Congress yet to decide on poll pact in Punjab

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh on Tuesday said a decision on any electoral alliance in Punjab for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections would be taken by the Congress high command at the appropriate time.He was replying to a media query about the possibility of a poll alliance on the lines of the one forged by Samajwadi Party with Bahujan Samaj Party and Congress in Uttar Pradesh.Talking to journalists on the sidelines of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation convention in Patiala, Capt. Amarinder Singh said any decision in this regard would be taken by the party’s central leadership.In response to another question, he hinted at a new Sports Minister being appointed in the State’s Cabinet expansion, which is expected to take place soon. “The new Sports Policy would be finalised thereafter,” he said.On the issue of alleged illegal mining in Patiala, he promised a thorough probe and action. “I won’t allow illegal mining to continue,” he said, pointing out that he had already issued stringent directives to the police and the concerned administrative departments to crack down against such activities taking place in any part of the State.On the report submitted by the Special Task Force (STF) in the drugs case, Capt. Singh said the matter was sub judice and he could, therefore, not comment on the same.last_img read more

Mets Own The Reds Once Again, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Lucas Duda walked out of the dugout onto the on-deck circle with Cincinnati leading the Mets by three runs in the seventh inning following Juan Lagares’ one-out walk. Kevin Plawecki’s single off Brandon Finnegan put runners at the corners.Reds manager Bryan Price stood a full 50 seconds by the top step of the dugout, waiting for the Mets to make a move with reliever Logan Verrett due up, then walked to the mound as Duda returned to New York’s dugout without being introduced.Suddenly, Yoenis Cespedes appeared in the dugout, taping his wrists. After missing three straight games because of a leg injury, Cespedes walked up to the plate and rocketed a 93 mph fastball for a three-run homer.Slumping David Wright had a go-ahead single later in the inning, and the Mets rallied past Cincinnati 4-3 on April 26 for their 10th straight win against the Reds.Was Duda a decoy or a delay?Even Plawecki wasn’t sure who would pinch hit for Verrett (3-0). As Plawecki waited, he spoke with Reds first baseman Joey Votto.“He was like, ‘What’s going on?’ I said, ‘I’m just as confused as you are,’” Plawecki recalled. “That was a pretty crazy sequence of events.”Collins at first maintained the Mets couldn’t find Cespedes, who had been hitting in the batting cage earlier.“I said, ‘Luca, someone’s got to be on deck. I’m not putting you in, but go on deck,’” the manager explained.But then, when asked whether he was trying to make the Reds think Cespedes was unavailable, Collins left a hint.“Well,” he said before chucking, “I don’t necessarily bring up my thoughts behind the whole thing.”Duda wouldn’t explain his point of view.“Guys, you got to talk to Terry about that,” he said.Cespedes had fluid drained from his bruised right thigh April 25. Price could have elected to bring in left-hander Tony Cingrani (0-2) or right-hander Caleb Cotham, who were both warming up.Price left in the left-handed Finnegan to face the right-hander, and on Finnegan’s next pitch — his 107th and last of the night — Cespedes electrified the small Citi Field crowd.The ball left his bat at 111 mph and went just over the 8-foot blue wall erected for the 2012 season. It caromed off the deeper, taller green wall that set the original dimensions in 2009, and Cespedes initially seemed to think the ball was in play. But third base umpire Sam Holbrook immediately signaled home run, and Cespedes took a slow trot around the bases.To the dismay of the Mets, Cespedes left the ballpark immediately after the game and did not speak with reporters.“It was like out of a movie scene,” Wright said. “All we needed was the fans to start chanting his name and him come out and have about five bats in his hand and start throwing them into the dugout and go up there, pick his favorite one and hit a homer.”Price insisted he wasn’t played.“I knew if I went to Cotham, they’d go to Duda, and he was the healthier player, so I wasn’t sure if they were going to use Cespedes solely as a decoy or not,” Price said.“Either way, if Cespedes was going to hit in that situation, I liked him against Finnegan because Finnegan had the three-pitch mix — as opposed to, I could have brought in Tony to keep Duda on the bench.”Cespedes’ sixth home run of the season was the major league-high 38th allowed by the Reds. Cingrani then relieved and Curtis Granderson tripled over speedy center fielder Billy Hamilton and off the fence in left-center.Asdrubal Cabrera struck out, and Wright fell behind 0-2 in the count before lining a fastball into left field. He had been 1 for 17 with runners in scoring position this year.“It looked like one of those games we were going to lose,” Wright said.Addison Reed pitched a hitless eighth, and Jeurys Familia got three straight outs for his seventh save in seven chances.In a matchup of youthful gumption and veteran savvy, 23-year-old Finnegan pitched one-hit shutout ball for five innings against 42-year-old Bartolo Colon, then escaped two-on, no-out trouble in the sixth.Votto hit a third-inning sacrifice fly and Ivan DeJesus Jr. had a two-run homer in the fourth against Colon, who with 3,004 1/3 innings moved past the Yankees’ CC Sabathia to become the leader among active pitchers.New York has won five straight overall and eight of nine. The Mets are 10-2 since a four-game losing streak, pulling within two games of NL East-leading Washington.Just like during the last two months of last season, Cespedes was the difference. “You’ve got to just believe wholly 100 percent, and he does.” Collins said. “You just shake your head.”(RONALD BLUM, AP Baseball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Deontay Wilder knocks out Dominic Breazeale in 1st round to retain WBC Heavyweight title

