It took him two years, but he finally got to London all the way from China on a rickshaw

first_imgLondon’s Chinatown is hosting an unusual Olympic fan- A farmer who says he has cycled on a rickshaw all the way from China for the games. Chen Guanming, 57, says he undertook the two-year trip to support the athletes and “spread the Olympic spirit.” He is also seeking a last-minute ticket to attend Friday’s opening ceremony.He said Thursday his extraordinary journey began in April 2010 in his village in eastern China’s Jiangsu province. Over the next two years, he said he covered 16 countries including Vietnam, Thailand, Pakistan, Turkey and Italy. He arrived in Britain by a ferry from France on July 6, he said.His rickshaw, loaded with his possessions, is plastered with pictures of him posing in front of international landmarks like the Eiffel Tower in Paris.last_img read more

Trans Tasman Tour Diary – Kristy Brennan

first_imgAustralian Mixed Open player, Kristy Brennan tells www.austouch.com.au about her day on tour on Friday, which involved the ANZAC Day service and the first game of the 2014 Trans Tasman Series. Dear Diary,I was very excited waking up this morning knowing it was finally game day! A few made the early start and attended Mudgee’s ANZAC Day dawn service in town.There was a positive vibe entering the breakfast room this morning as I feel all three teams have been waiting for this day to arrive. The Women’s team were celebrating the young Kim Sue See’s 18th birthday. I can only imagine the overwhelming feeling of being on debut for your country and also celebrating your 18th birthday.It wasn’t long after breakfast that we were ready to leave to go march in the ANZAC Day service. It was a great honour and I feel we are all very lucky to be able march and play on a day that has such a rich history to our country and to our neighbours across the ditch. I would personally like to thank the community of Mudgee for allowing us to share in their service and for the support we received while walking down Elin’s favourite street, ‘Mortimer’ Street. Glen, our Australian photographer, seemed to be everywhere, as he was taking pictures behind us then as we would look forward, he would be right there in front of us. Great athleticism Glen!I hope our Flag Bearers’ arms weren’t too sore after carrying the Australian flag throughout the streets of Mudgee during the march. It must have been a great feeling and honour and one I hope to experience one day. Congratulations to Kristin, Matt and Steve for leading our contingent from the front. Once back at the Parklands Resort we had time to relax, enjoy lunch, have a nanna nap (Lambo), and take plenty of photos for Instagram (Laura, Yasmin and Patricia). I even had a visit from my wonderful fiancé, Craig. Before leaving to go to the fields, there was a quick trip to the physio to get my ankles strapped (thanks Jude), and I was enlightened by the conversation between the Doc and Elin about the benefits of Vitamin B. Steph and I were also surprised when we saw the Doc eat the stem of a pear!On the bus the tunes were pumping but they were short lived as it is only a five minute trip to the fields! The team entered the grounds together and were allowed the opportunity to explore the field prior to the game. The butterflies were well and truly flying in my stomach when walking onto the field again. The memories of Glen Willow Regional Sports Stadium are all positive for me as it was this time two years ago that we were successful over New Zealand in the Trans Tasman series. Boots were on, GPS trackers set and it was time to get down to business. As Springy said, “Double time today people! Who’s ready to get to work?” It was clear in the warm up that we were all ready for work and to work for your mates either side of you on the field. Walking back from warm up, Cameron shared some words of wisdom on the meaning of love!In the sheds for the last time before taking the field, the love was shared by wishing each other good luck. A big shout out to our debutants Laura, Bundy, Sammy, Yasmin, Springy and Langy. Also Justin who has played before but somehow that didn’t count.I know we couldn’t have asked for a better result after day one of the 2014 Trans Tasman series. After scoring two touchdowns myself, our Mixed team was successful 10-2. The Women’s had a win 8-6 with the birthday girl scoring a hat-trick, congratulations Kimmy! And Trady’s Men are on their way to winning back the trophies with an outstanding 10-6 win.After the celebrations at the field, there was a quick dinner stop at KFC on the way home, much to Mick’s disgust (even though he ordered a pizza down the road). Then it was time to recover and focus on the challenging task ahead.Bring on day two! Good luck to our three teams for tomorrow and goodnight.Keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2014 Trans Tasman Series:Website – www.touchfootball.com.auFacebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (#transtasman2014)Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustraliaYouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausRelated LinksKristy Brennan Tour Diarylast_img read more

Mississippi State Releases Hype Video For Arkansas Game

first_imgA general view of Mississippi State's football field.STARKVILLE, MS – OCTOBER 13: A general view of Davis Wade Stadium during a game between the Tennessee Volunteers and Mississippi State Bulldogs on October 13, 2012 in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)Mississippi State can no longer win the SEC West after a loss to Alabama this past Saturday, but the Bulldogs still have a lot to play for. MSU, at 7-3, still has a chance to post a 10-win season for just the fourth time in school history. The Bulldogs will need to get things started with a strong bounce-back performance against red-hot Arkansas this weekend.Wednesday, the school released a two-minute hype video to tease the contest. Check it out:The Bulldogs and the Razorbacks are set for a 7:00 PM ET kick off.last_img read more

