Interior Minister Investigation About Fish Vendors Death to be Released Soon

Fez – Morocco’s Interior Minister Mohammed Hassad said an investigation on the events regarding the death of Mohsin Fikri, a fish vendor who died in a trash compactor while trying to save his products, is currently underway.“We cannot accept officials acting in haste, anger or in conditions that do not respect people’s rights,” said Hassad, while promising due process for those responsible for the gruesome incident.Hassad also noted that the deceased and another man left the port with a car full of swordfish, which is illegal to fish. Both men had not been stopped at a police checkpoint, even though the prosecutor had been notified of the situation and an order to confiscate the fish had been issued. “Those who took the decision to destroy the fish and attack the impacter must answer to the public prosecutor,” the minister said.Hassad emphasized that the results of the investigations will be released soon, adding that “we can not consider the state directly responsible for Fikri’s death, but it is imperative that we identify the mistakes that were made and punish the perpetrators.”Previously, King Mohammed VI asked for a thorough investigation to charge all those found responsible for the incident to be held as an example for any public official who does not fulfill his duties to the best of his or her abilities.Following the tragic incident, several protests erupted around Morocco on Sunday evening, demanding governmental accountability. read more

Ubislate 7Ci review Datawinds ultracheap 38 tablet has a lot to like

TORONTO — What exactly do you get in a tablet that costs just $37.99 before taxes and shipping?The Ubislate 7Ci — which is billed as the “world’s lowest cost tablet” by its maker Datawind — has a seven-inch screen, is assembled with outdated hardware, and not surprisingly runs on Google’s Android platform, the common denominator of most ultra low-priced tablets.But does it work?Certainly there’s no comparing the Ubislate 7Ci to one of Apple’s iPads or another higher-end tablet. And it doesn’t even come close to rivalling Google’s Nexus 7, a cheap but very capable device designed to undercut the tablet market at $229.But for a device that costs just over $50 all in, there’s a lot to like about the Ubislate 7Ci — assuming a buyer has very realistic expectations about what they’re getting.First impressions of the Ubislate 7Ci in action are actually quite good. Users have full access to the million-plus apps in the Google Play marketplace and a quick test of favourites such as Netflix, Angry Birds and Candy Crush Saga reveals they all work well. Remarkably well really, given the device’s price tag. Although there is some occasional sluggishness with some apps, Netflix and YouTube stream flawlessly with no slowdown or dropped frames, which is a bit surprising. You could make an argument that dropping $50 or so on the Ubislate 7Ci is worthwhile just to use it for Netflix streaming.While the video streams smoothly, the image quality is weak. The 800 by 480 pixel screen is not easy on the eyes and video playback is reminiscent of the quality you’d expect on an airplane’s seat-back screen. Still, for those with reasonable expectations it’s good enough.But problems with the tablet begin to be revealed as more apps are launched. The Ubislate 7Ci seems to handle most apps with ease but once a user starts to multi-task, or jumps from one app to another, the tablet grinds to a halt. Apps that previously ran without issue begin to hang and crash. Getting those halted apps to run again seems to require a reboot.Lower-end Android tablets typically do struggle when they get bogged down with too many tasks. But there are a few ways to alleviate the slowdowns.One tactic is to go into the tablet’s Settings menu and turn off unnecessary animations and graphical flourishes built into the operating system. Preventing apps from running in the background and automatically forcing apps to close when they’re not running also help performance. There are plenty of websites that help outline ways to speed up a sluggish Android tablet, but Ubislate 7Ci owners may not think to seek out those resources or know they exist. That’s unfortunate, because performance does pick up considerably and reboots are needed less often with a few tweaks.There are other annoyances with the Ubislate 7Ci. Battery life is pretty weak, with only up to three hours of usage to be expected. Web browsing can be sluggish, particularly with the default built-in browser that’s laden with ads. Users will be much happier with Google’s Chrome browser but the tablet does struggle at times to run it.The Ubislate 7Ci is not a very good tablet. Anyone who’s had experience with an iPad or another higher quality device will find it immediately frustrating to use.But for about $50, it has just enough horsepower to act as a decent movie or video game player for kids — at least those who aren’t old enough to already covet Apple products.For those who just don’t have the budget to spend more on a device and are patient enough to deal with its many quirks, its slow web performance, and the need to regularly reboot, it does work. Barely at times, but it works.The Canadian Press read more

Second UN food aid ship hijacked in Somalia

“It is scandalous that a small number of profiteers would once again hijack humanitarian food supplies destined for fellow Somalis,” UN World Food Programme (WFP) Country Director Robert Hauser said of the attack yesterday on the UN-chartered ship Miltzow in Merka, 100 kilometres southwest of Mogadishu, the capital.The St. Vincent and Grenadines-registered Miltzow was being offloaded when six gunmen stormed the ship and forced it to leave the port. Some 400 tons of the total cargo of 850 tons of WFP food aid remained on board. The cargo – 703 tons of maize, 108 tons of beans and 39 tons of vegetable oil – was destined for the Lower Juba Valley, home to people who have repeatedly been affected by droughts and floods. In June, the WFP-chartered Semlow, carrying 850 tons of rice for 28,000 tsunami survivors in the Puntland region, was stormed by gunmen off the coast of central Somalia, the first time in WFP history that a ship carrying relief food has been hijacked. It was released to the El Maan Port Authorities on 4 October.Somalia has been without a functioning central government and has been riven by factional fighting ever since the collapse of President Muhammad Siad Barre’s regime in 1991.The Miltzow’s cargo is part of WFP’s ongoing free emergency distribution in Jilib district, an area affected by civil strife, floods and, recently, complete failure of seasonal rains and harvest. Its 10-member crew includes a Kenyan captain, a Ugandan engineer and eight Kenyan crew members. The governor of the Lower Shabelle Region, Yusuf Indha Adde, immediately sent two small boats to pursue the vessel but no further details are available. After initially suspending shipments to Somalia for security concerns in early July, WFP resumed food deliveries to ensure that its operations continue. Given the continued insecurity off the coast of Somalia, the agency is looking at various alternative routes including overland from Kenya and through Djibouti. Shipping companies are currently demanding armed escorts. WFP aims to provide 1 million people in Somalia with food in 2005. read more

