first_imgOnly months after being prepared to sell him, Jose Mourinho hopes Anthony Martial will commit his future to Manchester United.With reports the Frenchman’s sale would be used as collateral to sign Ivan Perisic before the start of the season, his recent turn of form has prompted a change of heart from Mourinho.Despite recently rejecting a new contract offer, Martial has nevertheless stated his desire to remain.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! In the lead-up to Saturday’s trip to face AFC Bournemouth, the Portuguese manager also expressed his desire for the 22-year-old to stay at Old Trafford.”I don’t belong to the discussions of contracts,” Mourinho said. “I’m not participating in these kinds of discussions. Obviously I hope they will agree.”Obviously I would like him to stay. I know the club wants him very much to stay. Hopefully he is going to stay.”Scoring four goals in his past three Premier League matches, Martial has become a solitary spark for an otherwise grim Manchester United in possession.With Nemanja Matic commenting on Martial’s confidence impacting performance earlier in the week, Mourinho believes he is making the leap to realised potential.”One thing is that he’s a talented player that everybody knows he is. Everybody knows since he was in Monaco that he is a talented player,” Mourinho said.”Another thing is a talented player with consistency and understanding what a football match is in the globality. When you reach that level, or when you are almost reaching that level, is when you become a top player.”One thing is a top talent, another is a top player. He is now much closer to being a top player.”last_img read more

first_imgBhopal, Oct 13 (PTI) Automobile major Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd (M&M) today launched a new model of its sports utility vehicle KUV100.The updated version, KUV100 NXT, is packed with 40 new features, the company said.”The KUV100 NXT has created a new category within the SUV segment in the price range of Rs 4.5-7.5 lakh. We have managed to successfully launch the new model within 21 months (of launch of KUV100) after seeking feedback from various quarters,” the companys senior general manager, sales, Deepak Kapoor told reporters here.Available in five variants, the SUV comes with 40 new features, including hi-tech ones like touchscreen infotainment system with GPS navigation and new driver information system with voice alert, among others.The company has sold 60,000 units of KUV100 across the country, including 3,000 in Madhya Pradesh, since its launch in January 2016, Kapoor said.The car is available in eight colours and has both diesel and petrol options, he added.The company commands 41 per cent market share in the SUV segment in the state, Kapoor added. PTI MAS ADU RSY RDSlast_img read more

first_img Continue Reading Previous Wind River: next-gen software framework for connected and autonomous carsNext Digi: high-speed continuous connectivity for transportation and industrial PLS Programmierbare Logik & Systeme provides developers with the latest version 5.0 of its Universal Debug Engine that offers a wide range of completely new and significantly enhanced functions for professional debugging and testing of embedded systems. The UDE 5.0, presented for the first time at embedded world 2019, now supports the development of virtualized applications for ARM Cortex-A53 by providing hypervisor awareness for the LynxSecure hypervisor from Lynx Software Technologies.With the hypervisor awareness, the developer can now use the extensive debug capabilities of the UDE for the development of virtualized applications too. Specific features of the ARM Cortex-A53, such as two-stage address translation or the support of virtual interrupts are handled transparently for the users. The hypervisor awareness of UDE enables the user to debug a bare-metal application as usual and as if it was running on real hardware instead of being encapsulated within a virtual machine (VM). If required, UDE provides also support for debugging and system analysis of the hypervisor itself. For each individual VM, both the state and the contexts can be displayed. In addition, information about the memory layout of the individual VMs as well as the mapping of the virtual memory addresses to physical memory addresses is provided by UDE.Handling of large quantities of recorded trace data has been further simplified and improved in the UDE 5.0. Special attention was paid to visualization. For example, the time-accurate display of the executed functions and operating system tasks in the UDE Execution Sequence Chart can now be sorted and filtered according to different criteria. Links allow an easy navigation from the recorded functions to their source code. In combination with the add-in for the support of real-time operating systems according to the OSEK (Open Systems and their Interfaces for the Electronics in Motor Vehicles) standard, the operating system tasks and associated runnables can be clearly displayed and measured. An export function for the Best Trace Format (BTF) also allows further processing using popular third-party task analysis tools.As a true multicore debugger, the UDE 5.0 also supports the visualization of the states and control of all cores of a multicore system within a uniform user interface. Even more efficient than before, for example, is the handling of variables that the compiler made it visible only for one specific core. In the watch windows of UDE such core-local variables are now separated by different colors according to the respective core. Until now this coloring was only applied to windows assigned to a specific core and for status information of the individual cores.The UDE 5.0 also features numerous improvements and enhancements in terms of supported microcontrollers. Debug functions for 64-bit architectures, for example for the ARM Cortex-A53, have been consistently expanded. The ARM Cortex-R52 32-bit processor and the NETX 90 Cortex-M microcontroller have been added as completely new devices from the ARM world. The UDE 5.0 also offers dedicated debug support for the new PowerArchitecture-based Chorus SPC58NH92x devices from STMicroelectronics and the MPC5775B/MPC5775E microcontrollers from NXP. The latter MCUs target automotive and industrial battery management and inverter applications that require advanced performance. UDE’s Nexus trace support is available also for these devices and provides extensive functions for exact run-time analysis such as profiling, code coverage and the visualization of call graphs.In particular, the microcontrollers of Infineon’s TC3xxx family benefit from the extended debug and trace functions of UDE 5.0. In addition to the multicore debug functions and depending on the specific controller, trace support is available for non-invasive debugging and system analysis: For the TC35x the new MCDSlight and for the TC38x the basic trace functionality of miniMCDS. The latter is also available to the developers in the basic license of the UDE.A special multi-AURIX adapter is now available for target communication with the Universal Access Device 3+ (UAD3+). That adapter was developed by PLS in order to meet the special requirements of fail-safe and fail-operational systems, which provide redundancy based on two AURIX devices with two separate debug interface. Together with the UDE 5.0, the adapter allows fully synchronized stop-mode debugging: break, single-step operation and restart – as well as synchronous stopping of the peripheral units of both microcontrollers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Tools & Software last_img read more