first_imgDeontay Wilder believes they are coming, the mega matchup with Anthony Joshua and the rematch with Tyson Fury.Until then, he moved onto some business with Dominic Breazeale.He took care of it quickly and emphatically.Wilder got back into the win column Saturday night, knocking out Breazeale with an overpowering right hand in the first round to defend his heavyweight title.”There’s been a lot of animosity and a lot of words that were said and it just came out of me tonight,” Wilder said.Wilder hurt Breazeale with a right to the head early in their fight at Barclays Center, but the challenger had recovered from that early onslaught. But there was no coming back from the right later in the round that immediately dropped Breazeale, who was trying to get up as referee Harvey Dock counted him out at 2:17 of the round.”When I hit him with the right hand the first time, his body language changed,” Wilder said.And with the last one, Breazeale’s body language crumpled.Wilder (41-0-1, 40 KOs) was coming off his draw against Fury in December, the first fight of his pro career that wasn’t a victory. He wanted a rematch with Fury or a unification match with fellow champion Joshua, but settled for a mandatory defense of his WBC title when those couldn’t be made.He ended it quickly, finishing off Breazeale (20-2) after being pushed hard in each of his last two fights.Wilder weighed in at a little more than 223 pounds, a gain from the 209 he was at for the Fury fight, but still well below the 245 he set as a goal after feeling he was too small in that bout, in which he dropped Fury with a huge combination in the 12th round but had to settle for the draw when the challenger was able to get up and finish the fight.advertisementAn immediate rematch was expected before Fury surprisingly went another route.”I understand what Tyson Fury did. When you get dropped on the canvas like that, I understand you have to get yourself back together,” Wilder said. “But the rematch will happen, like all these other fights will happen. The great thing is all these fights are in discussion. The big fights will happen.”And Wilder won’t need any more pounds as long as he still has one of the most feared right hands in boxing.Breazeale had downplayed Wilder’s power, saying heavyweights are supposed to hit hard. But he should certainly be a believer now.He was challenging for a heavyweight title for the second time, having been stopped by Joshua in the seventh round three years ago in Britain. He said he had learned and grown from that fight, but there’s nothing that could have prepared him for what faced in landing just two punches before 13,181 fans in Brooklyn.”This was a situation where he landed the big right hand before I did,” Breazeale said. “I thought I was going to come on in the later rounds. I’ll be back and go for the heavyweight title again.”Wilder and Joshua was the fight just about everyone in boxing would prefer to see, but so far it’s been all talk without seriously moving close to action.Joshua will be making his U.S. debut at nearby Madison Square Garden on June 1, so perhaps they could try again afterward to negotiate a bout.Wilder easily put aside the letdown of not fighting Joshua or Fury again because of his anger toward Breazeale over an altercation involving family members at an Alabama hotel in 2017. He went as far as to tout his ability to kill a man in the ring, remarks for which WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman said would be addressed by the organization in a hearing.Wilder was coming off tough tests in his last two bouts, getting rocked by Luis Ortiz in their March 2018 fight in this arena before stopping the Cuban in the 10th round, and needing a knockdown in the final round to secure the draw with Fury.He looked like a picture of peace as he carried his young daughter into the arena about three hours earlier, but was back to making his case as boxing’s baddest man once the fighting started.In the other title fight on the card, Gary Russell Jr. (30-1, 18 KOs) defended his piece of the featherweight title when the referee stopped his bout with Kiko Martinez (39-9-2) late in the fifth round on the advice of the ringside doctor because of a bad cut over the challenger’s left eye.advertisementlast_img read more

