Dead & Company Brings Donna Jean, Debuts & Huge Jams To Citi Field Opener

first_imgThe travelling musical circus that is Dead & Company arrived at New York’s Citi Field last night, and they brought a special guest and some serious jams with them. As the band emerged to tune their instruments and settle in for the beginning of the first set, Donna Jean Godchaux emerged and took a spot on stage between Oteil Burbridge and John Mayer. After joining the band for the first time for an incredible, festival-closing performance at Bonnaroo, Deadheads wondered if they’d see Godchaux again, and it turns out she is a secret-weapon of sorts for when Dead & Company plays to larger audiences. Citi Field’s spacious capacity of 45,000 qualifies as huge, so when the band hit the first notes of a show-opening “Shakedown Street”, it was met with a huge roar and a wave of dancing fans.After the fun “Shakedown” opener, the band switched gears to powerful versions of “Jack Straw” and “Althea”. Mayer’s guitar prowess was on full display during this opening run, as he absolutely destroyed every opportunity he had to make his mark, soloing his way through all three songs like a true champion of improvisation and sending the crowd into a frenzy multiple times as a result.Watch Dead & Company rip through “Jack Straw,” below.“Loose Lucy” and the plodding “Ramble on Rose” were up next, giving the crowd a big sing-a-long moment with Bob Weir, who was in great spirits all night, as he passionately lead the band as they jammed throughout the evening. Perhaps the highlight of the first set, however, was a sultry, swampy take on “Sugaree”. Mayer has really made this song his own while playing with Dead & Company, as the song is an excellent fit for his vocal range, and the bluesy tune is perfect for his style of guitar playing. Set One came to a conclusion with the band’s second-ever performance of “Passenger” and a rockin’ “Casey Jones” that turned on the the heat towards the end, and left the crowd excited for the fireworks that were on-deck for set two. Before walking off stage, Bob Weir made sure to mention Headcount and their Participation Row initiative taking place on D&C tour, as Weir told the audience to find their desk inside the stadium to register to vote.Set two started with the spacey, floating opening of “Dark Star,” and the band turned in a relentless, wild version of the famous jam launchpad. The trio of Mayer, Burbridge, and organist Jeff Chimenti were incredible together, weaving through the song with excitement as they built it to a climax. Suddenly, the band was playing “Friend of the Devil”, and the intensity of “Dark Star” turned into a huge moment for fans to catch their breath and sing along with the band. It was good timing, as the legendary “Scarlet Begonias” -> “Fire On The Mountain” combo was up next, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. The night’s energy reached a peak as the band transitioned between the two songs, and the band performed the duo of classics with passion. The band built “Fire” up and out of nowhere a thumping beat started, and it was time for “Drums” > “Space.” The famous percussive segment started out with a bumping beat, which eventually dissolved into a Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart-led musical freakout.Out of the wild “Space” segment, the percussive opening of “The Other One” could be heard breaking through the madness, and Weir then led the band through the intense tune.After a beautiful version of “Wharf Rat”, Dead & Company closed out the show with a band debut from the Dead’s catalog, Weir’s classic political rocker “Throwing Stones”. The song was met with jubilation, and the “ashes, ashes all fall down” lyric could be heard being howled into the sky by the huge crowd.Dead & Company returned to the stage for a two-song encore that perfectly showcased the band’s diverse style. As Mayer emerged from the backstage with an acoustic guitar and, to the delight of the hometown crowd, a Mets jersey, the band played the beloved ballad “Ripple” to open the encore. After a final sing-a-long moment, the band closed things out with an up-tempo version of “One More Saturday Night”, which wasn’t exactly a surprise, but still left fans dancing wildly, given one last opportunity to dance before the unforgettable night came to a close.Dead & Company return to Citi Field this evening to complete their two-night-run.Setlist: Dead & Company at Citi Field, New York, NY – 6/25/2016Set One: Shakedown Street, Jack Straw, Althea, Loose Lucy, Ramble On Rose, Sugaree, Passenger, Casey JonesSet Two: Dark Star -> Friend of the Devil, Scarlet Begonias -> Fire on the Mountain, Drums -> Space -> The Other One, Wharf Rat, Throwing StonesEncore: Ripple, One More Saturday NightCheck out a full gallery of photos from Chad Anderson Photography, below. Load remaining imageslast_img read more

