Qatar to play in Asian Cup final after UAE protest dismissed

first_imgPH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Qatar will now play Japan for the title at 6 p.m. local time (1400 GMT) at Zayed Sports City Stadium.The UAE soccer federation can pursue appeals, potentially to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesThe UAE, which lost to Qatar 4-0 in the semifinals, had questioned whether Almoez Ali and Bassam Al-Rawi meet FIFA’s nationality requirements. MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Matthew Wright on Phoenix’s 4-0 start: Nothing to brag about just yet ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes LATEST STORIES SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Qatari team line up for the anthems before the AFC Asian Cup semifinal soccer match between United Arab Emirates and Qatar at Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — Qatar has been cleared to play in Friday’s Asian Cup final after a United Arab Emirates protest about possible ineligible players was rejected.Less than three hours before the final, the Asian Football Confederation published the decision of its disciplinary panel without giving reasons.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more

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Youth Olympics silver medallist judoka Tababi donates competition dress to IOC Museum

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 20 (PTI) Youth Olympics silver medallist judoka Thangjam Tababi Devi has donated her competition attire to the International Olympic Committee to be a part of the Olympic Museum in Switzerland. The 16-year old from Manipur created history by winning India’s first ever Olympic level medal in judo, when she won the silver in the women’s 44kg category at the recently concluded Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires. Tababi was one of two athletes from the Indian contingent who have so far donated an article to the Olympic Museum, which is the largest archive of memorabilia with over 10,000 permanent and temporary exhibits related to the Olympic movement on display. Shooting sensation Saurabh Chaudhary, who won gold in the 10m Air Pistol event, has also donated his pistol to the museum. “I was happy to be invited to donate my judogi (traditional Judo attire)to the Olympic Museum. I immediately called my coach to tell him and he explained what an honour it was for me. I’m happy my performance was recognised and hope this can help make judo more popular in India,” Tababi said. After returning from the Argentine capital, Tababi will head for training with coach Mamuka Kizilashvili at JSW Sports’ Inspire Institute of Sport as she focuses on preparations for the upcoming Commonwealth Championships to be held in Jaipur from November 5-10. PTI APA PDSPDSlast_img read more

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Star names left out of Champions League squads

first_imgUEFA Champions League Diego Costa, Reus and the biggest stars left out of Champions League squads Chris Burton 23:00 10/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Diego Costa Chelsea striker Getty UEFA Champions League Chelsea Borussia Dortmund PSG Juventus Liverpool Europe’s premier club competition returns in midweek, but there will be plenty of big-name talents missing for various reasons Champions League action returns on Tuesday as the 2017-18 group stage gets underway.The cream of the European crop will be thrust under the spotlight once again, but there will be some big names missing from the grandest of continental stages.Here, Goal takes a look at a selection of stars to have lost out on a place in their respective club squads – with there a variety of reasons to explain their absence. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing DIEGO COSTA – CHELSEA Diego Costa ChelseaChelsea do not want Diego Costa around anymore, and the feeling is clearly mutual.The Spain international was, however, to miss out on a summer move – despite clamouring for a return to Atletico Madrid – and will form no part of Antonio Conte’s European plans as he remains AWOL in Brazil.MARCO REUS – BORUSSIA DORTMUND Marco Reus Borussia Dortmund BundesligaOne of the most highly-rated performers in European football, but Marco Reus is a man who has endured wretched luck on the injury front in recent years.The forward, who famously missed out on Germany’s World Cup triumph in 2014, suffered cruciate ligament damage in May and is still working his way back to fitness.HATEM BEN ARFA – PARIS SAINT-GERMAIN Hatem Ben Arfa PSGHatem Ben Arfa must be cursing his decision to trade Nice for PSG in 2016, with the winger seeing his career derail again just as he had got it back on track.Already restricted to the fringes of the fold prior to this season, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe have now arrived in the French capital to provide even fiercer competition and nudge him further down the pecking order.STEPHAN LICHTSTEINER – JUVENTUS Stephan Lichtsteiner JuventusGraced the 2015 Champions League final and was named among the substitutes as Juve lost out to Real Madrid in 2017, but Stephan Lichtsteiner will be playing no part in the competition again any time soon.The veteran Swiss full-back has admitted that his exclusion by Massimiliano Allegri is a “hard blow” and a “huge disappointment”.NATHANIEL CLYNE – LIVERPOOL Nathaniel Clyne LiverpoolJurgen Klopp has sought to assure England international Nathaniel Clyne that he will be part of his European plans if Liverpool progress beyond the group stage, but he has been restricted to a spectator role for now.Clyne has been ruled out of action for “some time” with a back problem picked up during pre-season.JADON SANCHO – BORUSSIA DORTMUND Jadon Sancho Manchester CityJadon Sancho was snapped up in the wake of Ousmane Dembele’s departure to Barcelona and handed the No. 7 jersey vacated by the France international.The exciting forward is, however, just 17 years old and still waiting on his competitive debut in the professional ranks. One for the future in Dortmund, rather than an option for the present.OTHER NOTABLE ABSENTEES Marko Pjaca JuventusAlongside Lichtsteiner at Juventus, Croatia international Marko Pjaca has missed out through injury – although he is another who could be added to the ranks at a later stage.The same applies to Erik Lamela, who is edging his way back to fitness at Tottenham but is in no position at present to aid their Champions League cause.Lazar Markovic would welcome the opportunity to see game time at Liverpool, along with Danny Ings, but both will take a watching brief in Europe – with the former firmly out of favour despite being retained this summer and the latter being carefully nurtured back from another serious knee problem.last_img read more

