a month agoNewcastle goalkeeper Dubravka says new deal close

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle goalkeeper Dubravka says new deal closeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka says he is “close” to agreeing a new contract.Dubravka has three years remaining on his current deal but despite impressing since arriving in the North East, remains one of the club’s lowest earners. Speaking after the defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, the Slovakian goalkeeper said: “We’re in talks. I’m close. We are in contact and hopefully we can sort it out as soon as possible.”I’m happy here so if I can stay longer here, I will be happy. Since I came here, people have treated me really well. I can say that I feel at home here.”I’m glad that people think that I can stay here for the longer term. It’s such a big honour for me.” last_img read more

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1400 arrested at Moscow election protest

first_imgMoscow: Russian police arrested almost 1,400 people as they gathered in Moscow at the weekend to demand open elections, a monitor said, the biggest crackdown on a rally in the country in years. Some 3,500 people took part in the unauthorised protest on Saturday, according to official figures, after authorities blocked prominent opposition candidates from taking part in city elections. The meeting came a week after 22,000 took to the streets calling on authorities to reverse their decision ahead of the vote. Police used batons on protesters as they tried to gather outside city hall on Saturday, and AFP reporters at the scene saw demonstrators with injuries. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThe EU in a statement denounced the “disproportionate use of force against peaceful protesters,” which it said undermined “the fundamental freedoms of expression, association and assembly”. Amnesty International also condemned what it said was the use of excessive force by the police. After the rally last week investigators raided the homes and headquarters of a number of disqualified candidates. Top Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny was jailed for 30 days for calling the fresh protest. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSeveral would-be candidates were detained before or during the meeting on Saturday. Among them was Ilya Yashin, who called for another protest next weekend. OVD-Info, an organisation that monitors protests, reported Sunday that 1,373 people were detained. It said this was the highest number since mass demonstrations in 2012, when tens of thousands protested President Vladimir Putin’s return to the Kremlin after four years as prime minister. The new protests come amid wider public anger over declining living standards that has hit Putin’s approval ratings. Elections to Moscow’s 45-seat legislative body, currently controlled by the pro-Kremlin United Russia party, are due to be held in September. While pro-Kremlin candidates enjoy the support of the state, independent candidates say they have been made to jump through countless hoops in order to get on the ballot for the city polls. Following pickets last week, including outside the local election commission building, investigators said they were launching a criminal probe into obstructing the work of election officials. If found guilty, organisers risk up to five years in prison.last_img read more

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Plans to expand Detroits Motown Museum get 500000 boost

first_imgDETROIT — The Motown Museum’s expansion plans are getting a $500,000 boost.The grant from the DTE Energy Foundation was announced Monday by Robin Terry, CEO and chairwoman of the museum . The money will help support the development of an education and community engagement space at the museum for young artists that also will house the museum’s summer camp programs.The $50 million expansion will be built around the existing museum, which includes the original studio and famed “Hitsville U.S.A.” sign.The museum is located where company founder Berry Gordy — a former auto plant worker — launched his music empire. The label started in 1959 and scores of stars and hits were created before Motown relocated to California in 1972. The label marks its 60th anniversary early next year .The Associated Presslast_img read more

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City of Enderby calling on Ottawa after alleged ISIS supporter released into

first_imgEnderby Mayor Greg McCune says he is calling on the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship to implement reforms that will restore confidence in the system.“When you read the Federal Court’s decision, it was upheld because the court will defer to the board member unless the decision is unreasonable.  This is a systemic failure.  We need to change it at that level.”Hamdan was arrested in Fort St. John in the summer of 2015 when he was originally charged with four terrorism offences. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Following the Supreme Court’s decision to release an alleged ISIS supporter into B.C.’s Southern Interior, the City of Enderby is calling on Ottawa to implement public safety reforms.On Tuesday, September 3, Othman Hamdan had been ordered to be released from immigration detention by the Federal Court nearly a year after the Immigration and Refugee Board deemed him inadmissible and a security risk to Canada.As reported by Global News, the City of Enderby issued a press release on Friday, stating the decision to release Hamdan has left the community shocked and frustrated.last_img read more

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Facebooks messaging ambitions much much more than just chat

