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Buenos Aires [Argentina], January 20 (ANI): In their second match against the Argentina junior women's team here at Cenard in Buenos Aires, the Indian women led by striker Rani Rampal drew 1-1 in a closely-fought match. It was skipper Rani's goal that helped hold the home team to a draw. In their previous game too, both teams played out a 2-2 draw.
Jack Ma, the billionaire founder of Chinese internet behemoth Alibaba, made his first public appearance in over two months in an online video Wednesday, ending weeks of speculation about his whereabouts. In the 50-second video, Ma congratulated teachers supported by his foundation and made no mention of his disappearance or official efforts to tighten control over Alibaba and other internet companies over the past six months. The video appeared on Chinese business news and other websites.The normally voluble Ma disappeared from public view after he irked regulators by criticising them in an October 24 speech at a Shanghai conference. Days later, regulators suspended the planned multibillion-dollar stock market debut of Ant Group, a financial platform that grew out of Alibaba's payments service, Alipay.Shortly afterwards, the record-breaking $37 billion IPO of his financial group Ant was spiked at the last minute by Chinese regulators in a shock move which some saw as retaliation for Ma's outspokenness.All praise for China's poverty alleviation The Jack Ma Foundation said in a statement released Wednesday: “Jack Ma participated in the online ceremony of the annual Rural Teacher Initiative event on January 20.” The foundation and Alibaba didn’t respond to questions about Ma’s status and when his next public event might be.In the speech, Ma praised China's poverty alleviation efforts, a central target of the Communist leadership, and vowed to dedicate more efforts towards helping rural teachers. "My colleagues and I... are even more determined to devote ourselves to education and public welfare," he said, according to a transcript of his speech published by Chinese news site Tianmu News. "China has... entered a new stage of development, and is moving towards common prosperity."Outspoken businessman turns subject of monopoly probeSince the Ant IPO was quashed, Chinese regulators have launched an anti-monopoly probe into Alibaba.Both Alibaba and Ant said they will cooperate with regulatory requests.Ma, a charismatic former teacher turned Internet entrepreneur, retired as chairman of Alibaba in 2019 but has long attracted attention for his outspokenness and flamboyant antics, performing as a rockstar at company conferences. The continued squeeze on one of China's most influential companies is the latest sign that the leadership is ready to deflate the ambitions of big tech firms in a runaway Internet sector.Beijing has a history of disappearing, investigating and imprisoning financial tycoons who do not toe the party line. Last year, outspoken real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang was jailed for 18 years on alleged corruption charges, months after penning an essay critical of the Communist Party.(FRANCE 24 with AFP and AP)
A passenger who claimed it was “too stuffy” to wear a face-mask on a London bus has been fined £200 in the latest Covid crackdown. The man was among passengers caught by a joint Transport for London and police operation in Walthamstow as the enforcement of rules on face coverings on public transport was driven home. The only other passenger stopped for not wearing a mask said he had a medical exemption.
Donald Trump has pardoned his former chief strategist Steve Bannon and rapper Lil Wayne as part of a late flurry of clemency action benefiting nearly 150 people. The outgoing president issued a raft of 11th-hour pardons and commutations in the final hours of his White House term. Several controversial names appear on the list, including Mr Bannon.
Following the news of her reported breakup with Ben Affleck, actress Ana de Armas just revealed a very drastic change to her look. Call it a breakup cut or simply a chic Parisian bob that hits the sweet spot between fresh and classic in style, but the 32-year-old star looks nothing like she did the last time she was seen out in public with Affleck in LA. Returning to her family home in Cuba, de Armas wasted no time booking a hair appointment, chopping her formerly long, wavy brunette hair into a jawline-skimming bob with blunt baby fringes and taking the colour a few shades darker. The Cuban-Spanish actress debuted the look on 17th January in a video honouring her friend Claudia Muma, which was later posted to YouTube. De Armas comes onto the screen at about 1 hour and 24 minutes into the recording, reciting a sweet dedication and giving her fans and friends a live-action look at her freshly-chopped and toned French-girl bob. De Armas complemented her new cut and colour with an equally chic ensemble of a simple white V-neck T-shirt, minimalist jewellery, subtle winged eyeliner to enhance her hazel eyes, and a flush of pink on her cheeks and lips. Relationship rumours aside, we have to say: This single low-resolution screenshot of de Armas could launch an entire Pinterest board of style and beauty inspiration for Zoom meetings in 2021. Like what you see? How about some more R29 goodness, right here?French Girls Are Going On A Scissor StrikeAIRFRO Is The Hair Product Sporty Black Girls NeedMy Damaged Pink Hair Transformation Reveal
Tennis coach Daniel Vallverdu says players who have been locked down in their hotel rooms for 14 days ahead of the Australian Open should get preferential treatment from organisers such as prime practice times and matches scheduled in the cooler hours of the day. While those in hard quarantine are left to hit balls against mattress in their rooms, the other arrivals are able to spend five hours a day outside to prepare. Vallverdu, who coaches three-time Grand Slam winner Stan Wawrinka, told Reuters in an interview that organisers should try to even things up.
