventus.”We want to win Serie A, we want to win the Cup, the Champions League,” he said. “Juventus should think big. … We are going to try to win all the trophies, we know it will be difficult, especially the league and the Champions League, but I think it is possible. Everything is possible.”In terms of individual, I have nothing to say as this is individual. It is not the most important thing,” Ronaldo added. “The most important is the collective awards. If you win the collective awards you have more chance to win the individual awards. … The Golden Ball is for me in second place.”advertisementWhile retirement may not be on Ronaldo’s mind yet, family time is a big part of his life now.”To win games, to score goals, to enjoy myself, to arrive home and see my kids happy and say, ‘Congratulations daddy for scoring a goal.’ That makes me happy,” he said. “This is my motivation to come to train, for the games, to entertain people and the fans with my passion.”Also Read | Jurgen Klopp criticises VAR after Liverpool draw at Manchester United: This is an issue we have to discussAlso Read | Premier League: Liverpool drop points for the 1st time after 1-1 draw at Manchester UnitedFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byAnita Jat Cristiano Ronaldo not ready for retirement: ‘Age is just a number’In an interview published recently, Cristiano Ronaldo sparked concern among his fans when he said he is seeing himself “outside of football, so who knows what will happen in the next year or two?”advertisementlast_img read more

Four Weekenders to Make Memorial Day Travel a Breeze

first_img Dive In Feet First With the Best Rubber Boots for Men Industry Portage Grey Canvas WeekenderThis bag is as smart as it is sleek. Black suede-wrapped handles and trim and a water-resistant nylon bottom stylishly contrast with durable grey canvas. A cobalt blue interior housing two zipper pockets keeps your belongings neat and at the ready. $175, The CoolsSandqvist Carl Gustav WeekenderThere’s nothing more ruggedly handsome than camel canvas, wouldn’t you agree? This durable cotton weekender features vegetable-dyed handles and detailing, including a removable, adjustable shoulder strap for hands-free carrying. $188, RoztaygerKrane Haley Large DuffleIf luxury is the look you want to channel, Krane’s olive suede Haley Duffle is your ticket to ride. Sufficient to hold a week’s worth but small enough to carry on, dark leather straps and gunmetal hardware are equal parts manly and chic. $1,035, The CoolsCoach Transatlantic Travel CarryonLeave it to Coach to keep things classic with this timeless piece. Premium glove-tanned leather improves with age, giving your bag a cooler, lived-in feel with each destination. Double handles and a detachable, adjustable strap let you carry it your way. Don’t forget to make it unique and monogram the hangtag. $698, Coach Bundle Up Right Now With the Best Sweaters for Men Editors’ Recommendations The Best Backpacking Chairs for Your Next Adventure center_img NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing With only four days of work standing between us and Memorial Day weekend, we’re daydreaming at our desks of hopping a plane, train or automobile to our first holiday excursion of summer. Whether you’re traveling to the beach, country or hitting the pavement in another city, one thing is for certain: toting along more than one bag is just plain foolish.With so many great weekenders out there, it’s easy to snag one that suits both your style and space needs for three days of chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool. Not sure where to find your perfect match? Check out four of our favorites below and make it a one bag Memorial Day weekend.last_img read more

Stricken BBC Shanghai Towed to Dock

first_imgThe general cargo ship BBC Shanghai arrived at the port of East London’s dock earlier today after it suffered an engine breakdown off the eastern coast of South Africa, according to the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA).Following the issue, which occurred on March 15, the vessel was at risk of aground off the coast of Port St Johns therefore the Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) deployed its Shasa tug to assist the ship.The tug hooked up with the 2001-built BBC Shanghai shortly after 8 pm local time on Thursday off Mbashe Point and towed the stricken vessel to the port of East London.At the time of the incident the 4,900 dwt cargo ship was on its way from the South African port of Durban to the port of Lagos in Nigeria, where it was scheduled to arrive in late March, AIS data provided by MarineTraffic shows.Captain Daron Burgess, technical manager for SAMSA’s southern region in Port Elizabeth, earlier said that the authorities were trying to prevent the vessel from running aground, keeping the safety of the crew and pollution of the environment in mind.last_img read more

