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Twitter deletes almost 5000 accounts linked to Iran

first_imgSan Francisco: In its bid to stop the spread of misinformation and hoaxes, Twitter has pulled down almost 5,000 accounts suspected of being directly run or linked to the Iranian government. The micro-blogging site said all the account sets were originated in Iran. “We believe Twitter has a responsibility to protect the integrity of the public conversation — including through the timely disclosure of information about attempts to manipulate Twitter to influence elections and other civic conversations by foreign or domestic state-backed entities. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “We believe the public and research community are better informed by transparency,” Yoel Roth, Head of Site Integrity, Twitter, wrote in a blog post on Thursday. Twitter cracked down on a total of 4,779 pages and it took down at least 1,666 accounts in set one that originated in Iran. Cumulatively, these accounts tweeted nearly two million times. They posted global news content, often with an angle that benefited the diplomatic and geostrategic views of the Iranian state. Platform manipulation is a violation of the Twitter Rules, the company noted. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails Twitter pulled down 248 accounts in set two and 2,865 accounts in set three. These accounts were taken down in set three employed a range of false personas to target conversations about political and social issues in Iran and globally. The micro-blogging platform has been regularly removing accounts, it suspects of election interference from Iran, Russia and other nations since the fallout of the 2016 US presidential election.last_img read more

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What a player Ganguly calls Kohli

first_imgPort of Spain: India skipper Virat Kohli scored a majestic hundred at the Queen’s Park Oval as the Men in Blue registered a comprehensive win over West Indies in a rain-affected second ODI. India defeated West Indies by 59 runs (DLS method), thus taking an unassailable 1-0 lead in the three-match rubber, the final of which will be played on Wednesday at the same venue. On Sunday, Kohli brought up his 42nd century during the course of which he went past former India skipper Sourav Ganguly tally of 11,363 runs in the list of leading run-getters in ODI cricket. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh The 30-year-old has scored 11,406 runs at 59.91 in 238 matches and is currently at the eighth spot in the list topped by legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar who compiled 18,426 runs in 463 matches. Soon after Kohli broke his record, Ganguly tweeted: “Virat Kohli another master class in one day cricket…what a player.” During the course of his 120-run knock, the Delhi lad also became the first batsman to complete 2,000 ODI runs against West Indies. The previous record was 1,930 by Javed Miandad, whom Kohli passed in his 34th inning against the Windies. The Indian skipper now has eight centuries to his name against West Indies. He also has eight tons against two other teams — Australia and Sri Lanka. Sachin Tendulkar holds the record for scoring maximum hundreds against a single opposition — 9 against Australia. He had also scored eight hundreds against Sri Lanka. No other batsmen have more than seven centuries against a single opposition.last_img read more

