US Tim Hortons franchisee group sues RBI over alleged price gouging equity

first_imgA group of U.S. Tim Hortons franchisees filed a lawsuit Tuesday alleging their parent company engaged in price gouging and equity theft.Restaurant Brands International “established a very aggressive and improper investment strategy in the Tim Hortons franchisee system, which resulted in the economic squeezing of Tim Hortons franchisees by RBI,” reads the suit filed in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit of Florida court on behalf of the American chapter of the Great White North Franchisee Association.None of the allegations have been proven in court and RBI disputes the allegations.The U.S. GWNFA group, which says it represents about half of all American Tim Hortons franchisees, claims RBI and Tim Hortons USA strip them of income and profit through increased and improper franchisee fees.RBI raised the prices of necessary products and services — like food supplies, paper cups, containers and cleaning supplies — that franchisees must purchase from approved vendors, according to the suit. These prices are “significantly above” open market prices, the suit alleges.Tim Hortons franchisees pay $104.08 more per case of Applewood bacon than Wendy’s franchisees do, according to the court documents, and $23.85 more for boxes of diet and regular Coke.It also claims the company requires franchisees who want to sell their stores to first offer it to the company for the five-year declining depreciated value of the furniture, fixtures and equipment.The GWNFA wants the court to declare the practices a breach of contract.RBI spokeswoman Devinder Lamsar said in an emailed statement that the lawsuit “does not at all reflect the facts.”She said the company “will respond in due course with the facts to this U.S.-based claim” and that RBI works closely with its Canadian and U.S. advisory boards made up of franchisees committed to its plan to grow the business and franchisee profitability.“These franchisees have been unfairly squeezed by Tim Hortons/RBI to the point where they are, in many cases, no longer viable businesses,” said Jerry Marks, one of the lawyers representing the GWNFA in this case, in a statement.“We expect to stop this type of abusive franchisor behaviour.”RBI is also facing two lawsuits from the Canadian GWNFA chapter, including one alleging the company improperly used money from a national advertising fund.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.Companies in this story: (TSX:QSR)last_img read more

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Pragya Thakurs comment on Karkare her personal view Karkare a martyr BJP

first_imgNew Delhi: The BJP Friday distanced itself from Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur’s controversial comment that IPS officer Hemant Karkare died in 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks as she had cursed him, saying it was her personal view which she might have made “due to years of physical and mental torture”. “The BJP believes that Karkare died while bravely fighting terrorists. The BJP has always considered him a martyr, ” the party said in a damage-control exercise. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details The party, which has fielded Malegaon blast accused Thakur from Bhopal in the Lok Sabha election, claimed she had suffered “physical and mental torture” for years in police custody that might have caused her to make such a statement. The comment is her “personal view”, it added. Karkare, who headed the Mumbai anti-terror squad, had died in the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. Addressing BJP workers in Bhopal, Thakur claimed Karkare died as she “cursed” him for “torturing” her in custody.last_img read more

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Accidental Prez

first_imgIrony gasped when the ‘Servant Of The People’ actually ended up being just that. In a very interesting turn of events, a comedian with absolutely no political moorings has been elected as the President of Ukraine with 73 per cent votes. Volodymyr Zelenskiy became a phenomenon with his landslide electoral victory in the Ukrainian Presidential polls announcing the departure of the incumbent President Petro Poroshenko. The 41-year-old comedian, as though prophetically, starring in a political satirical drama called ‘Servant Of The People’ (streaming on Netflix) plays a character that accidentally becomes the President of Ukraine. This remarkable win is viewed as one against social injustice, corruption, and a war with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine that has claimed over 13000 lives. As the world looks on, the President-elect has his platter of issues ready before him. His policies are eagerly looked forward to. Zelenskiy will assume office in about a month’s time and among the primary questions already swirling around him are about his policy position towards Russia. Zelenskiy is a native Russian speaker and critiques accuse him of having a soft stance towards Russian aggression: mainly the support for separatists in eastern Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea in 2014. He is also accused of accepting funds and financial assistance from the Kremlin and has been touted as the preferred choice of Russian President Vladimir Putin who has had a rocky relation with the outgoing Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. Zelenskiy’s previous on and off friendly inclination to Russia and the criticism he attracted from the Russian media seem passé before the promises he made to the people of Ukraine proper to the polls. The promise to bring home 24 Ukrainian sailors under arrest in Russia after being captured in a naval incident near Crimea earlier this year is claimed to be his number one priority; he has stated that talks are unavoidable between Ukraine and Russia because there’s a “real war” between the countries, adding that “there can’t be any compromise on Ukraine’s sovereignty and independence. “We don’t sell our people and we don’t sell our territories.” This boldness is quite a turnaround from what he said in March 2014: “I really want to address Mr. Putin. Dear Vladimir Vladimirovich! Do not allow even the hint of a military conflict to happen. Because Russia and Ukraine really are brotherly nations… If you want, I can beg you on my knees. But please, do not put our people on their knees.” Allegations and controversies apart, the intensity of Zelenskiy’s thumping victory speaks more loudly of the fact that the public wants a change more than anything else.last_img read more