US restrictions wont affect 5G plans Huawei

first_imgBeijing: Ren Zhengfei, founder and CEO of Chinese tech giant Huawei, on Tuesday denied that restrictions imposed by the US on its products and supplies will affect the roll-out of 5G technology. In an interview with Chinese state media, Ren said that the decision by some American tech companies to stop selling components and software to Huawei “doesn’t mean much” and added that the company was already prepared to deal with the ban, reports Efe news. “We can make chips as good as those made by US companies, but it does not mean that we will not buy chips from them,” Ren said. Huawei’s founder acknowledged that the clash with the US was inevitable owing to the company’s interest in becoming one of the global leaders of the 5G technology and said that “others will definitely not be able to catch up with Huawei in 5G technologies for two or three years”. “But in our business (5G), Huawei is at the forefront, though when it comes to comparison between countries, we are still far behind the United States,” he added. The Huawei executive also said that his company will not exclude US chips and that Huawei was “very grateful” to the US companies including tech multinational IBM. “Instead, we should grow together. But if there is a supply shortage, we have a backup. In the “peace period”, half of our chips are from the US companies and half from Huawei. We cannot be isolated from the world,” he said. When asked how long the crisis surrounding the company would last, Ren said the question should be directed at US President Donald Trump. “Blame should be directed at US politicians, not companies,” he said. Ren’s remarks comes a day after the US Department of Commerce issued a temporary general license lifting the ban on Huawei and its subsidiaries to prepare for a transition. The Department said in a statement that the decision was taken to grant “operators time to make other arrangements and the Department space to determine the appropriate long term measures for Americans and foreign telecommunications providers that currently rely on Huawei equipment for critical services”. Last week, the US included Huawei in a list of companies and individuals that would be denied access to US technologies. As an outcome of this ban, Alphabet, Google’s parent company, has revoked Huawei’s Android license, which means the Chinese telecom giant will lose access to updates to the Android operating system except those available through an open source license and also no longer have access to Google’s proprietary services such as Google Maps. Huawei on Monday said it “will continue to provide security updates and after-sales services to all existing Huawei and Honor smartphone and tablet products, covering those that have been sold and that are still in stock globally”. “We will continue to build a safe and sustainable software ecosystem, in order to provide the best experience for all users globally,” the company said in a statement. US semi-conductor companies such as Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx Inc and Broadcom and Germany’s Infineon Technologies as well as American chip manufacturing firms including Micron Technology and Western Digital will also stop supplying components to Huawei in compliance with Trump’s order, which could delay the global roll-out of 5G networks.last_img read more

Arabs Muslims honor Mandelas legacy

first_imgArab and Muslim figures on Friday mourned the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, noting his cause as an example for the world to follow.Egypt’s presidency released an official obituary statement, reflecting on Mandela’s fight for justice and the struggle to end apartheid.“Egypt had a leading role in supporting the resistance of African countries to reach their freedom and independence. Because of its hard stance against racial discrimination in South Africa, Egypt did not hesitate to cut diplomatic relations with South Africa’s former racist government.” al-Masry al-Youm website quoted the statement as saying. “Leaders like Nelson Mandela, Gamal Abdul Nasser, and the African forefathers who struggled for freedom and independence will forever be a source of inspiration to people, and an example to lead by.“He will remain in the hearts and mind of Egyptians as one of the most prominent symbols of national struggle in the modern world,” added the statement.Ahmad al-Muslimani, presidential advisor to Adly Mansour, publicly commented on Mandela’s death, saying that Egypt and the African continent will always remember him as a lieutenant of pride and glory, reported al-Fagr news website.Cairo feels deep sorrow for the departure of an iconic figure of national freedom and independence, and his cause will always inspire those seeking justice, said the Egyptian official.Iran’s president Hassan Rouhani tweeted: “With a heavy heart, we say goodbye to Nelson Mandela. Surely, his legacy will remain a source of #inspiration and courage for all people.”Pakistan’s former Interior Minister Rehman Malik, like a number of Pakistani figures, also took to Twitter to mourn the Mendela’s loss.“The world has lost Nelson Mandela a great leader and symbol of struggle. May God bless his soul in peace,” Malik tweeted.Solid standPalestinian president Mahmoud Abbas also commented on Mandela‘s death, highlighting the former South African leader‘s stand with the Palestinian cause.“The Palestinian people will never forget his historic statement that the South African revolution will not have achieved its goals as long as the Palestinians are not free,” Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas was quoted by AFP as saying.Influential Palestinian Islamist group Hamas called Mandela “one of the biggest supporters of our cause,” according to Reuters.“Today a great freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela has died, one of the world’s most important symbols of freedom,” Moussa Abu Marzouk, a senior Hamas official, was quoted by Reuters as saying.In the United States, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization in the United States, released a statement to pay tribute to Mandela’s death.“Throughout his life, Nelson Mandela served as an example of strength in adversity to all those fighting for freedom and justice. His legacy of uncompromising perseverance in the face of bigotry and injustice will live on for generations to come,” said CAIR National Executive Director Nihad Awad in the statement.CAIR‘s statement on the occasion quoted a saying by the Prophet Mohammad: “For every day on which the sun rises, there is a [reward] for the one who establishes justice among people.”Silent prayerSouth African political party group al-Jama’ah called on Muslims to perform a silent prayer for former president Nelson Mandela, reported South African-based news website Independent Online.The pro-Muslim group, founded in 2007, also released a statement reacting to the death of the popular leader.“The greatest gift one can give to a human being is freedom and that is what Mandela did for all South Africans,” The Independent Online quoted al-Jama’ah party leader Ganief Hendricks as saying in the statement.“The party has asked all Muslims to observe all protocols as Muslim leaders from every Arab and Muslim country visit South Africa over the next two weeks to pay their respects to the country and comfort South Africans,” he added.According to Hendricks, the party will be paying tribute to Mandela by feeding the poor and participating in goodwill programs over the next two weeks, reported the news website.Source: Al Arabiyalast_img read more

