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Six workers critically hurt in Gurugram factory fire

first_imgGurugram: Six people working in a garment factory in Gurugram received burn injuries after the industrial unit named Shobha designs caught fire due to short circuit on Sunday morning. The incident occurred in the industrial area of Sector-37 at around 3:00 am.All seven workers are from Uttar Pradesh. According to sources all the workers injured in the mishap have received 25 to 30 percent of burn injuries. Meanwhile the two who are critically injured and have been admitted to Delhi’s Safdarjung Hospital have received 70 to 75 percent of burn injuries. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe two workers who are in critical conditions have been identified as Arun and Ravinder. While Arun is from Mirzapur, Ravinder is from Saharanpur. Other victims in the incident have been identified as Satyaprakash (Badohi), Kamlesh, (Prayagraj), Santosh and, Chotelal (Bulandshahr). The four are receiving treatment in a private hospital in Gurugram Three fire tender vehicles were used to douse the fire and it took more than hour an hour for the fire officials to bring the situation under control. Also Read – Union min Hardeep Singh Puri, Delhi L-G lay foundation stones for various projects in DwarkaAccording to fire officials the garment factory was functioning illegally and had not taken required safety measures. The fire officials stated that the fire occurred at the basement and then spread to the other areas. The impact of the loss caused due to the mishap can be gauged from the fact that three machines of the garment unit were completely destroyed. “The main reason for the fire was short circuit. We observed that the owner had not changed the wires and it was extremely outdated. We observed that the factory was functioning illegally and various measures of security were compromised,” said a senior official from Gurugram fire department. Meanwhile the police have also filed a formal complaint in the case and have begun their investigation. This is the second major tragedy that has occurred in the industrial units of Gurugram.last_img read more

The Spurs Noticed Serge Ibaka Wasnt on the Court

In the run up to Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals between the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs, the Serge Ibaka story dominated the series. Ibaka injured his calf in the final game of the Thunder’s series against the Clippers and isn’t expected to return, leaving the Thunder without their starting power forward. It was clear how that might become a problem for the Thunder; Ibaka was one of the most active and effective rim defenders this season, according to the NBA’s SportVU Player Tracking. He defended an average of 9.5 shots at the rim per game (defined as any shot attempt where he was within 5 feet of both the basket and the shooter), seventh most in the league, and held opponents to 43.9 percent shooting on those attempts, sixth lowest among players who defended at least five shots at the rim per game.Without Ibaka on the floor, the Spurs partied down low Monday night, making 67 percent of their shots in the paint, 33 of 49 overall. With Ibaka healthy, the Thunder’s playoff opponents had made only 51 percent of their inside shots.Scott Brooks, Oklahoma City’s coach, decided to go small for much of Game 1, playing Kevin Durant at power forward and entirely neglecting a big lineup that had been instrumental in helping close out the Clippers. According to SportVU, the Thunder defended 34 shots at the rim Monday night, just a touch under the 35.1 they’ve been averaging in the playoffs. But far fewer of those shots were defended by front-court players — the tall guys.Thunder Defense at the RimDurant, Russell Westbrook and Reggie Jackson are fantastic, but their size offers less resistance at the rim than a guy nicknamed “Iblocka.” During the regular season, those three players combined to defend 6.3 shots at the rim per game. On Monday night, they defended 16. The Spurs made 12 of them.In Game 2, there may be an opportunity to play Steven Adams more minutes, but the Thunder simply don’t have the bodies to avoid these small lineups. If they can’t figure out how to assemble a better defensive structure with the players available, this series might not last long. read more

Mens Soccer Buckeyes travel to Ann Arbor to take on No 21

Ohio State men’s soccer head coach Brian Maisonneuve watches the Buckeyes play in the first half of the game against the University of South Florida on Sept. 7, 2018. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorComing off a 0-0 draw at home against Northwestern on Friday while playing nearly half the game down a man, the Ohio State men’s soccer team  (1-5-2, 0-1-1 Big Ten) heads to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to take on the Wolverines (5-1-1, 1-0-1 Big Ten) on Tuesday. Ohio State redshirt senior midfielder Brady Blackwell said even though Ohio State’s battles with Michigan are mostly noted on the gridiron, the rivalry transcends all sports between the two schools. “I think everyone comes here because they know about the rivalry in football obviously, but I think it carries over to every single sport, so we’re not very fond of them,” Blackwell said. “They don’t really like us very much.” The Wolverines come into this week ranked No. 21 in the nation, according to the United Soccer Coaches Poll, and are on a six-game unbeaten streak following their only loss of the season, at home to Tulsa on Aug. 24.Michigan is a team that is both effective and dangerous on offense. The Wolverines have outscored their opponents 15-5 on the season while outshooting them 101-48. The Wolverines’ attack is spearheaded by sophomore forward Umar Farouk Osman’s four goals and two assists, combined with eight points apiece from junior forward Jack Hallahan and sophomore forward Mohammed Zakyi.Meanwhile, the Wolverines are just as strong between the pipes, with sophomore goalkeeper Henry Mashburn currently holding a 0.68 goals against average for the season, accompanied by four clean sheets.“Michigan’s very good this year, very athletic, tough and they get after you,” Ohio State head coach Brian Maisonneuve said. “It’s going to be a battle and we’re going to have to match their fight because you know they’re going to come out a hundred miles per hour.”Maisonneuve said that a top concern of his is how his players will recover on such short rest following the tough double-overtime battle against the Wildcats Friday night in Columbus. “The hardest part about double overtime on Friday is we’ve got to turn around and do it on Tuesday, so it’s going to be a really quick turnaround,” Maisonneuve said. “Managing bodies is going to be the No. 1 thing.”With eight games under their belt, a new coaching staff and system and a whole lot of soccer left to be played, the Buckeyes seem to be settling in.The defense rebounded from a tough outing at Penn State last weekend to shut out Northwestern on Friday despite being a man down, while the offense played its most effective game of the season last time out. The Buckeyes and Wolverines are set to play in Ann Arbor at 7 p.m. on Tuesday. read more

Sweden players deserve Golden Ball

first_imgSweden have lost out of the quarter-final in the 2018 World Cup in Russia after a 2-0 loss to England but Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes Sweden’s players all deserve to be given a Golden Ball award for their performance so far at the World Cup.Sweden performed beyond expectations and even without the services of Ibrahimovic, who was impressed with Janne Andersson’s side. Every player should get a golden ball in Sweden. What they did will be remembered forever. Thank you for the show pic.twitter.com/VsoaUY6W99— Zlatan Ibrahimović (@Ibra_official) July 7, 2018“Every player should get a Golden Ball in Sweden,” Ibrahimovic wrote on Twitter.“What they did will be remembered forever. Thank you for the show.”Ibrahimovic lost a bet with another former United player, David Beckham, and he will now have to watch an England game at Wembley with the ex-LA Galaxy star.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.In the bet, Beckham had promised to buy Ibrahimovic whatever he wanted from IKEA if Sweden won England in Samara. Zlatan Ibrahimovic lost the bet!It looks like he’s heading to Wembley with David Beckham.Get the #ENG shirt on order.The fish and chips can probably wait, though…??#SWE #SWEENG #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/bLImKr8Rkb— Omnisport (@OmnisportNews) July 7, 2018last_img read more

Goncharenko CSKA Moscow will be ready for next Roma game

first_imgCSKA Moscow coach Viktor Goncharenko promises that they will do their “homework” ahead of the return fixture with AS Roma in the Champions LeagueThe Red-blues suffered a 3-0 defeat at the Stadio Olimpico on Tuesday night in Group G following Edin Dzeko’s double.The result meant that CSKA surrendered their lead at the top of the group table and now find themselves third behind Roma and new leaders Real Madrid.But Goncharenko refused to dwell on the negatives and instead plans to use the experience from the Italian capital to extract revenge in the return fixture.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…“I don’t want to focus on negative things. We are moving forward, our young team is getting an invaluable experience by playing in these sort of games,” Goncharenko the UEFA website.“Surely, it will help us when we face Roma in Moscow. We’ll do our homework.”The Russian Premier League side will host Roma at the Luzhniki Stadium on November 7.last_img read more

