10 months agoEverton closing on deal for RB Leipzig ace Jean-Kevin Augustin

first_imgEverton closing on deal for RB Leipzig ace Jean-Kevin Augustinby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveEverton are closing on a deal for RB Leipzig ace Jean-Kevin Augustin.The Sun says the German club’s price tag might prove a stumbling block for the Toffees, however, as Leipzig want £38 million for the forward. In an effort to sweeten the deal, Marco Silva might be willing to let Ademola Lookman return to the Bundesliga side permanently.The Everton youngster excelled at Leipzig last season on loan and the German club still retain an interest in the 21-year-old. Augustin has scored eight goals in 23 games in all competitions this campaign and could be the man to add firepower to Marco Silva’s attack. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Global app revenue grows 15 to hit 39 bn in H1 2019

first_imgSan Francisco: Revenue from Apple App Store and Google Play reached $39.7 billion during the first half of this year – up 15.4 per cent from the $34.4 billion consumers spent across both stores in the first half of last year, according to a new report from mobile app intelligence firm Sensor Tower. While consumers spent an estimated $25.5 billion globally on Apple’s App Store in the first half of 2019, Google Play’s estimated gross revenue was $14.2 billion for the half, the research showed. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep “Tinder was the highest grossing non-game app in 1H19, generating an estimated $497 million in spending across both stores. This was about 32 percent more than users spent in the app during the first half of 2018,” Randy Nelson, Head of Mobile Insights, Sensor Tower, wrote in a blog post on Friday. Tinder was followed by Netflix, Tencent Video, iQIYI and YouTube respectively in the list of top five non-game apps. “Netflix was the second highest earning non-game app for Q1 and Q2 with estimated consumer spend of close to $399 million globally. It had been No. 1 for in-app revenue in 1H18, but has since declined following Netflix’s decision to remove subscriptions from the iOS version of the app,” Nelson added. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to Customs With Facebook’s WhatsApp, Messenger and Facebook holding onto the top of the chart, the top three apps by global downloads remained unchanged over the first half of 2018. TikTok again beat Instagram to claim the fourth position in the list of most downloaded apps globally. The short-video messaging app owned by Beijing-based start-up ByteDance saw its first-time installs grow about 28 per cent year-over-year for the half to nearly 344 million worldwide despite a two-week ban in India during Q2, revealed the estimate by Sensor Tower.last_img read more

Shaw inks deal with Apple details on pricing availability yet to be

first_imgTORONTO – Shaw Communications Inc. (TSX:SJR.B) says its upgraded Freedom Mobile wireless network will handle a broader range of devices including Apple’s iPhone, which hasn’t been previously compatible with Canada’s fourth-largest wireless network.The Calgary-based company — which acquired Wind Mobile and renamed it Freedom Mobile last year — has been working to bring its network data capabilities and device offerings in line with its three biggest rivals.Chief executive Brad Shaw told analysts Thursday that his company’s investments in network capability will allow millions of Canadians to bring their current devices to the Freedom network if the smartphones can use the AWS-1 frequency.“We’re also happy to (announce) that we have finalized an agreement with Apple to bring the iPhone to our wireless customers and we look forward to future announcements on Apple iPhone availability and pricing,” Shaw said Thursday.The company didn’t provide details about what’s covered by the Apple agreement.But Shaw president Jay Mehr said the Freedom updated network will handle Apple’s older iPhones, including the SE, 6 and 7 models, and compatible LTE devices from other manufacturers, by late 2017 or early 2018 depending on the market.“I think you can appreciate that’s a major shift for us as we build out our LTE network,” Mehr said.Shaw’s wireless division, anchored by the former Wind Mobile business, added more than 103,000 subscribers in the fiscal year ended Aug. 31.That included 41,000 in its fourth quarter, which brought Freedom’s subscriber base to 1.1 million — still a small customer base compared with Rogers, Telus or Bell.It wasn’t clear when Shaw’s Freedom will begin to offer the latest Apple devices through its retail channels.The three bigger Canadian networks are poised to begin taking orders this week for the newest Apple smartphone, the iPhone X, which is scheduled to be in Canada starting on Nov. 3.They have had the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus — seen as incremental improvements on the iPhone 7 — since September.Earlier Thursday, Shaw announced that it more than tripled its fourth-quarter profit compared with a year ago, boosted by the sale of its U.S-based ViaWest Inc. business.The company said it earned $481 million or 96 cents per diluted share in the quarter ended Aug. 31, up from $154 million or 31 cents per diluted share a year ago.Profit from continuing operations totalled $149 million or 30 cents per diluted share, up from $145 million or 29 cents per diluted share a year ago. Revenue totalled $1.24 billion, up from $1.21 billion.Several analysts said Shaw’s consumer division’s financial performance was weaker than expected, mostly because of a high level of promotion and marketing for the company’s next-generation BlueSkyTV and WideOpen 150 internet bundle.Analysts said additions to Shaw’s internet subscriber base were stronger than expected while the video subscriber base also grew, albeit less than estimates.Shaw executives said they didn’t expect to maintain such a high level of marketing and promotion for the newer TV and internet services. They said a slower pace of subscriber growth would be acceptable if it contributed to earnings growth.As part of a strategic shift towards wireless and wireline communications services, Shaw sold its ViaWest unit, a Denver-based computer centre operator, for C$2.3 billion.When the sale was announced in June, Shaw said the proceeds from the deal would help fund its Freedom Mobile wireless business.last_img read more

