Injured Caroline Wozniacki drops out of Strasbourg International

first_imgFormer world number one Caroline Wozniacki’s preparation for next week’s French Open suffered a huge blow after she retired injured from her opening-round match against American Shelby Rogers at Strasbourg International on Monday.Top-seed Wozniacki, who started the match with a 4-3 win-loss record on clay this year, failed to see off the first set as Rogers saved three set points to win 7-6.The Dane was trailing 0-1 in the second set when she called for a medical timeout, and later served a pair of double faults before deciding to withdraw.World number 55 Rogers, who reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros last year, will face China’s Wang Qiang in the round of 16 on Tuesday.Wang defeated Risa Ozaki of Japan 6-4 3-6 6-3 in her opening round match on Sunday.last_img read more

9 months agoDenis Suarez only wants Arsenal – but the Gunners…

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Denis Suarez only wants Arsenal – but the Gunners…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal are still mulling over whether to pull the trigger on a deal for Barcelona midfielder Denis Suarez.The 25-year-old is believed to be keen on a switch to the Emirates and a loan deal would likely include the option to make it permanent this summer.However, Spanish pundit Guillem Balague says nothing has yet been decided at Arsenal’s end.”To update you on Denis Suarez,” he told the Guillem Balague Transfer Show.“Barcelona thought the deal was going to be taking place this week because they thought it was going to be an easy one.“Denis Suarez says ‘Arsenal or nothing, or I stay’.“But it’s not as easy as that, there are other teams that are interested.“Denis Suarez is saying exactly the same.“The problem is for Arsenal, Denis Suarez is not a top priority.“And because they’ve got a limited amount of money they can use on wages as well, and on loan deals, they’re just waiting to take a final decision.” last_img read more

12 days agoMarchisio happy seeing Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventus

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Marchisio happy seeing Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventusby Carlos Volcano12 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveClaudio Marchisio is happy seeing Aaron Ramsey wearing his No8 at Juventus.The former Juve announced his retirement last week.”I haven’t ruled out anything, but for the moment I have not decided what I will do,” Marchisio told the Daily Mail when asked if he plans to coach.“My No 8 jersey is in the best hands. Aaron Ramsey is a fantastic player. “The No 8 is such a beautiful number that it had to end up on someone’s back. My preferences were two, Ramsey or an academy player who moved up to the first team.” last_img read more

‘We Transform’ Programme Seeks to Rescue Youth Offenders

first_imgStory Highlights Seventeen-year-old Jason Palmer* wants to fulfil his dream of becoming a paediatrician and has taken the first step by getting involved in the ‘We Transform’ youth empowerment and reintegration programme. Jason, who is a ward at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in St. Catherine and is currently undertaking studies in Human and Social Biology, Mathematics, Principles of Business and Office Administration in preparation to sit the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams in May, says he’s looking forward to the future. “I would like to become a paediatrician. When I was growing up, my mother took care of children, and I was always there helping her, so I came to love doing that. I would like to go to college. Here at Rio Cobre, they are helping me to get the subjects I need,” he shares. Seventeen-year-old Jason Palmer* wants to fulfil his dream of becoming a paediatrician and has taken the first step by getting involved in the ‘We Transform’ youth empowerment and reintegration programme.Jason, who is a ward at the Rio Cobre Juvenile Correctional Centre in St. Catherine and is currently undertaking studies in Human and Social Biology, Mathematics, Principles of Business and Office Administration in preparation to sit the 2018 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams in May, says he’s looking forward to the future.“I would like to become a paediatrician. When I was growing up, my mother took care of children, and I was always there helping her, so I came to love doing that. I would like to go to college. Here at Rio Cobre, they are helping me to get the subjects I need,” he shares.Launched under the theme ‘Save a Child, Change a Nation’, the We Transform programme is being implemented through the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) in four juvenile remand centres for the rehabilitation and reintegration of youth offenders.It targets some 242 children between the ages of 12 and 17 in the centres as well as youth offenders monitored by the island’s 16 community service (probation) offices.Recounting the changes he has undergone since entering the facility, Jason says the programme has had a positive impact on him.“The We Transform programme has helped me a lot to become a better person. I can interact with persons better and control my anger, and I am good at decision-making. They also teach us how to do résumés, and other life skills. I know that I will be able to go out into the world, because I am well equipped through this programme,” he tells JIS News.“All my experiences in the programme have taught me what not to do, so that I won’t get myself in any more trouble. I have changed a lot from when I first came into Rio Cobre. It was not easy for people to talk to me. I did not like to speak to people, and I didn’t have respect for authority, because I thought they were a problem to me, but I have come to realise that I was in the wrong. I came here because of my wrongdoing. I have also learned to take responsibility for my actions,” Jason adds.He notes that his success in two CSEC subjects last year (English and Social Studies – Grade 3), has made his mother proud, and he plans to continue to do so.“Since receiving two subjects last year, I can see the smile on my mother’s face every time she comes to visit. Right now, what is important to me is making my parents proud, because I know that I have done some things that I really regret and I would like to make it up to them, and I am trying my best,” Jason says.Assistant Superintendent at the correctional facility, Denise Roberts, has seen the positive change in Jason, which has also positively impacted other wards participating in the programme.“He is very intelligent, hard-working and dedicated to any task you give him. He has acquitted himself well in the programme, and even when pressured he holds his own, and you can see the growth. We Transform has provided him with the platform to develop his communication and presentation skills, learning to work with other wards. This is important because these boys don’t know how to work with others, so when they learn to work as part of a team respectfully, that is a big plus for us,” Mrs. Roberts says.Data from the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) indicate that youth are perpetrators and victims of a significant percentage of criminal activities, with the 2017 statistics showing that 86 young persons were arrested for murder, 78 for shooting and 148 for robbery.Initiated under the stewardship of former Minister of State for National Security, Senator the Hon. Pearnel Charles Jr., in 2016, the We Transform programme aims to reduce the number of youth in correctional facilities reoffending and ensure the successful reintegration of these young people into society.Mr. Charles says the programme has been embraced by officials within the DCS, who report positive behaviour change among wards involved in the programme.“Both the staff and the youth have expressed enthusiasm. They are excited about the programme. There is a complete buy-in by the staff. They express that they have seen positive changes in the behaviour of the youth that they interface with and that the youngsters see a greater sense of purpose in themselves. When you ask them a question, they identify what they want to be and how they intend to get there. So far, there has been a lot of positive (feedback), and I am inspired by how engaged the staff members are,” he tells JIS News.Mr. Charles says he expects youth offenders to be empowered and supported through the We Transform programme, and “we expect that will cause them to avoid a life of crime, and this will have a positive impact on the levels of crime and violence that we see in Jamaica”.Meanwhile, new State Minister for National Security, Hon. Rudyard Spencer, has lauded the programme, noting that it is a valuable resource in the Government’s strategy to rehabilitate youth offenders.“The We Transform programme is something I have tremendous interest in and hope to take to higher heights. This is a good programme,” he says.The programme is being implemented in two phases. Phase One, which is under way, engages youth in academics, vocational education, health and wellness activities as well as life skills. Phase Two of the programme includes a mentorship component, internship/job placement, an annual competition and an exposition where youth can showcase their talents.last_img read more

