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Davis Cup: Prajnesh Gunneswaran confident ahead of World Group Qualifiers vs Italy

first_img Press Trust of India KolkataJanuary 25, 2019UPDATED: January 25, 2019 20:58 IST Prajnesh Gunneswaran refused to reveal his tactics to tackle the unpredictable bounce on grasscourts (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia take on Italy in the Davis Cup World Group QualifiersIndia have opted for grasscourts for the February 1-2 fixture”I’m good on grass. I should be able to do well,” Gunneswaran saidIn the form of his life, Prajnesh Gunneswaran is confident of a stellar show on grass when India will clash with fancied Italy in the Davis Cup World Group Qualifiers, next week. Stress fractures in his knees made him almost vanish from the circuit but the southpaw from Chennai made a remarkable turnaround, achieving a career high 104 recently.”I’m good on grass. I beat [then world number 23] Denis Shapovalov recently. I should be able to do well here,” Prajnesh told PTI in Kolkata.”I did well in four, five tournament at the end of last year. I consistently did well in four Challengers. Those were my best results. I think we will have a slight advantage. We just need to fight hard and close the gap.”In a breakthrough 2018 season, Prajnesh won two Challenger titles and also upset now world number 27 Denis Shapovalov on grass at Stuttgart Open.”Here we will have a strong crowd support and we all will give our best to do well for the country making full use of the home conditions. The team atmosphere is just perfect and we have come here much in advance to get used to the surface. It’s reflecting on my game,” the world number 109 said.He will have Ramkumar Ramanthan with him in singles.”I know him for a long time, both from the same city and both in top 150.”Considered a ‘late bloomer’ on the wrong side of the 20s, Prajnesh hopes to soon break into top 100 as he aims a spot top 50 in 2019.”My target is to be in top 50 but my (Immediate) goal is to get inside 100. If I get there I will revisit my goals. I want to continue at least five to six more years. Knees are in great shape at the moment.”advertisementWith Italy’s strong hold over hard courts, India have opted for grasscourts for the February 1-2 fixture which will serve as a qualification for the 18-nation World Finals in Madrid next year.Pre-dominantly a baseline player, Prajnesh refused to reveal his tactics to tackle the unpredictable bounce on grass courts.”I really don’t want to discuss the tactics, the kind of adjustments we will make. We will see on the day of the tie. Perhaps, I will stand lower to the ground and bend low,” he said.His moment of reckoning came last year when he won the deciding fifth rubber against Yibing Wu in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Group 1 semifinal last April.Asked about his revival from the career-threatening injury, he said: “I just worked hard and the knee is fine, not giving me any trouble at this moment.””There’s nothing that has changed in my technique. I’ve just been improving all the time. I’m working really hard. And the results are showing.”Having missed out on playing in the French Open last year, Prajnesh made a maiden Grand Slam at the Australian Open but only to fall short in the first round to much fancied US opponent Frances Tiafoe who won 7-6(7), 6-3, 6-3.”I’m very happy that I made my debut there. I’m looking forward to do better when I placed in the main draw next time,” he said.Also Watch:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get 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 byJepher Nickels Tags :Follow Prajnesh Gunneswaran Davis Cup: Prajnesh Gunneswaran confident ahead of World Group Qualifiers vs ItalyPrajnesh Gunneswaran, who had qualified for the main draw at the Australian Open, won two Challenger titles and also upset world number 27 Denis Shapovalov on grass at Stuttgart Open in 2018.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

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Acadian MLA Participates in International Conference

first_imgOne of Nova Scotia’s Acadian MLAs has just returned from an international conference that deals with issues affecting Francophone nations. Michel Samson, one of three bilingual elected officials in Nova Scotia, represented the America Region at the Assemblée Parlementaire de la Francophonie (APF)’s European Regional meeting — an annual forum on democratic issues for Francophone countries that was held last week in Monaco. The America Region is one of three large areas which make up the French parliamentary organization (or APF). Nine Canadian provinces are members of this region. Chris d’Entremont, Minister for the Office of Acadian Affairs, said it is important that Nova Scotia has representatives in the organization. “Our involvement with the APF allows us to play an active role in policy decisions that affect French citizens everywhere,” he said today, Oct. 26. “Being a part of this process means a great deal to me,” said Mr. Samson. “Representing the Americas, and of course Nova Scotia, is an honour. As a member of the executive of the APF’s American Region, it gives us more opportunity to engage our province in the process.” Nova Scotia has been an active member of the APF since the 1980s. During that time French speaking MLAs have participated in meetings and seminars hosted around the world.last_img read more

