Militants hurl grenade at NC leader’s house, CRPF jawan hurt in Tral

first_imgMilitants on Sunday hurled a grenade at the residence of a National Conference (NC) leader in the Tral area of Pulwama district in Jammu and Kashmir, resulting in injuries to a CRPF jawan, the police said. The militants lobbed the grenade at the residence of Mohammad Ashraf Bhat, son of former NC MLA Mohammad Subhan Bhat, in Tral town, a police official said. He added that a CRPF jawan was injured in the grenade attack. This was the third grenade attack targeting politicians in south Kashmir in the last three days. Earlier, militants had hurled grenades at the houses of ruling PDP MLAs at Real and Zainapora in Shopian district.last_img

Kashmir tense after Kulgam killings

first_imgKashmir remained tense on Thursday in the wake of four civilian deaths during a counter-militancy operation in Kulgam on Wednesday.The authorities closed all major colleges and schools “as a precautionary measure”. However, students of the Sher-e-Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology, Sopore, and the National Institute of Technology (NIT), Srinagar, held demonstrations on the campuses.Security restrictions were also imposed in parts of Srinagar and south Kashmir. Protesters clashed with security forces in Kulgam and Kupwara. However, they were dispersed by the security forces.A Hurriyat group held a protest at Eidgah.Shops and business establishments remained shut. Transport remained off the roads. Internet and train services were stopped in south Kashmir.last_img read more


first_imgNovember has been a busy month for affiliates all around the nation with several tournaments and numerous summer competitions cranking into top gear.None of these events or affiliates operate without the industry, commitment, expertise and passion of a dedicated volunteer army.Touch Football Australia have recognised the efforts of some special Volunteers who have been hard at work in their affiliates this month with personal calls from the TFA Chairman of the Board of Directors, Mr. Peter Rooney.Roberta Mc Broom from the Western Australia affiliate of Goldfields has made an outstanding contribution to Junior development in the West, establishing a successful Junior Touch competition off the back of a highly popular AusTouch program that has seen the Kalgoorlie Goldfields affiliate regularly turn out 100 plus AusTouch graduates over the last 3 years.Roberta’s hard work and leadership has led to Goldfields developing a local junior competition that is leading the way in the establishment of junior competitions in Western Australia.TouchWest’s Operation’s Manager, Angela Doyle has assisted Goldfields to develop as a progressive, innovative affiliate and is impressed with Roberta’s efforts to corner the market and put Touch Football on the map in the Country affiliate located 600 kilometres from Perth.“Roberta has done a magnificent job, and has established Western Australia’s first formalised Junior competition off the back of her enthusiasm and passion for the participation of juniors in the AusTouch program. Roberta is an integral part of the development of juniors in the sport and we’re very appreciative of her role in nurturing young talent in the West,” Doyle said.Goldfields will be sending four teams to the Inaugural “Be Active” WA Junior Regional Championships in April 2008 and are hopeful of producing strong performances across the board to ensure the sport has a strong foothold in the State’s isolated areas.Roberta has been extremely keen to improve her technical understanding of the sport and to access opportunities for local participants and was instrumental in a recent Level One Coaching accreditation course being conducted in the Goldfields affiliate.Roberta had been a long running servant of the sport having worked in tandem with husband and Goldfields Touch Association President Neil Mc Broom to develop the Goldfields affiliate for a huge chunk of the affiliate’s history.WA State Manager Mr. Matt Bamford believes the work Roberta does is pivotal in the continued growth of the game in Kalgoorlie.“Roberta has served the affiliate in numerous capacities over the years, and her work with the AusTouch program has led to the development of a fully fledged junior competition, as well as a flow on effect with the AusTouch graduates joining senior affiliated competitions. The work Roberta is doing is vital not just for now, but more importantly for the future membership of the association,” Mr. Bamford said.In Victoria, Peter Cramp, Treasurer of the Geelong Touch Association has been recognized for his tireless efforts in the development of the Geelong affiliate, but particularly his stellar contribution to the business management of the association in the last 12 months.Peter has been extremely diligent in the thankless task of debt collection, enabling the Geelong Touch Association to clear pressing financial debts that had been weighing on the association.Peter has been a long serving member of the Geelong Touch Association, filling roles in the past as president, general member, and treasurer.Peter is well respected as one of the founding father’s of the association and is well regarded for his professional approach to affiliate development.The 22 team Geelong competition is well administered in all aspects of operation from uniform requirements to referee development and Peter has been a driving force in Geelong’s rise and rise as a key venue for the sport in Victoria, establishing great connections with local council and the community along the way.Peter has ensured that Geelong is always represented at the State Affiliates Cup in both Open and Seniors divisions and is a prime reason the affiliate is expanding and growing.Victorian Touch State Operations Manager, Nick Mooney was full of praise for Peter Cramp’s contribution to the Geelong Touch Association.“Peter is an extremely dedicated individual who has been selfless and industrious for Geelong. Geelong is one our oldest affiliates and he has helped framework a great competition that is going from strength to strength. He has worked hard to help the affiliate navigate their way through some financial issues and he is a driving force in the association’s development,” Mr. Mooney said.Touch Football Australia would like to congratulate both Roberta and Peter for their selfless, quality contributions to their local affiliates and our sport.If you know of any worthy volunteers who deserve recognition for their contribution to your local association, please contact your State Branch Manager with the details.last_img read more

