Mayank Agarwal smashes 90, Ankit Bawne hits hundred vs West Indies in tour match

first_imgMayank Agarwal, who earned his his maiden national call-up for the Test series against West Indies, smashed a brisk 90 while Ankit Bawne hit a patient hundred as Board President’s XI scored 360 for six before declaring against the West Indies in the warm-up game in Vadodara on Saturday.Prithvi Shaw (8) was removed quickly after hitting two boundaries in the two-day game, but Agarwal played his natural attacking game, hitting 14 boundaries and two sixes.Karun Nair (29), whose confidence took a beating after being benched during the entire the England Test series, missed a golden opportunity to play a big knock on a flat track where BP XI players maintained a run-rate of four per over.Shreyas Iyer (61 off 64 balls) was in the T20 mode, hitting five sixes, and he was especially severe on veteran spinner Devendra Bishoo (3/104 in 21 overs), who had the last laugh when a century looked like there for the taking.READ- India to name squad for West Indies Tests after clarity on Virat Kohli’s injuryDuring the second part of the innings, Maharashtra batsman Bawne showed why he is such a consistent performer in domestic cricket with an unbeaten 116 off 195 balls with 15 boundaries. Bawne’s hundred came off 153 balls. Shaw retained his place in the squad for the Tests but the team management dropped Shikhar Dhawan, who had an enduring tour of England.READ – Dhawan, Ashwin in focus ahead of India Test team selection for West Indies seriesShaw was quickly snuffed out by opposition pacer Shanon Gabriel, caught by Shimron Hetmyer, but Agarwal didn’t let the tempo drop and hit the pacers on the up.advertisementHe hit some lovely drives on both sides of the wicket. His half-century came off 73 balls as he added 82 runs for the third wicket with Nair.READ – India to host West Indies for 2 Tests, 5 ODIs & 3 T20Is from October 4Agarwal and Nair were out in quick succession but Iyer and Bawne added 113 runs in 25.2 overs for the fifth wicket.Brief Scores: BP XI 360/6 decl in 90 overs (Ankit Bawne 116 no, Mayank Agarwal 90, Devendra Bishoo 3/104) vs West Indies.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

Kyrgyzstan UN rushes in help after deadly quake rocks region

6 October 2008United Nations humanitarian agencies are dispatching aid and staff to southern Kyrgyzstan, where dozens of people have been killed and hundreds of homes destroyed after an earthquake struck the remote, mountainous region last night. At least 60 people died when the quake, which measured 6.6 on the Richter scale and was recorded as being about 27 kilometres below the surface, struck close to Nura, a village near the Kyrgyz border with China. UN spokesperson Michele Montas told journalists today that preliminary data indicates another 60 people in Nura need urgent evacuation and medical aid, and about 70 per cent of the village’s entire infrastructure has been destroyed. A tent camp for 600 displaced families has been set up, and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) will send about 400 mattresses and 1,500 blankets from its warehouse in the town of Osh – which is about 220 kilometres from the epicentre – to the disaster area tomorrow. Neal Walker, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in the Central Asian country, reported that UN agencies already in Kyrgyzstan and several non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have dispatched teams to the south to conduct a needs assessment. The disaster area is both high-altitude and sparsely populated, Ms. Montas said, and includes the Chon-Alai and Alai Rayon regions. read more

Ban calls on US to put full weight behind agreeing new climate

11 November 2009Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has urged the United States to take a leading role in forging a new international pact to combat global warming, warning that the consequences of failure outweigh the cost of tackling climate change. “No country is more important than the United States in resolving this climate change issue,” Mr. Ban told reporters in Washington D.C. yesterday after meeting with congressional leaders ahead of the United Nations climate change conference in Copenhagen next month. “All eyes of the world are looking to the United States and to this august body, the US Senate,” he said at the media briefing, flanked by US Senators John Kerry, Richard Lugar and Joe Lieberman. Highlighting that in less than a month world leaders are slated to gather in Copenhagen, Mr. Ban said they must conclude “a robust, global agreement that can serve as a foundation for a climate treaty.” In Copenhagen, governments are expected to negotiate a successor to the Kyoto Protocol, the 1997 pact – part of a larger UN climate change treaty – which has strong, legally binding measures committing 37 industrialized States to cutting emissions by an average of 5 per cent against 1990 levels over the period from 2008 to 2012. “From what I heard today, there is great support in the Senate for action on climate change,” said Mr. Ban. “But for some, there are lingering doubts about whether we can afford to take action during this hard economic crisis.” Acknowledging that there is a price to pay in battling climate change, Mr. Ban stressed that the costs are insignificant compared with the cost of not taking action. “Inaction will mean a weakened economic recovery, a loss of global competitiveness, increased global instability and further human suffering,” said Mr. Ban. “A global agreement on the other hand will unleash investments that will do more than any single other action could do to jumpstart and sustain global economic recovery.” Mr. Ban voiced appreciation for the US Government, particularly President Barack Obama, in showing their initiative, leadership and commitment in addressing a climate change bill, as well as for Mr. Obama signaling a willingness to participate in Copenhagen. “Copenhagen offers us all an unprecedented opportunity. We must use our time before that historic gathering for maximum effort,” he said. read more

