A team of Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) is set to meet senior Congress leaders including Kapil Sibal regarding quota issue in New Delhi. After the meeting, the PAAS is likely to declare its support to the Congress for the Assembly polls. Those who will be meeting the Congress leaders include Dinesh Bambhania, Manoj Panara and Lalit Vasoya. The quota agitation leaders held a series of meetings earlier on the legal and constitutional aspects of implementing reservation to the community. “The Congress party has accepted our four demands while the quota issue is under discussion and we will find its solution in the meeting,” a PAAS member told The Hindu.
Days after the BJP government in Gujarat accused the Congress of inciting violence against north Indians, the Congress on Friday hit back by demanding that the Centre impose President’s Rule in the State after sacking Chief Minister Vijay Rupani for failing to maintain law and order.At a press conference at the party’s headquarters, Shaktisinh Gohil, senior Congress leader from Gujarat, said the exodus from the State in the wake of attacks on north Indians following the rape of a 14-month-old girl in Sabarkantha district “indicates that law and order in the State has collapsed”.Mr. Gohil said the violence was a BJP conspiracy to drive out people from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh, among others, who worked in the State’s industrial units. He cited official figures of the Railways to show that data showing a 137% jump in passenger traffic over the corresponding period last year was proof of an exodus.The Congress leader said 165 FIRs had been filed in connection with the violence. He released photos that appeared to show some of the key accused alongside BJP lawmakers. Condemning the ‘objectionable language’ used by Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor in the aftermath of the rape, Mr. Gohil, however, defended Mr. Thakor and said the legislator had helped to maintain peace in Sabarkantha.
The Uttar Pradesh police have arrested at least four persons in different districts for posting allegedly objectionable remarks on social media on the Pulwama suicide attack. A youth identified as Mohammad Osama was arrested in Mau for allegedly justifying the Pulwama attack, the police said. A resident of Madanpur area, Mr. Osama, in a Facebook post, called the attack a retaliation for the atrocities committed by the Army in Kashmir. He was booked under Section 153A of the Indian Penal Code and Section 66 of the IT Act.Superintendent of Police Surendra Bahadur said “communal harmony could have been disturbed by the objectionable post”. In Ballia, one Ravi Prakash Maurya was arrested on similar charges, while in Lucknow, a first-year student, Razab Khan, was arrested and also expelled from his college for an objectionable post on Pulwama, the police said.Pro-Pak. sloganThe police arrested one Taufeek at Bansi in Siddharthnagar district for allegedly writing a pro-Pakistan slogan on Facebook.The police crackdown comes after a student of Aligarh Muslim University was on Friday booked for allegedly posting an objectionable tweet on the CRPF personnel who died in the suicide attack. Basim Hilal, a mathematics student at the university, allegedly posted on Twitter, “How’s the Jaish? Great Sir,” playing on a dialogue from the recently released film Uri. A case has been registered against the student, who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, at the Civil Lines police station in Aligarh. The university has also suspended him.
BRUSSELS—Only 53% of Europeans say they are interested in science, and 40% say that they feel informed about it, according to a public opinion survey published by the European Commission yesterday.The Eurobarometer report is based on more than 27,000 face-to-face interviews carried out in all 28 member states of the European Union earlier this year.On average, the proportion of people interested in science across the union has increased by about 8 percentage points compared with a similar survey carried out in 2001. 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In broad terms, Eastern and Southern respondents are less aware of science developments than their counterparts in Nordic and Western countries, which often have stronger research and innovation systems.More than a third of respondents also appear content to be left out of science and technology decisions. Of those surveyed, 37% say public dialogue is not required when it comes to making decisions about science and technology: The less informed respondents feel about science, the less they think public dialogue is required. In five Eastern European countries (Slovenia, Slovakia, Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Hungary), a majority of respondents believe they don’t need to be involved in such decisions.The survey also shows a slight increase of traditional views, in particular in Eastern and Mediterranean countries. Asked if “we depend too much on science and not enough on faith,” 39% of European respondents agree, while 32% disagree and 25% are neutral. (Those with a lower level of education are more likely to agree with that statement.)On average, this is only a 1-point increase in the number of respondents who agreed compared with the previous survey, carried out in 2010. But this figure is on the rise in 17 out of 28 countries, including Bulgaria, where 66% of respondents agree that science takes too much precedence over faith—a whopping 14-point increase.In a similar vein, 62% of respondents agree that “science makes our ways of life change too fast,” a 4-point increase compared with the 2010 survey. This proportion has increased in 26 member states, including 2-digit growth rates in Ireland, Malta, Romania, Estonia, Latvia, and Luxembourg.On a more positive note, respondents generally believe that science is a force for good. Overall, 77% say that science and technology have a positive influence on society. Two-thirds of respondents agree that science and technology make our lives easier, more comfortable, and healthier, and three-quarters say that they will bring more opportunities for future generations. These two figures are unchanged compared to the 2010 survey.
BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Bolado, who played for National University in college, also left behind two children.Ginebra mentor Tim Cone, the late player’s coach in Alaska, and former teammates expressed shock over the incident. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City The 6-foot-6 Bolado, drafted 13th overall by Alaska Milk in 1994, won 11 PBA championships, including a Grand Slam with Alaska in 1996.He also suited up for Ginebra, Purefoods, Pop Cola/Coca-Cola, San Miguel and Red Bull before retiring in 2013 with career averages of 2.4 points and 2.1 rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutAccording to reports, Bolado was working as a basketball coach in an international school in the Cambodian capital.He was likewise managing a Filipino restaurant with partner Anne Christine Waje at the time of his death. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad Bombers, Generals clash MOST READ Photo from Cris Bolado’s Facebook accountFormer Philippine Basketball Association player Cris Bolado was killed Sunday in a motorcycle crash in Phnom Pehn, Cambodia.He would have turned 48 in October.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View comments
Bhopal: A day after two BJP MLAs backed the Congress-led government during the voting on a bill in the Madhya Pradesh Assembly, state BJP chief Rakesh Singh said the party is “united” and there is no groupism.Singh, the Lok Sabha MP from Jabalpur, rushed here from Delhi on Wednesday after the BJP’s central leadership took a dim view of two party MLAs – Narayan Tripathi and Sharad Kol – voting in favour of the bill moved by the Congress in the state Assembly. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Everything is under control,” Singh told reporters here on Thursday. Earlier after reaching Bhopal, Singh met Leader of the Opposition Gopal Bhargava and former chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan to find out reasons behind the two MLAs backing the Congress-led government during the voting on the bill. Singh is likely to apprise the BJP central leadership about the two MLAs’ action by Thursday evening, party sources said. He held talks separately with Bhargava and Chouhan “to know what went wrong and why the two MLAs voted for the Congress-backed bill”, a source said. Talking to reporters at the state BJP office here, Singh said, “There is no groupism in the party and it is united. We did not seek division of votes on Wednesday.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K”Everything is under control. Everything is conducive for us. Nothing has happened,” he asserted. A source said the BJP is in touch with Tripathi and Kol and wants to win them back and ensure they do not switch over to the ruling party. A source said Tripathi and Kol met Chouhan two days back and lodged a protest with him, saying their voices were not being heard in the BJP. Chouhan apparently assured the duo that their view points will be heard by the party, the source said.
You and a guest can enjoy the ultimate Jonas Brothers experience on August 16 in Los Angeles with this fantastic celebrity charity auction. Spend time with each of the boys when you take a tour of the stage with Nick, play a game of ping pong with Joe and sit down for coffee or tea with Kevin! This package also includes: • Two tickets to the show • Access to the soundcheck party • Meet and greet passesDon’t miss your chance to hang with the Jonas Brothers as they close out their 2013 summer tour! Proceeds from the auction will benefit Change For The Children, the charity set up by the Jonas Brothers to support programs that motivate and inspire children to face adversity with confidence, determination and a will to succeed.To access the auction, which ends August 14, click here.
Join British TV presenter Clive Anderson at this year’s Save the Rhino Heroes Dinner in London next week.The event will take place at ZSL London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London.The Save the Rhino Heroes Dinner will take place on Wednesday 6th November 2013. On arrival at ZSL there will be a drinks reception, followed by a three-course dinner and silent auction. In between courses there will be a range of speakers to keep you entertained throughout the evening. Each speaker will be taking on this year’s theme of Heroes.Speakers will include injured serviceman and adventurer Jaco van Gass, actor and author Natascha McElhone, conservationist Fuzz Dyer, journalist and former cricketer Ed Smith and author William Fiennes.Save the Rhino International works to conserve viable populations of critically endangered rhinos in Africa and Asia.To find out more about the event, click hereUpdate: Tickets have sold out, but it’s possible to bid for auction items in advance of the event.
