When is the Best Time to Post on Instagram?

first_imgTags:#Photo Sharing Services#web In the chart above, which is specific to my personal account, you can see that I tend to post photos in the evenings and on weekends. This isn’t bad, but Statigram’s data suggest that I might want to post more photos during the week and that perhaps my midnight drunkstagrams would best be saved for the next morning. While these results may vary from person to person, it’s probably safe to assume that posting very late at night will get less of a reaction from other users. See Also:How to Get More Followers on Instagram, 10 Most Popular Instagram Hashtags Related Posts john paul titlow 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Effective Instagramming is, first and foremost, about quality. Good composition, interesting angles, worthy subjects and even a bit of humor come into play. As always on social networks, though, when you post is nearly as important as what you post. Why does timing matter? Everyday Instagrammers love the dopamine rush that comes with the notification of new likes or followers. We all want our photos to be seen and appreciated, or else we wouldn’t be publishing them. For marketers flocking to Instagram in search of the next social marketing platform, these details are even more critical. Marketers have to maximize their reach without offending the sensibilities of the actual people on the network, who are easily turned off by spammy tactics. Don’t be a FirehoseFor the casual Instagrammer, few things are more annoying than having to scroll through a series of sequentially shot, similar-looking photos. It’s a bit like when somebody spews a series of tweets in rapid succession, but as square images on a mobile screen, Instagram photos are more laborious to scroll through. Even if a series of images are not visually similar, it’s best to space them out. For other social networks, third party apps like HootSuite and Buffer let you schedule updates over time. But even though Instagram is available as an add-on for HootSuite, it doesn’t let users auto-schedule posts. That must be done manually within Instagram. Best Days and TimesThe ideal time to post a photo to Instagram varies from users to user. It depends somewhat on what time zone the bulk of followers reside in, among other factors. The Instagram analytics service Statigram helps users get a clearer picture of what works. The service’s Optimization tab features a few helpful visualizations, one of which shows a breakdown of how one’s posting habits are spread throughout the week. It then suggests more optimal posting times based on when one’s photos are getting the strongest response.  Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Sohrabuddin case: Offence committed in line of duty, says CBI court

first_img Motivated probeIndicting the investigating agency, Mr. Sharma said: “The negligence of CBI towards material part of investigation clearly indicates that they hurriedly completed the investigation either by using replica of the earlier recorded investigation and have implicated the police persons who had not at all knowledge of any conspiracy; rather they appeared innocent.”“There is no hesitation in recording that during the investigation of these offences, the CBI was doing something other than reaching the truth of the offences.”Judge Sharma also said: “The evidence could not withstand the judicial scrutiny of the Court.” While acquitting 22 of those accused of the killing of Sohrabuddin Shaikh, Kausar Bi and Tulsiram Prajapti, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court earlier this month said: “The alleged offence was committed by the accused persons in discharge of their official duty and under the colour of office; even if it is assumed that the accused persons acted in excess of their official duty, then also they are entitled to claim protection of Section 197 (prosecution of judges and public servants) of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).”Entitled to acquittalThe Hindu has a copy of the 358-page judgment which says: “It is clear that the accused who are police officials and who were found doing the act and deed in discharge of their official duty, are entitled for the benefit as contemplated under Section 197 of CrPC.”“It was necessary for the investigation agency to obtain sanction of the competent authority before filing chargesheet. In absence of the sanction, the accused are entitled for acquittal.”In his last judgment, Judge S.J. Sharma said: “The accused, as seen from the material in the chargesheet, were certainly acting in discharge of their official duties. There is reasonable connection between the ‘act’ and discharge of official duty… The accused were doubtlessly a ‘public servant’ when the alleged offence is alleged to have been committed.”The court said, “The entire investigation was targeted to act upon a script to achieve the goal to anyhow implicate political leaders….”last_img read more

Virat Kohli breaches 900-run mark in an IPL season

first_imgVirat Kohli is not done with milestones and records in this season of Indian Premier League as he becomes the first player to cross 900-run mark in a single edition. The 27-year-old achieved the feat during Royal Challengers Bangalore’s six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in Raipur on Sunday.Kohli scored yet another match-winning half-century, his sixth this season, and helped RCB qualify for the playoffs.Earlier, in the tournament Kohli broke team-mate Chris Gayle’s record for most runs in a single season by surpassing his 733 runs. Gayle took 15 games to score that many runs in 2012, while Kohli needed 12 games to go past. (Full IPL 2016 coverage )Apart from that he created another record for scoring most number of centuries in a single season and so far in IPL 2016, he has four centuries to his name. Kohli too overtook his India team-mate Suresh Raina’s overall IPL total by storming past the 4000-run mark to become the all time leading run-scorer in the league. However, Raina reclaimed his record soon which belonged to him for several years.Kohli has been in scintillating form for the past few months, especially in the IPL by scoring four centuries and six fifties. RCB’s turnaround after a shoddy start in this edition to storming into the playoffs solely goes to Kohli.last_img read more