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Ministry Seeking to Boost Sorrel Production

first_imgThe much-loved sorrel drink has long been a favourite of Jamaicans during the Christmas period. As appetites grow for the taste of this delicious indigenous Jamaican product, so has the need for increased production of the sorrel plant, the sepals of which are used to make the drink. The Government has been working to improve efficiency in harvesting the crop, which will not only help to increase yields but aid in reducing labour costs, which is a major factor impeding productivity. Speaking recently at the opening ceremony for a sorrel harvesting training programme, Agriculture and Fisheries Minister, Hon. Roger Clarke, noted that it takes two persons approximately 15 days to harvest one acre of sorrel. This is especially challenging as the Government is also eyeing export markets for the product, which has value-added derivatives. “Sorrel not only provides the drink that Jamaicans love so dearly, but there are other value-added products such as chutney, squashes, jam, cordials, flavoured water and even ice-cream that have made a great hit in the local market and with the Jamaican Diaspora. These products would be much more competitive even on the world market if we could reduce the cost of labour,” he said. Twenty Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) extension officers from across the island took part in the two-day training, where they were equipped with knowledge on production techniques to be transferred to farmers. Experts from the University of Chapingo in Mexico instructed the officers on the correct use of the sorrel harvesting machine, designed and manufactured by the university, to reduce harvesting time and cost.  They also received instruction in colour stabilisation in sorrel and secondary products. According to Specialist in Regional Integration at the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture(IICA) Alfredo Valerio, the machine is able to produce up to 40 kilograms per hour of fresh product. He explained that the machine takes the freshly cut branches and strips the calyx (sepals) from the seed pod. This, he said “takes most of the labour out of the equation.” “So, although harvesting is done manually, the machine helps stripping the…flower, keeping it fresh. The machine is able to do more work more rapidly, and production would increase,” he said. Acting Principal Director, Field Services/Operations, RADA, Winston Simpson expressed confidence that the employment of the sorrel harvesting machine would serve to increase productivity. “Once we can reduce the costs by mechanising the reaping, using these machines, then it will definitely impact on the industry and we could triple our production, because our cost of production would definitely be reduced,” he told JIS News. He lamented that 60 per cent of the cost of production for sorrel is labour and this labour intensity tends to drive away the farmers. “Farmers are paying up to $40 a pound just to strip sorrel – just to reap it,” he said. Reaping entails taking the buds from the tree and deseeding them to get the petals, which are normally used to make the end products. Mr. Simpson noted that the country also has the potential to achieve greater yields given that it already produces several varieties of sorrel on a wide scale, though mainly for domestic purposes. These are the Manchester Black, the Clarendon Black, and two varieties of the Bashment, which are reaped three times per year, yielding a tonne per acre. He informed that last year, a little over 1,100 tonnes of sorrel was reaped from 700 hectares of land, noting that mechanisation would yield even greater results. To further boost production, Mr. Simpson said RADA is also encouraging young farmers in particular, to cultivate the product, utilizing marginal lands. Whether enjoyed with a dash of ginger or a shot of rum, sorrel continues to be a drink of choice for many, and with the promise of increased production through the use of technology, Jamaicans and foreigners alike can rest assured of an ample supply of the product to savour for years to come.last_img read more

