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Pop singer Remo acquitted of verbal abuse charges

first_imgA Goa court on Thursday acquitted pop singer-musician Remo Fernandes of charges of verbally abusing a minor girl in 2015. Mr. Remo’s lawyer Rajeev Gomes said Mr. Fernandes had been acquitted of the charges framed under Section 8 r/w 2 (m) of the Goa Children’s Act.Mr. Fernandes had been charged with verbally abusing the minor girl from Maharashtra’s Malvan region, who was walking to the Old Goa Church complex in North Goa as part of an annual pilgrimage, when a car allegedly driven by Mr. Fernandes’s son knocked her down on December 15, 2015. The victim’s complaint had stated that after she was admitted to the Goa Medical College Hospital at Bambolim near here, Mr. Fernandes visied her at the hospital and after an argument, he verbally abused her.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singh’s father Yograj diagnosed with vocal cord cancer, undergoing treatment in US

first_imgYuvraj SinghAfter India’s batting star Yuvraj Singh recuperated from cancer, his father and former Test cricketer Yograj Singh has been reportedly diagnosed with cancer.According to a report in the Indian Express, he is learnt be undergoing treatment in a hospital in New York, after a surgery to remove a tumour in his vocal cords.It is learnt that Yograj had been diagnosed with the cancer a few months back, but was advised to go to US after his voice choked and he developed breathlessness.During the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj had played a pivotal role in India’s victorious campaign. His astounding all-round performance during the quadrennial event earned him the ‘Player of the Series’ award.However, the aggressive southpaw was diagnosed with a cancerous tumour in his left lung and underwent chemotherapy in US.last_img read more

Volkswagen group sales return to growth in January

first_imgVolkswagen group sales returned to growth in January thanks to demand in China, where core brand VW posted its best month ever despite the furore over the German carmaker’s cheating of US diesel emissions tests.Deliveries at the 12-brand group, including luxury division Audi and sports-car maker Porsche, climbed 3.7 per cent to 847,800 in January, Volkswagen said on Friday.ALSO READ:21st Century Volkswagen Beetle has grown out of its hippie lifestyleIn December, sales had dropped 5.2 per cent, contributing to the first decline in full-year sales since 2002.Volkswagen sales growth turned negative for the first time in at least four and a half years in April 2015, raising pressure on the automaker to fix trouble spots laid bare by the shock ousting of long-time Chairman Ferdinand Piech.The situation worsened after VW admitted in September it had rigged US diesel emissions tests and up to around 11 million vehicles worldwide could have illegal software installed.ALSO READ:Volkswagen launches updated versions of Polo, Vento ahead of Auto Expo 2016January group deliveries in China were up 15.4 per cent, and sales in Europe were up 1.8 per cent. In all other regions, deliveries fell, with the biggest declines seen in Russia and Brazil, at 29.5 per cent and 38.8 per cent respectively.Deliveries of VW-branded vehicles were up 2.8 per cent at 521,400 around the world, driven by a 15.4 per cent jump in China.Earlier this month, Volkswagen postponed publication of its 2015 financial results and delayed its annual shareholders’ meeting while it struggles to put an exact price on the emissions scandal.advertisementALSO READ:Volkswagen Ameo unveiled, to be showcased at Auto Expo 2016last_img read more

Premier League: Manchester United FC, Manchester City FC battle for spot in top-four

