Raje’s ‘Suraj Gaurav Yatra’ from next month, says BJP

first_imgDecks have been cleared for the beginning of Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s pre-poll yatra across the State next month to seek public mandate for the BJP in the Rajasthan Assembly elections due later this year. The ‘Suraj Gaurav Yatra’ got the nod from the party’s central leadership on Tuesdy in New Delhi where Ms. Raje and party’s State president Madan Lal Saini met the BJP chief Amit Shah. Detailed schedule“It has been decided in-principle that the Yatra will be taken out in August. Dates are not finalised yet and we are working out the detailed schedule,” Mr. Saini told reporters on Wednesday. He said the party will discuss with the Chief Minister in detail for finalising the number of days and dates for the Yatra.Focus on schemes“Our workers will accomplish the target of winning more than 180 seats in elections,” he said. Mr. Saini said that public welfare schemes of both the Centre and State governments will be highlighted during the yatra. Before the 2013 Assembly elections too, Ms. Raje had taken out ‘Suraj Sankalp Yatra’ in the State from Rajsamand’s Charbhuja temple. The State has 200 Assembly constituencies.last_img read more

U.S. Voices Concern As India’s E-commerce Restrictions Hit Amazon, Walmart

first_imgThe United States government is concerned about India’s revised e-commerce regulations and has told officials in New Delhi the policy will hinder the Indian investment plans of Amazon.com and Walmart Inc , three sources familiar with the talks told Reuters. Read it at Euro News Related Itemslast_img

Andy Murray storms into US Open final

first_imgAndy Murray reached his second US Open final after a comeback victory against Tomas Berdych in a match played in gale-force winds.Severe gusts sent chairs and racquet bags flying across the court, even whipping off the Briton’s cap at one point, but the third seed kept his cool to turn around a first-set loss for a 5-7, 6-2, 6-1, 7-6(7) win Saturday.He sets up a final with fourth seed David Ferrer or second seed Novak Djokovic, who resume their semi-final later Sunday with the Spaniard 5-2 up in the first set. It was suspended with the storm approaching.The 25-year-old Scot is having the best year of his career with a second consecutive Grand Slam final, after Wimbledon, and an Olympic gold medal.”Whatever happens in the final, it’s been a great year,” Murray said. “But all I want to make sure I do in the final is that I give 110 percent. I know how hard these opportunities are to come by, and I will give it everything.”Murray’s other US Open final appearance was in 2008, when he lost in straight sets to Roger Federer.Berdych, who racked up a whopping 64 unforced errors to Murray’s 20, insisted that play at Flushing Meadows should have been suspended earlier in the day.”I think that our sport deserves to have some rule or if the conditions are like that you don’t play because of the rain,” the 26-year-old said.The storm forced the postponement of the women’s final between world No.1 Victoria Azarenka and Olympic champion Serena Williams to Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

World wrestling body approves new weight categories,World wrestling body approves new weight categories

first_imgSHARE sport Published on The sport’s apex body has released what the 10 weight classes will be in each style moving forward. On the sidelines of the World Championships here, the sport’s apex body has released what the 10 weight classes will be.   –  Reuters × On the sidelines of the World Championships here, the sport’s apex body has released what the 10 weight classes will be.   –  Reuterscenter_img COMMENT August 26, 2017 SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS The United World Wrestling has added 79kg and 92kg to the existing Olympic and non-Olympic freestyle weight categories while opting for major changes in almost all the greco-roman weight divisions.On the sidelines of the World Championships here, the sport’s apex body has released what the 10 weight classes will be in each style moving forward. The Olympic qualification system was also approved, with the World Championships getting six slots, Continental qualifiers (8) and a World Open (2) accounting for the 16 allotments. Continental championships will also be held.Freestyle, which will keep all their current Olympic and non-Olympic weight categories and in which India have won four Olympic medals so far, include the following: 57kg 61kg 65kg 74kg 79kg 86kg 92kg 97kg 125kg. “The new weight categories were the most deliberated issues of the meetings. Last year, United World Wrestling president stated the intention for wrestling to move from 8 to 10 weight categories, prompting speculation on how those new weights would be distributed and if they would affect the six Olympic weight categories,” the UWW said in a release.“The (UWW) bureau chose an overall moderate approach, looking to impact as few existing weight categories as possible. Freestyle will keep all their current Olympic and non-Olympic weight categories and will simply add 79kg and 92kg.”Women’s wrestling will increase the lowest weight from 48kg to 50kg and slightly redistribute several weight categories, most by only one or two kilograms. It includes the following: 50kg 53kg 55kg 57kg 59kg 62kg 65kg 68kg 72kg 76kg. Greco-Roman went through the largest “shift in assignments”, adjusting nearly all the weight categories (55kg 60kg 63kg 67kg 72kg 77kg 82kg 87kg 97kg 130kg).The junior-level and U-23 wrestlers will also compete at the senior-level weight categories.The two-day competition format was also approved in the meeting for the 2018 season and will commence on January 1, 2018. A two-kilo allowance for the second day will be granted for one year. On January 1 next year the allowance will no longer be available.last_img read more

