“Tahir’ … Five things we learned Thursday from a live stream press conference from the Grove Hotel in Watford, England, with the Raiders preparing for their Week 5 game against the Chicago Bears:Tahir Whitehead takes over defenseIt’s not as if defensive coordinator Paul Guenther is turning his defense over to a stranger.Tahir Whitehead, in his eighth NFL season and second with the Raiders, was the defensive signal caller in 2018 before Vontaze Burfict arrived to play in the middle.
The BJP finally rolled out its biggest star attraction, Bollywood dream girl Hema Malini, in its high-voltage MCD election campaign.The Mathura MP descended on the Capital early on Saturday morning and participated in a roadshow with Union minister for science and technology and earth sciences Harsh Vardhan, in his constituency Chandni Chowk.The veteran actor – smartly clad in a pink saree and sporting shades, with her staff holding up a big green umbrella – mounted an open vehicle with Harsh Vardhan.Inspite of the continuous rose petal showers and cheers from onlookers, she looked visibly uncomfortable in the 40 degree Celsius Delhi summer.The two covered 15 MCD wards including Model Town, Sadar Bazar, Ballimaran, Matiya Mahal and Chandni Chowk, with an entourage of more than 100 bikes and cars bearing the saffron flag in tow.’ONLY NATIONALIST PARTY IN INDIA’While the Padma Shri awardee preferred to escape the heat the moment it got over and left in her car, Harsh Vardhan said, “In 1990, when the BJP was created, we were called ‘communal.’ Now, people realise that we are not a sectarian or communal but the only ‘nationalist’ party in India.”The convoy carried posters of various BJP candidates in the MCD election from Chandni Chowk including Seema Gupta from Ward number 77N, Model Nagar, and Harishankar Babu from Ward number 76N, Sangam Park.On the Aam Aadmi Party, Harsh Vardhan said, “They deliberately choked municipal bodies of funds, which they lawfully deserved. In fact, the central government passes funds to the Delhi government, a part of which has to be furthered to MCDs, but the Delhi government didn’t do that.”advertisementOn Kejriwal, he said, “Delhiites will teach him a lesson just as he has been given a befitting response in the Rajouri Garden bypoll few days back.”We will selflessly serve Delhi if we come to power again. We will work on the lines of our Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision to make Delhi one of the finest capital cities of the world,” the minister added.ALSO WATCH | Delhi Dangal: 10 reasons why the MCD poll is important for voters
NASHVILLE— Mets infielder Wilmer Flores broke his left ankle last month when he was hit by a pitch playing winter ball in Venezuela.Mets assistant general manager John Ricco said Tuesday at the winter meetings that Flores does not need surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training.Flores was injured in his season debut with the Bravos de Margarita in his home country. He took several days off then returned to the lineup for three games before being shut down for the winter.The Mets originally thought the injury a bruise but learned Tuesday it was a nondisplaced fracture.Flores hit .263 with 16 homers and 59 RBIs in his first full season in the majors. He became a fan favorite at Citi Field after he was seen crying at his shortstop position when he thought he had been dealt to Milwaukee. TweetPinShare0 Shares
A facelift version of Ford Endeavour is all set to make its debut in India by the end of this month or in the first week of March. Although there is no official announcement as of yet, but several reports have emerged online claiming that some dealers have started accepting booking amount for the SUV.On several occasions Ford Endeavour facelift has been spied testing and there is no doubt that the company wants to make an immediate impact with the SUV, given that it has two very potent challengers in its segment in the form of Toyota Fortuner and Mahindra Alturas G4.The Endeavour facelift is not expected to come with radical changes. But there can be tweaks on the front fascia. We might see refurbished bumper and grille along with a new headlamp design. The SUV can sport Ford’s all new 20-inch alloy wheels as well.Inside the cabin, some cosmetic changes might be made. The company is expected to give the Endeavour facelift more luxurious feel in