Nations at climate talks back universal emissions rules

first_imgKATOWICE, Poland — Nearly 200 countries at the U.N. climate talks have agreed upon universal, transparent rules on how nations can cut greenhouse gas emissions and curb global warming, putting the principles of the 2015 Paris climate accord into action.But to the frustration of environmentalists and a group of countries who were urging more ambitious climate goals, negotiators on Saturday delayed decisions on two other climate issues until next year in an effort to get a deal on them.Michal Kurtyka, the Polish official chairing the talks, says while each individual country would likely find some parts of the agreement it didn’t like, efforts had been made to balance the interests of all parties.He says “we will all have to give in order to gain.”Frank Jordans, The Associated Presslast_img read more

German unemployment rises slightly to 68 per cent in July as summer

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jul 31, 2013 4:20 am MDT BERLIN – Germany’s unemployment rate has risen to 6.8 per cent in July from 6.6 per cent the previous month.The increase in jobless numbers by 49,000 was due to seasonal influences including the start of the summer holiday period.The Federal Labor Agency said Wednesday that a total of 2.914 million people were registered as unemployed, about 38,000 more than in the same period last year.Unemployment in Europe’s biggest economy is far lower than in many of the other European Union countries that use the euro. Spain and Greece for example have unemployment rates above 25 per cent. German unemployment rises slightly to 6.8 per cent in July as summer holidays start read more

Tentative deal reached to keep Paramalat plant in Winnipeg

Tentative deal reached to keep Paramalat plant in Winnipeg WINNIPEG – Winnipeg city council is being urged to approve the sale of city-owned land for a new milk-processing plant.The city, the province and multinational dairy and food company Paramalat have agreed in principal to contribute more than $5.5 million to service land for the plant in St. Boniface.The new plant would replace the current aging one in St. Boniface.The city says in a news release that there is a time constraint on the deal, because Parmalat is under pressure to increase production.The proposed agreement would have the city paying up front.But it would recoup the money over 18 years through property and business taxes from the new plant.“I am very pleased that the proposed agreement with Parmalat sets their business up for success right here in Winnipeg and that Parmalat will lead development in the industrial park as the catalyst to attract further industrial business to set up,” Mayor Brian Bowman said in the news release Tuesday.“Parmalat has become a global leader in food production, working closely with the Dairy Farmers of Manitoba, and this increase in food-processing capacity in Manitoba will strengthen the provincial economy and bring good jobs to our province,” said Agriculture Minister Ron Kostyshyn.A report on the proposal is to be considered at a special meeting of the city’s executive policy committee on Wednesday. by The Canadian Press Posted Jul 14, 2015 4:28 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 14, 2015 at 5:14 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Nigeria UN chief appalled by killing of aid worker calls for release

