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England opts to bat against India in final Test

first_imgHanuma Vihari became the 292nd Test player to represent India. File Photo   –  PTI England SHARE September 07, 2018 England’s Alastair Cook to retire from international cricket SHARE SHARE EMAIL Hanuma Vihari became the 292nd Test player to represent India. File Photo   –  PTI Kohli to India’s rescue again after Woakes treble RELATED COMMENTcenter_img cricket × England 139-6 at tea on day one of fourth Test India beat England by 203 runs in third Test COMMENTS Hanuma Vihari was handed his maiden cap England skipper Joe Root won the toss and elected to bat against India in the fifth and final Test at the Oval on Friday.Hanuma Vihari became the 292nd Test player to represent India after he was handed his maiden cap. He will replace Hardik Pandya, while Ravindra Jadeja comes in place of R Ashwin in the playing XI. England have already won the Test series, taking a 3-1 lead after winning the fourth Test at Southampton.Teams:India: Shikhar Dhawan, Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (w), Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah England: Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Joe Root(c), Jonny Bairstow(w), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson. Published on India struggle after good start from openers last_img read more


Jordan Pickford at the heart of alleged street fight incident

first_imgAdvertisementEngland national team and Everton goalkeeper Jordan Pickford finds himself in an extremely difficult situation, as police investigate an alleged incident involving the England international after a video published on social media explicitly revealed him causing an uproar in the streets in Sunderland. As per a report received by the Northumbria police, a large group of individuals were seen engaging in fracas on Tunstall Road, Sunderland late on Sunday, and the situation was duly escalated to the police as early as 12:19 am the following Monday.A video published on social media revealed that Pickford was part of the group causing an uproar, the same aforementioned incident which was reported to the police. The latter are investigating the incident which is said to be a quarrel between a group of pubgoers and the Everton goalkeeper.A spokesperson said:“Inquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances surrounding the incident and locate those involved.“Nobody is believed to have been seriously injured and no arrests have been made.”Everton, who signed Pickford for £25 million in June 2017, later acknowledged the situation and confirmed that investigations from their side have commenced, while the FA were also made aware of the incident.A club statement from the Toffees said:“The club has been made aware of an alleged incident involving one of our players and we are looking into the matter.”Advertisementlast_img read more


Tennis ace Mahesh Bhupati rages at AITA after being told he ‘didn’t report for…

first_imgAdvertisementTennis ace Mahesh Bhupati raged at All India Tennis Association after being told that he did not report for National duty. Mahesh Bhupati was replaced from the non playing captain position of India in their upcoming Davis Cup Tie against Pakistan.There has been a lot of speculations about the future of the upcoming tie between India and Pakistan in Davis Cup. The former non playing captain of Indian team, Mahesh Bhupati refused to go to Pakistan to play this tie as there was security issues in Pakistan. The officials of both the countries opted to play at a neural venue in Ismalabad.Rohit Rajpal has been chosen as the new non playing captain of Indian Davis Cup team. Mahesh Bhupati was certainly not happy with it and in a recent interview, he expressed his grief against AITA. According to him, there were no communication made between him and AITA before removing him from captaincy. He was told that Rohit Rajpal would be selected only for the tie against Pakistan as Bhupati would be unavailable to go to Pakistan. However, the situation changed drastically and Mahesh Bhupati no longer remained as the captain of Indian team. After giving service to the country for 25 years it seemed to be unacceptable for Bhupati.Mumbai Police use Barcelona’s error for their safety drive campaign Advertisementlast_img read more