first_imgShikhar Dhawan roared back to form after a dismal Test series against England with a century against Hong Kong in the Asia Cup 2018.Dhawan slammed 127 as India registered a 26-run win over the minnows in their first match of the tournament.It was Dhawan’s 14th ODI hundred and he’s now joint sixth in the list of leading century-makers in ODIs for India.While Dhawan struck a hundred in his first match of Asia Cup, he had failed to register a single fifty plus score in the Test series.India vs Bangladesh Final Live Score Asia Cup 2018Speaking about his century, Dhawan said he was never out of form.”It wasn’t a question of form, I was batting well but wasn’t getting runs. Great to get runs also,” the opener said.The win over Hong Kong was a rather hard-fought win for one of the tournament favourites and once again questions were raised about the Indian middle-order’s frailties, which were thoroughly exposed in the recent tour of England as well.Asia Cup 2018: Rohit wants India to learn from mistakes after tense win vs Hong KongDhawan defended his teammates after India’s disappoint performance.”We have won so many series in the last four years and we have also lost some. We are humans. The concern should not be such that everything else, all the good results are forgotten,” he said.”Some failures should not overshadow all the wins. Just look at (Ambati) Rayudu, he was so good, and he was playing after such a long time. So, it’s good,” he added referring to Rayudu’s 60-run knock in India’s total of 285/7.advertisementShikhar Dhawan slams 14th ODI hundred to draw level with Yuvraj SinghWhat Dhawan could not explain was India letting Hong Kong put on an opening partnership of 174 with Nizakat Khan (92) and rival skipper Anshuman Rath (73) managing to frustrate the more fancied team.”We didn’t expect for them to score 170-run partnership but they played well. We could have been more consistent in our bowling but we have to give credit to their batsmen, the openers played well. They were calculative, have to appreciate that,” he said.Pakistan’s Chacha Chicago sponsors Indian superfan’s UAE trip”There wasn’t much swing or seam in the wicket and our bowlers were coming after a break. It takes time to get into the rhythm as well. Bhuvi (Bhuvneshwar Kumar) was coming back after a break and Shardul (Thakur) hadn’t played much in England,” he reasoned.On whether the possibility of an embarrassing loss ever struck the team management on Tuesday, Dhawan said that was never the case.”…we knew that once we get the top-order, we can come back into the game. They gave a decent fight. It’s always good to learn from every match,” he said.last_img read more

first_imgAudi has previewed its electrically-powered SUV e-tron in India. While the official unveil of Audi e-tron is set to take place on July 12, the all-wheel-drive vehicle is expected to be launched in the country by late 2019.Audi e-tron is powered by two electric motors. The one at the front makes 170 hp. The rear unit produces 190 hp. While the combined power output is 360 hp, the torque figure stands at 561 Nm. In boost mode, the power output jumps to 408 hp, with the torque figure rising to 664 Nm. The 5-seater SUV comes with a 95 kWh lithium-ion battery and two-stage planetary gearbox with single gear.The luxury carmaker claims a top-speed 200 kmph for e-tron. The electrically-powered SUV can make 0-100 kmph in 6.6 seconds. In boost mode, it takes only 5.7 seconds to reach 100 kmph from a standstill. The vehicle gets a 660-litre boot. There is 60 litres of space under the hood as well.Audi e-tron boasts of features like octagonal grille, Matrix LED headlights with dynamic indicators, LED taillights, 20-inch five Arm dynamic design contrast grey wheels and exterior virtual mirrors. Other features include four-zone air conditioner, phone box with wireless charging, virtual cockpit, MMI navigation with MMI Touch, B&O sound system, panoramic sunroof, surround view camera and smartphone interface.The electrically-powered SUV will be available in India as a CBU (Completely Built Up) unit. The price is expected to hover around Rs 1.15 crore (ex-showroom, India).ALSO READ | MG Hector: 5 reasons why new premium SUV may beat Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV500, Jeep Compass, Hyundai CretaALSO READ | Jaguar Land Rover India hands over specially prepared Discovery Sport to NGO for relief operationsALSO READ | MG Hector: Engine, mileage, dimensions, other technical specifications explainedadvertisementlast_img read more