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The Thursday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Thursday, Oct. 26———POTENTIAL CYBER ATTACKS WORRY CENTRAL BANK GOVERNOR: Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz says the threat of a cyberattack is perhaps the scenario that troubles him the most. Poloz told The Canadian Press on Thursday that the financial system will get through economic turbulence. But he said he is unsure what the fallout would be if there was a cyberattack against the financial system. The central bank warned Canadians in June that the country’s banks are vulnerable to a cascading series of cyberattacks.———FEW SEX ASSAULTS RESULT IN CONVICTION: Statistics Canada says only about 12 per cent of sexual assaults reported to police led to a conviction. The agency looked at sexual assault figures between 2009 and 2014. StatsCan says the figures only cover the complaints that police validated and don’t include complaints deemed unfounded.———PARENTS ASKING DOCTORS ABOUT MEDICALLY ASSISTED DEATH FOR TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN: A survey by the Canadian Paediatric Society says parents are increasingly asking their doctors about the option of seeking medically assisted death for children who have progressive terminal illness or intractable pain. Federal legislation brought in last year allowed eligible adults the right to seek out assisted death in cases of incurable illness or intolerable suffering, but the situation regarding minors is still being reviewed. Dr. Dawn Davies of the pediatric society says the findings show the medical community should start thinking about issues involving assisted death for minors.———MILLIONS OF COMPENSATION GIVEN TO TORTURE VICTIMS: Over $31 million in federal compensation has been paid to three Canadians who were tortured in Syria. The Trudeau government announced this spring that it had settled long-standing lawsuits filed by Abdullah Almalki, Ahmad El Maati and Muayyed Nureddin over the federal role in their ordeals. Recently released federal documents note a $31.25-million payment to three unidentified individuals and The Canadian Press has confirmed it refers to the settlement. An inquiry concluded that Canadian officials contributed to the torture of Almalki, El Maati and Nureddin by sharing information with foreign agencies.———MORNEAU TO DONATE SOME SHARE EARNINGS TO CHARITY: Finance Minister Bill Morneau says he won’t keep any money he makes as a result of any increase in the value of shares in his family business since he was elected two years ago. Morneau said on Thursday that he’ll give the money to charity. Morneau plans to sell all of his roughly one million shares in Morneau Shepell, which are worth an estimated $21 million, and put all his other considerable assets into a blind trust. Morneau has been under fire in Parliament for failing to divest his shares earlier because the opposition contends he is in a conflict of interest.———NEW SCREENING IN EFFECT FOR CANADIANS TRAVELLING INTO THE U.S.: New security guidelines are in effect for Canadian travellers flying into the U.S., but the airlines are saying little about what the procedures involve. The U.S. government said earlier this year that there would be increased screening of passengers and their cellphones and other electronic devices. There would also be more security around planes and in passenger areas. Air Canada says all of its flights to the U.S. go through preclearance in Canadian airports so passengers will encounter the new screening before leaving Canada.———IRVING ORDERED TO PAY IN LAC MEGANTIC DISASTER: Irving Oil has been ordered to pay $4 million after pleading guilty to 34 counts stemming from the 2013 rail disaster in Lac Megantic, Que., that killed 47 people. Irving pleaded guilty to a number of charges under the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act. Transport Canada and the RCMP said Irving had not complied with all applicable safety requirements by not classifying the crude oil being carried by trains as a dangerous good. A government statement said Irving did not adequately train its employees in the transportation of dangerous goods.———U.S. DECLARES OPIOID CRISIS A NATIONAL PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY: The acting American health and human services secretary has officially declared the opioid crisis a nationwide public health emergency, as requested by President Donald Trump. Eric D. Hargan says in a statement that Trump “has made this national crisis a top priority since he took office in January.”———HALIFAX POLITICIAN SAYS THE WORD MARIJUANA IS RACIST: A Halifax city councillor says he won’t use the word marijuana because it’s racist. Shawn Cleary says in the early 1900s during the criminalization of cannabis in the U.S., “marijuana” was used to demonize marginalized communities, namely Mexicans. Cleary says he’s decided to stop using the word. His tweets prompted intense debate on social media with some people thanking Cleary for informing them and others questioning the validity of his comments.———GREY CUP SOLD OUT: It might be hard to come by a ticket to the Grey Cup. The CFL championship is sold out despite the fact the game is a month away. Capacity at Ottawa’s TD Place will be increased from 24,000 to 36,000, with the addition of temporary stands in both end zones, to meet the increased demand.———last_img read more

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43754 Moroccans Received US Green Card Between 20052014

By Bryn MillerRabat – According to the Department of Homeland Security’s records, 43,754 Moroccans received green cards between 2005 and 2014. Green cards are identification documents issued by the Department of State that grant its holder lawful permanent residency.The government reported that an average of 4,375 Moroccans obtained a green card each year through various classes of admission, including family-sponsored preferences, employment-based preferences, and the State Department’s diversity lottery. Green card issuance for Moroccans reached its peak in 2010, when 5,447 immigrants received a card. In context, during this ten-year period the United States issued green cards to 1,172,380 immigrants from predominately Muslim countries, 1,051,249 Europeans, and 10,822,112 total immigrants,Morocco ranked ninth out of the world’s predominately Muslim countries for the number of nationals receiving lawful permanent resident status. Bangladesh came first with 139,584 recipients, followed by Iran and Iraq with 137,097 and 119,146 cards respectively.Egypt, Somalia, Albania, Uzbekistan, and Turkey also ranked higher than Morocco. However, Moroccans far outstripped their neighbors in the Maghreb region, receiving almost 40,000 more green cards on average than Algerians, Mauritanians, Tunisians, and Libyans. Saudi Arabia, another American ally, received only 13,696 green cards for its citizens. read more