Harvard’s quantum leap

first_imgAs part of its commitment to expand research, development, and education in a scientific field that will underpin the next generation of innovative materials and devices for high-speed computing, networking, and ultra-precise sensing, the University today launched the Harvard Quantum Initiative (HQI).The initiative is intended to bring together a new scientific community, in concert with national efforts to accelerate progress in quantum technology.“The Harvard Quantum Initiative will support excellence on the ever-shifting frontiers of science and engineering,” said President Larry Bacow. “The diversity of expertise among our faculty creates a nutrient-rich environment in which this emerging discipline can flourish, and I am excited to see the ways in which collaboration with other partners speeds progress.”The ability to manipulate matter on the quantum level has implications for everything from the production of oxygen in plants to understanding the fundamental nature of the universe. Quantum sensors, materials, and computing could transform society, but the full range of quantum applications and their impact remain open questions.HQI will be co-directed by John Doyle, Henry B. Silsbee Professor of Physics at the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS); Evelyn Hu, Tarr-Coyne Professor of Applied Physics and of Electrical Engineering at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences; and Mikhail Lukin, George Vasmer Leverett Professor of Physics at FAS. We asked them about the new initiative, and what it means for the future.Q&AJohn Doyle, Evelyn Hu, Mikhail LukinGAZETTE: The quantum revolution is here. How will it shape our future?DOYLE: Predicting things doesn’t often work well, as history shows us. However, if you trace any of the major changes that have occurred in our technological society, they often started with a tool that was much better than what was done before. No one knew exactly what it would be good for but invariably it led to something amazing.HU: We like to use an analogy with another “revolution maker”: the transistor. Researchers who worked on the idea may have had a vision of its possible importance, but they had no idea that their first, ungainly prototype would be the progenitor for switches the size of a few atoms. They couldn’t have known that it would start the information revolution that you see all around you, with laptops, tablets, and smart phones everywhere you look. Quantum is the same: It’s a new frontier that we sense is of enormous importance but are only just starting to comprehend.LUKIN: New developments in quantum science are meeting the emerging field of quantum engineering, and that means we can start transforming theories into useful systems and devices. Many different fields are all converging to form this new discipline, and at Harvard we have extraordinarily strong expertise in each of them. The Harvard Quantum Initiative lets us take full advantage of this to really push the frontiers of science and innovation.,GAZETTE: Let’s start with the basics. What is quantum engineering?LUKIN: Our experience of the physical world is pretty consistent, right? But at the atomic level Newton’s laws break down, and just about everything can be described as both a particle and a wave. Particles you can picture as electrons whizzing around a nucleus — the classic drawing. Waves are conceptually different — they can interfere with each other in a way that particles usually don’t. So reality in the microscopic world is very weird.HU: In principle, any object, like this table, can be in multiple places — say, Boston and New York — at the same time. You have to suspend your disbelief for a moment and accept that on some level, this table is both here and there. That “coherent superposition” of the states of the table is a profoundly different way of viewing information transfer. Companies are increasingly beginning to invest in that idea so they are ready to exploit it.LUKIN: This isn’t some kind of obscure observation. Over the past 100 years, many experiments have shown that coherent superpositions occur so often that it is accepted as simply the way things are. There are already technologies out there that make use of these effects. Quantum sensors use them to build measurement devices, for example to perform extremely high-resolution MRI experiments. That might seem like a small thing, but small things can be completely disruptive for entire industries.GAZETTE: What industries?LUKIN: Computers are among the most discussed applications of quantum technologies, but there are very exciting scientific frontiers being opened up across many fields. Quantum science and engineering can help us understand the fundamental nature of our universe and explore complex physical and chemical phenomena at a level we could not have imagined before. All of these developments are enabled by the ability to fully control systems and devices all the way down to the single-atom level.DOYLE: We are able to control the quantum “weirdness” in a way we weren’t before. Transistors wouldn’t have worked without quantum effects — but that’s billions of electrons behaving as a kind of swarm. Now, we’re manipulating single electrons to act in a highly specific way. That is much more powerful and you can do a lot more with it than build computers. When biologists use tools out of physics, like they will with quantum, medicine is never too far behind.GAZETTE: What makes quantum computing so exciting?LUKIN: Quantum super-positioning makes it possible to process information in an entirely new way, and to run