Aerial view of the town of Rann, Borno State, Nigeria. 23 March 2018. Credit: OCHA/Yasmina GuerdaAmong the casualties of the 1 March attack in Rann, were three UN aid workers: Emmanuel Yawe Sonter and Ibrahim Lawan who worked with the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and Dr. Izuogu Onyedikachi who worked with the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF). Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa, one of the other two abducted nurses, who also worked with ICRC, was killed a month ago after spending six and a half months in captivity, in what the UN Humanitarian Coordinator for Nigeria called a “cowardly, heinous and despicable act”.According to news reports, Alice Loksha, who worked with UNICEF in Rann, remains in the hands of the armed group who seems to have announced its intention to keep her “as a slave”.Expressing “concern for the safety and well-being of the remaining hostages”, Mr. Guterres called “for their immediate release” and emphasized that “all parties to the conflict must protect aid workers who provide life-saving humanitarian assistance to the millions of people in need in north-east Nigeria”.According to the UN humanitarian affairs office (OCHA) the international response in Rann is providing life-saving assistance – including food, safe water, shelter and medical care – to over 60,000 internally displaced persons, and millions in the rest of the north-east of the country. Close to 3,000 aid workers are present in the north-east, the majority of whom are Nigerian nationals.The humanitarian crisis in Nigeria’s north-east is one of the most severe in the world today, with 7.7 million people in need of humanitarian assistance, 6.1 million of whom targeted for humanitarian assistance in 2018. The aid worker, Hauwa Mohammed Liman, a 24-year-old midwife and nurse had been working in the town of Rann, near the border with Cameroon. She was abducted on 1 March, along with two other nurses, Saifura Hussaini Ahmed Khorsa and Alice Loksha, following an attack on the town by armed extremists, in which dozens were killed. The Secretary-General expressed his deepest condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Ms. Liman and his solidarity with ICRC staff. “Those responsible for this killing must be brought to justice,” he stated. read more

Ohio State puts end to West Lafayette blues beats Purdue 560

Senior runningback, Carlos Hyde (34), jumps over Purdue defenders as he carries the ball down the field. OSU won against Purdue, 56-0, Nov. 2 at Ross-Ade Stadium. Credit: Ritika Shah / Asst. photo editorWEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The outcome was never in doubt for the Ohio State Buckeyes against Purdue.OSU (9-0, 5-0) was in command from the outset Saturday in West Lafayette, Ind., beating the Boilermakers (1-7, 0-4) 56-0 to extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 21 games.The Buckeyes scored early and often, wasting no time to get on the board as junior cornerback Doran Grant picked off a pass from freshman quarterback Danny Etling on the second play from scrimmage and returned it 33 yards for a touchdown.“Any time we play pass defense like that we have a chance to be a really, really good team,” OSU coach Urban Meyer said after the win. “I thought that the way we kick-started the game with Doran Grant with the interception return, that’s a good sign that we play much better pass defense.”Grant said the interception “meant a lot” to him, but it was more important for the team.“It meant a lot to me, but it meant a whole lot more to the team,” Grant said. “It was a great momentum breaker, it got the team going, offense got going. It was good.”The defense held Purdue to just 116 offensive yards in the game, with only 89 of them coming through the air.After a quick three-and-out on Purdue’s next drive, the OSU offense again got in the end zone quickly. Junior quarterback Braxton Miller found junior tight end Jeff Heuerman wide open on the sideline for a 40-yard touchdown.“You gotta reward big guys like that all the time,” Miller said of Heuerman. “They do a hell of a job blocking for the running backs and me as well. It was a perfect defense for Jeff to get open like that.”Heuerman, who finished the game with a team-high 116 yards on five receptions to go along with the score, credited his day’s success on the abilities of his teammates rather than himself.“I don’t think it’s me as much as it is the other guys,” Heuerman said. “Having a running back like (senior) Carlos Hyde and a quarterback like Braxton Miller and some of our offensive weapons – Dontre Wilson, Devin (Smith) and Evan (Spencer), Philly Brown – the defenses, they’ve gotta respect all of them…Having all those guys being so productive, it puts me in a position where I can make my block easier sometimes. It makes my route easier.”Fellow Buckeye tight end, sophomore Nick Vannett, scored OSU’s third touchdown of the game two possessions later. He grabbed an eight-yard pass from Miller and took it the rest of the way for the score.After a Boilermaker fumble on its next drive, Miller delivered a shovel pass to senior wide receiver Corey “Philly” Brown near the goal line to give OSU a 28-0 lead.The Buckeyes led, 35-0, after redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton threw a one-yard jump pass to senior wide receiver Chris Fields for a touchdown with Miller lined up at receiver.Freshman running back Ezekiel Elliott then caught a 10-yard pass from Miller, giving OSU a 42-0 lead it took to the break.The Buckeyes tallied 350 total yards in the first half compared to Purdue’s 87.Guiton relieved Miller when the second half began, promptly leading the offense right down the field and scoring on a four-yard touchdown run. He would find the end zone again in the fourth quarter on the ground, this time from one-yard out to give OSU the lead, 56-0.Miller finished the day 19-of-23 passing for 233 yards, four touchdowns and an interception.Sophomore right tackle Taylor Decker left the game in the third quarter with an apparent knee injury. Meyer said after the game Decker sprained his MCL and will “probably be out for a week or so.”The Buckeyes will take their second bye of the season next week before returning to action Nov. 16 against Illinois in Champaign, Ill. read more

