Unemployment, slowdown on minds of Gurgaon voters

first_imgThough the ruling BJP carried out a high-octane poll campaign focusing on dilution of Article 370, National Register of Citizens and Balakot air strikes, issues such as unemployment, economic slowdown, infrastructure, corruption and inflation took precedence over nationalism for voters in the Millennium City during the Assembly elections on Monday.“I closely followed the election campaign over the past two weeks but did not find the issues raised by the BJP relevant. Unemployment is my biggest concern. It is getting increasingly difficult for the youth to find jobs,” said Abheek Vishwas, 27, a software engineer with HCL. He cast his vote at a polling booth in DAV Public School.For 57-year-old Deen Dayal, who works at a private firm, a decent job for his son remains his biggest concern. “My son has done many courses, including in computers, but he could not find a job. He is 27,” said Mr. Dayal, who along with his wife and a teenage daughter cast his vote at Dhronacharya Government College in Old City. Dwindling incomesFor Raju, a bouncer at Sahara Mall, and his wife Lipi, their dwindling incomes and inflation were the major issues. “[Narendra] Modi is good at the Centre, but it should be Congress in the State,” said Mr. Raju, a resident of Rajiv Nagar in Gurgaon Assembly constituency, where BJP’s Sudhir Kumar is locked in a fierce electoral battle with Independent Mohit Grover, a Punjabi.Growing religious intolerance and inflation were the major poll issues for elderly couple Karan Dagar and his wife Daya. “Religious intolerance has grown over the years. It is not good for the social fabric of the country. Inflation is also on the rise,” said Ms. Dagar, 72.Centre and StateYogendra, a businessman in Rajiv Nagar, said that if the same party ruled the State and the Centre it would lead to better co-ordination and development. “If there are different governments, the situation will be akin to Delhi where the Aam Aadmi Party keeps complaining that the BJP does not allow it to work,” said Mr. Yogendra. Satisfied with the work done by the present regime, Balaji, a software engineer with an automotive firm in Manesar, said: “The development work can be seen all around. New flyovers and underpasses have been constructed. A city bus service has now been started to Manesar. It is such a big relief for me. I voted for the continuity of the good work done,” said Mr. Balaji, a resident of Sector 15 Part-II. S.K. Jain, a resident of Sector 14, was, however, not satisfied with the development work in the city. Despite being the highest contributor to the State exchequer the city lacks basic infrastructure, said Mr. Jain, a State Bank of India employee. He said that traffic and pollution were his major concerns. IT freelancer Nidhi, also a Sector 14 resident, said that she voted against corruption and economic slowdown.last_img read more

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Hero Motorcorp extends title sponsorship of CPL until 2018,Hero Motorcorp extends title sponsorship of CPL until 2018

first_img COMMENT promotions and offers Published on May 31, 2016 cricket Hero MotoCorp Ltd World’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL) today extended its title sponsorship with the popular Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for another three years.With this extension, CPL will continue to be called the ‘Hero Caribbean Premier League’ until the 2018 season.The New Delhi-headquartered Hero MotoCorp became the title Sponsor of the Twenty20 cricket league in the Caribbean for the first time in 2015.Hero has for long been a key partner of marquee events in various disciplines of sports — including cricket, soccer, field hockey and golf — in India and across the globe.Pawan Munjal, Chairman, Managing Director and CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd, said: “Cricket continues to be one of the most popular sports in various parts of the world, and the Hero CPL has become an eagerly-awaited annual event for cricket fans not just in the Caribbean but across the globe.“The extension of our title sponsorship of the Hero CPL is also in keeping with the increasing global presence of brand Hero, which is now present in 30 countries across Asia, Africa and South and Central America. The Hero CPL is now set to become one of the important events in Hero’s annual global sporting calendar.”The Hero CPL 2016 will be played between June 29 to August 7 at venues across seven territories — Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Trinidad & Tobago and Fort Lauderdale in the USA.Welcoming the contract extension, Richard Bevan, Chairman of the Hero CPL said: “On behalf of the management and board I am delighted to announce that Hero MotoCorp will continue its affiliation with CPL as title sponsor of the biggest party in sport for the next three years.Last year’s tournament attracted a global audience in excess of 90 million and this year is set to be even higher as fans across the world continue to be drawn to the high quality action on the pitch and the unique party atmosphere off it. SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL 0 COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Sindhu bags Sportsperson of the Year award

