The verdict is out! Google Trends has declared Cosmos-Maya’s hugely popular IP, Motu Patlu as the ninth most searched keyword in India for the year 2018. It is the only kids’ animation show to have featured in the top 10 search trends. This development comes on the back of consistent top television ratings for the show in the country, as Motu Patlu has retained its position in the weekly rankings of 2018.Read it at Animation Express Related Items
Ferrari, whose cars retail from $275,000 to $400,000 plans to open six showrooms in India by 2010. Presently only 36 Ferrari vehicles are on Indian roads, sold through its Singapore dealerships. Rolls Royce currently has a showroom in Mumbai. According to the consultancy firm A. T. Kearney, India’s luxury goods market is expected to hit $30 billion by 2015. Related Items
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Former sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar wasn’t the only one to raise an alarm about Suresh Kalmadi. New revelations are bound to further embarrass the Prime Minister’s Office. Former sports ministers M.S. Gill and the late Sunil Dutt had also red flagged the former Commonwealth Games Organising Committee chief and his methods. In a letter dated September 26, 2007, Gill had pointed out the astonishing jump in costs for holding the Games and hinted at gross mismanagement. Gill had written, “At the time of the agreement, they were to be about Rs 200 crore. It is now something less than Rs 800 crore and we are coming to the Cabinet soon for something above Rs 1600 crore. In the past, the (Organising) Committee rarely met and generally endorsed post-facto decisions, taken in a highly centralised system.” As far back as 2004, late Sports Minister Sunil Dutt had lodged a strong protest against the appointment of Suresh Kalmadi, now sacked and languishing in jail. Dutt had written: “I was surprised to see newspaper reports about a resolution passed by Indian Olympic Association (lOA) regarding appointment of President, lOA as Chairman of the Organising Committee, which is at variance with the decisions taken in the GOM meeting.” Headlines Today had broadcast letters written by Aiyar, warning the PM of financial bungling by the Kalmadi-led OC. In the letter written on October 25, 2007 Aiyar had written: “I grow increasingly alarmed at the profligacy of CWG OC Chairman. Present projections of CWG expenditure have topped Rs 20,000 crore!” Aiyar had even contested the PM’s claim that his objections were merely ideological. “Hope this refreshes his memory,” Aiyar said. Caught in a bind, the then MoS in the PMO, tried to clear the air in vain. Prithivraj Chavan says, “I am not aware what Mani Shankar Aiyer has said. There are many things which are said. I would have to see what he had said. It was a courtesy meet. There were certain pending issues.” BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said despite the letters, “the loot was on”. advertisement
From K J M VarmaBeijing, Jul 14 (PTI) Branding the US and Japan as “paper tigers” and “eunuchs,” Chinas state media today said that the military should remain ready for “counter attack” if American warships hold exercises near islands claimed by Beijing in the South China Sea to enforce the UN-backed tribunals verdict.An editorial titled Blustering US a paper tiger in S China Sea in the state-run Global Times said that the US has voiced the strongest support for the verdict against China on Tuesday by The Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague.US has said that the award was legally binding.”More politicians and congressmen from the House and Senate have also made fiercer remarks, demanding regular challenges to Chinas excessive maritime claims through naval and air patrols. Japans stance is precisely the same as that of the US, as if they have discussed their lines,” it said.The tabloid daily said that on the contrary the attitude of the Philippines – which filed the petition against China at the tribunal – is relatively mild as it called for restraint.Part of the ruling Communist Party publications, the daily is known of its nationalistic rhetoric.”An old Chinese saying goes the emperor doesnt worry but his eunuch does, meaning the outsider is more anxious than the player. In this case, Washington and Tokyo are the worrying eunuchs,” it said.”The calls for the use of force have only been heard when the US clamoured to safeguard the freedom of navigation in the South China Sea, which mirrors that the US hasnt made the determination to use the arbitration for a showdown with China in the waters.”advertisement”The Peoples Liberation Army should enhance its military deployment in the waters of the Nansha Islands (Spratly islands) and be fully prepared to counterattack if the US makes further provocations,” it said.”We do not wish for any direct confrontation or friction between the military powers… But if Washington insists on doing so, we will never flinch,” the editorial said.It said many Chinese scholars believe that after the final award, the issue will gradually cool down. If there are no big moves from Manila, Washington and Tokyo, the case will “literally become nothing but a piece of paper,” it said.The strongly-worded editorial came as China asserted that it would not abide by the verdict, which quashed its claims on parts of the