9 months agoArsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham all tracking Guingamp star Marcus Thuram

first_imgArsenal, Man Utd and Tottenham all tracking Guingamp star Marcus Thuramby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe son of France World Cup winner is being watched by Arsenal, Manchester United and Tottenham.They’re all on the trail of striker Marcus Thuram – the son of French World Cup winner Lilian, says The Sun.The Guingamp star has hit 10 goals in 17 games this season to catch the eyes of the Premier League trio.Thuram scored the winner as his club shocked holders Paris Saint-Germain, beating them 2-1 in the French League Cup last week.The 21-year-old has won rave reviews this season, despite Brittany-based minnows Guingamp propping up Ligue 1.And the Gunners, Spurs and United all reportedly sent scouts to check on him against Saint-Etienne on Saturday. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mother filing complaint against RCMP officer for allegedly punching her son at

first_imgLucy ScholeyAPTN NewsThe mother of a 15-year-old boy is filing a complaint to the RCMP after watching a video of her son allegedly getting punched in the head by an officer during an arrest at the Melfort Fair in Saskatchewan.APTN News was sent a copy of a video, which appears to show an officer walking over to the teen, who’s lying on the ground underneath a set of bleachers, before swinging at his head twice.On Monday, RCMP released a statement saying the 15-year-old boy from Tisdale, Sask. was arrested at the Melfort Fair on July 20 for wielding a fake firearm.The teen cannot be named under the Youth Criminal Justice Act. According to the release, an “altercation” took place between the teen and three “females.”The 15-year-old was arrested and charged with several offences, including pointing a firearm, possessing a weapon for dangerous purpose and breach of probation. There were no shots fired and no injuries reported.But the teen’s mother, who also cannot be named as it could identify the teen, said the boy “had a large red mark on his forehead from where the police officer punched him,” plus injuries from a fight with a girl.She said her son was defending himself after the girl confronted him. Someone else showed up with a pellet gun and her son “took it from him.”“Then the RCMP and other news made it sound as though my son was there to shoot up the exhibition,” she said.The RCMP phoned her and she spoke with her son, who informed her that a police officer punched him.“And then to actually see it on video made me sick to my stomach and the tears rolled down my face,” she said.The original video is about a minute and a half long, but APTN trimmed it down to 15 seconds because the rest does not show much more of the arrest.Her son was taken into custody and appeared in court on Monday.According to a statement sent to APTN by the RCMP, the officers were dealing with a “significant public threat.”“The situation was highly-fluid and the firearm had not yet been located,” the statement said. “Because the subject refused to comply with officers’ instructions, a determination was made to immediately effect an arrest utilizing an appropriate level of force to ensure public and officer safety.”“As is the case with any such incidents, a Subject Behaviour/Officer Response (SB/OR) report is required. It will be reviewed internally to determine if the level of force used was appropriate.”The mother said she has also filed a complaint against the officer in question with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP.She said her son has had previous run-ins with the law, but that he has struggled with ADHD and had been seeking counselling.“And all I want is the best for my son and to help him get better. He needs the help.”lscholey@aptn.calast_img read more

Solo A Star Wars Story falls 65 per cent in second weekend

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – “Solo: A Star Wars Story” is losing momentum quickly at the box office, even with a relatively quiet weekend free of any new blockbuster competition. After an underwhelming launch, the space saga fell 65 per cent in weekend two with $29.3 million from North American theatres, according to studio estimates on Sunday.“Solo” has now earned $148.9 million domestically, which is still shy of “Rogue One’s” December 2016 opening weekend of $155.1 million and over $135 million short of where “Rogue One” was in its second weekend.The 65 per cent drop off is one of the highest in recent “Star Wars” history, although it is less steep than the second week fall of the franchise’s last film, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” which slid 67.5 per cent in weekend two this past December — but, that was also after a $220 million debut.Internationally, “Solo” added $30.3 million, and globally the film has netted $264.2 million.Paul Dergarabedian, the senior media analyst for comScore, thinks that all the media attention given to “Solo’s” less-than-impressive opening weekend numbers could have actually negatively affected its second weekend earnings.“Box office got conflated with perceived value of the movie and that might have affected its second weekend,” Dergarabedian said. “Sometimes news of the box office can impact a movie’s bottom line.”He noted that in comScore’s audience survey, most of the over 1,000 people polled “really liked” the movie.“Solo’s” tumble brought it even closer to “Deadpool 2,” which is now in its third weekend in theatres and still managed to reel in an estimated $23.3 million to take second place. With a domestic total of $254.7 million and a crowded marketplace with both “Solo” and “Avengers: Infinity War” surrounding it, “Deadpool 2” is still only about $30 million behind where the first film was in its third weekend.Shailene Woodley’s lost-at-sea drama “Adrift” fared the best of the three newcomers, which included the horror pic “Upgrade” and a Johnny Knoxville comedy “Action Point.” ”Adrift,” from STX Entertainment, washed up in third place with $11.5 million, while the others struggled to make a significant impact.“Upgrade” opened In sixth place with $4.5 million, behind both “Avengers: Infinity War” ($10.4 million) and “Book Club” ($6.8 million), and “Action Point,” which was not screened for critics, landed in ninth place with a dismal $2.3 million.This weekend also saw a few smaller studio landmarks for Magnolia Pictures, whose Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary “RBG” became its highest grossing film ever with $7.9 million, and Pantelion Films, which scored a similar feat with “Overboard,” which is now up to $45.5 million.Even with “Solo’s” stumble, the year-to-date box office is still up 6.2 per cent as June kicks into gear with some big movies on the horizon, including “Ocean’s 8,” ”Incredibles 2″ and “Jurassic World.”Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.1.”Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $29.3 million ($30.3 million international).2.”Deadpool 2,” $23.3 million ($41.6 million international).3.”Adrift,” $11.5 million.4.”Avengers: Infinity War,” $10.4 million ($24.3 million international).5.”Book Club,” $6.8 million ($1.1 million international).6. “Upgrade,” $4.5 million.7.”Life of the Party,” $3.5 million.8.”Breaking In,” $2.8 million ($300,000 international).9.”Action Point,” $2.3 million.10.”Overboard,” $2 million ($1.5 million international).___Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at international theatres (excluding the U.S. and Canada), according to comScore:1. “Deadpool 2,” $41.6 million.2. “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” $30.3 million.3. “Avengers: Infinity War,” $24.3 million.4. “Doraemon the Movie: Nobita’s Treasure Island,” $23.7 million.5. “How Long Will I Love U,” $15.8 million.6. “Believer,” $9.2 million.7. “Happy Little Submarine 20000 Leagues,” $8.9 million.8. “Sherlock Gnomes,” $3.3 million.9. “Truth or Dare,” $2.5 million.10. “A Quiet Place,” $2.4 million.___Universal and Focus are owned by NBC Universal, a unit of Comcast Corp.; Sony, Columbia, Sony Screen Gems and Sony Pictures Classics are units of Sony Corp.; Paramount is owned by Viacom Inc.; Disney, Pixar and Marvel are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; Miramax is owned by Filmyard Holdings LLC; 20th Century Fox and Fox Searchlight are owned by 21st Century Fox; Warner Bros. and New Line are units of Time Warner Inc.; MGM is owned by a group of former creditors including Highland Capital, Anchorage Advisors and Carl Icahn; Lionsgate is owned by Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.; IFC is owned by AMC Networks Inc.; Rogue is owned by Relativity Media LLC.___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter at: http://twitter.com/ldbahrlast_img read more