10 months agoLiverpool not planning new Robertson deal

first_imgLiverpool not planning new Robertson dealby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAndy Robertson is not on the verge of signing a new contract with Liverpool.Given the Scot’s emergence as a key player for Jurgen Klopp over the past 12 months, reports had suggested that he was close to earning a bumper deal from the Reds.However, the Evening Standard believe the club have no plans to renegotiate Robertson’s contract, which expires in 2021.Robertson is not upset with the decision from Liverpool, contrary to reports. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

9 months agoLazio president Lotito eases Zappacosta talk

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Lazio president Lotito eases Zappacosta talkby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLazio president Claudio Lotito has eased talk of a deal for Chelsea fullback Davide Zappacosta.The defender was expected to join Chelsea this week, but Lotito now appears to be putting the brakes on the deal.”Zappacosta? The market is not made from the collection of stickers,” rapped Lotito.”If I even like him, I wonder if he is functional and necessary.”The president continued: “These assessments are not made by the president. The president hears and listens to people. I have a coach, a sports director, a team manager who contribute to the formation of my conviction.” last_img

Japan India leaders build ties amid trade security worries

first_imgTOKYO – The leaders of Japan and India are reaffirming their ties amid growing worries about trade and regional stability.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived Saturday, was meeting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe at a resort area near Mount Fuji on Sunday. Modi is also visiting a nearby plant of major Japanese robot maker Fanuc.Relations with China are a major issue shared by Modi and Abe, as their co-operation may balance China’s growing regional influence and military assertiveness.“The India-Japan partnership has been fundamentally transformed and it has been strengthened as a ‘special strategic and global partnership,’” Modi told Kyodo News service. “There are no negatives but only opportunities in this relationship which are waiting to be seized.”Modi chose Japan among the first nations to visit after taking power four years ago. He has been urging countries in the Indo-Pacific region to unite against protectionism and cross-border tensions.In another sign of closer relations, India and Japan are also set to hold their first joint military exercises involving ground forces, starting next month.Abe has just returned from China, where he met President Xi Jinping and agreed the two nations were “sharing more common interests and concerns.”President Donald Trump’s policies that have targeted mostly China with tariffs, but also Japan and other nations, accusing them of unfair trade practices, are working to prod India and Japan to promote their economic ties.The Japanese Foreign Ministry said the leaders had lunch at a hotel in Yamanashi Prefecture, west of Tokyo, and exchanged a wide range of views on pursuing “a free and open” Indo-Pacific region. Abe told Modi about his recent trip to China, and both sides agreed on the need to co-operate closely on getting North Korea to drop nuclear weapons development, the ministry said in a statement.Japan’s investment in India still has room to grow. Japan is helping India build a super-fast railway system.Abe has made bolstering and opening the nation’s economy central to his policies called “Abenomics,” and has encouraged trade, foreign investment and tourism.Although Japan has long seen the U.S. as its main ally, especially in defence, Abe is courting other ties. He has also been vocal about free trade, which runs counter to Trump’s moves to raise tariffs.Earlier this year, Japan signed a landmark deal with the European Union that will eliminate nearly all tariffs on products they trade. European and Japanese leaders pledged to strengthen their partnership in defence, climate change and human exchange, to send what they called a clear message against protectionism.Abe and Modi will hold a more formal summit Monday in Tokyo.___Yuri Kageyama is on Twitter at Instagram at read more

