Champions League playoff fixtures announced

first_imgThe play-off fixtures for the third round of the Champions League have been announced following Monday’s draw in NyonThe ties have been separated into a champions path and a league path with the winners of the six fixtures set to be entered into the group stage draw.Eredivisie title holders PSV Eindhoven will face either Qarabag or BATE Borisov in the Champions path, which will take place between August 21 and 29.Benfica, whose four-year dominance of Portugal’s Primeira Liga came to an end last season, will first face Turkish giants Fenerbahçe before they can take on either Greek side PAOK or Spartak Moscow from Russia.Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in next week’s UCL Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 With the Champions League about to start, we need to start talking about the Top 5 Atletico Madrid players to watch in the competition.Atletico…The exact third qualifying round contenders will be concluded on August 14.Champions League play-off draw Ties on 21 & 29 August: Champions path Crvena zvezda (SRB)/Spartak Trnava (SVK) v Salzburg (AUT)/Shkëndija (MKD) Qarabag (AZE)/BATE Borisov (BLR) v PSV Eindhoven (NED) League path Benfica (POR)/Fenerbahçe (TUR) v PAOK (GRE)/Spartak Moskva (RUS)Ties on 22 & 28 August: Champions path Young Boys (SUI) v Astana (KAZ)/Dinamo Zagreb (CRO) Malmö (SWE)/Vidi (HUN) v Celtic (SCO)/AEK Athens (GRE) League path Standard Liège (BEL)/Ajax (NED) v Slavia Praha (CZE)/Dynamo Kyiv (UKR)(As reported on the UEFA website).last_img read more

Mbappés TIME cover proves he is already larger than life

first_imgKylian Mbappé TIME Magazine cover keeps telling us a story about a young player who is already larger than life, he is already on the level of the all-time greats.Every single time when a player like Kylian Mbappé appears in world football, we pray every single day for injuries to stay away from him and we don’t even flinch when we see them appearing in significant places like the TIME Magazine cover.Kylian Mbappé is the fourth footballer in history to make the cover if this prestigious publication, before him we had Lionel Messi, Neymar, and Mario Balotelli.The news came flying around the world and people everywhere are already talking about this special talent, who is already considered better than Lionel Messi himself at the same age.Just last weekend, we say Mbappé scoring 4 goals in 13 minutes for PSG against Olympique Lyonnais, this Thursday we get that TIME Magazine cover on the same day that France played against Iceland.Kylian started this match on the bench, but the game got very complicated for Les Bleus and manager Didier Deschamps felt the need to get his best player on the field.Mbappé’s impact was instantaneous, Iceland’s own goal came from a cross constructed by him from the right wing and he got the opportunity to get the equalizer near the end of the match.Mbappé got awarded a penalty and took the shot himself without any hesitation, scoring this goal meant that Kylian became the first player in French football history who scored 10 goals for his country before the age of 20.There is no way that he is stopping this rise to power, only a nasty injury could stop him by this point and that’s exactly the reason we pray every single day.Watching Kylian Mbappé playing every day at this early age, brings us memories of a young Ronaldo Nazario, the first of a new breed of Super Strikers whose career got delayed by a horrible knee injury when he played for Internazionale Milano.We keep talking about Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo’s impact in world football, but Ronaldo Nazario was well on his way to scoring the same amount of goals per season if that injury hadn’t occurred to him in Italy.PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Even after going through such hell, Ronaldo was able to win a World Cup for Brazil practically by himself and kept glowing on his own with Real Madrid for a few more years before he decided to leave Los Galacticos.Kylian Mbappé has all the potential to do what Ronaldo Nazario couldn’t, he can be even greater than Messi and Ronaldo.Hoy Kylian Mbappé apareció como portada de la revista @TIME, solo 4 futbolistas han sido la cara de la revista en su historia: Mbappé, Messi, Neymar y Balotelli pic.twitter.com/UEBdDvN6Ch— SoyReferee (@SoyReferee) October 11, 2018But the player’s impact in the game which is already impressive at his age, is not the only great quality he has.When France won the World Cup, the monetary prize very player gets when they win, was something that the youngster wanted to use well.He decided to donate the money to a charity that teaches sports to disabled children, it was $500k what he donated and said that the money doesn’t change his life but it does change the life of those children.This is the main reason why TIME Magazine decided to put him on the cover because his impact at such an early age is already massive, and we can’t even imagine how far he will go in both the sport and as an example for children around the world.We are hoping Kylian Mbappé to keep mesmerizing us all with his unique talent, he is the most certain candidate to win the Golden Boy Award in December and even has a big chance of surprising everybody in the Ballon d’Or voting process.There is a very big chance that Kylian Mbappé gets himself in the podium for the award, especially if he keeps this momentum going until the end of the year and qualifies PSG to the Champions League’s next round with his goals.World Cup winner ✅Time magazine cover ✅Model philanthropist ✅Reminder: Kylian Mbappe is 19 years old. pic.twitter.com/kOklBtowIc— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 11, 2018What do you think about Kylian Mbappé impact in both football and society at such an early age? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Digicel done with 8 million network customers get free upgrades and services

