first_imgA local court in Odisha has sentenced five persons accused of gang-raping a minor girl, to rigorous life imprisonment within one month of occurrence of the heinous crime.The second additional district and session judge- cum-presiding officer of a children court, Sambalpur, Udayabhanu Jena held a marathon hearing of the case that began at 7.30 a.m. on Saturday morning and continued for 14 hours till late evening.Afzal Raja, Tinu Sahu Hadu Panchba, Ashirbad Behera and Abhilash Panchbha were found guilty and the judge handed out life imprisonment, convicting them under section 376 (2)- (i) of Indian Penal Code and under section 4 and 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The court also slapped fine of ₹50,000 on all accused.Committed suicideThe incident had taken place in Sambalpur on May 2 when the 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by the five accused at different places. The victim had committed suicide by hanging herself on May 23 as she could not bear the societal pressure.From police investigation to recording of statement of the victim and from submission of chargesheet to hearing in court, the case moved at a swift pace. On May 3, a day after the occurrence of crime, the Sambalpur police had arrested the accused. The trial of the case, which had triggered massive outrage, had begun on May 28. Altogether 21 witnesses were cross-examined.last_img read more

first_imgSikkim University on Tuesday removed a professor after a student of his department lodged a complaint of sexual harassment against him, an official said.The accused professor, who is the head of the Mass Communication Department, was barred from visiting the department and also from evaluating answer scripts of students, SU Registrar, Professor T.K. Kaul, said in a notification. “The HoD of the Mass Communications Department has been removed from the post pending an inquiry into the allegation of sexual harassment against him by one of the girl students of his department,” Mr. Kaul said. The victim had submitted a written complaint on Sunday and the decision was made on the basis of the recommendations of the internal complaints committee of the university, the Registrar said. According to some students, the alleged incident took place about a week ago at a marriage reception in a hotel where both the victim and the accused were invited as guests.last_img read more

first_imgTabriz City (Iran), Sep 20 (PTI) Suresh Singh struck a brilliant hat-trick as India thrashed Lebanon 6-0 to end their AFC Under-16 Qualifiers campaign in style here today. Suresh scored in the 29th, 71st and 89th minutes while Komal Thatal and Amarjit Singh found the net in the 77th and 80th minutes. Lebanon player Habib Baladi scored an own goal in the 75th minute as the Indian boys routed the opposition side in a one-sided Group E match at Yadegar Emam Stadium. With the win today, India ended at second place in the group with six points behind Iran, who thrashed Bahrain 6-0 in another match today to top the group the group by winning all the three matches. India had beaten Bahrain 5-0 before losing to Iran 0-3. India have already qualified for the 2016 AFC Under-16 Championships final round as the host country but still they took part in the qualifiers to gain experience. Eleven group winners and four best second-placed teams in the qualifiers will join India in next years finals, with the tournament hosts receiving an automatic qualification. The Indian boys took some time to settle down and they also missed a few chances in the initial minutes. They dominated the first half but could score just one goal. After the change of ends, the Indians continued from where they left in the first 45 minutes but still goals eluded them till the final quarter of the match. Suddenly the floodgates were opened once the second goal was scored in the 71st minute. Habibs own goal in the 75th minute was a result of incessant pressure applied by the Indians who pumped in three quick goals towards the end of the match. PTI PDS PDSadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPHILADELPHIA — Mats Zuccarello scored in a shootout and Henrik Lundqvist reached 20 wins for the 11th straight season, leading the New York Rangers to a 3-2 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers on Saturday.Chris Kreider and J.T. Miller scored in regulation for the Rangers.Brayden Schenn and Wayne Simmonds scored for Philadelphia, which had won four straight overall and six in a row on home ice.Lundqvist improved to 20-12-4. He is the only goaltender in NHL history to have won 20 games in each of his first 11 seasons and joins Martin Brodeur and Tony Esposito as the only goalies who have won 20 games in 11 straight seasons over the course of their careers.Lundqvist stopped Shayne Gostisbehere and Claude Giroux in the shootout, and Jakub Voracek shot wide of the net. Lundqvist finished with 36 saves.Philadelphia had the best chances to win it in overtime, but Lundqvist saved Gostisbehere’s slap shot with a minute left and then stopped Matt Read’s chance