Assessing Andrew Wiggins 30 Games In

Last week, my colleague Neil Paine wrote about the Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrew Wiggins, who is probably the favorite to win the NBA’s Rookie of the Year but who has so far been among the least efficient players in the league according to a variety of advanced statistics. The article triggered a lot of objections on Twitter and in the comments section. Many readers thought it was ridiculous to assess any player, especially a 19-year-old rookie, after just a couple dozen NBA games. Others were skeptical of the array of advanced statistics that Neil cited.So let’s look at Wiggins’s case through the lens of traditional statistics instead. And let’s measure him directly against his peers. Wiggins played in his 30th NBA game on Tuesday night; we can compare his performance so far against other 19-year-old rookies through their first 30 games. I ran a search on for players who:Were age 19 or younger in their rookie season (based on their age as of Feb. 1 of their rookie year);And who averaged at least 24 minutes per game (i.e. played at least half their teams’ minutes) during their first 30 NBA games.Since 1985-86 there have been only 15 such players (counting Wiggins). The list puts Wiggins in pretty good company. It includes a number of superstars and All-Stars, among them LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Anthony Davis, Dwight Howard, Tony Parker and Chris Bosh. There are only one or two total busts, most notably Dajuan Wagner. The rest of the list includes players, such as Luol Deng, who turned into good NBA regulars, and others like Michael Kidd-Gilchrist about whom it’s too early to make an assessment.But in other respects the data is less favorable for Wiggins. When comparing his first 30 games against the first 30 games of those other players, he’s been among the least effective. In the chart below, I’ve listed each player’s statistics per 36 minutes played in the 10 categories that are most commonly used in rotisserie basketball leagues: points, rebounds, assists, blocks, steals, turnovers, personal fouls, 3-pointers made, field goal percentage and free-throw percentage. (For personal fouls and turnovers, fewer is better.) Then, again in the fashion of a rotisserie basketball league, I’ve ranked the players from No. 1 to 15 in each category and added up the rankings to produce an overall score.As a reminder, these stats reflect each player’s performance through the first 30 games of his rookie season only. On this basis, Wiggins ranks about average in points scored, steals, 3-pointers made, turnovers and fouls committed. He’s been somewhat below average in rebounds and blocks — two categories where his athleticism has not yet translated into good numbers. He’s also been a below-average shooter, and his assist rate — 1.6 assists per 36 minutes — has been poor.By the fantasy basketball scoring method, Wiggins ranks 13th out of the 15 players. It’s tough to be a rookie in the NBA, but some of the rookies who came before Wiggins showed more early on. James ranks ahead of him in nine of 10 categories; Durant and Davis rank ahead of him in eight. Even Luol Deng, a player with whom Wiggins is sometimes compared, ranks ahead of him in eight of 10.On the other hand, some rookies who weren’t much better than Wiggins in their first 30 games turned out to have nice NBA careers. Parker and Bosh, in particular, weren’t very productive early on. Overall, a player’s performance through his first 30 games does seem to tell us something — you’d rather take the players from the top half of the rotisserie-style rankings than those from the bottom. But it’s a fairly noisy list.So Wiggins might have lost some value based on his performance so far this year, but he hasn’t crashed. (This conclusion is pretty similar to Neil’s.)What about those advanced stats showing Wiggins to be awful (instead of just mediocre)? They’re probably not the thing for him to worry about right now. Most of those stats will punish players who shoot relatively often but relatively poorly, as Wiggins has so far. But the 5-25 Timberwolves don’t have a lot of better options, and Wiggins has shown some development this year, like shooting well from 3-point range. (And keep in mind that James shot just .417 through his first 30 games.) The bigger concerns are Wiggins’s low rates of rebounds, assists and blocks, deficits that show up in advanced and traditional statistics alike. read more

Ohio State womens soccer set to open Big Ten play

Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) dribbles the ball during a game against Eastern Michigan on Aug. 25, 2013. OSU won, 2-1, in overtime.Credit: Lantern file photoFresh off a pair of victories, the Ohio State women’s soccer team is preparing for its first conference games of the season.The Buckeyes are 3-3-0 on the year after picking up wins at home against Dayton and George Mason last weekend. Freshman forward Sammy Edwards was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week for completing a hat trick in the game against Dayton on Friday.After OSU opened its season by playing against three ranked opponents, coach Lori Walker said the toughness of the Buckeyes’ non-conference schedule will aid them as they look to compete in the Big Ten.“You’re playing at game pace right from the get-go and we had to really focus on our defending and the quality of our defending against some pretty high-level opponents, so we have no delusions of grandeur about how hard the game is supposed to be played,” Walker said. “I think there are other teams in our conference that don’t play as hard a schedule and then they get into Big Ten play and it’s a shock at how hard the game is supposed to be played.”The team is set to begin conference play against Indiana on Friday and Purdue on Sunday. The Hoosiers are 4-2-0 while the Boilermakers are 4-1-1 so far the season. Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said there is more added pressure to playing within the conference.“(The) Big Ten is (where) every, every game matters. Obviously every non-conference game matters too, but in the Big Ten you only get so many and you have to finish in the top eight in order to make the tournament,” Gruber said. “So you know that every game matters and it’s really competitive and every team you play you know is going to be good.”Senior forward Kayla Varner said the young team has become more comfortable playing together than they were at the start of the season.“It’s starting to come together a little bit more,” Varner said. “We have freshmen stepping up, we have sophomores stepping up and that’s helping out the upperclassmen a lot. I think we’ve improved in just kind of stepping into our roles a little bit more and trying to find out what makes everyone more comfortable playing together.”Walker said she wants to see the team maintain its offensive tempo and provide consistent play as it looks toward playing in the conference.“You’re always trying to get your attack running on all cylinders as quick as you can as you hit conference play,” Walker said. “What we want to see is that the speed of our attack doesn’t fall off based on who is on the field, that we have a consistency to that as well.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to start Big Ten play on the road against the Hoosiers on Friday at 7 p.m. in Bloomington, Ind., and against the Boilermakers on Sunday at 3 p.m. in West Lafayette, Ind. The game on Sunday is set to be televised live on the Big Ten Network. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State mounts secondhalf comeback to beat Michigan 7162

