Renault Scala launched in both petrol, diesel variants

first_imgCarmaker Renault India launched sedan ‘Scala’ in both petrol and diesel variants, priced between Rs 6.99 lakh and Rs 9.57 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Scala is powered by 1.5 litre petrol and diesel engines and has 5-speed manual transmission. It has 80-85 percent local content in parts.The company has already launched small car Pulse, premium sedan Fluence and sports utility vehicles Koleos and Duster.Speaking to mediapersons on Friday, Renault India Managing Director Marc Nassif said: “Scala will consolidate what Renault has brought to India. It will enter a very competitive segment. With the launch of this car, we are completing the first cycle of introducing five products in India.” Talking about the company’s overall sales, Nassif said: “We expect this year to sell 30,000-35,000 units. In 2013, we will try to sell one lakh units.”The company will start export of Duster to the UK by the end of this year, he added.When asked about new products at the lower end, Nassif said: “We have many many things. We will definitely look at the segment below Pulse in future.”Renault India will, however, not launch any new car next year, but only refreshes and variants of the existing models will be introduced, he added.The company is currently selling 600-1,000 units of Pulse every month.Earlier, Renault India has announced the launch five new vehicles in the next 18 monthsthe new Scala is fifth in the lineup.Scala comes after Renault’s serial launch of four vehiclesthe premium saloon car Fluence, luxury SUV Koleos, premium hatchback Pulse & the SUV Duster.According to the company Renault Scala, a premium A3 segment sedan, is a logical progression for Renault India to further strengthen Renault product portfolio in the Indian car market. The car has been placed to compete with the likes of Nissan Sunny.The diesel variant will reportedly use the reliable and fuel efficient 1.5 K9K dCi diesel engine delivering a powerful performance of 86PS@3750rpm as maximum power with a peak torque of 200Nm@2000 rpm. The engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a fuel efficiency of 21.64kmpl.While, the petrol variant uses the 1.5 XH2 engine with a displacement of 1.5 litre. It produces a maximum power of 99PS@6000rpm with a peak torque 134Nm@4000rpm. The petrol engine is mated to a 5-speed manual transmission with a fuel efficiency of 16.95kmpl, the report added.With Agency inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Sloane Stephens to face Elena Vesnina in Charleston WTA final

first_imgAustralian Open champion Angelique Kerber, ranked No. 2 in the world, retired because of a viral illness during her semifinal match Saturday at the Volvo Car Open, sending American Sloane Stephens to the final.Stephens will face Elena Vesnina, the Russian qualifier who upset fifth-seeded Sara Errani of Italy 6-4, 4-6, 6-2 in the other semifinal.Vesnina, who reached the final in Charleston five years ago before losing to Caroline Wozniacki, is first qualifier to make the finals in the 44-year history of the tournament that started on Hilton Head Island.Stephens won the first set 6-1 and was leading 3-0 in the second when Kerber, the top seed in the tournament, retired. A trainer came to court to examine Kerber after the second game of the set. She returned to the court, but won only one point in the third game before retiring.It’s the first Charleston final for Stephens, who is making her sixth appearance in the tournament. She is also seeking her third title of the year after victories at Auckland and Acapulco.Kerber said she wasn’t feeling well while warming up but that once the match started, “I was thinking the energy will come back and I will be feeling OK.” But the German player found that during the first few games of the match she wasn’t feeling any better.Kerber, last year’s winner in Charleston, was hoping to defend a tournament title for the first time in her career. She has won eight titles but has never repeated.advertisementStephens said she didn’t know when the match started that Kerber was ill.”I just thought it was going to be a battle,” she said. “It’s understandable. It happens. I wish her well.”Stephens said she came into this week’s tournament with a different approach.”I think I just came in thinking I have nothing to lose and I always play like garbage here. I just need to figure that out,” she said. “So this year I just decided I was going to come out and do the best I possibly could and if that meant I lost in the first round, then, OK, whatever.”Vesnina, who made this year’s finals by winning seven straight matches, said she has great memories of appearing in the championship five years ago.”I knew that I could do that again. But, of course, I knew it was going to be very difficult coming from the qualifying,” she said. It was the first time in her career she made a final as a qualifier.It took her two hours and 20 minutes to notch the victory over Errani.Saturday’s matches were played under bright sun but in a blustery wind that from time to time sent bits of clay swirling around the edge of the court. The wind was about 25 mph with gusts up to 35.”I’m used to playing in the wind, but the problem is today it was changing the direction – like every five minutes it was blowing different ways,” Vesnina said. As for the finals, “I hope it’s not going to be that windy like today. Let’s hope.”last_img read more