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Algerias Bouteflika a veteran dogged by controversy

first_imgALGIERS – Algeria’s Abdelaziz Bouteflika, who is to seek a fourth presidential term in an April election, helped to end a devastating civil war and contain Arab Spring protests.One of the few remaining veterans of the war of independence against France, the 76-year-old first came to power in 1999, but has been dogged by ill health and corruption scandals.He has also never freed himself from the pervasive control of the unelected military, despite being determined to roll back its power and that of intelligence leaders who have dominated Algerian politics since independence. “I’m not three quarters of a president,” he said after being elected in 1999, addressing critics who saw him as another puppet of the army chiefs.But despite his efforts to reduce their influence, the army and the DRS intelligence agency are still widely considered to be the real power in Algeria.The army has chosen all of the country’s post-independence leaders — and Bouteflika was no different.With the military’s support, he stood unopposed in 1999 as the candidate of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN) after all the other candidates withdrew, citing fears of electoral fraud.A dapper figure known for wearing a three-piece suit even in baking Saharan conditions, Bouteflika was credited by many Algerians with helping end the murderous civil war in the 1990s that killed at least 150,000 people.The military-backed government’s decision to cancel elections in 1991 which an Islamic party had been poised to win sparked a decade of appalling bloodletting.Islamist insurgents attacked both the military and civilians amid allegations of shocking abuses by both sides.Bouteflika proposed an amnesty for rebels who laid down their arms and twice secured public endorsement for “national reconciliation” through referendums.Major gamble pays offThe first, in September 1999, was a major gamble but paid off, leading to a sharp decrease in violence that helped propel Bouteflika to a second term in 2004.The resignation shortly afterwards of Mohamed Lamari, a Moscow-trained former army chief and key proponent of eradicating the armed Islamists during the civil war, was a step forward in curbing the military’s power.And the death in 2007 of General Smain Lamari, a close ally of the shadowy intelligence chief Mohamed “Tewfik” Mediene, the powerful hidden force in Algerian politics, was thought to further strengthen Bouteflika’s hand.But he never succeeded in neutralising Mediene, despite steps to emasculate the military intelligence agency in 2012 alongside sweeping cabinet changes.Bouteflika began a third term in 2009 following a constitutional amendment allowing him to stand again.His supporters argue that under his stewardship public and private investment has created millions of jobs and dramatically lowered unemployment.But a lack of opportunity continues to drive many Algerians abroad, often illegally, as youth unemployment remains high despite windfall oil revenues.When the Arab Spring burst into life in January 2011, Algeria witnessed deadly social unrest, and a month later Bouteflika acceded to an opposition demand, lifting a 19-year state of emergency.To head off further unrest he announced piecemeal political reforms, including boosting the role of independent parties.But these reforms won little support from the opposition, and legislative elections in May 2012 saw the FLN tighten its control of parliament.Bouteflika’s third term in office has been dogged by speculation about his health, and even rumours he had died, after he underwent surgery in Paris in 2005 for a stomach ulcer.Bouteflika was hospitalised in France again in April last year after a mini-stroke, spending three months recovering and chairing just two cabinet meetings in 2013.Despite his ill-health, in November the FLN named him as its candidate in the presidential election due in April.Bouteflika never married and has no children.last_img read more

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Philip Rivers Has The Supporting Cast He Deserves Again

