Nissan certain $2.2 billion deal for Mitsubishi is a bargain

first_imgNissan Chief Executive Carlos Ghosn is confident a 237 billion yen ($2.2 billion) investment in a controlling stake in scandal-embroiled Mitsubishi Motors will prove a bargain when sheer size is critical in the auto industry.Japanese transport ministry officials raided Mitsubishi Motors Corp.’s Tokyo headquarters Friday, as part of an investigation into inflated fuel-economy data for several models.ALSO READ:Nissan to take over scandal-hit Mitsubishi MotorsGhosn was careful to stress the acquisition won’t become final until he sees the outcome of the Japanese regulators’ investigation, such as the scale of the fraud, whether overseas markets are affected and what the penalties might be.But scale is critical for developing expensive technology such as low-emissions vehicles and autonomous driving. So is the advantage of being in various markets to balance ups and downs in regional growth, he said.”If you are small, you are going to be vulnerable,” Ghosn told reporters at Nissan Motor Co.’s Yokohama headquarters Friday, a day after he announced the agreement.Ghosn acknowledged he grabbed at an opportunity as Mitsubishi shares nose-dived after the latest scandal surfaced.ALSO READ: Five things to know about Mitsubishi Motors scandal Mitsubishi’s shares fell 43 percent between April 19 – the day before it announced the fuel economy scandal – and May 11. The stock cost 565 yen ($5.20) Friday, down 1.7 percent following a surge on the deal’s news.Gaining Mitsubishi adds about 900,000 in annual vehicle sales to the Nissan-Renault alliance, which already is the fourth-largest automaker in the world with about 8.5 million in sales.advertisementThe deal vaults the alliance into competition for the top spot with the world’s three biggest automakers, Toyota Motor Corp., Volkswagen AG and General Motors Co.The plus for Nissan is the added economies of scale, such as sharing auto parts, working together on sport-utility vehicles, and gaining markets in Southeast Asia, where the Mitsubishi brand is still strong, said Paul Newton, an analyst with IHS.ALSO READ: EPA orders Mitsubishi to conduct new vehicle testing”The purchase will give them an effective controlling stake and is somewhat opportunistic, as $2.2 billion is not a huge sum for such a significant chunk of the company and could be seen as something of a bargain,” he said in an email.The 34 percent stake is below the threshold for which Nissan would be liable for Mitsubishi’s debts under Japanese law, Newton said.Mitsubishi could face massive expenses to compensate car owners for the overstated mileage and pay government fines. But Mitsubishi has already promised to compensate Nissan for lost sales as well as any penalties and costs from the scandal, Ghosn said.Nissan found the faked mileage tests because of a discrepancy with its own tests on Mitsubishi-manufactured mini-car models with tiny engines that had been sold under the Nissan brand.ALSO READ: Mitsubishi Motors admits to cheating on fuel economy testGhosn stressed that regaining consumer trust is the No. 1 challenge for Mitsubishi.In the early 2000s, Mitsubishi disclosed a massive cover-up of defects such as failing brakes, faulty clutches and fuel tanks prone to falling off, dating back to the 1970s. Mitsubishi has said its mileage rigging dates back 25 years, and may involve all its models, including discontinued ones.Ghosn engineered the revival at Nissan after being sent by Renault SA of France in 1999. Nissan was in deep debt and unprofitable then, but Mitsubishi has 450 billion yen ($4 billion) in cash and is managing an operating profit, Ghosn noted.”The financial situation of Mitsubishi is not bad,” he said.last_img read more

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Why won’t Ada Hegerberg won’t be at Women’s World Cup 2019?