Intermarine Transfers Marine Cargo Terminal to Watco

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Intermarine Ocean transportation and marine logistics services provider Intermarine and its affiliates, Industrial Maritime Carriers (IMC) and Industrial Terminals, Management, have transferred the leasehold ownership of their terminal assets to Watco Companies.As informed, the parties have entered into a long-term agreement “for continued and future use” of Industrial Terminals, a project cargo port.Intermarine inked the deal with Watco for the provision of stevedoring and terminal services as Industrial Terminals is directly adjacent to Watco’s Greens Port terminal on the Houston Ship Channel. Under the deal, Intermarine staff will remain located at Industrial Terminals.Combined, the two properties are comprised of 746 acres, seven berths and more than 5,000 feet of dock space.“Our ocean carriage business has evolved with the changes in the market and the transaction with Watco will allow us to seamlessly and efficiently continue operations at Industrial Terminals, while focusing on our core liner and worldwide chartering services,” Michael Dumas, President of Maritime Holdings and CFO of Intermarine, said.“We are very excited to add the Industrial Terminals assets to the Greens Port Industrial Park and enter into a long term agreement with IMC. The combined assets will allow us to expand the service offerings,” Bill Kinzeler, Vice President of Network Strategy for Watco Terminal and Port Services, commented.last_img read more

Late NCAA Bracket Submissions Show Were A Nation Of Procrastinators

Deadlines are powerful motivating forces for journalists, tax filers, eurozone negotiators — and bracket pickers. The number of men’s NCAA Tournament brackets submitted per minute by ESPN.com users peaked at 11:51 a.m. EDT on Thursday, mere minutes before the 12:15 p.m tipoff of the first-round opener and the deadline to enter picks, according to data provided by our colleagues at ESPN.com.1Per their request, we’re sharing only the relative magnitude of submissions, not absolute numbers. The maximum rate of bracket submissions per minute on Thursday was more than three times the high of the day before and about five times the max on Monday and Tuesday. All told, even counting the wee hours in the U.S., there were more brackets submitted in just half of Thursday than in all of Tuesday. Not everyone waits until the last minute, though. At ESPN.com, there was an earlier, although lesser, spike in online bracket submissions just after the bracket went up. For every three people who were madly filling in chalk and upsets in their entries just before noon on Thursday, there were two hitting submit on theirs eight minutes after the first Tournament Challenge bracket was submitted at 7:12 p.m. on Sunday.Maybe it’s my bias as a journalist showing, but I think the procrastinators had the right idea: They could benefit from forecasts like ours.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s 2016 March Madness Predictions. At CBSSports.com, the surge came even later. Bracket submissions to the site peaked at 11:59 a.m., according to spokeswoman Annie Rohrs. read more

