Nissan to have 240 dealerships by March

first_imgMumbai, Sep 17 (PTI) Japanese car maker Nissan India will ramp up its dealerships to 230-240 by March from 200 it already has, as part of its three-pronged strategy of more products, more customers and more customer touch-points. “We will have 230 to 240 dealerships by the end of the current fiscal year and 300 by March 2017. We have launched 19 dealerships this year so far, with the latest being in Mumbai the other day,” Nissan India managing director Arun Malhotra told PTI. Nissan is present across 124 cities with 200 dealerships since it entered the country five years ago. He said the companys efforts at increasing network quality, or having more customer touch-points has seen the customer satisfaction score jumping to No 3 this year from a distant No 9 two years ago. Recently, JD Power Asia Pacific ranked Nissan India No 3 in terms sales satisfaction in 2015. When asked about Nissans plans to launch premium SUVs and sports cars in the country, Malhtora said a decision on the same will be announced within a month under their strategy of Hello Model strategy next month, which is aimed at enhancing customer delight and bringing excitement to the market. He said during the current financial year alone, Nissan has already opened 18 outlets in metropolitan as well as non-metro cities. Nissan India sells the hatchback Micra, the MUV Sunny, Terrano the SUV and the sedan apart from the hatchback Go from its Datsun stable and has a manufacturing facility in Chennai in partnership with its global partner Renault. Earlier this month, Nissan India president Guillaume Sicard had said the company was keen to bring in some of the high-end performance cars and sports utility vehicles from its global portfolio here next year. “We have a plan to evolve our product line-up. As for 2017, we will have a renewal of all Nissan models. I cannot disclose too much but we are changing the tone of our products, injecting a strong amount of style and also being very SUV oriented. We also want to bring in performance cars and SUVs into this market,” Sicard had told PTI. He further said Nissan is busy studying on importing some performance cars or sport SUVs. While he did not name the models, globally it sells various sports cars such as the GT-R, 370Z Roadsters and SUVs like Patrol. Last year, Nissan launched the Datsun Go here, marking the global comeback of the brand after nearly three decades. But so far it has got only a lukewarm response. PTI BEN NRB MR SRElast_img read more

Asia Cup T20 Final: Mashrafe Mortaza wary of rampant India

first_imgBangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza on Saturday conceded that India are the clear favourites to lift the Asia Cup T20 cricket trophy and only the familiarity with home conditions could tilt the balance in his side’s favour in the summit clash today.India have been in rampaging form with four convincing wins in the tournament, including the 45-run thumping of Bangladesh in their opening league match, and Mortaza made it clear that “there was no debate” on who are the favourites in tomorrow’s final at the Sher-e-Bangla Stadium. (Mashrafe Mortaza hints retirement after World Twenty20) “We all know that Indians are clear favourites in the final. Let there be no debates or discussions on that,” Mashrafe said at a packed match-eve press conference.”What we have got is a young team which has won matches playing as a unit. We still don’t have a T20 star, who can single-handedly win us a match. Crowd, pitch, conditions, everything will favour us tomorrow but that can never ensure that we will win the final,” Mashrafe said. (Mashrafe Mortaza: Darling of the masses in Bangladesh) While India Team Director Ravi Shastri termed tomorrow’s final as “yet another match”, Mashrafe said that for his team which rarely make final appearances, it’s a “big occasion”.”What Ravi Shastri has said is absolutely right. It is another match for them as they are used to hype and big matches. They can take it like 10 other matches. India has played big finals, won trophies. What is easy for them may not be that easy for us. But we are trying to focus on the game, shut ourselves from the hype and remain and play as normally as possible,” said Bangladesh’s ‘Captain Cool’.advertisementMashrafe said playing the final of Asia Cup T20 adds a “different flavour” but he personally rates playing the quarter-final of the 50-over World Cup against India in Melbourne last year as a “bigger achievement”.”I believe as a captain, the biggest achievement was leading the team in the quarter-finals of the World Cup against India in MCG last year. This is certainly one of my bigger achievements but that quarterfinal stands out. That was a 50-over format and played in Australia,” the skipper said.last_img read more

Ashish Nehra one of the nicest and honest players: Shoaib Akhtar

first_imgFormer Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has written a heartfelt message for recently-retired Ashish Nehra.Nehra played his final professional match on Wednesday and Team India gave him the perfect farewell as they beat New Zealand by 53 runs in the first T20I of the three-match series at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi, which is also the left-arm seamer’s home ground.”1 of the nicest guy & honest fast bowler has retired from INTL cricket .A Nehra it was pleasure playing against u #Cheers fella#,” Akhtar wrote on Twitter.1 of the nicest guy & honest fast bowler has retired from INTL cricket .A Nehra it was pleasure playing against u #Cheers fella#- Shoaib Akhtar (@shoaib100mph) November 2, 2017Nehra retired with 235 wickets across formats in international cricket. The 38-year-old bowled his full quota of four overs as the Kiwis attempted to chase down 203 but ended up with 149 for 8 in 20 overs.Nehra came close to picking up a wicket on two occasions in the match but two dropped catches from Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli meant he couldn’t add to his tally of international wickets in his final game.”I will miss all this. That’s what you train for. One thing which will definitely be at peace will be my body. I said earlier that I can go a couple more years, but there can’t be a better time to walk away. I must be the one bowler who sent down the last over most number of times for India. But those times were different,” Nehra said after the match.advertisement”The game has changed a lot since I started playing. I played my first game here in 1997. The rules have changed and so many runs are being scored. But whatever happens, this team is here to stay. The future of Indian cricket is in safe hands for the next six-seven years,” he added.Nehra, who had a career which lasted a little over 18 years, had first played for India in a Test match against Sri Lanka back in 1999.He bows out as India’s third highest wicket-taker in T20Is behind R Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah with 34 wickets from 27 matches.last_img read more

