13 killed, 6 hurt in U.P. shop explosion

first_imgThirteen people, including nine from West Bengal, were killed in an explosion at a shop here on Saturday afternoon which led to the collapse of three adjacent houses, officials said.Trapped under debrisSix persons were also injured in the incident. It is suspected that some people are still trapped under the debris and a rescue operation has been launched, they said. The blast took place at the shop in Rohta Bazaar, which was run by a man named Kaliyar Mansoori. His son was running a carpet factory behind the shop and its workers could be among those trapped under the debris, District Magistrate Rajendra Prasad said, adding the injured have been admitted to hospital. Locals claimed that Mansoori was also in the business of making illegal firecrackers.last_img


first_imgFreshly inked this month, LeEco announced a joint Freshly inked this month, LeEco announced a joint venture with luxury sports car maker Aston Martin in which the two companies plan to co-develop a range of next-gen connected electric vehicles, including a production version of Aston Martins RapidE slated to hit the market by 2018. The two companies will work together on research and development, production, manufacturing and sales of electric cars for brands including Aston Martin and LeEco. About Alphr.com: Launched in June 2015, Alphr.com has become one of the UKs biggest technology websites. Covering the amazing technologies that change the way people work and live, Alphr is a website for people who embrace new technology and thrive on change. About LeEco: LeEco is a leading, global Internet technology company that converges culture, content, innovation, lifestyle and entertainment with a jaw-dropping array of products and experiences that fit perfectly into a broad spectrum of lifestyles. LeEco opens new opportunities for consumers, and the technology and entertainment industries, with an integrated ecosystem that spans smartphones, TVs, transportation, sports, film, entertainment and more. LeEco was recently named one of Fast Companys 2016 Most Innovative Companies. To learn more, visit LeEcos official website [http://www.leeco.com ] and follow them on Facebook [https://www.facebook.com/LeEcoIndia ] and Twitter [https://twitter.com/leecoindia ]. Media Contact: Shruti Singh shruti.singh@bm.com +91-9654497747 Senior Associate Genesis Burson-Marsteller Source: LeEco PRNewswire GSVlast_img read more

Talking Horses: BHA investigates Ladies First’s failed test for beta blocker

first_imgShare on Facebook Since you’re here… Horse racing Quick guide Racing tips for Thursday 25 October Luca Cumani: two-time Derby-winning trainer to retire after 43-year career Topics Share on Messenger Reuse this content Elsewhere, Roger Charlton’s stayer Withhold, who landed a huge gamble with an easy success in last year’s Cesarewitch, has been ruled out of his bold attempt to win this year’s Melbourne Cup in 13 days’ time after bleeding from both nostrils in his prep-race at Geelong overnight.Withhold was running in the Geelong Cup, a Group Three handicap, in an attempt to work his way up the handicap and guarantee a place in the big-race field. Instead, a trip to Australia which has cost Tony Bloom, his owner, an estimated £75,000 has proved to be in vain, due to an Australian rule which bans any horse which bleeds during a race from racing for three months.Runaway will get a penalty for the Melbourne Cup as a result of winning the race, but is unlikely to make it into the final field of 24 unless he wins again before the big race. Should he find his way into the field, though, his connections will be encouraged by the stat that seven of the 12 Geelong Cup winners to run in the Melbourne Cup since 2000 have made the frame.At Newmarket, meanwhile, the season continues its slow wind-down with a card comprised almost entirely of two-year-old events. The well-related King Ademar (2.35) made a promising debut at Chelmsford and could give the favourite Light And Dark something to think about, while James Park Woods (4.55) and Al Fajir Mukbile (5.30) both have plenty going for them in the final two races on the card.Panmolle (8.45), whose dam Panzanella was a half-sister to the brilliant Kingman, finished between two subsequent winners on her debut at Lingfield last month and should register the first win of her career at Newcastle, while Wind Place And Sho (2.50) and So Hi Storm (5.20) are the pick of the prices at Fontwell and Chelmsford City, respectively. The latter carries a “watch your bets” warning, incidentally, as So Hi Class is the second-favourite for the same race and it could well develop into a match between the two. Was this helpful? Carlisle 1.55 Imperial Aura 2.30 Desire D’Estruval 3.05 Maire Banrigh 3.40 Ange Des Malberaux 4.10 Samtu 4.45 New List 5.20 Ambler Gambler Ludlow 2.10 Gortroe Joe 2.45 Whin Park 3.20 Pique Rock 3.50 Heavenly Promise 4.25 Trigger Nichol 5.00 Mcgroarty Southwell 2.20 On Raglan Road 2.55 Rhaegar (nap) 3.30 Vinnie Lewis 4.00 Lord Fendale 4.35 Royal Ruby 5.10 Lilly’s Arc Chelmsford 5.15 Calling The Wind 5.45 Wise Ruler 6.15 Arctic Ocean 6.45 Roman Spinner 7.15 Global Melody 7.45 Equitant 8.15 Oskemen 8.45 Keltie (nb)Tips by John O’Hara Share on WhatsApp Share on Twitter Read more Share on Pinterest Support The Guardian Thank you for your feedback. Hide Share on LinkedIn Horse racing tips Read more The British Horseracing Authority is investigating claims that Ladies First, the beaten favourite for a race at Newcastle on 21 September, returned a positive test for a beta blocker, which is potentially a “stopping” drug.Ladies First, a four-year-old filly from the Mick Easterby stable, lined up for a one-mile handicap at the all-weather track just 12 days after posting a career-best winning performance in a seven-furlong handicap at York. She was strong in the betting both at the track and on the Betfair betting exchange, being returned at an official SP of 6-4 at the course and an almost identical 2.53 on the exchange. Share via Email Talking Horses: Thistlecrack in excellent shape for Charlie Hall Show … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Talking Horses Having raced prominently, however, Ladies First faded rapidly from three furlongs out and then “stopped quickly” according to Timeform’s view on the race. As would be expected, the stewards asked for a report on her run from Scott McCullagh, her jockey, who told the officials that she was “never travelling and hung right”, and, again as per routine, the stewards ordered that Ladies First should be dope-tested.A report in Wednesday morning’s Daily Telegraph suggested the test was positive for a beta blocker and assistant trainer David Easterby confirmed the positive test to Racing UK. “At the time her performance had us all flummoxed,” he said. “We couldn’t find anything wrong with her – it had us all stumped. We trust our staff implicitly – you’d also like to think that nobody who works with horses on a daily basis would be involved, because they would know the risks of doing something like this.”Beta blockers are commonly prescribed by doctors to patients with heart conditions such as angina. The drugs work by blocking the action of adrenaline and thus slowing down and stabilising a raised heart rate. Their effect in horses is less well understood, in particular at very low concentrations, and the most recent example of a positive for a beta blocker was returned by David Brown’s Sky Gypsy in August 2016 after she had won a race at Pontefract.The level of the banned drug in Ladies First’s sample is likely to prove crucial in determining whether the latest positive is a result of cross-contamination – via feed being handled shortly after a member of staff has also handled the drug, for instance – or a deliberate attempt to stop a favourite.All possibilities are currently under investigation by the BHA, who are not commenting on the investigation, and the CCTV footage from Newcastle on the evening in question will be closely examined to determine whether anyone managed to evade the security around the stables block. Investigators will also visit Easterby’s yard in north Yorkshire hoping to establish the source of the contamination. newslast_img read more

