India rode on a matured batting performance from opening batsman Rohit Sharma to start the Asia Cup campaign with a win on Wednesday.After MS Dhoni’s men were put into bat on a green top, Bangladesh new-ball bowlers looked threatening in the early overs. It was Rohit who hung around while he was losing partners at the other end. (Rohit, Nehra star as India crush Bangladesh in Asia Cup opener)However a 55-run stand for the fifth wicket between Yuvraj Singh and Rohit gave the latter the license to go big in the end overs. And Rohit did exactly that. As he was hitting the big ones, he was joined by Hardik Pandya after Yuvraj’s exit. (India’s win in pictures) The Baroda all-rounder did not wait and was swinging his bat at everything right from the first ball. Pandya played a cameo in the end hitting four boundaries and a six. His 18-ball 31 proved to be crucial runs for India in the end.Indian skipper Dhoni seemed to be mightily impressed with Pandya’s fearless approach to the game. “Batting fearlessly is Hardik’s strength and that’s why we want to give him more matches,” an elated Dhoni said at the post match presentation ceremony. (How Hardik Pandya’s all-round show turned the tide in India’s favour)Pandya came back with the ball to add to Bangladesh’s woes in Dhaka. He made life difficult for Bangladesh batsmen with his variations and took the important wicket of Sabbir Rahman who waged a lone battle for the hosts.advertisementPandya’s impressive figures of 4-0-23-1 caught the attention of his skipper. “Pandya is a good fielder too and a useful third seamer,” Dhoni said.Dhoni also said he was disappointed after losing the toss in the opener. He was all praise for Rohit’s matured knock under pressure. “Rather than hitting the big shots straight down, it was important to cut and use such shots since they were bowling short of length,” Dhoni said.Even the opposition skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was in awe of Rohit’s batting performance. “We were in the game till the 14th over but after that Rohit took the game away from us,” he said.Veteran pacer Ashish Nehra picked up three crucial wickets to skittle Bangladesh’s chase. He has been impressive since his comeback and he once again answered his captain’s call on Wednesday evening. Nehra said he enjoyed bowling on the green top. “Once I bowled my first over we were sure that we wouldn’t let them score much. I don’t mind the kind of pitch we got in Pune, honestly, and the one today was not an up and down pitch.”
This jewelry designer is also an architect Serrano finished with a career-high 29 points and La Salle also benefited from senior Aljun Melecio’s 26 to whip University of Santo Tomas, 92-77 in UAAP men’s basketball at Mall of Asia Arena.That gave the Archers, who were coming off a painful 72-71 loss to University of the Philippines, a rosier lens to look through when viewing their 3-4 record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“We were due to win. When our team follows the game plan, trust that results will follow,” said La Salle head coach Gian Nazario, who kept UST (4-3) coach Aldin Ayo winless against his former school. “This time around, we made sure we would finish the game well.”The Tamaraws also relied a on a career game from one of its standouts to thwart Adamson, 83-71, in the other game. LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Far Eastern University shot itself out of a shooting slump. Encho Serrano crawled out of his shell. The Tamaraws and the La Salle Green Archers quashed their foes on Saturday, ending their topsy-turvy first round on a more positive note.ADVERTISEMENT UST, La Salle duos still unbeaten MOST READ Becoming his own man Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Pat Tchuente came through with personal bests of 21 points, 19 rebounds and six blocks—but it was FEU’s ability to knock down shots that felled the Falcons.FEU averaged 60.2 points a game during its first six games, the lowest in the tournament, and team consultant Nash Racela said the 23-point turnaround on Saturday was a product of the players’ confidence.“Coach Olsen [Racela] reminded them to always be confident with their shots and they didn’t hesitate today,” Racela said. “All we wanted was win our last game in the first round.”FEU succeeded by shooting the ball at a 40-percent clip, 26 of 65, a far cry from their 19-percent shooting (15 of 79) in their 61-39 loss to National University recently.The Tamaraws also used a scorching run to pull away as Cyrus Torres drilled back-to-back three-pointers and LJ Gonzales followed it up with a layup to give FEU a pivotal 68-52 lead in the third.ADVERTISEMENT Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics FEU thus tied La Salle at 3-4 and hauled Adamson to a three-way logjam at fourth to sixth places.The Archers built a 42-32 lead at the half and quelled whatever uprising the Tigers tried to build to pull away in the second half. Justine Baltazar’s hook shot put La Salle up 78-61 late in the fourth.But clearly, the spotlight was on Serrano, the normally outgoing former Adamson high school star who was in a somber mood before the game.Serrano averaged 6.3 points and 3.0 rebounds in 15.5 minutes in La Salle’s first six games and was eager to snap out of his funk.