first_imgA toddler was branded with some hot object at Nishinabandi village in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district because of a superstitious practice among its residents to cure ailments.The 16-month-old injured child was admitted to a district hospital on Tuesday night. Dr. Debabrata Dakua, who is treating the child, said he was suffering from pneumonia, anaemia and fever. But there were burn marks on his body. As per reports, the child, son of Damu and Netra Majhi, was unwell and his aunt allegedly branded his face and neck with some hot object in order to “cure him”. Some say it was a heated piece of turmeric and others suspect it was red hot iron. When the condition of the child deteriorated, his parents rushed him to the hospital.last_img read more

first_imgView comments Read Next Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 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 Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “They’ve got some answers over there and they’re playing well,” Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said.Dennis Smith Jr. also scored 23 for Dallas, which has lost three straight and 17 of 21.TIP-INSPelicans: Mirotic started in place of Emeka Okafor, who sat out with a sprained right ankle. The 24 points were the most for Mirotic since the Pelicans acquired him from the Bulls on Feb. 1. … Cheick Diallo also had a double-double for the Pelicans, with 13 points and 15 rebounds.Mavericks: Were without Wesley Matthews, who had a left hip injury. … Scotty Hopson, signed Monday to a 10-day contract, saw his first action for the Mavericks after entering the game with 4:57 left in the first quarter. He scored one point. … Coach Rick Carlisle said it’s possible Dorian Finney-Smith could return to action later this week. Finney-Smith has missed 55 games with left quadriceps tendinitis.DROWNING OUT THE BOOSPelicans guard Rajon Rondo still gets booed nearly every time he gets the ball at American Airlines Center following a turbulent half-season with the Mavericks in 2014-15. But he helped to quiet the crowd by engineering the New Orleans offense and finishing one rebound short of a triple-double.The 12-year veteran earned the praise of his rookie counterpart Smith.“He’s a floor general,” Smith said. “He does a great job of communicating with his guys, keeping everybody involved. He was knocking down the jumper today, too.”RECOGNIZING EFFORT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexico Jrue Holiday scored 30 points, Nikola Mirotic added 24 in a rare start and the New Orleans Pelicans won their eighth in a row, 126-109 over the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday night.Davis finished with 23 points and 13 rebounds, scoring most of his points from inside 5 feet. Rajon Rondo added 14 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutNew Orleans has averaged 127 points during its streak and cleared 118 in all eight games.“We are just playing fast,” Davis said. “When we play fast, we are able to score in transition and get a lot of easy looks.” Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa MOST READcenter_img Holiday scored 19 in the first half as the Pelicans held a double-digit lead for most of the last three quarters, save for one fleeting Dallas run at the start of the fourth.“To me, Jrue is probably if not the best two-way player we have in our game,” Rondo said. “One through four, he can check those guys. I think people are starting to see what he’s doing just because of this win streak, but he’s been doing it his whole career.”Dirk Nowitzki scored a season-high 23 points for the Mavericks, passing Elvin Hayes for eighth all-time in field goals with 10,980.Dallas opened the fourth quarter on a 9-0 run after scoring the final five in the third quarter to get within 91-87. Kyle Collinsworth scored on a three-point play, and Nowitzki and J.J. Barea hit 3-pointers.After calling timeout, New Orleans reinserted Davis and Rondo, and the Pelicans answered with 10 straight points, including 3s by Holiday and Mirotic.ADVERTISEMENT Player of the Week: Cruz helps TNT make playoffs Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games LATEST STORIES Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry praised the Mavericks’ run early in the fourth quarter as a sign they’re still going all-out despite owner Mark Cuban’s comments about how losing would benefit the team.“Anyone who thinks these guys are tanking is crazy,” Gentry said. “I know Harrison Barnes, I know Dirk, I know those guys. When they are out there playing, they are playing to win. We let up a little bit and you saw what happened.”Carlisle wasn’t as effusive about his own team, saying, “I don’t want to be gushing too many positives after getting beat by 20. That’s just kind of not my thing.”UP NEXTPelicans: At the Los Angeles Clippers on Tuesday.Mavericks: Host Denver on Tuesday. New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, drives around Dallas Mavericks center Dwight Powell during the first half of an NBA basketball game on Sunday, March 4, 2018, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brad Loper)DALLAS — On a night when his jumper wasn’t falling, Anthony Davis still found a way to do some damage in the paint.And he had plenty of help.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