large number of queries in parallel.DOYLE: For me, the most exciting thing is that we can explore the limits of controlling the quantum world. We can ask, how big a fully controlled object can we make? If we can control each quantum particle in a machine that is bigger than 10‒50 atoms, we’ll have something with immense computational power. That’s why we think quantum is going to be revolutionary.HU: Just think, if you really had that degree of control over electrons, over spins, over atoms in a crystal or in gas phase, you could basically control the exchange of energy at an enormously sensitive and precise level. You could make devices of unparalleled energy efficiency in addition to doing all the magic things that quantum mechanics promises.GAZETTE:  You’ve been working on quantum concepts and devices for a while. Why launch an initiative now? Why Harvard?DOYLE: It’s very simple: The technology has got to the point where we can control single quantum objects, put them together in a way that resembles a computer, and run a kind of simulation. In the next five years we see these tools exploding the possibilities of doing science and engineering.HU: Harvard has an excellent, long-standing record of contributions to quantum science. In addition, natural collaborations in quantum have arisen from Harvard researchers working in science and engineering. These have already borne fruit and broadened the reaches of our “quantum frontiers.”LUKIN: Many of the truly pioneering developments in quantum science and engineering happened in laboratories here in Cambridge at Harvard and at MIT. Working together to solve challenging problems helps enormously in terms of progress and productivity, and we have a long tradition of doing that.HU: Now is the time to move on investing in quantum science and engineering. Some large companies are beginning to invest in quantum computation, but there is an enormous amount of basic science that still needs to be done, from new quantum algorithms to clarifying the engineering complexities for quantum systems. We also need to formulate the right educational infrastructure to train future professionals in this field. Harvard has committed to building momentum in quantum science, engineering, education, and business so we can knit together a strong community of students, faculty, and inventors who share a common vision and enthusiasm.GAZETTE: You talk about students being future leaders. How will the Harvard Quantum Initiative affect them?LUKIN: Our most important mission at Harvard is to educate students. And in this new field, we need a new generation of scientists and engineers who can work across the borders between traditional disciplines.HU: It’s no longer good enough to just borrow little bits and pieces from different departments. It’s time to re-examine not only how we do research, but how we teach. There was a time when there was no computer concentration — just physics and math. Then something changed, and now computer science is one of the concentrations most espoused by young students. Changes like that happen because the intellectual frontier is never static. New areas of inquiry and exploration are always opening up at the interfaces of fields of study, and that is what’s happening with quantum engineering and science.DOYLE: Education is the reason I’m at a university. We teach students how to learn and think critically, using subject matter — physics, biology, the classics — as a kind of humus in which they can grow. In that sense, we’ll do what we always do at Harvard: train our students for the future, hone their intellectual skills, and broaden their horizons, now using the latest ideas from science and engineering.GAZETTE: Why work with industry?LUKIN: Quantum technologies are fueling a number of startup companies, but at this point in time, no one knows how to build truly large-scale quantum computers. And people don’t know what they would be useful for, even if we could build them. But this is what always happens with truly disruptive technologies. The scientific and technological challenges in front of us are significant, and to address them it’s very important for scientists and engineers to work together.DOYLE: One of our goals is to create those channels of communication and spark new collaborations with companies. They bring quite a lot to our educational enterprise. To make those connections they need a place to go, and we need to be able to understand what they can do — and what they’d like to do — in this area. HQI is primed to do exactly that.GAZETTE: Does this mean you’re going to be collaborating with startups?HU: We’ll be collaborating with all kinds of companies, of all sizes. Quantum has the potential to change business models across industry, to change things for everyone.LUKIN: For quantum to emerge as a real presence for the common person — and for the common person to benefit — we need to collaborate and raise the bar across the board. This is not the kind of task that one of us is going to solve on his or her own. Building community is essential. Our initiative is about melding the capacities of universities, government labs, established companies, and startups. It’s absolutely not the case that we’ve finished with the basic science and now it’s just an engineering task to build these devices. The foundational science that will allow us to build practical quantum devices still needs to be done — it’s still ahead of us.HU: And that is really exciting.This interview has been edited for clarity and length.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s club celebrates Hispanic Heritage month

