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3 days agoWatford midfielder Chalobah: Big positives from Spurs draw

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Watford midfielder Chalobah: Big positives from Spurs drawby Paul Vegas3 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveNathaniel Chalobah is adamant Watford were unlucky not to beat Spurs on Saturday.The Hornets lead for most of the match before Dele Alli scored late on.Speaking to the club website, he said: “To get a point against any of the top six is a positive thing. To come to Spurs away and get a point, you’d be chuffed with that, but we are disappointed inside as we could have got three.”We showed great character, great resilience and it’s hard to come here and try and play. Spurs are a very good team. They pressed us quite high and we showed we could get out of the press and create chances. We have to take the positives out of every situation right now.” last_img read more

Hamburg Süd Christens Another Polar Class Vessel

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Hamburg Süd German shipping company Hamburg Süd has christened its latest Polar-class containership, Polar Ecuador.The christening ceremony was held at Belgian New Fruit Wharf in Antwerp on May 20, 2019.“Antwerp is a highly important port for Hamburg Süd, and the Belgian New Fruit Wharf is a very suitable place for the christening of a ‘Polar’-class vessel,” Frank Smet, Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Hamburg Süd, commented. “After all, with more than 1,000 reefer plugs, the ‘Polar Ecuador’ transports a disproportionately large volume of refrigerated cargo for a container vessel of this size from Mexico and the Caribbean to Antwerp,” he added.The 52,100 dwt Post-Panamax is deployed in Hamburg Süd’s North Europe -Mexico/Caribbean service (EMCS), which connects Antwerp and other European ports in Ireland, Great Britain and Germany with Mexican and Caribbean ports.Polar Ecuador belongs to a group of four structurally identical vessels in the Polar class that were built for Hamburg Süd by the Chinese shipyard Jiangsu New Yangzi Shipbuilding.With a total length of 230 meters and a width of 37.3 meters, the ship offers a container storage capacity of 3,800 TEU and is equipped with 1,000 reefer plugs.Last month, the company christened Polar Ecuador’s sister vessel, Polar Mexico, in the Mexican port of Veracruz. The christening of Polar Mexico also marked first berthing of a container vessel at the new ICAVE terminal.last_img read more

9 trains diverted due to flood

first_imgNew Delhi: Indian railways diverted at least nine trains due to flood on the Samastipur-Darbhanga section on Samastipur Division, officials said on Tuesday. The 12562 New Delhi-Jayanagar S. Senani express train commencing on July 30 will be diverted to run via Varanasi-Gorakhpur-Paniahwa-Narkatiaganj-Sikta-Raxaul-Sitamarhi-Darbhanga. Likewise the 15211 Darbhanga-Amritsar Jan Nayak express train commencing on July 31 will be diverted to run via Sitamarhi-Raxaul-Sagauli. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’They further said that the 15212 Amritsar-Darbhanga Jan Nayak Express train commencing on July 30 will be diverted to run via Sagauli-Raxaul-Sitamarhi-Darbhanga. The 14674 Amritsar-Jayanagar Shaheed Express train Journey commencing on July 30 will be diverted to run via Gorakhpur-Paniahwa-Narkatiaganj-Sikta-Sitamarhi-Darbhanga. The 14673 Jayanagar-Amritsar Shaheed Express train journey commencing on July 31 will be diverted to run via Sitamarhi-Sikta-Nakatiaganj-Paniahwa-Gorakhpur. The 19166 Darbhanga-Ahmedabad Sabarmati Express train commencing on July 31 will be diverted to run via Sitamarhi-Sikta-Nakatiaganj-Paniahwa-Gorakhpur-Barabanki. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe official said the 12566 New Delhi-Darbhanga Bihar Sampark Kranti Express train commencing on July 30 will be diverted to run via Gorakhpur-Paniahwa-Narkatiaganj-Sikta-Sitamarhi. The 12565 Darbhanga-New Delhi Bihar Sampark Kranti Express train Journey commencing on 31.07.2019 will be diverted to run via Sitamarhi-Sikta-Narkatiaganj-Paniahwa-Gorakhpur. Likewise, the 12561 Jayanagar-New Delhi S.Senani Express train Journey Commencing on 31.07.2019 will be diverted to run via Darbhanga-Sitamarhi-Sikta-Narkatiaganj-Paniahwa-Gorakhpur-Varanasi.last_img read more