Big Ten Championship Game going to be won in the trenches

OSU’s football team plays Michigan State Sept. 30, 2012, at Spartan Stadium. OSU won, 17-16.Credit: Lantern file photoA trip to a BCS bowl game in Pasadena, Calif., will be on the line when the Ohio State (12-0, 8-0) and Michigan State (11-1, 8-0) football teams meet at the Big Ten Championship Game.Saturday’s winner is guaranteed to at least receive a berth in the Rose Bowl Game, but for No. 2-ranked OSU, a projected selection to the BCS National Championship Game hangs in the balance pending the game’s outcome.Even so, OSU players insist their focus this week is on winning Saturday rather than the later implications of that potential win.“You have to take it one week at a time, one day at a time,” junior defensive tackle Michael Bennett said Monday. “All we can do is win each and every week. If we do that … things will work out for themselves.”Although he acknowledged the Buckeyes were excited to move up to No. 2 in the BCS standings after then-No. 1 ranked Alabama lost to then-No. 4 Auburn, junior linebacker Ryan Shazier said the team has kept its attention on Michigan State.“We don’t really have to do much refocusing because everybody still understands what’s at task right now and understands how important this game is,” Shazier said. “We got to take care of business with (Michigan State) first, then we can move on and be excited about the next team to come up.”OSU coach Urban Meyer said his players have the right mindset going into the championship game.“They’re a very purpose-driven team and a very intelligent team so I don’t anticipate a problem (with focus),” Meyer said. “The biggest problem is we’re going to be facing an excellent team in Michigan State with great players.”The Buckeyes, though, seem to realize winning against the No. 10-ranked Spartans is no easy task.OSU has been led this season by the strength of its offense, which ranks third in scoring offense (48.2 points per game) and sixth in total offense (530.5 yards per game).The Buckeyes’ offense has been especially strong on the ground, ranking second nationally with 321.3 rushing yards behind the all-Big Ten play of senior running back Carlos Hyde and junior quarterback Braxton Miller.That offense, however, might face its toughest test of the season in the Spartans. Michigan State’s defense leads the nation with only 237.7 total yards allowed per game and 64.8 rushing yards allowed per game, and also ranks fourth nationally in scoring defense with only 11.8 points allowed per game.Meyer said the success of Michigan State’s defense starts with its players’ talent.“It always starts with players,” Meyer said. “They have very skilled players that are tough.”Redshirt-senior left tackle Jack Mewhort said the Michigan State defense likes to “just play you and see if their guys are better than yours.”“They don’t do a ton of different stuff,” Mewhort said in regards to Michigan State’s defensive scheme. “I respect them for that because they have good players and are able to do that a lot.”Mewhort pointed specifically to redshirt-sophomore defensive end Shilique Calhoun, redshirt-senior defensive tackle Micajah Reynolds and senior middle linebacker Max Bullough as players in Michigan State’s defensive front seven who could present a challenge to the OSU offense.“They’re a physical group,” Mewhort said. “Good players everywhere.“The game’s going to be won in the trenches, so it’s going to be us (OSU offensive line) vs. them (Michigan State defensive front),” Mewhort added. “It’s going to be one of those classic, smashmouth Big Ten football games. I think we’re going to really embrace that on our offensive line, and we’re looking forward to it.”While the OSU offense is preparing for its toughest challenge of the season, the Michigan State defense is doing the same.“For me to sit here and tell you (OSU is) not our biggest challenge that we’ve faced so far, they’re not our biggest test, would just be lying to you,” Bullough said Monday.Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said Miller’s dual-threat ability to both pass and run the ball makes OSU’s offense particularly tough to defend.“The quarterback is a game-breaker,” Dantonio said. “He’s going to be able to create, take a bad play and make it a good one.”But even with the variety of challenges the OSU offense could present to its opponent, Michigan State senior cornerback Darqueze Dennard said he does not expect the Spartans to change the way they play.“We’re going to play our game of football,” Dennard said. “We’re going to make those guys play our game. And that’s the way we look at it every game.”Michigan State redshirt-sophomore quarterback Connor Cook said OSU’s defensive struggles against Michigan Saturday gave his offense confidence, but said he and his teammates aren’t getting their hopes up for the Buckeyes to give up that many points and yards again.“Any time you see your opponent give up that many yards … quite honestly, you’re licking your chops,” Cook said. “But you just got to treat it like any other game that we’ve had all year.”Michigan State’s offense has had its share of struggles this season, ranking just 85th nationally in total offense (380.2 yards per game) and 63rd in scoring offense (29.4 points per game).Meyer said it is “very clear” what the Spartans, which have 502 rushing attempts and 354 passing attempts this season, want to do when they are on offense.“They’re balanced, but they’re going to run the football on you,” Meyer said. “So we’ve been decent against the run and we need to continue to be decent against the run.”Shazier said Michigan State is “really good” at running the ball. He also thinks Cook is a smart leader of the offense.“They have a really good O-line,” Shazier said. “And they have playmakers, and the quarterback, he’s a really good decision-maker. He doesn’t really make a lot of dumb decisions and make decisions that would hurt the team.”OSU’s defense versus Michigan State’s offense will be just as important to the game’s outcome, Meyer said.“The best defense is our offense hanging onto the ball moving the ball … but the way I feel, there’s no shortcutting Michigan State’s offense,” Meyer said. “As far as winning a game, we have to play excellent defense against this offense.”Kickoff is scheduled for 8:17 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. read more