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Community vigil planned for slain 11yearold Riya Rajkumar

first_imgThe Canadian Press BRAMPTON, Ont. — The city in which an 11-year-old girl allegedly died at the hands of her father last week is holding a vigil in her honour tonight.City councillors in Brampton, Ont. will host a candlelight vigil in a downtown square for 11-year-old Riya Rajkumar starting at 5:45 P.M.Riya became the subject of an Amber Alert late Thursday night after police say her mother allegedly received information that her father planned to hurt both the child and himself.Riya was later found dead in her father’s home in Brampton.Roopesh Rajkumar, who was arrested some 130 kilometres away, was hospitalized with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.Peel Regional Police have charged the 41-year-old with first-degree murder in Riya’s death and say he will appear in court once he’s medically cleared to do so.last_img read more

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Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis Presents 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner

first_imgThe Buoniconti Fund To Cure Paralysis will honor a group of prominent Sports Legends and Honorees when it hosts its 30th Annual Great Sports Legends Dinner at the Waldorf Astoria on Tuesday, October 6, 2015.The annual event, hosted by NFL Hall of Famer Nick Buoniconti and his son Marc, and chaired by Mark Dalton, raises funds to support the ground-breaking spinal cord injury research done by researchers at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis – the world’s most comprehensive spinal cord injury research center, which is based at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.NBC News Icon Tom Brokaw will serve as Master of Ceremonies and the event will feature live performances by The Beach Boys and The Pointer Sisters.The 2015 Great Sports Legends include Jorge Posada, Karl Malone, Ray Lewis, John Stockton, Michelle Kwan, Victor Espinoza, Jennifer Capriati and Chip Ganassi. Honorees for the evening include Gloria and Emilio Estefan who will receive The Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award, and Humanitarian Award recipients Orianne and Phil Collins.The celebration assembles sports legends, celebrities, philanthropic icons and corporate leaders to support the efforts of The Buoniconti Fund Board of Directors and numerous longtime benefactors. Tickets start at $850 per person and can be purchased by phone at (305)-243-4656 or here.Honorees for the evening include: • The Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award Recipients, Gloria and Emilio Estefan– Twenty-six-time GRAMMY Award-winning power couple Emilio and Gloria Estefan, whose highly-anticipated biographical musical On Your Feet! starts performances on Broadway October 5, will receive this year’s Buoniconti Fund Inspiration Award. One of the most celebrated couples in music, Gloria and Emilio Estefan know the importance of giving back to the community founded the Gloria Estefan Foundation, aimed at reaching those who struggle outside the safeguards of society by promoting good health, education, and cultural development. Following her own brush with paralysis Gloria teamed up with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis in 1994 and served as the capital campaign director of The Miami Project’s new building campaign that raised more than $40 million. • Humanitarian Award Recipients, Orianne and Phil Collins – Phil Collins is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time. Collins had dozens of hit albums and singles in the UK and the US between 1976 and 2010, either as a solo artist or with Genesis. He is one of the most successful pop and adult contemporary singers of the 1980s and beyond. Phil and Orianne are co-founder of the Little Dreams Foundation (LDF), an international charity which fulfills the dreams of young aspiring talents without financial means to achieve their goals. The LDF helps children thrive by supporting them with personalized training and supervision in music, arts and sports by godparent mentors, providing them with optimal opportunity for success, and potentially advance toward a professional career in the field of their true passion. In order to reach its mission, LDF is helped by numerous godparents, sponsors and technical advisors. Orianne is a jewelry designer and philanthropist and serves as chairman of the Little Dreams Foundation.“For 30 years The Miami Project has provided real hope to those living with paralysis. Today there is tangible evidence through our groundbreaking clinical trials that a cure for paralysis is within our grasp,” said Nick Buoniconti, Founder of The Buoniconti Fund. “Paralysis does not discriminate, a spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time, so we must continue to raise awareness and funds to support research that will ultimately lead to a cure for paralysis. We are honored that so many legendary athletes and influential figures continue to help us stand up for those who cannot.”“Legend Alumni” and Honorees include Muhammad Ali, Willie Mays, Magic Johnson, Tony Hawk, Cal Ripken, Jr., Gloria Estefan, Jack Nicklaus, Wayne Gretzky, George Foreman, Julio Iglesias, Helio Castroneves, Troy Aikman, Joe DiMaggio, Mario Andretti, Joe Namath, Pedro Martinez, Hakeem Olajuwon, Dan Marino, Mike Piazza, Pat Riley, Grant Hill, Bill Cowher, Kelly Slater, Joe Torre and many other athletes and heroes who recognize that paralyzing injuries can and do occur in the pursuit of athletic careers and everyday lives.The 30th anniversary event is expected to sell out and raise millions of dollars for the spinal cord injury research programs at The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis. Since its inception in 1985, the Great Sports Legends Dinner has honored more than 300 sports legends and honorees and has raised more than $100 million for The Miami Project’s spinal cord injury research programs. The Buoniconti Fund to Cure Paralysis, through the research efforts of The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, is committed to finding a cure for paralysis resulting from spinal cord injury and to seeing millions worldwide walk again.Sponsorships and opportunities to sit with legends are also available. The evening will begin with cocktails, then a performance by The Pointer Sisters, followed by dinner and a performance by The Beach Boys and then the awards presentation. For more information, click here.last_img read more