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook, already the leader in enabling you to share photos, videos and links, now wants to be a force in messaging, commerce, payments and just about everything else you do online. The company’s ambitions harken to how WeChat has become the centerpiece of digital life in China, where people use it to order movie tickets, subway passes, food delivery and rides. If Facebook succeeds in turning its own messaging services into a platform for everything, it could ultimately threaten established services such as Snapchat, Yelp, Venmo, eBay and even Apple and Amazon. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”It’s clear that Facebook does have very broad ambitions here,” said Bob O’Donnell, president and chief analyst at Technalysis Research. “Their goal is to be the WeChat of everywhere but China.” But Facebook faces numerous hurdles. A key one is restoring user trust, following a string of privacy failures that include the sharing of personal information from as many as 87 million users with a consulting firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAnd any change may cause users to rethink their relationship with Facebook. “Facebook has a lot of momentum but it’s not completely invincible,” said Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates. “People came to Facebook for a particular thing. Offer them a different thing, and they’re likely to re-evaluate whether they want to be there at all.” After all, Friendster and Myspace came and went as Facebook grew. Yahoo and AltaVista moved over for Google. And remember when AOL was popular, powerful and rich enough to buy the traditional media company Time Warner? Both AOL and Yahoo are now fading brands within Verizon. After building an advertising-supported service that depends on vacuuming up data on your hobbies, interests and political views, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that Facebook will now emphasise ways for small groups to communicate in a truly private fashion. This involves scrambling all messages in WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Messenger so that even Facebook itself can’t read them. Facebook will also let messages automatically disappear after a set amount of time, something rival Snapchat already does. Facebook, Zuckerberg said, will “then build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.” Facebook declined to further elaborate on its ambitions, and a spokeswoman reinforced that it is early in the process. But there are clues in what Chinese tech giant Tencent has already done with WeChat in China. WeChat combines functions that are typically done by separate companies elsewhere think of Facebook and its messaging services combined with PayPal and Uber. People use WeChat to buy goods in retail stores, split restaurant bills with friends, pay utility bills, donate to charities and hail rides from the Uber-like Didi Chuxing service. Facebook already lets people send money to other individuals through Messenger in the US and a few other countries and is testing payments through WhatsApp in India. The New York Times reported that Facebook is also developing its own digital currency to make it easier for users to send money to their messaging contacts. Facebook didn’t offer many details on its digital currency endeavors, but said a “new small team” was looking for ways to make use of the type of technology powering bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. While the current payment options require linking Facebook to bank accounts or services such as PayPal, a digital currency could potentially work without them. That could appeal to users, especially in Asia and Africa, with limited access to banking services, said Avivah Litan, a Gartner analyst who specializes in security and payments. And it would solve a key challenge with commerce on phones. Litan said entering credit card details on a phone is cumbersome, and businesses often lose customers before they complete orders. If Facebook can integrate payments into messaging, it can keep users within Facebook and convince advertisers they’re more likely to complete sales. Facebook could also diversify revenue beyond advertising. For instance, it could take a commission, whether for newspaper subscriptions or food deliveries, much as Apple already does with a cut of up to 30 per cent for app payments. Kay said messaging could become one-stop shop for Yelp-like business reviews, OpenTable restaurant reservations, on-demand delivery similar to Uber and a marketplace akin to eBay the latter being something Facebook already offers on its main app. Amazon might be tougher to challenge, he said, given the company’s expertise in delivery logistics, but there might be pieces such as grocery delivery that Facebook can go after.last_img read more

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Ghaziabad police cracks down on illegal liquor wanted criminals