Value of Canadian building permits fell in March says StatsCan

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says municipalities issued $6 billion worth of building permits in March, down 3.0% from February.The agency says the decline followed an 11.3% decrease the previous month.It says lower construction intentions in the non-residential sector in six provinces, led by Ontario, more than offset a gain in the residential sector.The value of permits in the non-residential sector fell 8.8% to $2.3 billion in March, the lowest level since January 2013.In the residential sector, the value of permits rose 1.0% to $3.7 billion, following a 20.8% decrease in February.The total value of permits was down in five provinces in March, with Ontario posting the largest decline, followed by Quebec and New Brunswick. read more

Municipal Commissioner of Colombo removed by Governor

Governor of the Western Province K C Logeswaran has decided to remove the Municipal Commissioner of Colombo V K A  Anura.He was removed based on a report submitted by the Presidential Commission appointed to investigate into the collapse of the Meethotamulla garbage dump. The Governor has been directed by the President to take appropriate action based on the report.

As presidential election campaign kicks off in East Timor UN predicts peaceful

“I am certain, once more, that the Timorese people will prove that they are more than mature, that they will continue to display as much tolerance and responsibility during the electoral campaign, as well as on election day, and that they will turn out in large numbers on the 14th of April to elect their first president,” Sergio Vieira de Mello told a press conference in Dili.“I have absolutely no reason to believe that there will be any form of violence in the weeks ahead of us,” he added. “There were many doubts, there were many sceptics in 2001, there were people predicting blood in the streets of Dili and other urban centres. Nothing of the sort happened. We were right and those prophets of doom were wrong.”Late Thursday, the Independent Electoral Commission issued an official notification indicating that the ballots will not include political party symbols, an issue that had been at the centre of a “mini-crisis,” as described by Mr. Vieira de Mello. “I welcome that decision, as I have been telling both presidential candidates that they did not need political party symbols,” he said. “Their names, their past, their records, were more than enough in the eyes of the Timorese population.”During his press conference, Mr. Vieira de Mello also explained the current downsizing of UNTAET in anticipation of East Timor’s independence on 20 May, stressing that the smaller UN presence did not mean the world body was abandoning the territory altogether, as some had feared.“The United Nations will maintain a significant presence in East Timor and carry on with its unfinished business in a number of areas alongside the independent institutions of the Government of East Timor, which we have helped put in place,” Mr. Vieira de Mello said. read more

New Brunswicks projected deficit now expected to approach 500 million

by Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press Posted Sep 27, 2013 9:30 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email New Brunswick’s projected deficit now expected to approach $500 million SAINT JOHN, N.B. – New Brunswick’s finance minister is blaming lower than expected revenue figures for a larger deficit that is now forecast to reach just shy of $500 million for this fiscal year.An update on the state of the province’s finances until the end of June that was released Friday shows the 2013-14 deficit has grown to $499.9 million, $21.2 million more than was estimated in the budget in March.Finance Minister Blaine Higgs said while expenses are under budget by $20 million, revenues were $41.4 million lower than forecast in the spring’s $8.5-billion budget, the penultimate one before an election scheduled for next year.“That’s due mainly to weaker than anticipated results from NB Power,” Higgs said.NB Power has seen increased costs for fuel, pensions and the purchase of power in the first quarter of the fiscal year, he said.Higgs has been under pressure from the Liberal Opposition to release the figures sooner, with Liberal Leader Brian Gallant promising to release quarterly financial results on set dates.Higgs said he expects the audited financial statements for 2012-13 from auditor general Kim MacPherson in a few weeks and had been hoping to release those with the results from the first quarter.“We’ve had this information on the first quarter for a few weeks but we were intending to be able to line it up to the year-end results from last year,” he said.MacPherson said her work will be completed soon.“We’ve been working on it for a number of months and some years the process takes longer than others,” she said.The second financial quarter ends Monday.Gallant said he wasn’t surprised by the bigger deficit.“The figures aren’t surprising, but they are concerning,” he said.“This government promised they had a plan to balance the books without cutting services and they had a plan to balance the books without raising taxes,” he said.“And now they’ve raised taxes, cut services and they still can’t balance the books.”When he released his budget in March, Higgs said he had to raise taxes because the deficit was growing.The next fiscal update will include extra revenue from an increase in personal income taxes that went into effect July 1, which the government forecast would generate another $136 million in revenue for this fiscal year. The budget also increased corporate taxes, which are predicted to generate an additional $17 million in revenue.Despite the tax increases, Higgs said revenue levels for the second quarter don’t look promising.“It hasn’t strengthened,” he said. “We’ve seen some signs of growth in sectors like in the forestry sector, but I’m not expecting a huge uplift in revenue for the second quarter.”Higgs said every government department is either under or within one per cent of their budget for the year.Premier David Alward said his government has brought spending under control and much larger deficits were expected when his party took power from the previous Liberal administration.“If we had not made that decision early on, looking at the continued economic performance and the issues of revenue, we as a province would be in very dire straits,” he said.Alward’s government ordered every department to find savings and has reduced the size of the public service.Gallant said while Alward was making cuts, he has forgotten to grow the economy and create jobs, which has led to people leaving the province.“This is incredibly worrisome in the fact that people have to leave the province to look for work, and it just spirals the revenue problem that we have,” Gallant said.Figures released Thursday by Statistics Canada show New Brunswick’s population dropped by about 1,000 people as of July 1 compared to the same date last year. read more