first_imgIt was a landmark occasion for both Ada Hegerberg herself as well as woman’s football when she won the inaugural Ballon d’Or trophy awarded to a woman in December 2018.Since breaking through at Lyon, she has emerged as one of the most lethal and prolific footballers in women’s football, already racking up close to 250 goals at just 23 years of age – not only leading her club to domestic and European success, but picking up a handful of individual accolades along the way.With the Women’s World Cup set to take place this summer in France, however, Hegerberg is a notable omission from the Norway national team after she made the decision to quit international football in 2017. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? But why has she decided to retire from national team duty, especially ahead of a World Cup summer?Who is Ada Hegerberg? Hegerberg is a striker for Olympique Lyonnais and was the first ever female recipient of the Ballon d’Or, which she won in 2018 alongside the likes of the male winner Luka Modric and Kopa Trophy recipient Kylian Mbappe.She is a gifted and naturally skilled footballer, having already won a hat-trick of Champions League trophies at the age of 23, as well as netting 33 goals in 21 games in the 2017-18 campaign to help Lyon to a fourth straight league title – in addition to breaking the record of the number of goals scored in a single Champions League season.She has already scored almost 300 career goals since making her professional debut for Norwegian side Kolbotn in 2010, and it is safe to say that she still has her very best years to come after already having achieved her career highs.Before she decided to distance herself from national team duties with Norway in 2017, she netted 38 goals for her national side in 66 appearances, winning the award of Norwegian Sportsperson of the Year in 2016. In doing so, she was the first woman to win the award in 20 years.What was the controversy surrounding Ada Hegerberg at the Ballon d’Or Ceremony?Hegerberg made history when she was crowned as the first female winner of the Ballon d’Or, but her crowning moment will forever remembered with the small footnote that came with a controversial remark made to her by DJ Martin Solveig, who was a host on the night.On a night where all the attention should have remained on Hegerberg’s victory, it came with the footnote of the DJ’s crass remark that seemed to reduce her to a mere object – instead of the professional athlete and skilled footballer that she is.After receiving her award, the DJ has asked her to ‘twerk’ onstage, which prompted Hegerberg to decline his request and leave the stage.Ada Hegerberg Ballon d OrIt was an inappropriate remark to make for many reasons, the major being that it could be construed as an incident of sexual harassment, but it is one such example that proves how far women’s football still has to go to earn the same respect the men’s game.Speaking after the incident, Hegerberg insisted that she did not feel offended by the remark, and put forward her disappointment and not being asked a more relevant question:”It depends how you look at the situation,” Hegerberg stated at the time. “I didn’t feel in an awkward position.”Obviously, the question could’ve been asked in another way. When you’re on stage you want to get questions about how you feel winning such an award.”After an onslaught of social media criticism condemning the DJ, he delivered an attempt at an apology on Twitter, stating: “I explained to [Hegerberg] and she told me she understood it was a joke. Nevertheless, my apologies to anyone who may have been offended. Most importantly, congratulations to Ada.”Why won’t Ada Hegerberg be involved with Norway at the 2019 World Cup?Despite being the face of Norwegian football after coming up at Toppserien side Kolbotn in 2011 and breaking the record as the youngest player to score a hat-trick in the league’s history, aged 16, Hegerberg has decided to distance herself from the Norway national team since 2017.At that time, Hegerberg – who was a full Norway international with 66 caps and 38 goals to her name – became so disillusioned with the way that women’s football was being treated in her home country that she decided to hang up her boots for her national side.Following Norway’s exit from the Euro 2017, Hegerberg stated that she would not be representing her country any longer, and with just six months to go until the Women’s World Cup in France, she doesn’t seem likely to reverse her decision in time for the competition.She previously stated that the ‘fundamental’ reason for her happiness with her national side was outside the responsibility of coach Martin Sjogren and mostly with Norway’s male-dominated football federation NFF.”There are several changes that would need to be made before I’d evaluate returning,” Hegerberg stated in December.“It’s not about me having to change my opinion. It’s about what they (NFF) must do to improve themselves as both a national team and a football federation, first and foremost. They still have a long way to go. There’s not more to say from my side.”Norway Ada Hegerberg 20172017 was a landmark year for women’s football after they stood up for parity with their male counterparts on the international stage to campaign for equal pay. Norway was a pioneer in advocating for equal pay for their women’s team to be on the same pay grade as their male teams, after the Norwegian Football Association (NFF) and the country’s players’ association (NISO) signed an agreement for equal wages.Though Norway was successful in their campaign, it wasn’t enough for Hegerberg, who remains frustrated with the general problems at large regarding women’s football – as well as the men’s – and how it continues to be treated and handled in her home country.”It’s not always about the money,” she told reporters.”It’s about preparing, taking action, professionality, really clear points I’ve put quite directly to them when I made the decision.”I wanted it to be a clear case, but it got quite messy in the media unfortunately. That was not my intention at all.”I know what I want and know my values and therefore it’s easy to take hard choices when you know what the ambitions are and what values you stand for, so it’s all about staying true to yourself, be yourself.”When asked if being able to play in the World Cup for Norway would be enough for her to return to the national side, she responded: “This isn’t about being tempted. It’s about a decision I’ve made that is independent of whether the national team wins matches.”Lise Klaveness, a lawyer, football commentator and former Norway international, has since taken over as director of the NFF. Though Hegerberg has stated that she has had ‘good conversations’ with Klaveness, her decision has not changed.“Ada has made a well-grounded choice about not playing for the national team,” Klaveness said shortly after Hegerberg won her award. “It’s a sad situation we would rather not have.”last_img read more

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Professor demands bribe from some students appearing for supplementary exams