Southgate England players were harsh on themselves

first_imgGareth Southgate believes England players were “harsh on themselves” at half-time as they managed a 1-0 victory against Switzerland on Tuesday.After a lacklustre goalless first half, Southgate allowed the players a couple of minutes before coming in with the coaching staff to speak with the team and was happy with what he saw. ESPN reports.Southgate said: “I wasn’t in there at that moment because we always give them the first three or four minutes to themselves. We always encourage them to have a voice.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“They were frustrated the first half. It’s important they feel close enough that they can get on to each other. We have to make sure that doesn’t boil over but it was quite calm by the time we got in there.“That’s a good sign there’s some leadership in the group. They recognise when they want to be better. Today they were harsh on themselves.”England scored in the second half to win the game 1-0, thanks to a goal by Marcus Rashford.last_img read more

Figo defends Ronaldo after red card incident

first_imgFormer Real Madrid star Luis Figo has come to the defence of fellow countryman Cristiano Ronaldo after his controversial red card during Juventus’ UEFA Champions League Group H opener against Valencia.The five-time Balon D’Or winner was shown a red straight red card after an incident with Valencia’s Jeison Murillo during Juventus 2-0 victory over Los Che.Ronaldo appeared to tap the head of the Colombian defender and the official standing behind the goal called the attention of German referee Felix Brych to the incident, who in turn sent Ronaldo off.However, Luis Figo, who captained the Portuguese national team during his time insists his former international teammate shouldn’t have been sent off for the incident.Figo who played for Barcelona and Real Madrid during his playing time was asked about the incident by Marca and the ex-Inter Milan winger said that Ronaldo did not deserve a red card. He said:Rumour: Juventus enter the race for Neymar George Patchias – August 20, 2019 A dark horse has emerged in the race for Neymar’s signature, Juventus have thrown their name in the hat.According to sources close to Spanish…“The red card given to Ronaldo seemed exaggerated.“Because after all I do not think I did not know what I was doing and I was not bit difficult “.Ronaldo is expected to miss Juventus’ second group game against Swiss side Young Boys due to suspension.However, should be available for a return to Old Trafford when Juventus travel to England to face Manchester United.last_img read more

Second Issue of Mine Doesnt Feel Like It

first_imgGreat idea, but Time Inc.’s Mine kinda sucks.There, I said it.When I first heard about Time Inc.’s experiment in publishing a customized magazine,I was impressed—particularly that a big publishing conglomerate wouldattempt such an innovative idea—and hopeful that the concept, at least,would be successful, even if the business model was not.After two issues, however, it’s clear to me that the execution of this cool idea is failing from a consumer perspective. Why? Because nothing about Mine feels like it.Fromthe customized belly band Lexus ad with the mismatched shades ofgrey—for a car I have no interest nor means to buy (the all-new 2010 RXwas inspired by me? I don’t think so)—to the dated content (JamesPoniewozik’s essay on the future of mobile television peppered withreferences to Thanksgiving and the Super Bowl) that is neithercustomized to me nor matches my interests (I like Sports Illustrated,don’t like football—so why, in May, would I want to read a story about an ex-Green Bay Packer’s drug use?).My hope probablyshould’ve been dashed much earlier. That Time Inc. only solicitedanswers to three questions—designed mainly to fill in the blanks on theLexus ads—before cobbling together my “custom” magazine was not a goodomen.I’m not the only one in this office that thinks Mine feels like someone else’s. My colleague, Bill Mickey, made that call after his first issue arrived.Still,there is at least one jaded media type who is ready to call Mine asuccess. Slate’s Farhad Manjoo says his skepticism was “misguided”:I’vereceived two issues of Mine, and I love it. Unlike a lot of thepublications that slip into my mailbox each month, Mine is full ofstories that I actually feel like reading. As promised, many of thearticles look as if they were picked just for me.…Mineisn’t an echo chamber that merely reflects my narrow views. Instead,reading it is a bit listening to Pandora, the online service thatserves up songs based on my musical preferences. Like Pandora—and likethe best magazine editors—Mine exposed me to stuff that I liked butprobably wouldn’t have sought out on my own.To each his own.last_img read more

