10 months agoREVEALED: Man Utd have edge on Chelsea in Eder Militao battle

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say REVEALED: Man Utd have edge on Chelsea in Eder Militao battleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United enjoy an edge on Chelsea in any shootout for Porto defender Eder Militao.UOL Esporte says Militao’s release clause stands at €50m (£45m) and the player’s agent Kia Joorabchian will try to ensure United meet that valuation next month.The 20-year-old was watched by United scouts recently as Porto ran out 4-1 winners over Portimonense.But Militao is also being chased by Everton and Chelsea.However, the Blues would have to overcome differences with Joorabchian and Militao’s other representatives Giuliano Bertolucci and Jorge Ulisses to secure a deal.United boss Jose Mourinho also boasts close links with Porto after their previous success together. last_img read more

Ford issues recalls for big vans and F150 trucks van wiring issue

first_imgDETROIT – Ford has recalled more than 100,000 full-sized vans and F-150 trucks in North America, including 8,365 vans in Canada to fix a wiring problem that was potentially related to two fires.The company said it is not aware of any accidents or injuries associated with this issue.The recall announced Wednesday covers 73,443 Ford Transit vans from 2015 through 2017 that have a trailer tow computer module.Here’s what you need to know about the recall:— Ford says water can enter the module and cause corrosion. That could cause an electrical short and an increased fire risk.— Corrosion also can cause unexpected seat belt pretensioner activation, rapid flashing of turn signals, loss of heating and air conditioning controls and other problems.— Fires could happen when the ignition is off so Ford is recommending they be parked outdoors until repairs are made.— Owners can have dealers disable the module as a temporary fix. Dealers will add a drain hole to the driver’s door step well and install a fuse in a wiring harness when parts become available at an unspecified later date.The U.S.-based carmaker also issued three other safety recalls involving F-150 vehicles.One involves about 15,000 trucks, including 2,203 in Canada with 3.3-litre engines, six-speed transmissions and column-mounted shift levers. Inaccurate gear selection could result in unintended vehicle movement.Rapid shifts from park to drive may cause a loss of the gear indication in the instrument panel and result in a momentary engagement of reverse or neutral operation before the vehicle achieves forward drive function. There are no reported accidents or injuries associated with this issues.The affected vehicles were built between Jan. 12 and Oct. 9 at the Dearborn and Kansas City assembly plants.A third recall involves 15,000 2017 Ford F-150 vehicles with 10-speed automatic transmission. The affected vehicles are unable to shift the transmission using the shift lever.The pin attaching the transmission shift linkage to the transmission may come out, leaving the transmission stuck in that gear. The key could be removed even if the vehicle is not in park, making it impossible to restart the vehicle and increasing the risk of accident or injury.The affected vehicles include 3,160 vehicles sold in Canada that were built between August 2016 and August 2017.The fourth recall involves nearly 30 2018 Ford F-150 vehicles with 3.5-litre engines for possible loss of motive power and engine failure.In affected vehicles, certain cylinder heads are missing machined holes intended to supply lubrication to the camshaft-bearing journals. The lack of proper lubrication increases the risk of a crash, although there are no reported accidents or injuries.The vehicles, including seven sold in Canada, were built Sept. 3-17.— With files from The Canadian Press.last_img read more

Equifax calls executive stock sales days after breach legal

first_imgATLANTA – Equifax, the credit report company hacked over the summer exposing the personal information of 145 million Americans, said a special committee has determined that none of the four executives who sold shares at the time did anything wrong.The high-level executives sold shares worth a combined $1.8 million in the days immediately after the company discovered the breach.When Equifax went public with the breach in early September, company shares cratered, erasing about $2.35 billion of its market value.The company revealed that an ongoing cyberattack lasted from mid-May to July. Equifax Inc. said it detected the hack on July 29.On Aug. 1 and Aug. 2, Equifax Chief Financial Officer John Gamble and three other executives sold a combined $1.8 million in stock.The company said Friday that a special committee comprised of independent directors, and advised by an independent counsel, found that none of the executives had knowledge of the breach when their trades were made.The committee’s review included dozens of interviews and the scouring of more than 55,000 documents including emails, text messages, phone logs and other records.The report Friday is unlikely to relieve pressure on the beleaguered company, which badly bungled the response to the hack.Investigators will want to know how a breach of this size and scope could have occurred, without the knowledge of some of the company’s highest executives.Faith in the leadership and the security of private information eroded in the weeks after the attack.Anxious consumers experienced jammed phone lines and clueless company representatives. An Equifax website set up to help people determine their exposure was described as sketchy by security experts. The site provided inconsistent and unhelpful information to many. The company blamed the problems of an online customer help page on a vendor’s software code after it appeared that it had been hacked as well.High-level executives, including CEO Richard Smith, have already stepped down.The internal report did not appear to ease the apprehension of those who hold company stock. Shares were essentially flat on Friday.That’s because it is the Securities and Exchange Commission, the federal agency that enforces securities laws, which will have the final say.SEC Chairman Jay Clayton has refused to comment when asked by lawmakers if executives at Equifax engaged in insider trading when they sold their shares. He has not confirmed or denied that the SEC is investigating.Smith, the former Equifax CEO, appeared before Congress to answer questions from lawmakers, but they were far from satisfied with the answers they received.The Atlanta company is under multiple state and federal investigations and has been sued by numerous customers in litigation likely to evolve into class-action lawsuits.What makes the data breach so dangerous is the information that Equifax holds. Social security numbers, identification, addresses and personal information held by Equifax and the two other, major credit agencies is used to determine a person’s creditworthiness.last_img read more

