The situation in Darjeeling remained tense but incident-free as the indefinite shutdown in the hills entered its 88th day on Sunday.A large number of shops were open in the Darjeeling hills on Sunday, braving threats and intimidation by the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM). The police and administration for the second day appealed to the locals through the public address system to open their shops and restore normalcy in the hills.Peace rallies were taken out by the residents of Kurseong, Darjeeling and Mirik demanding the restoration of peace in the hills.Expelled GJM leader Anit Thapa also took out a peace rally near Kurseong. State Tourism Minister and senior Trinamool Congress leader Gautam Deb took out a peace rally in the hills.Search on for GurungThe search operation to trace Bimal Gurung, the absconding GJM supremo against whom cases have been lodged under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, continued in the Darjeeling hills and adjoining areas.GJM supporters took out rallies in support of Gorkhaland and the ongoing shutdown in parts of Darjeeling, Sonada and Kalimpong. Posters and leaflets were distributed in support of the strike. Internet services in the hills remain suspended since June 18.
Controversial BJP MLC Prashant Paricharak will now be able to attend the proceedings in the ongoing monsoon session. The Council chairman accorded him formal permission on Thursday. The MLC was in news following his controversial remarks against army wives in 2017 during local body polls. He was later suspended for one-and-a-half years. The suspension had been formally revoked in February 2019 during the last session of the Assembly. His remarks on he was surprised how soldier’s wives get pregnant when the soldiers are busy fighting at border had led to widespread outrage. But when the Council chairman Ram Raje Nimbalkar announced the MLC could now attend the proceedings, the Shiva Sena — which had supported his suspension — remained silent while Congress’ Sharad Ranpise objected to the move. Thursday’s announcement will allow Mr. Paricharak to take part in debates, and proceedings, the chairman said. “He has also submitted a formal letter apologising for the remarks. He has also said sorry to the families of the martyrs of the State and country. Considering this, I have allowed him to sit and participate in the House proceedings,” Mr. Nimbalkar announced.
Members of the All Assam Students’ Union on Monday staged a protest outside the Numaligarh Refinery in eastern Assam’s Golaghat district to oppose the Centre’s bid to disinvest Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited.BPCL holds 61.65% share of the refinery established in 1993, based on the conditions of the Assam Accord of 1985 that ended a six-year agitation for the ejection of illegal immigrants from the State.‘Sentiments attached’“The refinery is the result of the sacrifice of 855 people who laid down their lives during the agitation. We will oppose the government’s move to privatise the refinery that the people of Assam are sentimental about,” said AASU general secretary Lurinjyoti Gogoi.The Numaligarh Refinery Employees’ Union too has opposed the proposed disinvestment. The union has submitted a memorandum to Kamakhya Prasad Tasa, a Rajya Sabha Member from Assam, and would be writing to other MPs from the State besides Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on the issue.“Valued at ₹5,500 crore, the best-functioning Mini-ratna in the country has been functioning since 2001 and had generated a revenue of more than ₹30,000 crore for the nation’s and State’s exchequer till 2018-19, thus contributing to the economic growth of the nation,” the union said in a statement.The AASU said the Centre should drop the idea of privatising a profit-making refinery and rather plan to expand its refining capacity from 300 million tonnes to 900 million tonnes.
AdvertisementLast month Carlos Cuadras was going through the most difficult time of his life as he entered rehab for alcohol and recreational drug addiction and he was also temporarily suspended by WBC.Now that he has recovered from his addictions he hopes to resume his career and is hoping to return inside the ring as soon as possible and is working with a promotional company called Promociones del Pueblo to get him a fight date in August.Carlos Cuadras in an interview to ESPN Deportes that he is about to travel to the Otomi Ceremonial Center to start camp and resume his lifestyle as an athlete, which includes his return to bantamweight, which was where his career began.He said,” “I do not have the exact date nor the opponent, I only know that I am back in August, that they are looking for the location and opponent, and that [my return] will be at bantamweight. Besides that, I feel very anxious to return to the ring and show that I can once again become world champion”Cuadras (36-3-1, 27 KO) is just 1-3 in his last four fights, losing competitive decisions to Roman Gonzalez, Juan Francisco Estrada, and the aforementioned Arroyo. All three of them are quality fighters, but I can’t imagine those defeats being easy on the psyche of a previously undefeated champion.At 29, Cuadras is still at or near his physical prime, and we can only hope he manages to conquer his issues and re-establish himself as an elite boxer.Advertisement
