SRS to invest up to Rs 900 cr in 2 yrs for expansion

first_imgNew Delhi, Sep 20 (PTI) SRS Ltd will invest up to Rs 900 crore in the next two years to expand retail network of its various consumer centric businesses such as hospitality, cinema, jewellery and real estate. “We will invest between Rs 700-900 crore in the next two years to expand retail network of our various businesses. We are also foraying into the pharmacy business with the launch of our first store SRS Pharmacy next week,” SRS Ltd Group President and Chief Strategy Officer Tinku Singh told PTI. The firm plans to open 30 SRS Pharmacy stores this fiscal. “Our plan it to open 100 pharmacy stores every year. We have all the approval in place. We are testing the waters. We will also launch online pharmacy portal next month,” SRS E-retail Ltd Managing Director Pratik Jindal said. Singh added that the company has drawn an aggressive expansion plan to increase its footprints across business verticals. “We will fund up to Rs 900 crore investment through a mix of internal accruals and debt,” he added. SRS Ltd, which reported a turnover of Rs 3,824.84 crore in the previous fiscal, has presence across various sectors such as retail, hospitality, real estate, cinemas and jewellery. PTI SVK ANU MKJlast_img read more

Warner unbeaten 90 helps Sunrisers thrash MI by 7 wickets,Warner unbeaten 90 helps Sunrisers thrash MI by 7 wickets

first_imgcricket COMMENT Captain David Warner led from the front with a scintillating unbeaten 90 as Sunrisers Hyderabad thrashed Mumbai Indians by seven wickets to notch up their first win of the IPl-9 season here today.Chasing a target of 143, Warner anchored the Sunrisers innings with a masterclass effort after his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan (2) was out in the first over itself as the home side romped home with 15 balls to spare at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.Warner hit seven fours and four sixes in his 59-ball unbeaten knock as he carried his bat through the innings to help the Sunrisers bounce back after losing their earlier two matches. The swashbuckling Australian curbed his aggressive intent initially before hitting a flurry of lusty blows towards the end.Fittingly, Warner hit the winning runs as he sent a Mitchell McClenaghan delivery for a six as the Sunrisers reached 145 for 3 in 17.3 overs to the wild cheer of the home crowd.For Mumbai, it was their third loss in four matches.The Sunrisers, who have been hit hard by the injury of the likes of Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra, made a stuttering start in their run chase as Dhawan continued his horrible run of form as he was out in the fifth ball of the innings, bowled by Tim Southee.Warner then dropped anchor and curbed his natural aggressive instinct a bit and chose his shots to find the boundaries.At the halfway mark, the Sunrisers were placed comfortably at 66 for 1 but immediately they lost Moises Henriques (20) who stitched 62 crucial runs for the second wicket with Warner to lay the foundation for the win.Henriques was out to a fine delivery off Southee which swung and took the outside edge of the batsman.Englishman Eoin Morgan (11) did not contribute much as he was out, courtesy an outstanding catch by Hardik Pandya at deep midwicket off the bowling of Southee.The Sunrisers were 100 for 3 at that time, needing another 43 runs off 34 balls and Warner took his side home in style.For Mumbai, Southee took three wickets for 24 runs from his four overs while all his bowling colleagues went wicketless. IPL 2016 Published on SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE COMMENTS April 19, 2016last_img read more

Anthony, Knicks Beat Hornets, 96-93

first_imgNEW YORK — Before forcing his way to New York, Carmelo Anthony recalled how he marveled at the numbers that Denver Nuggets teammate Allen Iverson had posted in his career.On Nov. 2, Anthony joined his former teammate, becoming the sixth youngest to join the NBA’s 20,000 point club, with a 28-point performance. Anthony also hit the go-ahead basket with 1:23 remaining, leading the New York Knicks to a 96-63 victory over the Charlotte Hornets.“I never thought I would be here actually talking about me reaching that milestone,” Anthony said. “I’m definitely humbled by this experience. I (guess I) got more to go.”Anthony, a seven-time All-Star, who started off the night with 19,997 points, notched his 19,999th point after hitting a basket in the opening seconds of the game.With 7:42 remaining in the opening quarter, point guard Shane Larkin found an open Anthony on the wing for a 3-pointer, becoming the 40th player in league history to score over 20,000 points in their careers.Al Jefferson had 21 points and Gary Neal added 17 points off the bench for the Hornets (1-2), who lost their second straight.Charlotte’s guard Michael Kidd-Gilchrist fell awkwardly late in the first quarter and did not return to the game. According to the team’s spokesman, Kidd-Gilchrist was taken to a New York City area hospital for a CT scan that revealed a rib contusion.Amar’e Stoudemire had 17 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for the Knicks (2-1), who won their second straight. Shumpert added 15 points.Stoudemire, who recorded the Knicks first double-double of the season, might have joined the 20,000-point club if not for a rash of knee operations that have limited him from being on the court over the last three seasons.“That means you put in a lot of work in this league, you stay injury free and you put a lot of work in practice, a lot of repetition that goes into being that efficient within the games,” he said.Rookie head coach Derek Fisher came away impressed with the Knicks defensive effort in the final 2:23 of the game as the New York defense paved the way for the victory by forcing three of Charlotte’s 12 turnovers down the stretch.“Their effort in just trying to do what we’re asking them to do is really high,” Fisher said. “Even though we are making some mistakes . we are still making it hard for teams to score in a lot of situations.”With 2:49 remaining Charlotte’s Kemba Walker scored on a reverse lay-up to extend the Hornets’ lead to 93-90. After Lance Stephenson was called for traveling, Knicks backup point guard Pablo Prigioni found an open Iman Shumpert, who hit a 3-pointer with 2:06 left, to even the game 93-all.Walker then missed a layup with 1:42 to play, setting up Anthony’s 15-foot jumper gave the Knicks the lead for good, 95-93. Stephenson then followed that up with another costly turnover that resulted in a steal by Shumpert with 1:00 to go.After Anthony missed a jumper, the Knicks were called for a shot clock violation. Charlotte called a 20-second timeout but Stephenson was whistled for a 5-second violation as he failed to inbound the ball in time.The Brooklyn product couldn’t agree with the referee’s decision. “I don’t think it was five second, more like three,” Stephenson said.Walker, the New York City product who had 14 points, had a chance to tie the game with three seconds left in the game but missed on a contested pull up jumper. Anthony then sealed New York’s win with a free throw that extended the lead, 96-93.(ADRY TORRES)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Argentina can win World Cup 2018, says 1978 world champion Daniel Bertoni