BUF52%HOU60%HOU 20, BUF 13+9.4– Game quality is the harmonic mean of the Elo ratings for the two teams in a given matchup.*Average change is weighted by the likelihood of a win or loss. (Ties are excluded.)Source: ESPN.com It probably isn’t a coincidence that Rivers is currently enjoying his best statistical performance in years, with Gordon and Allen also contributing more than any Charger rusher and receiver since the days of LaDainian Tomlinson and Vincent Jackson. It’s a little circular, in that sense: Is Rivers making them better, or are they helping Rivers rediscover his form? (Gordon’s ability to run against stacked defenses, for instance, has opened up space for Rivers to throw downfield.) Either way, the ingredients have been in place for a late-career QB rejuvenation. Right now, Rivers is on pace to tie for the ninth-most-efficient post-merger performance for a passer age 35 or older, according to Pro-Football-Reference.com’s advanced passing index. As far as old-man QB seasons go, this is one of the best in history.Of course, with the Chargers, it’s about more than just improved talent. It’s also about execution, something this team has often been found sorely lacking over the years. As Mike Tanier wrote in his L.A. chapter for Football Outsiders’ 2018 Almanac, you could make a pretty convincing case that the 2017 Chargers missed the playoffs because of two very fundamental football activities: tackling and kicking. Last year, Los Angeles let opponents break tackles at an incredible rate and missed numerous field goals and extra points, helping to turn a team with 10-and-a-half-win point differential into a sad-sack nine-game-winner.This year’s place-kicking game hasn’t been great (Caleb Sturgis made just 71 percent of his total field goals and extra points before he was sidelined by an injury), but it’s no longer dead-last in football, which I suppose is an accomplishment. Plus, the Chargers rank among the best in the league in terms of kickoffs, a big reason for their fourth-ranked net starting field position. And as for the tackling woes, they appear to be a thing of the past. According to Football Outsiders’ charting data, only 3.9 percent of plays by Charger opponents have seen a broken tackle, good for 10th best in the league this year. Relatedly, the Chargers are also allowing the league’s sixth-lowest rate of yards after first contact per rush this season, another major sign of defensive progress as compared with last season. NYJ67NYJ57NYJ 42, IND 34-9.9– 201775.1M. Gordon98.8K. Allen87.663.0 LAC69LAC60LAC 38, CLE 14-9.1– MIA42.812.6DET24.39.822.41496 200997.0L. Tomlinson55.3V. Jackson73.646.4 201899.2M. Gordon124.2K. Allen80.054.9 LAC60.614.6TEN41.312.627.21524 CAR43.4%±12.8PHI64.2%±12.225.01586 201713.3312.3132 The Chargers must have practiced their tacklingLos Angeles Chargers’ defensive performance and league ranking in preventing opponents from breaking tackles or gaining yards after contact 20183.9%101.566 OUR PREDICTION (ELO)READERS’ PREDICTION CHI43.012.2NE78.49.021.31560 Team ACurrentAvg. Chg*Team BCurrentAvg. Chg*Total ChangeGame Quality What’s been a great season for Elo kept getting better in Week 6 as the algorithm beat the average reader by 55 points, its second-best showing of the entire year so far. Human predictors really only had one major feather in their cap — Houston’s Nathan Peterman-fueled win over Buffalo (a very bad team whose badness Elo refuses to acknowledge) — but otherwise they saw Elo run roughshod over their picks. Elo correctly called wins for Dallas and Miami when readers picked otherwise, and it had a lot more confidence than readers in the Jets’ and Chargers’ victories as well. All told, the average reader is now down 233 points to Elo for the season to date.Among the readers who weren’t destroyed by Elo, congrats to John D. Harden, who led all users with 275 points in Week 6, and to Jevon Mallett, who continues to lead all users for the season with 453 points. Thanks to everyone who played last week — and if you didn’t play, get in on the game already! You can make picks now and still try your luck against Elo, even if you haven’t played yet.Check out our latest NFL predictions. 201631.8M. Gordon88.5T. Williams66.251.1 ATL27.76.5NYG1.21.07.51454 Home teams are in bold.The scoring system is nonlinear, so readers’ average points don’t necessarily match the number of points that would be given to the average reader prediction. 201077.1M. Tolbert59.4A. Gates48.964.3 GB66GB75GB 33, SF 30+3.3– Los Angeles will put its improved talent and newfound execution on display in London on Sunday, for a game against the Tennessee Titans that ranks among the best of Week 7 in terms of both matchup quality (i.e., the harmonic mean of the two teams’ Elo ratings in each game) and how much it figures to swing either team’s odds of making the playoffs: 200658.5L. Tomlinson145.2A. Gates57.861.1 Playoff %Playoff % 201548.3D. Woodhead68.2K. Allen45.338.6 CIN49.611.2KC95.83.614.81575 ATL67ATL64ATL 34, TB 29-3.9– WSH38.816.3DAL40.216.232.61517 PICKWIN PROB.PICKWIN PROB.ResultREADERS’ NET PTS Per-game measures are relative to team schedule lengths, not individual games played.YABQ: Yards Above Backup Quarterback, a measure of QB performance that gives credit for passing and rushing, and adjusts for strength of schedule.YDSC: yards from scrimmage, or rushing yards plus receiving yards.Defensive efficiency: ESPN’s measure of a defense’s per-play effectiveness on a 0-100 scale.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group, pro-Football-Reference.com 200886.5L. Tomlinson96.0V. Jackson72.938.7 JAX46.713.8HOU23.612.926.71470 SEA67SEA63SEA 27, OAK 3-4.4– 2012-3.9R. Mathews59.9M. Floyd50.955.4 201379.6R. Mathews90.3K. Allen65.432.2 DAL53JAX60DAL 40, JAX 7-16.2– SeasonRivers YABQ/GTop RBYdSc/GTop Rec.YdSC/GTeam Def. efficiency YearBroken tackles/playNFL RankOpponents’ yards after 1st contact/rushNFL Rank Elo’s dumbest (and smartest) picks of Week 6Average difference between points won by readers and by Elo in Week 6 matchups in FiveThirtyEight’s NFL prediction game BAL68.711.5NO72.29.721.11605 BUF10.25.7IND4.12.38.01417 201148.0R. Mathews96.6V. Jackson72.333.2 Philip Rivers is great again — and he has helpLos Angeles Chargers’ production from quarterback Philip Rivers and his supporting cast, 2006-2018 201445.7B. Oliver53.3M. Floyd53.542.8 The best matchups of Week 7Week 7 games by the highest average Elo rating (using the harmonic mean) plus the total potential swing for the two teams’ playoff chances, according to FiveThirtyEight’s NFL predictions TEN53BAL54BAL 21, TEN 0+4.8– Source: Football Outsiders, ESPN Stats & Information Group LAR69LAR75LAR 23, DEN 20+1.2– CIN54CIN51PIT 28, CIN 21+1.2– MIA54CHI59MIA 31, CHI 28-15.4– For the Chargers, it’s part of a long road trip that will keep them away from Southern California until Nov. 18. The StubHub Center doesn’t exactly offer an intimidating advantage even when they are at home, but it does bear watching how L.A. manages all that travel. Even so, the Chargers’ season will still probably hinge on the final few matchups of the season — their last five games are either against division rivals or the biggest threats to their wild-card chances. If Rivers and his improved supporting cast can continue to thrive up to and including the month of December, we’ll know the Chargers have stamped their ticket back to the postseason and given their star QB at least one more chance to shine on the game’s brightest stage.FiveThirtyEight vs. the readersAttention football fans! Be sure to check out our constantly updating NFL prediction interactive, which uses FiveThirtyEight’s Elo ratings to forecast the rest of the season. And if you think you can outsmart Elo, step right up to our prediction game, which lets you pick against our model (and your fellow readers) for bragging rights and a place on our giant leaderboard.Here are the games where Elo made its best — and worst — predictions against the field of prognosticators last week: Conventional NFL wisdom says teams should do whatever it takes to snag a Franchise Quarterback™ — that from there, the winning just takes care of itself. But for most of Philip Rivers’s career, his Los Angeles (née San Diego) Chargers have been the exception to that rule. Taken fourth overall in the 2004 draft, Rivers has been the elite passer that teams dream about building around. And yet, his team has just four total playoff wins to show for it, including only one this decade.This year, though, Los Angeles looks poised to reverse that trend and actually capitalize on having a future Hall of Fame QB in its midst, while there’s still time left in Rivers’s career to do it. The Chargers walloped the Browns 38-14 in Cleveland last Sunday, bringing their record to 4-2 on the season — and giving them a 61 percent probability of making their first playoff appearance since 2013. Although L.A.’s postseason bid is far from assured, right now the Chargers have set themselves up with their most promising start to a season in a long time.This Charger renaissance has been building for a few years, since the team finally began surrounding Rivers again with better playmakers on both sides of the ball. On defense, that goes back to 2012, when former general manager A.J. Smith drafted pass-rusher Melvin Ingram 18th overall. After a slow start to his career, Ingram has blossomed into a Pro Bowler and an annual double-digit sack candidate. Under Smith’s successor, Tom Telesco, the Chargers have also grabbed several defensive contributors through the draft, including sack-machine DE Joey Bosa,1Who has missed the season so far with an injury but made the Pro Bowl last year. solid LB Denzel Perryman, up-and-coming CB Desmond King II and rookie S Derwin James (who, in his first season, already ranks as the NFL’s fifth-best safety according to ProFootballFocus’s player grades). Toss in outside pickups such as DT Brandon Mebane and CB Casey Hayward — another Pro Bowler from last season — plus the guidance of proven coordinator Gus Bradley, and the Chargers’ defensive talent base has undeniably made strides over the past handful of seasons.On offense, Telesco also made key acquisitions that helped pave the way for this year’s hot start when he took WR Keenan Allen in the third round of the 2013 draft and RB Melvin Gordon 15th overall in 2015. Picking first-round running backs is always tricky business, but Gordon has been a good one so far in his career, with a couple of 1,400-yards-from-scrimmage seasons under his belt (in 2016 and 2017) and an excellent start to 2018 as well. Meanwhile, Allen has taken the lead from top San Diego-era targets Malcom Floyd and Antonio Gates and forged his own chemistry with Rivers — only four receivers leaguewide have more yards through the air since 2017 than Allen does. (It also helps that Allen has stayed healthy these past two seasons after missing 23 combined games in 2015-16.) Allen and Gordon aren’t the only teammates making Rivers’s life easier: The offensive line has been much better with free-agent C Mike Pouncey anchoring the middle, while change-of-pace RB Austin Ekeler has proven himself exceptionally tough to bring down — he leads all RBs in yards after first contact per rush. More broadly, in its second year under head coach Anthony Lynn, Los Angeles now has the offensive pieces to beat teams in multiple ways.Add it all up and it’s clear that Rivers, who turns 37 in December, has a much better group of talent around him to work with than in years past. Here’s a look at the changes in Rivers’s own production over time — as measured by his Yards Above Backup Quarterback (YABQ) — along with how his top skill-position teammates and defense have also evolved: CAR55CAR58WSH 23, CAR 17-5.3– LAR95.83.3SF3.12.86.11512 NE54NE50NE 43, KC 40-6.2– PHI71PHI66PHI 34, NYG 13-5.4– TB20.75.6CLE1.11.06.61394 MIN74MIN79MIN 27, ARI 17+0.9– DEN3.82.6ARI1.40.83.41418 200726.4L. Tomlinson121.8A. Gates61.562.6 MIN57.013.4NYJ14.77.120.51513 read more