Fishing communities need better educational programmes UN agency says

Marginalized fishing communities need better educational programmes to build on their existing literacy skills and give them the means to navigate by satellite, understand microfinance, use digital technologies, diversify their businesses and cope with official documents, the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) says in a new report.“Fishing communities often face educational disadvantages due to geographical and social marginalization,” according to a news release about the report, which is scheduled to be released tomorrow. “Education providers are often unable or unwilling to provide services tailored to mobile and migratory populations, which include many fisherfolk.”The findings are based on field work carried out mainly by the Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods Programme, a partnership grouping FAO, which executed it, Britain’s Department for International Development, which funded it, and 25 countries in West and Central Africa. The research shows that even though levels of school attendance in fishing communities in such countries as Nigeria and Gambia are high – between 60 to 80 per cent – people are not sufficiently literate to access the resources they need or to understand government documents, the report says.“Literacy and education are crucial for fisheries management, environmental conservation and livelihoods diversification,” said FAO’s Benoît Horemans, who coordinates the Sustainable Fisheries Livelihoods Programme. “However, they should be task-oriented, flexible and responsive to the fishing communities’ needs and aspirations.”He called this “‘functional’ literacy which, in contrast to formal schooling, has an applied, real-life orientation.” read more

EU accepts Googles latest concessions on search display bringing final deal in

BRUSSELS – The European Union’s antitrust watchdog on Wednesday accepted “far-reaching” concessions offered by Google to settle allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches, bringing the three-year-old case close to an end.Google would significantly change the ways it displays some search results in Europe in favour of its competitors. But reaching a settlement will spare the company a longer antitrust procedure that could have resulted in fines of up to 10 per cent of the company’s annual revenue, or about $5 billion.EU Antitrust Commissioner Joaquin Almunia said he’s “strongly convinced” the U.S. company’s proposals — its third attempt to address the competition concerns — are sufficient.“This is an important step forward,” he told reporters in Brussels.Google’s proposals will now be sent to the 18 original plaintiffs for evaluation before the Commission makes a final decision in the coming months. The plaintiffs’ initial reactions were negative, but Almunia said he was confident the deal with Google will be upheld.Under its latest proposal, Google will commit to display results from three competitors in a similar way to its own whenever it promotes its specialized search services like Google shopping, restaurant or hotel searches. It will also label more clearly search results stemming from its own services to allow users to distinguish between natural search results and those promoted by Google.A shopping search for a gas grill, for example, would yield two boxes of the same size and position at the top of the search results page, one showing three “Google shopping results” and immediately to the left of it three results labeled “Alternatives”, according to an example provided by the Commission.At present, only Google’s own results are displayed prominently above all other search results. The changes will also be valid for search results displayed on mobile devices.“Without preventing Google from improving its own services, it provides users with real choice between competing services presented in a comparable way,” Almunia said.The results from three competing search providers would be chosen using Google’s web search algorithm. In many cases, the competitors would have to pay for their placement through an auction mechanism, the Commission said.The EU Commission last year threw out two sets of proposed concessions by Google because they were deemed insufficient.“We will be making significant changes to the way Google operates in Europe,” said Kent Walker, Google’s general counsel. “The company now looks forward to resolving the matter for good,” he added.Once a settlement is reached, the concessions will be legally binding for five years across the 28-country European Union, the world’s largest economy. The company, based in Mountain View, California, has a market share of about 90 per cent of Internet searches in Europe, compared with around 70 per cent in the U.S.“The concessions are far-reaching and have the clear potential of restoring a level playing field with competitors, said Almunia. “No antitrust authority in the world has obtained such concessions.”The U.S. Federal Trade Commission investigated Google in a similar case last year and decided not to take action.Google’s competitors, however, were not impressed. Internet commerce lobby group Icomp said the Commission should have given Google’s competitors more time to examine and test the concessions.“Without a third party review, Almunia risks having the wool pulled over his eyes by Google,” the group said.FairSearch, a Microsoft-led group of Google’s tech competitors that includes firms like Oracle, Expedia and Tripadvisor, condemned the Commission’s move as being “worse than doing nothing.”Its lawyer Thomas Vinje said the proposed commitments will “lock in discrimination and raise rivals’ costs instead of solving the problem of Google’s anti-competitive practices.”Google has already offered several concessions to the EU. It will give content providers an opt-out from its specialized search services, without being penalized regarding its ranking in normal Google searches. Google will also remove some exclusivity requirements in agreements with publishers and make it easier to move online advertising campaigns from its services to rivals’ offerings.A separate antitrust investigation on Google’s Android operating system is still ongoing, Almunia said.___Follow Juergen Baetz on Twitter at illustrating Google’s concessions can be found online: AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email EU accepts Google’s latest concessions on search display, bringing final deal in sight European Commissioner for Competition Joaquin Almunia addresses the media, at the European Commission headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The European Union’s antitrust watchdog says Google is offering new and far-reaching concessions to address allegations it is abusing its dominant position in Internet searches. The EU’s executive said Wednesday that Google guarantees it will display results from three competitors in a similar way whenever it promotes its own specialized search services like Google shopping. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe) by Juergen Baetz, The Associated Press Posted Feb 5, 2014 4:26 am MDT read more