Bob Stoops Agrees With Mike Gundy That OSU Has One Loss

first_imgIf 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! After Oklahoma State thumped TCU on Saturday in Ft. Worth, Mike Gundy once again visited that pesky loss to Central Michigan way back in September.“Nobody will ever convince me we didn’t get the win,” said Gundy. “I know Kirby had mentioned the committee feels a certain way about that game, but I think Kirby is playing poker and they see us as a 10-win team. That’s just my opinion.”I expected that.What I didn’t expect is for Bob Stoops to agree with Gundy after OU crushed West Virginia in Morgantown on Saturday night.“In my eyes they only have one loss, if you play by the rules,” said Stoops. “They review everything else out here. They review a first down. You couldn’t review if that play should have been allowed or not. I have one of those. I count myself with one extra victory. That one at Oregon that everyone counted as a loss. My record book is a little different than everybody else’s.”Stoops is of course referencing the crazy Oregon-OU game from 2006 when Oregon recovered an onside kick it touched early and should not have gotten. The refs for that game were also suspended.One loss, two losses or zero losses, it doesn’t matter when it comes to the Big 12 (although it might for the CFB Playoff!) because Bedlam, for the fourth time in six seasons will once again be for the Big 12 championship.last_img read more

My injury made me more of a man – Florenzi

first_imgRoma My injury made me more of a man – Florenzi Robin Bairner Last updated 2 years ago 16:57 17/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Alessandro Florenzi, Edin Dzeko, Roma, Serie A, 16092017 Getty Images Roma Roma v Hellas Verona Hellas Verona Serie A Daniele De Rossi was singled out by the Italy international for helping him regain his best form as he came through his first match in close to a year Roma star Alessandro Florenzi believes that a serious knee injury has given him more character.The Italy international made a triumphant return for his club after serious injury, making his first start for 11 months when they faced Hellas Verona in Serie A in a right-back role.Benevento 6/1 to beat Roma Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing With 30 minutes of that match gone, he created a goal for Edin Dzeko as Roma ran out 3-0 winners.“I used my injury for myself, in my head, to make me more of a man than I was,” the 26-year-old told Sky Sport Italia. “Previously, my life was based around work, now that’s even more so.”Florenzi explained how difficult it was to be out for the best part of the year and picked out one team-mate in particular for helping him back to his best.“You miss so many things when you’re not on the field,” he said. “But it needs to be put in the background. Without the affections of my wife and daughter, I wouldn’t be able to do everything I did. From the football side of things, though, Daniele De Rossi definitely helped me most of all.”In the early standings, Roma lie seventh in Serie A but with the return of Florenzi to their ranks, they will hope to improve upon that position.last_img read more

