Source: Football Whispers England is striking gold from the set pieceTeams with the best rate per 90 minutes of shots from set pieces (corner kicks and free kicks) in the World Cup TeamPasses per possessionRank teamGOALSSHOTSSHOTS ON GOAL Portugal0.693.880.69 Croatia3.194 Croatia has conceded only one goal from a set play — Russia’s equalizer in extra time of the quarterfinals. But it has conceded 22 shots from them so far, which is tied for the most in the tournament. This suggests that some luck has been involved — Russia, for instance, gave up the same number of shots from set pieces as Croatia did, but five of those shots resulted in goals against.The game will probably be tense and closed off, with England’s willingness to patiently pass the ball in its own half combined with Croatia’s indifference to pressing high resulting in an overall lack of openness. The beauty of high-stakes knockout stage soccer, though, is that one goal can change everything.Check out our latest World Cup predictions. France3.636 England4.3621 Croatia, which takes on England in the other semifinal, had just a 3 percent pre-tournament chance of winning the tournament and an SPI of 80.4, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions. The team is now at 18 percent with an SPI of 82.0, which reiterates the impressive run it’s been on, despite having to ride its luck in two consecutive penalty shootouts. Gareth Southgate’s young England squad, up to 85.2 in SPI, has fulfilled its pre-tournament dark horse expectations, taking advantage of a relatively easy draw to increase the chances of it finally “coming home.”The brutal truth of knockout soccer, though, is that team strength counts for only so much; just ask Spain and Brazil, which went out to Russia and Belgium, respectively. Soccer is a random game, and this is exacerbated in situations where one win carries such importance.Tactics also play a big part. Belgium was lucky in its 2-1 win over Brazil, to the extent that the South Americans had 3.01 expected goals to Belgium’s 0.52. But Roberto Martinez set his side up in a way that was designed to exploit Brazil’s limited weaknesses. Romelu Lukaku — normally the team’s central striker, with four goals already this World Cup — was moved out to the right wing to exploit the space behind Brazil’s marauding left back, Marcelo. Kevin De Bruyne, whom Martinez had underused in a deep midfield role, was shifted to the “false nine” position — in which an attacking midfielder plays nominally as a striker but drops deeper than typical to receive the ball — so that he could receive the ball behind the Brazilian midfielders and launch counterattacks quickly. The Red Devils may have ridden their luck, but they had a plan.In the two semifinals, the stylistic clashes should make for an entertaining spectacle.Belgium vs. France: divergent defendingBelgium and France are both comfortable teams on the ball. They both average more than four passes per possession, according to soccer media and technology company Football Whispers, putting them both in the top third of teams at this World Cup. The Red Devils tend to be slightly more patient, holding the ball for about 1.5 seconds more when they get it than France does, and they switch play from side to side more, with possessions that are wider (in terms of the distance between how far right and left they go) by about 3 yards. How England and Croatia match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Germany0.304.231.51 TeamPasses per possessionrank Off the ball, both teams implement an aggressive press — but in subtly different ways. England looks to stunt its opposition’s attacks, allowing it to cycle the ball in its own half but not advance much: The Three Lions regain the ball, on average, 54.81 yards away from their own goal, the second highest distance of any team in Russia this summer, but they allow their opponents well more than four passes per possession. Zlatko Dalic’s team, on the other hand, regains the ball in the attacking third just 1.8 times per game compared with England’s 5.6, but Croatia allows its opposition only a little more than three passes per possession, the lowest of any side remaining. In other words, it’s easy to pass into Croatia’s half but difficult to do anything once you get there.The stylistic factor most likely to influence this semifinal matchup, though, is England’s skill when it comes to set plays (corners and free kicks). Southgate has spoken about his focus on them as an opportunity for England to gain an advantage over opponents, with this strategy bearing fruit: England has scored five goals from them already, nearly half of of its total so far. From Set Pieces (Per 90 Minutes) Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Australia0.003.730.31 England4.846 The World Cup in Russia has become one of European dominance. The four teams that remain all hail from the continent: France, Belgium, England and Croatia will be battling in the semifinals Tuesday and Wednesday for a shot at glory in the final Sunday in Moscow. In this World Cup of Upsets, the French are the only consistently successful team left. Croatia and Belgium have never reached the final, while England’s only appearance was in 1966.The first semifinal, France vs. Belgium, features the two strongest teams remaining in the competition, each with a Soccer Power