China snubs ‘Little Olympics’ opening ceremony in Taiwan

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Thousands of student athletes from around the world donned their team uniforms or traditional dress and walked behind the sign showing the name of their country and their national flags to the cheering crowd in Taipei Stadium. However, no Chinese athletes showed up to walk behind the staffer holding China’s national flag. Local media said China was absent due to the reference of Tsai as president. Taipei’s mayor Ko Wen-je is widely seen to have secured Chinese athletes’ attendance during his visit to Shanghai in July to attend a city exchange forum. But he said he had drawn the line at Chinese officials’ request for Tsai only to be called “leader” at the opening ceremony, not “president”.In the current climate, some expected Chinese athletes to boycott the Universiade entirely. ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Instead, they will compete in individual events but sit out the team sports, citing a clash with their own national games. Outside the stadium, there were chaotic scenes when dozens of protesters opposing the government’s pension reforms scuffled with pro-DPP groups briefly blocking an athlete’s entrance and delaying part of the ceremony.Protest groups also forced some buses taking athletes to the event to detour. The rest of the opening ceremony Saturday night will showcase Taiwanese culture and lifestyle, including indigenous dance and songs as well as performances using electric scooters.Pop star Leehom Wang is set to perform near the end of the show before baseball player Chen Chin-feng lights the Universiade flame to formally open the games, followed by a firework show. Fil-Canadians boost PH SEA Games bid in ice hockey This picture taken on August 11, 2017 shows a student demonstrating teetotum skills to celebrate the upcoming Summer Universiade in Taipei.Taiwan is about to host its largest ever sporting event, attracting thousands of athletes from around the world, but the World University Games, dubbed the “Little Olympics”, has highlighted tensions with China and Taiwan’s struggle for international recognition. The biennial Summer Universiade will draw more than 7,000 student athletes to Taipei for two weeks from August 19, to compete in sports from basketball to swimming to Chinese martial arts. / AFP PHOTO / Sam YEH / TO GO WITH Universiade-2017-Taiwan-China-politics-diplomacy, FOCUS by Michelle YUNChina boycotted the opening ceremony of the World University Games hosted by Taiwan on Saturday in the latest reflection of deteriorating relations between the two sides.The biennial Summer Universiade, dubbed the “Little Olympics,” is the largest ever sporting event Taipei hosts but it has also highlighted tensions with Beijing and the island’s struggle for international recognition. ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Flags of SEA Games countries raised at Athletes Village Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC It is the first time Taiwan has held the Games, but even on home turf it must compete as “Chinese Taipei” and is unable to fly its national flag or play its national anthem because of Beijing’s sensitivities. The two sides split after a civil war in 1949, but Beijing still sees the self-ruled island as part of its territory and objects to any official diplomatic recognition of Taiwan. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutRelations have deteriorated since Tsai Ing-wen of the independence-leaning Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) took office in May last year, with Beijing cutting off all official communications. At the opening event, Tsai was introduced as the president of “the Republic of China”, Taiwan’s official name, which China does not recognise. She waved to the audiences but did not give a speech. Man sworn in as lawyer by judge who sentenced him to prison as a teen 20 years ago Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

Philip Lutzenkirchen’s High School To Name Football Field In His Honor

first_imgPhil Lutzenkirchen Field is coming in the fall of 2015.Phil Lutzenkirchen FieldPhilip Lutzenkirchen, a former All-SEC tight end at Auburn, passed away last June in a single car crash near La Grange, Georgia. This summer, Lutzenkirchen’s high school, Lassiter High School in Marietta, Georgia, will unveil a new turf field installed in his honor. Thursday, the school board in Cobb County approved a $332,421.68 project (fully funded by the Lutzie 43 Foundation) to have the field completed by the end of July. Here’s more, via AL.com:Frank Filmann Stadium plays host to Lassiter High’s football games. The new field will be named “Lutzie 43 Field.” Lutzenkirchen’s family memorialized Philip inside the high school stadium three days following his shocking death in a single-vehicle accident outside La Grange, Georgia on June 29, 2014.The Lutzie 43 Foundation celebrated the decision by tweeting the news to its followers.#LutzieField is coming this fall! The @CobbSchools board passed it 7-0! pic.twitter.com/WKXWvJQT7Y— Lutzie 43 Foundation (@lutzie43) June 25, 2015[AL.com]last_img read more

