AVC: Chinese-Taipei trumps Philippines for crack at 5th place

first_imgView comments “One set could’ve tilted the game but we’re here and we just have to accept the loss and move forward.”Wu Wei-Hua had 14 points to lead Chinese-Taipei while Chen, who came in as a substitute in all the three sets, and Hsiao Hsiang-Ling had nine points apiece.Jaja Santiago helped the Philippines’ cause with 10 points.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Sharapova receives US Open wildcard for first post-ban Slam Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’center_img Photo from asianvolleyball.netBIÑAN, Laguna—Chinese-Taipei earned a shot at the fifth place in the AVC Asian Senior Women’s Volleyball Championship after taking down host Philippines, 25-20, 25-19, 25-19, in the classification stage Wednesday at Alonte Sports Arena here.The 55th-ranked team in the world is set to face Vietnam for the battle for the fifth spot while the Philippines will once again match up against Kazakhstan for a crack at seventh. ADVERTISEMENT The Philippines had the early momentum in the third set putting up a 10-4 lead but Chinese-Taipei managed to score seven straight to take an 11-10 lead.Captain Chen Wan-Ting then finished off the no.79 team in the world with a brutal crosscourt kill.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingAlyssa Valdez, who had 13 points to lead the Philippines, was disappointed with how they squandered their edge but said they have to move on and end the tournament on a positive note.“We definitely wanted to win, but we just couldn’t hold on,” said Valdez in Filipino. “But, again, this is a learning experience because there was the regret because it would’ve been a huge difference if we were able to get at least one set.” Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR MOST READ Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his sidelast_img read more

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IBC to organise 2nd fight card on April 23

first_imgNew Delhi, Apr 7 (PTI) As a prelude to the much-awaited India debut of professional star Vijender Singh, the Indian Boxing Council (IBC) will organise its second fight card here on April 23. The bouts will be held at the Sirifort Sports Complex DDA and will be telecast live on DD Sports. The event marks the beginning of the buildup for Vijenders homecoming, scheduled for June 11 when he will compete for his maiden title — the WBO Asia belt against a yet-to-be-announced opponent. Vijender has won all his four bouts in the professional circuit since making his debut last year in October. PTI PM PMlast_img

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Five Indians move into round two Asian Juniors

first_imgPune, May 30 (PTI) Indias Megh Bhargav Patel, Akansha Bhan, Rhea Verma, Vaidehi Chaudari and under 16 national champion Tanisha Kashyap moved into the singles second round at the HCL Asian Junior Tennis Championship for boys and girls here today.Gujarats Megh Bhargav Patel, ranked 516, created a ripple by ousting higher-ranked Chinese rival Tao Mu 2-6 6-4 6-4 in a match lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes to make it to the second round of boys singles.In the girls event, third seed Akanksha Bhan faced a few anxious moments in the first set and then settled down to eliminate Xiaoxi Zhao of China 7-6(4) 6-4, 200th-ranked Vaidehi Chaudhari, seeded seventh, trounced Ayu Sugiyama of Japan 6-0 6-0 and no. 8 seed Rhea Verma overcame a fighting Jiho Shin of Korea, a qualifier, before winning 6-3 7-6(5).Tanisha Kashyap continued her form from the last week to get past Shrivalli Rashmika Bhamidipaty 7-5 6-2 in an All- Indian tussle to make it to the round of 16.Eight Indian girls and six Indian boys will be seen in action in the round of sixteen to be played tomorrow at MSLTA school of tennis in Shri Shiv Chhatrapati Sports Complex, Balewadi.Results: Boys singles (1st round): Akanit Pumjit (THA) bt Rithvik Choudary Bollipalli (Ind) 6-4 6-2; H O Denton(HKG) bt Prasanna Bagade (Ind)6-0 6-3; Kasidit Samrej (THA) bt Rishabh Sharda (Ind) 6-2 2-6 6-3; Megh Bhargav Patel (Ind) bt M U Tao (CHN) 2-6 6-4 6-4;Girls singles (1st round): Sakura Hosogi (JPN) bt Yubrani Banerjee (Ind) 6-1 6-1; 4-Kuan Yi Lee (TPE) bt Muskan Gupta (Ind) 6-3 6-3; Tanisha Kashyap (Ind) bt Shrivalli Rashmika Bhamidipaty (Ind) 7-5 6-2; Adithya Karunaratne (SRI) bt Tejasvi Kate (Ind) 6-1 6-2; 7-Vaidehi Chaudhari (Ind) bt Ayu Sugiyama (JPN) 6-0 6-0; 5-Mai Napatt Nirundorn (THA) bt Shivani Amineni (Ind) 6-3 2-6 7-6(2); Mana Kawamura (JPN) bt Shivani Manjanna (Ind) 6-3 6-1; 3-Akanksha Bhan (Ind) bt Xiaoxi Zhao (CHN) 7-6(4) 6-4; 8-Rhea Verma (Ind) bt Jiho Shin (KOR) 6-3 7-6(5). PTI SSR NRBadvertisementlast_img read more