Index rating of 87.5, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. Belgium’s rating has improved steadily from before the tournament began, when it stood at 85.4, to after the dramatic quarterfinal win against Brazil, the tournament favorite. France, meanwhile, has strolled to the semifinals relatively easily, apart from a dramatic 4-3 victory against Argentina in the round of 16. While Les Bleus’ World Cup average of 1.12 expected goals per 90 minutes is the worst of the remaining teams, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, their 0.67 expected goals conceded per 90 leads the semifinalists and is fourth best in the tournament: Spain0.645.341.07 When they don’t have the ball, the two teams behave very differently. Belgium is much more willing to press high up the pitch, taking risks and committing men in the hope of a valuable turnover: They’ve regained the ball in their attacking third 5.2 times per game compared with France’s 2.6, while their possessions start an average of 48.92 yards from their own goal, compared with France’s 47.28 yards.The downside to this sort of pressing, though, is that if the initial Belgian press is broken, its opposition can keep the ball under a lot less pressure and start to probe in attack. Belgium’s opponents have the ball for 2.61 seconds longer on average than France’s opponents do. Belgium’s opponents average well over four passes per possession, whereas Didier Deschamps’ side allows opponents just 3.63 passes, the sixth lowest of all teams in Russia.Martinez will need a characteristically proactive game plan to avoid allowing France the room to counter that Argentina did — speedster Kylian Mbappe needs no second invitation. Martinez will also have to find a replacement for Thomas Meunier — his first choice to play right wing-back, who is suspended for receiving his second yellow card against Brazil — in a squad thin on full-backs. Deschamps will probably avoid tinkering, hoping that his balanced side will frustrate Belgium while relying on individual talent in attack.England vs. Croatia: intense pressing and set playsDespite being blessed with arguably the most talented midfield in the competition, Croatia doesn’t dawdle when it gets on the ball, moving it to the attackers quickly: Croatia has had the fewest passes per possession of the four teams remaining. England, conversely, has had the most. Some of this is because of the quality of opposition each side has faced, but it’s also a fair reflection of their respective directness: Gareth Southgate’s men hold the ball for more than 3 seconds longer when they get it, often using possession as a defensive tactic. Croatia3.8916 TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank France4.2212 Brazil0.184.231.10 Uruguay0.924.601.84 Belgium4.689 Belgium4.3822 Source: Football Whispers Argentina0.233.930.69 Morocco0.303.951.22 England0.865.711.73 TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank How France and Belgium match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Switzerland0.233.670.46
The official brochure of Honda Activa 125, the latest variant of Activa, has surfaced online, suggesting the bookings for the two-wheeler is likely to commence shortly.The brochure images of Activa 125, which hit the cyberspace earlier on Sunday, confirmed most of the details known to two-wheeler enthusiasts in the country. The scooter, which made its first appearance at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 along with Honda’s sportsbike CBR 650F, is speculated to reach brick and mortar stores within the next three months.Activa 125 draws power from a 125cc, single cylinder, four-stroke engine, which can pump in a power of 8.6bhp at 6500 rpm and peak torque of 10.12 Nm at 5500 rpm. The engine is mated to a V-Matic CVT transmission and the company claims the best fuel efficiency for the scooter. Seated on a wheelbase of 1,260 mm, Activa 125 measures 1,814 mm in length, 704 mm in width, and 1,151 mm in height. The scooter comes with telescopic fork suspension at the front and hydraulic type at the rear.Other features of the new Activa 125 include optional disc brake, tubeless tires, digital meter and metal body .The Activa 125 will be available in four colours – Midnight Blue Metallic, Black, Peal Sunbeam White and Sword Silver Metallic. Honda’s dealerships are likely to start the booking soon in India, reported IAB.Currently, India’s 125 cc automatic scooter segments has been dominated by Piaggio’s Vespa, Suzuki’s Access and Swish and Mahindra’s Duro and Rodeo. With the launch of Activa 125, Honda will be able to reach larger audience in the country as the Activa 125 comes with lots of attractive features. Early rumors suggested that the Honda would price Activa 125 around the 60,000 bracket.(Edited by Vishnuprasad S Pillai)
