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Allegri thinks Barcelona are the Champions League favs

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first_imgJuventus manager Max Allegri, explained why he believes that FC Barcelona is the biggest favorite to win the Champions League.Despite having a player such as Cristiano Ronaldo on his side, Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri still puts Barcelona as the Champions League favorites this season.Having a fantastic start of the season in all competitions with Ronaldo in top form, doesn’t seem to be enough for Max to actually consider his own squad as the top favorite to win the competition.Cristiano has been proving repeatedly during the past three seasons, that he is in much better shape than Lionel Messi on this competition and that should be more than enough for his own manager to have the confidence of considering themselves the rival to beat in the competition.FC Barcelona has been playing top football this season as well, they are currently leading the Group of Death in the competition and have already secured a ticket to the next round.This high level of performance must be what has Allegri so certain of Barcelona’s claim for the title this season, but he is underestimating what his own players are capable of, as well as other clubs that are going to compete at the very top.🗣 @OfficialAllegri & Cancelo: “We want to qualify”The coach and the Portuguese defender talk #JuveVCF ahead of tomorrow night’s #UCL match ➡️ https://t.co/4jCj8K5CRv#ForzaJuve pic.twitter.com/L1Qta5XKin— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2018Allegri spoke to the press this Monday ahead of Juventus’ match against Valencia in the penultimate Champions League group stage match.The manager was questioned about the squads that he thinks have the biggest chances of winning the tournament this season, a list of clubs where he did include his squad but named Barça as the top favorites.“There are still many games to go in Serie A and we have a lot of difficult games to play until the end of the year, against Roma, Inter, Atalanta, Fiorentina and Sampdoria,” said Allegri to the press via Four Four Two.“But in the Champions League, we have to take it one step at a time. We want to qualify for the last 16 and in first place.”“Barcelona are the favorites to win the competition, in my opinion. Then there are teams, including us, with the ambition to win it. We have that same desire every year.”“Last year, I said that the favorites were Real Madrid. This year, I think it’s Barcelona. I hope to be wrong this year.”David Villa, FC BarcelonaTop 10 players who played for both Barcelona and Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to talk about the best players who represented both Barcelona and Valencia, prior to their La Liga encounter at Camp Nou this evening.“The Champions League is different,” he added.“In a period when Real Madrid were much worse – they were 15 points behind Barcelona – they still have the opportunity to go through to the next round. [Their form] counts for nothing,” he concluded.🎙 Off. That’s it from @OfficialAllegri, a full recap will be available soon on https://t.co/eYBMM1s4Iz #JuveVCF #UCL #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2018As far as the other clubs that he didn’t mention, Allegri failed to name drop clubs like Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, and even Manchester City.Those three specific clubs look like they are going to get far in the competition due to the impressive level of performance they are gifting us all with this season.The Colchoneros just came from a draw against FC Barcelona, Dortmund keeps dominating the Bundesliga well above Bayern München, and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City is still flying in the Premier League with very little opposition having any claim for the title this season.But Juventus is without question one of the top favorites, because Cristiano Ronaldo seems like he is on a mission to prove that he is still relevant despite his “veteran” status.The Portuguese forward is actually doing great so far, as he is at the top of the Serie A goal-scoring table with 9 goals and has been completely unplayable this season with his new club.Juventus knows they have their secret weapon, not bragging too much about it might be a good strategy from Allegri but they shouldn’t be underestimated by anyone this season.🎙 @OfficialAllegri: “Barcelona are the favourites to win the competition in my opinion. Then there are three teams including us with the ambition to win it, and we have that same desire every year.”#JuveVCF #UCL #ForzaJuve— JuventusFC (@juventusfcen) November 26, 2018Which clubs do you consider favorite to win the Champions League this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

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Public unions say recent ruling violates 1st Amendment rights

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first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter October 24, 2018 Steve Bosh Public unions say recent ruling violates 1st Amendment rights 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — In the next few weeks, a lawsuit will be filed in California to force the state’s public sector unions to comply with a recent supreme court ruling that says union dues and fees are a violation of worker’s First Amendment rights, because a majority of the funds collected go to political activities.According to Mark Janis, who filed the suit, the ruling means everybody is now out of the public sector unions.This is a blow to California where the unions collect $900 million in dues and fees.It could decimate their ranks and their income. But the unions are resisting the ruling, and will use state labor laws and contracts to delay it’s implementation.Despite the court’s ruling, this is a huge fight, and it will not be settled anytime soon. Posted: October 24, 2018 Steve Bosh, last_img read more