from point-blank range 14 seconds later.Lundqvist showed why he’s had so much success in a stellar second period when he stopped all 11 Philadelphia shots, including several excellent scoring chances.The Rangers goalie denied Voracek from close range midway through the period and then used his blocker to stop a Voracek blast from the right circle 30 seconds later.And he made a great save on Giroux from right in front of the crease with 6:46 left before denying Gostisbehere on a breakaway with 1:03 to play in the period.Kreider put the Rangers ahead 2-1 with the lone goal of the second period, finishing a 2-on-1 from close range after a nifty backhanded pass from Rick Nash 4:49 into the period.Simmonds’ power-play tally with 9:27 remaining in the third period tied it at 2. Voracek set up the goal with a great pass across the crease, and Simmonds one-timed it home for his 12th goal of the season to snap Philadelphia’s 0-for-12 skid on the man-advantage.Philadelphia opened the scoring four minutes into the game on Schenn’s 10th goal of the season. Sean Couturier passed the puck across the crease to a wide-open Schenn, who wristed it into the open net.The Rangers tied it with a power-play goal with just under four minutes left in the period following an interference penalty on Michael Raffl that left New York’s Derek Stepan flattened along the boards.The Rangers made Raffl pay when Miller took a long pass from Ryan McDonagh from the defensive zone and fired a wrist shot under Steve Mason’s arm from the left circle. Mason made 29 saves for Philadelphia.Notes: Rangers D Dan Girardi returned to the lineup after missing Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Islanders because of a cut on his hand. . Gostisbehere was back in the lineup after missing two games with a lower body injury. . Flyers D Nick Schultz was presented with a silver stick by GM Ron Hextall in a pregame ceremony to commemorate his 1,000th game on Wednesday. He became the 301st player in NHL history to achieve the feat. . The Flyers lead the five-game season series 2-1. They next will play Feb. 6 in Philadelphia.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_imgSmriti Mandhana is only 22 and she is already a global batting superstar. One of India’s biggest match-winners, one of women’s cricket’s most recognizable faces and a run-machine, Smriti once had to wait and watch her brother bat. She was only five and she would sometimes get a little annoyed but years later, she is grateful for those moments.Today, Mandhana is an opener with the Indian women’s cricket team. She has already played 44 ODIs and scored 1602 runs including three hundreds. She has also featured in 47 T20Is and scored 868 runs.Mandhana was a star in the making by the time the Indian team travelled to England in 2017 for the Women’s World Cup. Once the tournament got underway, she made her mark immediately with scores of 90 (vs England) and 106 not out (vs West Indies). Her form dipped in the rest of the tournament but her contributions at the start were vital as India made a great start and eventually stormed to the final.Today, she is a superstar in a country which worships its male cricketers. And that is no mean feat. But the journey to greatness started during her time playing gully cricket.”I was five or six.. my dad was scared I would be hit. I look back at those days now and realise I learnt a lot by looking at my brother who was also a left-handed batsman,” Mandhana said at Aaj Tak Mumbai Manthan 2018.In August, Mandhana smashed a 61-ball 102 in the Women’s Cricket Super League 2018 to help her team Western Storms registered a big seven-wicket win over Lancashire Thunder at Old Trafford in Manchester.advertisementShe had also slammed the joint-fastest fifty in women’s T20s earlier in the league.Mandhana is now a matured cricketer and a level-headed senior who is only too happy to have someone younger than her in the team in the form of 18-year-old Jemimah Rodrigues.”I was called a young kid, I was bullied in the team but there’s someone younger than me who is teased in the team. But fresh blood always brings in a lot of positivity,” she said.Mandhana also went on to reveal that she loves catching up on her sleep whenever time permits and added she was an enthusiastic player on the PlayStation and liked watching movies.Mandhana has played in two overseas leagues and remains hopeful there will soon be an IPL for women but her immediate focus in on the World T20 which starts next month.”Whenever we go out to play T20 leagues in Australia and England, everyone asks us when we can see an IPL for women. If we perform well in the World T20, maybe there will be an IPL for women but our focus is on winning the World T20. We are not thinking too far ahead,” she said.last_img read more

