West Bengal Assembly rules out NRC

first_imgIn an unprecedented show of unity, the West Bengal Legislative Assembly on Friday passed a resolution opposing the National Register of Citizens ( NRC) in Assam. The resolution also categorically ruled out the possibility of any such exercise in the State.The development comes within a week of release of the final list of NRC, in which over 19 lakh people have been left out.The resolution tabled under Rule 185 of the Rules of Procedures of Conduct of Business of the House was supported by members of the Trinamool Congress from the Treasury beaches and legislators of the Left parties and the Congress from the Opposition benches. Only a handful of BJP members opposed the resolution, which was passed after a three-hour debate.“We do not accept the NRC. What has happened in Assam can never happen in Bengal,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said during the debate. She thanked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for opposing a NRC-like exercise in his State.Ms. Banerjee said the NRC was carried out on the basis of the Assam Accord of 1985 and there was no such agreement in the case of Bengal. “They are making a grand jail where they can keep the detainees from the list.” Issues like this were propped up to divert people’s attention from the economic distress faced by the country, she alleged.Pointing out that Gorkhas had voted overwhelmingly for the BJP in Darejeeling hills, she said that one lakh Gorkha people have been excluded from the NRC.During the debate, members, supporting the resolution that had called the exercise “inhuman and autocratic”, made repeated references to the partition of Bengal and the influx of refugees from Bangladesh. They said the exercise was “anti-Bengali” and aimed at reaping political dividends for the BJP. “When refugees from Bangladesh came to Bengal, there were no protests here. We, the people of Bengal, have accepted refugees irrespective of their religion,” TMC MLA and Minister Sovandeb Chatterjee said.Leader of the Left Legislature Party Sujan Chakraborty said the NRC was not against Muslims or those who had come from the other side of Bengal but against the poor people who had no access to documents.All India Forward Bloc MLA Ali Imran Ramz described the resolution as historic. He said it had proved that “Bengal is secular and will remain secular”.Leader of the Opposition and Congress MLA Abdul Mannan said the RSS had infiltrated all political parties in the country when they were guided by blind anti-Congress opposition. None of the political parties opposing the Congress realised that the weakening of the Congress would bring such a doom.Leader of the BJP legislature party Manoj Tigga, who spoke against the motion, raised issues like the Chief Minister’s protest in Kolkata on issues such as ‘no voter card no vote’ in July 21, 1993, in which 13 youth Congress people were killed. “Will the souls of those killed rest in peace after hearing the debate in the Assembly,” he said.Mr. Tigga also raised the issue of Ms. Banerjee, as an MP, raising the issue of illegal infiltration from Bangladesh on August 4, 2005 in Parliament and storming out the house when no debate was allowed on it.Mr. Tigga, along with his colleague Swadhin Sarkar, who participated in the debate, said the NRC needed to be implemented in Bengal.last_img read more

Meghalaya NGO objects to ‘overloaded’ Bhutan trucks

first_imgAfter driving into revised traffic rules in Assam, trucks from Bhutan carrying boulders and stone chips to Bangladesh via the northeast have now run into an NGO in Meghalaya.The Anti-Corruption and Human Development Organisation has urged the authorities in Meghalaya to ban the plying of the “overloaded” trucks from Bhutan as their movement has “damaged the already-damaged roads in the State”.Export via northeastBhutan exports stones to Bangladesh using the land route through Assam and Meghalaya as per the South Asian Free Trade Area agreement among SAARC countries allowing a third country to be used as transit. SAARC expands to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation and its members are Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.Each Bhutan truck is supposed to carry 18 tonnes of load from Gelephu on the India-Bhutan border to Dalu on Meghalaya-Bangladesh border covering 321 km. But Bhutanese traders have admitted the trucks carry “a bit more” to offset the “extra expenditure” on transportation.The Meghalaya organisation based at Chibinang in West Garo Hills district, said that convoys of overloaded Bhutan trucks have been causing more damage to an arterial road that was already in a dilapidated state.Ishraful Hoque, the organisation’s president said the road to the check point on the border with Bangladesh had been repaired some time ago, but have begun peeling off because of the trucks that are allegedly driven at a high speed.last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: Ateneo Blue Eagles look to pick up where they left off

