The Jammu and Kashmir police on Monday evening said it has established contact with hiding militants in Pulwama’s Tral, triggering an encounter.“An exchange of fire has started in Awanipora’s Tral area. The security forces are on the job,” said a Srinagar-based police spokesperson. Initial reports suggest the gunfight started as a joint team of Army’s 42 Rashtriya Rifles, CRPF’s 180 Battalion and the police’s special operation group threw a cordon around the Mir Mohalla of Tral area.Preliminary reports suggest two to three militants were trapped in the area. “An intermittent fire is going on,” said the police.
Italian luxury carmaker Maserati expects its 2015 sales to be in line with last year’s and it will hit a delivery target of 50,000 vehicles only next year after production of its Levante SUV was delayed to February, the brand’s head said on Wednesday.Harald Wester told journalists at the auto show in Frankfurt that sales of Maserati’s first SUV would begin immediately after its launch at the Geneva auto show in March.ALSO READ: Frankfurt Motor Show: Maserati to arrive late to crowded luxury SUV party”The 50,000 sales target for 2016 also depends on how fast we can grow with the Levante, which for us represents the biggest commercial opportunity ever,” he said.The Levante, along with the sporty two-seater Alfieri and a new version of the GranTurismo sedan that will be added to the line-up over the next two years, are meant to help Maserati to reach a sales goal of 75,000 vehicles by 2018.Maserati’s range currently includes the four-door GranTurismo sedan, the two-door Quattroporte coupe and the compact, lower-priced Ghibli.ALSO READ:Maserati, Rolls Royce and Porsche now on DroomAlong with Jeep, Maserati and Alfa Romeo are a central part of parent Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ ambitions to raise global sales to 7 million vehicles by 2018 from 4.6 million shipped last year.With the Levante, Maserati is a latecomer to an increasingly crowded luxury sport utility vehicles market, with other luxury brands already parading their models in Frankfurt this week.But Wester believes Maserati, which combines Italian design and engines made by sister brand Ferrari, can still offer something unique.advertisementWester also said work on hybrid models for both Maserati and Alfa Romeo, for which he is also responsible, had started.ALSO READ:The Maserati Ghibli gets a Chinese tuning pack”We have launched all the projects … both for Maserati and Alfa Romeo we will have plug-in hybrids in the line up starting from early 2018,” he said.
Diego Costa scored a late winner for the second time this week as Chelsea came from behind to beat Watford 2-1 on Saturday and complete back-to-back Premier League victories under new coach Antonio Conte. (Full Premier League Coverage)Costa clinched three points in the 87th minute after running onto a brilliant through-ball from Cesc Fabregas and shooting past goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes.Gomes was partially at fault for Chelsea’s equalizer in the 80th, failing to hold Eden Hazard’s long-range shot and allowing Belgium striker Michy Batshuayi – one of Chelsea’s two offseason signings – to score from the rebound. (Premier League: Burnley stun Liverpool with classy double)Costa’s winning goal against West Ham on Monday came in the 89th and that also sealed a 2-1 victory. Despite two unconvincing performances, Chelsea has maximum points so far as Conte finds his feet in English football. (Braces from Sergio Aguero and Nolito help Man City thrash Stoke 4-1)Watford looked on course for its first Premier League win over Chelsea since 1999 when Etienne Capoue smashed a left-footed shot into the top corner in the 55th, the French midfielder’s second goal in as many games.Watford paraded new signings Younes Kaboul and Roberto Pereyra before kickoff, after the pair completed moves late Friday. Walter Mazzarri is still waiting for his first win as Watford manager, with the team having opened with a draw at Southampton.Batshuayi scored his first goal for Chelsea since his move from Marseille and almost had a second when he rattled the crossbar with an injury-time shot.advertisementFIRST WIN ELUDES CHAMPIONSArsenal’s Alexis Sanchez and Leicester City’s Robert Huth battle for the ball. (AP Photo)Meanwhile, Leicester is still searching for the first win of its Premier League title defense after drawing 0-0 with Arsenal on Saturday.Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez, who were both heavily linked with moves to Arsenal in the offseason, had the best chances for Leicester at King Power stadium after being played through in the second half. Vardy blazed wide and Mahrez’s shot was saved by Petr Cech.Leicester opened the season with a 2-1 loss at Hull and so far hasn’t repeated the dynamic performances that helped the team surge to an unexpected title triumph last campaign.In a further blow to Leicester, new signing Nampalys Mendy went off injured early in the second half after getting his studs caught in the turf and appearing to twist his foot.Arsenal also has one point from its opening two games, having already lost 4-3 to Liverpool, and never seriously tested Leicester goalkeeper Kasper Schmeichel. That will further frustrate fans who are unhappy that manager Arsene Wenger has failed to substantially strengthen his squad this offseason.Leicester and Arsenal were the top two in the league last season.
