first_imgEx-Tottenham defender Jadon Brown excited about Huddersfield ‘challenge’by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Tottenham defender Jadon Brown is excited about his move to Huddersfield Town.After signing a two-and-a-half-year contract with Town, the Lewisham-born defender was ‘very excited’ at the prospect of joining the Club and moving away from home.“It’s a new challenge for myself with being away from home, a new dressing room and a new opportunity,” he told HTTV.“It was an easy decision for me because I have more opportunities to be in and around the First Team and I thought that if I get that chance then that is something that I can try and take.”The youngster added that he wanted to ‘get the experience’ of playing against different types of footballing sides.“As you get older the game changes and you’re not always playing against technical player.“For me as a player I like to get forward a lot and you know you’ve got to do more defending in the box, more blocks and more heading, so I can challenge my game a lot as well.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_img​Man City and Arsenal learn their Women’s Champions League opponentsby Ian Ferris25 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City have been drawn against Atletico Madrid in the Women’s Champions League last 16.Nick Cushing’s team lost to Atletico in the last 32 of the 2018-19 competition.Women’s Super League champions Arsenal will play Slavia Prague, while Glasgow City will face Brondby.The first legs will be played on 16-17 October, with the second legs scheduled for 30-31 October.Glasgow City (Sco) v Brondby (Den)Barcelona (Esp) v FC Minsk (Blr)BIIK-Kazygurt (Kaz) v Bayern Munich (Ger)Lyon (Fra) v Fortuna Hjorring (Den)Paris St-Germain (Fra) v Breidablik (Isl)Wolfsburg (Ger) v FC Twente (Ned)Slavia Prague (Cze) v Arsenal (Eng)Manchester City (Eng) v Atletico Madrid (Esp) TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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first_imgKarl Anthony-Towns drills a half-court shot during practice.Kentucky’s men’s basketball team opens its NCAA Tournament tomorrow night, when the No. 1-seeded Wildcats will take on No. 16 seed Hampton. Today, John Calipari’s squad is having a practice at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville that is open to the public. There are a ridiculous amount of Kentucky fans in attendance. During a point in the practice, the Wildcats started taking half-court shots. Kentucky star freshman forward Karl Anthony-Towns made one, sending the fan base into a frenzy. Kentucky and Hampton are set to tip off at 9:40 p.m. E.T. Thursday. The game will be televised on CBS.last_img read more

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first_imgAPTN InFocus:On Wednesday, December 10th at 6:30pm ET we’re putting the election of National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations InFocus.We’re broadcasting live from the Convention Centre in downtown Winnipeg on the day Chiefs choose their national leader.Our guests will join host/producer, Cheryl McKenzie, to share their perspective on the issues influencing the decision of who gets in.Here are our InFocus guests for the live show: Arthur Manuel, former Chief of the Neskonlith Indian Band and the son of George Manuel who was a leader in the Constitutional Express that ensured Aboriginal rights and title were recognized in the 1982 Constitution Act;Russell Diabo, Mohawk from Kahnawake, and Publisher and Editor of the First Nations Strategic Bulletin; Joan Jack, Anishinaabekwe from Beren’s River First Nation in Manitoba; Lawyer and previous AFN National Chief candidate.WATCH these clips from the candidates to get a sense of where they’re coming from.They appear in alphabetical order: Perry Bellegarde, Leon Jourdain and Ghislain Picard.(Video clips recorded at candidates forum in Winnipeg, Nov.6/14) Cheryl Maloney, President of the Nova Scotia Native Women’s Association and daughter of Reginald Maloney, the long-time Chief of the Mi’Kmaq Shubenacadie Band who took his fight for treaty rights all the way to the Supreme Court and won; andlast_img read more