first_imgPremier League Premier League Team of the Week: De Bruyne & Fabregas pull the strings Goal Last updated 2 years ago 06:50 11/6/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Kevin De Bruyne Manchester City Arsenal Getty Images Premier League Chelsea Swansea City AFC Bournemouth Arsenal Liverpool Huddersfield Town West Ham United Crystal Palace West Bromwich Albion Manchester City Stoke City Watford Stoke City v Leicester City Newcastle United v AFC Bournemouth Southampton v Burnley Huddersfield Town v West Bromwich Albion Swansea City v Brighton & Hove Albion West Ham United v Liverpool Tottenham Hotspur v Crystal Palace Manchester City v Arsenal Everton v Watford Chelsea v Manchester United Everton Leicester City Manchester United Newcastle United Southampton Burnley Brighton & Hove Albion Tottenham Hotspur Man City and Chelsea’s engine rooms were working at full tilt, while Alvaro Morata left Romelu Lukaku looking a tad useless ASMIR BEGOVIC | BOURNEMOUTHAsmir Begovic, BournemouthFormer Stoke and Chelsea man Begovic made four saves to maintain Bournemouth’s clean sheet in a tricky encounter at Newcastle’s St. James’ Park. KYLE NAUGHTON | SWANSEA CITYKyle Naughton, Swansea Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Of the 67 passes he attempted, Naughton completed 94% of them, proving to be a bright spark in an otherwise sub-par Swansea side that lost 1-0 at home to Brighton.CESAR AZPILICUETA | CHELSEACesar Azpilicueta, ChelseaThe Spanish defender made five important tackles in Chelsea’s hugely important 1-0 win over Manchester United, as well as providing the assist for Alvaro Morata’s winning goal.SHANE DUFFY | BRIGHTONShane Duffy, BrightonRepublic of Ireland international Duffy made 10 clearances in Brighton’s 1-0 win over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium; the most of any player on either side. FABIAN DELPH | MANCHESTER CITYFabian Delph, Man CityOperating at left-back against Arsenal, Delph topped the charts (alongside midfield maestro David Silva) for most touches of the ball with 98.XHERDAN SHAQIRI | STOKE CITYXherdan Shaqiri, Stoke CityShaqiri was directly involved in both of Stoke’s goals against Leicester, scoring the first and assisting Crouch for the second half equaliser.KEVIN DE BRUYNE | MANCHESTER CITYKevin De Bruyne Manchester City ArsenalNo Manchester City player had more shots on target (2) or created more chances (2) against Arsenal than De Bruyne. Future Ballon d’Or winner in the making? CESC FABREGAS | CHELSEACesc Fabregas Chelsea Nemanja Matic Manchester UnitedFabregas, who turned down an offer of a night of passion with a fan after the clash , created six chances against Manchester United, while none of his team-mates created more than one. RAJIV VAN LA PARRA | HUDDERSFIELD TOWNRajiv van La Parra, Huddersfield TownVan La Parra scored the only goal of the game against West Brom with his only shot on target, sealing an important three points for his newly promoted side.MOHAMED SALAH | LIVERPOOLMohamed SalahSalah scored twice from three shots against West Ham, and also created three chances for his team-mates as Liverpool ran out 4-1 winners at the London Stadium.ALVARO MORATA | CHELSEAAlvaro Morata, ChelseaAs well as scoring the only goal of the game with yet another superb header, Morata had 10 touches in the opposition box against Manchester United; the most of any player in Sunday’s games. Check out Goal’s Premier League 2019-20 fantasy football podcast for game tips, debate and rivalries.last_img read more

first_imgGlobal efforts to reduce climate change may mean new opportunities for Nova Scotia businesses. The Department of Energy has signed letters of co-operation with government representatives from Bolivia and Cuba, and institutional representatives from Columbia and Belize. The agreements were reached this week at the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Montreal. “Climate change is a global issue, that will require global solutions,” said Energy Minister Cecil Clarke. “Nova Scotia businesses and organizations involved in climate change have the expertise in this field that will strengthen this shared global effort.” The letters demonstrate Nova Scotia’s commitment to international co-operation on sharing strategies and best practices to help slow the effects of climate change. Under the agreements, Nova Scotia and the signing government or agency agree to share best practices and strategies on emissions reduction, and proven approaches to communicate public awareness on climate change. These letters are also expected to lead to new opportunities for Nova Scotia businesses and organizations specializing in climate change, including 15 companies that travelled to Montreal as part of a consortium called Climate Canada Atlantic. Environment and Labour Minister Kerry Morash said the letters of co-operation reflect the growth of Nova Scotia’s environmental industries sector. “Our leadership in environmental stewardship has helped develop considerable expertise in our private sector,” he said. “Increasingly, that expertise is being sought around the world and is now worth about $28 million a year in foreign business.” The international climate change conference brought together 10,000 delegates from government, industry, business, the scientific community and other groups interested in action on climate change.last_img read more