LG V40 ThinQ image leaked ahead of October 3 launch

first_imgLG V40 ThinQ is coming. LG is launching its next V-series smartphone- V40 ThinQ- at a special event in New York on October 3 and in Seoul on October 4. Ahead of its official launch, image of LG’s upcoming flagship device has been leaked online.The latest leak comes from serial leakster Evan Blass, who took to Twitter to share the image of the phone.Interestingly, earlier this week a leaked specs sheet of the V35 ThinQ successor, which indicated that the upcoming smartphone would sport a dual rear camera setup with a 12MP and a 16MP sensors on board. However, the image shared by Blass seems to negate this theory by suggesting that LG’s upcoming phone would indeed sport a triple rear camera setup- a feature which the company hinted to in a 10-second long video clip shared in its Korean newsroom.The image shared by Blass is for the US-based carrier AT&T and it suggests that the phone will sport a fingerprint sensor directly above the horizontally mounted triple rear camera setup with an LED flash.Besides this, V40 ThinQ will sport thin bezels on top and bottom with a dual camera setup in the front. The phone will also feature a special button on the left side of the device for invoking Google Assistant just like LG G7+ ThinQ, which was launched earlier this year.As far as specifications are concerned, LG V40 ThinQ is likely to sport a 6.4-inch POLED display with a resolution of 3120×1440 pixels. The phone will be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor and run on the latest version of Andriod Oreo. However, some leaks suggest that the phone could run on the latest version of Google’s mobile operating system-Android 9 Pie.advertisementIn terms of memory, the leaked specs sheet suggested that the phone would sport 8GB RAM, unlike previously rumoured 6GB RAM, along with an internal memory of 128GB. The phone, as multiple leaks seems to suggest, will sport a 3,300 mAh battery.ALSO READ: LG V40 ThinQ coming soon: Top features, expected launch date, India price and everything that we know so farBesides this, V40 ThinQ is likely to feature support for Quad DAC and Stereo Speaker Boombox audio technologies and be priced around $1,000.last_img read more

India vs West Indies 1st Test Day 3 Live Streaming: How to watch IND vs WI Live Streaming on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel

first_imgIndia vs West Indies 1st Test live streaming from Rakot: Watch IND vs WI 1st Test match free live streaming online: Watch IND vs WI Final Live on Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV.India declared their innings on 649/9 after centuries by Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja before reducing the West Indies to 94/6 by stumps on Friday on the second day of the first Test.It was India’s highest total in a Test match against the West Indies, with Jadeja (100 not out) reaching his maiden hundred after Kohli departed for 139 — his 24rd Test century.In the West Indies’ reply, Kraigg Brathwaite and Kieran Powell fell to Mohammed Shami in the first five overs before India’s spinners took over.Ravichandran Ashwin bowled Shai Hope for 10, Jadeja had Sunil Ambris (12) caught at slip in his first over, and Kuldeep Yadav bowled Shane Dowrich (10). In between those wickets, Shimron Hetmyer was run out for 10 after a mix-up with Ambris.The visitors trailed by 555 runs at the close, with Roston Chase (27 not out) and Keemo Paul (13 not out) in the middle and showing some fight.What time does the 1st Test between India vs West Indies start?Day 3 of the first Test starts on 9:30 AM IST on October 6, Saturday at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium.What TV channel and live stream is the 1st Test between India and West Indies Live Streaming on?Star Sports 1 and Star Sports 1 HD in English commentary and Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD in Hindi Commentary. Hotstar, JioTV and Airtel TV will live stream India vs Bangladesh match.advertisementWhere will the 1st Test between India and West Indies be played?The 1st Test between India and West Indies will be played at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Rajkot from 09:30 IST.Where can I watch the India vs West Indies 1st Test live?The match will be shown in Star Sports network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the India vs West Indies 1st Test?You can follow our ball-by-ball-updates of the match between India vs West Indies from our live blog on indiatoday.in.What are the squads for the 1st Test between India and West Indies?India playing XI: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (WK), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav.West Indies playing XI: Kraigg Brathwaite (C), Kieran Powell, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Sunil Ambris, Shane Dowrich (WK), Keemo Paul, Devendra Bishoo, Sherman Lewis, Shannon Gabriel.last_img read more



Anthony Joshua: ‘I was so confident, I didn’t even ask about a rematch clause’

first_imgnews Andy Ruiz Jr shocks world with knockout of Anthony Joshua for heavyweight championship Share on Messenger “I didn’t even ask about a rematch clause because I was so confident I was going to win. If it’s there, we’ll go again and I’ll get the titles back. I’m going to beat him up. I’m not dwelling on it. You just correct it, you adjust, you sit down, you focus and you go again.”The surprise result torpedoed a much-anticipated title unification fight between Joshua and Deontay Wilder, who has held the WBC’s version of the heavyweight championship since 2015. That fight was, until Saturday night, the biggest that could be made in the sport today, but instead becomes a slain golden goose representing a cautionary tale for the industry on the perils of letting superfights marinate too long. Play Video 0:55 ‘I’m still pinching myself’: Andy Ruiz Jr reacts to beating Anthony Joshua – video Kevin Mitchell Anthony Joshua’s loss to Andy Ruiz shows nothing goes smoothly in boxing “AJ has the heart of a lion and will come back stronger. Now at least we know the opponent for the end of the year in the UK. Absolutely we will enact the immediate rematch. He will be devastated when it sinks in. It makes the fall fight a must-win.”Hearn acknowledged Joshua’s inexperience may have worked against him in his debut on American soil but refused to make excuses for his fighter.“You know that 22 fights in he’s still learning the sport of boxing,” the promoter said. “He’s always been learning on the job. Unfortunately when you have to learn on the job, sometimes in the biggest of arenas, something can go wrong. And it’s brutal when it goes wrong.“There’s no hiding place when you’re in there. There’s no excuses. I’d love to be able to stand here now and tell you [Joshua had] a terrible camp or had these injuries but it’s not true. He won fair and square, Andy Ruiz.“Tomorrow, the day after, the coming weeks, this is going to eat him up inside. Great fighters come back and improve. Some fighters never come back the same. The future will show how Anthony Joshua responds.” Anthony Joshua Share on Twitter Support The Guardian Boxing Since you’re here…center_img US sports Share on WhatsApp Topics Share on Facebook Anthony Joshua confirmed his intent to enforce an immediate return fight with Andy Ruiz Jr, admitting he was so confident in the run-up to his astounding defeat he had not bothered asking whether a rematch clause was in the contract.The shock of Saturday’s extraordinary upset was still palpable inside Madison Square Garden when the former champion finally spoke early on Sunday morning after suffering four knockdowns in a one-sided defeat that cost him his the WBA, WBO and IBF heavyweight titles and his undefeated record.“It’s not expected,” the 2012 Olympic gold medallist said. “Bookies said I was a favourite. One shot on the top of the dome rattled me a bit and I tried to stay in there a few more rounds. But the better man won. Respect to Andy and I’ll move forward now. Read more Share on Pinterest Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Read more … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. 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 need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. But Joshua, positively upbeat given the circumstances, took a philosophical tack as he pondered his future. “Trust me, I come from a good family, but where I was at in life, I’ve dealt with more shit than this,” he said.“I’ve dealt with some real big losses and I’ve bounced back. Life is a journey. This is boxing. What I have to do is re-evaluate the situation, make it better and we go again. We didn’t come this far to stop, we didn’t come this far to fold under pressure. We came this far and I definitely feel like we can go a lot further.”Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s long-time promoter, confirmed the contracted option for an immediate rematch with Ruiz and said it will take place in the UK in November or December, adding that it should take precedence over any mandatory title defences and “probably” be for all three belts that were on the line on Saturday night.“AJ got sloppy,” Hearn said. “It was a beautiful combination in the third round. He was in total control of the fight but he got sloppy and never recovered. Listen, tonight was [Ruiz’s] night but AJ will come back 100% and we will make the rematch in the UK in November or December. But this night now belongs to Andy Ruiz. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini

first_imgAn ESPN sign hanging that's very old Twitter/RussiniTwitter/RussiniIn just a few short weeks, Dianna Russini, a 32-year-old former sports anchor for NBC Washington, will be making her debut for ESPN. The news was announced back in mid-May, and Russini recently finished up her last day with her former employer. She’s expected to be an anchor for the Worldwide Leader’s SportsCenter program. How often she’ll be featured is still a mystery.Where is she from? How did she get her career started? Is she single? We’ve got all of those answers and more, along with a few photos of the rising star. In Photos: Everything You Need To Know About ESPN’s Dianna Russini >>>Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img

Analyst Gregg Zaun fired from Sportsnet for inappropriate behaviour

first_imgTORONTO – Gregg Zaun has been fired from Sportsnet due to “inappropriate behaviour and comments” toward female employees.Rick Brace, President of Rogers Media, said in a statement Thursday that the company was terminating the contract of the MLB studio analyst effective immediately.“This week, we received complaints from multiple female employees at Sportsnet regarding inappropriate behaviour by Gregg Zaun in the workplace,” the statement said. “After investigating the matter, we decided to terminate his contract, effective immediately. This type of behaviour completely contradicts our standards and our core values. We believe in a professional workplace where all employees feel comfortable and respected. We are grateful to our employees who spoke with us and we will take every measure to protect their privacy.”The former Toronto Blue Jays catcher began a part-time broadcasting career with Sportsnet following the 2006 season. He initially signed a two-year deal as a MLB studio analyst with Sportsnet in 2011 and continued working with the network until his termination.Zaun, 46, played 16 major league seasons, including five years in Toronto from 2004-2008. He captured a World Series with the Florida Marlins in 1997.Zaun’s dismissal comes at a time when allegations of sexual harassment are widespread in the film industry, politics and the newsroom with prominent figures such as producer Harvey Weinstein and Today Show host Matt Lauer among those accused.Sportsnet.ca reported there were no allegations of physical or sexual assault.Zaun did not immediately return a request for comment. Longtime co-host Jamie Campbell told The Canadian Press in an email that he had no comment.The Blue Jays declined to comment directly on the matter late Thursday when contacted by The Canadian Press and referred media queries to Rogers Media.Zaun, who referred to himself as “the Manalyst,” was ridiculed over Twitter back in 2012 when he tweeted a disparaging comment about women in a Toronto nightclub.Zaun ruffled the feathers of some Blue Jays players over the years when he criticized their play. Former catcher J.P. Arencibia responded to Zaun and another former Sportsnet analyst, Dirk Hayhurst, by blasting both in a radio interview in 2013.Zaun criticized pitcher Marcus Stroman this April for being overly animated on the mound during a series against the Los Angeles Angels. The right-hander said on Twitter: “Outside opinions are irrelevant. Especially when they come from sources with zero credibility” when a fan tweeted at Stroman about Zaun’s comments.Zaun was one of the names mentioned in the Mitchell Report — the 2007 document that followed U.S. Senator George J. Mitchell’s 20-month investigation into performance-enhancing drug use in MLB. Zaun denied that he ever bought PED’s.Zaun was scheduled to speak a fundraiser for the University of the Fraser Valley baseball program in Abbotsford, B.C., in February, but organizers released a statement Thursday saying they were pulling him from the event.“In light of the allegations of inappropriate behaviour in the workplace against Zaun which led to his termination by Sportsnet today, UFV Baseball is seeking a new speaker for the event, which will proceed as scheduled,” the statement said.last_img read more

Singh tries to rally his troops as the NDP struggles to gain

first_imgOTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh says many Canadians have told him they are struggling with uncertain employment, a lack of housing and expensive medication — problems he told the party’s most faithful Tuesday he believes his party can fix, despite depressed support in recent polls.Singh spoke to NDP staffers who gathered in Ottawa from across the country for the federal party’s annual staff forum.The NDP leader delivered a campaign-style speech, aimed at rallying the troops in the midst of the party’s ongoing struggle to gain traction.A recent Nanos survey suggested the NDP is at 14-per-cent support and that Singh is the preferred federal leader of only 5.7 per cent of voters surveyed. An Abacus survey released last month was not much rosier, placing the party at 16 per cent and Singh the choice for prime minister of 11 per cent of respondents.But Singh was upbeat in Ottawa Tuesday, saying he believes Canadians are in “a tough spot” and need New Democrats to step up for them.“Many Canadians feel like they voted for something and they didn’t get what they voted for,” he said. “I’m serving notice that good enough is not good enough. We deserve better, we need better and we’re going to achieve that together.”Singh asked the audience of mainly young adult staffers to work harder in their regions to help build party support. They reacted with polite applause.Teresa Wright, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Mario Lopez Helps Hot Dog On A Stick Raise Funds For The