Kane Williamson hopeful of playing in Indore Test

first_imgNew Zealand captain Kane Williamson is hoping to be fit to lead his team’s bid for a consolation win in the third and final Test against India.Laid low by a viral illness, Williamson watched from the sidelines as India registered their second successive victory in Kolkata to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series and ensure they will return to the top of the Test rankings. (Indore Test: India aim for clean sweep, NZ eye consolation win)”I’m certainly very hopeful of playing tomorrow. I can say I am getting better each day,” Williamson, who scored 75 and 25 in the first Test, told reporters. (Gautam Gambhir will play third Test, confirms captain Virat Kohli)”We should have put up a better performance although we know its a challenge in India. At the same time we need to play our best cricket. If we can put up our best we can get a result in our favour in this part of the world,” he added.Williamson felt the team should have crossed the 300-run mark in the first innings of both the lost games. (Virat Kohli’s India look to extend unbeaten run at home)”In the last two games we could have pushed that first innings total to nearer 300, the 240- 250 score needed to be 300- 350,” he said.New Zealand made 262 and 236 at Kanpur and followed it with even smaller totals of 204 and 197 at the Eden Gardens.”The 300 mark in the first or second innings seems to be pretty effective and batsmen who have got to 80, or about that score, seem to have made significant contributions,” he said while reflecting on the small totals scored so far by both the teams. (Suresh Raina, Gautam Gambhir’s return evokes nostalgia)advertisement”So far we have seen two pretty different kinds of cricket surfaces. It’s not easy in this part of the world. They are working hard. The conditions are different,” he explained.He conceded that Indian pacers Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar outshone his own pace attack by using the old ball effectively.”I certainly know both are very good bowlers. In the last game the seam bowlers made a bigger impact. We did not know coming here that reverse swing would be quite effective. They exploited reverse swing better than us. (Captaining India helped me play even better, says Virat Kohli)”In this part of the world they exploit the conditions better than anyone. We certainly hope we can turn it around in this game,” he added.last_img read more

Mahindra Scorpio automatic variant discontinued in India

first_imgMahindra on Monday announced that the popular Scorpio automatic variant is discontinued from the company’s line-up. In a recent interaction with a customer on Twitter, Mahindra revealed that the company has discontinued the automatic gearbox variant to the popular Scorpio SUV. Mahindra has unlisted the Scorpio AT from their company’s portfolio in India. However, the company has not officially announced the news.Although the reason for discontinuing the Scorpio AT is still unclear, we think low sales and demand could be the reason. Moreover, it could also be that the company is readying a facelift for the Scorpio and hence wanted to clear the remaining inventory. The reason is however, unclear and will only know once the company makes an official announcement.The Mahindra Scorpio AT, launched in India in 21015, came with a 2.2-litre mHawk diesel engine that churned out peak power of 120 bhp and peak torque of 280 Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Moreover, the Scorpio AT was available with a 2WD variant and a 4WD variant with the prices ranging from Rs 13.13 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) and Rs 14.33 lakh (ex showroom, New Delhi) respectively. The automatic variant was available only in the top-end S10 trim level. The Scorpio also came with a five-speed gearbox.Watch this space for more information.ALSO READ:Mahindra working on giving more power to the XUV500ALSO READ:Toyota Innova Touring Sport vs Mahindra XUV500last_img read more

Boy Wonder McIlroy Wins PGA

first_imgLOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bobby Jones. Jack Nicklaus. Tiger Woods. And, now, Rory McIlroy.He certainly doesn’t look out of place.Joining an exclusive club in the twilight at Valhalla Golf Club, McIlroy survived his toughest test yet on the big stage and gave every indication that he’s worthy of a spot alongside the greats of the game.“I was happy being a two-time major champion coming into the year,” McIlroy said. “All of a sudden I’m a four-time major champion.”That’s where those other three — Jones, Nicklaus, Woods — come in.Until Aug. 10, they were the only players in the last century to win four majors at 25 or younger. McIlroy joined them with a victory that showed he’s not just the ultimate front-runner.The kid can come from behind, too.McIlroy went into the final round one shot ahead. By the time he stood in the 10th fairway, he was three strokes behind against an All-Star cast — Phil Mickelson, a five-time major champion; Rickie Fowler, runner-up at both the U.S. Open and the British Open; and Henrik Stenson, a perennial contender in the majors.That’s when McIlroy unleashed a shot that he’ll surely be remembered for as long as he plays the game — a 3-wood from 284 yards on the par-5 hole.He insisted that when it left the club, it was about 30 feet lower than he wanted, and about 15 yards left of his intended target. But it worked out just the fine, the ball stopping 7 feet from the flag to set up an eagle that got him right back in the game.“You need a little bit of luck in major championships to win,” he said, “and that was my lucky break.”He took the outright lead when all three of his challengers eventually made bogey, and finally gave himself some breathing room with a 9-iron from a fairway bunker to 10 feet for birdie on the 17th.McIlroy took a two-shot lead to the par-5 closing hole, where a two-putt in the gathering darkness was good enough for a 16-under 268 and a one-stroke victory over Mickelson. Stenson and Fowler finished two shots back.“I thought winning the (British) Open championship a few weeks ago had sort of put me on a higher level in this game,” McIlroy said. “I never thought I’d get this far at 25 years of age.”He’s not ready to stop now. The next two goals on his list are the career Grand Slam and capturing more major championships than any other modern European golfer.Don’t bet against him. “He’s better than everyone else right now,” Mickelson said. “He’s good, really good.”McIlroy’s only missing major is the Masters, and he’s already counting down the days until next April. The Northern Irishman also has his eye on England’s Nick Faldo, whose six majors titles are more than any European golfer in the last century.“I’ve got to take it one small step at a time,” McIlroy insisted. “Hopefully, when I achieve those, I can start to think about other things.”McIlroy’s first two major titles, at the 2011 U.S. Open and the 2012 PGA Championship, where both eight-shot romps where he was never seriously challenged on the final day. At the British Open last month, he led by six shots going to Aug. 10 and never surrendered the advantage.This one was different, and not just because of the bizarre way it ended, with the final two groups essentially morphing into a foursome in a frantic bid to avoid an Aug. 11 morning finish.A rain delay of nearly two hours pushed back the starting time for the final group — McIlroy and Bernd Wiesberger — to 4:19 p.m.The sun has dipped below the horizon by the time McIlroy finished up, barely able to see the contour of the greens but with enough light to get down in two from 35 feet for par.Mickelson and Fowler, in the next-to-last group, hit their tee shots at the 18th hole, then stood aside for McIlroy and Wiesberger.After hitting their second shots, Mickelson and Fowler stood off to the side of the green while the last two guys hit again. Mickelson just missed chipping in for eagle and settled for a birdie, while Fowler missed a short putt and dropped him into a tie for third with Stenson.McIlroy blasted out of a bunker and rolled his putt right up next to the hole for a clinching tap-in that capped a riveting display of golf, just what the game needed after three lackluster majors and Tiger Woods missing the cut at Valhalla.“This was different than my previous major wins,” McIlroy said. “I showed a lot of guts to get this one done.”For Fowler, it was another major disappointment. He became the first player to finish in the top five of every major over the course of a year without actually winning one.“This is the first one that hurts,” Fowler said. “Obviously, I did some great playing this year. My performance in the majors is something I can look back on and be proud of.”No one does it better than McIlroy, who has become the game’s most compelling figure at a time when Woods — the winner of 14 majors but none since 2008 — seems at a crossroads because of age and injuries.This definitely seemed like a changing of the guard, with McIlroy winning his second major of the summer while Woods didn’t even make it to the weekend.“I’ve got that sense of belief in myself now,” McIlroy said. “I go into every tournament I play knowing I can win. It’s a great feeling to have.”(PAUL NEWBERRY, AP National Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Biles Sets New Record As US Wins World Gymnastics Team Gold (Video)

