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  1. These days, whenever you go out drinking with a bunch of friends to a hipster pub that everyone's raving about, you're greeted by a strange sight. A group of friends, similar to yours, sitting on a table and actually interacting with each other through the shared camaraderie of board games, instead of staring at their smartphone screens until their eyes pop out. It looks like a scene straight out of a dream; table after table indulging in a fun game of UNO, Cards against Humanity, Scrabble, or Jenga with their friends while sipping on a pint of brewed beer. Except, believe it or not, it's definitely real. Millennials are making board games cool again. © Pinterest When we were growing up, board games were our closest friends. It's how we chose to unwind after a tiring day at school. At home, my parents, my sister and I would alternate between playing a game of Ludo or Carrom most evenings. My sister and I would team up against our parents, and treat the game in front of us as if it was a matter of life and death. Winning was of utmost importance; it was not only a sign of your mental prowess but also came with a sufficient amount of bragging rights. And, how cool was it to defeat your parents? Pretty much, I'd admit. I also remember hunched over a game of Snakes and Ladders and Scrabble with my set of friends on most weekends whenever we weren't in a mood to head out and cycle. Groups would be formed, allegations would be proclaimed, and memories would be etched. For weeks after, we would laugh out loud reminiscing about stories from a previous game- it could be a stupid move, an act of sly cheating or that winning moment. At that point, we didn't need to indulge in small talk with our friends, because board games gave us enough and more situations, memories and opportunities to talk about with each other. Almost all of us have our own personal memories attached to board games, don't we? © boredinvancouver But, back then, board games were still only an indoor game, regardless of how frequently we ended up playing it. It was our fall back option; one that we came to when we had exhausted all our other options. Naturally, over time we stopped relying on board games until there came a day when we didn't need it anymore. We had cellphones, laptops, Netflix, and Instagram and there were more than a million ways for us to talk to our friends. We just didn't need the help of board games anymore. As they accumulated dust, discarded on the top of our cupboards, we started forgetting their very charm. That changed, almost suddenly, two years ago. Ironically, it was our technologically drunk lives that distanced us from board games, and a year ago, it was our over-dependence on the same that had us running back to the comfort of these games. Allow me to explain. At a time when the internet has taken over our lives, and attention spans, we millennials are urgently looking for a way to disconnect. For a long time, hanging out with our friends would mean either watching Netflix together or staring at our phones over breakfast. It was like we were there, yet not there. It was around the same time that breweries and hipster cafes took to stocking board games in their premises in a bid to offer their customers an experience that they'd remember. And, for millennials like me, this was a golden opportunity. The only silver lining in forgetting the charm of board games is the fact that now we are rediscovering them with a unique gusto. Suddenly, board games are everywhere: at house parties, at destination weddings, and at your boss's bachelorette. © Thinkstock The takers for these new and improved games are also a dime a dozen. People started driving out in hordes with their friends to these pubs and cafe and rush to pick the board game for the evening. Small talk or staring at our phones was suddenly not on the agenda. In playing, losing and sharing a few laughs, board games are helping us connect with our friends better than ever. And guess what? It's no longer an activity strictly meant for the bland indoors. Millennials, have succeeded in not just making board games cool, but also taking them out to the world. After all, what's better than sipping your favourite pint and winning at Ludo. As it turns out, the world's merely a board game, and all millennials want to do is be the best player. So, the next time you meet people who scream hoarse about how millennials--the most awful generation to ever exist--have ruined almost everything, take them out and play their favourite board game with them.
  2. Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett talks to reporters prior to the Berkshire annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska, US, May 2, 2015. REUTERS/Rick Wilking/Files Kraft Heinz Co said on Friday billionaire investor Warren Buffett has decided to retire from the company?s board following the end of his term in April to reduce travel commitments. H.J. Heinz Co, backed by Buffett?s Berkshire Hathaway Inc and Brazil?s private equity firm 3G Capital, acquired Kraft Foods Group in 2015 to create one of the biggest food and beverage companies in the world. Berkshire Hathaway is Kraft Heinz?s biggest shareholder with 26.7 percent stake, as of December 31, according to Thomson Reuters data. Last week, the maker of Velveeta cheese and Heinz ketchup reported disappointing fourth-quarter results, a sign of continued pressure on processed food makers as more Americans opt for healthier meals. In the last few years, Buffett, 87, has shed many of his non-Berkshire responsibilities. Last month, he gave two top executives Ajit Jain and Gregory Abel greater oversight of Berkshire?s operating businesses, cementing their status as the front-runners to succeed Buffett atop the conglomerate. Kraft said it plans to nominate Alexandre Van Damme, a board member of Anheuser-Busch InBev and Restaurant Brands International, to stand for election to Buffett?s place in its 2018 annual stockholder meeting. Abel and Tracy Cool, chief executive of Berkshire?s unit, Pampered Chef, are the other Berkshire representatives on Kraft?s board. Kraft?s shares were down 1.4 percent in extended trading on Friday.
