Wimbledon 2018: Serena Williams sets up title clash vs Angelique Kerber

first_imgSerena Williams thrashed Julia Goerges on Thursday to reach her 10th singles final at Wimbledon.The six-time Wimbledon champion won her semi-final match 6-2, 6-4 against the German player.Goerges had come into her first Grand Slam semi-final having belted more winners (199), more aces (44) and more unreturned serves (113) than anyone else in the women’s draw but those statistics counted for little when she came up against an opponent who is in hot pursuit of a record-equalling 24th major.The 13th seed had never taken a set off Williams in three previous meetings and any hopes she might have harboured of setting up an all-German final with Angelique Kerber, who had beaten Jelena Ostapenko earlier, were dashed in 70 unforgiving minutes.Like she’s never been away.@serenawilliams beats Julia Goerges 6-2, 6-4 to reach her 10th singles final at #Wimbledon pic.twitter.com/2oJhZO8b62Wimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2018In each set Goerges was broken in the sixth game and she simply did not have the firepower or belief to stop the seven-times champion from surging to a 20th successive win on the hallowed turf.Williams was back giving the crowd a one-arm raised victory twirl after reaching a 10th Wimbledon final after her opponent swiped a lob behind the baseline.At 181st in the world, Williams, who gave birth to a daughter 10 months ago, is the lowest ranked player to reach the women’s final but that number will fool no one, and especially not Kerber who was runner-up to the American in the 2016 final.advertisementShe will face Angelique Kerber in the final on Saturday.Earlier, Kerber defeated Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 in her last four match.The 30-year-old was gifted point after point as Ostapenko’s aggressive game backfired in a blaze of unforced errors.A tight tussle looked in store at 3-3 in the first set but when Ostapenko fired a forehand long to drop serve the match quickly ran away from her.Ready to go one better?2016 finalist @AngeliqueKerber returns to the #Wimbledon final, beating Jelena Ostapenko 6-3, 6-3 pic.twitter.com/yFd6ZgfTNqWimbledon (@Wimbledon) July 12, 2018She double-faulted on set point and Kerber, who served well and defended superbly when required to fend off Ostapenko’s sporadic attacks, accelerated into a 5-1 lead.Ostapenko suddenly began to land some big blows, clawing back a couple of games and had a point to narrow the deficit to a single game as Kerber showed late nerves.But Kerber nipped the recovery in the bud and booked a Saturday date back on Centre Court when Ostapenko rammed a forehand wide.(With Reuters inputs)last_img read more

PTI’s Mahmud Khan elected Khyber Pakhtunkhwa CM

first_imgPeshawar, Aug 16 (PTI) The nominee of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Mahmud Khan, was elected today as 22nd chief minister of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.The KP Assembly Speaker, Mushtaq Ghani, announced the result soon after the counting of the votes got over.Khan defeated joint opposition’s candidate Mian Nisar Gul Kakakhel by a margin of 44 votes in the election held through secret ballot in the provincial assembly.Of the total 110 votes polled, Khan bagged 77 votes, while Nisar Gul got only 33. Khan belongs to Matta Tehsil of Swat district. He won the provincial assembly seat from PK-9 constituency. He started his political career as union council of Nazim Khadzai Matta Tehsil. He joined PTI before the 2013 election and was elected member of the house.Khan was provincial minister in the cabinet of Pervaz Khattak from 2013-18 and was holding the portfolio of sports, culture tourism and irrigation. PTI CORR SCYSCYlast_img read more

Maharashtra: Govt hands over prime sports complex to private company for management

