Over 500 fake doctors identified by CID in Bengal

first_imgThe CID on Wednesday has identified over 500 fake doctors practising in government hospitals and private clinics in West Bengal.A highly-placed official of the agency said that around seven to eight fake institutes were involved in the racket.“Fake doctors are present in large numbers in government and private hospitals all over the state. We have information that around seven to eight fake institutes in the state are involved in the business apart from other such establishments in neighbouring states,” the official said.State Medical Council president Nirmal Maji said that they had a list which would be handed over to the police.”The CID has already arrested six fake doctors from various parts of the state including Ajay Tiwary and Naren Pandey who were attached to two renowned private hospitals in the metropolis.CID sleuths said that fake certificates and registration numbers were given by those institutes at a hefty price.These fake doctors had links with senior officials of the health department besides political laders and civil and police officers.They have been practising since the days of the Left Front government. Thier contacts had helped them practice as doctors,” he said. On the insistence of CID, the Council had issued a directive to doctors to register themselves afresh, and renew and update their credentials with them.It has also directed hospitals to provide it with names of registered doctors which would help the council screen the list of doctors practising in the state.Complaints with the police based on which the arrests were made. The Council also appealed to the people to inform it if they suspected anybody to be a fake doctor.Police sources said that old registration numbers, used by doctors who are not in the profession now or had expired, were being provided to such persons.Maji said that the state Medical Council would accept complaints from the people from today.“If a complaint is found genuine, we will get an FIR lodged,” he said adding that the state government was trying to formulate a mechanism to stop the practice.last_img read more

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Mizoram Bru refugees allege starvation in camps for want of reliefs

first_imgThe apex forum of thousands of Bru refugees currently stranded in north Tripura on Tuesday complained starvation in makeshift camps due to irregular distribution of relief rations.The Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF) claimed situation remained same even after drawing attention of Tripura government officials. “It is unfortunate to mention that the government authority is still reluctant to take an urgent step for distribution of relief materials while making an excuse of non-receipt of fund from the Centre”, said MBDPF General Secretary Bruno Msha.Bru, also known as Reang, were displaced from Mizoram following ethnic riot with the Mizos in 1997 and were given shelter in seven makeshift camps in north Tripura. Their number originally swelled to 50,000, but came down to 35,000 with section of evacuees returning to their villages in Mizoram.  Ministry of Home Affairs funded reliefs are distributed in camps every fortnight since August 1998. MBDPF alleged that camp residents have not been provided ration marked for a period for second half of October.“If ration is not distributed in next two days there will be many casualties in the camps due to starvation”, Mr. Msha said adding that the camp inmates might raid government storehouse to loot foodstuff for survival.The forum said it is contemplating to organise road blockade stir to compel the government to act fast and save the refugees. It cautions that the government authority would be liable for any deterioration of law and order situation in camp locations.Bruno Msha said that there could be a “tactical ploy” to force them to return to Mizoram without any comprehensive rehabilitation package and security. Mizoram government hitherto refused to concede major demands of the MBDPF like formation of a regional council for Bru tribe.last_img read more

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Renaldo Balkman open to San Miguel return

first_img“It’s up in the air right now. I don’t know. I don’t know if I will play yet but I just got some things to do here in the Philippines. Let’s see what’s next for me,” he said Saturday night. “I’m just here, working out, getting my body back healthy and staying in shape for the call.”“Whatever that call is, I’ll be ready.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe 34-year-old Balkman suited up for San Miguel in last year’s Commissioner’s Cup where the Beermen lost in the finals to the Barangay Ginebra Gin Kings in six games.Balkman showed up at Mall of Asia Arena on Saturday to show support to his former team in Game 1 of the PBA Philippine Cup semifinals where the Beermen rolled past the Phoenix Fuel Masters. MOST READ “Welcome back? I never left. They did a great job out there. I’m here, had a great time, watched the game. I love being here.”“You know I just gotta support my guys. I’ve been with these guys for a while. There’s just a personal level on us. Those are my brothers so no matter what, I’d go. That’s why I’m coming back to support. Like I said, I never left. I’ve been here the whole time, working out.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Fuel Masters pay price for veering away from defensive identity Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Renaldo Balkman watches the PBA semifinals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Renaldo Balkman is open to returning for San Miguel Beer in the Commissioner’s Cup.But Balkman playing for the Beermen remains to be an idea at this point.ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venuelast_img read more

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La Salle misses UAAP top 2 for first time in more than a decade

first_imgThis is also the first time for the Golden Tigresses to hold the twice-to-beat advantage since Season 73 when they finished with a 10-4 card for the no.2 seed before losing to, as fate had it, the top-seeded Lady Spikers, 13-1, in the finals.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess View comments This is the first time in more than a decade that La Salle will play in the Final Four without the twice-to-beat advantage after the Lady Spikers reigned atop the league as the no.1 seeds from Seasons 71 to 76, resulting to four titles.La Salle settled for the second seed from Seasons 77 to 79 and won two titles in a row before going back to the top of the elimination ladder in Season 80 en route to the championship.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Lady Spikers’ third-place seeding is also their worst since Season 70 when they placed seventh with a 3-11 record after most of their wins were forfeited after the league found out that Jacque Alarca was playing for the team without being enrolled at La Salle.As for UST, this would be its first Final Four since Season 79 when it lost to La Salle in the semifinals. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—De La Salle will enter the Final Four of the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament in an unfamiliar situation.The Lady Spikers, who are gunning for a four-peat, are entering the semifinals as the no.3 seed with a 10-4 record after losing to University of Santo Tomas, 25-14, 25-23, 23-25, 25-19, in the playoff for the second spot.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Whatever it takes: With finals within reach, Tigresses vow to fight until the end Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Deaf personalities everyone should know PLAY LIST 04:26Deaf personalities everyone should know05:01What the Deaf want the hearing to know01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inauguratedlast_img read more

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Canelo vs GGG 2 Contest

first_imgAdvertisementAlert!! Alert!! Alert!!Get ready for the ‘Canelo vs. GGG rematch Contest’ held by SportsIndiaShow.comPredict if this fight will get stopped and if so who will win and in which round and what time? The person who comes closest to guessing the correct time will win a pair of awesome USI Universal gloves!Drop your guess in the comments section and get a chance to win. Entries valid till Sep 14th 11:59pm and only if submitted on sportsindiashow.comAdvertisementlast_img