Suzlon Energy98+3.60+3.81 While top gainers from National Stock Exchange Market were Cipla, Kotak Bank, Hindalco, SSLT and GAIL, top losers were TCS, Wipro, Sunpharma, TECHM and HDFC Bank.Foreign investors brought Indian shares worth ₹480.2 million on Tuesday, according to Reuters.Reliance Industries Ltd. will hold its annual shareholders’ meeting and Chairman Mukesh Ambani will address investors about the company’s performance. He will also discuss strategies for the growth.India’s Ratnakar Bank Ltd. has planned to launch IPO of shares worth up to $250 million in the first quarter of 2015 and BJP-led government could sell a five percent stake in state-run Steel Authority of India Ltd. However, the final decision is expected by next week.Moreover, Tata steel gained one percent after the company sought shareholders’ approval to increase its borrowing limit to ₹700 billion from ₹500 billion. At 11:15, the Tata steel share price recorded ₹534.70 that surged by ₹.2.60 with 0.55 percent change. It”The debt-raising plan, at this juncture, may also bewell-received since the company’s operational performance has started improving, especially in Europe,” told G. Chokkalingam, founder of Equinomics, a research and fund advisory firm to Reuters.On Tuesday, RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said that Indian government is ready to deal with external impacts of Iraq crises. “As far as the external front goes, we are in a much better position than we were last year,” Reuters quoted Rajan.”We have sufficient reserves; the current account deficit is low. So I think one shouldn’t worry too much about the external side at this point,” he added.However, on Tuesday Brent Crude Oil recorded $113.45 per dollar with increase of 0.45 percent and BSE’ Oil and gas stock price recorded ₹11,785.50 with surge of ₹95.23 on Wednesday trading at 11:10 am. NameLast traded price (INR)ChangeChange in percent HDIL30.60+1.10+3.73 Shriram Trans530-6-1.12 At 9:15 am on Wednesday, Sensex opened higher at 25,565.19 by 44 points and Nifty too recorded an increase of 10.15 points opening at 7641.85.BSE index ended on Tuesday at 25,521 points with an increase of 330.71 points at 1.31 percent change, while Nifty touched 7631.70 points, surging 98.15 points with 1.3 percent changeAt 10:30 am, Sensex recorded 25584.39 points with increase of 19.2 points, while Nifty touched 7,656.05 points surging 14.2 points.At 11 am, the BSE index decreased 20.96 points and NSE index recorded 7645.20 points with drop of 10.85 points.Top gainers from BSE:NameNameLast traded price (INR)Last traded price (INR)ChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameCiplaLast traded price (INR)436.55Change+23.70Change in percent+5.74NameBerger PaintsLast traded price (INR)279.60Change+11.25Change in percent+4.42NameSuzlon EnergyLast traded price (INR)98Change+3.60Change in percent+3.81NameHDILLast traded price (INR)30.60Change+1.10Change in percent+3.73NameBajaj FinanceLast traded price (INR)2033.55Change+66.75Change in percent+3.39 Bharti Airtel247.70-4.65-1.84 Prestige Estate235.10-3.45-1.45 Bajaj Finance2033.55+66.75+3.39 Top losers from BSE:NameNameLast traded price (INR)Last traded price (INR)ChangeChangeChange in percentChange in percentNameBharti AirtelLast traded price (INR)247.70Change-4.65Change in percent-1.84NamePrestige EstateLast traded price (INR)235.10Change-3.45Change in percent-1.45NameABB India Ltd.Last traded price (INR)1023Change-12.55Change in percent-1.21NameShriram TransLast traded price (INR)530Change-6Change in percent-1.12NameTCSLast traded price (INR)2253.10Change-25.05Change in percent-1.10 ABB India Ltd.1023-12.55-1.21 TCS2253.10-25.05-1.10 Berger Paints279.60+11.25+4.42 NameLast traded price (INR)ChangeChange in percent Cipla436.55+23.70+5.74
Online jewellery retailers are preparing to strengthen their presence in the international market, after undergoing a tough time in the domestic market.They will have bigger order sizes and exclusive designs which can demand a premium price, if they increase their presence abroad.”Nearly 25-30% of our business comes from overseas markets – the US, the UK, Canada and Australia,” The Economic Times quoted Gaurav Singh Kushwaha, founder of Bluestone. “Ours is a real-time model and the shipments got delayed in August-September 2013 due to the increase in import duty on gold.”The company is targeting a revenue of ₹300 crore in the fiscal year 2015.The shipping cost for abroad markets is about ₹6,000 for each delivery, including the extensive paperwork and logistic issues, according to the report.Indian designs are in great demand in foreign countries but the delivery time of the product is 20-30 days due to paperwork. So easing of regulations will increase the demand abroad, according to Mithun Sacheti, CEO of Chennai-based CaratLane.com.Indian jewellery manufacturers tried increasing their global presence last year as the domestic market went weak even during festive seasons, according to Business Standard. Gitanjali Gems, which had 105 stores in the US, was planning to launch 25 new stores this year, the report stated.”Global markets look more promising than India due to the restrictions in gold supply imposed by the Centre. We plan to hasten our growth in global markets,” Mehul Choksi, chairman and managing director of Gitanjali Gems, said.Both online and offline jewellery shops are trying to bolster their presence in the international market to increase profitability.”We are looking at creating an online experience for the customers to provide information and help them get a look and feel of the products available,” Economic Times quoted Sandeep Kulhalli, senior vice president of Tanishq.The Bangalore-based company is set to launch international shipping in the next quarter.Some of the online jewellery retailers have also introduced cash-on-delivery services, which has increased its demand in the market.