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 24 jul 2015 – Digicel is done, complete with its network rebuild and this week the company celebrated with a press conference to announce the re-launch. It is an $8 million dollar investment by the telecoms giant which explained that the project involved the installation of over 30km of fibre optic cable, 11km of coaxial cable and the doubling of its international bandwidth capacity – all of which, Digicel promises, will deliver an unbeatable, superfast broadband experience to homes and businesses across TCI, even during peak times. Digicel is no longer just a mobile service player in the market and shared that on the TV side, users will see that the upgrade equates to sharper, more consistent, reliable picture quality. Add to this, during that press conference held Wednesday at the Blue Haven Resort, TV users will have an easy to use electronic TV guide and a host of leading new channels. Digicel Play CEO, Erik Staaf said, “Today, we are confident that the customer experience on our newly rebuilt network is the best and most reliable in the TCI – making Digicel the home of the fastest internet and best TV service. I want to say a massive thank you to our loyal customers for their patience during this process – we hope they’ll agree it’s been worth the wait.” And Digicel is serious about that thank you with three months of free premium movies to TV subscribers and a free upgrade to its broadband customers. Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Digicel T&T Donates Supplies to Anguilla and British Virgin Islands TCI Govt meets with Digicel and Carnival Cruise Lines Related Items:digicel, erik staaf, network update Thousands without power in TCIlast_img read more

Emergency action in Grand Turk due to sea surges

first_img Recommended for you Cruise figures forecast to drop, says Tourism Director Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Minister of Works puts government buildings reconstruction post hurricanes at $8.6m RBC Team off to Grand Turk with EZ Pay Related Items:dema, emergency, grand turk, katherine hart, national park Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 16 Feb 2016 – Climate change is affecting coastal conditions in Grand Turk so severely that the Department of Environment and Maritime Affairs, DEMA is permitting some extra-ordinary measures to save personal property. A notice came late yesterday saying there continues to be severe erosion along the coast and that it is causing concern for beach front property owners in the Capital. The situation is so bad that DEMA is labeling the work to be done as an emergency and is allowing heavy machinery to maneuver within the National Park in order to preserve residents’ properties. Katherine Hart, Environmental Officer said: “The primary problem is erosion of the beach in the National Park which, so far, has been impacting roads…” High swells and wave action is behind this exceptional permission and drastic action. last_img read more

Burton boss wants to make history

first_imgFor Nigel Clough, a single goal against Manchester City would suffice to make his team very happy after losing 9-0 in the first leg of the Football League Cup Semifinal.Manchester City defeated Burton 9-0 in the first leg of the Football League Cup Semifinal.The small Football League One club could not compete against the English Premier League side.And they are set to play tomorrow again in the second leg.For Burton boss Nigel Clough, a single goal would suffice to make his side very proud before being eliminated from the competition.“It will be about little milestones and pride of course,” said Clough to the BBC.“If one of our players could score against one of the best teams in Europe then that would be a milestone for us.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“And it would be a wonderful individual milestone for whoever got a goal.”“It will probably never happen again. To beat the team’s we have beaten to get here and end up in the last four with Manchester City, Chelsea, and Tottenham – three of the best sides in Europe,” he added.“It’s amazing, really, and the fact that the semi-finals are over two legs helps emphasize that.”Burton Albion defeated Premier League side Burnley, and Championship teams Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest, and Middlesbrough to be able to play against City.The team was founded 69 years ago and last season played in the Championship before being relegated.The Brewers have never been able to reach the Premier League.last_img read more

