Modi set on changing Constitution, making it non-secular: Ajit Pawar

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is intent on turning the Constitution upside down and erasing the word ‘secular’ from it, said Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Ajit Pawar on Tuesday. Mr. Pawar was speaking at the ‘Samvidhan Bachao Parishad’ (Save the Constitution Conference) organized by the NCP women’s wing in Aurangabad district.“BJP leader [and Minister of State for Skill Development] Anant Kumar Hegde had openly said in the Lok Sabha last year that his party had come to power to change the Constitution. His statements are a reflection of the true intentions of Narendra Modi,” said Mr. Pawar. It will be a “social and economic disaster for the country and the State” if the BJP came to power for a second term, he added.The NCP leader alleged that the BJP had plunged Maharashtra into a ₹5 lakh crore debt, while utterly failing to generate employment. “The BJP seems to have no agenda for the backward classes or the minorities. It is only bent on polarizing society along caste and communal lines,” Mr. Pawar said.Senior NCP leaders MP Supriya Sule and Dhananjay Munde, the Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council were also present at the event.If the BJP comes to power again, it will overturn the Constitution given to us by Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar by 2022 and destabilize the country, Mr. Munde said.Referring to Mr. Pawar as the “future Chief Minister,” Mr. Munde said that freedom of speech and dissent was being gagged by the NDA government. “Journalists are not being allowed to present the true picture. Constitutional rights are being trampled upon. Now, it is up to the electorate to change the political scenario by voting the BJP out,” he said.last_img read more

Heat is on India, time to change history: Younis

first_imgKolkata, Mar 18 (PTI) History may be against them but Pakistan coach Waqar Younis today said the time is perfect to rewrite it given that the Indian team is under pressure after losing its opening match of the ICC World T20. Pakistan have never beaten their arch-rivals in an ICC World event with India having won six times in the ODI World Cup and four times in World Twenty20. “No doubt history does not favour us but its not that it cannot be changed. History also changes,” said Younis on the eve the high-octane clash between India and Pakistan here. “This time we are a bit more confident. One bad game and they (Indians) can go out of the tournament. Pressure is on India. Its a plus for us. Theres a lot of things going in our favour,” the coach here. Stressing that the heat is on India, Younis said: “Such discussions around the game creates hype and builds pressure. We all are aware of this. This is for the first time Indians are under more pressure. Its a big tournament. Ive been a cricketer for so many years and I dont think there would be any team whos not under pressure at this position. Im sure theyre feeling the heat.” Younis said that his teams winning start against Bangladesh in their World Twenty20 opener gives them an edge. “Thats the advantage you will get. Its a huge worry for them (India) as it has added pressure on them. The monkey on our back is off now,” the 44-year-old insisted. Pakistan, meanwhile, have an all-win record against India in four ODIs played here at the Eden gardens and Younis hoped to carry that record into the T20 as well. “Kolkata has always been kind to us. Not only on the field but off the field. History also suggests we are a better side here,” he said. Younis, however, tried to play down the hype over the match, saying its just a sport. “First of all, let us take it as sport. Yes, we have a sporting history in rivalry,” he said. PTI TAP CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

Kolkata: Sweet stadium and sugar-coated tricolour sweets to celebrate India-Pakistan Champions Trophy match

first_imgThe high-profile India-Pakistan Champions Trophy match at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground witnessed a record turnout of 24,156 spectators in Birmingham, United Kingdom. But cricket lovers and Virat Kohli fans left no stone upturned in bringing the live feel of the match in Kolkata.  Living up to its expectation of being a unique combination of sports and sweet capital of India, the city prepared sweets in the tricolour combination anticipating Team India’s victory against Pakistan.A renowned sweet shop designed the interiors of the shop depicting a stadium with India and Pakistan flags fluttering high on both sides of the stadium. The men in blue and green were sugar coated to suit people’s taste buds.Gajendra Gupta, proprietor of Gupta Brothers, of The Abarkhabo Sweet Shop in Kolkata  explained the enthusiasm in the form of a stadium made out of sugar, sweet condensed milk and sugar syrup.”There is a lot of excitement for the match, so keeping that in mind we prepared sweets and incorporated the flag in most of our sweets to represent Team India. We also made a replica of the stadium where the match will be played in Birmingham. People are enjoying it”.At a time when India is battling terror at the Indo-Pak border, many feel it will be a rebuttal on the 22 yards.”We have been waiting for India to take on Pakistan because it is taking place after a long time. I preponed my daughter’s function as nobody to miss on the match,” said Trishtha Sharma, a graduate.advertisementA cricket enthusiast Nitish, who had come to buy the tricolour sweets, said, “First of all it is a Sunday and it is India taking on Pakistan, so it’s definitely going to spice up things”.”It’s not only about Virat Kohli on the pitch with the team, we are more excited because its India versus Pakistan. Also, looking forward to this match as it has given me another reason to celebrate my success in the examinations,” said Yash Sharma, who secured the first division in the recently declared CBSE class X examination.A Virat Kohli fan Tanishq Pitts said he is watching the high-profile match just to see the captain play.ALSO READ |  5 places in Kolkata for your dose of everything sweet, from rosogolla to sondeshlast_img read more