TSX up on positive U.S. retail sales, higher oil prices amid concern over Iraq by Linda Nguyen, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 12, 2014 6:49 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The Toronto stock market closed higher Thursday amid unfolding conflict in Iraq that pushed up energy prices and positive economic data from the United States.The S&P/TSX composite index added 17.50 points to 14,909.63. The Canadian dollar gained 0.10 of a cent to 92.12 cents US.In the U.S., the Dow Jones industrials dropped 109.69 points to 16,734.19, the Nasdaq fell 32.99 points to 4,298.94 and the S&P 500 dipped 12.03 points to 1,931.86.Oil prices rose after an al Qaida-inspired group that captured two key cities in Iraq last week vowed to also invade Baghdad.One of those two cities, Mosul, lies in an area that is a major gateway for Iraqi oil. The uncertainty over oil supplies prompted the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange to jump $2.13 to US$106.53 a barrel.Portfolio manager Kash Pashootan said there is little evidence that demand for oil, particularly from China and the U.S., will rise in the medium to long term, but any kind of international conflict will raise prices.“The market will try to trick us with rising oil prices,” said Pashootan, a vice-president at First Avenue Advisory in Ottawa, a Raymond James company.“But if you look at examples from earlier this year, the major driver for energy prices has been the same factor — geopolitical tension.”The energy sector climbed 1.69 per cent on the Toronto Stock Exchange. However, gold was the leading advancer, up by 2.73 per cent, as bullion gained $12.80 to US$1,274 an ounce. July copper declined three cents to US$3.02 a pound.Meanwhile, there were more signs of economic improvement in the U.S., as the Commerce Department reported retail sales rose for a fourth consecutive month in May — up 0.3 per cent amid a surge in demand for autos.However sales fell shy of the 0.4 per cent increase that economists had expected.Also, the U.S. Labor Department says weekly applications for unemployment benefits rose 4,000 to a seasonally adjusted 317,000.In Canada, the central bank issued a warning about the country’s housing market and the high levels of consumer debt.In its latest semi-annual review, the Bank of Canada said the housing market is showing signs of a soft landing, but it still remains the biggest domestic risk.The comments come as Statistics Canada reported that its new housing price index rose 0.2 per cent in April, following identical increases in both February and March. Meanwhile, the Teranet–National Bank National composite house price index said Canadian home prices were up in May, rising 0.8 per cent over the previous month.On the corporate front, shares of Lululemon Athletica Inc. (NASDAQ:LULU) were hammered after it reported a lower first-quarter profit of $18.98 million and cut its outlook for the year. Shares in the company fell nearly than 16 per cent, or $7.05 to close at US$37.25 in New York despite the company announcing it plans on buying back up to US$450 million of its shares.Follow @LindaNguyenTO on Twitter.Note to readers: This is a corrected story: A previous version incorrectly said the market closed lower. It also incorrectly pegged the Dow close at 16,752.05
The R&D Newsletter is a quarterly publication highlighting automotive R&D, technology and innovation activities from across the UK. Click here to view the latest edition.This special edition has a focus on the 26th Electric Vehicle Symposium that took place in Los Angeles in May 2012. The articles in this edition have all been written by researchers that submitted research papers for dissemination during EVS26, and represent some of the latest and most innovative international automotive research currently taking place.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Perhaps mindful of her position as a role model, the Duchess invited a little boy who seemed keen to talk to her to sit down next to her for an earnest conversation about the vegetables in front of them on the table.“Do you like carrots? Yummy yummy,” she said. “I like carrots too. Do you know what’s special about carrots? They can make you see in the dark! “Do you like broccoli? What’s your favourite vegetable?”Told, naturally, that the little boy did indeed like carrots and broccoli, she said: “wow!” Prince William, turning his attention to the parents, praised the “shared experience” offered by the centre, with Sure Start enduring in Northern Island even as centres were shut in the UK.“When families are not necessarily as big as they used to be, it’s important that you all have friends here to talk about those shared experiences,” he added. In a colourful main hall, excitable toddlers moved between tables of sensory play as they parents and key workers kept a close eye on any brewing tantrums.The Duke and Duchess went their separate ways to join different tables: he with hatching dinosaur eggs and she with some building blocks and gardening. William dodged plastic dinosaurs being flown at his head while Kate, accepting flowers from one-year-old James McNally, calmly steered a half-chewed bread stick away from her hair. Sure Start is a programme supporting parents with children aged under four years old who live in disadvantaged areas in Northern Ireland. In England, a study by the Sutton Trust published in April found that as many as 1,000 of the centres have closed since August 2009.Sure Start children’s centre initiative was introduced in 1998 by the then-Labour government, in an effort to give all children a good start in life by offering support to their parents.The BBC reported: “The report also says closure rates vary across the country, creating a postcode lottery of provision, with more local authorities preparing to make cuts in the coming financial year.“The researchers asked local authorities why provision had been cut back and found 84 per cent cited financial pressures.” “This is a small chair,” the Duke observed. “It’s a good job I’ve still got flexibility.” The Duchess joined straight in with some make believe, blowing out the candles of a pink plasticine cake offered to her by a small girl. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge bonded with fellow parents this afternoon over the struggles of sleep deprivation, breastfeeding and glitter.The Royal couple, who have three children, put all their parenting skills to the test at the St Joseph’s Sure Start facility in Ballymena, as they navigated toddlers, tantrums and messy play with aplomb.Speaking with parents, they praised mothers who had overcome the “struggle” of breastfeeding, and disclosed they choose to get up in the night whenever Prince George, Princess Charlotte and Prince Louis wake instead of relying on their staff.Sitting on child-sized seats to play with toddlers, the Duchess gently drilled youngsters on the delights of healthy vegetables, while the Duke kept a close eye on paint pots threatening to spill on their clothes.The visit came at the end of a two -day trip to Northern Ireland, in which they have focused on child development. Their SureStart visit began with a private meeting with mothers, who shared their experiences with the programme.Next, they joined a “stay and play” session and a mens’ support group, where they crouch on comically tiny seats to get down to toddler-eye level. The Duke, presumably belying his own experience at Kensington Palace, warned one child “mind the jumper!” as he veered dangerously close to the poster paint “You’ll never get it clean,” he empathised with watching parents. “And the glitter will get everywhere.”Spotting a farmyard scene on the floor, with squashed cornflakes masquerading as soil, he appeared to consider taking the idea home before noting: “Actually looking at that mess, I might leave it.”Speaking afterwards about the visit, Kathryn Ward, a 26-year-old mother-of-two, said the Duke and Duchess had bonded with fellow parents over their mutual experience of nighttimes.