Hardik discharged, continues fast

first_imgPatidar leader Hardik Patel, who has been on a fast for the past 16 days, was discharged from a hospital here on Sunday, but he is continuing his hunger strike at home.Mr. Patel, 25, who heads the Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS), went on the fast on August 25 demanding reservation in government jobs and educational institutions for Patidars and loan waiver for farmers. As his health deteriorated, he was first shifted to the Sola Civil Hospital by his supporters on Friday and later to the privately run SGVP Holistic Hospital. He had continued his fast in the hospital.Before being discharged, he told his supporters in a Facebook Live message that he would continue the hunger strike from his residence.He said he was firm on his demands, which include the release of PAAS member Alpesh Kathiriya, who was arrested on the charge of sedition.He alleged in a tweet that a police officer had threatened to kill him.In the tweet, he condemned the “attack” on media personnel on the road to his residence on Sunday. Some of them were roughed up and baton-charged by the police.He said the police deployment reminded him of British Raj and the scene appeared to be one from the “Wagah border”.last_img read more

Blazing Indians extend win streak to 19 straight

first_imgCleveland Indians’ Francisco Lindor scores on a sacrifice fly by Jose Ramirez against the Detroit Tigers during the second inning in a baseball game, Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)CLEVELAND — Unrelenting and unbeatable at the moment, the Cleveland Indians refuse to lose.With their latest overpowering win, they extended baseball’s longest winning streak since 2002 to 19 games with an 11-0 blowout of the Detroit Tigers on Monday night to move closer to a record that has stood for 101 years.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Francisco Lindor tripled home three runs off rookie Myles Jaye (0-1) in the second inning, and the Indians, who haven’t lost since Aug. 23, added another blowout to their growing list of lopsided conquests.The defending AL champions aren’t just rolling, they’re steamrolling opponents, outscoring them 132-32 during a stretch that includes six shutouts.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutCarlos Carrasco (15-6) struck out nine in six innings, Lindor had four RBIs and Jose Ramirez hit a two-run homer as the Indians lowered their magic number to clinch the Central to six.Cleveland is the sixth team in history to win at least 19 straight, and the streak is the longest since the 2002 Oakland Athletics won 20 in a row — a run that was celebrated in the film “Moneyball.” BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Read Next View comments E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LATEST STORIES The Indians can match those A’s on Tuesday, and their chances of getting No. 20 are strong with AL Cy Young Award contender Corey Kluber starting.At this point, it hardly matters who’s on the mound.Cleveland joined the 1906 Chicago White Sox (19), the 1947 New York Yankees (19), the 2002 A’s (20), the 1935 Chicago Cubs (21) and the 1916 New York Giants (26) as the only teams to reel off 19 consecutive wins. The Giants’ record run is in the books as the major league mark, although it did include a tie, which does not count as an official game in baseball, according to the Elias Sports Bureau.Even tying these Indians during a game has been nearly impossible.Cleveland has trailed in only four of 171 innings, scored first in 18 of 19 games and has hit 38 homers. In a season where other teams have displayed dominance, the Indians stand alone.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kluber is 7-1 with a 1.92 ERA in his last eight starts. The right-hander, who leads the AL in ERA (2.56) and opponent batting average (.192), will face Detroit’s Matt Boyd. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:04Trump attends World Series baseball game in Washington DC01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games “No knock on the Dodgers or the Astros, they’re obviously both very good teams,” said Tigers manager Brad Ausmus. “I think this is the most balanced team and probably the biggest threat to anybody in baseball to win a World Series because they do kind of cover every facet of the game.”Cleveland’s streak has happened despite the team missing three of its best players: All-Star reliever Andrew Miller, All-Star left fielder Michael Brantley and second baseman Jason Kipnis. They’re all on the disabled list.“It’s just the next guy up,” Kipnis said. “It doesn’t matter who it is or what goes down. We like the depth that we have. We have the players that go out and compete each night and you’re going to win a lot of games when guys play with that attitude.”MILLER MOVINGMiller threw 30 pitches in a simulated game, a major step in his recovery from knee tendinitis. The team will see how Miller responds Tuesday before deciding the next move. Kipnis faced Miller during the workout and doubled off the left-hander.“After I fouled one off, I said, ‘I’ve already had a better at-bat than I have ever versus him in a game,’” Kipnis said. “He smiled at that one.”TRAINER’S ROOMTigers: RHP Jordan Zimmerman received an injection last week for the neck injury that’s bothered him since last season. He will begin a throwing program in the next few days, and Ausmus said Zimmerman will make a few more starts if there are no setbacks. Zimmerman is 8-12 with a 6.18 ERA in 27 starts. … OF Mikie Mahtook (sore left groin) was out of the lineup for the third straight day.Indians: Rookie CF Bradley Zimmer will undergo surgery on his broken left hand on Tuesday in New York. Zimmer got stepped on while diving into first base on Sunday. The Indians do not have a timetable on his return, but it’s safe to assume his season is over.UP NEXT Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Nadal, Federer back at the top in 2017last_img read more