Cardiff Gas Adds Two More LNG Carriers to Its Orderbook

first_imgzoomIllustration; Image by WMN Gas carrier owner and operator TMS Cardiff Gas has boosted its newbuilding tally at Korean yards with an order for two more LNG carriers.Based on the company’s website, the two 174,000 cbm LNG carriers featuring XDF propulsion, will be delivered in 2020.Namely, the Greek shipowner has returned to Samsung Heavy Industries (SHI) and Hyundai Heavy Industries Group for an additional LNG carrier respectively. Hyundai’s Samho Heavy Industries will be in charge of building one of the ships, based on the data from Asiasis.Cardiff Gas kick started its newbuilding ordering campaign last January, when it inked a construction contract with HHI for a 174,000 cbm LNG carrier slated for delivery in 2020. Upon delivery the vessel is set to start its seven-year charter with TOTAL Gas & Power Chartering.The Greek gas carrier owner resumed its ordering streak in July, when it added three more LNG carriers to the orderbook.World Maritime News is yet to receive a comment from the company on the order.According to VesselsValue, the newbuild ships range in value from USD 185 to 190 million.According to the latest information on the company’s website, the company’s fleet is comprised of seven newbuilding LNG carriers, five second-hand LNG carriers and two LPG carriers.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Former cabinet minister Vic Toews challenges conflict ruling in Federal Court

first_imgOTTAWA – Former cabinet minister Vic Toews says ethics commissioner Mary Dawson made findings that are “inaccurate and inconsistent with the evidence” in ruling that he violated conflict-of-interest provisions.In an application filed Wednesday with the Federal Court of Canada to have Dawson’s April ruling thrown out, Toews also says he was unable to properly respond to the accusations because witnesses were barred from speaking to him.Dawson’s office has yet to file a response with the court.Toews served in the cabinet of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government in various portfolios from February 2006 to July 2013.Dawson ruled that Toews, now a Manitoba judge, violated the Conflict of Interest Act in matters involving two First Nations after he left politics, but before he was appointed to the bench in 2014.In the first case, she said Toews broke the rules by providing consulting services to Norway House Cree Nation despite having direct and significant dealings with the First Nation during his final year in office. While senior regional minister for Manitoba in 2012, he met twice with Norway House Cree representatives on possible changes to a flood agreement and a tax law.The commissioner found Toews did the consulting work just months after resigning as minister, flouting a two-year cooling-off period.Dawson said Toews breached another provision of the act by giving strategic advice to counsel for the Peguis First Nation about potential settlement of litigation over the transfer of military land, even though he was involved with the same file as a minister.She noted former ministers are prohibited indefinitely from “switching sides” on an issue.Soon after her ruling, the Canadian Judicial Council received a complaint about Toews’ actions and launched its own review of his conduct. In the most serious cases, the council may hold a full inquiry and even recommend removal of a judge.In his filing with the Federal Court, Toews says his two meetings with the Norway House Cree were “brief and limited in nature” and therefore he did not have direct and significant dealings with the First Nation during his last year in office.Concerning the second matter, Toews says he did not provide “advice, direction or consultation” to the Peguis First Nation or its counsel regarding settlement of the litigation. Rather, he “merely provided strategic planning regarding potential development of the land at issue,” should the legal proceedings be settled and the First Nation assume control of the land.Toews acknowledges he was provided with copies of documents on which the commissioner relied as well as transcripts of interviews with certain witnesses.However, Toews says all witnesses were bound by a “confidentiality requirement” that prevented them from speaking to him or his lawyer. Toews argues the prohibition amounted to a denial of procedural fairness and natural justice, and compromised his efforts to respond to the accusations.— Follow @JimBronskill on Twitterlast_img read more