St Regis Mohawk Tribal police chief fired over cash payments for impounded

first_imgAPTN National News AKWESASNE–St. Regis Mohawk Tribal police Chief Andrew Thomas has been fired following a probe into cash payments received by the police force for towing and storage fees for impounded vehicles, the St. Regis Mohawk Tribal Police Commission said Thursday.The police commission said in a statement Thomas was fired on July 24.Thomas is facing disciplinary charges filed July 7 from the commission for gross misconduct and disregard for tribal and regulatory policies and failure to reconcile receipts and funds, the statement said.Thomas appeared before a disciplinary hearing on July 15 and the police commission voted unanimously to terminate his employment.The investigation was triggered by a query from a community member about the police department’s taking of cash payments for impounded vehicles.A spokesperson for the St. Regis Tribe said the police commission would not be issuing any further comment.Matthew Rourke is currently the acting tribal police chief.The St. Regis Tribe governs the U.S.-side of Akwesasne, a Mohawk community which straddles the Canada-U.S. border about 120 km west of Montreal.news@aptn.calast_img read more

Kinew James inquest postponed indefinitely after new documents come to light

first_imgThe Canadian PressSASKATOON — An inquest into the death of a 35-year-old woman at the Saskatoon Regional Psychiatric Centre has been postponed indefinitely.The examination of what happened to Kinew James was to have begun Monday, but after a massive collection of new documents was presented to inquest coroner Timothy Hawryluk, he adjourned the proceedings.He said it is unlikely the inquest will resume until the fall at the earliest and possibly not until early 2017.Kinew James died in 2013 after suffering an apparent heart attack in her cell.Inmates have alleged that James was denied timely medical assistance.The Canadian Association of Elizabeth Fry Societies had said earlier it hoped the inquest would lead to better care for Indigenous women with mental health issues who are serving time in prison.On Monday, association lawyer Gillian Gough and Josephine de Whyttel, a lawyer for James’ mother, argued the disclosure documents provided by the Corrections Service of Canada — which covered the year leading up to James’ death — weren’t enough.Gough presented a package made up largely of CSC documents the society obtained while fighting for James’ release in 2011. Containing some 8,000 files, some of the documents dated back as far as 1998.Gough said it was important to look at how various factors from James’ incarceration may have contributed to her death.For instance, Gough noted James was transferred between facilities some 30 times and argued this could have affected the continuity of her health care. Gough also said James had been in and out of the Saskatoon facility 13 times over the years.Hawryluk said he was disappointed at having proceedings derailed on the first day, but he wasn’t comfortable ruling on a request to expand the scope of the inquest until he’d had time to review the new documents.Cecil James, Kinew’s brother, said the family was glad there would be a pause to consider the new information.Cecil said he has had trouble accessing even the original disclosure that was provided.He and James’ family live in Winnipeg, and he had to go to Regina to look the disclosure over in the coroner’s office there. He said he made the trip last Wednesday and was troubled after even a quick examination of those documents, not to mention the thousands of new ones presented Monday.James was serving an aggregate sentence of 15 years for manslaughter, assault, uttering threats and other charges – many of which happened after she was first sent to jail.According to a Board of Investigation report, James, who was diabetic, activated the emergency call alarm in her cell and told corrections staff that she was feeling sick and lethargic the night she died.last_img read more