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 8, 2019UPDATED: July 8, 2019 11:36 IST A case was registered Sunday against a senior faculty member of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) in Nirmal district, for allegedly demanding bribe from some students appearing for supplementary exams to give them pass marks, police said.Offense under sectionsBased on a complaint by the RGUKT Administrative Officer, a case was registered against assistant professor Ravi Varala under IPC sections 409 (criminal breach of trust), 420 (cheating) and 506 (criminal intimidation), they said.Accusations Ravi Varala was accused of demanding money from some students who were appearing for their backlog subjects to give qualifying marks and awarding extra marks in the supplementary examination, they added.Investigation The University authorities said an inquiry was conducted and prima-facie it was found that he allegedly took money from them to give pass marks.A report was submitted to the Vice-Chancellor of the university, who ordered a termination of his services, police said.Further investigation is underway, they said.About Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT)Established by the Goverment of Andhra Pradesh vide a special act of legislation, Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) Basar campus is located in Basar, Nirmal District, Telangana. The campus is set in about 272 acres just a short distance from the banks of river Godavari.The university houses about 6000 students along with 250 faculty members and 120 support staff within its campus. The residential university comprises Academic blocks with more than 140 ICT equipped classrooms, well – equipped laboratories, libraries with more than 1,00,000 volumes, boys’ and girls’ hostels and mess blocks that provide quality and nutritious food. The campus is more or less self-sustained with a Laundromat, bank, ATM, Shopping Complex, post office, primary health center, etc. It also has indoor and outdoor recreational facilities, well-equipped gymnasium, courts for basketball, badminton, table tennis, cricket, other sports, and games area.advertisementAlso read: CBI arrests six for rigging BITS Pilani online examGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAysha Professor demands bribe from some students appearing for supplementary examsA professor of Rajiv Gandhi University of Knowledge Technologies (RGUKT) in Nirmal district, Hyderabad, has been booked for seeking bribe from students who were taking supplementary exams.advertisementlast_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_imgCONTINUING WORK CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102/103 – Bicentennial Highway Blasting is taking place on Highway 102 between Exit 2A and Exit 1D and Highway 103 between Exit 2A and Exit 1B. Work is for the new 102/103 interchange. Blasting will take place twice a day at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for ten-minute intervals. Work is expected to continue until Sunday, March 31. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road.center_img RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Sunday, March 31. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img read more

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France: Saudi King to Arrive at Cote d’Azur Accompanied with Thousand…

Rabat – Amid a wave of outrage among locals, Saudi Arabia’s King is due to arrive over the weekend for a private visit to Cote d’Azur in France accompanied with at least a thousand people.While this is good news for local trade in Cote d’Azure, it is an inconvenience for local bathers as the French authorities have decided to close the Riviera in Cote d’Azure to assure the Royal family’s safety.The Saudi King’s flight is believed to land on Saturday morning, at the International Airport Nice Côte d’Azur. A source told the French news agency AFP that King Salmane will then head to the Saudi King’s villa located on the coastline of the Riviera. To host the Saudi King’s entourage, at least 400 rooms have been booked in La Croisette Palace, by the embassy of Saudi Arabia in Cannes, France.The King’s relatives will be staying at a big villa in Golf-juan, which stretches over one kilometer of coastline.Despite the economic benefits for locals, the visit has outraged bathers in Cote d’Azure, as local authorities announced that the Riviera public beach will be closed for the family’s entire visit so as to guarantee their security.The decision has caused widespread outrage among locals in Vallauris who use the beach for bathing and fishing.Some of them threaten to take action against the decision since the beach is declared open to the public under French law.Speaking to the Telegraph, Blandine Ackermann, president of a local environment group, vowed her intention to take legal action if the beach was not re-opened to the public. “This concrete slab is taking up half the beach. It’s an outrage,” she said.Councillor Jean-Noel Falcou who has launched a petition to stop the beach closure said “The point we wish to make is that not everything can be bought.”“The Saudis have been coming here for 40 years and they are welcome; all we ask is that they respect French law in the process,” he concluded.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

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Deputy SecretaryGeneral heads to Middle East and Switzerland

Ms. Migiro will be the guest of honour at an international conference in Jerusalem with the theme of “Women’s Leadership for Sustainable Development,” UN spokesperson Michele Montas told reporters in New York.While there, she will also meet Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and UN staff. In addition, she is scheduled to visit Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. On 19 November, Ms. Migiro will travel to the occupied Palestinian territory, where she will meet the Palestinian Foreign Minister and the Minister of Women’s Affairs, as well as visit a UN project. Following that, the Deputy Secretary-General will travel to Geneva to deliver an address to the 16th Session of the General Assembly of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies. In Geneva she will also be meeting with local Government officials and heads of UN agencies and staff, the spokesperson stated. 15 November 2007Asha-Rose Migiro is set to depart tomorrow for a trip that will take the United Nations Deputy Secretary-General to Israel, the occupied Palestinian territory and Switzerland. read more

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Government sees attempt to use education as a trading tool

“I spoke against it even in Parliament then as an opposition member of Parliament,” he said.Hashim said that if those who are opposing SAITM had opposed it even before it was launched, the issue would not have gone out of control. The Minister also noted that when the former Government gave approval for the SAITM private medical campus to be launched he had opposed it. The Government says attempts are being made these days to use education as a trading tool.Minister of Public Enterprises Development Kabir Hashim said that free education in the country must be protected. He said the Government has not only increased the allocation of funds for free education, but has also taken steps to ensure equal education opportunities for all. The Minister said the former Government allowed hundreds of students to be admitted to SAITM and gave room for the situation to reach its current level.Now he says by situation cannot be reversed as the court has given a ruling. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Which conference has the recruiting edge

