Till a few months ago, India’s middle order looked rock solid in the longest format of cricket. However, with the departure of Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, Indian selectors and the team management have been short of ideas as far as their replacements are concerned.However, the solution might already be there in Indias playing XI. Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni might look to Delhi batsman Virender Sehwag to anchor a solid role in the middle order rather than using him in his usual role as an opener as India take on New Zealand in the twp-Test series beginning in Hyderabad on Thursday.Sehwag can bring solidity to the middle order if he curbs his natural playing instincts. In fact, Sehwag had himself expressed his desire to bat in the Indian middle order earlier this year.No doubt, Sehwags solid starts have been central to shaping many a wins for Dhoni’s Devils in the longer version. However, the exit of highly dependable Dravid and crisis manager Laxman has left a big hole in India’s batting order.And the onus is on the team management to either plug the gap in the middle with youngsters like Cheteshwar Pujara and Suresh Raina or offer Sehwag his much sought after slot at 5 or 6.Dhoni, in his media address ahead of the opening Test against New Zealand, had said that India would miss the two top batsmen, but he also insisted that the youngsters needed to step up to fill the gap.The presence of Mumbai’s Ajinkya Rahane could provide India an opportunity to experiment with the Gautam Gambhir-Rahane combine at the top against the inexperienced Kiwis.advertisementSehwag’s record as an opener stands testament to his prowess with the new ball. However, for a batsman who started off with a debut Test century batting at number six on a hostile Bloemfontein track in South Africa in 2001, one cannot deny Sehwag’s utility as a middle order batsman.While it has been a catch-22 situation for Dhoni and coach Duncan Fletcher, if the explosive Sehwag can prove his mettle lower down the order against the Kiwis it would certainly lend some much needed strength to India’s batting mix.Moreover, the move could provide India some much-needed dependability and experience in the middle before the more dangerous Englishmen and Aussies come calling.Teams (from):India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Ajinkya Rahane, Subramaniam Badrinath and Piyush Chawla.New Zealand: Ross Taylor (Capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Daniel Flynn, James Franklin, Martin Guptill, Chris Martin, Brendon McCullum, Tarun Nethula, Jeetan Patel, Tim Southee, Kruger van Wyk, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson.Match Starts at 9.30 AM IST.
MOST READ SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte “First and foremost to the Jimenez family I want them to know how truly devastated I am for my involvement and the loss of a loved one,” Boeheim read from a prepared statement. “The grief and pain his family is feeling at this time is, simply put, unimaginable. Juli, my family, and I are heartbroken. I love this community, and to see so many of my community members rally around the Jimenez family is a reminder of how special a community central New York is.”For Boeheim, who struck and killed Jimenez on a darkened highway that leads out of town, the game was his first public appearance since the accident. Boeheim, in his 43rd season as head coach at his alma mater, had addressed the team Thursday but did not take part in practice. Although he returned for practice Friday, he had not appeared in public until he made his way into the Carrier Dome to a big ovation from the crowd of 35,642.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesHead down, Boeheim made his way to center court and acknowledged the crowd with a brief wave before giving Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski a heartfelt hug.“That was such an incredible environment,” Krzyzewski said. “The support the fans gave the team and the support they gave Jim was great and such an emotional time.” Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Swingman Cameron Reddish was out with an illness and point guard Tre Jones suffered a shoulder injury roughly 5 1/2 minutes in to put Duke down two starters in that one. It was a completely different team, just like it was on Saturday without injured freshman star Zion Williamson, who had a season-high 35 points in that first game.Williamson watched from the bench as freshman forward RJ Barrett, who had a triple-double and double-double in Duke’s previous two games, scored 30 points to help fill the void and Alex O’Connell had a career-high 20 in his first start of the season.Tyus Battle led Syracuse with 16 points on 4-of-17 shooting, Elijah Hughes had 12, and Marek Dolezaj and Frank Howard had 10 apiece as the Orange hit only 1 of 11 3-pointers in the decisive second half.