On 18 September, Scottish voters will poll to decide their future. A simple aye/nay from them would answer the pertinent question: Should Scotland be a new independent state? If Scotland decides not to remain part of the United Kingdom in Thursday’s referendum, the price of Scotch whisky imported to India may shoot up. Whiskey lovers in India might have to shell out extra money to purchase Scottish Whiskey.At present, Scotland uses United Kingdom’s pound sterling to access its overseas deals, gets tax-free export with European Union and uses its bloc to deal with other nations.If Scotland succeeds in winning the elections against United Kingdom, their whiskey exports to India would likely add up the price of single malt.According to latest figures, India imported Scotch whisky worth £69 million in 2013 with 150% import tariff. India is the fourth-largest market for Scotch whisky by volume and 14th by value, so the Scotch Whisky Association has tagged India as a ‘star export performer’.A report by Scotch Whisky Association said that if Scotland votes for independence, its EU membership is not guaranteed. “Even a temporary interruption of EU membership involving exclusion from the single market or the customs union, if this were a consequence of independence, would be damaging and difficult to manage,” Hindustan Times quoted David Frost, chief executive of SWA.Frost added that Scotland could lose the use of pound sterling too. Ultimately, the detachment of Great Britain will have serious implication on exports, supply chains, pricing and competitiveness in Scotch whisky industry.Scotch whisky is exported to around 200 markets, following the poll, the taxation tariffs and detachment would increase costs to business, Frost added.If Scotland wins, both parts of Great Britain would be officially declared as independent nations on 21 March, 2016.
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Here is the first look poster of Rajinikanth’s Darbar (Thalaivar 167).PR HandoutThe first look from Rajinikanth’s latest movie, which was referred to as Thalaivar 167, was launched on Tuesday, 9 April. Well, the name of the Rajini’s latest film is Darbar, written and directed by AR Murugadoss.The poster gives ample of hints about Rajinikanth’s role in the movie as we could see the attires of a cop in the photo in which the Tamil superstar is sporting a big smile on his face.The promotional material instantly catches the viewers’ attention with its caption: You decide whether you want me to be good, bad or worse. Presumably, it is the message of the cop to the baddies or his rivals in the Tamil movie.There is also the mention of ‘3’ in the poster and one might be tempted to think whether Rajinikanth could be playing triple role in the movie. It has to be noted that there have been rumours of the superstar playing dual roles in the flick. The word ‘caution’ is also seen in the first look poster. The first look poster also announces the release date of Darbar. Well, the movie will be out for next Pongal.”#Thalaivar167 – #ARM First Look Out at 8.30 AM tomorrow Countdown Begins !!!! [sic]” Lyca Productions finally announced the project on Monday evening. It is the third collaboration of Rajini and the production house after Kaala and 2.0.Interestingly, a few pictures from the photoshoot, which was held on 4 April, was leaked online. Going by the avatar, one gets an impression of Rajini might doing the role of a cop from the 80s. This is not the first time where the 68-year old is sporting khakhi on-screen. He has enacted the cop’s role in the films like Moondru Mugam, Pandian, and Kodi Parakuthu.For the first time, AR Murugadoss is teaming up with Rajinikanth. Nayanthara plays the female lead in the multilingual film.Anirudh Ravichander, Santosh Sivan and Sreekar Prasad have been signed to score music, handle cinematography and editing departments, respectively.Santosh Sivan had previously worked with the Tamil superstar in Mani Ratnam’s blockbuster Thalapathi, which was released 28 years ago, while Anirudh composed music for Rajini’s previous film Petta.