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first_imgSALT LAKE CITY — New Year’s Eve revelers in Utah could find themselves with more than a hangover as 2019 dawns. If they drink and drive, they could end up on the wrong side of the nation’s newest and lowest DUI threshold.The 0.05 per cent limit goes into effect Sunday, despite protests that it will punish responsible drinkers and hurt the state’s tourism industry by adding to the reputation that the predominantly Mormon state is unfriendly to those who drink alcohol. The state’s old limit was 0.08 per cent, the threshold in most states.For Utah lawmakers, the change is a safety measure aimed at encouraging people not to drive at all if they’ve been drinking.The change was easily approved in 2017 by the Legislature, which is mostly Mormon and mostly Republican, and signed into law by Gov. Gary Herbert, also a Republican and member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The religion teaches its members to abstain from drinking alcohol.“The vast majority of people nationwide think that if a person has been drinking they shouldn’t be driving,” said Republican Rep. Norm Thurston, who sponsored the measure.The change means that depending on things such as food intake, a 150-pound man could be over the 0.05 limit after two beers in an hour, while a 120-pound woman could exceed it after a single drink in that time, according to figures from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.The National Transportation Safety Board also backs the change, and many in the hospitality industry worry that other states will follow suit. Utah was among the first to adopt the now-standard 0.08 threshold decades ago, and lawmakers in four states — Washington, Hawaii, Delaware and New York — have floated measures to lower their DUI limit in recent years. None has passed.“Other states proposing the 0.05 law, don’t just follow blindly in the footsteps of Utah,” said Jackson Shedelbower, a spokesman for the American Beverage Institute, a national restaurant group.In 2017, the group took out newspaper ads in Utah, neighbouring states and in USA Today, featuring a fake mugshot under a large headline reading, “Utah: Come for vacation, leave on probation.”It’s unfair that smaller people could violate the new threshold after just one or two drinks in quick succession, even though they’re no more impaired than someone talking on a hands-free cellphone, his group argues.NTSB member Bella Dinh-Zarr countered that fears about the law are overblown. Nearly 100 countries have a similar limit, and it hasn’t correlated with less drinking per-capita. Federally funded research indicates the standard could save some 1,500 lives a year if adopted around the U.S., she said.“The restaurant industry should support this because it keeps their customers alive and drinking,” Dinh-Zarr said.Utah’s law takes effect as the state basks in the news that the U.S. Olympic Committee chose Salt Lake City over Denver as a future bid city, most likely for the 2030 Winter Olympics. State tourism officials say they’re not concerned about the law driving away visitors.With the increased use of Uber and other ride-hailing apps, many people going out for a night on the town don’t set foot in their own cars. In Utah, DUI arrests have dropped more than 50 per cent over the past seven years despite a booming population, according to state figures.Even if the law doesn’t present a practical problem, it could scare off some visitors who see the state as rigid about liquor laws, said David Corsun, director of the Daniels College of Business’ Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. Still, it’s hard to say how big the impact might be.“If you really want to ski Utah, you’re going to ski Utah. You’re just going to figure it out,” Corsun said.Police, meanwhile, say they’re aiming to stop dangerous drivers, not target people who might have had a drink or two and could be in violation of the lowered DUI threshold.“You can’t just stop someone who left a bar because you suspect they may have used alcohol,” said Sgt. Nick Street with the Utah Highway Patrol.Still, patrons of Salt Lake City’s burgeoning bar scene do feel unfairly singled out by the change.Stopping for a whiskey after work with her sister at the upscale pub Beerhive, Maude Romney, 29, said she’ll likely only go to places she can walk to from her downtown home.“I’m paranoid about it already,” she said.A DUI charge can be expensive and have long-term effects on careers.In a booth in a corner, recent Ohio transplant Rob Wheatley, 50, said he drinks to try new craft beers, not to get drunk. He’s skeptical that the law will be a serious deterrent for binge drinkers.“I don’t know if it’s going to change anyone’s behaviour,” he said. “If they’re going to have a beer, they’re going to have a beer.”Lindsay Whitehurst, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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first_imgDehradun: Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Saturday said if elected to power, his party will introduce a scheme of guaranteed minimum income for the poor, which will go straight into their bank accounts. Launching the Congress’s campaign for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls at a rally in Uttarakhand, Gandhi said everyone earning below a certain level would be given a guaranteed minimum income, which would go straight into the accounts of the beneficiaries. He added that India would be the first country in the world to introduce a scheme like this if the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) came to power. The seven-phased Lok Sabha polls will be held from April 11 to May 19 and the counting of votes will be taken up on May 23.last_img read more