Ohio State mens lacrosse rallies to take down Air Force 109

hat perhaps was expected to be an easy win for the Ohio State men’s lacrosse team Saturday might have proved more challenging than originally thought. The Buckeyes (9-3, 4-2) had to overcome a halftime deficit to earn a 10-9 victory at Air Force Saturday, which stumbled into the contest with a 1-4 Eastern College Athletic Conference record. Now on a three-game winning streak, OSU has secured a playoff spot by guaranteeing at least a top-four finish in the ECAC. The Buckeyes are tied for third in the ECAC standings heading into their regular season finale Saturday. No matter what happens during the final weekend of the season, OSU will be joined by Loyola (Md.), Denver and Fairfield in the conference tournament, since Fairfield clinched its playoff spot Saturday with a 10-9 overtime victory at Denver. OSU jumped out to an early 2-0 lead Saturday against Air Force (6-7, 1-5), but let the Falcons climb their way back into the game, finishing the first quarter tied at four. The Falcons, though, took a one-point lead into halftime, 7-6, before conceding three straight goals in the third quarter and falling behind for good. Co-captain and senior attacker Logan Schuss continued his run of good form, scoring four goals for the Buckeyes, including the series of three in the third quarter, and added one assist. It was his third consecutive game where he scored at least five points, bringing his career total moves to 216, 11 back of second place on the Buckeyes’ all-time points list. Co-captain and senior midfielder Dominique Alexander added a career-high five points, including two goals, and senior midfielder Trey Wilkes won 15 of 21 faceoffs. Having missed the last two games due to injury, junior goalkeeper Greg Dutton made his return for OSU in outstanding fashion on Saturday with a career-high 15 saves against the Falcons. The losses to Denver and Loyola earlier in the year mean that the Buckeyes will finish third in the ECAC with a win over Fairfield Saturday but will drop to fourth with a loss. The Buckeyes are set to close the regular season and celebrate their Senior Day at home against Fairfield on Saturday at 1 p.m. read more

Our work will pay off Skorupski

first_imgThe team is at the bottom of the Lega Serie A standings after not winning a single match yet in the 2018-2019 seasonBologna, together with Frosinone, has yet to score after four matches in the Italian Lega Serie A.But for goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski, their hard work will surely pay off soon.Bologna F.C. 1090 will host Roma tomorrow at Renato Dall’Ara Stadium.Rick Karsdorp, Roma, Serie AKarsdorp reveals he had too much stress at Roma Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The Dutch defender has been with the Gialorrossi since 2017, but he has not enjoyed his time in the Italian Lega Serie A.“I know we’ll get out of this, we have quality players. Take Destro with whom I played at Roma, he knew how to score goals back then and hasn’t gotten worse,” Skorupski was echoed by Gianluca Di Marzio.“Pippo Inzaghi is right, the work we are doing will pay off, he hasn’t given up, we need to spit blood”“When I played in Poland I wasn’t very serious, I always went out at night with friends, how could I say no?”“Then something changed, us Polish players realized we are a strong team. We’ll beat Italy next October, I’m certain of this,” he concluded.last_img read more

Jokanovic backs Troy Deeney for England callup

first_imgThe Fulham manager believes the 30-year-old to earn his first English national team call-up after having a great start of the season with WatfordStriker Troy Matthew Deeney has been playing professionally since 2006 in the English football leagues.His professional debut was on 2006 when he played for Walsall.The had a small one-year loan with Halesowen Town the same year, but after some great performances, he was then transferred to Watford.With the club, he’s showing great improvement and for Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic he deserves to be called up to the England national team for the first time ever.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“He’s strong and a big character, and sometimes it’s not easy to deal with him,” said Jokanovic on a Sky Sports interview.“He has had a positive evolution in the last few years. Really he can be an option for the England national team.”“He had a great season when I worked him with, and his dedication is very high,” he added.“He’s definitely an unusual player and you can use him in different ways. My point for you is he’s a player who can have at some point a chance to play for England.”last_img read more

