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Beckham predicts World Cup finalists

first_imgDavid Beckham is backing both England and Argentina to reach the final of the World Cup at RussiaThe closest the Three Lions have come to winning the World Cup since their 1966 triumph on home soil came in 1990, where they lost to West Germany in a penalty shoot-out in Italy at the semi-final stage.While Argentina have not won the tournament in 32 years and came narrowly close to ending that wait in the 2014 World Cup, where they lost 1-0 to champions Germany in the final.“I think obviously my choice would be England to win the competition, but that’s me being biased and passionate about my country,” said Beckham, according to the BBC.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.The former Real Madrid midfielder is pleased to see England get off to a promising start in their campaign after they defeated Tunisia 2-1 in their opening game of Group G.“I’m very happy that we won the first game in the group,” added Beckham.“England is a very young team, they don’t have a lot of experience yet and the journey of the World Cup will become harder and harder because there are many good teams in the tournament.”last_img read more

Allegri Im happy for Ronaldo

first_imgJuventus boss Massimiliano Allegri is “happy” to see Cristiano Ronaldo open his goalscoring account for the club after netting a brace in Sunday’s 2-1 win over SassuoloAfter three games without a goal to his name, Ronaldo answered his critics on Sunday with both of Juventus’ goals to hand the Old Lady all three points.It means that Juventus are the only side to have won all four of their Serie A fixtures.And Allegri was certain that it was only a matter of time before Ronaldo would score for the Bianconeri.“He came very close in his first three games,” Allegri told the club website.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“I think he rushed a couple of chances today – it looked like he was absolutely desperate to score.“Football has a way of evening things out and that was the story of the first goal, with the ball bouncing off the post and sitting up for him. The second goal was brilliant. I’m happy for him.“Sassuolo are a good side. They made it hard for us in the first half, but they dropped off a bit in the second half and we were able to tip the game in our favour.”Juventus will next face Valencia on Wednesday for their opening game of the Champions League group stages.last_img read more

Luis Enrique Rodri can surpass Busquets

first_imgThe British publication, FourFourTwo, have broadcasted the words of Spain national team head coach Luis Enrique concerning Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri.According to the former Barcelona manager, the 22-year-old hotshot has all characteristics to become a ‘new Sergio Busquets.’Although Rodri is yet to establish himself as a regular starter at the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano following his summer’s arrival from Villarreal, Enrique seems to be a huge fan of the prosperous youngster.“I have already spoken about their similarities,” he told a news conference.“It’s not good to give too much praise and he is very young, but Rodri comes across as very professional and prepared mentally.“He can reach Busquets’ level and maybe surpass it. Who knows what limits he has?”Robert Moreno says he would step aside if Luis Enrique asks him Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 The Spanish national team manager, Robert Moreno, took the job after Luis Enrique stepped down because his nine-year-old daughter passed away after a bone tumor.Rodri will be better than Barcelona icon Busquets – Luis Enrique https://t.co/ohoDJdkoz2 pic.twitter.com/VRS5qnE5za— Goal Nigeria (@GoalcomNigeria) October 4, 2018Now it’s up to the Rodri to give his answer on the field, but a comparison with a figure such as Busquets can only be flattering.The highly-rated midfielder will in the Spain squad for the matches against Wales and England along with Busquets, as well as, his two Atletico companions, Saul Niguez and Koke.last_img read more

Governor cautions Tourism Leaders more work to do

Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 May 2015 – Rejoice but don’t relax because the demands on the industry will increase; a caution coming from the Governor, His Excellency Peter Beckingham. It seems H.E. is back in action and according to a report reaching our newsroom yesterday he is praising the recent accolades for the tourism industry while warning that there is still room for improvement. He said, and I quote: “I am constantly struck by how seldom visitors get beyond Grace Bay. I can understand that the typical 3-4 day American visitor may not have the urge to travel after arriving in Providenciales. But Grand Turk and the other family islands need to receive a higher profile, and as a result get more visitors than the tiny proportion they receive of stay-over tourists.” The governor revealed that he is also watching to see how Tourism will spend its boosted budget and how the country’s gateway will enhance guest services. “I also would like to see an even more welcoming approach to visitors at Providenciales airport. They are literally the lifeblood of the prosperity or otherwise of everyone in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The heads of the public service and government departments, as well as the management of the Airport Authority, need to be constantly asking themselves whether there are ways to make the TCI welcome better than it is. There is still some way to go.” A candid presentation by the Governor to the Turks and Caicos Hotel and Tourism Association yesterday which is about a week away from a seven city tour or fam trip to North America. Related Items:peter beckingham, tourism, tourism leaders Baha Mar deal should not be secret Survey shows TCI beaches keep visitors coming Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Turks & Caicos drops to #4 Island in the World; Hotel owner sounds off read more