“They were chatting a bit about sleep deprivation,” she said. “Even though they get the help that they have, they’re still parents as well and want to get up with their own kids.“So they understand the stresses and pressures were going through, even though they got a couple of people more hands on.They were fantastic. Really on our level.” Rebecca White, 26, said: “They were really encouraging about breastfeeding.“They said we were all doing a good job, that it was really hard, it was a struggle and well done for keeping going. “ Asked whether the royal visitors expressed their support for the Sure Start programme, Ms Ward said “absolutely”. 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. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge spend the day in Ballymena, meeting with organisations that are working to create a bright future for the next generationCredit:AFP “They are particularly interested in mental health support,” she said. “For us being part of this, I really jumped at the opportunity because I really cannot believe they could be closed down in parts of the UK. It’s an essential part of our lives.“In an age where everyone is critical and there’s social media and you feel judged in general, it’s a great idea to have a space like this where there’s no pressure and no judgment. It should be available to everyone.“They were saying it’s really hard to be parents, especially single parents.“So they said it’s great that there’s something there to give added support, especially for people that are isolated or don’t have family support.“Being a parent and the hard work people have to put into being a good parent is not really recognised enough.“He [William] was congratulating us for coming here and being a part of this because it was the best thing we could do when we realised we needed the help.“We’re trying to be our best selves and got some encouragement for that. “And we can all tell our kids now that the future king thinks we’re great parents.” The Prince chats to the childrenCredit: AFP
Updated 10.40pmAPPLE SAYS IT is planning to release two new iPhone designs later this year so it can serve more customers.The iPhone 5C, which will be available in five colours — green, blue, yellow, pink and white. CEO Tim Cook calls it “more fun and colourful” than any other iPhone. The 5C has a 4-inch Retina display and is powered by Apple’s A6 chip.It also has an 8 megapixel camera, live photo filters and a rear cover that lights up.The iPhone 5C will cost $99 for a 16 gigabyte model and $199 for a 32 gigabyte model with a two-year wireless contract in the US, though no details are available for European models.The company also unveiled a new operating system, iOS 7.Apple’s latest iPhones will come in a bevy of colors and two distinct designs, one made of plastic and the other that aims to be “the gold standard of smartphones.”Apple unveiled the latest iPhone models during an event at its Cupertino, Calif., headquarters. The move comes as rival phones from Samsung and other manufacturers are challenging Apple in the competitive smartphone market.The second phone, the iPhone 5S, is “the most forward-looking phone we have ever created,” said Phil Schiller, senior vice president of worldwide marketing at Apple. It will come in silver, gold and “space grey” and will run on a new chip, the A7, which is up to twice as fast as the A6.Apple also said that its next mobile operating system, iOS 7, will be available as a free download on 18 September.Craig Federighi, head of software at Apple Inc., said at an event at the company’s Cupertino, California, headquarters that “downloading iOS 7 is like getting an all new device.”The new system can be downloaded and installed on the iPhone 4 and later models, as well as on the tablets beginning with the iPad 2.Apple also says it expects to ship its 700 millionth iOS device next month. Apple CEO Tim Cook predicts that iOS 7 will become the most popular mobile operating system in the world.Investors seemed unimpressed with Apple’s latest gadgets. The company’s stock price fell $3.17 to $503.10 during the event.First published 6.52pmRead: NSA ‘can access most smartphone data’Read: 6 new iPhone features that would actually change your life
IRISH JOCKEY Eddie Ahern was given a 10-year ban by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA) tonight following a corruption hearing.The 35-year-old Group One jockey was found guilty of conspiring to commit a corrupt or fraudulent practice in relation to the laying of five horses between September 2010 and February 2011. He was also found to have intentionally failed to ensure the horse Judgethemoment was ridden on its merits at Lingfield in January 2011, and of passing on information for reward.Former West Bromwich Albion football player Neil Clement, 34, was also disqualified from the sport for a total of 15 years over his role in the affair. Ahern’s solicitor, Christopher Stewart-Moore, said his client intended to appeal against both the BHA disciplinary panel’s findings and the severity of the punishment.“Eddie Ahern is absolutely devastated by the BHA Panel’s findings,” Stewart-Moore said in a statement, according to Britain’s Press Association. “He did not breach the rules of racing as found by the panel or at all and he will be appealing both the findings as well as the very harsh penalties imposed on him.”© AFP, 2013A Taylor Swift song is being used to promote the next big UFC fightRobbie Keane now will be available to face England at Wembley
