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Asian athletes wrestle dirty washrooms, mosquitoes in Delhi

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first_imgInternational athletes who have arrived in Delhi for the annual Asian Wrestling Championship that kicked off on Wednesday are facing what can be described as a “loos-loos situation”.Faced with dirty toilets, messy surroundings and swarms of mosquitoes at the Sports Authority of India’s KD Jadhav indoor hall inside Delhi’s Indira Gandhi Stadium, the fighters have lodged a strong protest with the Wrestling Federation of India. Some said they have been forced to answer nature’s call out in the open.The incident comes about three years into Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s flagship Swachh Bharat Mission that aims to make the country clean and free of open defecation by 2019. The PM led the drive in 2014 by wielding the broom at the Mandir Marg Police Station in the Capital and exhorted everyone to follow suit.As many as 23 nations are participating in the five-day wrestling event and many have complained about the dirty washrooms and flies all over the place.International wrestlers and officials, who spoke to Mail Today, appeared incensed at the circumstances.”We heard about the mosquito-borne diseases (chikungunya and dengue) in Delhi and if you go to the toilets here you can for sure be bitten by one of those dangerous mosquitoes. We spoke to the organisers but nothing much has been done,” said an international wrestler on condition of anonymity.India has the largest number of urban dwellers without toilets at home and the highest number of people defecating in the open, according to a report by WaterAid, an international water and sanitation nonprofit.advertisementEven a star Indian wrestler slammed the management of the event. “I got to know from my foreign friends that they are scared of chikungunya and dengue. You can see the entrance gate of the KD Jadhav indoor stadium; it’s so dirty. Well, men can go out for nature’s call but what about the women,” the wrestler said.OFFICIAL SAYS ISSUE ‘SORTED’ Mail Today also visited the spots pointed out by the athletes and found that the situation was actually far from sanitary. WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar, however, said everything was being taken care of and the toilets were being cleaned.”We have asked the caretaker to keep a watch on it,” he said. “On the first day there were many mosquitoes but we did fogging and SAI also helped us. As you know that in Delhi there is problem of mosquitoes and they don’t even need accreditation to enter,” he joked. “We got to know about the problems of wrestlers and we immediately sorted the situation out.”The Swachh Bharat survey carried out in January-February this year in 434 cities, with the results made public this month, showed that Delhi had slipped in the rankings compared to last year.NO HOTELS FOR INDIAN WOMEN WRESTLERSThere were also reports that Indian women wrestlers who came to the event directly from a Lucknow camp had to wait at the stadium as no hotel had been booked for them.”We spent our whole day at the stadium. We came here in the morning (on May 10) and we were tired and forced to sleep in the stadium only. We were assigned a hotel late in the evening,” a female wrestler told Mail Today.This at a time when WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has been made the vice-president of the international body-United World Wrestling (UWW).The first day of the championship lacked sheen as it kicked off to a poor response with little in the form of facilities for either the fans or the media. Two days have gone by and the journalists covering the event are yet to get their accreditations.During the previous edition held in Thailand, India were placed seventh with nine medals- one gold, three silvers and five bronzes. A 24-strong team is in the championship this time with eight each in freestyle, women and Greco-Roman category. Twenty-four gold and silver along with 48 bronze medals are up for grabs. India has already picked up three bronze medals.ALSO READ | PM Modi’s gamechanger Swachh Bharat mission: Cities getting rid of dirty picture? ALSO READ | How did Indore and Bhopal improve their rankings to become cleanest cities in countrylast_img read more

IPL 2017, SRH vs KKR Eliminator: Gautam Gambhir’s calming presence delivers victory at 1.27 AM after rain break

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first_imgGautam Gambhir is the best thing to have happened to Kolkata Knight Riders and the left-handed batsman once again showed his class and guided his team to a 7-wicket win over defending champions Sunrisers Hyderabad in the eliminator on Wednesday.The rain-curtailed match saw KKR chasing 48 in 6 overs (D/L target) which caused panic in the top-order with Gambhir deciding to demote himself in the batting order. Robin Uthappa and Chris Lynn opened the innings for the two-time champions but the move backfired as Lynn fell on the third ball of the first over followed by Yusuf Pathan in the very next delivery from Chris Jordan.Uthappa departed in the second over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar which brough skipper Gambhir to the crease who brought a bit of sanity along with him. The Delhi batsman maintained his calm but also went for the big shots as KKR required over 8 runs per over after making a mess of the run chase.Gambhir remained unbeaten on 32 from 19 balls with two fours and as many sixes and forged a 36-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Ishank Jaggi, who also kept his cool and supported his skipper with an 8-ball 5* and spent 21 minutes at the crease, to guide KKR through to victory with 4 balls to spare.Kolkata haven’t been in the best of forms lately and had lost their last two matches as their batsmen failed to deliver and panicked just like they did against SRH at the M Chinnaswamy last night with Gambhir himself struggling to find form. But the 35-year-old made sure to see his team through in the run chase this time around as he done on numerous occasions in the past and in the process regained his touch with the bat.advertisementGambhir even mentioned in the post-match presentation that his team’s batsmen should have played more sensibly after their bowlers restricted Sunrisers to 128/7 in the first innings.”A lot of credit to the bowlers. They set the game up for us. We should have been more sensible with the batting, though. But the bowlers restricting the Sunrisers batting to 128 was brilliant.”You do get nervous (about the rain) and we have played really well this season and our bowlers put in an unbelievable effort and if we had gone out after the rain, it wouldn’t have been good.”Kolkata will face Mumbai Indians in the second qualifier on Friday at the same venue and the winner of this match will go through to the final and play Rising Pune Supergiant on May 21 at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad.”We don’t have a good record against Mumbai, but hopefully we can settle that tomorrow,” Gambhir added.last_img read more

