About seventy local and foreign employees of NICOM Distillery will be out of work for the next few months following the closure of the company by the Commercial Court due to the company’s inability to settle US$500,000 in damages for faking the CALAO product originally owned by Manufacturer Ivoirienne de Boissons (BIM), based in La Cote d’ Ivoire.At NICOM’s Lynch Street compound yesterday, the area was completely sealed with a closure order posted by court officers at the entrance of the building housing the company.The document said NICOM is under the court’s jurisdiction.Despite the court action, only private security guards hired by NICOM to provide protection to its premises were seen at the entrance of the compound although they did not allow people to enter the premises.One of the guards who spoke on condition of confidentiality told the Daily Observer that the compound was shut down on yesterday, at the time the company was producing CALAO products, which are at the center of the lawsuit against the company.The Sherman and Sherman Law Firm filed the lawsuit against NICOM on behalf of the Ivoirian Company, which has no branch in the country but operates on a registered Liberian trademark number #LR/M/2016/000. It asked the court to attach NICOM properties to the suit which the court did by shutting down NICOM on Tuesday.The Law Firm alleged that their client obtained the trademark from the Liberia Intellectual Property Office (LIPO) to be the sole producer and distributor of CALAO drinks on the local market, but, NICOM without any legal right, obtained another trademark with number #LR/M/2015/00239 from LIPO to produce and distribute the same CALAO products on the market, an action for which they are claiming US$500,000 in damages.The Ivoirian company also prayed the court to compel NICOM Distillery to recall from the market all fake CALAO products, which the company claimed NICOM had produced and distributed on the Liberian market.But LIPO claimed that NICOM provided a Power-of-Attorney, a legal document that authorizes an individual or company to use the property of another, adding that it was based on the document that they awarded the same trademark to NICOM to be the only producer and distributor of CALAO products on the local market.However, the Ivoirian company also argued that they hold an international registered trademark certificate which gives them the right to be the only company to produce and distribute CALAO products in Africa and some parts of the world, since 1997.“We have been renewing our certificate for CALAO products in accordance with the Africa Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI) protocol and requirements,” BIM claimed in their suit.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Cranes team prepare to pray at the final whistle.By Jacobs O. Seaman in KigaliRWANDA–Uganda Cranes had to withstand two unnerving early stings from Amavabi Stars to book their ticket to next year’s African Cup of Nations Championships in Nairobi Kenya.The Cranes arrived in Kigali brimming with confidence after a convincing 3-0 first leg win over the ‘Wasps’ in Kampala seven days earlier feeling that overturning the deficit on aggregate would be more uphill at a task for Rwanda than climbing all the a thousand hills in the country in one day.But Antoine Hey had other ideas and his script was to be delivered by hook or crook. The Amavabi head coach had arrived in Kampala last week confident that his side could return to Kigali with a result only to be outwitted and outplayed by Moses Basena’s stooges.Seething with frustration having already sourly complained of the ‘cattle pitch’ that St Mary’s Kitende turf appeared to him, Hey promised to avenge that defeat.And avenge he did, but it just wasn’t enough. Or would have, maybe, if the Amavubi had played the same manner they did in the first half but that will forever be a ‘maybe.’Amavubi fans watching from the comfort of their living rooms or in bars might have felt a tinge of regret at not stomping the hilly Nyamirambo for the match proper when midfielder Yannick Mukunzi struck home inside eight minutes and his compatriot Thierry Manzi nodded home a second seven minutes later to set Kigali Regional Stadium alight.The stadium was half empty, with Cranes fans, many of whom had travelled the 504 kilometres from Kampala, the majority and the two goals shushed their rousing cheers and set the tone for a nervous 75 minutes–although this would not be the case proper.For all the shaky first 15 minutes, Basena and his assistant Fred Kajoba had to earn their collar from this moment on. The signs that overturning the deficit was after all possible were as bright as the scores on the giant stadium display screen.Pacing up and down, the two tacticians set out to instill possession discipline, especially in the Cranes midfield where Paul Musamali, Benard Muwanga and Milton Karisa were dropping more balls than a pregnant cloud does raindrops.Clearly, Amavubi midfield pairing of Eric Iradukunda and Yannick Mukunzi