first_imgLa Fuerza, the Latina cultural club at Saint Mary’s, began its celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month with a kick-off event Thursday. It will continue to observe the month over the next several weeks with a series of events, closing Hispanic Heritage month with a celebration of Hispanic culture, the organization’s president Roxana Martinez said. “This month we are hoping to have our first celebration dinner, just kind of celebrating Hispanic Heritage month,” Martinez said. Although they are still in the process of finalizing plans, Martinez hopes to have Sam Centellas, executive director of La Casa De Amistad, speak at the dinner. “We think that would be a great connection and bridge towards the community and vice versa,” Martinez said.Centellas advocates on behalf of the Hispanic community in South Bend, Martinez said. Courtesy of Genesis Vasquez Students participate in the guacamole making contest at an event, hosted by Saint Mary’s Latina culture club, La Fuerza, marking the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Month. Tyler Davis, standing to the far-right, won the contest.“Especially right now in such difficult times, he is doing a lot of promotion for the Latina community and advocating for the DACA students,” Martinez said. “He is a member of our community that I think really embodies celebrating Hispanic culture and celebrating who you are as a Hispanic person in the United States.” In previous years, La Fuerza has put on several Hispanic Heritage Month events. However, Martinez said this year they put all of their energy into the Kick-Off and celebration dinner.“Last year we tried to do a lot, and our quality was not as great,” Martinez said. “So then this year, we are definitely focusing on quality over quantity. In the past we have done a few more events for Hispanic Heritage month, but this year we are focusing on doing a quality or better event.”Martinez said this dinner is important to the club because it allows them to recognize their individual cultures and diversity. “It’s just important to celebrate every culture that the United States embodies,” Martinez said. “Because, the United States was at one point a melting pot … And I feel like now a lot of the cultures are not as identifiable. And I feel like it’s time that we start celebrating our histories, our ancestors, our cultures because that’s what makes us who we are.” Martinez said that she believes that the political climate — and specifically the debate surrounding DACA — makes Hispanic Heritage month even more important. “In a way for me, it just makes me even more proud of who I am and where I come from and who my parents are,” Martinez said. “You see the DACA students, they are struggling firsthand what my parents did, what other people’s grandparents did … I think Hispanic Heritage Month for them is a unifying feeling.”Hispanic Heritage Month also allows students to come together and see there are many others that share their cultural background, Martinez said.“You definitely appreciate Hispanic Heritage month because you realize it’s not ‘you’ anymore, it’s a lot of ‘you’s,’” Martinez said.Martinez hopes that bringing Hispanic Heritage Month will allow students to gain a better appreciation of the Hispanic community. “There’s so much more, even as a Latina person that I can learn, and I feel that definitely showcasing that to the students here and the community at Saint Mary’s is a way for them to appreciate it,” Martinez said. “Appreciating it and learning what makes us unique and what makes us different is a way of loving each other, and I feel like that’s something that our school definitely embodies.”Tags: Hispanic Heritage Month, La Casa de Amistad, La Fuerzalast_img read more

Siemens to stop selling turbines for new coal-fired power plant projects

first_imgSiemens to stop selling turbines for new coal-fired power plant projects FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Siemens Energy, which builds steam turbines for power plants, will no longer take on new business to supply coal-fired powered stations, it said on Tuesday, making it the latest firm to scale back fossil fuel-related operations.Selling turbines to coal-fired power plants accounts for a low single-digit percentage of the company’s sales, or roughly 820 million euros ($970 million) based on 2020 figures. It has said the business is profitable.Siemens Energy will still meet existing commitments, including placed bids, and honour service contracts for combined heat and power stations.Siemens Energy, which owns 67% of wind turbine maker Siemens Gamesa, makes about 30% of its sales by catering to fossil-fuel power stations, mostly gas, where it competes with General Electric and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.Fourth-quarter earnings before interest, tax and amortisation (EBITA) before special items fell 87% to 70 million euros ($83 million) due to impairments and restructuring costs.[Christopher Steitz]More: Siemens Energy drops most coal business following spin-offlast_img read more

