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first_imgThe BJP on Monday suspended Kheto Sema and Tsasepi Sangtam, a State vice-president of the party, from its Nagaland unit for attending and signing without authority a resolution by Naga civil society groups demanding that the Assembly elections in the State be put off.Earlier on Monday, 11 parties, including the ruling Naga People’s Front, decided not to contest the February 27 elections, following a demand by tribal bodies and civil society groups that the protracted Naga political problem be resolved first.The decision came at a meeting called by the core committee of the Nagaland Tribal Hohos and Civil Organisations, which was attended by representatives of 11 parties including the BJP and its ally, the Naga People’s Front, and the Congress. Unanimous view“It is the unanimous view of the Naga people that the political solution or Naga peace accord is more important than elections and therefore, it has become imperative that the elections to the Legislative Assembly of Nagaland be deferred for peace and tranquillity,” read a joint declaration signed by the parties.Union Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju, who is the party’s election in charge for Nagaland, and Ram Madhav, party general secretary in charge of the northeastern States, met Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang and Surhozhelie, president of the ruling Naga People’s Front (NPF), in Kohima.“Government of India attaches utmost importance to the Naga issue and has full faith in the ongoing talks. We believe that peaceful election in Nagaland will facilitate the talks,” Mr Rijiju is learnt to have said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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first_imgKhunti (Jharkhand), Mar 16 (PTI) Security personnel today recovered three can-bombs from Bokod village under Rania police station in naxal-hit Khunti district.The bombs were found hidden in a road side ditch, Superintendent of Police Anish Gupta said.The recovery was made during a search operation launched jointly by CRPF and district armed police force in the naxal-affected areas.Gupta said the explosives, weighing 20 kgs each, have been defused by the bomb disposal squad. PTI COR BS NN SMN LNSlast_img

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first_imgEven though the behavior of Russian fans improved, their team might still be forced out of the European Championship early.Elimination, rather than disqualification, is the immediate threat after Russia’s short-comings were badly exposed in a 2-1 loss to Slovakia on Wednesday.Marek Hamsik’s long pass split the Russian defense, setting up Vladimir Weiss for Slovakia’s first goal in the 32nd minute. Weiss turned provider just before halftime as Hamsik powered in the second at the Stade Pierre Mauroy.”He was superb with the ball but also helped a lot in defense and scored a beautiful goal,” Slovakia coach Jan Kozak said of Hamsik.The Russians pulled one back in the 80th minute through Denis Glushakov’s header, but there was no late equalizer like in Saturday’s violence-marred match against England.The loss left Russia with only one point from two matches in Group B.And Russia, who will host the 2018 World Cup, still has problems both on and off the field.The red flare set off by Russian fans after Glushakov’s goal could prove problematic for the federation, which has been threatened with disqualification from Euro 2016 by UEFA if there is further misbehavior by its fans in stadiums.NO REPEAT OF VIOLENCEOn Saturday in Marseille, Russian fans attacked their English rivals after their team scored late to earn a 1-1 draw. There was no repeat of the violence in Lille, however.Russia will next face Wales on Monday in Toulouse, while Slovakia plays England at the same time in Saint-Etienne.advertisementThe composed Slovaks, who won a match at the continental championship for the first time, exposed the ineffectiveness of a disjointed Russian side that lacked creativity until the final minutes.”The Russians were on the ball more and were very good at counterattacks but they left space in defense,” Hamsik said through a translator. “In the second half, we sat deep and luckily we managed to hold on to our lead.”HAMSIK’S VISIONThe opener was a combination of Hamsik’s vision and hapless defending.From around the halfway line, Hamsik spotted Weiss in space on the edge of the penalty area and sent a long, diagonal pass to the winger. Weiss befuddled the defense as he cut through before guiding the ball into the net in the 32nd minute.The 26-year-old Weiss, who left European soccer two years ago to play in the little-regarded Qatari league, was swamped by his teammates after scoring.Weiss and Hamsik weren’t yet finished with embarrassing the Russians, combining even more intelligently and stylishly for the second that exploited another lapse in concentration.A short corner from Weiss left the Russians in disarray. It reached Hamsik, who was gifted the space to curl a powerful shot from a tight angle in the net off the inside of the far post.”Hamsik has become mature on a personal and a football level in Napoli,” Kozak said. “But I think Napoli has become too small for him. He deserves to play at a really big club.”Russia had only hit the target once when Glushakov, who came on as a substitute, pulled a goal back after Oleg Shatov’s cross was headed in.”The situation is very complex,” Russia coach Leonid Slutzky said. “Every team will still have a chance to qualify. It will be decided in the final round.”last_img read more