Knicks Coach Woodson Gets The Axe

first_imgNEW YORK — Mike Woodson had the Knicks on top of their division and in the second round of the playoffs, destinations that had become unreachable and practically unimaginable in New York.A year later, he was out of job.Phil Jackson fired Woodson and the entire coaching staff on Monday, making his first big move since becoming team president in March and saying in a statement that “the time has come for change throughout the franchise.”The dismissal comes shortly after the Knicks completed a 37-45 season that began with their belief they were a serious contender.Instead, they started poorly, making Woodson’s job security practically a season-long distraction. A late surge wasn’t good enough for a postseason spot or another year for Woodson.It was a stunningly swift fall for Woodson, whose .580 winning percentage with the Knicks ranks behind only Pat Riley and Jeff Van Gundy, and who finished third in the NBA’s Coach of the Year voting after going 54-28 last season.He and the staff were informed of the decision on April 21 by Jackson, the man the Knicks originally wanted to replace Woodson as coach but preferred to run the team’s front office.Jackson has won an NBA-record 11 championships as a coach. He has repeatedly said he’s not interested in returning to the bench, so he will have to hire someone before he turns his attention to the roster. The team said the coaching search begins immediately.Jackson said he has a “tremendous amount of respect” for Woodson and his staff, which included longtime Knicks assistant Herb Williams. Jackson called this an “extremely difficult” season and said “blame should not be put on one individual.”“But the time has come for change throughout the franchise as we start the journey to assess and build this team for next season and beyond,” he added.Jackson has said he won’t insist the Knicks run the triangle, the offensive system he used in Chicago and with the Lakers, but has made clear his belief in it. TNT analyst Steve Kerr, who played for Jackson with the Bulls but has never been a coach, has repeatedly been mentioned as a top candidate.Kerr said during his SiriusXM NBA Radio show that he and Jackson have remained close and that he expected to speak with him at some point about the job.“It’s going to be very interesting and obviously my name is being thrown around. I do anticipate at least being part of the conversation and we’ll see where it all goes,” Kerr said. Jackson is scheduled to speak with reporters on April 23.Woodson, a former Knicks first-round draft pick, was hired as an assistant coach before the 2011-12 season, then engineered an 18-6 finish after replacing Mike D’Antoni on an interim basis the following March to capture a playoff spot. Given a multi-year deal two months later, Woodson then led the Knicks to their first Atlantic Division championship since 1994.New York then beat Boston in the playoffs, its first series victory since 2000, and general manager Steve Mills picked up next season’s option year on Woodson’s contract before this season began.But the Knicks were saddled with some early injuries, including center Tyson Chandler’s broken leg, and lacked the veteran leadership they enjoyed last season. Madison Square Garden Chairman James Dolan was already considering replacing Woodson by December, when he met with Jackson at a holiday party and talked to him about coaching the team.Carmelo Anthony praised his coach and even offered to back him publicly if necessary. But it was probably a clear sign Woodson wouldn’t be back a few minutes later when Amare Stoudemire said the coach hadn’t taken part in the exit meetings with players that Jackson and Mills held.Woodson previously coached six seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, leading them to the playoffs in his final three seasons. He has a career record of 315-365.Woodson went 109-79 with the Knicks, who hadn’t even made the playoffs since 2004 before he led them there in 2012. But he lost one of his biggest supporters within the organization when General Manager Glen Grunwald, Woodson’s college teammate at Indiana, was surprisingly fired last September.Players and fans sometimes grumbled during the season about Woodson’s strategies as the defense regressed and the offense was inconsistent beyond Anthony, who plans to become a free agent in July. Chandler said there probably was some “disconnect” and “misunderstanding” at times.“Coach Woodson put together a game plan for us on the basketball court and there were times we didn’t totally buy into it,” Stoudemire said last week.Still, the Knicks nearly rallied to make the playoffs by winning 16 of their final 21 games. But Woodson, who said he and Jackson had only brief chats in Jackson’s first month in charge, said before the season finale he knew the coach often takes the blame.“Everyone in this franchise owes a great deal of gratitude to what Mike and his staff have done,” Jackson said. “We wish him the best.”(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Portwell: rugged, fanless, long lifespan embedded system featuring Intel Atom

first_img Continue Reading Previous Renesas: 32-bit RX65N MCUs achieve Amazon FreeRTOS qualificationNext Basler presents highlights from embedded portfolio at embedded world 2019 Portwell announces the release of the RICH-61D0, a fanless embedded system featuring Intel Atom processor series. Its fanless, compact chassis design, plus low power consumption, make RICH-61D0 a perfect solution for applications with space limitation such as industrial automation, medical equipment, communication devices and IoT devices.The new rugged RICH-61D0 is equipped with the Portwell WUX-N series, a NUC (4×4 inch) form factor embedded board based on the Intel Atom processor series (formerly Apollo Lake), which integrates the low power Intel Gen9 graphics engine with up to 18 execution units that improves 3D graphics performance and supports faster 4K encode and decode operations. The compact RICH-61D0 embedded system also features DDR3L SO-DIMM up to 8 GB supporting 866/1600 MT/s; 6x USB ports; one DP and one HDMI with resolution up to 4096 x 2160; one COM port for RS-232 on rear I/O; and multiple storage with 1 x SATA III port, 1 x Micro-SD 3.0 socket and can also support onboard eMMC 5.0 up to 64GB (standard 32GB). Moreover, the compact 113(W) x 41(H) x 135(D) mm chassis platform integrates the M.2 interface which enables wireless connectivity such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, making it an ideal IoT gateway.Specifically, the RICH-61D0 further benefits from the top cover/heat sink mechanism that facilitates efficient heat dissipation. Due to the fanless and compact chassis design of RICH-61D0, it can ensure better reliability, silent operation and lower the field maintenance and service cost for harsh environment or unmanned application with remote management wireless connectivity.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules last_img read more

