first_imgMumbai, Mar 14 (PTI) Countrys largest private sector lender ICICI Bank today said it has tied up with marquee sports car maker Ferrari to launch co-branded credit card.”The Ferrari Credit Card comes in two variants on the Visa platform and offers customers a host of offers including an all-expenses-paid trip for top spenders to Italy and also includes a Scuderia Ferrari watch as a joining gift,” the bank said in a statement here.Details of the fees, if any, were not immediately shared by the bank.ICICI banks General Manager Kusal Roy said this is the first-ever Ferrari range of credit cards in the country.The bank had over 34.69 lakh outstanding credit cards as of November, that saw transactions of over Rs 2,393 crore at ATMs and POS terminals.Other benefits which come with the card include discount on Ferrari branded products at the Ferrari Store in Maranello, Italy, and merchandise sold online at the Ferrari Store and Myntra.com, the statement said.The cardholder also gets complementary access to domestic airport lounges in the country and a buy one, get one free offer on bookings done through bookmyshow.com, it added. PTI AA SDL PRB ABKlast_img read more

first_imgSC summons ex-MP in decade old case of breaching contractNew Delhi, Nov 9 (PTI) The Supreme Court has directed a former AIADMK MP to appear before it or face arrest in a more than a decade old case of breaching contract with a company over transfer of its subsidiary firm.A bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra issued notice to former MP K C Palanisamy asking him to be personally present before it on November 28, failing which a non-bailable arrest warrant would be issued against him and his properties would be attached.”Having heard counsel for the parties, we are of the considered opinion that the real contesting party is respondent no. 3 (Palanisamy),” the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said and ordered issuance of notice to him.It said the notice should be issued “with a stipulation that he shall remain personally present before this court on November 28, 2017, failing which a non-bailable warrant of arrest shall be issued against him, apart from attaching his properties.”The apex court was hearing a civil appeal filed against National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) order of July 5 this year in favour of Kasturi and Sons Ltd (KSL), owner of The Hindu newspaper whose subsidiary firm was sold to Palanisamy in 2004.The former MP had allegedly failed to make the payment for purchasing KSLs subsidiary, Sporting Pastime India Ltd.However, after an arbitration between the parties, he was directed to return the firm to KSL. The order was upheld by the National Company Law Tribunal as well as NCLAT.advertisementThe matter reached the apex court when a firm, Cheran Properties Ltd, allegedly owned by Palanisamy, filed a special leave petition against the NCLAT order.The case involves transfer of Sporting Pastime India Ltd, a 100 per cent subsidiary of KSL, to K C Palanisamy and his nominees in 2004. PTI AG PKS RKS ARC MVVlast_img read more

