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Actor Renuka Shahane’s Facebook post on India-Pakistan ties goes viral

first_imgActor Renuka Shahane has been quite vocal about her political opinions lately and manages to create a buzz, each time. From France’s burqini ban to condemning Uri attack and inviting Irom Sharmila home, Renuka has been triggering debates through her Facebook posts.While the debate over banning Pakistani artists in India continues, the actor wrote a lengthy post about India-Pakistan relations and it has gone viral.Mentioning US Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump in her post, she spoke about how Trump, in a recent interview, said that he would like to see India and Pakistan get along.Slamming Trump, she said that is easy to give advice but not take it.Also read: Renuka Shahane expresses support for ADHM “I’d really like to see Trump getting along with Hillary, with Mexicans, with African Americans, with Muslims, with all those who oppose his views. When it comes to advice it’s so easy & simple to give but to take it becomes so difficult isn’t it?”The 50-year-old actor goes on to question how are we supposed to get along and how does one become friendly with a country we have fought wars with. “Have we ever educated ourselves on both sides about getting along? Are we taught virtues of Pakistan in our textbooks as school students.”She writes about how so many soldiers have been martyred and yet we continue with our diplomatic, trade and business relations.”When PM Modi invited Nawaz Sharif for his swearing in ceremony and subsequently his famous ‘biryani’ detour, all of us hailed it as a master stroke in diplomacy thinking that finally we’ll start getting along. Instead we got Pathankot, Gurdaspur, Uri. It is sickening.”advertisementAlso watch:She sides with Karan Johar and asks why should only Karan Johar sacrifice the release of his movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. “Shouldn’t business houses and industrialists also show solidarity with the soldiers who’ve lost their lives?”According to Renuka there should be no exchange of art and culture between India and Pakistan till the time things become “normal”. “I feel these exchanges are random and determined more by commercial aspects rather than a vision of bridging the trust gap between the two countries.”In the post, she wrote that such exchanges do not help in overcoming the hate most people on both the sides have for each other. “This hate that has started at the school level is very difficult to eradicate with random acts of cultural exchange.”Also read: Priyanka Chopra on Pak artist ban: Why hang only artists? Focus should be on keeping our soldiers safe Renuka calls on politicians to unite and create a national policy to deal with Pakistan.”Unless the Left, Right & Centre come together to agree on a national policy vis-a-vis Pakistan we will be directionless, make no headway & our jawaans will continue to lose their precious lives. If we hate each other within our country, we will never be able to get rid of the hate outside.”The veteran actor mentions four step on handling Pakistan. “So first step is to get along with each other. Second step, the policy vis-a-vis our neighbours has to be determined by our Govt with a consolidated political will.Third step, cultural, literal, business & sports exchanges developed by the Govts of both countries. These can then happen without fear of repercussions (aka Ae Dil Hai Mushkil. Fourth step, rewriting the History books on both sides”.You can read the Facebook post here:last_img read more

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PM dedicates Koradi thermal power project to nation

first_imgMumbai, Apr 14 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today dedicated 1980 MW of the Koradi super-critical thermal power project of state-run Mahagenco near Nagpur in Maharashtra to the nation.The 1,980 MW capacity includes three units of 660 MW each, which are now completely operational, marking the completion of the last phase of expansion of the project.The plant currently has one unit of 200 MW, two units of 210 MW each and with the addition of the three units of 660 MW each, its total capacity has increased to 2,600 MW.With this, the total generation capacity of Mahagenco now stands at 12,977 MW, which includes coal-fired capacity of 9,540 MW, gas-based capacity of 672 MW, hydro-based capacity of 2,585 MW and solar capacity of 180 MW.Modi was accompanied by Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, Governor K Vidyasagar Rao, Union Roads and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, Union Power Minister Piyush Goyal, Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar and state Energy Minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule among others.Modi, who was in the winter capital of the state today, also paid tributes to Babasaheb Ambedkar at Deekshabhoomi and attended the inauguration programme of various government schemes, organised by NITI Aayog, at the Divisional Sports Complex, Mankapur. PTI PSK BEN DK RClast_img read more

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Cricket South Africa to investigate ill-planned T20 Global League

first_imgCricket South Africa (CSA) has said that they would carry out an investigation to find out what went wrong in the planning of the failed inaugural edition of T20 Global League.The inaugural edition of the league, which was due to start from November 3 this year, was postponed to next year.The tournament had been facing multiple logistical challenges, including the inability to secure a broadcast deal or a title sponsor, which is resulting in hefty financial losses.Last week, acting CSA CEO Thabang Moroe had said that the board is preparing for a net loss of US $25 million (approx Rs. 342.58 million) from the inaugural edition of the tournament, an amount that accounts for more than half its current cash reserves.Following a board meeting, CSA issued a statement on Wednesday outlining the path forward after the departure of CEO Haroon Lorgat.As per Sport24, the cricket body, in its statement, said that it was fully committed to launching the T20 GL in November of 2018 and that they had appointed a project team to ensure that the planning went ahead with no hiccups.The full CSA statement following the board meeting is as follows:The board reiterated its decision to postpone the start of the inaugural T20 Global League to the beginning of November 2018. The circumstances that led to this decision are being further scrutinised and discussed. The board has also appointed a project team to lead and oversee the project going forward.The board recognises and appreciates the fact that the aforementioned decision has led to general disappointment in the country and to the cricket supporters in particular. It must be emphasised that the board took this decision in order to avert any potential financial ruin and reputational damage to the organisation. The decision to postpone the commencement of the league has been taken in the best interests of the sport of cricket and the organisation.advertisementThe board will continue to engage with the franchise owners in ensuring that a very successful T20GL is launched in November 2018. In this regard, the board is encouraged by the continued commitment expressed by the franchise owners to work with CSA in delivering the league. The franchise owners have also expressed their intentions to avail their expertise and experience to CSA, to enable CSA to deliver a successful league campaign.The board has approved the commencement of a broad scope investigation into the internal processes on all aspects of the T20GL, as undertaken by various parties during the period of the establishment of the league. These investigations have already commenced.The scope of the investigation will in principle cover the planning and execution of the T20 Global League with specific focus on, inter alia, aspects of governance, agreements concluded, payments, staff recruitment, authorisation and delegation of authority, league development strategy, decision making etc.The board shall await receipt of the findings emanating from the investigation, and thereafter consider its options going forward.In order to give space and time to the investigations to be conducted, CSA will make no further media comments on the matter. CSA is committed to conducting credible and valid investigations for the benefit of the game and a successful inaugural T20GL tournament in November 2018.The T20 Global League is an international T20 cricket league based in South Africa that was supposed to make its debut in the last quarter of 2017 with eight participating teams, consisting of local and international cricket players.last_img read more