Jennifer Lopez Named As UN Foundation Global Advocate For Girls And Women

first_imgToday, the United Nations Foundation announced Jennifer Lopez as the first-ever Global Advocate for Girls and Women at the UN Foundation.In this new role, Lopez will help to amplify the call for action to address the needs and rights of girls and women around the world.“We are thrilled to work with Jennifer Lopez, who will lend her powerful voice to one of the most important causes of our generation – empowering girls and women,” said Kathy Calvin, President and CEO of the UN Foundation. “Today, not a single country in the world has achieved gender equality. This is unacceptable and everyone – including men and boys – has suffered because of it. As the world comes together around the new global goals for sustainable development this month, we have an unprecedented opportunity to effect the necessary change. We can – and must – put the needs and rights of girls and women on center stage – and we are honored to have Jennifer Lopez help us in our efforts.”Lopez’s role will focus on mobilizing action to address major challenges for girls and women around the world, in support of the UN Secretary-General’s Every Woman, Every Child initiative. From supporting maternal health programs and ensuring access to education and health services around the world, to working to end gender-based violence, she will support the work of the UN Foundation and the UN agencies it supports.“Becoming a mother has made me more aware of the struggles of women and children throughout the world. While some progress has been made, there is still a lot more work that needs to be done for gender equality and universal access to medical care. I am happy to be joining the UN Foundation and eager to lend my voice and ensure that all girls and women are safe, healthy, educated and empowered,” said Jennifer Lopez.Lopez’s first event as the Global Advocate for Girls and Women at the UN Foundation will be Friday, September 25th. She will speak at a high-level event focused on the business case for investing in girls, women, and gender equality.A Golden Globe and Grammy Award nominated entertainer and entrepreneur, Lopez comes into the role building upon years of work helping to improve the health and well-being of women and children through the Lopez Family Foundation that she and her sister, Lynda Lopez, started in 2010. Their foundation is committed to increasing quality health care and health education for women and children and first began working with the UN Foundation in 2013 around the Global Moms Relay.The UN Foundation’s work over the past 17 years has been guided by its focus to improve the lives of girls and women around the world. The foundation’s priorities include addressing the unique needs of adolescent girls, improving reproductive health and rights, and women’s economic empowerment. The Lopez Family Foundation is now partnering with the UN Foundation to jointly elevate programming to support girls and women. One of the first focus areas of the partnership will be to promote the work of the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action (MAMA), which delivers vital health information to new and expecting moms via mobile phones.last_img read more

MAKING HEADWAY FROM HINDERED PROGRESS TO THE HANDMAIDS TALE

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Twitter My next option (which I thought would be the easiest thing to do), was to find a mentor to take me under their wing and allow me to observe their work in TV. I hoped I would be given the opportunity to network with their team (since this industry is all about who you know), but I hit another wall: shadowing a director is rare and coveted, and despite being unpaid, these are very tough gigs to get. I persevered but to no avail. Some programs offered the possibility of getting into TV, but you had to already have television experience, or at least shadowing experience. The chicken and egg conundrum was becoming real for me.That was when the Academy’s Apprenticeship for Women Directors came along. I initially decided not to apply since I figured that there must be some kind of catch. I managed, however, to fend off my skepticism long enough to read through the application guidelines and discover that this was it; this was the entry point. It was the exact opposite of most other programs. The Apprenticeship sought female directors who, like me, didn’t previously have access to being on the set of a TV show. The more experience you had, the less it worked in your favour … this program truly wanted to make a difference for emerging directors who wouldn’t otherwise have a way in.I sent in my application and, in what seemed like no time, received the incredible news that I had been accepted. The program started by introducing us to the industry during the Toronto International Film Festival. The media coverage alone raised my profile as a director. As our training began, we had online sessions with industry experts on a variety of topics. Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Being relatively new to Canada and having all of my film connections mostly in Egypt and the UK, I was eager to take part in any opportunity to get my foot in the Canadian industry’s door. Those opportunities made a remarkable difference in my understanding of the Canadian film landscape, allowing me to meet the right people and have calling card films that showcase my filmmaking style, ability, and voice: a voice with an Arabic accent.I have always been passionate about making films, but in recent years, I have become increasingly fixated on stepping into writing and directing for TV. I thought the transition from film to television would be seamless. After all, I have the education and a few successful short films as proof that I know what I’m doing. I was eager and ready. My plan began to falter though as I quickly discovered that television is a completely different beast; even if I had shot a feature, I would be starting my career all over again regardless to get into TV. I was perplexed…why did it have to be so difficult?last_img read more

