first_imgThe 2013 X-Blades National Youth Championships will also host the annual Trends of the Game workshop on Thursday, 12 September.  Presented by Australian Women’s Open coach, Peter Bell and Australian Mixed Open coach, Micheal Lovett, this interactive and practical workshop will allow National Youth Championship coaches to observe practical Talent and Elite skill demonstrations and drills. For more information please see attached flyer, and be sure to register your attendance via email to tara.steel@austouch.com.au by Friday, 6 September. Related Filestrends_of_the_game_-nyc_skills_workshop_flyer__2_-pdfRelated LinksTrends of the Gamelast_img


first_imgzoom Danish container shipping giant Maersk Line will gain “a significant position” in Latin America and Oceania following the recently closed acquisition of Hamburg Süd, Vincent Clerc, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) at Maersk Line said in an interview with Bloomberg. According to Clerk, the company will now be able to reinforce its offering in these regions.Clerc pointed out that the real focus of the company is on the integration of Hamburg Süd because “it is fundamental for the viability of the deal.”Commenting on the takeover, he said: “It is quite a large acquisition, the largest that we have made. It will require a lot of energy to make it a success here in the coming months.” “That doesn’t mean that we don’t have an eye out to see if there are some good deals outside but that really isn’t the focus right now,” he added.Speaking of the market development and reflecting on 2017 which has seen the strongest growth in containerized trade in a decade, Maersk Line’s CCO said he expects this trend to continue in the coming years, on the back of higher oil price. In addition, industry consolidation on a global scale, the possibility to put in place networks generating economies of scale and deploying assets and capacities in a more effective way will also contribute to the market recovery in the future.However, despite positive market forecasts, Maersk Line’s intention is not to order new ships in the near future. With a combined fleet of more than 750 vessels, the company said there is enough capacity to cover the needs of its clients.Maersk Line completed the acquisition of Hamburg Süd on November 30, two days after it received the final regulatory approval from the Korea Fair Trade Commission. The company secured all 23 regulatory clearances, almost a year after it announced its acquisition plans.Subsequently, the company revealed its intention to reflag Hamburg Süd-owned vessels to Denmark and Singapore.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more


first_imgRIO DE JANEIRO — A temporary injunction freezing a joint venture between airplane manufacturers Boeing and Embraer has been overruled by a Brazilian justice.The ruling was made Saturday morning by Federal Court President Therezinha Cazerta, who said that the matter is outside the court’s purview.The $5.26 billion venture was stalled by a similar court procedure earlier in the month.Labour unions say that it’s actually a sale and will move most of the business to the U.S.Under the current terms, Boeing is to receive 80 per cent of the venture and Embraer the remaining 20 per cent. The subsidiary is expected to take on all of Embraer’s commercial aviation activities.The agreement between the two companies is championed by Embraer as necessary to keep the company competitive.The Associated Presslast_img read more


first_imgThe City’s Communications Coordinator Ryan Harvey said that the sewer upgrades were supposed to have been started earlier this year, but a number of multi-government agencies at multiple levels – including Transport Canada – needed to give their approval for the City’s plans.Harvey wasn’t able to say whether the sewer replacement would be completed before the end of the year, or whether the delay would cause the City to postpone widening 100th St. up to the East Bypass Road until 2020. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The City of Fort St. John is now accepting tender submissions for sewer upgrades along 100th St. under the CN Rail tracks near Northern Lights College.The work, which involves installing 200 metres of 1.5-metre diameter storm main under the CN Rail tracks at the north end of 100th St. is part of the City’s plans to widen the road next summer.The City had originally planned to continue widening the road this summer, but during 2018 Capital Budget discussions, the City postponed that work until 2019 so that the storm drain near NLC could be replaced and upgraded.last_img read more