first_imgAt a time when Mumbai is short of open spaces and play grounds for sports enthusiasts, a huge sports complex in Dharavi, belonging to the state govt, has been transferred to a private company for management, a move which has evoked angry reactions.The Dharavi Sports Complex, also known as the Rajeev Gandhi Sports Complex, is spread over 3 acres of land and was built at the cost of Rs 21 crore. The complex has state-of-the-art facilities for sports including swimming, cricket, tennis.Situated at a very convenient location, the complex was considered as a boon not only for sports enthusiasts but also for children especially in a space starved central Mumbai.But citing losses to run the sports complex, the state govt has now decided to hand over the complex to a private company for operations in spite of strong objections from the sports officials.Documents with India Today show that Sudhir More, the Assistant Joint Director of the Sports and Youth welfare department had written to the state govt on April 16 raising strong objections. In his letter More says,”Sports complexes in rest of Maharashtra are financially self-sustainable. But in a crowded city like Mumbai, it is running into losses. This clearly indicates inefficiency on the part of the officials. There are detailed directives by the Directorate and if followed, the Sports complex can run into profit. It looks like the decision to privatise the complex is taken to benefit private interests and Sports Directorate is strongly against it.”As part of the handover, the private company will get 50% of the income and 50% will be shared with the state government.advertisementSpeaking on the matter, a spokesperson of the NCP Nawab Malik said, “This sports complex was built during our regime for training poor children. But now the state govt is transferring this property to a private builder. We are strongly against it and demand that it should be cancelled. And if at all the government plans to do it, tenders should have been invited with details of how much investment and income is expected. But they have sidelined the procedure and handed over the contract to a builder who is close to the chief minister. This is a loot of govt money.”Despite the opposition, the state government is defending its decision.”Most of the district sports complexes are running in losses. As far as Dharavi Sports Complex is concerned, apart from the swimming pool, all other activities had more or less stopped. The facilities are in shambles. So to bear the cost of the maintenance, the decision of privatisation was taken. We will take care that the poorest of poor will be able to use the facilities and are not deprived of it,” Vinod Tawde, Sports Minister of the State said.Meanwhile , the opposition has threatened that if the government does not withdraw the decision, they will not hesitate to move to the court against it.Also Read | 7th Pay Commission: Maharashtra to spend Rs 52,000 crore on pay hike for employeesAlso Watch | Maharashtra govt defends arrest of rights activists; Mamata govt ignored warnings about Kolkata bridge’s condition; morelast_img read more

Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq accused of having multiple affairs

first_imgPakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq has landed in controversy after a slew of leaked messages were out on social media allegedly of him having multiple affairs and cheating on girls.According to reports, a Twitter user has leaked some WhatApp chats and accused Imam of exploiting women.Imam’s WhatsApp chats with four women has been leaked on social media.Imam was an integral part of Pakistan’s World Cup campaign and scored a 100 against Bangladesh at Lord’s helping his team win by 94 runs. But Pakistan, in the end, fell short on net run rate and could not make the semifinals finishing fifth behind eventual runners-up New Zealand.Also Read | England collapse against Ireland ’embarrassing’, says Michael VaughanAlso Read | 127 minutes, Tim Murtagh’s heroics and other stats as Ireland bundle England for 85Also See:last_img read more

ERNST & GRASSLEY VOTE FOR EDUCATION SECRETARY CONFIRMATION

first_imgThe U.S. Senate has confirmed school choice activist Betsy DeVos as Education secretary, with Vice President Mike Pence breaking a 50-50 tie.The Senate historian says it was the first time a vice president had to break a tie on a Cabinet nomination.Iowa’s Joni Ernst voted for DeVos citing her mutual belief that schools should be overseen by local control, not the federal government:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/ERNSTDEVOS.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC……for our students. ;26Chuck Grassley also voted for DeVos but two Republicans joined Democrats to vote to try and derail DeVos’ nomination.Republicans Susan Collins of Maine and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska fear that DeVos’ focus on charter schools will undermine remote public schools in their states.Democrats cited her lack of public school experience and financial interests in organizations pushing charter schools.DeVos has said she would divest herself from those organizations.last_img read more