(Bloomberg) -- Jack Ma resurfaced for the first time since China’s government began clamping down on his business empire nearly three months ago, appearing in a live-streamed video that sent Alibaba Group Holding Ltd.’s stock soaring but left plenty of unanswered questions about the billionaire’s fate.Ma spoke briefly on Wednesday during an annual event he hosts to recognize rural teachers. In one video of the event circulated online, China’s most famous entrepreneur can be seen touring a primary school in his hometown of Hangzhou. Ma, who hadn’t been seen in public since regulators suspended the initial public offering of his fintech company Ant Group Co., told the teachers he’ll spend more time on philanthropy. He didn’t mention his recent run-ins with Beijing.Ant confirmed the authenticity of the video but declined to comment further. Shares of Alibaba, the e-commerce giant that was co-founded by Ma and owns about a third of Ant, jumped as much as 11% in Hong Kong.Speculation about Ma’s whereabouts and his standing with President Xi Jinping’s government had reached a fevered pitch in recent weeks, after regulators ordered Ant to overhaul its business and began an antitrust investigation of Alibaba. Beijing’s crackdown followed an October speech by Ma in which he criticized Chinese regulators and state-owned lenders.His comments on Wednesday struck a much different tone, echoing themes espoused by the ruling Communist Party from reviving the countryside to narrowing income disparities by encouraging the return of younger talent to rural areas.“Recently, my colleagues and I have been studying and thinking. We made a firmer resolution to devote ourselves to education philanthropy,” Ma said in the video, which was first posted online by a local blog. “Working hard for rural revitalization and common prosperity is the responsibility for our generation of businessmen.”Read more: Jack Ma Goes Quiet After Ant Group’s Spectacular UndoingWhile Ma’s exact whereabouts remain unclear, his emergence in a public forum may help quell some of the more dire rumors about his fate in a country where media coverage is often tightly choreographed. Among the earliest outlets to report on his video address was an online news outlet backed by the Zhejiang provincial government.Ma had kept out of public view since regulators in November scuttled Ant’s $35 billion IPO, tightened fintech regulations and launched a separate probe into Alibaba -- all in a span of weeks.“Jack Ma’s unexpected re-emergence -- just as sudden as his earlier disappearance -- is likely a sign that his relationship with Beijing’s regulatory authorities has stabilized,” said Brock Silvers, a managing director at private equity fund Kaiyuan Capital in Hong Kong.But Ma probably isn’t out of the woods, Silvers added. “A path acceptable to all parties may have been identified, but Ant Group still looks likely to be dis-aggregated and regulatory restrictions will almost surely take a significant bite out of Ant’s former valuation.”The clampdown on Ma’s empire is part of a broader campaign to rein in a generation of Chinese tech giants that Beijing views as wielding too much control over the world’s second-largest economy.Read more: World’s Rich Fled Alibaba After Monopoly Probe, Citi SaysThe government has increasingly sought to exert influence over the extent to which companies from Tencent Holdings Ltd. to ByteDance Ltd. amass data and direct commerce and media. The same month Ant’s IPO was scuttled, the nation’s top antitrust watchdog published new guidelines warning tech giants against monopolistic practices from forced exclusive arrangements to collusion on data. While Ant and Alibaba have borne the brunt of that assault since November, investors have since sold off peers from Tencent to Meituan. Both stocks rallied more than 3% on Wednesday.While Alibaba’s rally added about $63 billion to the company’s market value, Ma’s standing with Beijing remains unclear. As of early December, the man most closely identified with the meteoric rise of China Inc. was advised by the government to stay in the country, a person familiar with the matter has said. Debate about his whereabouts arose because Beijing has in the past quietly detained billionaires that have run afoul of the law, without immediate trial.(Updates with details on Ma’s visit and analyst comments from second paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2021 Bloomberg L.P.
Mr Trump granted pardons to 73 individuals and commuted the sentences of an additional 70 individuals, according to a statement from the White House
The Metropolitan Police officers were issued with fixed penalty notices of £200 each and told to ‘reflect’ on their choices.