first_imgGold medal or bust for Hidilyn Diaz in Turkmenistan tilt While it came as a surprise, Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin doesn’t consider the Blue Eagles’ finals run as an overachievement.But the American-Kiwi coach admits that their runner-up finish to La Salle set them up for higher expectations this UAAP Season 80 but that is something Baldwin is trying to temper.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I think there’d be a lot of expectations outside of our camp. Within, we just want to get off to a good start in the UAAP,” he said. “We’re gonna be a team that hopefully plays off of last season’s finish and has more maturity this year. I believe this team can be good. We will be tested.”Parading a virtually intact roster for this campaign, Ateneo will once again rely on its key guys like Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, and Mike Nieto. Coach: Tab BaldwinLast Season: 10-4 (Runner-up)Holdovers: Thirdy Ravena, Isaac Go, Mike NietoAdditions: Tyler Tio, Troy Mallillin, Gian Mamuyac, BJ AndradeKey Losses: G-Boy BabiloniaADVERTISEMENT Read Next MOST READ LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img Just like last year, the Blue Eagles won’t have just a single go-to-guy with the entire team capable of stepping upany given moment, making them a tough draw for their foes.“We’re a coaching staff that’s going to ride whoever’s worth riding at the time. It could be Thirdy on one day, it could be someone else on another day. I just spoke to the team about that — that I have confidence on all of these guys and if they’re having a good game, they’ll find themselves out there. As long as they’re prepared to play defense at the other end of the floor.”Baldwin is aware of how the rest of the league has tried to improve over the off-season like the Blue Eagles, making the race a fair game.But he is banking on his players’ trust in his system, which is looking for Blue Eagles to go all-out for the whole 40 minutes on the floor.“Generally speaking, I think this team is gonna be a very hard-working team. This is gonna be a team that relishes the defensive end of the floor. But we’re gonna have our letdowns during the campaign. They’re gonna come in every aspect of the game. So promises? No. But having said that, I like them. And most of the time, they’re gonna give us whatever we’re asking for,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad last_img read more

Salman Khan’s Ek Tha Tiger biggest hit ever since 3 Idiots

first_imgEk Tha Tiger starring Salman Khan and Katrina Kaif has indeed broken all box office records. If reports are to be believed, the Kabir Khan directed film has surpassed $10 million mark at the overseas Box Office! Even in India, the film has grossed over Rs 200 crores. Seems like it might as well cross the Rs 300 crore mark and even break the record haul of 3 Idiots, which was Rs 385 crore.Ek Tha Tiger is the story of a RAW spy, played by Salman Khan and the film has made history with its collections. The film released on August 15, 2012.Mystery behind Katrina’s red tilak revealed!Katrina Kaif recently grabbed headlines not for her performance in Ek Tha Tiger but for the tilak she sported at private screenings of this film.According to sources, the tilak was nothing more than a religious one, applied to her forehead during a pooja she attended.Katrina Kaif is these days celebrating the unprecedented response her recent film Ek Tha Tiger is receiving.No sequel to Ek Tha TigerDespite the ending of Ek Tha Tiger leaving a scope for a sequel, the makers have denied any such move. “We have not thought of a sequel for ‘Ek Tha Tiger’. We don’t have any idea (story line) for the sequel,” Kabir informed.Even the producers have denied making a sequel. “With the success of the film, it would be the obvious conclusion for anybody to assume that the film deserves a sequel. However, as of now, there are no such plans and it is more conjecture,” Yash Raj Films’ vice president (marketing and communications) Rafiq Gangjee said.advertisementlast_img read more