British Equestrian Federation could lose £21m funding after bullying is revealed

first_imgShare on Facebook The British Equestrian Federation has been told it risks losing public funding of more than £21m after a damning report found evidence of bullying, elitism and self-interest within the sport.The independent report was commissioned by the national governing body in October following the abrupt resignation of its chief executive, Clare Salmon, in July. She had been appointed in February 2016 to modernise the BEF but, as the report details, her approach ruffled feathers within equestrianism and she was forced out.Salmon thanked the three-strong review panel, which was chaired by John Mehrzad, the lawyer who prepared a similar report for British Cycling last year. Since you’re here… “From day one I was set up to fail by people who were deliberately frustrating the change required,” Salmon said. “I was bullied out by people driven by self-interest and elitism. This is unacceptable for an organisation receiving more than £20m of public money.”The threat to the funding of the sport – one of Britain’s most successful at recent Olympic and Paralympic Games – is made clear at the end of the report.“In so far that the recommendations in this report are not addressed within a reasonable period of time … UK Sport and Sport England would be entitled to suspend public funding,” it said.In response, the two agencies issued a statement saying they welcomed the review and the “full acceptance” of its recommendations by the BEF and its 19 member bodies. “Ongoing funding will be dependent on the BEF and its member bodies acting to implement the recommendations of this review. We will keep this under close review.”The report found that a “climate of fear” and “culture of bullying” exists within British Dressage and British Showjumping, with “broadly similar” allegations made from a smaller number of contributors about British Eventing, the British Horse Society and Endurance GB.The report also highlights the fact the sport is too expensive, is run by small cliques and therefore struggles to retain staff.It is the latest sports governing body to face negative allegations about its culture, after reviews were conducted at British Cycling, Canoeing, British Swimming and British Bobsleigh. Share on WhatsApp Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Read more British Equestrian Federation launches investigation into bullying claims Sport politics Topics Share on Twitter … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. news Reuse this content Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Equestrianismlast_img read more

Glad we won our first series in New Zealand: Smriti Mandhana after India’s 2-1 triumph

first_imgGlad we won our first series in New Zealand: Smriti Mandhana after India’s 2-1 triumphIndia lost the final ODI match against New Zealand but the result didn’t dampen their spirits as Mithali Raj’s side became the first from the country to win an ODI bilateral series in New Zealand.advertisement Rohan Sen HamiltonFebruary 1, 2019UPDATED: February 1, 2019 14:20 IST Smriti Mandhana played a crucial role in the first two ODI wins, scoring 105 and 90 not out (@White-Ferns Twitter Photo)HIGHLIGHTSNew Zealand (150 for 2) beat India (149) by 8 wicketsIndia clinched the series 2-1 despite losing the 3rd ODI in HamiltonSmriti Mandhana was adjduged Player of the Series for scoring 196 runs in the 3 ODIs at an average of 98India, who had won the first two games to take an unbeatable series lead, lost the inconsequential third ODI by 8 wickets in Hamilton on Friday as the series ended 2-1 in India’s favour.Smriti Mandhana, who played a crucial role in the first two wins scoring 105 and 90 not out, was pleased as punch with the series result and her performance in the ODIs.”I would have been happy to have scored some runs today but I am really glad that we won our first series in New Zealand.”The first two games were satisfying because I could convert my scores and get the winning runs. This will help me grow as a player,” said Mandhana, who was adjduged Player of the Series after the match.The 22-year-old ended up as the highest scorer in the series with 196 runs in three matches at an average of 98 with a hundred and a half-century in her kitty. But the Mumbai cricketer doesn’t want to stop just here and wants to keep on scoring runs like this on a regular basis.”There’s a lot more hard work to be done (to be tagged one of the best in the world). I need to score a lot more runs and win many more games for India to get there,” Mandhana said.India captain Mithali Raj, who set a new record in women’s cricket with her 200th ODI appearance on Friday, was also quite satisfied with the result and reserved special praise for the bowlers.”I’m happy that the team has done so well this series. Very happy for Deepti (Sharma) and Jemimah (Rodrigues) for getting some runs under their belt. The spin bowlers have done well so far throughout the tour, but the total was quite less today to put pressure on New Zealand.advertisement”We want to do well in the T20s too and try to up our game. There will be changes to the squad and we will continue to train hard and do our best,” Mithali said at the post-match presentation.Congratulations on No.200 Skipper – @M_Raj03 #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/oxCWRp4qGOBCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) February 1, 2019India, who were dominant in the first two games, struggled at the Seddon Park as India got bowled out for 149 in 44 overs after being put into bat by the White Ferns.Mithali managed to add just 9 runs to the Indian total while Deepti Sharma top-scored with 52 off 90 balls. Harmanpreet Kaur was the next-best scorer with 24 runs.For New Zealand, Anna Peterson starred with the ball as she took 4 wickets for 28 runs while Lea Tahuhu bagged 3 wickets for 26 runs.Chasing a modest target of 150, New Zealand rode on half-centuries from Suzie Bates (57) and captain Amy Satterthwaite (61 not out) to win the match in the 30th over.The two teams will now play a series of three T20 internationals on February 6, 8 and 10 in Wellington, Auckland and Hamilton, respectively.Also Read | India vs New Zealand: White Ferns beat Mithali Raj’s team for consolation win in 3rd ODIAlso Read | India vs New Zealand: Mithali Raj completes 200 ODIs to set new record in women’s cricketFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow India vs New ZealandFollow Mithali RajFollow Smriti MandhanaFollow Hamilton ODIFollow ICC Women’s Championshiplast_img read more