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India Premier League 2016: Delhi Daredevils vs Kolkata Knight Riders, As it happened

first_imgHello and welcome to the LIVE coverage from Match 26 of the Indian Premier League between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders. (LIVE Scorecard)Updates:Delhi Daredevils have moved to the second spot on the IPL table. KKR have slipped to third after today’s loss.  Zaheer is happy with his team despite their top-oder batsmen’s inconsistent showingWe have faith in our batters. We speak about freedom to express. We are still playing good cricket despite not getting good starts. As long as we get to par score, it is fine. Sam Billings and Karun got us in a winning position. Bowling in the first six was important and that is why me and Shami bowled three each: Zaheer Carlos Brathwaite is the Man of the Match for his all-round effort. Brathwaite says he is happy with his first major contribution in the IPLBit pleased. Could have used 3-4 more balls in the end and taken the score to 190-195. First contribution in the IPL, so happy. Back your process, back your plans and that is how we prepare. Tough luck to Imran on missing out today. I was effected mentally and hence went out of the field: Brathwaite A dejected Gautam Gambhir credits Sam Billings and Karun Nair for taking the game away from them.We didn’t expect they would get 186 after the first over. We thought they would end up with 150-160. Credit goes to them, with the way Karun Nair and Sam Billings batted. 160 was a par score, 187 is tough on any wicket. We need to be more professional with bat, ball and in the field as well. If it is a good wicket, then it is difficult to contain. You have to get wickets at every point of time. That is why we picked Hoggy and Sunil, but Nair and Billings laid the platform for the final overs. We ended up giving 15 runs more: GambhiradvertisementKolkata Knight Riders innings:We didn’t expect they would get 186 after the first over. We thought they would end up with 150-160. Credit goes to them, with the way Karun Nair and Sam Billings batted. 160 was a par score, 187 is tough on any wicket. We need to be more professional with bat, ball and in the field as well. If it is a good wicket, then it is difficult to contain. You have to get wickets at every point of time. That is why we picked Hoggy and Sunil, but Nair and Billings laid the platform for the final overs. We ended up giving 15 runs more It was an all-round show from Delhi Daredevils. Their batsmen Karun Nair and IPL debutant Sam Billings got them back on track after their early stutter. They stitched a 105-run stand. Brathwaite played a cameo in the end to make sure Delhi finished with a 180-plus score on board.Zaheer led the show for Delhi with the ball by picking KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir in the first over. KKR kept losing wickets more often than not to poor shot making. Brathwaite shone with the ball as well picking up three wickets. KKR collapsed in the end losing their last five wickets in 10 balls to hand a 27-run win to the home side. (Points Table) 19.29 IST: OUT! Zaheer doesn’t take long to finish. He picks up his third to remove Umesh Yadav. It’s all over for KKR. An all-round Daredevils have beaten Gambhir’s unit by 27 runs. 19.28 IST: OUT! Another outstanding effort from Iyer on the field. He hits the stumps direct from long on to dismiss Narine for 4. KKR 158/9 in 18.2 overs. Delhi a wicket away from their fourth win this season.  Zaheer to bowl the 19th. Sunil Narine joins Umesh Yadav at the middle 19.24 IST: OUT! Morris gets the big fish. Uthappa falls after making a 52-ball 72. The KKR opener tired to scoop one over the point but failed. KKR staring at defeat. KKR 153/8 in 17.4 overs.  19.21 IST: OUT! Smart work from Morris on the field. Jason Holder digs out a yorker from Morris but doesn’t know where the ball went. He started running only to see Morris clipping the bails off. An ugly run-out. KKR lose their seventh man. KKR 152/7 in 17.2 overs. Morris has the ball for Delhi, Holder is the new man. 19.18 IST: OUT! Mishra takes a stunning return catch. Russell smashed it straight and Mishra had great reflexes to get his hands to the ball. An important wicket for the home team. KKR 151/6 in 17 overs. They need 36 runs from 18 balls.  19.16 IST: Four! Uthappa tries to reverse sweep and manages to get a thick edge and the ball raises to the boundary through the wicket-keeper’s legs. KKR 146/5 in 16.2 overs. 10 runs off two balls. advertisement19.15 IST: SIX! Uthappa greets Mishra with a big one over mid-wicket. A nice way to resume after the break. KKR 142/5 in 16.1 overs. Nine runs came from Shami’s over. KKR 136/5 in 16 overs. They need 51 runs from 24 to win. These two men at the middle will be crucial to their chances.  19.11 IST: SIX! Russell released the pressure with a huge one after three dot balls. Still a good over from Shami. KKR 134/5 in 15.4 overs. 14 runs off Mishra’s over. Uthappa is injecting pace into the innings.  19.05 IST: SIX! Robin Uthappa brings up his fifty with a six over long-off. It’s his second in this season. It was his 100th IPL six as well. The Karnataka batsman is key for KKR’s chances here.. 19.03 IST: Four! Russell plays a cheeky shot to get a much-needed boundary for KKR. Brathwaite finishes with 3/47. KKR 113/5 in 14 overs.  Brathwaite has taken three wickets so far. It has been his evening at the Kotla today. 19.00 IST: OUT! One more for Brathwaite. Rajagopal Sathish hooks a bouncer straight to the deep mid-wicket fielder. Uthappa is running out of partners. KKR 107/5 in 13.3 overs. Brathwaite again.. 18.58 IST: Mishra is putting the brakes on KKR scoring rate. He has conceded three runs off this over and a total of seven has been taken from his 2 overs. KKR 102/4 in 13 overs. 18.55 IST: End of a tidy over from Brathwaite. The big man has comeback well. KKR 99/4 in 12 overs. Rajagopal Sathish walks in 18.52 IST: OUT! Zaheer’s gamble pays off. Brathwaite removes Suryakumar, picks up his second wicket. The KKR batsman tried to clear the long-on bounadary only to find Shreyas Iyer mid-on. Brilliant catch. Kotla goes berserk. KKR 94/2 in 11.2 overs.Brathwaite again, a gamble from Zaheer? 18.50 IST: Tidy first over from Mishra, four runs from it. KKR 93/3 in 11 overs. Zaheer finally brings in Amit Mishra 18.47 IST: Pathetic stuff from Brathwaite. He concedes 14 runs in a single delivery. Brathwaite erred with a no-ball and bowled a hip-over full-toss in the free-hit ball and was asked to bowl one more extra delivery. Suryarkumar made full use of the second free-hit by smashing a six straight over the bowler’s head. 22 runs came off the over. DD 88/3 in 10 overs. Is this the over KKR needed?  The required run-rate is a daunting 11 now.. 18.41 IST: Seven runs taken off Morris’ second over. The pacer made it difficult for the batsmen by banging it in. KKR 66/3 in 9 overs. Suryakumar Yadav comes out to bat for KKR, Morris continues for DD Brathwaite is proving his worth today. After a cameo with the bat, he picks up a wicket in his first over.  18.33 IST: OUT! Carlos Brathwaite picks up the wicket of Yusuf Pathan with a slower one. The all-rounder top-edged it and Amit Mishra at short square-leg took it safely. DD 58/3 in 7.5 overs. 18.32 IST: Four! Another well-timed shot from Uthappa. He pulls it on the front foot to the mid-wicket boundary. Brathwaite is upset with himself for pitching it short. KKR 57/2 in 7.3 overs. advertisementCarlos Brathwaite into the attack.. Fifty up for KKR in the seventh over.  18.27 IST: Four! Uthappa is making it worse for Morris. He clips one off his pads to the deep mid-wicket boundary. Elegant and well-timed. KKR 48/2 in 6.3 overs. 18.26 IST: The birthday boy is up and running again18.23 IST: Not a good day so far for Chris Morris. He slips and lands awkwardly on his legs. The play has been stopped.  18.20 IST: Ten runs off Shami’s over. Delhi have done well in the first six. Their skipper has led from the front and has scalped two wickets. KKR 43/2 in 6 overs.18.19 IST: Four! Yusuf Pathan loft one to the long on boundary. Shami, who had been decent in his third over, errs and Pathan makes full use of it.  Yusuf Pathan is the new man in.. 18.13 IST: Out. Zaheer Khan strikes again for his second wicket as he scalps Piyush Chawla for 8, trapped infront of the stumps. Chawla trying to play against the line, misses to be wrapped on the pads. The move of promoting Chawla up the order fails for KKR. 18.05 IST: Out. Zaheer Khan gets the first breakthrough for Delhi Daredevils by sending back Gautam Gambhir early for 6. The KKR skipper trying to tuck the ball on the onside, gets a leading edge straight into the hands of extra-cover fielder. 17.59 IST: Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa have given KKR a steady start chasing DD’s target of 187. Mohammad Shami shared the new ball with Zaheer Khan. Can the bowlers give Delhi early breakthroughs?17.50 IST: Zaheer Khan has the new ball for Delhi. The successful duo of Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa is in for Kolkata. Just In: Kings XI Punjab have a new skipper. Murali Vijay replaces David Miller as captain. Miller didn’t have the best of times with the bat, scoring a mere 76 off six games. Can Vijay revive Kings XI’s fortunes? Punjab are languishing at the bottom of the IPL points table managing only two points from six games. Delhi Daredevils innings:Delhi should be happy with what they have done in the first innings. After losing two wickets in the first over, they have done well to finish with a 180-plus score on the board. Thanks to Sam Billings and Karun Nair who did the rescue act for Delhi. Both of them scored half-centuries (Billings on debut) to set a platform. Brathwaite’s cameo in the end made sure Delhi finished with a good total. Kolkata Knight Riders would want their openers to fire in the chase.  