Lenovo to launch P2 phone with 5,100mAh battery in India soon

first_imgLenovo is gearing up for one more smartphone launch in India. The phone in question, the P2, is a battery-centric smartphone and will be launched by the company in the days to come. Lenovo India has taken to Twitter to tease the P2 launch, highlighting the phone’s big battery. “How often do you your way because of low phone battery? Travel fearlessly with the longest lasting battery #LenovoP2 #Powerhouse coming soon,” the company posted on Twitter. Although the company has failed to mention a time-frame, we expect the P2 will launch in India soon enough, possibly within a few weeks.How often do you your way because of low phone battery? Travel fearlessly with the longest lasting battery #LenovoP2 #Powerhouse coming soon Lenovo India (@Lenovo_in) January 2, 2017The P2 is an all-metal phone with a front-mounted fingerprint scanner and a massive 5,100mAh battery (with support for fast charging) inside. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 with up to 4 gigs of RAM and up to 64GB of internal memory. The phone supports expandable memory, 4G LTE and dualSIM connectivity options. It runs Android Marshmallow-based Pure UI and sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-LED (dual tone) flash. On the front, it comes with a 5-megapixel camera.Lenovo launched the K6 Note, another batter-centric phone in India recently starting at Rs 13,999. The phone comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen and a 4,000mAh battery. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 64GB of internal memory. The phone also supports expandable storage.advertisementThe K6 Note sports a 16-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash on the back. On the front it comes with an 8-megapixel camera.The K6 Note is simply a bigger version of the K6 Power. The K6 Power has the same processor, but a smaller screen size. There are a few other differences as well.Also Read: Lenovo K6 Note review: Another Note in the walllast_img read more


Christian Eriksen scores hat-trick as Denmark rout Ireland to reach 2018 FIFA World Cup

first_imgDenmark’s Christian Eriksen scored a hat-trick in a 5-1 thrashing of a disjointed Ireland in their playoff second leg on Tuesday to secure the final European berth at next year’s World Cup.Denmark trailed to an early Shane Duffy header but took control immediately and struck twice in three minutes, first when Andreas Christensen’s stabbed effort on the half hour mark hit the post and went in off Ireland’s Cyrus Christie.That was followed by a superbly swept home second from Eriksen, who then made sure of victory with a left-footed effort on 64 minutes and completed his hat trick following poor defending 10 minutes later.Nicklas Bendtner added a late penalty for the Danes, who reached their fifth World Cup having been frustrated by a well-organised Irish display in a scrappy goalless first leg.”We were well beaten in the end, no question about that… The goals were so sloppy,” Ireland manager Martin O’Neill told Irish national broadcaster RTE.It had all looked so different for Ireland when Duffy took advantage of some poor defending to put the hosts ahead.Nicolai Jorgensen sliced an innocuous long free kick towards his own goal and into the path of the Brighton and Hove Albion defender who beat Kasper Schmeichel to the ball and sent the packed Aviva Stadium wild.AP PhotoDenmark refused to panic, however, sewing fears among the home fans that they scored too early as Ireland keeper and first leg man-of-the-match Darren Randolph saved well from William Kvist and Pione Sisto after his defence was carved open.advertisementIreland tried not to sit back and contributed to the blistering start with two quick chances of their own with big striker Daryl Murphy rippling the side netting with a deft flick and James McClean dragging a shot wide.Ireland boss O’Neill predicted his side would need to score two goals to end their 16-year World Cup appearance drought and that briefly looked like being the case when Sisto’s nutmeg of Harry Arter from a short corner led to Denmark’s leveller.Stephen Ward then carelessly lost the ball on the halfway line and it made its way to Eriksen whose edge-of-the-box strike went in off the crossbar.The hosts never looked like threatening and fell apart as they were easily picked off on the break with Eriksen curling in the pick of the bunch from outside the box and then hammering home his 11th of the qualification stages.”It’s a crazy feeling right now, we’ve been fighting together for so long,” Eriksen said.Most Irish fans, in raucous voice only an hour earlier, had streamed out of the stadium before Bendtner completed the humiliation.last_img read more