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first_imgNew Delhi: The Odisha Parba 2019, a three-day mega celebration in the heart of India’s national capital New Delhi received overwhelming response by the visitors. Many visitors including foreigners relished the authentic taste of Odisha and experienced the essence of rich cultural ethos of Odisha at this event. Lakhs of visitors were thrilled with joy to witness Odisha’s magnificent journey from the ancient maritime era to the illustrious contemporary times and a vision for future of Odisha. Organized by Odia Samaj, New Delhi Odisha Parba 2019, a celebration of Odisha’s Culture, Tradition, Heritage & Cuisine was inaugurated on 15th March 2019 at India Gate Lawn No-5, New Delhi. In the valedictory ceremony of this event, Draupadi Murmu, Governor of Jharkhand was the chief guest and Dr Arijit Pasayat, former Judge, Supreme Court, Padma Vibhushan Dr Sonal Mansingh, MP, Rajya Sabha and Odisha Dance Exponent graced the occasion as Guests of Honour and Odia Samaj President, Sidhartha Pradhan, Trustee Hiranya Mohanty were also present at the occasion.last_img read more

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The Senior Bowl, held in Mobile, Ala., is an opportunity for senior football players to showcase their talents in front of pro scouts and coaches. And Former Ohio State football players Ross Homan and Dane Sanzenbacher were invited to the field. Homan and Sanzenbacher understand the importance of the opportunity. “The best players in the nation are out here, competing and trying to showcase their skills,” Homan said. Being at your best and separating yourself from the rest is something Homan said is crucial in a game like this. “It’s very important. You’re always being evaluated every time you step on the field,” Homan said. “It’s a huge job interview; that’s the way I look at it.” Sanzenbacher agreed. “It’s an opportunity for you to show your talents and stand out from everybody else,” he said. Since the Sugar Bowl, Homan and Sanzenbacher have been training for the NFL draft process. Both were recently invited to the NFL Combine, and both said they plan to attend. During practice, Homan said coaches and scouts have been telling him to keep doing what he is doing and to relax and play to his ability. Sanzenbacher, who was a late addition to the Senior Bowl, had his first day of practice Tuesday, and said the competition there is one of a kind. “You can’t really replace that competition. It makes everybody better,” he said. “You’re working with some of the best players in the nation and it makes every rep that much more critical.” Being so close to the NFL, Homan said he is ready to make the most of the opportunity. “It’s a dream come true,” he said. “I have dreamed of it since I was a little kid, and now I have the opportunity to make it a reality.” Sanzenbacher said the feeling is surreal. “It’s weird. It doesn’t feel that close,” Sanzenbacher said. “There’s still a lot of steps that you need to go through to actually put on that jersey and play in the NFL.” Homan’s ultimate goal is to be a success and leave nothing undone. “Just be successful; just have no regrets,” Homan said. “Never look back and wish I could have done this or could have done that.” Sanzenbacher has different ambitions. “(I want) to put myself in a position to be successful after football,” Sanzenbacher said. “Obviously you want to play well and take (football) as far as you can, but ultimately, while you’re playing, set yourself up for the future.” Neither Homan nor Sanzenbacher has a preference of what team he would like to compete for. They said would just be grateful for the chance to play in the NFL. Sanzenbacher said he would never forget the experiences he had playing for OSU. “It kind of made me the football player that I am,” he said. “Being able to run out on Senior Day, to get your name announced as captain and your family on the field was definitely up there for me.” What Homan will remember most about OSU is his success on the team. “The close games, battles, sealing the deal on Big Ten championships,” Homan said. “Everything we’ve won, I’ll keep memory of.” The Senior Bowl will be televised at 4 p.m. Saturday on the NFL Network. read more

