first_imgPragatisheel Samajwadi Party (Lohia) chief Shivpal Yadav on Sunday described the SP-BSP-RLD combine as an “alliance of crooks” and claimed that it would not be able to cross the double-digit mark in the Lok Sabha election.‘Mayawati filed cases’ Addressing a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district, Shivpal Yadav said: “(BSP chief) Mayawati, during her stint as the Chief Minister of U.P., had got cases registered against ‘netaji’ (Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Yadav). She had unleashed atrocities on SP workers.” “And, now, (SP chief) Akhilesh had shook hands with the same Mayawati. This is not a ‘gathbandhan’ of the SP-BSP, it is ‘thagbandhan’ (alliance of crooks),” said Shivpal Yadav, who is the estranged uncle of Akhilesh Yadav. The PSPL leader said the SP-BSP-RLD combine would not succeed in the general election. “You will see that this alliance will not be able to cross the double-digit mark,” he said. Pointing out that the Samajwadi Party was fighting on 35 Lok Sabha seats this time, Shivpal Yadav said: “But when the reins of party were in ‘netaji’s’ hand, the SP used to fight on all 80 Lok Sabha seats.” He claimed that the PSPL was a bigger party than the Samajwadi Party, saying the former was fighting on 60 Lok Sabha seats in the State and on 27 seats across 11 States. “We will win 15 seats and be a part of the government at the Centre,” Shivpal Yadav added.last_img read more

first_imgThis week’s Masters always had the makings for being something extra special and it lived up to expectations on Thursday as reigning champion Jordan Spieth seized a two-shot lead after the opening round.The American’s love affair with the challenging Augusta National layout continued in flawless style as he fired a six-under-par 66 to storm to the top of a high-quality leaderboard in the first of the year’s four major championships.Bidding to become only the fourth player to claim back-to-back Masters victories, world number two Spieth took advantage of relatively calm morning conditions before coping superbly with tricky gusting winds as he kept his card bogey-free.”I would have signed for two-under today and not even played the round, knowing the conditions that were coming up,” said the 22-year-old Spieth, who is aiming to emulate Jack Nicklaus, Nick Faldo and Tiger Woods with consecutive Green Jackets.”Got a lot out of the round with what I felt like was kind of average-ish ball striking. Just scored the ball extremely well, which is something I’ve been struggling with this season.”I put it up there with one of the best rounds I’ve played, one of the best rounds I’ve scored.”Spieth ended the day two shots ahead of New Zealander Danny Lee and Irishman Shane Lowry, with Englishmen Justin Rose, Paul Casey and Ian Poulter, Dane Soren Kjeldsen and Spaniard Sergio Garcia a further stroke back after opening with 69s.Rory McIlroy bogeyed the final hole for a 70 while world number one Jason Day, the hottest player in the game after winning six times in his last 13 starts, got to five-under before dropping five shots in his last four holes for a 72.advertisementShaking off a run of inconsistent form in recent weeks on the PGA Tour, Spieth sank a six-footer at the third, a 13-footer at the sixth and a four-footer at the eighth to reach the turn in three-under 33.He picked up further shots at the 10th and 13th, sank a clutch 15-footer to save par at the 16th and finished in style by rolling in a six-foot putt at the last before pumping his fist in celebration.Casey, who played in Spieth’s company, was hugely impressed by the reigning champion’s 66.”That was a flawless round of golf,” said Casey, who shot a 69 on an increasingly blustery day. “One of the toughest days I’ve ever seen around Augusta National … it was great to have a front row seat to watch that.”Spieth won the PGA Tour’s Hyundai Tournament of Champions in January, but struggled to string together four good rounds in his next five strokeplay starts before returning this week to the welcome surroundings of Augusta National.He tied for second on his Masters debut in 2014, then last year stunned the golf world as he completed a wire-to-wire victory by four shots, matching Woods’ tournament record low of 18-under 270 for 72 holes.”I enjoy this tournament more than anywhere else,” said Spieth. “We don’t have any, or many, distractions in our preparation.”While Spieth flourished in Thursday’s opening round, former world number one Ernie Els made a nightmare start as he six-putted from just two feet at the par-four first to run up a mind-boggling nine.It was the highest ever Masters score on that hole and left South African Els, who has struggled badly with his short putting for more than a year, shaking his head in disbelief. He went on to shoot 80, tying his worst round at Augusta.”It’s unexplainable,” said Els, a four-times major winner. “I couldn’t get the putter back. I’ve made thousands of three-footers and I just couldn’t take it back.”Australian Day, seeking a second consecutive major victory after winning his first at the PGA Championship in August, was just one stroke off the pace until he bogeyed the 15th.He then triple-bogeyed the par-three 16th after hitting his tee shot into water, reloading and three-putting before he dropped another shot at the 17th.last_img read more

