Jaguar pairs the F-TYPE with its new 2.0-litre Ingenium petrol motor

first_imgBritish luxury carmaker Jaguar has revealed a new variant of the its sports car, the F-TYPE. The new model will be positioned as an entry level trim and will be powered by Jaguar’s new Ingenium engine.The motor in question is the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine capable of churning out 300bhp and 400Nm of torque. This is the most powerful four-cylinder from Jaguar till date. Power is sent to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox.Also Read:Jaguar F-PACE takes World Car of the Year crown for 2017The new mill underneath the bonnet make the F-TYPE go from 0-100kmph in just 5.4 seconds. It will go on to hit a top speed of 230kmph. The car also has a kerb weight of 1,525kg in the coupe form and 1,545kg in its convertible avatar. The weight distribution of the car is split 50/50 between the front and the rear.The V6 engine from Jaguar will also be soon replaced with a straight six motor from the Ingenium family of engines.Also Read:Jaguar I-PACE concept hits the streets, pre-bookings start for electric SUVlast_img read more

Maruti Suzuki Celerio, Celerio X get new safety features, prices start at Rs 4.31 lakh

first_imgMaruti Suzuki India has updated Celerio and Celerio X with new safety features. Now Maruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Celerio X are available with driver airbag, ABS (Antilock Braking System), driver and passenger seat belt reminder, reverse parking sensors and speed alert system as standard across all their variants. Maruti Suzuki Celerio XWith the updated features, Maruti Suzuki Celerio now comes at a starting price of Rs 4,31,288 (ex-showroom, Delhi), while Maruti Suzuki Celerio X begins at Rs 4,80,198 (ex-showroom, Delhi). Both the cars are also pedestrian, offset and side impact safety compliant. The optional variants get co-driver airbag as well.Below are the variant-wise price details (ex-showroom, Delhi) of Maruti Suzuki Celerio.– Celerio LXI – Rs 4,31,288– Celerio (Tour H2) – Rs 4,37,080– Celerio LXI (O) – Rs 4,39,658– Celerio VXI – Rs 4,70,138– Celerio VXI (O) – Rs 4,77,257– Celerio ZXI – Rs 4,95,923– Celerio VXI AGS – Rs 5,13,137– Celerio VXI AGS (O) – Rs 5,20,256– Celerio VXI CNG – Rs 5,34,999– Celerio ZXI (O) – Rs 5,36,278– Celerio ZXI AGS – Rs 5,38,923– Celerio VXI CNG (O) – Rs 5,42,999– Celerio ZXI AGS (O) – Rs 5,48,278Below are the variant-wise price details (ex-showroom, Delhi) of Maruti Suzuki Celerio X.– Celerio X VXI – Rs 4,80,198– Celerio X VXI (O) – Rs 4,86,073– Celerio X ZXI – Rs 5,04,734– Celerio X VXI AGS – Rs 5,23,197– Celerio X VXI AGS (O) – Rs 5,29,073– Celerio X ZXI (O) – Rs 5,45,349– Celerio X ZXI AGS – Rs 5,47,734– Celerio X ZXI AGS (O) – Rs 5,57,349advertisementMaruti Suzuki Celerio and Maruti Suzuki Celerio X get the same three-cylinder, 1.0-litre, K10B engine that churns out 67 bhp and 90 Nm of torque. The engine is mated to a five-speed manual gearbox with an option for an automatic transmission as well. The company claims a mileage figure of 23.10 kmpl for manual as well as automatic version. There is also a CNG-option available with Maruti Suzuki Celerio. In CNG mode, the three-cylinder, 1.0-litre, K10B engine delivers nearly 60 bhp and 78 Nm of torque. With only a five-speed manual gearbox, the claimed fuel efficiency for Celerio CNG is 31.76 kmpl.ALSO READ | Royal Enfield launches Bullet 350 and Bullet 350 ES with ABS, price starts at Rs 1.21 lakhALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400: Everything you need to know about the updated sports tourerALSO READ | 2019 Bajaj Dominar 400 vs Royal Enfield Bullet Trials Works Replica 350: Price, specifications comparedlast_img read more