Jan Pytlick announces Mission Serbia squad

Already at the beginning of November, Denmark’s coach – Jan Pylick – has announced the squad he will be counting on for the World Championship 2013 in Serbia. In the mid-November the team is expected to start the first of the official trainings together in preparation for the big tournament in December. The 15-member team is as follows:Team Denmark: Cecilie Greve (HC Odense), Rikke Poulsen (Vejen EH), Ann Grete Nørgaard (Team Tvis Holstebro), Maria Fisker (Viborg HK), Stine Jørgensen (FCM Håndbold), Pernille Holst Holmsgaard (København Håndbold), Lotte Grigel (Team Esbjerg), Kristina Kristiansen (Team Tvis Holstebro), Line Jørgensen (FCM Håndbold), Louise Burgaard (Viborg HK), Trine Østergaard (FCM Håndbold), Maibritt Kviesgaard (Team Esbjerg), Susan Torp Thorsgaard (FCM Håndbold), Mette Gravholt (Team Tvis Holstebro), Marianne Bonde (København Håndbold) DenmarkJan Pytlickpytlicksrbija 2013wc 2013 serbia ← Previous Story Miladin Kozlina confirms continuing career in Vardar Next Story → Rafael Capote leaves Naturhouse in direction Qatar read more

Owners of Savoy cinema say screen size wont be changed

first_imgOwners of Savoy cinema say screen size won’t be changed Screen One is one of Ireland’s largest. 26,276 Views Short URL Share13 Tweet Email By Paul Hosford 11 Comments IMC CINEMAS, THE group which owns the Savoy Cinema, has responded to rumours about the building.Rumours had circulated yesterday that the company would rearrange the layout of screen one in the cinema. The screen is one of the largest in Ireland and is regularly host to film premieres.In statement posted online today, IMC said that while a change is being discussed, the screen will remain untouched.“In relation to the rumours swirling regarding Savoy One, the directors are considering this change at present; however no final decision has been made.“The screen size of Savoy One would not be affected by the change.”A spokesperson told TheJournal.ie yesterday that a number of options are being discussed.Read: Trailer Watch: Which movie should you go see this week? Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Jan 19th 2017, 10:17 PM Image: David Ramalho via Flickr/CC Image: David Ramalho via Flickr/CC Thursday 19 Jan 2017, 10:17 PM http://jrnl.ie/3195447 last_img read more