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AC Milan draw another blank in Europa League, Everton go out

first_imgTroubled AC Milan were held to a goalless draw by AEK Athens for the second time in a fortnight in the Europa League on Thursday and Everton were dumped out by Olympique Lyonnais after a 3-0 defeat in France.Arsenal qualified despite dropping their first points in Group H as they were held 0-0 at home by Red Star Belgrade while Lazio, Dynamo Kiev and FCSB, formerly Steaua Bucharest, joined them in the round of 32.There was an extraordinary start at Vitoria Guimaraes where visitors Olympique Marseille had substitute Patrice Evra sent off before kick-off after players became involved in a brawl with fans of their own team.An Olympique player identified by the media as Evra was seen aiming a karate-style kick at supporters who had invaded the area behind the goal.Vitoria completed Olympique’s misery by winning 1-0 with a late goal and the French side had Boubacar Kamara sent off for a second yellow card offence.Olympique Lyon scored three times in the last 25 minutes to leave Everton bottom of Group E with one point and end their hopes of progressing with two games left.Bertrand Traore put Lyon ahead in the 68th minute as he sped past Ashley Williams and steered the ball past goalkeeper Jordan Pickford.Houssem Aouar turned in the second from Memphis Depay’s pass and Depay headed the third in the 90th minute. To add to the indignity, Everton had Morgan Schneiderlin sent off for a second bookable offence 10 minutes from the end.advertisementLyon joined Atalanta on eight points at the top of the group after the Serie A side conceded a last-minute goal and were held 1-1 at Apollon in Cyprus.Milan stayed top of Group D with 8 points, two ahead of their Greek rivals, although they really needed a win to lift the pressure on coach Vincenzo Montella.Riccardo Montolivo hit the post for the Italians early in the second half and that was as close as they got.Dinamo Kiev went through with a 1-0 win at Young Boys as Vitaliy Buyalskiy scored the winner in their Group B match.Lazio are the only team with 12 points from their four games after a stoppage-time own goal by Maximie Le Marchand, who turned a corner into his own net, gave them a 1-0 win at home to Nice in Group K.FCSB qualified from Group G despite dropping their first points in a 1-1 draw at home to Hapoel Beer Sheva.Carlos Bacca and a Simon Deli own goal gave Villarreal a 2-0 win at Slavia Prague which took them top of Group A with eight points.Moldova’s Sheriff Tiraspol pulled off a shock 2-1 win at Lokomotiv Moscow to go level on six points with FC Copenhagen at the top of Group F.Table-propping Bundesliga side FC Cologne, winless in the league after 10 matches, hammered BATE Borisov 5-2, scoring more goals than they have managed all season domestically.last_img read more

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20-days deadline set for filling up ‘Rehbar-e-Khel’ vacancies in JK’s Poonch

first_imgJammu, Jun 28 (PTI) Taking serious note of the delay in recruitment of vacancies under ‘Rehbar-e-Khel’ (sports guide), authorities in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir have set a deadline of 20 days for completion of the process. District Development Commissioner, Poonch, Mohammad Aijaz Asad set the deadline at a meeting convened yesterday to review the status of recruitment of vacancies under ‘Rehbar-e-Khel’ in various sports zones of the border district, an official spokesman said today.He said the District Youth Services and Sports informed the meeting that 158 vacancies were advertised for recruitment and around 531 applications have been received so far.The DDC while setting deadline of 20 days for completion of recruitment process, directed the concerned to fast track selection process.The spokesman said this would not only provide jobs to educated unemployed youth of the districts but also strengthen the field offices of department for better results in shaping career of students in sports.He said Asad also directed making the whole selection process transparent and based strictly on merit.The DDC said the administration was bridging infrastructural gap by providing play grounds at Panchayat level, adding shortage of trained human resource acted as an encumbrance in honing the talent of youth. PTI TAS  TVSTVSlast_img read more

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Ali Abbas Zafar to resume shooting for Bharat in 2019. The reason will leave you in splits

first_imgAfter the blockbuster success of Tiger Zinda Hai, fans are waiting with bated breath to watch Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif create magic on screen yet again. Director Ali Abbas Zafar took to Twitter to announce that the Delhi and Punjab schedules of the period drama have already been wrapped, and only one schedule remains.The filmmaker revealed that the last schedule will kick off next year, and the reason is hilarious. “Bhai (Salman) ke birthday wale month mein kaun kaam karta hai?” he asked. Salman will turn a year older on December 27.However, there is no respite for Ali himself, who is continuing to work on the film. “Par hum edit mein lage hue hain…” he wrote.Finished with Delhi & Punjab schedules of @Bharat_TheFilm , last schedule will start in new year …bhai ke birthday wale month mein kaun kaam karta hai … par hum edit mein lage hue hain …. ali abbas zafar (@aliabbaszafar) December 15, 2018Bharat is an official remake of the Korean film An Ode To My Father and will depict the history of India through the life of an ordinary man. Salman will reportedly be sporting five different looks, spanning over 60 years. Fans are super-excited to see his Maine Pyar Kiya look recreated for the film.Priyanka Chopra was initially roped in as the leading lady, but she opted out at the last minute, citing her wedding with Nick Jonas. Katrina was then brought in as her replacement.Bharat, which also features Disha Patani, Nora Fatehi, Sunil Grover and Tabu in pivotal roles, is slated to hit the theatres on Eid 2019.advertisementALSO SEE: Is that Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones on sets of Salman Khan’s Bharat?ALSO WATCH: Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif reveal how Tiger Zinda Hai made it to the Rs 300-crore clublast_img read more