first_imgHot Dog on a Stick is 70 years old and to celebrate its platinum anniversary, is aiming to “Stomp Out Cancer” by raising $70,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS).Mario Lopez Stomps Lemonade with Kylie, a Three Year Old Fighting CancerThe iconic pop culture brand recently kicked-off its fundraising efforts with a celebrity lemonade Stomp-A-Thon featuring Mario Lopez of Extra and Saved by the Bell fame. At the event, Mario learned to stomp lemonade with LLS’ honored patient heroes including three year old Kylie, who was diagnosed with Leukemia just two days before her second birthday. Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer, but thanks to the cutting-edge research funded by LLS, there continuous to be hope. Kylie was put into a clinical trial for her particular type of Leukemia and she has fought cancer with a smile. She has been in remission since November 2015, but will continue maintenance chemo therapy treatment over the next several years.Hot Dog on a Stick’s Stomp-A-Thon for LLS, held at its famous Muscle Beach location in Santa Monica, raised more than $15,000. The brand is calling on fans and friends to help reach the $70,000 goal. Donations can be made here. Another highlight of the day was Mario working in the famous beach stand making Hot Dog on a Stick’s famous stick items and serving customers.“Kylie is an amazing little fighter and one great lemonade stomper too!” said Katie Hiller, mother of LLS Honored Hero, Kylie. “Hot Dog on a Stick’s Stomp-A-Thon was an inspirational and uplifting event and their fundraising efforts will help children like Kylie stomp out cancer for years to come. Please consider donating to their campaign to make a difference in the lives of blood cancer patients and their families.”Kylie’s journey can be followed on her Facebook page.To find a Hot Dog on a Stick near you, visit www.hotdogonastick.com.last_img read more