In happier times: Anil Kumble’s high praise for Virat Kohli at MindRocks 2015

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first_imgFormer India captain Anil Kumble always praised Virat Kohli in the past. Kumble, who was appointed head coach of the Indian cricket team, stepped down from his post following a breakdown of relationship with captain Kohli earlier this week. A tenure that lasted only 363 days.According to Kumble, the Indian captain had “reservations” with his style of coaching and about him continuing as the head coach.Kumble was appointed coach by BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman for a period of one year. In these 12 months, India won five consecutive Test series (West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia), clinched two ODI series (New Zealand and England), won a T20 International series (England) and reached the final of the ICC Champions Trophy which Pakistan won by 180 runs.It was not the first time that Kohli played under Kumble. In the past too, Kohli had played alongside and under the captaincy of Kumble in the Indian Premier League. The flamboyant cricketer made his IPL debut under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy at Royal Challengers Bangalore in the league’s inaugural edition in 2008 and played alongside Kumble.Kumble was then elevated to captaincy of the franchise in 2009 and Kohli continued to flourish.The 46-year-old has always lauded Kohli. During India Today’s MindRocks 2015, Kumble spoke highly of the current India captain.”There are already two successful captains in the current squad. MS Dhoni has been the most successful captain for India. He has won two World Cups, he held the trophy when India became the No.1 Test team and he also won the Champions Trophy. Virat has just taken over Test captaincy and he’s been successful in Sri Lanka. So you have two successful captains so for us I don’t see a reason for us to find a third one. I think at the moment these two are doing a wonderful job,” Kumble said at the MindRocks 2015.advertisementWATCH FULL VIDEOEarlier this year, Kumble said it was difficult to describe the “brilliant” Kohli in one word.”Virat Kohli, brilliance. I think one word is very difficult (to describe him). I have seen him develop from a 19-year-old, who walked into Royal Challengers (Bangalore) first time after he won the (U-19) World Cup as a captain, to the transformation that you see now, it’s been brilliant. To see someone that passionate, that kind of motivation and dedication he has,” Kumble said.There is no doubt that Kohli is a dedicated and a passionate cricketer. He gives his 100 percent and demands the same from his teammates.Reports had emerged of a rift between Kumble and Kohli before the Champions Trophy got underway. While Kohli denied there was any trouble in the dressing room, Kumble’s statement after his resignation gave it all away. Kumble’s original contract expired with the team’s Champions Trophy campaign, but the former captain was tipped to get an extension. However, he decided not to continue.The India captain, on Thursday, deleted a tweet welcoming Kumble as coach and later took a dig at him saying, “I have been part of 11 press conferences that happened during the Champions Trophy. We have created a culture in the last three four years that whatever has happened in the dressing room remains inside, we have tried to maintain that sanctity throughout. For us, that is paramount and very sacred. It is something which I will not explain in detail in public scenario,” said the 28-year-old.last_img read more

New sub-GHz players target IoT connectivity

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first_imgSAN JOSE, Calif. — Move over, LoRa and Narrowband IoT (NB-IoT); two new competitors see a space that you are missing. Iota Communications and Anterix are buying spectrum in the 800- to 900-MHz bands to create new licensed networks for the Internet of things.The two rivals are leveraging work at the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to reorganize part of the sub-gigahertz spectrum. Both Iota, focused on building automation, and Anterix, targeting utilities, have significant spectrum holdings already and financing in progress, but neither has networks up and running yet.It’s early days for both companies, which are still defining their service-level products. For that reason, they have not come on the radar for analysts who cover the low-power, wide-area networks (LPWANs) that LoRa and NB-IoT currently dominate and where the HaLow version of Wi-Fi is debuting this year.LoRa uses unlicensed 800- to 900-MHz bands, which is inexpensive but subject to interference and requires users to set up their own networks. Narrowband-IoT, a low-cost version of LTE, typically uses higher frequencies with less range and penetration than the ISM bands.“There’s an untapped market [for robust 800- to 900-MHz IoT network services that] we can address,” said Terrence DeFranco, chief executive and co-founder of Iota.Iota got its start in 2013 as the Solbright Group, Inc., specifying gateways and developing IoT applications for end users. It worked with partners Tatung, a Taiwan ODM that builds gateways and other products, and STMicroelectronics, which was trying to commercialize the powerline networking protocol that it acquired with startup Arkados.“We leveraged cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee — whatever would work — but we were turned away from some jobs because we lacked connectivity,” said DeFranco.For example, an effort to automate operations in New York’s Chrysler Building “tried different cellular carriers to get backhaul out of building, but it got costly and our app was not feasible,” he said. “Cellular is a mainstream technology for IoT, and it works well for many apps, but it’s still power-hungry and delivers broadband links that a lot of apps don’t need.”Seeking a solution, Solbright purchased in August LPWAN provider M2M Spectrum, which owned some 800-MHz bands on which it ran a variant of LoRa based on the Symphony protocol from Link Labs. “They were a network in development looking for apps, and we had apps looking for connectivity,” said DeFranco.Seeing an opportunity in the FCC process to acquire enough spectrum for a U.S. national network, Solbright renamed itself Iota to mark its new mission. “We believe a licensed 800-MHz network would be a huge differentiator,” he said. Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Communications center_img Continue Reading Previous Kontron S&T acquires industrial mainboard business from Fujitsu Technology SolutionsNext Fewer embedded ears, more voice-controlled deviceslast_img read more

