Indian Social Groups Launch Help Desk For Amnesty Seekers in UAE

first_imgA large number of social workers and Indian community associations have come forward to help expatriates who are seeking visa amnesty in the UAE. Indian associations in Sharjah, Ajman, as well as the Consulate General of India in Dubai have promised to assist amnesty seekers, especially families, to return home.Read it at Khaleej Times Related Itemslast_img

West Bengal govt. to go on a statue spree

first_imgCollege Street and its adjoining areas in north Kolkata, which witnessed violence during BJP president Amit Shah’s roadshow during the height of the Lok Sabha poll campaign, will see many more busts and statues.Along with the installation of a statue of Rabindranath Tagore at the entrance of Presidency University, one of Sir Asutosh Mookerjee inside the Centenary Hall of Calcutta University will be shifted to a place where it gets more viewers.State Education Minister Partha Chatterjee said artists were being selected for replacing the bust of Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar, which was vandalised during the BJP president’s roadshow on May 14. A new statue of Bengal’s renaissance icon will be installed at Vidyasagar College where the violence had erupted. The college will also have a Vidyasagar museum.Mr. Chatterjee said there were plans of installing statues of Raja Ram Mohan Roy and poet Kazi Nazrul Islam in the College Street area.last_img read more

World Cup 2019: Bangladesh not a one-man army, says Shakib Al Hasan

first_imgShakib Al Hasan has been the architect of each of Bangladesh’s three victories at the World Cup but the all-rounder denies they are a one-man army.The 32-year-old made 51 on Monday to reclaim his position as the tournament’s leading scorer and logged the ongoing World Cup’s best bowling figures of 5-29 in their comprehensive victory against Afghanistan.His stellar all-around show earned him his third man-of-the-match award of the tournament but Shakib also acknowledged the contribution from his teammates, including Mushfiqur Rahim who top-scored with 83.”It’s not like that… we have had several contributions,” Shakib said, dismissing they are essentially a one-man army.”You always need, especially on wickets like this, to string together small contributions from different players. Luckily I’m doing well, but a team can win only if others also contribute.Shakib’s fifth 50-plus score in six innings, which also contained two centuries, takes his tally to 476, ahead of Australian David Warner (447).”We’ve seen the same thing in bowling department too, with others also contributing,” said Shakib who has claimed 10 wickets in the tournament.Mustafizur (Rahman) and (Mohammad) Saifuddin also have 10 wickets, which is quite impressive.Shakib became only the second player, after India’s Yuvraj Singh, to score a fifty and take a five-wicket haul in a World Cup match.He is also the first player to score 400 runs and take 10 or more wickets in a World Cup.The spin-bowling all-rounder, however, refused to rate his performance against Afghanistan which kept their semi-final hopes alive.advertisement”I don’t rank my performance but it’s very satisfying when I’m contributing both with ball and bat. Against Afghanistan, the plan was to bat full 50 overs on Hampshire Bowl’s slow wicket and post a total around 240,” he said.”It was not a 300-350 kind of wicket. Our target was to bat full 50 overs and 240 was the minimum target. I thought it was good thinking.””We wanted to bat full 50 overs and if we got some extra runs, we’d take it as a bonus. That’s exactly what happened and we got 25 more runs. That gave us an edge, to go out and bowl Afghanistan out.Bangladesh faces former champions India and Pakistan in their next two matches and Shakib wants the team not to lose their focus.”We have a very important game coming against India. They are a top side, one of the title contenders. It’s not going to be easy but having said that we’ll give our best shot,” he said.”They got world class players who can win matches single-handedly. We have to be at our best. I believe as a team, we are capable enough”Also Read | Hardik Pandya not man enough to step into the ring with Brock Lesnar: Paul HeymanAlso Read | Yuvraj Singh tries to troll Jasprit Bumrah. India pacer makes smart comebackAlso Seelast_img read more

