Slight intensity quake shakes Uttarakhand


first_imgA slight intensity earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter scale shook parts of Uttarakhand on December 28 evening.Epicentred in the hilly Chamoli district, the earthquake, the second this month, was felt in various parts of the state around 4.45 p.m., Met Office Director Vikram Singh said. It had a depth of 33 km which eliminates any possibility of damage to life and property, he said.An earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale had shaken the whole of Uttarakhand on the night of December 6.The last one had its epicentre in Rudraprayag, another hilly district neighbouring Chamoli.last_img read more

Dried Meat ‘Resurrects’ Lost Species of Whale


first_imgA gift of dried whale meat—and some clever genetic sleuthing across almost 16,000 kilometers of equatorial waters—has helped scientists identify a long-forgotten animal as a new species of beaked whale. The “resurrection” raises new questions about beaked whales, the most elusive and mysterious of cetaceans.“Literally nothing is known about most species of beaked whales; they are probably the least known family of large mammals,” says Robin Baird, a cetacean biologist at Cascadia Research Collective in Olympia. “So it’s exciting to have this study.”The species, Mesoplodon hotaula, is a dark blue, Volkswagen-van-sized cetacean with the prominent snout that gives beaked whales their common name. It first came to scientists’ attention in 1963 when a single adult female stranded on the coast of Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean. The director of the National Museums of Ceylon, P. E. P. Deraniyagala, decided that it was different from the other Mesoplodon species known at that time, and assigned it the name hotaula, meaning “pointed beak” in the local Sinhala language. But only 2 years later, M. hotaula was eliminated as a species when other researchers decided that it was identical to M. ginkgodens (another beaked whale which scientists know only from stranded carcasses and have never seen alive in the sea).Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Forty years later, locals on an atoll in the Gilbert Islands, part of the Republic of Kiribati in the west Pacific, gave a visiting marine biologist dried strips of whale meat left over from a recent festival. The sample was turned over to cetacean geneticists at the University of Auckland in New Zealand who had assembled a database of the DNA of all known beaked whales. “It was a surprise, because the genetic sequences from the meat didn’t match any of the known species,” says Scott Baker, a cetacean geneticist now at Oregon State University’s Marine Mammal Institute in Newport, and one of the authors of the study. “We thought we had a new species.”Then, in 2005, other co-authors collected some whale bone and teeth on Palmyra Atoll, which lies southeast of the Hawaiian Islands and 2600 kilometers northeast of the Gilbert Islands. The genetic sequences extracted from these specimens matched those of the dried meat. “We knew then we were on to something,” Baker says. Finally, in 2009, the body of a beaked whale was found in the Seychelles, in the western part of the Indian Ocean; its DNA also matched that of the dried meat sample, even though this whale lived tens of thousands of kilometers away from the Gilbert Islands.That was the clue the researchers needed. “We immediately wondered, ‘Could it be Deraniyagala’s beaked whale?’ ” Baker says. It was. The team reports its resurrection of the forgotten M. hotaula today in Marine Mammal Science. Counting M. hotaula, there are now 15 known species in this genus, making it by far the most species-rich genus of cetaceans.Overall, the saga of M. hotaula shows “that there are probably even more species of beaked whales that we don’t know about,” says Phil Clapham, a marine mammalogist at the National Marine Mammal Laboratory in Seattle, Washington. “We don’t see them because they’re very deep-diving and live far from land.” They also live in a poorly surveyed part of the ocean, Baker says, where very few people dwell on remote atolls.      Intriguingly, it is the islanders who seem to know the most about M. hotaula and some other beaked whales. The Gilbert Islands residents who provided the original gift of dried meat reported that it came from one of seven whales they had driven onto the beach and killed. “That was something we didn’t know: that these beaked whales live in groups,” Baker says. “We thought they were solitary” because of the single, stranded individuals that are occasionally found. The scientists also believe that males of M. hotaula fight each other, because this behavior is known in other species of beaked whales, and because the teeth of two adult male specimens were broken. “Other than that, and knowing that Deraniyagala was right, M. hotaula is still pretty mysterious,” says Baker, who hopes to launch an expedition to learn more about them.last_img read more

Mayweather promoter tired of talk about ticket sales


first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. “We’re going to blow past our own record of $72 million; this fight is massive,” Ellerbe said.Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao’s “fight of the century” saw live gate receipts produce more than $71 million in revenue at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, easily surpassing the previous live gate record of $20 million, for Mayweather-Canelo Álvarez.Mayweather reiterated Ellerbe’s thoughts.“We’re doing crazy numbers, forget what you all (are) hearing. We’re doing crazy numbers,” Mayweather said. “Our fight is doing unbelievable numbers. The pay-per-view numbers are going to be unbelievable and we will have a sold-out crowd. I’m not worried about that.”ADVERTISEMENT That was until he was questioned about slow ticket sales for the upcoming fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor on Aug. 26 at T-Mobile Arena.“I’m actually tired of hearing that question,” Ellerbe said, as the smile disappeared. “Right now, we have over 60 million dollars in the box office. What part of that remotely looks like ticket sales are slow? This isn’t a damn Rolling Stones concert. That’s the only thing that sells out in seconds. We’re talking about tickets that go from $500 to $10,000. That’s an expensive ticket.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsAs of Thursday evening, a general search for two tickets on Ticketmaster’s website showed 536 pairs available, ranging anywhere between $1,682.50 to $35,010.09 per ticket.And with thousands of seats still available, and the fight two weeks out, some believe the next sporting event that will sell out in that venue will be a Vegas Golden Knights game, when the newest NHL expansion team opens the 2017-18 season. Critics also believe with some second-tier seats carrying a five-figure price tag, the pay-per-view fee of $99.95 seems like a bargain. Floyd Mayweather Jr. trains at his gym Thursday, Aug. 10, 2017, in Las Vegas. Mayweather is scheduled to fight Conor McGregor later in the month. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Sixty-million dollars sounds pretty good to Leonard Ellerbe.Dressed dapper in a white shirt and slacks, topped with a navy pinstriped blazer, the CEO of Mayweather Promotions flashed an occasional smile while addressing the media Thursday at Mayweather Boxing Club.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games: Don’t boo Schooling, Malaysians urged DILG, PNP back suspension of classes during SEA Games Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement PLAY LIST 00:44Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather: Let him enjoy retirement05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:49Pacquiao to Mayweather: Want fans to stop asking for rematch? Then fight me again02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidecenter_img NGCP on security risk: Chinese just technical advisers MOST READ Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LATEST STORIES Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

