Indo-Pak series spins big bucks with sponsorship deals, fully booked flights

first_imgEven before the India-Pakistan cricket series has begun, records are being broken. The title sponsorship – Samsung Cup – has been sold for $4 million (Rs 18 crore). That is about twice as much as the cost of title sponsorship for other cricket series in which India plays. A 10-second,Even before the India-Pakistan cricket series has begun, records are being broken. The title sponsorship – Samsung Cup – has been sold for $4 million (Rs 18 crore). That is about twice as much as the cost of title sponsorship for other cricket series in which India plays. A 10-second advertisement spot on television during the series’ telecast will cost Rs 4-5 lakh, far higher than the Rs 3 lakh it cost during the World Cup 2003. Air tickets to Pakistan for the next four weeks have been sold out. “It is a frenzy unprecedented in cricket history. We have not had an event like this ever since satellite television happened to India,” claims Sharmista Rijhwani, managing director of Taj Television India, the holding company for Ten Sports that has the exclusive telecast rights for the India-Pakistan cricket series.Rijhwani should know. Ten Sports bought exclusive rights to all cricket matches to be played in Pakistan till 2008 for an estimated Rs 60 crore. It had hoped to make big money telecasting Indo-Pak matches, only no such matches took place since it clinched the rights. Now the company is set to make a killing from the forthcoming series alone. Consumer products giant Samsung, the title sponsor, is spending Rs 60 crore while its arch rival LG is pitching in with Rs 50 crore. Two wheeler companies Bajaj Auto and Hero Honda are estimated to spend Rs 15 crore and Rs 11 crore.Highest ScoreClick here to EnlargeJust four weeks of the India-Pakistan series is expected to generate Rs 115 crore for Ten Sports, compared with Rs 230 crore earned by SET Max during the World Cup spread over 42 matches and 52 days. Says Pawan Munjal, managing director and CEO of Hero Honda Motors: “The passion that cricket generates in people on either side of the Wagah border is unmatched anywhere in the world.”Companies are hoping that the cricket frenzy will translate into higher sales. Television industry expects sales in March-April 2004 to be 50 per cent higher than the sales in February-March 2003. That’s when sales too had been propped up by the World Cup. Samsung will be launching at least 10 new products during the series. LG hopes to sell five lakh units during March-April as against 3.5 lakh sold last year. Cellular service provider Hutch will be doing the video replays of the matches and will also bring the critical clips of the tournament to its GPRS subscribers during the series, hoping to boost SMS traffic.The travel and tourism industry has been a surprise beneficiary. Says Ashwani Kakkar, managing director, Thomas Cook India: “As far as this series is concerned, demand is not the constraint for our business. It is the supply which is falling short.” Air tickets to Pakistan during the four weeks of the series have been sold out with a lengthy waiting list. Pakistan International Airlines is increasing its weekly flight frequency from six to 12 from March 20. It is also doubling the capacity per flight by replacing Boeing 737s with the more spacious Airbus A-300s. Indian Airlines is also adding extra flights on the India-Pakistan sector. “We have never had such business in the past,” says Mohammed Ali Haider Naqvi, sales promotion manager, Pakistan International Airlines.The Indian frenzy will have its rub-off effect on Pakistan too. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) – which suffered losses of $20 million when India twice refused to tour Pakistan in the past – will earn $21 million (around Rs 95 crore) from the series. “Revenues generated would be the highest ever in the history of Pakistan,” said PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan at a press briefing. Clearly, for the two countries where war had literally become a game, the game is turning into a war.advertisementlast_img read more