South China Sea on the basis of historic rights.China yesterday flew two civilian aircraft to assert its claims to the artificial islands built in the disputed area.It successfully tested two new airfields on the disputed islands with civil flights a day after an international tribunal struck down Beijings claims over the region.With this the number of airfields open to civil aircraft has gone up to three, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.China claims almost all of the South China Sea over which the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan have rival claims.Another state-run newspaper China Daily called the verdict a “travesty of international justice”. “Washington has been so uneasy, and eager to contain Chinas rise. All the fanfare stirred up in the South China Sea, in essence, is part of that strategy,” it said. PTI KJV ABH
Dreams(Eds: Adding PM Modis tweet)New Delhi, May 19 (PTI) Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar today met Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss his upcoming biographical film, “Sachin: A Billion Dreams”.The 44-year-old sports icon took to Twitter to share a picture from his meeting with Modi.”Briefed our Honble PM @narendramodi about the film #SachinABillionDreams and received his blessings,” Tendulkar captioned the photo.The star was accompanied by his wife Anjali.”Thank you for your inspiring message @narendramodi Jo khele, Wahi khile! Could not have agreed more. #SachinABillionDreams,” he wrote along side another picture.The prime minister also tweeted about the meeting.”Had a very good meeting with @sachin_rt. His life journey and accomplishments make every Indian proud & inspire 1.25 billion people,” he wrote.Produced by Ravi Bhagchandka under the banner of 200NotOut, the movie is directed by British filmmaker James Erskine.A R Rahman has composed the music for the film.The biographical drama is all set for a worldwide release on May 26. PTI SHD SHD
Earlier there were rumours that Xiaomi was working on a new device called the Redmi Pro 2. But, it seems not any longer. A new leak coming from China suggests that the Chinese smartphonemaker has decided to not go ahead with the Redmi Pro 2. In its place, the company is seemingly working on a new device called the Xiaomi X1. The information about the Redmi Pro 2 cancellation was reported by GizmoChina first. The website claims that Xiaomi has reportedly cancelled the Redmi Pro 2.The rumor notes that Redmi Pro 2, which was reportedly spotted on the company website a few days ago, has been now replaced by a new phone which is called Xiaomi X1. The leaked report further suggests that the smartphone will come in two hardware versions, wherein one will feature a bezel-less display, while the second variant is expected to come packed with a regular display. The latest report also reveals almost the complete specs that the new Xiaomi X1 may sport.The base model (not the bezel-less one) of the Xiaomi X1 is expected to feature a 5.5-inch full-HD display screen with 2,160×1,080 resolution and may be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 660 processor. Rumours further claim that the device may either come with a IMX362 or IMX386 dual camera system, under which the handset is expected to sport a fingerprint scanner. Rumoured Xiaomi X1 is also expected to come with a 3.5mm audio jack.Also Read: Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 full specs leaked onlineThe regular variant of the Xiaomi X1 may come in two options, where one will come with the 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage, while the other version may come with 4GB of RAM and 128GB of internal storage. As per pricing details, the 64GB will cost around 1,999 Yuan (roughly Rs 19,049) and 128GB will be priced at 2,499 Yuan (roughly Rs 23,847). On the other hand, the bezel-less variant is also expected to come in two options — 6GB RAM/64GB storage that will cost 2,299 Yuan (roughly Rs 21,939), while the other version with 6GB of RAM and 128GB storage will cost around 2,799 Yuan (roughly Rs 26,673). Well, as of now these are just rumours and should be taken with a pinch of salt.advertisementFurther, Xiaomi is also working on another device — the successor of the popular Redmi Note 4 — Redmi Note 5. Earlier this week, full specs of the upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 5 leaked online. In terms of specifications, Redmi Note 5 will comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p screen, pretty much similar to that of the Redmi Note 4 and is expected to run on Android Nougat OS. Further, the phone will reportedly be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 630 processor and will come coupled with 3GB/4GB RAM and 32GB/64GB internal storage. On the camera front, the Redmi Note 5 is said to come with a 16-megapixel camera on the rear and a 13-megapixel camera on the front and is expected to be backed by a 3,790mAh battery which will be paired with Quick Charge 4.0. support.Meanwhile in India, and something that relates to the current Xiaomi products, the Redmi Note 4 is on sale today at Amazon and Mi.com, which the the store run by Xiaomi. The Redmi 4 is a budget phone and it was launched last month in India. It costs Rs 6,999 for its base variant. The versions that have more storage and RAM cost slightly more.
