On rainy day, Mumbaikars turn to Monorail

first_imgIf there was a silver lining on Wednesday, it was the Mumbai Monorail. Otherwise in the news for its lack of frequency and breakdowns, the Monorail turned into a refuge for thousands of stranded passengers, though there was one case of a breakdown.Monorail services were packed through the day with serpentine queues at ticket counters. According to officials of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), Wadala and Lower Parel saw the maximum number of passengers. The sudden surge, led the MMRDA to control the number of tickets issued per train. Around 8.04 p.m. a Monorail full of passengers got stuck near Bhakti Park station. “The stoppage happened due to the current not being collected from power rail, possibly due to overcrowding. The train returned to Bhakti Park station and all commuters were safe,” an official said. Several passengers took to social media to praise the service, highlighting its need. Priya Srinivas, tweeted, “With trains being slow and stopped, Monorail has come to the rescue. It is working fine and on time! Would recommend for everyone if it covers even half your distance. Stay safe Mumbaikars!”Another commuter, Chandan Jha tweeted, “Monorail is running exceptionally, even in heavy rains! Looks like we can depend on them in the heavy Mumbai rains.”last_img read more

‘Disappointed’ Amit says Centeno deserves the gold

first_imgEthel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ The two-time World 10-ball champion had two options for the 6-ball on the far end of the table in the 13th and last rack.“I went for the high percentage, mathematically it’s the best choice,” said Amit who pocketed on the corner from right side of the table. She had all the intention of preparing for the 8-ball in back of the table.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening“I felt that I hit it well. And then I saw it (mother ball) fall on the side pocket,” said Amit, who yelled along with the people watching the match at KLCC Function Hall 4.But she didn’t want to take away the glory from her 18-year-old opponent. “She deserves the gold medal. She came back from 2-5 and played steady,” said Amit. “But I can’t deny I was really disappointed. Give me the whole day to feel bad about it.”Amit said she’s preparing for the Asian Indoor and Martial Arts Games next month.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo MOST READ PH wins bronze in sepak takraw men’s doubles Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Chezka Centeno and Rubilen Amit of the Philippines celebrate after winning gold and silver medals, respectively, in the women’s 9-ball singles event of the 29th Southeast Asian Games billiards competition Sunday at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Center. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES MEDIA POOLKUALA LUMPUR — It was a heartbreaker for Rubilen Amit in the Southeast Asian Games women’s 9-ball final Sunday.“I asked God, if I lose, does it have to be this painful?,” said the 35-year-old in Filipino.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

Golfer Jason Day pulls out of Rio Olympics over Zika fears

first_imgThe world’s top-ranked golfer Jason Day on Tuesday withdrew from August’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics, citing fears over the Zika virus.”The reason for my decision is my concerns about the possible transmission of the Zika virus and the potential risks that it may present to my wife’s future pregnancies and to future members of our family,” the Australian said in a statement posted on Twitter.”While it has always been a major goal to compete in the Olympics on behalf of my country, playing golf cannot take precedent over the safety of our family. I will not place them at risk,” the 28-year-old Day added.Golf is returning to the Olympics for the first time since 1904, but a number of big names, including four-times major champion Rory McIlroy, Fiji’s Vijay Singh and Charl Schwartzel of South Africa, have pulled out due to Zika concerns.The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause crippling birth defects and, in adults, has been linked to the neurological disorder Guillain-Barre. Controversy over the August 5-21 Games has grown as more about the disease becomes known.last_img read more

