first_imgBritish Tennis star Andy Murray has announced that for every ace he hits until the end of the year, he will donate £50 to UNICEF, the world’s leading children’s organisation.Andy’s AcesEach ace Andy hits will support Unicef’s work to help children whose worlds have been turned upside down by conflict or disaster, such as those caught up in the current refugee and migrant crisis.Speaking ahead of Britain’s Davis Cup by BNP Paris semi-final against Australia, Unicef UK Supporter Murray explained: “Having seen the images broadcast on the news in recent weeks I felt I had to do something to help the millions of children and their families who have been forced to flee their homes and had their lives turned upside down. I’ll get that little bit more satisfaction from each ace I hit knowing that it will be helping Unicef keep children safe. I’m also asking my fans across the world to join with me to and support Unicef’s vital work. Together we can help make a safer world for every child.”Tennis fans across the world can join Andy in supporting Unicef’s work by donating online here or those in the UK can donate £5 by texting ACE to 70800.Unicef UK Executive Director David Bull said: “The conflict in Syria continues to have a devastating impact on the lives of children, both in the region and beyond. The fear, the lack of opportunity and loss of hope has forced thousands of families to make the dangerous journey to Europe. The support of Andy, and his fans and the wider tennis community can help us continue to provide support for children whenever and however disaster strikes.”Standard Life, one of Murray’s partners, along with the ATP and LTA have all announced that they will match Andy’s donations pound for pound. That means every ace will result in a donation of £200 for Unicef’s life-saving work with children affected by conflict and disaster.Text ACE to 70800 to donate £5 or click here.last_img read more

first_imgPrizeo — the celebrity-based charitable fundraising platform —has launched The Murray Bros. Caddyshack Experience with Bill Murray, which offers one lucky winner the opportunity to join the star and his five brothers to participate in their annual Charity Golf Tournament in St. Augustine, Florida.In 2001, Bill Murray and his five brothers – Andy, Brian, Joel, John, and Ed – opened Murray Bros. Caddyshack at World Golf Village, home of the World Golf Hall of Fame, in St. Augustine, Florida. Along with the opening of the restaurant, the brothers created the Murray Bros. Caddyshack Charity Golf Tournament with the mission to partner with various charities to raise monies that provide medical services, educational programs, lifesaving equipment, and fundraising opportunities to better the lives in communities across the country.“This is a time when I enjoy Florida’s humidity and spend time with my brothers and friends for great golf, music and food,” said Bill. “And we also manage to do some good things for people.“If you’re not a golfer, don’t let that stop you. I’ll show you some tips and even if you just come to hang out with me on the course and for the parties – it will be worth it.“All I’m asking is that you make a small donation — even just $5 — so that we can raise money to help provide life-saving services to communities all across the country, but you can look to the right to read more about that.“Get ready though, ’cause all I hit are hole-in-ones. If you win this experience, just smile and try to keep up.”The winner of the experience will play golf with Bill Murray, as well as attend the VIP party upon arrival and the VIP concert and party following golf with Bill. The prize includes two nights in Florida and flights from anywhere in the world for two people.Prizeo, which was acquired by philanthropist Todd Wagner earlier this year, is a sister company to charity video network Chideo and charitable online auction platform Charitybuzz.last_img read more

first_imgOn Monday, October 10, 2016, tennis stars Lindsay Davenport, John McEnroe, Martina Navratilova, and Andy Roddick will headline World TeamTennis (WTT) Smash Hits at Caesars Palace, a charity night of tennis co-hosted by longtime friends Sir Elton John and Billie Jean King.The event will raise money for the Elton John AIDS Foundation and local AIDS organizations.Tennis action is set for 7 p.m. PT. The pre-match VIP Reception and Auction will kick off at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now. Order tickets through, or, or by calling The Colosseum at Caesars Palace box office at (866) 320-9763 or AXS at (888) 929-7849. For group sales of 10 or more tickets, call 212-586-3444, x. 121.last_img

Rabat – Manchester United fans gave David De Gea a warm reception on Saturday on his return to the line-up of the team for the first time this season, after his move to Real Madrid failed.The 25-year-old, who signed on Friday a new deal keeping him with the Red Devils for another four years, was given a wonderful welcome back at Old Trafford as he came out to warm up on Saturday.As the Spaniard left the tunnel and walked on the pitch, the Man United fans unanimously cheered, chanted his name and applauded his come-back. One fan even held up a placard stating: “Thank you David De Gea for staying at the best club in the world!”De Gea made a superb performance on his return against Liverpool on Saturday, helping his club ensure a much-needed 3-1 win.After the game, De Gea Tweeted: “A very Special win. I’m really thrilled… THANKS.”De Gea returned to Old Trafford following the international break, and has been named in their 25-man squad for top-flight action this campaign.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed without permission read more