Ranchi, May 27 (PTI) Jharkhand Governor Droupadi Murmu today said exchange of different cultures was always good for a state.Speaking at the Bangla Cultural Fair here, Murmu said Bengali speaking people have been staying in the state for ages and contributed immensely in its cultural development.Calling for respecting ones culture so that one could be reverential to other cultures as well, she said, “Obscenity, addiction and neglecting elders have never been in our culture and I appeal to the youth to never accept these evils.”Murmu said Bangla culture was one of the rich cultures not only in the country but also in the world and has given many stalwarts who gave new direction to humanity, besides having contributed in spiritualism, social work, literature, freedom struggle, theater and sports. PTI PVR SUS SRY
Virat Kohli marked his return to international cricket on Sunday by setting yet another batting record during the first T20I of the ongoing two-match series between India and Australia in Visakhapatnam. The India captain wouldn’t have been happy with the result of the last-ball thriller but he entered the record books once again.Kohli was looking as fluent as ever on a sluggish Visakhapatnam track as he stitched a 55-run stand with half-centurion KL Rahul. However, the skipper holed-out at the deep while trying to take the attack to Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa on 24.Nonetheless, Kohli became the first batsman in T20I cricket history to score 500 runs against an opposition. Kohli has 512 runs, including five fifties, from 15 matches at a staggering average of 56.88 against Australia.Meanwhile, Sunday was the first time Kohli had failed to score at least a 50 at the YS Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam.Following a rare batting failure from India’s top-order, the hosts were able to manage only 126 on the board in their quota of 20 overs. MS Dhoni struggled to bat with the tail and made just 29 off 37 balls playing out seven dot balls in the last two overs of the Indian innings.India got off to a good start in their 127-run defence as Australia were two down inside the first two overs. However, a counter-attacking half-century from Glenn Maxwell shifted the momentum in favour of the visitors.Jasprit Bumrah kept India in the hunt by coming up with a miserly penultimate over wherein he picked up two wickets and conceded just two runs. However, Australia were able to cross the finish line, picking up 14 runs in the 20th over.advertisementConceding India fell short of the par-total by around 25 runs, Kohli said: “I think he [Rahul] played a really good knock, we had a good partnership. 150 would have been a winning score the way the pitch played. Australia deserved to win as they played better than us.”Also Read | MS Dhoni picks up Mayank Markande wrong-un while batsman could notAlso Read | We were not up to scratch: Virat Kohli after 3-wicket loss vs Australia in 1st T20IAlso Read | Bumrah, Krunal extremely hard to get away: Maxwell after match-winning knock in 1st T20IAlso See:
Blackmon needs to get the right help. He was liked by that staff. A lot. And in the locker room. This isn’t a guy who doesn’t like FB— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) November 1, 2013 If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! Jaguars WR Justin Blackmon has been suspended indefinitely.More details: http://t.co/xYXlF3jZWj— #DUUUVAL (@Jaguars) November 1, 2013Well, this is terrible.And not altogether unexpected anymore.Whose career is over first — is or Weeden’s? And what if Jacob Lacey plays more seasons combined than those two? How insane would that be?Also, this is bad:RT @JayGlazer: Those close to Blackmon are trying to get him to get help and get into a rehab facility— Carson Cunningham (@KOCOCarson) November 1, 2013
Men’s Open Kristin BossCharlotte CaslickEmilee CherryJenna HitchKristy JuddJessica McCallNicole McHughBianca MounseyLeah PercyKirsty QuinceAshleigh Quinlan Alicia Quirk Peta RogersonMarikki WategoLouise WinchesterKelly WoodsPeter Bell – CoachShelley Matcham – Manager Mixed Open Jamie ChanMichael ChapmanMichael LawCameron NichollsRoy PrasadSebe ReyMichael SinghDylan ThompsonTrent ToumaPeter WatkinsKristy BrennanGemma EtheridgeNikki EtheridgeKylie HilderSarah PeattieSarah Spacie Micheal Lovett – Coach Manu Wakely – Assistant CoachMathew Gilbertson – Manager The following Australian referees have been named to officiate in the series:David BaggioDale Lawrence Michael Medlin Luke McKenzieAnthony Smith Related Files2012_trans_tasman_australian_teams_announced-pdf Australia’s Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open teams have been announced today following a training camp in Sydney earlier this month. 16 players will debut for Australia at an Open level in the series which will be played at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012. The three-test series sees the fierce rivals meet for the first time since the 2011 World Cup finals, which saw Australia narrowly defeat New Zealand in each of the three Open divisions. The rivalry between the two nations is as fierce as ever following the reintroduction of the Trans Tasman Series three years ago, with the teams meeting annually since 2009. Australia took a clean sweep of the three divisions in the 2009 and 2010 Trans Tasman Series and will be hoping to continue its impressive record in Mudgee, while New Zealand is determined to reverse the result and cause an upset to the Australian teams in their own backyard. The following players have been named in the Australian Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Open sides: Daniel BartonWillie BishopStuart BriertyScott BuckleyTerry DeeganNick GoodDylan HennesseyTroy MalcolmBen MoylanRobert NakhlaJonathan PalauMatt ProwseSteve RobertsMatt Tope Dan Withers Anthony ZiadeTony Trad – CoachPaul Sfeir – Assistant CoachGary Rose – Manager Women’s Open