“I admit that I’m really frustrated and I kept asking myself why this was happening,” Serrano said in Filipino. “But I also started to think that I should prove myself starting in practice and then during games.”“The past games were hard for me because I was not playing that much and my game wasn’t really there,” Serrano added.Serrano’s sudden explosion came at the wrong time for the Tigers, who missed an opportunity to rise to second place. A UST win and a loss by University of the Philippines to Ateneo on Sunday would have put the España-based squad at second on quotient.Brent Paraiso, who once played for La Salle, led the Tigers with 22 points while Soulemane Chabi Yo added 16 points and 14 rebounds. Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
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That’s a statistic that Women’s Health is trying to combat in their new campaign, I Support Women In Sport. On Wednesday, 19 January 2011 – Australia’s biggest-selling healthy lifestyle magazine, Women’s Health, and Rexona announced a 12 month partnership for I Support Women In Sport, the country’s most significant female sports awareness campaign in history.Felicity Harley, editor, Women’s Health, comments, “I Support Women In Sport has two clear objectives: participation and recognition.”“Firstly, we aim to encourage over 100,000 Australian women who currently do not participate in sport, to pledge their support and become involved in a sporting activity during 2011. Secondly, we will celebrate female athletes from all fields whose achievements are often undervalued or unrecognised.”“We believe the campaign is the most significant of its kind in history – and our goals are timely and ambitious, but ultimately achievable,” adds Harley.Rexona will feature up-and-coming female athletes in advertorials throughout the course of 2011, commencing with the February 2011 issue of Women’s Health and professional triathlete Courtney Gilfillan.Women’s Health magazine will support the drive with a dedicated website www.isupportwomeninsport.com.au which will track the number of sporting “commitment pledges” made and simplify the participation process, with a directory to find the nearest sports team, key calendar dates, a library of relevant information and social media to start community conversations. Each issue of the magazine will dedicate at least six pages of editorial showcasing inspirational female athletes and actioned-orientated tips to motivate and inspire readers.The campaign will culminate in a finale awards ceremony in October, which formally and publicly recognises Australian female sporting achievements.Harley adds, “I Support Women In Sport seeks to support Australian sportswomen from the grassroots level to our next generation of female stars. For too long, Aussie sportswomen have lacked the support they deserve – from sponsorship dollars, to community backing and public recognition of their achievements. The campaign seeks to address the imbalance by promoting positive female role models, recognising female sporting achievements and by actively encouraging female sports participation via highlighting its many physical and mental benefits.”Women’s Health has created a special subscriptions offer in conjunction with this program. This link: www.subscribetoday.com.au/wh/8380 will allow a discounted Women’s Health discount subscription offer.For more information on the I Support Women In Sport campaign and to find out how you can get involved please visit the following website:www.isupportwomeninsport.com.au To keep up-to-date with Women’s Health and the I Support Women In Sport campaign, please visit their Facebook and Twitter pages:http://www.facebook.com/pages/Womens-Health-Magazine-Australia/15083547539 http://twitter.com/womenshealthaus
India Today Web Desk MelbourneDecember 29, 2018UPDATED: December 29, 2018 20:46 IST Nathan Lyon said Australia will not give up easily even on day five (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPat Cummins and Nathan Lyon stitched a 43-run partnership to deny India a win on day 4Lyon had special praise for Cummins,saying he “was special” for Australia with ball and batAustralia will resume the day 5 on 258 for 8, still 141 runs away, as India need 2 wicketsNathan Lyon and Pat Cummins combined for the 9th wicket as the pair frustrated the Indians on day four of the third Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Saturday.Australia will resume the fifth and last day on 258 for 8, still 141 runs away but Lyon promised India a fight after the end of play on Saturday.”Pat and I are going to come out tomorrow and we are going to fight. We have to show a lot of pride and fight hard, and show what it means to wear the Baggy Green cap,” Lyon said at the press conference at the end of second day’s play.”We are going to win first ball in first over, and