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly takes over as 39th BCCI president

first_imgOther Videos from Sports 22:37 Wed, 23 Oct, 2019 A new start for BCCI: Sourav Ganguly after taking charge as board president 03:09 Thu, 17 Oct, 2019 Haven’t had a discussion about Ashwin’s future at KXIP yet, says coach Kumble 09:34 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Never aspired to become BCCI chief: Sourav Ganguly 05:16 Mon, 14 Oct, 2019 Sourav Ganguly likely to become new BCCI boss 09:04 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 We will create Indian champions in Free Fire: Kiren Rijiju 02:16 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Free Fire India Today League trophy unveiled 03:11 Sat, 12 Oct, 2019 Watch: Kalli Purie speech at Free Fire India Today League trophy 03:13 Wed, 09 Oct, 2019 Good to see Rohit Sharma opening in Tests: Harbhajan Singh to India Today Load More Other Video CategoriesIndiaSportsMoviesSo SorryProgrammelast_img read more

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Off The Cuff + Linked In

first_img A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season Editors’ Recommendations Affordable Watch Hunting: 10 Best Timex Watches For Men The Best Men’s Short-Sleeve Button-Downs Shirts Raise the Bar You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall Cufflinks have a unique history. They first appeared in Europe in the early 17th century, but were not widely used. The men of that time preferred to wear lace and ribbons to hold their shirt cuffs together.  Accounts from this period suggest that men of elegance were not to be seen wearing jewelry. The exceptions were their wedding rings, a watch, or a signet ring bearing their family coat-of-arms/crest. It wasn’t until the 19thcentury when men’s fashion began to change and that cufflinks were gladly pushed through the buttonholes of many a man’s cuffs.Cufflinks are one of the very few pieces of masculine jewelry in existence and that can add a touch of personality or flair to an outfit.Brooks BrothersThe Lighthouse Cufflinks in sterling silver with enamel are inspired by that traditional New England iconic structure.  They offer a subtle homage to a vacation, sailing, or any coastal point on a map.J. PressIn silver and onyx, this pairing has so many meanings and references.  From pirates to poison, or from bad boy rocker to a Yale secret society, nothing is more recognizable than the Skull & Bones.Ralph LaurenWe often think of black tie when the topic of cufflinks comes into conversation.  However, a tuxedo twist for a casual is a nice option.  Sterling silver tuxedo bear would be perfectly paired with denim and your favorite French cuffed tartan shirt.Wurkin StiffsDON’T PANIC is so perfect for almost every occasion. Designed with original artwork from artist Peter Tunney, this hand-laid resin and stainless steel cufflink is literally wearable art. The message works for just about everyone.Let me know which you liked best on Twitter at @PRProfessor Ditch the Bottle Opener Because Canned Wines are Having More than Just a Momentlast_img read more

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Province Releases Physician Resource Plan

first_img As part of its efforts to provide better care sooner, government asked for a detailed profile of the province’s physician workforce and a forecast of the number, mix and distribution of physicians needed to meet the needs of Nova Scotians over the next 10 years. Social Sector Metrics worked with an advisory committee that included representatives from the Department of Health and Wellness, Doctors Nova Scotia, Dalhousie University’s medical school, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, district health authorities and the IWK. It submitted its report in January. “As a doctor working in a rural area, I have seen the challenges my patients and their families face accessing care in their communities,” said Dr. John Chiasson, president of Doctors Nova Scotia. “Because of the data and information we now have, we’re better able to understand the needs of communities. Today marks an important step towards ensuring that Nova Scotians receive the care they need, where they need it.” The province committed to working with physicians and other interested groups, including Doctors Nova Scotia, district health authorities, the IWK and Dalhousie University’s medical school to develop other initiatives in response to the report. “This is the first step in a 10-year plan,” said Dr. Preston Smith, Dalhousie medical school’s senior associate dean. “This information is important because it will allow us — the medical school, our teaching hospitals and the province — to better match physician training and supply with the health care needs of Nova Scotians.” For more information about physician resource planning, visit http://www.gov.ns.ca/health/shapingPhysicianWorkforce/ . The province is acting to ensure more Nova Scotians have access to doctors and other care providers. Health and Wellness Minister Maureen MacDonald today, May 9, released the Physician Resource Plan, which identifies several ways to improve planning and management of the province’s physician workforce to better meet the needs of Nova Scotians. The plan is part of the government’s commitment to provide better care sooner by improving access to doctors, nurses and other health-care professionals, especially in smaller communities. “Every Nova Scotian should have timely access to a family doctor and primary care,” said Ms. MacDonald. “Providing better care sooner means taking action so Nova Scotians have choices beyond visiting an emergency room because they cannot see a doctor. These changes make sense, and will help ensure Nova Scotians have access to the care they need, when and where they need it.” The province released its action plan, Shaping Our Physician Workforce, after reviewing the Physician Resource Plan, prepared by Social Sector Metrics and Health Intelligence Inc. The report recommends changing the mix and distribution of doctors over time by making more strategic decisions when recruiting and replacing them , and taking action to influence and manage the future supply of physicians to better meet the needs of Nova Scotians. The report also presents a tool to help make better decisions on physician planning. The province will work to increase access to primary care, improve physician recruitment and retention, provide more accurate and reliable information to patients and influence the number and type of doctors trained. “It is clear that change is needed,” said Ms. MacDonald. “Government now has a tool to help reshape the province’s physician workforce over the next several years to better meet the needs of Nova Scotians across the province.” The province’s initial actions include commitments to: invest in four new collaborative primary care teams this year in communities of need and provide additional support to existing teams provide additional incentives for doctors practicing in communities of need work with Dalhousie University’s medical school to increase the number of family doctors trained in Nova Scotia strengthen efforts to recruit and retain physicians where they are needed mostlast_img read more

