Threats against Hong Kong Free Press

first_img Follow the news on Hong Kong Organisation Hong KongAsia – Pacific ViolenceFreedom of expressionInternet Receive email alerts In order to bypass journalists, Hong Kong Chief Executive launches her own talk show on public television May 26, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls on the authorities in Hong Kong to investigate the threats that have been made against the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP), an independent, non-profit news website based in the former British colony. April 29, 2021 Find out more October 4, 2017 – Updated on October 14, 2017 Threats against Hong Kong Free Press RSF_en News May 28, 2021 Find out morecenter_img to go further News Hong Kong: RSF appeals to the UN to act for the release of Apple Daily founder Jimmy Lai HKFP co-founder and editor-in-chief Tom Grundy, his family and HKFP staff members recently received letters containing threats. One was sent to the address of Grundy’s family in the United Kingdom, which is “not easy to find,” Grundy said.”We have no tolerance for threats, nor will we allow them to affect our work,” Grundy stressed.“These threats against journalists and their families are unacceptable and require a response,” said Cédric Alviani, the head of RSF’s East Asia bureau. “We call on the authorities in Hong Kong to identify those responsible for this criminal behaviour and to punish them without delay.”HKFP was created “as a direct response to the press freedom issues facing the city,” its founders say. It was launched in the summer of 2015 after a crowdfunding campaign gathered four times the anticipated amount, indicating a strong level of public interest amid Beijing’s growing meddling in the local media.After operating for two years, HKFP claims to have published 9,500 stories and to have 1 million pageviews a month.Hong Kong has plunged in RSF’s World Press Freedom Index in the past two decades, and is now ranked 73rd out of 180 countries. It was ranked 18th in 2002, the year the Index was created. Radio Television Hong Kong (RTHK): Patrick Li, Director of Broadcasting or political commissar? Hong KongAsia – Pacific ViolenceFreedom of expressionInternet PHOTO: HONG KONG FREE PRESS News News Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Fall semester updates: What you need to know

first_imgThe Observer has reported on numerous announcements from administrators across the tri-campus community regarding the reopening of the campuses for the 2020 fall semester. Here are some of the most important statements, all in one place:Ben Testani | The Observer Jenkins condemns ICE restrictions – July 9Highlights: Notre Dame would file a brief in support of a lawsuit by Harvard and the MIT to block Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) decision to expel international students who attend universities exclusively online for the fall semester.Saint Mary’s details safety plans for fall semester – July 9Highlights: All Belles will be required to complete an online training course which covers the newly established health and safety guidelines. In addition, all students attending in-person classes will be required to complete a COVID-19 test, and will undergo a daily “wellness check.”Big Ten goes conference-only – July 9Highlights: Notre Dame’s football schedule shortens as the Big Ten conference announces it will implement a conference-only schedule for fall sports, including football. As a result, ND’s game with Wisconsin has been canceled.Students to be mailed coronavirus tests – July 8Highlights: Notre Dame students are being required to take an at-home coronavirus test prior to arrival on campus. Specimen collection will be staggered depending on when students plan to arrive on campus, and by July 15, all students will be notified by when they must complete their test.Holy Cross outlines safety precautions for fall semester – July 2Highlights: Holy Cross will follow Notre Dame’s lead in much of the coronavirus precautions. Additionally, all students will be required to undergo a COVID-19 test within ten days of going back to campus.University releases plans for coronavirus testing – June 29Highlights: All Notre Dame students who reside outside of St. Joseph County, as well as St. Joseph County residents who will live in Notre Dame residence halls will undergo free COVID-19 testing prior to the start of fall semester. The University is also putting together a COVID-19 Response Unit to oversee testing during the year.Notre Dame announces plans to still host presidential debate – June 24Highlights: The first debate will proceed Sept. 29 with significant modifications in light of the pandemic. Only a fraction of the expected visitors will be able to attend.Erin Hoffmann Harding outlines policies and procedures for this fall – June 22Highlights: Dates for Welcome Week, changes to dining hall meals, new meal plans and quarantine sites are announced.Holy Cross sets move-in date – June 17Highlights: Returning college students will move in Aug. 9, one day prior to the beginning of the fall semester. First year students will move in Aug. 7-8.Saint Mary’s move-in – June 12 Highlights: The Belles will move in over the course of 6 days, with students to registering for 2-hour time slots.Jenkins announces health, safety protocols for reopening campus in the fall – June 9Highlights: Guidance on classroom seating, daily health checks and a tentative schedule is discussed.University cancels study abroad – June 8Highlights: Students who are no longer going abroad will be able to live off campus or participate in an on-campus housing lottery.Notre Dame announces plan to bring football players back to campus – June 5Highlights: Football players can return to campus as soon as June 8, with voluntary workouts slated to begin June 22. Every player will be living in the Morris Inn. A football player later tested positive for COVID-19 after returning.Tri-campus community announces start to fall semester – Late MayHighlights: All three schools announced classes would begin for the fall semester on Aug. 10, and would conclude before Thanksgiving for a shortened semester.Tags: 2020 fall semester, coronavirus, tri-campus communitylast_img read more