There are several factors in taking a particular design approach, and they are not always independent. Some of the considerations when designing drivers for inductive loads are size, cost, switching speed, reliability, power consumption and heat. Inductive loads like relays or solenoids are different from simple resistive or capacitive loads in that they need a certain power to energize the load, but once energized the applied power can be reduced and the load will remained activated. An added benefit of lower current is that it takes less time for the load to de-activate.I did discuss one aspect of switching inductive loads in my blog “Back EMF and snubber” and I urge you to keep the discussions of snubbers in the back of your mind as you follow my meanderings. No matter whether you opt to cut power to the inductive load or not, there will always be back-EMF.Not all inductive load data sheets provide sufficient information to apply the following techniques. In fact in my browsing for this blog, almost none do. However the Schrack RT2 relay series provides a fine example. As you can see there is an immense difference between the voltage to pull and the relay and what is required to keep it activated.Figure 1: RTE24024 highlighted. Despite this detailed information, nowhere in the data sheet does it mention absolute maximum coil voltage. Nobody’s perfect! (Source: TE Connectivity) The lack of information means that almost any design you do is going to start out as “suck it and see”. And once you actually determine the approach and values you are going to use, allow for variations due to production spread, voltage variation and temperature/humidity changes. If at all possible I will always suggest utilizing a product where the parameters are provided.Controlling the inductive load requires adjusting the voltage across the coil or modifying the current. If you are going to roll your own here are some approaches. The figures are conceptual – there must be a current limiting resistor in the base of the transistor for a BJT, and there is no indication of the electronic control of the changeover contact in A.Figure 2. Basic approaches to directly adjust supply voltage to coil. (Source: Author) If you can control the supply it is possible to use the approach shown in Figure 2A. If you look at the design ideas listed below you will see that this is the most common approach. One, in fact, uses a second set of contacts to feed back the contact closure to toggle this change. Often they use rectified and smoothed power supplies rather than regulated ones. However variations in mains voltage and transformer manufacture means that you have to allow for wide tolerance which might be OK for a small volume production run (Reference 3 is for a telescope at the Lowell Observatory – I suspect there is only one) but I would use very large margins with large scale production. It is also an inconvenient approach if you have multiple independent coils.Figure 2B shows a very common technique. When the coil is activated via the transistor Q2 the capacitor C2 acts as a short and the full voltage is applied to the load. C2 charges based on the circuit’s time constant (C2 value and coil’s resistance) slowly dropping the voltage across the coil. The voltage will stabilize at the voltage determined by the resistive divider formed by the coil’s internal resistor and R2. Paul Rako recalls Bob Pease’s thoughts to discuss this approach extensively (reference 5). Although simple, there are some disadvantages. Generally the capacitor tends to have a large value and between the components’ tolerance and temperature characteristics the actual time can have quite a wide distribution. Also at steady state there is power dissipating through R2. That resistor may need to be quite large and may get hot.If you have the luxury of extra outputs from your micro, then Figure 2C is a modification to Figure 2B that will save the need for a space wasting and uncertain timing capacitor at the expense of another transistor (Q3A). To activate the load turn on both Q3A and Q3B. Once the activation is complete (based on time or confirmation by closed contacts) Q3B can be de-activated.Nowadays the proposed solution to any problem that need the transform from the digital to the analog domain is to mutter a magic incantation. Chant it with me now: – “P-W-M”! By varying the percentage that a switching waveform is on, we can adjust the average voltage and hence the average power. No additional resistors to dissipate heat and no capacitors to waste space or muck up timing.Figure 3: A rather uninformative wiring diagram for the connection of a PWM drive. (Source: Author) Although it would be possible to create a separate PWM signal and gate it with an initiation signal thus requiring two pins to control a load, it would be naïve not to presume that a modern microcontroller has the ability to implement a PWM from 0-100% on a single pin. But it would be nice if the inductive device manufacturer provided details on what would constitute reliable operation. I am not sure how widespread this is, but some manufacturers like ASCO do produce devices specifically to this end as you can see in Figure 4. Guaranteed performance – at long last!Figure 4: Extract from ASCO HV427246 Gas Shutoff Valve data sheet. (Source: ASCO) AubreyKagan says: “It was mostly a happy coincidence. Depending on the relay/solenoid, a 3.3V supply could work well to maintain a 5V coil drive. With the proliferation of voltages required in systems now, it’s increasingly likely that you might already have a suitable sup David_Ashton_EC says: Log in to Reply “There is an Idea for Design that creates the PWM in an analog fashion here “Enhanced Circuit Yields Versatile, Efficient Switch-Mode Solenoid/Relay Driver”nhttp://www.electronicdesign.com/analog/enhanced-circuit-yields-versatile-efficient-switch-m Jeff Verive says: elizabethsimon says: Log in to Reply Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Design Methods, Electromechanical Log in to Reply AubreyKagan says: “Itu2019s a good idea to work directly with the relay manufacturer when using holding current/voltage below the nominal rated amount, especially when contact resistance is critical. The solenoidu2019s reduced current can make relays much more susceptibl Driver Saves Power In Energized Relay