17.33 IST: OUT! Pant falls short in an attempt to take two in the final ball. A superb over from Russell. He kept the batsmen guessing. Delhi finish with 186 on the board. DD 186/8 in 20 overs. 17.30 IST: OUT! Russell has his revenge. Brathwaite tried to tap it over the short square-leg fielder but doesn’t get the middle of the bat. A handy knock (34 off 11 balls) from Brathwaite comes to an end. DD 182/7 in 19.2 overs.  17.29 IST: SIX! Brathwaite opens the 20th over with a six. Delhi cross the 180-run mark. 17.27 IST: Brathwaite keeps the strike by picking up a single in the final ball of Yadav’s over. Delhi have six more balls. DD 176/6 in 19 overs. Rishab Pant, the U-19 star, is in for Delhi 17.24 IST: OUT! Umesh castles Billings. He has done well to come up with a bouncer after being thrashed for a six and a boundary in the over by Brathwaite. Billings’ excellent knock on debut comes to an end, he falls for 54 off 34. DD 174/6 in 18.4 overs. 17.22 IST: SIX! This time, it’s Billings. He gets a fifty in his maiden IPL match. He becomes the first man since 2012 to score a half-century on debut. Richard Levi had done it for Mumbai Indians. DD 163/5 in 18 overs. 17.20 IST: SIX! Brathwaite deposits a googly from Hogg into the deep-wicket stands. Brathwaite moves to 16 from just four balls.  17.17 IST: Skillful  from Brathwaite. He has already hit two boundaries in two balls. End of an eventful over, two wickets and two fours in it. DD 145/5 in 17 overs.Brathwaite is the new batsman for Delhi.  17.14 IST: OUT! Another one for Umesh. He snares the big-hitting Chris Morris, who stole the show in Delhi’s last game, for 0.  This is huge setback for Delhi who looked set for a big total. DD 137/5 in 16.4 overs.17.12 IST: OUT! Big wicket for Kolkata. Karun Nair out for 68 off 50 deliveries. The Delhi batsman was deceived by a slower one and was trapped in front. Good time to get a wicket for Kolkata. DD 137/4 in 16.2 overs. 17.11 IST: SIX! Karun Nair sends one over the long off boundary. Nothing wrong with Yadav’s delivery but Nair made room for himself and slapped it. That brings up the 100-run stand.  17.10 IST: Delhi are pressing the pedal. 11 runs off Holder’s over. Nair and Billings need one more run to bring up their century stand. DD 131/3 in 16 overs. Nair went after Narine in that over. Fourteen runs came off it. DD 120/3 in 15 overs. 17.03 IST: Four! Fifty for Karun Nair, his sixth in IPL cricket. He plays a sweep to dissect the field and find the mid-wicket boundary. DD 110/3 in 14.1 overs.Narine into the attack. 17.02 IST: Seven runs from Holder’s over. Delhi are progressing steadily. DD 106/3 in 14 overs. 16.57 IST: Four! Upper-cut from Nair brings up the 100 for Delhi. Holder is getting bounce on this track.  16.55 IST: Another seven-run over from Hogg. Nair and Billings are nearing their fifties. DD 99/3 in 13 overs. Billings is striking the ball clean. Looks to be a good prospect for Delhi this season. DD 92/3 in 12 overs. 16.48 IST: Four! Billings drives Chawla through the covers to bring up the fifty of the partnership. Nair and Billings have steadied the Delhi Daredevils’ innings after the early flutter. DD 83/2 in 11.2 overs. 16.47 IST: Nair and Billings aren’t taking any risks but are keeping the scoreboard ticking. Seven runs from Hoggs’ over. DD 77/3 in 11 overs. 16.43 IST: Four! Nair sweeps Chawla to perfection. Delhi reach 70 at the half-way mark. DD 70/3 in 10 overs. Piyush Chawla introduced into the attack by Gautam Gambhir. Wrist spinners in tandem for KKR. 16.38 IST: An uneventful first over from Hogg, seven off it. Nair and Billings have stitched a slow but steady 29-run stand. DD 61/3 in 9 overs. Brad Hogg into the attack.. 16.34 IST: Productive over for Delhi, 11 runs from Yadav’s over. A lot of these KKR bowlers have been drifting down the line and have paid for it. DD 54/3 in 8 overs. Umesh Yadav into the attack 16.29 IST: Narine came back well after conceding a boundary off the first ball, six runs from the over. DD 43/3 in 7 overs. Narine to continue, Gambhir has a leg-slip and a short cover for Sam Billings. 16.26 IST: Five runs off the sixth over. KKR would be happy with their performance in the powerplay. They have picked up three wickets to dent Delhi Daredevils’ start. DD don’t have their crisis man JP Duminy today. Nair, who is striking the ball well, is the key for the home team. DD 37/3 in 6 overs. Russell to continue, he is bowling from the other end this time. Sam Billings, the 24-year-old English wicketkeeper-batsman is in for Delhi.. Not the start the home team would have wanted.  16.21 IST: OUT! Narine strikes in his first over. Sanju Samson misses a straight one and gets trapped in front. Erasmus took a while to raise his finger. Samson is disappointed with the decision. DD 32/3 in 5 overs. First signs of spin in the day, Sunil Narine to bowl the fifth over for KKR  16.17 IST: Holder errs, bowls one at Karun’s legs and the Delhi batsman again guides down the leg. DD 30/2 in 4 overs. 16.14 IST: Four! One more ball on Karun’s legs and the Delhi batsman whips it off his pads to the square leg boundary. DD 23/2 in 3 overs. 16.13 IST: Excellent work in the deep by Umesh Yadav, saved two runs for his team. KKR have been tidy on the field so far.  11 runs off the second over. Russell to continue.. 16.09 IST: Four! Second one in the over. Samson sees width and flashes his blades and sends the ball past point. The last one took his edge and flew past the slips.  DD 11/2 in 1.3 overs.Jason Holder to share the new ball with Russell. Karun Nair is the new man in for Delhi, two runs and two wickets from the first over.  16.04 IST OUT! Big wicket this for Kolkata. Quinton de Kock fails once again, out for 1. The South Africa opener was surprised by the bouncer and he top-edged it. Brad Hogg caught it safely in the deep. DD 2/2 in 0.5 overs. Poor shot that was from Shreyas Iyer. He played across the line and failed to make any contact with the ball.  16.01 IST: OUT! Early wicket for Kolkata. Shreyas Iyer trapped in front, out for 0. The umpire doesn’t wait a bit to raise his finger. DD 1/1 in 0.3 overs. 16.00 IST: Shreyas Iyer and Quinton de Kock are out for Delhi. Andre Russell has the new ball for Kolkata. Playing XIs:Delhi Daredevils: Quinton de Kock(w), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson, Karun Nair, Sam Billings, Rishabh Pant, Carlos Brathwaite, Chris Morris, Amit Mishra, Mohammed Shami, Zaheer Khan(c) Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa, Gautam Gambhir, Suryakumar Yadav, Andre Russell, Yusuf Pathan, Jason Holder, Rajagopal Sathish, Piyush Chawla, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, Brad Hogg Quotes! Zaheer Khan: We would have bowled first. It is decent (the heat)… 42 or 43 degrees. That is normal in Delhi. The camp is feeling good. We are playing good cricket. Happy with the way things are going. What we are expecting is good energy. We have decided to make four changes. We have gone pace heavy. Duminy us under the weather. Shami is in. Billings is making his (IPL) debut. Iyer and Brathwaite are also in.Gautam Gambhir: We will bowl first. The wicket won’t change much and we are chasing well. We have got three changes. Unadkat, Lynn and Shakib are out. Hogg, Chawla and Jason Holder are in. We have played some good cricket, rather than thinking about the previous match, we will look to focus on this. 15.30 IST: Toss! Kolkata Knight Riders opt to bowl against Delhi Daredevils! Here’s how the pitch looks for #DDvKKR @DelhiDaredevils @KKRiders #VIVOIPLhttps://t.co/vsimJb46gm&; IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 30, 2016Preview: Delhi Daredevils will look to build on their hat-trick of wins when they clash with Kolkata Knight Riders. Delhi’s season began with a loss against KKR in the first leg and many feared another dispiriting campaign lay ahead for them. But they have creditably bounced back with three successive wins since then.But that streak was halted in their last-ball defeat by Gujarat Lions. But the loss shouldn’t demoralise Delhi who have been impressively led by veteran pacer Zaheer Khan.In his last competitive action, Zaheer has used all his experience to build a fighting outfit that has been impressive in its all-round play.Their batting has been led by South African opener Quinton de Kock. Having scored one of the three centuries of the 2016 tournament, he has shown unstinted stroke-making ability. But what will worry the Delhi camp would be his cheap dismissals in the last two matches.De Kock’s compatriot Jean Paul Duminy, the team’s captain last season, has also provided a steady influence in the middle order, guiding the young Indian batsmen, particularly Sanju Samson who has been in form.The batting appears a little short on experience but that hasn’t been exposed so far. But Morris’ big-hitting ability against Lions would have surely increased their confidence.The bowling looks more secure with Zaheer and South African Chris Morris forming the pace attack. The spin department is also in secure hands with wily spinners Amit Mishra and Imran Tahir working their magic in tandem.It will be interesting to see what combination Delhi chooses for the match with West Indies’ World T20 win hero Carlos Brathwaite warming the bench for the last two matches.Their opponents, KKR, are also coming into the match on the back of a defeat to Mumbai Indians. While they are placed second in the standings, two places above Delhi, they failed to defend a strong score of 174 against Mumbai.last_img read more