Q&A with Daily Wildcat sports editor

first_imgDT: Arizona is 5-0 with four one-possession wins. What contributes to that late game success especially considering Solomon’s youth?DW: Solomon has taken care of the ball especially well down the stretch of games, as all four of his interceptions have come in the first half of games. He has been nearly flawless in the second half of games this year.Combine that ball security with an Arizona defense that improves significantly in the second half, and it’s not a surprise that Arizona has outscored opponents 125-63 in the second half of games and is 5-0. Daily Trojan: Arizona is coming off an impressive upset of then-No. 2 Oregon in Eugene. What did Arizona do well that game that allowed the team to pull off the win?Daily Wildcat: Arizona’s upset of then-No.2 Oregon in Eugene may have seemed improbable for the majority of the nation, but really it just same old, same old for the Wildcats.The Wildcats put up 208 rushing yards behind the two-headed monster of Nick Wilson and Terris Jones-Grigsby. Not to mention the 129 receiving yards the duo recorded against the Ducks.Combine several timely second-half stops from a bend but don’t break defensive unit, and Arizona did to Oregon exactly what its been doing to opponents all season. DT: Arizona opened as a 2.5 point underdog at home against unranked USC. Do you think that’s accurate or is Arizona getting disrespected?DW: Is it accurate? Probably not. Does Arizona feel disrespected? Probably not.Arizona football head coach Rich Rodriguez dismissed talk of disrespect on Monday during his weekly press conference by saying he understands why USC is favored.Players echoed his statements by saying they’re glad that USC is favored. “I’m glad we [are] the underdog, that just keep[s] the guys focused [on] the task at hand,” UA safety Will Parks said. DT: Prediction?DW: Arizona usually keeps things interesting so naturally I’m predicting a double-digit win at home for the Wildcats.Arizona 35, USC 24.center_img USC heads into the desert this weekend to take on undefeated Arizona. The 10th-ranked Wildcats, led by redshirt freshman quarterback Anu Solomon, are riding high after toppling Oregon. Daily Trojan sports editor Aubrey Kragen sat down with Daily Wildcat sports editor Roberto Payne to provide USC fans with an idea of what to expect about the ’Cats on Saturday night. DT: How are the Wildcats compensating for the loss of standout running back Kadeem Carey this year?DW: Ka’Deem Carey was one of the best players in Arizona history and his departure definitely sent waves around Tucson. However, the team hasn’t missed a beat since he left for the NFL. The Wildcats are 27th in the nation and first in the Pac-12 in rushing offense behind the duo of Wilson and Jones-Grigsby.I don’t think anyone could’ve predicted the team having such a dominant run game without Carey.last_img read more

