Audi A8 flagship sedan spotted; launch in 2018

first_imgAudi has started the first public road trials of its next-generation A8, a car we’re expecting to be launched for the 2018 model year. The new Audi flagship sedan was spotted various times during a long test drive through Austria and southern Germany.The new Audi flagship sedan was spotted various times during a long test drive through Austria and southern Germany. (Photo: AutoMedia) The next-generation A8 will be based on Audi’s new MLB Evo platform, an evolution of the MLB platform found in the current A8 and several other Volkswagen Group models. The MLB Evo was first showcased in 2013 in Audi’s Sport quattro concept, and recently made its production debut in the 2016 Q7.The next-generation A8 will be based on Audi’s new MLB Evo platform, an evolution of the MLB platform found in the current A8 and several other Volkswagen Group models. (Photo: AutoMedia)There have been reports that Audi may adopt the sportier MSB platform being developed by Porsche for its soon-to-arrive 2017 Panamera, but the fact that earlier test-mules had been based on the current A8 suggests otherwise.There have been reports that Audi may adopt the sportier MSB platform being developed by Porsche for its soon-to-arrive 2017 Panamera. (Photo: AutoMedia)The new A8 will benefit from a lighter curb weight one of the key areas of focus in developing the MLB Evo has been weight reduction. Another key area has been alternative powertrains.The new A8 will benefit from a lighter curb weight one of the key areas of focus in developing the MLB Evo has been weight reduction. (Photo: AutoMedia)The engine line-up should be similar to the current A8’s offerings, meaning V6 and V8 units. A W12 is also likely to be offered once more, and we should see a plug-in hybrid option and possibly even an all-electric option. European markets should also receive a four-cylinder A8.advertisementThe engine line-up should be similar to the current A8’s offerings, meaning V6 and V8 units. (Photo: AutoMedia)Look for the new A8 to be revealed in late 2016 or early 2017. (Photo: AutoMedia) Finally, we can expect advanced infotainment features as well as new autonomous driving technology. Look for the new A8 to be revealed in late 2016 or early 2017.A sporty S8 and long-wheelbase A8 L should also be introduced around then. (Photo: AutoMedia) A sporty S8 and long-wheelbase A8 L should also be introduced around then.last_img read more

Stephen Curry says he plans to play for USA at Tokyo Olympics

first_imgFILE – Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors kisses at his 2017-2018 Championship ring prior to their game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at ORACLE Arena on October 16, 2018 in Oakland, California. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFPGolden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry says he expects to play for the United States at next year’s Tokyo Olympics, telling ESPN: “That is the plan, for sure.”The 31-year-old guard, a three-time NBA champion and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player, has never played for a US Olympic squad, although he did help American teams win the 2010 and 2014 Basketball World Cups.ADVERTISEMENT Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics DTI creates Marahuyo, a luxe Filipino fashion brand for global buyers This jewelry designer is also an architect Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “But things have changed a little bit. So you obviously wish him the best, obviously with his recovery first and foremost and things on and off the court. But we’re going to have to battle down the road. So this should be a fun, new experience on that front too.”The Warriors must also wait for guard Klay Thompson to recover from a knee injury but they will welcome D’Angelo Russell, obtained from Brooklyn in the sign and trade deal for Durant, as they revamp the roster next season.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’center_img Canadian vaping study details danger from ‘popcorn lung’ chemical Becoming his own man “Obviously knock on wood, you don’t want any injuries or things like that to interfere,” Curry told ESPN in the interview.Among the assistants to US national team coach Gregg Popovich is Warriors coach Steve Kerr.Curry and the Warriors will attempt to reach the NBA Finals for a sixth consecutive season when the 2019-20 campaign begins next month. The only team to manage such a feat was the Boston Celtics dynasty team that went to the Finals 10 times in a row from 1957-1966 and won nine titles in that span.Golden State will move into a new $1 billion arena in San Francisco but will be without Kevin Durant, who left after last season to join the Brooklyn Nets. A torn Achilles tendon figures to sideline Durant for all of the upcoming campaign.“At the end of the day, we live in an age where choice (is) at the forefront and K made a decision for himself and you can’t argue that,” Curry told ESPN. “He’s an unbelievable talent, unbelievable person. We accomplished a lot together.ADVERTISEMENT Arum to Pacquiao: Fight Floyd Mayweather or retire “Definitely want to go,” Curry said of the Olympics. “I’ve never been on the Olympic team. I’ve been on two World Cup championship gold medal teams, but the Olympics is the experience that I want. And next year hopefully will be it.”The Americans, with a squad of mostly younger and lesser-known NBA talents, finished seventh last week at this year’s World Cup in China, with Spain taking the title and raising concern about whether or not a US team of NBA stars could win a fourth consecutive Olympic title next year in Japan.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSBecoming his own manSPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40“We’re still the best,” Curry said. “If we get the guys that are supposed to be there, in terms of, you know, representing us in the Olympic stage and commitment has been there, and I think it will be there next year.”Curry and other big-name US NBA players are expected to fill out next year’s Olympic roster. The squad could potentially include James Harden, Kawhi Leonard, LeBron James, Russell Westbrook, Anthony Davis and Paul George. Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show PLAY LIST 00:54Latest auto creations on display at Tokyo Motor Show00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