Analyst Names College Football’s Hardest Schedule In 2019

first_imgA gneral view of the goal post at the Rose Bowl semifinal game.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 01: A general view of the 2018 College Football Playoff Semifinal Game between the Oklahoma Sooners and Georgia Bulldogs at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 1, 2018 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)We’re still a few months away from the start of the college football season, but news on the college football front never stops.Before the 2019 season kicks off, 247Sports went through a list of the most-difficult schedules in the country. Not surprisingly, the SEC owns the list as teams face off against the likes of Alabama and Georgia.But which school has the hardest schedule?That title belongs to South Carolina.Here’s the breakdown from 247Sports:Senior quarterback Jake Bentley and a host of key returning starters on both sides of the football provide reasons for optimism, but we’re talking about battling a slate that includes four preseason Top 10 teams, Texas A&M, Appalachian State and North Carolina, who will be itching to win Mack Brown’s debut in Charlotte to open the season. Eight wins would be a Houdini act for Muschamp.The Gamecocks play host to Alabama, Kentucky, Florida and Clemson – which is difficult enough. However, it doesn’t stop there.Muschamp and company will head on the road to face off against Georgia, Tennessee and Texas A&M, giving the Gamecocks the most difficult schedule in the country.247Sports isn’t alone in crowning the Gamecocks, as ESPN believes they face the toughest test during the 2019 season as well.last_img read more

Delhi Court sentences AAP MLA to 6 months in jail

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Thursday sentenced Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somdutt to six months imprisonment for physically assaulting a man, leaving him grievously injured during the 2015 Assembly election campaign. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal pronounced the quantum of sentence on the MLA from Sadar Bazar constituency. The court also fined him Rs 2 lakh, of which Rs 1 lakh is to be paid to the victim, Pandit Sanjiv Rana. Somdutt had been convicted on June 29. During the run up to the 2015 elections in Delhi, Somdutt along with 50 men went to Gulabi Bagh and continuously rang the doorbell of Rana’s house. When Rana objected to it, he was allegedly attacked by Somdutt’s supporters mercilessly.last_img read more

Nitesh Tiwari Ravi Udyawar to direct liveaction Ramayana trilogy

first_imgMumbai: Nitesh Tiwari and Ravi Udyawar are set to co-direct live-action trilogy “Ramayana”, producer Madhu Mantena announced on Monday. Tiwari of “Dangal” fame and “Mom” director Udyawar are joining hands to helm the series which will be made in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu and shot in 3D, a press release said. Besides Mantena, Allu Aravind and Namit Malhotra are also attached to produce the project, which is mounted on an estimated budget of Rs 500 crore. Also Read – Rihanna to release 500-page ‘visual’ autobiography The epic Ramayana is not only a revered ancient text in Indian mythology but also an integral part of the culture, said Tiwari, adding the team will make sure the film bears a stamp of authenticity. “Madhu and Ravi have been friends for years, Allu sir and Namit are legends and Sridhar has fabulous credentials as a creator. All we have to do now is zap the world… “Apart from Ram and Raavan, every character, be it, Sita, Lakshman or even Hanuman, has something to say which is why we are telling the story in three parts,” Tiwari said in a statement. Also Read – Hilarie Burton, Jeffery Dean Morgan tie the knot Udyawar said he is looking forward to direct the film. “I heard these stories from my grandmother and mother and passed them on to my children. Everybody knows the story of Ram, Sita and Raavan, it’s the storytelling that will make our trilogy memorable and I’m putting everything I have learnt into it to make it fun and engaging while staying true to the original,” he added. “Ramayana” will be made with actors from Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Gujarati and Punjabi film industries as the makers are targeting pan-India as well as the global audience. The project has been in progress for the past three years. The team is hoping to start production next year and eyeing a 2021 release for the first part.last_img read more

