10 months agoTottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBE

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham striker Kane to be awarded OBEby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham striker Harry Kane is set to be awarded an OBE.The Sun says he has been notified of the award for his services to sport, which will be unveiled in the New Year’s Honours list.But like England boss Gareth Southgate, also in line for an OBE, he has been asked to keep quiet until next weekend’s official reveal.A close pal said: “Harry is overwhelmed and excited about the idea of going to Buckingham Palace.“Playing for England was one of the proudest moments of his life but to be honoured by the Queen for his achievement will top the lot.” last_img

Theres More To Measuring An Olympic Course Than Just Measuring It

If, like me, you thought measuring a race course — marathon, race walk or otherwise — was as simple as driving a car around the circuit, you would be mocked by Katz and company. Turns out that a car’s odometer is fairly imprecise and that the preferred method of course measurement is much more artisanal. It requires only a calculator, 100-meter steel tape, a bicycle fitted with a GPS, and a device called a Jones Counter, which counts the rotations of the bike’s front axle — almost exactly 11,000 “counts” per kilometer.To calibrate the bike for the official course measurement, Katz used the steel tape to measure out 300 meters on the course, taking into account any possible expansion or contraction of the tape from the day’s temperature (there’s an adjustment coefficient for that). Then Katz rode the bike back and forth from Point A to Point B to see how many counts of the Jones Counter occurred over that 300 meter mark. Voilà! The bike was ready to track the rest of the course.“It’s very simple — I can teach you everything that I know about measuring if you have 15 minutes,” Katz told me. So then what makes him so good? “I’m a little bit more detail-oriented; I’m an official pain in the ass,” he said.It’s not quite as simple as Katz lets on, but it is a simpler method than I expected from the person ultimately responsible for ensuring that any records set in road races at the Olympics are in fact records. “He’s exactly the person whom we need for a high stakes measurement like the Olympics,” said Imre Mátraházi, the technical manager of the competitions department of the International Association of Athletics Federations, the international governing body for track and field.The trickiest part of course measurement, said Katz, is cutting the tangents. These can be corners or other parts of the course where athletes could find a shorter route. “If I was going to race you down the road for a million dollars and the road undulates, how are you going to run?” Katz asked. “You’re going to take the shortest path.”During the official measurement process, Katz biked the course, usually less than a foot away from the curb or barricades, to make sure that an athlete couldn’t physically run anything less than the course he’s measuring. He did it several times, biking every possible route that someone could take on the course to ensure that none is too short. But there’s an extra precaution built in as well, known as the short course prevention factor: All international races must be an extra 0.1 percent long — meaning today’s 50 kilometer course is actually 50.05 km, or an extra 50 meters long. Photograph by Allison McCann David Katz is the official course measurer for the race walk at the Rio Olympics. Allison McCann Katz has had help at this Olympics, as is customary, from a Brazilian husband and wife, members of the organizing committee for the Rio Games. They did the initial measurements before Katz came through with the final verdict. “My measurement came out a little better than their measurement,” Katz said matter-of-factly, but he praised their work too. “They are top-notch measurers.”With just over an hour left in the race walk, everything was going smoothly — no London race walk barricade disasters, at least. The current world record holder — France’s Yohann Diniz — was on pace to break that record (he would eventually fade well off pace). At the 25-km mark, he was almost 2 minutes ahead of Slovakia’s Matej Tóth, who eventually won. No world records were broken, so it’s unlikely that someone will re-measure Katz’s course after the Olympics are over. “I’m scared stiff about making a mistake; I double-check everything,” Katz said. But when I asked him whether he’s ever made one, he can’t remember a time he has. Photograph by Allison McCann We’re on the ground in Rio covering the 2016 Summer Olympics. Check out all our coverage here.RIO DE JANEIRO — It’s 7 a.m. The sun has barely risen, but for the better part of an hour, David Katz has been riding his bike around the course for the men’s 50-kilometer race walk later this morning. “More, more, more!” he shouts in the direction of a crew of guys arranging cones on the course, unhappy with the gaps around the second turn. Authority radiates from his neon orange vest, which reads: ROAD COURSE MEASURER.This is not Katz’s first Olympic course measurement rodeo. Or his second or third. He was the official marathon and race walk course measurer for the 2012 London Olympics (there’s only one official measurer, tasked with ensuring that the length of a road course is measured to spec, but usually several others help) and is back again in that role in Rio. He’s been involved with Olympic course measuring as far back as the 1984 Games in Los Angeles. And he’s been organizing and measuring road course races in New York in his spare time for more than 40 years.He’s a bit of a legend, as far as course measurement nerds go. “He is one of the best in the world,” said Wang Tak Fung of Hong Kong, a 20-year veteran of the course measurement game who came early to the race walk event to watch Katz in action. He seemed very impressed that Katz had lugged his steel measuring tape with him — a necessity only during official measurements (which were done weeks ago) and not for this morning’s slight tweaks and adjustments. The day of the race isn’t for official measuring; it’s for double-checking that the measurement is still accurate even after cones, barricades and water tables have been added to the course.“Not too many people do a measurement like that, but I will do it right before the start of the race,” said Katz, a retired science teacher who lives on Long Island in New York. His attention to detail can be heard in every one of his shouts toward race organizers. He wasn’t pleased with the placement of the cones around the second turn of the race walk — they were creating too sharp an angle — so he rolled out his tape measurer (just a regular one) and adjusted them, ensuring that “no athlete has to compete for one extra centimeter.” read more