Ohio State redshirt senior forward Keita Bates-Diop (33) looks to drive in the first half in the game against Michigan. Ohio State won the game 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorFor the first time all season, Ohio State (7-3, 2-0 Big Ten) came back from a daunting double-digit second-half deficit, defeating Michigan (7-3, 1-1 Big Ten) 71-62 at the Schottenstein Center on Monday.Ohio State lost to both Butler and Clemson after miserable second halfs that ruined first-half leads, but outscored the Wolverines 41-19 in the second half after falling behind 43-30 at the end of the first half to come away with the win. The Buckeyes finished the game on a 15-2 run. Michigan went 5-for-29 in the second half, including just 1-for-12 from beyond the arc.The Buckeyes trailed by as much as 43-23, but carried a 7-0 run at the end of the first half into a 17-3 run to open the second half, then took the lead with 12:29 left in the game.Junior forward Jae’Sean Tate capped off the first-half run with a thundering, one-handed slam over Michigan forward Moritz Wagner to send the 12,546 fans in the Schott to their feet for the first time the entire game. Tate finished with 14 points and four rebounds in the game.“It was pretty loud in there. I haven’t really heard the Schott that loud. [Tate’s] dunk set it off,” redshirt senior guard Kam Williams said. “Head coach Chris Holtmann said cutting into the lead and making it just a 13-point game going into halftime helped Ohio State gain some momentum when it needed it most, and proved to be important in sparking the team’s second-half comeback.“It’s just so much more manageable than when you’re saying 20 up there,” Holtmann said. We actually had a chance to cut it to 11. I had used my timeout and didn’t want to use it again. We didn’t get a great shot late, but that was very important to just get a little bit of momentum in that last minute-and-a-half.”Bates-Diop was fouled on his way up with 12:29 remaining in the second half and tied the game with his first free throw, then dropped in the second one to give Ohio State its first lead of the game at 47-46. Bates-Diop ended the game with 18 points and nine rebounds. Michigan later retook a 57-56 lead with 5:48 left on a free throw by Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and extended it to two points with the second make. The game was tied again on a baseline jumper from Williams at 60-60 with 3:38 left in the game. Guard C.J. Jackson made the first free-throw try with 2:59 remaining to give Ohio State a 61-60 lead. The Buckeyes pulled away to a 67-60 advantage with four more free throws by Jackson and two from Bates-Diop.It was clear early that the Michigan offense was able to spread the Ohio State defense out with passes from baseline to baseline and screens to shake pursuing defenders, opening up lanes for easy points in the paint and finding chances for its guards to shoot from beyond the arc. By halftime, Michigan had run up a 43-30 lead and led in both 3-pointers (7-5) and points in the paint (20-10). With 14:18 left in the first half, the Buckeye defense switched to a 2-3 zone, but found little success against the Michigan offense that continued to exploit the zone. The Wolverines went on a 22-11 run to push their lead out to 36-17.Holtmann said coming out of the half, his team had a determination to be totally different than it played in the first half when things were not going right for his team.“Defensively, we had to change some things at half time because you watch a ton of tape and you put a scouting report together and you think it’s going to work like it worked against Wisconsin, and your guys execute,” Holtmann said. “When they come out and they attack it in a way that really exposes us, so we had to make some changes, so that I think combined with just our guys’ effort was critical.”Wagner led Michigan players with 14 points and nine rebounds. Guards Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman and Zavier Simpson were tied for the second-most points with 11 points each.Bates-Diop said between the 83-59 road win against Wisconsin and the second-half comeback against Michigan, the Buckeyes are starting to get an idea of what the ceiling could be if they continue their success. “If we play like we did in the second half all game, the game’s really not even that close and Michigan’s a good team,” Bates-Diop said. “It’s hard to win in Wisconsin no matter what year it is. So if we carry these things as the rest of non-conference and into the regular season Big Ten, I think sky’s the limit for us. We can be really good.”Ohio State stays home for a matchup at noon Saturday against William and Mary. read more