Official Sevilla sign Marko Rog on loan from Napoli

first_imgSevilla have completed the loan signing of Napoli midfielder Marko Rog until the end of this season.The 23-year-old midfielder joined Napoli for a reported fee of €13m in 2016 from Croatian side Dinamo Zagreb on a five-year deal and has since managed 67 appearances in all competitions.Under new coach Carlo Ancelotti, however, Rog has only started four of his 11 games this season at Napoli.This had prompted talk of a move to Spain with Sevilla, despite reported interest from German side Schalke 04.Speaking in a press conference last week, Ancelotti confirmed that Rog will likely leave Napoli in this month’s transfer window with Sevilla president Jose Castro announcing on Monday that a deal was close to being completed.“We’ve made two quality signings [in Munir El Haddadi and Max Wober] and there’s another [Rog] who has just landed in Seville. We hope to close a deal for him tomorrow,” Castro told Diario de Sevilla.“It’s good proof of this club’s ambition to build a more competitive team and fight for all the objectives we have in front of us.”Now Sevilla have confirmed the news of Rog’s arrival but made no mention of an option to buy him at the end of his five-month loan deal.“Sevilla FC and SSC Napoli have reached an agreement in principle for the loan of Marko Rog until the 30th of June 2019,” read a statement on the club website.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.The transfer brought up quite the little scandal in Spain after Napoli sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli vowed to take Spanish news outlets to court after being falsely quoted as saying that Rog will leave them for Sevilla earlier this month.However, the Croatian has now begun training at Sevilla and will be hoping to put his troubles from Italy behind him at Andalusia.It’s uncertain yet whether Sevilla manager Pablo Machin will select him in the squad that will face Barcelona in the second leg of their Copa del Rey quarter-final clash on Wednesday night.Los Rojiblancos hold a 2-0 aggregate lead over the cup holders and will need to avoid losing the return leg by more than two goals to progress to the semi-finals of the competition.📸 Rog arrived in time to take part in his first training session with #SevillaFC. 🇭🇷⚽️Here’s how the session went ➡️ https://t.co/5zbh7L0O6w#vamosmisevilla#WeNeverSurrender 💪❤️ pic.twitter.com/6vsrBgGWnV— Sevilla FC (@SevillaFC_ENG) January 29, 2019last_img read more

Board Approves Consolidation Of SoHi SoHi Prep

first_imgA meeting for Skyview Middle School and River City Academy students and families will be facilitated by the school principals on Tuesday, May 7, at 6:00pm, at Skyview Middle School. Pegge Erkeneff, Communications Liaison with KPBSD: “To retain essential elective offerings for 9th-12th grade students in Soldotna, and ease the teaching position reductions caused by a potential rise in the Pupil-Teacher-Ratio (PTR), this move will create an economy of scale that will lessen the amount of staff reductions and allow for more core and elective offerings for Soldotna 9th – 12th grade students. The consolidation and school move will result in a savings to the district of approximately $630,000.” Erkeneff: “The district office will work with Mr. Graham to determine other site administration duties and other staff allocations and duties. A plan will be developed to address equipment and supplies from both buildings, and communications with staff, students, parents, and the community.” Tony Graham will continue to be principal of the consolidated Soldotna High School.  The District Office will work with Graham on determining other site administration duties and other staff allocations and duties. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough School Board voted at Monday nights meeting to move forward with the consolidation of Soldotna Prep School and Soldotna High School. In addition, the board voted to relocate River City Academy to Skyview Middle School. District administration will work with both schools in a similar manner to Soldotna High School and Soldotna Prep to facilitate River City Academy’s move to Skyview. This savings would come from reduced building operations and personnel costs to operate the current building housing two schools.last_img read more

Dense Smoke Advisory In Effect Until Wednesday

first_imgPersons with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside. For more information on Air Quality, please visit www.dec.alaska.gov. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The National Weather Service out of Anchorage has issued a dense smoke advisory for the interior Kenai Peninsula, including the Sterling Highway corridor from Sterling to Cooper Landing effective until 1pm, Wednesday. Smoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times.Travel may be difficult due to low visibility.center_img Smoke will be the most dense during the overnight and early morning hours through Wednesday. A dense smoke advisory means widespread fires will create smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, Slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed.last_img read more

Magazine Deals Difficult Not Impossible

first_imgWith big magazine deals like Reed Elsevier’s divestment of Reed Business Information up in the air and ABRY Partner’s sale of Cygnus Business Media still hanging in the balance, there’s no disputing that the tightening global credit markets have made media M&A a challenging landscape to navigate.“The credit crunch makes it difficult to borrow the money necessary for a lot of deals and the economy’s downturn is worrying a lot of buyers,” said DeSilva + Phillips managing partner Reed Phillips. “Magazine companies that are for sale are showing downward financial results in the fourth quarter of 2008 and buyers are worried about 2009.”But while observers watch the Reed and Cygnus deals as industry bellwethers, the difficulty these deals have faced shouldn’t suggest, however, that magazine deals are “impossible” to get done. “For magazines that are holding their own and/or growing and are profitable, there is without a doubt  a strategic buyer audience out there,” said Scott Peters, a managing director at media broker firm the Jordan, Edmiston Group. “It’s not a good time, though, to be selling products that need heavy financing. Many of the acquisitive platform companies are taking a transaction hiatus because of their own leverage and own debt facilities.” Sellers Need to be ‘Attractive’An economic recession makes diversification of revenue streams vital, said Oakstreet Media CEO and former VSS managing director Tom Kemp. ”Magazines that are leaders in their verticals, serving markets with long term growth will continue to attract buyers, but at lower multiples,” he said. “Buyers are primarily looking at non-advertising supported media such as subscription information products that have lower volatility in tough market. Also, trade shows continue to be attractive to buyers.”Traditional print publishers need to build out their online offerings, including social network products. According to Phillips, digital sales should make up 15 to 30 percent of a publisher’s overall annual revenue.Kemp agrees: “Publishers need to cross the digital divide so that growth of revenues from digital outpaces the decline in print revenue.”According to JEGI’s Peters, the highest-growth categories right now fall into four core buckets: consumer online (“big growth with lots of interest”), b-to-b online (“smaller than consumer, but growing nicely”), interactive marketing (“one step removed from magazines but has high deal flow”) and database information (“driven by subscriptions, data analytics and mission-critical information”). “The average revenue multiple for pureplay consumer magazine companies is 1.1X and average EBITDA multiple is 8X,” said Peters. “For online consumer companies, the average revenue multiple is 4.1X and EBITDA is 21.2X. That’s huge.” The same goes for b-to-b companies, he said, with an average revenue multiple of 2.1 and average EBITDA multiple of 9X for pureplay companies and online companies seeing average multiples at 3.4X and 13.5X, respectively.According to FOLIO:’s 2008 B-to-B CEO Survey, smaller publishers saw e-media grow by one percentage point to 9 percent in 2007, while larger publishers say e-media on average accounted for about 13 percent of their total revenue last year. On the consumer side, e-media is the fastest growing revenue stream for both large and small consumer publishers (according to FOLIO:’s 2008 Consumer CEO Survey), accounting for 6.4 percent of revenue for larger publishers and 9.1 percent for smaller publishers.Be Flexible, Open to Creative ThinkingIn this rollercoaster economy, sellers should be flexible with their asking price. “When M&A markets become challenging, the sellers are always the last to receive the memo and acknowledge that their business is worth less,” Kemp said. “The severity of the current economic crisis has served as a wakeup call to sellers that the market has changed dramatically.”Indeed, buyers and sellers are now finding new ways to get deals done. One prime example, however extreme, was Macrovision’s sale of TV Guide to Beverly Hills, California-based investment firm OpenGate Capital for $1—less than half the cost of a single copy of the magazine. On top of that, Macrovision agreed to will loan OpenGate up to $9.5 million at 3 percent interest.Another, said Peters, is AMI’s sale of its defunct supermarket tabloid Weekly World News to a group of New York investors called Bat Boy LLC, which said at the time it would expand the brand online and by licensing its “characters” into television and film.“There is a lot of thinking going on right now about taking offline brands online and creating new business models.”last_img read more

Genius YouTube Launch Interactive Song Stories

first_img Email Content Not Available If you like Snapchat or Instagram Stories, you’ll want to look into this new, immersive behind-the-music experience Philip MerrillGRAMMYs Apr 3, 2018 – 1:20 pm On April 2 Genius and YouTube announced their interactive music experience “Song Stories,” a mobile-friendly accompaniment to tracks with links to related content. And fans of Snapchat and Instagram Stories will find the short-form functionality very familiar. For example, the featured Song Story for “XO TOUR Llif3″ by Lil Uzi Vert takes you behind the scenes of the rapper’s rhymes, and includes other YouTube videos to watch such as concerts, covers, artist interviews, themed playlists, and more.Other artists with tracks in Genius’ gallery that you can either click through or sit back and watch include Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Drake, and Migos. Of course, the selection is expected to grow.”A song is so much more than an audio file. We’re constantly working to deliver users interesting and delightful information to make the music experience richer,” Genius President Ilan Zechory said. “Genius and YouTube, the two biggest sources of musical deep cuts and rabbit holes on the planet, are natural collaborators on this mission.” Facebook Twitter News center_img “Song Stories” Has A Genius Mission genius-youtube-launch-interactive-song-stories Because each song is a hub of its own, with the addition of connecting to other content, the song itself becomes a light-weight internet platform of its own. YouTube Global Head of Music Lyor Cohen described Song Stories as “a more immersive way to explore music.”Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more https://twitter.com/Genius/status/980808821055553536 Genius, YouTube Launch Interactive “Song Stories” last_img read more