first_imgJuan Martin del Potro took advantage of an error-strewn Marin Cilic performance to beat the defending champion for a seventh time in a row on Saturday to set up another Swiss Indoors final showdown with Roger Federer.Federer swatted aside David Goffin 6-1 6-2 in exactly one hour to reach the final of his hometown tournament for the 13th time.Federer has won seven and lost five of the previous finals, with two of those defeats against Del Potro in 2012 and 2013 although overall the Swiss has beaten the Argentine 17 times out of 23.”I played a smart match, I waited for my chances in both sets,” Del Potro told reporters after his 6-4 6-4 win over the world number four.”The only way to beat Roger is play hard and play aggressively all the time… you have to play down the lines every time and sometimes even that is not enough.”Cilic never found his rhythm and did not help his cause with a flurry of unforced errors, including six double faults.After early breaks by both players, Del Potro won the ninth game with a backhand return and held serve to clinch the first set.The Argentine, emerging as a late contender to snatch one of the last two places at the ATP World Tour Finals in London, then broke immediately in the second.Cilic broke back at 3-3 but Del Potro did the same in the next game and there was no way back for the Croat with Del Potro wrapping up the match with his seventh ace.advertisementFederer never allowed his Belgian opponent to settle as he reached his eighth final of the season. There were no signs of the jitters that resulted in him dropping his only set of the tournament in Friday’s quarter-final against Adrian Mannarino.”Everything changed completely, I had a much better mindset. I wanted to take it to my opponent and I was able to do that,” said Federer.last_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Moxa: IIoT Edge gateway for Microsoft Azure IoT EdgeNext Renesas: radiation-hardened precision current source for sensing applications Panasonic Industry has announced its technology line-up for Electronica 2018.  Since its repositioning last year, Panasonic Industry offers one of the broadest product portfolios on the market, encompassing electronic components, devices and modules, complete solutions and production facilities, and advanced services and training.At Electronica, Panasonic Industry is showcasing its technological heritage, core competencies and products in the mobility, living space and business sector. Visitors will have a chance see inspiring exhibits, explore demos and meet with experts, seeing for themselves how Panasonic provides solutions that enable customers to meet tomorrow’s new challenges heads-on.A smarter transport system that caters for social, economic and environmental sustainability is arguably one of the most critical prerequisites for creating a viable future. Designing and delivering transport systems that provide environmentally friendly, safe, cost-effective and technologically informed travel alternatives address this issue and Panasonic Industry is showcasing its involvement and sponsorship with the Hyperloop transportation concept on the stand, as well as its other projects in the field of e-mobility and transportation. Hyperloop is a new transportation concept where a high-speed train travels in a near-vacuum tube which allows the capsule to travel at supersonic speed – faster than any commercial train or car will be able to in the foreseeable future.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Chips & Components last_img read more

first_imgVivo is set to launch the V9 Pro in India today. The phone will be launching on Amazon India at 10AM. The V9 Pro is the successor to the Vivo V9, which was launched in India for Rs 22,990 back in March this year. Although being the Pro version the V9 Pro will be much cheaper than the V9. The smartphone is expected to be priced under Rs 20,000 and will compete with some of the similar segment Nokia, Xiaomi and Motorola phones. Soon after the launch, the V9 Pro will seemingly go up for pre-orders, but the sale is expected to begin only in October.The V9 Pro is a brand new smartphone from Vivo and hasn’t been released in any market yet, which means, India is the first market to get the device. Amazon India is already out with the dedicated page for the V9 Pro and has revealed some of the key specs about the phone.The Amazon page reveals that the Vivo V9 Pro will come with a massive screen. The teaser reveals that the V9 Pro will come with a 6.3-inch Fullview display 2.0, which Vivo claims will offer “a perfect view for enhanced experience.” The teaser also reveals that unlike the V11 Pro and the V11, the V9 Pro will come with an iPhone X like notch which will equip the selfie camera, earpiece and some sensors. The V11 and the V11 Pro comes with a waterdrop notch, or what Vivo calls a Halo FullView Display.The Amazon teaser also confirms that the V9 Pro will be powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE (Artificial intelligence engine) chipset paired with 6GB RAM, similar to what we get inside the V11 Pro as well. The yet-to-be-launched Realme 2 Pro is also tipped to come with Snapdragon 660 processor. The teaser also claims that the Vivo V9 Pro will be capable of tackling multitasking with ease.advertisementThe pricing of the V9 Pro is still a mystery, but what we know for sure is that the V9 Pro will be positioned below the Vivo V11 Pro. We expect the phone to be priced under Rs 20,000 to create a buzz in the similar price segment market. An IANS report that leaked last week also revealed that the V9 Pro will be priced under Rs 20,000. By pricing the V9 Pro under RS 20,000, Vivo could aim to take on the likes of phones like Mi A2, Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, among others.ALSO READ: Vivo V11 with 6.3-inch Halo FullView Display, AI powered cameras launched in India for Rs 22,990Vivo V9 Pro has been subjected to several leaks and rumours of late. Besides the already confirmed specs, rumours suggest that the V9 Pro will come with dual cameras with a primary sensor of 16MP and secondary sensor of 5MP. On the front, the phone is expected to sport a 24MP selfie shooter. Some rumours also reveal that the V9 Pro will come with a 3260mAh battery with 18W fast charging.last_img read more