Ban and officials from DR Congo discuss fragile security situation

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today discussed the fragile security and humanitarian situation in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in a meeting with the country’s Foreign Minister, Raymond Tshibanda N’tungamulongo. The two men, who met at UN Headquarters, agreed that the upcoming Security Council resolution on the DRC should strengthen the role of the UN peacekeeping mission in the country (MONUSCO) and endorse the Secretary-General’s comprehensive approach to addressing the root causes of instability in the Great Lakes region.Mr. Ban, who also spoke by phone today to President Joseph Kabila of DRC, has called on the Council to authorize the deployment of a special force within MONUSCO that would have the ability to conduct, with or without the Congolese national army, offensive operations against all armed groups that threaten peace in the eastern part of the country. Fighting resumed in eastern DRC in April of last year, when the M23 – made up of former national army troops – mutinied. Since then, clashes between M23 fighters and the DRC’s national army (FARDC) have displaced nearly a million people in North Kivu province, and in February, more than 300,000 people were displaced by additional fighting in the south-eastern province of Katanga.During their meeting, Mr. Ban and Mr. Tshibanda N’tungamulongo also welcomed the recent transfer of former Congolese warlord Bosco Ntaganda to the International Criminal Court (ICC) and discussed the implementation of the Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC.Last week, Mr. Ban appointed former Irish president Mary Robinson as his new Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region. She will support the implementation of the Framework, an accord which aims to stabilize the situation in DRC. read more

Track and Field Madison Roberts vaulting to new heights after joining Ohio

Senior pole vaulter Madison Roberts joined the Ohio State pole vaulting team in 2014 as a non-recommended walk-on. Credit: Ethan Clewell | Lantern ReporterWith four athletes already on the Ohio State track and field team, volunteer assistant coach Richard Ebin thought his pole-vaulting unit was set heading into the 2014 season.However, Madison Roberts felt like she could contribute.Joining the team as a walk-on, Roberts was not even on Ohio State’s radar. “I didn’t know of Madison Roberts,” Ebin said. “I didn’t know who she was. Nobody did.” Now, reflecting on her collegiate career as a senior, Roberts feels like she raised the bar for the women’s pole vault team. This started with her record-breaking performance in the 2017 Big Ten championship. Finishing third in the women’s pole vault, Roberts vaulted 13 feet, 4 1/2 inches to set an Ohio State record. Ebin said this was a moment he would never forget. “When she came off the pit, you could see it in her eyes,” Ebin said. “It wasn’t on the pit, it wasn’t in the air or anything like that, but coming off the pit at 4.03 is a moment I will remember forever.”Roberts improved from 10 feet, 2 inches to 13 feet, 4 1/2 inches.Ebin said he had never seen anyone make such a drastic improvement in such a short amount of time. Entering college, Roberts had always been a competitor. As a student at Iroquois High School in Elma, New York, Roberts was a three-time state qualifier in the pole vault and also a three-year captain on the soccer team.As a multisport athlete, Roberts wanted that to continue while she was in college. “Out of high school, I have always been an athlete and I have always done other sports as well, so I didn’t really want to give that up yet,” Roberts said.Despite being a walk-on, Roberts was allowed to try out by Ebin. She made sure to make the most of her opportunity.“In the very first time she ran with a pole, I knew she could do it,” Ebin said. “I saw a person that was fast, able to run with a pole and put a pole up in the air.”For Roberts, making the team was just the start of her journey as a Buckeye. In her first collegiate meet, Roberts was nervous about making a negative first impression. “The first meet, having Ohio State on my chest obviously is scary,” Roberts said. “I didn’t want to be the walk-on who didn’t prove herself or didn’t meet the standards that they were looking for, so I was nervous.”It took her three attempts to clear 10 feet, 2 inches. At the next meet, she improved by more than a foot and set her season high at 11 feet, 3 3/4 inches.Throughout her Ohio State career, Roberts continued to work one-on-one with Ebin to improve. Ebin said during that time, Roberts continued to push  herself and improve. “When you are alone and there isn’t anybody pushing you and there isn’t anybody driving you — it takes a very special person to keep going and get better,” Ebin said.At the first meet of her sophomore season, Roberts reached her personal record of 11 feet, 4 inches. By the end of that year, she had improved that record by another foot.Even with the improvement on the track, Roberts isn’t just a pole vaulter. The two-time academic All-Big Ten has been the embodiment of the term student-athlete. “There are three types of opportunities at Ohio State whether it’s academic, athletic or social, and usually something suffers,” Ebin said. “[Roberts] is the only person I have that has excelled at all of those.” read more