first_imgDaniel Bertoni, who scored a goal in the final against Netherlands, feels that Argentina lift the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia despite the early struggles in the tournament.La Albicelestes had lost one of their group games in the 1978 World Cup but recovered from it and then went on to win the trophy for the first time in their history. And, Bertoni, who was one of the stars of the campaign, feels that Lionel Messi and his men can repeat history.”Lots of teams who went on to be champions started poorly and then recovered and moved on,” Bertoni said. “We lost to Italy and we got up straight away.2018 FIFA WORLD CUP: LIVE COVERAGE”I have faith in the character of the Argentine player, because he brings out the fight and passion, that’s why they play in top leagues.””So I have confidence and I hope we will be world champions,” he added. “But we have to improve. We can’t look the other way nor believe that we’ve gone from being the worst to the best.”WORLD CUP 2018 – FIXTURES | POINTS TABLEThe former Fiorentina forward was one of the key players in Argentina’s 1978 triumph at home and came on from the bench to score the winner in their opening game versus Hungary. He came off the bench in the second game as well but started the third match, a 1-0 loss to Italy, but Argentina still qualified for the second round and Bertoni’s spirited performances on the right wing ensured his place in the starting line-up.Why Lionel Messi struggles for Argentina and not BarcelonaadvertisementForty years on he remains a household name alongside greats like Mario Kempes, Daniel Passarella, Leopoldo Luque and Osvaldo Ardiles.However, Bertoni warned that Argentina need to sort themselves out after a chaotic start that included a 1-1 draw to tiny Iceland, a 3-0 hammering by Croatia, and a heroic 2-1 win over Nigeria that secured their qualification in the dying moments. Lionel Messi scored his first goal of this year’s World Cup against Nigeria (Reuters Photo)”We still haven’t gelled as a team, so far we’ve only got it together at the odd moment, such as in that first half hour (against Nigeria) with (Ever) Banega directing things in midfield and those individual moments of (Lionel) Messi,” Bertoni said.Lionel Messi’s first goal in World Cup 2018 was the tournament’s 100th”We depend on Messi, we’re hoping he can make a move that decides the game. We live off Messi.”We were three or four minutes from being knocked out and luck was on our side. Now, we can change our mentality but football-wise it’s more difficult to change.”It is not possible to build a team in the middle of the competition, but I am very happy because Argentina qualified and now I hope we will reach the final.”(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

Samsung Galaxy Note 9 may launch in these markets on August 9, support page goes live

first_imgIt is just a month to go for the launch of the most anticipated handset of the year — Samsung Galaxy Note 9. Samsung has already announced to launch the Galaxy Note 9 on August 9 at an Unpacked event. The company, however, is yet to reveal the India launch details of the Note 9. Ahead of the official launch of the device, the support page of the Galaxy Note 9 has gone live in some regions. Meaning, the Note 9 may launch in these markets first, and then enter other regions.The support page of the Galaxy Note 9 reveals the model number of the handset to be SM-N960F/DS. Reports say that this model number could be for the dual-SIM support Note 9, because it ends with DS, which may stand for ‘dual SIM’. It is important to know that the support page of Note 9 has gone live in only select languages including Finnish, Danish, French, and Norwegian. This may mean that Samsung Galaxy Note 9 will be launching in these markets — Finland, Denmark, France and Norway on August 9 and then move on to other markets.The support page doesn’t reveal any other details about the Galaxy Note 9.Ahead of the August launch, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 has been subjected to several leaks and rumours. The latest report of the lot suggests that the S Pen of the Galaxy Note 9 will be powerful and smarter than ever before. The S Pen is expected to come with support for Bluetooth, with which the users will be able to control music playback, launch Bixby, and more. Reports are, the Galaxy Note 9 will come with “a free, built-in portable Bluetooth controller” and “can be used for remote self-timer, remote control of music player and other traditional Bluetooth devices. There is room for work, potential and gameplay.” Another report reveals that the “Galaxy Note 9 S-Pen is (will be) a pen with a soul. It may be the biggest update in the history of the S-Pen.”advertisementAs far as the other specs are concerned, Samsung Galaxy Note 9 is expected to sport more or less the same design and features as the Note 8 like — Infinity display, thin bezels, Bixby, dual cameras, and S Pen. The Note 9 is expected to come with Qualcomm Snapdragon 845, a 6.4-inch screen, Android 8.1 Oreo, a massive 4,000mAh battery, dual-pixel 12-megapixel rear cameras, and an 8-megapixel front camera.last_img read more