Luis Enrique plays down club differences

first_imgLuis Enrique has given credit to Real Madrid as the core of the Spanish national team after their 6-0 demolition of Croatia.However, the new Spain manager maintained his team is a United front irrespective of where the players ply their trade.“It doesn’t make sense to compare national teams and club sides,” the former Barcelona boss said after the Nations League clash.“We have our idea of playing football and today everything went wonderfully. We started with some doubts, but after that, we were brilliant and scored some incredible goals.“We were very effective. We want to get back to how good we were before. What I’ve liked most in these 10 days is the attitude of the players.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“From what I’ve seen, regardless of the results, I’m delighted. When I hear my name sung, I feel proud, but it’s the players who deserve it. Still, I appreciate it.“There are many things to improve on. Everything can change in a day. I’m not one of those who exaggerate in victory or martyr in defeat.“I’m looking for balance. I didn’t know there were six Real Madrid players in the XI, neither do I care;“They play for the Spanish national team, that’s it. They don’t play for one team or another. Our base is from Real Madrid and it looks good to me.“No-one from Barcelona? I only see a shirt, the national team’s one. Qualification? We still have to beat England and Croatia again.last_img read more

Marc Callahan resigns after only nine months with TCI Police

first_img Recommended for you The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provo Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp #MagneticMedianews Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, December 22, 2016 – New Deputy Commissioner of Police, Marc Callaghan has resigned, and Magnetic Media learned that since yesterday the Commissioner began advertising the vacancy within the ranks of his officers.  Our news room reached out to the Governor’s Office and the TCI Police Force today and received confirmation on the resignation, but no word on why Callaghan, who was announced in February and joined the TCI Police as the Deputy in March, is leaving so soon.    The Commissioner said he will advertise the job, but our sources say there is already a notice internally about the opening.  The Commissioner also today reported that there is a team of police officers from the Bermuda Police Service called in to investigate the circumstances surrounding the shooting of a 17 year old alleged suspect in Grand Turk on December 10, 2016.  Commissioner, James Smith explained that the matter is viewed with the ‘utmost seriousness.’  Related Items:#magneticmedianews The boy, was found at Epic Corporate Establishment around 4:30am; he reportedly received non-life threatening injuries in the police involved shooting and is charged on suspicion of burglary.  ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meetinglast_img read more

Construction for 12 storey Ritz Carlton will be allowed

first_img Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDTcenter_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews Providenciales, TCI, February 21, 2017 – Green light again for Govt to allow construction of 12 storey Ritz Carlton.  Appeal dismissed at appellate court today.  “Government and investors can now proceed with development…” The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img

Prime Minister and Government Members Tour Atlantis

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, July 27, 2017 – Nassau – Prime Minister Dr. the Hon. Hubert Minnis and members of the government took a tour of Atlantis, Paradise Island, on Tuesday, July 25, 2017.  As they walked through Atlantis taking in the beauty and variety of attractions, Prime Minister Minnis is pictured, centre; Atlantis President Howard C. Karawan, second left; and Atlantis Senior Vice-President Edward Fields, left.  Mr. Karawan gave a presentation on future plans for the aquatic-themed resort.(Photos/OPM Media Services)Release: BISlast_img

DEPARTMENT OF STATISTICS PRESS RELEASE – Preliminary Results — Labour Force Survey

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, August 14, 2017 – Nassau – Unemployment rate in the Bahamas declines 1.7%.  Since November 2016, the unemployment rate declined from 11.6% to 9.9% due to an increase (7,770) of employed persons and a decrease (3,485) of unemployed persons. The three most populated islands that were surveyed experienced decreases in their unemployment rates. At the time of the survey (April 24 – 30, 2017) the rate in New Providence was 10.4%; in Grand Bahama, 12.4%, and Abaco 7.8%.Among the employed labour force, there were more men than women. However, in all the islands surveyed except Abaco, men were fewer in numbers among the unemployed labour force. In May 2017, vulnerable employment was 8.2% of total employment. During the period 2012 to 2017, the share of workers in vulnerable employment was fairly stable and ranged between 7.0% and 9.2% of the employed labour force.The percentage of men in this category was higher, although the percentage points differences between men and women were fairly small. These workers as defined by ILO are less likely to have formal work arrangements, and more likely to lack decent working conditions and are often characterized by inadequate earnings and benefits.The private sector absorbed most of the new jobs since November 2016. However, when examined by industry, the “Community, Social and Personal Service” industry which includes the civil service, police service and the domestic services posted a 29.1% increase in employment; hotels and restaurants posted 26.2% increase and construction posted 20.0% increase.Unemployment among youths (15-24 years) in the country continued to be considerably higher than any other age group which is common to most countries. However, there was a slight decline in the rate from 25.1% recorded in November 2016 to 24.1%.Discouraged workers in the country declined by 8.8% over the six month period. New Providence, Grand Bahama and Abaco experienced declines in the number of discouraged workers – 11.3%, 8.1% and 14.6%, respectively. These persons, according to the standard definition of the International Labour Organization (ILO), ‘’did not look for work because they believed no jobs were available for them’’.The Department of Statistics is the Government Agency in The Bahamas mandated by law to collect, process, analyze and disseminate statistics. Its mandate is to deliver timely official statistics. Please contact the Department of Statistics @ 242-604- 4000 for questions and enquiries. This release, with accompanying tables, will be immediately available on the Department’s website, www.bahamas.gov.bs/statistics. Further details will be available by September 2017. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Man shot dead in Fox Hill overnight by Bahamas Police