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2 days agoLeicester manager Rodgers raps Klopp for Choudhury ‘reaction’

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Leicester manager Rodgers raps Klopp for Choudhury ‘reaction’by Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City manager Brendan Rodgers has once again defended Hamza Choudhury from criticism from Jurgen Klopp.Rodgers’ Liverpool counterpart was seething after Choudhury’s tackle on Mohamed Salah, which left the Egyptian out of action for Sunday’s clash with Manchester United.Rodgers insisted: “The reaction to Hamza was right over the top for me. The boy went in to make a tackle.”Mo Salah is a world-class player but you can tackle him. It wasn’t even a bad tackle.”You have to ensure they stay aggressive because that is their game, without overstepping the line.”If you look at the team we play in an aggressive but sporting way.”Young Hamza is one of those lads that play on the limit and is fighting for his career.”His strength is recovering the ball and retrieving the ball, which he is very good at, and he is learning other aspects of his game.”The only way is constant work and talking with him.” last_img read more

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Seago Line Sees Modest Profit amid Lower Freight Rates

first_imgzoom Despite strong headwinds in the intra-European market, short-sea and feeder operator Seago Line, part of Maersk Group, closed its 2016 financial year with a profit of USD 75 million.However, the company’s net results were considerably lower in 2016 when compared to the profit of nearly USD 140 million seen in 2015.According to the company, 2016 turned out to be a difficult year due to marginal market growth, oversupply coming from increased capacity from existing competitors and from larger shipping companies entering the intra-European market, intensifying competition on prices.“The main driver of Seago Line’s reduced result is a decrease in freight rates which has now made the rates reach an unsustainable level,” Seago Line said.“In the last part of 2016, we saw signs of an improving supply-demand situation due to increased scrapings which is encouraging, but the market situation is still very challenging,” the shipping firm added.When talking about its plans for 2017, Seago Line said it will continue its “digital transformation journey” in an effort to make shipping easy for its clients.This will be supported by internal restructurings of several business areas and optimization of processes.Towards the end of 2017, Seago Line plans to phase in the first of its new Ice Class vessels. The newbuildings will replace existing vessels and enhance service coverage to and from the Baltic Sea, the company said.Seago Line operates a fleet of 62 vessels with a capacity ranging from 375 to 3,000 TEU.last_img read more

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Pacific Basin MAN ES Ink Service Contract for 111 Bulkers

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MAN Energy Solutions Hong Kong-based dry bulk shipping company Pacific Basin Shipping has signed a service agreement with engine maker MAN Energy Solutions covering a fleet of 111 bulkers.All of the vessels involved are owned by Pacific Basin and managed by its in-house technical-management team.As informed, the contract includes field, workshop and technical services on MAN main engines, generators and turbochargers aboard the bulkers.MAN PrimeServ will manage the contract from Hong Kong in close cooperation with the PrimeServ global network.“We expect this service agreement will help to maximise further our operational and cost efficiencies, while also enhancing the long-standing partnership between MAN and Pacific Basin,” Jay K Pillai, Fleet Director at Pacific Basin, commented.“We believe that this agreement will improve the predictability of Pacific Basin’s operational costs, minimize maintenance costs as well as optimize the planning of services and spare-part deliveries,” Sarath Prasannan, Managing Director at MAN Energy Solutions Hong Kong, said.As of January 31, 2019, Pacific Basin operated over 200 dry bulk ships of which it owns 111 with the remainder chartered.last_img read more