Rs 1 crore in cash seized from Dilip Ghoshs PA in Asansol

first_imgKolkata: Goutam Chattopadhyay, who claimed to be the personal assistant of BJP state president Dilip Ghosh, was arrested along with his associate from Asansol railway station late on Sunday night for carrying unaccounted cash of Rs 1 crore inside a bag.Both of them, in the face of police interrogation, said that they were bringing the huge amount of cash from Delhi and the money was supposed to be distributed among the voters ahead of the final phase of elections in the state. Chattopadhyay claimed himself to be Ghosh’s personal assistant during the police interrogation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe incident seemed to have validated Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee’s claim who on repeated occasions accused the BJP leaders of distributing money among the people. During a recent rally, Banerjee had asserted that the Election Commission and police must check the cars of all leaders irrespective of their political affiliations. She also demanded surveillance of the vehicles of top BJP leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She also made it clear that she would not mind if the police check her vehicle along with others. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayIt was learnt that Ghosh’s personal assistant Chattopadhyay, along with his associate Laxmikanta Shaw, was carrying a bag containing cash of Rs 1 crore at Asansol railway station on late Sunday night. They were loitering aimlessly on platform number 5 of the railway station when they were intercepted by the railway police. They found the cash and detained the duo for interrogation. As they failed to come up with any convincing answers, they were arrested. The matter was informed to the Income Tax department. Trinamool Congress leaders in the state have repeatedly alleged that BJP made money out of demonetisation and they were using the same in the elections to influence the voters. When media persons threw questions on them while being taken to court, one of them maintained that the money belonged to the BJP and they were bringing it for distributing among the voters. The duo was remanded to four days’ police custody after being produced before a court in Asansol on Monday. A probe is underway in the trail of ‘ill-gotten money’. Turn to P7last_img read more

SAMIR Refinery Al Amoudi Claims 15 Billion Compensation from Morocco

Rabat – Saudi billionaire Sheikh Al Amoudi is demanding that Morocco pay him back 14 MAD billion ($1.5) as a compensation for the Moroccan government’s supposed role in the downfall of the SAMIR refinery.Al Amoudi is the chief executive of Corral Morocco Holding AB, the Moroccan branch of the Sweden’s Corral Petroleum. Corral Morocco Holding AB held 67% of SAMIR’s assets, before the refinery’s financial problems led the Moroccan government 2015 to declare it bankrupt.Moroccan news outlet Medias 24 reported yesterday that the Saudi businessman is blaming the Moroccan government for neglecting and “violating” a number of contract terms with SAMIR. Key in Al Amoudi’s compliant is Morocco’s alleged role in facilitating the financial debacle that saw SAMIR stop most of its activities in 2015. Medias 24 notes that Al Amoudi handed the International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) a memo on April 12 of this year.Read Also: Al Amoudi Lodges a Complaint Against Morocco In Washington, D.C.In the memo,  the Saudi billionaire is said to have provided documents that prove “violations” by the Moroccan government in its contact with Corral Morocco Holding AB. Among the many accusations Al Amoudi levelled at the Moroccan government is the failure to implement regulations and contract terms which would have made SAMIR more competitive. The memo argued that Morocco “allowed” SAMIR to go bankrupt.Medias 24 did not provide details about all of the Saudi’s claims, or the ICSID’s stance on the legal validity of Al Amoudi’s demands that Morocco compensate him as much as $1.5 billion. In the meantime, Morocco has not yet issued a response to Al Amoudi’s claims.The Saudi businessman lodged his complaint at the ICSID on March 14 of last year. Back then, as now, the Saudi billionaire vented his frustration on Moroccan authorities for the “organized indifference” that precipitated his company’s debacle.Al Amoudi claims that Morocco’s failure to commit to an investment agreement with Sweden is the primary reason SAMIR went bankrupt. That agreement included protection against expropriation, as well as equal respect of investments.However, Al Amoudi’s complaints contrast with the verdict of the Casablanca Commercial Court, which in November 2018 ruled that SAMIR’s board’ mismanagement was the main reason behind the company’s financial failures.SAMIR is currently in a dire situation.  Even after a Casablanca court in 2016 ruled that the company’s assets be liquidated, interest in SAMIR has been scant. Although there have been bidders, no offer has been completed to date. read more

UNAfrican Union mission reports return to relative calm in Darfur

Over the past month, the hybrid operation tasked with quelling the violence and protecting civilians in Darfur, known as UNAMID, had reported a rise in attacks on peacekeeping staff, carjacking, armed banditry, the burning of shelters in camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs) and harassment of civilians in Darfur. There has also been concern over the safety of humanitarian workers, many of whom have been ordered to leave the region following the indictment on 4 March of Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the region.Over the past 72 hours, UNAMID said that its military force conducted dozens of patrols across the region, including 22 confidence-building patrols, 15 escort patrols, six night patrols, and one investigation patrol covering 45 villages and camps for internally displaced persons (IDPs).UNAMID’s police component also conducted a total of 96 patrols in and around the villages and IDP camps.The hybrid force was set up by the Security Council to protect civilians in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million have been forced from their homes since fighting erupted in 2003, pitting rebels against Government forces and allied Janjaweed militiamen. More than one year on from transferring the task of suppressing the violence to UNAMID from the AU Mission in Sudan (AMIS), well over 12,000 of the 19,555 military personnel authorized by the Security Council are now in place across Darfur.In related news, the second regular meeting of the Darfur Human Rights Forum will kick off tomorrow in El Geneina, capital of West Darfur state. The one-day meeting is aimed at promoting transparent and constructive dialogue on human rights issues between the Government of Sudan and UNAMID.Attending the gathering will be officials from the Government of Sudan at the local and national level; members of the Advisory Council on Human Rights (ACHR), also representing the Government; members of the diplomatic community; the AU; UNAMID and UN Mission in Sudan (UNMIS) Human Rights officials. Participants from the Darfur State Committees on Combating Violence against Women and Children will also participate. 13 April 2009The joint United Nations-African Union (AU) peacekeeping mission in Sudan’s war-ravaged Darfur region today reported that the security situation is now relatively calm despite some continuing acts of banditry and carjacking in North and West Darfur. read more