Avengers Endgame Super Bowl 2019 trailer snaps competition to dust

first_img Now playing: Watch this: Share your voice More Avengers: Endgame More Super Bowl Avengers: Endgame is scheduled to open in theaters worldwide on April 26. And for a deeper breakdown of the highly-anticipated trailer, head over to Gamespot’s guide here. See All Feb 28 • Last chance to get 3 months of Mint Mobile service for $20 Post a comment The new Avengers: Endgame trailer released by Marvel Studios during the Super Bowl on Sunday shows the remaining Avengers mourning the loss of half of all the life in the universe, but the superheroes are also preparing for a much larger fight. The trailer has superheroes like Captain America attending a support group, Iron Man and Nebula repairing — or perhaps upgrading — armor, Black Widow practicing at the gun range, and even Hawkeye shows up. It’s intense, super intense in fact, punctuated with handclaps that you might say represent Thanos doing the old finger snap.This means fans could be in for an even more action-packed battle with the remaining heroes ready to make things right. It definitely has the feel of an… Endgame. 0:30 Super Bowl 2019 61 Photos reading • Avengers: Endgame Super Bowl 2019 trailer snaps competition to dust • Best Super Bowl TV deals: Buying a new TV for the big game? These are your best choices.How to watch the Super Bowl: Watch the game in the US for free, on TV or online.center_img Avengers: Endgame’s heroes are picking up the pieces Avengers: Endgame countdown hits 100 days, so here are some wild theories Avengers 4: Endgame trailer — 5 things we learned and 4 things we didn’t Watch Marvel’s Avengers: Endgame trailer again, in Lego Feb 7 • Every Avengers: Endgame character flash at the start of that Super Bowl trailer Cap looking grim. Captura de pantalla por Gonzalo Jiménez/CNET Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, War Machine, Hulk, Rocket Raccoon, Ant-Man, Thor and more return to fight another day in the new Avengers: Endgame trailer.While Thanos left behind plenty of emotional wreckage after Avengers: Infinity War, that doesn’t mean our favorite Marvel superheroes have totally given up hope. And maybe, Captain Marvel is their ace in the hole. Tags Best Super Bowl 2019 commercials ranked: Harrison Ford, The Dude, the Backstreet Boys and more Avengers, Captain Marvel, Twilight Zone: All the must-see Super Bowl 2019 trailers Super Bowl 2019: New Avengers: Endgame trailer shows heroes at their best Super Bowl 2019 commercials: Watch them all here Super Bowl 2019 memes: Game of Thrones, SpongeBob, Adam Levine’s nipples SpongeBob SquarePants barely shows up at Super Bowl 2019 halftime show See all of our Super Bowl coverage 0 May 7 • 2020 Toyota Supra first drive review: More reset than reboot Super Bowl 2019 Ahead of Avengers: Endgame, we visited the S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibit in Vegas TV and Movies Aug 14 • Raising the entry-level bar Women of Marvel Marvel Captain America Iron Man The Avengerslast_img read more

October trial date set for Akayed

first_imgAkayed Ullah, a Bangladeshi man who attempted to detonate a homemade bomb strapped to his body at a New York commuter hub during morning rush hour is seen in this handout photo received 11 December 2017. ReutersA US federal judge on Tuesday set a 29 October trial date for Akayed Ullah, the Bangladeshi man accused of attempting an Islamic State-inspired suicide bomb attack on a busy New York City commuter hub in December.At a hearing in Manhattan federal court, US District Judge Richard Sullivan rejected a request by Ullah’s lawyers for a December trial date. Sullivan could still grant a later request to reschedule the trial.Amy Gallicchio, one of Ullah’s lawyers, disclosed at the hearing that Ullah had recently been in solitary confinement at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan but was moved out of it on Friday. She declined to comment further after the hearing.Ullah, 28, was arrested on 11 December after trying to detonate a pipe bomb secured to his body in a pedestrian tunnel in New York’s subway system, according to federal prosecutors. The tunnel is in a station in Manhattan’s Times Square that is connected to the Port Authority Bus Terminal, which is used by commuters from New York’s suburbs.Ullah was hospitalised for injuries suffered after the bomb ignited but failed to detonate as intended, while three other people suffered minor injuries, according to prosecutors.The charges against him include supporting a foreign terrorist organization, using a weapon of mass destruction and carrying out a terrorist attack against a mass transit system. Ullah faces life in prison if convicted.Ullah told police officers after the blast that he “did it for the Islamic State,” according to a criminal complaint filed on 13 December Gallicchio said at Tuesday’s hearing that Ullah’s lawyers planned to file a motion to keep Ullah’s post-arrest statements out of the trial.Prosecutors said Ullah, who has lived in the United States since 2011, began his self-radicalization in 2014 when he started viewing pro-Islamic State materials online. Inside Ullah’s passport, which was recovered from his home, was a handwritten note that read: “O AMERICA, DIE IN YOUR RAGE,” according to the complaint.Monirul Islam, head of the Bangladesh police’s counterterrorism unit, told Reuters shortly after the attack in December, that his country had found no evidence linking Ullah to militants in his home country.last_img read more

Cardinals Down Bowling Green State in Home Opener

first_imgIn doubles, UofL’s Diana Wong and Aleksandra Mally were first to finish with a 6-2 win over Vanessa Pardo and Marta Bertinelli  at No. 3. At No. 1 doubles. Sena Suswam and Raven Neely beat BGSU’s Paula Comella and Maharita Tavpas  6-3 to clinch the point.   BGSU’s Polina Radeva/Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) defeated Nikolina Jovic and Chloe Hamlin 6-2. Louisville (1-0) carried its momentum over to singles play when Raven Neely made quick work of Polina Radeva with a 6-2, 6-2 win.  Bowling Green pushed back with a 6-2, 6-0 win at No. 6.  Cardinal newcomer Chloe Hamlin scored next with a 6-2, 6-2 win over Marta Bertinelli at No. 6.  At No. 2, Nikolina Jovic handled Marhita-Sophia Tavpash 6-3, 6-2 to clinch the match.  Cardinal Diana Wong outlasted Ayumi Sasaki 6-3, 6-4 at No. 4.  At No. 1 singles, Sena Suswam won her first set 6-3, fell 6-3 in the second before falling 6-4 to Paula Comella. “The opening day nerves make it tough to play at the level that we normally play,” said Mark Beckham, UofL head coach.  “It is a bit of a sticking point for me because I want us to play as well as we practice. We have been practicing really well and it did not translate to match play today.  It is to be expected on the very first dual match of the season. Our goal is to pick it up where we left off in our second match this evening. For the most part, I am happy with how we played.” Story Links Louisville 5, Bowling Green State 2 Box Score The University of Louisville women’s tennis team beat Bowling Green State 5-2 in the home opener of the 2018 dual match season.   The Cards took the doubles point and then won four of six singles matches for the win.center_img  Doubles competition1. Sena Suswam/Raven Neely (LOU) def. Paula Comella/Maharita Tavpas (BGSU) 6-32. Polina Radeva/Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) def. Nikolina Jovic/Chloe Hamlin (LOU) 6-23. Diana Wong/Aleksandra Mally (LOU) def. Vanessa Pardo/Marta Bertinelli (BGSU) 6-2  Singles competition1. Paula Comella (BGSU) def. Sena Suswam (LOU) 3-6, 6-3, 6-42. Nikolina Jovic (LOU) def. Maharita Tavpas (BGSU) 6-3, 6-23. Raven Neely (LOU) def. Polina Radeva (BGSU) 6-2, 6-24. Diana Wong (LOU) def. Ayumi Sasaki (BGSU) 6-3, 6-45. Chloe Hamlin (LOU) def. Marta Bertinelli (BGSU) 6-2, 6-26. Vanessa Pardo (BGSU) def. Dina Chaika (LOU) 6-2, 6-0 Tennis Match ResultsBowling Green State vs LouisvilleJan 20, 2019 at Louisville, Ky.(Bass-Rudd Tennis Center) Match Notes:Order of finish: Doubles (3,1,2); Singles (3,6,5,2,4,1) Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

16yearold commits suicide

first_imgKolkata: Two persons committed suicide and two others tried to commit suicide in two separate incidents across the city.On Wednesday afternoon, three persons including a 15-year-old boy were found unconscious inside their home at Garfa. Later, it was declaed that one of the women died. In another incident on Wednesday afternoon, a 16-year-old girl of Class XI studying in a school located at Bidhan Sarani jumped off from the roof top of the school. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the sources, the residents of a housing complex on Purbachal Road at Garfa felt got a foul smell. When they tried to locate the source of the smell, they saw two women and a boy were lying unconscious inside a flat. Immediately, police was informed. The sleuths broke the door and recovered three of them and rushed to M R Bangur hospital where the woman (65) was declared brought dead. Another woman (42) and her son are undergoing treatment. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHospital sources informed that they had consumed excessive numbers of sleeping pills to commit suicide. According to locals, the family was going through a financial crunch. Hence, they tried to commit suicide. In another incident, a 16-year-old girl committed suicide by jumping off the roof of a school building at Bidhan Sarani near Vidyasagar College. At around 3:15 pm on Wednesday, the security guards and other staff heard a loud noise. When they went to check they saw the girl lying in a pool of blood. She was immediately rushed to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital where she was admitted in a critical condition. It is suspected that she might have had an altercation with her family members regarding some issues.last_img read more