Worsening conditions of interior roads severely affecting timber manufacturing sector GMSA

Puruni Road Conditions (GMSA image)The Guyana Manufacturing and Service Association (GMSA) in a statement has expressed  concern over the worsening conditions of interior roads which is causing suffering and losses to timber producers. Moreover, the GMSA is calling on Government to take urgent action to repair and maintain interior roads and for there to be a comprehensive programme of ongoing maintenance to ensure quality and standard is maintained.Small, Medium, and Large Scale Logging companies are experiencing one of the worst periods with significant losses of revenue because of rainy conditions and deplorable interior roads.  Across the regions of Essequibo, Demerara, and Berbice, the hinterland road conditions have significantly worsened due to an extended rainy season.  Roadway between Mabura Hill and Kurupukari (GMSA image)The GMSA  said that the failure to maintain the interior roads prior to the rainy season, has led to further crisis and has placed a very bleak outlook for many industries including forestry, mining, tourism, and trade.According to the Association “at least 100,000 m3 of logs destined for delivery to markets cannot be transported. As a consequence many value-added manufacturers are complaining about the lack of raw material which is affecting exports.  This unfortunate situation has resulted in significant social and economic impacts. Some companies have had to completely stop production.”It was further outlined that revenues of many timber companies are down by 50 per cent, which the GMSA contends is having an adverse effect on employment. “Skilled workers are being sent home or the workforce being downsized due to the worsened condition of the roads. There are many small-scale loggers who are unable to stop working because of their financial commitments and such operators are putting their lives in danger and causing damage to their limited equipment.” Roadway between Mabura Hill and Kurupukari (GMSA image)The Guyana Manufacturing and Service Association explained that as much as 30 per cent of the cost of production in the forestry sector is transport oriented and the poor state of interior forest roads is one of the most prominent issues affecting the sector. Puruni Road Conditions (GMSA image)“The maintenance of the interior forest road network, in many instances, is left to large forest concessionaires, specifically holders of TSAs. This is a key factor that has been driving production cost for large operators. Holders of TSAs are currently spending on average US$14 000 to construct 1 km or forest road and on average U.S$5 000 on maintenance of such roads within their concessions without any support from Government” said the GMSA.  Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt to install vehicle scales for hinterland roads to address woes- PattersonJuly 31, 2018In “Business”GMSA wants Gov’t to address slump in manufacturing sectorSeptember 11, 2018In “Business”Continued efforts from Private Sector led to Guyana’s economic growth- GMSA PresidentNovember 10, 2018In “Business” read more

The last champions to be crowned in Greece – Olympiakos or AEK

← Previous Story Six teams are ready for IHF Super Globe 2019 Next Story → Danish Handball League All-Star team 2017/2018 – Myrhol, Rasmussen, Bergerud… Almost all national Championships are over for season 2017/2018, expect one – in Greece, where Olympiakos SFP and AEK Athens will decide about the trophy in the Match No.5 of the Play-Off series on Wednesday.Both teams lost home matches. AEK had 2:0 in series, but even two Championship chances weren’t enough.The Match No.5 will be played in Olympiakos’s hall.23.05.2018 OLY-ATH 23:2527.05.2018 ATH-OLY 20:1330.05.2018 OLY-ATH 22:1602.06.2018 ATH-OLY 21:22 aek athens handballGreek handballOlympiakos SFP handball read more