first_imgSTUTTGART, Germany — Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships on Tuesday as the United States retained its women’s team all-around title.It was Biles’ 15th career gold and broke a tie with Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals overall by a woman at the world championships. She’s now two short of Vitaly Scherbo’s all-time record of 23 among men or women.“Every year it feels better and better just because we’re adding to the legacy,” Biles said. “I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country.”The U.S. team scored 172.330 points to beat second-place Russia by 5.801 points and win its seventh consecutive team title at an Olympics or world championships.Team U.S.A. listens to the national anthem after winning the gold medal in the women’s team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Left is team Russia who won the silver medal, right is team Italy who won the bronze medal. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)The reward for winning was a battery-powered medal that lights up when it senses movement. Biles called it “the sickest medal we’ve ever had.”Biles posted the best individual scores on the vault, balance beam and floor.“I think if I do the routine that I did tonight I’ll be more than happy” in Thursday’s individual all-around final, she said. A fall for Sunisa Lee on balance beam in her world championship debut and a fumbled routine from Grace McCallum on the uneven bars left the U.S. with room for improvement, though both were strong on other apparatus.“It’s just so surreal to come out here and end up on top with the strength of the team that we have, even after having a couple falls out there,” Biles said.Russia became the first team to get within six points of the U.S. since China at the 2015 world championships, something which pleased Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova.“We’re happy that we got second because we can’t battle the Americans just yet, but today the gap was significantly lower than at the last few world championships,” Melnikova said.Biles said other teams were “most definitely” closing in on the U.S.“All of the teams have improved their difficulty over the last quad, and I think that’s really exciting to see the strength that they have.”Italy ended its 69-year wait for a women’s team medal with bronze, as China failed to make the podium for the first time since the 2003 world championships.China was fourth after a tough day for Liu Tingting, who fell twice on the uneven bars and again on the balance beam.A fall on the beam mount by Italy’s last gymnast, Elisa Iorio, made for a tense finish but she recovered to score enough to stay ahead of China by 0.536 points.It was a big recovery for Italy, which qualified in last place for the final.“The goal for today was just to do better than qualification and how it goes, it goes,” Italian gymnast Giorgia Villa said through a translator.By: James Ellingworth, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Adidas Creators Contest Day 13

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Report: Benfica 3-0 Chivas

first_imgRaul de Tomas, Rafa and Haris Seferovic were on target as Benfica cruised to a 3-0 International Champions Cup win over Chivas Guadalajara on Saturday.The Portuguese champions wasted little time stamping their authority on the game, with De Tomas, their recent signing from Real Madrid, netting his first goal for the club after four minutes.Chivas responded well to that early setback and twice hit the crossbar in the early stages of the second half, also striking the post in the closing stages. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Bruno Lage’s side took full advantage of those reprieves, with Rafa and Seferovic producing clinical finishes in the final 20 minutes to earn an impressive win at the Levi’s Stadium in California.Benfica started in ominous mood and forged ahead inside just four minutes. Caio burst into Chivas’ penalty area after a surging run and coolly picked out the unmarked De Tomas, who had the simple task of tapping in from three yards.Chivas were a team reborn at the start of the second period, with Miguel Ponce and Alexis Vega crashing long-range efforts against the crossbar.Raul Gudino produced a stunning reflex save to keep out Seferovic’s thundering close-range header but there was little he could do about Benfica’s second goal 20 minutes from time.#SLBChivas | 1-0 |  4′ GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAL! RDTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTT!!!!!!!!!!#ICC2019 #ChampionsMeetHere pic.twitter.com/4HUyBFzj3T— SL Benfica (@slbenfica_en) July 20, 2019Jota threaded a precise pass into the path of fellow substitute Rafa, who showed wonderful composure to clip past the Chivas goalkeeper.Seferovic was equally calm in front of goal three minutes later, latching onto Adel Taarabt’s incisive pass and slotting past the onrushing Gudino to complete a routine victory.There was more frustration for Chivas in stoppage time when they hit the woodwork for a third time, this time the post denying Ponce’s free-kick. read morelast_img read more