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SC grants 2 more weeks to CBI to complete probe in accident

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Monday granted two more weeks to the CBI to complete investigation into a road accident in which the Unnao rape survivor and her lawyer were critically injured and two of her aunts killed. The apex court, which had earlier given two weeks to the CBI to complete the probe, extended the time while noting that the probe agency has done “quite extensive investigation” so far in the case. While seeking four more weeks to complete the probe, CBI told the top court that statements of rape survivor and her lawyer have not been recorded yet and they want to analyse certain electronic evidence collected so far during the probe. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details A bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Aniruddha Bose also directed the Uttar Pradesh government to pay Rs 5 lakh to the lawyer who is in a critical condition and undergoing treatment. The bench however took exception to some public statements made by the family members of the rape survivor in the media and said it might help the accused during the trial of the case. “If you have any grievances, feel free to tell us. We are here to help you. Some members of her family are going to the media. It may rather help the accused,” the bench observed. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday At the outset, senior advocate V Giri, assisting the top court as an amicus curiae in the matter, told the bench that the lawyer injured in the road accident is in a critical condition and is undergoing treatment. He said that the apex court could consider granting some amount to the lawyer which would help his family at this stage. The bench, after hearing Giri’s submission, asked, “Who is appearing for the CBI? You (CBI) have asked for extension of time (to complete the probe) in the ground that statements of the victim and her lawyer have not been recorded yet”. Advocate Rajat Nair, appearing for CBI, said that they have filed an application in this regard. The bench has posted the matter for further hearing on September 6. On August 1, the apex court had directed Uttar Pradesh government to provide Rs 25 lakh to the rape survivor as an interim compensation. The top court had on August 2 directed the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to complete the investigation in the case within seven days, adding that the agency could avail additional seven days in exceptional circumstances, but in no case the time frame would be extended beyond a fortnight. It had earlier ordered transfer of all the five related cases in the matter to Delhi but later modified its order putting in abeyance shifting of the accident case till the probe was completed. The modification was done stating that due to shifting of the case, the local court was facing technical hurdle in passing orders of remand for the accused who are being arrested in course of the probe. The court had said the order transferring the accident case “shall remain in abeyance for the period during which the said case remains under investigation, which we have stipulated in the order dated August 1, 2019, to be completed in a maximum period of 15 days, preferably within seven days. The order dated August 1, 2019, is modified accordingly”. The woman, allegedly raped by BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in 2017 when she was a minor, is battling for life after a truck rammed into the car she was travelling in with some family members and her lawyer. Two of her aunts died in the road accident. She was airlifted from a hospital in Lucknow and brought to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) for better care as she continued to be critical.last_img read more

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Minister of Interior Over 1122 Moroccan Jihadists in Syria

Rabat – Morocco’s Minister of Interior, Mohamed Hassad, revealed that the number of Moroccan Jihadist  in Syria, reached 1122 fighter, 200  of them were killed, while 128 were arrested after they returned to Morocco.This is the first time that the Moroccan Minister announces the exact number of Moroccan jihadist in Syria.During an oral session at the House of Representative on Tuesday, the Minister of Interior said that intelligence information estimates the number of Moroccan jihadists who travelled to Syria since 2011, at 1122 fighter, including 900 in 2013. Mohamed Hassad added that 20 % of the Moroccan Jihadists (200 persons) were killed during clashes with the Syrian army.