first_imgJose Mourinho’s Manchester United and Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City will be fighting essentially for the fourth place on the Premier League table, which is currently occupied by City, when the two Manchester clubs go against each other on Thursday night at the Etihad Stadium.Both the clubs, having signed big names and bigger managers, have failed to live upto the billing and have performed underwhelmingly.While City are coming into the Manchester derby after a disappointing FA Cup semi-final 1-2 loss to Arsenal, Manchester United have reached the Europa League semi-finals after defeating Anderlecht over the two legs.THE MISSING PLAYERSThe hosts, Manchester City, will be missing the services of David Silva after the Spanish international was substituted 23 minutes into the FA Cup semi-final following a heavy tackle by Arsenal defender Gabriel Paulista. Even Fernandinho is out with injury and his presence is under doubt as well.Even though City’s FA Cup semi-final defeat saw Sergio Aguero also leaving the field in extra time, he will be available for selection.Manchester United, in their Europa League win over Anderlecht, were hit by the injury of their star striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic and the Swedish has been ruled out for the season.Jose Mourinho will also miss the services of Paul Pogba, as disclosed by the Portuguese manager during the press conference on Wednesday.Marcus Rojo, Juan Mata, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and James Wilson are all unavailable as well due to their respective injuries.Here’s what happened last time we faced Manchester City on a Thursday… pic.twitter.com/gKM5TZ0hgnadvertisement- Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 27, 2017PLAYERS TO LOOK OUT FOR – MANCHESTER CITY:Kevin De Bruyne: De Bruyne’s form will as usual be the key to Manchester City’s success. De Bruyne has the capability of owning a game when he is at his best and he’ll need to put up a big match performance against United. The Belgian has been upbeat recently with four assists in his last four league starts.Gabriel Jesus: The Brazilian international is available for selection as he is set to make his first appearance since February when he broke a metatarsal in his right foot. Jesus had an electric start to his City career as he grabbed an assist and a goal in his first Premier League start on February 1, 2016 becoming the first Manchester City player to have a goal and an assist in their first Premier League start, as well as only the third City player to be involved in two or more goals in their first Premier League start. Should Jesus be fit enough for playing time, he in partnership with Aguero can turn out to be lethal.Leroy Sane: The German international’s speed and work rate is eye-catching. Interestingly, Sane made his debut in the last league Manchester derby on September 3, 2016. Recently on April 13, Sane was also named as one of the six players shortlisted for the PFA Young Player of the Year award.Lingard looks ahead to the derby – watch the full interview in the #MUTV app*. Download now! https://t.co/0RCQsKBs0V*Selected countries pic.twitter.com/EK7lIyL7Ie- Manchester United (@ManUtd) April 26, 2017MANCHESTER UNITED:Henrikh Mikhtaryan: Mikhtaryan has developed his place in the United setup with a lot of patience and hard work. After being out of favour for almost half the season, Mikhtaryan has turned into Mourinho’s go-to man. The Armenian has scored in his last three starts in all competitions and in the absence of Ibrahimovic and Pogba, he may get his time to shine.Marcus Rashford: Rashford’s extra time winner took United to the Europa League semi-finals and the young England international will look to produce the same decisiveness again. Rashford has been forced to play on the wings all season to accommodate Ibrahimovic as the leading striker but with the Swedish out, it may just be Rashford’s night of reckoning.Antonio Valencia: Valencia before going out injured was Mourinho’s most consistent and reliable player. The United squad looks set to be boosted by his return.Which makes your number one? ?? WATCH ?? https://t.co/cjtGsmpBrD #cityvutd #mcfc pic.twitter.com/JwkZaL9Qub- Manchester City (@ManCity) April 25, 2017MANAGERIAL BATTLEPep Guardiola is a manager who is used to winning trophies but his first Premier League season has been a disappointment and the former Barcelona manager is going to end up without a silverware after having lost the FA Cup semi-final to Arsenal.Mourinho, on the other hand, has brought home the EFL Cup in the first season-in-charge at Manchester United and has his eyes set on the Europa League triumph. Mourinho will look to continue their winning momentum and pip City to at least the fourth spot.advertisementConsidering Manchester United’s weakness in the defence despite a wall named David De Gea, Guardiola will look to exploit the same with the pace on the front and catch their city rivals off guard.City’s defence has been shaky too but with the return of Vincent Kompany, Mourinho will have to dig deeper to split open the City defence.Guardiola and Mourinho have met each other across continents 18 times, out of which the City manager has won nine times while Mourinho has won four. The rest five have ended in a draw.PREVIOUS MEETINGSGuardiola’s City and Mourinho’s Red Devils have met twice and both managers share spoils this regard.In September 2016, Manchester City beat United 2-1 in what was one among Guardiola’s 10 wins on the trot with City early in the season.The second time the two teams clashed was during the EFL Cup in October 2016 where United eked out a 1-0 win.Manchester City are currently at the fourth spot in the Premier League standings with 64 points from 32 matches while United are just behind them in the 5th position with 63 points from the same number of games.Guardiola’s City are undefeated in their last eight Premier League matches at home while Mourinho’s United have scored at least two goals in seven of their last eight Premier League away matches – the stage is set!last_img read more

Asus ROG Phone gaming smartphone India launch set for today, will be Flipkart exclusive

first_imgThe day has finally arrived. Asus is bringing its ROG Phone to India today. The gaming smartphone from Asus is all set to go official in the country, and post the launch the phone will be available for purchase exclusively on Flipkart, the company has announced. The Asus ROG has been launched in other markets already, and we expect the same variant of the phone to come to India as well.The ROG Phone was initially announced at Computex 2018, but the price of the phone wasn’t revealed at the event. Days later, the Asus ROG Phone was made official on the U.S for a starting price tag of $899 – which roughly translates to Rs 63,400. This price is for the 128GB model of the phone. The high-end or 512GB storage model of the ROG Phone was launched for $1,099, which when translated to INR comes to Rs 77,500.During the launch of the ZenFone 5Z in the month of July, Asus CEO Jerry Shen said that ROG Phone gaming smartphone will be coming to India in Q3 of 2018. He had said, “For sure, we will launch the ROG phone here in India. I cannot tell you the exact date, but it will arrive in Q3. It is already Q3, so we have three months to do so.” Further commenting on bringing the gaming phone to India, Asus CEO said, “the consumers here are not like the ones in the US. Indian consumers are reasonable and care about the value and the features.” Jerry also said that the ROG Phone will be much more expensive than the newly launched ZenFone 5Z. “Definitely, ROG will be priced higher than the Zenfone 5Z,” Jerry had said.advertisementIn India, the ZenFone 5Z was launched in three versions — 6GB RAM and 64GB storage, 8GB RAM and 128GB storage, and 8GB RAM and 256GB storage. The base version (6GB RAM/64GB storage) was launched for Rs 29,999, the top-end version (8GB RAM/256GB) for Rs 36,999, while the mid version (8GB RAM/128GB) for Rs 32,999.As far as the specifications are concerned, the Asus ROG Phone sports a tall 6-inch OLED Full HD+ display with a resolution of 1080×2160 pixels. On the hardware front, the phone is powered by a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor clocked to 2.96 GHz and paired with Adreno 630 GPU, which as Asus claims has been tuned for high-end gaming. This means that the ROG Phone is capable of running smoothly during gaming sessions. On the camera front, the Asus ROG Phone comes with a dual rear camera setup on the back with primary sensor of 12-megapixel and secondary sensor of 8-megapixel secondary. On the front, the phone includes an 8-megapixel selfie camera for selfies.ALSO READ | Asus ROG gaming phone India launch confirmed for this quarter, will be costlier than ZenFone 5ZFurthermore, the ROG Phone comes with a feature called GameCool system, which as the name suggests is mainly used to cool down the device during heavy gaming sessions. GameCool system is basically a vapour-based cooling technology that significantly improves thermals with the help of a copper heat spreader and a 3D vapour chamber to transfer heat away from the processor. The Asus ROG phone also features like optional AeroActive Cooler that basically blow off air from the back panel of the phone, and hence improve heat dissipation. On the software front, the Asus ROG Phone runs on Android 8.1 Oreo-based ROG Gaming UI.last_img read more