Djokovic bugged by shoulder in US Open win

first_imgNew York: Defending US Open champion Novak Djokovic complained of feeling “quite rough and unpredictable” as a nagging shoulder problem hampered him during Wednesday’s second-round win over Juan Ignacio Londero. The world number one received medical treatment to his left shoulder throughout the match on his way to a 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-1 win and said he feared the injury could have forced him to retire. “It was not easy to play with this kind of sensation, to be honest. I did not experience that too many times in my career,” Djokovic said. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh “I had obviously, you saw, a medical timeout. At changeovers, I tried to use within the rules as much as I can physiotherapy and medical help. That has definitely helped me stay in the match. “The way it has started for me, especially midway through the first set, I didn’t know if I would be able to finish the match.” Djokovic, who is attempting to become the first back-to-back men’s champion here since Roger Federer won from 2004-2008, said the problem affected both his serve and backhand. He also revealed it was an issue he has been dealing with for “quite a while”. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later “It is new in a sense that I’ve never had that particular issue in my career. It’s not new in a sense that it has bothered me now for almost a couple weeks,” he said. “I’ve been experiencing some days of higher intensity of pain, some days less. It has been really fluctuating a lot, going up and down. What happened today on the court, actually how I felt, was quite rough and unpredictable.” – Crucial day off – =================== Top seed Djokovic will play the winner between 27th seed Dusan Lajovic and American Denis Kudla in the third round on Friday and suggested he would “freeze” his arm for the next 48 hours in the hopes of recovering. “Good thing about Grand Slams is you have a day off in between the matches. As I said, I’m hoping that with a proper medical help and treatments, I’ll be able to get myself in a better state than I was today in few days,” Djokovic said. “I’m going to assess this injury tomorrow even more with further consultations with experts in sports medicine. I’m hoping that in two days’ time I will be able to play pain-free, if that is possible.” Djokovic has won four of the past five majors, and 16 overall, but was tested by 56th-ranked Londero, who led 3-0 in the second set before the Serb stormed back by winning the next five games. Londero then broke back, held at love and forced a tie-breaker, but Djokovic won five of the last six points thanks to his opponent’s errors and went on to dominate the final set. “It wasn’t easy to play with the pain, but you have to hope you will get some opportunities and some lucky shots.” “I was also lucky to find my way back in the second set and to win in straight sets,” Djokovic added. “It’s not the first time I’m facing this kind of adversity or challenge. It is what it is and I’m just grateful to be on the court.”last_img read more