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PM Holness Calls for Political Unity in Reducing Bureaucratic Culture

first_imgStory Highlights Prime Minister Andrew Holness says removing the existing bureaucratic culture will help to fast track several projects and grow the economy. Speaking yesterday (April 24) at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of 230 housing units as part of the Foreshore Estate development in Delacree Pen, South West St. Andrew, the Prime Minister said there must be unanimous political will. “The only way to get some projects out is if we resolve the bureaucratic culture that we have and it has to be done with political unity. Housing should not be politicized; housing is a right of every single Jamaican, regardless of your political affiliation,” said Mr. Holness. Prime Minister Andrew Holness says removing the existing bureaucratic culture will help to fast track several projects and grow the economy.Speaking yesterday (April 24) at the ground breaking ceremony for the construction of 230 housing units as part of the Foreshore Estate development in Delacree Pen, South West St. Andrew, the Prime Minister said there must be unanimous political will.“The only way to get some projects out is if we resolve the bureaucratic culture that we have and it has to be done with political unity. Housing should not be politicized; housing is a right of every single Jamaican, regardless of your political affiliation,” said Mr. Holness.He emphasized the need to put an end to the bureaucratic culture as it is a hindrance to growth.“The process of permitting is an obstacle to growth in this country and part of what we have been doing as a government is to make sure that we improve the ease of doing business because we don’t have money to throw at the growth problem. We have something called a fiscal constraint- that fiscal constraint is that we owe more money than we produce in any one year,” said Prime Minister Holness.In the meantime, Mr. Holness noted that there must be an improvement in efficiency which will attract investment and lead to growth in the economy.He emphasized that improved service delivery in the public sector will positively impact the business and investment climate in Jamaica.“Until our public service recognizes that they have to give a premium of speed of doing business so that investments can come here; so that the country can grow; so that country can get more taxes; so that we can pay them better; then we will be constantly stuck in a cycle where we are trying to argue over how much to pay and how much what sector should get, with a pie that is not growing,” stressed Prime Minister Holness.At present the government is engaged in a comprehensive project to transform the public sector to reduce bureaucracy.He added that projects like the Foreshore Estate Ground Breaking can only happen through partnerships.The Prime Minister said the Government is working to build more affordable housing solutions for Jamaicans as part of a strategy to deal with informal settlements.“The squatter problem is not only a function of the unavailability of land; it is really a function of the lack of housing solutions being provided by the formal market. We will solve the squatting problem, because we will build enough houses to meet the demand that is generated yearly,” the Prime Minister said.last_img read more