first_imgParis: Chinese President Xi Jinping heads to the French Riviera on Sunday for the final leg of his European tour, as France’s Emmanuel Macron looks to forge a united European front to contend with China’s global ambitions. Xi’s trip will begin in the Mediterranean city of Nice and a stop in the nearby principality of Monaco before face-to-face talks with Macron. On Monday, the two leaders head to Paris for the official state visit, marking 55 years since Charles de Gaulle broke ranks with the West to establish diplomatic relations with the Communist nation. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US A series of cooperation deals on nuclear power, aerospace and clean energy initiatives, some involving lucrative contracts, are expected to be signed. But Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while also pushing back against Beijing’s growing clout. Europe’s distrust of Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in next-generation telecom networks worldwide, is emblematic of the increasingly rocky relationship. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “We have a lot to do together in terms of climate action, in terms of multilateralism, but we also have to defend our own interests,” Macron said in Brussels on Thursday. He has lauded the EU’s “awakening” to the challenges posed by China, which the bloc now labels a “rival” despite becoming Europe’s biggest trading partner. “The reality is that the world has changed significantly — China is not the country it once was, and we are dealing with a very major partner,” a Macron aide said ahead of Xi’s visit. On Tuesday, Macron and Xi will be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker to explore “points of convergence” ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month. Xi arrives in France from Italy, which has angered its EU partners by formally joining China’s “new Silk Road” initiative for a string of maritime, rail and road connections aiming at expanding Chinese trade. Macron is expected to press his call for increased “reciprocity” regarding market access to China, in particular Beijing’s demands that foreign companies hand over vital technological know-how in order to invest in the country. “If we’re going to talk about a new Silk Road, then it must be one that goes in both directions,” Finance Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told BFM television on Friday. Telecom giant Huawei is another fraught issue at the centre of a dispute over the rollout of crucial 5G mobile network infrastructure. The US is pressuring European allies to not use the Huawei technology, saying it creates a security risk by potentially letting Beijing snoop on sensitive communications. Yet so far France has not ruled out using Huawei gear — and Monaco has already signed a deal with the Chinese giant to roll out a 5G network as soon as this year. Beijing has bristled at the suspicions, accusing Washington of trying to escalate President Donald Trump’s trade battle with China. “China is hoping that Europe can show more autonomy (on Huawei), which would be better for future cooperation,” said Xu Tiebing, a professor of international relations at China’s Communication University in Beijing. Despite the many sources of friction, France’s goal is to engage China as a closer partner as Washington makes a pointed withdrawal from global affairs under Trump’s “America First” policy. For example, Macron may seek more Chinese support of the French-backed G5 Sahel force fighting Islamic extremists in Western Africa. China has been investing heavily in a diplomatic offensive across Africa, promising to help build infrastructure projects as part of the new Silk Road, officially called the Belt and Road Initiative. Aides say Macron will press Xi to ensure such projects are fair and explore the participation of French companies amid allegations the deals could load African countries with unsustainable debt loads. He is also expected to urge Xi to commit to the ambitious global bid to cut carbon emissions, though analysts note that China is still building dozens of coal-burning power plants. France also plans to voice concerns about rights abuses against China’s Uighur Muslim minority, including allegations of mass internments in the restive Xinjiang province. “China talks about defending multilateralism and humanity’s common future to anyone wanting to listen, but the reality is very different,” said Emmanuel Dubois de Prisque, a China expert with the Thomas More Institute in Paris.last_img read more


Ohio State’s women’s volleyball starting lineup stands together prior to the game against No. 5 Minnesota on Oct. 18. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterAfter being on the road for the last two weeks, the Ohio State women’s volleyball team (14-13, 7-9 Big Ten) will return to St. John Arena to host No. 5 Nebraska (22-4, 15-1 Big Ten) at 6 p.m. Friday and Iowa (17-12, 6-10) at 8 p.m. Saturday.With Nebraska currently riding nine-match winning streak, the Buckeyes have a tough match on their hands. Nebraska has only lost one Big Ten match to No. 12 Wisconsin.Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston recognizes that Nebraska is one of the best serving teams in the conference and admits the Buckeyes have struggled in that area with this season.“We’ve done well against them, but they’re playing really well right now,” Carlston said. “We have to battle in the serve-and-pass game, so if we can do what I know we can do serving-wise then it gives us a little bit more advantage.”This will be the first meeting between Ohio State and Nebraska this season. The Buckeyes have beat the Huskers in three of their last four matches. However, Ohio State has only beat Nebraska once at home since both teams started playing in 1978. The Cornhuskers hold a 11-7 record against the Buckeyes in the all-time series.Though the Buckeyes have won 62 of 73 games against Iowa, they couldn’t pull out a win last week when they lost 3-1 to the Hawkeyes. The game ended Ohio State’s 15-match win streak against Iowa. The Hawkeyes have one of the top defensive specialists in the conference, senior Annika Olsen, who leads the Big Ten with 4.89 digs per set.The Buckeyes have struggled to maintain their momentum this season. Mauer admitted that while they did not always have a consistent flow, they have been able to adapt to the changes on their own team as well as on the other side of the net.“We don’t give up,” Mauer said. “I think we’re one of those teams that don’t let a ball drop and I think we’re just very scrappy and we make the other team work for it.” Carlston said he believes his team can be a little more disciplined in its plays and how it handles the ball.“[We need to] make [Nebraska and Iowa] earn every single point, like get in there and roll up our sleeves, blue collar defense and relentless pursuit of the ball,” Carlston said. “When we get a block we need to take advantage of that and run our offense behind it.”Mauer has recently had to step up as the starting setter of the team with junior setter Taylor Hughes sidelined with a season-ending injury Hughes.Carlston did not provide specifics regarding the injury, but said Hughes has been trying to work through it while mentoring Mauer and being another set of eyes for the team.“She’s our emotional leader. She’s our quarterback. But she’s also mentored Becca very well,” Carlston said. “Becca, as has happened a lot with us this year, she steps up and she’s doing a great job.”Though the multitude of injuries to the team has depleted Carlston of several starters, the absences have provided the freshmen on the team with an opportunity to start at an early age.“It’s kind of fun because we’re getting better every single day,” Carlston said. “It’s almost like a whole new season with our group because it’s just so different than maybe we were in August, September, even October.”Although the team has had to work through injuries and adjustments, Carlston is confident the team can fight through these next two games and make it to the final tournament.“We’re trying to keep that in mind, that we control our own destiny,” Carlston said. “But we know we have to play and we have to … fall in love with the process again which is hard to do here late in the season.” read more