BNP man hacked dead in Bogra

first_imgMap of BograA local activist of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) was hacked to death by miscreants at Batiabhanga Dakkhinpara village in Gabtali upazila of Bogra on Monday night, reports UNB.The deceased was identified as Tozammel Hossain, 45, son of late Osman Mollah of Durgahata village in the upazila and an activist of local unit of BNP.Locals said some miscreants swooped on Tozammel around 7:30pm and chopped him indiscriminately while he was returning home after attending the marriage ceremony of his cousin at Dakkhinpara, leaving him critically injured.He succumbed to his injuries on the way to Shaheed Ziaur Ramhan Medical College Hospital.Gabtali police station officer-in-charge Khairul Basar said they recovered the body and sent it to the hospital morgue.He also said they were trying to arrest those involved in the killing.last_img read more

RMG workers minimum wage fixed at Tk 8000 Minister

first_imgWorkers at a factory. File PhotoThe government has fixed the minimum wage for readymade garment workers at Tk 8000, said state minister for labour and employment Mujibul Haque Chunnu, reports UNB.The decision will come into effect in December next after the publication of a gazette notification, said the state minister while briefing reporters at his ministry on Thursday afternoon.The new wage has been fixed following the Bangladesh Labour Law as there is a provision to re-fix wage after a five-year interval. The gazette in this regard will be published by December, said Chunnu.The basic in the new wage is Tk 4100. There has been a 50 per cent salary hike compared to previous times, said the minister.He said the minimum wage was Tk 1662.50 in 2006, Tk 3,000 in 2010 and Tk 5,300 in 2013.The government formed a new wage board to review the existing wages of the garment industry workers on 14 January. The garment owners proposed Tk 6,000 as the minimum wage, while the demand from workers was Tk 12,000. After bargaining, Tk 7,000 was fixed. But, both the owners and workers did not accept it, said the state minister.Later, prime minister Sheikh Hasina held a meeting with both parties and fixed the wage. The board disclosed the information about the new wage at a meeting held at its office today, said Chunnu.Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association (BGMEA) president Siddiqur Rahman and wage board head senior district magistrate Syed Amirul Islam were also present at the briefing.The BGMEA president said the new wages of the garment industry workers have been fixed as per the decision of the prime minister.last_img read more

German companies worry Trump moving towards America Alone

first_imgDonald TrumpGerman companies are concerned that US president Donald Trump is increasingly thinking only of America rather than just putting his country first, the head of Germany’s DIHK Chambers of Commerce told media.The United States has pulled out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and Germany has acknowledged it could be hard to protect companies doing business with Iran, as a senior US official renewed a threat of sanctions against European firms.German companies also face the prospect of possible extra levies — Trump imposed a 25 percent tariff on steel imports and a 10 percent tariff on aluminium in March but the European Union has been granted exemptions until 1 June.”America First now increasingly means America Alone,” DIHK President Eric Schweitzer told the RND group of newspapers. “That makes German businesses really worried.”Nonetheless, a DIHK survey published earlier this month showed a record number of German companies believe economies in foreign markets where they do business will improve despite rising political and trade risks.In January Trump said he would always promote “America First”, as he expected other world leaders to do on behalf of their own countries, but added: “America First does not mean America alone. When the United States grows so does the world.”Schweitzer called for the EU to take a tough line in the trade dispute with the United States, saying while it was important to remain in dialogue over difficult conflicts, “we’re moving in the wrong direction if we automatically react to new unreasonable demands with concessions.”Germany is Europe’s biggest exporter to the United States.last_img read more