first_imgLawyers for Cristiano Ronaldo said on Friday they would sue German magazine Der Spiegel after it published “blatantly illegal” accusations by an American woman who alleges she was raped by the Portuguese soccer star in 2009.Ronaldo’s lawyer Christian Schertz said in a statement the report was “an inadmissible reporting of suspicions in the area of privacy”, and that he would seek legal redress for his client from the magazine.The statement was sent to Reuters by Ronaldo’s agent Gestifute in response to a request for comment on the Der Spiegel story. Gestifute did not answer any specific questions about the content of the Der Spiegel report, which Reuters was unable to independently verify.Ronaldo is one of the biggest names in world sport. He has been named player of the year five times and transferred to Juventus from Real Madrid this summer for 100 million euros. The Italian club declined to comment on the Der Spiegel report.The magazine said the rape allegedly took place in June 2009 in a hotel room in Las Vegas, according to Leslie Mark Stovall, lawyer for the alleged victim, Kathryn Mayorga.Ronaldo and Mayorga then reached an out-of-court agreement, according to Stovall as reported in the magazine.It said, according to Stovall, that she had pledged never to speak of the accusation again and Ronaldo paid her $375,000.”Kathryn was sexually assaulted in June 2009 by an individual named Cristiano Ronaldo,” Mayorga’s lawyer, Leslie Mark Stovall, said in a video published online by Der Spiegel.Reuters was not able to independently verify Mayorga’s allegations.advertisementStovall did not immediately respond to email requests from Reuters for comment on the report and Mayorga was not available for comment in telephone calls to her home.Her lawyer told Der Spiegel, however, that he had filed a civil complaint seeking to declare the non-disclosure agreement void.”The purpose of this lawsuit is to hold Cristiano Ronaldo responsible within a civil court of law for the injuries he has caused Kathryn Mayorga and the consequences of those injuries,” Stovall told Der Spiegel.Schertz said he would seek compensation from Der Spiegel for “moral damages in an amount corresponding to the gravity of the infringement, which is probably one of the most serious violations of personal rights in recent years.”The magazine’s Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Alfred Weinzierl, told Reuters that Der Spiegel had repeatedly written to Ronaldo’s management and lawyers about the allegations before publishing its report.”We sent written questions, to which there were no answers. Nobody sued us in connection with earlier Ronaldo reports,” he said in an email.Mayorga told Der Spiegel she no longer felt bound by the non-disclosure agreement as she suffers from the consequences of the night nine years ago.”I’ve had like these serious breakdowns,” she told the magazine. “And again, blaming of the rape. And I blame him, and I blame myself for signing that thing.”last_img read more

first_imgIndia captain Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to bat first against Bangladesh in a crunch match of the ongoing World Cup 2019 on Tuesday at Edgbaston. While Kohli attributed the decision to the tendency of the pitch to slow down in the 2nd half, it was when commentator Ian Bishop asked him a question on his ‘conversion-rate’ that seems to have taken Kohli aback.When Bishop asked Kohli at the toss whether he is trying to figure out the fact that he has not converted any of his past 5 back-toback half-centuries into hundreds, Kohli said that he doesn’t ‘need to sit down and assess’ this aspect as he has already done it ‘a lot of times in the past’.”I don’t need to sit down and assess how to convert those (fifties into hundreds), I have done that a lot of times in the past. I’m really enjoying the way I’m batting at the moment. It’s just about contributing to the team,” Virat Kohli said at the toss.Five half-centuries in a row. Three figures today?Make sure to follow #BANvIND on the #CWC19 appAPPLE https://t.co/whJQyCahHrANDROID https://t.co/Lsp1fBwBKR pic.twitter.com/fhhxQrNZhKCricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) July 2, 2019Virat Kohli has already scored 41 hundreds in his ODI career to go along with 54 fifties combining for an astounding conversion rate of 43%. Possibly this was the reason, Kohli seemed stunned by the question.Earlier, Kohli defended his decision to bat first by saying: “It’s a used pitch. In the last game, it was getting slower and slower in the second half of the innings. We think it’s going to keep on deteriorating as the match progresses. Couple of changes looking at the short boundary.”advertisementThe two team changes which Kohli talked about were: Dinesh Karthik and Bhuvneshwar Kumar replacing Kedar Jadhav and Kuldeep Yadav.Teams:India: Lokesh Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli(c), Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni(w), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahBangladesh: Tamim Iqbal, Liton Das, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim(w), Soumya Sarkar, Mosaddek Hossain, Sabbir Rahman, Mohammad Saifuddin, Mashrafe Mortaza(c), Rubel Hossain, Mustafizur RahmanAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Abdul Razzaq praises Mohammed Shami, raises his religionAlso Read | Watch: Rihanna meets Chris Gayle, Carlos Brathwaite after Sri Lanka vs West Indies gamelast_img read more

first_imgThe ICC has thrown its weight behind umpire Kumar Dharmasena for the 1st time since the latter awarded eventual champions England 6 crucial overthrows in the fateful World Cup 2019 final against New Zealand on July 14 at Lord’s.In an exclusive interview with ESPNcricinfo, ICC’s general manager of cricket Geoff Allardice defended Dharmasena’s decision by saying that the on-field umpires ‘followed the right process’ as the playing conditions didn’t allow him to refer the decision to the TV umpire.”They (on-field umpires) had to make a judgment call on the day as to whether the batsmen had crossed when the throw was released. After everything that went on during that delivery, they got together over their comms system and made their decision. They certainly followed the right process when making the decision.”They were aware of the law when they made the judgment about whether the batsmen had crossed or not at the time. The playing conditions don’t allow them to refer to such a decision to a third umpire. The match referee cannot intervene when the umpires on the field have to make a judgment call like that,” explained Allardice.On the question of whether the World Cup trophy could have been shared between the finalists after the tie-breaker Super Over ended in a tie as well, Allardice gave the example of the last 2 editions saying that it has been a clear stand of the ICC to have a sole winner at the World Cup.”The consistent view has been that the World Cup final needs a winner and a Super Over was in the playing conditions to decide a tied Final in each of the last three World Cups (2011, 2015 and 2019).”advertisementHowever, Allardice conceded that the World Cup 2019 final would be “considered” by the ICC’s Cricket Committee, led by former India captain Anil Kumble.Also Read | Bangladesh fined for slow over-rate against Sri Lanka in 1st ODIAlso Read | MCC to review overthrow rules after Guptill-Stokes World Cup 2019 final incidentlast_img read more