The top 10 movies on the iTunes Store

first_imgiTunes Movies U.S. charts for week ending November 25, 2018:iTunes Movies US Charts:1. Crazy Rich Asians2. Mission: Impossible – Fallout3. Incredibles 24. The Meg5. Peppermint6. Mile 227. A Quiet Place8. Deadpool 29. Elf (2003)10. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find ThemiTunes Movies US Charts – Independent:1. The Clovehitch Killer2. The Dawn Wall3. Juliet, Naked4. Time Trap5. Eighth Grade6. The Children Act7. First Reformed8. Ex Machina9. Three Identical Strangers10. The Death of Stalin__(copyright) 2018 Apple Inc.By The Associated Press, The Associated Presslast_img

Media French PM to announce delay to fuel tax hikes

first_imgPARIS — French media say Prime Minister Edouard Philippe will announce a suspension of fuel tax hikes in an effort to appease a protest movement that has radicalized.Both Le Monde newspaper and France Info radio say the planned increase, which has provoked riots, will be suspended for several months. Philippe is also expected to announce other measures aimed at easing tensions.The prime minister is expected to announce the move later Tuesday.The Associated Presslast_img

Over two dozen organizations took registrations at 20th Annual Spring One Stop

first_imgFORT ST JOHN, B.C. – The Totem Mall was the host of the 20th Annual Spring Community One Stop registration event on past Saturday.The event took place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and was hosted in by both the Mall and the City of Fort St. John.The Spring Community One Stop is an excellent opportunity for residents of the community to learn about what local organizations, community groups and sports clubs had to offer for the upcoming spring/summer season. With an impressive total of 26 organizations in attendance, the upcoming spring/summer season will be a busy one in the community.Activities available at One Stop were not limited to strictly sports but also included many literacy, music and art-based organizations.In addition to the annual Spring One Stop registration, a Fall version will be held in early September.last_img read more