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The Office for National Statistics said the rate of Consumer Price Index inflation increased to 0.6% in December from 0.3% in November.
While Australia emerged with few injuries from the epic test series against India, the players' egos suffered heavily in defeat and may take time to recover from their bruising. Pace spearhead Mitchell Starc will head to Sydney for scans on his right hamstring, while opening batsmen David Warner (groin) and Will Pucovski (shoulder) will look to recover from their injury issues before the yet-to-be-confirmed tour of South Africa next month. Other players will return to their teams in the domestic Big Bash League but their welcome will be muted compared to a year ago, when they arrived as winners after whitewashing Pakistan and India in successive test series.
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A coronavirus antibody test that China has made mandatory for arriving travellers has provoked concerns over its effectiveness after one of a team of international health experts was briefly denied entry last week following a positive result. Although the British expert from the World Health Organization (WHO) subsequently tested negative, it was not immediately clear if the earlier result was a false positive, or the result of previous infection or a COVID-19 vaccination. Here are details of China's testing rules, potential problems with the policy, its implications for vaccinated individuals and experts' views.
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Detectives have released an image of a young man they would like to speak to after a teenage boy was stabbed and robbed in east London on Christmas Eve. The 16-year old victim was reportedly walking towards Forest Gate railway station, at around 6pm on December 24 last year, when he was approached by two males. One of the pair stole his phone before stabbing him in the arm, the Metropolitan Police said.
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Alstom wins major signalling & telecommunication systems contract for rapid rail line between Delhi and MeerutIndia adopts ground-breaking European Train Control System for mainline railways for the first time 20 January 2020 – Alstom has won a contract1 worth €106 million from the National Capital Region Transport Corporation Ltd. (NCRTC) to design, supply and install the signalling, train control and telecommunication system (Package 24) of the 82.15 km Delhi – Ghaziabad – Meerut Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) Corridor. NCRTC is a joint venture between the Government of India and States of Delhi, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. It is implementing RRTS, a first-of-its-kind semi-high-speed rail line which will reduce the journey time between Delhi and Meerut to just 60 minutes, compared to the current 90-100 minutes, and with a maximum speed of 160 km/h. Alstom’s scope of work includes design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of Signalling & Train Control, Supervision, Platform Screen Doors and Telecommunication Systems for the corridor. This line will be the first in India to adopt the European Train Control System (ETCS) hybrid Level 32 signalling system, which is the core signalling and train control component of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS). “As leaders in digital mobility, we are thrilled to receive this contract and provide India’s first-ever line with the future proof signalling system. Alstom sees huge potential for the technology in the Indian market. We are looking forward to deploying our advanced technologies in a bid to revamp the mainline railway landscape,” said Ling Fang, Senior Vice President of Alstom Asia Pacific. A key feature of the RRTS is interoperability of all its priority corridors which facilitates seamless commuter movement across the corridors, without the hassle of changing the trains for passengers. ETCS signalling system will not only facilitate interoperability but will also ensure train movement at quick frequencies, thus reducing the waiting time for passengers. The contract marks a world premiere for the combination of the latest ETCS standard supported by the latest digital Interlocking and Automatic Train Operation (ATO) over Long Term Evolution (LTE) radio. The integrated platform screen door solution will also provide utmost safety to passengers. In October 2020, Alstom reaffirmed its leading position in digital rail technologies by becoming the first company to achieve full certification for the latest onboard and trackside ETCS standards. ETCS hybrid Level 3 optimises line capacity in complete safety by anticipating and adapting the speed of the trains through continuous train control and supervision via a radio-based signalling system. It is arguably the most efficient train control system in the world, bringing significant advantages combined with automatic train operation (ATO) in terms of maintenance cost and energy savings, safety, reliability, punctuality and traffic capacity. ETCS is a replacement for the legacy train protection systems and is designed to replace the many incompatible safety systems currently in operation, making it the train control system of choice for India, as well as, Australia, Taiwan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia. Alstom’s Atlas ERTMS Level 2 and hybrid Level 3 are digital signalling solutions that allows trains to run at higher speeds without physical lineside signals. The company is a major supplier of onboard and trackside ETCS equipment via this solution, representing 70% of the world’s onboard rail systems in service and 18,000 kilometres of tracks worldwide. In total, Alstom has been contracted to equip 9,000 trains with Atlas onboard solutions, of which 1,100 vehicles will be equipped with the Baseline 3 Release 2 solution. Today, across 30 countries, Alstom has provided significant performance improvement for all ETCS standards, including the very first application of ETCS Level 3 in Germany. 