Medics took over an hour to pull my boot off, says injured Katie Ormerod

first_imgSign up to our Winter Olympics Recap email, delivered every day during the Games. Topics View gallery … 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. Share via Email Since you’re here… Winter Olympics 2018 Winter Olympics Share on Messenger news Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterestcenter_img Support The Guardian Share on LinkedIn “As soon as I hit the floor I knew it was a really bad injury and I was in excruciating pain,” Ormerod said. “I’ve never felt pain like it. But the hardest bit was having to pull my boot off, which took them one or two hours.“The team got scissors and they had to cut as much of the boot off as they could. There was still a little bit that they had to slide off and eventually they just pulled it off me and it was agony. I was screaming in pain, it was awful.”Ormerod is still in hospital in Seoul a week after her accident but the 20-year-old is confident of making a full recovery. “I was really lucky to have one of the world’s best surgeons, who did a really good job. There were some little complications because the way that my bone broke into two pieces, it almost pushed through the skin which meant that it started to kill a bit of the skin. I’m just waiting to see whether that is an issue or not.“Right now all the heel is black from where the skin is dying. I’ve got a lot of incisions down the side as well, so I think there will be quite a few scars.”Despite the injury Ormerod still intends to get back on a snowboard – but it will not be until the summer at the earliest. “The surgeon had to go into it in quite a few places. Down the side of it and at the back and maybe underneath as well. He put two pins in too. The heel is one of the hardest bones to break in the body. No one could believe I broke it that badly. They’ve never seen an injury like that before in snowboarding. I was just really unlucky.” Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Snowboarding Winter Olympics day six – in pictures Team GB Katie Ormerod, who was one of Team GB’s biggest hopes for a Winter Olympics medal in Pyeongchang before the snowboarder broke her heel in training, has revealed her injury was so severe it took more than an hour for hospital staff to get her boot off. Reuse this contentlast_img read more


Sherwood: Eriksen ‘nowhere near’ De Bruyne

first_imgManchester City playmaker Kevin De Bruyne is on another level compared to Tottenham midfielder Christian Eriksen, according to Tim Sherwood. After setting up both of City’s goals in a controversial 2-2 draw with Spurs on Saturday, the Belgian proved how big of an impact he can have this season for Pep Guardiola’s side. De Bruyne already has three assists to his name this campaign, one more than he managed in the league last season when the 28-year-old was restricted to 19 appearances due to injury.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Fit again, the City midfielder appears to be firing on all fronts, with a former Tottenham manager declaring he put a Spurs star in his shadow.  “We talked about Eriksen before the game and how important he is to Tottenham, and we think he’s a world class player, if you’re talking of world class, he’s nowhere near the level of this kid,” Sherwood said on Optus Sport. “This kid Kevin De Bruyne is top, he could play anywhere in the world, he is the most valuable player at this moment in time for Manchester City.  “He pops up everywhere. He’s so important to this side, they won the league last season without him for a large portion, that is a huge plus. “He keeps himself fit, I don’t see anyone stopping him, he is unbelievable.”   De Bruyne set the Premier League alight in the 2017-18 season, bagging eight goals and 16 assists as he guided City to the domestic title. Though City managed to defend their crown without him for large patches last season, Guardiola is in no doubt over just how important the Belgian can be.  “Unfortunately, last season we missed him a lot. We did incredibly well without him, but we are stronger with him,” Guardiola said in July. “Last season he didn’t have a holiday, but he has had more time to rest and he came back like he did two seasons ago. “Hopefully he can keep his level. He’s incredibly positive in his mind and his quality speaks for itself. “He’s a guy who likes to play football. He’s a huge competitor. What we want now is to be calm and not get injuries.” After VAR denied City a winning goal against Tottenham on Saturday, Guardiola’s side will be hoping to bounce back next Sunday when they travel to Bournemouth.  Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more


Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Fit listed on Samsung’s own app after update

