RSS, ISIS comment row: BJP plays good cop, bad cop with Ghulam Nabi Azad

first_imgThe ruling benches played good cop bad cop with Ghulam Nabi Azad with Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Monday slamming the Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha for equating ISIS with RSS while Finance Minister Arun Jaitley claimed that the Congress leader, who is usually known for cultured utterances, has knowingly or unknowingly slipped this time.Naqvi said the “grand old party had coined a brand new formulae of garlanding terrorists and attacking nationalists”. Jaitley claimed that the Congress leader had actually given respectability to a terrorist organisation and Azad should have refrained from making such a comparison.Azad had come prepared in the house to defend his remark made at the function of Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind two days ago kicking up a row. Armed with a CD of his speech, Azad shielded him from the barbs claiming his comment were misconstrued by the opponents.Naqvi supplemented the attack by claiming that if the comment has been made unknowingly, the Congress leader should just apologise and the issue will be closed.Azad tried hard to hold his ground and quoted his speech verbatim. He said if there is any discrepancy in his version then he was ready to face breach of privilege motion.Azad clarified that he had said that the Congress will opposes organisations ISIS just like the RSS.”Where is the comparison…. I have not said ….you please bring privilege motion,” he dared the ruling party to bring the motion for his expulsion from the house if he had said that the RSS and the ISIS were the same.advertisement”That is comparison. I will repeat it again for the entire nation. Aisi ISIS wali jaise sangathane, hum unka bhi utna hi virodh karte hein, jaise RSS ka karte hein (We condmen organisations like ISIS just like we oppose RSS),” he said The Leader of the Opposition went on add that he was against all kinds of fundamentalism, be it Hindu, Muslim or Sikh.”We need to fight all,” he said in an attempt to wriggle out of the controversy. He got a leeway from the ruling party which did not press the matter further and left it at the leader of opposition’s error of judgement.The BJP and RSS had hit back at Azad for the comparison. They termed the Congress as an intellectually bankrupt party for making such irresponsible comments.ALSO READ:Ghulam Nabi Azad clarifies Islamic State remark in Parliamentlast_img read more

SAI signs MoU worth Rs 2.6 crores with Yonex

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 1 (PTI) Sports Authority of India today signed an Memorandum of Understanding with Yonex, Japan to promote badminton at the SAI Regional Academy in Bhubaneswar. The MoU was signed by Roque Dias, Executive Director on behalf of SAI and C P Gupta on behalf of Yonex, Sunrise Sports (India) Pvt. Ltd. in the presence of Secretary Sports-cum-DG SAI Injeti Srinivas. As per MoU, the Sunrise Sports (India) Pvt. Ltd. has agreed to sponsor court mats, players and coaches kiting worth Rs. 5214960 per annum for a period of five years to the SAI Odisha Regional Badminton Academy in Bhubaneswar. The total sponsorship for five years comes to Rs 2.6 crore. Dias said this was the first time that an initiative like this one was taken by SAI to bring in sponsorship to the academies for providing best equipments of YONEX Brand so that trainees at the academy perform better in national and international competitions. “This will not only help the players but will also prove to be a wonderful avenue to sports firms to promote sports in bigger way,” he said. PTI PDS BSlast_img read more

Renesas: S3A1 MCUs offer security and connectivity for IoT

first_imgThe Renesas S3A1 microcontroller group, now available from Rutronik UK, is ideally suited for all applications that require a high level of security and IoT device-to-cloud connectivity. The MCUs have been released alongside the v.1.4.0 version update for the Synergy Software Package (SSP). S3A1 devices provide a host of analogue and security features to realise a variety of embedded systems and IoT designs at a competitive price point. They are compatible with other Synergy MCU groups in terms of features, pins and IP. They also offer high scalability and accelerate the development process through code reuse.The S3A1 group runs with an ARM Cortex-M4 processor with floating point unit (FPU) operating at up to 48MHz. Other hardware features include 1MB code flash memory, a 192KB SRAM module, and security and encryption features (AES128/256, GHASH, random number generator). Furthermore, the microcontrollers integrate a segment LCD controller, a capacitive touch-sensing unit, numerous connectivity options, a 14-bit A/D and a 12-bit A/D converter. The maximum supply voltage is 5.5V.For the configuration of the MCUs, Renesas offers the TB-S3A1 Target Board Kit. It provides access to all pins and has standardised extension ports as well as pre-installed demo software. The MCUs are primarily designed for IoT applications that monitor and control their environment or processes. Target applications include smart home, medicine, industrial and building automation as well as in HMI applications, energy management systems and appliances. The microcontrollers are available in four versions with different housings/pin footprints (LQFP, QFN, 100LGA, 145LGA).Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Axiomtek: fanless 3.5″ embedded board with optional ZIO connector for additional portsNext ADI: self-calibrating energy metering IC simplifies embedded electricity measurementlast_img read more

