TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Alaba backing Bayern Munich move for Atletico Madrid defender Lucasby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich wing-back David Alaba is backing their move for Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Even though Alaba plays at left-back, a position where the France international could earn minutes, the Austrian would be keen to see him sign.”He is certainly a good player,” he told BILD.”If he wasn’t then Bayern wouldn’t be interested in him.”I am sure he would be capable of helping us.”Addressing the potential competition for left-back minutes that this signing could provoke, Alaba explained that he isn’t worried.”I know that left-back works for me, but at this time I wouldn’t be worried about changing to a midfield position,” he stated.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Brighton boss Potter proud of players in Aston Villa defeatby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveBrighton boss Graham Potter was proud of his players following their last-gasp defeat to Aston Villa.The Seagulls fell to Matt Targett’s last-minute strike, with the hosts prevailing 2-1, and the head coach stressed how proud he was of the players having seen his side play for a large part of the contest with ten men.He said, “It’s tough to take because the players were amazing and gave me everything.“With 11 players we were really good and worthy of our lead – the sending off affects the game and we played for nearly an hour with a man less, while still contributing to the match. “We still attacked often, so it’s heartbreaking to lose with the last kick, but I’m really proud of the performance.”Despite being a man down, Potter’s men created chances throughout the match in the Midlands, and the boss discussed the attacking style his side continued to maintain. “We still looked to win the game and the best way of hanging onto something is to continue to be yourselves,” he continued. “We played through their defence numerous times and weren’t camped inside our own half trying to defend.“We were positive and that’s what makes it more difficult to take – the reaction of the fans afterwards showed that they saw the quality and courage, but the game can be cruel.”
The takeover was worth about $3.3 billion when proposed in September but has fallen to less than $2.5 billion because of deterioration in Husky’s share price.Earlier this week, a CIBC oil and gas analyst said the recent deterioration in crude oil prices makes it unlikely that a better offer will emerge to force Husky to sweeten its hostile bid.Husky has said that it has received all necessary regulatory approvals for the takeover of MEG and is now waiting for shareholders’ response to its offer which expires in mid-January. CALGARY, A.B. – MEG Energy Corp. says it will waive its shareholder rights plan in its fight against a hostile takeover offer by Husky Energy Inc.However, the company says it continues to unanimously recommend shareholders reject Husky’s cash-and-share offer.MEG noted that since Husky announced its intention to make its offer on Sept. 30, Husky’s share price has fallen more than 30 percent, eroding the value of the offer.
Vatican City: Pope Francis denounced the “cruel violence” of the Easter Sunday slaughter of Christians and foreigners in Sri Lanka as he celebrated the most joyful moment on the Christian liturgical calendar by lamenting the bloodshed and political violence afflicting many parts of the world. Francis skipped his homily during Easter Mass but delivered his traditional “Urbi et Orbi” (To the city and the world) speech highlighting conflicts in the Mideast, Africa and the Americas and demanding that political leaders put aside their differences and work instead for peace. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US”May the one who gives us his peace end the roar of arms, both in areas of conflict and in our cities, and inspire the leaders of nations to work for an end to the arms race and the troubling spread of weaponry, especially in the economically more advanced countries,” Francis said from the loggia of St. Peter’s Basilica overlooking the flower-decked square below. In a special appeal at the end, Francis lamented the “grave attacks” on Sri Lankan hotels and churches, which occurred just as the Christian faithful were celebrating Easter Mass that marks the resurrection of Christ following his crucifixion. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”I want to express my loving closeness to the Christian community, targeted while they were gathered in prayer, and all the victims of such cruel violence,” Francis said. “I entrust to the Lord all those who were tragically killed and pray for the injured and all those who are suffering as a result of this dramatic event.” More than 130 people were killed and hundreds wounded following near-simultaneous blasts at three Sri Lankan churches and three hotels frequented by foreigners. In his roundup of global conflicts, Francis warned that the world was increasingly becoming resigned to the ongoing conflict in Syria. He called for a “renewed commitment for a political solution” that would respond to Syrians’ need for freedom, peace and justice and allow for millions of refugees to return home. In Yemen, he lamented how children in particular are “exhausted by hunger and war,” while in North Africa, Libyans are enduring a fresh round of fighting between rival forces battling for control of Tripoli, the capital “I urge the parties involved to choose dialogue over force and to avoid reopening wounds left by a decade of conflicts and political instability,” he said of Libyan leaders. Francis said he hoped the political and religious leaders of South Sudan would open a “new page in the history of the country” and work for reconciliation. Francis hosted South Sudan’s president and opposition leader for a remarkable retreat at the Vatican earlier this month, during which the pope bowed down and kissed their feet, begging them to work for peace. And history’s first Latin American pope also offered prayers for Venezuelans and Nicaraguans experiencing political and economic hardship and “all those who lack the minimal conditions for leading a dignified and secure life due to a crisis that endures and worsens.” The Vatican said popes sometimes either deliver an off-the-cuff homily on Easter Sunday or skip it altogether, given the lengthy speech and blessing that follows.
New Delhi: A Delhi Court on Wednesday stayed non-bailable warrants (NBWs) issued against Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, his deputy Manish Sisodia and Swaraj India chief Yogendra Yadav in a criminal defamation complaint filed by advocate Surender Kumar Sharma. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal stayed the NBWs against the leaders and listed the matter for further hearing on April 29. The warrants were issued on Tuesday observing that they have failed to appear before the court. Later in the day, Kejriwal’s counsel moved an application seeking the stay. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder Sharma alleged that in 2013, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) approached him to contest the Delhi Assembly elections on a party ticket, saying that Kejriwal was pleased with his social services. However, he was later denied the ticket. Sharma claimed that on October 14, 2013 articles in leading newspapers carried “defamatory, unlawful and derogatory words used by the accused persons” which lowered his reputation in the Bar and the society. Yogendra Yadav was a member of the National Executive of the AAP till 2015, when he quit the party to launch Swaraj India.