first_imgGrand Final action in the 2007 Senior National Touch League has been fast and furious in sweltering conditions at the BCU Coffs Harbour International Stadium.In the Women’s 40s division Sharkies carried their momentum from a stunning semi-final upset over three time champions Scorpions all the way to NTL glory when they defeated the Tropical North Queensland Cyclones 7-4 in an entertaining grand final on Field one.Sharkies went to the break 2-1 up and the game looked evenly poised at oranges.From the restart former Australian Women’s Open representative Julie Styles scythed through for Cyclones to balance the ledger at 2-2.The two teams traded touchdowns and at 3-3  the game ebbed and flowed with each team searching for the vital chink in the opposition’s armour.Cyclones edged in front 4-3, and looked to be getting on top.Val Harrington evened the game up 4-4 and the championship minutes begun.Sharkies Lisa Miller broke the Cyclones back with back to back touchdowns, engineered by Terri Kronk.Virginia Ingham then sealed the deal for Sharkies with a late touchdown for a 7-4 triumph.Scorers: Sharks 7 – Miller (2), Kronk (1), Pearce (1), Jones (1), Harrington (1) Ingham (1)Cyclones 4 – Desbois (1), Styles (1), Stringini (1), Alison (1)Player of the Final: Heather Desbois (Cyclones)Player of the Series: Terri Kronk (Sharks)The Men’s 50s Grand final resulted in a 3-1 victory to Brisbane Cobras over first time finalists and hometown heroes Northern Eagles.Peter Hawes, Arthur Higgs, and Rob Mc Carthy took the Brisbane boys out to a commanding 3-0 lead before Terry Cohen scored for the Eagles midway through the second half to put the undefeated Cobras on notice that the locals would not go quietly, and at 3-1 the door was slightly ajar.Cobras stiffened their defence again and stood firm to complete a 3-1 victory and claim their first title in this division in NTL history.Scorers:Cobras 3 – Higgs (1), Hawes (1), Mc Carthy (1)Northern Eagles -1 – Cohen (1)Player of the Final: Peter Hawes (Cobras)Player of the Series: Kev Hickey (Cobras)The Men’s 45s title went to local favourites the Northern Eagles with a dour 1-0 victory over Southern Suns.Ian Saunders scored early for the Northern Eagles and the game was end to end as both teams created many opportunities that could not be converted.The Eagles hung on and celebrated their first victory in this division since their hat trick of titles in 1998, 1999, and 2000.Scorers:Northern Eagles – Saunders (1)Southern Suns – (0)The Richard Hamilton Memorial Medal for Player of the Final: Steve Hancock (Eagles)Player of the Series: John Clune (Southern Suns)In the Men’s 40s division the crowd was treated to a feast of flowing football with the star studded Scorpions outfit firing all the early salvos, at one point skipping out to a 5 – 1 lead against a rattled Southern Suns.Led by the Cheung brothers David and Jeff, Brett Gillard, and Australian Men’s 40 Years World Cup Captain Tim Kitchingham, the Scorps boys were looking the goods for their third title on the trot.Dave Elliott and Gary Lawless dragged the Suns back into the contest, but the Suns had given the experienced Scorps combination just too much of a start and despite fighting back to breath respectability back into the scoreline, went down 8-5 as the full time siren sounded.Scorers:Scorpions 8 – Collins (2), Keyes (1), Cheung J (1), Gillard (1), Mc Donald (1), Duguid (1), Stephens (1),Suns 5 –  Elliott (2), Lawless (1), Hearnden (1), Mc Dermott (1)Player of the Final: David Cheung (Scorpions)Player of the Series: Andy Yiangou (Mets)In the Men’s 35s South Queensland Sharks defeated a gallant Scorpions 6-5.The star studded Sharks line up with seven former Australian Open representatives have dominated proceedings all week and were expected to go on with the job today against a Scorpions team that were performing solidly, rather than spectacularly.Dave Roberts had the footy on a string and came out breathing fire for the Scorps. He was the architect of the Scorps attack, playing a hand in all of his team’s touchdowns.Scorps shocked the defending champions getting out to a 5-3 lead until mid way through the second half when the Sharkies got one back to trail by one.The mercurial Dave ‘Rager’ Raper, directing traffic better than Tom Croyden at peak hour in Mount Thomas, then produced a long ball from heaven to put the Sharkies back on level terms at 5-5.With time ticking away, and so many big name champions on the field, something had to give.Two minutes from time, it was appropriate that the biggest name of them all stepped up to the plate to produce the match winner.Scorps were hot on attack, when TFA Hall of Fame member and former Australian Men’s Open Captain Scott “Wommie” Notley instinctively snaffled an intercept off his own line and galloped 70 metres to clinch the title for the Sharks.Scorps had one last throw of the dice through Dave Roberts, but Dave Raper tidied up to send the Shark Tank into raptures with their back to back titles in the Men’s 35s division.Scorers:South Queensland Sharks – 6 – Notley (2), Daniels (1), Hope (1), Willett (1), Cashman (1)Scorpions -5- Martin (2), Leonard (1), Browne (1), Beale (1)Player of the Final : Ian Daniels (Sharks)Player of the Series: Shane Rigby (Sharks)The Women’s 30s Final was an absolute thriller with the Hunter Western Hornets getting home in a drop-off 6-5 over a gallant Rustlers team.Rustlers got out to an early 2-0 lead before Hunter Western Hornets pegged one back just before half time.The game ebbed and flowed and was up for grabs with Hunter Western Hornets getting back to 2-2 before the two sides traded two more touchdowns before regular time expired.Scores were locked at 4-4 at full time.Hornets had first use of the footy and scored through Kellie Johnson after a short side switch play.The Rustlers girls refused to go quietly into the afternoon and Tracey Upton crafted a touchdown for Wendy Evans to keep the drop off and Rustlers title hopes alive.In the ensuing set, Hunter Western Hornet’s Annette Zeman hit a gap through the middle to score her second touchdown for the game and wrap up the region’s first title in this division since 2003.Scorers:Hunter Western Hornets – 6 – Johnson (2), Hampton (2), Zeman (2)Rustlers – 5 – Kelly (2), Evans (2), Keating (1)Player of the Final : Kellie Johnson (Hornets)Player of the Series: Debbie Potts (Hornets)The Men’s 30s Final was a sensationational display of power touch from the Southern Suns who destroyed the Defence Force Warriors 12 -2 in an exceptional display of  controlled rucking and expansive ball play.Australian Open Men’s star Matt Curran led the way, but was well supported by Chris ‘Tarlo’ Tarlinton who bagged a hat trick of touchdowns along with Charles Nye.World Cup representatives Dean Taylor and Ben Smith also stood up to play dominant roles for the Suns.The Suns boys had raced to a 5-0 lead by oranges and went right on with the job in the second stanza.The Suns boys dedicated their victory to Rod Wise, the Suns hard working and dedicated Tour Leader for many years who has announced his retirement from the role.Scorers:Southern Suns – 12 – Tarlinton (3), Nye (3), Curran (1), Carter (1), Giason (1), Smith (1), Monterosso (1), Oyston (1)Defence Force Warriors – 2 – Petrovic (1), Softley (1)Player of the Final: Dean Taylor (Southern Suns)Player of the Series: Matt Curran (Southern Suns)For the results and tables for all divisons go to the TFA SPORTINGPULSE WEBSITElast_img read more