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Bank of Canada studying issues around a central bank digital currency

first_imgCALGARY – The Bank of Canada is looking at the key questions around the design of a digital currency and the issues surrounding such an idea, a senior Bank of Canada official said Monday.However, deputy governor Timothy Lane told a University of Calgary audience that unless the risks associated with a central bank digital currency can be managed through appropriate design, the bank would not recommend issuing such a currency.“The design of a CBDC has important implications for its risk and benefits,” Lane said according to the prepared text of his speech released in Ottawa.“Some major reasons for caution about a central bank digital currency are concerns that it could become a vehicle for illicit transactions or that it could have significant negative implications for financial intermediation.”Lane said the central bank uses the term cryptoassets to describe cryptocurrencies because they do not do a good job of performing the basic functions of money. The value of bitcoin has swung wildly with it topping US$20,000 last year and now trading around US$6,000.However, Lane said, as cryptocurrencies evolve they may touch on the central bank’s core functions including monetary policy, financial stability, payments and currency.He said the Bank of Canada is not responsible for regulating cryptocurrencies, but it has been examining the potential impact on the stability of the financial system.Earlier this year, Bank of Canada senior deputy governor Carolyn Wilkins called on authorities to work toward a set of globally aligned policies governing cryptocurrencies. She said it was important to have a strategy on cryptoassets that was as consistent as possible across countries.Lane said that differences in regulations around the world, together with the incompleteness of regulation in many jurisdictions leaves open room for regulatory arbitrage.“Differences in the regulatory treatment of these products for controlling money laundering and terrorist financing are a particularly pressing concern,” he said.Lane noted that they do not yet pose financial stability risks, but things are evolving rapidly as cryptoassets grow in size, complexity and interconnectedness.“As the underlying technologies and the design of crypto products evolve, we need to be ready to reassess how they might affect financial stability,” he said.“Some potential aspects include the integrity of payment systems, bank business models, and the exposures of financial institutions and infrastructures.”last_img read more

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CEO out at cosmetics maker Coty

first_imgNEW YORK — The top executive at the New York cosmetics maker Coty is leaving less than a week after revealing that significant supply chain problems sapped revenue during the first quarter.The company said Monday that CEO Camillo Pane, who led the company for two years, resigned for family reasons.Pierre Laubies, who last ran JDE, a beverage company, takes over immediately. He will also have a seat on the board.Coty, whose brands include CoverGirl, Max Factor and Hugo Boss, named Peter Harf as chairman Monday. Bart Becht, who was chairman, will remain on the board.The company will also add two independent directors to its board.Stifel analyst Mark Astrachan wrote recently that Coty, in addition to near-term supply chain issues, will be wresting with underlying weakness in its consumer beauty unit for the next two to three years.Shares of Coty Inc. tumbled 22 per cent last week after reporting first-quarter earnings and they are down 57 per cent this year. Shares rose almost 6 per cent at the opening bell.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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7 Oz independent candidates unite against Adani coal mine