Games all set for a gala opening on Sunday

first_imgAn illuminated view of Commonwealth Games village near the Akshardham Temple, in New Delhi. PTIAbout 7,000 men, women and children will dish out a show of India’s cultural heritage in a gala Commonwealth Games opening ceremony with the icing on the cake being Maestro A R Rahman’s performance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium on Sunday.With most of the tickets already sold out, the two-hour ceremony, scheduled from 7 p m, will start with President Pratibha Patil and Britain’s Prince Charles expected to declare the Games open in front of a packed stadium of 65,000 capacity on Sunday.The 619-member strong Indian contingent will be led by Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra who will carry the Indian flag during the ceremony.Delhi sports new look for CWG | CWG: IAF to provide security | Delhi welcomes Queen’s batonEven as tennis sensation Sania Mirza will not be part of the Indian march-past as the Hyederabadi ace has preferred to rest, badminton star Saina Nehwal, Beijing Olympic Games bronze medalist boxer Vijender Kumar and wrestler Sushil Kumar will be among the six who will carry the baton during the formal part of the pageant.There will be seven segments — including Rhythm of India, Swagatam, Tree of Knowledge, Yoga, Great Indian Journey and Oscar winner composer A.R. Rahman’s rendition of the CWG anthem ‘Jiyo Utho Badho Jeeto’ — in the nearly three-hour ceremony.The guest panel will include International Olympic Committee president Jacques Rogge, Commonwealth Games Federation chief Mike Fennel, New Zealand Governor General Sir Anand Satyanand, Monaco’s Prince Albert II and Presidents Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives and Marcus Stephen of Nauru.advertisementHosts India are aiming to break into the traditional rivalry of champions Australia and England who have been fighting it out for top two slots in the past.The Aussies, who have topped the gold and total medal tallies at the past five Games and are expected to once again be confirmed as the number one nation, have sent their largest ever team to an off-shore multi-discipline sports event in a bid to continue their reign in Delhi.Although the country’s high-water mark of 221 medals (84 gold, 69 silver and 68 bronze) at the 2006 Melbourne Games is unlikely to be surpassed in India, team officials expect another gold rush.Australia’s record gold medal haul came at the 1994 Victoria Games in Canada with 87.With inputs from PTIlast_img read more

SPORT-CHESS-ASIA 2 LAST

first_imgThird round of the championship are in progress at the Third round of the championship are in progress at the time of report. Important Results (Indian otherwise stated) :- Open Round-2 :- Dhulipalla Bala Chandra Prasad (0) lost to GM Aravindh Chithamabaram (2); GM Karthikeyan Murali (2) beat Sammed Jaykumar Shete (1); IM Krishna Teja N (1) lost to GM S L Narayanan (2); IM Masoud Mosadeghpour of Iran (2) beat Rakesh Kumar Nayak (1); FM Rakesh Kumar Jena (1.5) drew with IM Mousavi Seyed Khalil (1.5); FM Harshal Shahi (1.5) drew with FM Karthik V (1.5); Ojas Kulkarni (1) lost to Harsha Bharathakoti (2); Rahul Srivatshav P (2) beat Saurabh Anand (1); Charan Krishn (1) lost to Pranavananda V (2); FM Nima Javanbakht (1.5) beat Naotunna Dineth Nimnaka of Sri Lanka (1). Girls Round-2 :- Jemal Ovezdurdiyeva of Turkmenistan (1) lost to WFM Vaishali R (2); Priyanka K (2) beat WIM Michelle Catherina (1); Uuriintuya Uurtsaikh of Mongolia (1) lost to WIM Sakshi Chitlange (2); Priyanka Nutakki (1.5) drew with WIM Nandhidhaa P V (1.5); Divya Lakshmi R (2) beat Harshita Guddanti (1); Bala Kannamma P (1.5) drew with WCM Isha Sharma (1.5); WCM Ananya Suresh (1.5) drew with WCM Saloni Sapale (1.5); Shweta Gole (2) beat WCM Chandreyee Hajra (1); Hamedi Nia Vesal of Iran (2) beat Sunyuktha CMN (1); WFM Varshini V (1.5) beat Priyamvada Karamcheti (1). PTI KHS KHSlast_img read more

Surprised CoA wants India coach today, what’s the hurry? Sourav Ganguly to India Today

first_imgCricket Advisory Committee (CAC) member Sourav Ganguly was surprised that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) wants Team India coach to be finalised today.India Today revealed how in a dramatic twist since last night, the CoA asked the BCCI to close the coach selection process today. Sources confirmed to India Today that the coach should be confirmed by this evening.COA chief Vinod Rai, who is in Singapore, spoke to the BCCI secretary Amitabh Chaudhary and CEO Rahul Johri.The CAC had interviewed five candidates on Monday but Ganguly had told the media that the announcement would be deferred as the advisory committee wanted to speak to skipper Virat Kohli once he returned from America.However, Rai has now insisted that the process be completed today. Ganguly, meanwhile, told India Today, his committee would speak to Kohli if they are asked to but did not see why there was a hurry to finalise the coach.”The CoA was party to this decision (to defer the announcement). Need to speak with them to figure out what has changed. I don’t know what’s the hurry when there’s time.”Ganguly said he did not want to speak to Kohli immediately because he has played so much cricket over the last year and was now currently in the middle of a well-deserved holiday.”We will have a conference call this afternoon. We will speak with the CoA,” Ganguly told India Today. “Virat is available to speak. If they want us to speak we will.”advertisementGanguly stuck with his stance that the captain needed to be consulted as his was the most important job in the whole set-up.  “I expected to be consulted as captain,” he said.ALSO WATCH: SO SORRY — COACH KI KHOJGanguly said he was saddened that the whole episode was being made into a battle between him and Ravi Shastri, who continues to remain the frontrunner for the coach. Virender Sehwag is the other hot contender.Last year, Shastri and Ganguly were involved in a war of words after the former was overlooked as the CAC selected Anil Kumble for the high-profile role.”Sad it’s being made as Sourav vs Ravi. I need to address that. I will speak to COA.”Ganguly also said the perception he did not want Shastri as coach was entirely wrong: “If that’s the case, no point doing it. There are others in the committee.”last_img read more