first_imgProfessional storyteller Anne Glover will tour the province during July and August, performing at 29 public libraries, from Digby to Liverpool and all the way to Sydney. “We are really lucky to have Anne visiting us from Vancouver Island. She has wowed audiences across Canada and around the world, but it’s her first time in Nova Scotia,” said Angela Reynolds, community engagement co-ordinator with the Annapolis Valley Regional Library. “Ms. Glover has just been awarded the 2016 Storykeeper Award by the Storytellers of Canada for her outstanding work. I think the kids will love her.” The Storyteller Tour is part of the public libraries summer reading campaign, to engage kids with library programs and activities all summer long. The shows are for ages four and up. “I am really excited to be visiting Nova Scotia, meeting people and taking in some of the province’s natural beauty,” said Ms. Glover. “Nova Scotia has a strong storytelling tradition, I am looking forward to taking in some of its rich history and culture.” Storytelling as an art form is both entertaining and acts as an educational tool. Historically, cultures have always told tales as a way of passing down beliefs, history and traditions. Storytelling stimulates children’s imaginations and develops an appreciation of stories and reading. Ms. Glover will also be offering two professional development workshops for library youth services staff. The tour is organized by the Council of Youth Services, which includes youth services staff from all nine public library regions in Nova Scotia, with funding provided by the Nova Scotia Provincial Library, the Department of Communities Culture and Heritage and the Nova Scotia Library Association. More information is available at local public libraries. To find them go to .last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Three minor boys were found inside three sacks at a local train at Guptipara in Hooghly on Monday. Some passengers of the train noticed the sacks were moving and informed the police.According to sources, everyday some passengers board the parcel compartment of the local train. On Monday morning, a few of them noticed some sacks kept inside the train were moving. Seeing the sacks moving, passengers got frightened and informed the Government Railway Police (GRP) personnel when the train reached Bandel railway station. Cops immediately seized the sacks. After opening a portion of the sack, they saw a boy’s head inside it. The boy was brought out of the sack. After opening the other two sacks two more minor boys were recovered. All three of them were found in semi- conscious state. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaThe boys were sent to a local hospital where they have been admitted. Police officers are waiting for their recovery as it is important to find out how these boys landed up inside sacks on a train. Meanwhile, police stations in Hooghly and other districts were informed and the pictures of the minor boys were provided to the cops. It is suspected that the boys could be victims of human-trafficking. A case has been initiated at the Bandel GRP. Till Monday night, none of the three boys could be identified.last_img read more

first_imgWINNIPEG – The Speaker of the Manitoba legislature rejected a request Monday to forbid politicians from discussing their opponents’ criminal convictions and other troubles.Myrna Driedger rejected a request from Liberal member Judy Klassen, who wanted Tory government members banned from referencing NDP Leader Wab Kinew’s legal troubles during debates in the chamber.“Freedom of speech is one of the most important principles underlying the function of this and any Canadian legislature,” Driedger ruled Monday.“It is, in fact, one of the main pillars of parliamentary privilege.”Driedger pointed to precedents set by Speakers in the House of Commons and elsewhere that have upheld the protection from being sued or prosecuted for virtually anything said inside the chamber.Such protection, Driedger said, is needed to allow politicians to ask questions and raise issues without fear or intimidation.Klassen, who is Indigenous, filed the complaint in June. She said the government was perpetuating a stereotype of First Nations by raising Kinew’s past during debates.Kinew had several run-ins with the law, some of which he revealed in his 2015 memoir, The Reason You Walk.He was convicted for impaired driving and for assaulting a cab driver in his early 20s more than a decade ago — offences for which he has since received pardons.Two other items were not mentioned in Kinew’s book. He was given a conditional discharge in 2004 for an assault in Ontario, and was charged with assaulting his partner in 2003. The latter charge was stayed, although his former partner said last year she maintains Kinew threw her across the room.The Tories have repeatedly raised Kinew’s past, along with more recent homophobic and misogynist social media posts and rap lyrics, and set up a website to highlight the comments.Kinew has said he is a changed man who has become an ally for women and the LBGTQ community.Klassen said the Tory attacks on Kinew have affected her ability to do her job. But Driedger said that was far from clear.“She did not demonstrate how her privileges were breached in this matter.”last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National NewsFor the first time people living in far-flung communities have access to a tool that lets them have a say on how things are going.And that tool is social media.In Part II of an ongoing series, APTN National News reporter Kent Driscoll tells the story of a Nunavut woman who started a movement that caught the attention of the world.last_img