Step-back 3 NBA’s new weapon, though not a shot for everyone


first_imgUS judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants D’Antoni figures someone will come along and shoot it well, and that player may have already arrived. Doncic is far ahead of anyone but Harden in attempts and makes, and the Mavericks rookie’s goodbye highlight in Europe was a one-legged, step-back 3 that helped Real Madrid put away Game 4 of the ACB Championship series.Doncic smiled when asked about the step-back 3, saying: “A lot of guys have special moves. That’s my kind of move.”And even Popovich, no big fan of the 3-point happy game the NBA has become, gives credit to the step-back shooters.“They are great at it, that’s for sure,” he said. “Take nothing away from them. It’s been developed, it’s used and no one is better at it than they are. It’s virtually impossible to guard, but they perfected it.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “You mean when they jump backwards and travel and shoot a 3?” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich quipped. “I guess it has been made legal. I don’t know. It’s very difficult to guard.”That’s because the defender has to be prepared that the player with the ball is going to drive to the basket. But instead of continuing forward, the offensive player suddenly gathers his feet and steps backward to shoot, taking advantage of the extra space he has created.Curry is one of the most prolific 3-point shooters in history, but he’s also a wizard with his dribble. So whoever is defending him can never quite be sure which way he is going.“Obviously you respect the athletic guys that can drive and use their first step and explosiveness and all that type of stuff,” Curry said. “It’s a tough shot to make consistently, but the guys that do, it’s obviously a shot and a look that you can always kind of count on to create space and knock it down.”There will be more than a few hoisted up during the All-Star festivities.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town FILE – At left, in a Feb. 6, 2018, file photo, Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen (31) defends as Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) take a three-point shot during the first half of an NBA basketball game, in New York. At center, in an Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Golden State Warriors react as teammate Stephen Curry shoots a three-point basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Brooklyn Nets, in New York. At right, in a Feb. 6, 2019, file photo, Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic (77) attempts a three-point basket during an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Hornets, in Dallas. The step-back 3-pointer is the perfect weapon for the modern NBA, practically a necessity in a game where the ability to find space to shoot from behind the arc is more valued than ever before. (AP Photo/File)James Harden turned to it to become the NBA’s most unstoppable scorer.Luka Doncic has ridden it to stardom on both sides of the Atlantic.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes The step-back 3-pointer is the perfect weapon for the modern NBA, practically a necessity in a game where the ability to find space to shoot from behind the arc is more valued than ever before.“Things have changed and the game is so spread out,” Dallas coach Rick Carlisle said. “All over the NBA and all over the world really, everybody’s stretching the range out a few feet more. The 3-point line is being covered much better than it has in the past so guys are moving back, and guys that can create space to shoot 3s unassisted have a special skill. It’s going to be a necessary skill more as the game continues to evolve.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesBut before guys who belong in the paint start hoisting them up from the perimeter, or taking balls off the rack and shooting step-backs during this weekend’s All-Star 3-point contest, there a few things to consider.Even Stephen Curry said it’s a tough shot to make. It’s fundamentally flawed and sometimes looks like a violation. But nobody shoots it more — or arguably better — than Harden, whose 151 step-back 3-pointers coming into this week represented 15 percent of the 1,006 makes thus far, according to the NBA’s statistics. He dribbles patiently until he sees an opening, then either drives for a layup or foul, or steps back for the 3, sometimes from a few steps beyond the arc.Harden, a seven-time All-Star, league MVP and scoring champion last season, has scored 30 or more points in 30 straight games, third-longest streak ever. Averaging 36.5 points, he is poised to win another scoring title in a runaway. He said he turned to the step-back 3 as a way to evolve with a game that has seen more than 2,500 step-back 3s taken already this season, after there were only 584 for all of 2014-15, according to NBAsavant.com.“I mean, every single year you have to come back better than you were the year before, and for me I had a pretty good year last year. But you’ve got to come back better and come up with a new move or a new package to keep defenders on their heels,” Harden said. “So whether it’s a step-back or a slide step, just to create separation to be able to get my shot off.”Harden has the green light in Houston, though that doesn’t make it a good shot — at least not for everyone else.There are times when Harden launches one where it looks like a horrible shot.He willingly takes longer attempts without fully squaring his shoulders up to the rim, which goes against just about everything coaches taught years ago, and critics watching him shuffle his feet have seen instances where he certainly appeared to get away with traveling .Because of the degree of difficulty, the step-back 3 may only be for a handful of players.Rockets coach Mike D’Antoni compares it to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s sky hook, a shot that everyone might try, but few could master.“Certain guys have certain talents but it’s a hard shot,” D’Antoni said. “I don’t know what the stats are, but it’s a low 20-percent kind of shot for most people and he’s at about 40.”Actually, Harden’s 41.5 percent on step-back 3s was only a little higher than the league average of 39.5 percent, though that could be misleading because so few players attempt them — and the ones who do are often already good shooters. Forbes: LeBron James tops NBA rich list again Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more