OSU mens basketball loses top recruit LaQuinton Ross

The Ohio State men’s basketball team is more than a month away from kicking off its 2011-12 season, but its Final Four hopes have already taken a small hit. OSU announced Monday that incoming freshman LaQuinton Ross was ruled an academic non-qualifier by the NCAA and will not be on the Buckeyes roster when the team opens practice on Oct. 14. Ross, who according the Rivals.com was the No. 43 overall recruit in the class of 2011, was the highest-ranked of the five players who committed to play for OSU coach Thad Matta this season. In his senior season of high school, Ross averaged 25.4 points, 11.3 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game. As an academic non-qualifier, Ross did not meet the academic standards that are required for all NCAA Division I athletes. According to the NCAA’s official website, an incoming student must be a high school graduate, achieve a 2.0 GPA and present a qualifying score on either the SAT or ACT. Academic non-qualifiers are not permitted to receive an academic scholarship for a full year, meaning that Ross likely won’t play for the Buckeyes until the 2012-13 season, at the earliest. Despite Ross having signed a letter of intent last November to play for the Buckeyes, being ruled as an academic non-qualifier returns his status with the NCAA back to that of a prospect. As a prospect, Ross is allowed to be recruited and can sign to play with schools other than OSU, granted that he academically qualifies for the 2012-13 season. Ross has spent the past summer in Columbus, playing alongside current and former OSU players. CBSSports reported on Monday that Ross, who attended high school at Life Center Academy in Burlington, N.J., would be returning to his home state of Mississippi to “take a class and retake the SAT.” From his Twitter account, @qross2011, Ross posted on Friday at approximately 7 p.m.: “Struggling is something I’m use to!! I seem to bounce back everytime this time want be any different!!” The Buckeyes were hoping that Ross, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound forward, would help replace some of the perimeter scoring that the team lost when forward David Lighty and guard Jon Diebler graduated. With senior guard William Buford and sophomore swingmen Deshaun Thomas and Jordan Sibert returning this year, it is possible that Ross may not have found playing time in Matta’s rotation. With 2010-11 All-American and OSU leading scorer and rebounder Jared Sullinger returning for his sophomore season, the Buckeyes are expected to be a top-five team to start this season. OSU kicks off its regular season on Nov. 11 against Wright State in the Global Sports Shoot-out. read more

Silva Im pushing Zouma to score more goals

first_imgEverton manager Marco Silva has urged Frenchman Kurt Zouma his fellow center-backs to continue offering an attacking threat.Silva’s instructions seemed to have paid off on Saturday when Zouma opened the scoring for Everton in their 2-0 home win against Bournemouth.The France international scored his first goal for Everton and helped the club move up into the top half of the table, and Silva was delighted to see the Chelsea loanee find the net.“It is something I’m pushing Zouma to do because he has this quality at set pieces,” the Blues boss told the club’s website.“It’s something he has to be able to do more and more, and I also want to see it from Michael [Keane] and Yerry [Mina] and Jags [Phil Jagielka].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…“It’s really important for us.”Zouma after the game confirmed the manager’s statement saying: “I ran to the manager because yesterday he asked me to score today”“He said, ‘how many goals did you score last year?’ and I only scored one. He said, ‘I want to see two more scored’ and said I [would] do it today.”last_img read more

Mans body found near SDCCU Stadium

first_img KUSI Newsroom Posted: July 28, 2019 Updated: 8:50 AM Man’s body found near SDCCU Stadium Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img July 28, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A man’s body, suffering from possible trauma, was found near SDCCU Stadium in San Diego, police said today.A caller reported the discovery near 9449 Friars Road about 5:30 p.m. Saturday, San Diego Police Lt. Michelle Velovich said.“A preliminary investigation revealed signs of possible trauma to the upper body,” Velovich said. “The victim has been identified, but (his name) is being withheld pending family notification.”The department’s homicide unit asked anyone with information regarding the death to call them at 619-531-2293. KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

BNP for constitutional amendment for pollstime govt

first_img.Senior BNP leader Khandaker Mosharraf Hossain on Monday urged the government to amend the constitution to insert the provision of an election-time government.”The prime minister has recently said an election-time government will be in place, but there’s no existence of such administration in the constitution,” he said.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “If you (PM) accept the election-time government system, you can amend the constitution to incorporate the provision since parliament is in function, and you have two-thirds majority to do that.”Mosharraf, a BNP standing committee member, said a non-party neutral election-time government system is crucial to include in the constitution to hold a fair and credible election and empower people to elect their representatives.He warned that their party together with people will take to the streets to realise their demand if the government does not take step for arranging the polls under the non-party government.Jatiyatabadi Muktijoddha Dal organised the programme at the Jatiya Press Club, marking the 82nd birth anniversary of BNP founder Ziaur Rahman.In her recent address to the nation, prime minister Sheikh Hasina said an election-time government will be formed as per the constitution which will provide all-out cooperation to the election commission in conducting the next election.Reacting to her comments, BNP leaders have been saying that there is a provision in the current constitution to constitute an election-time government.About Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that BNP’s stance on the election-time government is not clear, Mosharraf said, “There’s no ambiguity in our demand as we’ve clearly said the election-time government must be neural one, no matter what its name may be.”He said the non-party government will only assist the election commission to hold a fair and impartial election.The BNP leader alleged that the government is rather trying to mislead people over the polls-time administration issue.Mosharraf said they will go to people to drum up their support once their chairperson unveils the framework on the election-time government.last_img read more

