Onesided World Cup persists Kiwis beat Lanka by 10 wickets

first_imgCardiff (UK): New Zealand made a flying start to their World Cup campaign as paceman Matt Henry struck three times in a 10-wicket trashing of woeful Sri Lanka on Saturday. Henry returned figures of 3-29 and combined with fellow paceman Lockie Ferguson, who also took three wickets, to bowl out Sri Lanka for just 136 in 29.2 overs in Cardiff. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro then hit unbeaten half-centuries to make short work of their modest target. Also Read – We don’t ask for kind of tracks we get: Bowling coach ArunThe Kiwis cruised home in 16.1 overs to register their third win in a World Cup game by 10 wickets. The right-left batting combination of Guptill, who hit 73, and Munro, who scored 58, had little trouble in smashing the Sri Lankan bowlers to all parts of the ground. Guptill hammered eight fours and two sixes including one hit that sailed out of the ground. But it was Henry’s spell of seven straight overs that opened the gates for New Zealand’s domination against the 1996 champions. Also Read – Bastian Schweinsteiger announces retirement, could join Germany set-up”It’s a great start for us. You want a balanced attack going into any surface. It is important that you have that to have aggressive options for different occasions,” New Zealand captain Kane Williamson said. “The two at the top played beautifully. It was nice for those guys to play a few shots. It was a good all-round performance.” Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne added: “It was a good toss to win. In the morning it was seaming and swinging. They had that advantage and they have good bowlers to do that, so they took their chance. “The batters aren’t low on confidence. We batted well in some practice games and we work really hard. We need to think about the game.” Henry stood out in the absence of senior paceman Tim Southee, who missed the game due to a calf injury, with his incisive pace and swing. He struck with the second delivery of the game to send Lahiru Thirimanne trudging back to the pavilion after the left-handed opener had hit a boundary from the first ball. Thirimanne was initially ruled not out by the on-field umpire, but the Kiwis successfully reviewed the lbw call in their favour after replays suggested the ball pitched on line and would have hit the batsman’s leg stump. The left-handed Karunaratne, who has returned to the one-day side after a gap of four years, then put on 42 runs for the second wicket with Kusal Perera. But Williamson kept Henry on for the bowler’s fifth over and the decision paid off as he got Perera for 29 and Kusal Mendis without scoring on successive deliveries. Dhananjaya de Silva played the hat-trick ball with a glorious off drive, but soon fell to the pace of Lockie Ferguson after being trapped lbw. Karunaratne fought on to register his third ODI fifty in 81 balls before he ran out of partners after Lasith Malinga was bowled by Ferguson for one. Karunaratne’s unbeaten 52 made him only the second opener in World Cup history to carry his bat through a completed innings. The feat had previously been achieved by the West Indies’ Ridley Jacobs, who made an unbeaten 49 against Australia in 1999.last_img read more

Persisting woes

first_imgAs was expected, the Reserve Bank of India’s monetary policy committee (MPC) on June 6, 2019, lowered its interest rate by 0.25 percentage points to 5.75 per cent, the third such reduction since February. With the MPC already indicating in the last two policies that inflation would not be the only factor that would drive the decision on interest rate changes, it is not really a surprise that the RBI has gone in for a rate cut, especially after rather disappointing numbers have come out on gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the fourth quarter and unemployment rate. Also Read – A staunch allyThe GDP growth has plunged to a five-year low of 5.8 per cent during January-March, 2019, dragging down the annual growth to 6.8 per cent while the country’s unemployment rate has stood at a 45-year high of 6.1 per cent. Both figures are as per the data released by the government. RBI and its Governor can claim to have done its part of the job with the MPC, unlike in the past, approving the rate cut unanimously. How far the rate cut will be effective in either pushing up the country’s economic growth or in arresting the slowdown is debatable. Experts differ and are divided on the positive impact of the rate cut. As experience goes and also by the central bank’s own admission, only 21 of the cumulative 50 basis points rate cut effected by the RBI in the February and April policies has been passed on to borrowers by banks. The excuse from banks was that liquidity was tight and so deposit rates could not be cut. The excuse seems to be justifiable. Similarly, the RBI’s decision to do away with its charges on NEFT Real Time Gross Settlement System (RTGS)/National Electronic Funds Transfer (NEFT) transactions is welcome provided it can, again, ensure that banks pass on the benefit to customers. Also Read – Cuban pathosWhile announcing the monetary policy, the central bank also lowered India’s GDP growth estimate to seven per cent for the year 2019-20 from 7.2 per cent that it forecast in April this year. It said that in the April policy, GDP growth for 2019-20 was projected at 7.2 per cent — in the range of 6.8-7.1 per cent for the first half and 7.3-7.4 per cent for the second half — with risks evenly balanced. Data for the fourth quarter of 2018-19 indicates that domestic investment activity has weakened and overall demand has been weighed down partly by slowing exports. It further said that weak global demand due to the escalation in trade wars may further impact India’s exports and investment activity. Further, private consumption, especially in rural areas, has weakened in recent months. After remaining in double digits in the previous five quarters, gross fixed capital formation (GFCF) growth too declined sharply to 3.6 per cent. Private consumption growth also moderated. On the supply side, agriculture and allied activities contracted, albeit marginally, due to a decline in rabi production. According to the third advance estimates, foodgrains production at 283.4 million tonnes for 2018-19 was lower by 0.6 per cent compared with the previous year mainly due to lower production of rabi rice, pulses and coarse cereals. Further, private consumption, especially in rural areas, has weakened in recent months. From the monetary standpoint, a rate cut helps companies and individuals that borrow, as it lowers cost of loans provided banks pass it on. Banks would be in a position to lower lending rates in case they can lower the deposit rates. This may not always be feasible, given that growth in deposits has tended to lag that in credit, which had created a virtually permanent liquidity deficit. Also, as there is a significant part of the population that lives on interest income, there could be negative effects on such spending that hence comes back to hurt consumption. This is one reason as to why banks have not been lowering their deposit rates with alacrity. With the drivers of growth sputtering, private consumption, investment and export growth remain subdued, and with limited fiscal space, it will be very difficult to arrest the slowdown in the economy. With drought hitting severely more than half of the country, prospects of growth are turning unlikely, resulting in further deepening of the slowdown. (The views expressed are strictly personal)last_img read more

