Proud of the fearless brand of cricket we played throughout the World Cup: Mithali Raj to India Today

first_imgMithali Raj and the Indian women’s cricket team are the toast of the nation at the moment after their stupendous success in the Women’s World Cup. The team is being hailed despite their loss in the final and the BCCI gave the team a grand reception when they reached home.Mithali spoke to India Today on Thursday of how proud she is of her team for the fearless brand of cricket they played throughout the tournament and how they would like to continue playing with the same intensity in future as well.”It’s something new for all of us to come back into the tournament from two defeats (against South Africa and Australia). The girls have really shown a fearless brand of cricket, a very confident brand of cricket. That is something we need to continue to do and improve on that,” Mithali told India Today’s Rohan Sen.India came within touching distance of the 229-run target in the final but a middle-order batting collapse saw them lose the last seven wickets for 28 runs in a span of six overs as they got bundled out for 219 in 48.4 overs.Mithali said the defeat is still hurting the team and would continue to do so for a few more days.”None of the players would have had good sleep after the defeat. It will take time for all of us to accept it and make peace with it,” she added.With the matches being televised, the World Cup saw women’s cricket finally getting the kind of viewership that it was lacking for all these years. Veterans Mithali and Jhulan Goswami were relatively well-known before this tournament but players like Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Punam Raut and Deepti Sharma became household names in the past few weeks.advertisementMore people have started to follow women’s cricket now and hopefully this trend will continue. Mithali is also glad that her team got so much love and support from back home and in England with her phone ringing non-stop after the final.”In the larger picture it is good for women’s cricket in India. So many people have started to follow women’s cricket. The whole nation was rooting for us and made us feel very special on a very special location (Lord’s stadium). Sending messages from all quarters which was very overwhelming,” Mithali said.On the personal front the highest run-getter in women’s ODI cricket said that she wants to continue playing for a couple of years more and aims to get India a direct entry into the next World Cup.”I haven’t given it much thought. But as the runners-up in the World Cup it’s important that we need to again start grooming players for the next edition. The journey has to start in a couple of months time. Now it is important for us to maintain our No. 2 position and have a direct entry. For that we need to be in the top four in the ICC Championship.”If I’m playing for a few more years that would be my aim to see that the team doesn’t have to play the qualifiers unlike this time,” she concluded.last_img read more

ADI: plug-and-play antenna chip simplifies phased array radar applications

first_imgAnalog Devices introduced a highly integrated, active antenna beamforming chip that allows designers to quickly replace bulky, mechanically steered antenna platforms with a compact, solid-state solution for phased array radar and communications systems. The ADAR1000 chip simplifies design and significantly reduces the size, weight and power of phased array radar systems for defense, surveillance, air traffic control, communications and weather monitoring. For avionics designers, the ADAR1000 enables flat-panel antenna arrays, which shrinks the profile of conventional radar systems and facilitates the design of smaller, lighter aircraft. The new ADAR1000 is a plug-and-play chip that allows designers with little or no RF experience to extend the performance and operating lifetime of their radar systems.The 4-channel ADAR1000 active antenna beamforming chip replaces 12 discrete components needed for antenna phase-gain adjustments and digital controls. The IC supports time division duplexing (TDD) across the X and Ku bands. It includes an integrated T/R switch than can be used to select the common port as an input for transmit (Tx) or an output for receive (Rx). The four pairs of Tx and Rx channels have independently programmable gain and phase settings. The ADAR1000 can be configured to directly control all aspects of external T/R module pulsing with minimal extra circuitry. All settings can be loaded into built-in memory for fast access to gain-phase states and T/R module settings. The ADAR1000 offers a scalable building block for fast implementation of active antenna phased arrays targeting next-generation radar and communications systems without the need for extensive third-party design support.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components Continue Reading Previous Mouser: global distribution partnership with Advanced Energy IndustriesNext Densitron: 2.8-inch mono display with exceptional brightness and ultra-wide viewing anglelast_img read more

Virat Kohli 3rd India batsman after Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly to score 1000 World Cup runs

first_imgVirat Kohli became the 3rd Indian batsman after Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly to score 1000 World Cup runs on Saturday. Kohli reached the milestone during India’s ongoing final group match of the 2019 Cricket World Cup against Sri Lanka at Leeds.Virat Kohli got to 1000 World Cup runs in his 25th match. This is his 3rd World Cup. Kohli was part of India’s World Cup-winning side in 2011 and played the 2015 World Cup as well when India lost to Australia in the semi-finals.As captain, Virat Kohli has had a sensational World Cup in England. After scoring only 18 against South Africa, Kohli hit successive half-centuries against Australia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, West Indies and England. He missed out on scoring his sixth-successive fifty after getting out for 26 against Bangladesh.Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly were the only Indians to score more than 1000 runs in World Cup history before Virat Kohli joined the elite list.Tendulkar is the leading run scorer in all World Cups – he has 2278 runs in 45 matches from 1992 to 2011. He also has the most World Cup hundreds – 6.Sourav Ganguly, who formed a formidable opening partnership with Sachin Tendulkar, finished with 1006 runs from 21 World Cup matches from 1999 to 2007. He has 4 World Cup hundreds to his name.Also Read | Rohit Sharma 1st batsman to hit 5 hundreds in a single World CupAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Jasprit Bumrah 2nd fastest India bowler to take 100 ODI wicketsAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli sends match tickets to 87-year-old Charulatalast_img read more