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Ohio State junior blocker Madison Smeathers (4) taps the ball to Michigan State on Sunday, Oct. 14 at St. John’s Arena in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State beat Michigan State in 3 matches. Credit: Claire Kudika | Assistant Design EditorThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team returns home on Wednesday to face No. 9 Nebraska. The team will enjoy a home-field advantage for six of its 10 remaining matches. Nebraska is heading into the game with a record of 15-5 and 6-4 in Big Ten play, losing four of its past five matches. The Buckeyes stand at 12-10 and 3-7 in the Big Ten. Nebraska leads the all-time series against the Buckeyes 13-7, dating back to 1978. Ohio State head coach Geoff Carlston said the team is working on making improvements after lackluster Big Ten play.“We are constantly trying to re-evaluate what we need to do,” Carlston said. “In terms of personnel, I think we have the best unit out there, so it’s a matter of being the best at what we can do.”The Buckeyes have 1,077 kills this season compared with the Cornhuskers with 955.Nebraska’s freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach leads the Big Ten and ranks fourth nationally with 1.64 blocks per set. Carlston said matchups like this against Nebraska is a good way to grow for his team.“Our young players are maturing, but they’re trying to learn and grow in the middle of the best conference in the country,” Carlston said. “We have a good group across all ages, learning how to compete on the road in a pretty hostile environment. Our kids want to win, and we want to win, but it’s a balance.”Ohio State sophomore setter Becca Mauer voiced the same focus for the Nebraska match and the rest of the season: decreasing the number of errors.“One of the biggest things for us to focus on is making the other team make the mistakes,” Mauer said. “A lot of times we are making the mistakes for them. If we limit the errors on our side of the net, the matches, the games, the sets will all go a lot differently. We aren’t giving ourselves a chance to play ball.”The Buckeyes have 438 attack errors, 193 serve errors, 111 serve reception errors and 44 block errors this season, while the Cornhuskers compare with 335 attack errors, 173 serve errors, 67 serve reception errors and 53 block errors. “Our Achilles’ heel is our passing errors,” Carlston said. “We want to be able to put the ball away.”Mauer is determined to make that happen.“The setters kind of run the offense,”Mauer said. “One of my main goals for the rest of the season is putting my hitters in the best situation possible. This past week we couldn’t really get our hitters going.”Ohio State will play  Nebraska at St. John Arena at 7 p.m on Wednesday. read more

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first_imgArsenal have welcomed Aaron Ramsey back to training as they prepare for their mouth-watering Premier League encounter against Manchester City, according to Goal.The midfielder is understood to have overcome a calf injury that ruled him out of Arsenal’s final two preseason friendlies against Chelsea and Lazio.The Wales international could play some part in Unai Emery’s first competitive game as manager of Arsenal.There has been constant speculation surrounding Ramsey’s future at the Emirates leading up to Thursday’s England transfer deadline.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.Ramsey currently has a year left on his Arsenal deal, and reports suggest the player wants around £300,000 a week deal to stay at the club.The 27-year-old was linked with moves to Chelsea, Liverpool and Barcelona but with the transfer window closed in England the player will remain at the Emirates for the time being.Arsenal are expected to be without the defensive duo of Sead Kolasinac and Laurent Koscielny for the game against City on Sunday.Kolasinac picked up an injury during the club’s International Champions Cup (ICC) friendly against Chelsea while Koscielny continues his recovery for a serious injury he picked up towards the end of last season.last_img read more

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first_imgFormer Juventus manager Marcello Lippi believes that Cristiano Ronaldo’s arrival could not have been better timedThe five-time Ballon d’Or winner stunned the football world by leaving Real Madrid for a €112m switch to Juventus in the summer.Ronaldo recently revealed that the Real president, Florentino Pérez, no longer valued him and so he decided to leave.While his old employers struggle in his absence, Ronaldo has made an impressive start to life in Italy.The Portugal captain has managed seven goals and five assists in 10 Serie A games.And Lippi thinks that Ronaldo’s timely arrival has given Juventus a brilliant boost as they chase an eighth straight league crown and a first Champions League title since 1996.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.The veteran Italian coach also suggests that a Ronaldo from three years ago wouldn’t have been as effective as he is now.“Juventus signed him at the right time,” Lippi told Courier Dello Sport, via Express.“His impact is unbelievable.“If the Bianconeri had signed him three years ago, he would’ve had a much less impact than now.”Ronaldo also recently spoke of his hopes of winning a record sixth Ballon d’Or this year.Juventus will host Cagliari on Saturday at Turin with kick-off to start at 20:30 (CEST).last_img read more