ExSC judge Justice PC Ghose appointed first Lokpal

first_imgMPost BureauNew Delhi: Former Supreme Court judge Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose was Tuesday appointed as the country’s first Lokpal, the anti-corruption ombudsman, according to an official order.Former Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB) chief Archana Ramasundaram, ex-Maharashtra Chief Secretary Dinesh Kumar Jain, Mahender Singh and Indrajeet Prasad Gautam have been appointed as non-judicial members of Lokpal. Justices Dilip B Bhosale, Pradip Kumar Mohanty, Abhilasha Kumari and Ajay Kumar Tripathi have been appointed as judicial members in the anti-corruption ombudsman. These appointments were recommended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led selection committee and approved by President Ram Nath Kovind. Opposition parties have been accusing the Modi government of delaying the appointment of Lokpal.last_img read more

People think female story is not high art Larson

first_imgLos Angeles: Captain Marvel star Brie Larson has said it is amusing to her that some people are not able to comprehend that her film has crossed over USD 1 billion mark at the global box office. The film, which feature Larson as Carol Danvers aka Captain Marvel, is Marvel Cinematic Universe’s first tentpole to be fronted by a woman. During an interview at the Women in the World conference in New York City, the 29-year-old actor said she initially felt the pressure to deliver when she started shooting for the project but believes the notion that women-fronted films cannot get good openings at the ticket window is “bogus”. “We put unnecessary pressure on ourselves. I understand film history. I know that the film industry started with a majority of women. It started with women filmmakers. “This weird idea that women maybe can’t open movies or are not important to storytelling or the female story is not high art, it’s bogus. I don’t want to for a second buy into it,” Larson said. The actor said she is “grateful” to have broken the “glass ceiling of normalising the concept that women can also make a billion dollars.” Larson is set to reprise her character in Marvel’s upcoming Avengers: Endgame, which is set to bow out on April 26.last_img read more

Could have inflicted heavy damage if we had tech asymmetry says IAF

first_imgNew Delhi: If the Indian Air Force possessed high levels of “technological asymmetry”, then it would have been able to inflict heavy damage on Pakistan during its unsuccessful aerial raid on February 27, according to an IAF report.The report analysed various aspects of IAF’s air strike on a Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist training camp in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26 and the subsequent Pakistani retaliation the next day. India carried out the air strike to avenge the Pulwama attack in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In the report, the IAF said Pakistan Air Force has been consistently enhancing its air defence and offensive capabilities since the Kargil war in 1999 and there was a need for India to bolster its “technological asymmetry” for aerial combat, official sources said sharing details from the report. At present, Pakistan has some edge with its fleet of F-16 jets with AMRAAM missile fitted with them, said an official. The sources said the planned induction of Rafale aircraft with deadly Meteor beyond-visual-range air-to-air missile (BVRAAM) and S-400 air defence missile system will provide India a significant advantage over Pakistani Air Force. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”We felt we could not punish the adversaries appropriately. So we need to bolster technological asymmetry so that the enemy does not even dare to come close to the border,” said a source. On the Balakot strikes, the report said the Israeli Spice 2000 precision guided munitions (PGM) fired from Mirage 2000 jets hit five out of the six designated targets in the JeM training facility. However, one Spice PGM did not leave the aircraft because of a drift in the inertial navigation system. The report said the deception used was successful as Pakistan was caught off guard despite their air force being put on highest alert. Various packages of jets flew in several directions including a fleet of Jaguars went towards Bahawalpur, a key air base of Pakistan Air Force, sources said. In the list of possitives from the strike, the IAF talked about accuracy of intelligence inputs, precise selection of targets, demonstration of its ability to carry out precision strikes and its success in maintaining secrecy of the operation though over 6,000 personnel were involved in it. In its analysis of possible areas for improvement, the IAF sought superior technological asymmetry and air defence system over Pakistan, sources said. It also talked about the need for procuring new weapons and other platforms for enhancing the IAF’s overall combat capabilities. Induction of Rafale jets along with Meteor beyond-visual-range missile and S-400 air defence missile system will provide India an edge over Pakistan, according to the report. India is procuring a batch of S-400 air defence system from Russia at a cost of USD 5 billion. India is also buying 36 Rafale fighter jets from France at a cost of Rs 58,000 crore. During the aerial combat of February 27, IAF pilot Abhinandan Varthaman had engaged with one of the Pakistani F-16s and shot it down before his Mig-21 Bison was downed. Varthaman was captured by Pakistan and was released after spending nearly 60 hours in Pakistani custody. The Indian Air Force had on February 28 displayed pieces of an AMRAAM missile, fired by a Pakistani F-16, as evidence to prove that Pakistan deployed the US-manufactured fighter jets during the raid.last_img read more