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Saina Nehwal beats He Bingjiao to enter final of Indonesia Masters

first_imgSaina Nehwal stayed on course for her first title in 2019 as she advanced to the final of the Indonesia Masters on Saturday.Eighth-seeded Saina once again displayed her fighting spirit in her victory over He Bingjiao of China in the semi-finals, winning the contest 18-21, 21-12, 21-18.Saina raced to an 11-7 lead in the first game but Bingjiao fought back to take the first game 21-18.However, in the second game Saina found her rhythm back. She made each opportunity count and took the second game with a much better performance 21-12 to force a decider in the match.In the final game, it was neck-and-neck battle before Saina prevailed 21-18 over the sixth seed to win the match.Saina had won a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, a bronze at the Asian Games, besides reaching finals at the Denmark, Indonesia Masters and Syed Modi International last year.last_img read more

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THREE INJURED IN PLYMOUTH COUNTY ACCIDENT

first_imgLe Mars Police say three people were injured in a two vehicle accident early Wednesday evening at the intersection of Highway 75 and County Road C-38 near the NIPCO electrical cooperative.Police say a car collided with a pickup truck with the car sustaining damage to the passenger side and the pickup heavy front-end damage.The victims were transported to the Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.Their names and conditions have not been released but at least one victim had serious injuries.The accident remains under investigation by the Le Mars Police Department.last_img

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Arsenal vs Newcastle: Team news & TV guide

first_imgPremier League Arsenal vs Newcastle United: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview Ryan Kelly Last updated 1 year ago 15:40 12/16/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alexandre Lacazette Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Arsenal Arsenal v Newcastle United Newcastle United The Gunners’ top-four plans have hit a rocky patch, with poor results contributing to a tumble down the league table Arsenal will hope to climb back up the table with a win when they host Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday afternoon.The Gunners could only draw against London rivals West Ham during the week, a result which saw them slip to seventh and extended their winless run in the Premier League to three games.Newcastle are enduring a terrible run of form, without a win in their last eight games – seven of which were defeats – and they are in danger of being sucked in to a relegation battle. 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 Game Arsenal vs Newcastle United Date Saturday, December 16 Time 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET TV CHANNEL & LIVE STREAM Olivier Giroud ArsenalThe game is not being shown live in the United Kingdom because it falls within the Saturday ‘blackout’ period, but highlights will be available to watch on BBC. UK TV channel Online stream BBC (highlights) N/A In the United States (US), the Premier League can be watched live and on-demand with fuboTV (7-day free trial).New users can sign up for a free seven-day trial of the live sports streaming service, which can be accessed via iOS, Android, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV as well as on a web browser.SQUADS & TEAM NEWS Position Arsenal players Goalkeepers Cech, Ospina, Macey, Iliev Defenders Debuchy, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Holding, Mustafi, Monreal, Chambers, Bellerin, Kolasinac Midfielders Ramsey, Wilshere, Ozil, Iwobi, Xhaka, Maitland-Niles, Coquelin, Elneny, Sheaf, Willock, Dragomir, Gilmour, McGuane, Reine-Adelaide Forwards Sanchez, Lacazette, Giroud, Welbeck, Akpom, Nketiah, Dasilva, Nelson Shkodran Mustafi has resumed training but Arsene Wenger is unsure whether to take a risk by using the Germany international for the game.Aaron Ramsey is out of action for up to three weeks so will not be available, while Theo Walcott is nursing a groin injury and will not be risked.Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, is a long-term absentee as he endured another setback in his foot injury.Potential Arsenal starting XI: Cech; Koscielny, Mertesacker, Monreal; Bellerin, Xhaka, Wilshere, Kolasinac; Ozil, Sanchez, Lacazette. Position Newcastle players Goalkeepers Elliot, Darlow, Woodman Defenders Clark, Dummett, Lascelles, Mbemba, Manquillo, Lejeune, Yedlin, Haidara, Gamez, Sterry Midfielders Colback, Murphy, Diame, Ritchie, Shelvey, Hayden, Merino, Aarons, Saivet, Atsu, Barlaser Forwards Gayle, Ayoze, Joselu, Mitrovic Newcastle currently have no injury worries coming into the game, but they will be without Jonjo Shelvey, who is suspended after receiving a red card against Everton during the week.Potential Newcastle starting XI: Darlow; Manquillo, Lascelles, Clark, Yedlin; Ritchie, Merino, Hayden, Murphy; Gayle, Joselu.BETTING & MATCH ODDS Joselu Newcastle United Premier LeaugeArsenal are 1/4 favourites according to dabblebet, with Newcastle priced at 10/1 to win. A draw between the sides at the Emirates is considered a 5/1 bet.Alexandre Lacazette is the Gunners’ top scorer and he is 9/4 to score first, while Magpies forward Dwight Gayle is 10/1.Click here to see dabblebet’s markets for the game, including goalscorer odds, correct score predicitions and more.GAME PREVIEW Laurent Koscielny ArsenalArsenal were left with a familiar sense of frustration after they were held to a scoreless draw against West Ham on Wednesday and questions have once again been raised around the suitability of Wenger to continue steering the fortunes of the north London club.The result saw the Gunners tumble down to seventh in the Premier League and, while they are just a point removed from fourth, the pressure is once again mounting on the long-serving manager.With a League Cup quarter-final against West Ham as well as games against Liverpool and Chelsea to play in the coming weeks, it will be vital to kick-start a recovery at home to Newcastle on Saturday.Rafa Benitez’s side may be hurtling on a downward trajectory, but, as they look up at Burnley, Liverpool and Tottenham, the Gunners cannot take anything for granted against a team desperately trying to prevent themselves from being dragged into a relegation scrap. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