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PUCSL rejects CEB least cost long term generation proposal

The Public Utilities Commission of Sri Lanka (PUCSL) has rejected a proposal made by the Ceylon Electricity Board in its least cost long term generation plan.In a letter to the CEB, the PUCSL said that the proposed plan does not justify some of the condition put in place by the PUCSL when the proposal was called for. Taking into consideration that the Sampur power plant will also be delayed and that a grave situation may arise between 2017 and 2020 in meeting the electricity demand of Sri Lanka, the PUCSL had told the CEB to procure private power plants to meet the demand. The PUCSL and the CEB have been exchanging several letters in the recent past with both sides failing to agree on issues. (Colombo Gazette)

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Prominent French jurist named UN expert on human rights in Haiti

Louis Joinet, a judge and legal adviser to the French Prime Minister, will take on the role of independent expert vacated in March last year by Adama Dieng of Senegal, the spokesman said. The appointment follows a decision to continue the role of independent expert, taken by the UN Commission on Human Rights at its 2001 session. The independent expert provides reports on the situation in Haiti to that body. Mr. Joinet has previously served on UN human rights bodies working on the promotion and protection of the human rights, and on arbitrary detention. Responding to the appointment, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, issued a statement today warmly congratulating Mr. Joinet and expressing conviction that he would make “an important contribution to the cause of human rights in Haiti.” read more

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Loblaw plans to open 30 new stores and upgrade more than 500

BRAMPTON, Ont. – Loblaw said Thursday it plans to open 30 new stores and renovate more than 500 existing stores as it continues to adapt to changes in the food retail sector.The grocery and pharmacy giant said the investment includes the continued roll out of its Click & Collect e-commerce program, improved health and wellness services, and the inclusion of fresh food at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations.Loblaw (TSX:L) said the moves will invest about $1.3 billion into the economy and create an estimated 10,000 retail, trade and construction jobs.Thursday’s announcement comes almost exactly a year since Loblaw said it planned to build 50 new stores and renovate 150 others as part of a $1.3 billion revamp and expansion.Loblaw made a similar announcement in 2015, when it said it would build 50 new stores and improve more than 100 others.The company later said it would shutter 52 locations across Canada that had fallen short of expectations. by The Canadian Press Posted Apr 13, 2017 4:36 am MDT Last Updated Apr 13, 2017 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Loblaw plans to open 30 new stores and upgrade more than 500 others read more

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Flensburg win in Celje – PSG routine 40…

SG Flensburg won tough away challenge in Celje – 30:26 (12:15). Home team had power for only 30 minutes, afterwards Ljubomir Vranješ guys showed some TOP Bundesliga quality to win important points on the way to the first place and VISA for EHF Champions League quarter-finals…RK Celje – SG Flensburg-Handewitt  26:30 (15:12)RK Celje: Lesjak, Gajic – Blagotinsek (2), Babarskas (1), Janc (7), Razgor (1), Marguc (2), Poteko (3), Kodrin (1), Fizuletto, Dobelsek, Mlakar (4), Zvizej (3), Zarabec (1), Dobaj, GroseljSG Flensburg-Handewitt: Andersson, Møller– Karlsson, Eggert (4/4), Glandorf (6), Mogensen (6), Svan (8), Djordjic (2), Jakobsson, Heinl, Toft Hansen, Gottfridsson, Lauge (2), Mahé (1), Radivojevic (1), KozinaPSG Handball beat Besiktas 40:28 easily with 10 goals by Mikkel Hansen. Serbian right wing Darko Djukic has another outstanding night with 11 goals for Turkish champions.STANDINGS: 2. Paris Saint-Germain Handba…121002380:335(45)20 4. THW Kiel12615337:332(5)13 3. MVM Veszprém11812319:286(33)17 8. Besiktas Jimnastik Kulubu121011326:412(-86)2 1. SG Flensburg-Handewitt121002369:316(53)20 7. RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko12219319:345(-26)5 6. Orlen Wisla Plock12327325:343(-18)8 ← Previous Story Kielce win derby against Rhein Neckar Lowen! Next Story → TUS Lubbecke first win in season 2015/2016! 5. HC Prvo plinarsko drustvo …11416280:286(-6)9 read more

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Issue with AIB debit cards has been resolved says bank

first_imgUpdated 17.54pmAIB BANK HAS apologised for any inconvenience caused to customers today who experienced difficulties with their debit cards. In a statement this afternoon, they said the issue had now been resolved.At around lunchtime today, customers reported that non-AIB ATMs and store terminals had been declining their cards. AIB responded, stating:The company had previously told customers that business transfers were delayed due to a heavy volume of transfers.The bank said that following today’s difficulties, “no customer will be out of pocket”. They said cards are now working in stores and on online shopping channels.They said the issue was caused by that of a “third party”.Additional reporting by Christina FinnRead: Minor hiccup sees delays for some Bank of Ireland customerslast_img read more