Buckeyes win big in battle of Ohio

There was no Hurricane hangover for Ohio State. One week after dismantling Miami (Fla.), the No. 2 Buckeyes (3-0) poured it on in-state rival Ohio (1-2), holding the Bobcats to 158 total yards in a 43-7 victory Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Two years ago, Ohio gave OSU a major scare, taking a narrow lead into the fourth quarter before the Buckeyes pulled away for a 26-14 win. Saturday’s game bore little resemblance. OSU scored on its first six possessions, racking up a 34-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Quarterback Terrelle Pryor set a school record by completing 16 consecutive passes, breaking Jim Karsatos’ mark of 12 that stood for 25 years. Pryor finished 22-for-29 for 235 yards, throwing for two touchdowns and rushing for another. He and the first-team offense sat out the fourth quarter. “When you feel more comfortable, things start to slow down for you and you can make those passes,” receiver Dane Sanzenbacher said. “Being able to throw those passes so comfortably, it led to all those completions.” On the second play from scrimmage, safety Tyler Moeller intercepted a pass by Ohio quarterback Phil Bates. OSU converted the turnover into a field goal. The day never got easier for the Bobcat offense. Ohio punted on its next three possessions and before the first quarter was over, OSU led 24-0. “Defensively, we shut them down in the first half for sure,” coach Jim Tressel said. Pryor threw a strike to running back Brandon Saine across the middle for a 9-yard score to give the Buckeyes a 10-0 edge. Minutes later, Pryor scampered 13 yards to the end zone to add to the lead. “Pryor got out of the pocket a lot and we can’t let that happen,” Ohio linebacker Noah Keller said. “He’s a hard guy to tackle. He has a deadly arm and a killer stiff arm.” When the Bobcats weren’t punting, they were committing turnovers. The Buckeyes forced three fumbles, two interceptions and once stopped Ohio on downs. OSU picked off four passes by Miami quarterback Jacory Harris last week. “We had a lot of problems,” said Bates, who finished 4-for-9 for 13 yards and two interceptions. “We didn’t execute plays, hit people when they were open or get key blocks. We have a lot of work to do.” The Buckeyes out-gained Ohio in the first half, 290-47. The Bobcats didn’t move the chains for a first down until midway through the second quarter. They promptly fumbled the ball away on the next play. The Buckeyes stretched the lead to 34-0 following a touchdown pass from Pryor to tight end Jake Stoneburner and a 2-yard touchdown run by Dan “Boom” Herron. Despite the lopsided score, Tressel kept the first-team offense on the field through the end of the third quarter. The unit looked out-of-sync with the sizeable lead, as Pryor threw his second interception of the game into double coverage. “Interceptions ruin a quarterback’s day in their own mind,” Tressel said. “Sometimes you forget about the 22 completions and all you do is think about the two that didn’t work well.” Herron capped off the first-team offense’s final drive with his second touchdown to provide the Buckeyes a 43-0 advantage. Ohio finally got on the board with a touchdown with 6:11 remaining in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Boo Jackson to receiver Terrence McCrae. While OSU flourished on offense and defense, the persistent problems on special teams plagued the Buckeyes yet again. Ohio cornerback Julian Posey, who covered his younger brother, OSU receiver DeVier Posey, most of the game, had a first-quarter kick return touchdown brought back because of a penalty. The Bobcats also blocked an OSU punt in the third quarter. “We just flat out missed a guy,” Tressel said. “You can’t do that, not if you want to win.” Still, the Buckeyes were able to put away Ohio early and avoid a repeat of the 2008 matchup. “We were thinking about the OU game two years ago,” said defensive lineman Cameron Heyward, who recovered a fumble and made a tackle in the end zone for a safety. “We didn’t want to let down our fans. I think everybody took the challenge.” OSU plays Eastern Michigan, winless since Nov. 28, 2008, next Saturday at 3:30 p.m., at the Horseshoe. read more

We played well with 10 men – Rodgers

first_imgCeltic Football Club manager Brendan Rodgers insists his team played better after they were reduced to ten men but also admitted they didn’t do enough to win the game.The Scottish Premiership champions were held to a 0-0 draw at St. Mirren on Friday night but Rodgers believes his side were the better team after losing numerical advantage after Olivier Ntcham was shown a second yellow card in the 38th minute.Speaking after the game, Rodgers admitted he was disappointed not to pick up all three points but praised the effort of his players.“We were playing against a spirited team that have made a change in manager and were always going to make it difficult for us,” he told the club’s official website.Leicester City, Manchester UnitedMatch Preview: Manchester United vs Leicester City Boro Tanchev – September 13, 2019 Old Trafford is the venue for the Premier League encounter between Manchester United and Leicester City, which kicks off at 16:00 (CET) on Saturday.“I don’t think we started the game well. We were a bit passive in our defending, but once we organised that after 15 or 20 minutes, we were better.”“Just before the sending off we started to find the gaps and we looked a little bit more of a threat and then Olivier got sent off. It didn’t change too much of the game. If anything, we dominated even more. The story was that we just couldn’t quite make the final pass or the final action in front of goal.”“The players gave absolutely everything on the back of an international break. You want to win but it’s another clean sheet and we’ll just take a point and move on.”last_img read more