antedeluvian says: May 29, 2018 at 4:06 pm “ElizabethnnAt least with this method you aren’t dissipating power continuously through the resistor. Of course you do need a second supply. nnWas the second supply specifically for power reduction or was it just a happy coincidence that allowed for th Log in to Reply eldercosta says: Log in to Reply AubreyKagan says: Log in to Reply 15 thoughts on “Saving power with relays and solenoids” February 5, 2018 at 2:13 pm Log in to Reply “JeffnnOh that it were a perfect world and solenoid manufacturers actually cared answering tehnical quetions! I was not given the choice of which solenoid to use and the manfacturer had no tech support and simply referred any query to their distributors, September 12, 2017 at 7:22 pm antedeluvian says: Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. June 21, 2017 at 12:16 am AubreyKagan says: antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply “In a new Idea for Design in Electronics Design September/October 2018 there is an analog implementation of the PWM approach.n”Enhanced Circuit Yields Versatile, Efficient Switch-Mode Solenoid/Relay Driver” by W. Stephen Woodwardnnhttps://www.elec Simple Circuit Reduces Relay Coil Power June 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm antedeluvian says: Log in to Reply “”… I have no idea what a linear solenoid is and how it differs from a regular solenoid …”nnI found the answer. See “Signal Chain Basics #128: Optimizing solenoid control with precision current measurement” on Planet Analognhttps://www.planeta June 2, 2018 at 3:02 pm elizabethsimon says: “I’ve used a variation in a relay circuit that uses two supply voltages, an RC and a diode. If you put the RC between the higher supply voltage and the relay and the diode between the relay and the lower supply voltage then when you activate the coil, it b “Hi Aubrey… interesting stuff as always. The technique in Fig. 2B was used by some locally produced 2-way military radios in the then Rhodesia in the late ’70s to save battery power when driving Tx/Rx relays.nI am intrigued by the bottom trace in Fig. Reduce relay coil current with a reset controller IC “I just saw an article in Electronic Design u201cWhatu2019s the Best Way to Drive a Solenoid?u201dnnhttp://www.electronicdesign.com/industrial-automation/what-s-best-way-drive-solenoid?NL=ED-001&Issue=ED-001_20180601_ED-001_346&sfvc4enews=42&cl=ar Log in to Reply Continue Reading Previous Most IoT devices initially fail EMI testingNext Want to include digital writing in your apps and UIs? “Bill Schweber wrote an interesting blog on this topic.nRelays Are Great, But Thereu2019s No Need to Let Them Waste Powernnhttps://www.eetimes.com/author.asp?section_id=36&doc_id=1333367&piddl_msgid=378021&piddl_msgposted=yes#msg_378021” What’s All This Solenoid Driver Stuff, Anyhow? May 28, 2018 at 7:21 pm May 28, 2018 at 8:18 pm June 26, 2017 at 4:06 pm “Davidnn” Is this showing the current in the driver transistor or in the load, or the voltage on the load “nnActually it is the voltage on the load. The driver is one of those integrated things with built in short circuit protection and overcurrent d Simple solenoid driver is adaptable and efficient “There is a recent Idea for Design that talks about this topicn”Use Current to Drive Solenoid, Relay from Array of Voltages” by James Lockridgenhttp://www.electronicdesign.com/power/use-current-drive-solenoid-relay-array-voltagesn” Log in to Reply DC Relay Coil Power Reduction Options (scroll down to find link) Log in to Reply “I was just told about dual coil solenoids. The first coil initiates the coil while the second holds it active. So far as I can tell, the coils are independently driven.” September 13, 2017 at 1:31 pm AubreyKagan says: June 22, 2017 at 12:31 pm “Hi, Aubrey.nnI saw that idea. To be honest, I don’t see why in these days one would not use a ready to run monolythic solution such as TI’s DRV120. It’s been a while since I worked with solenoid valves (including “linear” 🙂 ) but I am pretty sure the June 28, 2017 at 7:23 pm AubreyKagan says: June 7, 2018 at 1:59 pm Log in to Reply Log in to Reply Log in to Reply October 4, 2018 at 12:40 pm February 14, 2018 at 7:14 pm Proper Coil Drive is Critical to Good Relay and Contactor Performance (scroll down to find link) Up till now I have only spoken about control of voltage, but you can achieve the same ends by controlling current. Now I could bore the pair of you to tears (since everyone else has given up and gone away) and wade through current controllers made from discrete components that I have only thought about in theory, but there is an easy way out. There are some ICs that do this!The most straightforward is the Constant Current Relay Driver and the dual channel TLE7241, from Infineon. They also have a six channel device, the TLE6288R, as well as another device – the TLE82453 for linear solenoids. At first blush, I have no idea what a linear solenoid is and how it differs from a regular solenoid so I will have to wait for one of you to set me straight (sorry – bad pun!)Texas Instruments offers the DRV120. Maxim does an 8 channel driver MAX4822-4825. I have also just discovered an IC manufacturer I had never heard of before, iC Haus, who make 3 Power Saving Relay/Solenoid drivers.Some final notes on this discussion: your choice of relay/solenoid can also have a great effect on power consumption. If you choose latching relays, then the power requirement drops to zero in the steady state. Manufacturers make “sensitive” components that require less current to activate.You also need to be careful of the ratings on devices. Some are rated for intermittent operation and so may not be candidates for extended activity where power reduction would be desired. Forgive me if I harp on a bit about the necessity for trial and error when there manufacturers do not provide data and then extrapolating the results into production. Beware. And a final caution – an unobvious side-effect is that with power saving methods applied the energy may be insufficient to keep the relay/solenoid activated in high vibration/shock environments.Post Script When I wrote this blog I had started working on a project using the device in Figure 4. In a case of cosmic comeuppance, within 2 months I was working on another project with a solenoid similar to the data in Figure 