India in South Africa: Team India does not need to panic, says Sourav Ganguly

first_imgIndia have plenty to ponder over this week after their defeat to South Africa in the first Test in Cape Town but Sourav Ganguly has backed the Virat Kohli-led side does not need to panic.While the Indian pacers always kept the team in a winning position throughout the game, it was the batsmen who failed to deliver on a seamer-friendly Newlands track.India were bundled out for 135 in their second innings while chasing 208 a run less than what they had scored in the first innings. South Africa took a crucial first lead of 77 and scored 130 to set India a tricky target.India blew their chance in Cape Town and the challenge is going to be only stiffer up in Centurion for the second Test and Johannesburg for the third Test. South Africa won’t have Dale Steyn in their ranks but they have enough firepower to go with Vernon Philander, Morne Morkel and Kagiso Rabada. In fact, they might even contemplate adding an extra batsman to the line-up after the way India’s pacers bowled this week.”India will play five bowlers because the problem is not with your fifth bowler batting option. The problem is with your top and middle order batting options. Hardik Pandya played magnificently despite the fact that he went to South Africa without much of match practice. You cannot go in a Test match without a spinner so that chapter closes. Ravichandran Ashwin also got you 30 runs with the bat. The problem is not fast bowling, the problem is not Hardik Pandya, the problem is not Ashwin. The problem is your top-order batsmen,” Ganguly told India Today.advertisementWATCH FULL SHOWAn in-form Rohit Sharma was preferred over the tried, tested and successful Ajinkya Rahane, who has proven himself time and again in testing overseas condition.”History of Rohit Sharma and history of Shikhar Dhawan in overseas conditions are not very good. You look at their records, it’s like chalk and cheese when they go away and when they are in India. So you are basically depending on Murali Vijay and Virat Kohli as the two best performers in overseas conditions. Look at Cheteshwar Pujara. His 13 of 14 Test hundreds have come in subcontinent conditions. I keep saying about KL Rahul because he has scored runs in Australia, he has scored runs in West Indies and Sri Lanka. It’s not just about form, it’s also about where people score runs. But let’s not panic too much. I was not surprised by the result. I have tremendous regard for Virat Kohli and we will see an improved performance in the next game,” Ganguly added.Many believe it was a gutsy call by coach Ravi Shastri and Kohli but the reality is that Rohit failed to deliver on the big stage.Rohit showed good temperament during the first innings and saw off the first hour of the second day’s play but was trapped plumb in front of his wickets for a painstaking 11 from 59 balls.Rahane averages 53.44 in overseas conditions, including Sri Lanka, West Indies and Bangladesh while his average in South Africa rises to 69.66 from four innings.Decision to drop Rahane was bold but it backfired. Kohli, who has never fielded the same XI in consecutive Tests, may bring back the Mumbai batsman for the second Test as India seek fresh start at Centurion.”I don’t think Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri will change the team straightaway. There is a possibility that one of them (Ajinkya Rahane or KL Rahul) may come back. It could be Ajinkya Rahane in the middle in place of Rohit Sharma and there’s a possibility of KL Rahul coming at top of the order. India will have to bottle down and fight hard in the batting. The wicket in Centurion will be quick as well. It will have a lot more bounce than Cape Town. It may not seam as much as Cape Town but it will be lot quicker,” he said.However, Ganguly said he will give Rohit another chance and will bring in KL Rahul in place Shikhar Dhawan for the second Test.”I would actually play five bowlers and play KL Rahul in place of Shikhar Dhawan. Rahul because he has done well in overseas conditions. I would give Rohit Sharma one more opportunity. I wouldn’t tinker with the bowling line-up. All the batters have not scored runs. There’s not been a single fifty from the order. You got to put this behind and try and comeback stronger in the next Test. Preparation is important and India have lost a bit there and faced not much of criticism. So India will have to fight their way into the next match,” Ganguly said.advertisementIndia’s top five combined for 130 runs in the match as compared to South Africa’s 234 by their top-five batsmen, courtesy two half-centuries in the first innings.India’s top order was among runs prior to the series but those runs were scored in India and conditions similar to sub-continent pitches in the West Indies and Sri Lanka.India’s top five will have to pull their socks up in the remaining two matches and reignite the spark to have a shot at at least drawing the series if not winning.last_img read more

Wizards Wipe Out Nets, 120-111

first_imgNEW YORK — The Washington Wizards had nine baskets and 20 points before the Nets had one of either, and Randy Wittman wished he could’ve enjoyed the show more.Problem is, he’s seen what happened next.“You relax, I think,” Washington’s coach said. “I hate it, I hate those leads. I mean I love them, but I hate them, especially at the start of the game. I mean you can look, it happens all the time, 18-2 and all of sudden end of the first quarter it’s a two-point game or something. So I just thought we relaxed a little bit.”The Wizards recovered after blowing their 20-0 lead, as Ramon Sessions had 21 points and 12 assists in a 120-111 victory over Brooklyn on April 11.Marcus Thornton scored 19 points as he and Sessions did just fine in replacing injured starting guards John Wall and Bradley Beal. J.J. Hickson had 15 points as Washington put seven players in double figures.The Wizards looked headed for a blowout victory playing at the quick tempo they prefer. Instead, they needed another big run in the fourth quarter to finally put it away.“We knew at the end of the game if we continued to play that pace we’d be fine,” Sessions said. “We just had to get some stops and we did in that second half.”The Wizards have won two straight since being eliminated from playoff contention and can finish .500 by beating Atlanta in their season finale.Shane Larkin scored a career-high 20 points and added seven assists and six rebounds for the Nets, who have lost nine in a row and have their first 60-loss season since a franchise-worst 12-70 record in 2009-10.A night after giving up 129 points in Indiana, the Nets were most defenseless again, allowing Washington to shoot 52 percent from the field.Marcin Gortat won the opening tip and then made the first basket 23 seconds in to start the early onslaught. Washington scored inside and out, with another basket by Gortat making it 20-0 before the Nets snapped their 0-for-8 start with Chris McCullough’s 3-pointer with 7 ½ minutes left in the quarter. Gortat had Washington’s first miss on the next trip, and the Nets steadied themselves and cut it to 34-28 after one.They took the lead late in the second before Kelly Oubre Jr. took a long pass and beat the buzzer from beyond 30 feet to give Washington a 70-69 edge.“I didn’t think our starters got into the game as quick as we wanted them to and the second group that got out there changed the whole intensity and pace of the game,” Nets interim coach Tony Brown said.It was close straight through the third and the Nets were down only three early in the fourth before a 13-4 run expanded Washington’s lead to 116-104.(BRIAN MAHONEY, AP Basketball Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

