first_imgV. Stiviano says Donald Sterling’s racist comments on an audio recording leaked to the public were not the first by the Los Angeles Clippers owner in conversations with her.“There’s been a number of occasions where Mr. Sterling and I had conversations just like this one. This was one of very many,” Stiviano told Barbara Walters on ABC’s 20/20 in an interview. “Part of what the world heard was only 15 minutes. There’s a number of other hours that the world doesn’t know.”Sterling told Stiviano in the recording that she should not post online photos of herself with black people, including basketball great Magic Johnson, or bring black people to Clippers’ games.The recording, which an attorney for Stiviano said was leaked by a third party, led to public outcry across the country and the NBA. Some sponsors dropped the Clippers and others re-evaluated their relationship with the NBA.NBA Commissioner Adam Silver banned Sterling for life, fined him $2.5 million and urged league owners to force him to sell the team. A three-quarters vote by the NBA owners is required to force him to sell.Though Stiviano told Walters that Sterling should “absolutely” apologize, she said she still loves him like a father figure and does not believe he is a racist.“I think Mr. Sterling is from a different generation than I am,” she said. “I think he was brought up to believe these things … segregation, whites and blacks. But through his actions he’s shown that he’s not a racist. He’s shown to be a very generous and kind man.”Stiviano said that since the ban, Sterling has felt confused, alone and not supported by those around him.“I think he’s highly more traumatized and hurt by the things that he said himself,” she said. “I think he can’t even believe or understand sometimes the thing he says, and I think he’s hurt by it. He’s hurting right now.”A real-estate mogul, Sterling has been accused of racial missteps before.The billionaire had paid a $2.76 million settlement to resolve a federal lawsuit accusing him of systematically excluding blacks and Hispanics from his rental properties. He also won a wrongful termination lawsuit by General Manager Elgin Baylor, who accused him of various slurs and slights.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more


first_imgToronto, Sep 24 (PTI) A clean-shaven face may not be necessary for pilots to ensure their safety during in-flight emergencies, according to scientists who found that those who sport a full beard can also properly seal on an oxygen mask.Several airlines require pilots to have a clean-shaven face, as it is believe to be necessary to ensure a proper seal on an oral-nasal face mask during an emergency scenario.Scientists from the Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Canada conducted a study to determine the efficacy of face masks on different beard lengths.The wanted to understand if present-day equipment used in commercial airline industry delivers sufficient oxygen to protect a bearded pilot from hypoxia during an emergency cabin depressurisation scenario, said Sherri Ferguson from SFU.Hypoxia occurs when the body does not receive enough oxygen and can cause damage to the brain and other organs minutes after symptoms appear and render a pilot incapacitated or unconscious.”We had to find out whether the mask provides sufficient protection against carbon monoxide and toxic fumes should the cabin become smoke-filled from fire,” said Ferguson. The researchers divided research participants into three groups: those with a small amount of facial hair such as stubble (less than 0.5 cm in length), those with medium sized-beards and those with long beards (up to 40 cm).The participants wore masks and were put into a hypobaric chamber, which simulated altitudes from 10,000 to 25,000 ft above sea level. The researchers measured the participants’ oxygen saturation levels at every altitude change, because a drop in the oxygen saturation levels would indicate the masks are leaky and unable to maintain a proper seal.advertisementFor the second test, the researchers used stannic chloride, which causes watery eyes as well as a burning sensation in the lungs, in order to create conditions similar to fire smoke.The researchers found no adverse effects on bearded subjects within the two parameters of the study, and that the masks maintained protection, irrespective of varying amounts of facial hair.As the result of the Air Canada changed its policy for aircrew and now permits a maximum beard length of 1.25 cm. PTI MHN MHNlast_img read more