first_imgThe Toronto Stock Exchange’s main index moved ahead Monday, mostly on the back of rising oil and gold prices, but also thanks to gains in the health-care sector where a cannabis company’s shares surged more than 20 per cent.The S&P/TSX composite index advanced 63.63 points to 16,371.81.Shares of licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH) gained 20.42 per cent or $3.68 to close at $21.70.Aphria announced before markets opened an agreement to acquire Broken Coast Cannabis Inc. in a deal it valued at $230 million in stock and cash.However, broader trends in the price of commodities were more influential for the index today, said Craig Fehr, a Canadian markets strategist at Edward Jones in St. Louis.“I think the guide for the TSX today is really the little bit of a lift we’re seeing in oil price and gold prices,” he said.While the health-care sector led the TSX, shares in the gold sector gained an average of 1.2 per cent and those in the energy sector rose 0.46 per cent.Shortly after 4 p.m. ET, the February crude contract was up 51 cents to US$64.81 per barrel and the February gold contract was ahead by US$5.60 to US$1,340.50 an ounce.In commodity markets, the Canadian dollar closed at an average trading value of 80.50 cents US, up 0.53 of a U.S. cent.It’s likely the loonie will dip back below 80 cents US at some point in 2018, Fehr said, as the U.S. Federal Reserve is likely to remain on a steady path of hiking rates, which could outpace the Bank of Canada, putting downward pressure on the loonie.Canada’s central bank is expected to raise interest rates at its next announcement Wednesday, but Fehr believes it will later take to the sidelines at some point in 2018.Elsewhere in commodities, the March copper contract was up about 4.3 cents to roughly US$3.26 a pound and the February natural gas contract was down 6.9 cents to about US$3.13 per mmBTU.U.S. markets are closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter.last_img read more

Rabat – With a rise in credit card usage, Morocco must act quickly to protect user information.After relying on tried-and-true cash for decades, Morocco is quickly leaping towards forms of electronic payment. After an initially low rate of card usage, Morocco’s Centre Monetique Interbancaire reported that the number of credit card transactions made in Morocco increased by 85% in the first half of 2017. With a drastic increase in credit card usage comes a rising need for payment security. That’s where SISA comes in.SISA Information Security is a payment security specialist firm started in 2003, that later started specializing in payment security to create a secure payment infrastructure for those using cards in-country. Nitin Bhatnagar, Associate VP of Business, says that SISA has been assessing for the PCI SSC (Payment Card Industry Security Standard Council) since 2007. According to Bhatnagar, payment security has become much more standardized and trusted than it has been in the past. “PCI standards are very effective in reducing breaches if we understand the intent behind each requirement and implement them smoothly,” Bhatnagar says. “It helps organizations avoid data breaches.”The VP is pleased with Morocco’s progress in making the program more widespread. “We have seen companies be diligent and proactive and sign up for a security partner to protect customer information,” says Bhatnager. “Considering the different kinds of payments industries are witnessing or will be witnessing in the future is just as important now as reviewing and securing IT systems.”While companies are taking progressive steps towards safe electronic transactions, Bhatnager is concerned about attempts to cut corners. “That’s a matter of concern,” he says. “For smart phones, finger prints are a primary way to authenticate a purchase. This is fraught with risks, and we have to tackle it.”Bhatnager went on to state that security does not only involve compliance. “As an industry, we should admit that we have missed the importance of information security and have started focusing on compliance with standards and cutting costs.” That’s why the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard aims to create additional levels of protection for card issuers while storing, processing, and transmitting cardholder data.As far as credit card usage in the future goes, Bhatnager says, “We urge the regulators in Morocco to make payment security standards mandatory for all banks and payment organizations.” According to SISA, this may be the only way to fully ensure information protection. read more