first_imgMelbourne: A group of independent candidates for this month’s federal elections in Australia have vowed that, if elected, they would use their influence to stop the Indian energy giant Adani’s billion-dollar controversial coal mine in Queensland as part of their climate change action.Businessman Gautam Adani-led Adani Group entered Australia in 2010 with the purchase of the greenfield Carmichael coal mine in the Galilee Basin in central Queensland, and the Abbot Point port near Bowen in the north. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe massive coal mine in Queensland state has been a controversial topic, with the project expected to produce 2.3 billion tonnes of low-quality coal. Seven high profile candidates, including independent Members of Parliament–Kerryn Phelps and Denison Andrew Wilkie, issued a combined statement, brokered by the Australian Conservation Foundation (ACF), vowing to work together to achieve meaningful action on climate change, with blocking the Carmichael mine topping their list of demands. ACF Chief Executive Officer Kelly O’Shanassy said: “This election has been marked by the large number of individuals willing to stand-up and have a go at breaking-up the climate dysfunction and denial impeding action to cut Australian climate pollution. “Through this agreement the ACF hopes to help end the climate wars that have plagued recent governments” he said. ptilast_img read more

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Adel Imam Refuses to Talk to Moroccan Press

Marrakech- Egyptian actor Adel Imam refused to make a statement to the Moroccan press who were covering the Marrakech International Film Festival.Allegedly, the Egyptian star refused to talk to the Moroccan press because of a monopolistic contract he signed with the Middle East Broadcasting Center Group (MBC).As a result, Adel Imam may not give press releases to any media outlets without obtaining prior permission from MBC, which monopolizes Imam’s talks to the press. According to Nonpress, the official website of the Moroccan daily Al Massae, the Egyptian actor was paid MAD 2 million to attend the meeting, which disappointed cinema specialists in Morocco, who believe that this money should go to Moroccan actors.The 14th Marrakech International Film Festival kicked off on Friday under the patronage of King Mohammed VI. The festival paid tribute to Egyptian actor Adel Imam.The festival will also pay tribute to two key figures in the Moroccan film industry: Zakaria Alaoui and Khadija Alami. read more

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On bicentennial of slave trades end UN officials urge halt to modernday