Rabat – A peaceful solution to the conflict in Western Sahara is “possible,” the UN special envoy for the Sahara said on Thursday after a two-day round table between the parties in Geneva, the first talks since 2012.The former German president Horst Kohler, who has been in charge of the issue since 2017, has also announced that he intends to hold a new meeting in the same format in the first quarter of 2019.Read Also: Kohler Invites Western Sahara Parties to 2nd Roundtable in 2019Kohler told reporters that he was looking forward to inviting delegations to the second round table.The UN Secretary-General’s personal envoy for the Sahara had invited delegations from Morocco, Algeria, Polisario and Mauritania to participate in a round table on December 5 and 6 in Geneva, in accordance with UN Security Council Resolution 2440.Hailed by the UN as a first step towards a renewed process of negotiations aimed at reaching a just, lasting, and mutually acceptable solution, the Geneva meeting was held in an atmosphere of serious engagement and mutual respect, the UN envoy noted.Rabat, whose delegation in Geneva was led by foreign minister Nasser Bourita, rejects any solution other than autonomy under its sovereignty, citing the need to preserve regional stability.The last round of direct negotiations launched by the UN in March 2007 stalled due to disagreements between Morocco and Polisario. read more

Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones holds the Big Ten Championship trophy after OSU’s 59-0 win over Wisconsin in the conference title game on Dec. 6 in Indianapolis.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorINDIANAPOLIS — He waited to say it, but Jeff Heuerman made it clear whether or not he feels Ohio State should make the first-ever College Football Playoff.“I’ve kept my mouth shut about that for a very long time, but I’m done with that,” the senior tight end said after the Buckeyes locked up their 35th Big Ten Championship. “We’re definitely one of the top four teams in the country.”OSU — ranked No. 5 in the College Football Playoff standings — shutout No. 13 Wisconsin, 59-0, in the Big Ten title game Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium, but all four teams ranked ahead of the Buckeyes won over the weekend as well.But the Buckeyes’ win came under unusual circumstances, as the player starting the game at quarterback was third on the depth chart two weeks before the season started. Saturday’s win also came less than a week after the team learned of the death of walk-on defensive lineman Kosta Karageorge.Redshirt-sophomore quarterback Cardale Jones — starting in place of the injured redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett — said the win was a “huge statement” for the playoff selection committee.“I mean, we played a great, great team, the No. 2 defense in the country,” Jones said after the game. “We put up 59 points on them.”OSU also found a way to stymie Wisconsin redshirt-junior running back Melvin Gordon — the nation’s top rusher this season. The Buckeyes held Gordon to just 76 yards on the ground, and held him without a touchdown for the first time since Wisconsin’s win over Western Illinois in its second game of the season.With dominating numbers on both sides of the ball, Heuerman said he simply doesn’t see a logical scenario that would keep OSU out of the playoffs.“Come in here and play the 13th-ranked team in the country, No. 1 in the Big Ten in defense, come in here and put up those kind of numbers,” Heuerman said. “Defensively you look at what we did tonight with a Heisman Trophy candidate (Gordon) who’s held to 76 yards and didn’t put up one single point, I don’t know how you don’t put us in the top four, honestly.”OSU coach Urban Meyer — who won two national titles under the BCS-bowl format while he was the coach at Florida — said the selection committee has a difficult task, but added he feels like the Buckeyes are playing as well as the other top teams in the country.“All I can speak to is I’ve been around teams that have competed and won national championships,” Meyer said after the game. “This team, the way it’s playing right now, is one of the top teams in America.”Coming into the game, OSU was ranked behind No. 1 Alabama, No. 2 Oregon, No. 3 Texas Christian University and No. 4 Florida State. With all four of those teams winning along with the Buckeyes, OSU would have to jump one of them in order to make the playoffs.Confronted with the idea of missing out on a chance to compete for a national championship, Heuerman stressed that he feels the Buckeyes deserve to be in the top four.“I don’t even want to think about not being in the top four,” He said. “Like I said, I think we’re a top-four team in the country, I don’t think there’s any doubt about that and the College Football (Playoff) committee, they watched that game, I don’t know how any of them say we’re not.”Heuerman added the Buckeyes’ big win came against a top-notch opponent.“We didn’t come in and play a slouch of a football team today, they were a good football team,” he said. “And the way we came in and executed, it’s like nothing I’ve ever seen, honestly. And like I said, I don’t think there’s any way you don’t put us in the top four.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to learn their postseason fate on Sunday. The College Football Playoff selection show is set to begin at 12:30 p.m.The College Football Playoff rankings were decided by a panel of 12 members, including Wisconsin athletic director Barry Alvarez, Lt. Gen. Mike Gould and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice. In total, the panel is set to consist of 13 members, but former Mississippi and NFL quarterback Archie Manning is taking a leave of absence because of health concerns.The top four teams at season’s end are scheduled to compete in the College Football Playoff. read more