LS polls Security beefed up around collectorate building in Balurghat

first_imgBalurghat: Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the security in and around district collectorate building here has been tightened.As precautionary measures, the district administration has barricaded around 100 metres adjacent to the collectorate building with temporary bamboo fencing. According to an official source, all poll-related activities will be carried out from the office of district administration. Adequate policemen will be deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident. According to the guidelines of Election Commission of India, no contesting candidate will be allowed to take out a procession while submitting nomination papers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Stress has been given on ensuing free and fair poll in the region. No political party will be given permission for procession from March 28 onwards to April 4. Instructions have been given to police to check the entry of the candidates from the main gate of district administrative building with not more than three vehicles at a time,” said an official. Sufficient Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces will also deploy the area. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P recently conducted a high-level meeting with the police officers and the representatives of various political parties. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA clear message has been delivered through this meeting that the district administration is determined to strictly implement EC norms. The border close to neighbouring Bangladesh is sealed. The candidates can submit the nominations between March 28 and April 4. Balurghat will vote on April 23, the third in the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls. On April 5, the nomination papers will be scrutinised while the last day of to withdraw candidature is April 8. The closing day for campaigning is scheduled on April 21. A total number of 14, 27, 567 people are expected to vote this year. Four major political parties —The Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the RSP — are in the fray. Arpita Ghosh will contest once again from Balurghat seat on Trinamool ticket. Ghosh defeated RSP’s Prasanta Kumar Majumdar in 2014 to break the Left citadel. This time, RSP has fielded Ranen Barman, who had won 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 LS polls from Balurghat seat while the BJP and the Congress have fielded Sukanta Majumdar and Sadik Sarkar as their candidates. Both Majumdar and Sarkar are new faces.last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks affecting your journeys this week