New Delhi: The Delhi Police Licensing Unit asked districts to furnish the antecedent verification reports in respect of application for renewal of arms licenses.Quoting the letter content sent by licensing unit to other officers, police sources told Millennium Post, “It has been observed that a large number of antecedent verification reports in respect of applications for renewal of arms licenses are pending with the district police for more than 30 days.” Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSources further said, “The delay in submission of antecedent verification reports hampers further processing and disposal of applications within the timelines stipulated in the Arms Rules 2016 by the Licensing Unit besides causing inconvenience to citizens leaving them holding expired arms licenses.” The letter further reads, “it is there, requested that the district DCsP may be directed to furnish the antecedents verification reports within the stipulated period of 30 days.” Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarThe letter was sent to Joint CPs and DCPs. Sources further said that as many as 789 applications are pending in different districts to Delhi Police. The subject of the letter was E-Arms license module regarding antecedents verification reports for renewal of arms licenses. In January this year, with a view to ensuring ‘ease of doing business’, the “online module for receipt and processing of application” for the grant of Arms Licences and other related services is the latest digital initiative by Delhi Police and this would improve the service delivery by simplifying the licensing process without diluting the legal requirements. Police said the system has been designed, developed and implemented after consultations with all stakeholders and I.T. professionals. It would enable citizens to apply for a licence from the comfort of their homes and they would be able to check the status of their applications online. “The applicant can now apply and upload the required documents online for availing various services related to Arms Licences at the click of the mouse. They would also be able to check the status of their applications online,” police said.
Germany forward Thomas Müller is feeling optimistic again about their World Cup prospects ahead of their final Group F game against South KoreaFollowing their shocking defeat to Mexico in their opening game of the tournament, Germany bounced back against Sweden last weekend with Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kross scoring a 95th-minute winner for the defending world champions.Joachim Low’s side are now sitting in second place in Group F and a win against South Korea on Wednesday will be necessary in order to qualify with third-place Sweden currently tied with Germany with leaders Mexico a further three points ahead after winning both their games.Germany have never failed to go past the group stages of a World Cup and Muller is in no rush to end that record and has called on the side to take advantage of their renewed chances and beat Korea.“We’re in the tournament now and can qualify by our own merit with a win against South Korea,” said the 28-year-old, as stated on the Bayern Munich website.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“We’ll certainly do everything we can to take our country far.”Muller’s former Bayern teammate Kroos agreed: “Now we need to recover, beat South Korea and put in a convincing display.”As did Dortmund’s Marco Reus: “If we play with freedom, if we produce our link-up play on the pitch, with the same passion that we showed against Sweden, then it’ll be difficult for South Korea.”Both Korea and Germany will meet on Wednesday at the Kazan Arena at 16:00 (GMT +2).
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola announced Kevin De Bruyne will not return to action for tonight’s game at WatfordThe Belgium international has been sidelined twice already this season with long-term injuries with just five appearances having been made for City.Currently, De Bruyne is recovering from another knee injury which was sustained in City’s 2-0 Carabao Cup win over Fulham last month.Other doubts are striker Sergio Aguero, who missed last weekend’s 3-1 win over Bournemouth due to a muscle injury, and midfielder Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was elbowed in the nose by team-mate Fernandinho in the same game.“I don’t know (if they can play),” Guardiola told reporters on the club website.Merson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“We have training this afternoon, so I can’t tell you the answer now. Kevin De Bruyne is not ready. The other two I don’t know right now.”However, with a testing winter schedule ahead of City, Guardiola plans to listen to his players’ thoughts before making any decisions.“I trust the players,” he said.“There are a lot of games. Whatever we do, we do in the right moments. Every situation is different.”City will be hoping to beat Watford tonight at 21:00 (CET) to extend their lead in the Premier League to five points.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, January 3, 2017 – Providenciales – An urgent call for help is designed to rescue a classroom for children with Autism from extinction and it launches a national campaign where just about anyone can afford to help.The Hope Foundation completed the classroom at the Mills Institute in August of 2015 and in late 2017, founders of the organization hit a financial snag – funds were dried up and the classroom, which caters to eight children was under a very real threat of closing up for good. That’s when Maxcia and Almando Rigby reached out for help…“When I was contacted with the news that this important classroom was in trouble, I prayed. Immediately, an idea came, and I knew instantly that it could work. If those of us who believe in the value and opportunity the Hope Foundation classroom brings to our educational landscape were to support financially, together, we could alleviate any concerns about money to operate the class. Individually, it would be manageable and cumulatively, the financial contribution would be sufficient,” said Deandrea Hamilton, family friend and owner of #MagneticMedia.It takes about $60,000 per year to operate the #HopeFoundation Autism Classroom in Providenciales, Turks and Caicos Islands.Ms. Hamilton added, “As one bill, the need would be out of reach for most people, but if we shared the bill and literally took care of the classroom one day at a time, then it becomes more do-able. It takes roughly, $160.00 per day to keep the classroom open and functioning ideally. I thought to myself, hey, I can do that and I can even get my own son involved – we’ve pledged and will donate to two days of the classroom. That means 363 days are left for residents and supporters to donate.”Magnetic Media with the Hope Foundation for #AutismAwareness is calling the campaign and the challenge, “I’ll Pay a Day for Hope!”Almando Rigby is the Public Relations Officer for the Hope Foundation, he too had an immediate faith that the concept and campaign could work.“Sponsoring a day will allow our students and their teachers to return to school safe and happy about learning. It will also allow us to open our doors to four more students who can benefit. The Hope Autism Classroom supports learning through Individual Educational Plans, center based learning, one on one teaching and group activities. We also aim to educate based on high social skills opportunities and interactions with typically developing children. The classroom is a big part of Hope and it speaks to the potential all of our children have to learn and succeed. ALL children have the right to be educated without prejudice, it’s their God given right to have a place in this world and the Hope Autism Classroom in that place,” explained Almando Rigby, parent and founder of Hope Foundation.Director & Chairman of Hope Foundation, Maxcia Rigby explained that the outpouring since the inception of Hope has been phenomenal, but shared that “the last part of last year, particularly this new school year has been the toughest for Hope. Due to the recent storms, fundraising has proven almost impossible. Rightly so, donations have been focused on hurricane relief efforts and because we rely heavily on corporate and community support which is now diverted to hurricane assistance, we may have to close our room…we are hoping for good success through the I’ll Pay a Day for Hope campaign.”You can pay a day now. The need is urgent and you can make a deposit directly to The Hope Foundation’s ScotiaBank account (#755389). Contact Almando or Maxcia Rigby today: 649-332-9817 or 649-332-1977 and let them know that you are willing to Pay a Day for Hope.#I’llPayaDayforHope #Metoo-movement-type complaint, now investigation of high-ranking TCI Police Officer opened Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp T&T companies tap into Cuban market at Expo Caribe 2019 Recommended for you Related Items:#AutismAwareness, #HopeFoundation, #I’llPayaDayforHope, magneticmedia TCI: Man safe now, says he was trapped after lightning hit truck and it burst into flames