Roger Federer stunned by Kevin Anderson in five-set Wimbledon thriller

first_imgmatch reports … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Facebook Roger Federer’s spell over Wimbledon broke just after 3.30pm on Wednesday, when he finally lost a set for the first time since 8 July 2016. Back then David Cameron was prime minister and the English football team were a bunch of easybeats.Now some strange new magic settled over the All England Club. Kevin Anderson, a man who had never taken a set off of Federer in any of their four previous matches, who had never even managed to take him to a tie-break, drew him into one of the great Wimbledon dogfights and finally beat him 2-6, 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-4, 13-11. Reuse this content Kevin Anderson plays a backhand during an enthralling and tense final set against Roger Federer. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images Share on Facebook Share via Email “I really tried my best to keep fighting,” Anderson said. “I kept telling myself I have to keep believing that today is going to be my day.” At the beginning of the second set Anderson managed to snap another of Federer’s streaks when he finally broke Federer’s serve, something no one had done at Wimbledon since Tomas Berdych managed it in the semi-finals last year. Since Anderson won his own two service games either side of that break, he was now 3-0 up. Federer, though, gathered himself at the changeover and broke right back.Federer was steaming now and screamed “Come on!” to himself after he saved another break point later on. The set went to a tie-break, which Federer bossed by taking five points in a row. That looked to have settled it. The third set went with serve, until Federer had a match point at 5-4. Anderson staved it off and then broke Federer for a second time. Federer had three break points of his own to push the set to another tiebreak but could not take any of them. This, Federer suggested later, was the key passage of the match.“I guess there was definitely a moment at some point,” he said when he was asked where he had lost control. “Is it missing match points? Is it getting broken at five-all after that?” He was not sure, because even then, “I’m up two sets to one. It’s all good, so at that point I wasn’t thinking of losing.” The strange thing was that neither was Anderson, who was possessed by some crazy new nothing-to-lose voodoo. There was only one man on No 1 Court at that point who gave him a chance, and it just happened the one man was also the only one who mattered.All of a sudden Anderson was playing the best tennis of his life. He actually had Federer’s measure during the rallies, was beating him with shots that even he will be surprised to see when he watches the match back. Federer, meanwhile, was faltering. His forehand started to fail him. And Anderson was hitting the ball so hard, hurrying him so much, that he did not have time to fix it. Anderson broke Federer again to go 4-3 up, saw off a break point when he was serving for the set and closed it out with an ace. That made it two-sets all. Now it was Federer’s turn to regroup and regather. Share on LinkedIn Twitter Tennis Read more Read more Wimbledon Pinterest Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Topics Support The Guardian Share on Twitter Roger Federer mortal after all and left to regret one that got away Serena Williams prepares for catch-up with Julia Görges in Wimbledon semi Until then Federer had won 34 sets in a row, which equalled the Championships record he set in 2005 and 2006. Of course each and every one of those had been on Centre Court. This match against Anderson was on No 1 Court. It was the first time Federer had played there since he beat Gilles Simon in the quarter-finals in 2015. No 1 Court is a lot breezier than Centre, and Federer did mention that the wind might have thrown off his rhythm in the rallies, but otherwise he refused to blame the change. “I had my chances and I blew them,” he said, “so that’s my problem.”There were no warnings in the first set, no omens or intimations of what was to come. Federer dismantled Anderson’s tennis with the ruthless efficiency of a crack pit crew. He had three break points on Anderson’s very first service game and took the second of them. Then he held his own serve to love. By the time that set was over, 26 minutes later, Anderson’s game was strewn in bits around him, the big serve disarmed, the fierce forehand disassembled. Well, Anderson put it all right back together again during the break, and soon had it running better than it ever had done before. If there was hardly a soul on No 1 Court who thought Anderson could win the match when he lost the first two sets, there cannot have been many more who wanted him to win it now. Everyone is a Federer fan around Wimbledon and during the marathon fifth set there was more applause for Anderson’s occasional errors than there was for his many winners. Not that he noticed. He was deep in the zone, playing on instinct. “By the end,” he said, “I was doing a really good job of not thinking.”Federer’s rhythm in the rallies may have been off but he had raised his service game. He and Anderson matched each other blow for blow, break points as rare as empty seats. Engrossing as it was, the English in the crowd were starting to worry. There was, after all, the small matter of the football to think about. “I need to watch the football!” came a shout during one of the changeovers. Then, at 11-11, Federer finally slipped. He made his first double fault of the match to give Anderson a break point. Then that wayward forehand failed him again.Anderson did not make any such mistakes. “It was just one of those days, where you hope to get by somehow. I almost could have, I should have,” Federer said. He was not sure how long it would take him to get over the loss. “Might take me a while. Might take me half an hour. I have no idea what it’s going to be. And yeah, of course, the goal is to come back here next year.” Wimbledon 2018 Roger Federerlast_img read more