zoom Classification society ABS has signed an agreement with South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME) to support safety and apply class guidance to a conceptual floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) unit.The project is planned to commence at the end of May and last for twelve months.ABS said it will review the conceptual design according to the applicable class requirements and provide guidance to support safety during the development.“We are pleased to sign this agreement and work with DSME to support new innovations and technology advancements in the offshore industry,” Ken Richardson, ABS Executive Vice President of Global Offshore, said.“As gas continues to play an increasingly important role in the global energy mix and industry looks to develop new resources, ABS remains committed to its mission of advancing safety,” Richardson added.“Working with ABS as our advisor, we will be able to develop an effective design with robust safety and enhance the LNG value chain,” Jang-Jin Kim, DSME COO of Offshore Business Unit, commented.Image Courtesy: ABS
Sir Richard Branson is saddened by the growing chorus of US governors who say they won’t allow any Syrian refugees to be settled in their states following the news that one of the Paris attackers may have entered Europe via Greece.“I understand that governments have a duty to protect their citizens from violence and terror,” blogged Sir Richard. “But to impose collective punishment on tens of thousands in their moment of greatest despair, in false hope it might stop a determined few, may well be counterproductive. And it is profoundly inhumane.“Much of this may be the kind of raucous political posturing you’d expect in an election season. But some of these governors, like Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, are themselves children of refugees. He and others should know that welcoming the downtrodden, the disadvantaged, and the despondent with open arms has been one of the most enduring and positive chapters of the American narrative; and it has helped the country move from strength to strength – culturally, politically, and economically. People like Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan know what I mean. When I met him this June, we talked about the enormous positive contributions refugees have made time and again, and he was keen on welcoming more Syrian refugees to the Motor City. I hope Detroit’s doors will remain open, even as Michigan’s governor disagrees.“Personally, I couldn’t think of a more powerful response to ISIS’ threats than to embrace those who have escaped their daily horrors with understanding, kindness and love. Syria may be today’s heart of darkness, but its wonderful people have the same dreams, goals and aspirations as most of us. As Ted Kennedy put it “what divides us pales in comparison to what unites us.” Let’s build on that. Openness and tolerance may prove the strongest force we have.”To read the full blog, click here.
Jarno Trulli and Timo Glock will drive cars sporting the World Food Programme (WFP) “Fill the Cup” campaign logo for the rest of the 2009 season, starting at Silverstone on 21 June.The WFP “Fill the Cup” initiative raises money for the agency’s school feeding programme, which provides daily meals to more than 20 million children in schools in 68 countries.“Formula 1 provides a unique opportunity for the fight against global hunger to gain traction,” said Nancy Roman, WFP Director of Public Policy, Communications and Private Partnerships, adding that viewers will be encouraged to feed a hungry child. This is the last time the Santander British Grand Prix will be held at Silverstone, the birthplace of the Formula 1 World Championship, and top British drivers Jenson Button – currently leading the championship – and last year’s winner Lewis Hamilton will go head-to-head, guaranteeing a huge audience for the race.“This is a great opportunity to reach all motorsport fans, from the thousands who attend each Grand Prix to the many millions who watch the racing on TV,” said Panasonic Toyota team driver Jarno Trulli. “It only costs 15 pence to give a hungry child a cup with porridge,” added Mr. Trulli. “We need as many people as possible to know they can contribute to find a solution to hunger.”Recent studies have shown that in the wake of the global economic meltdown, and last year’s food and fuel price hikes, many families are already missing meals and cooking cheaper, less nutritious food. At the same time, WFP has voiced concern that the recession may lead governments to cut aid budgets for feeding programmes.Earlier this year, WFP teamed up with the UK School Food Trust to launch The Really Good School Dinner campaign, raising around $18,000 for its school feeding programmes. More than 550 schools participated by pledging to empty their plate to fill the plate of a child in the developing world.Meanwhile, Achim Steiner, UN Environment Programme (UNEP) Executive Director, highlighted the crucial role sports play in sustainable development, in an address to the Forum on Productive Youth Development through Sport in Africa. Mr. Steiner used the success of the Beijing Olympics in not just meeting but exceeding the environmental standards outlined by the International Olympic Committee as an example of the role of sustainability in sports.The Forum, a joint initiative of the UN Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and the Jacobs Foundation, wrapped up its three-day gathering in Nairobi, Kenya today. 18 June 2009The United Nations food agency will join the Panasonic Toyota Racing Formula 1 drivers on the starting grid of the British Grand Prix on Sunday to raise awareness of the 66 million primary school-aged children worldwide who go hungry.