  3. Karachi, the country's largest metropolis, produces over 12,000 tonnes of garbage every day KARACHI: Sindh Solid Waste Management Board (SSWMB) appointed Tuaha Ahmed Farooqui as its Managing Director with immediate effect, as per a notification on Friday. According to the sources, previous MD AD Sanjani was shifted from the post because the Sindh government was not satisfied from the post. The notification stated that Sanjani was transferred and directed to report to local government and Housing Town Planning Department. Tuaha Farooqui previously served as the Secretary Transport. In October 2017, the SSWMB successfully reached a contract with a Chinese company to clean Karachi?s two districts, Malir and West. The agreement included three districts, Korangi, East and South in the first phase. Costing a total $9.65 million per year for district East since it produces around 322,357 tons of garbage daily, the contract for district South was estimated to cost $14.254 million, which generates 491,590 tons of solid waste. The seven-year contract included collecting garbage from houses to dumping it at landfill sites, as well as sweeping streets. Karachi, the country's largest metropolis, produces over 12,000 tonnes of garbage every day. Of this, only 4,000 tonnes end up at landfill sites while the rest is burnt at empty plots, grounds, parks, and roadsides.
  4. The Panama-registered MT Marine Express, loaded with 13,500 tonnes of petrol, had been anchored off the Benin city of Cotonou before authorities lost contact with the vessel. Photo: Marine Traffic NEW DELHI: A tanker with 22 Indian crew members on board has gone missing off West Africa, officials said Sunday, in waters plagued by piracy. The Panama-registered MT Marine Express, loaded with 13,500 tonnes of petrol, had been anchored off the Benin city of Cotonou before authorities lost contact with the vessel on Thursday. "Our mission in Abuja (Nigeria) is in touch with the authorities in Benin and Nigeria for their help in locating the ship and is constantly monitoring the situation," Indian foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said. The Hong Kong-based Anglo-Eastern shipping company, which manages the tanker, said the last contact with the crew was made on Thursday. "Authorities have been alerted and are responding. Our top priority is the safety of the crew, whose families have been contacted," it said on Twitter. Local media reports said it was the second ship to go missing from the area in the last month. In January, MT Barret went missing but the crew, most of them Indians, were released six days later after reportedly paying a ransom, the Hindustan Times said. Several ships have been targeted by pirates in the Gulf of Guinea, seriously disrupting the international shipping route and costing the global economy billions of dollars.
  5. WELLINGTON: A search was underway Saturday for a ferry with 50 people on board that has not been seen for more than a week in the tiny island nation of Kiribati in the central Pacific. New Zealand search officials, who have been called in to assist Fijian authorities, said the inter-island ferry MV Butiraoi was reported missing late Friday. The 17.5-metre wooden catamaran left Nonouti Island for Betio Tarawa in the Kiribati Islands on January 18. The 260-kilometre voyage was expected to take two days. "We understand the vessel underwent repairs to its propeller shaft just before it departed," New Zealand Rescue Co-Ordination Centre officer John Ashby said. "This may have contributed to problems navigating the journey. "The weather in that part of the Pacific is currently moderate with some swells." A New Zealand Air Force Orion plane has been dispatched to conduct an aerial search of the route the vessel was scheduled to take. Kiribati a nation of 33 atolls and reefs with a total population of about 110,000, lies some 3,460 kilometres (2,150 miles) northeast of Fiji.
  6. Larry Nassar ? a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges ? is escorted into the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan, US, January 24, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/Files The remaining directors of the U.S. gymnastics governing body are resigning in the wake of this week?s sentencing of the former national team doctor for molesting female athletes, USA Gymnastics said on Friday, complying with a demand by the U.S. Olympic Committee. The doctor, Larry Nassar, was sentenced on Wednesday to between 40 and 175 years in prison by a judge in Lansing, Michigan, following a week of blistering statements in court by his victims including Olympic gold medal-winning gymnasts Aly Raisman and Jordyn Wieber and other female athletes. He had pleaded guilty to sexual assault charges. USOC CEO Scott Blackmun on Thursday said USA Gymnastics would be stripped of its standing as a governing body if all board members did not quit, with a new interim board put in place by the end of February. At least five of the 21 members already had resigned as a result of the scandal. ?USA Gymnastics will comply with the USOC requirements,? Leslie King, a spokeswoman for USA Gymnastics, said in an email. The senior sports official at Michigan State University, where Nassar previously worked, announced his retirement on Friday. The departure of Athletic Director Mark Hollis came two days after university President Lou Anna Simon stepped down under pressure. Both said they were unaware of Nassar?s abuse until it was reported publicly. ?Our campus, and beyond, has been attacked by evil, an individual who broke trust and so much more,? Hollis told a news conference, referring to Nassar. ?I?m not running away from anything,? Hollis added, promising to cooperate with investigations into the matter. Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, whose office prosecuted Nassar, confirmed on Twitter that the office is investigating the university. U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced her department was investigating the university and will ?hold MSU accountable for any violations of federal law.? ?What happened at Michigan State is abhorrent,? DeVos said. Nassar, 54, was sentenced for sexually assaulting girls under the guise of medical treatment. ?Moral authority? Some critics who said the USOC could have caught Nassar sooner if it had acted on complaints made by athletes called the USA Gymnastics board resignations too little and too late. Several victims during Nassar?s sentencing hearing blamed the USOC, as well, for the abuse. ?I don?t think they have the moral authority to speak at all on this issue,? John Manly, a lawyer who represents 120 of Nassar?s victims including 2012 Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, said of the USOC. ?In fact, their board ought to resign and Scott Blackmun ought to resign, too,? Manly added. A USOC spokesman declined to comment on calls for that group?s board and Blackmun to resign. USOC board member Susanne Lyons called the USA Gymnastics board resignations ?a critical first step? to better protect athletes, but more work remained. A USOC investigation into how Nassar was able to abuse victims for years will include looking at whether any USOC officials themselves looked the other way. Congress also is investigating the matter. A House of Representatives investigation will examine allegations of sexual harassment by officials in other sports, including swimming and taekwondo. Raisman, who was among the more than 150 accusers who recounted their stories in court, vowed to keep the pressure on sports organizations to see who else knew about Nassar?s abuse. Nassar worked for the federation through four Olympic Games, but the allegations did not become public until 2016 in an investigative report by the Indianapolis Star. ?Everyone stood up for him,? Raisman told the ABC program ?The View.? ?My work, and the army of survivors, we?re not done yet. We still have to hold these organizations accountable.? Rachael Denhollander, the first victim to publicly accuse Nassar in 2016, wrote in a New York Times opinion piece that anyone who protected Nassar should face consequences. ?The first step toward changing the culture that led to this atrocity is to hold enablers of abuse accountable,? Denhollander wrote. The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, in announcing its investigation, said sports organizations ?must have mechanisms in place to ensure complete oversight and prevent such abuses from occurring.? The House next week is due to vote on legislation passed by the Senate in November that would require amateur athletics governing bodies to report sexual-abuse allegations immediately to law enforcement or a child welfare agency.
  7. Larry Nassar ? a former team USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges ? sits in the courtroom during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan, US, January 22, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid Three USA Gymnastics board members resigned on Monday in the wake of its former team physician sexually abusing female gymnasts, a step the organization said would support its reform efforts. USA Gymnastics has been criticized by several of the sport?s top gymnasts during the sentencing hearing of former team doctor Larry Nassar who pleaded guilty in November to 10 counts of molesting female gymnasts. About 160 victims were expected to make statements in Ingham County Circuit Court in Lansing, Michigan. The resignations include the board chairman Paul Parilla, vice chairman Jay Binder, and treasurer Bitsy Kelley, who comprise the gymnastics governing body?s executive leadership team, USA Gymnastics said in a statement. ?We believe this step will allow us to more effectively move forward in implementing change within our organization,? the body said. ?We remain focused on working every day to ensure that our culture, policies and actions reflect our commitment to those we serve,? it said. Prosecutors have asked for a sentence of 40 to 125 years for Nassar, 54, who was also a prominent physician at a Michigan State University sports clinic. Nassar is already serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison on child pornography convictions. On Thursday, USA Gymnastics terminated its agreement with the Karolyi Ranch in Huntsville, Texas, where a number of top gymnasts said they were victims of Nassar?s sexual abuse. The facility had been used for regular training camps. Last March, USA Gymnastics President and Chief Executive Steve Penny resigned as the organization was criticized for how it handled complaints about Nassar. On Friday, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman blasted US gymnastics officials for failing to protect her and other women from years of sexual abuse, calling the governing body ?rotten from the inside.? Raisman ? the co-captain of the US women?s gymnastics squad at the 2012 London and 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games ? called for an independent investigation into US gymnastics and Olympic officials who she said had the power to stop Nassar. ?It?s clear now that if we leave it up to these organizations, history is likely to repeat itself,? Raisman, 23, said, referring to USA Gymnastics and the US Olympic Committee. USA Gymnastics also said in the Monday statement it will work to promote athlete safety and prevent future abuse by adopting and enforcing its new ?safe sport? policy that more clearly defines misconduct and prevents inappropriate interaction.
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  9. Yusuf Pathan/File photo NEW DELHI: Indian batsman Yusuf Pathan has received a five-month ban due to a doping violation but will be free to play from Monday after it was backdated to August, the country´s cricket board (BCCI) has said. The 35-year-old, who played the last of his 57 one-day internationals in 2012 but has been active in domestic cricket, "inadvertently ingested" a prohibited substance to treat an upper respiratory tract infection, the BCCI said in a statement on Tuesday. A urine sample collected last year tested positive for terbutaline, which features in the World Anti-Doping Agency´s list of prohibited substances. He was provisionally suspended in October and the board, convinced by the player´s explanation, backdated the start of his five-month suspension to mid-August. "Having considered all of the evidence and taken expert external advice, the BCCI has accepted Mr Pathan´s explanation.. and on that basis has agreed that a period of ineligibility of five months should apply, together with the disqualification of certain results." Pathan, whose six-hitting ability and tidy off-spin bowling made him a limited-overs asset, is free to play from Monday.