Messi must win WC to reach Maradona’s level – Bilardo

first_imgArgentina Messi must win World Cup to reach Maradona’s level – Bilardo Seth Vertelney Last updated 1 year ago 07:17 4/2/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(5) Lionel Messi, Argentina training Getty Argentina Lionel Messi World Cup The manager who led Argentina to glory in 1986 believes the Barcelona star needs one final title to round off his career Former Argentina manager Carlos Bilardo believes that Lionel Messi must win a World Cup in order to be considered on Diego Maradona’s level. Bilardo led Maradona and Co. to World Cup glory in 1986, the second time Argentina lifted football’s biggest prize. Messi has come close to winning major international honours with the Albiceleste, but has fallen short in the World Cup final against Germany in 2014 and the Copa America final against Chile in 2015 and 2016.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player And despite a slew of individual honours and trophies with Barcelona, the 30-year-old is still lacking when compared to one of the game’s all-time greats, according to Bilardo.”Messi is always compared to Maradona, to reach that same level he needs to bring the World Cup to Argentina,” Bilardo told Brazilian newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo.Bilardo does feel that Messi has a decent shot at lifting that elusive international trophy in Russia this summer.”They have a good chance,” Bilardo said of Argentina.”Messi needs to be given total freedom, with no defensive obligations.”The team is strong and can go one better than in 2014, when we could have won.”We were better than Germany.”Argentina face Iceland, Nigeria and Croatia in group play in Russia this summer.last_img read more

Stephen Hawking Hosts First Ever reddit AMA

first_imgWhile advances in artificial intelligence are poised to solve some of humankind’s most difficult problems, iconic theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking cautions that the technology could spell the end of the human race if left unchecked.Nokia & WIRED Announce First Ever reddit AMA With Stephen HawkingHawking is an early adopter of communications technology — a primitive form of AI — but he fears the consequences of machines that could supersede humans.“We must build safeguards into AI research and development to be sure that we use it for beneficial purposes versus it controlling us,” Hawking said.Along with tech luminaries Elon Musk and Bill Gates, Hawking signed an open letter earlier this year imploring researchers to balance the benefits of AI with the risks. The letter acknowledges that AI innovations could help eradicate disease and poverty, but it puts the onus on scientists on the front lines of artificial intelligence R&D to keep the human factor front and center in their research.Hawking plans to discuss his concerns about AI and answer questions on other topics in his first ever reddit Ask Me Anything (AMA), as part of the Nokia & WIRED #maketechhuman initiative.“The #maketechhuman debate that Nokia has enabled is all about ensuring that technology serves humanity, in the right way,” said Barry French, Chief Marketing Officer, Nokia. “I cannot imagine a better person to add value to this discussion than Professor Hawking. Nokia is honored, and I am personally honored, by the fact that he will join us on his first ever reddit Ask Me Anything conversation.”The AMA will take place over several days, which is a first for reddit. Hawking will be accepting questions from Monday, July 27 through Tuesday, August 4 at and will provide answers in the next few weeks.For more information on the AMA and #maketechhuman, visit WIRED & Nokia first launched the initiative back in March with an AMA hosted by World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee.last_img read more

Students connect with store owners at annual job fair

Brock and Niagara College students will head to the Pen Centre on Sept. 14 for the annual Shop for Jobs job fair.More than 45 stores are expected to participate in the fair, which runs from 12 noon to 6 p.m. Students in search of part-time work walk around the mall, resumes to hand, to speak with representatives from participating stores. Sometimes there are on-the-spot interviews.Students who visit Brock’s community booth can fill out a ballot to win a $100 Pen Centre gift certificate.For more information on the event, contact Lisa Kuiper, employer development co-ordinator, at For a list of participating stores, visit Career Services. read more