HP Assembly passes bill to ban conversions by force marriage

first_imgShimla: In what could be seen as part of BJP’s ‘Hindutva agenda’, Himachal Pradesh assembly on Friday passed a bill to ban all sorts of religious conversions through any inducement, marriages or force.Though the bill – titled as Pradesh Freedom of Religion Bill, 2019 will replace one earlier passed by Virbhadra Singh-led Congress government some years back but introduced a new clause to deal with marriages solemnised for the “sole purpose” of conversions, besides enhancing the punishment up to seven years against two years in the past act. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur said states like Uttarakhand has also passed a similar law to strictly deal with conversions done by way of allurements, inducements, force and also marriages. He said the earlier Act was not strong enough to stop conversions, which were being done at a large scale in the state taking advantage of the innocent Himachalis. Some cases of conversions had come to notice of the government in areas like Rampur and Kinnaur. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe bill strictly bans conversion by misrepresentation, force, undue influence, coercion, inducement, marriage or any fraudulent means. “Any marriage for the sole purpose of conversion will also be declared null and void under Section 5 of the bill,” the Chief Minister informed. He said beside persons involved in illegal conversions, the organisations indulging in such activities will also be booked under the new law. Congress MLA Asha Kumari, who is also AICC in-charge for Punjab said Himachal Pradesh was the first state to pass such a law after conversions were reported in the state in some parts like Rohru and Kinnaur. She wondered why the BJP government had shied away to give credit to the Congress for making a first state, which now turns the eighth state to have such a law soon. New sections could have been added in the earlier law itself, she lamented. Former PCC president Sukhwinder Sukhu supported the bill but said the punishment was too high. The lays down that anyone seeking to convert should give a month’s advance notice to the District Magistrate. The priest who performs a conversion ceremony also be required to give a month’s notice in advance. The bill, however, exempts reconversions to the “parent religion”. While the punishment, in general, will be five years, but if Dalits, women or minors were made to convert, the punishment will be between two-seven years. Meanwhile, K C Sadyal, president of Hindu Mahasangh, a body which had recently submitted a memorandum to the Chief Minister seeking a new law to stop religious conversions in the garb of ‘love-Jehad’ said “we wholeheartedly welcome the initiative. I hope the religious organisations and their gangs operating in the state to convert Hindus to Christianity and Muslim religions, will be put to an end.”last_img read more

Hanks to star in Major Matt Mason

first_imgLos Angeles: Oscar-winning actor Tom Hanks will star in a film based on the Mattel action toy figure titled Major Matt Mason. The film is being produced by Paramount Pictures, reports variety.com. Screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, who has worked with Hanks on The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons, is on board to adapt the script from a short story about the character from Pulitzer Prize winner Michael Chabon. Major Matt Mason is about an astronaut who lives and works on the moon. The toy’s popularity coincided with America’s own space race in the 1960s. Th film will also have lots of supporting characters like a space crew, alien allies and villains. Besides Paramount, the project will be produced by Mattel Films. At present on the work front, Hanks is excited about Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on August 7, 2019.last_img read more