Oil prices dipped in early trading on Friday after the Saudi energy minister tempered expectations of strong market intervention by producers during talks next month.International benchmark Brent crude oil prices LCOc1 were trading at $49.55 per barrel at 2114 ET, down 12 cents from their previous close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down 7 cents at $47.26 a barrel. Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told Reuters late on Thursday that “we don’t believe any significant intervention in the market is necessary other than to allow the forces of supply and demand to do the work for us,” adding that the “market is moving in the right direction” already.Members of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet on the sidelines of the International Energy Forum (IEF), which groups producers and consumers, in Algeria from Sept. 26-28.The minister’s comments put a dampener on expectations of a meaningful intervention into the market which has been dogged by oversupply for more than two years.
Ahead of the Monetary Policy Committee meeting on February 7 and 8, industry body Nasscom has called on the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) and the finance ministry seeking the benchmark lending rate cut of up to 50 to 75 basis points (bps). Taxmen to now open up to 10-year-old return files to unearth undisclosed deposits or propertyIn the wake of the government’s commitment towards fiscal consolidation as reaffirmed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Union Budget 2017, industry experts are betting the RBI will cut the policy rate by at least a quarter of a percentage point at the end of its two-day meeting.The finance minister on February 1 reiterated that the government will ensure its fiscal deficit does not exceed 3.2 per cent of the GDP. “As a majority owner of the banks and as a regulator, both the government and the RBI have roles in advising banks to pass on the commensurate reduction in the interest rates. This is all the more important in the wake of dismal credit growth, marked by subdued consumer demand and lack of investment appetite despite lowering of the lending rates,” Assocham president Sunil Kanoria said.While lower lending rates do help corporates raise debt without worrying much about paying a high rate of interest, fresh borrowing could still be some distance away as companies are still struggling with their high level of existing debts. The chamber said banks should pass on the benefit of lower interest rates on old loans through different means so that the interest burden for companies comes down.”Along with other measures like protection of cheap imports, the benefits of the ample liquidity in the banking system must be extended to the firms, grappling with the old loan books, without much delay,” Nasscom stated. Demonetisation has resulted in windfall gains for banks in the form of ultra low-cost funds from the current account/saving account (CASA). “The CASA rates are just about 3 to 4 per cent, while the base lending rates are still near the double digit. That is a huge spread for the banks which should transmit lower rates without necessarily cutting the time deposit rates,” the trade body argued.According to the Economic Survey released on January 31, the base rate came down marginally from 9.30/9.70 in April 2016 to 9.30/9.65 as of December 30, 2016, while term deposit rates for greater than one-year maturity period declined from 7.00/7.50 to 6.50/7.00 for the same period. The survey also expressed concern over “far from perfect” transmission of the rate cuts. The chamber expressed concern that the non-food credit (NFC) outstanding grew at sub 10 per cent for all the months except for September 2016. At the same time, credit growth to industrial sector remained persistently below one per cent during the current fiscal, with contraction in August, October and November.