show a lot of fight and pride in playing for Australia. And we will enjoy doing that,” Lyon added.India vs Australia, Boxing Day Test Day 4: REPORT | HIGHLIGHTS | SCORECARDLyon had special praise for Pat Cummins, who soldiered on for Australia with ball and bat.”Pat Cummins has been exceptional in this match and he keeps getting better every day. I enjoy batting with Pat, helps calm down my nerves and it was an exciting challenge. It was a pretty special knock from him.”He is a great bloke but even better cricketer. Seeing where he started from and seeing where he is now, he has a hell of a long career ahead of him,” said Lyon.”First innings’ runs are counted in whichever Test match you play. Basically you are ahead of that game if you have runs on board. Unfortunately we missed that and now we are up against it,” he added.advertisementLyon also came to the defense of the Australian batsmen, who have drawn criticism of late after their meek surrenders to the Indian bowlers.”I see how much hard work the guys are doing in the nets and in training. We know they are working hard and not going out to fail. They have all my support,” Lyon said.”We are up against a world-class bowling attack, one of the best Indian attacks I have ever seen. They are disappointed but I know how hard they are working. Success for them is around the corner.””I am a massive fan of Aaron Finch. He is working hard and seeing a lot of balls in nets. We have seen him in international cricket in all three formats as a world-class batsman. He is disappointed as anyone else is,” Lyon added.Lyon was all praise for Jasprit Bumrah, who picked up eight wickets.”Bumrah is quick and has a very good slower one. He is world class and has all skills a very good all-round package. Not surprised that he is a top bowler in Test cricket so quickly because I have seen him in white ball cricket. So he is obviously a top class bowler,” Lyon signed off.Also Read | Pant’s banter with Lyon caught on stump mic: “You don’t want to come tomorrow for nothing”Also Read | Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami: Trio creates history in 2018For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Nathan LyonFollow Pat CumminsFollow India vs AustraliaFollow MelbourneFollow 3rd TestFollow Day 4 India vs Australia: Nathan Lyon promises to fight and defy India on SundayNathan Lyon promised to put up a fight on the fifth and last day of the third Test however despondent it may be for Australiaadvertisement
Wagenborg, November 26, 2013 Print Close My location zoom Royal Wagenborg has completed an important period of 7 years of shipbuilding at the Chinese shipyard Hudong Zhonghua, Shanghai.Starting back in 2006 with 6 (and 2 optional) 1A ice-classed geared multipurpose vessels, eventually turned into a large series of 21 vessels.The construction of this series of so-called ‘A-type’ started on September 27th 2006 with the m.v. Amstelborg and finished on November 13th last year with the m.v. Alaskaborg.In the meantime Wagenborg signed an additional contract for a ‘T-type’, measuring an additional 30 meters in length, equipped with a fourth deck crane. Both the ‘A’ and the ‘T’ type vessels are currently deployed worldwide for shipping forest products, steel, break bulk and containers.With the recent delivery of m.v. Trinityborg on November 14th , seven years of Chinese shipbuilding of these series came to a close for Wagenborg.Shortly after delivery, m.v. Trinityborg started her maiden voyage under command of Master Oleg Mazurov. 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站？确定
GATINEAU, Que. — Police say a Quebec man who stole women’s clothing from clotheslines also left them a note with his contact details saying he was interested in buying their underwear or swimwear.A 28-year-old man was arrested Thursday in connection with at least six cases in Gatineau and police are asking anyone else who might have been a victim to come forward.Police say the suspect allegedly left a note on victims’ windshields or near their homes, saying he was interested in buying their underwear or swimwear and to contact him directly.The suspect allegedly said he was particularly interested in their underwear.Police say in some cases, the thefts took place from backyards in the middle of the night.The man is expected to appear in court on charges of criminal harassment, break-and-enter and theft.The Canadian Press
APTN National NewsIt has been 29 days since Jordan Wabasse went missing.The 15-year-old was last seen getting off a transit bus on the evening of Feb.7, in Thunder Bay, Ont.He is described as being 6’1 and weighing 200 lbs.He was wearing a dark grey jacket, a blue-grey Toronto Maple Leafs hat, black pants and white Adidas running shoes.Police have been looking for the teen on foot, underwater and by air.His home community of Webequie has set up a volunteer search and rescue headquarters where over 100 volunteers gather every day to look for the teen.Other First Nations in the area are trying to help bring Wabasse home. Family and friends say he loved to play hockey.