Chef Dale Talde Dishes on his personal style in Miami

first_img Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat 10 Best Whiskies for Irish Coffee Dale Talde’s passion for cooking began at a young age in his native Chicago where he learned to prepare meals alongside his mother in the kitchen. The proud son of Filipino immigrants, he grew up immersed in his family’s cultural heritage while also enjoying the life of a typical American kid. Dale applies this distinct Asian-American experience to the menu of his eponymous restaurant, TALDE, located in the Brooklyn’s thriving Park Slope neighborhood, Jersey City & Miami Beach.TALDE Miami Beach, a contemporary neighborhood restaurant and bar located inside The Confidante, features a creative menu of Asian-American cuisine with a variety of market-driven ingredients and local Floridian products. The restaurant and bar, stays true to Chef Talde’s eclectic sense of fun and unique spin on dishes. Signature items on the menu include Pretzel Pork and Chive Dumplings; Korean Fried Chicken; Crispy Oyster-Bacon Pad Thai; and Whole Red Snapper roasted in banana leaves and served with moo-shoo pancakes. To complement the menu is a mixology program and beer list created by Partner John Bush and Partner David Massoni has also curated a wine program featuring Old and New World varietals. The ambience at TALDE Miami Beach pulls directly from the personalities of its three owners where the grit of an Asian street market meets the allure of a back-alley speakeasy and the anti-establishment art of Mafioso rap culture. A reverse happy hour coined Late Night Noodles at TALDE Miami Beach is popular among guests and locals alike dining at TALDE Miami Beach.Dale visits Miami often – about once a month or more – and expresses his casual street style when there. Here are his style choices to beat the heat in Miami:Jeans: I never wear jeans in Miami – shorts only. One time I did need a pair of jeans and ordered Levi’s on Postmates. True Story.Shirts: I stick to Huf black t-shirts. I am a big, big Huf dude. The brand allows me to stay young with their timeless vintage and contemporary inspired designs.Pants: In Miami I wear shorts all day. Seersucker as much as possible and I wear Ralph Lauren bathing suits.Suits: Never. I don’t think I have ever bought a suit.Shoes: I wear Nike (fly knits or Jordans) and Cole Haan’s the most.Accessories: I don’t wear watches or jewelry. But I am always rocking a hat. I usually wear Huf & In4mation hats. The In4mation guys are awesome. Based in Hawaii, their team is committed to making young adults feel good while wearing their clothing and all about spreading positive vibes.My biggest accessory, besides hats, is glasses. I own about 15 pairs of Warby Parkers and am always switching them up to elevate my look. It is kind of hard to walk into Warby and buy only one pair.Outerwear: Supreme, all the way!Favorite Cologne: I don’t wear cologne.Your favorite App: Instagram. I run my account on my own and really use it as an outlet to show my personality – check me out @daletalde.Favorite piece of technology: My iPhone.Next tech purchase: 4K TV’s. Legent Bourbon Teams Up with Tokyo Butcher Kentaro Nakahara Editors’ Recommendations Slopestyle Mountain Bike Champion Emil Johansson Talks Tricks, Staying Fit, and More Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? last_img read more

F.H. Bertling, Radio Holland Sign Fleet Service Agreement

first_imgzoom Singapore-based F.H. Bertling Chartering and Shipmanagement has recently signed a service agreement with Radio Holland, a subsidiary of Imtech Marine, for its fleet of seven general cargo vessels and bulk carriers.F.H. Bertling’s  parent company Bertling, which is based in Hamburg, owns a fleet of 21 ocean-going vessels, all under a full service agreement with Radio Holland.”As soon as our vessels in Singapore exceeded their extended guarantee period, we wanted to have a similar service partner that our company has in Hamburg,” Captain Piotr Kucharczyk, Marine Superintendent of F.H. Bertling, said.The agreement covers a broad range from annual radio surveys, bridge equipment servicing to the delivery of spare parts, wherever the vessels are operating in the world.As well as the seven vessels currently in its fleet – which range from 35,000 dwt to 80,000 dwt – five new bulk carriers will be joining F.H. Bertling’s fleet soon.Being built at Huang Hai Shipbuilding, the five vessels are so-called ‘Green Dolphin’ Handy size bulk carriers.The first vessel will be delivered in September and the other ones are due at regular intervals until August 2016.”It is likely that these vessels too, may come under the Radio Holland service agreement once they are out of their guarantee period,” Captain Kucharczyk said.last_img read more