Mountain biking in South Africa

first_imgSouth Africa is a treasure trove of exciting routes, discovered and waiting to be uncovered, with weather allowing for cycling at any time of the year.The sport is growing so fast that there are now a number of mountain biking schools to teach you the skills to get the best out of your equipment – and the terrain you move through. (Image: South African Tourism)Brand South Africa ReporterMTB heaven! South Africa is a treasure trove of exciting routes, discovered and waiting to be uncovered, with weather allowing for cycling at any time of the year, all day and just about every day.Around Cape Town there are some great single-track routes on the mountain and in the pine plantations. There are escorted trips on the mountain, around the winelands and in the Cape Point section of the Cape Peninsula National Park.The scenic De Hoop National Park near Swellendam, up the east coast from Cape Town, has dedicated, easy trails. There are a few hardcore trails near Swellendam, and then onto the Garden Route, which is just fantastic.There are four superb, laid-out circular tracks in the Harkerville Forest, ranging from mellow to a hectic red route. And nearby are two long, quite strenuous linear trails, Homtini and Petrus se Brand. Locals and international visitors alike agree that the last 6km of Petrus se Brand is the most fun single track ever.Port Elizabeth also has dedicated trails, including one traversing a green belt which cuts right through the middle of the city. An annual MTB race on the Wild Coast set a precedent for pedaling this fantastic area.KwaZulu-Natal has its share of routes, with many great ones in the Drakensberg and the Midlands.Pietermaritzburg, especially, is blessed with superb options. It hosted the opening round of the UCI Nissan Mountain Bike World Cup in April 2009 and will host an MTB World Cup event for another three years after the success of 2009.The Free State is home to some seriously strenuous trails, and often has competitions. There’s one called the Two Mountains Race, which should give you an idea of what you’d be in for.And Johannesburg has a huge active MTB population, so there are a lot of trails nearby. Many of these urbanites head out to the wonderful trails in Mpumalanga, where you’ll find lots of opportunity to get down and dirty.MOUNTAIN BIKING OPERATORS Active Escapes specialise in providing personalised mountain bike and cycling holidays, to accommodate all level of riders. The offerings range from fully- supported and professionally guided tours to tours in which cyclists are left to themselves, but provided with detailed route information, while logistics, such as accommodation bookings, airport and end-point vehicle transfers are taken care of. Active Escapes offers cycling holidays in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands, on the Wild Coast, and in the Drakensberg. Beach and Bush presents short trails at Oribi Gorge on the KwaZulu- Natal south coast, as well as a tour of Durban, which takes participants to the city’s most happening venues.Bendito Ranch is a game farm with self-catering accommodation, situated in Mkopane (Potgietersrus), a malaria free part of Limpopo, with four scenic mountain bike trails and hiking trails totalling a distance of 60km. Fishing, photography safaris, game drives, birdwatching, hunting (in season) and barbeques and breakfast in the bush are also available.Bicycling Magazine has sections on mountain biking and, very usefully, on rides. Explore the rides’ archive for a nice list of possibilities from around South Africa.Cape Mountain Biking Tours features a strong team that provides tours in the Eastern and Western Cape, varying in length from one day to the 11 day tour from Port Elizabeth to Cape Town. Places of interest and interesting experiences are included along the way. A two-day self-ride tour of the Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope is also available.Clearwater Trails, located near Port Edward in Kwazulu-Natal, offer a marvellous mix of terrain and memorable sightseeing with four custom-built and carefully marked MTB trails which have something to suit all levels and tastes with riding on single and double tracks. All the trail options are set against the alluring backdrop of the Indian Ocean with the longer trails passing through Beaver Creek Coffee Estate and Crags View Wild Care Centre before ending at Clearwater Trail Centre.Cycle Lab is one of South Africa’s leading bicycle shops, with in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, the Western Cape and Limpopo. The Cycle Lab website offers plenty of information on events. The newsletters’archive is a very useful and wide-ranging source of information.Day Trippers is based in Cape Town. They offer a nice variety of escorted, vehicle-supported rides, including day tours, which take in the Cape Peninsula, the Winelands, Table Mountain, whale watching at Hermanus, and township tours; extended tours, ranging from five to 150 people, and from five days to 28 days; Epic trippers allows cyclists access to parts of the Cape Epic route, while training rides for the epic itself are on offer. Other destinations avalable include the Cedarberg, the Garden Route and the Karoo.The Dirtopia website includes a section on the Dirtopia Trail Centre, which is based on Delvera farm (R44 between Stellenbosch & the N1). It was created to provide active travellers with hiking and mountain bike trail information as well as serve as a base for permit sales for a range of trails in the Klapmutskop Conservancy. There is also a section for the Dirtopia MTB Festival, as well as other events.Downhill Adventures offer sandboarding, kiteboarding, surfing, and mountain biking. The MTB rides include in and around Cape Town, the Winelands, the Tokai Forest, the Table Mountain, and the Cape Point Nature Reserve. There are over 100 bikes for rent, including hi-spec 27-gear Giants.Drifters offers overland tours in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Mozambique, Kenya, Malawi, Zanzibar, Kenya, and Uganda. They also offer a six-day, five-night hiking and cycling holiday on the Wild Coast, which starts from Port St Johns.Eastern Cape Mountain Biking is a website that covers the Eastern Cape’s mountain bike options impeccably. It features nicely-detailed accounts of many routes, training rides, and many other articles of interest that ensure comprehensive coverage of the region and the sport. Encounter South Africa offers some suggestions on MTB routes to try around South Africa.Escape Cycle Tours offers tours throughout South Africa, including in the Mapungubwe World Heritage Site, a six-day pre-Argus Tour, cycling in the Magaliesberg, Lesotho MTB rides, the KZN Midlands Meander route, the Cape Winelands, the Kruger National Park, the Mashatu Cycle Tour, a 12-day tour from Stellenbosch to Port Elizabeth, a tour from Knysna to Gordon’s Bay, a three-day Johannesburg to Durban trip, the Lindani tour, the Namaqualand Daisy tour, and Maluti Spring tour, as well as cycling in Soweto, and a combo cycling and surfing tour.EveryTrail in South Africa includes a nice list of races and routes, which take place throughout South Africa. The website includes a little info on every suggested route and race.Giba Gorge, near Pinetown in KwaZulu-Natal, offers a number of superb trails for mountain bikers of various skills levels – from easy to expert. There is also a BMX track, free style dirt jumps, a Cyclelab bike shop, a coffee shop, conference centre, bar, and camping facilities.iRideAfrica offers both mountain bike holidays and road cycling tours. Their “Ride Shuttle” is also available for lifts to top jumps, downhill tracks or bike parks around Cape Town. There are a number of tour options and a Blog to keep up with the latest iRideAfrica happenings.The Johannesburg Mountain Biking Club does not have a home base, but through contact between its members, rides are undertaken on most Sundays at various locations around the city, with different lengths, difficulty and technical challenges offered. Visitors are welcome to join in JMBC rides at a cost of R20.Lebanon MTB Trails is located in the heart of the Elgin Valley in the Western Cape, an hour’s drive from Cape Town and 30 minutes from Hermanus. There are four well marked trails that meander through some stunning terrain and everyone from beginners to experienced riders is catered for, with the trails ranging from 5.8km to 25km in distance. Accommodation is available at Oak Lane Cottages, where the trails start and end.Linx Africa: Mountain Bike Trails in South Africa features a list of towns that have MTB trails. Click on a town and you’re taken to a description of trails in the area, with telephone, fax, and e-mail info for enquiries and bookings.Live2Ride offers rentals, trails, and guided tours. They operate in the Western Cape and visit among others, Langebaan, Fossil Park, Saldanha, Koringsberg, and Aurora. Tours include the West Coast Tour, the Garden Route Tour, and the Odyssey Tour, which takes place in Botswana.Makadas Adventures is a mountain bike event company based in the Western Cape. It offers challenging mountain bike events, mostly in the Klein Karoo area. The company’s stated goal is to bring back the fun and adventure to mountain biking, which it does by featuring a wide variety of events – from extreme to simple fun events. Their trails vary from year to year to keep things interesting and new routes are added as farmers open up their trails.Mankele Mountain Biking is located right in the heart of Mpumalanga and features tropical forests, open grass lands, rivers, dams, ravines, mountains and breathtaking views. It’s a superb venue for riders of all abilities, with numerous trails of varying lengths and technical tests. It also offers accommodation as well as other exciting activities.Mountain Biking Africa operates on the beautiful Garden Route. They offer from half- to 13-day tours. These include three different Outeniqua Mountain tours; the Ostrich Tour; the Knysna Experience; Steady Eddie’s Mountain Madness, which was originally designed as a Cape Epic training camp; Steady Eddie’s Buffalo Hills, a slightly easier version of Mountain Madness; and a 13-day tour of Botswana. Bikes are available for hire.Mountain Biking South Africa offer tailor-made mountain trips – with budgetary options of basic, medium, or exclusive – in the Eastern and Western Cape where there are countless breaktaking (literally and figuratively) routes to be explored. They operate out of the beautiful Plettenberg Bay on the Garden Route.MTBiker is loaded with a wide variety of information, including on tracks all around the country, which are submitted by mountain bikers themselves. There is also a forum, a blog, events calendar, classifieds, general news and news on equipment.MTB Online features information on trails, races, clubs, shops, products, and holidays. There are reviews and information about maintenance, riding skills, and news. Trails may also be searched by province and links to cycling-related blogs are provided.MTBSA.CO.ZA features a race calendar; a list of MTB clubs; info on trails, which is available by clicking on towns, and other fun stuff. MTBROUTES.CO.ZA lists routes in the different provinces, with an overview, fast facts about each route, and the level of difficulty. It also lists events and has articles on other adventure sports too. The Oak Valley Mountain Biking Experience, located on the Oak Valley Wine Estate, offers three mountain bike routes, including the 14-kilometre Green Route for the family, a 21-kilometre Red Route for stronger riders, and the 25- kilometre Black Route for more advanced riders. The scenery is outstanding and the routes include a lot of singletrack.Olifants Camp – Kruger National Park trails are offered in the north of the world famous game reserve. Up to six people at a time can be accommodated , with two qualified and armed field guides leading the way. The Olifants Camp supplies mountain bikes, backpacks, water bottles, helmets and snacks. Three trail options are available. Outeniqua Biking Trails offer tailor-made tours and trails, ranging from half-a-day to multi-day tours on the picturesque Garden Route. Bikes are also available for hire. Groups of from four to six people, aged 18 to 55 years, are the norm. All guides are SATOUR registered and experienced cyclists.Paarl MTB presents rides in Franschoek and its surrounds. There are 24 choices of routes, ranging from 19 kilometres in length to 134 kilometres. Extensive information on each route is available, including maps and gradients.The Pedal Power Association is the largest cycling association in South Africa and includes over 16 000 paid members. Its website offers a section on mountain biking that includes news, a calendar, and a number of routes in the Western Cape, which is where the Pedal Power Association has its offices.The is South Africa’s leading cycling forum. It is always busy with many visitors and it’s a place where social cyclists are able to interact with the country’s top pros. It’s also the place to go for breaking news in South African cycling.The Cycle Travel Company is located in Johannesburg and is proudly affiliated with South African Tour de France cyclist Robbir Hunter. They offer tours not only throughout South Africa, but throughout the world. Both mountain bikers and road cyclists are catered for. In addition, multi sport tour options, including horse riding and golf, are offered.Treadmag is a magazine that focuses exclusively on mountain biking, delivering content that is relevant to South Africa, as well as being entertaining and informative. Find out where to get it under the list of stockists on the website.Xcape Biking Tours provides guided one-day or multi-day cycle trips for MTB, downhill and road cyclists of reasonable fitness. They arrange travel, accomodation, meals and onwards journeys. They also host training camps.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Could Skype Offer Salvation For Windows Phone?