OTTAWA – The Bank of Canada estimates there will be about 60,000 fewer jobs by 2019 due to the increases in minimum wages across the country, but that labour income will be higher due to the increases.In examining the impact of the wage increases, the report estimated that the consumer price index could be boosted by about 0.1 percentage points on average and real gross domestic product could be cut by 0.1 per cent by early 2019.The number of jobs lost was based on a 0.3 per cent decline in the number of hours worked, while aggregate real wages were estimated to increase 0.7 per cent.The research paper by the staff at the central bank noted that if the average working hours declined following the increase in the minimum wage, the number of jobs lost would also be lower.The Bank of Canada estimated that about eight per cent of all employees work at minimum wage, a proportion that increases to 11 per cent if a threshold of five per cent above minimum wage is used.Ontario raised its minimum wage to $14 per hour on Jan. 1 from $11.60 and plans to increase it to $15 in 2019, while Alberta is expected to raise its minimum wage to $15 later this year.
New Delhi: Markets regulator Sebi Monday proposed amendments to norms governing Self Regulatory Organisations, including recognising such entities on a nomination basis. Coming out with a consultation paper, the watchdog said that an SRO would be defined as an organisation of intermediaries or an entity promoted by a stock exchange, recognised by the board.A Self Regulatory Organisation (SRO) is considered as the first level regulator. “As per the proposed process, instead of inviting applications, Sebi would recognise an entity as an SRO on nomination basis, after conducting due diligence,” the regulator said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalSebi proposes to constitute a nomination committee to consider and give recommendation to the regulator regarding the suitability of an organisation or entity to be recognised as an SRO. The committee will comprise external experts and will preferably be headed by a retired judge of a High Court or Supreme Court. Sebi also said the recognition of an SRO may be on permanent basis subject to certain conditions. The paper further suggested that a governing board may consist of elected Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostrepresentatives of members of SRO public interest directors nominated by Sebi and shareholder directors. The general superintendence, direction and management of the affairs of the Self Regulatory Organisations will vest in the board and its creation, composition and functions will be specified by Sebi from time to time, it added. The SRO shall provide for a dispute resolution mechanism including arbitration to settle disputes between investors and its members and disputes between its members.