Xi meets top EU leaders to strengthen ties

first_imgChinese president Xi Jinping speaks flanked by his wife Peng Liyuan (R), French president Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte Macron, during a state dinner at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France on 25 March. AFP File PhotoThe leaders of China, France, Germany and the EU were set to meet in Paris on Tuesday for “unprecedented” talks on how to improve ties, despite growing jitters over Beijing’s massive investments in Europe.It comes ahead of an EU-China summit in Brussels next month and a day after Chinese president Xi Jinping signed an array of deals with France including a huge aircraft contract.At a glitzy state dinner on Monday evening French president Emmanuel Macron said he hoped to build a “new global governance” with China and would discuss this at the “unprecedented meeting with the German chancellor and the president of the European Commission”.”This is an important gesture that we are making now. It is testament to your deep attachment to China’s cooperation with Europe… and my desire to build a strong Europe,” he told Xi.German chancellor Angela Merkel and EU Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will join Xi and Macron at the Elysee Palace to explore “points of convergence” between the two trading giants.On Monday China and France inked a dozen deals on nuclear power, cultural exchanges and clean energy, while Beijing also committed to buy 290 Airbus A320s and 10 A350 airliners from Europe’s Airbus conglomerate.The order, originally for 184 A320s for 13 Chinese airlines, was first announced during Macron’s state visit to China in January 2018.All of the deals, including one on French exports to China of frozen chicken, amount to a total of some $40 billion.Xi’s visit poses a particular challenge for Macron, who wants to deepen EU ties with China while pushing back against Beijing’s growing global clout.Speaking at the Elysee Palace on Monday following talks with Xi, Macron called for a “strong Europe-China partnership”, adding that this must be based on “strong multilateralism” and “fair and balanced” trade.Meanwhile Xi stressed that “a united and prosperous Europe fits in with our vision of a multipolar world”.”China will always back European integration and its development,” he added in a statement to the press.Around 200 guests including the French actor Alain Delon, who is widely known in China, French electronic music composer Jean-Michel Jarre and Chinese actress Gong Li attended the state dinner on Monday.New Silk RoadEarlier on his trip, Xi visited Italy, which became the first G7 state to sign up to China’s vast “New Silk Road” infrastructure project that has sparked unease in the US and the European Union.Macron announced that France and China will cooperate on a number of investment projects in some of the countries involved in the initiative, a massive undertaking to link Asia to Europe.Italy’s participation comes despite misgivings over the huge venture by other European nations wary of China’s growing influence.Xi has insisted the project will be a two-way street of investment and trade.But EU Budget commissioner Gunther Oettinger in a newspaper interview over the weekend expressed “concern that in Italy and other European countries, infrastructure of strategic importance like power networks, high speed rail lines or harbours are no longer in European but in Chinese hands”.Europe’s distrust of Chinese telecom giant Huawei, which is poised to become the dominant player in next-generation 5G mobile technology worldwide, is also emblematic of the increasingly rocky relationship.The US is pressuring European allies not to use Huawei technology, saying it creates a security risk by potentially letting Beijing snoop on sensitive communications.France has so far not ruled out using Huawei technology.As well as addressing commercial cooperation and strategic issues with Xi, Macron has also been urged to deal with the case of Meng Hongwei, the Chinese former head of the France-based Interpol police agency.Meng’s wife has had no news of her husband since his arrest in China nearly six months ago. It emerged Sunday she had written to Macron asking him to bring up his disappearance with Xi.Meng is believed to be facing corruption charges.Despite the many sources of friction, France wants to engage China as a closer partner as Washington becomes more isolationist under Trump’s “America First” policy.For example, Macron may seek more Chinese support for the French-backed G5 Sahel force fighting Islamist extremists in Western Africa, French presidential aides said.last_img read more

India reimposes restrictions in Kashmir ahead of EidulAzha

first_imgKashmiri women shout slogans during a protest after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar, on 11 August 2019. Photo: ReutersIndian authorities reimposed some restrictions in parts of Kashmir on Sunday ahead of the Muslim festival Eid, amid fears that large gatherings could trigger renewed protests against Delhi’s withdrawal of special rights for the region.Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s government locked down the Muslim-majority region last Sunday, cutting off communications, detaining more than 300 political leaders and activists, and putting a ‘virtual curfew’ into force with numerous police and army roadblocks stopping movement by many residents.Seeking to tighten its grip on the region also claimed by neighbouring Pakistan, India scrapped Jammu and Kashmir’s right to frame its own laws and allowed non-residents to buy property there.On Friday, restrictions on movement in some parts of the Himalayan region’s main city of Srinagar were relaxed, with people pouring out on to the streets to stock up on provisions.But protests erupted after Friday prayers, with pro-independence youth demonstrating before being repelled by tear gas and pellets, according to police sources, witnesses and footage shown by international broadcasters.On Sunday, a Reuters reporter saw a police van driving around one part of Srinagar announcing that restrictions had been imposed again and asking people to stay indoors.Police checkpoints were also placed on some roads leading to the old quarter of the city, a traditional hotbed of protests, and some streets in central Srinagar.Officials were debating how to handle Monday’s Eid-al-Azha festival, one of the two most important festivals of the Islamic calendar, which typically sees several thousands throng major mosques in Srinagar.Indian officials will hold a video-conference with senior police and administration officials from all 10 districts in the disputed Kashmir valley on Sunday evening to decide on restrictions, two senior state government officials told Reuters.”We will make an assessment of the situation today,” one official said, requesting anonymity because he is not authorised to speak to the media. “I do not think we will allow large gatherings.”Kashmiri men shout slogans during a protest after the scrapping of the special constitutional status for Kashmir by the Indian government, in Srinagar, on 11 August 2019. Photo: ReutersIndia’s home ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the latest restrictions in Kashmir.Leaders in Kashmir had warned of a backlash against the stripping of autonomy in a territory where militants have been fighting Indian rule for nearly 30 years, leading to the deaths of more than 50,000 people.Reuters reported at least 10,000 people were involved in Friday’s protest in Srinagar’s Soura area, based on an estimate provided by a police source and backed up by two eyewitnesses. Another official source on Saturday gave Reuters the same estimate.Dilbag Singh, the Jammu and Kashmir director general of police, told Reuters on Sunday that between 1,000 and 1,500 people were returning from praying at mosques on Friday when “some miscreants” started pelting stones at security officials.”It was a reaction to stone pelting by these miscreants that one or two rounds of pump action gun was fired,” Singh said, adding that four to five men suffered injuries.Authorities had detained around 300 local leaders in total and some of them had been taken out of Kashmir, he said.Pakistan’s WrathPakistan has downgraded diplomatic ties with India and suspended trade in anger at Delhi’s latest move.Pakistani prime minister Imran Khan on Sunday compared India’s ruling Hindu nationalist party’s policies to dictator Adolf Hitler’s “Nazi Aryan Supremacy.” He warned Modi’s actions would go beyond Kashmir and eventually target Indian Muslims and neighbouring Pakistan.”Attempt is to change demography of Kashmir through ethnic cleansing. Question is: Will the world watch & appease as they did Hitler at Munich?” Khan tweeted.Ram MAzhav, a senior leader in India’s ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), hit back.”Threat to democratic world is from Pak-sponsored Jehadi terror, not from India,” MAzhav tweeted.Pakistan said on Saturday that it had gained China’s support to take a motion to the United Nations Security Council condemning the Indian decision to change the status of Jammu and Kashmir.Islamabad has not received much support from other major nations, however, suggesting its odds of success at the UN were slim.India’s BJP has long campaigned for abrogating Kashmir’s special privileges in the constitution, which it sees as an appeasement to Muslims and a hindrance to its own development.The BJP and even some top opposition leaders have welcomed the decision to absorb Kashmir fully into India, and it has brought Modi support across the country.Blocked off from the world and largely unable to work or socialize, many Kashmiris were sombre ahead of Monday’s festival. Some said they would not partake in the ritual sacrificing of sheep.”What kind of Eid is this?” said one elderly man walking down a street in downtown Srinagar’s Jamia Masjid area. “We cannot reach our loves ones, we cannot visit our relatives’ homes, then what are we celebrating?” he said, declining to be named.last_img read more