ESPN’s Kirk Herbstreit Releases His New Top 4 After Week 1

first_imgKirk Herbstreit On College Football's Most "Intimidating" StadiumESPN college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has updated his personal rankings following the conclusion of the opening weekend of the 2018 season.The first weekend of the season wrapped up on Monday night, with Virginia Tech dominating Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee, Fla.Herbstreit’s new rankings don’t feature too many surprises. Alabama, of course, is No. 1 following its blowout win over Louisville.Here’s Herbstreit’s full top four:AlabamaClemsonOhio StateGeorgiaHe included his next two teams, too: 5. Oklahoma 6. AuburnAfter week 1 my Top 41-@AlabamaFTBL 2-@ClemsonFB 3-@OhioStateFB 4-@FootballUGANext 2@OU_Football @AuburnFootball— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) September 4, 2018Alabama and Clemson look like obvious College Football Playoff contenders right now, while Ohio State and Georgia looked really good in their season openers, too.Oklahoma and Auburn were two of the most-impressive teams in Week 1, also. The Sooners blew out Lane Kiffin’s FAU, while the Tigers secured the best win of the opening weekend, beating Washington.The official Coaches’ Poll and AP Poll top 25s are set to be released later today.last_img read more

Chris Paul Named Laureus Sport For Good Ambassador

first_imgLaureus Sport for Good Foundation USA, the leading non-profit organization that uses the positive power of sport to tackle society’s most pressing challenges, announced today it is joining forces with Los Angeles Clippers point guard and NBA All-Star Chris Paul and naming him its newest Ambassador.Paul joins an impressive list of both current and former sportspeople supporting and promoting the Laureus Sports for Good Foundation’s work around the world.Paul was in New Orleans today at the KIPP Central City Primary School to announce his induction into the growing Laureus family. Laureus USA has strong ties to the city of New Orleans via its partnership with Mercedes-Benz USA, where the two have teamed up to support safe afterschool programs benefitting more than 4,000 kids in the local community over the past two years. Paul is also back at the KIPP school revisiting the children that are part of his CP3 AfterSchool Zone program that he launched in 2010. The Afterschool Zone is a tailored multi-year program for K-4th grade students providing personalized afterschool experiences including sports, language lessons, homework help and more.The Laureus Ambassadors, along with the members of the Laureus World Sports Academy, support the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation. The organization’s mission is to utilize the power of sport to address social problems through a global program of sports-related community development initiatives. Laureus USA works with numerous organizations around the country to help support initiatives that affect youth in their area such as accessing quality coaches, furthering education, and increasing physical activity.Based on his own successful childhood experiences with afterschool basketball and extracurricular programs, Paul knows first-hand that quality afterschool programs can be highly impactful on youth development. Paul wanted youth in New Orleans to experience those same opportunities that helped shape him to be who he is today.“I will never forget how much of my success today I owe to my family and the fact that they supported me as I grew up and continue to support me and my wife and children today. Most important of all, I’m thinking of my grandfather. He taught me the values that have made me who I am today. Not everyone is lucky enough to have that person and this is why I am so passionate about giving back to young people who might be in need of someone to guide them through tough times. It’s this kind of work I’m so excited about taking on as I become a Laureus Ambassador,” says Chris Paul.“It is an extraordinary honor to welcome world class athlete and fellow philanthropist Chris Paul to the Laureus family,” said Edwin Moses, Chairman of the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation USA. “We are excited to join forces with Chris and work together to lead the charge for Sport for Development and help us spread the word about how the investment in quality sports based youth development programs can make an enormous impact in children’s’ lives. “For more information about Laureus USA, please visit www.laureususa.com.Source:BusinessWire.comlast_img read more

Three tourists killed in Indonesia earthquake

first_imgJakarta: Three tourists were killed and dozens others injured on Monday after an earthquake measuring 4.4 on the Richter scale struck Indonesia’s Lombok island, causing subsequent landslides. The incident took place in Tiu Kelep waterfall in Senaru village near Mount Rinjani, reports Xinhua news agency. Two victims were Malaysian nationals who were visiting the coutry along with 38 other travellers. The third victim was an Indonesian tourist. The landslides trapped a total of 38 visitors, of which 35 were rescued. Twenty visitors were badly injured and dozens of others sustained minor wounds, a disaster management official said. Some 32 buildings collapsed and 500 were affected with moderate damage. More than 80 people, 22 of them Malaysians, had to be evacuated from Mount Rinjani.last_img read more