Indian Premier League Auction 2018: How the teams stack up so far

first_imgThe Indian Premier League teams have 182 slots to fill and as things stand, several players have found their new homes. (LIVE UPDATES)Mumbai Indians – 15.8 crRohit Sharma (Indian)Hardik Pandya (Indian)Jasprit Bumrah (Indian)Kieron Pollard (Overseas)Mustafizur Rahman (Overseas)Pat Cummins (Overseas)Suryakumar Yadav(Indian)Krunal Pandya (Indian)Ishan Kishan (Indian)Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs 15.85 crVirat Kohli (Indian)AB de Villiers (Overseas)Sarfaraz Khan (Indian)Brendon McCullum (Overseas)Chris Woakes (Overseas)Colin de Grandhomme (Overseas)Moeen Ali (Overseas)Quinton de Kock (Overseas)Umesh Yadav (Indian)Yuzvendra Chahal (Indian)Manan Vohra (Indian)Kulwant Khejroliya (Indian)Aniket Choudhary (Indian)Navdeep Saini (Indian) Virat Kohli will have Brendon McCullum and Chris Woakes with him in RCB. (Photo: BCCI)Rajasthan Royals – Rs 23.5 crSteven Smith (Overseas)Ajinkya Rahane (Indian)Ben Stokes (Overseas)Stuart Binny (Indian)Sanju Samson (Indian)Jos Buttler (Overseas)Rahul Tripathi (Indian)D’Arcy Short (Overseas)Jofra Archer (Overseas)Kings XI Punjab – Rs 21.9 cr Axar Patel (Indian)Karun Nair (Indian)R Ashwin (Indian)Yuvraj Singh (Indian)KL Rahul (Indian)David Miller (Overseas)Aaron Finch (Overseas)Marcus Stoinis (Overseas)Mayank Agarwal (Indian)Ankit Singh Rajpoot (Indian)Kolkata Knight Riders – Rs 7.6 crSunil Narine (Overseas)Andre Russell (Overseas)Mitchell Starc (Overseas)Chris Lynn (Overseas)Dinesh Karthik (Indian)Robin Uthappa (Indian)Piyush Chawla (Indian)Kuldeep Yadav (Indian)Shubman Gill (Indian)Ishank Jaggi (Indian)Kamlesh Nagarkoti (Indian)Nitish Rana (Indian) Chris Lynn stayed with KKR, but Gautam Gambhir will be returning to Delhi Daredevils. (Photo: BCCI)Delhi Daredevils – 12.3 cradvertisementChris Morris (Overseas)Shreyas Iyer (Indian)Rishabh Pant (Indian)Gautam Gambhir (Indian)Glenn Maxwell (Overseas)Jason Roy (Overseas)Colin Munro (Overseas)Mohammed Shami (Indian)Kagiso Rabada (Overseas)Amit Mishra (Indian)Prithvi Shaw (Indian)Rahul Tewatia (Indian)Vijay Shankar (Indian)Harshal Patel (Indian)Avesh Khan (Indian)Sunrisers Hyderabad – 7.95 crDavid Warner (Overseas)Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Indian)Shakib Al Hasan (Overseas)Kane Williamson (Overseas)Shikhar Dhawan (Indian)Manish Pandey (Indian)Carlos Brathwaite (Overseas)Yusuf Pathan (Indian)Wriddhiman Saha (Indian)Rashid Khan (Overseas)Ricky Bhui (Indian)Deepak Hooda (Indian)Siddarth Kaul (Indian)T Natarajan (Indian)Basil Thampi (Indian)Syed Khaleel Ahmed (Indian) MS Dhoni will be leading CSK again in the IPL. (Photo: BCCI)Chennai Super Kings – Rs 17 crMS Dhoni (Indian)Ravindra Jadeja (Indian)Suresh Raina (Indian)Harbhajan Singh (Indian)Faf du Plessis (Overseas)Dwayne Bravo (Overseas)Shane Watson (Overseas)Kedar Jadhav (Indian)Ambati Rayudu (Indian)Imran Tahir (Overseas)Karan Sharma (Indian)last_img read more

BCB trolls ICC over case of mistaken identity

first_imgFormer South Africa bowler Andrew Hall who turned 44 years old on Wednesday was wished a happy birthday by the International Cricket Council (ICC). But while posting the message on Twitter, the world body posted the picture of Hall’s former teammate Charl Langeveldt, an error which was spontaneously spotted by many including the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB).Hall took 143 wickets in 111 internationals for South Africa and scored over 1600 runs and ICC mentioned the statistic in their tweet, which was subsequently deleted. However, a screenshot of the Tweet reveals the gaffe in all its glory: ICC’s ‘Happy Birthday’ tweet for Andrew Hall (Twitter)Upon noticing the mistake, the BCB, who have hired Langeveldt as an assistant bowling coach recently posted a quirky reply: “That’s our Bowling Coach Charl Langeveldt ?? Happy Birthday to Andrew Hall!”That’s our Bowling Coach Charl Langeveldt Happy Birthday to Andrew Hall! pic.twitter.com/4on85rkhgSBangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) July 31, 2019Bangladesh have appointed former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori as a spin bowling consultant while Langeveldt as the new pace bowling coach, the country’s cricket board said on Saturday.Vettori’s contract is until next year’s Twenty20 World Cup in Australia and the 40-year-old will be available to the team for around 100 days during their preparation.Langeveldt, 44, takes charge as a full-time coach, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) added.Also Read | Put your real name: Dwayne Bravo’s nickname on jersey irks Simon DoullAlso Read | Stuart Broad comes with cheeky reply to Jofra Archer’s old tweet on Ashesadvertisementlast_img read more