first_img26. Vineet Jain51, MD, Bennett Coleman & Co. LtdDigital MavenBecause his Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) or the Times of India Group is India’s No. 1 media conglomerate with revenues of over Rs 9,000 croreBecause Times Internet Limited operates the largest Indian network by unique visitors, behind Google and,26. Vineet Jain51, MD, Bennett Coleman & Co. LtdDigital MavenBecause his Bennett Coleman & Co. Ltd (BCCL) or the Times of India Group is India’s No. 1 media conglomerate with revenues of over Rs 9,000 croreBecause Times Internet Limited operates the largest Indian network by unique visitors, behind Google and Facebook, with 452 million unique visitors, 134 billion minutes of time spent and 47 billion page views per monthBecause the group’s radio broadcasting business operates 76 FM stations in India with 38 million weekly listeners and an additional 50-60 million engaging with the video content on streaming platformsQuiz MeThey have launched Qureka, a daily live quiz show app, where users can participate in live trivia/ quiz shows and win cash prizes27. Ranveer Singh34, ActorEnergiser Bunny Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause he’s king of the box office. His last two releases, Simmba and Gully Boy, together collected Rs 373 crore net at the domestic box office, strengthening his position as a dynamic and diverse performerBecause he is a brand magnet. As the face of 28 brands, Singh is everywhere, be it hoardings or on television. As per ESP Properties’ Showbiz 2.0 report, these deals are valued at Rs 84 croreBecause he is changing the rules of Bollywood etiquette with his uninhibited demeanour and eccentric sartorial sense. Singh is beloved for being bold, real and himselfBatting For GloryTo prepare for ’83, the sports drama on India’s maiden World Cup victory in which he plays Kapil Dev, Singh spent considerable time with Kapil’s Devils during the latest World Cup where he also made his commentary debutadvertisement28. Shashi Tharoor63, Congress MPWord Power Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause he won from the Thiruvananthapuram Lok Sabha constituency in Kerala for the third time in a rowBecause he remains one of the most noticed and res-pected voices offering an alternative narrative at a time when the BJP dominates the political landscape and discourse-from challenging the Sangh parivar to dissecting the Modi government’s foreign policy, he’s doing it allBecause his tweets and use of obscure English words regularly attract loud reactions-from awe to memesFor The Love Of ReadingHe hasn’t opened a dictionary in years, he claims. “While reading, if you come across a word in three different places, you figure out the meaning, usage and nuance from the context,” he says29. Salman Khan53, ActorBollywood’s Bhai Photo: Himanshu Bhatt/Getty ImagesBecause he is always a fan favourite. Even when his films fail to entertain-thinkRace 3 (Rs 166 crore) and Bharat (Rs 197crore)-they still manage to make a dent atthe box officeBecause with Rs 13 crore weekly as his estimated fee for Bigg Boss season 13, he’s the highest paid celebrity on televisionBecause he’s expanding the Being Human business empire to include talent management and fitness equipment and gymnasiumsHelping handHe continues to offer young actors their first break in Bollywood; for example, his brotherin-law Aayush Sharma and Nutan’s granddaughter Pranutan Bahl. He is also going to introduce Mahesh Manjrekar’s daughter Saiee in Dabangg 330. R. C. Bhargava84, Chairman, Maruti Suzuki IndiaThe Big Wheel Photo: Business TodayBecause he is the Indian automotive industry’s most visible face, having steered Maruti Suzuki for 38 yearsBecause the company has touched over 20 million customers through sales and service activitiesBecause Maruti Suzuki supports over 110 government Industrial Training Institutes (ITIs) across the country, as per a five-year ITI development plan, while the Japan India Institute for Manufacturing at Mehsana saw 100 per cent placement for its first batchRole ModelHe is known for his keen grasp of details and is admired for his insight and high energy levels31. Mahendra Mohan Gupta & Sanjay Gupta77, CMD and 55, CEO, Jagran Prakashan LtdMedia Moguls Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause Jagran group’s print publications have a total readership of 90 million, making it the most read print media group in the countryBecause Dainik Jagran has been No.1 in the newspaper readership rankings continuously for over 15 years. It launched the “Hindi Hai Hum” initiative to preserve, promote and build on the legacy of the languageBecause they operate by seven principles, or saat sarokars- women’s empowerment, environment protection, population management, poverty eradication, health, education and water conservationBreak TimeBoth Mahendra Mohan and Sanjay are ardent cricket fans and like to travel. Sanjay’s favourite destination is San Francisco, USA32. Sanjiv Puri57, Chairman & MD, ITCBuilding On A Legacy Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause he has steered the hotels-to-FMCG giant to post a consolidated net profit of Rs 13,162 crore in 2018-19, up 10 per cent from the previous yearadvertisementBecause despite sluggish rural demand, the company’s FMCG business posted a 12 per cent growth in revenues at Rs 12,505 crore, driven by enhanced scale, a better product mix and more investment in brand buildingBecause 41 per cent of ITC’s total energy consumption came from renewable energyHome treatsRelishes the ITC Fabelle chocolates and Sunfeast Wonderz milk shakes. He also practises yoga as a pastime33. Vijay Shekhar Sharma41, Founder & CEO, PaytmThe Pay Master Photo: Chandradeep KumarBecause he introduced Indians to a new way of spending money. He has added over a billion dollars to his net worth in the past one year. At $2.7 billion (Rs 186 billion), he is India’s youngest billionaire. Sharma ranks 877 among the 2,153 global billionaires on the Forbes annual list.Because even as businesses in India are putting their plans on hold, Sharma has expanded his to include e-commerce with the launch of Paytm Mall, and Paytm Payments Bank, besides his digital payments business Paytm. All his businesses have attracted rich valuations-China’s Alibaba group and Japan’s Softbank group invested $453 million in Paytm Mall. Warren Buffet has invested $300 million in the companyBecause he is the poster-boy of new-age entrepreneurship in India. Demonetisation, which hurt big and small businesses, came as a shot in the arm for Paytm. Paytm clocked 2.5 billion transactions in 2017-18 and is targeting transaction volumes of 12 billion by the end of 2019-20Humble StartIn his formative years, Sharma worked as a photo researcher at India Today magazine34. Dr Naresh Trehan72, Chairman & MD, MedantaThe Health Guru Photo: Yasir IqbalBecause he is one of India’s best known and most successful cardiovascular surgeons who changed the face of private healthcare in the country with his foresight and vision. He has successfully conducted over 60,000 open heart surgeries. He is now working on giving Indians a brand of new medicine that will focus on combining the best of traditional (Ayurveda) and modern medicine to provide holistic healingBecause he is chairman and MD of Medanta Medicity, which he co-founded in 2009. It has gone on to become one of the country’s most profitable hospitals with a revenue of Rs 1,392 crore in FY 2018Because he has been working with the government to make India tuberculosis-free by 2025Off The ClockWhen not operating, he likes to spend time with his grandchildren35. Rahul Bhatia58 , MD, InterGlobe EnterprisesLord of the Skies Photo: Shekhar GhoshBecause in a time of churn, InterGlobe Aviation, IndiGo’s parent company, reported its highest quarterly profits ever in the first quarter of FY20Because Bhatia introduced the concept of low-cost, efficient flying in India and made sure the model was profitable. With the new slots vacated by Jet Airways and a continued focus on the international market, it plans to allocate half its capacity to international markets, making it a formidable player in the airline spaceBecause IndiGo, even with its promoters fighting each other and the stock price taking a hammering, continues to be the largest domestic airline with over 40 per cent market shareadvertisementMy ride, your rideJust to make a point, Bhatia once showed up at an important industry meeting in a Wagon R while other biggies turned up in luxury cars36. Rajinikanth68, Actor, PoliticianThe Thalaivar Photo: Bandeep SinghBecause the thalaivar, or leader, has plans to organise his fans and followers under the banner of the Rajini Makkal Mandram (RMM) to contest in all 234 constituencies in the next Tamil Nadu assembly elections in 2021 or earlierBecause his RMM dispatched tankers (with the actor’s photograph on them) to various localities in the city during the ongoing Chennai water crisisBecause age does not deter him. He is preparing for his 168th film, even as the A.R. Murugadoss-directed Darbar, where he plays a double role, is scheduled for a 2020 releasePoster WarsA row erupted over the removal of a portrait of his from the film Petta from the Bigg Boss Tamil 3 house, even as one of the show’s host Kamal Haasan remained on the walls37. Sanjiv Bajaj49, MD & CEO, Bajaj FinservFinance Forward Photo: Rachit GoswamiBecause Bajaj Finserv is one of India’s largest NBFCs and the largest financier to consumer durables. His focus on long-term, sustainable growth has seen Finserv’s revenues grow 30 per cent to Rs 42,605.6 crore in 2018-19, while post-tax profit grew 21 per cent to Rs 3,219 croreBecause Bajaj Allianz General Insurance Company’s gross written premiums, at Rs 11,097 crore, registered a growth of 17 per cent in 2018-19, while Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance Company’s gross written premiums, at Rs 8,857.2 crore, registered a growth of 17 per centBecause Bajaj Finance’s assets under management grew 41 per cent in 2018-19, to Rs 1.16 lakh croreHis Father’s WordsKnown to be a family man, Sanjiv lives with his father, Rahul, in Pune. He follows his father’s core philosophy-to run the business with integrity, to be passionate and work hard. He loves Goa for its beaches and eateries38. Dilip Shanghvi63, Founder & MD, Sun PharmaThe Cure Photo: Kanishka Sonthalia/Getty ImagesBecause despite the challenges posed by the US Food and Drug Administration warning letters, Sun Pharma posted a 10 per cent growth in 2018-19 revenuesBecause his Sun Pharma launched Ilumya in the US, becoming the first Indian pharma company to launch a direct-to-customer campaign in the USBecause he is still on the prowl to acquire companies that are strategic fits, Pola Pharma Inc., a Japanese pharmaceutical company being one of the latestLine of CautionWhistle blowers’ letters alleging corporate governance lapses in the company regarding related party deals, caused its shares to tumble 13 per cent-a six-year low-on January 18 this year on the stock exchanges39. Kiran Mazumdar Shaw66, Chairman & MD, Biocon LtdThe Real Deal Because she is India’s richest self-made woman business leader. She founded India’s largest bio-pharmaceutical firm in 1978 and is a pioneer in the biotechnology space. Because she has constantly invested in research and development to drive innovation and has built a culture of deep research at the company instead of taking the generic drug-maker routeBecause she uses her voice to drive citizens of Bengaluru to make their city better through the B-PAC (Bangalore Political Action Committee) initiative and is unafraid to speak out against government policyBecause through her initiative, the Mazumdar-Shaw Medical Centre, she is building an affordable cancer-care modelHappy HourShe wanted to become a brewmaster like her father but didn’t get the job, which is when she decided to become an entrepreneurlast_img read more