“Our offense is really the difference,” Boeheim said. “They’re going to score points. They’re a tremendous offensive team. If you can hold them in the 70s, that’s a pretty good effort, but offensively we didn’t get the movement we need to and we didn’t make shots when we got them.”For freshman Orange guard Buddy Boeheim, the coach’s youngest son, the whole night was a moment that forever will be etched in his mind.“When he first came out, it was just a great moment for the community, a great moment for him,” Buddy said. “It was just great having him there. You obviously want to win, but it’s more than basketball sometimes.”ATTENDANCE RECORDThe game set a record for an on-campus basketball game, eclipsing the mark of 34,446, twice against Duke.SHOW OF SUPPORTSeveral former Orange stars attended the game, including Sherman Douglas, Derrick Coleman, John Wallace, Todd Burgan and Billy Owens. New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, wearing a No. 4 Syracuse jersey, also attended and sat just to the right of the Syracuse bench.BIG PICTURE Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants LATEST STORIES ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kevin Love scores season-high 32 as Cavs beat Grizzlies View comments The accident happened after the Orange’s 20-point victory over No. 18 Louisville. Police say Jimenez was a passenger in a car that apparently skidded out of control on a patch of ice and hit a guardrail. Police say Jimenez was trying to get to safety when he was struck by Boeheim’s SUV. Boeheim had swerved to avoid the disabled car, which was resting perpendicular across two lanes.Jimenez was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Another man in the car suffered minor injuries. A moment of silence was observed before the game for Jimenez and his family.Police say Boeheim has cooperated and sobriety tests administered to Boeheim and the unidentified driver of the other vehicle were negative for any signs of impairment. Police Chief Kenton T. Buckner said Thursday night there was “no reason to believe that there are criminal charges that will be coming for anyone.”Once the game started, it seemed like just another tilt featuring the two winningest coaches in NCAA Division I history, except for the massive crowd that made the dome’s walls shake every time the Orange scored. The Blue Devils (24-3, 12-2) improved to 7-0 on the road in the Atlantic Coast Conference.In the first game between the teams, the Orange (18-9, 9-5) pulled off the upset, 95-91 at Cameron Indoor Stadium, as Tyus Battle scored a season-high 32 points and Syracuse used its 2-3 zone defense to rattle Duke in overtime.ADVERTISEMENT Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim waves before the team’s NCAA college basketball game against Duke in Syracuse, N.Y., Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019. (AP Photo/Nick Lisi)SYRACUSE, N.Y. — When it was over and the last of the deafening cheers of the record Carrier Dome crowd had stopped, Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim forgot about basketball for a poignant moment.Three nights earlier, the 74-year-old Hall of Fame coach had been involved in an accident that took the life of 51-year-old Jorge Jimenez, and that was foremost on his mind. Talking about a tough 75-65 loss to top-ranked Duke on Saturday night would have to wait.ADVERTISEMENT Duke: Williamson is recovering from a sprained knee. Duke was crushed at home, 88-72, on Wednesday night by No. 8 North Carolina after Williamson was hurt on the game’s first possession.Syracuse: Just being with the players and coaching them will help Boeheim cope with the tragic accident as the season winds down.UP NEXTDuke: At No. 20 Virginia Tech on Tuesday night.Syracuse: At No. 8 North Carolina on Tuesday night. 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Exactly 20 years ago, an orphan wizard named Harry Potter and a legion of readers young and old, began to discover a magical universe hidden in plain sight, in the pages of British author JK Rowling’s first book.Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, curtain-raiser to a seven-tome series of children’s books, was first published in the United Kingdom on June 26, 1997.Six more Harry Potter books, eight cinematic adaptations, a play, and several spin-offs later, Rowling today told her 10,800,000-odd Twitter followers that the journey had been “wonderful.”20 years ago today a world that I had lived in alone was suddenly open to others. It’s been wonderful. Thank you.#HarryPotter20- J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 26, 2017The 51-year-old author has since written books for adults – both as herself and under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. But the undisputed highlight of her literary career remains the septet of Potter books. As many as 450 million copies in almost 80 languages have been sold, Rowling’s official website says.Using the hashtag #HarryPotter20, fans took to social media to pay tribute to her achievement.Thank you @jk_rowling for creating one of the most beautiful worlds I’ve ever had the pleasure of visiting. #HarryPotter20 pic.twitter.com/W5ah6b2r7N- Shannon Purser (@shannonpurser) June 26, 2017Happy #HarryPotter20 This book and movie is my childhood. When my parents got me the wand, cloak, and glasses; I swear I could do anything.