World Cup qualifiers: Wayne Rooney dropped for England trip to Slovenia

first_imgEngland captain Wayne Rooney accepts he is no longer first-choice for club or country after being dropped by interim manager Gareth Southgate for Tuesday’s World Cup Group F qualifier in Slovenia for tactical reasons.In what some see as a bold move to leave out the skipper, Southgate on Monday handed the armband to Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson while holding midfielder Eric Dier replaces Manchester United stalwart Rooney who will start from the bench.Rooney, sitting alongside Southgate in a news conference, said he was in a “difficult period”.”It’s football. He has got 23 players to select from. I’ve played 13 years non-stop for England and given everything and the time comes when you are not the first name on the team sheet,” Rooney said. “It is a chance for other players. (Also read: England manager calls Rooney criticism unfair)”Of course, you want to be on the pitch but my role as captain won’t change off the pitch. I will be supporting the players 100 percent, and hopefully we can get the win.”Southgate stressed the decision was nothing to do with Rooney’s struggle for form.”It’s very straightforward really, we have looked at Slovenia and the way they play and from midway through last week I had in mind the profile of the midfield that I wanted to play and what was needed for this game,” Southgate said.”In no way is it a reflection on Wayne’s performance on Saturday (against Malta), in fact we were very pleased with what he did.”advertisementRooney, who turns 31 later this month, was booed by a minority of home fans late on in the 2-0 victory over Malta at Wembley that left England top of their group with two wins.England’s most capped outfield player, with 117 appearances, and all-time top scorer has struggled for form recently and has been a substitute in United’s last three games. (Also read: Belgium, Portugal and France run riot in European World Cup qualifying)He has scored just once in 12 matches this season and has netted only one goal in the last seven internationals.HENDERSON READYSouthgate, who took over on an interim basis when Sam Allardyce’s 67-day reign as England boss ended after he was caught up in a newspaper sting, said Henderson had proved as Liverpool captain that he was ready to lead his country.Rooney also praised Henderson’s credentials.”I think Jordan is a fantastic leader,” he said. “He has taken a difficult job from (former captain) Steven Gerrard at Liverpool and grown into the position.”He has great leadership qualities and he deserves his chance.”Southgate said Rooney would remain captain for as long as he was England coach – having been handed the job on an interim basis for four matches – adding that it had been a “hard decision” to leave such a high-profile player out.”It is a football decision. It’s based on the opposition. On a human level it’s a very difficult decision because I don’t like some people getting an element of satisfaction that he’s not in the team,” Southgate said.”I am probably more annoyed on that than he is because he has had to deal with that throughout his career.”While Rooney has been used in a deeper role for England, Tottenham Hotspur’s Dier is a natural holding midfielder. (Also read: World Cup qualifiers: Mario Mandzukic stars in Croatia win, Wales held by Georgia)”I think it’s clear that you are talking about two different profiles of player. Different attributes,” Southgate said.”That’s the basis of the decision. It was pretty obvious that Eric would come into the game.”last_img read more

Chelsea hopeful of sealing title at West Brom, feels Thibaut Courtois

first_imgLeaders Chelsea want to beat West Bromwich Albion on Friday to become Premier League champions, goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois has said, as he sets his sights on lifting the trophy for the second time in three years at the club.Chelsea beat Middlesbrough 3-0 on Monday to move seven points clear at the top of table after second-placed Tottenham Hotspur lost 1-0 at West Ham United last Friday.The leaders need three points from their last three games to seal the title and Courtois said that they wanted to win it as soon as possible with a victory over a tough West Brom side.”We hope to do it at the first attempt. We know West Brom are a hard team to play against. We had a very tough game here,” Courtois told British media, referring to Chelsea’s 1-0 win over West Brom at Stamford Bridge in December.”Every opponent who goes there has a hard game. They are eighth in the league and have had a very good year.”Courtois joined Chelsea in 2011 and had three year-long loan spells at Atletico Madrid but returned to the London side in 2015 when Chelsea won the title under former manager Jose Mourinho.The 24-year-old said this season’s title triumph will be special due to their inconsistent 2015-16 campaign that saw them finish 10th.”The first year I came here, I came from winning the league in Spain and straight away we won the league, so that was very nice,” Courtois added.”This year was maybe even more special, because last year was a very bad year… The new manager came in at the beginning of the season, we won some games but then we lost, and there was again a lot of criticism,” he said.advertisement”We’re very close, and it will be very enjoyable after last year.”last_img read more

Sri Lanka’s Dananjaya reported for suspicious action

first_imgColombo, Nov 11 (AFP) Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya was reported over a suspect bowling action during the first Test which England won by 211 runs, the International Cricket Council said Sunday. “Dananjaya’s bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is,” the governing body of the sport said in a statement. Dananjaya, 25, took two wickets giving away 184 runs in the match that concluded in four days at Galle on Friday. The match officials’ report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of his bowling action, the ICC said. He is required to undergo testing within two weeks and, during this period, Dananjaya is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results are known, the ICC added. There was no immediate comment from Sri Lanka Cricket. The second Test starts in Pallekele on Wednesday and the third and final match in the series will begin in Colombo on November 23. (AFP) ATKATKlast_img read more