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares DENVER — Andrew Luck has his signature NFL win, and it came against his predecessor, of all people.Hardly pressured all afternoon, Luck threw two touchdown passes and outplayed Peyton Manning in leading the Indianapolis Colts past the Denver Broncos 24-13 on Jan. 11.The Colts (13-5) advanced to the AFC championship game at New England (13-4), where they lost 42-20 on Nov. 16.“I’d like to think I am a better quarterback and would like to think we’re a better team” now, Luck said. “We are well equipped to handle the unknown, the unforeseen.”They sure were in the Rockies, where Denver had gone 8-0 this season and averaged 35 points a game.“I think we’re playing good team ball,” said Luck, who improved to 3-2 in the playoffs with his first road win. “We’re feeding off each other. Offensively we’re making enough plays to put some points on the board. Great night. So proud to be a part of the Colts in this victory.”The Broncos (12-5) are left to deal with the hangover of yet another playoff debacle — and, more importantly, questions about Manning’s future.After saying on Christmas Eve that he planned on coming back for an 18th season, the five-time MVP wasn’t so certain after his latest playoff fiasco.Asked point blank if he planned on playing next season, Manning said, “Uh, yeah, I guess I just can’t give that simple answer, I’m processing it. So, I can’t say that. I could not say that.”It was the first time Manning had been ambiguous about his future since spinal fusion surgery on his neck cost him all of the 2011 season and led Colts owner Jim Irsay to release him in 2012 so he could use the top pick to draft Luck.“I knew it was the right thing to do for the Colts,” Irsay said outside his jubilant locker room. “I saw Archie (Manning) last night. We had a nice conversation. Happened to be at Elway’s Restaurant at the Ritz Carlton. It was a decision that it was the right move to make. Peyton and I had talked about it. He said it best in the press conference, I didn’t decide. He didn’t decide. The football gods laid the cards out. We both knew it as best for him and us.”There’s sure to be questions about John Fox’s future, as well. He’s won four straight AFC West titles, but keeps coming up short in what he calls the “real season.”“I’m the head coach, the buck stops here,” Fox said.The Broncos were the AFC’s only unbeaten team at home and the only team in the NFL with a top-five offense and a top-five defense.“We picked a bad day to have a bad game,” said Terrance Knighton, who had guaranteed these Broncos, with an NFL-high nine Pro Bowlers, would hoist the Lombardi Trophy next month.Manning has gone one-and-done in the playoffs a record nine times in his otherwise stellar career. That includes twice in Denver, where he’s 38-10 in the regular season but just 2-3 in the playoffs.Overall, he’s 11-13 in the postseason and this was one of his worst playoff performances ever. He never found a rhythm, constantly overthrew his receivers and finished 26 of 46 for 111 yards, one TD and no interceptions.“It’s just disappointing. Everyone would like to win their last game of the season,” Manning said after guiding Denver to a TD on its opening possession and just two field goals on his final 11 drives.Each of his three seasons in Denver has ended in humbling losses, to the Ravens and Colts at home after first-round byes, and to Seattle in last year’s Super Bowl.These Broncos were better balanced with a grinding ground game and star-studded defense bolstered by John Elway’s signings of Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware and T.J. Ward to a guaranteed $60 million in free agency.But none of them came up big Sunday and the Broncos were left to deal with yet another wrenching playoff loss.Luck completed 27 of 43 passes for 265 yards with two TDs and two interceptions that were the equivalent of punts and no sacks.“We needed to win the game for us. It wasn’t about Peyton or Andrew or anything like that,” Irsay said. “It was about just us trying to beat the Broncos. Again, this was the Colts vs. the Broncos, even though the quarterbacks mean so much.”The Colts stretched a four-point halftime lead to 21-10 when Luck drove the Colts 72 yards in 11 plays, hitting Hakeem Nicks from 15 yards midway through the third quarter.On fourth-and-1 from the Colts 36, C.J. Anderson eluded three tacklers in the backfield and gained 7 yards. But once again, the Broncos stalled and had to settle for Connor Barth’s 41-yard field goal that made it 21-13 with 13:50 remaining.Luck then drove the Colts 54 yards in 13 plays, chewing up more than 8 minutes before Adam Vinatieri’s 30-yard field goal made it 24-13 with four minutes remaining in the half-empty Sports Authority Field.Denver’s only lead was 7-0 on Manning’s 1-yard fade pass to Demaryius Thomas on the Broncos’ first drive. Daniel Herron’s 6-yard TD run tied it.After a Manning fumble, Luck hit tight end Dwayne Allen with a 3-yard strike to put the Colts ahead for good 14-7.“It was an unbelievable performance by the guys on the road,” Irsay said. “Onward we go. We know the trails even get tougher.”(ARNIE STAPLETON, AP Pro Football Writer)last_img read more