- Max Ehrich (@maxehrich) June 26, 2017I can’t believe it, 20 years ago you gave us this wonderful world, wow!? #HarryPotter20 @jk_rowling ? pic.twitter.com/HKOUordB8madvertisement- An (@an_guila) June 26, 2017Pottermore, Rowling’s digital publishing company, told readers how they could have their tweets displayed at London’s King’s Cross station. In the books, Harry Potter crosses an invisible, magical barrier between platforms 9 and 10 to catch the train that takes him to his school, Hogwarts.Celebrate 20 years of magic with us today! Use #HarryPotter20 and your tweet could be displayed in King’s Cross: https://t.co/jS7KtSjUtE pic.twitter.com/V7zZmmHwPH- Pottermore (@pottermore) June 26, 2017The last lines of the Potter books may have been written, but readers and movie-goers enamoured of the world confectioned by Rowling’s imagination – with its spells, and curses, chocolate frogs, and broom-based contact sports – need not despair. One of the Potter spin-offs, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, will become a series of five films, the first of which was released in 2016.(With inputs from PTI)
Wheels will be rolling out of the warehouse this Saturday, Feb. 16, at the provincial government surplus auction. Highlights of this week’s sale include eight vehicles, four of which are four-wheel drive. There’s also two all-terrain bikes, a single-axle trailer and two cars. If your interests are more stationary, you will find an automotive wheel balancer, various 20″ colour television sets, assorted file cabinets, a large selection of office chairs, a few hand-held power tools, some wood-working equipment, two floor safes, several microphone stands, and a variety of office equipment (fax machines, photocopiers, paper shredders). A link to a partial list, with photos, is posted on the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal website at www.gov.ns.ca/tran/govservices/govauction.asp . The auction will be held at the Transportation and Infrastructure Renewal warehouse at 10 Acadia St., Dartmouth at 10 a.m. Items can be viewed between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. The auction will be conducted by A&A Auctioneering. Payment must be made by cash or auctioneer-approved cheque. Credit and debit cards will not be accepted. Money earned in this auction is used to help pay down the provincial debt.
Kandy: Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga on Friday became the first bowler in Twenty20 internationals to claim 100 wickets, achieving the feat in the third match against New Zealand in Kandy. Malinga, who surpassed Pakistan spinner Shahid Afridi’s tally of 97 scalps to become the leading T20 wicket-taker on Sunday, bowled Colin Munro to get a century of wickets in his 76th match. The 36-year-old speedster went on to complete a hat-trick and took four wickets in four balls. Hamish Rutherford, Colin de Grandhomme and Ross Taylor followed Munro to the pavilion.
Tina HouseAPTN News The B.C. government has three options to deal with the troubled Site C dam in the northern part of the province and they all involve billions of dollars.The controversial dam along the Peace River was a dream project for former premier Christy Clark, but the current government is dealing with a project that may be out of date before a single kilowatt is produced.“The project’s not on time, not on budget, and it’s export capabilities are severely limited,” said Bob McCullough, who heads up McCullough Research, a B.C. think tank.When John Horgan and his NDP government took power six months ago, one of his first acts was to have the B.C. Utilities Commission review the project – something the government under Christy Clark didn’t do.One of the highlights from the review is that the former B.C. Liberal government overestimated the need for the power that would be generated from the Site C dam.That’s music to the ears of everyone in Victoria who delivered a boatload of petitions, letters, and information to the steps of the B.C. Legislature the day after the review was released.McCullough said that First Nation communities are far too often ignored when it comes to projects like this.“They tend not to get the input that they should in my opinion,” he said. “Clearly these changes in their environment need to be taken very seriously.”The estimated $8.8 billion project would be the third dam on the Peace River and flood more than 100 km of prime agricultural land.Now, according to the B.C. Utilities Commission, the government has three options – and they all cost billions of dollars.Continue to build at a whopping cost of $10-billion knowing the project won’t be completed by 2024. Stop the project and remediate the land at a cost of $1.8 billion. Suspend and restart the project at a cost of $3.6 billion.The B.C. government said it will make a final decision by the end of 2017.