Elated at your accomplishment, PM to Mary Kom

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 8 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated boxer M C Mary Kom for clinching a historic fifth gold medal at the Asian womens Boxing Championships in Vietnam.”Congratulations Mary Kom for clinching the gold at the ASBC Asian Confederation Womens Boxing Championships. India is elated at your accomplishment. @MangteC,” the Prime Minister tweeted.Up against North Koreas Kim Hyang Mi, the five-time world champion and Olympic bronze-medallist Mary Kom prevailed in a unanimous 5-0 verdict to claim the gold medal.This was Mary Koms first international gold medal since the 2014 Asian Games and her first medal in over a year.”What a heroic performance & what a comeback! CONGRATS @MangteC for FIFTH Gold in #AsianBoxingChampionships! Keep the tricolor flying high, champion!” tweeted Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore.India signed off with a gold, a silver and five bronze medals at the continental showpiece today. PTI PM CM CMlast_img read more

10 months ago​Guendouzi lauds Arsenal striker Aubameyang as ‘Premier League’s best’

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Guendouzi lauds Arsenal striker Aubameyang as ‘Premier League’s best’by Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal midfielder Matteo Guendouzi has admitted that he loves playing alongside teammate Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.The youngster has made a big impression at the Emirates Stadium club this season.Arriving from Lorient at 19, he has been a star in central midfield, turning in plenty of impressive displays.But he preferred to praise his teammate in an interview with Sky Sports.”He’s [Aubameyang] helping us a lot because he scores so much,” Guendouzi said. “For me he is the best striker in the Premier League this season and if he keeps scoring as much in the second half of the season, I know we will finish really high in the table.”As a midfielder it’s a pleasure to play with someone like him, it’s easy because he has so many qualities. “He can run behind, he’s in the box in front of goal but he can also link up play and play with his back to his goal. For a midfielder this is perfect because he offers so many solutions.” last_img read more

Review: Single Grain Canadian Rye, Eh?

first_img The Best Bottles of Whiskey You Can Buy For $20 or Less Editors’ Recommendations All the New Whiskies You Need to Drink This Fall Cigar Humidors 101: What They Are, How They Work, and the Best Picks How to Use a French Press Coffee Maker How to Choose the Best Organic Mattress for Greener Sleep We know. When you think Canadian Club, you’re thinking blended Canadian whiskey that you’ve picked up because the liquor store is out of what you really want. This is why we will admit that we were surprised when we got Canadian Club’s 100% Rye Whiskey. Made from a single grain, the rye helps to represent the rye component of what goes into Canadian Club blended whiskey.Follow us on this, though. At 40% ABV, this rye whiskey definitely needs to be considered when you’re thinking about your next bottle of rye.Nose:  Butterscotch notes predominate the nose, followed by hints of vanilla, almond, and toffee. A little bit of ethanol on the end, but it doesn’t really take away from the nose.Palate: Sweet again, mostly coming in the form of butterscotch and honey. Not what you might expect from a rye whiskey, as it is not as nearly as spicy as you would get from other ryes. The spice that is there is overcome by caramel, vanilla, and the slightest hints of cinnamon. Very little burn overall.Finish: Fairly short finish. Sweet honey notes that fade quickly into nuttiness and a little bit of grainy rye flavor. Very little burn, as the overwhelming feeling is syrup.Final Thoughts:  This isn’t what you might expect from other rye whiskies. It lacks the hallmark spiciness that most other ryes have. That being said, this is a good introduction if you haven’t had rye before (both for price and for flavor). Most importantly, though, is the price. Canadian Club Rye Whiskey retails for $18. When you consider what other ryes go for, you really can’t go wrong with this.last_img read more