Gus Malzahn: Auburn Depth Chart Set, Sean White to Start

first_imgAuburn head coach Gus Malzahn smiles on sideline.ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 01: Head coach Gus Malzahn of the Auburn Tigers reacts after their 21-16 win over the Washington Huskies at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 1, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The Tigers will no longer be using a three quarterback system, as head coach Gus Malzahn set the Auburn depth chart with Sean White as the No. 1 and John Franklin III as the No. 2.Earlier today Gus Malzahn set the Auburn depth chart at quarterback following an unsuccessful three quarterback system during their game against Clemson.@CoachGusMalzahn “Sean White is our #1 quarterback and John Franklin III is #2… We can play with anybody in the country.”— Rick Karle (@RickKarle) September 6, 2016 Sean White started the Auburn Tigers’ game against the Clemson Tigers, while completing 10-of-21 passing for 140 yards and an interception. Jeremy Johnson, who entered the game as the backup signal-caller, finished 4-of-6 for 38 yards with an interception. New backup John Franklin III did not fair much better than his counterparts, completing one pass, on one attempt, for minus three yards.Malzahn made the announcement a few days after a 19-13 loss against Clemson, which saw the Tigers use not one, not two, but THREE quarterbacks during the course of the game. It looks like Malzahn won’t make the same mistake twice.Auburn coach Gus Malzahn: “It wasn’t successful like I thought it would be” on QB plan— WarEagleExtra (@wareagleextra) September 6, 2016 Auburn’s offensive tempo was affected negatively thanks to the use of three quarterbacks and resulted in just 262 yards of offense and a measly 13 points. The Tigers only touchdown came on a Kerryon Johnson direct snap, which was scored in the waning moments of the game.Starting quarterback Sean White should have an easier time against the Tigers’ next opponent, Arkansas State on September 10th. Malzahn stressed that he wanted to “bring along” John Franklin III, so don’t be surprised to see the junior transfer from East Mississippi Community College.last_img read more

UNbacked conference adopts global plan to safeguard genetic diversity of livestock

11 September 2007Delegates from 109 countries at a United Nations-backed conference have adopted the first internationally agreed framework, including financing for developing states, to halt the erosion of the genetic diversity of livestock, seen as crucial in mitigating the effects of global warming and protecting the world’s food supply. Delegates from 109 countries at a United Nations-backed conference have adopted the first internationally agreed framework, including financing for developing states, to halt the erosion of the genetic diversity of livestock, seen as crucial in mitigating the effects of global warming and protecting the world’s food supply. “This is a milestone in international efforts to promote the wise management of the world’s animal genetic resources for food and agriculture,” UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Assistant Director-General for Agriculture and Consumer Protection José María Sumpsi told the closing session of the first International Technical Conference on Animal Genetic Resources in Interlaken, Switzerland. “It will provide the framework for action and international cooperation for many years to come. It is a visible sign of the urgency that all countries and regions give to ensuring the survival of these crucial resources, and to improving their use to achieve global food security and sustainable development.” At least one livestock breed a month has become extinct over the past seven years, and around 20 per cent of the world’s livestock breeds are at risk of extinction, according to the FAO report, The State of the World’s Animal Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, released at the conference. Many breeds at risk of extinction have unique characteristics and traits such as resistance to disease or adaptation to climatic extremes that could prove fundamental to the food security of future generations, FAO stressed. The Global Plan of Action for Animal Genetic Resources, adopted by the conference and providing the first authoritative assessment of global livestock biodiversity, identifies four strategic priority areas: characterization, inventory and monitoring of trends and risks; sustainable use and development; conservation; and policies, institutions and capacity building. It calls for the provision of technical assistance, especially to developing countries and countries with economies in transition, to help them implement the plan’s provisions. A major breakthrough during the three-day negotiations was agreement on implementation and financing of the plan, which requires substantial financial resources and long-term support for national, regional and international animal genetic resources programmes. “Governments are now strongly committed to implementing the global plan and are prepared to mobilize adequate funding,” Mr. Sumpsi said. “The ability of developing countries to effectively implement their commitments under this plan will depend on the effective provision of funding.” But he warned that mere adoption of the plan was not an end in itself. “It now needs to be implemented. Governments must now demonstrate the sustained political will to do so, and resources will have to be found, nationally and internationally,” he said. “Success will depend on farsighted cooperation among many stakeholders. Governments, international organizations, the scientific community, donors, civil society organizations and the private sector all have important roles to play.” read more

Annan calls for preservation of worlds biodiversity

“The preservation of biodiversity is not just a job for governments,” Mr. Annan declared in a message marking the International Day for Biological Diversity, which is observed 22 May.“International and non-governmental organizations, the private sector, and each and every individual have a role to play in changing entrenched outlooks and ending destructive patterns of behaviour,” he added. “The involvement of local communities is particularly important, since many have already devised innovative approaches in resource management and other areas from which others can learn.”Mr. Annan said a failure to stop the loss of biological resources would greatly complicate if not totally impede efforts to reach by 2015 the Millennium Development Goals set by the UN Millennium Summit of 2000, and he called on governments that had not yet done so to ratify the Convention on Biological Diversity and its Biosafety Protocol.“These instruments – and the processes they have set in motion – are crucial for the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity, and for the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising from the use of genetic resources. But ratification is only a start; governments must also ensure that their national policies and, not least, their budgetary allocations, reflect their recognition of biodiversity’s importance,” he declared.“Biodiversity is an essential heritage for all humankind,” he concluded. “Stopping its loss, and guaranteeing the continued functioning of the earth’s ecosystems – both marine and terrestrial – should be a high priority for everyone. On the International Day for Biological Diversity, let us pledge to promote global awareness of the value of biodiversity and do our utmost to generate momentum towards its preservation.” read more