Cameron Jerome header gives Derby slender advantage over Fulham

first_img Read more Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on WhatsApp The side who finished sixth in the Championship have not won promotion through the play-offs since Blackpool managed it in 2010. Derby County have spent the intervening years seemingly finding new and more elaborate ways not to go up but they took a step towards the top flight with a battling 1-0 win over Fulham in the first leg of their semi-final on Friday night.This was a granite solid performance from Derby, defending Cameron Jerome’s first-half header as if the very future of the club depended on it, and keeping Ryan Sessegnon and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who have laid waste to the Championship at times this season, quiet all night. Share on Pinterest Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter match reports Topics Derby County Share via Email Fulham Middlesbrough v Aston Villa given added poignancy by Percovich return Championship Share on Facebook “You have to do that against Fulham,” said the Derby manager, Gary Rowett, afterwards. “We were very, very disciplined.” And they were: this was the first time Fulham have failed to score in any game since January, drawing a blank here after producing a masterclass in ‘sterile domination’. Statistics do not always tell the full story but that Fulham had 74% possession and lost sums up the evening nicely.Fulham’s manager, Slavisa Jokanovic, did not seem overly concerned, though. “It’s not a bad result,” he said afterwards. “Definitely not the result we deserved. This is a very good performance from my point of view.”The game started in that usual frantic, uncoordinated mess that these play-offs tend to. Both teams tried to start on the front foot, which is a sure recipe for entertaining chaos. Fulham tried surgically to pick holes in the Derby backline but without any real joy. A couple of fairly weak efforts was the best they could manage. The Rams showed little of the same intricacy, yet their more simple approach was brilliantly rewarded in the 34th minute.Tom Huddlestone spread the ball to Craig Forsyth who, pinged over a superb cross from deep on the left, right on to the head of Jerome, who powered his effort into the net. Before the run-in Jerome had scored only once since joining Derby in January: that was his fifth in the last four games. When he signed it seemed like a curious move: now it looks inspired.The Fulham of the first half looked more like the side of the past few weeks, when they have seemed tired and tense. It is tempting to think that extraordinary run, 23 games unbeaten that nearly won them automatic promotion, had come a tiny bit too early and had sapped their energy. One could tell the travelling fans were getting nervous: at the start of the second half they started booing a ballboy.After the break their team showed more purpose: Kevin McDonald belted a shot against the bar, Floyd Ayite volleyed over from a terrific long pass by Matt Targett and Tom Cairney curled a shot just wide. Yet they struggled to create a significant chances of note.Mitrovic, so often Fulham’s brutal inspiration in the latter months of the season, struggled to find space to do much damage and began dropping deeper and deeper as he searched for the ball. Plenty of credit must go to Curtis Davies, who marshalled the big Serb superbly. “Defensively all game, we handled them really, really well,” said Rowett.Sessegnon, the boy wonder of the Championship, was also kept quiet. He was taken off with 15 minutes to go, his anonymous performance suggesting two things: that Andre Wisdom had done a fine job in neutralising him, and also that a rumoured call-up to the senior England squad is too soon for a player who does not turn 18 until next week.On the touchline, as Fulham attack after Fulham attack was snuffed out, Jokanovic, in that brooding manner of his, cast his eyes towards the ground like a parent who was not angry, just disappointed. If this often thrilling side do not go up this season, it will be a shame but in truth they deserved no more from a game where they did not make enough of their theoretical domination. They will need to be more clinical in the return on Monday.The result leaves the second leg placed beautifully. “We can’t go down there and try to protect the lead. We’ve got to try to win the game,” Rowett said, expressing the requisite degree of caution. “It gives us a slender lead but, as we know, that can be cancelled out in a second. I didn’t let them have the music on in the dressing room because we’ve got to be focused for the next game.”last_img read more

OPPO Reno 10x Zoom Stunning beast of a smartphone

first_imgNew Delhi: Chinese handset maker OPPO, which has been known to be experimental with its smartphone designs has just launched its flagship smartphone Reno 10x Zoom with several innovations such as the shark-fin pop-up selfie camera. The pop-up selfie mechanism itself is, however, not new. OPPO’s sibling firm Vivo debuted the technology in 2018. The OPPO Reno 10x Zoom comes in two variants — 6GB RAM+128GB internal storage variant and 8GB RAM+256GB configuration that cost Rs 39,990 and Rs 49,990, respectively. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app We tested the Ocean Green coloured premium variant with 8GB RAM+256GB storage that costs Rs 49,990 for a week. Here’s how it fared during our review. The handset has a layer of protective Corning Gorilla Glass that rendered a sophisticated matte look which was minimalistic yet stunning. The handset features a 6.6-inch notchless AMOLED display with rounded edges. The matte finish ensured that the smartphone does not retain fingerprint marks. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Along with a 48MP primary sensor, there is an 8MP ultra-wide sensor and a 13MP lens 5x optical and 10x hybrid zoom at the back. Placed right at the centre of the rear, the triple cameras sit flush with the smartphone in a vertical set-up, thus, making the phone less wobbly. The flash is located at the rear of the shark-fin pop up camera. The primary camera worked very well in dark lighting and the images were neither grainy nor disintegrated. The launch time of the camera app was also quick. The notchless display offered an immersive experience; it was bright, sharp and had vivid colours. The almost bezel-less display performed well under direct sunlight too. However, its rival in the same price range, OnePlus 7 Pro scores better with fluid AMOLED display and a refresh rate of 90Hz. The left edge of Reno 10x Zoom sports volume rockers while the right edge houses a single power button. The dual SIM tray is located on the bottom of the smartphone while a type-c charging port sits next to the stereo speaker. This new pop-up camera is definitely one of the biggest USPs of the Reno 10x Zoom. However, it raised with a low mechanical sound. The phone’s facial recognition was as snappy as its in-screen fingerprint sensor. The selfie camera took beautiful and sharp images. Just like its competition — OnePlus 7 Pro, the Reno 10x Zoom is powered by the top-tier Qualcomm Snapdragon 855 chipset that ensured performance was superfast even during multi-tasking and gaming. OPPO outpaced OnePlus 7 Pro’s 4,000mAh battery with a 4,065mAh battery in the Reno 10x Zoom. The hefty battery lasted almost an entire day on a single charge. OPPO’s in-house VOOC fast charging technology quickly charged the smartphone in less than an hour. The device runs OPPO’s own ColorOS 6 based on Android 9 Pie, which quite looked like a rip off of iOS. There was a pair of fancy colour coordinated type-c earphones bundled in the box which is not-so-common these days. OPPO has not advertised the phone to be water and dust protected. Other downsides include no support for expandable memory. In addition, it was impossible to charge and use the earphones simultaneously as there was no separate headphone jack. Despite being a performance powerhouse, the device lacked wireless charging. Conclusion: The stunning look and innovative design language of OPPO Reno 10x Zoom has the potential to take on its competition OnePlus 7 Pro in the sub-Rs 50,000 price segment in India.last_img read more