President tells TNA will take decision in 24 hours

The Court of Appeal ordered 49 members of the new cabinet to appear in court on December 12th to respond to the petition.However, Rajapaksa rejected the Court of Appeal ruling on his cabinet and has decided to challenge it in the Supreme Court.Rajapaksa’s office said that his lawyers will file the appeal first thing tomorrow morning. (Colombo Gazette) The TNA media unit tweeted saying at the meeting the President admitted there was no Prime Minister or cabinet following the court order. The Appeal Court issued notice and an interim order today against Mahinda Rajapaksa and his Government, preventing them from acting as Prime Minister, Cabinet and Deputy Ministers.The order was issued in a Quo Warranto case filed by 122 Parliamentarians against Rajapaksa and his new Government. He said that he will take action in 24 hours and also meet with the National Security Council and other relevant officials. President Maithripala Sirisena has told the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) that he will take the next course of action in 24 hours as a result of the Court of Appeal ruling today.A TNA delegation met the President today for talks, which was to mostly focus on the political prisoner issue. read more

Annan urges international community to apply immediate pressure for peace in Darfur

“The month of September witnessed an alarming deterioration in the security situation in all three Darfur states,” and the violence has sent displaced persons fleeing from camps, stymied humanitarian agencies trying to provide relief, and produced fear among people whose families have been killed or attacked, says Mr. Annan.A growing divide within the rebel Sudan Liberation Movement/Army (SMLA) is a potential obstacle at the negotiation table for continued peace talks in the Nigerian capitol of Abuja, Mr. Kofi Annan says to the Security Council in his monthly update. Increasing reports of gross human rights violations, and the worsening violence against civilians could further threaten the country’s steps towards peace, he adds.Violent incidents have been initiated by all warring factions, including the Sudanese Armed Forces, the Popular Defence Forces, and the SMLA in Northern and Southern Darfur, while banditry and hijackings have brought humanitarian operations practically to a standstill along all roads leading to Geneina in Western Darfur, he reports.Thirty-five internally displaced persons (IDPs) were killed, 10 were wounded, and 4,000 IDPs and villagers were forced to flee during an attack by bandits on 28 September. Rapes and attacks on women have increased in Western and Southern Darfur, and at least a third of the victims are estimated to be girls under the age of 18, he says.The abduction of children has continued during this upswing in violence in violation of international and Sudanese law, Mr Annan says, and UN human rights officers have reported cases of torture, sexual and gender-based attacks.”Armed international personnel were not immune to the violence either,” he adds, with three soldiers from the African Union Mission in the Sudan (AMIS) wounded in September after being shot at by unknown assailants.”The Government’s record during the reporting period is troubling because of the evidence that its forces triggered some of the incidents, and because there are clear indications that, in many cases, the tribal militia operated with enabled support from the Government,” he says.The Darfur conflict erupted in February 2003 when two rebel groups demanded an end to economic marginalization and sought power sharing within the Sudanese state. Since then, 1.8 million people have been internally displaced, 200,000 have fled to neighbouring Chad, and 3.3 million Darfurians have needed humanitarian assistance.An increase in AMIS forces to protect innocent civilians and help restore order is badly needed, Mr. Annan says, which will require additional funding. He also calls on world leaders to apply pressure on the warring factions in Darfur, in particular on the SMLA, “to steer the current round of talks in Abuja towards a positive outcome.””This is a crucial moment for Darfur and no time must be lost,” he adds. read more