What to Wear to Oktoberfest: Look Your Best While Drinking Beer

first_imgYou need to know what to wear to Oktoberfest this season — trust us. While the internationally recognized German iteration of the festival runs through early October, there’s still plenty of beer-drinking to be had this side of the pond, be it at your favorite local brewery or an outdoor festival sampling all sorts of fall-friendly beers. And therein lies the question: What to wear to Oktoberfest, exactly? Go for gear that’s rugged, mobile, casual, and versatile — we think we have just the pieces to help you out.Todd Snyder Garment-Dyed Poplin Shirt in Olive, $158While other fellas might be wearing faded graphic tees, you should be wearing a shirt that’s suitable for grabbing a nice dinner after a fest. The rich, dark olive hue of this classic poplin shirt nods to fall without going full-on flannel. Think refined — just like your beer-drinking palette, right?Todd Snyder + Champion Classic Pocket Sweatshirt, $98On days when a heavy parka is, well, too heavy, a cotton crewneck sweatshirt in a shade of striking deep red is a fine fall layer — especially for strolling from booth to booth sampling choice brews in the crisp autumn air.Flint and Tinder All-American Washed Jeans, $128Because beer tasting is inherently casual by nature, reflect the laidback vibes of a breezy fall weekend with pleasantly faded denim in a streamlined yet not-too-tight fit. Flint and Tinder makes a heck of a pair for weekend excursions aplenty, pint after pint.Astorflex Greenflex Rough Boots, $150With an updated tread sole and a fall-ready sand colorway, these casual chukka boots give off style that’s put-together without being too polished — the sort of style that signifies you’re down to try a few new brews.Ebbets Field x Bespoke Post “B” Baseball Cap, $38 Nothing exudes casual fall style like a throwback baseball cap, particularly when knocking back a cold Oktoberfest drink. The good news here is that, in addition to killer style points, you also get some of the best construction around: Ebbets Field can make a heck of a well-made hat.Halios Laguna Watch, $675 Invest in a watch that can take a beating, and it’ll stand up to more than spilled beer. Such is the case with the Halios Laguna Watch, a perfectly sturdy timepiece that adds some finesse to this casual, beer-centric ensemble. You Definitely Need a Shirt Jacket for Fall Editors’ Recommendations A Good Waxed Jacket Is the Best Jacket to Wear This Season The New Alex Mill Collection Is Packed With Your Fall Style Essentials 9 Best Fall Beers to Drink This Year, According to the Brewing Experts You Need One (Or More) of the Best Men’s Henley Shirts in Your Wardrobe last_img read more

INS Tarkash on threeday visit to Senegal

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian naval ship Tarkash will undertake a passage exercise at sea with ships of the Senegalese Navy on Friday to enhance interoperability between both navies. The exercise will be undertaken after INS Tarkash makes a port call at Dakar in Senegal on Wednesday as part of the Indian Navy’s overseas deployment to Africa, Europe and Russia. The ship is on a three-day visit to the west African nation. Officials said the exercise will enhance communications and inter-operability between the two navies. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ INS Tarkash belongs to the Indian Navy’s western fleet and is one of the most potent frontline frigates equipped with a versatile range of weapons and sensors. According to Navy officials, various dignitaries and government officials of Senegal are set to visit the ship during the three-day visit. The Indian Navy has planned professional interactions with the Senegalese counterparts in order to further enhance co-operation between the two countries during which best practices in the two countries will be exchanged.last_img read more