American Airlines and SLM jump while McCormick falls

NEW YORK — Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Thursday:American Airlines Group Inc., up $2.01 to $33.66The airline’s profit and sales were better than expected and it said revenue will continue growing in the first quarter.Citrix Systems Inc., down $6.80 to $101.86The cloud computing company’s forecasts fell short of Wall Street estimates.Xilinx Inc., up $16.51 to $106.06The computer chipmaker’s third-quarter results were significantly stronger than analysts anticipated.PG&E Corp., up $5.96 to $13.95Investigators determined the utility’s equipment did not spark a deadly 2017 wildfire in California’s wine country.SLM Corp., up $1.24 to $10.73The student loan company reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue.Union Pacific Corp., up $6.01 to $160.34The railroad reported better-than-expected fourth-quarter profit and revenue.W.W. Grainger Inc., down $10.94 to $286.22The industrial supply company reported mixed fourth-quarter results, with sales falling short of expectations.McCormick & Co., down $14.65 to $124.35The spices and seasonings maker reported disappointing fourth-quarter profit and revenue.The Associated Press read more

UNESCO and Japan join forces to conserve birthplace of Buddha in Nepal

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Japan have partnered to conserve and manage the birthplace of Buddha in southern Nepal. The world-renowned pilgrimage destination of Lumbini has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. Siddhartha Gautama, who later became Buddha, was born in 623 B.C. in the famous gardens of Lumbini. The Indian emperor Ashoka, a pilgrim to the site, erected a commemorative pillar there. “This project is a significant step forward that will enable the Government of Nepal to reinforce its effort in the protection, enhancement and sustainable development of Lumbini, which as a major pole of international pilgrimage tourism in Nepal is a major source of national income,” said Axel Plathe, UNESCO’s Representative to the country. The Japan-funded project will focus on conserving the Ashoka Pillar, the Marker Stone and the Nativity Sculpture. It will also, among other activities, review the current state of the Sacred Garden and set up a management plan for the entire property. It will be coordinated by UNESCO’s office in the capital, Kathmandu, and will be implemented with Nepal’s Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust. Bishnu Karki, who heads the Department of Archaeology, expressed “the gratitude of the Nepali people to all those who work with us to safeguard Lumbini,” which he called “one of the most emblematic places in the world and has tremendous value for our people and for the global community.” 28 July 2010The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Japan have partnered to conserve and manage the birthplace of Buddha in southern Nepal. read more

UN and Uganda reach new agreement on resettling dispersed Sudanese refugees

“Everything is now in place for the first phase of the transfer, which we hope can begin as soon as possible,” Delphine Marie told reporters in Geneva.The refugees were scattered during a deadly attack by Lord’s Resistance Army rebels on the Acholi-Pii camp in northern Uganda. Their relocation had been temporarily suspended since last week, pending resolution of a disagreement about the final destination.The issue was settled after UNHCR officials met with the Ugandan authorities, who agreed to an initial transfer of up to 8,000 refugees to a site at Kyangwali. “The government has proposed two other sites for the remaining refugees, and negotiations continue,” Ms. Marie said. read more

US stocks down sharply at midday after reports of sluggish growth in

by The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2014 9:47 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email US stocks down sharply at midday after reports of sluggish growth in the US economy NEW YORK, N.Y. – U.S. stocks are falling sharply in midday trading, pushing the Dow Jones industrial average down more than 200 points, as investors react to reports of sluggish growth in the U.S. economy.The decline adds to losses racked up by the market in January.The Dow was down 183 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 15,516 at 11:26 a.m. (1626 GMT) Monday. The index fell as much as 206 points earlier. The Standard & Poor’s 500 index lost 22 points, or 1.2 per cent, to 1,760. The Nasdaq slipped 58 points, or 1.4 per cent, to 4,046.A report Monday showed that U.S. manufacturing barely expanded last month. Construction spending rose modestly in December, slowing from healthy gains earlier.Fresh signs of weakness in China’s manufacturing sector added to lingering worries about developing economies. read more