WITNESS COLLAPSES AT MOTHERSHED TRIAL

first_imgTHE DEFENSE RESTED ITS CASE THURSDAY IN THE ATTEMPTED MURDER AND ROBBERY TRIAL OF ISAIAH MOTHERSHED OF SIOUX CITY.ATTORNEY MATTHEW METZGAR INTENDED TO CALL TWO WITNESSES, BUT THE SECOND WITNESS, JORDYN DELFS, COLLAPSED IN A WAITING ROOM AS SHE WAS WAITING TO BE CALLED TO TESTIFY.DELFS WAS TAKEN TO A SIOUX CITY HOSPITAL, AND AFTER A 90 MINUTE RECESS, THE DEFENSE DECIDED TO REST ITS CASE.DELFS LIVED IN THE APARTMENT WHERE MOTHERSHED ALLEGEDLY SHOT CITY POLICE OFFICER RYAN MORITZ IN FEBRUARY.JUDGE STEVEN ANDREASEN THEN DISMISSED THE JURY FOR THE DAY:Audio Playerhttp://kscj.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/JURY.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.OC………..YOUR DELIBERATIONS. ;20CLOSING ARGUMENTS AND JURY INSTRUCTIONS ARE SCHEDULED FOR FRIDAY MORNING STARTING AT 8:30.last_img read more

Hats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s men

first_imgHats off to India: Tim Paine concedes Australia were outplayed by Virat Kohli’s menIndia vs Australia: Brief Scores – India (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0). Australia captain Tim Paine hopes to see past the doom and gloom of becoming the first Australia captain to lose a Test series to India at homeadvertisement Ritayan Basu SydneyJanuary 7, 2019UPDATED: January 7, 2019 10:28 IST Tim Paine congratulated Virat Kohli and the Indian team on their win (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSBrief Scores: India (626/7 decl) drew with Australia (300 and 6/0)India ended a 71-year wait for an Test series win in Australia with their 2-1 triumphTim Paine became the first Australia captain to lose a Test series to India at home4th Test, Day 5, Brief Scores: India 622 for 7 declared (Pujara 193, Pant 159 not out, Jadeja 81, Lyon 4 for 178) vs Australia (300 all out; Harris 79, Kuldeep 5 for 99) & 6/0 (Harris 2*, Khawaja 4*). Match ends in a draw. Full ScorecardIf Virat Kohli created history as the first Indian captain to win a Test series in Australia, it also means that his counterpart Tim Paine became the first Australian captain to lose a Test series against India at home.India ended a 71-year wait with their 2-1 triumph as the rain-affected fourth and final Test ended in a draw at Sydney Cricket Ground.The finale may have ultimately have turned out to be a damp squib but Virat Kohli’s tourists utterly dominated what action there was to deservedly become the first side from the Asian sub-continent to take the honours Down Under.The Australia captain, Paine congratulated the Indian team on their win.”Tip our hats to India. We know personally going to India and playing in foreign conditions, how difficult it is. Congratulations to Virat and Ravi. Huge effort to come and win a series overseas,” Paine said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Wins in the first Test in Adelaide and third in Melbourne ensured India could not lose the series but it was the Sydney weather that saved Australia from a 3-1 humiliation with no play possible after tea on day four.Paine rued the missed opportunities but conceded that Australia were clearly outplayed.”In the last two Tests, no doubt. Had our chances to win in Adelaide. India outplayed us in big moments in that Test. In Perth we did well. But we were outplayed in these last two Tests. So they deserve to win the series. There’s always positive. I know there’s been a lot of gloom and doom of late,” Paine said.advertisementJai Hind #TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/meUaiPq2YJBCCI (@BCCI) January 7, 2019For some Australians the series will always carry asterisk given their two best batsmen, Steve Smith and David Warner, were unavailable because of bans they received for the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.Tim Paine’s side were unable to paper over the cracks left by their absence, and even the vaunted pace attack of Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins failed to fire except for spells in the victory in Perth.Paine though said that his current Test team does have talented players and it is only a matter of time that come into their own in due course.”Got some talent in this team. Obviously got some talent who aren’t playing. They were playing against potentially the best pace attack in the world. Hopefully, they’ll learn,” Paine said.Celebrations begin for jubilant India: https://t.co/e1QRTcvErA #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/aKa2afk3H3cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 7, 2019″Message is to keep scoring runs. That’s the currency in cricket. We’ve got guys outside the group that are putting pressure as well, so that’s a good thing. Our group is under no illusions. Cricket is a funny game. We know it can turn very quickly,” Paine added.When asked what’s next for him and his team, Paine said, “Will go home for a couple of days now. And some of us will head to the Big Bash. And then we’ll have an eye on the preparation for Sri Lanka which is a big series for us next.”Also Read | Best Indian side I have been part of, says Cheteshwar Pujara after series-winning 521 runsAlso Read | Test series win in Australia will give this Indian team a different identity: Virat KohliAlso Read | India win first ever Test series in Australia after Sydney Test ends in a drawFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs AustraliaFollow 2-1 series winFollow Tim Painelast_img read more