Crescent Point taking a breather from major acquisitions in 2013

by Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 14, 2013 11:16 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email CALGARY – Crescent Point Energy Corp. is taking a breather from large-scale acquisitions this year after doing some $3 billion in deals in 2012, one of which established a presence in Utah for the Calgary-based light oil producer.“This year is going to be really focused on organic growth,” CEO Scott Saxberg told analysts on a conference call Thursday.“We’re in really no rush to do any significant transactions this year.”During the fourth-quarter, Crescent Point (TSX:CPG) closed its US$861 million acquisition of privately-held Ute Energy Upstream Holdings LLC, giving it a foothold in northeastern Utah’s Uinta Basin.The Uinta Basin has been producing oil for 50 years, but advances in drilling techniques have breathed new life into that mature area. It’s a familiar story for Crescent Point, which uses hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, techniques to coax oil out of older reservoirs in Alberta and Saskatchewan.About 8,000 barrels of oil per day are currently flowing out of Crescent Point’s Uinta lands. The company plans on spending $195 million to drill there in 2013.Other acquisitions Crescent Point did in 2013 helped consolidate its core positions in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where it is known as one of the predominant light oil producers.Desjardins Securities analyst Allan Stepa said he expects Crescent Point to add shareholder value “through the drill bit” this year as opposed to through more deals.Some smaller-scale acquisitions wouldn’t be out of the question, but Stepa said he expects Crescent Point to be “more selective.”“To that end, we would expect to see a small dividend increase on the back of any new acquisitions, provided that Canadian light oil differentials remain conducive,” he wrote in a note to clients.Crescent Point has been shielding itself from swings in crude prices through hedging contracts and long-term agreements to ship oil by rail.Between those two measures, Crescent Point has locked in more than 15,000 barrels per day of its output for the next 18 months at selling prices higher than $90 per barrel.Also Thursday, Crescent Point said its net loss widened 10 per cent in the fourth-quarter even as it achieved record quarterly production.Crescent Point put the loss at $95.2 million or 26 cents per share in the three months ended Dec. 31, which included an unrealized derivative loss of $20.1 million.That was up from a $86.2 million or 30 cents per share, loss in the same period a year ago, when Crescent Point booked an unrealized derivative loss of $6.1 million.Revenue from oil and gas sales, however, rose to $727.4 million from $630.4 million as the company reported record quarterly production averaging more than 108,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.The increase in production, from 81,210 barrels in the 2011 period and weighted 90 per cent to light and medium crude oil and liquids, was achieved through acquisitions over the past year.Funds flow from operations, a non-standard accounting term, was $430.4 million up 13 per cent from $381.9 million, while netback — revenue from bringing oil to the marketplace minus the cost of doing so — was $46.5 million, down 13 per cent from $53.4 million in the prior-year period.The company’s bottom line was also hurt by lower average selling prices, which were down eight per cent over the year to $74.57 from $81.35.Crescent Point shares rose 12 cents to $39.06 in early afternoon trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange Thursday. Crescent Point taking a breather from major acquisitions in 2013 read more

BP sues US govt over decision to bar company from new contracts

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BP sues US govt over decision to bar company from new contracts after 2010 Gulf oil spill by The Associated Press Posted Aug 13, 2013 12:06 am MDT HOUSTON – BP on Monday sued the U.S. government over a decision to bar the oil giant from getting new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.BP is seeking an injunction that would lift an order by the Environmental Protection Agency that suspends the company from such contracts.The Houston Chronicle reported that the suspension by the EPA was first issued in November 2012 and it only affects new federal contracts and not existing ones.The company was ineligible for new contracts worth up to $1.9 billion to provide fuel to the federal government this year because of the suspension. BP has been a major supplier of fuel to the U.S. military.The newspaper reported the company said in court papers filed in Houston federal court that the EPA’s decision to suspend the company from such contracts and its continued enforcement of that order is arbitrary, capricious and “an abuse of discretion.”BP said in its court filing that the EPA order, which includes 21 different BP entities, was continued by the agency just last month after BP lost an administrative challenge to the suspension.An EPA spokesman declined to comment on BP’s court action, referring questions to the Justice Department, which also declined to comment.The well blowout that caused the spill killed 11 workers on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig and led to millions of gallons (litres) of oil spewing into the Gulf.BP agreed in November to plead guilty to charges involving the workers’ deaths and for lying to Congress about the size of the spill from its broken well, which spewed more than 200 million gallons (757 million litres) of oil. Much of it ended up in the Gulf and soiled the shorelines of several states.A federal judge in New Orleans in January accepted BP’s guilty plea, which also included the company paying a record $4 billion in penalties.The second phase of a trial in New Orleans on civil claims against BP related to the oil spill is set to begin Sept. 30.___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.comBP is suing the U.S. government over a decision to bar the oil giant from getting new federal contracts to supply fuel and other services after the company pleaded guilty to manslaughter and other criminal charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.The Houston Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1eFijiB ) BP filed the lawsuit Monday in Houston federal court.BP says it is seeking an injunction that would lift an order by the Environmental Protection Agency that suspends the company from such contracts.The newspaper reports an EPA spokesman declined to comment on BP’s court action, referring questions to the Justice Department, which also declined to comment.The well blowout that caused the spill killed 11 workers and led to millions of gallons of oil spewing into the Gulf.___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com___Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com read more