Agent MilinkovicSavic is a happy man at Lazio

first_imgSergej Milinkovic-Savic’s agent claims the player is enjoying life at Lazio suggesting he won’t be leaving the club in the January transfer window.Milinkovic-Savic has been a subject of transfer speculation with both Milan clubs keen on his services despite renewing his Lazio contract.“Sergej is really, really happy at Lazio,” the former Chelsea striker told Football Italia via lalaziosiamonoi.it.“He showed how much he loves the club and fans by choosing to stay, despite having many offers.“All young players have ups and downs. He had a tough start to the season, but game by game he’s improved, getting back to his usual levels in the last month.SS Lazio v AS Roma - TIM CupMatch Preview: SS Lazio vs AS Roma Boro Tanchev – August 31, 2019 Lazio will host Roma to the Olimpico Stadium in the first Derby della Capitale of the 2019-20 Serie A campaign.“People often forget that he’s not a striker. His job isn’t to score. He does a lot for the team during a game.“He won’t leave Lazio this month, that’s 100 percent certain. It’s not right to talk about him possibly moving away every time.“He has a long contract with the Biancocelesti, he’s happy with them and above all, he’s not for sale this month.“We must respect Lotito as the President. Lazio are also a great club, with all due respect for other sides.”last_img read more

Fletcher believes Pogba can be Uniteds matchwinner under Solksjaer

first_imgDarren Fletcher believes Paul Pogba can rediscover his best form at Manchester United following the departure of Jose Mourinho.The Stoke City midfielder believes Pogba remains “a match-winner” and has backed the midfielder to flourish if given a free role under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.The former Juventus star has struggled to justify the £89 million price tag since the Red Devils paid for him in the summer of 2016. Part of the problem Pogba had was finding his role in Jose Mourinho’s system. Fletcher hopes that things would change for the 25-year-old now that Solskjaer has been appointed an interim manager for Manchester United.“When I was out ill I worked for six months with the reserves with Warren Joyce, and that’s what we did. We gave him a free role. We said to him, go and play, get on the ball and make things happen.” Fletcher told talkSPORT.“Obviously he worked hard as well, that was asked of him.”harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“But we didn’t play him as a central midfielder, somebody who was controlling the game, we played him higher up the pitch as a number ten, he could go left, he could go right.”“We let him be a free spirit and he was a match-winner.”“He could win games, he could create chances and he loved getting on the ball and trying things, but at least he was doing in the attacking third.”“So hopefully we see that Paul Pogba now, but he has got the ability of being a box-to-box midfielder, he’s matured now and I’ve seen him do it for France, so there’s no reason why he can’t do it for Man United.”last_img read more

Russian River Upper Kenai River Sockeye Salmon Bag Limits Doubled

first_imgThe section of the mainstem Upper Kenai River includes the area that extends from Skilak Lake upstream to ADF&G regulatory markers located approximately 300 yards upstream of the public boat launch at Sportsman’s Landing (this includes the Russian River Sanctuary Area) and the Russian River from its mouth upstream to an ADF&G marker located approximately 600 yards downstream from the Russian River Falls. This change is effective 12:01 a.m. Friday, June 14 through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, July 14. Area Management Biologist Colton Lipka: “It is exciting to see the number of sockeye salmon that have passed through the Russian River weir and been observed inriver. Increasing the limit to six per day will allow anglers to hit the river and harvest some fresh sockeye.” Anglers are reminded that they may possess only the limit allowed for the waters they are actively fishing. If a Russian River angler has more than six sockeye salmon in possession, then that angler may not fish in waters with a possession limit of six. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) have increased the limits of sockeye salmon from three per day to six per day, twelve in possession for the Russian River and a section of the mainstem Upper Kenai River. ADF&G estimates that the escapement will exceed the early-run Russian River sockeye salmon biological escapement goal of 22,000 – 42,000 sockeye salmon.center_img As of June 10, 2019, over 8,470 sockeye salmon have passed the Russian River weir, located upstream of the falls. ADF&G staff conducted a stream survey on June 10 and estimated over 5,000 fish are in the Russian River and Russian River Sanctuary Area. Lipka: “These numbers are some of the largest that we’ve had for looking at our daily escapements. We are pretty excited over here to see these numbers.”last_img read more

Town Of Wilmington Announces Details Of Early Voting For November 6 Election

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Can’t wait until Election Day to cast your vote? Now you won’t have to!The Town of Wilmington is offering WEEKDAY early voting on the following days, from 8:30am to 4:30pm, unless noted otherwise, in the Town Hall’s Auditorium:Monday, October 22 (until 7pm)Tuesday, October 23Wednesday, October 24Thursday, October 25Friday, October 26Monday, October 29 (until 7pm)Tuesday, October 30Wednesday, October 31Thursday, November 1Friday, November 2The Town of Wilmington is also offering WEEKEND early voting on Saturday, October 27, from 8:30am to 12:30pm, in the Town Hall’s Auditorium.Please call the Town Clerk’s Office at 978-658-2030 with any questions.The Wilmington Town Hall is located at 121 Glen Road.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedTown’s Early Voting Schedule Announced For 2018 Election; 5,800 Wilmington Voters Voted Early In 2016In “Government”SELECTMEN NEWS: Early Voting Comes To Wilmington For Presidential ElectionIn “Government”What’s Happening At Town Meetings This Week? (Week of September 8, 2019)In “Government”last_img read more