first_imgDavid de Gea has insisted that he’s focused on helping Manchester United win games and not on his contract situation.With his current contract running out in the summer, David de Gea is still locked in talks with Manchester United who have an option to extend his deal by a further year.Mourinho’s comment this week about the deal, caused further uncertainty as he said he wasn’t confident that the deal will go through.However, de Gea is choosing to concentrate on his team’s performance on the pitch.“What matters is the team and all of us being focused on what we need to focus on, which is winning games, rather than contracts or any topics that can be a distraction. What matters is focusing on football.” de Gea told Sky Sports in an exclusive interview.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“We have an important game against Everton and we have some big fixtures over the coming months. I think that’s what matters, rather than thinking about anything else.“I’ve been here for many seasons, as we’ve said. I’ve been at the club for eight seasons now. I’m very happy here. I always feel that warmth from the fans and everyone who works at the club.“I think it’s very easy to be focused on what you have to focus on, partly because we have lots of training sessions and play every three or four days.“You have to be focused on what’s important, which is the team, winning, doing well in training and being in good shape to give your all.“You don’t have time to think about things that aren’t as important as football and the points that are at stake in the games that we have to win and do well in.”last_img read more


first_img Related Items:freedom of information law, Pdm, pnp manifesto TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Recommended for you TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 15 Sept 2015 – The Turks and Caicos is another step closer to a Freedom of Information Ordinance, after the Opposition Leader saw her motion pass through the House of Assembly with majority support on Monday. There was contentious debate on the motive for the Freedom of Information or FOI motion; the readiness of the TCI with human and other resources to support an actual FOI ordinance; argument that a Freedom of Information law was not a part of the PNP Manifesto promise, said the Premier; that the FOI would further weigh down the PNP Administration’s legislative agenda and a reminder about the constitutional responsibility to have the law, at some point, enacted. The governor’s appointed member female, Hon Lillian Missick chided the governing side for what she called, ‘emotional’ comments about the Motion brought, explaining that the TCI parliament is constitutionally obligated to establish the law so, in her view, there was no need for the hot rejection of the idea. Hon. Missick admits she would like to see first, that the country has the infrastructure to support the demands for information she believes the legislation will create. There were three abstentions including the Premier; six nay votes including most of the PNP frontbenchers, who voted ‘no’ and nine Members voted ‘yes’ to push the motion forward. All PDM members and the Governor’s female member voted in favor of drafting legislation for a Freedom of Information Ordinance. last_img read more