Arrested Development puts spotlight on workplace harassment expert

first_imgTheir dysfunctional on-screen family antics brought a cult TV sitcom back from cancellation, but an expert says the “Arrested Development” cast’s public reckoning with accusations of on-set verbal harassment could strike a chord with many Canadian workers dealing with bullying on the job.In a candid sit-down with the New York Times this week, several cast members from the Netflix series addressed the allegations of inappropriate behaviour against actor Jeffrey Tambor, including an outburst directed at his co-star Jessica Walter.Walter tearfully recounted being verbally “harassed” by Tambor in the interview, saying that in her career spanning six decades, “I’ve never had anybody yell at me like that on a set.”Tambor has admitted to having lashed out at coworkers, including Walter, but has denied separate allegations of sexual harassment that resulted in him leaving the cast of the Amazon series “Transparent.”McMaster University professor Aaron Schat, who studies aggression in professional settings, said the cast’s discussion offers an instructive test case for understanding the interpersonal dynamics and power structures that facilitate workplace bullying.“I think what I found so interesting, and frankly, disappointing is how it really … plays out as a microcosm of what can take place at organizations in general.”A well-established actor, Tambor serves as an example of how a worker can excel in their domain despite an acknowledged history of workplace aggression, said Schat.In fact, he said, professional success is often used to excuse bad behaviour.“The system ends up supporting or covering for their actions, and that of course then perpetuates and ends up implicitly rewarding this kind of behaviour rather than clamping down and reducing it.”Schat said this pattern can be seen in the Times interview when Jason Bateman “minimizes” his co-star’s culpability by attributing his conduct to the stresses of working on set, and says he would drop out of “Arrested Development” if Tambor wasn’t involved.In a series of tweets Thursday, Bateman apologized for his comments, saying they were “wrong” and that it seemed like he was “condoning yelling at work.”Schat said Bateman’s initial “endorsement” of Tambor also sent an implicit message to Walter that “he’s more important to the show than you are,” putting pressure on her to forgive him for the sake of keeping the peace.Forty per cent of Canadians experience workplace bullying on a weekly basis, according to a 2006 study cited on the Canadian Institutes of Health Research website.Schat said there are a few options for workers who are being mistreated by their colleagues.Most organizations have internal mechanisms for resolving workplace conflict, said Schat. He said some targets decide to confront their bullies head on, while others find strength in numbers by confiding in their coworkers.Jacqueline Power, an associate professor at University of Windsor’s business school, said workers in Canada have another tool at their disposal: the law.Labour laws protect Canadians from harassment in the workplace, Power said, and some provinces have tried address workplace bullying through their own legislation.However, she said, taking a bully to court does not guarantee a favourable outcome. Even if the victim prevails, it’s likely they’ll be awarded only a small sum in damages after a costly and time-consuming legal process, Power said.Having exhausted all other options, Power and Schat said many workers resort to quitting their jobs to put an end to the harassment.“You realize, ‘Wow, I’m experiencing this terrible behaviour, and I really have no one I can go to,’” said Schat.But things are changing, Schat said. Amid a global shift in society’s tolerance for harassment, he said, conversations about bad behaviour in the workplace are increasingly playing out in the public eye.“A really positive outcome of all of this is the broader conveying of a message that has probably been quiet too long,” he said.“This type of behaviour is not acceptable for anyone, and there needs to be a greater level of accountability in our organizations and in our industries than there probably has been in the past.”last_img read more