Madrid and Dortmund wins key to Spurs form

first_imgUEFA Champions League Wembley wins against Madrid and Dortmund prove we belong with the best, says Dier Peter Staunton Click here to see more stories from this author Chief Correspondent Last updated 1 year ago 20:00 2/12/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Eric Dier, Tottenham, 17/18 Getty Images UEFA Champions League Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur Tottenham Hotspur Arsenal Juventus Premier League Spurs endured a difficult season in the Champions League last time out but ahead of a meeting against beaten finalists Juventus confidence is high Champions League wins against Borussia Dortmund and Real Madrid are behind Tottenham Hotspur’s fine Wembley form, says Eric Dier, as Mauricio Pochettino’s side gear up for a visit to the Juventus Stadium on Tuesday night.Spurs have fallen to only one defeat in their temporary home – against West Ham in the Carabao Cup – after the matches against Dortmund and the reigning European champions proved they could hang with the best sides Europe has to offer.Wins against Manchester United and Arsenal in the north London derby have followed recently in Premier League games at Wembley as Spurs gear up for an assault on the top four in the last quarter of the season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “We took our time but I think we’ve really made it our home,” the England midfielder said. “The fans have made it their home and that’s the feeling we have at the moment here and the support is fantastic.“Madrid at home and Dortmund, in those two Champions League games the atmosphere was fantastic. The fans and the players have to work off each other and that’s what we did in those two games and from then forward we’ve been really strong.”Spurs made it through to the last 16 having topped a group including Real and Dortmund which is a major improvement on last year’s European form which saw them eliminated at the Champions League group stage.“We learned a lot from last year in the Champions League,” said Dier. “We were very disappointed but that was our first experience. It was difficult last season but we learned a lot about it.“We proved that this season with the way we’ve played in the Champions League and hopefully we can continue that on Tuesday.”Competition for places is rife around Tottenham as the season reaches boiling point both domestically and in Europe.Internationals Toby Alderweireld, Fernando Llorente and Harry Winks were not even on the bench on Saturday as Spurs completed a sequence of matches against Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal in the league having taken seven points from nine.“You need a competitive environment like that,” said Dier. “I think that’s what we’re trying to build. You look at all the top teams, they all have big squads.“It makes it difficult for the manager and that’s what the players have got to do. They have got to make it difficult for the manger to choose an 11, an 18, and who’s left out.”Spurs recruited Brazilian winger Lucas Moura in the January transfer window from Paris Saint-Germain and Dier believes the squad right now is as strong as he’s seen it since arriving from Sporting CP in 2014.“We’ve just constantly added to the squad since I’ve arrived,” he said. “It’s getting stronger and stronger and that’s what we need. We need competition for places, we need players pushing each other and everyone needs to be at their best.”Dier also believes that the settled core which Pochettino has relied upon since being installed as manger has meant Spurs are well advanced when it comes to devising tailored game plans depending on the opposition.“That’s what you need,” he said. “When you’re with the same manager for a long period of time – this is our fourth year together and the core group of players is the same – we’ve been working for four years on lots of different things.“They’ve all come together and that gives us opportunities to adapt to many different systems. Over those four years we’ve learned all of them.”And going into the Juventus game, against arguably Europe’s most in-form team, Spurs will take confidence not only from their recent Premier League results but also the nature of those performances.“It’s fantastic,” he said. “We’re really happy. Obviously the results have been really good, we’ve got seven points, but not just that. I think the performances have been really good in every single game.“The beginning of the Liverpool game was a bit frustrating but from then on to play the way we did, to control the game at Anfield, was really positive. And to win again here was massive.“We’ve got another big game on Tuesday and we need to get ready for that.”last_img read more

Iran warns US attack would have regional consequences

first_imgTehran: Iran warned the United States on Saturday that any aggression against the Islamic republic would have serious consequences for US interests across the Middle East. “Firing one bullet towards Iran will set fire to the interests of America and its allies”, armed forces general staff spokesman Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi told the Tasnim news agency. “Today, the situation in the region is to Iran’s advantage. “If the enemy — especially America and its allies in the region — make the military mistake of shooting the powder keg on which America’s interests lie, the region will be set on fire,” Shekarchi warned. President Donald Trump said Friday that the United States was “cocked & loaded” to strike Iran but pulled back at the last minute as it would not have been a “proportionate” response to Tehran’s shooting down of an unmanned US drone. The downing of the drone — which Tehran insists violated its airspace, a claim Washington denies — has seen tensions between the two countries spike after a series of attacks on oil tankers the US has blamed on Iran.last_img read more

AAP Agreed to all seat sharing formulas but Cong backtracked

first_imgNEW DELHI: Amid the continuing “flip-flop” over the tie-up for the Lok Sabha polls, the AAP on Sunday said the prospects of its alliance with the Congress are almost finished.The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has “refused” to form an alliance with the Congress in Delhi alone. While the AAP is also keen on a pre-poll alliance in Haryana, which will vote on May 12, the Congress is only willing to discuss a tie-up in Delhi. With both the parties sticking to their demands, the alliance issue in Delhi is in a limbo. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderDelhi Unit Convenor Gopal Rai said they agreed to all seat sharing arrangements that the Congress proposed, but even after that Congress backtracked. Rai accused the Congress of “wasting” AAP’s time over the tie-up in Delhi, Haryana and Chandigarh. Rai said the Congress was giving an impression that the AAP refused to form an alliance. “But the fact is whichever seat sharing formula the Congress proposed we agreed to it in Haryana, Delhi and Chandigarh and even then they backtracked,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsRai also announced that Delhi Chief Minister and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal would participate in two mega roadshows in Haryana. “After discussions with our alliance partner in Haryana, the JJP, we agreed to it, but the Congress refused and said they can’t give more than two seats to the JJP and proposed 7:2:1 formula,” said Sanjay Singh, who was negotiating with the Congress. Delhi’s seven parliamentary constituencies, which go to the polls on May 12 in the sixth phase, voted for the BJP in 2014, leaving the AAP in the second spot. However, the vote share of AAP and Congress in that election, together, was more than that of the BJP in six of the seven seats –despite the Modi wave.last_img read more