first_img TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Recommended for you Related Items:Fire, grand turk, HJ robinson high school, Pdm Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s why Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 29 Jan 2016 – Today, January 28, 2016, we have been shocked and saddened by the news of a fire at HJ Robinson, the only high school in the nations capital. While we wish to express our deep sadness of this unfortunate and tragic development, we wish to comfort the many students and families who have been also deeply impacted by this act of apparent arson. Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with you as you strive to educate and equip yourself and face the challenges of coping with this new reality.The many photographs circulating this morning on social media paint a vivid picture of the difficulties you face in the coming years. The Leader of the Opposition has been briefed by party officials including Hon. Edwin Astwood and Hon. Derek Taylor who are both on the ground and at the scene and is today, through this release, calling on Government to quickly resolve a budget to take to the house of assembly in an emergency session to meet the needs of the people of Grand Turk including the rebuilding of HJ Robinson and properly funding a long called for and overdue domestic fire tender.We understand that the fire affected flights since fire trucks and personnel that service the Jags McCartney International airport were directed to address this emergency. We wish to thank the service men, fortis and volunteers who have so tirelessly given of their time and labor to confront this fire and stem it from causing increased damage to the school. The people of Grand Turk and the Turks and Caicos Islands are a resilient, hard working, hopeful people and we have overcome many great odds and adversity to emerge victorious and enjoy what we know as our country today. We say that no weapon formed against our nation will prosper. And no act, however originated will dampen the spirit or the will of our people. We will rise from the ashes and build again; we will persevere and win in the face of difficulty and overwhelming odds. We are strong and will emerge stronger from this setback.last_img read more


first_img ADC AUTHOR Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) withdrew his hold Wednesday on the nomination of Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David Berger to become the service’s next commandant, allowing Berger’s Senate confirmation to move ahead this week, Military Times reported.Sullivan said Wednesday he had worked out his concerns with Marine Corps officials, but did not offer his reason for objecting to Berger replacing Gen. Robert Neller as the service’s top military officer.Sullivan only said that the issue “is between me and Gen. Berger,” according to the report.Berger’s Senate confirmation could be finalized as early as this week unless another lawmaker raises concerns.Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Olivia G. Ortizlast_img


first_img Twitter Email Renée Zellweger To Play Hollywood Icon Judy Garland In New Film News Facebook Renée Zellweger To Portray Judy Garland ren%C3%A9e-zellweger-play-hollywood-icon-judy-garland-new-film New film ‘Judy’ to focus on Garland’s final concerts in London in 1968Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Oct 24, 2017 – 7:59 am Oscar-nominated actress Renée Zellweger will portray GRAMMY winner Judy Garland in Judy, an upcoming film chronicling the Hollywood legend’s final concerts in London in 1968.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Judy will center upon Garland’s arrival in London for her series of sellout shows, which took place 30 years after she garnered acclaim for her role in The Wizard Of Oz. As she readies for the concerts, Garland goes back and forth with her management team while engaging with musicians, friends and fans, as well as her then-soon-to-be husband, Mickey Dean. Despite the seemingly idyllic setting, Garland also grapples with her childhood memories that are blurred by her career as well as her yearning to be at home with her children.   GRAMMY History: Complete List Of Album Of The Year Winners And NomineesGarland became the first female to win the GRAMMY for Album Of The Year, taking home the award for Judy At Carnegie Hall at the 4th GRAMMY Awards in 1962. Six of her recordings have been inducted into the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame, including “Over The Rainbow” and The Wizard Of Oz soundtrack.Set to start production in February 2018, Judy will be directed by Tony nominee Rupert Goold and produced by David Livingstone.Tina Turner Performs At Launch Of Her Bio-Musical In LondonRead morelast_img read more


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The below announcement is from the Wilmington Democratic Town Committee:Have fun and support the Billerica, Tewksbury, and Wilmington Democratic Town Committees at our annual fundraiser, hosted by comedian, political satirist, and 2018 candidate for Massachusetts Lieutenant Governor, Jimmy Tingle on Saturday, October 5.The doors will open at 7:00 p.m. and the event kicks off at 8:00 p.m. sharp. Jimmy Tingle will take the stage and perform bits of his show, “Jimmy Tingle’s 20/20 Vision.” As the nation looks ahead to the upcoming presidential campaign of 2020, Tingle will entertain, enlighten and challenge the audience to move beyond the current politics of presidential tweets, sound bites, and the nightly news cycle and into the realm of long-term thinking and life affirming possibility.The event will also include a live auction, cash and check only. There is a cash bar and light snacks will be provided. Attendees can bring their own food to the event, but no drinks are allowed due to the cash bar.Tickets will be available at the door for $35.00 each. All proceeds will be divided evenly by all three Democratic Town Committees.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Explain Why They’re Endorsing Markey Despite Likely Kennedy PrimaryIn “Government”Local, State & Federal Officials Speak At Wilmington Democratic Town Committee Breakfast (with PHOTOS)In “Government”STATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”last_img read more