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiFebruary 15, 2019UPDATED: February 15, 2019 11:02 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe Galaxy Watch Active will come without he trademark rotating bezelSamsung will also launch the Galaxy Fit and Fit e fitness bandsSamsung will bundle the wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S10 for preordersAhead of the Unpacked event on February 20, Samsung seems to have unwittingly confirmed the launch of the Galaxy Watch Active smartwatch, Galaxy Buds truly wireless earbuds and Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e fitness bands. The wearables have been listed on Samsung’s official Galaxy Wearable app for Android. The product names and images have been put up, pretty much confirming their designs.The wearables have been listed after a new update to the Galaxy Wearable app for Android, and was first spotted by Twitter account SamCentralTech. The Galaxy Watch Active has the same image that has been seen in leaked renders recently. According to the app, the Galaxy Watch Active will come in a 40mm case and at least two colours. The image once again confirms that Galaxy Watch Active will come without Samsung’s trademark rotating bezel.The Galaxy Watch Active is said to run on Samsung’s new One UI. The new software is expected to bring a Dark Mode that will darken the background for watch faces, which will help conserve battery life. The smartwatch is tipped to come with an Exynos 9110 chip with 768MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. It may also get a smaller battery at 230mAh compared to the 300mAh battery inside the Gear Sport. Next up, we see the Galaxy Fit and Galaxy Fit e fitness bands listed. This is the first time we are getting a look at the fitness band, and it seems pretty traditional with a rubber strap and a possible AMOLED display. It is still unclear how the Galaxy Fit and Fit e differ from each other, but it might have something to do with some additional health related features for one of them.advertisement Lastly, we have the Galaxy Buds, which has been talked about in recent days with rumours saying that Samsung will bundle the wireless earbuds with the Galaxy S10 for preorders. The image keeps in line with past renders and leaked official images. The tiny earbuds will come in a charging case that can wirelessly charge by placing it on the back of the Galaxy S10 since the flagship smartphone will support reverse wireless charging. The Galaxy Buds are said to come with 58mAh batteries, while the case will hold a 252mAh capacity.With these wearables showing up on the Galaxy Wearable app, it is pretty much a surety now that Samsung will announce them at its Unpacked event on February 20. The event will also see the launch of the Galaxy S10, S10e and S10+ and possibly the foldable smartphone as well.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds images show off design, expected specs detailedALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy S10 full specs leak out revealing everything ahead of February 20 launchGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow SamsungFollow Galaxy Watch ActiveFollow Galaxy BudsFollow Galaxy FitFollow unpackedFollow Galaxy S10 Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds, Galaxy Fit listed on Samsung’s own app after updateSamsung has seemingly confirmed the launch of the Galaxy Watch Active, Galaxy Buds and Galaxy Fit via its own wearables app.advertisementlast_img read more


Former Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta becomes La Liga Icon

first_img Indo-Asian News Service TokyoJuly 23, 2019UPDATED: July 23, 2019 15:38 IST Iniesta is now La Liga Icon (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSAndres Iniesta currently playing his football in Japan becomes the newest star to be named a ‘La Liga Icon’We are delighted to have Andrés Iniesta on board as a La Liga Icon, said La Liga President, Javier TebasThe La Liga Icons initiative aims to expand the La Liga brand through a strategy focused on digital disseminationAndres Iniesta has been named the latest La Liga Icon, a La Liga initiative to continue growing worldwide driven by the popularity of players like the FC Barcelona legend.The 35-year-old currently playing his football in Japan becomes the newest star to be named a La Liga Icon’ after his Spanish teammate Iker Casillas.”We are delighted to have Andrés Iniesta on board as a La Liga Icon” said La Liga President, Javier Tebas. “He is a player who inspires millions and is a fantastic representative for what La Liga stands for across the globe.”The La Liga Icons initiative aims to expand the La Liga brand through a strategy focused on digital dissemination, maximising La Liga content and taking advantage of synergies between social networks, allowing La Liga to connect with fans globally.Also in attendance at the presentation gala held in the Japanese capital Tokyo were Fernando Sanz, Director of Institutional Relations and La Liga Ambassadors programme and Samuel Eto’o, a former teammate of Iniesta at FC Barcelona and the current La Liga Ambassador.Read more | Brazil women’s soccer team coach Vadao sacked after World Cup lossAlso see:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNitin Kumar Tags :Follow Andres IniestaFollow LA LigaFollow Barcelona Former Barcelona captain Andres Iniesta becomes La Liga IconAndres Iniesta currently playing his football in Japan becomes the newest star to be named a ‘La Liga Icon’ after his Spanish teammate Iker Casillas.advertisement Nextlast_img read more