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first_imgNEW YORK — Once again, John Isner’s trip to Flushing Meadows ended in the third round. Once again, it happened with a loss to Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber at that stage.And once again, there are zero American men in the U.S. Open’s round of 16 — something that had never happened until it did last year at the country’s tennis championship, which was first played in 1881.On a windy, cloudy evening, the 13th-seeded Isner hit 42 aces, saved all five break points he faced — and yet it wasn’t enough. Unable to capitalize on plenty of openings, and surprisingly outplayed in a trio of tiebreakers, Isner lost to the 22nd-seeded Kohlschreiber 7-6 (4), 4-6, 7-6 (2), 7-6 (4).“It’s disappointing for me personally — not for America as a whole,” Isner said.It was the third straight year that these two men faced each other in the third round in New York, and Kohlschreiber won them all. He eliminated the big-serving, 6-foot-10 Isner in five sets in 2012, and in four sets in 2013.Isner only converted 1-of-12 break points he accumulated. “Got a little tight, to be honest, and didn’t move my feet on some points that I really needed,” Isner said, resting his chin on his left fist. “I had chances. I just didn’t convert.”The 29-year-old Isner is best known for winning the longest match in tennis history, an 11-plus-hour marathon spread over three days that ended 70-68 in the fifth set at Wimbledon in 2010.Currently, he is the only U.S. man ranked inside the top 45, and has made clear he does not necessarily enjoy that distinction.Fans at Louis Armstrong Stadium tried to boost their guy with chants of “Let’s go, John!” And they roared throughout the fourth set, especially when Isner would edge ahead within a game.But this one mainly came down to the tiebreakers, usually a strong suit for Isner: He entered the day 37-17 in those set-deciders this season, while Kohlschreiber was only 9-11.“He was just better,” Isner said. “I’ve got to be better. I know I can be. Just not showing it.”Earlier, 57th-ranked Sam Querrey — entering the day, the only other man from the host country remaining of the 12 originally in the draw — put up little resistance while bowing out against No. 1 Novak Djokovic 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. Kohlschreiber now will face seven-time major champion Djokovic in the fourth round.Other fourth-round matchups: No. 3 Stan Wawrinka, the Australian Open champion, against No. 16 Tommy Robredo, who beat 19-year-old Nick Kyrgios 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4), 6-3 in a match that ended after 12:30 a.m. Aug. 31.; 2012 U.S. Open champion Andy Murray against No. 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga; No. 5 Milos Raonic against No. 10 Kei Nishikori. Wawrinka advanced when Blaz Kavcic withdrew because of pain in his right foot.Given Isner’s history against Kohlschreiber at the U.S. Open, it’s tough to call that result surprising, even if the American is ranked higher and is 4-0 against the German everywhere else they’ve played.Instead, look to the women for the “Did that really happen?” results. In the latest of a series of stunners, third-seeded Petra Kvitova — who won her second Wimbledon title last month — was sent home with a 6-4, 6-4 defeat against Aleksandra Krunic, a 21-year-old qualifier from Serbia who is ranked 145th.That means that the women seeded 2, 3 and 4 behind No. 1 Serena Williams are all gone before the end of Week 1. “I’m an outsider,” Krunic said. “I honestly didn’t know what to expect from myself at all. You know, I don’t know my limits.”Of the top eight women, only Williams, No. 5 Maria Sharapova and No. 7 Eugenie Bouchard remain. Bouchard, the runner-up to Kvitova at Wimbledon, reached the fourth round at the U.S. Open for the first time by beating 30th-seeded Barbora Zahlavova Strycova 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4.Williams, the two-time defending champion, is the last American singles player left; there were 17 in the women’s draw, and she’s beaten three, including a 6-3, 6-3 victory against 2012 Olympic teammate and occasional practice partner Varvara Lepchenko.Williams meets 50th-ranked Kaia Kanepi of Estonia, who knocked out No. 15 Carla Suarez Navarro 7-5, 6-0. Other women’s fourth-round matchups: Bouchard against No. 17 Ekaterina Makarova, No. 11 Flavia Pennetta against No. 29 Casey Dellacqua, and Krunic against two-time U.S. Open runner-up Victoria Azarenka.It’s been an unusually difficult Grand Slam season for Williams, who lost before the quarterfinals at each of the year’s first three majors. When a reporter asked whether it was important to get to the second week at the U.S. Open, Williams replied: “I mean, I can’t believe I’m in the second week. It’s like a dream come true for me at this point.”And to a follow-up question about why Williams couldn’t believe it, she replied: “I’m being sarcastic.”(HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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first_imgRenesas Electronics introduced the RX72T Group of 32-bit motor control microcontrollers with dedicated hardware accelerator IP to perform the complex, high-speed computations required for motor control in robots and other industrial equipment. The RX72T Group delivers superior performance, achieving an 1160 CoreMark score as measured by EEMBC Benchmarks – the highest level for a 5V MCU operating at 200 MHz.Servo systems are becoming increasingly popular and the demand for compact industrial robots is also rising. To implement the complex motions required by industrial robots, high-precision control of the position, direction, speed, and torque of the motor is required.The RX72T MCUs include dedicated accelerator hardware that enables the high-speed position control and speed control calculations required for implementing servo motor control in compact industrial robots. This allows the current control loop calculation to be performed in less than 1.5 µs, providing a new option for users to independently develop servo systems where previously they only had the option of purchasing existing servo systems.Implementing calculations in software can require excessive computing time. However, completely hardware-based calculations can adversely affect the flexibility to implement unique user control operations. With the RX72T MCUs, Renesas resolves the issue by implementing only the single-precision floating point trigonometric function (sin, cos, arctan, hypot) and a register bank save function in hardware as dedicated IP. This retains the flexibility while increasing the calculation speed. Furthermore, the register bank save function increases the speed and precision of interrupt handling, improving the device computation performance. The MCUs also include 200 MHz PWM inverter control timers with up to 4 channels of 3-phase control, 2 channels of 5-phase control or 10 channels of single-phase control.Customers working with Renesas’ Failure Detection e-AI Solutions for motors to improve production and productivity can pair these solutions with the new RX72T MCUs. Characteristic data (current and speed values) that indicate the motor state can be used directly to implement motor control and e-AI-based failure detection with a single MCU. The MCUs also feature hardware-based system failsafe functions and a hardware cryptography module that can be used to encrypt/decrypt communications data.Renesas provides programs that implement sensorless vector control and encoder vector control. Renesas provides the Renesas Motor Workbench 2.0 for real-time debugging and an RX72T CPU card that supports the 24 V motor control evaluation kit.With the new RX72T MCUs, Renesas offers system manufacturers an extensive lineup of 5V operation motor control MCUs with superlative software compatibility. This provides a smooth migration path from the new high-end MCUs out to the RX23T (40 MHz), RX24T (80 MHz), and RX66T (160 MHz) MCUs, offering design flexibility within the RX MCU environment. The RX72T Group is also fully compatible with the RX66T Group incorporating the RXv3 core.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Portwell: Intel Core I embedded board in NUC footprintNext Mouser stocking ultra-low-power Bluetooth low energy 5 module from Panasoniclast_img read more