CUNA raises legal, compliance issues with URLA change

first_imgCUNA joined with several other trade organizations this week to raise compliance and legal concerns with the Federal Housing Finance Agency’s (FHFA) potential change to the new Uniform Residential Loan Application (URLA). The change would add a question asking borrowers to indicate their language preference.“While we support a range of efforts to ensure that borrowers are well informed during the mortgage process, the inclusion of such a question on the redesigned form raises several serious compliance and legal concerns that strongly weigh against including it on the form or, at the very least, warrant a full vetting through a notice and comment process before its inclusion,” the letter reads.Specifically, CUNA and the other organizations believe a language question on the URLA would:Require lenders to ask borrowers sensitive questions before the interactions and implications of other rules are understood and addressed;Create expectations among consumers that can’t be met, as consumers will reasonably expect they will receive communications in the listed language;Provide an inferior means of obtaining and analyzing data; 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

Cro cards, tourist land, new strategy, lower VAT…

first_imgAs we know, the strategy for the development of our tourism expires in the second year, more precisely until 2020, and a new one will be drafted soon. What is important is the new strategy of our tourism will be done for a period of 7 years, not 10 years. A new tourism strategy As part of the draft law on value added tax, which is currently under public debate, it has been proposed to reduce the VAT rate for the preparation and serving of food in restaurants to 13 percent. Not all the details are known yet, nor what exactly the proposed reduction of VAT to 13 percent for food in catering will refer to, but certainly how the lower VAT in catering will open a new one. Also, the new Aliens Act will come into force next year. The new law will allow the import of foreign labor without any quotas. Currently, out of 18.800 quotas for labor imports, practically everything is fulfilled, more precisely about 17.500 quotas. However, it is pointed out that special attention will be paid to maximally activating the domestic workforce, although it is not yet known how to implement it. Finally, we received a cancer of the wound of our tourism, which certainly hampered investments in our tourism – of course it is a question of tourist land, ie the Law on Unrated Construction Land. It is about 10 million square meters that have hampered investment in tourism for 20 years. During the four days, there were a lot of events, and so a lot of statements that could be drawn from the leading people in tourism. But let’s go in order. Tourism development study of all five Slavonian counties Thus, the Cro card project has been announced once again, which should start on January 01, 2020, but although I still do not know exactly how the technical project will be implemented, it is known that employers will have the opportunity to give their workers tax-free HRK 2.500. for the consumption of tourist facilities with the aim of encouraging domestic tourists to travel exclusively in Croatia and outside the main tourist season. According to statements from the Tourist Forum in Osijek, the bill is coming to the Government in two weeks, and the entire procedure is expected to be completed by January 01, 2020, when the law should enter into force. Lower VAT in catering Aliens Act – simplified labor imports  Although the synergy, ie the definition of one brand Slavonia, and not as before that five (5 Slavonian counties) should have been made before DHT.a and UHPA Day in Slavonia, as well as one tourist platform, to use the focus of the media and the profession this year in Slavonia, soon that document should see its light of day. The development strategy for five Slavonian counties is being worked on for the period from 2019 to 2025. Cro cards Family farms will finally get a little wind in their backs Minister Capelli also announced that the sojourn tax for guests of family farms will be lower. When and how much Tourist land Lots of stories, guesses, information on the dropper, trial PR balloons, etc.… but we will soon see the content. In any case, various new changes have been introduced since the second year. The days of Croatian tourism, which were held in Slavonia for the first time, are over, and the impressions are still adding up. What is certain is that the reactions are extremely positive, and Slavonia not only met expectations, in fact, the reaction was high above expectations and everyone was impressed by what they saw and experienced. According to official information, there were over 1.500 applications to DHT in Slavonia, the most so far. Photo: Visit Slavonia Baranjalast_img read more