Details emerging about Gerald Cotten the young founder of QuadrigaCX

first_imgHALIFAX — A clearer picture is emerging of the young man at the centre of the mysterious demise of one of Canada’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges.Gerald Cotten, a Nova Scotia resident originally from Ontario, was 30 years old when he died suddenly while travelling in India on Dec. 9 — leaving his virtual company, QuadrigaCX, without access to $180 million in Bitcoins and other digital assets.His widow, Jennifer Robertson, has said in court documents that Cotten was the only person with access to his laptop, which is thought to contain the digital keys to the so-called cold wallets containing the missing cryptocurrency.The circumstances surrounding Cotten’s death — and the way he conducted his business from the couple’s home in Fall River, N.S. — has led to a flurry of speculation and allegations in internet chat rooms, with some former QuadrigaCX users coming forward to raise questions about the $250 million in cash and cryptocurrency owed to 115,000 of them.Cotten signed his will on Nov. 27, 2019 — less than two weeks before he died at a private hospital in Jaipur, the capital and largest city in the northern Indian state of Rajasthan.In an application to probate the will, filed on Dec. 21, 2018, Robertson confirmed that the gross value of Cotten’s personal property — all of which was left to her — was $9.6 million. She was granted the right to administer his estate as executor on Jan. 2.The will specifically states that Robertson was authorized to access his digital assets and “obtain, access, modify, delete and control (his) passwords and other electronic credentials.”Robertson, in an affidavit filed Jan. 31, said she was not involved in the business, and she insisted Cotten — as QuadrigaCX’s CEO and sole director — was the only person with access to the private digital keys.The will includes a few details about Cotten’s assets, but those items are limited to a section dealing with property that would have been bequeathed to friends and relatives should Robertson die within 30 days of his death.The list includes: a large home in Kelowna, B.C.; a property on Nova Scotia’s western shore; an undeveloped property in Fall River, N.S.; a 2017 Lexus; an “airplane;” a 2015 Mini Cooper and a 50-foot Jeanneau 51 sailboat.There was also a plan in place to provide $100,000 to Cotten’s in-laws to help them cover the costs of caring for the couple’s pet Chihuahuas, Nitro and Gully.Court documents attached to the will include a statement of death from the J.A. Snow Funeral Home in Halifax, dated Dec. 12, which says Cotten died in Jaipur on Dec. 9. The cause of death is not listed.In her affidavit, Robertson says she has been subjected to online threats, slanderous comments and speculation about Cotten’s death, “including whether he is really dead.”Robertson said Cotten was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease at the age of 24, about a year after he co-founded QuadrigaCX with his partner Mike Patryn.She said Cotten died from complications linked to the disease, which disrupts digestion by causing inflammation of the bowels.Fortis Escorts hospital in Jaipur issued a statement Thursday confirming that Cotten was admitted on Dec. 8, 2018, at 9:45 p.m. and died from a cardiac arrest at 7:26 p.m. the next night, according to CoinDesk, an online publication that tracks the cryptocurrency industry.Cotten was in septic shock when he was admitted and suffered two cardiac arrests before he died, CoinDesk reported.Meanwhile, industry critics have come forward to say the QuadrigaCX debacle has proven to be a major embarrassment for Canada’s cryptocurrency industry, which includes more than a dozen exchanges across the country.Some industry insiders have said provincial and federal officials should move quickly to do something about a business that is largely unregulated and has no independent oversight.The Canadian Securities Administrators, an umbrella organization representing provincial securities regulators, issued a statement Thursday urging Canadians to be cautious when buying crypto-assets through trading platforms.“As highlighted in recent CSA investor alerts and awareness campaigns over the past year, this means that key investor protections may not be in place,” the agency said.QuadrigaCX and its affiliated companies are registered in British Columbia, but it has no offices, no bank accounts and no employees, aside from a handful of contractors.The B.C. Securities Commission issued a statement Thursday saying it has been aware of QuadrigaCX’s operations since 2017. The agency said QuadrigaCX was not subject to regulation because it did not operate as a marketplace or exchange under B.C. securities laws.“The BCSC … (has) been urging investors to exercise caution with regard to crypto-assets,” the agency said Thursday.On Tuesday, the Nova Scotia Supreme Court granted QuadrigaCX protection from its creditors and a 30-day stay of proceedings to given the insolvent company time to find the missing currency and draft a plan to restructure or sell the business.Michael MacDonald, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Window of opportunity in Cyprus talks rapidly closing Ban warns

3 December 2010Warning that talks to reunite Cyprus could “founder fatally” if substantive agreement is not reached within the next few months, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is calling on the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot leaders to ready a practical plan by January to overcome major differences. “I fear a critical window of opportunity is rapidly closing,” he says in his latest report to the Security Council on the United Nations-sponsored talks that seek to set up a Federal Government with a single international personality in a bi-zonal, bi-communal country with a Turkish Cypriot Constituent State and a Greek Cypriot Constituent State of equal status.He cites fundamental differences on the issue of property on the Mediterranean island, where a UN peacekeeping mission has been in place since inter-communal violence erupted in 1964, and notes that parliamentary elections scheduled for May in the south as well as elections in Turkey in June militate against constructive negotiations in the second quarter of 2011. The leaders have met 88 times since the start of negotiations in 2008, advancing in some areas, but there has been “a worrying lack of progress” in six months of talks on currently irreconcilable difference over property rights, says Mr. Ban, who met with the two leaders in New York on 18 November. The Greek Cypriots say those with property in the north should be able to seek reinstatement, while Turkish Cypriots say that if all Greek Cypriot property owners there were allowed reinstatement, it would be impossible for the Turkish Cypriots to secure bizonality. They want a ceiling on the number of those who can have properties reinstated, instead of compensation.“We must be clear that, in order to negotiate successfully a bi-zonal, bi-communal federation, the two leaders will have to reconcile these and other seemingly irreconcilable issues,” Mr. Ban writes, calling on Greek Cypriot leader Dimitris Christofias and Turkish Cypriot leader Dervis Eroglu to “dedicate significant efforts” to preparing a practical plan for overcoming major remaining points of disagreement when he meets with them again in January. “In any society, intense political moments such as elections are rarely a time for compromises or flexibility,” he writes of the forthcoming electoral calendar. “If substantive agreement across all chapters cannot be concluded ahead of the election cycle, the talks may go into abeyance, and there is a serious risk that the negotiations could founder fatally.”Mr. Ban also warns of the need to avoid any inflammatory statements that could further stoke public scepticism over the talks, noting that despite the collegial atmosphere in which the leaders engage in the talks, their subsequent public rhetoric has not conveyed that the negotiations are moving forward and political leaders, both in government and the opposition, have accused the other side of undermining the talks.“Occasional outbursts by the leaders about each other have not contributed to building public confidence in the leadership and the peace process,” he says, calling on both sides to reverse the cycle of negative messaging since the success of the process will ultimately remain in the hands of the people, who will vote for an agreement in separate, simultaneous referendums. “I would encourage the leaders to step forward individually and jointly to deliver more constructive and harmonized messages. This is their responsibility just as much as managing the talks is. This would enhance public trust and support for the peace process and make the task of the leaders easier by making information available in a constructive manner to both sides,” he adds.“Now, more than ever, as public support is flagging, civil society can play an important role in supporting the leaders and the process.”In a separate report on the 46-yearold UN mission, known as UNFICYP, Mr. Ban calls on the Council to renew its mandate for another six months until 15 June, citing its work with his Special Advisor on the talks, Alexander Downer, and other UN agencies “actively engaged in promoting an atmosphere conducive to the negotiations.” The overall number of violations in the buffer zone has declined, but “low-level exercises near the ceasefire lines unnecessarily cause tensions and should be avoided,” he says. UNFICYP, with a strength of over 900 uniformed personnel, continues to work closely with the two communities in resolving practical day-to-day issues, including the civilian use of the buffer zone. “Such efforts are important in building confidence and positive relations between the communities, and I call on both sides to continue to support UNFICYP in that regard,” he adds. read more