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first_imgIndia survived a big scare on Tuesday and registered a nervy 26-run win in their Asia Cup 2018 opener after Hong Kong nearly pulled off the biggest upset in the tournament at the Dubai International Stadium.Chasing 286 for victory, Hong Kong fought till the very end and put India under pressure for most part of the second innings but the experience of the defending champions helped them prevail in the end.Hong Kong rode on Nizakat Khan and Anshuman Rath’s record opening partnership to put in a brave fight but once the well-set duo departed, they fell behind the asking rate and ended up with 259 for 8 in 50 overs.India vs Hong Kong Asia Cup 2018: As it happenedNizakat top-scored with 92 runs while Anshuman made 73 as the duo added 174 runs for the opening wicket, the highest for Hong Kong in ODI cricket, which made India sweat a lot until 34 overs before Kuldeep Yadav broke through with the captain’s wicket.Just 9 balls later Nizakat became debutant Khaleel Ahmed’s maiden wicket in international cricket as the Pakistan-born batsman fell short of his first ODI hundred by 8 runs. It was the third time Nizakat got out in the nervous 90s.Meet Ehsan Khan, the Hong Kong bowler who dismissed MS Dhoni for a duckThose two breakthroughs tilted the scales in India’s favour as skipper Rohit Sharma and the fans breathed a sigh of relief.The rest of the Hong Kong batsmen tried their best to keep up with the required rate but kept losing wickets and panicked under pressure. Khaleel struck again while Yuzvendra Chahal struck twice to take the game away from Hong Kong.advertisementAsia Cup 2018: Shikhar Dhawan slams 14th ODI hundred to draw level with Yuvraj Singh So close, but so far.Thank you to everyone for the support. Congrats to @BCCI for the win. We couldn’t pull it off, but we gave it a good go.This may be our last ODI for the time being, but we’ve got plenty in store for the future. Stay tuned to find out!GA YAU HONG KONG!Hong Kong Cricket (@CricketHK) September 18, 2018Chahal ended up with three wickets for 46 runs from 10 overs for India while Khaleel and Kuldeep took two wickets each as the Men in Blue collected two points from this Group A encounter and advance to the Super 4 stage. India will now face table-toppers Pakistan in a blockbuster encounter just 24 hours later at the same venue.Earlier, opener Shikhar Dhawan (127) smashed a brilliant century to set a perfect platform but some poor batting from the middle-order saw India posting 285/7 runs.At one point India 240/2 in 40 overs but after the fall of Dhawan, who slammed his 14th ODI ton, the other middle-order batsmen went to pavilion one after another, thanks to clever bowling by the Hong Kong spinners.Put in to bat, Indian openers Rohit Sharma (23) and Dhawan started the proceeding on a positive note, forging a 45-run disciplined partnership in eight overs. Rohit displayed some beautifully crafted shots but was soon picked up by pacer Ehsan Khan. His 22 ball innings included four boundaries.New batsman Ambati Rayudu (60) then joined Dhawan in the middle started punishing the bad balls. The duo played freely and smashing the Hong Kong bowlers all around the park to build a 100-run partnership.India win, but not before they were given an almighty fright by Hong Kong, who lost by just 26 runs. What a performance from them!#INDvHK LIVE https://t.co/E9VsZbcD4e #AsiaCup2018 pic.twitter.com/8H6FftjjDiICC (@ICC) September 18, 2018Rayudu and Dhawan completed half-century before Rayudu was caught by Scott McKechnie off Ehsan Nawaz in the 30th over. But unperturbed by the fall of wicket, Dhawan kept on playing the attacking game and completed his 14th ton.New batsmen Dinesh Karthik and Dhawan then played attacking cricket and in the process Dhawan gifted his wicket to spinner K.D. Shah. His 120 ball innings was comprised of 15 boundaries and two sixes.It was all going perfect, but after Dhawan’s wicket, spinners attacked Indian batsmen and took wickets in clusters.The first one to go was M.S. Dhoni (0) and then it was Karthik. Kedar Jadhav (28 not out) along with other batters — Bhuvneshwar Kumar (9), Shardul Thakur (0) and Kuldeep Yadav (0), however tried to pace up the innings towards the end but could not breach the 300-run mark.last_img read more