Rolls-Royce Motor Cars has announced that the company’s leather shop has been expanded following the continued success of the Phantom, Ghost and newly-launched Wraith. An additional 10 positions in the machinist team have been created as a result.The machinist team was launched with just four people in 2002, the West Sussex-based leather shop currently employs 40 skilled associates working across two shifts. The team also hosts interns, apprentices and graduates during their time at the company.Andrew Monachan, General Manager Leather Shop, Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, said, “I am delighted to confirm that we have expanded our leather shop here at the home of Rolls-Royce. Every one of our cars is hand built to order and we are reintroducing craft skills that, in many cases, would otherwise have lain dormant or been lost completely.”Potential candidates should have suitable skills but do not need to currently be working as a machinist. Skills gained in a previous role or as a hobbyist could be appropriate and full and extensive training will be provided. Potential candidates for all Rolls-Royce Motor Cars positions should apply online at: www.rolls-roycemotorcars.com/careersClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Senior running back Carlos Hyde breaks a tackle on his way to a touchdown during a game against Iowa Oct. 19 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 34-24.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorHis quarterback called it “God-given.” One of his offensive lineman said when he watched it unfold, he knew it would be all over TV Saturday night. His offensive coordinator called it a “wow” play.Even senior running back Carlos Hyde said he surprised himself when he was able to keep his balance on the way to the end zone during what was arguably the play of the game Saturday. No. 4 Ohio State’s running back’s 19-yard touchdown run gave OSU (7-0, 3-0) the lead for good in its 34-24 victory against Iowa.Hyde took a handoff from junior quarterback Braxton Miller, first running right then cutting upfield and knifing through tacklers until he met Hawkeye safety, Tanner Miller, who dove at the Buckeye back’s legs to no avail. Hyde kept his balance, turned himself back straight, got a block and then launched himself into the end zone from about four yards out.“I was shocked that I was able to gain my balance back and be able to turn around and go in for a touchdown,” Hyde said. “(I’ve) never had a run like that. That play, it was working all day. And I told (running backs) coach (Stan) Drayton we need to run a little more of it. On that play, I hit it up inside and bounced right back out and the safety came down. He hit me, and I came out of it and I was still up and I was trying to catch my balance, and once I did, I turned back around and I see (senior wide receiver Corey) ‘Philly’ Brown with an unbelievable block“I got so excited and I (hadn’t) even scored yet when I saw that block.”Miller said Hyde’s acrobatic touchdown allowed him to show off his natural talent.“That run by Carlos, it’s God-given,” Miller said. “To be tackled like that and keep moving forward, that’s sweet.”Putting the Buckeyes ahead with the athletic touchdown scamper shows that Hyde is much more than just a player who can only run the ball inside, redshirt-senior offensive lineman Jack Mewhort said.“While I was watching it, I was thinking that’s going to be on SportsCenter. I don’t know if I’m right about that, but that was unbelievable,” Mewhort said. “His balance to stay up like that and then power it in. Everybody thinks Carlos is a between-the-tackles guy but once he gets out in space like that, he can do some cool stuff, too, like you saw, breaking tackles and stuff.”It was Hyde’s second rushing touchdown of the game, following a one-yard push on OSU’s first drive of the second half that tied the game. That score was the first time Iowa’s defense had given up a rushing touchdown in 2013.“It’s something that (the coaches) made sure we were well aware of two weeks ago. It’s kind of been our mindset … through the bye week and through this week,” Mewhort said. “That’s a goal we wanted to achieve. We’re glad we did that.”One of the coaches Mewhort was referring to was co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach, Ed Warinner, who said the unit wanted to end Iowa’s streak “very badly,” so much so that each offensive player was given a sheet of paper with the statistic on it.“They were reminded of that multiple times per day,” Warinner said. “‘Course they heard that every day from me. That was on my tip sheets, but as a coaching staff we gave that to our offensive unit and coach (Urban) Meyer talked with them about it specifically. That’s a credit to Iowa’s defense. They hadn’t given up a rushing touchdown in six games so that’s a challenge that we needed to win this game, we needed to be able to get some rushing touchdowns. That’s who we are.”The offense had an extra incentive to put an end to the streak, Hyde said.“It was definitely some motivation. You’re playing against a team who tries to feed off that,” Hyde said. “Early in the week I talked to (the offensive line) and let them know that ‘We’re going to do what we do.’ And that’s run the ball.”The Buckeyes certainly did that, as Hyde rushed for 149 yards on 24 carries to go along with his two touchdowns, and Miller recorded 102 yards on the ground himself.“It was a great performance by those guys (the O-line),” Hyde said. “I love those guys to death and I’m happy to be able to run behind those guys and it’s exciting to see them … have success, it’s nice. When they go, I go.”Despite Hyde’s three-game suspension stemming from his involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar over the summer, Saturday’s performance made him the team leader in rushing yards. Gaining a total of 443 yards on 72 attempts in only four games is a result of the chemistry between Hyde and the O-line, something that’s been building since day one at OSU.“The reason we have such good chemistry is because, like I said, we all came in together,” Hyde said. “When you’ve been here four to five years, you kind of become like brothers. Like real brothers. That chemistry is great that we have.”The senior from Naples, Fla., said the line’s performance was “incredible” multiple times after the game. Meyer took it a step beyond that.“I feel good about the line and that’s where winning football, certainly offensive football, starts,” Meyer said. “And they’re my favorite players on the team. Those five guys, that’s where you start.”Even if OSU is on the wrong side of the scoreboard during the game, Hyde said the team continues to believe it will come out on top.“That just shows you that we refuse to lose. We are a group of brothers. There’s not one point in time that we think that we are going to lose the game,” Hyde said. “We could be down 20 points, and we’re still going to believe that we can come back and win this game. Have faith.”Hyde and the offensive line will be looking to keep the nation’s longest winning streak alive next Saturday when Big Ten rival Penn State (4-2, 1-1) comes to Columbus. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Ohio Stadium.