WASHINGTON — Donald Trump for decades dreamed of building a Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow, a plan that flared and fizzled several times over the years, most recently when his presidential campaign was gaining momentum.That last plan led Trump’s longtime lawyer Michael Cohen to plead guilty Thursday to a charge brought by the special prosecutor looking into possible Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Cohen admitted he lied to Congress about key details in the negotiations for the Moscow tower, most notably that those talks stretched much deeper into the presidential campaign than previously thought, to June of 2016.Trump, speaking to reporters Thursday, disputed Cohen’s timeline and suggested his former fixer was telling prosecutors what they wanted to hear to save his own skin. As for why the most recent deal failed, Trump said he made the decision himself for one main reason.“It was very simple,” he said. “I was very focused on running for president.”Trump’s plans for a Trump Tower in Moscow went back as far as 1996 when the future president paid a visit to the Russian capital to check out building sites on land being developed by a U.S. company.That idea fell through, along with plans to revamp the dilapidated Hotel Moskva next to the Kremlin, but the real estate mogul raised the prospect of a “super-luxury residential tower” bearing his name on other sites he visited on his three-day stay in the city.“Moscow is going to be huge,” Trump told Playboy magazine in a 1997 interview.Trump revived the idea in 2013 during his visit to Moscow as owner of the Miss Universe pageant. Trump later said he had discussed the idea with Aras and Emin Agalarov, a father-and-son Russian development team close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Trump reportedly scouted a potential site, but the idea again faded.The tower idea came back yet again in October 2015, when Andrey Rozov, an obscure Russian real estate developer, signed a letter of intent sent by Cohen to advance the construction of a Trump World Tower that would feature 250 luxury condos, no fewer than 15 floors of hotel rooms, commercial and office space, a fitness centre and an Ivanka Trump spa.It was a potentially lucrative deal for Trump’s company, handing it $4 million in upfront fees plus possibly millions more from a cut on everything from food and banquet fees to spa charges. His share on the first $100 million in condo sales alone would reach another $5 million.Rozov’s signed letter was sent back to Cohen by Felix Sater, another Trump world figure who had worked on and off for the Trump Organization and operated as a government informant following a 1998 conviction in a stock fraud case.Sater sent Cohen an email expressing optimism: “Let’s make this happen and build a Trump Moscow. And possibly fix relations between the countries by showing everyone that commerce and business are much better and more practical than politics.”Like the previous failed projects, the Rozov-helmed effort soon ran aground. According to Cohen’s testimony in 2017 and his plea agreement, negotiations with Rozov’s group stalled, and the two Trump associates turned to aides to Russian President Vladimir Putin to move the project forward.Cohen told congressional investigators last year that he had sent an email in January 2016 to Dmitry Peskov, Putin’s spokesman. Cohen told the committee he never heard back from Peskov and the tower deal collapsed by the end of that month.But according to Cohen’s new statement to prosecutors, the tower deal remained viable as late as June 2016, after Trump had vanquished his Republican presidential rivals and was mounting his general election campaign against Hillary Clinton. Cohen said he kept Trump, named as “Individual 1” in the plea, updated about the deal’s progress, and also “briefed family members of Individual 1 within the company about the project.”Cohen said in his plea that he also spoke by phone with an assistant to Peskov — identified in the plea as “Russian Official 1” — in January 2016 and outlined the project and “requested assistance in moving the project forward.”According to the plea, Cohen later discussed travelling to Moscow to jump-start the deal. In May 2016, a month after Trump had emerged the winner of the GOP primaries, Sater — identified as “Individual 2” — told Cohen that Peskov wanted to meet him in mid-June at an international business forum in St. Petersburg and “possibly introduce you” to Putin or Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev.Sater and Cohen continued to email about the foundering project well into June 2016, soon after a much-scrutinized meeting at Trump Tower in New York between Trump’s son, Don Jr., son-in-law Jared Kushner, campaign chairman Paul Manafort and several Russian attendees, purportedly to discuss the possibility of “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.On June 14, Cohen met Sater in the tower lobby and told him his potential trip to St. Petersburg was off.Thursday, Trump suggested that his consideration of a Moscow tower was all part of being a businessman who was also running for president.“I decided ultimately not to do it,” he said. “There would be nothing wrong if I did do it.”“There was a good chance that I wouldn’t have won, in which case I would have gone back into the business, and why should I lose lots of opportunities?”Stephen Braun And Bernard Condon, The Associated Press
30 March 2007Six million children in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) aged six months to 15 years have been immunized in the first phase of a United Nations-backed emergency campaign targeting more than 16 million of the country’s 22 million people following a recent outbreak of the sometimes deadly disease. The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) flew a consignment of vaccine to the DPRK within 14 days of the Government’s declaration of a nationwide measles outbreak in support of the massive campaign earlier this month. The huge undertaking comes in response to a recent outbreak that affected more than 3,500 people, most of them children. Two infants and two adults died and more than 1,000 people were hospitalized, according to reports. The second phase of the campaign, in which the UN World Health Organization (WHO) is also participating, is set to start on 10 April and will aim to reach an additional 10.2 million people between 16 and 45 years of age, UNICEF’s Chief of Health and Nutrition in the DPRK Majeed Ezatullah said. Measles, one of the most contagious diseases known, remains a leading cause of death among young children worldwide, despite the availability of a safe and effective vaccine for the past 40 years. An estimated 345,000 people, the majority of them children, died from the disease in 2005, the latest year for which figures are available.