26 March 2007In commemorating the 200th anniversary of the abolition of the trans-Atlantic slave trade and honouring the bravery of those who opposed it, top United Nations officials today called for stepped-up efforts to end modern-day slavery, including human trafficking. “We celebrate the fact that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights,” Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro said at a special meeting convened by the General Assembly in New York. “Yet around the world, millions of people are still deprived of their most fundamental human rights and freedoms.”On 25 March 1807, the British Parliament banned the slave trade, often referred to as the first example of globalization, throughout its Empire, marking the end of trans-Atlantic trafficking in human beings. Finally in 1833, an act was passed emancipating British slaves.Millions of those forcibly taken from Africa died en route, in what is known as the middle passage across the Atlantic, to their destinations, while many others perished due to terrible conditions at the other end.“Two hundred years ago, courageous women and men around the world stood up for freedom,” Ms. Migiro said. “Today, we must do the same. We must act together to stop crimes that deprive countless victims of their liberty, dignity and human rights.”Citing the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa said that fortunes were made on the backs of an estimated 13 million slaves during the era of the trans-Atlantic slave trade.Sheikha Haya also said that while African traders such as Antera Duke and tribal leaders were complicit in the slave trade, some of the continent’s rulers resisted, including King Alfonso of Kongo in the 16th century and Queen Njingha Mbando of Ndongo, or what is today Angola, in the 17th century.“It is hard to believe that what would now be a crime against humanity was legal at this time,” she said in a statement read by acting Assembly President Boniface Chidyausiku of Zimbabwe.“While reflecting on the past, we also need to acknowledge the unspeakable cruelty that persists today,” she said, calling for a redoubling of efforts to end such practices as bonded labour, forced recruitment of child soldiers and the illegal sex trade.The UN Children’s Fund estimates that 1.2 million children are trafficked every year, and are used as domestic servants, factory workers, camel jockeys, soldiers and sex slaves. Children are the most vulnerable to human rights abuses and are also the least able to defend themselves.Last November, in a resolution designating 25 March 2007 as the International Day to commemorate the 200th bicentennial of the end of the slave trade, the General Assembly said that the slave trade and its legacy are “at the heart of situations of profound social and economic inequality, hatred, bigotry, racism and prejudice, which continue to affect people of African descent today.”The resolution also voiced concern that it took the international community almost two centuries to acknowledge that slavery and the slave trade are both crimes against humanity and should always have been considered as such.Eleven speakers delivered statements at today’s Assembly meeting, which was opened by South African drummers and closed with a performance by the Independence Choir.Representing the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), Saint Kitts and Nevis’ Prime Minister Denzil Douglas said that all regions of the world are “inexorably linked by the appalling practice” of slavery, and he urged that the suffering of the slaves and sacrifices made by those who fought against the slave trade never be forgotten.“We must remain steadfast in our efforts to fully eradicate the scourges that continue to plague our world,” Mr. Douglas said, urging that human rights violations, racism, human trafficking and underdevelopment be overturned.South Africa’s Ambassador, Dumisani S. Kumalo, speaking on behalf of the African States, said the continent “is still nursing the wounds of slavery.” Even after the abolition of the slave trade which “robbed our continent of our best people,” Mr. Kumalo noted that colonialism and the “unequalled oppression driven by greed and expansionism” further impoverished the African people.Aside from the Assembly’s special meeting, other events were held to commemorate the bicentennial at UN Headquarters in New York.In a press briefing after the Assembly session, Rex Nettleford, professor and Vice-Chancellor Emeritus of the University of the West Indies in Jamaica, told reporters that among the many injustices done to slaves was the denial of their “capacity to think.”Mr. Nettleford, who also spoke at the Assembly meeting, also pointed out that while the slave trade was ended 200 years ago, the system of slavery and “all the obscenities indulged by slave masters” continued for several decades more in parts of the Caribbean and the United States.Later in the afternoon, a panel discussion entitled “The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade: The Tragedy, the Legacy” was held, and participants included Ali Mazrui of the State University of New York; James Campbell, Chairman of the Slavery Committee at Brown University; and Lincoln Crawford, a member of the United Kingdom Deputy Prime Minister’s National Commission on Slavery. read more

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TSX closes above 13000 mark for first time this year

TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed at its highest level this year as it found support from rising metals and gold stocks.The S&P/TSX composite index climbed 35.83 points at 13,017.93.It’s the first time the exchange has closed above the 13,000-mark since Dec. 31.The Canadian dollar declined 0.07 of a U.S. cent to 74.48 cents US.That came as the greenback strengthened against most major currencies amid renewed expectations of a rate hike by the Federal Reserve following encourage signs from the U.S. economy.In New York, indexes ended in positive territory after a report from payroll processor ADP that private American employers added a healthy 214,000 jobs in February.The Dow Jones industrial average jumped 34.24 points at 16,899.32, while the Nasdaq composite gained 13.82 points to 4,703.42.The broader S&P 500 added just 8.1 points to 1,986.45.On commodity markets, the April contract for benchmark U.S. crude edged up 26 cents to US$34.66 a barrel, while April gold added $11 to US$1,241.80 a troy ounce.May copper rose four cents to US$2.18 a pound.April natural gas was down six cents at US$1.68 per mmBtu. read more

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Boris Johnson raises Brexit stakes with Irish border stance

LONDON — The favourite to become Britain’s next prime minister, Boris Johnson, has raised the Brexit stakes by saying he will discard a contentious part of the European Union divorce deal agreed by outgoing leader Theresa May.Britain’s Parliament rejected May’s deal, in large part because of a measure designed to ensure an open border between the U.K.’s Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland.Brexit supporters think the so-called “backstop” keeps Britain too closely bound to EU trade rules. Some have argued for an exit clause or time limit.But during a leadership debate Monday, Johnson rejected “time limits or unilateral escape hatches or all these elaborate devices.”EU leaders say there can be no withdrawal agreement without the backstop.Johnson’s stance appears to heighten the chance of a disruptive “no-deal” Brexit.The Associated Press read more