Unity Invest Taking 97 Pct Share in Solvang ASA

first_imgzoom Oslo-based asset manager Unity Invest AS has received clearance for completion of its offer for a total of 1.4 million shares in Solvang ASA, owner and operator of ethylene and LPG carriers.Unity Invest is a related party to AS Clipper which together with its consolidated parties have a holding of 19.3 million shares in the company, representing 78.38 pct of the shares and votes in Solvang.AS Clipper is represented on the board of directors of Solvang by Michael Steensland-Brun, Chairman of Unity Invest.Consequently, upon completion of the offer, Unity Invest will have a holding of 23.9 million shares in the shipowner, taking 97.15 pct of the shares and votes in Solvang.“Unity Invest confirms that all conditions for completion of the offer have been met or waived. Accordingly, Unity Invest has resolved to complete the offer with respect to validly tendered shares. Settlement of the offer towards the tendering shareholders is expected to take place on or about January 9, 2018,” Solvang said in a regulatory filing.To remind, AS Clipper received acceptances for the acquisition of 120 shares in compatriot Solvang ASA on April 11.Solvang manages and has a stake in a total of 21 ships, two Panamax VLGC newbuildings delivered in 2017 and four 21,000 cbm newbuildings to be delivered in 2019.last_img read more


Premier Urges Nova Scotians to Remember

first_imgPremier John Hamm is urging all Nova Scotians to take a fewmoments on Tuesday, Nov. 11 to remember the men and women whohave died or suffered in wars and conflicts and all those whohave served our country in uniform. “It is our duty as Nova Scotians and as Canadians to ensure thatthe sacrifices made to preserve our freedom and democracy arenever forgotten,” said the premier. “I hope that this Nov. 11,the people of our province will make an effort to visit a localcenotaph or to spend a few moments in thanks for the peaceful wayof life we enjoy here in Nova Scotia.” Over the past number of years, the Nova Scotia government hasundertaken several initiatives to support individuals who haveserved their country. To ensure that children value thecontribution of veterans, government has made Canadian history arequirement for graduation from high school. In 2000, Highway 102from Fall River to Truro was named the Veterans Memorial Highway.And, in February 2003, government began issuing veterans’ licenseplates to those who have served in uniform. “We can never repay the sacrifices that many men and women havemade in order that our way of life might be protected,” saidPremier Hamm. “But we can remember.” -30-last_img read more


Tax Change to Be Assessed

first_imgThe sharing of federal gas taxes and elimination of thebusiness Occupancy Assessment Tax are two areas where municipalities and the province need to co-operate said Premier John Hamm. The premier made this statement today, Sept. 22, at the opening of the Union of Nova Scotia Municipalities Annual Meeting in Truro. “As a province, we can’t meet all of your expectations,” said Premier Hamm. “The important thing is we understand your communities’ needs and work with you in a spirit of compromise and co-operation to help address them over time.” The premier made a commitment to bring forward legislation to eliminate the Business Occupancy Assessment Tax in the spring of 2005. The elimination of the tax has been studied for more than 10years. A recent round of consultations will soon be made public, and an impact study commissioned shortly thereafter. “Let’s commit to work together in a spirit of co-operation tofind a fair and balanced alternative,” said Premier Hamm. The province will not be clawing back any portion of federal gas tax revenues that flow to municipal units as part of the federal government’s urban agenda, but will be looking to ensure that all those dollars go into needed infrastructure projects.last_img read more