Western Digital buying SanDisk in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $19 billion by The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2015 6:16 am MDT Last Updated Oct 21, 2015 at 7:40 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email IRVINE, Calif. – Western Digital, a maker of hard drives for businesses and personal computers, is buying SanDisk in a cash-and-stock deal worth about $19 billion as it looks to extend its reach in the storage industry.The buyout values SanDisk’s stock at about $86.50 per share, a 15 per cent premium to Tuesday’s closing price.Western Digital and flash-memory chip maker SanDisk said that they have complementary product lines, including hard disk drives, solid-state drives, cloud datacenter storage solutions and flash storage solutions.“The combined company will be ideally positioned to capture the growth opportunities created by the rapidly evolving storage industry,” Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan said in a written statement. Sanjay Mehrotra, president and CEO of SanDisk, is expected to join Western Digital’s board when the transaction closes.If a previously announced investment in Western Digital from Unisplendour closes prior to the acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of its stock for each Sandisk share. If not, the price will be $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares for each share of Milpitas, California-based SanDisk Corp.In September it was announced that Unisplendour, a division of China’s Tsinghua Holdings, was becoming a minority shareholder in Western Digital with a $3.78 billion investment.Milligan will serve as CEO of the combined business, which will keep its headquarters at Western Digital’s Irvine, California location.The boards of both companies have approved the deal, which is targeted to close in 2016’s third quarter. It still needs approval from SanDisk shareholders.The transaction is expected to add to adjusted earnings per share within a year of the deal’s closing. Pending the closing of the transaction, Western Digital expects to continue paying its quarterly dividend and plans to suspend its stock buyback program.Shares of Western Digital Corp. dropped more than 1 per cent in premarket trading Wednesday shortly before the market open. Shares of SanDisk gained more than 4 per cent. read more

“For hundreds of thousands of women, escaping their ruined homeland was only the first step in a journey of grinding hardship,” said António Guterres, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, whose office compiled the report, Woman Alone: The Fight for Survival by Syria’s Refugee Women.“It’s shameful,” Mr. Guterres added. “They are being humiliated for losing everything.” Forced to take responsibility for their families after their partners were killed, captured or otherwise separated, the women are caught in a “spiral of hardship, isolation and anxiety,” according to the authors. More than 145,000 Syrian refugee families are headed by women in those countries. “Syrian refugee women are the glue holding together a broken society,” said Angelina Jolie, UNHCR’s Special Envoy. “Their strength is extraordinary, but they are struggling alone. Their voices are an appeal for help and protection which cannot be ignored.”The report, based on the personal testimony of 135 women interviewed over three months in early 2014, found that 60 per cent of the women expressed feeling insecure, and one in three said they were too scared or overwhelmed to even leave their home. Nuha came to Cairo with her husband, but he was shot and killed while at work. “I don’t want to leave the house because of the sadness in my heart,” she told UNHCR. “We left death in Syria only to find it waiting for us here in Egypt.”Many women complained of regular verbal harassment – by taxi drivers, bus drivers, landlords, and service providers, as well as men in shops, at the market, on public transport and even at aid distributions.“I was living in dignity, but now no one respects me because I’m not with a man,” said Zahwa, who added that she was even harassed by refugees when collecting food coupons in Jordan.The harassment includes sexual and gender-based violence, and their children face mounting trauma and distress, according to the report. The top difficulty reported by the women is financial. As the sole breadwinners, most of the women are struggling to pay rent, and selling anything of value, including their wedding rings. Only one-fifth of the women have paying jobs, UNHCR found. Twenty per cent of the women reported support from relatives. Others said they relied on charity, such as staying for free in a mosque. Of the women interviewed, one-quarter received cash assistance from the UNHCR or other aid agency, with the majority of these women entirely dependent on the aid. This assistance is falling short of what is needed, the UN agency reported, calling “on donors to do more to help Syrian refugee women get back on their feet and earn enough money to live.”UNHCR also noted legal barriers from visa and other restrictions separating families from their husbands.There are currently 2.9 million Syrian refugees registered in the region, with numbers growing at a rate of 100,000 people every month, according to UNHCR. If trends continue, the total number of refugees is expected to reach 3.6 million by the end of the year. read more