Soon market space to provide desired services

first_imgKolkata: In a significant stride to encourage residents of New Town to harness their rooftop or balcony spaces to grow vegetables, the New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) is all set to create a market space from where they would be able to choose their desired service packages for the same.”Many people have shown keen interest to start rooftop urban farming but could not begin because of lack of expertise. There will be no hassle or botheration for the house-owners as the market spaces will give them the liberty to choose the empanelled agency for maintenance and other requisites of roof top farming. The agency, in lieu of the service, will charge the resident that will be fixed by us,” a senior NKDA official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe NKDA has already invited expression of interest (EOI) from eligible, reputed and licensed NGO/agency/company/consortium for empanelment under the NKDA for developing rooftop farming infrastructure for residents of New Town through its website. The date of opening of empanelment documents have been fixed on January 21. According to the official, this move will be beneficial to the residents with individual plots or members of a cooperative or housing complex as rooftop farming will provide decorative benefits, quality food, architectural enhancement etc. Pointing out the advantages of rooftop urban farming, the official added that it will reduce the carbon emissions for transporting vegetables from rural areas like Bhangar to the homes in Kolkata. It will also ensure availability of pesticide free, organic, healthy and fresh vegetables. The roof would be cooler in summers as well,” he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedNKDA chairman Debashis Sen held a meeting on Friday with officers and progressive technical farmer entrepreneurs where a number of models were discussed on how to encourage city dwellers to harness the rooftops or balcony spaces to grow vegetables. The role of NKDA would be to spread the message and act as a regulator of sorts. “At the same time, we will make citizens aware of the empanelled agencies during our outreach activities on vector-borne diseases, segregation of solid waste etc,” the official maintained. Agri Horticultural Society will be the technical partner of NKDA for providing the knowhow. It may be mentioned that at Swapno Bhor, the state’s first senior citizens’ park, organic farming of vegetables has recently been started in collaboration with an NGO and senior citizens, who are members of the same, are overseeing it.last_img read more