UN womens antidiscrimination panel considers trafficking risk in DPR of Korea

The 23-member Committee on Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW), monitoring the anti-discrimination Convention popularly known as an “international bill of rights for women,” noted reports that desperate women were crossing the border into China in search of food and thereby putting themselves in danger of falling prey to traffickers.The North Korean delegation acknowledged that food production last year was 900,000 tons short of domestic demand.The leader of the delegation, Ho O Bom, Director of the Legal Affairs Department at the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, said the Government distributed food to supply centres all over the country and those doing manual labour received more rice than those doing light work. Women got rice according to their work or age, he said.Food was short at a time when the country was undergoing economic difficulties due to natural disasters and because of the budgetary allocation for the military to keep the country prepared for future conflicts, he said. read more

The AliFrazier Battle Of Internet Chess Is Happening This Week

Share on Facebook You’re reading Back of the Envelope, an experiment that aims to bring shorter, quicker content to FiveThirtyEight. Magnus Carlsen, the Norwegian chess grandmaster and No. 1-ranked chess player in the world, is just over two weeks away from defending his world championship in New York City. It’ll be a grueling test, with hours-long games spread out over 19 days, but Carlsen will be the heavy favorite. But rather than poring over potential opening moves or studying the intricacies of endgames, he’s heading to the internet to play some speed chess.Thursday, Carlsen will play Hikaru Nakamura, the four-time U.S. chess champion, in’s online Grandmaster Blitz Battle final, which the site is billing as the Ali vs. Frazier of online chess. In the world championship for chess with “classical” time controls, each player gets at least 100 minutes for all his or her moves. But Thursday’s blitz battle will feature a series of games wherein the players get just 5 minutes, 3 minutes and, finally, 1 minute per side.According to the latest FIDE list, a ranking that uses Elo ratings and in-person results, Carlsen and Nakamura are the second- and third-best blitz players in the world, respectively. (China’s Liren Ding is No. 1.) But according to’s newly developed Computer Accuracy & Precision Score (or CAPS), Nakamura may have a slight edge in speed games over the world champion. CAPS is based on a comparison between the humans’ actual moves and the moves deemed best by a computer.You can watch the match, starting at 1 p.m. Eastern, on and Twitch. And if you can’t wait, here’s an appetizer — the two grandmasters playing a private speed game in a hotel room a few years ago: read more

UN World facing greatest humanitarian crisis since 1945

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAngelina Jolie urges world powers to do more for Syrian refugeesMarch 15, 2016In “World”Over 58,000 children ‘face death’ in drought-hit SomaliaFebruary 9, 2016In “World”1.1 million children affected by Venezuela crisis — UNICEFApril 5, 2019In “latest news” Five-year-old Mohannad Ali sits in hospital in Yemen in December. His younger cousin – aged just two – died of hunger (UNICEF)(BBC) The world is facing its largest humanitarian crisis since 1945, the United Nations says, issuing a plea for help to avoid “a catastrophe”.UN humanitarian chief Stephen O’Brien said that more than 20 million people faced the threat of starvation and famine in Yemen, Somalia, South Sudan and Nigeria.Unicef has already warned 1.4m children could starve to death this year.Mr O’Brien said $4.4bn (£3.6bn) was needed by July to avert disaster.“We stand at a critical point in history,” Mr O’Brien told the Security Council on Friday. “Already at the beginning of the year we are facing the largest humanitarian crisis since the creation of the United Nations.”“Now, more than 20 million people across four countries face starvation and famine. Without collective and coordinated global efforts, people will simply starve to death. Many more will suffer and die from disease.“Children stunted and out of school. Livelihoods, futures and hope will be lost. Communities’ resilience rapidly wilting away. Development gains reversed. Many will be displaced and will continue to move in search for survival, creating ever more instability across entire regions.”Mr O’Brien’s comments follow on from a similar appeal made by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres last month.At that time, he revealed the UN had only received $90m (£74m) so far in 2017, despite generous pledges.Like Mr O’Brien, he urged more financial support for the four countries. But why are they in such dire need?The pictures were among the most shocking of last year: emaciated children, clinging on to life with what little strength they had left. Four-year-olds not bigger than infants. And mothers unable to do anything to stop their children dying.It is thought a child dies every 10 minutes in Yemen from a preventable disease, while half-a-million children under five are suffering from severe acute malnutrition.The UN estimates some 19 million people – or two thirds of Yemen’s population – is in need of some sort of humanitarian help following two years of war between Houthi insurgents and the government, which is backed by a Saudi-led coalition.What’s hampering aid?Continuing fighting, lack of rule of law, poor governance, under-development.A naval embargo imposed by the Saudi-led coalition, fighting around the government-controlled port of Aden and air strikes on the rebel-held port of Hudaydah, have severely reduced imports since 2015.A lack of fuel, coupled with insecurity and damage to markets and roads, have also prevented supplies from being distributed.UN agencies say 100,000 people are facing starvation in South Sudan, while a further million are classified as being on the brink of famine.It is the most acute of the present food emergencies, and the most widespread nationally.Overall, says the UN, 4.9 million people – or 40% of South Sudan’s population – are “in need of urgent food, agriculture and nutrition assistance”.What’s hampering aid?Continuing fighting in the country that now has been at war since 2013, lack of rule of law, under-development.Some UN officials have suggested President Salva Kiir’s government has been blocking food aid to certain areas – a claim denied by the authorities.There have also been reports of humanitarian convoys and warehouses coming under attack or being looted, either by government or rebel forces.The UN has described the unfolding disaster in north-eastern Nigeria as the “greatest crisis on the continent” – the full extent of which has only been revealed as extremist militant group Boko Haram is pushed back.It was already known the Islamist group had killed 15,000 and pushed more than two million from their homes. But as they retreated, it became clear there were thousands more people living in famine-like conditions in urgent need of help.The UN estimated in December there were 75,000 children at risk of starving to death. Another 7.1 million people in Nigeria and the neighbouring Lake Chad area are considered “severely food insecure”.What’s hampering aid?Boko Haram attacks, lack of rule of law, under-development.There are still areas under the control of Boko Haram, which aid agencies cannot reach.Thee have also been allegations of widespread aid theft, which are being investigated by Nigeria’s senate.The last time a famine was declared in Somalia – just six years ago – nearly 260,000 people died.At the beginning of March, there were reports of 110 people dying in just one region in a 48-hour period.Humanitarian groups fear this could be just the beginning: a lack of water – blamed partially on the El Nino weather phenomenon – has killed off livestock and crops, leaving 6.2 million people in urgent need of help.What’s hampering aid?Continuing attacks by Islamist militant group al-Shabab, lack of rule of law, under-development.Piracy off Somalia’s coast impeded shipments in the past – however attacks have reduced significantly in recent years. read more