Nets end playoff drought with win over Pacers

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MOST READ Nets: Will celebrate their playoff berth by closing the regular season at home against Miami on Wednesday.Pacers: Can pick up their first season sweep of the Hawks since 2004-05 with a win at Atlanta on Wednesday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next All of it came just hours after the Heat opened the door for Brooklyn with an overtime loss at Toronto. Then, perhaps fittingly, they had to snap a nine-game losing streak against the Pacers and a seven-game losing streak in Indianapolis that dated back to March 2015.This time, though, the Nets were more physical and more aggressive than Indiana and it showed right from the start. Brooklyn scored the first nine points and forced three turnovers before the Pacers called timeout less than two minutes into the game, and Indiana never recovered as D’Angelo Russell scored 20 points. Caris LeVert added 18.“They wanted it more than us, I think that’s what it was,” Myles Turner said. “They were playing for something and they went out and showed it.”The reeling Pacers, meanwhile, have now lost two straight at home and five of seven overall, locking them into the No. 5 seed in the East. They will begin next week’s playoffs in either Boston of Philadelphia.Domantas Sabonis led Indiana with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Thaddeus Young scored 16 in a game coach Nate McMillan promised to limit the minutes his starters logged.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Instead, the Nets beat Indiana at its own physical game and earned their first playoff berth in four years with a 108-96 victory on the road — though the muted locker room celebration made it hard to tell if players were more relieved or excited that the drought was over.“It means a lot, obviously to exceed expectations for a lot of us in here, to see how far we’ve come,” Joe Harris said after scoring 18 of his 19 points in the decisive first half. “It means a ton. Hopefully, it’s a sign of things to come for this organization.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsFor now, the Nets will settle for the victory signifying how much progress they’ve made this season.After starting the season 8-18, they fought back to post their first non-losing record in four years and can make it a winning season by beating Miami in Wednesday’s regular-season finale. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Indiana only led twice — on a 3-pointer from Turner and another from Wesley Matthews in the first quarter. But Russell answered the second shot with a 9-footer and the Nets never trailed again.They led 31-25 after one, 52-44 at the half and closed the third quarter on a 7-0 run to make it 82-69 as they coasted into the playoffs.“There was another level of focus, another level of being locked in,” coach Kenny Atkinson said. “They wanted it so bad, there was an extra energy there in these past few games.”TIP-INSNets: Spencer Dinwiddie and Jarrett Allen each scored 12. Dinwiddie had six assists. Allen had eight rebounds. … Brooklyn was 11 of 36 on 3s, moving within 16 of breaking the single-season franchise record (1,041), which they set last season. … The Nets had a 52-33 rebounding advantage including a 17-5 edge in offensive rebounds. … DeMarre Carroll left midway through the third quarter and headed to the locker room with an undisclosed injury. He did not return to the game.Pacers: Sabonis recorded his 30th double-double of the season. … Bojan Bogdanovic had 13 points, while Cory Joseph added 12. … Turner finished with six points, four rebounds and three blocks before leaving with a sore right ankle midway through the third quarter. He did not return but said he would be fine for the playoffs. … Darren Collison was 2 of 12 from the field and missed all four of his 3-pointers after missing the previous three games with an injured groin. He had four points and six assists.WHAT’S NEXT?McMillan was judicious with how he used his lineups in a game that still had meaning. How does he intend to play it in a game that will have no bearing on playoff seeding?“We will try to manage Wednesday’s game as best as possible and really take this week to get guys whatever they need to get ready for Boston,” McMillan said.UP NEXT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Indiana Pacers’ Aaron Holiday (3) and Brooklyn Nets’ D’Angelo Russell (1) go for a loose ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game Sunday, April 7, 2019, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Darron Cummings)INDIANAPOLIS — The Brooklyn Nets were all business Sunday.They started fast. They closed hard. And they refused to let anything, even an old nemesis, block their playoff path.ADVERTISEMENT Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Magic rally past Celtics, earn 1st playoff berth in 7 years SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss LATEST STORIESlast_img read more

BanKo Perlas scrapes past Motolite in 3 sets

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too MOST READ Isaiah Thomas reacts on Calvin Abueva clothesline: ‘I woulda beat his ass’ Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MANILA, Philippines—BanKo-Perlas overcame Motolite in three tough sets, 26-24, 32-30, 26-24, Wednesday night to register its second win in the Premier Volleyball League Reinforced Conference at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.The Perlas Spikers clamped down on the Motolite Spikers while unleashing Lakia Bright in the offensive end. Bright fired 20 points.ADVERTISEMENT PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd03:15‘Perla’ intensifies into severe tropical storm00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss In the second set alone, BanKo Perlas outgunned Motolite, 17-10, on attacks.It was the second win in four starts by the Perlas Spikers which dealt Motolite its third defeat in a row.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess View commentslast_img read more


first_imgPakistans former Test captain, Muhammad Yousuf said he Pakistans former Test captain, Muhammad Yousuf said he would appeal to the Prime Minister to look into the cricket affairs and set things right. “The first thing to be done is to put things right in the cricket board and get the right people for the job to run cricket affairs. Team changes can come later,” he said. But the minister for inter-provincial coordination which looks after sports in Pakistan, Riaz Pirzada said that people must accept victory and defeat. “What do people want us to do hang these players. It doesnt happen that way sometimes you perform well sometimes badly. We will find out from the board what went wrong but these players are heroes and should be given respect,” he added. PTI Cor ATK ATKlast_img read more

Nordic Semi: open-source industrial-grade environmental sensing and asset tracking solution

first_imgNordic Semiconductor announces that an open-source, multi-purpose, industrial-grade cellular gateway, environmental sensing, and asset tracking node solution from Ruuvi Innovations employs both a low-power Nordic nRF9160 SiP cellular IoT module (LTE-M and NB-IoT) and an ultra-low power Nordic nRF52840 Bluetooth5 multi-protocol (Thread, Zigbee) SoC.The Ruuvi Node is maintenance-free and will include an embedded solar panel to support energy harvesting (which in some applications will mean the batteries never run out), a full range of environmental sensors, GPS positioning (leveraging the Nordic nRF9160 SiP’s embedded GPS support), and NFC for securely reading device IDs and uploading configuration parameters (leveraging the embedded NFC feature on Nordic’s nRF52840 SoC).A large capacity 45Wh battery, multi-use expansion ports, and support for an external power source for high duty applications is also included. In addition to being able to function as a standalone IoT asset tracker and sensor node, the device will also be able to act as a cellular gateway for any of Ruuvi’s existing ‘RuuviTag’ Bluetooth sensor beacons located nearby.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous RTI: architecture proposal to integrate core connectivity standards in industrial systemsNext Cadence unveils 3D electromagnetic field solver for PCB and IC package designlast_img read more