first_imgOAKLAND, California (AP) — Stephen Curry started the rally in the third to get Golden State going, then Kevin Durant was determined to do his part in the fourth.Two of the biggest stars on one side delivered when the best player on the other went down.Curry scored 40 points and hit a tying 3-pointer with 1:48 remaining as the Warriors rallied from way behind after Kawhi Leonard was lost to an ankle injury to beat the San Antonio Spurs 113-111 on Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference finals.“It’s the playoffs. You’ve got to expect everything,” Curry said. “I wouldn’t call it smooth sailing at all. We’ve actually had to execute and get to this point. They came out and challenged us heavy, put a nice little run together. It took us a minute to figure it out to get up to that game speed after this little break. It’s definitely a nice way to win Game 1. We’ve got to capitalize off that and start Game 2 a lot better.”Draymond Green gave Golden State the lead for good on a three-point play after the Warriors trailed by as many as 25 points.Leonard left in the third quarter after he re-injured his left ankle, and the Warriors capitalized with an 18-0 run.Durant scored 10 straight points during a key fourth-quarter stretch on the way to 34 points, while Zaza Pachulia had 11 points and nine rebounds.Golden State Warriors interim head coach Mike Brown, right, gestures next to forward Andre Iguodala (9) during the first half of Game 1 of the NBA basketball Western Conference finals against the San Antonio Spurs in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, May 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)Leonard had 26 points and eight rebounds. LaMarcus Aldridge produced another clutch playoff performance with 28 points and eight boards.Somehow, these unusually careless, cold-shooting Warriors found a way to keep their unblemished postseason record alive at 9-0.Game 2 in the series is Tuesday night back at Oracle Arena.Curry scored 19 points in the third quarter and went 7 for 16 on 3s and 14 of 26 overall as the Warriors overcame their largest halftime deficit ever in the postseason at 20 points.Leonard first went down after stepping on a teammate’s foot along the bench after taking a shot. Pachulia later slid toward him as he came down from shooting and Leonard fell into the Spurs bench, grabbing his ankle.Losing Leonard could be the story of this series, though coach Gregg Popovich had no update except that Leonard hurt the same foot. He shot 7 of 13 in 23 minutes to go with eight rebounds and three assists. He made all 11 of his free throws.He sat out Game 6 of the last round against Houston, a 39-point, series-clinching win on Thursday, after injuring the ankle in a Game 5 overtime victory.“It’s a tough break. He’s coming from an injury on that ankle and he tweaked it twice in the last minute he played,” Manu Ginobili said. “So we couldn’t react to his absence.”Durant has repeatedly spoken of elevating his game when it matters most — and wow did he do it at the very moment the Warriors needed a huge lift on their home floor.His 3-pointer with 7:53 to play got Golden State within 94-88, then he drove to his left and right by Kyle Anderson for an emphatic one-handed slam the next possession to ignite a deafening sellout crowd. Durant hit another 3 at the 6:10 mark and a jumper the next time down before Shaun Livingston’s driving dunk.“Steph got us going in the third, I just tried to do my part in the fourth,” Durant said.Popovich lost to good friend and old pupil Mike Brown, filling in as Warriors acting coach for the ailing Steve Kerr — who played for Popovich.Yet for much of the afternoon, the Spurs outplayed the mighty Warriors on both ends of the floor.While Kerr spoke to the team at halftime, he watched the game from behind the scenes in the arena a day after returning to the practice floor for the first time in more than three weeks.“He’s gone through hell,” Popovich said pregame. “I’m sure most people don’t really know, and I’ll leave that to him to describe as much as he wants to describe. But it’s been very difficult for him. He’s shown a lot of courage getting through what he’s gone through.”JANIE McCAULEY, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgThis article originally appeared on Embedded’s sister site, EDN: “Hot technologies: Looking ahead to 2017 .” Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Continue Reading Previous Wearables accelerate shift to personal health devicesNext Do you check your PCBs? Sensors seem to be everywhere these days as we speed toward a more connected world, and so, many of this year’s predictions for the Hot Technologies of 2017 cover how sensors and other new technologies will make us more connected and efficient.Here, EDN and EE Times editors explore some of the hot technologies in 2017 that will shape next year’s technology trends and beyond.Each article offers the opportunity for you, members of the engineering community, to share your own thoughts about the technologies and devices presented, as well as on other hot technologies you see on the horizon.Click through the below hot technologies articles and be sure to share your thoughts as we look ahead to 2017.RF energy: Measurements improve cooking, lighting, and-moreRF energy, through the use of high-power solid-state amplifiers and feedback, could change the way we cook, light our homes, and power our vehicles. These applications are still in their infancy, but there’s real potential. Microphones: A sound technology choice for communication and control Sound is the most natural way that human beings communicate and microphone technology will enable us to use it to control the world around us.Digital Clothes: Not Putting You OnThat cool Apple iShirt and the matching Levi e-Jeans won’t go on sale for several years. But the field of printed electronics needed to produce them will make significant advances in 2017.Appliance autonomy promises life simplicityThese are exciting times for autonomous devices. How robustly will they eventually operate, and how quickly will they reach this point?VR, AR, and Cognitive Capabilities in Embedded Systems Get Real2017 will see the beginning of VR, AR, and cognitive system technologies being combined in exciting, and sometimes unexpected, ways.Industrial IoT to gain traction in 2017Long predicted but slow to arise, the Industrial Internet of Things may finally be poised to gain momentum in 2017.Technology looking to improve the human conditionWe hope 2017 is the year these medical technologies start making their mark. Bi-directional DC/DC power supplies: Which way do we go?The bi-directional DC/DC converter has been around for a while, but new applications are quickly emerging which necessitate the use of this architecture in so many more systems.Sensor conditioning amidst a sea of focus on MEMS and sensorsWe hear every day about the IoT, but let’s not forget that without proper signal conditioning at the MEMS/sensor interface, we would have useless information to send to the processor.The Future of 3D Printing Starts with Business3D printing technology at the business level, particularly in manufacturing, is quickly emerging as the place where the real promise lies at least in the near future. Also see :Hot technologies: Looking ahead to 2016Hot technologies: Looking ahead to 2015Hot technologies: Looking ahead to 2014Hot technologies: Looking ahead to 2013EDN Hot 100 products of 2016 Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Advanced Technology last_img read more

