Charles Rhodes wants crown back

first_imgRhodes, who is set to join a newer cast this season, expressed his excitement playing alongside the likes of spitfire guard Terrence Romeo and versatile forward Christian Standhardinger among others.Rhodes said his biggest motivation will be making up for not being able to help San Miguel defend its crown last year.“I’m pissed off and I’m gonna use that on the court and I will just give everything I got on the court to make sure I [get back] my crown,” he said.Meanwhile, Ben Simmons is set to play for Australia at the Fiba World Cup after confirming in an online video “I’m going to be a Boomer” for upcoming events.Simmons’ NBA season ended when his Philadelphia 76ers were knocked out of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Kawhi Leonard’s Game 7-ending buzzer-beater for Toronto.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP View comments The NBA All-Star told his fans to stay tuned about upcoming events in the video he posted on Twitter but he later confirmed on Weibo, the Chinese social media channel, that he was “looking forward to representing my country Australia” in the World Cup. He’s likely to join the likes of Patty Mills, Andrew Bogut and Matthew Dellavedova in Australia’s squad for the World Cup, which starts on Aug. 31 in China. —WITH A REPORT FROM APSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue MOST READ DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transportcenter_img Defending champs rule Petron race Rhodes, who averaged averaged 28.4 points and 10.5 boards during that stint, revealed that he actually mulled rejoining San Miguel the previous season, but something more important cropped up.“I had a daughter,” he said with a smile. “I just had to be home for her and my wife.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsWithout Rhodes, San Miguel had to opt for its old reliable from its sister team at the Asean Basketball League, NBA-tested Renaldo Balkman.The Beermen lost the title to the Gin Kings in six games. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too LATEST STORIES Pnoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSan Miguel Beer is leaving nothing to chance, tapping the services of American Charles Rhodes anew in a bid to regain the PBA Commissioner’s Cup from the clutches of its sister team, Barangay Ginebra.“I’ve always wanted to come back,” said Rhodes, who was an essential cog in San Miguel’s championship run in the midseason conference in 2017. “It just feels like my second home.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

Pakistan Cricket Board drops plans of playing day-night Test

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board has dropped its plans of holding day and night Test matches after its proposal to use an orange cricket ball was overruled by the International Cricket Council.An official source in the board told PTI that Pakistan had experimented a lot with pink and orange coloured balls in domestic cricket and suggested the use of the orange ball in Tests but ICC did not approve of it.”The ICC after conducting its own tests ruled that pink coloured balls were more usable for day and night Tests,” the source said.He said Pakistan was the first to start experimenting with the idea of having day/night first class matches.Also read: Post your cricket video, get picked says Pakistan Cricket Board “We held two five-day finals of the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy first class event under lights and experimented successfully with the orange ball,” he said.”We even offered to have a day and night Test match against Sri Lanka in 2012/2013 in the United Arab Emirates but the Sri Lankan board rejected this proposal,” he revealed.Also read: Aimed to contribute for team, not personal milestone, says Ashwin “And after the ICC ruling we felt we had lost the initiative and are not planning any more experiments this season.”Also read:  The source also said that this was the reason why Pakistan also didn’t offer to play a day and night Test against England this winter in the UAE.”But now that a day and night Test is due to be held in Australia this year. We will see how it goes and then start having day and night first class matches and maybe even look at a day and night Test next year,” he said.advertisementThe source said that the PCB was in favour of day and night Test matches as it felt the venues in UAE and in South Asia were ideal for this.”Certainly day and night Tests have the potential of increasing the television viewership and ground revenues and spectators for the home board,” he said.last_img read more

Syslogic: AI rugged computer with IP67 protection and Nvidia processor platform

first_img Continue Reading Previous Aldec cuts ASIC design prototype bring-up time with HES-DVM’s automatic partitioning toolNext Rutronik and AP Memory sign global distribution agreement At the SPS trade show in Nuremberg, Syslogic will present an AI rugged computer that meets protection class IP67. Thanks to Nvidia’s Jetson-TX2 platform, it supports GPU-accelerated AI applications such as machine vision. The AI rugged computer provides the ideal hardware base for AI edge applications under extreme conditions.It uses Nvidia’s TX2i SoM from the Jetson series, which forms the core of the AI Rugged Computer and is perfectly suited for AI applications in real time. Specific examples include object or person recognition, autonomous driving, predictive maintenance, optical authentication, and condition monitoring of machines or vehicles.The electronics and the housing design meet the highest standards in terms of resistance and robustness. This was accomplished through consistent component selection, omission of moving parts, screw-on connectors, and an ultra-rugged housing that is resistant to dust, water and chemicals. A Gore-Tex ventilation module ensures pressure equalization in the housing, thus extending product life and increasing reliability. The AI Rugged Computer is also suitable for the broadened temperature range from –40 to +85 °C at component level. For vehicle use, the computer has an integrated ignition controller and a disturbance-free CAN interface.Accordingly, the devices are used wherever the requirements for robustness and durability are particularly important, for example, in railway vehicles, construction and agricultural machinery, or in mining vehicles. However, Syslogic is not only targeting vehicle applications, but also markets like Smart City, industrial automation, and traffic engineering.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