Nuno Espirito Santo wary of Fulhams Aleksandar Mitrovic

first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo expects Aleksandar Mitrovic to be a handful for his side ahead of today’s clash with FulhamBoth teams have enjoyed different fortunes upon their return to the Premier League this season with Wolves in 10th-place, while Fulham sits bottom of the table.But today they will meet for the first time since the Championship last term, which saw Mitrovic score in a 2-0 win for Fulham at Craven Cottage.And Nuno expects the in-form Serbian to continue to pose a threat to Wolves after the impact he had at Fulham on loan in the second half of last season.Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“When he came in he was a player who clearly helped them to get promoted, their performances were fantastic, a very good player,” said Nuno on the club website.“He’s one of the strikers who plays better when he has his back against the goal, so we will have to work on that, because he creates teams a lot of problems.”The former Newcastle player was signed permanently by Fulham in the summer and has since scored seven goals in 18 Premier League matches.Fulham and Wolves will begin their Boxing Day fixture at 13:30 (CET).last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For September 26 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Wednesday, September 26, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 8am. Patchy fog before noon. Otherwise, mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. Light south wind increasing to 8 to 13 mph in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.At Wilmington High School: The Wilmington School Committee meets at 7pm in the High School’s Large Instruction Room. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Police Department offers safety seat installs at the Wilmington Public Safety Building (1 Adelaide Street) every Wednesday, from 10am to 2pm. No appointment is necessary, but calling ahead at 978-658-5071 is recommended. Learn more HERE.In The Community: The Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library’s Book Store Next Door (183 Middlesex Avenue) is open from 10am to 4pm. All books are $2 or less!  Every penny of every sale benefits the Wilmington Memorial Library. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Wednesday Baby Times at 9:30am. Well Read Wednesday Book Group at 10am. Preschool Storytime at 10:30am. Tech Help Drop-in at 2pm. Crafternoon: Chocolate Chip Cookie Squishies at 3:45pm. Read To Prince, 5pm-6:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: SBF Exercise at 9:45am. Special Exercise at 11am. Line Dancing at 1pm. Cards at 1:30pm. Fun Singers at 3pm. [Learn more HERE.](NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For October 17, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For March 21, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Wednesday, August 28, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

Vespa S Launched in India Price and Features Details

first_imgPiaggio’s latest offering Vespa S has officially entered the Indian two-wheeler market on Wednesday, with a price tag of ₹74,400 (ex-showroom Pune).The scooter, which made its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014, houses new rectangular shaped headlights and ORVMs. The scooter looks stylish in its design and comes with powder-coated three-spoke alloy wheels. However, the disc brakes and suspension remain the same as that of its previous models.Vespa S packs the same 125cc, four-stroke, three-valve single cylinder engine, which pumps in a power of 10.06PS at 7,500rpm and 10.6Nm of torque at 6,000 rpm. The engine is mated to a CVT transmission system and packs single-side hydraulic front shock absorber and rear monoshock. The company claims a fuel efficiency of over 60kmpl.”Piaggio is delighted at to present Vespa S to the dynamic youth in India. As we move closer to our two years existence in the Indian market, we are proud to launch our third Vespato to further strengthen the premium segment we have created. The Vespa S is truly a game changer. With it square design elements, it has opened up a new, non-conventional space. We understand the needs of the aspirational consumers and believe that the Vespa S will enable them to experience another notch in the Vespa lifestyle,” said Ravi Chopra, Chairman and Managing Director of Piaggio Vehicles Private Limited, according to Motoroids.The new Vespa S will be offered in India in four colours – Orange, White, Red and Matte Black. With the addition of the new model, Piaggio currently offers three models in the sub-continent market and is expected to expand its portfolio in the coming months.In Mumbai and Delhi, the new Vespa S is priced at ₹76,495 and ₹75,424 respectively (ex-showroom). The bookings for Vespa S has already been started in the country and it is believed that Piaggio is likely to start the delivery of the vehicle soon.last_img read more

Yes Bank gets shareholder nod to raise Rs 20000 crore

first_imgA security guard stands outside a closed Yes Bank branch in New Delhi, India, November 9, 2016.Reuters filePrivate sector lender Yes Bank secured shareholders’ approval on Wednesday to raise Rs 20,000 crore this financial year.”The shareholders approved through special resolution the proposal to borrow/raise funds in Indian/foreign currency by issue of debt securities, including but not limited to non-convertible debentures, medium term notes and bonds up to a total amount of Rs. 20,000 crore,” the bank said in a statement after the conclusion of its 13th annual general meeting in Mumbai held yesterday.In all, 456 members attended the annual general meeting, the bank said in a regulatory filing.The meeting conducted other usual business, including adopting the annual statements for the financial year 2016-17.The share price of Yes Bank closed 0.57 percent lower at Rs 1,494 on Wednesday.last_img read more