Cardiff Wales Stadium

first_img India Today Web Desk CardiffMay 27, 2019UPDATED: May 28, 2019 17:15 IST Cardiff Wales Stadium (Getty Images)The Cardiff Wales Stadium which is also called the Sophia Gardens – named after the wife of the Marquis of But.The Cardiff Wales Stadium is also the only stadium not in England, has hosted matches the last two editions of the ICC Champions Trophy in England, as well as the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999.The Cardiff Wales Stadium, home of Glamorgan County Cricket Club and Welsh Cricket, will host four fixtures at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, adding to the sole World Cup game played in 1999. That match was the international fixture at the ground where the trans-Tasman rivals Australia and New Zealand faced-off.The Cardiff Wales Stadium was also the seat of the 2017ICC Champions Trophy semi-final thriller between Pakistan and England.Capacity: 5500 (15,000 after redevelopment)Known as: The SWALEC StadiumEnds: River Taff End, Cathedral Road EndLocation: Cardiff, WalesICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches -15:00 IST: NZ vs SL, Match 315:00 IST: AFG vs SL, Match 715:00 IST: Eng vs BAN, Match 1218:00 IST: RSA vs AFG, Match 21STATS – ODITotal matches: 24Matches won batting first: 6Matches won bowling first: 14Average 1st Inns scores: 227Average 2nd Inns scores: 216Highest total recorded: 342/8 (50 Ov) by Eng vs AUSLowest total recorded: 138/10 (37.5 Ov) by SL vs NZHighest score chased: 304/6 (48.2 Ov) by PAK vs EngLowest score defended: 169/10 (23.3 Ov) by Eng vs NZFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow 2019 World CupFollow Cardiff Wales Stadium Cardiff Wales StadiumWorld Cup 2019: The Cardiff Wales Stadium is also the only stadium not in England, has hosted matches the last two editions of the ICC Champions Trophy in England, as well as the ICC Cricket World Cup in 1999.advertisementlast_img read more

Antwerp Port Prepares for Operations on the Left Bank

first_imgzoom The Belgian Port of Antwerp’s left bank is expected to become the main focus of container handling in Antwerp as the port authority endeavors to reach maximum connectivity for this part of the port.According to the port, the focus will shift from the port area on the right bank of the Scheldt, where about half of the container volume is currently handled, to the left bank once the Swiss shipping company MSC transfers its operations to the Deurganck dock.At the third Intermodal Event this week various players presented their initiatives for further development of trimodal access on the left bank.“As the second-largest port in Europe we owe it to our customers to act as a reliable supply chain partner, ensuring that goods can reach the 600 million customers in our hinterland quickly and efficiently from our port,” Port Authority CEO, Eddy Bruninckx, said.Antwerp reports that 43% of all containers arriving in the port are carried to the hinterland by freight train or barge.“The aim is to increase this proportion to 57% by 2030. With more and more giant container carriers calling at the port, and thus larger volumes arriving at the same moment, rail and barge must play a greater role in moving cargo quickly to the hinterland. At the same time the growing volumes offer opportunities for consolidating consignments and so for developing new intermodal initiatives,” the port said.As part of the intermodal solutions on the left bank, the port of Antwerp aims to maximise rail access on the left bank and develop a more interconnected rail network, as well as to set up an efficient container shuttle operating on a fixed schedule between the terminals on the left and right banks. Furthermore, the port expects that the second lock providing access to the left bank port area become operational at the end of March 2016.In addition to these infrastructure projects, a number of mobility measures such as the extended opening hours for the container terminals – so that transport operators can get in as early as 5.00 a.m. – will contribute to smoother road transport in and around the port of Antwerp.With a predicted growth of almost 8% in containers, the port expects to pass the milestone of 9 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent units) for the first time in its history. The port is also set to achieve a freight volume of more than 200 million tonnes for the first time ever in 2015.last_img read more

Amit Shah to meet Guvs CMs of northeast state on August 34

first_imgNew Delhi: Union Home Minister Amit Shah will meet governors and chief ministers of the eight northeastern states for two days next month to review and discuss with them security situation and development issues, officials said Thursday.Shah will meet the chief ministers and governors of the region at a plenary meeting of the North Eastern Council (NEC) in Guwahati on August 3 and 4. He will review the progress of various development issues at the NEC meeting, a government official said. Shah is expected to have a separate meeting to take stock of the security situation in the northeastern region. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!Governors and chief ministers of the eight northeastern states are members of the NEC, the apex advisory body for securing balanced and coordinated development, and for facilitating effective coordination among them. The NEC was restructured in July, 2018 with the nomination of the Home Minister as the NEC chairman and the Minister for Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) as the vice-chairman. The NEC was established by North Eastern Council Act, 1971, initially as an apex-level advisory body for securing balanced and coordinated development and facilitating effective co-ordination amongst seven states of northeastern region — Assam, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram and Tripura.last_img read more