Premier League fight for top four is on – just don’t mention the b-word

first_imgShare on WhatsApp As Solskjær soars, how many extra points does a manager really add? Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger A recent example that was particularly jarring occurred when the bottle question was lobbed at Marcus Rashford just as he stood at the eye of the swirling storm of tension that was a last-gasp penalty, away from home at Paris Saint-Germain, to decide who would prevail in the Champions League knockouts. And so the commentator waded in: “HAS HE GOT THE BOTTLE?”Hang on a second. First of all, anyone in any situation who steps up to take a crunch penalty is already showing a highly respectable level of courage. Second, if the inference is that missing such an opportunity makes someone a bottler, something is very wrong. Distilling an entire match, or competition, into whether one player deals with pressure in one action does not make much sense in a team sport.The bottle question has become so pervasive it filters down from the top. Recently a talented 10-year-old on a three-month trial at a Premier League academy spent the entire experience trying to cope with a relentless test of his character. Could he withstand the fact that the rest of his temporary teammates – already established in the academy – either ignored him or picked on him, joking collectively at his expense from day one with no intervention from the coaches? Three months were not spent trying to show what he could do with a ball but instead having his confidence shredded. Without showing the required bottle, he was left to pick up the pieces. Share on Facebook Sean Ingle Was this helpful? Arsenal’s Alexandre Lacazette wins the penalty which completed a 2-0 victory over Manchester United which sees the Gunners occupy fourth place over the international break. Photograph: Matthew Impey/Rex/Shutterstock Reuse this content The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Pinterest Show Share via Email Arsenal are just a point behind in fourth having found some rhythm and confidence lately. A warm weather break to Dubai is scheduled for those not on international duty and, while they are the only ones who do not face a fellow member of the top six in their run-in, they do have some potential googlies at clubs just outside, such as Wolves, Watford and Everton, knowing away games – of which they have five – are not their forte.Then there is Manchester United, and Ole Gunnar Solskjær was quick to remind his players when they slunk out of the FA Cup with a rare below-par display at Wolves that April and May is the time he expects them to rise.Chelsea find themselves in sixth spot and chasing. César Azpilicueta outlined Chelsea’s frustration after slipping up at Everton on Sunday. “Every time you don’t get three points you put yourself in a more difficult position,” he lamented before a rallying call: “We are going to fight because we cannot miss Champions League qualification.” This break perhaps comes at a useful time for a squad who need to regroup – time to buckle up for the nerve-racking final push. Topics Facebook Thank you for your feedback. With only four points separating the teams occupying third to sixth it could be anybody’s game. Tottenham are in pole position, despite an untimely dip in league form garnering only one point from a possible 12. They also have some extraordinarily loaded fixtures ahead, with the emotional return home now pencilled in for the Crystal Palace game on Wednesday 3 April and then a mini-series against Manchester City which will test them to the limit. Chelsea’s Maurizio Sarri admits top-four worry after damning defeat at Everton Read more The four-way sprint for the third and fourth Champions League placesTottenham20 Apr Man City (A) 23 Apr Brighton (h) 27 Apr West Ham (H) 6 May Bournemouth (A) 12 May Everton (H)Arsenal21 Apr Crystal Palace (H) 24 Apr Wolves (A) 29 Apr Leicester (A) 4 May Brighton (H) 12 May Burnley (A)Manchester United21 Apr Everton (A) 24 Apr Man City (H) 28 Apr Chelsea (H) 5 May Huddersfield (A) 12 May Cardiff (H)Chelsea22 Apr Burnley (H) 28 Apr Man Utd (A) 4 May Watford (H) 12 May Leicester (A) Arsenal Quick guide Premier League top-four race: remaining fixtures features While the pressure is on in a very specialised way for Manchester City and Liverpool with the title at stake, there is a different kind of tension that grips the four teams below them in the knowledge that not everyone out of Tottenham, Arsenal, Manchester United and Chelsea will make it over the Champions League line they are all so desperate to cross.It is a treacherous period – in effect balancing two eggs on wooden spoons as they try to sprint onwards as fast as they can without tumbling. Balancing the target of a European trophy in one hand, the chase for the top-four Premier League position in the other, it is going to be a hard fall for those who do not make it.Just to add to the stress, because of the number of English teams still involved in Europe, there is a chance that a top-four finish will not even deliver a Champions League place. Admittedly quite a lot of permutations have to happen here but there are a maximum of five places available for English clubs. If a Premier League team win the Champions League and finish outside the top four, and Arsenal or Chelsea win the Europa League and finish outside the top four, then only the top three will join them. Manchester United Tottenham Hotspur It is hard to place the exact moment when “bottle” became such an overused part of football’s lingua franca but nowadays it is hard to get through a weekend without several cases. You do not have to delve deep to find someone suggesting Chelsea bottled it at Goodison Park or Liverpool had the bottle to push themselves to a handy three points at Fulham. Read more Share on Twitter So here we are, heading into the international break, the last pause for breath before club football resumes for the sharp end of the season. All the players and managers know that this is the last chance to take stock, to grab a second to try to clear their heads before the madness comes. When the Premier League restarts over the final weekend of March it is a time for finding peak form and holding nerves. Bottles (sigh) will start flying about everywhere. Share on LinkedIn Twitter Premier League Hide Chelsealast_img read more

SEC Makes Major Change To Graduate Transfer Rule

first_imgA closeup of Nick Saban during a press conference.TAMPA, FL – JANUARY 09: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide speaks during a press conference after the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31 in the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game at Raymond James Stadium on January 9, 2017 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)Graduate transfers within the Southeastern Conference won a major battle on Friday afternoon. According to multiple reports, the SEC will now allow graduate transfers to play immediately, if they earn their degree.This a huge win for a few different athletes that were awaiting this ruling before transferring.Most notably, this rule change would allow Alabama grad transfer Brandon Kennedy to play immediately, if he’s given permission from the Tide to transfer to another SEC program.SEC grad transfers no longer must sit out a year when transferring to another league school, SEC presidents voted today. Previously, SEC required grad transfers to sit out a year when transferring to another SEC school— Brett McMurphy (@Brett_McMurphy) June 1, 2018Kennedy hopes to transfer to either Tennessee or Auburn, but was allegedly being blocked by Saban and the university.From denied offensive lineman Brandon Kennedy’s initial appeal to transfer to another SEC school on Monday, sources told, who decided to leave the Crimson Tide program in early May, is hoping to join either Auburn or Tennessee as a graduate transfer but is still blocked from even having contact with those two schools as well as any other SEC schools and any future Alabama opponents.The next step for Kennedy, who graduated in December, is an in-person hearing with Alabama’s appeal board.The new rule helps Kennedy in one area, but stills leaves him in limbo in another. Alabama can still block his transfer to another SEC school given the SEC as a conference has a rule in place that allows SEC programs to block an in-conference transfer.SEC commish Greg Sankey on whether schools can still block intra-conference transfers: “Those rules remain in place right now, but those rules may change (under the NCAA’s new transfer model that takes power away from schools to dictate where athletes can transfer).”— Alex Byington (@_AlexByington) June 1, 2018Up next for Kennedy is a meeting with the Alabama appeals board.last_img read more