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Southampton boss Hasenhuttl: I’ve sent spies!

first_imgSouthampton manager Ralph Hasenhuttl has admitted to sending ‘spies’ to rival teams’ training sessions during his time in Germany.The Saints boss was quizzed on the topic in the aftermath of Leeds United gaffer Marcelo Bielsa having admitted to sending one of his own to a closed training session ahead of his side’s clash with Derby County on Friday.The Argentine said he had a ‘different viewpoint’ when Rams boss Frank Lampard told him that he hasn’t respected the rules of fair play, but the FA are investigating the incident regardless. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Southampton’s next clash sees them face Derby in the FA Cup on Wednesday and boss Hasenhuttl was quizzed on his opinion of the matter, and whether he had ever sent people to spy on opponents in the past.“Yeah, it’s normal in Germany,” the Austrian said. “We could because it was open to the public.“You send the guys there and you could see who was training, who wasn’t, and if there was a new coach you could see what he was doing from the beginning.“But it was open to the public so everyone could do it. I wasn’t standing there myself, but I did send spies there. ‘Spies’ if you want, or just normal visitors.“In Germany it’s a little bit easier because they love public training sessions, so it’s not a problem to spy on such training sessions.“But there are still a few training sessions that are without the public and there it also happens that sometimes you have to pick someone out of the woods behind the pitch!“But it’s good I think that in England they’re signalling that it’s unsporting and unfair, and it won’t happen in the future if the fine is high.“People will see that it doesn’t make any sense to take that risk.“I also have had sessions that were spied on by other clubs and so I think that if they’re sending a signal that it’s unfair and unsporting then it’s something I can agree with, absolutely.”With a spot in the fourth round of the FA Cup at stake, Southampton host Derby at St. Mary’s stadium on Wednesday, with kick-off taking place at 7:45pm UK time.last_img read more

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7 beach essentials

first_img1. O2 Cool Reverse Trigger Misting Fan 2. Lincoln USA Hat 3. Sun Bum Signature SPF 50 Sunscreen 4. S’well Bottle in Blonde Wood 5. Pendleton Grand Canyon National Park Towel 6. Supreme Wham-O You Still Suck Frisbee 7. Illesteva Hallandale Sunglasses If we could we would be at the beach every day of the week. But, since we have to work, that’s not going to happen. With summer here and scorching hot temperatures abound, we’re going to take every beach day we can, but nothing is worse than showing up to the beach unprepared. Here are The Manual’s top seven beach essentials.Illesteva Hallandale SunglassesWe don’t like it when the sun is in our face and all we can do is squint, so we always make sure to have the right pair of sunglasses. These sunglasses will keep you looking cool while keeping the sun out of your eyes.$175 at illesteva.com.Sun Bum Signature SPF 50 SunscreenWhen you don’t use sunscreen, you get sunburned, and we all know how unsightly and uncomfortable being sunburned is, so do yourself a favor and slather yourself in sunscreen. Sun Bum’s Signature SPF 50 Sunscreen will protect your skin from the sun’s damaging rays.$16.05 at amazon.com.Lincoln USA HatYou have your sunglasses and your sunscreen, now all you need is a hat! This baseball cap by Lincoln will protect your face and keep you looking fresh.$25 at saturdaysnyc.com.O2 Cool Reverse Trigger Misting FanWhen it’s hot out, all we dream about is getting misted while being fanned at the same time. O2 Cool’s Reverse Trigger Misting Fan makes it happen, because we can all use some cooling action when the temperatures are too high.$14.73 at amazon.com.S’well BottleHave you tried a S’well Bottle? They will keep your liquids, whether it’s iced tea, water, or rosé, ice cold, no matter how hot it is outside. S’well’s Blonde Wood model also celebrates its partnership with American Forests. Together, they’ve planted more than 500,000 trees in the last three years.$33.98 at amazon.com.Supreme Wham-O You Still Suck FrisbeeWhen you’re at the beach, you need some games, and nothing combines beach fun with cheeky humor like Supreme and Wham-O’s You Still Suck Frisbee.For more information, visit supremenewyork.com.Pendleton Grand Canyon National Park TowelThis Pendleton towel will keep you dry after you go for a dip in the ocean, and it will keep the sand off your body if all you want to do is lay on the beach.$45.99 at amazon.com. Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App Editors’ Recommendations How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall center_img 9 Best Spirits For Spiked Apple Cider The Mission Workshop Khyte Sets a New Standard for Messenger Bags The Ultimate Pillow Guide: The 6 Best Pillows for All Sleeperslast_img read more

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Afghanistan flawed elections could roll back progress warns Ban