Exhausted and subdued reunited families return to Guatemala

first_imgDonelda Pulex and her 5-year-old daughter Marelyn, step off a chartered flight from the US in Guatemala City, Guatemala, after the two were deported after being separated crossing the US border. Pulex said she was tormented by the idea she’d never see her child again. Photo : APDonelda Pulex stepped off the airplane into the sun, clutching her 5-year-old daughter’s hand and burst into heaving sobs. Fourteen-year-old Hermelindo Juarez hid his face as his father comforted him. Efildo Daniel Vasquez walked cautiously behind his 8-year-old son.Quiet, confused and exhausted, 11 families who had been detained and separated after they were caught crossing the US border illegally returned home Tuesday to Guatemala aboard a US government-chartered flight that read “World Atlantic.”Greeted by first lady Patricia Marroquin, they lined up on the tarmac, shuffling – their shoelaces had been taken as a security precaution. US immigration officials handed over paperwork in manila envelopes to Guatemalan officials. The immigrants walked single-file into a squat gray building at the country’s military base to be processed back into their country, along with dozens of others also deported.Chartered flights full of deportees from the United States regularly arrive in the Central American country, but Tuesday’s flight was among the first containing families separated at the border under President Donald Trump’s contentious zero-tolerance policy. More than 2,300 children were separated from their families before a 20 June order stopping the practice.While some Central American migrants say they were fleeing to protect their families from severe violence, parents who spoke with The Associated Press said they made the difficult, dangerous journey to the US for a better life. They were seeking a chance at a steady job or a better education for their children.They didn’t know they’d be separated from their kids under the policy that criminally prosecuted anyone caught crossing the border illegally. Trump administration officials had said the policy was necessary to deter a growing number of families from Central America who were crossing illegally. But the president backed off following a national and international uproar, ordering an end to the separations on 20 June.While frustrated that their difficult journeys had ended in failure, the families were relieved their ordeals were over.Pulex said she spent nearly two months apart from her daughter, waiting in an El Paso, Texas, detention center, first for the resolution of her criminal case and later for deportation proceedings.”It was a great torment,” she said, wiping tears away. “I did not know if I would ever see my daughter again. I thought she was taken from me forever.” Her little girl, Marelyn, dressed in a pristine white sweater and blue chiffon skirt, said she spoke to her mother by phone from a foster care home in Michigan.”My mother, she was so sad. She would cry for me, and I would tell her, Mami, everything is OK, I am OK. I will see you soon,” the little girl said. She said the people who cared for her were kind, and treated her well, but she missed her mother.”I am happy to be back with her,” she said.Inside the military base, the families were steered into a crowded, hot room with rows of folding chairs and big whirring fans. Each chair had a brown paper bag with a sandwich, chips, an orange soda and bottle of water. The families were told by social workers they would have medical screenings and go through a paperwork process before they were given bus vouchers home. Eventually, they’d walk down a short outdoor hall and through a metal door leading them back into Guatemala City. Some lived more than seven hours away in the mountains.Single adults were in a larger room, where they waited in line to be processed. Their belongings, taken from them at the US border, were piled in back, mostly black duffels and red plastic bags.About 75 people were aboard the flight, and the AP asked at least two dozen adults whether they had children left behind in the US either on purpose or because they were deported without them. All said no. There have been other reports of parents deported without their children.In one case, Elsa Ortiz Enriquez said recently in Guatemala that she was deported last month without her 8-year-old, Anthony David Tovar Ortiz. The boy was in a shelter for migrant children in Houston.Inside the immigration complex, Pulex helped Marelyn drink from a water bottle, and then pulled the little girl’s hand up to her heart and kissed it. Another father held his son as the little boy closed his eyes. Two little girls opened up Snickers bars that were handed out. In the back row, Hermelindo Juarez told his father, Deivin Juarez, he was so very tired.The two made the trip north in early May, and they spent almost two weeks on the road with barely any food.”We were starving,” Juarez said. “The frontier, it is a trying place.”Hermelindo said he didn’t know where he was going when he was separated, and the two did not have good communications during their time apart. He had been sent to a shelter in Tucson, Arizona, where he said he was treated very well. He studied and played soccer. The air conditioning made him a bit cold, he said, but he got used to it.”I felt comfortable there,” he said. There were children there from Brazil, from India, from Guatemala. He didn’t know how many had been separated from parents or how many had made the journey alone. There are more than 10,000 children in US care who crossed the border alone.Juarez and the others said they paid thousands of dollars to smugglers, and would not likely try the journey again anytime soon.”Now, I’ll try to find work here,” Juarez said. “What else is there?”last_img read more