first_imgNorth Staffordshire and South Cheshire Roadworks in the Staffordshire Moorlands Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDrivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across North Staffordshire and South Cheshire this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of Stoke-on-Trent and the surrounding areas on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them – including on major routes such as the M6 motorway, the A500 and the A50. The following roadworks are taking place in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire between Monday October 1 until Sunday October 7. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. The list is broken down by local authority area (with the M6 , A500 and A50 separate because they fall under the remit of Highways England) – you can also follow the links below for the specific list of roadworks for each area if you’re only interested in a particular road or town. All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks from October 1 until October 4 Roadworks in Newcastle Borough Roadworks in South Cheshire A50 closed all weekendcenter_img Roadworks in Stafford Borough/Uttoxeter Roadworks on the M6, A500 and A50 Roadworks in Stoke-on-Trent M6: The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J19: From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018. Two lanes closed The M6 northbound exit slip at junction J17: From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018, From 23:30 on 2 October 2018 to 06:00 on 3 October 2018 and between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Two lanes closed each time. The M6 northbound between junctions J16 and J17: From 22:00 on 1 October 2018 to 06:00 on 2 October 2018, From 23:30 on 2 October 2018 to 06:00 on 3 October 2018 and everyday between 22:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Three lanes closed each time. The M6 southbound between junctions J16 and J15: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. Three lanes closed The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J14: From 22:00 on 6 October 2018 to 08:00 on 7 October 2018. Three lanes closed The M6 southbound between junctions J15 and J13: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. One lane closed The M6 northbound between junctions J14 and J15: From 22:00 on 6 October 2018 to 08:00 on 7 October 2018. Three lanes closed The M6 southbound exit slip at junction J14: Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 3 October 2018 to 6 October 2018. One lane closed A500: The A500 northbound exit slip to the A34: From 21:00 on 4 October 2018 to 06:00 on 5 October 2018. Two lanes closed The A500 northbound exit slip to the A527 North: From 21:00 on 1 October 2018 to 05:00 on 2 October 2018. Two lanes closed The A500 northbound entry slip from the A527 South: The A500 northbound entry slip from the A527 South. From 21:00 on 1 October 2018 to 05:00 on 2 October 2018 A50: The A50 eastbound between the A521 Blythe Bridge East and the junction with the A522: From 20:00 on 28 September 2018 to 05:30 on 1 October 2018 and From 20:00 on 5 October 2018 to 05:30 on 8 October 2018. Two lanes closed The A50 eastbound exit slip to the A522: Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 1 October 2018 to 5 October 2018. One lane closed The A50 eastbound entry slip from the A522: Expect disruption everyday between 09:45 and 16:00 from 1 October 2018 to 5 October 2018. One lane closed The A50 eastbound between the A522 and the junction with the A518: From 20:00 on 5 October 2018 to 05:30 on 8 October 2018. One lane closed. The A50 westbound entry slip from the A522: From 20:00 on 5 October 2018 to 05:30 on 8 October 2018. One lane closed. The A50 westbound between the A518 and the junction with the A521 Blythe Bridge East: From 20:00 on 28 September 2018 to 05:30 on 1 October 2018 and From 20:00 on 5 October 2018 to 05:30 on 8 October 2018 Stoke-on-Trent: Abbey Hulton: Multi-way traffic lights on Abbots Road from September 26 until October 3 Abbey Hulton: Multi-way traffic lights on Leek Road from September 3 until October 12 Bentilee: Two way traffic lights on Dividy Road between numbers 101 and 171 from September 7 until November 8. Blurton: Two way traffic signals on Church Road near Ashcombe Green from October 4 until October 10 Chell: Roadworks and road closures on Biddulph Road from September 24 until October 5 Cocknage: Road closure on Cocknage Road and Woodpark Lane from 9am until 3pm on October 2 Eaton Park: Roadworks and road closure on Slapton Close in Bucknall from October 2 until October 8 Etruria: Roadworks and road closure on Etruscan Street and Etruria Old Road, Etruria, from October 1 until October 19 Fenton: Carriageway incursion outside 235 and 237 King Street from September 25 until October 2 Goldenhill: Give and take traffic control on High Street outside number 678 from October 2 until October 4 Goldenhill: Give and take traffic control opposite number 622 from September 28 until October 2 Hanley: Two way traffic signals on A52 Leek Road from September 19 until October 1 Hanley: Roadworks and road closure on Slippery Lane until October 4 Hartshill: Multi-way traffic signals on Queens Road and Princes Road from September 26 until October 4 Longton: Roadworks and Road closure on Commerce Street and Market Place from June 7 until October 29 Longton: Two way traffic lights on Sutherland Road from September 24 until October 5 Longton: Roadworks and road closures on Spring Garden Road at junction with Trentham Road until October 29 Longton: Carriageway incursion on Times Square until October 29 Meir: Roadworks and road closure on Harvey Road from October 1 until October 3 Normacot: Multi-way traffic lights on Upper Normacot Road at the junction with Eversley Road from September 26 until October 9 Norton: Two way traffic controls on Norton Lane near St Bartholomews Church from September 28 until October 4 Penkhull: Multi-way traffic lights on Hunters Way from October 1 until October 5 Shelton: Ashford Street closed until November 10 Stanley Matthews Way: Two way traffic signals outside Stoke Audi from September 28 until October 2 Stoke: Carriageway incursion on London Road from September 25 until October 1. Stoke: Lane closure on Shelton Old Road from September 13 until October 2 Trent Vale: Carriageway incursion on A34 Newcastle Road from September 26 until October 9 Trent Vale: Lane Closure on A34 Stone Road near Riverside Road from August 13 until October 5 Tunstall: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street from October 1 until October 5 Tunstall: Roadworks and road closures on Lascelles Street from September 10 until November 5 Newcastle Borough: Audley: Two way traffic lights on Nantwich Road near Ivy House from October 3 until October 4 Baldwins Gate: Two way traffic signals near Lakeside Close from September 27 until October 3 Basford: Multi-way traffic lights on Etruria Road at junction with Victoria Street Blackbrook: Multi-way traffic lights at junction of A53 and A51 on October 2 Bradwell: Two way traffic lights along Bradwell Lane until November 30 Chesterton: Give and take traffic control on London Road from October 3 from October 5 Clayton: Two way traffic controls on Northwood Lane from September 27 until October 3 Crackley: Stop/go boards on Crackley Bank opposite 136 from October 1 until October 3 Crackley: Roadworks and road closures on Maple Avenue from October 1 until October 12 Cross Heath: Roadworks and road closures on A34 Liverpool Road near junction of Lower Milehouse Lane until October 12. Kidsgrove: Coronation Crescent closed from October 2 until October 5 Near M6: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of B5500 Nantwich Road at junction with Limbrick Road until October 12 Madeley: Two way traffic signals at Bar Hill on October 4 Mow Cop: Roadworks/road closure on Mow Cop Road, Mow Cop from the junction of Mow Cop Road from September 17 until October 26 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on Milborne Drive until October 5. Newcastle: Give and take traffic control on B5044 Silverdale Road from September 27 until October 1 Newcastle: Roadworks and road closure on Whitfield Avenue until October 9. Porthill: Multi-way traffic signals on Oakland Avenue and Inglewood Drive from September 17 until October 12 Silverdale: Multi-way traffic lights on High Street from junction with Mill Street to Parkfields Close from September 7 until October 29 Silverdale: Roadworks and Road closure on Hollywood Lane until March 20 2019 Staffordshire Moorlands: Biddulph: Roadworks and road closure on Troughstones Road from August 13 until October 15 Blackshaw Moor: Two way traffic signals on Buxton Road in Blackshaw Moor from October 4 until October 5 Blythe Bridge: Give and take traffic control outside numbers 443/445 Uttoxeter Road from September 28 until October 2 Brown Edge/Stockton Brook: Roadworks and road closures on Willfield Lane, Edgefields Lane and Moss Hill on October 3 Cheadle: Roadworks and road closure on Ashbourne Road near Lightwood Farm from October 4 until October 8 Fole: Multi-way traffic lights on Uttoxeter Road and Fole Lane on October 1 Forsbrook: Two way traffic signals on Draycott Old Road from September 26 until October 12 Hollington: Two way traffic lights on Main Road in Hollington from March 14 until December 4 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on Abbotts Road from September 10 until October 26 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Ball Haye Green, Haregate Road and Novi Lane from September 10 until October 26 Leek: Carriageway incursion on Broad Street at junction with King Street on October 3 Leek: Temporary traffic lights on Southbank