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Morocco Ranks 63rd in Best Countries for Women Long Way to

Rabat – US News released a list of 80 worst and best places to be a woman. The Best Countries for  Women ranking listed Morocco as the 63, up seven places from the 2018 ranking when Morocco was listed at 69.Despite the notable change in the ranking,  this year’s list shows Morocco nearly at the bottom,behind Mexico (50),  India (57), Saudi Arabia (41), and UAE (30).Tunisia is the 77th on the list. The last on the list is Myanmar, where the Rohingya conflict is ongoing in northern Rakhine State. US News said that the Best Countries for Women“is  a perception-based ranking based on the responses of nearly 9,000 women who filled of surveys for the 2019 Best Countries rankings.”The ranking takes into account several  aspects, including care about human rights, gender equality, income  equality, progress, and safety.Read Also: Women in Morocco : An Appraisal of their Current StatusMorocco’s government has been active in addressing gender issues in recent years, including sexual harassment in the street. In 2018 the government adopted Law 103-13 on gender-based discrimination. The criminalizes public harassement and all forms of violence including sexual assault.Female activists, however, found loopholes in the law, questioning its efficiency after the increase of rape andsexual assaults, and the publicization of the incidents.Activists have been also condemning light sentences given to defendants charged with violence against women, rape, or sexual harassment.A government-sponsored survey in July showed that 12.4% of Moroccan women faced sexual assaults in public spaces in the past twelve months. The government has also vowed to improve human rights and gender equality, including laws on inheritance.Morocco’s efforts were recently acknowledged as advisor to  President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump, extolled Morocco’s strategy in ensuring equality between Moroccan women and men in terms of inheritance law.On August 19, Ivanka congratulated the“Moroccan government for this important step towards the adoption of inheritance law amendments, and look forward to supporting their full implementation.”The statement came after Morocco adopted  three bills related to communal agricultural land (sulaliyat), which take into account the aspirations of rights holders, including women also known as sulaliayt. read more

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Fishermen stage protest in Colombo blocking traffic

Several fishermen staged a protest in Colombo today blocking traffic along the busy streets in the Fort area.The fishermen from Chilaw and Puttalam areas are protesting over several demands. Among the concerns raised by the fishermen is a decision taken by the Government to allow new hotels to be constructed near the beach in Puttalam.The fishermen claim their livelihood will be affected as a result of the hotels acquiring beach areas for their work. (Colombo Gazette)

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Baseball Noah McGowans gamewinning single gives Ohio State 54 extrainning win against

Ohio State Utility player Noah McGowan (4) hits the ball foul during the sixth inning of Ohio State’s 2-1 win against Cal State Northridge in extra innings on Friday, March 16, 2018 at Nick Swisher field in Bill Davis Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Credit: Ebo Amissah-Aggrey | Lantern ReporterOhio State junior second baseman Brady Cherry stood tall after a game-tying double in the bottom of the 10th inning, but was soon running again. Sophomore right fielder Noah McGowan chopped a 2-0 fastball through the hole on the left side of the infield sending Cherry down the baseline and around third base.Cherry scored the game-clinching run with ease, and the Buckeyes overcame the Georgetown Hoyas in a 5-4 extra-inning thriller.“I was just trying to get down the line,” McGowan said. “I just try to hit the ball hard and let whatever happen happen after that.”Ohio State’s offense was sputtering the entire game. Through eight innings, the Buckeyes (16-7) stranded 10 runners in scoring position. But the crowd at Bill Davis Stadium rose as a ball off the bat of senior left fielder Tyler Cowles flew high into a cold March sky that had blown balls back toward the fence all game. This one cleared the left field fence, knocked in two runs and tied the game at three in the bottom of the ninth inning.“I was literally just trying to get a hit,” Cowles said. “[Georgetown pitcher Matt Randolph] ended up hanging a changeup and I just put a barrel on it.”Freshman shortstop Eddie McCabe delivered a lead-taking single, knocking freshman right fielder James Gabor in from third base with two outs in the 10th inning to put Georgetown (6-16) up 4-3.That was McCabe’s second RBI of the game.In the top of the fourth inning with runners on the corners and no outs, he smacked a ball on the left side of the infield. Ohio State junior shortstop Kobie Foppe slid smoothly into a backhanded stop before flipping the ball to second baseman Brady Cherry. McCabe was called safe, despite Ohio State head coach Greg Beals arguing the call, and the game’s first run scored.Georgetown scored an additional run in the inning with two outs on an infield single by sophomore center fielder Ryan Davis.With senior Seth Kinker on the mound for the Buckeyes in the eighth inning, Georgetown senior second baseman Jake Bernstein looped a single into left field that went under Cowles’ glove and into the corner. Bernstein advanced to third on the play, then scored on sophomore first baseman Freddy Achecar III’s dribbler down the first-base line to give Georgetown a 3-1 lead.“You’ve just gotta take care of the baseball,” Beals said. “It’s good that it happened and we won because now [Cowles] knows when he does his drill work he’s gotta make sure he’s clean.”Redshirt senior pitcher Adam Niemeyer started for Ohio State, going five innings with two earned runs, five strikeouts and one walk.Niemeyer relied on his fastball early early and mixed in a changeup. He struck out four batters in a row between the first and second innings. Kinker entered in the seventh inning in relief of Yianni Pavlopoulos and delivered four innings with one earned run for his fourth win of the year.“I felt a little bad for [Pavlopoulos],” Beals said. “But on the other hand we thought that we had gotten to the point in the game where Kinker could take us to the finish line.”Georgetown junior Jack Cushing, using a strong fastball, struck out four Ohio State batters before he lost command of the strike zone toward the end of the third inning. He finished with one earned run and six walks after 4.1 innings.Foppe, who had two putouts and five assists, was a bright spot for an otherwise spotty Ohio State defense. The Buckeyes committed two errors compared to Georgetown’s single error.Ohio State junior catcher Jacob Barnwell cut down both Hoyas attempting to steal, despite Georgetown’s 93 percent success rate on stolen bases this season. read more

