25 days agoAlexis insists Inter Milan capable of winning Champions League

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Alexis insists Inter Milan capable of winning Champions Leagueby Paul Vegas25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAlexis Sanchez insists Inter Milan are capable of winning the Champions League.On-loan from Manchester United, the striker is ready to face former club Barcelona this week.He stated, “Every player would like to win a Champions League. You play to win it, not just to compete. I play it to win. “It’s something nice for every player and for Inter hope again with the Champions League. Inter are preparing something good for the future, they have not won for several years and so I decided to return to Italian football to win something with this team, with a coach and players I already knew.” last_img

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Cops charged for alleged gangrape of woman whose relative died in custody

first_imgJaipur: Around half a dozen policemen, including a suspended inspector, were booked Sunday for allegedly beating, torturing and gangraping a woman whose brother-in-law had died in police custody in Rajasthan’s Churu district on July 6.The Dalit woman, who is admitted at SMS Hospital in Jaipur, alleged she and her brother-in-law Nemichand were illegally detained by the then SHO and other policemen of Sardarshahar Police Station in Churu. “Based on the woman’s statement, recorded Saturday, an FIR against the then SHO and five to seven other policemen was registered today. The case will be investigated by CID-CB,” said Sardarshahar Police Station SHO Mahendra Dutt Sharma, who took charge after Nemichand’s death came to light. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!The case has been registered under sections 376-D (gangrape), 343 (wrongful confinement for three or more days), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the SC and ST (Prevention Of Atrocities) Act. Nemichand, 22, was arrested in a theft case on July 6 morning and was admitted to a hospital where he died in the night, officials have maintained. This account has been contested by the deceased’s kin. Nemichand was picked up by the police on June 30 and kept in illegal detention, Nemichand’s brother has alleged. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The policemen then came to my home with my brother on July 3 but took him back along with my wife on the same day. On the way to the police station, my brother told my wife that he was being beaten and tortured. They kept both in illegal detention and beat them. My brother was murdered by the police on July 6,” Nemichand’s brother said. He has alleged his wife was beaten, her nails plucked, eyes hurt and even gangraped by the policemen. He said his wife was the witness to the murder of his younger brother in police custody. He further alleged that the accused policemen forced his family to conduct the last rites of Nemichand on the night on July 7. Nemichand’s brother has accused the then SHO Ranvir Singh among the “five to seven other policemen” who tortured and gangraped his wife. After Nemichand’s custodial death came to light, the SHO and six other policemen were suspended. Remaining policemen of the station were shunted to police lines and a judicial inquiry was ordered. A written complaint signed by the victim woman from SMS hospital has been sent to DGP Bhupendra Singh on Friday, following which her statement was recorded Saturday. The government has also removed Churu SP Rajendra Kumar and put him on APO (awaiting posting orders) status, citing administrative reasons and Circle Officer, Sardarshahar, Bhanwar Lal was suspended late Friday night. “We demand stern action against the accused policemen. This is the cruel face of police and we will be holding a statewide protests to make sure the victim family gets justice,” Sunil Kranti, a social activist assisting Nemichand’s family, said.last_img read more

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Tillerson Trudeau to meet to discuss North Korea says US diplomat

first_imgGUANGZHOU, China – An American diplomat says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will meet later this month to discuss the North Korea nuclear standoff.But the prime minister’s office would not confirm what the U.S. ambassador to China, Terry Branstad, told the Fortune Global Forum, a gathering of the world’s business elite in this southern China city.Tillerson and Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland have already announced that they will co-host a conference of about two dozen foreign ministers on the North Korean crisis sometime in the new year, somewhere in Canada.The goal of the conference is to brainstorm a diplomatic solution to North Korea’s recent launches of long-range missiles.Branstad said the Trudeau-Tillerson meeting would take place on Dec. 19.The U.S. deployed a B-1B supersonic bomber over South Korea on Wednesday as part of a large exercise involving hundreds of warplanes, in a show of force after North Korea’s most powerful test last week.last_img read more