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Ohio State womens track and fields Khadevis Robinson ready for challenge

No current or former Ohio State track and field athletes qualified for the 2012 London Olympics, but the Buckeyes’ newest track and field coach did.Khadevis Robinson, who competed in the 800-meter run in London and also at the 2004 Athens Games, was announced as an assistant coach for OSU women’s track and field on Aug. 30. Robinson will lead the cross-country program and coach the track and field team’s distance runners.Before accepting the OSU position, Robinson had served in the same coaching capacity at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas for the men’s and women’s teams since January 2011. Under his guidance, junior Kelsey Williamson earned indoor and outdoor 800 meter Mountain West Conference indoor track and field championship titles, while senior Brett Zorich qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in the same event.OSU women’s track and field coach Karen Dennis said she was impressed by what Robinson achieved in his time at UNLV, and believes it will translate to success at OSU.“When I looked at what Khadevis had done at UNLV, he was really getting some solid performances out of some women who I didn’t think had the talent,” Dennis said. “I didn’t think they had the same talent and depth that we have. I thought we have good, better talent, but we just weren’t getting the performances.”Robinson said he is excited for his new opportunity.“I’ve coached at almost every level … but I hadn’t coached at a big university,” Robinson said. “I like challenges and this will be a great challenge for me.”Robinson’s accomplishments as a professional athlete include four U.S. indoor titles and four U.S. outdoor championships in the 800 meter.A graduate of Texas Christian University, Robinson was also the 1998 NCAA champion in the 800 meter. He failed to qualify out of the opening heats of the 800 meter in both of his trips to the Olympics, but at 36 years old, he was the oldest competitor in the event in London.Robinson explained how his success as a professional athlete on the track has helped him achieve success coaching.“What it comes down to is really being able to relate to the athletes,” Robinson said. “So if they’re going through something, you can say, ‘Well, I know how you feel because I’ve gone through this also.’”Dennis said that while Robinson’s athletic success increased his appeal as a candidate for the job, there were other factors as well.“Well, I think that any time you’ve got somebody that’s coming in from the Olympics, sure they’re attractive,” Dennis said. “But at the same time, that wasn’t the sole reason. I would’ve still considered him as a strong candidate because I’m looking for somebody that showed results. I felt like he’s a good motivator, he’s very articulate …. and I felt like that’s what our kids needed.”Dennis said there were “probably 80 applicants,” and about 30 of them were what she would consider “strong, qualified applicants.”But Robinson stood out.“When it came to interviewing and bringing people on campus, he just proved himself. He just moved to the top of the pack,” Dennis said.An athletic spokesman stated that Robinson’s annual salary is $60,000.An Olympic runner on the track and a Division I coach on the sidelines, Robinson has had to learn how to balance two challenging jobs. He described the balance as “very, very, very, very, very difficult.”“If I was just running and not trying to be top 10 in the world, or making the Olympic team, it wouldn’t be as difficult because competing at the highest level is extremely difficult,” Robinson said. “On the other hand, some of the same things I tell my athletes, I can hear myself saying it to myself when I’m competing. So it gives me accountability, because when I tell some of the athletes I’m coaching to be A, B, C and D, then it makes me be accountable to doing A, B, C and D when I’m competing also.”But Robinson said coaching is a way for him to fulfill what he believes to be his purpose in life.“I think everything in life has a purpose,” Robinson said. “I found out my purpose is to inspire, motivate and help others. That’s my purpose in life. It just so happened that God blessed me as an athlete to be able to get my message out.” read more