first_imgMumbai, Jul 7 (PTI) Rio Olympics silver medallist P V Sindhu was bestowed with the Sportsperson of the Year award during the Maruti Suzuki Sportsperson of the Year Charity Gala Awards last night. The awards have been initiated by Sports Illustrated India Magazine and were given to various sportspersons for their achievements. Sindhus coach P Gopichand received the Coach of the Year award while the Flying Sikh Milkha Singh was given the Living Legend of the Year award. However, Milkha could not attend the function. Interestingly it was Sindhu who presented the award to Gopi Sir. Young India cricketer K L Rahul, who made a mark in the last Test series against Australia, was awarded with Gamechanger of the Year award. Rahul was not at the function and his video message was shown. 2008 Beijing Olympics gold medallist and the countrys sole gold medal winner in individual events at Olympics, Abhinav Bindra was given the Lifetime Achievement Award. Bindra, on a lighter note, said that at 34 he felt a little odd to receive it. “As a 12-year-old boy, I hated sports. I had one talent that is to work hard,” remarked the ace shooter. Para athletes Devendra Jhajaria, Mariappan Thangavelu, Varun Bharti and Deepa Malik also received awards. Badminton player Jwala Gutta, football great Bhaichung Bhutia, boxer Amir Khan and cricketer Pragyan Ojha were present in the ceremony. The Awards: Special award for service to Sports: Jayant Rastogi, CEO, Magic Bus. Team of the year: Junjor Mens Hockey Team received by Captain Harjeet Singh. Coach of the year: Pullela Gopichand. Editors Award for excellence: Devendra Jhajharia, MariyappanThangavelu, Varun Bhati. Outstanding Contribution to sports: K Arumugam. Athlete of the year: Gaurav Gill. Gamechanger of the year: K.L Rahul Extreme Performer of the year: Shiva Keshavan Lifetime Achievement Award: Abhinav Bindra Community Development through sports: Milind Soman (Received by his mother Usha Soman). Inspirational athlete of the year: Deepa Malik Living Legend: Milkha Singh Sportsperson Of The Year: P V Sindhu. PTI NRB AH AHadvertisementlast_img read more

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Messi & Ronaldo make Sterling’s ideal XI

first_imgRaheem Sterling Sterling picks Messi, Ronaldo and five Man City stars in FIFA 18 Squad Battle team Goal 23:15 11/13/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Raheem Sterling Manchester City Napoli 171017 Getty Raheem Sterling Manchester City Real Madrid Barcelona Premier League Primera División Lionel Messi Cristiano Ronaldo The England international put together a strong squad in a 4-3-3 formation, with only three teams represented in the first XI Raheem Sterling has named Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi alongside five Manchester City team-mates in his ideal FIFA 18 starting XI.The 22-year-old has placed himself on the left side of the attack beside the Real Madrid and Barcelona stars.Despite the presence of the Clasico icons, Sterling is the highest-rated player in the side with his special 99-rated card, complete with incredible pace, dribbling and passing figures. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Raheem Sterling FIFA 18 Ultimate TeamBehind that deadly attack is a strong midfield with fellow City stars Kevin De Bruyne and David Silva playing alongside Casemiro. The lowest-rated player in the team at 78, left-back Benjamin Mendy features in the defence opposite Kyle Walker, with Gerard Pique and Sergio Ramos in the centre.Raheem Sterling FIFA 18 Ultimate TeamAnd Sterling has placed another familiar face between the sticks in team-mate Ederson.The world’s most expensive player, Neymar, has been dropped to the bench alongside Thiago Alcantara, David de Gea, Dele Alli, Gareth Bale and two more City colleagues John Stones and Fernandinho.The England international named his team “Sterling’s Ballers” and players can face them in Squad Battles mode in Ultimate Team.last_img read more

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Valverde: Messi the best ever, not Ronaldo

first_imgLionel Messi ‘The best are at Barcelona, starting with Messi’ – Valverde rejects Ronaldo claim Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 01:11 12/10/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(11) barca-cropped Getty Images Lionel Messi Barcelona Villarreal v Barcelona Villarreal Primera División Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Ernesto Valverde The Real Madrid superstar believes he is “the best player in history”, but a rival boss says he would be at Camp Nou if that was the case Ernesto Valverde rejected Cristiano Ronaldo’s claim that he is the “best player in history”, surmising that Lionel Messi and his Barcelona players are in fact the world’s elite.Ronaldo won his fifth Ballon d’Or on Thursday to go level with Messi and caused something of a stir with his post-victory interview.The Portuguese made the bold claim that he is the best player in history because no one else has ever been as “complete” as he is. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player But Valverde did not think much of that statement, suggesting Ronaldo would be playing for Barcelona if it was the case.”Everyone has their own opinion,” Valverde said ahead of Sunday’s La Liga clash with Villarreal.Ernesto Valverde Lionel Messi Barcelona best“They can state it publicly or not if they don’t like to, but for me the best players are here at Barcelona, starting with Lionel Messi and followed by everyone else.”Valverde has contended with a number of injury problems since his arrival as coach and is excited about the prospect of Rafinha and Ousmane Dembele nearing returns.”Rafinha did a rondo [a passing-based training drill] the other day,” Valverde said. “It was the first time he’s trained with the team since I came here.”It’s true, I’m a little anxious to see some of these guys out there [on the pitch], like Rafinha.”I saw him play at Celta [Vigo] and I want to see this player play and not just in training.”With Dembele, he had a tough injury and we’ll see how he can get back, little by little.”last_img read more

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$400 Million for On-Lending to MSMEs

first_imgIn a move to boost the micro, small and medium-sized enterprise (MSME) sector, the Government will shortly establish a $400-million fund for on-lending to the sector.Minister of State in the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Floyd Green, says the National Export-Import Bank of Jamaica (EXIM Bank), has been charged to institute the facility, and it will be available soon.The State Minister, who spoke with JIS News following his presentation at a Youth Conference at St. Catherine High School on March 14, said work is taking place with the EXIM Bank for MSME loans that are “accessible to all” who want to develop their enterprises, at rates that they can afford.The forum was organised by the University of the West Indies (UWI) Governance Club, for high-school students who are preparing for tertiary education, under the theme ‘Total Wellness for a Smooth Transition into University’.Mr. Green pointed out that the Jamaica Business Development Corporation (JBDC) has been “strengthened” to ensure that persons who want to set up businesses can get help with the preparation of business plans, and marketing support, design and branding for their products.last_img read more