Braiden McGregor, Country’s No. 4 DE, Announces Commitment

first_img Well, the Michigan native decided Ann Arbor is the place for him. He’ll be joining the Wolverines to play for head coach Jim Harbaugh.Michigan gets a commitment from No. 26 ranked recruit, Braiden McGregor, the No. 1 ranked recruit in the state of Michigan and the No. 2 defensive end overall📸 @BraidenMcgregor— Tom VanHaaren (@TomVH) May 24, 2019McGregor is ranked the No. 87 player in the 2020 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. He’s the No. 3 player from the state of Michigan.Before announcing his commitment to Jim Harbaugh and company, McGregor was reportedly down to Michigan and Notre Dame as potential landing spots.Michigan consistently ranks among the nation’s elite defenses under defensive coordinator Don Brown and that’s not likely to change in the near future as the Wolverines land top defensive talent.The Wolverines held the No. 5 class in the Big Ten and the No. 18 class in the 2020 recruitment cycle before adding the top defensive end.Stay tuned for the latest recruiting news. A detail of a Nike official NCAA size football as it sits in the end zone while the West Virginia Mountaineers stretchon the field prior to playing against the Clemson Tigers during the Discover Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)One of the top defensive recruits in the 2020 class announce his commitment on Friday afternoonEarlier this week, Braiden McGregor, the No. 4 defensive end in the 2020 class per 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, announced he was shutting down his recruitment and he knew where he wanted to play his collegiate ball.Just a few days later, McGregor pleased one fanbase by announcing his intentions to play for their football program.So, where is he headed?last_img read more

Iqaluit mayor takes to Twitter to ask residents to stay calm after

first_imgThere was a major fire at the Northmart store in Iqaluit.Kathleen MartensAPTN NewsThe mayor of Iqaluit is telling residents not “to panic” after a fire ripped through its biggest grocery store.“Majority of our daily food is brought in by plane and will continue to do so,” Redfern said on Twitter Thursday morning.“The situation is being monitored and assessed. At this point in time, there is no need for our residents to panic.”The fire was spotted early this morning at the rear of the building that houses the Northmart grocery store and warehouse.Thick, black smoke could be seen billowing across the snow-covered community.An elementary school across the street was closed and nearby seniors’ residence evacuated.Residents were asked to cut down on personal water use while firefighters doused the blaze.The store is owned by The North West Company of Winnipeg.Messages left at the office seeking comment were not returned Thursday morning.Northmart is one of two major stores in the Nunavut capital. It sells food, clothing and household supplies.It is a main meeting spot in the community of more than 7,000 people.Redfern said city and territorial officials had met with retailers about the food supply.“All our other retailers are confident that they have sufficient food on hand to supply our community needs,” she tweeted.“If the shelves become empty, they will be replenished in due course.”There were reports on Twitter of other smaller, fires overnight, including a few vehicle fires.last_img read more

Star Academy Arabia Under Fire for Rigging Votes

By Anwar NizarSeattle, Washington – Last Thursday the 12th prime of popular Middle Eastern singing competition, Star Academy, in its 10th season, left Moroccan viewers and most of the Arab world stunned.The night marked the exit of Moroccan contestant, Ibtissam Tiskat, from the show. She went up against Tunisian contestant, Ghada Jreidi, and was portrayed as having received less votes, leaving viewers perplexed. This triggered vicious attacks against the show and Endemol, it’s production, from viewers who believe the voting process was rigged. A main debate in this case is that before the results were revealed. CBC, the broadcasting channel and the official Star Academy pages tweeted calling for fans to vote for their favorite contestant. Ibtissam was initially given the number 2 and Ghada the number 1 throughout the week. However, this tweet stated that Ibtissam’s number was 1 and Ghada’s was 2, a last minute switch. The tweets were later removed but the damage had already been done.Now, bogus claims like these are generated around every show of this nature. When a contestant leaves, his or her following are quick to play the ‘rigged’ card. But this case is different for various pieces of evidence lead to this inevitable truth.The format of this show places the contestants in a house where they are broadcasted to the Arab world 24/7, with all their words and actions monitored. Last week, a scene was broadcasted with the two nominated contestants speaking in vague terms to try and slip through the censorship. The conversation included Ghada asking Ibtissam if she had told the production ‘of her decision’. Various videos where thus complied on YouTube containing that, and various other clips, which show the contestants implying the process being rigged.But what’s even fishier is that Endemol Middle East left none of these videos on YouTube and put down each and every one of them, which raises even more questions. What are they trying to hide? The vicious attacks didn’t end there, viewers of the show demanded their countries to bar the show from any forthcoming castings and threatened to stage protests in case the show was allowed to conduct them.This clearly made an effect on the production, for the eliminated contestant was quickly called in to record an audio message requesting the viewers to stop the attacks; the video was uploaded to the show’s YouTube channel, something that has never happened in the show’s entire history.But, the protest and attacks did not die down and are still growing. A campaign calling for banning the show has reached over 6,000 likes on Facebook in less than 72 hours and a petition calling for the Moroccan government to prevent the show from entering the country has reached over 1,300 signatures in 24 hours. This greatly tarnishes the image Endemol International boasts around the world. Where Endemol International claims that reliability is greatly important to them, Endemol Middle East clearly does not share the same views as it continues to place entertainment value over credibility.The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Morocco World News’ editorial policy© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