Over 100 Palestinians killed as Israel ramps up attacks on Gaza

first_imgAN OFFICIAL IN Gaza has said that at least 100 Palestinians were killed in fresh Israeli airstrikes and shelling today.It comes as the Palestinians maintain that factions are ready for a new truce in the fighting.But the Israeli government has remained silent on the subject while continuing its bombardment.Around 60 strikes have been carried out by IDF forces today, the BBC reports, as the Israeli government targets sites it says are associated with Hamas.US Secretary of State John Kerry said that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had asked for fresh help from America in trying to broker a ceasefire.“Last night we talked, and the prime minister talked to me about an idea and a possibility of a ceasefire. He raised it with me, as he has consistently,” said Kerry.The top US diplomat added that Netanyahu had said he “would embrace a ceasefire that permits Israel to protect itself against (Palestinian militants’) tunnels and obviously not be disadvantaged for the great sacrifice they have made thus far.”There was no Israeli government comment. Source: AP/Press Association Images… John KerryYasser Abed Rabbo, secretary general of the Palestine Liberation Organisation, said after consultations with Hamas and Islamic Jihad, the two main militant groups in Gaza, that there was “willingness for a ceasefire and humanitarian truce for 24 hours”.A joint delegation headed by Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas would travel to Cairo to take the next step, he added.‘Unified stand’ “This is more proof that we have a unified Palestinian stand,” Abed Rabbo told reporters.The delegation will head to Cairo under the PLO umbrella represented by president Mahmud Abbas.Hamas said so far it had not agreed to any new truce and was waiting for Israel to show its hand first.“When we have an Israeli commitment… on a humanitarian truce, we will look into it but we will never declare a truce from our side while the occupation keeps killing our children,” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zukhri said on his Facebook page.A series of ceasefires in recent days have failed to take hold, as both sides appeared more determined than ever to keep up the fighting.The Israeli offensive, which began on July 8, has killed more than 1,190 Palestinians, mostly civilians according to the United Nations, and injured over 7,000.Fifty-six lives have been lost on the Israeli side, all but three of them soldiers. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesA Palestinian from a damaged neighbouring apartment building inspects the damage of the offices of the Hamas movement’s Al-Aqsa satellite TV station, in Gaza City.Last night, a deluge of bombs rained down on Gaza, after an uneasy truce to mark the end of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan and the Eid al-Fitr holiday.Shells fired from tanks struck Gaza’s biggest power plant bringing it grinding to a halt, and exacerbating already widespread blackouts, the electricity authority said.And an air strike targeted the home of top Hamas leader Ismail Haniya in Gaza City’s Shati refugee camp, officials said.The raids came after Israel announced that five of its soldiers were killed in a ambush late yesterday after militants sneaked into southern Israel by a tunnel.On the same day, mortar fire killed four Israeli soldiers near a southern kibbutz, the army said, while another soldier had been killed in action in southern Gaza. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesIsraeli forces’ flares light up the night sky of Gaza City.The World Health Organisation now estimates that more than 215,000 people, or one Gazan in every eight, have fled their homes in the overcrowded territory.Many have headed for already-cramped UN schools in the north, where children ran barefoot around a dirty school yard alongside stinking piles of rubbish.The surge in violence drew increasingly urgent international demands for an end to hostilities.“In the name of humanity, the violence must stop,” UN chief Ban Ki-moon said yesterday.But the calls went unheeded, with Netanyahu warning it would be “a lengthy campaign” that would go on until troops destroyed cross-border tunnels used for staging attacks on Israel.“Israeli citizens cannot live with the threat from rockets and from death tunnels — death from above and from below,” he said.Tensions had risen sharply after a shell yesterday landed inside the Shifa hospital compound in Gaza City, followed by a blast at a children’s playground in the city’s Shati refugee camp, that killed 10, eight of them children. Source: AP/Press Association ImagesPalestinian relatives mourn in the morgue of Shifa hospital following yesterday’s explosion.“We have not fired on the hospital or on Shati refugee camp,” Major Arye Shalicar told AFP, saying the army had footage showing militants firing at Israel but the missiles falling short inside Gaza.With the Palestinian death toll soaring, Iran’s supreme leader accused Israel of committing “genocide” in Gaza and called for the Muslim to arm Palestinian militants.In Ireland, the majority of senators have said they will return to the Oireachtas to debate the ongoing crisis.And in a separate development, the Irish Palestine Solidarity Campaign said over 300 creatives, actors and other performing artists had now signed a pledge to boycott Israel — including Stephen Rea, Donal Lunny and Damien Dempsey.Reporting by AFP & AP, additional reporting by Daragh Brophy. Read: The Seanad is coming back on Thursday to discuss Gaza and UkraineExplainer: What is happening in Gaza?last_img read more