Nebraska QB Coach Describes What Adrian Martinez Can Improve

first_img Martinez played in 11 of Nebraska’s game last season, completing 64.6-percent of his passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns. The Huskers’ poor defense resulted in a 0-6 start, however.Nebraska managed to turn things around after the mid-season point, winning four of five games and almost upsetting Ohio State. But the team lost its final game of the season to Iowa on a last-second field goal.Martinez needed reconstructive shoulder surgery when he was in high school, and his arm should only improve as time goes by. He has also been wearing a knee brace since last year, and it is unknown when exactly he’ll be able to get it removed.[Lincoln Journal Star] Adrian Martinez throws a pass for Nebraska.ANN ARBOR, MI – SEPTEMBER 22: Adrian Martinez #2 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers throws a first half pass while playing the Michigan Wolverines on September 22, 2018 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Quarterback Adrian Martinez was one of the lone bright spots for Nebraska in a disappointing 2018 season. Now with a year of experience under his belt, the team expects Martinez to improve by leaps and bounds in 2019.Per the Lincoln Journal Star, Nebraska quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco revealed that there are several ways he expects Martinez will improve next season. He noted that Martinez will be working to correct issues with his footwork, which should in turn improve some of his throws.“Some of those throws that maybe we missed ball placement-wise last year aren’t going to be (missed),” Verduzco said of Martinez’s footwork progress. “When his feet are better, his eyes will be better. He’ll get to his initial response faster. So just cleaning up those sorts of things will be a tremendous help for him.”Martinez himself pointed to his decision making, a natural area of improvement for a quarterback from his freshman to sophomore season.“Obviously, my overall game needs to improve,” Martinez said. “Certain decisions I made in key situations, I would love to take back. That happened in a few different games, and having that experience has allowed me to get better and better.”last_img read more

Nepal faces challenge in identifying Everest bodies

first_imgKathmandu: The bodies of four climbers who failed their Everest challenge and left little clue as to their identity have thrown up a new challenge for Nepalese authorities who control the world’s tallest peak. Worn by the wind and cold to near skeletons, the remains have been in a Kathmandu morgue since they were brought back from the slopes two weeks ago with nearly 11 tonnes of trash. Police and government officials admit they face a huge challenge putting names to the dead climbers and sending them back to their home countries. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’They cannot even be sure how long the corpses had been among scores waiting to be found on the slopes. A government-organised clean-up team retrieved the bodies between the Everest base camp and the South Col at 7,906 metres (25,938 feet) this climbing season. “The bodies are not in a recognisable state, almost down to their bones. There is no face to identify them,” senior police official Phanindra Prasai said. “We have directed the hospital to collect DNA samples so they can be matched with any families who come forward.” Also Read – Pak Army chief accompanies Imran at key meetings in ChinaNepalese police are going through administrative processes so they can make an appeal for help and inform foreign diplomatic missions about the bodies. But some fear the mystery could take years to solve. “It is a difficult task,” said Ang Tsering Sherpa, former president of the Nepal Mountaineering Association. “They need to share more information about the bodies, especially the locations of where the bodies were found, and reach out to expedition operators.” More than 300 people have died on the 8,848-metre (29,029-feet) high mountain since expeditions to reach the top started in the 1920s. It is not known how many bodies are still hidden in the ice, snow and deep crevasses. The body of George Mallory, the British climber who went missing during a 1924 attempt on the summit, was only found in 1999. The remains of his partner Andrew Irvine have never been found. And it is still not known if they reached the top. Some bodies, still in colourful climbing gear, have become landmarks on the way up to the summit, earning nicknames such as “Green Boots” and “Sleeping Beauty”. “Green Boots” is believed to be an Indian climber who died during a 1996 expedition. The body was believed to have been moved away from the main path in 2014.last_img read more

Microsoft teases Windows 10 from 1985 for Netflix show

first_imgSan Francisco: As part of a mystery tie-in with a Netflix show “Stranger Things”, software giant Microsoft has been teasing a nostalgic throwback to 1985, 33 years ago when Windows 1.0 debuted.”The software company began cryptically teasing Windows 1.0 from earlier this month and the latest tease on the Windows handle confirms that it’s indeed a Netflix / ‘Stranger Things’ tie-in, one that we should expect to come to fruition on July 8,” The Verge reported on Friday. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app”Before we move forward, are you sure you’re ready to go know where? .— ..- .-.. -.– / —.. ,” Windows tweeted with a Morse code. Twitter users was quick to decode the Morse code and expressed their excitement in the comments section. “Oh my, this takes me back to being a kid learning about Morse code. Super cool! I can’t wait! Love ‘Stranger Things’,” a user commented. However, since the new season of ‘Stranger Things’ does not feature any Microsoft or Windows product, people are still confused if there is something else they should be waiting for. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails”What’s odd is that there is not a single scene in ‘Stranger Things’ that features or mentions Windows 1.0. Not even in the background, as far as I saw anyway. Why do a product tie-in without the product? A sponsored minisode (or something) on July 8th, maybe?” wrote a user. People seem to be waiting eagerly now to see what happens on July 8. “OMG! What is going to happen next? What is even happening? I can’t wait. But I have to. OMG why?” a tweet read.last_img read more