Dustin Johnson builds 2-shot lead in Mexico as Tiger Woods rallies


first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte His attitude didn’t change, though. He was two off the lead and liked where he was.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hornets switch lineup, roll past Wizards LATEST STORIES “Just hit a lot of fairways, hit a lot of greens,” Johnson said.The memorable moments belonged to everyone else, not all of them good.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesWoods started to figure out Chapultepec Golf Club a little better in his second full round and made a collection of medium-length birdie putts for a 66 that got him back in the game, though still six shots behind.He would have liked one more, especially with the shot he hit at the end of his round. From a bunker right of the ninth fairway, a tree in his path, Woods sliced a 9-iron from about 130 yards that caught the left side of the green with so much spin that it zipped sideways at the pin and rolled 10 feet by. He settled for a par. Dustin Johnson watches his putt on the 2nd green on the second day of competition of the WGC-Mexico Championship at the Chapultepec Golf Club in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 22, 2019. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)MEXICO CITY — Tiger Woods delivered the shot that had the gallery buzzing. Dustin Johnson produced the golf that left everyone chasing him.Johnson made it through another round at the Mexico Championship without a bogey, and he was so efficient Friday that he putted for birdie on every hole, one of them from just on the fringe. It added to a 4-under 67 and a two-shot lead over Rory McIlroy and Matt Kuchar going into the weekend.ADVERTISEMENT Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief “It’s funny, I had breakfast with a few of the boys that played later yesterday and they said it was going to be hard to hole putts in the afternoon, and they were right,” McIlroy said. “I had a couple go the opposite way on me. I missed a couple short ones. But overall, I stayed patient. After I made the double on 9, I sort of righted the ship and made a lot of pars and made one birdie.“It could have been worse. It could have been better,” he said. “But still in a good position going into the weekend.”Kuchar, going for the Mexican double having won the Mayakoba Classic last fall, started with four straight birdies on his way to a 67. But it was the guy in his own group, Tommy Fleetwood, who had the best start of the day.Fleetwood drove onto the green at the par-4 opening hole and made a 20-foot eagle putt. He hit driver on the 384-yard second about 40 yards from the green, picked his spot and knocked that in for a second straight eagle.It was the first time a player started a round eagle-eagle on the PGA Tour since Sean O’Hair in 2009 at this World Golf Championship when it was at Doral.How about three in a row? Next for Fleetwood was a par 3.“I missed the green,” he said.He wound up with a 65 that catapulted him into a tie for fourth with Sergio Garcia (66), four shots behind.Rickie Fowler had a 73, a reasonable score considering he had a triple bogey and a double bogey on his card, one shank that he couldn’t imagine hitting and one penalty that left him fuming about the new rules.Fowler hit a high shank with a wedge on the 10th hole, his first of the day, over the fence. But when he went to drop, he forgot the new rule requires a drop to be made from the knee. He dropped from the shoulder, realized his mistake on the green and received a one-shot penalty. Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles05:18After the Typhoon Part 202:46Senators rally support for Robredo; laud her for accepting anti-drug post02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “It’s on me. I took the shot. It was no big deal,” Fowler said. “But I think with the new rules that have been put in place, it’s not doing any favors for our sport.”He said it was “terrible” new rule and expects it to be changed. “The ball was sitting down just enough where I didn’t think I could clear that tree,” Woods said. “I ended up going back to the 9-iron and realized, ‘Geez, I’ve really got to slice this thing.’ So I opened up and gave it as much of a cut motion as I possibly could. And it worked out.”Johnson was at 11-under 131 on a course where he won two years ago, when he was No. 1 in the world and playing the best golf of his career. Johnson feels he is heading in that direction again, and the course suits him — not for the length or how far he hits it in altitude, but for the thinking required.“It makes you focus. You’ve got to think,” he said. “And you’re doing a lot of calculations with the numbers and trying to figure out how far the ball is going to actually go. So I enjoy it. It’s pretty narrow, but it’s tree-lined, so I do like that.”McIlroy (70) appeared to be the one to chase when he started with two straight birdies. He lost one shot when he went for the green on the par-5 sixth and his shot caromed off the hill and into the water. The real trouble came at No. 9 when he had a 15-foot birdie putt from the fringe. He ran it by the hole, caught the lip on his par putt and saw it roll just under 5 feet away, and he missed again. Four putts from 15 feet led to double bogey, and McIlroy’s momentum was gone.last_img read more

Brad Hogg wants Perth Scorchers to stun big guns in CLT20


first_imgScorchers will face an uphill battle against Kolkata Knight Riders in their next gameObserving that the ongoing Champions League T20 tournament would be a great learning experience for the Perth Scorchers, senior player Brad Hogg on Tuesday said his team is hoping to put its best foot forward and pull off some upsets in the event.”Our ambition is to try and win; last year we came over with an inexperienced team. We were not expecting too much. We came over (this year) here with the goal of getting experience for our younger players; we have injuries; we have players going to IPL teams. We could not get overseas players. Wish we got a pretty strong team; we are expecting to upset the competition; we want to upset a few teams,” he said ahead of Perth Scorchers’ match against Kolkata Knight Riders tomorrow.Hogg said that the match with a reigning IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders would be a great experience for the young players in the team.”We are coming up against, probably, an international team; there are known international players with vastness and experience that is a good learning experience,” he said.The Scorchers are looking to produce international cricketers with the experience of playing in the Champions League, he said.Replying to a query, he said the pitch looked good and might turn later on as the match progressed.last_img read more

India beat Australia by 26 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method runs in 1st ODI


first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Skipper Virat Kohli today said Hardik Pandya’s blistering half-century at a crucial stage was the game-changer for India in the first ODI of the five-match series against Australia, here.India beat Australia by 26 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-affected match to go 1-0 up in the series.Courtesy Pandya’s blistering career-best 66-ball 83 and Dhoni’s 79 off 88 balls, India posted a competitive 281 for seven despite losing the top half for less than 100 after opting to bat.And Kohli said India once again today proved how good their lower-middle was.“We spoke at the toss that we wanted to put on a big score. We lost wickets but MS (Dhoni) and Kedar played well.Hardik and later MS finished it off like he does.“Today was an example of how good the middle and lower order can be,” he said at the post-match presentation ceremony.“Hardik believes in himself, and his innings was the game-changer. He possesses all three skills equally and we are lucky to have him,” Kohli added.The India captain also complemented his bowlers for restricting Australia after the visitors were set a revised target of 164 off 21 overs in the rain-curtailed match.“The bowlers were outstanding as well. It is a matter of giving players confidence. (Yuzvendra) Chahal is very brave and doesn’t say no to any situation. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) and (Jasprit) Bumrah were very clinical and our bank bowlers,” Kohli said.“After the rain, we felt this was our best T20 attack. We can’t have a more perfect combination.”Rival captain Steve Smith said they lost the plot after reducing India to 87 for five.“Yeah, obviously we got ourselves into a good position.We had them at 5 for 87 and let things off a bit,” he said.Smith said the better side won today.“We lost too many wickets in the middle. You can’t control the weather. No complaints, we weren’t good enough and we were outplayed by India,” he said.Brief Scores:India: 281 for seven in 50 overs (Hardik Pandya 83, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 79; Nathan Coulter-Nile 3/44).Austraia: 137 for nine in 21 overs (Glenn Maxwell 39, James Faulkner 32 not out; Yuzvendra Chahal 3/30). Yuzvendra Chahal, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India celebrate the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell of Australia. – REUTERS Pandya, Dhoni guide India to easy win over Australia Yuzvendra Chahal, Virat Kohli and Mahendra Singh Dhoni of India celebrate the dismissal of Glenn Maxwell of Australia. – REUTERS × COMMENTcenter_img Published on September 17, 2017 cricket SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

