Hotel Tourism Association says synergy matters in aftermath of road trip

first_img Luxury events for Chicago’s leading travel and media professionals hosted by #TeamTCI Related Items:karen whitt, TCHTA, turks and caicos hotel and tourism association Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 May 2015 – Nobody does it like the Turks and Caicos when it comes to overseas fam-trips; and the uniqueness of the Premier’s Investment and Sales Blitz was an idea trumpeted by Hotel and Tourism Association executives who yesterday explained, the synergy of the group which reflected public and private sector interests, made the biggest impression. Karen Whitt, Director, Turks and Caicos Hotel & Tourism Association (TCHTA): “As you would note from the video the highlights are really about the cultural aspect; the heritage, the friendliness and the warmth and the beauty of the destination as opposed to as I would say ‘bricks and mortar’ or anything individual and that as Nikheel (Advani – TCHTA Vice President) stated is one of the unique aspects of this whole initiative.”Whitt continued, “Nobody does this, and this is our second year and we got resounding feeding back everywhere we went that this was one of the most imaginative, creative, unique and quite frankly comfortable and fun atmosphere that anybody attended. All of the participants were overwhelmed with our own warmth, our friendliness, our unity and so forth and I think it made for a more enjoyable experience for all of them and it also gave an opportunity to open their minds to different aspects of what the country has to offer.” Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: Hard work happens each day, says new President of TC Hotel and Tourism Association; Strategic Action Plan unveiled Turks and Caicos invited to the World Gourmet Summit in Singaporelast_img read more

Five Independents now registered with Integrity Commission

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, November 1, 2016 – At least five independent candidates have registered their interest to run in the December 15 General Elections with the Integrity Commission. Damian Wilson, Clarence Selver and Jasmin Walkin all reported that they have taken that step to becoming official nominees whenever nomination day is announced. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Michael Misick, the former Premier who is running at large as an independent was first this morning since around 8:30 am to register with the IC, next was independent for the South Caicos seat, McAllister Piper Hanchell.  Related Items:last_img

TCI secures three medals at Flow Carifta Games

first_img Bahamas third, 31 medals Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCuracao, April 18th, 2017 – Willemstad – Three medals was the finish for the Turks and Caicos Islands during the 47th edition of the Flow Carifta Games which were staged in Curacao.There was a silver medal in the men’s Octathalon by Wickenson Fenelon and two bronze performances; one in the U20 boys 400m won by Colby Jennings and the other in the U20 girls 4x100m relay where the team was Akia Guerrier, Helcyann Sauver, Shavell Sutherland and Sanadia Forbes.#MagneticMediaNews#FlowCariftaGames2017#TCIgets3medalsatCariftaGames Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:#FlowCariftaGames2017, #magneticmedianews, #TCIgets3medalsatCariftaGamescenter_img Recommended for you TCI secures three medals at Flow Carifta Gameslast_img read more

BAHAMAS Courtesy Call By Ms Eilleen Shania Twain Country Singer Youre Still

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, December 11, 2017 – Nassau – Country Singer & Songwriter, Eileen “Shania” Twain & Family paid a courtesy call on Prime Minister, Dr. the Hon. Hubert A. Minnis at the Office of the Prime Minister, December 7, 2017.Pictured are Prime Minister Minnis (centre right), Eileen Shania Twain (centre) & Family, with OPM Staff.(Photo/Yontalay Bowe, OPM Media Services) Related Items:last_img

Hamann Bayern Munich would struggle to beat Liverpool

first_imgEx-Germany international Dietmar Hamann doubts Bayern Munich would be able to beat Liverpool in the Champions League knockout stagesNiko Kovac’s side finished top of Group E following their 3-3 draw at Ajax on Wednesday night with Bayern only dropping points twice in their six games.But Hamann, who won the Champions League with Liverpool in 2005 and started his playing career at Bayern, reckons the German club must hope they do not get drawn against the Reds for a last-16 tie.“Liverpool and Atletico [Madrid] are the strongest of the teams that ended in second place,” Hamann wrote on his column for Sky.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“What Liverpool showed was amazingly impressive once again. Klopp and his team are the last opponents I’d want to face.“I think Bayern would have little chance against them in the round of 16. For me, Bayern are not in the extended circle of favourites for the first time in many years.“The Reds lost three games away from home and still progressed. Sometimes, such things trigger something very special in a team.”The draw for the last-16 stage of the 2018/19 Champions League will be made on Monday at 12:00 (CET).last_img read more