Slovaks elect first female president

first_imgSlovakia`s presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova receives flowers after winning the presidential election, at her party`s headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, 30 March, 2019. Photo: ReutersThe election of Zuzana Caputova as Slovakia’s first female president was greeted Sunday as a vote for change, with the anti-graft activist expected to provide a check on a government tarnished after last year’s murder of a journalist.The 45-year-old environmental lawyer’s clear victory Saturday over the ruling party’s candidate was a blow to the populist-left Smer-SD — the largest grouping in parliament — and could spell trouble for them in the EU elections and next year’s general vote.She is a relative political newcomer who rose to national prominence in the aftermath of the shootings of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancee in February 2018, which sparked mass protests and toppled the then-premier.Caputova won 58.4 percent of the vote according to a final tally of results released Sunday, compared with 41.6 percent for her ruling party rival, EU energy commissioner Maros Sefcovic.”A candidate embodying democratic forces has won, and Sefcovic, who was a symbol of continuity, has lost,” analyst Grigorij Meseznikov told AFP.Newly elected Slovakia`s President elect Zuzana Caputova arrives for a interview with a Czech television journalist in the front of the Presidential palace in Bratislava, Slovakia on 31 March, 2019. Photo: AFPHeadlines from the country’s newspapers on Sunday suggested the vote was a fresh start for the central European nation of 5.4 million.”Zuzana Caputova gives us hope but the real fight will only come now,” said Dennik N, a leading opposition daily.She ran on the slogan of “Stand up to evil” but made a point to keep her rhetoric hostility-free.”Let us look for what connects us. Let us promote cooperation above personal interests,” she said as the results rolled in.The office of president is largely ceremonial, but the role does involve ratifying international treaties, appointing top judges. The president is commander-in-chief of the armed forces and can veto laws passed by parliament.Analyst Aneta Vilagi predicted Caputova will “engage in a purposeful confrontation with the government… rather than become an opposition president criticising everything the ruling coalition does.”Yet “she will represent a stronger system of checks and balances in relation to the government than Sefcovic would have.”- ‘Justice for all’ -Slovakia`s presidential candidate Zuzana Caputova speaks at her party`s headquarters in Bratislava, Slovakia, 30 March, 2019. Photo: ReutersCaputova, who will be sworn in on June 15, is no stranger to tough battles. She is known for having successfully blocked a planned landfill in her hometown of Pezinok after a decade-long grassroots campaign.She became a familiar figure in the anti-government protests last year, joining tens of thousands of people who demonstrated after Kuciak’s death.The journalist had been preparing to publish a story on alleged ties between Slovak politicians and the Italian mafia.The killings forced then prime minister Robert Fico to resign but he remains the Smer-SD’s leader and is a close ally of the current premier.Five people have been charged, including a millionaire businessman with alleged Smer-SD ties who is suspected of ordering the murders over Kuciak’s investigation into his activity.Speaking to AFP on the campaign trail, Caputova said she would “initiate systematic changes that would deprive prosecutors and the police of political influence.”In addition to fighting for justice for all, Caputova had promised better care for the elderly and environmental protection.- Fresh approach -Teacher Iveta Rabelyova said “Caputova has challenged the typical image of a top politician: she is a woman, divorced, a political novice.””It is a good feeling that our citizens chose someone who breaks all these stereotypes,” the 34-year-old told AFP.”Women are under-represented at top-level posts, this might begin to change now,” added the resident of the southern town of Komarno.Many Slovaks who voted for Sefcovic had said the important position necessitated a man, yet “Caputova won despite her sex” according to analyst Vilagi.She had been “a strong opponent to Sefcovic more because of her story, her personality, values and strong argumentation skills,” Vilagi told AFP.Caputova also won in conservative, Catholic Slovakia despite being openly pro-choice and promoting greater rights for same-sex couples.Sefcovic had tried to use that liberal stance to his advantage by stressing traditional family values on the campaign trail, appealing to voters “who insist that Slovakia remain a Christian country.”But according to official statistics, Caputova not only won over big-city voters but she also took the lead for the more conservative rural elecorate, if by a slim margin.Yet fewer than 42 per cent of eligible voters chose to cast a ballot — compared to 50 per cent at the last presidential run-off — suggesting that Caputova’s idea of change was not to the liking of everyone fed up with the main political players.last_img

Trump signs orders for revival of US energy

first_imgDonald Trump File PhotoIn the US oil heartland on Wednesday, president Donald Trump announced the signing of two executive orders to accelerate the construction of oil and gas pipelines, dismaying environmentalists.The latest measures are in line with others his administration has taken to ease regulation of the energy sector, a major employer and source of growth in Texas, where he made the announcement to trade union operating engineers.”Too often, badly needed energy infrastructure is being held back by special interest groups, entrenched bureaucracies, and radical activists,” the president said in Crosby, near Houston.”I will sign two groundbreaking executive orders to continue the revival of the American energy industry and jobs,” said Trump, who then officially endorsed the measures.”My action today will cut through destructive permitting delays and denials.”The measures aim to limit delays in obtaining permits to build certain infrastructure including pipelines, and will give the president “sole authority to make the final decision when we get caught up in problems,” he told his supporters.The action further seeks to curb states’ power in the process, reported The Washington Post which cited one of the two orders.The United States produces 12.2 million barrels of crude oil per day on average, the most in the world, according to figures from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) released Wednesday.Trump’s announcement sparked an outpouring of opposition from environmentalists and some political opponents.”I have a better idea. Let’s invest in clean energy infrastructure that will create jobs and won’t destroy our planet,” tweeted Washington state’s Governor Jay Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic nomination for president.Inslee says he will make climate change the central theme of his campaign, in contrast to Trump who pulled the United States out of the 2015 Paris accord on capping global warming.Trump’s executive orders follow his granting last month of a new permit for construction of the Keystone XL pipeline to bring oil from Canada to the US.The previous administration of Barack Obama blocked the project in 2015, citing environmental risks.last_img read more