ACTA Welcomes Celebrity Cruises as a New Corporate Partner

first_imgFebruary 15th, 2019 – The Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA) proudly welcomes premium luxury cruise line, Celebrity Cruises, as a Silver Corporate Partner for 2019. Winner of multiple awards including Travel Weekly’s Readers’ Choice Awards Best Premium Cruise line for 11 consecutive years, Celebrity Cruises’ 13 ships offer modern luxury vacations visiting all seven continents. “ACTA members play an important role in the travel industry and we are thrilled to align with ACTA and support their efforts in advocacy, education, and the promotion of professionalism within the industry,” says Ken Brooks, (Director of Celebrity Sales, Canada). “We know that knowledgeable, professional travel agents are integral to providing travelers with unmatched experiences and that helps our business as well as their business.” As part of the partnership agreement, ACTA recognizes Celebrity Cruises as a sponsor of our New Certified Members. ACTA President Wendy Paradis explains, “Travel Agents enrolling in the Certified Travel Counsellor (CTC) or Manager (CTM) programs will receive a $50 “scholarship” from Celebrity Cruises toward attainment of their professional designation. That’s quite an endorsement from Celebrity on the value of our programs to the industry. We look forward to developing a close, working relationships on many fronts with our new partner.”  About Celebrity CruisesCelebrity Cruises iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide. Through its involvement in a diverse array of charitable organizations and activities from local initiatives to global projects that affect millions, Celebrity Cruises aspires to open the world to make people’s lives better and inspire other to do the same. Visit www.celebritycruises.com to learn more. About ACTAACTA is an industry led, non-profit organization that advocates on behalf of members with governments, regulatory agencies, and travel suppliers in the best interests of the retail travel sector and consumers who benefit from the professional services provided by our Members. Learn more at www.acta.calast_img read more

Health Professionals Trained in Contraceptive Forecasting

first_img The training was recommended in the Contraceptive Logistics Management Information Systems Survey Report, which stipulated the need for healthcare professionals to be engaged in contraceptive forecasting methodologies to facilitate accurate predictions in order to alleviate commodity shortages or “stock-outs”. A total of 120 midwives and public health nurses islandwide recently completed training in contraceptive forecasting, which was provided by the National Family Planning Board (NFPB). A total of 120 midwives and public health nurses islandwide recently completed training in contraceptive forecasting, which was provided by the National Family Planning Board (NFPB).The training was recommended in the Contraceptive Logistics Management Information Systems Survey Report, which stipulated the need for healthcare professionals to be engaged in contraceptive forecasting methodologies to facilitate accurate predictions in order to alleviate commodity shortages or “stock-outs”.The report was drafted following surveys conducted in 2013 and 2015 that indicated the need for training.The NFPB’s Director, Monitoring, Evaluation and Research, Tazhmoye Crawford, said the training, which commenced during the first quarter of the 2017/18 fiscal year, concluded on August 11.According to the NFPB, the exercise has led to notable improvements in record-keeping, storage and forecasting methodologies, and significant reductions in the incidence of contraceptive stock-out or shortages in health centres islandwide.Just under two years ago, reports surfaced of a shortage of contraceptive commodities at some of the island’s government-run health clinics.Studies have cautioned that a consequence of stock-outs is an increase in sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies.As an accompaniment to the training process and for system strengthening of contraceptive management at the clinic and parish levels, the NFPB has also revised and standardised a family planning register and contraceptive logbook for islandwide distribution, documentation, and monitoring of contraceptive use. Story Highlights Studies have cautioned that a consequence of stock-outs is an increase in sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies. last_img read more