In a major overhaul to their scheme of things, Royal Challengers Bangalore have sacked Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra as the batting and bowling coach respectively. Instead, they have reinstated Mike Hesson as director of cricket and Simon Katich as head coach. Both Nehra and Kirsten were part of the leadership group and the side finished last in 2019 which prompted this change in the top management. As per Sanjeev Churiwala, the Royal Challengers chairman, this move was mandated as the franchise wanted to achieve “high performance”.”RCB’s purpose is to be the most trusted, respected and best performing T20 franchise and hence our constant endeavour is to create a culture of excellence and high performance for every member of the team,” he said in a media statement.New structure to be put into place Gary KirstenReutersAs per Churiwala, both Hesson and Simon Katich have the necessary experience to create a winning culture at Royal Challengers Bangalore. RCB have been perennial underachievers in IPL – they have never won the title and have only reached the final on one occasion.”We believe that Mike’s extensive experience in building strong teams along with Simon’s powerful cricket experience will help us create a winning culture. As a result of this restructuring exercise, we will be moving to a single coach model.”RCB too issued a statement in which it informed that Hesson’s responsibilities will also include being responsible for “defining policy, strategy, programs, scouting, performance management and bringing in best practices throughout all aspects of the RCB’s cricketing pathway”. Mike HessonIANSAlso, the former New Zealand coach will work closely with the Kohli and Katich on all cricketing issues. “This is a new position created within the franchise. Mike Hesson brings with him strong cricketing experience of being head coach and mentor to the New Zealand team with a focus on T20 and has earned an international reputation as a leader who achieves results without sacrificing on culture,” the statement, released by RCB, said.”Simon Katich as head coach will inculcate the high-performance culture in the team. Simon has strong credentials in T20 cricket format as a head coach and captain who has won multiple championships.”It needs to be noted here that both Hesson and Katich had left their previous stints with Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders. It remains to be seen whether this move bears fruits with Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Prime minister Sheikh HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday laid emphasis on increasing the use of jute-made products giving up plastic-made ones as it has become a great threat to the environment globally.“Plastic has become a huge problem for the world; it causes pollution. We saw it blocks canals and the drainage system. Wherever there is plastic, you’ll find problem there,” she said.The prime minister was speaking at the function of World Environment Day, tree fair and campaign for tree plantation at Bangabandhu International Conference Centre (BICC).She said when Awami League came to power in 1996, it took steps to ban the use of plastic products and find out its alternative.Stressing the importance of increasing the use of jute-made products, Sheikh Hasina said the government has taken numerous programmes to bring back the golden days of jute and its products.She mentioned that scientists have already invented a jute-made biodegradable polybag called ‘Sonali Bag’.Bangladesh Jute Mills Corporations (BJMC), a wing of jute and textiles ministry, is producing Sonali Bag as a substitute for the polythene bag.“We can use it as the substitute of polybags,” she said adding that jute-made small bags can be used increasingly.Fashionable bags are now produced from jute, Hasina said pointing at the handbag she was carrying. “This was also made of jute.”The premier went on saying, “New jute-made goods have ushered in huge potentials for Bangladesh as the pollution issue has come up globally.”Hasina said Bangladesh is a jute-producing country and its diversified use can be beneficial for the country both environmentally and economically. “We can export, we can save money; jute is an environment-friendly item.”She also urged all to go for reusing plastic products or refuse it totally as protection of the environment is very important.Briefly describing various programmes of her government for protecting the environment, the prime minister said the government has taken plans for housing, industry and economic zones so that the environment could be kept intact. “We’ve taken the steps so that we could protect the environment properly.”She said the monitoring and enforcement of the Department of Environment has been strengthened.To make the department stronger, she said the government has already created 468 new posts in addition to the existing 267 posts.Environment, forest and climate change minister Anisul Islam Mahmud, deputy minister Abdullah Al Islam Jakob, chairman of the parliamentary standing committee on environment, forest and climate change ministry Hasan Mahmud and secretary Abdullah Al Mohsin Chowdhury, among others, spoke on the occasion.The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is “Beat the Plastic Pollution” with the slogan- If you can’t reuse it, refuse it.This year’s theme for the National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair is “Live in Green, Protect the Green and Decorate the City-life-Environment”.The prime minister also inaugurated the 3 million saplings plantation programme to pay tributes to the 3 million people who embraced martyrdom during the country’s liberation war on the occasion of ‘National Tree Plantation Campaign and Tree Fair’ by planting a chhatim sapling on the BCCI compound.Earlier, the premier handed over Bangabandhu Award for Wildlife Conservation, National Environment Award and Prime Minister’s National Award for tree plantation at the event.She also inaugurated the National Environment Fair and National Tree Fair 2018 at Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital and visited different stalls at the fair.