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I5 Publishing Buys Say Media Pet Properties

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first_imgI-5 Publishing is adding to its portfolio of pet brands by purchasing Dogster and Catster from Say Media.Terms weren’t disclosed.”As the world’s largest owned and operated online pet network, we want to bring a pet owner’s voice to our line of products, while executing on our commitment to growing our digital footprint, which is critical as we continue to evolve and expand our business,” says Mark Harris, CEO of I-5 Publishing, in a statement. “We look forward to integrating and leveraging the Dogster and Catster properties to bolster our company efforts and serve current and future pet owners and pet businesses across the globe.”The deal brings another 2.5 million unique visitors to I-5, doubling traffic to give the publisher the largest digital network in the $58-billion pet market. Much of I-5’s original portfolio (including Dog Fancy and Cat Fancy) came from the acquisition of BowTie Inc. early last year.For Say Media, which has 10 remaining titles primarily in fashion and tech verticals, the deal moves Dogster and Catster to more fitting company.”Taking them to the next level requires a company like I-5 Publishing where pets play a key part of the overall sales and editorial strategy,” says Matt Sanchez, Say Media CEO. “We’re thrilled to see Dogster and Catster find a home with a company that has a strong commitment to growing these brands and investing in the pet community.”last_img read more

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Elton John Plans Final Las Vegas Residency Shows

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first_img Facebook Elton John’s Final Curtain Call In Las Vegas elton-john-plans-final-las-vegas-residency-shows GRAMMY winner announces the final dates for his long-running Million Dollar Piano residency Renée FabianGRAMMYs Oct 16, 2017 – 2:04 pm Since his initial 2004 The Red Piano Las Vegas residency, and now his Million Dollar Piano Show, which he reprised in 2011, Elton John has played nearly 450 dates during his stint in Las Vegas. That time will now come to a close in 2018. Elton John Plans Final Las Vegas Residency Shows NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Dec 2, 2014 – 10:58 pm Elton John Interview Twitter Email News The GRAMMY winner announced his final 14 residency dates at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace will run between April 28 and May 19, 2018. These follow a 17th leg to his show in October and November, as well as dates in February and March 2018.Tickets for these final dates will go on sale Oct. 22, and are available in person at the box office or via AXS.com or the Colosseum’s website.”Weird Al” Yankovic Announces “Self-Indulgent, Ill-Advised Vanity Tour”last_img read more

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Acuras working on a flagship concept for Monterey may also revive ZDX

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first_img 3 Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 10 Photos More From Roadshow 52 Photos Share your voice Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. 0 Car Industry General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acura Comments 2019 Nissan Maxima review: The ‘four-door sports car’ that isn’t 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Post a comment 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 12 Photos Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. Honda Acura,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. Share your voice 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec model Concept Cars Car Industry Crossovers Coupes Tags Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUVcenter_img 2019 Acura NSX review: Hitting its stride 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 68 Photos 81 Photos 4 Photos More From Roadshow 69 Photos 26 Photos 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck Tags Acura Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 18 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch Enlarge ImageIf Acura’s forthcoming, nearly production-ready flagship concept looks like the Precision concept did, then it’s safe to say that it’ll make a splash in Monterey. Mullen Lowe With a couple of notable exceptions like the NSX and the last RSX, Acura has been living quite solidly at the dull end of the automotive spectrum for the past couple of decades. That started to look like it might change when the brand released the beautiful and aggressive Precision concept back in 2016.Unfortunately, the Precision concept didn’t herald any significant immediate changes, but now the rumor is that Acura is preparing to launch a new concept during this year’s Monterey Car Week that will be nearly production ready and would be a look at a soon-to-come flagship sedan, according to a report by Car & Driver published on Thursday.This new flagship concept would bear some resemblance to the long, low, sleek and suicide door-sporting Precision concept — and in our opinion, that would go a long way toward curing Acura’s lack of excitement. That would be doubly true if it threw the excellent turbo four-cylinder engine from the Civic Type R under the hood, though we wouldn’t hold our breath for that.Also included in Car & Driver’s article were hints that we might even be able to expect the second generation of Acura’s ZDX crossover coupe thing which originally ended production in 2013. Clearly, that car was ahead of its time, as has been proven by the plague of other coupe-overs to hit the market in the last year.Acura execs are allegedly looking at early designs for a new ZDX, and if that goes well, we’d expect to see one in the next few years.Acura representatives declined to comment on future products. 2010 Acura ZDX 71 Photos 2020 Cadillac XT6 first drive: Sometimes ‘more’ is more 49 Photoslast_img read more