Budgetfriendly Nokia 42 coming to US for 189 runs Android One

first_img Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X The dual cameras of the Nokia 4.2. Sarah Tew/CNET Available at US retailers Amazon and BestBuy, you can preorder the affordable Nokia 4.2 phone today and have it ship by May 14. Launched in February at MWC 2019, the phone runs Android One and costs $189. Android One is a trimmed-down, stock version of Android without any of the fancy interface additions phone-makers may add. It’s a way for Google to make cheaper phones more accessible to price-conscious users. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Angela Lang/CNET Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $6 at Tidal Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Amazon See It Comments $210 at Best Buy See it Read Google Home Hub review $999 $520 at HP Nokia 210, 1 Plus, 3.2 and 4.2 debut at MWC Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Chris Monroe/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Share your voice Nokia phones arrive in every shape and type Best Buy Sprint Turo Google Nokia,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Tags Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNETcenter_img $60 at Best Buy $155 at Google Express See It DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See It $59 at eBay 7 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) 57 Photos The Cheapskate $299 at Amazon Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: $999 Phones 0 Read the AirPods review Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). CNET may get a commission from retail offers. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Read DJI Osmo Action preview $999 $999 Boost Mobile 1:49 Sarah Tew/CNET Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read the Rylo camera preview Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. The Nokia 4.2 features two cameras on the back, a 13-megapixel standard camera and a 2-megapixel camera that senses depth. It also features face unlock, a fingerprint sensor and secure NFC for authorizing digital payments on Google Pay. A dedicated Google Assistant button launches the digital search assistant.Other specs include a 5.71-inch display, an octa-core Snapdragon 439 processor and 3GB of RAM. The phone comes in black and pink and if you want to take a look at it yourself before purchasing, you can find it in Best Buy stores starting June 9. Tags Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See at Amazon $261 at Daily Steals via Google Expresslast_img read more

Kavanaugh accuser ready to talk to Congress

first_imgBrett KavanaughThe woman accusing judge Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her is willing to tell her story in public to a Senate panel considering his nomination to the Supreme Court, her lawyer said Monday.Kavanaugh had been on a smooth confirmation track, but the new allegations have roiled that process. Republican senators have expressed concern over a woman’s private-turned-public allegation that a drunken Kavanaugh groped her and tried to take off her clothes at a party when they were teenagers.Debra S Katz, the attorney for the woman, Christine Blasey Ford, said her client considered the incident to be an attempted rape.”She believes that if were not for the severe intoxication of Brett Kavanaugh, she would have been raped,” Katz told NBC’s “Today.”Kavanaugh has “categorically and unequivocally” denied the allegations, a statement the White House repeated Monday.”This has not changed,” said White House spokesman Kerri Kupec. “Judge Kavanaugh and the White House both stand by that statement.”In morning television interviews, Katz said her client was willing to tell her story in public to the Senate Judiciary Committee, although no lawmakers or their aides had yet contacted her. Katz also denied that Ford, a Democrat, is politically motivated.”No one in their right mind regardless of their motives would want to inject themselves into this process and face the kind of violation that she will be subjected to by those who want this nominee to go though. … She was quite reluctant to come forward.”Initially the sexual misconduct allegation was conveyed in a private letter, without revealing Ford’s name. With a name and disturbing details, the accusation raised the prospect of congressional Republicans defending president Donald Trump’s nominee ahead of midterm elections featuring an unprecedented number of female candidates and informed in part by the #MeToo movement.The GOP-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee appeared nonetheless committed to a vote later this week despite Ford’s account in The Washington Post.Kavanaugh, she told the Post, pinned her to a bed at a Maryland party in the early 1980s, clumsily tried to remove her clothing and put his hand over her mouth when she tried to scream.Ford said Kavanaugh and a friend – both “stumbling drunk,” she says – corralled her in a bedroom when she was around 15 and Kavanaugh was around 17. She says Kavanaugh groped her over her clothes, grinded his body against hers and tried to take off her one-piece swimsuit and the outfit she wore over it. Kavanaugh covered her mouth with his hand when she tried to scream, she says, and escaped when Judge jumped on them.Kavanaugh attended a private school for boys in Maryland while Ford attended a nearby school.Through the White House, Kavanaugh, 53, a federal appeals judge in Washington, said: “I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation. I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”A split seemed to be emerging among the GOP.As Democrats, led by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York, called for a delay in the vote, two committee Republicans – all 11 on the GOP side are men – Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, said they wanted to hear more from Ford. Flake went as far as to say he was “not comfortable” voting for Kavanaugh for the time being.A potential “no” vote from Flake would complicate the judge’s prospects. A Republican not on the committee, Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, said the vote should be postponed until the committee heard from Ford. Contacted Sunday by CNN, Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, wouldn’t say if the vote should be postponed.A committee spokesman said late Sunday that its chairman, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, was trying to arrange separate, follow-up calls with Kavanaugh and Ford, but just for aides to Grassley and Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., before Thursday’s scheduled vote. Critics have already accused the GOP of fast-tracking the process to get Kavanaugh on the court by 1 October, the first day of the fall term.The allegation against Kavanaugh first came to light late last week in the form of a letter that had been for some time in the possession of Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Judiciary Committee and one of its four female members. On Sunday, The Washington Post published an interview with Ford, who after months of soul-searching decided to go public.”I thought he might inadvertently kill me,” said Ford, 51, a clinical psychology professor at Palo Alto University in California. “He was trying to attack me and remove my clothing.” She told the Post that she was able to escape after a friend of Kavanaugh’s who was in the room jumped on top of them and everyone tumbled.In the interview, Ford says she never revealed what had happened to her until 2012, when she and her husband sought couples therapy. Ford’s husband, Russell Ford, said he recalled his wife using Kavanaugh’s last name and expressing concern that Kavanaugh – then a federal judge – might someday be nominated to the Supreme Court.Senate Republicans, along with the White House, see no need to postpone voting over what they consider uncorroborated and unverifiable accusations, according to a person familiar with the situation but not authorized to speak publicly.In considering their options Sunday, Republicans largely settled on the view that Ford’s story alone was not enough to delay Kavanaugh’s confirmation.Grassley could invite Ford to testify, likely in closed session before Thursday. Kavanaugh would also probably be asked to appear before senators. The panel would also likely seek testimony from Mark Judge, Kavanaugh’s friend and classmate who Ford says jumped on top of her and Kavanaugh. Judge has denied that the incident happened.Republicans have not settled on the strategy, the person familiar with the situation said, but were weighing options, including doing nothing.Republicans say the allegations have already cast a shadow over Kavanaugh but that it does not appear to be enough to change the votes in the narrowly divided 51-49 Senate. Key will be the views of Collins and Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Both are under enormous pressure from outside groups who want them to oppose Kavanaugh on grounds that as a justice he could vote to undercut the Roe v. Wade ruling legalizing abortion in the U.S.The White House has accused Feinstein of mounting an “11th hour attempt to delay his confirmation.” The White House has also sought to cast doubt about Ford’s allegation by noting that the FBI has repeatedly investigated Kavanaugh since the 1990s for highly sensitive positions he has held, including in the office of independent counsel Ken Starr, at the White House and his current post on the federal appeals court in Washington.Sixty-five women who knew Kavanagh in high school defended him in a separate letter, circulated by Senate Judiciary Committee Republicans, as someone who “always treated women with decency and respect.”last_img read more