Listen Dave FehlingDrilling rig in La Salle County, TexasDrilling an oil well brings up millions of gallons of contaminated water that has to be injected back down into the ground into special, deep wells, wells that in north and east Texas have been suspected of causing earthquakes. Drilling also generates tons of a muddy, oily, chemical-laced waste that is often put in shallow pits, many of them unlined.Adam Kron is a lawyer with one of three national environmental groups that just filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.“The industry is generating more waste than ever before and EPA has yet to even review the rules since 1988,” says Kron, a lawyer with the Environmental Integrity Project.Kron says the suit would make the EPA update its rules and enforce them uniformly from state-to-state. Kron sites an example: He says state regulators in Oklahoma have moved to restrict injection wells in places where earthquakes are more likely, but Texas? “Texas is still completely in denial about injection wells, “ Kron said on a conference call with reporters.The drilling industry disagrees.“It’s easy for them to say, ‘Oh, Texas is an unregulated free-for-all’, but like so much of what they said, it’s completely not true,” says Steve Everley, a senior advisor to a drilling industry group, Energy In Depth.“They claim that nothing has happened since the 1980s. That is completely false and they know it,” Everley told News 88.7.Last year, the EPA said in a response to similar allegations that it has been working with the industry and with state regulators on the drilling waste issue, including on rules to reduce the risk of earthquakes from those injection wells. Share X 00:00 /01:22 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Harris County Judge Ed Emmett was in Cuba last week with a group of Texas business leaders. Their mission is to increase Texas exports to the neighboring country. Hoping to take advantage of loosening trade restrictions, members of The Texas Lyceum – a public policy group went to Cuba with the goal of bringing business back to the Lone Star state.In 2014 Texas sent less than $200,000 in goods to Cuba, down from more than $96 million in 2008.Judge Ed Emmett says a major emphasis of the trip is to change that. For example, with agriculture…“We used to ship large quantities of rice to Cuba now we don’t, and that’s the Cubans decision,” Emmett says. “They, for whatever reason, have chosen to now get their rice from Thailand and places like that.”Emmett says another opportunity lies in converting the U.S. Naval base at Guantanamo Bay into a global logistics center for shipping.“It’s not a destination for freight. Very little of it is going to stay on this island of Cuba,” he says. “It could completely change the way we do things. And from Cuba, coming into all of America becomes that much easier. If you look at a map, Houston’s perfectly positioned to capture the bulk of that traffic.”Because the city is also a major point of entry for Mexico, Emmett believes Houston can become the gateway for goods moving from Cuba to Mexico. Share
– / 5A Houston based pet resort is contributing to help dogs that have worked for the U.S. military find suitable homes for their retirement and also to reunite them with their handlers.Military dogs work with all branches of the armed forces and specialize in the detection of bombs and explosive devices, as well as of weapons and drugs.Rover Oaks, a pet resort with facilities in Houston and Katy, has completed this week the eighth edition of an annual campaign called ‘Operation: War Dogs’ that raises funds for Mission K9 Rescue, a non-profit organization dedicated to the service of retiring and retired military dogs and contract working dogs.Mission K9 Rescue, which is the Houston chapter of the United States War Dogs Association, provides monetary, transportation, adoption and professional assistance for retired military dogs. During the last five years, the organization has rescued over 250 dogs and facilitated over 100 dog and handler reunions, according to a news release from Rover Oaks.This year’s fundraising campaign began on Memorial Day and ended on July 4 and Rover Oaks raised a total of $27,538.“Dogs are our business and our passion, and to know that military working dogs are languishing in barely habitable kennels overseas, not being brought home to the heroes’ welcome they deserve, is appalling to us. The overwhelming response to this fundraiser from the community and our clients shows that they feel the same way about the War Dogs who have loyally served to protect our country,” said Claire Ellington, general manager of Rover Oaks in Houston. Share
Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: City of PearlandA new bus service will take commuters from Pearland to stops in the Medical Center and downtown area. 00:00 /00:54 Pearland commuters don’t have a METRO park and ride bus because the city isn’t in the transit agency’s service area. Local officials now hope to fill that gap through a partnership between the City of Pearland and the Kerrville Bus Company.Pearland Deputy City Manager Jon Branson said the service is being operated as a three-year pilot program.“In order for the program to be successful there needs to be approximately 250 or more riders each day,” said Branson. “Once that threshold is met then I think we can plan on a successful service.”The bus makes stops in the Medical Center and downtown Houston. Commuters can catch it at the city-owned Shadow Creek Ranch Sports Complex on Pearland’s west side.“We’re looking at other sites if the program grows, to where we could have multiple locations within the city,” said Branson. “This one is on the west side, which is where we believe based on information that we have, that’s where the vast majority of individuals that work in the Med Center and downtown reside.”The Pearland park and ride bus will run five days a week, excluding holidays. The first bus departs Pearland at 5:35 a.m. and the last one leaves at 7:30 a.m.A round-trip costs $13.50 if you buy a ticket online, or $16 at the bus stop. There are discounts available for purchasing multiple rides. Share
The grand opening of Galaxy 5000 Hair Extension Showroom, 1002 Florida, Ave, NE, is scheduled for Aug. 6. Throughout the day (11 a.m.-7 p.m.) there will be free food and drinks, a live hair demonstration, live entertainment, and a DJ. The shop will hold a fashion show at 4 p.m. The shop is giving 40 percent off merchandise from 11 a.m. to noon and 30 percent off storewide. The first 10 customers will receive $50 in rewards.