Let’s repeal outdated, useless Law of Gravity

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionThere is something that Get’s repeal outdated, useless Law of Gravity v. Cuomo and the state Legislature can do right now that not only will save money, but might save countless lives and relieve undue suffering. That action is to simply repeal the Law of Gravity. That law has been around since the 1600’s, and its biggest proponent was Sir Isaac Newton. However, this is the 21st century, and that law is now sadly outdated and has outlived its usefulness.The benefits to all New Yorkers are endless — senior citizens would no longer have to worry about slipping and falling, either inside their home or traveling to/from their home. We could eliminate costly school bus programs because kids would only need to get a running start. An added benefit would be the extra exercise that the kids would receive. And it just might help to wean them off of their cell phones. (One can only hope.)Unfortunately, falls from locations such as ski areas, mountains and tall skyscrapers would be unaffected due to the federal version of the law that has built-in mandates that can’t be changed. However, there are so many good things that would occur if only this law was repealed. Now is the time to act. I urge everyone to contact their local legislators to make this a reality.Ken TrumanAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Facebook seals biggest deal since WhatsApp with India’s Ambani

first_imgTopics : Jio Platforms, a wholly owned unit of Reliance Industries, brings together Jio’s digital apps, ecosystems and the wireless platform offered by telecommunications carrier, Reliance Jio Infocomm, under one umbrella, according to the Mumbai-based company. The deal values Jio Platforms at a pre-money enterprise value of about $66 billion, the Indian company said.The partnership with Jio would allow Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg to step up his expansion in a country that is rapidly embracing online payment and e-commerce as more people get smartphones. Jio Infocomm burst onto the Indian wireless market about four years ago, quickly moving into a position of dominance by offering free plans and undercutting rivals. Working with Facebook would be a boost to the ambitions of Ambani, until recently the richest man in Asia, who has been remaking his energy conglomerate as India’s first titan of e-commerce.Unusual BetIt is an unusual bet for Facebook, which typically buys into media and online properties. It underscores the potential it sees in India, which unlike China is an open market with an exploding smartphone population. Facebook may benefit from a well-connected ally in the country, where its Whatsapp is trying to launch a payments service but has run afoul of regulators over fake news and privacy concerns. Facebook will invest $5.7 billion in the digital assets controlled by India’s richest man, the US social-networking giant’s biggest deal since the 2014 purchase of WhatsApp as it seeks a broader foothold in its biggest global market.The US company will buy about 10 percent of Jio Platforms, becoming the largest minority shareholder, Reliance Industries said in a statement Wednesday. Separately, Facebook said the deal would bring together JioMart, an ecommerce venture of Mukesh Ambani and its WhatsApp platform to enable people to connect with businesses.Shares of Reliance Industries jumped as much as 12 percent on Wednesday in Mumbai, compared with the 2.3 percent gain for the benchmark S&P BSE Sensex index.center_img “India is a special place for us,” Zuckerberg said in a video posted on Facebook. “We’re also committing to work together on some critical projects that we think are going to open up a lot of opportunities for commerce in India.”Zuckerberg has long aimed to roll out a digital currency as well as tools that let users make payments and buy and sell products over the social network’s messaging services in India.Alluring MarketWith its half-billion internet users, the South Asian country is an alluring market for the world’s largest technology companies, including, Apple, Microsoft and Alphabet’s Google. In India, Facebook has about 250 million users, while WhatsApp has over 400 million.While India will be a testing ground for WhatsApp payment services — currently in pilot — Zuckerberg is also separately looking at the market for his crypto-currency project called Libra. Zuckerberg has said that payments and commerce are a priority, representing a major business opportunity for the company moving forward.For Ambani, 63, the deal with the technology giant comes as a boost at a time when his group is battling the impact of the coronavirus pandemic and a slump in demand for crude oil. He has also been seeking to reassure investors that he will honor a pledge to reduce the group’s net debt to zero.Wallet Share“The collaboration with Facebook will give Jio a significant advantage on product and technological fronts to keep competitiors miles away and grab a larger wallet share of consumers across domains — telecom, payments, retail,” Himanshu Shah, an analyst at Dolat Capital Market wrote in a research note.The Indian company spent almost $50 billion — mostly borrowings — to build Jio Infocomm, the mobile carrier, leading to a net debt of more than $20 billion as of March 2019. In August, he told shareholders that he planned to sell a stake in Reliance Industries’ oil-and-chemicals division to Saudi Arabian Oil as part of a road map to cut net debt to zero by March 2021.With the Aramco negotiations dragging on for months, the global health crisis and the crash in oil prices have also raised doubts if that deal will be signed. As a result, shares of the Mumbai-based conglomerate plunged as much as 45 percent from their Dec. 19 record, before rebounding from their March 23 low.After building a wireless carrier and a retail business, Ambani has said he plans to rope in “leading global partners” before initial public offerings as he readies an e-commerce business, called JioMart, which would rival Amazon and Walmart in the South Asian country.In a statement delivered by video, Ambani said the tie-up with WhatsApp will help almost 30 million Indian mom-and-pop store owners to take digital payments from customers in their neighborhoods.“This means all of you can order and get faster delivery of day-to-day items from nearby local shops,” he said.Simultaneously, Jio Platforms, Reliance Retail Ltd. and WhatsApp have also tied up to help accelerate the retail unit’s e-commerce push on the JioMart platform, Reliance Industries said in the statement.The new businesses are likely to account for 50 percent of Reliance Industries’s earnings in a few years, versus a little more than 32% now, Ambani told shareholders in August.No Super AppReliance Industries and Facebook denied an Indian media report last week that they are considering creating an app similar to WeChat, the Chinese mobile messaging and payment service run by Tencent Holdings.“The intent is not to build another app, the intent is really for the two companies to collaborate,” said Ajit Mohan, vice president and managing director for India at Facebook.Now that the deal has been formally announced, the companies will start working with Indian regulators to seek approval, said Anshuman Thakur, Jio’s head of strategy.Facebook has not been consistently welcomed by Indian regulators in the past. It ran into opposition while trying to launch a payments feature inside WhatsApp in 2019, and has also faced pushback around content regulation on the app, which is encrypted. Facebook tried — and failed — to bring a service to India in 2015 called Free Basics, which would have made some internet services, including the social network, free to use on mobile devices. Critics said the app violated the concept of net neutrality by prioritizing some services over others.“Given the intent of this collaboration and the nature of this partnership, we expect people to be welcoming,” Thakur said.last_img read more