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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppBahamas, June 22nd 2017:Provisions have been made for medical students to receive funding at the start of their internships. Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis made the announcement at the 2017 Graduation Ceremony for Medical School Graduates, University of the West Indies (UWI) School of Clinical Medicine and Research (Bahamas) at Melia Nassau Beach.The Prime Minister gave the assurance, stating that he had directed the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance to find the funds allowing the students to attend their orientation carded the following morning. He says the decision was taken after he was approached by several students and their parents expressing concern over the lack of provisions made for them to commence their internships.Prime Minister, Dr.Hubert Minnis addressing medical students at their graduationRecognizing the importance of the student doctors, and being a medical doctor himself, PM Minnis said of the students they are important to providing the manpower within the healthcare system, as the profession is anticipated to have a shortfall; he also reiterated his government’s commitment “to reforming and modernizing healthcare delivery in The Bahamas”.As a result, Prime Minnister Dr. Hubert Minnis says his Government is fully committed to continuing the investment in the Clinical and Research Programmes at the UWI School of Clinical Medicine and Research (Bahamas).A record 44 medical students graduated from the programme on Monday night as medical doctors. #MagneticMediaNews#BahamasMedicalStudentsToReceiveFundingForInternships Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppcenter_img Related Items:last_img read more

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first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 16, 2017 – Providenciales – Delleriece Hall, Country Manager of Cable & Wireless Communications, operators of the brand Flow, today confirmed that the majority of  Flow’s mobile and fixed network has been restored to customers throughout the Islands, following the significant devastation of Hurricane Irma.“Connectivity to family, friends and loved ones is essential, especially during times of crisis, and as providers of core communication services in the region, we knew we had a tremendous responsibility to restore services as quickly as possible” said Delleriece Hall, country manager of C&W.    “I am happy to report that Flow was the FIRST to restore mobile services in North and Middle Caicos, South Caicos, and Grand Turk.   While there are restoration delays in some areas, due largely to the unavailability of electricity, our teams continue to work around the clock to restore services as quickly as possible,” the Country Manager said.Speaking on C&W/Flow broader hurricane recovery efforts in the TCI, Hall outlined the Company’s support during the hurricane.   For customers, Flow waived bill payments for fixed services as well as broadband and TV Rentals for September.   The Company also set up free Wi-Fi hotspot and established a charging station at the central office in Providenciales.   Flow provided critical office space to 911 services at the Head Office and partnered with the Red Cross in a “Restoring Family Links” exercise while supporting the Department of Disaster Management and Emergencies (DDME) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) by providing cell phones with SIM cards, data and voice service for first responders, and shelter managers.  “We remain committed to the people of the region and are focused on our mission of connecting communities and transforming lives.  We are equally proud of our network performance, which in several markets, including the Turks and Caicos Islands, was the only operational mobile network immediately after the hurricanes,” said Hall.Flow further advises that customers should refrain from cutting low lying cables.  Customers are asked to contact our office on 946-4499 to report any low lying cables, and 611 to report faults for broadband and TV in areas where commercial power has been restored.Press Release: FLOWlast_img read more

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first_imgThe Kenai Watershed Forum has also monitored the water quality of the Kenai River watersheds twice a year (once in the spring and once in the summer) for the past 15 years. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) collected water quality samples on Kenai Beaches, on July 3 and 13, that showed elevated levels above Alaska’s enterococci and fecal coliform bacteria limit for recreation and harvesting for consumption of raw fish and shellfish. Bornemann: “It really boils down to avoiding this bacteria, and humans can do that pretty easy overall. Overall I think a fairly good message got out stating that there are ways to prevent this from infecting humans.”  Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Branden Bornemann, Executive Director, Kenai Watershed Forum gave an update regarding water quality on the Kenai River at the Kenai City Council meeting, on September 5. Bornemann said the Watershed Forum is still wrapping up its final tests of the season and will release updated data as soon as it’s available. According to a release from the DEC, they recommend beach users take normal precautions to avoid exposure, such as avoiding swimming in the water, washing after contact with the water, and rinsing fish with clean water after they have been harvested from the area. Bornemann: “Is this a problem? What this data has been telling us since 2010 is that bacteria has been present at the Kenai River mouth consistently. It has been there since before dipnetting began, and it’ll be there after dipnetting ends. It is a thing that is naturally present in the ecosystem.” last_img read more