New car registrations continue to improve up 93 in July

New car registrations rose 9.3% in July to 143,884 units – the fifth monthly gain in a row and the best of 2012.Registrations over the first seven months have risen more than 40,000 units or 3.5% to 1,201,564 units.All fuel types showed increased volumes in July, with alternatively-fuelled registrations up 45.9% in the month.SMMT has revised up its full year forecast for 2012 to 1.97 million units, compared with 1.94 million in 2011.“New car registrations rose 9.3% in July, continuing the upward trend seen during recent months. SMMT’s full year forecast is for 1.97 million cars to be registered during 2012 suggesting a slight slowing of demand in the second half of the year,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “International economic stability remains a concern for vehicle manufacturers and the UK market, but intense competition and new fuel efficient products are creating great opportunities for motorists.”July 2012 new car registrations data Year-to-date 4Focus4,7424Golf38,939 8Polo2,8638Polo25,212 9A32,7119C-Class20,780 % change9.3%5.1%13.1%45.9%26.4%-1.6%2.1% 2011131,63468,95361,2561,42550,57875,5035,553 Mkt share ’1251.1%47.5%1.4%45.0%50.9%4.2% 20121,201,564613,742571,11716,705540,232611,45249,880 1Fiesta7,5331Fiesta67,103 3Astra5,2113Focus48,595 Mkt share ’1152.4%46.5%1.1%38.4%57.4%4.2% 20111,161,272583,450563,37114,451488,774613,31959,179 July 2012 and YTD best sellers 2Corsa5,8092Corsa52,956 JulyTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness 10Insignia2,59110Insignia20,481 2012143,88472,50169,3042,07963,94174,2755,668 Year-to-dateTotalDieselPetrolAFVPrivateFleetBusiness Mkt share ’1150.2%48.5%1.2%42.1%52.8%5.1% 5Golf4,3675Astra35,694 Mkt share ’1250.4%48.2%1.4%44.4%51.6%3.9% Best sellersJuly % change3.5%5.2%1.4%15.6%10.5%-0.3%-15.7% 7C-Class3,16373 Series25,515 6Qashqai3,7216Qashqai27,156 SMMT revises up forecast for new car registrations in 2012, by 20,000 units to 1.97 millionThe positive first half performance encouraged SMMT to revise upwards its full year forecast to 1.97 million units, representing a 1.6% rise on 2011’s 1.94 million unit market.Registrations in July, at 143,884 units, were up 9.3% on a year ago, the fifth successive monthly increase and the strongest gain since the Scrappage-boosted increase of July 2010.After the distortions from the Scrappage Incentive Scheme, a degree of pent-up demand and the availability of new products have helped lift new car volumes in 2012. The growth has come despite an unsettled economic backdrop, with disappointing GDP figures and constrained consumer and business spending.On a 12-month rolling basis, registrations have improved by some 40,000 units or 2% since the start of the year to 1.98 million units, but there is still some headway to recover to the 2.4 million, pre-recession, market of 2007.All fuel types saw an increase in volumes in July, most notably the market for alternatively-fuelled cars, up 45.9% as new products entered the marketplace. Demand for petrol cars was also boosted by strong growth in the Mini segment, again reflective of new model activity.The Mini segment grew 93.4% in July, and the Dual Purpose by 42.5%, with the Supermini and MPV markets also showing double-digit growth in the month.The Ford Fiesta was the best-selling model in July and over the first seven months of 2012.Click through to download the full July 2012 new car registrations news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Lottery winner couple say it will be fun to give away their