first_img\R New Delhi, Aug 7 (PTI) He maybe judging a show on the small screen but director Omung Kumar has his eyes set on the web medium, which he believes is the future of entertainment.The director, known for biopics such as “Mary Kom” and “Sarbjit”, says he is planning to do a web series.”I don’t know about television but I am looking forward to web series and I have plans for that medium. That’s the future over here. But about TV, I don’t know,” said Kumar, who currently judges reality show “India’s Best Dramebaaz” alongside Vivek Oberoi and Huma Qureshi on Zee TV.”The future is web. Netflix and everyone is taking over. You name the biggest star whether it is Will Smith or any other A-lister, they all want to work in this medium,” Kumar told PTI.On the film front, the director will next explore Manipuri sport of Yubi Lakpi which some people believe is the inspiration behind global game rugby.”I can’t say much about it right now but it is based on Rugby. The sport of Yubi Lakpi is called the father of rugby. With this story, I will once again visit Manipur,” Kumar said.”It is true that people play this sport with coconuts. They believe that rugby is a concept that is stolen from there. So how Yubi Lakpi became rugby is the story of the film,” he added. The film will officially take off in May next year and besides this, he is also working on five other projects.advertisement Talking about “India’s Best Dramebaaz”, Kumar said his aim is to find a great talent through the show.”I started my career with Zee TV as a host. The craziness I had at that time is still there in me even today. I feel like becoming a kid with kids. But while doing all that, if I can find some talent that the world hasn’t seen is what I am looking forward to in this season,” he said. PTI RB BKBKlast_img read more