were having early dinner and had to be contained.Cranes soon settled in and Muzamir Mutyaba–whose two goals made the big difference in Kampala–and Shafik Kagimu were able to test the gloves of goalkeeper Eric Ndayishimye.Amavubi continued the onslaught and that came with dosage of simulation as the host players sought for easy calls and bookings, but Cranes held their nerves for the break.Basena no doubt had his tongue busy and might have foamed in the corners of the mouth inside the dressing room. A punter betting on the Cranes tactician throwing a sink, literally, at his players at the final whistle if they played the manner they did in the opening quarter an hour wouldn’t have been too wide of the mark.The Cranes returned for the second half with one carbon copy of their first half bad showing: struggling to put the ball down on the bumpy albeit neat artificial surface of Kigali Regional Stadium. But they were more confident in their approach to the game and reduced the Amavubi to punting long balls high in the area for striker Abeddy Biramahire to gamble with.Biramahire was one tireless hound on the loose chasing down at everything, including shadows of Cranes defenders, but they (Cranes defenders) had the antidote for this style of play.At the other end, goalkeeper Ismael Watenga engaged in his own time-wasting antics, that, although legal, were a tad displeasing to many in the stadium. The homes fans jeered and the home players complained bitterly from time to time.Sudanese referee Alamen Hafiz Abdelghani wasn’t impressed either and appeared to have lost his patience in the 68th minute when Watenga collected a loose ball and rolled like a doll in the wind before lolling in foetal position like he had broken an ankle and a knee pad.As the Amavubi players complained, Abdelghani signaled for the team doctors and stooped over Watenga, a yellow card in hand.The referee would moments later redeem and again tarnish himself when, first, he ignored Abeddy Biramahire’s attempt to win a foul with defender Isaac Muleme the last man. A foul would go with matching orders. Abdelghani was well-positioned and saw through the simulation and ignored it.The Rwandan striker again tried to get Muleme on the referee’s wrong side when he went down holding his face but he was the one in the wrong and a freekick to Cranes and ignoring him was all the ref could do.However, at the other end of the pitch, substitute Paul Mucureezi’s darting run into the area was more than enough to win a penalty in the dying minutes when he was brought down. Only the centre referee didn’t think it was deserving of that call.By then the travelling party was boisterous. The Black, Gold and Red flag waived in the open stands as the fans blew their vuvuzelas and sang.As Abdelghani brought the match to an end, Rwanda had done all they could to win, but not enough to qualify for the final of the nations tournament that is open to only players featuring in domestic leagues.Uganda joined that likes of Cameroon, Zambia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Sudan, Angola, Ivory Coast, Morocco, Libya, Mauritania and host Kenya in booking their tickets to January’s final in Nairobi.Uganda have made it to the CHAN finals for the fourth straight time and Basena and Kajoba have completed their first assignment and will be dusting themselves ahead of the World Cup 2018 double header qualifier against Egypt in the next two weeks.The Pharaohs will be in Kampala for the August 31 Group E first leg before a return date in Port Alexandria on September 5.Other CHAN qualifier resultsCameroon 2-0 Sao Tome and Principe (4-0)Zambia 2-0 South Africa (4-2)Rwanda 2-0 Uganda (2-3)DR Congo 1-1 Congo (1-1)Nigeria 2-0 Benin (2-1)Angola 1-0 Madagascar (1-0)Ivory Coast* 1-0 Niger (2-2 *Ivory Coast qualify on away goals rule)Mali 0-1 Mauritania (2-3) Cranes lineupIsmail Watenga, Nicholas Wadada, Isaac Muleme, Paul Musamali, Timothy Awany, Bernard Muwanga, Moses Waiswa (Martin Kizza) Muzamir Mutyaba (Paul Mucureezi) Derrick Nsibambi Milton Karisa (Erisa Sekisambu) Shafik Kagimu. 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Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the concession by the Minister of Employment and Social Protection and the reversal of Government policy which will now allow people who are presently on Jobpath to transfer on to such schemes as Community Employment schemes, Rural Social Schemes or TUS schemes.At present if an individual was on jobpath he or she could not transfer onto any of these schemes due to the existing rules and regulations.Pat the Cope has cautiously welcomed the changes announced today to Jobpath which Fianna Fáil has been actively campaigning for and the Party spokesperson brought a recent Dáil motion forward on the matter Deputy Willie O’Dea. The Donegal Deputy said the changes announced will facilitate access, from 1st June this year, to Community Employment (CE), Rural Social Schemes (RSS) and Tús schemes for long-term unemployed jobseekers that are engaging in JobPath.Pat the Cope said “I have been inundated with complaints from people who felt that they were being unfairly coerced into Jobpath but would have preferred a place on a CE or Tús scheme which in many instances was more appropriate and suitable to their needs.