2019 World Cup: A test of Virat Kohli’s tactical acumen as series of challenges await

first_imgHis manic consistency has already put him among the pantheon of greats but the World Cup in England will be Virat Kohli’s hour of reckoning in his bid to create a lasting legacy as India’s captain.The first Indian captain to win a Test series on Australian soil, Kohli will be leading a team which has its own share of worries but is not short of game-changers, a must in a big ticket tournament.Who bats at No 4? Is Kedar Jadhav good enough? Third pacer or an extra all-rounder? Kuldeep or Chahal or both? The World Cup will be much about Kohli, the captain as much as it is about Kohli, the batsman.A World Cup victory will put Kohli in a league of his own and even those skeptical about his tactical nous will have no other option but to grudgingly doff their hats at his heady achievements.Without doubt, the Indian captain will hold the key during the seven-week period where he is expected to cross 11,000 runs and also add a few more hundreds to the 41 he already has in his kitty.With the pitches expected to be as flat as pancakes, Rohit Sharma’s flamboyance may fetch him a few ‘Daddy Hundreds’, maybe even a fourth double, if the vice-captain gets going.And then there is Shikhar Dhawan, who has never put a foot wrong at the ICC events since his international debut and would like the record to remain unblemished.The trouble starts after this point, something that Men In Blue have not exactly been able to paper over despite fabulous show from the top three on more occasions.advertisementThe number four slot has been a topic of discussion after Ambati Rayudu failed to inspire confidence and the maverick Rishabh Pant was left out of the squad defying logic.Even the explanations given by the chairman of selectors MSK Prasad and skipper Kohli about Dinesh Karthik’s experience under pressure wasn’t a convincing enough reason.Save his 8-ball-29 in the Nidahas T20 final against Bangladesh, Karthik in his stop-start 14-year international career has hardly done anything worth remembering.Vijay Shankar, the man termed as the ‘Three Dimensional’ cricketer by Prasad or specialist opener KL Rahul are expected to be the ‘square peg in a round hole’.Whoever is the choice, it will be more of an inspirational one rather than having any method to the madness as the ‘Madmax’ Pant waits in the wings.Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s final World Cup campaign will be an emotional one for his legion of fans but a strike-rate in the 70s and inability to force the pace on a consistent basis between 35th and 50th over will keep opposition teams interested.During the IPL, Dhoni is known to target the young Indian bowlers during the death overs, using all his expertise, something he might find difficult against a Kagiso Rabada or a Pat Cummins or a Mohammed Aamir.At No. 6 comes Kedar Jadhav, hopefully, fit by the time India take on South Africa at Southampton on June 5.The cheeky player that he is, Jadhav’s below-par show in 14 IPL games is a cause of concern. At CSK, despite playing on conducive Chennai tracks, Jadhav wasn’t bowled – partially due to his dodgy hamstring and partly due to the success of Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir.Hardik Pandya’s multi-dimensional talent at No. 7 is expected to be put to good use during the tournament. His ability to produce big sixes at the death can change the complexion of the game.The Indian team management and the selectors in the past two years invested heavily in wrist spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have got a decent amount of success.But the Australians during their last ODI series in India, were able to successfully decode the duo with young Ashton Turner (not in WC squad) showing the way in Mohali while Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch followed suit in Ranchi.Kuldeep’s poor IPL form has been an insult to the injury as he was the only World Cup-bound India player, who lost his place in an IPL playing XI due to poor form.But there is Jasprit Bumrah, who in coming years, will perhaps be one of India’s greatest match-winners.Mohammed Shami’s swing up-front and Bumrah’s yorkers at the death makes it for a heady cocktail.Out of nine league games, winning six could prove to be good enough to qualify for the semi-finals for a team that has plenty of talent on offer.Also Read | Kedar Jadhav declared fit for 2019 World Cup, to travel to England with Team India on May 22Also Read | World Cup 2019 winners to earn USD 4 millionAlso Read | Sourav Ganguly among 3 Indian commentators for Cricket World Cup 2019advertisementlast_img read more