Lane Kiffin Has A Message For Alabama QB Jalen Hurts

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first_imgJalen Hurts of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium.AUBURN, AL – NOVEMBER 25: Jalen Hurts #2 of the Alabama Crimson Tide warms up on the field prior to the game against the Auburn Tigers at Jordan Hare Stadium on November 25, 2017 in Auburn, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)This has been an interesting offseason for Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts. He has been competing with Tua Tagovailoa for the starting job, but is widely expected to lose out to the rising sophomore.Hurts recently spoke candidly about the competition, and his comments drew some backlash from Alabama fans. By all accounts, Hurts is still well-liked by teammates and coaches, but this has got to be tough for him.Florida Atlantic head coach Lane Kiffin is Hurts’ former offensive coordinator at Alabama. Kiffin knows a lot about dealing with outside pressure, criticism and just about everything else you can think of.This afternoon, Kiffin had some words of encouragement for his former pupil. He shared an article on Twitter titled “How 10 High Achievers Handle Haters” along with a message to Hurts.“Best article ever!!! #4 Thanks for sending it to me ⁦@Forbes⁩ Great one for u too ⁦@JalenHurts⁩ Be u and don’t listen to all the experts! #SECplayeroftheyear! Kiffin wrote.Best article ever!!! #4 ?Thanks for sending it to me ⁦@Forbes⁩ Great one for u too ⁦@JalenHurts⁩ Be u and don’t listen to all the experts! ?‍♂️ #SECoffplayeroftheyear https://t.co/usCiHpl7Yd— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 16, 2018Kiffin has stuck up for Hurts before. It is clear he is a fan.Interestingly, Hurts could graduate from Alabama in December, transfer elsewhere and be eligible immediately. He would have no shortage of suitors.Wonder if Kiffin would be interested in bringing him to Boca Raton?last_img read more

CBI books railway officials in Rs 220 crore fraud

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first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has booked a railway official and three companies in Secunderabad for allegedly siphoning off Rs 2.20 crore from railways’ accounts to fake firms using fraudulent bills, officials said Tuesday. Now suspended accounts assistant V Ganesh Kumar, who was posted in the Expenditure Section, South Central Railway, and fake firms — Sai Balaji Pharma and Surgical, Vinayaka Agencies and Sri Thirumala Enterprises — have been named in the FIR lodged on a complaint from the railways, they said. During a test check, the railways had found that 31 alleged fake bills without GST numbers were allegedly cleared in six months from October, 2018 to April, 2019, they said. It is alleged that Ganesh, in criminal conspiracy with others, allegedly generated and passed these bills in the name of fake firms to transfer around Rs 2.20 crore into the accounts of these firms in Axis Bank.last_img read more

StatCan October GDP flat compared with September up from 2016

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first_imgOTTAWA – Canada’s economy took a pause in October, with gross domestic product unchanged from the previous month.Analysts had estimated that Canada’s GDP would grow 0.2 per cent from September, based on some of the recent October economic data released earlier this week by Statistics Canada.Goods-producing industries were down 0.4 per cent from September figures and service-producing industries were up 0.2 per cent, it said.CIBC economist Nick Exarhos said “the mood was running high” ahead of Friday’s report, but said strong wholesale and retail trade volumes reported earlier this week didn’t translate into the same degree of value-added growth.Statistics Canada said the value of wholesale trade was up 1.4 per cent from September, and the value of retail trade was up 1.1 per cent.“Collectively, they contributed a bit more than one tick to GDP, roughly half of what we would have expected heading into the release,” Exarhos wrote in a note to clients.Exarhos added that the mining, oil and gas sector was also softer than expected despite reports of strong production.Statistics Canada said that mining, quarrying and oil and gas extraction declined 1.1 per cent.The agency reported that nine of the 20 industrial sectors that it monitors expanded in October, including manufacturing, which was up 0.1 per cent.“Except manufacturing, output in all goods-producing industries fell,” noted Arlene Kish, director for Canadian economics at IHS Markit.Statistics Canada said the mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction sector was down 1.1 per cent.“The drag from the oil and gas and mining industry was mostly related to maintenance operations within non-conventional oil activity . . . However, it should be noted that mining and quarrying activity as well as support activities for the entire sector were also down in the month,” Kish wrote.There were also contractions in the construction sector (down 0.1 per cent) and utilities (down 1.3 per cent)last_img read more

Kentucky State Police announce victim advocacy initiative

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ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) – Officials with Kentucky State Police say a new Victim Advocacy Program will provide needed support for crime victims.A statement from the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet says details of the statewide initiative are being announced Thursday at the Kentucky State Police post in Elizabethtown.- Advertisement – Officials say 16 advocates are being hired and trained to assist crime victims and those involved with critical incidents by providing support during and after a crisis.The statement says funding will come from the Victims of Crime Act and partnerships with statewide agencies. read more