Battle of leadership styles of Dhoni and Ashwin as CSK take on

first_imgChennai: It will be a battle of leadership styles of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravichandran Ashwin when Chennai Super Kings clash with Kings XI Punjab an IPL match here on Saturday. Dhoni’s ability to stay calm and keep his cool even in the trickiest of situations versus Ashwin’s aggressive approach and out-of-the-box decisions would certainly make for an interesting contest. The two teams have three wins each and both will try to outdo each other to take the upper hand. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over ChandigarhDefending champions CSK suffered their first defeat at the hands of Mumbai Indians in their last match after three straight wins, and they would hoping to get back to winning ways as they return to their ‘den’. The two previous matches at MA Chidambaram Stadium have produced contrasting performances. While Royal Challengers Bangalore were shot out for 70, Rajasthan Royals made CSK sweat before going down by eight runs on a better surface for the batters. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced laterThe spin-heavy CSK will now be up against KXIP, which also have quality spinners in their line-up with Ashwin himself at the forefront apart from Mujeeb Ur Rahman, leggie M Ashwin and mystery bowler C V Varun. The home team’s bowlers will be wary of Chris Gayle’s power-hitting provided he plays after missing the game against Delhi Capitals on April 1. With Gayle sitting out in their last match, KXIP showed it is not about the hard-hitting West Indian alone as KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal put their hands up. And Punjab would hope that they continue to shine. CSK has relied on team effort to win their matches as different players have delivered the goods in the IPL so far. The only worry would be the form of opener Ambati Rayudu, who has struggled to get going after last year’s success, perhaps creating a chance for Murali Vijay at the top. There is uncertainty over the availability of star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo for tomorrow’s game after he suffered a hamstring injury against Mumbai. His absence could open up a spot for the New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn. Dhoni will expect his bowlers to step up after the Mumbai batsmen went on the rampage during Wednesday’s match. In fact, CSK may opt for an extra spinner in place of either Mohit Sharma or Shardul Thakur. KXIP skipper Ashwin, who was part of CSK before the franchise let him go, would be looking to put his best foot forward against his former team.last_img read more

Commentary Reds Indians need more from All Stars to make run at

Courtesy of MCTMajor League Baseball’s All Star Game featured both up-and-coming players making their first appearance in addition to veterans who have been there many times before. This year’s Mid-Summer Classic saw a pair of Cleveland Indians who had never been invited to the game before and a trio of Cincinnati Reds that have been the part of festivities multiple times. The American League defeated the National League 3-0 Tuesday night, to earn home-field advantage in the World Series.Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has made an incredible turnaround after a tough start to the season. At the end of April, there was probably not a single Tribe fan who believed he would get invited to the All Star Game. With a batting average hovering around .200 at the beginning of May, it was difficult not to think 2013 may be a long season for Kipnis.However, the second baseman solidified his spot on the American League All Star roster with a terrific month of June, hitting a scorching .419 and posting an on-base percentage of .517, both of which led the AL. Kipnis leads the Indians in hits, RBI, batting average and on-base percentage at the break, and if the they have any chance of making the playoffs they are going to need more of the same from him.Aside from Kipnis, Justin Masterson is Cleveland’s other All Star. Also making his first appearance in the game, Masterson has been the one pitcher for Cleveland that the team has received consistency from during the first half.For the Reds, first baseman Joey Votto seemingly has cemented himself as a member of the All Star Game since winning NL MVP in 2010. He leads the National League with a .434 on-base percentage and is seventh in the league with a .318 batting average. The Reds star leads the league in on-base percentage because his plate discipline is something like we have never seen before, and he refuses to swing at pitches out of the zone.Three-time Gold Glove winner Brandon Phillips typically earns a trip to the All Star game due to his defensive abilities, but his bat is also a good reason he played in New York Tuesday. Phillips’ 74 RBI is second in the NL, and that kind of production from a second baseman can be attributed to him consistently hitting fourth in the lineup, a spot that is designated for driving in runs. Reds manager Dusty Baker has put Phillips in the leadoff or second spot in the lineup in years past, but leaving him to bat after Votto is where he really thrives.Aroldis Chapman made his second appearance at the Mid-Summer Classic Tuesday night. Known as the “Cuban Missile” across baseball for his fastball that tops out over 100 miles per hour, the Reds’ closer is on pace to finish the season with over 40 saves. If it were not for the bullpen in front of him blowing leads prior to the ninth inning, Chapman would easily have another five saves to his name.Kipnis doubled in a run in his only plate appearance Tuesday night, and Masterson was not sent to the hill by manager Jim Leyland. Votto and Phillips both went 0-2, and Chapman was able to show off his skills in the seventh inning as he struck out Adam Jones to end the inning.Regardless of each players production Tuesday night, it’s clear that both Cleveland and Cincinnati need their All Stars to keep playing like All Stars as they push toward the playoffs. read more