Paul McCartney Kicks Off Everyone Matters Day Campaign

first_imgAs London, Los Angeles, Dublin, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Memphis, Dallas and other cities in the U.S. and the globe get set for the 1st Everyone Matters Day on April 2, Sir Paul McCartney has kicked off the #IAM campaign with his selfie affirming: “I AM A SCOUSER.”Sir Paul McCartney – I am a ScouserCredit/Copyright: Everyone Matters#IAM is about affirming and owning WHO WE ARE, AS WE ARE as part of Everyone Matters, a global campaign bringing together local governments, public figures, organizations, schools and global citizens – advocating for everyone’s right to dignity and respect, and to be allowed to be who they are – without judgment, shame or attack – including ourselves.Sir Paul McCartney is one of the inaugural global figures who has supported the exploding global campaign of dignity and respect, which launched in 2012. The inspirational quote he offered when he joined the campaign was a signature line – “Live and let live” – from his 1973 Wings’ song, “Live and Let Die,” which was used as the theme song of the eponymous James Bond film. “Live and let live” encapsulates the message of Everyone Matters.Paul McCartney – Live and Let LiveCredit/Copyright: Everyone MattersA cultural phenomenon, Everyone Matters has quickly grown through social media and in local communities to a following of 165,000 on Facebook – and a Google search engine footprint of 70 million.An estimated 75 to 100 schools in the U.S. and beyond will have organized “Everyone Matters Day” for 2013-2014 – many on April 2, with such activities as the “I Am!” pride-in-identity PhotoBooth and VideoWall, where students hold up hand-written signs proclaiming anything about themselves they want to affirm; the “24-Hour Challenge” to not judge in thought or action for the entire day; and the “Letting Go of Judgment Tree” or “Act of Kindness Tree,” in which students collectively share names they’ve been called, or called others, and then “let it go,” or record moments of kindness to others.The cities and states participating in the first global “Everyone Matters Day” – www.everyonemattersday.com – with official proclamations and resolutions commemorating “Everyone Matters Day” and affirming everyone’s right to be who they are, without judgment – are London, Dublin, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Dallas, Washington DC, Atlanta, Minneapolis, Memphis, Portland, Phoenix, Denver and the State of Maine.On April 2, 2014, people from around the world will upload their selfies on social media to affirm anything about themselves that they want to proclaim – from a personality trait, to what they like, where they live, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion. Anything that says who they are, as they are. The concurrent action is #WhyYouMatter and #YouMatter2Me to appreciate and affirm others for who they are.The global leaders who support the humanitarian message of Everyone Matters, and have penned personal statements for the campaign, are: Sir Paul McCartney, Ellen DeGeneres, George Clooney, General Colin Powell, Kevin Spacey, Hugh Jackman, Tom Brokaw, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, London Mayor Boris Johnson, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nick Clooney and Nina Clooney, Natalie Portman, New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton, craigslist founder Craig Newmark, Jeff Skoll, Debra Messing, Mary Tyler Moore, Sean Hepburn Ferrer, Bernadette Peters, Christina Aguilera, Deepak Chopra, Dame Judi Dench, Betty White, Fran Drescher and Chris Kluwe.The power – and success – of Everyone Matters is its humanistic, universal yet personal approach. The campaign advocates on behalf of everyone’s right to be who they are, regardless of gender, age, weight, skin color, religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation, physical limitations – combined with the intertwined message that affirms pride in identity.Leading organizations supporting Everyone Matters include The Special Olympics, The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Association of American Colleges and Universities, NAACP, National Association of Secondary School Principals, The Museum of Tolerance, Association of American People with Disabilities, National Organization of Women, UN Women National Committee United States, GLAAD, The Trevor Project, Human Rights Campaign, USC Shoah Foundation Institute, Student Affairs Administrators, Equality Now, National Hispanic Media Coalition, MTV’s ATHIN LINE Campaign, National Partnership for Women & Families, Asian American Justice Center, Network National Catholic Social Justice Lobby.The Everyone Matters campaign was founded by social entrepreneur and journalist HeathCliff Rothman, whose previous social media civic engagement campaign was Film Your Issue (FYI). FYI was an issue-driven short film competition with a stellar roster of media partners and jurists that included then-Senator Barack Obama, Walter Cronkite, George Clooney, Anderson Cooper, Tom Brokaw, Philip Seymour Hoffman, as well as YouTube, Microsoft, Yahoo!, MSNBC, MySpace, AOL, MTV and others.last_img read more

Islam and Homosexuality Are Homosexuals Less Pious

By Nahla BendefaaRabat – A young man in Fes was the victim of a ruthless attack by a mob on Monday. They attacked the man because he is supposedly gay. Upon learning that the victim was a homosexual, the offenders beat the young man savagely and treated him as “less than human.”Their beatly nature and ignorance was apparent in their call to Allah; by yelling out “Allah is Great” in Arabic, the mob revealed their poor understanding of Islam. In a video dating back to 2013, Hassan Iquioussen, a Moroccan Imam living in France, discusses the Muslim people’s behavior toward homosexuals and suggests that Muslims should deal with homosexuality away from shunning and demonization of people with different sexual orientation.Iquioussen, a member of the Union of Islamic Organizations of France, is nicknamed “Le prêcheur des cites” (The preacher of suburbs). Born and raised in France, Hassan Iquioussen is of Moroccan descent.In the video, Iquioussen explains that in the Quran, homosexuality is said to be a sin in a clear and concise manner. However, over the course of twenty-seven minutes, Iquioussen struggles to explain to his audience that this does not change the fact that there are pious Muslims who happen to be attracted to the same sex.Iquioussen’s argument is that everyone is a sinner, one way or another. Therefore, it does no good to judge people who sin in a way that may be considered “abnormal.” He compares homosexuality to drinking alcohol and adultery, giving examples of some of the Prophet’s companions; his point: sin and piety are not mutually exclusive.“It is not because you are a pious Muslim that you do not commit any sins at all. In reality, you are a pious Muslim that also happens to commit sins and thus, disobey Allah,” he says.In the video, Iquioussen condemns any kind of violence against homosexuals. “Acting on one’s homosexuality may be a sin, but this does not compel me to go on a crusade looking for homosexuals to lynch,” he says.He also says that it is the duty of good Muslims to maintain the sacredness of the personal lives of Muslims. As such, if you find out someone is indeed a homosexual, the right thing to do is to keep it to oneself instead of disseminating it and subjecting homosexuals to violence. read more

Judge in UNbacked Cambodian court pledges to press on after colleague resigns

Judge Siegfried Blunk, the international co-investigating judge at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), submitted his resignation to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as of 8 October, citing repeated statements by Government officials regarding what are known as cases 003 and 004.Case 003 reportedly involves two former senior members of the Khmer Rouge military suspected of being responsible for the deaths of thousands of people, while case 004 is believed to involve three other senior members.“His resignation was very surprising to me,” said You Bunleng, the national co-investigating judge, in a statement.“In fact, the work relationship between the international co-investigating judge and myself as national co-investigating judge has so far developed in a smooth and responsible manner based on legal principles and the ECCC internal rules, although there have been some allegations through media speculations made by some outsiders of the Court.”He said judicial investigations with regard to cases 003 and 004 have been conducted by the office of the co-investigation judges “independently without any obstacle.”“Although speculations have been made in various media reports with regard to the procedural measures and decisions of the co-investigating judges, the national co-investigating judge still affirms that he will continue to fulfil the works of the office of the co-investigating judges independently and in compliance with the principles stipulated in the law and the ECCC internal rules, and he is resolved to resist any attempt to interfere into his works from any source,” Judge Bunleng said in his statement.Under an agreement signed by the UN and the Government, the ECCC was set up as an independent court using a mixture of Cambodian staff and judges and foreign personnel. It is designated to try those deemed most responsible for mass killings and other crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge three decades ago.After his appointment as a co-investigating judge last year, Judge Blunk proceeded with investigations in cases 003 and 004 with the expectation that a previous statement reportedly made by the Cambodian Prime Minister to the Secretary-General that these cases “will not be allowed” did not reflect Government policy, according to a news release issued by the tribunal. 12 October 2011The national co-investigating judge in the United Nations-backed Cambodian genocide tribunal today affirmed that he will continue to fulfil his mandate independently and in compliance with the principles stipulated in the law, despite the resignation of his international colleague. read more