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Northern Railway organizes shramdaan to mark Gandhis 150th birth anniversary

first_imgNew Delhi: To commemorate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Swacchta Pakhwara was organised all over Indian Railway from September 16 to October 2. A “Massive Shramdaan” was organized at New Delhi Railway Station on Tuesday with main focus on “Collection of Plastic Waste”.The Shramdaan involved participation from Railway employees, all other stakeholders and volunteers of NGOs participated in the Shramdaan to make it a success. “This Shramdaan was arranged at each and every station and nearby locality, approach to stations, and area near railway tracks all over the country. The Shramdaan was also organized at Workshops, Depots, Sheds and Workplaces,” said Northern Railway press statement. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderChairman Railway Board (CRB) V K Yadav, administered “Swachhta Pledge” to the officers, staff and other voluntary organizations present on this occasion. A Nukkad Natak was organised to create awareness about the evils of use of plastic. Jute bags were also distributed to the passengers. V K Yadav said that vendors are also being educated not to use plastic, and to be prepared for ban of single use plastic from October 2. He further said that the motto is to “Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle, of plastic in its various forms”.last_img read more

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OPEC enters meeting that could set direction of oil prices

first_img“This is not going to be a decision just based on market analysis and supply and demand,” said Daniel Yergin, the vice chairman of research firm IHS Markit and author of several books on the energy industry. “The geopolitical factors will play in a lot.”Yergin said Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates support the current, tougher U.S. policy toward Iran, Saudi Arabia’s rival for influence in the region, and so will want to support Trump’s call for lower prices. Trump has used Twitter to complain about high oil prices – and blame OPEC – twice since April.Iran’s oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, questioned this week whether OPEC is united enough to reach an agreement, and said Trump had politicized the debate over oil prices. OPEC, he said, “is not an organization to receive the instruction from President Trump and follow it.”Other energy ministers, such as Iraq’s Jabbar Ali Hussein Al-Luiebi, have expressed more optimism about an agreement. Benchmark U.S. crude hit its highest level in more than three years in May, but U.S. and international prices have eased since then in anticipation that OPEC will approve more drilling. On Wednesday, U.S. crude closed at $65.74 a barrel, down from a peak of nearly $73 last month, and Brent crude, the international standard, closed at $74.61, down from $80.The U.S. average for gasoline stood at $2.87 a gallon on Thursday. Patrick DeHaan, an analyst for GasBuddy, a gasoline price tracking service, said a middling OPEC increase – more than 600,000 barrels per day – would make it less likely that Americans will pay an average of $3. A big OPEC deal – adding more than 1 million barrels – could cause prices to dip into the $2.60s or $2.70s this summer, he said.Any production increase would help offset a decline in output by Venezuela, an OPEC member consumed by an economic and political crisis, and the prospect of reduced exports from Iran – OPEC’s third-biggest producer – now that the U.S. is in the process of re-imposing sanctions over that country’s nuclear program.Oil demand has been rising faster than expected, pushing prices higher despite a big increase in U.S. oil output. The International Energy Agency, which represents consuming nations, expects demand to grow more slowly in the second half of this year partly due to rising oil prices – but still 1.35 million barrels a day higher than the same period in 2017.Some analysts believe that Saudi Arabia needs a Brent price closer to $90 to cover its domestic spending but is feeling pressure from the United States to head off rising prices by boosting output. Russia may be happy to pump more oil and settle for prices in the $60s, according to Tamar Essner, chief energy analyst for Nasdaq.There are other considerations than dollars and rubles. VIENNA, AUSTRIA – Officials from major oil-producing nations are expected to agree this week to boost output, but just how much they will open the spigot – and the effect on oil prices – remain wild cards.Ministers from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and non-OPEC nations led by Russia are meeting Friday and Saturday in Vienna, and it could be a difficult and uncomfortable gathering. The cartel’s largest producer, Saudi Arabia, wants higher prices but hears President Donald Trump, leader of its most important ally, lobbying openly for lower prices.Analysts expect the group will consider an increase of somewhere around 1 million barrels a day. That may seem insignificant in a global supply of 98 million barrels a day, but critically it would reverse reductions that the same countries approved in late 2016, helping push crude higher by more than 50 percent.center_img If OPEC members and Russia agree to pump more oil, that will reduce global capacity for spare production – reserves of crude that can be brought online quickly. And that poses its own risks.“If the volume of spare capacity goes down then the market gets much more vulnerable to supply shocks,” said Essner, the Nasdaq analyst. “A host of geopolitical events around the world could really stoke prices higher.”Essner is betting that the Vienna meeting will yield an agreement to boost production by 500,000 to 800,000 barrels a day, far below the 1.5 million barrel figure floated recently by Russia’s oil minister, Alexander Novak.Phil Flynn, an oil analyst with The Price Futures Group, expects a deal for around an extra 1 million barrels a day. And he thinks prices will rise anyway.“The market is going to say, ‘That isn’t enough,’ and ‘How quickly is it going to come online?’ That’s when we’re really going to resume the price increases,” Flynn said. He expects $80 crude by year end, $100 by 2020.By David KoenigTHE ASSOCIATED PRESSlast_img read more