first_imgApple on Monday night made a “return” to its roots as it launched the iPhone SE at an event in San Francisco. However, before you rush to dump the iPhone 6S and take out your wallet to buy the “new” iPhone, stop — the iPhone SE is not a replacement for the iPhone 6S. Instead it is an update to the iPhone 5S. It not only features a design that is similar to the two-year-old iPhone but also sports a 4-inch screen, which is smaller than the 4.7-inch display that is found on the iPhone 6S.Update: Apple tells us that in its press release the price of the iPhone SE was erroneously mentioned as Rs 30,000. The India price is actually going to start at Rs 39,000. This means that iPhone SE is not the cheapest iPhone that Apple has launched in India. That distinction now remains with the iPhone 5C. Although, with global price of $399, it is the cheapest iPhone the company has launched in the world. Once again, to repeat, the price of the iPhone SE in India will start at Rs 39,000 and not Rs 30,000.The iPhone SE with its starting price of Rs 30,000 (global price is $399) is Apple’s cheapest ever iPhone in India. The lower than expected price means the iPhone SE has a potential to be a big hit in countries likeIndia, where consumers lust after the iPhone but can’t afford to spendRs 50,000 on it. In comparison, the iPhone 5C was priced at over Rs 37,000 at thetime of its launch in India.advertisementGlobally too this is the cheapest iPhone that Apple has ever launched. It is cheaper than even the iPhone 5C, the phone with plastic body, that was priced at $549 for 16GB version. The device is clearly targeted two types of customers — those who are still clinging to the iPhone 5S because the iPhone 6S is “too big” and those in countries like India who find the big iPhones too expensive.While in terms of form factor, the iPhone SE gives a nod to the past, it is a very powerful phone. Internally, it has a hardware that is mix what is found in the iPhone 6S and the iPhone 6. It is powered by the Apple A9 processor, which is incredibly powerful.It also has co-motion processor, the same 12-megapixel camera that is inside the iPhone 6S and the features like always on Siri and the front display flash for selfies. The camera, in particular, is a surprise because the the iPhone 6S camera is the best that Apple has ever put in an iPhone. The fact that company is bringing the same camera to the iPhone SE shows that it is serious about meeting the challenge from phones like the LG Nexus 5X and the HTC A9 that cost less than Rs 30,000 and yet offer great set of features and performance.The Apple iPhone SE will be available starting March 31 in select countries. India is not in the list of countries where the phone would go on sale on March 31 but Apple said that the phone would be available in India in early April.At the same event where the company launched the new iPhone, it also announced a new iPad called iPad Pro 9.7. This is similar to the iPad Pro with the 12.9-inch screen that Apple had launched last year. But the size is more manageable although the hardware inside is equally powerful. The new iPad Pro also comes with the stylus, which Apple calls Pencil.last_img read more

first_imgVirat Kohli enjoys the pressure of expectations and made it clear that he will only assess after three years as to how much of a “load” captaincy has become for him. (Virat Kohli moves up to career-high 4th in ICC Test rankings)”Maybe in three four years time I can analyse how much load I am feeling but at the moment it is coming along nicely so I am pretty okay with it,” Kohli said after leading India to a massive 246-run win in the second Test against England.The Indian Test skipper now has 2277 runs across all international formats during this calendar year – shade behind England’s Joe Root (2285). (Don’t want to be complacent, don’t want to be desperate: Kohli)”It’s a difficult thing to detach yourself from being captain when you go out there to bat especially when you are playing five batters. The responsibility obviously increases much more. But it also makes me not hit the ball in the air which I probably prefer in Test cricket,” he said. (Virat Kohli, Anil Kumble yet to be tested: Sourav Ganguly to India Today)Kohli made it clear that he has faith in his orthodox strokes and that’s why he doesn’t regret not being able to play aerial shots that often.”Honestly, I don’t feel the need to do that because I believe in my abilities to play on the ground and still score at a healthy rate. So I don’t need to try any fancy things plus I also feel the more you stay on the wicket, the more time you spend, things start getting easier,” he said. (Virat Kohli and Joe Root after 50 Test: Who has the better stats?)advertisementTalking about the limited overs format which is captained by MS Dhoni, Kohli said it’s easier as he does not have to think or implement much. (India unbeaten at home in 16 Tests since 2012)”In other formats, it’s relatively easy on the mind to prepare, because you are only thinking about batting, obviously you have to give inputs on the field but it’s not necessary that you have to take those decisions, you have to give suggestions.”To keep a check on each and every thing and then to concentrate on your batting, it does take a toll on you but right now I am pretty fine.”last_img read more

first_imgEngland have rested all-rounders Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali, and paceman Chris Woakes for the third and final one-day international against South Africa on Monday as the trio aim to overcome injury concerns ahead of the Champions Trophy.Batsmen Liam Dawson and Toby Roland-Jones, and bowler Steven Finn have been called up to replace the rested players for the last match of a series England hold an unassailable 2-0 lead in following Saturday’s two-run win.All three are expected to be fit for Thursday’s Champions Trophy opener against Bangladesh at The Oval but Stokes’ niggling knee problem is the biggest concern due to his value to the team.”We’re constantly monitoring him and trying to manage him as best as we can,” England captain Eoin Morgan told British media ahead of the final match against South Africa at Lord’s.”We’re trying to build it up again with the Champions Trophy in mind. It’s a very strange injury, he aggravates it when he bowls, in his delivery stride. He’s good to play as a batsman if need be but obviously we want Ben Stokes the all-rounder.”Ali and Stokes put in respective Man of the Match performances in the first two matches against South Africa, while Woakes missed the second of them due to injury.The June 1-18 Champions Trophy is being held in England and Wales and contested by the top eight sides in the one-day international rankings.last_img read more