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Princes Charity Legacy

first_imgMusic legend Prince has passed away, leaving a massive hole in music and the lives of people around the world.As well as being a legend in the pop world, Prince was known as a generous and kind man. In 2007 he launched his 3121 fragrance with a concert and 24 hours of charity fundraising, splitting a portion of the proceeds between City of Hope, Jazz Foundation of America, H.A.L.O., Elevate Hope Foundation, Urban Farming, The Bridge and Edith Couey Memorial Scholarship Trust Fund.He supported the Elton John AIDS Foundation by attending the singer’s annual Academy Awards Viewing Party, and was once voted PETA’s sexiest vegetarian.In 2011, Prince donated $250,000 to Eau Claire Promise Zone in Columbia, South Carolina, a citywide grassroots coalition of community partners committed to doing “whatever it takes” to ensure all of the city’s children are prepared to graduate from college and be successful in their career and in life. And in 2012 he partnered with Rebuild the Dream for a concert in Chicago to support the mobilization of hundreds of thousands of everyday people—from seniors to students, moms, dads, brothers and sisters—who come together to build strong vibrant communities and to fix our economy from the ground up.He performed at many charity events, including Tiger Woods’ annual Tiger Jam, raising money for the Tiger Woods Foundation.“As the founder of Black Entertainment Television (BET) to which the musical genius of Prince contributed so much, I am deeply saddened by his untimely death,” said Robert L. Johnson, Founder & Chairman of The RLJ Companies, RLJ Entertainment, and the Founder of Black Entertainment Television. “The music world and a world of fans will miss this musical genius. Prince was one of the most brilliant and creative artists and performers, and he was also one of the smartest business music guys I met.“I will miss his idiosyncratic and quirky ways which fascinated me during the times we met when I was running BET, and of course his indelible imprint on the world of music.“Purple Rain is falling all over the world today!”Copyright ©2016Look to the Starslast_img read more

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Mike lawyer quits gets one month for new legal team

first_img Recommended for you #MagneticMediaNews Related Items:#magneticmedianews Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, January 30, 2017 – Michael Misick will get a one month extension to reconstruct his legal team after his lead lawyer, Ralphe Thorne, QC quit all of a sudden.The TCI Sun Newspaper broke the story today about Thorne resigning as lead attorney for the former Premier who is engrossed in a corruption allegation trial and who today showed up with a stand in attorney Arian Kayne of the UK –– and his local instructing attorney, Jahmal Misick from Misick and Stanbrook and who asked for two months to rearrange his defense team.Thorne, according to the article authored by TCI Sun Editor in Chief, Hayden Boyce was asked to show up in court today to explain his actions at such a critical juncture in an already laborious trial proceeding.  The Barbadian attorney was not there.   Justice Paul Harrison said he was quite surprised by the move.Both Thorne and Jerome Lynch, QC the legal lead for McAllister Hanchell had been missing since after the Christmas break due to other trial commitments said the story; they had expressed this would be the case in advance.   But this latest development where Thorne has now quit the job of representing, the ex premier is a new matter and Mike Misick, when asked of the situation by Magnetic Media said he has no comment on why the two have parted ways.center_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

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Parents say synagogue suspect is part of history of evil