BlueStone to pump in Rs 40 cr on marketing this year


first_imgNew Delhi, Jul 10 (PTI) Ratan Tata-backed BlueStone.com will invest Rs 40 crore on marketing over the next 12 months as it looks to expand in the nascent-yet burgeoning online jewellery market in India.The company, which introduced new facilities like home trials and chat options for prospective buyers, said it is on track to quadruple revenue to Rs 1,000 crore by 2018.”We are seeing a strong growth momentum as there is a clear shift in consumer mindset. The purchase is now towards more trendy jewellery and we are focused on introducing new designs and collections for our customers,” BlueStone.Com Chief Operating Officer Arvind Singhal told PTI.He further said the average cart size ranges between Rs 25,000 and Rs 40,000 and has less than 5 per cent return rate.”Over the next 12 months, we will invest Rs 40 crore towards marketing. Investments are being made on educating customers about online jewellery buying as this segment is still in its nascent stages,” he added.Asked about the timeline for hitting profits, Singhal said the company expects to become EBIDTA positive in the next 2-2.5 years.BlueStone, which raised Rs 100 crore funding in last July, has investors like Accel Partners, IVY Capital, Dragoneer, Kalaari Capital and Saama Capital along with Tata, who invested in his personal capacity.The company has a facility in Mumbai where it manufactures based on orders. Once, a customer places an order for a particular design, it takes about three days to manufacture and up to five working days to deliver the product.advertisement”We are aggressively expanding our offering and channels of reaching customers. Our home trials have seen significant growth. These result in 65 per cent conversions and the ticket sizes are about 30 per cent higher,” Singhal said.The facility is available in about 16 cities including Lucknow and Chandigarh.He further said the company will strengthen service in these cities before expanding to other locations.BlueStone.com, which also gets orders from countries like the US, the UK, Australia and Canada, sees continued growth in international business in the coming years.”Right now, its about 5 per cent of our revenue. When we hit the Rs 1,000 crore revenue mark, we expect it to be about 5-8 per cent of the sales,” Singhal said.According to reports, the fine jewellery market in India is pegged at about USD 60 billion, of which online market accounts for a minimal portion. PTI SR PRB ABK ABMlast_img read more