More riding on New Zealand’s clash with Ireland than just a semi-final place

first_imgShare on LinkedIn Rugby World Cup Read more Japan’s tournament charge has lent considerable momentum to a Jamie Joseph candidacy. Although being courted by Japanese Rugby for another term, the former Highlanders coachs stocks continue to rise at home, and the fact that he is being partnered by Tony Brown, whom both Foster and Robertson are also seeking as an assistant, adds to the attraction. If the All Blacks lose, and Japan win this weekend, Joseph could jump to the front of the queue.Which all means that the quarter-finals have more riding on them, as far as the future goes, than just the All Blacks’ progress in Japan.The personal stakes are incredibly high for Foster, but the quarter-final could still hold much for Schmidt’s career advancement. An Irish win would see Schmidt join the former Wallaby boss Deans with three wins against the All Blacks, the most by any expat Kiwi coach. It would also ensure his name remained in the conversation for the vacancy in the future if he decided to make himself available.At that point, Schmidt could have, among rival contenders, someone he has already coached against on numerous occasions, and may yet oppose again at the World Cup – a certain Warren Gatland. Topics Read more So even though Schmidt has ruled himself out of contention due to family priorities, a victory by his Ireland side over the All Blacks in the quarter-final at Tokyo’s Ajinomoto Stadium would be bad news for Hansen’s trusted lieutenant, Ian Foster.Foster has stuck it out for eight years at Hansen’s side, working alongside forwards coach Mike Cron, Wayne Smith, who left after the Rugby Championship two years ago, and his replacement, Scott McLeod.The All Blacks were already World Cup winners when Foster arrived, but they have since retained the trophy, while also staying at the top of the rankings for all but a few weeks of his tenure. It is not an unreasonable expectation that the former Chiefs coach would be the next cab off the rank.Few, if any, coaching jobs are more coveted than heading the All Blacks though, and the number of heavyweight contenders is almost unrivalled, even if New Zealand remains, alongside France, the only major nation still insisting on a locals-only approach to its head coaching position.Foster is respected by the players for his strategies, has always been approachable and good humoured in public, and steadfastly loyal to both his colleagues and the playing group throughout his time in international rugby.Yet he has had the misfortune to never quite win over the majority of the public, in no small part due to his inability to win a Super Rugby trophy despite eight years at the helm of the Chiefs, after a previously title-less run as coach of Waikato in the national provincial championship.It didn’t help perceptions that the Chiefs won the title twice under his successor, Dave Rennie, who admittedly did have serial winner Wayne Smith at his side and could not win it again with largely the same team once Smith stood down. The fact that, deliberately or not, Hansen has largely scooped up the credit for the All Blacks’ on-going success has not helped, as it has meant that Foster’s contribution has been undervalued by the public.But perhaps the biggest single factor that makes a quarter-final win so critical for Foster’s application is the upcoming change at New Zealand Rugby HQ, where former All Black Mark Robinson is moving from a place on the board into the chief executive’s office.As a board member, Robinson has been supportive of the current regime, and will understand Foster’s role within it, but he is nowhere near as close to Foster as his predecessor, Steve Tew, has been with Hansen. It would not be exaggerating to suggest that Tew and Hansen, who grew close during their time with Canterbury and the Crusaders, were almost a package deal, as evidenced by their simultaneous departures.Foster cannot expect the same level of backing from Robinson or the New Zealand Rugby board, so he will have to take his chances and be judged on results. If the All Blacks don’t make the final, his ascension is far from assured. A quarter-final exit didn’t finish off Graham Henry 12 years ago, but it would probably be terminal this time.A loss to Ireland, who fielded 16 of the players who beat New Zealand in Dublin last year during the pool-ending win over Samoa last Saturday, would bring the three-time Super Rugby-winner Scott Robertson into the frame. This move might have been a no brainer 20 years ago, before the rules seemingly changed after the five-time Super Rugby-winning Robbie Deans was passed over for Henry’s reappointment following the 2007 World Cup failure.Rennie, now in Scotland but favourite for the Wallabies job next year, also found that multiple titles in Super Rugby could not prize open the door but, with the departing Tew unlikely to wield a major influence on the decision, the current Crusaders coach is well and truly in the game.A former team-mate of Robertson’s in the unbeaten Crusaders side of 2002, Robinson knows the significance of the achievement in winning three straight titles better than most, and would be a powerful advocate on his behalf. The incoming chief executive will also be aware of how close, and respected, Robertson is by the large number of Crusaders senior players who have formed the core of the successful Super Rugby and All Black sides of recent vintage. features … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on Facebook Share via Email Support The Guardian Rugby World Cup 2019 Share on Twitter Joe Schmidt will not be the next All Blacks coach, but the Ireland mentor could have a significant say on Saturday as to who winds up succeeding Steve Hansen in the New Zealand job.While it might seem premature to be discussing succession plans three weeks out from the end of the Rugby World Cup, it looks highly likely that New Zealand’s finishing position will be a big factor in determining who is installed at the conclusion of Hansen’s eight-year tenure. The making of Richie Mo’unga: the All Black good enough to learn from adversity Rugby union Ireland have new plans for All Blacks in quarter-final, says Cian Healey Australia sport Reuse this content Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger New Zealand rugby union teamlast_img read more