By J. K. Schmid, Special to the AFROThe Howard County Historical Society hosted a lecture on a disappearing history of Black education, Friday.“Lunch Date With History,” an ongoing lecture series at the Museum of Howard County History, hosted a talk with docent Mattie Hays about the story of Rosenwald Schools.Numbering more than 5,000, Rosenwald Schools were a joint project between Booker T. Washington and Julius Rosenwald.The Howard County Historical Society (Courtesy Image/Logo)Rosenwald, the son of German-Jewish immigrants and clothier by trade, steadily rose from lead supplier, to investor, to president and finally chairman of Sears Roebuck in the first half of the 20th century. Simultaneously, Washington was rising to eminence as a leader in the mission of Black education in the post-Reconstruction and solidifying Jim Crow Era.Washington’s network of contacts, labor and intelligentsia, combined with Rosenwald’s vast wealth in a pilot program of six schools overseen by Washington’s Tuskegee Institute.Both proponents of Washington’s theories on self help, Rosenwald insisted on matching funds from Black and White communities when the program expanded across the South.Blacks raised $4.7 million to contribute. When cash was unavailable, the Rosenwald Fund would accept labor.Rosenwald schools were most numerous in the former Confederacy, but Rosenwald schools came to Maryland. They were established in the counties of Prince George’s, Anne Arundel, Wicomico, Montgomery and the aforementioned Howard.A 2011 Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago study found a significant relationship between the development of these schools and the rise in test scoring, literacy and Northern migration of its students.In the end, the Rosenwald Fund established schools in 15 states and almost 900 counties.The end came with Brown v. Board of Education. With the Supreme Court’s unanimous opinion that public schools desegregate, and Brown II’s opinion that it be swift, these all-Black schools were abandoned. The overwhelming majority of those schools that were not outright demolished succumbed to neglect.Even in their heyday, Rosenwald schools never achieved the funding or quality of White schools.There is currently some effort to preserve the structures that remain as historically significant reminders of the value of education and investment in the Black community. The Highland Park School in Prince George’s County, a former Rosenwald structure, continues to operate as a Head Start Center.
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 ESPN and other Disney divisions are developing live shows for Twitter, under a wide-ranging pact announced between the Walt Disney Co. and the social-networking player.Details on the new deal were scant, but the announcement Monday sent Twitter’s stock up more than 5% before closing up 4.5% for the day, to $30.31 per share.The deal with Twitter spans live content and advertising from across the entire Disney portfolio. In addition to ESPN, Disney brands including ABC, Disney Channel and Freeform, Disney Digital Network, Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Radio Disney and Marvel are creating live content for Twitter, the companies said.As part of the new deal, Twitter and ESPN will announce specific live shows in development this week at their Digital Content NewFront presentations. Twitter’s is scheduled for the evening of Monday, April 30, and ESPN’s is set for Wednesday, May 2, at noon. Other Disney programming for Twitter will be announced down the road. In 2016, Disney — along with other suitors, including Google — had engaged in talks to acquire Twitter but no deal came to pass. Disney had reportedly concluded that Twitter’s issues with trolls and hate speech were not a fit with its family-friendly image.“Bringing together the best brands in sports, news and entertainment is something only the Walt Disney Company can deliver,” Justin Connolly, EVP of affiliate sales and marketing, Disney and ESPN Media Networks, said in announcing the deal. “Through this new agreement, participants from across the company will have the opportunity to create experiences unique to Twitter that will extend their brands in meaningful ways.”The content from Disney and ESPN represents a “huge step forward in expanding the depth and breadth of video content we offer to leaned-in, engaged consumers on Twitter,” added Twitter global VP of revenue and content partnerships Matthew Derella.