Djokovic delighted with tennis fan Ronaldos presence

Posted On Sep 18 2019 by

first_imgTennis’ world number one player Novak Djokovic was thrilled to see Cristiano Ronaldo in the stands for his game on MondayThe Juventus star was left out of Portugal’s squad for the current international break and has been making use of his free time by catching up on Tennis.Ronaldo was seen at the 02 Arena in London this week with his partner, Georgina Rodriguez, and oldest son, Cristiano Ronaldo Jr, watching Djokovic in action.And the Serb didn’t disappoint with a dominant win over American John Isner in their group stage opener of the ATP Finals.Djokovic ended up with a 6-4 6-3 win and later commented on Ronaldo being in the stands.“I had colours of his club [Juventus] on my attire tonight,” said Djokovic, according to Tennis365.“I’m sure he was happy to see that.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“It’s great to have big football star, a sports star like him, court-side watching tennis.“He used to come and watch a lot in Madrid [at the ATP 1000 Madrid Masters].“He used to come watch Rafa [Nadal], Roger [Federer] and myself.“He’s a fan of tennis. It’s really, really nice as he’s one of the biggest sports stars in the last decade.“It’s great for our sport to have him there.”Ronaldo will return to action for Juventus’ home game against SPAL in the Serie A on November 24.last_img read more


BMW Jaguar and Porsche invest in mobility startup Urgently

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_img BMW Land Rover Jaguar Porsche More about 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S Coupe 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Preview • 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S: The complete package The 2020 Porsche 911 Carrera S is at the top of its game Share your voice 0 Post a comment 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 40 Photos More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Tags Enlarge ImageAs someone who has diagnosed and remedied a problem in less time than it took a tow truck to arrive, Urgent.ly sounds like a fantastic innovation. Sam Edwards/Getty Images Three major automakers have invested good money into a startup that could change the way roadside assistance is handled.The venture arms of BMW, Jaguar Land Rover and Porsche have invested a combined $21 million in Urgent.ly, a US-based startup that offers its services in North America, Europe and Asia. The hope is that this system will reduce the time it takes help to arrive, as some service providers arranged through insurance companies or automakers can take hours to arrive.Urgent.ly is, in essence, a roadside assistance provider that takes an Uber-like approach to its operations, acting as a middleman connecting drivers in need to tow or mobile-service companies that are able to help. Instead of using humans to pair drivers to service providers, Urgent.ly does it all with algorithms built into its platform.”The old model of roadside assistance must make way for a modern, more digital approach,” said Kasper Sage, a partner at BMW i Ventures, in a statement. “Urgent.ly will allow OEMs around the world to provide their customers the kind of real-time and connected digital experience they now expect in everything from food delivery to ride-sharing.”For BMW at least, Urgent.ly will collaborate with the automaker’s own roadside service platform, offering its services to owners of BMW, Mini and Rolls-Royce vehicles in the US. With a majority of roadside-assistance providers already plugged into Urgent.ly’s system, this could be a huge boon for any driver looking for quick assistance on the roadside. Car Industry Auto Techlast_img read more


Govt creating ground to remove CJ BNP

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgRizvi AhmedBNP senior joint secretary Ruhul Kabir Rizvi on Wednesday said there is a speculation among people that the government may take a move to remove chief justice Surendra Kumar Sinha creating a ground of his mental illness, reports UNB.”The government has been in deep agony following the Supreme Court verdict’s observation that the country is now under the grip of misrule for lack the rule of law and the corruption is widespread here. That’s why it has become restless and reckless,” said the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader.Speaking at a discussion, he further said, “Discussions are there among people whether the government is going ahead with an ill motive to remove the chief justice saying he is mentally sick.”Bangladesh National Awami Party-Bangladesh (Nap) arranged the programme at the National Press Club, marking its ex-chairman and former minister Shafiqul Gani Swapan’s eight death anniversary.Rizvi said the government wants a person like the current Chief Election Commissioner (Nurul Huda) for the post of Chief Justice. “They’re angry as the current Chief Justice is not like that type of person. So, they’re now trying to remove him.”He said the government has got upset by the 16th amendment verdict as it has depicted its misrule and the country’s appalling situation. “That’s why they’re issuing various threats to remove the Chief Justice.”The BNP leader said the government has started playing a game with public life by snatching their all the basic rights.He also accused the government of trying to control the media and suppress the opposition to perpetuate its power.Referring to Awami League leader Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh’s demand for resignation of Attorney General Mahbubey Alam, Rizvi said the ruling party has got so unnerved that it is now seeking the removal of its very trusted person.He said the Attorney General has long been working devotedly to keep BNP leaders and activists in jail whenever they get arrested. “The country never got such a loyal Attorney General. Alas! An Awami League MP is seeking his resignation.”Rizvi warned that Fazle Noor Taposh may seek the resignation of prime minister Sheikh Hasina one day.last_img read more