Unruffled Raheem Sterling confident goals will soon flow in England shirt

first_img Read more Topics Share on Twitter Facebook “You get fewer chances with us and sporadic games so you don’t get another go in the next week. This is part of dealing with international football and that is his next challenge. But I have to say that every challenge that has been put in front of him throughout his career – new players coming in, for example, over the last couple of years [at City] – he has risen to. He’s been tough enough to deal with those challenges and I expect him to come through this, too.”Southgate will always defend his players and is particularly protective of Sterling because of the feeling that some parts of the media are too quick to jump on the former Liverpool player. The manager does recognise, though, that two goals in 2,983 minutes of international football is not an adequate return for a player in Sterling’s position. Sterling has been substituted in eight of his past 10 England appearances and every game he started in the World Cup. He has played a full game only four times since Southgate took the job two years ago. It is not easy to understand how a forward with Raheem Sterling’s penetrative qualities has found it so difficult to replicate his scoring form with England and when the question is put to both the player and his manager, Gareth Southgate, it is clear they find it equally perplexing.How, after all, can anybody make sense of the fact there have been only two occasions in a 45-cap international career, covering nearly six years, when one of the Premier League’s more reliable scorers has been on target for his country? Or that, going into the game against Spain on Monday, a player who is so prolific for Manchester City, with 23 goals last season, has gone 27 appearances since managing one for the national team? Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Gareth Southgate The last occasion was the 2-0 win against Estonia at Wembley on 9 October 2015 – the same day as Jürgen Klopp’s inaugural press conference as Liverpool manager – with Roy Hodgson in charge of the national team, Dele Alli making his debut, Wayne Rooney receiving a trophy from Sir Bobby Charlton for becoming England’s record scorer and the football world taking in the news that Sepp Blatter and Michel Platini had been banned by Fifa.Before that, Sterling’s only other goal for England came seven months earlier in another Euro 2016 qualifier: a 4-0 victory against Lithuania, also at Wembley. Sterling has just passed the three-year anniversary of his last England goal. There have been none in his 18 appearances of the Southgate era, despite often playing as a central striker. In time on the pitch, it is 30 hours and seven minutes.All of which raises an obvious question: why? In ordinary circumstances, it would be tempting to think it might be a confidence issue, but Sterling does not give the impression that is the case. “I haven’t scored for a while but you have to keep your positivity, keep getting into the box,” he says. “Wait for your moment and the chances will arrive. You have to keep being persistent. The goals will come, I’m sure of that. I believe in myself.”He has, after all, scored 46 goals for City since he last managed one for England, with only four players – Mohamed Salah, Harry Kane, Sergio Agüero and Jamie Vardy – outscoring him in the Premier League last season. Sterling is virtually a fixture in a title‑winning team that is regarded as possibly the most beautifully assembled club side of the Premier League era. Yet the paradox is that, for England, his only goals have been against the two nations currently 98th and 126th in Fifa’s world rankings. The Fiver: sign up and get our daily football email. Read more Jordan Henderson: ‘Gareth gives more ownership. We are stronger’ Even stranger, this has been the part of Sterling’s career when he has purposefully modified his style to be more of a threat. “When I was a bit younger, I wasn’t too interested in scoring goals,” he says. “I was all about looking nice, or trying to look nice, and showing people I’ve got a lot of ability.“Now I’ve started to realise no one remembers the nice stuff you do on the pitch, it’s about your effectiveness and what you do for your team.”That, in short, means spending more time in the penalty area. “Before, I was going wide and trying to beat a player. Now I’m trying to get on the end of stuff, being around for scraps and trying to make goals for myself.“I’m much more confident now when I’m in the penalty area so I feel the goals will come for England, as they have for City. I need to keep that going, especially with the national team because I need to get these goals going.”On Monday, in the Estadio Benito Villamarín, would be a good time to start. Harry Winks to get the nod against Spain as England build for the future features Share on LinkedIn England Spain Nations League Share on Pinterest Raheem Sterling Share on Facebook Twitter Share via Email “If we had the answer, we would probably have resolved it a few games ago,” Southgate said. “What do we do? We have to keep getting him in the right positions. We have to create chances for him and he has to keep getting in the right areas. The other night [against Croatia] there was a ball that flashed across the box and he was just behind the defender when he has to try to get across the front of those if he can. But I think it is a confidence thing and when the goal comes he will go on a scoring run.”A confidence thing? “I don’t think his confidence is low but I think there are times when you can think a little bit too much about what you’re doing in certain moments,” Southgate said.“It’s about having the freedom just to hit things. But this is one of the big challenges of international football. You know with your club – well, with his club – you will get another five chances in the next 10 or 15 minutes. Raheem Sterling (right) looks pensive during England’s training session in Seville – he has just two goals in the past 2,983 minutes of international football. Photograph: Carl Recine/Action Images via Reuters Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Art Briles Has Landed A New Head Coaching Job

first_imgHead coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during their game against the UCF Knights in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Head coach Art Briles of the Baylor Bears looks on during their game against the UCF Knights in the Tostitos Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Former Baylor head football head coach Art Briles is backing coaching football in the state of Texas, only this time it’ll be at the high school level.Briles, 63, was Baylor’s head coach from 2008-15, leading the Bears to two Big 12 championships. He was 99-65 as the program’s head coach, winning 10-plus games in four of his final five seasons.The longtime head coach was ousted as Baylor’s head coach as a result of the school’s sexual assault scandal.Briles has been announced tonight’s as the new head coach at Mount Vernon in Texas. Art Briles has landed a high school head coaching job out in East Texas. https://t.co/BB6XNIO3Sk— Max Olson (@max_olson) May 24, 2019Here’s the full release from the school:Full release from @MtVernonISD about hiring former Baylor football coach Art Briles as their head football coach pic.twitter.com/OjwURAOFsA— Micah Fleet (@MicahFleet) May 24, 2019Briles’ hiring will not be without controversy, and it’s not surprising that the news was announced the Friday night of Memorial Day Weekend.last_img read more

MSC Seaside Crewman Falls Overboard off US Virgin Islands

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: MSC Cruises A crewmember from the cruise ship MSC Seaside went overboard off US Virgin Islands on May 16, according to the US Coast Guard.Relevant authorities launched a search operation for the crewmember, who went missing some 8 nautical miles southeast of St. Thomas.The crewman, identified as the 37-year-old Michael M. Majaba, of the Philippines, reportedly went overboard from the seventh deck of the Maltese-flagged cruise ship at 1 a.m. on Wednesday.The cruise ship crew launched a search and contacted watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector San Juan Command Center at 4 a.m. alerting them of the situation.MSC Seaside was transiting from the Caribbean Island of St. Maarten to San Juan, Puerto Rico when the incident took place.last_img read more