Mo Farah faces sparring partner Rupp in dog-eat-dog Chicago Marathon

first_imgOne evening, when Mo Farah was in the Swiss mountains preparing for Chicago marathon, he came across a pack of dogs glaring at him. And then, as he hesitated, the smallest dog pounced. “It was about 6pm and I was running round the lake in St Moritz,” he says. “I paused as there were these dogs on the trail off a lead and I was thinking the owner was going to stop them. But he let one of them go and then chomp – I had to get injections and there was blood.”Farah winces at the memory. “I carried on but I was so mad that when I went back to the house I was like ‘a dog’s just bitten me, let’s go find the guy and call the police’,” he says. “But I couldn’t find him.”A wider metaphor is left dangling. The 35-year-old is the most decorated track distance runner in history, with 10 golds and two silvers at Olympic Games and world championships. But he knows the move to the marathon, like that small Swiss pooch, could yet bite him on the rear.On Friday, Farah insisted he was “100% sure” he would go to the Tokyo Olympics in 2020 and contend for a medal. He is also confident he is in shape to break the European record of 2hr 5min 48sec after long stints at altitude in St Moritz and Park City, Utah. The race in Chicago offers an instant stress test for those ambitions. US sports There are seven runners in the field who are faster than Farah but, inevitably, the focus has been on one of them: Galen Rupp, his former training partner at the Nike Oregon Project. The meeting between the pair has been hyped like a heavyweight fight, with the popular running website Letsrun.com even having a countdown clock ticking down to Farah v Rupp on its front page.You can see why. Rupp was the guy who helped Farah settle in Portland in 2010 when he decided to be coached by Alberto Salazar and then bore him no bitterness when he just pipped him for 10,000m gold at London 2012. Farah, in turn, credited Salazar and Rupp for turning him from a perennial contender to the best in the world in his late 20s.There has been a lot of water under the bridge since then. In 2015, Salazar was put under investigation by the US Anti-Doping Agency for potential anti-doping rule violations – allegations he strenuously denies. While Rupp stayed loyal to his coach and mentor, Farah left last year.“We’re more rivals now, for sure,” says Farah, who has put his Portland home, with its six bedrooms and seven baths, up for sale for $1.8m (£1.37m). “I’m back in London, he’s in Portland. I don’t really speak to him but athletics is a small place. We see him at the hotel, when we are having dinner they are having dinner, so we say: ‘Hello, and how are you?’“But at the same time, I know Galen wants to beat me and I want to beat Galen. He’s on home soil, he’s got a target on his back and under more pressure than I am.”The Briton has won 21 of their 22 meetings on the track. However, they have never raced over a marathon where Rupp may have the stamina edge. As Farah says: “I think I am in most athletes’ heads. But Galen is a different animal. I know how hard he works. And to be honest with you, because I’m not hiding it, in some sessions he would beat me. On the longer runs he would drop me.” /sport/2017/may/15/the-recap-sign-up-for-the-best-of-the-guardians-sport-coverage Since then, however, Farah has broken Steve Jones’ British marathon record – and his time of 2:06:21 was all the more impressive given the record temperatures in London in April. There was also no disgrace in coming third behind the world record holder Eliud Kipchoge. This time round, however, only a win will do.Rupp, meanwhile, is self‑deprecating when it comes to assessing his chances against Farah, even though he has the greater experience, having taken Olympic marathon bronze in 2016 and won last year’s race here. “I hesitate to call it a rivalry, given my record,” he says, smiling. “He’s been pretty dominant. He got tripped and that was the only reason I beat him so you can put a little asterisk by that one.”The American also insists they remain friends. “We probably don’t talk as much as when we were living in Portland, but I sent him well wishes after the London marathon,” he says. “He sent me well wishes after I ran Prague. He lives in another part of the world but we still talk and are still friendly on good terms.”Farah and Rupp point out that there are others here with live chances, that the race is not only about them. The world champion, Kenya’s Geoffrey Kirui, is the favourite, despite his modest personal best of 2:06:07, while two Ethiopians, Mosinet Geremew and Birhanu Legese, have run low 2:04s this year.Farah believes he will show that his decision to leave Salazar to work with Gary Lough was the right one. “I am grateful for what Alberto has done for me over the years, and there is a lot of respect, but at the same time my life has changed,” he says. “I’ve got a new coach, a new group and I am in great shape.”Farah’s confidence comes through in every syllable. But Rupp, and the streets of Chicago, will soon put it to the most stringent of tests. features Athletics Read more Share on Pinterest Topics Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Mo Farah Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn The Observer Share on Messenger … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Support The Guardian Mo Farah: ‘It’s similar to a fight … I haven’t done anything to scare them’ Share on WhatsApp Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Touch Football Community Recognised In Australia Day Honours