Water restrictions causes outrage in the greater Dublin area

first_imgUpdated 8.50amWATER RESTRICTIONS IN Dublin, Kildare and Wicklow areas were imposed from 8pm last night and were scheduled to come to an end at 7am this morning.The water restrictions were put in place due to the ongoing serious production problem at Ballymore Eustace Water Treatment Plant.Restrictions will remain in place until at least next Monday, with Dublin City Council stating they will be reviewing it on a daily basis.The water restrictions have caused outrage with many businesses and householders in the greater Dublin area.This morningWaking up this morning, many people have taken to Twitter to vent their frustrations, with some stating that their water has not been turned back on.@ClaireTheFair86@Shane_ManganMicheal Philips from Dublin City Council said today on RTE’s Morning Ireland that there may be some people who still have no water as it might take some time for water to reach the water mains, though he did say he was surprised that people were still experiencing water shortages as he said the tank in peoples homes should hold a sufficient amount of water for people to use this morning.About 1.3 million people who are connected to the network are expected to be affected to some extent.CriticismsOthers were critical of the situation, and stated how it has affected them:@MelissaAnnKeyes@ellehcimj@amdrewmontesiWhile some envied country living:@DaithiOK21Yesterday, the Irish Restaurant Associtation called on the council to bring in water tankers for businesses affected and asked that the restrictions be put back to 9.30pm.Dublin councillors yesterday criticised the water shortage stating that the failure in the water system shows why it is not the right time to be priortising water metering, while another councillor said the water restrictions in Dublin “may endanger public safety” as Dublin Fire Brigade gears up to deal with one of its busiest nights of the year tonight.HalloweenThe Irish Fire and Emergency Services Association state that the restrictions could not have come at a worse time.Dublin City Council, on behalf of the four Dublin Local Authorities, is urging consumers all over the Dublin region to conserve water.They stated that the restrictions will assist the authorities in replenishing treated drinking water levels to a normal level.How has the water restriction affected you? Did you get to have shower this morning or your cup of tea? Is your water back on? Tell us in the comments section.Read: Council issues water-saving tips ahead of Dublin night restrictions>Read: ‘Ireland is like a third world country when it comes to water supply’>last_img read more

LESA va tenter de relever lorbite de la sonde PhobosGrunt

first_imgL’ESA va tenter de relever l’orbite de la sonde Phobos-GruntLundi, l’agence spatiale européenne (ESA) a annoncé que les équipes de sa station radar située à Perth en Australie allaient tenter de relever l’orbite de la sonde Phobos-Grunt, en perdition depuis qu’elle a échoué à rejoindre la direction vers Mars le 8 novembre dernier. Alors que la situation semblait s’améliorer peu à peu, les dernières opérations menées par les équipes du secteur spatial se sont avérées décevantes. En effet, la sonde Phobos-Grunt n’a plus donné signe de vie depuis que l’agence spatiale européenne (ESA) et les ingénieurs de Roskosmos sont parvenus à entrer en contact avec elle. Ainsi, l’ESA a annoncé lundi qu’elle s’apprêtait à réaliser une toute nouvelle opération : elle va tenter de relever l’orbite de la sonde.À lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”Lundi soir, la station de Perth (en Australie) transmettra les commandes russes destinées à relever l’orbite de Phobos Grunt pour rendre la sonde mieux repérable par les stations terrestres”, a indiqué la direction Opérations de l’ESA sur Twitter. Par ailleurs, le radar de Perth devait dans la nuit de lundi à mardi avoir la possibilité de contacter la sonde à cinq reprises, entre 18h21 et 03h47 GMT, relève Ria Novosti. Mais on ignore pour l’heure, si les équipes de l’ESA sont parvenues à contacter l’engin et si l’orbite de Phobos-Grunt a pu être relevée. Les spécialistes russes devraient en dire davantage dans la journée.  Le 29 novembre 2011 à 10:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Update on Grace Other Developments in The Tropics