“I furthermore would request the Government to conduct a complete review of Jobpath as I have many reservations regarding the approach of this scheme and how it interacts with the general public. Social employment schemes such as CE, RSS and Tus have played a massive role in our communities right across Donegal and the entire country and it is only right and proper that they are fully supported.”Changes on Jobpath scheme welcomed was last modified: April 22nd, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Beck’s, the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the United States, is pleased to announce a territory expansion into new regions, including eastern Ohio. This expansion adds roughly 12 million acres of corn and soybeans to Beck’s former marketing area to bring their total reach to half of the corn and soybean acres in the U.S. The continued growth will provide more Midwest farmers access to the world’s most diverse genetics and traits in corn and soybeans.“Over the last few years, more and more farmers have seen the value in working with a seed company that is family-owned, farmer-focused, and committed to providing high yielding products,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “With a world class breeding program, a lineup of high-performing products, innovative technologies, and a culture rooted in family heritage, we are dedicated to helping farmers succeed.”With the expansion, Beck’s territory now encompasses the full state of Iowa, two-thirds of Missouri, Kentucky and Tennessee, additional counties in southern Michigan, all of Ohio and Illinois, southern Wisconsin, as well as Indiana. Currently, there are a number of dedicated Beck’s dealers and seed advisors in the expanded territory. As Beck’s continues to grow, they are committed to adding more employees and dealers to continue providing farmers with localized service.“At Beck’s, our growth strategy is methodical, ensuring the necessary infrastructure is in place to serve every farmer with the best in seed quality, field performance, and service,” said Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s. “With new facility locations and a growing family of employees, we are equipped to serve an increasing number of farmers and are excited to introduce them to the Beck’s culture.”Beck’s offers a lineup of high yielding corn, soybeans, wheat, and alfalfa all backed by a 100% Free Replant Policy. Farmers also have access to an extensive lineup of cover crops and forages. In addition, Beck’s industry-leading Practical Farm Research (PFR) program brings farmer-focused research to the farm management process.
There’s something weird going on in Apple’s App Store.Last week, I called attention to Dental Surgery, an unbelievably bizarre iPad app, which had somehow risen to become one of the most popular free apps in the store. Within hours, it was gone. This week, a new app called Nose Surgery found its way in the top ten, apparently from the same developer using a different name. What’s the deal? To its credit, Nose Surgery is considerably more playable and less spammy-looking than Dental Surgery was. The latter was apparently yanked by Apple due to trademark infringement because, as one diligent ReadWrite commenter pointed out, the game borrowed names and likenesses from a show on Nick at Nite. Nose Surgery doesn’t appear to steal anyone’s intellectual property, but it’s still pretty weird. Like Dental Surgery and other games produced by this developer (who goes by various names in the App Store), Nose Surgery is very crudely designed with cheap-looking graphics and simplistic, often odd gameplay. And like Dental Surgery, Nose Surgery is loaded with negative, one-star reviews from users, most of whom are baffled by the game. What’s most striking about these games is not just that they’re crappy and sort of strange. It’s that they’ve managed to occupy the App Store’s list of top ten free apps, a coveted achievement that most app developers only dream of. It’s an honor currently shared with the likes of YouTube, Angry Birds, Skype and Google Earth. Sure, there are plenty of games toward the top of the charts, some of which are pretty banal, but nothing quite as crummy or bizarre as these surgery simulation apps. When I first came across Dental Surgery, I thought, “Oh, Gawker or some tech blog clearly wrote about how bizarre this is. That’s why it’s the third most popular free app for iPad.” That wasn’t the case. In fact, other than my story last week, none of these crude, weird games have gotten any press coverage. Something else is up. Gaming The App Store For Fun and ProfitOne way or another, these guys are gaming the system. Not unlike Web search engines, app store rankings can be influenced using everything from white hat optimization