first_imgAfter clinching the three-match T20I series against West Indies on Tuesday, Virat Kohli-led Team India will now look to continue their winning streak in three-match ODI series that starts from Thursday at the Providence Stadium in Guyana.With Shikhar Dhawan return, team India will open the batting with Dhawan and Rohit Sharma. India has recalled Manish Pandey and Shreyas Iyer again and both the batsmen have been rewarded for their performances in India A where Pandey averages over 70 and Iyer averages under 50. Both the consistent batsman have three centuries each. Now it will be interesting to watch who will play for number 4 spot as KL Rahul is additionally a possibility for the middle order.On the other hand in the bowling department, the lanky pacer Navdeep Saini will make his debut in ODI series opener. The Karnal born pacer was starred in India’s four-wicket win over West Indies in the first T20 in Florida by picking up three wickets for 17 runs. It is expected that debutant Saini could come in handy for India to destroy Windies’ batting order. India’s bowling department will also feature some experienced bowlers making their entries to the ODI squad.Kuldeep Yadav who will look to fix his spot in Indian team, will also contest to become fastest Indian to take 100 ODI wickets. He’s just seven wickets away from achieving this feat. But 2019 has not been his year as he has bowled 166 overs and taken only 26 wickets with an average of 34.Skipper Virat Kohli will also be keen to become the leading run-getter in ODIs against the West Indies as he is 19 runs away. And if he scores 88 more runs, he will be the fastest to score 2000 runs against ODI opponent. With touching his 2000 mark, Kohli will leave behind his partner Rohit Sharma. It’s simply ‘baffling’ to hear that.But West Indies players will leave no stone unturned to give tough competition as Chris Gayle is on the cusp of becoming most capped one day international player for West Indies piping Brian Lara if he plays tomorrow. With 11 more runs, Jamaican cricketer Gayle will again pip Lara to become highest run-getter for the West Indies in the format. But against India, Gayle’s record hasn’t been impressive. He had scored at an average with 18.57.After ending phenomenal run in recently concluded World Cup, team India will look to leave their disappointment behind with new faces in the team. India has won all their 8 previous bilateral ODI series against West indies while the West Indies last time won their bilateral series in 2014.advertisementLet’s have a look on the stats of India against West Indies in ODIs: The last three bilateral series between the two teams in the Caribbean have been won by India – 2-1 in 2009; 3-2 in 2011 and 3-1 in 2017.Squads:India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma (VC), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kedar Jadhav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Navdeep SainiWest Indies: Jason Holder (C), Chris Gayle, John Campbell, Evin Lewis, Shai Hope, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran, Roston Chase, Fabian Allen, Carlos Brathwaite, Keemo Paul, Sheldon Cottrell, Oshane Thomas, Kemar Roach.last_img read more