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IGP summoned before Special High Court

Gamini Senarath had been accused of misappropriating Rs 500 million Government funds when Mahinda Rajapaksa was President.Senarath had reportedly invested the funds in the Helanko Hotels & Spa hotel project. Inspector General of Police (IGP) Pujith Jayasundara has been summoned before the Special High Court hearing a case against former President’s Chief of Staff Gamini Senarath.Former Treasury Secretary P.B. Jayasundera has also been summoned to appear before the court over the same case. read more

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First Nation chiefs look to block New Brunswicks new forestry strategy

FREDERICTON – Aboriginal leaders in New Brunswick are taking the provincial government to court in an effort to block an increase on the caps for harvesting softwood lumber in a new 10-year forestry strategy.The Assembly of First Nations Chiefs in New Brunswick filed for an injunction in the Court of Queen’s Bench on Wednesday, arguing the new strategy will cause irreversible environmental harm.“This is not just a First Nations issue, this is an issue that will impact everyone in this province,” said the assembly’s Maliseet co-chair, Chief Brenda Perley, in a statement.“Increasing the annual allotment for harvesting softwood lumber will further endanger culturally significant species like deer and salmon, among other plant and animal life that aboriginal and non-aboriginal conservationists, recreational and commercial fishers and hunters and anyone who takes pride in the natural beauty of New Brunswick enjoy and depend upon.”A spokesman for the Natural Resources Department wasn’t available for comment.The province announced in March it was raising its softwood lumber caps, allowing the forestry industry to harvest 660,000 more cubic metres of wood per year. The change amounted to a more than 20-per-cent increase from existing levels.Natural Resources Minister Paul Robichaud said at the time the move would make the industry more competitive and create hundreds of new jobs in the province.The increase in the province’s new forestry strategy brought the total allowable amounts to about 3.9 million cubic metres of spruce and fir, Robichaud said in March.One day after the announcement, Irving Pulp and Paper said it planned to spend about $450 million to modernize a pulp mill in Saint John.Native leaders oppose the change, accusing the government of failing to adequately address aboriginal concerns or properly consulting with them.The Assembly of First Nations’ Chiefs in New Brunswick says it is bringing forward the legal action on behalf of itself and 10 First Nation communities, with more aboriginal groups expected to join.They are asking that the court put the forestry strategy on hold until their concerns are addressed. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 15, 2014 12:27 pm MDT First Nation chiefs look to block New Brunswick’s new forestry strategy AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Cincinnati Bengals prepare for opener against Chicago Bears

