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Amid lockdown in Kashmir Valley, locals queue for a call

first_imgWhen Srinagar’s residents are not a phone call awayVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0002:0502:05  A plastic chair and a table had been placed on the lawn at the administrative complex where people queued up to register the numbers they wanted to call. Paper slips were handed out as tokens. “There are more than 200 people who have registered since 9 a.m. and only 23 have been able to speak as of now, it’s already 12 p.m. You can calculate how long we have to wait here now,” said Feroze Ansari, a local shopkeeper.C.L. Vishen had had a death in the family and needed to speak to relatives in Delhi.“I have come here so that I can ask when are the rituals planned,” said Prof. Vishen, a Kashmiri Pandit living in Srinagar.“We cannot book tickets here as there is no Internet connectivity. The administration is trying to help people but the number of people who need help is much more, they must make further arrangements,” he added. His wife Vinodini said they had heard that some phone lines had been made operational at police stations as well but that they had come to the DC’s office to get an opportunity to call.Also Read  Harvinder Kaur from Jawahar Nagar said she wanted to let her son know that her Direct to Home (DTH) TV connection had run out of balance. “If you are going to Delhi please tell my son I am fine and ask him to recharge the TV. I do not have any other issue,” she told this reporter.Rashida Eijaz burst into tears at the prospect of a chance to speak to her daughter. “She is in Delhi to pursue a course for two months. My only worry is what if she runs out of money,” said Ms. Eijaz, who had been waiting for over three hours. Sadiq Bhatt, an official at the DC’s office manning one of the lines, said the numbers had been shared on social media on Thursday night and that calls hadn’t stopped coming since then.“There are a barrage of calls from outside the State,” Mr. Bhatt said. “Callers are anxious, how do you tell them to not call on this number. Sometimes when they are able to get through, the family members have left,” he added.“They should have a facility where numbers either have incoming or outgoing call facility,” said Mohammad Ehsaan, another resident who was in the queue. “The lines are constantly engaged as too many people are calling at the same time,” he added. Kashmir lockdown | TV channels turn town criers Kashmir under lockdown: ‘I just want to tell Ammi I am fine’ There were tears of both anger and relief at a government office in the heart of Srinagar, where people had come to make a solitary phone call to their loved ones living outside the State.As the Kashmir Valley remained under a lockdown for the fifth day, the administration made some arrangements for residents to make calls. Three personal mobile phones of officials working at the Tankipora office were turned into helplines. Residents swarmed the office, with some waiting for more than six hours for their turn. The administration had shared the three numbers on local cable channels.Also Read Watch | When Srinagar’s residents are not a phone call awaylast_img read more

Priyanka Chopra talks about comparison with Mary Kom’s earnings

first_imgBollywood actress Priyanka Chopra’s recently released film Mary Kom’s box office collection has become the latest point of discussion. Well, not for the number of crores the film has made but the comparison that is doing the rounds about how Priyanka has earned more money acting as Mary Kom than Mary Kom earned all her life being herself.As per a report in a leading portal, Priyanka speaks about her remuneration that have been doing the rounds.And this is what Priyanka had to say, “To reduce the life of an Indian hero like Mary to a comparison of how much she earns compared to me or anybody else is taking away from the main message of her life. What she has done is made all of us richer, all women especially by giving us the inspiration that every woman can fight for herself. Every woman can make decisions that make her life more fulfilling. That sports is an experience like life itself. That Indians are no less whatever the field maybe as long as they get the opportunity or create it themselves. A salary is an opportunity cost. It means that you get paid according to what work or what output the employee gives.”Priyanka Chopra’s recently released film Mary Kom’s box office collection has become the latest point of discussion.She further adds, “If we were to look at what Mary has given back to the society through her grit and work, even if she was paid a billion dollar per minute she would still be underpaid. Just because it makes for great irony to highlight the plight of sportswomen in India, does not justify comparing our salaries to point out the sad state of Indian women sports in India. I and the film makers at least have brought the story to the forefront in the best way that we can. We are on the side of asking for better conditions for sportswomen like Mary in India….not the other side. I think one should appreciate this effort not negate whatever little difference we will make to highlight these issues through our film.”advertisementlast_img read more


first_imgMeanwhile, M P Pandove, Secretary General, Punjab Cricket Meanwhile, M P Pandove, Secretary General, Punjab Cricket Association, also condoled Dalmiyas demise. Pandove fondly recalled his long association with Dalmiya. He said that he enjoyed a very cordial working relationship with Dalmiya for a very long time in BCCI. Pandove further said that Dalmiya would be remembered for the financial turnaround in the BCCI. He stated that the members of the PCA join him in conveying their heartfelt condolences to the family of Dalmiya. PTI SUN AKA FK FKlast_img read more

IPL 2016: Why Virat Kohli could land in big trouble

first_imgRoyal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli could face a one-match ban if his team fails to maintain the required over-rate in their next outing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). (IPL Full Coverage|Points Table) With two wins from seven games, the Bengaluru side has not only struggled to get over the line, but also complete their overs in the stipulated time.The effect of these offences would directly fall on the skipper, who has already been penalised twice for minimum over rate offences.The Delhi right-handed batsman was fined Rs.12 lakh and then Rs.24 lakh for two separate over rate offences. Now, another offence and he will not only be penalised with a Rs.30 lakh fine but also a ban for one game.According to the IPL’s Code of Conduct for Players, “For the third and each subsequent offence (over rate) in a season as captain of the bowling team, the captain will be fined $ 50,000 and banned from playing in the team’s next league match.”Kohli, who is currently the leading run scorer with 433 runs from seven innings, was initially fined Rs.12 lakh for over rate offence against Rising Pune Supergiants on April 22 and then Rs.24 lakh for the same against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday.RCB face Rising Pune Supergiants at home in their next encounter on Saturday.last_img read more