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Ronaldinho tips Pogba for Ballon dOr

first_imgBrazil legend Ronaldinho has tipped his “friend” Paul Pogba to win the Ballon d’Or, as long as he listens to Jose MourinhoOver the past decade the award has been exclusively won by either Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi with the last winner being Ronaldinho’s compatriot Kaka in 2007.But the former Barcelona star, who won the award himself in 2006, believes that Pogba has the potential to end Ronaldo and Messi’s dominance.“He can win the Ballon d’Or, without a doubt,” said Ronaldinho, according to Goal.“I see Pogba as a friend, I don’t see myself as his idol.“He is young, talented and he has the ability to play anywhere, he can play in a free role, defensive, as a runner or attacking.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“He has the characteristics of a player who can fill any position, he can make history.”Recently Pogba has struggled under Mourinho at Manchester United and has been dropped to the bench in recent matches due to his continued inconsistent displays at Old Trafford.But Ronaldinho, who himself had a spell on the bench at former club Paris Saint-Germain, believes that his friend must respect his coach and is certain that Mourinho can extract the potential within Pogba.“He knows the substitutes’ bench, like me at Paris Saint-Germain with [former coach Luis] Fernandez. It is not the same, when Mourinho tells you that you’re on the bench you have to respect that, the other guy, a little less,” said the 38 year-old.“I think Paul really has a lot to learn from Mourinho, who is one of the best coaches in the world. A coach who has won so many titles should be respected. In my case, it was the opposite.”The former midfielder refused to speculate on Pogba’s future. : “He is already in a big club and he has everything needed to make history, whether it is this club or another he has to be where he feels happiest.”last_img read more

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Spanish clubs name their Champions League squads

first_imgReal Madrid, Barcelona, Atletico Madrid and Valencia have all named their squads for the 2018/19 Champions League campaignReal Madrid enter the tournament aiming to win a four successive Champions League title this season.Marca reports that 31 players have been named in the squad with several youth teamers included.The 31 players are as follows: Keylor Navas, Kiko Casilla, Thibaut Courtois, Luca Zidane, Dani Carvajal, Jesus Vallejo, Sergio Ramos, Raphael Varane, Nacho Fernandez, Marcelo, Alvaro Odriozola, Sergio Reguilon, Adri De la Fuente, Javi Sanchez, Sergio Lopez, Toni Kroos, Luka Modric, Casemiro, Federico Valverde, Marcos Llorente, Marco Asensio, Isco, Dani Ceballos, Seoane, Feuillasier, Gareth Bale, Karim Benzema, Lucas Vazquez, Cristo, Vinicius Junior, Mariano Diaz.Meanwhile, Barcelona have named 32 players with 10 of them being youth teamersSergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.The 32 players are as follows: Marc Andre ter-Stegen, Jasper Cillessen, Ignacio Pena, Jokin Ezquieta Mendiburu, Nelson Semedo, Gerard Pique, Rafinha Alcantara, Clement Lenglet, Jordi Alba, Samuel Umtiti, Thomas Vermaelen, Juan Miranda, Jorge Cuenca Barreno, Ivan Rakitic, Sergio Busquets, Denis Suarez, Arthur Melo, Sergi Samper, Sergi Roberto, Arturo Vidal, Carles Alena, Ricard Puig, Monchu, Alex Collado, Oriol Busquets, Philippe Coutinho, Luis Suarez, Lionel Messi, Ousmane Dembele, Malcom, Munir El Haddadi, Abel Ruiz.Europa League winners Atletico Madrid have named just 24 players for their squad with only four youth teamers.The 24 players are as follows: Antonio Adan, Jan Oblak, Diego Godin, Filipe Luis, Santiago Arias, Stefan Savic, Juanfran, Lucas Hernandez, Jose Maria Gimenez, Thomas Partey, Koke, Saul Niguez, Thomas Lemar, Rodri, Gelson Martins, Vitolo, Cristian Rodriguez, Antoine Griezmann, Nikola Kalinic, Angel Correa, Diego Costa, Dario Poveda, Borja Garces, Victor Mollejo.Valencia have added 29 names to their squad with six of them being youth teamers.The 29 players are as follows: Jaume Domenech, Neto Murara, Cristian Rivero, Ruben Vezo, Jeison Murillo, Gabriel Paulista, Mouctar Diakhaby, Jose Gayà, Antonio Lato, Cristiano Piccini, Ezequiel Garay, Javier Jimenez, Alejandro Centelles, Geoffrey Kondogbia, Goncalo Guedes, Carlos Soler, Daniel Parejo, Denis Cheryshev, Francis Coquelin, Daniel Wass, Ferran Torres, Uros Racic, Alex Blanco, Kangin Lee, Kevin Gameiro, Rodrigo Moreno, Santi Mina, Michy Batshuayi.last_img read more