first_imgIf 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! The Cowboys will head to Lubbock for a night game on September 30. A 7:00 p.m. kickoff was announced on Monday and the game will be televised on FOX in prime time.KICKOFF ALERT: @CowboyFB at Texas Tech Sept. 30 will begin at 7 p.m. CDT on FOX. https://t.co/7rqccfYqeK #GoPokes #okstate pic.twitter.com/OYSnf4RR0w— OSU Alumni Assoc. (@OKStateAlumni) September 18, 2017After the Cowboys blowout win over Pitt, the record-setter himself, Mason Rudolph went to social media for some friendly banter with former Red Raider QB Pat Mahomes, saying “Tortillas sound tasty”.The Cowboys are riding an eight-game winning streak against the Red Raiders and haven’t lost in Lubbock since 2008.last_img read more


first_imgTransfers Chelsea January transfer news LIVE: Vidal shrugs off Chelsea interest Goal Last updated 1 year ago 20:45 1/10/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Transfers Chelsea Premier League Goal brings you all the latest news, rumours and deals related to the Blues as the January transfer window heats up Vidal shrugs off Chelsea interestArturo Vidal  is ignoring reported interest from Chelsea and is instead focused on winning silverware with Bayern Munich this season.The Premier League champions have been linked with a €37million bid for the midfielder, who worked with Blues boss Antonio Conte at Juventus.But Vidal said: “Yes, I’ve heard about it, but I’m fully focused on the season with Bayern and I’m only looking day-to-day.” Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Read the full story on Goal!  Chelsea to loan out MusondaCharly Musonda, ChelseaChelsea’s Charly Musonda will have no shortage of offers after being made available for loan, reports the Telegraph.A host of Premier League sides including Watford, Bournemouth, Newcastle and West Brom are interested in taking the 21-year-old prospect on a temporary deal.CL final key to Madrid’s Hazard hopes Eden Hazard ChelseaReal Madrid must reach the Champions League final before Florentino Perez will push through a move for Chelsea’s Eden Hazard for manager Zinedine Zidane, reports Spanish outlet  Mi Otra Liga .Both Perez and Zidane admire Hazard, but Madrid are holding off on making a bid until the current season is over. Conte: Chelsea wanted Van DijkVirgil van Dijk Liverpool EvertonChelsea manager Antonio Conte has admitted that the Blues were interested in Virgil van Dijk before the centre-back made his £75 million move to Liverpool from Southampton earlier this month. “For sure he was our target but as you know this is football. We can have a lot of targets but you must be able to reach those targets,” Conte said. Check out the full story right here on Goal! Christensen signs new Chelsea contractAndreas Christensen ChelseaAndreas Christensen has signed a new four-and-a-half-year contract with Chelsea, the club announced on Tuesday.The 21-year-old defender has been a solid player for Antonio Conte’s side this season, making 22 appearances so far.The new deal will keep him at Stamford Bridge until 2022, after he initially signed with the Blues in 2012 and spent the last two seasons on loan at Borussia Monchengladbach.Check out the full story right here on Goal! Sandro asking price frustrates ChelseaAlex Sandro BrazilChelsea’s efforts to land Alex Sandro are being frustrated by the high asking price Juventus have slapped on their player, claims the Daily Telegraph .Sandro has long been a target for Antonio Conte, who is keen to bolster his options at the back. But Juve reportedly are holding out for £60 million, a fee the Blues are not willing to match.Chelsea, Arsenal & Man Utd battle for BaileyLeon Bailey, Bayer Leverkusen, 17/18Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal are set to battle for the signature of Leon Bailey, according to the Mirror .The Bayer Leverkusen winger is likely to command a fee of more than £40 million, although his club are reluctant to sell.Mourinho tells Man Utd: Buy Kante or I’m offAlex Iwobi N'Golo Kante Arsenal ChelseaJose Mourinho has demanded Manchester United buy N’Golo Kante if they want him to stay at the club, states Don Balon .The Chelsea star is now considered one of the world’s finest defensive midfielders, and his talents have left Mourinho as a keen admirer.Madrid looking to sign Marcos AlonsoMarcos Alonso Chelsea 2017Real Madrid president Florentino Perez is considering replacing Marcelo with Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso, according to Don Balon .Los Blancos are ready to overhaul their roster and move on from the Brazilian left-back, who turns 30 in May.Alonso reportedly would be brought in to split minutes with 20-year-old Theo Hernandez.Ronaldo prefers Chelsea moveCristiano Ronaldo, Real MadridCristiano Ronaldo would prefer a move to Chelsea as he weighs up leaving Real Madrid, according to  Don Balon .The Portuguese continues to be linked with a move away from Santiago Bernabeu, with the Blues among those that have expressed an interest.Should he depart Ronaldo wants a move to the Premier League, and with Manchester United seemingly not interested in bringing him back to Old Trafford Chelsea are set to be the next best option.last_img read more


first_imgTom Herman doing the "Hook 'Em Horns" while singing Texas' school song.AUSTIN, TX – SEPTEMBER 02: Head coach Tom Herman of the Texas Longhorns sings The Eyes of Texas following a loss to the Maryland Terrapins at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on September 2, 2017 in Austin, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)Oklahoma football suffered a pretty serious recruiting loss on Tuesday. Jacoby Jones, the No. 1 JuCo defensive end in the country, decommitted from the Sooners.Jones had committed to Lincoln Riley’s club back on Sept. 16, a few weeks after his official visit. The Missouri native currently stars at Butler Community College in Kansas.He made the big announcement via Twitter:pic.twitter.com/K2QpEeLZxm— Coby (@CobyOnTop) November 13, 2018Jacoby Jones’ Oklahoma decommitment is good news for Texas football on a few fronts.First, Tom Herman’s staff is after Jones as a recruit. He is set to visit Austin this weekend.He previously visited NC State over the summer, and also holds offers from Colorado, Oklahoma State, Oregon, TCU, Texas Tech, UCF, Washington State, and others.Given the timing though, it definitely seems like Texas is the main factor right now.The decommitment also bumps Texas right past Oklahoma in the 247Sports composite recruiting rankings. After his decision, Texas is No. 7 in the country, and No. 1 in the Big 12, exactly one spot ahead of the Sooners on both lists.Due to a recent decommit for the 2019 class for the Oklahoma Sooners, the Texas Longhorns are now the No. 1 ranked team in the Big 12 for the 2019 recruiting cycle! #HookEm— Hook’em Headlines (@HookemHeadlines) November 14, 2018Jones is the No. 25 JuCo recruit in the country, and tops at his position. The crystal ball now has 50-percent of voters choosing him to end up at Texas, and that should continue to get even more lopsided.last_img read more