Arsenal vs Tottenham kick off, tv channel, odds and match history

first_imgGranit Xhaka has been a key part of the Arsenal team so far this season (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)What are the odds for Arsenal vs Tottenham?AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal – 6/4Draw – 13/5Tottenham – 17/10Odds courtesy of William Hill.Arsenal vs Tottenham team newsKonstantinos Mavropanos is still injured with a groin injury, while Kieran Tierney and Hector Bellerin also remain out of action.Tottenham could see Dele Alli return to the team this weekend and fans could see him included on the bench.Ryan Sessgnon, Juan Foyth and Tanguy Ndombele all remain sidelined with injuries.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal vs Tottenham match history02 Mar 2019 – Premier LeagueTottenham 1-1 Arsenal19 Dec 2018 – Carabao CupArsenal 0-2 Tottenham02 Dec 2018 – Premier LeagueArsenal 4-2 Tottenham10 Feb 2018 – Premier LeagueTottenham 1-0 Arsenal18 Nov 2017 – Premier LeagueArsenal 2-0 TottenhamMORE: Emmanuel Petit urges Unai Emery to settle on Arsenal’s strongest starting elevenMORE: Bruno Fernandes reveals transfer to Tottenham collapsed during summer Advertisement Mauricio Pochettino’s side has made a slow start to the new season (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)Arsenal have made a solid start to their season after winning two of their first three games, but Unai Emery’s side suffered a 3-1 defeat against Liverpool last weekend.Tottenham have struggled so far after drawing 2-2 with Manchester City and then losing 1-0 at home against Newcastle.Both sides will be feeling the pressure to get a result in today’s fixture at Emirates Stadium.They last met in March, which ended in a 1-1 draw after goals from Harry Kane and Aaron Ramsey.ADVERTISEMENTWhen is Arsenal vs Tottenham and how to watch?Arsenal vs Tottenham will kick-off at 16.30 on Sunday 1 September.Live coverage of the match will be shown on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Premier League from 16.00. Arsenal vs Tottenham kick off, tv channel, odds and match history Comment Daniel MackrellSunday 1 Sep 2019 2:30 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Advertisementlast_img read more