MOU signed between UNP and UNF partners

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed at Temple Trees this morning between the United National Party (UNP) and its partners in the United National Front (UNF) for Good Governance.UNP leader and Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, UNP Chairman Malik Samarawickreme and UNP General Secretary Kabir Hasheem signed the MOU on behalf of the UNP. Jathika Hela Urumaya General Secretary Patali Champika Ranawaka and JHU Chairman the venerable Athureliya Rathana thero signed the MOU on behalf of the JHU. The United Natioal Party had yesterday formally proposed and later agreed to register the United National Front after the August 17 Parliament election.The UNP, at a special convention, agreed on the proposal to also contest the Parliament election next month as the United National Front for Good Governance under the elephant symbol by including members from other political parties who have extended support to the UNP.The proposal was made by UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and a vote was later taken by UNP leader Ranil Wickremesinghe. Wickremesinghe announced that the proposal had been adopted following a majority vote at the UNP special convention. Wickremesinghe said that the MOU will ensure the revolution achieved on January 8 during the Presidential election is protected.He said that the attempt by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa to return to power is a threat to the January 8 revolution. Members of the Sri Lanka Freedom Part breakaway faction led by Rajitha Senaratne, the Sri Lanka Muslim Congress and civil society members also signed the MOU with the UNP. The United National Front will look to campaign for good governance at the August 17 Parliament election with Ranil Wickremesinghe as the Prime Ministerial candidate. (Colombo Gazette) read more

UN notes Lanka at an important stage in its post war recovery

The Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide to UN Secretary General Ban ki-moon, Adama Dieng, says Sri Lanka is at an important stage in its post war recovery.He told the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, during the ongoing 31st session, that Sri Lanka has a chance to make things right by investing in reconciliation and an impartial accountability process that would restore confidence and reduce the risk of recurrence of the past violence. He told a daily briefing at the UN Headquarters in New York that the UN is trying to encourage an effort to get to the bottom of what happened in the end of the conflict. “Well, you’ll have seen what we’ve been saying about the [Maithripala] Sirisena Government and its efforts to investigate.  We’re trying to encourage an effort to get to the bottom of what happened in the end of the conflict with the Tamils.  And we want to make sure that there’s an actual good‑faith effort by the Government of Sri Lanka to do that, and we’ll keep pressing on that,” he said.Adama Dieng, meanwhile, told the UN Human Rights Council that the increasing and alarming disregard for international human rights and humanitarian law in many situations of conflict around the world was making atrocity crimes a systematic occurrence rather than an exception. Meanwhile, UN Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq said that the UN wants to make sure that there is an actual good‑faith effort by the Government of Sri Lanka when investigating incidents related to the war. “The international community had betrayed the high expectations generated by the adoption of the Geneva Conventions in 1949. I feel that human life has lost its value,” he said, adding that the international community was struggling to find ways to hold armed non-State actors accountable.He also reviewed situations around the world of extreme violence against civilians, noting that in Afghanistan and Yemen, medical facilities had been targeted, and in the Central African Republic, children had been targeted because of their religion or community affiliation, shot or hacked to death with machetes, and raped, at times even by United Nations peacekeepers. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Salesforces trailblazing results ease doubts on Wall Street

Salesforce.com Inc. posted its biggest gain in five months as the software company eased shareholder jitters after first-quarter results and a strong revenue outlook topped Wall Street projections.Several analysts reiterated buy-equivalent ratings on the stock with Credit Suisse’s Brad Zelnick calling the results a “trailblazing start” to fiscal 2020. Derrick Wood, an analyst at Cowen, recommended being “aggressive buyers of shares” since concerns about billings and business momentum have now been largely put to rest.The shares rose as much as 4.8 per cent Wednesday, their biggest gain since Jan. 4. Why tech giant Salesforce is cozying up to Canada Apple, Salesforce team up to boost number of mobile business apps Microsoft tops $1 trillion valuation for first time as it predicts more cloud growth Here’s what analysts are saying:• SunTrust Robinson, Terry Tillman: “Salesforce remains a top large-cap core tech holding in our opinion.”“We are encouraged by the company’s ability to maintain revenue guidance despite expecting more than US$200 million in FX headwinds for FY20.”• Wedbush, Steve Koenig: Salesforce.com’s first-quarter revenue beat by “an impressive” US$55 million despite increasing foreign currency headwinds. “Billings, unearned revenue and cash flow metrics were also well ahead of expectations.”“The only middling metrics were the new remaining performance obligation (RPO) and current RPO disclosures, which were only in line with guidance on a constant-currency basis.”Koenig said he’s “noticed increasingly negative sentiment” on Salesforce.com, but solid results for the first quarter “should set the stage for more positive price action from this SaaS bellwether as it beats and raises expectations throughout this year.”• Piper Jaffray, Alex Zukin: “Salesforce posted a strong quarter, with beats across major metrics including billings, revenue and (operating cash flow), while current RPO growth came in slightly below guidance due to FX headwinds.”“While we were surprised to see the weaker-than-expected RPO, we acknowledge the lack of historical data and newness of the metric, and would expect typical patterns of guided metric outperformance to resume going forward.”“We believe the stock remains attractive here given growth durability and favorable valuation.”• Cowen, Derrick Wood: “We would be more aggressive buyers of shares” with first-quarter concerns now largely put to rest.“Commentary around the demand (environment) and benefits from recent internal changes were encouraging.”“Investors should be reminded of the stability and durability” of Salesforce.com’s business model given the solid quarterly performance amid some internal changes.• Credit Suisse, Brad Zelnick: “First-quarter results were a “trailblazing start” to fiscal year 2020. “The outperformance was broad-based with notable strength in MuleSoft helping drive +24 per cent y/y constant currency, current RPO growth and 22 per cent organic constant currency billings growth.”“We continue to appreciate CRM’s positioning among various enterprise IT spending drivers.”• Bloomberg Intelligence: Anurag Rana, a senior technology analyst: “Salesforce.com’s 1Q results reiterate the company’s sound execution in the strong IT-spending environment. With 22 per cent / growth in its remaining performance obligations, or sales under contract, this stability should persist.” read more

As cold weather grips Afghanistan UN reviews winter preparedness programme

Nigel Fisher, Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Afghanistan told reporters in Kabul that the demand for winter support is much greater than expected. While the winter preparedness programme was covering about 2.1 million of the most vulnerable Afghans, Mr. Fisher said, “we are getting from governors and others who say that besides those poorest of the poorer, we still have a lot of people who need emergency aid.”Meanwhile, Mr. Fisher also gave some details on the appeal for next year’s “Transitional Assistance Programme for Afghanistan,” which will be launched 17 to 18 December in Oslo. “We will tell the donors that less resources needs to come through the UN, more should go directly through the government,” he said.In other news, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said that following the deaths of 10 children, delivery of emergency winter supplies is continuing for 3,350 internally displaced families in Spin Boldak.According to a health expert, the recent severe drop in temperature – to 15 degrees below zero – seems to have been the primary cause of the deaths. This region of Afghanistan reportedly rarely experiences sub-zero temperatures, even during the height of the winter. read more