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 24, 2017 – Nassau – Late today Police confirm that a man is dead after getting into a gun battle with Police.   The incident unraveled in Fox Hill last night around 10, at an apartment on Abner Street.  Intel led officers to the residence, and as police approached the yard, a man reportedly known to Police pulled a firearm from hidden in his clothing and pointed it at officers.In response and in fear for their lives explained the report, Police shot the suspect and recovered an illegal gun.  At the hospital, the suspect was pronounced dead.  There is now launched an investigation into the shooting.#MagneticMediaNews#manshotdeadinNassau Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #manshotdeadinNassaulast_img read more

Kesha Praises Elton John After Performing Goodbye Yellow Brick Road

first_img Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Apr 9, 2018 – 2:08 pm Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Elton John GRAMMY Special Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more 5 Charities Elton John Supports Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Who’s On The Elton John Cover Albums? How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Facebook Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Little Big Town On Paying Tribute to Elton John Kesha On Growing Up Listening To Elton John News Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John 5 Charities Elton John Supports Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Twitter center_img Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter shows deep reverence for John after taking the stage to deliver her version of one of his biggest hitsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 9, 2018 – 2:07 pm There’s no shortage of pressure in singing a song everyone knows in front of the musical legends who wrote it. This was Kesha’s challenge when she took the stage for “Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” to sing one of Elton John and lyricist Bernie Taupin’s biggest hits, “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Why Alessia Cara Sang The Blues For Elton John Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John The Lyrical Longevity Of Elton John, “Border Song” Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Prev Next How Did Elton John Help Ed Sheeran? Kesha Praises Elton John After Performing “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road” Elton John To Be Honored At GRAMMY Salute Concert 5 Charities Elton John Supports Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More The GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter was understandably overwhelmed when we caught up with her just after her show-stopping performance. Her reverence for the man and the moment were very apparent.”That was insane, having Elton John just watch me perform one of his most famous songs ever. That was thrilling. I’m shaking that was so exciting,” said Kesha. “It was an honor.”Kesha recently earned her first two career GRAMMY nominations and delivered one of the most talked-about performances of the 60th GRAMMY Awards with her heartfelt delivery of “Praying” on Music’s Biggest Night. For all her success today, the singer still recalls listening to John as a child, and she took a moment to reflect on how performing for him now made her feel. “He’s a legend, he’s an icon, he’s like a music god. Music for me is my one true love, so having someone I’ve looked up to since I was a little kid, and listening to his records and studying his melodies like they’re the word of god,” says Kesha. “And then getting to sing one of his songs is just… kind of having me a little tongue-tied and speechless.”Kesha joins a superstar lineup of artists paying tribute to Elton John at the upcoming television special, including Ed  Sheeran, Alessia Cara, Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga, Miranda Lambert, John Legend, Little Big Town, Chris Martin, Maren Morris, Sam Smith, and SZA.”Elton John: I’m Still Standing — A GRAMMY Salute” concert special airs on April 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, only on CBS. Ed SheeranPhoto: Matthias Nareyek/Getty Images 7 Elton John Songs From The Screen & Stage Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images All-Stars Pay Tribute To Elton John Maren Morris: Elton John’s Soulfulness Has Power Shawn Mendes On Covering Elton John With SZA Kesha Praises Elton John’s Melodies & Legacy kesha-praises-elton-john-after-performing-goodbye-yellow-brick-road Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albums Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Miranda Lambert’s Crazy Connection To Elton John Elton JohnPhoto: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images Elton John Talks Bernie Taupin, Fatherhood & More Elton JohnPhoto: Michael Kovac/Getty Images Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Email Elton John Talks GRAMMY Special, Tribute Albums Neil Patrick Harris: What’s His Elton John Secret? Elton John Picks His Own Favorite Albumslast_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Former Miceli Aide Ann Marie Casey Endorses Judy

first_imgDear Editor and Residents of the 19th Middlesex District,Please accept this letter as my personal endorsement of Judy O’Connell for State Representative. Wilmington is my hometown, and Judy and I are lifelong friends. We attended Wilmington High School together and played softball throughout that time. It’s been stated a number of times throughout this campaign that Judy is a tremendous athlete and team player, and I can personally attest to this. My love of the game outweighed my talent, yet Judy was always patient, encouraging and willing to help me and others that did not possess her natural athletic ability. These are the qualities that embody a true leader. Judy was a leader then, and she continues to be one now.As a former Aide to Representative Jim Miceli, I know first-hand what the job of State Representative for the 19th Middlesex District entails. Listening to and assisting the people of Tewksbury and Wilmington with personal and community issues, advocating for funding for better state and municipal services, and helping to shape public policy on behalf of the district are just a few of these responsibilities. Jim Miceli was a champion for the 19th Middlesex District. He never gave up on the people in the district even when the outcome of a constituent case looked dire. He would not accept no for an answer, and I’m sure that many readers today have been helped by or know someone that was helped by him. Rest in Peace, Jim.Judy O’Connell shares Jim’s passion for the district and the people in it, and I do believe that she was born to do this job. Her achievements throughout her college career and into her adulthood never surprised me. Academically, athletically, professionally and in her pursuits of public service, Judy has always been a standout. She accepts nothing less than her best, and she’ll bring that “A” game to the State House.In my current role as a director of a Massachusetts Regional Tourism Council, I work with members of the legislature from all over the state. From the Berkshires to Cape Cod, I’ve observed that one of the most important characteristics of a successful legislator is his/her ability to work cooperatively with state and municipal colleagues, community associations, private business and citizens. Those are the legislators that get results for their district. It is true in almost any industry that people do business with people they like. For those of you that haven’t met Judy yet, I’m certain that when you do, you’ll like her. If the 19th Middlesex District has the good judgement to elect Judy O’Connell as the next State Representative, expect great things.I am proud to call Judy O’Connell my friend, and I will be proud to cast my vote for her on September 4th.Sincerely,Ann Marie CaseyWilmingtonLike 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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Judy O’Connell Addresses Allegations Of Federal Tax Liens On Her HomeIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: School Committee Member Jennifer Bryson Endorses Judy O’Connell For State RepIn “Government”STATE REP RACE Q&A: Judy O’Connell Discusses State Rep Pay, Environmental IssuesIn “Government”last_img read more