first_img___ Updated: 3:12 PM Posted: April 29, 2019 AP Parents say synagogue suspect is part of ‘history of evil’ AP, center_img April 29, 2019 POWAY, Calif. (AP) — The parents of a 19-year-old college student suspected of attacking a Southern California synagogue said Monday that they are shocked and saddened that “he is now part of the history of evil that has been perpetrated on Jewish people for centuries.”John T. Earnest’s parents said they raised him and his five siblings in a family, faith and community that rejected hate.“Our son’s actions were informed by people we do not know, and ideas we do not hold,” the parents said in a statement, which didn’t include their names.A gunman on Saturday burst into the Chabad of Poway near San Diego on the last day of Passover, a major Jewish holiday that celebrates freedom, and opened fire with an assault-style rifle, killing a woman and wounding a rabbi and two others.“How our son was attracted to such darkness is a terrifying mystery to us, though we are confident that law enforcement will uncover many details of the path that he took to this evil and despicable act,” the statement said.Earnest’s parents, who are cooperating with investigators, said their sadness “pales in comparison to the grief and anguish our son has caused for so many innocent people.”Earll Pott, a family attorney who issued the statement, said the parents will not provide a legal defense for their son, who will likely be represented by a public defender. They asked for privacy and do not plan to make additional comments until the criminal case is resolved.The FBI said Monday that it received tips on a threatening social media post about five minutes before the attack.The tips to the FBI’s website and phone number included a link to the anonymous post but did not offer specific information about its author or the location of the threat. The FBI said employees immediately tried to determine who wrote the post, but the shooting occurred before they could establish his identity.One of the tipsters told The Associated Press that he called the FBI tip line at 11:15 a.m. Saturday because the post linked to a manifesto that said the author was responsible for a mosque arson in the city of Escondido last month. He says he found online that had the mosque attack had happened and feared the new threat was real.The tipster, who refused to provide his name because of security concerns, said the call with the FBI lasted four or five minutes and the shooting happened soon after. He described the FBI as quick and professional and said he doesn’t know what they could have done.The shooting happened around 11:30 a.m., and police arrested Earnest moments afterward. He is being held on suspicion of murder and attempted murder.The online manifesto written by a person identifying himself as John Earnest was an anti-Jewish screed posted about an hour before the attack. The poster described himself as a nursing school student and praised the suspects accused of carrying out attacks on mosques in New Zealand that killed 50 people last month and at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue that killed 11 on Oct. 27.About 100 congregants were worshipping when the gunman killed Lori Kaye, 60, and wounded the synagogue’s rabbi, Yishoel Goldstein; Noya Dahan, 8; and her uncle Almog Peretz.Goldstein said he was preparing for a service and heard a loud sound, turned around and a saw a young man wearing sunglasses standing in front of him with a rifle.“I couldn’t see his eyes. I couldn’t see his soul,” Goldstein said. He raised his hands and lost one of his fingers in the shooting.And then, Goldstein said, “miraculously the gun jammed.”In the moments that followed, Goldstein said he wrapped his bloodied hand in a prayer shawl and addressed congregants gathered outside the building, vowing to stay strong in the face of the deadly attack targeting his community.“We are a Jewish nation that will stand tall. We will not let anyone take us down. Terrorism like this will not take us down,” Goldstein recalled telling the community.Authorities said Earnest had no previous contact with law enforcement and may face a hate crime charge in addition to homicide charges when he’s in court later this week. He was being held without bail.Police searched Earnest’s house in San Diego and said he was also being investigated in connection with an arson attack on a mosque in nearby Escondido, California, on March 24. California State University, San Marcos, confirmed that Earnest was a student who was on the dean’s list.There were indications the AR-type assault weapon might have malfunctioned after the gunman fired numerous rounds inside, San Diego County Sheriff William Gore said. An off-duty Border Patrol agent fired at the shooter as he fled, missing him but striking the getaway vehicle, the sheriff said.Earnest called 911 to report the shooting, and when an officer found him on a roadway, he “pulled over, jumped out of his car with his hands up and was immediately taken into custody,” San Diego Police Chief David Nisleit said.The rabbi described Kaye as a founding member of the congregation and said he was heartbroken by her death. He said the attack could have harmed many more people had the shooter turned toward the sanctuary where so many were praying.“Lori took the bullet for all of us,” Goldstein said, his hands wrapped in bandages. “She didn’t deserve to die.”Friends described Kaye as giving, warm and attentive to community members on their birthdays and when they were sick. A wife and mother, she loved gardening and made delicious challah for her family and friends, said Roneet Lev, 55. Her funeral is planned for Monday.When the gunfire erupted, another worshipper, Shimon Abitbul, said he immediately placed his 2-year-old grandson on the floor and waited for a break in the shooting to grab the boy and sprint away.Abitbul, who was visiting from Israel and staying with his daughter and her family in Southern California, said he was still coming to grips with the carnage.“All of us are human beings,” he said. “It doesn’t matter if you are Jews or Christians or Muslims.”Peretz, who was wounded in the leg, said he turned around after hearing gunfire and saw the shooter standing by the door. He grabbed his niece by the hand and carried out another child.He then saw a group of children and got them running, “I tell them, ‘go this way, go this way,” said Peretz, who is visiting from Israel.RELATED STORIES: Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein recounts Saturday’s attack at the Chabad of PowayCommunity leaders speak out on Poway synagogue shooting Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Watch: Governor Newsom, state leaders, and members of the California Legislative Jewish Caucus discuss the attack on the Chabad of Poway synagoguelast_img read more