first_imgThe PS Vita is due to launch on February 22 next year across the U.S. and Canada. Many gamers already have their pre-orders made, and now just have a long wait of nearly 5 months.You could get it sooner by importing one from Japan, but I’ve already predicted a $1000 price tag if you do. Sony is offering you a legitimate way to get a PS Vita early, though. Seven whole days early in fact.Announced via the PlayStation.Blog, Sony has decided to offer a PlayStation Vita First Edition Bundle that will launch on February 15. In the U.S. it will include a 3G version of the device along with a 4GB memory card (which is required for some games), a limited edition PS Vita case, and the game Little Deviants. The price is $349.99. In Canada a similar bundle will be offered, but with the WiFi version of the Vita for $299.99.The bundle isn’t any more expensive for being released a week early, and it may be a better way to ensure you secure the machine if demand is high. However, just remember that nothing else launches for a week, so if you really hate the Little Deviants game it’s doubtful you can pick up or download any other games until the 22nd.What’s unclear is how many of these First Edition Bundles Sony is going to make available. The company must be confident on stock levels in order to make the offer in the first place, but there could be a limit of a few thousand before it switches back to separate hardware and game sales for the real launch.Read more at PlayStation.Bloglast_img read more

first_img A TAXI DRIVER accused of biting off part of a passenger’s thumb after the passenger made fun of his name has been acquitted by a jury.Lookman Kareem told the jury he has no idea how the passenger lost part of his thumb and said he was acting in self defence during a struggle with the complainant. He said he was been attacked by a group of passengers and that a passerby dressed as Santa tried to intervene.It was the State’s case that Lookman became very angry when the group he picked up saw his Christian name on his taxi ID and began laughing because ‘Look, man’ was a catchphrase of one of the women in the group.Kareem (48) of Glenvara Park, Knocklyon, Dublin had pleaded not guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to assault causing harm to Darren O’Connor at Richmond Hill, Rathmines on 22 December, 2013. A jury acquitted him after about 40 minutes of deliberations.During the trial, O’Connor told Elva Duffy BL, prosecuting, that he and three friends flagged down Kareem’s taxi at about 1.15am. He said they saw the accused’s name and started laughing and slagging one of his friends because she often used the phrase ‘Look, man’.He said Kareem seemed upset and that they tried to explain they weren’t making fun of him. O’Connor said the group became concerned about the accused’s attitude and asked him to pull over.‘Go back to your own country’There was a verbal dispute and one of the group went to take down his details from the taxi ID. O’Connor alleged Kareem tried to move the ID.They got out of the car and O’Connor said he and the accused got into a physical struggle and fell to the ground. The witness said he felt an agonising pain and realised that part of his thumb had been bitten off and was on the ground.Kareem told gardaí that before the incident the group was passing his ID around and taking photos of it. He alleged when he told them they weren’t allowed handle his ID, they replied, ‘This is our country, we can say what we want, we can do what we want. Go back to your own country if you don’t like it.’Kareem alleged he was then dragged out of the taxi by three of the passengers who punched and kicked him while he was on the ground. He said a male passenger punched him in the head and jaw while some passersby, including a man dressed as Santa Claus, tried to stop it.Read: Med schools ‘conscious of distress’ experienced by families of infants whose remains were sent to universitiesRead: Swiss man accused of abusing 80 boys in Thailand 10 Comments Friday 10 Mar 2017, 8:01 PM By Conor Gallagher 12,502 Views Image: Wanderley Massafelli/ Share Tweet Email center_img File photo Image: Wanderley Massafelli/ File photo Mar 10th 2017, 8:01 PM Short URL Taxi driver accused of biting part of passenger’s thumb off is acquitted The driver said he was attacked by a group of passengers and that a passerby dressed as Santa tried to intervene. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