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  11. NEW DELHI: India's competition watchdog on Thursday fined the country's powerful cricket governing body $8 million over a multi-billion dollar broadcasting deal for the Indian Premier League. The Competition Commission ruled that the Board of Control for Cricket in India, the world's wealthiest national cricket body, abused its position by agreeing to broadcasters' demands that it would not allow a rival to the IPL. The commission ordered the BCCI to pay 520 million INR ($8 million) within 60 days. Sony Pictures Networks has held the rights since the IPL started in 2008. But in a major coup, Rupert Murdoch's Star India channel in September bought the rights for 2018-22 for $2.55 billion -- a 150 percent increase on the previous deal -- confirming the league as one of the world´s hottest sports properties. The anti-trust commission made an initial ruling in 2013 that the BCCI's deal with Sony was illegal because of a clause which prevented the BCCI from allowing any other 20-over league to compete with the IPL. The cricket body won a court order forcing a review of the case. But the commission's new ruling came to the same conclusion and ordered the same fine. The BCCI had pleaded that bidders for the television deal had insisted on the no-competition clause. "BCCI has not provided any justification as to how this self-imposed restriction of not organising, sanctioning, approving or supporting another T20 cricket event that will be competing with IPL, is connected to the interest of cricket," the competition commission said. The commission said that "in the absence of any plausible explanation" it had found that the clause was intended to "enhance the commercial interest of the bidders of broadcasting rights" and the revenues received by BCCI. In addition to the fine, the commission said the BCCI must not place any "blanket restriction" on the organisation of professional leagues to rival the IPL. The BCCI made no immediate comment on the fine. But the ruling is a new blow to the body that has been managed by a panel appointed by the Supreme Court in 2016 to reform it. The BCCI has in recent years been riven by infighting and allegations of shady dealings.
  12. While Sanjay Leela Bhansali's 'Padmavati' starring Deepika Padukone is facing protests in India, the movie has been cleared by the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC). The movie has been given a 12A rating by the BBFC citing "moderate violence, injury detail," and has given the movie a go-ahead for screening without any cuts. In India, Rajput groups and politicians have accused Bhansali of distorting history, with a bounty also being placed on Padukone and Bhansali. Meanwhile, historians are unsure whether the queen depicted in the movie ever existed. She is first mentioned in a 16th-century poem 'Padmavat' according to the Press Trust of India (PTI). As yet it is still unclear when 'Padmavati' earlier scheduled to be released on December 1 will be released.
  13. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaks during a news conference after a two day Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) meeting in Washington, US, March 15, 2017. REUTERS/Yuri Gripas/Files WASHINGTON: Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said on Monday she will resign her seat on the Fed?s Board of Governors once Jerome Powell is confirmed and sworn in to replace her as head of the US central bank. In a letter to President Donald Trump, which was released by the Fed, Yellen, 71, also vowed to ?do my utmost to ensure a smooth transition? to Powell, who was nominated to succeed her by Trump earlier this month. Powell, also on the seven-member Fed board, must be confirmed by the Senate before assuming his new job. He will have a confirmation hearing next week before the Senate Banking Committee, but no vote on his nomination has been scheduled. It is expected that Powell will be in place when Yellen?s four-year term as Fed chief ends in February. Yellen, credited with putting the economy on a firmer footing and steering monetary policy away from the firefighting mode that followed the 2007-2009 recession and financial crisis, could have stayed on as a Fed governor until 2024. It has been common practice, however, for departing Fed chiefs to also leave the board at the same time as a courtesy to give the successor clear leadership of the group. Board terms run for 14 years. In her letter to Trump, Yellen said she was ?gratified by the substantial improvement in the economy since the crisis,? noting that 17 million net jobs had been added during roughly the last eight years. Yellen served as a Fed vice chair before Democratic President Barack Obama nominated her as Fed chief in 2014. The economy ?by most metrics, is close to achieving the Federal Reserve?s statutory objectives of maximum employment and price stability?, she wrote to Trump, a Republican. Yellen was the first woman appointed to lead the Fed. Before that role, she was also president of the San Francisco Fed, and head of the White House?s Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton. She also served a separate term as a Fed governor earlier in the 1990s. Her departure from the Fed board will give Trump, who lauded the economy?s performance under Yellen but said he wanted to name his own Fed chief, that much more room to reshape the central bank by opening up another spot to fill. Should he choose to do so, Trump will be able to appoint five of the board?s seven potential members, filling four open seats alongside his sole board appointment to date of Randal Quarles as vice chair for supervision.
  14. BUENOS AIRES: An Argentine military submarine with 44 crew members on board was missing at sea on Friday, prompting a massive search to locate the vessel which may have suffered a communication error, a navy spokesman said. The vessel was in the southern Argentine Sea when it gave its last location two days ago. ?We are investigating the reasons for the lack of communication,? Argentine naval spokesman Enrique Balbi told reporters. ?If there was a communication problem, the boat would have to come to the surface.? Balbi said the submarine, which left the southern city of Ushuaia for Mar del Plata, both in Argentina, has food supply for several days and is likely to continue its journey despite communication problems.