England’s domestic rugby union season to extend deep into summer

first_imgTopics Share on Pinterest Share on Messenger Since you’re here… Rugby union news The Premiership final this season will take place at Twickenham on 1 June but, with the 2019 World Cup already due to affect next year’s schedule, the old days of May finals have been consigned to history. Rather than switching to an October start, however, it is understood the domestic campaign will continue to kick off in September.European rugby organisers say they will apologise to Cardiff Blues and Glasgow after both teams wore similar-coloured jerseys in their Champions Cup game on Sunday. Officials conceded that procedures for potential kit clashes “were not sufficiently followed through”.Carl Fearns, the former Bath back-row playing for Lyon, believes that, once fit, he is the next best option for England at No 8 after Billy Vunipola. “If I do get back to the levels I was at two years ago, then I feel like I should be there,” he said. “I am the second guy behind Billy Vunipola in my eyes … if you take him out of the England team there is no other real back-row who plays like me.” Support The Guardian Champions Cup Glasgow Rugby Premiership Cardiff Blues The much-debated changes to England’s traditional domestic rugby calendar will be announced on Tuesday at Twickenham. Rather than lasting from early September to late May the Premiership season will extend deep into June with all summer tours earmarked for July.Despite months of compromise talks between the Rugby Football Union, Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players’ Association, the schedule is set to generate further intense debate, with the closing weeks of the domestic campaign and the summer Tests potentially now clashing with long-established cricket, tennis and golf events.Northern hemisphere-based international players with children also face the prospect of being absent from home for large chunks of the school holidays. The counter-argument is that better weather will enhance the spectacle and player welfare will be better served under the new arrangement. A compulsory summer break for all will be collectively enforced, and two one‑week “mid‑season” breaks to allow players some respite also built into the calendar. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on WhatsApp The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Mawazine Niskas and Damsos Flows Seduce OLM Souissi Audience

Rabat – Niska and Damso’s catchy songs entertained the OLM Souissi crowd all night. Two of France’s most successful rappers have succeeded in performing their brilliant rap on Monday, June 25, on the fourth day of Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World.The French rapper Niska started the show with his famous song “Freestyle PSG”, in front of a crowd in trance, who came together to dance the famous “Charo dance.”Sife ElamineIn his very unique and easily recognizable voice, Niska continued to delight the public with several hits, including “B.O.C.,” “H & M,” and “Versus,” produced in collaboration with the “Prince of the Afro Trap” MHD. Niska has also interpreted his titles “Medellin,” “Love X,” “Salé,” “Favélas,” “Commando,” “La Wewer,” “J’suis dans la baye,” “Tuba life,”—produced with the famous rapper Booba—and “Hunting man,” taking his young audience into a frenzy with his music, that sometimes takes the color of African sounds.Sife ElamineBefore a conquered audience, Niska closed his concert with his famous hit “Résaux,” thrilling his fans who enthusiastically sang along with “Pouloulou,” before sharing an intimate moment with the public, listening to the Moroccan national anthem.Sife ElamineThe Belgian rapper Damso then gratified the hysterical crowd with his “Kietu,” before continuing with his numerous titles “Periscope,” “Lové,” “Report,” “NJ Respect R,” and the famous “Macarena” hit song.  Sife ElamineThe Belgian rapper was faithful to his style that stands out with raw lyrics, sometimes tinged with a certain verbal violence and inspired mainly by his personal experience. He also knew how to touch his audience with his sensitivity, through deep melancholic expressions, captivating sweetness, and endearing romance.Sife ElamineThe Belgian rapper, who sang a capella at some points, caught the attention of the public, who never ceased to sing the furiously fascinating words.Sife ElamineAt only 24, Stanislas Dinga Pinto, aka Niska, is one of the most talented rappers of the moment. He rose to fame thanks to his collaboration with Maître Gims on the song “Sapés comme jamais,” released in August 2015. His hit single “Réseaux” won the title of the France’s summer 2017 hit, hoisting him to the top spot of France’s Top Single, Top Shazam, Top Youtube, and Top Streaming.A true star of this new wave of French rappers, Damso, whose real name is William Kalubi, was first spotted by French rapper Booba. He then joined the collective and label 92i and signed at Universal.The rapper released his first album “Low Battery” in 2016, which is certified platinum. His second album Ipséité, released in 2017, was a great success in France and Belgium, and is certified quadruple platinum disc in France and platinum record in Belgium. read more

Closing Bell TSX slips as Dow hits record in Mondays lacklustre trade

Here are the closing numbersTSX — 13,358.39 -19.94 -0.15% S&P 500 — 1,771.89 +1.28 +0.07% Dow — 15,783.10 +21.32 +0.14% Nasdaq — 3,919.79 +0.56 +0.01%TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed slightly lower as interest sensitive stocks continued to sell off amid rising U.S. bond yields and retailers declined ahead of earnings reports later in the week.The S&P/TSX composite index slipped 19.94 points to 13,358.39 amid generally lacklustre trading and lower than usual volumes as banks, many businesses and the bond market closed for Remembrance Day.On international markets, the Canadian dollar was up 0.06 of a cent at 95.5 cents US late in the afternoon.U.S. indexes made slight headway with the Dow Jones industrials ahead 21.32 points to a record high of 15,783.1, the Nasdaq gained 0.56 of a point to 3,919.79 and the S&P 500 index was up 1.28 points at 1,771.89.TSX losses were led by falling telecoms and particularly the utilities, which have been popular with investors because of their dividends.But both have been under pressure as U.S. bond yields have moved up sharply on speculation the Federal Reserve may start cutting back on a key piece of stimulus.TOP STORIESSears shares spike on $315-million deal to sell stake in eight properties to Montez Income PropertiesApple said to be working on iPhone designs with bigger, curved-glass screensMitel Networks buys Aastra in $400-million friendly takeover deal to join ‘billion-dollar club’CPPIB teams up with Australia’s biggest office landlord to buy $2.66-billion office trust down underWHAT’S ON DECK TUESDAYECONOMIC NEWSUNITED STATES7:30 a.m.NFIB Small Business Economic Trends CORPORATE NEWSCANADAFortress Paper Ltd Q3 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 98¢ a share Ivanhoe Energy Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 31¢ a share Shoppers Drug Mart Corp Q3 earnings: Analysts expect 81¢ a share Thompson Creek Metals Co Inc Q3 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 2¢ a share read more