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Chit fund case Former Kolkata police chief seeks adjournment

first_imgNew Delhi: Former Kolkata police commissioner Rajeev Kumar told the Supreme Court on Monday that he could not file his response on Saturday to the CBI’s plea seeking his arrest in the multi-crore-rupee Saradha chit fund scam and sought adjournment of the hearing.A bench headed by Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi took note of the submission of senior advocate Indira Jaising, appearing for Kumar, and postponed the hearing on the plea of the probe agency till April 22. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Indira Jaising, senior counsel, submits that the counter-affidavit of respondent no. 3 (Kumar) was required to be filed on Saturday (April 13) but Saturday being a holiday for the registry, she may be allowed to file the same today. “The said affidavit may be brought on record during the course of the day. Rejoinder affidavit, if any, be filed on or before April 20. The matter will be listed on April 22,” the bench, also comprising justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna, said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe apex court had sought Kumar’s response on April 8 on the Central Bureau of Investigation’s (CBI) plea seeking his arrest in the chit fund scam. The court had, on February 5, granted protection from arrest to Kumar while directing him to appear before the CBI and “faithfully” cooperate in the investigation. The central probe agency has sought vacation of the February 5 order so that it can arrest and interrogate Kumar. “This is the interim application (IA) of the CBI seeking custodial interrogation of Rajeev Kumar. Issue notice. Let the matter be listed for hearing on April 15,” the bench had said. It had also allowed the CBI to file a fresh affidavit regarding its allegations that telecom operators Vodafone and Airtel were not cooperating with it in the probe. In its plea in the apex court, the agency has said the recall of the order granting Kumar interim protection from arrest was necessary “to unravel the entire gamut of the larger conspiracy in the ponzi scheme cases”.last_img read more

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Central Expressway Project to be given top priority

The Government has identified the Central Expressway Project as one of its priority projects for promoting economic affairs in the country through improving connectivity among various regions.Accordingly, a proposal made by Finance Minister Ravi Karunanayake to obtain funds of Rs. 23.2 billion for the Road Development Authority (RDA) for the construction of phase II of the Central Expressway Project from the National Savings Bank and People’s Bank as loan facilities, was approved by the Cabinet of Ministers.

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US economy grew at sluggish 17 per cent rate in 2nd quarter

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The U.S. economy grew from April through June at an annual rate of 1.7 per cent — a sluggish pace but stronger than in the previous quarter. Businesses spent more, and the federal government cut less, offsetting weaker spending by consumers.The government on Wednesday sharply revised down its estimate of growth in the January-March quarter to a 1.1 per cent annual rate from a previously estimated 1.8 per cent rate.Though growth remains weak, the pickup last quarter supports forecasts that the economy will accelerate in the rest of the year. Economists think businesses will step up investment, job growth will fuel more consumer spending and the drag from government cuts will fade. If so, the Federal Reserve could scale back its stimulus later this year.The April-June growth figure indicates that “the recovery is gaining momentum,” Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.During the April-June quarter, businesses increased their spending 4.6 per cent after cutting by the same amount in the January-March period. And spending on home construction grew 13.4 per cent, in line with the previous quarter.At the same time, the federal government cut spending only 1.5 per cent after slashing it 8.4 per cent in the first quarter. And state and local governments spent more for the first time in a year.Still, government cutbacks have weighed heavily on the economy the past 12 months. Over the past four quarters, the economy has grown at just a 1.4 per cent annual rate. But if you exclude federal, state and local governments, the private sector has expanded at a much stronger 2.3 per cent rate.The “ongoing fiscal drag is masking private sector health,” said Joseph LaVorgna, an economist at Deutsche Bank, said.The weaker growth in consumer spending last quarter was significant because consumers account for about 70 per cent of the economy. And a surge in imports reduced growth by the most in three years.Yet economists say steady job growth should provide enough money for Americans to spend more and help the economy expand at an annual rate of around 2.5 per cent in the third and fourth quarters.Some signs in the report suggest that companies expect demand to pick up. Businesses added to their stockpiles last quarter — typically a sign that they foresee higher sales.On Wednesday, the government also released comprehensive revisions that updated the nation’s gross domestic product, or GDP, over the past several decades. Those figures showed that the Great Recession wasn’t quite as steep as initially estimated and that the recovery has been stronger than earlier thought.The revisions showed that the economy grew 2.8 per cent in 2012, up from an earlier estimate of 2.2 per cent. Growth in last year’s first quarter was revised much higher. And growth in the fourth quarter of 2012 was reduced to an annual rate of just 0.1 per cent.GDP is the broadest measure of the nation’s output of goods and services. It includes everything from manicures to industrial machinery. But the government’s comprehensive revisions included changes in how GDP is defined.Research and development spending is now counted as investment, rather than an expense. So is spending on the development of entertainment products such as movies, music, books and TV shows. Those changes increased the size of the economy by about $470 billion, or about 3 per cent, as of the end of 2012.Pension benefit promises are now counted as income. That’s a shift from the previous approach, which counted only actual cash payments by companies and government agencies into pension plans. This change boosted the savings rate by 1.5 percentage points in 2011 and 2012 to about 5.6 per cent. In the second quarter, Americans saved 4.5 per cent of their after-tax income, up from 4 per cent in the first quarter.Despite the still-sluggish economy, recent data have been encouraging and suggest that growth will strengthen.Home construction, sales and prices have been growing since early last year. Americans bought newly built homes in June at the fastest pace in five years. That’s helped raise builder confidence to a seven-year high, which should lead to increases in construction and more jobs.Overall hiring has accelerated this year. Employers added an average of 202,000 jobs a month from January through June, up from 180,000 in the previous six months.A separate report Wednesday pointed to solid job gains in July. Payroll provider ADP estimated that businesses added 200,000 jobs in July, the most since December.And auto sales topped 7.8 million in the first six months of 2013, the best first-half total since 2007. Analysts expect sales to remain solid the rest of the year.Unemployment is still high at 7.6 per cent, limiting consumer spending. And budget fights in Washington could lead to a government shutdown this fall, potentially disrupting the economy.Federal Reserve officials have forecast better growth in the second half of the year. And Chairman Ben Bernanke has said the Fed could scale back its bond purchases later this year if the economy strengthens. But Fed officials typically put more weight on employment and inflation data than on GDP figures.The Fed ends a two-day policy meeting Wednesday, after which it could clarify its interest-rate policies in a statement.___Follow Chris Rugaber on Twitter at http://Twitter.com/ChrisRugaber by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 8:52 am MDT US economy grew at sluggish 1.7 per cent rate in 2nd quarter as businesses stepped up spending read more