Prof Seecharan launches the history of cricket in Guyana Vol 2

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Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTrinidad woman dies from swine fluJanuary 11, 2019In “Health”Guyanese national jailed for Florida mortgage scamJuly 20, 2016In “Crime”Dr. Anthony unleashes his wrath on Ruel Johnson; ‘The man has become my lone critic’January 10, 2014In “Other Stories” Professor Clem Seecharan displays the second volume of his book the History of Cricket in GuyanaAuthored by Professor Clem Seecharan, the history of cricket in Guyana Volume 2 is a “legacy project” to mark the 150th anniversary of the Hand in Hand Group of Companies.This second volume with the catchline ‘A Stubborn Mediocrity’, encompasses the years, 1898-1948 with Volume One covering the period 1865 to 1897 and Hand in Hand Chairman John Carpenter said the company was proud to sponsor the publication.The professor, a renowned historian, said that book is dedicated to five persons including Dr Yesu Persaud and Dr Pooran Singh who are still alive.According to a DPI release, Professor Seecharan said, since records were not properly kept, writing the book “was a labour of love.” He recalled for example that photographs of teams from years past were not properly kept or archived.Reading a few excerpts from his book, the professor explained that the efforts of the West Indies mirrored the struggles in the society decades ago. “1930 was the first year that the West Indies defeated England for the first time; that is the kind of tradition we come from.”[from left to right] Former Cricketer Mark Harper, former West Indian cricketers Lancelot Gibbs and all-rounder Roger HarperHe noted that the efforts of Roger Harper and Lance Gibbs, for example, were influenced from the decades previously. Interestingly, Professor Seecharan juxtaposed the eradication of malaria with the rise of local cricketers to even greater heights and called for a greater commitment to research and hard work.Guest speaker and former West Indian cricketer Lancelot Richard Gibbs, who had his regional debut in 1954 and test debut in 1958, said older versions of the game such as, “get the ball first, bowl to bat” and “two tip and run” were what laid the foundation of cricket success years ago. Offering some advice, Gibbs said the West Indies team needed to build their stamina, study their opponents and do research.The book’s launch at the Georgetown Cricket Club was described by Minister of Social Cohesion, with responsibility for sports, Dr. George Norton as an unveiling of another fine piece of work by the author.“Your books help us to appreciate the importance of cricket in Guyana.”The minister noted that “very few cricket lovers understand where we came from,” as he recalled when ‘non-whites’ were not permitted to play the game. He noted the game’s progression and saluted the efforts of the Women’s T20 team as he cited their performance within the evolving landscape. Minister Norton further commended the efforts of the author and that of corporate entities such as Hand in Hand.Copies of the book were presented to representatives of the National Archives, the University of Guyana, National Library and National Trust. read more

Be happy and be sneaky with the Smiley Face Spy Camera

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first_imgIs it possible to be a cheerful person but at the same time be paranoid of those around you? Absolutely.So that is why for folks like yourself, there is the Brando Smiley Face Spy Camera so you keep tabs on the world without passers-by ever knowing you are keeping track of their shenanigans.What looks like an ordinary happy-go-lucky fashion statement, secretly contains a high-definition DVR that can snap pictures at 2048 x 1536 pixels or even record video with audio at 720 x 480. With its built-in battery and upgradeable MicroSD memory, you can not only take this spy camera with you on your person, but you can also snap the camera into the provided car suction stand to record action either inside or outside a vehicle. The camera even features a convenient TV output for easy playback and it can double as a webcam when not being used on covert assignments.At $35 a piece for the Smiley Face Spy Camera, you can smile to yourself when you get the goods on those troublemakers.Read more at Brando, via DVICElast_img read more

Des Chinois originaires de la Rome antique lADN au secours de la

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first_imgDes Chinois originaires de la Rome antique : l’ADN au secours de la légende ?Des tests ADN effectués sur les habitants d’un village de Chine occidentale les rapprocheraient des populations européennes. De l’eau au moulin d’un universitaire britannique, selon lequel ce village aurait été fondé en 36 avant J.C. par des légionnaires romains égarés…      Yeux verts, cheveux blonds… : des caractères occidentaux inattendus mais bien présents chez ces villageois de l’ouest de la Chine. Une analyse génétique a montré que près des deux tiers des habitants de la localité de Liqian avaient une lointaine origine “caucasienne” (le terme anglo-saxon pour désigner la “race” blanche).À lire aussiL’axolotl, cet étonnant animal capable de se régénérer, révèle ses secretsCe qui pourrait remettre au  goût du jour la théorie émise dans les années 1950 par Homer Dubs, professeur d’histoire à Oxford, reliant – hâtivement, selon certains de ses pairs – deux épisodes historiques : d’une part, la “disparition” supposée de 145 légionnaires romains aux environs de l’actuel Iran en 53 avant J.C., après la défaite de Crassus face aux Parthes ; d’autre part, la fondation du village de Liqian en 36 avant J.C., par des soldats de l’armée des Huns, capturés par leur ennemis, les Chinois de la dynastie Han. Pour Dubs, les soldats romains auraient fait route vers l’est, auraient été enrôlés comme mercenaires chez les Huns, pour finir en Chine, d’abord prisonniers puis bâtisseurs… Mais selon l’universitaire chinois Yang Gongle, le village aurait été fondé en 104 avant J.C., bien avant l’arrivée supposée des Romains. De son côté, l’anthropologue Maurizio Bettini fait remarquer qu’aucune preuve tangible – pièce de monnaie ou arme romaine, par exemple – ne vient étayer la thèse de Dubs. Le 28 novembre 2010 à 19:28 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