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Zambia UN agencies assist in polio immunization campaign

Prior to the discovery of the three cases in Mambolomoka village on the Angolan border, there had been no reported cases of polio in Zambia since 1995. However, the nature and virulence of the disease mean a high quality “mop-up” immunization campaign should be undertaken whenever a wild case of polio is found, even if the case is imported.Children under five will be targeted for immunization in their own homes by the Zambian Ministry of Health, UNICEF, WHO and the United States Government aid organization, USAID. Vitamin A supplements will be also be provided, according to information provided by WHO and UNICEF.

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Supergirl lands on CWs Monday schedule

NEW YORK, N.Y. – “Supergirl” flies from CBS to the CW network’s supernatural-heavy lineup on Mondays this fall, when the network will also premiere a romantic comedy about an impending apocalypse and a drama where a young detective hears the voice of her long-dead dad.CW executives were approached about a week and a half ago about taking “Supergirl” when CBS decided not to renew the series starring Melissa Benoist. The CW, which already airs three other series based on DC Comics characters and two others produced by Greg Berlanti, is “where it should have been in the first place,” said Mark Pedowitz, CW president, on Thursday.He said he doesn’t expect major changes in the series with the move, although the extent of actress Calista Flockhart’s participation in the second season is unknown.The show will be paired with “Jane the Virgin” on the CW’s schedule. “My Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” which won critical plaudits but not too many viewers, moves to Fridays.The new series “No Tomorrow” gets a coveted Tuesday time slot after the CW’s most popular show, “The Flash,” a particular favourite of women. “No Tomorrow” is about a young woman whose life is energized by a guy trying to accomplish as much as he can before an asteroid crashes into the Earth.“It shares with ‘The Flash’ a blue-sky optimism,” Pedowitz said.The new series “Frequency,” to air on Wednesdays, is about a young woman “reconnecting” with the mysterious voice of a father believed killed when she was 8 years old.The CW promises one other new series, “Riverdale,” based on the old Archie and Jughead comic books. The midseason series is described as a more adult version of the comic, where Riverdale “may look like a quiet, sleepy town, but there are dangers in the shadows.”Pedowitz also promised the CW will air a crossover event with the DC Comics characters on different shows in December.Mindful of a young audience’s impatience with reruns, the CW is holding returning series “IZombie,” ”The 100,” ”Reign” and “The Originals” for use later next season.Pedowitz said the CW is expanding distribution of its app to more devices to allow fans to stream CW series for free and without having to prove they are customers of a cable or satellite system. by David Bauder, The Associated Press Posted May 19, 2016 6:55 am MDT Last Updated May 19, 2016 at 10:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘Supergirl’ lands on CW’s Monday schedule read more

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NY settles with 4 companies to stop tracking children online