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Microsoft May See Another Major Retrenchment Says Report

first_imgGlobal tech giant Microsoft is expected to announce another round of significant job cuts as part of its restructuring efforts to reduce costs in a rapidly changing technology industry.However, the latest cuts are an extension of layoffs announced by Microsoft last year, sources close to the development told The New York Times.Last year, Microsoft had planned to retrench nearly 18,000 employees in the company.The new layoffs are likely to occur in company’s hardware division and smartphone unit, among others.Microsoft had an employee base of over 118,000 people across its offices worldwide by the end of March this year.In an email to the company’s employees last month, Microsoft’s chief executive Satya Nadella had said that the company would have to “make some tough choices in areas where things are not working and solve hard problems in ways that drive customer value”.Last week, AOL struck a deal with Microsoft to acquire its online display advertising business. Display advertising accounted for only a minor part of Microsoft’s revenues.Another area of concern for Microsoft is its falling market share in the smartphone business, ever since it took over Nokia’s handset unit. Further, Microsoft has been struggling to position its Windows Phone operating system as a big alternative to the top two mobile operating systems, Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android.A management rejig at Microsoft last month saw four of its senior executives, including former CEO of Nokia Stephen Elop and an ex-advisor to former US President Bill Clinton, Mark Penn, leaving the company.However, the company is unlikely to quit the smartphone business in short term, taking into account the growing importance of mobile segment in the technology industry.last_img read more

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Commissioner Mahbub leaves EC meeting opposing EVMs

first_imgMahbub TalukdarElection commissioner Mahbub Talukdar on Thursday raised objection to the move to procure electronic voting machines (EVMs) for using in the December general polls, according to EC officials.Amid criticism and controversy, the election commission on Thursday organised a meeting at the Nirbachan Bhaban to finalise a proposal for amending the People Representative Order (RPO) for giving legal coverage to use of EVMs in the parliamentary elections.Mahbub left the meeting giving a note of decent within half an hour of the beginning at 11:00am, sources there said.The sudden move, less than two months before the announcement of the election schedule in October, has been questioned by the political parties.The opposition parties wonder if 150,000 EVMs will be procured just to serve vested quarters, especially when they do not have the capacity to make the best use of them.Some of the election commissioners also pointed out it is not the right time to plan the use of EVMs in the national elections. This would create controversy, they added.Last year, the EC held dialogues with 39 political parties. Some 23 parties gave their opinion on the use of EVMs in the 11th parliamentary elections. A total of 12 parties including the BNP opposed the use of EVMs.Seven parties including Awami League were in favour of EVMs while three parties suggested using it on trial basis and a party favoured EVMs on certain conditions.The EC has already started a five-year Tk 38 billion project on procurement of 150,000 EVMs with Bangladesh Machine Tools Factory (BMTF) being tasked to supply the machines. The EC was to hold a meeting of the project evaluation committee on 19 August, but it was not eventually held.Despite the impasse, the Trust Bank got a special permission from the Bangladesh Bank to open a letter of credit (L/C) for procurement of the EVMs.Official documents say the BMTF would buy the machines and other machinaries from China, Hong Kong and other countries. Till date, L/Cs worth over Tk 7 billion have been opened. Around Tk 26.96 billion would be spent to buy the machines.last_img read more

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Sonos Hires Tribune General Counsel Eddie Lazarus as Chief Legal Officer

first_img Popular on Variety Smart speaker maker Sonos has hired former Tribune exec Eddie Lazarus as its new chief legal officer. Lazarus will be in charge of all legal, regulatory, compliance and SEC reporting issues, among other things.Prior to joining Sonos, Lazarus worked as general counsel and chief strategy officer for Tribune Media. Before that, he was chief of staff to then-FCC chairman Julius Genachowski.“As we continue to grow as a public company, Eddie adds an important strategic voice to our leadership team at Sonos,” said CEO Patrick Spence in a statement. “His broad experience in legal and government affairs combined with deep expertise in business strategy will be essential as we continue to expand into new markets and categories, and reach more listeners throughout the world.”“Over the years, Sonos has built an impressive culture of innovation that is positioned for great success over the long-term,” added Lazarus. “I’m excited to join the Sonos team as it continues to invent terrific products and build a business that inspires the world to listen better.” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Lazarus joins Sonos at an interesting time. The company went public earlier this year, and finished off a better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter in November. However, like much of the consumer electronics industry, Sonos is also threatened by the Trump administration’s continued trade dispute with China. Having someone with government experience could help the company as it aims to push against tariffs on its China-made speakers.What’s more, Sonos has long used its extensive patent portfolio as a bargaining chip as it aims to compete with much bigger players like Amazon, Apple and Google. The company won a lawsuit against Denon earlier this year, and executives have said in the past that its patents have helped to get companies like Google and Amazon to agree to port their assistants to speakers made by the company. “It helps level the playing field,” said Sonos CEO Patrick Spence about the company’s patent portfolio in an interview with Variety earlier this year.Lazarus will officially be joining Sonos at the beginning of 2019. He will be based in Santa Barbara, Calif., and report directly to Spence.last_img read more

