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In the first T20 match of the three-match All-Stars Series, Warne’s Warriors started off with a six-wicket win over Sachin’s Blasters at the Citi Field stadium in New York on Sunday.Shane Warne won the toss and opted to bowl and the legspinner himself did well with the ball by picking up three wickets to restrict Sachin Tendulkar’s team to 140 for 8 in 20 overs. Tendulkar (22) and Virender Sehwag (55) started off well to give the Blasters a breezy start until Warne struck to get rid of Tendulkar and the next ball of the next over, Sehwag was castled by Daniel Vettori.1st T20, Blasters vs Warriors: As it happenedAfter that the scoring rate slowed down with the Blasters losing wickets at regular intervals but somehow managed to put up 140 for 8 on the board. For the Warriors, Warne and Andrew Symonds claimed three wickets each.Coming out for the chase, Warriors’ lost their opener Matthew Hayden for 4 caught behind off Shoaib Akhtar’s bowling. The next ball, Jacques Kallis (13) was run out courtesy a brilliant throw by Muttiah Muralitharan from the deep. But after that, Kumar Sangakkara and Ricky Ponting steadied things and put up a decent partnership.Sangakkara looking good at the crease fell on 41, when Akhtar bounced him out caught in the deep. Muralitharan then sent back Symonds, trapped lbw for 1.Once Jonty Rhodes joined Ponting at the crease, things started to brighten up for the Warriors and the 17th over from Curtly Ambrose sealed the fate for the Blasters with the West Indian conceding 15 runs. Rhodes then finished off in style the next over, by reverse sweeping Tendulkar for a six and win the game.advertisement
Leeds: Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah has withdrawn himself from the Egypt squad for this week’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers after aggravating an ankle injury. Salah aggravated the injury during Liverpool’s Premier League clash against Manchester City on Sunday, Goal.com reported. The striker had gone onto score the side’s second goal against the defending champions, but he was later substituted in the 87th minute of the match.Salah, then immediately joined the Egypt squad for the upcoming matches against Kenya and Comoros Islands. But after being assessed by the team physios, it was decided that the striker needed more time to allow the injury to heal properly.Egypt’s medical team has also said that it is the same ankle injury which Salah sustained by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury at the beginning of last month. At that time, scans had revealed that Salah avoided serious injury and as a result, he was able to return for Liverpool after missing just one match.But after aggravating the injury again, Salah would return to Liverpool for further assessment. Currently, the Reds have an eight-point lead at the top of the Premier League table. They were able to defeat defending champions Manchester City on Sunday. They will next take on Crystal Palace in the tournament on Saturday, November 23. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever
Forca Goa beat Oscar Foundation in a keenly contested final of the Global Goals World Cup, Mumbai edition, at the Fr Agnel’s turf, Vashi. The 24-team, five-a-side football event, aimed at encouraging women into action, is part of the United Nations’ 17 Global Sustainable Development Goals. The winning team was picked on parameters like crowd engagement, and style besides actual play. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updatesRelated News Miquel Blazquez Font to emerge as a competent sports journalist in the sporting world MSSA: Harsh fires Campion into final Tottenham Hotspur appoint Jose Mourinho as manager
Liverpool: Liverpool defeated Arsenal in the round of 16 match of the ongoing Carabao Cup on Wednesday (local time) here at the Anfield Stadium. The Reds defeated the Gunners 5-4 on penalties, however in normal time, the match had finished at 5-5. The first half of the match saw five goals being scored between Liverpool and Arsenal. Arsenal Shkodran Mustafi’s mistake (own goal) in the sixth minute costed the side as Liverpool went 1-0 up. However, Lucas Torreira Di Pascua gave Arsenal the equaliser in the 19th minute. The Gunners then quickly went into the lead as Gabriel Martinelli scored two goals within ten minutes to give them a 2-0 lead.Related News Granit Xhaka stripped of Arsenal captaincy after emotional outburst towards fans Liverpool was handed a penalty in the 43rd minute and James Milner scored for the side, bringing the scoreline to 3-2 in favour of Arsenal. No more goals were scored in the first half and Arsenal went into the half time with a one-goal lead. In the second half, Ainsley Maitland-Niles registered a goal for Arsenal in the 54th minute, giving them a lead of 4-2. However, Liverpool got right back into the match owing to goals by Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain (58′) and Divock Origi (62′) and as a result, the scoreline was brought to 4-4 with still 28 more minutes left to play. In the 70th minute, Arsenal once again went into the lead as Jock Willock clocked in a goal. The Gunners looked all set for the win, but Liverpool’s Origi had different goals as he smashed the ball into the goalpost to bring the normal time’s play result to 5-5. After this, the match went into penalties and Liverpool came out triumphant. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever Arsenal star Granit Xhaka’s wife makes her Instagram private after death threats Wedding bells for Arsenal star Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and singer Perrie Edwards?