Actress Angelina Jolie to be named UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador for refugees

High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers will give the honorary title to the 26 year-old actress at a ceremony next Monday at UNHCR headquarters in Geneva.”We are very pleased that Ms. Jolie has generously agreed to give her time and energy to support UNHCR’s work,” Mr. Lubbers said. “She can help give a voice to refugees, many of whom live in the shadows of forgotten tragedies. We are proud to welcome her to the UNHCR family.”Several months ago, Ms. Jolie approached UNHCR saying she wanted to learn more about humanitarian action for refugees. Since March, she has made field visits to refugee camps in Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Cambodia and Pakistan. She insisted on covering all costs related to her missions and shared the same rudimentary working and living conditions as UNHCR field staff.”I was shocked by what I saw,” Ms. Jolie said of her field visits. “We cannot close ourselves off to information and ignore the fact that millions of people are out there suffering. I honestly want to help. I don’t believe I feel differently from other people. I think we all want justice and equality, a chance for a life with meaning. All of us would like to believe that if we were in a bad situation someone would help us.”Reflecting on her time spent with humanitarian field workers, she added, “you go to these places and you realize what life’s really about and what people are really going through. These people are my heroes.”Ms. Jolie kept a journal of her mission to Africa which can be found on the website www.usaforunhcr.org. Her journals for Cambodia and Pakistan will soon follow.UNHCR, which has won two Nobel Peace Prizes over the past 50 years, cares for some 22 million refugees and other uprooted people in some 120 countries. read more

Rockstar launches GTA V companion app Grand Theft Auto iFruit iOS

first_imgToday is the day when many a gamer will be calling in sick or has booked the day off work. That’s because GTA V has been released and is set to consume many days, weeks, and even months of play time if you count Grand Theft Auto Online unlocking on October 1st.Rockstar has decided to embrace mobile devices for this version of GTA, and yesterday released a complimentary app for GTA V. It’s called Grand Theft Auto: iFruit and is available on the App Store. And by playing it, you can influence your experience in GTA V.GTA: iFruit is split into several sections. As well as receiving the latest GTA V news, you can login to the Rockstar Games Social Club and use the parody social network LifeInvader. But there’s also creation and training options to take advantage of.Los Santos Customs allows you to create your own vehicles from GTA V including giving them custom paint jobs, hood and wheel designs, and tweaking the suspension and accessories. You can also create and order your own custom license plate that can then be used in both GTA V and Grand Theft Auto Online. That’s a great way of personalizing the experience and allowing you to continue “playing” GTA away from your console.Then there’s Chop the Dog to train. Yes, Rockstar has included a virtual pet trainer as part of the app, only this is Chop, who is Franklin’s dog in GTA V. By caring for and training Chop using the app, he becomes more of a benefit in the main game. These benefits include being more obedient to Franklin, performing tricks, and more easily discovering hidden items when out on a walk. You can also earn credits to get Chop new collars to wear.GTA: iFruit is a free app for iOS that’s available to download right now through the App Store. And if you won’t be able to play GTA V during the day due to work, at least you can train Chop and create a custom license plate on your lunch break or commute home.last_img read more

Bruxelles accepte laide française au développement du très haut débit

first_imgBruxelles accepte l’aide française au développement du très haut débitLa Commission européenne a accepté une aide de l’État français de 750 millions d’euros pour le déploiement des réseaux à très haut débit.Selon Le Figaro, la Commission européenne a accepté une aide de l’État français en faveur du déploiement des réseaux à très haut débit, selon le ministre de l’Économie numérique Eric Besson. Cette aide se chiffrerait à 750 millions d’euros.  M. Besson a déclaré dans un communiqué du ministère : “je me félicite de cette décision de la Commission européenne qui valide l’approche retenue par le gouvernement: celle d’une complémentarité entre investissements publics et privés pour couvrir l’ensemble du territoire.” Le ministre de l’Économie numérique a tenu à rappeler également que le président de la République Nicolas Sarkozy avait fixé l’objectif de 100% de Français raccordés en très haut débit en 2025, “toutes les zones de notre territoire où existe une carence de l’investissement privé, pourront donc bénéficier d’une aide publique au déploiement de la fibre optique”. De son côté, la Commission européenne a indiqué dans un communiqué distinct qu’elle “a approuvé (…) une aide de quelque 750 millions d’euros en faveur du déploiement des réseaux à très haut débit en France”. Selon Bruxelles, “les consommateurs et les entreprises bénéficieront de vitesses de connexion de 100 mégabits par seconde (Mbit/s) pour l’utilisation des services internet améliorés tels que l’e-santé, l’administration en ligne, la télévision 3D, le télétravail, l’apprentissage en ligne, etc”. La Commission européenne souligne enfin qu’elle avait conclu que cette aide “respectait les lignes directrices de l’UE relatives aux aides d’État dans le domaine du haut débit, notamment parce que les aides seront accordées par l’intermédiaire d’appels d’offres et uniquement pour des zones dans lesquelles il n’existe pas de réseaux comparables, et parce que le réseau subventionné sera accessible à tous les utilisateurs intéressés”. Le 20 octobre 2011 à 17:55 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Everything Starts to Pay Off in Chapter Five of Taboo