first_img Pinterest Read more Gareth Southgate Liam Rosenior Share on Pinterest Reuse this content Gareth Southgate has ‘racehorse trainer’s eye’ for England injuries Share on Twitter Every England manager has had verbal idiosyncrasies and Gareth Southgate is no different. Which is to say: he is different.The most successful performer of the Impossible Job, Sir Alf Ramsey, developed a posh accent seemingly intended to mask his modest roots but that didn’t mean he was snooty. “I suppose I’ll have to get used to being addressed as Sir,” he said in 1967 after being knighted for services to commemorative tat vendors. “But if any player gets formal with me I’ll clobber him.” Southgate with hero Jordan Pickford after England owned the process of penalties against Colombia. Photograph: Denis Tyrin/Tass Topics He has addressed other issues with similar intelligence and simplicity, whether dismissing Boris Johnson’s grandstanding – “it is of little interest to me what the foreign secretary thinks about it,” he said in March after the politician compared Russia’s hosting of the World Cup to Hitler’s staging of the 1936 Olympics – or calmly confronting media organisations with double-standards. “I’m looking at a room full of journalists and it’s not very multicultural,” he began when asked to discuss racism in English football when he was the under-21 manager.And then this week he spoke about “owning the process” of penalty shooting. It wasn’t the first time, either. When it comes to preparing a team there are some residents of England’s HQ in St George’s Park who like to sermonise about the “golden thread” running through national teams’ DNA and “ticking the boxes on the pathway” while “sharing the journey”. But Southgate tends to be above that blather, speaking in a way that leaves no doubt what he is talking about. He doesn’t do sloganeering. “Owning the process” is his solitary lapse. Share on LinkedIn Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger Share on Facebook It sound suspiciously like the managerial jargon spouted by executives who try to dress up plain ideas in metaphorical cummerbunds. Or waistcoats. As such, it seemed uncharacteristic for Southgate. features World Cup 2018 Sir Bobby Robson had a habit of mixing up names, once, reputedly, even confusing that of his captain with his own. “I’m Bryan,” Bryan Robson is said to have replied helpfully. “You’re Bobby.” He was also charmingly prone to letting his enthusiasm run ahead of his thinking. “Look at those olive trees!” he gushed in 1996 when explaining why he enjoyed life at Barcelona after stepping down from England. “They’re 200 years old – from before the age of Christ!”Fabio Capello declared at his unveiling as England manager in 2007 that he would be proficient in the local lingo within a month but never got to grips with it during his four-year reign and tended to convey a vibe best interpreted as “Inglese is for losers”.Roy Hodgson, by contrast, is a celebrated polyglot with a penchant for high-brow literature. So he could express himself beautifully. “That is absolute fucking bollocks,” quoth he in response to criticism following a scruffy 1-0 win over Norway in 2014. Scribes wasted many paragraphs on less pithy ways of saying the same things about his team’s performances.In 2016 Sam Allardyce had just finished greeting everyone when he had to say goodbye.And so to Southgate, who since being entrusted with the national team’s destiny has communicated with refreshing clarity. Thus his speech has matched an approach in which he has defetishised the captain’s armband, removed old hang-ups and pooh-poohed pomposity. England Facebook Twitter World Cup World Cup Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Share via Email Probably, then, he has been using it as a radical rhetorical device, a deliberate rupture from his usual speech, so jarring it reinforced the idea English players had to change their thinking about penalties. And what better way to do that than by recognising that shooting from the spot is a process, not a lottery or a doomed attempt to break a hex.As for where Southgate picked up the term, who knows? It is already hackneyed in business parlance. Microsoft was using it as many as three years ago. And it has been deployed in other fields since long before that. Catherine Barns edited an issue of Accord magazine in 2002 entitled Owning the Process: Public Participation in Peacekeeping. That might have been handy reading as England prepared for their charm offensive in Russia. The phrase has also been commonly used in counselling, which, come to think of it, seems a good place to have started when seeking solutions to England’s penalty trauma.Having triumphed at last on penalties, England contest a quarter-final against Sweden, a team that plays like Southgate usually speaks: clearly and coherently, sans panache but with punch. They will be hard to beat, no what matter anyone says. 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first_img​Chelsea manager Lampard not advising Abraham on international decisionby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard does not want to get involved in the national team conundrum facing Tammy Abraham.There is speculation that Abraham will have a choice of representing England and Nigeria on the international stage.While he is likely to pick England, there is a possibility he will choose the easier path to a starting spot with Nigeria.When he was asked about the situation by reporters after his side’s 5-2 win over Wolves in the Premier League, Lampard said: “No. No, that’s not my choice. “I know Tammy’s been in England squads before and I’m not surprised Nigeria would want him, but that’s a question for him I suppose.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img Honoured for their contribution to the development of their communities Six outstanding citizens of the County of Cornwall have been honoured with the Governor General’s Achievement Awards, for their contribution to the development of their communities and for helping to improve the lives of others.Governor General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, made the presentations at an awards function held on Thursday, August 29, at the Glistening Waters Restaurant and Marina in Falmouth, Trelawny.The honourees are: James Carman Wright from Hanover, William James Benjamin from St. Elizabeth, Jeremiah Reid, St. James; Irvin George Green, Westmoreland; Lennox Paul Napier, Trelawny and student, Jodykay Amoy Maxwell, who received the Governor General’s Award for Excellence.Miss Maxwell will be leaving Jamaica shortly to pursue studies at Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.The Governor General said that since its inception 22 years ago, the Achievement Awards Programme has recognised persons, “for their altruistic efforts to build up their respective communities and to contribute to making life better for the residents of these areas”.“They were able to accomplish this despite their humble backgrounds and the challenges they had to overcome in order to achieve their personal growth and development,” he stated.“It was their love and concern for their brothers and sisters that propelled them to embark on meaningful projects and activities, which demonstrated their caring desire to improve the lot of other members of their communities. Thus they engaged in, and oftentimes spearheaded programmes and activities, which contributed to the human development of the residents, the improved standard of living in towns and villages, the engendering of a spirit of volunteerism … and the development of a community that is united,” the Governor General added.He called for these qualities to be adopted by all citizens, so that Jamaica can realize its Vision 2030 goal, which is to be the country of choice for living, working, raising families, and doing business. Honourees include: James Carman Wright from Hanover, William James Benjamin from St. Elizabeth, Jeremiah Reid, St. James Governor General. Sir Patrick Allen, made the presentations on Thursday, August 29 Story Highlightslast_img read more

first_imgzoom UK-based engineering company Rolls-Royce has received an order for four diesel engines to power the world’s largest hybrid ferry being built for the Norwegian cruise and transport company Color Line.The ferry is designed by Fosen and will be built at Ulstein Verft in Norway. When completed by the summer of 2019, it will operate on the crossing between Sandefjord in Norway and Strømstad in Sweden.The newbuilding will be a plug-in hybrid combining diesel and electrical power. The batteries will be recharged via a power cable with green electricity from Color Line’s own shore facilities or recharged on board by the ship’s generators.With a length of 160 meters, the new vessel will have a capacity for 2,000 passengers and 500 cars.The four Bergen engines from Rolls-Royce are scheduled to be delivered in March 2018. The contract comes with an option to provide engines for a second vessel, Rolls-Royce said.“The shipbuilding industry in Norway has lately proven its competitiveness internationally in the cruise and ferry market, and we are proud to be part of these innovative new building projects,” Kjell Harloff, Rolls-Royce, VP Engines – Marine, commented.last_img read more