Critics raise doubts on NASAs arsenic bacteria

first_img Explore further A microscopic image of GFAJ-1 grown on arsenic. The findings reported last week, were that some bacteria (GFAJ-1) thrived when access to phosphate was removed and the bacteria were grown in a highly toxic culture rich is arsenate. The scientists suggested the bacteria thrived because they were able to replace phosphorus, which has always been thought vital to life, with arsenic, which is directly under it on the periodic table and has similar chemical properties. The researchers also suggested the bacteria were replacing phosphorus with arsenic within the bases that make up DNA. These findings, if correct, would mean the scientists had found a new form of life on Earth, and it would also re-write the guide book on the essential requirements for life to exist elsewhere.After the findings were published in Science, other scientists began immediately to express their doubts at the conclusions of the paper, with some even expressing the opinion the paper should not have been published at all. One of the critics was Dr. Alex Bradley, from Harvard University, who blogged that there were a number of problems with the research. Firstly, if arsenic had replaced phosphorus in the DNA the molecule would have broken into fragments when the DNA was placed in water, since the arsenic would have hydrolyzed, and yet it did not. Secondly, the paper showed there was a small amount of phosphorus in the medium and Bradley argued that even though small, this could have been enough, since bacteria metabolism is extremely efficient. Dr. Bradley also pointed out the bacteria live in Mono Lake, which is rich in arsenic but which also contains a higher concentration of phosphate than almost anywhere else on Earth, and this means there would be no selective pressure for a life based on arsenic to evolve. Dr. Bradley also suggested a mass spectrum of the DNA sequences would have shown whether or not the nucleotides contained arsenic in place of phosphorus, but this was not done.Another critic was University of British Columbia biologist Rosie Redfield, who reviewed the paper on her blog, and has more recently submitted a letter to the journal. Among her conclusions are that the paper “doesn’t present ANY convincing evidence that arsenic has been incorporated into DNA (or any other biological molecule).” She also writes: “If this data was presented by a PhD student at their committee meeting, I’d send them back to the bench to do more cleanup and controls.”Dr. Redfield also points out there was phosphate in the culture and that the authors did not calculate whether the amount of growth they saw in the arsenate-only medium could be supported by the phosphate present. She calculates on the blog that the growth of the bacteria is actually limited by the amount of phosphorus.Another point made by Redfield is that the arsenic bacteria were “like plump little corn kernels” and contain granules, which are usually produced by bacteria when they have ample supplies of carbon and energy sources but there are shortages of other nutrients needed for growth.The authors of the arsenic bacteria paper initially refused to be drawn into the arguments, saying the discussion should be confined to peer-reviewed journals, but one of the authors, Ronald Ormeland, did answer questions on the controversy after giving a lecture on the findings at NASA headquarters yesterday. He said the amount of phosphorus in the sample was too small to sustain growth, and a mass spectrum was not done because they did not have enough money, and wanted to get the result published quickly. He also pointed out that the bacteria are still there and other scientists could duplicate the work and carry out further experiments if they wished. (PhysOrg.com) — NASA’s announcement last week that bacteria had been discovered that appeared to replace phosphorus with arsenic and thrive even in the most poisonous environments, has now come under fire from a number of scientists. 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.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com 3 Questions: Sara Seager on the discovery of a ‘new’ form of life Citation: Critics raise doubts on NASA’s arsenic bacteria (2010, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-critics-nasa-arsenic-bacteria.htmllast_img read more

Son sentenced to 10 years for killing mother in fit of rage

first_imgBALURGHAT: A man, accused of killing his mother, has been sentenced to ten years of jail by a Fast Track court in Islampur of North Dinajpur on Tuesday.Goutam Dutta was awarded the jail term and a fine of Rs 10,000 was imposed on him by the judge of Fast Track (II) court, Arun Rai.An additional jail term of one year has also been imposed on the accused if the fine is not paid.According to the prosecution, the incident occurred on December 11, 2014 while Dutta hailing from Islampur’s Collegepara area was involved in a scuffle with his mother Parbati Dutta and in a fit of anger she was hit by an iron rod on her head. She died on the spot. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA police complaint was lodged by the victim’s daughter at Islampur police station. Police initiated a case against Dutta and arrested him later on the basis of the complaint.Police investigation also revealed Dutta’s direct involvement in killing his mother. Prima-facie report also proved it. The process of filing charge sheet by the cops, trial before the court and sentencing were completed after four years.On Tuesday, Dutta was sentenced to the punishment.last_img read more