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RCT committed to developing fullyautonomous technology options CEO says

first_imgRCT CEO and Executive Director, Brett White (pictured), thinks interoperability will, in the future, prove crucial in allowing mining companies to yield the full benefits of autonomy in their operations.Speaking in an opinion piece that looked back at the company’s history to chart just how far the company has come in its own automation journey, he said RCT continues to differentiate itself from its peers by offering these vendor-agnostic solutions.He said: “‘What benefit can Automation technology deliver for us?’ That is the type of question being posed in boardrooms and among senior management in mining companies these days. There is a strong focus on identifying productivity constraints and inefficiency and finding ways to overcome them, which is where RCT differs in the market.“RCT’s automation technology is built to be scalable and agnostic to any machine make or model that you may find on a mine site anywhere and based on the data and feedback from customers our technology provides them the quickest benefit.”The company’s automation journey started many decades ago at a time when serious injury and even fatalities occurred regularly throughout the mining industry, according to White.“During the 1980s the company’s founder Bob Muirhead worked with the CSIRO to pioneer remote control technology for the Australian mining industry as a way to protect mine workers from very hazardous situations,” he said.“Over the years, the company has seen many major milestones including being the first company to install its ControlMaster® Line-of-Sight solution on a bulldozer for a mining company in 1988 and the first company to deliver an off-the-shelf Teleremote solution.“The technological packages were in keeping with Bob’s ethos that if an activity is inherently unsafe it should be remote controlled and if it is repetitive then the activity should be automated. The health and safety benefit to having workers removed from the hazardous mining areas is extremely significant. Furthermore, a lot of processes in an underground load/haul/dump sequence are repeatable so being able to automate such a cycle offers many benefits such as increased and consistent tramming speeds, reduced machine damage and component wear, resulting in less unplanned machine downtime and maximising operational productivity.”Many years of work at RCT culminated in the commercial release of ControlMaster Guidance Automation solution in Perth, Western Australia, in 2009. This was the first Australia-designed-and-built automated system delivered to the domestic market and had a significant impact on mine design to support and maximise the benefits the technology offered and drive further productivity efficiencies including surface operation during shift change and mine re-entries, according to White.White said: “At present Guidance Automation is proving to be the product that best meets the demand of mining industry executives who are interested in how they can get the most value out of their fleet and personnel by leveraging technology.”Based on the company’s data and customer feedback, Guidance Automation can alleviate production bottlenecks and provide a quick return on investment, which, in terms of the latter, is in some cases a matter of weeks.More recent product developments include Guidance Expand or Multiple Machine Control enabling a single operator to control multiple machines, including mixed machine types at the same time from one operator station.White said: “A major key to RCT’s success has been our ability to provide an agnostic solution and deliver meaningful technology suitable for today’s mining operations but with roadmaps that will take them to the next horizon. This means our clients have the freedom and flexibility to choose mining equipment from a diverse range of original equipment manufacturers to suit their mining operational needs, safe in the knowledge that RCT’s industry leading solutions will interface to provide operational excellence.”The RCT Bridge solution highlights the company’s reputation as an innovative and adaptable technology manufacturer, allowing clients to use existing teleremote communication (analogue) infrastructure to provide a cost-effective pathway to mine digitisation, White said.White estimates that, over nearly half a century, RCT has worked with 90% of the Australia market. The company has also made significant investments in international markets with branches in Utah, US, and Sudbury, Canada.“We have also worked for mining companies and contractors in 68 different countries installing various different automation products including Line-of-Sight, Teleremote and Guidance Automation as well as delivering large-scale complex customised automation and integrated solutions,” White said.In 2019, RCT will be “solidifying its presence in South America” with the opening of a new branch in Santiago, Chile, White said. This will better enable its regional staff to support customers, he added. “We are also planning to open an office in Russia to better support clients in the region and bolster our existing support team throughout Africa. These offices will underpin our strategy to have greater on-ground support for all clients,” he said.White concluded: “Our in-house engineers are currently testing RCT’s surface autonomous solutions as part of the company’s long-term development strategy. While the company has always been active in surface applications for individual pieces of mine equipment through remotes and teleremote options, we are committed to developing our fully-autonomous technology options for fleets of surface equipment utilising technology which has a proven record in the underground mining environment.“RCT is committed to developing its autonomous technology for application on all mobile equipment from heavy mobile production equipment to ancillary type fleet equipment. This will ensure interoperability and allow autonomous mobile equipment to seamlessly integrate to all mine operational platforms including dispatch, management systems and fully autonomous traffic management.”last_img read more

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Katzirz on RK Zagreb Unpleasant experience

← Previous Story Junior WC in Greece: “Black Thursday” for Serbs and Hungarians Next Story → Zeitz to Heuberger: “No Coming Back” The Hungarian David Katzirz has expessing his unsatifaction with the Croatian club and how unpleasing it was to play there. He said to the media that it was very unpleasing, and that he does not want to play in foreign country anymore. From the next season he will join Csurgoi, a team that will try to break the domination of Pick Szeged and Veszprem, and besides Katzirz they also have Igor Kos and Gabor Herbert in their team. read more