Canada exempt from Trumps steel tariffs for undetermined period

He also pushed back against reports casting the process as arbitrary, sloppy and rife for successful legal challenges.In one alleged example of haphazard policy-making, a report this week said the president raised the tariff rates for branding purposes, increasing them from the 24 and 7 per cent recommended by the Department of Commerce — because he wanted nice, round numbers.The official insisted that was untrue. He said it was only upon careful calculation of import effects that the numbers landed at 25 per cent and 10 per cent. He did not explain how those round numbers managed to survive intact, even after the formula was later upended by the exclusion from tariffs of major suppliers.Canada is the No. 1 seller of both steel and aluminum to the U.S.The fact that Canada might be included on the initial hit list had become a political sore spot for the administration, as U.S. critics of the move ridiculed it by zeroing on the idea of national-security tariffs against a peaceful next-door neighbour and defence ally.A full-court diplomatic press unfolded in recent days, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau calling Trump earlier this week, and then speaking Thursday with the Republican leaders of both the House of Representatives and the Senate.Canada’s ambassador to Washington dined this week with U.S. national-security adviser H.R. McMaster; Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, Natural Resources Minister Jim Carr, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, and Transport Minister Marc Garneau all reached out to cabinet counterparts in recent days.The lobbying found a mostly receptive audience: the U.S. military strongly resisted tariffs against allies, and 107 congressional Republicans released a letter this week to express their alarm over the move.Expect a low-key response from Canada if Trump indeed intends to use temporary tariff relief as a bargaining threat. That means no talk of walking away from the table, nor any hint of making concessions under pressure.“Our position hasn’t and won’t change,” one Canadian source said Thursday. “We’re after a good deal, not any deal. We’ll take no deal rather than a bad one.”global steel and aluminum imports with tariffs of 25 and 10 per cent. They go into effect in 15 days. In a media briefing, he expressed frustration at the way the tariffs have been characterized, referring repeatedly to the “fake news,” the lobbyists and the “swamp things” that he said exaggerated the ill effects while fighting the measures.Two polls released this week say the tariffs are unpopular.But the same official said it truly is a matter of national security — with six U.S. aluminum smelters shutting down the last few years, and just five remaining, and only two operating at full capacity, he said that leaves the U.S. at risk of having to import all its aluminum eventually.“(This tariff-signing) should be a great day for America,” he said.U.S. President Donald Trump holds up a proclamation on aluminum during an event in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, March 8, 2018. He also signed one for steel. WASHINGTON — Canada can breathe easier, for now: It’s getting relief from U.S. tariffs for an undetermined period, as one of only two countries receiving a provisional exemption from the steel and aluminum penalties set to clobber the rest of the world.U.S. President Donald Trump signed proclamations Thursday slapping tariffs of 25 per cent on steel and 10 per cent on aluminum, and they snap into effect for the rest of the world in 15 days.After months of frantic lobbying, diplomatic arm-twisting, and heated debates within his own administration, Trump is signing the proclamations at the White House, surrounded by steelworkers.“For now, Canada and Mexico will be excluded from the tariffs,” said a senior White House official. “But it’s not open-ended.”Trump’s ‘ridiculous’ steel tariffs will only hurt U.S jobs and industry, Linamar CEO says‘Nobody wins’: Europe, IMF urge Trump to step back from trade warGary Cohn quits as Trump economic adviser, having lobbied hard against controversial tariffsHe sidestepped the question of whether the threat of tariffs will be used to bully Canada and Mexico at the NAFTA bargaining table. Speaking on condition of anonymity in order to discuss matters before they became public, he said only that the reprieve remains in place for now, and that NAFTA is important to economic and national security.That retains the semblance of a legal fig leaf for the administration.By law, the tariffs need to be described as a national security matter. A provision in a 1962 U.S. law allows the president to set emergency tariffs as a security issue. But the White House has repeatedly undermined its own legal case, including by intimating that the tariffs would be lorded over Canada and Mexico as some kind of negotiating tool to extract NAFTA concessions.The White House is now avoiding that kind of talk: ”We will have ongoing discussions with Canada and Mexico,” said the official. ”NAFTA discussions will be part of that only because NAFTA is an important part of the security relationship within the hemisphere.”For now, Canada and Mexico will be excluded from the tariffs. But it’s not open-endedsenior White House official Susan Walsh/AP Photo read more