31 March 2009Too much is at stake for Afghanistan’s upcoming presidential elections to be flawed, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed today, calling on the international community to support efforts to consolidate stability in the war-torn nation. “We know from experience that the second cycle of post-conflict elections can be even more difficult than the first,” Mr. Ban said, opening the International Conference on Afghanistan in The Hague.“Too often, flawed elections have led to greater instability. This cannot be allowed to happen in Afghanistan,” he added, calling on the country’s leaders to ensure that the Government is effective and functioning until the start of the next presidential term.The Secretary-General pointed to numerous successes made so far, including slashing poppy cultivation and improving the health sector, urging continued support for the nation to make concrete achievements in key areas, such as boosting agricultural productivity and combating organized crime.“We cannot afford to fail in this endeavour,” he stressed. “Failure would be a betrayal of the Afghan people. It would be a betrayal of the progress that has been achieved.”The media portrays the situation as being bleaker than it is in reality, resulting in pessimism among policy-markers, Mr. Ban said at the one-day gathering drawing dozens of countries and organizations.“We must avoid an attitude that focuses mainly on setbacks of the past, and learn to recognize the positive signs of progress,” he said, underlining the importance of seizing opportunities for improvement.The deployment of additional troops will lead to both a peaceful electoral environment and additional trainers for the national security forces, he noted, commending United States President Barack Obama’s new strategy focusing on increasing military commitment, bolstered institution-building and improved cooperation with authorities in Afghanistan and Pakistan.While in The Hague, the Secretary-General met today with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to discuss the presidential elections slated for August; democracy; the mandate of Mr. Ban’s Special Representative, Kai Eide; and the role of the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA).Mr. Ban also had bilateral talks regarding how the international community can support Afghanistan with Canadian Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon; Belgian Foreign Minister Karel De Gucht; Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith; Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei; and the Secretary-General of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Jaap de Hoop Scheffer.Last week, the Security Council voted to extend UNAMA’s mandate, reaffirming the “central role” of the world body in bringing peace to the country, the Secretary-General said at today’s conference.“We take this responsibility very seriously,” he said, pledging the UN’s continued support to protect human rights and food security, and improve the rule of law and governance, among other areas.The Afghan people demonstrated their resilience in facing many daunting challenges, such as poverty, natural disaster, political repression, foreign repression and civil strife, Mr. Ban stated.“In recent years, Afghans have moved decisively along a new path, toward a new vision for their future,” he said. “Our responsibility is to help them secure that vision.”Mr. Eide, who also heads UNAMA, told the gathering that promising developments in Afghanistan are a result of the hard work of both Afghan officials and a strong civilian and military international presence.“Our common efforts are yielding results,” he said. “This is not the time to hesitate but to stand firm in our commitments.”Coordination must be improved, since “our efforts are still too fragmented and do not provide the impact we seek,” said Mr. Eide. “The UN must do more, yes, and we are ready to do more to deepen our role and expand our presence around the country.” read more

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US consumer prices unchanged in June as cheaper gas offsets higher food

by News Staff Posted Jul 17, 2012 10:06 am MDT US consumer prices unchanged in June as cheaper gas offsets higher food, medical care costs AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Consumer prices were unchanged in June, held down by cheaper gas. Outside the volatile food and energy categories, inflation was mild.Weak economic growth is limiting the ability of companies to raise prices. The tame inflation was underscored by a 0.2 per cent drop in consumer prices for the April-June period as a whole. That was the first quarterly drop in consumer prices in two years.In May, the consumer price index fell 0.3 per cent. In April, it was unchanged.In its report Tuesday, the Labor Department said gas prices fell a seasonally adjusted 2 per cent in June, the third straight decline. Food prices edged up 0.2 per cent.Excluding the volatile food and energy categories, “core” prices rose 0.2 per cent last month. It was the fourth straight increase of that size. But some analysts think core prices will begin to slow.“With the economic recovery stalling and the unemployment rate still elevated, we would expect core inflation to ease soon,” Paul Ashworth, an economist at Capital Economics, said in a note to clients.Mild price increases leave consumers with more money to spend, which could spur more growth. Lower inflation also gives the Federal Reserve room to launch new programs intended to boost the economy.The inflation report comes as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke kicks off two days of testimony on Capitol Hill. He will appear before the Senate Banking Committee Tuesday and a House panel Wednesday. Bernanke’s remarks will be watched for any hints that the Fed is preparing to take further action to try to accelerate growth.Over the past 12 months, consumer prices are up 1.7 per cent. That matches the increase for the 12 months that ended in May — the smallest increase in more than a year. It’s also below the Fed’s inflation target of 2 per cent.Core prices have risen 2.2 per cent over the past year.In June, a jump in fruit and vegetable costs and higher prices for meats, poultry, fish and eggs pushed up food prices. But prices of milk and other dairy products and cereals and bread fell.The cost of health care services rose by the most in nearly two years last month, pushing up core prices. Clothing prices rose for the fourth month in a row. Cable TV and other recreation services prices increased, too.At its June 19-20 policy meeting, the Fed agreed to extend a program that alters its bond portfolio to try to lower long-term interest rates. The aim is to inspire more borrowing and spending. And minutes of that meeting show a growing number of members are open to adopting further stimulus measures, such as launching another round of bond buying. But policymakers are at odds over whether the economy needs more help now.Hiring has slowed sharply after a fast start to the year. And a report Monday said Americans spent less at retail businesses for a third straight month in June.But inflation, at least, isn’t a problem. If the Fed were worried that prices are rising too fast, it might have to raise interest rates.In the 12 months that ended in May, consumer prices rose 1.7 per cent, much lower than the 12-month increase of 2.3 per cent in April. That’s below the Fed’s 2 per cent target for inflation. Core prices have risen 2.3 per cent in the past year.Gas prices have tumbled more than 50 cents a gallon since peaking in early April, although they may be levelling off. On Monday, the average nationally price for a gallon of gas averaged $3.40 (89 cents a litre), according to AAA. That’s two cents higher than the previous week, but still 11 cents lower than a month earlier.A small amount of inflation can be good for the economy. It encourages businesses and consumers to spend and invest money sooner rather than later, before inflation erodes its value.The economy is growing but at a sluggish pace. That is keeping a lid on price increases. Slow growth makes it harder for consumers and businesses to pay higher costs. The economy expanded at just a 1.9 per cent annual rate in the January-March quarter. Many economists expect growth slowed further in the April-June quarter. read more

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Google poised to show off latest devices services at LA event

by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted May 15, 2013 12:16 am MDT Google poised to show off latest devices, services at LA event AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email SAN FRANCISCO – Google is expected to use its annual software developers’ conference to showcase the latest mobile devices running on its Android software, while also unveiling other features in its evolving product lineup.The gathering, scheduled to begin Wednesday morning in San Francisco, provides Google Inc. with an opportunity to flex its technological muscle in front of a sold-out audience of engineers and entrepreneurs who develop applications and other features that can make smartphones and tablets more appealing.Reporters from around the world also will be on hand, giving Google a chance to generate more hoopla about its latest innovations.The company, which is based in Mountain View, Calif., made a big splash at last year’s conference by staging an elaborate production to highlight the potential of Google Glass — an Internet-connected device and camera that can be worn on a person’s face like a pair of spectacles. Google co-founder Sergey Brin wowed the crowd last year by taking to the stage and then engaging in a live video chat with a group of skydivers who were in a dirigible hovering above the convention. When they jumped, the skydivers’ descent to the rooftop was shown live through the Google Glass camera.Some of the developers in attendance last year paid $1,500 apiece for a Google Glass prototype that was delivered to them last month.Google hasn’t spelled out what its executives will discuss during this year’s opening keynote, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. PT and last for nearly three hours. Given that Google Glass is now being tested by the developers who bought the “Explorer” edition, the device might not be one of the featured attractions.It’s a safe bet the spotlight at some point Wednesday will shine on Android, which already has been activated on more than 750 million devices around the world. Google gives the mobile operating system away, making it easier for gadget makers to sell their devices at prices below Apple Inc.’s iPhone and iPad.Android has helped Google make more money because its search engine and other services, including maps, are usually built into the devices that rely on the software. That tie-in drives more visitors to Google, giving the company more opportunities to sell the advertising that generates most of its revenue.Much of the speculation about the conference, dubbed “Google I/O,” has centred on a possible upgrade to the Nexus 7, a mini-tablet that debuted at last year’s event as an alternative to the similarly sized Kindle Fire made by Amazon.com Inc. and the larger iPad. A few months after the Nexus 7 came out, Apple released the iPad Mini to counter the threat posed by Google’s entrance into the market.The next version of the Nexus 7 is expected to feature a much faster processor and a higher resolution display screen while maintaining the same $199 sales prices. If that turns out to be true, it could siphon even more sales from the iPad Mini, which starts at $329.There’s also speculation that Google will unveil a music-streaming service that would allow Android users to listen to their favourite songs and artists for a monthly fee. Google has long been rumoured to be in talks with music labels to work out the licensing rights for a service that would compete with Spotify, Internet radio provider Pandora Media Inc. and other outlets that stream digital music to Internet-connected computers, smartphones and tablets.Another Google-designed phone under the Nexus brand is also a possibility. Google also could use the occasion to introduce a model made by its unprofitable Motorola Mobility subsidiary.A sneak peak at the next generation of Android, code named “Key Lime Pie,” could be in the offing, too.Other potential product introductions include laptops running on Android or another Google operating system based on the company’s Chrome web browser.Google also may provide more insights into the popularity of Google Plus, a social networking alternative to Facebook that launched nearly two years ago. Google Plus had more than 135 million active users at the end of last year, based on Google’s last public disclosure about activity on that network. That left Google Plus far behind Facebook, which boasts 1.1 billion active users.In an attempt persuade more people to use its social networking service more frequently, Google has promised to keep adding tools that aren’t available on Facebook.On other fronts, Google is believed to be working on a digital gaming centre that could be unveiled Wednesday. Getting into gaming would give Google an opportunity to participate in one of the most popular activities on mobile devices. read more