  15. PESHAWAR: Former Pakistan skipper, Zaheer Abbas has been appointed as the President of the Board of Zalmi Group. ?It is a great privilege and honour for the entire Zalmi family that one of the biggest names in the cricketing world has acquiesced to join us. The Zalmi vision has always been about the expansion of the sport through the potential of youth,? said Chairman Peshawar Zalmi, Javed Afridi. According to Afridi, Zaheer Abbas as President of the Board would provide input on the foundation plans for Peshawar Zalmi. Zaheer Abbas who is known as the Asian Bradman said Pakistan Super League has helped cricket in Pakistan evolve into a new era and he appreciates the dynamism of Peshawar Zalmi and hopes the franchise will repeat their performance in the third season. A stylish batsman of his era, Zaheer Abbas scored 5,062 runs for Pakistan in 78 test matches and 2,572 runs in 62 ODI's. He is also the only Pakistani batsman to have scored over 100 first-class centuries, 108 to be precise and a mammoth 34,843 runs in first-class cricket
  16. From sport to cuisine, from fashion to finance, industries in the United States are dogged by revelations in the wake of Harvey Weinstein´s disgrace. Photo: AFP file NEW YORK: Sexual harassment in the workplace is a global scourge. From sport to cuisine, from fashion to finance, here is a round-up of industries in the United States dogged by revelations in the wake of Harvey Weinstein´s disgrace. Cinema Since early October, more than 50 women have accused the Hollywood mogul Weinstein of sexual misconduct ranging from inappropriate touching to rape and stretching back decades. His accusers include Angelina Jolie and Gwyneth Paltrow. This week actress Dominique Huett filed a lawsuit charging that The Weinstein Company was complicit in the abuse in knowing for years of its co-founder's "repeated acts of sexual misconduct with women." Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon has said she was 16 when she was assaulted for the first time by an unnamed director, saying she felt "anger" at "the agents and the producers who made me feel that silence was a condition of my employment." Dozens of accusations have been made against director James Toback for unwanted sexual encounters. Pop singer Bjork also said she was harassed by an unnamed director, saying "it is a universal thing that a director can touch and harass his actresses at will and the institution of film allows it". Fashion Conde Nast this week axed Terry Richardson, a 65-year-old New York photographer famed for sexually explicit images, effectively blacklisting his work from some of the biggest magazines in the world. The media company acted only after a British newspaper called him the "Harvey Weinstein of fashion" despite the years of allegations. US model Cameron Russell launched an Instagram campaign called #MyJobShouldNotIncludeAbuse that swiftly garnered more than 70 anonymous accounts of abuse, lewd behaviour and harassment. Finance Fidelity Investments, one of the biggest finance firms in the world, sacked two senior executives including one who ran a $16 billion tech fund, over sexual harassment allegations, it has emerged post-Weinstein. The company is presided over by CEO Abigail Johnson, widely considered the most powerful woman in the male-dominated world of US finance. "We simply will not, and do not, tolerate this type of behaviour," a company spokesman told AFP by email. Food Celebrity chef John Besh, who fed world leaders and appeared on television, stepped down from his company on Monday following complaints of sexual harassment at his restaurants. But he denied an abusive culture at his company where women alleged co-workers and supervisors engaged in unwanted touching, made inappropriate comments, and at times tried to coerce women for ***. "The beginning of the end of institutionalized Meathead Culture in the restaurant business," tweeted celebrity TV chef Anthony Bourdain. Media Fox News has long been rocked by allegations that its late former chairman Roger Ailes and ex-star presenter Bill O'Reilly settled multiple allegations of sexual harassment brought by female colleagues. The New York Times reported last week that O'Reilly, who has since been fired, settled one harassment claim for $32 million in January. "What on Earth would justify that amount? What awfulness went on?" former Fox anchor Megyn Kelly said on her NBC morning show on Monday. Leon Wieseltier, a prominent editor at The New Republic, apologized this week after women accused him of sexual harassment, The New York Times reported. "I am ashamed to know that I made any of them feel demeaned and disrespected," he reportedly wrote. Music Shock rocker Marilyn Manson announced late Tuesday that he had "decided to part ways" with longtime band member Jeordie White, whose former girlfriend accused him of rape. "I wish him well," Manson tweeted, offering no further details. Politics Former US president George H.W. Bush, 93, issued an apology on Wednesday after an actress accused him of groping her from his wheelchair four years ago and telling a dirty joke with his wife Barbara by his side. "President Bush would never ? under any circumstance ? intentionally cause anyone distress," said a spokesman. An open letter is circulating in Illinois that, without naming individuals outlines incidents of powerful male politicians making inappropriate advances toward female staff in the midwestern state. More than 140 female politicians and staffers signed a similar open letter in California last week. In Europe, lawmakers debated ways to end all forms of sexual harassment and were due to vote on a resolution on the subject Thursday. Sport Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney revealed on October 18 that she was molested throughout her career, starting at the age of 13, by former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Nassar, who is facing trial on more than 20 counts of assault, molested her at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Tokyo, she said. More than 350 gymnasts were reportedly abused, according to the Indianapolis Star and the scandal forced the resignation of USA Gymnastics chief Steve Penny earlier this year.