Rocky topped Buckeyes fail to achieve elite status fall to Tennessee in

Senior forward Wayne Chism paced the Volunteers with 22 points and 11 rebounds, unleashing his relentless motor after disposing of his oddly positioned headband at halftime.“All of our bigs, Brian Williams, Kenny Hall, Wayne Chism, it was electric tonight,” Tennessee guard Scotty Hopson said. “Their success down low was huge for us. We all made a conscious effort to rebound and it all worked out.”Ohio State’s defense didn’t play poorly the entire night, though. The Buckeyes jumped out to an 11-4 lead thanks to seven quick points by sophomore William Buford and several turnovers forced by the OSU defense.Tennessee fought back and the teams traded buckets until OSU entered the locker room at halftime clinging to a 42-39 lead.The Buckeyes extended the lead to six with 15:39 to play, but a porous defense and stagnant offense plagued them down the stretch. Turner scored Ohio State’s first 14 points after halftime, as his teammates struggled to find a rhythm.“[The Volunteers] do a great job on the half-court defense,” Matta said. “A lot of times it looks like something’s easy, but it really isn’t. … We just didn’t make shots in the second half.”Turner finished his junior season with typical stat sheet-stuffing totals of 31 points, seven rebounds and five assists. For the national Player of the Year favorite, despite its abrupt ending, the season won’t be one he looks at with disappointment.“I had the most fun I’ve ever had playing basketball,” he said. “I think we grew as a team. We genuinely care for each other and have a lot of fun. To overcome the situations we had, proved a lot of people wrong and just believing in each other was one of the best times in my life.“Right now, it’s tough to go through, but I feel like we did a lot of great stuff and we had a great season.” Evan Turner sat at midcourt, mesmerized. Several teammates ventured over to the junior, offering to help him to his feet, but Turner refused assistance, opting to bypass postgame handshakes and head directly for the locker room.The reality of a hard-fought, season-ending loss didn’t take long to sink in for the Big Ten Player of the Year, competing in scarlet and gray for perhaps the final time.Tennessee, the No. 6 seed in the Midwest region, used a late surge in the closing minutes to knock off No. 2 Ohio State, 76-73, before a Rockytop-giddy crowd Friday at the Edward Jones Dome in St. Louis.The Volunteers advance to the Elite Eight, where they will face Michigan State on Sunday.“We just didn’t get the job done,” junior center Dallas Lauderdale said. “We didn’t get the rebounds. They were going to get the ball. They were attacking us down low.”The meeting was the fourth in the last three years between the Buckeyes and Volunteers, and all four have been decided by five points or fewer.This time, Tennessee clenched a three-point lead as the Buckeyes gained possession with 12 seconds left. Turner had two looks at the basket, but both shots – and the team as a whole – fell short.“You want the ball in the hands of your best player,” said junior Jon Diebler, who made just one of his eight shot attempts. “[Turner] is the best player in the country. We will live with having the ball in the best player’s hands with 12 seconds left.”Despite the lack of a whistle, Turner felt there was contact on his desperation heaves.“I definitely liked the look I got,” he said. “I thought it was going to be like an and-one shot. I thought I was going to get a call.”The Buckeyes certainly had their share of chances, well before their inability to convert at the game’s conclusion. After converting 56 percent of its first half field goals, OSU made just 32 percent of its second half shot attempts.The most evident determining factor, however, was the difference in post production between the teams. Tennessee out-rebounded Ohio State by a 41-29 margin, while outscoring the Buckeyes in the paint by a 50-22 advantage.“They just got in the paint too easily,” Diebler said. “And when we collapsed, they did a good job of passing. With their height and athleticism, they’re able to see the floor a lot easier.”Buckeye forward David Lighty battled foul trouble throughout much of the game, forcing coach Thad Matta to dig a bit deeper than normal into his seldom-used bench. The OSU defense suffered, as the Buckeyes were overmatched on the boards.“You can’t worry about fouls, especially at this time of the year,” Lighty said. “You just have to keep playing hard and have backside help. But our defense just wasn’t what it used to be today.” read more

Softball Ohio State to open Big Ten play against No 22 Indiana

Emily Clark follows through on her swing, hitting a double against Wright State on Sep.24. Credit: Gretchen Rudolph | For The LanternWith a home slate and taking on an old rival, the Ohio State softball team will kick off Big Ten play this weekend against Indiana.The Buckeyes (15-9) will take on the No. 22 Hoosiers (25-6), a team which Ohio State has played every year since 2010.“It’s the most exciting part of the year for us because it’s the team that we know well and compete against every year,” Ohio State head coach Kelly Kovach Schoenly said.The Hoosiers won all three games against the Buckeyes this past season, and Schoenly said they are looking to use home field to gain an advantage after playing the entirety of the start of the season away from Columbus. “Since our 24 games were on the road, it’s nice to be home and to compete at home in front of our loyal fans,” Schoenly said. Getting in the conference season, Schoenly said Indiana will be a difficult team to play, playing in a conference she said is very competitive. The matchup between the Buckeyes and Hoosiers might come down to who can execute better and find the time to strike. Schoenly said they will try to keep the Hoosiers off the bases. The Hoosiers have some standout players the Buckeyes will need to figure out. Senior pitcher Tara Trainer has recorded an 18-3 record with 149 strikeouts and a 1.36 ERA. Schoenly said Trainer is having “a great season.” For the 12-game, 10-day stretch Ohio State had in California during spring break, the Buckeyes recorded 7 wins and 5 losses. Ohio State gained experience from the trip to get ready for the conference season, Schoenly said. “We found some of our strengths and some of our weaknesses,” freshman outfielder Kaitlyn Coffman said. “We are definitely going to put some work this week. Get ready for the upcoming weekend.”This home series series between Ohio State and No. 22 Indiana will start at 6 p.m. Friday. The second game will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, and the final game will start at 1 p.m. Sunday. read more