Audit Vegas cabs overcharging public by 47 million a year

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – If the cash you doled out for a Las Vegas cab ride hurt your wallet, it’s not all in your head — auditors in Nevada also think taxi rates are outrageous.Las Vegas-area cabs are overcharging customers to the tune of $47 million a year, according to an audit released Tuesday of the Nevada Taxicab Authority, which regulates the rides in Clark County.Auditors for the governor’s finance office blamed a $3 credit card processing fee that they say is much higher than in other cities and probably shouldn’t exist. They also criticized a decision to increase a fuel surcharge even as gas prices are tanking, saying having the surcharge at all is unique among the 12 major Western cities that the taxi board tracks.“The board’s decision is a windfall for the industry,” the audit says. “These are mostly tourist/visitor dollars that would otherwise likely be spent elsewhere in the local economy.”The criticism comes a few months after ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft started operating in Nevada with promises of cheaper and more convenient rides. The taxi industry, which makes big bucks taking tourists on a 5-mile trip from the airport to the Strip, fought hard against allowing the companies before losing its battle in the Legislature last spring.Cynthia Kulak, 43, who was visiting Las Vegas from Raleigh, North Carolina, said a taxi ride from the airport to the Bellagio casino-hotel was $21 with tip on Wednesday.“Once you’re in there and you’re driving, what else are you going to do but pay it?” she said, adding that she will probably use Uber next time.Denver resident Dominick Lovely, 37, said he paid $9 for a cab ride of 5 minutes or less from the Sands convention centre to the Bellagio, calling the cost a rip-off.“Three dollars doesn’t sound like a lot, but aggregated over an entire population of people in Las Vegas taking cabs, it’s not a fair deal,” he said, referring to the credit card fee.Representatives of a union for many area taxi drivers said they have long fought to end the fee, arguing it enriches the cab company but hurts drivers. For example, some passengers mistakenly believe it is a tip for the driver and skip the gratuity.“It is absolutely, utterly ridiculous to have a credit card fee of $3. That’s absurd,” said Sam Moffitt, a union organizer representing drivers of the large taxi company Yellow-Checker-Star. “The drivers do not get any portion of that money.”Gene Auffert, CEO of Yellow-Checker-Star, declined to comment.The audit panned the fee, saying it far exceeds the cost of cab companies accepting cards. State agencies pay 8.5 cents to Wells Fargo per credit card transaction, auditors said, and taxicab regulatory agencies in other cities allow fees between 3.8 per cent and 5 per cent of the total fare.The $3 fee accounts for about 17 per cent of the total average cab fare in Clark County and should be immediately reduced to 90 cents at most or halted altogether, auditors said.They also said a cab fuel surcharge that regulators approved last summer is based on a federal gas-price average that’s higher than Las Vegas rates. The fee structure, which the taxi industry supports, is designed so customers pay a full 12 cents more per mile once gas hits $3.25 a gallon, instead of kicking in gradually depending on how high gas prices rise, the audit said.Auditors were so critical of the Nevada Taxicab Authority that they recommended abolishing it and turning over its duties to another agency.Ron Grogan, chief of the authority, said the taxi board would have to discuss the recommendations before making changes. But he acknowledged that his agency had probably outlasted its usefulness and struggled amid complex regulations.Complaints against taxicabs aren’t uncommon nationwide, although they usually centre on individual driver behaviour, such as declining a passenger because of their race. A New York City driver was fined $25,000 in August for refusing to pick up a black family, and Los Angeles is considering tighter penalties on drivers after undercover black officers were routinely denied rides from the airport.Las Vegas-area cab drivers have previously been criticized for “long hauling,” or illegally taking passengers on a longer route to run up the bill. A 2013 state audit found that nearly a quarter of airport trips involved the practice, costing passengers an estimated $15 million in one year.That appears to be what happened to Ashleigh Rojanavongse, 23, a Gainesville, Virginia, resident who visits Las Vegas often and was recently there for work. Her taxi driver took a different route to the airport than she was used to, costing her $35 instead of the usual $15.Next time, she said in a phone interview, “I definitely will not be taking a cab.”___Rindels reported from Carson City. Associated Press writer Samantha Shotzbarger in Phoenix contributed to this report. Audit: Vegas cabs overcharging public by $47 million a year by Michelle Rindels And Sally Ho, The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2016 7:12 am MDT Last Updated Jan 21, 2016 at 8:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