first_imgTags:#Microsoft#mobile#Skype#Windows Phone 8 With more consumers trading in and out of phones more often, Microsoft’s opportunity to hook new users increases. Given Windows Phone’s still anemic market share, the window of opportunity—as it were—is slim. Rather than compete on equal terms, therefore, Microsoft should exercise an unfair advantage to leapfrog its competitors.It’s called Skype.Improving Skype’s Mobile Experience…Skype already runs fine on Android and iOS, of course. But the experience is a bit disjointed. It remains very much an app that you run on your phone, rather than an integrated element of the phone itself. I felt this pain while traveling in London a year ago. I needed to do a conference call but didn’t want to pay AT&T’s punitive roaming charges. So I ran into St. Pancras Station, which offers free Wi-Fi, and dialed into the call using Skype. I paid exactly $0.00 for the call, and the call quality was surprisingly excellent, given the quality of the Wi-Fi.Unfortunately, at the time Skype didn’t support Bluetooth, so I found myself moving my iPhone to my ear and back to a position where I could check calendar, a presentation, etc. While Skype Mobile now supports Bluetooth, it continues to lag in other ways.…Especially For Windows PhoneParticularly if you’re using Windows Phone 8. Ironically, while Microsoft calls Windows Phone 8 and Skype “a match made in heaven,” the Skype experience is actually better on iOS, Android and even Blackberry because Skype Video, among other things, is available on these platforms, but not Windows Phone.Yes, you read that right. Microsoft’s Skype is better on every platform other than the one it actually owns. That’s sad.It’s also a missed opportunity. As much as Microsoft may pledge to deliver a “common set of experiences across multiple platforms and devices” for Skype, the reality is that it needs to provide an even better experience on its home turf. No, I’m not arguing for Microsoft to cripple Skype on rival platforms. That would be counterproductive as the Skype network becomes more valuable the bigger it becomes.But imagine a Windows Phone experience with Skype completely integrated into the address book, dial screen, etc. Suddenly Skype isn’t merely an app that runs on your phone, but actually becomes your phone.Would The Carriers Go Along?Microsoft has stated its intention to keep a consistent Skype experience across devices, but surely Microsoft could make that experience deeply integrated into the Windows Phone UI? Users would love this, as it would allow them to “make a call” and not worry about whether it were going out over Skype or a carrier’s network. In areas rich with wifi but poor on cell phone reception, it would be a huge benefit, as Tom Barber notes.Some, however, worry that the telecom providers would never buy in: It’s a valid point, but it may be a few years too late. After all, carriers no longer look to voice to pay the bills, and instead seek to monetize data. Skype now powers a third of global voice traffic, and there’s reason to believe carriers will happily offload more of that traffic to make way for more profitable data services.Even if they were inclined to quibble with Microsoft building a Skype-centric Windows Phone experience, surely Microsoft is less of a threat than Apple and Samsung’s mobile dominance has been, and potentially offers a hedge against these leading vendors. Microsoft, for all its problems, has shown a willingness to share success with its partners. Microsoft needs to place some big bets to take share in mobile. An integrated Skype experience for Windows Phone 8 feels like a smart move, and a bet worth making. Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Matt Asay Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces The smartphone market is slowing, and it spells opportunity for Microsoft.Verizon is on the hook for roughly $23.5 billion in payments to Apple for iPhones it can’t sell, suggesting that the talismanic smartphone is losing some of its allure. Meanwhile, AT&T and T-Mobile have rolled out new programs to incentivize customers to upgrade their phones early and often, as consumers trend toward a more leisurely pace of smartphone upgrades. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Maharashtra stares at severe water crisis