Alberta First Nation concerned about six leaks at oilsands project up from

by The Canadian Press Posted Sep 16, 2013 12:10 pm MDT COLD LAKE, Alta. – A First Nation says it is concerned about two other leaks at an oilsands project in northeastern Alberta, bringing the total in recent months to six.Chief Bernice Martial of Cold Lake First Nation said Monday that she is worried about the safety of drinking water, animals and vegetation in her region.In July, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ) said a mechanical failure at an old well was behind ongoing bitumen seepage at its oilsands project on the Cold Lake Air Weapons Range.About 1.5 million litres of bitumen has since been recovered from bush and muskeg in the area.The band said in a news release that it recently learned of two additional leaks of bitumen, but the Alberta Energy Regulator says they both involved produced water back in May and June.Spokeswoman Cara Tobin said the waste water from the two sites, about 8,000 litres in total, has since been cleaned up.Company spokeswoman Zoe Addington confirmed there have been no further bitumen discoveries.“Each location has been secured and cleanup of bitumen at the four other sites is ongoing,” she said in an email.The last report posted by the regulator tallies dead wildlife from the leak at two beavers, 46 small mammals, 49 birds and 105 amphibians.“Our future generations will not be able to enjoy what once was pristine Denesuline territory,” Martial said in a news release.“Animals such as wolves and bears are now migrating through our community, which is a safety risk and precaution. The environment is changing and definitely not for the positive.”CNRL has been ordered to limit the amount of steam it pumps into the reservoir while the regulator investigates.Gerry Protti, chairman of the regulator, said that the spill has significantly affected the company’s finances.“We’re working extremely hard to come up with the cause of the issue and resolution around it. But when you’re taking 40,000-plus barrels of production out of their cash flow, that has a direct impact,” he said Monday in Calgary.“But that shows the importance that the province is attaching to development occurring with the minimum environmental impact.”Last month, company president Steve Laut said he didn’t expect the ongoing spill would have a long-term impact on production.He said he’s confident the company can either repair problematic wellbores or adjust its steaming strategy to work around them.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The previous version said there were six bitumen leaks. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Alberta First Nation concerned about six leaks at oilsands project, up from four read more

Barnes Noble names head of Nook business as chief executive of the

NEW YORK, N.Y. – Book seller Barnes & Noble has promoted the head of its Nook business to chief executive of company.The struggling retailer said Wednesday Michael Huseby, 59, will take the role immediately. The post has been vacant since July when CEO William Lynch left the company.It comes after the busy holiday season that can account for up to 40 per cent of a retailer’s sales. Barnes & Noble will release holiday sales figures on Thursday.Huseby will take the helm of the New York company as it struggles to turn around results in the face of tough competition and a book market that is shifting to digital books. The company is also dealing with an accounting probe by the Securities and Exchange Commission.In its most recent fiscal second quarter ended Oct. 26, the company returned to a profit, helped by cost cuts, but revenue fell 8 per cent declining across all segments.The SEC told the bookseller Oct. 16 that it was investigating the company’s restatement of earnings announced in July as well as an employee allegation that it improperly allocated some information-technology expenses between its Nook and retail segments. Barnes & Noble Inc. began reporting its Nook business sales separately from its retail business in late 2012 as it evaluated ways to become more profitable.Huseby joined Barnes & Noble as CFO in 2012 and was promoted to president of the company and CEO of Nook Media in 2013. Before joining Barnes & Noble he was CFO of cable company Cablevision Systems Corp.Barnes & Noble shares rose 26 cents, or 1.8 per cent, to $15.01 in midday trading. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Barnes & Noble names head of Nook business as chief executive of the struggling book seller by The Associated Press Posted Jan 8, 2014 8:12 am MDT read more

A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

by The Associated Press Posted Nov 18, 2014 2:31 pm MDT A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Nov. 10-16 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 10-16. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: New England at Indianapolis, NBC, 20.82 million.2. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.49 million.3. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 16.9 million.4. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 16.3 million.5. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 14.99 million.6. “The Walking Dead,” AMC, 14.07 million.7. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 13.31 million.8. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 12.77 million.9. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 12.65 million.10. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 11.96 million.11. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 11.48 million.12. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 11.42 million.13. NFL Football: Carolina at Philadelphia, ESPN, 11.31 million.14. “Mom,” CBS, 11.07 million.15. “The Voice” (Wednesday), NBC, 10.64 million.16. “The OT,” Fox, 10.58 million.17. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 10.55 million.18. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 10.35 million.19. “Scorpion,” CBS, 10.08 million.20. “Scandal,” ABC, 10.05 million.___ABC and ESPN are owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by NBC Universal. AMC is owned by AMC Networks. read more