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Ottawa moves up review of drywall dumping duties after complaints of high

Ottawa moves up review of drywall dumping duties after complaints of high prices by Dan Healing, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 17, 2016 3:56 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 18, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – The federal government has asked for an accelerated review of anti-dumping duties on drywall imports, but the new schedule isn’t expected to immediately rollback duties blamed for higher prices for consumers.The Finance Department says it wants to help middle-class families in Western Canada, especially those involved in the reconstruction of Fort McMurray, Alta., following last spring’s devastating wildfires.“With this action, we are putting in place an expedited process to look into the unintended impacts that these duties may be having,” said Finance Minister Bill Morneau in a statement.The Fort McMurray fire destroyed about 1,800 houses as well as buildings containing 600 multi-family housing units, plus two hotels and a 665-room work camp.The federal move was welcomed by Alberta MLA Brian Jean, whose house was one of those destroyed in the wildfire.“I am grateful to hear the federal government is responding to our concerns and the concerns of people across Fort McMurray with the recent ruling by Canada Border Services Agency that effectively closed Western Canada from imported drywall,” said the leader of the opposition Wildrose Party in a statement.“We will continue to ask the federal government to suspend the tariff during its review or at the very least use its authority to exempt drywall coming into Fort McMurray from this new tariff.”In September, the CBSA imposed preliminary tariffs of up to 276 per cent on U.S. gypsum board or drywall imported into Canada for use in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and the Yukon and Northwest Territories.The agency said it was reacting to a complaint filed in April by CertainTeed Gypsum Canada Inc. of Mississauga, Ont., which resulted in a preliminary determination of dumping — meaning the products are being sold in Canada at less than normal prices.The Finance Department said Monday it has asked the Canadian International Trade Tribunal to hold an inquiry on the duties to hear from stakeholders and the public and to report its findings by early January.The department says holding the inquiry now will fast-track the process by up to 12 months, while allowing the CBSA and the tribunal to continue their independent investigations.Doug Skrepnek, CEO of WSB Titan, said last month the surprise decision on tariffs undermines the stability of the industry and could impact rebuilding efforts in Fort McMurray.“On Sept. 6 we went from understanding there may be a tariff to there is a tariff and that tariff will add between 50 and 60 per cent … price increase to our customers,” said Skrepnek, whose company is Canada’s largest independent gypsum supplier and provides one in every six sheets of drywall used in Canada.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter. A man walks past a stack of drywall that was manufactured in 2008, at the closed National Gypsum drywall factory in Lorain, Ohio, April 19, 2012. The federal government is moving up a review of preliminary anti-dumping duties imposed on drywall imports into Canada after consumers complained about higher prices and supply shortages. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jae C. Hong read more

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Govt Cybersecurity should be part of auto design process

DETROIT – The government’s highway safety agency says automakers should make cybersecurity part of their product development process by assessing risks and designing in protections.Companies also should identify safety critical systems such as engine control computers and limit their exposure to attacks, under best practice guidelines released Monday by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.The agency also wants automakers to limit access to car owners’ personal data.The guidelines aren’t requirements but will go into effect after a 30-day public comment period.“Our intention with today’s guidance is to provide best practices to help protect against breaches and other security failures,” said Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, who oversees NHTSA.Many of the recommendations focus on computer software written to get engines to perform. The agency suggests that companies control who has access to firmware, the software that runs car computers, and limit the ability to modify it to thwart malware. The agency also recommends use of whole disk encryption to prevent unauthorized analysis of the software.Automakers also should make plans to detect cyberattacks and respond rapidly to limit them.The auto industry already is doing most of the recommendations and has set up its own best practices and information-sharing methods. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 12:22 pm MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 1:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Gov’t: Cybersecurity should be part of auto design process read more

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Middle East backed by UNsupported plan Gaza reconstruction effort moves forward

According to a statement released today by the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process, Robert Serry, some 700 beneficiaries are finally able to purchase “much needed” construction material in order to start the rehabilitation of their homes after the recent 51-day conflict saw entire neighbourhoods flattened and almost one-third of Gaza’s population uprooted.“The United Nations continues to mobilize every effort to ensure this mechanism works for the benefit of Palestinians in Gaza and at a scale that will address Gaza’s massive reconstruction needs,” Mr. Serry said, referring to the UN-brokered temporary initiative agreed between the Palestinian and Israeli sides with the overall objective of enabling construction and reconstruction work at the large scale now required in the Gaza Strip. He added that it was “essential” for the implementation of the mechanism, administered by the Palestinian Government of National Consensus, to be “urgently accelerated” in order to reach some 60,000 shelters in need of repair involving the use of cement or other “dual-use materials” as the winter season fast approaches. According to a recent UN assessment, as it stands now, over 100,000 homes were damaged or destroyed, affecting more than 600,000 people. Many people still lack access to the municipal water network. Blackouts of up to 18 hours per day are common.In addition, the violence killed more than 2,100 Palestinians, including more than 500 children, and more than 70 Israelis.Mr. Serry observed that if reconstruction were to be implemented at the “required pace,” the Palestinian Government of National Consensus “must also be empowered to assume its rightful responsibilities in Gaza.” As a result, he urged all parties to cooperate and “urgently address important issues,” such as the transfer of full control over crossings to the Government. “In absence of viable alternatives, the UN views the temporary reconstruction mechanism as an important step towards the lifting of all closures on Gaza,” the Special Coordinator continued. “With the mechanism becoming operational, it is all the more important for donors to honour their pledges at the Cairo conference to fund much needed infrastructure projects and to address the urgent electricity and water needs for Gaza.” The Cairo conference, held on 12 October in the Egyptian capital, saw pledges amounting to about $2.1 billion for early recovery and reconstruction efforts under the auspices of the “UN Support Plan for the Transformation of the Gaza Strip.” read more