District Mourns the Loss of Ward 4 Candidate AJ Cooper

first_imgDistrict leaders are somber about the surprise death of A.J. Cooper, a young political aspirant who was looking to run for the Ward 4 seat on the D.C. Council this spring.Cooper, the nephew of former D.C. Board of Education President Peggy Cooper Cafritz, was 34 when he died on Dec. 3. It has been reported that he died of a heart attack.Funeral arrangements have not been announced.A native Washingtonian, Cooper was the host of BET’s Teen Summit and served in the Marine Corps. He was a graduate of the University of Maryland and had worked as the policy director for the D.C. Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.In 2012, he ran for the D.C. Council as an independent. In the past year, he founded Freedom Farms, an initiative to support urban farming by training low-income residents about growing food and agriculture.Soon after D.C. Council member Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) was elected mayor on Nov. 4, Cooper announced his candidacy for her seat. D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray (D) said that Cooper “was a positive force and touched the lives of many.”D.C. Council member-elect Elissa Silverman (I-At Large), whom Cooper supported in the Nov. 4 general election, tweeted that Cooper “was a great progressive ally, activist and friend.” D.C. Council member Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) said that Cooper was “a joy to be around.”“This is another very difficult loss for our city,” Wells said.D.C. Council member Kenyan McDuffie (D-Ward 5) talked about Cooper on a more personal basis.“I lost a friend and the District of Columbia lost a young activist, social entrepreneur, and above all, a public servant,” McDuffie said. “I will always remember A.J. Cooper for his selfless service to his neighborhood, his community, the District of Columbia and our country. I will miss him deeply.”last_img read more