Boris Johnson and David Cameron heal wounds of broken friendship over drinks

first_imgOne friend told The Sun that the bonding session was “the Middle East peace process”.The pair are said to have shared their views on world matters before reflecting on the highs and lows of Mr Cameron’s premiership. David Cameron attends the funeral of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres Boris Johnson and David Cameron have repaired their friendship over drinks at a hotel in Israel.The friendship between the Foreign Secretary and former Prime Minister had become strained after the pair exchanged personal insults as they took opposing sides in the EU referendum campaign. David Cameron attends the funeral of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon PeresCredit:AFP Boris Johnson attends the funeral of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon Peres Boris Johnson attends the funeral of former Israeli president and Nobel Peace Prize winner Shimon PeresCredit:AFP/Getty Images Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Since the make-up, Mr Johnson is said to have told friends: “It’s not fair at all to say Dave was a bad leader of the party because of how it all ended.“He turned it all around and made us electable again, and that was a huge achievement.“Neither Gove nor I wanted him to go after the referendum result, and it was a deep shock to both of us when he did.”Both men are said to have still not repaired their relationship with Michael Gove, the former Justice Secretary and friend.Mr Gove had thwarted Mr Johnson’s leadership bid for the Conservatives by entering the race himself. But they are said to have “put the world to rights” over whisky on the balcony of a room at the five-star King David Hotel in Jerusalem last Thursday night. The Sun reported that Mr Johnson and Mr Cameron, who have known each other since their days at Eton College and Oxford University three decades ago, had a long conversation in which there was “a pretty frank exchange of views”.They had been attending a gathering for Israeli statesman Shimon Peres’s funeral the next day along with other world leaders.last_img read more

Majority think 2017 will be a bad year for the EU and

first_imgA week is a long time in politics, and a year even more so, especially with Brexit on the horizonGideon Skinner, Ipsos The British public think that 2017 will be a tough year for the EU and Jeremy Corbyn, new polling reveals.Just one in five think that the European project and the Labour leader will enjoy a successful 2017, according to an Ipsos MORI poll. Use regions/landmarks to skip ahead to chart and navigate between data series.People think the EU and Jeremy Corbyn will have a bad 2017. Question: Looking ahead to 2017, do you think it will be a good year or bad year for …?Long description.No description available.Structure.Chart type: column chart.The chart has 1 X axis displaying categories.The chart has 1 Y axis displaying values.Chart graphic.People think the EU and Jeremy Corbyn will have a bad 2017People think the EU and Jeremy Corbyn will have a bad 2017 – Highcharts CloudPeople think the EU and Jeremy Corbyn will have a bad2017People think the EU and Jeremy Corbyn will have a bad 2017Question: Looking ahead to 2017, do you think it will be a good year or badyear for …?Question: Looking ahead to 2017, do you think it will be a good year or bad year for …?European UnionJeremy CorbynLabourUnited StatesBoris JohnsonUkipUnited KingdomConservativesLib DemsTheresa MaySadiq KhanYou and your family020406080100Source: Ipsos MORI, poll of 1,003 adults between 9 – 12 December Britons are optimistic about their own prospects for the new year – with almost three in four people saying that they and their families will have a good 2017. They believe the UK will have a better time than the European Union. With the Brexit negotiations set to take place, 45 per cent of people believe the UK will have a good 2017 – compared to 18 per cent saying the same for the EU. The British public is also pessimistic about the US, with the election of controversial billionaire Donald Trump leading to uncertainty over the country’s future policies.Gideon Skinner, head of political research at Ipsos MORI said: “Theresa May and Sadiq Khan stand out, although both outperform their parties – by a long way in the case of Labour.  “A week is a long time in politics, and a year even more so, especially with Brexit on the horizon, but Labour has a long way to go to win back the confidence of the public.”center_img This compares poorly to Mayor of London Sadiq Khan and Prime Minister Theresa May. Since taking over as leader of the United Kingdom, May has seen favourable polling – reflected in the optimism people have for her in Ipsos’ end-of-year poll. 51 per cent of people think that she will have a good 2017, compared to 35 per cent that think the year will go sour for her. She outperforms her party, which divides the country almost equally when it comes to its own 2017 fortunes.Sadiq Khan, enjoying popularity as London Mayor, enjoys the fact that 58 per cent of Brits thinking that he will have a successful 2017 – rising to 73 per cent of Londoners. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Greener pipelines

first_imgPipelines are one of the themes of the December issue. A new approach to managing fauna during construction of major pipelines in Western Australia’s iron ore-rich Pilbara region has saved native wildlife, reduced costs and broadened workforce skills. Earlier this year the KT-OSD Joint Venture successfully completed the construction and commissioning of the 85 km connector from the Goldfields Gas Pipeline to a gas-fired power station at Rio Tinto’s West Angelas iron ore mine.In an address to the Australian Pipelines and Gas Association’s annual conference recently, Project Manager Keith Horstmann explained that changing the approach to managing fauna meant fewer animal losses and better training and work opportunities for the local traditional owners.“Trenches are essentially vast fauna pit traps stretching for kilometres,” Horstmann said. “Once in a trench, fauna face a lack of shelter, extreme heat, dehydration and predation – the cause of previous high fatality levels.”Regulators have since 2004 successfully forced new fauna management conditions which have helped stem fauna losses. However, this has also brought increasing expectations and escalating costs around the need for specialists such as zoologists to be present during a trenching program.“Our focus was on developing the skills needed to minimise fauna losses, which lead to an agreement to develop a unit of competency in fauna management recognised in the national training system, rather than just certificates of participation,” Horstmann said.“There was a larger upfront cost involved in developing this more intensive and tailored fauna training program, but the net cost saving to the West Angelas project was significant. We now hope to continue to work with Polytechnic West, regulators and indigenous employment agencies on future pipeline projects to achieve even better fauna management outcomes.”Rio Tinto Projects Area Manager Wal Terlecki said trenches posed a major environmental risk during pipeline construction and that he was delighted with how the joint venture had dealt with that risk.The KT-OSD Joint Venture elected to build its own fauna knowledge and wildlife handler skills by developing customised training including for indigenous trainees, on fauna identification, rescue and record keeping, and matching it with improved trench inspections and backfilling practices.When not required, the fauna handlers resumed their normal trade assistant or machinery operator duties, thus increasing site manpower efficiency and maximising the workforce’s fauna experience.last_img read more