OnePlus 3 V Asus ZenFone 3: Top mid-range phones to beat


first_imgThe OnePlus 3 and the Asus ZenFone 3 are fabulous smartphones. We’ve tested them at length, and found them to be easily among the best smartphones that money can buy right now, around their respective price points. Both the OnePlus 3 and the ZenFone 3 offer high-quality premium build and a pretty interesting spec-sheet.It’s safe to say that both these smartphones even give some of the top-tier rival smartphones a run for their money. And quite convincingly at that. Both these phones are so good, it’s hard to pit them against each other and decide which one’s better. But at the end of the day, there’s only one that the average buyer would chose and then spends their money on. Also Read: OnePlus 3 review: Flagship killer that will make you want to settle So, which one’s a better buy. We try and find out in this step-by-step breakdown of the OnePlus 3 and the Asus ZenFone 3.Design and build qualityI won’t beat around the bush much here. The ZenFone 3 is a gorgeous piece of technology. This is what I wrote about it in my review, “It is unlike any other ZenFone you’ve seen before. For one, it’s all metal and glass. Secondly, it looks like Asus has finally given design much-needed afterthought.”In fact, it’s safe to say that the ZenFone 3 is the best-looking (and best built) smartphone at its price point right now. The design however isn’t without its fair share of flaws. For one, it’s not the most original: the phone has heavy undertones of a Samsung Galaxy, and secondly it comes with bezels: thick, chunky bezels. It is also supremely shiny. The phone is available in four colours: Sapphire Black, Moonlight White, Shimmer Gold and Aqua Blue. No matter which variant you choose, you will always be in the limelight (pun intended!). Whether or not you pick up the ZenFone 3 will, at the end of the day, depend on how flashy you like your phones to be. Some like it subdued, you know.  There is however one very big drawback. The ZenFone 3 is actually quite bad in ergonomics. It’s pretty difficult to handle and operate, unless you use both hands. It isn’t as slippery, as the OnePlus 3 though. But having glass all over means the ZenFone 3 is also prone to smudge and fingerprints, as well as scratches.advertisement The ZenFone 3 is the best-looking (and best built) smartphone at its price point right now The OnePlus 3 on the other hand is an all-metal smartphone. Unlike previous phones from OnePlus that were chunky in almost every sense of the word, the OnePlus 3 feels nicer and more refined. The design again, isn’t the most original. The OnePlus 3 in fact looks like a mashup between the HTC One and the OnePlus 2. It’s a little slippery to hold but it’s very ergonomic, and easier to hold and operate in comparison to the ZenFone 3. Should its slippery nature be a problem, OnePlus has a whole bunch of covers for the device, including one in sandstone.Winner: ZenFone 3 has stunning looks, but OnePlus 3 is easier to use.DisplayThe ZenFone 3 comes with a 5.5-inch FullHD Super IPS+ display with a 1080×1920 pixel resolution roughly translating into 401 ppi pixel density. Just like the design, Asus has given real afterthought to the ZenFone 3’s display as well. It is in fact the best display toting phone that Asus has ever built.The screen gets really bright and ambient light sensing works as it should. Couple that with the phone’s excellent viewing angles, along with its non-reflective nature and you get a display that works really well even when you’re outside.There’s a catch though. The colours on-board aren’t as eye-popping as in the OnePlus 3. They seem dull and lifeless — lacking in contrast — in comparison.The OnePlus 3 also comes with a 5.5-inch fullHD screen but with an AMOLED panel. The screen gets bright, but, not as bright as the ZenFone 3. But where the OnePlus 3 seems lacking in peak brightness, it more than compensates for through its contrast ratio.Winner: ZenFone 3 is brighter, but OnePlus 3 offers better contrast and richer colours.SoftwareBoth the phones run Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow with the company’s custom skin on top. While the ZenFone 3 comes with ZenUI, the OnePlus 3 comes with OxygenOS.Your preference would, at the end of the day, depend on how you like your software to be. Virtually every aspect of Google’s Android OS gets a fresh coat of paint in case of ZenUI. The OxgenOS meanwhile sticks very close to stock Android, and is therefore easier to use and soothing to the eyes. The OxygenOS may be easier to use, but it comes with bare-minimum customisation options. The ZenUI on the other hand gives you lots and lots of it.Asus’ penchant for unwanted apps continues with the ZenFone 3 as well and the phone’s loaded with unwanted apps, some of which cannot be uninstalled. The fact that some of these (Asus proprietary) apps keep updating by the millisecond and keep asking for permission to do this and do that, all the time, can be frustrating. The OnePlus 3 meanwhile has almost none.advertisementBut you know what the best part about the OnePlus 3 is? The phone offers an unlocked bootloader. This means you can root it, ROM it as and when you like and it won’t void the phone’s warranty.Winner: OnePlus 3Performance and battery lifeThe ZenFone 3 is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 625 processor clubbed with Adreno 506 GPU and 4GB RAM. It comes with 64GB of internal memory which is further expandable by up to 2TB via microSD card. The phone supports 4G LTE and dualSIM via hybrid card slot.The OnePlus 3 is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor coupled with Adreno 530 GPU and whopping 6 gigs of RAM. You get 64GB of internal memory straight off the bat, but expandable storage is not supported.Do the math!The OnePlus 3 is rocking Qualcomm’s top-tier processor and has oodles of RAM. That it runs an almost stock version of Android which is devoid of any bloat or unwanted app, is just an icing on the cake. The OnePlus 3, as expected, is faster in every sense of the word. Snapdragon-toting phones have a tendency to get warm. The OnePlus 3 also gets warm, occasionally, but it’s also very quick to cool down, so that’s a plus.The ZenFone 3, with its mid-level chipset, pales in comparison. Add to it, Asus’ heavily bloated user interface, and the phone feels lacking, even in the most basic of tasks, more than you can imagine. The phone is prone to lag or stutter every once in a while, especially when being used for longer periods. The mid-level chipset however ensures the ZenFone 3 is a lot more heat-efficient than the OnePlus 3. The phone simply never gets too hot to handle, no matter how you push it.The mono speaker setup on-board the OnePlus 3 is average at best. If you’re looking for good speakers in a smartphone, the OnePlus 3 is definitely not the one for you. The ZenFone 3 is better (louder) in comparison.Both the phones are backed by a 3,000mAh battery which is non-removable. But while the battery life of the ZenFone 3 is phenomenal, the OnePlus 3 has relatively poor battery life.But, OnePlus has a surprise packed inside the OnePlus 3. This is the company’s first phone that support its in-house fast charging technology – or fast charge in general — called Dash Charging. The accompanying Dash Charger is capable of charging the phone to up to 60 per cent in just 30 minutes. And it does. 45 minutes or so is all it takes to fully charge the phone. The OnePlus 3 is rocking Qualcomm’s top-tier processor and has oodles of RAM. That it runs an almost stock version of Android which is devoid of any bloat or unwanted app, is just an icing on the cake advertisementMoreover, the Dash charger has been built in a way that shifts most of the power management processes from the phone to itself so the phone doesn’t get hot while charging which means you can continue to use the phone even while it’s charging.Winner: OnePlus 3CameraThe ZenFone 3 sports a 16-megapixel camera on the rear with f/2.0 aperture, laser auto-focus, 4-axis Optical Image Stabilisation and dual-LED (real tone) flash. On the front, there is an 8-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture.The OnePlus 3 on the other hand comes with a 16-megapixel on the rear with PDAF, f/2.0 aperture and Optical Image Stabilisation. It also has an 8-megapixel camera on the front.Both the ZenFone 3 and OnePlus 3 are excellent camera phones in between the Rs 20,000-30,000 price segment. But, the ZenFone 3 is slightly better. Both the phones click pretty detailed shots in good light. The ZenFone 3, however, trumps the OnePlus 3’s camera in tricky and low light situations. The photos come out even better using the phone’s built-in low light mode.The ZenFone 3 also has a slightly better front camera as it is able to capture pretty good selfies even in tricky light.Winner: ZenFone 3So which one should you buy?While the ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) with 5.5-inch display, 4GB RAM, 64GB memory and 3,000mAh battery will cost you Rs 27,999, the ZenFone 3 (ZE520KL) with 5.2-inch display, 3GB RAM, 32GB memory and 2,650mAh battery is available for Rs 21,899. The price difference between the two versions is really huge.The OnePlus 3 6GB RAM and 64GB memory variant meanwhile has been priced at Rs 27,999 in India.The ZenFone 3 isn’t a bad phone, but the ZE552KL variant’s atrocious price tag means it’s a lot less value for money than the OnePlus 3. The ZenFone 3 at Rs 21,899 makes more sense than the ZenFone 3 at Rs 27,999. It is definitely a better package. Go grab yourself the OnePlus 3 if you have a budget of Rs 28,000. If however, you’re slightly low on cash, the ZenFone 3 ZE520KL at Rs 22,000 is also a good buy.Also Read: Asus ZenFone 3 (ZE552KL) review: Shine on you overpriced diamondlast_img read more