Dembele laughs off Arsenal rumors

first_imgThe French footballer went live today on Twitch and made everything clear: he’s staying in Barcelona to winOusmane Dembele is enjoying life so far.With only 21 years of age, the French forward was crowned champion of the FIFA World Cup with his national team.But his time in Spanish club Barcelona has been superb too.After arriving in 2017 from German side Borussia Dortmund, Dembele has played in 17 occasions with the Blaugranas, scoring three goals.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.And during the transfer window, he was supposedly targeted by English club Arsenal, who would pay up to 89 million Pounds for his services.But Dembele laughed it off.Today he went live on Twitch to talk about these rumors.“Yes, I’m going to stay and I’m ready for the Super Cup of Spain against Sevilla,” he said was reported by Barca Blaugranes.last_img read more

We focus on us Dele Alli

first_imgThe Tottenham Hotspur midfielder is not watching what the other teams are doing in the English Premier League and believes the Spurs are title candidatesTottenham Hotspur has started the 2018-2019 English Premier League season with the right foot, the team is now in fifth place on the standings.With three wins and only one defeat, the Spurs have nine points and are title contenders.And this is exactly what midfielder Dele Alli believes since he is just focusing on his team and not the other clubs.“No matter what people are talking about, we have belief in ourselves,” he told The Evening Standard as quoted by Football London.“There are some great sides out there, but we have to focus on us.”Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“We don’t worry about what anyone else says,” he added.“We’ll keep trying to get as many points as we can and if nobody else is talking about us as title contenders, it doesn’t bother me.”“It is a statement that we can win at places like United. We had the belief we could do it,” he commented.“Sometimes it doesn’t go your way or something happens – I remember Kyle Walker’s own goal there when we played really well and lost [1-0, in 2015] – but this year it all came together.”“We didn’t start very well but stayed in the game, showed great character and were clinical in the second half,” the midfielder said.“We want to keep moving forward.”last_img read more

Amazing Science Ideas Solutions at FortisTCI Science Fair

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Rave Reviews for National Science Fair ideas TCI Police looking for candy & electricity thieves Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 03 Mar 2016 – The students of the Turks and Caicos Islands made a major impression on each other and the adults in the community at the 7th Annual National Science Fair sponsored by FortisTCI. The opportunity for the schools in both primary and high school divisions to delve into the potentials of science in the islands has again spawned brilliant ideas and solutions; beauty products from Neem and Aloe, studies on water which rate safest, give ideas of handling sewerage and alternative energy ideas for power and fire, stunning art from aluminum, hot health recommendations – like eating more peppers as a means of losing weight – edible party supplies made of Jello and a garbage collecting robot were among the concepts on display at the exhibition laid out at the Gus Lightbourne Gym. Up to news production time, the winners had not yet been named… hundreds were drawn to the gym for the finale of three days dedicated to culture, heritage and science during this Education Week. FortisTCI reveals Education Week winners Related Items:education week, fortis tci, science fair Recommended for youlast_img read more

Advance bus tickets go on sale today

first_imgAhead of Eid-ul-Fitr, private bus operators will start selling advance tickets from today (Wednesday) for homebound people, reports UNB.Bangladesh Bus Truck Owners’ Association fixed the date after holding a meeting of the organisation on 25 May.Meanwhile, Bangladesh Railway will begin sale of advance train tickets from 1 June, a day after the advance bus tickets go on sale while the sales of advance tickets for cabins of launch and steamers will begin on Wednesday.Around 200 launches will ply 41 river routes carrying the Eid holidaymakers from 7 June, said joint director of Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA) Arif Uddin.President of Bangladesh Launch Owners’ Association Mahbubur Rahman claimed that sufficient life jackets have been kept at each launch to ensure safe journey of the passengers.Around 6-7 million people are expected to leave the capital city of Dhaka for their respective native villages to celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr with their near and dear ones.Of the Eid holidaymakers, 55 per cent is expected to travel for their home destination by buses, 20 per cent by train and 25 per cent will go home travelling by water transports, including launch and steamers.last_img read more