first_imgWith the arrival of the monsoon getting delayed, Maharashtra’s dams are left with only 6.61% of the total capacity of water. Except for the Konkan division, water availability in the remaining five divisions has dropped to single digit. The Aurangabad division which covers Marathwada is the worst affected, with only 0.53% of it’s total capacity.According to data from the Water Resources Department, the Amaravati division has 6.38% of its capacity compared to 11.67% in the corresponding period last year. In the Nagpur division, the availability is 5.68% as against 11.56% in 2018. The Nasik and the Pune divisions are left with 4.98% and 6.2% water respectively compared to 14.98% and 19.61% last year. The Konkan region however has 25.41% water in its dams against 34.13% last year. Eight out of nine major dam projects in the Aurangabad division are left with no water as of now. Correspondingly, the number of tankers deployed across the State has increased to 6,597 — 6,382 privately owned and 215 government owned — from 6,443 in just a week between June 3 to June 10. Last year, in the same week, 1,777 tankers were deployed. As per data from the Water Supply and Sanitation department, 5,243 villages and 11,293 hamlets are being supplied water using tankers. In a related move, the State government has decided to finalise the detailed project report for interlinking dams. Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said the dams would be interconnected with pipelines and a supply network would be created across the region. The plan, under consideration for the last few years, will be implemented with the help of the newly formed Jal Shakti Ministry at the Centre. “We are working to develop a Marathwada water grid. Five detailed project reports are ready and work on the final one is on. We are going to connect all dams in Marathwada,” the CM said in Aurgangabad recently. The number of cattle in 1,591 fodder camps across the State is 10,35,438 with the majority being in Beed, Solapur and Ahmednagar. Questions have been raised over the extraordinary large number in Beed and Ahmednagar district and an inquiry has been ordered to check whether there are any irregularities.last_img read more