IPL 2019 Auction: 8 teams spend Rs 106.80 crore on 60 players

first_imgThe auction for the 2019 Indian Premier League witnessed massive bidding wars as all the eight franchises were not afraid of shelling out money to buy their targetted players. A total of 60 players, including 20 overseas stars, were sold at the IPL 2019 auction. A total of Rs 106.80 crore was spent by 8 teams. Varun Chakaravarthy and Jaydev Unadkat were the joint costliest players at the IPL 2019 Auction in Jaipur on Tuesday. Meanwhile, England all-rounder Sam Curran was the highest-paid foreign player at the IPL 2019 Auction.Kings XI Punjab splurged a whopping Rs 8.4 crore for uncapped Indian mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy while Rajasthan Royals bought back left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat for the same amount. Chakaravarthy, the Tamil Nadu leg spinner, was bought by the KXIP after an intense bidding war with Kolkata Knight Riders.Inaugural IPL champions Rajasthan Royals were engaged in an intense battle with Delhi Capitals and later on with Chennai Super Kings before getting back the services of paceman Unadkat, whom they had released for the auction. Unadkat grabbed eye-balls last season when he became the highest paid Indian after being bought by the inaugural edition champions for a whopping Rs 11.5 crore.Uncapped Indian all-rounder Shivam Dube attracted a lot of attention when he was picked for Rs 5 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube had on Monday clobbered five sixes in five balls off left-arm spinner Swapnil Singh on the final day of their Ranji Trophy match against Baroda.Yuvraj Singh was sold to Mumbai Indians at his base price of Rs 1 crore after he went unsold in the first round of bidding in the Indian Premier League Auction. Yuvraj Singh had played for Kings XI Punjab last year but he was released after scoring only 65 runs from eight matches. Overall, he has played 128 IPL matches and scored 2652 runs with a highest score of 83.advertisement Sam Curran was bought by Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.2 crore (Reuters Photo)Sam Curran, who was India’s tormentor in England during the five-match Test series, was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 7.20 crore in a fierce three-way bidding war amongst Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Sam Curran made his Test debut against Pakistan earlier in the year and made an immediate impact. Sam Curran, in fact, was instrumental in England’s series win over India and was named man-of-the-series.South Africa batsman Colin Ingram too fetched big money. The auction witnessed a bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Sunrisers Hyderabad for the T20 specialist. Sunrisers pulled out after the bid crossed Rs 6 crore before Delhi bought Ingram for Rs 6.6 crore. In the bid for wicketkeepers, Heinrich Klaasen was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for his base price of Rs 50 lakh. Shaun Marsh, the leading run-getter in the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League in 2008, failed to find any buyers. Mohammed Shami was bought for Rs 4.80 crore (Reuters Photo)India Test specialists Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma also found buyers. Shami, who is the currently the leading Indian wicket-taker in Tests with 44 wickets under his belt from 11 matches, was bought for whopping Rs 4.80 crore by 2014 runners-up Kings XI Punjab. Shami had played for Delhi Capitals last season. Ishant Sharma, who had a base price of Rs 1 crore, was sold to Delhi Capitals for rs 1.10 crore.Other well-known fast bowlers in the Indian domestic circuit — Mohit Sharma and Varun Aaron — were also bought after massive bidding wars among teams.Mohit, who was part of the Indian team in the 2015 World Cup, returned to Chennai Super Kings when they bought the right-arm pacer for Rs 5 crore. Rajasthan Royals bagged Aaron for Rs 2.40 crore moments after shelling out a whopping Rs 8.40 crore for Unadkat. Unadkat was the costliest Indian last year when he was sold to Rajasthan for Rs 11.50 crore, but after sub-par performances in the league, he was not retained. Carlos Brathwaite was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore (Reuters Photo)West Indian stars continued to rule the roost in the IPL auctions yet again. Carlos Brathwaite was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore while Shimron Hetmyer sold for Rs 4.2 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore. Wicket-keeper Nicolas Pooran was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 4.20 crore.Mumbai Indians bought back Sri Lankan veteran Lasith Malinga for Rs 2 crore while veteran Ishant Sharma was bought for Rs 1.10 crore by Delhi Capitals.Earlier, Delhi bought Axar Patel for Rs 5 crore while bagged all-rounder Hanuma Vihari for Rs 2 crore.KXIP bagged the services of Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Rs 1 crore while the Sunrisers Hyderabad spent Rs 2.20 crore for English wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow and Rs 1.20 crore for India’s Test stumper Wriddhiman Saha.advertisementTop cricketers in the world Cheteshwar Pujara, Martin Guptill, Brendon McCullum, Hashim Amla, Chris Woakes, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan, Angelo Mathews, Shaun Marsh and Adam Zampa were among the players who failed to attract any buyers.last_img read more

a month agoKeane and Carragher clash over Liverpool’s title failure

first_imgKeane and Carragher clash over Liverpool’s title failureby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Roy Keane has enjoyed a dig at Jamie Carragher over Liverpool’s title failure.Keane and Carragher were both in the Sky Sports studio analysing Manchester United’s latest defeat to West Ham in the Premier League. “I was in this position at Liverpool where you are trying to catch teams,” he said.”Sometimes you just need that two or three players who can transform them. I think of Luis Suarez coming to Liverpool.”For three or four years we were finishing sixth and seventh, where United are and then almost won the title.”Sometimes that one player can make all the difference.”But Keane hit back with his own response and suggested finishing runners-up would never be enough for United.”Jamie, you said almost winning the title. You didn’t win a title. You are talking about Manchester United here,” Keane said.Carragher responded by saying it would help United ‘bridge the gap’ but Keane snapped back: “But Liverpool are still trying to bridge that gap.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: College Football Player Collapses On Sideline During Bowl