The 10-8 vote came after a divided Senate adopted an amendment calling for a full payout, with checks to qualified residents estimated to be around $3,000. The Senate rejected a full dividend payout from the state’s oil-wealth fund as part of the debate over this year’s check during a floor session on Tuesday. The bill needed 11 votes to pass. Senator Peter Micciche: “So, although we had a 10-8 majority on the bill it required 11 votes. Senator Shower will be returning on Friday morning, after a work assignment, we are certainly hoping to have another vote. We hope to rescind our action and have another vote on that bill, and we hope that will be the 11th vote to move the bill across the finish line with a $3,000 PFD.” While the Senate finds time to convene for a final vote, Governor Mike Dunleavy hosted a “Rally to Restore the PFD” in Wasilla on Thursday: “I’m incredibly proud of the people of Alaska, It’s you that makes this state a great state. It’ll be you that keeps the government going in the manner it should be going.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享After a nearly two-hour internal meeting on Thursday, members of the Senate say they are prepared to vote Monday on the state’s operating budget and legislation setting a $3,000 Permanent Fund dividend.
Sarah Tew/CNET Share your voice Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Chris Monroe/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express See It TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Turo $520 at HP Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Tags Comments Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) See at Turo CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Angela Lang/CNET 7 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 $999 JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Amazon Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) $999 $59 at eBay Read Google Home Hub review Foxconn,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. See it $210 at Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple iPhone XS Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X $155 at Google Express 3 Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Read the Rylo camera preview Sarah Tew/CNET Tags Share your voice The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. The Cheapskate Sprint Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Best Buy Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. See at Amazon $60 at Best Buy Rylo Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Comments Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) See It Sarah Tew/CNET $6 at Tidal See It Boost Mobile Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Read the AirPods review What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $999 Tech Industry Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) President Donald Trump (left) and Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin (right) joined Foxconn founder Terry Gou at the groundbreaking of the company’s Wisconsin plant last summer. Andy Manis / Getty Images Foxconn apparently still has big plans for Wisconsin, even though the state’s governor is skeptical.The Taiwan-based contract manufacturer best known for assembling Apple iPhones said Friday it remains committed to building a factory and research facility in the state.”Foxconn’s commitment to job creation in Wisconsin remains long term and will span over the length of the WEDC (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation) contract and beyond,” said Foxconn Technology Group in an emailed statement. The company added that construction on its facility to manufacture LCD displays will start this summer, though it didn’t specify how many people it plans to hire. Foxconn said in 2017 that the $10 billion facility would make LCD displays and employ up to 13,000 people, but reports earlier this year suggested the company was scaling back its plans. On Wednesday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said that the project would likely be much smaller than originally planned and that it’s “unrealistic” to expect Foxconn to hire 13,000 people. “The bottom line is they’ve shrunk their expectations,” Evers said. “That’s what they’re communicating now.”Evers, a Democrat, inherited the deal from previous Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Walker helped woo Foxconn to Wisconsin with the largest incentive in state history, and Evers was critical during his campaign of Walker’s dealings with the company. Evers’ office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.Foxconn’s future has also come into question as Chairman Terry Gou announced Wednesday that he’s entering the 2020 presidential race in Taiwan. Gou said he would “withdraw from daily operations” at Foxconn if he wins a primary election to represent the Kuomintang party, according to CNN.Originally published April 19, 6:50 a.m. PT.Update, 7:36 a.m.: Adds background on Foxconn Chairman Terry Gou. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET
Jamie Foxx and Katie HolmesGetty ImagesJamie Foxx was recently spotted hanging out with his ex-girlfriend Kristen Grannis and their daughter Annalise. The pictures surfaced online after he stated at the recently held Oscars that he is single which made many to believe that he and Tom Cruise’s former wife Katie Holmes have parted ways for good.As per a report by RadarOnline, the Academy Award-winning star Jamie Foxx spent the weekend with his former partner Kristin Grannis and their nine-year-old daughter Annalise. In the released pictures, Foxx and Grannis are looking happy and relaxed.Very little is publicly known about Jamie Foxx’s Kristen Grannis. There were alleged reports that the former pair once had planned to form a family together. Before giving birth to Annalise, Kristen reportedly worked in PR, but since then has been fully supported by the actor.It should be noted that Jamie Foxx and Katie Holmes have never publicly addressed that they are seeing each other. There were several leaked pictures of them hanging out and even making out on a yacht but the alleged couple did not openly talk about their affair. There are chances that everything might be going well between these two and they are reportedly taking everything extremely slowly.Whatever the case is, Katie Holmes has had a busy March 2019. Amid all the rumours about Jamie Foxx dumping her, she spent time with Suri Cruise at a refugee camp in Greece. As per reports, the Batman Begins star paid a visit to the Moria refugee camp in Greece. The 40-year-old actress posted pictures of Suri playing with a young child. Many were quick to notice that Suri looks more like her father Tom Cruise. “I love these women who became our friends as we collaborated on many different projects this week,” Katie wrote in one of her uploaded pictures. “I am so very grateful for this experience. The resilience of these women is so profound and truly inspiring to witness. And I pray for refugees everywhere #moreiarefugeecamp.”As of now, there is no direct confirmation of whether Katie Holmes and Jamie Foxx have parted ways for good or not. Things have been hectic for these two and their well-wishers are hoping that everything should turn out to be in their favour.