first_imgRussia 3 Spain 3: Visitors squander two-goal lead as Smolov & Ramos net braces Ryan Benson Last updated 1 year ago 04:46 11/15/17 spain-cropped Twitter: @SeFutbol Russia came back from 2-0 down to draw 3-3 in a thrilling friendly draw with Spain, as Fedor Smolov and Sergio Ramos scored two each. Spain showed rare signs of defensive frailty as they squandered a two-goal lead to slump to a thrilling 3-3 friendly draw with Fedor Smolov-inspired Russia on Tuesday, despite Sergio Ramos scoring twice from the penalty spot.The home side found themselves trailing 2-0 just after the half-hour mark, as Spain appeared to pick up where they left off in their 5-0 hammering of Costa Rica, but Russia fought back and ultimately secured a commendable draw thanks to Smolov’s stunning second goal.An entertainingly frantic first half saw plenty of attacking football and the opening goal took just nine minutes to arrive, as Jordi Alba – who broke the deadlock against Costa Rica on Saturday – headed in a Marco Asensio cross. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player A Ramos penalty saw their lead doubled, though Russia halved the deficit a few minutes before the break – Smolov emphatically finishing a flowing move from the edge of the box.Russia equalised early in the second half thanks to Aleksey Miranchuk, though poor defending quickly allowed Ramos the chance to bury a second penalty, which the captain did with aplomb.Smolov brought Russia level again 20 minutes from time, though, sending a fierce long-range effort into the top-left corner to set up a tantalising finish that ultimately saw the teams end on level terms.2 – Sergio Ramos is the first player to score two penalties in the same game for Spain since at least 2004. Captain.— OptaJose (@OptaJose) November 14, 2017A counter-attack almost brought about a Russia goal in the eighth minute, as Spain were caught with too many men forward and Smolov prodded wide following a brilliant Igor Smolnikov cross.Spain clinically responded by going a goal up with the next attack.Asensio was given too much space on the left flank and his teasing cross was expertly diverted over Andrey Lunev by Alba’s glancing header.Rodrigo went close to a second shortly after, as he produced a clever turn on the edge of the area to lose Viktor Vasin before shooting at Lunev.Spain did look set to go into the break 2-0 up when Ramos coolly converted a penalty after Daler Kuzyaev handled in the area.But Russia pulled one back in the 41st minute – Smolov shaped to shoot, fooled a defender and smashed a left-footed effort into the bottom-right corner from 18 yards.Spain’s lead was then wiped out entirely five minutes after the restart, as Miranchuk put past David de Gea from close range after good work on the left by Yuri Zhirkov.But they were level for just three minutes before Ramos’ second penalty put Spain ahead again – the Real Madrid star dispatching from 12 yards after being tripped by Giorgi Jikia.Russia poured men forward in response and were good value for a third goal, which arrived in glorious fashion as Smolov sent an unstoppable drive beyond De Gea from just outside the penalty area.And they should have clinched a remarkable win five minutes from the end, but Aleksandr Kokorin saw his effort saved by De Gea at the end of a swift counter.A nasty collision between Rodrigo and Lunev resulted in the Russia goalkeeper being withdrawn late on, forcing Denis Glushakov to go in goal for the final moments due to all of their substitutions being made, but Spain failed to capitalise and the hosts held out for a draw. read morelast_img read more

first_img The Wagmatcook First Nation will receive a $1-million loan fromthe province to construct a new fishing boat. Construction of the16.7 metre (54 foot 11 inch) fish dragger/crab boat isexpected to be complete in early 2005. “We are really pleased to be able to make this investment,” saidChris d’Entremont, Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries. “Itwill be doubly beneficial, providing more jobs for both theWagmatcook First Nation and Nova Scotia’s boat buildingindustry.” “This new boat will give our people an opportunity to fish yearround with our snow crab and groundfish access provided throughthe Marshall agreement. This is really a long-term investmentthat will benefit our entire community,” said Wagmatcook FirstNation Chief Lester Peck. The Fisheries and Aquaculture Loan Board, part of the Departmentof Agriculture and Fisheries, is an independent adjudicator thatmakes financial lending decisions. As part of the loan approval,the Wagmatcook First Nation will purchase all supplies in NovaScotia, and the construction project will take place at a boatbuilding facility approved by the board. Nova Scotia’s boat building industry continues to be an importantcontributor to the provincial economy, with sales and spinoffactivity of more than $200 million. Since 1998, the number ofboat building jobs has grown from 550 to 880. According to a Fiscal Revenue Impact Study commissioned by theNova Scotia Boatbuilders Association, for every million dollarsinvested in boat building, nine direct jobs are created ormaintained and 16-related jobs are supported. The study alsorevealed the industry’s $15.7-million contribution to the taxbase. AGRICULTURE/FISHERIES–$1 Million Boat Loan for Wagmatcook FirstNationlast_img read more