first_imgKylin Hill collapses on Mississippi State sideline.ESPN2The Outback Bowl between Iowa and Mississippi State has been a close, competitive, weird game so far. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, running back Kylin Hill just had a very scary moment.Iowa leads Mississippi State 27-22 after tacking on a field goal on its last drive.The one-score game has just under six minutes left on the clock.Minutes ago, Hill took a frightening shot to the head from a Hawkeye defender.He was able to walk off the field, but once he went to the sideline, he collapsed to the ground.Hill has 11 carries for 40 yards on the afternoon for Joe Moorhead’s team.Kylin Hill remains on the sideline, as the Mississippi State offense is back on the field looking to take back the lead.Video of the play, via Timothy Burke of The Daily Beast.took a shot straight to the head and collapsed on the sideline. pic.twitter.com/XFhRXi0N70— Timothy Burke (@bubbaprog) January 1, 2019That puts the pressure on quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who leads the team in passing and rushing in the game.If he doesn’t return, Hill will finish his sophomore season with 691 yards and four touchdowns on the year.last_img read more

The Roots And Fifth Harmony To Perform At Nickelodeon HALO Awards

first_imgGrammy Award-winning powerhouse hip hop group The Roots and pop sensation Fifth Harmony will join a stellar music lineup that includes Jessie J, Nick Jonas, Meghan Trainor, Echosmith and The Vamps for the Nickelodeon HALO Awards, premiering Sunday, Nov. 30, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).Jam-packed with one-of-a-kind performances, the hour-long special celebrates five kids who are “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO) in their communities. The concert will be capped by a must-see, all-star finale led by The Roots.Nickelodeon HALO Awards will also feature special appearances by Zendaya and Carlos PenaVega, along with stars from Nick’s hit series Instant Mom (Sydney Park), The Thundermans (Jack Griffo, Kira Kosarin), The Haunted Hathaways (Benjamin Flores Jr., Breanna Yde) and Victorious (Leon Thomas, Matt Bennett).Creator and executive producer Nick Cannon will host the festivities from New York’s Pier 36 and the event will air across Nick networks (Nickelodeon, TeenNick, Nicktoons), in addition to streaming live for the first time ever on Nick.com, the Nick App and Nick Radio.This year’s five Nickelodeon HALO Awards honorees are: • Lulu Cerone, 15, Los Angeles, Calif. ‐ Through her organization LemonAID Warriors, Lulu Cerone brainstorms, plans events and coordinates “PhilanthroParties,” which mix charity work with regular kids’ festivities using easy-to-follow toolkits. Following her own model, Cerone raised over $58,000 for water projects in Africa, $33,000 for local organizations, and has personally helped plan nearly 200 Philanthro-Parties across the U.S. • Yash Gupta, 18, Irvine, Calif. – After an accident left him without his eyeglasses for a week, Yash Gupta was inspired to start Sight Learning, an organization that collects and donates used eyeglasses, sets up eye exams, and gives the gift of sight to students around the world. Since 2010, Sight Learning has donated over 21,000 pairs of glasses to students in need across 14 states in the U.S. and in four countries. • Cassandra Lin, 16, Westerly, R.I. ‐ Cassandra Lin is the founder of Turn Grease into Fuel (TGIF), a sustainable program that collects waste cooking oil, from local residents and restaurants, then converts it into biodiesel fuel. The fuel is used to heat the homes of families in need. With 145 participating restaurants and businesses in 22 towns and 20 public receptacles throughout three states, TGIF has collected over 170,000 gallons of waste cooking oil and helped heat the homes of over 290 families to date. • Nicholas Lowinger, 16, Cranston, R.I. ‐ Gotta Have Sole – After an enlightening visit to a local homeless shelter, Nicholas Lowinger started Gotta Have Sole in 2010 to provide brand-new footwear to underprivileged children across the United States. To date, the organization works with shelters in 35 states and has provided brand-new shoes to over 21,500 underprivileged kids, giving them the confidence and means to go to school, socialize, succeed and live healthier, happier lives. • Alanna Wall, 14, Dayton, Ohio – Striving to brighten the lives of young girls, Alanna Wall created Polished Girlz, an organization that brings trendy nail art parties to those with special needs and frequent hospitalizations. Since its inception in 2011, over 800 volunteers are currently painting girls’ nails in over 25 national chapters in North America.Nick.com/halo and the Nick App are the official digital destinations for all things HALO. Kids will be able to learn all about the HALO Awards, relive the best performances from last year’s show, watch videos featuring Nick Cannon and all of this year’s musical acts, flip through photo galleries featuring kids who have HALO’d, find out which celebs will have a front row seat to this year’s concert event, and score some exclusive sneak peeks before the show. On Nov. 30, kids can watch the concert special unfold through a live photo stream featuring images of their favorite Nick Stars, Nick Cannon, Meghan Trainor and more. Plus, for the first time ever, Nick.com and the Nick App will feature a live video stream of the HALO Awards so kids can watch the show anywhere.Currently in its sixth year, Nickelodeon HALO Awards is an annual awards show that recognizes real-life kids that are doing extraordinary things in their communities and “Helping and Leading Others” (HALO). In addition to being awarded a grant for their organization and scholarship funds, each HALO Award honoree is given an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet and connect with celebrities that share their same passion for service.Presenting sponsors of the annual Nickelodeon HALO Awards are Green Giant, Reese’s Puffs Cereal and Dave & Buster’s.The Nickelodeon HALO Awards is produced by Superfly in association with Nickelodeon Productions. Nick Cannon, Alex Coletti, Jay Schmalholz and Shelly Sumpter Gillyard are executive producers.Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years.last_img read more