Medium does not matter for Karan Singh Grover

first_imgNew Delhi: Actor Karan Singh Grover, who is making his debut in the web space with ‘Boss: Baap of Special Services’, says the way he performs stays the same irrespective of the medium. On working on the digital space, Karan said: “It is my first time working in the web space. But I think for any artiste the way we perform, what we do and how we deliver stays the same whichever medium it is… It is cool because we can reach our audience and they don’t have to wait for a particular time to see us.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: PriyankaThe mystery thriller on ALTBalaji unravels the story of a con artist operating in the northern belt of India. He crosses paths with a police officer under unusual circumstances. Asked about his role, Karan said: “The name of my character in ‘Boss…’ is Keshav and he is pretending to be someone else. Basically he is a con-man and does things in a non-conformist way, and in a way that normally a law abiding policeman would not. So that’s a fun mix.” On the silver screen, he will soon be seen sharing screen space with his wife Bipasha Basu in the upcoming film Aadat.last_img read more

German chemicals giant Bayer confirms cyberattack

BERLIN — German chemicals company Bayer says it detected and averted a cyberattack last year by a hacking group that’s been traced to China.In a statement Thursday, Bayer said its in-house cybersecurity team found signs of malicious software associated with the group Winnti on company systems in early 2018.The Leverkusen-based company said there were “no signs of data outflow” and the affected IT systems have since been cleaned. It said prosecutors in nearby Cologne have opened an investigation.German public broadcasters Bayerischer Rundfunk and NDR reported that the malicious software was previously discovered on systems belonging to steel and engineering company Thyssenkrupp in 2016.A 2013 report by security researchers at Kaspersky Lab claimed Winnti “has Chinese origins.”German officials have in the past warned of industrial espionage from China.The Associated Press read more

Toddler hurt after falling from second floor window

A two-year-old child was rushed to hospital after falling from the second floor window of a home in Hamilton. It happened shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday at a home near Cathcart St. and Kelly St.Police say the child was transported to hospital with minor injuries. Hamilton police are currently investigating.

South Koreas Samsung mulls building US appliance factory

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea’s Samsung Electronics said Friday it’s considering building a factory to make household appliances in the United States as various industries brace for potential protectionist trade policies under the administration of President Donald Trump.A spokeswoman for Samsung said the plans were “purely in the evaluation stage” and no decisions have been made. She didn’t want to be named, citing office rules.Samsung also said in an emailed statement on Friday that it continues to assess “new investment needs in the United States. The news drew the attention of Trump, who tweeted “Thank you, @Samsung! We would love to have you!”Most Samsung televisions, refrigerators and other household appliances sold in the United States are made in Mexico.The spokeswoman refused to say whether Samsung was worried about the possibility of the United States moving to impose tariffs on products imported from Mexico.A spokesman from LG Electronics, another South Korean technology company, said it is also considering building a manufacturing plant in the United States and will decide on the matter within the first half of the year. He also didn’t want to be named, saying that the matter was sensitive. by Tong-Hyung Kim, The Associated Press Posted Feb 3, 2017 6:56 am MDT Last Updated Feb 3, 2017 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email South Korea’s Samsung mulls building US appliance factory read more

Irish soigneur Emma OReilly finally gets Lance Armstrong apology

first_imgHe added, “At the time, when I said what I said about her, I was fighting to protect a lot of positions. But it was inexcusable. It’s embarrassing. I was in a conference room, giving a legal deposition, and I had no idea it was going to get out. But that doesn’t excuse it.“I guess you should always assume that, in that setting, the whole world will watch it the next day. It was totally humiliating for Emma. And if I saw my son do that, there would be a f***ing war in our house.”Lance Armstrong explains his dubious actions to Emma O’Reilly. Credit: Graham Chadwick/Daily MailThe Armstrong/O’Reilly chat also featured several other interesting moments, such as the Tecan’s hints that former UCI President Hein Verbruggen was aware of his blood doping during his reign as TdF champion. Following one positive blood test, Armstrong claimed Verbruggen was implicit in a cover-up.Armstrong claimed, “Hein said ‘We’ve got to come up with something’… so we back-dated the prescription.”The cyclist declared that blood doping and drug use was rampant in the early 1990s and continued, on a smaller scale, all the way up until 2005. “Nobody’s claimed [the vacant Tour de France titles 1999-2005] and nobody ever will claim them.”Froome urges Lance Armstrong to speak upLance Armstrong offers co-operation if he’s treated equally IRISH SOIGNEUR EMMA O’REILLY has received a personal, and long sought after, apology from Lance Armstrong. Armstrong responded to her accusations about his drug cheating by labelling her a prostitiute and an alcoholic but has since held his hands up and admitted he was wrong.O’Reilly, who was a masseuse on the U.S Postal team during Armstrong’s tainted reign as Tour de France champion, was one of the Texan cyclist’s biggest critics during his many years of denying his drug use. Armstrong was vociferous in his denials and often reserved the worst of his bile for the Irishwoman.Following his admission, during an interview with Oprah Winfrey in January, of taking performance enhancing drugs, Armstrong said he would like to make it up to O’Reilly and confirmed that her claims against him had been correct.The Daily Mail’s Matt Lawton arranged a face-to-face meeting between O’Reilly and Armstrong in the town of Celebration, Florida on Sunday. The personal apology from Armstrong was forthcoming.O’Reilly commented, “It was too big a situation to just have a chat about it on the phone. I wanted to eyeball him. You can’t keep kicking an injured dog. I wasn’t here to humiliate him. But I wanted closure.”A contrite Armstrong, who has now been stripped of his Tour de France titles, attempted to explain why he had gone after O’Reilly with such gusto. Saying sorry, he added, was the least he could do. Armstrong said:I wanted to talk to her. I felt it was necessary to have a conversation because there were definitely people that got caught up in this story who deserved an apology from me. When I reached out in January it was to talk. Emma, I appreciate, wasn’t ready for that. But it’s good that, tonight, we are doing this in person.”last_img read more