The SEC has secured an upper hand in college football. The conference has won the last five BCS National Championships and finished last season with six schools ranked in The Associated Press Top 25, one more than any other conference. The Big Ten, which has appeared in two BCS National Championship Games, is one of the conferences vying for second billing. The facts point to an SEC advantage on the field, and this advantage might start in the classroom. Compared to schools in the Big Ten, most SEC institutions fall short academically. U.S. News & World Report ranks every university in the country each year based on average acceptance rate, retention rate, graduation rate and SAT and ACT scores, among other criteria. In these rankings, SEC universities fall short of those in the Big Ten. The average ranking for an SEC school is 99th. Big Ten schools come in at an average of 53rd. Michigan State, the lowest ranked school in the Big Ten, is tied for 79th nationally with the fourth-best SEC school, Alabama. The Big Ten consists of 11 universities and the SEC has 12 institutions. These lower academic standards might be an asset in recruiting high school players as they lengthen the list of available recruits and therefore directly affect on-field performance. “What the SEC will do is several teams will sign more borderline kids. They take more chances on kids that may or may not qualify,” said Scott Kennedy, director of scouting for Scout.com. “A Big Ten team doesn’t want to have three or four borderline kids on their list.” Steve Helwagen, staff writer for recruiting website Bucknuts.com, agreed. “I think that that is pretty obvious that some of those (SEC) schools can get the at-risk kids,” Helwagen said. “It doesn’t take a math wizard to realize that gives them an incredible competitive advantage if they are able to pull from a larger pool of players to build their roster.” SEC schools hauled in 73 of Rivals’ top 250 high school prospects in the 2011 class, compared to only 27 for Big Ten schools. Despite the apparent correlation between poorer academic performance and better recruiting classes, Ohio State coaches don’t see a problem. “I don’t think our admissions policies have hindered us at all,” quarterbacks coach Nick Siciliano said. “We try to do our best to recruit the best student-athletes we can find.” Besides college rankings, the SEC also falls short in the Academic Progress Rate. APR is “a term-by-term measure of eligibility and retention for Division I student-athletes that was developed as an early indicator of eventual graduation rates,” according to the NCAA website. Big Ten schools rank 46th on average in APR, versus a 53rd-place average for SEC universities. One SEC coach said academic deficiencies are not an advantage. “Illinois, Ohio State, they are going to recruit the same kids that we recruit,” Auburn safeties coach Tommy Thigpen said. “All of us fall in the same line. With the exceptions of the Stanfords and the Dukes of the world, we all go after the same kids.” Thigpen, a Rivals 2011 top 25 recruiter, has recruited in both conferences. He was on the Illinois staff from 2003–04. Coaches from Florida, Kentucky, Vanderbilt and Tennessee declined to speak with The Lantern. Barry Every, a national analyst for Rivals, also fails to see any advantage from academics. “The SEC schools still have to meet the minimum standards to get into school as the Big Ten schools,” he said. “They have the same standards as Michigan State and Michigan.” The NCAA Division I requires a student-athlete to have a minimum of a 2.0 high school GPA and a sum ACT score of 86, averaging to a 21.5 on the 36-point scale, to be eligible, according to the organization’s website. Though these marks are uniform across all D-I schools, individual university requirements are often much higher. For example, Michigan’s most recent freshman class averaged an ACT score between 28 and 32, according to the university’s website. Thigpen admitted Auburn’s willingness to “hold a kid’s hand,” but said the school would not do so for an entire team of athletes. OSU running backs coach Dick Tressel, differing from his fellow OSU assistant, Siciliano, indicated that the school’s higher academic standards help focus the staff’s recruiting. “Early on in the process, there are so many prospects that we have directed away from (at-risk recruits) a little bit,” Tressel said. “Hey, we’ve got these higher standards so we just have some early decisions to make.” Though the role of academics might be disputed, the idea that SEC schools gain an advantage from their location faces little opposition. The seven states that house SEC schools produced 87 top 250 recruits in this year’s class compared to just 38 from the seven states representing the Big Ten. As recruits are added to the list, the disparity becomes further magnified. “It’s just where they are located,” Every said. “Approximately 2,500 high school players a year sign D-I; 500 of them are coming from two states (Florida and Georgia) from the Southeast.” SEC coaches have taken notice. “For us,” Thigpen said, “the pool is bigger of skilled athletes.” Location aside, academics do seem to play a factor. The top-five-ranked schools in the SEC and Big Ten (Vanderbilt, Northwestern, Michigan, Wisconsin and Penn State), as ranked by U.S. News & World Report, secured only 12 top 250 recruits. The top two schools, Vanderbilt and Northwestern, did not manage one. Though it might not be the biggest point of emphasis, the willingness and ability of the schools in the SEC to recruit student-athletes with lower academic results might help them on the field. “The standards are almost exactly the same for everyone,” Kennedy said. “The leniency of the schools to sign those players and wait for them to see if they will get in is a little more lenient in the south.” read more