World Cup 2019: West Indies look to muscle Pakistan in a clash of unpredictable teams

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: West Indies look to muscle Pakistan in a clash of unpredictable teamsPakistan and West Indies will take on each other in their 1st World Cup game at Trent Bridge. No matter how unpredictable these two sides can be, on their day, they can beat any top side in the world.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service NottinghamMay 31, 2019UPDATED: May 31, 2019 09:57 IST Pakistan will take on West Indies in Match 2 of world Cup 2019 (AP)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan lost their last 10 ODIs and lost to Afghanistan in their warm-up gameWest Indies have been in good form in the recent times and have a boost of power hittersWindies’ bowling and Pakistan’s fielding are on the weaker endPakistan and West Indies, the two most unpredictable sides, will take on each other in their first World Cup game at the Trent Bridge, here on Friday.No matter how unpredictable these two sides can be, on their day, they can beat any top side in the world.Pakistan, who have lost their last 10 ODIs, didn’t have the most ideal preparation for the showpiece event. They lost to Afghanistan in their first warm-up game and their second, against Bangladesh, was washed out without a ball bowled.Pakistan at ICC tournaments have traditionally been a notch above what they are at other times and this is what Sarfaraz Ahmad, the Pakistan skipper, and the cricket fans would be hoping for.Pakistan has the likes of Babar Azam and Fakhar Zaman who are in great form. And in their bowling department, they have the likes of Shahid Afridi, Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz and Hasan Ali who can wreak havoc on any batting line-up in the world.The only thing that they need to be wary off is their fielding which has let them down in the past and can prove costly in this tournament, too.West Indies, on the other hand, has been in good form in recent times. They held tournament favorites England to a stalemate at home earlier this year. They also boast of having the big power hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, Shai Hope in their batting line-up which can explode against any opposition and make a mockery of their bowling attack.advertisementAfter having their first warm-up game against South Africa washed out, Windies showed glimpses of their power hitting by scoring 421 runs in their last warm-up game against New Zealand.Their bowling is slightly on the weaker side, but with a solid pool of all-rounders, they have several options. And if the batsmen show up in the mood that they did against the Black Caps, they’re going to have plenty to play with.SquadsPakistan: Sarfaraz Ahmed (c), Asif Ali, Fakhar Zaman, Hasan Ali, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Hafeez, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Babar Azam, Haris Sohail, Imad Wasim, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hasnain, Shaheen Afridi, Wahab RiazWest Indies: Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shannon Gabriel, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Nicholas Pooran, Andre Russell, Carlos Brathwaite, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Gayle, Shai Hope, Ashley Nurse, Kemar Roach, Oshane ThomasAlso Read | BCCI suspends Rinku after letting off Pathan, Anuj with warningAlso Read | Mohammad Amir doubtful for Pakistan’s World Cup opener against West IndiesAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Sarfaraz AhmadFollow Jason HolderFollow Shadab KhanFollow Shoaib MalikFollow Babar AzamFollow Haris SohailFollow Imad WasimFollow Mohammad AmirFollow Mohammad HasnainFollow Shaheen AfridiFollow Wahab RiazFollow Fabian AllenFollow darren bravoFollow Shannon GabrielFollow Shimron HetmyerFollow Evin LewisFollow Nicholas PooranFollow Andre RussellFollow Carlos BrathwaiteFollow Sheldon CottrellFollow Chris GayleFollow Shai HopeFollow Ashley NurseFollow Kemar RoachFollow Oshane ThomasFollow Fakhar ZamanFollow Hasan AliFollow Imam-ul-HaqFollow Mohammad Hafeez Ganaielast_img read more

Province to Repeal Outdated Legislation

first_img “We have reviewed our family laws and these are clearly outdated and unnecessary,” said Justice Minister Ross Landry. “Nova Scotia families want modern and efficient family laws to ensure that our justice system meets their needs.” The legislation to be repealed has been superseded by other legislation or common law has changed. For example: Government plans to repeal six pieces of outdated legislation with legislation introduced today, April 20. The Matrimonial Statutes Repeal Act will repeal: The Married Women’s Property Act and Married Women’s Deeds Act allow a married woman to solely own property or enter into contracts just like an unmarried woman could. Common law has evolved to make this unnecessary. The Alimony Act was superseded by the federal Divorce Act in 1968. Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act establishes divorce courts and dates back to 1864. It was superseded in 1972. Repealing such legislation is part of a multi-year effort by the Department of Justice to improve and modernize the province’s family laws. A public consultation was held in fall 2011 to seek input on the potential appeal of these laws. Alimony Act Married Women’s Deeds Act Married Women’s Property Act Court for Divorce and Matrimonial Causes Act (Numbers 1, 2, and 3)last_img read more