Shaw Communications Inc. is getting into the streaming music business through a partnership with digital service Rdio.The Calgary-based telecommunications company said Thursday that it has launched a marketing, content and promotion partnership designed to boost the presence of Rdio in Canada.Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, though part of the agreement includes an unspecified financial investment by Shaw Ventures in Rdio’s holding company, Pulser Media.The partnership puts Shaw back into the music business after its radio stations were spun off into Corus Entertainment nearly 15 years ago.Traditional radio station groups are facing an onslaught of competition from digital services, which are still relatively new in Canada but quickly gaining traction, particularly with younger listeners.The presence of legal on-demand streaming music in Canada has been limited until recently.Last year, free streaming music service Songza opened an office in Toronto with the goal of getting a head start against its competitors like Spotify and Pandora, two popular international streaming services that aren’t available in Canada yet.Rdio has a library of more than 20 million songs that can be streamed on various platforms, including through its website and mobile phone apps. The service is advertiser supported, but a monthly subscription fee lets users listen without commercial breaks. The company says Canada is its second-largest market.“Rdio is the best available digital streaming music experience and a great complement to our leading broadband and Shaw Go Wi-Fi services,” Shaw chief executive Brad Shaw said in a release.“Our partnership with Rdio will develop great offers that will enable Shaw customers and everyone across the country to enjoy this service.”Other investors have recently secured similar deals with Rdio, including Brazilian media conglomerate Grupo Bandeirantes and U.S. radio station owner Cumulus Media.
CALGARY — A federal commitment to compensate investors if the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion is unnecessarily delayed is appreciated but doesn’t put the project back on the front burner, the CEO of Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd. said Wednesday.Steven Kean repeated that the company won’t return to constructing the pipeline unless it has a clear path to build in British Columbia and adequate financial protection is provided for Kinder Morgan shareholders, demands it made last month as it suspended all non-essential spending on the project.“The time period for reaching a resolution is short and, if we don’t reach a resolution by May 31, as we’ve said, it’s hard to conceive of a scenario under which we can proceed,” Kean said during remarks at his company’s first annual general meeting since being spun out a year ago by U.S.-based Kinder Morgan Inc. to hold most of its Canadian assets.Afterwards, he declined to talk to reporters.Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced earlier Wednesday the government is willing to “provide indemnity” to any investors, be they the project’s original architects or otherwise, to ensure the controversial Alberta-B.C. project is built.In a statement issued later Wednesday, Kean again said he “appreciates” federal acknowledgment of the uncertainty created by the B.C. government’s intention to stop the expansion project and the political risk the project continues to face.“While discussions are ongoing, we are not yet in alignment and will not negotiate in public,” he said.The expansion project would triple the amount of oil flowing from Alberta to the West Coast, which Alberta says is critical to reduce price discounts on its product due mainly to pipeline bottlenecks.The company has spent a total of $1.1 billion on the expansion as of the end of the first quarter, leaving $6.3 billion to take it to completion, based on an early 2017 estimate, Kean said.He told the meeting Kinder Morgan has good assets in Canada without the expansion and it intends to continue to invest in the country and the provinces of B.C. and Alberta “under any set of circumstances.”Outside the meeting in downtown Calgary, about 50 vocal pipeline supporters armed with signs and slogans assembled on the sidewalk, chanting as passing cars honked their horns.They said they were unimpressed with the federal announcement to provide compensation.“That’s going to be a slippery slope. I don’t want to see this lead, ultimately, to nationalization, which is a scary thing,” said Derek B. Cooper, who said he’s an unemployed “jack of all trades” who has been looking for a job in Calgary for more than a year.“I think the federal government should have taken action on this a long time ago,” said James Robson, a spokesman for picket organizer Canada Action Coalition.“They should have taken a harder stance against the British Columbia government.”Environmentalists were quick to condemn Morneau’s announcement.“It sounds like the government is essentially ready to hand over a blank cheque to Kinder Morgan from Canadian taxpayers, to support a risky, collapsing project in an expiring industry,” said Eugene Kung, staff lawyer at West Coast Environmental Law, in a news release.Greenpeace Canada campaigner Mike Hudema said the move is “the definition of throwing good money after bad.”CEO Chris Bloomer of the Canadian Energy Pipeline Association said he is “encouraged” that the government is trying to find a solution to the pipeline impasse.“The project should proceed because, as the federal government has recognized, it is in the best interest of Canada,” he said in a release. “It should not require financial intervention by government.”