RHA S500i earphones review: Beautiful, great with pop, expensive

first_imgIt takes ambitions and a great deal of guts to enter a market which is already dominated by veterans like Sony, Bose, and JBL. RHA, a British company and a not-so-famous-name in the Indian market, recently launched two earphones – S500 and S500i. These are premium earphones, at least for a country like India where most people never step up from the bundled earphones they get with their phones. At least price-wise, it is. Of the two, the RHA S500i is the pricier one at Rs 3,999. Now this won’t be an earphone an average user would consider but there are some who do care a lot about the sound quality and are willing to pay a bit of premium for that, that is until the premium is worth paying. So is it worth paying in the case of RHA S500i? We find out. Design and build qualityThe S500i looks like a work of fine craftsmanship at first appearance. And the feeling remains as you use it. The earphone sports a threaded cable of 1.35 meter length, but that is not the high-point. The big deal with the S500i are the metallic earplugs and the metallic covering over the gold-plated audio jack that makes the earphones look premium and classy. After using it for a while you start to notice how small things have made huge difference to the earphone’s design. It is something more and class apart. If you go by the design, the S500i is simple and classy. The subtle metal texture reflects refined taste, if you are into that kind of a thing advertisementThe metal is not just for show, it also plays an important role. The audio jack is built in a way so the actual wire-jack connection is hidden behind the metal. The metal covering helps the earphones withstand continuous usage and sudden tugs every now and then.The S500i comes with 3 pairs of silicon eartips, quite small from what I have used so far. But size here actually doesn’t matter. There are three usual sizes, S, M, and L, of eartips that come with the S500i. And whatever size you go with, you’ll find it to be extremely comfortable. The eartips don’t get sweaty, don’t feel itchy after a while, and don’t cause any kind of pain either. Even after using the earphone for about four to five hours, I did not find any issues with its fit.The earphone carries a 3-button remote, which also works as a microphone. The remote module is long and slim, making it easier to get hold of. The buttons are soft to touch and responsive.The RHA S500i is not colourful, flashy, or even trendy. But it is something more and class apart. If you go by the design, the S500i is simple and classy. The subtle metal texture reflects refined taste, if you are into that kind of a thing.The S500i is everything an earphone needs to be. It is beautiful, it is strong, and it is comfortable to wear. Also read: Jaybird X2 Bluetooth earphones review: Premium sound, premium price PerformanceThe design and build quality is all well and good, but the most important factor and, of course, the reason for which one buys an earphone is its performance. The RHA S500i is a mix bag of goodies when it comes to audio quality, although you don’t always get what you want.  Let’s start with what’s not right with the S500i and then we’ll talk where it will give you all the good vibes.Listening to old Hindi songs on the S500i is boring. The earphone just kills the whole feel and vibe. The vocals sound shrill that may not appeal to those who only listen to old Rafi and Mukesh songs. You are also in for a treat if your playlist has mostly latest Bollywood songs, which too require tight bass. This kind of music sounds extremely appealing on the S500i But this is one blip on an otherwise good performance offered by the S500i. The earphones, in particular, offer a lot of bass, which helps a lot with music that have more modern beats. Listening to Hip-Hop and EDM is a delightful experience on the S500i. Even at higher volume, the earphone is capable of generating good bass, crisp tunes and clear voice. You are also in for a treat if your playlist has mostly latest Bollywood songs, which too require tight bass. This kind of music sounds extremely appealing on the S500i. advertisementThe S500i also does a good job with progressive rock and metal. But don’t go too metal on these earphones. This means I won’t try grunge, death, or black metal with the S500i. However, if you keep the volumes somewhere in the middle, you’ll get a decent enough experience. Although, the charm of the Metal is at higher volumes, if you can call that charm. To sum it up, these are the earphones that are great at handling music with modern tunes and instruments. If you are more into jazz or classic you won’t find the S500i well suited to your taste.Also read: OnePlus Icons review: A good companion to your smartphone Should you buy itThe RHA S500i sports a price tag of Rs 3,999. Considering the price and the mixed experience the earphone offers, there is a lot to weigh in before buying the RHA S500i. It has a nice, suave design. It offers decent to great audio quality. But then so do many others in the market. If you like to wear your style on your sleeves, in this case, your ears, the RHA S500i is something you will like. You will also like it if you mostly listen to what is latest and hip in the market. But don’t buy these if you are into old Hindi songs.Also read: Bose SoundTrue Ultra review: Bose says, Bose delivers####RHA S500i earphones####7/10########Good stuffBeautiful designSturdy yet lightGood with most genres####Bad stuffOld Hindi songs sound flatExpensivelast_img read more

Who is the mystery woman in Australian Ashes star Nathan Lyon’s life?