first_imgPrime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says household workers, who are predominantly women, occupy positions of importance and make their contribution to national development. “This largely female cadre has contributed throughout every period of our history to the fundamentals of our development,” said the Prime Minister. She was speaking at the launch of the Jamaica Household Workers Union on Friday, March 15 at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston. The Prime Minister described the launch as a historic moment in the country’s development. “The concept of a union for household workers to ensure that they are respected and enjoy equality of rights in order to maintain their dignity in the Jamaican society, is a manifestation of the vibrancy of our democracy,” Mrs. Simpson Miller said. The Prime Minister noted that the launch was taking place as the Government is reviewing the International Labour Organization (IL0) Convention 189, which stipulates “Domestic work is decent work”, and emphasised that the Government “will not fail to accept all the conditions that will result in an environment of decent work for every household worker in Jamaica.” The Jamaica Household Workers Union is led by President Shirley Pryce and seeks to protect the rights of, and providing skills training for domestic workers. Contact: Communications Unit-OPMTel: 926-0244 Fax: 920-4684 Email: opm.news@opm.gov.jmlast_img read more


first_imgzoom The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) is working with Canadian Steamship Lines (CSL) to transfer the crew of the 1981-built bulk carrier CSL Thevenard to one of two CSL ships.MUA, led by National Secretary Paddy Crumlin, has met with CSL on two occasions in Australia and will proceed to another meeting with Louis Martel, the company CEO, on July 20.The parties will work on resolving the transfer of CSL Thevenard’s workers to the either one of CSL’s bulk carriers, the Donnacona or the CSL Whyalla.The meetings are being held in the aftermath of CSL’s decision in early July to withdraw CSL Thevenard from the Australian coast, thereby letting go of a number of Aussie crew members which were deployed aboard the ship.“The CSL Thevenard has left the coast for the very same reasons as we have seen other Australian crewed vessels leave. The ease with which a Temporary Licence is available to shippers and shipowner’s beggars’ belief,” MUA said.The Union added that CSL have committed to defer the redundancy process until after the meeting with the global CEO on July 20.“A range of matters need to be sorted out with CSL and the union is using whatever influence we have to prosecute these arguments within the company,” according to MUA.The MUA has raised the issue of who will be targeted for a redundancy from the Thevenard, adding that it is “unfair and even discriminatory” that only Australian ratings receive redundancy while CSL’s host of imported Visa workers are immune from any downturn in shipping.last_img read more


first_imgWestern explorers settled in China more than 1,500 years earlier than experts had believed, new research has revealed, after archaeologists found the famous Terracotta Warriors could have been made with the help of the Greeks.The 8,000 statues, which guard the mausoleum of the First Emperor, are likely to have been made under the guidance of a European sculptor who worked with locals at the site and took influence from Ancient Greece.An extensive study of sites in Xinjiang Province, China, have revealed European-specific mitochondrial DNA, suggesting Westerners travelled, settled and died there before and during the time of the First Emperor: 1,500 years earlier than currently accepted. The full findings will be broadcast on the National Geographic Channel in the US, and one BBC Two this Sunday.Rachel Morgan, commissioning editor for the BBC, said: “It is thrilling to think that these discoveries, using cutting technologies and the forensic techniques of the 21st century, have the potential to alter what we know about the origin and formation of one of the world’s most powerful countries today and the relationships forged between ancient civilizations.”Dan Snow, who presents the show, said: “It is extraordinary to think that history as we know it is changeable.”The Greatest Tomb on Earth, a one-hour special hosted by Dan Snow, Dr Alice Roberts and Dr Albert Lin will air on BBC Two on Sunday, October 16 at 8pm. The show is presented by Dr Alice Roberts, Dan Snow and Dr Albert LinCredit:BBC  Greatest Tomb on Earth I imagine that a Greek sculptor may have been at the site to train the localsProf Lukas Nickel Dr Xiuzhen added: “We now think the Terracotta Army, the Acrobats and the bronze sculptures found on site have been inspired by ancient Greek sculptures and art”.Prof Zhang Weixing, lead archaeologist at the tomb site, said: “The archaeological work undertaken here recently is more important than anything in the last 40 years. “By systematically examining the First Emperor’s main tomb and subsidiary burials we have discovered something more important even than the Terracotta Army.”Other findings from the site include the mutilated bones of young women, believed to be high ranking concubines, burie with precious jewellery made from pearls and gold.The skull of a young man, believed to be Prince Fu Su, the First Emperor’s eldest son, was also found with a crossbow bolt embedded in it.  Experts are particularly excited by the discovery of DNA suggesting Westerners lived in the area during the time of Qin Shi Huang, from 259 to 210 BC.Dr Li Xiuzhen, Senior Archaeologist at the Emperor Qin Shihuang’s Mausoleum Site Museum, said: “We now have evidence that close contact existed between the First Emperor’s China and the West before the formal opening of the Silk Road. This is far earlier than we formerly thought.”Evidence of that contact, experts believe, can be found in the style of the Terracotta Warriors, with “no tradition of building life-sized human statues” identified in China before then. Prof Lukas Nickel, chair of Asian Art History at the University of Vienna, believes the tomb of the First Emperor was influenced by the arrival of Greek statues in Central Asia in the century following Alexander the Great.“I imagine that a Greek sculptor may have been at the site to train the locals,” he said.  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Achaeologists have looked at the links between China and GreeceCredit:BBC  The Terracotta Warriors draw visitors from around the worldCredit:Reuters Alice Roberts with skull of a worker  Terracotta Warriors The discoveries have been hailed as “more important than anything in the last 40 years” surpassing even the discovery of the Terracotta Army itself in significance. They are thought to be the first documented contact between Western and Chinese civilizations ever recorded.They came about during excavations across the site by Mausoleum archaeologists, which have now been documented for television by the National Geographic Channel and BBC.Key findings include evidence that treasures in the tomb of the First Emperor were created with the help of the West, with inspiration from the statues of Ancient Greece.The tomb complex itself was found to be “much bigger than first thought” – at 38 square miles, 200 times bigger than Egypt’s Valley of the Kings – with two roads out of it identified with drone technology. last_img read more