Barbara Mladek, who runs a hen rescue shelter around four miles from the couple’s house, said the charity would benefit from £10,000 to repair its drainage system. “[Frances] sounds like an absolutely amazing woman and well-deserving of everything she’s got, [I’m] very pleased for her,” she said. “If we could get some [new drainage] it would really help to keep the animals here in a much better condition.” Dr Beth Breeze, a philanthropy expert at the University of Kent, said the couple will have to choose whether they want to be “a Mother Theresa or a Bill Gates”, deciding whether to help those nearby (like Mother Theresa) or focus on huge, global issues (like Bill Gates).She suggested the couple might find giving away the money more complicated than they expected, advising them to focus on a small number of deserving groups, rather than casting their net too widely. Already, local charities have begun to clamour for a share of the winnings, while locals revealed that everyone was urgently scouring their family trees in the hope they were distantly related to the lucky couple.By contrast, their daughter Katrina, 31, a mother-of-two from Hartlepool, downplayed the astonishing win and insisted she “was not bothered” about having a share of the money. Mr Connolly, 54, a retiree who spent most of his career in plastics manufacturing, added: “I’ve got a wonderful life, a wonderful family and wonderful friends, so this is the icing on the cake. Money doesn’t bring you happiness. We already had this happiness and we were very blessed in life.”So far, the couple has revealed the identity of just one of the 50 lucky recipients: St Francis FC, a community football club in Hartlepool, where they lived for 24 years. It is expected that that their daughter Fiona, 24, will make the cut, along with her twin sister Natalie,who will soon return from a trip to New Zealand to congratulate her parents.The news that up to 50 of the couple’s closest friends could soon become millionaires sparked immediate intrigue in the village, which has a population of under 5,000, with many wondering who is on the secret list.Deli worker David Campbell said the winners had dominated conversation among customers all day: “They were all saying they hope they find out they are related to them, some sort of far out relations. There has been a real buzz about it.” They had just won a staggering £115million in the EuroMillions lottery, making them the fourth biggest lottery winners in UK history.But rather than listing the extravagant cars and holidays they were planning, Patrick and Frances Connolly, a quiet, unassuming couple from Northern Ireland, revealed yesterday that they could not wait to give most of their new-found fortune away to at least 50 mystery recipients.In doing so, rather than leaping from the rafters with joy, the kind, middle aged couple find themselves tearing their hair out, desperately worried about offending those who they are unable to help.At an extraordinary press conference yesterday, Mrs Connolly, 52, revealed she was already agonising over how she will choose between her friends.“I’m going to cry myself to sleep that I can’t help everybody, that will be really tough,” she said, adding that it would be “heartbreaking” to receive letters from members of the public begging for money. “Me personally, and my husband, we’ve not had a lot and we have been really happy anyway,” she said..”We’ve taught the kids that happiness is the most important thing. Money helps with things but money’s not the most important. I’m sure they’ll share their money but I’m not bothered about any personally.”Taking the rare step of going public with their success, a decision taken by just 15 percent of lottery winners, the Connollys, from the village of Moira, Co Down, announced plans to give a lion’s share of the winnings to a list of 50 friends, family members, and charities, some of whom will become millionaires overnight, they said. Most of those on the secret list are still unaware of their good fortune, they added.The £114, 969,775 prize was the fourth biggest in UK history, and the biggest ever in Northern Ireland.The couple, married for 30 years and with three daughters, are planning to share the good news with most of their friends in person. “The pleasure for me will be seeing their faces and asking what they want us to do for them,” said Mrs Connolly, who plans to complete her PhD in Clinical Psychology despite the record winnings. The cheque presented to the lucky couple during a photocall at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Holywood, Belfast, as they announce their win Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The cheque presented to the lucky couple during a photocall at the Culloden Estate and Spa in Holywood, Belfast, as they announce their winCredit:Liam McBurney/PA read more

Numericable précurseur du triple play social

first_imgNumericable précurseur du triple play socialFrance – François Fillon, le Premier ministre français, avait souhaité qu’une offre triple play sociale puisse voir le jour prochainement pour les foyers en difficulté financière. Numericable propose ainsi l’accès haut débit pour 9,99 euros par mois.François Fillon avait fait part de son souhait en ce qui concerne le marché du net : les foyers modestes devraient accéder au haut débit sans réaliser de gros sacrifices financiers. Il a été entendu puisque Numéricable lance son offre triple play à 9,99 euros par mois. À lire aussiLe World Wide Web a 30 ans : devons-nous nous inquiéter de son évolution ?Cette offre comprend l’accès à Internet (à hauteur de 2 Mb/s) et à la téléphonie (gratuite vers les fixes en métropole et vers Pôle Emploi) sans oublier la télévision (dix-huit chaînes de la TNT plus trente chaînes étrangères). Cet abonnement pourra être proposé aux personnes logeant dans une zone desservie par Numéricable avec une offre collective Service unique numérique. Les bénéficiaires doivent entrer dans les critères du RSA (Revenu de solidarité active), de l’ASS (Allocation de solidarité spécifique) ou de l’AAH (Allocation aux adultes handicapés). De plus, la copropriété ou le gestionnaire HLM mettra 4 euros de sa poche pour chaque foyer. Au final, l’abonnement revient à 5,99 euros par connexion. 250.000 foyers sont déjà intéressés.Le 10 février 2010 à 15:38 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