Former England batsman Ian Bell believes the Eoin Morgan-led side, who are the first team to enter the semi-finals of the ongoing Champions Trophy after their thumping win over New Zealand, are yet to play their best in the competition.”The exciting thing about this England team is that it hasn’t played its best game yet. That’s still to come. And the best teams save their best games for when they really matter,” Bell wrote in his column for the International Cricket Council.Strong bowling performances from pacers Liam Plunkett and Jake Ball helped England register an emphatic 87-run victory over the Black Caps in their second Group A match of the Champions Trophy at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff on Tuesday.Chasing a target of 311, the Black Caps were bundled out for 223 runs in just 44.3 overs. None of the Kiwi batters, expect skipper Kane Williamson, could stay long at the crease.For England, Plunkett was pick of the bowlers as he finished with figures of 4-55 besides Man-of-the-Match Ball who gave away just 31 runs in the eight overs he bowled and picked up two wickets.Spinner Adil Rashid, who came into the side as Chris Woakes’ replacement also came out with a good bowling performance and picked up two crucial wickets apart from drying the runs for the New Zealand batters.”Jake Ball gave England the best possible start with that early power play wicket, doing his job perfectly, and was given Player of the Match for some terrific bowling, but my pick of the bowlers was Liam Plunkett again,” said Bell.advertisement”Another four-wicket haul to his name will give him massive confidence and so it should. He’s playing fantastically. On a personal note, I’m over the moon for him. Since he’s been back in this team he’s shown everyone just what ability he has.””He’s been around the set-up for so long and I’m thrilled to see him producing the goods. Liam is a wicket-taker, pure and simple. And that’s exactly what you need in 50-over cricket. It’s not about preventing runs anymore, it’s about going out on the attack and making things happen. He does that,” he added.Earlier, put into bat, the Eoin Morgan-led side posted a decent total of 310, courtesy some blistering half centuries from Alex Hales (56), Joe Root (64) and Jos Buttler (61). All-rounder Ben Stokes also played a useful hand of 48 to help his side cross the 300 mark.”As a former England opener, I know just how much pressure Jason Roy will be under and all I can do is reiterate what I said before. I really hope England do what Eoin Morgan says they’ll do and back their man. He deserves to be given time to get his game back to where we all know it can be. And with the team winning, it’s the perfect opportunity to,” said Bell.The former England opener termed England’s Tuesday’s win as complete team win.”In many ways England’s 87-run victory was a complete team win, with the batsmen all largely contributing and all of our bowlers sharing the wickets.I don’t think it’s unfair of me to say a margin of victory like that can be considered a bit of a hammering and England will take massive confidence by booking itself a place in the 14 June semi-final in Cardiff after just two games.””It wasn’t flashy, we didn’t see a lot of the explosive hitting which has made this team so popular over the last couple of years, but what we did see was a real collective effort to contribute to what ultimately was a very, very impressive victory,” he added.England play their last group match against Australia, which would be a do-or-die match for the Steve Smith-led side, on June 10.
Mouser Electronics now offers the S32V234 vision and sensor fusion processor from NXP Semiconductors. The S32V234 is designed to support safe computation-intensive applications in vision and sensor fusion applications, including Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS), front camera systems, pedestrian and object recognition, surround view, and machine learning.The NXP S32V234 processor combines a robust, heterogeneous mix of CPU, GPU and image processors to deliver high-performance processing, vision acceleration, and security features. The processor integrates four Arm Cortex-A53 cores running at up to 1 GHz with a NEON coprocessor and an Arm Cortex-M4 CPU. The Cortex-M4 allows automotive operating systems to interface with external devices separate from the Cortex-A53 CPU. The S32V234 processor offers 4 MBytes of on-chip system RAM and two 32-bit DRAM controllers with support for LPDDR2/DDR3/DDR3L, all with ECC memory. For image processing and vision capabilities, the device includes dual APEX-2 vision accelerators, a GC3000 3D GPU with surround-view support, MIPI CSI2 and parallel image sensor interfaces, and an embedded image signal processor. The S32V234 also offers an impressive array of connectivity features, including Gigabit Ethernet, Zipwire serial interface, dual CAN-FD interfaces, dual-channel FlexRay communication, and a PCI Express lane.The S32V234 provides a wealth of security capabilities, including an on-the-fly AES decryption engine and a Cryptographic Service Engine that meets Secure Hardware Extension protocol specifications. The device also features automotive safety compliance capabilities developed through NXP’s SafeAssure program, which helps manufacturers achieve system compliance with ISO 26262 and IEC 61508 functional safety standards.The S32V234 processor is supported the SBC-S32V234 Vision Prototype Kit, which offers options for Linux (Yocto) and AutoSAR operating systems. The SBC-S32V234 kit is supported by a complete series of enablement tools and the S32 Design Studio integrated development environment.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Avnet Silica opens registration for European MiniZed SpeedWay design workshop seriesNext Rigol: real-time spectrum analyzers, electronic loads and decode options for oscilloscopes