5. Not only are there critical facts missing in the data (like absolute maximum voltage), Guardian has absolutely NO technical support. My customer says it is a 1A solenoid and maximum activation time of 4 seconds or it overheats.This time there was no information on how to PWM the drive.Figure 5: A Guardian Electric solenoid marked as LT8X16-29.7-24VDC. This is a close as I could find on the Guardian web site. (Source: Guardian Electric) So I looked at what I had written above. I intended to go for the PWM approach and I see that I was really banal in my description – how exactly would you go about determining the initial pulse and the holding PWM as well as the frequency. I recommend that you use a configuration that allows you to easily adjust the parameters – I used a Cypress PSoC5LP development kit that has a single potentiometer on it as well as a bunch of switches and LEDs and a ton of I/O.I was fortunate in that the solenoid and the attached mechanism is completely visible and so I could see exactly what was going on.I configured my set-up to provide a pulse to activate the solenoid. I wrote a small program to read the pot’s setting and convert it to the on-time. I started at about 1 second and then scaled back to see where the solenoid stopped pulling in or at least seemed hesitant. It is surprisingly short, sub 100mS. I set the pulse width to 150mS. I then configured the micro to start with the 150mS start pulse and then convert to a PWM. I choose a 2KHz frequency for the PWM signal. I rewrote the program to adjust the PWM setting according to the position of the pot. I then tried activating the solenoid and at each attempt scaled back on the PWM to see where it started dropping out. It turned out the speed of the driver transistor was the limiting factor and it couldn’t keep up at less than 10% and so the limit was effectively 10% PWM. (see Figure 6)Figure 6: The PWM from the micro is seen on the upper trace and the output from the driver transistor on the lower trace. The PWM is ~8% and you can see how the output trace is effectively more because of the driver response. (Source: Author) At 2KHz there was an audible whine. I upped the frequency to 4KHz, but once again the driver struggled, so it was back to 2KHz. I don’t think it will matter in the application, but time will tell.So in summary I got a start pulse of 150mS, a PWM signal at 2KHz and PWM of 10%. The current went down from ~800mA to 76mA. Not bad!Related Items and References:
Former Australia cricketer Mark Waugh called ex-New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum with an expletive on live television on Sunday ahead of Big Bash League (BBL) match in Australia.Appearing on Fox Cricket in the buildup to the tie between Melbourne Stars and Brisbane Heat in Melbourne, Mark Waugh said Brendon McCullum is a lucky “c**nt”. Waugh quickly realised his blooper on live television and tried to correct himself.Referring to McCullum’s love for horse racing, Waugh said: “Actually he’s got a share in a horse with my wife that [she] trains for him. So yeah he loves his horses. Good punter. He’s a lucky c***, he’s a lucky punter, too.”McCullum, who has been showing a keen interest in horse racing, came up with his own bloodstock company – Vermair Racing Ltd in 2014 in a bid to “build a stable of horses that compete and succeed on the world’s biggest racing stage”.McCullum, who retired from international cricket in 2016, has been plying his trade in franchise-based T20 leagues across the globe. McCullum is currently representing the Brisbane Heat in the ongoing season of BBL.McCullum made 13 off 14 balls as the Brisbane Heat lost to Melbourne Stars by five runs in Sunday’s encounter at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Marcus Stoinis’s all-round effort (29-ball 43 and 4/21) sealed the deal for the home side.Brisbane Heat are struggling in the ongoing season, languishing at the seventh spot in the eight-team table with three wins from 10 matches. McCullum has been in decent form, scoring 245 runs in 10 matches.advertisementAlso Read | Hardik Pandya wants to forget what happened, was terrific in 3rd ODI: Sunil GavaskarAlso Read | Come on yaar: Hardik Pandya furious with Shikhar Dhawan’s fielding effortAlso See:
Royal Rumble fever is gripping wrestling fans across the world and Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp got in the mood with a ‘Mr Socko’ celebration ahead of the pay-per-view event.The Blades captain was instrumental in his side’s 2-2 Championship draw away to Norwich City on Saturday, scoring two equalisers to ensure United left Carrow Road with a point.Things took an unexpected turn after Sharp equalised from the penalty spot just before half time, when he produced a sock and placed it over his hand in the style of iconic wrestler Mick Foley. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar 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? He proceeded to celebrate with the prop, known as ‘Mr Socko’, and jokingly performed Foley’s infamous finishing move, ‘the Mandible Claw’, on his team-mates.Billy Sharp’s Mr Socko WWE celebration is the best thing you’ll see all day 🧦Does @RealMickFoley know that you’ve kidnapped Socko, @billysharp10? pic.twitter.com/ZgfuLPghKR— Soccer AM (@SoccerAM) January 26, 2019Having cancelled out Onel Hernandez’s opener, Sharp was again on hand to haul Sheffield United level in the second half, striking in the 79th minute after Teemu Pukki put Norwich ahead once more.The 32-year-old’s unusual Mick Foley-themed celebration did not go unnoticed and the man himself even took to Twitter to acknowledge it.”Oh, this is TREMENDOUS! Thank you Billy Sharp,” Foley said on his official page.Oh, this is TREMENDOUS! Thank you @billysharp10 & @SoccerAM https://t.co/fSEhpm68IJ— Mick Foley (@RealMickFoley) January 26, 2019The 2019 Royal Rumble, which is one of the WWE’s flagship events, will take place on Sunday, January 27, with things set to kick off at around 10pm GMT (5pm ET).It is the 32nd edition of the event, which is a ‘battle royal’ style of tournament, in which participants enter at timed intervals.The aim of the Royal Rumble is to eliminate opponents by throwing them over the top rope and making both feet touch the floor.The last wrestler left in the ring is typically rewarded with a main event bout at Wrestlemania.