At least 19 dead after train crashes into school bus in India

first_img Source: ANI/Twitter EIGHTEEN CHILDREN WERE killed this morning when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in southern India, police said.The bus driver also died while another 20 children aged between 7 and 14 were injured and hospitalized, 15 of them in critical condition, said Telangana state education minister G. Jagdishwar Reddy.They were on their way to the school Thursday morning when the train hit the bus, dragging it several hundred feet (about 100 metres) along the tracks in the Medak district in Telengana state, Nallamala said.The death toll from today’s accident seems likely to rise, however, with Indian news sources reporting 26 fatalities, 25 of them schoolchildren. Telangana Bus-Train collision : Rescue ops underway at accident site pic.twitter.com/21so8o7Fxm— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2014center_img Hundreds of angry villagers rushed to the scene, 95 kilometers (60 miles) north of Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana state.Some of them hurled stones at police as shocked parents grieved their loss.A father who lost both of his children suffered a heart attack and died after hearing the news of the collision, said state Irrigation Minister T. Harish Rao. Locals and relatives of victims gather at the site of the accident. Source: Mahesh Kumar A.The area is nearly 1,500 kilometers (930 miles) south of New Delhi.Accidents are common on India’s railroad network, one of the world’s largest, with 23 million people riding daily on about 11,000 passenger trains. Most accidents are blamed on poor maintenance and human error. Source: Google MapsThere are hundreds of unmanned crossings across the country, especially in remote areas.Poor finances limit efforts by rail authorities to staff the dangerous crossings around the clock.Additional reporting by Dan Mac GuillRead: At least 57 dead, death toll still rising as train flies off rails in Congo swamp>Pics: Four dead, 63 injured as passenger train derails in New York City>last_img read more

Greenpeace accusé par le Mexique davoir endommagé un récif corallien

first_imgGreenpeace accusé par le Mexique d’avoir endommagé un récif corallienGreenpeace est accusé par le gouvernement mexicain d’avoir endommagé le récif corallien de Cabo Pulmo au cours d’une action de protestation. L’organisation de défense de l’environnement dément cette accusation.Greenpeace a récemment protesté, avec d’autres organisations écologiques, contre le projet de construction immobilière Cabo Cortes qui doit avoir lieu au Mexique. Pour cela, l’organisation avait mis en place des bouées géantes avec le slogan “sauvons Cabo Pulmo”. Selon le ministre mexicain de l’environnement, cette action et les ancres utilisées auraient causé “des dommages irréparables au récif” du golfe de Californie.À lire aussiCette start-up a trouvé comment faire pousser du corail 50 fois plus vite que la natureVieux de 25.000 ans, ce récif corallien appelé la “mer de Cortes” par les Mexicains était également surnommé “l’aquarium du monde” par le commandant Cousteau. Sciences et Avenir indique que ce joyau des mers abrite, à 25 mètres de profondeur, des centaines d’espèces marines, qu’il s’agisse de minuscules crustacés ou de mérous de plus d’un mètre de long.Le gouvernement mexicain estime que les organisations manifestantes ont agi “en infraction ouverte et en démontrant un manque évident de respect pour la légalité”. Greenpeace dément fermement et assure que les bouées qui ont été mises en place avaient été autorisées par les responsables du ministère. De plus, “Greenpeace a respecté les recommandations […] et n’a jamais utilisé aucun type d’ancre”, a déclaré l’organisation dans un communiqué.Pour l’organisation, le gouvernement mexicain cherche à discréditer les organisations écologiques et à mettre en place “un rideau de fumée” afin d’éviter le débat sur la construction du projet touristico-immobilier.Le 7 juin 2011 à 20:04 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Gray Whales Killed By Ship Strikes in San Francisco Bay Area