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Police question student who drove his rented car into pedestrians in Germany

first_imgPolice question student who drove his rented car into pedestrians in Germany The man driving the car was a 35-year-old student. By AFP Image: AP 67 Comments 13,365 Views Image: AP http://jrnl.ie/3260449 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share Tweet Email Short URL INVESTIGATORS ARE PROBING the motives of a 35-year-old German student who rammed his car into a group of pedestrians, killing one person and injuring two others, officials said, ruling out terrorism.The suspect is being formally held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder over Saturday’s incident in the picturesque southwestern city of Heidelberg, local police and prosecutors said in a statement.The accused, who was shot and wounded by police after fleeing the scene on foot while wielding a knife, is in hospital recovering from surgery.A 73-year-old German man died from his injuries hours after being hit by the car.A 32-year-old Austrian and a 29-year-old Bosnian woman, both Heidelberg residents, were lightly hurt while a fourth person was able to jump out of the way, according to the statement.QuestionedThe driver was questioned by investigators for the first time today after waking up from surgery but did not comment on the accusations against him, the officials said.“His motive remains unknown,” they said, adding that it had yet to be determined if the suspect had acted with diminished criminal responsibility.Media reports have suggested the accused may suffer from psychiatric problems, but the authorities have so far not commented directly on those claims.“At this point in the investigation there are no indications of a terrorist or extremist background to the case,” the officials said.A video taken by a bystander in the immediate aftermath of the car attack shows a number of armed police officers apparently confronting the suspect on the street, before a shot can be heard.According to the statement, a policeman fired his gun after the suspect ignored repeated calls to put down the knife and began charging at the officers who had unsuccessfully tried to stop him with pepper spray.The suspect, who has not been named, did not have a police record prior to the incident.According to the authorities, he comes from the Heidelberg area and hired the car used in the attack from a rental agency about two weeks ago.- © AFP, 2017Read: 3 injured after car ploughs into pedestrians in Germany> Feb 26th 2017, 6:41 PM Sunday 26 Feb 2017, 6:41 PMlast_img read more

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Les photographes amateurs mis en avant par National Geographic

first_imgLes photographes amateurs, mis en avant par National GeographicChaque semaine National Geographic fait le bonheur de quelques photographes amateurs, qui voient leurs images publiées parmi une petite sélection de photos, scrupuleusement réalisée par le magazine dédié à la nature. Une distinction qui se mérite et que tout amateur désire.Il n’est pas donné à tout le monde de pouvoir figurer parmi la sélection des plus belles photos du National Geographic. Chaque semaine, c’est le même suspense pour les photographes amateurs et lecteurs du magazine, qui ont envoyé leur photo pour qu’elle figure parmi les meilleurs clichés. Et parfois, cela peut prendre des années avant que le magazine daigne publier la photo… Rock Arsenault, un photographe amateur de 50 ans, en a fait l’expérience, puisqu’il a dû patienter plus de trois ans avant que sa photo ne soit publiée dans le magazine. Une attente qui en valait la peine… Passionné de photo, il arpente des kilomètres de routes et forêts pour saisir des instants volés entre la nature et les animaux qui l’habitent. En 2006, alors qu’il se rend pour la première fois sur la Route du Nord, pour aller à la rencontre des caribous dans leur environnement naturel, il aperçoit six caribous courant devant un camion au beau milieu d’une route enneigée. Il s’empare immédiatement de son appareil photo, muni d’un zoom 70-200 (2,8 mm), et s’empresse de prendre un cliché de cette scène unique. La photo fait alors le tour du monde avant de se retrouver, après un long processus, parmi les clichés amateurs du National Geographic. En effet, c’est seulement en décembre 2009, soit trois ans après avoir pris la photo, que Rock Rock Arsenault aura le privilège d’être publié dans une édition spéciale de la prestigieuse revue dédiée à la nature. Mais peu importe le temps que cela a pris, l’amateur qu’il est, est à la fois ravi et fier d’avoir joué au moins une fois dans la cour des grands. “Ce fut toute une sensation pour moi (…). Pour un amateur comme moi, de jouer dans la cour des grands a été une grande fierté”, a-t-il déclaré en découvrant la parution. Parmi les plus belles photos sélectionnées par National Geographic, nombreuses sont celles qui placent la nature au cœur de l’art photographique, révélant ainsi des images somptueuses et atypiques. La dernière photo amateur à faire sensation est celle prise par Aaron Lim Boon Teck, un photographe amateur originaire de Singapour, qui a réussi à capter dans la même image des randonneurs observant une éruption volcanique au moment où la lune se levait.Découvrez quelques-unes des plus belles photos sélectionnées par National Geographic sur Maxisciences.Le 26 janvier 2011 à 13:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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La santé mentale ne serait pas altérée par lavortement