Facebook removes 783 fake pages accounts tied to Iran

NEW YORK — Facebook says it has removed 783 Iran-linked pages, accounts and groups from its service for what it calls “co-ordinated inauthentic behaviour.” That’s the social network’s term for fake accounts run with the intent of disrupting politics and elections.Facebook has disclosing such purges more regularly in recent months, including ones linked to groups in Myanmar , Bangladesh and Russia .The accounts on Facebook and Instagram typically misrepresented themselves as locals in more than two dozen countries ranging from Afghanistan, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia and the U.S.Facebook says the accounts spent about $30,000 on advertisements, paid for in U.S. dollars, British pounds, Canadian dollars and euros.The company says Twitter helped its investigation by sharing information about suspicious activity it found on its own service.The Associated Press read more

Culture of impunity puts Nepalese peace process at risk warns senior UN

4 February 2008Although Nepal has made important progress since ending its decade-long conflict with the Maoists more than a year ago, a senior United Nations official has warned that an ongoing culture of impunity for human rights violations is endangering the peace process. “Impunity remains unchecked in Nepal and not one perpetrator of past or ongoing human rights violations has been convicted as a result of a criminal investigation,” Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kyung-wha Kang said yesterday at a press briefing in the capital, Kathmandu.Wrapping up a five-day visit to the South Asian nation, Ms. Kang added that “the consolidation of the peace process will continue to be at risk without political will on the part of the authorities to end this culture of impunity.” An estimated 13,000 people were killed during the civil conflict that formally ended when the Government and Maoists signed a peace accord in 2006. The agreements between the parties include the setting up of a commission on disappearances and a truth and reconciliation commission. These are important measures “to bring out the truth, address the past, and also the underlying causes of the conflict with a view to ensuring that the violations of the past are not repeated,” Ms. Kang stressed. “These commissions must be set up in accordance with international standards if they are to guarantee the rights of victims and their relatives to truth, justice and reparations.”She added that ongoing impunity as well as a “security vacuum due to weak law enforcement and criminal justice” has also led to an increase in violence, including killings and abductions by armed groups. “These acts of violence only serve the interests of those seeking to disrupt the peace process and will make more difficult the holding of free and fair elections,” Ms. Kang said, referring to the Constituent Assembly polls slated for 10 April. The elections for the Assembly, which is supposed to draft a new constitution for Nepal, were originally scheduled to be held in June last year but had to be postponed because of continuing mistrust between the Government and the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist).In addition, the Deputy High Commissioner noted that discrimination based on caste, gender or ethnicity remains “entrenched” in Nepali society and stresses the need to address the problem “or it will continue to place the peace process at risk.”At the same time, she drew attention to progress on several fronts, including in addressing the situation of marginalized groups and the appointment of senior officials to the National Human Rights Commission. But it is evident that further efforts are needed, she added, pledging the continued support and assistance of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) for the peace process and for strengthening human rights protection in Nepal. read more

Trio sought after man in medical distress found inside portapotty

Brantford police are hoping the public can help identify three people after a man was found in medical distress inside a port-a-potty.Police say the man was found around 11:50 p.m. on Nov. 19 inside the portable toilet in Harmony Square.He was rushed to hospital where he remains in critical care.Investigators say the man was earlier seen with a woman who be associated to another male and female who were in Harmony Square around the same time.Anyone who may be able to identify the people in the images is asked to contact Brantford police at 519-756-7050.

UN marks International Day of Tolerance

In societies characterized by diversity one of the most important challenges has been how to get rid of intolerance, the Secretary-General says in remarks released in advance of the International Day, which is observed each year on 16 November.Tolerance “is an active and positive attitude, inspired by a recognition of and respect for the rights and freedoms of others,” Mr. Annan says. “It means that concern for others must prevail over callousness and contempt and that an effort to know the ‘other’ takes the place of ignorance, blind prejudice and discrimination.”No modern society could be built or could flourish by cultivating intolerance, he adds.In his remarks, the Director-General of the Paris-based UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Koïchiro Matsuura, suggests some questions people might ask themselves on “this international day of collective reflection.””How can we accept, without being overcome by a profound sense of scepticism, that all values and truths are relative and that the appeal of universality is only an illusion?” he says. “Must we, then, in the name of the tolerance advocated by democratic societies, give up our search for the truth and agree to tolerate everything, even the intolerable?”Through dialogue the world needed to create a shared perception of things and events in order to resolve its tensions in the new century, Mr. Matsuura says.”It is on the basis of such a ‘reasonable consensus,’ favouring open societies and their basic values of democracy and respect for human rights, that we can no doubt find a way out of a highly destructive relativism,” he says.”May this international day inspire each of us to open the channels of this dialogue, in which nothing less than the future of our humanity is at stake,” he adds. read more