Chicago PDs Tracy Spiridakos opens up about the UptonRuzek romance

first_img I understand you’re a gamer. Are you playing anything right now?I have a PlayStation 4, and I just finished playing God of War. I’m obsessed with all things God of War, and Uncharted. I love all of the Uncharteds. It’s so good.Are there other ways technology plays a role in your life?We are all attached to our phones in such a big way. I try to put it down and limit my time on it so I can be more present when I’m sitting down. But I will say the PlayStation has been my favorite tool for connecting, especially with my brothers — they live in Canada, in Winnipeg. We gear up for the weekend and get a bunch of our friends together. We log on and put our headsets on and do a raid on a Saturday night on Destiny. It’s just one of my favorite ways to stay connected. And even if it’s just me and one of my brothers, we’ll start talking. How’s your day going? How are you? What’s going on at home? We can get into all that while we go through the different worlds of Destiny. NBC Filmmakers The 28 best games on PlayStation 4 Share your voice TV and Movies PlayStation State of Play event reveals new console and… 1 1:57center_img Tags Now playing: Watch this: 28 Photos For the past seven years, Dick Wolf, executive producer behind the Law & Order franchise, has built another TV empire with Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. They have that familiar Law & Order procedural feel, with more exploring of characters’ emotions and relationships. And that combination is key to Chicago P.D. as the sixth season hurtles towards its climax.In this Wednesday’s penultimate episode of the season, Detective Hailey Upton and Officer Adam Ruzek roll up on a crime in progress and find themselves caught in a full-on gun fight. The badass Upton even hood-slides across her car. But its not the flying bullets that have fans on the edge of their seats — it’s the secret romance between Upton and Rezek. Comment I got to talk by phone with Tracy Spiridakos, who plays the smart and charismatic Det. Upton in the NBC show. The Canadian actress opened up about the challenges of portraying a detective, the pride she feels playing a strong woman who’s allowed to be vulnerable, what’s going on with Officer Ruzek and how the PlayStation 4 is her go-to device for staying connected with friends and family.Q: What does it mean for you to play the forthright Hailey?Spiridakos: It’s awesome. It’s important to portray all sides of a woman, and what I find appealing about Hailey is yes, she has this unapologetic feature, but she’s also very vulnerable and she’ll show that. She’s a badass, but you’ll see her cry. That combination makes her a complete person.How has playing Hailey pushed you as an actress?I’ve learned so much from all of my castmates, just watching how they react to things, their processes and how everyone works. With Hailey, one of my favorite things is her unapologetic nature. She has a very strong moral code. She doesn’t care if you like what she has to say or not, she’s just going to say it.How have fans reacted to the surprise Upton/Ruzek romance?It’s been either really positive or really not. There are a lot of fans who were really invested in [Kim] Burges and Ruzek’s relationship, and I totally get that. But there are other fans who were excited about Upton and Ruzek. There’s no in the middle. Patty [Patrick Flueger], who plays Ruzek, is one of my favorite people on the planet, so it’s been really fun getting to work with him on everything.How are you trained on police protocol and details like carrying a gun, or the way a detective might stand?We have this amazing human being named Brian Luce, he’s our tech advisor on the show and a police officer. He helps us with everything: how we stand, how we hold the gun, how to clear a room. What you’re thinking about in an interview, what you’re thinking about when you walk into a room. He really helps us get into the headspace and make it authentic.last_img read more

Softbanks 350 million cheque makes Delhivery the latest unicorn in Indian startup