Man and woman arrested in El Centro for smuggling 40 pounds of

first_img KUSI Newsroom, Posted: July 10, 2018 KUSI Newsroom EL CENTRO (KUSI) – El Centro Sector Border Patrol agents arrested a man and a 23-year-old woman suspected of smuggling methamphetamine over the weekend, officials said.The incident happened around noon on Sunday at the Highway 86 immigration checkpoint near El Centro, Border Patrol Press Officer Ralph DeSio said.Agents found a hidden compartment in the driver and passenger side floorboards after a canine team alerted them to the cabin of the 2002 Chrysler sedan driven by the woman.The floorboards contained 40.34 pounds of methamphetamine, with an estimated street value of $133,122, DeSio said.The woman, a U.S. citizen, was turned over to the Drug Enforcement Administration along with the vehicle and narcotics for further investigation. July 10, 2018 Man and woman arrested in El Centro for smuggling 40 pounds of meth Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Time Inc Drops Source Interlinks Wholesaler Services

first_imgIn the meantime, Time Inc. says it’s transferring Source Interlink’s distribution business to The News Group, which, along with Comag, is owned by the Jim Pattison Group.Time Inc. estimates that it will take up to 12 weeks to re-align the distribution operation under The News Group to accommodate the added retailers. Because of this, Time Inc. expects to take a $4 million revenue hit and incur about $1 million in transition costs. Under the new payment terms with The News Group, which extend through May 2019, Time Inc. expects a $12 million decrease in operating cash flow. The publisher-wholesaler relationship has been a contentious one. In 2009, Time Inc. and Source Interlink effectively settled an anti-trust lawsuit brought by Source when Time Inc., along with other publishers, refused to go along with a per-copy distribution price increase. As part of the deal, Time Inc. entered a multi-year contract with Source, but didn’t have to pay the increase. See Also: Time Inc. Strikes Deal with Source InterlinkPrior to that deal, Time Inc., other magazine publishers and national distributors had threatened to deny shipments to Source, which was granted a restraining order from the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York which prevented the publishers and NDs from doing so. In advance of its spinoff from Time Warner, Time Inc. has terminated its business with Source Interlink Distribution, its second largest wholesaler. According to a regulatory filing, the decision was made due to $7 million in uncollectible receivables owed to Time Inc. that will be recorded as bad debt in 2Q 2014.Source Interlink distributed Time Inc.’s titles to retailers in the U.S. and sales of these magazines represented about 2 percent of the company’s total 2013 revenues—about $70 million.Actions like these in the magazine newsstand distribution market typically cause an immediate chain reaction. According to a source, Curtis, a national distributor, has pulled its business from Source Interlink as well and Comag, another national distributor, had already done so, going as far as sending letters to its publisher clients notifying them of Source Interlink’s supposed payment problems. last_img read more

The new Apple Card wont let you switch from iPhone to Android

first_imgApple Card and iPhones, two peas in a pod. Apple The Apple Card, Apple’s new digital and physical credit card, is a bold, brilliant move that reimagines credit card payments on the iPhone. What makes the move so gutsy has nothing to do with the service itself and everything to do with drawing you deeper into Apple’s ecosystem.The Apple Card’s benefits sound immediately appealing: Apple promises security measures designed to avoid common avenues of credit card fraud. It gives you up to 3 percent cash back and a visual financial tracker that helps you stay on top of your payments. And there are no fees for going over your limit, using the card internationally or even paying off the card late — things that other cards are happy to charge for. You will, however, accrue interest on top of your balance.The world of payments isn’t new to Apple, which launched Apple Pay, its mobile payment system, in 2014. But a full-fledged credit card, backed by Mastercard’s payment network and Goldman Sachs, represents Apple’s cannonball dive into banking in a way that will have ripple effects for Visa, Google Pay, Samsung Pay and every other digital payment player. apple-card-side-vendorEverything from management to verifying transactions takes place on the iPhone. Apple The competitors should pay attention. Apple has an uncanny ability to leverage its cult status to create hype around products and services in a way that compels others to follow, even if they got there first. But it’s Apple’s rival phone brands that should be most concerned — Samsung, Huawei and Google’s Pixel — not because they may want to create their own credit cards (they probably won’t), but because anyone who signs up for an Apple Card is essentially binding themselves to the iPhone for as long as they have the card. Many owners of Apple products are already locked into the ecosystem by virtue of their Macs, iPads, iTunes and App Store purchases. Staying in the Apple family is more convenient. iMessages and Notes on the iPhone also sync with the Mac, for example, and AirDrop is a wonderful way to seamlessly transfer files between devices. But it’s still possible to coexist with a Macbook Air and an Android phone. I do this at least 50 percent of the time. But a credit card that works on the iPhone alone will only make you more dependent on your iPhone. See It See it This story originally published March 27 at 4:30 a.m. PT and updates frequently. It was last updated April 3. See It Now playing: Watch this: A physical Apple Card is a workaround because Apple Pay isn’t everywhere. Apple is also adding value by giving subscribers a way to flaunt their status with an instantly recognizable titanium card. It’s genuis, really #AppleCard #AppleEvent https://t.co/6rBY9wne8n— Jessica Dolcourt (@jdolcourt) March 25, 2019 Apple Card = iPhone 4 lyfeThe iPhone is fundamental to the inner workings of the Apple Card itself. Most of the Apple Card’s functionality lives in the digital Wallet app on your iPhone. This involves more than tracking your balance and paying off your card online. The Apple Card relies on the Secure Element chip in your iPhone to process transactions with each purchase, which means you have to have one if you want to use the credit card. You also need the Wallet app to monitor your account — remember, this data is calculated on your device, not online, so you can’t just look up your account details from a browser window on your desktop or in a separate app like you would with your usual bank. Apple thinks this will safeguard you from hacks because the details of your digital transactions are computed on your phone. No iPhone, no Apple Card.2019-03-25-10-34-07You track your Apple Card account maintenance on the phone, not online. Screenshot by Jessica Dolcourt/CNET The physical card is meaningless on its ownHow does the physical Apple Card fit in? Great question. Apple also gives you a physical card with your name engraved on a titanium rectangle and that’s it — no numbers, no expiration date, no CVV (those three numbers on the back that verify your card), no other identifying details that would allow someone to commit fraud against you if they see your card or take it from you. You’ll use the physical Apple Card like any other payment card that has a magnetic stripe and a chip. If you need to access those details like the expiration date and CVV digits, you’ll fire up the iPhone’s Wallet app to take a peek. Another reason not to lose your iPhone.The titanium card isn’t meant to be used as your primary way to pay. It’s a fallback that exists because not all point-of-sale terminals accept Apple Pay. Contrast that with Samsung Pay, which can also work like your credit card’s magnetic stripe. However, in making the card look so iconically Apple, the company geniusly turned a negative — Apple Pay doesn’t work at every payment terminal — into a coveted status symbol by creating a product that people will instantly recognize. A titanium card is the Apple Card. But it won’t work without your iPhone. It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Tags Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $999 Read more $999 See All See It $999 Apple Card perks make iPhone payments easierApple wants to manage all aspects of your credit card through the iPhone, from issuing a line of credit in “minutes” (you must have a high enough credit rating to qualify) to paying for things in any online or brick-and-mortar store and transferring payments to others through the app. You won’t have to load a new card into Apple Pay, you can use the card across your Apple devices and you can authenticate with Face ID or Touch ID. The iPhone’s Wallet app will also help you track your finances and estimate how much you’ll have to pay if you can’t clear your monthly balance at once.Plus, you’ll accrue Daily Cash — between 1 and 3 percent cash back — which can go toward any purchase or even paying down your monthly bill. Those cash back rates aren’t top of the scale, but the convenience factor will be high, especially if you use some of that cash back to buy next year’s iPhone.2019-03-26-18-31-12The physical Apple Card is made out of titanium. Apple What happens if you quit Apple Card?We’ve walked through the Apple Card’s perks, but there’s still one more reason why Apple’s credit card locks you to an iPhone: What happens if you cancel? People open or cancel lines of credit every day, but they can have repercussions that impact your credit score. Common wisdom suggests that frequently opening and closing cards can make you appear less reliable, so deciding to get the Apple Card means you’ll want to hold onto it for a while — and, by extension, an iPhone. Credit card advice sites such as Credit Karma and Nerd Wallet warn against closing your oldest account, which has the effect of lowering the average age of your credit history. That, in turn, makes it look like you have a shorter history paying down debt than you might actually have, and history is good when you apply for a loan, rent an apartment or put a down payment on a house.Apple didn’t publicly say it won’t support Android, which would make it available to families or individuals with both iOS and Android devices. But its security setup and home in the Wallet means that it’s iPhone or bust. If you want to use an Apple Card, you’re using an iPhone. And if your iPhone is tied to your credit card, why would you ever own anything else? Apple Card’s fine print: 7 things we learned about Apple’s new credit card Apple Card won’t drive Google, Samsung to offer their own credit cards Apple Card: Sign-up info, launch date and privacy deets $999 4:02 Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Apple Card FAQ: What you need to know Apple Pay Mobile payments Google Huawei Samsung Apple 69 Comments Apple iPhone XS Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Best Buy reading • The new Apple Card won’t let you switch from iPhone to Android, probably ever Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Sprint Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview Phones Tablets • Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 97 Photos Apple Event Apple Event Share your voicelast_img read more

RIP Fusion Sport Fords surprisingly fun midsize sedan

first_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 2017 Ford Fusion Sport: A 325-horsepower midsize sleeper sedan 58 Photos 1:34 Ford Fusion V6 Sport blows the competition away More From Roadshow Tags Now playing: Watch this: 2019 Ford F-150 review: Popular pickup keeps on truckin’ Enlarge ImageThe Fusion Sport makes 325 horsepower from its 2.7-liter, twin-turbo V6 engine. Jon Wong/Roadshow The Ford Fusion sedan is expected to go out of production in the coming years, all part of the Blue Oval’s plan to scale back its car lineup in order to build more crossovers and SUVs. A new report from CarsDirect this week confirms the 325-horsepower Fusion Sport will be the first variant to go — in fact, it won’t even live to see 2020.A Ford spokesperson told CarsDirect that discontinuing the Sport will allow the company to focus on higher-volume, more popular Fusion models. The rest of the Fusion line received a modest update for the 2019 model year, which included the standard fitment of Ford’s Co-Pilot 360 driver assistance tech.The Fusion Sport was introduced in 2017, and honestly, we rather liked it. With a 2.7-liter, twin-turbocharged V6 under its hood, the Fusion Sport put 325 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque to the ground, and standard all-wheel drive and adaptive dampers made it pretty engaging to drive on winding roads. It was a real sleeper, and came loaded with driver assistance features and Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment tech.That said, the Fusion Sport was kind of a hard sell. Despite its ample power and sophisticated suspension tech (it could even mitigate potholes), it was never quite as sharp as similarly sized rivals from Germany and Japan. Even now, at over $40,000, a 2019 Fusion Sport is some $3,600 more expensive than a comparably equipped, all-wheel-drive Fusion Titanium, which uses a more efficient (but still plenty potent) 2.0-liter turbocharged engine.It’s unclear exactly when the rest of the Fusion range will get the ax, though we’ve heard the Fusion name could be resurrected on a Subaru Outback-like crossover-wagon thing. For now, though, pour one out for the Fusion Sport: the powerful midsizer that struggled to gain traction. Sedans Ford Subaru Comment 1 Ford Share your voice 2016 Ford Explorer review: Go road-tripping in Ford’s updated, EcoBoost-powered SUVlast_img read more

BSE closes points 13459 up on March 3

first_imgBSE closes points 134.59 up on March 31.4K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00BSE closes points 134.59 up on March 31.4K viewsBusinessNew Delhi, March 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 134.59 points up to stand at 29,593.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 134.59 points up to stand at 8,996.25. TATA ELXSI LTD. and BHUSHAN STEEL LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 15.30% along with IDBI and NATCO PHARMA LTD. with an increase of 10.33% and 9.99% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include EICHER MOTORS LTD. and COAL INDIA with a decrease of 4.46% and 3.98% along with MAHINDRA and MAHINDRA LTD and OBEROI REALTY LTD with a decrease of 3.48% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 171.82 points at 19,753.13 while the banking sector is down 61.57 points at 22,920.15 and the reality sector is down at 21.59 points at 1,794.95. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.89 per dollar.Ventuno Web Player 4.50New Delhi, March 3 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 134.59 points up to stand at 29,593.73. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 134.59 points up to stand at 8,996.25. TATA ELXSI LTD. and BHUSHAN STEEL LTD were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 20.00% and 15.30% along with IDBI and NATCO PHARMA LTD. with an increase of 10.33% and 9.99% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include EICHER MOTORS LTD. and COAL INDIA with a decrease of 4.46% and 3.98% along with MAHINDRA and MAHINDRA LTD and OBEROI REALTY LTD with a decrease of 3.48% and 2.79% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is down 171.82 points at 19,753.13 while the banking sector is down 61.57 points at 22,920.15 and the reality sector is down at 21.59 points at 1,794.95. The Indian currency is down 0.04% at Rs 61.89 per dollar.last_img read more

Indias first IPR Policy approved by the cabinet

first_img7 Policy Objectives Commercialisation of IPRsTo get value for IPRs through commercialisation. IPR Awareness: Outreach and PromotionPublic awareness about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society Administration and ManagementTo modernise and strengthen service-oriented IPR administration Human Capital DevelopmentTo strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs. Generation of IPRsTo stimulate the generation of IPRscenter_img India’s cabinet approved its first National Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) Policy on Friday. The policy aims to create awareness in society about economic, social, and cultural benefits of IPRs with a view to promote creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship, according to a statement from the Ministry of Commerce and Industry.The policy is expected to chart a roadmap for the future of India’s intellectual properties, alongside laying an institutional mechanism for implementation, monitoring and review of an IPR regime.The government, R&D organisations, educational institutions, corporate entities — startups, and micro, small and medium enterprises — will put their strengths together to create an innovation-conducive environment, said the statement. It noted that the efforts will stimulate creativity and innovation across sectors,  collectively facilitating a stable, transparent and service-oriented IPR administration in the country.The policy mechanism is guided by seven objectives.7 Policy Objectives7 Policy Objectives7 Policy ObjectivesIPR Awareness: Outreach and PromotionPublic awareness about the economic, social and cultural benefits of IPRs among all sections of society7 Policy ObjectivesGeneration of IPRsTo stimulate the generation of IPRs7 Policy ObjectivesLegal and Legislative FrameworkTo have strong and effective IPR laws, which balance the interests of rights owners with larger public interest.7 Policy ObjectivesAdministration and ManagementTo modernise and strengthen service-oriented IPR administration7 Policy ObjectivesCommercialisation of IPRsTo get value for IPRs through commercialisation.7 Policy ObjectivesEnforcement and AdjudicationTo strengthen the enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements.7 Policy ObjectivesHuman Capital DevelopmentTo strengthen and expand human resources, institutions and capacities for teaching, training, research and skill building in IPRs. While different ministries shall be in charge of these action points, the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) will be the nodal agency to coordinate, guide and oversee implementation of the policy in all the other ministries.The policy highlights the criticality that IPRs have attained globally, and attempts to push the trend in India with regard to innovations owned by oneself or others.”The importance of IPRs as a marketable financial asset and economic tool also needs to be recognised. For this, domestic IP filings as also commercialisation of patents granted need to increase. Innovation and sub-optimal spending on R&D too are issues to be addressed,” the statement said.With the slogan “Creative India, innovative India,” the vision document aims to create and exploit synergies between all forms of intellectual property (IP), concerned statutes and agencies, said the statement. Enforcement and AdjudicationTo strengthen the enforcement and adjudicatory mechanisms for combating IPR infringements. Legal and Legislative FrameworkTo have strong and effective IPR laws, which balance the interests of rights owners with larger public interest.last_img read more

Kangana Ranaut was an actor on the sets of Mental Hai Kya

first_imgKangana RanautInstagramYesterday, media was flooded with reports stating that ‘Kangana Ranaut has been interfering with the shooting of Mental Hai Kya and that she has been unhappy with some of the scenes, which had to be re-shot, thus causing the delay in the release of the movie.However, director of Mental Hai Kya, Prakash Kovelamudi has rubbished these reports.”On my set, Kangana was an actor; a professional one, and a creative asset. Both Kangana and Rajkummar are powerhouse performers, whom I enjoyed directing. I am happy to see how their characters have turned out. Mental Hai Kya is an intriguing thriller with doses of quirk. The film challenges the norms, and I am thrilled to bring to the audience something original,” the director said in a statement.Further denying the reports about some portions of the film being re-shot, the director said, “We finished the first leg in Mumbai, the second in London, and the last one in Mumbai again. The final schedule was wrapped last month. That’s all! All other conjecture is baseless.”Produced by Shobha Kapoor, Ekta Kapoor and Shaailesh R Singh, Mental Hai Kya’s trailer is scheduled to be launched later this month and the film will hit the screens on July 26, 2019.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from cricket says 2014 World T20 final his

first_img Yuvraj Singh announces retirement from cricket, says 2014 World T20 final his lowest moment IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/1:11Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:10?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Closecenter_img One of India’s most successful cricketer Yuvraj Singh has announced his retirement from international cricket. At a press meeting in Mumbai, an emotional Yuvi talked about how cricket has influenced his life. He thanked people in his personal life, his guru, parents, etc.Describing his achievements, the 37-year old said the proudest moment of his career was the 2011 World Cup and, very interestingly, said the 2014 World T20 final against Sri Lanka where he scored 11 runs of 24 balls and was blamed for India’s loss. He said this shattered him and he needed some time to recover from the jolt and rediscover why he played cricket.He also thanked former captain Sourav Ganguly for having faith in him. It was after all, Dada under whose captaincy that Yuvi made his debut and established himself in the team despite failures early on. As he read out his pre-written statement, the former all-rounder often seemed overpowered by emotions.last_img read more

Petition against Indias crackdown on cryptocurrencies gains 17000 signatures

first_imgSome of Bitcoin enthusiast Mike Caldwell’s coins are pictured at his office in Sandy, Utah, September 17, 2013.REUTERS/Jim UrquhartReutersNearly 17,000 Indians have signed a petition challenging the central bank’s decision to end dealings with crypto-related accounts.A Change.org petition for “Mak[ing] India at the forefront of Blockchain Applications Revolution” was filed online on April 5 after the Reserve Bank of India banned all financial firms from dealing with or providing services to any individuals or business entities dealing with or settling virtual currencies.”This is clearly stifling innovation around blockchain. If a government does not facilitate adoption of new technology, the country stands to left behind,” the petition reads.According to the petition, the RBI’s decision – which tech investor Tim Draper had recently called “a huge mistake” – could lead to an increase of irregular cash trading of cryptocurrencies in India.It would also lead to a knee-jerk reaction in the prices of cryptocurrencies, resulting in millions of Indians losing their hard earned money.The price of bitcoin plummeted to a low of Rs 350,000 ($5,392) versus its international market price of $6,617, following the RBI announcement.The petition notes the inevitability of Blockchain development globally and calls on the Indian government to remain competitive with other countries on the issue so as to not be “left behind”.Crypto exchanges and blockchain companies have profitable business models and can give a massive share of revenue to the government who is welcoming. Not only that crypto exchanges and traders are extremely compliant with stringent KYC norms and have already complied mentioning all their trade details. the petition said.Many bitcoin exchanges, including Zebpay and Unocoin, are looking to move their headquarters to jurisdictions outside India following the central bank’s clamp down on cryptocurrencies.last_img read more

Will Virat Kohli drop Rohit Sharma Big changes expected for 3rd T20I

first_imgThe series triumph in Florida has given Indian team the cushion to try new faces for the third T20I in Guyana, said captain Virat Kohli. The selectors have included a number of young players in the squad, forcing Kohli to make a couple of decisions. On the face of it, Rohit Sharma could be rested because he has been on the move for almost six months. A break is also not expected to hinder with his imperious form. The decision will also allow KL Rahul to be slotted back as the opener in the format which he has dominated.Dhawan needs to find form Twitter/Cricket World CupShikhar Dhawan could be given another game as the left-hander is trying to hit his stride and find form ahead of the ODI series. Kohli could rest Manish Pandey and give Shreyas Iyer a go as both the players will form an important cog in India’s middle-order. Iyer has been in good form and this is when he should be tested out.Rishabh Pant has only underperformed in two matches so far. But since he is the only primary wicket-keeper in the squad, he could get in another game and perhaps, could be bumped up the other to find some form. Rishabh PantAlbert Perez/Getty ImagesAs far as the bowling attack is concerned, Bhuvneshwar Kumar could be rested because he is a proven performer. This opens the door for Deepak Chahar. The fast bowler was a bank for MS Dhoni in the IPL and after a horrendous debut, this could be his chance to stake a claim for more opportunities.The management could also rest Ravindra Jadeja and hand a debut to young Rahul Chahar as his wrist spin needs to be tested. The series is sealed and Jadeja has been consistent all the while. Thus, there is an opportunity to give Rahul Chahar a go.Krunal Pandya has shown great promise in the two matches so far and hence, the management should be confident of him shouldering the responsibility of the primary all-rounder in the side. This will also allow Krunal to be more expressive when he comes out to bat.last_img read more

Baghdad blasts kill at least 18

first_imgTwo bombs exploded in a busy market area in central Baghdad on Saturday, killing at least 18 people and wounding dozens, Iraqi police said.The blasts ripped through shops in the Al-Sinek area, a police colonel said, adding that at least 38 people were wounded.There was no immediate claim of responsibility for what was the deadliest attack to hit the capital since mid-October but the Islamic State jihadist group has claimed nearly all such bombings.Baghdad has been on high alert since the start on October 17 of an offensive, Iraq’s largest military operation in years, to retake the northern jihadist stronghold of Mosul.The area that was targeted on Saturday is packed with wholesale markets and usually teeming with daily labourers unloading vans and wheeling carts around.last_img

Karaoke bar blaze kills 15 in central Myanmar

first_imgAt least 15 people have died after a fire ripped through a karaoke bar in central Myanmar, trapping revellers inside singing rooms filled with poisonous smoke.Eleven men and four women died when the blaze consumed the top floor of the Shwe Myat Min Thamee KTV bar in the town of Magway, northwest of the capital Naypyidaw, on Sunday night.A local fire official said the electrical system had apparently overheated and set fire to the sound-proof lining inside the singing rooms.”All those killed were inside KTV rooms at the time … It seems the wires became hot and started burning the foam,” Magway region fire department director Aung Win Sein told AFP on Monday.The four women who were killed were all said to be workers at the bar.Police have opened two cases against the bar owner for negligence.Karaoke bars are popular in Myanmar, where many also serve as fronts for illegal brothels.last_img read more

UN deplores Myanmar Bangladesh deal on Rohingyas

first_imgRohingya refugee. File PhotoUN officials have condemned a deal struck between Myanmar and Bangladesh to start repatriating Rohingya refugees, apparently for failure to involve the UN refugee body with the process.The Guardian newspaper quoted the UN refugee agency confirming they have not been consulted about the plan.The UNHCR reportedly said, conditions in Myanmar’s Rakhine state is ‘not yet conducive’ for return of Rohingyas who fled their homeland following crackdown by the Myanmar military.The Guardian mentioned that Bangladesh and Myanmar government officials announced this week they had struck a “very concrete” repatriation deal for the return of the 720,000 Rohingya refugees.Myanmar officials, according to the report, said on Wednesday they had verified 5,000 Rohingya refugees so far, with the “first batch” of 2,000 to be repatriated in the next month.Stéphane Dujarric, a spokesman for the UN secretary general, António Guterres, was quoted to have said that the deal had taken the UN high commissioner for refugees (UNHCR) by surprise.“To be clear … UNHCR, which is in lead on the issues of refugees, was not consulted on this matter,” Dujarric said at the daily press briefing given by the secretary general’s office.Chris Melzer, the UNHCR’s senior external officer based in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh, reiterated this, saying: “UNHCR was not a party to that agreement, wrote the British newspaper.“We would advise against imposing any timetable or target figures for repatriation in respect of the voluntary nature and sustainability of return,” added Melzer.“It is unclear if refugees know their names are on this list that has been cleared by Myanmar. They need to be informed. They also need to be consulted if they are willing to return … It is critical that returns are not rushed or premature.”Hundreds of thousands of Rohingya have been living in cramped refugee camps in Cox’s Bazar for more than a year after fleeing rape, murder and arson in Rakhine state at the hands of the Myanmar military, the report pointed out.The Myanmar government signed an agreement with the UNHCR in June that they would work with the UN to create “safe and dignified” conditions for the return of the Rohingya to Rakhine, including guaranteeing security, freedom of movement and pathway to citizenship.The Guardian said none of these assurances have been made by the Myanmar government so far and the UNHCR has only been given restricted access to Rakhine state.“For UNHCR, the conditions in Rakhine state are not yet conducive for a return to Myanmar,” said Dujarric. “And, at the same time, we’re seeing Rohingya refugees continue to arrive from Rakhine state into [Bangladesh], which should give you an indication of the situation on the ground.”Bangladesh has handed Myanmar a list of 24,342 refugees whom they have cleared for repatriation, but details of the logistics and precise date of the repatriation are unclear, the report said.It added that the issue of consent and possible forced repatriation has also been raised, with Rohingya in Cox’s Bazar saying they were fearful of going back and had never been asked whether they wanted to return.Myanmar officials, including Myint Thu, the permanent secretary at Myanmar’s ministry of foreign affairs, visited the camps in Cox’s Bazar on Wednesday and were greeted by hundreds of Rohingya protestors who held placards demanding citizenship and security, according to media report.“We are here to meet with the people from the camps so that I can explain what we have prepared for their return and then I can listen to their voices,” Myint Thu was quoted to have said.Safiullah, who was among the refugees who met the Myanmar members, had asked whether the Rohingya would be able to return to their own villages and get back their confiscated land and other properties but “the Burmese officials did not give me an answer”.“I will not return to Myanmar even if the authorities enlist me for repatriation. I am sure this is the view of almost all Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh,” he was quoted to have said.Suktara Begum, a Rohingya refugee woman who spoke to Myint Thu on his visit to the camps, said: “They came to meet us today simply because of pressure from the international community. They have not taken one step to meet our demands in so many months. They are not serious about our return to our homes. We do not trust them.”last_img read more

Thakurgaon road crash death toll rises to 4

first_imgA head-on collision between two buses on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh Highway claims life of four people.A head-on collision between two buses on Thakurgaon-Panchagarh Highway left four people dead and 29 others injured on Thursday morning, reports UNB. The deceased are Babul, 28, a minibus driver Abul Kalam Azad, 50, son of Abdul Majid, Mojibur Rahman, 75, and Quamruzzaman, 35, of Thakurgaon Sadar upazila. The accident took place at Salandar Bhutpara in the upazila around 10:00am. A Panchagarh-bound bus hit the Thakurgaon-bound minibus of ‘Nirnoy Paribahan’, killing three people on the spot, said sub-inspector Firoza Begum of Sadar police station.Police and fire service officials rescued the victims and took 22 of them to the Sadar Hospital. Later, another injured man succumbed to his injuries at Sadar Hospital in the afternoon.last_img read more

Long Lines On Final Day Of Sign Up For DSNAP Benefits In

first_img Share – / 3Friday is the last day to sign up for D-SNAP benefits in Harris County, and over 8 thousand people are estimated to be lined up outside the George R. Brown Convention Center.The Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (D-SNAP), offers short-term food assistance benefits to families recovering from a disaster. Hii Iluu was first in line at the George R. Brown, she arrived Thursday at 5 p.m. Ms. Iluu needed assistance because the money she qualified for from FEMA wasn’t enough to cover her losses from Hurricane Harvey.Aide Hernandez also arrived at 5 p.m. Thursday. After waiting for hours at the Southwest Multi-Service Center she abandoned that line and headed downtown. She’s desperate for benefits because her husband is out of work because of Harvey.“I work in hotel, so I continue to work, but my husband works in landscaping and the customers, they have houses that flooded and he can’t do work,” Hernandez said.Officials say more than 200,000 people in Harris County have signed-up for assistance from the state run program since started registration on September 27.A Houston Police Officer working crowd control estimated there were more than 8,000 people in line. Another HPD Officer said the long line was not unusual in size for D-SNAP registration. George R. Brown opened around 7:30 a.m. and workers began processing applicants at 8 a.m. Registration will end at 7 p.m. Friday. Tammy Kerchner got to the Convention Center Friday at 7 a.m. and found herself at the end of a line that stretched a mile long.“Oh wow, we only have until 7:00? I didn’t know that,” Tammy Kerchner responded when I asked if she was concerned about being able to sign up before registration closed. “Yeah absolutely, this line is like ridiculous. I’m surprised I found the end of it.”last_img read more