Louisville to Participate in Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge

first_imgStory Links Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville women’s basketball will participate in the 2019 Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge, the largest fundraising initiative of the Kay Yow Cancer Fund. This February, Louisville fans can compete against fans from colleges and universities across the country with each free throw the Cardinals hit. The money raised will go towards the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.The Kay Yow Cancer Fund’s mission is to extend and improve the lives of those who are battling cancer by raising money for research and assisting the underserved.Last season, Cardinals fans proved once again why they are the best in the country as they led the nation in Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge pledges.Louisville women’s basketball is once again collaborating with the Kay Yow Cancer Fund by joining the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge. They are competing against other college basketball teams around the country to see who can raise the most money for those battling cancer.Click here to support the Cards by pledging for every free throw they make during the month of February!Follow Louisville’s progress on the National Leaderboard. With our fans support, we can once again be crowed champion in 2019. All proceeds of the Play4Kay Free Throw Challenge will benefit the Kay Yow Cancer Fund.In addition, Louisville women’s basketball will host its annual Play4Kay “Pink Out” game vs. Miami on Sunday, Feb. 17. The Cardinals will wear pink uniforms, pink t-shirts benefiting Gilda’s Club will be available for purchase and survivors will be recognized on the court at halftime.For more information, visit www.gocards.com/play4kay. For the latest on Louisville women’s basketball, visit GoCards.com, follow the team’s Twitter account at @UofLWBB or on Facebook at facebook.com/UofLWBB.last_img read more

Harting Touches Sixth in 200M Fly Comerford and Dahlia Win Silver

first_imgStory Links University of Louisville swimmer Zach Harting finished sixth in the 200M butterfly in a race that shattered Michael Phelps long-standing world record at the FINA World Championships in Gwangju, Korea. Teammates Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford won silver as for swimming the preliminaries as part of the 4×100 mixed medley.In Harting’s race, South Africa’s Chad le Clos blasted out from the start, posting 24.13 first split, and was still under world record pace at 100-meter mark, turning in 52.55. Top qualifier Kristof Milak was in hot pursuit and turned at a world record pace at the 150 at the 1:21.57, to take the lead.Milak pulled away from the field and shattered Michael Phelps’ World Record of 1:51.51 to board a time of 1:50.73. Japan’s Daiya Saito won silver in 1:53.8 and on bronze in 1:54.15, edging Italy’s Federico Burdisso, who touched 4th in 1:54.39.Ukraine’s Denys Kesil finished 5th in 1:54.79. Zach Harting finished sixth in 1:55.69. Brazilian Leonardo de Deus of Brazil was seventh with a time of 1:55.96, and the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist Tamas Kenderesi of Hungary, finished 8th in 1:57.10.In the relay prelims, Americans Matt Grevers, Andrew Wilson, Kelsi Worrell Dahlia and Mallory Comerford put up the top qualifying time of 3:41.23 in the 4×100 Mixed Medley Relay, putting up a time of 3:41.23. In the finals, Ryan Murphy, Lilly King, Caleb Dressel and Simone Manuel took silver in 3:39.10.Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Tricolour magic

first_imgHow much do you like the colours — red, white and blue? I’m sure a lot and so does Sharad Haksar. Haksar who hails from Chennai is a well known photographer. Exploring the various aspects of these colours, Haksar travelled to Japan and Iceland, the two places which fascinated him since childhood. More than the people and the culture, the pristine landscape excites his mind’s eyes and there he started capturing nature’s resplendence in these two lands.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Those finest travel photos are now put on an exhibition which the artiste has titled Red, Blue & White. The artiste further puts a logic behind the title of the show. As red and white symbolise the flag colours of Japan while red, blue and white represent the national hues of Iceland, the exhibition is named so. 80 spectacular images from the collection will showcase the beauty of the two places through the eyes of the artiste. Each of the colours which Haksar captured during his travel have a different story. Red offers a rare glimpse of the autumn season in Japan when the koyo or coloured leaves are in full bloom. The koyo season typically begins in mid-September in Hokkaido to the north, gradually spreading to the southern end of the Japanese archipelago in about 50 days. During the peak period, the leaves of the maple and gingko trees turn red and yellow in concert presenting the viewer, a stunning and picturesque scenery, at every turn. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe white series is a visual chronicle of the blossoming of the white cherry blossom or the sakura. Seen widely by the Japanese as a symbol of elegance, hope, sacrifice and new beginnings, the blossom holds enormous attraction in the country. There are over 200 varieties of sakura in Japan and most of them grow to a height of 25 feet to 50 feet with a canopy spreading up to 40 feet wide. Blue is an ode to the surreal scapes of Iceland. The enthralling collection of images is a result of the exhilaration and excitement that Sharad experienced as he tried to capture the terrain of Iceland. From the azure crystal caves in Jokursarlon’s glaciers to the black volcanic beaches in Vik, Iceland’s tranquil natural beauty had ample inspiration to offer to Sharad’s creative instincts.last_img read more

Court records evidence in case against Irom Sharmila

first_imgA Delhi court today recorded statements of three police officials as prosecution witnesses in a case, in which rights activist Irom Sharmila is facing trial for allegedly trying to commit suicide during her fast-unto-death at Jantar Mantar in 2006.Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain recorded testimonies of inspector Subhash, assistant sub-inspector Pal Singh, who was head constable at the Parliament Street Police Station at the time of the incident and constable Kapil. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe court fixed the case for tomorrow for recording evidence of other witnesses.Sharmila, who is on a fast for over 14 years in Manipur, demanding repeal of the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), was also present in the court during the hearing.Sharmila (42) is currently under judicial custody in another case lodged against her in Manipur. The court had earlier recorded statements of four prosecution witnesses.last_img read more