first_imgSoftBank Group Corp Chairman and CEO Masayoshi Son attends a news conference in Tokyo, Japan, February 8, 2017.Reuters fileA $413 million cheque from a consortium of investors led by Softbank Vision Fund has propelled logistics start-up Delhivery into the billion-dollar club. The valuation of the company has risen to around $1.5 billion after the latest round of funding, which also witnessed participation from existing investors Carlyle Group and Fosun International. As per regulatory filings, Delhivery received $350 million from Softbank earlier this month.”We will be scaling our warehousing and freight operations, investing in building large multi-tenant fulfilment centres, integrated with our parcel and freight transportation networks,” Delhivery CEO Sahil Barua told various media portals. The investment will primarily be used for expansion into new areas. Delhivery plans to add 5,000 new pin codes to the current 15,000 by the first half of 2020. The company will also enhance its end-to-end supply chain platform for small and medium enterprises.The Initial TeamDelhivery was started by a bunch of engineers – Sahil Barua, Mohit Tandon, Bhavesh Manglani, Suraj Saharan and Kapil Bharati – in 2011. Barua and Tandon used to work for Bain & Company as consultants before starting the logistics company. While Barua is a management graduate from IIM Bengaluru, Tandon is a product of IIT Kanpur. Bhavesh Manglani is a Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology and IIM Calcutta graduate. Saharan and Bharati are engineering graduates from IIT Bombay and IIT Delhi, respectively. In the initial phase, the company started off as a hyperlocal logistics service provider specifically catering to florists, food businesses and offline stores in Gurugram. Between 2015 and 2018, Delhivery claims to have grown at an annual pace of nearly 65%. Nearly a quarter of products ordered online in India pass through the company’s channel currently. The company has handled over 450 million transactions since its inception.Gurugram-based Delhivery counts New York-based Tiger Global Management, Nexus Venture Partners and the digital arm of the Times of India Group, Times Internet among its other investors. “Our investment in Delhivery reflects our focus on partnering with innovative market leaders,” Munish Varma, partner, SoftBank Investment Advisers told Mint. “Over the years, Delhivery has demonstrated industry-leading growth and emerged as the one-stop solution for e-commerce logistics.” The start-up provides the full suite of logistics services, including, express parcel transportation, LTL and FTL freight, reverse logistics, cross-border, B2B & B2C warehousing and technology services. Earlier this month, Masayoshi Son-led Softbank had invested $60 million in grocery delivery start-up Grofers, which was just the first tranche of a larger $120-140 million funding round initiated by the company. Close Did you know these 4 ‘desi’ startups working on exciting electric vehicles in India? IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPlayMute0:00/0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE0:00?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.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 …last_img read more

Telecom Auction Kicks off with Focus on Reliance Jio

first_imgIntense bidding is expected at India’s telecom spectrum auction that begins on 4 March.While existing majors are seen as having weaker pricing power, Reliance Jio’s entry is poised to make the auction highly competitive.According to Fitch Ratings, telcos are likely to commit at least $13bn (£8.47bn, €11.64bn) in the auctions – over 75% of which is likely to be contributed by the top-four telcos.”Most telcos’ net debt will rise to fund spectrum payments while competition limits their ability to raise tariffs, particularly with the impending entry of a new competitor, Reliance Jio,” Fitch said in a note.The top-three telcos – Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular – could commit around $2.5bn-4.5bn each to renew their expiring spectrum in six, seven and nine regions, respectively, the rating agency said.They are also likely to acquire additional spectrum to support fast-growing data services.Idea is most exposed to the auctions as it needs to retain its expiring spectrum in circles which contribute around 70% of its annual revenue. Such revenue contributes 45% and 35% of annual Indian revenue for Vodafone and Bharti, respectively, Fitch said.Telcos whose 900MHz spectrum is expiring will prefer to retain this bandwidth, as having to switch frequencies could require significant capex and disruption of the already-established network.Reliance CommunicationsReliance Communications will be the least affected as it is likely to commit a maximum of $667m in seven circles, where the competition for spectrum will be lower, Fitch said.Reliance Jio, a subsidiary of Reliance Industries, which plans to roll out its services in 2015 with an investment budget of $12bn, is likely to fill its spectrum gaps in the 1,800MHz band.”However, as occasionally seen in the earlier auctions, Reliance Jio could also push up the spectrum price in 900MHz for other telcos, if it chooses to do so, as the auction mechanism hides the identities of participants,” the Fitch note showed.The rating agency said the 900MHz auction price could rise at least 20% higher than the reserve price.There are eight telecom service providers participating in the auction: Reliance Communications, Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Tata Teleservices, Uninor, Idea Cellular and Aircel.These eight companies have submitted an earnest money of Rs 204.35bn ($3.3bn). The Kolkata-based mjunction services, an information technology company, will conduct the auction for the Department of Telecom.last_img read more

US threatens India of serious implications over buying S400 missile defence system

first_imgS-400 Triumf air defence system transporter erector launcher.Wikimedia CommonsThe United States has warned India over its decision to buy S-400 missile defence from its long-time ally Russia. One of the senior officials of the State Department said that the S-400 deal between India and Russia is significant as it poses a threat to US national security. The official rebuked the claims that if the US might not be impacted with the deal as long as India continues to buy arms and ammunition from it. The official added that “I disagree. The S-400 is significant because of CAATSA sanctions. It’s also significant because of what it precludes, in terms of future high-tech cooperation.”The Print reported that the official warned that the deal could prompt the US administration slapping sanction under the Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act (CAATSA) instituted by the US Congress on arms purchases from Russia. Further, he also added that the deal could also give serious effect on the Indo-US defence ties which has increased significantly in recent times.    The S-400 air defence system launches a missile during the International Army Games 2016 at the Ashuluk military polygon outside Astrakhan, RussiaReutersAsserting on the fact that the US doesn’t share its highest technology systems even indirectly with Russia, he said “We don’t commingle highest technology systems. There are threats posed by the purchase of an S-400. So that conversation you’re seeing played out in Turkey right now.” Moreover, he also warned India of sanctions similar to Turkey which has been engaging with Russia for military ties. The S-400 missile defence system is the most advanced long-range surface-to-air missile defence system manufactured by Russia. India and Russia inked an intergovernmental agreement on the sale of five S-400 units of worth USD 5 billion during 17th India-Russia summit in October 2016 in Goa in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin.S-400 missile is regarded as the most reliable against a larger array of aerial attacks, particularly fighter the US made aircrafts such as F-18s and F-35s.  Interestingly, S-400 has the capability of intercepting and destroying airborne targets at a distance of up to 400 kilometres and can simultaneously engage up to six targets. Each S-400 unit consists of tracking and search radar systems, eight launchers, 112 guided missiles, and command and support vehicles. The first missile system is expected to be delivered by the end of 2020.last_img read more