first_imgPope tells young people to resist ‘false’ social media and reality TV “Be the protagonists of your history; decide your own future.” Share45 Tweet Email2 Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian. Image: AP/Press Association Images Image: AP/Press Association Images 46 Comments POPE FRANCIS HAS warned young people to resist the lure of “false” versions of life presented on social media or reality TV shows.Instead, the Internet generation needs to write their own histories, become masters of their destiny and establish real connections with their past, the 80-year-old pontiff says in a video message for World Youth Day, on 9 April.“Many people say that young people are distracted and superficial. They are wrong!” Francis says.“Still, we should acknowledge our need to reflect on our lives and direct them towards the future.“In the social media, we see faces of young people appearing in any number of pictures recounting more or less real events, but we don’t know how much of all this is really ‘history’, an experience that can be communicated and endowed with purpose and meaning,” he said.“Television is full of ‘reality shows’ which are not real stories, but only moments passed before a television camera by characters living from day to day, without a greater plan.“Don’t let yourselves be led astray by this false image of reality! Be the protagonists of your history; decide your own future.”The tone of Francis’s comments partly reiterated a speech at last year’s World Youth Day in which he told teens not to let themselves become “couch potatoes”.But this time he implicitly addressed many aspects of social media culture that have caused concern to psychologists, from the photo-shopping of images to selective editing of events recorded online to project images of happiness and success that may not correspond to reality.“To have a past is not the same as to have a history,” Francis said. “In our life we can have plenty of memories, but how many of them are really a part of our memory?“How many are significant for our hearts and help to give meaning to our lives?”In practical terms, Francis said young people could help to make more sense of their lives and their own past through time spent with grandparents, by keeping a daily journal and by spending a few minutes each evening contemplating the day’s events.In this, he suggested, they should draw inspiration from the example of Mary, mother of Jesus.“The young mother of Jesus knew the prayers of her people by heart. Surely her parents and her grandparents had taught them to her. How important it is for the faith to be passed down from one generation to another.”© – AFP 2017Read: Tomb of Jesus Christ completes €3.7 million renovation Tuesday 21 Mar 2017, 10:43 PM center_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Kim Kardashian, Khloe Kardashian and Kourtney Kardashian. Mar 21st 2017, 10:43 PM 14,493 Views Short URL By AFPlast_img read more

first_imgTycoon Alex Hatzimihail has given Australia’s automotive industry a much needed boost with an investment that ensures cars will continue to be built on Australian shores beyond 2017.With announcements over the past 18 months that locally built Ford, Holden and Toyota vehicles will cease production by 2017, the venture into JOSS supercar has kept the local flame burning, with its sole model, the JP1, due for release that same year.Founded by Melburnian Matthew Thomas, JOSS was bound for overseas investment before 39-year-old Hatzimihail made it one of his many multi-million dollar assets, he told Neos Kosmos.“Matthew raised a million bucks to make his first race car and then he tried to raise another half a million dollars, but he didn’t succeed and in the past four years I wanted to open my own automobile company. One of my investigators called me a few months ago and said ‘Alex, there’s a company in Melbourne called JOSS supercar’. So I contacted Matthew immediately and he said he had an overseas buyer for $35 million. Walk in, walk out.”But Hatzimihail pledged the $35 million and took a 60 per cent stake in the company, leaving 40 per cent to Thomas along with the design responsibilities.“We can’t let the last automobile manufacturer in Australia leave. And over a week I convinced him, I’m a person who makes offers people can’t refuse.”The supercar will be designed in Melbourne, manufactured in Brisbane, with its interior design and seating produced in Hatzimihail’s native Alice Springs. With his eyes on the international market, he says his car will “do zero to 100 in 2.6 seconds”, be built completely from carbon fibre, weighing 950 kilograms, and powered by a V8 twin-turbo 5.5 litre engine purchased “from one of the biggest automobile companies in Germany”, to be disclosed next month.Despite the rising cost of manufacturing which has led most Australian and international companies away from local production lines, he says this type of investment pays for itself. “Manufacturing is very expensive if it was just a normal vehicle, but because it is a luxury vehicle and because most of our clientele comes from overseas, when it comes to luxury vehicles it doesn’t matter what the labour cost is because we’re only building 30 to 50 vehicles a year.”His company, the Hatzimihail Group, has stakes in a number of technological portfolios, including EFL Tech, American based Oryon Technologies, as well as companies in the Netherlands, Sweden and the United Kingdom.His parents herald from Kos and he says he is actively training his three children George (8), Eva (5), and Sophia (3) to follow in the family entrepreneurial tradition. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