first_imgMarkets will be closely watching the announcement of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) fourth quarter earnings on Thursday, as investors remain keen to assess the impact of strong dollar on the revenues of major IT companies.A strong dollar is good for Indian IT companies but can have an equally negative impact, affecting their business in countries other than US, as depreciating local currencies put pressure on the revenues from those countries.TCS, India’s largest IT firm, already said that its margins would be down 40 basis points in January-March quarter due to currency fluctuations besides seasonal weakness in demand.Analysts expect the company’s rupee denominated revenue to show no growth for the final quarter of 2014-15. Its dollar denominated revenue is estimated to go down by 200-270 basis points (bps).The Mumbai-based software firm is expected to have earned revenue of ₹24,498.7 crore in March 2015 quarter compared to ₹24,501.1 crore in the previous quarter, The Economic Times reported, taking into account the average of the estimates by five brokerages and the forecast by the ET Intelligence Group.Net profit is likely to fall by 0.9% to ₹5,396.4 crore, according to the estimates.The dollar’s rally against its major counterparts is hurting revenues of domestic software services firms in the non-US markets such as Europe, where the demand is already slowing due to a sagging economy.The impact of depreciation of global currencies against the USD was at 200-250bps on the sequential revenue growth of the top five IT players, viz., TCS, Infosys, Wipro, HCL Tech and Tech Mahindra, IDFC’s IT analyst Hitesh Shah told The Times of India.The US currency gained 9% versus the euro in January-March period compared to same quarter last year due to monetary policy divergence between the US and Europe. Foreign exchange rates are highly impacted by monetary policies of respective central banks.Revenues from Europe have doubled in the past five years for India’s top IT companies, as they diversified their market presence after having been hit severely by the financial crisis in the US in 2008.Infosys Results More in Focus This Earning SeasonInfosys Ltd., India’s second largest software services firm, which begins the quarterly earnings season traditionally, postponed the announcement of its results to 24 April, 2015 without citing any reason.Analysts say that chief executive officer Vishal Sikka is seeking more time to finalise the roadmap needed to restructure into a next-generation service company.The $8.2 billion IT services company is expected to outline new metrics to ascertain the progress of the revival strategy initiated by the new chief executive after taking charge in August 2014.Infosys reported a revenue growth of 2.6% in the third quarter ending December 2014, helped by growth in all verticals and new client additions.last_img read more


first_imgFollowing other carriers, Indigo has also rolled out a flash sale, with fares starting as low as ₹1,727.The travel period for tickets booked under the monsoon offer, which will end on 13 June, is from 1 July-30 September, 2015. The quarter is considered as a lean period in the aviation industry.On Wednesday, state-owned airline Air India had announced a similar sale and its starting fares was ₹1,777 for domestic destinations. The booking for its monsoon offer ends on 12 June.Air India’s offer is applicable on travel period between 1 July to 30 September, 2015, covering 66 destinations in Air India’s domestic network.Last week, Jet Airways, SpiceJet, and AirAsia India had launched such offers to improve passenger traffic during the July-September lean season.Domestic airlines witnessed a 21 percent growth in passenger traffic to 251.05 lakh during January-April 2015 as compared to 207 lakh in the same period last year, NDTV Profit reported.The domestic aviation landscape has undergone a sea change with the entry of new low-cost carriers Vistara and AirAsia, resulting in competitive tariffs to gain market share.Budget airline SpiceJet announced the launch of its discount sale last Tuesday. Its one-way fares start at ₹1,299.The three-day sale was offered to celebrate SpiceJet’s completion of a decade in the aviation industry and its return to profitability in the January-March quarter. The sale began on 2 June and ended on 4 June for travel period between 20 June and 31 July, 2015.Debt-ridden budget carrier SpiceJet posted profit for the first time in seven quarters. It earned a profit of ₹22.5 crore in the March quarter.last_img read more