Lionel Messi breaks two La Liga records

first_imgLionel Messi reached another milestone in La Liga following his exploits against SD Huesca on Sunday nightThings didn’t get off to the smoothest of starts for Barcelona though when Colombian forward Cucho Hernandez grabbed a goal inside the third minute of the game at the Camp Nou for Huesca.But Messi spared the hosts’ blushes by putting the scoreline back level 13 minutes later.The Barcelona captain added his second goal and the side’s sixth of the day following an own-goal by Jorge Pulido and strikes by Luis Suarez, Ousmane Dembele, and Ivan Rakitic.Alex Gallar did add a consolation goal for Huesca before the end of the first-half.A Jordi Alba goal and an injury-time penalty by Luis Suarez sealed an 8-2 win for Barcelona.But the night belonged to Messi after setting up Rakitic for Barcelona’s fifth goal of the night.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.It means that the Argentina international has become the first-ever player in the history of La Liga to take his overall assist tally to 150.Messi’s 16th-minute strike against Huesca also means that he has scored against 37 out of the 40 teams he’s played against in Spain.5 – Current players most assists in the top five European leagues:1 – LIONEL MESSI: 1502 – Cesc Fàbregas: 1433 – Mesut Özil: 1284 – Cristiano Ronaldo: 122 5 – Dani Alves: 110Ace. pic.twitter.com/hbRi8imFF5— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 2, 2018last_img read more

Valverde dismisses contract talks

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde has revealed he is not worried about his future at the club as he dismisses speculation regarding signing a new contract.The former Athletic Bilbao manager’s deal with the Catalan club expires at the end of the season and the 54-year-old has continually been unwilling to speak about a new contract.Valverde won the league and cup double in his first season in charge but Barca suffered a shock Champions League quarter-final exit to Roma in 2017-18.The former Barca player was asked about his future again after the club’s 4-2 win over Sevilla on Saturday, however, he insists his focus in on the upcoming clashes with Inter and fierce rivals Real Madrid.“My future at Barca does not matter to me, I do not care,” said Valverde, according to FourFourTwo.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.“I’m focused on the two matches that come and the noise that there is always around the team is the usual and you cannot do anything.”Barcelona’s win against Sevilla came at a heavy cost after captain and talisman, Lionel Messi fractured his arm at Camp Nou.The Spanish champions, who are a point clear atop LaLiga, next face Inter in the Champions League on Wednesday at the Camp Nou before entertaining Madrid in Sunday’s Clasico.last_img read more

Traders Magazine Acquired by Markets Media

first_img The seller, SourceMedia, is a business-to-business digital media company with properties covering finance, technology and healthcare. It was acquired by Observer Capital in August 2014. SourceMedia did not respond to a request for comments. “Traders has got a very good brand. It’s got a very good following, especially the industry in North America,” Virdee tells Folio:. “Markets Media has a very good footprint which will be complimentary, but we also bring Europe into play…We publish very good content for the trading and investing community, and we do that on a daily basis.” Markets Media CEO Mohan Virdee would not comment on the terms of the deal or whether any staffers will be laid off but said more details will be released in the upcoming weeks. Traders Magazine is a 30-year-old brand covering North American institutional markets that caters to a buy-side audience. According to the Traders media kit, the magazine had a print audience of 15,100 in October 2015, with an additional 37,127 readers online and via the brand’s newsletter. Markets Media covers institutional trading and investing in North America and Europe. Founded in 2007, it publishes Markets Media in print and online, in addition to events such as Global Markets Summit, Summer Trading Network, and Markets Choice Awards. This acquisition comes as Markets Media undergoes a digital overhaul. Virdee tells Folio: the company will spend the summer redesigning its existing digital platform, increasing the website’s functionality and “pursuing an aggressive mobile and social media strategy.”center_img This acquisition gives Markets Media a total unique audience of 135,000 — 120,000 digital readers and 15,000 print readers — according to a press release. Markets Media has acquired Traders Magazine from SourceMedia, it was announced Tuesday. What Traders Magazine will look like next year, however, is anyone’s question. Traders Magazine will either receive a similar overhaul as Markets Media or the brands will merge. The fate of the monthly print magazine is still undecided, and it’s possible that next week’s July/August 2016 issue is its last.last_img read more