techniques to sketchy paid services that artificially inflate downloads and positive reviews. That’s nothing new. In fact, it’s been going on long and aggressively enough that Apple had to explicitly decry the practice earlier this year, threatening to the revoke developer program memberships of anybody caught doing it. With the launch of iOS 6, Apple introduced a number of new measures designed to thwart spammers and make these ranking manipulation techniques less effective. The names of in-app purchases, for example, now weigh less in App Store searches, eliminating a common source of spammy tactics. Apple has also decreased the value of an app’s total number of downloads, making it less fruitful to utilize third party schemes that try to drive rankings by driving bogus installs.So who’s the developer behind Nose Surgery and Dental Surgery? It’s hard to tell. Apple lists the developer as Florene Mitchell (it used to be Maura Thompson), and the “App Support” button links to a MyLife.com profile for Ms. Mitchell who appears to be a 78-year-old woman from Wilson, North Carolina. It’s theoretically possible that people are downloading Nose Surgery out of some morbid curiosity. Maybe there’s some contingent of iPad-toting cosmetic surgeons-in-training who love slicing up nostrils on a touch screen, as a fun form of pseudo-educational preparation. I highly doubt it, though. Getting an app into the top ten is no small feat to accomplish once, let alone twice. Something is definitely up. Have you noticed anything fishy in the iOS App Store lately? Let us know in the comments. Tags:#gaming#iPad#ipad apps Related Posts What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology john paul titlow
A day after he was attacked by a mob in Pakur district of Jharkhand, well-known social activist Swami Agnivesh has demanded judicial probe into the incident.“If the State government wants an impartial probe, then it should order one by a sitting judge of the Jharkhand High Court, he said in Ranchi before leaving for Delhi on Wednesday. He lamented that an appointment with the Jharkhand Governor granted for Tuesday afternoon was cancelled without giving any reason. The attack was raised in the Jharkhand Assembly on Wednesday and the Opposition staged a noisy protest.However, senior Minister C.P. Singh, speaking to journalists outside the Assembly, called Swami Agnivesh a fraud and a foreign agent. “He planned this attack himself to gain popularity,” said the Urban Development Minister.
It has traveled 6.2 billion kilometers, got a boost by swinging past planets four times, had close encounters with two asteroids—and then it went asleep for 957 days. But on Monday, the final and most dramatic phase of the 10-year odyssey of Europe’s comet-chasing spacecraft Rosetta begins, when an internal alarm wakes it from its slumber at 10.00 GMT.A few nerve-wracking hours will follow for scientists and controllers on the ground, as the spacecraft’s heaters warm up its systems, its startrackers get a fix, it turns its solar arrays towards the sun, and, finally, points its communications antenna toward Earth. Then, no earlier than 17.30 GMT, the Rosetta team on the ground will finally get a message telling whether all is well.“Everything is prepared,” says Gerhard Schwehm, Rosetta’s former project scientist and mission manager at the European Space Agency (ESA). “[ESA’s control center] has done everything. The ground segment is there. Now we just wait for the first signal. 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The spacecraft is attempting to do something never done before: to catch up with a comet as it speeds toward the sun and to go into orbit around it, taking all sorts of measurements as the sun’s rays and solar wind start to heat it up and blow material off into a comet’s characteristic tail.Previous comet missions, such as ESA’s Giotto and NASA’s Stardust, were brief flybys, catching a few hours in the life of a comet as it zipped past. Rosetta will ride along with comet 67 P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko for more than 18 months, right through its close approach to the sun, or perihelion. Previous missions were snapshots, Schwehm says; Rosetta is “a full blown movie.”Scientific observations will begin in earnest in May, following a maneuver to synchronize Rosetta’s orbit with that of comet 67 P. As the spacecraft edges closer over the summer, different instruments will start to work: cameras and spectrometers at various wavelengths, mass spectrometers, chemical analyzers, and sounding instruments. Chris Carr of Imperial College London, the principal investigator for a suite of instruments called the Rosetta Plasma Consortium, says he hopes theirs may be the first on the spacecraft to actually detect the comet as solar wind begins to blow gas off its surface and the sun’s ultraviolet light ionizes it, leaving a trail of plasma.As the comet gets closer to the sun and is heated more and more, it will produce a complex and dynamic atmosphere of gas, dust, and