Women in black abayas put up a first-time sight at the King Abdullah Stadium in Jeddah on Friday.As the Saudi government opened the gates of the stadiums for women to attend men’s football matches, women showed up with their families and friends at their first public sporting event in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.The General Sports Authority announced in October that stadiums in Jeddah, Dammam and Riyadh will be set up to accommodate families starting in 2018.ALSO WATCHIt was a match between al-Ahli and al-Batin yet the most engrossing images were in the stands.”Honestly this decision should have happened a long time ago,” said Muneera al-Ghamdi, an attendee. “But thank god that it came in the right time, and hopefully what’s to come will be even more beautiful for women.”The decision to allow women to attend a mixed public sporting event is one of many changes the country has undergone in recent months, hailed as proof of a new progressive trend in the deeply conservative Muslim Kingdom.On Thursday, Jeddah held Saudi Arabia’s first car exhibition aimed at women, a few months after Saudi Arabia announced it would grant them the right to drive.A football match on Saturday in the capital Riyadh will also be welcoming women fans.Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, 32, has been hailed as the face of these changes.Many young Saudis regard his recent ascent to power as proof their generation is taking a central place in running a country whose patriarchal traditions have for decades made power the province of the old and blocked women’s progress.advertisement”Today the percentage of those who participate in exercise and sports is only 13 percent,” said Hayfaa al-Sabban, who heads a sport organisation.”We aim god willing to raise it to 40 percent by 2030, through several events, and today’s is one of these events.”(Courtesy: Reuters)
B.C. resident Mike Sawyer argues that because TransCanada will operate the pipeline and the connected Nova Gas Transmission Ltd. system together, they form a single pipeline that crosses the Alberta-B.C. boundary and therefore must be regulated by the federal government.TransCanada’s response is that the purpose of Coastal GasLink is to move natural gas entirely within the province and therefore provincial approvals are appropriate.The pipeline has support agreements with 20 elected Indigenous communities along its route but has been strongly opposed by hereditary clan chiefs who say they did not give permission for it to be built.If the project’s British Columbia Oil and Gas Commission approval is found to be inadequate, the proponent will have to make a formal NEB application and undergo another separate process to win federal approval. CALGARY, A.B. – TransCanada Corp. says it has hired RBC to help it sell as much as a 75 percent stake in the Coastal GasLink pipeline project designed to supply natural gas from northeastern B.C. to the LNG Canada facility on the West Coast at Kitimat.The Calgary-based company says it is following through with its intention announced in November to eventually reduce its interest in the 670-kilometre, 48-inch diameter natural gas pipeline project to between 25 and 49 percent.The RBC news is contained in a 16-page response by TransCanada to a challenge now being heard by the National Energy Board over the jurisdiction of the B.C. provincial regulator of the pipeline.