US hails courageous decision by Syrian opposition to attend GenevaII


first_imgWASHINGTON- “By voting to go to Geneva II with a mission to negotiate an end to the war, the opposition has chosen a path that will ultimately lead to a better future for all Syrians,” says top US diplomat.US Secretary of State John Kerry on Saturday hailed the decision by an umbrella Syrian opposition group to participate in next week’s peace conference in the Swiss city, Geneva.“This is a courageous vote in the interests of all the Syrian people who have suffered so horribly under the brutality of the Assad regime and a civil war without end,” he said in a written statement. An international conference, the so-called “Geneva-II”, to find a political solution to the longstanding conflict in Syria is scheduled to begin Wednesday in Montreux, Switzerland.Brokered by the US and Russia, the conference is set to bring both sides of the major conflict together, as the main opposition group, the Syrian National Coalition, agreed to attend on Saturday after months of reluctance to commit.“By voting to go to Geneva II with a mission to negotiate an end to the war, the opposition has chosen a path that will ultimately lead to a better future for all Syrians,” Kerry said.Reiterating US’ support to the Syrian opposition, Kerry demanded “an end to the regime’s SCUD missiles, barrel bombs, and horrific weapons used against civilians.”More than 100,000 people have been killed in three years of conflict which also internally displaced more than 6.5 million people. Over two million are now registered as refugees in neighboring countries, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.last_img read more

Casablanca Mohamed V International Airport Ranked First in Africa


Rabat- Airports Council International (ACI), an entity that self-describes as “The voice of the world’s airports”, and in charge of monitoring and evaluating airports’ performances in satisfying customers at the global level, has recently unveiled its list of the world best airports.And Casablanca’s Mohamed V International has made it to the global top, thus jumping to the coveted place of number one in Africa, and also establishing or securing a reputation of a customer-friendly atmosphere, especially regarding comfort, security, and traffic.In the global ranking published on its website, ACI, which also gives prominence to restaurants and lounges in its overall assessment, said: “ASQ is the only worldwide program to survey passengers at the airport on their day of travel. The program measures passengers’ views of 34 key performance indicators. 74% of the world’s top 100 busiest airports are part of the ASQ network which delivers 600,000 individual surveys per year in 42 languages in 84 countries. The program served 343 airports in 2017,” adding that Casablanca is “Africa’s grand winner”, followed by Mauritius and Durban airports. ACI further noted that this year’s list of countries that made the cut was characterized by an “unprecedented”, “challenging”, and “increasingly competitive airport industry operating environment, where continuous service improvement is a key ingredient in business performance”, which would then suggest that Casablanca’s Mohamed V International, fulfilling the above criteria, reflects the considerable efforts that Moroccan airports-linked authorities have been deploying to drastically improve the country’s aviation business, especially as the Kingdom is very keen on further keeping or capitalizing on its long-standing and undisputed stature  of  “touristic hub.”But while the Kingdom’s can pride itself on its airports, the country’s national airlines (Royal Air Maroc) did not unfortunately make it to aviation companies’ ‘La cour des grands.’ In that category, considering some other criteria, essentially travel cost (low cost with good quality), the best African airlines are said to be, respectively, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways, South African Airways, Egypt Air, and Fast Jet (Tanzania), among others.The improving image of Africa-based airlines has prompted many observes to argue that the African Union’s recent Single African Market Initiative, a project aiming to submit African air travel practititioners to the “same regulatory framework”,  is perhaps the principal but ‘invisible’ incubator of this emerging image of trustworthy and reliable “African” aviation companies.While that observation has considerable legitimacy, recent indications that Africa’s airports traffics will almost triple in the next two decades, reaching the impressive figure of 303 million passengers per year, is another indicator that the continents authorities still have a lot on their plates, if, anyways, they are in the mindset ok maintaining this nascent favorable view of the continent’s business sector. read more

Keystone XL mishandled by Harper governments megaphone diplomacy Justin Trudeau


CALGARY — Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau used a speech to oil executives Wednesday to blame the federal government’s “megaphone diplomacy” for delays in a U.S. decision on the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline.[np_storybar title=”Stephen Harper ‘won’t take no for an answer’ from U.S. on Keystone XL pipeline” link=”https://business.financialpost.com/2013/09/26/stephen-harper-wont-take-no-for-an-answer-from-u-s-on-keystone-xl-pipeline/?__lsa=6f79-0bf9″%5DCanada “won’t take no for an answer” from the U.S. when it comes to the Keystone XL pipeline, Prime Minister Stephen Harper said Thursday as he sharpened his sales pitch for the controversial cross-border energy proposal.Continue reading. [/np_storybar]Trudeau told the Calgary Petroleum Club that Stephen Harper’s government has failed to come up with a “sensible” national strategy on greenhouse gases and that is damaging Canada’s reputation.“After eight years here is what the so-called friendliest government the Canadian energy industry has ever had has accomplished: We are further than ever from a sensible policy to reduce carbon pollution and the oil sands have become the international poster child for climate change,” Trudeau told the well-heeled crowd.“The government has failed to move the yardsticks on one of the most important infrastructure projects of our generation — the XL pipeline. They have needlessly antagonized our closest friend and most important market and they have failed to gain access to the growing markets of the Asia-Pacific region.”Trudeau was critical of Harper’s suggestion that the project was a “no brainer” for President Barack Obama to approve.“You don’t have to be (former Liberal prime minister) Lester Pearson to know bad diplomacy when you see it,” said Trudeau. “The prime minister has been far, far more concerned with making headlines than making progress.”Trudeau said Canadians have never been bullies, despite having vast petroleum reserves.“We have the second-largest petroleum reserves in the world that the world is very interested in purchasing. But that doesn’t give us the power to push anyone around because people know our economy depends on actually creating markets for those resources.”Trudeau said if Canada isn’t able to convince the world that it is strong environmentally, it will lose market access for its natural resources.TransCanada’s Keystone XL project would carry 800,000 barrels of oil a day from Alberta across six U.S. states to the Texas Gulf Coast.Obama is expected to issue a final decision later this year or in 2014 on whether to allow the $7-billion pipeline to proceed through the U.S.Trudeau said he supports Keystone because it is in the public interest.But he said he doesn’t believe that the case for the Northern Gateway pipeline proposed by Calgary-based Enbridge has been made.That project would deliver 525,000 barrels of petroleum a day from Alberta to a tanker terminal in Kitimat, on the B.C. coast.“There’s no question we need to get our energy resources to the Pacific. I’ve looked at the facts. I’ve looked at the resistance to it. I’ve looked at the politicization of it and I just don’t see Northern Gateway as it stands being a viable proposal,” Trudeau said.“I wish I could say something else, but that’s not my case to make. That’s up to the government. That’s up to the proponents and that case just has not been made.”The Canadian Press read more