India vs Bangladesh Asia Cup Final Match prediction: Predicted playing XI of India and Bangladesh

first_imgIndia will be aiming to reassert their continental supremacy while an injury-hit Bangladesh will hope to shrug off stage fright when the two sides square off in the Asia Cup 2018 final in Dubai on Friday.A passionate Bangladesh turned out to be the party-poopers on Wednesday as they wrecked the prospects of an India-Pakistan summit clash with a gutsy performance despite losing key players to injury.On paper, India will remain overwhelming favourites to win the tournament for a record seventh time while Bangladesh will be hoping to be third-time lucky in a summit clash.Asia Cup 2018 Final: India clear favourites against charged-up BangladeshFinal of any tournament is a one-off game in complete isolation from how a team has performed in the tournament. Even the most consistent teams have slipped on the proverbial banana peel when it has mattered the most.Add to this the fact that the Indo-Bangla cricketing rivalry has grown in intensity.Asia Cup 2018 Final India vs Bangladesh: What to expectAlso Read – Innings vs Pakistan will be in my top five, says Mushfiqur RahimYou can expect plenty of spin. India have three top-quality spinners and Kedar Jadhav, who has filled in admirably. Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravindra Jadeja have troubled the opposition with their guile throughout Asia Cup 2018. Don’t forget Bangladesh have Mehidi Hasan and Mahmdullah who were brilliant against Pakistan.Also Read – Mashrafe Mortaza lauds ‘quality’ fielding against PakistanBut the pacers will have a say as well. Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar have been brilliant for India while Mustafizur returned to form for Bangladesh with a four-wicket haul.advertisementAlso Read – Bangladesh knock Pakistan out to set up Asia Cup 2018 final with IndiaIt is India’s batting which could make a difference in the end. Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, rested fot the game against Afghanistan, will return to action on Friday.Predicted Playing XI for IndiaRohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra ChahalPredicted Playing XI for BangladeshMasrafe Mortaza (captain), Mohammad Mithun, Liton Das, Mushfiqur Rahim, Mahmudullah, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Imrul Kayes, Mominul Haque, Soumya Sarkar.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Anthony Joshua’s next opponent could be Dillian Whyte, says Eddie Hearn

first_imgDillian Whyte is being lined up as Anthony Joshua’s next opponent in April after the promoter Eddie Hearn said that a long-anticipated super fight with Deontay Wilder might not happen until November 2019 at the earliest. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Twitter Read more Alexander Povetkin has Russian government behind him, warns Hearn Since you’re here… Joshua, who puts his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight belts on the line against Alexander Povetkin at Wembley on Saturday, wants Wilder, the WBC champion, next. But Hearn said talks with the American’s camp have broken down and it could take at least a year for the fight to take place.Hearn said: “It comes to a stage where if they won’t even reply to us, how can you try to make the fight? My dad emailed Shelley Finkel [Wilder’s co-manager] a fortnight ago and said: ‘We’ve sent you a signed contract on all the terms you agreed’, but they didn’t respond. It’s very strange. If they want to make it for April, we need to have some dialogue. If you want 50-50, at least tell me so we can discuss terms.” Deontay Wilder Another complicating factor is that Hearn wants to name Joshua’s next opponent before Wilder fights Tyson Fury, which is expected to take place in early December. “We can’t wait until then because of all Joshua’s mandatory situations,” Hearn said. “Joshua will box in April and then he won’t fight again until November or December 2019.”Joshua knocked out Whyte in seven brutal rounds in December 2015 but wobbled badly in the early stages, and Hearn believes there would be a huge buzz about a rematch. “Whyte is a much bigger fight than Povetkin in Britain,” he said. “On the world scene Povetkin is well known and credible, but Whyte, with the history of the first fight, the build-up, it’s a huge fight.” Support The Guardian news Read more Share on Facebook Topics Share via Email Boxing Anthony Joshua Share on LinkedIn Anthony Joshua slackens timekeeping after 200 rounds of sparring Hearn accused Fury of cashing out by deciding to face Wilder in the early stages of his comeback following a drug ban and well-publicised problems away from the ring. “If it’s a massive offer and he’s got a chance of winning the world heavyweight title, we shouldn’t say he’s mad,” Hearn said. “But he’s smart enough to know in his mind he’s nowhere near ready. The problem is it’s one thing training for Sefer Seferi and Francesco Pianeta and another being match-fit for Deontay Wilder.” Share on Messenger Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Asian stocks rise on hopes US China will unwind dispute