Moroccan LGBT Rights Group Distances Itself from Femen

Rabat – Aswat group for sexual minorities has distanced itself from extreme group Femen and British rock band Placebo who protested against criminalization of homosexuality in Morocco.The group which defends LGBT rights in Morocco said its members can hardly join an activity similar to that of Femen in the country’s capital. For Aswat, Femen’s actions go ‘against their vision of a peaceful struggle to promote the rights of sexual minorities.’On June 2nd, two French Femen activists with “In gay we trust” written across their bare-chested torsos kissed in the esplanade of Rabat’s Tour Hassan. They were protesting against a Moroccan court’s decision to imprison three homosexuals under Article 489 of Morocco’s penal code. They were later deported from the country. However, their actions sparked protests in the capital Rabat outside the French embassy.During the same week, Rock band Placebo showed support to the gay community in Morocco during their concert in Mawazine Festival. The group’s guitarist brandished his guitar with the colors of the rainbow flag which refers to the diversity of the LGBT community.Aswat has also criticized the Ministry of Interior for revealing the identities of two gay men arrested on grounds they imitated Femen’s gesture by kissing in the courtyard of the Hassan Tower.The same day, TV channel Al Aoula aired their pictures and full names in many of its newscasts, prompting tens of protestors to gather outside the home of one of them and threaten his family.For Aswat, the Interior Ministry and Al Aoula ‘conducted a smear campaign against the two detainees even before trial, and as a result put their lives and families in harm’s way.’ read more

Update on the latest in business

^FINANCIAL MARKETSAsian stocks follow Wall Street lower as trade war worsensBEIJING (AP) — Asian stocks followed Wall Street lower today after China let its currency sink and halted purchases of U.S. farm goods, fueling fears Beijing’s trade war with President Donald Trump will harm the global economy.China’s main index lost 1.5% and Australia’s was down 2.3%. Markets in Tokyo, Hong Kong and Seoul also retreated.Yesterday on Wall Street, the S&P 500 dropped 3% to 2,844.74. The Dow Jones Industrial Average lost 2.9% to 25,717.74 and the Nasdaq composite fell 3.5% to 7,726.04.^CHINA-SINKING YUANChina’s yuan falls further to US dollar amid trade war fearsBEIJING (AP) — China’s yuan (yoo-AHN’) has fallen further against the U.S. dollar amid fears about mounting economic damage from Beijing’s trade war with President Donald Trump.The yuan declined to 7.0562 to the dollar in early trading today, a day after Beijing allowed it to fall past the politically sensitive level of seven to the greenback.The Chinese central bank says the declines are driven by market forces. But they fueled fears Beijing might use devaluation as a weapon in its fight with Trump over U.S. complaints about China’s trade surplus and technology policies.The weakness of the yuan, also known as the renminbi, or “people’s money,” is among U.S. grievances against Beijing. American officials complain it makes Chinese export prices unfairly low, hurting foreign competitors and swelling Beijing’s trade surplus.^VENEZUELA-EXECUTIVE ORDERTrump freezes Venezuela gov’t assets in escalationWASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration froze all Venezuelan government assets Monday in a dramatic ratcheting up of tensions with Nicolás Maduro. The action places his socialist administration on a short list of adversaries from Cuba, North Korea, Syria and Iran that haven been targeted by such aggressive U.S. actions.The ban blocking Americans from doing business with Maduro’s government, which takes effect immediately, is the first of its kind in the western hemisphere in more than three decades.The executive order signed by President Donald Trump justified the move by citing what it calls Maduro’s “continued usurpation of power” and human rights abuses by security forces loyal to him.While the order falls short of an outright trade embargo, it represents the most sweeping U.S. action to remove Maduro since the Trump administration recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s rightful leader in January.^GERMANY-ECONOMYGerman factory orders show unexpectedly strong rise in JuneBERLIN (AP) — German factory orders, a leading indicator of the health of Europe’s biggest economy, increased unexpectedly strongly in June thanks to demand from outside the eurozone.The Economy Ministry says orders were up 2.5% compared with the previous month, when they were down 2%. Economists had expected a modest 0.4% increase. The figure for May was revised upward from the initial reading of a 2.2% drop.Second-quarter economic growth figures are due on Aug. 14. Germany’s economy is believed to have turned in a feeble performance in the March-June period after returning to growth in the winter.In June, orders from outside the 19-nation eurozone were up 8.6 per cent compared with the previous month. Orders from within Germany and from other eurozone countries both declined slightly.^MOTEL 6-LAWSUITMotel 6 settlement over immigration calls clears hurdlePHOENIX (AP) — A federal judge in Arizona has granted preliminary approval of a settlement in the case involving thousands of Motel 6 guests said to have had their privacy violated when the national chain gave their information to immigration authorities.The Mexican American Legal Defence and Educational Fund rights group, or MALDEF, sued Motel 6 in January 2018, saying that giving guests’ information to immigration agents without a warrant violated privacy and civil rights laws.The settlement proposes to make up to $10 million available for claims by members of the class action lawsuit.U.S. District Judge David Campbell had told attorneys for Motel 6 and MALDEF last month that he would approve the preliminary settlement if minor changes were made in the document.Campbell granted preliminary approval last Friday.^MEDICAL MARIJUANA-LOUISIANALouisiana launching medical marijuana after years of waitingBATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana is becoming the first Deep South state to dispense medical marijuana, four years after state lawmakers agreed to give patients access to therapeutic cannabis.GB Sciences, one of two state-sanctioned growers, will begin shipping out the product to Louisiana’s registered dispensaries this morning. Several of the state’s nine medical marijuana pharmacies expect to open the same day. Louisiana joins more than 30 other states that allow medical marijuana in some form.Randy Mire is owner of Capitol Wellness Solutions medical marijuana pharmacy in Baton Rouge. He says two cancer patients and a veteran with PTSD will be his first customers.Patients have been waiting years for medical marijuana through regulatory disagreements and other hurdles after lawmakers created the dispensing framework in 2015. The first medical marijuana product available will be liquid tinctures, bottles that come with a dropper to use.^TINDER LAWSUITFormer executive sues Tinder, claims sex assault by ex-CEOLOS ANGELES (AP) — A former executive at the dating site Tinder sued the company and its former CEO on Monday alleging the ex-CEO sexually assaulted her and that the company fired her in retaliation for her complaint.Rosette Pambakian said in the lawsuit filed in Los Angeles Superior Court that former Match Group and Tinder CEO Gregory Blatt made a lewd overture to her at a company holiday party in 2016 at a Los Angeles hotel.Pambakian said she went with two work friends to a hotel room upstairs to get away from Blatt, but he later showed up and groped and kissed her without consent. She said her two colleagues, including Blatt’s executive assistant, witnessed the encounter.^RECYCLING BUSINESS CLOSESCalifornia’s largest recycling business closes, 750 laid offSAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — California’s largest operator of recycling redemption centres has shut down and laid off 750 employees.The Mercury News reports that the company RePlanet has closed all 284 of its centres.RePlanet’s president David Lawrence says the company stopped operating because of increased business costs and falling prices of recycled aluminum and PET plastic.Now San Francisco Bay Area residents are left with few options for redeeming their recyclables.The move comes three years after RePlanet closed 191 of its recycling centres and laid off almost 300 employees.Advocates are urging the state to reform how it subsidizes recycling centres. They worry that now more recyclables will end up in landfills.The Associated Press read more