Cannabis worth €13 million seized in Louth

first_imgTHE GARDA NATIONAL Drugs Unit searched a yard in Termonfeckin, County Louth yesterday afternoon and discovered cannabis herb with an estimated street value of €1,320,000.The search was done with the assistance of Drogheda Drugs Unit and was part of an on-going intelligence-led operation.Two men aged 40 and 59 were arrested at the scene and detained under provisions two of the Criminal Justice Drug Trafficking Act 1996 at Drogheda Garda Station.The two men appeared in court today at 4.30pm.last_img read more

Munster sign Donnacha Ryan up for three more years

first_imgMUNSTER RUGBY HAS announced the signing of lock Donnacha Ryan on a three-year deal. The new deal will see Ryan stay at Munster until the summer of 2017 and ends speculation of a move to France.Ryan, who made his debut with the province in 2004, was linked to a move to Perpignan next summer and had been the club’s guest at a Top 14 match earlier this year. The Tipperary native appeared in Munster’s 18-17 win over Perpignan yesterday and has delivered another blow by staying on in Ireland.Munster coach Rob Penney said, “Donnacha’s quality and versatility will continue to be major asset for the squad as well as the key leadership role he plays both on and off the field.”Ryan, 30, was also “delighted” with his new deal. He declared, “It is an exciting time to be involved in Irish rugby and I hope to play an important role in achieving success for both Munster and Ireland.”IRFU chief executive Philip Browne commented, “Donnacha has proven his worth to Irish rugby with his intelligent and high intensity performances for both Munster and Ireland.[We] are delighted to secure his future in Ireland for the next three years.”High profile names yet to sign up with the IRFU and their provinces are Keith Earls [Munster] and the Leinster trio of Jamie Heaslip, Marty Moore and Sean O’Brien.– First published 16.08Like rugby? Follow’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >‘It was just beautiful to watch’ – Rob Penney on Munster’s latest heroicslast_img read more

Garda Commissioner admits listening hasnt always been a priority

first_imgI can’t guarantee perfection on my watch. But I can give it a good try, and I will give it a good try.She said that the force is “a unique organisation, because our key stakeholder is every citizen”.We’re responsible to every man, woman and child in this country. GARDA COMMISSIONER NÓIRÍN O’Sullivan has said that the force will listen “undefensively” and “positively” to dissenting voices from now on.O’Sullivan said that in the past an Garda Síochána “rejected well-meant advice” too often, adding: “Listening hasn’t always been a priority”.“At times, if we’d concentrated more on the message and less on the messenger, we’d have walked into fewer walls.”The acting commissioner’s predecessor Martin Callinan was criticised for calling the actions of Garda whistleblowers Maurice McCabe and John Wilson “disgusting”.The pair had made allegations of widespread corruption in the termination of penalty points.O’Sullivan was speaking at the Consultation Seminar on Justice Reform at Farmleigh House in Phoenix Park today. Adapting to changeThe commissioner stated that an Garda Síochána “has proved time and again that it can adapt and change in response to the ever-evolving criminal landscape”.O’Sullivan said that the new independent police authority would be a “critical friend” of the force in the future, adding that both bodies would need to work with in tandem with GSOC and the Garda Inspectorate to “enhance public confidence” in policing.There is so much that is great about this marvellous, diverse, disciplined national organisation.She added that the force is full of  ”committed, highly-skilled professionals right around this country who every day demonstrate their passion for the job and prove their courage under pressure”.Also speaking at Farmleigh, Justice Minister Frances Fitzgerald said that the process of appointing a new Garda Commissioner will begin next month. The position will be advertised internationally.Related: ‘I told her to ring Maurice McCabe’: John Wilson shook hands with the Garda Commissioner todayRead: Whistleblower claims he was targeted after arresting garda for drunk drivingRelated: Callinan: Whistleblowers’ penalty points allegations are ‘quite disgusting’last_img read more