Nikes Kaepernick campaign signals change in shoe politics

first_imgA pair of shoes are set aflame with a cigarette lighter, captured on video and shared widely online to protest a political statement made by the manufacturer.The New Balance shoes were burned by their owners two years ago after a spokeswoman indicated the company’s support for President Donald Trump’s trade policies.Nike now finds itself in a similar position on the other side of the political spectrum as some customers cut up its products or burn them because of the company’s decision to make Colin Kaepernick the face of its “Just Do It” 30th anniversary campaign.With the Kaepernick campaign , Nike is embracing activism and racial justice at a time when shoe companies can no longer avoid the nation’s political division. After years of building billion-dollar brands around sports celebrities, shoe and apparel makers now find themselves flashpoints in the political, racial and cultural clashes surrounding the Trump administration.Nike took this route as its biggest representatives — most notably LeBron James and Serena Williams — have spoken out about police shootings of African-American men and problems facing the black community.Those same athletes are increasingly using their shoes as a form of expression. James’ “Equality” Nike signature shoe was unveiled earlier this year , with the word emblazoned across the back of the shoes. Steph Curry has worn a Barack Obama-themed shoe.NBA players in recent years have worn shoes with messages of “R.I.P. Trayvon Martin” and “Sideline Racism” and images of Ebenezer Baptist Church, where the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached. Such statements could become more common in the next season after the NBA relaxed the rules over the types of shoes players can wear.“I stand with Nike, every day, all day,” James said Tuesday at a Nike fashion show and awards ceremony in New York.Trump has blasted the NFL for allowing players to follow Kaepernick’s decision to kneel during the national anthem to protest police shootings of African-Americans. Now the president has turned against Nike, which is making the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback one of its main spokesmen.“Nike is getting absolutely killed with anger and boycotts,” Trump tweeted Wednesday .Athletic apparel companies have straddled the entertainment and cultural worlds for years partly with their emulation of black culture — think Run-DMC’s Adidas shoe deal in the wake of the group’s rap hit “My Adidas” and Nike’s “Air Jordan” campaigns featuring Michael Jordan and Spike Lee. This has created a billion-dollar industry and the cultural challenge of how to appeal to minority and youth communities as well as to the country’s white, sometimes conservative, majority.But the companies and major sports leagues have been careful not to stray into real politics, famously symbolized by Jordan, who reportedly said Republicans buy shoes, too. While Jordan and others in his era were thrilled to have lucrative shoe deals, the current generation is going farther by using their sneaker deals as a platform to promote social justice.And with that shift, Nike is taking the side of its superstar athletes — even if it means alienating Trump supporters and intertwining shoes and politics.Many companies “feel the need to align with players, because players help them move the product,” said Michael Lewis, director of the Marketing Analytics Center at Emory University in Atlanta.Clothing and shoe makers have always had a back-and-forth relationship with minority communities. Business boomed as black athletes became spokesmen and spokeswomen, but questions arose over how much the companies invested financially in black communities, compared with how much they made by exploiting African-American trends.The relationship began in the 1980s, when Nike, Adidas, Reebok and Converse became staples of black fashion, and African-American youth sought to emulate the stars of the day, like Jordan, Run-DMC and other figures associated with the burgeoning hip-hop culture. Footwear came to symbolize status and street style. Sneakerheads lined up outside stores to get the newest shoes.Companies “have made millions off of following trends from the black community, and so they have to be cognizant of the feelings of that community,” said Antonio S. Williams, who teaches sports marketing at Indiana University. “It only takes one or two incidents for shoes to be pushed aside and declared uncool and left behind, so they are very aware of the cultural exchanges and trends going on in their base communities.”New Balance tried to steer clear of politics in 2016 after coming out in support of Trump’s desire to remove the United States from the Trans-Pacific Partnership. A company official said “things are going to move in the right direction” under a Trump presidency. Protesters took that as support for Trump and began burning New Balance shoes and posting videos. At least one white supremacist declared that New Balances were the shoes of “The Trump Revolution.”New Balance quickly released a statement saying the official’s remark was taken out of context. The company insisted that it “does not tolerate bigotry or hate in any form” and “believes in humanity, integrity, community and mutual respect for people around the world.”Unlike New Balance, Nike doesn’t seem to be backing down. Its two-minute commercial, highlighting Kaepernick, James, Serena Williams and others, aired Thursday during halftime of the NFL’s season opener.Nike has likely figured out that its core consumers — the people who regularly buy its sneakers and clothes — are probably the millennials and minority youth who already support Kaepernick or at least don’t mind the stance he is taking, Antonio Williams said.“Nike wants to be on the right side of history and the right side of its core consumers,” he said.___Jesse J. Holland covers race and ethnicity for The Associated Press. Contact him at jholland@ap.org, on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jessejholland or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/jessejholland . 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No electoral alliance with Cong in any state Mayawati