Facebook une entrée en bourse très attendue

first_imgFacebook: une entrée en bourse très attendue Ça y est, c’est fait! Facebook a déposé, mercredi 1er février, son dossier d’entrée en bourse auprès de la Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Cette entrée, pressentie depuis presque une semaine, est confirmée. Le réseau social a déposé son dossier d’introduction en bourse. Facebook prévoit une levée de 5 à 10 milliards de dollars, qui pourrait permettre à la société d’atteindre une valorisation de 75 à 100 milliards d’euros. La firme pourrait être introduite en bourse dès le printemps prochain, alors que l’introduction originale était plutôt prévue fin 2012-début 2013. Pour l’instant, l’ensemble de ses revenus reposent sur la publicité et Facebook ne tire aucun avantage de ses quelques 845 millions d’utilisateurs.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Néanmoins, les premiers chiffres indiquent de la société a bénéficié de 3,7 millions de dollars de chiffre d’affaires en 2011, soit 88% de plus par rapport à 2010. Mais son résultat net, lui, prévu autour de 4 milliards de dollars, plafonne à 1 milliard de dollars. Les résultats révèlent également une hausse des coûts de fonctionnement et de R&D chez Facebook, entraînant une croissance plus faible que d’autres groupes du web récemment introduits en bourse.Mark Zuckerberg souhaite frapper un grand coup et faire de Facebook une Blue Chip, un groupe fiable dans le temps, à l’image de Microsoft. Mais ce statut est encore loin d’être acquis, Facebook devra sûrement développer sa rentabilité tout en réglant les problèmes liés au respect de la vie privée et à l’utilisation des données personnelles. Mais, qu’est-ce-que ça change en réalité ? Normalement, une entrée en bourse, ça change tout. Fini les vacances, vous devez travailler dur pour garder vous utilisateurs satisfaits. Et surtout, ne pas faire de faux pas, de peur de sentir les répercussions sur le cours de vos actions. Jusque là, Mark Zuckerberg et son groupe faisaient à peu près ce qu’ils voulaient, quand ils le voulaient. Vont-ils devoir changer leur stratégie ? Peut-être pas… À l’heure actuelle, Facebook tire ses revenus de la publicité et des applications développées par d’autres entreprises pour le réseau social. Alors, chers utilisateurs, ne vous attendez pas à un Facebook sans publicité. Cette dernière devrait même prendre ses aises et se personnaliser, en se basant sur vos recherches ou sur ce que vous aimez.Une fois que la société aura engrangé assez d’argent, il se pourrait bien qu’elle aille faire chauffer la carte bleue dans la Silicon Valley. Sur un plan stratégique, c’est dans l’intérêt de Facebook de racheter des sociétés pour étendre son cœur de métier.Facebook, en tant qu’entreprise privée n’avait jamais eu à faire aux organismes de réglementation. En devenant publique, la donne va changer. Désormais le réseau social va devoir s’attaquer au problème pour essayer de convaincre ces messieurs de Washington du bien fondé de ses actions. De leur côté, les investisseurs restent ultra confiants dans les possibilités du réseau social. Ce dernier devrait poursuivre sa croissance grâce, notamment, à une très large base d’utilisateurs. 845 millions “amis” sur Facebook, c’est pas rien! En revanche, ce qui ne devrait pas changer, c’est la rapidité d’innovation. Même face à des utilisateurs râleurs, on se souvient des News Feed et en ce moment c’est au tour de la Timeline, Facebook a toujours fait évoluer sa formule. Et finalement, après un temps d’adaptation, les utilisateurs conservent la satisfaction du premier jour ! Mark Zuckerberg devrait continuer à s’occuper du côté innovation. Pendant ce temps, Sheryl Sandberg, directrice générale, devrait prend en charge tout ce qui concerne les chiffres de l’entreprise. Alors, si vous pensiez que l’entrée en bourse de Facebook l’occuperait assez pour cesser de modifier votre Wall, dommage, vous aviez tout faux! Le 2 février 2012 à 12:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HE Governor John Freeman statement on recent criminal activity

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, July 31, 2017 – Grand Turk – “Recent incidents of aggravated burglaries have again given rise to understandable public concern. There are immediate but also wider dimensions to the increased incidence of violent crimes. Our thoughts – as always – are with the victims of recent crimes and their families.Facing down crime requires a combination of properly resourced law enforcement agencies, a sustained determination to deal with wider challenges – including from illegal migration and other factors – and a due commitment not just to imprisonment but to the rehabilitation of offenders.Most immediately we need to ensure the RTCIPF have the resources they need to do their job. I have discussed this requirement with the Premier and with the Commissioner. Much has already been put in train and following recent incidents additional and specialized support (including from outside the Islands) is being put in place already or to be examined urgently. It would not be in the public interest to discuss all of the particular steps being undertaken.In terms of the wider challenges and factors, the TCIG has already announced new measures in statements made recently in the House of Assembly.Defeating the criminals remains a responsibility we hold in common. All responsible agencies and departments discussed current crime and other security challenges in the National Security Committee (NSC) which met yesterday. A meeting of the NSC Advisory Council is also being scheduled. We have also benefited from the UK-sponsored Security Needs Assessment of the Overseas Territories, including of the TCI.The effort to deal with violent crime is ongoing. More resources are being dedicated to security needs and more will be available in the future. And all of us with responsibilities for security are committed to seeing the task through.”Press Release: TCIG Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Everton boss frustrated by defeat