Fantasy Football League Taken Over By NFL Players Raises 10000 For Charity

first_imgThe Getaway 2 Give (G2G) Collection, a destination club that helps transform the lives of busy people through the power of experiences and contribution, just completed its second Fantasy Football Program using the ESPN Platform.This invite only, multi league program was offered to members of the G2G Collection.Thirteen NFL stars, past and present included Takeo Spikes, Roddy White, Malcolm Jenkins, Sean Weatherspoon, Marcell Dareus, Malcolm Jenkins, Larry English, and Lawyer Milloy. Other notable players included singer Amy Grant, ESPN Sport Science host John Brenkus, and ESPN SportsCenter anchor Jay Harris. A total of 60 teams played for big prizes for charity – each of which produced donations to an organization supported by one of the participating NFL players. Prizes included: • 1st – $5,500 cash donation • Runner Up – A 5 night stay at a G2G residence that is used in a live auction to raise more money for that causeWhen the dust settled Takeo Spikes narrowly edged out Jay Harris, who finished in 2nd place.Takeo selected the Will Allen Foundation to receive the $5,500 cash donation. Jay Harris selected Lomas Brown’s cause, the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan. The stay will likely raise $5,000 to $10,000 in a charity event auction later this spring.Allen, the Pittsburgh Steeler Safety and Ohio State alumnus said “I am always thankful and humbled when the Will Allen Foundation receives support. Takeo has always exemplified what it means to be a warrior on and off the field. As a current NFL player I am inspired by Takeo’s tenacity, toughness and commitment on the field. As a philanthropist I am moved by his heart and selflessness. Because of Takeo’s generosity we can continue to educate, influence and empower many lives. I am grateful for having friends and supporters such as Takeo and G2G Collection to uplift my philanthropic endeavors”.G2G co-founder and Chief Giving Officer Rob Vaka added, “Takeo and Will embody the spirit of what G2G stands for- transforming as many lives as possible through the power of experiences and contribution. More plainly put, that’s meaningful moments while travelling with people you care about and those you are yet to meet, and impacting a cause at the same time. With hundreds of members who also believe in Doing Well by Doing Good, dozens of which are NFL players, we’re looking forward to 2015 and to adding to the nearly $2 Million that G2G has been able to generate for deserving causes. For people who travel to cities like NYC, LA, SF, or Chicago, or vacation in beach or mountain destinations, come join us and change the world one experience at a time”.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more


Navy arrests 147 Aussie bound asylum seekers

The 147 asylum seekers were handed over to the criminal investigations division of the police for further investigations.Hundreds of people have been arrested so far this year by the police and navy in Sri Lanka as they attempted to make the dangerous journey to Australia buy boat. The Sri Lankan navy on Tuesday arrested 147 Australia bound asylum seekers on two boats.A navy spokesman said that one trawler was seized with 66 people on board in the southern seas of Beruwala while the other boat was nabbed with 81 people in northwestern Chilaw. However at the same time many have managed to reach Australia where they are placed at a detention center on Christmas Island.The Australian government is now in the process of shifting asylum seekers to an offshore processing center.Both the Sri Lankan government and Australia have an agreement to combating human smuggling and the Sri Lankan authorities had recently warned asylum seekers not to fall prey to human smugglers who charge huge sums of money for the journey by boat. (Xinhua) Most of the asylum seekers arrested were minority Tamils while the rest were Sinhalese, the navy spokesman said. “There were 64 Tamils in one boat and 59 Tamils in the other. All those arrested are residents of Jaffna, Mullaithivu, Trincomalee, Vavuniya, Batticaloa, Kilinochchi, Chilaw, Puttlam, Colombo, Negombo, Kurunegala and Mannar,” the navy spokesman said. read more


Chevron is allowed to stay in Venezuela until October

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration is allowing Chevron to continue operating in Venezuela at least until October despite U.S. sanctions aimed at ousting President Nicolás Maduro by choking off revenue from the world’s largest crude reserves.Friday’s action gives Chevron until October 25, when the Treasury Department will decide again whether to revoke or renew the license for a second time. The license was originally issued in January for six months.Chevron didn’t immediately respond to an inquiry from The Associated Press seeking comment.Chevron has operated in the South American country for almost a century and its four joint ventures with state-run oil monopoly PDVSA currently produce about 200,000 barrels a day. That’s about a quarter of Venezuela’s total production in June.The Associated Press read more