Speaking during a joint press conference after a three-hour meeting in Ankara, Ahmet Davutoglu and Alexis Tsipras stressed that Greece and Turkey will contribute positively to efforts for a solution to the partition burdening Cyprus since 1974. “We are cautiously optimistic. We think we are closer than we have ever been before,” Emine Colak, foreign minister in the internationally unrecognised administration in the north, told Reuters in an interview. “We don’t think the Cyprus problem has gotten easy – it hasn’t, but we think we have a window of opportunity,” he continued, saying that it is possible and desirable to get to at least the major part of the negotiations and the agreed text by May 2016, possibly followed by a referendum. The Cyprus issue has been a constant source of tension between Greece and Turkey as well as the main obstacle keeping Turkey outside the European Union; however, the election of moderate Mustafa Akinci as Turkish Cypriot leader in May has put things into a different perspective. The cost of unification is estimated at around $24 billion and would be borne by the international community. Even though the two sides agree on reuniting Cyprus as a two-zone federation under a federal umbrella, there are deep differences on how the new state would function, as well as the level of autonomy that would be granted to each side. The exact geography of the dividing line, including the property claims of tens of thousands of people displaced during the conflict, make the resolution even more difficult. Greek Cypriot demands that the thousands of Turkish mainlanders who arrived on the island after the division should leave are still pending. “We have had some convergence on a lot of the headings so far but I would say we are about halfway, but at the moment there is a very sticky issue and that is property,” Colak said, reassuring that effective formulas will be found as soon as the outline of a deal emerges. “Another issue is how and on what terms a unification deal would be guaranteed by Britain, Greece and Turkey,” she stressed.Source: CNA, AP Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
We will tell you the reasons Ivan Rakitic needs to be sold by FC Barcelona next summer, it appears that his time at the Catalan club has passed.Even though Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic is still one of FC Barcelona’s top players, we truly believe that the club needs to sell him next summer and we are going to discuss the reasons we think this is the best option for both parts.The Croatian midfielder is arguably one of his country’s most decorated players alongside Luka Modric, he was an essential part of the National Team that reached a historic World Cup final last summer that they lost against France in Russia.At club level, Ivan Rakitic has practically never stopped winning and growing as a football professional. After starting with Swiss club FC Basel, a young Rakitic was scouted by German side Schalke 04 and they could buy him for €5 million back in 2007.During his time in the Bundesliga, the Croatian midfielder quickly started developing the skills that eventually took him to the Spanish La Liga after Sevilla decided to pay a low €2.5 million to the German club and that’s when his career really started to take off.Ivan Rakitic came to Spain for a long time, and it’s been 9 years already since the first time he arrived.”Sería un gran sueño para mí poder volver a jugar con la camiseta del #SevillaFC”, dijo hace menos de un año un Ivan Rakitic al que ahora, tras llegar Frenkie de Jong, empiezan a ver en la Ciudad Condal fuera del Barça https://t.co/vNu2MesTBi— Carlos Pérez (@carlosperezED) January 25, 2019With the Andalusian club, Ivan Rakitic’s football really started to flourish and his last year with them was the perfect season that called the attention of major clubs like Real Madrid, Chelsea, Manchester United, and FC Barcelona.With Cesc Fabregas leaving the Catalan club after a failed attempt to succeed there, Barcelona’s number ‘4’ jersey was suddenly open and the Spanish giants were the ones who made the biggest offer for the player.They paid a reported €21 million in 2014, he came alongside Luis Suarez on the same season and he made an immediate impact. Since then, Ivan Rakitic has completely taken charge of the position as one of the most creative midfielders in the club.Since he came to the Catalan club, Rakitic has contributed to the club’s success and won a total of 12 trophies which include three La Liga titles, one Champions League, four Copa del Rey titles, two Spanish Supercups, one UEFA Supercup, and one FIFA Club World Cup.But the new generations are coming and Ivan Rakitic has already won everything at Barcelona, it is time for him to leave room for other great players and also attempt to leave a good amount of money for his transfer to the club that gave him everything.Match Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).Con la llegada de nuevos fichajes, canteras y malos partidos de Rakitic. ¿Debería el Barça venderlo y confiar en los jóvenes? pic.twitter.com/LDxEAT3CAP— Soydelbarca_ (@Soydelbarca2) January 25, 2019Even though he is already considered a veteran, Ivan Rakitic still has several good years of great football on his boots and the Catalan club should get a good deal for a World Cup runner-up who has won everything at Barcelona.Frenkie de Jong’s arrival is another reason why he needs to leave, his presence could easily prevent the Dutch young player to grow to become the player that everybody imagines he will transform into someday.The number ‘4’ that Ivan Rakitic wears right now is one that fits Frenkie perfectly, a mythical number at FC Barcelona that not any player can wear and seems destined to belong to De Jong once he comes to the club next summer.All the signs point to Ivan Rakitic leaving FC Barcelona, the only problem here is that manager Ernesto Valverde would oppose his arrival but the club already thinks that even the manager could leave soon if the results don’t come his way throughout the current season.We all know that the main target this season is the Champions League, Valverde will surely resign if he doesn’t win the title and this will leave the open door for players like Rakitic next summer.The player already told Estadio Deportivo that his dream is to return to Sevilla.We keep going 💪⚽️! ➕3️⃣✅ #ForçaBarça 🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/xXXS8S84wY— Ivan Rakitic (@ivanrakitic) January 20, 2019Which club do you think could be better for Ivan Rakitic after FC Barcelona? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
Work to prepare a key Port of Vancouver property for potential employers will begin soon, thanks to a $5.3 million contract unanimously approved by the port’s Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.The contract hires Rotschy Inc., a Vancouver excavation and construction company, to install infrastructure, including underground utilities and streets, at the 58-acre portion of the port’s 108-acre, light-industrial-zoned Centennial Industrial Park.Rotschy’s work is expected to last about eight months in 2013, beginning in January and finishing by the end of August. Furnishing the property with utilities, sidewalks, landscaping and streets is aimed at luring employers to set up shop at the 58-acre parcel, which port officials say is capable of producing 500 family-wage jobs.Port officials said they hope to have a building up at the site by the end of 2013. The port’s executive director, Todd Coleman, said the port’s available lease space is essentially full, so it’s important to get a “warehouse in the ground” at the Centennial site as soon as possible.Part of larger effortThe port board’s decision to dress up the Centennial parcel with infrastructure is part of a larger regional effort to offer more shovel-ready land to employers. Spearheaded by the Columbia River Economic Development Council — the Vancouver-based nonprofit jobs promoter and business recruiter — the effort seeks to build up Clark County’s inventory of land set aside for industry.