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Morneau unveils principles for Indigenous ownership in Trans Mountain pipeline

first_imgCALGARY – Finance Minister Bill Morneau says the government remains committed to putting the Trans Mountain pipeline and its proposed expansion back in private hands as he unveiled four principles for including Indigenous groups in those discussions.Today, in Calgary, I’m speaking to business leaders about why investing in the middle class means building a better Canada and a stronger Alberta — where more people can find good jobs, own their home and save for retirement. pic.twitter.com/SqKd1oq0z6— Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) March 25, 2019But he says timing and details of the sale of the pipeline depends on when it is “de-risked” and therefore can’t be determined until consultations now underway with affected Indigenous groups are completed.RELATED: Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples key theme in Liberal pre-election budgetThe minister says discussions of potential Indigenous ownership could proceed if the communities would have “meaningful economic participation”, if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and on a commercial basis.First question is about Alberta feeling alienated. Morneau says they are focusing on this provide, committed to growing energy industry cleanly. #yyc #cdnpoli pic.twitter.com/qE6UDyGLQU— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) March 25, 2019Morneau is in Calgary to promote last week’s federal budget. His next stops are in Vancouver and Edmonton.Chanting and honking horns could be heard from a large gathering of pro-pipeline picketers across the street from the Fairmont Palliser hotel while Morneau spoke to the Economic Club of Canada.A question about the Alberta election now from a colleague. The question is how Morneau feels about Notley not getting a photo of for starting TMX construction. Morneau says it’s not really his position to comment— Tom Ross (@Tommy_Slick) March 25, 2019In his speech, he said Ottawa realizes that resource-dependent provinces like Alberta have different economic challenges than others and vowed to continue to implement measures that encourage confidence and optimism.last_img read more

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Bankingrelated complaints hit fiveyear high industry ombudsman says

first_imgTORONTO – Complaints about banking services handled by an industry ombudsman surged by 28 per cent last year, with credit cards, mortgages and personal accounts drawing the most customer grievances.The Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) says it opened 370 banking-related investigations in 2017 to handle customer disputes for its clients, compared to 290 a year ago.The dispute resolution firm says last year’s surge in new cases marks the highest level the industry ombudsman has seen in the past five years.The industry ombudsman handles banking-related complaints for Scotiabank, CIBC and Bank of Montreal, but TD Bank, Royal Bank and National Bank have opted to use third-party firm ADR Chambers Banking Ombuds Office. The third-party firm also handles investment-related complaints for all six banks and other financial institutions.Customers complained most about credit cards, with the number of investigations last year nearly doubling to 112, or 30 per cent of all banking cases.Mortgages were the second-most complained about product, prompting 67 new investigations last year, followed by personal accounts with 61.last_img read more

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Collision blocking Alaska Highway near Mile 112

first_imgUPDATE – Traffic is moving again in both directions in the area of the collision.FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Several eyewitnesses, report a collision near Mile 112 of the Alaska Highway.The collision is blocking the Alaska Highway in both directions and apparently involves a crew bus and another truck.  The RCMP have confirmed a crash has happened, but members have only just arrived on scene. If you’re travelling in the area, let us know what you see, email news@moosefm.ca any pictures or information.A photo of the traffic backed up along the Alaska Highway – SubmittedEyewitnesses tell Energeticcity.ca traffic is backed up for over a kilometre in both directions.As we get more information, we will update this post.last_img

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UN workshop in Monrovia aims to help Liberia meet treaty obligations

The workshop, which runs until 14 July, was requested by Liberia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs who said at Monday’s opening that while the country was no stranger to international treaty law it was lagging behind in implementing some treaties from which its people could greatly benefit.Participants from all Liberian ministries, as well as the legislature and civil society organizations, are taking part in the five-day programme.“The problem of treaty law management and implementation lost its focus due to the 14-year-plus armed conflict which has destroyed every sector of the Liberian society,” said Foreign Minister George Wallace, adding that since so much data was lost during the war there was a need for data storage, back-up and retrieval systems that were less vulnerable to natural or man-made disasters.Last September the Chairman of Liberia’s National Transitional Government submitted 103 treaty actions at the annual UN treaty event signing, including the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.UN Resident Coordinator Steven Ursino said that the workshop would help Liberians leave war behind and develop “a legacy of recovery” in the capacity-building process that in turn would allow problems to be solved. Bradford Smith, of the UN Office of Legal Affairs, added that the UN system and its partners were ready to support Liberia, especially in the area of international treaty reforms. read more

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Knicks Iman Shumpert Aiming To Return Better Not Sooner