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Google Docs senrichit de douze nouveaux formats de fichiers

first_imgGoogle Docs s’enrichit de douze nouveaux formats de fichiersGoogle développe son service en ligne “Docs” en proposant aux internautes d’intégrer de nouveaux formats de fichiers. Google Docs s’enrichit. Ce service web permet à un utilisateur de créer ou d’importer des fichiers depuis un ordinateur, de consulter ou de modifier le document en temps réel et de partager le travail avec d’autres internautes. Le géant du web proposait jusqu’à présent des fichers en .doc (essentiellement dans Word) et quelques-uns répandus. Désormais, il est possible de consulter voire modifier des fichiers sous Excel, Illustrator et Photoshop. Voici les documents disponibles dès aujourd’hui : Microsoft Excel (.xls et .xlsx), Microsoft PowerPoint 2007/2010 (.pptx), Apple Pages (.pages), Adobe Illustrator (.ai), Adobe Photoshop (.psd), Autodesk AutoCad (.dxf), Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg), PostScript (.eps et .ps), TrueType (.ttf) et XML Paper Specification (.xps). Le 22 février 2011 à 17:06 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Crews work on rock blocking Highway 503

first_imgYALE — A contractor working for the Washington Department of Transportation began the first steps to remove the 20 million pound rock threatening to block state Highway 503 near Yale.Pacific Blasting & Demolition began working Friday to clear access points on the hillside where the massive rock slab is sitting.“This is a major milestone, but there’s still a lot of work to do to get the highway open,” WSDOT project engineer Lori Figone said in a news release. “We’ve got to remove the large rock slab, assess what’s behind it and then stabilize the slope.”WSDOT geotechnical engineers will also begin collecting core samples to determine rock strength and locations of fracture points along the hillside. Crews are also monitoring the slopes stability with LiDAR technology.WSDOT officials believe the rock slab came loose from a slide that occurred March 13.last_img read more

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Charlie Austin banned for two games after abusive gesture

first_imgSouthampton striker Charlie Austin has been handed a two-game ban by the English FA for his gesture during the club’s 3-1 home loss Manchester City, Goal claims.The former Queens Park Rangers striker was booed when he was substituted off in the 68th minute and appeared to make an abusive sign towards the travelling City fans last month.The Football Association charged the 29-year-old with making “an abusive and/or insulting” gesture and he will miss the next Premier League against Leicester City this weekend as well as the FA Cup replay against Derby County on January 16.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…This is not the first time Austin has found himself in disciplinary matters with the FA. In 2016 the striker received a three-match ban for violent conduct following an altercation with Huddersfield goalkeeper Jonas Lossl.Austin also was shown a red card as a QPR player during a 2-0 win against Burnley, after finding the back of the net against his former club.The striker’s suspension leaves Saints boss Ralph Hassenhuttl with only Shane Long, Sam Gallagher and Michael Obafemi as his only options in attack.last_img read more

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Typhoon hits China after killing 1 in Taiwan

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — A powerful typhoon surged across northern Taiwan on Saturday, killing at least one person before moving to southeast China and forcing the evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people from a coastal province.Typhoon Soulik disrupted transportation and commerce across Taiwan, with emergency crews around Taipei and in its environs struggling to restore power to the 520,000 homes where it had been disrupted, and to remove hundreds of trees uprooted by the storm from streets and roads.The storm then made another landing in the heavily populated Chinese coastal province of Fujian on Saturday afternoon, packing winds of 119 kilometers per hour (74 miles per hour), according to China’s National Meteorological Center. That was down from the 163 kph (101 mph) winds the typhoon had boasted on making landfall in Taiwan around dawn.About 300,000 people in Fujian were evacuated from their homes, the official Xinhua News Agency reported.In Fujian and Zhejiang, another coastal province, train services were suspended, flights canceled and fishing boats called back to ports. China’s weather service warned of possible floods and landslides.Earlier, torrential rains buffeted large areas of northern and central Taiwan, with Hsinchu and the neighboring county of Miaoli reporting totals of 700-800 millimeters (27-31 inches) by early Saturday.last_img read more

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How to get John Legends voice in Google Assistant Top commands