Air India looks for Rs 1500 crore shortterm loan to stay afloat

first_img[Representational image]Creative commonsAir India (AI) has reportedly put out a requirement for Rs 1,500 crore in short-term loans, even as the Central government looks to divest the national carrier that has so far stayed afloat on taxpayers’ money. The fresh requirement is the second time AI has called for a short-term loan in little over a month in order to meet its “urgent” working capital needs. The previous instance was in September when the carrier had been looking for Rs 3,250 crore in short-term loans. Details of current loan soughtAI has, in a document released on October 18, asked banks to respond to its call for the short-term loan with financial bids by October 26.A PTI report quoted the carrier as saying in the document that it was seeking “government guarantee-backed Indian Rupee short-term loans totalling up to Rs 1,500 crore to meet its urgent working capital requirements.”The document added: “The amount of Rs 1,500 crore will be drawn in one to three tranches… The Government of India guarantee is valid up to June 27, 2018, or till the date of disinvestment.”It added: “Air India would like to draw the short-term loan within three working days after awarding the acceptance letter to the successful bank/s.”Ailing airlineThese two loans — totalling Rs 4,750 crore — will add to the debt burden of Air India, which already stands at around Rs 50,000 crore.  A cashier displays the new 2000 Indian rupee banknotes inside a bank in Jammu, November 15, 2016 [representational image].Reuters fileThe airline, which faces tough competition in both the Indian and international markets, was to receive a 10-year bailout package — approved by the UPA regime — of Rs 30,321 crore. AI has already received Rs 26,000 crore of the package, starting from 2012, and yet there has been not much of a sign of a turnaround. That was the reason the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs had earlier this year approved of strategic divestment in AI. The modalities of this divestment are still being worked out, even as the Tata Group — which already runs the airline Vistara — has already expressed interest in taking up stakes in Air India.last_img read more

Abigail Pande on getting trolled for nude yoga Kareena was spared for

first_imgAbigail PandeInstagramTelevision actress Abigail Pande, who is a yoga enthusiast, recently took social media by storm when she shared a topless picture of practising yoga. Promoting nude yoga, Abigail performed back namaskar, while showing off her back to the camera.While she received immense support from her fans, haters trolled her for going topless. Commenting on the mixed reactions she received, Abigail, currently shooting for episodic horror series, Lal Ishq, said that while Kareena Kapoor Khan was  spared for going backless in Kurbaan, people made a fuss about her picture.”While no one made a fuss about Kareena Kapoor’s backless Kurbaan scene, I was called names for doing the same, as I was practising yoga. Having said this, I did get good support for my above views as well,” she said.As part of her yoga practises, Abigail follows a well-known nude yoga practitioner (nude_yogagirl on Instagram), who often gets trolled for her bare pictures. Defending her form of yoga practice, the actress said, “Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying walk naked. My point was that rather than appreciating her and her art, you just look at it from only one angle.””Secondly, I don’t get the term vulgar which she was called. This itself is so loaded and wrong. Do we call nude works in Ajanta and Ellora as vulgar? Beauty is never vulgar when presented aesthetically. She really works hard to make her work look classy and not cheap. Her agenda is never arousal but to show yoga in its most natural form.”However, Abigail made it clear that she is just supporting the nude yoga practitioner. “I am just supporting the @nude_yogagirl. Personally, I’d rather do Hot yoga, Ashtanga yoga, and Hath yoga.”Further, talking about how yoga is not just a means of exercise to lose weight but has helped her deal with medical problems, Abigail said: “I have been following this traditional Indian form of exercise for the past four years. I first started taking it as a kind of workout as a means to lose weight and get a better-toned body. But later, I realized that it has started helping me deal with medical problems i.e lower back weakness and PCOD as well. Also, I was a very distracted person, with my mind running around with 50 things at the same time. Yoga has kind of calmed me down and lets me stay in the moment.”last_img read more