first_imgStay on target Taboo’s Finale Lived up to Most of Its PromisesTaboo Delivers Answers, Intrigue and a Torturous Cliffhanger Now that we’re firmly into the back half of the season, Taboo appears to be picking up. At the end of last week’s episode, we were promised a duel. For once, the show wastes no time in delivering. Chapter Five opens with Delaney and Geary dueling with pistols. As the two men walk towards each other, Geary fires the first shot. Delaney is surprised to find he’s unscathed and points his gun directly at Geary’s face. Deducing that Geary’s second is an East India Company man and that he loaded a blank into Geary’s gun, he chooses to shoot the fleeing second instead. So Delaney spared Geary’s life. That could make things interesting.It doesn’t change too much yet. Geary comes home and acts all moody and passive-aggressive when his wife asks what happened. When she asks if she’ll have to learn the details of what happened through gossip, he retorts that it’s how he learns about her activities. So, Geary’s still a dick. As we’ll discuss later, that turns out to be a gigantic understatement.Delaney’s part in this episode mostly focused on him trying to secure his claim on Nootka Sound and avoid getting hanged for his robbery. The latter, he says, he will accomplish because only the British Crown can order a hanging. And, unlike the East India Company, they would probably prefer to make a deal. As Delaney rides out to the farm to see how his gunpowder is coming, he notices he’s being followed. Not one to take things like that lightly, he sneaks up on the man, slashes his stomach open, disables his legs and lets him crawl back to his employers as a message.Cholmondeley (Tom Hollander) and his new apprentice make gunpowder. (Photo via FX)At the farm, Cholmondeley makes a few inappropriate comments about Delaney’s stepmother Lorna before asking for an assistant. Delaney is happy to oblige, and enlists his… brother? nephew/son? Whatever he is, the boy becomes Cholmondeley’s apprentice. Delaney is well on his way to having gunpowder. Good thing too, because the East India Company has offered a reward for information regarding the stolen saltpeter. Not only that, soldiers have been turning the city upside down looking for it. While visiting Atticus, Delaney catches onto the fact that one of his men is considering taking the company up on their offer. That man no longer has a thumb. For some reason, Tom Hardy waving a severed thumb around is more unsettling than any of the disembowelings we’ve seen so far.The thumb serves as a message. If any company men come around, Delaney or Atticus are to be informed right away. And wouldn’t you know it, the company does send a man to interrogate one of Helga’s prostitutes. During a session, the man grabs a knife and holds it to her throat, demanding information. Fortunately, Winter spies this through a hole in the wall and tells Atticus who pulls the man off the woman. The next time we see that guy, he’s very much dead. His body is dumped in the water with a note reading, “Died on company business.” If that’s not an effective message, I don’t know what is.Lorna, meanwhile, has followed Delaney’s instructions and brought him his father’s trunk. Delaney searches through it, looking for a treaty that proves Nootka Sound was bought from the Native People, rather than taken through conquest. Not finding it, he throws everything into the fire, which Lorna isn’t happy with. The final straw for her comes when Delaney implies his father bought his mother, a Nootka woman, for beads. She angrily insists her late husband never bought anyone for beads and rips open a secret compartment in the trunk. Inside is the treaty Delaney has been looking for.Meanwhile, it appears the Crown is losing patience with the East India Company. Losing that much saltpeter during a time of war smells of criminal negligence. The Prince Regent plans to send inspectors in, making things very difficult for the company in the future. One such inspector is George Chichester, an investigator for the Sons of Africa. He’s been asking the Crown to investigate the sinking of the Influence, the slave ship that’s been haunting Delaney’s memories. 280 people died on that ship, and Chichester believes that members of the East India Company were kidnapping, selling and transporting people for personal profit. Given a scene where Stuart Strange tells Benjamin Wilton to burn certain documents, it appears his suspicions are correct.Oona Chaplin as Zilpha Geary. (Photo via FX)Finally, we check back in with Zilpha, who’s had it worse this episode than in any other so far this season. Her husband finds her writhing on her bed in her sleep and hears her call her brother’s name. When he tries to force himself on her again, she decides she’s had enough. She spits in his eye and slaps him. As heartening as it is to see her begin to fight back against an abusive husband, it doesn’t go well for her. Geary knocks her to the floor and insists she’s been possessed. He intends to call a priest to perform an exorcism.When the priest arrives, Zilpha tries to resist and escape, but she is overpowered by the two men and tied down. In one of the most uncomfortable scenes the show has had so far, the priest sits on top of Zilpha, speaking in tongues and groping her. As she passes out from screaming, the priest gets up and says the demon is gone. This whole ordeal appears to have only furthered Zilpha’s desire to fight back. The episode ends with Zilpha standing near her sleeping husband, caressing a long, sharp needle. Wouldn’t it be great if that needle found its way into Geary somehow?Finally, things are starting to pay off in Taboo. While there wasn’t a ton of plot development as far as Delaney is concerned, Chapter Five kept us captivated by having its characters actually do things, rather than just talking about doing things. I still can’t say the interminably slow build of the first four episodes was worth it, but Taboo may have some life in it yet. This was also the episode where the cinematography got to shine. It’s always been a great-looking show, even when it’s showing us something truly disturbing. This episode surpassed even the high standards of the previous ones, providing us with diverse, beautifully shot scenes that drew us into the harsh world. Taboo made some major steps forward last night, and it’s looking like they’ll be able to sustain that momentum for the final three chapters.last_img read more