WWE announces extended partnership with FOX Sports in Latin America

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first_img Now Playing Up Next WWE issued a press release Wednesday announcing a new multi-year agreement to continue broadcasting its weekly flagship programming live on FOX Sports in Latin America.The press release indicates the new partnership includes one-hour versions of RAW and Smackdown Live that also includes WWE Main Event and NXT. In addition to flagship programming, the agreement also includes a localized production show entitled WWE Saturday Night with plans for a new 30-minute highlights show.You can read the full press release below:WWE extends partnership with FOX Sports in Latin America to air Raw and SmackDownStamford, Conn., June 19, 2019 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced a multi-year agreement to continue broadcasting WWE’s weekly flagship programming live on FOX Sports in Latin America.In addition to airing Raw and Smackdown Live each week FOX will also air the localized production, WWE Saturday Night, as well as Main Event and NXT. The new partnership also includes one-hour versions of Raw and SmackDown, and plans for a new 30-minute localized highlights show.“We are pleased to extend our agreement and continue delivering action-packed, family-friendly entertainment to our passionate fans in the region,” said Joaquin Del Rivero, WWE Vice President & General Manager, Latin America.About WWEWWE, a publicly traded company (NYSE: WWE), is an integrated media organization and recognized leader in global entertainment. The company consists of a portfolio of businesses that create and deliver original content 52 weeks a year to a global audience. WWE is committed to family friendly entertainment on its television programming, pay-per-view, digital media and publishing platforms. WWE’s TV-PG, family-friendly programming can be seen in more than 800 million homes worldwide in 28 languages. WWE Network, the first-ever 24/7 over-the-top premium network that includes all live pay-per-views, scheduled programming and a massive video-on-demand library, is currently available in more than 180 countries. The company is headquartered in Stamford, Conn., with offices in New York, Los Angeles, London, Mexico City, Mumbai, Shanghai, Singapore, Dubai, Munich and Tokyo.Additional information on WWE (NYSE: WWE) can be found at wwe.com and corporate.wwe.com. For information on our global activities, go to http://www.wwe.com/worldwide/.Trademarks: All WWE programming, talent names, images, likenesses, slogans, wrestling moves, trademarks, logos and copyrights are the exclusive property of WWE and its subsidiaries. All other trademarks, logos and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.Forward-Looking Statements: This press release contains forward-looking statements pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995, which are subject to various risks and uncertainties. These risks and uncertainties include, without limitation, risks relating to: WWE Network; major distribution agreements; our need to continue to develop creative and entertaining programs and events; a decline in the popularity of our brand of sports entertainment; the continued importance of key performers and the services of Vincent K. McMahon; possible adverse changes in the regulatory atmosphere and related private sector initiatives; the highly competitive, rapidly changing and increasingly fragmented nature of the markets in which we operate and greater financial resources or marketplace presence of many of our competitors; uncertainties associated with international markets; our difficulty or inability to promote and conduct our live events and/or other businesses if we do not comply with applicable regulations; our dependence on our intellectual property rights, our need to protect those rights, and the risks of our infringement of others’ intellectual property rights; the complexity of our rights agreements across distribution mechanisms and geographical areas; potential substantial liability in the event of accidents or injuries occurring during our physically demanding events including, without limitation, claims relating to CTE; large public events as well as travel to and from such events; our feature film business; our expansion into new or complementary businesses and/or strategic investments; our computer systems and online operations; a possible decline in general economic conditions and disruption in financial markets; our accounts receivable; our revolving credit facility; litigation; our potential failure to meet market expectations for our financial performance, which could adversely affect our stock; Vincent K. McMahon exercising control over our affairs, and his interests may conflict with the holders of our Class A common stock; a substantial number of shares which are eligible for sale by the McMahons and the sale, or the perception of possible sales, of those shares could lower our stock price; and the relatively small public “float” of our Class A common stock. In addition, our dividend is dependent on a number of factors, including, among other things, our liquidity and cash flow, strategic plan (including alternative uses of capital), our financial results and condition, contractual and legal restrictions on the payment of dividends (including under our revolving credit facility), general economic and competitive conditions and such other factors as our Board of Directors may consider relevant. Forward-looking statements made by the Company speak only as of the date made, are subject to change without any obligation on the part of the Company to update or revise them, and undue reliance should not be placed on these statements.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipIs WWE Losing Its Audience?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:29/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Pinterest Videos Articles Twitter Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problemslast_img read more

Benitez hails Newcastles important win

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first_imgNewcastle United manager Rafa Benitez has praised their 1-0 win at Huddersfield as “really important” as the Magpies moved six points clear of the relegation zone.Salomon Rondon scored the only goal of the game at the John Smith’s Stadium on Saturday as Newcastle United claimed all three points and moved further away from the relegation zone.“It was a really important for us, and them, so to get three points here in the way that we did, with a big effort from every player, is always something you have to be satisfied with,” Benitez told Sky Sports.“We tried to play on the counterattack and defend well, against a good team.“They were pushing, with a lot of crosses, balls in the air and when they wouldn’t do that they tried to do it with penetrating passes through the middle instead.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…“We had to deal with all these situations, but in the first half we gave the ball away a little bit cheaply.“We were stronger in the second half and they didn’t have the space, it wasn’t easy for them, and we knew we would have to play on the counterattack.“We scored a goal, we had another which was not offside, but that’s it – we got the three points.“They are a good team, they worked hard and will do until the end. We have to carry on and I’m sure they will do too.”last_img read more