RCB Girl Deepika Ghose talks about harassment and abuse on web should

first_imgScreengrabs of the girl started circulating on the internetTwitterFor most people, becoming well-known is a pleasant experience, but that hasn’t been the case with Deepika Ghose – dubbed the RCB Girl after she caught the eye of the cameraman during Royal Challenger Bangalore’s last league game – against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Bengaluru.The young lady had caught the fancy of fans after being seen on television and was searched for on social media. Eventually, her Instagram account was traced and her following on this platform grew exponentially.Negative consequences This sudden burst of popularity and recognition also led to unwanted attention and commentary which has left Ghose feeling despondent and maligned. In an Instagram post that she uploaded recently, the girl gave vent to her troubled emotions.”My name is Deepika Ghose & that is probably the only thing that is being said about me which is 100% TRUE,” the resident of Bengaluru said while beginning the story of her ordeal. “It all started on the Saturday of the RCBxSRH IPL match. When we went for the match on May 4th, I did not expect it to be different. I did not want any recognition or realise the number of times that I was on camera. I did nothing to warrant the kind of attention that ensued after the TV images appeared & I certainly did not seek it,” she continued.Ghose, about whom there exists great curiosity, described herself and her achievements and asserted that her professional accomplishments are more valuable than the celebrityhood she has attained of late. “I have much to be proud of – I am a kind, artistic & hardworking woman. I am well educated, well-travelled and well loved by my friends and family. I have many talents and have excelled at my work as a stylist and as a dancer/teacher/entrepreneur. I do NOT consider being seen on TV at an IPL match an achievement,” the young lady wrote in her Instagram post. Deepika’s name became so prominent that she even overtook Deepika Padukone in Google searchBut then came the disturbing part. She talked about the negative aspects of her attainment of recognition and how it has severely afflicted her. “While I am grateful for the love, I am disturbed by the unnecessary negativity. It has been an extreme case of abuse, trauma and mental torture. I am confused as to how people found my name/profile. My identity, privacy & life have been hacked in an instant. A lot of the overnight followers are men who have used this platform to be crude, vulgar, vicious & entirely disrespectful.”But it isn’t just the men who have harassed her. She narrated her tormenting by women thus: “Even more shocking is the hate I have received from women. How quick & cruel you have been to say mean things to & about me without even knowing me. I AM ONE OF YOU! The world desperately needs more women supporting & uplifting each other. I am appalled by how I have been judged & condemned instead of being given a compassionate hearing. Stop & think about how it is as a girl to have been subjected to this unwanted attention.”Responsibility of broadcastersIt leaves one stunned to read all this as it means that this youngster had to undergo all these ordeals without having done anything wrong. In fact, she didn’t even promote herself. It were the cameramen at the stadium who kept panning the camera to her.This also shows how dangerous the present-day cyber world has become. While it may be a means to bring people closer, it could also be used for such harassment. Furthermore, it’s about time the tendency of cameramen and producers of cricket matches to focus on pretty faces at the ground gets scrutinised. Isn’t it blatant ogling in the name of cricket coverage? Cricket broadcasters have tried to make their coverage more gender-sensitive by bringing in female commentators but the inclination to pander to male gaze remains intact. Time for the channels and production companies to also do some soul-searching.last_img read more

Meghan Markle and Donald Trump butting heads Duchess of Sussex protests Presidents

first_imgMeghan MarkleGetty ImagesDonald Trump’s visit to the UK seems to have gone off without much incident. Which is saying something. But the outspoken and controversial US President does not have many fans in the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex especially aren’t fans of Donal Trump.Reportedly Meghan Markle and Prince Harry are deliberately “snubbing” President Donald Trump, a royal expert has claimed as he tours London without any sign of the Royal couple.The revelation was made by Sky News Royal correspondent Rhiannon Mills, who explained that the younger royals are no fans of Mr. Trump and are happy to let that be known. Commenting on footage of the US President’s first visit to Buckingham Palace, Ms. Mills mused: “One of the most interesting parts of this state visit is to see which members of the Royal Family have stepped up publicly to be there alongside the Queen in support.” The observation seems to imply the absence of the younger next generation of Royals who have not been shy in expressing their apparent disdain for Donald Trump.  The Trump Administration has taken sort of a “zero tolerance policy” on the issue of safe havens to terrorists.ReutersMs. Mills then suggested it was “a little bit of a snub” as the younger royals were not accompanying the Trumps to any events, which has been the case for the Chinese President with William and Kate.Reportedly Meghan Markle is still on maternity leave after the birth of her first child, so is not expected to meet Mr. Trump. Anyone can see through the flimsy excuse that Meghan Markle is using to avoid meeting Donald Trump. And it is a bit surprising that Meghan would use any excuse at all, since she was quite outspoken about her dislike for the US President during the Presidential campaign where Meghan supported Hilary Clinton. Maybe this is a form of protest from the Royal.It would seem that the Royal Family is trying to maintain some diplomacy while dealing with the arguably volatile President of the United States. You can check out the video here:last_img read more