On International Day UN encourages full participation of older persons in society

“Older persons are making wide-ranging contributions to economic and social development,” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said in his message for International Day of Older Persons, marked annually on 1 October.“However, discrimination and social exclusion persist. We must overcome this bias in order to ensure a socially and economically active, secure and healthy ageing population.” There are around 700 million people aged 60 years and over, according to UN figures. The number of older people is expected to double by 2025, and reach two million by 2050.By that year, nearly 20 per cent of the world population with be elderly, the majority of them living in less developed regions. The steady increase in human longevity is “one of the greatest transformations and challenges of our times,” Mr. Ban said, but the failure to keep pace makes it difficult to achieve a socially and economically active, security and healthy ageing population. “A demographic revolution is underway and we cannot afford to leave behind millions of older persons,” said the new UN independent expert on the enjoyment of all human rights by older persons, Rosa Kornfeld-Matte. In separate statements, Mr. Ban and the special rapporteur highlighted the historic occasion to strengthen the rights of older people in the future development agenda that is now being established and will go into effect after the 2015 deadline for the Millennium Development Goals. “The post-2015 sustainable development agenda presents a unique opportunity to ensure a rights-based approach to older persons,” Ms. Korngeld-Matte said. She added that the new agenda can also help change attitudes and perceptions of older persons from being considered recipients of welfare to rights holders with responsibilities. “We can turn a blind eye to many issues as if they do not concern us. But getting old is part of life and we will all pay the price for our inaction,” the special rapporteur noted. In a report released yesterday, the UN International Labour Organization (ILO) write that social protections must be placed at the forefront of the post-2015 development agenda. The ILO warned in the report Social Protection for older persons: Key policy trends and statistics, that 48 per cent of the world’s pensionable population does not receive a retirement benefit while, for many of the 52 per cent who do, coverage tends to be inadequate.In his message on the Day, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder said that ensuring adequate pensions and effective access to health and long-term care are the underpinnings of truly inclusive societies that engage and value individuals no matter their age. “Recognizing the importance of income security in old age, many low and middle income countries have extended pension coverage to previously uncovered segments of the population in order to achieve universal coverage,” he said, adding that as a result, we see a marked increase in pension coverage rates in many countries. Yet, Mr. Ryder noted that pension systems in many parts of the world have been under strain in the face of demographic change and fiscal consolidation policies. In some contexts, this has led to a situation where future pension levels will be unable to provide adequate protection to older persons. “Unless effective measures are taken to ensure adequate pensions, old age poverty and economic insecurity will remain a reality for many of today’s and tomorrow’s older persons,” he cautioned. read more

Johnson powers Lightning past Blackhawks 42

TAMPA, Fla. — Tyler Johnson scored twice, Nikita Kucherov had three assists and the Tampa Bay Lightning beat the Chicago Blackhawks 4-2 on Friday night.Ryan Callahan and Brayden Point also scored for Tampa Bay, which improved to 13-0-2 in the past 15 regular-season meetings with Chicago. Louis Domingue stopped 30 shots.The Lightning (16-6-1) remained on top of the Atlantic Division, one point ahead of Buffalo.Artem Anisimov and Jonathan Toews scored for Chicago (8-10-5), which dropped to 2-4-2 under new coach Jeremy Colliton. Corey Crawford finished with 25 saves.Johnson scored twice in the first period, including 29 seconds into the game with an open shot from the slot. He scored his ninth of the season at 7:15, converting a quick one-timer off a feed from Brayden Point.Point made it 3-0 at the 10:05 mark with his 15th goal. After Chicago responded with Anisimov’s first goal since Oct. 27, Callahan capped the wild first period with his first goal since Oct. 21, also against Chicago.Toews got his 11th with 1:11 left in the second period, but the Blackhawks came up empty on two power-play chances in the third.NOTES: Lightning D Anton Stralman (upper body) and LW Ondrej Palat (lower body) remained out with injuries. Both are skating with the team and considered day to day. . Chicago rookie D Henri Jokiharju, second on the team with 10 assists, was a healthy scratch for the first time this season. … Kucherov extended his point streak to five games. He has two goals and 10 assists in that span. … Toews extended his point streak to six games.UP NEXTBlackhawks: At the Florida Panthers on Saturday.Lightning: Host the New Jersey Devils on Sunday.Erik Erlendsson, The Associated Press read more