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 08 Sept 2015 – Finally in news an update on Grace, now considered a Tropical Depression…that will weaken as she heads for the Lesser Antilles. That is what weather experts are predicting as the storm continues moving west over the Atlantic at 18 miles per hour…packing winds up to 45 miles per hour.Elsewhere, there are two areas of disturbance over the Atlantic. A weak area of low pressure is located over the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico, that’s about 70 miles Southwest of Cedar Key, Florida. That system is producing disorganized showers and thunderstorms. This system has a near, 0% chance of formation over the next 48 hours. Also, a concentrated area of cloudiness and showers has developed over the central Atlantic about 250 miles east-southeast of Bermuda. This system has a low, 10% chance of formation. Though we have seen the formation of several storms, one after the other in recent weeks, forecasters maintain that this is a below average Hurricane season. Still, local emergency officials remind residents to be prepared, this as the country marked the seventh year anniversary of the passing of Hurricane Ike on Sunday September 6th. Tropical Wave Brings Woes For St. Vincent And The Grenadines Related Items:lesser Antilles, tropical storm grace Recommended for youcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Tropical Storm Grace. DDME Remembers Hurricane Ikelast_img read more

Koeman Guardiola is totally wild about De Jong

first_imgNetherlands boss Ronald Koeman revealed Pep Guardiola’s strong interest in Ajax midfielder Frenkie de JongSince debuting for Ajax in 2016, De Jong’s passing and ball-carrying skills have earned plenty of suitors and a call-up to the Netherlands squad.It’s understood that Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City are the frontrunners for De Jong’s services along with Ajax team-mate Matthijs de Ligt.“I spoke to Pep Guardiola about [Frenkie] De Jong and [Matthijs] De Ligt a while ago,” Koeman told AD.“He is totally wild about the type of midfielder that Frenkie is, he wanted to know everything about him.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…Since debuting for Holland in their 2-1 friendly win against Peru on September 6, De Jong has made a further four appearances.On De Jong’s impact for the national side, Koeman added: “Frenkie really added something.“His greatest quality, is that he can postpone a decision on the ball in many situations, and then give a pass where everyone thinks: yes, damn, well-seen, it can be as simple as that. ”De Jong has managed four goals and one assist in 27 appearances across all competitions this season for Ajax.last_img read more

House Clears Defense Bill with Mostly Republican Support

first_imgThe House on Wednesday passed a fiscal 2017 defense authorization bill that despite two days of debate over dozens of amendments was little changed from the version passed in committee.Most significantly, the defense policy bill retains a budget maneuver that would allocate $18 billion in overseas contingency operations account (OCO) funds for base budget items not requested by the administration. The funds are designated for training, new weapons and facilities improvements desired by the service chiefs but left out of the Pentagon’s budget request.That gambit, which would result in funding for overseas operations to run out at the end of April, was one reason only 40 Democrats supported the bill, which passed 277-147. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), the ranking member on the Armed Services Committee, opposed the legislation after criticizing the bill’s approach as “a fiscal path to nowhere,” reported CQ Roll Call.Armed Services Chairman Mac Thornberry (R-Texas) defended the budget move, pointing to the military’s urgent readiness shortfalls.“Just think about what the alternative is: ‘No, we’re not going to help troops now, because we’re not sure where the money is going to come from next year or in five years or in 10 years,’” Thornberry said. “But in the meantime, while we’re not sure about all of that … more people stand in danger of losing their lives.”The authorization bill passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee last week does not adopt the House’s funding plan. That version is scheduled to go to the Senate floor next week.Democrats who voted against the bill took issue with a number of provisions beyond its use of OCO funds to evade the statutory spending caps, including the measure’s restrictions on closing the detention facility at Guantánamo Bay. An amendment by Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to remove the bill’s prohibitions on the closure of the prison was rejected by the chamber.Democrats also objected to a maneuver by the House Rules Committee to drop language from the bill requiring women to register for the Selective Service System, and to a provision critics say would allow federal contractors to gain religious exemptions to an executive order barring discrimination based on sexual orientation or identity. Smith said those points of contention prompted him to vote against the legislation, reported Military Times. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

Rally on Haritha Haram organised

first_imgECIL: The Master Mind School students on Sunday took out a rally to create awareness among the people on the importance of Haritha Haram. They raised slogans stating that trees are gifts to us. AS Rao Nagar division corporator Pavani Reddy was the chief guest. She along with students planted saplings on the school premises. Kamalanagar Colony president Dasarath, Colony Welfare Association member Raghava Reddy, school director E Chandramouli, principal Bhuvaneshwari, staff and students in large numbers took part in the rally.last_img read more

Amit Trivedi in love with DJ Zeniths song Junglee calls it coolest

first_imgDJ Zenith aka Harshit AgarwalPR HandoutAce Bollywood music director Amit Trivedi has fallen in love with Mumbai-based 22-year-old songwriter and DJ Zenith’s song Junglee, which he described as the ‘coolest pop track of the season’.Harshit Agarwal, commonly known as DJ Zenith, is the talk of the music industry. Hailing from Jaipur, he started his musical journey in 2014, since then he has become one of the most prominent artists in the country as well as globally. He has worked with famous artists like Alan Walker, Tiesto, One Republic, David Guetta and multiple others.Zenith recently produced a song called “Junglee” with Charan on vocals, the duo were winners of the Bacardi House Party Sessions for which this Anthem was created. They were mentored by the legendary Bollywood singer Benny Dayal. The music video has created quite a buzz in the industry. DJ Zenith aka Harshit AgarwalPR HandoutJunglee explores the dynamics between a Madari (master) and his monkey. The music video has a twist wherein the roles are reversed between the Madari and the monkey which leads to a change in the perspective. The Madari and the monkey have became overnight sensations. The unconventional storytelling and music vibe makes this video a must watch.2018 was a milestone year for Zenith as he started blending independent Hindi music with his own beats. His song “Kho gaye” was a nationwide success and was trending on all social media platforms. When asked what drives him to create music, Zenith said, “I was always an avid listener of different kinds of music since I was a kid and I’ve grown organically into it.” 2019 is shaping up to be an even bigger year for this young artist as he has his hands full with many projects including some in which he is also the songwriter.last_img read more