Wrestling Coach Tom Ryan announced redshirt junior Nick Heflin, redshirt senior C.J. Magrum, redshirt junior Ian Paddock and redshirt sophomore Logan Stieber as the 2012-2013 team captains on Thursday. “Our team members voted for captains and I am proud of who they chose and why they chose them,” Ryan said in a press release. “Logan, Cody, Ian and Nick are all very special men on and off the mat. We all look forward to them leading the Buckeyes in the 2012-13 season.” Helfin was a team captain during last season, finished second in the 174 pounds weight class at the 2011 Big Ten Championships, fifth at the 2012 NCAA championships and was named a 2012 All-American. His career record as a Buckeye is 51-19. Magrum is a 184-pounder and retaining his captain role for the third season in a row. He has a 67-39 career record and has qualified for the NCAA Championships three times. Last season, Magrum finished eighth at the Big Ten championshps but did not compete at the NCAA championships because of injuries. During the 2010-2011 season Paddock was a captain but was redshirted last year. While at OSU the 141-pounder has qualified for the NCAA Championships twice and complied a 42-24 career record. Stieber received the All-Big Ten, Big Ten Freshman of the Year and InterMat Freshman of the Year after winning 2011-2012 Big Ten and NCAA Championship at 133 pounds. He was a three-time Big Ten Wrestler of the Week and holds a career record is 38-5. Also, Stieber competed at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Team Wrestling Trials last spring. The Buckeyes wrestling team voted for their captains and will start the season Sunday at the UB Invitational in Buffalo, N.Y.
“I just can’t wait now until the full squad is together and we’re on the plane on the way over.”All work, no play and Jonny Wilkinson raises tension as Lions land in IrelandPssst! Just between us, The Lions are in town The likelihood is that the final influx of players after the Pro12 and Premiership finals will lift the mood. So too, will the prospect of the first game; a chance to finally wear the red jersey in anger against the Barbarians in Hong Kong on 1 June.O’Connell stretches that back under the watchful eyes of mascot ‘BIL’. ©INPHO/Dan SheridanThe positive for O’Connell having missed out on so much rugby is that he needs game-time. Barring any unforeseen problems on the long-haul flight east, then he will face the Barbarians for the first time in his career.It’s a fixture he describes as “an incredible occasion,” a far cry from his last – but no less useful – competitive outing. “I was delighted to get that Zebre game at the end of the year and get through it.” He says.“Getting 80 minutes was another step forward in fitness for me. So I look forward to that Barbarians game. The more games I get the better, so I want to play as many back-to-back as I can and develop my fitness. WHILE LIONS CAPTAIN Sam Warburton was in one room of Carton House yesterday praising the leadership of Paul O’Connell, his predecessor was in the next, unknowingly repaying the compliment.The tour may be just over a week old, but these two Lions captains are already singing from the same hymn sheet.Maybe it was no accident. The pair spent week one of the tour sharing a room, the captaincy handed over in the intimacy of bathroom routines and snoring habits deep in the Vale of Glamorgan.“He’s a real nice guy.” O’Connell says of his captain. “He won’t need much helping from myself or Drico or whoever.“He’s a very confident guy with a lot of control and I think he’s going to continue what he was doing with Wales and keep doing it the same way. That’s probably the best thing you can do.” “It’s important to work on that and not just take it for granted that it will happen.“That’s probably something that happened in ’09. We became a very tight-knit group in a very concentrated period of time. That’s what we have to do as a group now, work really hard as a team in getting to know one another.” Pressure’s offThere are certainly no hard feelings. Having endured a year of back pain and just eight appearances, the Limerick man needs no reminding of how fortunate he is to be involved. O’Connell now feels fully over the bulging disc in his back thanks to an adapted and tailored training work-load.“Six months ago I didn’t think I’d be here – probably three months ago. I didn’t think I’d be here at all. So it’s a big bonus for me. I’m delighted to be here.“Not being captain, there’s probably a lot of pressure off and I’m just able to concentrate and focus on my own game.”Warburton’s argument is that O’Connell’s own game is leadership ‘whether he knows it or not’. Yet the disagreements don’t last long between the men. They were united again by their hint that morale in camp could and should be higher.“It’s important to work very hard at becoming a team.” The lock said when asked what lessons he had taken from his time touring in 2005 and 2009. Rather than stick solely to his own experience, he invoked the spirit of Lions from a different era.“Previous tours probably had a lot more time on tour together; they had two or three months together. Times were less professional; they probably had more time to socialise together. We’re obviously at the peak of professionalism and guys work really hard on their game, so there isn’t a whole lot of time for socialising. Kicking king: ‘Life just gets better and better’ for Jonny Wilkinson
While Bitcoin and pals have taken a couple of knocks to their value recently, the general consensus is that the currencies remain more or less strong. But, there are also some growing voices that think all of these digital monies could just be elaborate, 21st-century iterations of the classic Ponzi Scheme.If you’re unfamiliar, the Ponzi is among the most classic of cons. You essentially start by creating some type of organization that people would trust with money. Then you can pull in cash telling investors that they will receive dividends in the future. For a while, you can do what you will with the cash you pulled in, but eventually, those investors will want to see your dividends. To cover those, you pull in more victims, and the cycle continues. While they might sound like an obvious trap, Ponzi-style cons have been among the most successful in history. As long as you keep cash flowing, you can outwardly present yourself and your operation as legitimate. And the longer you can hold the ruse, the more you stand to gain — and lose — should it all fall to bits.The Infamous Bernie Madoff scandal in the late 00s was one such example that fell apart, but, for a time, produced