Nusrat killed as posed threat to Siraj gang

first_img*This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin. Principal Siraj Ud Daula. File photoNusrat Jahan Rafi was posing a threat to all and she must be dealt with ‘all the strength’, Feni Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa principal Siraj Ud Daula told his students who went to visit him in jail on 3 April.The students also agreed to the decision, Siraj Ud Daula said in his 19-page confessional statement recorded under the act 164 before the court of the senior judicial magistrate Md Zakir Hossain in Feni 7 April.Siraj was arrested from the madrasa on 27 March in a sexual assault case. He was showed arrested in another case on 9 April over setting Nusrat on fire.Several students, including Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Abdul Quader and Jabed Hossain, went to meet him at jail on 3 April and they said he would not be granted bail soon, Siraj told the court.He tried to know what steps were taken regarding Nusrat’s family. He talked to Shahadat and Nur Uddin alone and asked them to create pressure on her family. If they did not succumb to this, Nusrat should be killed in a manner that would seem as a suicide. Awami League (AL) leaders Ruhul Amin and Maksud Alam were to help, according to the statement.”Shahadat and Nur Uddin agreed with my plan and then left. I informed the students as she posed a threat to our combined interest,” Siraj told the court.Siraj built liaison with the local AL leaders and the administration after he joined in the Sonagazi Islamia Fazil Madrasa in 2001. He formed a strong relationship with Ruhul Amin and Maksud Alam. He could execute any decision regarding the madrasa due to this liaison, he told the court.Madrasa unit BCL president Shahadat Hossain Shamim, Nur Uddin, Hafez Abdul Quader, Zabed, Zubayer were among the students Siraj built an intimate relationship with. They were given concessions and other benefits and were used to intimidate the teachers and students of the madrasa.”In the morning on that day, I called in Nusrat through my office assistant Nurul Amin. Nusrat came with three more girl students. I had information that she had a relationship with another boy. So I created pressure on her. We exchanged a few words. When she fell down, I grabbed her from behind. She kept sitting on the floor. Then she left,” Siraj told the court.”Nusrat’s mother tried to kill me in the afternoon. I threatened her. Nur Uddin was present there. Later, Shahadat came in. I called Ruhul Amin and he sent sub-inspector Iqbal from the police station. Then I was taken to the police station,” he added.last_img read more

Texas Senate Advances ScaledBack School Finance Plan

first_imgThe Houston Independent School District approved the 2017-2018 school year budget.The Texas Senate has advanced a once-sweeping school finance plan, but only after scaling it back so much that it will only offer about $500 million in extra funding for some school districts statewide and teacher retirement.The House passed its original, far more ambitious $1.8 billion bill during the regular and special legislative sessions.The Senate has repeatedly rejected that plan, which the chamber’s leader, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick, called a “Ponzi scheme.”The Senate version pumps money to hundreds of smaller school districts facing declining property tax revenue. Texas’ Supreme Court has ruled the school finance system flawed but minimally constitutional.Lawmakers have until the special session ends Wednesday to forge a compromise.Also Monday, the House approved a commission to study future school finance solutions. Sharelast_img read more