  17. LOS ANGELES: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of The Weinstein Company, the board announced on Tuesday, as he faces allegations that he sexually harassed or assaulted a number of women over three decades in the film business. In a statement, the board said it also ratified its Oct. 8 decision to fire Weinstein as chief executive of the movie and television company he co-founded with his brother. A source close to Weinstein confirmed that he had resigned from the board and had no further comment. Weinstein has denied having non-consensual *** with anyone. The Weinstein Co is now trying to chart a future without Weinstein, the aggressive dealmaker with a talent for managing Hollywood talent, money and egos. On Monday, it said it was in talks to sell the bulk of its assets to private equity firm Colony Capital. One of Hollywood?s most influential forces since launching in October 2005, The Weinstein Co has produced and distributed films including ?The King?s Speech? and ?Silver Linings Playbook.? Its TWC Television unit produces the long-running reality series ?Project Runway.? Harvey Weinstein is credited with conceiving the strategy that scored dozens of Oscar awards for the company?s films. Hollywood trade publication Variety reported earlier on Tuesday that Weinstein had resigned from the company?s board.
  18. Anil Kumble NEW DELHI: India´s powerful cricket board hastily deleted a birthday message for record Test wicket-taker Anil Kumble Tuesday after irate fans took offence at the spinning great being described simply as a "former bowler". The row follows Kumble´s acrimonious departure as national coach in June, when he quit saying his relationship with captain Virat Kohli was "untenable". The Board of Control for Cricket in India joined in the well wishes for Kumble´s 47th birthday but quickly backtracked after its low-key description sent fans into a spin. "Here´s wishing former #TeamIndia bowler @anilkumble1074 a very happy birthday," read the BCCI message on its official Twitter account, before the post was deleted. Fans of Kumble were angered, saying the board was playing down the achievements of India´s greatest bowler. "Umm bowler? Wasnt he also Captain and Coach and is India´s leading Wicket taker?" replied television journalist and author Digvijay Singh Deo on Twitter. Other fans urged the board to give Kumble his "due respect". The BCCI then tweeted another message calling him "former captain" and "legend", but the damage was done. Kumble´s relationship with the BCCI was the subject of much speculation after his resignation. It was reported in the Indian press that board officials tried to salvage ties between Kumble and Kohli, but that the relationship was beyond repair. Kumble, who played for India for 17 years, has never commented publicly on the matter. Ravi Shastri was since been appointed coach of the Indian side. Kumble, or ´Jumbo´ as he is fondly known, remains India´s highest Test wicket-taker with his 619 scalps in 132 matches.
  19. ICC Board meeting in Auckland, New Zealand/ICC A Test match world championship and an ODI league are all set to be introduced to international cricket after the International Cricket Council (ICC) Board gave a go-ahead to the concept on the final day of the governing body's meeting in Auckland, New Zealand on Friday. The Test championship will see nine teams play six series over two years ? three home and three away, while the ODI league will be a direct qualification pathway towards the ICC Cricket World Cup and will be contested by the 12 Full Members plus the winners of the current ICC World Cricket League Championship, the ICC said in a press release. The first two-year Test championship will begin at the conclusion of the 2019 World Cup, with the top two teams by April 2021 to play off in a championship final in England in June of that year. The first ODI league will commence in 2020-21, running for two years leading into the 2023 World Cup, before converting to a three-year league in each cycle beyond that. ?I would like to congratulate our Members on reaching this agreement and putting the interests of the development of the game first,? said ICC Chairman Shashank Manohar. ?Bringing context to bilateral cricket is not a new challenge, but this is the first time a genuine solution has been agreed on.? ICC Chief Executive Dave Richardson said: ?This is a significant point in time for ICC Members and our collective desire to secure a vibrant future for international bilateral cricket. The approval of both leagues is the conclusion of two years of work from the Members who have explored a whole range of options to bring context to every game. ?The ICC Board decision today means we can now go and finalise a playing schedule for the first edition as well as the points system, hosting arrangements and competition terms.? The ICC Board also approved a trial of four-day Test matches to run through until the World Cup 2019. Members will be able to schedule four-day games by bilateral agreement. ?Our priority was to develop an international cricket structure that gave context and meaning across international cricket and particularly in the Test arena. This has been delivered and every Test in the new League will be a five-day Test format,? Richardson said. ?However throughout the discussions about the future of Test cricket it became clear that whilst context is crucial we must also consider alternatives and trial initiatives that may support the future viability of Test cricket. The trial is exactly that, a trial, just in the same way day-night Tests and technology have been trialled by Members,? he continued. ?Four-day Tests will also provide the new Test playing countries with more opportunities to play the longer version of the game against more experienced opponents, which, in turn, will help them to hone their skills and close the gap with the top nine ranked teams,? the ICC chief added.