Top UN official urges immediate publication of timetable for Ivorian polls

17 July 2009The top United Nations official in Côte d’Ivoire has called for the immediate publication of a timetable for the long-awaited presidential elections, which are now set for 29 November. If the deadlines for each stage of the electoral process are not met, there is a risk that the polls – repeatedly postponed since 2005 – could be delayed, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative, Choi Y. J., said following a meeting on Wednesday with Ivorian Prime Minister Guillaume Soro.The UN Mission in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI), which is headed by Mr. Choi, has been providing technical and logistical support for preparations for the elections, including in areas such as voter identification and registration. Over 6 million voters have been registered so far, or about 70 per cent of the eligible voter pool in the West African nation, which became divided in 2002 between the Government-controlled south and the rebel Forces Nouvelles-held north.Mr. Choi, who held a similar meeting with President Laurent Gbagbo earlier this week, also stressed that UNOCI is ready to assist the Independent Electoral Commission and the relevant authorities in overcoming any challenge on the road to the elections, according to a news release issued by the mission.In addition, the Special Representative underlined the fact that the implementation of decisions associated with the country’s 2003 peace agreement had been postponed, including the transfer of authority and the redeployment of the administration in the north of the country. “We talked about how to strengthen the achievements and how to take up the challenges,” said Mr. Choi.In his latest report on the work of UNOCI, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stressed that Côte d’Ivoire’s political parties have the responsibility for ensuring that the elections are held on time and are free, fair and transparent.He added that it is important that the parties sustain the progress achieved so far and complete, “in a timely manner,” the remaining stages of the peace process. In a related development, UNOCI staff met yesterday with their colleagues from the UN Development Programme (UNDP) to identify challenges associated with the 1,000 microprojects programme.Launched in 2008, the $4 million pilot initiative is designed to support the Government’s efforts to reintegrate ex-combatants. Some 2,700 people are working on 507 projects throughout the country under the programme, which is financed by the UN Peacebuilding Fund that was set up to help jump-start projects in countries emerging from conflict. read more

Athletics Director moves to new business development role

Robert Hilson will be leaving the office of Director of Athletics next month to take on a new assignment as the University’s inaugural Director of Business Development and Partnerships.Tom Arkell, Associate Vice-President of University Services, said the new position will focus on advancing sponsorships and new business development, as well as marketing the wide range services and facilities within the University Services division. University Services operates such units as Dining Services, Residences, Parking Services, Conference & Event Services, Printing & Digital Services, Youth University and Athletics & Recreation.“Universities are moving in this direction, looking to generate more revenue from their existing assets,” said Arkell, “and Robert is well positioned to help get us to the next level in that respect.”Hilson joined Brock as Director of Athletics in 2011. During his tenure he developed the department’s first strategic plan, significantly grew revenue and oversaw five national varsity athletics championships (second in Ontario).Chris Critelli will serve as Interim Director of Athletics while a search is conducted for a full-time replacement. Critelli, currently Assistant Director of Athletics, is a former Canadian Olympian basketball player and a familiar figure at Brock, having served as a coach and administrator in Athletics for 32 years. read more

DR of Congo Security Council hears of gross violations of human rights

Video of Security Council meeting The Under Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Jean-Marie Guéhenno, updated the Council on the persistent instability in the northeastern part of the country and steps taken by the UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) to achieve a peaceful resolution to the conflict.MONUC has been working hard in the past weeks to defuse tensions among various factions and recommend peace-building mechanisms, Mr. Guéhenno said. He noted that the Mission was deeply concerned by the claims of the leader of the Union des Patriotes Congolais (UPC), Thomas Lubanga, that he has sole legitimate right to control the entire Ituri region.”If there is no end to the present culture of impunity in the DRC, the progress we seek on the political front may be hard to achieve,” Mr. Guéhenno said, adding that thousands of people were displaced and suffered human rights abuses.In echoing the view of Mr. Guéhenno, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Sergio Vieira de Mello, told the Council in his briefing that the human rights situation has “deteriorated significantly.” He said that information gathered “reveals that prosecution on ethnic and tribal grounds, extortion of property, rape and other forms of sexual violence against women, extra-judicial executions, and the forced recruitment of children are being committed.”In view of these “gross violations of human rights” Mr. Vieira de Mello recommended that there was an “imperative need” to continue to monitor closely and report on the human rights situation in the DRC. He said consideration should be given to the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to look into such violations.”The Council may wish to demand again that the belligerents and their foreign supporters put an immediate end to human rights violations and to the culture of impunity, and that those responsible for such crimes be immediately arrested – including those who continue to exercise military command functions – and eventually brought to justice,” the High Commissioner said. read more