In a separate transaction completed Wednesday, NewBay Media has been acquired by London-based Future Publishing for $13.8 million.A publicly held company whose brands include PC Gamer, SFX, and TechRadar, among dozens of others, Future plc has long maintained a U.S. division in San Francisco. The company said it was attracted to NewBay for its complementary b2b titles, particularly in the telecom, music, and electronics spaces, as well as the prospect of expanding its footprint in the U.S.“This acquisition supports our strategy of growth organically and through acquisition, global expansion, and revenue diversification,” said Future CEO, Zillah Byng-Thorne, in a prepared statement, adding, “We have a proven track record of acquisition and successful integration.”Future says the acquisition expands its portfolio to more than 100 print and digital media and event brands, and pushes its overall global reach past the 120 million mark. The deal also represents a homecoming for consumer-oriented brands like Guitar World and Revolver, which Future sold to NewBay in 2012.“This combination will result in new and better opportunities for both NewBay and Future partners to expand reach and depth of customer interactions throughout the buyer’s journey,” added NewBay president and CEO, Steve Palm. “I am proud of the many accomplishments made by the NewBay team over the last few years in the areas of events, marketing services, and digital content.”Both deals continue a recent trend involving London-based interests investing heavily in the North American b2b media and exhibition space since Informa’s $1.5 billion takeover of Penton late in 2016. Informa’s UK-based rival, UBM, similarly spent the last several years targeting events businesses in the U.S. and Asia before nearing its own merger with Informa earlier this year. That deal, while likely, has yet to be completed. Blackstone appears particularly intent on furthering its footprint in the U.S., having invested $17 billion in Thomson Reuters’ financial and risk business in January. Tulsa, Oklahoma-based PennWell Corp. announced Tuesday that it has been acquired by UK-based exhibitions giant Clarion Events for an undisclosed sum.A 108-year-old, family-owned business, PennWell operates more than 100 print and online b2b brands serving a number of sectors, but primarily the oil, gas, and energy industries. The company employs 550 across seven locations, including satellite offices in California, New Jersey, and the UK.Backed by U.S.-based private equity firm Blackstone—among the largest alternative asset funds in the world—Clarion produces more than 180 events across 50 countries. The deal marks a second significant expansion of Clarion’s portfolio since it was acquired by Blackstone last July, coming just two months after Clarion’s merger with Hong Kong-based trade show organizer and b2b media firm Global Sources.“PennWell’s roster of market-leading events strongly enhances Clarion’s portfolio,” said Clarion executive chairman Simon Kimble in a prepared statement. “Our global network and depth of resources will further strengthen PennWell’s offerings, enhancing opportunities for growth and expansion across North America and globally.”