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The new iPod Touch is worth buying just for iOS

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first_img Mentioned Above Apple iPod Touch 2015 (16GB – blue) 23 Photos • Apple Arcade Later this year Apple will launch Apple Arcade, a subscription-based games service where you pay a monthly fee to play iOS games made by some of the world’s top game developers. The most exciting for me include Annapurna Interactive, makers of Donut County, and Mistwalker, headed by Final Fantasy creator Hironobu Sakaguchi.Apple expects to have 100 exclusive and nonexclusive games lined up for the service at launch, with more coming later. You’ll sign up for the service and then download any Apple Arcade game you wish at no additional cost. apple-introduces-apple-arcade-apple-tv-ipad-pro-iphone-xs-macbook-pro-03252019Apple Arcade, on Mac, iPad and iPhone. Apple The best thing about this service for owners of the iPod Touch, which has no cellular connection, only Wi-Fi, is that every game will be playable offline. That means you can play your games to your heart’s content even if you’re on the train or in the back seat of a carpool vehicle. A subscription will cost the same for individuals or a family of six and will be compatible across iPad, iPhone and Apple TV. iOS 13 I haven’t been this excited about an iOS update since iOS 7. That’s when Apple implemented the “flat” look of app icons. With iOS 13 it’s dark mode that has me the most giddy. Honestly, what grabbed my attention was simply the fact that dark mode will be a purposefully designed feature — not just an inverting of the colors — that just looks cool in screenshots. redesigned-reminders-app-ios-13Dark mode is coming. Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Also, iOS 13 will also bring a newly designed camera interface and editing options, as well as Sign In with Apple. Sign In lets users log in to apps and sites on their iPod Touch using their AppleID instead of their email address, which Apple says will prevent them from being tracked online and relentlessly targeted with ads. AR gets more real The iPod Touch will work with AR apps in the App Store. That includes the iOS app Measure, which lets you virtually measure things in the real world by giving you a really flexible digital ruler. With Pokemon Go or the upcoming and highly anticipated Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, AR is kind of becoming a thing. And though I wasn’t excited about it initially, the more useful apps I find, like Measure, the more I’m becoming a believer. measure-app-ios-12Practical AR is the best AR. Jason Cipriani/CNET To be sure, you’ll need a more powerful device to take advantage of some of the high-end AR apps, but for simple measuring, and for finding Pokemon, the new iPod Touch can handle it. Bonus: It has a headphone jack Yep, you can use Bluetooth headphones, or plug your wired ‘phones into that 3.5mm jack on the bottom edge, just like we used to do back in the day. That either appeals to you or not, so I’ll say no more about it. Do it! Or don’t. I mean, the Touch isn’t for everyone. But it’s cheap enough and offers enough current features, as well as some smart strategic future-proofing, to be worth your money if you decide to take the plunge.  Apple See It See it $219 Apple iPod Touch 2015 0 Tags Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? Review • Apple iPod Touch review: 2015 specs packed into a tiny 2012 body $132 Aug 31 • Verizon vs AT&T vs T-Mobile vs Sprint: Choose the best 5G carrier The new iPod Touch looks just like the old one and it’s kind of nice Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Walmart reading • The $200 iPod Touch now has some legit competition The new iPod Touch is a great gateway into the upcoming iOS 13. Sarah Tew/CNET Apple released a new iPod Touch for 2019 a couple months back. It costs $200 and has a small, low-resolution screen. If you already own an iPhone past the iPhone 5, there’s no reason to even consider buying the iPod Touch. Probably the same deal if you own a recent iPad. If, however, you’ve never owned an iOS device or have in the past and want back in, at $200 the iPod Touch is now the cheapest iOS entry point. But it’s not your only $200 option. Nintendo this week announced a new scaled down version of its Nintendo Switch, called the Switch Lite. The $200 gaming system is smaller than the original Switch and can’t connect to a TV. So how does the Switch Lite compare to the iPod Touch? In his review of the iPod Touch 2019, my colleague Patrick Holland very clearly lays out why, despite its appeal to certain consumers, most will want to skip the iPod Touch. And while I can totally understand and agree with many of his points, ultimately I see it differently. I’ve been a stubborn supporter of iOS, and more specifically the Apple App Store, for nearly 11 years, since I bought the iPhone 3G in 2008. There are two simple reasons for that: I like the interface and its evolution, and the game and app selection in the App Store has never disappointed me. That’s really it. I have an iPhone XS Max and absolutely have no need for the iPod Touch, but I’m excited for those of you who do. And here are three reasons I think the iPod Touch is a near steal at $200. CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice Mobile See All null iOS 12 Applelast_img read more