Fires Update Thursday Aug 11 4 pm

first_imgFollowing is a provincial fire update for Thursday, Aug. 11, at 4 p.m. -30- the fire at Ten Mile Lake, Queens Co., is now 60 per cent contained there have been no significant changes to the other fires, though crews are making headway there have been no new fire starts today Trunk 8 remains closed due to active water bombing travel and activities within the woods remain restricted. People can still access beaches and provincial parks, but trail systems are restricted and the fire ban remains in effect smoke from the fires has been moving across the province, reaching Halifax there are air quality warnings in place for Hants, Annapolis, Kings, Lunenburg, and Queens counties smoke and humidity are affecting air quality and young children, the elderly, people with allergies, heart or lung conditions are most at risk. Symptoms include irritated eyes, increased mucus production in the nose or throat, coughing, or difficulty breathing, especially during exercise if you are sensitive to air quality or humidity, you may want to stay indoors, or somewhere that is cool. Spend time in an air-conditioned place – such as a library, indoor sports facility, mall or other public place if you have an air conditioner at home, set it to recirculate and keep it running keep your doors and windows closed to avoid letting in polluted air, and avoid strenuous indoor activities as well as outdoor ones if you have health concerns, contact 811 or your health-care provider more information can be found at http://novascotia.ca/nsfire/faq.asplast_img read more

Families of children who died while in care meet in Thunder Bay

first_imgWillow FiddlerAPTN NewsFamilies of 12 children who died while in the care of child services in northern Ontario met in Thunder Bay with the province’s chief coroner Wednesday.The point of the meeting was to discuss a recent experts report on the circumstances around their children’s deaths.Willow met with some of them who say the report, and explanations don’t go far enough.wfiddler@aptn.ca@willowblasizzolast_img

Five arrested for train robbery

first_imgNEW DELHI: Five members of a gang including a woman has been arrested by Crime Branch who exploited the farewell moments of the passengers who boarded the trains at various Delhi railways stations. The members of the gang pretended to be passengers and entered the railway stations and targeted men and woman with small children exactly at a time when they are busy bidding farewell to their family or friends. They even boarded the train and somehow pretended that they boarded the wrong train and got down in haste taking the bag of the target passengers from a moving train. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic itemsPolice said that more than 25 bags have been recovered from this gang and has solved atleast five cases of theft. Cops are now trying to identify the owners of the stolen bags. “We have also seized one revolver from this gang along with a laptop, a gold chain and cash around 95 thousand, this gang was active at railway stations like Sarai Rohilla, Hazrat Nizamuddin, New Delhi and Anand Vihar, The Gang preferred to target passengers in the AC Bogies and would strike when the train is about to depart and travellers are busy bidding goodbye to their relatives,” said Rajesh Deo, DCP crime. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn 6 March, a policeman received a specific input that the gang members would come to Mandoli Extension, Harsh Vihar to dispose off the station item. at about 4.30 pm the above mentioned five accused persons Ashwini, Ashiq, Rajeev, Irfan and Manju were apprehended by the team. “On intensive interrogation, they disclosed that they are active members of Bablu Gang and are involved into bag lifting from Railway Stations,” said Rajiv Ranjan, Additional CP crime.last_img read more