first_imgLa santé mentale ne serait pas altérée par l’avortementLa revue New England Journal of Medecine a récemment publié une étude qui établit clairement la non-existence de lien entre une dégradation de la santé mentale chez les femmes et l’avortement.L’étude en question explique que si l’accouchement peut avoir un effet sur la santé mentale des femmes, ce n’est pas le cas de l’avortement. Ainsi, ces conclusions sont basées sur les recherches d’une équipe danoise qui s’est penchée sur le cas de 265.550 femmes danoises, qui n’avaient jamais eu de problèmes mentaux jusqu’à ce qu’elles tombent enceintes. Selon Slate, l’étude sur le sujet a été menée afin de détruire “un peu plus l’idée selon laquelle mettre fin à une grossesse peut déclencher des maladies mentales et montre que la dépression post partum est un facteur bien plus important”.Ainsi, il serait apparu que les femmes ayant accouché ont plus de risques d’être prises en charge de façon psychiatrique après le terme de leur grossesse que celles ayant subi un avortement. Cette étude danoise n’est pas la seule a avoir été effectuée sur le sujet. En effet, Slate rapporte qu’en 2008, l’American Psychological Association avait effectué une étude qui concluait qu'”il n’y a pas de preuve crédible qu’un avortement choisi à la suite d’une grossesse non-voulue entraîne à lui seul des problèmes pour la santé mentale chez les femmes adultes”. Les associations et groupements anti-avortement réfutent les conclusions de cette étude, expliquant que les séquelles de l’avortement sur la santé mentale des femmes peuvent apparaitre plusieurs années après la prise de décision.Le 5 février 2011 à 17:39 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Des batteries organiques ultrafines débarquent dans les cartes à puces

first_imgDes batteries organiques ultrafines débarquent dans les cartes à pucesAvec seulement un tiers de millimètre d’épaisseur, les nouvelles batteries NEC organiques sont ultra-fines et seront sans doute d’une grande utilité dans nos appareils mobiles. Elles sont déjà disponibles pour les futures IC cards, c’est-à-dire les cartes à puces, comme la carte vitale en France.Avec des avantages sur les batteries déjà disponibles dans le commerce, comme une recharge plus rapide, une utilisation plus efficace de l’énergie et une grande flexibilité fonctionnelle et physique, ces batteries sont en lice pour devenir le nouveau standard dans les prochains appareils. Son fonctionnement repose sur l’utilisation d’un polymère organique comme cathode et d’une électrode de type gel. Elles conservent 75 % de leur capacité après 500 cycles. Avec 0,3 mm d’épaisseur, elles pourront être intégrées dans les cartes à puces, qui en font 0.76 mm ! À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Leur capacité est de 3mAh pour une surface de 3 cm sur 3, ce qui est à mettre en perspective avec les 1500 mAh actuellement courants dans les smartphones. Ces technologies se placent donc en complément, et non pas en remplacement de la technologie Li-ion actuelle. Elles serviront dans les appareils qui ont besoin d’être fins et légers, pour alimenter des batteries.Les fonctionnalités possibles avec leur puissance sont l’actualisation de petits écrans, la localisation ou la transmission de signal. La prouesse de NEC  (lien non disponible)est surtout d’être passé bien en dessous des 0,7 mm sur lesquels butaient ses concurrents !Le 17 mars 2012 à 12:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Vehicle crash at SR 500 and I205 injures one

first_imgA 48-year-old woman was injured early Thursday when her 2003 Ford Taurus rear-ended a 2005 Ford Freestar Van when the van slowed down to exit from SR 500 onto Interstate 205, according to Washington State Patrol.Leah Miller was transported to Legacy Salmon Creek to be treated for possible ankle, knee, wrist and back injuries. She was later released.The van’s driver, Erik Youngberg, was uninjured.Miller was cited for speeding too fast for conditions.last_img