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first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR While changes are coming to how the department operates military grocery stores, they won’t be implemented in a haphazard manner, according to David Tillotson III, DOD’s assistant deputy chief management officer.Tillotson, who has been charged with identifying ways to reduce the $1.4 billion annual subsidy Congress provides the commissary system, said any changes would be carried out deliberately and with mechanisms in place to ensure they don’t degrade the commissary benefit for military families. “We’ll work on it a piece at a time, and that’s our intention,” Tillotson told the American Logistics Association, a group of manufacturers and distributors who serve commissaries, exchanges and morale, welfare and recreation facilities.Privatization, for example, is not an “all or nothing” proposition, he said. It is possible that only some elements of commissary operations are handled by the private sector, reported Military Times. The main sticking point to privatizing commissaries will be overseas stores, Tillotson said.“We are unequivocally certain that people are really, really going to choke on the overseas operation portion. We’re certain of that because nearly every conversation I’ve had chokes on that point,” he said.Tillotson noted that the department was pleased that the Senate had removed language from the fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill allowing DOD to privatize commissaries at five major installations.The Pentagon already has proposed allowing commissaries to charge variable prices for items and to introduce private labels in an effort to reduce the annual subsidy.In addition to looking for ways to save money in commissary operations, Tillotson said the deputy secretary of defense has asked him to find $10 billion in savings from other reforms across DOD over the next four to five years.last_img read more

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first_imgTwitterJapan and Singapore have been crowned as countries with the most powerful passports, according to a study by Henley and Partners. The passports of the two Asian countries allow visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 189 countries.This information comes from the Henley Passport Index, a list compiled by Henley and Partners, a global citizenship and residence advisory firm. They had rated countries across the world depending on how many countries the passport holders of the country have access to without needing to get a visa before travel.The list saw Singapore and Japan in the lead while Afghanistan came last with passport holders having access to just 25 countries without obtaining a prior visa. Giving a shock to the two superpowers, the United States and the United Kingdom have occupied the sixth position, the lowest score they have held since 2014.In the last quarter, South Korea held the top spot but was bumped to the second position, which it shares with Finland and German. The three passports allow visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 187 countries.Italy, Luxembourg, and Denmark occupy the third position with free access to 186 locations, followed by Spain. France and Sweden, with visa-free or visa-on-arrival travel to 185 destinations.In the fifth place, Austria, Portugal, the Netherlands, and Switzerland allow free travel with 184 points.Along with the US and the UK, Belgium, Canada Norway, Greece and Norway share sixth place with a score of 183.”With a few notable exceptions, the latest rankings from the Henley Passport Index show that countries around the world increasingly view visa-openness as crucial to economic and social progress,” Dr Christian H Kaelin, the chairman of Henley & Partners and the creator of the passport index, was quoted as saying by Independent.He added, “However, this latest unique research appears to confirm something that many of us already knew intuitively: that increased visa-openness benefits the entire global community, and not just the strongest countries.”last_img read more