  20. SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc co-founder Travis Kalanick said he had appointed two new directors, a surprise move that publicly reignited a board battle over the role of the ousted former chief executive. Kalanick?s move on Friday sought to pre-empt a move by new Chief Executive Dara Khosrowshahi to restructure the board and gain greater control, a person familiar with the co-founder?s decision said. Uber said in a statement on Friday the company was surprised by Kalanick?s action. Company investors are divided over whether Kalanick should remain on the board and whether he should be allowed to name two other directors. Benchmark Capital, which had pressured Kalanick to resign as CEO in the wake of several governance scandals, did not respond to a request for comment. Khosrowshahi is scrambling to portray Uber as a reformed company that is turning a page on concerns including sexual harassment claims and a U.S. bribery probe. Investors have described diluting Kalanick?s power as a necessary step on the path to making amends. Kalanick, still one of the largest shareholders, said in a statement he had appointed former Xerox Chief Executive Ursula Burns and former Merrill Lynch Chief Executive John Thain as directors. ?I am appointing these seats now in light of a recent board proposal to dramatically restructure the board and significantly alter the company?s voting rights. It is therefore essential that the full board be in place for proper deliberation to occur, especially with such experienced board members as Ursula and John,? he said. He did not specify the proposals he opposed. Uber had nine directors before Kalanick?s Friday appointments. The person familiar with the matter said that Kalanick acted after Khosrowshahi had outlined a plan to directors, which is scheduled to be voted on October 3, that would give him control of four board seats in addition to his own on a panel that now has 11 directors. Khosrowshahi?s plan calls for transferring one of the two Kalanick-controlled positions to SoftBank Group Corp, which is considering an investment in Uber, the source said. Khosrowshahi effectively could put a person of his choosing in the other seat, as well as three other existing ones, according to the source. A third of directors also would be elected each year under the plan. Uber did not respond on Saturday to a request to comment about the Khosrowshahi plan. But the company said earlier in a statement that Kalanick?s appointments were a ?complete surprise? to Uber and its board. ?That is precisely why we are working to put in place world-class governance to ensure that we are building a company every employee and shareholder can be proud of,? the statement said. Yucaipa Companies managing partner Ron Burkle, an investor who has supported Kalanick, praised Burns and Thain as ?smart, high-quality people.? Division among Uber investors exploded in public in August, when Benchmark Capital filed a lawsuit to force Kalanick off the board and rescind his ability to fill two other seats on the panel, accusing him of concealing a range of misdeeds. Yucaipa and other Uber investors defended Kalanick and asked Benchmark to divest its own shares and step down from the board. A Delaware judge later that month stayed the Benchmark lawsuit and sent it to arbitration, pushing the dispute out of public view and delivering Kalanick a victory. Kalanick?s action on Friday could be subject to a new legal challenge. Benchmark or other Uber investors could attempt to block the appointments by asking the Delaware judge to issue a so-called ?status-quo order.? The judge last month did not grant such a request. Kalanick?s lawyer at the time told the court that Kalanick had not rushed to fill the seats. The New York Times also quoted Kalanick?s lawyer as telling the court Kalanick had the power to fill the seats under the pre-arbitration ?status quo.?
  21. FILE PHOTO - CEO of Expedia, Inc. Dara Khosrowshahi attends the Allen & Co Media Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho July 13, 2012. Reuters SAN FRANCISCO: Uber Technologies Inc on Sunday chose Dara Khosrowshahi, the chief executive of travel company Expedia Inc, as its chief executive, according to two sources with knowledge of the matter, handing him the challenge of leading the ride-services company out of a nearly year-long crisis. Khosrowshahi, 48, would take on the daunting task of mending Uber?s image, repairing frayed relations among investors, rebuilding employee morale and creating a profitable business after seven years of losses. He would also have to contend with the legacy of Travis Kalanick, Uber?s pugnacious co-founder, who was ousted as CEO in June after shareholders representing about 40 percent of the company?s voting power signed a letter asking him to step down amid growing concern over his behavior and the behavior of senior managers under him. The Uber board of directors has been meeting daily and deliberated on its pick for CEO throughout the weekend. A spokeswoman said on Sunday that the board had voted but was declining to disclose its choice publicly until after informing employees. A Uber spokesman declined to comment. A representative for Expedia did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Khosrowshahi was not known to the public to be among the top candidates for the job. He beat out Jeff Immelt, chairman of General Electric Co and one of the finalists for the job, who said earlier on Sunday he was no longer in the running. Meg Whitman, chief executive of Hewlett Packard Enterprise, had also been a leading candidate. Khosrowshahi, who ran Expedia for 12 years, would bring an end to a company culture built on founder control. Kalanick enjoyed sweeping authority on the board and nearly complete autonomy in running the company, a governance style that often wreaked havoc. Uber has been embattled by allegations of sexual harassment, a lawsuit alleging trade-secrets theft, a federal criminal probe over use of software to evade city regulators, and allegations of executives mishandling the medical records of a victim who was raped by her Uber driver in India, among other controversies. Despite the controversies, Uber is still a growing company. Last week, the company reported a 16 percent increase in ride bookings and 17 percent jump in net revenue for the second quarter over the previous period, and its losses shrank by 9 percent. Among Khosrowshahi?s first tasks at Uber would be filling a slew of executive vacancies, including those of chief financial officer, chief operating officer and general counsel. In the absence of top leadership, Uber has been run by a 13-person committee. Uber investor Benchmark Capital complicated the CEO search when the firm filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Kalanick to force him off the board and rescind his ability to fill two board seats. The legal salvo has divided the board and shareholders. What role Kalanick has in the company going forward is a critical question whose answer remains unclear. Benchmark has accused Kalanick of meddling in the CEO search as part of a scheme to regain power, an accusation Kalanick has called "meritless." In a previous statement, Kalanick said he would support the new CEO "to guide Uber into its next phase of growth and ensure its continued success."