Returning Rohingya may lose land crops

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees walk on the Bangladeshi shoreline of the Naf river after crossing the border from Myanmar in Teknaf on 30 September 2017. Photo: AFPRohingya Muslims who return to Myanmar after fleeing to Bangladesh are unlikely to be able to reclaim their land, and may find their crops have been harvested and sold by the government, according to officials and plans seen by Reuters.Nearly 600,000 Rohingya have crossed the border since Aug. 25, when coordinated Rohingya insurgent attacks on security posts sparked a ferocious counteroffensive by the Myanmar army.The United Nations says killings, arson and rape carried out by troops and ethnic Rakhine Buddhist mobs since late August amount to a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Rohingya.Civilian leader Aung San Suu Kyi, who has no control over the military, has pledged that anyone sheltering in Bangladesh who can prove they were Myanmar residents can return.Reuters has interviewed six Myanmar officials involved with repatriation and resettlement plans. While the plans are not yet finalised, their comments reflect the government’s thinking on how Suu Kyi’s repatriation pledge will be implemented.Jamil Ahmed, who spoke to Reuters at a refugee camp in Bangladesh, is one of many Rohingya who hope to go back.Describing how he fled his home in northern Rakhine state in late August, Ahmed said one of the few things he grabbed was a stack of papers – land contracts and receipts – that might prove ownership of the fields and crops he was leaving behind.”I didn’t carry any ornaments or jewels,” said the 35-year-old. “I’ve only got these documents. In Myanmar, you need to present documents to prove everything.”The stack of papers, browning and torn at the edges, may not be enough, however, to regain the land in Kyauk Pan Du village, where he grew potatoes, chilli plants, almonds and rice.”It depends on them. There is no land ownership for those who don’t have citizenship,” said Kyaw Lwin, agriculture minister in Rakhine state, when asked in an interview whether refugees who returned to Myanmar could reclaim land and crops.Despite his land holdings, Myanmar does not recognise Ahmed as a citizen. Nearly all the more than 1 million Rohingya who lived in Myanmar before the recent exodus are stateless, despite many tracing their families in the country for generations.Officials have made plans to harvest, and possibly sell, thousands of acres of crops left behind by the fleeing Rohingya, according to state government documents reviewed by Reuters.Myanmar also intends to settle most refugees who return to Rakhine state in new “model villages”, rather than on the land they previously occupied, an approach criticised in the past by the United Nations as effectively creating permanent camps.The government has not asked for help from any international agencies, who are calling for any repatriation to be voluntary and to the refugees’ place of origin.”OWNERLESS” CROPSThe exodus of 589,000 Rohingya – and about 30,000 non-Muslims – from the conflict zone in northern Rakhine has left some 71,500 acres of planted rice paddy abandoned and in need of harvesting by January, according to plans drawn up by state officials.Tables in the documents, reviewed by Reuters, divide the land into paddy sown by “national races” – meaning Myanmar citizens – or “Bengalis,” a term widely used in Myanmar to refer to the Rohingya, but which they reject as implying they are illegal migrants from Bangladesh.Kyaw Lwin, the state minister, confirmed the plans, and said there was a total of 45,000 acres of “ownerless Bengali land”.Two dozen combine harvesters operated by officials from the agriculture ministry will begin cutting stalks this month in areas under military control.The machines will be able to harvest about 14,400 acres according to official calculations contained in the plans. It is unclear what will become of the remaining crop, but officials told Reuters they would try to harvest all the paddy, recruiting additional labour to harvest manually if necessary.An acre of paddy in Myanmar typically makes more than $300 at market, meaning the state will gain millions of dollars worth of rice.The harvested rice will be transported to government stores, where it would either be donated to those displaced by the conflict or sold, Rakhine state secretary Tin Maung Swe told Reuters by phone.”The land was abandoned. There is no one to reap that, so the government ordered to harvest it,” he said.Human Rights Watch (HRW) deputy Asia director Phil Robertson, said the government should at least guarantee that the rice would be used for humanitarian support and not for profit.”You can’t call a rice crop ‘ownerless’ just because you used violence and arson to drive the owners out of the country,” he said.’MODEL VILLAGES’Many refugees are fearful to return and are sceptical of Myanmar’s guarantees. Those who do decide to cross back into Myanmar will first be received at one of two centres, according to government plans reviewed by Reuters, before mostly being relocated to model villages.International donors, who have fed and cared for more than 120,000 mostly Rohingya “internally displaced persons” (IDPs) in supposedly temporary camps in Rakhine since violence in 2012, have told Myanmar that they will not support more camps, according to aid workers and diplomats.”The establishment of new temporary camps or camp-like settlements carries many risks, including that the returnees and IDPs could end up being confined to these camps for a long time,” said U.N. spokesman Stanislav Saling in an emailed response.Satellite imagery shows 288 villages, mostly Rohingya settlements, have been fully or partially razed by fires since Aug. 25, according to HRW.Refugees say the army and Buddhist mobs were responsible for most of the arson. The government says Rohingya militants and even residents themselves burned the homes for propaganda.The hamlets where Rohingya farmers lived were “not systematic”, and so should be rebuilt in smaller settlements of 1,000 households set out in straight rows to enable development, said Soe Aung, permanent secretary at the Ministry of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement.”In some villages there are three houses here, four houses over there. For example, there’s no road for fire engines when fire burns the villages,” Soe Aung said.IDENTITY CHECKSThose who decide to cross back into Myanmar will first be received at one of two centres, according to government plans reviewed by Reuters.At the centres, officials said, the returnees will fill out a 16-point form that will be cross-checked with local authorities’ records. Immigration officials have for years visited Rohingya households at least annually for checks, photographing family members.For refugees who lost all their documents, the government would compare their photos to those that immigration authorities have on file, said Myint Kyaing, the permanent secretary at the Ministry of Labour, Immigration and Population.Officials will accept as evidence “national verification” cards handed out in an ongoing government effort to register Rohingya that falls short of offering them citizenship. The card has been widely rejected by Rohingya community leaders, who say they treat life-long residents like new immigrants.”We are not going to go back like this,” said Mushtaq Ahmed, 57, a farmer from Myin Hlut village now living in the Tenkhali refugee camp in Bangladesh, where Jamil Ahmed is also staying.”If I can go back to my house, and get my land back, only then I will go. We invested all our money into those paddy fields. They are killing so many of us with swords and bullets, and killing the rest of us like this.”last_img read more