terms of surface design. Also, we may get to see the new SYNC 3 touchscreen infotainment system in 2019 Endeavour.As regards the engine of Ford Endeavour, the SUV in its present form is available in two diesel powertrain options — a 2.2-litre TDCi engine churning out 160 PS of power and 385 Nm of torque and a 3.2-litre TDCi motor good for 200 PS of power and 470 Nm of torque. Both the powertrains are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Expectations are that the facelift will get the same engines. But reports have also claimed that a new powertrain might be offered as well. However, there is no guarantee at the moment.advertisementBelow are the current variant-wise price (ex-showroom, Delhi) details of Ford Endeavour.– 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Trend – Rs 26.82 lakh– 2.2-litre 4X2 AT Titanium – Rs 31.07 lakh– 3.2-litre 4X4 AT Titanium – Rs 33.31 lakhWith all the modifications, Ford Endeavour is expected to cost a tad higher than the outgoing model. But the exact prices will only be revealed at the time of official launch. Till that moment we will have to wait.ALSO READ | Lamborghini launches Huracan EVO in India, supercar priced at Rs 3.73 croreALSO READ | Mahindra XUV300: Details of all variants, differences in features explainedALSO READ | Skoda reveals interiors of Kamiq, the SUV to premiere at Geneva Motor Show
Over 300 passengers aboard a DFDS Seaways’ ferry are reported stranded in the Baltic Sea after it experienced engine room issues off the coast of Kaliningrad.The ferry Regina Seaways, with 335 people on board, was sailing from Germany’s Kiel port to Klaipeda, Lithuania when reportedly suffered a fire in the engine room.At the time, the ship was some 135 km away from Kaliningrad, according to local media. There were no reports of water pollution nor injuries to the passengers or crewmembers.The fire was soon extinguished and the passengers were reportedly moved to a safe part aboard the ship. The vessel is allegedly drifting in the area while it waits for assistance.The Russian Baltic fleet and a number of Lithuanian vessels, as well as helicopters from both countries, have been deployed to help the ferry. Media reports suggest that it could take the rescuers several hours to reach the troubled vessel.World Maritime News contacted the vessel operator for confirmation and more details on the incident.World Maritime News Staff
APTN National News OTTAWA–NDP leader Thomas Mulcair called on Prime Minister Stephen Harper to “act” swiftly, listen to the message from the Idle No More movement and re-engage with First Nations people to avoid a potential “personal tragedy” unfolding on Victoria Island in Ottawa where Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has entered the eighth day of a hunger strike.Spence has been on a hunger strike to force a meeting between the prime minister, the governor general and First Nations leaders to discuss the treaties.The PMO has indicated it’s unlikely Harper would participate in such a meeting and Gov. Gen. David Johnston refused to answer questions on the issue Tuesday.Mulcair wrote a letter to Harper Tuesday calling on the prime minister to re-engage with First Nations peoples while the chief from the impoverished northern Ontario First Nations continues a hunger strike and protests sweep across the country.“As you know, Chief Theresa Spence of Attawapiskat First Nation has also embarked on a hunger strike, living in a (teepee) on Anishinabe traditional territory of Victoria Island in the Ottawa River, barely a kilometre from Parliament,” wrote Mulcair, who is leader of the Official Opposition. “I ask that you please act swiftly to avoid a personal tragedy for Chief Spence.”Mulcair said in his letter that it was time for the Harper government to truly commit to “reconciliation.” Mulcair said the prime minister should take the Idle No More rallies seriously and honour the commitments he made during last January’s Crown-First Nations gathering.“From coast to coast to coast, an unprecedented wave of grassroots action is sweeping across First Nations communities,” wrote Mulcair. “When you met with First Nations leaders less than a year ago, you committed your government to working in partnership with First Nations Canadians. The #IdleNoMore protests are proof that Aboriginal Canadians are demanding you fulfill that solemn commitment.”