Iran resolute to keep on with nuke talks

first_imgTEHRAN – In critic of new US sanctions, Iranian FM Zarif warns that Tehran will give a proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response to any improper, unconstructive actionIranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Sunday voiced Tehran’s resolution to continue with the nuclear negotiations with six major world powers, namely the P5+1.Posting a statement on his official Facebook account, Iran’s foreign policy chief criticized the new sanctions announced on Thursday by the US Departments of Treasury and State blacklisting a number of companies and individuals for “providing support for” Iran’s nuclear energy program.“Over the past days, certain improper measures were taken by the Americans, to which we responded in the required manner and with the consideration of all aspects of the issue,” wrote Zarif.Iranian top diplomat also cautioned that Tehran would respond prudently to any unconstructive and inappropriate action on the part of the sextet, the five permanent members of the UN Security Council – Russia, China, France, Britain and the US – plus Germany.“We will seriously pursue the Geneva talks, and we will of course give a proper, calculated, purposeful and smart response to any improper and unconstructive action (even if it does not violate the Geneva deal),” he said.The fresh US sanctions came shortly after a historic initial nuclear deal signed between Iran and the sextet in the Swiss city of Geneva on November 24, which aimed to provide a full resolution for the decade-old dispute over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy and enrichment program.“Negotiations and achieving results are difficult and will certainly involve many ups and downs. We had foreseen this from the outset, too,” Zarif said regarding the roadmap to achieve a final nuclear agreement with P5+1.In line with the Geneva deal, Iran and the P5+1 agreed that no more nuclear-related sanctions would be imposed on Iran for a six-month period.last_img read more

General Assembly President holds talks with senior German officials

Mr. Kerim met today with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier and the two men discussed various UN reform initiatives, including proposals to re-shape the size and nature of the Security Council, according to a spokesperson for the Assembly President.They also talked about efforts to achieve the globally agreed anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).Yesterday Mr. Kerim met with Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul to talk about economic development in poor countries, climate change, the current global food crisis, UN relief efforts in Myanmar in the wake of this month’s devastating cyclone and the concept of a “responsibility to protect” vulnerable populations from harm.The Assembly President is scheduled to give a lecture tonight in Essen to the Policy Forum of the Ruhr Region on the work of the UN to combat and mitigate the effects of climate change.He travels to Bonn tomorrow to attend a high-level segment of the conference of the parties to the Convention on Biological Diversity. After leaving Germany, Mr. Kerim will then visit Albania for talks with senior officials in the small European country. 27 May 2008Climate change, biological diversity and United Nations reform have been high on the agenda during official talks so far on the current three-day visit to Germany by General Assembly President Srgjan Kerim. read more

Daycare visits music class for performance

Hannah Adams waves her fist to help keep time during a musical performance by students in Prof. Zoltan Kalman’s woodwinds techniques class recently. Adams attends the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care where staff are exposing the children to different types of music. They don’t play instruments and can’t tell you the difference between Mozart and Beethoven – yet.But that didn’t stop a small group of children from the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care from enjoying a short visit to Prof. Zoltan Kalman’s woodwinds techniques class recently for a performance of tunes Kalman’s students were learning to play on the saxophone.As they sat in their strollers and wagons, some of the children moved to the music and followed Kalman’s lead keeping time to the music.Helene Randle, the centre’s executive director, said staff have been introducing infants at the centre to different types of music, including native drumming.“Our goal is to give the children the opportunity to enjoy and experience different types of music, hands-on experience with instruments, and the different moods that music can create,” Randle said. “The experience (in Prof. Kalman’s class) was loud and exciting…. The infants love to sing and dance.”Tyler Graham takes in the action during a musical performance by Prof. Zoltan Kalman’s woodwinds techniques class recently. Graham attends the Rosalind Blauer Centre for Child Care where staff are exposing the children to different types of music. read more