NY settles with 4 companies to stop tracking children online by Michael Virtanen, The Associated Press Posted Sep 13, 2016 1:26 pm MDT Last Updated Sep 13, 2016 at 2:51 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ALBANY, N.Y. – The state attorney general announced settlements Tuesday with Viacom, Mattel, Hasbro and JumpStart Games to stop them from using or allowing tracking technology on their popular children’s websites.The settlements require Viacom, Mattel and JumpStart to pay penalties totalling $835,000 following a two-year investigation into violations of the 1998 federal law that prohibits unauthorized collection of children’s personal information on websites directed at users under 13. Hasbro won’t pay a penalty because it was enrolled in a Federal Trade Commission-approved online-privacy program that had some problems, according to the attorney general’s office.All four companies allowed tracking technology such as cookies on their websites in violation of the law, Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said. Such technology can be used by marketers and advertisers to target potential customers.“The way the law is structured, the companies have the primary obligation to police their sites,” Schneiderman said. “When we notified them, they took immediate action.”Their websites include Viacom’s Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon; Mattel’s Barbie, Hot Wheels and American Girl; JumpStart’s Neopets; and Hasbro’s My Little Pony, Littlest Pet Shop and Nerf.Hasbro said it co-operated with investigators and will closely monitor companies working on its behalf.“We are rolling out a new, stricter online privacy protection policy for our partners, and enacting new protocols and technology to scan our digital properties for any cookies, widgets or other applications that may violate our policy,” spokeswoman Julie Duffy said.Mattel said it takes online privacy and security seriously.“Any time we become aware of a question about whether a Mattel-operated website is in full compliance with the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act or other laws, we take prompt action to investigate and, if necessary, remedy the situation and look for additional controls to avoid a re-occurrence,” spokesman Alex Clark said.Viacom and JumpStart didn’t immediately reply to requests for comment.“Now children live online and we have to police the internet as we seek to police our streets,” Schneiderman said. “You track people so you can sell things to them. … I don’t want there to be a dossier on any child that can be used later to scam them.”All four companies signed agreements to regularly scan their children’s websites to screen advertisers’ or others’ data collection practices to ensure legal compliance and update their privacy policies. Penalties are $500,000 for Viacom, $250,000 for Mattel and $85,000 for JumpStart.The New York investigation is continuing. Schneiderman said he hopes other companies with websites for children will now remove similar tracking by advertisers or other third parties, he said, adding that there’s an open debate about the need for a similar law to protect adults’ privacy. “It’s open season on adults,” he said. read more

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Louis Tomlinson performs X Factor tribute to his mum just three days

first_imgOne Direction’s Louis Tomlinson gave an emotional performance of his debut solo single live at the X Factor final tonight, just three days after the death of his mum, Johannah Deakin.Johannah, who was just 43 years old and a mother of seven, lost her battle with leukaemia on Wednesday. It was initially assumed that Louis would pull out of his scheduled performance of Just Hold On, with DJ Steve Aoki, but it was revealed that he wanted to go ahead with it to pay tribute to his mum. After he’d performed on stage at Wembley, an emotional Simon Cowell, who put One Direction together on X Factor 2010 and worked with them for six years, said a few words.”What you’ve just done… the bravery… I respect you as an artist and I respect you as a person,” he said, as Louis appeared to fight back tears.”Your mum was so proud of you Louis, she was so looking forward to tonight, she’s watching down on you now and you’ve done her proud.”  Louis Tomlinson and mother Johannah Deakin  Louis Tomlinson and mother Johannah DeakinCredit:REX/Shutterstock Credit:REX/Shutterstockcenter_img It’s thought that some of Tomlinson’s One Direction bandmates were in the arena to support him.  Louis Tomlinson and mother Johannah Deakin  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.last_img read more

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Extreme sailing Captain walks on the keel of his four ton sailboat

first_imgIf you’ve been following Geek.com for any length of time, you know about our love of obscure extreme sports. These are activities that make downhill mountain biking, sky diving, backcountry skiing, and other such activities look like a stroll in the park, on a rather pleasant day, with your lover on your arm humming a wonderful tune. Professional sailing captain Alex Thomson brings new meaning to the phrase “like a boss” with his recent “keel-walk” stunt that took place on his Hugo Boss-sponsored sailboat earlier this month. If you are unfamiliar with what a keel is or does, it’s a long fin underneath a boat that helps to keep it from flipping over when putting its weight into tacking. Of all the things that it’s meant to do, serving as a gangplank isn’t one of them at least to normal people. Thomson chooses to be different, however, in the fact that he had his crew put the boat on its side under full wind so he could walk on it in a Hugo Boss suit as part of a publicity campaign for the clothing company. Hailing from the UK, Thomson has been sailing boats his entire life with his professional experience spanning the last twenty years. Specializing in around-the-world solo sailing, he is accustomed to looking dangerous situations in the face. When asked why he wanted to try to walk on the keel of his boat while it was traveling at 19 knots (about 21 mph), his answer was “I’ve wanted to for a few years now.” Simple as that. To understand how risky this maneuver was, you have to understand the specifics about the boat. Weighing in at over 4 tons, getting hit by the sixty-foot racing vessel would feel the same as getting hit by a charging elephant. When you add in the fact that even if Thomson survived such an impact, there would be significant danger of drowning. Long story short, keel-walking is not something you want to try at home.The good news is that Thomson was successful in his attempt to “walk the plank” so to speak, which is pretty remarkable. What is even more amazing is the fact that this is his second time doing it. A few years back he made the attempt and was also successful, but all he had to show for it was a few photographs that the general public called questionable. Many people accused Thomson of photoshopping the image, so he wanted to capture the event on video this time to silence the critics. Pretty sure he proved his case, like a boss.More at Alex Thomson Racing, via My Modern Metlast_img read more