Tags Share your voice Huawei’s P30 Pro boasts cameras galore 3:34 Comment Now playing: Watch this: CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Mentioned Above Huawei P30 (128GB, black) 24 Photos Huawei P30 “Globally, more people know the Huawei brand, actually,” Yu said in an interview at the P30 launch event in Paris on Tuesday. “It’s a good advertisement for Huawei.”Maybe it’s a case of all publicity being good publicity. It doesn’t hurt that Huawei is making some of the best phones (and especially the best phone cameras) money can buy right now. IHS predicts it will once again ship more phones than Apple in 2019 — even though it doesn’t look like it will be able to make any headway in the US at any point in the near future.”The phenomenal thing about Huawei is they are successful in spite of the US policies or the US market,” said Lam. They’ve taken a leadership in AI, chip/modem tech and mobile photography — not to mention foldable smartphones and 5G. They have all the elements that Samsung had when it matured into a global powerhouse.”There’s no doubt about it: When it comes to making devices, Huawei is a force to be reckoned with, and not even its involvement in an international trade war is about to knock it off its pedestal anytime soon. Phones News • Huawei P30 Pro in a gorgeous orange finish leaks Huawei P30 Pro’s camera put to the test in Paris Review • Huawei P30 review: The P30 Pro’s fantastic photos for less 40 Photos Not that you’d know any of this from attending Huawei’s P30 Pro phone launch in Paris on Tuesday. It was almost as if Huawei’s geopolitical strife didn’t exist — and given the popularity of the company’s phones, it might as well not. Following years spent establishing its P series and Mate series as standout phones in a market crowded with impressive rivals, Huawei now has a firm track record of exciting us with its flagships.”If you were to ask me what I thought of Huawei just five years ago, I would just say that it’s a Chinese OEM catching Apple,” said IHS Markits analyst Wayne Lam. “But ever since the P20 Pro, introduced last year, I can confidently say that Huawei has surpassed Apple in terms of quality and performance of mobile photography.”Foldable fameThis year has seen the company step up its game even further with the launch of the Mate X at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in February. Huawei’s entry into the foldable phones market stole the show, eclipsing even the long-awaited first slew of 5G handsets to hit the market. It’s enjoying similar success in the PC market. The Huawei X Pro, the latest top-end laptop from the company (and a dead ringer for an Apple MacBook), is winning early plaudits from reviewers.After bringing the wow factor with the Mate X and X Pro, Huawei’s latest hope is that it will blow you away with the photographic capabilities of the Huawei P30 Pro. In the keynote at the phone’s launch event, Huawei CEO Richard Yu walked the audience through the varied capabilities of its four cameras. He boasted of its skills in low light, its ability to capture details from a distance and the layered depth-of-field (or bokeh) effects, comparing results side-by-side against photos taken with the latest Apple and Samsung phones. How To • Huawei P30 phone announcement: How to watch, what to expect 1 See it Early results in CNET’s own tests suggest that Huawei’s right to be proud and that the P30 can compete with the Galaxy S10 and that the zoom function is, according to Senior Editor Andrew Hoyle, “unprecedented in a phone.”Elephant in the roomHuawei is a hit machine, and at the top of its game when it comes to turning out rockstar products. But then there’s the small matter of its geopolitical troubles that mean it can’t sell its phones in the US right now — “the elephant in the room,” as CCS Insight analyst Ben Wood describes it.”The single biggest impact on its devices business remains its exclusion from the US market. However it is interesting that many vocal US analysts and bloggers are starting to bemoan the fact they can’t easily get Huawei’s latest devices in the US,” said Wood. “This has to be a positive development for Huawei, which is keen to do anything to improve sentiment in this key market.”Perhaps it’s even possible that the controversy, mixed with buzz around its products, is actually giving Huawei greater visibility. Huawei’s P30 Pro: its exciting new flagship phone. Angela Lang/CNET Whether you know the telecom giant because of its popular Android phones or because it’s made an enemy of the US government, you’ve probably heard the name Huawei.This fact alone marks a big shift from just a couple years back, when people struggled to even pronounce the name of the Chinese company — now the number two phone maker in the world behind Samsung and the world’s largest telecom equipment maker.Huawei’s phone business has grown since then, but a dark cloud has also formed over the company. The US fears Huawei is using its phones and network equipment for spying, given its coziness with the Chinese government. The company’s CFO has been detained in Canada, awaiting extradition to the US to face charges of violating sanctions on trade with Iran, and she increasingly looks like a pawn in a broader trade war between the US and China. $534 Huawei P30 Pro’s four rear cameras from every angle Huawei
New Delhi : Taking a stand different from his party’s, veteran Congress leader Karan Singh, son of a former J&K ruler, late Maharaja Hari Singh, on Thursday said he does not agree with a blanket condemnation of the government’s decision on Jammu and Kashmir and pointed out what he called were its several positives. ‘In a statement the “positive points” Singh counted included the Union Territory status for Ladakh, scrapping of Article 35 A, future delimitation of constituencies as a result of the state’s bifurcation into UTs of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us However, he did not comment directly on Article 370 and also called for releasing the leaders of legitimate political parties in Jammu and Kashmir and initiate a broad-based political dialogue with them. His son and Congress leader Vikramaditya Singh, while supporting Karan Singh’s statement, said this is the beginning of a new era for people of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us Vikramaditya Singh said he fully supports the step for full integration of J&K state into the Union of India and its reorganisation ‘Muscular nationalism’ Senior Congress leader and former home minister P Chidambaram attacked the government over its actions on Jammu and Kashmir, asking if “muscular nationalism” has resolved any conflict in the world. Advertise With Us The Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status under Article 370 of the Constitution and divided it into two union territories. Chidambaram also cited former civil servant Shah Faesal’s comments on the issue to hit out at the government. “Shah Faesal came first in the Civil Services Examination and joined the IAS. He has called the government’s actions on J&K as ‘the biggest betrayal’,” Chidambaram said in one of a series of tweets. If Shah Faesal thinks so, imagine what millions of ordinary people of J&K think, he said. “Has ‘muscular nationalism’ resolved any conflict anywhere in the world?” Chidambaram asked. Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh had some sharp words for Pakistan. “We have our utmost apprehensions about our neighbour. The issue is that you can change friends but it is not in your hands to choose your neighbour. And the kind of neighbour who is next to us. I pray to god that no one gets such a neighbour,” Singh said. Time will tell if peace prevails: Kamal Nath Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath said only time will tell whether the Modi government’s move of scrapping Article 370 will establish peace and bring down terror activities in Jammu and Kashmir. When asked about party colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia coming out in support of the Modi government’s move on Article 370, Nath said, “He (Scindia) is with the Congress Working Committee’s proposal on the issue and will ultimately support the party’s resolution on it.” Pakistan to approach UNSC Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi announced that Pakistan would take the matter of India revoking the special status for occupied Kashmir to the United Nations Security Council, the Dawn reports. He said the decision had been taken in light of several pre-existing UN resolutions on the Kashmir dispute. The minister said Pakistan rejected New Delhi’s impression that scrapping Article 370 of the Indian constitution was its “internal matter”, saying the claim was wrong from a historical, legal and moral perspective. SC refuses urgent hearing The Supreme Court refused to accord urgent hearing to a plea challenging the Presidential Order on Article 370 which revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. The matter was mentioned for urgent listing before a bench headed by Justice N V Ramana. Advocate M L Sharma, who has filed the petition, urged the court that his plea be listed for hearing either on August 12 or 13. The bench, however, told Sharma that his plea would be heard in due course. Pakistan clarifies on airspace Pakistan clarified that it has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed any route for the Indian flights. “There has been no change to the notice to airmen (NOTAM) and all flights are being operated as per schedule issued earlier,” Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan spokesperson Mujtaba Baig told PTI. “Pakistan has neither closed its airspace for India nor re-routed or closed down any route for the Indian flights,” he said. Responding to a question about re-routing of a few routes as reported by the media, he said: “Not a single route has been re-routed after the latest tension between the two countries.” Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr Mohammad Faisal also said that Pakistan had not banned its airspace for India. “We have not banned our airspace for India. It is open for Indian flights,” he told reporters in Islamabad. Pakistan said that it remains committed to complete the much-awaited Kartarpur corridor despite its decision to downgrade the diplomatic ties with New Delhi. Azad stopped at Srinagar airport The Congress party’s J-K chief and leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha has been stopped at Srinagar airport as a preventive measure. He was supposed to meet local Congress leaders who are against the abrogation of Article 370 and the reorganisation of the state of Jammu and Kashmir into union territories. Over 500 important political workers and leaders, including former chief ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been detained in Jammu and Kashmir since the Centre decided to revoke provisions of Article 370 and divide the state to two union territories, officials said. According to latest reports, about 560 such workers have been lodged in makeshift detention centres in Sher-e-Kashmir International Convention Centre in Srinagar and other such centres in Baramulla and Gurez. The BJP hit back at Azad for alleging that National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit to Jammu and Kashmir was orchestrated with money, and demanded his apology, saying that the remarks could be used by Pakistan on global forums. Concentration camp: Adhir Ranjan In yet another controversial remark, Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, compared the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir with that of the infamous concentration camps on Nazi Germany. Questioning the government’s approach on the issue, Chowdhury said PM Modi was not living up to his theory of embracing Kashmiris instead of controlling them with muscle power. “Prime Minister had announced from Red Fort that we will take Kashmiris forward not with bullets but by embracing them. But today, the situation in Kashmir is similar to that of a concentration camp. There is no mobile or internet connection. Amarnath pilgrimage was curtailed despite heavy security presence. What is happening there?” he told ANI. Choudhary stoked controversy during a debate in Lok Sabha by questioning India’s long-established position that Kashmir is an “internal matter” and no country has the right to intervene into it. Speaking in the House on a resolution to abrogate special status to Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday, he asked how was Kashmir issue an “internal matter” if “United Nations is monitoring it since 1948.” Malala appeals for peace Taking to Twitter, Malala Yousafzai said: ”The people of Kashmir have lived in conflict since I was a child, since my mother and father were children, since my grandparents were young. For seven decades, the children of Kashmir have grown up amidst violence.” Expressing concern over the safety of the people of Kashmir, especially women and children, Malala said, “I am worried about the safety of the Kashmiri children and women, the most vulnerable to violence and the most likely to suffer losses in conflict.” “There is no need for us to continue to suffer and hurt each other,” Malala asserted. Appealing to the international community to ensure peace in the Kashmir, Malala said, “I hope all South Asians, the international community and concerned authorities respond to their suffering. Whatever disagreements we may have, we must always defend human rights, prioritise the safety of children and women and focus on peacefully resolving the seven-decade-old conflict in Kashmir.” Refrain from retaliatory aggression: US Two powerful Democratic lawmakers of US have urged Pakistan to refrain from any “retaliatory aggression” against India and take “demonstrable action” against terrorist groups within its territory. Pakistan expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and downgraded diplomatic ties with India over what it called New Delhi’s “unilateral and illegal” move to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir. Senator Robert Menendez and Congressman Eliot Engel in a joint statement also expressed concern over the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir. There is an ‘urgent need’ for dialogue among all actors to reduce tensions and to avoid a potential military escalation in South Asia, the United States said .