Quota protestors suspend decision to boycott exams

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgBangladesh Sadharon Chhatra Adhikar Sankrakkhan Parishad leaders and activists stage demonstration in Shahbag intersection demanding reform in existing quota system in public services.Quota protestors have suspended their decision to boycott exams, in consideration of Ramadan and the session jam following the quota reform strike.Addressing a press conference on Dhaka University campus, Bangladesh Sadharan Chhatra Adhikar Sangrakkhan Parisad (Bangladesh General Students Rights Protection Council) made this announcement on Saturday.However, they will continue boycotting classes until the a gazette notification is issued regarding reforms in the public service quota system, said Hassan Al Mamun Hassan, convenor of the Chhatra Parishad.The protestors have condemned harassment and abuse of students in different universities and colleges across the country and demanded that the authorities take immediate action against the accused, Hassan said at the press conference.“Certain ‘over-enthusiastic unscrupulous quarters’ are such instigating such violence to embarrass the government” he added.In reply to a question as to who these ‘over-enthusiastic’ quarters are, the joint convenor of the council, Nurul Haque said, quarters within Chhatra League are harassing the general students.“Anyone who believes in the ideology of Bangabandhu, will never act in this manner,” he said.Nurul Haque went on to say, “They are continuing with such violence because no action is being taken against them. This lack of action makes us wonder if they government is backing them.”   Joint convenors of the council Rashed Khan and Faruk Hossain were also present at the press conference.last_img read more


Metros Biggest Union Voted to Strike Will They

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comMetro workers are fed up, and on July 15 many frontline workers from its largest union voted to allow its leadership to call for a strike– a form of protesting currently illegal to its members.“Thousands of members turned out for the strike authorization vote yesterday meeting in Forestville, Maryland where members voted “yes” in favor of planning a strike by 94%,” a union release said Monday.Jackie Jeter, president of ATU Local 689, is coy about whether or not her union will go on strike. (Courtesy photo)Yet since striking is still illegal for union members, the overwhelming vote for a strike doesn’t mean it will actually happen.The District’s last transit strike was forty years ago.“The last time Local 689 held a strike authorization vote was in 1978 that resulted in a [weeklong] wildcat strike,” the union release said.President Jackie Jeter of Amalgamated Transit Unit (ATU) Local 689, is not spilling any information on if and when a strike will take place.“The union has no plans to make its timeline of events public, but will share developments at the appropriate time,” the release said.According to WAMU, ATU will probably meet this week to discuss next steps.There’s inherent urgency because if workers do, indeed, strike, the transportation system that spans Maryland and D.C. will no longer be available for service.“If we don’t move, this region doesn’t move,” union vice president Carroll Thomas said after Sunday’s vote and meetings.Political leaders, such as Virginia House Republican Speaker Kirk Cox, are asking that the state challenges the strike to “protect the thousands of Virginians who rely on Metro every day, and ensure the Northern Virginia economy does not come to a standstill because of this irresponsible move.”Virginia, along with Maryland and the District signed on to give Metro $500 million in dedicating funding earlier this year.“The ATU’s action threatens not only to cripple the region, but also to do significant damage to the political progress we’ve made over the last year,” Virginia House leadership said in the release. “We will not write a blank check to a dysfunctional organization.”Despite the political concerns and obvious effect on the public, Metro workers say they are tired of being mistreated.“This is not against the public,” Jeter said. “We’re all on the same side and I wish the public would come out and tell management to treat workers right as [Metro] should treat the public right,” the union president said.Jeter and ATU Second Vice President Raymond Jackson, said workers are concerned after changes were made to the sick leave policy, random background checks were instituted and most recently the hiring of non-union contractors to do custodial work.“[Workers] have reached that point where enough is enough,” Jackson said. Further Jackson emphasized that while the strike is a contract violation, General Manager Paul Wiedefeld has also violated the contract many times.“[Thousands] of members don’t show up on a Sunday if there’s not a problem,” Jackson said.Wiedefeld said he is trying to rectify the issues and avoid striking.  He threatened termination for those who strike.“We are prepared to pursue all remedies to protect service for our customers, including seeking relief from the courts and progressive discipline up to, and including, termination,” Wiedefeld wrote to employees on July 13. “To be clear, this is the last thing I want to do, and I am hopeful that no further action is necessary.”Word buzzing in the city is that the union may try to do something major on Tuesday- the day set for the MLB All-Star Game, yet no union member has confirmed or denied the rumor.last_img read more