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EC unable to go beyond govt instructions BNP

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first_imgMirza Fakhrul Islam AlamgirBangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) secretary general Mirza Fakhrul Islam Alamgir on Wednesday urged the government to take steps for finding out an effective way for holding a fair and acceptable election through discussions with opposition political parties, reports UNB.Speaking at a protest rally, he alleged that the government is trying to keep top BNP leaders away from politics ahead of the next general election through convicting them in ‘false’ cases filed against them.”We would like to call upon the government to do positive politics for the welfare of people coming out of negative politics. Engage in talks to work out a way for a credible election where people will be able to exercise their franchise,” said the BNP leader.”Come to senses and take steps for the talks with the opposition parties to protect democracy, Bangladesh, and its future and ensure its economic progress,” he further said.Dhaka south city unit BNP arranged the programme at the Institution of Engineers, Bangladesh as part of the party’s countrywide protest programme against the issuance of a warrant for the arrest of its senior vice chairman Tarique Rahman in a sedition case.The BNP leader alleged that the government is desperately making various evil efforts to hang onto power as it has lost earth beneath its feet.Fakhrul voiced doubt whether the election commission will be able to hold a reliable and acceptable election following its talks with political parties and different stakeholders.”The nearly three-month dialogue of the election commission is mere eyewash… most of the parties, civil society members and ex-election commissioners joined the dialogue said a credible election is not possible if it is not held under an election-time neutral administration. Now the nation is waiting to see what it (EC) does?” he said.The BNP leader thinks the commission will not be able to do anything good as it has no capability to work ignoring the government’s instructions. “Even, after that we’re observing their activities to know whether they can hold a fair election. We want the commission to work independently to hold a neutral election.”He said the current government has failed to deliver on all fronts though it always talks about huge development.”The mega projects were taken for massive plundering. Most of the roads have now become unfit for traffic.”Fakhrul criticised the government for what he said its failure to arrest the soaring prices of essentials. “The prices of all types of vegetables have gone beyond the buying capacity of common people. The government is hiking the tariffs of gas, power and water to make their pocket heavier. History says people won’t tolerate such sufferings for a long time. You won’t be able to resist them even with cannons when people will wake up.”last_img read more

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4 to die for murder in 2 districts

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first_imgFour people, including a man and his son, were sentenced to death in murder cases in Chandpur and Narayanganj on Monday.In Chandpur, the court of district and session’s judge Md Saleh Uddin Ahmed sentenced two young men to death for killing their friend in the district town in 2012.The condemned convicts are Habib Gazi Nishan, 24, and Nazmul Bepari Sumon, 26.The court also sentenced them to three years’ rigorous jail each on another count for stealing two mobile phone sets of the victim.According to the prosecution, the convicts called Al Amin, son of a certain Md Oji Ullah of Biponibagh area, out of his house on 31 October 2012. However, he did not return home.Later, Al Amin’s family members filed a general diary with Chandpur model police station.Following the complaint, police arrested Nishan and Nazmul who confessed to police that they strangled Al Amin to death and buried the body in an orchard at Raldia village.Following their confession, police recovered the body.Md Abdur Rauf, then sub-inspector of Chandpur model police station and also investigation officer of the case, submitted a charge sheet on 27 January 2013.After examining all the records and 17 witnesses out of 47, judge Md Saleh Uddin Ahmed handed down the verdict.In Narayanganj, the court of additional district and session’s judge Mohammad Ali Hossain convicted a man and his son of killing Maksudul Islam Tuhin, a schoolboy, in 2015 and sentenced them to death.The convicts are Billal Hossain, 55, of Bogadi Kandapara village in Araihazar upazila of the district, and his son Mahfuzul Islam, 17.According to the prosecution, the condemned convicts abducted Tuhin, son of one Nasir Uddin of the village on 8 May 2015.Nasir filed a general diary with Araihazar police station in this connection on that day.Later, the abductors called the victim’s father over mobile phone and demanded Tk two million as ransom on 9 May.On secret information, police arrested Mahfuzul, a nephew of Nasir, from Narsingdi district on 12 May.Later, gleaning information from Mahfuzul, police recovered the body of Tuhin from a drum at the village and arrested Billal also.After examining all the records and witnesses, judge Mohammad Ali Hossain delivered the verdict.last_img read more