first_imgMembers of the Touch Football community have been recognised at Australia Day awards ceremonies across Australia, for their contribution and achievements in the sport. Australian Mixed Open co-captain, Kylie Hilder was named the Sportsperson of the Year at the Great Lakes Australia Day Awards ceremony for her efforts in helping Australia win the Mixed Open title at the 2012 Trans Tasman Series in Mudgee. To read the stories in the Great Lakes Advocate, please click on the link below:http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/1262618/australia-day-awards-go-to/?cs=445 http://www.greatlakesadvocate.com.au/story/1267619/aussie-day-honour-for-hilder/?cs=445 Mudgee Touch Association secretary, Kathy Lang was also recognised, receiving the Mid-Western Regional Council’s Senior Sports Award. To read the full story in the Mudgee Guardian, please click on the link below:http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/1262725/volunteer-earns-top-award/?cs=12 The Yass Touch Association was also recognised, receiving the Australia Day Community Group award at the Yass Valley Australia Day Awards. To read the full story in the Yass Tribune, please click on the link below:http://www.yasstribune.com.au/story/1265212/yass-touch-wins-australia-day-award/?cs=12 If you know of any other members of the Touch Football community that received recognition at Australia Day awards, be sure to let us know by emailing media@austouch.com.au. Related LinksAustralia Day Awardslast_img read more

Waypoint Leasing delivers H145 helicopter for Las Bambas mine in Peru

first_imgWaypoint Leasing (Ireland), the largest independent global helicopter leasing company, has delivered an H145 on lease to Servicios Aéreos de los Andes (Andes Air), a leading Peruvian helicopter operator. Waypoint’s H145 will be the first variant of its type to operate in Latin America and will support MMG/Las Bambas’ mining operations from Andes Air’s Cusco Base. Steffen Bay, Waypoint’s Vice President of Sales and Relationship Management, Latin America, said, “The entry of the H145 into operations in Peru is indicative of the growing importance of this aircraft for a diverse range of mission areas–from EMS to mining–around the world. Waypoint believes that the H145 is ideally-suited for the operational conditions prevalent in Peru and we are confident that this transaction is the start of a long, productive relationship between Waypoint and Andes Air.” Clark McGinn, Waypoint’s Senior Vice President of Sales & Relationship Management, said, “For many years, lessors and financiers have focused primarily on the Brazilian market, so we are pleased to have developed a unique and diversified franchise in Latin America, with multiple aircraft operating in Chile, Peru, and Guyana, as well as Brazil.” Luis Fontenoy Miranda, General Manager of Andes Air, said, “For our company, it is very important to have reliable helicopters that are capable of performing in the extreme conditions that are typical in our region. It is also important for us to have a partner that understands our business and our challenges. We found Waypoint to be a real strategic partner that can relate to our issues and understand our needs. We look forward to continue collaborating with Waypoint on aircraft leases in the future”. Since its inception in 2013, Waypoint has been active in supporting oil and gas, utility, firefighting and other industrial-focused helicopter operators. This transaction will further diversify Waypoint’s activity into the utility and mining support segment. Waypoint’s portfolio includes more than 140 aircraft for 26 customers in 31 countries with total assets in excess of $1.6 billion. Additionally, Waypoint has firm and option orders with aircraft manufacturers for more than 120 helicopters valued at more than $1.5 billion, to be delivered over the next five years.last_img read more

Redpath assumes mine operator role at Glencores Lady Loretta

first_imgThe beginning of March 2018 signalled the official kick-off of the Lady Loretta contract, with approximately 80 people on site for inductions, orientation and training. Redpath Australia has engaged with global miner Glencore to run the mine for its remaining six year lifespan. The mine is situated approximately 150 km by road northwest of Mt Isa in NW Queensland. The high gradePb-Zn orebody will be mined at a rate of 1.6 Mt per year which, once crushed and loaded onto road trains by Redpath, will be hauled to Glencore’s processing operations in Mt Isa. The mine was put on care and maintenance in late 2015, and a decision to commence mining was made in October 2017, with Redpath Australia being the contractor selected as mine operator for the site.“The role of mine operator is a unique scope for a contractor, whereby Redpath will assume full statutory responsibility for the operation, including employing John McKinstry, Senior Site Executive (SSE); Shaun Van der Merwe, Mining Manager; and Rafe Horsington, Electrical Work Controller. When at full capacity, over 200 people will be on the remote site, covering all functions including engineering and environmental management. The initial mobilisation has gone extremely well under the guidance of Rory Burke, General Manager – Metalliferous. The smooth start can be attributed to the extensive preparation work done in Brisbane since notice of the restart was received in December. It is challenging to recruit a workforce of over 200 people in what is proving to be a competitive market. The Brisbane Human Resources team under the leadership of Nita Carthew, Manager and Belinda Harbon, Senior Advisor, have done an excellent job, enabling obligations to be met for commencement.” “The camp facilities on site are a green oasis, thanks to the need to utilise excess water from the mine. Camp contractors, Spotless, have done an excellent job with preparing the camp and feeding the eager workforce. North Queensland is experiencing a late wet season, the likes of which have not been seen for many years. Much of the new equipment to be trucked to site has been held up by flood waters, and the withdrawal of transport permits while damage is assessed. Despite this, the crew were able to fire the first development round on March 8, which is a significant milestone.Glencore has set a high standard for Redpath to maintain and improve on. As a contractor, this adds dimension to the skills the company can offer its clients. Our aim is to deliver consistentresults to the client and build a showcase operation.”last_img read more