1 Booked in Q3 of the 2020/21 fiscal year2 Hybrid Level 3 is a combination of ETCS Level 2 with shorter virtual section normally used in ETCS Level 3 for even higher performance. About Alstom Leading the way to greener and smarter mobility worldwide, Alstom develops and markets integrated systems that provide the sustainable foundations for the future of transportation. Alstom offers a complete range of equipment and services, from high-speed trains, metros, trams and e-buses to integrated systems, customised services, infrastructure, signalling and digital mobility solutions. Alstom recorded sales of €8.2 billion and booked orders of €9.9 billion in the 2019/20 fiscal year. Headquartered in France, Alstom is present in over 60 countries and employs 38,900 people. Contacts Press:Samuel MILLER - Tel.: +33 (1) 57 06 67 firstname.lastname@example.org Coralie COLLET – Tel.: + 33 (1) 57 06 18 email@example.com Investor relations:Julie MOREL - Tel.: +33 (6) 67 61 88 58Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org Claire LEPELLETIER - Tel.: +33 (6) 76 64 33 email@example.com Attachment PR_Signalling contract Delhi-Meerut_20210120
Company announcement, Helsinki, 20.1.2021 at 9.30 am (EET) Nexstim Plc Announces Resolutions of the Shareholder’s Nomination Board Nexstim Plc (NXTMH:HEX, NXTMS:STO) ("Nexstim" or "Company") announces resolutions of its Shareholder’s Nomination Board. Rohan Hoare, who has been a member of Nexstim's Board of Directors since 2016, and Tomas Holmberg, who has been a member of Nexstim's Board of Directors since 2017, have announced that they will no longer be available to the company's Board of Directors for the period 2021-2022. At its meeting, the Nomination Board of the Company has decided to propose to the General Meeting Timo Hildén and Tero Weckroth as new members of the Board. Leena Niemistö, Chairman of the Board of Nexstim, commented: “I am truly delighted that Timo Hildén and Tero Weckroth have made themselves available as members of the Board of Directors of Nexstim. They are both known for their deep and diverse expertise in the health technology and pharmaceutical industries: Timo Hildén has truly extensive experience in the medical and health technology field at both the operational and management team and board levels. Tero Weckroth is a professional in the pharmaceutical industry who has also worked in the international financial sector for a long time. Against this background, they would both be able to brilliantly support Nexstim’s growth into an increasingly significant international company. At the same time, I warmly thank Rohan Hoare and Tomas Holmberg for their long-term work on the Board of Nexstim. I wish them all the best for the future.” Further information is available on the website www.nexstim.com, or by contacting: Leena Niemistö, Chairman +358 9 2727 170 firstname.lastname@example.org Erik Penser Bank AB (Certified Adviser) +46 8 463 83 email@example.com About Nexstim Plc Nexstim is a Finnish, globally operating medical technology company. Our mission is to enable personalized and effective therapies and diagnostics for challenging brain diseases and disorders. Nexstim has developed a world-leading non-invasive brain stimulation technology called SmartFocus®. It is a navigated transcranial magnetic stimulation (nTMS) technology with highly sophisticated 3D navigation providing accurate and personalized targeting of the TMS to the specific area of the brain. SmartFocus® technology is used in Nexstim’s proprietary Navigated Brain Therapy (NBT®) system, which is FDA cleared for marketing and commercial distribution for the treatment of major depressive disorder (MDD) in the United States. In Europe, the NBT® system is CE marked for the treatment of major depression and chronic neuropathic pain. In addition, Nexstim is commercializing its SmartFocus® based Navigated Brain Stimulation (NBS) system for diagnostic applications. The NBS system is the only FDA cleared and CE marked navigated TMS system for pre-surgical mapping of the speech and motor cortices of the brain. Nexstim shares are listed on the Nasdaq First North Growth Market Finland and Nasdaq First North Growth Market Sweden. For more information please visit www.nexstim.com Attachment Nexstim Plc_Company Announcement_Resolutions of the Shareholder’s Nomination Board_EN
India has kicked off the world’s largest Covid-19 vaccination programme, but the shadow of rushed approvals persists. Hesitancy over the safety and efficacy of Covaxin, India’s homegrown coronavirus vaccine developed by biotechnology firm Bharat Biotech and the Indian Council of Medical Research, has led to fewer people turning up for their shots. India began its vaccination drive for frontline and healthcare workers on Jan. 16, and has inoculated 631,417 people in four days.