Updated 3.45pm AIB HAS SAID that its debit cards are now operating normally at all ATM machines following earlier reports of customers experiencing problems for a third day in a row.A spokesperson said this afternoon: “We can confirm that AIB Debit Cards are now operating normally at ATM machines, including non-AIB ATMs. AIB is continuing to monitor the situation very closely.”Earlier customers said they could not withdraw money at non-AIB ATMs. In an update this morning, the bank said its own cash points are “working as normal”.“However, some AIB customers using AIB ATMs could be impacted if they have previously attempted to withdraw funds at a non-AIB ATM earlier in the day, where the total value of their attempts is greater than the daily €600 ATM withdrawal limit.”The limits were reset at midnight last night and will be reset again tonight. A spokesperson said the matter is being investigated as a priority.“We…are taking all necessary steps to resolve as quickly as possible. AIB, again wishes to apologise to customers for any inconvenience caused by this issue.”Credit cards are working without any issues and customers have been advised that they can shop online.Shoppers will also be able to use their cards at point of sale terminals in stores. Cashback continues top be subject to a retailer’s own policy.First published 10.48am Read: ATM fraud rose in 2013, so how do you spot a suspect machine?Yesterday: UPDATE: AIB cards hit with problems again todayElsewhere: About 9,500 homes without power as wild weather wreaks havoc on Christmas plans
Last September, word broke that Amazon intended on launching its own Android App Marketplace.It was a weird rumor to process. On the one hand, Amazon doesn’t do anything without a reason. Look at the Kindle: what seemed, at first, to be a niche has become the biggest and most ubiquitous e-book store on Earth, upending the traditional publishing model. Even the iPad couldn’t kill Kindle: in fact, if anything, the Kindle’s only become bigger since the iPad’s debut.So when Amazon announced their own Android App Market, it was obvious they had some sort of plan besides just fragmenting the Android ecosystem even further. Amazon was clearly gunning to appeal to developers, offering whatever was greater: 70% of the purchase price or 20% of the “List Price.” In addition, Amazon was even offering to promote Amazon Android apps on their site.At the time, I speculated that Amazon’s intention was to either release an Android tablet of their own sometime soon, or make themselves available for all Android devices (even the ones who aren’t paying Google Android licensing fees, and are therefore unable to deploy the Android Market on their devices).Time will certainly tell, but it looks like that time will be coming sooner rather than later: according to Business Insider, Amazon Appstore for Android will be launching this month.That seems like curious timing, coming as it does so soon after the iPad 2’s debut. Could the Amazon Android Appstore just be one part of the puzzle? Is it possible that we’ll see an Amazon Android tablet in March as well?For right now, only Amazon knows. Even if they don’t launch a tablet, though, there will be one cool new benefit of the Amazon Android Appstore: Amazon will apparently allow customers to preload their Android devices with software before it even ships out to them.Read more at Business Insider
Share34 Tweet Email2 2 Comments “Isolation”With the upsurge in gangland violence and murders in recent years – as a result of the Hutch Kinahan feud – the landscape for many people surrounded by illegal drugs in the inner city has changed.In general, Martin said that the stories of women intimidated or harassed for drug debt are less publicised or known than the stories of men. “What affects many women who may have a son or partner or relation involved with drug debt is that they may be easier to find. If they have a family in a fixed address that they cannot leave,” she said. “The problem being that because it’s mainly women who are looking after children that if somebody is owing to a gang that they know where the women are because they would be at home with the children. “Whereas a fella could normally kind of go off… so we found that women were being targeted as much as men for some kind of debt and involved with local threats.What we were learning about it was women paying off their kids’ debts, their sons debts, if somebody was going into the prison they’d have to pay off the debt and because the women were housed with children the debt collectors know where to go.Martin said that what emerged from the workshops was the isolation that many women in these communities can feel, unable to reach out to friends or neighbours. “[There is] massive shame and fear,” she said. It’s not something that [women] would be flying a flag about. It was after months and months of Vanessa working with them that these stories started to emerge.Dublin Will Show You How stars Liz Fitzgibbon, Luke Griffin and David O’Meara, Thommas Kane Byrne, Denise, McCormack, Lacy Moore and Leah Moore.It opens at the Abbey Theatre on Thursday 4 April before transferring to The Complex from Tuesday 9 April to Saturday 13 April. Saturday 23 Mar 2019, 8:30 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Geta Brătescu Intimidation, harassment and saddled with drug debt: The problems facing the most isolated women of Dublin’s inner city A new work will look into coercion and intimidation facing women in Dublin. 