first_imgSINGAPORE — Asian shares were mostly higher Monday on hopes that U.S. President Donald Trump and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping will unwind a blistering trade dispute at a meeting this week.KEEPING SCORE: Japan’s benchmark Nikkei 225, reopening after a holiday, added 0.8 per cent to 21,815.55. South Korea’s Kospi jumped 1 per cent to 2,077.25. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index rebounded 1.3 per cent to 26,251.11. The Shanghai Composite dipped 0.1 per cent to 2,577.36. Australia’s S&P/ASX 200 lost 0.7 per cent to 5,674.90. Shares rose in Taiwan, Singapore and the Philippines, but fell in Indonesia.WALL STREET: Energy companies led a slide in U.S. stocks on Friday, as a plunge in oil prices weighed on sentiment. Trading volume was lighter than usual as markets were only open for a half day after the Thanksgiving break. The S&P 500 index fell 0.7 per cent to 2,632.56, racking up its second correction of the year. It is now down 10.2 per cent from its last all-time high set on Sept. 20. The Nasdaq composite shed 0.5 per cent to 6,938.98 and the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 0.7 per cent to 24,285.95. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks was less than 0.1 per cent higher at 1,488.68.TRUMP-XI MEETING: Presidents Trump and Xi will meet at the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires at the end of the week. A trade dispute over Beijing’s technology policy, which has caused them to impose tariffs on billions of dollars of each other’s goods, is likely at the top of the agenda. Investors are watching to see if the leaders can arrive at an agreement to ease tensions that have been weighing on corporate earnings and the global economy.ANALYST’S TAKE: “As the current round of U.S.-Chinese trade talks only restarted in the last few weeks, hopes of a trade deal at this juncture could be too optimistic,” Chang Wei Liang of Mizuho Bank said in a market commentary. “However, an agreement for talks over dinner suggests a higher level of engagement, which could result in a gentlemen’s agreement not to escalate tariffs further.”BREXIT DEAL: The European Union and Britain have finally sealed an agreement governing the latter’s departure from the bloc on March 29. This comes after months of hesitation, stop-and-start negotiations and resignations. British Prime Minister Theresa May must now get her divided Parliament to back the deal, which leaves Britain subject to rules and obligations of the bloc at least until the end of 2020 and possibly longer. She is facing intense opposition from pro-Brexit and pro-EU lawmakers alike.JAPAN PMI: A private survey released on Monday showed Japanese manufacturing slowing in November. The Markit/JMMA flash purchasing managers’ index fell to 51.8 in November from 52.9 in the previous month. New orders slipped into contraction territory for the first time since September 2016. Numbers above 50 on the index show acceleration.ENERGY: Oil prices recovered after plunging on worries that a slowing global economy could hurt demand for oil. Benchmark U.S. crude added 30 cents to $50.72. The contract plunged $4.21 to close at $50.42 in New York. Brent crude, the international standard, rose 59 cents to $59.39. It finished $3.80 lower at $58.80 in London.CURRENCIES: The dollar strengthened to 113.24 yen from 112.96 yen late Friday. The euro fell to $1.1335 from $1.1339.Annabelle Liang, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Books to read this weekend

first_imgThis weekend, go through the fictional story of a woman with unexpected inheritances and the transformation that ensued; travel with a Buddhist monk who decided to venture out of his comfortable monkhood; and finally in the 100th year of Kaifi Azmis birth, read some of his greatest poems and ‘nazms’. Small Days and Nights by Tishani Dosh Written by Forward Prize-winning author Tishani Doshi, ‘Small Days and Nights’ is the story of a woman caught in a moment of transformation, and the sacrifices we make to forge lives that have meaning. Also Read – The Puja carnivalEscaping her failing marriage, Grace has returned to Puducherry for her mother’s funeral. Once there, she finds herself heir to an unexpected inheritance. First, there is the strange pink house, and then there is the sister she never knew she had – Lucia, who has spent her life in a residential facility. Soon Grace sets up a new and precarious life in this lush, melancholy wilderness, with Lucia, village housekeeper Mallika, dryly witty auntie Kavitha and an ever-multiplying litter of puppies. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraIn Love with the World: A Monk’s Journey Through the Bardos of Living and Dying by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche At 36, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche was a rising star within his generation of Tibetan masters and a respected abbot of three monasteries. Then one night, telling no one, he slipped out of his monastery in India with the intention of spending the next four years on a wandering retreat, following the ancient practice of holy mendicants. His goal was to throw off his titles and roles in order to explore the deepest aspects of his being. He immediately discovered that a lifetime of Buddhist education and practice had not prepared him to deal with dirty fellow travellers or the screeching of a railway car. But when he ran out of money, he began his life as an itinerant beggar in earnest. Soon he became deathly ill from food poisoning and his journey took a startling turn. Kaifi Azmi: Poems, Nazms by Kaifi Azmi Coming on the great poet’s 100th birth centenary celebrations, ‘Kaifi Azmi: Poems, Nazms’ contains 50 carefully chosen poems from his lifetime’s immense oeuvre. The English-Hindi collection is produced by a group of fine translators, poets, scholars, and filmmakers.last_img read more