Ohio State unafraid of hostile environment at Penn State

Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa (97) celebrates following a play during a game against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen the Big Ten’s top offense is pitted against the conference’s No. 1 defense, home field advantage could go a long way in deciding the outcome of a game.On paper, that would suggest Penn State (4-2, 1-2) has an edge on No. 13 Ohio State (5-1, 2-0) heading into their Saturday matchup in State College, Pa. But for at least one Buckeye, a road game in a hostile environment is exactly what he wants.“I’ve been waiting to play in this stadium, because apparently it just erupts and is crazy,” Joey Bosa said Wednesday of the Nittany Lions’ Beaver Stadium. “So I’m super excited.”The sophomore defensive lineman said the OSU coaching staff has talked to the team so the players “don’t get nervous,” but he said the Buckeyes’ experience playing at Ohio Stadium should keep that from being a problem. Instead, Bosa said he’s simply looking forward to playing in a loud atmosphere on the road.“I’ve been talking to everybody all year about, ‘Oh, Penn State is supposed to be the craziest environment,’” he said. “We play in front of 108,000 people every weekend, and so it kinda sucks when we go away and they don’t have an environment like that.”OSU leads the nation in average attendance this season, having set a new Ohio Stadium attendance record on Sept. 6 against Virginia Tech and then broke that record on Sept. 27 against Cincinnati. But white-clad Nittany Lion faithful have kept Beaver Stadium crowds not far behind. In three home games, Penn State has averaged just under 100,000 in the attendance column.The Buckeyes have played just two games away from home this season — against Navy in Baltimore and Maryland in College Park, Md. — and both games had attendance numbers under 60,000.Coach Urban Meyer said the atmospheres simply don’t stack up against Beaver Stadium.“Not like this one,” he said.Meyer called Penn State’s stadium a top-five atmosphere, and added the team has been practicing with simulated crowd noise — which could be heard from inside the Woody Hayes Athletic Center during the latter portions of Wednesday’s night session.“It’s hard to get ready for this one,” Meyer said. “But we’ve had some good practices and the one thing about our setup out here (is) we can get some noise pumped in pretty good.”On top of an already hostile environment, Meyer said the Buckeyes are expecting to take on a team that considers them a rival, even if the Nittany Lions don’t compare to Michigan in the eyes of OSU.“I’ve heard Penn State considers Ohio State their rival,” the third-year OSU coach said. “Obviously we have one (rival).”But Meyer added that he does consider it a rivalry matchup to an extent, and expects to have a difficult game on his hands when the players step on the field.“We consider them a great program and it’s going to be a tough game,” he said.Regardless of whatever sort of rivalry there might or might not be between the two schools, Penn State coach James Franklin said his Nittany Lions have to be ready for one of the best teams they’ll face this season.“You look at their program, you look at their team doing a tremendous job,” Franklin said during a Tuesday press conference. “Probably the fastest, most athletic team and also tremendous size, probably the best combination that we’ve seen so far this year.”Franklin added that he’s seen the Buckeyes turn a corner since their week two loss to the Hokies.“Since then, they have had a lot of success,” he said. “Playing with a lot of confidence, scoring a lot of points and creating a lot of turnovers on defense that are factoring into those points as well.”In the four games since the loss to Virginia Tech, OSU has posted historic numbers on the offensive side of the ball.The Buckeyes have scored more than 50 points in each of their past four games — a school record — and they tied an OSU mark with four straight games gaining 500 or more yards on offense. That torrid pace has put OSU on top of the Big Ten standings for total offense per game, but it’s set to face off with a formidable defense as well.Penn State ranks first in the Big Ten in total defense, giving up just 283.3 yards per game, but it’ll be up against a Buckeye offense averaging 533.8 yards per game this season.Beyond the Nittany Lions’ ability to disrupt the running game — they are best in the Big Ten, surrendering just 60.8 yards per game on the ground this season — OSU redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said Penn State will attack more than other defenses the Buckeyes have faced.“They like to blitz a lot, this’ll be the heaviest blitz team we’ve played so far,” Elflein said Wednesday.For the Buckeye offensive line — and the offense in general — matching up with the Penn State defense is a formidable task. Elflein said there has to be even more emphasis on communication since the game is set to be played in such a hostile atmosphere.“It’s gonna be a hard environment to play in, and communication is key along the offensive line,” he said. “And they like to blitz a lot so we’re gonna have to communicate with (redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett) and everybody and it’s going to be tough.”On the other side of the ball, the Buckeyes’ defense is set to face a struggling Penn State offense.Nittany Lion sophomore quarterback Christian Hackenberg is first in the Big Ten in passing yards per game, but he’s already thrown seven interceptions compared to just five touchdowns. Despite his sophomore slump, OSU senior cornerback Doran Grant said he and the rest of the defensive unit still have respect for Hackenberg.“I still think he’s … a pretty efficient quarterback,” Grant said Wednesday. “He does his things, you can tell he has control of the team. They respect him. He’s going to be ready to play, especially for this game.”Regardless of how much control Hackenberg has over his team, recent history has not been kind to Penn State quarterbacks when they take on the Buckeyes.OSU intercepted the then-freshman Hackenberg twice in a 63-14 win at Ohio Stadium last season. In 2012, then-OSU linebacker Ryan Shazier returned an interception for a touchdown, helping the Buckeyes to a 35-23 win in State College.But the defensive backs aren’t the only players looking to make a statement for OSU.Bosa said OSU has recognized that Penn State’s offensive line hasn’t played well this season, but still said he expects them to pose a challenge.“They have their struggles, they’re young, they have some freshmen in there,” Bosa said. “But they’re going to definitely come out and play their best game against us so we have to prepare just as hard as if it was anyone.”With a questionable offensive line, an up-and-down quarterback and a stifling defense on the books to go along with the Beaver Stadium atmosphere, Grant said it will be key for the Buckeyes to simply settle into the game in order to have success.“Basically just don’t let the crowd get to you … you just keep playing,” he said. “Keep playing and as the game rolls along and it starts to go our way, then you’ll see it just like any other game.”Kickoff between the Buckeyes and Nittany Lions is scheduled for 8 p.m. read more