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Drama club previews play before UK trip

first_imgBATTLE GROUND — The Battle Ground High School Drama Club will hold two free performances of “Almost, Maine” before heading to Edinburgh, Scotland, to show the play.The drama club, which was selected in a competitive process to perform at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, will perform the show at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and Wednesday at Battle Ground High School at 300 W. Main St., Battle Ground. Doors open at 6:45 p.m. both days.Donations for final travel expenses will be accepted but are not required.last_img read more

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Jamaica Moves Up 8 Places On Global Competitiveness Index

first_img IMF recommends tougher laws, tougher FSC Recommended for you IMF report gives warning and suggestion to refund insurance company clients Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppJamaica has improved eight places on the Global Competitiveness index and is now ranked 86 out of 144 countries for 2014/15.The country ranked 94 out of 148 countries in the 2103 to 2014 report and 97 out of 144 the previous year.The report, which was released on September 2 by the World Economic Forum, assesses the competitiveness landscape of 144 economies, providing insight into the drivers of productivity and prosperity.Economist and University Lecturer, Dr. Andre Haughton, in an interview with JIS News, says this is a very significant improvement and comes as a result of the gains being made through the country’s Economic Reform Programme (ERP), under the Extended Fund Facility with the International Monetary Fund (IMF).He says this is evident in the Government’s efforts to remain fiscally disciplined with the overall IMF programme. “So, it is as a result of us making an effort to get more competitive, and it is a very significant improvement,” Dr. Haughton said.The report defines competitiveness as the set of institutions, policies and factors that determine the level of productivity of a country.The Global competitiveness index is captured under 12 pillars – Institutions, infrastructure, macro-economic environment, health and primary education, higher education and training, goods market efficiency, labour market efficiency, financial market efficiency, financial market development, technological readiness, market size, business sophistication and innovation. Related Items:Dr. Andre Haughton, Economic Reform Programme, International Monetary Fund, world economic forum Laws under construction to bolster Financial Services Sector Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

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Driver arrested after policeinvolved DUI crash in NW MiamiDade

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – A South Florida driver is facing some serious charges after, police said, he collided with a Miami-Dade Police cruiser while driving under the influence.Miami-Dade Police and Fire Rescue units responded to the scene of the crash along the eastbound lanes of State Road 112, near Northwest 27th Avenue, in Northwest Miami-Dade, early Saturday morning.Both the officer and the civilian driver were cleared by paramedics.The driver was arrested on DUI-related charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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ExFCC commissioner advises TMobile Sprint on 26 billion merger

first_img 2 FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn (left) served at the agency for nearly nine years before stepping down in June 2018.  Alex Wong / Getty Images Former FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn is working to help T-Mobile and Sprint get their $26 billion merger approved by regulators. Clyburn, a Democrat, confirmed she’s working as a paid consultant to the carriers to advise them on their impending merger. The news of her involvement was first reported by Politico on Monday. The companies, whose merger was announced in April last year, need approval from the Federal Communications Commission and the US Department of Justice. “Affordable broadband access is a critical priority particularly for those Americans who are underserved or currently have no viable options at all,” she said in an interview with CNET. “I am advising T-Mobile and Sprint as they seek to accelerate the creation of an inclusive nationwide 5G network on how best to build a bridge across the digital divide that currently exists in our country.”Clyburn served on the FCC from August 2009 until June 2018. She was originally appointed under President Barack Obama and served as interim chairman of the agency for half the year in 2013. Clyburn was considered a champion of several consumer causes, including reforming prison inmate calling services and pushing to modernize and protect the FCC’s Lifeline program, which subsidizes the cost of phone and broadband service for poor and disabled Americans. She also advocated for enhanced accessibility in communications for the disability community. And Clyburn was a strong supporter of the 2015 net neutrality protections adopted when her party was in control of the FCC.It’s not uncommon for former FCC commissioners and others serving in government to work for companies they once regulated. Former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell, a Republican, also consults for T-Mobile. He published an op-ed in Fortune in May extolling the benefits of the merger.  But  Clyburn’s involvement in advising the merger is interesting because she was part of the majority on the FCC in 2011 that rejected the merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, concluding that a reduction in the number of national carriers would harm consumers.  When the idea of a merger between T-Mobile and Sprint was first floated in 2014, the Democratic-controlled FCC also signaled it wouldn’t approve the deal for the same reason. Critics of the deal, including many public interest groups that have long considered Clyburn a friend, oppose the merger, because they say more consolidation in the wireless market is bad for consumers. Specifically, they say the deal will lead to fewer choices and higher prices for consumers and reduce the incentive for these companies to continue to compete aggressively on price. They also point to the competitive pricing and promotions both T-Mobile and Sprint have offered in the market, which have pressured AT&T and Verizon to lower prices and ditch contracts. And they argue that if the deal were to be approved those competitive pressures would go away.”The proposed combination of T-Mobile and Sprint is a clear-cut horizontal merger that will dramatically curtail competition in the wireless market and harm consumers,” Phillip Berenbroick, senior policy counsel at Public Knowledge, said in August when the group filed a petition with the FCC to deny the deal. “By nearly any measure, today’s wireless marketplace is already excessively consolidated … Without independent T-Mobile and Sprint challenging Verizon Wireless and AT&T, and each other, consumers are unlikely to continue to reap the benefits they have accrued from four-firm competition.”Executives for the companies say they will not raise rates on consumers. In a letter to the FCC on Monday, T-Mobile CEO John Legere made a personal pledge to regulators that the “New T-Mobile” would not raise prices on its service following the merger. Doing so, he said, would erode the relationship with T-Mobile customers. “I want to reiterate, unequivocally, that New T-Mobile rates are NOT going to go up,” he said. “Rather, our merger will ensure that American consumers will pay less and get more … My management team and I can make this personal commitment because we believe in delivering on our promises, and we know if we do not, we will lose credibility and the trust of our customers.”The companies say the deal will lead to faster and wider deployment of 5G, the next generation of wireless technology that will not only increase speeds, but also improve the responsiveness of the network. The new technology is expected to pave the way for a slew of new services like streaming VR and self-driving cars.They’ve argued they need the scale of a larger, combined company because 5G infrastructure will be very expensive to build, particularly in hard-to-reach areas like rural communities or underserved poor areas.Legere and Sprint Executive Chairman Marcelo told the Senate Judiciary Committee in June that the deal is necessary to ensure US dominance in 5G. The two executives will be on Capitol Hill again later this month defending the merger in front of a joint hearing before two House committees, as the intensity over the regulatory review of the deal heats up. Still, Clyburn said she’s not abandoning the ideas she fought to protect when she was a public servant. She serves as a board member of the Benton Foundation, a public interest group pushing for equity and diversity in communications policy. Clyburn was also recently appointed by Rep. Frank Pallone, chair of the House Commerce Committee, to serve on the board of the National Security Commission for Artificial Intelligence. “I bring certain sensitivities and passions that I believe are natural extensions of this public-private partnership that I have been a part of for 19 years that is so clearly expressed in our nation’s universal service principles,” she said.Clyburn, who was the first African-American woman to serve on the FCC and was also the first woman to chair the agency, was included in CNET’s first list of notable women in tech to celebrate International Women’s Day last year.  First published Feb. 4, 11:14 a.m. PT.Update, 3:42 p.m. PT: Added T-Mobile’s commitment to the FCC that it won’t raise rates.The Smartest Stuff: Innovators are thinking up new ways to make you, and the things around you, smarter.Tech Enabled: CNET chronicles tech’s role in providing new kinds of accessibility. 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Jennifer Aniston poses topless amid Brad Pitt dating drama