Judgemental Hai Kya day 2 Sunday box office collection KanganaRajkummars movie ends

first_imgJudgemental Hai Kya box office collection.YouTube ScreenshotKangana Ranaut and Rajkummar Rao starrer Judgemental Hai Kya has ended its first weekend with decent box office collection. The movie witnessed further growth in its earning on its day 3 (Sunday).Judgemental Hai Kya has had a decent collection of Rs 5.40 crore on its opening day. Despite having good hype around it, the film failed to appeal to the mass audience, but managed to start off on a good note. Due to its unconventional subject matter, the movie had received below expected response from the audience on first day, but picked up well over the weekend.With positive reviews from most of the critics, the psychological comedy thriller had witnessed a big growth in its business on Saturday, making a collection of Rs 8.02 crore at the domestic market.With positive word of mouth, Judgemental Hai Kya enjoyed even better occupancy on its day 3. Having been released on around 2,000 screens across India, the Kangana-Rajkummar starrer collected Rs 8.62 crore on Sunday, ending its first weekend with a total collection of close to 22.04 crore, according to the producers of the film. Judgemental Hai Kya stillYouTube ScreenshotConsidering the fact that Judgemental Hai Kya is an unconventional film, it is a decent first weekend total. It will be interesting to see how the film performs over the weekdays. With only Arjun Patiala having been released last Friday, Judgemental Hai Kya is likely to hold better grip at the box office over the weekdays.last_img read more

Hats off

first_imgShangri-La’s Eros Hotel is celebrated the ninth  International Chef’s Day on 20 October 2013 to honour our culinary masters and to recognise the pivotal role chefs play in society.It is also a day for helping young chefs. Most importantly, though it is a day to recognise the very important role that chefs play in our societies because, they have a great responsibility of not feeding people, but also giving nourishment and education. Chefs are responsible for leading the way in using ingredients sensibly and responsibly. The day was planned to salute their culinary spirit and their art of crafting magic for the taste buds. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Under the helm of Executive Chef Darren Conole, the cooking masters geared up to make the day special for guests and society. Not just a brunch and lunch, the day held a cake mixing ceremony in the lobby of Shangri-La’s that brought to life the rich tradition, heralding and unveiling the  spirit of the festive season in all its grandeur. Guests rolled up their sleeves and put their hands in the mixing pots to make the perfect Christmas cake. The mixture was placed in airtight bags and left to mature until around Christmas, when it will be blended with the cake batter and baked.After the traditional ceremony, the chefs took a walk to India Gate driving a noble cause of ‘Clean Delhi for a Green Future’ to pick up the trash that mars the beauty of the iconic Delhi landmark.Food, tradition and a keen foresight for the future. What better way to celebrate the power of chefs than this! Head over to Shangri-La to experience a piece of this magic.last_img read more

IT officials seize cash gold worth over Rs 4cr

first_imgKolkata: After conducting reconnaissance in disguise for several days, Income Tax officials seized Rs 1.5 crore of unaccounted cash and 8 kg of gold worth Rs 2.63 crore from hawala operators in Bengal, an official said on Thursday. “Based on credible inputs regarding suspicious activities of unaccounted cash and gold trading activities being carried out at Burra Bazar area and nearby places, our officials seized more than Rs 1.5 crore in cash and 8 kg of gold biscuits worth Rs 2.63 crore in two days from hawala operators and unaccounted gold traders,” an IT official said. During the search and seizure operation, several incriminating physical and electronic evidences were seized, the official said. IT officials have so far seized over Rs 28.77 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion from the state after the announcement of the Lok Sabha elections, the official said.last_img read more