The International Labour Organization (ILO) estimates that 22 per cent of the global workforce are still working more than 48 hours a week, “often merely to make ends meet.” The study, Working Time Around the World: Trends in working hours, laws and policies in a global comparative perspective, spotlights working time in over 50 countries, and for the first time explores the implications for working time policies in developing and transition countries. “The good news is that progress has been made in regulating normal working hours in developing and transition countries, but overall the findings of this study are definitely worrying, especially the prevalence of excessively long hours,” said Jon C. Messenger, Senior Research Officer for the ILO’s Conditions of Work and Employment Programme and a co-author of the study. In the period from 2004 to 2005, Peru topped the list with just over half of its workers (50.9 per cent) putting in long working hours – defined as more than 48 hours per week. Following close behind were the Republic of Korea at 49.5 per cent, Thailand at 46.7 per cent, and Pakistan at 44.4 per cent. Among developed countries, where working hours are typically shorter, the United Kingdom stood at 25.7 per cent, Israel at 25.5 per cent, Australia at 20.4 per cent, Switzerland at 19.2 per cent, and the United States at 18.1 per cent. The study points out the positive consequences of shorter hours, including benefits to workers’ health and family lives, reduced accidents at the workplace, greater productivity and equality between the sexes. The study highlights a “gender gap” in working time. It says men tend to work longer average hours than women worldwide, with women working shorter hours in almost every country studied. This is likely due to women bearing the primary responsibility for “unpaid” work in households and caring for family members, including children, the elderly and individuals suffering from diseases such as HIV/AIDS.Among its recommendations, the study calls for measures that allow workers to devote more time to their families and to have more influence over their work schedules, in order to make formal jobs a possibility for more women. 7 June 2007A new study by the United Nations labour agency finds that more than one in five workers around the world – over 600 million people – are working “excessively” long hours.
Honeywell has announced new features for its 900 Control Station touch screen operator interface, part of the HC900 Control system, used in industrial facilities to control standalone processes and SCADA applications. The 900 Control Station includes new features that allow engineers to more quickly configure the system and operators to monitor their processes more efficiently and reduce data entry error.“Many plants today need smaller and contained control systems for standalone or SCADA applications where a distributed control system would be overkill for these applications,” said Henri Tausch, Vice President and General Manager. “Additionally, more of our customers need to handle batch applications that don’t require complex recipe or procedure management. The enhancements we’ve made to the HC900 control system will make it easier for those plants to deploy the solution they need for these challenges in a more efficient manner.”The HC900 includes hybrid control solutions used in processes such as thermal control in boilers, furnaces, kilns and dryers. It is also ideal for small unit processing in pharmaceutical, chemical, bio-fuel and pilot-plant applications. Its enhanced features include thermal batch management and reporting, expanded remote access, improved alarm monitoring and security for standalone and small process control applications.Process alarming from the HC900 controller, for instance, is now integrated into the operator interface, which means plants save installation time by not having to set up separate display alarming. Additionally, the system features automated barcode data entry, which allows operators to quickly enter required batch identification data and reduces chances for human error. Operators can also access data from the interface via cell phone to remotely monitor the system.The HC900 is also available through Honeywell’s network of distributors and system integrators. For more information regarding the 900 Control Station and other Honeywell field solutions that improve overall plant safety, reliability and efficiency, visit www.honeywell.com/ps/hfs.
Secure data storage has become something all of us have to deal with (or not at our peril) on a regular basis. Be it storage of important images or video, work files, or just general backups “just in case.” A popular way to carry out such data storage is through a cloud service such as Carbonite or Mozy, or if you want more flexibility there’s Dropbox or Box.net.Not everyone is happy to trust a service to protect their data in a datacenter, so they turn to Network Attached Storage (NAS) instead, and keep their data on-site. ioSafe is a small company that specializes in this kind of data storage, but offers it in enclosures that are fireproof, waterproof, even bulletproof, and come with data recovery services. However, it’s far from a cheap way to keep your data safe.For their latest NAS, ioSafe is taking a different approach to funding and selling the device. The ioSafe N2 is being offered on Indiegogo with a number of perks in return for your contribution.The N2 is advertised as a disaster-proof private cloud NAS. The N2 enclosure protects up to 8TB of data stored in RAID configuration across two hard