Change to Enhance Emergency Management Safety of Nova Scotians

first_imgThe province is taking an important step to better co-ordinate public safety and enhance its ability to prepare for, and manage, major emergencies. Beginning today, April 19, the Emergency Management Office is a division of the Department of Justice. “Nothing is more important than the safety of our family and loved ones,” said Ross Landry, Minister of Justice. “More closely aligning the Emergency Management Office with other divisions responsible for the safety of all Nova Scotians under Justice will allow for greater co-ordination and ensure that Nova Scotia is as prepared as possible for any threat.” As a division of Justice, EMO will continue to prepare for, and coordinate responses to, major threats to Nova Scotia’s people, property and environment. The adjustment will improve information sharing and enhance continuity of services and contingency planning. “By sharing resource units like finance and human resources, we expect some savings will be realized, while the services on which Nova Scotians most rely, including 911 and grants to ground search and rescue teams, are protected,” said Mr. Landry. Last year, ministerial and CEO responsibilities for EMO were transferred to the Department of Justice.last_img read more

Unlicensed operators responsible for more near misses involving drones Calgary study

first_imgCALGARY – A new study says there are more drones in the air than piloted aircraft and the numbers of close calls between the two continue to rise.The University of Calgary study, published online in the Journal of Unmanned Vehicle Systems, examined drone incident data from Transport Canada’s civil aviation daily occurrence reporting system database.“They clearly show in the last several years that incidents involving drone use in Canada has been on the rise,” said associate professor Chris Hugenholtz, who co-authored the study with Paul Nesbit and Thomas Barchyn.The data shows there were 355 drone incidents reported in Canadian airspace between November 2005 and December 2016. The numbers rose substantially after 2013 when drone technology became more readily available.“Drone use has skyrocketed, and with that comes new potential safety concerns,” said Nesbit, who led the study.Of the reported incidents, 66.5 per cent were drone sightings with 22.3 per cent involving close encounters between drones and piloted aircraft.“We are very concerned that just based on probability with more incidents occurring, the chances for something far more severe start to rise,” Hugenholtz said.Hobbyists have been flying model aircraft safely in Canadian airspace for decades, he said. But in recent years, drones requiring substantially less skill to operate have integrated into the airspace.Hugenholtz said many drone operators are licensed by Transport Canada.“Those people would know all the rules and would be following the conditions,” he said. “We surmise that the vast majority of these incidents are people who are unaware or are choosing to ignore rules and don’t have certification.”Hugenholtz said there is no simple solution. He said Transport Canada has legislated guidelines that clarify drone regulations and brought in fines. It is also possible to anonymously report unsafe drone activity.Technology may also offer a way to deal with the problem.“There’s a technology called geo-fencing and what that does is look at the GPS of the drone and will prevent the drone from either taking off or entering airspace where it shouldn’t be,” Hugenholtz said.“Another one is to use small new radar systems that can actually detect drones in airspace where they shouldn’t be as early warning systems.”— Follow @BillGraveland on Twitterlast_img read more

Chief warns of Egyptlike crisis in US embassy letter

first_img(Roseau River Chief Terrance Nelson. APTN/Photo)By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe U.S. should pay closer attention to the deteriorating relationship between First Nations and Ottawa or risk being “blindsided” by an Egypt-like crisis in Canada, a Manitoba chief said in a letter sent to the U.S. ambassador to Canada.Roseau River Chief Terrence Nelson said in the letter sent Wednesday that a “potential crisis” was brewing in Canada over the federal government’s continued refusal to allow First Nations to benefit from the country’s oil riches and pipelines.“In Canada, Indigenous people’s rights are being ignored and it is only a matter of time before a crisis arising out of economic hardship will occur as it has in Egypt,” wrote Nelson in the letter to U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson. “Americans looking north should not ignore the human rights issues in Canada.”It’s unclear how seriously the U.S. embassy is taking Nelson’s warning. A spokeswoman for the U.S. embassy said she couldn’t immediately comment on the letter because a snowstorm in Ottawa had prompted most embassy staff to go home early. Stacy White, a press officer, said the embassy would, however, consider whether to respond.Nelson met with embassy officials in late December during the Assembly of First Nations special chiefs’ assembly in Gatineau, Que., where he raised some of his concerns.The AFN passed a resolution calling for the organization to find a way to get First Nations leaders before the U.S. Congress to testify about the situation in Canada.Nelson received 10 per cent of the vote when he ran for national chief of the AFN in 2009.In the letter, Nelson raises concerns about the Enbridge oil pipeline depot in Gretna, Man. The depot is part of the world’s largest petroleum pipeline system carrying Alberta oil into the U.S., according to Enbridge’s website.“Gretna is in our traditional lands and pipelines are still a major issue for us,” wrote Nelson. “If there is any lesson from Egypt, it is better to be well informed rather than blindsided by events as they unfold.”Gretna is about 124 kilometres south of Winnipeg, near the Manitoba-North Dakota border.Copies of the letter were also sent to Prime Minister Stephen Harper, AFN national Chief Shawn Atleo, Canada’s ambassador to the U.S. Gary Doer, Indian Affairs Minister John Duncan and Jefferson Keel, chairman of the National Congress of American Indians. It also went out to various media outlets.Nelson also asked the U.S. embassy for help in arranging for First Nations leaders to appear before the U.S. Congress.jbarrera@aptn.calast_img read more