CONGRESSIHF Decision about the host country of the Men’s World Championship 2019 will be made during the last day of IHF Congress 2013 in Doha, Qatar on October 28. Huge interest for organizing these kind of events made from handball “unforgettable experience” for all the fans in the hall, but also society in general and great impact on the image of host cities and countries.After Spain, Qatar 2015 and France 2017, some of these countries will get a chance to welcome handball world:GERMANY AND DENMARKJoined candidature of two countries with strong handball, but also financial background is maybe the serious offer for the delegates in Doha. Germany has already organized great event in 2007 with spectacular final day in “Lanxess Arena” in Cologne, while Denmark was the host nation 35 years ago – 1978, which was the year of the first German gold medal. The biggest minus for German organization was the refferes’ standard in the matches of the home team. Gold medal from 2007 was the start of new era in German handball with some great handball project as Berlin, Hamburg and Mannheim, but results of national team in the recent years stopped greater progress. Openning match and semi-finals in Germany and final day in Denmark. What do you think about that?SWEDENSweden organized successfully the World Championship 2011 and probably the chances to repeat that in only 8 years are small, but this Scandinavian country have all the resources for that.  Last event was well organized in beautiful halls as “Malmo Arena” with 14.000 spectators where the final match took place.NORWAYThe richest country in Europe organized Men’s EHF EURO 2008, but despite Scandinavian coldness in January, there were no too positive comments about the whole event. Although good level of living standard, Norway didn’t show a lot of big sports facilities and wasn’t to interested to organize big sports event. Hopefully that will be changed if they get a chance to organize World Championship.POLANDPolish handball revolution began in Germany 2007. Great results of the Polish NT, but also two big teams, Kielce and Wisla, made the handball popular in the country of 37.mil people. Handball infrastructure will be built for EHF EURO 2016, but Polish people want more…HUNGARY AND SLOVAKIATwo central European countries with strong handball background, especially Hungary, want to organize the biggest event in handball hierarchy. Budapest is the place for the final clash with the hall over 13.000 seats. Hungarians are the one of the most passionate nation for handball, both male of female. It could be interesting to see that….What do you think? Who has to be organizer of Men’s WCh 2019?Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment. ← Previous Story ALGERIA: Draw for African Championship 2014 Next Story → TITI TO MISS EHF EURO 2014? Omeyer next 3 months out! read more

The third very interesting second match of the VELUX EHF CL TOP 8 will be played in Skopje after Veszprem and Barcelona! German SG Flensburg packed only+2 goals against RK Vardar 24:22 (13:14) in front of 6.300 home fans in “Flens Arena”. It looked like that Ljubomir Vranjes’ team will celebrate convincing win after ten minutes without goal of Macedonians (21:20 – 24:20) from 45 to 55th minute, but at the end Vardar’s goalkeeper Petar Angelov ended fantastic evening with a few more saves which caused better result for his team.Macedonians played brave and smart handball during first 35 minutes. Playmaker Igor Karacic was unstopable until 16:14 (35th), when German defense become the decisive factor on the court with a lot of fast breaks and “first wave” goals by Mogesen, Glandorf and the others. Flensburg took the match in own hands, but that wasn’t enough to make some bigger advantage before the second match in Skopje next weekend…SG FLENSBURG – RK VARDAR 24:22 (13:14)Flens ArenaGledalaca – 6.300FLENSBURG: Andersson 5 saves, Rasmussen six saves, Eggert 5(2)/7, Glandorf 4/7, Svan Hansen 5/6, Mogesen 5/8, Nenadić 1/3, Weinhold 0/1, Gottfridson 2/3, Heinl 1/1VARDAR: Karačić 9(3)/15, Lazarov 1/4, Dibirov 3(1)/10, Toskić 3/3, Brumen 4/4, Pribak 1/2, Dujshebaev 1/5RESULTS: 3:1 (3.) 5:2 (6.) 6:3 (8.) 8:5 (12.) 8:8 (16.) 10:10 (18.) 12:12 (26.) 12:13 (28.) 13:15 (32.) 14:16 (35.) 18:17 (39.) 20:17 (41.) 20:19 (43.) 21:20 (46.) 23:20 (51.) 24:20 (54.) 24:21 (56.) 24:22 (57.)Man of the Match: Petar Angelov (Vardar)OTHER RESULTS:RHEIN NECKAR LOWEN – FC BARCELONA 38:31RK METALURG – THW KIEL 21:31PSG HANDBALL – MKB MVM VESZPREM 26:28 RK VardarSG Flensburg ← Previous Story VIDEO: Masterpiece by Uwe Gensheimer Next Story → Danish Play-Off semis: Aalborg VS Skjern, KIF KK against Holstebro read more