The 10 Games That Shaped The NFL Playoff Picture The Most

Detroit72100+28 Denver4139-2 Green Bay70%100%+30 PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Washington37%51%+14 Houston44%74%+30 3. Tennessee 13, Denver 10 (Week 14) The most important game of the year came in Week 17, even though one of the teams — the New York Giants — had absolutely nothing to play for. Washington’s loss ended its playoff hopes and rendered the highly anticipated Green Bay-Detroit evening matchup mostly moot by guaranteeing playoff spots for both the Packers and Lions. Tennessee11%25%+14 After a tedious Week 17, the NFL playoff picture is finally set. Every week since Week 12, we’ve looked at which games could have the biggest impact on postseason chances throughout the league. Now, instead of dealing with hypotheticals, we can look backward to see which results from the entire 2016 regular season actually affected the playoff race the most.This is pretty easy to measure. Our NFL predictions update after every game, so the most important games are simply the ones that caused the largest net change in playoff probabilities. For example, when Buffalo beat Los Angeles in Week 5, the Bills’ playoff chances immediately improved from 50 percent to 64 percent (+14) while the Rams’ dropped from 49 percent to 34 percent (-14, with rounding). That’s a net change of 28 points. If we add to that number the impact the Bill’s victory had on Arizona, Seattle, New England and Oakland and its minor impacts on every other team in the league, we get an overall playoff swing of 57 points for that game.1The playoff swing totals in this article are lower than what we had listed in previous weeks. That’s because the scale has changed a bit, now that we’re measuring based on one actual game outcome instead of two potential game outcomes. An example: Going into their Week 17 matchup against New York, Washington had a 58 percent chance of making the playoffs. It would be eliminated with a loss and would more or less clinch with a win, so the team’s total potential range of outcomes, which we called its swing, was zero to 100 percent, or 100 percentage points. But Washington lost that game, so its actual, non-potential swing was from 58 percent to zero, or 58 percentage points.By this measure, the 10 biggest games of the regular season are below. Note that some of these results didn’t actually “matter” in the end. Going back to the example above: Buffalo didn’t make the postseason. But that game did make a significant impact on the playoff race at the time, so it was still important to the arc of the season. Miami55%92%+38 Game had 75.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Detroit4650+4 Pittsburgh was an early favorite to make the playoffs, with a 62 percent preseason chance of advancing to the postseason that improved to 90 percent after a 4-1 start. But then the Steelers lost four straight, dropping down to 16th in our rankings, which are based on Elo ratings (a measure of team strength based on game results that we use quite a bit around here). They would go on to beat the Browns in Week 11, but this road victory against the Colts was when Pittsburgh really righted the ship. The Steelers closed the season with five more wins, easily making it to the postseason; they enter as the fourth-ranked team by Elo. Game had 58.5 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Dallas2623-3 Game had 76.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown The game to watch for Week 16 was one of the best of the year. Buffalo came back from a 21-7 deficit, but the Dolphins hit a 55-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game into OT. Buffalo immediately drove 58 yards to Miami’s 17-yard line before moving backward 10 yards on two running plays and missing a 45-yarder. The Dolphins eventually won it on a chip shot field goal, sending their playoff chances skyrocketing to 92 percent at the expense of Denver and Baltimore. Washington1815-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Green Bay6269+6 Miami1626+11 Buffalo712+5 N.Y. Giants3429-4 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Philadelphia56%72%+16 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Denver7348-24 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Houston5855-3 Let’s take a moment to acknowledge Tennessee’s season. The Titans were one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2015 but rallied to go 9-7 this season, with a 5-2 record against eventual playoff teams. Their peak came in back-to-back wins against Denver (Week 14) and Kansas City (Week 15), giving them a serious shot at an AFC South title. Unfortunately, it was all for naught — the bad version of the Titans came out in Week 16 and lost 38-17 to the Jaguars, allowing the Texans to clinch the division. Tennessee’s victory over Denver did make a big difference for Miami, which eventually took the second AFC wild card spot. PLAYOFF CHANCES Houston7957-22 Based on the Cowboys’ terrible performance last season, our NFL predictions projected them to go 7-9 in 2016. And it took a little while for our model to figure out that Dallas was for real. This Week 6 drubbing of Green Bay improved the Cowboys’ record to 5-1 and sent their playoff chances shooting up 22 points to 78 percent; the suddenly struggling Packers saw an equivalent drop. Game had 57.2 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Remember Philadelphia? After a 3-0 start, capped by this shellacking of the highly rated Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles saw their playoff chances rise to over 70 percent. After a bye in Week 4, it was all downhill. Philadelphia went 2-9 over their next 11 games and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15. Game had 66.3 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Indianapolis11%21%+10 9. Philadelphia 34, Pittsburgh 3 (Week 3) Green Bay5434-20 The Texans ended the regular season with a 9-7 record, a -49 point differential and just the saddest kind of quarterback controversy (the kind where both quarterbacks are bad). So how did they find themselves in the playoffs, with room to spare? Houston’s secret weapon was a 5-1 record against its AFC South opponents, spoiled only by its final meaningless game against the Titans. Whenever Houston’s lead in its terrible division was challenged, the team rose to the occasion, getting a particularly large boost to its playoffs chances in this narrow victory over the Colts. Pittsburgh6870+2 4. Houston 22, Indianapolis 17 (Week 14) Pittsburgh55%71%+16 Indianapolis2311-12 5. Tennessee 19, Kansas City 17 (Week 15) Kansas City>9997-2 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE N.Y. Giants4850+2 Houston7987+7 Baltimore3224-8 Game had 58.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh9388-5 Indianapolis73-4 1. N.Y. Giants 19, Washington 10 (Week 17) PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES After Green Bay’s late-season surge to make the playoffs (and the collapse of Washington and Tampa Bay), the Packers’ midseason foibles are all but forgotten. But they really almost blew it, going on a four-game losing streak that started at the end of October during which the Green Bay defense allowed 38 points per game and the team’s chances of making the playoffs dropped (at 4-6) to just 6 percent. This Week 9 loss to the Colts — the second loss in the streak — was one of the most damaging for Green Bay while simultaneously reviving Indianapolis’s hopes. Houston8682-5 2. Miami 34, Buffalo 31 (Week 16) Baltimore3841+3 6. Indianapolis 31, Green Bay 26 (Week 9) Houston5144-7 Cincinnati159-7 Baltimore2814-14 Washington2831+3 Tennessee16%44%+28 Game had 58.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Dallas56%78%+22 Minnesota6164+3 Game had 116.6 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Philadelphia3835-3 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Miami4145+3 Baltimore5154+3 Indianapolis3934-5 8. Dallas 30, Green Bay 16 (Week 6) Denver177-10 Indianapolis344-30 Game had 65.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Game had 59.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh8067-13 Washington580-58 PLAYOFF CHANCES The second ultimately meaningless late-season Titans victory that briefly shook the AFC South playoff race. Better luck next year, Tennessee! PLAYOFF CHANCES PLAYOFF CHANCES Tampa Bay29<1-28 Detroit7380+7 Tennessee4542-3 Green Bay7249-22 10. New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 24 (Week 16) 7. Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 7 (Week 12) Going into Week 15, the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 54 percent chance of making the playoffs but blew it with back-to-back narrow losses to the Cowboys and Saints. Although this game didn’t technically eliminate Tampa Bay from playoff contention — the team had a very outside chance of making the playoffs in Week 17, if seven games broke their way — it more or less ended the Bucs’ playoff hopes.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Scott Barnes falls short in Clippers 42 loss to Louisville