first_imgThane: Activists of the BJP and Raj Thackeray-led MNS clashed here over the issue of mango stalls set up by hawkers on footpaths, police said Friday. Police arrested two persons and resorted to cane charge to bring the situation under control after the clash in the Naupada locality late Thursday night, they said. Hawkers associated with the MNS had set up mango stalls on footpaths in the locality which was opposed by BJP workers on the ground they were blocking movement of pedestrians. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh Personnel from the anti-encroachment department of the Thane Municipal Corporation (TMC) arrived at the scene to remove the stalls, but faced stiff resistance from MNS activists. The issue triggered a clash between local BJP and MNS workers, prompting the police to wield canes to disperse them, they said. During the altercation, BJP and MNS workers raised slogans against each other’s leaders. The police have registered an offence under the Bombay Police Act and arrested two persons, they said. The situation in the area is peaceful, the police added. The incident comes in the backdrop of MNS chief Raj Thackeray holding several rallies during the Lok Sabha elections in the state and attacking the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.last_img read more

TOKYO — A Japanese court says lawyers for Carlos Ghosn, the former Nissan Motor Co. chairman detained for more than three months in Tokyo, have requested his release on bail.The request for Ghosn’s release was made Thursday. Two earlier such requests were rejected.Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19, and charged with falsifying financial reports in under-reporting his compensation and with breach of trust in his handling of investment losses and making payments to a Saudi businessman.Auto industry veteran Ghosn, who led Nissan for two decades, recently hired a new defence lawyer, Junichiro Hironaka, who has a reputation for winning acquittals in a system where 99 per cent of the cases end with guilty verdicts.Prosecutors have fought against granting Ghosn’s release on bail, saying they fear he might tamper with evidence.The Associated Press read more

28 September 2010Flashing cameras and well-wishers’ applause greeted 18 refugees when they touched down today in Tokyo, where they will begin new lives as part of Asia’s first-ever resettlement programme, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported. Flashing cameras and well-wishers’ applause greeted 18 refugees when they touched down today in Tokyo, where they will begin new lives as part of Asia’s first-ever resettlement programme, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) reported.“I am very happy to have arrived in Japan,” said one of the women refugees, looking a bit overwhelmed by the attention of the television crews capturing her arrival, before boarding a bus to a reception centre where the group will spend a week acclimatizing to the country’s capital.The refugees – three married couples and their 12 children, ranging in age between one and 15 – are farmers of the Karen ethnicity who have been living in Mae La camp in northern Thailand since fleeing Myanmar. Nearly all of the children in the group were born as refugees in Thailand.They arrived in Japan after a six-hour flight as part of a pilot programme that will see Japan accept 90 Myanmar refugees over three years, making it the first country in Asia to resettle refugees.Two other families were also set to join Nay Min and the others in coming to Tokyo today, but had to stay in Bangkok at the last minute because they caught the flu. They are expected to travel as soon as they get well.The scheme has attracted huge media interest in Japan. Both on departure from Bangkok and on arrival at Narita Airport, the refugees were outnumbered by Japanese journalists.“This marks a new chapter in Japan’s strengthening of its refugee and asylum policies,” said Johan Cels, UNHCR’s Representative in the country.Japan, the agency’s second-largest donor, not only provides “generous financial support for refugees in many parts of the world, but now also provides a future for refugees in the country,” he added, voicing hope that other Asian nations will follow Japan’s example.Nay Min, the oldest male refugee in the group at 45, said he has always been a farmer because that is what the Karen people traditionally do. “But after I arrive in Japan, if they will find me any type of job, I will do it if they can train me,” he said before departing Bangkok.He said there were a few sleepless nights for his family due to excitement and happiness at the chance for a fresh start in a new country.“For 18 years we were struggling,” he said. “We got rations from the camp and we had to follow the rules of the camp.”Approximately 20,000 Myanmar refugees have already left Mae La to begin new lives, forming part of the more than 55,000 refugees who have been resettled from the nine camps in Thailand since a large-scale programme started in 2005. Most have departed for the United States, Australia and Canada.While in the camp, the refugees selected to be resettled in Japan took lessons in Japanese culture and language. In Tokyo, they will be given apartments, more language classes, help in adapting to the culture, vocational training and job support.Before they left Mae La, many of the children had hoped to become doctors and teachers, and Nay Min said his biggest hope for his new life in Japan was a good education for his three children.For himself, he said that respect for his family’s human rights was paramount. “I want to visit countries all over the world once I get a passport from Japan,” he said, as he stepped on his first of hopefully many more flights. read more