FILE – In this June 10, 2016 file photo, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James (23) drives on Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, left, during the second half of Game 4 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Cleveland. Golden State won 108-97. The game, which aired on ABC, was the top viewed program for the week of June 6-12, watched by 16.57 million. (Ronald Martinez/Pool Photo via AP, File) by Frazier Moore, The Associated Press Posted Jun 14, 2016 11:15 am MDT Last Updated Jun 14, 2016 at 12:01 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email B-ball, ‘The Bachelorette’ help ABC to week’s rating win NEW YORK, N.Y. – Basketball and “The Bachelorette” helped propel ABC to a ratings win last week, while the Tony awards, “60 Minutes” and scripted reruns kept runner-up CBS represented in the Top 10 Programs roster.Games 4 and 3 of the NBA Finals clash between Cleveland and Golden State ranked first and second for the week, according to the Nielsen Co.NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” was third, followed by a “Hamilton”-revived Tonycast and “60 Minutes.” Two editions of “The Bachelorette” ranked seventh and ninth.ABC won the week in prime time, averaging 6.6 million viewers, while CBS averaged 5.4 million viewers. Third-place NBC had 5.1 million, while Spanish-language Univision had 2.2 million, beating Fox’s 2.1 million. Reruns-sporting ION Television (with 1.5 million) and Spanish-language Telemundo (1.4 million) trounced the CW’s 860,000.Fox News Channel was the week’s most popular cable network, averaging 2.13 million viewers in prime time. HGTV had 1.54 million, and USA had 1.35 million.ABC’s “World News Tonight” topped the evening newscasts with an average of 8.2 million viewers. NBC’s “Nightly News” had 7.3 million and the “CBS Evening News” had 6.4 million. But it was a disrupted week of numbers-gathering due to basketball and hockey sportscasts. The newscasts of NBC and ABC were each measured only three of five days — with a different combination of those days for each network.For the week of June 6-12, the top 10 shows, their networks and viewerships: NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. Golden State, Game 4, ABC, 16.57 million; NBA Finals: Cleveland vs. Golden State, Game 3, ABC, 16.47 million; “America’s Got Talent,” NBC, 10.79 million; Tony Awards, CBS, 8.72 million; “60 Minutes,” CBS, 7.86 million; “Game of Thrones,” HBO, 7.60 million; “The Bachelorette” (Monday), ABC, 6.90 million; “NCIS,” CBS, 6.79 million; “The Bachelorette” (Tuesday), ABC, 6.77 million; “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 6.61 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co. CBS is owned by CBS Corp. CW is a joint venture of Warner Bros. Entertainment and CBS Corp. Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox. NBC and Telemundo are owned by Comcast Corp. ION Television is owned by ION Media Networks.___Online: read more

“There is no prospect for moving forward today or tomorrow,” Mr. Brahimi told journalists following a briefing of the Security Council on the issue. “But I also told the Council that, paradoxically, now that I have found out a little more about what is happening in the country and the region, I think that we will find an opening in the not-to-distant future.”More than 18,000 people, mostly civilians, have died since the uprising against President al-Assad began in March 2011. In addition, more than 260,000 Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries and an estimated 2.5 million are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance.Mr. Brahimi recently returned from his trip to the Middle East where he met with President al-Assad to discuss the crisis. He then visited refugee camps in Turkey and Jordan, where he heard first-hand accounts of the struggles facing those who fled the conflict in their homeland.On Saturday, upon his return from the region, the Joint Special Representative met with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to address the violence in Syria and on how to progress towards an inclusive political solution that will address the legitimate demands of the Syrian peopleIn his press encounter today, Mr. Brahimi acknowledged that while he did not have “a full plan” as of yet on how to tackle the escalating conflict, he planned on returning to Syria soon. “I’m returning to the region and I have agreed with the Council that I will come back here as soon as I can with more ideas on how we can move forward,” Mr. Brahimi continued. “I refuse to believe that reasonable people do not see that you cannot go backward; that you cannot go back to the Syria of the past.” Turning his attention to the Security Council’s ongoing deadlock – due to differences over how to proceed, the Council has so far been unable to unite and take collective action to put an end to the crisis – Mr. Brahimi said he was encouraged by the Council members’ interest in the situation and their “generous support” to his mission. He also called on both the Council and the League of Arab States to remain united in their position. “I said that if I do not represent the entire Council, I’m nothing,” Mr. Brahimi stated. “I need to be seen to represent a united Council and united League of Arab States.” Addressing the press stakeout, Ambassador Peter Wittig of Germany, which holds the Council’s rotating presidency for this month, said the Council welcomed the opportunity to discuss the situation in Syria with Mr. Brahimi and that the Council members expressed grave concern about the ongoing violence in the country and its humanitarian impact. Furthermore, he reaffirmed the Council’s “full and strong support” for the UN envoy’s mission.For his part, Mr. Brahimi noted that there was “no disagreement anywhere” that the situation in Syria was getting worse and that the violence had turned into a threat to regional peace and security. Nevertheless, he urged patience. “Please don’t forget that I started just three weeks ago,” he noted. read more