Barcelona shows new crest design

first_imgThe Catalan club last logo redesign was in 2002 and now the team has proposed a new design that has to be approved by the membersThinking of the new digital era, Spanish La Liga team F.C. Barcelona has redesigned its crest.The last time the team did this was in 2002, and now the new logo has stayed “faithful to the historical elements of the crest: the city, Barcelona; the country, Catalonia; the club, the ‘Blaugrana’ colors; and the ball.”“But the new design now has greater reproduction capacity, especially in the increasingly more important world of digital media,” the club said in a statement.“The most striking changes are an increase in the balance and impact of the team colors, the greater presence of a central and iconic element of the Barça style of play, namely the ball, the homogenization of the forms and colors, and the disappearance of the FCB acronym.”James Rodriguez, Real MadridZidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“The new version of the crest also responds to one of the main goals of the FC Barcelona Strategic Plan, which is to promote its brand on an international level.”“A lot of work has been done to update the brand strategy in recent months, with the creation of Barça’s own typography and the development of a more modern and unified visual style for use in all departments of the club,” the Blaugrana team added.This is the proposed update to the Barça crest, subject to member approval🔵🔴 pic.twitter.com/csIHvX2ZyS— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) September 27, 2018last_img read more

Vancouver fire chief offers a snapshot of 2010

first_imgVancouver Fire Chief Joe Molina released the department’s 2010 performance statistics Monday. Here are a few key figures:Number of calls in 2010: 23,113.Number of medical calls: 18,811, or 78 percent of total call volume.Structure fire calls: 224.Percentage of urban/city calls answered within 5 minutes: 49 percent (down from 71 percent in 2009).Vancouver Fire-Arson Team arrest and conviction rate: 51 percent (up from 21.4 percent in 2009).Overtime costs: $1.33 million (down from $2.38 million in 2009).Last year was a “dynamic” one for the Vancouver Fire Department, its new chief said Monday as he released a snapshot of the department’s 2010 performance.Response times went up, while overtime costs went down. Two fast-response rescue units were pulled from duty, while a new station opened its doors.Arson convictions were nearly four times higher than the national average in 2010. Overtime costs dropped by 44 percent, but 24 firefighters and 11.5 full-time administrative staff are no longer working there.Facing budget cuts, Vancouver eliminated its two medical response-only units, which, along with a change in calculating response time, dropped the percentage of urban calls answered within 5 minutes from 71 percent in 2009 to 49 percent in 2010.“It was a very dynamic year,” Fire Chief Joe Molina told the Vancouver City Council on Monday night. “Rescue 3 (one of the medical response-only units) had a huge impact because Station 3 (in Vancouver Heights) is our busiest in the system.”last_img read more

Robert Downey the only Avenger the Russos trusted with Endgame script

first_img Share your voice Comment Tags TV and Movies “There’s more secrets in Endgame than there are in Infinity War,” he said.The brothers also teased that there could be fake footage in the Avengers: Endgame trailers.”Maybe it’s all fake,” said Anthony Russo with a laugh. “Maybe there’s not a real frame in that whole trailer.”Fake trailers or real, Avengers: Endgame opens April 26 release in the US, April 25 in the UK, and April 24 in Australia. 32 Photos Endgame officially a three-hour bladder-buster, so make a plan Endgame proves we should bring back the intermission My race to watch every Marvel movie before Endgame More on Avengers: Endgame Flip through 32 Marvel-ous images from this super exhibit Marvel Iron Man The Avengers Iron Man can be trusted. Marvel Avengers: Endgame directors Joe and Anthony Russo, have been asking fans who see the film to keep its secrets and not spoil it for others. But they also had to protect the film’s secrets from its own stars, even if that means not giving them full copies of the script.”(Robert Downey Jr.) was probably the only one to read the entire script,” Joe Russo said in an interview with Rotten Tomatoes, though he later allowed that Chris Evans (Captain America) might also have read the whole script. 1 Some other actors, including Benedict Cumberbatch, who plays Doctor Strange, got a copy that included his scenes only, Joe Russo said.”Part of our motivation to do that is it just takes a lot of pressure off of people, because it is hard to constantly censor yourself,” Anthony Russo said. “So we take a lot of pressure off of people by just saying, ‘OK, the less you know, the less you have to mind yourself.”Joe Russo noted that the directors handled Avengers: Infinity War in a similar way, giving, for example, Chris Hemsworth, who plays Thor, only his scenes.last_img read more