Amazon plans to hire 100000 over the next 18 months

first_imgNEW YORK — Amazon plans to hire 100,000 full time workers over the next 18 months, highlighting its ambitious expansion plans — and the sharp contrast the e-commerce powerhouse strikes against traditional brick-and-mortar retailers, many of which are cutting jobs and closing stores.Amazon has long been known for investing the money it makes back into its businesses, and it’s doing that with a vengeance. The new hires will largely support new Amazon fulfillment centers in states such as Texas and California, expanded delivery capabilities and its money-minting Amazon Web Services cloud computing business.The numbers are generally in line with Amazon’s past hiring plans. Amazon, which had a total of 306,800 full-time and part-time employees globally at the end of September, hired a total of 123,700 globally during the 15 months ended in September, according to quarterly filings.AMAZON HITS THE GASAmazon said Thursday its U.S. workforce has grown from 30,000 in 2011 to over 180,000 at the end of 2016. By comparison, Walmart — the world’s largest retailer — employs about 2.4 million people worldwide, including 1.5 million workers in the U.S.Baird analyst Colin Sebastian said the announcement shows that Amazon’s hiring appears to be accelerating.“We view this announcement positively in terms of the current trajectory of Amazon’s businesses, as well as management’s confidence in the long-term outlook,” he said. “The hiring is consistent with our view that Amazon will continue to invest aggressively in its retail, media, technology and logistics businesses.”TRUMP OR NO TRUMP?The news comes a month after President-elect Donald Trump met with tech leaders, including Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Throughout the presidential election campaign Trump and Bezos clashed after Trump attacked Bezos and The Washington Post, which Bezos owns. But they appeared to make nice when Bezos attended the meeting in December.Sean Spicer, the incoming White House press secretary, noted in a call with reporters on Thursday that Amazon made the announcement after the meeting, when Trump urged tech leaders to keep jobs in the U.S.Spicer said that Trump was “pleased to play a role” in the job gains. Amazon did not immediately respond to a request to comment on what role, if any, Trump had in the jobs announcement.Baird’s Sebastian downplayed the politics factor, noting only that the online retailer may have deployed some “political capital” in the timing and details of its announcement.“We suspect there is little, if any, shift of employment at Amazon from international locations to the U.S.,” he said. “Moreover, we expect the pace of hiring internationally to accelerate as well.”MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE STOREThings are much less rosy at traditional brick-and-mortar retailers. Last week, the Limited said it would close all its stores and Macy’s moved forward with plans to close 68 stores and said it will cut more than 10,000 jobs. There have been unconfirmed reports Walmart is also planning layoffs.“The move from bricks to clicks is causing major disruption in the retail industry,” said economist Diane Swonk.last_img read more

Guardiola doesnt know if Brahim Diaz will stay at City

first_imgThe Spain U21 international is running out of contract with the Citizens and might move back to La Liga soonSpanish midfielder Brahim Diaz is not very happy at Manchester City in the English Premier League.He’s not a first-team regular and the Spain U21 international is running out of contract, with his contract expiring in the summer.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I don’t have any new information on that,” said manager Pep Guardiola according to Sky Sports.“I know they are in conversation but I don’t have any new information about the situation. Today he trained with us.”“I was clear last week when I spoke about it. We do everything to keep them (the young players) but they decide,” he concluded on the topic.last_img read more

Obama slams IRS targeting of Tea Party conservative groups

first_imgA report due this week says the IRS targeted groups with names containing “tea party” and “patriot” and that delays occurred in processing paperwork of conservative applicants.2010March-April: IRS tax-exemption division began targeting applicants with names containing “tea party,” “patriots” and other political sounding titles, as well as 9/12, a group founded by conservative political commentator Glenn Beck.July: Managers from the tax-exemption division ask specialists to be on the lookout for tea party groups’ applications.2011July: Lois Lerner, who heads the tax-exemption division, raises concerns about the criteria for identifying groups for special scrutiny. The division switches to more-generic search criteria: “Organizations involved with political, lobbying, or advocacy for exemption under 501(c)(3) or 501(c)(4).”October: Rep. Charles W. Boustany Jr., R-La., sends a letter to IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman requesting information about the policies of the tax-exempt division.November: The IRS responds to Boustany’s inquiry, making no mention that it is aware of targeting conservative groups.2012January: The tax-exemption division changes its search criteria because of concerns that the revised criteria were too generic. The unit begins searching for “political action type organizations involved in limiting/ expanding Government, educating on the Constitution and Bill of Rights, social economic reform/movement.”last_img read more