first_imgReliance Jio’s announcement of Jio GigaFiber has set the ball rolling in the right direction for the disruptive telecommunication company in broadband space. After disruptive the telecom space with its nationwide 4G rollout, affordable plans and more, Reliance Jio is now stepping into the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband space with its Jio GigaFiber.At RIL’s 42nd annual general meeting (AGM), Mukesh Ambani announced that it will commence the Jio GigaFiber rollout in India on September 5 – which marks the company’s third-year anniversary. The Jio GigaFiber plans start at Rs 700 per month and go all the way up to Rs 10,000 per month depending on the speed users choose.Reliance Jio, which offered free 4G services for several months before official rollout, is now attracting consumers with something new. Jio GigaFiber subscribers will get a free HD or 4K LED TV for free as a part of the “Welcome Offer” on the condition that they opt for the annual plans aka Jio-Forever plans.There’s no clarity on how Reliance Jio will choose its customers to give away free HD or 4K TV, but it appears the 4K resolution televisions will be reserved for the premium tier and the HD TVs will be given to those who get the basic package. Reliance Jio’s GigaFiber plans start at Rs 700 for the 100Mbps plan and the top-tier package will offer 1Gbps speeds. Reliance Jio GigaFiber registration pageReliance Jio Website (Screen-shot)With only a few more days to go for the official rollout, it’s worth noting that interested folks register themselves on the company’s official JioFiber broadband website. The individual plans and prices, depending on the data allocation, will be revealed on September 5. Keep a close watch on the offers bundled with each plan to get the maximum benefits.In addition to the LED TVs, Reliance Jio will also be offering a free 4K set-top-box and a free landline. After all, the company is going for a bundled service and not just broadband, so it makes sense to give the best package at launch. There will be attractive calling plans focused on international calls, where Jio guarantees lowest fixed-line rates. Representational ImagetwitterFinally, the free offerings don’t just end there. Reliance Jio GigaFiber subscribers will also get free access to some premium OTT services. It is not clear what these are, but we are hoping to see something on the lines of Amazon, Netflix, Hotstar. If nothing, Jio’s own JioTV, JioMovies will be a part of the package. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:02/1:09Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:07?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img RIL’s 41st AGM: Biggest highlightslast_img read more


first_img.Reckless driving and unskilled drivers are two of the reasons behind growing road accidents in the country, reports UNB.Home minister Asaduzzaman Khanon on Sunday made the remark while responding to a written question of Didarul Alam (Chittagong-4) in parliament.The home minister listed tendency of overtaking by breaking rules, driving without taking adequate rest, not obeying traffic rules properly, problems related to vehicles fitness and lack of awareness among pedestrians as other reasons that are contributing to road accidents.Minister Asaduzzaman said some 9945 road accidents took place in the country from 2013 to April in 2017.The government has said it is determined to bring down the death toll and number of injures in road accident by 50 per cent by the year 2020.“Being a signatory country for Sustainable Development Goals-2030 adopted by the United Nations, Bangladesh is committed to bringing down number of deaths and injuries by 50 per cent by 2020,” road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader has told the parliament recently.last_img read more


first_imgA bulldozer destroys condemned smuggled luxury cars worth approximately US$ 1.2 million, which include used Lexus, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Jaguar and Corvette Stingray, during the 116th Bureau of Customs founding anniversary in Metro Manila, Philippines 6 February 2018. Photo: ReutersBulldozers and backhoes pounded more than two dozen seized luxury cars in the Philippines on Tuesday, including Porsches, Mercedes, Jaguars and Corvettes, in a dramatic demolition showcasing the no-nonsense leader’s crackdown on crime and corruption.President Rodrigo Duterte watched as the second-hand vehicles, some valued as high as $115,000, were reduced to piles of scrap in a little over three minutes.”Give it to the buyer of steel,” Duterte said, recalling his instruction to officials.”They cannot have cars like that. But they can get something, make toys out of it.”The Bureau of Customs seized $2.93 million worth of smuggled vehicles last year, part of the $866 million in seized goods, government data showed.”It does not pay to evade taxes in the Philippines so might as well stop trying, because you will never succeed,” Duterte’s finance minister, Carlos Dominguez, told reporters before letting diggers loose on 20 slick-looking vehicles at a Manila port. A further 10 were simultaneously destroyed in ports in the southern cities of Davao and Cebu.The government last year destroyed more than $2.5 million worth of cigarettes bearing fake tax stamps.Duterte, known for his bloody war on drugs and disdain for criminals, has promised to usher in a “golden age of infrastructure” over six years, worth $180 billion. He has launched a comprehensive tax reform programme to help fund it.last_img read more