Iman Shumpert, the New York Knicks’ guard who tore an ACL last season, expects to return to the team in late winter or early spring instead of by the end of the year, as speculation had asserted.The 6-foot-5 guard from Georgia Tech, who became an intricate part of the team’s success last season, told the New York Post that his priority is to come back healthy and that a set time frame was not a part of that equation.“What you all are saying is not what we’re going by,” Shumpert told The Post before last night’s 110-88 victory over the 76ers that improved the Knicks to 3-0. “January, February is what we’re aiming for. I’m just trying to get healthy. When I get healthy, I’ll return to the court. I’m not going to come back and not be able to do the things I did last year and a little more. I want to come back and add something.”The team is off to a 3-0 start without him, inspiring hope that they can be a solid team with even more depth with Shumpert’s return. The team, however, clearly is not rushing him.Shumpert is the only young player on the Knicks’ roster with star potential; he can defend, get to the basket, run the floor and finish with authority. He is an asset the club has to protect.The Knicks do have some depth with the two-point-guard lineups they’ve been using featuring Jason Kidd and Pablo Prigioni with Raymond Felton and J.R. Smith. The beauty of Shumpert is that he can play both guard positions and small forward.If he returns in February, that would give him up to three months to get into shape and a rhythm with the team before the playoffs — more than enough time. And if the Knicks can sustain any semblance of the continuity they have shown to this point and avoid major injury, the addition of Shumpert could make them a dangerous foe come the playoffs. read more

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At Augusta Hitting Short Drives and Losing Is a Tradition Unlike Any