Antetokounmpo brothers – from migrants to ambassadors

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ “I started out playing football as my father was a football player back in Nigeria. But basketball was my life and I worked hard. Now that I’ve made it in the NBA it is hard to stay on top so you have to work harder,” Giannis said.He continued: “You have to test your limits and I believe I want to be the best player of all time and I know I can get there.”The 22-year-old added he was determined to help other young people in both Greece and in Africa to get ahead.“I would like to do everything I can to help them have a better life. The Americans gave me a chance to fulfill my dream. If you work hard and believe in your dream you will succeed,” he said.The Antetokounmpo brothers are very popular in Greece and earlier this month drew a standing-room-only crowd of 5,000 spectators during an exhibition game they organized in the northern Greek city of Thessaloniki.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage MOST READ “Greece loves us because we are good guys. We promote Greece wherever we go,” Giannis said.Another game by the brothers, who play for the Greek national team, is set for Sunday in Athens and a sell-out crowd of 18,000 is expected.“I know nothing else but Greece. I have never been to Nigeria. You are not born a Greek, you become a Greek,” Giannis said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Messi’s gritty hometown braces for a glam wedding Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ What ‘missteps’? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Greek professional basketball players, brothers Giannis (L) and Thanasis Antetokounmpo attend an interview at the Onassis Cultural Centre in Athens on June 24, 2017. AFP PHOTORags to riches NBA All-Star player Giannis Antetokounmpo spoke openly on Saturday of his Nigerian origins and of eking out a living trading on the Athens streets long before his $100 million deal with the Milwaukee Bucks.Giannis appeared on stage at the Onassis Cultural Centre with his 24-year-old brother Thanasis, who plays for the Spanish club MoraBanc Andorra, and they talked about their painful struggle in their early days in Greece where their parents had arrived as immigrants.ADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire “We are the products of two cultures, Greek and Nigerian, and we took the best of both worlds,” Giannis said.“There are many people who have gone through tough times, but you still have to look for the light. Our parents taught us not to be selfish, to be honest and sincere,” Thanasis added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe sons of Nigerian immigrant parents, who came to Greece for a better life, Giannis and Thanasis were born in Athens and grew up selling merchandise in the streets of the capital in order to help their poor family.But basketball changed their lives and last year Giannis signed a $100 million four-year contract with the Bucks. Thanasis also tried his luck in the NBA before joining his Spanish club. View commentslast_img read more