Union Budget 2017 5 entrepreneurs talk about what startups really need from

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first_imgRajiv Vij, MD and CEO, Carzonrent.comOn various occasions the government has spoken about its strong agenda around ‘Smart Cities’. It will be a welcome step on the Finance Minister’s part to spell out specific initiatives to be implemented during the course of the year along with related budgetary allocations and measures to address crowded metros’ rampant urbanization in the past, by bringing about planned development. These should match global standards of modern cities in developed economies. This will bode well for the estimated $150 billion foreign investment the sector needs.The major concern in the development process is inadequate infrastructure, congested roads, parking problems and increasing pollution levels, where the solution lies in the introduction of a shared economy in urban mobility, complemented by technology to encourage change in car-ownership patterns.This can remove 25 on-road cars with one car – thus reducing traffic woes and easing pressure of creating parking infrastructure for an exploding population of automobiles, owing to improving economic profiles of households.Introduction and clarity of policy and regulatory framework in urban car rental services’ formats, like self-drive/car-sharing will help the cause, and also encourage investment in the segment. Allowing private car owners to share their cars with others using car sharing platforms and removing inter-state entry tax on cars/taxis will be welcome steps.’GST is one of the best things to happen to B2B e-commerce; its early implementation should spur the growth of SMEs’ Sunil Kumar Gupta, Founder and Director, ExportersIndia.comSunil Kumar Gupta, Founder and Director, ExportersIndia.comWith the demonetization drive and digital push, it has dawned on SMEs that shifting their business online is the need of the hour and they are looking ahead expectantly to the upcoming budget.The government’s intention of lowering Corporate Tax to 25% announced in FY-16 raised hopes for a further plunge this year, anticipating a drop of up to 18%, including all surcharges and cess with withdrawal of all tax incentives, concessions etc.This will not only boost the overall tax revenue and lead to job creation, but also turn India into an attractive international investment destination.With cashless economy and the given trends of incentivising cashless transactions the focus, it seems that more such schemes encouraging digital payments in FY-17 may be announced that are sure to set cash registers ringing for online businesses.GST is one of the best things to happen to B2B e-commerce; its early implementation and addressing issues related to tax collection at source, treatment of refunds and cancellations etc, should spur the growth of SMEs.Additional measures to strengthen government initiatives such as ‘Make in India’, ‘Start up India’ and ‘Skill India’ is sure to be a consideration and will boost the growth of entrepreneurial SMEs.’Banks need to have a policy in place for startups. Apart from help in opening accounts, there isn’t anything on offer’ Vishwavijay Singh, Co-founder, SaleBhai.comVishwavijay Singh, Co-founder, SaleBhai.comWe still have to see proper implementation of the slew of initiatives announced in the last Budget session. While a tax holiday of not less than five years would help startups, even the three-year relaxation for those set up between April 2016 and March 2019 is underutilised because of the tedious registration process.I feel the government also needs to set aside indigenous funds to support the startup ecosystem in the country, and decrease its current dependency on foreign funds.Another much-needed change is required in the banking sector. Both private and government banks need to have a policy in place for startups. Apart from help in opening accounts, there isn’t anything on offer.We hope to see some dramatic changes and concrete steps being taken to help startups, especially e-commerce, from the upcoming Budget. ‘Address crowded metros’ rampant urbanization in the past, by bringing about planned development of a global standard’ CC0 LicenceIn the year 2016, startups went through a real rollercoaster ride.The year started with the Startup Indian Policy being announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The policy gave startups a tax holiday for three years, as well as the implementation of various fund-raising schemes, and even allowing startups to shut-down quickly if they didn’t work.US H1-B visa curbs: Could this be the boost Indian tech startups have been waiting for?This was soon followed by the DIPP rules for e-commerce that cut down on discounts. The move resulted in a significant dip in business for e-commerce portals, which eventually picked up in September thanks to the start of the festive season. Flipkart and Amazon were running neck-and- neck during the Sale season.Ola and Uber have also been locked in a titanic battle — and various state governments who want to regulate cab aggregators. The year also saw the ‘end’ of surge pricing by cab aggregators.The RBI opened up external commercial borrowing for startups to borrow up to $3 million in convertible currency, opening yet another avenue to raise funds.Towards the end of the year, demonetization hit the country, affecting most business and markets in general. Most startups recorded a drop in business by a minimum of 15%, while Fintech startups saw a huge growth.February is the time that most startups will be back to the level of business they were before demonetisation. It’s also the time the Budget, will be announced by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley.The Budget will set the tone for startups 2017, in terms of investment, as well as their businesses in general. Startup founders spoke to International Business Times about what they need from the finance minister.’Use the credit guarantee scheme to bring banks and NBFCs on a level playing field’ Sashank RishyasringaSashank Rishyasringa, Co-founder and Managing Director, Capital FloatFintech startups have benefited from demonetization, as this has further fueled the growth of digital lending, e-wallet usage, and other payment technologies. In the process of creating a cash-free economy, we expect the budget to incentivize digital payments and provide for ample enabling infrastructure; this will encourage SMEs to adopt digital finance channels and become a part of the formal financing ecosystem.More and more consumers are opting to swipe their cards and use e-wallets to purchase goods and services.As SMEs become more proficient with electronic payment systems, this is an opportunity for Fintech firms to bring these SMEs into the formal lending ecosystem.On the tax front, the expectation from the budget is for the government to reduce personal income tax and corporate tax rates by revising the tax slabs.By revisiting corporate tax slabs, there is less incentive for tax evasion, and this will push the economy towards digital money.Reducing personal tax slabs, will drive consumer spending and hence the economy. Also, the implementation of GSTN can create digitization of invoicing across the country by enabling easy filing of returns and tax payments.Finally, we expect the budget to use the credit guarantee scheme to bring banks and NBFCs on a level playing field and to continue boosting programs like Startup India”‘Simplification of processes across government infrastructure will be the key to success’Aniketh JainAniketh Jain, CEO & Co-Founder of Solutions InfiniThe upcoming budget is crucial to honest taxpayers, and we look forward to a low taxation system, which will simultaneously promote a robust digital ecosystem.Moreover, the government should simplify the tax regime for ITs and startups to foster innovation and boost a healthy start-up environment in the country.Also, the union budget 2017-2018 should focus on digital inclusion across industries.Simplification of overall processes across all government infrastructures will be key for the success of India and I believe they should ensure that sufficient budget is allocated for the same.last_img read more