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first_imgA group of students look at flowers left in tribute to victims at the Botanical Garden in Christchurch on 19 March four days after a shooting incident at two mosques that claimed the lives of 50 people. Photo: AFPNew Zealanders have begun handing in weapons in response to government appeals following the Christchurch massacre, but the gesture has put some squarely in the social media firing line.John Hart, a farmer in the North Island district of Masterton, decided to give his semi-automatic rifle to police after Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Monday plans to tighten gun laws in light of the slaughter Friday of 50 Muslim worshippers.She also encouraged owners to surrender unnecessary firearms after it emerged that the accused mosque attacker, Australia white nationalist Brenton Tarrant, had legally acquired the guns he used in the rampage.Hart said it was an easy decision for him to hand in his semi-automatic and tweeted that “on the farm they are a useful tool in some circumstances, but my convenience doesn’t outweigh the risk of misuse. We don’t need these in our country”.The tweet drew a barrage of derogatory messages to his Facebook account — most apparently from the US, where the pro-gun lobby is powerful and vociferous.Hart deleted the messages but posted online: “A warm kia ora to all my new American Facebook friends.””I’m not familiar with your local customs, but I assume ‘Cuck’ is a traditional greeting,” he said of the insult, short for “cuckold’, frequently used by far-right extremists.Hart told AFP many of the messages made inaccurate references to his sexuality.”It was very sudden. It started about the time the US east coast was waking up. There seemed to have been a rallying call,” he said.A more mild message, from Kaden Heaney asked: “What’s the point of giving up yalls personal guns? Yall do realize what happens to societies that give up their guns right? Evil people will get their hands on guns, knives, bombs or whatever they want to kill no matter what the intentions of good people are. Who will protect you.”Christopher @offwhiteblogger said: “You did the right thing then; you clearly aren’t responsible enough to own a firearm.”Police said they did not have data available on the number of weapons handed in since Friday.But they issued a statement saying that “due to heightened security and the current environment, we would ask that people please call us first before attempting to surrender a firearm.”A person calling himself Blackstone tweeted: “this is one of the easiest decisions I have ever made. Have owned a firearm for 31 years … Once I realised that, the only way I could go forward with a clear conscience was to hand it into the police for destruction.”Ardern has said that details of the government’s proposed law changes on gun ownership will be announced by next week, but she indicated that gun buybacks and a ban on some semi-automatic rifles were under consideration.”As the Cabinet, we were absolutely unified and very clear: the terror attack in Christchurch on Friday was the worst act of terrorism on our shores, it was in fact one of the worst globally in recent times, it has exposed a range of weaknesses in New Zealand’s gun laws,” she said.New Zealand police, meanwhile, were investigating a suspicious fire at a gun club in the far north of the country, but were not immediately linking it to the current gun debate.There had also been a fire at the same club a year ago.last_img read more