Nine stories in the news for today Sept 21

first_imgNine stories in the news for Thursday, Sept. 21———PM TRUDEAU SPEECH TO ADDRESS CANADA’S INDIGENOUS PASTPrime Minister Justin Trudeau intends to use his speech to the United Nations General Assembly today to tell a painful story about Canada’s past, the struggles of its Indigenous peoples, and the long road ahead in addressing them. Sources say the prime minister will allude Thursday to the legacy of injustices like residential schools in his speech. The sources say Trudeau will also address climate change in his remarks.———CANADA KEEPING EYE ON HURRICANE MARIAGlobal Affairs says the federal government is closely monitoring hurricane Maria as the storm rips through the Caribbean. Global Affairs says it is providing help to Canadians impacted by the storm and has received 33 requests for assistance to return to Canada. It says Canadians in areas where there is an “avoid all travel” advisory are urged to leave while flights are still available. The storm was classified as a Category 3 storm early today.———CANADA-EU TRADE ENTERS NEW ERA UNDER CETACanadian companies have much greater access to one of the world’s largest markets starting today, as a major trade deal between Canada and the European Union enters into force. Known as the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement, or CETA, the deal clears barriers to trade for Canada’s largest trading partner after the United States. As of today, over 98 per cent of Canadian goods will be able to enter the EU without tariffs, compared with only 25 per cent a day earlier.———COMMISSION: MORE INFO NEEDED ON SITE C REVIEWThe BC Utilities Commission’s preliminary report into the future of the $8.8-billion Site C dam project in northeast BC says it doesn’t have enough information to say whether the project should proceed. Premier John Horgan’s NDP government had asked the commission to review the economic viability of the project after taking office. The panel said the project was on track for its planned completion in 2024, based on BC Hydro data up to June 30, but could not say whether the project is currently on budget.———UCP CANDIDATES SQUARE OFF IN FIRST DEBATEThe four men vying for the leadership of Alberta’s new United Conservative Party focused their attacks on Alberta’s NDP government and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rather than each other during the first official debate last night in Calgary. Brian Jean, Jason Kenney, Doug Schweitzer and Jeff Callaway have four more debates before party members pick a leader next month.———NOVA SCOTIA TO TABLE NEW CYBERBULLYING LAWNova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil is signalling his government will move cautiously on promised new cyberbullying legislation as it prepares its agenda for the legislature’s fall session. The government plan is expected to be laid out with a speech from the throne today, and McNeil has confirmed it includes a replacement for the previous Cyber-Safety-Act.———SENTENCING HEARING TODAY IN STREP DEATH CASESentencing arguments are to be heard in Calgary today for a woman who treated her son with holistic remedies before he died of a strep infection. Tamara Lovett was found guilty in January of criminal negligence causing death. Justice Lovett gave her son dandelion tea and oil of oregano when he developed the infection in March 2013. She testified she thought her son had a cold or the flu.———NO APPARENT PROGRESS IN NAFTA TALKSNegotiators for Canada, Mexico and the U.S. continue trying to forge an agreement on a revamped North American free trade pact but have little to show for their efforts so far. U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer characterizes the progress thus far as something straight out of “Alice in Wonderland.” Canadian government officials insist the talks are going well but trade experts and stakeholders say they’ve seen no progress on any thorny issues and no discernable headway on simple matters.———HOCKEY NIGHT … IN CHINAThe Vancouver Canucks will meet the Los Angeles Kings in Shanghai today and in Beijing on Saturday in two showcase games as the NHL makes its first foray into China. While the NHL isn’t sending its players to the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, in February, the league has a keen eye towards the 2022 Games in Beijing as China continues to invest heavily in winter sports, including hockey.———ALSO IN THE NEWS TODAY:— Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will speak to supporters at a Liberal fundraising event in Mississauga, Ont.— The Privacy commissioner of Canada’s latest annual report will be tabled in Parliament.— Statistics Canada will release the employment insurance figures and wholesale trade numbers — both for July.— Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne will deliver a speech to members of the Quebec National Assembly.— A judge in Halifax is to rule in the case of cabbie Houssen Milad, 46, in the alleged sex assault of a passenger in 2016.— Montreal’s Queen Elizabeth Hotel unveils a new design for the suite made famous by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.— The Winnipeg Blue Bombers will unveil a bronze statue of late head coach/GM Cal Murphy.last_img read more