WiFi iPad 2 CAN Use Pinpoint GPS If Tethered to iPhone

first_imgSide-by-side, the iPad Wi-Fi and iPad 3G don’t look different at all, but under the hood there are a lot of differences. Customers who bought a Wi-Fi model, for example, cannot use the same sophisticated GPS features that the iPad 3G has. For the iPad 2, however, there is a workaround to this.Not advertised by Apple, an iPad 2 early adopter realized that when tethered to an iPhone via the phone’s Personal Hotspot feature, the iPad 2 was also able to leech off the iPhone’s pinpoint GPS accuracy.“As we got closer, I decided to get some directions to make sure we were on track. I launched the iPads maps app, expecting to navigate the old fashioned way without GPS assistance — knowing full well that GPS only comes in the 3G iPad models. Imagine my surprise when my iPad pinpointed exactly where we were on the road,” wrote the iPad user who noted the feature, Kyle Carmitchel.Via Cult of Maclast_img read more

Hand over the keys Pressure builds on religious groups over child abuse

first_img Friday 10 Mar 2017, 9:32 AM Short URL ‘Hand over the keys’: Pressure builds on religious groups over child abuse reparations The religious groups say falling property prices are the reason only 14% of the total costs have been paid. Share Tweet Email17 111 Comments That’s a far cry from the 50/50 deal that everybody wanted… and it’s a far-cry from what the religious orders promised themselves.Richard BrutonAlthough the current education minister, Richard Bruton, acknowledged that the Christian Brothers were making scheduled payments as agreed, he said there was an ‘issue about taking responsibility of the sexual abuse that was endemic’. • To Cara Nua, the independent trust for former residents: the sum of €20,000,000 cash plus properties then worth €11,590,000.• To the State: properties then worth €80,856,800.• To the voluntary sector: properties then worth €15,060,000.But the financial downturn eroded the value of the properties to the State, according to the Sisters of Mercy. They say that part of the deal was that the value of their contribution would be subject to the price fluctuation of individual properties.Ruairi Quinn Source: Mark Stedman/Photocall IrelandOn Morning Ireland today, former education minister Ruairi Quinn said that the Christian Brothers controlled many of the schools, as do many of the other religious teaching orders.“And they are answerable only to themselves and to the head of their organisation, usually someone based in Rome. And in turn that person is answerable only to the Pope. [It would be] as a public token of their remorse and their sympathy with the victims and the relatives of the victims of this terrible period in Irish history.THAT’S WHAT FORMER education minister Ruairi Quinn said today in response to a report that shows less than 14% of the total costs of the child abuse scandal has been paid by religious institutions. The Artane Boys Industrial School, now called St David’s, which was run by the Christian Brothers and was named in the Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse Report.The Christian Brothers and the Sisters of Mercy, meanwhile, have defended the amounts they’ve paid in compensation for child abuse and investigation costs after coming under fire because of the contents of the report by the Comptroller & Auditor General, published yesterday.The report showed that €209 million had been paid by religious institutions for their role in institutional child abuse. Current costs to the State – including an inquiry, a survivor redress scheme and related survivor supports – add up to €1.5 billion.But because of the fall in the value of properties used as payment to the state, as well as the rising costs of the inquiry, the religious institutions responsible aren’t paying half anymore, and the State no longer has the legal authority to change the amount because of a deal made back in 2002.Current education minister Richard Bruton said that they were now looking to put “moral pressure” onto religious institutions to pay and donate to the state as a gesture of goodwill and moral leadership.The Christian Brothers Source: Leon Farrell/Photocall IrelandBut the Christian Brothers said that these figures were 14 months old, and don’t account for more recent compensation amounts, with their estimation of what they’ve contributed equalling €615 million.In a statement they said:“The Comptroller & Auditor General report predates significant payments by the Congregation. Of the €34 million cash pledge, €24 million has been honoured with the final €10million being paid on a phased basis in 2017 linked to property sales.”Sisters of MercyThe Sisters of Mercy have said that they’ve honoured all of their commits and have “contributed property and cash measured in the sum of €33,091,114 pursuant to the Indemnity Agreement of 2001″. Mar 10th 2017, 9:32 AM By Gráinne Ní Aodha I don’t want to see them bankrupted. They could solve this issue honourably and with dignity by handing over the keys to the properties used for educational purposes to the Irish government, to the Irish people. I don’t see any sense of movement or engagement or responsibility coming from Pope Francis in relation to this matter.He said that the historical scandal involved both the state and the religious teaching orders, but it was the taxpayer who had borne the bulk of the payments.“The taxpayer has now compensated those people, those victims, to the tune of €1.6 billion [in terms of round figures]. The taxpayer has now compensated those people and it has cost you and me and everybody else €1.6 billion at a time when that money could have been used in so many different ways. 15,139 Views It’s moral pressure that we seek to exercise: we can’t force them to do anything.“The Church provide moral leadership, and people in the Church will be disappointed they’re not living up to their own [standards].”“The Church should be honouring their responsibilities.”He admitted that the State carried much of the blame as well, as it sent children to these institutions and inspected these schools, and said that the State bore 50% of the responsibility.Read: Religious groups still owe €1.3 billion for institutional child abuseRead: Some Ryan Report recommendations yet to be implemented due to lack of resources Following the publication of the Ryan Report the Congregation committed to making an additional contribution which in December 2009 was valued at €117,506,800 composed as follows: Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