The Cincinnati Bengals head to Chicago for their first game of the 2013 season, looking to improve on a 2012 season where they lost in the AFC Wild Card to the Houston Texans.After missing the playoffs last season, the Bears are a team that has undergone some major changes. Former coach Lovie Smith was fired despite leading his team to a 10-6 record last year and establishing one of the best defensive units in football over the course of his nine-year tenure. Also gone is linebacker Brian Urlacher, an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and the player most associated with Chicago’s defensive style of play.While the Bears may take a step back defensively, their offense has some room for improvement after finishing 28th overall last season. New coach Mark Trestman, known as a quarterback guru, is expected to help quarterback Jay Cutler reach his potential.Meanwhile, the Bears have strived to improve their offensive line, giving a unit that surrendered 44 sacks a much-needed facelift. Left tackle J’Marcus Webb has moved on to play for the Minnesota Vikings, and Jermon Bushrod was signed to take his place. Also, Matt Slauson was brought over from the New York Jets to help at left guard while Chicago used its first-round pick on guard Kyle Long. The Bears can only hope that these moves will make an immediate impact with the Bengals coming to town. Cincinnati features a fearsome defensive line that accounted for a franchise-record 51 sacks last season and could very well improve on that total this season.Against the Bengals, Trestman may implement a game plan designed to put less pressure on his quarterback, as the offensive line, despite offseason moves, most likely still needs time to jell. By establishing running back Matt Forte and getting the ball out of Cutler’s hands as quickly as possible on passing downs, Chicago should be able to avoid costly turnovers or an injury to their quarterback. While the Bengals may have the advantage up front, Cincinnati’s secondary may have its hands full with Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall. Last year, Marshall was reunited with Cutler, his former teammate on the Denver Broncos, by means of a trade that turned out to be a smashing success as Marshall had a career year (118 catches, 1,508 yards, 11 touchdowns). The two have unrivaled chemistry, both having had their best seasons playing together.On the other side of the ball, the Bengals’ offense will feature some new faces. Cincinnati fans are eager to see what rookie running back Giovani Bernard can contribute. His explosive style of running should be able to help quarterback Andy Dalton on third downs in a road game that is bound to be physical. Perhaps rookie tight end Tyler Eifert will also get significant playing time, allowing the Bengals to attack the middle of the field with two tight end formations in an effort to minimize mistakes and provide added protection in the passing game. While ideally Dalton prefers to look to superstar wide receiver A.J. Green as his first option, he may not have the opportunity as often as he would like on Sunday. For the first time in his career, Green will be lined up against All-Pro cornerback Charles Tillman, who has had great success against elite receivers such as Calvin Johnson of the Detroit Lions. Green was also only recently allowed to return to practice after having suffered a bruised knee in practice, though that does not seem to be much of a concern anymore.On paper, Cincinnati is the more talented team. It is their youth and disappointing showings in big games that are the primary concerns. In last year’s opener, the Bengals lost big in Baltimore, 44-13. But they are more than capable of starting 2013 in a much more positive fashion. If the Bengals can create turnovers and contain Forte and Marshall, Cincinnati’s offense, stacked with a plethora of weapons, should eventually overwhelm a Bears team that has seen much upheaval since the end of last season. read more

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OSUs Lavender named to AP Preseason AllAmerican Team

Jantel Lavender has received numerous accolades throughout her career at Ohio State. The senior center can now add 2010-11 Associated Press Preseason All-American to her resume. The three-time reigning Big Ten Player of the Year was also named to the AP’s Preseason All-American team last season and went on to average 21.4 points and 10.3 for the Buckeyes. Lavender said she spent her summer improving her game to earn higher honors at the end of the season. “The goal is to be a national player of the year,” Lavender said. “I really improved my game over this last summer because I’ve gotten a chance to be here for the whole summer. I’m looking forward to being a much better player in every aspect, mentally, physically, and a good teammate.” A 65-member national media panel selected the team. Joining Lavender on this season’s team is Connecticut’s Maya Moore, Baylor’s Brittney Griner, Stanford’s Nnemkadi Ogwumike and Oklahoma’s Danielle Robinson. Being selected to the team is the latest preseason honor for the Cleveland native. Lavender was also named to the watch list for the Wooden Award, given to the nation’s top player, besides being named the preseason Big Ten Player of the Year. Lavender is also on pace to break Katie Smith’s OSU women’s career scoring record of 2,578 points. Lavender has scored 2,044 points in her career and averaged 20 points per game. OSU coach Jim Foster said team success — not individual honors — would define Lavender’s career as a Buckeye. “Preseason stuff’s nice, its great for setting expectations,” Foster said. “I think Jantel’s career will be measured by championships more so than points scored.” Lavender said one honor in particular would mean more to her than any other this season. “I’m not really an individualistically (sic) type of person, I’m more team-based,” Lavender said. “I don’t think that we’ve gotten to the place that I want to be, you know, as a far as a team. “I want a national championship. I think that we’ve said that every year and, you know, it’s easily said and not easily done.” read more