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Merkel expect Greek funding talks to drag for months

first_imgGermany expects talks with Greece to drag on until after the current round of bailout funding runs out at the end of the month and is prepared to play a waiting game until April or May, when the country approaches a cash crunch, a person familiar with the matter said.Greece would not immediately go bankrupt at the end of February because it has resources to last beyond that point and Germany is ready to hold off until there is a more urgent need to strengthen its bargaining position, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing internal talks.Chancellor Angela Merkel, who is still assessing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras’s motives, is taking a tough approach with the new premier and wants to avoid being drawn into a duel with him, another official said. No one from the chancellery has met with him yet.Greece is already backing down from earlier demands, retreating Monday from its call on the euro area to write down its debt, and instead proposed to exchange existing borrowings for new bonds linked to the country’s growth. The proposal marks a change of course for Tsipras, who bowed to virtually unanimous opposition just a week after he took office.“The Greek government is still working on its position,” Merkel said today in Berlin, declining to comment on specific proposals. “That’s more than understandable considering the government has been in office for a few days. We’re waiting for recommendations and then we’ll go into talks.”Source: Bloomberg Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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MizTV with Kurt Angle set for tonight’s WWE RAW from Manchester

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Google+ Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Pinterest WWE Monday Night RAW takes place tonight from Manchester, England.Set for tonight is a MizTV segment featuring RAW GM Kurt Angle as the guest. Also announced for the show is Jason Jordan vs. Elias in a Guitar on a Pole match.Wrestleview.com will have a spoiler report from the RAW tapings later this afternoon.Our usual live coverage of the broadcast will begin at 8:00 p.m. ET (7:00 CT).center_img Twitter WWE announces Elias will withdraw from the King of the Ring tournament due to injury Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kurt Angle’s wife Giovanna announces on social media they have adopted a sonlast_img read more

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Clark County schools continue work for lead-free water

first_imgArea schools are working to move beyond the summer and fall’s lead scares, wrapping up testing and fixture replacement and setting new policies on how to test for the toxic substance in the future.Prompted by lead-contaminated drinking water samples at schools in Portland and elsewhere in Washington, local districts ran their own tests seeking lead in potable water sources.Most districts have moved on from the scare, replacing fixtures and planning to test for lead as part of their long-term maintenance plans.Battle Ground Public Schools, which faced delays in test results due to local labs being swamped with water samples, identified lead at 16 of its buildings and campuses, including one faucet at Pleasant Valley Primary School that tested at 303 parts per billion — more than 20 times the federally recommended limit of 15 parts per billion.District spokeswoman Rita Sanders said those fixtures have been replaced and samples resubmitted to the lab for final testing. The district is still replacing fixtures at Battle Ground High School, where five fountains and 132 faucets tested positive for lead.last_img read more

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LinkedIn US to introduce unlimited holiday

first_imgLinkedIn is introducing unlimited holiday for its US employees, from 1 November 2015.The social media organisation, which employs 8,700 full-time staff worldwide including some 6,000 in the US, is changing its holiday policy in line with one of its key values: ‘Act like an owner’.Its move to a new discretionary time off (DTO) model will mean that there is no set maximum or minimum limit on the amount of annual leave staff can take. Under the new system, employees will work with their manager to request time off.The change in approach follows the extention of the Fourth of July break, a federal holiday in the US, to the 5-8 July.  Pat Wadors, senior vice president global talent organisation at LinkedIn, said: “We believe DTO, along with our new July Fourth holiday break, will give our employees the ability to better meet their personal needs, which will then allow them to bring their best self to work.“We are not alone in making this shift to DTO. It’s part of a growing movement to place more focus on results and empowerment, not hours worked. And it’s an important step to help employees recharge and [remain] engaged.”last_img read more

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