Alibaba shares tumble on 4Q revenue miss jitters over Chinese government criticism

by Mae Anderson, The Associated Press Posted Jan 29, 2015 5:41 am MDT Alibaba shares tumble on 4Q revenue miss, jitters over Chinese government criticism AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Sept. 19, 2014 file photo, the Alibaba logo is displayed during the company’s IPO at the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. On Thursday, Jan. 29, 2015, Alibaba Group said its net income fell as it faced higher one-time costs but its adjusted earnings beat expectations. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Alibaba’s Group shares dropped 10 per cent on Thursday after the Chinese e-commerce powerhouse reported holiday-quarter revenue that surged 40 per cent but missed analyst expectations.It was the second day of stock decline following news Wednesday that the Chinese government had issued a report critical about Alibaba’s efforts to deal with counterfeiting.The two-day decline has shaved about $38 billion off the company’s previous $264 billion market capitalization and is making some wonder if the bloom is off the rose for investors, who had clamoured to buy the stock in September when Alibaba went public in the biggest IPO ever.Stifel Nicolaus analyst Scott Devitt said the honeymoon period was ending and cut his rating to “Hold” from “Buy” based on increased risk of clashes with the Chinese government and lower revenue expectations.Still there were some highlights in the report. Alibaba’s adjusted fourth-quarter earnings beat expectations as its user base continued to grow and shoppers bought more on mobile phones.In the October to December quarter, net income fell 28 per cent to 5.84 billion yuan ($957 million), or 37 cents per share, from 8.27 billion yuan a year ago. Excluding one-time stock option and other costs, earnings totalled 81 cents per share. That beat analyst expectations of 75 cents per share, according to a survey by FactSet.But revenue during the crucial holiday quarter was disappointing. Although revenue climbed to 26.18 billion yuan ($4.22 billion) from 18.75 billion yuan, it fell short of expectations for $4.44 billion.Alibaba’s users increased use of its platforms like Taobao Marketplace and on their mobile phones. Annual active buyers rose 45 per cent in 2014 to 334 million, while mobile monthly active users rose 95 per cent in 2014 from 136 million to 265 million.Addressing the Chinese report In a call with analysts on Thursday, the vice chairman Joe Tsai said the company believed the report is flawed and unfairly targeted Alibaba. Some analysts have said Alibaba should have disclosed that meeting in its IPO filing, but Tsai said that the meeting with regulators in July was one of many regular meetings “in the normal course of business,” rather than a formally announced investigation.“We believe the flawed approach taken in the report, and the tactic of releasing a so-called ‘White Paper’ specifically targeting us, was so unfair that we felt compelled to take the extraordinary step of preparing a formal complaint to the SAIC,” he said. He also said that the SAIC, a Chinese government regulator, has removed the report from its Web site.Tsai said the company was devoting more resources to the “fight against fakes” but said it had more work to do. “In the global e-commerce marketplace there will always be people who seek to conduct illicit activities, and like all global companies in our industry, we must continue to do everything we can to stop these activities.”Its shares fell $8.59, or 8.7 per cent to $89.86 in midday trading. read more