Street near junctions with London Street, Shoobridge Street, Leonard Street and Westfields from September 10 until October 18. Leek: Two way traffic signals on West Street from October 1 until October 4 Waterhouses: Two way traffic controls on Ashbourne Road near WC Tanker Services from September 28 until October 2 Wetley Rocks: Multi-way traffic lights on Randles Lane on October 1 Whiston: Black Lane closed for work to be carried out on disused railway bridge from September 17 until October 26 Stafford Borough: A34: Lane closure on A34 from Monkey Forest Island to M6 J14 Island from September 17 until October 8 Derrington: Roadworks and road closure on Long Lane between Dale Lane and Handfords Cottage from August 28 until November 19 Eccleshall: Roadworks and road closure on Green Lane from September 24 until October 19 Gnosall: Multi-way traffic signals on Knightley Road in Gnosall from September 27 until October 4 Hyde Lea: Two way traffic control on Hyde Lea Bank from October 5 until October 10 Little Haywood: Stop/go boards on High Chase Rise from September 29 until October 3 Meaford: Multi-way traffic lights on Meaford Road from September 12 until September 25 at the roundabout of Meaford Road and Tower Road until October 1 Meaford: Two way signals on Rookery Lane from September 12 until October 1 Meaford: One lane closed on A34 on Stone Road in Meaford from October 2 until October 11 Meir Heath: Two way traffic signals on Common Lane in Meir Heath until October 1 Norbury: Roadworks and road closure on A519 from September 20 until October 24 Ranton: Stop/go boards on Brook Lane outside All Saints Church on October 4 Sandon: Roadworks and overnight closures at level crossing on B5066 Sandon Bank from September 29 until October 1 (Road closed from 10pm until 6am) Saverley Green: Multi-way traffic signals on Sandon Road from September 27 until October 1 Stafford: Temporary traffic lights on Beaconside until April 2019 Stafford: Roadworks and road closure on Baswich Lane near the canal bridge from September 10 until December 14 Stafford: Two way traffic lights on Bridge Street from September 25 until October 3 Stafford: Burton Bank Lane Footway closed until October 18 (over M6). Stafford: Two way traffic signals on Lichfield Road near St Pauls Church on October 7 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Marston Road outside number 129 from September 29 until October 3. Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Newport Road outside number 32 from September 18 until October 1 Stafford: Roadworks and road closures on Shakespeare Road, Coleridge Drive, Tennyson Road and Somerset Road from August 6 until November 9 Stafford: Carriageway incursion on Stone Road adjacent to numbers 91 and 87 from September 27 until October 4 Stone: Roadworks and road closures at Aston Roundabout (A34/A51) from August 20 until November 2. Stone: Roadworks on Eccleshall Road between Walton and the M6 from September 20 until November 1 Stone: Temporary traffic lights on Eccleshall Road from October 1 until October 8 Stone: Carriageway incursion on Granville Square from October 3 until October 9 Woodseaves: Roadworks and road closure on A519 Newport Road from August 13 until October 22 Uttoxeter and surrounding areas of East Staffordshire: Church Leigh: Roadworks and Road closure on Bents Lane from September 24 until October 8 Doveridge: Multi-way traffic lights at the junction of Cook Lane and Park Crescent from September 27 until October 1 Uttoxeter: Two way traffic signals on B5030 Ashbourne Road bear junction with Holly Road from October 1 until October 3 Uttoxeter: Give and take traffic signals on Carter Street from September 30 until October 3 Uttoxeter: Multi-way traffic signals on Uttoxeter Road from the junction with the A522 New Road and Bentley Road to the access to the JCB World Parts Centre until November 18. Willslock: Stop/go boards on B5013 Abbots Bromley Road from October 4 until October 5 South Cheshire: Alsager: Carriageway incursion on Close Lane from October 6 until October 16 Alsager: Two way traffic signals on Dunnocksfold Lane and Close Lane from October 1 until October 5 Alsager: Two way traffic signals on B5077 Crewe Road from October 2 until October 4 and on October 7 Alsager: Two way traffic signals on B5077 Lawton Road on October 1 Alsager: Multi-way traffic lights on Linley Road at the junction with Linley Lane from September 3 until October 5. Alsager: Multi-way traffic signals on Pikemere Road from August 6 until October 12 Alsager: Multi-way traffic lights on B5078 Sandbach Road North from October 1 until October 10 Bosley: Two way traffic lights on Tunstall Road near Bosley Wood Treatment until February 2019. Betchon: Multi-way traffic on A533 Cappers Lane on October 2 Brereton: Two way traffic signals on A50 Newcastle Road at the junction with Holmes Chapel Road from September 18 until October 5. Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on Astbury Lane Ends from September 28 until October 3 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Back Lane on October 2 Congleton: Carriageway incursion on Back Lane near junction of Longdown Road from August 20 until October 1. Congleton: Multi-way traffic lights on Canal Road from October 3 until October 5 Congleton: Two way traffic signals at the railway bridge on Middle Lane from October 6 until October 7 Congleton: Roadworks and road closure on St John’s Road and Wharfedale Road from October 3 until October 9 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Alton Street from Walthall Street to Electricity Street from October 2 until October 4 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broad Street from October 4 until October 8 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Broughton Road from September 24 until October 22 Crewe: Ongoing roadworks at Crewe Green Roundabout until December 1 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on A534 Crewe Road from October 1 until October 3 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on Davenport Avenue at junction with Gresty Road from September 10 until October 22 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Fuller Drive from October 2 until October 4 Crewe: Roadworks on Heywood Green on October 2 and from October 5 until October 9 Crewe: Roadworks on Maw Green Road until October 31 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Middlewich Road/Wistaston Green Road from July 23 until October 25. Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Moreton Road from September 29 until October 1 Crewe: Multi-way traffic signals on A534 Nantwich Road between October 6 and October 7 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Nelson Street from October 4 until October 9 Crewe: Carriageway incursion on Plane Tree Drive from October 3 until October 5 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Queens Park from September 30 until October 3 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Rope Lane near junction with Crewe Road from September 27 until October 1 Crewe: Give and take traffic control on Park Drive from October 2 until October 5 Crewe: Two way traffic lights on A5020 University Way near the Pioneer site from September 24 until October 5. Crewe: Two way signals on A532 West Street from October 6 until October 7 Crewe: Roadworks and road closure on Wheatley Road from October 4 until October 8 Crewe: Road closures around A5078 Wistaston Road from September 22 until November 11 Crewe: Stop/go boards on Woodbank Close on October 5 Hassall: Two way signals on Alsager Road in Hassall on October 3 Moston: Two way traffic signals on Dragons Lane in Moston from September 26 until October 2 Nantwich: Give and take traffic control on Audlem Road from July 30 until October 5 Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Cronkinson Oak on October 2 Nantwich: Roadworks and road closure around London Road Roundabout from September 25 until October 1 Nantwich: Two way signsals on B5074 London Road outside number 13 on October 2 Nantwich: Multi-way traffic signals on A51 London Road from October 2 until October 4. Nantwich: Carriageway incursion on A530 Peter Destapleigh Way from October 1 until October 14 Nantwich: Two way traffic signals outside A530 Shrewbridge Road from October 2 until October 5 outside Shrewbridge Lodge Nantwich: Stop/go boards on Taylor Drive and Edmund Wright Way from September 28 until October 14 Nantwich: Two way traffic signals on B5341 Wellington Road outside number 40 on October 7 Oakhanger: Two way traffic lights on Butterton Lane on October 1 Radway Green: Two way signals on Butterton Lane from October 2 until October 4 Radway Green: Radway Green Road closed over M6 from 8pm on October 1 until 4am on October 2. Sandbach: Some carriageway incurson on Bradwall Road near junction of Wesley Avenue from October 3 until October 5 Sandbach: Multi-way traffic lights on A534 Congleton Road between October 2 and October 4 Sandbach: Carriageway incursion on A533 London Road outside Wilkinson from October 1 until October 2 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closure at Bridge 92 on Little Moss Lane from September 26 until October 24 Scholar Green: Roadworks and road closure on Nursery Road on October 5 Shavington: Stop/go boards on Ashcroft Avenue on October 2 Shavington: Roadworks and road closure on Dig Lane on October 3 Shavington: Carriageway incursion on B5071 Stock Lane from October 5 until October 8 Wildboarclough: A54 Buxton Road closed in both directions until November 4. Williaston: Two way traffic signals on Colleys Lane from September 26 until October 4 Winterley: Roadworks and road closure on Coppice Road from October 3 until October 5last_img read more