first_img Google Assistant now introduces visual snapshot feature Google Assistant has made lives easier by performing tasks just by voice commands. Now, Google’s digital assistant has a new voice and most users are going to love it. In what is the first celebrity voice cameo for Google Assistant, Grammy-winning artist John Legend is going to answer some of your questions starting with “Hey Google.”Any device powered by Google Assistant, including Google Home speakers, Smart Displays as well as Android and iOS mobiles, in the U.S. will be capable of switching to John Legend’s voice. So, if you’re tired of listening to that male/female robotic voice, John Legend’s silky smooth voice is to the rescue.How to activate John Legend’s voice in Google Assistant?If you have a device where Google Assistant is always listening, simply say: “Hey Google, talk like a Legend.” This will instantly switch the voice and you can throw your questions, but don’t be surprised if not all your questions are answered in the singer’s voice. Google I/O 2018: Google CEO Sundar Pichai announcing the new features of Google Assistant, which include 6 new voices.ReutersIf the Always Listening feature for Google Assistant is turned off on your device, launch the Assistant by long-pressing the Home button and say “talk like a Legend.”Alternatively, you can dive into Assistant settings and do the voice swap. Open Google Assistant on your device, tap the three vertical dots for the menu, select Settings, then Preferences, choose “Assistant Voice” and make your selection.What should you ask?As exciting as it is to get all responses in John Legend’s voice, there are some limitations to that unless you don’t mind getting an answer in the regular dialogue. Google had Legend record answers to a few questions and there are some Easter Eggs as well, which many fans will be delighted to crack. John Legend recording for Google Assistant voiceYouTube screenshotHere are the top questions you can ask Google Assistant to get responses in Legend’s voice:”What’s the temperature outside?””Why is the sky blue?””Are you John Legend?””What’s your favorite type of music?””Who is Chrissy Teigen?””Tell me a joke.”Also, try these for some fun surprises:”Hey Google, serenade me””Hey Google, are we just ordinary people?”As limited as the responses are, users must know that Legend’s voice is not a permanent addition to the Google Assistant voices. On the bright side, this could just be the beginning of more celebrity cameos and we can expect more. Stay tuned. Closelast_img read more

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Salman Khan takes a jibe at Jitesh Pillais nasty comment on Hina

first_imgReplying to the editor’s comment on her, Hina had earlier tweeted, “I was persistent, I am constant and I will be efficient again and again and again. Don’t know where I belong, don’t know if I have to, as the place doesn’t define me. Because as always I will work my a** off and I will make my own place. My promise, a proud outsider from my Chandivali Studios.”After facing massive flak, the magazine editor apologised to Hina for his comment saying that his comment was misconstrued and wished her continued success. Hina accepted his apology and even thanked him for his good wishes.  Hina KhanInstagramAt her Cannes red carpet debut, Hina was seen wearing a sparkling grey gown by Lebanese designer, Ziad Nakad with a moderate trail and a plunging neckline. She completed the look with her hair tied back, minimal make-up and nude pink lips. Salman Khan, Hina KhanTwitter/ReutersJitesh Pillai’s shocking comment on Hina Khan’s debut at the Cannes Film Festival has become the talking point in the industry. “Cannes has suddenly become Chandivali Studios kya?” the magazine editor had posted in his Instagram story. Many prominent names of the TV fraternity found the comment very distasteful and objectionable in nature. So when Salman Khan, who had hosted Hina Khan in Bigg Boss 11, was asked to comment on the matter, the Bharat actor had a very sarcastic take on it which has now garnered praises from his and Hina Khan’s fans.At the Zinda song launch, Salman, initially, said that he was not aware of the editor’s comment on Hina. So when he was told about it, Salman replied, “That’s very responsible of that editor to make a comment like that.” He was addressing the media at the press conference in Mumbai. Undoubtedly, Salman’s answer to the question was quite confusing. So when he was asked to explain his answer, Salman said, “Very thoughtful of the editor to make a comment like that on Hina. I don’t understand kya kehna chah rahe the. Cannes is Chandivali or has Chandivali has gone to Cannes?”And we bet Hina Khan would be happy to hear Salman’s answer to the editor for throwing a nasty comment on her Cannes 2019 appearance.last_img read more

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Eid Mubarak Best quotes wishes images SMS Quran verses to share on

first_imgDo you know the meaning of EID?E – Embrace with an open heartI – Inspire with impressive attitudeD – Distribute pleasure to allMay this Eid be as bright as ever The new moon has been sighted and its the time to celebrate the end of Ramadan season. Wishing you the warm greetings of the festival. Happy Eid 2017 wishes to you and your family. Before the golden Sun rises, let me decorate each of its rays with wishes of success, prosperity and happiness for you and your loved ones! Eid Mubarak! Show forgiveness, speak for justice and avoid the ignorant. May the blessings you seek make you a better person. Happy Eid al-Fitr 2017.Images & GIFsHappy Eid al-Fitr 2019123 GreetingsHappy Eid al-Fitr 2017123 GreetingsHappy Eid al-Fitr 2017123 GreetingsHappy Eid al-Fitr 2017123 GreetingsQuran verses & HadithTaqabbala Allahu minna wa minkum. (“May Allah accept from us, and from you.”)Kul ‘am wa enta bi-khair! — (May every year find you in good health!)”O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restraint.” — al-Baqarah, 2:183″O you who have believed, decreed upon you is fasting as it was decreed upon those before you that you may become righteous.” — Surat Al-Baqarah 2:183″The best charity is that given to a relative who does not like you.” — Fiqh-us-Sunnah:V3N100″Do good deeds properly, sincerely and moderately and know that your deeds will not make you enter Paradise, and that the most beloved deed to Allah’s is the most regular and constant even though it were little.” — Prophet Muhammad (s) as narrated by A’isha (ra) in Sahih Bukhari, vol. 8, hadith 471. India to celebrate Eid ul-Fitr on June 16 May God send his Love like Sunshine in his warm and gentle ways to fill every corner of your Heart and filled your Life with a lot of Happiness like this EID DAY. Wishing you EID MUBARAK. It’s more than just an Eid wish, more than a message too. For it comes with warm and loving thoughts because it’s meant for you.center_img Close After congregational Eid prayer, Sentiment reciprocated with a deep sense of Gratitude and manifestation. Very very happy Eid to you and your family. IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:09Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:08?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Eid al-Fitr (Eid ul-Fitr) 2019 has been confirmed in Saudi Arabia, UAE and most of the countries around the world. On this auspicious day, which also marks the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the fact that they were able to fully deliver on their Almighty’s command by fasting for a month and seeking closeness to and forgiveness from Allah. Eid al-Fitr is the big payday for the Muslims who spent the month obeying Allah.Eid al-Fitr (festival of fast-breaking) is one of the two biggest festivals celebrated by Muslims around the world besides Eid al-Adha (festival of sacrifice). On this day, Muslims who followed Ramadan with absolute faith are forgiven for their past sins. The celebrations of Eid are carried over for three days, during which Muslims greet friends and relatives and an environment of joy and delight is created everywhere.Muslims on this day exchange greetings with each other, in person or over the phone. With the ease of sending instant messages, images, GIFs and more, people can wish their friends and family on Eid. Here are a few messages, quotes, SMS and Quran verses you can use to add that extra affection and personalisation to your wishes. [Representational image]Creative CommonsHope Love & Laughter. Warmth & wishes joy and a Bouquet of Eid Wishes, Especially for you!!! EID MUBARAKlast_img read more