plasma called a coma, full of outbursts and jets. “We’ll get a full history of the time evolution of [67 P’s] plasma environment. A comet’s plasma is completely different to that of a planet,” Carr says.In November, potentially the most difficult part of the mission will take place when Rosetta dispatches a lander called Philae onto the comet’s surface. Once it touches down, the lander will fire a harpoon into the comet to hold it in position; the comet itself doesn’t provide enough gravity. The lander has the ability to extract a sample of material from several centimeters below the comet’s surface. This has huge interest for researchers because comets, which form and live most of their lives in the outer reaches of the solar system, are pristine relics of the stuff planets were originally made of. Getting hold of some of that material will help scientists understand the nature of the planets we see today.It will also help answer questions about what influence comets might have had on the evolution of our own planet. Earth seems to have more water than models would suggest, and one theory is that early in its life, comets rained down on its surface, depositing water. Rosetta’s lander has the ability to measure the relative abundances of hydrogen and its isotope deuterium in the water on the comet. If that isotope ratio is similar to that in the water on Earth, it will support the idea that comets put it there. Some researchers also believe comets seeded Earth with organic compounds that later produced life. The lander will look for such complex organic molecules.Carr says that many have been working on this project for decades. At the start, “it seemed so far off. I never thought this day would come.”
Wallace to become first black driver in Cup race since 2006 United States’ Christian Pulisic (10) celebrates with teammate DeAndre Yedlin (2) and Omar Gonzalez (3) after scoring against Venezuela during the second half of an international friendly soccer match. APCOMMERCE CITY, Colorado — U.S. coach Bruce Arena looked at the rosy side of a surprise draw with Venezuela in an exhibition game over the weekend.“Good exercise for us,” he said Monday (Tuesday Manila time).ADVERTISEMENT “Of course, it’s hard to breathe, to run,” said Johnson, who recently extended his contract with Borussia Moenchengladbach. “The first couple of days, you can tell in warmups and stuff. You’re breathing hard. But you get used to it.”Arena certainly liked the play of 18-year-old Christian Pulisic on Saturday as the midfielder scored the tying goal for the Americans in the 61st minute. Asked how he’s come along over the last six months, Arena responded: “Six months older.”“He’s stronger physically, mentally,” Arena said. “The young ones make more improvement. I don’t think (DaMarcus) Beasley and (Clint) Dempsey are going to get much better in six months.”Johnson met with Arena several times in Germany to discuss what’s expected of him. Johnson likes his responsibilities in the midfield, a position that’s relatively unsettled. Sebastian Lletget started against Honduras in March, scoring the opening goal, but injured his left foot in the 6-0 home win and will be sidelined four to six months.“We have to create more chances, use the space a little bit better,” Johnson said. “That’s what we’re going to try to do on Thursday.” MOST READ The Americans are still getting used to Arena’s system, along with playing at a higher altitude. But there’s not much time left, with a World Cup qualifier on Thursday in Commerce City against Trinidad and Tobago.Neither team has margin for error, with the U.S. currently in fourth place in the six-team standings with four points and Trinidad and Tobago last with three points. The top three teams qualify, with the fourth-place squad going to a playoff against Asia’s No. 5 nation.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“They have to understand the things we’re trying to do, and I don’t think we’re already there,” said Arena, whose team settled for a 1-1 draw with Venezuela on Saturday in Sandy, Utah. “The examples of Saturday’s game is good, to show some of the issues we have and correct them and be ready for Thursday.”The team elected to switch things up Monday, going with an afternoon practice instead of being put through its paces in a morning session. Anything to that? Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games “We just wanted to have a meeting in the morning,” Arena said. “Meeting, practice, have lunch and off the rest of the day. Wasn’t rocket science.”Figuring out what system the Americans may utilize could be, though. At times against Venezuela, the squad employed a 4-4-2 formation. At other times, it was a different alignment.