We can always be certain of a few things about the Masters Tournament, which starts Thursday at the Augusta National Golf Club: The azaleas will be in bloom. The course will be pristine. The post-tournament sit-down in Butler Cabin will be awkward. But who will win? Let’s see which factors, if any, correlate with success under the Georgia pines.Full disclosure: Attempting to forecast the outcome of any single golf tournament is, in many ways, a fool’s errand. The PGA Tour’s leading winner in each season since 19801In this article, 1980 will be the cutoff for most of the stats used, because that’s as far back as PGATour.com’s data extends in any category. has averaged 4.6 victories in 21 events, a rate of just under 22 percent. Even Tiger Woods, who may be the greatest golfer of all time, has won only 26 percent of the tournaments he’s entered. The field regularly beats the best golfers in the world, and this is especially true in the tiny sample of a four-round tournament.Complicating matters, the Masters (one of the more prestigious of the four majors) has seen plenty of fluke winners in recent years, at least based on their perceived status the year before they won the tournament. Going back to 2003, the earliest year for which the PGA Tour website has end-of-year Official World Golf Ranking data, only U.S. Open winners have a lower end-of-year OWGR point average2The Official World Golf Ranking is composed of a rolling per-event average that awards points based on tournament finishes, with bonuses for the prestige and difficulty of the event. than Masters champions in the season before their major victory.3The Masters looks better when we see how its winners hold up the year after victory, when its victors are a close second to those of the PGA Championship. But despite the inherent uncertainty of golf and especially the Masters, some numbers emerge as predictors of success at Augusta. Specifically, long hitters appear to have an advantage — and pure ball-strikers less so — than would be expected from their performance across all tournaments.To isolate those predictive factors, I borrowed a technique I first used for last year’s NCAA Giant Killers project at ESPN.com. The idea is to start with a base rating for each player that loosely represents his talent level relative to others’ in the field. Then I look for discrepancies between what that measurement predicted and what happened, and try to determine whether those gaps are related to a particular attribute of a player’s game.For my look at the Masters, I’m using the PGA Tour’s adjusted scoring average metric, which compares players’ per-round scores with the field averages in the tournaments they played. Other metrics almost certainly do a better job of explaining player talent, including the OWGR4The OGWR is not without issues. Golf-research superhero Mark Broadie found that the rankings were biased when compared with systems such as Jeff Sagarin’s, because they don’t give events on international tours the proper weight relative to those of the PGA Tour. and Jeff Sagarin’s Golfweek ratings, but adjusted scoring average has the advantage of being available back to 1980 at the PGA Tour’s website.5The adjusted scoring average correlates reasonably well with the OWGR’s points-per-event average over the years where both numbers are available. The correlation coefficient between adjusted scoring and OWGR points per event was 0.72.A player’s adjusted scoring average from the previous year6Statistics from the previous season were used to restrict ourselves to data that would have been available at the time of a pre-Masters prediction. provides a baseline from which a generic Masters prediction can be created. Moving to the next level and searching for meaningful player traits, though, means looking at the PGA Tour’s traditional skill statistics — average driving distance, driving accuracy percentage, greens in regulation percentage, putts per round7The PGA Tour also introduced putts per green in regulation, supposedly a more advanced measure of putting skill, in 1986. But tried-and-true putts per round correlates better with space-age putting metrics, such as “strokes gained,” than putts per green in regulation does. and sand save percentage — all of which have also been recorded since 1980.Comparing these metrics with areas where our generic predictions went wrong can tell us which types of players could expect an extra boost at Augusta, beyond what we know purely from their adjusted scoring averages.Let’s start with the metrics that don’t significantly change our expectations after accounting for scoring average. A player’s driving accuracy, for instance, isn’t much of a weapon in the Masters. In fact, the average green jacket winner since 1980 has hit fairways at a rate 1.6 percentage points below the tour average in the preceding season. Straight drives are never a bad thing, but this finding indicates that they are no more important at Augusta than on the typical PGA Tour setup.Getting up and down out of bunkers apparently doesn’t make much difference at the Masters, either. Sand saves are far from the only shots a player must worry about around the green, but they also correlate moderately well with another short-game statistic known as “scrambling,” which measures the rate at which a player misses the green but still saves par. The trouble with these barometers is that they vary wildly from year to year, largely because of sample size issues (there are only so many greenside bunkers you can hit out of each season). This may play into the seeming lack of importance — we can’t predict who will be good at the short-game stats in any given season.And for all of the breathless reverence given to Augusta’s trademark slippery greens, putting skill isn’t a significant predictor of those who will stray from expectations, either.I suspect this is because putts per round is one of the least consistent performance indicators from season to season, ranking only above sand save percentage. If we look at correlations to Masters performance using stats from the season in question, putting looks like one of the strongest indicators, but it loses all predictive power when we use the previous season’s stats. In other words, if we knew who was going to be good at putting this season, it would be a valuable piece of forecasting information. But because we don’t, it isn’t.8Our apologies to Mike Weir, the highest-ranking putter from 2013 in the 2014 Masters field.So what does matter when predicting whose Augusta performance will exceed expectations? The only two skill statistics I found to be significant were average driving distance and the percentage of greens hit in regulation. Neither effect was huge, but you can see them come into play in recent Masters outcomes.First, driving distance. For every 17 additional yards per drive a player hit above the PGA Tour average in the previous season, he could expect to exceed his basic 72-hole Masters results by one stroke. A whole stroke is a pretty big deal; it can often mean the difference between winning and losing the tournament. And though few players vary so much from average that they lose or gain that full shot, the game’s longest hitters come close, which is one reason why this factor has been part of some big statistical surprises over the past few seasons.To wit: When Phil Mickelson won in 2010, he was coming off a down year, ranking outside the top 25 in adjusted scoring average for only the second time in his previous 11 seasons. But he still maintained a driving average 12.1 yards greater than average. Likewise, Bubba Watson’s 2012 victory was presaged more by his staggering 23.7 yards of driving distance above average than by 65th-ranked scoring average in 2010. And Angel Cabrera, the tour’s 22nd-longest hitter in 2012, nearly won the 2013 Masters (falling to Adam Scott in a playoff) despite ranking 161st in scoring average a year earlier.By contrast, 17 of the 25 most disappointing Masters performances since 1980 (compared with the expectation generated by adjusted scoring average) belonged to below-average power hitters off the tee. Golf fans will recall that the golf club’s “Tiger-proofing” renovations in the early-to-mid-2000s9The course played 7,435 yards in 2013, almost 10 percent longer than its 6,925-yard incarnation when Woods won his first green jacket in 1997. raised concern that short hitters would be squeezed out of contention. But the data shows that short hitters have paid a price at Augusta going back to the days of Calvin Peete and Jeff Sluman in the 1980s and ’90s.The percentage of greens hit in regulation is a different story. It turns out that, after controlling for the amount of power in a player’s game, hitting a lot of greens the year before the Masters suggests a downturn in expected performance at Augusta.10Albeit with a weaker effect than that associated with driving distance. For every 11.9 points of greens in regulation (GIR) percentage above average that a player shot in the preceding season, his 72-hole Masters score tended to increase by one stroke relative to what we’d expect from his adjusted scoring average.This could be attributable to the peculiarities of Augusta, which, while just the 22nd-longest course on tour, plays longer than its yardage because of the numerous elevated greens. Lightning-quick and frequently armed with so-called false fronts, Augusta’s putting surfaces are ideally attacked using short irons with more degrees of loft, an option not always afforded to short drivers.Whatever the reason, at the Masters, disappointment from short-hitting iron specialists is the real tradition unlike any other.Peete is the archetype here, having finished no higher than a tie for 11th — and falling outside the top 20 five times — over the eight Augusta cuts he made back to 1980. And yet he led the PGA Tour in adjusted scoring in 1984 on the heels of back-to-back second-place finishes in 1982 and ’83 (he’d also finish sixth in 1985 and seventh in ’86). His driving accuracy and GIR percentages were unparalleled, but he routinely finished 150th or worse in driving distance, lagging 10 to 12 yards per drive behind his peers. The statistics say that’s a bad combination for someone hoping to win the green jacket.In this year’s field, these factors favor players such as Jason Day, who ranks eighth in Vegas’ 2014 Masters futures (a 25-1 shot) but receives a 0.7-stroke boost to his base rating in my system because he hits the ball hard (11.3 yards above average per drive last season) and isn’t overly reliant on iron play. The same goes for Dustin Johnson, who crushed the ball 17.8 yards above average per drive in 2013 and had a good-but-not-great GIR percentage. And Rory McIlroy’s playing style fits that description as well.The same numbers cut against Steve Stricker, a well-below-average power hitter who relies heavily on approach accuracy. There’s a reason he’s cracked the top 10 only twice at Augusta despite five top-four scoring average seasons in the past seven years. His game might not be built for the Masters, something that can also be said of Henrik Stenson, who led the tour in GIR percentage last season but has yet to enjoy a Masters breakthrough (his best finish at Augusta was a tie for 17th in 2008).Even so, after taking into account individual playing styles that match Augusta’s tendencies, the most any player’s rating moved was one stroke in either direction (Jim Furyk was docked that much for his combination of short hitting off the tee and dependence on iron play for scoring). And Stricker and Stenson continue to rank among the top contenders, because playing generally good golf dwarfs the importance of any Augusta-specific characteristics.After the dust settled, here are the favorites according to my simple model:Again, there are no guarantees in the world of golf forecasting. But the general factors associated with over- or under-performance at Augusta are worth keeping an eye on when you watch the Masters.CORRECTION (April 9, 6:48 p.m.): This article originally misstated the year Bubba Watson won the Masters. It was 2012, not 2011. read more