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Camila Cabello Reveals Podcast Obsessions Teases New Album at Cannes Lions

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first_imgHow does Cabello find the time to listen? She finds it. “You’re on a drive or brushing your teeth, it’s nice to take even 10 minutes out of your day to listen to something that’s inspiring. It kind of shifts your mood for the whole day. It really expands your mind, makes you grow and makes you have more things to talk about with your friends. It just makes you a more well-rounded person. It’s a good investment to just do that for 15 minutes of your day.”Ostroff says audio is bigger than ever because “we’re all about multitasking these days … and audio is very intimate. Whether it’s a song or a podcast, the intimacy of the medium is what I think is really taking people by surprise. You feel like you’re a part of something or that somebody is speaking or singing directly to you. It is a personalized experience — that’s where I think [podcasts] resonate with a lot of people.”The Spotify executive was the main driver in recruiting former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama to the platform. “Both the President and Mrs. Obama have incredible voices in terms of what they want to say,” says Ostroff. “And the two of them, to their credit, both decided that they want to do a podcast each in addition to producing a podcast series for us. The topics have not been determined yet but we’re in discussions.” Cabello could hardly contain her excitement at the prospect of listening to the Obamas — she’s currently reading Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” book in print — but Ostroff notes that “young people aren’t reading as much as they were when I grew up; when we’d use your imagination. And what’s great about audio is it allows people to use their imagination in storytelling.”Storytelling is a key component of Cabello’s new music, too, which is expected imminently. “I’m itching to just get back out there,” she says. “I feel like I’m pretty much done with this album and the great thing about being able to have a career in the arts is that you grow along with your craft and it teaches you so much about yourself.” Those self-discovery experiences contributed to writing new music. Says Cabello: “When I was into [my first] album, I was kind of living in my little bubble of life. I had crushes on people that I would write about from afar. I was very shy and introverted. With this album, it’s not really my imagination, it’s me writing about real things that are happening in real time. So I think that there is a level of detail and emotion that you get. I’m so excited because I feel like it’s captured my essence. … I’m ready to bare my soul.” Music Moguls of the Year: The Weeknd Manager Sal Slaiby Swears He’ll Be ‘The Greatest Immigrant’ Trump Ever Saw As for what Cabello has been listening to lately? Her Spotify consumption has mainly involved “early 2000s music,” she reveals. “Like Paramore and Coldplay. … When I’m making an album, I don’t like to listen to anything [contemporary]. I like to listen to what made you want to do this in the first place– what made you get that feeling of, ‘I need to write a song right now.’ That’s where it all started for me — early 2000s — and also sometimes Disney songs.” She then broke into song herself, revealing that “A Whole New World” from “Aladdin” was a favorite of hers “in the shower.”Spotify has been a key partner in Cabello’s music career, helping to launch her international hit “Havana,” which broke in multiple territories beyond the U.S. The notion of music without borders is key to the platform’s popularity, and to Cabello personally.“As an artist, it’s really inspiring because I get to discover music from all over the world that I couldn’t discover on pop radio,” she says. As for writing music for a global audience? Cabello says she doesn’t necessarily think that way. “To be honest, I just kind of write whatever feels good to me,” she says. “Because if you to try to make something for everybody, you end up making something for nobody. So I approach songwriting a little bit selfishly because for me it’s just about making something that honestly feels like whatever an experience felt like for me. That’s my favorite part of writing music. Especially with this next album, experiences in my life over the past year that are now tangible I can literally listen back to and capture how I felt at the time. So I really just make music that I like and that I’m passionate about.” Camila Cabello was the featured speaker at a Tuesday afternoon panel at Cannes Lions, the annual gathering of marketing, design and entertainment professionals in the south of France. Joined by Spotify chief content officer Dawn Ostroff, the talk, moderated by Variety editor Shirley Halperin, was centered around the theme of the golden age of sound — specifically, Spotify’s entry as the second largest podcast platform in the world.Cabello revealed that she is herself an avid podcast listener. Among her favorites are Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop and Oprah Winfrey’s Sunday Soul Sessions. “Life is … a lot sometimes,” said Cabello. “Especially in your twenties, there’s so much learning, self discovery and self exploration.” The former Fifth Harmony singer credits podcasts as a way “to grow as a person … you’re more well-equipped to deal with whatever life throws at you. I love hearing people being vulnerable and honest and talking about the experience of being human.”center_img Camila Cabello Says Shawn Mendes Duet ‘Señorita’ Was Months In The Making Relatedlast_img read more