Awami LeagueAwami League on Wednesday placed an 11-point proposal, including introduction of the use of electronic voting machines (EVMs), for holding the next general election in a credible manner.During a dialogue with the Election Commission that lasted for nearly two hours and 15 minutes, the ruling party also proposed submission of the list of polling agents to presiding officers and assistant presiding officers three days before the polling day and strictly curbing the use of black money and muscle power.Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader came up with the disclosure while talking to reporters at Nirbachon Bhaban after the talks.A 21-member Awami League delegation, led by Quader, joined the electoral talks held with chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Quader said they placed a proposal before the Commission to appoint presiding officers, assistant presiding officers and polling officers from among the responsible government employees.Also, the party proposed taking necessary steps to appoint local and foreign observers maintaining highest transparency and caution.”We also told the commission that we support its move to introduce the Representation of the People Order, 1972 and the Delimitation of Constituencies Ordinance, 1976 in Bangla,” the ruling party leader said.The other members of the AL team are — Amir Hossain Amu, Tofail Ahmed, Sheikh Fazlul Karim Selim, Mohammad Nasim, Matia Chowdhury, HT Imam, Mashiur Rahman, Abdur Razzak, Faruk Khan, Ramesh Chandra Sen, Mohammad Jamir, M Rashidul Alam, Mahabub-ul-Alam Hanif, Dipu Moni, Jahangir Kabir Nanak, Abdur Rahman, HN Ashiqur Rahman, Hasan Mahmud, Abdus Sobhan Golap and Riazul Kabir Kawsar.The EC on 24 August last started dialogue with 40 registered political parties, which will conclude on Thursday next. The Commission already had talks with 37 parties including BNP.
A Pabna court on Wednesday sentenced nine people to death in a case filed over a bomb attack on a train carrying the then opposition leader and now prime minister Sheikh Hasina in 1994.The court also awarded 25 people life term in jail and imprisoned 13 people for 10 years each.Pabna’s additional District and Sessions Judge Court-1’s Rustam Ali passed the order. Those who were sentenced to death are BNP’s district liberation war affairs secretary KM Akhteruzzaman, BNP’s Ishwardi municipality unit (now suspended) general secretary Zakaria Pintu, the party’s central executive committee member and former municipality unit chief Mokhlesur Rahman Bablu, Mokhlesur’s brother former leader of Chhatra Dal Rezaul Karim alias Shaheen, Mokhlesur’s another brother Rajshahi University Chatra Dal’s leader Mahbubur Rahman alias Palash, Ishwardi municipality Juba Dal’s president (Shyamal Nur-e- Mostafa), Swechhasebok Dal’s leader Azizur Rahman alias Shahin and former BNP leader Shamsul Alam and Md Atal. Those who were handed down life imprisonment are BNP leader Aminul Islam (fugitive), Azad Hossain alias Khokon, Shamsur Rahman, Anisur Rahman (fugitive), Alauddin Biswas, Akkel Ali,, Mohammad Rabi, Mohammad Enam, Abul Kashem, Kala babu, Md Mamun (fugitive), Mamun-2 (fugituve), Selim Hossain, Md Kallol, Tuhin, Ashah Alam alias Liton, Abdullah Al Mamun, Laiju (fugitive), Abdul Zabbar, Palash, Abdul Hakim, Alamgir Hossain, AKM Firozul Islam, and Abul Kalam.