Arsenal coach Unai Emery has hailed Nicolas Pepe as a “very good player” as his side close in on signing the winger.Sources have confirmed to Goal that Gunners are close to an €80 million (£72m/$89m) agreement with Lille as talks progressed rapidly over the weekend.Pepe had been linked to Liverpool, Manchester United, Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain after tallying 23 goals and 12 assists in all competitions last term, but it is the north London side who have jumped ahead of the queue with an offer to pay Lille’s asking price in installments. 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? Emery was full of praise for the 24-year-old, saying Arsenal will keep looking to strengthen the squad before the new season begins on August 11.”The club is thinking about how we can improve. There are different players on the table,” Emery said after his side’s 2-1 defeat to Lyon in a friendly on Sunday. “Pepe’s a very good player. We only want players who can really, really improve the squad. We want the best players possible for the first game at Newcastle.”Meanwhile, Lyon boss and former Arsenal star Sylvinho backed Pepe to succeed at the Emirates Stadium when he was asked how he thinks the attacker will fare in England.“Pepe is a top player and could add a lot to Arsenal,” he said.Arsenal are not the only side to have made a bid for Pepe this summer, as the club’s president, Gerard Lopez, admitted on Friday that four clubs have made acceptable bids, naming Napoli as one.“We received offers that satisfy us economically from four big clubs.“[Napoli chairman Aurelio] De Laurentiis has satisfied our request for €80m. Now it is up to the player to decide where he wants to go.“He must make that decision based on the offers that his agents have received from the four clubs.“On Monday, Pepe will return from vacation and I believe that by the middle of the week he will have made a decision.”Pepe, whose contract with Lille runs until 2022, has scored 37 times in 79 appearances for the club since joining from Angers in 2017.
(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)On Thursday night, the Wisconsin Badgers took on the Miami Hurricanes for the second-consecutive time in the postseason after the two programs met in the Orange Bowl last year. This game seems to be going the same way as last year’s win for the Badgers.Wisconsin jumped out to an early 14-0 lead thanks to an interception from Miami quarterback Malik Rosier. The Badgers held the two-score lead just five minutes into the contest, but it’s been all defense since.The Hurricanes haven’t been able to take advantage of a solid defensive showing as Rosier has thrown three interceptions on the night.The latest pick was his last. Head coach Mark Richt decided to make a change at the quarterback position.N’kosi Perry is taking over under center.N’Kosi Perry enters to cheers with 3:36 left in the third quarter. So, Miami has its second-best-chance-to-win QB in the game— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) December 28, 2018Perry likely would have made an appearance in the game sooner, had he not posted a NSFW video to his Snapchat account.Wisconsin holds a 21-3 lead late in the third quarter.
Editors’ Recommendations The Best Fun Socks for Men to Spruce Up Your Footwear Game Pairing the English Premier League Soccer Teams with Craft Beers from the United States The New Land Rover Defender Is Just as Glorious as We Expected The NFL draft announcements are about to be revealed, so The Manual hit up the Sean John NFL Pre-Draft Gifting & Style Suite at the Sean John showroom in New York City where draftees got to check out some baller threads. We met with some of the soon-to-be pro players, and some current pros to discuss their style, their favorite foods, and what they can’t live without. Spoiler alert: fresh underwear and potatoes were high ranking on everyone’s list. Read on to learn more.Ryan Mundy signed last month with the New York Giants from the Pittsburgh Steelers.Style: Simple. Keep it clean, sometimes patterns, a little splash of color.Three must haves: iPhone, MacBook, family (my wife and daughter.)Favorite Meal: Steak, mac and cheese, sweet potato casserole, asparagus and wine.Sheldon Richardson (Missouri) / *Sheldon has been drafted by the New York Jets.Style: SWAG.Three must haves: Shoes, jeans, a good pair of underwear.Favorite Meal: Rock Lobster, baked potatoes, lots of greens.Eric Reid (Louisiana State University) / *Drafted by the San Francisco 49ers.Style: Bad. (But good at taking advice).Three must haves: Socks, watches, belts.Favorite Meal: Grilled chicken, lasagna, corn and mashed potatoes.Menelik Watson (Florida State University), hails from Manchester, England and says the best part of this whole experience isgetting to play in front of so many people.Style: James Bond-esque.Three must haves: Good sneakers, a good leather jacket, earrings.Favorite Meal: My mom’s chicken and rice, Jamaican style.EJ Manuel (Florida State University) has been playing football since he was 6 years old, and started playing tackle at 9. Manuel loves the competitive nature of the NFL. “It’s the elite of the elite,” he says. *EJ was selected by the Buffalo Bills yesterday night.Style: ClassyThree must haves: A pair of Jordans, a pair of clean underwear, Levis jeans.Favorite Meal: Prime steak (medium), mac and cheese, potatoes.Stevie Brown – a safety for the New York Giants says he’s been playing football since he was 8 and is living his dream.Style: Comfort.Three must haves: Sweats, watches and suits.Favorite Meal: Surf & Turf. Sweet potato casserole, cream spinach and carrot cake to finish the meal on the right foot. What is Bourbon? A Brief History of America’s Whiskey Dirtbag Style Guide: 5 Lessons That Apply to Everyone
zoomImage Courtesy: DHT Holdings Crude oil tanker company DHT Holdings managed to return to the black in the fourth quarter of 2018, as revenues continued rising.The company’s net income for the three-month period ended December 31, 2018, reached USD 12 million, against a net loss of USD 7.5 million reported in the same quarter a year earlier.Shipping revenues for the quarter increased to USD 138.6 million from USD 92.2 million seen in the fourth quarter of 2017, mainly due to higher tanker rates.The company’s VLCCs achieved time charter equivalent earnings of USD 34,900 per day in the fourth quarter of 2018.For the full year of 2018, the company delivered a net loss of USD 46.9 million, compared to a net income of USD 6.63 million witnessed in 2017.Shipping revenues for 2018 were at USD 375.9 million compared to USD 355.1 million in 2017. The change from the 2017 period to the 2018 period was due to an increase in the fleet partly offset by lower tanker rates.So far in the first quarter of 2019, 67% of the available VLCC spot days have been booked at an average rate of USD 37,200 per day.