first_imgAustralia’s star spinner Nathan Lyon has grabbed the headlines during the summer for a few reasons. One – his one-handed flying catch to dismiss Moeen Ali in the second Test. Two – his heroics in Australia’s successful campaign in regaining the Ashes. And Three – his new girlfriend.Lyon is reportedly dating a new woman after splitting with long-time partner of 10 years, Melissa Waring. The couple also has two children together.Lyon was recently pictured hanging out with his new flame, Emma McCarthy, a real estate agent. The couple was spotted kissing inside a luxury car before the start of the third Test at Perth, which Australia won by an innings 41 runs to reclaim the urn.According to Lyon’s friends, the pair has been dating for over one year now but sources close to Mel Waring say she has been left upset and was devastated by the development.”I think seeing his car sitting in the drive way and his washing sitting here, that probably gives you enough of an idea. We have two small children who I have to put first and unfortunately at the end of the day I’m the one who’s being f**ked around here,” Mel Waring told Daily Mail.Lyon with Mel Waring (Instagram Photo)According to Daily Mail, McCarthy had previously dated Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh for several years before they broke up.England’s Barmy Army sledged Lyon following the development but that did not deter him as he picked up three wickets at WACA, helping Australia go 3-0 up in the five-match series.advertisementLyon is the “GOAT” – Greatest Of All Time – with 283 Test wickets and the record for an Australian offie.The 30-year-old has played an instrumental role in Australia’s Ashes campaign with 14 wickets in the first three matches.last_img read more

Ricky Ponting joins Australia’s coaching staff ahead of 2019 ICC World Cup

first_imgLegendary batsman Ricky Ponting has joined Australia’s coaching staff ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup in England and Wales. Ponting will work alongside head coach Justin Langer as Australia look to win the World Cup for a record sixth time.”This appointment also provides an opportunity for Graeme Hick to focus on preparation for the Ashes,” said interim Team Performance Executive General Manager Belinda Clark.”With two major events back to back we believe it is important to focus a number of staff specifically on one event. The appointment of Ricky is a part of this overall strategy.”Cricket Australia’s announcement comes a day after bowling coach David Saker stepped down from his post with immediate effect. Saker has been replaced temporarily by Troy Cooley.Ponting has previously worked as assistant coach during Langer’s first assignment as coach in England last year. Ponting has also served as assistant coach for Australia’s T20 side twice before.”Ricky knows what’s required to win World Cups, and I know he will be a valuable mentor to not just the batting group, but the broader squad as we focus our attention on defending our World Cup title,” Langer said.”Ricky and I have worked together with the Australian men’s team in the past, he is an extremely driven coach who is fully invested in the players development and improving Australian cricket.”He has an impressive understanding of the game, he knows what’s required to prepare and perform at the elite level, and we can’t wait for him to get started working with the squad.”advertisementPonting is also the head coach of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League. He is expected to join the Australian team after this year’s IPL.Ponting is a three-time World Cup winner including two times as captain — in 2003 and 2007.”I’ve enjoyed my previous short-term roles with the ODI and T20 teams but World Cups take on a whole different meaning for me. I have enormous confidence in the players available to the selectors and know we will be as tough to beat as any team, in this year’s World Cup,” Ponting said.The 44-year-old Ponting retired from international cricket in 2012 after scoring 13,378 runs in 168 Tests with 41 centuries, 13,704 runs in 375 ODIs with 30 centuries and 401 runs in 17 T20Is with two half-centuries.Ponting was named the ICC Player of the Year in 2006 and 2007 while also being named the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2006.In July last year, Ponting was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame along with India batting great Rahul Dravid.Australia will open their World Cup campaign against Afghanistan in Bristol on June 1.Also Read | Australia team going to India is not the World Cup squad, says Justin Langerlast_img read more


first_imgThere’s another way Sioux City residents can cool off and have fun this summer.The city’s Parks and Rec Department has opened the new Cook Park Splash Pad at 505 Market Street.It’s the fourth community splash pad, joining Dale Street Park, Leeds Park and Cone Park.The splash pads are free to the public.The Cook Park pad like the other three is open daily from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.An official Cook Park Splash Pad ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, July 10th at 1:30 p.m.last_img read more

17 days ago​Police investigate three Brighton fans after racist incidents

first_img​Police investigate three Brighton fans after racist incidentsby Ian Ferris17 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThree Brighton fans are under investigation by Sussex Police following two separate incidents of racism at the club’s Amex Stadium, reports BBC Sport.The first incident involved two fans and took place at an Under-23 fixture against Tottenham on 27 September.The second occurred during Saturday’s win over Spurs, with one person arrested by police at the stadium.Brighton chief executive Paul Barber condemned the behaviour and thanked fans who reported the incidents.”It is very encouraging that in both incidents our stewards were alerted to this totally unacceptable behaviour by other Albion fans and, working with Sussex Police, our staff were able to take swift action, which hopefully will increase the chances of a conviction,” Barber said. TagsPremiership NewsAbout the authorIan FerrisShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Councillors in St. Elizabeth Receive Tablets