North Korea fires ballistic missile drawing tough response from Trump

first_img A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea’s missile at the Seoul Train Station, South Korea. Image: Lee Jin-man/PA By Garreth MacNamee Short URL http://jrnl.ie/3235727 Share31 Tweet Email 17 Comments Sunday 12 Feb 2017, 8:18 AM Image: Lee Jin-man/PAcenter_img A man watches a TV news program reporting about North Korea’s missile at the Seoul Train Station, South Korea. Feb 12th 2017, 8:18 AM NORTH KOREA FIRED a ballistic missile on Sunday, drawing a strong response from US President Donald Trump who vowed “100%” support for key ally Japan at a press conference with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.The missile, the first test since Trump became president, was launched around 22.55 Irish time on Saturday, from Banghyon air base in the western province of North Pyongan, and flew east towards the Sea of Japan, the South Korean defence ministry said.It flew about 500 kilometres before falling into the sea, a ministry spokesman said, adding the exact type of missile had yet to be identified.“Today’s missile launch… is aimed at drawing global attention to the North by boasting its nuclear and missile capabilities”, the ministry said in a statement.“It is also believed that it was an armed provocation to test the response from the new US administration under President Trump,” it added.Trump responded with an assurance to the visiting Abe that Washington was committed to the security of its key Asian ally. A man watches a TV news program showing a file footage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un Source: Lee Jin-man/PA“I just want everybody to understand and fully know that the United States of America stands behind Japan, its great ally, 100%,” Trump said, without elaborating.Abe denounced the launch as “absolutely intolerable” while top government spokesman Yoshihide Suge told reporters in Tokyo it was “clearly a provocation to Japan and the region”.North Korea is barred under UN resolutions from any use of ballistic missile technology but six sets of UN sanctions since Pyongyang’s first nuclear test in 2006 have failed to halt its drive for what it insists are defensive weapons.‘Clear provocation’ Last year the country conducted numerous tests and launches in its quest to develop a nuclear weapons system capable of hitting the US mainland.A South Korean army official quoted by Yonhap news agency ruled out the possibility of a long-range missile test, describing the device as an upgraded version of the North’s short-range Rodong missile.Seoul-based academic Yang Moo-Jin said the latest test was “a celebratory launch” to mark the February 16 birthday of Kim Jong-Il, late ruler and father of current leader Kim Jong-Un.Pyongyang often celebrates key anniversaries involving current and former leaders with missile launches, Yang, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies, told AFP.South Korea’s acting president Hwang Gyo-Ahn vowed a “corresponding punishment” in response to the launch, which came on the heels of a visit to Seoul by new US Defense Secretary James Mattis earlier this month. President Donald Trump and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe make statements at Mar-a-Lago in Florida. Source: Susan Walsh/PAMattis had warned Pyongyang that any nuclear attack would be met with an “effective and overwhelming” response.Trump’s national security adviser, Michael Flynn, spoke to his South Korean counterpart Kim Kwan-Jin on the phone and agreed to “seek all possible options” to curb future provocations by the North, Seoul’s presidential office said in a statement.In January leader Kim Jong-Un boasted that Pyongyang was in the “final stages” of developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) in an apparent attempt to pressure the incoming US president. Trump shot back on Twitter, saying “It won’t happen.”James Char, senior analyst at the Institute of Defence and Strategic Studies in Singapore, said the launch was Pyongyang’s “way of showing characteristic defiance against… Trump”.Test for TrumpWashington has repeatedly vowed that it will never accept North Korea as a nuclear-armed nation and the latest launch poses a test for Trump, who will need the help of Beijing, Pyongyang’s closest ally, to deal with the reclusive state.Relations between the two superpowers have thawed in recent days after Trump reaffirmed Washington’s “One China” policy in what he described as a “very warm” telephone conversation with President Xi Jinping.“The recent Trump-Xi phone call would be considered an important platform from which the two powers will move forward,” Char said.Analysts are divided over how close Pyongyang is to realising its full nuclear ambitions, especially as it has never successfully test-fired an ICBM.But all agree it has made enormous strides in that direction since Kim took over after the death of his father in December 2011.© – AFP, 2017Read: This Irish film tells the fascinating story of a tiny folk-artist called Maud >Read: Bertie Ahern says Theresa May’s Brexit strategy is putting peace in the North at risk > 19,491 Views North Korea fires ballistic missile drawing tough response from Trump The exact type of missile has yet to be identified. 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Visa fees on the rise

first_imgAustralia’s visa fees are set to rise for the second time since July this year as a result of the Federal Government’s Economic Statement for the 2013-2014 financial year announced on August 2. The cost of most visas increased by more than 75 per cent in this year’s budget and fees are set to rise again by another 15 per cent. The hardest hit will be people wanting to come to Australia on 457 Temporary Work (Skilled) visas. From tomorrow a foreign skilled worker will have to pay $1,035 for their visa. The fee for this particular visa up until the end of June was $455, and after the 1st of July the base application charge, excluding charges for dependent family members, increased to $900. As from September 1, an onshore base application for a partner’s visa (Subclass 820/801) will cost $4,575 whereas an offshore base application for a partner’s visa (Subclass 309/100) will cost $3,085. The respective charges for various other categories are: General Skilled Migration $3,520, Temporary Graduate (Subclass 485) $1,440 and Work and Holiday visa (Subclass 462) $420. Before the significantly higher than expected initial increase in the visa application fees in July this year, the Department of Immigration and Citizenship collected over $1 billion annually from visa application fees, when the total expenditure for visa processing is approximately $600 million per year. With the new more expensive visa application fees the government is expected to increase its revenue by approximately $600 million over the next 4 years. Most of the new revenue from July 1 2013 onwards comes as a result of the introduction of the new visa pricing arrangements, whereby the visa application charges from a single charge at the time of appl`ication have changed to a charge per applicant in an individual or combined application. Fees were also introduced for subsequent temporary applications applied for in Australia, as well as for certain visa applications that were not lodged through the Immigration and Citizenship Department’s online service. The July increases made it more expensive for dependent family members such as spouses and children, for business applicants, international students and skilled people to apply for visas to come to Australia. As of September 1st this cost will be even greater. Business and migrant groups claim the new fees will affect the competitiveness of Australia as an investment destination for international business and skilled migrants and will have a negative impact on Australia as an international education market. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img