Lazare Eloundou Assomo of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization’s (UNESCO) World Heritage Centre said the destruction is “even more alarming than we thought.”During the 28 May to 3 June visit, the team, led by UNESCO with support from the UN mission in Mali (MINUSMA) and international and local experts, discovered that 14 of Timbuktu’s mausoleums, including those that are part of the UNESCO World Heritage sites, were totally destroyed.In addition, the fighting destroyed parts of the Djingareyber Mosque, one of three madrassas comprising the University of Timbuktu. It is believed to have been built around 1327, mostly out of straw and wood with some limestone reinforcements. The emblematic El Farouk independence monument in the shape of a horse at the entrance to the city was also destroyed, Mr. Eloundou Assomo told journalists in the capital, Bamako, as well as in New York via video conference from Mali.While an estimated 4,203 manuscripts from the Ahmed Baba research centre were lost, another 300,000 were exfiltrated, mainly to Bamako, and “are in urgent need of conservation,” he added. UNESCO and its partners are now putting together a list of priorities and focusing in more detail on the damages. Based on an action plan for rehabilitation and preservation made public on 18 February, “an estimated $11 million has to be found to begin work as soon as possible,” said Mr. Eloundou Assomo.Some support in the form of national experts and financial assistance has already been received, particularly from France and Luxembourg, he added. A national workshop is scheduled for tomorrow to determine the immediate next steps.Also taking part in today’s news conference were Cultural Minister Bruno Maiga; Lassana Cissé, the National Director of Mali Cultural Heritage; Aurélien Agbénonci, the UN Resident Coordinator in Mali; Juma Shabani, the UNESCO Representative in Mali; and Richard Zink, the Chief of the European Union Delegation in Mali.According to UNESCO, Timbuktu was an intellectual and spiritual capital and a centre for the propagation of Islam throughout Africa in the 15th and 16th centuries.During the mission, the team also met with local administrative and military authorities, religious leaders and those responsible for the safe keeping of cultural heritage to get a better understanding of “the living heritage of the region, the cultural and religious practices that define the peoples of the region,” said Mr. Eloundou Assomo. He added that the team had lengthy exchanges with the local communities “on the best ways to reconstruct the mausoleums, safeguard the manuscripts, give new life to intangible heritage and weave this action into a broader movement for sustainable peace and reconciliation.” The team, guided by religious authorities, also visited the mausoleums at the Cemetery of the Three Saints and the Alpha Moya cemetery, as well as the Ahmed Baba Institute and several private libraries to evaluate the condition of the manuscript collections, and assessed the state of conservation of the three mosques. Northern Mali was occupied by radical Islamists after fighting broke out in January 2012 between Government forces and Tuareg rebels. The conflict uprooted hundreds of thousands of people and prompted the Malian Government to request assistance from France to stop the military advance of extremist groups.Earlier this week, UNESCO awarded the Houphouët-Boigny Peace Prize to French President Francois Hollande for his role in stopping “the violation of Mali’s territorial integrity, the violation of human rights, the taking of hostages and the destruction of the cultural heritage of humanity in Timbuktu.”“Having assessed the dangers and the repercussions of the situation on Africa and on Mali in particular, as well as on the rest of the world, the Jury appreciated the solidarity shown by France to the peoples of Africa,” the Jury’s President, Joaquim Chissano, said.Created in 1989, the Prize is intended to honour individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to peace and stability around the world.At the award ceremony, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova reiterated the agency’s commitment to help Mali reconstruct and safeguard its cultural heritage. “UNESCO saved the temples of Egypt and rebuilt the Mostar Bridge,” she said. “UNESCO will rebuild the mausoleums of Mali.”
As a “Game of Thrones” fanatic who is also a devoted Toronto Raptors fan, Oriana Di Nucci finds herself weighing the pros and cons of what to watch this Sunday when the fantasy saga concludes at the same time her beloved team hosts its first home game of the NBA Eastern Conference final.Despite the ubiquity of on-demand viewing, watching event programming live on a traditional television is still the preferred mode to experience mammoth meme-able moments, says the pop culture junkie. But she is still kicking herself for switching to “Game of Thrones” last Sunday just before Kawhi Leonard scored an astonishing buzzer-beater in Game 7 of the playoffs’ second round.This Sunday will feature a similar double-draw, when the most critical moments of the Raptors’ Game 3 will almost certainly overlap with the first half-hour or so of the “Game of Thrones” 80-minute finale.But Game 3 is a much different proposition than a deciding Game 7, says Di Nucci, who will risk missing another Raptor moment to watch “Game of Thrones” live with her family.