first_img“The purpose of the tablets, especially for the councillors, is to assist them in their work. The poor relief officers, I made a commitment to them in 2016 in Portland, that if we are going to lift the standard of the poor relief departments, which we are doing, then it means that we must put them in a position to do the work and do it in an effective way,” said Mr. McKenzie.“Many of the poor relief officers throughout the country, operate out of big books and some exercise books with limited resources to do the work, and we took a conscious decision to give them the tools to do the work,” he added.The Minister said there is a growing number of people who depend on the poor relief departments for assistance and in order to keep up with this demand, “we have to improve the quality of the service by giving them the tools to undertake the work.”“So, we are not only giving the councillors tablets, we are giving each poor relief [department] tablets, and also to give them computers and printers that will be placed in their departments to help them with the work they are doing,” he outlined. Staff of the Poor Relief Department and Councillors in St. Elizabeth were presented with 18 computer tablets by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, on April 26. In addition, the Poor Relief Department received new computers and a printer to complement the mobile devices. The presentations were made during a special council meeting of the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation, in Black River.center_img Staff of the Poor Relief Department and Councillors in St. Elizabeth were presented with 18 computer tablets by Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, on April 26.The presentations were made during a special council meeting of the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation, in Black River.In addition, the Poor Relief Department received new computers and a printer to complement the mobile devices.The donation forms part of the commitment made by Mr. McKenzie to improve the working conditions of the poor relief departments and councillors in the country.Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie (right), presents Mayor of Black River, Councillor Derrick Sangster, with his tablet computer, during a special meeting of the St. Elizabeth Municipal Corporation, in Black River, on Friday (April 26). Story Highlightslast_img read more

All kids should get vaccinated for hepatitis B at birth experts say

first_imgTORONTO – Clinicians and researchers attending an international conference say all Canadian children should be vaccinated against hepatitis B starting at birth to prevent the development of potentially deadly liver disease later in life, a policy recommended by the World Health Organization.Currently, most provinces and territories immunize children against the liver-destroying virus when they are much older, including Ontario and Nova Scotia, which suggest children be vaccinated as late as 12 years old.Hepatitis B is transmitted through blood and other bodily fluids. The virus attacks the liver, causing ongoing scar-forming inflammation that over time can lead to cirrhosis, liver failure or liver cancer.The call for at-birth immunization comes from international experts attending the Global Hepatitis Summit in Toronto, which runs through Sunday.“There is a misconception that we only need to offer older children vaccination in the years before they become sexually active, since sexual activity is one of the routes of transmission,” said Dr. Harry Janssen, director of the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, who is attending the conference.“Hepatitis B is not just a disease that is transmitted by sexual activity, it’s also transmitted by blood-to-blood contact,” Janssen said in an interview. “Children play with each other … bite each other, scratch each other, share each other’s toothbrush. There’s household contact with people who have hepatitis B.“So there is a definite risk of getting this infection in childhood.”An estimated 230,000 Canadians are infected with hepatitis B, but many are unaware they harbour the virus. Less than 60 per cent of those infected have been diagnosed and only a quarter of those eligible for treatment are believed to be receiving it, doctors say.Worldwide, an estimated 257 million people are living with hepatitis B, says WHO. In 2015, almost 900,000 people died as a result of the disease, which is known as a “silent killer.”“In the first years, you don’t have any symptoms,” said Janssen. “But then people show up after the age of 40, 45 with liver cancer and they didn’t even know they had the infection.”Infants and young children are among those at the highest risk of infection, and the disease has the worst impact within that age range, since more than 90 per cent will develop chronic hepatitis B, he said. While the risk of progression to severe liver disease is highest among children infected before their first birthday, up to half of kids aged one to five also will develop a chronic form of infection.That compares to five to 10 per cent of those infected at 18 or older, WHO says. Between 20 and 30 per cent of adults who are chronically infected will develop cirrhosis and/or liver cancer.“That’s a very important reason to vaccinate at an early age, because if these children get infected, the likelihood of them getting chronic disease is much higher,” stressed Janssen.The vaccine against hepatitis B has been available since 1982 and is 95 per cent effective in preventing infection and the development of chronic disease and liver cancer caused by the virus.WHO recommends that all infants should receive their first dose of vaccine as soon as possible after birth, preferably within 24 hours.Two other doses would follow a couple of months apart, typically at the same time as other childhood immunizations are given, starting at two months of age.However, policies for when hepatitis B shots should be given vary widely across Canada.P.E.I. and Yukon vaccinate young children from age two months, but only New Brunswick, Nunavut and the Northwest Territories offer inoculate at birth.Other provinces immunize children when they are older: Manitoba at age nine, Alberta at 10, and Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador at 11. British Columbia introduced vaccination for infants from age two months in 2001, followed by Quebec in 2013, although that province still inoculates children who are not covered by the new program at age nine.“Since all children across Canada will eventually be vaccinated regardless of where they live, why don’t we just remove this lottery and routinely vaccinate them all from birth?” said Janssen.“This will reduce new cases of hepatitis B among children to near zero and remove the chance that any of them will become chronically infected.”The Canadian Paediatric Society recommends immunizing all children before they reach adolescence, although newborns of mothers who have hepatitis B should receive at-birth inoculation.The CPS also advises vaccination for: anyone living in a home with a hepatitis B-infected person; all children whose families have immigrated from areas with high rates of hepatitis B or who are travelling to such countries; and children with conditions that require frequent transfusions of blood or blood products or who are on hemodialysis for kidney disease.Dr. John Ward of the Centers for Disease Control said that since 2005, the U.S. agency had recommended that all newborns in the country receive a birth dose of the vaccine within the first three days of life, which subsequently decreased transmission of the virus by more than 90 per cent.In January, the CDC updated that advice, recommending that all infants be vaccinated within 24 hours of birth, in line with WHO’s policy. At the same time, it said babies born to hepatitis B-infected mothers should also be given hepatitis B antibodies to further protect against infection.The WHO has set a goal of eliminating hepatitis B worldwide by 2030, and the UN body has called on all countries to sign on to that commitment.“The cornerstone of elimination of hepatitis B is hepatitis B vaccination of young children beginning at birth, because they are at the highest risk of remaining infected,” said Ward, director of the CDC’s viral hepatitis division.“And if they become infected, 25 per cent of them will die of hepatitis B if they’re not diagnosed and managed and treated in later life.”There is no overall cure for the disease, added Janssen, though medications can suppress replication of the virus in the liver, helping to limit damage.About five per cent of those being treated are able to eradicate the virus from their bodies, but the rest must take the drugs for the remainder of their lives, he said.— Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Ohio State womens lacrosse edges out Michigan for programrecord 8th straight win