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (AP) — Oscar Pistorius faces another legal challenge when South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal convenes Nov. 3 to hear arguments by state prosecutors that the former track star and convicted murderer should get more jail time.The National Prosecuting Authority said Tuesday that the Supreme Court of Appeal will hear its case for overturning Pistorius’ six-year prison sentence for murdering girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on the basis that it is too lenient. Prosecutors want the sentence of the double-amputee Olympic runner to be increased to 15 years.Pistorius was convicted of murder after a successful 2015 appeal by prosecutors against an initial manslaughter verdict. He shot Steenkamp multiple times through a toilet cubicle door at his Pretoria home early on Valentine’s Day 2013. Pistorius claimed he mistook his girlfriend for an intruder.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

first_img Because everyone else does.Here’s a sampling (presented without commentary): h/t Kevin DeShazoIf you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers! last_img read more

first_imgLiverpool defender Alberto Moreno insists no LaLiga offersby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Alberto Moreno admits he’s waiting to hear from Sevilla.Off contract in June, Moreno has talked up the prospect of returning to his old club.However, the defender told Cadena Ser: “I have a contract with Liverpool and I do not know what the future holds for me, right now I think only of the Reds, whether I play or support the team from outside Seville… “No one called me, neither from Seville nor from other Spanish clubs.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_imgA general view of the SEC Title game being played between Georgia and Florida.JACKSONVILLE, FL – NOVEMBER 01: A veiw from up high as the Georgia Bulldogs receive the kick-off to start the game from the Florida Gators at Jacksonville Municipal Stadium on November 1, 2008 in Jacksonville, Florida. Florida defeated Georgia 49-10. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)Georgia got past Florida with relative ease in Jacksonville on Saturday, knocking off the Gators, 36-17, in the hyped-up rivalry game.While the game didn’t feature an intense ending, it did include some heated moments.Video has surfaced of a troubling incident in the second half of Saturday’s game. It’s unclear what exactly is happening, but it doesn’t look good.Check it out:13 is a scumbag. Trying to break Perine’s ankle. pic.twitter.com/khzvzp5oRm— GatorNation ? (@NYGATOR1) October 27, 2018That wasn’t the only ugly moment from the game, either.There was this, too: pic.twitter.com/v4SGcPG9Rf— Jesse Boyce (@JesseBoyce6) October 27, 2018Yikes.Georgia improved to 7-1 with the win, while Florida dropped to 6-2.last_img read more

first_imgPSEB Class 10 topper and Ludhiana driver’s daughter Neha Verma with 99.54%, says studying is her hobbyPSEB Class 10th Result 2019: The Punjab Class 10 results were declared today and Neha Verma is the topper in the Punjab 10th result 2019 with 99.54% marks.advertisement India Today Web Desk New DelhiMay 8, 2019UPDATED: May 8, 2019 16:50 IST Ludhiana girl Neha Verma topped the PSEB 10th Result 2019 or Punjab Class 10 board exams. (Photo: ANI)The PSEB Class 10th results 2019 were recently declared by the Punjab Board and Ludhiana girl Neha Verma grabbed the top rank by scoring 647/650 in her Punjab class 10 board exams. The PSEB class 10th topper secured 99.54% marks.’Studying is my hobby’In an interview with ANI, PSEB topper Neha said, “I worked hard the entire year. I never studied under pressure, it is my hobby. I had set a target & stuck to it honestly.”Neha Verma, PSEB Class 10 topper: I worked hard the entire year. I never studied under pressure, it is my hobby. I had set a target & stuck to it honestly. I want to be an IPS officer in the future. pic.twitter.com/3RAtAzK25mANI (@ANI) May 8, 2019Neha wants to be an IPS officer in the future.As per a Hindustan Times report, Neha Verma’s father Pawan Kumar is a driver.Ludhiana school celebrates Neha Verma’s successThe PSEB 10th result topper studies at Teja Singh Sutantar Memorial Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana and the news of her topping the state board exams made teachers and students at her school break out in celebration.Here are the amazing photos of the celebration spurred by Neha Verma topping the state board class 10th exams:Punjab: Students & teachers of Teja Singh Sutantar Memorial Senior Secondary School in Ludhiana celebrate after Punjab School Education Board (PSEB) declared results of class 10 today. Neha Verma, a student of the school, has emerged as the state board topper scoring 99.54%. pic.twitter.com/fkr32c5JWGadvertisementANI (@ANI) May 8, 2019About the PSEB Class 10 results 2019While the highlights and the merit list of the Punjab class 10th board exam were released at a press conference, students need to wait till evening to be able to check their scorecards at the official Punjab board website — pseb.ac.inWhile Neha was the topper in the academics category, Nandini Mahajan scored a full 100% marks in the sports category in the PSEB 10th result 2019.Read: Punjab PSEB 10th Result 2019 DECLARED LIVE Updates: Neha Verma tops state, check scores at pseb.ac.inGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byRoshni Tags :Follow PSEB 10th Result 2019Follow PSEB Class 10 Board ResultsFollow Class 10 Topperlast_img read more