Trump rattles NATO knocking its value assailing Germany

first_imgBRUSSELS – Under fire for his warm embrace of Russia’s Vladimir Putin, President Donald Trump jolted the NATO summit Wednesday by turning a spotlight on Germany’s ties to Russia and openly questioning the value of the military alliance that has defined American foreign policy for decades.Trump declared that a joint natural gas pipeline venture with Moscow has left Angela Merkel’s government “totally controlled” and “captive to Russia.” So, in a stroke, he shifted attention away from his own ties to the Kremlin just days before he meets one-on-one with Putin.With scorching language, the president questioned the necessity of the alliance that formed a bulwark against Soviet aggression, tweeting after a day of contentious meetings: “What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy?”German Chancellor Merkel hit back immediately, not only denying Trump’s contention but suggesting that his comfortable upbringing in the U.S. gave him no standing to spout off on the world stage about Germany.Drawing on her own background growing up in communist East Germany behind the Iron Curtain, she said:“I’ve experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union, and I’m very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that’s very good.”Trump demanded by public tweet that members of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025” for their military efforts. He then rattled U.S. allies further by privately suggesting member nations should spend 4 per cent of their gross domestic product on the military — more than even the United States currently pays, according to NATO statistics.It was just the latest in Trump’s demands and insults that critics fear will undermine a decades-old alliance launched to counter-balance Soviet aggression after World War II. And it came just days before Trump planned to sit down with Putin in Finland at the conclusion of what has become a contentious European trip.Trump has spent weeks berating members of the alliance for failing to increase military spending, accusing Europe of freeloading off the U.S. and even raising doubts about whether he would come to members’ defence as required if they were ever attacked.Trump’s tongue-lashing accelerated during a pre-summit breakfast, when he traded his usual long-distance Twitter attacks for a face-to-face confrontation with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg.“We’re supposed to protect you against Russia but they’re paying billions of dollars to Russia and I think that’s very inappropriate,” Trump said, repeatedly describing Germany as “captive to Russia” because of the energy deal. He urged NATO to look into the issue.Trump’s harsh words for Merkel, whose country has hosted tens of thousands of U.S. troops that have been key to post-WWII stability in Europe for seven decades, struck at the core of the alliance. West Germany joined NATO in 1955 and was a critical factor in the alliance’s success in facing down the Soviet Union until its collapse. Reunified with the East, Germany became the largest European economy in NATO in 1990.The president’s beef was with the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would bring gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast, bypassing Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine and doubling the amount of gas Russia can send directly to Germany. The vast undersea pipeline is opposed by the U.S. and some other EU members, who warn it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe. It’s expected to be online at the end of 2019.Environmental-conscious Germany is trying to reduce its reliance on coal and is phasing out nuclear power by 2022, so it hopes to use natural gas to partially fill the gap until the country’s electricity grid can cope with fluctuating levels provided by renewable energy.Hours after the breakfast, Merkel and Trump appeared to play nice as they met along the summit’s sidelines. Trump told reporters the two had a “very, very good relationship” and congratulated Merkel on her “tremendous success.”While Trump went after Germany for its ties to Russia, he himself has been accused by critics of being too eager to improve relations with Moscow. He’s also dismissed the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia tried to undermine Western democracy by meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help him win.Trump also lobbed fresh complaints about allies’ “delinquent” defence spending and suggested at one point that NATO allies commit to spending 4 per cent of their GDP on defence — twice the goal they’ve set for 2024.“I have great confidence they’ll be spending more,” he said.However, a formal summit declaration issued by the NATO leaders Wednesday reaffirmed their “unwavering commitment” to the 2 per cent pledge set in 2014 and made no reference to any effort to go higher.Trump has repeatedly mischaracterized the spending target, wrongly describing it as a fee that countries pay to NATO or the U.S. rather than their own military. NATO estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.Back in the U.S., Democratic congressional leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement describing Trump’s “brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany,” as “an embarrassment.”“His behaviour this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the president is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies,” they wrote.Sen. Bob Corker, a Tennessee Republican, also criticized Trump’s rhetoric.“I do believe everybody should get to 2 per cent quickly, but the NATO alliance is something that’s very important to the United States and our citizenry, and things that are said to try and create instability, all that it does is strengthen Putin,” Corker said, describing concerns “about conciliatory things that could occur in Helsinki” when Trump sits down with the Russian president.But Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, a strong supporter of the president, said the pipeline issue strikes at the “heart of NATO unity.”“The pipeline gets cheap Russian gas to Germany while bypassing smaller Eastern European nations, allowing Russia to pressure them while Germany is held harmless,” he tweeted, adding: “No amount of preening in Berlin will cover this nakedly selfish policy.”___Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Darlene Superville and Zeke Miller in Washington, Matthew Lee in Brussels and Maria Danilova in Moscow contributed to this report.___Follow Colvin and Lemire on Twitter at https://twitter.com/colvinj and https://twitter.com/JonLemirePresident Donald Trump barrelled into a NATO summit Wednesday with claims that a natural gas pipeline deal has left Germany “totally controlled” and “captive to Russia” as he lobbed fresh complaints about allies’ “delinquent” defence spending during the opening of what was expected to be a fraught two-day meeting.Trump also suggested that NATO allies commit to spending 4 per cent of their gross domestic product on defence — double the current goal of 2 per cent by 2024.The president, in a testy exchange with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg that kicked off his visit, took issue with the U.S. protecting Germany as it strikes deals with Russia.“I have to say, I think it’s very sad when Germany makes a massive oil and gas deal with Russia where we’re supposed to be guarding against Russia,” Trump said at a breakfast with Stoltenberg. “We’re supposed to protect you against Russia but they’re paying billions of dollars to Russia and I think that’s very inappropriate.”Trump repeatedly described Germany as “captive to Russia” because of the energy deal and urged NATO to look into the issue.German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed back firmly, insisting that Germany makes its own decisions and drawing on her own background growing up in communist East Germany behind the Iron Curtain.“I’ve experienced myself a part of Germany controlled by the Soviet Union and I’m very happy today that we are united in freedom as the Federal Republic of Germany and can thus say that we can determine our own policies and make our own decisions and that’s very good,” she said.The president appeared to be referring to the Nord Stream 2 pipeline that would bring gas from Russia to Germany’s northeastern Baltic coast, bypassing Eastern European nations like Poland and Ukraine and doubling the amount of gas Russia can send directly to Germany. The vast undersea pipeline is opposed by the U.S. and some other EU members, who warn it could give Moscow greater leverage over Western Europe. It’s expected to be online at the end of 2019.Environmental-conscious Germany is trying to reduce its reliance on coal and is phasing out nuclear power by 2022, so it hopes to use natural gas to partially fill the gap until the country’s electricity grid can cope with fluctuating levels provided by renewable energy. The alternatives, including U.S. supplies, are more expensive.In their back-and-forth, Stoltenberg stressed to Trump that NATO members have been able to work together despite their differences. “I think that two world wars and the Cold War taught us that we are stronger together than apart,” he told the president, trying to calm tensions.Trump’s dramatic exchange with Stoltenberg set the tone for what was already expected to be a tense day of meetings with leaders of the military alliance as Trump presses jittery NATO allies about their military spending ahead of his meeting next week with Putin.“The United States is paying far too much and other countries are not paying enough, especially some. So we’re going to have a meeting on that,” Trump said, describing the situation as “disproportionate and not fair to the taxpayers of the United States.”“They will spend more,” he later predicted. “I have great confidence they’ll be spending more.”And with that, he went on to push allies at the summit to double their commitment on defence spending.“During the president’s remarks today at the NATO summit, he suggested that countries not only meet their commitment of 2 per cent of their GDP on defence spending, but that they increase it to 4 per cent,” said White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said the president raised the same issue at NATO last year and that, “Trump wants to see our allies share more of the burden and at a very minimum meet their already stated obligations.”However, a formal summit declaration issued by the NATO leaders Wednesday reaffirmed their “unwavering commitment” to the 2 per cent pledge set in 2014 and made no reference to any effort to get to 4 per cent.Trump’s pipeline criticism was an unusual line of attack for a president who has proclaimed himself eager to improve relations with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and dismissed the U.S. intelligence community’s assessment that Russia tried to undermine Western democracy by meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to help Trump win. Trump has long argued that improving relaxations with Russia would be good for both nations.Back in the U.S., Democratic leaders Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement describing Trump’s “brazen insults and denigration of one of America’s most steadfast allies, Germany,” as “an embarrassment.”“His behaviour this morning is another profoundly disturbing signal that the president is more loyal to President Putin than to our NATO allies,” they wrote.Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch also took issue with Trump, saying “I don’t agree with that. Germans wouldn’t agree with that. They are a very strong people.”But Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, a strong supporter of the president, said the pipeline issue strikes at the “heart of NATO unity.”“The pipeline gets cheap Russian gas to Germany while bypassing smaller Eastern European nations, allowing Russia to pressure them while Germany is held harmless,” he tweeted, adding: “No amount of preening in Berlin will cover this nakedly selfish policy.”Despite Trump’s claims about Germany, Merkel served as a forceful advocate for imposing — and maintaining — sanctions on Russia after it annexed Crimea in 2014, arguing that it violated the principles of the international order established after World War II. The president is also not the first leader to point to the impact of Nord Stream 2 on Europe, echoing complaints from Eastern European allies who note it would cut out transit countries such as Poland and Ukraine.Trump and Merkel met later Wednesday on the sidelines of the summit and kept their remarks polite during a photo opportunity with the press.Trump told reporters the two had a “very, very good relationship” and congratulated Merkel on her “tremendous success.” Asked if they had discussed the pipeline, he said they had, but declined to elaborate.Merkel, for her part, called the two nations “good partners” and said “we wish to continue to co-operate in the future.”Trump then met with French President Emmanuel Macron, who said he disagreed with Trump’s pipeline assessment. But the two appeared on good terms, with Trump joking about the fact that Macron had been asked about it.Trump has long pushed NATO members to meet their agreed-to target of 2 per cent by 2024 and has accused those who don’t of freeloading off the U.S.He tweeted from the summit: “What good is NATO if Germany is paying Russia billions of dollars for gas and energy? Why are their only 5 out of 29 countries that have met their commitment? The U.S. is paying for Europe’s protection, then loses billions on Trade. Must pay 2% of GDP IMMEDIATELY, not by 2025.”NATO estimates that 15 members, or just over half, will meet the benchmark by 2024 based on current trends.Brussels is the first leg of a weeklong European tour that will include stops in London and Scotland, as well as a highly anticipated meeting next week with Putin.__Associated Press writers Ken Thomas, Darlene Superville and Zeke Miller in Washington and Maria Danilova in Moscow contributed to this report.__Follow Colvin and Lemire on Twitter at https://twitter.com/colvinj and https://twitter.com/JonLemirelast_img read more