OSU women’s lacrosse members celebrate a win over Maryland on May 1. Credit: Courtesy of Ben SolomanThe No. 15 Ohio State women’s lacrosse team started its in-conference season on the right foot with a 10-9 win over Michigan in snowy Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Saturday. The hard-fought battle between the Buckeyes and the Wolverines allowed OSU to improve to 10-1, setting the program record with eight consecutive wins and the best start to a season.Senior attackman Cian Dabrowski led the Buckeyes with three goals on the day, while sophomore attackman Molly Wood and junior midfielder Paulina Constant each contributed two.OSU trailed 3-1 in the first half, but the defense held the Michigan attack while the offense tied it up with consecutive goals from Dabrowski and Wood. The Buckeyes led 4-3 going into halftime when senior attackman Rainey Hodgson found Wood for the score with two minutes left.The Buckeyes lost the lead again after the intermission, though, trailing 6-5 with 21 minutes left. But the Buckeyes clicked from there.Over the next 12 minutes, OSU scored five consecutive goals to give it a 10-6 lead. Constant started the trend with an unassisted goal with under 19 on the clock before Dabrowski and Hodgson added one each. With 10 minutes left, freshman midfielder Mackenzie Maring got into the action by scooping up a rebound from Wood’s shot to make it 9-6. Constant then added the 10th and final goal about a minute later.It certainly seemed like with the four-goal lead and all the momentum in the Buckeyes’ favor, the game was pretty well at hand. But, desperately trying to defend its home turf against its archrival, Michigan clawed back to make it a game again.The Wolverines notched three goals over the final seven minutes, the last of which put them one goal behind the Buckeyes with 23 seconds remaining. After a timeout, Dabrowski came in clutch with a draw control to help OSU run out the clock and hold on to the victory. Senior goalkeeper Katie Fredrick made four saves on the day.OSU beat Michigan for the fourth consecutive time, and the Wolverines fell to 5-7 on the season and 0-1 in Big Ten play.Up nextThe Buckeyes are next scheduled to return to Columbus to welcome No. 9 Penn State at 4 p.m. on Saturday. The game is set to be played at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

Reds secure National League playoff spot

The day Reds fans have been waiting for since 1995 has arrived. Cincinnati is going back to the playoffs. This year, there will be no repeat of 1999, when the Mets’ Al Leiter tossed a complete game, two-hit shutout in a one-game playoff game to slam the door to the playoffs shut on a Reds team that won 96 games. No promise unfulfilled of the Ken Griffey Jr, Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns era. 2010 was supposed to be the “year before the year” for the Reds. All signs pointed to contending in 2011. Another year for Jay Bruce and Drew Stubbs to acclimate themselves at the plate. Another year for Johnny Cueto, Edinson Volquez and Homer Bailey to adjust to major league hitters. A year for top prospect and $30 million man Aroldis Chapman to marinate in the minors. But something happened in 2010: Joey Votto became a left-handed hitting Albert Pujols. Votto’s 2010, likely to result in the National League MVP, has been full of moments that will go down in Reds lore. His three-run, game-tying bomb off Phillies closer Brad Lidge in the bottom of the ninth inning in early July. His 10-pitch, mono-a-mono at-bat against flame-throwing Dodgers closer Jonathan Broxton in August, which resulted in a two-run single. His flirtation with the National League Triple Crown. But let us not forget about the man that fills up the lineup card. Perhaps the best indication of manager Dusty Baker’s influence on this team has been his guiding through some incredibly traumatic losses. He’s been as much of a therapist this season as a strategist. The Reds lost to the Braves in late May on Brooks Conrad’s pinch-hit grand slam that went off Laynce Nix’s glove at the wall. The Reds allowed seven runs in the ninth to lose 10-9. They dropped four in a row in Philadelphia to end the first half. In one game, Travis Wood took a perfect game into the ninth inning, but the Reds couldn’t scrape a run off ace Roy Halladay and the Phillies won in 11. They were the victims of a four-game sweep earlier this month by the Rockies, the last loss particularly painful after Colorado shortstop Chris Nelson stole home in the eighth inning to give his team a one-run lead and complete a comeback from a 5-0 third-inning deficit. It’s been an up-and-down campaign that’s led the Reds somewhere few thought they would be at the end of the year: the playoffs. At times in their hunt for a Red October this season, Cincinnati invoked some magic of the Big Red Machine era. Perhaps they can continue playing with rose-colored sunglasses deep into October. read more