Loonie advances ahead of employment data traders look to dismal eurozone growth

Loonie advances ahead of employment data, traders look to dismal eurozone growth AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Canadian dollar closed higher Thursday as markets awaited the arrival of revised jobs data for July.The loonie was up 0.12 of a cent to 91.72 cents US, a day before Statistics Canada releases the data. The agency said earlier this week that there was an error in the jobs data originally released last Friday.Economists expect the new data will show about 20,000 jobs were created last month. Last Friday, Statistics Canada reported that only 200 jobs were created in July.The agency will also release the June reading on manufacturing shipments on Friday.Meanwhile, there was grim news from the eurozone as Germany’s economy, the region’s biggest, shrank by a quarterly rate of 0.2 per cent, held back by weaker investment by business and by fears over the crisis in Ukraine.France, the region’s second-largest economy, showed zero growth for the second straight quarter. Third-ranked Italy shrank.Ukraine fears have only grown since the end of the quarter on June 30, particularly after a Malaysian airliner was shot down in mid-July by a missile from territory held by pro-Russian separatists, according to the U.S. and Ukraine.Meanwhile, a large Russian aid convoy resumed its journey toward Ukraine on Thursday, taking a road leading directly toward a border crossing controlled by pro-Russian rebels.Moscow has insisted it co-ordinated the dispatch of the goods with the International Red Cross, but the Red Cross was unable to confirm where the convoy was headed.On Wednesday, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko accused Moscow of possibly planning a “direct invasion of Ukrainian territory under the guise of delivering humanitarian aid.”On the commodity markets, September crude in New York tumbled $2.01 to US$95.58 a barrel, reflecting Wednesday’s data showing a surprise hike in U.S. inventories last week and the weak European growth data.September copper was two cents lower at US$3.09 a pound, while December gold was $1.20 higher at US$1,315.70 an ounce. by Malcolm Morrison, The Canadian Press Posted Aug 14, 2014 6:46 am MDT read more

Divergent sequel Insurgent seizes top spot Sean Penns The Gunman misfires

‘Divergent’ sequel ‘Insurgent’ seizes top spot; Sean Penn’s ‘The Gunman’ misfires This photo provided by Lionsgate shows, Kate Winslet, left, as Jeanine, and Ansel Elgort, as Caleb, in a scene from the film, “The Divergent Series: Insurgent.” The movie opens in U.S. theaters Friday, March 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Lionsgate, Andrew Cooper) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Mar 22, 2015 11:15 am MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Sean Penn’s “The Gunman” was no match for the rebel kids of “Insurgent.”The second installment in the “Divergent” series easily topped the box office with $54 million from 3,875 theatres, according Rentrak estimates Sunday. Penn’s geopolitical thriller stumbled with only $5 million.While the second films in both the “Hunger Games” and the “Twilight” series boasted opening weekend gains over the first, “Insurgent’s” opening nearly matches that of its predecessor, “Divergent,” which debuted to $54.6 million just last year.Many predicted a bit of growth for this second film, which sees the return of stars Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Kate Winslet to author Veronica Roth’s dystopian world. But, both distributor Lionsgate and box office analysts see the consistency as a good thing.“We’re extremely pleased with the outcome,” said Lionsgate’s President of Domestic Distribution Richie Fay.“I think this is exactly where we thought we’d be,” he added. “We attracted a few more males this time around, and I think we’re headed in the right direction. The uptick from Friday to Saturday was considerably higher than it was for ‘Divergent.’ That, the A- CinemaScore and what’s coming into the marketplace will allow us to grow very nicely.”According to Lionsgate, 60 per cent of audiences were female.Rentrak’s Senior Media Analyst Paul Dergarabedian credits Lionsgate’s consistent release date strategy and impressive marketing campaign for the strong repeat performance.“It’s really about driving a very fickle audience, that teen, YA — whatever you want to call them — they’re really tough to get a handle on. Their tastes change like the wind,” he said. “The key is keeping the young adult audience engaged, excited and enthusiastic.”“Insurgent” also performed well overseas, taking in $47 million from 76 markets, bringing its worldwide total to $101 million.Disney’s live-action “Cinderella,” meanwhile, fell 49 per cent in Week 2 to take second place with $34.5 million. The PG-rated film has earned an impressive $122 million domestically to date.Also in its second weekend in theatres, the R-rated Liam Neeson-led action film “Run All Night,” managed a slight edge over Open Road’s “The Gunman.” Neeson’s film, a Warner Bros. release, dropped 54 per cent with its $5.1 million weekend, while Penn’s film debuted in fourth place with only $5 million.“You have a lot of R-rated competition out there right now,” noted Dergarabedian, who also added that Penn’s foray into the action genre has not garnered the best reviews.“Kingsman: The Secret Service,” one of the better performing R-rated releases in recent weeks, rounded out the top five with $4.6 million in its sixth weekend in theatres. The 20th Century Fox film has now earned over $114.6 million domestically.“Over the past couple of weeks, films driven by the female audience have done much better than films driven by the male audience. But that’s all going to change because ‘Furious 7’ is on the way,” Dergarabedian said.“Put on your seatbelt and get ready, because it’s going to be an incredible ride in the coming weeks,” he said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to Rentrak. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Insurgent,” $54 million ($47 million international).2. “Cinderella,” $34.5 million ($41.1 million international).3. “Run All Night,” $5.1 million ($5 million international).4. “The Gunman,” $5 million ($900,000 international).5. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” $4.6 million ($8.5 million international).6. “Do You Believe?” $4 million.7. “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” $3.5 million ($3.2 million international).8. “Focus,” $3.3 million ($7.9 million international).9. “Chappie,” $2.7 million ($5.1 million international).10. “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water,” $2.4 million ($3.2 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to Rentrak:1. “Insurgent,” $47 million.2. “Cinderella,” $41.1 million.3. “Home,” $19.2 million.4. “Taken 3,” $18.6 million.5. “Lost and Love,” $16.2 million.6. “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” $8.5 million.1. “Focus,” $7.9 million.2. “Big Hero 6,” $6.6 million.3. “Chappie,” $5.1 million.4. “Run All Night,” $5 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: read more