Facebook is giving its Portal video chat device a number of updates that turn it into more of a full-fledged smart display: Amazon’s Prime Video service is coming to Portal later this year, the social networking giant announced at its f8 developer conference in San Jose, Calif. Tuesday.At the conference, Facebook also announced an international expansion for the device: Portal will be available for sale in Canada in June, and in European countries this fall.Portal is also getting support for additional Alexa skills, including news briefings, and smart home support, all courtesy of Facebook’s partnership with Amazon.Facebook itself is bringing Whatsapp and encrypted video calls to Portal, and is adding support for Facebook Live broadcasting. The latter will effectively allow Portal owners to produce their own live streams, with some help from the device’s AI capabilities, which automatically track subjects and keep them in focus in its video streams. The company is also adding new ways to look at photos in Portal, and bringing Instant Games and games with augmented reality effects to the device. Facebook first launched Portal last October. The company has kept mum on the number of devices sold since, with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg only saying Tuesday that Portal had done “better than we expected.” Zuckerberg had been equally muted on the device during the company’s recent Q1 earnings call, where he instead painted it as a learning lesson, saying: “Having Portal out in the market has been very valuable.”Facebook has faced criticism over introducing a smart display with a camera just as it was dealing with multiple privacy scandals. The company responded to this criticism by adding a plastic clip to each device sold, which can be used by Portal owners to physically cover the camera.The company seemed determined to further address these concerns with the announcement of end-to-end encrypted video calls. Portal calls thus far have been encrypted server-side, which means that they can’t be eavesdropped on, but that Facebook in theory could access them. End-to-end encryption will rule this out as well.However, the roll-out for this new encryption layer will be in stages: Video calls to other Whatsapp users will be encrypted right away, but calls to Messenger users and calls from one Portal device to another will only be end-to-end encrypted once the company adds end-to-end encryption to Messenger next year.Still, some of the new features announced Tuesday should make it a little easier for Facebook to position Portal in competition to other smart displays, including Amazon’s own Echo Show. Particularly the addition of smart home capabilities and news briefings should help close some of that gap. Facebook did not share availability dates for those features Tuesday.Update: 1/5: This post was updated with additional details on the way Portal encrypts calls. Eight Charged with Running Illegal TV Show and Movie Streaming Services Related Latido Acquires ‘Historias Lamentables,’ From ‘Champions’ Javier Fesser (EXCLUSIVE) 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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Citation: New idea on how the zebra got its stripes (2015, January 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-01-idea-zebra-stripes.html A photo showing two Zebras in Mikumi National Park. Credit: Sajjad Sherally Fazel / Wikipedia. (Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported) More information: How the zebra got its stripes: a problem with too many solutions, Royal Society Open Science, Published 14 January 2015. DOI: 10.1098/rsos.140452AbstractThe adaptive significance of zebra stripes has thus far eluded understanding. Many explanations have been suggested, including social cohesion, thermoregulation, predation evasion and avoidance of biting flies. Identifying the associations between phenotypic and environmental factors is essential for testing these hypotheses and substantiating existing experimental evidence. Plains zebra striping pattern varies regionally, from heavy black and white striping over the entire body in some areas to reduced stripe coverage with thinner and lighter stripes in others. We examined how well 29 environmental variables predict the variation in stripe characteristics of plains zebra across their range in Africa. In contrast to recent findings, we found no evidence that striping may have evolved to escape predators or avoid biting flies. Instead, we found that temperature successfully predicts a substantial amount of the stripe pattern variation observed in plains zebra. As this association between striping and temperature may be indicative of multiple biological processes, we suggest that the selective agents driving zebra striping are probably multifarious and complex. People throughout history have wondered about the black and white stripes displayed by zebras, many asking themselves what caused the evolutionary changes that led to the unique design. Many ideas have been put forth, from suggestions that the stripes ward off flies, to ideas that they somehow confuse lions when they are in a herd. In this new effort, the researchers looked at many of the most prominent ideas and tested them for soundness. They also noted that there is considerable stripe variation among the zebras depending on where they live.In studying prior theories, the researchers found no evidence that any of them were sound—lions appeared to be unfazed by the stripes, for example, and only some types of biting flies appeared to be put off by the stripes. That led them to wonder if some other factor might be at play that might be revealed by stripe pattern variations between groups. To find out, they noted stripe characteristics on zebras at 16 different locations and compared them with 29 environmental factors such as heat, biting flies, predation, etc. In analyzing the data, the only correlation they could make was stripe pattern and heat—lower temperatures meant fewer or fainter stripes—higher temperatures meant more or darker stripes.The researchers do not know why temperature might have caused stripes to come about, but suggest it might have something to do with body heat regulation (the difference between the heat absorbing black and reflective white might create air movement) or that stripes evolved in zebras for a variety of reasons related to both heat and as a means of warding parasites or some other unknown problem. They believe more research needs to be done before the riddle can be truly solved. Scientists solve the riddle of zebras’ stripes © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Royal Society Open Science Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (Phys.org) —A small team of researchers affiliated with the University of California has found little evidence to support prior theoretical explanations of why zebras have evolved to have stripes and instead suggest that temperature appears to be a factor. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, the team describes how they tested other theories and found them wanting and instead found temperature variation to be a predictive factor in striping.
This exhibition is dedicated to Delhi Shilpi Chakra, a group which was founded in 1949 with the motto, Art Illuminates Life but has no trace now.The society, commonly known as Shilpi Chakra, played a pivotal role in emerging Indian art scenario. They had regular exhibitions, discussions, talks and active interactions between members of creative fields of visual arts, literature and music to promote budding artists during the ’60s and ’70s.The show is being curated by Keshav Malik, who was also one of the active members of Delhi Shilpi Chakra since its inception. Artists whose work will be on display are Anupam Sud, B C Sanyal, Bimal Dasgupta, Biren Dey, Devayani Krishna, Dhanraj Bhagat, J Swaminathan, Jagadish Dey, K C Aryan, K S Kulkarni, Krishan Ahuja, Paramjeet Singh, Rajesh Mehra, Ram Kumar, Rameshwar Broota, Sailoz Mukherjea, Santosh Jain, Satish Gujral, Shobha Broota, Surendra Chopra, Umesh Chandra Varma.The highlights of this show will be a few artworks that were showcased in the very first exhibition held by the Shilpi Chakra also the copy of the only publication that was ever taken out from the time group existed.The show will be inaugurated on Sunday by the veteran members of Shilpi Chakra.