Microsoft accused of censorship for banning swastikas from Black Ops multiplayer

first_imgActivision‘s latest shooter Call of Duty: Black Ops takes place during the Vietnam War, which isn’t exactly known for its strong Nazi presence… but even if you want to rewrite history in the multiplayer, don’t expect Microsoft to let you: they’ve banned swastikas from Black Ops‘s online multiplayer.The Nazi-ban was outed by Xbox Live director of policy and enforcement Stephen Toulouse, who recently respond to a Tweet asking if it would be okay to use a swastika as a player emblem in Call of Duty: Black Ops.The common sense answer is obviously “no,” which Toulouse quickly said… but amazingly, the one word answer sparked quite a controversy on Twitter as numerous gamers questioned whether or not that was a form of censorship.“Suddenly, my twitter stream was filled with people stating that Xbox LIVE should equally ban the star of David, the Christian cross… because under various niche interpretations of those symbols, they are as evil as the swastika symbol and I should apply ethical relativism to all symbols on Xbox LIVE to respect all viewpoints because of the United States First Amendment,” Toulouse explains.He went on to say: “It’s not political correctness, it’s fundamental respect. If you think the swastika symbol should be reevaluated by societies all over the Earth, I think that’s great,. Your Xbox LIVE profile or in game logo, which doesn’t have the context to explain your goal, is not the right place to do that.”Agreed. Even if I didn’t agree, though, who can blame Microsoft for wanting to play it safe? There’s already enough hate speech on Xbox Live that is beyond Microsoft’s control, mostly through voice chat… who can fault them from wanting to avoid a public relations disaster by openly encouraging neo-nazis on top of that?Read more at Step Tolast_img read more

Pontian Professionals honour Michael Atkinson

first_imgGiven the reception South Australia’s Attorney-General Michael Atkinson received this weekend at the Pontian Professionals and Business Forum of Oceania dinner and the Australian Hellenic Council function, there is no doubt he is heading for status of Greek hero. Mr Atkinson, a self confessed Philhellene, was instrumental in having the Pontian genocide recognised by the South Australian parliament in April. At the Pontian Professionals dinner on Friday, Mr Atkinson was presented with a 1200 year old coin for his leading role in the passing of the motion to have the Pontian genocide recognised. At the dinner held at the stately Windsor Hotel, Mr Atkinson was praised by Ms Jenny Mikakos Victorian Parliamentary Secretary for Planning, who highlighted the impact of actions such as those by Mr Atkinson, in gaining recognition for the genocide of the Pontian and other Christians in Ottoman Turkey. In thanking his hosts Mr Atkinson said, “The rightness of the Pontian cause has long been obvious to me. And the passionate, yet considered way Greeks feel about the world acknowledging the Pontian Genocide is both justified and admirable.”The South Australian politician highlighted that fact that he did not realise the “depth and feeling” of the Greek people towards this issue until he was in Thessaloniki this year where he spoke in front of over 20,000 people in Ayia Sophia square. “[I]n the packed square of Ayia Sophia situated in the middle of that wonderful city – I heard the voice of the people,” Mr Atkinson said. He went on to implore the Pontian Greek community to maintain their vigilance and to generate a “sophisticated approach” to communications in an increasingly fast paced media and communications environment. He also was fulsome in his praise of the Pontian Professionals.“Your group clearly has that ability, and I have every confidence you’ll help take the efforts of the Pontian diaspora up to a whole new level,” Mr Atkinson said.Dignitaries present at Friday night’s dinner include Dr Con Perkoulidis, President of the Pontian Professionals and Business Forum of Oceania; Mr Tom Moisidis Chairman of the Forum; Mr John Efkarpides, President of the Federation of Pontian Associations of Australia; Mr Bill Papastergiadis, President of the Greek Orthodox Community of Melbourne and Victoria and Mr Peter Jasonides, Secretary of the World Confederation of Pontian Associations. On Saturday night Mr Atkinson was also honoured by the Australian Hellenic Council for his efforts in promoting the recognition of the Pontian Genocide at a function at the Star Reception Centre in Preston. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Braconnage 81 éléphants empoisonnés au cyanure au Zimbabwe