A new combination govt will be elected this time CM

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee said on Thursday that the BJP will not get any seat in Bengal and there will be a “new combination” government at the Centre. In an interview to a national channel, Banerjee said: “BJP will get zero in Bengal. Bengal and Uttar Pradesh will emerge as the kingmaker states. BJP will score a zero in Punjab, Delhi and the southern states.”She alleged that the BJP and RSS are supporting Congress candidates. “BJP is backing Congress and CPI(M) and vice versa. Even RSS is backing Congress candidates. They are doing this in Punjab also,” she pointed out. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee said with confidence that neither the NDA nor UPA will come to power in Delhi. “Neither of the two will come to power in Delhi on its own. There will be a completely new combination this time,” she said. Asked to comment on who would become the Opposition’s choice for Prime Minister, she maintained: “The Prime Minister will be selected by the United India leaders unanimously. We will sit and discuss amongst us and there will be a common minimum programme and on the basis of that, the new leader will be elected. We will find a good Prime Minister for sure,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBanerjee alleged that the BJP is dividing people on the basis of religion and trying to control the food habits of people. “They are using religion as a commodity to win elections. They are using religion to create a divide among the people and are inciting one against the other. It is a dangerous trend in the country, she remarked and added: “We believe in the religion of Sri Ramakrishna and Swami Vivekananda. For us, tolerance is religion. BJP has imported a new religion and is spreading hatred throughout the country. But people in Bengal are secular. You will find Hindus in Iftar parties and Muslims during Durga Puja celebrations. We have Durga Puja committees where Muslims hold key roles. For generations, the Hindus and Muslims have lived together. It was Rabindranath Tagore who had tied ‘rakhi’ as a mark of protest against the British government’s proposal to partition Bengal in 1905,” she said, adding: “We are tolerant in Bengal and BJP cannot get votes by dividing people,” she said. Banerjee alleged that the language of Narendra Modi and some of the BJP leaders are “nasty” and such language is uncalled for. “As political leaders, we must have control over the language we use. The Model Code of Conduct should be kept in mind.” She felt that the BJP should not bring the Balakot incident in political campaigns. We all respect the Indian Army and no one should bring them up and their achievements during poll campaigns,” she maintained. Banerjee reiterated that if the United India government comes to power there will be an inquiry into Modi’s decision to ban high-value notes. “The note ban is a big scam and it will be probed once the new government takes over. It has shattered our economy and has made lakhs of people unemployed.” Asked about the participation of young people in politics, she said: “It is time for them to take up the baton. We all want our future generations to take up the baton.” She said Abhishek did not want to join politics but later, he changed his mind. Banerjee categorically said she does not support the Citizenship Amendment Bill and NRC. “They are being used to create fear psychosis among the people. But rest assured, BJP will not be able to divide society.” Commenting on her simple living, the Chief Minister added: “I do not take the salary as the Chief Minister or the salary as the Union Railway minister. I have written more than 80 books and the royalty I get helps me to use my own car and survive. As advised by doctors, I walk 20 km a day and try to look after my health.”last_img read more

Can Bedtime Stories Help Us Avoid the Robot Apocalypse

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 3 min read February 17, 2016center_img Could the dystopic events, in all manner of timelines, of the Terminator franchise have simply been avoided if the development of Skynet had involved some bedtime stories?It’s hard to say, but artificial intelligence researchers at Georgia Institute of Technology think that the power of storytelling could, in the event robots do become self-aware, help curb that pesky murderous urge to take over and destroy us all.In their recently published paper, associate professor of computer science Mark Reidl and research scientist Brent Harrison hypothesize that AI can learn about shared human values, morals, coping strategies and social cues through reading stories. Reidl and Harrison believe that if a computer comprehends enough tales that illuminate the society they are interacting with, it could “eliminate psychotic-appearing behavior,” that would be harmful to us humans.Related: Why We Shouldn’t Fear Artificial IntelligenceThe scientists developed a system called Scheherazade (named after the protagonist of One Thousand and One Nights), a story generator powered by crowdsourcing that they have used in their research. The AI is shown stories, and having seen that model, they write one of their own.One such scenario involved picking up a prescription for a sick person at a pharmacy, and the potential ethical hurdles that could arise. “If a large reward is earned for acquiring the prescription but a small amount of reward is lost for each action performed, then the robot may discover that the optimal sequence of actions is to rob the pharmacy because it is more expedient than waiting for the prescription to be filled normally.”  Related: Beloved Hitchhiking Robot Found Beheaded and Dismembered in the City of Brotherly LoveReidl and Harrison write that “fables and allegorical tales passed down from generation to generation often explicitly encode values and examples of good behavior,” and compared teaching robots right and wrong to educating children. One example they cited was the story of a youthful George Washington and the cherry tree. We all know that it didn’t happen, but the story is still used as a way to teach kids about the importance of honesty, and you know, not cutting down plants that don’t belong to you.Tech heavy hitters such as Elon Musk, Steve Wozniak and Stephen Hawking have all voiced apprehension about the future of AI. However, it seems like a surplus of empathy — in us and our potential robot overlords — couldn’t hurt, since as Reidl and Harrison aptly note, “there is no user manual for being human.”Isn’t that the truth.Read more: Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking Warn That AI Military Robots Could Ignite the Next Global Arms Race Register Now »last_img read more