first_imgIn the third quarter 2018 MMG Ltd produced 121,926 t of copper and 57,595 t of zinc in the three months to 30 September. “The Dugald River ramp up continues to track ahead of schedule, with mining and milling rates at 100% and 112% of nameplate capacity during the third quarter,” CEO Geoffrey Gao said.MMG’s 2018 production guidance for Dugald River (pictured) has also been upgraded to 140,000 to 150,000 t of zinc in concentrate (from 120,000 to 140,000 t previously).Las Bambas mining and production rates are recovering following the localised wall slippage that impacted third quarter production. As previously disclosed, 2018 production is now expected to be within the range of 375,000 to 395,000 t of copper in concentrate with C1 costs between $1.10-1.20/lb.“Despite the geotechnical challenges during the quarter, mill throughput increased 7% compared to first half 2018 rates with throughput now consistently running above design capacity.”“Las Bambas is expected to produce in excess of 2 Mt of copper in concentrate over its first five years of operation and we continue to advance a series of debottlenecking, plant upgrade and exploration projects to extend this production profile into the future,” Gao said.“Rosebery and Kinsevere both delivered a record quarter for mill throughput as we continue to drive operational improvements in our more established operations and advance programs to extend their mine lives.”During the quarter, the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) Government has commenced enforcement of elements of the 2018 Mining Code, including increased royalty rates, import duties and environmental taxes.MMG made a formal request for negotiation with the DRC Government under the Bilateral Investment Treaty between the DRC and China, and is looking to enter negotiations with the DRC Government regarding the implementation and application of the 2018 Mining Code.MMG expects to produce 455,000 to 475,000 t of copper and 210,000 to 230,000 t of zinc in 2018.last_img read more


first_imgHaving some trouble solving a Sudoku puzzles? See a print advertisement you can’t quite place? How about a logo you can’t identify? These are all things that Google’s clever Goggles mobile application (for iOS and Android) can do for you. The first two are new, as of the latest release of the app. You can see a demo below:What happens is that the phone scans the image with its camera, it calls back to Skynet Google and it’ll solve your puzzle or identifies that print ad you inexplicably took a picture of.The Sudoku-solving ability could prove to be useful if you ever get stuck, though I can’t see why you’d ever need to recognize a print ad, but that’s not the point, is it? The point is that Google’s image recognition is becoming incredibly powerful and that it can use that recognition not only to spit back some data but to process the data and do something with it, like a bit of mathematics. While the Sudoko solving might just be a parlor trick, the system is getting quite powerful and we can look forward to any number of advancements like it in the future.Google Goggles via TechCrunchlast_img read more


first_imgThe source of this news is not your typically reliable go-to guy. Going by the name of Chronic Wire on Twitter, the account is quite young with only 12 tweets having been made and little else known about the source. But the information he’s reporting is intriguing.Alongside stating that Apple is changing its Apple Store displays on Tuesday for Back to School promotions and the introduction of updated MacBook Airs, Chronic has also stated unlocked iPhone 4s will appear in store that day.AdChoices广告More specifically, he is claiming that on Wednesday both 16GB and 32GB models of the iPhone 4 in black and white will go on sale in unlocked form. What we don’t know is what network they will be compatible with, but you have to assume Apple would only do this if it could offer both types.If true, it would open up the market in the U.S. to allow an iPhone 4 to be used on whatever network you prefer rather than the choice of AT&T or Verizon. That does mean a more expensive smartphone, though, as you are just buying unsubsidized hardware.via Chronic WireMatthew’s OpinionThere are two reasons Apple could decide to do this: overstock and a big fall off in sales in the US. Both are valid reasons to make the iPhone 4 available to more people.Apple is in a relatively unique position of knowing any smartphone it releases is going to sell out from day one. So when a new product launches, doing deals to limit available not only pushes up profits but helps deal with demand to some extent. As a product ages the potential user base diminishes on one network as it becomes saturated, so you open it more, as Apple did with Verizon. Now it looks as though the lock-in may be removed completely.The one thing that makes me think this isn’t going to happen is the iPhone 4 isn’t a world phone. Apple would have to stock both types of iPhone which sounds messy for an Apple Store.Do you think we’ll see unlocked iPhone 4s on Wednesday?last_img read more


first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek consumers are struggling to adapt to a new reality; from the beginning of 2018, supermarkets have started charging customers for the use of plastic bags. This was legislated at the end of 2017, in a move to conform with what is happening throughout the EU. Plastic bags are gradually being pushed out of supermarkets for environmental reasons, though few EU countries have adopted the measure of charging customers for each bag. At the moment, shoppers are asked to pay 4 cents for each plastic bag they use, while next year this will rise to 9 cents. This has led many in Greece to see the measure as purely revenue collecting, which in its turn urged the Institute for Retail and Consumer Goods Research to issue a 23-point guideline for consumers, explaining all aspects of the legislation. The law exempts street kiosks and farmers’ markets from the measure, while in the meantime sees that all groceries are selling reusable bags, urging customers to choose this option and change their way of transporting groceries home.last_img read more