By Bharat Sharma Jakarta, Sep 1 (PTI) Indonesia bid an emotional farewell to the 18th Asian Games, displaying the same gritty spirit with which it organised the 15-day sporting extravaganza as thousands braved heavy rain to turn up for a spectacular closing ceremony here on Sunday. The 76,000 capacity Gelora Bung Karno stadium did not attract many people when the track and field events were on but they made a beeline to watch the two-hour long closing ceremony that was high on entertainment. Indonesia’s love for Bollywood was also on full display as singer Siddharth Slathia and Denada sang popular numbers ‘Koi Mil Gaya’, ‘Kuch Kuch Hota Hain’ and ‘Jai Ho’. As expected, the closing ceremony was not as spectacular as the opening when Indonesian President Joko Widodo made headlines with his bike stunt to enter the venue. But it was fun nonetheless with a heady mix of song, dance and fireworks. Widodo’s video message to his countrymen and the entire Asian continent also added to the excitement. For the organisers, it was the end of an intense and successful campaign, having got four years to prepare for the second biggest multi-sporting event in the world following Vietnam’s withdrawal. Having two cities — Jakarta and Palembang — as co-hosts was a first in Games’ history, making the herculean task all the more challenging. Hosting more than 11,000 athletes from 45 countries across two contrasting cities was no mean feat but a determined Indonesia pulled it off, overcoming the triple threat posed by terrorism, crime and its notorious traffic.advertisement “Everyone supported, that’s the key. The whole of Indonesia became one and supported the Games. We had a plan since March, 2016. As an organisation we made sure we implemented that plan. We also got the best Indonesian talent to support the Games. Did everything work? Not 100 percent. But we tried to solve the issues and did not run away from them,” said Erick Thohir, chief of organizing committee INASGOC. The successful staging of the Games, happening for the first time in Indonesia since 1962, has also given the country the confidence to bid for the 2032 Olympics. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who was at the VIP area alongside OCA chief Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah and Indonesian Vice-President, has also given a thumbs up to the countrys Olympic bid. While the grand opening ceremony showcased Indonesia’s rich cultural heritage, the closing of the Games was a modest affair but still scored high on liveliness. The spectators revelled in the united spirit of Asia as artists from India, China and Korea performed. India’s Slathia, one among the six singers who sang the Games anthem in their local language, enthralled the spectators alongside the reputed Ikon and Super Junior from Korea besides Indonesia’s very own like Isyana Saraswati, Dira Sugandi, RAN and Bunga Citra Lestari. For the physically, mentally and emotionally exhausted athletes, the ceremony gave them an opportunity to let their hair down. Forgetting the intense competition for the moment, the sporting champions mingled to celebrate the occasion rather than parading separately. China and Japan, who finished an expected first and second in the medals tally, were welcomed vociferously but the roar got louder when the Indonesian contingent marched in. Indonesia finished fourth in the medals tally, a drastic improvement from a top-20 finish in Incheon four years ago. The Indian contingent was led by women hockey team’s captain and flag-bearer Rani Rampal. It was also a memorable Games for India as it produced the best ever performance with 69 medals including 15 gold, 24 silver and 30 bronze. The loudest cheer, however, was reserved for the 13,000 volunteers who worked tirelessly to contribute to the Games success. The ceremony culminated with Ahmad Al Fahad Al Sabah calling on the athletes to meet in four years in Hangzhou, the host for the 2022 Asian Games, before the symbolic handing over of the OCA flag to the Mayor of the Chinese city, Xu Li Yi. A sneak peek video of the next host city was also played out on the giant screen, followed by a short cultural performance. PTI BS PDSPDS
Ronald Koeman finally got his man and Swansea the £45m required to replenish Paul Clement’s squad when the Iceland international became the most expensive signing in Everton’s history on a five-year contract. One of the summer’s many arduous transfer sagas resolved in the player’s favour, again, only this time after Sigurdsson had angered Swansea by withdrawing from the pre-season tour on the morning of departure, having played at Barnet the night before, claiming he was not in the right frame of mind to travel. The 27-year-old suggests otherwise.“I thought the clubs were close to agreeing something so there was maybe no point in flying out there just to fly back again the day after,” Sigurdsson explains. “But then that was kind of the story of the summer. They were getting close, and then nothing happened. Maybe in the next couple of days it was supposed to happen, and then nothing happened. It did drag on a long, long time but that’s just the way it is.“Of course it was a difficult decision [not to go on the US tour]. I had a close relationship not just with the team but with the manager. I really respect him. But we all just thought it was that close to being done. I think both clubs, myself and the manager and the team decided for me to stay back.”Missing the US trip cost Sigurdsson support among the Swansea fanbase who voted him their player of the year last season. And the creative force behind their relegation escape admits his protracted move from the Liberty Stadium left him drained.He said: “I’m not going to lie, it was difficult mentally at times. There were some times and some days when I thought this eventually might not go through but thankfully the manager and the club were very patient and managed to finish it off.”Koeman tried to sign Sigurdsson when manager of Southampton and wanted him at Everton last summer. It is another reflection of Koeman’s belief he has signed “one of the key players to bring to Everton” that he refused to consider alternative targets while Swansea attempted to hold out for £50m.The Everton manager said: “They told me [at Southampton] it was impossible and I said, ’OK, I accept it’ but this time I thought, ’OK, maybe now it is possible’. From the beginning what