DR Congo senior UN envoy begins visit to bolster regional peace efforts

The senior United Nations official for the Great Lakes region of Africa has begun a week-long mission to help shore up peace efforts, visiting Tanzania, Rwanda, the Republic of Congo, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Envoy for the Great Lakes, Mary Robinson, will focus on the immediate priority of the so-called Kampala dialogue in the Ugandan capital, where the M23 rebel group and the DRC Government failed to reach agreement earlier this month.She will also seek to foster progress in implementing the broader commitments of the 11-nation Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the Region, which she has called “a framework of hope”.“Developments over the past month have brought renewed hope to people in the eastern DRC,” Mrs. Robinson said. “Further efforts are needed to ensure that the country is rid of all negative forces and security is re-established sustainably. Progress on the larger political agenda is now urgently needed, as well. “We must work to restore trust and take the steps that are needed to resolve the underlying causes of conflict and instability to the region.” The eastern DRC has been wracked by fighting between the Government and various armed groups for many years, the latest being the M23, composed of soldiers who mutinied from the DRC national army (FARDC) in April.In the past year, the fighting has displaced more than 100,000 people, exacerbating an ongoing humanitarian crisis in the region which includes 2.6 million internally displaced persons and 6.4 million in need of food and emergency aid.Mrs. Robinson began her tour in Tanzania, a framework signatory, meeting today with President Jakaya Kikwete and other officials in Dar es Salaam on the need to enhance cooperation and sustained political dialogue among PSC signatories.Tomorrow she will visit Rwanda for talks with top officials on concluding the Kampala Dialogue and implementing the Framework, and then fly on to the Republic of Congo. On 27-29 November, she will visit the DRC, including Kinshasa, the capital, and Goma, the main city in the vast country’s east. On 30 November, she will attend the East African Community (EAC) Summit of Heads of States in Kampala, where she intends to mobilise international support for regional organizations as part of the broader PSC Framework agenda for enhanced regional integration. read more

EXCroatian playmaker Stefan Vujic to play for Serbia

Handball news of the Day in Balkan region is statement of Serbian NT coach Jovica Cvetkovic, who addes Croatian playmaker Stefan Vujic to the list of candidates for the roster at Men’s EHF EURO 2018 in Croatia.“The new name is Stefan Vujic from Romanian Steaua. He is born in Croatia, played for Croatia, but his parents are Serbs. He is good organizer, team-player, scorer, warrior, fighter. I will take 18 warriors to Croatia. I need that profile of the player”, stated Cvetkovic for the 26-years old EX-PPD Zagreb and HBC Nantes member.Serbia will play in Group in Split together with Croatia, Sweden and Iceland. Jovica CvetkovicSerbian handballStefan Vujic ← Previous Story Seven applications for three EHF EURO events Next Story → African Championship 2018 in Gabon with 10 teams

Teen rescued after kidnappers lured him through Facebook

first_imgPOLICE IN PAKISTAN’S biggest city Karachi rescued a teenage boy who was kidnapped for a half-million dollar ransom after apparently being lured through Facebook, officers and relatives said today.Police raided the gang’s hideout to the west of the sprawling city, which is plagued by gang violence and extortion rackets, killing four of the abductors in a shootout and arresting a fifth.The kidnappers started chatting to their 13-year-old target, identified only as Mustafa, six months ago, senior police officer Niaz Khoso said. They enticed him to a meeting on Friday.The youngster, the son of a senior customs official, was whisked away to the town of Hub outside Karachi in restive Baluchistan province, and his family received calls demanding 50 million rupees (almost €400,000) in ransom.Police said they used mobile phone records to track the kidnappers to the hideout in Hub and rescued him on Monday morning.Mustafa’s mother made a tearful plea to parents to supervise their children’s use of social media.“This is my request to all the parents to never let their children make friendship on Facebook,” she told media, sobbing as she sat beside her son.“I beg you for God’s sake that you never do.”What can Facebook tell us about the battle of the sexes?16 children die in Pakistan school bus firelast_img read more