Germany expands diesel probe to include VW board chairman

Germany expands diesel probe to include VW board chairman by Frank Jordans, The Associated Press Posted Nov 6, 2016 3:37 am MDT Last Updated Nov 6, 2016 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – German prosecutors have widened their investigation into Volkswagen’s handling of the emissions scandal to include its board chairman, Hans Dieter Poetsch, the company said Sunday.Poetsch was VW’s chief financial officer when the company’s efforts to rig cars to cheat on U.S. diesel emissions tests became public in September 2015.Volkswagen said in a statement that prosecutors in the German city of Braunschweig are investigating three members of the board including Poetsch. Prosecutors were already investigating former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn and VW brand chief Herbert Diess over allegations they didn’t inform investors soon enough.VW rejects those allegations.“Based on careful examination by internal and external legal experts, the company reaffirms its belief that the Volkswagen board of management duly fulfilled its disclosure obligation under German capital markets law,” it said in the statement Sunday.The company said VW and Poetsch would “continue to give the inquiries by the public prosecutor’s office their full support.”German law requires publicly traded companies to alert investors as soon as they become aware of unforeseen developments that could affect a decision to buy or sell the stock.The company has acknowledged learning in May 2014 that an environmental group had uncovered emissions irregularities, but that top officials didn’t discuss the matter until more than a year later. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a violation notice on Sept. 18, 2015, leading Volkswagen to assess the risks as more serious and issue its investor advisory on Sept. 22, 2015.Last month, a U.S. federal judge in San Francisco approved a $15 billion settlement under which Volkswagen will buy back or fix almost half a million cars affected by the emissions scandal in the United States. read more

On International Day UN chief rights experts urge broad support for victims

To mark the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon joined with United Nations independent human rights experts urging Member States to step up efforts to promote a victim-centred approach which includes access to redress and rehabilitation services. “Let us work together to end torture throughout the world and ensure that countries provide reparation for victims,” the Secretary-General said in his message for the Day, urging all Member States to accede to and fully implement the Convention against Torture and to support the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. Noting that this is the Committee against Torture’s 25th anniversary, Mr. Ban said that the Geneva-based body – along with other UN human rights mechanisms such as the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and the Special Rapporteur on Torture – is vital to strengthen a victim-oriented approach that also includes a gender perspective. “This effort was further strengthened by the adoption this year of a UN Human Rights Council resolution focussing on the rehabilitation of torture victims,” he said, urging countries to step up their efforts to assist all those that have not only suffered from torture, but all cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment. Joining the Secretary-General’s call to action today is a group of UN independent human rights experts, who emphasized that all too often traumatized victims struggle to obtain the physical and mental rehabilitation, justice and compensation to which they are entitled. “Torture unfortunately continues to be practiced in many countries, made possible by the dehumanization of the victim, torturer and society at large,” said Claudio Grossman, Chair of the Committee against Torture, which last November issued a landmark definition on the right to reparation for victims. In a news release issued by the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), he was supported by the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture, the Special Rapporteur on Torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, the Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence, as well as the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. The release points out that victims have the enforceable right to reparation that includes fair and adequate compensation and access to as full rehabilitation as possible. States must also ensure victims are not exposed to further risk of ill-treatment and ensure violations are investigated and punished. The Committee’s stance was reinforced in March by a Human Rights Council resolution that called on States to not only provide redress for victims of torture but to ensure they are fully involved in the process to help them rebuild their lives and reintegrate into society. “A victim-centred approach requires individual assessment of the victim’s needs and treatment that goes beyond the short term,” said Special Rapporteur on torture Juan E. Méndez, adding that a holistic approach is crucial to “ensure professionals work with, rather than on, a person who has been tortured.” Another key duty on States, the experts stress in the news release, is to tackle impunity and strengthen judicial proceedings to prevent torture from continuing. “Effective redress is not possible without States addressing impunity,” said Pablo de Greiff, Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence. “In addition to receiving reparation, it is crucial for victims to be involved in truth-seeking exercises, and in judicial processes to ensure effective and impartial investigations, prosecutions and judgements that reflect the gravity of the offence. It is also central for societies to put institutions and mechanisms in place to prevent future violations,” he said. Rehabilitation of victims is key not only for the individuals affected but for society as a whole, according to Malcolm Evans, Chair of the Subcommittee on the Prevention of Torture which conducts field visits to places of detention. “Wherever and whenever torture and ill-treatment occur, a meaningful prevention implies prevention for the victims and their relatives. Our committee has learned from direct experience the central role that rehabilitation occupies in the cycle of prevention,” he said. The focus on a victim-oriented approach also highlights the need for properly resourced rehabilitation centres, the experts say. Every year, the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture supports hundreds of such centres to give humanitarian, medical and legal assistance to victims and their relatives. According to the news release, it is estimated that the Fund assists annually between 50,000 to 70,000 victims and their relatives. The Fund, which relies on voluntary contributions from governments, the private sector and individuals, has seen its donations drop to $8.4 million in 2012 – a 30 per cent decrease since 2008. Its donor base has also shrunk from 38 donors in 2008 to 22 in 2012. “Too many governments are cutting back on this in the light of economic problems,” said Mercedes Doretti, a forensic anthropologist who chairs the Fund’s Board of Trustees. Ensuring prompt and proper treatment for victims of torture can reduce the financial cost to the state, she noted. “We strongly hope that this renewed focus on victims’ redress and rehabilitation will translate into more resources being made available to respond to thousands of torture victims,” said Ms. Doretti. Independent experts, or special rapporteurs, are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to examine and report back, in an unpaid capacity, on specific human rights themes. read more