Jones Plans To Run In Hopes of Rebuilding Morgan Football

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgBY MARK F. GRAY, Special to the AFROMorgan State’s interim head coach Ernest Jones plans to run into the challenge of rebuilding the football program.  In an era of run pass option (RPO) offense Jones prefers limiting the pass, focusing on the rush, and hard nose defense as they look to restore credibility to the program which is three years removed from sharing a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference championship.“This is a new day and are creating a new identity on offense,” Jones said to the AFRO.  “We don’t care who knows it. We are going to line up and give the ball to our bruising, physical running backs. You may know what’s coming but it will be hard to stop”.Morgan State University Interim Coach Ernest Jones (Courtesy Photo/Twitter.com @MorganStBears)Jones faces an uphill battle as he tries to re-energize their students, fan base, and keep the team motivated. The Bears are ineligible for postseason this year as the program failed to meet the NCAA’s Academic Progress Rate (APR) score of 930 for the second time in three years. The APR monitors eligibility and student-athletes’ progress toward graduation. Despite the improvement from 893 to 920 Morgan State can only be a spoiler to teams who are contending for the MEAC title and berth in the Celebration Bowl.The NCAA sanctions also limit the Bears to two less hours of team activities per week during the season and four fewer hours per week in the offseason. Morgan State also will not be allowed to have spring practice next year. That figures to complicate the rebuilding process that was stunted by the hasty departure of Lee Hull in 2015 who left to become receiver’s coach with the Indianapolis Colts.Morgan State has lost their stability on the sideline that marked Donald Hill-Eley’s 12-year tenure which ended in 2013. Since then Morgan’s program has returned to the days of the revolving door of head coaching that plagued them after the glory days of Hall of Fame coach Earl Banks era until Hill-Eley’s run. Jones is the Bears third head coach in four years and is ready to put his stamp on the team.He has been open about how the APR dilemma could work to their advantage by forcing players to compete in the classroom with the same voracity they bring to the stadium on gameday.  However, the culture he is trying to create is old school “three yards and a cloud of dust” offensively while playing physical defense in hopes of shrinking the opposition’s time of possession while controlling the ball on the ground.Morgan St. will feature a trio of backs who are physical and versatile but the constant for all the skill position players is blocking this year. Josh Chase, Jordan Riggins, and Jalen Jackson fit that mold. This backfield by committee personifies what Jones is looking for from his running back who average 200 pounds and figure to do most of their work between the tackles grounding out tough yards.Meanwhile, quarterback DeAndre Harris, a converted basketball player, figures to start the season opener vs. Towson after completing almost 60 percent of his passes last year for 781 yards with 10 TD and eight interceptions. He is being challenged by redshirt freshman D.J. Golatt. Josh Chase and Jordan Riggins give Morgan over 400 pounds at tailback which could wear down defenses. They also feature eight receivers including Notre Dame transfer Corey Holmes.We’re not going to be a trick team; we’re not going to try and beat you with a snap count. If you’re looking for 30 or 40 passes and 60 or 70 points, that probably won’t happen unless we can get it by running the football.”last_img read more


Tutu Awards Prize to US School Shooting Survivors

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgJOHANNESBURG (AP) — A group of young Americans who campaigned against gun violence after surviving a deadly shooting at their Florida school have received a prize from former South African archbishop Desmond Tutu.Archbishop Desmond Tutu, left awards the Children’s Peace Prize to students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High who campaigned against gun violence, from second left, Matt Deitsch, Jaclyn Corin, Emma Gonzalez and David Hogg in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday Nov. 20, 2018. (AP Photo)Tutu said in a statement Tuesday that the students showed that “children can move the world” and he compared the U.S. movement for gun control that they started to other big peace movements.The Nobel laureate, who is 87 and has health problems, attended the ceremony in Cape Town, South Africa for the International Children’s Peace Prize, an initiative of the Netherlands-based KidsRights Foundation.The prize went to David Hogg, Emma Gonzalez, Jaclyn Corin and Matt Deitsch, who were students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School when 17 people were killed there on Valentine’s Day. A former student was arrested.last_img read more