Saina Srikanth progress Verma brothers crash out in Thailand

first_imgBangkok: Star Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal returned to the court in style, registering a straight-game win over local hope Phittayaporn Chaiwan, to sail into the women’s singles second round of the Thailand Open here on Wednesday. Returning to action after nearly two months, Saina, who made last-minute withdrawals from Indonesia Open and last week’s Japan Open because of injuries, got past Chaiwan 21-17 21-19 in her opening round contest. The seventh seeded Indian will play against Sayaka Takahashi of Japan in the second round on Thursday. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhIt was good news for Indians in the men’s singles event as well as the likes of Kidambi Srikanth, H S Prannoy, Parupalli Kashyap, B Sai Praneeth and Shubhanker Dey all progressed to the next round by overcoming their respective rivals. Fifth seed Srikanth was made to toil hard for one hour and seven minutes by Chinese qualifier Ren Peng Bo before the Indian came out victorious 21-13 17-21 21-19. Srikanth will be up against Thailand’s Khosit Phetpradab in the second round. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterLater in the day, Prannoy defeated Hong Kong’s Wong Wing Ki Vincent of 21-16 22-20, while Kashyap came from a game down to beat Israel’s Misha Zilberman 18-21 21-8 21-14. Both Prannoy and Kashyap have tough second round encounters in hand as they are up against sixth seeded Japanese Kenta Nishimoto and third seed Chou Tien Chen of Taipei respectively. Lady luck smiled on Subhankar Dey as he was handed a walkover by top seed and world number 1 Kento Momota of Japan in his opening round contest. In the second round, Subhankar faces compatriot Sai Praneeth who came back from a game down to beat Kantaphon Wangcharoen of Thailand 17-21 21-17 21-15 in his first round match. However, it was curtains for Verma brothers, Sourabh and Sameer as both lost their respective first round matches. Sourabh fought hard for 64 minutes against seventh seed Kanta Tsuneyama of Japan before going down 21-23 21-19 5-21 in his opening match. Sameer squandered a first game advantage to lose 23-21 11-21 5-21 at the hands of Lee Zii Jia of Malaysia and crash out of the tournament. Earlier in the day, the mixed doubles pair of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Ashwini Ponnappa recorded one of the biggest wins of their career, stunning Olympic silver medallists Chan Peng Soon and Goh Liu Ying in the first round. The unseeded Indian pair battled for one hour and two minutes to get past the fifth seeded Malaysian duo of Soon and Ying 21-18 18-21 21-17. It is only the second time that world number 23 Ponnappa and Rankireddy got the better of Soon and Ying, ranked 5th in the world. The Indian pair had defeated their Malaysian opponents in the mixed team event of Gold Coast Commonwealth Games last year. Ponnappa and Rankireddy will play Indonesia’s Alfian Eko Prasetya and Marsheilla Gischa Islami in the second round. The other Indian mixed doubles pair of Pranaav Jerry Chopra and N Sikki Reddy eased past Japanese duo of Kohei Gondo and Ayane Kurihara 21-16 21-13. They will next play eight seeds Tang Chun Man and Tse Ying Suet of Hong Kong. In another women’s singles match, India’s Sai Uttejitha Rao Chukka was no match for China’s Chen Xiao Xin, losing 17-21 7-21 in the first round.last_img read more

Staples Inc snaps up Office Depot for 6 billion to create officesupply

NEW YORK — Staples Inc is buying Office Depot in a cash-and-stock deal valued at nearly $6 billion.Office Depot Inc. shareholders will receive $7.25 in cash and 0.2188 of a share in Staples Inc. at closing. The deal values Office Depot at $11 per share. The companies put the transaction’s value at $6.3 billion.The deal is expected to close by year’s end.It’s not expected to have much impact on Staples operations in Canada, since Office Depot exited that market several years ago.Staples and Office Depot shares spike after report they’ve entered into merger talksA merger of Staples and Office Depot may help them weather the competition from online and big- box retailers in a way that RadioShack Corp. couldn’t.The three companies were all hit hard in the past decade by discount-offering giants such as Amazon.com Inc. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Their fates diverged this week. RadioShack is preparing to file for bankruptcy protection, while the other two — in a less dire situation — are combining.Staples and Office Depot shares are trading Tuesday at prices they haven’t reached in years as investors show support for their potential merger, which would consolidate the No. 1 and 2 office-supply chains. Analysts estimate $1 billion to $2 billion of costs could be cut through the deal, which may give the combined company some room to lower the prices of its products in hopes of drawing in shoppers.“From a financial standpoint and from a competition standpoint it makes sense,” Joseph Feldman, an analyst for Telsey Advisory Group in New York, told Bloomberg before the deal was announced. “Shareholders on both sides are cheering the deal. It probably would be a good thing to see happen for the industry and for both companies.”With file from Bloomberg read more