NEW ORLEANS — The Latest on a court fight over former President Barack Obama’s health care law (all times local):3:30 p.m.Republican-led states challenging former President Barack Obama’s health care law have asked a federal appeals court to uphold a judge’s ruling that the law is unconstitutional.Their written arguments were filed Wednesday afternoon at the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New Orleans. The Trump administration is expected to weigh in with briefs before a midnight filing deadline.U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the Affordable Care Act in December, ruling in favour of Texas and other states that oppose the law. They say the law was rendered unconstitutional when Congress reduced its penalty for not having insurance to zero in 2017.The U.S. House and other, mostly Democratic-led states appealed.___11:55 a.m.The Trump administration and several Republican-led states face a midnight deadline for filing papers with a federal appeals panel reviewing a lower court ruling that former President Barack Obama’s health care law is unconstitutional.The administration has switched its stance in the case, telling the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that it believes the Affordable Care Act law should be struck down completely. The administration had argued initially that only key parts of the law, such as protection for pre-existing conditions, should be invalidated.U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor struck down the law in December, ruling in a case filed by Texas and other Republican-led states. The U.S. House and several Democratic-led states appealed.The case is expected to eventually reach the Supreme Court.The Associated Press read more

“It is increasingly understood that bolstering the biological security regime has become a matter of tremendous importance for global health and international peace and security,” Mr. Annan said in a message delivered by delivered by Enrique Roman-Morey, Deputy Secretary-General of the Conference on Disarmament, to the Geneva meeting.Mr. Annan noted that in this 60th anniversary year of the UN, the international community marks the anniversaries of two major treaties addressing the terrible threat posed by biological weapons – the Geneva Protocol and the Convention on biological and chemical weapons.The latter treaty remains at least as relevant today, given recent developments, he said. “There has never been more urgent need for international commitment to the universal application and full compliance with the Convention.”At the same time that terrorists may seek to use such weapons, rapid developments in science may create more dangerous biological and toxic agents. Mr. Annan said that discussions on the scientific Code of Conduct at the meeting could strengthen the Convention.”Developments in the life sciences in the years ahead will no doubt bring remarkable benefits, but they may also carry with them, as an almost inevitable corollary, considerable dangers” he said.As for the Geneva Protocol, its importance is that it represents an early ban on the weapons; it should no longer be controversial. “It is therefore appropriate to take this opportunity to call on the countries that still maintain reservations to the Protocol to withdraw them, since other conventions agreed to since then have rendered them obsolete,” he said. read more

first_imgShe says she is entitled to half of an £11 million fortune and has complained that prenuptial agreements will leave her with around £500 000.The man, a 50-year-old businessman who manages an asset portfolio, disagrees.He says he made it “clear from the outset” that he would not marry without a prenuptial agreement and says his estranged wife is “entitled to nothing beyond” half the value of a house they shared in Berkshire.Mr Justice Francis oversaw the latest stage of the dispute at a private hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in late December.The judge said the pair, who have two children, could not be identified. He said they had started living together in 1994 and married in 2000. “She described how on either the Saturday or the Sunday she and (the man) were lying on the bed relaxing when the husband ‘got up and took a document out of his luggage and told me you will need to sign this prenuptial agreement before we go home on Monday’,” said Mr Justice Francis in his ruling.”She says that he was very matter-of-fact.”The judge added: “She says that he told her that ‘it wasn’t about me or us it was about his businesses’, and that he told her repeatedly that it was ‘just a piece of paper’ and that it would not make any difference to her.”Crucially she says ‘he told me if ever we divorced I would carry on financially just as before. Nothing would change. A wife claimed her millionaire husband tricked her into signing prenuptial agreement to protect his fortune by telling her it was a “just a piece of paper'”, a divorce court heard .The pair, both Swedish, married and moved to England after making the agreement during a romantic weekend at a luxury hotel near Niagara Falls nearly 17 years ago.Detail of their row over money has emerged in a High Court judge’s ruling on the latest stage of litigation.Mr Justice Francis heard how the woman, 49, had complained that the Niagara agreement – and two other similar agreements – was unfair and should be ripped up. 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. Their marriage had broken down in 2014 and legal proceedings had begun in Sweden and England in 2015. Mr Justice Francis said a judge in Stockholm should get a chance to decide on the woman’s claims for a lump sum and maintenance.He said the Berkshire house should be sold and the proceeds split evenly.The judge said the woman had told of events during a romantic long weekend in a luxury hotel at Niagara-on-the-Lake, near Niagara Falls in Canada, in July 2000. The husband denied that the wife was in any way shocked or offended by the idea of a prenuptial agreement,” said the judgeMr Justice Francis “The prenuptial agreement would not make a difference to me. I should trust him, he said, because he had always looked after me. He made me feel guilty for implying that he might not stand by his word’.”He said the woman had made a note in her diary, which read: “Cosied up in the morning. Went to the Niagara Falls. Back to the hotel and had a massage and pedicure!”Went for a walk and ate at a worthless Italian restaurant. Was at the hotel and watched a video. Signed the marriage papers.”Mr Justice Francis said the man had said he “could not recall signing the agreement during the course of that Niagara weekend” although it was “perfectly possible”.”The husband denied that the wife was in any way shocked or offended by the idea of a prenuptial agreement,” said the judge.”He says that he made it clear from the outset that he would not marry without a prenuptial agreement and that marriage was simply not something that was particularly important to him.” The couple made the pre-nup agreement near the Niagara Falls, the court heard The couple made the pre-nup agreement near the Niagara Falls, the court heardCredit:GETTYlast_img read more