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first_imgBangladesh became the second team after the West Indies to get knocked out of the World Cup 2019 after losing against India on Tuesday with the two-time champions sealing their spot in the semi-finals with their sixth victory out of 8 games.India rode on vice-captain Rohit Sharma (104) and fellow opener KL Rahul’s (77) outstanding knocks to post a formidable 314 on the board and then relied on Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya’s bowling to bundle the opposition out for 286 in 48 overs to win by 28 runs at the Edgbaston cricket ground.Bumrah finished with 4 wickets while Pandya grabbed 3 as India became the second team after Australia to reach the last-four of the tournament.Incidentally, it’s also the 7th time in 12 editions of the World Cup that India have reached the semis – 1983, 1987, 1996, 2003, 2011, 2015 being the other instances. Notably India have prevailed in 3 out of the 7 semi-final appearances while going on to win the title twice.All the teams have now played 8 games each with Australia leading the table with 14 points followed by India (13), New Zealand (11) and England (10) in the first-four spots.The race to reach the semis is still on between New Zealand, England and Pakistan. The campaigns of Sri Lanka, West Indies, Bangladesh, South Africa and Afghanistan have ended with one final game remaining for each team.This is how the points table looks like now after 40 matches in the tournament. India Today PhotoHosts England will face New Zealand in a virtual winner-takes-all encounter in Durham on Wednesday. England will secure a spot in the semifinals if they beat New Zealand in the northeast town of Chester-le-Street, ending a group-stage campaign in which the World Cup hosts found itself in a perilous position.advertisementA defeat however, would leave the English at the mercy of Pakistan, which would then guarantee a playoff spot with a win over Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.New Zealand meanwhile, are on track to reach the last four once again this year after reaching the final of the World Cup in 2015.A win against England seals a semi-final berth, while avoiding a big defeat should also mean fifth-placed Pakistan cannot overhaul the Black Caps. Pakistan is two points behind New Zealand going into the final group matches but has a much inferior net run-rate.Also Read | World Cup 2019: What happens to Pakistan if England beat New Zealand?Also Read | India qualify for World Cup semi-finals for 7th timeAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur disappointed with India’s loss to Englandlast_img read more