Facebook deletes and then restores Warrens campaign ads after she announced plans

first_imgFacebook has removed several ads placed by 2020 presidential hopeful, Senator Elizabeth Warren, that called for the breakup of Facebook and other tech giants. Last week, Warren announced that if elected president in 2020, her administration will make big, structural changes to the tech sector to promote more competition by breaking up competition killing big mergers. The ads being deleted from Facebook was first revealed by Politico. The advertisements read, “Three companies have vast power over our economy and our democracy. Facebook, Amazon, and Google. We all use them. But in their rise to power, they’ve bulldozed competition, used our private information for profit, and tilted the playing field in their favor.” Source: Politico The ads were taken down and a message was displayed stating, “This ad was taken down because it goes against Facebook’s advertising policies.” However, later a Facebook spokesperson confirmed to Politico that the company is in the process of restoring them. “We removed the ads because they violated our policies against the use of our corporate logo,” the spokesperson said. “In the interest of allowing robust debate, we are restoring the ads.” Elizabeth Warren also tweeted about this development, stating that she wants a social media marketplace that isn’t dominated by a single censor. This news sparked a massive discussion on Hacker News. People called it a win-win situation for Warren. A comment on Hacker News reads, “This is smart politics. Rather than simply telling people FB is a monopoly, she runs a limited experiment that had it been left alone, would have limited effect since the budget was so small ($100). Now, this puts FB in a bind. If they really are a middleman for content, then these ads don’t violate any laws and shouldn’t be blocked. However, FB as a company with a product should block it just like a coffee shop wouldn’t allow a banner on the wall saying “better coffee down the street“. Another user appreciated Warren for her smart move. “It’s very smart, her ad campaign people must have known misusing the Facebook logo would get them denied, but now she gets press for being the victim. You or I couldn’t run those ads, this is special treatment for her”, the comment states. A user also condemned Facebook for its dumb move. “I would say this is ordinary politics, an obviously calculated provocation we see every day. What is surprising is a such dumb FB reaction. Why such intelligent people make such dumb moves? Are they really that arrogant? Maybe that arrogance is caused by revenue increases after all these scandals. Maybe they treated politicians, in the same way, many times, but in other countries.” It looks like Warren has won the golden ticket to US presidential elections 2020 as comments like ‘Slay Queen!’ and ‘My Cherokee Princess’ dominated Twitter. Warren’s plan is by far one of the biggest tech regulation plan proposed so far in the 2020 presidential cycle. Other Democrats running for the 2020 presidential bid include senator Kamala Harris, Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, entrepreneur Andrew Yang, governor Jay Inslee, and Senator Bernie Sanders. Most of them are also keen on tech regulation. Andrew Yang described Warren’s anti-monopoly position as “unimaginative” and “retrograde,” yet he does believe in taxing tech. Yang says because artificial intelligence is destroying jobs, the tech industry should pay for a universal basic income. However, Klobuchar and Yang’s messages didn’t excite people as much as Warren’s bold move did. Read Next Elizabeth Warren wants to break up tech giants like Amazon, Google Facebook, and Apple and build strong antitrust laws UK lawmakers publish a report after 18-month long investigation condemning Facebook’s disinformation and fake news practices. Facebook and Google pressurized to work against ‘Anti-Vaccine’ trends after Pinterest blocks anti-vaccination content from its pinboards.last_img read more

The Plough Inn Hillsborough 02072015

first_imgThe Plough Inn, Hillsborough02/07/2015 Grand Central Bar, Derry16/06/2015 Mickey Kelly’s, Armagh02/07/2015 BARDate And even at this early stage, the team to beat is sure to be defending champion and three-times winner The Hoffs from Belfast, who have dominated the quiz since it was formed, as McCoy’s NI Business Account Manager Ricky Wattsexplains.“We are delighted to be launching our sixth annual McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz and every year it seems to get better and better,” said Ricky.  “We have seen many teams battle it out for the big prize over the years, but there is no doubt who the outstanding team has been, and that is The Hoffs who have come up trumps on no fewer than three occasion!“Whilst it is clear that The Hoffs are true champions, we are convinced that there are teams out there who are ready and able to be crowned the new McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz Champions 2015 – or maybe even groups of like-minded individuals who fancy combining their intellectual resources to knock The Hoffs off their lofty perch.“All in all, this year promises to be another fantastic challenge and we are urging all teams of friends, families and colleagues to make a night of it and attend one of the heats in their area,” he added.The McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz 2015 continues its association with radio station U105FM and popular drive-time presenterJohnny Hero is excited to revisit his role as Quiz Master at the Grand Final.“We are a competitive bunch in Northern Ireland and the McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz is certainly Northern Ireland’s definitive pub quiz,” said Johnny.“The standard at these events is always incredibly high and the weird and wonderful facts that the top teams have at their disposal never ceases to amaze me.  “I’m already looking forward to the Grand Final which is always a great night full of fun, tension and excitement as teams battle it out for the £1000 prize and the much sought after title of NI Pub Quiz Champion,” continued the DJ.As well as The Hoffs, other winners of the McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz over the years include We’re Only Here For The Crispsfrom Bangor and The Sandbaggers from Portstewart.Hopefuls wanting to test their knowledge against the best in this year’s competition should simply turn up to their nearest regional heat*. Teams must have no more than six members and must be available to participate in the final in Belfast on September 3.Demand at each heat is expected to be high so participants are advised to arrive early on the night to avoid disappointment.More details regarding heats and venues, as well as a variety of killer questions, fun facts and prize giveaways can be found on the McCoy’s NI Facebook page.McCoy’s is the number one ridged crisp in Northern Ireland with 100% distribution across 350 symbol stores locally for its top three flavours Flame Grilled Steak, Salt and Malt Vinegar and Cheddar and Onion.  Across the UK, McCoy’s crisps are consumed by more than a third of households and one pack is eaten every 15 seconds. Denvir’s, Downpatrick22/07/2015 Yes it can only mean one thing – the province’s biggest pub quiz competition is back in town.So if you’re the kind of person who knows that an octopus has three hearts, that coulrophobia is a fear of clowns, or that Time Magazine named Adolf Hitler ‘Man of the Year’ in 1938, then you and your friends could be in with a chance of winning the coveted title of McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz Champions 2015 as well as a mouth-watering £1000 first prize.Now in its sixth year, the annual McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz will see quiz buffs battle it out in 14 regional heats across the province between now and the end of August with the winning team from each heat qualifying for the Grand Final at The Errigle Inn in Belfast on Thursday September 3.This year’s search to find Northern Ireland’s brainiest pub quiz team is part of the McCoy’s ‘In a Different League’campaign to mark the brand’s newfound status as the Official Crisp Partner of the Football League, the oldest league in world football which was founded in 1888. Beehive Bar, Lurgan06/08/2015 Beechill Inn, Belfast23/07/2015 The McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz 2015 heats will take place at the following venues: The Coach Inn, Omagh04/08/2015 Windrose, Carrickfergus21/07/2015 The Anchor, Portstewart05/08/2015 The Bank, Newry30/07/2015 WHO IS THE BRAINIEST PUB QUIZ TEAM IN THE NORTH? was last modified: June 23rd, 2015 by John2John2 Tags: WHO IS THE BRAINIEST PUB QUIZ TEAM IN THE NORTH? The Front Page, Ballymena10/06/2015 ShareTweet Grand Final at The Errigle Inn03/09/2015 Devinish Bar, Enniskillen13/08/2015 CLEVER CLOGS… John Baxter and Ricky Watts of KP Snacks are on the hunt to find Northern Ireland’s brainiest pub quiz team with the launch of the sixth annual McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz. The province’s biggest pub quiz competition offers local brainiacs the opportunity to compete for a mouth-watering £1000 first prize and the coveted title of McCoy’s NI Pub Quiz Champions 2015. From now until the end of August, 14 regional heats will take place across Northern Ireland in Ballymena, Downpatrick, Armagh, Enniskillen, Omagh, Carrickfergus, Cookstown, Newry, Derry~Londonderry, Lurgan, Portstewart and Hillsborough. The winning team from each heat will qualifying for the Grand Final at The Errigle Inn in Belfast on Thursday September 3. Teams wanting to enter the competition and pit their skills against the best should simply turn up at their nearest heat. For details on venues and dates, visit the McCoy’s NI Facebook page. Teams must have no more than six members and must be available to participate in the final in Belfast on September 3.THAT time of year is upon us when certain questions start being asked all over Northern Ireland.  Very important questions. Like… Who wrote Moby Dick?  How many are in a baker’s dozen?  Or which King in a deck of cards is the only one without a moustache? TIME Bar and Venue, Cookstown02/07/2015 The Errigle, Belfast22/06/2015last_img read more