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first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Qualcomm used the CES event in Las Vegas yesterday to showcase its Snapdragon S4 line of chips, expected to ship in devices later this year. A key highlight was the company’s demo of LTE-speed connectivity with the Snapdragon S4 chip on a tablet running Windows 8. The company’s keynote by its CEO Paul Jacobs set the tone that the overall goal is to have Qualcomm Snapdragon chips put the company on the map not just as smartphone chip makers primarily but as a brand that carries weight in tablets, notebooks and other computing devices. The Snapdragon line is promoted as enabling good wireless speeds and superior connectivity. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Qualcomm’s profile rises as wireless invades consumer tech © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Citation: Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset heads for tablets, TVs (2012, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-qualcomm-snapdragon-chipset-tablets-tvs.html The Windows 8 tablet debut was performed with the Snapdragon S4 and OS running on AT&T’s 4G LTE network. AT&T VP Michael Stice got in the act to affirm Qualcomm’s strengths for chipset design. He said AT&T is working with Qualcomm in next-generation mobile PCs and tablets carried on AT&T’s 3G and LTE networks.Analysts see Qualcomm as eager to encroach on Intel territory and nibble more particularly into the Intel-dominated segment of PCs. Paul Jacobs, the CEO in a show interview, told the reporter that Qualcomm was revved up about the opportunity. “We have a really good Snapdragon chip, and I think we have a very good shot with that chip,” said Jacobs.Jacobs pitched Windows on ARM as providing great opportunities for Qualcomm as technology partner. He said the end result was users getting always-on mobile computing experiences. He said this was “a really exciting opportunity for S4 to flex its muscles.” Along with the Windows 8 tablet demo, Qualcomm announced the first smart TV to run on a Snapdragon processor, also in launch mode at CES, the Lenovo K91. Lenovo’s new Snapdragon-based smart TVs will be sold in China. The voice-controlled set is launching there this year. “Consumers demand a seamless experience across all screens, including smartphones, tablets, PCs and televisions,” said Raj Talluri, vice president of product management for Qualcomm. “Having Snapdragon processors power smart TVs and digital media adapters is a natural extension of our leadership in mobile and computing technologies into the connected home.”last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The upcoming Panchayat polls in West Bengal are rapidly emerging as a warm up match for the BJP ahead the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, with the saffron party pulling out all stops to reach out to the people, political observers say. With nearly 40 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal located in villages and semi-urban areas, administered by Panchayats, an absolute control of the rural bodies is a must for political parties to have an upper hand on rivals in the next year’s Lok Sabha polls. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe battle is interestingly poised as the Trinamool Congress (TMC) is planning to play a bigger role nationally after the 2019 Lok Sabha polls and the BJP aiming to emerge as the main opposition to the TMC in the state.West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh said the results of the Panchayat polls to be held next month might not have a direct impact on Lok Sabha polls as the elections in rural bodies were held under the state administration, but it would surely give an indication in which way the wind was blowing. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The Panchayat polls will be a warm up match for us not only to galvanise party workers but also to reach out to the people against the TMC’s misrule ahead of 2019,” he said.BJP president Amit Shah had recently said the party is aiming to win 22 seats in Bengal.According to a state BJP leader, with the BJP facing anti-incumbency in some North Indian states, the saffron camp was well aware that any reduction in the number of seats needed to be compensated with seats from West Bengal and Odisha. “We need to win maximum number of seats in Lok Sabha in order to compensate the shortfall and also to emerge as the main opposition to the TMC,” the BJP leader said.”If we have to win more than 20 seats, then it is important that we have a good presence in Panchayats across the state and for that, we have to fight the TMC and win as many seats as possible,” Ghosh told PTI.The recent clashes between the BJP and the TMC in various parts of the states were a clear indication that the BJP would not yield a single inch without putting up a fight, senior BJP leader Mukul Roy said.Even as the Congress and the CPI(M) failed to open their account properly in filing nominations across the state, the sheer number of nominations filed by BJP, which is just second to the TMC, showed how the saffron camp was serious in contesting the TMC.”The people of Bengal wants the BJP as they have seen the rule of the Congress, the TMC and the CPI(M). With each passing day, the BJP is gaining strength in Bengal despite terror tactics of the TMC,” BJP national general secretary Kailash Vijayvergiya claimed.The TMC leadership too accused the BJP of aggression in filing nominations and of bringing in “outsiders” to disturb the peace in the state.”They are trying hard to gain ground by use of violence but will not succeed as people of the state are with the TMC,” TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee told PTI.The Panchayat elections will be held across 48,650 seats in 3,358 Gram Panchayats, 9,217 seats at 341 Panchayat Samitis, and 825 seats at 20 Zilla Parishads in three phases in the first week of May.The counting of votes will take place on May 8.The TMC now not only controls all the Zilla Parishads of the state but also 90 per cent of the Panchayat seats.In 2013, the TMC had won 34 out of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in the state in a stellar show in Panchayat polls.The TMC’s victory in South 24 Parganas and East Midnapore Zilla Parishads in the 2008 Panchayat polls first signalled the fall of three-decade-old Left regime in 2011.According to political parties, the victory in these elections is important to reach out to the people as those living in rural areas depend on Panchayats for basic amenities such as drinking water, agricultural land, schools, social and government benefits.Galvanized after its performance in the recent Ram Navami celebrations across the state, the West Bengal BJP, which has been increasing its vote share in all the elections since 2016 Assembly polls, hopes to emerge as an opposition to the TMC by edging out the Congress and the CPI(M).Senior CPI(M) leader Sujan Chakraborty, however, claimed, “The divisive policy of the BJP will not work in Bengal and only the Left Front can fight against misrule of the TMC.last_img read more

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first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of the state Forest department has arrested five poachers while they were trying to sell leopard skin at Odlabari in Jalpaiguri.According to sources, the STF got a tip off about some people who were searching for a prospective buyer of leopard skin on WhatsApp. Working on the tip off, the leader of the STF, Sanjay Dutta, who is also the ranger of Belacoba Range, managed to get himself added to the WhatsApp group as a buyer of the skin. After a few days of negotiation, the poachers finally agreed to sell the skin against Rs 12 lakh. It was decided that the deal would be done at Odlabari on Sunday evening. According to the plan, Dutta was waiting at the mentioned point along with his force and officers of the STF. Five poachers had arrived riding bikes and when they were about to commence the deal, the STF personnel surrounded them. All five of them were immediately detained and brought to a local forest department office where officials found the leopard skin preserved using turmeric and salt from inside a backpack. In the interrogation, the accused persons said they trapped the leopard and killed it approximately seven days ago. Later, they along with some others cooked the meat and enjoyed the picnic. The adult leopard was approximately 10 feet long. It is suspected that a guide of the Forest department, who is missing, is connected to them.last_img read more

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