first_imgStay on target Watch: Humpback Whale, Sailboat Almost Collide in CaliforniaWatch: Great White Shark Bumps Into Boat Near Whale Carcass Two gray whales that stranded in beaches in the San Francisco Bay Area died from blunt force trauma that can be attributed to ship strikes, scientists said Friday.Researchers from The Marine Mammal Center completed a necropsy — an autopsy on an animal — on a whale, determined to  be 30-foot subadult female, that stranded in Pacifica, Calif. This was the second gray whale this month that scientists confirmed died due to a ship strike.The gray whale that surfaced in Pacifica, Calif. was the second gray whale this month that scientists confirmed died due to ship strike. (Photo Credit: Katie D’Innocenzo / The Marine Mammal Center)A third necropsy completed on Thursday on a carcass found in Richmond, Calif., indicated yet another gray whale, also a 30-foot subadult female, may have died due to ship strike. The research team discovered deep propeller wounds that had severed its fluke, and it was in otherwise excellent body condition, indicating it was not malnourished.Scientists suspect that the whale found in Richmond was the mother of the calf that died due to ship strike two weeks ago — the two were seen foraging near San Mateo days before the calf’s carcass surfaced. According to the Center, genetic testing will be conducted to confirm the theory.Scientists discovered deep propeller wounds on a gray whale carcass in Richmond, Calif. that had severed its fluke. (Photo Credit: Barbie Halaska / The Marine Mammal Center)“We’re incredibly concerned to discover the death of three gray whales due to ship strikes in two weeks,” Dr. Padraig Duignan, Chief Research Pathologist at The Marine Mammal Center, said in a statement. “Investigating each death is critical so that decision-makers can advise on shipping speeds in areas where whales are known to travel.”Blunt-force trauma from ship strikes, malnutrition and entanglements are the most common causes of death in whales The Marine Mammal Center’s research team has investigated. Since March 10, seven gray whales have been found dead in San Francisco Bay waters.“The death of seven gray whales in the San Francisco Bay Area this year is a cause for serious concern as it speaks to the broader challenges this species continues to face,” said Duignan. “The findings of these investigations are incredibly valuable as they can help policymakers find long-term environmental solutions to help prevent these incidents in the future.”Seven whales have been found dead in San Francisco Bay waters since mid-March — three from malnutrition, three from being struck by ships and one still unknown. (Photo Credit: Laura Sherr / The Marine Mammal Center)Biologists have observed gray whales in poor body condition during their annual northerly migration this year potentially due to anomalous oceanographic conditions over the past few years that have contributed to shifting food sources.Malnutrition was the cause of death for three other gray whales that have stranded since March. A seventh whale carcass surfaced in Hercules, Calif., and an investigation is pending.According to the Center, climate change affects water temperatures and prey availability, leading to shifting food sources for marine mammal populations, and other marine species. Overfishing can also lead to reduced prey availability.As of last Monday, four gray whales continue to frequent the Bay, according to Bill Keener at Golden Gate Cetacean Research. Experts continue to notice a change in migratory behavior of gray whales entering the San Francisco Bay in the late winter and early spring months, notably the length of stay and total number of animals frequenting the area.Scientists suspect that the whale found in Richmond, Calif. was the mother of the calf that died due to ship strike two weeks ago. (Photo Credit: Barbie-Halaska / The-Marine Mammal Center)“Many of the gray whales traveling through the relative safety of our outer coast waters of the sanctuary are detouring into the dire straits of San Francisco Bay in an act of desperation,” said MaryJane Schramm, spokesperson for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Greater Farallones National Marine Sanctuary. “Anyone on boats and other watercraft should prevent additional stress by staying at least 300 feet away and give them every break you possibly can.”Gray whales are one of the most frequently sighted whales in California. The cetaceans can be seen passing by California in December and January during their southern migration, and again in April and May on their northern journey.The eastern North Pacific population of gray whales has returned from the brink of extinction thanks to protections that prevented hunting. However, all species of whales still face threats such as ship strikes, entanglements, and shifting food availability.More on Geek.com:Watch: Rare Trio of Bald Eagles Raise Eaglets Together on Mississippi RiverEndangered Whale Species Experience Mini Baby Boom in New EnglandDead Whale Found With 80 Pounds of Plastic Bags in Its Stomachlast_img read more

626 WWE RAW Ratings Overall viewers dip back below three million

first_img AAAAA-HAHAHAHAHAHAH!! Another Roid Assner appearance and the ratings go back down once again. Earn that 12 mil, Brock. XD Twitter TheCyberZon Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Videos Articles Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Pinterest Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Krille P Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp June 29, 2017 at 2:33 am Facebook Videos Articles WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Madison Square Garden Pays Tribute to Roman Reignscenter_img Now Playing Up Next Vince Mcmahon Now Playing Up Next WWE RAW Ratings are in for June 26, 2017.This week’s episode from Los Angeles drew 2.98 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is down from last week’s show that drew 3.10 million viewers. Like last week, RAW came in at No. 2, No. 3 and No. 4 for the night on cable in the 18-49 demographic.“Love & Hip Hop Atlanta 6” on VH1 again took the top spot on cable for Monday night.Hourly breakdowns were as follows.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHour 1: 2.887 (down from 3.075 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.092 (down from 3.201 million viewers)Hour 3: 2.951 (down from 3.029 million viewers)RAW, headlined by a first ever Women’s Gauntlet Match, averaged a 1.04 rating for the night. This is down from last week’s show that averaged a 1.07 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipVince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman ReignsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:39/Current Time 0:02Loaded: 100.00%0:02Remaining Time -0:37 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 Google+ Triple H We want the RATING !!!!!! Why is the actual rating never there anymore? When Does WrestleMania 35 Start? Comments are closed. Now Playing Up Next Vince McMahon Sends Supportive Message To Roman Reigns 2 COMMENTS WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 The Miz June 29, 2017 at 2:18 pm Videos Articleslast_img read more