Mayor Bloomberg Fields Insane Clown Posse Twitter Question on Radio Show

first_imgWell, as you probably know, everything is made up of atoms, and atoms have electrons, usually in pairs orbiting around them, and they create mini-magnetic fields. But the two electrons spin in orbit, as pairs, spin in opposite directions. They cancel out each other. But magnetic materials aren’t in pairs. So the spins don’t cancel out each other. And if there’s enough of them, it creates a magnetic field. Thing is, it wasn’t so much a question as a lyric from the Insane Clown Posse song “Miracle,” a bizarre little homage to the wonders of the world. Video refresher after the jump. What do you get when you combine New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, an A.M. radio show, Twitter, an the Insane Clown Posse? Why, hilarious shenanigans, naturally. While replying to Twitter questions on his radio show last week (hastag #askMike), the Mayor stumbled up one that particularly piqued his interested. Twitter user @reluctanthope asked the Mayor, “”[Expletive] magnets? How do they work?” (It was the first tweet by that Brooklyn-based user.) Getting past that initial bit of blue language, Bloomberg drew upon his electrical engineering background, launching into a fairly impressive response,last_img read more

Handson Parrot AR Drone 20 packs new features and better hardware

first_imgIn many ways, you could attribute the current rush of toys accessories powered by our smartphones to the Parrot AR Drone. The ability to fly a really cool looking quad-copter through the office with your smartphone was enough to excite any geek, and Parrot made that happen. The eventual growth to include both iOS and Android software to control the drone meant a massive market of people to enjoy the device. Now, as other smartphone-controlled gadgetry, like Sphero, is hitting the market, Parrot felt the need to refresh the AR Drone and give it some new bragging rights with the Drone 2.0.New and Improved HardwareThe original AR Drone is still incredibly fun to operate, but the first thing anyone does with one is crash it into something. Unfortunately, for some, that’s the last time your AR Drone 1.0 is intact. Parrot redesigned the hulls for the Drone 2.0 to handle much more stress. When using it indoors, the foam composite hull that goes around the blades has been improved, without being any heavier. In the demonstration, the AR Drone 2.0 rammed the wall of the convention center as fast as it could go, and bounced off without a scratch. When you take the Drone 2.0 outside, you remove that outer hull and let the new aerodynamically engineered EPP hull protect the quad-copter without risking it being blown away. EPP is a damage resistant plastic commonly used in car bumpers. The Parrot guys weren’t quite as willing to crash the AR Drone 2.0 with the foam core off of it, since your blades are exposed in that configuration.The camera on the AR Drone 2.0 took a big boost as well, offering a 720p view of the world from your controller. The camera records at 30 fps, and allows you to upload the videos to YouTube as soon as you are finished recording them. Since your only rage limitation is how far your point to point WiFi connection with the Drone 2.0, the end result is a high definition aerial view that you have complete control over. All New SoftwareThe App Store and the Android Market are now serving up the AR FreeFlight 2.0 app to complement the new hardware from Parrot. This update includes a significant UI update and several new features to play with. With FreeFlight you can control the drone and record your flights or take pictures as you fly around, but you can also take the flight data and share it with other AR Drone users. Altitude, duration, location, and speed information are all recorded and easily shared through the app. To compliment this ability, the AR Drone Academy function lets you see how-to videos and location data for the best flight zones in your area.Firmware updates for the AR Drone 2.0 are also handled through the app. When an update is available for your drone, the icon will light up, and you can install the update with a tap. The update is sent over the WiFi connection with the Drone, so everything can be done quickly and efficiently.As more developers take advantage of the open development platform for the AR Drone, the AR Games section of the app will fill with more augmented reality, tag, and other inventive ways to play with the Drone.When you fly the AR Drone, you can do it by looking at the drone and piloting with the FreeFlight controller, or you can use Absolute Flight, and use just your smartphone or tablet. The app will show you from the camera how the world looks from the drone’s perspective, but there are a few more things going on here. Absolute Control uses a 3D magnetometer to keep itself oriented. Using your controller as the orientation point, you no longer need to worry about how level the Drone is. However, if you’re an experienced Drone pilot, you can make the Drone 2.0 do aerial somersaults and exert much more control over how this version performs. Final ThoughtsAll across the board, the Parrot AR Drone 2.0 feels like a solid upgrade. It is much easier to fly, built better, and the 720p camera does a great job of catching cool aerial shots. With all of those upgrades, the AR Drone 2.0 is still $300. While it may be the most expensive accessory you buy for your phone, it is by far the most entertaining.last_img read more