Minnesota pipeline setback more bad news for oilfield workers says group CEO

CALGARY — The president of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada says a court ruling in Minnesota that could further delay Enbridge Inc.’s Line 3 oil pipeline replacement project spells more bad news for Canadian oilfield workers.Gary Mar says investor confidence in Western Canada’s oil industry is at low ebb and that has resulted in lower producer spending on exploration and production and fewer jobs for his members.On Monday, the Minnesota Court of Appeals said state regulators must conduct a further review of the Line 3 project because its environmental impact statement doesn’t address the possibility of an oil spill into the Lake Superior watershed.Enbridge said in March the project, which is to add 370,000 barrels per day of export capacity of Canadian crude, would be delayed until the second half of 2020, a year later than expected, due to permitting issues.Oil companies in Canada have cancelled or delayed spending on oilsands and conventional oil projects and the province of Alberta has imposed production quotas because of price discounts blamed on crude output exceeding pipeline capacity.Mar says the problems with getting production to Canada’s main customer illustrates the importance of being able to export to other markets around the world through access to tidewater with projects such as the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to the West Coast.“Whenever there is a delay or some impediment to takeaway capacity, that has a direct affect on the interest of producers in committing capital to projects,” Mar said.“Without producers committing themselves to capital projects, there’s no work for our members.” Companies in this article: (TSX:ENB)The Canadian Press read more

Hackers offered Sri Lanka as carrot to Indian Army

Hackers often use links of dubious websites to inject malware in their victim’s system. These malware are designed to disrupt or damage or gain unauthorised access to a computer, and may steal critical information.Incidentally, the hackers tried to attack Indian Army officers with offers of Sri Lanka posting at a time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was in Colombo for a two-day visit.Both the Army Cyber Group and the Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-India) are trying to ascertain the source of the attacks. The sender of the mail was nicknamed ADGMT-16. The mail was made to look as if it had been sent by Indian Army’s Directorate General of Military Training, which details officers and personnel for attending courses within and outside India along with the Military Secretary’s branch, the sources said.Soon after, the first few officers who received the malicious mail referred it to the Army Cyber Group, which issued an immediate alert to caution the officers against opening the mail. The Army Cyber Group in its warning, said, ‘A malicious email from *karmi****16@nic.in* is being sent to Army personnel. Sources said the first few officers who received the mail got suspicious as soon as they received it as the Army does not offer or announce postings of officers on private mailbox and communicates only on its intranet.In the last couple of months, this is the second massive attack on the Indian Army officers in a bid to steal classified information from their personal emails which could be used in many ways including blackmailing the victims or using the stolen data for anti-Indian activities, sources said.In April, the Army Cyber Group had uncovered a coordinated attempt to hack into the computers of its senior officers with decoy emails that purportedly contained links of ‘their sex videos’. ‘The email contains a malicious file ‘DEPUTATION_OF_ONE_ARM Y_OFFICER_TO_ATTEND_SRI_ LANKA. Xls’.‘On opening the malicious file, a data stealing malware gets installed in the computer. Please do not open the email’. They suspect it to be the job of Chinese and Pakistani hackers as they have been using similar tactics in the past. A massive cyber attack on the computers of Indian Army officers has been thwarted. Suspected Pakistani and Chinese hackers attempted to inject data stealing malware on military systems by luring army officers by offering a foreign posting to Sri Lanka.‘The pinpointed attacks were launched on Friday by the hackers to middle-rung Indian Army officers by sending them an email purportedly sent from a Government server and asking them to avail the offer of going for a posting to attend a prestigious course in a Sri Lankan military academy,’ Army sources told Mail Today. At least four officers of Lieutenant General-rank posted at South Block headquarters were the target of the malicious bid.The nationality of the hackers in the April attack has not yet been ascertained but the Army unit traced the server and the Internet Protocol address to Germany.After a few incidents of virtual honey-trapping by Pakistani agents, the Army has been on an overdrive to educate its personnel to guard against such attacks.One example of this is evident in calling an official Army telephone number, which plays a recorded message about the need to be careful from foreign agents who have been trying to extract information by all means. (Colombo Gazette) read more