Calgary gets more thinking time on 2026 bid from International Olympic Committee

first_imgCALGARY – Calgary has extra time to mull a possible bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympics because the International Olympic Committee has shifted its timelines.The IOC announced Tuesday in Lausanne, Switzerland, that the “invitation phase” starting in September for 2026 bids will be expanded to a full year to give “cities more time and more help to develop their proposals.”With the winning bid to be announced September, 2019, the formal bid process has been shortened to one year from two which reduces costs, the IOC said in a statement on its website.“In a nutshell, the candidature process which worked so well in the past has become too expensive and too onerous for this new political reality,” IOC president Thomas Bach said.“We have been asking too much, too soon of the cities.”With fewer cities interested in hosting Olympic Games, the IOC has adopted a series of reforms under the banner of Agenda 2020 to make bidding and hosting less expensive.The Calgary Bid Exploration Committee told city council last month the price tag to host the 2026 Winter Games would be about $4.6 billion.CBEC said revenue the Games generate would cover almost half the cost, but another $2.4 billion would be needed.CBEC and city administration are scheduled to make recommendations to council July 24 on a possible bid.Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi has said it will be difficult for council to make a decision without having a 2026 host city contract from the IOC laying out principles and operational requirements.When the 17-member CBEC was formed, they worked under an initial deadline of September, 2017, as the Canadian Olympic Committee expected to have to put forward the name of a candidate city to the IOC then.“The IOC has made significant steps towards implementing Agenda 2020 reforms and has been a great partner in our initial explorations regarding a potential Calgary 2026 Bid,” COC chief executive officer Chris Overholt said in a statement.“We look forward to continuing this important dialogue with the IOC and developing a new Winter Games hosting model that makes sense for our citizens to support.”The 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver and Whistler, B.C., cost $7.7 billion.Calgary’s estimate is lower in part because the city can re-use venues from the 1988 Winter Games, CBEC chair Rick Hanson has said.Sion, Switzerland, and Innsbruck, Austria, are among Calgary’s potential rivals for a 2026 bid.Cities won’t be asked to submit formal proposals or deliver presentations during the invitation phase, but the IOC indicated they can expect more scrutiny if they go ahead with a bid.“Candidates can also expect closer IOC collaboration, expert advice and other support throughout the formal candidature process,” the IOC’s statement said.The 2018 Winter Games are in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February.last_img read more

Three stories in the news for today July 24

first_imgThree stories in the news for Monday, July 24———CONCERNS PERSIST AS B.C. WILDFIRE EVACUEES RETURNResidents of two communities evacuated due to the B.C. wildfires have been allowed to return, but officials say it’s unclear when thousands of others will be able to go home. Evacuation orders for 100 Mile House and Princeton were downgraded to alerts this weekend, allowing residents to return home. But more than 30,000 people remain displaced, and gusting winds are threatening to fan the flames again.———VERDICT DUE FOR THE B.C. MEN ACCUSED OF POLYGAMYA British Columbia judge is expected to issue her verdict today for two former religious leaders accused of polygamy. Winston Blackmore is alleged to have married 24 women in the practise of “celestial” marriage, while the trial earlier this year heard that James Oler has five wives. Both men are former bishops for a fundamentalist sect in the tiny southeastern B.C. community of Bountiful.———INFRASTRUCTURE BANK AND CROSS-BORDER RAIL?Washington state is exploring whether Canada’s new infrastructure bank could help finance a multibillion-dollar proposal for high-speed rail between Vancouver and the U.S. northwest. The Trudeau government’s soon-to-be-launched, $35-billion infrastructure bank will seek to use public funds as leverage to attract billions more in private investment for major infrastructure projects, such as bridges, transit systems and rail lines.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Federal, Ontario health ministers and Nishnawbe Aski Nation grand chief to sign charter of principles on health care for First Nations.last_img read more