Cabinet approval has been obtained to ban the production of asbestos from January 2024, the Government said today.The Government said that asbestos is used for many products in Sri Lanka, including roofing sheets, floor tiles, cement pipes, brake pads of vehicles, papers, and ropes. About 80% of asbestos imported to Sri Lanka are used for roofing sheet production. Since 1987 importation of blue asbestos (Crocidolite) has been prohibited as it was identified as a carcinogen by the World Health Organization (WHO), and at present all kinds of asbestos including white asbestos (Chrysotile) have been identified as carcinogens. A proposal made by President Maithripala Sirisena, in his capacity as the Minister of Mahaweli Development and Environment, to control the use and import of asbestos from 2018 by adopting more beneficial substitutes was approved by cabinet.Cabinet also approved a proposal to prepare an operational programme to prohibit asbestos related productions by 2024 with the view of improving the health of the public, the Government said today. (Colombo Gazette) read more

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ross Marowits, The Canadian Press Posted Feb 20, 2014 12:24 pm MDT Company pension shift reinforces need to plan for retirement: experts MONTREAL – The growing shift away from defined benefit pension plans is reinforcing the need for Canadians to more actively plan for their retirement, financial experts say.For decades, most workers relied on a promise of how much they would receive in retirement from their company pensions.Barring a corporate bankruptcy or dramatic underfunding, workers knew far in advance their retirement income from the company pension, plus the Old Age Security and Canada Pension Plan. Any gap with retirement needs could be supplemented with individual investments.But that pension certainty is fading as many companies — faced with large unfunded liabilities and deficits amid low interest rates — moved employees, especially new recruits, to defined contribution (DC) plans that guarantee contributions but not final monthly pensions.“There is complete uncertainty. All you have is a potential of money,” says Jamie Golombek, managing director of tax and estate planning at CIBC Wealth Advisory Services.“With a DC plan, all you know is how much money is there, how much is being contributed, so it’s very similar to having an RRSP.”Peter Merrick, an exit planning consultant in Toronto, said the erosion of corporate pensions and changes to government retirement support have put more pressure on workers to step up personal investments through registered plans, tax-free savings accounts or regular investments.“The emphasis has to be (that) you have to depend on yourself, and that’s where the planning comes in,” he said.Merrick said the shift to defined contribution plans forces workers to take an active role in their investments, while those on DB plans are sometimes caught completely off-guard when things go wrong.While some workers have seen their pensions suffer since the global recession, the solvency of Canadian pension plans improved sharply last year, according to Mercer. Almost 40 per cent of plans are now fully funded, compared to just six per cent at the beginning of 2013. Only six per cent of plans entered 2014 less than 80 per cent funded, compared to 60 per cent below that threshold a year earlier.Still, only 38 per of Canadian workers, about 6.1 million, had company pension plans of any type as of 2011, according to Statistics Canada. Nearly three-quarters, or 73 per cent, of them — mostly public sector employees — had defined benefit plans. That’s down from 84 per cent a decade earlier.About one million workers were members of DC plans, up 3.5 per cent from 2010. About 85 per cent of DC plan members worked in the private sector.In either case, the financial advisers say most workers can’t just rely on pension plans to meet their retirement needs.Those with company pensions are often left with only a few hundred dollars of room each year to purchase RRSPs. Tax-free savings accounts (TFSAs) are, therefore, a great way to invest up to $5,500 each year.While some people take out loans in the days leading up to the RRSP deadline in the hopes of a tax refund, Merrick said the rationale makes a lot less sense than it did before 1991 when people were not allowed to accumulate unused contributions.The best alternative is systematically invest a certain amount each month. It avoids interest charges and reduces the risk of make a large investment at the wrong time, he said.But such moves require planning, something many Canadians are loathe to pursue. He said people are often lulled into believing their pensions and government payments will be enough for retirement without really knowing how much money they will need to fund the lifestyle they envisage.