first_imgNew Delhi: In a setback to the prospects of an opposition grand alliance to take on the ruling BJP in the Lok Sabha election, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) made it clear on Tuesday that it would not have any electoral tie-up with the Congress in any state for the polls beginning April 11. In a statement, BSP supremo Mayawati said, “It is being made clear again that the Bahujan Samaj Party will not have any electoral alliance with the Congress in any state.” Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day Referring to her party’s pre-poll alliance with the Samajwadi Party (SP) in Uttar Pradesh, she said it was based on “mutual respect” and “honest intentions”, adding that “the SP-BSP alliance is perfect enough to defeat the BJP, especially in Uttar Pradesh”. Addressing party leaders from various states, excluding Uttar Pradesh, here, Mayawati said while several parties were “eager” for an alliance with the BSP, her party would not do anything for mere electoral gains as it could “harm the BSP movement”. Also Read – SC declines Oil Min request to stay sharing of documents on Reliance penalty The election will pit the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) against a combination of opposition parties, including the Congress, the Left and several regional forces, with the latter still trying to stitch up a grand alliance to minimise the division of votes against the ruling combine. The BJP has worked out a seat-sharing formula with its new allies and old partners — by even making concessions to them in states like Bihar — while the opposition parties are yet to arrive at a deal in several states, While the saffron alliance under Prime Minister Narendra Modi hopes to make history by coming back to power for a second full term, the Opposition is hopeful of unseating the government by raising questions on its performance on a host of issues, including economic growth, employment, corruption and social harmony. After suffering losses in three state Assembly polls recently, the BJP believes that its Lok Sabha poll campaign is back on the track due to a number of decisions, including the 10-per cent quota for the general category poor, money transfer to farmers and presentation of a populist budget.last_img read more

BCStox in Spotlight

STOCKS IN THE SPOTLIGHTNEW YORK (AP)_Sales, 4:30 p.m. price and net change of the 15 most active New York Stock Exchange issues, trading nationally. Ambev31,506,2324.56 +.07 US Oil Fd26,807,03113.33 —.07 iShsBrazil25,109,34342.09 —.56 iShCoreUSTrs31,117,80025.07 +.03 iShEMkts48,748,37344.31 —.09 S&P500 ETF64,773,840 287.33—1.46 EnCana g29,011,2296.94 —.33 ChespkEng46,904,9043.34 —.10 AT&T Inc26,538,07831.75 —.13 ————————— The Associated Press GenlElec82,779,5729.22 —.27 FordMot29,673,7379.21 —.09 WeathfordIntl27,411,256.62 —.05 USSteel27,428,76317.77—1.97 NameVolumeLastChg. SPDR Fncl65,527,17726.41 —.22 Bank of Am39,978,49428.89 —.28

Gustafssons goal gives Blackhawks 54 OT win over Panthers

SUNRISE, Fla. — Erik Gustafsson scored 2:32 into overtime to give the Chicago Blackhawks a 5-4 victory over the Florida Panthers on Saturday night.Gustafsson wristed in his third goal of the season to beat Florida goalie James Reimer, snapping Chicago’s two-game overall losing streak and eight-game road skid.Alex DeBrincat tied it with 2 seconds left in regulation and David Kampf, Patrick Kane and Alexandre Fortin also tallied for the Blackhawks. Gustav Forsling had two assists and Kampf added an assist for a three-point night.Goalie Cam Ward made his first start since Nov. 12 and stopped 34 shots.Mike Hoffman, Jared McCann, Aaron Ekblad and Frank Vatrano scored goals for the Panthers. Jonathan Huberdeau recorded a pair of assists.Reimer made 36 saves for the Panthers, who lost their third straight.Hoffman, who turned 29 on Saturday, put Florida up 1-0 at 5:28 of the first period when he one-timed a cross-ice pass from Keith Yandle while on the power play. It was his 11th goal and continued the Panthers’ hot stretch with the man advantage.McCann added on when he took Colton Sceviour’s pass from the half-boards and skated in alone against Ward. McCann deked left and roofed a backhander for his third goal at 13:40.After a slow first period when they were outshot 16-9, the Blackhawks opened the second fast and tied it inside six minutes.Kampf cut it to 2-1 just 49 seconds into the period when he skated past Ekblad on the right side and swept in his third goal past Reimer.Kane tied it with a deflection at 5:34 on a pass from Brandon Saad for his 13th goal, but Ekblad one-timed a pass from Hoffman for his fourth goal at 8:08.Shortly after a Chicago power play ended when neither team changed a player and Ekblad broke his stick early on the penalty kill, Huberdeau flipped a pass in front of Ward that Vatrano chipped in for his seventh goal at 11:30 for a 4-2 lead.Chicago recorded the first 11 shots of the third period, and Fortin scored his third goal at 9:52 short-handed after a steal.DeBrincat’s 10th goal tied it after Chicago pulled the goalie for an extra attacker.NOTES: Kane’s goal was his first since Nov. 8 against Carolina, a stretch of seven scoreless games. . Gustafsson played in his 100th career NHL game. . Hoffman has scored a point in all four NHL games he has played on his birthday. . Florida recalled G Michael Hutchinson from AHL affiliate Springfield on an emergency basis. No. 1 goalie Roberto Luongo was injured late in the first period of Friday’s 4-1 loss at Carolina and is day-to-day.UP NEXTBlackhawks: Host Vegas on TuesdayPanthers: Host New Jersey on MondayBill Whitehead, The Associated Press read more