first_imgGhaziabad: In the wake of upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the Ghaziabad police has made a major crackdown on illicit liquor and wanted criminals within past 24 hours and seized around 10,050 litres of illegal liquor from various police station areas of the district, while eight persons were also arrested during the drive against liquor mafiyas. Cops said over three dozen other criminals, who were wanted in various cases of heinous crimes, were also arrested by police. Also Read – Gurdwara Bangla Sahib bans single use plasticAccording to police, the drive was undertaken keeping in mind the upcoming elections where sale and distribution of illegal liquor goes up. “Amid the drive against ferrying of illegal liquor in the district ahead of elections, police teams from different police stations pursued vigilant checking and arrested eight persons with over 10,000 litres of liquor from four police station areas. The largest amount of illegal liquor was seized by police station Masuri where two person were arrested with a truck carrying 805 boxes of Haryana-based liquor bottles costing around Rs 70 lakhs,” said Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of Police (city), Ghaziabad. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderThe officer further informed that in Muradnagar police station area, two persons were arrested while police managed to recover 30 boxes with 180 litres of Arunachal based illegal liquor from two cars. “Around 141 litres of Haryana based liquor was recovered by Loni border police while 72 litres of illegal liquor was seized by Sihani Gate police,” added Kumar. “All the police units have been asked to remain vigilant about ferrying of liquor and keeping a special watch on the SUVs and mini trucks that can be used to transport smaller quantities of illegal liquor. A closer watch on major inter-state transit points will be done in coordination with other police units,” said Kumar. Meanwhile, police have arrested 19 persons who are booked under gangster act while seven persons under sections of arms act were also arrested by police. “Tightening noose on wanted criminals, police teams from around all the police stations of the district conducted raids and arrested a total of 26 persons under gangster and arms act. All these accused were wanted in criminal activities such as chain snatching, robbery, cow slaughter and illegal weapons. Apart from this, 17 wanted criminals were also arrested for heinous criminal activities such as murder, rape, kidnapping and dowry death,” the officer informed.last_img read more

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India signals to boycott Chinas Belt Road Forum for 2nd time

first_imgBeijing: India on Wednesday signalled that it will boycott China’s second Belt and Road Forum for a second time, saying no country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity. India boycotted the first Belt and Road Forum (BRF) in 2017 after protesting to Beijing over the controversial China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which is being laid through the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) overriding New Delhi’s sovereignty concerns. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalForeign Minister Wang Yi recently said that next month China plans to hold a much bigger, second BRF which will also be attended by Pakistan Prime Minster Imran Khan. Speculation is rife whether India would attend the second BRF as China has deepened its commitment to expand the USD 60 billion CPEC, which aims to connect China’s Xinjiang province with Pakistan’s Gwadar port with a host of road, rail, gas and oil pipelines. China has also undertaken a host of energy projects under the aegis of the CPEC. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostIndia’s Ambassador to China Vikram Misri told the state-run Global Times that “above all, connectivity initiatives must be pursued in a manner that respects sovereignty, equality and territorial integrity of nations”. “No country can participate in an initiative that ignores its core concerns on sovereignty and territorial integrity,” he replied to a question about India’s concerns over the BRI and whether India would take part in the second BRF meet. The Indian envoy’s interview was carried by the daily on Wednesday. “To be honest, we have made no secret of our views and our position on the BRI is clear and consistent and one that we have conveyed to the authorities concerned. “India shares the global aspiration to strengthen connectivity and it is an integral part of our economic and diplomatic initiatives. We ourselves are working with many countries and international institutions in our region and beyond on a range of connectivity initiatives,” Misri said. “However, it is also our belief that connectivity initiatives must be based on universally recognised international norms, good governance and rule of law. They must emphasise social stability and environmental protection and preservation, promote skill and technology transfers and follow principles of openness, transparency and financial sustainability,” the Indian envoy said. India along with the US and several other countries have been highlighting the concerns over the BRI projects, leaving a number of smaller countries in debt traps. The concerns grew louder after China took over Sri Lanka’s Hambantota port on a 99-year lease as debt swap. Several countries including Malaysia and even Pakistan have wished to reduce the Chinese projects over debt concerns. Asked whether India-China ties are back on track, Misri said: “the bilateral relationship between India and China is of great significance not just to the two countries, but also to the larger region and the international community”. He said that the Wuhan summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping in April, 2018 was a “milestone in bilateral relations during which the two leaders exchanged views on overarching issues of bilateral and global importance, and elaborated their respective visions and priorities for national development in context of the current international situation”. Last year, the two leaders also met on the sidelines of multilateral summits. “These meetings have reinforced strategic communication between the two countries at the highest levels and helped in elaborating a road map for continuing contacts. China is India’s biggest neighbour and we assign a very high priority to this relationship,” the Indian envoy said. “Unlike some 50 years ago, when our relationship had a much narrower basis and there was not much communication, today we have what one would call a full-spectrum relationship. “This has been possible because our respective leaders have realised that mutually-beneficial cooperation responds to the most urgent developmental needs of our people and these needs to be prioritised over other issues,” Misri said. Asked about the impact of India’s elections on India-China ties, Misri said: “my own feeling is that on foreign policy issues there is a broad political consensus in India on where our national interests lie. I do not think therefore that the outcome of the elections will impact the broad contours of India’s foreign policy in general or the very important relationship with China in particular”.last_img read more