Weather Eye Storms headed our way though weekend may prove tolerable

first_imgAs we approach mid-December, the weather will be more typical of the season. A large cold low in the Gulf of Alaska will spin one storm after another, with that atmospheric “river” heading our way. Initially, rainfall amounts will be heaviest over Vancouver Island and the Olympics, with many inches of rain in those areas. Mild tropical air in the mix will keep our snow levels high and produce wind at times this week. Storm warnings were in effect along the ocean beaches for winds of more than 60 mph. Seas will run 20 feet or higher. Be cautious if you intend to do some storm watching! It will be dangerous along the beaches, for sure. Stay back from the water’s edge.We had a fairly decent weekend. It was nice to get out and about. With a little luck, we may end up with similar conditions this weekend. Of course, it will be cooler with lots of fog. Good practice weather for Rudolph.The highs most of the weekend will be in the 55-60 degree range here. Coastal areas were in the low 60s Monday. My nature observations this week: I found yet another stink bug enjoying my warm abode over the weekend. He was not so lucky. My backyard squirrel hasn’t been seen for days now. Maybe he’s cuddled up in a hollow tree somewhere eating those secured walnuts? One lonely frog continues to croak every night in the woods behind me. Not quite ready for winter’s slumber, I guess.I haven’t seen the usual pair of ducks enjoying the standing water in our overflow drainage area; maybe they’ve moved on to tread better waters? So as nature’s critters slow down, the weather part will pick up. Enjoy the sound of the pelting rain and wind along with the joyous sounds of the holidays. We’ll chat Thursday. Ho, ho, ho.Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.comlast_img read more

Semantic Ad Platform Creates Analytics Dashboard for Publishers

first_imgPeer39 has upgraded its semantic targeting technology platform, which analyzes URL categories and matches advertisements to related editorial content, to now include an analytics dashboard allowing publishing executives to gain insights into inventory in “almost real time.” The dashboard features an “executives” tab, which overviews content categories and ad placement via pie charts and offers analytics, graphs, tables and insights for various groups on the publishing side that deal with inventory and advertising operations. It also will introduce an ad operations section for projections on the amount of content created in a given category, simplifying the process of predicting revenue for a particular ad campaign. Sales people also can utilize post-campaign reporting functions, which are broken down by conversions, clicks, and volume, with the option to add and block content categories, helping advertisers that require brand-safe environments on publishers’ sites. According to Peer39 CEO Amiad Solomon, the company expects its new dashboard interface “will give [clients] a better understanding of, and the ability to take further advantage of, our platform’s capabilities.”For publishers already signed up for Peer39 (cost is an annual flat rate based on number of impressions, or a per-CPM fee), the dashboard upgrade is free.last_img read more

SF Chronicle Launches 49ers Digital Magazine

first_imgThe San Francisco Chronicle launched its 49ers Insider digital magazine last week in advance of the team’s season-opener against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.The iPad-exclusive app will be published twice each week with a pregame edition released on Fridays and a postgame version coming the day after that week’s game. Content includes exclusive multimedia features, articles from the Chronicle’s sports section, player profiles, opponent scouting reports, fantasy football and betting advice, as well as social media integration.“When you research an audience of highly engaged sports enthusiasts, or highly engaged people who watch any particular NFL team like the 49ers, often the feedback that you get is ‘I want more information than I’m currently getting and I’m willing to pay for it,’” Adkins says. “The audience says they can’t get enough.”More specifically, Adkins says, it’s about providing information that isn’t readily available elsewhere. There will be some overlap between content in the Chronicle and on the app, but with several new staff members brought on specifically for the digital magazine, the focus is putting out exclusive stories. The nature of the NFL schedule—one game per team per week, usually on Sunday afternoons—lends itself to a unique publishing schedule as well. It allows Adkins’ team to capitalize on the market when it’s most hungry for that extra content.“Everybody has limited information right after the game. You basically know score, statistics and a couple of key elements that may have happened,” Adkins says. “But player interviews, coach interviews, those types of things start to trickle in after the game and they’re not immediately available. So we see a spike in web traffic, obviously, after the game, but we also see it on Monday when a lot of the coverage starts to come in.” At $9.99, the price works out to about 30 cents per issue for the full 16-game regular season.As a new product in a new market, Adkins admits his team is not entirely sure of the price elasticity yet, but emphasized that the project’s purpose at this stage was to build volume.“If you have no brand identity, the best thing to do would be to create what we thought [would be] a low enough price point that would drive a significant level of subscribers,” he says. “We decided that we wanted to try to build volume off of it.”For now, the app is only available on the iPad, but other platforms—for a bigger audience reach—may be supported by the end of the season.To stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, become a Facebook fan and follow us on Twitter!last_img read more