Woman fined €3k for selling wrinkle filler prescription drug

first_imgColumn: Philip Seymour Hoffman’s death challenges our cosy stereotypes about addicts> A WOMAN HAS been fined €3,000 for selling a prescription drug, commonly used in cosmetic surgery to smooth wrinkles, without a prescription on two occasions in January 2010 and 2012.Mary Concepta Burke pleaded guilty to both counts of supplying the product Dysport which contains the active substance Botulinum Toxin.Wrinkle-freeWhile Dysport is a prescription medication used to treat the symptoms of cervical dystonia, it is also known as Botox’s newest competitor for smoothing wrinkles.She was fined €3,000 and given six months to pay or 14 days imprisonment in default of payment.The Irish Medicines Board (IMB) today noted Judge John O’ Neill’s ruling at Dublin District Court, adding that they continually monitor and investigate instances of illegal supply of medicines, in conjunction with the gardaí and the Revenue’s Customs Service, and actively enforces against suspected breaches of the law.The case against Burke was brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions under the Irish Medicines Board Acts 1995-2006 following an investigation carried out by the IMB and supported by the gardaí and the Revenue Commissioners.Read: Australian surfer caught with marijuana in Bali released after 9 years in prison>last_img read more

Man arrested in connection with death of man in Kilkenny

first_imgA MAN IN his 40s was arrested this morning in connection with the death of Anthony Barrett at a house in Fatima Place, Kilkenny on 7 March 2013.The man was arrested at around 11am in Kilkenny City.Barrett is originally from Castlecomer but was living on Parliament Street in Kilkenny.It is understood that the 43-year-old’s death is being treated as suspicious.The man arrested is currently being detained at Thomastown Garda Station under Section 4 Criminal Justice Act.Read: Gardaí renew appeal over body found in Kilkenny >last_img

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #MAGDALENES: Survivors of the Magdalene laundries have said they are shocked and enormously upset at comments made by two nuns involved in running the laundries who defended the religious-run institutions on radio last night. Maureen Sullivan of Magdalene Survivors Together said the nuns were trying to take back what survivors have achieved. In the interview, the two anonymous nuns rejected suggestions that religious orders should apologise and said survivors were more focused on blaming nuns than their own families.2. #CAO: The number of students applying to the CAO to study teaching has dropped by 8 per cent, according to new figures. It is the second year in a row that applications for teaching have dropped. Separately, applications for medicine and arts have dropped while science and agricultural courses have seen increases in popularity, RTE reports.3. #EGYPT: A court in Egypt has sentenced 21 people to death for their part in the Port Said football riot in February last year, according to the BBC.  Fifty-two defendants have been on trial over the riots, which left 74 people dead when spectators were crushed as crowds tried to escape the stadium after a pitch invasion.4. #NORTHERN IRELAND: Five police officers in Northern Ireland were injured last night in one of the worst nights of rioting in weeks. A crowd of up to 100 people attacked the officers in Newtownabbey in north Belfast, the PSNI said.5. #ANGLO: The special liquidators of IBRC will meet with the union representing workers on Monday to discuss redundancy terms for hundreds of employees.  IBRC workers have threatened industrial action if necessary to secure a “just severence”.6. #PROPERTY TAX: The Revenue Commissioners will save an estimated €20,000 by emailing people about their property tax liability rather than sending them a letter about it. Around 60,000 people who use Revenue’s online service will get an email notice about property tax in the coming weeks.7. #SYMPHYSIOTOMY: A 45-year-old woman from Meath has been awarded €600,000 in damages in the High Court over a symphysiotomy carried out on her at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda in 2000 which dramatically affected her quality of life, the Irish Times reports.8. #VENEZUELA: Raul Castro, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Evo Morales have led tributes at the funeral of Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez in Caracas. Hundreds of thousands of people turned out to say goodbye to Chavez, whose body is to be embalmed and placed on display.9. #FOOD POISONING: More than 60 people who ate at a restaurant in Denmark often described as the best in the world have fallen ill with food poisoning. The Telegraph reports that Noma is trying to trace the cause of the infection.last_img read more