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Get a refurbished Google Pixelbook hybrid for 600

first_imgAlthough the pen isn’t included, the 2-in-1 Pixelbook offers a lot of Chromebook power. James Martin/CNET Welcome to 2019, cheeps! Hope you had a wonderful holiday. As we jump into the new year, I wanted to remind you that there are lots of ways to keep tabs on Cheapskate deals:On the web, natch. Bookmark it!On Flipboard. If you don’t already use this app, I highly recommend it.In your favorite RSS reader. Yes, RSS is still a thing. This is the Cheapskate RSS feed.Via the Cheapskate newsletter, which you can sign up for in your CNET profile by clicking the Subscriptions tab or by visiting my CNET profile and clicking Follow Rick’s Newsletter.On Facebook and Twitter, where I often share bonus deals, updates, recommendations and other quick-hit goodies.Speaking of quick hits, coming soon to an inbox near you: an afternoon edition of the Cheapskate newsletter. This is an experiment, and it probably won’t be a daily thing, at least at first. The idea is to provide updates (like when the morning deal sells out quickly or I need to give you a new promo code) and late-breaking extra deals (those that come in after I’ve already published the morning newsletter).The afternoon edition will be short and easy to scan — basically an inbox edition of what I often share on social media. Stay tuned for updates on this, probably within a couple weeks.Pixel pusherOn to business! Have you often wondered whether your next laptop should be a Chromebook? Maybe you’ve had your eye on Google’s Pixelbook, a premium model with a decidedly premium price. News • New Google Pixelbook devices reportedly in the works See It Comments 8 Mentioned Above Google Pixelbook $999 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. Walmart Today, you can save a whopping 40 percent — provided you don’t mind going the refurb route. For a limited time, and while supplies last, Best Buy has the certified-refurbished Google Pixelbook 12.3 for $599.99 shipped (plus tax). Regular price: $999.See it at Best BuyI’m sure I’m not alone in thinking, “$1,000 for a Chromebook? Um, no.” Because Chromebooks are supposed to be cheap, right? Indeed, many an entry-level model can be had for $200-300.But the Pixelbook is anything but entry-level; it’s as well-appointed as many premium Windows laptops. You get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, a 128GB solid-state drive and 12.3-inch touchscreen.That screen delivers an impressive 2,400 by 1,600 pixels, and it resides on a 360-degree hinge, meaning the Pixelbook can handle tablet mode, tent mode and all that. Alas, taking a page from Microsoft, Google doesn’t supply the Pixelbook Pen; that’ll run you another $100.I haven’t used one of these myself, so I’ll turn you over to CNET’s Pixelbook review. Verdict: “A great everyday work machine,” but hard to justify at $1,000.Much easier to justify, perhaps, at $600? The catch, of course, is that because it’s a refurb, you get only a 90-day warranty. Assuming you can live with that, this a premium Chromebook (thin, light, powerful) with a mid-range price tag.Your thoughts?kingston-a400-240gb-ssd-packagedAdd this blazing-fast drive for a measly $31. Kingston Bonus deal: If you’re still trying to squeeze some extra life from your existing laptop, consider the best upgrade in the history of upgrades: a solid-state drive (SSD).Like this one: For a limited time, and while supplies last, the Kingston A400 240GB SATA3 SSD is just $31.35 when you click the onscreen coupon. Regular price: $40.See it at AmazonTo use this, you’ll have to make sure your laptop can accommodate a drive of this size (and interface). Most likely it’ll mean replacing your existing drive, which means you’ll have to clone it first — and Kingston doesn’t supply the necessary cables or software.But with a little online research (or a knowledgeable friend), you can accomplish that for cheap or even free. Trust me when I say, once you go SSD, you’ll never go back. The performance difference is that big.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on PCs, phones, gadgets and much more. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page. Find more great buys on the CNET Deals page and follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter! Tags See It Laptops Storage Now playing: Watch this: $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Review • The best Chromebook (a lot of) money can buy Google Pixelbook Adorama See It See it Google Pixelbook is premium power in a divine Chromebook Share your voice $999 $979 2:27 The Cheapskate Best Buy Amazon Google Intel Microsoftlast_img read more

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Toyota Supra Ford Mustang GT350 McLaren GT and more Roadshows week in