New home construction slows in July for first time in three months

OTTAWA — The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. says the pace of new home construction slowed in July for the first time in three months, mostly as a result of fewer multi-unit projects started in urban areas.CMHC says the seasonally adjusted rate last month was 193,032 units nationally, down from 202,338 units in June.Regionally, British Columbia showed an increase from June but there were declines in the other parts of Canada including the Greater Toronto Area.The Ottawa-based federal agency had anticipated a slowdown but July’s seasonally adjusted pace was below an estimate of 195,000 units from economists, according to Thomson Reuters.CMHC says multi-unit housing projects in urban areas accounted for much of the decline, with a seasonally adjusted rate of 119,478 units in July — down 8.2 per cent from June.Are millennials better off renting? Why young Canadians may want to put off home ownership‘Playing with fire’: How the Tories’ renovation tax credit promise may affect Canada’s hot housing marketsThere was also a slight decrease in the detached home segment of urban markets, which fell by 0.8 per cent to 57,520 units.The six-month trend remained upward, rising to 185,586 units in July from 184,035 in June.CMHC chief economist Bob Dugan said gains in multiple starts have offset declines in single starts over the last three months, largely due to more rental apartments, many of which are seniors’ homes.In British Columbia, the July seasonally adjusted rate for urban areas was 36,501 units, up from 34,870 in June. CMHC says B.C.’s new home construction has been keeping pace with demand, keeping supplies of unsold homes in check.In Ontario, the rate fell to 49,047 units from 56,824 in June — although there was an increase in parts of the province outside of the Toronto area.“For a second consecutive month, the trend in Ontario residential construction activity dipped due largely to the apartment sector,” said CMHC regional economist Ted Tsiakopoulos in a statement.“Low density housing construction, which is a better barometer of the health of the new construction market due to its stability, posted growth, suggesting that economic fundamentals continue to support provincial home starts.”The Canadian Press read more

UN official holds talks with Eastern Province Governor

The discussion has been focused on the long standing engagement that UNFPA has had with the people of the Eastern Province. (Colombo Gazette) The new Country Representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Sri Lanka, Ms Ritsu Nacken, had talks with the Governor of Eastern Province Austin Fernando today.The discussion took place at the Governor’s Secretariat, the Governor’s office said.

Brock Media Clips for Thursday Aug 24

Here’s a look at some of the media attention Brock University received recently.More West Nile virus coverage: More news outlets picked up the research story released earlier this week by Professor Fiona Hunter and PhD candidate Bryan Giordano. Among the more high-profile stories on the issue included CBC’s The National and Global News.Goodman is Growing: Cogeco TV Niagara was on Tuesday’s tour of the Goodman School of Business expansion project, and interviewed new Dean, Andrew Gaudes.Putting a focus on distracted driving: Brock Sports Director Neil Lumsden and Brock University Students Union Vice-President Nadia Bathish took part in a distracted driving awareness event held at the Pen Centre Wednesday. Niagara This Week covered the story.Did we miss something? If you know of an appearance or story about a Brock faculty member, student, athlete or alumni, please drop us a line with a link to the story at universitycom@brocku.ca read more

Antigua PM hints at early general election

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedElection date announced in Antigua; candidates have three weeks to woo electorateFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news”Antigua and Barbuda vote against CCJ, PM disappointedNovember 7, 2018In “Regional”Antigua’s Prime Minister chastised for comments about Guyana’s political situationDecember 14, 2014In “Politics” (CMC) — Prime Minister of Antigua, Gaston Browne on Thursday gave his broadest hint to date, that a general election will be held early this year.Antigua & Barbuda’s Prime Minister, Gaston Browne“I hear a number of individuals on the radio proclaiming to understand my behaviour and based on my behaviour they are pretty sure the elections will not be called before November or December of this year,” said Browne in Parliament.“Well, I want to say to those individuals that they need to disabuse their minds of any such notion because the reality is, the elections will be within a matter of weeks.”The prime minister made the statement as tabled the Boundaries Commission (majority) report, however, there were no proposals propose any changes to the constituency boundaries.Meanwhile, leader of the main opposition United Progressive Party (UPP), Baldwin Spencer bid farewell to the Parliament and the nation on Thursday.When the house convened Spencer thanked the nation for granting him the opportunity to serve as prime minister for two terms.And as the nation anticipates an early election, the ruling Antigua Barbuda Labour Party (ABLP) announced that it will be launching its election campaign.According to the Antigua Observer, based on several social media posts, it is anticipated that the prime minister will announce the election date on the weekend.The Observer quotes the prime minister as saying that the public will get more details about the party’s candidates at an event on Saturday.“We will be having a very exciting concert which will be the launch of our campaign and we will be introducing all 17 candidates to the Antiguan and Barbudan people,” he said.A general election is constitutionally due this year.In the last general election held in 2014, the ALP won 14 of the 17 seats. read more