Solo A Star Wars Story Tops Studios TV Ad Spending

first_imgImpressions: 189,069,187Attention Score: 89.27Attention Index: 69National Airings: 501Networks: 31Most Spend On: ABC, NickCreative Versions: 19Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.12MStudio: Disney PixarStarted Airing: 11/18/17 1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 05/14/2018 and 05/20/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the platform and methodology. Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by Impressions: 323,651,845Attention Score: 92.45Attention Index: 98National Airings: 1,307Networks: 37Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 41Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $20.09MStudio: Twentieth Century FoxStarted Airing: 04/16/18 TV ad placements for Twentieth Century Fox’s “Deadpool 2” (EMV: $3.75 million), Warner Bros.’ “Ocean’s 8” ($3.69 million) and Disney Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” ($3.39 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Show Dogs” has the best iSpot Attention Index (122) in the ranking, getting 22% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). Popular on Variety $5.31M – Solo: A Star Wars Story $3.75M – Deadpool 2 $3.69M – Ocean’s 8center_img $3.88M – Show Dogs Impressions: 283,169,910Attention Score: 94.21Attention Index: 122National Airings: 1,205Networks: 29Most Spend On: Nick, UnivisionCreative Versions: 20Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $11.35MStudio: Global RoadStarted Airing: 03/24/18 Impressions: 200,172,176Attention Score: 94.19Attention Index: 121National Airings: 344Networks: 47Most Spend On: ABC, TNTCreative Versions: 5Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $6.77MStudio: Warner Bros.Started Airing: 05/07/18 In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company, Lucasfilm claims the top spot in spending with “Solo: A Star Wars Story.”Ads placed for the “Star Wars” franchise prequel had an estimated media value of $5.31 million through Sunday for 784 national ad airings on 37 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from May 14-20. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Lucasfilm prioritized spend across networks including ABC, NBC and ESPN, and during programming such as NBA Basketball, Designated Survivor and American Idol. Just behind “Solo: A Star Wars Story” in second place: Global Road’s “Show Dogs,” which saw 1,205 national ad airings across 29 networks, with an estimated media value of $3.88 million. $3.39M – Incredibles 2 Impressions: 317,580,825Attention Score: 92.39Attention Index: 97National Airings: 784Networks: 37Most Spend On: ABC, NBCCreative Versions: 39Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $17.02MStudio: LucasfilmStarted Airing: 04/08/18 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Hardware Deal of the Day – PNY GTX 970 Intel 4690K Delicately

first_imgToday’s deal comes from two respected shops who are offering somewhat serious hardware for a decently discounted price. It seems that with the release of Skylake is allowing retailers to offer slightly better deals on their ‘old’ Haswell stock. i5-4690K and a decent GTX 970 for a total of $514.98. Ready to enter the Devil’s Canyon?TigerDirect has a PNY GTX 970 for $324.99 and has an additional $40 with a mail in rebate for a total price of $284.99 Not too terrible if you want to wait for the rebate, and this one seems to be of the variety that might take some time to get back. But the price might be worth it.For the CPU, NCIXUS is discounting the i5-4690K to $229.99, a relatively decent amount off for a four core monster that’s more than capable of playing todays games with high levels of fidelity. That and it has the propensity to overclock very well if properly cooled.And of course, rebates seem to be the devil, but that’s unfortunately how savings deals work, and they really aren’t the way they used to be. This isn’t the 1990’s where your rebate form seems to get lost in the mail. But, hey, maybe you don’t like to save money. Share Tweet Submitlast_img read more

Costa Ricans rank 2nd in the world for wellbeing just behind Panama

first_img Facebook Comments Costa Ricans are once again ranked among the world’s most fulfilled people, according to a new report from Gallup.The 2014 State of Global Well-Being Rankings placed Costa Rica second in the world, just behind Panama. Costa Rica outscored countries like Switzerland (4), Chile (6) and Denmark (7). Latin America scored well in the rankings, holding six of the top 10 spots.The rankings, measure whether or not people are “thriving” in at least three areas described as social, purpose, physical, financial and community.The report’s methodology defined the categories as:Purpose: Liking what you do each day and being motivated to achieve your goals.Social: Having supportive relationships and love in your life.Financial: Managing your economic life to reduce stress and increase security.Community: Liking where you live, feeling safe and having pride in your community.Physical: Having good health and enough energy to get things done daily.Costa Rica came in second place, behind Panama, with 47.6 percent of Ticos “thriving” in three or more categories. Panamanians ranked No. 1 in two categories, with 60 percent saying they are happy with their daily purpose in life and 52 percent saying they are in good physical condition.Costa Rica scored especially well in the social (2), physical (2) and purpose (3) categories, but lagged behind in the financial area (50). The country has struggled with a persistent 20 percent poverty rate during the last 20 years, and unemployment is over 10 percent.The United States came in at 23, while Canada was 24. Afghanistan came in last at 145 with zero percent of those surveyed thriving in at least three of the categories.The rankings are the result of 146,000 interviews with adults across 145 countries and areas conducted between Jan. 1, 2014 and Dec. 31, 2014.Ed. note: For some reason, this kind of good news just makes us want to dance: Related posts:Gallup: Central America is the world’s happiest region, despite sky-high homicide rates in some countries Costa Rica, Latin America home to some of world’s happiest people, surveys say Puerto Rican independence front and center at CELAC With COP21 talks in Paris moving forward after attacks, Latin America climate-change policies remain unclearlast_img read more