For the next ten days, former residents of Africville are gathering for their annual reunion at the site of their old homestead to revisit, reminisce and reconnect with the past. Africville was a small African Nova Scotian community located on the shores of the Bedford Basin in Halifax. In the 1960s, the City of Halifax expropriated the land. The community and its dwellings were destroyed and families were evicted. The area is now known as Seaview Park, named after the Seaview African United Baptist Church that once existed there. For one weekend each year since the early 1980s, a reunion is held and the site becomes Africville once again for former residents. “The Office of African Nova Scotian Affairs has supported this community celebration since we opened our doors in 2004,” said Barry Barnet, Minister of African Nova Scotian Affairs. “It is an important event for this province as it allows all Nova Scotians to experience a unique and significant part of our collective history.” This year marks the 25th anniversary of the homecoming reunion, hosted by the Africville Genealogy Society. To commemorate this milestone, the reunion is longer, running from today, July 18 to Sunday, July 27 with activities and events on- and off-site. “There will be something for everyone this year, including the return of the Freedom Schooner Amistad, a gala dinner and dance, art exhibit, church service, a performance by Joe Sealy of his Africville Suite, and more,” said Irvine Carvery, president of the Africville Genealogy Society. In 2002, Ottawa designated Africville a national historic site and erected a monument there. More event information is available by calling 902-222-9011 or on the African Nova Scotian Affairs website at www.gov.ns.ca/ansa/events.asp .
TUNIS – Tunisia, already destabilised by a political crisis, tightened security on Thursday after two failed suicide bombings that dealt a blow to the country’s vital tourism industry.Only the suicide bomber was killed Wednesday in one attack on a beachside hotel in Sousse, and the security forces thwarted another attempted suicide attack soon thereafter in neighbouring Monastir.On Thursday police checks were considerably strengthened in and around Sousse, while tourists in the nearby resort of El Kantaoui said they were concerned but resolved to enjoy the rest of their vacations. “Yesterday I was scared, frankly. But I think such incidents are mostly a threat to Tunisia. The weather here still attracts us, and I’m determined to finish my holiday,” said a French tourist who identified herself as Aurelie.Michele, another French holidaymaker lying on the beach, was also determined to see out her holiday. “I don’t want to think too much and ruin my vacation,” she said.In the capital Tunis, police beefed up their presence on Habib Bourguiba Avenue and used barbed wire to cut off vehicle access to the interior ministry.Security was also stepped up at Zarzis, a tourist spot near Djerba island and the border with Libya, which is considered a transit point for arms smugglers.An AFP journalist said tanks were deployed around hotels, and police and army patrols searched vehicles on the road to Libya.Wednesday’s attacks have fuelled fears about the future of the country’s tourism sector, still struggling from the 2011 revolution that resulted in a 30-percent drop in revenues.One newspaper said the attacks meant “terrorism is now targeting tourism.”“The target now is the beating heart of the Tunisian economy,” read the editorial in the Une le Temps daily.But Mohamed Ali Toumi, the head of a Tunisian travel agents’ federation, expressed optimism ahead of the winter high season for travel to desert areas on the borders with Algeria and Libya.“People are a little reluctant to book stays, this is true, but we believe it will be short-lived… It will be difficult for the next few days, then we will return to normal, God willing,” he said. ‘Attacks won’t derail transition’The presidency insisted the attacks, which have yet to be claimed, would not “derail” the democratic transition following the 2011 revolution, which kicked off the Arab Spring.A national dialogue is under way between the ruling Islamist party Ennahda and the opposition to end a months-long political crisis sparked by the July assassination of opposition politician Mohamed Brahmi by suspected jihadists.As part of a roadmap agreed by political leaders to break the stalemate, Ennahda is to hand over power to an interim government made up of independents.Ennahda’s veteran leader Rached Ghannouchi, who has been criticised in the past for encouraging dialogue with hardline Salafists, denounced “those who tried to target tourists,” calling them “criminals who want to destroy Tunisia, its economy and its democratic transition.”In Wednesday’s first attack, the suicide bomber “blew himself up” near the four-star Riadh Palms hotel in Sousse, the interior ministry said.According to witnesses, he had tried to enter the hotel but fled to the beach when guards spotted him.Within half an hour, security forces foiled another suicide attack by an 18-year-old man on the tomb of former president Habib Bourguiba, in Monastir, 20 kilometres (12 miles) away along the coast.The ministry said special forces arrested five members of Ansar al-Sharia, an Al-Qaeda-linked Salafist movement, over the attacks.Since the 2011 revolution that toppled Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, Tunisia has been rocked by violence blamed on radical Islamists suppressed under the former dictator, including the killings this year of Brahmi and another opposition MP.Wednesday’s failed suicide bombings are the first in Tunisia since 2002, when an attack claimed by Al-Qaeda killed 21 people at the ancient Ghriba synagogue on Djerba.Ennahda, which swept Tunisia’s first post-revolutionary elections in October 2011, has been sharply criticised by the opposition for failing to combat a rise in jihadist militancy.The government has linked Tunisia’s armed jihadists to Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, and says it lacks the resources to combat them.