Danilo urges his team to forget the derby

first_imgDanilo insisted that Manchester City have to overcome their first major crisis of the season and fully focus on the upcoming Champions League game against Liverpool as they still can advance to the semifinals.The Brazilian full-back admitted that this week has been a huge disappointment for the whole team as they were beaten by Liverpool 3-0 and then lost the derby despite leading 2-0 after the first half – but now, they have to forget all this.The former Real Madrid player spoke about his side’s morale as he said, according to Belfast Telegraph:“Well, without doubt, the atmosphere, the feeling, is of sadness, of disappointment.”norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“We started the game really well, but we must return to the pitch as soon as possible because on Tuesday we have another big challenge to overcome a result.”“Without any doubt (the City fans were great). We need to thank them all.”“Not just for today but all the season, but especially the atmosphere they created today was amazing.”“They helped us until the last minute and I am sure they could help us a lot against Liverpool if they are able to create that atmosphere again and try to help us to overcome the result.”last_img read more

De Bruyne Man City have been sussed out this season

first_imgBelgian star Kevin De Bruyne believes that Manchester City’s rivals have begun to understand their tactics better in what has notably been a more difficult season.Last season saw Pep Guardiola’s side only losing twice on route to a record-breaking campaign in the Premier League by finishing 19 points above runners-up Manchester United and becoming the first team to reach 100 points.But this term has seen City lose four times already and they are only ahead of Liverpool, who have a game in hand, by goal difference at the top of the standings.“In the league, we lost a few more games than we did last year but we are still fighting on all fronts,” said De Bruyne, according to Sky Sports.“I think other teams figure out what we do, maybe, a little bit better. They may also have better squads. We just added one player, the rest is the same team.“The way we play is always going to be the same with Pep, we’re not going to change. Everybody knows that.”The Citizens do, however, remain in a strong position for more silverware this season with a Carabao Cup final against Chelsea at Wembley coming up this Sunday.Meanwhile, City remain in the hunt for FA Cup and Champions League glory which has prompted talk of winning an unprecedented quadruple.“But in the end, I don’t think there is a lot of difference. We have a lot of points in the league and I think the standard we are setting is still very high,” De Bruyne continued.“Maybe it’s not the same as last year but maybe we’ll win more titles this year. The most important thing is the titles. If we win three titles we will have done better than last year.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“I think the goal is not to win the four competitions. The goal is to win every game and then the further you progress.“We are happy with where we are but we want to progress in every round we play in. That’s now the Champions League.“We want to do well and go to the quarter-finals, so we are one step closer to winning it. To set standards to win all four – that’s nearly impossible.”City are in Germany right now for the first leg of their last-16 Champions League tie against Schalke 04 with kick-off set for 9:00 PM (CET) tonight.⚽️ UCL MATCHDAY! ⚽️Schalke v CityUEFA Champions LeagueRound of 16 First LegVELTINS-Arena20:00 UK#s04vcity🔵 #mancity pic.twitter.com/I5muDnJY7l— Manchester City (@ManCity) February 20, 2019last_img read more