Moroccan Holds Conference on Climate Change and Human Rights in Geneva

Rabat – Morocco organized a debate on Monday in Geneva to discuss possibilities for a global human rights-based climate change agenda.At the meeting, held on the sidelines of the main sessions of the UN Human Rights Council, participants called for the strengthening of non-state initiatives to build bridges  bridges between the climate agenda and the protection of human rights. Mohamed Aujjar, the Permanent Representative of Morocco at the UN, stressed that human rights-based climate action would require open procedures and institutions as well as precise and transparent measures, notably in terms of reducing greenhouse gas emissions.States should develop relevant human rights indicators in the context of climate change, he said, emphasizing the need for an equitable response to both development and environmental needs for future generations.Driss El Yazami, the president of the National Human Rights Council (CNDH), called for greater contribution from national human rights institutions and also parliaments, urging for the alignment of national legislation with the provisions of the Paris Agreement.The panel, which was moderated by director of the United Nations Environment Programme Jan Dusik, brought together various senior officials, notably from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the UN’s High Commissioner for Human Rights. read more

TW Cable adds live local TV on apps in LA San Diego

by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2013 1:21 pm MDT LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Time Warner Cable Inc. said Friday that it has made live local TV station signals available on its TWC TV app in Los Angeles and San Diego, taking one further step toward fulfilling the industry’s promise of making TV programming available on multiple devices.The signals only work for TV subscribers who are also Time Warner Cable Internet customers and are on their home Wi-Fi network. They must live in an area that runs from Ventura on the coast to San Bernardino inland and south through San Diego.The addition of the local ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox affiliates, among about 50 other stations, rounds out a lineup of more than 100 live TV channels that can be watched on smartphones, computers, tablets, Roku streaming devices, Samsung smart TVs or Xbox 360 consoles.The move is part of a four-year-old industry initiative called “TV Everywhere,” which is meant to enhance the benefits of a pay TV subscription and dissuade customers from dropping service in favour of video streaming services like Netflix and free TV that can be accessed with an antenna.The company has said that it wants to enable viewing of its TV programming on whatever devices its customers choose, partly on the hope that it can one day save costs on maintaining its fleet of set-top boxes.Time Warner Cable, the nation’s second-largest cable TV provider, launched live local TV station signals on its app in New York in March 2012 and in Kansas City in April.The major cable and satellite TV companies offer a wide range of content through apps, but it’s mainly on-demand reruns so subscribers to catch up on episodes of shows like “The Walking Dead.”TV providers and network operators have been slow to offer the same access to live TV programming, mainly because mobile viewing has not been counted in audience ratings by The Nielsen Co. The ratings agency plans to launch mobile measurement next fall.“The big hang-up for the networks is measurement,” said Bill Niemeyer, a senior analyst with research firm The Diffusion Group. “They get paid based on who’s watching, and if somebody’s watching the live linear broadcast on a device that isn’t getting measured, it’s like it’s not happening and they’re not getting paid.”Consumer demand for live TV programming over the Internet is strong, the research firm found. In a survey it conducted in January, the company found that nearly half of the 1,000 U.S. adult broadband Internet users it polled had watched live programming over the Internet through such services as Watch ESPN.More than a third of respondents said their view of their TV operator would improve if they were offered live TV access on all their devices.The Walt Disney Co. began making live local ABC programming available on its Watch ABC app in May and has now rolled out the service to subscribers of certain pay TV providers in the eight markets where it owns stations, including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.The Watch ABC app is truly mobile, allowing customers to view live broadcasts outside their homes and on cellular data networks. The app inserts ads that are sold separately from the Nielsen-rated system for mobile viewers.Despite the lack of mobile viewing measurement, NBC also plans to make its live local TV stations available through apps beginning in major markets early in the new year, according to Ron Lamprecht, executive vice-president of digital distribution at NBCUniversal, a division of Comcast Corp.Viewing will be available both in and outside the home and the company will sell advertising separate from the Nielsen system for now, he said.“There’s enough value here for us and consumers to get going on this,” he said. “We’ll develop the advertising piece as we progress the product.”Not all the major broadcasters are moving quickly to enable live local TV programming over the Internet.CBS Corp. invested in a digital video delivery company called Syncbak in April but has yet to unveil its plans. Fox, a unit of Twenty-First Century Fox Inc., is backing a mobile offering called Dyle Mobile for on-the-go viewing but it requires a mobile antenna attachment that is sold separately. TW Cable adds live local TV on apps in LA, San Diego in ‘TV Everywhere’ push read more

Ban appoints governing body of technology bank for least developed nations

In a note to correspondents issued today by Mr. Ban’s spokesperson highlighted that a dedicated trust fund has also been set up to support the preparatory phase of the Technology Bank in the lead-up to its establishment by the General Assembly. The trust fund is open to contributions from Member States and other stakeholders, including the private sector and foundations. This announcement comes hours before the opening in Antalya, Turkey, of the three-day Midterm Review of the 2011Istanbul Programme of Action (IPoA), which set out a vision and strategy for the sustainable development of LDCs through 2020. The Secretary-General established a High-Level Panel in November 2014 to study the scope and functions of a proposed new Technology Bank and dedicated to helping LDCs advance out of poverty. For its part, the Governing Council will “formulate principles and policies governing the activities and operations of the mechanism, including preparing its Charter for consideration and adoption by the General Assembly,” the note said. The Governing Council will be chaired by Mohamed H.A. Hassan (Sudan), President of the InterAcademy Partnership and former Chairman of the Council of the UN University. In addition, Gyan Chandra Acharya (Nepal), Under Secretary-General and High Representative of the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, will be the Secretary-General’s representative in the body, serving as vice-chair. Abdoulaye Yero Balde, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Guinea and Professor Zakri Abdul Hamid, Science Adviser to the Prime Minister of Malaysia and member of the Secretary-General’s Scientific Advisory Board, will also form part of the governing council. Other members of the Governing Council are listed here. The Istanbul action plan called for the establishment of a Technology Bank and a Science, Technology and Innovation Supporting Mechanism dedicated to least developed countries. “This has been a long-standing priority of the LDCs confirmed in the 2015 Addis Ababa Action Agenda and in Sustainable Development Goal 17,” the spokesperson’s note said. The Government of Turkey has offered to host the Technology Bank in Gebze, Turkey. read more