Left-handed pitcher Scott Barnes made his first career Triple-A start for the Columbus Clippers on Tuesday night, after starting twice for the Double-A Akron Aeros. Barnes began the season for the Aeros by giving up just two runs in 11 innings pitched, but he wasn’t quite as impressive in Columbus. He gave up four runs in five innings in his Clippers debut and, despite his team losing, 4-2, to Louisville, manager Mike Sarbaugh said he liked what he saw from Barnes. “It was a good first outing for him,” Sarbaugh said. “He gave us five good innings … definitely something to build off of.” The first runs Barnes gave up came after he walked two of the first three batters he faced in the top of the second inning, before Bats center fielder Dave Sappelt sent a hit down the right-field line to give Louisville the early 2-0 lead. Columbus battled right back and scored its first run of the game when first baseman Wes Hodges drove in shortstop Luis Valbuena in the bottom of the third, cutting Louisville’s lead to 2-1. The Clippers scored only one run in the third inning, despite having the bases loaded with no outs. Sarbaugh said it was a lost opportunity. “We had our chance in the third with bases loaded and no outs and only came up with one (run),” he said. “It had a chance to get us back in the game or even get ahead.” Barnes walked the first batter he faced in the top of the fourth, Louisville second baseman Chris Valaika. The next batter, right fielder Michael Griffin, made Barnes pay by sending a triple down the right field line to give Louisville a 3-1 lead. Center fielder Kristopher Negron grounded out in the Bats’ next at-bat, but Griffin scored to extend his team’s lead to 4-1. The most physical play of the night came in bottom of the fourth inning. After leading off with a base hit to center field to start the bottom of the fourth, Columbus center fielder Bubba Bell took second base on a wild pitch, and then third base on a ground ball. Catcher Paul Phillips was up to bat next and sent a fielder’s choice to Louisville shortstop Zack Cozart, who fired the ball to his catcher, Devin Mesoraco, as Bell sprinted toward home plate. Cozart’s throw skipped in the dirt before Bell lowered his shoulder and pummeled over Mesoraco, knocking him on his back and the ball out of his mitt for the Clippers’ second run of the night, this one unearned, again cutting the Louisville lead in half, 4-2. But following six runs in three innings, the bats stayed relatively quiet for the rest of the night. Bell was walked by Louisville reliever Carlos Fisher to start the ninth inning, and then Luke Carlin came up to pinch hit in place of Phillips for the Clippers. Carlin hit into a double play, and the next batter, Valbuena, grounded out as well. The Clippers lost back-to-back games for the second time this season. Louisville improved to 10-3 and remains in first place in the division, while Columbus fell to 8-5, two games behind the Bats, but still good enough for second place. The Clippers will have the opportunity to redeem themselves, as they play Louisville at home each of the next three nights. read more

Rick Lewis and Ohio State lacrosse set sights on matchup with Rutgers

Rick Lewis and the Buckeyes are set to take on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, his fathers former team on Saturday.Credit: Molly Tavoletti / Lantern photographerRick Lewis took the lacrosse field in Piscataway, N.J., 29 years ago to lead the defense for Rutgers in the 1986 NCAA tournament. Now his son, Rick Lewis Jr., prepares to step onto that same field, as the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team looks to bring home a win this weekend in the Buckeyes’ final regular-season matchup of the inaugural Big Ten lacrosse season.“I’ve always looked up to my dad,” Lewis Jr. said. “So it’ll be really special to have my last regular season game … where he played his first.”Now a senior midfielder and captain for OSU, Lewis Jr. grew up with a lacrosse stick in his hand, receiving his first one from his dad’s friends at the hospital just hours after he was born. From there, his dad became his coach and the rest is history, Lewis Jr. said.The midfielder grew up playing in Cumming, Ga., earning All-American honors at St. Pius X Catholic High School, and also spent time playing in leagues in New Jersey, making him no stranger to Rutgers territory.“I know a lot of those guys,” Lewis Jr. said. “With the team in New Jersey, I was actually coached by my dad’s college roommate. I even lived at his house for the summer.”And while his old summer coach might be supporting Rutgers this weekend, Lewis Jr. said his dad will be on OSU’s side.“He’s rooting for the Buckeyes, definitely wearing scarlet and gray,” Lewis Jr. said.For the Lewis family, Saturday’s matchup might be “a fun rivalry game,” but for OSU, the stakes are high to bring home a final conference win for the regular season. And while Rutgers has already lost its chance at an NCAA tournament berth, OSU coach Nick Myers said he expects the Scarlet Knights to be ready to win.“These are two tough teams that are both hungry for a final Big Ten win,” Myers said. “It’ll be a battle.”OSU is coming off its only home loss this season, a 10-9 overtime heartbreaker against Maryland on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. The Terrapins locked up at least a share of the Big Ten title, and a win would have done the same for the Buckeyes. But instead of dwelling on the disappointment, the team used the loss as motivation through practices this week, Myers said.“It was the closure we needed,” he said. “We looked at what we did well, and the situations throughout the game where we need to improve. We’re focused on how to be successful against a formidable team this weekend.”Senior midfielder Christopher May said OSU focused on its efforts at the face-off X in particular, hoping to secure regular possession to kick-start the offense against Rutgers.“Maryland had a super talented faceoff unit. They communicated well and were good at causing loose balls, so we took that as a learning experience,” May said. “Rutgers likes to create offense off the faceoff. We’re going to try to limit the transition and put ourselves in a better position to win this game.”The loss against Maryland dropped OSU to No. 2 in the Big Ten. Even if the Terrapins lose against Johns Hopkins this weekend, the Buckeyes would share the No. 1 spot heading into the conference tournament, but would fall short because of the tiebreaker, as long as they win against Rutgers on Saturday.“We come out every game (at) full speed. They’re a very dangerous team so we’re preparing and ready to go,” Lewis Jr. said. “We’re focused on playing a full 60 minutes. If we do that, we can play with anybody in the country.”The game against Rutgers marks the end of the inaugural Big Ten regular season, one that, regardless of record, has been an honor for the team, Myers said.“It’s been everything we could’ve hoped it would be,” he said.Saturday’s game is set for noon in Piscataway, N.J. read more

Mignolet to make decision on future after World Cup

first_imgLiverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has admitted that his future at the club is uncertain and that a final decision will be made after the World CupThe Belgium international lost his place in as the number one goalkeeper to Loris Karius, after a short spell injured. His future at Anfield was thrown into further doubt when Jurgen Klopp admitted that Karius will now be the first-choice for the remainder of the season.Mignolet has revealed that he has held conversations with Klopp over his role at the club. The 30 year-old remains keen to regain his place in the team, but will hold off on any final decision until the World Cup is over.“I don’t know what the future holds for me,” said Mignolet, according to DHNET.“I have three years left on my contract at Liverpool.“Of course I want to play. The coach knows that, and I have talked about it with him. I will think about my future after the World Cup.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I keep focused, just in case. An injury, a suspension, anything can happen and change the course of a season. I stay professional in order to be ready.”Mignolet admitted his disappointment at being dropped by Klopp: “I was disappointed. In football, it’s rare to get a clear answer, but sometimes you have to let things go. I know that becoming number one again won’t be easy.“I mustn’t let my head drop. I have always worked and I continue to do so.“The boys in the squad even tell me to calm things down in terms of the amount of work I do, but it’s in my nature.”Mignolet played in goal for Belgium in their convincing 4-0 win over Saudi Arabia on Tuesday evening after Thibaut Courtois sustained an injury.last_img read more