Columbus Blue Jackets lose fifth in a row fall to New York

Michael Chaput (39) of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Mats Zuccarello (36) of the New York Rangers battle for a puck during a game at Nationwide Arena Nov. 7. The Rangers won, 4-2. Credit: Courtesy of MCTGiven the directions the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Rangers have been sliding lately, it hardly comes as a surprise that the decisive goal Thursday came off a Columbus stick and into their own net.Mark Letestu failed to control the puck to the right of Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, watching in horror as it slid into past the posts. The goal, credited to Carl Hagelin – his second of the night – turned out to be the difference in a 4-2 decision, as the Rangers won their fifth game of their last six contests to improve to 8-8-0.“That was embarrassing hockey tonight, and to me that’s losing hockey, the way we played. We got exactly what we deserved,” Jackets coach Todd Richards said after the loss.The loss was the Jackets’ fifth in a row, dropping them to 5-10-0 overall in front of a modest but lively crowd of just under 12,000 at Nationwide Arena.“We shouldn’t have to talk about [the effort], but unfortunately right now we’re talking about it…we should hold each other to a high standard and be able to know that the guy sitting next to us in the dressing room is going to go out and perform and do his job and do everything he can to help the team win,” Jackets center Brandon Dubinsky said.There was no shortage of familiar faces on either bench, as the two teams met for the first time since a pair of blockbuster trades between them during last season. Former Jackets Derek Dorsett, Derick Brassard, and John Moore – each acquired in the trade deadline deal for Marion Gaborik – made their return to Nationwide Arena, while Gaborik, along with Rick Nash trade acquisitions Dubinsky and Artem Anisimov faced their former teammates for the first time.Nash, the Blue Jackets franchise leader in nearly every offensive category, was unable to make his return to the ice in Columbus as he continues to deal with concussion-related issues. Nash has only been able to play in three games this season.Hagelin got the scoring started early in the first, when he deflected a shot past Bobrovsky and into the net. The Jackets answered back late in the period, with defenseman Fedor Tyutin sneaking one past Rangers backup goalie Cam Talbot. Talbot started in place of star goaltender Henrik Lundqvist, who did not play after the Rangers’ victory Wednesday against the Penguins.In the second period, it was again a deflected shot early in the period that put the Rangers back in front, when captain Ryan Callahan registered his second goal in as many nights. After Letestu’s own goal put the Rangers up 3-1, Jackets rookie defenseman Ryan Murray answered back with a goal off an assist from James Wisniewski – the 200th point of Wisniewski’s career.However, the Jackets were unable to break through and tie the game in the third period, eventually surrendering a goal on an empty net by Ryan McDonagh that put the game away.“We had the same start last year.  I know it’s not ideal, but we’ve got to take a step back tomorrow and regroup, and figure out how we can win here Saturday…times like this test the character of the individual, but you can’t let yourself get down,” Jackets defenseman Jack Johnson said.Richards did not agree with Johnson’s assessment of using last season’s turnaround as motivation, however.“It’s a different year. It’s different. We’ve got different players. An 82 game schedule. It’s different,” Richards said.The Jackets will attempt to get back on track at Nationwide Arena when they take on the New York Islanders Saturday. That puck is scheduled to drop at 7 p.m. read more

National title NCAA Tournament aside Ohio State athletics in full swing

Junior pitcher Jake Post (10) delivers a pitch during a game against Northern Kentucky on March 11 at Bill Davis Stadium. OSU won, 4-3.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhile many students traded in their books for bathing suits over spring break, others continued to don the scarlet and gray as multiple Ohio State athletic programs were in action over break.The week saw some seasons come to a close: The OSU wrestling team captured its first-ever team national title and the men’s basketball team played its final game. Others kept going, as the women’s basketball team won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2011.But it was more than basketball and wrestling continuing their work over break. The baseball, softball and both men’s and women’s lacrosse teams were among the groups that continued their seasons over break.Baseball (all records from March 14 to Sunday)The baseball Buckeyes went 6-2 over the break, including a four-game winning streak that saw OSU outscore its opponents, 32-9.On Saturday, senior pitcher Trace Dempsey tied the school record for all-time saves, earning his 29th career save in a 6-5 win over Michigan State at home.Dempsey broke the record on Sunday, earning his 30th save in a 3-0 win over the Spartans at Bill Davis Stadium. The Buckeyes are now 14-6, 2-1 on the season.SoftballThe OSU softball team went without a win over last week, getting swept by both Louisville and Michigan at home.The Buckeyes were outscored, 69-13, in the two series losses, including a 20-0 loss at home to Michigan on Sunday. OSU is now 13-12 having lost its last seven games.OSU is set to return to the diamond on Tuesday to take on Wright State.Women’s GolfThe women’s golf team took home its 99th tournament title over the weekend, placing first in the MountainView Collegiate Invitational on Saturday.The Buckeyes were led by senior Jan Chanpalangsri and sophomore Katja Pogacar, who tied for fourth in an 103-player field in the tournament, each shooting five-under par.OSU is set to return to the course on March 30 for the Collegiate tournament in Jacksonville, Fla.Men’s LacrosseThe Buckeyes went 2-1 over the break, winning back-to-back games against Denver and Towson before being shutout by Notre Dame, 9-0, on Saturday.Despite the loss, OSU sits at 7-3 on the season, including a perfect 5-0 mark in Columbus.The Buckeyes are set to return to the playing field on Sunday against Penn State in State College, Pa.Women’s LacrosseThe women’s lacrosse team also went 2-1 during the break, winning games against Canisius and Cincinnati before falling to Notre Dame on Saturday, 13-5.The Buckeyes sit at 8-2 on the season, and are set to take on rival Michigan on Friday at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.Men’s TennisAfter having its 200-match home win streak snapped earlier this month, the Buckeyes went 2-2 over break, playing three of four matches on the road.OSU dropped back-to-back matches to Tulsa and Texas before rebounding to beat Michigan on Friday, 5-2, and Michigan State, 7-0, on Sunday.The Buckeyes swept the singles matches against the Spartans and lost just one doubles match to improve to 15-6, 3-0 on the season. read more