Real Madrid fans want Antonio Conte as new boss

first_imgRumours are rife Real Madrid are keen on axing their boss Julen Lopetegui considering the recent run of poor results with many calling for the appointment of Antonio Conte.According to Football Espana, a recent poll conducted saw almost three-quarters of Los Blancos fans call for Antonio Conte to become their next Coach.Madrid extended their winless streak to five games on Saturday, losing 2-1 to Levante in a match that saw them go the longest without a goal in their 116-year history.Consequently, the ante has been upped on Lopetegui, who sacrificed taking Spain to the 2018 World Cup for the top job at the Santiago Bernabeu.Stefano Sensi, inter milanReport: Inter go top with win over Udinese George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Inter Milan are top of Serie A after beating Udinese to make it three wins out of three.Antonio Conte’s career at Inter Milan, could…“We asked 1,070 Blancos fans whether they would prefer to stick with the former Porto boss or for Conte to come in, and only 27 percent wanted the former.“That was balanced by the other 73% campaigning for the ex-Italy Coach, who is currently out of work after leaving Chelsea over the summer.”A former Italy midfielder, Conte led Juventus to three Scudetti and the Azzurri to the Euro 2016 quarter-finals, before being crowned a Premier League champion with the Blues.last_img read more

Royal Mail wins High Court injunction to postpone strike action in pensions

first_imgPostal organisation Royal Mail has won an injunction from the High Court to postpone planned strike action in an ongoing dispute over pensions.The High Court ruled yesterday (Thursday 12 October) that contractual dispute resolution procedures included in the Agenda for Growth agreement between Royal Mail and trade union Communications Workers Union (CWU) must be followed before any strike action regarding the ongoing pensions dispute is carried out. The ruling means that any industrial action undertaken before the dispute resolution procedures have been followed would be unlawful.As a result of the injunction, Royal Mail now plans to contact the CWU to begin arrangements for external mediation. Under the Agenda for Growth plan, Royal Mail committed to offer significant protections to its employees, while the CWU pledged an industrial stability framework with defined processes and strict timetables to resolve disputes.Royal Mail initially raised the injunction on Monday 9 October, because it believed the CWU was not following the dispute resolution process laid out in the Agenda for Growth agreement. The postal organisation requested that the CWU withdraw its notification of strike action in order to follow the Agenda for Growth procedures, however, it lodged the injunction after the trade union declined to change its stance.Royal Mail has stated that the first step in the resolution process will involve selecting a mediator, acceptable for both itself and the trade union, from a panel agreed by both parties under the Agenda for Growth. The mediation process is expected to take until Christmas to complete.The CWU has confirmed that the trade union’s national leadership will meet as soon as possible to discuss its next steps.Strike action was planned after 89.1% of CWU members voted in favour of industrial action over Royal Mail’s plans to close its defined benefit (DB) pension scheme to future accrual. Nearly three-quarters (73%) of the CWU’s 111,000 Royal Mail employed members participated in the ballot.Royal Mail has offered affected employees a choice between a DB cash balance arrangement and a defined contribution (DC) scheme, under proposals put forward in July 2017. The new DB and DC schemes would be set up as new sections of the existing pension plan, replacing the current DB arrangement that will close to future accrual from 31 March 2018.The DB cash balance scheme would provide its members with a lump sum at retirement and would see DB scheme members’ pension pots credited with 19.6% of pensionable pay a year, including a 13.6% employer contribution and a 6% member contribution. Royal Mail would also contribute 2% for other member benefits, such as death in service and ill-health.The DC option would also see the organisation contribute 13.6% of pensionable pay.Both schemes would be effective from 1 April 2018.Royal Mail has also proposed improvements to its existing DC plan from 1 April 2018. This would include increasing the organisation’s standard contribution by 1% in each tier, up to a maximum of 10%. This would apply to all current and future members of the scheme.A spokesperson at Royal Mail said: “We will now make contact with the CWU as a matter of urgency to begin the process of external mediation. The mediation process will take close to Christmas to be completed, and may be longer. The first step is selecting a mediator acceptable to Royal Mail and the CWU from a panel that was agreed by both parties under the Agenda for Growth. We are very committed to working closely with the CWU in order to reach agreement as a matter of priority.”Terry Pullinger, deputy general secretary at CWU, added: “[Royal Mail hasn’t] cancelled this dispute, [it] just postponed the dispute.”John Gordon, counsel at law firm Ashurst, said: “This ruling reminds unions that they cannot down tools before going through the required mediation process.”last_img read more