LETTER TO THE EDITOR Shawsheen Tech School Committees Robert Peterson Sr Endorses

first_imgDear Editor,It is with great pleasure that I write this letter in support of Jomarie O’Mahony’s candidacy for the Board of Selectmen.When determining who to cast a vote for in any election, it is common to gravitate to a candidate because of their stance on a specific issue or issues. However, issues come and go and the problems of today will not necessarily be what our government officials are dealing with a year from now. Thus, we must not forget that it is equally important to understand how a candidate formed their opinion(s) and what led them taking the stance(s) they have. In order to best represent their constituency, a Selectman must take a pragmatic approach to all decisions and allow her/his electorate to understand how and why they arrived at any given conclusion. I am confident that Jomarie O’Mahony embodies this pragmatic approach, and she will strive to ensure that the citizens of Wilmington understand where she stands on the issue(s) and how she arrived there.Jomarie will approach her role as Selectman as she does all other things in her life, with thoughtful reflection, dutiful research and an understanding of the impact of her actions. She will dissect the issues brought before her, and through her vetting of those issues she will ensure that she has a firm grasp on how they will affect the Wilmington community. Jomarie will make the tough decisions and put the best interest of Wilmington first, and she’ll do with resolute conviction and only after painstaking analysis.Jomarie has a demonstrated track record of devotion to the Town of Wilmington and its residents. Her charitable endeavors are too lengthy to mention, and she wouldn’t want me to politicize them anyhow. However, should you want some background on what she has done for Wilmington, just ask your fellow residents and I guarantee they will be able to name a few ways she has helped to make Wilmington a great place to live.Wilmington is a better place because Jomarie O’Mahony calls it home, and the Board of Selectmen will be better if we can call her a Selectman (and/or Selectwoman).Respectfully,Bob Peterson(Robert G. Peterson, Sr.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTOWN ELECTION UPDATE: Ballot Is Set — 9 Candidates For 3 Selectmen Seats Spread Over 2 RacesIn “Government”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectwoman Candidate Jomarie O’MahonyIn “Government”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: O’Mahony Brings People Together, Always Helping Others With A SmileIn “Letter To The Editor”last_img read more

Fansler sentenced to year of probation alcohol treatment and community service

first_imgRep. Zach Fansler, D- Bethel, addresses the Capitol Press Corps during a House Majority Press Availability in March 2017. Fansler pleaded guilty to second-degree harassment in connection with a January incident in which he repeatedly struck a woman in his hotel room. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Former state Rep. Zach Fansler pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree harassment in connection with a January incident in which he struck a woman in his hotel room.Listen nowJuneau District Court Judge Kirsten Swanson sentenced Fansler to a 10-day suspended sentence and a year of probation.Fansler will also have to do 80 hours of community service and seek alcohol treatment. He’s prohibited from drinking any alcohol for a year.Chief Assistant Attorney General Paul Miovas urged Swanson to require community service. He said Fansler enjoys hurting women.“The victim in this case is 100 percent adamant – and we believe the evidence supports it – she did not agree to this conduct,” Miovas said. “Whatever the agreement was, whatever the relationship was, she did not agree to let him hit her in the head multiple times, causing a ruptured eardrum. That was not part of the deal.”Fansler called into the hearing. His lawyer Wallace Tetlow said he disagrees that Fansler likes to hurt women. He noted that Fansler had no prior record of arrests. Tetlow alleged there was some degree of consent from the victim. He argued against the community service.“He lost his position with the state Legislature,” Tetlow said. “He lost what looked to be a very promising career in politics, which … there’s no question that that’s not going to happen.  That’s out of the question from here on out.”In a written statement to Swanson, the victim said Fansler’s actions were predatory and intentionally violent.“I want Zach to take responsibility for what he did,” the victim wrote. “I also want resolution as soon as possible. I want this to be over.”Swanson was moved as she spoke about the effect of the incident on the victim.“Certainly when I read her letter, it was clear, not only the physical harm that she had with the eardrum, but also what she felt emotionally,” Swanson said.The incident happened on the night of Jan. 13, and became public two weeks later, when the Juneau Empire reported it. Fansler submitted his resignation six days after that.The Democrat was elected in 2016 to represent the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta.Fansler is originally from Pennsylvania. His current state of residence isn’t clear. A call to his attorney hadn’t been returned by deadline.last_img read more