Ohio State freshman golfer qualifies for 2014 US Womens Open

Ohio State freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik watches her ball at the Lady Buckeye Spring Invitational April 20 in Columbus.Credit: Courtesy of OSU AthleticsOhio State freshman golfer Jessica Porvasnik is headed to the U.S. Women’s Open.Porvasnik, who was the 2014 Big Ten individual champion, qualified for the 2014 championship during a qualification tournament at the Butler Country Club in Butler, Pa., Monday.She qualified by shooting back-to-back rounds of 73 to become one of 156 golfers competing at the U.S. Open. Porvasnik forged her path to the tournament as one of the record-high 1,702 entries.Porvasnik, a Hinckley, Ohio, native, is the best on her team with a 73.33 scoring average in 36 rounds this season. She has fired off two rounds in the 60s, with a low of 65, and eight total rounds under par.She has been the only Buckeye to win a tournament this season, finishing first twice, including at the Big Ten Championships. She has finished in the top five four times and the top 10 on two additional occasions.The OSU women’s golf team tied for fifth at the NCAA Central Regional Saturday, before Porvasnik made her U.S. Open qualification run. The team qualified for the NCAA Championship, which is scheduled for May 20 to May 23 in Tulsa, Okla.Porvasnik won’t be the first Buckeye to take on the U.S. Open. OSU coach Therese Hession played in seven U.S. Women’s Opens during her time on the LPGA Tour, and former Buckeye golfer Meg Mallon won the tournament in 1991 and 2004, also winning the LPGA Championship in 1991 and the du Maurier Classic in 2000.The 2014 U.S. Women’s Open is scheduled to be played at Pinehurst No. 2 at the Pinehurst Resort & Country Club from June 19 to June 22 in Pinehurst, N.C., following the men’s tournament, set to be played at the same course June 12 to June 15. read more

SG Flensburg sign Olafur Gustafsson

atlasondjordjicFlensburggustafssonhafnarfjordurkaufmannolafur gustafsson ← Previous Story Handball Master event in Makarska in May 2013 Next Story → Bundesliga (Round 13): HSG Wetzlar with a surprising win in Berlin, swap table positions SG Flensburg has had an unlucky time with the injuries of Petar Djordjic, Lars Kaufmann and lately of Arnor Atlason, and the team had no other solution but to sign a new player. The new player comes from the Icelandic champion, FH Hafnarfjordur, and is the 23-years old Olafur Gustafsson. He has also played nine times for the Icelandic national team. Should he be a respectable replacement for the injured players we shall see in the time to come. He has signed a contract until the end of this season. read more

Woman who escaped death row has been rearrested in Sudan

first_imgA SUDANESE CHRISTIAN woman has been re-arrested at Khartoum airport a day after a court annulled her death sentence for apostasy and released her from prison, a source familiar with the incident said.“The National Security took her and Daniel,” said the source, referring to Meriam Yahia Ibrahim Ishag, 26, and her American husband Daniel Wani.The status of their two young children, one a baby born in prison before Ishag’s release, was not immediately known.The couple were detained, for reasons that are unclear, at about 11am as they tried to leave the country, said the source.He could not give more details except to say they were taken to a facility of the powerful National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS).“She has the right to leave the country,” the source said.Ishag’s case sparked an outcry from Western governments and rights groups after a lower-court judge sentenced her to death on 15 May.Almost one million people appealed to save her life on the Change.org petition website.Born to a Muslim father and an Ethiopian Orthodox Christian mother, Ishag was convicted under Islamic sharia law that has been in force in Sudan since 1983 and outlaws conversions on pain of death.When Ishag was five, her father abandoned the family, and she was raised according to her mother’s faith.The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Khartoum said she joined the Catholic church shortly before she married.“She has never been a Muslim in her life,” a statement said.Fears for her lifeAfter the appeal courts quashed the earlier verdict, Ishag went into hiding, fearing for her life because of death threats, one of her lawyers said.“She is in a safe place. I will not tell you where,” Mohanad Mustafa, told AFP on Monday night.“The main reason is that we are concerned about her life.”Mustafa said Wani had been reunited with his wife, newborn baby and the couple’s 20-month-old son who had been incarcerated with his mother.“Now she is with her husband and their children in the safe place,” said the lawyer.He and other members of Ishag’s legal team have also received death threats.Twelve days after the lower court issued its death sentence, Ishag gave birth to her baby daughter at the women’s prison in Khartoum’s twin city of Omdurman, where she was shackled during pregnancy, Mustafa said.Mervyn Thomas, chief executive of Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), said the group was delighted that “the unjust, inhumane and unwarranted sentences have been annulled”.But he said the British-based group, which works for religious freedom, was appalled at the “threats and hate speech”.“Her alleged brother has publicly stated the family would carry out the death sentence should the court acquit her,” CSW said.Muslim extremist groups had lobbied the Islamist government over Ishag’s case, prominent newspaper editor Khalid Tigani has said.Amnesty International said she was released under international pressure, but Rabbie Abdelatti Ebaid, a senior official in Sudan’s ruling National Congress Party, denied that.Muslim scholars have divergent opinions on the issue of changing religion, and “jurisprudence in Islam is very broad”, allowing for a solution, he told AFP.- © AFP, 2014Read: ‘Appalling and abhorrent’: Pregnant woman sentenced to flogging and hanging in Sudan >Yesterday: Sudan releases woman sentenced to hanging for apostasylast_img read more