Thessalonikis Palace of Galerius prepares to reopen to the public

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Lovers of history will have another site to add to their list when travelling to Thessaloniki, with the Palace Complex of Galerius due to reopen on Tuesday. Dating back to early 4th century AD, the ruins have been closed to the public for the past seven years. Extending over 9,000 square metres, the site was erected at the turning point of the Roman and Byzantine worlds when Caesar Galerius Valerius Maximianus (293-311 AD) chose Thessaloniki as the seat of the eastern part of the Roman Empire.Considered to be the most significant monumental group in Thessaloniki, the site was rediscovered in the second half of the 20th century during excavations. While the Apsidal Hall and other buildings at the archaeological site located at Navarinou Square are visible and accessible by the public, much was buried with the reconstruction of the city centre.The complex will reopen with an emphasis on increased security, which will see seven guards monitoring the site during visiting hours. The Galerian Palace Complex (Navarinou Square and Demetriou Gounari Street) will be open Tuesday-Sunday from 9.00 am-3.00 pm. For more information, visit read more

Public ceremony held to honor SDPD officers killed in line of duty

first_img 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsAn annual public ceremony was held Thursday to honor San Diego Police officers who have died in the line of duty.The ceremony, which was held at the SDPD headquarters in downtown at 11 a.m., honored fallen officers from over the 129-year history of the law enforcement agency. May 3, 2018 , Updated: 5:15 PM Public ceremony held to honor SDPD officers killed in line of duty Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 3, 2018last_img read more

Change in form of government eyed in Washougal

first_imgThe race for Washougal mayor, between incumbent Sean Guard and fire captain Earl Scott, might be for naught Nov. 5 if a controversial proposition passes.Among the most hotly debated issues in the past decade for the city, Proposition 1 would change the city’s government from a mayor-council form, with a strong mayor who sits atop the administrative pecking order, to a council-manager form, in which a council-appointed mayor has a more symbolic role.In July, the Washougal City Council unanimously voted to place the proposition on the ballot. Many councilmembers say they want to see a change in government, even if it would nullify the Nov. 5 mayoral election. Some spend the days leading up to the election canvassing neighborhoods, knocking on doors and talking to residents about the proposition.Even as councilmembers work to drum up support for the proposition by highlighting their disagreements with Guard, they say the proposal to change Washougal’s form of government isn’t intended as a personal attack against the mayor.“I don’t think (Guard) has been a bad mayor, but seven people on council voted to put this on the ballot, so that has to tell you something,” said Councilwoman Joyce Lindsay, whose Washougal First! political action committee is raising money for the pro-proposition campaign.last_img read more

TRS to focus on youth in membership drive

first_imgHyderabad: Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) has decided to give priority to youth in the membership drive as the leaders believe that it is the votes of the youth which matter in the upcoming elections. The party leaders are of the opinion that the party needs young blood and pointed that the recent success of the BJP in the State was because of the youth force, which helped the saffron party win four Lok Sabha constituencies including three in the Northern part of the State which has been the bastion of the TRS. Also Read – ZP chief Lingala Kamal Raj stresses on importance of book reading in Khammam Advertise With Us According to the TRS leaders, the BJP got good number of seats from the State because of the following of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. As per the reports, the young voters had voted for the BJP hence they won four seats. Whereas the BJP does not even have cadre in villages to get votes and it was evident in the Assembly elections, said a senior TRS leader. Also Read – SCCL art expo witnesses huge rush on 3rd day in Kothagudem Advertise With Us The party has decided to give priority to the youth in the ongoing membership drive. According to sources, the in-charges have been asked to give priority to youth and also to the women particularly from the weaker sections. Apart from giving membership, the party is also planning to give importance to the youth in the party committees in the districts. During the party in-charges meeting, TRS working president K T Rama Rao wanted the leaders to give importance to weaker sections by giving 51 per cent posts.last_img read more