CBI announces Rs 5lakh reward for info leading to arrest of Virender

first_imgNew Delhi: The CBI has announced a reward of Rs five lakh to anyone who can provide any information leading to the arrest of self-styled preacher Virender Dev Dixit, who is wanted in cases of alleged rape of his disciples. The agency has urged the citizens to share any information with the agency on phone 011-24368657, Fax 01124368662 and email spstfdel@cbi.gov.in, which can lead to his arrest, CBI spokesperson Nitin Wakankar said. He said the identity of the person providing information will be kept secret. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ The CBI had in March, 2018 informed the Delhi High Court that its efforts to locate 77-year-old Dixit, who had allegedly confined several women at his ashram, Adhyatmik Ishwariya Vishwa Vidyalaya, in Rohini here, have not yielded results so far. “The agency has informed that Dixit is absconding and has not joined investigation and efforts are being made to trace him in Nepal,” a High Court bench had said. The agency had issued two Look Out Circulars on January 22, 2018 and February 22, 2019 against him. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K An interpol Blue notice to locate him has also been issued on the request of the CBI on March 26, 2018. The Delhi High Court had on December 20, 2017 directed the CBI to investigate the alleged illegal confinement of girls and women in the ashram where they were kept in “animal-like” conditions behind metal doors in a “fortress” surrounded by barbed wire. The CBI has taken over probe into the three FIRs registered by Delhi Police at Vijay Vihar police station in Rohini by re-registering them, CBI officials said. The two cases are against Dixit for alleged rape and criminal intimidation, while one case is against unidentified people for allegedly obstructing the work of a high court-appointed committee which went to the ashram on December 19, 2017. The court had asked the CBI to investigate the FIRs lodged in Delhi against the Rohini-based ashram and its founder-cum-spiritual head Dixit and the daily diary entries relating to complaints of missing girls, commission of sexual offences and even a case of suicide there.last_img read more

HiTech Pipes achieved growth of 45 per cent in Q4 of FY

first_imgNew Delhi: Hi-Tech pipes Limited, a leading steel processing company in India, recorded its highest-ever sales volume in the financial year of 2018-19. Hi-Tech Pipes Limited, incorporated in 1985, provides world-class innovative products for nearly three decades with a presence in steel pipes, hollow section tubes, cold rolled coils & strips, road crash barriers and a variety of other galvanised products. In the just-ended financial year 2018-19, Hi-Tech Pipes crossed sales volume of 2,69,000 metric tonnes to achieve a growth of 19 per cent. The same in the financial year 2017-18 stood at 2,26,044 metric tonnes. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal In the just-ended final quarter of the financial year 2018-19, the company has achieved a growth of 45 per cent by crossing the sales volume of 80,000 metric tonnes in this quarter. Commenting upon the Volume Growth, Mr Ajay Kumar Bansal, Chairman and Managing Director, Hi-Tech Pipes Ltd., said, “The Company is continuing its journey of success quarter after quarter and achieved volume growth of 45% in Q4 FY 19. During this quarter volume of Galvanised Tubes & of Pre-Galvanised Tubes has increased significantly. In the financial year 2018-19 also the volume of Galvanised Tubes and volume of Pre Galvanised Tubes has increased significantly.” Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost “Now, prices of steel has stabilised and after formation of new government in the country, it is expected that growth of infrastructure will be at its highest pace. We are confident the story of excellent performance in all the fronts will continue in FY 2020 as well,” Mr Bansal concluded. Hi-Tech Pipes has state of the art integrated manufacturing facilities at Sikandarabad, Sanand (Gujarat) and at Hindupur near Bengaluru with a total installed capacity of 4,25,000 MTPA on a consolidated basis. The Company has a direct marketing presence in over 17 states with more than 300 plus distributors across India.last_img read more

Family of Train Driver Charged with Murder Ask King to Intervene

Rabat- Family and friends of the Bouknadel train driver, El Arbi Errich, are asking King Mohammed VI to relieve him from charges of accidental murder and injury of passengers.Errich, who has worked as a train driver for 30 years, is being prosecuted for the October 16 Bouknadel train accident following the decision of the public prosecutor on October 23.Errich’s daughter told Moroccan news outlet Alyaoum24 that the accident has turned the life of her family, including her mother and four brothers, upside down, especially after the public prosecutor charged Errich. The prosecutor noted that the speed limit on the stretch of track where the train No. 9 linking Rabat and Kenitra on the Casablanca-Kenitra line derailed was 60 kilometers per hour.The train, however, was allegedly running at 158 Kilometers per hour, causing it to derail, killing 7 and injuring 125 on October 16.Errich’s pained wife told the press that the police took Errich to court even though he had just been released from the hospital, still suffering from a head injury and devastated by the accident.“There is no way that [Errich] would drive at 160 Kilometers if he was told to drive at 60. What if he had died? Who would take the blame for the accident then?” Errich’s neighbors reasoned.  “We have known the man for years, he’s a responsible, level-headed person. He himself is a victim of the accident,” another stated. He is “innocent” they all insisted, calling on King Mohammed VI to intervene in Errich’s case and spare him from imprisonment.Errich risks a prison sentence ranging from three months to five years and a fine of MAD 250 to 1,000, according to Acts 432 and 433 of the criminal code.Many Moroccans put the blame on the National Office of Railways (ONCF) after a recording of a conversation between ONCF employees went viral. The recording said that faulty tracks and a lack of speed-limit signs caused the accident. read more