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Holistic approach needed for capital raising for African resources projects

first_imgAustralian backing for financing and developing mineral resources projects in Africa should be viewed as an holistic activity with equity and other forms of financing needing to be raised together, according to one of the largest active banking groups in Africa. Addressing the first day in Perth of the three day Paydirt 2014 Africa Down Under Conference, Nedbank Capital’s Head of Resources, Mark Tyler, said funding African resources projects was not very different from other parts of the world. However, it was a region that presented slightly tougher conditions in raising equity. “Project funding there needs to be viewed as a mixture of private equity, public equity, structured debt and bank debt – a holistic approach,” Tyler said. “This combination is optimal to lock in total project funding.”“Africa has its issues in political risk, operational problems and lack of infrastructure but is has positives including being substantially under-explored, an inexpensive but mining experienced labour force and support from world institutions.”“However, debt finance is more readily available through Australian, European and African commercial banks, multilateral and bilateral financing institutions and export finance agencies.”The Nedbank executive pointed to the current equity environment, however, suggesting that while markets may be tougher than the “golden years”, that environment may now be the “new normal”.On capital raising, Tyler said while there had been a great deal of money raised in recent years for African mining projects, much of this was by large multi-national entities – but in the past 12 months or so, the transactional values had tailed off for all sectors.Total global debt mining markets had collapsed from 2011 highs to substantially much lower in 2014.“When times are good, amounts raised for Africa rise rapidly but conversely, drop much faster than the averages when the downturns hit – particularly since 2010.”last_img read more

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UTV plans to launch new Dublinbased TV station

first_imgTHERE COULD BE a new Irish TV channel on the air in a little over 12 months time.UTV Media – which runs the popular Northern Ireland channel as well as a raft of Irish and UK radio stations – has announced plans launch a new Dublin-based service.An application to the Broadcasting Authority of Ireland for a Content Provision Contract was submitted today.The move follows the signing of an agreement giving UTV exclusive Irish broadcasting rights for ITV Studios programmes, including popular soaps Coronation Street and Emmerdale, from early 2015.Both programmes — along with other ITV shows like ‘Jeremy Kyle’ — are currently staples of the TV3 schedule.UTV Media has previously been linked with a possible takeover bid of TV3.The new channel will be based in Dublin. According to the company, it will also have “additional newsgathering and reporting presence in Cork, Galway, Waterford and Limerick”.UTV runs six radio stations in the Republic of Ireland: FM104 and Q102 in Dublin, Cork’s 96FM/C103, the Drogheda-based LMFM and Live 95FM in Limerick. Its UK stations include TalkSport, which is the country’s number one commercial speech broadcaster.According to Group CEO John McCann: “The audience in Ireland has known the UTV brand for more than 50 years through our station for Northern Ireland and we’re delighted to announce our plans for a new dedicated channel for viewers in the Republic of Ireland.“UTV Media already has a very strong presence in the Republic of Ireland employing more than 300 people in our various businesses including our market leading Irish radio stations. We look forward to building on that success with the launch of a new Irish TV channel.“After incurring start-up costs in 2014 we expect the new channel to breakeven in its first full year of operation and then move into profit from 2016.“Today’s announcement represents a strong vote of confidence in Irish broadcasting and our investment in the Irish economy.”UTV Media says its planning to create 100 jobs as the new venture launches.Read: UTV Media reports drop in revenue, says Irish radio market “difficult” >Read: Adrian Kennedy departs for rival station morning slot in shock move >last_img read more