Eriksen admits Denmark should have beaten lucky Australia

first_imgWhile describing Australia’s penalty decision as “lucky”, Christian Eriksen was adamant that Denmark should have put the game beyond doubt beforehand after having to settle for a 1-1 drawThe Danish playmaker produced a sublime finish in the seventh minute of the game at the Samara Arena following Nicolai Jorgensen’s clever lay-off to hand Denmark an early lead.However, Yussuf Poulsen’s handball in the penalty area was penalised by VAR after protests by the Australian players had been initially waved off by the referee.Poulsen was also booked for the incident, after conceding his second penalty at Russia, and will now be unavailable for Denmark in their final Group C game.Australia captain Mile Jedinak then converted from the spot to level the score at 1-1.Christian Eriksen, Tottenham, SpursPochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.After enjoying a period of dominance, Denmark were unable to break through the Australia defence again and were denied the chance to qualify for the Round of 16.“If you look at the first 20 minutes, it should have been a win,” said Eriksen, according to ESPN.“But Australia had a bit more the upper hand after that, and of course they were lucky with the decision. That’s how it is.“There is a handball in the penalty area, but it’s not really an unnatural situation. If you go in for a duel, of course, you’re going to use your hands to jump. But the decision has to be correct — maybe it’s too correct.”Denmark with meet France for their final Group C match at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium on 26 June (16:00 GMT+2)last_img read more

Redknapp heaps praise on Derby duo

first_imgFormer Liverpool midfielder turned pundit, Jamie Redknapp has heaped praise on Derby County duo of Fikayo Tomori and Mason Mount.The two Chelsea loanees impressed during Derby’s 3-2 loss to the blues in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night.“It wasn’t easy for Mason Mount to come here against his parent club,” Redknapp said, according to Sky Sports News.“Tomori gave away the own goal in the first five minutes, which is a nightmare scenario for anyone! But he grew into the game and made good challenges and good decisions.”Chelsea, Mason MountMason Mount – The rise of the latest Premier League star Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Let’s talk about the rise of the newest member of the England National Team, Chelsea’s 20-year old midfielder Mason Mount.“He can be really proud of himself because there is nothing worse than the start he had and he would have wanted the ground to swallow him up. I thought he handled it really well.”Meanwhile, Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink was impressed with the way his former team-mate Lampard set Derby up to give Chelsea problems.“I was really impressed with how well they pressed with the three up front and the three midfielders, they brought Chelsea a lot of problems,” said Hasselbaink.“But it’s about consistency now and putting in these kinds of performances week in, week out. That’s the next step.”last_img read more

Report Barcelona and Carlos Vela reach a loan agreement

first_imgAccording to an explosive report from Diario Sport, FC Barcelona has reached a loan agreement with Carlos Vela for the rest of the season.It was just this week when we found out that Carlos Vela was the unknown player whom Barcelona was after to replace Munir’s exit, a report from this Friday suggests that the club and the player’s agent have reached a loan agreement for the rest of the season.The Catalan club still doesn’t completely close the deal because they are still talking specs about the whole situation, as Los Angeles FC refused to sell the player because they still consider him one of the most valuable players in MLS and they believe that he has a bright future ahead of him in the United States as a franchise professional.But the American club also believes that having some of their best player on loan during their break will help them improve their level of performance and bring it back to the MLS in order to bring a more spectacular style of football.But FC Barcelona also has another ace under their sleeve, a mystery player that they have refused to announce so far with whom they are currently also having meetings to see if he would be keen on coming to FC Barcelona for the rest of the season.#NoticiaSPORT | Acuerdo total con Vela a la espera del último ‘tapado’ https://t.co/3GPZaojaLB pic.twitter.com/OFqHz2i8Pj— Diario SPORT (@sport) January 18, 2019The main problem for Carlos Vela is he completely accepted to play for Barcelona, is the fact that he would have to come accepting a series of details that he may not like.For starters, having a player like Luis Suarez as the main striker for the squad is something that gets in the way of Carlos Vela’s possible wishes to feature more for Barcelona.The Mexican would need to come under the condition that he has to take a back seat and only play when manager Ernesto Valverde decides to rest the Uruguay international for less important matches throughout the season, Vela is coming from a start-treatment situation in Los Angeles and adapting to this environment would be slightly difficult for him is he doesn’t understand where he stands in the food chain.There is no way that he will succeed in a club like Barcelona if he comes in with a “prima donna” attitude thinking that he can take the spot from one of the best strikers of the last 10 years, the upside of all this is that Valverde himself has vouched for the Mexican’s arrival because he truly believes that he can help them out for the remains of the season.Report: Barcelona is rumored to be interested in #LAFC forward Carlos Vela. 👀 https://t.co/hEcHQIFJd1 pic.twitter.com/r4HhLxCZO2Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.— Major League Soccer (@MLS) January 18, 2019Another thing to consider is Carlos Vela’s family situation, as his wife is from Spain and she would be keen on returning to the country at least for a good part of 2019 in order to keep raising the son they have in the country he was born.If the deal finally goes through between Barcelona and Carlos Vela, it would be because the club wasn’t able to reach this agreement with the mystery player they have refused to reveal so far, or because Vela simply doesn’t want to do the whole “being a sub” act when he is already the star of a club in a different league.But then again, giving up the opportunity to play for a club like FC Barcelona is something that any player would be crazy to refuse.Vela should give a call to Javier ‘Chicharito’ Hernandez and ask him about the experience he had when he played for Real Madrid on loan for a single season.The former Manchester United player is a great example that this scenario can be possible, Hernandez played there for a few months and it was one of the most rewarding experiences of his career.Vela as well could tell his grandchildren that he played alongside Lionel Messi at FC Barcelona, just like ‘Chicharito’ can tell his grandchildren that he played alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at Real Madrid.Barcelona are said to be interested in signing former Real Sociedad striker Carlos Vela in January. pic.twitter.com/IgC6qJmwzy— Lilian Chan (@bestgug) January 17, 2019If the deal goes through for Carlos Vela, which position do you think suits him better? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