HOOQ Massively Expands India Reach With Hotstar Partnership EXCLUSIVE

first_imgSoutheast Asian streaming service HOOQ has struck a crucial partnership deal with India’s Hotstar.The pact provides Hotstar with a significant upscaling of its Hollywood content, while for HOOQ, the arrangement is a massive expansion of its reach in India. Launched less than four years ago, Hotstar claims over 350 million downloads, and 150 million monthly active users.Hotstar Premium users currently have access to Hollywood content from HBO, Fox and Disney. The new deal is a seamless extension, at no extra cost, that brings in movies and series from other studios including Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, and content producers including Lionsgate and Miramax.The move comes at a time when Indian appetite for Hollywood content is growing. For years, Hollywood movies had minority appeal in Indian and accounted for less than 5% of Indian box office. In their latest entertainment industry report, published in March, FICCI and audit firm Ernst & Young, calculated that Hollywood earned $110 million (INR8.01 billion) in theaters in 2017, or some 13% of the gross box office total. Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img Titles covered by the new deal include “The Big Bang Theory,” “Arrow,” “The Flash,” “S.W.A.T.,” “The Goldbergs,” “Wonder Woman,” “Harry Potter,” “Spider-Man” and “Pulp Fiction.” HOOQ Originals like “The Oath,” will also be available.HOOQ is backed by owners including Sony Pictures Television, WarnerMedia and Singtel, and is currently operational in four Southeast Asian countries — Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand and The Philippines –plus India.Given the challenges of collecting recurring monthly subscriptions in Southeast and South Asia, relationships with telecoms operators and DTH satellite providers are crucial to the success of video platforms operating within the region. Within India, HOOQ is currently distributed through Airtel and Vodafone.“This collaboration with Hotstar combines their reach with our offering as the ‘Home for Hollywood’ in India,” said Peter Bithos, HOOQ’s CEO, in a prepared statement. “With the appetite for Hollywood content in India growing at a furious pace, we are poised to offer the Indian customer easily accessible and a very affordable way to watch the best of Hollywood.”“Hotstar Premium’s English catalogue is unlike anything you’ll find on any other platform in the world – an aggregation of content from across studios and content producers, at a single destination. This partnership with HOOQ, with its portfolio of curated blockbuster Hollywood content, seals the argument,” said Ajit Mohan, CEO, Hotstar.last_img read more

Telekom Romania has partnered with content deliver

first_imgTelekom Romania has partnered with content delivery and protection specialists Viaccess-Orca and TV operating system provider Zenterio and for the rollout of its new IPTV and OTT multiscreen service, Telekom TV. The deal marks the third recent Zenterio OS deployment within the Deutsche Telekom Group, which owns a 50% stake in Telekom Romania, formerly Romtelecom, having previously worked with Slovak Telekom and Magyar Telekom.Telekom Romania is using Viaccess-Orca’s Voyage-TV Everywhere solution to drive the new IPTV and OTT multiscreen service, with Viaccess-Orca acting as a system integrator on the project.The firm’s Voyage solution includes Viaccess-Orca’s RiGHTv unified service delivery platform and Compass content discovery platform, with Telekom Romania able to deliver a range of content, including live television, video-on-demand and catch-up TV, to subscribers on any screen.Other technology partners for Telekom Romania’s IPTV project include Verimatrix as conditional access system provider and Kaon as set-top box manufacturer. Also involved is  Gemini, Friendly Technologies, Broadpeak, Harmonic and Accedo.“The launch of an innovative, multi-screen service is just the beginning of Telekom Romania’s major effort to expand its IPTV service offerings to our customers,” said Mathias Hanel, chief commercial officer at Telekom Romania.Nikolai Beckers, CEO of Telekom Romania said: “To provide a superior multiscreen service to potentially millions of subscribers across Romania, we needed a TV Everywhere solution that offers unparalleled levels of interactivity and personalisation. Unifying the service delivery across different networks by using a single converged system was also important.”Prior to deploying Viaccess-Orca’s Voyage, Telekom Romania was using multiple infrastructures for its TV offerings, including IPTV, OTT, DTH, and cable.The new unified platform is designed to support more device types, reduce costs, increase operational efficiencies, and quickly expand its service offering, according to Viaccess-Orca.Telekom TV will be available beyond the Telekom Romania customer base via monthly subscriptions.The news comes just a day after Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania began operating under the Telekom Romania brand, with both companies taking the “T” logo trademark.“Adding Romania to the Magenta map, is a natural step in the evolution of Deutsche Telekom’s footprint in Europe. It is in line with our strategy to offer the best customer experience driven by technology leadership. As a leading telecommunications provider in Europe, we bring our expertise and ability to the Romanian market. We are highly committed to Telekom Romania and will make a significant contribution to the Romanian society,” said Claudia Nemat, board member Europe and technology, Deutsche Telekom.last_img read more