first_imgMizanur Rahman, father of deceased college student Sumon, cries on the premises of Faridpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday. Photo: Prothom AloA college student died of dengue at Faridpur Medical College Hospital on Saturday morning, reports news agency UNB.The deceased is Sumon Bashar Raj, 18, from Changpur village in Magura district. He was a second year student of a government college in Magura.Mostafizur Rahman Bulu, assistant director of Faridpur Medical College Hospital, said Sumon was admitted to the hospital on 12 August and breathed his last around 10:00am today.Victim’s father Mizanur Rahman said Sumon was diagnosed with dengue at Magura Hospital on 8 August and was admitted to Faridpur Medical College Hospital on 12 August.Faridpur civil surgeon’s office sources said at least 73 new dengue patients were admitted to different hospitals in the districts in the last 24 hours till Saturday morning while 396 are undergoing treatment.A total of 1,719 people infected with dengue were admitted to hospitals across the country in 24 hours till 8:00am on Friday, according to the Health Emergency Operation Centre and Control Room of the Directorate General of Health Services (DGHS).The number of dengue patients was 1,929 on Thursday while 1,880 on Wednesday and 1,200 on Tuesday.The government has so far confirmed 40 deaths although unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is much higher.The DGHS said 49,999 people were hospitalised with dengue since January this year. Of them, 42,243 had made full recovery.Currently, 7, 716 patients are undergoing treatment at different hospitals and clinics in the country.last_img read more


first_img Share This! Share This! Graphic courtesy of CAIR Graphic courtesy of CAIR News • Photos of the Week Graphic courtesy of CAIR Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 News Charitable organizations must “secure their institutions from manipulation by anonymous donors who are using tax breaks and loopholes within our system to hide their funding,” Barzegar said.Through a new national campaign, CAIR aims to help equip these philanthropic groups to divest from anti-Muslim groups. The report also encourages philanthropic institutions to audit grantmaking processes to determine whether their institution “intentionally or unintentionally” funded anti-Muslim groups and enact policies to prevent it from happening again.The list of funders also includes faith-based organizations, such as the Jewish Communal Fund — which gave $3,200,000 in grants to 31 anti-Muslim groups, including author Robert Spencer and far-right activist Pamela Geller’s American Freedom Defense Initiative — and the National Christian Foundation, which CAIR notes is the “second largest funder of anti-Muslim hate in America” and has funneled at least $15 million into the anti-Muslim industry.“Islamophobia has now embedded itself in mainstream philanthropic institutions and threatens American democracy,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad. “We cannot counter Islamophobia until we understand this phenomenon, its strategies, its tactics, and who’s funding it.”Since 2010, CAIR’s annual Islamophobia reports have documented the financial and political connections of dozens of figures and organizations actively working to spread anti-Muslim propaganda. Graphic courtesy of CAIR Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email center_img Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Nearly 1,100 philanthropic organizations have funneled almost $125 million into dozens of anti-Muslim groups from 2014 to 2016, helping once-fringe ideas shape public opinion and government policy, according to a new report from a civil rights group.The Council on American-Islamic Relations’ report, “Hijacked by Hate: American Philanthropy and the Islamophobia Network,” traces the flow of money from mainstream charities and foundations to 39 identified anti-Muslim special interest groups through anonymous donations. In all, the report identifies some $1.5 billion in private donations and other funds that have been made available to anti-Muslim organizations.“These anti-Muslim groups have more than a billion dollars in collective revenue that is used to advance an anti-Muslim agenda,” said Zainab Arain, CAIR’s national research and advocacy manager. “They lobby legislatures to pass anti-Muslim laws and policies, interfere in and falsify school curriculum and promote prejudicial and biased media content.”CAIR’s researchers spent more than a year examining thousands of pages of publicly available tax filings and records from searchable databases to see which groups charitable organizations funded from 2014 to 2016.The report then mapped out the deep-rooted connections between several prominent anti-Muslim groups that received such funding and Trump administration staff and anti-Muslim legislation that has been introduced in states around the country.The donations uncovered range from amounts of $20 to $32.4 million. Among the largest funders are mainstream philanthropic organizations like the Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund, the Adelson Family Foundation, the Schwab Charitable Fund, Donors Capital Fund Inc. and the Vanguard Charitable Endowment Program.“Unfortunately, along with the usual ideologically oriented actors, we have found mainstream charities and foundations being directly or indirectly involved in funneling anonymized donations to the Islamophobia network,” Arain said.Graphic courtesy of CAIRThe $1.5 billion those anti-Muslim groups have access to during the timeframe in question has been used to lobby for shutting down Muslim organizations, to stage anti-Muslim rallies and promote anti-Sharia bills in state legislatures across the country, Arain noted.“What these hate groups are doing is, they’re exploiting the robust tradition of American philanthropy and turning it around to hurt our democracy,” she said at a press conference in Washington, D.C., introducing the findings. “It’s not just an abstract thing. It has very real implications.”Vanguard Charitable alone has granted at least $2,709,500 to anti-Muslim groups. One of America’s largest donor-advised funds, which function like a charitable investment fund, Vanguard Charitable allows its clients to recommend where their money is given while preserving their anonymity.More than half of those dollars went to the Center for Security Policy, a far-right think tank that the Southern Poverty Law Center has called a “conspiracy-oriented mouthpiece for the growing anti-Muslim movement.” The Center for Security Policy was responsible for commissioning now-White House spokeswoman Kellyanne Conway’s polling company to produce a survey that showed that a quarter of Muslims in the U.S. believe violence against America is justified “as part of the global jihad.” Though the poll’s methodology has been widely criticized by researchers as unrepresentative and shaky, the Trump administration cited it to justify the travel ban on Muslim-majority countries.Vanguard Charitable, which donates billions to organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Boy Scouts of America, also gave to the Clarion Project, which describes itself as an organization that “educates the public about the dangers of radical Islam.” Center for American Progress Fear Inc. reports list the Clarion Project as one of the “main organizations fueling the Islamophobia network.”The Fidelity Charitable Gift Fund has donated to humanitarian organizations such as Unicef, the American Red Cross and the SPLC. But it has also donated more than $1,845,000 to 34 anti-Muslim groups, including $800,000 to the David Horowitz Center, a think tank led by a figure the SPLC has named a member of the U.S.’ “Anti-Muslim Inner Circle.”Many of the faith-based charities, private family foundations and commercial foundations listed in the report are mainstream prominent philanthropy organizations that researchers say may not have been aware of how their funds were used.“What we fear is that Schwab, Fidelity, Vanguard, even mainstream conservative groups… are being used by hatemongers to funnel money into places where they don’t want to show up and say ‘yes, I donated to so and so,’” said CAIR’s research and advocacy director, Abbas Barzegar. “The banks and charities themselves are unequipped to handle this.” By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Graphic courtesy of CAIR Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Graphic courtesy of CAIR In African refugee camps, app replaces Bibles left behind By: Aysha Khan ayshabkhan Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Tagsanti-Muslim bias CAIR hate homepage featured philanthropy Top Story,You may also like Catholicism Aysha Khan Aysha Khan is a Boston-based journalist reporting on American Muslims and millennial faith for RNS. Her newsletter, Creeping Sharia, curates news coverage of Muslim communities in the U.S. Previously, she was the social media editor at RNS.,Load Comments,Jean Vanier, Catholic hero to developmentally disabled, dies As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019last_img read more