Intl rights orgs express concern over threats to Sultana Kamal

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first_imgSultana KamalSeven international and regional civil society organisations have expressed their deep concern over violent threats received by prominent lawyer and human rights activist Sultana Kamal. In a letter calling upon the Bangladesh authorities to conduct “credible investigation into threats of violence and ensure protection of Sultana Kamal”, the organisations stated that she has received threats from the “radical Islamist group Hefazat-e-Islam” after expressing her views on a TV talk show.Signed by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), Front Line Defenders, Amnesty International, South Asians for Human Rights, Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, the Association for Progressive Communications and International Service for Human Rights, the letter stated that on 28 May, Sultana Kamal, Hefazat representative Mufti Sakhawat Hossain and others, appeared on a TV talk show to discuss the removal of the lady justice sculpture from the Supreme Court premises. Hefazat-e-Islam had insisted the statue needed to be dismantled on 26 May, arguing that it would lead to idol worship which went against the tenets of Islam.During the talk show, Sultana said that if no religious structure was permitted, then no mosques should be on the premises either. Reacting to this statement, Hefazat demanded her arrest within 24 hours. A Hefazat leader stated ‘we will break every bone in [her] body.’ Sultana received various other threats, including on social media. A person even posted a photo of Sultana Kamal, edited to look like she was being hanged.Dhaka Metropolitan Police said they were taking measures to ensure the safety of Sultana Kamal. The international rights organisations, in the letter, contended that so far the efforts to ensure her safety were limited to monitoring her neighbourhood.“We are concerned by the threats faced by Sultana. Violence has been used numerous times to stifle freedom of expression and the legitimate and peaceful work of human rights defenders in Bangladesh,” the letter said.The signatory organisations of the letter urged the Bangladesh authorities to openly and unequivocally condemn Hefazat’s statements and threats against Sultana Kamal and other Bangladeshi civil society, carry out all necessary measures to guarantee the physical and psychosocial security of Sultana Kamal, her family and fellow human rights defenders, assure she does not face additional gender-based discrimination or violence, and ensure an enabling environment for human rights defenders to carry out their peaceful and legitimate activities without any fear of reprisals, harassment or intimidation from state and non-state actors.last_img read more

Grameenphone Robi Banglalink pay Tk 87b online ads

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first_img.Bangladesh’s three private mobile phone operators have spent Tk 87 billion for online advertisements alone, reveals a report submitted to the High Court by the Bangladesh Telecommunication and Regulatory Commission (BTRC).Mobile phone service providers Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink paid the money to different social media and online platforms like Google, Facebook, YouTube, IMO, Whatsapp, BTRC told the HC bench comprising justice Moinul Islam Chowdhury and justice Md Ashraful Kamal. BTRC’s system and service division’s deputy director engineer Nahidul Hasan submitted the report to the High Court recently.BTRC lawyer AKM Alamgir Parvez told Prothom Alo that Grameenphone, Robi and Banglalink paid over Tk 87,441,905,073 over the last five years for the advertisements online.According to the BTRC report, Grameenphone alone spends USD 433,125,629 for online advertisement while Robi spends USD 321,338,000 and Banglalink USD 286,469,967. In total the three companies paid out USD 10,400,900,000.BTRC wrote a letter to the mobile phone operators seeking the expenditure breakdown within 7 August,.On 9 April 2019, six lawyers filed the writ petition with the apex court accusing the Google, Amazon, Facebook, and YouTube of evading taxes.Following the writ, the High Court handed down a rule asking the concerned authorities why Google, Amazon, Facebook and YouTube won’t be placed under the revenue net.The court also asked the authorities concerned to form an expert committee and file a report on the income of the online platforms from Bangladesh.Writ petitioner lawyer Mohamamd Humayun Kabir told Prothom Alo that different social media and online platforms like like Google, Facebook, YouTube, IMO, Whatsapp earned Tk 87 billion from the three phone operators. But the companies have no offices in Bangladesh.BTRC lawyer Alamgir Parvez said BTRC has sent a letter to Google, Facebook and YouTube among five companies to set up their own offices in Bangladesh.This report reveals a partial scenario of how much money the company like Google has taken from Bangladesh for advertisements, he added.Other than the phone companies, many Bangladeshi companies, institutions and individuals are circulating advertisements on various online media. The media is taking huge amouts money from the country, the lawyer added. Deputy attorney general Tushar Kanti Roy, who was state counsellor in writ petition, told Prothom Alo that in another report submitted to the court by the National Board of Revenue (NBR) said the government has earned Tk 1.33 billion from advertisements online.Bangladesh Bank’s lawyer Shamim Khaled, he added, filed a plea seeking extension of time over filing a detailed report in this regard.The report will be submitted on the next hearing to be held on 30 October.“Once the report is submitted, the whole picture of how much money the foreign companies like Google, Facebook has earned from Bangladesh will be revealed,” Tushar said.last_img read more