Troubled Malaysia Airlines shares suspended as it prepares to go private

first_imgNothing less will be required in order to revive our national airline to be profitable as a commercial entity and to serve its function as a critical national development entity.Malaysia Airlines has reeled from years of financial losses and its survival is now seen as in peril following this year’s air catastrophes.The disappearing flightFlight MH370 disappeared mysteriously in March with 239 people aboard, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. No trace has been found and the airline was widely criticised for its handling of the crisis.On July 17, MH17 was shot down over Ukraine, with another 298 people killed.Though it formerly had a solid safety reputation, the carrier’s association with tragedy has pummelled bookings, and analysts said it is burning through its cash reserves at a rate of around $2 million per day as it struggles to survive.It lost 4.1 billion ringgit ($1.3 billion) from 2011-13, and a further 443 million ringgit in the first quarter of this year, blaming MH370′s “dramatic impact” on bookings.Earlier today, Malaysia Airlines had its shares suspended on the Kuala Lumpur stock exchange ahead of the Khazanah statement.The company is expected to unveil its second-quarter earnings in mid-August.- © AFP, 2014Read: Search for remains of MH17 flight victims called off> DEEPLY TROUBLED MALAYSIA Airlines will be de-listed and taken private ahead of a major restructuring following the double disasters of MH370 and MH17, under a proposal announced Friday by its majority shareholder.State investment vehicle Khazanah Nasional, which owns 70 percent of the flag-carrier, said it would purchase all minority shares and finalise a restructuring plan by the end of the month.Take over imminent?The move confirmed growing speculation that Khazanah planned to completely take over Malaysia Airlines to strengthen its hand in addressing the free-falling carrier’s mounting problems.Khazanah said all stakeholders will need to work together to save the company via a “complete overhaul of the national carrier on all relevant aspects … (including) the airline’s operations, business model, finances, human capital and regulatory environment.”last_img read more

Greece fires warning shots after Turkish helicopter flies near Greek islet

first_imgGreeks troops have reportedly fired warning shots, after a Turkish helicopter flew at low altitude around the perimeter of the Greek islet of Ro.Situated west of Kastellorizo just a few miles off the Turkish coast, the incident took place on Monday at approximately 11.30 pm. According to reports the helicopter, said to have been operated by the Turkish coastguard, was deterred by the tracer rounds shot in its direction.Flying with its navigation lights switched off, the Greek government has seen the act as a deliberate provocation from Turkey.Defence Minister Panos Kammenos was in constant contact with the head of the General Army Command (GES) and the chief of Hellenic Armed Forces General Staff (GEETHA) throughout the incident, reports Kathimerini.The Defence Ministry said that the troops’ conduct adhered to the international rules of engagement, and that Greece continues to refrain from being provocative towards its neighbours, and is simply responding within its capacity to do so.“The order to fire the warning shots to force the helicopter to move off came in the context of stepped up surveillance and reaction measures adopted given the increase in tensions with Turkey,” a Greek military source told AFP.However the Ministry came under fire on Tuesday by New Democracy’s Shadow Defence Minister, Vassilis Kikilias who took to Twitter to express his concern over its failure to provide adequate and prompt details about the incident.“Early in the morning, all media reported an episode on the islet of Ro, which, according to their information, took place shortly after 11 pm. It is inconceivable that 12 hours have elapsed and the National Defence Ministry has not yet informed the public of what has happened,” he tweeted.The incident comes amid months of growing friction between the neighbouring countries, and Mr Kammenos’ announcement last week that Greece would be posting 7,000 military troops to its borders with Turkey, including Evros and the Aegean islands. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Wolves sign Ed Francis and Agboola

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers have completed the signings of Michael Agboola and Ed Francis during the January transfer window.Agboola, who’s a 17-year-old midfielder, joins the Midlands club from Dagenham & Redbridge after a successful trial.Wolves have paid Manchester City an undisclosed fee for Ed Francis who put pen to paper on a two-half-and-a-half- year deal at the Molineux with the option of a further year.Francis is a product of City’s youth setup and has played at international level with England’s under-19 team.The teenager Is comfortable playing in defence and in midfield, and he’ll immediately link up with Wolves under-23 team.Head of academy player development at Wolves, Scott Sellars knows Francis during his time at City and spoke of his delight at capturing the 19-year-old.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…Sellars said, according to Birmingham Mail: “We looked at what our requirements were moving forward, what we already had, and the opportunity came up where Ed was looking to move on.”“I spoke to some staff there (at Man City) and Ed was always talented from a young age. He can play centre-back, left-back or centre midfield so is very versatile.”“When that quality of player becomes available we have to discuss it to see if it’s a good bit of business for ourselves. We felt moving forward he could really add to the group and at 19 he has a lot of potential.”last_img read more