JT Barrett off to recordsetting start for Ohio State

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett waits for the snap during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28, behind 409 yards of total offense from Barrett.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down with an injury during fall camp, the Ohio State football team turned to a redshirt-freshman who hadn’t taken a meaningful snap since high school.While there have been bumps in the road, that young quarterback — J.T. Barrett — has already accomplished things Miller never did for the Scarlet and Gray. Miller’s name could nearly fill its own record book, but Barrett ranks ahead of the veteran on multiple fronts just four games into his career.OSU coach Urban Meyer left some credit for the coaching staff when it comes to Barrett’s quick improvement, but also praised the signal caller’s ability to learn.“I think (I’m) not surprised by his development,” Meyer said after OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati on Saturday. “I think (co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman) is an excellent coach and he’s a very good student.”Barrett tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game when he threw six against Kent State — and had more than 300 yards in the air — before adding to his accomplishments with another record-setting night against Cincinnati. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns and added 79 yards on the ground.That makes two consecutive games Barrett has thrown for more than 300 yards — something Miller hasn’t done in three seasons. Barrett’s 409 yards of total offense rank as the second-best in school history behind Art Schlichter’s 412 yards gained against Florida State in 1981. He also led the OSU offense to a school-record 45 first downs and the third best total output in OSU history of 710 yards.After his record-setting night, Barrett saved more of the praise for his offensive line, which gave him time in the pocket to complete 26 passes out of 36 attempts.“All the credit goes to the offensive line,” he said after the game. “They got it started for us and that’s what coach Meyer always talks about in relying on them to keep the offensive going.”Barrett said he still has a room for improvement, but recognized the strides he has made since first taking the field against Navy on Aug. 30.“I think coming into Navy I was trying to make sure everything was right,” he said after the Cincinnati game. “Knowing I make mistakes and then just learning from them throughout the game.”He went on to say he’s more worried about trusting his instincts instead of worrying about making mistakes, something Herman said he wanted the quarterback to focus on in practice before taking on the Bearcats.“Trusting what you see and pulling the trigger, it’s better to be early than to be late,” Herman said after the game. “I thought he did — just from my vantage point — better, (but) still could probably get better at that.”Barrett set personal career-highs for passing attempts, pass completions and passing yards in the game, and did it all without throwing an interception for the first time in his career.Regardless of those numbers, Herman said Barrett can improve on making quicker decisions, but added he saw a “vast improvement” in another part of the quarterback’s game.Herman said given Barrett’s 6-foot-1 frame, the signal-caller needs to hang back in the pocket more in order to be able to see over the line and make the correct decisions.“So we really worked on keeping him a little bit deeper in the pocket on some of our drop-back throws and I thought he did that tonight,” Herman said.Despite his big day, Barrett said he recognized the spots where he needs to improve, and added he is ready to get back to work to keep getting better.“There’s certain things that you know you need to execute on during the game and so you think about those more than the big plays,” he said. “Definitely going in (to practice Sunday) trying to correct the mistakes we made.”Through four games, Barrett has completed 70 passes out of 110 attempts for 1,087 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s thrown five interceptions — three of which came against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 — and gained another 205 yards on the ground with one additional touchdown.After a bye week before the Cincinnati game, the Buckeyes are set for a typical game week before taking the field again. OSU is scheduled to play Maryland next Saturday in College Park, Md., and kickoff is set for noon. read more

Julian Fellowes reveals he has started working on a film version of

first_imgJulian Fellowes has revealed that he has started working on a film version of Downton Abbey.The creator of the ITV series, which finished in 2015 after six series, said he had done some work on the project in case producers suddenly turn round and give the idea the go ahead.It comes after speculation that there would be a big-screen version of the popular show following the admission by Jim Carter, who plays butler Carson, that cast members had been told to keep themselves free for filming.   Lord Fellowes was speaking at the launch of his new musical The Wind in the Willows Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Lady Mary at dinner during series six of the period drama  The final episode of Downton Abbey was watched by nearly 7 million people.After it aired, it was praised on social media for giving many of the characters happy endings, including Lady Edith, who finally tied the knot, and Lady Mary, who announced she was expecting her second child.But for the past 12 months, there has been fervent speculation about the possibility of a Downton film.Laura Carmichael, who plays Lady Edith, added fuel to the rumours when she admitted she thought a script existed during an appearance in October last year.center_img Lord Fellowes was speaking at the launch of his new musical The Wind in the WillowsCredit: Rii Schroer for the Telegraph Lord Fellowes, speaking at the launch of his new musical The Wind in the Willows, told the Evening Standard: “I’ve done some work on it because I don’t want want to be caught out if [the producers] suddenly say yes and then it’s all go.”But the 67-year-old admitted there were still a lot of uncertainties. “Can we round up all the cast? Can we get them?” he questioned. “Also we just need the green light at the beginning. So I don’t know anymore than that at the moment to be honest.”No other details – including information about a possible plot or when the film would be set – were revealed in the interview. Lady Mary at dinner during series six of the period drama Credit:Nick Briggslast_img read more