Catholics offer church for Greek Orthodox service

first_imgAdelaide’s Catholic church Our Lady of Victory in the suburb of Glenelg has offered its space for tonights Greek Orthodox epitaph service. It follows the devastating fire which destroyed the St Panteleimon church last Tuesday.Neos Kosmos correspondent Theodora Maios was at the service earlier where she supplied the folowing video.Video Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

New public art unveiling Saturday

first_imgWashougal – Washougal’s latest public art piece, “Golden Back Heron,” will be unveiled at a ceremony taking place at 1 p.m. Saturday at City Hall, 1701 C St., Washougal.The three-foot tall metal sculpture by Portland artist Tom Jackson will be placed in the city hall rain garden. Proceeds from the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance-sponsored Washougal Art Festival in August raised money for the piece.“We feel the heron has special significance to Washougal and this spot,” Janice Ferguson, alliance president, said in a release from the group. “The rain garden was created by the city as a part of their storm water management, which has a role in protecting the wildlife at nearby Steigerwald Natural Wildlife Refuge where herons flourish.”last_img read more

Buffon is not after the Champions League anymore

first_imgItalian goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon, told the press that his dream of someday winning the Champions League is long gone from his targets.In the life of Gianluigi Buffon throughout over 24 years of career, winning the Champions League almost became an obsession but he never really could fulfill that life goal after so many years.Watching the goalkeeper crying after losing a final became something very common during his time at Juventus, his side was simply not fortunate enough to get that recognition and he eventually decided to stop losing sleep over it.Now that he has made the switch to PSG, the Italian goalie is mostly thinking about the best way to retire and he considered several options as he revealed this Tuesday.PSG just won a Coupe de la Ligue match vs Orleans 2-1, Buffon got in for Areola during the second half and played a fairly good match in the time he had to prove that he is still in great shape.After the game, the press wanted to ask him some questions about retirement and what he is expecting in the Champions League this season for PSG.Manager Thomas Tuchel has made the decision to split the time for both goalkeepers, something that has filled the Italian with hopes for him this season.It was going to take a special offer to keep Gianluigi Buffon in football.He got it ✍️— B/R Football (@brfootball) December 18, 2018“I had decided to retire. In my mind, I thought the only option was if Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid or Barcelona had come calling,” he told RMC as quoted by Football Italia.“They were the clubs I considered crazy, a dream that wasn’t really worth thinking about seriously. So I was already organizing my post-football life.”“Yet this call arrived in May. I took two weeks to think about it, because if I make a promise and give my word, I want to do it well. I don’t like to embarrass myself.”“After a little introspection and analysis, I thought to myself, I can do another year or two and I can do it well.”“I think PSG will be my last club, because this was a gift to me from life, a reward for behaving professionally. I want to stop playing at a top level club. I never considered going to another country, as I started at a top level and want to end at a top level, that is for sure.”Colin Dagba, France,How Dagba become one of PSG’s regulars Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 21-year-old full-back Colin Dagba had a very difficult time to break into professional football, but now he’s one of PSG’s regular players.“As soon as I met the directors, they said our objective is not to win the Champions League, because over seven years we’ve realized this is really difficult. You can’t set that as a target, but we have the ambition to improve, that is true.”“Paris Saint-Germain reached the quarter-finals, so the objective is to take a couple more steps forward and keep going that way.”“I have been trying for 24 years to win the Champions League and never won it! So I know how hard it is to have just that objective, and above all how wrong it can be to have just that as an objective,” he concluded.Tiene 40 años y sigue compitiendo en la UEFA Champions League. Qué clase de leyenda. ETERNO BUFFON.— Invictos (@InvictosSomos) December 13, 2018At the very start of the season for PSG, things were quite difficult as they started with a defeat at Anfield Road.However, the squad managed to get back on their feet thanks to amazing performances by several of their star players and Buffon’s experiences have also been an essential part of it.The main reason that the French giants decided to convince Buffon to sign for PSG, is because of how much he can bring to the table in terms of wisdom of all the competitions he has been a part of during his time at Juventus.‘Gigi’ didn’t really take too much time to think about the offer, but he doesn’t even like obsessing about the trophy.Sometimes when you stop craving something, it may finally come to you in a more organic manner.Maybe this is the season for Gianluigi Buffon, he has a top squad to achieve great things.46′ PSG made a halftime substitution, with @gianluigibuffon replacing @AreolaOfficiel in goal #AllezParis 🔴🔵#USOPSG— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) December 18, 2018Do you think ‘Gigi’ Buffon has a big chance to win the Champions League this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Disney and Google Ink Broad Multiyear Digital Advertising Deal