Where Have All The Crafty Pitchers Gone

After Moyer’s retirement, the reigning kings of slow-pitch became Jered Weaver of the Angels and Mark Buehrle of the White Sox and Blue Jays. Buehrle especially belongs squarely among the crafty lefty lineage, alongside Moyer and Glavine; however, he retired after the 2015 season. Over the past two years, in particular, we’ve seen a distinct lack of outlier starters at the bottom of the velocity rankings, the place where the craftiest of pitchers once lurked.To call a pitcher “crafty” is a kind of backhanded compliment. After all, if a guy has overwhelming velocity or electric stuff, we would just talk about that as an explanation for him getting hitters out. (Strikeouts may be fascist, but they are also impressive.) However, Moyer, Buehrle, Hudson and — especially — Maddux and Glavine worked the formula out to perfection. In fact, the 1990s were a heyday of sorts for finesse pitchers, with perfect games from Kenny Rogers and David Wells to go with regular All-Star appearances from the likes of Andy Ashby, Brad Radke and Charles Nagy. None were big strikeout artists, but all were very good pitchers nonetheless thanks to a combination of sharp control, smart situational pitching and keeping the ball in the ballpark.Yet as baseball’s overall velocity bar has raised and preventing home runs has become more difficult, there’s evidence the control-and-command approach has progressively lost its effectiveness. While breaking pitches such as sliders and curves are moving more sharply than ever, it’s not the crafty junkballers of yore who are benefiting most from it.Bill James once broke pitchers into equally sized “power,” “finesse” and “neutral” groups based on their rates of strikeouts plus walks per inning (theorizing that high-velocity pitchers get lots of strikeouts and walks — think Nolan Ryan — while our crafty group doesn’t record much of either). If we do that for qualified starters each season since 1950, we can see the balance of leaguewide pitching wins above replacement1Averaging together the values from FanGraphs and has tilted strongly in favor of power pitchers since the early 1970s: Pitching has always been about throwing a baseball really hard — there’s a reason so much of the game’s mythology grew around how quickly hurlers like Walter “Big Train” Johnson and Bob Feller could get the ball from the mound to home plate. But for those who lack overwhelming stuff, there’s another core aspect to pitching: the art of throwing strikes and tricking batters into getting themselves out. Velocity makes a pitcher’s life easier, of course, but plenty of greats from history have thrived on guile instead of a dominating fastball.The craft of finesse pitching, however, might be a dying one in today’s game. A few, such as Arizona’s Zack Greinke and the Cubs’ Kyle Hendricks, have managed to remain effective with a slow fastball and pinpoint control. But the number of star pitchers following that formula has dwindled in recent seasons, in conjunction with the ever-increasing velocity of the average pitch across Major League Baseball. Just a decade ago, we saw Jamie Moyer gutting out complete-game shutouts with an 81-mile-per-hour fastball at age 47 (!) — but are the Moyers of 2019 now getting squeezed out of the sport?Moyer, the southpaw formerly of the Phillies and Mariners (among other teams), was plainly a special pitcher no matter how you measure him. He won only 34 games by his 30th birthday yet still managed to finish with 269 total victories before retiring in 2012 at the age of 49. But Moyer also exemplified a very particular kind of hurler: the prototypical “crafty lefty” who gets by on smarts and makes the best of less-than-stellar velocity readings. In 2002, the earliest year of pitch-speed data at FanGraphs, Moyer — then a youthful 39 — averaged just 82.8 miles per hour on his fastball. (He and Tim Hudson were the only non-knuckleballers with an average fastball under 83.) It was a radar reading that only went down with the passage of time.Back then, though, 11 percent of qualified starters clocked in under 85 mph on average, and 70 percent threw under 90 mph. Moyer even had Hall of Fame company at the bottom of the velocity list, including the likes of Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine. But things changed by the mid-to-late 2000s, when Moyer was perennially the only qualified starter anywhere near the low 80s. In 2010, roughly 1 percent of qualified starters averaged under 85 mph, and only 29 percent were even averaging under 90 mph. Today, nobody averages below 85 mph — Hendricks is baseball’s softest-tossing qualified starter at 86.7 mph — while 16 percent of starters are above 95 mph on their average fastball: Aside from briefly closing the gap a few times over that span — specifically in the mid-1980s and the late 1990s, aka the Moyer and Maddux eras — the finesse pitchers have consistently lost ground value-wise to the hard throwers. The 2017 and 2018 seasons were the first two since 1950 in which the net gap in WAR share between power- and finesse-type starters was at least 18 percentage points in consecutive years. Of the 20 most valuable starters of 2018 by WAR, only one (Miles Mikolas of the Cardinals) was classified as a finesse pitcher; the other 19 were all either power (12) or neutral (7) pitcher types.What accounts for the trend? For one thing, balls in play are at an all-time low, setting a new MLB record for the fewest per game in each of the past five seasons. (We’re down to just 24 balls in play per contest in 2019 so far.) Although most pitchers have little to no control over hits allowed on balls in play during a given season, there are legitimate differences in skill that emerge over entire careers. And part of the crafty-pitcher archetype involves inducing a disproportionate amount of weak contact that fielders can more readily turn into outs.“I didn’t really have swing-and-miss stuff,” Maddux told Dan Patrick in an interview this year. “I wasn’t really worried about giving up singles, but I did what I could to keep the ball in front of the outfielders, not walk anybody and make them get three singles to score.”When there are fewer balls put in play to be had, that formula has less of an effect.There’s also the matter of teams turning to increasingly younger pitchers in recent seasons. Since just about every indicator of power pitching — from pure velocity to strikeouts — is strongly correlated with possessing a younger arm, it makes sense that as young pitchers account for a larger share of the value across MLB, so too will a larger share of WAR be associated specifically with power pitchers (and a smaller share associated with finesse pitchers). Which direction does the causation run? It isn’t totally clear, but it doesn’t especially matter. Whether teams are prizing youth or velocity, it’s squeezing out pitchers who lack either (or both) attributes.“If you look at pitching these days, everything is max effort,” Moyer told the Orange County Register in January. “Look at the younger generations — high school, college, minor leagues, everybody’s trying to light up a radar gun, throw 100 mph. Our bodies aren’t made to perform in this game as a pitcher at max effort.”Although Bartolo Colon, who pitched last season at age 45 as another exemplar of craft triumphing over stuff, the game is generally trending against pitchers like him and Moyer, in many ways.With all of this, it’s fair to wonder whether it would even be possible to dominate with an arsenal resembling, say, Maddux’s, in the modern game. The two-seamer, Maddux’s bewildering weapon of choice, has fallen quickly out of favor in the last decade or so, and a peak-era fastball that barely scraped 90 would rank among the slowest in the league today. Maddux’s specialty, changing speeds, can still be as disruptive as any tactic (just ask Cincinnati ace Luis Castillo). But it’s telling that Maddux himself recognizes what worked in his era might not be as effective now.“I was taught to throw strikes and get hitters out in the strike zone,” Maddux told Patrick. “And now, pitching has kind of turned the other way, where they try to get hitters out outside of the strike zone. I don’t know if I would have adapted to that or not. I’d like to think I could, but who knows what would have happened?”Perhaps the craft of pitching is making something of a comeback this season, with more finesse-oriented pitchers such as Greinke, Hyun-Jin Ryu of the Dodgers and Masahiro Tanaka of the Yankees off to great starts already. Certainly, there always will be a place for pitchers who can transcend the radar gun with intelligence and skill. But just the same, the obsessive quest for velocity in today’s game will probably continue to squeeze out the soft-tossing finesse archetype of yesteryear. Sadly, that means it will be harder than ever for crafty, Moyer-esque pitchers to carve out a place in baseball.Check out our latest MLB predictions. read more