Nurse shortages cost the NHS up to £24 billion last year

Advances in technology and medical treatments also meant people were surviving for longer with critical illnesses and a trend for people to convalesce at home meant patients in hospital were only those who were the most sick, meaning there was more demand for nurses both in hospitals and in the community.Describing why agency staff cost so much at the RCN Congress in Belfast on Sunday, Ms Davies said: “You’re paying for the agency and you’re paying for the person’s salary so it’s more expensive than directly employing somebody.  “It’s the market in play – market forces mean it is more expensive.”A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “From this year we will train 25 per cent more nurses, are committed to helping them work more flexibly to improve their work/life balance and have awarded a pay rise of between 6.5 and 29 per cent.” Nurse shortages cost the health service up to £2.4billion last year, according to new figures.The bill was for agency nurses who were brought in to plug gaps on wards and in community care when there were not enough staff to care for patients.The Government brought in a cap on the amount agency health workers could be paid per hour in 2016, after the NHS paid out around £3billion on doctors, nurses and other agency staff in 2014/15.But figures obtained by the Open University under the Freedom of Information Act from around two thirds of NHS trusts revealed they spent £1.46billion on agency nurses alone in 2017, paying for a total of 79million locum hours. Expanded to all 241 NHS trusts, the total bill could be £2.4billion.The money is enough to pay for more than 108,000 newly-qualified nurses in full-time staff positions – nearly three times as many places as are currently vacant. If the vacant posts were filled, the NHS could save up to £1.56 billion on agency staff costs.On average, the NHS paid £18.41 for each agency hour last year, which will not all have gone directly to locum nurses as agencies take a cut. Covering the hours cost the health service approximately 63 per cent more than it would have done if newly-qualified nurses – earning around £11.32 an hour – had been in the posts instead. Royal College of Nursing boss Janet Davies said more nurses were needed to cope with the increasing number of older people who were living for longer with a multiple health problems – but not enough had been trained to meet the need. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

Beyoncé JayZs On The Run Tour 2 Details Leaked By Ticketmaster

first_img Email Beyoncé & Jay-Z’s On The Run Tour 2 Details Leaked By Ticketmaster Facebook New Beyoncé, Jay-Z On The Run Tour Info Leaked beyonc%C3%A9-jay-zs-run-tour-2-details-leaked-ticketmaster Twitter center_img News The second (apparently) accidental leak of tour details in just two weeks leaves the certainty of the musical power couple’s On The Run 2 tour landing summer 2018 all but confirmedBrian HaackGRAMMYs Mar 7, 2018 – 2:17 pm Sharp-eyed readers in the Complex offices this week noticed that someone made an uh-oh and published details about the epic return of Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s On The Run joint tour for summer 2018, apparently by accident.The Facebook posts announcing the tour dates were quickly deleted, but the cat was already out of the bag. The leak marks Ticketmaster’s second slip-up in just two weeks regarding the new tour, the first incident centering around several presale landing pages going live on the retail ticketing giant’s website on Feb. 22, which were likewise deleted almost immediately. On The Run 2 tour dates leaked via Beyoncé’s Facebook pageImage via Facebook/ComplexAlthough LiveNation, which promoted Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s 2014 On The Run Tour, has declined to confirm or deny that it will be on tap for On The Run 2, Billboard claims that it has confirmed the tour will take place via sources close to the musical power couple.The need for secrecy surrounding the new tour is surely due in part to Beyoncé’s obligations to Goldenvoice/AEG as part of her scheduled headlining appearances at Coachella in April, as the festival’s booking contracts typically prevent headliners from making major announcements until the Monday after the festival’s second weekend. Furthermore, given both Jay-Z and Beyoncé’s past usage of intricate viral marketing tactics to promote both their tours and album releases, the possibility remains that this is an intentional leak scripted as a means to sidestep the shortened presale window imposed by the contract restraints.Full details regarding specific tour dates and ticket presales remain forthcoming, but will likely be announced on April 22, following the conclusion of Coachella.Getting The Latest Music News Just Got Easier. Introducing: GRAMMY Bot. Find it On KIK and Facebook MessengerRead morelast_img read more