untold wealth for those involved.At this point, you can probably see some parallels between this and Ethereum or Bitcoin or whatever. People are investing because they want to get a piece of the pie. We all here news story after story talking about the insane quantity of cash you can pull in by trading this stuff. And yeah, some folks have become insanely wealthy using blockchains and mining and all that goodness. But these things all have a critical weakness — they aren’t backed by anything.All of this stuff is what economists call fiat money. In essence, it has value because people say it has value. That’s not particularly new or problematic — just about every modern currency works the same. But the difference is that those individuals investing in and operating these currencies are a lot more likely to poof on out and keep the spoils than say, the US is, to suddenly give a pair of middle fingers to the planet and take its financial toys home.Supporters of cryptos don’t argue this, even. For bitcoin to work as a medium of exchange, places need to accept it, and these assets need to be liquid. That’s part of why so many folks push to get bitcoin accepted in as many places as they can — that deepens the roots of the currency and makes it more and more viable as a means to buy and sell goods and services. And it’s very much a feedback loop.Where it can fall apart, however, is in how these cryptocurrencies shift between themselves. The reality is that we aren’t dealing with just one cryptocurrency, but a field of them — hundreds, in fact — because the underlying principles are so easy to work with. That has the unfortunate side effect of making all of this a lot more complicated, however.If you know much about these digital currencies, you likely know that you can “mine” for them using a powerful computer. But many of these systems only release new units of currency very slowly. This is intended to keep the price from crashing and to prevent people with hyper-powered computers from essentially making money from thin air. Again, that’s totally sensible when we’re talking about just one unit of exchange. But we aren’t.Bitcoin now only very, very rarely spits out more cash into this digital micro-economy. But, people still want to be able to mine for the coins. So, they get their mining rig and set it to work on something like TK, which sort of generically mines whichever currencies are worth the most. And that’s not even considering the fact that for most of these, like Ethereum, you need to buy into them which often requires trading directly with someone who already possesses what you need. That fundamental lack of liquidity and the significant barriers for using these currencies at all should be clue enough to just about anyone that there’s a problem likely coming. But it gets worse.Since it’s so difficult to trade cryptocurrencies for things you can use, there’s a very high chance that when this is all over, you won’t really have much to speak of. Often in these schemes, the money you make along the way is used to at least buy a few things. And when the bubble hits, you’ve at least got that so you haven’t lost… y’know, everything. But cashing out is still really tedious with these currencies, and to do it, you need someone willing to buy in. There are only so many users to cycle through, and it’s hard not to shake the feeling that when this jig is up, everyone will try to walk away at once and find that there’s no one and nowhere to spend what they got.That’s also while anyone who has any investment in cryptocurrency at all will fight tooth and nail to tell you otherwise. Whether you’re a serious crypto-anarchist or just someone to looking to buy into a trend doesn’t matter — to avoid losing money you need to press the faith. If no one believes bitcoin is valuable, then it won’t be. And yes, it has grown in value for some time — often stumbling only to rally harder soon after. But this entire mechanism has to stop sometime, and it has to stop somewhere. Endless growth cannot possibly exist in this universe, much less in the economics of our own planet.It is possible, of course, for Bitcoin and others to become a commonly accepted method of exchange, but for that to happen, faith will need to solidify behind a smattering of them. From there, making the currencies far easier to use and exchange would be the next step. But until then, these assets aren’t generally liquid, and it’s a good idea to play conservatively.I’m not saying cryptocurrencies are doomed, but until you can use them for groceries or rent, it’s a hard sell, and you run a very high risk of your investment evaporating. I’d love to be wrong. Until then, good luck. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
Apple iPhone XS Share your voice See It $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. TV and Movies Home Entertainment 50 Photos The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. 0 Audio (weekly): RSS | iTunes | Google PlayVideo (monthly): iTunes (HD) | iTunes (HQ) | iTunes (SD) | RSS (HD) | RSS (HQ)| RSS (SD) Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Netpicks Cord Cutters (OTT) Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Amazon Prime HBO Amazon Hulu Netflix,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sprint Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR It doesn’t matter if she’s sitting down or standing up, Ellen is funny! Netflix Welcome back to Netpicks, your guide to finding out what’s new online. Every week, we put together a podcast that lets you know what’s been added to services like Netflix, Hulu and HBO Now. The audio is about a minute or two long.Netflix has become an excellent destination for stand-up comedy, reminiscent of the early days of HBO. It’s been the home of specials by John Mulaney, Dave Chappelle and now Ellen DeGeneres. Ellen hasn’t stopped being funny over the years, but she hasn’t done a stand-up special in a decade in a half. Now she has.Since you’re reading this, let’s give you some extra information not found in the podcast: Check out my favorite rain-delay movie The Last Dragon on Netflix. It was just added this month. The film tells the story of “Bruce” Leroy Green, who attempts to overcome the shogun of Harlem as he searches for a master of martial arts. Yep, you read that right. Want to know what else is new? Listen to this guy: Laugh until you can laugh no more See It Post a comment For more information on what’s available to watch online, check out CNET.com/Netpicks or subscribe to the podcast — it’s free! And go to TVGuide.com to see what else is out in the world of streaming. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read DJI Osmo Action preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Boost Mobile Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) 2:07 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $59 at eBay Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Your browser does not support the audio element. $210 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Now playing: Watch this: $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Rylo Sarah Tew/CNET An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. See at Amazon The Cheapskate Angela Lang/CNET DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See it Comments Best Buy Turo I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). $60 at Best Buy Read the AirPods review $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Read the Rylo camera preview TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See It Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 $999 Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. $299 at Amazon Tags Read Google Home Hub review $520 at HP Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See at Turo 7 Share your voice 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Tags What’s new to stream in December 2018 Amazon
British Prime Minister Theresa May waits for the results to be declared at the count centre in Maidenhead. Photo: AFPBritish Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said Sunday talks were still ongoing with the Democratic Unionist Party on seeking its support for a Conservative government after earlier saying an outline agreement had been reached.May’s Conservatives lost their parliamentary majority in a humiliating election Thursday and now need the support of the 10 MPs from Northern Ireland’s ultra-conservative DUP to pass votes, sparking widespread calls for her to resign.“The prime minister has tonight spoken with the DUP to discuss finalising a confidence and supply deal when Parliament returns next week,” a Downing Street spokeswoman said, referring to a deal whereby the DUP would support the government but not enter a formal coalition.“We will welcome any such deal being agreed, as it will provide the stability and certainty the whole country requires as we embark on Brexit and beyond.”The new statement came after Downing Street earlier said the DUP had agreed to the principles of an outline agreement to support a Conservative government.The DUP said the “talks so far have been positive”, adding: “Discussions will continue next week to work on the details and to reach agreement on arrangements for the new Parliament.”There was no mention of what concessions the DUP may have asked for, amid growing concern about the influence of a party opposed to abortion and gay marriage.The DUP has proved hugely controversial in the past over the homophobic and sectarian views of some of its representatives.‘Discredited, humiliated’May is struggling to reassert her leadership, having called an election three years early hoping to strengthen her hand going into Brexit negotiations—only to see the gamble backfire spectacularly.Sunday’s newspapers were unsparing, with The Observer writing: “Discredited, humiliated, diminished. Theresa May has lost credibility and leverage in her party, her country and across Europe.”The Mail on Sunday reported that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was set to launch a bid to oust May, while the Sunday Times said five cabinet ministers were urging him to do so.Johnson denied the reports as “tripe” and said: “I am backing Theresa May.”In the Sunday Mirror, opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, who scored hefty gains in the election, said there was still a chance for him to be prime minister if May failed to form a government.“This is still on,” he said, adding he would vote down the government’s programme when it comes before parliament this month.Earlier on Saturday May lost her two closest aides.Senior party figures have cautioned against any immediate leadership challenge, saying it would cause only further disruption as Britain prepares to start talks with Brussels as early as 19 June.But media reports suggest they had demanded the departure of May’s joint chiefs of staff, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, as the price for allowing the 60-year-old vicar’s daughter to stay in office.They were replaced by Gavin Barwell, a former housing minister who lost his seat in the election.‘DUP has got to go’The resignations of Timothy and Hill, on whom May had been heavily reliant since her previous job at the interior ministry, will be a personal blow.Timothy—a combative character who one former colleague said had helped create a “toxic” atmosphere at the heart of the government—said he took responsibility for the Conservative manifesto, including a plan for elderly social care that caused a backlash.May is preparing to name the rest of her cabinet after revealing Friday that her five most senior ministers would stay in their posts.The Conservatives won 318 out of 650 seats—throwing away a 17-seat majority.Scottish Conservative leader Ruth Davidson, who is gay, was among the first to express disquiet over a deal with the ultra-conservative DUP.“I sought, and to be fair to the prime minister, received a categoric assurance that in talking to the DUP that there would be no suggestion of any rollback on LGBTI rights in the rest of the UK,” she said.Several hundred people—many of them Labour voters—protested in central London against the alliance, with chants of “racist, sexist, anti-gay, the DUP has got to go”.Joining forces with the hardline Protestant party also threatens London’s neutrality in Northern Ireland, which is key to the delicate balance of power in a province once plagued by violence.On Brexit, the DUP supports leaving the EU but opposes a return to a “hard” border with Ireland—which could happen if May carries through her threat to walk away from the talks rather than accept a “bad deal”.Her real test is likely to come when MPs vote on her programme after it is outlined in parliament by Queen Elizabeth II on 19 June.May confirmed to German Chancellor Angela Merkel in a phone call that Britain was ready to begin Brexit negotiations “as planned in the next couple of weeks”, reassuring EU leaders who had expressed doubts after her heavy electoral lossesEuropean Council President Donald Tusk had warned there was “no time to lose” in starting Brexit talks, after May on 29 March started the two-year countdown to ending Britain’s four-decade membership.