first_imgL’addiction à la cocaïne soignée par un traitement au laser ?Des scientifiques américains ont réussi à traiter des rats souffrant d’addiction à la cocaïne en exposant leur cerveau à des impulsions laser. Cela fait plusieurs années que les chercheurs tentent de développer un traitement qui permettrait de contrer les effets de la cocaïne et donc de soigner une potentielle addiction. Pour cela, certains se sont tournés vers le développement d’un vaccin qui aurait montré, selon les études, des résultats prometteurs. Néanmoins, aujourd’hui, c’est une toute autre technique qu’ont dévoilée des scientifiques américains dans la revue Nature.Selon leur étude, ils auraient réussi à réduire l’addiction à la cocaïne de rats en exposant leur cerveau à des impulsions laser. En effet, chez les humains comme chez les rongeurs, la dépendance compulsive à cette drogue peut réduire l’activité du cortex préfrontal, une région cérébrale importante dans le contrôle des impulsions et la prise de décision. Aussi, l’équipe du National Institute on Drug Abuse (qui fait partie des National Institutes of Health) a eu l’idée de transformer cette zone en interrupteur. Une addiction réduite grâce à la stimulation des neurones Pour cela, ils ont implanté dans les neurones du cortex pré-frontal de 100 rats des protéines sensibles à la lumière appelées rhodopsine. Celles-ci sont capables de “s’allumer” et de “s’éteindre” lorsqu’elles sont exposées à de la lumière laser et donc de stimuler l’activité de la zone où elles se trouvent. Au cours de l’expérience, les rongeurs avaient accès à un levier qui, s’ils appuyaient dessus, leur délivrait une dose de cocaïne. Les chercheurs ont ainsi exposé les rats dépendants à des impulsions laser et ont observé ce qu’il se passait. Ils ont alors constaté que les rongeurs accros appuyaient de moins en moins sur le levier jusqu’à ne plus du tout l’utiliser lorsque les neurones étaient stimulés. “Quand nous avons allumé la lumière laser dans la région prélimbique du cortex préfrontal, la recherche compulsive de cocaïne a disparu”, explique Antonello Bonci qui a dirigé les recherches. Mais le plus intéressant est que la méthode a fonctionné dans les deux sens : les rats accros étaient moins dépendants tandis que chez les rats sains, le fait d'”éteindre” les neurones a provoqué l’apparition d’une addiction à la cocaïne.Une approche applicable à l’humain ? D’après les chercheurs, ces résultats prometteurs suggèrent que viser le cortex préfrontal pourrait aussi être une technique efficace pour traiter l’addiction chez l’humain. Bonci et ses collègues prévoient ainsi d’ores et déjà de mener une étude clinique pour voir si cette approche pourrait fonctionner. Toutefois, les scientifiques utiliseront une technique bien moins invasive : pour remplacer le laser, ils pensent utiliser des aimants qui seront placés sur le crâne pour stimuler le cerveau (stimulation magnétique transcrâniale).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?”C’est la partie la plus excitante selon moi. D’habitude, il y a un délai de 15 ans entre le jour où vous découvrez quelque chose et celui où vous pouvez le tester chez l’humain”, a expliqué dans une interview téléphonique à The Verge, Antonello Bonci. D’après le chercheur, les études cliniques incluront probablement plusieurs sessions d’expériences avec des personnes addicts à la cocaïne. Ceci devrait permettre de voir si l’activité du cortex préfrontal peut être restaurée pour les aider à guérir de l’addiction. Une approche à explorer davantage Cependant, certaines questions demeurent quant à l’efficacité de cette technique : par exemple, la durée et la fréquence du traitement nécessaires pour éliminer complètement l’envie de drogue. “Nous ne savons pas si l’addiction est guérie. Tout ce que nous savons c’est que lorsque nous donnons un certain niveau d’activité au cortex préfrontal, l’envie de prendre de la cocaïne disparait. Mais nous ne pouvons pas prouver que c’est parti pour toujours”, a précisé Bonci qui entend donc bien poursuivre les recherches.  Le 5 avril 2013 à 13:28 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more


first_imgBy Sulayman BahGambia Amateur Boxing Association (GBA) congress has been differed with a new date yet to be named as uncertainty hovers amid power struggle.Pa Alieu Jallow –incumbent president – is vying with Sabou Conteh for the association’s hot-seat.The furore began last year July when seven aggrieved boxing clubs went ahead to call for an extraordinary congress at the Kairaba Beach Hotel electing Sambou Conteh unopposed as president.Conteh, the protesting clubs said, will be incumbent Pa Alieu Jallow’s replacement whom they accused for what they called the ‘sport’s snail-pace’ progress in the country.Hours after news of his alleged replacement filtered out, Jallow denied being impeached, insisting he’s still boss of the association.The NSC, believed to have been invited to witness the Kairaba congress but did not show up, reacted, refusing to recognise Conteh as the organisation’s new top dog.The situation triggered a division with delegates, including some notable national boxers, split over the two leaderships as the chaos raged on.A congress was expected to take place last Sunday on the orders of the National Sports Council.However, some delegates intimate to Foroyaa Sport that they’re yet to be written by the council or the current boxing president about going to the polls.The saga has left uncertainty hovering.last_img read more


first_imgOne man has been killed in an avalanche on Granite Mountain near Snoqualmie Pass.King County sheriff’s Sgt. Cindi West says he was found dead Sunday morning.A second person hit in the avalanche Saturday was able to walk out.King County Search and Rescue remained on the scene overnight.last_img