  22. The logo is seen on a new all-wheel-drive version of the Tesla Model S car in Hawthorne, California, October 9, 2014. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson/Files WASHINGTON: The US National Transportation Safety Board will vote at a September 12 hearing on the probable cause of a May 2016 crash that killed a man using the semi-autonomous driving system on his Tesla Model S sedan, the agency said on Monday. The fatal incident raised questions about the safety of systems that can perform driving tasks for long stretches with little or no human intervention but which cannot completely replace human drivers. In June, the NTSB said the driver, Joshua Brown, kept his hands off the wheel for extended periods of time despite repeated automated warnings not to do so. Brown was killed near Williston, Florida, when his Model S collided with a truck while it was engaged in the "Autopilot" mode. Tesla Inc did not immediately comment on Monday but said in 2016 that Autopilot "does not allow the driver to abdicate responsibility". A lawyer for Brown's family, Jack Landskroner, declined to comment on Monday on the forthcoming hearing. During a 37-minute period of the trip when Brown was supposed to have his hands on the wheel, he apparently did so for just 25 seconds, the NTSB said in June. Tesla in September 2016 unveiled improvements in Autopilot, putting new limits on hands-off driving and other features that its chief executive officer said likely would have prevented the crash death. A board spokesman, Eric Weiss, said the NTSB could use the September board meeting to make policy recommendations. The board cannot order recalls or force regulatory changes. In January, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration said it had found no evidence of defects in the aftermath of Brown's death. The NHTSA said Brown did not apply the brakes and his last action was to set the cruise control at 74 miles per hour (119 kph), less than two minutes before the crash - above the 65-mph speed limit.
  23. MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia is on the verge of agreeing a new pay deal with the players´ union, ending a long impasse and avoiding the need for arbitration. A Cricket Australia spokesman said on Wednesday that negotiations had advanced to the "final details" after days of lengthy talks with the Australian Cricketers´ Association. News Ltd media on Tuesday declared a "peace deal brokered" and the "Ashes saved", a reference to the upcoming test series against England. But talks continued to grind on into Wednesday. Australia´s top 230 players have effectively been unemployed since the last five-year agreement expired on June 30 and an "A" tour of South Africa has already fallen victim to the lockout. Australia captain Steve Smith told Fox Sports TV on Tuesday he was confident of a deal being brokered, but confirmed players would not travel to Bangladesh for a two-test tour starting this month until the dispute was resolved. CA chief executive James Sutherland proposed taking the matter to binding arbitration if a deal was not struck by early this week.
  24. The PPP chairperson addressing the event in Larkana July 30, 2017. Photo: Geo News LARKANA: Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said on Sunday that the Supreme Court order [disqualifying Nawaz Sharif as prime minister] requires adherence by all. ?Accountability must be impartial and exhaustive. The PPP seeks to enact legislation for across the board accountability,? said the PPP chief, adding that he must categorically state that Nawaz Sharif?s removal poses no threat to the Parliament or democracy. Bilawal made the remarks during his speech following the inauguration of the National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD) Centre in Larkana, Sindh. In his speech, Bilawal said it is rewarding to see their hard work paid off. The PPP chief congratulated the team at NICVD and hoped the people of Larkana will benefit from the facility, saying Larkana is close to his heart. ?I challenge other chief ministers of Pakistan to show such free-of-cost and state-of-the-art facilities for everyone in the province,? said Bilawal. Sharif was disqualified by the Supreme Court on Friday under Article 62 (1) (f) of the Constitution over his failure to disclose un-withdrawn receivables constituting assets from a UAE-based company. The court stated that Sharif was not ?honest? and ?truthful?, as per the country?s Constitution.
  25. Shahryar Khan pictured with Najam Sethi after the BoG meeting LAHORE: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to sue the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in the ICC dispute resolution committee for not honouring its promise of playing bilateral series with Pakistan, the outgoing chairman Shahryar Khan said. Shahryar presided over a Board of Governors meeting on Friday ? the last one under his chairmanship, which discussed matters related to domestic and first class cricket, Pakistan Super League 2018 edition and women cricket team?s performance in the World Cup. The Board of Governors also decided to set aside Rs1 billion to fight the legal battle against the BCCI. In 2014, both the boards signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) under which the two arch-rivals were to play six bilateral series between 2015-2023. As per the MoU, India was scheduled to play six series against Pakistan, four of which were going to be Pakistan?s home series. PCB initiates formal case against BCCI, sends notice for dispute resolution PCB has claimed the losses and damage suffered by it as a result of BCCI?s breaches of the agreement The BCCI, however, has repeatedly snubbed Pakistan?s request for resumption of cricket ties, with the MoU commitment remaining subjected to clearance from the Indian government. In May this year, the PCB sent a legal notice to its Indian counterpart for failing to honour the MoU and said it would initiate legal action against the BCCI for not fulfilling its promise. In the meeting, Shahryar thanked everyone for supporting him as the PCB chairman during his tenure and expressed hope that the next leadership will run the PCB affairs in a better manner and will continue pursuit of reviving international cricket in Pakistan.