Two arrested for duping medical aspirant from Delhi

first_imgKolkata: A medical studies aspirant from Delhi was allegedly duped by some miscreants who had promised to arrange her admission to a private medical college against several lakh rupees. Police have arrested two persons in this connection.According to the police, one Swapna Thakur of RK Puram in New Delhi was contacted by a person claiming to be M Haque over phone a few days ago who assured her admission to a private medical college in West Bengal. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen Thakur asked how he would manage to secure her admission, Haque stated that he have some seats reserved through management quota at a medical college in Budge Budge, South 24-Parganas. Thakur got convinced and decided to reach Kolkata. About three days ago, Thakur along with her father and father’s friend reached Kolkata Airport. At the Airport, one person claiming to be Vishnadeb Pramanik received them and told he had come on behalf of Haque. Later, they lodged in a hotel at Park Circus and were asked to reach in front SSKM hospital on Tuesday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhen Thakur reached in front of SSKM, Pramanik told them to hand over some necessary documents needed to arrange her admission. He also informed that Rs 30 lakh was needed to maker the arrangements. Later, Pramanik went to their hotel and took a cheque of Rs 6 lakh. When Thakur’s father was about to write the cheque, he was asked to write one Chandan Panda’s name on the cheque as he is the key person in this procedure. On Wednesday, Thakur and her father were again called by Pramanik and asked to reach SSKM in the afternoon. After Thakur and her father reached SSKM hospital, Pramanik met them and demanded more money in cash. Smelling a rat, Thakur and her father started questioning Pramanik and he tried to flee the place. When Thakur blocked his way and started questioning him again, he tried to run away. In the meantime, her father screamed alerting pedestrians and other relatives of some patients who helped them catch Pramanik. He was immediately taken to the police out post at SSKM hospital. Later, Bhawanipore police station was informed. After Thakur lodged a complaint Pramanik was arrested. Police have nabbed one more person identified as Chandan panda after interrogating Pramanik. The sleuths are suspecting that some more persons are involved in this scam.last_img read more

WBSU to offer tuition fee waiver for speciallyabled students

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal State University (WBSU) in Barasat is all set to offer complete waiver of tuition fees for physically-challenged students pursuing post graduation in the varsity.The university will also be providing the same benefits to another 50 students, who are meritorious but under financial constraints to continue their studies . The university is hopeful that the step will encourage them in pursuit of higher studies. “The measure is in accordance with our new ideas of inclusivity in the university. We are roping in corporate houses, who are interested to provide funds to the university under their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). The money they are providing will be used for similar exercises of inclusivity in education,” said Basab Chaudhuri, Vice-Chancellor of WBSU. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA leading corporate organisation at Woodburn Park in Kolkata has already given Rs 2 lakh as part of their CSR to WBSU. Some other houses have also verbally agreed to give funds to the university which will be utilised to encourage meritorious students of weakfinancial background to carry out their higher studies. During the 2017 convocation held in the university , Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi while awarding degrees to two students learnt about their financial stringency to pursue further education. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe Governor later gave them Rs 10,000 each for continuing their studies and also urged the varsity to take measures to provide fellowship for needy yet meritorious students. There were around 800 students who had enrolled in the university for post graduation in 2018. The university is introducing PG degree in Urdu from the current academic year. “We had Urdu department since 2008 but could not start offering PG degree because there were no teachers. We have recruited teachers and have already released notification regarding commencement or Urdu in PG from this year,” a senior university official said. WBSU has 46 affiliated colleges in North 24-Parganas under its aegis with an average enrolment of nearly 55000 students. The university accounts for a huge number of first generation learners with more than 90 percent of such students in its affiliated colleges located at Basirhat and Chadraketugarh. Even in its affiliated college Ramkrishna Sarada Mission at Nagerbazar there is 60 percent first generation learners. “I have reached out to a number of our affiliated colleges in remote areas and have found out that students opt out in the middle of their study as they have to take the burden of their family,” Chaudhuri said.last_img read more