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EC seeks report on Yogis Modi ji ki Sena comment

first_imgGHAZIABAD: The Election Commission has sought a report from the Ghaziabad district magistrate on Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath calling the Army “Modi ji ki sena” at a rally on Sunday, as it may violate the election code.Yogi’s remark provoked condemnation from the Congress, which called it an insult to the armed forces. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister was addressing a rally in Ghaziabad near Delhi on Sunday when he used the words repeatedly to draw a contrast with “Congress ke log (Congress’s people)”. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details”Congress people used to serve terrorists biryani and Modi-ji’s Sena (Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s army) gives them only golis and golas (bullets and bombs). That’s the difference. Congress people use “ji” for terrorists like Masood Azhar but under the leadership of PM Modi, the BJP government is breaking the backs of terrorists by striking their camps,” said Yogi Adityanath, addressing a rally in Ghaziabad. “What was namumkin (impossible) for the Congress is mumkin (possible) for PM Modi. Because when Modi is there, the impossible becomes possible.” Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayMamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of Bengal, called it “shocking” that her Uttar Pradesh counterpart had used the words for the army. “It is shocking to hear the UP CM saying that the Indian Army is the ‘Modi Sena’. Such blatant personalization and usurping of our beloved Indian army is an insult and a humiliation,” said the Trinamool supremo. The opposition has often accused the government of trying to exploit the army for electoral gains. The Pulwama terror attack in which 40 soldiers were killed, and India’s subsequent air strike targeting a terror camp in Pakistan’s Balakot, have been “politicized” and portrayed as the BJP’s achievement, many opposition parties have alleged. Following their complaint, the Election Commission underscored that the army cannot be used in political campaigning. PM Modi has accused the opposition, especially the Congress, of talking Pakistan’s language.last_img read more

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Football Nick Bosa honored as Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year

Ohio State sophomore defensive lineman Nick Bosa (97) attempts to sack Michigan State quarterback Brian Lewerke in the first half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorOhio State’s vaunted defensive line adds its fourth piece of hardware in as many years. Sophomore defensive end Nick Bosa was named the Big Ten Smith-Brown Defensive Lineman of the Year, the conference announced Thursday. This comes one year after his teammate, redshirt senior defensive Tyquan Lewis, was named the winner of the honor.This is the fourth consecutive year a Buckeye has won the award, and third time it has gone to a Bosa. Nick’s brother, Joey Bosa, received the honor in both 2014 and 2015.Nick has 28 tackles this season, 16 solo and 12 assisted, for an average of 2.33 tackles per game. He also has 12.5 tackles for loss and six sacks on the year. The 6-foot-4, 270-pound lineman has broken up two passes and forced a fumble. read more

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Simeone expects a difficult battle

first_imgDiego Simeone insisted that he is still learning as a coach and he believes that his abilities will be examined once again as his Atletico Madrid will face Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal in the Europa League semifinals.The Argentinian coach admitted that it is going to be a really tough battle and Arsenal are a very strong team, especially at home and the chances between these two very strong sides are basically 50/50.The former midfielder spoke about his side’s chances as he said, according to Sports Keeda:“With their history, they are a very strong rival.”“They have a very important coach who is very capable with plenty of experience and quality footballers.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We know English football and at home, they are very strong. It is a 50-50.”“Jan is the best goalkeeper in the world and I hope he continues with us.”“He has a contract with us and I hope he remains happy and continues growing as he is today.”“All the teams that end up winning have great goalkeepers. I’ve never seen a champion team with a bad goalkeeper.”last_img read more

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