TULSA, Okla. — Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter confirmed at a news conference Tuesday that the state has reached a $270 million settlement with the company that produces the painkiller OxyContin, blamed in part for a local and national opioid crisis.Hunter also released a statement outlining how the money will be used to counter an opioid epidemic that claimed 400 lives in Oklahoma in 2017 — the same year the state sued Purdue Pharma and other drugmakers.The statement is produced verbatim below:Attorney General Mike Hunter and Oklahoma State University leaders today announced an historic settlement with Purdue Pharma that will establish a nearly $200 million endowment at the Oklahoma State University’s Center for Wellness and Recovery, which will go toward treating the ongoing addiction epidemic nationwide.The trial against Johnson & Johnson, Teva and the other defendants named in the state’s lawsuit remains on track for May 28.The endowment provides funding for an entity that will receive the initial $102.5 million that will go to the Oklahoma State University Center for Health Sciences Center for Wellness and Recovery, Oklahoma’s most comprehensive treatment and research centre for treating pain and addiction.Beginning Jan. 1, 2020, the entity will receive an annual $15 million payment over a five year period. During the same five year timeframe, it will receive ongoing contributions of addiction treatment medicine, valued at $20 million.“The addiction crisis facing our state and nation is a clear and present danger,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Last year alone, out of the more than 3,000 Oklahomans admitted to the hospital for a non-fatal overdose, 80 per cent involved a prescription opioid medication. Additionally, nearly 50 per cent of Oklahomans who died from a drug overdose in 2018 were attributed to a pharmaceutical drug. Deploying the money from this settlement immediately allows us to decisively treat addiction illness and save lives.“OSU’s Center for Wellness and Recovery is already a national leader in studying and treating addiction as a brain disease and finding innovative ways to cure it. This endowment will allow the university to expand its footprint to a national level to combat the crisis. I have full faith and confidence in Dr. Kayse Shrum and her team to lead this initiative.“This agreement is only the first step in our ultimate goal of ending this nightmarish epidemic. In the coming weeks, the team and I will continue preparing for the trial 24/7, where we intend to hold the other defendants in this case accountable for their role in creating the worst public health crisis our state and nation has ever seen.”Oklahoma State University President Burns Hargis, who spoke at the news conference congratulated Attorney General Hunter and his team.“We extend our congratulations to Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter and the legal team for their foresight to skillfully craft a settlement that will position Oklahoma State University’s Center for Wellness and Recovery to serve as the premiere institution for research, education and treatment for addiction in the United States,” President Hargis said. “Our world-class team will use these funds to champion groundbreaking research, which will result in discoveries for the prevention and treatment of opioid addiction, one day leading to the end of the nation’s ongoing public health crisis.”Launched in November 2017, the OSU Center for Wellness and Recovery is dedicated to providing comprehensive care for those suffering from addiction while advancing treatment through education, research and policy. In 2018, as part of the Center for Wellness and Recovery, OSU launched the Addiction Medicine Clinic, which employs the state’s first certified academic addiction physicians. The clinic offers individualized, evidence-based substance use disorder treatment —including medication-assisted treatment when appropriate_and mental health services to adults.“The mission of Oklahoma State University’s Center for Wellness and Recovery is to save lives and rescue those who are struggling with addiction,” said OSU Center for Health Sciences President Dr. Kayse Shrum. “This endowment will allow us to assist communities in Oklahoma and across the country that have been ravaged by the opioid epidemic with innovative approaches to addressing this health crisis. Now we will have the resources to create a place where people can come together to engage in meaningful initiatives to prevent, treat and eradicate this horrible disease. To that end, I also appreciate Attorney General Hunter. We are making this historic announcement today because of his relentless commitment to putting an end to opioid abuse and addiction.Additional Details.$12.5 million will go towards providing funds to directly abate and address the opioid epidemic’s effects in Oklahoma’s cities and counties..Purdue will also make a $60 million payment to offset all litigation costs up to this point..Purdue will not promote opioids in Oklahoma, including employing or contracting with sales representatives to health care providers in Oklahoma.“We appreciate that Purdue Pharma and its owners chose to work constructively with us to resolve this litigation in a way that will bring to life a new and unique national centre with the goal of creating breakthrough innovations in the prevention and treatment of addiction,” Attorney General Hunter said.___More of The Associated Press’ coverage of the national opioid crisis can be found at: https://www.apnews.com/OvercomingOpioidsThe Associated Press
BEIJING — Jack Ma, who founded Alibaba Group, the world’s biggest e-commerce company, is stepping down as chairman at a time when the rapidly changing industry faces uncertainty amid a U.S.-Chinese trade war.Ma stepped down Tuesday as part of a succession announced a year earlier. He will stay on as a member of the Alibaba Partnership, a group of 36 people with the right to nominate a majority of the company’s board of directors.Ma, 55, founded Alibaba in 1999 to connect Chinese exporters to American retailers.The company has shifted its focus to serving China’s growing consumer market. Domestic businesses accounted for 66% of its $16.7 billion in revenue in the quarter ending in June.The Associated Press