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first_imgPat Narduzzi holding his left hand up while his players stand behind him.ANNAPOLIS, MD – DECEMBER 28: Head coach Pat Narduzzi of the Pittsburgh Panthers looks on during the second half against the Navy Midshipmen during the Military Bowl at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on December 28, 2015 in Annapolis, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)Obviously, Notre Dame football is not an official member of any conference, but the Fighting Irish play a handful of ACC teams each year, as part of an arrangement with the league. That means they have a few common opponents with their College Football Playoff semifinal opponent, Clemson.Both teams are undefeated on the season. Of course, due to styles and differing circumstances in games, you can’t only take a head to head comparison to make a judgment on two teams.The total scoring margin in games against those four common opponents—Florida State, Pitt, Syracuse, and Wake Forest—does fall pretty heavily on the side of the Tigers, though.Notre Dame handled Syracuse much better than Clemson. blowing the Orange out at Yankee Stadium, while Clemson squeaked by with a four-point home win. Otherwise, the Tigers were the stronger opponent.The full breakdown:DateClemsonScore (Margin)DateNotre DameScore (Margin)Oct. 27at Florida State59-10 (49)Nov. 10vs. Florida State42-13 (29)Dec. 1vs. Pitt (Charlotte)42-10 (32)Oct. 13vs. Pitt19-14 (5)Sept. 29vs. Syracuse27-23 (4)Nov. 17vs. Syracuse (Bronx)36-3 (33)Oct. 6at Wake Forest63-3 (60)Sept. 22at Wake Forest56-27 (29)Pitt head coach Pat Narduzzi, whose Panthers nearly upset Notre Dame football but got thumped by Clemson, says there’s no comparison between the two.Narduzzi’s team lost by five in South Bend, and this weekend, lost by 32 at the ACC Championship Game in Charlotte. He thinks the Tigers are the much tougher team.From the Anderson Independent Mail:Immediately after the game, Narduzzi was asked to compare Clemson to Notre Dame. He did not need much time to contemplate his response.“There’s no comparison,” Narduzzi said frankly. “Clemson is the best football team we’ve played so far to this point.”Narduzzi went as far as to predict a Clemson national championship:“They deserve to be where they are. They’ll probably win a national championship,” Narduzzi said. “It’s a good football team from the front end to the back end as far as the talent they’ve got. (Clemson coach Dabo Swinney) has done a great job. Ton of respect for him. Love that guy. Clemson is the measuring stick in the ACC right now. They’ve got it going.”Of course, Alabama football will likely have something to say about that, but the Tigers should not be discounted at all.[Anderson Independent Mail]last_img read more

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first_imgA general view of an Oklahoma Sooners football game.NORMAN, OK – NOVEMBER 25: The Oklahoma Sooners and West Virginia Mountaineers in between plays at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Norman, Oklahoma. Oklahoma defeated West Virginia 59-31. (Photo by Brett Deering/Getty Images)Oklahoma football fans have had a busy day. Wednesday brought a plethora of stories to the Sooners beat that began with Oklahoma quarterback Austin Kendall being denied eligibility for the 2019 season if he transferred to West Virginia.Not long after that, Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts announced his plans to transfer to Oklahoma to play for Lincoln Riley for the 2019 campaign. A few hours later, Oklahoma reversed course on Kendall, and allowed him to transfer to West Virginia and play immediately as a graduate transfer.Now, another story has hit the Oklahoma beat. Four-star running back recruit Jaylan Knighton announced he’s decommitting from the Sooners.Process in Making #GodsPath?? pic.twitter.com/ca8yLER27P— The real Rooster‼️Ⓜ️ (@jaylan_knighton) January 17, 2019Knight committed to Oklahoma in April of 2018 but decided to re-open his recruitment heading into his senior season. The 2020 running back recruit from Florida has plenty of time to explore his options moving forward.According to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, Knighton is the No. 11 running back recruit in the 2020 class.last_img read more