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Famed Swiss climber dies on Everest

first_imgSwiss climber Ueli Steck as he poses at Sigoyer, in the Hautes-Alpes department of southeastern France. AFP file photoSwiss climber Ueli Steck, one of the most feted mountaineers of his generation and famed for his speed ascents of iconic Alpine routes, died on Mount Everest on Sunday, officials said.“Today morning, he had an accident on the Nuptse wall and died. It seems he slipped,” Ang Tsering Sherpa, head of the Nepal Mountaineering Association, told AFP.Steck, 40, was on Everest to acclimatise before attempting in May to summit the world’s tallest peak followed by neighbouring Lhotse, connecting a series of ridges to design a never before climbed route.Everest and neighbouring peak Nuptse share a common ridge, which is where Steck slipped and fell, according to a government official.“He skidded off about 1,000 metres from (Mt Nuptse) camp two early morning on Sunday. Other climbers ascending Everest saw him and asked for his rescue,” said Dinesh Bhattarai, director general at the Department of Tourism.Steck was climbing alone when he died. His partner, Tenji Sherpa, had sustained severe frostbite earlier and was recovering at a lower camp.His body was recovered by Nepali guides and flown by helicopter to Kathmandu.The accomplished alpinist sought to pioneer new routes throughout his career, earning the nickname “the Swiss Machine” for his record solo ascents in the Alps.He was attempting to achieve another first this year by charting a rarely climbed route to summit both Everest and Lhotse, the world’s fourth highest mountain, all without the use of supplemental oxygen.Steck was due to summit Everest via the West Ridge—a route that has recorded more fatalities than summits—before climbing Lhotse.In a video recorded in early April and posted on YouTube, Steck said he would judge the attempt a success regardless of whether he reached the top—as long as he returned alive.Mingma Sherpa, the first Nepali to summit all 14 of the world’s peaks above 8,000 metres, said the accident—the first fatality of this year’s spring climbing season on Everest—underscored the unpredictability of mountaineering.“It is very sad news, he is a very experienced climber,” he said of Steck’s death.“Things can be so unpredictable in the mountains and it can be challenging even for the most seasoned climbers.”Tributes poured in for Steck on social media, with British climber Kenton Cool—who has scaled Everest 12 times—describing him as “a true inspiration to all”.“A man that showed us all what was possible in the mountains and beyond,” Cool tweeted.Stalked by controversySteck made global headlines in 2013 when he and two other Western climbers came to blows with a group of furious Nepali guides on Everest.The brawl shocked the mountaineering community, causing a damaging rift between Western climbers and the often lowly-paid Nepali guides who are essential for commercial expeditions to the crowded summit.An angry Steck swore never to return to Everest, telling a Swiss website that his “trust (was) gone”.But he was back in the Himalayas only months later, this time to scale Mount Annapurna, the world’s tenth highest peak, via its steep Southface wall, becoming the first mountaineer to complete a solo ascent of the 8,091-metre (26,545-foot) peak.Controversially, he offered no photographic proof of his accomplishment, saying an avalanche knocked his camera out of his hand.Nevertheless, he was awarded the Piolet d’Or, mountaineering’s top accolade, for the 2013 climb.Born in the town of Langnau im Emmental near the Swiss capital Bern in October 1976, Steck was a devoted climber by the age of 12.As an 18-year-old, he climbed Mont Blanc’s Eiger massif, an achievement that attracted attention and later sponsors, setting him on a course to become a professional climber.He soon became one of the most prominent names in mountaineering after scaling some of the world’s most daunting peaks, often alone and without basic safety equipment such as fixed ropes or bottled oxygen.But, in an interview with AFP nearly two years before his death, Steck said he was never inspired by a quest for fame or records.“Personal pleasure alone dictates my approach,” he said.He told AFP that he never wanted climbing to become a “business” and was content when his income exceeded what he previously made as a carpenter.Steck was however attacked by some in the mountaineering world for resisting the use of GPS to track his movements or refusing to record photographic evidence of his achievements, criticism that he dismissed as “jealousy”.last_img read more