Fire blazes at French chemical plant schools closed

PARIS — Firefighters are battling a blaze at a chemical plant in western France, and authorities have closed schools in 11 surrounding towns and asked residents to stay indoors.The administration for the Seine-Maritime region urged people to avoid non-essential travel in the area after the fire alarm rang at the Lubrizol plant in Rouen early Thursday. The Interior Ministry tweeted that schools and nurseries in the area have been closed, and residents in nursing homes are being confined.Images aired by BFM television show a mass of black smoke and bursts of orange flames above the plant. Sirens sounded over and over.The cause of the fire is being investigated.The plant produces additives for lubricants and paint, according to Lubrizol’s website. The company didn’t comment.The Associated Press read more

Conflictridden Somalia conquers polio starts new vaccination campaign – UNICEF

Tens of thousands of vaccinators started out on a three-day trek to find and vaccinate every child younger than 5 on the first 2004 National Immunization Day (NID). “If polio can be stopped in Somalia, it can be stopped anywhere. This success is a testament to the will of the Somali people and the effectiveness of strategies in place to stop the virus,” UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said. “If the remaining six endemic countries employ these strategies with equal determination, the world’s children will be finally free of this crippling disease.” The six countries are Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Niger, Nigeria and Pakistan, UNICEF said. In the previous eight years of campaigns, the vaccinators have reached 90 per cent of Somali children, even though the infrastructure was devastated after years of civil conflict and although vaccinators sometimes have had to be guarded on their journeys by militias. “There is no question of resistance to immunization in Somalia. Somalis are determined to immunize their children, despite the huge challenges they face,” said UNICEF’s Representative in Somalia, Jesper Morch. Despite the victory in Somalia, the global eradication campaign has been threatened by the suspension of immunization activities in Kano State, Nigeria, due to resistance by some local Islamic groups, allowing the virus to re-infect eight neighbouring and formerly polio-free countries in west and central Africa, UNICEF said. read more

Children bearing brunt of ongoing political instability and violence in Burundi UN

Speaking to reporters in Geneva, UNICEF spokesperson Christophe Boulierac said one of the children died because of a grenade explosion in the Muyinga province, becoming the first child victim of the violence outside of the capital city of Bujumbura. In total, since the beginning of the confrontations in April, eight children have been killed in the violence, he continued, noting also that a child of only four years old had been killed by a stray bullet to the stomach, becoming the youngest victim of the election-related violence so far. UNICEF has also confirmed that a second grenade attack took place on a school ground on 29 June before the proceeding of the voting in the Bururi province. There were no victims, but the children fled from the school and upon return reportedly found military in the school. “Preventing children from experiencing and witnessing violence was everyone’s responsibility,” said Mr. Boulierac, stressing that UNICEF called all levels of Burundian society, including the authorities, security forces and families, as well as the Government of Burundi, to use all influence to protect children and to ensure they were not exposed to violence, arbitrary arrest or unlawful detention. He said that most schools in Bujumbura are still closed, but schools inside the country are still open. Movement across borders had accelerated as people sought refuge in neighbouring countries, with thousands of women and children crossing in the three days preceding the 29 June elections. “Burundi is one of the poorest countries in the world, with one of the highest child malnutrition rates and figures on the top of the Global Hunger index. Prolonged insecurity that provokes repetitive displacement of people is likely to have a massive impact on an already vulnerable population, Mr. Boulierac concluded. According to the UN refugee agency, civil unrest erupted on 26 April in Bujumbura after the ruling CNDD-FDD party elected President Pierre Nkurunziza on 25 April as its candidate for then-scheduled 26 June presidential election. Mr. Nkurunziza has been in office for two terms since 2005, and a broad array of actors warned that an attempt to seek a third term was unconstitutional and contrary to the spirit of the 2000 Arusha Peace and Reconciliation Agreement for Burundi that ended a decade of civil war in the country. read more