first_imgBraconnage : 81 éléphants empoisonnés au cyanure au ZimbabweSelon les autorités du Zimbabwe, 81 éléphants ont été empoisonnés au cyanure par des braconniers. Néanmoins, neuf d’entre eux ont pu être arrêtés.Au Zimbabwe, seuls 50 rangers patrouillent dans le parc national Hwange qui s’étend pourtant sur 15.000 kilomètres carrés (quasiment la taille de la Suisse). C’est dans ce parc qu’ont été découverts, en quelques mois, 81 éléphants empoisonnés au cyanure. Les autorités, qui parlent “d’une crise majeure”, indiquent que c’est la méthode qu’utilisent maintenant les braconniers pour retirer leurs défenses en ivoire aux pachydermes. Ces animaux, pourtant une espèce protégée, sont près de 50.000 dans ce parc, ce qui attire beaucoup de convoitises. Jerry Gotora, un responsable de l’office des parcs nationaux, explique que “le poison a été placé à des endroits où les éléphants paissent, et non dans l’eau comme cela a été dit”. Si cela avait été le cas, les conséquences auraient été encore plus dramatiques car le cyanure aurait également entrainé la mort de nombreux autres animaux (buffles, koudous et leurs prédateurs lions, léopards, vautours, etc.).Un massacre difficile à enrayer Face à cela, le nouveau ministre de l’Environnement zimbabwéen, Savior Kasukuere, a décidé de déclarer “la guerre” au braconnage et “la tolérance zéro”. Les rangers ont réussi à interpeller neuf suspects. Six d’entre eux détenaient 17 défenses en ivoire. La menace du braconnage n’a jamais été aussi importante pour les éléphants depuis l’interdiction de la commercialisation de l’ivoire. Et des cas d’empoisonnements ont déjà été signalés dans d’autres pays que le Zimbabwe. Selon un document publié récemment par la Convention sur le commerce international des espèces protégées (Cites), les pachydermes traversent actuellement “la plus grave crise de conservation” depuis 1989 avec pas moins de 25.000 spécimens braconnés rien qu’en 2012. Et les pays peinent à enrayer le massacre malgré les moyens mis en oeuvre, de plus en plus importants.Un braconnier condamné à 3 ans de prison ferme Néanmoins, la lutte n’est pas complètement vaine. Mardi, Symphorien Sangha, un homme décrit comme l’un des principaux braconniers d’ivoire d’Afrique centrale a été condamné à trois ans de prison ferme pour “abattage illégal d’éléphants”, selon le Fonds mondial pour la Nature (WWF). Le tribunal de grande instance de la Boumba-et-Ngoko au Cameroun a également condamné le braconnier arrêté en octobre 2012 à une amende de 22 millions de francs CFA (soit environ 33.000 euros).À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Son frère jumeau, René, arrêté en août en possession de deux pointes d’ivoire, doit être jugé mercredi, a précisé l’AFP. Selon le WWF, “les frères Sangha sont actifs depuis au moins 2006 dans l’espace de la Sangha”, une forêt de plus de huit millions d’hectares qui s’étend au Cameroun, au Congo et en Centrafrique et sont “responsables de la mort de plus de cent éléphants dans les forêts d’Afrique centrale”.Plus de 15 ans de prison pour les empoisonneurs Mercredi, la radio d’Etat Spot FM a annoncé que les suspects qui ont été arrêtés suite à l’empoisonnement des pachydermes ont écopé de peines bien plus lourdes. Le tribunal du Zimbabwe a condamné un homme de 25 ans à 16 ans de prison et à une amende de 440.000 euros. Ses co-accusés, âgés respectivement de 42 ans et 24 ans, ont eux écopé de 15 ans de prison et de 150.000 euros d’amende chacun.”Les autorités des parcs nationaux et de la faune ont salué ce jugement comme une arme de dissuasion contre d’éventuels braconniers”, a souligné Spot FM repris par l’ATS. Il y a deux ans, neuf éléphants, cinq lions et deux buffles étaient morts, empoisonnés au cyanure dans le parc Hwange National Park.Le 26 septembre 2013 à 09:53 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Woman pushing stroller struck killed in Camas crash

first_imgA woman who was pushing a stroller died Tuesday when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle in Camas. The woman was walking south across Northeast Third Avenue near Weir Street when a white Toyota Sequoia traveling east hit her and the stroller, according to the Camas Police Department. The crash was reported at 4:56 p.m.The woman, whose name was not released pending family notification, was dead when firefighters arrived, according to Camas Fire Chief Nick Swinhart. At the time of the crash, she was wearing dark clothing and was not in a crosswalk, police said. A young boy was strapped into the stroller when the SUV struck it, but the boy did not sustain any injuries, police said. The boy was transported to PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center for an evaluation, and his mother was expected to pick him up from the hospital, police said. It is unclear how the woman pushing the stroller knew the boy.The man driving the SUV was not injured in the crash and cooperated with police. Austin Beaudoin, 13, said he was eating at a Taco Bell restaurant on Third Avenue when his younger brother, 12-year-old Nathan Beaudoin, pointed his attention toward the road. Austin Beaudoin said that’s when he witnessed the collision. “I couldn’t really believe I saw someone die,” he said. “I was pretty scared honestly.”He said he felt especially bad for the woman’s family because it’s almost Christmas. He and some of his friends went to the nearby Dollar Tree and bought candles, a balloon and a poster. They wrote “R.I.P.” on the poster and made a memorial near the scene of the crash.last_img read more

Budget Session Likely to Begin on 23 February CCPA to Finalise Dates

first_imgThe Budget session of Parliament is likely to begin on 23 February. The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) will meet on Wednesday to finalise the dates for the session.”I have called a Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs tomorrow, where we will discuss the schedule of the forthcoming budget session. You have to give a minimum of 15 days’ notice to all members and they can also give notice for questions,” ANI quoted Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu as saying on Tuesday.The Union Budget for financial year 2015-16 will be presented during the session.The budget is considered significant, for it will be the first full-year budget by the Modi government that is consciously projecting itself as reforms-oriented and business-friendly.There are high hopes with the upcoming budget with Jaitley indicating start of second-generation reforms going forward, IBNLive reported.Prior to the CCPA meeting, Naidu met nine cabinet ministers and their respective secretaries on Tuesday to discuss modalities of legislative business. “We have also used this occasion of an informal meeting of my cabinet colleagues, where nine ministers were present along with their secretaries, to discuss about the procedures to be followed in bringing bills and replacing ordinances on various subjects: the insurance bill, coal bill, mines and minerals bill, land acquisition bill, citizenship amendment bill,” said Naidu. Other key issues that are likely to be taken up in the budget session are retrospective tax, goods and services tax, labour reforms, subsidies and steps to restart the investment cycle.last_img read more