MediaNext Coverage In Keynote Elisabeth DeMarse Addresses TheStreet Incs Turnaround

first_imgThe contributor content model allows various industry voices to publish their insights directly on the company’s site, which are then widely distributed across all TheStreet’s media channels. Currently, TheStreet retains 100 content contributors* with plans to grow aggressively, according to DeMarse, but there is a “personal touch” from the editors that helps facilitate the exchanges.“It’s not a tsunami of content,” she said. “[But] it’s the way of the future.”Adjusting her company’s advertising perspective, implementing cost-cutting measures and managing content and talent are the ways DeMarse was able to facilitate TheStreet’s financial turnaround since joining the company over a year ago. In the second quarter of 2013, TheStreet generated $13.5 million, an 8 percent year-over-year increase.One factor in that success was her ability to improve subscription revenues through acquiring The Deal, an institutional subscription business, and converting subscribers from TheStreet’s free website.“I came into the company saying we’re going to grow through acquisitions,” DeMarse said. “I am so happy and relieved we have a strong subscription base.” Acquisitions will be a key method for the company’s ongoing growth, she said, adding that TheStreet Inc. has $60 million set aside for making deals.DeMarse also noted that while some of her undertakings were difficult to build upon, they were better than the ad-supported revenue options too volatile for her liking.“There is no such thing as a loyal advertiser anymore,” she said. “The people on the buy side can’t do ROI (return on investment). That’s the dirty secret.” New York—Transitioning from one model to another is a difficult undertaking for any media publishing company. However, morphing within an industry in constant tumult is an entirely different situation. Online publishers are by nature media disrupters, as they do not follow the ink-and-paper path of the past. Nevertheless, they too have to continue to change and grow along with their market audience, making both intelligent and low cost adjustments to drive success. Elisabeth DeMarse, chair, president and CEO of TheStreet, Inc., a financial news and services network, addressed that issue, plus her company’s subscription model, extended contributor network and more on Monday as keynote speaker at FOLIO:’s MediaNext 2013 conference in New York.DeMarse offered candid comments about downsizing her editorial staff and the expansion of TheStreet’s contributor content model.“When I came in, we went from 70 on staff to 15 and I filled in with the contributor content model,” she said. “We pulled $2 million from the newsroom [costs].” Correction: In an earlier version of this story, it was reported that TheStreet currently has 500 content contributors. They currently retain 100.last_img read more

SpaceX Crew Dragon mission to ISS delayed yet again

first_img SpaceX preps Crew Dragon Enlarge ImageFalcon 9 and Crew Dragon get ready for a test flight. SpaceX SpaceX and NASA are no strangers to launch delays, and the latest involves the first major test flight of the SpaceX crew capsule, the Crew Dragon. NASA announced on Thursday it has pushed the schedule for the Demo-1 launch into February at the earliest.  Crew Dragon was previously set to head to orbit on Jan. 7, but that date was reset for Jan. 17. NASA did not specify a new target date, but it says SpaceX and NASA are still completing hardware testing and joint reviews. The uncrewed test flight to the International Space Station is designed to check how the launch, orbital, docking and landing systems function before actual astronauts take a ride to space inside the capsule.  Comment Crew Dragon is part of NASA’s Commercial Crew program, which also involves the Boeing Starliner. The space agency is hoping to bring astronaut launches back to US soil for the first time since 2011. Astronauts visiting the ISS have been hitching rides on Russian spacecraft.  The capsule and the Falcon 9 rocket that will launch it are sitting upright together on the historic Apollo 11 launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX founder Elon Musk tweeted over the weekend that the test flight will be “extremely intense” since there’s a lot of new hardware involved. If the test flight goes well, then astronauts could take the first crewed flight on Dragon later this year. NASA says it will confirm a new target launch date after coordinating with the Eastern Range rocket range and the ISS program. 10 Photos Tags 1 SpaceX Crew Dragon preps for ‘extremely intense’ first test flight NASA astronauts test SpaceX spacesuits in the Crew Dragon Share your voice Space cheese and 9 other weird items we’ve sent into orbit (pictures) NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further. What NASA’s Kepler telescope sees: It’s helped amateurs spot an unusual new planet in a “Goldilocks zone.” Sci-Tech NASA Space SpaceXlast_img read more