Coal and steel coming together in Central Europe

first_imgCentral Europe’s leading coking coal producer, New World Resources (NWR) has accepted the offer made by its majority shareholder, RPG Industries (RPGI), to acquire all of RPGI’s 147,156,037 Ferrexpo ordinary shares, representing a holding of 25% plus one share in Ferrexpo, a leading iron ore producer in the region, subject to shareholder approval and certain customary conditions. NWR says there is “potential to explore the development of a powerful regional growth platform in carbon steel materials.”Ferrexpo has a robust balance sheet, controls 6,500 Mt of JORC resources plus approximately 14,000 Mt of further Soviet-classified resources in Ukraine and has an ambition to become Europe’s largest iron ore producer.NWR and Ferrexpo are strongly complementary in terms of regional focus, customer base, strategy and management approach, which NWR believes will enhance the regional footprint and growth opportunities of both companies. The Transaction is expected to be earnings accretive in the first full year post completion.The NWR Board has also agreed to review the potential benefits of a formal strategic alliance with Ferrexpo. NWR says the transaction is consistent with its regional consolidation strategy and provides it with a significant shareholding in one of Central and Eastern Europe’s (CEE) largest iron ore pellet producers.Ferrexpo controls one of Europe’s largest, low cost iron ore resources and has announced expansion plans to increase production capacity to 35 Mt/y of iron ore pellets over the next 10 years. In 2007, Ferrexpo produced 28.9 Mt of iron ore and 9.1 Mt of iron ore pellets.The Transaction will diversify NWR’s earnings within the attractive carbon steel materials value chain and enhance its position in the CEE region, where strong GDP growth is expected to continue to drive demand for coking coal, thermal coal and iron ore. It will also facilitate the development of potential coal opportunities in Ukraine and provide NWR exposure to Ferrexpo’s significant organic iron ore development growth options in the Poltava area. There is also the chance to unlock the potential to leverage the broad range of overlapping existing customer relationships.Commenting on the Transaction, Miklos Salamon, NWR’s Executive Chairman, said: “We are taking advantage of a unique market opportunity to secure a significant holding in Ferrexpo at an attractive valuation. Ferrexpo will be Europe’s largest iron ore producer and has one of the world’s largest iron deposits. Whilst opportunistic, this transaction is entirely consistent with our regional consolidation strategy set out at the time of our IPO in May. We believe that Ukraine offers exciting opportunities for NWR. Both companies share a common management approach, strategy and regional customer base. Given the complementary nature of the NWR and Ferrexpo businesses, we believe that the relationship between the two companies is important as it presents the potential for us to create a powerful carbon steel materials business that diversifies our earnings and enhances our regional footprint and growth opportunities. We believe the outlook for both coking coal and iron ore remains attractive in the region and that this transaction better positions NWR for the future.”last_img read more

Robin van Persie out for a month says Moyes

first_imgMANCHESTER UNITED RECEIVED another setback today when manager David Moyes revealed that striker Robin van Persie will be out for a month with a thigh injury.The Dutchman recently returned from a four-game lay-off due to a groin problem, playing in last weekend’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle United and the midweek victory over Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.However, he injured himself as he took the corner that led to Phil Jones’s 67th-minute winner against Shakhtar and Moyes expects him to be out of action until next year.“Robin Van Persie is out for a month,” Moyes said. “He picked up a thigh strain in taking a corner kick which led to the goal.”Moyes added: “It is unfortunate because I think if you look at our record with Wayne Rooney and Robin in the team, it is actually very good and we have not had them for quite a period recently.“Marouane Fellaini has a bit of a back injury. Michael Carrick is missing and Robin is going to miss four weeks with a thigh strain. That is a big blow to us.”United’s top scorer last season, Van Persie has scored seven goals in 11 league appearances this term.News of his injury comes as United bid to bounce back from successive home defeats in the league, which have left them 13 points behind leaders Arsenal. Moyes’s side visit Aston Villa on Sunday.- © AFP, 2013‘I’ve had a few average games’ admits Man Utd’s Tom Cleverley8 things Man United need to do to rescue their Premier League seasonlast_img read more

Beirut Hellenic opens its doors

first_imgIn the presence of the Hon. Steve Bracks AC and Mr Tim Holding MP, Beirut Hellenic Bank (BHB) and deputy CEO Mr Steven Pambris celebrated the Spring Street Branch Open Day in Melbourne last week. Offering a warm welcome to existing and potential customers from the Greek, Lebanese and wider Victorian community, Mr Steve Bracks told guests at the event:“Beirut Hellenic Bank is here for the long-term to serve the community across Australia delivering premium services and products. The Bank invites you to be part of its banking system and appreciates your support.”Mr Tim Holding, Member for Lyndhurst and Victorian Shadow Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Industry congratulated BHB for achieving a high level of banking, and said that BHB had made a major contribution to the Victorian financial activities and services.Mr Holding added that BHB’s trade finance services assists Australian companies connect with the MENA (Middle East and North Africa) and Europe regions and offers “new horizons of cooperation between these countries.”Mr Steven Pambris, the Bank’s Deputy CEO and Head of Credit, along with the Bank’s Staff spoke to guests about their individual financial needs and professional ambitions and how BHB’s awards-winning products and specialised services could meet their needs.The Spring Street branch Open Day is a part of the Bank’s long-term strategy to place itself in close contact with the communities it serves. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

NXT TakeOver San Antonio announced for January 28 during Royal Rumble weekend

first_imgFacebook Triple H Triple H Talks Neville On NXT Conference Call WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT 2 COMMENTS November 28, 2016 at 8:00 pm Now Playing Up Next Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reigns Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next Video: Triple H speaks about the condition of Cole and Gargano following TakeOver: Toronto Pinterest Videos Articles Dave Bautista Announces His Retirement From WWE Is WWE Losing Its Audience? November 28, 2016 at 5:55 pmcenter_img Google+ Twitter WWE COO Triple H posted the following on Twitter on Monday officially announcing that the next NXT TakeOver live special on WWE Network will take place on January 28, 2017 in San Antonio, Texas during Royal Rumble weekend.Get ready…The next #NXTTakeOver will be January 28th in San Antonio, TX…the day before #RoyalRumble. Tickets on sale 12/2 at 10amCT. pic.twitter.com/KYKBrcdig5— Triple H (@TripleH) November 28, 2016Tickets for NXT TakeOver: San Antonio will go on-sale this Friday. The Royal Rumble will take place the following night at the Alamo Dome in San Antonio.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWWE Rescheduling San Jose NXTVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:38/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:35 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list NXT TakeOver Highlights: NXT Championship, Dream vs. Strong vs. Dunne, Riddle/Dain brawl So will NXT take place at the Alamo Dome, too? Now Playing Up Next JFJ NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff Results – 8/31/19 (Walter vs. Tyler Bate for the WWE UK Title) WhatsApp Jeffery Adam Phillips Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Not likely. It will probably be at the Aztec Theater on the Riverwalk. This is where they hold NXT live events whenever they are in San Antonio. However, with this being a special event, it could be held at the Illusions Theater at the Alamodome. TNA once held its Lockdown pay per view there. Comments are closed.last_img read more