“They have to know what they want and then work backwards,” he said.Merrick said people should be wary of putting too much money in RRSPs, a tax deferral program that could leave them exposed to a large tax bill later on and possible clawbacks on income-tested government benefits, such as Old Age Security.While a TFSA doesn’t offer any tax deduction, no taxes are paid on withdrawals and it doesn’t affect government benefits.Choosing whether to invest first in an RRSP or a TFSA depends largely on how your tax rate will change are you get older, said Golombek.RRSPs are most advantageous for workers who expect to be in a lower tax bracket in retirement. But if your tax bracket is relatively low and is expected to remain unchanged or increase, it makes more sense to pay tax up front and invest in a TFSA.Golombek said it’s helpful to seek expert assistance to wade through personal data and develop an individualized plan.“Only with a written plan will you be able to sleep well at night and make sure that you’re going to be OK.” read more

Customers transacting business at the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA) office in the city (DPI photo)The Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) pilot programme, which aims to facilitate paperless and improved customs transactions, will be fully implemented in 2019, the Department of Public Information (DPI) has reported.On November 26, during his Budget 2019 presentation in the National Assembly, Minister of Finance, Winston Jordan said, with regard to inland revenue management, the government is currently exploring other options to move away from using its current platform, the Total Revenue Integrated Processing System (TRIPS), to a new software.According to DPI, the Finance Minister noted that the government will continue to improve the internal systems through an expansion of the tax services across the country with a specific focus on the hinterland regions.This year, the GRA office in Lethem was connected to the Head Office; which allows live and on-location processing of business-related licenses, among other services, thereby reducing cost and waiting time for taxpayers in Region Nine,In addition, Minister Jordan said residents within Region 1 will soon benefit from the new office in Mabaruma which will be become operational at the start of 2019.Overall, the government’s effort to encourage all citizens to become registered taxpayers has resulted in an increase in the number of registered taxpayers from over 79,000 at the end of 2017, to about 83,000 to date, DPI said.The Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA) is a computerised system designed by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), in 1981, to administer a country’s customs.The system handles manifests and customs declarations, accounting procedures, transit and suspense procedures and generates trade data that can be used for statistical economic analysis. ASYCUDA takes into account the international codes and standards developed by ISO (International Organisation for Standardisation), WCO (World Customs Organization) and the United Nations. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedE-filing of taxes to be mandatory for certain companies- GRADecember 4, 2018In “Business”Country-wide valuation exercise slated for 2018November 28, 2017In “latest news”139 potential customhouse brokers being trained by GRAOctober 2, 2018In “Business” read more

dkb bundesligaRhein Neckar Lowen 5.Fuchse Berlin261538739:67133 1.Rhein-Neckar272403781:59448 12.HBW Balingen-Weilstetten276219716:78714 29/05Rhein-NeckarstatsHannover-Burgdorf––– 05/06N-LubbeckestatsRhein-Neckar 6.HSG Wetzlar271449704:69032 22/05HSG WetzlarstatsRhein-Neckar––– STANDINGS: 13.Lemgo266218691:78014 7.Goppingen2615110709:65731 10.SC Magdeburg261079716:71327 08/05Fuchse BerlinstatsRhein-Neckar 2.Kiel262123798:67244 8.Hannover-Burgdorf271278756:74831 ← Previous Story WISLA TV before “Holly War” series – Cadenas: Kielce have best attack in Europe Next Story → HLA PLAY OFF: Bregenz and Hard to fight for the final 17.N-Lubbecke262420652:7568 16.Eisenach284222705:87610 Angry Lions! Rhein Neckar Lowen showed a great passion to win DKB Bundesliga after debacle at VELUX EHF Champions League TOP 16 and tight defeat at REWE DHB Cup semi-final against Flensburg last weekend by trashing Eisenach 36:19 in away match. It is never easy to do that against the team who is fighting to avoid relegation, but Gensheimer and Co. have only one goal – to win the Championship for the first time in the history of club from Mannheim.The closest rival, THW Kiel beat TUS Lubbecke 28:26.ThSV Eisenach – Rhein-Neckar Löwen 19:36 (10:17)ThSV Eisenach: Verkic, Redwitz; Wöhler, Luther (2), Celica (2), Ragnarsson, Schliedermann, Hansen (4), Urban (1), Holzner (5/4), Koloper (1), Criciotoiu (3), Mackovsek (1)Rhein-Neckar Löwen: Appelgren, Ristovski (bei einem Siebenmeter); Schmid (3), Gensheimer (12/2), Kneer, Mensah, Pekeler (2), Groetzki (3), Reinkind (3), Petersson (5), Ekdahl du Rietz (8)RNL WAY TO THE TITLE… 11/05LeipzigstatsRhein-Neckar––– 3.Flensburg-H.262033773:64643 14.TVB Stuttgart264517650:74713 11.Leipzig2711313715:75525 4.MT Melsungen261736735:66637 9.Gummersbach2713311736:72329 15.Bergischer265120647:74211 read more