first_imgUKRAINE’S NEW WESTERN-BACKED leader agreed to dialogue with separatists not implicated in “murder and torture” as he laid out a peace plan that Russian President Vladimir Putin promised to back.Petro Poroshenko’s initiative follows his announcement on Friday of a week-long unilateral ceasefire in the government’s 10-week campaign against pro-Russian rebels that has claimed more than 375 lives and displaced tens of thousands.The hostilities raged on over the weekend despite Poroshenko’s order as government forces used mortar fire to repel waves of raids by militias in the eastern rustbelt who rejected the terms of his pact.“Both of my grandfathers were killed in World War II fighting the Nazis,” said a rebel named Andriy as he prepared ammunition for a heavy machinegun in his battle against what many separatists refer to as the “fascist” in power in Kiev today.“I will continue their fight,” the 31-year-old said. Ukraine’s border guards reported two raids by the rebels in the eastern Lugansk region early on Sunday that resulted in no casualties.The 48-year-old confectionery tycoon — elected on May 25 in snap polls called after months of deadly pro-EU protests toppled Kiev’s Kremlin-backed president in February — said that a peaceful settlement was “our plan A”.“But those who are planning to use peaceful negotiations only to buy time and regroup their forces must know that we have a detailed plan B. I am not going to speak of it now because I believe that our peaceful plan will work out,” he added in the 12-minute address.Putin on Sunday vowed to stand behind Poroshenko’s peace efforts as long as they led to “substantial dialogue” between the two sides.“Russia will certainly support these intentions. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is a political process,” Putin told reporters.“It is important for dialogue between all warring parties to originate on the basis of this peace plan,” Putin said in his most overt endorsement of the blueprint to date.- © AFP 2014Read: Russia orders troops to be on “full combat alert”last_img read more

first_imgEverton boss Maco Silva has allowed Kieran Dowell to join Sheffield United on loan for the rest of the season but said the club would fight to keep hold of Idrissa Gana Gueye even as Paris Saint-Germain targets him.When asked about the PSG interest on the defender, Silva said as was quoted in the Guardian.“I have heard nothing about that but Gana is an important player for our squad,” Silva said.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We don’t want to lose him.”Silva doesn’t plan for a busy transfer window but prefers to conduct business in summer.“January is always a difficult market; sometimes you only need it if you have a bad injury or something special happens. The perfect decision would be one player to come and improve our squad but we have to be 100%, or at least 95%, sure that the signing would make an improvement,” Silva added.last_img read more

first_img(WSVN) – An online game that circulated on social media in anticipation to this weekend’s Royal Wedding could have put your personal accounts at risk of being hacked, according to tech experts.The “Royal Name Game” asked social media users to share their royal name – start with the title Lord/Lady, followed by the name of one of your grandparents, the name of your first pet and the street you grew up on.According to Fox 19, the widely shared post could pose a threat to anyone who participated.“If they’re asking you what could be security rated questions like ‘what’s your mother’s maiden name?’ Things that you would get asked that would allow you to perhaps reset a password, login to a system through some alternative approach, they could be taking that information and be attempting to hack into systems with that,” Fox 19 Tech Expert Dave Hatter said.Hatter also warned the public about websites asking for similar information. “They’re not just creating these things just for fun,” he said. “They have some kind of financial incentive otherwise they wouldn’t be wasting their time on it.”If you participated in the “Royal Name Game” it’s advised you change your password and check your privacy settings.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgNORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, FLA. (WSVN) – The Miami-Dade Police Department held an event to reduce gun violence by taking guns off the streets.The community event at Gwen Cherry Park in Miami, Saturday, was part of the Computers for Guns exchange program. The guns were bought back by the Miami-Dade Police Department through a federal grant.New laptops, courtesy of Miami-Dade Police Department, were given to individuals who turned in a gun with no questions asked.The event also featured other activities, such as raffles, food and drinks.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgSingapore based low-cost airliner Tiger Asia has gone for an image makeover changing its name to ‘Tigerair’ along with a brand new logo.”We have initiated a series of changes since late last year, and this brand identity should be seen as a reinforcement of our commitment towards a better and bolder Tigerair,” said Koay Peng Yen, Group CEO of Tiger Airways Holdings, on the rebranding.The new look has the airliner dropping the ‘leaping tiger’ logo for a suave ‘Tigerair’ font with a blush of orange accents to give it a contemporary feel.According to the company, the “fresh and upbeat look” embodies its “brand personality of (being) warm, passionate and genuine.”Dr Seshan Ramaswami, associate professor of marketing education at Singapore Management University, said the new look is a welcome change from the older tiger leaping logo which he felt was “a little brash” and “in-your-face”.”(The new logo) signals a change from an aggressive emphasis on price alone to slowly developing other competitive advantages,” Dr Ramaswami was quoted saying by Asia One.Samir Dixit, managing director at Brand Finance, said the new logo is “an attempt to erase the past and start afresh.”Tigerair Managing director Ho Yuen Sang also revealed the airliner’s plans for expansion of its air base in Malaysia based on increasing passenger demands.”We are looking at Ipoh, Kuala Terengganu and Kota Kinabalu as the new destinations for Tigerair. Currently, Tigerair stops in Penang and Kuala Lumpur,” said Ho at the unveiling of the new look, reported The Star Online.The airliner also aims to increase the number of passengers by about 20 per cent by March 2014 and it has leased six A320 airbuses. Tigerair had carried 4.5 million passengers in 2012.The firm had recently sold 60 percent of its holdings in its Australian subsidy to Richard Branson’s Virgin Australia.last_img read more