a month agoRB Leipzig coach Nagelsmann has dig at Everton over Lookman treatment

first_imgRB Leipzig coach Nagelsmann has dig at Everton over Lookman treatmentby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveRB Leipzig coach Julien Nagelsmann has had a dig at Everton over their summer arrival Ademola Lookman.The 21-year-old has made just one substitute appearance since returning to Leipzig in July.“Some (new signings) still need a bit of development time because they did not have the regular game time at their previous clubs,” Nagelsmann told Kicker.“Experience has shown that newcomers usually take a little longer to get along with what I want.“We have many video sequences with text attached. And then it is not easy if you can’t speak the language yet.“With a player like Ademola Lookman, who played very little at Everton, it takes more time than with Christopher Nkunku, who made 29 games at PSG last year. That’s completely normal.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

On the Edge of a Mexican Jungle Stands a Tulum Treehouse Vacation Rental

first_img Live Out Your Westworld Dreams at Casteel Creek Retreat Take a Peek at Wimbledon Winner Novak Djokovic’s Swanky Miami Retreat 1 of 7 Thailand’s WARchitect Design Studio is Elevating Home Design For Sale: A Treehouse in the Suburbs Designed by John Lautner Previous center_img Editors’ Recommendations Tulum, Mexico, is a vacation destination that truly has it all. From sugar sand beaches with jewel-toned waters to adventurous activities like cave-diving to Mayan ruins, Tulum is an ideal getaway spot for solo travelers, couples, or a group of friends looking to make lasting memories.Built on the edge of the jungle, Tulum Treehouse is a tropical minimalist vacation rental. Large enough for up to 10 guests, the house can be reserved as a partial rental, which gets your three bedrooms, or a full rental of all four floors, with a total of five bedrooms. All rentals include concierge, daily housekeeping, and a continental breakfast every morning. Pricing varies depending on time of year and type of rental (partial or full house).Walking through the trees and up the stairs into the home, you find spacious open floor plans with plenty of natural light, views of the jungle, and a wonderful blend of indoor and outdoor spaces. Designed by Annabell Kutucu and CO-LAB Design Office, the treehouse is beautifully simple in its design, with just the right amount of tropical touches. Locally sourced materials like ceramics, rugs, and textiles pair nicely with the polished white cement and Tzalam wood accents. The furniture throughout the home is bespoke from Meridian artisans. Striving for sustainability, the home is entirely solar powered and features a water treatment irrigation system to help maintain the delicate balance of the surrounding mangroves.Image courtesy of CO-LAB Design Office/Annabell Kutucu Office/Brechenmacher & Baumann Photography.The first floor of the home includes a large family room and a simple kitchen with concrete countertops and open shelving. It’s just enough space for cooking up meals to enjoy in the large outdoor dining patio. The first of five bedrooms is just off the family room and has a spacious en suite bathroom.Heading up stairs to the next floor, you find two more bedrooms (each with its own bathroom) and a massive deck with plenty of spots to sit and relax. Each bedroom has its own balcony for privacy and all outdoor spaces include amazing views. Renting out the entire home gets you the bonus lower level which features two bedrooms, two baths, a sitting area, and a massive balcony for relaxing and watching for jungle animals.The true star of the home is the rooftop. Make a drink at the wet bar, dine with 20 guests at the massive dining table, or relax in the many seating areas while you gaze out above the treetops. These unobstructed views let you see for miles on a clear day, taking in all of the beauty that Tulum is known for.And if you find yourself on the Pacific coast of Mexico, you can stay in this treehouse instead. Or maybe one of our favorite treehouse hotels in the world.Images courtesy of CO-LAB Design Office/Annabell Kutucu Office/Brechenmacher & Baumann Photography. Next Deep Sleep: The World’s Most Incredible Underwater Hotel Rooms last_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound, three kilometres east of the Cobequid Pass toll booth to Exit 12, Masstown, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. QUEENS COUNTY: Middlefield Road Middlefield Road, from Route 210 to Trunk 8, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: New Harbour Road New Harbour Road, from Route 329 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Dartmouth, Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road Bridge rehabilitation work is being done to the Victoria Road Bridge, Victoria Road, until Saturday, Aug. 31. The majority of work will take place after 6 p.m., from Monday to Friday and on weekends. Weekday work will take place between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Cape Forchu Bridge, Route 304 Cape Forchu Bridge on Route 304, Yarmouth Bar, is reduced to one lane for repairs until Friday, July 26. Traffic lights and traffic control personnel will be on site. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge, Whitman Road Whitman Bridge on Whitman Road in Aylesford will be closed to traffic for repairs until Friday, July 19. Detour routes on Maple Ave, Victoria Road and Ward Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Lower Onslow Highway 102, Exit 14A to Belmont, has a one lane closure for roadwork until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Barss Corner Road Barss Corner Road, from Ramey Road to Sarty Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 eastbound between Exit 13, Debert, and Exit 15, at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge Trunk 2 Nappan Marsh (Rainbow) Bridge over the Nappan River on Trunk 2, outside Amherst, is closed until further notice. A detour is available on Route 302, Southampton Road and Smith Road. Traffic approaching Amherst is being rerouted a short distance on the Nappan and Lower Porter Roads, while traffic leaving Amherst is required to detour on Smith Road. RICHMOND COUNTY: Port Royal Bridge Port Royal Bridge, Port Royal Road on Isle Madame, is closed until further notice. A detour is in place on MacEachern Road. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 east of Exit 17, Bible Hill, for about four kilometres, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset.center_img QUEENS COUNTY: Middlewood Diversion Road Middlewood Diversion Road has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 west of Exit 17, Bible Hill, and Exit 15 at the interchange with Highway 102, has right-hand lane closures with a speed zone reduction to 80 kilometres per hour for road work until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. LUNENBURG COUNTY: ROUTE 325 Route 325, from 600 metres west of Auburndale Road westerly to Monk Road, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Westbound Lanes) Highway 104, westbound lanes, from Exit 21 to Exit 20, is reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. PICTOU COUNTY: Highway 104 (Eastbound Lanes) Highway 104, eastbound lanes, Exit 19 for about six kilometres is reduced to one lane in various locations for bridge rehabilitation and repaving until Monday, Sept. 30. Work takes place from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Maders Cove Road Maders Cove Road, from Trunk 3 to the end of the pavement, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Traffic control consists of stop and go traffic. Work takes place from sunrise to sunset. CONTINUING WORK HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 107 Highway 107, Exit 18 eastbound ramp and westbound ramp, will have weekday lane closures daily from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. until Saturday, Aug. 31 while extended ramp lanes are built. Traffic control is in place. Motorists should expect delays. INVERNESS COUNTY: Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre Cranton Bridge, Margaree Centre, is closed until further notice due to safety concerns. A replacement bridge is expected this year. A detour is in place via East Big Intervale Road, Crowdis Cross Road and West Big Intervale Road. YARMOUTH COUNTY: Route 308 Route 308, Argyle, from Chemin de la Pointe to Indian Sluice Bridge, has alternating lane closures for paving until Saturday, Aug. 31. Work takes place form sunrise to sunset. -30-last_img read more