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Minister of Tourism Chats with Popeyes Bahamas Bowl Executives

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 3, 2017 – Nassau – Minister of Tourism and Aviation, the Hon. Dionisio D’Aguilar (centre, and again at right) speaks with Lea Miller and Richard Giannini, Executive  Directors of Popeyes  Bahamas Bowl, on November 1, 2017 at the British Colonial Hilton, during a video recording for ESPN.(BIS Photos/Kemuel Stubbs)last_img

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Islamic scholars criticize bin Ladens sea burial

first_imgMuslim clerics said Monday that Osama bin Laden’s burial at sea was a violation of Islamic tradition that may further provoke militant calls for revenge attacks against American targets.Although there appears to be some room for debate over the burial — as with many issues within the faith — a wide range of senior Islamic scholars interpreted it as a humiliating disregard for the standard Muslim practice of placing the body in a grave with the head pointed toward the holy city of Mecca.Sea burials can be allowed, they said, but only in special cases where the death occurred aboard a ship.Bin Laden’s burial at sea “runs contrary to the principles of Islamic laws, religious values and humanitarian customs,” said Sheik Ahmed al-Tayeb, the grand Imam of Cairo’s al-Azhar mosque, Sunni Islam’s highest seat of learning.A radical cleric in Lebanon, Omar Bakri Mohammed, said, “The Americans want to humiliate Muslims through this burial, and I don’t think this is in the interest of the U.S. administration.”A U.S. official said the burial decision was made after concluding that it would have been difficult to find a country willing to accept the remains. There was also speculation about worry that a grave site could have become a rallying point for militants.last_img read more

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Kenai Safeway Undergoing Remodel And Downsizing

first_imgAccording to a release from Alaska USA, as a result of the remodel, the Alaska USA branch located inside Safeway will be closing permanently at 7:00 p.m. on January 31, 2018. According to Sara Osborne, with Safeway Corporate office, the remodel plans involve demising the space to bring the Oaken Keg into the new 60,000 square foot premises, as well as relocating departments. The store will remain open while it’s under construction and will be completed in June 2018. The Alaska USA ATM currently located at the branch will be relocated elsewhere in the Safeway store. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Safeway store in Kenai will be undergoing a remodel that will ‘significantly’ downsize the store.center_img Albertsons Companies will be investesting $5.7 million into the remodel, that will also include updated décor and equipment throughout the store, including a new Starbucks kiosk. Alaska USA emailed out a notice to bank members making them aware about the upcoming branch closure and Safeway downsize. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Safeway-remodel-1-1.mp3VmJennifer-on-Safeway-remodel-1-1.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

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Spotify Reaches 87 Million Paid Subscribers

first_imgUPDATED: Spotify is up to 87 million paid subscribers, a 40% jump, the company announced in its third quarter earnings results today, and its total number of users is up 28% to 191 million. The company projected that its paid subscribers will be between 93 million and 96 million for the fourth quarter, while total monthly users will be between 199-206 million.“Growth continues to be healthy across our Family and Student plans, and the strong retention characteristics of this base continue to drive churn lower,” the company said.While its investment in China’s Tencent Music helped the company post its first-ever profit, it remains likely that the company will post another loss in the fourth quarter, and combined with slower-than-anticipated subscriber growth, the company’s stock dipped nearly 10% in the hours after the call. Popular on Variety By some accounts, Apple Music, which recently announced 43.5 million paid subscribers globally, has overtaken Spotify in that area in the U.S., although numbers are not publicly available.Revenue for Q3 was $1.54 billion, a 31% year-over-year boost, and ad-supported revenue rose 28% to $162 million. Operating loss was $6.8 million, up 92%. The bulk of the revenue came from premium subscriptions while a smaller percentage is from its ad-supported service.Spotify CEO/cofounder Daniel Ek and CFO Barry McCarthy spoke of the areas of growth the company is targeting, particularly podcasting. “We’re in the early days of podcast marketing,” Ek said. “Non-music content has an important place” in the company’s future plans.He also declined to comment on a question from a reporter about whether it is in the running to buy into Universal Music Group, which is expected to put up a stake for sale in the coming months.“I can’t make any comment on any deal negotiations at this point,” said Ek.Ek also spoke of the company’s recent upgrades in its Spotify for Artists program, saying that 67,000 artists have submitted music for inclusion in playlists (with 10,000 added), and references the Music Modernization Act, and said that the company controversial moves toward direct distribution of artists music is not the same as being a recording label.“We don’t view our strategy as being in opposition of our partners,” he said, claiming that its model means that “more artists can be successful and more labels can be successful. It’s not Spotify wins, labels lose.”Europe now accounts for 36% of its monthly average users, while North America has 31% and Latin America 22%.center_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