Antiabortion flag causes stir in Ottawa after being raised at city hall

first_imgOTTAWA – A flag honouring an anti-abortion movement caused a stir in the country’s capital after it was raised at Ottawa City Hall.The city proclaimed Thursday “March for Life Day,” a declaration that has been made in past years, but city councillors said the anti-abortion movement’s flag was flown at city hall as part of that proclamation for the first time.Seven city councillors called for the flag to immediately be taken down, saying in a joint letter that the flag represents a “personal conviction to restrict a woman’s right to a safe and legal abortion.”They said city policy on flag raisings state “a proclamation will not be issued for matters that … represent individual conviction.”The councillors also said the right to abortion is constitutionally protected. In 1988, the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that the country’s law criminalizing abortion was unconstitutional, though it remains on the books. The federal government recently announced legislation to remove it from the Criminal Code.A security guard took down the “March for Life” flag on Thursday afternoon and replaced it with the City of Ottawa flag.Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson sent a letter to city clerk Rick O’Connor on Thursday asking for an “immediate and comprehensive” review of Ottawa’s proclamations and flag raising policies, and called for recommendations on any changes to those policies within a month.“Mayor Watson supports women’s right to choose and shares the concerns that many Ottawa residents have expressed today,” Watson’s spokeswoman, Livia Belcea, said in an email.Sheila Malcolmson, New Democratic Party critic for the status of women, said it’s good the flag was taken down.“It’s breathtaking, actually, that in the country’s capital that a flag that denounces women’s rights, in effect, ever went up in the first place,” Malcolmson said.“It’s an attack on women’s rights, and that is not something that should ever be celebrated by any council.”last_img read more

Saskatchewan sites named in honour of teacher aide who died in school

first_imgREGINA – Two sites in northern Saskatchewan have been named in honour of a teacher and a teacher’s aide who were fatally shot by a teenage gunman almost two years ago.Teacher Adam Wood and tutor Marie Janvier were killed while trying to help students after the 17-year-old youth started shooting up the La Loche high school in January 2016.Janvier Point is located on Saleski Lake, just north of La Loche, and Adam Wood Memorial Landing is along a creek just east of the village.The province says it hopes that honouring the memory of Wood and Janvier will bring some comfort to their families and friends.A government release says Wood was an avid outdoorsman who was a frequent visitor to the wooded creek-side area that now bears his name.It says Janvier, who was a longtime resident of the area, was a caring and compassionate person who helped anyone in need.“Today marks a small gesture of our gratitude to Adam Wood and Marie Janvier, to show that we will be forever grateful for their courage and service to the students of La Loche,” Education Minister Bronwyn Eyre said in the release Tuesday.“It is our hope that everyone will know that Adam and Marie were loved, and that they will never be forgotten.”Janvier, who was 21, was a graduate of the La Loche school, and had recently been hired as a tutor. Her family said she loved children and animals, and lived with and cared for her mother and grandmother. The young woman planned on going to university to become a teacher.Wood, who was 35, had started his teaching career in La Loche the September before the shooting. His family in Uxbridge, Ont., said he was an adventurer, had a passion for life, and a knack for making people laugh. He had worked with youth at an urban farm in Thunder Bay, Ont.Brothers Dayne and Drayden Fontaine also died in the mass shooting on Jan. 22, 2016. They were killed in their home by the shooter before he went to the school where he killed Wood and Janvier and wounded seven people.The shooter, who was days away from his 18th birthday, pleaded guilty to first-degree murder, second-degree murder and attempted murder. Arguments were heard earlier this year as to whether he should be sentenced as a youth or an adult. The judge’s decision is expected in February.Wood and Janvier were nominated posthumously for Saskatchewan’s GeoMemorial program by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation and the Ministry of Education.They received community support through letters from fellow teachers, the Northern Lights School Division and the Northern Area Teachers’ Association.last_img read more