“I’m really bad at accidentally spoiling things a lot. It’s not good for me and my friends who hadn’t watched it yet,” she explains, expecting both social media and traditional media to be awash with GoT details Sunday night and Monday morning.Despite pronouncements that event television is dead, Di Nucci believes the fear-of-missing-out drives many to the tube, often with friends and family in tow.And anyway, the advent of time-shifting and on-demand viewing has addressed remote control battles that would have split family viewing just a few years ago, adds sports fan Keith Morris.“I’m in my thirties and I remember back then Dad would have been downstairs watching the game and somebody else that was into the show would have been upstairs,” he says, noting screens are also more likely to run simultaneously in the same room.“But now with technology you can kind of do it all.”This Sunday, Morris will be at his friend’s condo with about 10 others for what’s primarily considered a GoT finale party. But the game will be on, and he expects most guests to trickle in during the second quarter.It’ll be especially hard to avoid Raptors fever when they return home Sunday, even with a “Game of Thrones” finale, he predicts.“The city is definitely on fire. We have a chance this year,” says the Missouri-born Morris, also devoted to watching the St. Louis Blues chase the NHL’s Stanley Cup.Raptors fan Heba Habib of Pickering, Ont., says the choice isn’t hard for her, since Crave makes “Game of Thrones” available as soon as it airs on HBO at 9 p.m. ET. Generally speaking, she ignores linear broadcast.“I’ve never really watched television live. I normally watch on-demand, or I watch whenever I have the time. It’s only live games that I normally watch (live),” says Habib, who’ll join a dozen friends to watch Sunday’s game, followed by “Game of Thrones.”She says her parents will stay home to focus on the game.Indeed, the proliferation of mass media has actually made the notion of mass consumption less and less the reality, says York University film professor John McCullough.“That’s the contradictory thing,” he chuckles. “It seems we have more mass media at our disposal nowadays but in fact the way that mass media (and) content is produced is actually (encouraging) fragmented audiences.”That was certainly the case last week for Di Nucci, who watched the Raptors with her sister and parents on the living room TV until she and her father commandeered the set for “Game of Thrones.”Her mom and sister were relegated to an upstairs bedroom to finish the game between the Raptors and visiting Philadelphia 76ers. Di Nucci soon realized that was a mistake “based on their yelling and running around.”“The timing was not great, right?” sighs the 21-year-old.“I wish I saw Kawhi’s last shot live. I wish I saw it in the moment, but it happens. It happens. I’ll be there for the next one. I’ll be there for the next big win.”Bell Media says “Game of Thrones” has been averaging 2.5 million viewers each week in its Sunday 9 p.m. ET time slot, with no indication that fans delayed viewing habits for the Raptors.Sportsnet says last Sunday’s Game 7 attracted an average audience of 2.2 million viewers, a big jump over a typical game. A peak audience of 3.8 million tuned in to catch Leonard’s buzzer-beater.If Di Nucci had another screen available at the time, she expects she would have caught Leonard’s shot but she was using her phone to text a friend during “Game of Thrones,” which was being streamed to the television via her laptop.There’s no escaping spoilers when a popular entertainment juggernaut captivates social media, says Meg Wheeler of Toronto. For that reason, “Game of Thrones” trumps all viewing, and did so last Sunday when she convinced her partner to switch from Game 7 to watch the series live.“We are both so active on Twitter that we know it’ll get spoiled if we don’t watch it live,” says the 28-year-old, admitting to some regret for missing Leonard’s shot.“I don’t feel it was that big of a deal – I’ve seen it now so many times replayed – but there is something special about seeing it happen live. It’s one of those things where you would remember where you were when it happened.”Habib, meanwhile, has worked out key house rules for watching a delayed “Game of Thrones”: “Nobody can go on social media.”“We’re good. As long as it’s not a blowout, we will always watch Raptors first,” she says.Being respectful is key, adds Morris, citing past experience in asserting the difficulty of reading online leaks without spoiling the fun for others.“If they’re searching through Twitter or people are live tweeting and they’re reading it and they’re getting spoiled, you can kind of read on their face what’s going on,” he says.“That’s when we decided to say: ‘Everyone put your phones on the table and turn them over and for 20 minutes let’s just watch the rest of this game and be present in this Toronto moment.”‘