Texas Death Row Inmate Set To Die Next Month Gets Reprieve

first_img Share A 36-year-old Texas prisoner set for execution next month for a robbery-slaying in San Antonio 14 years ago has won a reprieve.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals has sent Juan Castillo’s appeal back to his Bexar County trial court to review arguments from defense attorneys that a witness presented false testimony at Castillo’s 2005 trial.Castillo was set for lethal injection Dec. 14 for the December 2003 fatal shooting of 19-year-old Tommy Garcia Jr. in an ambush robbery plot that also involved Castillo’s girlfriend and two others.Castillo’s attorneys argue a Bexar County jail inmate who testified against Castillo now says he made up his testimony to try to help his own legal problems. Prosecutors opposing the reprieve said testimony from other witnesses corroborated the inmate’s testimony.last_img read more

After Arrest Of Suspected Golden State Killer Details Of His Life Emerge

first_img Share FBIA sketch of the Golden State Killer, an individual associated with a spree of rapes and killings between 1976 and 1986. On Tuesday, police arrested Joseph James DeAngelo and named him as the suspect.A day after authorities announced the arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer, a few details have come into focus.A can of dog repellant and a hammer from a suburban Sacramento Pay N’ Save: the things that Joseph James DeAngelo shoplifted in 1979, costing him his job as a police officer in Auburn, Calif.The coins and small items that the man then called the East Area Rapist would take during his attacks.The as-yet-unidentified item discarded by DeAngelo that had a sample of his DNA on it — enough to provide the evidence leading to his arrest.The FBI posters seeking information about a white man with blond or light brown hair and an athletic build, sketched many decades ago — now with “Captured” emblazoned in red.The 72-year-old from Citrus Heights, Calif., has now been charged with eight murders in three California counties. Police suspect he committed at least four other murders and about 50 rapes.The crimes terrorized Sacramento in the late 1970s, FBI case agent Marcus Knutson said in a 2016 video.“If you lived in Sacramento during that time frame, you have a story of what happened and where you were and what was going on,” Knutson said. “Everybody knows about East Area Rapist/Golden State Killer here in Sacramento. During that time frame, everybody was in fear. We had people sleeping with shotguns. We had people purchasing dogs. I think locksmiths’ business went way out of control because of the fact that everyone was changing locks on their doors.”So, who is Joseph DeAngelo? According to The Sacramento Bee:DeAngelo was born in New York state and graduated from high school east of Sacramento. He enlisted in the Navy and fought in Vietnam, then returned and got a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.From 1973 to 1976, he worked as a police officer in Exeter, Calif., close to the city of Visalia, which in 1974 and 1975 was terrorized by 85 burglaries and a murder, a series of crimes attributed to a perpetrator known as the Visalia Ransacker.In 1976, DeAngelo became a police officer in Auburn, Calif., until his termination for shoplifting. He married in 1973, later divorced, and was living with a daughter and granddaughter until he was arrested this week.Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office/APJoseph James DeAngelo, 72, was arrested this week.“The time frame of the crimes supports that the suspect was a police officer when he committed some of these crimes,” said Sean Ragan, special agent in charge of the FBI Sacramento office, according to the Los Angeles Times.The Bee compiled a long list of the crimes associated with the Golden State Killer — or as he was previously known, the East Area Rapist or the Original Night Stalker. The majority of the rapes occurred in the years while DeAngelo was a police officer, but from the December 1979 to May 1986, 10 people in California were killed in murders later tied to the East Area Rapist.In 2011, the Times reported that new DNA technology had allowed authorities to connect the spree of rapes Northern California with the killings in Southern California.The search for Golden State Killer picked up renewed intensity in 2016, when Sacramento County District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert helped create a task force to find him. The FBI offered a $50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.“If he is still alive, the killer would now be approximately 60 to 75 years old,” the FBI said at the time. “He is described as a white male, close to six feet tall, with blond or light brown hair and an athletic build. He may have an interest or training in military or law enforcement techniques, and he was proficient with firearms.”Writer Michelle McNamara became obsessed with the case, and she started the True Crime Diary website. Earlier this year, McNamara’s posthumously published book on her search for the killer, I’ll Be Gone In The Dark, became a bestseller. It’s slated to be turned into an HBO docuseries.Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said they used DNA evidence from a discarded item to link DeAngelo with samples the killer had left behind years ago.Schubert said there was a break in the case six days ago, but authorities haven’t yet revealed how they came to suspect the former police officer, who retired last year after 27 years working in a supermarket distribution warehouse. A man who worked with him for years told the Bee that the DeAngelo was “a regular joe” — except that he never smiled.Neighbors told the Bee differing accounts of whether DeAngelo seemed normal, but many mentioned he had a very short temper. His recent criminal record shows nothing major, according to the Times.Police waited outside DeAngelo’s house for days, monitoring the retiree’s movements, The Associated Press reports. Authorities finally moved in and arrested him without incident at his home in the Sacramento suburb of Citrus Heights.DeAngelo told the officers that he had a roast in the oven, and they told him they’d take care of it.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more