first_img How to Build Your Own Home Gym for Under $350 Banksy’s Gross Domestic Product Is a Pop-Up Shop Unlike Any Other Editors’ Recommendations Why You Should Skip the Suave and Try Custom Hair Care Products A proper watch works wonders for anyone’s personal style. Be it a classy leather-strapped watch perfect for the office or a silicone banded timepiece that literally screams summertime, there are thousands of varieties which fit thousands of lifestyles. While some brands excel at providing high-quality versions of one or the other of these examples, no brand comprehensively tackles all feasible style options as well as the London-based Shore Projects. From its unique (and extensive) strap collection, its wide array of available watch faces, or the fact it allows users to mix and match to their desire, Shore Projects is a bonafide hit.Inspired by the British seaside, Shore Projects isn’t merely a purveyor of luxury timepieces or a seller of casual watches, but rather, it’s a company that offers a timeless collection of watches literally anyone would fancy wearing. As mentioned above, customers have access to not just the stock watch options presented via the company’s website, but are given the opportunity to build a dream watch to their exact specifications. Perhaps you like the white face and gold trim of the Portland watch, but prefer a mesh or silicone strap instead of the standard one pictured. Fret not, the customization afforded by Shore Projects is unparalleled.Though this model has existed for Shore Projects since its inception, the fact the company continues to add to its remarkable collection is as impressive as anything it does. By understanding what its customers desire — and more plainly, exactly what they want in a watch — the company consistently upgrades its offered selection to cater to even the most eclectic of consumers.In addition to its quilted polyester strap and silicone, leather, mesh, and polka dot alternatives, Shore Projects has now added a dapper wool strap to its lineup, allowing for even further customization. Before long, the company also plans on adding what it calls a dual strap — a combination of nylon and leather that gives the watch a rather adventurous look.So whether you work in a corner office or consider yourself a professional beach bum (or both), Shore Projects is your ticket to timeless style. Featuring a product model that embraces customization and a near endless amount of swappable options, Shore Projects is the kind of watch brand you won’t help but keep returning to time and time again. You Won’t Believe the Price Tags on 10 of the Most Expensive Shoes For Men 12 Best Seiko Watches for Men, From Flashy to Functionallast_img read more

first_imgThe Ministry of Industry, Investment and Commerce has been on a relentless drive to improve the country’s intellectual property (IP) framework as a crucial part of the growth agenda.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Anthony Hylton, said the thrust has included developing and passing new legislation; modernising the Jamaica Intellectual Property Office (JIPO) to make it more efficient and effective; identifying, protecting and promoting IP assets; continuing education; and generally using these IP assets and systems more strategically.He was addressing the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Book and Copyright Day Awards ceremony on Tuesday, April 24, at JAMPRO’s offices in New Kingston.Minister Hylton said within the context of a global marketplace it is important to properly protect the creators, innovators and inventors in order for them to bring new products to market and derive the full range of benefits from their creations. He noted that innovation, paired with entrepreneurship, will play a critical role in transforming the economy into one that is significantly more dynamic and robust.The creative industries, he said, form an integral part of the Micro, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (MSME) sector, which represents a critical pillar of the country’s growth plan.“It is incumbent on us, as a nation, to ensure that the intellectual property of all innovations is protected. The development of an effective framework for intellectual property protection forms an important part of the effort to increase the platform to drive innovation. IP protection is about managing risk in new ventures where creativity plays a pivotal role,” he stated. The awards ceremony was held to recognise winners of the National Integrity Action (NIA)/Ministry of Education Essay Competition. A panel discussion also took place on the issue of payola. Sashoy Simpson of Moneague College in St. Ann emerged the national winner of the competition staged under the theme: ‘Fighting Corruption, Building Integrity in Jamaica’.Andwayne Davis of St. Mary High school took second place, while Rajiv Bunglin of Knox College walked away with the third place prize.The competition, which targeted sixth form students in secondary schools, was staged in support of the research and advocacy component of the teaching of Garveyism in the Ministry’s new civics programme.By Alphea Saunders, JIS Reporterlast_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi: In an suspected case of espionage, there was an attempted break-in on Sunday at the Indian Air Force’s Paris office which is overseeing production of 36 Rafale fighter jets for India, military sources said. A group of unidentified persons broke into the office of the IAF’s Rafale project management team in the suburbs of Paris and local police are probing whether the attempt was to steal classified data relating to the aircraft. “As per initial assessment, no data or hardware have been stolen. The local police are investigating the incident,” said a source. The sources said the IAF has briefed the defence ministry about the incident. The IAF’s office of Rafale project management is located at the complex of Dassault Aviation, the makers of the Rafale jets. There was no official reaction from either the defence ministry or the IAF about the incident.last_img read more