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Queen welcomes Colombias president Juan Manuel Santos and wife to UK on

first_imgThe Queen has welcomed Colombia’s president Juan Manuel Santos to the UK at the start of his official state visit.Mr Santos and his wife Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos are staying with the Queen at Buckingham Palace in London, and will be entertained at a lavish state banquet there on Tuesday evening.It is the first time a state visit to the UK has been carried out by a Colombian president and comes after Mr Santos was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end one of the world’s longest-running civil wars.Following time-honoured tradition, Philip led the visiting head of state to inspect the Guard of Honour. The President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and First Lady of Colombia Maria Clemencia Rodriguez Moenera arrive at Stansted Airport on MondayCredit:HANNAH MCKAY/EPA The Queen grins as she speaks to the Colombian president's wife, Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de Santos Mr Johnson has previously spoken of how Britain is planning to further develop its links with Colombia in the wake of the peace efforts and the Brexit vote.”Colombia is on the verge of a historic peace agreement and through our ongoing support for the country the UK is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities that will follow,” he said.He added: “As we leave the EU, Britain remains a bold and outward-looking nation, and we are forging a new global role and taking advantage of economic and diplomatic opportunities in the wider world, beyond Europe.” The Queen grins as she speaks to the Colombian president’s wife, Maria Clemencia Rodriguez de SantosCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA The president and his wife last met the Queen at a private audience in 2011. They will later take tea with the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall at Clarence House.Charles and Camilla already know the president and the First Lady after they travelled to Colombia for an official visit in 2014 – made possible due to the improved security situation there. The President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos and First Lady of Colombia Maria Clemencia Rodriguez Moenera arrive at Stansted Airport on Monday Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrive to take part in the ceremonial welcomeCredit:Stefan Wermuth/Getty The president and first lady will later attend a state banquet for 170 guests in the palace ballroom. The London Eye will be lit up in yellow, blue and red – the colours of the Colombian flag.Talks at Downing Street with Mrs May will be held on Wednesday in what is the first state visit since she became Prime Minister.The president will also travel to Northern Ireland on Thursday to meet community leaders in Belfast and discuss the challenges of community reconciliation post-conflict.Mr Santos, 65, is said to be a voracious reader, a film buff and an old friend of former PM Tony Blair. They co-authored a book in 1999 on the Third Way, the political philosophy followed by Mr Santos after its adoption by Mr Blair. Flags of the UK and Colombia flying on the MallCredit:Dominic Lipinski/PA The Colombian President and his wife arrive at Stansted for their state visitCredit:Neil Hall/REUTERS President Santos walks past the lines of Guardsmen at Horse Guards Parade, with the Duke of Edinburgh walking a few paces behind the foreign leadercenter_img Theresa May curtseys as she meets the Queen during a ceremonial welcome for Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos Theresa May and Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson arrive to take part in a ceremonial welcome President Santos walked past the lines of Guardsmen, glancing at the soldiers who, when not performing ceremonial duties, are active servicemen.The Duke walked a few paces behind the foreign leader, who strode ahead past the lines of troops in their grey greatcoats and famous bearskins.Earlier, the Queen, who wore an ensemble by Angela Kelly – green cashmere coat, silk crepe dress in shades of apple green, grey and gold lame, and matching hat – introduced Mr Santos and his wife to Prime Minister Theresa May, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Amber Rudd. President Santos walks past the lines of Guardsmen at Horse Guards Parade, with the Duke of Edinburgh walking a few paces behind the foreign leaderCredit:FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA/EPA Theresa May curtseys as she meets the Queen during a ceremonial welcome for Colombia’s President Juan Manuel SantosCredit:Gareth Fuller/PA The Colombian President and his wife arrive at Stansted for their state visit After the welcome ceremony ended, the Queen and her visitors left in a carriage procession for Buckingham Palace.Mr Santos was hailed for his political courage over a peace deal with left-wing Farc (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia) rebels, although the accord was narrowly rejected by Colombians in a vote.More than 220,000 people – mostly civilians – were killed in 52-year long hostilities and more than eight million people were driven from their homes. Flags of the UK and Colombia flying on the Mall The president has pledged to donate his Nobel Peace Prize money to the victims of the conflict, and to deliver a peace accord by Christmas.The first lady, known to her family as Tutina, is the mother of their three children Martin, Maria Antonia and Esteban.She studied as a graphic designer and leads the humanitarian initiative Colombia Humanitaria, a state strategy that deals with natural and environmental disasters. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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EHF VELUX CL Vive Kielce wins in Skopje HSV Hamburg defeat Flensburg

In the remaining 7 matches of the fifth round played today of the EHF VELUX Champions League, in the match of the week between the two undefeated teams in Group C, Vive Kielce and Metalurg Skopje, the visitors from Poland took the two points with 23:21 win surviving Skopje’s “Hell”. In the other more interesting match, HSV Hamburg led by Croatians Duvnjak with nine goals and Vori with six, beat Flensburg at home 31:28, further strengthening the first position. Montpellier finally wins in CL, 32:29 in Nis against Partizan, and now are back on 4th position and with bigger chances to qualify for TOP 16The results: Savehof 22:32 Veszprem, Partizan 29:32 Montpellier, St Petersburg 23:35 Bjerringbro, HSV 31:28 Flensburg, Metalurg 21:23 Vive Kielce, Szeged 28:33 Barcelona, Chambery 20:31 Gorenje ← Previous Story Italy: Player kissed by opponent, knocks him down and takes pants off infuriating the crowd! (VIDEO) Next Story → Women’s CL: Randers, Krim, Zvezda and Buducnost advance to 1/4 BarcelonabjerringbroChamberyFlensburgGorenjeHamburgHSVmetalurgMontpellierpartizanPick Szegedst petersburgSzegedvive kielce read more

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Visa applications minimal after Athens skills expo

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The number of visa applications from Greek nationals wishing to migrate to Australia has been little affected by the Athens Skills Australia Needs session held in October 2011, according to the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC). Though DIAC does not correlate data to determine who has applied for visas as a result of attending information sessions such as the Athens event, the signs are that there has been very little discernible increase in Greek nationals formerly applying to migrate down under over the past three months. A DIAC spokesperson told Neos Kosmos that whilst the department’s survey conducted with attendees and employers after the Athens session was positive, there is little evidence to show any direct and significant increase in visa applications. “There also can be very long lead times on these outcomes,” said the DIAC representative, “as people weigh up the very big considerations involved in moving to another country to work.” Mr Sandi Logan, DIAC’s National Communications Manager, said that the Athens session, “provided an opportunity for skilled workers to hear about migration options and requirements as well as employment opportunities,” but that the Athens event, like others “did not seek specifically to influence the views of attendees to migrate.” Mr Logan added that on the available feedback, “only a small number of registered nurses are currently completing pre-visa requirements for employer-sponsored skilled migration to Australia. None have yet been granted a visa.” DIAC has said that following the Athens event, most attendees were contacted directly by an unnamed government representative, inviting them to contact the state to pursue options for employment sponsorship to address skills shortages. Mr Logan says DIAC was made aware that this invitation has so far received “a very poor response.” In the year ending June 2011, 138 settler arrivals from Greece came to Australia. Settler arrivals are calculated from passenger cards and other data relating to overseas arrivals, where a person has indicated an intention or legal entitlement to permanently settle in Australia. This figure includes skilled migrants and family reunions. Settler arrivals are not the only measure of people who actually added to Australia’s population through migration. For a complete picture, consideration needs also to be given to those who change their intentions or legal entitlement from temporary residency to a permanent stay. In the same period, 8,824 Greek citizens arrived in the country on short or long-term temporary visas.last_img read more

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