Noting that previous development strategies for Africa have not fulfilled the promises made, the chairman of a special United Nations advisory panel on the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) today recommended greater and more focused investment and aid, wider debt relief and freer trade for African products.Chief Emeka Anyaoku, chair of the panel, brought the recommendations to Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who appointed the 13 members last July.The panel had arrived at a double central conclusion, Chief Anyaoku said.“NEPAD cannot succeed without a significant increase in support from the international community” and “unleashing Africa’s potential for development requires harnessing the creativity and dynamism of private initiative in a range of areas, including agriculture, industry, science and technology, and infrastructure development,” he said.While African countries themselves had major obligations to increase investments in those areas, targeted international aid and other forms of support could be of great help, Chief Anyaoku said.Success could not be measured by the number of consultations, meetings and plans alone, but by concrete outcomes, he added.“People’s lives must change,” he says. “International support must yield results-based action that unleashes Africa’s human potential and the economic potential of the formal and informal private sector.”Donors should target African countries with good policy environments, coordinate their interventions better, align them with poverty-reduction strategies, provide more aid as grants and make long-term commitments, according to the report.The money saved by the recommended cancellation of debt should be channelled to the development objectives in the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of 2000, which advocate reducing or eliminating a spectrum of socio-economic ills by 2015, the report says.African countries that are net exporters of agricultural goods would benefit from the reduction of domestic agricultural subsidies in the European Union and the United States, it says.As African countries improve their investment climates, with the help of donor countries and multilateral agencies, developed countries should encourage more foreign direct investment (FDI) in and private remittances to Africa. The report notes the increase in the number of governments that are democratically elected and added that two dozen countries were agreeing to be scrutinized under NEPAD’s African Peer Review Mechanism.
Fed survey: US economy expanding moderately in early part of year, led by consumer spending WASHINGTON – Strong auto sales, better hiring and a continued housing recovery helped the U.S. economy grow in January and February throughout the country, according to a survey released Wednesday by the Federal Reserve.The survey noted that 10 of the Fed’s 12 banking districts reported moderate or modest growth, while the Boston and Chicago districts reported slow growth.Consumer spending increased in most regions, although spending growth slowed in many districts and much of the gains were driven by auto sales. Many districts said consumers pulled back slightly elsewhere after seeing taxes rise and gas prices increase. Some also expressed concerns about federal spending cuts that started on March 1.Housing markets showed more strength in nearly all parts of the country. Manufacturing grew modestly in most regions after struggling in through most of 2012. And many districts reported improvement in individual jobs markets.The report, called the Beige Book, provides anecdotal information on economic conditions through February 22. The information will be discussed along with other economic data during the Fed’s next policy meeting on March 19-20.Analysts said the report was slightly more upbeat than the previous Fed survey, noting the modest rebound in manufacturing in the past two months. Jennifer Lee, senior economist at BMO Capital Markets, called the latest survey “more encouraging news on the U.S. economy.”Many economists believe Fed officials will maintain their low-interest rate policies at current levels but take no new steps at the March meeting.In January, the Fed stood behind aggressive steps it launched in December to try to reduce unemployment. It repeated that it would keep its key short-term interest rate at a record low at least until unemployment falls below 6.5 per cent. And the Fed said it would keep buying Treasurys and mortgage bonds to help lower borrowing costs and encourage spending.The unemployment rate was 7.9 per cent in January when the Fed last met.The economy has shown improvement since then, even as Americans paid higher taxes and automatic government spending cuts loomed. On Jan. 1, nearly all Americans who draw a paycheque began paying higher Social Security taxes and income taxes rose for the highest earning workers.The tax increases and broader budget debate in Washington haven’t slowed financial markets.The Dow Jones industrial average closed Tuesday at a record high and kept rising Wednesday. The index of 30 big corporations has more than doubled since hitting a low during the financial crisis in March 2009.Consumer confidence rose in February from January, according to surveys by both the Conference Board and the University of Michigan. Factories and service companies both grew at the fastest pace in at least a year, according to surveys issued Friday and Tuesday by the Institute for Supply Management.And payroll processor ADP said Wednesday that U.S. businesses added 198,000 jobs in February. The private survey also revised January’s hiring figures to show companies added 215,000 jobs that month, 23,000 more than what had initially been reported.The figure suggests that the government’s February jobs report, to be issued Friday, may come in above economists’ forecasts. Analysts expect it will show the economy added 152,000 jobs and the unemployment rate dipped to 7.8 per cent from 7.9 per cent in January. by Martin Crutsinger, The Associated Press Posted Mar 6, 2013 3:12 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email