Myanmar Ban welcomes commission probing violence in Rakhine state

“This Commission is comprised of a representative cross-section of national figures in the country,” Mr. Ban’s spokesperson said in a statement. “It could make important contributions to restoring peace and harmony in the state and in creating a conducive environment for a more inclusive way forward to tackle the underlying causes of the violence, including the condition of the Muslim communities in Rakhine.”Recent tensions between Buddhists and Rohingya Muslims in the western state of Rakhine left at least a dozen civilians dead and hundreds of homes destroyed, as well as at least 64,000 people displaced.Mr. Ban’s spokesperson added that the Commission will “be integral to any reconciliation process” and the United Nations is ready to provide assistance in a “constructive spirit to Myanmar’s reform and reconciliation efforts, and to help that country overcome its imminent challenges.” read more

Football Ohio State defeats Michigan 3027 in walkoff fashion in double overtime

OSU junior offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) lifts OSU junior H-back Curtis Samuel (4) following Samuel’s game winning touchdown in the second overtime against Michigan. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorIt took the first ever overtime finish between the Buckeyes and Wolverines, and some late-game heroics from redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett and junior H-back Curtis Samuel, but OSU ultimately prevailed 30-27 in double overtime. In a game billed as one of the greatest ever in the rivalry, the Buckeyes ran their way to victory.Comparisons to the 2006 “Game of the Century” made throughout the weeklong buildup were far from an accurate representation of how the game played out. Instead, The Game lived up to the hype with one of the most exciting finishes in college football history. For the Buckeye seniors, the send-off for their last game in Ohio Stadium could not have been more perfect.Co-defensive coordinator Luke Fickell said he was overjoyed for the players who have been with the program for four to five years, and could not rank this game in terms of his all-time greats at OSU just yet.“It’s so hard to say because you’re in the moment, obviously,” he said. “I don’t know if there’s one that’s been this up and down and this stressful and this gratifying to be honest with you. Obviously you can say last year coming off a loss, and all that stuff but the reality is, to send your guys out, to send your seniors out the way we did in the last game here in their last game in the ‘Show, I’m so happy for the Pat Elflein’s and the Craig Fada’s and the Joe Burger’s, and it definitely ranks up there. I’m going to have a hard time topping it.”OSU failed to move the ball throughout the first three quarters of the game. The Wolverines’ defense smothered the OSU offense in the first half, limiting the Buckeyes to just 81 yards and no offensive scores. The Scarlet and Gray had the chance to take an early lead 3-0 after the Buckeyes’ offense drove down the field on its first possession, but senior kicker Tyler Durbin failed to convert on his first kick of the season to that point.In true bend-but-don’t-break fashion, the Buckeyes defense allowed a Michigan drive into the redzone, but held firm to force a field goal by redshirt senior kicker Kenneth Allen. From there until halftime, OSU’s offense failed to move the ball down the field, electing to punt on four separate occasions. OSU redshirt junior quarterback J.T. Barrett was largely ineffective for the opening half, minus a 19-yard run in the first quarter. On three different occasions, he missed wide-open receivers, including two passes to junior H-back Curtis Samuel.“First half we had good things called,” Barrett said. “We just weren’t executing it, whether it (be) myself, O-line, receivers. It was everybody (playing) their part in that.The only scoring for the Buckeyes came by way of their defense, as redshirt sophomore safety Malik Hooker picked off an errant pass from Michigan redshirt sophomore quarterback Wilton Speight. OSU junior linebacker Raekwon McMillan brought pressure from the middle on the play, and forced Speight to toss the ball well before he was ready. Overall, Speight was a thorn in the side of the Buckeyes for the first half, injured shoulder and all. After missing last week’s game against Indiana with a shoulder injury that was rumored to be a broken collarbone, the junior quarterback lit up OSU’s defense for 141 first half yards. Even with the injury, both Fickell and redshirt junior linebacker Chris Worley said the team had been preparing for Speight to go all week.Samuel, the offensive dynamo for the Buckeyes, was sparsely used in the opening frame with just one catch for a yard and four carries for 12 yards. He ended the game with 11 total touches for 86 yards and the eventual game-winning score.In the second half, OSU received the initial kickoff, and promptly handed the ball right back to Michigan. A tipped pass from Samuel’s hands allowed junior linebacker Jabrill Peppers to snag his first career interception. A stroke of luck on a botched snap by Speight allowed OSU to regain the ball deep in its own territory.After more failed attempts to move the ball, the Buckeyes attempted a fake punt with senior punter Cameron Johnston. The Australian punter darted to the left through a hole, but was brought down a yard shy of the first-down marker.OSU coach Urban Meyer said it was his call to go with a fake in that scenario, and diverted the rest of the questions regarding the thought process with a rundown of the final play from scrimmage that won the game, although he did delve into why he called that play in that situation.For him, it was all about rallying the troops for morale, even if it didn’t work.“That’s why you run a fake punt,” he said. “That’s why we were trying to get the ball downfield and we just weren’t hitting them. And yeah, we were trying — we needed sparks.” After the Wolverines took over, senior fullback Khalid Hill found the endzone for a second time, spreading the Wolverines lead to 10 with six and a half minutes remaining in the third. OSU’s offense, once again, sputtered. The inability of Barrett to hit Samuel in space, and lack of over-the-top passing limited OSU to just 124 passing yards on the day.However, luck remained on the Buckeyes’ side. Speight went back to pass, and never saw OSU sophomore linebacker Jerome Baker camping in the middle of the field. An easy interception by the sophomore linebacker eventually led to a Weber touchdown run from a yard out. OSU set a team record on Saturday with the most defensive touchdowns in a season on Hooker’s pick-six. Baker had a chance to get a touchdown as well, but was stopped before reaching the goal line. After the game, Fickell said his teammates were letting him know about it.“We are actually harassing Jerome Baker that he didn’t get his into the endzone,” he said. “That’s an expectation. We told Jerome we thought you were the All-State, Mr. Ohio tailback and you couldn’t get it into the endzone, so that’s one of those things were we can try to keep it light on the sideline.”A few drives later, with the ball firmly in Michigan’s hand, back-to-back stellar defensive plays from redshirt junior defensive end Tyquan Lewis and freshman defensive end Nick Bosa forced another Michigan punt. Lewis forced an incomplete pass, while Bosa and junior defensive end Jalyn Holmes drove Speight to the turf.On the Buckeyes’ ensuing drive, Barrett and company moved the ball down the field, and converted a key fourth down conversion with Weber to keep the drive alive. Facing another fourth down, OSU turned to Durbin for a 20-yard field goal, but the kick sailed wide left. It was Durbin’s second missed field goal of the game. Rather than yell at his kicker, Meyer let him figure out what went wrong by himself.“I just hit him on the rear end,” Meyer said. “I didn’t really say much to him.”After pushing the ball all the way down to Michigan’s 5-yard line, the game was placed in the senior kickers hands once again. This time, the kick was good from 22 yards out, and the teams headed to overtime.It took two plays for the Buckeyes to score, thanks to both Samuel and Barrett. A 7-yard scamper into the endzone gave OSU a 24-17 lead, and the task of slowing a Michigan offense that had ripped apart its defense all game long. Speight once again bailed out the Wolverines, and found redshirt senior wide receiver Amara Darboh in the back of the endzone for a score. After reaching overtime for the first time in history, The Game went to double overtime.“I feel like we just faced so much adversity, and our mindset never changed,” said redshirt sophomore defenisve end Sam Hubbard. “We just kept swinging, kept fighting, kept swinging and came out on top. We never gave up. We really never changed our mentality. That’s why I think we were so strong at the end.”The Silver Bullets held Michigan to a field goal, and OSU took over. In possibly the play of the game, Samuel darted back and forth across the field for eight yards. On that specific play, Elflein said his job, as well as the rest of the offensive line, was simple.“Just block somebody,” he said.The run across the entire state of Ohio set up a fourth down conversion attempt for the Buckeyes. Barrett was initially given the line to gain on a quarterback dive, and Samuel took a sweep into the endzone from 15-yards out for a touchdown.The game lived up to the billing as the next Game of the Century, and gives OSU a convincing case for a playoff spot. Elflein still believes this team is destined to make the four team playoff, even if the team doesn’t make the Big Ten title game.“I would like to play that game next week,” he said. “To win a Big Ten championship is part of our motto. But if not, how can you keep us out?”The Buckeyes will await to see the decision of the College Football Playoff committee Tuesday at 7 p.m. OSU is currently ranked second in the nation. read more