Happy Uses Backstory and Exposition for its Most Disturbing Episode Yet

first_img With a story that moves as quickly as Happy!‘s, you wonder how they can possibly keep it going. There’s a little girl who’s been kidnapped, and the mob is after our main character. Both of those elements put a serious time pressure on things. Combine that with frenetic violence and an energetic CGI creature, and you get a show that wouldn’t seem to have the luxury of slowing things down. As fun as that’s been to watch the last two weeks, it hasn’t let us get to know the characters as well as it could have. Last week’s episode established the stakes and set everyone on their paths for the season. This one spent much of its time in flashbacks to better introduce the characters. It’s something the show has needed to do. It’s fun to watch Nick be a grizzled misanthrope, but we care about him more now that we know how he got that way. And how he got that way is seriously messed up.The earliest we see of Nick is him and Meredith as partners. They’re checking up on a rich lawyer who routinely beats his mistress, with whom he’s had a baby. The reason he keeps getting away with it is he works for some powerful people. At this point, Nick is already pretty broken. He still has his ideals, but he’s jaded enough to know the system lets powerful people get away with bad things. Not only is it, as the already-cynical Meredith points out, a reversal of the classic old cop-young partner dynamic, but it’s also not a healthy or sustainable situation for Nick. He doesn’t talk to his partner or his wife, instead of having an affair with the former to relieve stress. He’s started taking pills out of the evidence locker, which explains a lot about the guy we’ve known for the last two episodes. Amanda clearly has her suspicions. When she visits Nick at the station, hoping to tell him that she’s pregnant, she eyes his interactions with Meredith suspiciously before Nick is called back to the abusive lawyer’s place.Christopher Meloni, Lili Mirojnick (Photo via Syfy)That’s when the episode takes the show to its most disturbing place. And that’s saying something. Remember, this is a show that opened with a drug-induced suicidal blood fountain disco party. We’ve seen a number of terrible things happen to people over the course of two episodes. Those were all treated with a sense of humor. This wasn’t. It took something seriously horrific to finally break Nick. And after how the first scene at the lawyer’s apartment played out, we all had our suspicions about what that was going to be. Nick busts into the apartment and finds him motionless, his hands covered in blood. His mistress is dead. He murdered her. Nick demands to know where the baby is and the guy says nothing. That’s when Nick goes to the kitchen and checks the microwave. Thankfully, Happy! didn’t show it, but the mere suggestion is almost more disturbing. Yeah, that’ll mess a person up real quick. What happened next is probably the happiest I’ve been to see one of Nick’s victims suffer. He takes the lawyer outside and pounds his teeth into the pavement. After what came before, I almost wish they’d shown it.That’s what breaks him. That’s why he’s no longer the hero cop he once was. That’s why, when his wife tries to tell him she’s pregnant, he reacts with anger towards the world. That’s why he was never in Hailey’s life. It’s not the raucous, wild fun the show gave us in the first two episodes, but this is exactly what it needed to do. It’s a well-told, emotionally affecting the story that makes us care about Nick and root for him to find Hailey. Things aren’t going too well in the present either. Amanda and Meredith team up to find Hailey, but Meredith is just using Amanda to get to Nick for Blue. This episode didn’t give much focus at all to the mob plot beyond a single line. That’s a good thing. There’s enough going on here that any reference to the mysterious password would only overstuff the hour and drag the whole thing down. Hailey is apparently one in a series of kidnappings. After each one, the parents receive a taunting Christmas card. They visit two parents claiming to be the latest victims to see if anyone drops off a card. While using the bathroom, Amanda investigates a noise and finds their little girl tied up in the attic. The parents are just after attention. Jesus, this show must be terrifying if you have kids.Medina Senghore (Photo via Syfy)Nick’s present day storyline is entertaining, but he really doesn’t get too far until the very end. Happy doesn’t remember much about where Very Bad Santa took Hailey, but he does remember a smell that Nick identifies as meth. Though his investigation doesn’t get him very far, it’s fun to watch Nick play detective, gather clues and piece together who he’s looking for. It’s some well-written procedural-style TV. Though there isn’t as much opportunity for comedy in the episode, the show finds its moments and uses them well. The investigation brings Nick and Happy to a strip club for department store Santas, and there are some laughs in watching Happy’s reactions to the place. We learn that Very Bad Santa is the son of an old department store Santa who was secretly a pedophile. Well, not so secretly. The elves knew. They killed him and made it look like a suicide. I’m never going to look at those green-clad seasonal employees the same way again.Joseph D. Reitman (Photo via Syfy)In the end, it’s Very Bad Santa that finds Nick, after drugging Hailey to figure out who exactly he’s looking for. Yeah, this episode isn’t as funny as the last two were. It is nice to see that it does drama and horror just as well as it does comedy, though. The scenes between Very Bad Santa and Hailey are scary, though we still don’t know why he’s kidnapping kids. Maybe it’s for the best that we’re not shown what exactly he does to them, but we’re going to need some kind of reason for his actions eventually. If only because whatever he’s doing is surely worse in our minds than it would be on screen. The episode did establish that he’s a formidable villain. The season doesn’t end when Nick finds the guy. Very Bad Santa is strong enough to take Nick’s punches and lay him out. That’s a big deal. We’ve seen Nick walk away from multiple car accidents and kill an entire poker game full of gangsters. Anyone who can best him in a fight is clearly a scary human being. And he can see Happy. Well, that’s interesting. Unfortunately, that’s where the episode ends. We’ll have to wait until next week to find out. I wonder if the Christmas setting will still be as cool after Christmas is over. Stay on target Goats Can Comprehend Human Expressions, Prefer Happy People’Happy Suit’ Could Help Astronauts Beat Space Blues center_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more