VICTORIA — The Green party is taking its third run at bringing ride-hailing to British Columbia, tabling a private member’s bill to pave the way for transportation companies like Uber and Lyft.Green Leader Andrew Weaver said Thursday the governing New Democrats and Opposition Liberals are failing to deliver on campaign promises made during last spring’s election to have ride-hailing in place by the end of the year.Weaver said there is support for the service and it can work alongside the taxi industry.He called on the NDP and Liberals to work together with the Greens to implement ride sharing as soon as possible.“There’s three-party agreement here,” Weaver said shortly after introducing the bill in the legislature. “So let’s do it. We’ve talked about it for seven years, it’s time to move forward.”Private member’s bills rarely become legislation and even though ride-hailing has the support of all parties in the legislature, the road ahead does not appear to be clear.The New Democrats said they need time to study ride-hailing and its impact on the taxi industry before introducing legislation next fall.Premier John Horgan said at least six pieces of legislation must be amended to make way for ride sharing, including a transportation law that dates back to the 1920s.Weaver said there is nothing stopping the government from introducing a ride sharing law and making necessary changes as required.“This is nothing more than an excuse in my view to delay, and I don’t think we need to delay,” he said.The Liberals said Thursday they like Weaver’s bill but wanted to study it further.The Greater Vancouver Board of Trade also called on members of the legislature to work together to introduce ride sharing and modernize the taxi industry in a statement it released on Thursday.“With the fall legislative session now well underway, we urge the provincial government to make immediate, meaningful steps toward greater mobility in our region,” said president Iain Black.“All three party leaders pledged to pass ride sharing enabling legislation by the end of the year, and we call on the new government to follow through.” read more

Responding to questions from the press during his official visit to Norway, the Secretary-General said that he welcomed Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat’s statement today that he was prepared to meet with Israeli Foreign Minister Shimon Peres for truce talks in Berlin.”I have always maintained that protagonists need to talk. It is when people are dying and the killing is going on that one has to talk,” Mr. Annan said. “And so any attempt to bring the parties to the table is something that I support.”Meanwhile at UN Headquarters in New York, the Security Council continued this afternoon its open debate on the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question. The discussion, which had been requested by the Islamic Group of nations, began on Monday with statements by representatives of some 40 countries. During yesterday’s session, Bruno Rodriguez Parilla, Acting Chairman of the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People, said the Committee was worried by the dramatic escalation of tensions in and around East Jerusalem and in areas under full Palestinian control, adding that it was strongly opposed to any actions resulting in the loss of life – Israeli or Palestinian.The two sides needed the help of the international community, Mr. Rodriguez Parilla said. The recommendations of the report by former US Senator George Mitchell should be implemented in their entirety, and negotiations on security, as well as the interim and permanent status issues, should be revived as a matter of urgency.Only once there was a sovereign Palestinian State, with guaranteed and safe borders, would there be peace, he added, as the core of the problem was the continuing illegal occupation by Israel of the Palestinian territory. The Chairman called upon Israel to respect the principles of the Fourth Geneva Convention and the provisions of all relevant Security Council and General Assembly resolutions. read more