Cirque Dreams Dinner expanded on three Norwegian Cruise Line ships

first_img Friday, February 24, 2017 Share Travelweek Group MIAMI — This summer will be an extra entertaining season for Norwegian Cruise Line passengers, who’ll be treated to enhanced dining and entertainment options onboard some of the line’s newest ships.The cruise line is expanding its ‘Cirque Dreams & Dinner’ theatrical dining experience to Norwegian Getaway for her summer season in Europe. Plus, it will debut a new dining format and show elements of ‘Cirque Dreams & Dinner’ on Norwegian Breakaway beginning March 5, and on Norwegian Epic starting April 14.Featuring all-new menus, the custom reimagined shows allow guests to enjoy their gourmet dinner prior to the show. Once coffee and dessert are served, the show will commence, featuring breathtaking acrobatics under a colourful big top.“As the first cruise line to offer branded Broadway-style entertainment, Norwegian has become known for breaking boundaries to bring the finest entertainment to sea,” Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer for Norwegian Cruise Line said. “Our guests absolutely love our Cirque Dreams & Dinner shows, and we are thrilled to offer three new over-the-top shows, providing a whole new entertainment experience for both our new and returning guests.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youth“Cirque Dreams Epicurean” will join Norwegian Epic’s incredibly vibrant lineup of new entertainment that debuted in late 2015 following her extensive renovation as a part of the Norwegian Edge program. The all-new show will begin with a delightful epicurean dining experience featuring crowd-warming interactive performers, followed by an incredible 45-minute performance of jaw-dropping acts.The smash-hit “Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy: The Broadway Hit” was the first show of its kind to perform on Broadway. Guests can now enjoy this acclaimed show re-produced for an exclusive, intimate and imaginative adventure in the Spiegel Tent aboard Norwegian Breakaway.The all-new ‘Cirque Dreams and Steam’ will take center stage in the Illusionarium on Norwegian Getaway beginning on May 16, just in time for her summer season in Europe where she will sail Scandinavia, Russia & Baltic Capitals from Copenhagen.All three new Cirque Dreams shows have been developed exclusively for Norwegian Cruise Line by world renowned Broadway director and Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg. Posted bycenter_img Tags: Norwegian Cruise Line << Previous PostNext Post >> Cirque Dreams & Dinner expanded on three Norwegian Cruise Line shipslast_img read more

Sheppard helps approve bills giving families workers seniors tax relief

first_img25Jan Sheppard helps approve bills giving families, workers, seniors tax relief Categories: Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard of Temperance joined his colleagues in the Michigan House today in approving legislation giving Michigan families and seniors income tax relief.The legislation continues and increases personal exemptions for Michigan taxpayers and their dependents on their state income taxes. Other bills in the package provide additional tax relief for senior citizens.“I voted today for tax reforms that are necessary because of changes made by the federal government,” Sheppard said. “Not only did we vote to keep the personal exemptions for Michigan’s taxpayers, but we also provided for an additional credit for seniors.”One of the bills ensures Michigan taxpayers will be able to continue claiming personal exemptions on their income taxes after federal tax reforms signed into law last month. In addition, the legislation increases the state personal exemption from the current $4,000 to $4,800 by the 2020 tax year.Another measure provides a tax credit for those 62 and older — $100 for single filers and $200 for joint filers – in addition to the personal exemption increase. A third bill would allow taxpayers in Michigan cities with an income tax to continue to claim exemptions.The House specifically added a provision to make sure public school funding is not affected by the proposal.House Bills 5420-22 advance to the Senate for consideration.last_img read more

RDK Management claims that video and broadband ser

first_imgRDK Management claims that video and broadband service providers have now deployed more than 40 million devices running the RDK software worldwide.Announcing the update at the Connected TV World Summit in London this morning, RDK Management said the deployment figure is up 62% compared to the same time last year.In total, more than 25 video and service providers across North America, Europe, Latin America, and Asia are members of the RDK community and are in various stages of evaluating, testing, or deploying the software, said the organisation.There are also now 350 technology companies in the RDK community, up 17% year-on-year. These include electronics manufacturers, SoC vendors, software developers, and system integrators.“With more than 40 million RDK-based set-top boxes and broadband gateways deployed globally, it’s clear that service providers, and their suppliers, have found a prime open source software development platform upon which to drive future growth and innovation,” said Steve Heeb, president and general manager of RDK Management.“Our transparent approach to solving common technical challenges enables operators to focus their efforts on creating the UIs, applications and back-end data analytics that enhance the customer experience and business results. Our community will also be there with solutions, beyond TV and internet, as the industry expands into IoT and new kinds of smart home services.”RDK Management is a joint venture between Comcast Cable, Time Warner Cable and Liberty Global, created to administer the Reference Design Kit (RDK) software. This is used in customer premises equipment provided by operators and is found in the chipsets of these devices.Companies that have publicly announced deployment plans for RDK-based services include Comcast, Cox, J:COM, Liberty Global, Melita, NOS, NOWO, Rogers, Shaw, Tele Columbus, Vidéotron, and Vodafone.last_img read more