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first_img “This gathering of leaders represents solidarity for this critical sector to address one of our development agenda, which is to ensure security and protection of our land, assets and contingent waters,” the Minister said. Commissioners of Police and other stakeholders from member states of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) are currently participating in a conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James.Speaking at the opening ceremony on April 30, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the ACCP conference is timely, as it signals the region’s commitment to tackle crime, using collaboration and shared resources.“This gathering of leaders represents solidarity for this critical sector to address one of our development agenda, which is to ensure security and protection of our land, assets and contingent waters,” the Minister said.He added that the ACCP, with its rich history spanning over 30 years, is an excellent example of regional cooperation.“This showing of the region’s oneness to tackle crime is a significant step to secure our maritime borders to the south and our shipping routes throughout the Basin. This will influence, if not determine to a great extent, our security as small island states and as a group of nations. As a region, we are indeed stronger together,” the Minister said.Dr. Chang encouraged the Commissioners and delegates to come up with practical solutions in their discussions to effect visible changes to tackle crime.“I hope to see, emerging from this conference, strategies and partnerships that will serve to protect and counter organised criminality in the region,” he said.The Minister said he is pleased with the direction of the conference to look at how the leadership of each Commissioner influences decisions of their immediate squad and execution of their plans and efforts to solve crime.For his part, Commissioner of Police, Major General Antony Anderson, said the ACCP conference displays a vote of confidence in the way forward by all member states.Major General Anderson said that crime has become a serious development issue for the region.“Crime has become a complex dilemma. Criminality has revolutionised through technology, globalisation and the escalation of socio-economic deficiencies. We have seen transitions in violent crimes, as well as an increase in gang-related arrangements and extortion that have crippled businesses, driving fear into owners and their employees, inhibiting productivity and reducing profit.This conference is garnering the kind of attention that will yield positive outcomes for Jamaica and the region,” he said.The Commissioner noted that the modern requirements for technology and forensics cannot be afforded by any one country, and that the network for intelligence gathering has to be shared across the Caribbean.“We cannot stress enough the value that the ACCP has brought, as we police our nations and battle against the threats of crime and violence. Through the Association’s efforts, we have had privileged access to funding and resources that have improved the skills, professionalism and service delivery of our police officers, and enhanced the effectiveness of our respective policing services,” he said.The Commissioner said he is confident that through the high level of security expertise, shared proficiencies, leadership and vision, the conference will achieve the desired outcome of national security.The conference will be held from April 30 to May 5, under the theme ‘An Integrated Approach Against Serious and Organised Crime – Implications for Regional Growth and Development’. Speaking at the opening ceremony on April 30, Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, said the ACCP conference is timely, as it signals the region’s commitment to tackle crime, using collaboration and shared resources. Commissioners of Police and other stakeholders from member states of the Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police (ACCP) are currently participating in a conference at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in Rose Hall, St. James. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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first_imgFinance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (left), speaks with JN Fund Managers Limited Deputy General Manager, Jermaine Deans, during a courtesy call at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on Tuesday (December 11). Dr. Clarke and Mr. Deans discussed JN Fund Managers’ $7-billion debt refinancing of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ)-run Wigton Wind Farm in Manchester, which is earmarked for divestment and is being prepared for listing on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). Finance and Public Service Minister, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke (second right), converses with JN Fund Managers Limited Deputy General Manager, Jermaine Deans (second left), during a courtesy call at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on Tuesday (December 11). Dr. Clarke and Mr. Deans discussed JN Fund Managers’ $7-billion debt refinancing of the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ)-run Wigton Wind Farm in Manchester, which is earmarked for divestment and is being prepared for listing on the Jamaica Stock Exchange (JSE). Listening (from left) are Managing Director of the Development Bank of Jamaica (DBJ), which is piloting Wigton’s preparations for JSE listing, Milverton Reynolds; and Wigton Chairman, Duane Smith, who accompanied Mr. Deans.last_img read more

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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: APM Terminals Terminal operator APM Terminals Gothenburg has launched The Gothenburg Gateway, a new concept in Swedish logistics.With this move, the company ensured that a container placed on a freight train anywhere in Sweden is loaded onto a large ocean-going vessel within 48 hours. Additionally, the approach is expected to reduce the transit time to Shanghai by at least a week.The Gothenburg Gateway combines fast, efficient freight trains from all over Sweden to Gothenburg, an efficient container port that loads between trains and ships, as well as more ocean-going vessels calling the port.“Via The Gothenburg Gateway it should take a maximum of 24 hours to reach Gothenburg by freight train, and a maximum of 48 hours in total to place a container on an ocean-going vessel,” Henrik Kristensen, CEO APM Terminals Gothenburg, said.Asian markets one week closer“We analyzed how long it takes for a container to reach Shanghai – an important Asian market for Sweden. The Gothenburg Gateway will help reduce this time by at least one week, as well as offering an efficient and climate-smart solution.”In the future, APM Terminals wants to service Sweden with three ocean-going vessels per week in order to provide the most competitive delivery solution.“We now want to take the next step and further develop our port, develop logistics to and from the port, and develop logistics solutions around the port,” continues Kristensen.“The Gothenburg Gateway is a concept to ensure future growth for Swedish industry and trade,” he concludes.During the launch of the concept, the mayor of Gothenburg, Axel Josefson, said that he believed the initiative in Gothenburg should be given priority. He emphasised the importance of planned investments for dredging and the rail network happening as soon as possible.last_img read more

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first_imgA provincial tender called for paving in the Bridgewater area of Lunenburg County will result in smoother, stronger roads for local motorists. The Department of Transportation and Public Works has called for tenders to repave Lower Branch Road from the intersection of Oakes Road at Lower Branch for 6.4 kilometres to the intersection of Sarty Road. Also included in the tender is paving on Gail Avenue from Lower Branch Road at Cookville northeasterly for 0.8 kilometres. The Gail Avenue portion is being co-funded by the province and the County of Lunenburg. “The department builds and maintains most of the roads in the province through our $177-million road construction budget,” said Angus MacIsaac, Minister of Transportation and Public Works. “We also work closely with municipalities on cost sharing for smaller projects such as the Gail Avenue portion of this tender.” The Department of Transportation and Public Works’ highways division manages more than 23,000 kilometres of roads in Nova Scotia. It maintains 4,100 bridges and operates seven provincial ferries. Staff provide services from district offices in Bridgewater, Bedford, Truro and Sydney.last_img read more