Interviewed by Louis James Editor International

first_img(Interviewed by Louis James, Editor, International Speculator)L: Doug, we’ve had a lot of questions from readers about the apparent push governments are making to go to paperless currency – all electronic, no cash. Do you think that’s likely, and what would be the implications?Doug: I think it’s probably inevitable. It’s not just cash, but the whole world is becoming increasingly digital. Credit cards already work very well all around the world, and everyone in the world, it seems, will soon have a smartphone – or at least everyone who might have any cash.But it’s not just a question of evolving technology. Governments hate cash for lots of reasons, starting with the fact it costs a couple of cents to print a piece of paper currency, and they have to be replaced quite often. As the US has destroyed the value of the dollar, they’ve had to take the copper out of pennies, and soon they’ll take the nickel out of nickels. Furthermore, with modern technology, counterfeiters – including unfriendly foreign governments – can turn out US currency that’s almost indistinguishable from the real thing. And the stuff takes up a lot of space if it’s enough to be of value. So sure, governments would like to get rid of tangible currency. They’d like to see all money kept in banks, which are today no more than arms of the state. But it’s not so simple: increasing numbers of people trust neither banks – most of which are insolvent – or currencies – most of which are on their way to their intrinsic values.L: Hm. On the technology front, when I was in central Africa a few weeks ago, plastic money was accepted happily everywhere I went – Rwanda, Burundi, the DRC, and Kenya – though not by street vendors yet. And I had access to the Internet everywhere I went, even in the middle of the jungle…Doug: Yes, the move towards digital currencies is already happening, and not just as a result of government efforts. Remember Bitcoin. And, as you know, I’m a big fan of Goldmoney.com, which is leading the way to a sound digital currency. Although Goldmoney.com has bowed to government pressure and has suspended its service allowing customers to transfer funds among one another, it’s another sign of the times…L: Yes, and Goldmoney.com is not the first attempt, nor will it be the last. We should mention to new readers that you are an investor in Goldmoney.com.Doug: The world’s going to digital currencies is in part a good thing, because it’s convenient. But it’s definitely a double-edged sword, because of government involvement in the field. If it were a strictly market phenomenon, I’d have no problem with it. It’d be just another choice. But if the state runs it, it would reduce people’s choices – and privacy. But that’s entirely apart from the fact that government – and I know this assertion will be shocking to most readers – has no business creating currency or minting money. Money, of all things, should be a purely market phenomenon. Government, as an institution, inevitably and necessarily corrupts everything it touches. Money is far too important to be left to the tender mercies of the state.L: Sure. A completely digital currency would be an unlimited license to print and spend. Need to give people more welfare? Just tap a few keys, and it appears in their bank accounts. Need to buy more missiles? Just a few more taps on the keyboard… But the privacy issue is even scarier: digital money would seem like Big Brother‘s dream come true. They wouldn’t even have to send their minions out to go through people’s trash. They could see everything anyone ever spent money on and where they were physically when they did it, search for activity nearby, and much more, just by having computers report the details of people’s accounts.Doug: Exactly. They would justify it with a host of phony excuses ranging from the so-called War on Terrorism to the so-called War on Drugs. Maybe they’ll tie it in to their disastrously failed War on Poverty. As the War on Islam heats up, one front will be an attack on the excellent Muslim hawala system, which allows cheap and reliable transfer of money between countries; that system, which is kind of a private SWIFT network, is excellent for evading FX controls. Ironically, Islamic countries are some of the very worst perpetrators of currency controls.L: Maybe that’s why the informal network exists in the first place? But yes, they gotta stop those evil money launderers from washing their money and hanging it out to dry…Doug: Don’t get me started on “money laundering.” It’s a completely artificial crime. It wasn’t even heard of 20 years ago, because the “crime” didn’t exist. Now, everyone speaks of it as though it were a real crime, like murder. It’s ridiculous, and further proof of the totally degraded state of the average person worldwide, absolutely including US citizens – what we used to call Americans. The government proclaims something as a law, and “sheeple” robotically assume it’s part of the cosmic firmament. If an official tells them to do or not to do something, they roll over on their backs like whipped dogs and wet themselves out of fear. The War on Drugs may be where “money laundering” originated as a crime, but today it has a lot more to do with something infinitely more important to the state: the War on Tax Evasion.Incidentally, not that a US citizen can open an account with a Swiss bank anyway any longer – except with at least seven figures and loads of paperwork – but now the policy in Switzerland is to insist that clients prove that their funds are all tax paid. The situation is out of control. And the world’s governments are increasingly working together to make sure no one slips through the net.L: Gotta keep the cattle in line.Doug: That’s right; the US has sent swarms of agents all around the world to bully and cajole bureaucrats in other countries into giving them access to bank account information and to impose income taxes in places that didn’t have them. In Uruguay, where I was last week, for example, there was no income tax two years ago. Now there is. And they’re trying to do the same thing in Paraguay. That’s about the last personal-income-tax holdout among the larger countries of the world.L: When I was in Paraguay last, they had passed an income-tax law, but it was being blocked from implementation by the legislature itself, on procedural grounds. I was told that since all of the legislators are deeply corrupted, none of them want to have to account for their income, and that’s why the measure will never be implemented. “Never” seems a bit optimistic, but it reminds me of your call to make corruption your friend. At any rate, why would the US government care if other countries have income taxes – so they can have tax treaties with them?Doug: I’m sure that’s part of it. A bigger part may be that countries with high tax burdens want so-called tax harmonization, so it’s less tempting to businesses and individuals to leave their borders and go where they can benefit from a lower tax burden – or pay no taxes at all. Governments all around the world, in spite of their differences, share a concern about their income streams – especially since most of them are absolutely bankrupt now – and their bureaucracies work together closely when it suits them. For example, the reason why you get asked if you are carrying more than $10,000 in cash on you when you board an international flight these days, even in a tiny African or South American country, is that it’s an OECD standard that’s been… enthusiastically encouraged. When it first started, it was only $3,000, but that generated too much work for them, so they raised it to $10,000. But all the bad ideas in the world now seem to be coming out of the US.You know, up until the Bank Secrecy Act of 1971, Americans didn’t have to report foreign bank accounts or brokerage accounts. Reporting income generated by such accounts was required, but the existence of the accounts themselves was not required. The rules and reporting requirements have now become so draconian that most foreign banks don’t even want to see a US taxpayer darken their door, let alone open an account for one. It’s a cancer, spreading out from the US.L: So, is this trend inevitable? At some point will Big Brother know everything about all transactions?Doug: Yes. And if they can’t get everything they want from you off your cell phone, which will probably also become your wallet with a digital credit-card app at some point in the near future, they will be able to monitor everything physically via the swarms of tiny spy drones they will flood the skies with. The technology will soon make this cheap as dirt, and computational power is increasing rapidly to the point where it will be possible to process all the images.L: Only if the people don’t divulge everything they are doing and whom they are doing it with on Facebook and Twitter.Doug: [Laughs] Ah, yes, Facebook, the CIA’s most successful covert op. I idiotically opened a Facebook account some years back because someone convinced me it would be a good way to keep in touch with old school friends I’d lost touch with. Now I get scores of people who want to friend me every month, and I know very, very few of them. It will be one-stop shopping for Homeland Security to round up the usual suspects when they feel the time is right. I hate Facebook and never use it for anything. I wonder how many of my Facebook friends are actually government stooges out looking for somebody to railroad…L: A sobering thought.Doug: I have to say that the prognosis for privacy is very grim. The only possible saving grace I can see is that the snoops may end up with information overload, most of it worthless or irrelevant. That’s what seriously impeded the East German and Romanian secret police. But with computer technology getting better and better, there’s not much reason to believe Homeland Security will be buried the way the Stasi was with its primitive technology.I really see no way to stop this trend, nor hide from it – at least in the US or Europe. There’s one thing, however, we can hope for: the coming collapse of the modern nation-state. This will happen, sooner or later, in Europe and North America, at least. This is a possible bright side of the building worldwide financial collapse; it might bring down Big Brother… although it’s more likely, I’m afraid, that he’ll redouble his efforts to control everything. Unfortunately, the immediate aftermath of that collapse is likely to be very unpleasant, especially for those in the most developed and powerful countries.The best way to insulate yourself from this, therefore, is to live in a country whose government doesn’t have the power, financial resources, or technical ability to do these things. As per our last conversation, Africa might be a good place to get out of harm’s way, but it’s a bit too far off the beaten path for my taste and has way too many problems. That’s why I like Latin America.L: What about the hope that if people get pushed too far, they may rebel? Everyone has things they don’t want made public, even those with absolutely nothing nefarious about them. A total lack of privacy would seem intolerable, after some – probably short – period of time. As Princess Leia told Governor Tarkin in the original Star Wars movie: the tighter they squeeze their fist, the more people will slip through their fingers. Or maybe not. It is, frankly, very dismaying to me that the Big Brother concept has been turned into a “reality” TV show.Doug: People may think it’s funny now, or even an egalitarian ideal to live in a society in which no one has any secrets, but that won’t last. If only in relation to currency controls – what we started out talking about – I think there’s something to your Star Wars quote. The more total the monitoring and control the state achieves over the legal economy, the more it will push people into the black market. We saw that in Soviet times. Stringent and very intrusive state monitoring, compulsion, and punishment only made the informal market flourish all the more. I’m sure this will happen. Even North Korea has an active black market. But I don’t like that term. What’s called “the black market” is really the free market; it’s heroic. The legal market – with all its taxes and regulations – is actually the one in need of either radical reform or abolition.L: But the monitoring beyond finance – your drone swarms – might make noncompliance too risky for most people to try.Doug: True. And maybe the US will get not just 10% of the population hooked on stuff like Prozac, but 20% or 50%. As Aldous Huxley pointed out in Brave New World, it’s much easier to control zombies. That’s another reason why I think that hope for the future rests in what are today derided as corrupt Third-World countries. If you’re going to have a ridiculous number of impossible laws, corruption is a good thing. Increasingly, what matters is not the number or even nature of laws on the books in the place you live, but the amount of actual control the state has over private individuals. Corruption subverts idiotic laws; it’s the next best thing to abolishing them.L: I’ve often said that on paper, the US is freer than Mexico, but in fact, Mexico has become much freer than the US, in spite of its legally powerful socialist government. The average Mexican considers tax evasion to be a universal given, but US taxpayers fear their government – a letter from the IRS can cause instant weight loss.Doug: It’s certainly true that in Argentina, where I’m building a new home, people don’t fear their government. Well, not in the police-state sense, anyway; they see it as more of a nuisance. It’s probably more accurate to say they are resigned to their government destroying the economy periodically than to say they actively fear it. If I get pulled over for speeding in Argentina – which itself would be highly unusual – I feel that I have nothing to fear at all, whereas back in the US, I could end up getting tased, have my car taken, and do jail time for saying or doing the wrong thing, even without harming anyone. Any contact with the police in the US brings an increasing risk of a lethal outcome these days. I understand that there are about 40,000 SWAT raids on real and imagined targets every year, and the number is growing fast.Another contrast: in Argentina, most people despise the police and military, whereas in the US, they are apotheosized. This tells you a lot about the psychological states of these populations – it’s a very bad trend in the US.L: On the subject of Argentina, perhaps we should mention that readers who’d like to meet you could head down there for the upcoming harvest celebration.Doug: Well, I’m in the middle of one right now, but another is coming up next week, and there’s still time to sign up for that one. Sure – we have a lot of readers, and I’ve enjoyed meeting many, but it would be nice to get to know more of them. And it’s a nice time to get away from the dying days of winter in the northern hemisphere and come to a place where the weather is pleasant and the wines are fantastic. And I’m really tickled with our world-class gym, spa, and all the rest of it.L: Very well. Investment implications?Doug: Well, this highlights the importance of owning gold, but not for investment purposes or even for the financial prudence we’ve spoken of before, but for a different kind of prudence: privacy – and even freedom.One thing that has changed since we started having these conversations – back when gold was trading at about $600 per ounce – is that having approached $2,000 per ounce, and being likely to surpass that level soon, governments are going to start clamping down on gold more and more. Back when gold was under $300 an ounce, it wasn’t convenient to carry large nominal sums in gold – it was too bulky, too heavy. A roll of hundred-dollar bills was less trouble. But now you can hide $20,000 in one hand using gold. This has not gone unnoticed by the bad guys, and customs and immigrations forms of several countries have started asking not only if you are carrying more than $10,000 in cash, but specifically gold. Incidentally, to keep up with this type of thing, I urge readers to sign up at International Man, which has a great, free daily letter.L: I agree; it’s an excellent publication. That’s an interesting admission for Big Brother to make, asking people to declare cash and gold; in effect, it admits gold’s value as money… But okay, if the state achieves total monitoring and control of the legal economy, and the informal economy becomes much larger, would that not greatly increase the demand for gold? The black market is, as you say, a free – if somewhat chaotic – market, so, according to you and Aristotle, would not gold emerge as the money of choice in that market? And would that not add to the speculative reason for owning gold in addition to the reasons of prudence?Doug: Yes, and yes. Other sub-trends speculators might look for, within the overall trend of digitalization of our world, would lie in various new technologies this will make possible. Many of them would be very positive and profitable for those who deploy them commercially first. This is the sort of thing Alex Daly keeps tabs on in our Casey Extraordinary Technology letter.L: That reminds me of what you said about our phones becoming our wallets. You already don’t really need a physical card to make most revolving credit purchases, just the information on the account. Not only do we buy all sort of thing online these days with this information, but there are chips that transmit gas-card info to gas pumps so we don’t even need to get our wallets out to fill up our tanks. Who knows where that will end up, but I can imagine that as phones and computers (and what used to be TVs) all merge into one technology – which already includes payment systems – money will get folded into this technology as well.Doug: I fully expect that, even though I still don’t own a cell phone and really loathe the things. As an individual human being, I’m going to keep on paying for things in cash for as long as I can – and to me, gold is the real cash of the world. But as a speculator, I think there’s a lot of money to be made investing in the developers of these technological innovations.L: Good luck with that fight. As Locutus of Borg said, “Resistance is futile. You will be assimilated.” There are computer chips in clothing, in cars – heck, it won’t be long before they’re in our food and in the drinking water… Only to help doctors monitor our health, of course.Doug: I know, I know. The prison planet we live on could get pretty ugly before it frees up again. I fear that before things get better, they will have to get much worse, and our world will soon come to resemble a cross between Huxley’s Brave New World and Orwell’s 1984 – or maybe Soylent Green if it gets really bad.L: Another cheerful thought, Doug.Doug: You know I call ’em like I see ’em. I hope many of our current readers will look into The Casey Report as well, if only because this month has part two of a long article that I’m rather fond of, titled Evil, Stupidity, and the Decline of America, which examines the root causes of the pickle the West is now in.But the greater the invasion of privacy, the greater the need for privacy there will be – and the market will respond. I doubt you’ll need stolen eyeballs for retina scans, as in the movie Minority Report, but technologies that identify you to the monitors as a Boy Scout from Iowa (with a perfect grade-point average, totally clean driving record, and no arrests or interrogations) will certainly become available. Clean digital identities should become highly lucrative commodities, all the more so for being illegal. But, with any luck, when the revolution comes – and it will, even though it will be most unpleasant, inconvenient, and dangerous – I hope it turns out more like the revolutions in V for Vendetta or the American Revolution than the one in France under Robespierre. In any event, there’s no doubt in my mind that things will get much worse before the world reboots and gets better again.L: Well, that’s marginally better. As has been observed before, as in the times of chattel slavery, for example, when laws become unjust, just people must become outlaws.Doug: Just so. Maybe we’ll all have our chance to play Robin Hood against an evil king.L: Right then. Thanks for your thoughts… I’ll have to take a closer look at our technology picks for my own investment portfolio.Doug: You should. And you’re welcome. Talk to you soon. In the meantime, live, and be wellL: Until next time.last_img read more