Officials urge vaccination after person diagnosed with highly infectious measles

first_imgVANCOUVER – Health officials in Vancouver urged people to get vaccinated against measles by Friday if there’s a chance they were exposed to the highly infectious disease diagnosed in a person who attended a large music festival and a block party.Medical health officer Dr. John Harding of Vancouver Coastal Health said the unidentified person was at the Skookum Festival at Stanley Park last Saturday and it’s important for people who could have been exposed to the disease and haven’t had two doses of the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to be vaccinated within a six-day window.The infected person was diagnosed as a priority case on Thursday night after developing symptoms including a fever, cough, redness in the eyes and a rash on the face that spread to the chest.Harding said the patient was confirmed to have had one dose of the vaccine, which provided about 95 per cent immunity, but two doses are needed for 99 per cent protection against measles.Vancouver Coastal Health released a list of specific locations and times where the infected person travelled between Saturday and Tuesday. It says anyone who attended those locations at the specified times and who has not been fully immunized, nor had the disease in the past, should see a doctor immediately.The locations and times of concern are:— Saturday, Sept. 8: Skookum Festival, Stanley Park, 5 p.m. to 1 a.m.— Saturday, Sept. 8: Aquabus from Olympic Village to Hornby Street, approximate trip start was 3 p.m.— Saturday, Sept. 8: Canada Line SkyTrain from Vancouver City Centre to Broadway-City Hall Station, 11 p.m. to 1 a.m.— Sunday, Sept. 9: Outdoor Community Block Party at 1188 Quebec St., 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.— Sunday, Sept. 9: Main Street bus from Terminal Station to Broadway, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.— Tuesday, Sept. 11: Noodlebox Mount Pleasant, 2511 Main Street, noon to 6 p.m.The measles virus is spread by droplets from coughing and sneezing and can survive in the air for two hours.The disease was common in Canada before 1970 and anyone exposed to it would have developed immunity.Only one dose of the MMR vaccine was provided between 1970 and 1994 during routine immunizations, but that was increased to two doses for adequate protection against the disease, Harding said.“We did catch-up campaigns for anybody who only had one dose,” he told a news conference. “Unfortunately, not everyone would have got those catch-up doses and not everyone’s sure if they ended up with a second dose of MMR.”Patients who are uncertain if they received a second vaccination should contact their doctor’s office or local health unit for their records but there’s no harm in getting an extra booster shot, Harding said.Children are vaccinated at 12 months and starting at age four, before they enter kindergarten.High vaccination rates provide so-called herd immunity to protect more people, he said, adding vaccinations for pregnant women, infants under 12 months and people with compromised immune systems should be discussed with a doctor.“In an unimmunized population one case of measles can infect anywhere from 12 to 18 people so it’s very important that we keep up those levels of immunity to make sure that it doesn’t spread.”Harding said the high rate of immunization means the number of measles cases in Canada should ideally be zero, but people diagnosed with the disease have typically travelled from other countries, though he wouldn’t say if that’s the situation with the infected patient, who is in isolation.The BC Centre for Disease Control has reported four cases of measles so far this year and says the disease has been resurging for several years worldwide, including in western Europe.Earlier this month, the centre alerted the public to a measles case involving a passenger who travelled on BC Ferries in August. Another case in August was related to a cruise line terminal.In July, the agency reported a case of measles in an infected person who travelled from India to Vancouver via China on two China Southern flights on June 23.The centre recorded 343 cases of measles during an outbreak in 2014, with most of the cases related to students in one community involving a religious group that objects to vaccination.— Follow @CamilleBains1 on Twitter.last_img read more