BNP has no way other than street agitation

first_imgLogo of BNPUnhappy with the outcome of the dialogue between its Jatiya Oikay Front and the 14-party ruling alliance, BNP policymakers have made up their mind to launch a ‘non-stop’ street agitation.Together with Oikya Front and partners of the 20-[arty alliance, the main opposition party is set to go for street protest once the schedule for the general elections is announced.Talking to UNB, senior party leaders said they are now almost certain that most of their demands are unlikely to be realised by engaging in further talks with Awami League president, prime minister Sheikh Hasina unless they can exert pressure on the government through a strong and collective showdown on the street.They, however, said a small team of the Jatiya Oikya Front, led by Kamal Hossain, may sit in talks with the prime minister again as their last-ditch effort to find a peaceful solution to the political problem, and realise their major demands for a fair and participatory election.BNP and Oikya Front leaders said they need to participate in the talks further so that the civil society members and diplomats cannot blame them for the failure of the dialogue.They said Kamal Hossain is preparing a new framework on an election-time government dissolving parliament, which he will present before the prime minister in the talks or will send it to her.A BNP standing committee member, whishing anonymity, said they will announce some programmes from their Suhrawardy Udyan rally if the election schedule is announced by the time.He said they will first try to mount pressure on the government by huge showdown with some peaceful programmes like human chain and sit-in, and change their course of action gradually depending on emerging situation and the government’s response.The BNP leader said they will announce the action programmes under the banner of Oikyafront, and the 20-party will simultaneously observe those extending their support.The party has recently held a meeting with its 20-party alliance partners and gave them necessary direction as to how they will act if the election schedule is announced without any understanding with the Oikya Front.A Jamaat-e-Islami leader, seeking anonymity, said they have completed their necessary preparations to wage a strong, but a brief movement.He said they will be there on the streets supporting BNP’s and the 20-praty alliance’s programmes to be declared after the announcement of the election schedule.Two BNP standing committee members said their party’s acting chairman Tarique Rahman phoned some Oikya Front and 20-party leaders, and pro-BNP intellectuals, and most of them suggested him to launch a non-stop peaceful movement.Tarique is also contacting the leaders of BNP’s two Dhaka city units giving them necessary directions to launch a strong movement in the capital and make it a success.Contacted, BNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir said though many things were discussed during the talks, there is no satisfactory outcome. “That’s why we’ve got frustrated over the talks.”Asked whether they will sit with the prime minister again, he said they will decide it after discussions with party and Oikya Front leaders and assessing the government’s attitude.He said the Oikya Front’s movement will continue and they will come up with more programmes in the days to come.Asked if the election schedule is announced before their further talks with the prime minister, Fakhrul said they will intensify their movement and force the government to concede to their demands.BNP standing committee member Gayeshwar Chandra Roy said the results of the talks are almost zero. “Now we’ve no alternative to intensifying our movement to realise our demands.”He said they will give some important messages from Oikya Front’s Tuesday’s rally at Suhrawardy Udyan. “We’ll gradually strengthen our movement to realise our demands “”From our past experience, we can say no problem of the country was resolved through talks.Even, the government didn’t meet the students’ demand for quota reform through talks. They did it only when the students took to the streets. So, we’ve to achieve the success through making sacrifices on the streets,” the BNP leader added.Gayeshwar, who did not join the talks citing his illness, said there is no misunderstanding among the Oikya Front leaders and all are sincerely working from their respective position to ensure a credible election in the country.He said the 20-party alliance partners also may take part in the Oikya Front’s action programmes as they support its seven-point demand.Jukta Front leader and Nagorik Oikya convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna said the dialogue has not been successful as the prime minister indirectly turned down their demands. “She pushed us towards the movement.”He also said the prime minister has made the talks insignificant as she invited her alliance partners also for discussions.Oikya Prokriya leader Sultan Mohammad Mansur Ahmed said their movement will continue till their demands are met. “We’ve no other option now other than settling the political problem on the streets.”last_img read more

The 5 Takeaways from the Coyotes introduction of

first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Then, of course, with almost any interview Peterson had, he was asked to rank his top three corners in the NFL. Peterson was quick to say he dislikes the question, and then when he gave his three, they were all jokingly himself.Later on, this transitioned into a ranking of the top three quarterbacks in the league. Peterson stuck to his mantra, naming himself first, but then having his teammate Carson Palmer second. Nolan, desperate for the third name to be Brady, got a sarcastic “maybe” from Peterson before saying he’s an “all-time great.”Nolan looked for some fantasy football intel and asked Peterson about his teammate David Johnson as a potential first-round pick. Peterson praised Johnson and said he will probably take him with his own pick this year.Nolan then asked Peterson who he had as his quarterback in the team he runs with his wife, and was disappointed to hear Aaron Rodgers instead of Brady. Peterson was quick to reply, however, that Brady was already off the board. Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactcenter_img The weekly show “Garbage Time” on FS1, hosted by the delightful Katie Nolan, had Patrick Peterson on and as expected, many laughs were had.Nolan began by noting that she’s a New England Patriots fan and made sure to let Peterson know he’s going to lose Week 1.Peterson went along with Nolan, who followed by asking how much Peterson was rooting for Jimmy Garoppolo to start instead of Tom Brady, who is suspended for the first four games of the season. Peterson shook it off, saying it really doesn’t matter, as Nolan noted that yes, it actually does. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories last_img read more