GKN Bigfoot solution addresses 57 in tyre shortage in innovative way

first_imgGKN Wheels says it has successfully addressed an issue facing customers in the global mining industry, launching a new system to the market known in the industry as ‘Bigfoot.’ Mining operations around the globe are facing tyre shortages, specifically on the widely used 57 in size. GKN Wheels developed an innovative system to allow a 63 in rim assembly to be adapted to a 57 in hub – this allows mining operators to retrofit the larger, more readily available 63 in tyre onto haul trucks that would normally use the 57 in tyres. Working with Caterpillar, GKN installed the system on the Unit Rig MT4400 haul truck.Australian-based Downer Mining created the Bigfoot concept to alleviate the risk of short supply in the standard tire size for the 240t haul truck. In order to take the project from concept to solution, Downer Mining approached GKN Wheels. GKN Wheels’ North American Technical team collaborated with Caterpillar Unit Rig engineers to develop a solution that adapts to the truck without interfering with the standard components of the Unit Rig MT4400 haul truck. The technical engineering work for the rim arrangements was carried out at GKN’s dedicated Technical Centre in the US (Chicago, Illinois).The products were manufactured at GKN’s facility in China and are used by Downer Mining at a mining operation in Western Australia. GKN’s expertise in design and development has been critical in the development of the ‘Bigfoot’ program. Aaron Dahl, Chief Engineer, America, at GKN Wheels comments: “The development of the ‘Bigfoot’ program highlights our focus on innovation and problem-solving capabilities. We have provided an effective solution to the current challenges of tyre availability in the mining sector. Our world-leading engineering expertise and in-house test capabilities make us perfectly placed to react to industry challenges just like this one. GKN Wheels is proud to continually deliver dedicated products and solutions that meet the demands of our customers.”GKN says it is increasingly expanding its capability within the mining market, which includes its ‘Swift Wheel Technologies’ rangelast_img read more

Dialogue and consultation with mining industry critical says Zambian Minister

first_imgDialogue, cooperation and consultation between government and the mining industry are critical in helping to alleviate the trust deficit between the two and to grow Zambia’s production, Mines Minister Christopher has said. He made his remarks in an exclusive interview with Mining for Zambia during the annual Mining Indaba in Cape Town this week.“We could grow our annual production to 1 and even 2 2 Mt if we engage in dialogue, and end the distrust that is hampering our performance. We must all focus on the same goal, which is to up production.”Yaluma emphasised the importance of a stable mining policy that is arrived at in a spirit of cooperation, dialogue and consultation; this was a key element of the trust-building process,“You must start talking, doing things transparently. Embrace the industry, and get their input,” he said. “Don’t come and surprise them the following morning and say we have changed this. Because that will impact their long-term projections. But when there is trust and they believe you, they can start to plan and grow their business, which in turn will grow our [tax] proceeds.”Yaluma said that there are mining reforms around local content “coming up”, towards May 2018, and that they would be subject to a full consultative process. The mining industry would be given multiple opportunities to comment and provide input. “We want to be very open now – it’s an open game.”On the general issue of public perception of the role and contribution of the mining industry in economic development, Yaluma conceded that government could perhaps do more to explain this. He said there was a perception among certain people that the mines were not here for the long term, and would eventually close and “abandon” Zambia.“That is not the case,” Yaluma said, and spoke of long-term expansion plans at mines such as Konkola Copper Mines, Mopani, and First Quantum Minerals’ Sentinel and Kansanshi Mines – all of which would increase their respective mine lives for 30 to 50 years. “We just need to share that information so that [people] are more comfortable.”last_img read more