OBITUARY Diane L Zinck Peak 79

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Diane L. (Zinck) Peak, age 79, of Wilmington, passed away peacefully on February 7, 2019.Diane was the beloved wife of 60 years to the late Donald E. Peak, devoted mother of Jennie Pelletier & her husband Joseph of Chelmsford and Douglas Peak & his wife Karen of Woodbridge, VA. Cherished “Nana” of Sarah and Conner Peak, dear daughter of the late Edith (Norse) and Patsy Ceruolo, loving step-sister of Richie & Donna Ceruolo of East Boston and Marie Anzalone of Revere. Diane is also survived by several nieces and nephews as well as many friends.Family and friends will gather for Visiting Hours at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Friday, February 15th from 4:00-7:00 p.m. Diane’s Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, February 16th at 11:00 a.m. in the Wilmington United Methodist Church, 87 Church St., Wilmington. Interment will follow in Puritan Lawn Memorial Park, Peabody.In lieu of flowers, donations in Diane’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 309 Waverley Oaks Rd, Waltham, MA 02452.Diane L. Peak(NOTE: The above obituary is from Nichols Funeral Home.)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… RelatedOBITUARY: Lucille C. (Enos) Gilson, 77In “Obituaries”OBITUARY: Janet E. Manuel, 79In “Obituary”OBITUARY: Pauline F. (Lascelles) Capps, 86In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Apples new version of Time Bandits now has Taika Waititi says report

first_img Tags Apple Taika Waititi with CNET’s Rich Trenholm at Sundance 2016. Alvaro Aguayo Apple’s yet-to-be-unveiled TV streaming service has a lot of content in the works, and one of the weirdest now has a big-name writer and director attached.Taika Waititi is now set to direct and co-write the pilot episode of a new Time Bandits TV series, according to Variety. The already announced series had been rumored by director Terry Gilliam for years, well before Apple’s project existed, but seems to be on more solid footing than ever.Waititi is a major add, having directed Marvel’s Thor: Ragnarok and cult vampire comedy What We Do In The Shadows. Waititi is currently directing Disney’s upcoming Star Wars TV series, The Mandalorian, and has a TV version of What We Do In The Shadows that’s launching this month on FX.The original Time Bandits movie, directed by Terry Gilliam in 1981, was produced by George Harrison of The Beatles and featured a ton of actors including Sean Connery, Ian Holm, Shelley Duvall, and the cast of Monty Python in a story involving a runaway group of time-traveling dwarf thieves. It’s still not clear how the new version will connect to the original — reboot, sequel, or something else — but it’s one of the most fascinating wild cards of Apple’s streaming lineup. Share your voice Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors 1 Comment Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Apple Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? reading • Apple’s new version of Time Bandits now has Taika Waititi, says report • TV and Movies Digital Media See Alllast_img read more