A survivors journey for justice HIV advocate and UN retiree Eric Sawyer

Additionally, AIDS-related deaths have risen in the Middle East, North Africa, and also in Central Asia and Eastern Europe, where people who inject drugs account for nearly half of new infections.To date, over 35 million people have died of AIDS worldwide.Eric said he is motivated by “survivor’s guilt”. “I don’t know why I got to survive to more than three decades with a fatal illness, when so many of my friends and loved ones died,” he said, adding that he feels obligated to “fight as hard as I can to expand that excess” to care and treatment to the less privileged.Eric retired from UNAIDS in 2016 and is now Vice President at Gay Men’s Health Crisis, a leading AIDS service organization, continuing his lifelong fight for an AIDS-free world.“As long as there are still tens of millions of people living without access to treatment, I am going to continue to use my voice to try to draw attention to the lives of people who are dying needlessly around the world still of HIV, until everybody has access to treatment and human rights protection and food security and housing and clean water, and all of the things that should be a human right for everybody living with HIV.” In 1981, when a high rate of a rare cancer was first reported among gay men, nobody knew what was causing it. Researchers initially called the syndrome GRID, or gay-related immune deficiency.It would be another three years before the virus was identified and eventually called HIV. Not long after the discovery, Eric lost someone close to him from AIDS – his boyfriend Scott Bernard. “He was definitely my soulmate,” the 63-year-old who hails from upstate New York said with a smile, while looking at old photographs. The smile, however, would quickly fade as he began relaying their experiences of discrimination.Scott was very sick at that time. He had “no hair, looks like a skeleton, and covered with these purple colored lesions,” Eric recalled. The stigma associated with AIDS was palpable. Once, the couple went to a restaurant. Scott was drinking some water from a glass when a waitress came over to their table. Instead of taking their order, she took Scott’s glass of water and “wiped all of the silverware into the garbage can and started yelling: ‘Get out! Get out!’” She called them “diseased” and added a hateful slur to describe the gay couple. Thirty-three years later, Eric still feels the sting of such blatant and heartless discrimination.The suffering of stigma was compounded by the rapid and uncontrollable rate of death. One weekend, Eric recalled, he would be going to a friend’s funeral and by the next “somebody else died of AIDS.”VIDEO: This is the story of Eric Sawyer and his fight against the AIDS epidemic since the 1980s.Medical advancements and new treatments were slow to arrive.Channeling his grief and outrage into activism, Eric joined fellow activists to start a civil disobedience movement. In 1987, Eric co-founded ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition Unleash Power), an advocacy group determined to change the trajectory of the AIDS crisis.ACT UP was known for its ‘productively confrontational’ style. From disrupting the New York Stock Exchange, to occupying the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the group aimed to draw public attention to the epidemic and put pressure on the United States Government to take appropriate action.Efforts began to pay off, but despite growing mainstream media coverage on the AIDS crisis, the disease continued to take a heavy toll.In October 1992, in an effort to help raise awareness about the devastating impact of the disease, ACT UP members brought the ashes of their loved ones who died of AIDS and scattered them on the White House lawn.Eric Sawyer (left) takes part in a panel discussion at UN Headquarters in December 1995 in observance of World AIDS Day. UN Photo/Milton Grant “We thought we are going to have about eight people’s ashes,” Eric recalled with visible emotion. In the end, hundreds showed up, including a grandmother who travelled on a bus across the country to bring her grandson’s ashes “because she was infuriated that nothing was done to save her grandson’s life,” Eric explained.A glimpse of hope finally came in 1996 when the FDA approved HAART, a combination antiretroviral therapy that is highly effective in treating HIV/AIDS. AIDS was no longer a death sentence.But when Eric learned that the treatment was out of reach for 97 percent of the world’s HIV-infected population, he became outraged at the injustice. “It is not fair that people like myself can have access to these state-of-the-art drugs when people in the developing world have no access whatsoever.”It is not fair that people like myself can have access to these state-of-the-art drugs when people in the developing world have no access whatsoever.In July 1996, during the 11th International AIDS Conference held in Vancouver, where the focus was supposed to be highlighting the effectiveness of HAART, Eric sounded a wake-up call to participants. “Are you listening yet? The headline that people with AIDS want you to write from this conference would read: ‘Human rights violations and genocide continue to kill millions of impoverished people with AIDS!’” he declared from the podium.Eric pushed for AIDS medicines to be distributed worldwide, especially to the poorest regions. In 1999, he cofounded Health GAP (Global Access Project), which seeks to bridge the gap between access to essential medicines in developed countries and the lack of access in the developing world.“My activism both was targeted towards UNAIDS to make it do the right thing, but also working with UNAIDS to help them develop the policies and procedures to do the right things,” he said, referring to the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS. Impressed by his commitment to justice for all people living with HIV, UNAIDS recruited Eric as a Civil Society Partnership Adviser in the service of ending the epidemic.During his time at UNAIDS, Eric helped develop a numbers of its policy programmes, including the three zeros (zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths) and the ambitious treatment target to help end AIDS known as “90-90-90”.According to UNAIDS, 17 million people living with HIV still lack access to treatment – with the new HIV infection rate of young sub-Saharan African women especially at risk.In October 1992, in an effort to help raise awareness about the devastating impact of the disease, ACT UP members brought the ashes of their loved ones who died of AIDS to the US capital to scatter them on the White House lawn. Credit: Tony Arena read more