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Ian McKenna Roboadvice is designed to help plug the financial advice gap

first_imgThe size of the ‘advice gap’, the number of people who do not get financial advice, creates a significant risk that employees will seek to remain employed beyond the point where they are productive, because of inadequate retirement income.Recent moves, such as the so-called retail distribution review (RDR), have raised standards among financial advisers, but also made their services far more expensive; they are now unaffordable to most employees. Emerging automated advice services, sometimes called robo-advice, are designed to help address the advice gap.Most current services focus on helping consumers with savings decisions before retirement. While some may be offered on an entirely self-service basis, many benefits consultants and pension providers are looking to use these as a first-line offering backed up by human support. Although initially many such services have targeted consumers directly, the cost of attracting customers has meant that increasingly these offerings are being provided by traditional corporate advice and benefits firms.Many of the early services are presenting guidance to individuals on taking financial decisions rather than formal advice. While guidance can still be beneficial to employees it lacks the statutory protection provided with formal advice, so, while both can be valuable, it is important to understand the difference.Ian McKenna is director of the Finance and Technology Research Centrelast_img read more

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Uh Oh New Yorker Fixes Paywall Privacy Glitch

first_imgIf you never changed the default password, we reset your password and sent you a message with the new password this morning. We strongly recommend that you now change this password, if you have not already done so.If you already changed your password, you can continue to use the digital edition with the password you created.But the Flood Magazine reports also claim that anyone who visits The New Yorker’s digital archive and types “a few lines of code” in the browser’s JavaScript console can bypass the paywall and access the entire archive (The New Yorker has digitized every issue it has published since it launched in 1925). I’m not sure how much truth there is to this part of the supposed security flaw (in fact, I’m not even sure what the heck Flood Magazine is) but I can say one thing for certain: This is nutty. What average reader is going to go to all the trouble to pull up the paywall code and re-write part of it, or spend time plugging in the e-mails of friends and family members they think might be subscribers, all to gain free access to–what? The years-old long-form stories and cartoons in The New Yorker?  You have to wonder why the tech-master coders at Flood were so intent on cracking this paywall code, and especially so long after the wall was erected. Also, you might wonder why publisher Condé Nast, or its paywall vendor, didn’t spot this vulnerability sooner.I don’t mean to knock on The New Yorker too much here. It’s certainly one of the most well-regarded magazines (we all know it wins National Magazine Awards year after year after year) and it clearly took steps to fix the security glitch once it was brought to light. But come on. Shouldn’t we have better things to do than dig up ways to scale The New Yorker wall? The New Yorker subscribers got an unusual e-mail Wednesday explaining that the magazine had reset the passwords for those who never bothered to change the default user name/password they were assigned when they subscribed. Why? It turns out different default settings were needed to keep non-subscribers from being able to access the archive for free.Here’s what happened: The New Yorker set the default usernames and passwords for subscribers to its digital edition and archive as that subscriber’s e-mail address. Sounds harmless enough, right? But according to a pair of reports from Flood Magazine, subscribers who were too bored/lazy/busy to change their default settings made their accounts vulnerable to being accessed by anyone who knows or could guess their e-mail address.The New Yorker moved quickly to remediate the problem. Here’s a portion of the e-mail it sent to subscribers: When you signed up for the digital edition, the default password for your account was your e-mail address (which is also your username).last_img read more