first_img“When it comes knocking, it’s going to be welcomed. I’m not like, ‘No, I’m done with that. That’s never going to happen again.’ My time on this planet has been about…It hasn’t looked a certain way. It’s my way; it’s what I’ve been given this round. But I would say I don’t find any of my past has given me a reason to harden up and create a shell or a wall of ‘No more, that’s it, I’m closed,'” Jennifer explained when asked about what she has learned about love.Jennifer Aniston will soon be seen next to Adam Sandler in Netflix’s Murder Mystery movie. In addition to this, she is extremely busy with her upcoming TV show, The Morning Show, which is all set to air on Apple TV+. Jennifer Aniston recently celebrated her 50th birthday party with her several Hollywood friends including her former husband Brad Pitt. Following which, there were several alleged rumors that Brad and Jennifer have reunited and started to date again. As we have mentioned on multiple occasions, Jennifer and Brad are not dating. During her chat with the magazine, Jennifer also made it clear that as of now, she does not have time for dating as she is solely focused on her upcoming TV show and dating anyone is not her number one priority. Actress Jennifer Aniston poses at the Women in Film 2009 Crystal and Lucy Awards in Century City, California June 12, 2009.ReutersJennifer Aniston has proved that age is just a number for her. The acclaimed actress, who is constantly in between the rumors about her dating life including her alleged romance with Brad Pitt, recently posed topless for a sultry photoshoot and proved that even at the age of 50, she is defining the beauty for everyone out there.Jennifer Aniston is the latest star of Harper’s Bazaar’s June/July magazine issue. In the cover picture, the FRIENDS TV show alum is looking confident and gorgeous like ever. In addition to leaving nothing for our imagination, Jennifer went topless. In her own words, she felt completely normal in doing that shoot. As per Jennifer:”There was a version of an outfit that we did without a top, but I’m covering my breasticles. There’s nothing offensive out there for anyone unless they think breasts themselves are offensive,” she explained. “I think our bodies are beautiful, and I think celebrating them and being comfortable in them — no matter what age you are — is important.”last_img read more

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Police must be accountable PM