NAFTA talks intensify as Freeland negotiators push hard for breakthrough

first_imgOTTAWA – Sources say Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and her team of negotiators are engaged in an intensive, late-stage effort to get Canada back into a trilateral trade deal with the United States and Mexico before Monday’s American-imposed deadline.With the release of the text of the U.S.-Mexico trade agreement expected any day, and Mexico’s new president-elect pushing the American side to make a deal with Canada, the political pressure is mounting to get a new North American Free Trade Agreement done in short order.Freeland, who will give Canada’s marquee speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Saturday, was on a conference call Friday night with negotiators in Washington, who have been engaged in intensive talks all week, a source familiar with the effort told The Canadian Press.“The U.S. knows what they need to do to get a deal, so it’s really up to them,” said the source, speaking on condition of anonymity given the sensitive nature of the talks.“We’re focused on the substance, not the timetable.”Indeed, analysts and insiders alike say the latest American-imposed deadline for Canada to join by Monday is not set in stone, and that there will still be time for the Liberal government to negotiate with the Trump administration after that.But they caution the window is closing and Canada’s time may be running out.Mexico and the United States announced their own bilateral deal last month, sparking a renewed round of negotiations between Washington and Ottawa to bring Canada into the NAFTA fold.The formal text needs to be released by Sunday so it can be presented to the U.S. Congress by the end of the month and fulfil a 60-day notice requirement that would allow lawmakers to approve it by Dec. 1 — before the newly-elected Mexican government takes power.Some reports said it could come as early as Friday, but that likelihood was fading after Reuters reported that Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, Mexico’s president-elect, had said he’d agreed to call on the U.S. to reach an agreement with Canada.Multiple sources told The Canadian Press the sticking points between Ottawa and Washington include dairy, preserving Canada’s cultural exemption and Canada’s insistence on preserving the Chapter 19, which allows for independent panels to resolve disputes involving companies and governments.One source said Chapter 19 has not survived the Mexico-U.S. deal, but Chapter 20, the government-to-government dispute settlement mechanism, has been preserved in its entirety.Mexican ambassador Dionisio Perez Jacome said his country still wants Canada to come on board, even if the deadline of the next few days comes and go.“Hopefully Canada can be included already in the text. If not, then the process gets more complicated, but it’s also possible to come in … some days after,” Perez Jacome said.Sources say Mexico is fine with the Trudeau government waiting past Monday’s Quebec election because it understands any concession it might be willing to make on allowing greater U.S. access to dairy would be a political bombshell in the final days of the provincial campaign.A source close to the negotiations told The Canadian Press that the vast majority of the U.S.-Mexico text — more than 20 of its approximately 30 chapters — is not the least bit contentious for Canada.That comes as no surprise to trade experts.Laura Dawson, director of the Canada Institute at the Wilson Center in Washington, said major work has been completed on most of the chapters since Canada and the U.S. resumed talks.“They are closer now than they’ve ever been. There’s a potential landing strip in all of the negotiated areas.”Meredith Lilly, an international trade expert at Carleton University in Ottawa, said there’s virtually nothing in the text that will take Canadian negotiators by surprise.“They should have seen the text by now as part of earlier negotiations, as well as more recent bilateral negotiations,” she said.There’s no guarantee Congress would allow U.S. President Donald Trump to move forward with a two-country deal that excludes Canada because it originally granted him the authority to negotiate a three-country pact.Sarah Goldfeder, a former U.S. diplomat based in Ottawa, said she’s not sure Trump actually wants a deal with Canada before the U.S. midterm elections in November, because periodically beating up on Canada and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is a convenient channel-changer for a president beset by unfavourable news coverage.“It’s a deflection from a number of different problems,” she said.Trump says he will pursue a trade deal with or without Canada, and has repeatedly threatened to impose punitive tariffs on Canadian automobiles if a trilateral deal can’t be reached.He has already imposed hefty steel and aluminum tariffs on Canada and Mexico, using a section of U.S. trade law that gives him the authority to do that for national security reasons.The Trudeau government has branded the tariffs illegal and insulting given the close security relationship between Canada and the U.S., including their shared membership in Norad, which defends North American airspace.Mexico didn’t win any relief from the U.S. on the tariffs in their deal, but Canada is pushing hard for it in the current negotiations.“It will be really hard for negotiators to bring a deal back to Canada and say ‘I think we got a pretty good deal, but we didn’t get a release from these national security tariffs’,” said Dawson.“That’s going to make it very difficult to sell a deal at home.”— With files from James McCarten in Washington, D.C., and Dan Healing in Banff, Alta.last_img read more

Crescent Point Energy says activist Cation Capital lacks credibility

first_imgCALGARY – Crescent Point Energy Corp. is dismissing an activist investor’s call for changes to the company’s board as an ill-conceived and self-serving exercise.Cation Capital Inc., which holds a 0.3 per cent stake in Calgary-based Crescent Point, said Monday it plans to nominate four people for election to the company’s board, which has 10 members.“We believe Crescent Point’s assets have tremendous long-term potential and the ability to create significant value for all shareholders,” Cation president Sandy Edmonstone said in a statement.“However, the current board seems incapable of implementing a cohesive strategy to create value and has instead allowed irresponsible decisions such as over-spending its 2017 budget, increasing leverage, undertaking a significant unexpected equity financing, delaying dividend cuts and continuing excessive executive pay.”In addition to Edmonstone, Cation plans to nominate Dallas Howe, Herbert Pinder and Thomas Budd as potential directors.Crescent Point said Cation seems intent on disrupting the company’s recent progress and urged shareholders to support the board nominees the company has put forth.“Cation’s public statements about Crescent Point are erroneous, based on a flawed analysis and demonstrate their limited understanding of the business and strategic plan already underway,” Crescent Point said in a statement.“Its interests are also inconsistent with those of the vast majority of our shareholders.”Shares of Crescent Point, whose stock closed down 0.22 per cent at $9.15 Monday, have been hammered in recent years and are worth less than a quarter of what they traded for in 2014.However, the company said it has the right board in place to achieve the objectives set out in its five-year plan in the face of this challenging, volatile market.In a brief note to clients Monday, National Bank analyst Travis Wood said the introduction of new directors would not provide a significant upside for the company relative to its current five-year plan.“We do not view the collective group as a necessary step in adding longer-term value to Crescent Point’s shareholders,” Wood said of the proposed Cation nominees.Wood rated Crescent Point shares an “outperform” with a $16 price target.Crescent Point is the largest oil producer in Saskatchewan and has fast-growing oil operations in Utah.It recently announced it spent about $112 million to build its position as one of the largest landholders in the light oil shale East Shale Duvernay play. It said it added property through a series of transactions over the past year after entering the play by buying Legacy Oil + Gas Inc. in 2015.The company’s annual meeting is set for May 4.Companies in this story: (TSX:CPG)last_img read more