Interest rate cut signals from RBI domestic car sales data to determine

first_imgIndian stock markets will be waiting for the most important trigger on 2 February when the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) meets to announce its sixth bi-monthly monetary policy statement. The central bank’s move will be keenly watched, irrespective of whether it reduces the repo rate or leaves it unchanged, as it did at its 1 December meeting.With most of the Sensex companies having declared their third quarter results, the focus will be on policy announcements and macroeconomic data. The government will be coming out with its advance GDP estimates for the current fiscal on 8 February, along with the data for the third quarter.Retail inflation rose for the fifth straight month in December to 5.61 percent on account of higher food prices and was closer to the 6 percent target for January 2016 set by the apex bank, leaving little scope for reducing the repo rate.At its fifth bi-monthly monetary policy statement issued on 1 December last year, the RBI had said the inflation target for January 2016 at 6 percent was “within reach”.After witnessing volatile trading during the week on account of global factors including the persisting fall in crude oil prices, the S&P BSE Sensex and the NSE Nifty ended the week on an upbeat note on Friday, gaining more than 1.60 percent. The Sensex closed at 24,870.69, up 401 points, or 1.64 percent, while the Nifty was up 138.90 points, or 1.87 percent to settle at 7,563.55. The surge was mainly due to a global rally in equity markets after the Bank of Japan adopted a negative interest rate policy for the first time.On Friday, post trading hours, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) revised the economic growth rate for 2014-15 to 7.2 percent from its earlier estimate of 7.3 percent. For FY2015, the revised figure was 6.6 percent from the earlier 6.9 percent.Shares of automobile companies will move depending on the domestic car sales data for January. The full impact of the 15 December, 2016 Supreme Court order banning registration of diesel cars with an engine capacity of 2,000 cc and above in Delhi will be reflected in the sales numbers of car makers, especially Mahindra & Mahindra and Tata Motors. The impact is likely to be less on Maruti Suzuki, Hyundai Motor and Renault India.On Friday, auto stocks gained in line with the broad market rally, with Mahindra, Ashok Leyland, Bajaj Auto and Tata Motors gaining from 0.80 percent to 2.62 percent.The rupee bounced back on Friday after hitting a new 29-month low on Thursday and closed at 67.79 to the US dollar. Controversy over RBI Governor’s statementsRBI governor Raghuram Rajan was in the news for apparent criticism of Modi government’s new GDP formula and his subsequent clarification.”There are problems with the way we count GDP which is why we need to be careful sometimes just talking about growth,” Rajan said on Thursday at the Indira Gandhi Institute of Development Research in New Delhi, reported NDTV.A day later, he clarified that he did not doubt the GDP numbers.  “It was not doubting anything about new GDP numbers or the way GDP is calculated. I think it’s broadly correct,” Rajan said while delivering the C D Deshmukh Memorial Lecture at NCAER in New Delhi on Friday, according to PTI.  Rajan’s dosa example to drive home the benefit of falling inflation even when interest rates on saving bank deposits fall was also in the news, with the Twitterati interpreting it to criticise Narendra Modi or support his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh, depending on their political persuasion.last_img read more

RU detains fake admission seeker

first_imgRURajshahi University authorities on Tuesday caught a fake admission seeker as he allegedly cheated in the first year honours admission test under 2017-2018 academic sessions, reports UNB.The detainee is Khalilur Rhaman, hailed from Kotwali upazila of Jessore district. He stood 16th from group-1 in the admission test under the law faculty.”His hand writing at viva voce examination did not match with the copies of written test. He failed to solve single question correctly. On suspicion, we sent him to the proctor’s office”, said professor Abu Naser Mohammad Wahed, dean of the faculty.RU proctor Mujibul Haque said that they handed over the student to the police after primary investigation.The first year admission test was held at RU on 22-26 October while the test under law faculty held on 23 October.last_img read more