Visualizing data in R and Python using Anaconda Tutorial

first_imgIt is said that a picture is worth a thousand words. Through various pictures and graphical presentations, we can express many abstract concepts, theories, data patterns, or certain ideas much clearer. Data can be messy at times, and simply showing the data points would confuse audiences further. If we could have a simple graph to show its main characteristics, properties, or patterns, it would help greatly. In this tutorial, we explain why we should care about data visualization and then we will discuss techniques used for data visualization in R and Python. This article is an excerpt from a book ‘Hands-On Data Science with Anaconda’ written by Dr. Yuxing Yan, James Yan. Data visualization in R Firstly, let’s see the simplest graph for R. With the following one-line R code, we draw a cosine function from -2π to 2π: > plot(cos,-2*pi,2*pi) The related graph is shown here: Histograms could also help us understand the distribution of data points. The previous graph is a simple example of this. First, we generate a set of random numbers drawn from a standard normal distribution. For the purposes of illustration, the first line of set.seed() is actually redundant. Its existence would guarantee that all users would get the same set of random numbers if the same seed was used ( 333 in this case). In other words, with the same set of input values, our histogram would look the same. In the next line, the rnorm(n) function draws n random numbers from a standard normal distribution. The last line then has the hist() function to generate a histogram: > set.seed(333) > data hist(data) The associated histogram is shown here: Note that the code of rnorm(5000) is the same as rnorm(5000,mean=0,sd=1), which implies that the default value of the mean is 0 and the default value for sd is 1. The next R program would shade the left-tail for a standard normal distribution: xThe related graph is shown here:Note that according to the last line in the preceding graph, the shaded area is red.In terms of exploring the properties of various datasets, the R package called rattle is quite useful. If the rattle package is not preinstalled, we could run the following code to install it:> install.packages(“rattle”) Then, we run the following code to launch it; > library(rattle) > rattle() After hitting the Enter key, we can see the following: As our first step, we need to import certain datasets. For the sources of data, we choose from seven potential formats, such as File, ARFF, ODBC, R Dataset, and RData File, and we can load our data from there. The simplest way is using the Library option, which would list all the embedded datasets in the rattle package. After clicking Library, we can see a list of embedded datasets. Assume that we choose acme:boot:Monthly Excess Returns after clicking Execute in the top left. We would then see the following: Now, we can study the properties of the dataset. After clicking Explore, we can use various graphs to view our dataset. Assume that we choose Distribution and select the Benford check box. We can then refer to the following screenshot for more details: After clicking Execute, the following would pop up. The top red line shows the frequencies for the Benford Law for each digits of 1 to 9, while the blue line at the bottom shows the properties of our data set. Note that if you don’t have the reshape package already installed in your system, then this either won’t run or will ask for permission to install the package to your computer: The dramatic difference between those two lines indicates that our data does not follow a distribution suggested by the Benford Law. In our real world, we know that many people, events, and economic activities are interconnected, and it would be a great idea to use various graphs to show such a multi-node, interconnected picture. If the qgraph package is not preinstalled, users have to run the following to install it: > install.packages(“qgraph”) The next program shows the connection from a to b, a to c, and the like: library(qgraph) stocksIf the data is shown, the meaning of the program will be much clearer. The correlation shows how strongly those stocks are connected. Note that all those values are randomly chosen with no real-world meanings:> data from to width [1,] “IBM” “IBM” ” 0″ [2,] “IBM” “MSFT” “10” [3,] “IBM” “WMT” ” 3″ [4,] “MSFT” “IBM” “10” [5,] “MSFT” “MSFT” ” 0″ [6,] “MSFT” “WMT” ” 3″ [7,] “WMT” “IBM” ” 3″ [8,] “WMT” “MSFT” ” 3″ [9,] “WMT” “WMT” ” 0″ A high value for the third variable suggests a stronger correlation. For example, IBM is more strongly correlated with MSFT, with a value of 10, than its correlation with WMT, with a value of 3. The following graph shows how strongly those three stocks are correlated: The following program shows the relationship or interconnection between five factors: library(qgraph) data(big5) data(big5groups) title(“Correlations among 5 factors”,line = 2.5) qgraph(cor(big5),minimum = 0.25,cut = 0.4,vsize = 1.5, groups = big5groups,legend = TRUE, borders = FALSE,theme = ‘gray’) The related graph is shown here: Data visualization in Python The most widely used Python package for graphs and images is called matplotlib. The following program can be viewed as the simplest Python program to generate a graph since it has just three lines: import matplotlib.pyplot as plt plt.plot([2,3,8,12]) plt.show() The first command line would upload a Python package called matplotlib.pyplot and rename it to plt. Note that we could even use other short names, but it is conventional to use plt for the matplotlib package. The second line plots four points, while the last one concludes the whole process. The completed graph is shown here: For the next example, we add labels for both x and y, and a title. The function is the cosine function with an input value varying from -2π to 2π: import scipy as sp import matplotlib.pyplot as plt x=sp.linspace(-2*sp.pi,2*sp.pi,200,endpoint=True) y=sp.cos(x) plt.plot(x,y) plt.xlabel(“x-value”) plt.ylabel(“Cosine function”) plt.title(“Cosine curve from -2pi to 2pi”) plt.show() The nice-looking cosine graph is shown here: If we received $100 today, it would be more valuable than what would be received in two years. This concept is called the time value of money, since we could deposit $100 today in a bank to earn interest. The following Python program uses size to illustrate this concept: import matplotlib.pyplot as plt fig = plt.figure(facecolor=’white’) dd = plt.axes(frameon=False) dd.set_frame_on(False) dd.get_xaxis().tick_bottom() dd.axes.get_yaxis().set_visible(False) x=range(0,11,2) x1=range(len(x),0,-1) y = [0]*len(x); plt.annotate(“$100 received today”,xy=(0,0),xytext=(2,0.15),arrowprops=dict(facecolor=’black’,shrink=2)) plt.annotate(“$100 received in 2 years”,xy=(2,0),xytext=(3.5,0.10),arrowprops=dict(facecolor=’black’,shrink=2)) s = [50*2.5**n for n in x1]; plt.title(“Time value of money “) plt.xlabel(“Time (number of years)”) plt.scatter(x,y,s=s); plt.show() The associated graph is shown here. Again, the different sizes show their present values in relative terms: To summarize, we discussed ways data visualization works in Python and R.  Visual presentations can help our audience understand data better. If you found this post useful, check out the book ‘Hands-On Data Science with Anaconda’ to learn about different types of visual representation written in languages such as R, Python, Julia, etc. Read Next A tale of two tools: Tableau and Power BI Anaconda Enterprise version 5.1.1 released! 10 reasons why data scientists love Jupyter notebookslast_img read more