Moroccan Zohour Alaoui Elected President of UNESCO 39th General Conference

Rabat – Zohour Alaoui, Ambassador-Permanent Delegate of Morocco to the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), was unanimously elected as the president of the 39th Session of the UNESCO General Conference, reported Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).The ambassador, who has been Morocco’s representative at UNESCO since 2011, is now the first Arab, African, and Muslim woman to head this UN body. Alaoui will serve as the president of the 39th General Conference for the term 2017-2019, representing the 195 member states of UNESCO.“I am extremely proud of the recognition of my peers at a time when the organization is experiencing a difficult and extremely sensitive context,” said Alaoui. “Nothing would have been possible without the leadership of King Mohammed VI who, through his constant, thoughtful and strategic involvement, is effectively working to position Morocco and make it enjoy a prominent place on the international scene,” she added.Alaoui obtained a Master’s in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University in 1992. She also holds a BA in Public Law from Mohammed V University in Rabat.She served many important positions including Ambassador Extraordinary and plenipotentiary of King Mohammed VI in Sweden from 2006 to December 2011 and non-resident Ambassador of the Republic of Latvia from January 2009 to 2011.The 39th UNESCO General Conference is taking place from October 30 to November 14 at the organization’s headquarters in Paris. read more

Woman convicted of keeping Sri Lankan national as her slave

“The defendant in this case treated the victim as a slave,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said. A federal jury convicted a New Jersey woman Thursday of forcing a Sri Lankan national to work for her for nine years without pay and even marry her so she could stay in the country, the Associated Press reported.Alia Imad Faleh Al Hunaity brought the woman to the U.S. in 2009 and forced the victim to clean her houses in Woodland Park and Secaucus and care for her three children without pay, prosecutors said. They also alleged that Al Hunaity forced the victim to sleep in the kitchen and in other common areas of the house. Al Hunaity made the victim overstay her visa, prosecutors said, and they presented evidence that Al Hunaity eventually forced the victim to marry her in 2018 so she could obtain legal residence and not risk being deported. After a six-day trial, the jury deliberated for two hours before finding Al Hunaity guilty of forced labor, harboring an alien for financial gain and forced marriage. The forced labor count carries a maximum 20-year prison sentence, while the other two counts each carries a maximum of five years.An email seeking comment was sent to Robert Kovic, Al Hunaity’s lawyer, who has previously said his client was not guilty. Sentencing is scheduled for September. read more

Canadian airlines taking different tacks with grounded 737 Max aircraft

MONTREAL — Canada’s two biggest airlines are taking different tacks to stow their Boeing 737 Max 8s as the aircraft’s drawn-out grounding continues to cause turbulence in the flight industry.Air Canada says it is mulling banishing its two-dozen Max 8s to the desert, where the hot, dry conditions keep corrosion by rain, snow, sleet and ice at bay.Most North American desert storage locations sit in the southern U.S. Dallas-based Southwest Airlines Co. has plunked its 34 Maxes in California’s Mojave Desert.WestJet Airlines Ltd. says it has no plans to park its 13 Max 8s — which it has scrubbed from its schedule until November — south of the border. The planes are languishing in its Canadian hangars, where they receive regular maintenance checks and have their engines run once a week.The contingency arrangement adds another wrinkle to the plans of airlines blown off course by the Max 8 grounding, prompted after two crashes in October and March that killed 346 people, including 18 Canadians.Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu said last month it will feel the grounding “acutely” this summer, as its passenger capacity declines and costs for less fuel-efficient replacement planes mount.WestJet chief executive Ed Sims told The Canadian Press in a recent interview the loss of the narrow-body jetliner has had a “substantial negative impact” on the airline, forcing the airline to cut its routes and ramp up fuel spending.Sunwing Airlines Inc., which has four Max 8s, said Thursday the absence — which will continue at least until mid-May 2020 — has forced it to cancel or change flights for passengers “and may have caused them an inconvenience” after the airline contracted third-party carriers. Companies in this story: (TSX:AC, TSX:WJA)The Canadian Press read more