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UBM Completes Canon Deal Says Print Sales Continue Decline

first_imgUBM also reported that year-to-date profits for its events unit are up more than 20 percent to roughly $94.2 million while its data service and online business saw profits slide 7.1 percent to about $32.7 million. Profits for its targeting, distribution and monitoring business stayed flat at about $49.1 million.Overall, UBM’s total adjusted operating profits through the first nine months grew 8 percent to $172.5 million. London-based United Business Media says it has completed its $287 million acquisition of medical industry publisher and event producer Canon Communications. The deal agreement was announced mid-September.UBM also has released an interim management statement detailing the company’s performance through the third quarter. Print sales, the company says, are down 15.3 percent to approximately $163.7 million over the nine-month period. That’s an underlying decline of 7.2 percent, adjusted for discontinued publications. Although UBM did not shutter any print titles during the third quarter it has ceased publishing at least 15 magazines since September 2009. Meanwhile, adjusted operating profit for its print magazines grew to about $5.6 million from $2 million last year.In the statement, UBM says it will continue to actively manage its print portfolio. A UBM spokesperson did not immediately return a request seeking comment concerning the company’s future plans for the 24 print titles it added as a result of the Canon acquisition.last_img read more

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PM urges Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on Myanmar

first_imgPrime minister Sheikh Hasina addresses the inaugural session of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in Dhaka on Sunday. Photo: BSSPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Sunday urged the Commonwealth countries to exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its Rohingya citizens and take them back from Bangladesh at the earliest.The prime minister said this while inaugurating 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) at a function at South Plaza of the Jatiya Sangsad Bhaban in the capital.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has given temporary shelter to huge number of Rohingyas on humanitarian ground. Her government is maintaining relations with foreign countries on the policy ‘friendship to all, malice to none’.Especially, her government is eager to maintain good relations with neighbours, Sheikh Hasina said adding that her government has resolved many outstanding issues with India and Myanmar.”But inhuman persecution meted out on the Rohingya population in the Rakhaine state of Myanmar and their forceful expulsion from their homeland have created instability in the region and beyond,” she said.”I would like to request you all to discuss the Rohingya issue with utmost importance and exert pressure on the Myanmar government to stop persecution on its citizens and take them back at the earliest,” Sheikh Hasina said.Over 6,22,000 Myanmar nationals have fled to Bangladesh to escape persecution. After 1978, another five hundred thousands of Rohingyas came to Bangladesh at different times, she added.Reiterating her call to Commonwealth countries to be united to get rid of militancy and terrorism the prime minister said thoughtless acts of a section of people are claiming innocent lives. Recent terror attack in New York claimed eight precious lives. Militancy is not a problem of a particular country, rather it has become a global phenomenon, she said. Chairperson of CPA and speaker of Jayita Sangsad of Bangladesh Shirin Sharmin Choudhury gave welcome address while Secretary-General of the CPA Akbar Khan, Commonwealth youth representative Aiman Sadique and treasurer of CPA Vicki Dunn spoke, among others, on the occasion.Messages of Queen Elizabeth (II) and Secretary General of the Commonwealth Secretariat Patricia Scotland were read out on the occasion.The magnificent inauguration of the 63rd CPA Conference was marked by presentation of a number of documentaries on Bangladesh’s history, nature and livelihood of the people as well as brilliant performances of artistes of Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy and dance troupe ‘Nrithanchan’.Prime minister Sheikh Hasina expected immediate implementation of the promises made at different times to offset the adverse impacts of climate change. Bangladesh as one of the worst victims of the climate change is experiencing its colossal effects. Excessive precipitation and recurrence of flooding washed away vast localities and damaged standing crops in recent times, she pointed out.Sheikh Hasina said she was deeply honoured to have the opportunity to inaugurate the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference (CPC) in this historic city of Dhaka.Welcoming the distinguished guests on behalf of the people of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina, also the vice patron of the 63rd Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference said she was confident that CPA conference would give the countries a clearer insight into democratic values and practices.”We parliamentarians, being the people’s representatives, have the first and foremost obligations to preserve and maintain the faith of the people in democracy and parliamentary institutions,” she said.The CPA and Bangladesh Jatiya Sangsad are jointly hosting the conference with the theme: Continuing to enhance the high standards of performance of parliamentarians. More than 550 delegates from 144 national and provincial parliaments of 44 countries joined the conference.Sheikh Hasina said it was the pragmatic and far-reaching decision of the Father of the Nation Bangabhandu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman to join the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in 1973. And, Bangladesh was proud of having first woman Chairperson of the CPA in 2014, now a forum of total of 52 countries which once were territories of British Empire.”This is a testimony by the honourable members of the parliament across the Commonwealth towards our commitment to democratic practices and values,” she noted.Sheikh Hasina said Bangladesh has become a sovereign and an independent democratic country through huge sacrifices as cherished desire of the people of this land. Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman had led the struggle from the forefront.Highlighting Bangladesh’s topsy-turvy democratic journey since independence the prime minister said the reactionary defeated forces of 1971 assassinated Bangabandhu along with most of his family members on 15 August 1975 when he was engaged in reconstruction and rehabilitation of the war-ravaged country.But, she and her sister Sheikh Rehana survived the incident as they were abroad on that fateful night. Later, they were barred from returning home. With the killing of Bangabandhu, she recalled, democracy in Bangladesh was assailed and the era of military dictatorship started.Sheikh Hasina said she engaged herself in the struggle for restoration of democracy in Bangladesh while she was in exile. Ending six years in exile, she returned home in 1981. Since then she had to endure huge sufferings while struggling for establishing people’s rule.She said repeated attempts were made on her life along with house-arrest and internment and thousands of workers and leaders became victims of massive repression of the rulers after 1975. But none could restrain her from the struggle for the restoration of democracy as she thought that only a democratic polity can ensure uplift of people’s living standard through fulfilling their basic needs.The prime minister said after long 21 years, her party Awami League returned to state power in 1996 and engaged in fulfilling the basic needs of people not as a ruler but as a public servant.Sheikh Hasina said the foremost aim of her government is to build a hunger and poverty free Bangladesh through strengthening the foundation of democratic rule. To fulfill the goal, she said, the government has framed ‘Vision- 2021’. The government is working to achieve the visions with specific plans, she said.The prime minister said her government has strengthened various democratic institutions, including national parliament and local government bodies. Elected representatives are leading the local government bodies. Bangladesh is now at the top of the countries in South Asia in terms of women empowerment and achieving gender parity, she said.Sheikh Hasina said her government has ensured the freedom of mass media and people’s right to information as independent and strong mass media are the vigilant watchdog of democracy. In the past few years Bangladesh has witnessed huge expansion of mass media, she said.Underlining the socio-economic development of Bangladesh, the prime minister said her government is implementing the SDGs in continuation of the successes of the MDGs. The subjects of SDGs have been incorporated in our 7th 5-year plan.”Bangladesh has been in a journey through the roads of peace, democracy, development and prosperity.” she said adding that Bangladesh will emerge as a middle incoming country by 2021 when it will celebrate the Golden Jubilee of its Independence. Bangladesh will be a developed one by 2041, she optimistically said.She urged the Commonwealth leaders to work together to make the planet a peaceful, happy and prosperous abode for the entire humanity and hoped that stay of the CPA dignitaries in Bangladesh would be joyful and memorable one.last_img read more