Bluray bientôt des disques de 1 téraoctet

first_imgBlu-ray : bientôt des disques de 1 téraoctet ?Japon – Sony est sur le point de produire des disques Blu-ray d’une capacité d’un téraoctet (To). Mais pour l’heure, aucune date de sortie n’a été officiellement fixée. Sony s’apprête à offrir des disques Blu-ray d’un nouveau genre. D’une capacité d’un To, ils bénéficieraient d’une capacité de stockage pouvant permettre de contenir des dizaines de films ou des milliers de mp3. La firme japonaise a obtenu ce résultat grâce à la collaboration de l’université de Tohoku, AOS Fundamental Technology, sur des lasers à impulsions ultra-courtes. Sony n’a rien révélé concernant ses intentions ou une date de commercialisation. Mais le géant japonais connait une longueur d’avance sur ses concurrents, dont Sharp qui doit sortir des disques à 100 Go dans moins d’une semaine.Le 26 juillet 2010 à 12:03 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Pikachu Donuts Pulled From Shelves Because They Werent Cute

first_imgピカチュウゲットwビミョー、、#ピカチュウドーナツ pic.twitter.com/nLNwr9vnhX— らむねの@ブログはじめました (@ramuneno_mogu) November 12, 2018 ホクロがセクシー#ピカチュウドーナツ#これじゃない感 pic.twitter.com/UP4IRaJQsm— u ©︎ ⁠ (@beerlady_u) November 11, 2018 Mint-Condition Set of Pokemon Cards Sold For $107KNew Trailer ‘Pokemon Sword and Shield’ Reveals Team Yell Punks Stay on targetcenter_img When it comes to food, sometimes you “gotta catch ’em all,” but one Japanese chain messed up its Pikachu donuts so badly that they were pulled from shelves.Mister Donut, a popular Japanese donut chain, recently debuted a special Pikachu donut, reported SoraNews24. The donut, which is shaped like Pikachu’s face, features the Pokémon mascot’s signature features that aren’t hard to miss.Unfortunately though, some customers weren’t as lucky to receive cute Pikachu donuts with their cup o’ joes. Missing ears, eyes, and cheeks turned the adorable character into a nightmarish creation, and some customers even went to Twitter to show their hilarious, WTF ‘Pokemon’ treats as a warning to fans.明日から始まるミスドのピカチュウドーナツ、、店によって個体値違うらしいから気をつけて、、 pic.twitter.com/OHriAtbiyz— 与田尻 (@yumikinaon) November 13, 2018 父がお土産に買ってきてくれたドーナツ。家族総出でピカチュウ撮影会になりました。 pic.twitter.com/IWgUZaZMu1— かなで (@ebihurai_utpr) November 11, 2018One of the best donut comparisons was the placement of Pikachu’s eyes. Instead of the pupils looking up, some of the donuts had dead stare dots. Customers were haunted by their ‘Pikachu-less’ dessert looking at them, which obviously didn’t make the cut for their Instagram feeds.ミスドの限定商品のピカチュウドーナツが店によって、というか1個1個のクオリティに差があることが話題になってて、物によっては怖すぎたりするらしい。店で作って焼くから仕方ないと思うが、多分、目が大事なんだと思う。目の白い部分を真ん中にずらしただけで印象がすごく変わる。 pic.twitter.com/c1HXjOuOg5— 陸マScientist (@rikumasc) November 12, 2018Duskin, Mister Donut’s parent company, responded to customers’ comments by temporarily taking the Pikachu donuts off the market. Thankfully though, Mister Donuts will bring back the famous donuts starting Nov. 16, with the promise of stricter quality control for the treats moving forward.ピカチュウドーナツ発売記念に描きました pic.twitter.com/lAAhf66m38— 超有機生命体コウ (@pochifu_kou) November 13, 2018More on Geek.com:Pokemon Let’s Go Pikachu/Evee Is For Your Heart, Not Your Brain‘Detective Pikachu’ Trailer Is a Live-Action Pokemon Fever DreamGeek Pick: Pokémon Poké Ball Waffle Maker for Epic Meal Timelast_img read more