Dope tests for drivers to be introduced DNCC mayor

first_imgAtiqul IslamIn the face of persistent complaints that drivers on the country’s roads are often drug-addled, Dhaka North City Corporation mayor Atiqul Islam has said dope tests for drivers is set to be introduced.”The process of introducing the test is underway,” he said after attending a meeting with a group of students leading the movement for safe roads at the DNCC office in Gulshan.DNCC organised the meeting with the group of students from several universities in Dhaka and representatives of some concerned authorities including Bangladesh Road Transport Corporation (BRTC), Bangladesh Road Transport Authority (BRTA) and Dhaka Metropolitan Police.The DNCC organised the programme following a Bangladesh University of Professionals (BUP) student’s death in a recent road accident in the city.During the conversation, the students placed some demands including setting up zebra crossings instead of foot-over bridges, making BRTA free from brokers and corruption, installing of digital traffic signals, stopping the plying of buses on contractual basis, and half-fare for students.Giving consent to those demands, the mayor said, “The city corporation has decided to set up push buttons flashlights on zebra crossings, construct footbridges, passenger shades.”The DNCC mayor requested BRTA to undertake all necessary steps to launch an automated system to check vehicles fitness. He also requested private institutions to come forward for giving driving trainings for the drivers.The DNCC mayor said they had started constructing a model road from Malibagh to Kuril Biswa Road.last_img read more

Chinese Video Giant iQIYI Loses 13 Billion in 2018

first_img Popular on Variety Chinese video streaming firm iQIYI lost over $1.3 billion in 2018, as revenues and subscriber numbers ballooned. The deepening losses reflected ever higher spending on original content production.Announcing its first full-year financials since a March IPO that launched it onto the NASDAQ, iQIYI said that it lost $1.3 billion (RMB9.1 billion) last compared with RMB3.7 billion in 2017. It lost $506 million (RMB3.5 billion) in the last three months alone. Revenues climbed by 52% year on year to $3.6 billion (RMB25.0 billion)The company operates a hybrid model of free-to-use, ad-supported content and paid-for subscriptions. At the end of 2018, it had increased its total subscribing members to 87.4 million (98% of whom were paying subscribers) from 50.8 million a year earlier, for a gain of 72%. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15center_img “We are confident in generating growth across the board, led by membership services which has demonstrated continued momentum. We maintain our strategic focus on producing original premium content, and will continue to advance our technology innovation and nurture our ecosystem to fully leverage the tremendous IP value in our content,” said founder and CEO Tim Gong Yu.“Membership business continued to be the main engine driving our growth… 2018 was also a transition year for us, as we devoted more resources towards producing original content which added pressure to our margins,” said Wang Xiaodong, chief financial officer of iQIYI. “We believe our investment in premium content will prove to be very rewarding and help better position the company for long-term growth.”iQIYI’s parent company, China’s online search leader Baidu, also published its annual results on Friday. These showed revenues of $14.9 billion, up 28% from 2017, or 31% excluding the impact of announced divestures. Baidu’s net for 2018 were $4.01 billion (RMB 27.6 billion), increasing 51% from 2017. For the continuing businesses the profit figure was $4.89 billion(RMB 33.6 billion), up 52%.The news announcement was made after the close of Thursday trading on the NASDAQ. Shares of iQIYI were little changed at $22.76 apiece. After hours they drifted down to $22.65. That compared with an IPO price of $18 per share. Baidu shares, also listed on the NASDAQ in ADR form, were up 3% on Thursday ahead of its results announcement, closing at $171.81.last_img read more