How Teams Did In FirstRound NFL Draft Trades

The biggest trades of NFL draft picks took place weeks in advance, when Los Angeles and Philadelphia traded up with Tennessee and Cleveland, respectively, to acquire the top two spots. Then, on draft night, five more trades of picks were finalized. We can’t grade whether a team won or lost a trade until we see how those players turn out in the NFL, but we can analyze whether the trade made sense and whether a team under- or overpaid for the right to acquire that player. For that, I created a draft value chart to measure the expected marginal value provided, on average, by a draft pick based on the production of players historically drafted from around that draft spot. Let’s start with the splashiest move not involving a Twitter account of the night.Cleveland gives up: eighth pick overall, sixth-round pick (No. 176 overall)Tennessee gives up: 15th pick overall, third-round pick (No. 76 overall), second-round pick in 2017The Browns traded down and eventually selected Baylor wide receiver Corey Coleman; if he was Cleveland’s target all along, this was an excellent move — Coleman was at little risk of going before the 15th overall pick. Tennessee moved up to take offensive tackle Jack Conklin after the Baltimore Ravens began the run on offensive linemen at No. 6, with Ronnie Stanley. Cleveland extracted significant value in this move, perhaps because of a mental accounting effect, as the Titans may have viewed the picks involved as found money after the Rams trade.Based on my marginal value chart, the Browns win the trade … even without considering the second-round pick in 2017! The 76th pick is a valuable one — more valuable than the difference between the eighth and 15th picks. If we value the 2017 second-round pick as equivalent to the 48th pick in this year’s draft, the Browns received a whopping 148 cents on the dollar for this trade. (The 48th pick is likely a worse pick than Tennessee’s 2017 second-rounder will be, but we’re eyeballing a markdown for having to wait a year.)The Jimmy Johnson chart is used by many teams as a framework for constructing trades even though its values are not reflective of how players from each round perform. In general, it overvalues higher selections. In this case, it would have the Browns receiving only 89 cents on the dollar before considering the 2017 second-round pick. However, even on that chart, this trade is a home run for Cleveland. Consider that if the Titans had traded the 85th pick in this draft rather than the second-rounder in 2017, the old Jimmy Johnson chart would still give a slight edge in this trade to the Browns. The Browns may have benefited from the Titans’ panic that the Giants wanted to take Conklin 10th overall.Chicago gives up: 11th pick overall, fourth-round pick (No. 106 overall)Tampa Bay gives up: ninth pick overallThis was a small price for Chicago to pay to move up two spots to select Georgia linebacker Leonard Floyd; the trade may be a little harder to understand from the Buccaneers’ perspective. My chart has this as a nice deal for Tampa Bay — the team picked up 117 cents on the dollar. The Jimmy Johnson calculator has this trade as nearly dead even (it has Tampa Bay losing the deal by a tiny margin), which suggests that teams really do use that chart as a framework for trade discussions. Sometimes, teams need to overpay to acquire the players they want: The Giants were heavily linked to Conklin and Floyd at 10th overall and then saw teams trade up (and overpay) to No. 8 and No. 9 to take those two players. Giving up a high fourth-round pick is not insignificant, but the draft was light on pure edge rushers, so the trade makes sense if Chicago viewed Floyd as a great prospect (and far ahead of, say, Clemson’s Shaq Lawson) and pass rusher as a big need position.The only reason this struck me as a bit odd was that Tampa Bay traded down two spots to take a corner, Vernon Hargreaves, but watched the Giants draft cornerback Eli Apple in between! There’s no way of knowing how the Bucs valued Hargreaves relative to Apple, but presumably Tampa Bay got the man it wanted considering that Hargreaves had a higher grade by most analysts and was born in Tampa. Still, the Bucs could have lost Hargreaves to New York, so Tampa Bay likely viewed a free early fourth-rounder as worth the risk.Washington gives up: 21st overall pickHouston gives up: 22nd overall pick, sixth-round pick in 2017Using a trade chart to analyze this trade doesn’t make sense because it’s best understood as a matter of risk allocation. Houston, which was known to be after a wideout, traded up one pick to draft Notre Dame wide receiver Will Fuller. In addition, many mock drafts had the Vikings and Bengals selecting wide receivers with the 23rd and 24th picks, respectively. With Cleveland grabbing Coleman at No. 15, one fewer receiver was available for Cincinnati and Minnesota. And if either the Bengals or Vikings (or another team later in the draft) had Fuller as the top wide receiver left on their board, it would have made sense for either team to pay a small price to leap Houston by trading with Washington.The Texans presumably had Fuller and perhaps Coleman a tier above wide receivers Josh Doctson of TCU and Laquon Treadwell of Ole Miss even though most mock drafts had Fuller as the fourth player in that group. Houston’s giving up next year’s sixth-round pick is hardly a significant price for eliminating the risk of missing out on the man they were targeting, but it only makes sense if Fuller truly is a better prospect (or fit for the Houston offense) than Doctson or Treadwell. Putting aside value, we can safely say that Houston really wanted Fuller, which could mean good things for his fantasy football value this season.For Washington, which drafted Doctson at No. 22, the only knock on this trade is that it probably could have gotten more by trading with, say, Minnesota and picking Doctson or Treadwell. We can’t know for sure, but Washington likely was going to take Doctson over Fuller anyway, so the team simply picked up a 2017 sixth-rounder selection for free.Seattle gives up: 26th overall pickDenver gives up: 31st overall pick; third-round pick (No. 94 overall)On my chart, this was a great trade for Seattle — the Seahawks picked up 132 cents on the dollar. Seattle moved down five spots to pick up a third-rounder and selected Texas A&M offensive lineman Germain Ifedi 31st overall. Seattle was heavily linked to him ahead of the draft, so this worked out beautifully for the team. Picking up a third-round pick, even a late one, is still very valuable: Remember, that is the same round where Seattle drafted Russell Wilson in 2012 and Tyler Lockett in 2015.The Broncos moved up to take Memphis quarterback Paxton Lynch. The trade was pretty even on the traditional chart, with the Seahawks picking up “only” 103 cents on the dollar. But even if Denver paid a premium based on my chart, that is often the cost of doing business when a team wants to trade up. Lynch was a possible top-15 pick in this draft, and given that he was the top quarterback prospect remaining in the draft, he likely would not have made it to No. 31 (Lynch would have made a lot of sense for Arizona at No. 29, and the Cowboys acknowledged a desire to trade up in front of Denver for Lynch). The Broncos didn’t get Lynch for cheap, but this was a much more reasonable trade than the franchise-altering ransoms paid by Los Angeles and Philadelphia for the top two quarterbacks.Kansas City gives up: 28th overall pickSan Francisco gives up: second-round pick (No. 37 overall), fourth-round pick (No. 105 overall), sixth-round pick (No. 178 overall)The 49ers traded up for Stanford guard Joshua Garnett but paid a serious price. Kansas City received 136 cents on the dollar according to my chart and 96 cents according to the traditional chart. San Francisco gave up an early fourth-round pick to move up just nine spots … for a guard! It’s one thing for the Broncos to trade a pick at the back end of the third round to move up five spots for a quarterback; to pay essentially the same price for Garnett is much harder to defend.Whereas Lynch was viewed as a potential first-rounder by many teams, the market for Garnett appeared to be much softer. Trading up for the last player in a tier at a position of significant value makes sense, but this trade by the 49ers is much tougher to justify. Valuable players are still available at No. 105; consider that since 2010, Kirk Cousins, Everson Griffen, Jordan Cameron, Devonta Freeman, Alterraun Verner and Perry Riley were all selected between pick 100 and 110. On the other side, a fourth-rounder is a valuable commodity — it’s the sweet spot of getting a solid prospect on a cheap contract for four years — so kudos to the Chiefs for pulling off a nice trade in exchange for waiting nine selections. read more

FRANCE Montpellier Handball keep first place four matches until the end

Four rounds before the end of the season, Montpellier Handball keeping the first place ahead of PSG Handball.The team of Patrice Canayer beat Cesson 33:27, while PSG Handball had no trouble against Toulouse 38:30.RESULTS – ROUND 22:Dunkerque 30 – 26 St. RaphaelNimes 29 – 29 NantesParis SG 38 – 30 ToulouseChambery Savoie 29 – 30 AixIvry 24 – 29 TremblayMontpellier 33 – 27 Cesson Rennes-MetropoleSaran 32 – 27 Massy EssonneSTANDINGS: 4.Aix221327625:59128 ← Previous Story Masters Handball World Cup 2018 with teams from 12 countries Next Story → SWISS PLAY-OFF: Pfadi Winterthur break in Schaffhausen for 2:2 in series 2.Paris SG221813676:57637 6.Dunkerque221228577:57926 8.Toulouse2210111647:65521 3.Nantes221435685:61131 12.Tremblay225215609:64812 9.Chambery Savoie229310615:61921 LNHMontpellier handballPSG Handball 10.Ivry226214555:62914 7.Nimes221138606:59225 5.St. Raphael221237618:59227 13.Saran224117625:7009 11.Cesson Rennes-Metropole224414570:61712 1.Montpellier221912642:53739 14.Massy Essonne222218505:6096 read more