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Elon Musk Brings His Mars Plan Before the Scientific Community

first_img Register Now » In this month’s issue of New Space, Elon Musk outlined his plan to colonize Mars. His article discusses how to bring down the cost of Mars flights as well as some of the specs of necessary equipment.The article is adapted from Musk’s presentation at the International Astronautical Congress and begins with an argument for why we should focus on Mars for our move towards interplanetary life. Musk then notes that with current technologies, a ticket to Mars would cost around $10 billion, which he correctly deduces is a prohibitive amount if we want to actually colonize another planet.Getting that cost down to the median price of a house — around $200,000 — is key to making the Mars plan viable, says Musk. And he outlines four essential steps that will need to be taken if there’s any hope of doing that. First, the transportation would have to be fully reusable because any amount of waste would significantly increase the cost. And ships would need to be refilled while in orbit. Additionally, we would need to be able to produce propellant on Mars and it would have to be optimized for cost, reusability and easy production — Musk proposes methane.Musk then proceeds to detail the proposed engine, rocket booster and ship as well as how many ships we would need and how many people each one should be able to carry. For the crew compartment Musk says, “There will be movies, lecture halls, cabins, and a restaurant. It will be really fun to go. You are going to have a great time!”Musk sketches a rough timeline for these events, but keeps it purposefully vague. It’s clear, however, that this is something he’s actively working towards. The 15-page journal article is not quite what you expect to see in a peer-reviewed journal — there are some humorously unnecessary venn diagrams and a few tables that are nothing more than bullet points. But it’s a much more flushed out write-up than we usually get from Musk. To see the presentation the article is based on, check out the video below. Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 15, 2017 2 min read Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. This story originally appeared on Engadgetlast_img read more

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The NextGeneration Corvette Is Radically Different Heres What Led GM President Mark