The 9 at 9 Saturday

first_img Image: Shutterstock/Joerg Beuge Apr 8th 2017, 8:48 AM 8,364 Views The 9 at 9: Saturday It’s the freakin’ weekend, here’s what you need to know. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Joerg Beuge Share Tweet Email No Comments Saturday 8 Apr 2017, 8:48 AM By Paul Hosford Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article EVERY MORNING, brings you the stories you need to know as you start your day.1. #KINAHAN: Crime boss Christy Kinahan has been tracked to Switzerland, can reveal.2. #MONKSTOWN: A great-grandmother shot in the leg yesterday was not the intended target of the attack.3. #SYRIA: The US has warned that it is willing to bomb Syrian forces again.4. #WATER: The ninth Right2Water national protest will take place today.5. #APPEAL: The family of missing man Trevor Deely say they have not given up hope of finding out what happened to him.6. #STOCKHOLM: Swedish police say a man arrested on “suspicion of a terrorist crime” may have been the driver of a truck that killed four people in Stockholm yesterday.7. #BUS TALKS: Talks aimed at breaking the deadlock at Bus Éireann continue today.8. #CARPHONE WAREHOUSE: Losses at the Irish arm of Carphone Warehouse jumped from about €2.5 million to almost €12 million last year, new figures show.9. #RESCUE 116: A massive fleet of boats is to take part in the search for two missing Coast Guard crew members today. Both were members of the Rescue 116 craft.last_img read more