Wal-Mart’s 1Q profit disappoints as it struggles with sales slump by Anne D’Innocenzio, The Associated Press Posted May 16, 2013 7:23 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email NEW YORK, N.Y. – The first few months of the year were tough for Wal-Mart Stores Inc.The world’s largest retailer reported Thursday that its first-quarter profit edged up just slightly, and the company struggled with a sales slump in its namesake business during the three-month period. The discounter also offered a quarterly profit outlook that came below Wall Street’s projections. Its stock fell on the news.Wal-Mart blamed a litany of factors affecting its budget-conscious customers, including a payroll tax increase, delayed tax refunds, job worries and bad weather. It is the latest in a string of big-name, consumer companies from McDonald’s to Macy’s, to cite such hurdles in the first quarter of the year.“Frankly, we had a more difficult quarter than expected,” said Wal-Mart’s President and CEO Mike Duke in a pre-recorded call.Wal-Mart is considered an economic bellwether because the retailer accounts for nearly 10 per cent of nonautomotive retail spending in the U.S. The latest results indicate that many American households with lower incomes continue to struggle even as the job and housing markets improve.“This is a reality check for Wal-Mart’s low-income shoppers,” said Brian Sozzi, CEO and chief equities strategist at Belus Capital Advisers. “The low-income shopper is even more financially stressed than people realize.”While the company said lingering cool weather into April was a culprit in a sales shortfall for seasonal goods like spring fashions and sporting goods such as camping gear, Charles Holley, Wal-Mart’s chief financial officer, told reporters on a conference call that economic worries loom large.“Our customers tell us that jobs and employment are high on the list of concerns,” he said.Additionally, like many companies, Wal-Mart said that business during the first quarter was hurt by the government’s delay in processing income taxes and paying refunds. Wal-Mart said it cashed less in income tax refunds than a year ago.Another big hurdle for Wal-Mart’s financially strapped shoppers have been tax changes, which executives said started having more of an impact as the first quarter progressed. An increase in the payroll tax of two percentage points, which took effect Jan. 1, means that a take-home pay for a household earning $50,000 a year has been sliced by $1,000.Such factors all helped to depress results. Wal-Mart earned $3.78 billion, or $1.14 per share, in the quarter that ended April 30. That compares with $3.74 billion, or $1.09 per share, a year earlier. Revenue rose 1 per cent to $113.43 billion. That figure excludes Sam’s Club membership fees. Results fell short of Wall Street expectations for earnings of $1.15 per share on revenue of $115.78 billion.Revenue at stores open at least year, a key measurement for retailers because it excludes the effect of stores that open or close during the year, also fell below expectations.Wal-Mart reported a 1.4 per cent drop in revenue at stores open at least a year at its namesake business, which accounts for about 60 per cent of the company’s total revenue. That was the first drop since the second quarter of 2011. At Sam’s Club, the figure rose just 0.2 per cent, held down by less traffic from business customers, bad weather and lower-than-expected inflation.Wall Street analysts had expected its U.S. namesake business to be unchanged and were projecting a 1.2 per cent rise at Sam’s Clubs.Still, Wal-Mart said that business has picked up in May fueled in part because of warmer weather. The company expects revenue at stores opened at least a year to be up as much as 2 per cent at its namesake U.S. businessInternationally, though, Wal-Mart faces slower growth amid a global recession.A bribery scandal also threatens to slow its business overseas. Allegations first surfaced a year ago that Wal-Mart failed to notify law enforcement that company officials authorized millions of dollars in bribes in Mexico to speed up getting building permits and gain other favours. Wal-Mart has been working with government officials in the U.S. and Mexico on that investigation.Wal-Mart has already slowed its expansion plans in Mexico, and last November it said it was looking into potential U.S. bribery law violations in Brazil, China and India.Wal-Mart said that it expects expenses related to the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act — which forbids American companies from bribing foreign officials — to be in the range of $65 million to $70 million in the current quarter. The company cited that the figure is higher than the $40 million to $45 million costs it has incurred in past quarters. That’s partly because the company is investing more in improving its compliance controls.Wal-Mart said that it expects earnings per share to be in the range of $1.22 to $1.27 in the current quarter. Analysts had expected $1.29 per share.Shares fell $1.36 per share, or 1.7 per cent, to close at $78.50 Thursday. That’s at the high end of its 52-week range of $61.25 to $79.96. read more

“Deliberate and obnoxious acts of this type should be deprived of the oxygen of publicity,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, according to her spokesperson. “Given what happened last week, and the fact that people are being killed, Charlie Hebdo is doubly irresponsible to publish these cartoons.”This week, the French magazine Charlie Hebdo published cartoons seen as denigrating to Islam, and which have led, in response, to concerns over the possibility of a violent reaction to them, with the French Government reportedly banning any street protests against the publication.The cartoons come in the wake of violence in Libya and elsewhere in the Middle East, starting last week, in response to an anti-Islamic video produced in the state of California by a US citizen. The film has drawn widespread condemnation around the world, including from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, as well as Ms. Pillay.According to media reports, at least 30 people have been killed in the violence, and fresh protests broke out on Friday in countries across the Muslim world.“Both the film and the cartoons are malicious and deliberately provocative,” Ms. Pillay’s spokesperson, Rupert Colville, told a media briefing in Geneva. “The film in particular provides a disgracefully distorted image of Muslims.”The spokesperson noted that High Commissioner Pillay said she fully understands why people wish to protest strongly against the film and the cartoons, and it is their right to do so, but peacefully. The High Commissioner has also urged religious and political leaders to make a major effort to restore calm, and welcomes “the fact that a number of senior Muslim figures have been making similar statements about the need to rise above the provocations,” Mr. Colville said.He added, “As both the Secretary-General and the High Commissioner have stated, the fault line is not between Muslim and non-Muslim societies, but between a small number of extremists on different sides, with a vested interest in stirring hostility and conflict.” read more