Heartbreak and humanity

first_imgDoujon Zammit’s violent death at the hands of nightclub bouncers from Mykonos’ Paradise Beach is a tragedy that has touched many, but it has also evolved to showcase the best of humanity. This weekend, Nine Network’s 60 Minutes program has a must-watch update to its original report of Doujon’s death and the profound events that followed. Producer Howard Sacre and reporter Liz Hayes have again straddled the sensitivities and shocking realities of a story that keeps on giving.The original 2008 program covered the heart-rending events following the vicious attack on Doujon, which left him with such serious head injuries that he was airlifted to an Athens hospital.His father, Oliver, made the mercy dash from Australia and was immediately thrust into the ensuing maelstrom, with intense media coverage and a situation in which there was no other option but to turn off his son’s life support.Oliver featured in saturated coverage, expressing no ill-will towards Greece and describing Doujon’s death as a freak, one-off event. His insistence that his son’s heart be used to save the life of Athens journalist Kostas Gribilas, and that his other organs be used to keep another three people alive, won admiration the world over.Kostas was dying from heart failure and had days to live but was ultimately given the kiss of life. He and future wife, Poppy, knew who the donor was, and Mr Zammit and wife Rosemarie knew who the recipient was, and they met in a very emotional encounter.It was an extraordinary exception to the general rule that donor and recipient identities be kept confidential, largely to protect the emotional and psychological well-being of the recipient and members of both families.“We’re updating the story because that initial meeting of Kostas and Poppy, and Oliver and Rosemarie, has blossomed into a very unusual friendship,” Sacre told Neos Kosmos.“Kostas and Poppy have also left Greece and now live in Australia. They see Oliver and Rosemarie very often. Our story details this unique friendship.”In early 2013, Poppy gave birth to Konstantina, but at eight months of age in September 2013 she was rushed hospital. Poppy and Kosta had noticed signs of dehydration while teething. Within 48-hours, Konstantina had passed away with heart complications. “It was a baby that took three of us to make,” Kostas says on the 60 Minutes promo.A charitable foundation was established in memory of Konstantina Angelique Gribilas. Details can be found at: PostscriptThere is a personal dimension to this story for me. I was in Athens at the time and fielded frantic calls from members of my extended family following the Mykonos attack.My cousin was, at the time, the girlfriend of Doujon’s travelling companion Cameron Tabone, and I was urged to head to the Athens hospital to assist in any way I could.Once I was confident I’d done all that I could do to assist, I was faced with the decision of whether or not to cover the story for the Fairfax newspaper – The Sydney Morning Herald – to which I was a contributor.In doing so, I was faced with the dilemma that following my journalistic instincts would potentially create awkwardness and tension between my immediate and extended family.I went ahead and reported on a series of events that emotionally, remains as my hardest assignment to date, but at the same time brought the rewards of contact with some exceptional ambassadors for compassion and humanity. I have no regrets. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

After Yogi and Mayawati EC bans Azam Khan Maneka Gandhi from campaigning

first_imgThe prohibition on Azam Khan and Maneka Gandhi begins at 10 am today.Taking note of their alleged controversial remarks, the Election Commission of India (ECI) on Monday (April 15) barred Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan from campaigning for 72 hours while Union Minister Maneka Gandhi has been barred from election campaigning for 48 hours. The prohibition on Azam Khan and Maneka Gandhi begins at 10 am today, April 16.While addressing an election rally on Sunday, Azam Khan had made derogatory remarks against actor-turned-politician Jaya Prada, the BJP candidate from Rampur constituency.”I brought her (Jaya Prada) to Rampur. You are a witness that I did not allow anyone to touch her body. It took you 17 years to identify her real face but I got to know in 17 days that she wears khaki underwear,” Khan had said while addressing an election rally in Rampur.Meanwhile, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi on April 12 had said in a public address in Sultanpur that her win from the Sultanpur Lok Sabha constituency was certain “with or without” the support of the Muslims and the community should realise it since they will need to get their work done once BJP is in power. “You have to recognise that this victory is sure without you and even with you, and you will have to spread the word,” she said while addressing a rally in Sultanpur.Emphasising that she had distributed Rs 1,000 crore for Muslim institutions to flourish, she said, “You came to seek our help at the time of your need. But, if you say during election time that we will not vote for the BJP and instead vote for any other party which can defeat BJP, then it breaks our heart.””I have already passed this election. But now, if you have to lay the foundation for getting help then this is the right time to do so,” Maneka Gandhi added, while indirectly calling upon the Muslim community to vote for her.Earlier on Monday, EC had a crackdown on Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath from campaigning for 48 hours and 72 hours, respectively, for making speeches which allegedly violated the Model Code of Conduct.(Inputs from agencies)last_img read more