first_imgCDE Global and ProMet Engineers have announced the signing of an agreement which will enhance the options available to iron ore processors requiring beneficiation systems in order to maximise efficiencies from their operations. The agreement will focus on the development of a new suite of iron ore beneficiation plants aimed at small and medium sized processors for whom the current plant offering does not cater.“We are focusing on the development of range of iron ore beneficiation plants for operators requiring capacities up to 2.4 million tons per year” explains CDE Asia Managing Director, Manish Bhartia. “Up until now this is a segment of the market that has been overlooked by existing suppliers to the industry. The agreement we have signed with ProMet Engineers will allow for both companies to bring together their individual expertise to create new, innovative processing systems for the iron ore industry.”CDE identified this gap in the market following the experience they have gained in recent years in the design and delivery of turnkey iron ore washing plants to steel producers in India. “The expansion of our offering to include full beneficiation is the next logical step as we seek to expand our market coverage in India” explains Bhartia. “As we examined how we can best achieve this it became clear to us that ProMet Engineers were the perfect match.”For many small to medium sized steel producers there are significant benefits to be enjoyed from the introduction of a full beneficiation plant but the level of investment currently required in order to get a system like this fully operational is a significant barrier. “Our iron ore washing plants are delivering significant efficiency improvements for operators thanks to the reduction in silica and alumina levels and the subsequent increase in Fe content they are delivering” says Bhartia. “The development of this new suite of beneficiation plants will give smaller operators the opportunity to further improve efficiencies within their processing operations and enhance their capability to grow.”ProMet Engineers mirror the enthusiasm from CDE for the new collaboration as they seek to develop coverage in India. The company has developed significant experience working in the Australian and African markets through its offices in Perth and Cape Town and in recent times has been concentrating considerable efforts on building a project portfolio in the Indian market. “We can count some of the largest iron ore processing companies in the world among our customers” explains Chairman of ProMet Engineers, Jim Cribbes. “Given this experience and the levels of iron ore available in India it is a market that is of significant interest to us. The new agreement with CDE will allow us to marry our process engineering expertise in iron ore processing with CDE’s capability in the delivery of turnkey mineral processing projects.”In addition to the processing of iron ore, ProMet Engineers also has significant experience with a range of industrial minerals and have also worked on many coal and non ferrous processing systems including gold, nickel, silver, zinc and lead among others. “This agreement with Promet in India is the first stage of a process that will allow both companies to take advantage of the opportunities that exist for our systems on an international level”  says Chairman of CDE Global, Tony Convery. This is echoed by ProMet Engineers Managing Director, David Glynn who says “The ProMet Engineers CDE partnership moves us both closer to our long term strategic objectives. The significance of this development not only for both of our companies but in terms of the enhanced product offer it creates for mineral processing companies in India cannot be over emphasised.”last_img read more

first_imgA GARDA OPERATION in Rathcoole, Co Dublin has ended in the seizure of an assortment of jewellery, which Gardaí are now trying to reunite with their rightful owners.‘Operation Fiacla’ culminated yesterday afternoon when members of the Garda Organised Crime Unit stopped and searched a car at Rathcoole.They seized jewellery including watches, rings, chains, bracelets, and pendants before arresting four males and detaining them at Clondalkin Garda Station.This pendant, for example, containing family photographs, is presumably very valuable indeed to whoever once carried it around with them. Two men aged in their 20s and one in his 50s appeared before Blanchardstown District Court today charged in connection with the investigation.Now, however, Gardaí have begun the task of matching the stolen jewellery with its proper owners.All the items can be viewed here, and if you think own any of them, Gardaí are asking you to call 01-666-3434.Read: Is this yours? Gardaí are trying to reunite you with all your lost stuff>Over €10m worth of jewellery and cash burgled in the second half of last year>last_img read more