UN expert committee against torture to open first 2003 session


The Committee against Torture will open the first of its two regular annual sessions Monday at the Palais Wilson in Geneva, and through 16 May, is expected to review measures adopted by Cambodia, Azerbaijan, Iceland, Turkey, Slovenia, Belgium and the Republic of Moldova to prevent and punish acts of torture.Representatives of the seven countries are expected to come before the Committee to defend their records in implementing the rights enshrined in the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.The Convention, adopted unanimously by the UN General Assembly in 1984, entered into force on 26 June 1987 and has since been ratified by 132 States. Those parties are required to outlaw torture and are explicitly prohibited from using “higher orders” or “exceptional circumstances” as excuses for acts of torture. The Committee was established in 1987 to monitor compliance with the Convention and assist States parties in implementing its provisions.The Convention introduced two significant new elements to the UN fight against torture. First, it specifies that alleged torturers may be tried in any State party or they may be extradited to face trial in the State party where their crimes were committed. Second, it uniquely confers upon the Committee broad powers of examination and investigation of reliable reports of torture, including visits to the State party concerned, with its agreement, if reliable information is received which appears to contain well-founded indications that torture is being systematically practiced in the territory of a State party.During the upcoming session, the Committee’s 10 independent Experts will study, in closed-door meetings, information appearing to contain well-founded indications that such acts are being practiced in a State party. In addition, they will examine complaints from individuals claiming to be victims of a violation by a State party of the provisions of the Convention. read more

Dell board committee stands behind 244 billion sale to CEO despite shareholder


AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2013 2:36 pm MDT Dell board committee stands behind $24.4 billion sale to CEO despite shareholder unrest SAN FRANCISCO – The Dell Inc. committee that negotiated the slumping PC maker’s $24.4 billion buyout is standing behind the deal despite the misgivings of major shareholders who believe the price is too low.In a four-paragraph statement released Wednesday, the four directors who oversaw the discussions to sell Dell provided their most extensive defence of the deal since it was announced a month ago.CEO Michael Dell, backed by other investors led by investment firm Silver Lake, is trying to buy out the company he founded for $13.65 per share.Much of the information in the statement had already been disclosed. The directors’ decision to publicly reiterate their rationale for agreeing to the deal currently on the table suggests that they aren’t having second thoughts. It comes as Dell’s largest independent shareholder prepares to lead a possible mutiny.Southeastern Asset Management, the investment firm that owns an 8.4 per cent stake in Dell Inc., has demanded the names of other shareholders. That information could be used to rally opposition to the deal. Mutual fund manager T. Rowe Price, which owns a nearly 5 per cent stake in Dell, also is lobbying against the deal.Those critics may soon be joined by another nettlesome investor, billionaire Carl Icahn. He specializes in buying out-of-favour stocks and then pressuring corporate boards to make deals or other moves to boost the share price.Citing unidentified sources, financial news channel CNBC reported Wednesday that Icahn has been accumulating up to 100 million shares of Dell stock — an amount that would give him a roughly 6 per cent stake in the company. Icahn didn’t immediately return phone messages Wednesday.CNBC’s sources said Icahn wants Dell to pursue other options besides a sale, including paying a special one-time dividend to current shareholders.That’s one of the alternatives that Dell’s special committee said it already considered during a “rigorous” five-month review. That analysis culminated in an agreement to sell the company to Michael Dell and the investment group for the $13.65-per-share price.That’s 37 per cent above the shares’ average trading price during the 90-day period before word of the buyout negotiations leaked out in mid-January. But the stock stood $10 higher, at about $24 per share, when Michael Dell returned for a second stint as CEO in 2007. That’s the price Southeastern contends Dell is worth.Many investors are betting the pot will have to be sweetened to get a deal done. Dell’s stock rose 25 cents, or nearly 2 per cent, to close Wednesday at $14.32. The shares have been trading above the current buyout offer for the past three weeks.Before accepting the $13.65-per-share offer, the special committee said it considered a variety of other options. Besides a one-time dividend, these alternatives included revising the company’s plan to diversity beyond PCs and breaking up the company so its operations could be sold in parts. The committee said it reached its decision in consultation with experts that included investment bankers from JP Morgan.Shareholder Forum, a group that seeks to protect shareholder interests, wants access to the same information that influenced Dell’s special committee to sell at $13.65 per share. The information would be used by experts to perform an independent evaluation of the proposed sale to help shareholders understand if it’s the best choice, according to a Tuesday letter sent to Michael Dell by Gary Lutin, a former investment banker who runs the Shareholder Forum.The group is acting as a delegate of an unidentified Dell shareholder, who Lutin says is not Southeastern Asset Management.If second-guessing of the Dell deal continues, the spotlight on the board’s special committee is likely to intensify. The committee is chaired by Alex Mandl, a former telecommunications executive. The three other committee members are Laura Conigliaro, a former computer industry analyst for Goldman Sachs; Ken Duberstein, who was President Ronald Reagan’s chief of staff before starting his own consulting firm; and Janet Clark, the chief financial officer of Marathon Oil Corp.The special committee was formed last August after Michael Dell notified the Round Rock, Texas, company that he was exploring a buyout bid in partnership with other investors. Michael Dell has agreed to contribute 273 million of the company stock that he controls and $750 million in cash to help finance the buyout, which rely primarily on loans from PC software maker Microsoft Corp. and an assortment of banks.Michael Dell is trying to reduce the company’s dependence on PCs, which are becoming tougher to sell as more people switch over to smartphones and tablet computers. He believes the company can thrive again by expanding into business software, data analytics and storage and other more profitable niches in technology — a transition that Michael Dell believes will be easier without having to worry about the short-term financial interests of Wall Street. If the current agreement is approved, Dell will end its 25-year history as a publicly traded company.In an attempt to avoid allegations that it was biased toward Michael Dell’s offer, the special committee has left open the door for a higher bid. The committee said it has provided financial incentives for investment banker Evercore Partners to find a better deal by March 22. If another enticing proposal surfaces, the special committee said it will negotiate past the March 22 deadline.The special committee said that it “has worked hard, and continues to work hard to produce the best outcome for Dell’s shareholders.” read more