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first_imgSan Francisco: Adding video to a tweet can pull 10 times more engagements than tweets without video, the micro-blogging platform has revealed. Tweets with images attract 150 per cent more re-tweets than tweets without images and even tweets with a GIF gain 55 per cent more engagement than those without a GIF, according to Twitter for Business. Along with emojis, GIFs are one of the primary ways people communicate online. “While it’s easy to use an existing GIF to complement your tweet copy, many marketers don’t realise how simple it is to create their very own original, branded GIF,” Nick Reese wrote in a Twitter for Business blog post. Also Read – Swiggy now in 500 Indian cities, targets 100 more this year Depending on the type of effect you’re trying to capture, you may want to use a Time Lapse video, a Live Photo, or a series of static photos. “While it’s possible to create a GIF from within the iPhone’s Photos app, GIF-making apps simplify the process and make it easier to add stickers and text,” said Twitter. Another feature that’s often overlooked is the phone’s video screen capture ability. “Stop motion is the foundation for animation. With your phone, creating a stop motion video is as simple as taking a photo, moving the object slightly, taking another photo, and repeat,” Reese suggested. Also Read – New HP Pavilion x360 notebook with in-built Alexa in India Attachable lights and flashes help capture the best visuals possible without requiring a studio lighting setup. You can also get a microphone that attaches to your iPhone to capture ambient sound, or a clip-on microphone for conducting on-camera interviews. “To make your shots smoother, a gimbal can stabilize your iPhone or provide crane-like sweeps right from your hand,” said Reese.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: Public sector bank stocks, led by Corporation Bank and Punjab National Bank, tumbled up to 9.3 per cent on Tuesday after the government announced the merger of 10 state-run lenders into four. Shares of Corporation Bank tanked 9.28 per cent to Rs 17.10, Punjab National Bank plunged 8.54 per cent to Rs 59.40, Canara Bank dropped 7.54 per cent to its one-year low of Rs 203.90. Oriental Bank of Commerce cracked 7.34 per cent to Rs 68.10, Union Bank of India 6.79 per cent to its 52-week low of Rs 54.90, Allahabad Bank declined by 2.83 per cent to Rs 34.30 and United Bank 0.28 per cent to Rs 10.39 on the BSE. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal However, Andhra Bank rose 5.31 per cent to Rs 20.80 and Syndicate Bank gained 3.55 per cent to Rs 33.50. Equity markets were closed on Monday for ‘Ganesh Chaturthi’. Continuing its firefight against the deepening economic slowdown, the government on Friday unveiled a mega plan to merge 10 public sector banks into four with a view to creating fewer and stronger global-sized lenders with robust balance sheets that can be used to boost credit and spur growth. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost The mergers announced on Friday, together with two set consolidations done last year, will reduce the number of public sector banks to 12 from 27 in 2017. Oriental Bank of Commerce and United Bank will merge with Punjab National Bank to create the nation’s second-largest lender behind State Bank of India. Also, Syndicate Bank will merge with Canara Bank while Andhra Bank and Corporation Bank would subsume into Union Bank of India, and Allahabad Bank will be amalgamated with Indian Bank. According to Emkay Global, the merger of Canara and Syndicate could be relatively less disruptive in terms of integration… Being a strong mid-sized bank, Indian Bank was always susceptible to merger, but the merger with Allahabad Bank instead of IOB will be less painful. However, it could be challenging due to cultural and geographical diversity with Allahabad Bank and its relatively weak asset quality. PNB has been inherently weak and the merger could further aggravate and prolong the pain. Being a perennially capital-starved bank, Union Bank should benefit on the capital front due to the merger and has also been graced by the government with a healthy capital infusion, but that being said the merger will still be painful as a result of the geographic and cultural diversity of the merging entities.last_img read more

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Rabat – The French TV channel TF1 showcased the city of Dakhla, with its mesmerizing surf and water sports, in a press report that aired on Saturday.TF1 journalist Sarah Amrouni presented the report, a 17-minute video entitled “Le Nouveau Visage du Maroc,” which features the beauty and diversity of Morocco’s “southern pearl.” The program takes viewers on the ride of a lifetime, inviting them to experience, “Gallop Morocco,” a race in the Merzouga desert from February 25 to March 4. Horse racers from Morocco, Oman, Belgium, Ireland, France, Russia, Poland, Germany, Malaysia, Spain, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Holland, and the Czech Republic all participated, representing their countries in the dunes of Merzouga. Commending the charming atmosphere of Morocco, “50’ Inside” refers to the North African country as the “Ideal spring destination! A country that is constantly reinventing itself to attract more and more tourists.”Morocco accommodated over 11 million tourists in 2017, including several celebrities, such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Orlando Bloom, Eva Longoria, and Cristiano Ronaldo.TF1 staff has lauded has Dakhla, remarking that, “Between its ocean and desert, it [Dakhla] has become a haven for surfing and kite-surfing enthusiasts, and more broadly, a paradise for all those who dream adventuring off the beaten path.”The aired program, part of the “50’ Inside,” is conducted in partnership with the Moroccan National Office of Tourism.Dakhla, known as one of Morocco’s most attractive venues for surfing, is becoming a major national tourist destination. Overnight stays in recognized accommodations increased by 20 percent in 2017, in comparison to the previous year.According to statistics from the regional tourism delegation, the total number of registered overnight stays in 2017 was 116,798, showing a 20 percent increase from 2016. The biggest percentage increase was among foreign tourists, who spent a total of 85,906 nights, while nationals spent 30,892 nights.There are now ten flights to Dakhla per week which depart from Casablanca. There are also two direct flights from Las Palmas (located in the Canary Islands), and one from  Paris, which departs once per week.TF1 has featured several programs dedicated to Moroccan cities. Its latest report is devoted to Morocco’s “gateway to Africa,” Tangier, exploring the port city’s key features. read more