At the conclusion of SpaceXs maiden voyage to the

first_imgAt the conclusion of SpaceX’s maiden voyage to the International Space Station, pundits from both sides of the aisle are praising this as a milestone for the private space travel industry. But NASA’s 2013 budget of $17.45 billion, which was recently passed by the House, includes some strings that may restrict the current pseudo-competition for NASA’s contracts.It’s well known that NASA’s budget has been slashed amidst calls for austerity in the US. Even at $17.45 billion, NASA’s budget is near its 2008 level. One step NASA has taken is to narrow the scope of its operations.(Click on image to enlarge)The first step in this process was the establishment of the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services program (COTS). Started in 2006, COTS aimed to ease the transition out of the shuttle era by establishing a public-private partnership between NASA and private space companies. The goal was for private companies to eventually take over low-Earth orbit cargo launches (i.e., delivering supplies to the International Space Station), thus allowing NASA to focus on its goals of manned deep-space missions.The COTS program was intended to pit private space companies against one another to see who had the most viable operations. The list of companies included aviation bellwethers Boeing (BA) and Lockheed Martin (LMT), newcomers SpaceX and Orbital Sciences Corporation (ORB), and about 10 other firms.In the first round of the COTS program, NASA selected six semifinalists. The winners were Elon Musk’s SpaceX and the now-defunct Rocketplane Kistler. Once Rocketplane went belly-up, NASA had $175 million in funding free for round two, which was won by Orbital Sciences Corporation for its signature Cygnus spacecraft.To keep the program alive, the Obama administration requested $830 million for commercial crew in the 2013 budget and sought to fund at least two competing, privately operated crew systems to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station beginning in 2017.Instead, the House shot back a $500 million appropriation, with a clause stating that NASA had to either pick a single private company immediately or allocate the majority of funds to a primary provider and give a “backup partner” a smaller award under a “leader-follower arrangement.” The arrangement would also leave the US dependent on the Russian space program to transport US crews to the ISS, a prospect deeply frowned upon in the Obama administration.Basic economic theory will tell you that if competition is eliminated or restricted in any industry, prices ultimately rise. When more players are in a market, the least efficient of them eventually goes bankrupt, while the most efficient offers the most competitive prices. But even this fundamental law is skewed when placed in the context of “government enabled” competition.When people talk about private competition for NASA’s public contracts, it’s not true competition in the free-market sense of the word. Since the competition is for government contracts and the government isn’t spending its own money, it’s hard to tell whether the company with the best, most efficient product is awarded the contract. The company who ultimately wins the contract could have influenced (cough… paid off… cough) key people in Washington, D.C., or it just happens to be run by or employ the brother-in-law of an influential senator, or some other reason unrelated to who has the best product.The underlying problem with government-enabled competition is that governments are more concerned with process than results. Regardless of the outcome, the tax dollars will keep flowing, so there’s no incentive for bureaucrats to allocate public funds to companies that build the best products at the lowest prices. Rather, there’s an incentive to appease those with the right political connections. That said, some competition for contracts is still preferably to none at all.Even NASA administrator Charles Bolden understands that restricting the little competition left in the government contract game is going to do little to develop a more efficient way to transport our astronauts and cargo to and from the International Space Station:Ending competition by down-selecting to a sole commercial space company could double the cost of developing a privately built human spaceflight system and it will leave us in the same position we find ourselves today – having only one option for getting our astronauts to the space station.With heavy hitters who have succeeded in private industry already involved – including Jeff Bezos, Richard Branson, and Elon Musk – the potential for real competition exists, which could be good for consumers. Even newcomers, like the publicly traded Orbital Sciences Corporation (ORB), are making a run at it with its Antares rocket and Cygnus spacecraft.But until the government stops picking winners and losers, Mr. Bolden’s statement will probably come to fruition, and we’ll be stuck with another inefficient, subsidy-laden “private” space program.last_img read more