The Women’s Progressive organization will observe this day by holding a Symposium at Freedom House Headquarters of the People’s Progressive Party. The presenters will be the General Secretary of the Party and former President Cde Bharat Jagdeo, Executive Member of the PPP Cde Gail Teixeira and General Secretary of the WPO Cde Sheila Verasammy. The speakers will focus on the Political and Economic situation in Guyana and its impact on women.Once again our best wishes to all the women of Guyana on the occasion of International Women’s Day. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related’Intimidation, bullyism, abuse’ being faced by women in the workplace must end- WPOApril 4, 2017In “Business”Jagdeo calls on supporters to be ‘foot soldiers’March 6, 2017In “Local News”Women’s Progressive Organization condemns ‘political harassment’May 27, 2017In “latest news” The WPO said citizens are constantly under pressure to make ends meet since the APNU/AFC came into office. It added that the Coalition government promise of a Good life for all “is nothing but a BIG SCAM”. “Since they came into office, it has been taxation and more taxation, they are delving into every facet of life to squeeze money out of the citizens of this country”, the statement added.Following is the full statement: The Women’s Progressive Organization extend warm and fraternal greetings to the Women of Guyana on the occasion of International Women’s Day on the 8th March.This event which women globally are observing for more than 100 years now became possible as a result of the struggle of the oppressed garment workers in New York in 1846; who dared to strike against their employers for better working conditions. Even though they were persecuted, they never faltered and their struggles were taken up by Rosa Luxemburg and Clara Zeitkin; two socialist women who lobbied the delegates of the 2nd International to honour the struggle of these working class women. The combined actions of two sets of women in two different parts of the world; the USA and Europe, made it possible for International Women’s Day to become a universally recognized event.As we observe this important event we wish to draw attention to the plight of the sugar workers and their families who are now faced with economic decline and social dislocation. We call on the coalition government to go back to the drawing board to find a workable solution in order the save the livelihood of thousands of people.The people of Guyana are under constant pressure. The Coalition government promise of a Good life for all “is nothing but a BIG SCAM”. Since they came into office, it has been taxation and more taxation, they are delving into every facet of life to squeeze money out of the citizens of this country. It seems as if they are bent on penalizing some sections of the population more than others while killing the proverbial goose that lay the golden egg. We wish to use this occasion to remind the people of Guyana that the significance of IWD must be a constant reminder to us all; that nothing comes easy and once we are prepared to stand up and defend our rights we will be victorious. In a statement to mark International Women’s Day, which will be celebrated on March 8, the Women’s Progressive Organisation (WPO), today, highlighted the plight of sugar workers and their families and called on the Coalition Government to “go back to the drawing board to find a workable solution in order the save the livelihood of thousands of people”.
Updated 6.27pmEMERGENCY SERVICES ATTENDED a single-vehicle collision on the M50 this afternoon but the road has now been reopened and traffic is moving as usual.AA Roadwatch reported heavy traffic on the northbound motorway. The road was closed after junction nine at the Red Cow pub.Motorists were asked to exit at an earlier junction to avoid delays.Gardaí said it was too early to report on injuries.Drivers have been asked to take extra care this evening after Met Éireann issued a red alert for parts of the country.First published 4.04pmEarlier: Man arrested in connection with fatal stabbing in ShankillElsewhere: Man dies in Christmas nightclub shooting
Stay on target “I can’t even see the damn snake!” One user commented.Another wrote, “This isn’t a trick, isn’t it? Or am I really as blind as a mole?!?”Someone else replied, “Still can’t see it. Glad you could see it, find it, catch it.” Catcher Stu from Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers then posted a video of the snake, which was located on top of the couch. The snake apparently was chilling in this spot to catch up on some sleep and “get a tan.” In the footage, Stu carefully picked up the snake, which is about 6 feet in length, and showed off its “beautiful patterns.”“Carpet pythons are the most common snake we catch and don’t seemed to be bothered by humans,” the snake catcher wrote below the Facebook video. “They will often hang out in entertaining areas like this and won’t move even if people are around. Majority of other snakes will retreat to cover when they see someone nearby.”The carpet python was safely taken away from the family’s porch and relocated back to nearby greenery.More on Geek.com:200-Pound Python Named ‘Ginormica’ Could Reach World-Record Size16-Foot Python, 50 Eggs Removed From Florida EvergladesGinormous Python Devours Entire Crocodile in Horrifying Swamp Photos Second 18-Foot Python Caught in South FloridaWatch: ‘Fighting’ Male Pythons Spotted By Australian Snake Catcher An Australian family was freaked out when they recently discovered a big carpet python napping on their sun-kissed veranda in Queensland, Australia.Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, which eventually removed the serpent, shared a photo on Facebook to show how camouflaged the python was with the outdoor space, news.com.au reported. They asked their 80,000 followers to see if they could find the reptile, and at first, many users couldn’t figure out where it was located.