“I am puzzled and disappointed by this decision by the Myanmar Government,” said UN Special Rapporteur Yanghee Lee. “This declaration of non-cooperation with my mandate can only be viewed as a strong indication that there must be something terribly awful happening in Rakhine, as well as in the rest of the country.”Ms. Lee had been due to visit Myanmar in January to assess the state of human rights countrywide, including the human rights abuses against Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine State.The Special Rapporteur said she hoped Myanmar would revisit the decision.This declaration of non-cooperation with my mandate can only be viewed as a strong indication that there must be something terribly awful happening in Rakhine, as well as in the rest of the country.“Only two weeks ago, Myanmar’s Permanent Representative informed the Human Rights Council of its continuing cooperation with the UN, referencing the relationship with my role as Special Rapporteur,” she said. “Now I am being told that this decision to no longer cooperate with me is based on the statement I made after I visited the country in July.”Ms. Lee had previously been afforded cooperation and access to Myanmar, and had maintained a relationship of mutual respect with the Government. The Government has now claimed that her end-of-mission statement in July was biased and unfair. The Special Rapporteur’s mandate requires two visits to Myanmar a year, in order to report to the Human Rights Council and the UN General Assembly. Since taking up the mandate in June 2014, she has visited six times. While the Government had responded positively to past requests to visit, access to some areas had been consistently refused, with the authorities citing security concerns. The Government is also not cooperating with the Human Rights Council independent international fact-finding mission on Myanmar, established in March 2017. “It is a shame that Myanmar has decided to take this route,” said Ms. Lee. “The Government has repeatedly denied violations of human rights are occurring throughout Myanmar, particularly in Rakhine state. They have said that they have nothing to hide, but their lack of cooperation with my mandate and the fact-finding mission suggests otherwise,” said the expert. read more

The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Cam Atkinson (13) is congratulated on his goal in the first period against the Edmonton Oilers at Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017. Credit: Courtesy of TNSAnticipation has reached an apex and optimism is high, but this isn’t unknown territory. The Columbus Blue Jackets had a franchise record 50-24-8 (108 points) and made the Stanley Cup Playoffs for only the third time franchise history last season. For all the firsts the 2016-17 season held, the Blue Jackets have been in this situation before, with thoughts of the previous season blasting the team toward a chain of success. But that has never happened. The team has never won a playoff series or even made back-to-back playoff appearances. The beginning of an 82-game regular-season journey to those goals begins Friday.The Blue Jackets open the 2017-18 NHL season Friday night at Nationwide Arena against the New York Islanders with hopes of a breakthrough and expectations to compete with the league’s elite teams, such as division rivals Washington and back-to-back Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh.Before the puck drops at 7 p.m. Friday, here’s what to look for ahead of the 2017-18 season.Storylines:Artemi Panarin: How does a front office address goal-scoring concerns on its offense? By trading for one of the top power-play forwards.The Blue Jackets acquired Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin in a four-player deal, which included Brandon Saad and two draft picks. Panarin played on Chicago’s second line the last two seasons with superstar Patrick Kane and has been credited with a couple of Kane’s best career years, while accumulating 60 goals, 91 assists, 151 points in two seasons himself.He will likely join center Alexander Wennberg and right wing Cam Atkinson on the first line adding elite passing ability, a right-handed shot from the left wing and one of the most feared one-timers in the NHL.Foligno at center: After a down year in 2015, Foligno returned to normalcy in 2016, proving his captain status to Tortorella, who doubted the 29-year-old in his first season in Columbus. Now in 2017, Foligno will be asked to put up a similar 26-25-51 line at the center position for the first time in his 10-year NHL career.Foligno unexpectedly made the Ottawa Senators roster in 2007 and was placed at left wing because of a loaded center position. Now the captain is moving back to his original spot due to an absence of ready talent at the moment.Rookie Pierre Luc-Dubois, who was expected to fill the No. 3 center spot following the departure of center William Karlsson to Vegas in this summer’s expansion draft, will play left wing in a move to alleviate some growing pains the 2016 No. 3 overall pick might have in his first NHL season. Can Jackets have top-10 defense: With Bobrovsky between the pipes, the Blue Jackets will nearly always have a chance to win the game. He was 41-17-5 with a .931 save percentage and 2.06 goals allowed average last season, but it’s difficult to expect those numbers again from the league’s only active two-time Vezina winner without the continued emergence of a young defense.Zach Werenski, 20, and Seth Jones, 23, are two of the best young defensemen in the league and anchor the Jackets’ top defensive pair. Jack Johnson and David Savard will likely man the second pair again, but Gabriel Carlsson is probable to start on the third pair with Ryan Murray with Scott Harrington as the seventh man. Markus Nutivaara, who played in 66 games during his rookie season in 2016-17, will begin the season in Cleveland with the team’s American Hockey League affiliate following offseason hip surgery.Carlsson, 20, played in just two regular-season games last season before being thrown into the playoff series against Pittsburgh. Still qualified as a rookie, the 6-foot-5 Carlsson will become a fixture in Tortorella’s lineup if he can be a factor in the Jackets’ own zone.Josh Anderson, Boone Jenner injury: After missing all of training camp with a lengthy contract dispute as a restricted free agent, right winger Josh Anderson inked a three-year deal Tuesday, but will begin the season with Cleveland. He recorded 17-12-29 in last year’s rookie campaign.Left winger Boone Jenner will miss the season opener and likely longer than that as he is dealing with a back injury. Sonny Milano will likely start in place of Jenner Friday as Milano, a 2014 first-round pick, tries to play a full season in Columbus for the first time in his career.Schedule Outlook:The Blue Jackets being with a division opponent in the Islanders, then head on the road to face Chicago Saturday. Columbus’ first month has the potential for a fast start with seven of 12 games at home and only five of those 12 games are against playoff teams from last year.Forwards: Cam Atkinson, Oliver Bjorkstrand, Matt Calvert, Zac Dalpe, Brandon Dubinsky, Pierre-Luc Dubois, Nick Foligno, Markus Hannikainen, Boone Jenner*, Sonny Milano, Artemi Panarin, Lukas Sedlak, Alexander WennbergDefensemen: Gabriel Carlsson, Scott Harrington, Jack Johnson, Seth Jones, Ryan Murray, David Savard, Zach WerenskiGoaltenders: Sergei Bobrovsky, Joonas KorpisaloThe Lantern will post an article at the beginning of each week summing up all the Blue Jackets action and storylines that took place on the ice during the week. It will analyze the significance of the week’s action, a look ahead to the upcoming week and often include quotes from coaches and players. read more