drives from the extremes. You can expect to remove a still-working N2 after being consumed in a 1,550 degree Fahrenheit fire, or that has been submerged in either fresh or salt water for up to 72 hours. In other words, it’s going to survive most home and office flooding or fires.Alongside the two hot-swappable drive bays inside you’ll find a 2GHz processor and 512MB RAM running the Synology DSM operating system and managing access to your data. That means the N2 isn’t just a data store, it’s a complete cloud service device. You can store and stream pictures, music, and video, control access to different types of data in the home and over the web, and do so on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and iOS. You can even treat the N2 just like Dropbox, but without any of the associated fees.Acquiring an 8TB private cloud in your home or business isn’t cheap, though. ioSafe need to raise $150,000 to reach their Indiegogo goal, and although you can pledge as little as $1, you won’t get an N2 for less than $499. That’s early bird pricing too, with the MSRP being $599 before you add hard drives.If the N2 is out of your price range there are a number of perks worth considering still. $49 gets you $100 off a 1TB ioSafe Rugged Portable (usually $249.99), and $99 earns you $200 off a 2TB Solo G3 external hard drive (usually $299.99). That’s quite a discount.If you’ve got a lot of really important data to backup and you don’t want to trust it to a cloud service, then $499 for the N2 might be a worthwhile investment. For everyone else, the discounts on ioSafe’s cheaper storage devices are worth taking a look at and considering contributing for.More at Indiegogo
La première Italienne spationaute décollera vers l’ISS en 2014L’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA) a annoncé que Samantha Cristoforetti, la seule femme spationaute de l’agence venait d’être nommée pour faire partie d’une expédition spatiale programmée pour 2014. Elle rejoindra ainsi la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). C’est une grande nouvelle pour l’Agence spatiale européenne (ESA). Alors qu’Andre Kuipers vient tout juste de revenir de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS), l’agence sait d’ores et déjà qu’un autre de ses spationautes partira bientôt pour l’espace, et pas n’importe lequel : Samantha Cristoforetti. Recrutée en 2009, celle-ci est en effet actuellement la seule femme spationaute de l’ESA (qui en a au cours de son histoire déjà compté deux) mais aussi la première Italienne spationaute.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreSelon les informations communiquées par l’ESA, Samantha Cristoforetti a été nommée pour faire partie d’une expédition à destination de l’ISS qui décollera en 2014. Ce sera alors le tout premier vol spatial pour cette Italienne âgée de 35 ans. Une mission qui durera comme habituellement au moins six mois passés à bord de la station en compagnie d’autres astronautes. “C’est une grande satisfaction de voir un troisième astronaute recruté en 2009 être nommé pour participer à une mission dans l’espace”, a commenté dans un communiqué Thomas Reiter, directeur des vols habités et des opérations de l’ESA. Samantha a complété son entrainement basique en 2010. Aujourd’hui, elle le poursuit en se familiarisant avec les engins russes Soyouz, les systèmes et la robotique de la Station ainsi qu’avec les sorties extravéhiculaires. Depuis le début de sa carrière, elle a néanmoins totalisé pas moins de 500 heures de vol sur six types différents d’avions militaires. “Les trois dernières années en tant qu’astronaute européen ont été une période extraordinaire de croissance personnelle et professionnelle”, a commenté Samantha après avoir reçu la nouvelle de sa nomination.”Je suis aujourd’hui ravie de continuer mon voyage avec l’objectif de servir l’Italie et l’Europe en tant que membre de l’équipe de la Station spatiale internationale (ISS). Je suis reconnaissante envers l’Agence spatiale italienne, l’Agence spatiale européenne et l’Air force italienne pour cette humble opportunité et je vais faire de mon mieux pour être digne de leur confiance”, a t-elle encore ajouté. Le 3 juillet 2012 à 17:10 • Maxime Lambert
WASHINGTON — His once-promising political career in shambles, Minnesota Sen. Al Franken appeared on the verge of resigning after fellow Democrats led by female senators, including Washington’s Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, abandoned him Wednesday over the mounting allegations of sexual misconduct that are roiling Capitol Hill.A majority of the Senate’s Democrats called on the two-term lawmaker to get out after another woman emerged Wednesday saying he forcibly tried to kiss her in 2006. That brought to at least seven the number of women accusing him of sexual impropriety.Franken, the former comedian who made his name on “Saturday Night Live,” scheduled an announcement for Thursday. No topic was specified, but Democratic senators said they expected their liberal colleague to resign.“Enough is enough,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York. “We need to draw a line in the sand and say none of it is OK, none of it is acceptable, and we, as elected leaders, should absolutely be held to a higher standard.”Gillibrand was the first to call for Franken’s resignation on Wednesday, but a torrent of Democrats quickly followed.“I’m shocked and appalled by Sen. Franken’s behavior,” said Murray. “It’s clear to me that this has been a deeply harmful, persistent problem and a clear pattern over a long period of time. It’s time for him to step aside.”