Its Official Ford EcoSport Bookings Open India Awaits Launch

first_imgBookings for the much-anticipated Ford EcoSport has begun in India even as the people wait for the company to announce the launch date of the vehicle.Ford’s compact SUV Ecosport, which made its debut at the 2012 Delhi Auto Expo, has already earned the accolade of being one of the most victorious launches in the history of the company. While the car has been marketed in many countries like Brazil and China, the US auto maker is yet to reveal its plans for India launch. However, the company on Wednesday declared that the booking for its new compact SUV is open in India with advance payment of ₹50,000. The company will charge ₹3000 for cancellation of the booking.Meanwhile, EcoSport aficionados in India are disappointed with the Ford’s decision to keep them in the dark about the launch of the vehicle.”Ford dealerships across India have started accepting bookings to meet enthusiastic demand of the #EcoSport,” Ford India posted on its official Facebook page on Friday.EcoSport, which received soft launch in 12 cities as part of its EcoSport Urban Discoveries campaign roadshow, is expected to come in four trims – Ambiente, Trend, Titanium and Titanium Optional trims. The top-end variants, which are powered by the 1.5-litre petrol engine, will come with a six-speed automatic transmission, while the Ambiente and Trend will have the 5-speed manual transmission (MT). The base model of the EcoSport Ambient will lack safety features like ABS and airbags but will have manual air conditioning, manual rear windows and Bluetooth audio system.According to reports, the EcoSport SUV will be launched in seven colour variants and the interior will come in two colour options – charcoal black + warm neutral gray (offered on all variants except on Titanium (O)) and charcoal black + dark shadow gray (exclusive for the top end Titanium (O) model). The Titanium and Titanium (O) trims will feature Smart Keyless entry and Push Button Start. The SYNC emergency system is exclusive for the top two models of EcoSport. Along with the Sync Emergency technology, the top variants will also have CD/MP3 player and a 3.5-inch multifunction display.last_img read more

Subhash Chandra Dilip Shanghvi in race for oil blocks

first_imgDe-risking through diversification seems to be the way for business leaders with media baron Subhash Chandra and pharma tycoon Dilip Shanghvi vying for oil and natural gas blocks in the country.According to a report in Business Standard, these two business leaders took part in the auction process of small discovered oil fields conducted by the Narendra Modi government on Monday.Shanghvi through his firm Sun Petrochemicals submitted bids for seven fields, which include five in Gujarat and two in Mumbai offshore. The company’s website says that it has a manufacturing facility in Nagothane in Maharashtra producing acetylene black used in battery manufacturing and other niche applications.It has also diversified into the upstream hydrocarbon business through Sun Oil and Natural Gas (SONG) division dealing with exploration and production.Meanwhile, Subhash Chandra has joined the auction through Essel Middle East and has shown interest in two fields in Assam and Gujarat.Based in Dubai, Essel Middle East is involved in the business of mineral mining, oil explorations and acquisition of natural resource assets.Notably, India’s first auction of small discovered fields witnessed subdued response from global bidders on Monday. However, domestic players showed huge interest with a lot of firms vying to put their hands in oil and gas assets.The fields with estimated oil and gas assets of around $625 million received 134 bids from 42 companies for 34 contract areas. Only five foreign bidders participated with most big names staying away from the auction process.The blocks put for auction were given up by Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and Oil India Ltd (OIL) due to their small sizes.last_img read more

Apple India chief Sanjay Kaul quits over 5year low in growth Michel

first_imgA man talks on his iPhone at a mobile phone store in New Delhi, India, July 27, 2016. [Representational Image]ReutersApple named Michel Coulomb as top sales executive in India soon after Sanjay Kaul put down his papers on Monday to leave the company with immediate effect. His “moving on” comes at a time when the company reported its slowest growth pace in the country in over five years for the fiscal year ended in March 2017. The growth is also expected to slow further.”Sanjay has moved on, he will no longer be heading India operations,” a source close to the matter told Economic Times.However, an official statement from the company is yet to come.According to reports, Michel Coulomb has replaced Sanjay Kaul and will be the new head of sales in India.Michal Coulomb had earlier led Apple’s operation in the Middle East, Turkey, and Africa before moving into Singapore last year as chief of South Asia. He has been with the company for more than 15 years.Kaul’s resignation also came on the day the company increased the prices of iPhones by an average of 3.5 percent after the government raised the basic customs duty (BCD) on mobile phones imported to India to 15 percent from 10 percent in a bid to encourage Make in India campaign.According to the analysts, the increase in BCD on mobile phones will push Apple to manufacture phones more within India if it wants to compete with other competitors such as Samsung, Xiaomi, Oppo and Vivo. At present, the Apple only manufactures iPhone SE in India, in its Bengaluru plant. An iPhone X is displayed on a table at an Apple store in New York, U.S., November 3, 2017.REUTERS/Lucas Jackson”Apple has been under pressure since iPhone X launch as supply issues hampered its sales in India. Although we can’t link Kaul’s resignation with this yet but yes, the company have had sluggish sales,” Jaipal Singh, Senior Analyst, IDC India, told IANS.Apple launched iPhone X in India on 3rd November but the firm has been struggling to meet the demand for the new phone in many parts of the world besides India.Following that, reports suggest that the component orders for iPhone X are already weakening. According to the supply chain sources, the shipments fell in November and they also said that the situation will not likely improve in December.To add to the woes, Apple became the first smartphone manufacturer to increase prices across various models after the government hiked customs duty on foreign phone makers.Apple’s sales rose 17 percent to Rs 116.19 billion in the fiscal year to March 2017, which is much slower than the 50 percent growth in the previous year according to a Mint report.last_img read more