Telecom Italia (TIM) has rejected ‘activist investor’ Elliott Management’s plans to break up the company in a presentation to investors.The move followed the TIM board’s publication of its industrial plan in March and hedge fund Elliott’s publication of a counter-plan in April. While Elliott said it supported TIM CEO Amos Genish’s business plan, it accused TIM’s largest shareholder Vivendi of benefiting from profits at the expense of other investors.TIM restated its belief that its management plan was the “right way to address the industrial transformation of the company” by delivering sustainable growth in the long term and condemned Elliott’s proposal for what it described as “a radical reduction of the company’s current’ asset perimeter”. It highlighted Elliott’s plan to deconsolidate the TIM fixed network division, reduce TIM’s stake in wireless infrastructure arm Inwit and sell submarine cable unit Sparkle, along with a potential combination of TIM’s Brazilian unit with a local peer.TIM said that in its view only the potential sale of Sparkle had any merit for consideration.The company said that its plan to legally separate the fixed infrastructure arm while maintaining 100% ownership was “the most sensible action in the current context and regulator framework”, although it might consider selling a minority stake. It said there was no evidence that full separation would deliver additional value and that no other European telco had gone down this path. It said that Inwit had continued strategic relevance for the company in view of the evolution of 5G. TIM further argued that any consolidation of TIM Brazil with Oi, the most likely candidate, would expose it to potential short-term financial pressure because of the financial profile of Oi.Elliott, in its March presentation, had argued that Vivendi had “focused on creating value for its shareholders rather than for TIM” and that the telco was trading at a discount that had increased threefold since Vivendi’s nominees joined TIM’s board, despite the fact that TIM’s capex in transforming its network had peaked in 2017.Elliott said that Vivendi had attempted to “shift value” from TIM to itself by, for example, planning a joint venture between TIM and Canal+ and seeking to strike a content acquisition deal with Mediaset, as well as pushing through the award of an advertising mandate to Vivendi-controlled Havas.Elliott said that Vivendi had also “demonstrated poor stewardship” of the company, had made “multiple missteps” with regulators and also accused Vivendi of having a “hidden agenda”.
In This Issue.* Weekly jobs data bolsters the US$… * EU policy makers switch focus to growth… * Metals selling is mainly based in the ETFs… * A nod to my favorite Irishman…And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!The weekly jobs numbers give a boost to the US$…Good day…Top of the morning to ya! I know, I’m a bit early but I’m ½ Irish and absolutely love St. Patricks day, so I figured I can start celebrating a bit early. Heck, the CFO of Guinness’ parent company Diageo North America was the guest on this morning’s Squawk Box, so everyone is getting started a bit early (more on my ties to Guinness in the last paragraph). Folks in the US administration are certainly celebrating after the weekly jobs indicated the labor recovery in the US has some legs. The number of initial claims for state unemployment benefits dropped by 10,000 to 332k vs. economists expectations of 350k. The four week moving average for new claims, which is a much better measure of the trend fell 2,750 to 346,750 which is the lowest level in five years. In a nod to Chuck, I dug around for any ‘adjustments’ or ‘estimates’ which were used for yesterday’s weekly report and could find none, so I do think the report really does indicate the labor market is improving. An improving labor market should be good for the US$ for a couple of reasons. First, the Fed has tied their monetary policy to the unemployment rate with a goal of 6.5% (still a big drop from the current 7.7%). While 6.5% may still be a long way off, currency traders typically try to get out in front of the Fed, and want to be positioned well before the Fed makes their first move. Stimulus is bad for the dollar since it equates to the Fed printing money and therefore driving the value of the dollar lower. Any news which would indicate the Fed will be pulling stimulus back away from the markets should be positive for the dollar.And second, an improving labor market will lead to a stronger US economy through higher taxes on both wages and sales – more people earning equates to more money for the government and less spending on social programs (we have more of our citizens pulling their weight).Again, we are still a long way away from a ‘strong’ or even what would be considered a ‘stable’ labor market here in the US. We will need the initial claims to fall another 50k before we get back to a more ‘normal’ job market, the number of people still receiving benefits is still above 3 million. But a labor market recovery is a good thing for the US$ and investors definitely need to keep an eye on the jobs data in the coming months.Mike Meyer helped me out this morning and sent me the following information on the US data reports which will be moving the markets this morning:All of the US economic data will be out in the open before most of us reach for that second cup of coffee, so let’s take a look and see what’s on tap. I guess I’ll start with the Empire manufacturing report from March, which is a measure of manufacturing activity in the New York region. Its expected to come in right around last month’s figure of 10, which was the highest since May 2012. While we’re looking at the manufacturing sector, we also have the February Industrial Production numbers that are expected to show an increase from the contraction we saw in January.If we use the higher ISM Manufacturing number and recent retail/consumption reports as a precursor, I would say Feb’s industrial production would have the potential for overshooting the expected rise of 0.4%. The closely tied Capacity Utilization report is also expected to show an increase to 79.4%. With all of this euphoria floating around and the Dow Jones flirting with new record highs, I would say the first printing of the March U. of Michigan Confidence report should really kick some tail. Not that anybody cares about this report anymore, but the January TIC flows are expected to show a decrease and remain well below levels needed to support our deficits. Since the Fed just prints money when needed, this report has fallen from the graces of many economists.Other than that, we get the CPI numbers from February. We’ll see how the markets react to this one, but core inflation as well as the CPI are both expected to show increases. You know our feelings on this report, but it is, what it is. I’m interested to see if the markets will initially try pricing in any imminent stimulus removal