FLSmidth opens allinone service centre in Santiago Chile

first_imgFollowing the news about the South African facility IM broke on June 21, FLSmidth has just opened an all-in-one service centre (a Supercenter), in Renca, Santiago, Chile. The centre is one of eight planned to be built in countries where FLSmidth has significant mining and cement operations. “This Santiago Supercenter, just as other FLSmidth Supercenters, is tailored to increase customer plant efficiency and safety among other critical offerings,” said George Robles, FLSmidth country manager for Chile. “Through this Supercenter, our customer relationships are expanded and services are tailored to meet their needs while we are also reaching out to the local universities and communities to enhance education and skills.” The centre allows for proximity to customers for timely parts delivery and support, strategic stock, re-build and repair capabilities, a training room for customers and their staff to learn to use equipment optimally among other uses, small-scale laboratory services and, increased employment opportunities in the community. Currently, FLSmidth employs approximately 60 people at its two Chilean service facilities and a total of 850 in Chile. The Santiago Supercenter is located at Calle Fresia 2132, Renca.To celebrate the new facility, FLSmidth sponsored a Supercenter grand opening on June 14, which was attended by employees and community members. The opening included a ribbon cutting.“A unique element of the FLSmidth Supercenter concept is our community outreach,” said Romy Martin, supercenter director, who spoke at the ribbon cutting event. “We believe in impacting the local societies with what we do best, which is offering knowledge, training, and the development of people. When we are developing our local societies, we are also improving and enhancing our and our customers’ businesses. This and our other Supercenters will host trainings and educational meetings to enrich the community.”When completed, the eight Supercenters will be in six countries: Tucson, Arizona, USA; Brisbane and Perth, Australia; Arequipa, Peru; Antofagasta and Santiago, Chile; Khanbogd, Mongolia; and Delmas, South Africa.last_img read more

New ProGrade screens introduced by CDE Global

first_imgMaterials washing specialists, CDE Global has announced the introduction of a number of new screens in the ProGrade range which include a new patented screen design system. According to CDE the new screen design system results in a stronger but lighter screen which requires less power. This is possible as a result of the design of the side walls on the screens. The new bolted screens also include zero welds and are galvanised as standard, all of which serves to maximise plant life, maximise plant availability and minimise time required for maintenance.An additional feature of the new ProGrade screens is the patent pending CDE U-Span cross members. The new cross member design is modular across the ProGrade range and also include zero welds. As well as offering enhanced geometric consistency the new design facilitates increased space between screen decks, allowing for quick and easy access to replace screen media.Speaking about the developments, Product Development Manager Kevin Vallelly said: “The first stage of the new ProGrade product launch sees the introduction of our new patented technology on a number of screens and dewatering screens. The developments will also be incorporated on the new EvoWash 100 range of sand washing plants and across the M2500, M3500 and M4500 portable washing plants and the R2500 primary screening unit.”The new screen design system is now available on the ProGrade P2-75 (two deck 5 m x1.5 m screen), P3-75 (three deck 5 m x1.5 m screen) and P2-108 (two deck 6 m x1.8 m screen). Over the course of the next few months the new design will also be offered on the ProGrade P3-108 (three deck 6 m x1.8 m screen).last_img read more

FIRST TIME IN EUROPE New York City THC to play in London

Handball in UKHandball in USANew York City handball teamUSA handball New York against London – sounds interesting, but when you say HANDBALL it’s even more of that. Before the clash at the Olympic venue in London – Copper Box, Handball-Planet.com made an interview about all the aspects of USA handball with the New York City and USA NT goalkeeper, Ivan Ignjatovic:– As most people around the world know handball in USA is not as popular as any other minor mainstream sport. It’s mostly played by expats who either have moved to make a better life in USA, and have brought the game with them from Europe, or they are curious American athletes who love the action and intensity of the sport and believe they could represent USA in major sporting event as Olympics.About 50 teams in USA…– The sport itself its considered an amateur sport and it’s regulated by USATH which is the National Governing Body for the sport, and certified by IHF. There are around 30 men’s clubs around the country and around 16 women’s clubs. The youth system of competitions do not exist, but there is a Collegiate competition between 6 college teams to announce the College National Champions.New York City THC are the biggest force…Our club New York City THC plays in the Northeast region, which is the only handball league in the country. Other regions play regional qualifiers, or just tournaments during the year. We have been champions of our league for 8-years in a row, and in the past 5 years we won US National Championship 4 times, and every tournament we have participated in. In the past two years we have had players from 47 different countries play with New York City HC. That’s where our slogan The World’s Handball Club came from. We are a truly diverse group of people. New York City Team Handball Club was formed in 1973. It was composed of immigrants, temporary workers of United Nation and anybody who wanted to practice and learn the sport. Our practices were held in the United Nation school gym. From the beginning the club carried men as well as womens teams. Loyalty, enthusiasm and friendship allowed the club to survive, and later grow. In 1992 the team moved to Brooklyn, and in 2007 we expanded in New York City. New York City is all about different cultures living together, and New York City Team Handball Club is the epitome of what New York represents. We have people joining from all over the world (Poland, Estonia, Russia, Serbia, Montenegro, France, Switzerland, Argentina, Japan, Netherlands, Turkey, Brasil, Spain, Germany, Ukraine, China and many more), which helps us learn more about each others culture. It’s a place where diversity rules.NEW YORK CITY’S “BIG APPLE” TOURNAMENT– We are also organizers of the only and largest handball event in the country. New York City’s “Big Apple” event is an annual international team handball tournament that brings together players from all over the world to compete in the largest promotional gathering in USA of some of the best team handball players and coaches of the world. It’s an opportunity for New York City sports fans to have a glimpse of the second most popular team sport in Europe right in their doorstep.MANY GREAT NAMES PLAYED HANDBALL IN NYCThe Big Apple international tournament is a joint collaboration between Teamsportreisen, and New York City Team Handball Club. It’s a unique opportunity for people from all over the world to play handball, celebrate New Year’s Eve and enjoy everything the greatest city in the world has to offer. Having players like Wislander, Richardson, Lovgren, Masip, Vranjes, Fritz, Djomba, Svenson, Sprem, Hens, Christiansen and many more who have won Olympic, World and European Championships gold medals come to New York City to play handball and celebrate New Years Eve is a big deal for the sport in general. These guys resemble the US basketball Dream Team from 1996 Olympics – dominant throughout their careers, and true athletes that love the sport, who continue to help our mission in building awareness and promoting the game of team handball here in New York and US.This year Big Apple is on Dec 28-29, 2013.LONDON’S CLASHES AGREED DURING OLYMPIC GAMESThe games in London against Great Britain Olympic team, and England’s best team London GD were planned last year during the Olympics. Initially as just an idea, and a step forward to building a relationships between two top clubs from England and USA, on September 8, 2013 this will become a reality. It’s going to be the first time New York City HC plays a handball game across the Atlantic, and it happens to be for the 40th year anniversary.THE FIRST TIME IN EUROPEThe team practices twice a week, and has different level of players. We have former professional players who have played mostly in Europe, and in Asia. The level of play in our club, considering it’s an amateur sport and not played every day it resembles lower 2nd division of Bundesliga. One thing is for sure that anyone who plays handball in New York City is very passionate about the game, and they will give 100% each and every game. All our efforts are done volunterally, and we all pay to play this game.LEWIS HOWES ONE OF THE MEMBERSLewis Howes is a former football player, who decided to give it a shot in handball. He moved from Ohio to NYC to join our club to learn the game. Being in a group of so many Europeans, and experienced players we were able to help Lewis learn the game, and within 1-year we helped him join the USA Men’s National Team. This past month he had a tryout with Ademar Leon in Spain, and he was called back to join the team. He is still a player of our club, and will join the team in the trip to London.“WE WANT TO QUALIFY FOR WCH 2015 IN QATAR”As far as the USA National Team, this year hopes are really high to qualify for 2015 World Championship in Qatar. Few of our players all from former Yugoslavia have been called to represent USA, and hopefully help them qualify for the first time to WC since 2001. It’s a battle for 3 spots from the entire Americas where the favorites are Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Greenland and Cuba if they participate. It’s a tough road to Qatar, but this year USA is determined to give it a shot, and hopefully gain a spot.WEB: https://www.newyorkcityteamhandball.com TWITTER: https://twitter.com/NYCTeamHandball VIDEO: http://www.youtube.com/user/nycteamhandball VIDEO: http://vimeo.com/nycteamhandball FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/NYCTeamHandballClub INSTAGRAM: http://instagram.com/nychandball/ ← Previous Story SEHA South Stream League 2013/2014 opening match: Tatran wins in Belarus! Next Story → HUNGARY: Easy season start for Pick Szeged read more