The 9 at 9 Wednesday

first_imgEVERY MORNING, brings you the nine stories, a little bit before nine, you need to know with your morning coffee.1.#BROKEN UP: The US has busted a major child porn ring, which used social media to lure 251 victims. Two victims were under the age of 3. The ring had more than 27,000 members, the US Department of Homeland Security said.2.#CRIMEA: The world community has condemned Russia’s annexation of Crimea. Ukrainian leaders accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of “playing a dirty game” and creating his own version of Hitler’s Mein Kampf.3.#FIRE: A woman arrested yesterday in connection with a fire in Cork that killed two men has been released. A file will be prepared for the Director of Public Prosecutions, gardaí said.4.#CABRA: Gardaí are continuing to question two men in connection with the death of a man in Cabra in the early hours of yesterday. The two men, who are both in their 20s, are being held at Finglas and Blanchardstown Garda stations.5.#MAKE MY BODY SHAKE: A minor earthquake hit Ireland late last night. Yes, an earthquake. The faint tremor was felt mostly in Wexford, with the Irish Seismic Network saying that their reading was of a “low magnitude”.6.#TALK TO US: The government is reviewing how it engages with the diaspora. The Department of Foreign Affairs is looking to hear from Irish people living abroad as it carries out a comprehensive review of how it engages with Irish communities abroad.7.#JOBS: Over 1,000 jobs will be offered at an employment fair today. Those seeking employment will need a passport, however, as the roles are all based in Canada, Australia and New Zealand.8.#KAMPALA: The Department of Foreign Affairs says that it aims to fill the one outstanding Irish ambassadorial role within the coming months. The job of Irish Ambassador to Uganda has been unfilled since August.9.#BOOK OF FRANCIS: Pope Francis is proving to be a best seller – with Irish book buyers. Evangelii Gaudium, a book written solely by the Pope, has sold 11,000 copies since going on sale, says religious shop Veritas.last_img read more

Garda whistleblower to meet with Commissioner over harassment

first_imgGARDA WHISTLEBLOWER MAURICE McCabe is due to meet with acting Garda Commissioner Noirín O’Sullivan to discuss complaints he made about harassment by colleagues.The whistleblower, who is based in Mullingar Garda Station, has reported 13 incidents of alleged harassment and bullying to Garda Headquarters. A meeting previously scheduled with the acting Commissioner was put back earlier this month.However understands McCabe’s legal team have written to O’Sullivan’s office to set up a time this week to discuss the alleged harassment and the garda’s general working conditions.Speaking to a meeting of the Oireachtas Justice Committee last month, O’Sullivan said she would ensure these allegations of harassment would be fully investigated. She said at the time that senior garda management are in contact with McCabe on a “daily basis” – something she later had to correct.The Mullingar garda’s access to the PULSE system, which had been curtrailed after he made allegations of wrongdoing by colleagues, was only restored last month. This was the day after the publication of the Guerin Report, which expressed concern as to whether Justice Minister Alan Shatter took all appropriate steps to address McCabe’s allegations.Shatter rejected this view of his management of the situation, commenting a number of weeks after the report’s publication that he had paid “substantial attention” to the complaints.Read: Maurice McCabe has access to PULSE system restored>More: Garda whistleblower ‘vindicated’ by Guerin report>last_img read more

Alli Getting hit with water bottle made goal Vs Arsenal Sweeter

first_imgDele Alli said getting hit by a bottle at the Emirates Stadium in Tottenham’s 2-0 win over Arsenal made his goal “a little bit sweeter.”Tottenham Hotspur striker Dele Alli scored in the Spurs’ EFL Cup quarter-final victory at Arsenal, where he assisted the first goal 20 minutes in and sealed the win with a goal at the hour mark. Less than 15 minutes later, Alli got hit by a water bottle thrown from the stands, and he replied with a “2-0” gesture.“It is what it is. It made the goal a little bit sweeter – and the win,” Alli told Sky sports, according to FourFourTwo.The victory gave Spurs vengeance for their defeat at the same ground earlier this month, delighting Alli.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“When we came here last time we didn’t get the result we wanted so we knew how important it was,” he said.“We wanted to go into the semi-finals. It was a big test for us and I think it was a strong performance in the end.“We knew how important it was to get the second goal. They’re a good team and can create chances at any moment so one goal sometimes isn’t enough.“I knew Harry [Kane] was going to play the ball, so all I had to do was time the run and finish it off.”last_img read more