ICICI Kotak Downgrade Nestle India Stock

first_imgWith its key revenue driver Maggi instant noodles in trouble, the Nestle India stock has been downgraded yet again, this time by ICICI and Kotak. The brand holds 72 percent (by volume) of the instant noodle market in India and contributes about 30 percent to its net sales. A nationwide recall of the product is therefore is seen as a major setback to its revenues by analysts.ICICIdirect.com has cut the price target to ₹6,039 from ₹6,901, while Kotak had downgraded it to ₹5,800 from ₹6,012.”We have a cautious view on the stock as we expect volume growth to remain under pressure in CY15E (volume growth at 0.7% CAGR in CY11-14). We cut our target price on the stock to Rs 6039 per share (45x its CY16E earnings) and maintain our HOLD rating on the stock,” according to moneycontrol.com.Kotak has said that the impact on Nestle India is contigent on certain factors. “The impact of the Maggi recall on Nestle India’s current year’s numbers is likely to be moderate-to-substantial, depending on the pace of (1) resolution of issue at hand, and (2) regaining consumer confidence,” analysts at Kotak said in their research note, according to The Economic Times.The Nestle India stock came under heavy selling pressure this week, as the controversy raged on its Maggi instant noodles, after food regulators of several Indian states detected more than permissible limits of lead and MSG in Maggi noodle samples and banned it.Falling by 15 percent in six trading sessions, the stock price saw some stabilization on Friday.The share price of Nestle India closed at ₹ 5,997.10 on the Bombay Stock Exchange on 5 June, down 15 percent from ₹7,064.85 on 27 May. The volume of Nestle’s shares traded on the stock exchanges rose three times than the average volume in the past few months.Foreign brokerage Barclays had earlier downgraded its target price for the Nestle India stock to ₹5,149 from ₹5,593 previously estimated, Business Today reported.last_img read more

Hawaii to challenge new Trump order

first_imgA view of Honolulu, Hawaii is seen from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Reuters file photoThe state of Hawaii said it will ask a federal court on Wednesday for an emergency halt to President Donald Trump’s new executive order restricting travel from six Muslim-majority countries, becoming the first state to challenge the ban in court.In a court filing on Tuesday, Hawaii said it would seek a temporary restraining order against the new travel ban. Hawaii’s suit against the original executive order was put on hold.The Trump administration this week issued the new executive order that supplanted an earlier, more sweeping one which had been challenged in court by several states in addition to Hawaii.The new order is much more narrowly tailored than the first one issued in January. It keeps a 90-day ban on travel to the United States by citizens of Iran, Libya, Syria, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen but excludes Iraq, and applies the restriction only to new visa applicants.“To be sure, the new executive order covers fewer people than the old one,” Neal Katyal, one of the lead attorneys for Hawaii, said in an interview with CNN. He said the new travel ban still “suffers from the same constitutional and statutory defects.”“We are confident that the president’s actions are lawful to protect the national security of our country,” the Justice Department said in a statement.In a joint filing, Hawaii and the US government asked for oral arguments in the case to be held March 15, a day before the new travel order is set to take effect.Separately, in a case brought by Washington state against the first Trump travel order, the Justice Department on Tuesday said it would voluntarily dismiss its own appeal of a Seattle federal court ruling that had suspended the order.Washington state did not oppose the administration’s request to end its appeal, the filing said.Immigration advocates said the new ban still discriminates against Muslims and fails to address some of their concerns with the previous directive. Legal experts said the new ban would be harder to challenge because it affects fewer people living in the United States and allows more exemptions to protect them.Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson on Monday said his office was evaluating whether it would challenge the new order and would likely decide this week.The 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals last month had blocked Trump’s first order, saying Washington state would likely be able to prove that it violated constitutional protections.That appeals court ruling has not been withdrawn and its legal reasoning can still be cited as precedent in future cases, Washington attorney general spokesman Peter Lavallee said on Tuesday.last_img read more

9 Nagorik Oikyo men to contest polls with Sheaf of Paddy

first_imgMahmudur Rahman Manna and SM AkramA total of nine Nagorik Oikya leaders will contest the upcoming general elections with the symbol of ‘Sheaf of paddy’, the election symbol of Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP).A top leader of the Nagorik Oikya told Prothom Alo that as their party has no registration, their candidates will compete in the elections with the BNP’s symbol.Nagorik Oikya started distributing the nomination papers to the nominated candidates on Tuesday morning after the BNP leaders handed over the nomination papers to the representatives of the party on Monday night.“BNP earlier told us about nine seats. Finally, they handed over the nomination papers to us on Monday night,” said ther top leader of the Nagorik Oikya.Those who were nominated from the Nagorik Oikya are Nagorik Oikyo convener Mahmudur Rahman Manna for Bogura-2 constituency, SM Akram for Narayanganj-5, Fazlul Haque Sarkar for Chandpur-3, Nazrul Islam for Mymensingh-2, Mobarah Hossain for Brahmanbaria-2, Rabiul Islam for Satkhira-2, Shah Mohammad Rahmatullah for Rangpur-1, Mofakkharul Islam Nabab for Rangpur-5, M Nurur Rahman for Barisal-4.Manna confirmed to the Prothom Alo that nine Nagorik Oikya candidates are going to contest the next national elections with ‘Sheaf of Paddy’.last_img read more