assuming the report does actually report an increase. We know the government isn’t going to raise rates at any point in the foreseeable future, but we’ll see if there’s any chatter as to the likelihood of a reduction in the $85 billion that’s still getting pumped in on a monthly basis. Chris again, a big thanks to Mike for all his help in getting the Pfennig out while I’m on the road. His last point gets back to the Fed and when investors think they will start pulling money back off the table. The Fed definitely holds all of the cards in this market, as we have become dependent on their steady stream of cheap cash.The dollar actually headed higher today on expectations the CPI numbers will show inflation is in check. The euro climbed back above $1.30 after EU leaders endorsed ‘structural budgetary assessments’ which basically means they have agreed to roll back austerity demands for many of their members. France, Spain, and Portugal will be given extra time to bring down deficits. It is interesting that the focus of the Eurozone has shifted away from ‘crisis mode’ and instead have started to focus on growth again. This is actually a good thing, and another indication that the sovereign debt crisis is hopefully in the rear-view mirror.But the EU leaders still have a lot of work with unemployment remaining very high (predicted to average 12.2% in 2013) and a GDP which remains in a contraction (predicted to be -.3% in 2013).The Pound Sterling has become a bit of a whipping boy for currency traders, and rightfully so with many indicators pointing toward a triple dip recession. But the Pound strengthened a bit overnight after BOE Governor Mervyn King assured the markets that policy makers are not trying to weaken the currency. “Markets determine the level of exchange rate, not us” King said in an interview yesterday. King may have been successful in jawboning the currency higher in the short term, but the markets will continue to move the currency lower as the BOE continues to increase their QE efforts. Don’t be faked out by the pounds move higher today, I sure wouldn’t buy into it.Speaking of weakening their currency, Japan’s political parties confirmed Haruhiko Kuroda as the next BOJ Governor. This was widely expected, and will insure that the BOJ continues on their quest to get inflation in Japan to climb to 2%. These officials still believe the value of the yen is too high, and will continue feeding liquidity into their markets in order to force the value of the yen lower and attempting to make inflation rise.Precious metals prices continue to remain at what I believe are discount levels. I did a bit of extra research on gold and silver last night in preparation for an interview I have scheduled with a Bloomberg reporter later this morning. What I found was that much of the selling which has occurred over the first couple months of this year has been in the ETFs. A record $4.1 billion of money was pulled out of gold ETFs in February, the largest month of outflows ever and almost twice the previous high. Investors who purchased these ETFs were seeking short term protection from all of the ‘doomsday’ scenarios surrounding the US budget negotiations and the crisis in Europe. With the sequester in the rear view mirror, and the European crisis remaining ‘under control’ these investors have decided to sell their ETFs in favor of shifting money into other equities.The physical metals market is still well bid, with some indications we may see another ‘squeeze’ on certain coins. Our friends over at ‘The 5’ reminded their readers yesterday afternoon that the U.S. Mint suspended distribution of 2013 Silver Eagles only 10 days into the year. According to the US Mint, January sales set an all-time monthly record for Silver Eagles and these sales didn’t slow down much last month when we saw highest sales volume ever for a February. As of this morning 1,601,500 bullion coins have been sold by the Mint during March and if this pace continues March will be another record setting month.Speaking with Tim Smith, the Metals trader at EverBank, this foots with what we have been seeing from our clients. We have had very few clients selling physical metals, and the overall number of transactions is fairly close to our normal average, but the size of these transactions are down a bit.It all comes back to the fact that ETF trading has caused metals prices to be more volatile and is definitely causing some ‘abnormalities’ in market prices. As Chuck suggests, investors should look at dips in the price of silver or gold as ‘buying opportunities’.Then there was this… Plane rides provide excellent time to get caught up on all of the reading which tends to pile up. And with a two hour layover on my trip down to Jacksonville yesterday afternoon I had plenty of time to do just that. As usual I came across what I think is an interesting piece of information for the TTWT section. The Federal Reserve is changing the timing of the policy statements issued after their FOMC meetings. Beginning with their meeting next week, the policy statement will be issued at 2 pm Eastern time. Chairman Bernanke will follow up the policy statement with a news conference at 2:30. Previously, nearly two hours passed between the time the policy statement was issued and Bernanke’s press conference. Apparently Chairman Bernanke wants to make sure the markets ‘understand’ the policy statement, and don’t misinterpret the intent behind the written words. In other words, Bernanke wants to make sure he can spin the statement before the markets start to put their own spin on it. You will recall that one of the first things Chairman Bernanke pledged after assuming the position left vacant by Alan Greenspan was that he would make the FOMC decisions more transparent to investors. His predecessor was known for crafting policy statements which were difficult to interpret, with the press actually creating the term ‘Greenspeak’ to describe his language.The FOMC will likely keep rates on hold for the remainder of the year, and I don’t think we will get any surprise moves in interest rates. But the markets will constantly be attempting to decipher when the first move in rates will occur, making the accompanying policy statements all the more important. This is exactly why Chairman Bernanke is wanting to make sure the markets fully understand what the Fed’s intentions are, and decreasing the time between the statement and his press conference is a way he can have more control on the markets. Kind of scary, but that is where we have ended up as we have become addicted to the ‘crack’ of easy money being supplied by the Fed.To Recap. The jobs front continues to show improvement as the weekly jobless claims fell another 10k, with the four week moving average dropping to a 5 year low. Things have definitely been moving in the right direction, but we still have a long way to go before the Fed’s 6.5% unemployment target. We have several data reports this morning, which