first_imgA Florida judge has ruled in favor of plaintiff Melanie Beacham in a harassment lawsuit against debt collector MarkOne Financial. In it, Beacham says she received 23 phone calls per day about a debt she owed, and then at one point MarkOne was able to track her down on Facebook. Representatives then not only sent online messages to her but also to everyone on her friend list.In a preliminary ruling, the judge declared MarkOne is barred from contacting Beacham or any of her friends on any social networking site.The legal order is the first of its kind, and a big victory for Beacham’s lawyer Bill Howard. Howard, who focuses on consumer protection cases at firm Morgan & Morgan, said a ruling against using social networking to harass debt owners is “something we’ve been fighting for, and we finally got a court ruling on that.”Beacham’s case remains ongoing, but some could say she already scored a victory.Via Orlando Sentinellast_img read more

first_img Designing a whole new anime character is hard, even if they’re just in the background. However, artificial intelligence might make the process of generating those characters way easier.Researchers from multiple universities have come together and developed a Generative Adversarial Network (GAN) that can produce high-quality anime characters. These characters can either be completely randomized, with no human input, or produced according to different input specifications like eye color, hair color and type, and other features.If you’re looking to generate your own character, you’re in luck. There’s a demonstration website available from the creators of the GAN that lets you toy around with the AI. You can choose hair color, hair style, eye color, blush, smiles, hats, ribbons, and glasses, or you can leave any or all of those options up to chance. If you generate a particularly fetching character, you can share it on your Twitter for everyone to enjoy.If you’re looking for more technical information about the generator AI, you can head over to the project’s  page. The source code is even available for you to study and expand on if you so desire.With a lot of anime studios relying on crappy CGI to save money and production time (we’re looking at you Berserk), it would be great to see these AI’s assisting in raising production values. It’ll probably be a few years before we see anything solid come of projects like these, but we may just be on the cusp of a revolution in the way anime is made.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgWith the aim of providing luxurious living and once in a lifetime experience to pilgrims visiting Maha Kumbh in 2019, the UPSTDC (Uttar Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation) and Hitkari productions and creations (a company specialising in high-end events) in association with Davik consummate services, have introduced ‘Indraprastham – city of eternity’, first time in the history of Kumbh Mela.The eternal tent city will offer privacy and convenience for individuals, families, and small groups visiting Kumbh 2019. The official website of this experience-driven entity, which will facilitate the bookings of the tents and villas for the travellers –, was launched today during an event held at Renaissance Hotel, Lucknow. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUnder the aegis of ‘Indraprastham – city of eternity’, the tourists will get to choose across a range of spacious and luxurious tents and villas categorised as Atri (deluxe), Angirasa (super deluxe), and Gautama (suite), the rental costs of these tents starts from ₹10,000 per day.Launching the official website for booking, Rita Bahuguna Joshi,Tourism Minister, Uttar Pradesh said, “Kumbh is more than just a heritage event; it is a part of an extensive society that reflects the glory of our nation’s ancient values and Sanatana Dharma.There is a massive footfall of tourists and pilgrims in our state every time Kumbh is organised. In 2019 as well as in the consecutive years to come, we are hoping to provide a better and advanced experience for the visitors, and will put in best efforts to ensure convenience and safety for everyone.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUnveiling the prototype of the tent Awanish Kumar Awasthi, IAS Addl, Chief Secretary and DG, Tourism,Government of Uttar Pradesh said, “With the roll-out of this initiative, expectations areskyrocketing as Kumbh evolves into a truly global event. We are hopeful that this auspicious extravaganza will have a positive impact on the overall tourism scenario of our state. The state government expects a massive footfall of 15 crorepilgrims this time in Kumbh 2019. The representatives of Hitkari productions and Davik consummate services said, “The construction of the tent city shall begin next month onwards, and the bookings for the same have already started. Facilities like separate help desk for foreign nationals; restaurants with daily buffet; fully wi-fi enabled campsites; CCTV surveillance, will be offered.””The core idea is to indulge the visitors in an experience that would be cherished for a lifetime,” they added.last_img read more