Toy Tuesday 11 Stealthiest Ninja Toys

first_img The misunderstood traditions of ninjutsu have become pop culture fodder since the 1970s, as Japan’s feudal masters of stealth and assassination inspired dozens of martial arts flicks, a quartet of mutated turtles and lots more. During the 80s, “ninja” became a type of fantasy play previously reserved for cowboys and Indians, and their mental market share has only increased over the last few decades. And with play there must be toys, and we’ve seen some seriously bad-ass ninja figures and accessories over the years. Here are our picks for the best ninja toys on the market.Kaiyodo Revoltech Cyborg NinjaOne of the coolest supporting characters in video game history, the cyborg ninja Gray Fox shows up in Metal Gear Solid to jump off of walls and cut off limbs with his high-frequency blade before saving Solid Snake’s bacon in the final confrontation. This gorgeous Japanese figure stands just barely over four inches tall but is wildly detailed and precisely painted, with sixteen points of articulation and multiple exchangeable parts. Small but dangerous, this is a ninja figure with an eye towards the future and a thirst for blood.Get it at Amazon.comCute Ninja PlushIf you’re in the market for something a little less deadly, why not snuggle up with this cute and charming little plush ninja figure. Standing a mere six inches tall, this isn’t the kind of stuffed animal that you’ll want around for intense cuddling, but it’s very charmingly designed and made from high-quality material. The thing to do here would be to recruit a couple dozen of them and build the cutest little army of assassins you’ve ever seen.Get it at Amazon.comNinja Slayer FigmaThe pedigree of Ninja Slayer is fascinating — it’s a story set in a cyberpunk Japanese city of Neo-Saitama, developed by a pair of American authors as a science fiction novel series. It was then translated to Japanese and became a huge success over there, eventually being adapted into an anime of its own. This is a really cool action figure of the protagonist Naraku that comes with three different faceplates, ten hands, and a bevy of shuriken and other weaponry. The color scheme is a little brighter than the ninja norm, but it works with this fun and funky design.Get it at Amazon.comNinja Hattori-Kun Diecast Action FigureLegendary manga duo Fujiko Fujio are probably best known for coming up with blue time-traveling cat Doraemon, but they have literally dozens of successful franchises under their belts. One popular one is Ninja Hattori-kun, which chronicles the friendship between an 11-year-old boy and his masked ninja chum. This gorgeous die-cast metal action figure of the titular character is beefy and solid, with clever joints for posing and a bunch of accessories including a a parachute cloth, a scroll of ninja wisdom and a bunch of shurikens for throwing at suckers.Get it at Amazon.comOverwatch Genji Figma SeriesAnother futuristic ninja, Genji is a scrub’s favorite choice in Overwatch, but we don’t hold that against him. This super slick Figma series action figure stands a little over six inches with tons of different movable parts for action poses. The casting and paint job is top of the line, and Genji comes with his katana and wakizashi to fend off any foes, along with tiny shuriken for throwing. One of the most interesting aspects of this figure is the unique soft plastic used around some of the leg joints for increased articulation and poseability.Get it at Amazon.comRyu Hayabusa Vinyl StatueSince the days of the original Nintendo Entertainment System, the Ninja Gaiden games have been the go-to titles for intensely difficult ninja action. Protagonist Ryu Hayabusa has battled through hordes of disposable foes over the last thirty years, and this gorgeous statue is one of the slickest interpretations of him ever. Standing over a foot tall, there’s tons of intense detail on every side of this figure, with a super tough pose.Get it at Amazon.comFunko Pop Storm ShadowThe stroke of genius to add ninjas to the G.I. Joe franchise to play off the military heroes and terrorist villains definitely helped it prosper in the 1980s and beyond. We always thought Storm Shadow’s all-white look was the hotness, but this more realistic black look for the Funko Pop is very solid. While having an enormously oversized cranium probably isn’t the best choice for stealth, he looks cute and will be a great addition to your Pop collection.Get it at Amazon.comGood Smile Ninja Batman PVC FigureDC’s dark knight detective lends himself well to ninja-style reinvention – he’s already a black-clad creature of the shadows who strikes without warning or mercy, all you need is to throw a few shuriken in the utility belt and you’re halfway there. This insanely cool PVC statue designed by Takashi Okazaki is inspired by the 2018 anime film and depicts a time-displaced Bruce Wayne sent to feudal Japan, who discovers that all of his rogues’ gallery have set themselves up as lords with armies of samurai under their sway. Not a good look!Get it at Amazon.comLEGO Ninjago CityIf there’s a pop culture trend, LEGO will find a way to make a brick construction kit out of it. They introduced the Ninjago line in 2011 after previously experimenting with a ninja-themed Castle set in the early part of the century, and it rapidly became a hot property with a tie-in TV series and movie. The City set is the biggest and baddest Ninjago offering, with a three-level main structure linked by a sliding elevator, twelve minifigures and a ton of accessories and other cool stuff.Get it at Amazon.com12 Inch Sub-Zero FigureIf you believe the soundtrack to the Mortal Kombat movie, Sub-Zero is a “Chinese ninja warrior with a heart so cold.” Ignoring the geographical inaccuracies, this is one seriously bad-ass action figure. Standing a full foot tall, Sub-Zero is crafted from the actual digital assets used in Mortal Kombat X, so every polygon is replicated in plastic. Sporting a dozen points of articulation and exchangeable hands, he’s ready to perform fatalities — or friendships — on the rest of your action figure lineup.Get it at Amazon.comGauntlet Hand ClawOne thing about ninjas is that they have the absolute coolest weapons, full stop. Shurikens are all-time great distance tools that look badass, and their close combat options are equally badass. If you’re looking to really intimidate your coworkers, shell out for this gauntlet-style hand claw that features three nine-inch stainless steel blades connected to a rubber grip for maximum wall climbing or face-slashing. Note: please do not slash anybody’s face with this. Find the peace inside you, young ninja.Get it at Amazon.comMore on Geek.com:11 Best Nintendo ToysMost Radioactive Fallout ToysMost Magical Harry Potter Toys Stay on target Toy Tuesday: The Best ‘South Park’ ToysThe New Lego UCS Imperial Star Destroyer Is Nearly Four Feet Long last_img read more