KevinPrince Boateng set to make Barcelona debut tonight

first_imgNew Barcelona signing Kevin-Prince Boateng could make his debut in tonight’s Copa del Rey clash against SevillaThe 31-year-old forward made a shock loan transfer to Barcelona on Monday from Serie A side Sassuolo until the end of the season with the option of it becoming a permanent deal this summer for €8m.Barcelona’s decision to sign Boateng came in light of Munir El Haddadi’s departure to Sevilla earlier this month with Paco Alcacer leaving Camp Nou last summer for Borussia Dortmund.This had left Ernesto Valverde’s side short of centre-forward options with Luis Suarez bearing most of the workload this season.Now Barcelona have confirmed that Boateng has been named in a 19-man squad for the trip to the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan.The unsettled Denis Suarez, who has been heavily linked with a loan move to Arsenal this month, has been left out of the team for tonight’s first leg quarter-final clash.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Also missing is Lionel Messi, who has been handed a rest by manager Valverde in favour of giving some academy stars like Riqui Puig a chance.Speaking ahead to the tie on Tuesday evening, Valverde warned his Barcelona team to not lose their focus as they chase a fifth successive Copa del Rey title this season.“Our analysis was based on the fact that they are a strong rival at home and in the knock-out ties they have always been very solid,” said Valverde in a press conference.“Sevilla are a great team with experience in the qualifying rounds and have the measure of this competition. They will be a tough team in this tie.”The last time these two sides met in the Copa del Rey came in last season’s final, which saw Barcelona thrash Sevilla 5-0 at Atletico Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano to claim a 30th crown.The Sevilla and Barcelona Copa del Rey match will begin tonight in Andalusia at 21:30 (CET).last_img read more

Network Communications Strikes Restructuring Agreement

first_imgLawrenceville, Georgia-based housing publisher Network Communications Inc. has struck an agreement with the majority of its shareholders over a balance sheet restructuring to reduce the company’s outstanding indebtedness from approximately $300 million to approximately $115 million, as well as slash its annual interest expense. The new restructuring agreement includes the extension and amendment of the company’s existing revolving loan and term loan facilities; the cancellation of NCI’s outstanding 10-3/4 senior notes due 2013 in the aggregate principal amount of $175 million in exchange for 100 percent of the new common stock of NCI and new senior subordinated pay-in-kind notes in an aggregate principal amount of up to $45 million; the cancellation of NCI’s 12 percent senior subordinated notes, due 2013, in the aggregate principal amount of $25 million (accredited to approximately $49 million) in exchange for a portion of the warrants to purchase 5 percent of the New Common Stock of NCI at an exercise price that implies a total enterprise value of $200 million; and the cancellation of the company’s existing equity interests in exchange for a portion of the warrants. In June, NCI defaulted on its interest payment on its 10-3/4 senior notes due 2013, which prompted the restructuring negotiations. According to the company’s most recent financial statement filed with the SEC, NCI reported a net loss of $10.5 million through its fiscal third quarter (period ended December 6), compared to a loss of $83.4 during the same period the prior year. Revenues were $105.1 million, a decline of 24.2 percent.In January 2010, NCI chairman and CEO Dan McCarthy and CFO Gerry Parker signed new five-year contracts with Court Square Capital Partners, the owners of NCI.last_img read more

ShortTerm CR in Works as Talks Remain Frozen

first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR Bipartisan negotiations over a year-end omnibus are stalled over whether to include about 40 contentious policy riders, forcing the House GOP to consider moving a short-term continuing resolution (CR) to provide the two parties a few more days beyond the Friday deadline to strike a deal.The stopgap would last “a handful of days” and allow the government to remain open past Dec. 11 when the current CR runs out, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) told reporters Tuesday following a meeting of the Republican conference.The president would sign a CR that extends funding by an “extra day or two” while lawmakers “go through the legislative mechanics” of crafting and clearing a fiscal 2016 spending measure, said White House press secretary Josh Earnest, reported CQ Roll Call.At the same time, Ryan vowed to finish work on the package before lawmakers head home for the holidays. “We don’t expect to do this for a long term. We need to get it right. I don’t want us to go home until we get this done,” Ryan said.Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), ranking member on the Senate Appropriations Committee, said “40 or 42 poison pill riders” are holding up the negotiations, including provisions targeting Middle Eastern refugees, abortion, campaign finance restrictions, environmental and financial regulations, and a National Labor Relations Board ruling. The two sides also are locked in a battle over a package of permanent tax extenders which may be attached to the spending package.“We were making very good progress on resolving the money issues,” Mikulski told reporters Tuesday afternoon. “We have about 40 or 42 poison pill riders, but some are really big — Hobby Lobby, campaign finance reform — things that should have never even been on the appropriations. So we’re kind of stuck at the riders stage,” she said.Mikulski said negotiations mainly involved congressional leadership and the White House.last_img read more