Newfoundland and Labrador wakes up to rare minority government after Liberal win

first_imgST. JOHN’S, N.L. — Newfoundland and Labrador woke up to its first minority government in nearly 50 years Friday morning, with acrimonious election night comments from party leaders leaving voters to wonder how long it will survive.Premier Dwight Ball’s Liberals held on to 20 of the legislature’s 40 seats, Ches Crosbie’s Tories won 15, the New Democrats took three seats and two Independent members were elected.The slim win for Ball signals some voter dissatisfaction with his government since it won a landslide majority in 2015.In a victory speech in Corner Brook late Thursday night, Ball spoke about the need for collaboration in the legislature while criticizing Crosbie afterwards for running “a very dirty campaign.”He emphasized the hard times the province went through during his first years in office and promised to stay humble in his second term.Across the island in his St. John’s district, Crosbie said he would not concede victory to the Liberals and predicted Ball’s government would not survive the year.Crosbie described the results as “a situation of constitutional instability” and said he would be reaching out to Independent and NDP members in the coming days.Further details on the Tory leader’s ominous remarks had been expected Friday, but a scheduled media appearance was postponed until next week.The Liberals are one seat shy of the 21 needed for a majority, and the opposition parties don’t have enough seats to topple the government.Speculation has focused on the two elected Independents, Eddie Joyce and Paul Lane, both former Liberals.Lane, who also previously sat as a Tory, indicated in Twitter posts Friday that he would not join any party.With no incumbents in the race and candidates in just 14 ridings, the NDP rallied to claim three seats, including one for political rookie and party leader Alison Coffin.While Coffin congratulated Ball on his “fine” campaign in her Thursday night speech, she said to applause that the premier had met a “formidable adversary” in her.Holly McKenzie-Sutter, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

China has more weapons in US tariff war – but do they

BEIJING — Looking for ways to hit back at Washington as a tariff fight escalates, President Xi Jinping and his economy czar visited a Chinese factory that processes rare earths — exotic minerals used in electric cars, mobile phones and other technology.Rare earths are “an important strategic resource,” the official Xinhua News Agency cited Xi as saying.The message was clear: China’s role as the main global supplier of rare earths used in smartphones, lightweight magnets, batteries and other components is leverage over Washington. And China’s sway could extend much further into the U.S. technology sector, particularly to Apple and other companies that rely on Chinese manufacturing.Until now, Beijing has tried to look restrained in its fight with President Donald Trump over technology and trade. It has responded to U.S. tariff hikes by imposing penalties, but usually on a smaller number of American imports.As the two sides dig in for what may be a long fight, Xi’s visit suggested his government is looking for new ways to pressure Washington to settle. Investors are already fretting that Beijing will eventually try to limit, or even choke off, Apple’s iPhone production and sales in China. That threat has triggered an $80 billion loss in shareholder wealth so far this month.“There is rampant fear that Apple has a target on its back, and China is getting ready to fire,” Wedbush Securities analyst Daniel Ives said.While Beijing has an array of options for disrupting trade, they carry economic and political costs. And there is no guarantee they will work.China’s first retaliatory tariffs aimed to undermine Trump politically by targeting farm states that backed him in the 2016 election. Undeterred, Trump hiked duties on more Chinese imports. Then Beijing hit manufacturers, who lashed out. He pressed ahead.If they want results, Chinese leaders might need to hit him where it hurts, by depressing U.S. stock prices, said Derek Scissors, a China specialist at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington.It isn’t clear how that can be done, Scissors said in an email, “but the president is sensitive to extended market weakness.” Apple’s vulnerability to stock-price declines most likely has not gone unnoticed in Beijing.___THE RARE-EARTH WEAPONAccompanied by his top economic adviser and lead trade envoy, Xi visited JL MAG Rare-Earth Co. Ltd. in the southern province of Jiangxi on Monday, according to reports that made no mention of the fight with Trump.Nationalists see China’s position as the biggest miner and processor of rare earths as a potent weapon in disputes with the United States, Japan and other governments.China has about 30 per cent of global deposits but accounts for almost all production. The United States, Australia and some other countries also have rare earths, which include 17 elements such as yttrium and scandium. But their output dwindled in the 1990s, when Beijing flooded global markets with low-cost supplies as it built up an industry to process ores and make lightweight magnets and other products.Now producers of electric cars, smartphones, solar power equipment and other technology rely on China for rare-earth components.In 2010, some people in the rare-earth industry said shipments to Japan were suspended after Tokyo detained a Chinese skipper who rammed Japanese Coast Guard boats in a disputed area of the East China Sea. Beijing denied it was curbing exports in retaliation.The skipper and his crew were released without charges, and nationalists began to view rare earths as a weapon.Still, supply disruptions might alienate customers and energize political pressure to expand rare earths production in the United States and other countries.___POISONING APPLEFew U.S. companies are more vulnerable to the trade war than Apple, which relies on Chinese factories to assemble the iPhones that generate most of its profits. It has also cultivated a loyal following in the country. China is now Apple’s third-largest market after the U.S. and Europe, accounting for 20% of its sales during its past fiscal year.Apple CEO Tim Cook has spent much of the past year straddling the diplomatic channels of both the U.S. and China. He has been to China multiple times over the last 18 months and had at least one meeting with Xi in October 2017 that also included Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He also has met with Trump several times, including at least one time 13 months ago when trade was a top topic, according to a tweet by the president.So far, the iPhone has not been hit by tariffs in either the U.S. or China.“Cook has been a master tactician so far,” Ives said.But the Trump administration’s decision to bar U.S. technology sales to Huawei, one of China’s leading brands, might finally put Apple in the crosshairs.In the most extreme scenario, China’s government could orchestrate raids of the factories assembling iPhones and other Apple products, or impose restrictions that throttle the company’s supply chain in the country.But China could suffer as well. Apple’s Chinese factories employ an estimated 1.4 million workers. In 2017, Apple estimated that its business was responsible for creating and supporting 4.8 million jobs in China, including people who work on apps made for the iPhone and iPad.Any direct assault on Apple would also probably discourage other U.S. companies and investors from putting more money into China, said Michael Hirson, who follows China for the Eurasia Group.“It doesn’t send a very good message if you go after Apple when its CEO has been an advocate for you,” Hirson said.The government could also covertly undermine Apple behind the scenes by encouraging consumer boycotts of the iPhone in favour of homegrown phones from Huawei and Xiaomi. There already have been signs of an Apple backlash in China; a big drop in iPhone sales in China late last year caused Apple to badly miss its financial forecasts for the crucial holiday shopping season.Analysts have estimated retaliatory action from China could trim Apple’s profit by 10 per cent to 20 per cent. That would translate into annual earnings decline of $6 billion to $12 billion, based on Apple’s profit of nearly $60 billion last year.___NEXT STEPSChina has billions of dollars of American imports on which it has yet to impose retaliatory tariffs, but going ahead with that would mean raising the cost of microchips and other technology or raw materials needed by industries Beijing is eager to promote.So far, Beijing has responded to Trump’s tariff hikes on $250 billion of Chinese imports by slapping penalties on $110 billion of American goods. Based on last year’s trade, that leaves about $45 billion. That includes semiconductors and other critical inputs needed by fledgling Chinese tech industries.Beyond tariffs, China can also retaliate through its regulators, who have already turned to disrupting some operations of U.S. companies in China by slowing down customs clearance for their goods or impeding the issuing of their licenses. But the heavily regulated economy gives them plenty of other ways to hurt companies.Taxe, safety, anti-monopoly, environmental and other investigations can tie up managers for months and lead to expensive fines or orders to suspend operations.Business groups say local officials, eager to attract investment, are assuring American companies they are welcome. But those groups also say they have warned member companies to be prepared for pressure from regulators.___Liedtke reported from San Francisco.Joe McDonald And Michael Liedtke, The Associated Press read more