first_imgThe Walt Disney Co. is moving all of its digital brands and properties worldwide — including Disney, ABC, ESPN, Freeform, Marvel, Pixar and Star Wars — to Google’s advertising platform.Under the multiyear pact, Disney will bring its entire global digital video and display business onto Google Ad Manager, which will serve as its core ad-technology platform. The deal cuts across multiple channels, including live streaming and direct-to-consumer content offerings.Disney has previously used Google for some of its ad-serving business. With the companies’ new all-encompassing deal, Google will replace Comcast’s FreeWheel, which has been the ad-tech vendor used by ESPN and the Disney-ABC Television Group.The companies said it’s a “multiyear” deal, but declined to say how long it will run or provide financial details. With the agreement, Disney Advertising Sales will be able to offer advertisers “optimized cross-platform delivery and performance measurement” of digital video and display ads, the companies said. The deal spans advertising for multiple content types, including long-form VOD, live-streaming video, short-form video, news content (both video and text), and fantasy games. Disney had been in discussions with Google about a year about the Mouse House making a wholesale cutover to Google’s Ad Manager, according to Aaron LaBerge, CTO of the Disney Direct-To-Consumer and International segment. Disney had considered building or buying its own advertising-technology stack, LaBerge said, but concluded that given Google’s ongoing investment in the space “it was better for us to explore a partnership than trying to reinvent the wheel at the scale we are talking about.”Disney formed the DTCI business, led by chairman Kevin Mayer, in a March 2018 reorg. The group encompasses Disney’s media and direct-to-consumer businesses globally, including all Disney networks outside of the U.S.; ESPN+; the Disney+ streaming service slated for 2019 launch; and the company’s ownership stake in Hulu. The creation of the Direct-To-Consumer and International unit “gave us an opportunity to take a step back and reevaluate some of our technical partners,” said LaBerge, who previously was ESPN’s CTO.As part of the Disney-Google deal, Google will power the ads served in ESPN+, the subscription-sports service that debuted earlier this year. As for Disney+, there are not currently plans for the service to have advertising, but if that were ever to change it would be included under the Google pact, LaBerge said.The new deal does not include Hulu, which has its own ad-tech platform. Disney owns 30% of Hulu and is poised to gain majority control under its deal to purchase 20th Century Fox assets including Fox’s 30% ownership stake in Hulu.In aggregate, Disney’s digital properties reach about 230 million users worldwide, who spend more than 14 billion minutes of time per month visiting them, according to comScore data for September 2018. Beyond letting Disney standardize on one global ad-tech platform, the companies said that under the deal they will collaborate to develop next-generation solutions and technologies across video, mobile, apps and display. The pact also will enable improved personalization and enhanced data metrics for cross-platform media use and engagement, according to Disney and Google.For example, ads served in live-streaming digital video are “not always as good as what you see on television,” said LaBerge. Working with Google, DTCI expects to improve the way ads are stitched into live video so there’s a more seamless experience, he said.“Together, we plan to build an advanced video experience for Disney that will transcend devices, platforms, and living rooms to bring the magic of premium video content into people’s hearts, minds, and screens—everywhere,” Philipp Schindler, Google’s chief business officer, said in a statement. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

CyberPowerPC announces 499 and 699 Steam Machines including Steam Cont

first_imgValve is set to hold a CES press conference later today and has already announced 13 Steam Machine hardware partners. One of those is CyberPowerPC, which has just unveiled two models of Steam Machine priced at $499 and $699 respectively.As you can see from the image above, the Steam Machine is based on a mini-ITX motherboard allowing it to be small enough to slot under your TV. But what does such a small footprint do to the specs? Fortunately, CyberPowerPC is happy to share and has provided a full spec sheet for each machine:CyberPowerPC $499 Steam MachineAMD 3.9GHz A6-6400K processor8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAMAMD Radeon R9 270 2GB GDDR5 graphics card500GB SATA-III 7200rpm hard drivemITX motherboard with 802.11 WiFi and BluetoothSteam ControllerSteam OSCyberPowerPC Steam Machine Gaming ChassisCyberPowerPC $699 Steam MachineIntel Core i3-4330 3.5GHz processor8GB DDR3 1600MHz RAMNvidia GeForce GTX 760 2GB GDDR5 graphics card500GB SATA-III 7200rpm hard drivemITX motherboard with 802.11 AC WiFi and BluetoothSteam ControllerSteam OSCyberPowerPC Steam Machine Gaming ChassisThe main differences are the processor and graphics card, with the Core i3 and GeForce GTX 760 offering better performance for an additional $200. You’ll also benefit from 802.11ac wireless for the extra cash.Both are very capable machines that will run all of the games available on Steam and ported to Steam OS. They may not run them all at the highest graphical settings, but you wouldn’t get such performance hardware without spending a lot more money.With 13 companies set to produce Steam Machines, and iBuyPower already having announced $499 versions, it seems likely we’ll get $499, $699, and even $899 offerings from different manufacturers with clearly defined performance differences between each. Of course, the pressure will be on to offer the most performance for the lowest price in order to top the review charts and get more sales, but some will surely rely on their well known branding to sell at a premium price.last_img read more