31,897 Views https://jrnl.ie/4556034 By Cormac Fitzgerald FORCED INTO PROSTITUTION to service drug debts. A mother whose son was the victim of a gangland killing. Isolated in their communities, intimidated, harassed and attacked.These are the kind of situations facing some of the most marginalised women living in the north inner city of Dublin. Their collected stories form the basis of the new work Dublin Will Show You How which will open on the Abbey Theatre Peacock stage and also be staged at The Complex in Dublin 7. The play is written by Tracy Martin and directed by Vanessa Fielding, who is Artistic Director of The Complex.Based on a concept by Fielding, it explores the coercion and crime, intimidation and isolation that these women experience in their daily lives.Martin’s script is a fictional composite of the stories told by over 100 local women as part of the Browbeating Project, a community collaboration between the Abbey Theatre and The Complex.The project involved workshops devised by Fielding being held with over 100 local women from north inner city Dublin over an 18 month period. The stories told were then distilled into Martin’s script, which follows four fictional women dealing with some of the issues mentioned above.Speaking to TheJournal.ie about the work, Tracy Martin spoke about the some of the stories that had informed her script, and the daily struggles facing some of the women of inner city Dublin. “I’ve written a fictionalised version of what I heard in these groups,” she said. “We were working with women who had come out of homelessness, drug abuse situations, domestic violence situations, and everything was all intertwined,” she said. Mar 23rd 2019, 8:30 PM Image: Geta Brătescu Short URL
Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock insists the year 2018 has been the best of his entire coaching career.Speaking ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League clash against Tottenham Hotspur, Warnock who guided the Bluebirds to promotion reflected on the year as a whole.“For a calendar year, it’s probably the most amazing year I’ve ever had in my career,” he said, according to the club’s official website.“To think in 2018, after surviving beforehand and losing every game last Christmas, to turn that around and get automatic promotion, take the Club up and now have 18 points by the New Year has been an amazing thing.”AAIB responds to Sala’s family request to recover the plane’s wreckage Manuel R. Medina – August 14, 2019 The Air Accidents Investigation Branch says they already explained their decision not to recover the plane’s wreckage to Sala’s family and the pilot’s.“I don’t think any of it could have been done without everyone singing from the same hymn sheet. The fans have just been quite amazing – you’d really put them at the top of the list. The way they’ve got behind us, I’ve even got goose pimples now talking about it.”“At the end of last season at Hull City – I’ll never forget that. After the warm-up the lads came in saying: ‘have you ever heard anything like that?’ and it was 45 minutes before kick-off! That was the win that got us up, make no mistake about that.”“This year, every week has been the same. I’ve never heard anything like it either. On Saturday my daughter said that all you could hear on the radio was the Cardiff fans singing the national anthem and everything else!”“It’s just a fabulous place to be and you feel so proud to in charge of a Club like this at a time like this.”
Seattle real estate magnate Michael Mastro and his wife, Linda, who were arrested this week in France, were indicted Thursday for allegedly transferring millions of dollars to offshore accounts to protect the money from creditors.The 43-count indictment was announced Thursday by a federal grand jury in Seattle. Prosecutors allege the Mastros committed a variety of crimes related to bankruptcy fraud and committed acts of conspiracy from August 2008 to May 2009 as the real estate market plummeted. Mastro is a developer who in 2009 was forced into one of the biggest bankruptcies in state history, with more than $570 million in liabilities. He was involved in at least one Clark County project, the never-built Vancouver shopping-center project called Eastgate Plaza, planned with a Walmart store anchor south of Northeast Fourth Plain Boulevard between 137th and 147th avenues.
WASHINGTON — The U.S. economy took a beating from an especially harsh winter during the January-March quarter, skidding into reverse for the first time in three years. But spring has arrived and along with it, signs that the chill was just a temporary setback in the long road to recovery.Gross domestic product contracted at an annual rate of 1 percent in the first quarter, the Commerce Department said Thursday. That was worse than the government’s initial estimate that GDP grew by a slight 0.1 percent. The economy last posted a decline in the first three months of 2011 when it dropped 1.3 percent.Since then, the labor market has continued to improve, consumer spending is solid and manufacturers are benefiting from increased spending. Economists expect a robust GDP rebound in the April-June quarter as a result.“We knew that weather dramatically impacted growth in the first quarter, and we fully expect a bounce back in the second quarter,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at BTIG, in a note to clients.The government released a separate report Thursday reflecting progress. Applications for unemployment benefits, a proxy for layoffs, fell by 27,000 last week to 300,000. The result is nearly a seven-year low.