No. 3 Notre Dame (53 percent win probability) vs. No. 7 Wichita StateLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 7:15 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Wichita State 88.1, Notre Dame 87.2Upset probability: 47 percentPlayer to watch: Fred VanVleet, Wichita StateAfter prevailing in what was arguably the round of 32’s most exciting game, Notre Dame’s next hurdle will be a terrific all-around Wichita State team that is coming off one of the biggest victories in program history. These two teams are very evenly matched; the Fighting Irish are better offensively (according to KenPom.com’s ratings), but the Shockers have the better defense. There are a few peculiarities that could decide the matchup — Wichita State’s defense is good at gathering rebounds and stopping 2-point field goals, which should mitigate two of the Irish’s offensive strengths. Notre Dame, meanwhile, has the superior long-distance shooters. But this is such a tossup that it might come down to something as obscure as travel distance. Notre Dame is favored to win in part because South Bend is almost four times closer to Cleveland than Wichita is. Wichita State has the better power rating in the FiveThirtyEight model, but the travel is what makes the prediction tilt Notre Dame’s way. File it under “every little edge counts,” I suppose. After a three-day break, the Madness continues Thursday with the commencement of the Sweet 16. And according to the FiveThirtyEight power ratings of the teams involved, Thursday’s games are pretty clearly better than Friday’s slate of matchups. Headlining the action, as always: undefeated Kentucky, who’ll take the court against West Virginia in their sternest test yet (granted, the Wildcats still have an 87 percent chance of advancing). But the most intriguing game of the night might just be North Carolina versus Wisconsin in a battle of contrasting styles.Read on for more about Thursday’s NCAA tournament action …No. 1 Kentucky (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 5 West VirginiaLocation: ClevelandWhen to watch: At 9:45 p.m. EDT on CBSPower ratings: Kentucky 97.9, West Virginia 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: Karl-Anthony Towns, KentuckyWest Virginia is a deep, balanced squad with a great swarming defense, but its run likely ends Thursday night against the nation’s most talented team. While the Mountaineers do employ some high-variance strategies that could help their upset chances — particularly a pressing defense that specializes in forcing turnovers — there are plenty of weaknesses for Kentucky to exploit if it can adequately protect the ball. Kentucky had the third-best shooting efficiency differential in the country during the season, while West Virginia had the nation’s 30th-worst; the Mountaineers also allowed the highest free throw rate in the country on defense. (For its part, Kentucky’s offense ranked 30th-best in forcing fouls and 74th in free throw accuracy.) So if this game is decided by conventional means, West Virginia probably won’t win; the Mountaineers will need takeaways and a lot of good fortune to hand Kentucky its first loss of the season. No. 1 Wisconsin (73 percent win probability) vs. No. 4 North CarolinaLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 7:47 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Wisconsin 93.6, North Carolina 88.0Upset probability: 27 percentPlayer to watch: Frank Kaminsky, WisconsinWorlds are colliding in Thursday’s most interesting pairing. The Badgers, known for slowing the pace of the game down to a veritable crawl, will meet the Tar Heels, one of the nation’s fastest-paced teams. During the season, Wisconsin’s average possession lasted nearly six seconds longer than North Carolina’s, while the proportion of UNC’s plays on which they had a transition opportunity was more than double that of Wisconsin. (The Badgers were at the bottom of Division I with a 7.5 percent rate of transition chances per play, according to Synergy.) The tempo of this game will be worth watching. Beyond that, the possibility of an upset might come down to whether UNC can get the 2-point shots upon which they thrive against a tough interior Wisconsin defense and — relatedly — whether the Heels can do any damage on the offensive glass versus the Badgers’ great defensive rebounders. No. 2 Arizona (87 percent win probability) vs. No. 6 XavierLocation: Los AngelesWhen to watch: At 10:17 p.m. EDT on TBSPower ratings: Arizona 94.8, Xavier 85.5Upset probability: 13 percentPlayer to watch: T.J. McConnell, ArizonaBy navigating past a tough Ohio State team with relative ease in the round of 32, Arizona earned the right to face Xavier in one of the Sweet 16’s easier matchups. The Musketeers aren’t a bad team, but they are among the weaker remaining squads in the field. And that’s not good when facing the second-highest-rated team in the FiveThirtyEight power ratings. There are stylistic reasons to think Xavier is overmatched here. The key to the Musketeers’ success has been their offense, particularly on 2-pointers (big men Matt Stainbrook and Jalen Reynolds both shot in excess of 62 percent on twos this season), but the Wildcats excel at short-circuiting opponents’ 2-point efficiency. And in the absence of its bread-and-butter, Xavier might have trouble knocking down enough threes or forcing enough turnovers to make life difficult for Arizona. The Musketeers shouldn’t feel too bad, though: Despite being the No. 2 seed, Arizona is a 58 percent favorite to emerge as the West’s representative in the Final Four. Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions. read more