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Sweet natured dog helps students ward off anxiety

first_imgShe is good natured, friendly and simply loves to play, which makes her the perfect candidate to help students at one British university remain calm and relaxed in the face of mounting stress.Tanlaw Millie, an 11-year-old Cockapoo, is being used by the University of Buckingham in an effort to ward off anxiety and depression, conditions that are increasingly afflicting teenage girls and young women in particular.The dog was bought by the university after research found that stroking pets can help to alleviate stress. Studies from the Department of Education have shown a rise in the number of teenage girls, suffering from anxiety and depression.Tanlaw Millie – named after the University’s Student Union building, Tanlaw Mill – has certainly gone down well with this year’s new undergraduates.Sean Ruane, 26, a business enterprise student at the university, said: “I’ve suffered from depression a couple of times. Depression is sometimes knows as the black dog but it feels more like a black wolf. For me being able to pet Tanlaw Millie lifts my spirits.“Dogs have unconditional love and that’s something you don’t find in all humans – it’s priceless.”Studies have found that playing with or petting an animal can increase levels of the stress-reducing hormone oxytocin and decrease production of the stress hormone cortisol.Sir Anthony Seldon,  University of Buckingham Vice-Chancellor, who has written books on mental health and well-being, said: “I think all universities should invest in a campus canine. There’s nothing more relaxing that petting a puppy and you can’t help but smile when she jumps up onto your lap. The stress just melts away. “Many students are pet-starved because their beloved four-legged friends are back home. Being able to stroke a playful puppy is the best medicine for a stressed student. A dog is a student’s best friend.“Universities are failing to address mental health problems even though they are on the rise.”Sir Anthony is a supporter of mental health charity Sane, which is running a campaign to get universities, schools and businesses to dis Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

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Surgery success for Bangladeshi girl with three legs

(BBC) A Bangladeshi toddler born with a third leg attached to her pelvis is returning home after successful surgery in Australia.Choity Khatun, who is three, was born with caudal twinning, meaning that part of a twin had developed in her pelvis.Choity, seen here with her mother Shima, can now run around, her doctor says (AFP photo)Australian surgeons spent months working out how to remove the extra limb and reconstruct her pelvic area.The toddler was brought to Australia from her village in Bangladesh by a charity, Children First Foundation.Dr Chris Kimber, head of surgery at Monash Children’s Hospital in Victoria, said Choity’s case was very rare and the surgery had been “daunting”.“The operation is sort of determined by the individual and you have to spend a lot of time trying to analyse what’s there and then plan a procedure that takes that into account,” he told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.The Australian team held extensive discussions with doctors in Bangladesh, who had already performed some surgery.The team had to determine whether further surgery was even possible or beneficial before she was brought to Australia last year.Doctors in Bangladesh had removed part of the leg “but she was still left with a large mass sitting there in her pelvis between her two normal legs”, Dr Kimber said.“Because there’s part of a twin in there, she had two rectums, two vaginas, potentially two anuses – double bits that were growing into a very abnormal area.”After a lengthy planning process, the team embarked on the surgery in November.They removed the part of the leg that was left behind and carried out reconstruction work to ensure the little girl was continent – something that will help her to function much better back at home.Dr Kimber said the toddler, who is partially blind, was now walking and running around, and had put on weight.He said she might need further corrective surgery during her teenage years but would be able to return home to Bangladesh with her mother “without medication or surgical aids”.Her mother, Shima Khatun, told Australian media on Thursday she was looking forward to going home to her family and watching her daughter play.“Everything is good now… she can play like other babies… she is the same [as them],” she said. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related read more

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EURO 2016 Best 7 young lions to watch in Poland