Uber to Invest Rs 6400 Crore to Expand India Operations

first_imgOnline cab aggregator Uber is planning to invest $1 billion (Rs 6,400 crore) towards expanding its operations in India, its second largest market after the US.After launching its services in Bangalore in 2013, the US-based firm has seen a phenomenal growth in the past two years.”We’re committing an additional $1 billion to India in the next six to nine months, so that we can expand and improve our operations, grow into newer cities, develop new products as well as payment solutions, and establish a great support network,” Amit Jain, president of Uber India, told Business Standard.With the new investment, the company expects to grow its daily trips to nearly one million in the next six to nine months, Jain said.Currently, the San Francisco-headquartered taxi aggregator sees 200,000 trips a day, employing around 50,000 drivers, according to industry estimates.The earmarked investment is expected to generate nearly 200,000 jobs. “We have grown exponentially in India, a global priority market for us, which has also quickly become the largest market for Uber outside the US. We continue to see 40 per cent growth month-on-month and with more investment in product, hiring, and payment solutions, we expect to grow even faster,” said Jain.Uber, which is regarded as the world’s second most valuable start-up, has come out with agressive plans for India in the past two months. Earlier in July, the firm announced plans to set up a “response and support centre” in Hyderabad, India, which will be its biggest investment outside the US.The company said that it would invest about Rs 317 crore over the coming five years to build its largest international office in the city. A week before the announcement, Uber said that it had expanded its operations to seven other cities, taking its overall coverage to 18 cities.With the expansion, its presence in India has become larger than that of its operations in China, Germany and the UK.Uber’s rival Ola, which has operations in nearly 100 cities in India, is currently giving a tough competition to the company. Ola claims to have 80% of the market share after acquiring TaxiForSure in March this year.last_img read more

Chinese media calls Huawei arrest a despicable rogue action

first_imgUpdated timeline showing how Chinese telecom giant Huawei has been dropped from major markets in the past year. Photo: AFPChinese state-run media on Friday condemned the arrest in Canada of a top executive of telecoms giant Huawei on a US extradition request as a “despicable rogue’s approach” to contain Chinese high-tech ambitions.The arrest of Meng Wanzhou, Huawei’s chief financial officer, has angered the Chinese government and raised concerns that it could disrupt a trade war truce between the world’s two biggest economies.”The Chinese government should seriously mull over the US tendency to abuse legal procedures to suppress China’s high-tech enterprises,” said the nationalist tabloid Global Times in an editorial.”Obviously, Washington is resorting to a despicable rogue’s approach as it cannot stop Huawei’s 5G advance in the market,” it said.The China Daily warned that “containing Huawei’s expansion is detrimental to China-US ties.”US authorities have not disclosed the charges she faces following a publication ban sought by Meng, but “one thing that is undoubtedly true and proven is the US is trying to do whatever it can to contain Huawei’s expansion in the world simply because the company is the point man for China’s competitive technology companies,” the daily said.Though China’s technology sector is still reliant on certain US exports like microchips, Beijing wants to transform the country into a global tech leader — with a technological prowess rivalling the United States — in a plan dubbed “Made in China 2025″.Huawei is one of the world’s largest telecommunications equipment and services providers. Its products are used by carriers around the world, including in Europe and Africa.But its US business has been tightly constrained by worries it could undermine American competitors and that its cellphones and networking equipment, used widely in other countries, could provide Beijing with avenues for espionage.Australia, New Zealand and Britain have followed suit this year by rejecting some of the company’s services over security concerns.Chinese netizens have criticised Meng’s arrest on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like platform, where online trolls sometimes deliberately incite nationalist fervour or pro-government stances.Some users viewed the incident as part of the trade war — and a broader conspiracy to keep down China’s technological development.”One of the most important reasons why the US started the trade war was to attack China’s technology sector and its ‘Made in China 2025’ plan,” wrote one Weibo user.The goal is to keep China stuck in “low-end industries and force China into the middle income trap.”The detention of Meng appears to be a “game of politics”, wrote another user.The Huawei executive’s arrest follows a US probe into the company’s alleged violations of Iran sanctions.Earlier this year, another Chinese tech firm ZTE nearly collapsed after Washington banned US companies from selling crucial hardware and software components to it for seven years, though the ban was lifted after it agreed to pay a $1 billion fine.last_img read more