first_imgIndian stock markets ended in the red Tuesday dragged by a fall in Asian equities on account of Japan’s central bank keeping prevailing negative interest rates unchanged after its meeting the same day. The S&P BSE Sensex slumped more than a percent to close at 24,551, down 253 points, while the 50-scrip NSE Nifty settled at 7,461, a loss of 78 points, or 1.04 percent. The biggest loser on the Sensex was Lupin which fell sharply in trade in response to the company informing the stock exchanges that the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA) has made nine observations after inspecting its Goa facility. The stock closed at Rs 1,726, down 7.59 percent from its previous close. Other stocks that pulled the Sensex down included HDFC, Dr Reddy’s Labs, Cipla, Sun Pharma and ITC. Gainers on the Sensex included State Bank of India, Tata Steel, Bharti Airtel and Axis Bank. The US Federal Reserve’s two-day meeting that begins Tuesday (March 15) would be a significant trigger for Indian stock markets on Wednesday. The Fed is expected to keep short-term interest rates on hold in view of global uncertainties, after having raised the benchmark rates from almost zero to 0.25-0.50 percent in December last year.The markets shrugged off retail inflation data released late Monday after market hours. Retail inflation was down to 5.18 percent in February from a 17-month high in the previous month.The easing of retail inflation is being seen as providing enough space for the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to cut the repo rate.”For the time being, a disciplined fiscal stance, larger than expected decline in IIP and a drop in CPI inflation have converged, and we continue to expect that the RBI will cut the policy repo rate by 25bp to 6.5% at its upcoming policy meeting (5 April),” HSBC Global Research said in a note.last_img read more

first_imgA woman casts her ballot during country`s general elections in Chegutu, Zimbabwe on 30 July. Photo: ReutersCounting began in Zimbabwe on Monday in the first election since the removal of former president Robert Mugabe, a watershed vote that could pull a pariah state back into the international fold and spark an economic revival.The election is a two-horse race between 75-year-old President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a long-time Mugabe ally, and 40-year-old Nelson Chamisa, a lawyer and pastor who is vying to become Zimbabwe’s youngest head of state.Mnangagwa is viewed as the frontrunner, though the latest opinion polls showed a tight race. There will be a runoff on 8 September if no candidate wins more than half the votes.Voting closed at 7:00 pm (1700 GMT). The official result has to be announced within five days but there will likely be an indication of the outcome on Tuesday.Zimbabwe’s electoral commission said voter turnout had averaged 75 per cent, higher than in the last vote in 2013.Zimbabweans are also electing 210 members of parliament and more than 9,000 councillors.The election winner faces the task of putting Zimbabwe back on track after 37 years of Mugabe rule tainted by corruption, mismanagement and diplomatic isolation that caused a crisis in a country that once had one of Africa’s most promising economies.A credible vote is essential if Zimbabwe is to exit painful sanctions and secure the donor funding and investment needed to stem chronic cash shortages.Chamisa said the Zimbabwe Electoral Commission was impeding voting in urban areas where he enjoys strong support but gave no evidence to back the claim.“The people’s will being negated & undetermined due to these deliberate and unnecessary delays,” he said in a tweet. The ZEC was not immediately available to comment. It has denied Chamisa’s previous allegations of bias.Reuters spoke to several international observers who said the voting process had been slow at some stations but it did not appear to them to be intentional.Chamisa said his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) would win if there was no “ballot mischief”, making it likely he will challenge the outcome if Mnangagwa prevails. A contested result is likely to lead to street protests and possible violence.EU chief observer Elmar Brok said many voters, particularly young women, left voting queues in frustration at long delays. The EU has not yet concluded how to judge the vote, he said.Dozens of people were killed ahead of a runoff in 2008 between Mugabe and MDC-founder Morgan Tsvangirai, who died of cancer in February.Mugabe, 94, led the war for independence and since 1980 has dominated the country’s politics. But since he stepped down under military pressure in November he has lived in obscurity.He emerged on the eve of the election to announce he would vote for the opposition, surprising Mnangagwa who accused him of striking a deal with Chamisa.“Democratic Space “Mugabe made no comment to reporters as he cast his ballot around lunchtime accompanied by his wife, Grace. A huge crowd gathered outside, some cheering, many booing.Mnangagwa, a former intelligence chief, denied Mugabe’s claim that the vote would not be free since it was being run by a “military government”.“I can assure you that this country is enjoying democratic space which has never been experienced before,” Mnangagwa told public television after voting.Mnangagwa, of the Zimbabwe African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF), has been president since the military ousted Mugabe in a bloodless coup.Elections under Mugabe were often marred by intimidation, rigging and violence but the consensus is the build-up to this vote has been better than before, although Chamisa complained about a flawed voters’ roll and opaque ballot paper printing.“Victory is certain, the people have spoken,” Chamisa said after casting his ballot in Harare as a cheering crowd chanted: “President! President! The president is here!”“I have no doubt that by end of day today we should be very clear as to an emphatic voice for change.”Chamisa has attracted young and unemployed voters frustrated with nearly four decades of ZANU-PF rule.“I’ll vote for Chamisa because it is a vote for change, it is a vote for the youth. Tomorrow we will have a new president,” said Fabian Matsika, a security guard in Harare.Credibility“ZANU-PF is the only party that I have voted for,” said Elizabeth Kamhunga, 67, after casting her vote in Harare. “We may have made some mistakes but I think president Mnangagwa is the only person who has the interests of Zimbabwe at heart.”The European Union, the United States and the Commonwealth have sent observers.“It is exciting to see so many Zimbabweans casting ballots,” said former Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, co-leader of the National Democratic Institute’s observer mission.“However the public’s faith in the secrecy of the ballot is essential for the credibility of the process. We urge the authorities to do everything possible to ensure the secrecy of today’s vote.”Mnangagwa has made a big effort to win over foreign opinion; hosting Western ambassadors, courting investors and patching up relations with white commercial farmers who were violently evicted from their farms under Mugabe.last_img