Local rally held for fear of Airbnb rejection by Miami government

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. COCONUT GROVE, FLA. (WSVN) – – Protesters have gathered at Miami City Hall, Monday morning, to demand an answer as to why the popular hospitality service Airbnb and their hosts are not prioritized over the Miami hotel industry.The local rally was held just after 10 a.m., and those hosts that attended sought an answer from Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, Miami Beach Mayor Philip Levine and Miami-Dade County Property Appraiser Pedro Garcia.According to reports, Regalado and Levine have sought to reject Airbnb in their cities, citing that the service disrupts residential living.“I think Airbnb is a platform that’s allowing middle class people to bridge the gap,” said Teresa Bajandas, an Airbnb host.The mayors held a news conference after the rally.“That’s the same argument that, for 40 years, elderly residents from Little Havana, Allapattah and Flagami have been saying about ‘illegal units,’” said Regalado. “You close your garage and you rent to your aunt or to your cousin and the city will go after you.”Regalado added that if he allows Airbnb to be anywhere, he has to allow anyone to have a rental unit. “This Thursday, we will be presenting to the City Commission an ordinance that reaffirms that the zoning code of the City of Miami, Miami21, prohibits any kind of commercial activity in the residential areas,” Regalado said.During the news conference, Levine said that the current $20,000 fine for illegally renting out a unit on Miami Beach is something he would like to see raised. “We’ve increased our fines dramatically, and we’re doing everything in our power to make sure if we have any semblance of proof, and our folks can go after them. We’re cracking down hard,” he said.In an open letter to both Regalado and Levine, the Greater Miami Airbnb Host Community said:The typical Airbnb hosts in Miami-Dade earn about $6,000 annually from sharing our homes. We use that valuable income to pay our mortgages and better afford to live in an increasingly expensive region. Please consider changing your stances and instead pursuing clear, fair rules that work for all of South Florida.Bajandas said rejecting Airbnb in Miami will hurt her’s and others’ bottom line. “Both my husband and I are retirees,” said Bajandas. “Should we not have this opportunity, we would lose the house. We wouldn’t be able to afford living in Miami.”This pushback comes after Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez was reportedly close to endorsing an agreement with Airbnb to sanction the service, allowing renters to pay lodging taxes to the county.The Airbnb issue will be addressed again Thursday during a City Commission meeting and then later in March with the county. last_img read more

Apple reportedly agrees to pay France nearly 600M in back taxes

first_imgFrance has millions in back taxes coming to it from Apple. Chesnot / Getty Images Apple reached a deal with French authorities to back-pay 500 million euros ($571 million) in taxes, reports said.The Cupertino, California, company’s French branch confirmed the tax agreement to Reuters on Tuesday, without revealing how much it would pay.However, French magazine L’Express reported the sum and noted that the deal was made at the end of December. See it $59 at eBay Sprint I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple reading • Apple reportedly agrees to pay France nearly $600M in back taxes $60 at Best Buy See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 7 Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) 3 Tags Sarah Tew/CNET EU: Apple, you owe $14.5 billion in taxes Sarah Tew/CNET Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Tags Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Apple iPhone XS $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Sarah Tew/CNET Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Turo Apple,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. In December, French finance minister Bruno Le Maire said his country would start taxing tech giants at a national level if European Union countries couldn’t agree on a joint tax on digital revenues. Last May, Apple handed over the first billion in a $15 billion Irish tax fine ordered by the EU in 2016.Neither Apple nor the French tax authorities immediately responded to requests for comment. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Share your voice JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Angela Lang/CNET See at Amazon Rylo Read Google Home Hub review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale.center_img Here’s every iPhone ever made from 2007 to today DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Share your voice Comments • $210 at Best Buy See at Turo Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Sarah Tew/CNET Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) $299 at Amazon Read the Rylo camera preview Comments $999 See All Read the AirPods review 1:58 What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 $520 at HP 48 Photos Now playing: Watch this: The Cheapskate $999 Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Boost Mobile See It Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) See It Read DJI Osmo Action preview DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $6 at Tidal An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $155 at Google Express Tech Industry Politics Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $999 Amazonlast_img read more

SpiderMan fans want to storm Sony and bring our boy home to

first_img Marvel Sony TV and Movies 77 Photos Share your voice Comments 14 Tania González/CNET First the internet wanted to raid Area 51, now Sony is the target, with over 5,500 Spider-Man fans planning to storm its California offices and bring Spider-Man back to Marvel.A Facebook event, hosted by three fans, was set up on Tuesday. The event, according to its description, involves dressing up in Spider-Man costumes and bringing “our boy home!” (to the Marvel Cinematic Universe).The raid is planned for Oct. 31, aka Halloween. The perfect guise.This fan rage spawned from a report Deadline published Tuesday of a high-level dispute between Sony and Marvel. That dispute means Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige won’t produce any more Spider-Man films and Marvel will no longer be involved in the Spider-Man movie universe.Fan ire has been primarily targeted at Sony, but the company pointed to Marvel’s role in Feige stepping away. “Much of today’s news about Spider-Man has mischaracterized recent discussions about Kevin Feige’s involvement in the franchise,” a spokesperson told CNET. “We are disappointed, but respect Disney’s decision not to have him continue as a lead producer of our next live action Spider-Man film.”Stay hopeful, though. The Sony representative also stated they hoped things might “change in the future.”Sony and Marvel made a deal in 2015 to make Spider-Man movies together. The latest, Spider-Man: Far From Home, earned more than $1 billion at the box office, becoming Sony’s highest ever grossing film.Columbia Pictures, Sony’s primary film production holding, acquired the rights to movie Spider-Man in 2000. It made five Spider-Man movies before the deal with Marvel brought Spider-Man: Homecoming, then Far From Home. 2019 movies to geek out over Tagslast_img read more