Barcelona fans cant decide between Xavi and Setien

first_imgAccording to a poll made by Marca, the FC Barcelona fan base is on the fence about which manager they want between Xavi and Setien.Now that FC Barcelona is uncertain about Ernesto Valverde’s future in the club after this season, the fans have been asked about their preferences between Xavi Hernandez and Quique Setien to replace the current manager.There have been several disagreements between important parts of the fan bases, as they both like either of both managers and they are both considered worthy replacements who can continue the club’s offensive philosophy and style of play.There was a survey conducted by Marca about which manager should replace Ernesto Valverde is the current manager doesn’t renew his contract with FC Barcelona.The voted candidates were Xavi Hernandez, Quique Setien, Robert Martinez, Thierry Henry, Jordi Cruyff, Arsene Wenger, Laurent Blanc, Ronald Koeman, Frank de Boer, amongst others.The shocking part of this poll in which more than 70,000 readers participated, was that Xavi won with 31% of the votes, and Setien took a staggering 30%.The third place was taken by Robert Martinez, the Belgium manager took 13% of the total votes but was still very far from the two leading candidates.Xavi o Setién, uno de estos dos puede ser uno de los posibles entrenadores del Barça. pic.twitter.com/TMVys79eZA— Once Culé (@OnceCule) January 5, 2019Quique Setien’s claim to the jobThere really is no difficulty in knowing why the fans want the Real Betis manager to take control of Barcelona if Ernesto Valverde leaves, we are talking about the current professional coach who knows tiki-taka in the best possible manner after Pep Guardiola.With Real Betis, Setien proved his credentials to its fullest after taking the squad all the way to the UEFA Europa League this season and making a great presentation with the smashing victory against AC Milan during the group stage of this year’s competition.The manager has already gotten praise from former Barcelona players who currently play at Real Betis, comparing him to the same training methods that Pep Guardiola used during the time they were at the Catalan club.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.So in reality, having Quique Setien coaching Barcelona really is a no-brainer due to the evident offensive style that he has preached throughout his whole career.There is no question that players such as Lionel Messi would benefit greatly from Quique Setien’s arrival, his offensive nature would maximize the star’s best attributes and FC Barcelona would be the biggest winner of this combination.El juez me ha impuesto una condena a voleones forzados. https://t.co/VZOezBE7nG— Quique Setien (@QSetien) October 24, 2018Xavi Hernandez’s claim for the jobIn all honesty, the reason Xavi was the winner of this poll was that he is the latest pupil of this already legendary style of play and the most immediate Pep Guardiola alumn.He’s even talked about the way in which he would manage the squad one he takes control of it, there are some very striking similarities to the same methods that Pep used for an obvious reason.But if we go a bit further down the analysis, Xavi Hernandez is actually the final product of a long line of experiments that FC Barcelona has been doing for the last three decades.One could make the argument that other midfielders such as Sergio Busquets or Andres Iniesta are also fantastic variations of the same style of a midfielder, but Xavi Hernandez is the absolute epitome of what a young Johan Cruyff envisioned when he first took control of Barcelona as a manager.It only makes sense that once he finishes his major as a professional manager, Xavi Hernandez takes the batton to help the whole Barcelona philosophy move into the next stage of evolution with his unique and innovative ideas.Which manager would you prefer for Barcelona as Valverde’s replacement, Xavi or Setien? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Suspected drug trader killed in gunfight

first_imgMap of Narail. File photoA suspected drug trader was killed in a reported gunfight with police at Chandmari in Narail early Saturday.The deceased could not be identified yet, reports UNB.Police said they, on information, conducted the drive in the area around 3:00am.Sensing presence of the police, the drug traders opened fire on the law enforcers, forcing them to fire back in self-defence, triggering the gunfight.After the gunfight, police recovered the bullet-hit body from the spot.Besides, five policemen were injured in the gunfight.Later, police recovered a pipe gun, one bullet and some drugs from the spot.The law enforcement’s versions of the incident, however, could not be verified independently.With the latest death, at least 124 people were killed in ‘gunfights’ with members of law enforcement agencies while 37 bodies of suspected drug traders were recovered after reported gun battles between rival groups during the countrywide anti-narcotic drives since 15 May.last_img read more

Curfew continues in Indias Shillong

first_imgCurfew continued on Tuesday in violence-hit areas in the Indian state Meghalaya capital Shillong while Internet on mobile telephones was restricted even as the situation was showing steady improvement.”For today (Tuesday) we have decided not to relax the curfew even as the situation in the area is slowly limping back to normalcy. We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” deputy commissioner of East Khasi Hills district P.S. Dkhar told IANS.”The Army is still on standby. Fifteen companies of Central Armed Police Force have been deployed and another 10 companies are on way to Shillong to assist the police in maintaining law and order,” a police officer said.Dkhar said on Monday that night curfew will continue all over the Shillong city from Monday 4 p.m to Tuesday 5 a.m., fearing that the trouble may spread to other parts of the city.The illegal sale of petrol and diesel has also been banned.Chief minister Conrad Sangma said the government had decided to set up a high-level committee headed by deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong to find a permanent solution to the long pending issue of relocation of the sweeper colony.On 1 June,  the district magistrate imposed curfew in some areas following violence involving members of the Punjabi and tribal Khasi communities.Curfew was relaxed for seven hours from 8 a.m. on Sunday but mobs continued to throw stones at security forces, forcing them to fire tear gas.last_img read more