AL BCL yet to agree on new committee

first_imgRuling Bangladesh Awami League’s (AL’s) student wing Bangladesh Chhatra League aka BCL concluded its national council session without forming a new committee.Several BCL leaders said the organisation could not finalise its central committee as its central leadership and their guardians – AL leadership – have failed to reach consensus.The concluding session of the two-day national council session was supposed to be held at 3:00pm at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh, in the capital.Instead, the BCL leaders were in Ganabhaban, the official residence of the prime minister, Sheikh Hasina, who is also the president of AL, at that time.On their return to the council session venue, the BCL leaders gathered at the adjacent Shahbagh intersection and announced that prime minister and AL president Sheikh Hasina will announce the committee later.Amidst a high hope among the BCL leadership that AL president and prime minister Sheikh Hasina would remove the “age barrier” keeping in view the next general elections, Hasina at inaugural session on Saturday, rather said that the age limit for the BCL activists would just be raised from 27 to 28 years.Her announcement created apparently a sense of despair among many of the aspirants for the top posts of the ruling party’s student body.Hasina’s announcement has also forced the BCL leadership to find a new equation for electing its leadership.Arifur Rahman Lemon, vice president and also chief election commissioner of the council session, on Saturday night published a list of 38 president aspirants who were excluded for being more than 28 years old.He published another list of 14 general secretaries’ aspirants who were disqualified for exceeding the age limit.Signed also by other two election commissioners — Nowshed Uddin Sujon and Sakib Hasan Swim — the list contained 66 president aspirants and 169 general secretary aspirants whose candidature was found to be valid.But, a group of senior BCL leaders claimed that the prime minister has extended the age limit to 29 years and demanded the list be withdrawn.They also said that though Hasina had announced on Saturday that the age limit would be 28 years for leadership, she later changed it to 29 years following request from some former BCL leaders and AL leaders.On Sunday, the aspirants who were more than 28 years old, too, were seen busy making showdown at the Engineers’ Institute and Dhaka University campus.Several sources in current and former BCL leaders said the central leadership of AL and the BCL might take one or two more days to declare the new committee.When contacted, forest and environment affairs secretary of AL and former BCL leader Delwar Hossain backed the claim of the student leaders, saying that the AL president has raised age limit to 29 years.He said the committee would be declared after scrutinising the past records of the candidates.Several sources in the BCL said leaders including vice president Aditya Nandi, member of central committee Rezwanul Haque Chowdhury Shovon, deputy legal affairs secretary Hossain Saddam, and DU unit secretary of immediate past committee Mothaher Hossain Prince, are among the strongest contenders for the posts of president and secretary.Top posts of the student organisation of a ruling political party bear quite importance in the country’s political culture with the student body leadership having a strong influence in almost all of the affairs of the universities and colleges.Allegations have it that the leadership of the ruling party’s student wing often earns millions of taka through various means like controlling tendering process for the construction work in the educational institutions and forming new committees for different units.last_img read more

Apple Working on Combined ARVR Headset Report

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety There is no word yet on how Apple would support both technologies in one device. The likeliest option would be video pass-through, which would essentially use outward-facing cameras to incorporate images of the real world onto the headset’s displays. Cnet reported that Apple is looking to use a separate 8K display for each eye, which is significantly above the resolution of current-generation VR headsets.Prototypes for Apple’s headset apparently work with an external control unit powered by its own chipsets, which wirelessly communicate with the device. Outsourcing rendering to such a unit would allow Apple to run compute-intensive AR and VR experiences at high frame rates similar to PC-based virtual reality, but it would also mean that the device won’t be as portable as a mobile VR headset.Oculus is currently developing a high-end all-in-one VR headset code-named Santa Cruz that works without any such external hardware. The company is expected to give an update on the development of that product at its f8 conference next weekcenter_img Apple is working on a headset that would combine augmented and virtual reality experiences in one device, according to a new Cnet report. The headset reportedly features 8K video displays for each eye, and could ship as early as 2020.Apple declined to comment on the story when contacted by Variety.Apple has publicly thrown its weight behind augmented reality (AR), bringing the technology to its mobile devices with the help of its ARKit developer framework. The company’s public commitment to virtual reality (VR) has been much more limited, with Apple unveiling developer-focused tools to add support for existing VR headsets to Mac computers last year.However, Cnet reported Friday that the company’s still-unannounced headset will support both AR and VR, which would make it a first among headsets manufactured by a major consumer electronics company. Up until now, most headsets have had a clear focus on either AR or VR, with the latter being a lot more widespread.last_img read more