EPL Club Wants Hamza Barry

first_imgBy Sulayman BahHAMZA BARRYHamza Barry could be the third Gambian to have signed for an English Premier League club if claims of West Ham’s interest in the midfielder is anything to go by.Barry, 22, has emerged as a potential signing for embattled Hammers’ gaffer David Moyes.The former Manchester United coach is tasked to save West Ham’s season and has set about on a recruitment drive with Hamza Barry a possible option.Portugal’s William Carvalho remains his top priority but the midfielder’s hefty price tag may force the Scot to give the transfer a rethink with signing of Hamza, worth 5.5m euros, a better investment, finance wise.The erstwhile Gambia Ports Authority man could then become the third Gambian-born to have ever inked the dotted lines with an EPL first-team side after Omar Koroma and Modou Barrow.Investing in youthful players will be cash well spent for the future but giving the coach has little time on him to save a club languishing at the bottom and on grounds the Scorpion will need adapting, that policy could be overlooked making Carvalho top on their wish-list.Moyes has just £30m at his disposal and will be left with nothing less than £10m if he sanctions a deal for Carvalho who’s more experienced than the Gambia international.Barry joined Croatian premier league side Hajduk Split in a 250,000 euro permanent transfer on a three-year duration.last_img read more

Sol Bamba asks fans to kick racism out of football

first_imgThe Cardiff City defender hopes the supporters can report racist incidents in order to kick racism out of football.Cardiff City defender Sol Bamba hopes racism can be forced out of football soon.But to do so, the footballer believes fans should do their part and report any racist incidents.“What upset me is that only one in three reports it. I think we need to do more because unfortunately, people think, if we report it, nothing’s going to come out of it. That’s the problem,” Bamba told Sky Sports.“There’s no place for it in this game now, or society in 2019. I think as a whole, we have to do more.”“I feel like we made progress, but we’ve gone back now. Recently a few incidents happened in games, in Italy and here. We made two steps forward and now three steps back,” he added.“It has to be completely gone now because there’s no place for it in the game.”“People have to make sure they report it, and when they do, there has to be a punishment,” he explained.“Football’s a beautiful game. We want to talk about goals and celebrations, but if they don’t do it right, the club has to be punished and the fans have to be punished.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“The punishment has to be drastic. Proper punishments, no two-match bans, because that doesn’t make any difference,” Bamba concluded.Sol Bamba started his professional career in Paris Saint-Germain in 2004.He has also played in Dunfermline Athletic, Hibernian, Leicester City, Trabzonspor, Palermo, and Leeds United.He joined Cardiff City in 2016.Bamba has suffered racism all through his life and he hopes he can live to see it kicked out of the football world.Crazy happy with this win, fighting with all the love we have for this club. A deep thought for Emiliano 🙏🏿💐💙 lets keep it that way lads !!! @CardiffCityFC #latewins #bestwins pic.twitter.com/xa2pcw9gXt— Sol Bamba (@Sol14Bamba) February 9, 2019last_img read more

Penton Refinances Debt Gets 700m In Credit

first_img The move appears to be a positive step after Penton entered bankruptcy in early 2010. The company reduced its debt by $270 million and received an undisclosed amount of capital under that agreement. Then-CEO Sharon Rowlands resigned a year-and-a-half later, replaced by Kielselstein in January 2012. “It is also good news that lenders are again embracing and financing integrated b-to-b media companies that have achieved growth and success,” he adds. “It is great news for the entire industry.” David Kieselstein, Penton’s CEO, says the company will pursue growth via strategic acquisitions—they’ve had two in the past year, buying Farm Progress and Aviation Week—and organically. He says Penton is planning eight new product launches focused on end-user utility before 2014. Penton is refinancing its existing debt and has secured a credit facility of nearly twice its annual revenue. “We expect to expand our topline growth in data, digital and events business lines with these new product introductions,” Kieselstein says in a statement. “With attractive long-term financing in place, we are in a real position of strength.” As part of the announcement, Penton also released revenue estimates for 2013, putting its total at $370 million. Digital and events divisions are each expected to generate $100 million for the company—75 percent of total EBITDA—as it shifts from a b-to-b publisher to a “professional information services company.” EBITDA margins are projected to reach 34 percent.center_img Tom Kemp, one-time Penton CEO and current CEO of Northstar Travel Media, says the move is positive sign for both the company and the b-to-b media industry as a whole. Penton is the latest publisher in a string of others to restructure its debt under more favorable terms. American Media Inc. and Source Interlink each completed similar deals in the past 90 days. Exact terms of the refi weren’t shared, but the company says it’s been extended a $715 million line of credit. “The ability to complete this refinancing at 5-plus-times leverage is the result of the significant improvement of financial performance and margins by Penton as well as the successful execution of the company’s strategic plan and leadership,” he says. “Timing has also had an impact with improving credit markets and leverage in the financing markets.”last_img read more