Restructuring expert Sedran replaces KarlFriedrich Stracke who resigned

Restructuring expert Sedran replaces Karl-Friedrich Stracke, who resigned AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by David McHugh, The Associated Press Posted Jul 17, 2012 1:04 pm MDT FRANKFURT – General Motors’ lossmaking Opel subsidiary has named restructuring expert Thomas Sedran as interim CEO while it looks for a permanent replacement for Karl-Friedrich Stracke, who abruptly resigned last week.Sedran, 47, joined Opel in April as a top executive in charge of strategy. He has played a role in Opel’s efforts to stem years of losses, both as an outside consultant at turnaround firm AlixPartners and at Opel.The Opel board of directors on Tuesday named Sedran deputy chairman of the management board, the top management body, and said he would act as interim chairman of that group until a permanent replacement for Stracke can be found. Management board chairman is the German equivalent of CEO.The company said Sedran would keep his current job as chief of operations, business development and corporate strategies.“We will continue to implement our business plan as it was outlined and work to improve it. We will further reduce bureaucracy and continue to challenge the corporate culture,” said Opel board of directors chairman Steve Girsky, who is also vice-chairman of the GM board.While Stracke served as both head of Opel and as president of GM Europe, Sedran takes over only the interim Opel post.The title of president of GM Europe remains with Girsky, who assumed control of the company’s European operations after Stracke left.Stracke, who served as both CEO and head of GM Europe, resigned just two weeks after presenting a plan to improve the struggling Opel and Vauxhall brands in Europe. The plan included new models in areas where the company was not represented and cost savings through an alliance with France’s PSA Peugeot Citroen. The company was in talks with employee representatives that foresaw closing its plant in Bochum, Germany, in 2017 and asking employees to forego a recently bargained raise.GM head Dan Akerson praised Stracke, who is to work on special projects for the company. But industry experts say Stracke’s departure may be a sign that GM is impatient with the pace of restructuring its European business and ending losses there. The company faces obstacles to rapid restructuring such as labour contracts that forbid layoffs until 2015 and the German practice called “co-determination” that gives employee representatives seats on the board of directors.Some analysts also think that Girsky may be positioning himself to bid for the top job at GM by leading a successful turnaround at Opel. analyst Michelle Krebs has said that “turning around GM’s operations in Europe would be a huge step toward the throne.” read more


Protest against VAT on private education continues

The following are scenes from today’s protest (Photos by Padmini Ujraj)  The group maintained that they will continue to protest the action by government for as long as it takes for the taxation on private education to be revoked. In light of the Government maintaining that the Value Added Tax (VAT) on private education will continue pending revisions in 2018, another silent demonstration was held in front of the Ministry of Presidency today.The gathering of a significant amount of adults and children were seen holding placards against the tax on private education implemented by Government earlier this year.Speaking to media operatives today, several persons continued to decry the Administration’s decision to continue with the taxation measure, highlighting that it “just adds to the burden to live in Guyana.”One mother of four said that her children, who are all at the primary level, were not admitted into private educational institutions because she is wealthy, but because the private schools have more to offer than the public system.“The government is saying they’ve invested 17 percent of the budget into the public system but they’re not taking that money to pay the teachers adequately, they’re paying that money to try to fix the broken public system. The best teachers are forced to leave the public system to go to the private schools. That’s why i send my children there.” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCitizens up pressure on Govt to reverse decision to VAT private educationFebruary 28, 2017In “latest news”Against public outcry: President says 14% VAT on private education remainsMarch 2, 2017In “Business”PPP calls for ‘immediate removal’ of VAT on educationFebruary 27, 2017In “latest news” read more


Robot arm lets simulator pilots experience 6 G forces

first_imgGamers are always looking for hardware to make their experiences more immersive, and once again we get to be jealous of professional-grade simulator equpiment. Australia’s Deakin University has assembled a flight simulator on a heavy-duty robotic arm that provides six degrees of freedom and as much as 6 G of force coming from rapid motion.The video above shows the sim in action. When the training pilot moves the joystick, the plane on screen moves as expected. So does the entire rig, screen, seat and all. The rig was built by the university’s Center for Intelligent Systems Research (CISR) with support (presumably funding) from Australia’s Department of Defense. It uses a modified industrial robot arm and allows two axes of continuous rotation, which makes it possible to train on some complex fighter jet moves. It also incorporates a motion-tracking system and a 3D display for increased immersion.The use in military training is obvious, but it’s possible that other vehicles could be simulated as well. The video below shows a similar system used to simulate Formula 1 driving, complete with the fast motion and forces inflicted on a driver on a level surface.Playing Battlefield 3, with its variety of vehicle options, would be an unusual, but probably very cool use. Or maybe go more traditional, with a high-speed, futuristic racer like Wipeout and provide the G-forces that action gamers are looking for.It’s unknown how much was spent to build this rig, but if $50,000 just gets you a little jostle, 6 G of force may be out of everyone’s reach.via PopScilast_img read more