Bollywood big stars endorse big brands

first_imgHrithik Roshan’s cool threads in prints and stripes and John Abraham’s white beach-boy ‘ganji’ look-now it’s possible to wear your hunky heartthrob on your sleeve, literally. You can dig into the wardrobe of your favourite celebrity, simply step into his designer shoes or drape yourself in her trademark sari. Welcome,Hrithik Roshan’s cool threads in prints and stripes and John Abraham’s white beach-boy ‘ganji’ look-now it’s possible to wear your hunky heartthrob on your sleeve, literally. You can dig into the wardrobe of your favourite celebrity, simply step into his designer shoes or drape yourself in her trademark sari. Welcome to the world of the emerging brand ambassador, who has gone from playing cursory mannequin to strategic co-creator. Because brand endorsements are no longer just about mind-boggling currency contracts, big-budget photo shoots and well-promoted public appearances. Marketers are using million-dollar celeb smiles, unique personalities and chiselled frames to not just market their wares but also to add to brand equity though sub-brands and co branding stratagems. From creative inputs to marketing mantras, stars are constructively contributing to the development of the brands.Star:  Hrithik RoshanSignature Line: The Dhoom 2 dude worked with an in-house design team on a clean and classic collection with shirts in silk and linen, tees and embellished denims.Price: Rs 1,100 onwardsEven as the definition of brand endorsements expands, fashion icons are increasingly turning designers and it’s no wonder that Bollywood is making the most of this new trend. While traditional jewellery designing labels have long been roping in celebrity names like Sunita Kapoor, Manali Vengsarkar, Maheep Kapoor and Farah Khan Ali to design signature lines and add sheen to their brand value, it is Bollywood’s youth brigade which is pushing sports stars to the back benches in the co-creating line-up.So even as Sachin Tendulkar’s co created line of health foods, called Sunfeast Sachin’s Fit Kit, was launched in collaboration with ITC Foods in March, it is Hrithik Roshan’s Signature Line for John Players that is giving fans the chance to dress like the cool Dhoom 2 dude. Classy silk and linen shirts with gel prints and placement embroidery, embellished denims and cargos bring Roshan’s style statement to fans’ wardrobes.Says Atul Chand, vice-president (marketing), ITC’s Lifestyle Retailing, “Brand endorsements by celebrities have been happening in the Indian market for quite some time across product categories. However, if brands are able to create offerings that take the endorser’s personal attributes and infuse that into the product, it makes for a rich blend that can offer more value to consumers.” Chand explains that with the Signature Line, ITC has attempted to take the association between the brand and the ambassador from one of endorsement to one of co-creation. “This has made the association stronger and leaves a lasting impact on consumers. The line enables consumers to access Hrithik’s personal style preferences through John Players,” says Chand.Star: John AbrahamSignature Line: Abraham and Wrangler worked together to bring his trademark comfort quotient into the collection with low-rise jeans, linen shirts and tees for men and racer backs, halters and hoods for the girls.Price: Rs 800 to Rs 4,000And just like Roshan, denim brand Wrangler’s “21st century urban cowboy” John Abraham, too, has launched a premium prt denim line called John Abraham by Wrangler. Darshan Mehta, CEO, Arvind Brands, says, “Testimonial advertising by celebrities has existed for years. Today, evolved consumers understand and know the stars’ life and profile and are looking at a closer brand fit.” The stars, in return, understand that they have a shelf life and they realise that this is an opportunity to create business interest and outlive their shelf life through a brand, believes Mehta.The launch of the sub-brand saw the company’s advertising relations with Abraham change to a business relationship. And it’s obvious that a sound business brain ticks behind the biker boy veneer, when Abraham says, “Consumers today are looking for something less mass, they seek individuality, thereby creating their own style quotient. They are looking for something with a thought behind it and that is what we have hoped to achieve with this line. The collection is a true reflection of my life and what I would wear daily.”Just as Wrangler created a cobrand with country singer George Strait in America, they have created an independent identity for Abraham’s line with a different set-up, packaging, fixtures and look. Besides J-fronted, zip-on straight leg, low-rise denims and funky linen shorts for the boys, girls too can borrow style tips from Abraham’s wardrobe, with denim skirts, racer back tops, halters and hoodies.Star: Celina JaitleySignature Line: The former beauty queen drew inspiration from classic textiles and lace for a range of cocktail saris and Jashn’s designers gave shape to her vision.Price: Rs 10,000 onwardsAnd it is what Bollywood bombshell Celina Jaitley wears in the public eye that has resulted in her bagging a cocreator deal as well. Jaitley, who recently launched her signature line of “cocktail and bridal saris” for Jashn, is wearing her new “visionary” avatar with elan. “I don’t like being termed a mannequin. I’m extending my artistic side with this venture,” says Jaitley, claiming her line sold out in two weeks. “I started the trend of wearing lace saris and then many in Bollywood followed suit. Industry people and fans started noticing my inclination towards saris. Jashn was monitoring this and came up with the idea of creating my own brand,” says Jaitley. “I’m not a designer, I’m a brand. I’m lending my name to a sari that has been designed to my specifications,” clarifies Jaitley who, besides the lace and sequin-splattered saris, is now working on a bridal line and is hoping to salvage Bengali textiles, kantha embroidery, gota and zardozi work. “I want to bring the romance of the’60s back with an entire range of shararas and ghararas,” says Jaitley with enthusiasm.As for the actual designing process, Jaitley believes in working like international brand names such as Jennifer Lopez and Madonna, “who have a certain style statement and a team of designers who bring their vision to life”. Abraham has also partnered with Sally Dayton (Wrangler’s international designer) and Ramneek Walia (its Indian designer) on his collection. “While the line reflects my vision, the designers have lent their creative and style inputs to make this design dream come true,” says Abraham, who is now hoping to take his signature line to foreign shores. “A consumer base exists wherever there is a Bollywood audience,” asserts Mehta.Star: Zayed KhanSignature Line: Khan wanted his funky image to come through in the hip range of 12 styles and showed preference for studs, rivets and metal accents.Price: Rs 1,785 to Rs 2,485Star: Kareena KapoorSignature Line: She added Bollywood bling with a diamond-studded line. The Citizen team combined her love for mother-of-pearl and Swarovski with metallic and leather straps for a separate line.Price: Rs 4,690 onwardsAnd an audience that is willing to shell out big bucks for a piece of their favourite celebrity. Price points for these signature lines are obviously higher than those for the brands’ basic lines. Jaitley explains, “A celebrity’s association adds value and can lift a label from a local entity to a widely recognised brand. Jashn is Lucknow based and is known all over the country today.” Mehta attributes it to the higher quality of imported material used, and superior production values. And even as the new Khan kid on the block, Zayed Khan, recently launched his Rockstar line of funky and cool shoes in collaboration with ID Shoes, and Citizen Watches launched two exclusive ‘diamond’ and ‘fashion’ collections with brand ambassador Kareena Kapoor, here’s a tie-up trend that is on the upswing. So even as Shah Rukh Khan provides design inputs on a signature Monaco Sixty Nine limited edition chronograph for Tag Heuer, we brace ourselves for more business bargains as celebrities turn designers and entrepreneurs and brands attempt to make the most of their starry appeal.advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