The American Soybean Association’s World Initiative for Soy in Human Health (ASA/WISHH) team worked with Ligaya Diaz in St. Louis this week, preparing the new chief of party for her role managing the office and Ghana program, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).The AMPLIFIES Ghana Food for Progress project, with a budget of $15 million over five years, will improve feed and poultry production in Ghana, West Africa, a market that already imports U.S. soy. As feed production improves and local poultry production grows, so will demand for U.S. soy. Diaz comes to WISHH with previous experience as a chief of party of multi-million dollar projects in Liberia and in the Philippines. She also worked on nutrition and agricultural value chain programs in various countries with a variety of funding sources. Diaz has a Master of Science degree in food science and technology. Welcome aboard, Ligaya!
COCOA BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) — Thousands of tropical Santas traded in their sleighs for some gnarly waves this Christmas.It all started as a holiday tradition for one Cocoa Beach family, but word spread, and soon thousands were joining in on the fun.“I love surfing, and the first year I did it the waves were super nice,” said surfing Santa Ethan Deibert. “So that’s just a bonus coming here to catch some nice waves. So I thought it would be tons of fun.”The surfing St. Nicks are hoping to break a record for the most people surfing on a single wave, and it’s all for a good cause. T-shirt sales at the event are raising money for nonprofit groups like Grind for Life and the Florida Surf Museum.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Readers can sign up for courses ranging from a windowsill herb gardening class in Brooklyn to an introduction to sailing workshop based out of Manhattan. Classes range in price from free to over $500.“Classes are almost kind of trendy and cool with our audience at the moment,” says Boswell. “Instead of just going out people are doing classes together. Whether it’s a pastry or fitness class or something with career development, there are a number of options and it’s kind of the thing to do.”CourseHorse is just over a year old and announced last week that it raised $500,000 in its first round of funding. The site centralizes, curates, and maintains up-to-date class information from over 500 local education providers including universities, non-profits, and small businesses. With options for both adults and kids, classes cover topics ranging from art, cooking, and yoga to finance, marketing and graphic design. Children’s classes are also available, and Boswell says the company will promote these areas to the Time Out New York Kids demographic.The Time Out Group recently launched the digital- and online-only Time Out Los Angeles and will leverage CourseHorse’s growing presence in that city as well.“Every time you launch and develop a new category it allows you to reach new people,” adds Boswell. “We’ll look to feature this with some of our marketing partnerships in the future.”Stay updated on the latest FOLIO: news, follow us on Facebook & Twitter! City and regional publication Time Out New York is giving readers access to more information, and not just through its editorial content. Parent company Time Out Group has entered into the local class discovery market—its New York edition has struck a strategic partnership with Internet startup CourseHorse to deliver local educational listings and discounts.“Everything starts with your audience—you try to continually please, embrace and engage them,” says Tim Boswell, director of transactions for Time Out North America. “In print and online, we’ve always done an annual feature on continuing education and we always see great traffic numbers and engagement with the feature package. This was the next step to that.”Through its “classes” vertical on Time Out New York‘s site, and through a new co-branded Web portal with CourseHorse, readers have the ability to browse and directly enroll in over 20,000 local class offerings.