Number of UNassisted returnees to Burundi tops 350000

16 August 2007Over the past five years, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has helped over 350,000 Burundian refugees return to their homes, under one of the agency’s largest repatriation programmes in Africa. The 350,000 landmark was passed on Tuesday, when convoys carrying more than 1,500 refugees crossed the border with Tanzania and arrived at three UNHCR transit centres in the provinces of Makamba, Ruyigi and Muyinga.In addition to helping some 270,000 return home, the agency has also assisted around 80,000 who returned to Burundi on their own. It has supported the reintegration of returnees by funding housing schemes, legal assistance programmes and the reconstruction of clinics and health centres. Some 12,300 Burundians have returned home this year, more than 8,000 since July. UNHCR plans to repatriate some 65,000 during the whole year, including 60,000 from camps in the main host country, Tanzania. There are also large numbers in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The pace of returns this year has increased since July, when UNHCR introduced a cash grant of $45 to each returnee to help them get started once back in Burundi. Those returning on Tuesday received the first instalment of the cash grant as well as supplies such as blankets, plastic sheeting, tools and seeds. The returnees also received food packages from the UN World Food Programme (WFP), which on Tuesday appealed to donors for at least $20 million for increased aid to help many of those returning to Burundi. Bo Schack, UNHCR’s representative in Burundi, called for greater international efforts to improve socio-economic conditions in the country. “The extreme poverty in many areas of return remains a big challenge. These are important development needs which go far beyond UNHCR’s limited resources for humanitarian needs,” he said. UNHCR began facilitating the repatriation of Burundian refugees in April 2002 and has actively promoted repatriation since June 2006 as the security situation continued to improve in the small Central African country that is recovering from decades of devastating ethnic war. read more

Uganda Lanka boost defence ties

Uganda and Sri Lanka have agreed to boost defence ties following a meeting held in Uganda between President Yoweri Museveni and visiting Defence Secretary Gotabaya Rajabaksa.The Ugandan President and his visitor discussed bilateral relations including co-operation in the areas of military and defence, the New Vision website reported. Sri Lanka has per capita income US$2,877 compared to that of Uganda of US$500. The two countries further discussed sharing experience on military operations, sharing experience on disaster and offering specialized training to UPDF. Last November Museveni visited Sri Lanka at the invitation of his counterpart, Mahinda Rajapaksa who also visited Uganda in May.

Ford backs motor show in London

The new Docklands location for the British International Motor Show has been a great success for Ford. Throughout the Show at Excel in London, Ford stand staff struggled to keep up with requests and questions from enthusiastic visitors. At peak times, Ford staff were recording potential new customers at a rate of one a minute. Fortunately, Ford had equipped the stand appropriately for this onslaught and as people headed to the Ford stand in their thousands, they were able to help themselves to complimentary ice lollies. By the time the motor show closed at the end of the hottest July on record more than 110,000 lollies had been handed out from a purpose-built bar made of ice on its stand. On the first day of the Show Ford was in the spotlight when chairman Roelant de Waard pulled the (insulated) wraps off a full-size Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet, also carved from ice. The bioethanol-liveried replica demonstrated the pure and sustainable credentials of the renewable transport fuel, which can be produced in this country from wheat or sugar beet. The new Ford Focus Coupé-Cabriolet was shown in Britain for the first time, flanked by Ford’s new S-MAX and Galaxy people movers. Roelant de Waard said: “The British Motor Show at Excel was excellent for Ford – not surprising as the venue was local to our bases in Dagenham and Essex. Visitors to our stand saw for themselves why Ford is market leader and on track to clock up 30 years as number one car brand this year. We look forward to the show receiving full industry backing in two years’ time.”Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

Sons hope to rebuild Gold Coast empire

first_imgThe young sons of two developers who shaped the Gold Coast skyline, but fell victim to the global financial crisis, are in Asia trying to rebuild their family empires. Will Nikiforides and Evan Raptis, the sons of Con Nokiforides and Jim Raptis, are in Taiwan looking for investment and joint venture opportunities. They are part of 15 people traveling as part of Mayor Tom Tate’s trade mission to Taiwan and China.They’re hoping to put their father’s high profile troubles behind them and start afresh. They had both set up companies by themselves during the large losses their fathers’ sustained in 2007. Nikiforides left his father’s company Niecon Developments and setup Nuvoprojects, hoping to influence the city he loves. “We are not prepared to give up on the city,” he told The Gold Coast Bulletin. “I have been humbled to be part of a family that has developed the city and I want to continue to enhance it.” He has big shoes to fill, with his father completing projects like the award winning Oracle and Niecon Plaza in Broadbeach and Reflections in Coolangatta. The company that built the award-winning Oracle moved into the hands of the bank earlier this year. “The banks have been tough for the Gold Coast. We are here looking for joint ventures, business partnership and investment opportunities,” Mr Nikiforides Jr said. Mr Raptis Jr, who learned his skills from his father, said he was passionate about the Gold Coast development industry and wanted to be part of the next upward cycle. “We have to look for new opportunities to be able to do that. We have to position ourselves for when the market returns,” he said. Both were speakers at a two-day investment seminar in Taiwanese cities Taipei and Tainan. Source: Gold Coast Bulletin Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Women migrants most vulnerable but at the forefront of integration