first_img When it came time for Corvette Chief Engineer Tadge Juechter to convince General Motors execs that the eighth generation of the iconic sports car needed a mid-engine configuration, he had his work cut out for him. After all, since the first Vette rolled off the line back in 1953, the engine has been up front. One bigwig, however, didn’t need to be swayed. “Several leaders needed a lot of hand-holding and were non-believers,” Juechter tells Entrepreneur, “but I never had to convince Mark Reuss. He knew it was the right thing to do.”Right from the get-go, GM’s president believed this radical change was necessary for the C8, as the next generation is known. Placing the engine behind the driver and in front of the rear axle — which improves acceleration, braking and handling — is an engineering feat normally reserved for wildly expensive supercars from the likes of Ferrari, Lamborghini and McLaren. A mid-engine Corvette sends the message that America’s sub-six-figure sports car (the starting price will be under $60,000) is ready to stand wheel-to-wheel with the world’s best. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response at its unveiling in Tustin, Calif., on Thursday evening, Reuss, Juechter and the rest of the team were on to something.Related: To Stand Out in a Crowded Field, the Designers of the New Chevy Blazer Asked: ‘What Would a Camaro SUV Look Like?’As both a lifelong Corvette fan and longtime GM employee — he began his career there as a student intern in 1983 — Reuss is uniquely positioned to oversee the development of a vehicle many view as revolutionary. We spoke to him on the eve of the car’s reveal to learn how he found the confidence to remake a legend, his message to doubters and why moving the engine to the middle doesn’t make the C8 any less of a Corvette.Image Credit: General MotorsThis is the first mid-engine Corvette in the vehicle’s over 65-year history. How apprehensive were you about making such a huge change to an American icon?You’re always a bit nervous to mess with success, especially with a legendary vehicle like the Corvette. However, the current generation, the C7, had pushed the limits of what could be done with that configuration — it is the absolute best. To take performance to the next level for our customers, we had to move to mid-engine.What gave you and your team the confidence to make this change?First was the confidence in our Engineering, Racing and Design team. This group lives and breathes Corvette, and they are students of performance. When they said they were ready, I knew it was time. Second, mid-engine has always been part of Corvette’s destiny. We have explored mid-engine concepts dating back to the original CERV I from 1960. Corvette’s original chief engineer, Zora Arkus-Duntov, famously advocated for mid-engine vehicles, but we needed to make sure we kept Corvette true to its roots of attainable performance. Mid-engine has historically posed a challenge to this mission; not so anymore. The time has come, today, and we feel both Corvette traditionalists and potential new customers will embrace the change in layout.Related: The 8 Best Dream Cars of 2019 for EntrepreneursThere must have been — and continue to be — plenty of naysayers, both internally and externally, who don’t think a Corvette should be mid-engined. How did you maintain your vision, and how do you respond to them?Internally, I remind them that we don’t set the standard for Corvette; our customers do. Our job is to exceed those standards and remain faithful to the brand promise. This car does all of that and more. It will quiet the naysayers on both sides of the wall quickly once they see it and, especially, once they drive it.Tell us about your personal history with the Corvette.Simply put, this car is the reason I work at General Motors. In the mid-’60s, I spent many car trips hunched in the back of a Corvette riding with my dad. On Saturdays he would take me to work at the Chevrolet engineering building, and I made him promise to take me to the research labs to see the new Corvette. Everything this car stands for — its presence, performance and heritage — raises the hair on the back of my neck. Most importantly, Corvette has always embodied the company’s resilient spirit by demonstrating what it means to win and be the best.How would you describe the essence of a Corvette, and what steps did you make to maintain that spirit in the new generation?No matter the configuration, Corvette has to live up to its fundamentals: performance, functionality and attainability. No other car delivers on all of those points like Corvette does. Whether you’re on your daily commute, hitting the track or taking a long weekend trip, the Corvette can do it all, and then some. That’s what we need to build on. Corvette has always taken design cues from fighter jets, and this one is no different. From the forward cabin to the driver focused interior, it truly feels like a proper cockpit. These are some of the key attributes that we wanted to build on. Related: Porsche Is Giving Their Dealerships the ‘Disneyland’ Treatment, and It’s a Great Lesson in Adapting to Consumer TrendsWhat are the biggest changes in the C8?The mid-engine layout is the biggest change. This new layout enables better weight distribution, power to the ground and acceleration. This will be the fastest Corvette ever, capable of zero to 60 in less than three seconds — and we didn’t compromise a thing to get there. This new layout and its many performance attributes will deliver an elevated supercar experience. Our current C7 and those before it had a powerful presence, but this new mid-engine eclipses anything we have done in the past. Our design and engineering teams did an excellent job, working together to create a mid-engine vehicle that still looks like a Corvette, while providing even more performance and functionality. On the interior, nearly all the parts are hand-wrapped and stitched, and all the decorative trim and attention to detail reflects the premium craftsmanship that was our mandate from the beginning of development.  You mentioned the design was inspired by fighter jets. Corvettes were popular with astronauts in the ’60s — would you say Chevy is connecting the vehicle back to its roots?Every Corvette has been inspired by the aircraft of the era, and this new Corvette continues that tradition. Chevrolet’s design team looked at jet fighters as inspiration — the epitome of design and performance. Advancements in precision engineering, design and technology have combined to push the boundaries of propulsion and aerodynamics. These are traits that Corvette has always embodied. NASA and aviation have always inspired the designers and engineers that created every generation of Corvette.Image Credit: General MotorsWith so many competitors in the sports car space, how do you maintain an edge? How did you encourage your team to think differently when bringing this car to life?If we remain true to Corvette’s brand mission and deliver innovation and performance at an attainable price, we will maintain our advantage. I pushed the team to find new technologies, materials and solutions that improve the entire experience for the customer. Having a racing team really provides an advantage, too. We learn a lot on the track that then transfers over to the street.Related: Here’s How the Entrepreneur Behind Carvana Got the Idea That’s Revolutionizing the Way We Buy CarsYou’ve climbed the ranks at GM. Have you learned more from your successes or your failures?Life is a series of successes and failures, hopefully more of the former than the latter, but if you’re doing it right, you learn a lot from both. That’s what I’ve tried to do, and that’s what we’ve tried to teach our children to do. The same theory applies whether you’re going to school, starting a new job or launching a new vehicle. Always be learning.What do see for the future of Corvette? Can you envision an electric model? An autonomous version?We’ve just started the journey on C8; it’s going to be a long and exciting trip. Stay tuned! 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