Soon, it escalated to a dirty level as Kangana’s sister Rangoli Chandel replied to Randeep’s tweet, accusing him of harassing Kangana during a film shooting, and even called him “permanent failure”.”Alia baby ko bachane ko nepotism gang ki khud ki himmat nahin toh tujhko aage kiya, I know during film Ungli what u did, kitna harass kiya tune Kangana ko aur kitna bada chatukar hai tu Karan Johar ka….(contd) @RandeepHooda,” Rangoli tweeted.”(Contd)…..magar phir bhi tera kuch nahin hua, at least people like Alia are successful because of chamchagiri, bhai tu to permanent failure hai @RandeepHooda,” she added. Kangana and Alia’s fight started after the actress ridiculed the latter for not speaking on national issues and not supporting her film Manikarnika when it was surrounded by controversies. She had even later referred Alia as Karan Johar’s “puppet”.Alia had chosen to remain calm, and replied to Kangana’s jibe saying that she did not do anything intentionally to hurt the senior actress, and she did not deserve such criticisims.However, the outspoken diva did not end it here, and went on to say that Alia’s performance in Gully Boy was “mediocre”, and she feels “embarrassed” to be compared with the Raazi actress. Alia yet again, had chosen to stay composed, and responded to it saying that she respects Kangana, and would work hard to impress her someday.Kangana’s constant digs at Alia did not go down well with many on social media as well. A lot of people expressed discontent at the national award winning actress making such derogatory remarks on a junior actress, who has been winning so many accolades for her work in recent time. Did Randeep Hooda take dig at Kangana Ranaut for attacking Alia Bhatt?Varinder ChawlaAt a time when Kangana Ranaut has been making unpleasant remarks on Alia Bhatt, Randeep Hooda made a tweet supporting the latter in this cat-fight.Randeep took to Twitter and made a tweet that appears to be a jibe at Kangana for targeting Alia lately. Randeep in the tweet congratulated the Raazi actress, and also slammed an “occasional actor” for making opinions on Alia.”Dearest @aliaa08 I’m so glad you are not letting the opinions of very occasional actors and chronic victims affect you and your work .. kudos to you for your continued efforts to outdo yourself [sic],” he tweeted.Although Randeep did not directly mention anyone’s name as “occasional actors” or “chronic victims”, his tweet certainly hints at Kangana as it is the Queen actress who has been making insulting comments on Alia. She replied to his tweet with smiling emojis. Randeep and Alia had worked together in the critically acclaimed film Highway.
Stay on target Battle Team Rocket in New ‘Pokemon Go’ Update‘Pokemon Sleep’ Puts Pocket Monsters in Your Dreams Pokemon Go was wildly popular last summer, but even its biggest fans were upset that they couldn’t use their captured monsters in battles. A new mobile strategy game called Pokemon Duel will finally give users what they desire by letting them have their creatures fight and take control of territory from rivals.Players can select a team of up to six Pokemon. Each monster will have stats that include how many steps they can take during turns and different attacks. Pokemon is used to defend territory and to capture it from enemies. Players can fight against A.I. controlled opponents or against real people via the game’s League Play mode.Pokemon Duel is a free to download the game. Like (too) many mobile games, however, there are microtransactions. Users can purchase “plates” to boost a Pokemon’s powers, and they can use in-game currency to buy new Pokemon. Pokemon can be upgraded by simply playing the game, but microtransactions will allow for faster leveling for those who may not have the time to grind for hours on end.Strategy game mechanics may seem like an odd fit for a Pokemon game, but it seems to work relatively well for this title. In fact, it may even entice some players who aren’t fans of the series to try it out. The most important thing about this title is that it lets players finally use their Pokemon in battles on a mobile platform. With any luck, Pokemon Duel‘s potential success will make it so Pokemon Go will get its own battle system as well.Pokemon Duel is now available on the App Store and Google Play.
[China-Laos railway under construction.]Laos currently has no railway services, apart from one station near the border that is served by Thai State Railways. This is set to change once the Boten – Vientiane line is opens in 2021. There are also some other lines that have been proposed, which would connect Laos to ports in Vietnam, and maybe even Cambodia. The plan is to turn landlocked Laos into a rail hub of Southeast Asia.This page covers every current and proposed railway in Laos, and updated news articles are listed here as well.Laos Railway MapA working map of proposed routes SAWASDEE: Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Thai – Lao railway connectionThailand records 7.5% growth in visitor arrivalsThai – Cambodia railway connection You can read full article here: https://www.nomadicnotes.com/laos-railways/ eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)
Work on the defective Sewer on Crewe Road in Alsager (Image: Malcolm Hart) Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA road in a South Cheshire town is set to be closed for several weeks as roadworks take place. The B5077 Crewe Road in Alsager is shut as United Utilities carry out work on the route. The work is currently expected to be completely by July 29. United Utilities are carrying out the work to repair a defective sewer in the area. The work, which involves an ‘open cut excavation’ is required immediately to ‘prevent circumstances that might cause damage to property’, according to the utility company. Police search for missing woman Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Driver named following fatal collision Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store , or get the Android version from Google Play . Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter . Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram .