Sania Mirza eyes seventh major title in Australian Open final

first_imgSania Mirza will be bidding for her seventh major title, and first with Croatian partner Ivan Dodig, in the Australian Open mixed doubles final where the second seeds take on unseeded American Abigail Spears and Colombian Juan Sebastian Cabal on Sunday.Sania-Dodig overcame a tough one-hour-18-minute battle in the semi-final against Aussies Samantha Stosur and Sam Groth 6-4, 2-6, (10-5) on Friday. Abigail-Cabal defeated Elina Svitolina of Ukraine and Aussie Chris Guiccione 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the last four stage. (Nadal vs Federer: Dream final becomes reality in Australia)The Indo-Croatian pair will play their second Grand Slam final, having lost the French Open final to experienced pair of Leander Paes and Martina Hingis last year.It will be Sania’s second Australian Open mixed doubles final after winning in 2009 with compatriot Mahesh Bhupathi. She has won three mixed doubles titles, the last being the 2014 US Open with Brazilian Bruno Soares.The 30-year-old Hyderabadi has six major titles in her kitty, three in mixed doubles and three in women’s doubles. (Serena Williams overcomes sister Venus to win record 23rd Grand Slam)The second seeded Sania-Dodig showed impressive composure to claim the semi-final. They were given a run for their money by Samantha-Groth but eventually emerged stronger from the tie.Sania committed two double faults at crucial phases of the contest. But she remained unfazed by the mistakes.”I was serving ok, just those couple of double faults. But that’s how it is. Me and Ivan are a good team, we stay positive and fight. We support each other when the chips are down,” Sania said after the match on Friday.advertisement”Our strength is our return. We just had to trust we will get a chance, and we did.”Dodig said he was under pressure in the match as the going got tough. “To be honest, I feel a bit of pressure,” said Dodig.Dodig said as he is yet to win a major title in mixed doubles he will try harder and will take cue from her partner who has greater experience in summit clashes.Dodig says he doesn’t have as many Grand Slams as her so he will be trying his best in the final that they reached on Friday.”We played the final in Paris and we lost a tough match and now we’re again in a final and now I don’t have so many Grand Slams like Sania but I have one in doubles, so I’m here trying to give my all and energy for at least one more mixed (doubles title),” he said.Dodig, 32, added he is glad to strike up a decent partnership with Sania.”I’ve really enjoyed playing with Sania. We had a good run last year here as well and now being in the final is great for us. Unfortunately, we always have to play these super tie-breaks, but it’s fun if you’re winning,” he said.last_img read more

Coach Gian Piero Ventura apologises but doesn’t resign after Italy fail to make World Cup

first_imgThe prevailing theme for Gian Piero Ventura’s run as Italy coach was that the 69-year-old journeyman manager was in far over his head.Having never coached a major club before taking over the national team last year, Ventura covered himself in disgrace on Monday when four-time champions Italy failed to qualify for the World Cup for the first time in six decades.Ventura was widely criticized for poor tactical decisions before and after Sweden’s 1-0 aggregate win over the Azzurri.After the scoreless draw in the second leg in Milan, it was a foregone conclusion he will be fired according to a contract stipulation in case of a failed qualification – unless he resigns.”I’m not resigning because I haven’t spoken with the (federation) president,” Ventura said. “We need to evaluate things. We’ll see. I’ll talk with the federation and confront the problem.”I feel I have to apologize to Italians for the result.”Ventura’s expected ouster will come in sharp contrast to his predecessor, Antonio Conte.Conte was lauded for getting the most out of Italy before the Azzurri lost on penalties to Germany in the quarterfinals of last year’s European Championship.When Conte departed for Chelsea after Euro 2016, Ventura was given the crowning job on a career that had seen him coach the likes of Pisa, Bari, and Torino.”I’ve been in football many years so I know how to accept it,” Ventura said of the failed qualification. “I’m honored to have been a part of the national team and to have worked with great champions and with others that I hope will become great.advertisement”I’m upset because tonight I understood the significance of coaching the national team.”Ventura’s attachment to two forwards he coached at Torino, Ciro Immobile and Andrea Belotti, and his refusal to try a three-striker formation, led him to continually leave Napoli winger Lorenzo Insigne on the bench.Considered Italy’s most talented player of the moment, Insigne was inexplicably asked to come on for Marco Verratti in a central midfield position late in the opening leg against Sweden.Likewise, winger Stephan El Shaarawy was given little playing time despite a show of solid form at Roma that included a brace against Conte’s Chelsea in the Champions League.”We showed few ideas and not much in the way of tactics,” said veteran midfielder Daniele De Rossi, who retired from the national team after the playoff.Late in the second leg, De Rossi argued with Ventura’s staff when they asked him to warm up. He later suggested he thought Insigne or someone else should enter.”If I offended anyone I’m sorry,” De Rossi said.The Azzurri elimination had been brewing for months.Italy were outclassed by Spain 3-0 in September, virtually sealing their fate of entering the playoffs. Then in five consecutive matches, Italy scored a total of three goals against Israel, Macedonia, Albania and Sweden.”Sport teaches that you win and lose as a team,” retiring captain Gianluigi Buffon said. “The coach shares in our mistakes.”Carlo Ancelotti, who was fired by Bayern Munich in September, is being mentioned as a possible replacement for Ventura.Ancelotti, who coached Juventus and AC Milan before going abroad to win titles with Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain, Real Madrid and Bayern, has the big-club resume that Ventura lacked. But it remains to be seen if he’ll be willing to coach the national team, or if he still prefers the daily activities of a club.Other options include installing a caretaker and luring back Conte, who has expressed homesickness at Chelsea, or perhaps Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri or Zenit St. Petersburg’s Roberto Mancini once the club season ends.Meanwhile, the status of Italian football federation president Carlo Tavecchio was also in question.Italian Olympic Committee president Giovanni Malago, who oversees all sports in the country, intimated recently that Tavecchio should resign if Italy fails to qualify.There is a precedent since Giancarlo Abete, the previous federation president, and coach Cesare Prandelli each resigned immediately after Italy was eliminated in the first round of the 2014 World Cup.Whoever takes over will have to rebuild a squad that doesn’t feature a single standout player.There is youth, though.Belotti is only 23, Insigne is 26 and Immobile is 27.At 27, the long-excluded Mario Balotelli could still have plenty to contribute if he ever matures enough.At 25, Marco Verratti still hasn’t put in a solid performance for Italy as he attempts to replace the retired Andrea Pirlo in midfield.In defense, the veteran “BBC” trio of Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci – who have a combined age of 99 – is destined to be broken up with Barzagli retiring from the national team. Younger defenders on the horizon include Daniele Rugani, Alessio Romagnoli and Mattia Caldara.advertisementIn goal, 18-year-old AC Milan starter Gianluigi Donnarumma is set to replace Buffon.last_img read more

Olympic gold medallist Dani Rowe retires from cycling at age of 28

first_imgThe Olympic gold medallist Dani Rowe has announced her retirement from professional cycling.The 28-year-old won team pursuit gold for Great Britain at London 2012 , and also claimed three world and two European titles before switching her focus from the track to the road. She then secured road race bronze for Wales at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games this year. “Today marks both the end of one chapter in my career, and the start of a new one. As from today I’m announcing my retirement from professional cycling,” said Rowe on her website.“After winning a medal in the Commonwealth Games, I have won a major medal in all that I can in cycling, and it’s now time to enter the next chapter of my life. I feel that it would have been an easier decision to carry on cycling, as it’s something that’s defined me since the age of 14.“It’s a scary world outside of professional sport but one I’m willing to jump into with open arms, taking opportunities that I wouldn’t have been able to when cycling. I’ve already got exciting plans in place for 2019, including how I remain in this amazing sport, and I look forward to sharing this with you in the new year.” Share on LinkedIn Since you’re here… Cycling Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Topics Sign up to The Recap, our weekly email of editors’ picks. Support The Guardian Share on WhatsApp A cult figure, Paul Sherwen brought cycling to the world Share on Pinterest news Share on Facebook Reuse this contentlast_img read more

10 months agoKlopp defends Liverpool players after Wolves FA Cup defeat: Did I expect more?

About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Klopp defends Liverpool players after Wolves FA Cup defeat: Did I expect more?by Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp defended his players after they were beaten by Wolves in last night’s FA Cup third round tie.Klopp made nine changes from the team which were beaten at Manchester City on Thursday.The German stated, “All these things that came out are really my responsibility, so it’s about rhythm. Of course, you know they have rhythm. Div (Origi), can he have rhythm? No, not really. Daniel (Sturridge), maybe a bit more. Alberto (Moreno), no, no rhythm. “That of course doesn’t help footballers against a [tough] opponent. We played Wolves here two or three weeks ago and they are really strong. We won, yes, but we knew it was really tough here. Now we played today, they didn’t change a lot – if they changed something – so that’s not easy.”Do I expect? I always expect a lot more from the players. Do I think they could have delivered [more] today? I am not 100 per cent sure. It’s not my job to say now, ‘that was not good enough, that was not good enough’ because I know they can do much better. I changed a lot because I thought we had to, not because I wanted to and to say, ‘come on, let’s have a look at how that works’ because it was clear Wolves would not change a lot. “The problem is, we played a similar line-up and had three tough games in the last couple of weeks, so it was clear we had to change. That’s it, that’s all.” read more

Yuzhny Port Deepening Deemed a Shrewd Move

first_imgzoom Dredging work at the Yuzhny Port, Ukraine is nearing completion, and cargo owners are already analyzing its benefits. Enhancing the capabilities for working with Capesize vessels will significantly increase the flows of export, import, and transit cargoes.The Kanaris, the first 18.5m draft  Capesize vessel, enters the Yuzhny PortAccess to Capesize vessels (over 200,000 deadweight tons) provides a competitive advantage during transportation of ore and coal cargoes.Ukraine, with a water depth of 15 meters, was able to ensure the use of only 70% of the tonnage of such vessels and the vessels had to complete loading in the roads (i.e. in the approaches to the port area).This significantly increased the cost of freight, as well as the time and cost of loading.“As a confirmation that the right strategy was chosen for development of the Yuzhny Port, a constant increase in cargo traffic is being observed today (it increased by 2.3 million tons in the first half of 2014, compared with the first half of 2013).At the same time, revenues from port charges are increasing,” said Yurii Vaskov, the Deputy Head of the Association of Seaports of Ukraine.“The uniqueness of this project lies in the fact that it will begin generating additional revenue from port dues from July 1, i.e. during the stage of its implementation.”From February 2013 to the beginning of June 2014, the port managed to increase its channel draft from 14.5 meters to 18.5 meters.Thus, the Yuzhny Port has already become the deepest deep-water port on the Black Sea.However, under to the project, the water depth will increase to 21 meters by the end of this year.“Both ship owners and shippers are already seeing the main effects of the dredging work that has been performed. Previously, ships left berths with a draft of 14.2 meters to finish loading in the roads (to 18.5 meters). It will no longer be necessary to finish loading in the roads from July. Thanks to the increased loading volumes at berths, the total period for loading a vessel has reduced by 4-5 days,” the Head of the Yuzhny Port’s Administration Maksym Shirokov said.Three vessels with drafts of 18.5 meters will be loaded before the end of June. The Capesize vessel Kanaris is already being loaded with iron-ore concentrate at the port, and it will depart with a draft of 18.5 meters on June 22, without additional loading in the roads.Similarly to the development of the Yuzhny Port’s waters, the Administration of Seaports of Ukraine’s Head Andrii Amelin has announced plans to dredge the approach channel in Skadovsk (to 6 meters), the Belgorod-Dniester channel, the Izmail Port, and the Ilyichevsk Port.CTS, June 24, 2014last_img read more

Alleged Fredericton gunman says hes innocent citing temporary insanity

first_imgFREDERICTON – The man charged with murder in a Fredericton shooting spree that left four people dead says he should be “exonerated” because of temporary insanity.Matthew Raymond says he has evidence that will show his innocence in the deaths of Fredericton police constables Sara Burns and Robb Costello, and civilians Donnie Robichaud and Bobbie Lee Wright.The four were gunned down Aug. 10 outside an apartment complex in the city.Appearing before a judge Monday, the 48-year-old Raymond said he shouldn’t be in custody and should acquitted “right now.”Ignoring his defence lawyer’s plea to sit down, Raymond told Judge Julian Dickson he has been threatened while in jail.Raymond has not yet made a formal plea, and the case will return to court next Monday to set a date for a preliminary hearing on the first-degree murder charges.last_img read more

Vancouver mayoral candidate admits defeat congratulates winner Kennedy Stewart

first_imgVANCOUVER – The runner-up in the race for Vancouver mayor has admitted defeat, two days after he lost by almost 1,000 votes.In a statement Monday, Ken Sim of the Non-Partisan Association congratulated Kennedy Stewart for his win on Saturday. .Sim apologized for the time it took to acknowledge that Stewart won the election.Sim says given the close nature of the result, he and his party believed they owed it to their supporters and to the city to ensure the results were correct.He says he wasn’t trying to take away from Stewart or his team’s accomplishment.last_img read more

UN officials urge global focus on new challenges to peace and security

“None of these challenges is new. What is new, however, is that they are increasingly transnational, increasingly acute, and have ever greater implications for human, State, regional and international security,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council debate on new challenges to international peace and security.“They are increasingly transnational because of the growing ease with which people, goods and money can cross borders,” Mr. Ban told the debate, presided over by Paulo Portas, the Foreign Minister of Portugal, which holds the presidency of the Council this month.“The combined stresses of crime, pandemics and climate change are pushing many poor and fragile countries close to the breaking point.”UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres warned that climate change and its interaction with other triggers of mass displacement of people constituted a growing threat to international peace and security.Climate change cannot be viewed in isolation from other global trends such as population growth, urbanization, and growing food, water and energy insecurity.“There is little value in posing the simplistic question, ‘how many people are going to be displaced by climate change,’ he said. “Instead, we should be addressing the more complex issue of the way in which global warming, rising sea levels, changing weather patterns and other manifestations of climate change are interacting with, and reinforcing, other global imbalances, so as to produce some very powerful drivers of instability, conflict and displacement.”Scarce resources, including water and agricultural land, as well as declining farming opportunities in developing countries, are also potential causes of both displacement and conflict, Mr. Guterres pointed out.He highlighted risks to citizenship among people who may be forced to abandon small island States due to rising sea levels and floods. Mr. Guterres urged the international community to prepare guiding principles on helping people forced to leave their countries as a result of catastrophic environmental events who may not qualify as refugees under international law.“Providing such support is a humanitarian imperative. But it is also our common interest,” said Mr. Guterres. “If climate change goes unchecked, and if we fail to find sustainable solutions for displaced populations, we will be creating the conditions in which further breaches of international peace and security are certain to take place.”Margaret Chan, Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO), briefed the Council on the procedures it has in place to ensure effective responses to acute threats to global health.“WHO and its partners undertake multiple preparedness activities aimed at strengthening surveillance, reporting, and response capacities, particularly in those developing or least-developed countries where most new disease emerge,” she said.“While the fear of another pandemic gives these activities great urgency, they serve a dual purpose, as they strengthen the world’s collective capacity to respond to all health emergencies, regardless of their potential to spread internationally.”Yury Fedotov, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said transnational organized crime and drug trafficking are undermining security in many regions and evolving into major threats to political and social stability, the rule of law, human rights and economic development.He said UNODC is raising awareness and mobilizing multilateral actions against drug trafficking and other forms of organized crime in all regions of the world, in partnership with other UN entities and international bodies.“Our comprehensive and concerted approach is underpinned by UNODC’s guardianship of the UN Conventions on corruption, drug control and transnational organized crime,” said Mr. Fedotov.“At the core of our multilateral response must be a policy to help build the capacities of fragile or weak States, while assisting with the defences of neighbouring countries and the long-term development of criminal justice systems,” he added. 23 November 2011Senior United Nations officials today cited organized crime, pandemics and the effects of climate change as daunting challenges to the maintenance of international peace and security and called for regional and global multi-disciplinary cooperation to tackle the threats. read more

UN warns of fullscale disaster as Syrian refugees reach one million

“With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every day, Syria is spiralling towards full-scale disaster,” the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, António Guterres, said in a press release. “We are doing everything we can to help, but the international humanitarian response capacity is dangerously stretched. This tragedy has to be stopped.”The number of refugees increased dramatically since the start of the year, with more than 400,000 people fleeing Syria to neighbouring countries – Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, and increasingly to North Africa and Europe, according to figures reported by the UN refugee agency (UNHCR).“This number translates into one million people who are dependent on the generosity of host countries, the response of humanitarian agencies and the financial support of governments and individuals,” said Mr. Guterres, who will be travelling to the region later this week to visit UNHCR operations in Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon.In Lebanon, the population has increased by as much as 10 per cent. Jordan’s energy, water, health and education services are being strained to the limit. Turkey has spent over $600 million setting up 17 refugee camps, with more under construction. Iraq, already stressed by a population of one million internally displaced persons (IDPs), received over 100,000 Syrian refugees in the past year.“These countries should not only be recognized for their unstinting commitment to keeping their borders open for Syrian refugees, they should be massively supported as well,” Mr. Guterres noted.Meanwhile, the UN Regional Response Plan for Syrian Refugees is approximately 25 per cent funded, UNHCR announced.The plan was originally launched in March 2012 with plans for six-month assistance to 96,500 refugees. It was revised to $1 billion for the first half of 2013 for an expected 1.1 million refugees. UNHCR today announced that given the dramatic increase in the figures so far this year, it is now again revising the plan. The Geneva-based agency said most of the refugees arrive traumatized, without possessions and having lost members of their families. Half of the refugees are children, the majority under the age of 11. read more

Dus Teriyaki a worthy hidden treasure

first_imgWhy: Du’s Teriyaki, located just north of Evergreen Boulevard on Grand Avenue, serves up teriyaki noodles, rice and a few American options six days a week for dining in or take out. The restaurant boasts that it serves “the best grilled teriyaki in town.” It is certainly among the aged restaurants in Clark County, and you sort of feel like you may have stumbled upon a good find in an unlikely place when you sit down for a meal in its humble dining room. What I tried: I settled on the spring rolls, the spicy chicken, the vegetable yakisoba and the broccoli beef. The spring rolls were piping hot from the fryer and served with a sweet chili teriyaki sauce for dipping. They were greasy, tasty and delicious. The ingredients within the wrap included rice noodles and chopped chicken, and the richly flavored dipping sauce was very complimentary to the rolls.The spicy chicken is a must-have if you like incredibly spicy food. Stay away from it if you do not though, because it is that hot! I wanted to try it to gauge Du’s definition of “spicy.” The chicken was tender and juicy, but I could not taste it past the spice. It is served on a bed of rice and a traditional teriyaki restaurant iceberg salad with that sweet mayonnaise and rice vinegar dressing. The lettuce was crispy and watery fresh.The vegetable mix-ins for the yakisoba were mostly broccoli, cabbage and celery, and the noodles were cooked just right. I enjoyed this dish and appreciated the freshness of the vegetables.last_img read more

Germany boss rules out Ozil comeback

first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low feels that it’s very unlikely that Mesut Ozil will ever retract his decision to retire from international footballThe Arsenal playmaker announced his retirement following Germany’s disastrous World Cup campaign that saw them eliminated at the group stages.Ozil cited German Football Federation (DFB) president Reinhard Grindel’s discrimination and “incompetence” as one of his main reasons for leaving the national side.The 29-year-old did suggest though that he may make a comeback if the “feeling of racism and disrespect” from the DFB disappears.But Low says his gone and that’s it.“In my view, Mesut Ozil has clearly declared his retirement and closed the door by himself with that, so a comeback is not a topic,” he told Sport Bild, via SportsKeeda.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…Low revealed last week that he has not been able to talk to Ozil since his announcement.“Mesut did not call me, not to this very day,” he said.“I tried to reach him several times in the past two weeks, via text message, via phone. Mesut has decided to take this path. I must accept it.“Ozil has been my player for nine years. We’ve experienced a lot together. A few lows, but more highs. We’ve won the World Cup. This will still stay forever.“I am still of the opinion that he was one of the best players we had in Germany in the last 20, 30 years.“One day, we’ll have a conversation. I would have wished for him to inform me personally, and I was disappointed at first.”last_img read more

Heres what Mark Zuckerberg has to say about Facebooks Supreme Court

first_img Mark Zuckerberg Facebook Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, left, chats with Harvard Law School Professor Noah Feldman and Jenny Martinez, the Dean of Stanford Law School. Facebook Creating an independent board to review Facebook’s decisions sounds like a sensible way to handle the social network’s toughest calls on what content stays or goes. But the company is finding out that putting such a panel together will be a daunting challenge. Facebook detailed some of the issues in a 44-page report Thursday, summing up feedback gathered around the world. The company said it spoke with roughly 900 people and reviewed more than 1,200 public comments about the proposed 40-person panel, which has been dubbed the Facebook “Supreme Court.” The report, called “Global Feedback & Input on the Facebook Oversight Board for Content Decisions,” was accompanied by a video chat between CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Jennifer Martinez, dean of Stanford Law School, and Noah Feldman, a Harvard Law School professor who pitched the idea to Facebook last year. Here are four takeaways from their discussion. 1. The board’s role could become bigger in the future Facebook doesn’t just make decisions about what content to leave up or pull down. The social network also uses a bunch of signals like what posts you comment on or “like” to decide what it displays higher in your News Feed.  The board could have the power to influence Facebook’s policies and how the content should be “treated” in the future, Zuckerberg said.  “There’s a lot that this board could eventually do,” Zuckerberg told his guests. “The goal is going to be to start narrowly and then eventually over time expand its scope and hopefully include more folks in the industry as well.” 2. How quickly the board moves will be a big challenge Facebook has faced criticism for not pulling down hate speech, bullying or misinformation quickly enough. Even Zuckerberg has acknowledged that the company should’ve acted more swiftly to prevent a doctored video of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi from spreading.  Moving quickly will be a “make or break” issue for the board’s credibility, Martinez told Zuckerberg.  Facebook needs a way to refer cases to the board before the content goes viral, Zuckerberg said. “It’s not that we’re ever going to be out of the business of having to make these decisions ourselves internally,” he said. 3. International courts could provide a model for Facebook’s content moderation board Facebook crosses international borders, so the board will have to strike a balance between protecting the principles of free speech and the local laws that govern what is and isn’t acceptable. That’ll be tricky because some countries, notably the US, have an almost anything-goes approach, while others, such as Germany and France, curtail some forms of expression, such as hate speech.  Martinez, a scholar in human rights law who worked on the UN tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, says international courts could provide an example for the board to study. She said international courts try to set a floor in terms of what all members are expected to protect. She cited the European Court of Human Rights, which hears cases in which a country is alleged to have breached civil or political rights. The court’s floor, called the “margin of appreciation,” allows it to balance fundamental principles while accommodating differences in local laws, cultures and needs, she said. A similar setup for Facebook’s content moderation board might help it weigh free speech principles and local legal and cultural issues, though tricky questions would still remain for countries that lean toward suppressing expression. 4. The board will have to prove through its actions that it’s legitimate  Facebook needs to show the public that the board isn’t just a fall guy for the social network when it makes a decision that sparks public backlash. Ultimately, that means the board will have to overturn decisions that Facebook previously made. “Legitimacy ultimately … will be real when people see decisions that are different from what Facebook would otherwise have decided to do,” Feldman said. Facebook also has to decide how it will select the board members, and some have suggested that it create a selection committee.  That still might not be enough to convince the public the board is independent, Feldman said. “Maybe there’s a hybrid solution, you know, where we can choose some of the people and then those people could participate alongside Facebook and external input on choosing the next set of people,” Feldman said. Politics Tech Industry CNET’s Andrew Morse contributed to this report. Tagscenter_img 1 Comment Share your voicelast_img read more

Health remains key challenge in Indias development Ram Nath

first_imgWardha: President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday said health remains a key challenge in India’s development, but the Centre was committed to tackle it through its various programmes. He said lack of access to health services, malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases put severe constraints on the country. Kovind was addressing a gathering on the occasion of the golden jubilee celebrations of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (MGIMS) here. Also Read – Man held for slapping woman employee at Gurgaon toll plaza booth Advertise With Us “As a country with 18 per cent of world population, we carry 20 per cent of the prevalence of global diseases. We are challenged by the triple burden of communicable, non-communicable and new and emerging diseases,” the President said. “Health remains a key development challenge for India. Lack of access to health services, malnutrition and neglected tropical diseases place severe constraints on us. Also Read – One arrested for firing outside Satna college in Madhya Pradesh Advertise With Us Our government remains committed to tackle these through the flagship Ayushman Bharat programme and other health missions. Our problems are complex and intertwined with our larger socio-economic challenges,” he said. Kovind said the institution in the last 50 years has made a stellar contribution to the nation’s progress, earning immense appreciation and respect for its academic excellence and as much for its service to people. Advertise With Us An institution inspired by the life and teachings of Mahatma Gandhi could have only prospered in the manner, he added. On the occasion, he condoled the deaths of people in the devastating floods in various parts of the country, including Maharashtra. “My prayers are with the families who lost their near and dear ones. I hope and wish that those affected are able to get back to normal life soon. I commend the services of the central government and respective state governments for bringing relief in flood-affected areas…,” the President said. Earlier, Kovind visited the Sevagram Ashram here, where Mahatma Gandhi had stayed for over a decade. “The four walls of the humble hermitage have much to teach and inspire us. As I walked through its courtyard, my mind ran through Gandhiji’s struggles and his sacrifice, trying to fathom how much we as a nation owe him. Sevagram Ashram was the centre of many of his experiments with satya, ahimsa and emancipation of humanity,” he said. “The place has a deep imprint of his attachment to cleanliness and health. He began his leprosy programme at the ashram,” the President said. “It was here that he pioneered community work on sanitation, an idea that continues to inspire us as we work for Swachh Bharat and for open defecation free India,” Kovind added.last_img read more

Nusli Wadia writes to SEBI urging action against independent directors of 3

first_imgNusli WadiaTwitterChairman of the Wadia group of companies Nusli Wadia has urged capital market regulator Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to take action against three independent directors from three Tata group companies.Wadia alleged that these directors had made wrong declarations in the company annual reports, Business Standard (BS) reported.In his letter, Wadia named Tata Steel independent directors Andrew Robb and Mallika Srinivasan, and Nasser Munjee, an independent director on the boards of Tata Chemicals and Tata Motors.In the eight-page letter to SEBI Chairman Ajay Tyagi, Wadia requested Tyagi to conduct a “full and impartial investigation” under listing regulations on the reports submitted by the audit committees of the respective companies, BS reported.Citing annual reports, the audit committees have filed their responses with SEBI. The audit committee had also examined the charges made by Wadia.But Wadia said that Munjee, the chairman of the audit committee of both Tata Motors and Tata Chemicals, is not independent and the committee, therefore, was “wrongfully and illegally constituted”.”The audit committee of these companies, whose chairman though not independent, de facto and de jure, reported to Sebi that there has been compliance with all legal requirements and corporate governance standards,” Wadia wrote in his letter to SEBI.The chairman of Wadia family-owned conglomerate pointed out that committees were constituted in violation of the Companies Act.”The agenda is how to ensure independent spirit of the independent directors. There is a lot of criticism on whether the independent directors are really independent. This is a problem worldwide. All matters related to the role of independent directors are being discussed very thoroughly,” BS quoted Sebi’s whole-time member S Raman.This is the second letter Wadia has written to the regulator, alleging the independent director had a direct conflict of interest. He wrote the first letter on January 6 when he was holding position of as chairman of the nomination and remuneration committees of these companies.As an independent director, Nusli Wadia served on the boards of Tata Steel, Tata Motors and Tata Chemicals for over 25 years. Earlier, in October last year, when Cyrus Mistry was ousted as Tata Sons chairman, Wadia supported him. In January, Mistry and Wadia were removed from the boards of all Tata companies.Last year, Wadia had sent a defamation notice to the Tata Sons board asking it to withdraw “false” and “defamatory” allegations made against him or face a lawsuit. The industrialist had said that the company’s plans to remove him as an independent director had harmed his reputation and public image.last_img read more

New alliance places 5point demand for pollstime govt

first_imgAQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Kamal Hossain. Prothom Alo File PhotoThe new alliance, led by Badruddoza Chowdhury and Kamal Hossain, on Friday placed five-point demand to the ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) for the formation of an election-time neutral government, reports UNB.The alliance issued a press release signed by the Bikalpa Dhara Bangladesh (BDB) president Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain in this regard.Their five points are:Forming a neutral government to ensure equal opportunities for all the parties after the dissolution of parliament before the announcement of the national elections schedule and forming the new government in consultation with all the political parties; and members of the election-time government will have to be barred from participating in the election.Constituting a new election commission with acceptable persons to ensure a free, fair and neutral election after discussions with all the political parties; and allowing all the media to exercise freedom of speech while the political parties the full right to hold rallies.Withdrawing the false cases filed against leaders and activists of all the political parties, including students who led the “quota reform” and “safe road” movements, and releasing the detainees. And not to arrest any political leaders and activists of any political party until the election is over.Deployment of army, magistrates and law enforcement agencies in each election area and allowing the election commission to exercise its full authority over law enforcement agencies one month before and 10 days after the elections.Dropping the idea of using EVMs in the elections and amending the Representation of the People Order (RPO) 1972 to create a level-playing field for all the political parties.On 20 August, Jukto Front, a coalition of three political parties — BDB, Jatiya Samajtantrik Dal (JSD) and Nagarik Oikya, chairman and former president AQM Badruddoza Chowdhury and Gano Forum president Kamal Hossain announced to forge an alliance of greater ‘unity’ in the ‘interest of the nation’.last_img read more

Troops likely to get authority to protect border agents

first_imgUS Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Special Response Team (SRT) officers are seen through concertina wire at the San Ysidro Port of Entry after the land border crossing was temporarily closed to traffic in Tijuana, Mexico 19 November. Photo: ReutersUS president Donald Trump is likely to give US troops authority to protect immigration agents stationed along the US border with Mexico if they come under threat from migrants seeking to cross into the United States, a US official said on Monday.Ahead of US congressional elections earlier this month, Trump denounced the approach of a caravan of migrants as an “invasion” that threatened American national security, and he sent thousands of US troops to the border to help secure it.Currently, the troops do not have authority to protect US Customs and Border Patrol personnel. The new authority could be announced on Tuesday, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity.US officials briefly closed the busiest border crossing from Mexico early on Monday to add concrete barricades and razor wire amid concerns some of the thousands of Central American migrants at the border could try to rush the crossing.Northbound lanes at the San Ysidro crossing from Tijuana to San Diego, California, were temporarily closed “to position additional port hardening materials,” a US CBP spokesperson said.A Department of Homeland Security official, who requested anonymity, told reporters on a conference call that US officials had heard reports some migrants were intending to run through border crossings into California.The closing was rare for the station, which is one of the busiest border crossings in the world with tens of thousands Mexicans heading every day into the United States to work or study.”Today was a lost day of work. I already called my boss to tell her that everything was closed and I did not know what time I would be able to get in,” said Maria Gomez, a Mexican woman who crosses the border every day for work. “I cannot believe this is happening.”Trump had remained mostly silent about the caravan since the Nov. 6 vote, but on Monday he posted a photo on Twitter showing a fence that runs from the beach in Tijuana into the ocean now covered with razor wire.Critics charged that his talk of a migrant “invasion” was an effort to rouse his political base ahead of the elections.Officials have stressed that the 5,900 active-duty US troops on the border are not there in a law enforcement capacity and that there are no plans for them to interact with migrants.Instead, their mission is to lend support to the CBP, and they have been stringing up concertina wire and erecting temporary housing.The commander of the mission told Reuters last week that the number of troops may have peaked, and he would soon look at whether to begin sending forces home or shifting some to new border positions.About 6,000 Central Americans have reached the border cities of Tijuana and Mexicali, according to local officials. More bands of migrants are making their way toward Tijuana, with around 10,000 expected.Hundreds of local residents on Sunday massed at a monument in a wealthy neighborhood of Tijuana to protest the arrival of the migrants, with some carrying signs that said “Mexico first” and “No more migrants.”Last month, thousands of Central American migrants began a long journey from Honduras through Mexico toward the United States to seek asylum.Other bands of mostly Salvadorans followed, with a small group setting off on Sunday from San Salvadorlast_img read more

Cardinals Achieve Success in the Classroom

first_imgThe Aprile EraThis marks the first season under new head coach Holly Aprile. The 2018 ACC Coach of the Year spent 10 seasons (2009-18) as Pittsburgh’s head coach and five years (2004-08) as an assistant. In 2018, she earned ACC Coach of the Year honors after leading the Panthers to the 2018 ACC Coastal Division title and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament.  Print Friendly Version Fans can follow Louisville Softball on Twitter (@UofLSoftball) at and on Facebook at In addition to the team’s combined academic mark, 14 student-athletes earned a 3.0 or better GPA, while 10 garnered Red & Black Scholar Athlete honors with a GPA of at least 3.25.Rebecca Chung, Madison Cousineau, Celene Funke, Megan Hensley, Sidney Melton, Maddy Newman, Paige Schindler and Danielle Watson were named to the Dean’s List after achieving a GPA of 3.5 or better.”I am extremely proud of our efforts in the classroom this semester achieving a team GPA of 3.2 in addition to the stellar individual accomplishments of our Athletic Director’s honor roll and Dean’s List performers,” said head coach Holly Aprile, who is in her first season at the helm.The Cardinals will open their 20th season of play February 8-10 at Cal State Fullerton’s Titan Classic where they will take on Idaho State, Fullerton, Buffalo, Northwestern and Utah State.center_img The University of Louisville softball team completed a successful fall semester in the classroom, posting a 3.204 team grade-point average. The accomplishment marks the program’s 27th straight semester with a collective GPA of 3.0 or higher – a streak dating back to the fall of 2005. Story Linkslast_img read more

Record spring results from airlines IATA

first_img Share Posted by Thursday, May 3, 2018 << Previous PostNext Post >> Record spring results from airlines: IATA Travelweek Group GENEVA — The world’s airlines are posting record-setting load factors, according to the latest global passenger traffic stats from IATA.New data just released by IATA for March 2018 indicate passenger demand (measured in revenue passenger kilometers, or RPKs) was up 9.5%, compared to the same month a year ago, the fastest pace in 12 months.Capacity (available seat kilometers, or ASKs) grew 6.4% and load factor climbed 2.3 percentage points to 82.4%, which set a record for the month, following on the record set in February. All regions except for the Middle East posted record load factors.“Demand for air travel remains strong, supported by the comparatively healthy economic backdrop and business confidence levels. But rising cost inputs –particularly fuel prices – suggest that any demand boosts from lower fares will moderate going into the second quarter,” said Alexandre de Juniac, IATA’s Director General and CEO.North American airlines posted a 9.5% traffic rise in March compared to the year-ago period, well above the 5-year average growth rate of 3.6%. Capacity climbed 4.9% and load factor was up 3.5 percentage points to 83.5%, which was the second highest among the regions.last_img read more

Servicing Gains Offset Production Declines in Q3

first_imgServicing Gains Offset Production Declines in Q3 in Origination, Servicing Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Servicing Rights Profits Purchase Loans Refinance Service Providers 2013-12-03 Tory Barringer December 3, 2013 462 Views center_img Mortgage loan production suffered among independent mortgage bankers throughout the third quarter–but servicing revenues are helping to ease the pain for those with portfolios, “”Richey May & Co.””: revealed in its latest quarterly trend report.[IMAGE]The survey was put together using Richey May Select, the advisory company’s analytical technology designed to provide benchmarking information taken exclusively from independent mortgage firms, a group rapidly gaining market share.Among independent companies, overall production fell 12.4 percent quarter-over-quarter, owing largely to a 42 percent decline in refinances, Richey May reported. (According to origination data gathered by technology provider “”Ellie Mae””:, refinance share averaged 44 percent throughout the quarter.)Loan margins also fell, dropping 42 basis points compared to Q2.Overall, net income declined 60 basis points from the second quarter, though a 0.07 percent increase in the average value of servicing portfolios helped offset losses at those with servicing interests, Richey May reported.””Servicing is definitely playing a role in offsetting the declines in origination volume,”” said Ken Richey, managing partner at Richey May. “”Some lenders have sold portions of their servicing portfolios to compensate for decreases in production and profitability. Others are incorporating servicing as part of their business models, which can be a good option for lenders that can handle the cash flow constraints that are typical of mortgage servicing.””Among other findings: Richey May observed some easing in credit standards, with the share of borrowers with FICO scores less than 700 increasing to 30 percent in Q3. Sharelast_img read more