The New QBs Who Surprised Us In Week 3 Of The NFL

sara.ziegler: I just really have a hard time with Minshew Mania.Is it a real thing? Seriously?Salfino: Minshew was pretty meh in college.I mean, 7.2 yards per attempt at Washington State? Big deal. If he’s so good, why wasn’t he better there?joshua.hermsmeyer: I think it’s probably the case that accuracy is still undervalued in an NFL QB, and Minshew is certainly accurate.neil: He has a 110.6 passer rating but ranks 30th of 35 qualified QBs in air yards per attempt. So he’s definitely not making plays happen downfield.Salfino: Minshew seems to be getting all the swag that Baker Mayfield has lost. It’s a zero sum game with them.neil: Douchey mustachioed QBs: There Can Be Only One.Salfino: Love it.sara.ziegler: LOLOLOLjoshua.hermsmeyer: JAX was very efficient with Minshew, though. They averaged 0.25 EPA per play on 18 early-down passes with Gardner. And even when we account for his low depth of target, he completed more passes than we’d expect.neil: Jacoby Brissett was kind of the same way. He has the second-lowest air yards per attempt in the league but got the job done against Atlanta.joshua.hermsmeyer: Bigger picture, though, one explanation for all these new QBs doing well is the importance of a game plan. And it’s hard to scheme a defense for a QB if you’ve never seen them — or only seen a little of them.Salfino: Yes, exactly. I mean, Browning Nagle had a great first game. I was measuring him for a gold jacket, IIRC.neil: Browning Nagle!OMGNot a name I was expecting to hear this morning. Or, like, ever.sara.ziegler: What a blast from the past.Salfino: It’s a cautionary tale.joshua.hermsmeyer: Speaking of great first games… Eric Hipple-level awesomeness.neil: Wow.sara.ziegler: So you’re saying Giants fans should temper their expectations?Seems … unlikely.Salfino: If I were a Giants fan, I’d be thrilled with how Jones played. He was trailing badly, he lost Saquon Barkley, and he rallied the team back late. The only thing wrong with that game from a Giants perspective was the blown field goal at the end.joshua.hermsmeyer: Organizationally, they have to be thrilled with the win!sara.ziegler: Jones’s performance in that game boosted his Elo points in our model by 21 points. Which seems good!neil:And yet Elo still rates Eli better, LOL.joshua.hermsmeyer: Of the young QBs who played, Jones pushed the ball downfield more than anyone else. His depth of pass averaged almost 10 yards downfield. And he ran well. Reminded me of Josh Allen quite a bit.Salfino: The reports were that he could run. And unlike Allen, he did not seem to run recklessly, either.neil: “Reminded me of Josh Allen quite a bit.” — I think that’s a compliment…sara.ziegler: (Also, I just confused Josh Allen with Kyle Allen, and I always confuse Josh Allen with Josh Rosen. MORE DISTINCTIVE NAMES, PLEASE.)neil: (3-0 BILLS, BABY!)(CIRCLE THE WAGONS)Salfino: The Bills are this year’s Dolphins.neil: The Bills are this year’s Bills.sara.ziegler: 🤣 🤣 🤣How about Teddy Bridgewater? How did you guys think he did?joshua.hermsmeyer: Not great.sara.ziegler: AwwwwI have a soft spot for Teddy, always.joshua.hermsmeyer: Dink and dunk and threw short a ton, and didn’t complete many of them.neil: He was no Eric Hipple. Or Bobby Hebert. (See, I can throw random 1980s QB names out there too!)Salfino: I thought Payton was a coward for not starting Taysom Hill after all the Steve Young talk. But he was smart to keep using Alvin Kamara consistently. There’s no Drew Brees cushion now. So there’s no room for Latavius Murray touches in Kamara’s place. I thought Bridgewater was grinding it out, but I saw nothing from him that makes me bullish about the Saints’ chances next week against the Cowboys.sara.ziegler: So no one was impressed with a win on the road against Seattle? Dang — tough crowd.neil: In all seriousness, our model thought Bridgewater played OK. He played like a game manager, which basically what you want out of a guy keeping Brees’s seat warm for the next month-plus, right?Salfino: I get the game manager thing, but I do not think the rest of the Saints team is good enough to win this way. They got lucky with another Chris Carson fumble that became the dreaded Fumble Six.The Saints gave up 26 first downs and 515 yards and were about doubled in yardage. This win goes into the “miracle” bucket.joshua.hermsmeyer: Still, if they can luck their way into a .500 record while Brees is out, that’s pretty promising for their playoff hopes, I think.sara.ziegler: For sure.neil: And for what it’s worth, we give them a 62 percent chance of winning the NFC South after yesterday’s events.The Falcons seem very meh.joshua.hermsmeyer: Profoundly meh. sara.ziegler: That ’stache…..joshua.hermsmeyer: HE CUTS HIS OWN JORTS!sara.ziegler: LOLOLneil: That’s the most Jacksonville thing I’ve ever heard.joshua.hermsmeyer: On early-season reactions, this is also a great bit of research our friend Adi Wyner and his student Zach Drapkin at Wharton did. neil: Tampa keeps finding ways to lose. And idk what to make of Carolina, which finally won but against Arizona, and with a backup under center.Salfino: Assuming Brees steps right back into being Brees, yes. But they are 27th in yardage allowed and have allowed 6.7 yards per play. The defense is bad.neil: That is true.Russell Wilson had the best game from Sunday nobody is talking about. He threw for 406 yards and had two passing TDs and two rushing TDs.joshua.hermsmeyer: Wilson is playing the best ball of his career, I believe.Salfino: Wilson has an ability to really turn it on late in games regardless of how he’s played previously in games. Rational coaching would note how effective he is playing with his hair on fire, just make that their offense and win games early. But…sara.ziegler: The NFC West is so interesting. The Rams have not been super inspiring in their first three games, and yet they’ve won them all.And the Niners!Salfino: So true about the Rams. Their offense is so consistently uninspiring. The only thing that worked yesterday was Cooper Kupp. The only quasi-good game the Saints have played on defense was at LAR.neil: Have defenses figured out Sean McVay’s offense?They were held without a first-half TD yesterday against Cleveland, after the same being true against New Orleans. That’s twice in three games after only happening once all regular season last year.Salfino: Maybe some of this is due to the RB Who Used To Be Todd Gurley.joshua.hermsmeyer: I’ve heard a lot of chatter about how teams are stealing the front Bill Belichick used against the Rams in the Super Bowl. Basically it takes away the outside runs, and some believe that it chokes off the Rams’ ability to run passing plays off of it. To the extent that’s true, then yeah, I think the NFL has figured it out.However, if your offense is truly predicated on outside/wide zone being effective to win, I dunno. Seems bad to me.Salfino: On the one hand, Gurley is averaging 4.6 per carry, but man, it’s a quiet 4.6. A whispering 4.6. And he has four catches for eight yards after averaging over 11 yards per catch in McVay’s first two seasons.neil: At least Jared Goff used to be great on play-action. Now he ranks 25th out of 33 qualified QBs in QBR off play fakes. If it weren’t for Kupp, idk how bad Goff would have looked yesterday.Salfino: And remember the play-action fade started last year around Game 11 and extended into the postseason. So if you go back, we have almost a full season worth of games where the Rams’ play-action success has been well below average.sara.ziegler: The Rams were the first team I was going to bring up in our game of Good Team/Bad Team.So … Not Great Team?Salfino: Rams: OK team.joshua.hermsmeyer: Still my favorite for the West.neil: Good team, still. Because Aaron Donald.sara.ziegler: Yeah, he’s just a beast. So much fun to watch.Salfino: Donald is amazing. He can’t win Defensive Player of the Year three straight times, can he? Defensive excellence is not supposed to be this sustainably elite.neil: According to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, the Rams pressured Baker Mayfield on 49 percent of his dropbacks.joshua.hermsmeyer: That’s an amazing stat, Neil. Helps explain — a little — his happy feet. He bailed on quite a few good pockets last night.Salfino: Well, Mayfield created his own pressure at times by leaking out of the pocket for no reason and into the pass rushers.neil: Yeah, there’s a weird Next Gen Stat from Sunday night where Mayfield did way better the less time he had to throw.He was 5-of-18 when taking longer than 2.5 seconds to throw, including that game-sealing interception in the end zone.idk what to do with that, but…Salfino: He seemed surprisingly indecisive last night. He’s just in a slump, something he’s not used to.sara.ziegler: The Browns are 1-2 now, with just the win against the Jets.So … are they bad?Salfino: The Browns were down seven starters last night and could have beaten a good team. I don’t think they are bad. They just need the Mayfield we thought we were getting. Coaching is a big issue too. You have both an inexperienced QB and coach now.The Rams gave them the QB draw to win the game the last two plays and it was not taken. That’s supposed to be an automatic. I mean, Jones took it for the Giants. And Baker laughed at Jones.joshua.hermsmeyer: Their coaching is atrocious.I think they have plenty of talent, though, if head coach Freddie Kitchens and the offensive coordinator can get it together.Salfino: I think we’re veering from one overreaction to the other for the Browns. They’re an 8-9 win team.sara.ziegler: A couple more Good/Bad Teams: How good are the Packers?neil: Our model ranks them 7th overall, which kind of sounds right? They’ve beaten some good teams, more on defense than anything else.Rodgers has been … fine … not ELITE though.Salfino: The Packers are not good and the offense is still disappointing.joshua.hermsmeyer: Through three games and 93 pass attempts, Rodgers does not look transformed. That was the hope — that new head coach Matt LaFleur would unlock the old efficiency. Early returns are that A-aron is gonna throw the ball away at historical rates.Salfino: Rodgers’s QBR is 46? Is he even good anymore? It’s been years since he’s been great. He hasn’t had even a good yards per pass attempt since … 2014.sara.ziegler: Any other thoughts on the teams that might be good but might also be bad?Salfino: Buffalo is not an actual contender, with a 36-year-old running back and one viable receiver. The Eagles are not bad and actually are still good — they would have won if not for seven dropped passes including the potential game-winner in the final minute. The Lions are unbeaten? Is that a misprint? They Niners are good — but 10-win good, not undefeated good. And we’re probably overreacting to the good play of the new QBs.joshua.hermsmeyer: I can’t believe you people don’t like this guy, smh. Helps to kind of temper the panic.sara.ziegler: Oh, that’s very interesting.BUT WHAT ABOUT THE OVERREACTIONS???neil: Just wait until Week 11. We will know SO much.Salfino: Makes sense. The old saw in football was that nothing really matters until the leaves turn brown.neil: I thought it was that “nothing really matters until the Browns fans turn and leave” (while hurling bottles on the field).Check out our latest NFL predictions. sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, sports editor): Week 3 of the NFL season is just about in the books, and we felt fully the ramifications of the injuries so far this season to star quarterbacks. Plus we saw a couple of young, highly touted quarterbacks take over the starting jobs on their teams just because of, well, ineptitude.So what did we learn this week from this new crop of QBs?Salfino (Michael Salfino, FiveThirtyEight contributor): I’m extremely surprised by how well Daniel Jones, Gardner Minshew and Kyle Allen played. We can say, “It’s easier than ever to be a quarterback because of the college passing.”joshua.hermsmeyer (Josh Hermsmeyer, NFL analyst): It’s interesting that most of the QBs who have stepped in because of injury or ineffectiveness have played pretty well. I think the only real stinkers were Mason Rudolph and Josh Rosen. Rudolph’s completion rate is 11.7 percentage points less than we would expect (despite throwing short a lot — his average depth of pass was just 6.7 yards). Rosen was even worse. On the season, he has completed just 43.3 percent of his passes, and his completion percentage is over 18 points worse than expected.But by and large, the new QBs were very good.neil (Neil Paine, senior sportswriter): It might go back to something our friend Chase Stuart has been saying for a while: There are more solid QBs in the league than we probably acknowledge. read more