STATE REP RACE Tewksbury Republican Town Committee Accuses Robertson Of Flip Flopping

first_imgTEWKSBURY, MA — On Friday, the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee released the following statement, accusing Democratic State Rep candidate Dave Robertson of “flip flopping” on his statements about ICE:“Dave Robertson is showing the people of the district exactly the type of Representative he will be, a flip flopper who talks out of both sides of his mouth,” said Joe Dunn, secretary of the Tewksbury RTC. “He’s using one side to satisfy his far left base, and the other to trick moderate and right leaning people of the district into thinking he’s something that he is not, a ‘conservative democrat.’ No matter how much Robertson wants to spin his position, in the Wilmington Apple on July 4, 2018, he sided with the dangerous criminals who are here illegally when he called ICE ‘disgraceful.’ If Dave Robertson truly wants to break away from the Democratic party’s pro illegal immigration & anti ICE platform then we call on him to put people before party and unregister as a Democrat.”“When the next Legislative session begins in January, one of the top priorities for the Massachusetts Democratic Party is to refile a bill to make Massachusetts a Sanctuary State, added Dunn. “There is only one candidate in this race for State Rep who has committed to voting NO, and that’s Pina Prinzivalli.”###Editor’s NoteJust so readers understands what the Tewksbury Republican Town Committee is referring to, here is what Robertson wrote regarding ICE in July during a Q&A on illegal immigration:As many folks know, immigration is controlled by the federal government and is a contentious topic of the day. I for one, believe the federal government is concentrating too much on who is here already without stopping the flow. It’s like mopping up a puddle while the pipe is still leaking! ICE is unbelievably broken and disgraceful, especially when compared to itself years ago, and both sides in Washington are refusing to compromise. In fact, they haven’t had any truly strong showing at fixing our immigration issue since the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” proposed immigration overhaul years ago that was logical. I also believe that felonies have occurred regarding the treatment of immigrants being detained; what has emerged needs to be investigated.Then, earlier this week, here is what Robertson wrote regarding ICE when asked to highlight two issues in the State Democratic Platform he disagrees with:… I break hard with the more left elements of the democratic party with respect to sanctuary cities. As I’ve said before, immigration is a federal matter, and while I hate that families are separated by ICE (why they do this and increase logistical complication, I am unsure), ICE is an integral part of our national sovereignty. Sure, there are plenty of ways it can be improved, but to abolish it outright because our system is slow and ineffective is throwing the baby out with the bathwater. Hiring additional officers, allocating more people to conduct background checks and to process paperwork is what’s needed, not leaving the post abandoned completely.###Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Tewksbury Republican Committee Attack Robertson Over Wilmington Democratic Committee Chair’s StatementIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Pina Prinzivalli Stands With Dandi-LyonsIn “Government”ALL POLITICS ARE LOCAL: Robertson & Gordon Endorse Ed Markey With Possible Kennedy Showdown LoomingIn “Government”last_img read more

Man steals MMO source code blackmails original creators with clone

first_imgIn what seems like the actions of those obnoxious players we all come across when playing online games, 24-year-old Dutch national Anil Kheda allegedly stole the source code of text-based MMO Outwar, created a clone of the game, then used it to blackmail the original creators.Supposedly, Kheda and company hacked Outwar’s servers, obtaining an unspecified amount of the game’s source code, granted themselves in-game points, and restored previously banned accounts. The hack and subsequent modifications to the game caused Outwar to be shut down for two weeks over the course of a nine month period resulting in, as the indictment states, “over $100,000 in lost revenues, lost wages, lost hosting costs, long-term loss of business, as well as the loss of exclusive use of their proprietary source code, which it had invested approximately $1.5 million in creating.” A federal grand jury indicted Kheda with charges of extortion and hacking.After allegedly stealing the source code, the indictment states Kheda created a clone of the Outwar, dubbed Outcraft, which gained around 10,000 players — compared to Outwar’s over 75,000 — and earned Kheda around $10,000 in profits.The indictment also mentions emails sent between Outwar’s developer Rampid Interactive and Kheda, in which Kheda asks Rampid to either restore his banned account or pay him $1500, or else he’d hack the servers once again.If convicted, Kheda could face a maximum of five years in prison for the conspiracy charge and two years for the extortion charge.via Seacoastonlinelast_img read more

Hardest Hit Areas Get More Relief from Treasury

first_img April 21, 2016 562 Views Share in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News The final $1 billion in funds under the Hardest Hit Fund (HHF) has been allocated to 13 of the 19 participating HHF states, according to an announcement from the U.S. Department of Treasury on Tuesday.The states that received this round of funding qualified to receive the funds through a competitive application process in which state housing finance agencies (HFAs) were required to demonstrate an ongoing need for more funding to prevent foreclosures and stabilize housing markets. The HFAs were also required to submit a plan of action to address their ongoing needs by utilizing the funding by the end of 2020.“Today’s announcement continues Treasury’s commitment to provide relief to struggling homeowners and help stabilize neighborhoods in hard hit areas,” said Mark McArdle, Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary for Financial Stability. “While the housing market continues to recover we know some homeowners and areas are still experiencing the damaging effects of the housing crisis. With this additional funding, states will be equipped to continue their great work in getting critical resources to those most in need.”The HHF allocation announced on Tuesday is the second phase of the $2 billion in additional HHF funding Congress authorized under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016. In the first phase, $1 billion was allocated to 18 of the 19 participating HHF states according to a state’s population and according to how states have utilized their HHF funds. The first phase was announced on February 19.All participating HFAs were eligible to apply for the second phase of funding. Applicants were allowed to request up to 50 percent of their existing HHF allocation of $250 million, whichever was lower.The $2 billion in additional funding for HHF under the Consolidated Appropriations Act is the fifth round of HHF funding altogether. The Hardest Hit Fund was created in 2010 under the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) to provide $7.6 billion in targeted aid to 18 states and the District of Columbia which were deemed to have been hit hardest by the financial crisis. The total HHF allocation is now $9.6 billion, and the program and assisted almost a quarter of a million homeowners removing more than 9,00 blighted properties. Click here to access the Treasury HHF page for more information.center_img ‘Hardest Hit’ Areas Get More Relief from Treasury Hardest Hit Fund Neighborhood Stabilization Preventing Foreclosure TARP Treasury Troubled Asset Relief Program 2016-04-21 Seth Welbornlast_img read more