“It’s better for us if the opposition doesn’t know how we’re going to play, how we’re going to start the game,” midfielder Fabian Johnson said. “It’s positive for us that we have two systems that we can also switch during the game.”Now, they just need everyone healthy. Central defender John Brooks left Saturday’s game with a bruised quadriceps muscle. Arena doesn’t know if he will be available Thursday, let alone three days later when the team plays in Mexico. But there’s also this: Forward Jozy Altidore is getting up to speed after reporting late to training camp because of his brother’s wedding.Arena has gradually increased the tempo at practice to get his team acclimatized to the higher elevation. It’s 5,200 feet in Commerce City and a lung-searing 7,820 feet at Azteca Stadium in Mexico City. 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Mithali Raj’s golden run in 2017 continues as her sixth One-Day International ton helped the India beat New Zealand by 186 runs and qualify for the semi-finals of the Women’s World Cup in England.Virat Kohli is the gold standard of consistency in ODIs. And Mithali Raj has set the bar even higher as India’s cricket captains continue tolead from the front.Mithali, who has been in scintillating form in this tournament, scored 109 off 123 balls to help India score 265/7 from their 50 overs. She hit 11 fours in her 123-ball innings.Before this match, she hit three fifties in the tournament but failed to convert them in a century but today, she stepped up when the team needed her the most, helping them earn an important victory for her team in a must-win clash.The Indian captain has been on a mission to take Indian cricket to the top much like her male counterpart — Virat Kohli. Much like Kohli, who likes leading from the front, the Hyderabad girl has hit 676 runs from 13 matches. On the other hand, Kohli has amassed 695 runs from 14 games.Earlier, Mithali became the first batswoman to score 6000 runs in ODIs in the course of India’s World Cup league game against Australia at Bristol.The India captain, is now the leading run-scorer in women’s cricket, having overtaken Charlotte Edwards of England.Mithali broke the barrier in women’s cricket because she happens to be the only Asian in the list of top-10 run-scorers.The top-10 is dominated by women from England (3), Australia (3) and New Zealand. Stafanie Roxann Taylor is the only West Indian in the list.advertisementMithali had earlier become the first woman in cricket history to hit seven consecutive fifties in ODIs. She hit 71 off 73 balls against England in their World Cup opener. She scored 44 against West Indies but was out for eight against Pakistan — bringing an end to her golden run. But she came back with a bang, scoring 53 against Sri Lanka to make it eight fifties from 10 inning. However, she fell for a golden duck in the previous match against South Africa.Raj’s first of the seven fifties came against Sri Lanka when she hit 70 not out at Colombo in February, 2017. Following that she scored an unbeaten 64 (South Africa), 73 (Bangladesh), 51* (South Africa), 54 (South Africa), 62* (South Africa), 71 (England).The 34-year-old right hander now has 6137 runs from 184 ODIs before this ODI. Her highest being 114* against Ireland in Milton Keynes back in 26 June, 1999. She has five centuries to her name and averages over 50.VIRAT KOHLI IN 2017Captain Kohli after a very successful 2016, began the year with a bang when he hammered 122 against England in the first of the three-match ODI series in Pune.After that, he took 12 innings more to score a century. His match-winning and 28th ODI ton helped India clinch the five-match ODI series against West Indies 2-1.Kohli has hit two centuries and five fifties in this calendar year so far. Also watch:
Paris, Oct 2 (AFP) French President Emmanuel Macron refused to accept the resignation of his interior minister in the latest sign of uncertainty at the heart of the government after two high profile cabinet ministers stepped down.Interior Minister Gerard Collomb, viewed as one of Macron’s most loyal ministers and a heavyweight in his cabinet, has been under pressure to relinquish his post immediately since he announced in September that he would quit the ministry to run for his old job as mayor of Lyon in eastern France in 2020.”In the face of attacks on the minister since he confirmed he would be a candidate, when the time comes, to be mayor of Lyon, the President of the Republic renewed his confidence in him and asked him to remain fully mobilised in his mission to keep France secure,” the presidency told AFP.Collomb, 71, previously served as Lyon mayor for 16 years until Macron poached him for the interior ministry, and it has long been rumoured that he was eyeing a fourth term running the city.According to French newspaper La Figaro he tendered his resignation Monday. The upset comes just weeks after Macron’s popular environment minister Nicolas Hulot quit, followed by a second popular member of the cabinet, former Olympic fencing champion Laura Flessel, who resigned as sports minister.Macron, 40, came to power promising to clean up politics and revive France’s sputtering economy.But over a year into his term polls suggest the French starting to sour on the energetic centrist, with his approval ratings diving in recent weeks. (AFP) KUNKUNadvertisement