One dead in US school shooting near Columbine

first_imgCassanda Sadusky, survivor of the attack, looks at a line of crosses commemorating those killed in the Columbine High School shooting on the 20th anniversary of the attack in Littleton, Colorado, US on 20 April. Reuters File PhotoA teenaged student was fatally shot and multiple others were wounded Tuesday in a school shooting by fellow pupils in the US state of Colorado, across town from one of the worst gun massacres in the country’s modern history.”It is with extreme sadness that we can confirm that 1 student at the STEM School was killed,” the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter, putting the deceased victim’s age at 18.Sheriff Tony Spurlock had earlier said several of the wounded students — of whom there were a total of eight — were in critical condition, including some in surgery. No staff or teachers were known to be hurt. The youngest injured student was 15.Two suspects were in custody — an adult man and a male youth. Both attended the school. There were no further suspects.The two individuals “walked into the STEM school, got deep inside the school and engaged students in two separate locations,” the sheriff added, noting the shooting took place at the high school, where students spend the last four years before college.”We have no information about anyone being targeted.”A handgun was recovered at the scene.Spurlock said the school notified first responders “almost immediately” and deputies arrived to the scene about two minutes later.Quick response”I have to believe that the quick response of the officers that got inside that school helped save lives,” the sheriff said.The STEM School Highlands Ranch, a kindergarten through 12th grade institution in central Colorado with a student population of around 1,800, is located around five miles (eight kilometers) by road from Columbine High School.The school was closed for several hours as a large police contingent was deployed at the site. The lockdown was lifted around 3:00 pm (2100 GMT).Security measures were taken at several area schools and parents of STEM students were asked to pick up their children at a site near the school.”I’m just trying not to vomit or cry,” one mother told The Denver Post.Brian Jones, whose son is in second grade (about age seven or eight) said: “It’s nerve-wracking… There were lots of parents and lots of kids crying.”Two heavily armed teens killed 12 students and one teacher at Columbine in 1999 — at the time the deadliest such attack in US history.Spurlock said that the two suspects in the latest shooting had not been on the radar of law enforcement.”This is a terrible event,” he said.”We’re going to investigate that and we will get to the bottom of it to figure out how and what has occurred.”Fierce debate, more killingsThe Columbine shooting sparked a fierce national debate over gun rights and violence. Yet 20 years later, it seems no closer to resolution.School shootings have since become a frequent occurrence in the US, where firearms killed nearly 40,000 people in 2017, according to the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention.Since Columbine, an estimated 226,000 children in 233 schools have been exposed to the sight or sound of gunfire, according to a Washington Post investigation.The worst shootings to date were those at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newton, Connecticut in 2012 (20 young children and six adults were killed) and at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last year (17 dead).The number of firearms in circulation has continued to grow (now at 393 million in a nation of 326 million people), and mass shootings have become a disturbingly regular part of American life.Despite the scale of gun violence across the nation, efforts to address it legislatively have long been largely deadlocked at the federal levellast_img read more

The National Aquarium–Shark Week Celebration

first_imgShark Week 2016 is returning for its 29th season and the National Aquarium is celebrating with several shark-themed events and activities. Throughout the week of June 26, the Aquarium will host a variety of events and activities for guests and shark enthusiasts to enjoy including behind the scenes tours of the sharks and special discussions about sharks. For more information visit aqua.org.last_img