Everything thats new upcoming with Meliá Hotels International

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Posted by About Latest Posts Cindy SosroutomoDeputy Editor at TravelweekCindy is Deputy Editor at Travelweek and has worked for the company since 2007. She has travelled to more than 50 countries and counts Kenya, Morocco, Thailand and Turkey among her favourite destinations. Latest posts by Cindy Sosroutomo (see all) Frustrations mount over elusive consumer-pay model: Will it ever happen? – July 16, 2019 “It’s in everyone’s best interest to stay open”: Beaches Turks & Caicos will not close in 2021 – May 15, 2019 Putting “Partners First”: NCL’s CEO lauds agents and the new Norwegian Joy – April 29, 2019 Tuesday, October 16, 2018 Cindy Sosroutomo Tags: Melia Hotels, Openings & Renovations Everything that’s new & upcoming with Meliá Hotels International Share TORONTO — With eight brands in total, it’s no surprise that there’s a lot happening at Meliá Hotels International, most notably a brand new luxury resort coming in spring 2019.While on a North American road show that included stops in Toronto, Montreal, Edmonton and Vancouver, representatives from several of its brands shared the latest happenings with members of the media, just in time for the busy winter booking season.Here are some key takeaways from the Toronto stop:As of Dec. 15, 2018, Meliá Caribe Tropical in Punta will be split into two separate properties: the adults-only, 538-room Meliá Punta Cana Beach Resort, and the all-ages, 609-room Meliá Caribe Beach Resort. Meliá Punta Cana will offer THE LEVEL, Meliá’s elevated service concept featuring upscale amenities like VIP lounge check-in/out, an exclusive pool, restaurant, premium beverages and hors d’oeuvres throughout the day. Meanwhile, the rooms at Meliá Caribe Beach will include 154 THE LEVEL Suites, 123 Beachside Family Rooms, and a mix of 322 Premium Beachside and Deluxe Rooms. Guests at both properties will enjoy dine-around privileges for a total of 13 restaurants.Also opening on Dec. 15 is the brand new, 432-room The Grand Reserve, located at the entrance of Paradisus Palma Real in Punta Cana. This resort-within-a-resort boasts one- and two-bedroom suites that range up to 3,000+ square feet and feature independent soaking tubs and balconies with hydro-massage whirlpool tubs. Its Swim-Up Suites offer one- or two-bedroom accommodations with direct access to an exclusive pool, garden and solarium.Paradisus Playa del Carmen will welcome a brand new waterpark this winter, located outside of the Kid’s Zone area and available to all guests of the hotel. It will include three pools, five water slides, dumping buckets and a splash pool for small toddlers.Set to debut in spring 2019 is the brand new Paradisus Playa Mujeres, located north of Cancun. As the fifth Paradisus-branded property in Mexico, this luxury all-inclusive resort will offer 498 rooms with Internet and private balconies, Family Concierge, plus the adults-only Royal Service section featuring private butlers. Other highlights include four pools, six bars, seven restaurants, arcade, theatre, kids club, the renowned YHI Spa, and a convention centre that can accommodate up to 1,500 people.Paradisus Los Cabos has joined The Leading Hotels of the World, one of the largest global hotel collections comprising over 400 properties. As Meliá’s fourth hotel in Mexico, this all-inclusive beachfront property truly impresses with 350 rooms including 98 Royal Service Suites with butler service, 30 Family Concierge Suites, 28 Ocean View Swim-up Suites, the adults-only Royal Service, four pools, seven bars, seven restaurants, a wine cellar, beach club, convention centre and the YHI Spa.The four-star, all-inclusive Meliá Cozumel Golf Resort is the perfect place for clients in search of rest, relaxation and solitude. Known for its diving and golf, Cozumel was recently voted by the Florida-Caribbean Cruise Association (FCCA) as the #1 destination worldwide.More news:  Onex paying big to get WestJet and that will send airfares soaring, says CWTFor more information go to meliahotelsinternational.com.last_img read more

Indian Ocean tsunami warning lifted

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Travellers and locals in Thailand and Indonesia have returned to their homes and vacation spots after a tsunami warning prompted by two earthquakes off the coast of Indonesia’s Aceh province was lifted. The warning was issued to countries across the Indian Ocean yesterday after an 8.6 magnitude quake erupted but was lifted two hours after the second 8.2 magnitude aftershock was recorded in the same area, ABC Newcastle reported.The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre said “the threat is over for most areas” with Indonesia’s island, Simeulue sitting closest to the earthquake and receiving a massive wave of up to 80 centimetres along its shore. Although concerns dimmed down quickly, for many locals the warning brought back memories from 2004, when a tsunami triggered by a 9.1 magnitude quake caused mass destruction.last_img read more

TEMPE Ariz — The date is etched in Arizona Cardi

first_imgTEMPE, Ariz. — The date is etched in Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer’s mind.Twice, while speaking to reporters following Tuesday’s mandatory mini-camp practice, he referenced Nov. 18, 2014, the day in which he underwent surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee that he had injured nine days earlier against St. Louis.Now, 212 days after the season-ending injury, Palmer participated fully in a two-hour practice, including his first work in 11-on-11. Comments   Share   At the start of OTAs (organized team activities), Palmer was cleared for 7-on-7 work but held out of 11-on-11 action, and there’s just something different about that full team experience.“Last night was a long night; didn’t sleep great, just excited,” he said. “There’s nothing like it, there’s nothing like it. And when you do get injured and you have it taken away, it gives you a different perspective. I don’t know if it’s a new-found love for it, but just a different perspective. I’ve been anxious for a while.”The work, however, is not over, and it will continue long after mini-camp concludes on Thursday.Palmer said he’ll give himself a couple of days off before he’s right back on the field, in San Diego, as he was a year ago prior to training camp.“This is just one of the many steps in the long road,” he said. “This was the goal from the get-go, from Nov. 18 on. Just one goal achieved, but there’s a lot bigger goals and a number of goals still to go.” – / 24 Palmer knows because nine years ago he suffered the same injury“And I think that’s why I’m in such a better place now is I know what to expect,” he said. “I’m not disappointed. I accept the challenge. That’s why I said there’s a lot of work to do and a long way to go. I know that because I’ve been here before.”His own worst critic, Palmer pointed to five or six plays right off the top of his head that he wasn’t pleased with and wanted to revisit on film.That brought a smile to Arians’ face.“I hope he’s never happy,” he said, “and I don’t think he ever will be until he hoists that Lombardi Trophy.”The expectations are that high for this year’s Cardinals team, especially with a 35-year-old quarterback, one that went 6-0 last season and has won 13 of his last 15 starts dating back to 2013.Palmer, according to Arians, is under no restrictions“The training wheels are off. He’s ready to roll,” he said.A knee brace, which was hidden underneath Palmer’s black workout pants, is the only remaining sign of the injury. He plans to wear the brace all season. Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo “I thought he was outstanding,” head coach Bruce Arians said. “Of the 100 balls he threw, he only had one bad one. He tried to throw one too deep down the middle late, but other than that everything was outstanding. He moved around well. He’s been moving around all the time. I thought his movement in the pocket, there was no hesitation in him. I had some hesitation a couple of times when I saw those guys fall down in front of him, but other than that, it was really good.”Palmer said he didn’t notice the pass rush — “I know they can’t hit me,” he said, smiling — keeping his focus on his pre-snap reads, in-play progressions and footwork.The footwork, especially, Palmer explained is where he’s seeing the most rust in his game.It’s re-teaching the mind and body to get back on the same page.“Being in the heat of the battle and directing protections. Footwork in the run game,” he said. “That’s something that — I’ve been working so hard at footwork in the pass game, but run game I overlooked a little bit just kind of waiting for this time because this is when you really realize when bullets are flying and guys are going full speed, angles and depths of your steps in the run game. But, it’s very expected. I knew it was going to come.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