Liode 131 détecté dans lair européen vient peutêtre de Hongrie

first_imgL’iode 131 détecté dans l’air européen vient peut-être de HongrieJeudi, l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique (AIEA) a annoncé que l’iode 131 détecté dans l’air de plusieurs pays d’Europe dont la France, pouvait provenir d’un institut de Budapest en Hongrie. Le mystère est peut-être élucidé. Le 11 novembre dernier, plusieurs pays d’Europe parmi lesquelles la Pologne, la République tchèque, la Slovaquie, l’Autriche ou encore la Hongrie ont signalé à l’Agence internationale de l’énergie atomique (AIEA) qu’ils avaient détecté dans l’atmosphère un taux d’iode 131 supérieur à la normale. Mardi dernier, c’était ainsi au tour de l’Institut de radioprotection et de sûreté nucléaire (IRSN) de révéler des traces similaires de cet élément dans l’air français. Toutefois, les autorités ignoraient tout de l’origine de l’iode 131… du moins jusqu’ici.À lire aussiLe mystère de l’étrange lueur découverte dans un poisson par une ménagèreJeudi, l’AIEA a en effet annoncé qu’elle avait une piste : d’après l’Autorité de l’énergie nucléaire de Hongrie, l’élément radioactif pourrait provenir d’une fuite provenant de l’Institut des Isotopes situé à Budapest. Mais si l’établissement concerné a admis avoir récemment émis des quantités plus importantes d’iode-131 que d’habitude, elle a nié être l’origine de la radioactivité anormalement élevée. Son directeur Mihaly Lakatos a expliqué à l’AFP : “Les taux de radioactivité relevés en Hongrie étaient seulement un peu plus élevés à Budapest qu’ailleurs, il n’y avait pas de différence marquée… Si la source de cette radioactivité élevée avait été à Budapest, les niveaux mesurés ici auraient dû être bien plus élevés qu’à Prague qui se situe à 530 kilomètres”.Si l’origine reste donc à confirmer, l’AIEA a tenu à rappeler que les traces d’iode 131 décelées ne présentaient aucun risque pour la santé. Les niveaux détectés sont en effet extrêmement bas : “l’élévation du niveau d’iode correspondrait à une exposition de 0,01 microsieverts si elle se maintenait sur un an, or l’exposition moyenne à la radioactivité ambiante est de 2.400 microsieverts par an”, a précisé l’AIEA dans un communiqué.Le 17 novembre 2011 à 15:17 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Boaty McBoatface Makes Major Climate Change Discovery

first_img $289 million polar research ship could be named Boaty McBoatface Autonomous underwater vehicle Boaty McBoatface may be the key to understanding climate change.Data collected during the yellow submarine’s 2017 deep-sea mission will aid scientists in building more accurate predictions of how increasing Antarctic winds affect rising sea levels.Additional details were published this week in the journal PNAS.“The data from Boaty McBoatface gave us a completely new way of looking at the deep ocean,” Eleanor Frajka-Williams, of the National Oceanography Center, said in a statement. “The path taken by Boaty created a spatial view of the turbulence near the seafloor.”On a three-day expedition at the bottom of the Southern Ocean, Boaty traversed 180 kilometers (110 miles) to measure the temperature, saltiness, and turbulence of the water.The investigation confirmed that warmer water at mid-depths mixes with cold, dense water on the ocean floor to raise temperatures, ultimately inflating sea levels.Scientists chalk this up to changing wind patterns, which have been getting stronger in recent decades due to the hole in the ozone layer above Antarctica and increasing greenhouse gases.This mechanism, however, is not built into current models for predicting the impact of increasing global temperatures on our oceans.Data was downloaded when Boaty re-emerged (via Povl Abrahamsen/British Antarctic Survey)“Our study is an important step in understanding how the climate change happening in the remote and inhospitable Antarctic waters will impact the warming of the oceans as a whole and future sea level rise,” according to project lead Alberto Naveira Garabato, a professor at the University of Southampton.“[It] is a great example of how exciting new technology such as the unmanned submarine Boaty McBoatface can be,” Povl Abrahamsen, of the British Antarctic Survey, added.Especially when used “along with ship-based measurements and cutting-edge ocean models to discover and explain previously unknown processes affecting heat transport within the ocean,” he said.Boaty‘s mission was part of a joint project involving the University of Southampton, the National Oceanography Center, the British Antarctic Survey, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, and Princeton University.More on Geek.com:Study: Climate Change Affects Global Economic Inequality, TooClimate Change Could Melt Tons of Human Poop at Denali National ParkScientists Study Ancient Icebergs for Clues About Modern Climate Change Stay on targetlast_img read more