I heard from the board and what I heard from Bill [Kenwright, the Everton chairman], who was so calm, was: ‘I will do the deal but we need to be patient’. And of course I understand it’s business. It’s a big transfer. You don’t do these kind of transfers in two days. Sometimes it takes longer than you like but I was quite comfortable that finally we would do this deal. He has been on my list for a long time.”Sigurdsson has been in Everton’s sights for a long time too. In September 2001 the 11-year-old Sigurdsson was invited to train with the club and be a ballboy for a 5-0 win over West Ham United at Goodison Park. The player’s brother, Olafur, stole his thunder this week by tweeting a photograph of the youngster in an Everton jersey next to the statue of William Ralph “Dixie” Dean. That was how Sigurdsson had planned to announce his eventual arrival. news Share via Email Premier League Read more Gylfi Sigurdsson: tireless perfectionist will be worth the wait for Everton Reuse this content Topics Share on Pinterest When Gylfi Sigurdsson refused to accompany Swansea City on their pre-season tour of the United States last month it was seen as out of character, another example of player power and disloyalty. The truth, according to Everton’s new record signing, is somewhat more prosaic. He sees no cause for regret. Swansea City “The only thing I really remember is throwing the ball to Paolo Di Canio,” he recalls. “But it was a fantastic experience, especially for someone young who watches the Premier League back home in Iceland and then you luckily have the chance to be a ballboy at one of the games and be allowed to train with the team for a few days. That was fantastic. I had a look around the city then. I have another picture of me standing outside the radio tower. That’s the only other thing I remember. I’m going to have to go through my photo album to remember more.”The Iceland international flourished at Swansea, both on loan and over the past three seasons when only Tottenham Hotspur’s Christian Eriksen was involved in more Premier League goals from midfield. It was a different story when Sigurdsson was in the ranks at White Hart Lane, however, where he made 58 league appearances over two seasons but completed only nine of those games.Were his opportunities limited or was he not ready for the step? “Maybe it was a combination of both,” he admits. “What was I? 20, 21, so I’m far from being the same player now that I was back then. But I really did enjoy my time at Tottenham. I’m not going to lie. It was fantastic experience. Of course I could have probably stayed on but I wanted the chance to go back to Swansea and play football again. I wanted to use my time as a professional, because your career is really short.” Share on Messenger Premier League: 10 things to look out for this weekend Share on WhatsApp Everton Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Read more
Jim Harbaugh MichiganJim Harbaugh and his staff are down in Atlanta for today’s satellite camp with Georgia at Cedar Grove High School, but beforehand, he took the chance to meet a local legend. Harbaugh sat down with Atlanta Braves great Hank Aaron, while wearing his jersey.Jim Harbaugh’s local attire for today’s Atlanta camp: Braves’ jersey of Hank Aaron. While sitting next to Hank Aaron pic.twitter.com/IeRfdesrLl— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016The best part? He’s wearing the jersey while conducting the actual camp.Hank Aaron, former mayor/civil rights leader Andrew Young and Jim Harbaugh talking to campers pic.twitter.com/F5Q6U6YLCG— Mark Snyder (@Mark__Snyder) June 2, 2016Never change, Harbaugh.
The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has established a charity fund to assist Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria.JHTA President, Omar Robinson, made the disclosure while addressing stakeholders attending the 27th annual Jamaica Product Exchange at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, recently.He said the entity has kick-started the support with a US$10,000 contribution.“Our hearts go out to our neighbours as they struggle to recover and rebuild. To assist in this effort, the JHTA has set up a hurricane relief fund for our sister Caribbean islands that have been devastated. It is called the JHTA Charity Fund, and we encourage you to contribute,” he urged.Mr. Robinson implored the delegates, which include buyers and suppliers in the hospitality sector, to consider seriously the whole question of climate change, which has been affecting weather patterns in countries all over the world.“It is certainly in the interest of all of us involved with tourism and travel in this region to do our part in ensuring that climate change is kept on the global development agenda. All of us need to become better equipped to withstand the changes in weather patterns. As travel partners, we are all in this thing together,” he noted.Meanwhile, Mr. Robinson said the JHTA is happy about the establishment of the Ministry of Tourism’s Destination Assurance Council, noting that this will now ensure that the highest international standards are maintained in the sector.The Council, launched earlier this year, will work to ensure that the quality, standards and integrity of the tourism product are upheld.The body is comprised of persons with appropriate skills to ensure the sustainable management of the resort areas, and will play a key role in sustaining brand Jamaica and delivering a quality experience to visitors. Story Highlights The Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association (JHTA) has established a charity fund to assist Caribbean islands ravaged by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Mr. Robinson implored the delegates, which include buyers and suppliers in the hospitality sector, to consider seriously the whole question of climate change, which has been affecting weather patterns in countries all over the world. JHTA President, Omar Robinson, made the disclosure while addressing stakeholders attending the 27th annual Jamaica Product Exchange at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, recently.