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Many women who migrate from Greece have been, or are in, abusive relationships and often end up in dismal domestic situations, says a settlement services officer.Konstantina Kouroutsidou from PRONIA says that in two years of operation, their Newly Arrived program has received more than 57 women seeking assistance due to stressful domestic situations. Ms Kouroutsidou explains that family violence is not only about physical violence; the majority of women who sought help experienced emotional blackmail, social isolation, verbal abuse, and controlling husbands. “The women tell their stories through tears, and become distressed about their family situation and their relationships,” Ms Kouroutsidou said. “They feel helpless and hopeless about their situation, often asking ‘what’s the point? Nothing is going to change anyway’,” she said. Ms Kouroutsidou described a situation where a woman who was four months pregnant arrived in Melbourne on a temporary visa to escape from her abusive husband in Greece. She was distressed to leave behind her young son but planned to start a new life for herself and her unborn child. With her family’s help she planned to bring her oldest child to Australia. However she was unable to survive here without family support, financial assistance, or language skills. After her baby was born, she felt the only difficult thing in Greece was her husband, so she returned to the abusive situation she knew.“So many women, so many sad stories,” Ms Kouroutsidou said. “The women who battle aggression and disrespect towards them also have to cope with the sole responsibilities of looking after the house, the children, a sick mother, or a disabled child, before or after their full or part-time jobs. “They carry their mental distress with them, and migration exacerbates their stress and magnifies the pressure they feel.”However, of all the people Ms Kouroutsidou sees, women migrants are frequently the first to seek support or help. “It is a fact that a large percentage of women are those who are the first to step up to meet migration challenges,” she said. “They learn the language easier and faster, find work before their husbands, and take a lead role to participate in their community first.“They are at the forefront of integration. Usually the husbands don’t speak as well as the women do, they don’t show interest in understanding the systems, and they’re frequently one step behind.”Ms Kouroutsidou said it is the women who lead their family into their new life in Australia, and this is what changes the family dynamics. “The women have the strength, they are not shy,” she said. “The women try so hard and most of the time they are a lot more active. In the majority of the couples, the wives decide to seek services from PRONIA and they share the information with their families.”last_img read more

Cameroun plus de 500 éléphants auraient été tués depuis janvier

first_imgCameroun : plus de 500 éléphants auraient été tués depuis janvierSelon le gestionnaire du centre touristique du parc national de Bouba Ndjidda (au nord du Cameroun), “plus de 500 éléphants” ont été abattus par des braconniers depuis janvier.Contrairement à ce qu’affirment les autorités camerounaises, les responsables et agents du parc national camerounais de Bouba Ndjidda sont “unanimes à penser qu’il y a plus de 500 éléphants abattus”, a affirmé Paul Bour, directeur du centre touristique du parc. “De surcroît, il y a des gens qui rapportent que les cavaliers (braconniers) leur ont dit avoir tenue une comptabilité [situant] à 650 [le nombre de pachydermes tués]. Ce chiffre me paraît plausible”, a-t-il indiqué à l’AFP.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”Il y aurait moyen [de connaître le nombre exact d’éléphants tués] si l’administration voulait s’en donner les moyens, mais manifestement il y a une volonté de minimiser l’ampleur [des massacres]”, puisque le gouvernement avait fait état de “128 éléphants” abattus,  a-t-il poursuivi. Selon M. Ndjidda, la situation a l’air de se tasser “au niveau du parc [ … ] Ce qu’on sait c’est que les braconniers se sont déportés vers le sud-est en direction de la frontière avec la Centrafrique et le Tchad”. “Ces gens ont fait preuve de témérité qui m’inciterait à la prudence. Ils ont une organisation très militaire. Ils sont très bien équipés. Ils seraient parfaitement capables d’oser un coup de main ou une réaction militaire face aux forces [camerounaises]” estime le responsable. De plus, pour Natasha Kofoworola Quist, représentante de World Wildlife fund (WWF) pour l’Afrique centrale, “les forces [militaires] sont arrivées trop tard pour sauver la plupart des éléphants du parc et en trop petit nombre pour dissuader les braconniers”. Le retard du gouvernement camerounais à agir dans le parc de Bouba Ndjidda a d’ailleurs été très critiqué. Il y a peu, le Fonds international pour la protection des animaux avait déjà alerté de la situation en racontant une récente attaque qui a fait deux morts, un braconnier et un soldat, ainsi que deux blessés.Le 20 mars 2012 à 17:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Hot or not Flirs thermal AV camera gets upgraded at CES 2019