GERMANY BELIEVES IN DANES Jakob Vestergaard is new NT headcoach

Women’s German national team has a new head-coach – Jakob Vestergaard. A 40 years-old Danes will replace his compatriot on this position – Heine Jensen, who reach the Main Round at the Women’s EHF EURO 2014 in Hungary and Croatia. The Danish coach signed contract with DHB until the last day of 2017.“Jakob Vestergaard has strong competence, international experience on TOP level and great reputation”, said DHB president Bernhard Bauer. ← Previous Story Nikola Bilyk to THW Kiel, Gislason: The biggest talent in the world Next Story → WISLA TV about victory over Flensburg: This is Orlen Arena

Children are 12 times more distracting to a driver than a mobile

first_imgEven if you believe your child car seats are correctly fitted it’s still worth going along to a shop that sells car seats that has qualified staff and getting them checked out by an expert just to make sure.Upon the survey’s results, the Road Safety Department of Mayo County Council has issued tips to keep parents focused while driving. EVER BEEN DRIVING along trying to focus on your driving with a wailing child throwing a strop in the back seat.If this is familiar scene to you, then you might agree with a new survey that says that children are 12 times more distracting to a driver than talking on a mobile phone while at the wheel.In a first-of-its-kind study, Monash University Accident Research Centre (MUARC) in Victoria, Australia finds that an average parent takes their eyes off the road for three minutes and 22 seconds during a 16-minute trip.RecordingsAssociate Professor Judith Charlton and Dr Sjaan Koppel at MUARC used cars fitted with a discrete recording system which monitored the driving behaviour of 12 families over three weeks. The families had an average of two children, between 1-8 years of age.The study analysed 92 trips for any potentially distracting activities undertaken by the driver. This included all activities that distracted the driver or competed for their attention while driving which included looking away from the forward roadway for more than two seconds while the vehicle was in motion.92 car tripsThe results showed that drivers were observed engaging in potentially distracting activities in 90 of the 92 trips.The most frequent types of distractions included turning to look at the child in the rear seat or watching the rear-view mirror (76.4 per cent), engaging in conversation with the child (16 per cent), assisting the child (7 per cent) and playing with the child (1 per cent).Associate Professor Charlton said while the risks of distraction during driving are becoming increasingly well known, drivers often don’t consider how distracting their children can be.The study found that one of the things that can prevent children from being distracting is ensuring that they are restrained in their seat properly.The researchers found children were in the incorrect position for over 70 per cent of the journey time.Garda Superintendent Joe Doherty said: Be prepared: Before you put the kids in the car, make sure you have items that they may need easily on hand or within reach. For babies, plan for snacks before you depart as eating in the car may not be the best practice due to your limited ability to react to choking or spills. For older kids, put snacks and drinks so that they are accessible and toys within easy reach. In all cases, make sure that any heavier items such as video games or larger books have a place to be stored such as in the seatback pockets so that they won’t become potential projectiles in the event of a crash.Make them wait: Tell your kids that you cannot help because you are driving and that they will need to wait until you can pull over or until you get to your destination. You may have to listen to a tantrum, but at least the child is restrained in a seat and cannot hurt anyone.Keep your eyes forward. Resist the urge to reach back or take your eyes off the road even when you’re stopped. It only takes a second for an accident to occur.Pull over. If you cannot deal with screaming and need to tend to your child immediately, pull over to a safe spot. It’s safer to get off the road and go into a filling station, than move to the side of the road where you could face other hazards such as the possibility of getting struck by another vehicle. Use your mirrors. If your children are in rear-facing car seats, attach a mirror to the head restraint to be able to monitor them.Set the ground rules. Educate children on car safety. Tell them that parents need to pay attention to the road, so that everyone is safe. Distract your children. Try to distract by engaging them in a song or game outside of the car. Children’s music in the CD player or on satellite radio is a nice addition. Pointing out school buses, fire trucks, and traffic lights always seems to work for us and soon they forget what was bothering them in the first place.Stay off the phone. For the safety of yourself and your children (and others on the road), refrain from using a mobile phone to talk or text. You’re carrying precious cargo and your job is to transport them safely. Not to mention you may be potentially setting a poor example. If you need to make a call, pull over to a safe place.Read: The all-time scariest things your parents said to you as a kid>Read: ISPCC publishes tips on keeping children safe>last_img read more

Dolby sues RIM wants Playbook and Blackberries taken off sale

first_imgIn what has to seem like a bad re-run, Research In Motion faces a patent battle with Dolby Laboratories. This week, Dolby announced that it has sued the BlackBerry maker for patent infringement in both the U.S. and Germany. The lawsuit seeks financial damages caused by the sale of unlicensed BlackBerry handsets and PlayBook tablets in addition to an injunction which would prohibit the sale of both devices.Dolby accuses RIM of violating its patents through use of the High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding (HE AAC) international standard in its devices. Dolby technology makes up the core of this standard. Use of the standard is common among consumer electronics since it has the ability to reduce the size of digital audio files to 10% of their original. Dolby has been able to convince other smartphone manufacturers to license its technology. RIM’s reluctance to do so is what has led to the lawsuit.RIM is not a stranger to patent infringement lawsuits. The company has had to defend itself over the years against companies such as Good Technology and Handspring which eventually forced RIM to license its keyboard, and NTP also accused the company of violating its patented wireless email technology. Like the Dolby lawsuit, the NTP lawsuit threatened to bar the sale of the BlackBerry handhelds in the U.S., but the case was later settled between the two companies in 2006 resulting in a payment by RIM of $612.5 million plus any future royalties.With the ever mounting competitive pressure on RIM from Apple’s iPhone and Android smartphones, the lawsuit by Dolby could give consumers yet another reason to pass on BlackBerry devices. That’s bad timing considering that RIM only launched its first tablet, the PlayBook, back in April.Read more at the Dolby press releaseBrian’s OpinionThe hits just keep coming at Research In Motion. The company has sunk a considerable amount of money into legal defense and this latest lawsuit by Dolby just adds to the pile. In addition to the patent infringement lawsuits, which the company must look at as commonplace by now, the company also announced back in May that it faces a class-action lawsuit by a group of stockholders. They claim RIM and some of its officers made materially false and misleading statements regarding the financial condition of the company and its business prospects between December 16, 2010 through April 28, 2011.No doubt those investors have been upset by the financial performance of RIM over that time period which has had a negative effect on the company’s stock. Looking at the 52-week range it is easy to understand why since the stock has seen a high of over $76 and a low of just under $34. My money is on a quick settlement by RIM with Dolby. RIM simply can’t afford the distraction in the marketplace let alone the weight this lawsuit will place on the company’s already sagging stock.last_img read more

Amazon Android tablet due by October

first_imgThat Amazon has been working on an Android tablet of its own (or perhaps a pair of them) is no secret.What hadn’t been quite so clear just yet was when the devices would ship. Launching prior to the 2011 holiday rush would certainly make sense, and one report had pegged availability for some time in August. According to the Wall Street Journal, that’s a couple months off.AdChoices广告The Journal is reporting that Amazon will launch its first Android tablet — sporting a 9-inch display — in October. Also somewhat of a mystery is who exactly is manufacturing the Amazon tablet. Their source mentions “an Asian manufacturer.” That’s not much of a clarification considering just about every tablet on the market right now is assembled in Asia, but it does line up with previous information that Quanta had been tapped by Amazon.There’s been plenty of discussion about whether Amazon can compete with Apple and the iPad with its upcoming Android tablet, but it’s entirely possible that isn’t Amazon’s goal. Google, however, might make a juicy target. Of course, it’s also possible that Amazon isn’t that concerned about either competitor and is merely interested in enticing new customers to use its digital download stores by offering a first-party device at a decent price.Amazon has done its fair share of eyebrow-raising this summer, first securing Angry Birds Rio as a launch exclusive for its Android Appstore and followed that with a two-week lock on Plants vs. Zombies. But the company’s biggest splash came with the 99-cent download of Lady Gaga‘s latest album, Born This Way — which customers loved and record labels hated.With books, video, music, and apps already part of its ecosystem, all that Amazon is missing is a device that can help customers spend money on all four from the comfort of their couches. Starting this October, that will no longer be the case.Read more at WSJlast_img read more