US Rep Joe Barton Apologizes For Graphic Online Photo

first_imgOfficial House portraitsU.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis.U.S. Rep. Joe Barton, R-Ennis, released a statement on Wednesday apologizing for a graphic nude photo of him that circulated on social media earlier this week. “While separated from my second wife, prior to the divorce, I had sexual relationships with other mature adult women,” he said. “Each was consensual. Those relationships have ended. I am sorry I did not use better judgment during those days. I am sorry that I let my constituents down.” It is still unclear how the photo got onto social media, who put it there, or whether its posting would constitute revenge porn, which is illegal under Texas law.Barton, who announced his re-election bid earlier this month, is navigating in a political environment charged with emerging stories of sexual misbehavior in politics, in business and in the media. The photo, which appeared on an anonymous Twitter account, set off speculation within Texas GOP circles about his political future.In a phone interview with The Texas Tribune on Tuesday, Barton said he was deliberating that. “You’re as aware of what was posted as I am,” he said. “I am talking to a number of people, all of whom I have faith in and am deciding how to respond, quite frankly.”A spokeswoman for Barton said Wednesday that he had no plans to resign and had filed for re-election. Texas passed legislation in 2015 making revenge porn a class A misdemeanor, defining the crime as posting sexual or nude images or videos of non-consenting adults. Images taken by consenting adults with a “reasonable expectation of privacy” constitute “revenge porn” when distributed without the subject’s consent, according to a blog post by Houston lawyer Brett Podolsky. Even threatening to distribute the material is illegal under state law.Shannon Edmonds, a staff attorney with the Texas District and County Attorneys Association, said too many details of Barton’s specific case were unknown to determine whether the leaked photo might constitute revenge porn under Texas law.“What I can say is that the law was created in 2015 in part to kind of address situations like this, where an image that was taken during the course of a consensual relationship is later aired in public after that relationship has ended, usually ended badly,” Edmonds said. “That’s exactly the kind of situation that brought about the new law.”Currently, there are no federal laws explicitly addressing revenge porn.Podolsky told the Tribune that if the image was taken and shared in Washington, the District’s laws would most likely apply. Washington classifies distributing explicit images without consent as a felony. Barton, the former chairman of the powerful House Energy and Commerce committee, joined the House in 1985 and is the longest-serving member of Congress from Texas.If Barton were to choose not to run for re-election, it would be sure to set off a frantic race to replace him. His 6th district, stretching from the Dallas-Fort Worth area into East Texas, is heavily Republican territory, so the GOP primary would be the battlefield. The filing deadline for the 2018 primaries is Dec. 11.Soon after the news broke Wednesday, state Sen. Konni Burton, a Fort Worth Republican whose district overlaps with Barton’s congressional district, batted down rumors that she might consider the seat.“To supporters & donors who are asking me to make a congressional run & to those who are hearing the rumors, I thank you for thinking of me,” Burton tweeted. “However, I am totally committed to SD10!”Jana Lynne Sanchez, a Democrat running for Barton’s seat, said in a statement that there was a “larger issue” than Barton’s personal life at play.“Texans, just like all American people, are tired of poor behavior of elected officials distracting us from the real issues affecting us – the unbearable cost of healthcare, the poor and sliding quality of public education and the lack of good jobs for our high school graduates,” Sanchez said. “No matter who the Republican nominee is, I look forward to a civil and respectful campaign on the issues – not one sullied by personal attacks.”Barton’s apology came near the end of what has already been a difficult year for him. As the manager of one of the congressional baseball teams, Barton and his two sons were on the field during practice in June when a gunman began firing. Barton recalled that his sons took cover during the shooting, one under an SUV and the other in the batting cage. He attributed his safety to the Capitol and Arlington police officers on duty that day.Patrick Svitek and Matthew Choi contributed to this report. Sharelast_img read more

The Best Large Cities to Live in

first_img 2019 Housing Market Metro WalletHub 2019-07-16 Mike Albanese Although urban settings account for fewer than 3% of the U.S. landmass, they contain around 80% of the nation’s population. WalletHub’s latest survey studied the best large cities to live in, with Virginia Beach, Virginia, coming out on top. Virginia Beach ranked No. 1 in affordability, high homeownership rates, and had the lowest percentage of its population living in poverty. The metro also came in at No. 5 in safety, No. 7 in education and health, No. 30 in economy, and No. 42 in quality of life. Following Virginia Beach was Austin, Texas; Seattle, Washington; San Diego, California; and Las Vegas, Nevada. WalletHub reported that Seattle had the best economy and education and health ranking among the 62 metros studied. San Diego’s affordability ranking was among the worst in the nation, coming in at No. 51. New York, New York, had the nations’ worst affordability ranking, but the best quality of life. Detroit, Michigan, was named the worst large city to live in as both its economy and education and health ranking were the worst among metros studied. Witicha, Kansas, and Omaha, Nebraska, had the lowest housing costs, while Los Angeles, California, and Miami, Florida, had the highest housing costs. Affordability across the nation has been a growing concern for most of 2019, and according to Unison’s 2019 Home Affordability Report, it takes 14 years for those making a median income to save for a 20% down payment on a median-price homes, meaning many prospective millennial homebuyers won’t achieve homeownership until their 40s.The report states that the monthly payment needed to support a home purchase with a down payment of 20% grew by 12% between 2017 and 2018, far outpacing the growth of income during that period of 6%.Unisom found that it takes prospective homebuyers in Los Angeles an average of 43 years to save the necessary 20% for a down payment on a median-priced home. Prospective homebuyers in Detroit, Michigan, have to wait just seven years, the shortest in the nation, to save the necessary 20%. 17 days ago 260 Views The Best Large Cities to Live incenter_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Sharelast_img read more

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