Khairatabad: The much-talked about giant Ganapathi idol installed at Khairatabad in different shapes and sizes every year, He will give darshan to devotees as Sri Dwadashaditya Maha Ganapathi on Bhadrapada Shudda Chavithi (Vinayaka Chathurthi festival) on September 2 this year. The Khairatabad Ganesh utsava committee members here on Tuesday unveiled a replica of the giant idol at a programme organised at the Ganesh Mantap. Utsava committee chairman Sudarshan, idol sculptor Rajendran and others explained about the salient features of Sri Dwadashaditya Maha Ganapathi. The huge idol will be 61-ft tall and 28-ft wide. In this connection, the Utsava committee constructed a 65 feet high shed for the idol. Also Read – Secunderabad: Major General N Srinivas Rao makes farewell visit to AOC Advertise With Us The face of the idol will look like the Sun, with 12 heads, 24 hands, adorned with 12 serpents and riding a chariot with seven horses. They said on both sides, idols of Suddha Kunjiga Devi and Dattatraya. On the right side idols of Sri Maha Vishnu and Ekadasha Devi will be arranged in a separate small mantap. On the left side, idols of Goddess Maha Kali along with idols of Vishnu, Eshwara and Brahma will be installed. All these small idols will be 16 feet high.
India has failed to make it to the top thirty e-commerce markets globally, even as domestic online retailers raise billions of investments to scale-up operations.Despite being the world’s second most populated country, India misses the list of top 30 markets for e-commerce as only 39 million people shop online, said management consultancy AT Kearney.According to the consultancy, lack of broadband and mobile internet access is constraining the growth of Indian e-commerce market.Only 69 percent of India’s population has more than limited access to broadband and mobile internet, so the market will still prove challenging for some time to come, the report further noted.With a market size of $238 billion, the US tops the list, followed by China, the UK, Japan, and Germany.Though online sales in India increased by 27 percent to $3.8 billion in 2014, the market size is far below that of other emerging countries such as Brazil with a size of $13 billion.AT Kearney expects online spending in the country to grow 21 percent over the next five years, slightly higher than the global average.Despite low penetration, domestic e-commerce firms have been able to raise millions of funds from global investors, with valuations of companies such as Flipkart and Snapdeal witnessing an exponential growth.Backed by big investors, Flipkart saw its valuation skyrocketing to $15 billion from $1.5 billion in October 2013. In 2014 alone, the company raised capital of around $2 billion.With valuations skyrocketing, the e-tailers are under pressure from stakeholders to turn into profitability, even though they rely on huge discounts to attract customers to online shopping.Since its beginning in 2007, Flipkart never booked profits despite its gross merchandise volume (GMV) growing to $4 billion recently. It plans to double the GMV of products it sells to $8 billion this year. The company aims at turning profitable in the next two years.