first_imgL’obscure clarté de la moitié de la Lune enfin décryptéeLe mystère de l’obscure clarté de la face cachée de la Lune serait en passe d’être révélé, selon une étude publiée mercredi dans la revue Nature. Une petite lune serait, il y a des millions d’années, entrée en collision avec la moitié de notre satellite.Les montagnes qui hérissent la “face cachée” de la Lune, très différente du visage qu’elle montre aux observateurs terriens, pourraient avoir été formées par l’impact d’une autre lune, plus petite, révèle une étude publiée mercredidans la revue Nature. En effet, la face visible de la Lune possède un relief relativement lisse et plat. Mais son revers est modelé par des cratères et de vastes chaînes montagneuses culminant à plus de 3.000 mètres. De plus, la croûte de la surface de la Lune est bien plus épaisse de ce côté caché. Une asymétrie lunaire qui demeure un véritable mystère pour les scientifiques qui ont proposé nombre de théories pour tenter de l’expliquer. Une des hypothèses lie cette irrégularité à l’influence thermique de marées sur la croûte lunaire alors qu’une autre l’attribue à un bombardement massif d’astéroïdes et de comètes. Dans une étude publiée par la revue Nature, deux astronomes de l’Université de Californie à Santa Cruz, Martin Jutzi et Erik Asphaug, sont ainsi remontés aux origines de la Lune, voici plus de quatre milliards d’années, pour comprendre la double facette de l’unique satellite naturel de la Terre. Ils ont alors émis une hypothèse encore inédite : le relief perturbé de la Lune serait dû à une collision avec une “petite Lune”. La Lune et la Terre se séparentL’une des théories principales explique que la formation de la Lune découlerait d’un gigantesque impact entre la Terre et un corps céleste de la taille de la planète Mars, baptisé Théia, qui se serait produit 42 millions d’années après la naissance du système solaire. Lors de cette collision, de la matière terrestre se serait alors arrachée pour ensuite s’agglomérer et former la Lune. Cette théorie nommée “hypothèse de l’impact géant”, est la plus argumentée et la plus communément admise pour expliquer la formation du satellite de la Terre, explique l’AFP. Mais, selon les scientifiques publiés dans Nature, il est possible que les débris prélevés à la Terre par Théia aient également créé d’autres amas que ceux ayant abouti à la Lune. Ces corps célestes, plus petits que le nouveau satellite, auraient alors pu être conservés, à condition de se trouver en un point bien précis de l’espace où la gravité de la Terre et celle de la Lune s’équilibrent. Les auteurs de l’étude ont ainsi calculé qu’au moins l’une de ces mini-lunes, d’un diamètre trois fois inférieur à notre Lune, aurait pu se maintenir en orbite entre les deux corps célestes durant des dizaines de millions d’années. Par la suite, cette petite lune aurait ralenti sa course au fil du temps, et aurait fini par succomber à l’attraction de la Lune, avec laquelle elle serait entrée en collision. A grande vitesse, un tel choc est capable de créer des cratères gigantesques et des quantités astronomiques de débris en fusion. Cependant, la petite Lune aurait dérivé lentement de son orbite pour aller s’entrechoquer avec la Lune. Sa vitesse n’aurait donc été que modeste, située entre 2 et 3 kilomètres par seconde selon l’étude. L’impact réduit se serait alors contenté de graver des chaînes de montagnes à la surface de la Lune qui était à l’époque qu’un océan de magma recouvert d’une fine croûte de minéraux cristallisés.Une histoire à confirmerÀ lire aussiSpaceX : un satellite d’Elon Musk manque d’entrer en collision avec un satellite de l’ESA”D’après nos simulations, avec une différence de taille “Lune/mini-lune” assez importante et une vitesse d’impact faible, on aboutit à un agglomérat plutôt qu’à un cratère”, affirment les auteurs. Ce scénario expliquerait par ailleurs une épaisseur plus importante et aussi plus concentrée en minéraux de cette face cachée. “Cette étude montre que c’est plausible mais n’apporte pas de preuve”, tempère néanmoins dans un commentaire séparé, également publié dans Nature, la planétologue Maria Zuber. Les données attendues l’an prochain de la mission de reconnaissance lunaire de la Nasa, qui a envoyé le satellite LRO en éclaireur en 2009, pourraient confirmer, ou infirmer cette nouvelle hypothèse.Le 4 août 2011 à 10:59 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