Dispose of drug cases within 6 months HC

first_imgHigh-CourtThe High Court on Tuesday asked trial courts to dispose of cases filed under the Narcotics Control Act within six months, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice M Enayetur Rahim and justice Md Mostafizur Rahman passed the order while hearing a bail petition filed by an accused in a drug-related case.The court also asked the deputy commissioners, superintendents of police and investigation officers of the cases concerned to provide all kinds of assistance so that the trial proceedings are completed as soon as possible.Besides, the HC asked the state counsels and investigation officers of the cases to take necessary steps to ensure the appearance of witnesses in courts and ordered legal action in case of their failure.Assistant attorney general Yunus Mahmud Morshed said law enforcers arrested Mizanur Rahman Baroi of Rajoir upazila in Madaripur district along with 600 yaba tablets on 1 December 2015 and since then he has been in jail.“Not a single witness has so far been produced before the court in the case filed in this connection and the High Court expressed its dissatisfaction over the matter before pronouncing the order,” he said.With the order, the trial proceedings of new drug-related cases will have to be disposed of within six months after submission of charge-sheets, Yunus said.He, however, said the HC did not set any timeframe for disposing of old cases. “It only asked for completing the trial proceedings as soon as possible,” he said.last_img read more

Inu Mujibul Anisul Mosharraf made parliamentary committee heads

first_imgHasanul Haq Inu, Mosharraf Hossen, Anisul Islam Mahmud and Mujibul Haq (clockwise)Six more parliamentary standing committees on various ministries were formed on Thursday with the approval of leader of the house and prime minister Sheikh Hasina.Chief whip Noor-E-Alam Chowdhury proposed the names of the committees and the members in the house with deputy speaker M Fazley Rabbi Mia in the chair. The house unanimously adopted the proposals by voice votes.The Jatiya Sangsad (JS) bodies are on Labour and employment ministry, railway ministry, information ministry, ministry of home affairs, housing and public works ministry and expatriate welfare and overseas employment ministry.Mujibul Haq will lead the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of labour and employment while Hasanul Haq Inu has been made chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the Information Ministry.ABM Fazley Karim Chowdhury will lead parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of railway while M Shamsul Haq Tuku is made chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of home affairs.Mosharraf Hossen has been made chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of housing and public works.On the other hand, Anisul Islam Mahmud will lead the parliamentary standing committee on the ministry of expatriate welfare and overseas employmentlast_img read more

Pipeline Cybersecurity Push Bond Set at 1000000 for Man Accused Of Killing

first_imgThe Associated Press reports the couple will live in New York. Barbara’s twin sister, Jenna Bush Hager, told NBC’s “Today” show on Monday Barbara wore something borrowed — a bracelet her grandfather had given to his wife on their 70th wedding anniversary. Her namesake and grandmother, former first lady Barbara Bush, died at age 92 in April. Barbara Pierce Bush gets married President George W. Bush has announced daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, wed Craig Coyne during a ceremony in Kennebunkport, Maine. A shortage of bilingual counselors, despite more funding after HarveyAs demand for mental health care in Houston has grown over the past year, providers say the lack of bilingual counselors has become more apparent.After Hurricane Harvey, care providers thought an influx of grant money would help them hire more bilingual counselors, specifically who speak Spanish, Vietnamese, or Farsi. Bond set at $1,000,000 for suspect in deadly car chaseA car chase turned deadly over the weekend when a suspect struck and killed a woman at an underpass Sunday morning.Precinct 1 deputies involved in vehicle pursuit this morning. Fleeing suspect lost control and struck a woman underneath the underpass of Rankin and I 45 north. Suspect is in custody. HCSO Traffic has taken over the investigation of the fatality accident pic.twitter.com/Zyauq4L2Oa— HCSOTexas (@HCSOTexas) October 7, 2018The Harris County Sheriff’s Office says deputies were chasing the suspect when he lost control of his car. He’s since been charged with murder, evading arrest, and felony possession of a firearm. His bond is set at $1,000,000. Houston’s arts community prepares for future disastersMedley Inc.Houston Airports System employees in front of the collaborative piece by San Antonio based artists Sunny Sliger and Marianne Newsom, who donated the work to the Harvey Arts Recover Fund. This was taken during a temporary installation at George Bush Intercontinental Airport.As full-recovery from Harvey continues for many sectors in Houston, the Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) said many in the city’s arts community are still unprepared for the next disaster.The alliance reports 71 arts and culture non-profits reported damages from Harvey, totaling more than $56 million dollars. In addition, HAA said almost all of those entities are still suffering from revenue loss, due to lost ticket sales and canceled programs.That’s why the alliance is hosting a series of free workshops, lead by national experts from Performing Arts Readiness and CERF+, to help the arts community minimize future potential damage and become more resilient.center_img New pipeline cybersecurity effort underwayThe federal government is launching a new effort to better protect oil and gas pipelines against cyber attacks.Top officials with the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Energy met with industry leaders last week. Out of that meeting came an initiative that will use federal resources and expertise to “better understand the threat landscape” and focus cybersecurity efforts in certain areas. Execution stayedTexas’ highest criminal appeals court has put on hold an execution previously scheduled for this week.Juan Segundo was set to be executed Wednesday for the 1986 rape and slaying of 11-year-old Vanessa Villa.The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals ordered that his execution be put on hold in light of a 2017 Supreme Court decision that invalidated Texas’ method of discerning intellectual disability.Segundo’s lawyers say he’s intellectually disabled and therefore ineligible for execution. Sharelast_img read more