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Change in early human ancestor diet came earlier than thought

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first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Scientists have known for quite some time that the diet of our earliest ancestors changed, from eating mostly leaves and berries, to grasses, tubers and eventually meat. But the timing of that changeover has been up for speculation, though many have believed it was approximately three and a half million years ago. To pin down the time frame, the researches with this new effort gained access to 152 fossilized teeth found in sites in Africa, from a variety of primates and other ancient animals and carbon tested them to collect evidence of the types of food that the creatures that used them ate.In looking at the results, the team found that most of the primates had been eating C3 type plants (so named because they have three-carbon atoms) which generally meant tree leaves and berries and some cool weather grasses. In contrast, they found that some species of primates (our early ancestors) had added C4 type plants to their diet as far back as 3.76 million years ago, which included savannah grasses, tubers and sedges. This is an important point in human history, the team notes, because adding such foods to the diet allowed our ancestors to broaden their range because they could survive under more variable conditions—not only were more foods available to them, but the new kinds of food offered more energy. And that, the researchers suggest, set them apart, and led eventually to mass migrations and even greater adaptations. © 2015 Phys.org The researchers note that the changes in diet only came about after changes in teeth and jaws evolved in a way that allowed for chewing the new types of food—and of course, changes in the digestive tract to allow for gaining nutrients and energy from them. More information: Dietary change among hominins and cercopithecids in Ethiopia during the early Pliocene, Naomi E. Levin, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1424982112AbstractThe incorporation of C4 resources into hominin diet signifies increased dietary breadth within hominins and divergence from the dietary patterns of other great apes. Morphological evidence indicates that hominin diet became increasingly diverse by 4.2 million years ago but may not have included large proportions of C4 foods until 800 thousand years later, given the available isotopic evidence. Here we use carbon isotope data from early to mid Pliocene hominin and cercopithecid fossils from Woranso-Mille (central Afar, Ethiopia) to constrain the timing of this dietary change and its ecological context. We show that both hominins and some papionins expanded their diets to include C4 resources as early as 3.76 Ma. Among hominins, this dietary expansion postdates the major dentognathic morphological changes that distinguish Australopithecus from Ardipithecus, but it occurs amid a continuum of adaptations to diets of tougher, harder foods and to committed terrestrial bipedality. In contrast, carbon isotope data from cercopithecids indicate that C4-dominated diets of the earliest members of the Theropithecus oswaldi lineage preceded the dental specialization for grazing but occurred after they were fully terrestrial. The combined data indicate that the inclusion of C4 foods in hominin diet occurred as part of broader ecological changes in African primate communities.Press release A field worker shows a fragment of a hominin tooth from Woranso-Mille, Afar, Ethiopia, one of 152 tooth fragments sampled for isotope analysis to find evidence of diet change. Credit: Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Cleveland Museum of Natural History Researchers find human ancestors switched to eating grasses earlier than thoughtcenter_img Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Credit: University of California Museum of Paleontology Citation: Change in early human ancestor diet came earlier than thought (2015, September 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-early-human-ancestor-diet-earlier.html (Phys.org)—A team of researchers in the U.S. has found that our early human ancestors expanded their diet to include savannah grasses and other food sources approximately a quarter of a million years earlier than had been previously thought. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team explains how they tested a variety of fossilized teeth, what they found and the impact the change in diet likely had on the ability of our ancestors to thrive.last_img read more

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