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64 rivers register rises 24 falls

first_img.Water levels in 64 river stations monitored by Flood Forecasting and Warning Centre (FFWC) have marked rises and 24 stations recorded falls, reports BSS.Among the 94 monitored water level stations, five are steady, a bulletin issued by FFWC said today.The Brahmaputra-Jamuna and Padma rivers are in steady state which may continue in next 24 hours.The Ganges river is in rising trend which may continue rising in next 72 hours.The major rivers of Upper Meghna basin in the North-Eastern region are in rising trend which may continue rising in the next 24 hours.A total of 250 mm rainfall was recorded during the last 24 hours ending at 6:00am today at Mohadevpur, 114mm at Lorergarh, 10 mm at Dinajpur, 95 mm at Narayanhat, 87 mm at Sunamganj and 75 mm at Moheshkhola, 72 mm at Teknaf, 68 mm at Barguna, 65 mm at Khulna and 59 mm at Jariajanjail.last_img read more

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Lebanese PM Hariri to meet major powers in Paris after revoking resignation

first_imgLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri attends a cabinet meeting at the presidential palace of Baabda, east of the capital Beirut, on 5 December, 2017. Photo: AFPLebanese prime minister Saad Hariri will attend talks in Paris Friday on the crisis triggered by his recent resignation announcement to be attended by US secretary of state Rex Tillerson, France said Tuesday.”The aim is to support the political process (in Lebanon) at a crucial moment,” the French foreign ministry said, minutes after Hariri announced he had rescinded his resignation.”It will send a message both to the various parties in Lebanon and to countries in the region,” the ministry added.The five permanent members of the UN Security Council — the United States, France, Britain, Russia and China — will be represented at the meeting, along with Germany, Italy and Egypt.French officials said the goal was to shore up Lebanese institutions, by strengthening the army and supporting Hariri’s economic programme, with a view to encouraging foreign investment in the country.Hariri announced he was stepping down on 4 November in a surprise televised address from Saudi Arabia that sent tremors through Lebanon, long a proxy battleground for regional powers.His resignation was seen as part of an intensifying power struggle between the Saudi kingdom — which had long backed Hariri — and its regional rival Iran, which backs the armed organisation Hezbollah.After announcing he was bowing out Hariri, who accused Hezbollah of destabilising Lebanon, remained in Riyadh, sparking speculation that he was being held hostage by the Saudis.French president Emmanuel Macron intervened to try defuse the crisis, inviting Hariri to Paris for talks, after which he returned to Beirut to a hero’s welcome.Two weeks later, following consultations with the various political groups in Lebanon, Hariri announced Tuesday he was withdrawing his resignation.last_img read more

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Kor Ecologic Urbee 2 car will move from 3D printer to road

first_img 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. If printing cars develop, conventional manufacturing plants might operate aside very small “cottage” plants deploying lights-out manufacturing. Kor’s company, Kor Ecologic, is responsible for the Urbee 2, described as strong as steel yet lightweight. (The motto for the company is “Reasonable Design.”)By using 3-D printing, there is a special focus on lightness but strength; he is creating large pieces with varied thicknesses. The Urbee’s car body will be assembled from about 50 separate parts. The team’s practice is to take small part from a big car and make them into single large pieces. The less pieces, the less car weight. The lighter the car, the more miles per gallon. The less spaces between parts and the Urbee becomes the more aerodynamic. The teardrop-shaped car has a curb weight of 1,200 pounds. The bumper, which is made in two pieces, required 300 hours to finish. The entire car takes about 2,500 hours. (Phys.org)—Let’s put it simply. An engineer named Jim Kor is printing, as in building, a car. The Winnipeg, Manitoba, car visionary is responsible for the Urbee 2, being readied for the road, intended eventually as an about-town car, with three wheels, and built for two passengers. It looks like a big, shiny red bug cruising down the road. Interest grows in its means of production and implications for car manufacturing in the future. The printing process to make the car is called Fused Deposition Modeling. (FDM), where one lays down thin layers (0.04 mm) of melted plastic filament. The FDM approach enables tight control by the designer, who is able to add thickness and rigidity to special sections. (Kor likes to compare the fender of a future Urbee with a bird bone. As shown in a cross section of a bird bone, he said there is bone only where the bird needs strength, and the FDM process can replicate a bird bone.) Kor has been printing the body pieces at RedEye, a business unit of Stratasys, which uses 3-D printers to produce on-demand parts and prototypes. Kor Ecologic has drawn up specific design ideals that are applied to the Urbee car project..A few of them are highlighted here. “Use the least amount of energy possible for every kilometer traveled. Cause as little pollution as possible during manufacturing, operation and recycling of the car. Use materials available as close as possible to where the car is built. Use materials that can be recycled again and again…. Be simple to understand, build, and repair. Be as safe as possible to drive. Be affordable.”Kor does not have a high-priced toy in mind but rather an economy car. He has received orders for 14 cars. Most of the orders are from those involved in designing the car. Kor is presently planning to make one car and to drive it, when it is ready, with a partner, from San Francisco to New York City. They hope to do it on ten gallons of gas; Kor would prefer to use pure ethanol. They will try to prove without argument that they did the drive with existing traffic. More information: www.stratasys.com/Resources/Ca … e-Studies/Urbee.aspxwww.urbee.net/home/ Explore further © 2013 Phys.org Citation: Kor Ecologic Urbee 2 car will move from 3-D printer to road (2013, February 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-kor-ecologic-urbee-car-d.html The Future of Car Manufacturing? Sticky ‘Velcro’ Car Partslast_img read more