New entropy battery pulls energy from difference in salinity between fresh water

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Up to now, this kind of process has been accomplished by passing seawater though a membrane which unfortunately is too costly to merit creating large-scale operations. The new process works like this:Step 1 – Two types of nanorod electrodes are placed in river water; one silver anionic electrode contains Cl- ions and one manganese dioxide cationic electrode contains Na+ ions. The battery charges as the river water’s low salinity concentration of salt pulls the chorine and the sodium from the respective electrodes.Step 2 – The river water is slowly replaced with seawater, causing a potential difference between the two concentrations of ions in the combined water. This is due to the Cl- ions, or anions, traveling to the silver electrode and the Na+ sodium ions, or cations, traveling to the manganese dioxide electrode.Step 3 – Ions in the electrodes discharge into the seawater when the electrodes receive more ions than they can accommodate.Step 4 – The salt water is slowly replaced with river water. This lessens the potential difference of the two electrodes which charges the battery. More energy was released in Step3 into the saltwater than is needed to charge the battery, thus the battery collects and stores the energy that has been building up as the ions have been moving in and out of the crystal lattice of the electrodes. With the entropy battery, costs are much lower than other ways of accomplishing the same thing due to the absence of replaceable membranes.Cui believes that the entropy battery might eventually contribute up to 13% of total energy needs. He also believes that by moving the two electrodes closer, he might be able to improve his efficiency rate from 74% percent to 85%.Because the entropy battery operates in both warm and cold conditions it is a completely renewable resource; one that might lead to mass energy production in both developed countries and those in the third world. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Image credit: ACS More information: Batteries for Efficient Energy Extraction from a Water Salinity Difference, by Fabio La Mantia et al., Nano Lett., Article ASAP, Publication Date (Web): March 17, 2011. pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl200500s Citation: New entropy battery pulls energy from difference in salinity between fresh water and seawater (2011, March 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-entropy-battery-energy-difference-salinity.html Liquid Battery Offers Promising Solar Energy Storage Technique (PhysOrg.com) — A team of researchers, led by Dr. Yi Cui, of Stanford and Dr. Bruce Logan from Penn State University have succeeded in developing an entropy battery that pulls energy from the imbalance of salinity in fresh water and seawater. Their paper, published in Nano Letters, describes a deceptively simple process whereby an entropy battery is used to capture the energy that is naturally released when river water flows into the sea.last_img read more

Lufthansa announces attractive fares from India to Europe and North America

first_imgLufthansa has announced special fares on its flights to Europe and North America from India. Through its latest promotional offer, Lufthansa aims to provide its Indian customers with a chance to avail the comfort, convenience and luxury of its premium economy class along with significant cost savings. All premium economy travellers on Lufthansa flights are provided double baggage allowance, wider seats and extra leg-room. They can also enjoy Lufthansa’s vast in-flight entertainment programme and have access to select Lufthansa lounges for an extra charge.Under the limited-time offer, Lufthansa customers in India can book premium economy seats on select European and North American routes for as low as INR 85,800 and INR 1,21,500, respectively. The offer is available to travellers who book Premium Economy seats till March 15, 2019, and will be valid for travel until June 30, 2019.last_img read more

ReturnOne wayMulticityFromAdd nearby airports ToA

first_imgReturnOne wayMulti-cityFromAdd nearby airports ToAdd nearby airportsDepart14/08/2019Return21/08/2019Cabin Class & Travellers1 adult, EconomyDirect flights onlySearch flights Map Jack Henderson, the 6 year old son of Ed Henderson, a Skyscanner Web Developer, has given Skyscanner’s logo a new twist with his unique brand of art. RelatedWhy programmers will not inherit the earth: Gareth Williams on coder to CEOGareth Williams, Skyscanner CEO, on the computer nerd stereotype, internet altruism, and why coders won’t inherit the earthFlight Geek of the Week – Wit WiechFlight Geek of the Week – Wit WiechChinese airport riots and why caution kills: Alistair Hann InterviewedAlistair Hann, Skyscanner CTO on riots in Chinese airports, Android v iOS, and the next big thing in travel techcenter_img The logo redesign is all part of Jack’s project – JackDrawsAnything.com – which is raising money for The Sick Kids Friends Foundation.Jack’s youngest brother, Noah, has been in and out of the Royal Hospital for Sick Children due to respiratory problems, and Jack wanted to do something to help. He hit upon the idea of selling his drawings after a relative bought one for 20p.With a little help from his web developer dad, JackDrawsAnything.com was set up. Expecting to raise a few pounds via donations from friends and family they set a £100 target. But soon the site was picking up traction as people started sharing it through Twitter and Facebook. Within 3 days Jack’s project had gone ballistic – appearing in several local and national papers, on STV and on BBC News!The target was raised to £500, then £1000, and now stands at a whopping £10,000! Not bad for one 6 year old with a pack of coloured pens.But if you want this talented young lad to draw you a picture, you better get in quick! Like any normal six year old, Jack has school, homework and friends to play with, and with hundreds of emails arriving every day, Jack will soon have to close the doors to new requests for his works of art.The project has been so successful that there is now talk of an exhibition of Jack’s pictures, and even a book!Help Jack hit the £10,000 target – donate to the Sick Kids Friends Foundation or request a picture at JackDrawsAnything.com.last_img read more