first_imgTwo men were taken to a hospital late Wednesday night after a fight broke out among several people near Northeast 134th Street and 20th Avenue, in the Salmon Creek area, and one was stabbed.Witnesses to the fight told sheriff’s deputies they chased the stabbing suspect when he fled from near the onramp to Interstate 5, where the fight occurred.The stabbing suspect, found nearby with blood on him, said he’d been jumped by several people and beaten.Both the stabbing suspect and the stabbing victim were taken to a hospital.Neither man’s injuries were believed life-threatening, said Sgt. Linda Hayes with the Clark County Sheriff’s Office.The case surfaced about 10 p.m. Wednesday, Hayes said, when a man walked up to a woman and asked her to call 911, saying someone had been stabbed. Paramedics and several sheriff’s deputies rushed to the area around the north end of Highway 99.Hayes said she was told that the stabbing victim and the stabbing suspect, and a few other people, had been traveling together from town to town, carrying back packs, and may have been staying or camping outside near the I-5 onramp.Around midnight Wednesday, Hayes said deputies were still gathering information. The suspect, a man in his late 20s from California, after being treated for his injuries, likely would be arrested for alleged assault with a deadly weapon, a knife, Hayes said.last_img read more

first_imgCORAL SPRINGS, FLA. (WSVN) – Nancy Fitzgerald has been found, Tuesday afternoon, after going missing under suspicious circumstances, according to the Coral Springs Police Department.Detectives said they worked many leads and utilized social media while looking for Fitzgerald, but it wasn’t until Tuesday morning that a BSO employee thought she saw the previously missing woman. BSO employee Kathleen Hanks told police she was confident Fitzgerald was walking outside of Margate Elementary School.Hanks said she identified Fitzgerald thanks to the Coral Springs Police Department’s Facebook page.Margate Police responded to the area and located Fitzgerald shortly afterwards. Officials said the woman is safe and undergoing medical evaluation. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_imgSnapdeal is reportedly raising funds to the tune of $400 million, valuing the company at $5 billion, four months after Japan’s SoftBank invested in the online marketplace, becoming its largest shareholder.Snapdeal is said to have initiated discussions with strategic and financial investors. Employees of Snapdeal, an Indian online retailer, sort out delivery packages inside their company fulfilment centre in Mumbai October 22, 2014. Kunal Bahl, co-founder of Indian online marketplace Snapdeal, has come a long way from his days as a business school student selling detergent in U.S. supermarkets. After final negotiations over a sushi breakfast earlier this month, Snapdeal on Tuesday unveiled a $627 million investment from Japan’s SoftBank, one of the high-profile early backers — and now major shareholder — in China’s Alibaba.ReutersA US-based hedge fund is reportedly interested in investing in the Delhi-based company, a source told The Economic Times.  However, the daily’s source reiterated that a deal is not ‘imminent’.While much has been said about the move, SnapDeal has refused to comment on the matter and as labelled it as “speculations.”SoftBank InvestmentFounded by Kunal Bahl and Rohit Bansal, the company saw a $627 investment from SoftBank in October 2014, which valued the company at $1.85 billion. Snapdeal has had to contend with increased investor interest with strategic players, including China’s Alibaba, wanting a share in the pie.”If Alibaba comes in, they will (invest) in tranches, with some milestones set to achieve,” a Bengaluru-based venture capital investor, who is not linked to the move, told the daily. “At the same time, investor interest in Snapdeal is very high, so the deal could go anywhere.”In recent weeks, the company shares have moved from one holder to the other, with early investors Bessemer Venture and Kallari Capital selling small stakes of 2-3% each to SoftBank. The transaction valued the technology company at $2.5-$2.8 billion.Intense CompetitionIndia’s online shopping market is ruled by Flipkart, US-based Amazon and Snapdeal, with a few others picking up the bits on the side. Flipkart received $1.9 billion in investment last year, valuing the company at $11 billion. Amazon’s Jeff Bezos committed $2 billion in investment during a visit to India.Snapdeal is adding new categories of products rapidly to compete with newly-capitalised rivals like Paytm, backed by Alibaba affiliate Ant Financial, and ShopClues, which saw a $100 million investment from Tiger Global Management in January.”Normally in other markets there will be one or two horizontals vying for the top position, but India is a unique market where (companies) have an identical category spread with high dependence on mobile and fashion,” retail consultancy Technopak’s Senior Vice-President Ankur Bisen said.Industry estimates peg Snapdeal’s current fiscal sales to total $3 billion.Snapdeal recorded 168.2 crore in revenue for the previous fiscal ended March 2014. Its losses widened to 264.6 crore from 120 crore for the same period, a year ago.last_img read more