Smart kettlebells will get you in shape at CES 2019

first_imgHere’s the new JaxJox smart kettlebells. Megan Wollerton/CNET As you can probably guess, KettlebellConnect, launched here at CES 2019, is indeed a smart kettlebell.The $349 weights system comes with a base where you can charge the kettlebells and a small digital display.  These are the weirdest products of CES 2019 CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Health and Wellness Post a comment The coolest part is the adjustable weights. Press the plus or minus buttons to change the weight in 6-pound increments from 12 to 42 pounds. Watch the weight increments adjust on the display. The related app helps you track your reps and can even help you customize your workout. I got to try one out for myself at the show and they were incredibly easy to adjust. Literally just press the button and wait a few seconds for the cylinder weights inside to either add or release weight. This isn’t the only smart fitness tech we’ve seen at the show — I also got to try out FightCamp’s smart boxing system and BotBoxer’s robot boxing system.  Tags 0 Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. 26 Photos CES Products Fitness Whirlpool Smart kettlebells at CES 2019 count your reps as you… 1:14 Smart Home Sport and Outdoorslast_img read more

PNB shares rally 133 since RBI okays foreign investment into staterun bank

first_imgPunjab National Bank (PNB) shares gained 2.5 per cent on Friday to close at Rs. 136 from the previous day’s gain of Rs. 132.80. Since, India’s central bank permitted more foreign investment into the state owned lender on July 8, the shares have risen by 13.3 per cent from a low of Rs. 120.At present, India’s second largest lender has promoters holding 62.08 percent and Institutional and Non-Institutional investors holding 31.36 per cent and 6.55 per cent respectively, reported Financial Express.The Bank’s share had rallied up over the past week with the news of its home finance subsidiary announcing its Rs. 2500 crore initial public offering (IPO) of equity shares. PNB holds 51 per cent in PNB Housing Finance Ltd. However, a report in Economic Times warned that despite coming off the hook from RBI’s seven year blockade on foreign investment and its subsidiary filing public listing on Indian bourses, PNB will still have more streamlining to be done within.PNB’s loss for the March 2016 quarter was Rs. 5,367 crore as against a net profit of Rs. 306 crore seen in same quarter last year. The bank’s quarterly loss was the largest ever posted by any public sector bank. In the same peirod, the bank’s overall income decreased by 1.33 per cent to Rs. 13,276 crore as compared to Rs. 13,455.65 crore.The state-run bank’s net NPAs increased 131 percent to Rs. 35,423 crore at the end of 2015-16 from Rs. 15,396 crore a year ago. As a percentage of total advances, net NPAs stood at 8.61 per cent, up from 4.06 percent as on March 31, 2016.last_img read more

49 Jamaat men arrested in Magura

first_imgPolice in a special drive arrested some 49 activists of Bangladesh Jamaat-e-Islami from different areas of four upazilas in Magura district during the past 24 hours.The district police control room said that among the arrestees, 34 were held from Sadar upazila, one from Sreepur, three from Shalikha and 12 from Mohammadpur upazilas along with books and leaflets on extremism.Most of the arrestees are the members of Jamaat and its student wing Islamic Chhatra Shibir and “involved in violence”, said police.The police made the arrest after cases were filed against them at different police stations in the district, he added.The arrestees were sent to the court in the morning.last_img

Veteran Dallas Officer To Become Galveston Police Chief

first_img Share – / 6A veteran Dallas officer has been named police chief in Galveston.The Galveston City Council on Thursday approved hiring Dallas Deputy Chief Vernon Hale. Hale will replace Galveston police Chief Rick Boyle, who’s retiring.The 47-year-old Hale, who’s known for his support of community policy, begins his new job on Jan. 2. He’ll earn $130,000 annually.Hale has been with the Dallas Police Department since 1992 and is deputy chief of the Southeast Patrol Division. He’s also commander of the Dallas Underwater Recovery Team.last_img

Report Number of US Heroin Users Rose 300000 over a Decade

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — The number of U.S. heroin users has grown by nearly 300,000 over a decade, with the bulk of the increase among Whites, according to a new government report.Experts think the increase was driven by people switching from opioid painkillers to cheaper heroin.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the report Tuesday. It’s based on annual face-to-face surveys of about 67,000 Americans — the government’s main source of data on use of illegal drugs.In recent surveys, nearly 3 in every 1,000 Americans said they used heroin in the previous year. That’s up from under 2 per 1,000 about a decade ago, a 62 percent increase which translates to hundreds of thousands more people, government researchers said.The findings mirror trends seen in earlier reports, which noted marked increases in heroin use in people who are White and living outside of major cities, said Katherine Keyes, a Columbia University who researches drug abuse issues.But the new report offers some additional details about people using heroin, government scientists said.While heroin use more than doubled among Whites, it seemed to level off in other racial and ethnic groups, the report found.But it grew among different income levels, in different parts of the country. And the rate of heroin use doubled in women — a more dramatic rise than what was seen in men.For years, officials have focused their worry on misuse of prescription “opioid” painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin. Experts say recent restrictions on prescribing such painkillers may be reducing illicit supplies of them at a time when the heroin supply has been increasing.Heroin has become a popular alternative. It is essentially the same chemical as that in the prescription painkillers, but it costs roughly five times less on the street, said CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden.“An increasing number of people are primed for heroin use because they were addicted to an opioid painkiller,” Frieden said.The new report found that people who abused opioid painkillers were 40 times more likely to abuse heroin.The heroin death rate quadrupled over a decade, reaching nearly 8,300 in 2013, with most of the fatal overdoses involving other drugs at the same time — most often cocaine.Deaths involving opioid painkillers have been leveling off but continue to be more common than heroin-related deaths, government statistics show.___Online:CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/vitalsignslast_img read more