TMobile delays full 600MHz 5G launch until second half of 2019

first_imgT-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray says 5G will be a second-half story for the company. Roger Cheng/CNET Eager to jump on T-Mobile’s 5G network? You’re going to have wait a little longer. T-Mobile Chief Technology Officer Neville Ray said in an interview at MWC on Monday that the company won’t be formally launching its 5G service in its first 30 cities until the second half of 2019. The reason: the lack of phones that can tap into the critical low-band 600MHz spectrum that will power much of its early 5G coverage.”We were hopeful, a year ago, that by this time, we would have a device,” he said here in Barcelona. “It’s not there yet.”Ray had pushed the industry to move faster with compatible devices, but noted much of the industry was working on devices that supported bands with higher frequencies, which offer better speeds, but less range. The first 5G smartphone, Samsung’s Galaxy S10 5G, will tap into higher-frequency bands and come out with Verizon Wireless first. AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile all have networks that are compatible with the Galaxy S10 5G, and T-Mobile said it will carry the phone in the first half. But the coverage using super-high frequency millimeter-wave spectrum is so minimal that Ray said the company isn’t sure how — or if — it will promote it. More from MWC 2019 Now playing: Watch this: Jun 29 • Galaxy S10 5G, OnePlus 7 Pro LG V50 ThinQ 5G: Why you shouldn’t rush to buy a 5G phone 28 Photos “You can’t go to a US consumer and charge them a big premium and it works on three street corners,” Ray said. Ray applauded Sprint for at least staking a claim and saying it would cover more than 1,000 square miles by the first half. He’s waiting to hear about AT&T and Verizon’s coverage plans. AT&T touted its existing service and what’s still upcoming. “We offer the only live mobile 5G network and device today, and are continuing to expand coverage and device options,” said an AT&T spokesman. “I’m surprised they continue to ignore our announced plans to offer a mobile 5G network on low-band spectrum this year with nationwide coverage in early 2020.”Verizon wasn’t available for comment. Ray said the company would go big with 5G in the second half once it gets a device that can tap into its 600MHz spectrum. He declined to comment on which company would supply the phone. Originally published at 6:12 a.m. PT.Update, 8:05 a.m. PT: Adds background and comment from AT&T.Update, 9:05 a.m. PT: Adds more background. Update, 10:15 a.m. PT: Adds additional quote from Neville Ray. Comments Tags 11 reading • T-Mobile delays full 600MHz 5G launch until second half of 2019 Phones Mobile World Congress 2019 Jul 9 • Killer cameras and battery life might meet their match in the Note 10 5G AT&T Sprint T-Mobile Verizon Jun 1 • The Nubia Alpha looks like either a house arrest bracelet or Batman’s phone MWC 2019: All the phones and gadgets we cared about • Share your voice See All Ray’s concession throws a wrinkle into the 5G race, as carriers push to the be first to the next-generation wireless technology, which promises a much faster and more responsive network. AT&T has already launched 5G in a dozen markets, but in limited areas, while Verizon has a home 5G network. Sprint, meanwhile, said it plans to launch 5G in four markets in May. The delay also underscores the complexity of building a 5G network and the bets companies must make on what kind of spectrum they can use. Verizon and AT&T initially championed millimeter wave spectrum because it can deliver super-high speeds, but with limited range. T-Mobile opted for lower-band spectrum that has slower peak speaks, but better coverage. Much of the early investment went into devices that use millimeter wave spectrum, which doesn’t play to T-Mobile’s strengths. As such, you expect a loud launch later in the year, even if the Galaxy S10 5G can pick up small bits of 5G here and there. He said he didn’t worry about AT&T and Verizon pulling ahead in the 5G race because of the limited range of millimeter wave. Galaxy Fold vs. Huawei Mate X: Battle of the foldable phones Galaxy S10 Plus ongoing review Microsoft’s HoloLens 2 feels like practical magic Mobile World Congress 2019 Galaxy S10 5G: Samsung debuts its first 5G phone May 13 • Galaxy S10E vs. iPhone XR: Every spec compared 1:52 Mobile World Congress 2019last_img read more

BlackBerry Key2 Red Edition is out in the US and youll pay

first_imgBlackBerry BlackBerry debuted a red version of its Key2 flagship phone, notable for its physical keyboard, at MWC in February, but it hasn’t been available in the US prior to now. On Friday the company announced that the Key2 Red Edition is now shipping here for $699. That’s $50 more than its basic black sibling, but it also includes 128GB memory (compared to 64GB for the plain old Key2) and includes red BlackBerry-branded earbuds.It’s available now via Amazon and Best Buy.BlackBerry shipped its phone for the keyboard-nostalgic roughly 10 months ago, but took its first shot at a color with the Key2 LE, a lower-end model, towards the end of 2018. The Key2 Red Edition uses a more sedate, darker shade of red than the bright Key2 LE.When we reviewed the Key2, we felt that only keyboard diehards could love the phone enough to overlook its cramped-feeling keyboard, laggy performance, meh low-light photos and awkwardly located capacitive navigation buttons. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Boost Mobile Turo Sarah Tew/CNET The Cheapskate Share your voice $994 See at Turo An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags 38 Photos Preview • The BlackBerry Key2 doubles down on literally everything Mentioned Above BlackBerry Key2 (64GB, black) Angela Lang/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Tags Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Sprint Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $6 at Tidal 4:16 Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Now playing: Watch this: Comment See It Chris Monroe/CNET BlackBerry Key2 BlackBerry Key2 review: 6 things to know Turo: Save $30 on any car rental See it What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Amazon CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Comments See it $210 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Phones Sarah Tew/CNET Rylo 1 BlackBerry,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Read the Rylo camera previewcenter_img $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Read Google Home Hub review $155 at Google Express Read the AirPods review Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $999 Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $59 at eBay Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X 7 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $520 at HP Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Share your voice Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See at Amazon $60 at Best Buy See It Best Buy See It Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. BlackBerry Key2 changes everything $999 $299 at Amazon DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple iPhone XS Review • BlackBerry Key2 will make you crazy if you’re not a keyboard die-hard TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us).last_img read more