For years, many Black college basketball fans have held an animosity—OK, a downright hatred—for Duke’s program and its perceived rich boy, elitist school pompousness and upper-crust, trust-fund baby student body. All that, and they played a lot of white boys, too.Why such disdain resonated is a psychological paradox that could perplex the most diverse minds. But one thing is certain: It should stop.Duke celebrates its fifth NCAA Tournament championship today, and all the African-American fans that pushed back (present company included) should give in and embrace what is the personification of team basketball, keen coaching and a heritage of excellence.Isn’t that why we love the game?What the Blue Devils accomplished in defeating Wisconsin in last night’s title game was more than reaching the pinnacle of college hoops. It was a performance that should detonate the “Duke hate” that is derived from social and class biases that really should not matter.It’s just kids playing basketball.For sure, Danny Ferry never elicited much in the way of likability. He was utterly unlikable. Christian Laettner rubbed even his teammates the wrong way. Bobby Hurley was an irritant, just like Steve Wojciechowski. J.J. Redick was Laettner 2.0. There were other white players over the years you can throw into this mix—Cherokee Parks, Mike Dunleavy, Josh McRoberts—who were sort of non-personalities.These Duke white players “seem to be so every-guy-like,” said Peter Roby, director of Northeastern University’s Center for Study of Sport in Society to The Washington Post. “Guys sitting in the stands might say, ‘What gives you the right to play like that when you look so much like us?’ ”Roby could have said the same thing about Black guys, which would be part of the animus. African-Americans believe they own the game, and so when a team made up of key white players wins, they take it as a personal affront. . . instead of a testament to the value of team play. (Imagine the outrage had almost-all-white Wisconsin won it all.)Do not get it backwards: all the aforementioned Duke players needed the likes of Johnny Dawkins, Tommy Amaker, Grant Hill, Elton Brand, Trajon Langdon, Jeff Capel, Carlos Boozer, Chris Duhon, Shane Battier, Sheldon Williams, Luol Deng and many other Black players to win—and a coach who as adept as anyone ever at meshing skills, personalities, socioeconomic backgrounds and races in Mike Krzyzewski.Justise Winslow, left, and Grayson Allen were keys to Dukes 5th titleAnd that’s the ultimate point. Sports in general, basketball in particular, is a team game. Blacks and whites can play together in harmony for the greater good of the game. If you don’t, you lose.Duke has done it better than anyone else. So it wins. That’s no reason to hate the Blue Devils.In reality, it’s a reason to admire and appreciate them. No, a lot of their players do not come from impoverished backgrounds or broken homes, giving many fans that inherit reason to root for their achievement more than a perceived silver-spoon kid. Jalen Rose has said that he “hated” Duke when he was a star at Michigan. Why? Because of the perception that their lives were together, that they did not come from broken homes and that they were already set up for life.The class issue is a real thorn in the Black community, and not just toward Duke. Someone articulates and the perception among many is that he’s “talking white.” A player attends Duke and he’s no longer down for the cause?Redick, who was mercilessly heckled on the road during his Duke days, said back then that he did not take it “personally. (But) I think if I played for another school, and still played the way I play, I wouldn’t get it as bad. I get it from fans because it says ‘Duke’ on my jersey. I’m not really sure why it’s white guys.”It’s a complex issue, but silly, too. You have disdain for Kyrie Irving because he plays for Duke? Instead of “hating” Irving when he was there (briefly), fans should respect him and Dawkins, Hill, Amaker, Brand and all the other Black players.Such disdain for Duke likely will persist for many, probably most. But it would seem last night that the Blue Devils—with Black players Kyle Cook, Tyus Jones, Jahill Okafor and huge contributions from white player Grayson Allen—may have won over its haters along with the National Championship. read more

It emerged earlier this month that under-18s was the only age group see a rise in terror-related arrests compared with last year and will raise new concerns about extremism amongst the young fuelled by social media.”The number of young people getting involved with terrorism surged with Isis who were particularly effective at using social media to radicalise them,” said Richard Walton, a former head of counter terrorism with the Met Police.”We are also seeing an increase in right wing extremism in part fuelled by Islamist terrorist attacks in London and Manchester in 2017.”Among the youngest were two 15-year-olds arrested on suspicion of far-Right terror offence in Ramsgate in September.In 2015, public bodies were placed under a statutory duty to stop people being drawn into terrorism.The sectors accounting for the highest number of Prevent referrals in 2017/18 were education (2,462) and the police (2,364).Regionally, nearly a quarter (23 per cent) of those referred were from London, followed by the North East (17% per cent.While police and ministers say it forms a crucial plank of anti-terror efforts, Prevent has repeatedly come under fire, with critics labelling it heavy-handed and “toxic”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The number of people flagged up to the authorities for far-Right extremism has surged to a record high, new figures reveal.There was a 36 per cent increase in the number of referrals to the Government’s Prevent programme over concerns about right wing extremism. It jumped from fewer than 1,000 in 2016/17 to 1,312 in 2017/18.The Home Office figures also revealed a sharp rise in the number of children and teenagers being referred to the programme, up by a fifth to 2,009 including 297 girls.More than half of those reported for possible deradicalisation interventions in 2017/18 were 20 or under.The rise in right-wing extremism accounted for an overall 20% increase in referrals to Prevent, from 6,093 to 7,318 in 2017/18.While Islamist concerns accounted for a larger proportion of referrals, the number in the category fell by 14 per cent year-on-year.With an annual budget of around £40 million, Prevent aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.When authorities conclude there is a risk that the person could be drawn into terrorism, they can be supported through a scheme known as Channel. Engagement is voluntary and it is not a criminal sanction.For the first time a similar number of individuals received Channel support for concerns relating to Islamist and right-wing extremism, the report said. read more