Open Thread Who would you like to see named in Joe Schmidts

first_imgPROFESSIONAL RUGBY PLAYERS on this island will no doubt try to tell you that they are focusing on the imminent match against Saracens / Ospreys / Edinburgh / Leicester.However, come 9.30am or so this morning every Irish qualified player in the land will shelve Heineken Cup matters for a while and take an anxious glance at their phone to see if there happens to be a text or a voicemail inviting them for an all-expenses paid trip to Carton House.Yes, Joe Schmidt will today announce his squad for the Six Nations and he more than anyone will know that, while running New Zealand close was a lift to the rugby mindset in this country, only results will matter from here on in.There will be some absentees, most notably Sean O’Brien and Mike Sherry, unavailable from the 34-strong list Schmidt put out before the November series. All in all though, Schmidt is unlikely to see this as the window for wholesale changes.So who would you like to see capped or brought in from the international cold?Is it finally time to award Kieran Marmion with a cap? Or perhaps James Hart?Has JJ Hanrahan merited a room in the Kildare resort, or are three out-halves enough to argue over?With Tommy O’Donnell back fit, is he the answer to O’Brien’s absence? Or has Jordi Murphy done enough to merit a place instead?Answer these questions (or ignore them completely, we’re not fussy) in the comments section below.last_img read more

Firefox 4 is featurepacked and available to download

first_imgAs promised, Mozilla has today officially launched the final version of Firefox 4 and with it brought some of the biggest changes to the Firefox web browser for quite some time.Lets start with the new interface which has been completely redesigned to get out of your way. In reality that means more screen real estate for web pages, and more functionality hidden away behind a buttons.Tabs now appear by default above the address bar and therefore take up less space as they sit where the window bar used to be. To the left of your tabs is a Firefox button which hides many of the links and menus you’d find on the typical menu bar, which is also missing from the default interface. On the far right is a small Bookmarks button giving access to the usual list of links, and above that is a Home button.The layout can be changed to make it more like Firefox 3.x though, but in general this layout does seem to be a progression we as users should embrace as it frees up the screen.One of the major improvements Firefox 4 introduces is something called Tab Groups (formerly Tab Candy and also referred to as Panorama). This is going to please anyone who gets frustrated managing lots of tabs all the time, and something we have previewed before. Basically, it allows you to assign each tab a group, then Firefox will only display the tabs in an active group on the tab bar (think of it like having multiple desktop views, but within your browser). If you want to see tabs in another group you simply click the Tab Group icon which brings up the groups, and select the tab you want. You can also right-click a tab and move it to a group. Once you’ve used this organization feature a few times you’ll wonder how you coped without it.While you’re exploring this new found tab paradise you may also notice web pages rendering faster. That’s the new JavaScript engine which is touted as being up to 6x faster than that used in Firefox 3.x. Staying with performance features there’s also WebGL support for 3D on the web, and hardware acceleration taking advantage of OpenGL, Direct2D and Direct3D on your machine’s GPU. There’s also crash protection in case a plug-in like Flash dies so as to not crash the whole browser.Mozilla has also taken on board the fact we don’t just use one point of access for the web anymore. You may have a main PC, netbook, smartphone, and tablet. The Sync features allows the same Firefox experience to be accessed across multiple devices. So you get all your bookmarks, passwords, history, and even open tabs automatically fed to each device.There’s also a bunch of new security and personalization features to help make the upgrade to Firefox 4 compelling. After just half an hour of use I am happy with the new browser and don’t think I’ll be looking back too often, if at all. Mozilla certainly looks to have delivered with this release.Firefox 4 is available now as a 12MB download which will act as both a new install or an upgrade. I can confirm that all your bookmarks and preferences seem to be carried over to the new browser, but it’s worth doing a backup of your bookmarks anyway before doing the upgrade.via Mozillalast_img read more