Kosovo progress made thus far demands continuing commitment from parties Security Council

“Reaching equitable compromises, those which overcome legacies from the conflict and produce tangible benefit to both sides, is not limited only to the terms of the First Agreement reached on 19 April 2013,” said Farid Zarif, addressing the 15-member Council for the last time in his capacity as head of the UN Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK).On 25 August, the top leaders from each side will meet once again, seeking accord on issues where differences, while narrowed, still remain. “During the coming days, it is my hope that the dialogue will expand to include other difficult issues, which continue to burden relations,” he explained, citing the fate of missing persons and compensations for their families; the revitalisation of transport and commercial links; the complex issues surrounding property; and the return and settlement of refugees and internally displaced persons; as well as the status of the Orthodox Church.Briefing the Council about the situation in Kosovo over the last three months, Mr. Zarif started by commending the critically important step taken its institutions in August, when the Assembly passed the requisite constitutional amendment and the laws on the establishment of the Specialist Chambers and Specialist Prosecutor’s Office. Marking progress on the judiciary, these legislative acts fully accord with Kosovo and the European Union’s agreement, he noted.If delays in finalizing the required framework had become a subject of serious concern, stressed the Special Representative, “the passage of the necessary normative acts and their promulgation yesterday by President Jahjaga, stands as a sign of Kosovo’s increasing determination to meet its fundamental obligations and commitments, which imply full respect for the rule of law and impartial justice; as well as accountability and equality before the law.”One of the challenges Kosovo is facing is the legal protection of cultural and religious heritage sites. “Respect, protection and preservation of the Serbian Orthodox cultural heritage in Kosovo are fundamental duties, and also test of the responsibility of Kosovo’s governing institutions,” underlined Mr. Zarif.Should these fail, he warned, many other important functions and responsibilities may equally fall into question. “It is, therefore, a matter of the utmost importance that the legal framework of protection, enshrined in the constitution of Kosovo, is adhered to with conscientious rigor.”In that regard, Mr. Zarif, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, commended the firm assurances given to him by Prime Minister Isa Mustafa that a revised version of the draft Law on Cultural Heritage will not be approved by the Cabinet and submitted to the Assembly unless it fully conforms with the relevant provisions of the Constitution.“When I arrived to Kosovo, soon after the events of July 2011, tension was extremely high on the ground. Four years on from that time, the situation differs dramatically,” Mr. Zarif reflected. “No progress is irreversible, of course. I do not wish to suggest that the efforts made to date are yet sufficient to guarantee headway. I do, however, firmly believe that there is objective justification for cautious optimism that this process will continue and produce more tangible results in the interest of all.” read more

BBC criticised for encouraging gardeners to plant foreign trees that could spread