French court upholds guilty verdict against Monsanto over poisoning of farmer who

first_img Apr 11th 2019, 10:42 PM By AFP 11 Comments Image: SIPA USA/PA Images Thursday 11 Apr 2019, 10:42 PM Short URL French court upholds guilty verdict against Monsanto over poisoning of farmer who used its weedkiller This is the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides.center_img The plaintiff’s assumed technical knowledge does not excuse the lack of information on the product and its harmful effects – a farmer is not a chemist.Speaking after the verdict, a lawyer for Monsanto France, Jean-Daniel Bretzner, said it would probably appeal, since the ruling applied to Lasso’s producer – in this case, Monsanto Europe.Parent company Bayer confirmed it was weighing an appeal.“Supposing that Paul Francois was accidently exposed to Lasso, by definition such exposure is rare,” it said in a statement.Other casesThis is the latest conviction against Monsanto involving its weedkillers and pesticides, which have been widely used around the world for years.Last month, a San Francisco court ordered the $80 million (€71 million) payout to a retiree who blames its popular Roundup weedkiller, which contains glyphosate, for causing his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.The company said it would appeal as it faces thousands of similar lawsuits in the United States.It had already been ordered last year to pay $78.5 million (€69.7 million) to a California groundskeeper who attributed his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to using Roundup as well as Monsanto’s Ranger Pro.Monsanto denies that Roundup causes cancer.It has challenged findings by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, an arm of the World Health Organization (WHO), which classified glyphosate as a “probable carcinogen” in 2015.© – AFP 2019 Share137 Tweet Email5 13,983 Views Image: SIPA USA/PA Images A FRENCH COURT has upheld a guilty verdict against chemical giant Monsanto over the poisoning of a farmer who suffered neurological damage after using one of its weedkillers.This is the latest legal setback for the company over its controversial pesticides.Cereal farmer Paul Francois has been fighting Monsanto, a former US company which was bought by Germany’s Bayer last year, for the past 12 years.In the first ruling of its kind against Monsanto anywhere in the world, a French court in 2012 found it guilty of poisoning Francois.He said he began experiencing symptoms including blackouts, headaches and loss of balance and memory after inhaling fumes while using the now-banned weedkiller Lasso.Monsanto appealed and lost in 2015. However, it decided to go a third round.“I won, and I’m happy, but at what cost?” Francois told reporters after the verdict.He denounced what he called years of “legal harassment” by Monsanto.The ruling, he said, was “a message to the government”, which he urged to ban other toxic pesticides that contain glyphosate, used in Monsanto’s top-selling Roundup.“History will judge them for not acting,” he said, referring to a campaign pledge by President Emmanuel Macron to phase out glyphosate in France, which he backed down on last year.The company can still appeal today’s ruling by the Cour de Cassation, a top French appeals court.‘Not a chemist’Francois said he fell ill in 2004 after accidentally inhaling fumes from a vat containing Lasso, a monochlorobenzene-based weedkiller that was legal in France until 2007. However, it had already been banned in 1985 in Canada and in 1992 in Belgium and Britain.He argued that Monsanto was aware of Lasso’s dangers long before it was withdrawn from the French market, and sought damages of more than €1 million for chronic neurological damage that required long hospital stays.The court in Lyon, southeastern France, rejected the company’s appeal but did not rule on how much Monsanto might have to pay, which will be determined in a separate ruling.It did order the company to pay €50,000 immediately for Francois’s legal fees.In its ruling, the court found that Monsanto should have clearly indicated on Lasso’s labelling and instructions for use “a notice on the specific dangers of using the product in vats and reservoirs”. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Scientists Pull a Doctor Who and Reverse Time With Quantum Computer

first_img Move over, TARDIS: Scientists just reported that they were able to turn back time by using a quantum computer.A team of scientists from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, the U.S., and Switzerland, published their findings in Scientific Reports, and said they reversed time by a fraction of a second on an IBM quantum computer, New York Daily News reported. In the report, the scientists also determined the “probability that an electron in empty interstellar space will randomly travel back into its recent past,” noted.Physicists reverse time using #quantum computer @phystech_en @SciReports— (@physorg_com) March 13, 2019According to the report, finding the origin of the “arrow of time” is still a major scientific challenge. The scientists’ experiment challenged the second law of thermodynamics, which dictates the direction of events from the past to the future and involves the transition of energy within a system from usable to unusable, The Daily Mail reported.Most laws of physics do not make a distinction between the past and future, but the scientists claim that their experiment, which involved “reversing time,” showed that these laws can be violated. For their research, scientists were curious if individual particles could impulsively reverse themselves.To put this concept to the test, the scientists formulated two separate hypothesis: Time reversal would require supersystem manipulation to occur and “in most cases,” would not likely take place in nature. Second, if a supersystem were to “emerge for some specific situation,” a time reversal would need time that “exceeds the universal lifetime” to work.Stages of the quantum computer experiment. (Photo Credit: @tsarcyanide/Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology)The scientists tried to accomplish time reversal for a scattered electron with the help of an IBM quantum computer. For the experiment, the scientists used an “evolution program” that would impact “qubits,” also known as quantum bits. A quantum bit is the “fundamental unit of information in a quantum computer, capable of existing in two states, 0 and 1, at the same time or at a different time,” according to’s how it works: Following the launch of the evolution program, the particles would move into a changing pattern of zeros and ones. Following this scattering, a program would alter the computer’s state, enabling it to go backwards to its original state. Next, the evolution pattern would be kickstarted from the second state again and rewind the qubits to their original state and the past.According to the team, in 85 percent of cases, the two-qubit quantum computer returned back into its original state. When three qubits were involved in testing, more errors occurred, and resulted in an approximately 50 percent success rate. The scientists said the error rate is anticipated to drop as more devices are designed. With this experiment, time reversal can help make quantum computers more accurate in the future.More on Discover 83 Supermassive Black Holes in the Early Universe Scientists ‘Wake Up’ Ancient Woolly Mammoth Cells in High-Tech ExperimentEvidence of Enormous, 2,600-Year-Old Solar Storm Found in Greenland Watch: Dolphin Leaps Feet Away From Unsuspecting SurferNASA Says 2 Asteroids Will Safely Fly By Earth This Weekend Stay on targetlast_img read more