Chinas UN vote exposes extreme vulnerability to ISI blackmail

first_imgExternal Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at a UN meeting. India’s diplomacy led to 14 of the 15 UN Security Council members supporting the blacklisting of Jaish-e-Mohammed chief Masood Azhar.twitter/@MEAIndiaChina’s technical veto of an India-inspired United Nations Security Council (UNSC) move to blacklist Jaish-e-Mohammed and its leader Masood Azhar once again exposed its extreme vulnerability to Pakistani Inter-Services Intelligence’s (ISI) blackmail, analysts say. The fact that the terrorist leader has claimed responsibility for the February 14 Pulwama attack in Jammu and Kashmir killing 43 paramilitary personnel and pushing nuclear-armed India and Pakistan to the brink of war after Indian Air Force’s Balakot strike did not deter Beijing from blocking the motion. The move to proscribe JeM was initiated by the US, UK and France, the three permanent UNSC members, but China placed a technical hold on the resolution that is initially valid for three months but may be extended further.G Parthasarathy, international affairs analyst and India’s former ambassador in Islamabad, has said the compulsions of China in backing Pakistan are understandable. He said on broadcast media that the recent UN resolution should still be considered a big success for India as 14 of the 15 members including four permanent members except China stood with India.China’s eagerness to shield Masood Azhar, a strategic asset the ISI has nurtured over many years, arises from its dilemma of having painted itself into a corner with no way out without damaging its own work of a long time, defence analysts say. China cannot ignore the fact that its personnel deployed in thousands across different projects in Pakistan are soft targets for any ISI-inspired terror attack. There have been instances of terror elements targeting Chinese engineers working in the hundreds of strategic and economic projects that China is financing in Pakistan. Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Chinese President Xi Jinping at Wuhan. Despite China’s criticism of Pakistan-based terror outfits’ support to terrorism in Xinjiang province, Beijing has been reluctant to condemn attacks on India by terrorists based on Pakistani soil. ReutersIn the past, Chinese personnel working in the Gwadar port of Baluchistan province were repeatedly abducted for ransom or killed. There are thousands of Chinese experts working on the $62-billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project, which offers China direct access to the blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Chinese tourists visiting the scenic Gilgit-Baltistan region have also borne the brunt of terrorist wrath when the Pakistani deep state has apparently looked away. At some point, Beijing became so worried about the security situation in Pakistan that it forced Pakistan to let its own forces provide security cover for personnel working in some vital projects.Though Beijing has on several occasions criticized Islamabad for its failure to rein in terror elements based in Gilgit-Baltistan creating problems in its Xinjiang province, successive Chinese governments have been silent about the Pakistan-based terror elements tormenting India. Beijing has a genuine problem of Islamist-inspired insurgency in among the Uighur Muslims whose Xinjiang home connects with the CPEC.Chinese President Xi Jinping is invested heavily in the prestigious One Belt One Road (OBOR) initiative and has to tread a cautious line as he cannot afford to antagonize the ISI or the JeM. Either of them can easily disrupt the hub the of OBOR which is the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). The CPEC is also the vital link between OBOR and the 21st-Century Maritime Silk Road project that links Southeast Asia, Oceania and North Africa through the contiguous shipping routes of South China Sea, Indian Ocean, and the South Pacific Ocean.China periodically warns its nationals in Pakistan likely “terrorist attacks”. According to an NDTV report of December 2017, China warned the workers who were working on Xi’s OBOR development of imminent terror attacks. “It is understood that terrorists plan in the near term to launch a series of attacks against Chinese organisations and personnel in Pakistan,” the Chinese embassy in Pakistan said in a statement on its website.Still, Beijing has been emphasising “responsible and serious discussions” to resolve the matter, rather than proscribing the terror fountainheads in Pakistan. “Only by making a decision through responsible and serious discussions can we resolve the issue in a sustainable manner,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Lu Kang said in a media briefing in Beijing ahead of the deadline for the resolution to go through, flagging his country’s intention to thwart the resolution.This was the fourth time that China blocked on technical grounds UNSC bid for designating Masood Azhar as a global terrorist. Kang said Beijing saw recent escalation between India and Pakistan as “not conducive to the peace and stability in South Asia” and said it mediated to defuse the situation. However, Beijing did not find it necessary to prevent similar situations from developing in future, especially when Masood Azhar has threatened more attacks in Jammu and Kashmir.US President Donald Trump has been critical of Pakistan’s record in containing terrorism from its soil and asked Beijing to help rein in Islamabad. However, China has resisted global pressure so far. The closest Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government came to some concession from China was when it let Pakistan be kept on the ‘grey list’ of the UN’s Financial Action Task Force (FATF) that censures nations found to be failing to control funding to terror outfits. Even that concession came after External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj wound down opposition to excluding Pakistan’s name from a joint statement.last_img read more

In Pics 10 Times Nita Ambani gave us absolute bosswoman vibes

first_imgWe had recently shown you how Mukesh Ambani’s wife Nita Ambani looks like a vision in traditional outfits. Be it her daughter Isha Ambani’s wedding festivities or her son Akash Ambani’s lavish wedding, it was difficult to take our eyes-off Mrs Ambani. Woman of substance, elegance, charisma and charm; Nita Ambani has always emerged as a head-turner at every event.Renowned floral designer Tomas De Bruyne, who had designed Isha Ambani’s wedding set-up, had spoken about the Ambani wedding, in an interview with ET. He said, “We did something called the ‘Rolling Hills’. That was one of the most fun installations we did. They called me in for my sense of colour.” He also seemed to be in awe of the host Mrs Nita Ambani as he said, “I liked the grace, etiquette and pureness of Mrs [Nita] Ambani. She definitely knows what she wants, which is good.”Not just in the business world, even in the film fraternity, celebs are in awe of Mrs Ambani. From Ranbir Kapoor to Shah Rukh Khan; Bollywood shares a warm camaraderie with Nita Ambani. Nita Ambani is the Chairperson of the Reliance Foundation. Apart from this, Nita is also the board member of Reliance Industries and East India Hotels. She also owns the IPL team Mumbai Indians and is the Founder and Chairperson of Dhirubhai Ambani International School.Let’s take a look at 7 times Nita Ambani gave us the boss-woman vibes with her stylish attire.last_img read more