The Dangers of the Internet of Things Infographic

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 1 min readcenter_img According to an infographic by Cyber Security Degrees, 62 percent of Americans own at least one smart device. The most common of these is a smart TV, which nearly half of American adults own. These devices, like a smart watch or a connected car, can sync with the internet or your mobile device and make your life easier. However, they also come with plenty of risks. This infographic breaks down some of those dangers, which include: Malicious endpointsThe Mirai botnet attackThe Senrio devil’s ivy attackBy making yourself aware of these pitfalls, you can secure the devices that mean the most to you and make sure that others can’t take advantage. Check out the infographic to learn more about the dangers involved with the internet of things and how you can be safer.Source: CyberSecurityDegrees.com October 28, 2018last_img read more

After three weeks only three NFL teams remain und

first_img After three weeks, only three NFL teams remain undefeated: the Cincinnati Bengals, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Arizona Cardinals.Steve Keim is particularly excited about that third team.The Cardinals general manager told Doug and Wolf Monday on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, “If you’d told me the third game of the year against San Francisco we would be playing with Drew Stanton and missing a significant amount of players on our team, and all 23 points in our win were scored by rookies, I would’ve probably called that one out. “But it’s nice to have a win and it’s certainly good to see some of the young guys step up and play well.”Keim was impressed by the team’s offensive line in Sunday’s comeback win against the San Francisco 49ers.“We were able to do a nice job in protection,” Keim said. “The only times that they created pressure was when they brought heat, and Drew (Stanton) did a nice job finding the open receiver.”He singled out the play of offensive tackles Jared Veldheer – whom he called “exceptional” in Sunday’s game – and Bobby Massie. “Excellent,” Keim said when asked about Massie’s performance. “He did a great job versus #55, Ahmed Brooks, and I’m really, really impressed with the way Bobby’s continued to play.“Not only with his pass protection, but creating some movement in the run game, his combination blocks to the second level, playing with great balance and strength on his feet.“So Bobby’s done a really job for us, which we really needed him to step up and it looks like he’s taken some ownership in that position.” Your browser does not support the audio element. Comments   Share   Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellingcenter_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires LISTEN: Steve Keim, Arizona Cardinals GM Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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first_img Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   National Team running back T.J. Logan, front, of North Carolina, avoids a tackle by American Team defensive linebacker Lucas Wacha (57), of Wyoming, during the second half of the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl football game in Carson, Calif., Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017. The National Team won 27-7. (AP Photo/Kelvin Kuo) TEMPE, Ariz. — There are certain traits coaches look for.When it comes to Bruce Arians, speed is at the top of the list.Therefore, it makes perfect sense that Arizona spent its second fifth-round pick, No. 179 overall, on North Carolina running back T.J. Logan.Logan, after all, posted the fastest 40-yard dash time at the Combine for a running back at 4.37 seconds, and the sixth-fastest time of all players.“T.J. Logan was a guy that we had focused, and Coach and I had talked about, since the Combine,” Cardinals GM Steve Keim said. “Not only did his foot speed and his explosiveness excite us, but the things that he can do in our offense — where we ask our backs out of the backfield to catch the football — when you watch tape of T.J., he really jumps out at you with the flare routes and some of the different things he does in space.”center_img An experienced kick returner, Logan said he has practiced returning punts but never did it in a game because the team already had someone at that spot.“Kick return was just my thing, it was just something I just had a knack for, so I guess they just kept me there,” he said.Last season, the Cardinals ranked 16th in the NFL, averaging 21.8 yards on 25 kickoff returns. They were even worse when it came to punts, finishing 30th in the league.Suffice to say, Logan should have a chance to contribute right away.“Any way I can help, rather if that’s kick returning, catching punts, being on kickoff team — it doesn’t matter,” Logan said. “I just want to contribute.”Follow Adam Green on Twitter Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling A 5-foot-9, 196-pound back, the initial comparison for Logan in Arizona is Andre Ellington.“His explosiveness — been looking for back who can do some of the things that David (Johnson) does,” Arians said. “He’s more of an Andre Ellington than David, (but) moving Andre out to wideout will give him a chance to be, obviously, the kick returner, and that back who is explosive.”So, maybe, an even faster LaRod Stephens-Howling.“I pride myself on being able to run by guys,” Logan said. “I feel like if he’s not as fast as me, I’ll try and leave him in the dust. That’s the big thing.”Last year, as a senior, Logan he ran for 675 yards and seven touchdowns on 120 carries while adding 244 yards and three scores on 29 catches. He also averaged 33 yards on 21 kick returns, two of which he took back for touchdowns.In four seasons with the Tar Heels, he amassed 2,165 yards and 19 touchdowns on the ground, 663 yards and four touchdowns through the air and five total return scores.With the Cardinals, he is likely to see most of his action on special teams, though he sees himself as more than just a specialist.“I feel like if I’m out there on the field I can make guys miss, I can make big runs, I can finish runs,” he said. “I’m looking for the home run; I’m not just going to be satisfied with running out of bounds or nothing like that.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more