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Alabama Training Facility for NAS Whiting Field Reopens after 10Year Hiatus

first_imgOfficials from Naval Air Station Whiting Field, Fla., and Baldwin County, Ala., on Monday held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to reopen Navy Outlying Landing Field (NOLF) Summerdale after it had been idle for more than 10 years.Regular use of the airfield on the Alabama Gulf Coast for touch-and-goes was suspended in 2005 when Training Air Wing 6 at NAS Pensacola began transitioning its training aircraft from the T-34 Turbomentor to the T-6A. Since then, the Navy decided to lengthen the runways at Summerdale by 1,150 feet to accommodate the transition at Training Air Wing 5, based at Whiting Field, from the T-34 to the T-6B Texan II aircraft.The construction effort at Summerdale required the purchase of privately owned land, dwellings and structures necessary to build runway extensions, reestablish clear zones and realign nearby roadways, reported Whiting Field Public Affairs. Each of the airfield’s runways was extended to a length of 4,000 feet, and 500-foot overruns were established at the end of each runway to comply with Navy and FAA safety requirements.The construction at Summerdale represents one-half of a $36.5 million project to revitalize and extend NOLFs Summerdale and Barin, which also is located on the Alabama Gulf Coast. Those two facilities will be two of five outlying fields that Training Air Wing 5 uses to complete its T-6B aviator training mission.The unit began full-time training flight operations at Summerdale, which was originally built in 1943, on Monday.“The completion of NOLF Summerdale represents a significant increase in flight safety and scheduling flexibility for Training Air Wing 5 to complete their primary flight training mission,” said Cmdr. Eric Seib, NAS Whiting Field’s operations officer. “The addition of NOLF Summerdale reduces airspace congestion thus increasing flight safety over the other NOLFs that support primary flight training,” Seib said. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Orientation programme for Haj pilgrims tomorrow

first_imgDarulshifa: The 10th Haj Training Camp for selected Haj pilgrims of Haj-2019 will be held between 10.00 am to 4.00 pm at Minar Garden, besides Salar Jung Museum, in Darulshifa on Sunday. Telangana State Haj Committee Chairman Mohammed Masiullah Khan and Executive Officer B Shafiullah said that the eminent religious scholars would deliver the lecture on Manasik-e-Haj and Ziyarath- e-Madinah Munawara and would highlight the Haj rituals. Pilgrims proceeding through Private Tour Operators can also attend the training programme of the State Haj Committee. Also Read – Patancheru: Locals irked over overflowing nalas Advertise With Us B Shafiullah and Assistant Executive Officer Mohammed Irfan Shareef will inform the important logistic arrangements and Haj Journey Preparation to the pilgrims about arrangements for Haj Journey. Special arrangements have been made for lady pilgrims. The intending Haj Pilgrims are requested not to bring minor children with them during the Haj training camp. Pilgrims are also requested to bring notebooks and pens to note down important points. The Haj Pilgrims are requested to maintain time punctuality. For more details, the Haj Pilgrims may contact 040-23298793 or in person at the office of the Telangana State Haj Committee 2nd Floor, Haj House in Nampally.last_img read more

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Alien hunter spots planetsized UFO near sun extraterrestrials reaping energy from our

first_imgET Data BaseConspiracy theorists have long been claiming that space agencies like NASA are covering up secrets about alien life for unknown motives. Adding heat to these seemingly outlandish claims, popular alien hunter Scott C Waring has apparently spotted a UFO near the sun.At first glance, the UFO seems like a boomerang hovering near the sun. But upon closer analysis, it became evident that this object has a seemingly metallic body. After spotting the bizarre object, Waring claimed that the UFO is huge. He also expressed hope for the US government to soon admit the existence of alien life in the universe.”I found this planet-sized UFO near our sun today. The UFO is seen holding its position, even though a solar explosion wave hits it. Only the back edge of the round UFO is visible, but it stands out too much for it to be anything else,” wrote Waring on his website ET Data Base.”Such UFOs have been reported a few times over the last few years. The SOHO site is really helping with this since it is so easy to use. With evidence like this, it should not be too many years before we get the US gov to admit that aliens exist,” added Waring.Waring also uploaded a video featuring the discovery on YouTube. After watching the video, many viewers also shared their theories to explain this mysterious sighting.”This Craft seems to have a flashing light which you would find on all aircraft on Earth. If you look bottom right of the craft near the end of the video you can see the flashing light,” commented George Mair, a YouTube user.”This object has been by the sun for some time. I was on Helioviewer several times and seen this. Looks like it may be in a different location. I will go look. Very interesting,” commented Roadracer234, another YouTuber.Some other users argued that alien spaceships that use advanced technology might be using the sun for reaping energy. The new discovery comes just a few days after US President Donald Trump claimed to be a disbeliever of alien existence.”I want them to think whatever they think. I did have one very brief meeting on it. But people are saying they’re seeing UFOs. Do I believe it? Not particular,” said Donald Trump.last_img read more