By Michelle Richardson, Special to the AFROThe Baltimore Police Department (BPD) has confirmed two women killed this week in West Baltimore are mother and daughter and relatives of an indicted Black Guerilla Family member.Chanette Neal, 43, and Justice Allen, 21, were found in their home April 4 in the unit block of Gorman Ave., suffering from multiple gunshot wounds. Police say they were dispatched just after 11:49 a.m. for a report of gunfire.Chanette Neal, 43, and her daughter Justice Allen, 21, were gunned down in their West Baltimore home April 4. (Courtesy photo)Upon discovering the women, officers immediately transported both victims to area hospitals; Neal was taken to University of Maryland Shock Trauma, and her daughter was taken to Bon Secours Hospital.Both women were pronounced dead shortly after arrival.Police say several men forced their way inside the home and opened fire and now police are looking for answers. According to police officials, the women were targeted.“We have bad guys who targeted this house for a specific reason. Unfortunately, we have two victims as a result. We are trying to figure out who is responsible,” said Baltimore Police spokesman T.J. Smith.Police wouldn’t confirm or deny if this was a gang related murder.“We’re dealing with the same people over and over again,” said Smith. “Some days you’re a victim, some days you’re a suspect. So, our investigators are looking at all angles of this. Other relatives who were involved in illegal, illicit activities—that’s part of it.”Smith said Neal was the mother of Antoine Benjamin, one of seven men indicted last year as members of the Black Guerilla Family gang.Benjamin is set to go to trial April 9 for the alleged murder of a federal informant.“Is it related? The possibility exists but we don’t know that,” Smith said.Benjamin was informed of his mother and sister’s murder in prison.A Facebook profile for Chanette Neal revealed that she studied at Coppin State University and worked at DHL Express delivery service.A woman that identified herself as the mother of Justice’s nephew said that she “woke up numb” and has made several post about the murders.“I hate that my baby is calling for his Aunt Justice And mama Netta all day and he has no idea what will we tell him he’s only Two what do we tell him?” posted the woman via Facebook.BPD is urging anyone with information to call them at 410-396-2100Those who wish to remain anonymous can utilize the Metro Crime Stoppers tip-line, at 1-866-7LOCKUP.
Upon entering the bank, customers are ushered inside by a doorman in a gray suit and pink shirt. This greeter is the only man inside the Kristal bank in Plaza del Sol. The tellers, managers and other employees — also in gray suits and pink shirts — are all women. The walls are pink and white, and official business is carried out in cushioned swivel chairs at shiny white tables.“Women aren’t complicated,” reads a sign along the outside walls. “It’s just that before no one understood us.”The creators of “Banca” Kristal, which exclusively caters to female customers, believe they do understand what women want: free purses, diamond accents and lots and lots of pink.“Pink is a color that has always been associated with women,” Gisella Flores, a Kristal spokeswoman told The Tico Times. “We just needed something to differentiate ourselves. Something that said you can manage finances without losing your femininity.”In addition to its “feminine” decor, Banca Kristal offers its women customers special savings accounts for beauty supplies and fashion alongside the regular Banco de Costa Rica savings accounts for education and business. On the bank’s website these special services are listed in bullets designed to look like pink diamonds. For women who open accounts, different branches have offered everything from complimentary clutch bags to free manicures. Related posts:Money for startups: The key to creating more companies? Most Costa Ricans still prefer to pay in cash, study finds Costa Rican banks to replace credit, debit cards to improve security Banks in Costa Rica to change account numbering format The decidedly gendered marketing campaign has received widespread criticism since the bank opened it doors in November.“It’s a bank for women that doesn’t incentivize women financially,” lawmaker Epsy Campbell wrote in an editorial for the newspaper El País. “Instead, it promotes the most traditional norms of society, those which the Banco de Costa Rica considers only belonging to women.”Campbell was joined by Vice President Ana Helena Chacón in her critique of the bank, but President Luis Guillermo Solís has refused to comment on the state bank’s decision to open Kristal. Acabo de utilizar un cajero de Banca Kristal y el sistema parece que lo diseñó la gente de My Little Pony con los de Strawberry Shortcake.— El altísimo (@aoctaviop) December 10, 2015 Though its pink ad campaign has captured most of the attention, bank officials say that Banca Kristal was launched to address problems women face at traditional banks.“When a woman enters a traditional bank she encounters disadvantages just because she is a woman,” Flores said. “Studies show that a woman who is the head of the household, without some kind of formal relationship, is automatically considered a higher financial risk.”Flores says bankers’ fears are unfounded. Statistics show women, in Costa Rica and elsewhere, are actually more likely to save their money and less likely to accumulate debt. In order to combat these prejudices, Banca Kristal employs only women bankers. The banks have also done away with the traditional teller windows and replaced them with a lounge-type setting in an effort to remove barriers between women and their bankers. Ad for Banca Kristal (Via Facebook)Despite its critics, Banco de Costa Rica has invested more than $8 million in the launch of the first five branches of Banca Kristal in the greater San José metropolitan area, and has announced plans to open at least 15 others. According to Flores, more than 1,200 women opened accounts with the bank on its opening day on Nov. 30, and other women continue to do so.“Women are fighters and they often have more responsibilities, but men have so many financial advantages,” Jasmina Alvarado told The Tico Times after exiting Banca Kristal in Plaza del Sol and opening an account. “In the past there have been groups just for men. Now it’s our turn.” Facebook Comments La Banca Kristal es un retroceso a los avances feministas y un insulto a la inteligencia.— Melissa Barrientos (@melibarrien) November 28, 2015