Bridal store Alfred Angelo no longer fulfilling dress orders

first_imgCORAL GABLES, FLA. (WSVN) – A bridal store that unexpectedly shut down its locations in July announced, Thursday, that they will no longer fulfill pending dress orders.According to a statement from the Chapter Seven Trustee, Alfred Angelo, which filed for bankruptcy on July 14, will not fulfill orders that have not yet been delivered to customers.“Thus, to the extent any order has not been fully delivered to a customer, it shall have to remain unfilled,” part of the statement read.Before Thursday’s announcement, the bridal chain was successfully obtaining customer records and delivering dresses and accessories for its customers, but, according to the trustee statement, there was a “logistical and financial strain.”Related: Brides-to-be left without dresses as bridal store unexpectedly shuts downFor those who did not get their dress and believe they are owed money, click here to file a claim on the company’s website.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Controversial Sled Dog film to premiere at Canadian festival

first_imgThe acclaimed Whistler, BC, film festival started this week, featuring Canadian first-run Oscar-buzz films like Ms. Sloan and La La Land. Although the pictures feature Hollywood luminaries Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, those stars could be upstaged by the subjects of another film – one creating a lot of controversy in the mushing world.Listen NowFern Levitt’s documentary, Sled Dogs, has tripped the social media trigger among sled-dog kennel owners and animal rights activists.One Canadian kennel owner threatened the festival with a lawsuit if it shows the film, while Vancouver’s humane society urged the festival to show it.None of that bothers Whistler Film Festival program director Paul Gratton.“I find it pretty amazing that people are trying to stop a public screening of a film that hasn’t been seen,” Gratton laughed.Gratton said the controversy is sparked by the film’s trailer, which sensationalizes certain aspects of the film — some of the footage in the film and the trailer were shot in Alaska during the Iditarod.Gratton said he thinks people should give the movie a chance.“It’s not like I was getting death threats or anything crazy like that, but people were very upset over a movie that they hadn’t seen, because the world premiere is happening here,” Gratton said. “And, I understand that a two minute trailer that the producer supplied to us, is, by it’s very nature, designed to sell tickets. And I don’t think it represents the film. My personal feeling is that if it had been a mindless, hysterical, hatchet job against the industry, I wouldn’t have shown it.”The film is tentatively scheduled to air on Canadian national television next year. Gratton said, in Whistler, it is showing in a 200 seat theater for it’s premiere. He said he’ll be available to discuss the film with the audience after it airs Saturday night at 9:30 BC time.last_img read more

Alaska News Nightly Wednesday Dec 14 2016

first_imgStories are posted on the APRN news page. You can subscribe to APRN’s newsfeeds via email, podcast and RSS. Follow us on Facebook at alaskapublic.org and on Twitter @aprnListen NowOil and gas companies scoop up North Slope leases on state and federal landsElizabeth Harball, Alaska’s Energy Desk – AnchorageState and federal oil and gas lease sales held Wednesday in Anchorage saw an unexpected surge of interest in the North Slope.Environmentalists ready for ANWR fight, with vets in their campLiz Ruskin, Alaska Public Media – Washington D.C.Alaska’s congressional delegation sees a chance to finally open the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling. The environmental lobby is ready for the fight. And they’ve got some new, patriotic allies on their side: military veterans.State to audit the Alaska Gasline Development CorporationRashah McChesney, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauThe state corporation charged with taking over the massive Alaska LNG project is going to have its finances scrutinized. The legislators who called for the investigation say they want to know what the corporation has done with the $600 million given to it by the state over the last several years.Restaurant chains to pay $835K in unpaid overtime, damagesAnne Hillman, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageTwo Alaska restaurant chains have to pay employees about $835,000 in overtime pay and damages to 159 employees. The state’s Department of Labor and Workforce Development investigated Taco King and Gallo’s Mexican Restaurants after receiving several complaints by employees since 2007 and a number of anonymous calls.Successes and shortcomings in Anchorage’s homelessness strategy Zachariah Hughes, Alaska Public Media – AnchorageAs the year comes to a close, Anchorage officials are taking stock of the city’s problems with homelessness. Several aggressive measures to connect people with housing and social services are succeeding, but the coordinated effort is showcasing just how much work is left to do. A Wednesday meeting of the city’s committee on homelessness put on display where the city’s programs are succeeding, and where critical gaps remain.ACLU sues Kenai Peninsula Borough over religious invocation policyShahla Farzan, KBBI – HomerThe American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska (ACLU) is following through with its threat to sue the Kenai Peninsula Borough over its invocation policy.University of Alaska Southeast to house all UA education collegesQuinton Chandler, KTOO – JuneauThe University of Alaska is bringing its three colleges of education under one roof at the University of Alaska Southeast.Guitar maker opts for more sustainable Sitka spruceElizabeth Jenkins, Alaska’s Energy Desk – JuneauA little piece of Alaska has helped create some of the music industry’s biggest hits. Sitka spruce is a prized “tonewood” used to make guitars and violins. But one guitar company is pushing back and asking the feds and music insiders to reconsider clear cut logging in the Tongass National Forest.last_img read more