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Skull analysis of Qingmenodus offers insight into creatures between prelobed fish and

first_imgQingmendous, a 409 million-year-old predatory fish provides unique insights into early the evolution of modern lobe-finned fishes. Credit: Life restoration drawn by Brian Choo (Flinders University, Australia) (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the Chinese Academy of Sciences has uncovered new characteristics of Qingmenodus, an Onychodont that lived during the time between fish without lobed fins and tetrapods. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the team describes their study of the fish and discuss its possible place in the evolutionary history of the creatures that eventually made their way onto land. Onychodonts lived approximately 400 million years ago, which means their fossil remains are few and far between, and study of those that have been found has not always been very productive. Still, scientists have found evidence of very ancient primitive fish that did not have lobed fins and evidence of less primitive fish with fully formed lobed fins (necessary for the development of fins that could be used to initially walk about on land), but have not had much luck in finding fish samples that represent the time between these other two groups. This has led to lively debates among early life scholars regarding the evolutionary tree regarding all of the various fishes that eventually led to the ones that actually crawled out of the sea to become our true ancestors. Recently, however, a good sample was found, the remains of a 409 million year Qingmenodus—in China—and more importantly, it had a well-ossified skull. To get a good look at it, inside and out, the team used high-resolution tomography to capture images of the internal structures of the braincase, which allowed them to reconstruct the cranial endocast.The team reports that the brain structure of Qingmenodus was similar in some respects to lungfish (a modern fish that has lungs and lives in mud) and other osteolepiforms (prehistoric lobe-finned fish), it had other clear differences as well—the brain case was elongated and it had well-developed processus connectens, which the researchers suggest was closer in nature to coelacanths (prehistoric large bony fish with fleshy pectoral fins).The team suggests further study of the Qingmenodus sample, and others that have been found may help piece together the relationship between Onychodonts, other prehistoric fish and more specifically, those that eventually climbed out of the sea and slowly evolved into land dwelling creatures. © 2016 Phys.org Explore further Journal information: Science Advancescenter_img Oldest actinopterygian from China provides new evidence for origin of ray-finned fishes Citation: Skull analysis of Qingmenodus offers insight into creatures between pre-lobed fish and tetrapods (Update) (2016, June 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-skull-analysis-qingmendous-insight-creatures.html More information: J. Lu et al. A Devonian predatory fish provides insights into the early evolution of modern sarcopterygians, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1600154AbstractCrown or modern sarcopterygians (coelacanths, lungfishes, and tetrapods) differ substantially from stem sarcopterygians, such as Guiyu and Psarolepis, and a lack of transitional fossil taxa limits our understanding of the origin of the crown group. The Onychodontiformes, an enigmatic Devonian predatory fish group, seems to have characteristics of both stem and crown sarcopterygians but is difficult to place because of insufficient anatomical information. We describe the new skull material of Qingmenodus, a Pragian (~409-million-year-old) onychodont from China, using high-resolution computed tomography to image internal structures of the braincase. In addition to its remarkable similarities with stem sarcopterygians in the ethmosphenoid portion, Qingmenodus exhibits coelacanth-like neurocranial features in the otic region. A phylogenetic analysis based on a revised data set unambiguously assigns onychodonts to crown sarcopterygians as stem coelacanths. Qingmenodus thus bridges the morphological gap between stem sarcopterygians and coelacanths and helps to illuminate the early evolution and diversification of crown sarcopterygians. 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.last_img read more

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2 arrested for possessing arms bombmaking materials illegally

first_imgKolkata: The Anti Rowdy Section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s Detective department on Thursday arrested two persons for keeping arms in their possession illegally. The raid was conducted by the sleuths on the basis of a tip off. Following the tip off and raid, the arrests were made along with the recovery of arms, ammunition and ingredients for making bombs.”A person named Harnul Rashid Mondal (55) was first arrested at around 4.40 pm from Esplanade Bus stand for keeping 5 (five) country made single-shotter arms and white and red powder weighing 5 kg that appeared to be sulphur — generally used for making bombs in his possession. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe is a resident of Darakuti under Basirhat police station area in North 24 Parganas,” an official of the Detective Department said. On interrogation, Rashid admitted to his plan of selling those articles to one of his associates and accordingly, another person named Rabiul Gayen (33) was also nabbed. Gayen is a resident of village Makla under Haroa Police Station area in North 24-Parganas. Two 9 MM Pistols and 7 round cartridges were recovered from his possession. A case has been initiated at Maidan police station under Section 25(1)(a)/ 29 Arms Act and Section 4(b)/ 5 Explosive Substance Act against the arrested duo. The two were produced before Bankshall Court on Friday and are being remanded to police custody till November 14. “We will grill the two to find out the other members dealing with such illegal arms business,” a senior police officer said.last_img read more

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