This has been quite a year for April Stone. The young mother returned to school to get her high school diploma and, along the way, wrote a published short story, received a nomination for the Council of Federation Literacy award and won a Student Leadership Award. She also lost her home and belongings to an electrical fire. “It’s been a heartbreaking year, but I never gave up with my learning,” said Ms. Stone. “I am very proud of everything I’ve accomplished and for the opportunity Nova Scotia Community College gave me.” This year, more than 500 students across the province will receive the high school graduation diploma for adults through the Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning. Today, June 16, Ms. Stone is one of 17 students receiving their diplomas from the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC)in the Strait Area. The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning co-ordinates a range of education programs for adults who want to improve their reading and math skills, or complete their high school diploma. This year marks the school’s fifth anniversary and the graduation of almost 2,000 Nova Scotians with a high school diploma for adults. “The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is meeting a significant need in our province,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Education. “In just five years, more than 20,000 students have enrolled to improve their education, and ultimately, their job skills. I’d like to congratulate them for taking steps toward a brighter future for themselves and their families.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning works in partnership with the NSCC, regional school boards, Université Sainte-Anne and community-based learning organizations to offer programs at more than 170 sites across the province. “The beautiful thing about the Adult Learning Program is the fact that it immediately opens up a million and one doors,” said Mike Smith, dean, school of access at NSCC. “We now know a high school diploma is essential for skill development and further learning. NSCC is proud to partner with the Department of Education in this progressive initiative that continues to improve the lives of many Nova Scotians.” The Nova Scotia School for Adult Learning is part of the provincial government’s Skills Nova Scotia initiative, which involves training and skills upgrading, from basic literacy to workplace learning and job skills training.
Los Angeles: Actor Samantha Morton has said she has no “regrets” of working with embattled filmmaker Woody Allen. Before she became famous with films such as Lynne Ramsay’s “Morvern Callar” and Steven Spielberg’s “Minority Report”, Morton featured in Allen’s 1999 comedy “Sweet and Lowdown” alongside the likes of Uma Thurman and Anthony LaPaglia. The film earned her a nomination for Best Supporting Actress at the 72nd Academy Awards. In an interview with Vanity Fair, the 42-year-old British actor said working with Allen changed her life. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “I don’t have any regrets. I’m terribly sorry for the situation that is publicly known. It’s heartbreaking. I was sexually abused. Some of the people that hurt me can’t be brought to justice for complications of time. I have full sympathy for anybody who says that happens to them, and it needs to be taken incredibly seriously,” Morton said. “But if I look back at the situation that I was in, where I was working for a director who was kind, funny, and wonderful to work with. It changed my life. And I’m forever grateful for that. I can’t now go back (and change anything)” she added. There is a renewed focus on the filmmaker in the aftermath of #MeToo movement over his daughter Dylan Farrow’s allegations of sexual abuse against him, which he has repeatedly denied.
Mohali: Newly-appointed South African T20 captain Quinton de Kock on Tuesday said the additional responsibility could be a double-edged sword but he is not thinking too much about it. De Kock is one of the senior players in this new-look team and has been handed captaincy in the absence of Faf du Plessis as the management is looking to groom him ahead of the T20 World Cup next year. “Not too concerned to be honest. It is a new stepping stone in my career, gives me extra responsibility. Not sure if it would affect me negatively or positively,” said the wicket-keeper batsman ahead of the second T20 against India here on Wednesday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh IPL regular de Kock, who won the final with Mumbai Indians earlier this year, is pretty familiar with the conditions in India. Asked if he is prepared to play the mentor’s role in the team, like du Plessis and Ab de Villiers played when he burst on to the scene, de Kock said: “I think they (Faf and ABD) gave me lots of room to play the way I wanted to. I don’t see it why that would change without them being here. “Even they in their career have had to do the same thing we are doing. So we will take it as it comes. In the leadership group in the team we have had a chat (on grooming the youngsters). It is under control so far but we are still learning as part of a young leadership group.” Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later De Kock said some youngsters could get a longer rope while some may not. “I not going to put a number on it. For some it could be one, for some it could be 10, so can’t really say.” It has effectively become a two-match series with the series opener in Dharamasala being washed out. “It is a bit of a negative,” said de Kock. “We would like to have played three games against the Indian team. Leading into the World Cup, to lose out on a game in different conditions, it is not ideal but it is what it is.” After the IPL final, de Kock had made an interesting comment, calling the triumph with Mumbai Indies the biggest achievement of his career. He still feels the same on the subject. “It is the biggest thing I have won so far. What can I say. If we win a World Cup that would be the biggest achievement. IPL final is a big achievement for any cricketer. As cricketers we want to be part of IPL finals and World Cup finals. Everyone has opinion. My opinion is mine. It is the biggest thing I have achieved so far.” Asked about the Virat Kohli versus Kagiso Rabada contest, he added: “They both are good players in their own way. It will be a good contest. They like being very positive in the way they play.”