MR off to Belarus

A high level delegation including External Affairs Minister Professor G.L Peiris will accompany the President on the visit. Meanwhile the External Affairs Minister will be heading to Pakistan tomorrow to officially invite the Pakistani Prime Minister for the Commonwealth summit in November. President Mahinda Rajapaksa will be travelling to Belarus at the end of this week on an official tour, President’s spokesman Mohan Samaranayake said.He said that the President is expected to be away for at least 4 days but the schedule is yet to be finalized. The External Affairs Ministry said that Peiris is scheduled to have talks with the Pakistan Prime Minister as well as the Foreign Minister during his visit. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam read more

New UN human rights chief puts most vulnerable people as top priority

The High Commissioner told a press conference in Geneva that her Office would come to the aid of the very poor, the imprisoned, the disenfranchised, the targets of intolerance and hatred through the solid legal and institutional framework of human rights protection and promotion that the UN has built up during 60 years of work.”Now we have the opportunity to actually put that framework to work for people, for each individual right holder,” she said.Ms. Arbour noted the paradox that in an age of advanced human rights consciousness, the world was also witnessing daily and on a massive scale the worst atrocities that human beings could perpetrate on one another, all too often with the passive acceptance of others, or under the benign gaze or even at the instigation of powerful people.Meanwhile, a senior UN rights official says in a new report that those organizations that put human rights in the core of their mandate are more effective in assisting governments in this field than those which restrict their work to a particular context.In his report to the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Bertrand Ramcharan calls for integrating human rights throughout the UN system, “with the ultimate objective of assisting Member States, at their request, in developing their national systems for the promotion and protection of human rights.”The report suggests that ECOSOC periodically review the progress made in making human rights an essential part of UN programmes.Organizations that have adopted human rights treaties as the basis for their work have applied a rights-based approach most extensively in their programming, Mr. Ramcharan says.On the other hand, organizations examining human rights in a particular context have channelled resources to particular human rights programmes without adopting a rights-based approach to the rest of the organization’s work, he says.”The Council may wish to facilitate the integration of human rights throughout the United Nations system by re-affirming that human rights law provides an important framework for the technical work of the Organization,” Mr. Ramcharan says. read more