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18 March 2008The fourth and latest round of United Nations-led talks, bringing together representatives from Morocco and the Frente Polisario, wrapped up today on the outskirts of New York City, with both sides once again pledging to continue negotiations. Also participating at the two-day talks – facilitated by Peter van Walsum, the Personal Envoy of the Secretary-General – at the Greentree Estate in Manhasset on Long Island were representatives of neighbouring States, Algeria and Mauritania.In a communiqué issued at the end of the discussions, Mr. van Walsum said that the talks focused on the implementation of Security Council resolutions 1754 and 1783, both of which call on the parties to continue negotiations without preconditions and in good faith to achieve a just, lasting and mutually acceptable political solution.The parties also conferred on such subjects as administration, justice and resources, he said.“Among a number of proposals I made to expand confidence-building measures, there was agreement among the parties to explore the establishment of family visits by land, which would be in addition to the existing programme by air,” the Envoy noted.The last round of discussions took place, also in Manhasset, in January, and they concluded with Morocco and the Frente Polisario agreeing on the need to move into a more intensive and substantive phase of negotiations.Morocco holds that its sovereignty over Western Sahara should be recognized, while the Frente Polisario’s position is that the Territory’s final status should be decided in a referendum that includes independence as an option.The UN Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) has been in the Territory since September 1991 to monitor the ceasefire between Morocco and the Frente Polisario. read more

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MacKenzie Hughes from Dundas, Ont., was attempting to maintain his lead at the RSM Classic and follow Thursdays, nine-under par 61 with another solid round in Sea Island, Georgia and 223 yards out, he was looking good at 12 under par.One hole later, Hughes had a scoring opportunity with a 12 footer for birdie. He buried it for the outright lead, moving to 13 under par.The birdie-fest continued a hole later as he attacked the 144 yard, par three fifth and his nine iron seemed to be effective. Hughes converted the short putt and dropped to 14 under par.After two rounds, Hughes entered moving day with a two shot lead after shooting a bogey free five under 67 seeking his first PGA victory, just his ninth tournament.Hughes was in a groove, knocking down 14 birdies through 36 holes without a bogey.Despite the two-stroke lead, the field was tight as 25 players were separated by just five shots. read more

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by News Staff Posted Jul 16, 2012 9:43 am MDT IMF cuts China economic growth forecast, warns ‘hard landing’ still possible AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – The International Monetary Fund has cut its growth forecast for China and warned a “hard landing” is still possible.The IMF reduced its growth outlook Monday for the world’s second-biggest economy this year by 0.2 percentage points to 8 per cent.Growth slowed to a three-year low of 7.6 per cent in the three months ending in June. On Sunday, Premier Wen Jiabao warned the country’s recovery was not yet stable.The slowdown has dampened hopes China might help to drive global growth while the United States struggles with a sluggish recovery and European output is forecast to shrink.The IMF said there still were risks of a “hard landing,” or abrupt downturn in growth, in China because investment spending might slow due to overcapacity in some industries. read more

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first_imgPlus d’un million de données de clients Sega dérobées par des hackersLe groupe japonais de jeux a annoncé ce week-end le piratage informatique des données de 1,29 million de ses clients.Les piratages informatiques se multiplient et aucune entreprise n’est désormais à l’abri des hackers. C’est cette fois l’éditeur japonais de jeux vidéo Sega qui fait face à une attaque. Le groupe a annoncé que les données personnelles de 1,29 million de ses clients avaient été dérobées. Heureusement, le site piraté, Sega Pass, une filiale basée à Londres, ne possédait pas de données bancaires, a assuré le communiqué de Sega. Seuls les noms, dates de naissance et mots de passe cryptés des clients ont été dérobés.”Nous présentons nos excuses pour les désagréments causés à nos clients par cet incident”, a souligné ce communiqué, relayé par l’AFP. Les groupes nippons doivent faire face à ce type d’attaque informatique depuis quelques temps, à l’image de Sony, victime d’un nouveau piratage le 6 juin dernier de la part du groupe de hackers LulzSec.Le 20 juin 2011 à 10:59 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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