HALIFAX – Less than two years ago, Nova Scotia voters enthusiastically embraced Justin Trudeau’s plan to spur the economy through hefty deficit financing, handing the federal Liberals every riding in the province.The free-spending approach appears to be getting little traction, however, as Nova Scotia’s provincial election campaign draws to a close.The Liberals under Premier Stephen McNeil are seeking a second consecutive mandate by pledging four deficit-free budgets, having already tabled two consecutive balanced budgets during a term marked by a tight-fisted approach to public spending.Their main rivals, the Progressive Conservatives led by Jamie Baillie, are also promising four more balanced budgets if elected on Tuesday.Tom Urbaniak, a political science professor at Cape Breton University, said Nova Scotia voters understand the country as a whole has a greater capacity to deal with deficits than their province does.“Nova Scotians have very limited experience with economic growth,” he said, noting Nova Scotia’s growth on average has lagged virtually every province for more than 25 years.“At the federal level, a pledge for deficit spending for infrastructure is more easily understood as being a bridge between a slow period and a more robust period of economic growth. The country as a whole is used to steady economic growth, and population growth. Not so in Nova Scotia.”McNeil has repeatedly said Ottawa’s plans can’t be compared with Nova Scotia’s, because the federal government is expected to benefit from an eventual rebound in world oil prices.Trudeau’s government is forecasting a $28.5 billion federal deficit in 2017-18.Inspired by the federal Liberals, Nova Scotia’s New Democrats have committed to adding close to $1 billion in red ink over the next four years if they take power.“The answer the federal Liberals gave in their last budget and in their last platform about this was the right one,” NDP Leader Gary Burrill said when his party released its platform halfway through the campaign.Burrill, elected leader just over a year ago, was immediately condemned by the Liberals as a left-leaning “anti-capitalist,” while a Tory spokesman called the projected deficits a “reckless spending orgy.”The NDP’s commitment to deficit financing stands in contrast to the province’s recent political history. For 17 years, successive governments have promised balanced budgets. And at one point, the province had a balanced budget law.Even the province’s first NDP government, which held office under Darrell Dexter between 2009 and 2013, pledged to table three consecutive balanced budgets — a promise they eventually broke.Burrill has said times have changed, but the polls suggest otherwise. The party has consistently trailed in third place since the campaign began in early May.“The greatest enemy for Gary Burrill and the NDP is time,” said Urbaniak. “They need more time to articulate the planks of their platform … It’s not necessarily unpalatable to run a deficit in this province, but it has to be tied to a comprehensive program of economic growth and good governance.”The Tories, meanwhile, have been outflanked by the Liberals.“The (Liberals) are behaving more like traditional Progressive Conservatives,” said Don Mills, CEO of Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates. “That’s left Jaimie Baillie with very little space to go … The Liberals are actually further to the right of them.”Since 2000, Nova Scotia’s debt-to-GDP ratio — a key indicator of economic health — has been declining. The province now sits in the middle of the pack when its ratio is compared with other provinces.But the Nova Scotia government is still paying an estimated $850 million annually in debt-servicing charges on a $10.5 billion budget — and the McNeil government seems determined to reduce that cost.The problem is that the Liberals have spent a great deal of political capital on reining in spending and holding the line on wage increases for the public sector — measures that have led to charges of ruthlessness and protests at the legislature.“The back-to-balance journey has been associated with a lot of pain for many Nova Scotians — perhaps more pain than was necessary,” Urbaniak said. “That is a risk factor for the Liberals in this campaign.”To soften their image, the Liberals spent $130 million on pre-election goodies, the Conservatives say. And the Liberals followed up by tabling a feel-good budget last month that promises broad tax cuts.Mills said many voters don’t care about the province’s fiscal plan, but most know the economy has been lagging for years. According to research compiled by his firm, 60 per cent of Nova Scotians have not seen a raise in the past two years.“Most households are feeling the pinch,” he said. “They understand how difficult the economy is because they’re experiencing it.”