Building Windows 8 video reveals the future of Windows

first_imgDuring the All Things D conference in California this week, Microsoft Windows President Steven Sinofsky revealed what Microsoft Windows 8 will look like. He noted that Windows 8 will run on ARM processors as well as traditional x86 processors, and will provide a similar experience on tablets, laptops, and desktops. In the first Building Windows 8 video, we get some clues as to what Windows 8 will have in store for us, and how we’ll use our Windows PCs when they run the new OS.From the get-go, you can tell that Microsoft has embraced the Live Tiles and Metro UI design included in Windows Phone 7, and integrated it with Windows 8. The format is larger and easier to read and navigate on tablet and full-sized PC displays.Jensen Harris, Director of Program Management for the Windows User Experience team, points out in the video that the new Start Screen, will be the first thing that a user sees when they start up or log in to their system. He also notes that every app on your system in Windows 8 is represented by a tile, which means that virtually all apps written for Windows 8 will have some tile functionality – much like Windows 7 apps at launch that didn’t have contextual menus when pinned to the start menu.Over time and as Windows 7 took root, most app developers came up to speed, and Microsoft is clearly hoping that the same happens for Windows 8. They want more users to buy computers with touch-sensitive interfaces and developers that quickly embrace the Start Screen by the time Windows 8 is available.Harris also noted that all of the tiles and the full-screen, touch-sensitive apps that use them natively will use HTML5 and JavaScript to work. Notably missing from his list is Silverlight, which Microsoft already encourages developers to use. Still, using HTML5 and JavaScript may make some of the new tile-capable apps easily portable to Windows Phone 7.The Start Screen is also very similar in form to functionality promised in Microsoft SideShow — both products were clearly developed with the goal of getting a user to information without having to open apps specifically to get it. Sadly, SideShow never really took off.Windows 8 will also feature some Aero-snap style features that leverage the tiles, and will support legacy Windows applications. Looking closely at the video you can immediately tell they won’t make use of the tiles the way Microsoft wants newer apps to. Users will see names and icons, instead of the rich information shown from apps that support the new Start Screen.Finally, for those people who see the new layout and immediately think “I really hope there’s a way to turn that off,” it looks like there will be. As soon as you open a legacy app, or any other app that requires you to navigate through files and folders or leave the Start Screen, you’ll go back to the standard Windows layout that most people are familiar with, complete with a Start Button, taskbar and desktop.Microsoft is taking a big risk on the new Start Screen and the type of Web-enabled, full-screen apps that will use it and it’s Metro UI design. They’re also making a huge assumption that even desktop and laptop users prefer touch-interfaces. The gestures shown could be used just as easily on tablet screens and laptop trackpads, but it’s unclear how they’ll translate to keyboards and mice. Users will likely be able to turn it off, regardless.It was entertaining that a number of the images on the walls in Microsoft’s design room were blurred out: Microsoft isn’t ready to tell the public everything about Windows 8 and its design just yet. Still, the real question is whether or not the shiny new Start Screen will be available in all versions of Windows, or just “Windows 8 Ultimate” and “Windows 8 Tablet Edition.”More at All Things Dlast_img read more

Vintage 1934 Zundapp K650 from Hitlers army grabs attention at Bengaluru show

first_imgChetan PriyadarshanA 1934 Zundapp K650 grabbed the attention of visitors at an international motorcycle show in Bengaluru on Sunday. The vintage bike is one of two available in the world and the only one in India.”The vintage model was brought from German-Nazis, it was a gift from a Nazi official to my grandfather who was a priest in Germany during the war,” explained Varun, the owner of the bike. The bike was transported to Hyderabad in 1936. “My grandfather faced a lot of problems maintaining and preserving it. My dad followed it next and now I am responsible to hold on to it,” said Varun. He has been participating in shows and rallies with the bike since his childhood. Chetan PriyadarshanThe bike shows its kingship over others with its glossy finish and massive engine sound even after years of rolling. The carrier is completely in a working condition with all the factory tools intact. The bike fuses in it a power of 650cc, hand gear, shock driven, boxer twin-engine which makes it a masterpiece.Even though an antique, the classic cruiser has been bringing in fame to its name by winning Cartier shows, India Bike Week Shows, VCCI races in Mumbai, Chennai, and Pune from 1985. The bike is so strongly built that even after eighty years of service; the parts barely need a change. The factory set bike is still in the original condition with a heavy, non-corroded iron body.Varun states that the only regular servicing required is the hard chrome plating, the nickel-chrome plating for the engine head and the bolts and the oil change. He claims that the carrier can compete with any other luxury bikes of the present generation because of its power and supreme engine. Chetan Priyadarshan”I keep it in my room. It is the next closest thing to my heart after my grandfather,” said Varun. He explained that he has been fascinated by automobiles. He has a collection of bikes like Hayabusa, Aquilla, Triumph, Yamaha R3 and a Honda 1000RR; but still loves riding the Zundapp because it gives him the feeling of uniqueness and royalty. He loves the bike because it has the touch of his ancestors and the labour of his father to retain its magnificence till date, he added.One can understand the aristocratic feel of riding the lone antique available in the world. Though there is a second motor available in the Berlin museum, the working condition of the bike in India gives it a greater grandeur.  Chetan Priyadarshanlast_img read more