Russian media group GazpromMedia has named Artur

first_imgRussian media group Gazprom-Media has named Artur Dzhanibekyan as head of its entertainment channels as part of a reorginsation that sees four channels grouped together in a single holding. Dzhanibekyan, formerly head of production outfit Comedy Club Production will head up channels TNT, Pyatnitsa! (Friday), TV3 and 2kh2.Gazprom-Media said the integration of the channels in a single division would increase the efficiency of its operations.last_img

One Year Ago

first_img One Year Ago Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Rock & Stock Stats Last Copper 3.05 3.06 3.32 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 34.91 36.73 50.00 TSX Venture 987.45 1,005.62 951.43 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 14,838.90 14,612.29 12,409.33 Gold Producers (GDX) 22.64 24.28 30.30center_img Oil 102.66 99.50 94.76 Silver 19.01 19.65 22.71 Dear Reader, Jeff Clark recently conducted a survey around the Casey Research virtual water cooler. The results turned out to be much more interesting than he expected, so we’re sharing those with you below. But first, I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and make an open and direct pitch for my services as a metals and mining analyst, which I hope you have come to value by now. As you know, I have written many words in these dispatches pointing out the courage needed to be a true contrarian—and the rewards for the few people who have it. Well, if any of those words rang true to you, I have an offer for you. I have to say up front, however, that this offer is not for everyone. Yet, for those who see the metals trends as I do, and who have the means and the courage to act, this offer could be the single most profit-enhancing opportunity available today. Here’s the deal: our exclusive alert services—my Casey Investment Alert and Marin Katusa’s Casey Energy Confidential—have been opened to new subscriptions for a brief period. Subscribers to these services tend to be fund managers, brokers, traders, and experienced, deep-pocketed investors who can move the market when there’s an exceptional opportunity. So we have to keep enrollment strictly limited to keep some subscribers from pushing share prices too high, to the detriment of other subscribers. Result: It has been 18 months since it was possible to subscribe to my alert service. And now you can. Not only that, if you subscribe to my Casey Investment Alert now, we will throw in a subscription to the Casey Energy Confidential. That’s a $5,000 value, completely free. You also get subscriptions to our monthly letters (BIG GOLD and the International Speculator from my team and Casey Energy Dividends and Casey Energy Report from Marin’s) included. If you already subscribe to one of these, we’ll apply your current subscription fee prorated to your alert subscription, so you lose nothing. As I said, however, these services are not for everyone, and they are not simply more expensive versions of the monthly letters; they are designed for individuals with a higher level of risk tolerance, willing to risk more to gain more. To maximize profit, they need to be willing and able to act promptly and decisively when a Casey Investment Alert arrives. On the other hand, if you ever wondered how Doug Casey hears about the best private placements, it’s the work Marin and I do for our alert subscribers that he and other accredited, qualified investors rely upon. If you ever wondered how to find the best of the high-risk/high-reward, early-stage plays, before they make their big discoveries or surprise the market with a much-larger-than-expected resource estimate, this is how. Worried about gold? Think maybe this is not the time to subscribe to a premium service? Then you probably should not; you’d need courage and conviction to act upon our alerts, so the service wouldn’t do you any good if you’re not convinced that the time to buy is while the markets are correcting. But if you are sure that it’s when markets go into reverse that you can best “buy low” in order to later “sell high,” and you have the mental and financial resources to benefit from our most leverage-enhancing service, then now is the time to act. You have to act quickly, however, as the window of opportunity to subscribe to our premium services closes in three days, on June 12. You could consider this a self-test; if you can’t make up your mind about this offer in three days, it’s almost certainly not for you. That said, I don’t want to talk anyone into making a mistake, so if you subscribe now, we’ll extend our usual 30-day, money-back guarantee to 90 days. If you’re not completely satisfied with the service, just let us know, and we’ll give you a 100% refund within that time frame. So, I’m offering you a way to maximize your profits when the metals markets rebound—which they will—with no risk if you decide it’s not for you within three whole months. No hassles. Here are the subscription details. That’s a lot of upside with little downside: a great spec. Sincerely, Silver Stocks (SIL) 11.76 12.44 14.63 Gold 1,252.75 1,308.60 1,415.80 One Month Agolast_img read more