first_img Share your voice 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Self-driving cars 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More From Roadshow Post a comment CES 2019center_img Auto Tech Tags When people talk about sensors for self-driving cars, they usually focus on the ones most often talked about: lidar, ultrasonic (parking) sensors and good old-fashioned cameras. Flir came to CES 2019 to tell everyone that we’re still missing something.Flir, a company that specializes in thermal imaging, came to CES 2019 to show off its second-generation thermal camera development kit. The whole point of the kit is to provide a simple solution for adding thermal recognition to an existing autonomous vehicle platform. This isn’t something for you or me, unless you’re an AV platform developer — this is largely for suppliers and companies.So why care about thermal? According to Flir, it’s all about adding an extra layer of mapping to pick up things that other parts of a sensor suite might miss. The company says its infrared camera can detect objects in conditions that would befuddle other types of sensors, like when there’s fog or excessive glare from the sun. In theory, the system could detect a car solely by picking up on the heat signatures generated from the friction between its tires and the road.Enlarge ImageFlir’s hardware can connect to existing AV platforms using USB or ethernet, but you’ll need a few, since each camera works in just a single direction. Flir Redundancy is a big theme in autonomy — making sure the car can continually fall back on other systems if the initial ones have troubles — so consider this camera a little extra peace of mind. The window of the camera is even heated, to help its functionality in adverse weather conditions.To help showcase its tech in something tangible, Flir brought an entire autonomous vehicle to CES 2019, too. Flir’s AV is equipped with its own infrared cameras in addition to the standard collection of cameras, lidar and radar. Flir’s hardware is integrated into the autonomous emergency braking system, offering another layer of protection against a collision. Thermal is an oft-overlooked corner of AV development, so it’ll be interesting to see where Flir’s cameras end up as automakers and suppliers continue to refine their platforms.flir-thermal-camera-2Enlarge ImageFlir’s demonstration car doesn’t look all that different from other modern AV development mules — except, of course, it has a few more cameras slapped on top. Flir Self-driving cars: Stay up to date on all the latest news in autonomy.CES 2019: Check out our favorite gadgets from the show in this constantly updating gallery. 0 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealouslast_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

System Shock creator Doug Church hired by Valve

first_imgThere have been a lot of visionaries when it comes to video gaming, many of them louder about it than they perhaps should have been. Warren Spector. Richard Garriott. Ken Levine. Harvey Smith. John Romero. Then there’s Doug Church, the quiet genius behind some of my favorite games of all time, mostly produced for Looking Glass Studios within a fertile period of prodution in the late 90s. Ever heard of System Shock? Thief: The Dark Project? Ultima Underworld? Doug Church designed those. If you’ve got even a passing familiarity with retro games, this is a guy who you should admire.I’m practically evacuating myself, then, over the news that Valve Software has just confirmed that they have hired Doug Church. This is seriously exciting news: one of the most forward-thinking and outside-the-box designers of all time finally coming to a company that will not only support and respect him, but allow him to polish his gem ideas into immortal diamonds.Of course, what Church will be working on is a mystery. There’s only two confirmed Valve products right now: Portal 2 and DOTA 2. Portal 2 is almost done, and DOTA2 just doesn’t really seem like the kind of game Doug Church would really be tasked to design. Other Valve properties like Left 4 Dead and Half-Life don’t really fit, either: these are more traditional titles than the ones Church usually plays with.If I were hazard to guess? Church is working with Valve on an entirely new franchise. I don’t know what that’s going to be, but allow me to hold out hope that they finally end up making Prospero. That seems right up Doug Church’s alley, don’t you think?Read more at Rock Paper Shotgunlast_img read more