20 days agoKrylia Sovetov chief Shashkov ‘happy’ for Sobolev over Man Utd interest

first_imgKrylia Sovetov chief Shashkov ‘happy’ for Sobolev over Man Utd interestby Paul Vegas20 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveKrylia Sovetov general secretary Vitaly Shashkov is “happy” for Aleksandr Sobolev over interest from Manchester United.The young striker has taken the Russian Premier League by storm this season and has just earned a first call-up to the senior national team squad. Sobolev has been named as a replacement for Lokomotiv striker Fedor Smolov, who has withdrawn from selection due to health problems.The 22 year-old Sobolev wins his maiden call-up to the Russia squad on the back of an impressive 10 goals in 12 Premier League games. His double on the weekend in Krylia Sovetov’s 2-0 defeat of Sochi saw Sobolev leapfrog Eldor Shomurodov to become the league’s current leading goalscorer. Rostov forward Shomurodov sits on nine goals.Such form has seen Sobolev linked with Manchester United in the English press, with it stated the struggling Premier League giants have had scouts watch his exploits.The news has reached Krylia Sovetov, where Shashkov was quick to react when speaking with local outlet RBC. “Well, how can I confirm such things? This is the English press, there are no official approaches to the club. But if so, I’m happy for the guy,” said Shashkov.”The guy is growing, progressing, madly in love with football. The rest I can’t say anything, let’s not inflate.”It’s better not to comment on such things, I don’t want this to become a growing rumour.”- updated October 7 TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Khalifa Port Hosts Two 20000 TEU Giants

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Abu Dhabi Ports Khalifa Port has welcomed two 20,000-plus TEU mega-vessels at CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, cementing its position as a global maritime hub.Operated by China COSCO Shipping, the vessels COSCO Shipping Solar and Pisces are the largest vessels to ever call at Khalifa Port, arriving just months after the inauguration of CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal by China’s COSCO SHIPPING Ports Limited in partnership with Abu Dhabi Ports.The units were the third and fourth main line vessels to pass through CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal since it started trial operations in April 20, 2019. They follow the arrival of CSCL Mercury, a Chinese container ship with a capacity of 14,000 TEU, and the 19,000 TEU CSCL Globe.The arrival of the two latest vessel giants “is a milestone moment for Abu Dhabi Ports and its partner, CSP. Not only does it demonstrate our growth as a hub port in the region, but also our position as the heart of COSCO’s network in the Middle East,” Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi, CEO of Abu Dhabi Ports, said.The CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal, which was inaugurated in December, connects Khalifa Port to CSP’s global terminal portfolio covering 285 berths at 37 ports worldwide. The terminal has a design capacity of 2.5 million TEU, with 1200 metres of quay and a water depth of 18 metres.CSP Abu Dhabi Terminal is the result of a 35-year agreement between Abu Dhabi Ports and COSCO Shipping Ports, and forms part of a five-year strategy by Abu Dhabi Ports aimed at strengthening the maritime sector in the UAE and driving economic diversification.last_img read more