The latest hotel and attraction news from Oahu

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Monday, September 24, 2018 The latest hotel and attraction news from Oahu Tags: Hawaii, Oahu Travelweek Group center_img Posted by OAHU — What’s new on the island of Oahu? Plenty.Here’s a roundup of the latest offerings:Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa launched a new ‘Waikiki by Moonlight’ event series this year to honour inductees of the Hawaiian Music Hall and Walk of Fame. The event takes place on the Saturday closest to the full moon each month and is free and open to the public. Go to Hyatt.com.Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort is offering the exclusive ‘Voyager 47 Club Lounge’ on the lobby level above Duke’s Waikiki. The lounge provides a beautiful view overlooking Diamond Head for guests staying in club-level rooms and suites. Go to OutriggerWaikikiBeach.com.The Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort’s pool has been refreshed with new cabanas, and updated food and beverage offering, sale of reef-friendly sunscreen, and additional education about Outrigger’s coral conservation and sustainability initiative, OZONE. Go to OutriggerReef.com.Following a US$35 million renovation, Queen Kapiolani Hotel will reopen in October 2018 featuring original artwork by Nick Kuchar, Katie Borden and Mike Field. It will also boast artwork and prints from the 1960s sourced from Bishop Museum, as well as original artwork featuring Hawaiian alii (royalty). The hotel is the only property in Waikiki that offers unobstructed views of the rugged slope of Diamond Head, the lush Kapiloani Park and the white sands of Waikiki Beach. The heart of the 315-room boutique hotel will be the third floor pool deck, which will be home to international culinary star Plan Do See’s first Hawaii concept, DECK. Go to QueenKapiolani.com.The Shoreline Hotel Waikiki underwent a $4 million renovation to fits its new theme, ‘Neon Meets Nature’. The vibrant redesign is intended to draw more millennials to stay at the boutique hotel. Go to ShorelineHotelWaikiki.com.Blue Hawaiian Helicopters has introduced two new 30-minute tours of Oahu: the Pali Makani, which departs from Honolulu, and the Waikiki Spectacular, which leaves from the west side of the island in Ko Olina. Both tours showcase such top sites as Iolani Palace, Punchbowl National Memorial Cemetery and Pearl Harbor. Go to BlueHawaiian.com.The Diamond Head State Monument Tours are now offered in English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin. The tour cost will range from $4 to $19.95 and all tours will include the State of Hawaii – Diamond Head Hiking Narrated Tour. Go to PacificHistoricParks.org.North Shore EcoTours will offer its new Waikiki-Haleiwa shuttle service that provides visitors a convenient way to visit Oahu’s North Shore. Go to HoloHaleiwa.com.Polynesian Adventure Tours presents a new Premium Tour Pearl Harbor experience in minibuses on Oahu. These brand new Grech vehicles offer the highest level of comfort and amenities. Highlights include the Battleship Missouri, Arizona Memorial, Punchbowl National Cemetery, and a Honolulu City Tour. Go to PolyAd.com.After 13 years solely in Waikiki, Segway of Hawaii is adding glide rides and tours to Kakaako. The new ‘Segway of Hawaii-Kakaako Tour Center’ will offer an array of tours throughout Magic Island, Ala Moana Beach Park, Kakaako Waterfront Park, a history tour to downtown Honolulu, and a new POW! WOW! Mural Art Tour through Kakaako. Go to SegwayofHawaii.com.For more information on travel to Oahu go to visit-oahu.com. Sharelast_img read more

Virtuoso member TPI emphasizes luxury sales with latest round of regionals

first_img Share Virtuoso member TPI emphasizes luxury sales with latest round of regionals TORONTO — More than 250 TPI travel advisors and preferred partners shared ideas on how to increase luxury sales at close to a dozen regional meetings across Canada.“TPI is unique in the fact that while our advisors are independent contractors who run their own travel business with the freedom and flexibility they need, we offer the best peer-to-peer support in the industry. Our advisors get into business for themselves, but are never by themselves,” says Christine Winchester, National Director of Sales and Professional Development for TPI.“Having the opportunity to gather together at a regional meeting to learn from our valued suppliers — and from each other — is a great advantage to being part of the TPI family.”Jaime Murphy, a long-time TPI travel advisor, recently moved her business from Newfoundland to Edmonton. “For me, the greatest benefit of these meetings is the personal connections I’ve made. It has been essential in my business, especially since the move,” said Murphy. “Before this meeting, I wasn’t familiar with any of the partner representatives in Edmonton. Now I have those personal connections — and I know about new products that come with higher yields. I am very grateful we are presented with these opportunities. It’s why I love being part of TPI.”Michele Smith from Barrie, ON said her team walked away from the meetings with the reminder that luxury is not the same for everyone — that one size does not fit all. “Having face-to-face meetings with suppliers provides us with a very different experience than webinars. When you leave the office and attend a meeting, it’s another way to learn not only from the suppliers, but the other advisors and TPI staff in the room,” said Smith.Adds Sherry Petrasko, a TPI travel advisor based in Winnipeg: “I feel it is extremely important to attend these regional meetings if we want our business to thrive. It’s an opportunity to visit with other agents and share stories and tips of the travel trade. I always come away with so many ideas from other agents and suppliers.”Suppliers were on hand for the regional meetings as well. “TPI’s emphasis on developing luxury sales is truly welcome,” said Beverley Vickers, Director of Sales and Marketing, Canada, for Regent Seven Seas Cruises. “Having a luxury focus for regional trainings allowed me as a supplier to dig deeper into the relationships I have with interested TPI advisors and help them better understand the luxury cruise landscape. Being able to support the leadership message from TPI management is rewarding, especially since we are now seeing results.”Also taking part in several cities was Mahima Tripathi, CEO and Chief Brand Ambassador, Saleint Inc. “I thought the meetings went extremely well. The advisors engaged in conversations and asked relevant and important questions. TPI is awesome — and their passionate culture is displayed from top to bottom.”TPI will be conducting the next regional gatherings at its annual TPI Summit events, which will take place in nine cities across Canada April 2-13, 2019. << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Events, Sphere, TPI, Virtuosocenter_img Travelweek Group Posted by Wednesday, February 20, 2019 last_img read more