Luke Barley, A National Trust ranger at work felling ash trees infected with dieback near Ilam in the Derbyshire Peak District. Defra's chief plant health officer Professor Nicola Spence  Last year, a Gardeners’ World feature on olive trees said that they were ideal to help create the perfect Mediterranean Garden, but Prof Spence branded the advice “irresponsible” noting that they had been banned from Chelsea Flower Show amid fears Xylella.The disease has ravaged Italy’s olive groves and could decimate UK trees including the oak, elm and sycamore.More than 350 different plants are vulnerable to Xylella, including lavender, rosemary and flowering cherry.But foreign plants can also being other diseases to the British ecosystem. Ash dieback was first officially confirmed in the UK in 2012 when it was found in a consignment of infected trees imported from a nursery in the Netherlands.And fuchsia gall mite, which disfigures plants and is now rife in the South East, has been attributed to an enthusiast illegally importing cuttings from South America. “This is vital if we are going to win the fight to protect our gardens against the growing threat of pests and diseases.”The BBC said that both shows criticised by Prof Spence “Feature advice from horticultural experts and have contributed to the public’s awareness of biosecurity by highlighting the importance of the issue – and will keep audiences updated with any developments which may impact gardeners in the UK.” Defra’s chief plant health officer Professor Nicola Spence Credit:Telegraph A government horticulturalist has criticised BBC gardening shows for encouraging viewers to plant foreign species that risk spreading disease.Defra’s chief plant health officer Prof Nicola Spence branded TV show Gardeners’ World “irresponsible” after a feature on growing olive trees.She said star presenters like Monty Don should not be encouraging gardeners to grow olives because they are a high risk for importing deadly plant disease Xylella fastidiosa.Speaking at a biosecurity event at Tendercare Nurseries in Uxbridge, west London, last week Prof Spence said: “Gardening trends can drive biosecurity behaviour.”I like to watch Gardeners’ World on a Friday night and to listen to Gardeners’ Question Time, but I occasionally have a bit of a rage at them and take to Twitter when I think they’re not providing the best advice, particularly when a listener – somebody in the audience – says ‘I’ve just brought back X from my holidays. What should I do with it?’ Luke Barley, A National Trust ranger at work felling ash trees infected with dieback near Ilam in the Derbyshire Peak District.Credit:Andrew Fox Recently, the Royal Horticultural Society’s director general Sue Biggs warned holidaymakers off bringing foreign plants back to Britain.”For many people, wandering the olive groves of Italy and lavender fields of France are as much a part of the holiday experience as the cities and beaches,” she said.”But we’re asking people to leave these beautiful plants where they are for future visitors to enjoy and not to bring them back home with them. “And I’m screaming ‘destroy’ and they get advised to go and plant it in their garden.”Prof Spence also warned against buying plants from overseas online.She said: “Just because it’s available on Amazon doesn’t necessarily mean it’s actually legal and we are constantly working with Amazon and eBay to track down material that is not compliant.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Jamaican man kills commonlaw wife and teen stepdaughter

(JAMAICA OBSERVER) An enraged security guard who butchered his common-law wife and her teenaged daughter at their St James home yesterday morning later killed himself by driving over the Flat Bridge into the Rio Cobre in St Catherine, where he drowned.Student Jayshenel GordonThe guard has been identified as Fabian Lyewsang, while the murder victims are 45-year-old gas station supervisor Deon Smith and her 16- year-old daughter Jayshenel Gordon; all of Rose Mount in St James.Reports are that Lyewsang, who fled the murder scene in Smith’s motor car with his 13-year-old son aboard, subsequently left the child at a family member’s house in Eltham Park, St Catherine, before taking the plunge.According to Crime Officer for Area One Superintendent Michael Phipps, about 2:00 am yesterday Lyewsang called one of Smith’s family members, informing her of the carnage.Other members of the family were subsequently alerted and went to the house where the gruesome discovery was made.The blood-drenched body of Smith was found in a section of the house, while her daughter was found upstairs in her bed. Both victims had their throats slashed.Yesterday morning several shell-shocked community members gathered in front of the gate to the house where the bizarre double murder was committed.“The boy wicked, him never have to kill them,” a female community member in dialogue with members of the large gathering was overheard saying.Danny, a community member, had fond memories of the gas station supervisor.“Me know her as a good person, a jovial person, a person who help people and dem way deh, so me never a look fi nothing like this happen because they (couple) always alright,” he recalled.Deon Smith and Fabian Lyewsang in undated photoAnother community member who gave her name only as Rosalee, also described Smith as a loving person.“She look after everybody. Friends come there and she treat everybody good. She was a loving girl,” the grief stricken woman said.She noted that from time to time she would hear the common-law couple arguing.“We feel bad about it because sometimes we hear the man quarrelling with her and we go and talk to her and it quiet down and me never know that things was going on. Me in my bed and me never hear any sound, me no hear nothing at all…” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedStepdad accused of raping three daughtersDecember 16, 2013In “Crime”Jilted T&T man to hang for murdering ex-wife, loverAugust 2, 2017In “latest news”Uncle of ‘hitman’ also charged with murder of Ruby businessmanMay 7, 2016In “Court” read more