first_img Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Listen Now July 18, 2018 4 min read Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer In the past few months, you’ve likely heard about initial coin offering (ICO) fundraising, as some startups have experienced a significant amount of funding this way. Could ICOs replace traditional venture capital?On the surface, ICOs appear to be the new, successful startup journey alternative. However, before making any hasty decisions, it is imperative that you understand how these two very different types of funding compare.Related: Basic Blockchain Lingo Every Entrepreneur Needs to KnowICOs have seen immense growth, but there are challenges.There’s been a significant amount of media coverage in relation to ICOs, especially as the blockchain and cryptocurrency industry evolves. However, taking a closer look, it appears that there are some critical gaps in the available information, which for many is misleading.Of course, there are advantages to this model, including more rapid funding and fewer regulations — which may actually be a double-edged sword. Unlike the traditional model, which requires startups to first build a company, generate revenue, and then get funding from angel investors (before landing a venture capitalist), ICOs provide somewhat of a shortcut.The growth of ICOs alone is enough to turn heads. In June of this year, ICOs surpassed $550 million in funding, which was more than what was raised through venture capital fundraising. However, these benefits are not enough to convince many partners and investors.Being an open, unregulated system, anything can happen, and when you’re dealing with millions of dollars, “anything” isn’t exactly what you want to hear. In fact, one of the primary concerns for investors is the ambiguity of utility tokens, resulting in varying rights. There are also a number of significant risks involved, including taxable proceeds.Related: 3 Things You Need to Know Before Starting Your Own ICOICOs simply are not ready to take over traditional venture capital. Here’s why.Although many support ICOs and blockchain technology overall, it is the general consensus that the technology itself is still immature, leading to many risk factors. In some countries, such as China, ICOs have been banned due to a lack of regulation, as well as a high rate of fraudulent and illegal activity.If you are considering the ICO market to fund your startup, please consider the following in relation to traditional venture capital.Poor liquidity. Although companies are raising real capital, without enough liquidity, the participation from buyers quickly outweighs the supports of market buyers. Strict regulations and the use of multiple currencies also contribute to poor liquidity.Quality control and increased risk of scams. One review, published by The Wall Street Journal, found that after analyzing 1,450 ICOs, 20 percent contained major red flags. This included plagiarized documents, fake executive teams and guaranteed returns.Higher failure rate. As of February 2018, 46 percent of the previous year’s ICOs had already failed — despite the fact that they had raised more than $104 million. This is resulting in what’s referred to as a “digital graveyard,” as many of these ICOs appear to have been doomed from the start.At the end of the day, the majority of ICO-funded startups are poorly managed and lack the required cash flow. Since the cash raised by an ICO doesn’t technically have any legal leverage, as they are not currently regulated, this option is risky for investors, as well as your reputation.Related: Want to Invest in an ICO in 2018? Here’s All You Need to Know.Token sales and the phenomenon surrounding ICOs certainly has potential, but it’s still in its infancy. It’s the new “Wild West,” and until some of the major kinks are worked out, venture capital is still largely the most promising route, as you will attract loyal investors while building valuable connections.Regardless, this is an industry that should be watched closely, as many industry leaders, including Bill Gates and John Donahoe, support the evolution of digital currency. Based on your current business model and business plan, are you unsure which option is best? Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.last_img read more