The European Commission has expressed concerns abo

first_imgThe European Commission has expressed concerns about French pay TV operator Canal Plus’ proposed acquisition of a stake in rival Orange’s Orange Cinéma Séries channels, according to various reports.Canal Plus and Orange struck a deal in July a deal whereby the former would acquire 33.3% of Orange Cinéma Séries. However, French press have reported that European competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia’s department has expressed a number of concerns about the future role of Canal Plus relating to the programming of the channels.Specifically, the Commission has concerns about the agreement’s limiting of the amount the Orange channels can spend on programme acquisitions annually of €65 million, compared with the €85 million it spent in 2010. This would limit Orange Cinéma Séries’ bidding power in negotiations with the studios, meaning, for example, that it could not effectively compete with Canal Plus’s own channels.While Canal Plus and Orange have maintained that their agreement does not raise any issues of concentration in the market, the European competition authorities believe that the terms of the deal could amount to ‘co-control’ by Canal Plus, meaning that it would be subject to formal approval by Brussels and could be subject to multiple obligations.last_img read more

Sky is set to launch Sky News on Xbox 360 games co

first_imgSky is set to launch Sky News on Xbox 360 games consoles in the UK and US, extending the channel’s reach in the states and giving domestic customers a new way of accessing the station.From tomorrow, Xbox Live customers on Xbox 360 will see the Sky News icon on the TV section of their homepage, giving them access to the network’s live feed and a range of continually updated on-demand stories.Sky News is already available on Apple TV and Roku boxes in the US and Sky said it is building on its growth in this market by also tailoring its channel feed for the US, incorporating editorial segments produced specifically for this audience.“Sky News is consistently exploring opportunities to expand our global reach. Making Sky News available on Xbox was an ideal way to achieve this. With a growing US footprint of a million users and a US news team, we’re thrilled that our coverage will be showcased to millions of Xbox customers,” said head of Sky News Digital, Andrew Hawken.The Sky News Xbox app was developed by Sky in partnership with 1 Mainstream, which specialises in distributing video services across TV, games console, tablet and streaming devices. Sky has worked with 1 Mainstream since 2013 and also invested in the Silicon Valley-based start-up.last_img read more

Netflix series Narcos NBC has revealed what it cl

first_imgNetflix series, NarcosNBC has revealed what it claims to be ratings for key Netflix series.The US broadcast net hosted a press lunch at the Television Critics Association tour that it dubbed a ‘reality check’ of the current TV landscape.Using data from tech firm Symphony Advanced Media, which in turn used a 15,000 sample of 18-to-49s, NBC said Netflix’s Jessica Jones was viewed 4.8 million times over a 35-day period.NBC’s president of research and media told reporters at the lunch about further Symphony findings.Aziz Ansari’s Master of None, which is produced by NBCUniveral, had 3.9 million views, drug kingpin drama Narcos had 3.2 million views, while comedy drama Orange is the New Black registered just 644,000.Symphony also tracked engagement with Amazon Prime Instant Video drama, reporting 2.1 million views for its big-budget original Man in the High Castle.Netflix is notoriously shy of breaking out any viewing data, reportedly even withholding information from the producers and talent working on its original series.Netflix, which has always said it measures success in subscriber numbers and the number of hours people watch (both of which are broken out), told DTVE‘s sister title TBI that it had no comment on the Symphony data.Meanwhile, Netflix’s share price tumbled in trading yesterday amid wider market uncertainty and a further analyst projections of weak US subscriber growth.It has been a tumultuous period for Netflix stock, with a sharp decline last week and then recovery as the streaming service announced a huge global rollout.Yesterday, however, Netflix share were down over 10% on the day, ending at US$106.56.ITG Research said it expects 1.13 million new Netflix subs in this quarter. That is below Netflix’s own guidance of 1.3 million and the wider Wall St expectation of 1.37 million.last_img read more

Video service quality and customer experience comp

first_imgVideo service quality and customer experience company, Agama Technologies, has introduced artificial intelligence-powered anomaly detection.The AI and machine learning-based offering is an extension to the Agama solution that is designed to provide anomaly alarms with “unprecedented precision”.“Separating actual anomalies from normal variations in KPIs is an excellent example of how AI and machine learning can be applied to video service assurance in a way that addresses real-world needs,” said Johan Görsjö, director of product management at Agama Technologies.last_img