first_imgThe Everton Marco Silva was unhappy after receiving a goal and then seeing how Kurt Zouma was sent off.A single goal by Andre Gay gave Watford the 1-0 victory over Everton in the English Premier League on Saturday.And the Blues are now in the ninth position of the table with 33 points, after only nine wins, six draws and 12 defeats.This has led coach Marco Silva very frustrated.“When you do not achieve the result and do not score goals with the chances we created, it is a big frustration for us,” Silva told the club’s official website.“The first half was balanced, they created one good chance and we had a very good chance with Cenk Tosun.”“Second half was the same again. They started to create more problems with their long balls,” he commented.“I felt Andre Gomes and Gana were getting tired after we played on Wednesday night. Watford had one week to prepare for the game.”“I changed Andre and was preparing to put on Bernard when they scored,” Silva continued.“We reacted [to going behind].”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“We had two balls off the bar and one clear chance for Dominic,” the manager said.“We created enough chances to score but were not effective [with our finishing]. Sometimes in these moments, something can happen – but it is only us who can work more to change things.”“When you play away and create the chances we did – and clear chances in some moments – we have to be more effective,” the Everton boss commented.“In one moment they will start to go in and we’ll start to win matches.”“But there is just one way: work more, become more confident and look forward and try to change things,” he added.“It is a good moment to rest the players, then bring them back to prepare for the next match against Cardiff and the derby against Liverpool.”💬 | The boss delivers his post-match verdict: A frustrating afternoon. #EFCawayday— Everton (@Everton) February 9, 2019last_img read more

North Yorkshire County Council offers green cars

first_imgNorth Yorkshire County Council has offered its 18,000 members of staff a car salary sacrifice scheme since 2010, but over the years, it has been necessary for the council to adapt its offering to better suit its workforce.Since it was first introduced, the scheme has expanded to offer staff more choice. For instance, employees now have 4,200 cars to choose from, including a selection of green and low-emission vehicles.The scheme also closely monitors mileage and provides those who are at risk of going over their limit with the option to change their agreement to receive an early notification in order to help them avoid higher costs.Sarah France-Gorton, principal adviser, resourcing and reward at North Yorkshire County Council, says: “An important benefit for staff using this scheme is the hassle free factor; everything is included except fuel. Another important consideration is the cost of running older less economical cars and its impact on the environment; the use of the salary sacrifice scheme brings benefits on both fronts.She adds: “Since the implementation date, the marketing focus has been around environmentally friendly cars, product range and the salary sacrifice savings made.”last_img read more

Sheriff Koutoujian Welcomes DA Ryan For Visit To Specialized Treatment Units At

first_imgBILLERICA, MA — Sheriff Peter J Koutoujian recently welcomed Middlesex District Attorney Marian Ryan to the Middlesex Jail & House of Correction for a tour of specialized housing units for young adult offenders and incarcerated military Veterans.“I want to thank DA Ryan for taking the time to come inside and learn about the incredible work our staff is doing on a daily basis to change the trajectory for those in our Housing Unit for Military Veterans (HUMV) and our new People Achieving Change Together (P.A.C.T.) Program,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “These are cutting edge initiatives designed to address the unique needs of the individuals in these populations.”“The work the Sheriff is doing with these two units is critical in reducing the impact the criminal justice system has on people’s lives. In Middlesex County we are taking a truly collaborative approach which includes both offering alternatives to prosecution and programs like these that encourage treatment and rehabilitation. By shifting the focus from a solely punitive system we are helping to support system involved individuals with the goal of reducing recidivism,” continued District Attorney Ryan.P.A.C.T., which opened in February, is for offenders ages 18-24.  The unit was constructed in collaboration with the Vera Institute of Justice with a goal of reducing recidivism amongst individuals in that age group.  Middlesex is the first local jail in the country to collaborate with Vera on such a unit, and only the second agency nationally.  According to data from the Council of State Governments Justice Center, 18-to 24-year-olds released from Massachusetts correctional facilities have higher recidivism rates than other offenders, with 52 percent of those released from houses of correction and 56 percent of those released by the department of correction were re-incarcerated within three years.HUMV was established in January 2016, and is the only unit of its kind in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for incarcerated Veterans.  In May, HUMV was highlighted during an event at the Library of Congress and is one of four jail-based programs for Veterans included in a National Institute of Corrections (NIC) document (“Barracks Behind Bars”) released at the event.  A recent review found that of all individuals who had spent at least 30 days in HUMV, and were released to the community, just five percent had recidivated since its inception.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Middlesex Sheriff’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSenator Markey & Middlesex Sheriff Koutoujian Promote Expansion Of Opioid Treatment In JailsIn “Government”Sheriff Koutoujian Welcomes Attorney General Healey For Official TourIn “Government”Middlesex DA: Billerica Man Sentenced Following Attack on Middlesex Corrections OfficersIn “Government”last_img read more