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has broken off its partnerships with Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE, amidst them facing US federal investigations. MIT follows suite moves by Stanford University, University of California’s flagship Berkeley and the University of Minnesota, who have all cut future research collaborations with Huawei. Late December, Huawei’s Chief Financial Officer, Wanzhou Meng, who is also the daughter of the company’s founder, was arrested in Canada. Huawei was allegedly involved in violating U.S.’ sanctions on Iran. Huawei was under constant scrutiny by the US government following the ban on ZTE from selling devices with American-made hardware and software. ZTE was also found guilty of violating US sanctions on Iran. Then in January, the U.S. Government officially charged Huawei for stealing T-Mobile’s trade secrets along with bank fraud to violate U.S. sanctions on Iran. Only a month had passed when Huawei came in the light again for using dirty tactics to steal Apple’s trade secrets. U.S. companies such as Motorola and Cisco Systems have made similar claims against Huawei in civil lawsuits. A Chicago-based company, Akhan Semiconductor even cooperated with a federal investigation into a theft of its intellectual property by Huawei. Huawei’s power in the mobile telecommunications sector and blatant ignorance of cybersecurity laws is alarming. FBI Director Christopher Wray said the cases “expose Huawei’s brazen and persistent actions to exploit American companies and financial institutions and to threaten the free and fair global marketplace. That kind of access could give a foreign government the capacity to maliciously modify or steal information, conduct undetected espionage, or exert pressure or control.” In a letter sent to the faculty on Wednesday, Richard Lester, MIT’s associate provost, and Maria Zuber, the school’s vice-president for research, said, “At this time, based on this enhanced review, MIT is not accepting new engagements or renewing existing ones with Huawei and ZTE or their respective subsidiaries due to federal investigations regarding violations of sanction restrictions.” The letter further stated, “Most recently we have determined that engagements with certain countries – currently China [including Hong Kong], Russia and Saudi Arabia – merit additional faculty and administrative review beyond the usual evaluations that all international projects receive.” Since Huawei’s ban in the US, the country is trying to prevent its allies from using Huawei technology for critical infrastructure, especially focusing on the five English speaking countries also known as the Five Eyes (US, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Great Britain). Australia and New Zealand have so far stopped operators from using Huawei equipment in their 5G networks. In the EU however, policymakers have made it a mandate for EU nations to share data on 5G cybersecurity risks and produce measures to tackle them by the end of the year. “The aim is to use tools available under existing security rules plus cross-border cooperation,” the bloc’s executive body said. Now, it is upto individual EU countries to decide whether they want to ban any company on national security grounds. Read Next China’s Huawei technologies accused of stealing Apple’s trade secrets, reports The Information Cisco and Huawei Routers hacked via backdoor attacks and botnets Huawei launches HiAI
Historically low mortgage rates have spurred more and more borrowers to opt into a shorter loan term when refinancing, but one analyst at CoreLogic doesn’t expect the trend to last.According to the company’s data, shorter-term refinances (those with lifespans of less than 30 years) accounted for nearly 40 percent of market share in 2013, a vast leap from less than 14 percent in 2006. Of that total, 15-year loan terms contributed 27.3 percentage points, more than tripling in market share since 2007.Other repayment options are also accounting for a greater cut of the market compared to 2007: The share of 20-year refinance terms has more than doubled over the past seven years, rising from 3.9 percent to 8 percent.Gilberto Mendez, senior business systems analyst for CoreLogic, says the shift makes sense as consumers take advantage of low mortgage rates to get out of their loans quicker without having to pay more.“Translating these figures into consumer dollars, it’s simple to understand why shorter-term refinances have gained popularity in recent years,” Mendez said. “In 2013, the average balance for a mortgage refinance was $208,500, and the average rate for a 15- and a 30-year mortgage was 3.2 percent and 3.9 percent respectively.”Given those figures, Mendez says a homeowner selecting a 15-year term would save more than $90,000 over the loan life compared to the 30-year term.“Rather than restarting the clock on a new 30-year mortgage, existing borrowers who refinance may be able to keep a similar monthly payment because of the lower interest rates,” he added.However, with rates slowly but steadily climbing, the popularity of shorter-term refinances may be short-lived.“Rising rates … will adversely affect the market share for these shorter-term loans, perhaps bringing the share back to the average levels we experienced in 2007 and 2008,” Mendez concluded. CoreLogic Loan Terms Mortgage Rates Refinance 2014-04-15 Tory Barringer in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News April 15, 2014 452 Views Analyzing the Rise of Shorter-Term Refinances Share
Stanton, who signed a three-year, $8.2 million contract in March 2013, finished the preseason 25-of-45 for 314 yards to go along with a touchdown and two interceptions. – / 24 Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Top Stories Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Backup quarterback Drew Stanton made his first start of the preseason Thursday night in Denver, however with his spot on the Arizona Cardinals’ 53-man roster all but cemented, the seven-year veteran’s appearance was brief.Arizona went three-and-out on Stanton’s only drive in the first quarter and the former Michigan State standout failed to complete his two pass attempts to Jim Dray and Michael Floyd.
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