Children paint over exotic car amid Miami Art Week events

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Some special children got to paint with a purpose as part of Miami Art Week. Their four-wheel canvas was made out of metal.Rashawn Welch owns an exotic car rental business, and he usually offers children who turn in guns the chance to rent a vehicle.But on Friday night, and in the spirit of Art Basel, Welch let the children unleash their inner artist and paint all over one of his cars instead.The event took place along the 3300 block of Northwest Seventh Avenue, near Miami’s Wynwood neighborhood.Welch said he wanted to give these young artists a chance because they probably wouldn’t have the opportunity to experience Art Basel otherwise.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For August 26 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, August 26, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Partly sunny, then gradually becoming sunny, with a high near 84. Calm wind becoming southwest 5 to 7 mph in the afternoon.In The Community: Wilmington Community Television (WCTV) is holding its annual Family Fun Day from 11am to 2pm at Yentile Farm Recreational Facility (9 Cross Street). This event is FREE for Wilmington families. Come on down to enjoy some music, food, and demonstrations from local dancers, martial arts and public safety. This is also an opportunity to check out WCTV equipment and meet our staff, including our new Youth Director Marty McCue!In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE. April Renzella is performing live music.Deadline: Wilmington Pop Warner is holding a drawing for a New England Patriots All-Pro VIP Tailgate Package, which includes a pair of tickets to EACH 2018 regular season home game along with parking and the pre and post-game celebrity tailgate. For package details, visit http://www.patriotstailgate.com. Tickets cost $100 each. Only 250 will be sold. Winner will be drawn on Sunday, August 26. (Need not be present to win.) Contact Wilmington Pop Warner at wpwprez@gmail.com to purchase your ticket(s).In The Community: The Friends of Wilmington Hockey will hold its 1st Annual Drop The Puck fundraiser from 4pm to 8pm at the Tewksbury-Wilmington Elks (777 South Street). The event includes a street hockey tournament fundraiser, which begins at 5pm. The evening will include games, prizes, music and a cash bar. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)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… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Monday, August 19, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Blackpinks Kill This Love breaks YouTube records with 100M views in three

first_imgBlackpink performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  CBS Photo Archive A Korean girl group has made history on YouTube. Blackpink, one of the most popular Korean pop groups, has set new YouTube records with the release of its latest music video, Kill This Love, according to TechCrunch’s report on Tuesday. The single is reportedly the fastest music video to reach 100 million views, hitting the mark in less than three days since its release.Kill This Love is also reportedly YouTube’s most watched music video debut, reaching 56.7 million views within the first 24 hours. The record was previously held by Taylor Swift’s Look What You Made Me Do, with over 28 million views within 24 hours since its launch. In 2015 Swift broke the record set by Adele, whose Hello music video racked up 27.7 million views. YouTube didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Blackpink is a four-women pop group managed by YG Entertainment. The group was the company’s first girl group in seven years and has quickly risen to popularity since debuting in 2016, according to Time magazine. In addition, Kill This Love is the biggest YouTube Premiere so far, with a peak of 979,000 concurrent views, according to TechCrunch. Blackpink didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Share your voice Comments 3center_img Music Digital Media YouTube Tagslast_img read more

State BJP welcomes abrogation of Article 370

first_imgHyderabad: BJP Telangana unit on Monday welcomed abrogation of Article 370. It termed it a historic day of “The Day of Complete Integration of Jammu and Kashmir” with India. In a statement here, BJP State chief spokesperson, Krishna Saagar Rao said “We admire the political will, courage and decisiveness of Prime Minister Narendra Modi ” for taking the historic initiative. It will transform the geographical and administrative connect with Jammu and Kashmir forever. Also Read – Non-bailable warrant to Congress leader Renuka Chowdhury Advertise With Us Adding, the biggest beneficiary of the abrogation of Article 370 will be the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said their living standards, employment opportunities, marital freedom and fundamental rights will have new beginnings. Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh will see unprecedented economic growth, besides prosperity, which was stalled for over 72 years, the BJP chief spokesperson said. Also Read – Hyderabad: Wall collapse in Kukatpally damages four cars Advertise With Us He said BJP is proud that the government has lived up to the expectations reposed by the Indian voters who have given it a clear and strong mandate to transform this nation by resolving pending issues, he said. That apart, we also believe that this initiative to abrogate Article 370 is a fitting tribute to our founder Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee, who sacrificed his life protesting against the special status and autonomy to Jammu and Kashmir, he said.last_img read more

VIDEO Nick Saban and Bama defiantly drop a second episode of Shop

first_imgAt a press conference on Tuesday, Nick Saban defiantly proclaimed Alabama would continue filming their barbershop convo social media series Shop Talk, despite copyright and intellectual property claims levied by LeBron James digital property Uninterrupted. He wasn’t kidding.On Wednesday night, Bama dropped a second episode of Shop Talk (Technically Episode 1 – Part 2) because you don’t win 6 national championships by backing down from a fight. Your move, LeBron.Aside from this whole LeBron/Saban sports heavyweight proxy battle, Shop Talk, the show, is actually really interesting. In this episode, the mostly stern, tight lipped Saban opens up and just BS’s with his guys. And Julio Jones, who no one has heard speak since entering the league, is basically a chatty Kathy. Saban might want to check the mail for another cease and desist. Not that he gives a damn.VIDEO: LeBron responds to Nick Saban’s comments on brewing barbershop show legal battleTeam LeBron accuses Nick Saban and Alabama of copyright infringement over barbershop social media series Advertisementlast_img read more