Elks Hold National Convention in Baltimore

first_imgParts of Baltimore’s Inner Harbor were draped in purple and white over the Aug. 5 weekend.The Elks were in town for their Grand Lodge and Grand Temple National Convention.  With 500,000 members worldwide, chances are that if you aren’t a member of the Improved Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the World (IBPOEW), someone in your circle of family and friends is.Dr. Richard D. Dickens, Bro. George F. Wright, Exalted Ruler of Monumental Elks Lodge #3, and Bro. Samuel J. Raines present Bro. Grover Williams (center, left) with the, “Elk of the Year,” award. (Photo by J.D. Howard)Founded in 1898 upon the principles of “charity, justice, brotherly and sisterly love, and fidelity,” the Elks of today say they are proud to uphold a legacy that speaks for itself.“We’re not outdated,” said Leonard Polk, executive vice-president of the IBPOEW. “There are a lot of issues that we believe are relevant to the Elks of yesteryear and now.”Polk told the AFRO that the IBPOEW has focused on health and education in recent years, donating $13,000 in support of Alzheimer’s research last year and $15,000 to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital in 2015.This year the organization is focusing on kidney disease and working with the American Cancer Society. Polk said that now is the time for Elks around the world to stand up for their communities.“We have a current administration that is interested in cutting benefits and services that we, over time, have taken for granted,” Polk said. “We see many governments and cities cutting out after school programs and similar initiatives.”“We, as the Elks in those communities, can open up our lodges for those tutoring sessions to make a difference in the lives of those children,” he added. “We can have community symposiums for voter registration. We can fill in the gap and provide some of those services.”Over the years the Elks have proved that they are much more than just a social club with distinct hats, customs, and nomenclature. The Elk’s Annual Oratorical Contest has helped some of Black America’s best and brightest become international symbols of success and power.Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall used his oratorical scholarship to become a part of the first graduating class from Howard University’s School of Law in 1933. Long before Oprah Winfrey had a talk show she, too, was speaking in front of the Elks for a scholarship, like Dorothy I. Height and Martin Luther King, Jr. did before her. Winfrey used her winnings to attend and graduate from Tennessee State University in 1973.IPBOEW is not to be confused with the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks of the United States of America (BPOE), which according to information from the Notable Kentucky African American Database, was less than “benevolent” and “protective” when it came to Black people in their organization.As a result of the country’s racial divide, Arthur James Riggs, a former slave, and Benjamin Franklin Howard formed their own version of the Elks—but not before Riggs and his family were ostracized and run out of town.Though Riggs and Howard, both Kentucky natives, originally began the organization in Cincinnati for men, Emma Virginia Kelly formed the Daughters of the Elks in 1902. That group would later be recognized as the official women’s auxiliary for the Elks with the creation of Temple No. 1 in Norfolk, Va.Traveling from Florida to attend this year’s Baltimore convention, Pamela Williams said that becoming an Elk was naturally the next step for her after a childhood of involvement in youth activities and programs. Clad in her “Daughters of the Elks” garb, Williams said the conventions are still very necessary for unified action.“It’s necessary for us to continue to do this so we can carry out the tradition of what Elkdom stands for: helping our community,” she said.Williams said she was happy to see “people from the Bahamas, New Mexico, Seattle, Wash., and Maine, all four corners” because “It’s necessary to come together. We need to share what we provide in our communities with everyone else.”The Elks convention took place at Baltimore’s Hilton Hotel in the Inner Harbor. Aside from the oratorical contest, there were beauty and talent contests—also attached to a scholarship—and screenings for kidney disease.last_img read more