Washington – The United States “welcomes” the Moroccan government’s initiative to reform the Military Code of Justice and to exempt civilians from trial by military tribunals, a U.S. State Department official told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP), calling the decision as “an important step forward in strengthening the protection of human rights in Morocco.” “In the Joint Statement issued on the occasion of the November 22 visit of King Mohammed VI to Washington DC, President Barack Obama welcomed the Sovereign’s commitment to end the practice of military trials of civilians,” the official recalled.“We are pleased to see this commitment made concrete in the form of this draft law. We understand it will now move to Parliament for that body’s approval.” “We urge the Parliament to act quickly to pass the law so that its impact is not delayed,” he said. The US official also noted that the United States also welcomes “the growing role of the National Council on Human rights as a credible and proactive defender of human rights, and are encouraged by the Council of Government’s decision to strengthen the CNDH by ensuring that government agencies address complaints directed to it.”He said “both of these measures are important steps forward in strengthening the protection of human rights in Morocco and in realizing the promise of the 2011 Constitution.”
“We can ensure that people move in a way that is safe and legal, and which protects their rights,” Mr. Ban said in his address to the inaugural Global Forum on Migration and Development in Brussels, Belgium. “We can work to strengthen the positive impact of migration on the development of migrants’ home countries. We can encourage destination countries to promote the success of migrants, both in their original and their adopted homes.”Mr. Ban noted that the emergence of migration – a “sensitive” issue – as a top priority was a slow process, culminating in the launch of the Forum.“As we have grasped migration’s powerful potential for good, old stereotypes have crumbled, and new opportunities have captured our imaginations,” he said, observing that migrants are propelled by the “age-old pursuit of a better life, as well as by increasingly understood phenomena such as climate change.”Therefore, he said, “we accept that we must take effective action without delay.”Although migrants have been assisting their families and communities for decades, it is only recently that there has been a deepened understanding of how effective policies can augment the positive boon on development posed by migration.Mr. Ban stressed that migrants have much to offer – in the economic, social and cultural realms – to developed countries.“Their cultures, values and traditions not only enrich our societies, but enable us to adapt successfully to a world that is growing fast,” he said, citing how migrants have founded prominent companies such as eBay, Mittal, Google and Intel, as well as becoming innovators in research.He pointed out that lesser-skilled migrants also have much to contribute, performing “many of the most essential tasks that undergird our well-being.”Underscoring his commitment to the Forum’s efforts, Mr. Ban pledged the UN’s support through his Special Representative for Migration and Development, Peter Sutherland, who was reappointed to his post today.Also speaking at the Forum was Director Carmen Moreno of the UN International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (UN-INSTRAW), who emphasized the important role women play with regard to remittances.Noting that half of all remittance senders and the greater part of remittance recipients are women, she said that “unless the entire migration process is examined from a gender perspective, projects that aim to maximize the pros and reduce the cons of remittances are doomed to fail.”Over 120 Governments, 200 civil society representatives, and numerous international organizations and UN institutions are expected to attend the Forum, which concludes tomorrow.While in Brussels, Mr. Ban also met today with Javier Solana, the European Union High Representative, and highlighted the “very friendly and cooperative relationship” between their respective offices.Following their discussions, Mr. Ban told reporters that he discussed the issue of Kosovo at length with Mr. Solana.“Because of the lack of progress in taking action on the recommendation of my Special Envoy for the future status of Kosovo, my position is that any further delay or prolongation of this issue will not be beneficial, not only for the Balkan States but also for the unity of the European Union.”He asked the parties involved to “not take any premature unilateral actions which may further complicate this already complicated issue.” 10 July 2007United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today urged immediate and effective action to aid the plight of the world’s 200 million migrants, characterizing the phenomenon of migration as “one of the great global challenges of our century.”
HALIFAX — Nova Scotia-based Clearwater Seafoods has a deal to buy Macduff Shellfish Group for the equivalent of $195 million.Macduff is a U.K.-based integrated seafood company with a strong presence in the European Union.Clearwater chief executive Ian Smith says the two companies have been building a working relationship for more than three years and he’s confident Macduff is a good fit.Clearwater eyes a bigger piece of the seafood pieMacduff has 14 scallop harvesting vessels and production plants in Mintlaw and Stornoway, Scotland.Clearwater also has its own fleet and plants that process scallops, lobster, clams, coldwater shrimp, crab and groundfish.Clearwater will pay 94.4 million pounds plus four million pounds of seasonal debt to acquire Macduff, which is currently owned by the Beaton Family and Change Capital Partners.It expects the deal to close by Oct. 30.The Canadian Press