Kielce did job in Montpellier – THW Kiel win the biggest derby

EHF Champions Leaguehandball The Polish best team Vive Tauron Kielce are waiting for the second leg with French Montpellier in relaxed atmosphere after securing victory in away clash – 29:25 (16:13). Talant Dujshebaev squad put on pressure the home team from the very beginning and it was clear that quality is on their side.Left back Karol Bielecki exploded in work with legendary Spanish coach, extending his shooting series with 6 goals, while Vid Kavticnik netted eight for the losers…Montpellier Agglomeration HB – Vive Tauron Kielce 25:29 (13:16)Montpellier: Mesnard, Sieffert, Bellahcene – Borges, Dolenec, Fabregas, Gutfreund, Kavticnik 8/3, Mackovsek 4, Saidani, Simonet 6, Tej 3, Faustin, Gaber 1, Gajic 3, Guigou.Vive: Szmal, Sego – Grabarczyk, Jurecki 5, Tkaczyk, Reichmann 2, Chrapkowski, Aguinagalde 4, Bielecki 6, Jachlewski 2, Strlek 1, Buntić 4, Musa, Zorman 2, Rosiński 1, Cupić 2.Europe, now, looking for the new kings after THW Kiel beat SG Flensburg 30:21 in away match in “FLE Arena”.SG Flensburg-Handewitt – THW Kiel 21:30 (9:16)SG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson (5 saves), Møller (11 saves) – Karlsson, Nenadic (4), Eggert (5/3), Mogensen (2), Svan (2), Wanne (2/1), Kaufmann, Jakobsson (1), Zachariassen, Radivojevic (3), Elahmar (2)THW Kiel: Sjöstrand (8/2 saves), Palicka (6 saves) – Toft Hansen, Wiencek (2), Ekberg (7), Weinhold (2), Canellas (2), Duvnjak (1), Palmarsson (2), Klein (4), Jicha (3), Vujin (7/3), Lauge ← Previous Story Shameful Aalborg score 11 goals against Barcelona! Next Story → “Golden ball” race: Lazarov going for a hat-trick! read more

Nicky Byrne announced as new 2fm midmorning host

first_imgNicky’s no stranger to 2fm, having presented Celebrity Sunday back in 2010 and filled in for Ryan Tubridy for a short while in May 2013.He said he’s “very excited” about taking up his new role:The thought of being on air Monday to Friday is daunting but very, very exciting. It is a massive opportunity for me, one in which I hope I can deliver on forming a successful relationship with the station for many years to come. Now it’s time to start planning, developing and presenting my new show and I really can’t wait to get chatting to our listeners nationwide daily.Last week, Republic of Telly’s Bernard O’Shea and Jennifer Maguire were confirmed as the hosts of the revamped breakfast show.The pair will be joined by Keith Walsh, formerly of Phantom 105.2′s Joe & Keith show – the new hosts are taking over from Hector Ó hEochagáin, who left the show back in December.Jennifer Maguire and Bernard O’Shea confirmed as new 2fm breakfast hosts> NICKY BYRNE HAS been added to RTÉ 2fm’s new lineup, hosting the brand new Nicky Byrne Show from 11am on weekdays.The ex-Westlife star is the latest addition to the roster after the station’s big shake-up, with a full new schedule to be announced in the coming weeks.The station once again made the big reveal by way of Twitter:last_img read more

Working in Clark County Peter Dougherty chefrestaurant owner

first_imgWorking in Clark County, a brief profile of interesting Clark County business owners or a worker in the public, private, or nonprofit sector. Send ideas to Mary Ricks: mary.ricks@columbian.com; fax 360-735-4598; phone 360-735-4550.Peter Dougherty knew early in life he wanted to own a restaurant. He first job after culinary school was in the tropics. After that, Dougherty gained restaurant experience working in Portland. He and his wife, Lisa, opened La Bottega in downtown Vancouver eight years ago, and then opened Charlies Bistro across the street three years later. He was raised in a small town and says he likes Vancouver’s small-town feeling. “I wanted a place in my community,” Dougherty says. “My restaurant is a family endeavor.”Name: Peter Dougherty.Job/employer: Peter and his wife, Lisa, own La Bottega, 1905 Main St., and Charlies Bistro, 1220 Main St.Age: 47.Education/professional background: Peter Dougherty entered a culinary school in Portland at 19 and upon graduation in 1987 landed a sous chef job in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. He and his wife moved back to the Portland area for the birth of their first child. He wanted experience in the industry before starting his own restaurant. Peter worked as a chef in Portland restaurants and at Skamania Lodge. He opened La Bottega in 2006 and Charlies Bistro in 2009.Residence: Carter Park.One word to describe yourself: Blessed.Most rewarding part of job: Working with my family. My wife worked in the restaurant when we first opened, now runs the home. Our three children work with us. I wanted a place in my community. My restaurant is a family endeavor.Most challenging part of job: Keeping up with industry changes and staff changes is ongoing. It is more and more difficult to run a restaurant as costs go up and there are always new rules. The restaurant is much more about the business side nowadays.last_img read more