Sreemukhi and Baba BashkarTwitterSreemukhi or Baba Bashkar are likely to be eliminated from Akkineni Nagarjuna-hosted reality TV show Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in its fourth week, according to the results of the survey conducted by IBTimes India.On Monday, Bigg boss invited housemates to the confession room in pair and asked them to nominate one of the two. He also revealed that Punarnavi was safe from elimination due to immunity, while Sreemukhi was directly nominated. Later, he learned the opinions of all the housemates, before announcing his decision.After hearing from everyone, Bigg boss announced that Ravi Krishna, Siva Jyothi, Baba Bashkar, Rahul Sipligunj, Varun Sandesh and Sreemukhi were nominated for elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the fourth week. He nominated Rohini as a punishment for discussing the nominations Siva Jyothi.Seven contestants are in the list of nominations for elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the week 4. Millions of viewers have cast their vote to save their favourite housemates from eviction and the voting process ended on Friday midnight. They are waiting to see who Akkineni Nagarjuna will show doors on Saturday or Sunday.Several media houses conducted a survey to predict the contestant, who would be evicted from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in week 4 and IBTimes India is one of those websites. As per our poll, Ravi Krishna, Varun Sandesh, Rohini and Siva Jyothi have secured lesser than 15 per cent of votes each and they are safe from the eliminations this week. IBTimes India survey resultsRemaining three housemates have received more than 15 per cent votes in the poll conducted by IBTimes India. Among the three, Sreemukhi is the top choice for the elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in week 3, as she has got 19.73 per cent. Baba Bashkar is the second choice with 15.66 per cent. Rahul Sipligunj is also in the danger zone with 15.12 per cent vote share.Interestingly, the names of Sreemukhi or Baba Bashkar are the top choices for the elimination from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the fourth week according the most of the survey results. Here are some of the polls. Bigg Boss Telugu 3 survey Bigg Boss Telugu 3 survey
Mirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBNP secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Friday said their party will carry out peaceful and non-violent street campaign demanding the release of party chairperson Khaleda Zia, alongside legal battle.Talking to reporters at Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson’s Gulshan office, he also said they are expecting to file an appeal with the High Court against the verdict of the trial court by Sunday or Monday next, reports UNB.The BNP leader said their chairperson earlier directed them to carry out non-violent and peaceful street campaign in democratic manners for her release, restoration of democracy and forcing government to hold a fair election.Replying to a questioner, Fakhrul said they still did not get the certified copy of the verdict.On Thursday, a makeshift court convicted Khaleda and sentenced her to five years’ imprisonment in the Zia Orphanage Trust graft case.Five other accused in the case, including her exiled son and BNP senior vice-chairman Tarique Rahman, were sentenced to 10 years’ imprisonment each. The court also fined the five accused Tk 2.10 crore each.
If you’re not a fan of Blizzard or digital CCGs, today marks the beginning of a less tolerable time in your life: Blizzard’s online CCG Hearthstone has entered open beta. If you inhabit the PC gamingscape, news of the game has likely been difficult to avoid, and now with the game becoming available to the public, it’s going to get even harder.Like the majority of Blizzard games, Hearthstone is going to be huge. It already was huge, and that was in a closed beta. Interestingly, when it was first announced, the collective gaming world only barely cared — oh look, Blizzard is trying to get in on the digital CCG trend that has flooded the mobile gaming landscape, maybe it’ll be okay. The digital CCG market is perhaps the most flooded genre in gaming right now (thanks, iOS and Android), and Warcraft isn’t the only venerable franchise that is taking its themes and art and shoving them onto cards. However, the Warcraft license isn’t why Hearthstone is the hot new thing.Quite simply, the game is very good.If you don’t like CCGs, you likely won’t get into Hearthstone — it doesn’t differentiate itself from its genre, like most Blizzard games don’t. Instead, Blizzard works its usual magic of taking an average game and polishing it so feverishly that stands out and captures an audience. In Hearthstone, you’re essentially just running creatures and heroes into each other, with the occasional spell and trap (called secrets) thrown it. There aren’t even any interrupts — you can’t do anything when it isn’t your turn, which is something that makes Magic the Gathering a highly engaging experience. You can’t trade cards or buy singles either — unlike Mojang’s Scrolls, or really any other collectible card game — which are two other aspects of CCGs (or TCGs) that engage players. Regardless, Hearthstone is a fun, addictive, enjoyable experience.It’s free to play, and though putting money into the game (buying packs of cards) will get you much more viable deck options, the basic cards you begin with and unlock through leveling up the heroes actually make decent decks anyway.You can join the open beta here. It’s currently only available to North America, but Blizzard stated that many other regions will join the open beta within the next few days.