The upcoming Men’s EHF EURO 2016 in Poland will be the chance for all handball fans to see some new faces in European handball. Some of them are already known from their performance in the clubs and national teams, but still they are Under 23, ready to improve and conquere handball world in years to come.Handball-Planet.com made a list of BEST 7 youngstars (generation 1994 and younger) for the upcoming event which we would like to see. The leader of the team is Handball-Planet Young World Player 2015 – Sanders Sagosen.RIGHT BACK: Fabian Wiede (Germany)PLAYMAKER: Sanders Sagosen (Norway)LEFT BACK: Vuko Borozan (Montenegro)LINE-PLAYER: Blaž Blagotinšek (Slovenia)LEFT WING: Rune Dahmke (Germany)RIGHT WING: Darko Đukić (Serbia)GOALKEEPER: Torbjorn Bergerud (Norway)Our list didn’t include some names who will miss the tournament (Lasse Andersson or Paul Drux). However, like in the list of BEST 7 “old guns”, we couldn’t find the left wing player (1994 and younger) who will be close to the final squad, so we decided to put Rune Dahmke (1993). On the other side, the lack of young goalies is more than visible, so our choice is young Norwegian Torbjorn Bergerud, who probably won’t get a chance to play in poland. ← Previous Story EURO 2016: Best 7 “old guns” all over Poland Next Story → Tobbias Karlsson prepares special “rainbow” message for Poland best young handball playersEHF EURO 2016 read more

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TMobile looking to supercharge their 3G network to be as fast as

first_imgAlthough we’re certainly not going to look at any increase in mobile broadband speeds as a negative, one thing to remember is that, technically, even the likes of Verizon‘s LTE service and Sprint’s WiMax aren’t really 4G.For want of a better term, their speeds only equate to 3G+. That means if you’re a company like T-Mobile without a real 4G rollout plan going into 2011, one way to catch up to the competition is not by building new 4G towers, but by supercharging the existing network to the utmost limits of existing 3G throughput. And, in fact, that’s exactly what T-Mobile has up their sleeves: they’re currently working on charging their current 3G HSPA standard to make it as fast as 4G, reaching speeds of 650Mbps.AdChoices广告How’s T-Mobile doing it? They’re teaming up with Nokia Siemens to develop a new 3G antenna array that is similar to the MIMo tech used in WiFi routers. By having a single device picking up and broadcasting multiple frequencies on multiple antennas, they can fuse those different signals picking up different bandwidth pipes together for even faster throughput.A pretty bold plan, indeed. Of course, if it works with 3G, it should work with 4G too. How fast could Verizon’s LTE network get if they tried the same multiple antenna approach?Read more at Ars Technica, via Gizmodolast_img read more

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Neuer return leaves Sule impressed

first_imgNiklas Sule has been left amazed by Manuel Neuer’s impressive comeback from injury after the goalkeeper played a competitive training match for GermanyThe Bayern Munich captain sustained a broken foot in September last year, which left him out of action for their entire campaign with Sven Ulreich having occupied his place in the squad since as they won a sixth successive Bundesliga title.However, Germany boss Joachim Low included Neuer in his preliminary squad for next month’s tournament in Russia with the aim of properly assessing the 32-year-old’s fitness levels before making a final decision.Neuer continued with his progress from injury by playing in a test match for the Germany u20 side against the senior side and completed 30 minutes.The captain now looks set to be confirmed in Low’s final 23-man squad and Sule could not hide his admiration for him, who he calls the “best keeper in the world”.“At first I couldn’t believe it, when Manu did his first training after four months out and sensationally saved one ball after the other. It was as if he had never left,” said the defender, according to Goal.“I hadn’t witnessed something like that before. His body language is simply incredible.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“He is the best keeper in the world, and for me, it is great to play with him at the Bayern and cause him problems by shooting my swirling shots on goal.”A fit Neuer is normally the undisputed number one at Germany and assistant coach Thomas Schneider backed him to be ready to start if required.“The coaches Jogi [Low, head coach] and Andi [Kopke, goalkeeping coach] talked to Marc-Andre, who had a very good season and is an important part of the team since the Confederations Cup last year and who got even better this year,” he said.“But Manu is a complete goalkeeper. His name, the way he moves, his presence on the pitch and his technical skills. He has been named the world’s best goalkeeper for a reason.“Of course it is no easy situation for Marc now, but when you have such an unbelievably good goalkeeper in your team like Manuel, you want him to play.”Neuer is expected to play in his first proper competitive match against Austria on Saturday in a friendly.last_img read more