Experiments suggest dogs and monkeys have a humanlike sense of morality

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first_img Common sense suggests that most people prefer to deal with other people who are fair and in some cases, helpful. In this new effort, the researchers sought to learn if the same might be true of dogs and capuchin monkeys regarding human interactions. To that end, they set up three experiments designed to test how dogs and monkeys reacted to humans behaving rudely.In the first experiment, a capuchin monkey was allowed to watch a scene in which a person was trying to open a can. After failing, the person asked another person for help—in some cases, the other person complied, and in some cases, they did not. Also in some cases, there was another person present who did nothing, serving as a passive actor in the scene.In the second experiment, the researchers positioned a capuchin monkey to watch as two people arrived with three balls each. One of the people then asked the other person to give them all of their balls and the other person complied. Next, the person who had given up their balls asked the other to return them—in some cases the other person complied, and in other cases refused.The third experiment was nearly identical to the second, except it involved dogs, their owners and another person unknown to the dog.At the conclusion of all three experiments, the people involved (including passive actors) all offered a treat to the monkey or dog that had been observing the action. The researchers report that in all three scenarios, the animals showed a clear disinclination to accept a treat from a person that refused to help with the can or refused to give back the balls, as compared to those that were helpful or fair or were passive actors. The researchers claim this shows that capuchin monkeys and dogs make social judgments in ways similar to human infants, and that it might even offer clues regarding the development of morals in humans. Citation: Experiments suggest dogs and monkeys have a human-like sense of morality (2017, February 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-02-dogs-monkeys-human-like-morality.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Study shows capuchins less receptive to others who refuse to help when asked More information: James R. Anderson et al, Third-party social evaluations of humans by monkeys and dogs, Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.01.003AbstractDevelopmental psychologists are increasingly interested in young children’s evaluations of individuals based on third-party interactions. Studies have shown that infants react negatively to agents who display harmful intentions toward others, and to those who behave unfairly. We describe experimental studies of capuchin monkeys’ and pet dogs’ differential reactions to people who are helpful or unhelpful in third-party contexts, and monkeys’ responses to people who behave unfairly in exchanges of objects with a third party. We also present evidence that capuchin monkeys monitor the context of failures to help and violations of reciprocity, and that intentionality is one factor underlying their social evaluations of individuals whom they see interacting with others. We conclude by proposing some questions for studies of nonhuman species’ third party-based social evaluations. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org)—A team of researchers from Kyoto University has found that dogs and capuchin monkeys watch how humans interact with one another and react less positively to those that are less willing to help or share. In their paper published in the journal Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, the team describes a series of experiments they carried out with several dogs and capuchin monkeys and what they discovered about both species social preferences. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

26 photos from Costa Ricas tremendous postvictory celebration in San José

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Home Prices Rising Economy Cant Keep Up

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first_img In the Northwest and Texas alike, homes are outpacing the economy, according to the Q4 2016 RMBS Sustainable Home Price Report from Fitch Ratings.The Dallas-Fort Worth area experienced home prices overvalued by as much as 10 to 15 percent, and in the western U.S., home prices have seen similar rapid growth outpacing economic fundamentals necessary to keep them sustainable.”Oregon in particular has become an increasingly frothy housing market over the last couple of years,” said Samuel So, Director of Fitch. “A sustainable market at the end of 2014, home prices in Oregon are now overvalued by five percent to nine percent.”Home prices are growing at a rate of around 3 percent annually, and areas which Fitch has previously listed as undervalued have been able to rebound. According to Fitch, the housing market in Chicago-Naperville-Elgin areas, which have become sustainable over year-over-year.Areas such as Florida may also see growth in home prices, with a declining distressed inventory, but “rapidly falling distressed inventory may be leading to the increase in home prices without the economic fundamentals in place to support the rate of growth,’ said So. For example, The Tampa-St. Petersburg-Clearwater area of Florida has experienced overvalued home prices of five to nine percent since 2015.Several areas are listed as undervalued, particularly in the East. The New York City area has been undervalued for at least three years, according to Fitch, along with the entire state of New York. Other states in the eastern U.S., including Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New Jersey have seen similar trends, with home prices falling below the sustainable market value.Home prices in most of the country have been outpacing inflation for several months, according to other sources as well, CoreLogic data from January 2017 has shown that the shrinking inventory has driven this trend. “With lean for-sale inventories and low rental vacancy rates, many markets have seen housing prices outpace inflation,” said Dr. Frank Nothaft, Chief Economist for CoreLogic. “Over the 12 months through January of this year, the CoreLogic Home Price Index recorded a 6.9 percent rise in home prices nationally and the CoreLogic Single-Family Rental Index was up 2.7 percent—both rising faster than inflation.”View the full report from Fitch here. Economy Home Prices Inflation 2017-04-03 Seth Welborn Home Prices Rising, Economy Can’t Keep Up Sharecenter_img in Daily Dose, Headlines, News, Origination April 3, 2017 563 Views last_img read more