first_imgZach Gibson/Getty Images/Via NPRAbortion and anti-abortion rights groups rally at the Supreme Court on Monday. Almost as soon as Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups began their campaigns to influence the pick for his successor.As the 2016 presidential campaign wound down, then-candidate Donald Trump made clear that if elected, he would work to see an end to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on his watch.“If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be, that’s what will happen,” Trump said at the final presidential debate in October 2016. “And that will happen automatically in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”The 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide won’t be overturned automatically, nor without a fight. But advocates on both sides of the issue agree the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy sets the stage for a battle over abortion rights unlike any in a generation.High stakes for reproductive rightsKennedy’s departure will usher in a fight for the future of the Supreme Court that many social and religious conservatives anticipated and hoped for during the 2016 campaign. Trump’s promise to appoint conservative, anti-abortion justices helped turn out the base voters he needed to secure his surprise victory. Exit polls suggested the makeup of the Supreme Court played a major role for many voters on both sides, but more for Republicans.Almost as soon as Kennedy’s retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups seized on the moment.“We’re the closest we’ve ever been to overturning Roe v. Wade,” a woman says in a video released online by the group Students for Life of America shortly after the news broke.In an interview with NPR, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins called the retirement of the court’s swing vote “a day that we’ve been waiting for.”“Our goal in the pro-life movement has always been to make abortion illegal and unthinkable,” Hawkins said. “So we want Roe to be overturned … and we expect that.”Hawkins noted that Kennedy has voted to uphold abortion rights in several cases, including the landmark 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and more recently, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which overturned a Texas law that placed additional health regulations on clinics that perform abortions.Meanwhile, abortion-rights supporters, like Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights, called Kennedy’s retirement devastating news.“He has been a crucial vote in landmark reproductive rights cases,” Northup said.“[I’m] extremely concerned,” said Helene Krasnoff, vice president of public policy, litigation and law at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “President Trump has been making good on his threat to stack the courts with those who are opposed to safe, legal abortion, and we can only expect that he’ll nominate another extreme opponent.”A fight for Kennedy’s replacementBoth sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee. Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority, and all eyes will be on a handful of Republicans who have been supportive of abortion rights, and on red-state Democrats facing re-election in November. Senators in each group will be under pressure to come over to the other side of the aisle.“It’s gonna be epic,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect candidates who oppose abortion rights. “It will be cast as a pretty pivotal vote on the court on this issue and many, many others … We’ve been preparing for this fight for a very long time.”Hawkins said her group has more than 1,200 chapters around the country, and organizers will encourage members to lobby their senators during the confirmation process.Krasnoff, of Planned Parenthood, said abortion-rights advocates also will be lobbying senators to vote against any nominee seen as likely to overturn Roe.Win McNamee/Getty Images/Via NPRAbortion rights proponents protest outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday. The retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy set the stage for a battle over abortion rights unlike any in a generation.“President Trump and Mitch McConnell hold the balance of the court in their hands right now. And with it, they hold the right to safe and legal abortion,” Krasnoff said. “So we’re going to be getting that message out and making sure that the Senate rejects any nominee that opposes Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion.”Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America urged abortion-rights supporters to reach out to lawmakers.“This is about all 100 senators hearing from people on a daily basis that they do not want people, women, families, criminalized,” Hogue said.While polling on abortion is difficult and yields mixed results depending on how the questions are asked, multiple polls suggest a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in at least some cases, particularly in early pregnancy.A battle for the courts — and in the courts If Trump is successful in pushing through a nominee who’s likely to overturn or erode Roe, the fight over the future of the decision could play out in several ways.Northup, of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said restrictive laws recently passed by several states could work their way to the Supreme Court. She points to what’s known as a “heartbeat bill” in Iowa, where state lawmakers recently approved one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.The law, which is being challenged in the courts, bans the procedure after a heartbeat can be detected, which is often before a woman knows she is pregnant. Other states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks’ gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.“I think it’s going to be the early cutoff dates for abortion that you’re gonna be seeing going up to the court that could challenge Roe v. Wade, because Roe v. Wade and its cases that have followed have made clear that before the time of fetal viability it’s for the woman and her doctor to make the decision,” Northup said. “And these states have been passing laws trying to radically change that.”Back to the statesAt the final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Trump promised that if Roe is overturned, “It will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination.”That’s true, and it’s the goal of many abortion-rights opponents, some of whom downplay the idea that abortion could become illegal nationwide.“Without question, our goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade so that states are allowed to enact their own wills into law,” said Dannenfelser, of the Susan B. Anthony List.But states have a patchwork of laws, with red states tending to pass more restrictive abortion ones.Alexis Cole, an attorney and policy director at Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, said 17 states already have laws on the books that would heavily restrict or ban abortion if Roe were overturned. She notes that because of restrictive laws and limited access to abortion, women in many states already struggle to obtain the procedure, even under Roe.“It would no longer be a matter of traveling across your state; it would be a matter of traveling multiple states that would actually allow you to get an abortion,” Cole said.Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit Sharelast_img read more