All the 80s references in Stranger Things Chapter Seven The Bathtub

first_img Get on your bikes and ride1/18Like in Goonies, E.T., and just about every other movie with kids in the 1980s, the gang in Stranger Things hops on their bikes and uses their nimbleness to stay one step ahead of the bad men when they show up.<><> These are just the 80s references that I happened to pick up on when I watched Stranger Things: The Bathtub. So if you spotted something, no matter how small, please share it in the comments.Check out our other rundowns of 80s references in Stranger Things:Chapter One: The Vanishing of Will ByersChapter Two: The Weirdo on Maple StreetChapter Three: Holly, JollyChapter Four: The BodyChapter Five: The Flea and the AcrobatChapter Six: The MonsterChapter Eight: The Upside Down In Chapter Seven of Stranger Things, events are starting to accelerate towards a big finish. Hawkins lab makes a move on 11 which culminates in her using her powers in one of the most awesome ways possible, the gang buries the hatchet, all the people who want to rescue Will finally get together, we get a glimpse into Mr. Clarke’s amazing personal life, and 11 pays a visit to the Upside Down where we learn the fates of Barbara and Will. Of course, just like in the six chapters that proceeded this one, we see lots of references to the decade in which this show takes place, the eighties.This is sadly the last episode we get to see two of the best side characters in the show, Barbara and Mr. Clarke. Both characters have become fan favorites among the growing Stranger Things fan community. Barbara’s best scenes are long behind her, but we get further clarification of what an amazing teacher Mr. Clarke is, when Dustin calls him late at night asking for advice on how to build a sensory deprivation tank. Clarke, in the middle of a date, tries to move the conversation to Monday, but Dustin calls him out on what he has preached to this group about pursuing knowledge and Mr. Clarke helps him open that “curiosity door.”As this is the final episode of Stranger Things I will be breaking down for 80s references, Chapter 8 is being handled by Vic Sage, I would like to add how pleased I am with how they have handled this story being set in 1983. A lot of shows add nostalgia just for the sake of nostalgia, but Stranger Things goes beyond that. It uses the time frame and its sometimes tired cliches and has fun with them. When you think one thing is going to happen, it might, but with a twist. When you think a character might die? Well you might be wrong. The show is unpredictable without being random and it will surprise you, which is why I cannot recommend it highly enough.So if you like the eighties and details that come from frame by frame re-watchings of a show, sit back and enjoy what 80s magic I was able to pull from Stranger Things Chapter Seven: The Bathtub.last_img read more

Court effort helps onetime drunk driver embrace sobriety

first_imgThe name Elizabeth Anne Svaricek might not ring a bell, but you might remember her arrest.She made news in January 2007 as a drunk mom, one whose kids used her cell phone to call their dad from the car, crying and saying something wasn’t right.Her ex-husband called 911, then picked up his son and daughter, leaving his ex-wife passed out in her car to be found by a deputy from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Her blood-alcohol content was more than four times the legal limit of .08.The 34-year-old Vancouver resident, now using her maiden name Kosko, reflected on that night Tuesday during her graduation from Clark County’s Substance Abuse Court.“That was just a normal day of drinking for me,” Kosko said.Judge Rich Melnick told a crowded courtroom Tuesday that Kosko’s story was no secret.“It’s public record,” he said. “She was driving drunk with her kids.”Her 2007 arrest was the third time she’d been busted driving drunk. Melnick was so upset when she went on to be arrested a fourth time (before her third case was resolved) that he kept Kosko in the Clark County Jail for five months. She has been sober since March 3, 2009, when she entered a treatment facility in Spokane. “I couldn’t be prouder of you,” Melnick told Kosko, who came to court with her parents, boyfriend, daughter and other supporters. The January 2007 incident “was a horrible circumstance that I think happened for a reason,” Melnick said. It started Kosko on a path that led her to the treatment court, where defendants plead guilty but then are monitored and given resources and support to stay sober.last_img read more