Nestlé bannit les arômes artificiels de ses confiseries au RoyaumeUni


first_imgNestlé bannit les arômes artificiels de ses confiseries au Royaume-Uni Nestlé a annoncé qu’il supprimait tous les arômes artificiels de ses produits de confiseries vendus au Royaume-Uni par des alternatives naturelles. Ceci afin de répondre à une demande des consommateurs.C’est une initiative a salué que vient tout juste de prendre Nestlé, l’un des principaux acteurs de l’agroalimentaire dans le monde. Celui-ci a décidé de supprimer tous les arômes artificiels présents dans ses produits de confiserie vendus au Royaume-Uni. Selon un communiqué de la société, cette décision concerne 79 produits parmi lesquels les Smarties ou encore les Rolo, et répond à une demande des consommateurs. À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Des solutions alternatives et plus naturelles ont ainsi été trouvées pour remplacer les arômes artificiels : des produits à base de carotte, d’hibiscus, de citron entre autres. Selon des associations de consommateurs britanniques, 75% des Britanniques achèteraient en effet en priorité des produits dépourvus d’arôme artificiels. Une volonté qui a poussé la firme à lancer des recherches pour parvenir à éliminer définitivement les arômes artificiels. Néanmoins, il a fallu pas moins de sept années de recherches pour remplacer les 80 produits artificiels de sa confiserie par des produits naturels.Cette initiative n’est toutefois pas la première puisque Nestlé a déjà supprimé les produits artificiels dans toutes ses boissons au Royaume-Uni, y compris dans le Nesquik, une boisson chocolatée. En outre, des recherches similaires sont également en cours au Canada et dans quelques autres pays européens, a indiqué Nestlé.Le 2 mars 2012 à 17:49 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Mayor Steve Vaus of Poway comments on yesterdays shooting at Chabad of


first_img Vashti Moore Mayor Steve Vaus of Poway comments on yesterday’s shooting at Chabad of Poway April 28, 2019 Posted: April 28, 2019 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Trending FacebookTwittercenter_img Vashti Moore, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI)- Poway Mayor Steve Vaus is calling yesterday’s shooting a hate crime. He joined us this morning to talk more about the incident. Updated: 8:06 AMlast_img read more

Several challengers looking to unseat Washougal council incumbents


first_imgThe city of Washougal has three city council primaries on the same ballot for the first time in nearly four decades, Clark County officials said.Council incumbents Rodney Morris, Jennifer McDaniel and Molly Coston each face challenges from two or more opponents in their quest for another four-year term. Washougal voters have 10 candidates to choose from during the Aug. 16 primary election. The city has a dozen candidates overall seeking four council spots, counting the Nov. 8 general election. Councilman Michael Delavar, who has only one opponent, will face Joyce Lindsay in the general election.“This is the only (Washougal) primary we’ve had since 1973 where we’ve had three offices appear on a primary ballot,” said Tim Likness, Clark County’s elections department supervisor.Clark County started overseeing Washougal’s elections in 1973. Since then, Washougal has had larger candidate pools, but those included competitors in general elections.In 2001, the city had 14 candidates compete for six positions, Likness said. A total of 13 candidates sought seven positions in 1981.The primary council elections include Ward 2, 5 and 7.Ward 2 Councilman Rodney Morris faces the most challengers — three. Morris, 56, has been on the Washougal council nearly 19 years and has served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 30 years. Among his chief objectives are working on the Camas-Washougal Economic Development Association, balancing the city’s budget and maintaining EMS services.last_img read more

Portland boy 11 pleads guilty to robbery charge


first_imgAn 11-year-old boy who attempted a carjacking in December in Portland pleaded guilty to a robbery charge in juvenile court and was sentenced to probation for the rest of the year.Deputy Trial Court Administrator Neal Japport told KATU the boy also pleaded guilty to harassment. Under terms of a plea agreement, the boy is not allowed to have any weapons or ride in any cars that contain weapons.The boy and two siblings were placed in foster care in January.Police say the boy and a 7-year-old accomplice used his dad’s .22-caliber Derringer on Dec. 8 to threaten a woman in a church parking lot. She refused to give up her truck and wallet, drove away and called police.last_img read more

68 of US managers think student loan assistance would improve employee morale


first_imgMore than two-thirds (68%) of US manager respondents think that offering student loan assistance as part of an employee benefits package would improve employee morale, according to research by IonTuition.Its Employers’ perspective survey 2016: student loans and higher education benefits report, which polled 400 middle managers in the US, also found that 71% of respondents believe student loan assistance would improve employee retention.The research also found:79% of respondents believe that student loan repayment assistance would support recruitment.61% of respondents believe employees are somewhat satisfied with their benefits package and that there is room for improvement.62% think that fewer employees contribute to their 401(k) retirement savings because of their student loans, and 73% believe that staff contribute less money to their 401(k) because of student loans.Balaji Rajan, chief executive officer at IonTuition, said: “Student loan debt connects employers and employees in a very meaningful fashion. Just like healthcare and retirement plans, student debt repayment assistance is applicable to more employees than tuition reimbursements in today’s context. It is great to see so many employers step up and become early adopters.”last_img read more