first_img 2019 Chevy Camaro ZL1 Convertible review: A topless thrill ride 2020 McLaren 720S Spider review: Treat yo self Toyota’s new Supra comes out fighting on road and track 6:56 2019 BMW M850i Convertible: A grand tourer you’ll just… 73 Photos Top newsThe new McLaren GT: With its 612-horsepower, twin-turbocharged V8, and super-luxurious interior (with cashmere!), McLaren’s latest supercar looks to be one hell of a grand tourer.More special-edition Miatas: Couldn’t order a 30th Anniversary Mazda MX-5 Miata before they sold out? Mazda’s got you covered.Porsche Cayenne Coupe gets a middle child: When Porsche first pulled the wraps off the Cayenne Coupe, we saw base and Turbo models. Now, the mid-range S breaks cover, packing 434 horsepower.Minis, boosted: The John Cooper Works versions of the Mini Clubman and Countryman now produce 306 horsepower, thanks to a new, turbocharged engine.Carbon fiber trucks, y’all: GMC announces pricing for its Carbon Pro Sierra 1500 trims.Tesla, trimmed: A new report says Tesla is about to undergo some pretty serious cost-cutting. Top videos 24 Photos 2019 BMW M850i Convertible: Grand tourer with huge curb appeal The 2020 EQC is the Mercedes-Benz of EVs 0 A closer look at the McLaren GTSeveral weeks before the McLaren GT made its official debut, our Carfection team in the UK got a chance to pore over the new supercar on video. Henry Catchpole offers a closer look at McLaren’s new grand tourer, and talks about why this car is actually quite special. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350No, this isn’t the upcoming, supercharged GT500, but the Shelby GT350 is still a mighty fine way to experience maximum Mustang performance. Its flat-plane-crank, 5.2-liter V8 is one of our favorite engines, and a few small updates for 2019 make Ford’s potent pony even better than ever. Reviews editor Jon Wong hustled the new GT350 around Michigan’s M1 Concourse track this week, to see how this hard-core Mustang handles a day of lapping.Click here to read our 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive. McLaren GT: The understated supercar Supra, Supra, Supra!The 2020 Toyota Supra launch was the big-time event from this week, and in addition to his first drive review, editor-in-chief Tim Stevens got in front of the camera to give you a thorough look at Toyota’s new sports car, and shows you how it handles twisty backroads and a very technical track. 56 Photos 10:58 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350: A friendlier track animal 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQCWhen Mercedes-Benz launches the new EQC in 2020, it’ll battle the Audi E-Tron, Jaguar I-Pace and Tesla Model X for luxury EV SUV dominance. It might not have the longest driving range of the bunch, but as managing editor Steven Ewing learned while testing the EQC in Oslo, Norway, this week, the Mercedes more than makes up for some of its shortcomings by offering a properly luxurious EV experience.Click here to read our 2020 Mercedes-Benz EQC first drive. 2019 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 first drive: A more approachable track star Now playing: Watch this: Tags Welcome to Roadshow’s new weekend review, where we take a look back at the biggest stories from the past seven days. The week kicked off on a strong note with our first drive of the long-awaited 2020 Toyota Supra, and stayed strong with some big news items and vehicle debuts.Here’s look at our most important stories from May 12-18, 2019.Top reviews Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 2020 Toyota SupraThough we got an early taste at a Supra prototype earlier this year, this week marked the first time we got behind the wheel of the honest-to-goodness, production-spec 2020 Toyota Supra. It’s a totally different take on Toyota’s iconic sports car, and shares a lot of its guts — including its turbocharged, 3.0-liter I6 engine — with the BMW Z4 roadster. Editor-in-chief Tim Stevens gave the new Supra a full workout on road and track in Virginia, and came away impressed… mostly.Click here to read our 2020 Toyota Supra first drive. 12:28 More From Roadshow Review: 2019 BMW M850i ConvertibleReviews editor Jake Holmes spent some time with BMW’s new droptop GT, the M850i Convertible. Not only is the new 8 Series one of the most beautiful BMWs to grace our shores in several years, it’s one of the best-driving Bimmers, too. 2020 Toyota Supra is a divisive devil in red Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice The McLaren GT adds comfort and refinement to raw power 52 Photos 63 Photos Roadshowlast_img read more

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Facebook Introduces Customizable Avatar Stickers

first_img ‘Storm Loch Ness’ Joke Facebook Event Aims to Spot Folklore ‘Monster’Nearly 300K Alien Fans Sign Up to ‘Raid Area 51’ for Joke Facebook Event Stay on target On the heels of Apple’s Memoji glow up, Facebook is reportedly launching new customizable Avatars—virtual lookalikes for use in chat and comments.Available now in Australia, users can personalize the Bitmoji clone’s face, hair, and clothes, then use it in a range of stickers conveying emotions and phrases.The animated feature will roll out to the rest of the world in late 2019 or early 2020, according to TechCrunch.AdChoices广告Writer Josh Constine admitted Avatars “aren’t quite as cute or hip to modern slang” as Snapchat’s popular Bitmoji, but they could become a trendy way to liven up replies.“There’s been a ton of work put in to this from the product and design perspective to find out, with how many people [are] on Facebook, how to make this as representative as possible,” Avatars communication manager Jimmy Raimo told the tech blog.That means offering religious garb like hijabs and providing a rainbow of skin colors and hairstyles in an attempt to cover all demographics.Initially available in Australia, Facebook Avatars will eventually roll out to users across the globe (via Facebook/TechCrunch)“They’re a bit more realistic so they can be your personal avatar [versus] trying to make them cute, funny, and cartoony,” Raimo said, in an obvious dig at similar fare from Apple and Snapchat.Starting in the land Down Under, users can create their Facebook Avatar by clicking the smiley-face button in the News Feed comment composer or Messenger sticker drawer.As described by TechCrunch, the process begins with a gender-neutral blank canvas, customizable from scratch across 18 traits.You’ll have to build your icon from the ground up; there is no option for Facebook to automatically generate an avatar based on a profile picture or selfie.“We want to make sure we don’t show you something totally opposite of the photo,” Raimo explained. “There’s sensitivity around facial recognition.”Facebook has been working on Avatars for at least a year, trailing its competition; in the meantime, rivals like FaceMoji’s animated masks, caricature-style Genies, and Morphin’s deepfaked GIFs have started saturating the market.More on Geek.com:Facebook Changes Algorithm, Promises More Personalized News FeedFacebook Co-Founder Wants to Break Up FacebookThe iPhone X Can’t Have My Memoji Facelast_img read more

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