Last chance for early birds to register for 2010 Australian Mining Technology

first_imgHow can technology play a role in dealing with the ever changing mining industry? The 2010 Australian Mining Technology Conference will show case technological solutions for mining effectively and safely in the current resources environment. These technologies cover the full spectrum of mining activities, from exploration, mine planning and scheduling through to mine operations management and control. The 2010 Conference will be an opportunity for industry and academia to meet and discuss solutions for achieving safe and profitable mining in the current production oriented market.Early bird registration for the 2010 Australian Mining Technology Conference will end August 16, 2010. Just some of the papers and ideas to be presented are;• The development of a personnel transport vehicle concept that improves ergonomics and safety for the user• Borehole radar applications for high detailed ore body characterisation and hazard identification• 3D sensor fusion system applied in mining tunnel search and rescue• Underground coal mining development face ventilation• Microsizing mining: robotics and the economics of the small• Blasthole slotting: reducing over breakage during coal mine blasting• Using synthetic aperture radar for the 3D construction of muckpiles• Dynamic dynamometer for testing large DC motors used in mining• A business case for the use of power electronic technologies in mining applications• An automated shovel load assist systemFor more information visit www.crcmining.com.aulast_img read more

Nokia Windows Phone 7 Sea Ray device leaked on video again

first_imgEarlier this year, Nokia set off a chain of spit-takes around the world by announcing that it was going to move away from Symbian. Of course, that didn’t come as a complete surprise since reports had also previously pegged a move from Symbian to Maemo by 2012. The announcement that Windows Phone 7 was the new platform of choice rocked Espoo and Nokia workers took to the streets in protest.The dust has settled now, and everyone is waiting patiently for Nokia to show off its first Windows Phone 7 device again. CEO Stephen Elop teased the public with a brief glimpse of the Sea Ray back in June. The phone looked an awful lot like the Nokia N9, which was introduced just the day before Elop’s presentation.AdChoices广告Apart from that early glimpse, all we knew was that the Sea Ray would be arriving after the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango update was good to go. With it now looking like Mango could be ready as early as August, it certainly seems like production lines ought to be cranking somewhere if Nokia plans to put Sea Ray on retail shelves.And if a leaked video that’s making the rounds is any indication, the wheels may indeed be in motion. Supposedly captured right on the factory floor, the Sea Ray is shown off in a bit more detail. No specs are revealed, but the video does show that Sea Ray includes hardware buttons and is already running Windows Phone 7 Mango build 7710, which is an RTM. It also doesn’t look like the svelte Sea Ray sports a front-facing camera, which will be a downer for those of you hoping that you’d be able to make video calls once an app like Fring or Skype shows up.More at WP Centrallast_img read more

Overclocked Ivy Bridge chips run much hotter than Sandy Bridge

first_imgWhenever a new processor line gets released by Intel or AMD, the enthusiasts are usually the first to pick them up. As well as enjoying the increased stock performance, many also decide to overclock their chip to see how much extra performance can be squeezed out.However, anyone who has overclocked a Sandy Bridge processor successfully may be in for a shock when they pick up an Ivy Bridge part. It has been discovered through testing that Ivy Bridge runs significantly hotter when overclocked. By significantly, I mean as much as 20 degrees Celsius more at the same clock speed.The Tech Report did a real-world test where they pitted a Sandy Bridge Core i7-2600K against an Ivy Bridge Core i7-3770K. Both chips were pushed to 4.9GHz using air cooling and the results logged.The power use was slightly higher for the 3770K (236w vs. 231w), voltages were almost the same, but again Ivy Bridge was a little higher (1.368V vs. 1.381V). Heat is where the two chips really differed, though. At 4.9GHz the Sandy Bridge chip held a steady 80 degrees Celsius, but Ivy Bridge was at 100 degrees Celsius. That may still be within operational limits, but suggests anyone wanting to run an overclocked Ivy Bridge is going to have to invest in some better cooling.As for why there is such a big difference in temperatures, the culprit is most likely going to be the change Intel has made to the thermal interface. Sandy Bridge chips use a fluxless solder for the link between the CPU and the heat spreader. Ivy Bridge has switched to thermal paste, which is less efficient at dissipating heat.Intel has confirmed the additional temperature is down to “different package thermal technology” and a “higher thermal density” for the Ivy Bridge chips. Neither of which are going to change, so if you intend to overclock one of these new chips, be sure to invest in rock solid cooling.More at The Tech Reportlast_img read more

3XY forced off air by accident

first_imgMelbourne’s Greek radio station 3XY has been forced off-air since Thursday night as a result of damage done to their transmission mast in Werribee.Private contractors laying drainage pipes adjacent to the mast inadvertently brought it down when they snapped a guide wire holding up the 40 metre high transmission mast. 3XY General Manager Spiros Alatsas said to NKEE that the station will be off air for at least one week as the station will need to purchase a new transmission mast from Western Australia. Due to technical factors the station cannot use another transmission tower for broadcasting. Station management are endeavouring to get the station back on air as soon as possible and ask that their listeners be patient. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img