NDTV gets partial relief in income tax case June quarter performance worsens

first_imgCBI conducts raids at NDTV founder Pronnoy Roy’s residence in New Delhi on June 5, 2017.IANSNews channel NDTV got a reprieve from the Delhi High Court in connection with a Rs 428 crore demand raised by the income tax authorities even as the Delhi-based media outlet reported worsening financial performance for the June 2017 quarter (Q1). Hearing a plea on Tuesday filed by NDTV against the demand raised on July 21, Justices S Muralidhar and Pratibha M Singh, while agreeing that there was a prima facie case against the channel, questioned the income tax department for issuing the demand order and a show-cause notice (for not paying the amount) on the same day.Also read: Interesting facts about Prannoy Roy’s news channel NDTV and its journalists “How can you pass penalty order when no time has been given for payment of the amount which was determined on July 26,” the court asked the I-T department, represented by Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Sanjay Jain, according to a PTI report. NDTV was represented by Harish Salve.The case will now be heard on August 21.The July 26 demand order by the department was based on the decision of July 14 decision of the Income Tax Appellate Tribunal (ITAT) that actually ended up creating an ambiguity.While the ITAT upheld the department’s decision to add Rs 642 crore as unexplained money to the channel’s income for the assessment year (AY) 2009-10, prompting the July 26 order, it had remanded back three other issues pertaining to the same AY, giving the channel the opportunity to challenge the demand order.Strangely, Jain had appeared for NDTV in 2011 in a case pertaining to defamation charges filed by the channel against MJ Akbar, senior journalist and now a minister in Narendra Modi government, for reporting on the channel’s alleged financial irregularities in the ICICI Bank loan repayment case.In 2010, Akbar had written articles on the loan repayment case in The Sunday Guardian, prompting the channel to claim Rs 25 crore in damages. NDTV had said in its petition that the journalist “created a false impression amongst the public that the plaintiff (the channel) is involved in such illegitimate acts” by using words such as “malfeasance” and “loan chicanery.” The case was disposed off by Delhi High Court in December 2011, restraining Akbar from “republishing or re-circulating” the article published in December 2010 in The Sunday Guardian.For the June quarter, NDTV’s stand-alone income dropped 36 percent sequentially to Rs 69.9 crore from Rs 109.6 crore in March 2017 quarter while the net loss stood at Rs 15.94 crore.The NDTV stock was trading at Rs 45.15 on the BSE at around 11 am on Wednesday, close to its 52-week low of Rs 44.60. The channel is headed by Dr Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy. As of March 31, 2017, Prannoy Roy and his wife Radhika Roy, the two key promoters, held 15.94 percent and 16.32 percent, respectively, in the company.last_img read more

UN ramps up aid delivery for Rohingyas

first_imgThe major Rohingya influx has created a humanitarian emergency in Bangladesh as the forcibly displaced citizens of Rakhine state of Myanmar are largely depending on humanitarian assistance for shelter, food, water and other life-saving needs, said the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), reports UNB.”The seriousness of the situation cannot be over-emphasised,” Sarat Dash, chief of Bangladesh Mission of IOM, a United Nations migration agency, said in a press release.”These people are malnourished and there is insufficient access to clean water and sanitation in many of the spontaneous sites. They are highly vulnerable. They have fled conflict, experienced severe trauma and are now living in extremely difficult conditions,” underscored Dash.With many of the new arrivals requiring immediate health assistance, agencies have appealed for USD 48 million to scale up primary health care in the new settlements over the next six months, according to UN News Centre.”The risk of an outbreak of communicable disease is very high given the crowded living conditions and the lack of adequate clean water and sanitation,” said IOM senior regional health officer Patrick Duigan, pointing out that maternal, newborn and child health care are also in desperately short supply.According to the information of Inter Sector Coordination Group (ISCG), an IOM-hosted aid agency, an estimated 536,000 people have fled Myanmar and arrived in Cox’s Bazar over the past 47 days to avoid persecution carried out by Myanmar army.The Number spiked again when some 15,000 more crossed into Bangladesh between 9 to 11 October.Prior to the August influx, infrastructure and basic services in Cox’s Bazar were already under strain as it hosted over 2,00,000 forcibly displaced Rohingyas.last_img read more

Syria regime bombardment kills 17 civilians in south Damascus monitor

first_imgA picture taken in the Yarmuk Palestinian refugee camp in southern Damascus on 27 April 2018 shows smoke billowing in the area during Syrian army shelling and airstrikes. Photo: AFPSyrian regime air strikes and shelling killed 17 civilians including seven children on Friday in the Palestinian camp of Yarmuk in southern Damascus, a Britain-based monitor said.Government forces have intensified their bombardment of Yarmuk and surrounding neighbourhoods since 19 April as they battle Islamic State group jihadists there, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights monitor says.last_img read more