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FBI Deputy Director Target Of Partisan Ire Is Retiring As He Planned

first_imgFBI deputy director Andrew McCabe is leaving the bureau after more than 20 years on the job, according to an individual familiar with the matter.McCabe stepped down Monday from his post as the bureau’s No. 2 official, and as expected he will take accumulated leave and remain on the payroll until March when he is eligible to retire with full benefits. The departure plan had been in the works for a while.President Trump and his allies have made McCabe a favorite target in recent months, alleging that he is part of a coterie of anti-Trump officials in the upper ranks of the FBI. The criticism is part of a broader campaign by the president and his supporters alleging that the bureau and special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation are tainted by political bias.The current No. 3 official at the FBI, David Bowdich, is likely to get promoted to deputy director, multiple sources tell NPR.White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters on Monday the administration had nothing to do with McCabe’s departure from the FBI.McCabe joined the FBI in 1996 in the New York field office and worked primarily on organized crime cases. After the Sept. 11 attacks in 2001, his focus shifted to counterterrorism investigations. He rose up through the ranks to hold senior positions in the Washington Field Office and at FBI headquarters.McCabe was named deputy director in January of 2016 by then-Director James Comey. As the second-in-command at the bureau, McCabe oversaw domestic and international investigations, including two politically charged probes—into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.In 2015, McCabe’s wife, Jill, ran for state Senate from their home across the river in Virginia. She accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions including from organizations connected to Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a longtime ally of Bill and Hillary Clinton.McCabe did not win and FBI and Justice Department ethics officials have said she and her husband satisfied the various requirements about disclosure and other process.Andrew McCabe continued his work at the FBI, but became a target of Trump and Republicans over what they called the conflict between Jill accepting Clinton-linked donations and Andrew’s responsibilities.McCabe entered the public spotlight in May of 2017 when he became acting FBI director after President Trump fired Comey. Days after stepping into the job, McCabe briefed the Senate Intelligence Committee before a packed open hearing broadcast live on TV. He undercut one of the initial reasons Trump gave for firing Comey — the director had not “lost the confidence” of rank-and-file FBI employees, McCabe said.After that, Trump went after McCabe in public and reportedly complained about him to aides in private. Much of the criticism ties back into McCabe’s role overseeing the Clinton and Russia investigations.Trump has repeatedly questioned why the FBI isn’t looking into the Clinton matter and has also publicly faulted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others for not prosecuting Clinton.The Justice Department’s inspector general is looking into its handling of that case and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein says it will issue a report when the process is complete. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/. Sharelast_img read more

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More Patent Trolls Are Targeting Startups Heres What You Can Do