first_imgThe Verizon iPhone isn’t any more real right now than it was a few years ago, but that’s not going to stop analysts from making bold predictions about the phone. The handset, which is currently rumored to be hitting the market at the beginning of next year, will sell nine million units in 2011, according to Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster.That number is 36 percent of the total number of phones he expects Verizon to sell next year. It’s also two million less than the 11 million iPhones he expects AT&T to sell next year. Munster expects most of the new Verizon iPhone buyers to come over from AT&T. AdChoices广告The two carriers will sell a combined 20 million iPhones next year, according to his numbers–more than the 17.5 million he expects AT&T to sell, should the Verizon deal never come to fruition. The analyst told Apple Insider that these numbers “may be conservative.”According to the report, AT&T will sell a total of 63 million iPhones globally next year–that number is up from 46.3 million in 2010. The number will jump to 78.3 million globally in 2012. Apple and Verizon are both expected to nab 14 million each.last_img read more

first_imgGoogle achète (encore) des brevets IBMLe géant américain a acheté plus de 1.000 brevets à IBM, afin de consolider son portefeuille et d’éviter des procès pour violation de la propriété intellectuelle.Après une première salve fin juillet, Google et IBM ont décidé de remettre ça. Le moteur de recherche a ainsi annoncé l’achat de 1.023 brevets appartenant à IBM, et ceci pour deux raisons principales, explique l’AFP. À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Il s’agit tout d’abord pour Google de consolider son portefeuille mais surtout de dissuader une éventuelle attaque en justice pour violation de la propriété intellectuelle, comme cela avait été le cas lors du rachat de Motorola Mobility. La firme de Mountain View, également poursuivi par Oracle pour violation de brevets depuis août 2010 à propos de son système d’exploitation Android, a confirmé la transaction avec IBM mais sans en dévoiler le montant exact. Mais alors que Google se prémunit, l’entreprise n’hésite pas à donner un coup de main à certains constructeurs, tel HTC qui mène également une bataille judiciaire… contre Apple ! Le 16 septembre 2011 à 10:51 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgTottenham Hotspur manager has backed Eric Dier to rediscover his best form as the team heads into a crunch period of Premier League and UEFA Champions League games.Dier has struggled to find form at times this season and was dropped from the starting line-up for the Champions League game between Spurs and Barcelona before the international break.However, the former Sporting Lisbon midfielder scored the winning goal in Spurs’ last league match against Cardiff, and Pochettino feels the midfielder’s performance against Spain for England in the UEFA Nations League will also help him to put his less convincing displays behind him.“Football is about perception, and always the last performance is the perception that keeps in our minds — in our fans’ and everyone,” Pochettino said, according to ESPN.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“I always tell the players that they need to improve and improve and improve.”“It’s the same when you don’t perform as well — you need to move on and forget it, [the same as] when you play well and get a very good result.”“If you don’t perform well, you need to perform better. If you perform well, you need to keep your level and always move on, move on, move on.”last_img read more

first_img Share your voice 13 Photos Mobile Comment How to stop robocalls Now playing: Watch this: 2:42 Often the numbers that show up in caller ID are “spoofed,” meaning appear to belong to friends or neighbors. These calls hide the real number to trick people into answering the call. The FCC has adopted some policies to reduce the number of calls people get. The agency is now allowing wireless carriers to automatically block calls suspected of being unwanted robocalls. Congress is also stepping in to ensure the agency has what it needs to give its policies teeth. The FCC is hosting a series of panels at its headquarters in Washington DC on Thursday. To follow the workshop in real time, you can tune into the FCC livestream. 1 FTC The Federal Communications Commission is hosting a Robocall Summit all day Thursday to detail the progress major phone companies have made in implementing technology and policies to stop incessant robocalls. The nation’s four major wireless carriers will be there, along with industry experts. The people at the workshop all have a hand in developing the technology standard for SHAKEN/STIR, a protocol that would validate whether calls are originating where they claim to be coming from and would allow for faster tracing of illegal calls to find out who’s responsible for them. The number of robocalls, which use autodialers and recorded messages to achieve high volumes, has exploded in recent years. Americans received 47.8 billion robocalls last year, according to an FCC report released in February. Nearly 50% of those calls were from scammers. The FCC said 60 percent of the complaints it receives each year are about robocalls. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has been leading an effort to “stop the scourge of illegal robocalls.” Samsung, LG, Motorola: How soon can we expect 5G phones? Tags FCClast_img read more

first_imgMahbubnagar: The Pochamma Bonalu were celebrated with grand fervour in Mahbubnagar district on Wednesday. Excise Minister K Srinivas Goud attended the programme and offered prayers to the deity at Ravindranagar Colony in the district on Wednesday. The Minister took part in the celebrations actively and even played drums and danced with Poturajus during the Bonalu procession. A large number of devotees took part in the celebrations and offered prayers for good health and copies rains.last_img