Watch: This ‘Dragon Ball’ Fan Quit His Job to Set a World Record

first_img There are fans and there are fans. One guy from Japan proved he was the biggest Dragon Ball fan of all time when he quit his job to set a Guinness World Records collection record with his massive collection of Dragon Ball merchandise.Hitoshi Uchida’s collection of Dragon Ball memorabilia consists of 10,098 different items, according to the Guinness World Records. He even has an entire room dedicated to 4,000 Son Goku items.Uchida told Guinness World Records that he has been a fan of the Japanese media franchise, created by Akira Toriyama, since he was a child.“I played Gacha games [a Japanese integrated video game and capsule-toy vending machine] to get my hands on Dragon Ball erasers,” he said. “I always bought them and [displayed] them in my room.”Through the years, Uchida’s growing Dragon Ball collection raised some concern among friends and family.“People started thinking I’m a bit strange,” he said.But to Uchida, Dragon Ball was more than just a favorite manga or anime. The series, said Uchida, helped him with his anxiety.“Since I was a child, I was scared of ghosts, and I was scared of dying,” he said. “And whenever I got scared, I imagined the voice of Son Goku as I was trying to go to sleep. [Son Goku] helped me cope with my fear.”Uchida has more than 10,000 Dragon Ball items. (Photo Credit: Guinness World Records)Indeed, one of the reasons Uchida decided to attempt a Guinness World Record was the opportunity to meet Masako Nozawa, the actress who voices Goku in the anime series. “”She’s helped me out throughout my life and to this day I am longing to meet her — it’s my final goal in life,” he said. “When I thought about how I could make that into a reality, I thought of aiming for the record.”Earning the record was no small feat for Uchida, though. Every figure, every item in his collection had to be photographed individually. The challenge, however, mirrors the Dragon Ball philosophy.“I think [Dragon Ball] wants to tell the audience about not giving up,” Uchida said. “Goku’s opponents are always stronger at first, but Goku goes beyond that. When you face an obstacle, you go over it. I also challenged myself that way so that I can become stronger.”Hitochi Uchida’s Dragon Ball collection is featured in the Guinness World Records 2020 book, which will be released on September 3.More on Geek.com:New Adidas ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Shoes Are On the Way11 Best Dragon Ball ToysGeeksplainer: Dragon Ball Stay on target New Adidas ‘Dragon Ball Z’ Shoes Are On the Way’Dragon Ball’ Wants to Set a Major Guinness World Record at SDCC 2019 last_img read more

Brock Lesnar shows up on WWE Raw, will cash in Money in the Bank…

first_img WrestleMania 36 Will Be In Tampa Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? Bobby Lashley Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Roy Nemer RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Videos Articles Brock Lesnar Videos Articles WhatsApp Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Matchcenter_img Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Brock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlam Now Playing Up Next Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest Facebook Paul Heyman Brock Lesnar appeared on WWE Raw but did not cash in his Money in the Bank briefcase.Lesnar showed up on Raw and beat up WWE Universal champion Seth Rollins. When Paul Heyman would ask him to cash in, Lesnar refused and yelled “Friday”, hinting that he would want to cash in his briefcase at WWE Super ShowDown.Here’s what happened, courtesy of Mike Tedesco’s live Raw recap.Lesnar then hits a limp Rollins with another German Suplex. Lesnar then says, “Friday.” Heyman says he promised them now, but Lesnar again says, “Friday.” Lesnar picks up the WWE Universal Championship and drops it on Rollins before walking off. Rollins’ back is bleeding.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration -:-/Current Time 0:00Loaded: 0.00%Remaining Time -0:00 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Google+last_img read more

Man hospitalized after truck flips hits pole in Amboy

first_imgA man was taken to the hospital Saturday night after the truck he was driving flipped and crashed into a utility pole in Amboy, according to the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.Tracey Ray Jennings, 23, of Battle Ground was driving a 1992 Toyota 4Runner west in the 16800 block of Grantham Road when the truck veered off the road, flipped “end over end” and hit the pole, Sgt. Fred Neiman said by email. Deputies and a fire rescue crew were dispatched to the scene at 10:51 p.m.Jennings, who was thrown from the truck during the crash, was taken by ambulance to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center with injuries described as not being life-threatening, Neiman said. Nobody else was in the truck.Jennings has been discharged from the PeaceHealth Southwest, hospital staff said Sunday. The crash brought down power lines and caused a brief power outage in the area, Neiman said. A crew from Clark Public Utilities was called out to repair the lines. According to the utility company’s online outage map, about 400 customers in the Amboy area lost power Saturday night.Jennings could face a charge of driving under the influence, Neiman said. The case has been referred to the county prosecutor’s office, he said.last_img read more

CMP Acquires HDI for 245M

first_imgCMP has acquired Colorado Springs-based Think Service, including HDI (formerly the Help Desk Institute), the world’s largest membership association for IT help desk and service management professionals, for $24.5 million. HDI will be an independent operating unit within CMP’s International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) group under vice president and global brand director Ruthann Fisher. Think Service president and COO Peggy Libbey, will continue to manage the operational direction of HDI.Philip Chapnick, CMP group president, says the acquisition will broaden the company’s portfolio of services “beyond the call center to help desk and IT support centers creating a full service offering to these professionals on a global scale. We are also particularly interested in capitalizing on existing ICMI and HDI businesses operating globally.”last_img read more