The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, held its Fifth Annual Health Matters Activation Summit this week.The Summit brought together 450 leaders in healthcare, public policy, business, technology, education, and professional sports in an action-oriented dialogue on what’s working and what more can be done to improve the health and well-being of communities across the United States.The Summit, sponsored by Tenet Healthcare Corporation, included plenary discussions led by President Bill Clinton and Clinton Foundation President Donna Shalala on the quest for longevity and our rising death rates, addressing health disparities through technology and innovation, the inclusion of girls and women in sports to improve their health, and how communities and local organizations are driving and developing scalable solutions that are also best suited to meet local needs.“If we have community-based solutions that involve all stakeholders, we can make a lot of difference,” said President Bill Clinton. “We can’t forget that the shape these challenges take are different from community to community. That is what makes Health Matters’ work to make communities the centers of health innovation so important.”“The Health Matters Summit provides an opportunity for experts and key stakeholders across sectors to see the progress that is being made in the health community, to learn from one another, and to be inspired by one another,” said Clinton Foundation President Donna E. Shalala.“There is tremendous work being done in communities around the country to improve our collective health and well-being,” said Rain Henderson, CEO of the Clinton Health Matters Initiative. “Innovation is possible. Technology can power innovation and empower people. But, at the end of the day, nothing is possible without giving people a real sense of purpose and a real sense of community.”Also this week, the Clinton Foundation hosted a Day of Action at La Quinta High School where more than 75 students, teachers, and parents came together to cultivate a community garden and prepare 150 healthy meals that were donated to the Joslyn Center’s Meals on Wheels program. La Quinta High School offers a culinary arts program that is dedicated to teaching students the culinary arts and preparing them to major in the field in their post-secondary education. The culinary students prepared a healthy lunch for the Day of Action volunteers. La Quinta High School, along with the rest of the Desert Sands Unified School District, is part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation’s Healthy Schools program.Key announcements from this year’s Summit included:Adapt Pharma, Limited announced their collaboration with CHMI to offer a free carton of NARCAN (naloxone hydrochloride) Nasal Spray to all high schools in the United States through the state departments of education. This announcement builds off of a 2015 announcement with Adapt Pharma to provide school districts, college campuses, public safety agencies, and community-based organizations access to discounted pricing to Naloxone.Harvard Health Publications announced a partnership with CHMI to develop an educational platform that builds the capacity of employers and employees to improve health and wellness within the workplace. Goals of the partnership include educating employees about behavioral health risk factors, prevention, impacts on physical health, evidence-based treatment options and outcomes, self-care and methods to overcome barriers to getting care.Mayor John Pritchard of Galesburg, Illinois announced Knox County, Illinois as CHMI’s sixth focus community under its Community Health Transformationportfolio. CHMI and its partners will engage key thought leaders and community stakeholders to develop a framework for improved health to decrease preventable disease and address health inequities and disparities.U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy presented the winners of the “Fight the Ladykiller” codeathon in October 2015, organized and run by CHMI in partnership with Cal State LA and The Women’s Heart Alliance. Over three days, 40 Cal State LA students came together in six teams to learn about women’s heart health and develop educational apps geared toward increasing awareness of cardiovascular disease, the leading killer of women. The diverse collection of creative ideas and applications that were presented included mobile games, quizzes, social media integration and fitness tracking apps.Kathy Douquet, CEO of Blue Star Families, announced a new partnership with CHMI to support spousal employment for military families by offering workforce development training and career building opportunities to military spouses. The pilot program consists of 8 initial cohorts of 14 participants, with each participant given group and individual training, as well as coaching on CRM database administration.Participants at this year’s Summit included President Bill Clinton, Founder, Clinton Foundation; Abby Wambach, World Cup and Olympic Champion; Donna E. Shalala, President, Clinton Foundation; Rain Henderson, CEO, Clinton Health Matters Initiative; Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. J. Craig Venter, Founder, Chairman and CEO, J. Craig Venter Institute; Dan Buettner, Author and National Geographic Fellow; Dr. Reginald J. Eadie, Chief Executive Officer, Detroit Medical Center; Dr. Abdul El-Sayed, Executive Director, Minority Health for Cleveland Clinic; Linda Evans, Mayor, La Quinta, CA;Trevor Fetter, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Tenet Healthcare; Tim Finchem, Commissioner, PGA TOUR; Dr. Nate Gross, Co-founder, Rock Health; Dr. Ellen Meara, National Bureau of Economic Research Faculty Research Fellow and Adjunct Associate Professor in Economics & Nelson A. Rockefeller Center for Public Policy, Dartmouth College; Dr. Charles Modlin, Founder and Director, Minority Men’s Health Center of Cleveland Clinic’s Glickman Urological Institute; Anya Pogharian, Inventor; Dr. Kyu Rhee, Chief Health Officer and Vice President of Integrated Health Services, IBM; Jeffrey D. Selberg, MHA, Executive Director, Peterson Center on Healthcare; and Dr. Donald K. Warne, Director of the Master of Public Health Program, North Dakota State University.