Were now into Year 2 AS After Snowden and many

first_imgWe’re now into Year 2 AS (After Snowden), and many Americans remain concerned about the security of their cellphone calls. They should be, especially considering a phenomenon that’s hit the news in the past few months. Fake cell towers. With most phones, you have no way of knowing whether someone might be listening in. You may believe that you’re safe because your calls are encrypted. Trouble is, you may not be. If you’d like to be informed when your call is being intercepted, one company that can put the proper tech in your hands is ESD America. It manufactures the CryptoPhone 500, which has a Samsung Galaxy SIII body, but with the standard Android OS hardened by the removal of 468 vulnerabilities. The CryptoPhone will set you back $3,500. When it detects that your call has been compromised, it lights up and displays a warning message: “Caution: The mobile network’s standard encryption has been turned off, possibly by a rogue base station (‘IMSI Catcher’). Unencrypted calls not recommended.” (IMSI stands for “international mobile subscriber identity” and is a unique identification number used by all cellular networks. It’s generally 15 digits in length, allotting the first three digits to country code and the next three to the mobile network code, with the remainder comprising the mobile subscription identification number within the network’s customer base.) IMSI catchers are portable devices also known as “interceptors” or “stingrays.” They are not themselves actual towers, but they mimic the real thing and trick your mobile device into connecting to them even if you aren’t on a call. Once locked on to you, stingrays can be used for real-time location tracking, with the ability to pinpoint where you are within two meters. But they can also eavesdrop on and capture the contents of your communications. Stingrays are not cheap—upwards of $150,000 each—but they’re portable. They can be hand carried or mounted on a vehicle or drone. While the abilities of these interceptors vary, the full-featured versions available to government agencies have a broad range of powers. For example, the VME Dominator can not only capture calls and texts, it can even take control of the intercepted phone. Yes, it can turn on your powered-down phone and essentially use it as a bug. But didn’t the Supreme Court recently instruct police that they must obtain a warrant before they can search your phone? Not really. The ruling was more limited, stating that police must get a warrant “before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest.” The 11th Circuit Court has also ruled that warrantless cellphone location tracking is unconstitutional. But that conflicts with an earlier judgment by the 5th Circuit, which stated that people have no expectation of privacy over location data collected by cell towers because they are nothing more than a business record. The Supreme Court has not yet resolved that one. Stingrays, however, can basically serve as wiretapping devices. Shouldn’t a warrant be required for cellphone intercepts, as it would be if law enforcement wanted to tap your home phone or place a bug behind the painting in your office? Technically, yes. The Wiretap Act of 1968 requires the police to get a court order whenever they want to intercept any oral, electronic communication, or wire communications. It’s also been established that that protection extends to cellphones that have been turned on remotely for eavesdropping purposes. To what extent are authorities honoring that requirement? Decide for yourself after reading this excerpt from a recent Newsweek article: In January, Tallahassee, Florida, police used [a stingray] to track a stolen cell phone to a suspect’s apartment. The police then entered the home without permission, conducted a search, and arrested the suspect in his home. Not only did the police not have a warrant, but they did not disclose to a judge that they were in possession of a stingray because the department had received it on loan from the manufacturer on condition of secrecy. Only after a judge granted a motion filed by the ACLU to unseal the transcripts of the case (the federal government had previously demanded the proceedings be sealed, going so far as to try to invoke the Homeland Security Act as the reason) was it was revealed that between 2007 and 2010 the department used stingrays without getting warrants around 200 times. One ACLU spokesperson put it like this: “They are essentially searching the homes of innocent Americans to find one phone used by one person … It’s like they’re kicking down the doors of 50 homes and searching 50 homes because they don’t know where the bad guy is.” Even though data is obviously hard to come by, the ACLU has been able to determine that stingrays are in use in at least 18 states—by local police, state police, or both. They’re also widely employed by the federal government, so you might want to remember that if you’re using your phone in the vicinity of a government facility, particularly a military base. And if you’re encrypting messages, don’t count on that to save you. A stingray can force your 4G service down to a 2G level to thwart encryption, and the best of them will do it so that you’re not even aware it’s happening. Support for 2G is going away—AT&T is phasing it out by 2017 and Verizon by 2020—but manufacturers of stingrays are hard at work on the next generation of product, which will feature the ability to crack 4G. Mass surveillance of law-abiding citizens is just one aspect of the global cyberwar that’s red hot yet all but invisible to most of us. Casey Research has prepared an in-depth look at the subject in its white paper, Cyberwar: Threats to Your Money and Freedom, and How to Protect Yourself. We urge you to download a copy today.last_img read more