Bering Sea Pollock Fishery Casts Off

first_imgRon Mitchell drops nets onto the deck of the F/V Seadawn. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)The Bering Sea’s largest fishery opened up on Tuesday afternoon. Pollock crews are gearing up for a potential increase in their harvest — while still keeping an open mind about what the winter has in store.Download AudioWithin hours of arriving in Unalaska on Tuesday morning, the crew of the Seadawn was back to work.“We’ll just get everything on the boat and then we can start organizing it,” Ron Mitchell yelled as he stacked extra nets on deck using a crane.Once they start fishing, the Seadawn and the other vessels in the UniSea cooperative will have a little extra pollock to work with, too.The catch limit increased about 3 percent this year to 1.3 million metric tons.But one of the fleet’s biggest expenses has been getting cheaper.“We were hoping to make a little more money since fuel prices are down,” Mitchell says. “But then we heard the fish prices are down, too.”Up in the wheelhouse, captain Richard Wyatt is a little more optimistic.“Initial reports on prices aren’t so exciting to us,” Wyatt says. “But you can make up a little bit of that if fishing’s good, so we’ll just see where it goes.”According to studies from the National Marine Fisheries Service, the amount of pollock in the Bering Sea is on the rise. That’s part of the reason why this year’s catch limit went up.But other fish aren’t faring so well. Halibut have been getting smaller and harder to find. And the harvests have been shrinking, too.That’s prompted some Alaska’s acting fish and game commissioner and others to file an emergency petition. They want a stricter limit on the amount of halibut that trawlers are allowed to take on accident — while they’re pursuing other fish, including pollock.NMFS is still considering that request. But in the meantime, biologist Krista Milani says the same bycatch limits will apply.“Everything’s managed by sectors and coops,” Milani says. “And so they kind of self-manage their caps. We definitely are looking at any kind of incidental catch that they’re coming across — prohibited species that they’re catching. And we’ll be watching their reports when they come in.”The first round — and the first deliveries of pollock — are expected early next week.last_img read more

Sensex down over 500 points on lowerthanexpected rate cut by RBI

first_imgIndian stock markets slumped by over 2 percent Tuesday after the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) announced its decision to cut repo rate (key policy rate, or interest rate) by 25 basis points. The markets had expected the apex bank to cut the rate by about 50 basis points.The S&P BSE Sensex lost more than 560 points at the closing hours, but marginally trimmed losses to end at 24,883.59, down 516.06 points, or 2.03 percent. The NSE Nifty settled at 7,603.20, a loss of 155.60 points, or 2.01 percent.At its first bi-monthly monetary policy review meeting Tuesday in the new financial year, the RBI cut repo rate from 6.75 percent to 6.50 percent, which is now the lowest in over five years.However, even additional measures by the RBI to allay fears about cash deficit in the system — such as announcing a Rs. 15,000 crore open market operation this week and noting that the new regime of marginal cost of funds based lending rates will improve transmission of rate cuts — failed to lift the markets’ dampened sentiments. The markets’ expectations were based on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley affirming his commitment to rein in fiscal deficit at 3.5 percent of the GDP in financial year 2016-17, retail inflation at around five percent and hopes of a better monsoon this year. The fall on the Sensex was led by Adani Ports, which plunged by 6.23 percent. Most of the Sensex losers were bank stocks, including ICICI Bank (down 5.45 percent), State Bank of India (down 5.38 percent), Axis Bank 2.89 percent and HDFC Bank (down 1.03 percent).The BSE Bankex plunged 591 points, or 3.21 percent, to 17,858. Other Sensex stocks that closed in the red included Bharti Airtel, BHEL, Tata Motors,  Maruti Suzuki, Tata Steel and Infosys.Besides banks, other sectoral BSE indices that slumped included realty, auto and FMCG.On the NSE, the Bank Nifty dropped 3.06 percent. The fall was sharp in NSE PSU Bank index that fell 5.13 percent. The RBI retained its FY2017 growth forecast at 7.6 percent, broadly in line with the government’s projection of 7 – 7.75 percent.last_img read more

Siddiqur flies to Chennai for treatment

first_imgSiddiqur Rahman. FIle photoGovernment Titumir College student M Siddiqur Rahman, who suffered serious eye injuries during a police action at Shahbagh, has been flown to Chennai in India on Thursday for better treatment.The health and family affairs ministry is bearing all the expenses of Siddiqur’s treatment at Shankar Netralaya in Chennai.Siddiqur’s classmate Sheikh Farid said they started for the airport from the hospital around 10:00am along with Siddiqur’s elder brother Nayeb Ali and Zahidul Islam, an assistant professor of National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital.Titumir College student Siddiqur sustained injuries in his eyes during a demonstration on 20 July when the police charged tear shells on agitating students of seven government colleges, affiliated with the University of Dhaka, at Shahbagh in the city.Siddiqur was undergoing treatment in the capital’s National Institute of Ophthalmology and Hospital where surgeries on both of his eyes were done on last Saturday.last_img read more

5000 more Rohingyas enter Bangladesh

first_imgRohingya Muslim refugees who had just arrived wait for a place to stay at Bangladesh`s Balukhali refugee camp on 2 October 2017. The UN says more than 14,100 children are at risk of dying from malnutrition in wretched camps where half a million mainly Rohingya refugees depend entirely on charities for survival. Photo: AFPIn the latest influx, some 5,000 more Rohingyas entered Bangladesh through Ulubonia point of the Naf River under Teknaf upazila on Monday.Locals said the Myanmar nationals started gathering at the no-man’s land along the border since the morning. Later, they crossed the river into Bangladesh by hired boats. Nazir Ahmed, 55, son of Abul Hossain of Jabbarpara in Bhuchidang area in Rakhine State of Myanmar, said they entered Bangladesh through the Ulubonia point after walking on foot for five days.Meanwhile, members of Border Guard Bangladesh recovered 30,000 Yaba tablets and 80 cartons of cigarette searching the belongings of the Rohingyas who got down from boats at Shah Porir Dwip of Teknaf on Sunday night.A patrol team of the paramilitary force recovered the contraband items around 9:00pm. However, no one was arrested in this connection.Besides, road transport and bridges minister Obaidul Quader on Monday feared that drugs and firearms might be smuggled into the country by some of the fleeing Rohingyas.Quader, also Awami League general secretary, expressed his apprehension while distributing relief materials among the Rohingyas who have taken shelter in Bangladesh amid persecution on them by the Myanmar security forces in Rakhine.He, however, said the law enforcers have been on alert so that the Rohingyas cannot get involved in criminal activities here.The ruling party leader also said the Rohingya crisis will be resolved through diplomatic efforts.last_img