There are two kinds of parents in modern America

first_imgThere are two kinds of parents in modern America, says Alison Gopnik in her recent book, The Gardener and the Carpenter.The “carpenter” thinks that his or her child can be molded. “The idea is that if you just do the right things, get the right skills, read the right books, you’re going to be able to shape your child into a particular kind of adult,” she says.The “gardener,” on the other hand, is less concerned about controlling who the child will become and instead provides a protected space to explore. The style is all about “creating a rich, nurturant but also variable, diverse, dynamic ecosystem.”Gopnik, a psychology and philosophy professor at the University of California, Berkeley, says that many parents are carpenters but they should really be cultivating that garden. She spent decades researching children’s development and found that parents often focus too much on who their children will be as adults. The harm in that approach, she says, is that parents and their offspring may become anxious, tense or unhappy.”We’re so concerned about how these children are going to turn out that we’re unwilling to give them the autonomy that they need to be able to take risks and go out and explore the world,” she says.Ironically, the less that mothers and fathers worry about outcomes, she says, the better their children may fare in life.Gopnik spoke with NPR’s Hidden Brain about her book and her view of the flaws in modern parenting.Interview HighlightsOn the changing role of parentsFor as long as we’ve been human, the whole village has been involved in caring for children. By the time you were ready to have children yourself, you’d had lots of practical experience in caring for children.In the 20th century, families got smaller. People got to be more mobile and people had children at a later age. For the first time, people were having children who hadn’t had much experience of caring for children but had lots of experience of going to school and working. It was kind of natural for people to think, “OK, this is like going to school and working. And if I can just find the right manual or the right secret handbook, I’m going to succeed at this task the same way that I succeeded in my classes or I succeeded at my job.”On the uniquely long childhood of humansWe sort of take it for granted that children need to be taken care of for a long time. Having that long period of childhood gave you this protected period where you could move from one village to another. And childhood gave you a chance to master that new environment. A lot of the things that seem kind of strange about children — the fact that they’re simultaneously so creative, so imaginative, so exploratory and yet so bad at taking care of themselves — kind of fit that picture.On the benefits of not instructing toddlers[An experiment] was done by [researchers] Elizabeth Bonawitz and Laura Schulz. What they found was that if you gave a complicated toy to a 4-year-old, they find all the things that it could do. It could squeak, had a mirror, it had a light. But when the experimenter said, “This is my toy, I’m going to show you how it works,” and did one thing, like squeak the squeaker, children were much less likely to explore. What they did, rationally, was squeak the squeaker — what the adult had demonstrated.On what we can learn from robots that are built to “play” It turns out that a very good way of getting a machine to learn is to give it an early period where it can just play. If you gave a robot a chance to just dance around, figure out what its limbs could do and then you gave it a specific job, like, ‘Go and pick up this piece of cloth,” the robot was more resilient.That’s a good model for the things that play can do in general. If you want someone to be flexible, to say, “OK, I didn’t learn how to do this particular thing, but now can I apply what I did to something else,” then play really seems to play a deep role.On how Silicon Valley gets itFamously, Google gives their employees a day off to do whatever they want and Pixar has playhouses as part of their environment. I think the value of that kind of playful exploration is something that people in the tech world get.On making pancakes with her grandsonOne of the great joys of life is cooking with 2- and 3-year-olds. But of course they’re extremely inefficient. So when [my grandson] Augie’s whipping egg whites, [we] end up having egg white fresco all over the walls, and he’s doing it in a way that is not nearly as efficient as it would be for me to do it myself. But it’s interesting that if you look across cultures, what caregivers often do is not give their child instructions on what to do but let them participate. So let them take on a piece like whipping the eggs.Your Turn: Share Your Parenting StoryParents make mistakes. It comes with the job. What do you wish you had known about raising kids before becoming a parent?Read this post for inspiration, then share your story on Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #HowToRaiseAHuman. We are collecting stories until June 30. We may feature your post on NPR. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

FAA CNN Strike Deal to Test Drones for News Reporting

first_img 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Nina Zipkin January 13, 2015 FAA, CNN Strike Deal to Test Drones for News Reporting 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. Add to Queue –sharescenter_img Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Legal Though tech companies like Amazon and Google haven’t had the easiest time getting their drones off the ground, this week, the Federal Aviation Association (FAA) gave CNN the go ahead to start flying.The news network struck an agreement with the FAA that will allow them to use drones in their reporting. CNN, whose headquarters are based in Atlanta, will work with Georgia Tech Research Institute to test out the drones, study them and share their findings with the agency about best practices over the next 12 to 24 months, the Wall Street Journal reports.Related: France’s Postal Service is Experimenting with Drone Mail DeliveryThough the FAA has largely banned the commercial use of drones to this point (hobbyists are in the clear, but the FAA states they cannot sell any footage they take), leading companies like Amazon to conduct their tests abroad, the agency has granted a few exemptions.Last week, the FAA issued two permits for drone use: one to a company called Advanced Aviation Solutions in Spokane, Wash. for “crop scouting” and another to real-estate agent Doug Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz. to photograph properties that are for sale.Related: For Commercial Drones, the Biggest Questions Remain UnansweredAs of last week, the FAA had received 214 exemption requests from businesses, and has granted 12 exemptions to 11 companies in industries ranging from architecture to film. Because filmmakers who want to use drones have to let the FAA know three days prior to a shoot, CNN doesn’t think it makes sense to use the device for breaking news. The news organization did suggest the FAA alter its stance and change the drone regulations to something similar to helicopter requirements, so it can cover this type of fast-moving news.Though CNN is the first news organization to legally utilize drones in the U.S., others are likely not far behind. Last year 14 media companies, including the New York Times Co. and the Tribune Co. filed a legal brief which argued that the government’s ban on the commercial use of drones violated First Amendment rights.Related: Major Financial Services Company Considers Using Drones in Inventive Way Next Article Entrepreneur Staff Apply Now »last_img read more