BNP to sell nomination forms Thursday for 2 city polls

first_imgLogo of BNPBNP will sell nomination forms on Thursday among the people who are willing to contest the upcoming elections to Khulna and Gazipur city corporations with its tickets.BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi made the announcement at a press briefing at the party’s Naya Paltan central office on Tuesday.He said party nomination seekers can collect the form at Tk 10,000 each from BNP’s central office by 5pm on Thursday.Rizvi said the aspirants will have to submit the nomination forms to the BNP office along with Tk 25,000 security money by 5pm on Friday.Later, the party nomination board will interview the aspirants on Sunday evening at the party chairperson’s Gulshan office.On Sunday last, the party decided to join the Khulna and Gazipur city polls scheduled for May 15 as part of its movement for restoration of people’s ‘voting and other rights’.Party senior leaders took the decision at a meeting at the BNP chairperson’s Gulshan office.On Saturday, Chief Election Commissioner KM Nurul Huda announced that the elections to Gazipur and Khulna city corporations will be held on May 15.According to the election schedule, the deadline for the submission of nomination papers is April 12, while the dates for scrutinising those are April 15 and 16, and the last date for withdrawal of candidature is April 23.BNP candidates Moniruzzaman Moni and Prof MA Mannan were elected mayors in Khulna and Gazipur respectively in 2013 polls.last_img read more

Paper Apologizes for Coverage of Wrongly Accused Groveland 4

first_imgBy The Associated PressA Florida newspaper is apologizing for coverage seven decades ago that helped give credence to the false narrative that four young African-American men had raped a White woman in central Florida.The Orlando Sentinel on Jan. 10 printed an apology for the newspaper’s role in “this injustice” against the men known as the Groveland Four.From left, Sheriff Willis McCall, jailer Reuben Hatcher, Walter Irvin, Charles Greenlee, and Samuel Shepherd, at the Lake County Jail in Lake County, Florida, in 1949. (Photo: Library Of Congress/NAACP Records)The apology comes a day before newly inaugurated Gov. Ron DeSantis and Florida’s Cabinet meet to discuss the Groveland Four’s case. DeSantis has said he wants to consider a pardon for the men.The four men were wrongly accused of raping a White woman in 1949 in the central Florida town of Groveland, near Orlando.One of the men, Ernest Thomas, was killed during a manhunt. The other three were convicted with dubious evidence.last_img read more

Level5s next Inazuma Eleven soccer RPG uses a fitness band to level

first_imgInazuma Eleven is a soccer RPG and anime series you’d be forgiven for never having heard about. It was created by video game developer Level-5, better known for producing games such as Yo-kai Watch, Fantasy Life, Professor Layton, and Ni no Kuni among many others. But Inazuma Eleven is very popular, at least in its home territory of Japan, and Level-5 is set to try something a bit different with the next game in the series.You may be surprised to hear there’s already thirteen games carrying the Inazuma Eleven name (which have sold over 8 million copies), along with multiple anime series that add up to a total of 268 episodes. Here’s a trailer for one of the 3DS games that saw a release last year to give you an idea of what these games are about:Now Level-5 is producing a new game in the series called Inazuma Eleven Ares No Tenbin for an unspecified platform, but will most likely end up on a Nintendo handheld or smartphones. The most interesting thing about Ares No Tenbin is the presence of a fitness band.Level-5 has teamed up with Takara Tomy to produce a fitness band players can wear all day. It is linked to the game, meaning walking and running around accumulates points which can then be used to level up the speed, technique, and stamina stats of the in-game characters and players in your team. Effectively, Level-5 is encouraging exercise to help progress in the game.The fitness band will be sold separately and not mandatory for playing the game, but it does also double as a watch and will display appropriate words depending on what’s happening in the game. For example, “goal” or “win.”The band is sure to be a hit with parents who want their kids to be more active each day. Just how popular it ends up being depends on the price, though. What will also help get gamers excited about picking up the game and the band is a new anime series, and you can watch the first trailer for it below. The band will probably feature and be worn by one or more of the main characters.There’s no word on whether either the game or TV series will make it to Western markets. I’d say there’s a greater chance of the anime coming West due to streaming services such as Crunchyroll. But the games? And with a fitness band option? I won’t hold my breath.last_img read more

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