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Azam Khan sexist remark Sitharaman Irani demand exemplary action amid Lok Sabha

first_imgSP leader Azam Khan made an alleged sexist remark against BJP parliamentarian Rama Devi.Lok Sabha on Friday, July 26, witnessed a massive uproar with members demanding ‘exemplary action’ against Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan for his alleged sexist remark against BJP parliamentarian Rama Devi. Moving a motion in the House, BJP leader Sanghmitra Maurya requested Speaker Om Birla to punish the SP MP to set an example for others.Lawmakers across political lines criticised Azam Khan’s remark made during the debate on the government’s bill to ban instant triple talaq.Reacting to the controversy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “This is an abominable act, I appeal to you for exemplary action.”Meanwhile, Om Birla said that he will hold a meeting with leaders of all parties and then make a decision. Today’s motion was seconded by BJD leader Bhartuhari Mahtab and other members in the Lok Sabha.Seeking immediate suspension of Azam Khan from the Lok Sabha, Union Minister Smriti Irani said, “This is a blot on all legislators including men. We cannot remain silent spectators to it. We have to speak in one voice that this is unacceptable.” “This is not a House where men come in and ‘Kisi aurat ki aankhon mein jhanka jaye (look into the eyes of a woman),” Irani added.Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said either Azam Khan should apologise or he should be suspended from the Lok Sabha. Prasad said that the incident was painful. “Rama Devi handled it with utmost dignity. We appeal for the toughest punishment, without compromise,” he said in the House.Also, first-time Lok Sabha MP Mimi Chakraborty condemned the incident. “Nobody can stand in Parliament and tell a woman – look into my eyes and talk. Speaker sir, all women here are expecting something big from you on this,” said the Trinamool Congress lawmaker.Earlier on Thursday, the SP leader courted controversy for his sexist jibes against Rama Devi. He, however, attempted to clarify, saying, “You are my sister, bahut pyari behen (very sweet sister). I have had a long political career, it is not possible for me to say anything bad. If there is a single unparliamentary word in what I said, then I declare my resignation from parliament.”last_img read more

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Initial Coin Offering Indian startups new fundraising avenue

first_imgPixabayStartups today have various ways to raise funds for their businesses, be it through venture capital, loans or the new option — perhaps the most global, inclusive and democratic: the “Initial Coin Offering” (ICO).An ICO is an unregulated means of fund raising by which startups bypass the rigorous and regulated capital-raising process required by venture capitalists or banks.In an ICO campaign, a percentage of the cryptocurrency is sold to early backers of the project in exchange for legal tender or other cryptocurrencies, but usually for bitcoin.Despite no regulation around this space, startups globally raised about $200 million in a single round of funding through ICOs and Indian satrtups are also among those garnering funds overseas.ICO is similar to an initial public offer (IPO) but instead of offering shares, an ICO sells coins – referred to as tokens, to investors. The investors, on the other hand, will invest any well known cryptocurrency (usually bitcoins or ether) into the venture in exchange for tokens.Last year, startups globally raised around $3.7 billion, according to audit and accounting firm EY.Drivezy, a peer-to-peer vehicle-sharing platform, opted for an ICO last year.Likewise Belfrics, a cryptocoin exchange platform started in 2014, raised around $2.2 million in funding through an ICO while WandX raised a little over $1 million in an ICO in Singapore last year.In an ICO, if the money raised does not meet the minimum funds required by the firm, the money is returned to the backers and the ICO is deemed to be unsuccessful. If the funds requirements are met within the specified timeframe, the money raised is used to either initiate the new scheme or to complete it.However, the lack of clarity about cryptocurrencies in India has led to companies raising funds in other markets such as the U.S., Europe and Singapore.(With inputs from the Times of India)last_img read more

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