Full Show Houston Symphony Wins A Grammy And What Houston Will Be

first_imgOn Monday’s Houston Matters: The Houston Symphony is now a Grammy-award winning orchestra. The win, for a live opera recording, is a first in the Symphony’s 104-year history. We talk with the recording’s co-producer Brad Sayles about what the award means for our hometown symphony orchestra.Also this hour: Children born this year will graduate high school in 2036. That’s Houston’s bicentennial year — the 200th anniversary of our city’s founding. So what kind of city will be by then? What kinds of opportunities and challenges will exist for those young people in the class of 2036? And what can be done to make that future better for our city? A series of conversations happening over the next few months, called Dialogue Houston, addresses just that.Plus: Houston has been known as Space City, of course, because of NASA’s presence here. But — but before NASA and Space City — there was the NACA, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, NASA’s predecessor. We learn more about the agency that evolved into NASA. And we discuss the latest developments in Houston Sports with Jeff Balke.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

Quantum correlations make you never fail a test again

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The results shed new light on the potential of quantum correlations for quantum technologies, particularly under adverse conditions.”This has a lot of applications,” Adesso said. “For the moment it is a proof-of-principle which shows that discord is a fundamental resource. Basically this shows that discord has a precise meaning linked to quantum coherence of a subsystem in all possible bases. In short, if you require coherence (superposition in a certain preferred basis) for applications such as metrology, sensing, quantum cryptography, etc., then using correlated states with discord guarantees you a success in your protocol even if you do not know the preferred basis.”Currently, Adesso added, the UK is investing 270 million GBP in quantum technologies, including sensing and metrology implementations for commercial applications. The new results here show that quantum discord can provide a cheaper resource than entanglement, making it a key ingredient for reliable quantum technology.In the future, the researchers plan to further explore the properties of quantum discord, as well as potential applications. “In particular we want to extend the setting to optical metrology with squeezed light, which has important applications for gravitational wave detectors,” Adesso said. “I would like to further look into applications for medical imaging and magnetometry as well. “More fundamentally, I am interested in understanding the physical properties of general quantum correlations and characterizing their resilience to noise. The picture we had in this paper was for the estimation of unitary transformations. If the transformations are noisy, discord can be degraded but in some cases it gets enhanced instead. One can then check whether this would result in a noise-empowered precision in estimation. Perhaps this is already exploited in natural phenomena, where coherence is found to flourish in noisy environments and has a functional role for the system’s optimization (e.g., in light harvesting). After all, we clearly showed how coherence is nothing but the daughter of quantum discord.” More information: Davide Girolami, et al. “Quantum discord determines the interferometric power of quantum states.” Physical Review Letters. To be published. Also at arXiv:1309.1472 [quant-ph] To make a precise measurement on the angle of rotation of the quantum state inside the black box, Alice shares quantum correlations with Bob. Quantum discord-type correlations guarantee a non-zero degree of precision in measuring the angle of rotation, even in the worst-case scenario. Credit: Girolami, et al. Explore further “Alice is reviewing for an exam, helped by her friend Bob,” Adesso told Phys.org. “How can she make sure she will be prepared to answer even the hardest question? We solve this problem here: she needs to share quantum correlations with Bob in the first place, of a general type which can manifest even in the absence of entanglement.”Adesso and his coauthors have investigated the quantum version of Alice’s exam problem in a paper accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters. In the quantum scenario, the goal is to measure as precisely as possible the angle at which a quantum state has been rotated after a transformation. A high degree of precision is equivalent to a high exam score. As all good students know, the key to achieving a high exam score lies in preparation. The same is true for achieving a high degree of precision when measuring a quantum state’s angle of rotation. The quantum state must be prepared in a way so that it is sensitive to rotations in all directions, even the most insensitive direction (this is the worst-case scenario, which is equivalent to the most difficult exam question). One way to prepare a quantum state that meets these requirements is, as Adesso explained above, correlating the probe quantum system with another quantum system using quantum discord. In the exam analogy, you might think of a cheating party outside the room which the student under examination is in touch with.”Precisely, we find quantum discord to exactly quantify the minimum guaranteed precision in estimating phase shifts (angles) when the direction is not known a priori,” Adesso said. “That is, it exactly measures the minimum score you would get on the test, which is the score you would get if you happen to get the question you are least prepared for. If the state in the beginning has only classical correlations (zero discord) then you can be unlucky and get the question you are completely unprepared for, and you score zero. If you have any amount of quantum discord, your score can never fall below that.”By demonstrating that quantum discord-type correlations, but not classical correlations, guarantee a non-zero degree of precision in measuring the angle of rotation, the results provide the first example of the usefulness of quantum discord, which is a relatively new form of quantum correlations. The researchers established these results both theoretically and experimentally with nuclear magnetic resonance. Discord strikes the right quantum note Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org) —In the burgeoning field of quantum metrology, quantum effects are exploited to improve the precision when measuring a variety of parameters, such as phase, frequency, and magnetic fields. A main goal of this research is to develop high-accuracy measurement devices that could benefit many areas of science. In a way, explains physicist Gerardo Adesso at the University of Nottingham in the UK, this goal is similar to preparing to answer the most difficult question on an academic exam. Citation: Quantum correlations make you never fail a test again (2014, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-05-quantum.html © 2014 Phys.orglast_img read more