Gross pain Hard trudge for GDP growth touches 3year low of 57

first_imgA labourer pulls an underground cable at a construction site of a commercial complex in Mumbai in this January 20, 2011, file photo. REUTERS/Danish SiddiquiAgainst the backdrop of a week of optimism from the government on the positive effects of demonetisation last year, the results of the exercise have not done wonders for India’s gross domestic product (GDP).Data released on Thursday said that GDP grew just 5.7 percent in the latest quarter, its slowest pace since the January-March quarter 2014, and lower than the Central Statistical Organisation’s estimates of 6.1 percent.The slowdown was led by the manufacturing sector, which expanded at 1.2 percent from a year earlier compared with a 10.7 percent growth last year. The financial, insurance, real estate and professional services sectors also slowed to 6.4 percent in the June quarter from 9.4 percent a year ago.In contrast, the Indian economy had expanded 7.9 percent expansion in the same quarter last year.Thursday’s data by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) showed that India’s “real” or inflation-adjusted GDP grew at its slowest pace in 13 quarters and is still a long way off from returning to an 8 percent growth path, last seen in 2015-16.Importantly, the CSO estimates showed that gross value added (GVA) grew 5.6 percent in April-June lower than the last year’s 7.6 percent growth during the same quarter. Crops account for around 60 per cent of the agriculture sector in GVA, while the balance comes from forestry and fishing, among other things.GVA — which is GDP minus taxes, subsidies, cost of inputs and raw materials – is beginning to be recognised as a more realistic proxy to measure changes in the aggregate value of goods and services produced in the economy. It is a measure of total output and income in the economy.The slowdown in the economy has delivered a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is facing criticism for disrupting business activity through his shock cash squeeze last year under the rationale of eliminating black money from the economy, said a Reuters report on Thursday.Nevertheless, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had in a PTI report earlier in the day, reiterated that the note ban move would benefit the economy in the medium and long term even if it hits GDP in two or three quarters. Employees assemble switchgears inside a Schneider Electric Infrastructure Ltd. plant on the outskirts of Vadodara in this file photo. REUTERS/Amit DaveCash and demand crunch hit outputThe government’s move to denotify Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 currency denominations on the night of November 8, 2016 had wiped out nearly 86 percent of the currency in circulation overnight. It’s primary consequence was the creation of a cash crunch and curbing of consumer demand in a country where people are predominantly dependent on cash to carry out their daily transactions.Sandwiched between the government’s demonetisation programme and the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), most experts had expected the GDP print to be at around six per cent.The government said that the slowdown could be a one-off affair, given the largescale inventory clearance before GST’s rollout, financial website Moneycontrol reported on Thursday.GDP figures had clocked a 6.1 per cent growth rate in the January-March period — its lowest pace of growth in the past nine quarters, mainly due to demonetisation.”The numbers seem to suggest that the slowdown from last the quarter has intensified due to the combination of long-term slowdown and temporary shock factors like demonetisation and GST,” said Abheek Barua, chief economist with HDFC, told Reuters.Barua said that HDFC would have to revise its GDP outlook numbers for the full year.Fiscal deficit at 92.4% of full-year target The economy has witnessed fiscal deficit of Rs 5.05 trillion (Rs 5.05 lakh crore) for the April-July period, or 92.4 percent of the budgeted target for the current fiscal year that ends in March 2018.The deficit was 73.7 percent of the full-year target during the same period a year ago, government data showed on Thursday, Reuters said in a report.Net tax receipts in the first four months of 2017-18 were Rs 2.58 trillion (Rs 2.58 lakh crore), government data showed on Thursday.India aims to trim the fiscal deficit to 3.2 percent of gross domestic product in 2017-18 compared with 3.5 percent in the previous year.last_img read more

Target American Greetings Apologize for Racially Insensitive Baby Daddy Card

first_imgThe Associated PressAmerican Greetings has apologized for a Father’s Day card that drew criticism on social media for depicting a Black couple over the words “Baby Daddy.”The inside of the card reads: “You’re a wonderful husband and father — and I’m so grateful to have you as my partner, my friend, and my baby daddy! Happy Father’s Day.”(Screengrab)American Greetings says the front page communicated “an unintentional meaning that is out-of-touch and offensive.” Communications director Patrice Molnar says the company is adding steps to its product review process “to ensure cards like this are not created.”Retailer Target saw the discussion on social media and asked American Greetings to remove the card from 900 stores where it was available. Spokesman Joshua Thomas says it was never the company’s intent to offend.Thank you for raising this concern and bringing it to our attention. This card was intended to be a playful husband card, but we have notified the product team that it missed the mark. Please accept our sincerest apologies and know we will do better in the future.— American Greetings (@amgreetings) June 13, 2018The phrase “Baby Daddy” is “not sweet or nice,” wrote Dallas-based Facebook user Takeisha Saunders, reported USA Today. “It’s a term used to describe a deadbeat or absent parent. Yeah it’s sweet on the inside, but whomever created this card doesn’t know what it means.”Not everyone was as offended, however.Facebook user Antwan Lester, responding to Saunders’ post, said the issue was “not that deep.”“I’m a black man who finds NOTHING wrong with this card,” he wrote. “ But to sit here and compare this card with the real s**t we had to overcome though? If you’re not, I’m embarrassed for you and the woman who posted this.”last_img read more

Turtle Beachs transparent speakers are made of glass

first_imgTransparent speakers usually just show off internal components or an LED-illuminated chamber full of bubbles. Not the Turtle Beach HyperSound Glass, though.These are transparent speakers that you can actually see right through. There’s no cone. There’s no voice coil. No magnet, no dust cap, no terminals. The HyperSound Glass is just a black stand and a rectangular frame that surrounds a completely translucent panel.So if a HyperSound Glass speaker doesn’t contain the parts a traditional speaker does, how does it produce any sound? Turtle Beach says that its glass panels are “layered with a set of transparent films allowing it to generate a beam of ultrasound,” and that’s where these speakers get even cooler.Apart from being see-through, the sound produced by HyperSound Glass speakers is directional. The “stream” of ultrasound they send out is highly focused, and it gradually becomes audible sound as it reaches its intended target. Listeners just a few feet away won’t hear a thing.Turtle Beach’s existing HyperSound speakers are marketed as a way for hard-of-hearing folks to enjoy TV viewing with friends and family without having to strap on a set of headphones or reach for an as-seen-on-TV gadget like the Miracle Ear.They’re keen to license the tech behind HyperSound Clear, though, so there’s a good chance that you could see their slick directional sound magic built-in to products like monitors and televisions. Turtle Beach thinks it could work in vehicle dashboards, too, to project alerts only at the driver. Or maybe right into the second row to tell your mother-in-law to stop it with the back-seat driving already.last_img read more