Netflix Hulu and Other Streaming Services Trounce Pay TV on Customer Satisfaction

first_imgAltice USA Suddenlink58-8% 2018 Score DirecTV 64-6% Microsoft Store77 This won’t come as a huge shock: Customers of streaming-video companies like Netflix and Hulu are far happier with their service overall than subscribers of traditional cable, satellite and telco TV operators.That’s according to the American Customer Satisfaction Index, a research org that maintains widely recognized benchmarks in multiple industries. This year, for the first time, the ACSI measured video-streaming services — which debuted with an average score of 75 out of 100.That crushed the U.S. pay-TV average of 62, which fell 3% year-over-year to an 11-year low on the 2018 report. Indeed, pay TV continues its dubious distinction as one of the most-hated industries among American consumers: The sector’s average score of 62 is tied with U.S. internet service providers for the lowest customer satisfaction of all 46 industries tracked by the ACSI. Twitch (Amazon)78 HBO Now72 Apple iTunes77 Netflix78 Sling TV71 All Others71 By nearly every measure, customers of streaming providers say they’re more satisfied than those of traditional pay-TV services.“Video streaming services significantly outperformed subscription TV,” David VanAmburg, ACSI’s managing director, said in announcing the findings.For one thing, cable TV has been around for decades — and has a longer history of angering customers with continual rate hikes and subpar customer service. In addition, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and other services are cheaper and simpler to use than cable or satellite TV offerings, and they don’t have the hidden fees typically associated with cable and telecom services, VanAmburg said.Among video-streaming services, Netflix, Sony PlayStation Vue, and Amazon-owned Twitch were the leaders of the pack on ASCI’s survey, tying with a score of 78. Apple iTunes and Microsoft Store tied with 77, and Google’s YouTube Red (which is being supplanted by YouTube Premium) notched a score of 76, followed by Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Vudu, and Google Play with 75.Other streaming services ACSI measured were CBS All Access (74), HBO Now and Starz (both with 72), Dish Network’s Sling TV (71), AT&T DirecTV Now and Showtime Anytime (both with 70), and the free, ad-supported Sony Crackle (68). Even in last place in the category, Sony Crackle rated higher than nearly all subscription-TV services.Pay-TV providers turned in considerably lower scores. Near the bottom of the pack: Comcast’s Xfinity TV, with a dismal score of 57 (down 2% from last year). The only pay-TV operators tracked by ACSI with lower scores were Frontier Communications with 56 and Mediacom with 55.This year, AT&T’s U-verse TV topped the subscription-TV list with a score of 70 (unchanged), followed by Verizon Fios at 68 (down 4%) and Dish held steady at 67. DirecTV and Alice USA’s Optimum both dropped 6% to 64 and 62, respectively. Cox Communications came in at 60 (down 2%), while Charter Communications’ Spectrum and Alice USA’s Suddenlink both turned in scores of 58 (a drop of 8%).One caveat in comparing Netflix and others with Comcast is that ACSI uses different weighted metrics for the various industry segments. But one area that jumps out is call-center satisfaction: Among pay-TV providers, that score dropped 3% this year to an average of 63 — considerably below the 75 average for video-streaming providers. AT&T U-verse TV62– Google Play75 Frontier Communications56-7% CBS All Access74 Mediacom 55-2% Dish 67– DirecTV Now70 2018 ScoreYoY Changecenter_img Cox60-2% Subscription-TV Services Sony Crackle68 Showtime Anytime70 Vudu75 All others62-2% Video-streaming services also received high marks for ease of understanding the bill (80) and website satisfaction (80), and overall performance and reliability (78), while customers rated them lower on availability of the current-season TV shows (71) and new movie titles (69).Among subscription-TV providers, the top-rated metric is HD picture quality, which held steady at a score of 80. But along with the dissatisfaction with call centers, pay-TV subs again gave operators low marks for ease of understanding the bill (73) and ability to minimize service disruptions and outages (72).Meanwhile, customer satisfaction for ISPs dropped 3% in 2018, to an average of 62. One of the chief reasons, according to the ACSI: More than half of Americans have only one choice for high-speed broadband. Scores for every major ISP deteriorated this year except Comcast’s Xfinity Internet, which remained unchanged at 60.The ACSI’s 2018 Telecommunications Report is based on 45,292 customer surveys collected between April 19, 2017 and March 17, 2018.The full report can be accessed at this link. Here are the ACSI rankings for video-streaming and subscription-TV providers:Video-Streaming Services Comcast Xfinity57-2% YouTube Red76 Altice USA Optimum62-6% Starz72 Amazon Prime Video75 Sony PlayStation Vue78 Charter Spectrum58-8% Hulu75 Verizon Fios68-4% Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. 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