Google releases a doc scanning and editing app for Android

first_img Android users get malware with their apps This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( — One of the best ways to edit your documents on your tablet PC has been to use a web-based service like Google Docs. Running Google Docs on an Android-based tablet lacks usability and has always been a mixed experience, depending on your Wi-Fi signal strength. Sometimes it worked well, and sometimes it did not. © 2010 The app is available in the Android App Marketplace. Just be aware that the app will not work with human handwriting, special fonts, or non-English languages. Though, this may change at some point in the future.center_img Of course, for the business user sometimes is not really good enough. When you need the numbers from the quarterly spreadsheet right now having access to those numbers will be a big problem. When you need to look over the document that you have to review, spotty access is no good to you. What you need is an app that can help you to get more consistent, quality access to your documents for editing and sharing on the web.Lucky for you, Google has released an app for just that purpose. On Wednesday, Google announced the launch of an official Google Docs app for Android. The app is able to convert photos of text into text documents for use in either Google Docs or in your web browser, so that you can edit the documents. This technology, which allows you to convert a photo of text into editable text is not only potentially useful for the office, but could be used for a variety of different pranks. Of course, how you choose to use it is of no concern to this reporter, but opportunities abound. Explore further Citation: Google releases a doc scanning and editing app for Android (2011, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Belly App Converts Damn Paper Punchcards to Digital

first_imgNovember 12, 2012 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global While customers now routinely “check in” to favorite shops and restaurants using various social media, many small businesses still rely on old-fashioned punchcards as their primary loyalty program. One rewards startup, Belly, is trying to change that.  Belly works one-on-one with small and medium businesses to create digital loyalty programs and to design customer rewards that are more unique than the typical “buy 10, get one free” deal. Customers can use Belly either on a physical card — intended to replace every other reward card in their wallet — or on a mobile app. We talked to 30-year-old founder Logan LaHive by email to learn what makes Belly stand out. What follows is an edited version of our exchange.Entrepreneur: How did Belly come about?LaHive: Belly arose as most disruptive businesses do: out of the desire to solve a problem. We saw large companies building marketing programs and technology to reward and incentivize their customers, but there were no tools effectively solving this problem for small [and] medium businesses. We set out to level the playing field.Our goal is to take the traditionally offline experience of shopping in a small business, and bring it into the digital era. To help businesses foster better relationships with their customers via a custom and unique digital loyalty program — a program that enables data, analytics, communication tools and social advocacy. We set out [to] help customers of these businesses consolidate all those damn paper punchcards into one place, and get rewarded at all their favorite businesses.Related: A Buzzworthy Startup Rethinks the Political ProcessEntrepreneur: What makes Belly valuable to customers and businesses?LaHive: Belly is a digital loyalty program built with a deep understanding and respect for small businesses and their customers. Loyalty to a small business is not about a coupon. It’s not $2 off on your bank statement. It has nothing to do with how you pay. Loyalty to a small business is wanting to go where someone knows your name….where you love the culture, personality and product that they sell.That’s the key for Belly — we enable businesses to have a custom and unique loyalty program, while being part of our universal network. We provide everything they need, including the iPad, physical loyalty cards, marketing materials, data and communication tools. By having a physical loyalty card, every customer that comes through the door can sign up, and with the mobile, users can discover locations, view rewards and get offers straight to their phones. [It’s the] best of both worlds.Entrepreneur: How challenging has it been to build Belly?LaHive: A wise mentor once told me that a fast-growing startup is like trying to assemble an airplane mid-flight. Truer words have never been spoken. It was a process of iteration to build Belly — one filled with months spent entirely in stores talking to small-business owners and their customers, understanding their needs, then building that product for them.Related: The Man Who’s Turning Cities Into Trivia GamesEntrepreneur: What are your finances like?LaHive: We raised just shy of $16 million in our first year of operation, from phenomenal investors like Andreessen Horowitz, Lightbank and Silicon Valley Bank. While this level of investment from top-tier investors is a nice endorsement of our position as the leader in the digital loyalty space, we are acutely aware this money is intended to support scaling our business quickly, adding new markets and investing in the continual innovation of our product.Entrepreneur: What are your plans for growth?LaHive: We are expanding our universal loyalty platform to new markets, growing our merchant, user and engagement numbers at astonishing rates, and rolling out new products to improve the Belly experience. But beyond just achieving ubiquity as a loyalty solution, we view Belly as the means for businesses to create relevant, lasting and data-driven digital relationships with their customers. And our position — a customer-facing tablet at point of sale — very much enables us to execute on those plans. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

Government Shuts Down Small Brewerys Beer Drones

first_img If you’ve ever been out ice fishing on a cold winter’s day in Minnesota, you know that swinging by a convenience store to pick up beer is, well, not so convenient. Lakemaid, a small Wisconsin-based brewery found a solution for that: a remote controlled drone that could touch down with a twelve-pack. That is, until the government stepped in.Less than a week after Lakemaid posted a YouTube video showing the beer delivery drone in action, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) forced the company to pull the unmanned drones from the air. According to FAA rules, drones cannot be employed for commercial purposes, no matter what brew the ice fishers are craving.Drones’ commercial usage has recently garnered press with companies such as Amazon working on delivery systems with a sci-fi feel. With companies actually employing drones as a means of delivery, the FAA has fallen behind the curve of innovation, and has been forced to start revising their rules for the airspace.Related: Revolutionizing the Film Industry With Remote-Controlled DronesFans of Lakemaid, however, are more concerned with their beer’s safe delivery than the FAA’s uneasiness surrounding commercial drones. Backlash from the FAA’s decision has ignited a firestorm of discussion on social media as well as broad mainstream coverage of the issue.Supporters of Lakemaid have even been inspired to begin a petition on “The FAA has recently revoked authorization for a struggling small business to deliver its product via Unmanned Aerial Vehicle,” the petition reads. “The FAA has no standing to restrict the delivery of products by small businesses and choke economic growth.”Related: Attack Drones, a Smelly Smartphone App and a Smart Paper Airplane-Jet This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. 2 min read February 5, 2014center_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more