first_imgIt should come as no surprise that, in its quest to become a full-blown entertainment ecosystem, Netflix has built a roster of podcast programming to complement its scores or original series and films.The programs recruit top talent and hosts to hang out and talk about the streaming giant’s TV and film content. It’s a savvy extension of marketing, but Netflix podcasts could also eventually become a source of original content. And though it’s still branded content, each one of the company’s podcasts tries to put a fresh spin on the show-related interviews and breakdowns.Take the recently launched “Present Company with Krista Smith,” wherein the former Vanity Fair west coast editor and newly-minted Netflix consultant sits with megastars and tastemakers like Eddie Murphy, Marta Kauffman, Mary J. Blige and TED Talk supernova Brene Brown. The program gives the kind of lush editorial flourish Smith was known for in magazines and reinforces why the streamer got into business with those bold names in the first place. Related ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Then there’s “Strong Black Legends,” where podcast star Tracy Clayton talks to formative black creators and icons like comedian Jackée Harry and director Robert Townsend, as well a self-interview series where stars pick from a fishbowl of questions called “I Hate Talking About Myself.” A second run of the latter kicks off on Monday, and will feature Jonathan Groff and Cameron Britton of “Mindhunter,” and Ben Platt and Zoey Deutch of Ryan Murphy’s inaugural Netflix series “The Politician.”The most effective podcast tie-in for Netflix as a brand might be “You Can’t Make This Up,” which gives a behind-the-scenes look at how nonfiction filmmakers got their compelling true crime stories. As a genre, true crime accounts for four of the top ten podcasts in the country, according to online ranker Chartable. The number one most downloaded in the country is the Parcast Network’s “Today in True Crime.”“We are always looking for different ways to engage with people,” said Rae Votta, podcast lead for the Netflix brand and editorial team. “We’re talking a lot with our documentary team about what opportunities are out there, as we are with scripted.”Lexi Nsita, a director in Votta’s group, said the internal desire is “to get good at deepening the space around our shows.”The pair acknowledged how many reported and scripted podcasts are being adapted, and said they were open to the idea of developing original ideas that their development teams could later use for films and series.“We’re taking nothing off the table. We have a deeply engaged audience, a curious audience, who is always looking for more,” said Votta. What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 Popular on Variety ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

first_imgArizona Cardinals wide receiver John Brown (12) bobbles a pass as Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Leon Hall (29) defends during the first half of an NFL preseason football game, Sunday, Aug. 24, 2014, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Bengals free-agent CB Leon Hall scheduled to visit Arizona on Monday, per source.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 11, 2016Hall, 31, is a veteran of nine NFL seasons, all with Cincinnati.Last season, the 5-foot-11, 195-pound corner tallied 55 tackles along with two interceptions and nine passes defensed. In his career, the former Michigan Wolverine has notched 470 total tackles, 26 interceptions and 111 passes defensed. The Arizona Cardinals, in an effort to upgrade their secondary, may be looking to the AFC North for some help. The Cardinals’ interest in Hall likely stems from the fact that one of their starting cornerbacks, Jerraud Powers, is an unrestricted free agent and not guaranteed to return.Hall has dealt with some injuries during his career, most notably torn Achilles tendons suffered in 2011 and 2013.center_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more

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