first_imgMark Lennihan/APFormer U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., leaves federal court following his sentencing on Monday in New York.A federal judge has sentenced disgraced former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner to 21 months in prison for sending obscene messages to a 15-year-old girl last year.The sexting case played a role in the 2016 presidential election. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, who has filed for divorce, was a top aide to Hillary Clinton.Weiner pleaded guilty in New York federal court in May to the felony charge over transmitting sexually explicit messages to the North Carolina teenager as part of a plea agreement. As The Associated Press reported, he said at the time: “I have a sickness, but I do not have an excuse.”And as he heard U.S. District Judge Denise Cote pass sentence, Weiner “dropped his head into his hand and wept,” the news service says, adding that the New York Democrat must “surrender to prison officials by Nov. 6.”Prosecutors had sought a sentence of up to 27 months in prison, calling his conduct “very serious.”Weiner was aware that the victim was a high school student, according to court documents, yet he continued to exchange increasing lewd messages with her.“With full knowledge that he was communicating with a real 15-year-old girl, the defendant asked her to engage in sexually explicit conduct via Skype and Snapchat, where her body was on display, and where she was asked to sexually perform for him.”NPR’s Camila Domonoske has reported on Weiner’s history of sexting scandals:“In 2011, while serving in Congress, he accidentally tweeted to the world a photo of his boxer-clad erection. He initially claimed he was hacked before admitting he was trying to send it to a woman who was not his wife. It was the start of a spiraling scandal that tanked his political career and often brought a sense of deja vu to the news.“Again and again, he sent sexual messages to women, despite promising his family and his supporters that he would stop. Last year, he even sent salacious images of himself to a woman while his young son was next to him in bed — and visible in the shot. …“The sexting case unexpectedly played a prominent role in the election, after investigators looking into Weiner’s laptop found some of Abedin’s work emails.“Shortly before the election, then-FBI Director James Comey announced that the newly discovered emails needed to be examined, as part of the investigation of Clinton’s use of a private email server. After reopening the probe, the FBI determined the emails on Weiner’s computer did not change the agency’s decision that no charges should be brought against Clinton.”Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more