Separate directorate to come up for revenue intel enforcement

first_imgKolkata: The state Cabinet on Friday decided to come up with a separate directorate of revenue, intelligence and enforcement, which will be functioning under the aegis of the state Finance department.The proposed directorate will be headed by an IAS officer and will perform more or less similar functions as the Enforcement Directorate (ED). A source in the state government said that the proposed directorate will have a designated court under it and will deal with cases of evasion of tax or financial fraud. The directorate will be empowered to take action against those evading taxes or resorting to swindling of money. It may be mentioned that time and again, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been vocal against the BJP government at the Centre, alleging that they have been controlling agencies like Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), ED and the Income Tax department. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA few days ago on January 25, Banerjee had described the CBI as one of the “allies” of the BJP-led Central government and said that the “headless agency” has been converted into an organ of BJP. She claimed that the saffron party was harassing leaders of the Opposition through various Central agencies out of sheer political vendetta. In October last year, when two top officers of CBI were sent on leave amid an ongoing tussle in the Central investigating agency, Banerjee had alleged that CBI has become BJP’s policing agency and tweeted ‘CBI has become BBI (BJP Bureau of Investigation)’. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIn a recent public rally at Birbhum, Banerjee had reminded BJP that the state also has control over investigating agencies like Criminal Investigation Department (CID) but it does not impose anything on its functioning, which is in sharp contrast with BJP hounding agencies like CBI against the Opposition. The Cabinet meeting that was held at the state Assembly on Friday, also approved a 3.75 acre land for a private company, to set up a lubricant unit. The land is under the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation (WBIDC). The Cabinet further approved granting a 10 acre land to the Council of Research for Yoga and Naturopathy under the AYUSH department of the Centre for setting up its unit. The land belongs to the TB hospital in Kalyani and has been lying vacant. It is being offered for free to the AYUSH ministry.last_img read more

The problem of unpaid fines

first_imgA problem many will be facing this Easter is traffic fines.For some, this is a slight inconvenience they solve fairly quickly and for others, they simply leave these fines unpaid and hope they disappear or are forgotten.Read also : 10 things you need to always keep in your car in case of an emergencyAlso read: Need urgent help on a national route? Check the marker boards!The most common fine issued by traffic officers to motorists is a section 56 notice which has a pay date or pay deadline by which the given amount must be paid, or the motorist will have a court date at the court of jurisdiction that the fine was issued in. If they fail to pay or appear in court, a warrant of arrest is issued. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Motorists can be stopped and their ID can be checked against the system. If they have an outstanding warrant of arrest, they will be arrested immediately and taken to police cells.However, if it is during court hours, they can be taken directly to court. If it is not during court hours, they will remain in custody until the next court day.So, if you are arrested on a Friday, you could remain in custody until the Monday. Imagine spending Easter weekend in the cells! Not a pleasant prospect!So remember to pay your fines!If you are unsure whether you have any outstanding fines, contact your local provincial traffic authority and your local authority, as they run on different systems. If it is clear on one, it may not be clear on the other.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more