SAN FRANCISCO — YouTube said Thursday it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids — potentially affecting millions of posts on the site — after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on innocuous videos of children.The change comes as YouTube grapples with moderating content across its platform as concerns about hate speech, violence and conspiracy theories continue to plague it.It will take YouTube several months to disable comments on all videos featuring minors, the company said. It already started the process last week when it turned off comments from tens of millions of videos.Advertisers including Nestle, AT&T and Fortnite-maker Epic Games pulled ads from YouTube last week after the inappropriate comments about children were unearthed by a popular YouTuber and media reports. At least one company, Nestle, was satisfied with YouTube’s response and reinstated ads late last week.A small number of channels which have videos featuring kids will be allowed to keep comments turned on. But they must be known to YouTube and must actively monitor the comments beyond the standard monitoring tools YouTube provides.Turning off comments on such a large number of videos seems an “extreme reaction,” said eMarketer analyst Paul Verna. But the issue involves the safety of children, so it makes sense YouTube would want to act quickly, he said.Comments aren’t the main focus of the video-publishing site, but turning them off will likely diminish the experience for many users and video creators, he said.YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki acknowledged the concerns Thursday, tweeting, “Nothing is more important to us than ensuring the safety of young people on the platform.”The company said it has also released an updated version of its automated moderating system that it expects will identify and delete two times as many inappropriate comments.YouTube, like Facebook, Twitter and other sites that allow user publishing, have faced increasing calls to monitor what appears on their sites and get rid of unsuitable content. The companies all say they have taken action to protect users. But issues keep popping up.Concerns about YouTube comments weren’t even a top priority for advertisers and viewers a couple weeks ago, Verna said.“It just makes you wonder, what’s the next thing that going to happen?”Rachel Lerman, The Associated Press
PARIS — The Latest on the meeting between European leaders and China’s president (all times local):12:10 p.m.The leaders of China and France are trying to ramp up efforts against climate change and are calling for a global rethink of investments to make them more planet-friendly.Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron issued a statement that contrasted with the position of U.S. President Donald Trump, who took his country out of the Paris climate accord partly because of concerns over how it threatened American business.Xi and Macron stressed “the importance of reorienting public and private investment toward fighting climate change and protecting biodiversity,” notably in developing countries where China is a major investor.They vowed support for the 2015 Paris agreement to reduce the emissions that cause global warming, including in the energy and refrigeration sectors.Xi is paying a visit to Europe aimed at boosting co-operation, amid tensions with the U.S.___9:50 a.m.Chinese President Xi Jinping is meeting with the leaders of France, Germany and the European Commission, as European countries seek to boost relations with China while also putting pressure over its trade practices.German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker came to Paris to join Xi and French President Emmanuel Macron for Tuesday’s meeting. The leaders are notably preparing for a crucial EU-China summit.Tuesday’s meeting is a key moment in Xi’s European tour, which has involved huge business contracts, including one of the biggest deals ever for European plane maker Airbus.Xi also received the full honours of a formal reception in the French presidential palace Monday night.The EU is China’s biggest trade partner and wants to solidify that relationship.The Associated Press
21 July 2009More than 500 Congolese police officers have received training in ensuring security for upcoming local, urban and municipal elections, the United Nations peacekeeping operation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) announced today. In the latest round of instruction, the UN mission (MONUC) and the Congolese National Police (PNC) trained 555 officers in the town of Kisangani last week. MONUC reported that it has now trained some 6,965 Congolese policemen in several towns across the DRC, and plans on extending the programme to over 76,000 personnel in total.There are three separate courses used for training different categories of policemen:the management of queues in front of polling stations, intervention and arrest for police in charge of voting station security; teaching personnel working in the area of information gathering; and evacuation preparedness for reserve policemen, MONUC said.Between 2005 and 2007, MONUC police trained PNC personnel who successfully ensured the security of the presidential and parliamentary elections in the DRC monitored by the UN.
He has since admitted his involvement with the vanquished Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, and five others involved have been convicted in the US. He came to Australia on a short-term business visa, met and married Priya — a fellow Tamil who had been granted asylum during Sri Lanka’s civil war — and they had a son, Varun. Mr Santhirarajah sought residency but, after his arrest, ASIO gave him an adverse security assessment, meaning he would have had no right to return after his case was finalised in the US.Attorney-General Nicola Roxon approved his extradition to the US in February but Federal Court judge Tony North found the extradition order came two years too late. In a surprise move, Ms Roxon has opted not to appeal, allowing Mr Santhirarajah to leave custody for the first time in four years. An ethnic Tamil who was set to be deported to the US to face terrorism charges, until a judge ruled the commonwealth had bungled the case, is now challenging his adverse ASIO (Australian Security Intelligence Organisation) assessment in a bid to remain in Australia.Thulasi Santhirarajah, the former head of the Melbourne International College, hopes to use a High Court decision last week to build on his own success in the Federal Court and finally be declared a free man. A spokesman for Ms Roxon declined to give reasons for the commonwealth opting not to appeal the Federal Court judgment, other than to say it had sought further legal advice.“Consistent with our bilateral relationship, the decision not to appeal was relayed to the US government,” Ms Roxon’s spokesman said. (The Australian) As his lawyers were last week, challenging the commonwealth’s decision to deny him a visa, the High Court provided a precedent from another case.The High Court ruled that a regulation under the Migration Act was invalid and a 36-year-old Tamil, in detention for almost three years after an adverse ASIO assessment, should have his case reconsidered.At the time, Ms Roxon said the other man would remain in custody while his case was reconsidered and all other cases would be treated on their merits. Mr Santhirarajah, 38, was arrested in 1998 and accused of trying to procure weapons from undercover FBI agents. Lawyers for Mr Santhirarajah are considering their options.
On Monday alone, an estimated 5,300 people crossed the main border crossing at Blace, said Kris Janowski, a spokesman for the Geneva-based UN High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR). UNHCR workers monitoring the border 24 hours a day said the flow was continuing today. While those moving over the weekend came primarily from the village of Aracinovo, outside of Skopje, the people who arrived on Monday came mostly from Skopje itself and its outskirts.According to UNHCR, the refugees cited growing tension between the country’s ethnic groups and the threat of a military confrontation outside Skopje as the main reasons for leaving. Most of those arriving were women and children, since men were being turned back at the official border crossing.Nearly 18,000 people had crossed into Kosovo since Friday, Mr. Janowski said. After receiving food and water at the border, most were being accommodated with host families.