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Researchers replicate supershear earthquakes in the lab

first_imgAerial photo of the San Andreas Fault in the Carrizo Plain, northwest of Los Angeles. Credit: Wikipedia. Citation: Researchers replicate supershear earthquakes in the lab (2013, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-replicate-supershear-earthquakes-lab.html (Phys.org) —A team of geology researchers working in France has for the first time recreated the conditions in a lab that lead to a phenomenon known as a supershear earthquake. In their paper published in the journal Science, the researchers describe how they found that compressing granite under certain conditions caused ruptures to propagate faster than shear waves leading to an observable supershear event. Explore further Earthquake acoustics offer hint that a tsunami is imminent, researchers find More information: From Sub-Rayleigh to Supershear Ruptures During Stick-Slip Experiments on Crustal Rocks, Science 7 June 2013: Vol. 340 no. 6137 pp. 1208-1211 DOI: 10.1126/science.1235637ABSTRACTSupershear earthquake ruptures propagate faster than the shear wave velocity. Although there is evidence that this occurs in nature, it has not been experimentally demonstrated with the use of crustal rocks. We performed stick-slip experiments with Westerly granite under controlled upper-crustal stress conditions. Supershear ruptures systematically occur when the normal stress exceeds 43 megapascals (MPa) with resulting stress drops on the order of 3 to 25 MPa, comparable to the stress drops inferred by seismology for crustal earthquakes. In our experiments, the sub-Rayleigh–to–supershear transition length is a few centimeters at most, suggesting that the rupture of asperities along a fault may propagate locally at supershear velocities. In turn, these sudden accelerations and decelerations could play an important role in the generation of high-frequency radiation and the overall rupture-energy budget.center_img In a “normal” earthquake, seismic waves are generated as a result of faults in the Earth’s crust that rupture. At the same time, deep within the Earth, shear waves are generated that also propagate but are not felt on the surface. Shear waves tend to move much faster than seismic waves. Sometimes, though, in very rare instances, seismic waves gain a boost in speed and wind up propagating faster than sheer waves. The result is what geologists call a sonic-boom type of earthquake that can be far worse than its magnitude would indicate. Supershear earthquakes have been recorded occurring in nature just a few times, but until now have never been reproduced in the lab.To recreate the special conditions that lead to a supershear earthquake, the researchers subjected slabs of granite to very high pressure—pushing them together while also applying sideways pressure until they slipped against one another—releasing a wave of energy. It’s the same type of experiment used to study various types of earthquake conditions. In this instance, the researchers replicated the experiment 200 times—each time taking careful measurements with acoustic sensors. The team found that by manipulating the pressure exerted they could induce supershear like conditions. Their experiment was the first ever to succeed in recreating a supershear earthquake-like event in the lab. More importantly, it also shows that supershear earthquakes can occur at a much smaller level than researchers had believed. This means, they say, that such earthquakes should be able to occur much more often in the real world.The results obtained by the researchers aren’t a sign that people should worry, however, because it’s quite possible that the conditions in the lab were optimal for the creation of supershear earthquakes, most specifically the presence of smooth even granite surfaces—this is generally not the case in nature, and likely why they occur so seldom in the real world. The researchers suggest it’s possible that many supershear earthquakes happen in nature, but we don’t know about them because they occur in sections of faults that don’t move. © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Science 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.last_img read more

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