AllClear given after bomb threat at Gulliver Preparatory School

first_imgLatest UPDATE: All-clear at Prep Campus pic.twitter.com/h0Qo9drOyo— GulliverSchools (@GulliverSchools) February 2, 2017During that time period, parents were updated via email from the head of the school and notified where they could pick up their children. The school day tomorrow will continue as normal.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. “A lot of people thought it was a joke at first, that it was just a drill,” said student Leslie Benaudis. “We had no idea what was going on.”“When we got the call, we immediately went into our emergency procedures, all of which worked perfectly,” said Frank Steel, Head of Schools at Gulliver Schools. “Our students evacuated great.”A bomb squad responded to the scene, as well as K-9 units to sweep the school.“Pinecrest Police was the first on the scene, they evacuated the scene, or they’re working the scene, actually,” said Pinecrest Police spokesperson Michelle Hammontree. “We have FIU police helping us. Their K-9 bomb sniffing dogs are here, so are UM’s K-9 bomb sniffing dogs.” SOUTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – Students were permitted to return to Gulliver Preparatory School after police evacuated the campus due to a reported bomb threat.Approximately 750 students evacuated the school in Pinecrest after the bomb threat was called in, Thursday morning.According to Pinecrest Police’s Twitter, the bomb threat was received, Thursday, via a phone call, at around 10:30 a.m. The school was entirely evacuated, and officials blocked off the roadway for hours around the perimeter of the school, which has since been reopened.center_img “I think we, as parents, are more panicky, make sure everything is OK,” said parent Monique Day. “You don’t know exactly who to reach.”All school activities were suspended, the school said.Law enforcement gave the all clear around 3:30 p.m., and students and parents are now allowed to return back to Gulliver Prep to retrieve their belongings.However, one parent was angry at the false alarm. “They’re creating havoc. This is baloney. Nothing happened,” said one parent.Steel, however, stressed that the safety of the students is the school’s top priority. “As always, the safety of our students is paramount to us, and that’s what we’ve been focusing on,” he said.Students said throughout the ordeal, they felt safe. “At first, we thought it was a drill, like always, ’cause this is usually a drill,” said student Denary Day, “but once we were on the field, we saw a SWAT guy come, and he was holding a pretty big gun.”The school is expected to remain open until 9 p.m. to give students an ample amount of time to get their school supplies. Gulliver is clear of any threat. Roads are open. #PinecrestPolice continue investigation.— Pinecrest Police (@PinecrestPolice) February 2, 2017Gulliver Preparatory School said in a statement that “all students, faculty and staff have been safely evacuated, and authorities are on-site securing the campus.”7’s Skyforce HD flew over the scene as students waited to be bussed to the Miller Drive campus. Students at that campus were released early. last_img read more

Kalajatha creates awareness on Beti BachaoBeti Padhao in

first_imgMahbubnagar: A troop of Kalajatha artistes visited Somla Nayak Thanda of Rajapur mandal of Mahbubnagar district on Wednesday and created awareness on Central government programme ‘Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao’ on the premises of the Government Primary School.The team danced and enacted a drama to create awareness about the importance of protecting the girl child and provide them education, so that they will have good careers and reach greater heights in their lives. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us Speaking on the occasion, the Kalajatha team members said that in Thanda and rural areas the education of girl children is being neglected. They said many people in villages are still carrying that notion that girls are inferior to boys and they must be confined to indoors. This is not correct and there is a need for creating awareness in order to change their mindset. “Today the times have changed, unlike earlier, there are lots of opportunities available for the girl children. Therefore, the parents must send their children particularly the girls to schools and set a good platform for their future career,” said the Kalajatha team. The Kalajatha team are visiting various villages and rural areas and conducting awareness programmes on Beti Bachao and Beti Padhao programme. District Collector Ronald Rose has initiated this programme and has entrusted the responsibility to the Kalajatha team for spreading the awareness in schools and rural villages.last_img read more

Kashmir former CM Omar PDP chief Mehbooba under house arrest

first_imgIndian home minister Amit Shah, Former Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti. Photo: CollectedFormer Jammu and Kashmir chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti will not be allowed to move out of their houses as strict restrictions are imposed in the Kashmir Valley from early Monday morning, police sources said.National Conference leader Abdullah had earlier on Sunday night expressed apprehension that he was going to be placed under house arrest along with other mainstream leaders, while Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti had called the development “ironic”.”I believe I’m being placed under house arrest from midnight tonight & the process has already started for other mainstream leaders. No way of knowing if this is true but if it is then I’ll see all of you on the other side of whatever is in store. Allah save us.”To the people of Kashmir, we don’t know what is in store for us but I am a firm believer that what ever Almighty Allah has planned it is always for the better, we may not see it now but we must never doubt his ways. Good luck to everyone, stay safe & above all PLEASE STAY CALM,” Abdullah said in a series of tweets.Mehbooba Mufti, who tweeted about hearing “reports about internet being snapped soon including cellular coverage” and “curfew passes being issued”, posted: “God knows what awaits us tomorrow. It’s going to be a long night.””In such difficult times, I’d like to assure our people that come what may, we are in this together & will fight it out. Nothing should break our resolve to strive for what’s rightfully ours.”Subsequently, Mehbooba Mufti tweeted: “How ironic that elected representatives like us who fought for peace are under house arrest. The world watches as people & their voices are being muzzled in J&K. The same Kashmir that chose a secular democratic India is facing oppression of unimaginable magnitude. Wake up India”.last_img read more