includes the January TIC flows, the February consumer inflation numbers, capacity utilization, and industrial production/manufacturing, along with the March Empire manufacturing and U. of Michigan confidence reports. EU leaders seem willing to lengthen the leash and the BOE explains they aren’t trying to weaken the pound. It appears as though many short term speculators who purchased precious metal ETFs as a way to hedge against the US budget issues and an escalation in the EU debt problems are feeling more comfortable by selling. This just gives those long term investors cheaper levels to buy. Currencies today 3/15/13. American Style: A$ $1.0365, kiwi .8221, C$ $.9797, euro 1.3059, sterling 1.5155, Swiss $1.0604. European Style: rand 9.1814, krone 5.7765, SEK 6.4009, forint 233.46, zloty 3.1774, koruna 19.5636, RUB 30.6716, yen 96.08, sing 1.2488, HKD 7.7582, INR 54.0250, China 6.2170, pesos 12.4274, BRL 1.9717, Dollar Index 82.30, Oil $93.23, 10-year 2.03%, Silver $28.91, Gold $1,592.70, and Platinum $1,595.87.That’s it for today. Long time readers probably know what’s coming, but we have a number of new readers so I will share my traditional St. Patricks Day story with everyone. As I mentioned in the opening paragraph, I am ½ Irish thanks to my father who passed away a couple of years ago just days before St. Patricks day. 5 of my father’s brothers and his only sister stayed in St. Louis to raise their families, so St. Patrick’s Day has always been a big party for the Gaffney family. My father is a first generation American; his father left his home in County Roscommon at the young age of 11 and rode his bike across Ireland to Dublin where he went to work at the Guinness factory in order to earn enough money to come to America. After a few years, he sailed away from England on a sister ship to the Titanic bound for New York. As the luck of the Irish would have it, a young Irish lass who would eventually become my grandmother was also on her way to America. Both ended up coming to St. Louis where they settled down and raised 6 boys and a girl. So each St. Patrick’s day I raise a pint of Guinness, who financed my Grandpa’s trip to this great land of opportunity. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you!Chris Gaffney, CFA Vice President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
When Maria Toorpakai plays squash in the Pakistan city of Peshawar, military snipers stand on the roof over the court to protect her from the Taliban.But she’s certainly not afraid of attention. The country’s greatest female squash player is the star of a documentary, The War to Be Her, which debuts on the PBS documentary series POV on July 23.Toorpakai, 27, grew up in Waziristan, a mountainous tribal region that borders Afghanistan — and is a haven to Pakistan’s Taliban. Girls there face grave risks just for attending school.Because she wanted to play sports and pursue other opportunities not open to girls, she burned her dresses, cut her hair and put on her brother’s clothes. Her father introduced her as his son, “Genghis Khan.” And she took up squash.But around age 12, word got out that she was pretending to be a boy. Male squash players harassed her, and extremists warned her to stop.Still, she kept playing. At 16, she won the bronze medal in the World Junior Squash Championships for girls and received an award from former President Pervez Musharraf.That’s when the Taliban started making threats. To continue training in safety, she reached out to squash academies around the world. Eventually, a former squash champion named Jonathan Power invited her to Canada. She trained there between 2011 and 2016.Toorpakai isn’t just trying to empower girls, says Human Rights Foundation legal counsel Joy Park, who met her when she spoke at the Oslo Freedom Forum in 2017. When talking to groups, she tries to “educate the boys to give them the idea that your fellow girls, your sisters, are the same as you. They deserve the same opportunities.”Toorpakai spoke to NPR by phone from Peshawar, where she now lives with her family. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.So, why squash?It was something that saved me. Hitting was something that would take away my anger and all the disappointment because people treated me differently.In the documentary, your dad is a pillar of strength and support. How much did he help you in your dream to become an athlete?My dad is my mentor. He is my inspiration. He always helped me even when there were times I was feeling down, disappointed, hopeless. He always showed me the path. That I shouldn’t care about society or people.What would he say to you?They are scared of change but we should just improve ourselves and eventually people will follow.Because of the Taliban’s threats when you were 16, you spent 2007 to 2010 practicing squash in your bedroom — like “Rocky, locked in Siberia,” your coach in Canada said. What was that like?It was in an upstairs room, and it didn’t have much furniture. It had one bed and one small carpet. It was a good size. I was doing a lot of lunging, push-ups, sit-ups, a lot of short-hitting [hitting the ball close to the wall to develop control with the racket]. I was just thinking, “What can I do next?”What gave you the strength as a teenager to persevere amid the threats you and your family were getting?I would imagine myself in a squash court, standing on a podium after winning a match. I would imagine myself being free, training [and as someone who] people are appreciating. At the same time, I have a very strong belief in God. So that also gives me hope and strength.Was there ever a moment when, as a female facing so much adversity, you felt like giving up? It was just before the #MeToo and Times Up movements. My sister [a parliamentarian named Ayesha Gulalai] spoke up about harassment that she was facing inside her political party from the party leadership. During this time, we were locked in a two-bedroom apartment for a month with 24/7 security. People [in politics] were running campaigns against my family.I stopped playing tournaments and didn’t train. I gained a lot of weight. I was just lost, confused about the whole purpose of my life. This is the country that I was playing for — this is Pakistan. These are the people I was representing.You wrote a memoir in 2016 and recently started a nonprofit organization that aims to help children in remote communities. What else are you hoping to do?I want to build a state-of-the-art sports science university in Islamabad. And once things are in my hands, I think I’ll be able to encourage more and more girls, and give them an environment [where] they can stay and live and play and learn.I understand you have used your income from competing, coaching and public speaking to build a health clinic for women and children and that you sometimes instruct girls on the squash court.They come in burqa and start diving after squash balls. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.