OSU sophomore midfield/back Carolina Vergroessen (28) tries to defend the ball from California freshman forward Janaye Sakkas (20) during a field hockey game on Oct. 25, 2015, at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU won 6-3. Credit: Robert Scarpinito /Copy ChiefThe women of the Ohio State field hockey team are set to compete in their final regular-season game this weekend before the Big Ten tournament begins.It’s no surprise that the pressure will be on as OSU (9-8, 4-3) goes head to head against its rival, No. 11 Michigan (14-3, 6-1), on Saturday.The Big Ten tournament consists of eight out of nine conference teams competing over the course of three days. OSU is currently tied for fourth place with Indiana.A victory against the Wolverines would keep OSU secure with a winning season overall, and sophomore forward/midfielder Maddy Humphrey said she sees the game as a last chance to bring 100 percent of the team’s hard work to the field.“Goals for Michigan are to be at full strength for the first game in a long time,” Humphrey said. “We’ve had at least one starter out (due to injury) for the last eight games, so I’m excited for all of the us to be back on the field playing together and playing hard against them.”OSU’s last victory against Michigan was in 2011 when the Buckeyes came out on top 2-1. This year, the Wolverines are led by Shannon Scavelli with nine goals, three assists and 21 points followed by Lauren Thomas with eight goals, four assists and 20 points. The team is coming off a 5-0 shutout win against Michigan State.With the competition and rivalry fresh in her mind, senior forward Peanut Johnson said she plans to put it all on the line Saturday to ensure one last victory in her final collegiate regular-season contest.“For me personally, I will do whatever it takes to get the team win,” Johnson said. “Being my last regular-season game ever, I want to leave it all out there.”OSU enters the game with three of the top quality players in the Big Ten in Johnson, Humphrey and sophomore goalie Liz Tamburro. Looking past individual successes, however, Johnson said she believes every single player on the team is a vital component in the grand scheme of things.“Oftentimes a goal is scored as the result of our incredible defense making a save, getting possession and clearing it out of our circle, distributing it up to our (midfielders), who fight for position and feed it to the forwards,” Johnson said. “It’s also the girls that may not get to play often, but practice with us every day and push us and support us through thick and thin. We win and lose as a team, and I think that is the most important thing.”Humphrey, who stands at fourth place in Big Ten standings in total points (29), agreed, adding that the team’s support has improved her personal season.“(Looking forward) I want to continue to stay healthy, work with my team hard in practice and encourage each other to play at our best abilities for every game and practice in the near future. Our team is very united this year and it has shaped me into a better player.”OSU and Michigan are set to finish out the regular season at 1 p.m. on Saturday.Johnson selected for NFHCA Senior All-Star GameJohnson, OSU’s top scorer, is one of 38 seniors from Division 1 teams nationwide to be selected to compete in Victory Sports Tours/National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game. With 72 career games and 93 total points under her belt, Johnson’s biggest game was on senior day last Sunday against California when she racked up a career-high seven points through a hat trick and an assist.Johnson said that playing in the game with fellow seniors from around the country is the perfect way to wrap up her field hockey career.“I am so thrilled and honored to be selected to play this year,” Johnson said. “Having this opportunity to play one last time with these incredible athletes is truly an honor.”OSU vs. Michigan: Five-year history11/2/14: Michigan 2, Ohio State 1 (Columbus, Ohio)10/20/13: Michigan 2, Ohio State 1 (OT) (Columbus, Ohio)11/1/12: Michigan 1, Ohio State 0 (Iowa City, Iowa)10/14/12: Michigan 3, Ohio State 1 (Ann Arbor, Michigan)9/23/11: Ohio State 2, Michigan 1 (Columbus, Ohio)After the WolverinesAfter Saturday’s tilt against Michigan, OSU will have a few days off before the Big Ten tournament begins on Thursday in Bloomington, Indiana. The Buckeyes’ opponent has yet to be determined. read more