How to Use Sidecar to Extend your Screen in macOS Catalina and

first_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GameIf you’re over 40 – this game is a must!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoVerizon WirelessThis new phone will blow your mind.Verizon WirelessUndoComputerWorldBrandPost: Coming to a Workplace Near You — Augmented and Virtual RealityComputerWorldUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoAdvertisement I was very confused when I first tested Sidecar mode, which allows you to use your iPad as a secondary Mac display and is available on the macOS Catalina beta and the iPadOS beta. While the mode extended my desktop, the feature didn’t exactly work as I expected. But with a little bit of poking around, using both my finger and the Apple Pencil, I found out how to use Sidecar mode efficiently.Just a heads up that this tutorial is based on interactions with the beta versions of the software, so the performance of Sidecar here may not be as snappy as you might expect from Apple. At one point during my testing, the iPad needed to be restarted so it could reconnect to the MacBook Pro I was using for the testing.But if you want to try this feature early, here’s how to check out Sidecar on your Mac and iPad.How to use Sidecar to pair your Mac and iPadOnce you’ve installed macOS Catalina on a Mac and installed iPadOS on an iPad, you’re good to go. These instructions work whether or not the machines are physically tethered, so don’t worry about trying to find a USB-C-to-Lightning or USB-C-to-USB-C cable to connect the two.First up, click the iPad logo in the Menu Bar on your Mac. This logo should show up automatically, but if you don’t see it, look instead for the Displays icon (a rectangle on top of a triangle pointing upward).Then, select the iPad you want to connect to the iPad, and then watch your iPad’s screen change to a second version of your Mac’s desktop. For starters, you can test out the feature by dragging windows from your Mac to the iPad; just move them off of one side of your screen.Oh, and if you don’t like the specific side of the screen that Sidecar places adjacent to your iPad virtually, you can fix that. Open System Preferences, click Displays and click Arrangement. Here, you’ll see the iPad represented by a smaller screen, which doesn’t have a white menu bar at the top, and you can click and drag this smaller screen to another edge of your main screen. I’d do this to make sure the screens’ virtually alignment matches how they’re physically set up at your workstation.Also, make sure that both devices are plugged in to power. I’ve seen the iPad’s screen have issues when the Mac goes to sleep; for example, a section of the screen could go dark until you lock and unlock the tablet.How touch works in SidecarMy biggest misunderstanding with Sidecar has come when figuring out how much of the extended macOS screen is touch sensitive. Your digits can activate only the Touch Bar line items on the frame of the screen, not the actual macOS interface, such as windows, the Menu bar or icons.Those virtual Touch Bar icons include the modifier keys from the keyboard, like Command, Control, Option and Shift. My favorite, though, minimizes and opens the dock, which you don’t always need on the iPad.Yes, that’s an incredibly frustrating limitation, but I can see the reason for it. The macOS interface is meant for interactions with a cursor, not your (much larger) fingertip.Use the PencilThis is where Apple’s Pencil stylus accessory ($99 to $129) becomes incredibly important. The Pencil is the only way to click and drag and otherwise interact with macOS elements when they’re on the iPad.Of course, the Pencil can also act as an accessory when you’re drawing. You can check this out in the Notes app, when you tap the Image button and select Add Sketch; your iPad’s screen will get all of the annotation tools that now come standard in iPadOS.Pros should love this, too, as Apple says Sidecar’s Pencil support will work in Illustrator, Affinity Photo and ZBrush.Sidecar alternativesFeel disappointed by Sidecar’s restraints? Duet Display and Luna Display both allow you to actually touch the macOS interface and don’t limit you to the Pencil.On the downside, those both cost extra ($69.99 for Luna Display, $9.99 for Duet Display). Also, I’d wager that the final version of Sidecar will be as smooth as or even more responsive than these options. Henry T. Casey, on Henry T. Casey, center_img Author Bio Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he’s the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.last_img read more

Gay porn star jailed for selling 35 million worth of marijuana

first_imgChris Bines, or Steven Sholly, jailed GAYSTARNEWS- Gay porn star Chris Bines was jailed for selling $3.5 million worth of marijuana. Legal name Steven Sholly, he was one of several that was part of a felony conspiracy to distribute at least 3,500 ounces of the drug in Florida.The 31-year-old was sentenced to 59 months, one month short of five years, in prison.Men conspired to sell 100kg of marijuana in FloridaBetween January 2014 and June 2017, the men conspired to sell the 100kg of weed in Florida.Sholly was not jailed, unlike other defendants of conspiracy to commit money laundering. eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us)center_img Charles Zachariah Sindylek, 32, of Pensacola, 90 months in prison and David DelGiacco, 56, of Lake Forest, California, 30 days in custody of the Bureau of Prisons. Brandon Craig Remeyer, 35, of Trabuco Canyon, California, 72 months in prison and Andrew Paul Marcelonis, 32, of Pensacola, 18 months in prison.The courts found Sholly shipped packages from California to Florida. Sholly then sold the marijuana in Florida with the assistance of others.The cash was then laundered through bank accounts, and later mailed to addresses in California.Sholly was ordered to self-surrender by 21 May and begin his near-five year sentence.On his release in 2023, he will be on supervised release for another three years.As Bines, he was an exclusive model for Falcon Students. He also appeared in several scenes for Randy Blue and a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us . Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsBisexual porn star reveals the differences between gay and straight pornDoes this gay con artist deserve to be in prison for 144 years?Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  : Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading…last_img read more