Foreign funds fight with Samsung galvanizes shareholders

first_img Here’s how to repair and patch damaged drywall The difference between men and women when it comes to pain But the takeover ratio, which gives a mere 0.35 share in the new entity for each C&T share, prompted Elliott Associates, the American hedge fund that is the third-largest investor, to take legal action against the deal. The fund says the takeover is unfair to C&T shareholders because it undervalues the company.Despite the poor image of foreign hedge funds in South Korea, many investors here agree with Elliott.The takeover “is far from being fair or reasonable,” said Kim Gyeong-hwan, a 40-year-old dentist in Seoul who owns about 40 million won ($36,000) of shares in Samsung C&T. “Elliott’s argument is reasonable. Shareholders are owners of the company, not the head of the company.”Few buy Samsung’s argument that its plan for one company in the empire to take over another will create business benefits. The deal is instead seen as crucial for the once-in-a-generation leadership transition underway at Samsung, which has accelerated since patriarch Lee Kun-hee, 73, was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack in May last year.His son and heir apparent Lee Jae-yong does not have a major shareholding in Samsung Electronics Co., the crown jewel in the Samsung empire. Inheriting his father’s shares in Samsung Electronics or his stakes in other key Samsung firms that have stakes in the consumer electronics giant would incur heavy inheritance taxes that could go over $5 billion. How men can have a healthy 2019 Elliott’s maneuvering has tapped into discontent in South Korea with how regulators, the media, and the country’s pension service, are not standing up for shareholders.Kim Jae-chul, a 63-year-old retiree from the textile industry, said he was so angered he bought 680 shares so he could vote on the deal at the July 17 meeting of C&T shareholders. Even though he feels proud when he sees Samsung phones abroad, that pride isn’t going to stop him from casting his first vote as a shareholder against the deal, he said.“I feel enraged to think how Samsung neglects the weak people and brings all profit to the founding family.”Some who oppose the takeover acknowledge they probably won’t succeed in derailing it. Shareholders who have verified their shares on the online community account for about 0.2 percent of C&T’s outstanding shares. They hope to amass over 3 percent of the vote.“Regardless of the opposition from the public, succession steps will continue,” said Oh Sang-pyo, who holds voting rights for 1,500 Samsung C&T shares. “But in organizing the succession, there should at least be a sense of ethics, transparency and compliance with law. Taxes should be properly paid.” Comments   Share   An expert in corporate governance said Elliott’s legal battle and support from the minority shareholders in Korea will send a message to Lee, the Samsung heir, that the current way of making decisions could come at a cost.“Everyone knows that the merger was announced for succession and inheritance, not for the company’s value or for shareholders’ profit,” said Chae Yi-bae, an analyst at the Center for Good Corporate Governance. “Now vice chairman Lee Jae-yong has lost trust from markets and from shareholders.”___Follow Youkyung Lee: www.twitter.com/YKLeeAPCopyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. But Lee, 47, is a major shareholder in Cheil thanks to shares he was effectively gifted before the company went public. If Cheil takes over Samsung C&T, Lee will control its 4.1 percent stake in Samsung Electronics that would cost him $7 billion if he had to buy the shares on the market.The groundswell of shareholder activism in support of Elliott Associates is a departure from South Korea’s typical hostility to foreign funds and shows that weak corporate governance, often cited overseas as a risk of investing in Samsung and other family-controlled conglomerates, is getting growing attention in South Korea. Most of the country’s biggest companies are publicly traded but the families who founded them one or two generations ago retain disproportionate influence, irking other shareholders who feel the business elite treats public companies as their personal property.Samsung says the proposed takeover deal and ratio are legal. It says the ratio is based on Samsung C&T’s recent share price. It was near a five-year low before the deal was announced, a performance at odd with its robust finances.Kim, the dentist, is leading efforts to ensure that Samsung C&T management, its board and other shareholders hear their voices, including South Korea’s National Pension Service, which has a 9.9-percent stake in C&T and has not expressed its stance on the deal. More than 2,000 shareholders in C&T have gathered at an online community, vowing to vote against the deal, while others supporting Elliott have written to the court that will hear the case. Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sobercenter_img Sponsored Stories Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility 5 treatments for adult scoliosis In this June 23, 2015, Lee Jae-yong, vice chairman of Samsung Electronics Co., speaks during a press conference at the company’s headquarters in Seoul, South Korea. Thousands of South Korean investors are backing an American hedge fund’s bid to thwart a business combination between Samsung companies that they argue will only enrich the conglomerate’s wealthy founding family. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon) New Valley school lets students pick career-path academies SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — Thousands of South Korean investors are backing an American hedge fund’s bid to thwart a business combination between Samsung companies that they argue will only enrich the country’s wealthiest family.At stake: Billions of dollars for the Lee family that founded Samsung and South Korea’s image as a fair place for investors, big and small.Last month, Samsung announced that its defacto holding company Cheil Industries, which operates fashion, catering and theme park businesses, will take over Samsung C&T, a builder of skyscrapers and trader of goods.last_img read more