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Startups aren’t typically founded by lawyers, so patent law isn’t usually a front line issue for them. But I’ve come to realize that patent protection is at best No. 11 on the top 10 list of things for startups to focus on — something they generally understand is important, but not quite important enough. Part of that is because the headlines focus on big lawsuits lobbed at big companies, which creates a false sense of security. As an inventor and a computer scientist with 25-plus years of practical experience, I’d like to think I’ve navigated the murky, complicated world of patents and come out on the other side wiser and more informed. And, as such, there is something I want entrepreneurs, inventors and early-stage businesses to know. Yes, you are a potential target for patent trolls, and yes, there is something you can do about it. Today.Related: If Your Startup Really Is Disruptive, Expect to be Sued By a Patent Troll.Here’s what everyone thinks they know.It is generally understood patent trolls are typically “shell” companies that do no real business but simply pursue a business strategy of suing businesses over their patents. They typically sue for a large amount of money but settle for an amount they estimate will cost the victims less than a court fight. They do no good for anyone in the world but themselves, and they can be extremely costly (in time and money) to their victims. Too many people believe patent trolls are only after big names — big companies with big wallets. The smaller suits, the ones aimed at startups and mid-sized businesses, might not make headlines, but they do untold damage.Startups are targets for trolls, and grow more so over time.Startups are often targets for trolls, but many entrepreneurs are unaware of this reality. With so many things to think about — building a product, hiring a staff, fundraising, marketing, sales — protecting against patent trolls is not likely to be high on a founder’s list of priorities, but it should still be a consideration. A company gets hit with a suit and has to respond, but by then, it’s too late. The mere presence of the suit is itself a drain on limited resources, to the tune of several million dollars that startups can’t afford. This is why being proactive is essential.Related: How to Conduct a Patent Search to Make Sure Your Brilliant Invention Doesn’t Already Exist (Infographic)A disproportionate number of patent trolls target smaller companies: More than 50 percent of businesses targeted by patent trolls make less than $10 million in revenue per year and 75 percent of the companies sued by trolls are privately held. And for good reason: To trolls, the whole point is to impose a costly and scary lawsuit, so that startups with limited resources to protect and defend themselves are more likely to settle than fight.Don’t let your own patents be used by trolls someday.I doubt that I’ve ever met an entrepreneur who liked the idea that his or her patents might someday fall into the hands of a troll. But they can and do. Simply to be good citizens, startups can and should take measures to ensure that their patents will never be useful to trolls. Patent-fighting networks can help protect others against abuse of your patents while protecting you against use of theirs.Related: How to Protect Your Business Idea Without a PatentLeverage a network — don’t go it alone.Many startups view patent protection as something that is “critical but not urgent.” There is often a perception that addressing your patent strategy will be time and money intensive. But it doesn’t have to be.The key here is to leverage networks. Through collective information sharing, experiences and rights that the networks build, startups can tap into rich resources to get themselves toward a higher state of preparation for relatively low cost. Through a patchwork of these networks — each offering their own layers of protection — startups can build strong protective communities.Communities enable economies of scale and resource sharing, so that member companies can together garner maximum benefit with minimal (or even zero) cash outlay.Who are these networks anyway?LOT Network is a great example of a resource that gives startups a large distributed benefit while costing very little money and time. In fact, for companies making less than $5 million per year it is currently free. LOT essentially immunizes its members from patent troll litigation against using other members’ patents, which collectively number nearly 900,000, by granting each LOT member a license in case any of those patents fall into the hands of a patent assertion entity (PAE) a.k.a. a patent troll. This represents a significant percentage of all valid patents, particularly tech patents. With large companies that have hefty patent portfolios as members of the network, the protections for startups are beneficial and scalable.Related: The Craziest Patents by Apple, Facebook, Amazon, Google and MoreFrankly, to me, joining LOT is a no-brainer for a startup. It costs little or even nothing (if you’re small enough), it gives you some protection if you do become a target, and it helps pre-empt future patent trolls by ensuring that your own patents never end up as troll fodder. It’s also likely to be good for morale on your technical team, where there’s likely to be a lot of concern about the way patents are used. It’s good for you, it’s good for the world and it’s free. With that in mind, there are also other organizations to consider joining.Allied Security Trust does collective patent buying. Allied Security Trust tries to intercept patents that are likely to be asserted, and as a group, shares the cost of acquisition. This is more expensive for companies than an option like LOT, but still less expensive than being engaged in an active lawsuit.Then there are organizations like Unified Patents that are geared toward companies that are already embroiled in active litigation, which challenge the validity of patents used in lawsuits and enable companies to share defensive costs. These are the most expensive, and focus on the risks at hand.For most of my career, the patent system has been treated with frustration and despair by tech entrepreneurs. The belief that “there’s nothing we can do” has created a kind of fatalism that can lead directly to costly interactions with patent trolls. Today, however, there are options, and startups that want to protect themselves for the longer term, while also ensuring that their own patents will only be used for good rather than evil, should seriously consider LOT and the other organizations that have arisen to battle the trolls. The trolls don’t have to always win, and we can all play a part in fighting back against them. 6 min read April 10, 2018 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

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