first_imgBenghazi: A bomb-laden vehicle exploded Saturday outside a shopping mall in Libya’s eastern city of Benghazi, killing at least three UN staff members, a spokesman for the United Nations secretary-general said. The attack came even as the country’s warring sides said they accepted a cease-fire proposed by the UN aimed at halting combat in the capital Tripoli during an upcoming Muslim holiday. Also Read – Watch: Donald Trump says Florida faces absolute monster hurricane Advertise With Us Health officials said the blast took place outside Arkan Mall in the Hawari neighbourhood, where people were gathering for shopping a day before the Eid al-Adha holiday begins. The Benghazi municipal council said the attack targeted a convoy for the UN Support Mission in Libya. The site of the attack is close to offices of the mission in Libya. Two of the dead hailed from Libya and Fuji, and the blast wounded nine people, according to health officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to brief reporters. Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for UN Secretary-General António Guterres, said in a statement that three UN workers were among the wounded. Also Read – Pakistan test-fires 290-km range missile Advertise With Us “The Secretary-General extends his deepest condolences to the bereaved families and wishes a swift recovery to all the injured. He calls on the Libyan authorities to spare no effort in identifying and swiftly bringing to justice the perpetrators of this attack,” Dujarric said. He also said the secretary-general urged “all parties to respect the humanitarian truce during Eid al Adha and return to the negotiating table to pursue the peaceful future the people of Libya deserve.” The UN special envoy for Libya, Ghassan Salame, condemned what he called a “cowardly attack.” “This attack will not discourage us, nor will it prevent us from carrying on with our duties to bring about peace, stability and prosperity to Libya and its people,” he said in a statement. Advertise With Us Salame said the commitment of the parties of the UN-proposed cease-fire in Tripoli “sends an irrevocable message that the blood of Libyans, and UN staff, … was not shed in vain in this heinous explosion.” The U.N. Security Council held an emergency meeting late Saturday afternoon on the situation. Assistant Secretary-General for Africa Bintou Keita told members the attack took place in an area “supposedly under full security control” of the Libyan National Army of Gen. Khalifa Hifter. She said the attack “highlights the continued danger of terrorism across the country,” and it confirms that the latest hostilities are creating a vacuum “easily exploited by radical elements that strive on chaos and violence.” Keita said the UN doesn’t intend to evacuate from Libya and she expressed hope that both sides will abide by their commitment to the Eid cease-fire. Footage circulated online shows what appears to be burnt UN-owned vehicles as thick smoke billows into the sky. No group immediately claimed responsibility for the attack, which came just a month after two bomb-laden vehicles went off in Benghazi, the stronghold for the self-styled LNA. The July attack killed at least four people and wounded 33 others.last_img read more


first_imgRanbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone in Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani.Movie Still.Good news for fans of the Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone onscreen pair. The two superstars who are ex-lovers are all set to reunite on screen in a Bollywood film! If reports are to be believed, Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone will be seen on screen opposite each other in Luv Ranjan’s film produced by Bhushan Kumar of T-Series. The film also stars Ajay Devgn in the lead.Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone have done three films together – Bachna Ae Haseeno, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Tamasha – the last two being after their famous breakup. The two exes have always been cordial with each other and never said no to work together, even if it’s an ad or a ramp walk.They just starred in an advertisement together, their first assignment with each other after Deepika Padukone got married to Ranveer Singh. Currently, there is a lot of buzz around the two couples of Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, and Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh. The foursome’s camaraderie at the Zee Cine Awards 2019 was to be seen to be believed!Reports suggest that as couples, Ranbir Kapoor and Alia Bhatt, and Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh have landed a deal together for a showcase tour to the United States of America in 2020. That explains the recent display of over-friendliness between the exes and their respective partners.But fans are certainly interested in seeing Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone together on screen again, with their wonderful chemistry. Mumbai Mirror reports that you may get to watch them sharing screen space again. “Four years after Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha in 2015, Deepika Padukone and Ranbir Kapoor will be reuniting for their fourth film together, Luv Ranjan’s yet-untitled next directorial,” says the tabloid.Deepika Padukone is currently producing Chhapaak, a film where she stars as acid attack survivor Laxmi Agarwal. The first look of the film received rave reviews. Ranbir Kapoor is busy with Brahmastra and Shamshera, while Ajay Devgn is gearing up for his big movie Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior, which will now release on January 10, 2020.last_img read more


first_imgHere are some of the top stories from International Business Times, India, that have broken throughout the day so far:1. Delhi High Court rejects Arvind Kejriwal’s plea seeking stay on defamation case by Arun JaitleyAam Aadmi Party chief and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s plea seeking a stay on the proceedings of a criminal defamation case filed against him and other AAP leaders by Arun Jaitley was dismissed by the Delhi High Court on Wednesday. Read more…2. India boosts maritime strength with INS Tihayu; to get nuclear submarine from RussiaIndia further strengthened its maritime presence on Wednesday as the Navy commissioned the INS Tihayu, even as reports emerged that the country had signed a deal with Russia to acquire an Akula-class nuclear submarine. India already has a strong nuclear presence in the seas, with a triad of submarines at its disposal.  Read more…3. ADHM release: MNS continues protests; Shyam Benegal throws weight behind Karan JoharThe Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Wednesday continued to protest against Karan Johar and his film Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (ADHM) — which releases on October 28 — despite the filmmaker saying that he would never take any Pakistani artiste in his future films. This, even as acclaimed filmmaker Shyam Benegal came out in support of Johar. Read more…4. GST Council veers towards 4-slab rate structure; gold likely to be taxed at 4%The first day of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) Council meeting is believed to have come up with a four-tier structure for levying taxes on goods and services, while finalising the decision on how to compensate states after the GST is implemented. Read more…5. SBI blocks 6.5 lakh debit cards after suspicious security breachIndia’s largest lender State Bank of India (SBI), along with its subsidiary banks, blocked 6.52 lakh debit cards of its customers following a suspicious malware-related security breach in the ATM network. Read more…last_img read more