first_img*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Imam Hossain. Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Monday asked the police personnel to be friendlier to people in discharging their crucial role as protectors of law.She made the call addressing the inaugural ceremony of the annual Police Week of the Bangladesh Police.”You’ll have to build yourselves as more public-friendly keeping in mind that you are members of police force of an independent country,” the premier said at Rajarbagh Police Lines in the city.She added: “I hope that each and every member of the police force will extend their helping hand to the helpless and who are exposed to peril.”The prime minister simultaneously asked policemen to discharge properly their role as the protectors of law adding that their adherence to the law of the land, honesty and moral values would be the indicators in judging their professional performance.Sheikh Hasina reminded police personnel that they would be rewarded for their success but they must ensure their accountability for everything they do.The main law enforcement agency this year observes the Police Week-2018 with its motto being “Remedy of Drugs and Militancy: Commitment of Bangladesh Police”.On her arrival at the venue, the premier was received by home minister Asaduzzaman Khan, inspector general of police (IGP) AKM Shahidul Haque and home secretary Mostafa Kamal Uddin.Different police contingents staged a spectacular parade led by superintendent of police (SP) Mohsin Hossain to mark the police week and riding on an open jeep the prime minister visited the parade and took salute.Cabinet members, parliament members, senior government officials witnessed the ceremony.The prime minister handed over police awards in four categories to 182 policemen including officers for their outstanding performance in 2017.Of them, 30 have received the Bangladesh Police Medal (BPM) Bravery and 28 got the BPM-Service. Of the rests 71 got the President Police Medal (PPM) Bravery and 53 got the PPM-Service for their excellent services in 2017.Three of the awardees were posthumously honoured with the BPM (bravery) Award as they laid down their lives during the anti-militant security clampdown at the terrorist den at Atiya Mohal in Sylhet last year.They are Lieutenant Colonel Azad, who was serving in elite police unit RAB on deputation, Inspector Monirul and Inspector Koysor who laid their lives during a security clampdown at a militants’ den at Atiya Mohal in Sylhet.The premier said stable law and order was a pre-requisite for the country’s development and her government considered allocations made for that purpose as an investment, not expenditure.”That’s why we’ve kept up the trend of overall development of police in full extent during our present tenure,” she said.The premier reminded policemen of the importance of accountability and expected the “IGP Complain Cell” set up at the Police Headquarters could play an effective role in making them more accountable.Mentioning that stable law and order situation is a pre-requisite for the country’s development, the prime minister said the government considers the money allocated for the law and order as an investment, not expenditure.”That’s why we’ve keep keep up the trend of overall development of police in full extent during our present tenure,” she said.The prime minister said to build a secured peaceful country, her government has been implementing a massive work plan for raising overall capability of the police by strengthening its infrastructure and human resources management.She said her government has already implemented most of the pledges it made for the modernisation of Bangladesh Police.Sheikh Hasina said assuming office in 2009 her government created 32,031 posts in the police organogram and “in 2014, we took a decision for creating 50,000 more posts and against it, nearly 44,000 have already been created”.The government, she said, has a plan to raise further the manpower of the police.Sheikh Hasina said raising further the facilities of housing, ration and healthcare, providing training and supplying of necessary vehicles and other equipment were in the government’s active consideration.She said her government constituted special police units like the Police Bureau of Investigation, Tourist Police, River Police, Industrial Police, two special security and protection battalions, female armed police battalion and 12 armed police battalions.”Initiatives have been taken for specialized Guard and Protection Police unit for further strengthening the security of important establishments and persons,” Sheikh Hasina said.The premier described police force as a symbol of peace, security and order saying policemen were performing their duty in all crises with courage while they earned the countrymen’s appreciation for their sincerity, competence and professionalism.She recalled that 21 policemen sacrificed their lives while facing the BNP-Jamaat sponsored violence, sabotage and arson attacks to kill innocent people and destroy the state property.The prime minister said Bangladesh Police also earned repute abroad as well due to their performance in UN Peacekeeping Missions with utmost efficiency and professionalism.But she feared militancy and terrorism to be the biggest threat to the country’s peace, stability and development and reminded policemen a terrorist has no religion, caste and creed.”We condemn any violence in the name of religion,” she said.Sheikh Hasina said the soil of the country was achieved in exchange for blood of millions and so “there will be no room for militants, terrorists and war criminals on the soil of the country”.Referring to the successful government initiatives in controlling militancy and terrorism she said apart from the security clampdowns “we’ve involved family, women, youths, mass media and religious leaders to check spread of militancy and terrorism”.The prime minister said the Police Anti-terrorism Unit was constituted to raise capability of the police in stamping out militancy and terrorism.”We expect that the new unit will continue to play an effective role in rooting out the social menaces and expose their patrons to justice,” she said.Pointing out the influx of lakhs of Rohingya people into Bangladesh, she said Bangladesh Police with the coordination of the country’s other organisations was playing praiseworthy role in providing shelters and security to the huge number of displaced Myanmar citizens.In its desperate bid to reign supreme in electoral campaign, the ruling Bangladesh Awami League is planning to finalise party nominees much ahead of the 11th parliamentary polls, party policymakers indicate.The party, however, does not want to disclose the names of potential candidates until the schedule for the elections is announced, according to them.The 11th parliamentary election is expected to be held in next December.Three central leaders of the AL told Prothom Alo that prime minister Sheikh Hasina asked the party leaders to give the finalised candidates certain green signal ‘unofficially’. She gave the hint at an Awami League Central Working Committee meeting at Ganabhaban on Saturday.AL presidium member Mohammed Nasim, also health minister, made it clear that the main goal of the ruling party is to form the government again, winning the next polls.And for doing so, the party will follow every possible strategy, he said adding that the AL is thinking of finalising candidates early as it would be helpful for taking preparations for the next elections.According to party insiders, the AL has a plan of putting all its efforts on 200 seats instead 300 as policymakers think winning 151 seats is enough to form the government.They think instead of running after all the 300 seats, the party should utilise money, political strength and administrative facilities for being in power for a long time, aiming at contesting seriously in 200 seats.The AL will consider the remaining 100 seats for its allies, said the party leaders.However, the AL-led 14-party alliance is yet to discuss about the next elections.Over this, Bangladesh Workers Party secretary-general Fazle Hossain Badsha said the alliance members are taking preparations on their own though they have not yet begun discussion over election strategy or distribution of seats.But, he agreed, it is better to finalise candidates early.AL president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina told her party leaders in the working committee meeting that it is difficult to win election three times in a row in Bangladesh but it is possible for the Awami League. And for this, she directed the party leaders to take wholehearted preparations.AL leaders said, a total of 12 teams encompassing presidium members and senior leaders have been formed to win possible candidates by resolving internal conflicts.First, the teams will make visits to districts and upazilas. The visits will begin on 12 January, the day when the incumbent government started its journey four years ago.Moreover, AL chief Sheikh Hasina will start electioneering in divisional headquarters from 18 February. Her first three visits, which were finalised at the working committee meeting, will likely be held in Barisal, Sylhet and Rangpur.Several leaders, who attended the meeting, confirmed to Prothom Alo that Hasina assigned the 12 teams to submit written reports about the possible candidates.AL presidium member Faruk Khan said that a survey for selecting candidates is underway. Names of candidates will also be asked from the grassroots leaders and workers, he added.Several AL senior leaders said the party may nominate a number of new faces as voters, party leaders and activists have grievances about many incumbent members of parliament and ministers. There are at least 3 to 15 nomination seekers in the ruling AL for almost every constituency.last_img read more

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