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Man held for making derogatory remarks about PM on Facebook

first_imgDigital Security ActMembers of the Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested a man from Balirhat in Chattogram early Wednesday on charges of posting ‘derogatory remarks’ about prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Facebook.The arrestee was Tofazzal Hossain Helal, 40, son of Md Nasir of the area.Tipped off, a team of RAB-7 conducted a drive at Helal’s residence and arrested him around 5:00am, said Mehedi Hasan, commanding officer of RAB-7 in Chandgaon.A case will be filed with Chandgaon police station in this connection, the RAB official added.last_img read more

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HoustonArea Teachers Helping Students In Shelters

first_imgRaise Your Hand TexasHouston-area teachers are eager to offer their services for kids in shelters who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey.Teachers Volunteering in Shelters is a newly formed group of Houston-area teachers who are organizing to help children in the flood-ravaged areas of Southeast Texas brought on by Hurricane Harvey. They only enlists certified, experienced teachers who can provide high-quality childcare and learning opportunities to children and teens of all ages. The group has already dispatched teachers to the George R. Brown Convention Center, NRG Center and Church of the Apostles Houston.Simone Kern, Director of Literacy Interventions at YES Prep Public Schools, started the group on Facebook. Kern, who is currently recovering from surgery and cannot volunteer in the shelters herself decided to put her administrative skills to work by organizing teachers and connecting them with shelters in need.“We know more than 200 shelters are operating in the Houston area. Parents in those shelters need high-quality childcare they can trust, so that they can take a shower, call the insurance company, work on their house, and know that their kids are in good hands,” said Kern. “Our kids are very vulnerable right now and we want to make sure childcare is safe, effective, and therapeutic—and working with certified teachers is a great way to do that.”Kristen McClintock, a member of the group and a special education teacher at West Side High School in Houston I.S.D, felt the need to do something to help children after Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area. As a special education teacher, McClintock was especially aware of the needs of children with autism, learning disabilities or other special needs.“I was ready to begin the school year this week and after Hurricane Harvey hit, I knew I had to do something to help our students,” McClintock said. “One of the first things I thought about were those children with autism who are sensitive to noise. It’s really loud in the Convention Center, so I started out by setting up a ‘sensory space’ that would allow these kids to calm themselves. We’ve also had a lot of noise cancelling headphones donated, so that also helps.”The group would like to coordinate with other area shelters and relief efforts to ensure that its teachers can provide their childcare and educational services in an effective, safe way to as many children as possible. Shelters and relief organizations can contact the group via Facebook or e-mail at teachervolunteershouston@gmail.com. Sharelast_img read more

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This Baby Hippo Will Solve All Your Problems

first_img Is there anything better in this world than cute baby animals? Of course not. But some are cuter than others, and this pygmy baby hippopotamus is as adorable as they come.The calf was born back in February at the Taronga Zoo in Australia, but the zoo posted the first batch of photos and videos of the newborn just last week.This birth is particularly important because pygmy hippos are extremely rare and endangered — so any new births are cause for celebration. The Taronga Zoo hasn’t had any new births in over ten years, though, making this particular birth that much more special. For now, the Zoo’s trying to help the as yet unnamed calf transition into her future home.“Pygmy Hippos naturally spend a lot of time in the water,” keeper Renae Moss said. “So the calf is already having a great time learning to swim next to mum and even practicing holding her breath underwater. We’ve started by filling the pond to about 40 cm deep, but we’ll gradually increase the depth of the water as the little one grows in confidence.”God, isn’t that just the cutest? This little angel needs to build up her confidence! Now I get why relatives smoosh the cheeks of little ones — they’re so fucking adorable you just want to hug them forever.The zoo has decided to hold a contest to settle on a name for the new calf, but details will be forthcoming. For now, enjoy this gallery of adorable pics, plus this obligatory serious quote from the zoo about conservation.“These elusive animals continue to be threatened by loss of habitat as their forest homes are logged and converted to farmland at an alarming rate,” Moss said. “They are also vulnerable to poaching, hunting, and civil unrest and their wild populations continue to decline. Protecting their natural habitat is critical in ensuring the survival of wild populations, and we can all help Pygmy Hippos by choosing paper and wood products certified by the Forest Stewardship Council.” Stay on target <><>center_img Adorable Bats Track Weather for MigrationDespite All Odds, Sea Turtles Are Making Comeback last_img read more

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