IPL 2016: Bowlers feel the heat as Royal Challengers Bangalore race against time

first_imgIn the Twenty20 format there is no scope to be slack in any of the three departments, be it batting, bowling or fielding. If a team still manages to end up winning despite being mediocre in one area, then it should be considered as a lucky day. (Full Coverage|Points Table)The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) elucidate the above point quite well by ending up as the losing side more than often due to a weak bowling attack. RCB for the past two seasons have been batting heavy, but in this edition injuries to Mitchell Starc and Samuel Badree has hampered their bowling department. (Also read: RCB’s Adam Milne ruled out with hamstring tear)Bowling a let downIn the absence of their key bowlers, RCB’s bowling attack is exposed and they have nowhere to hide. Moreover, skipper Virat Kohli and team management in an attempt to get the right bowling combination have ended up making changes in almost every match. (Also read: RCB can still bounce back, says Chris Jordan)It would be unfair to say that RCB don’t have quality bowlers in their ranks at the moment. Adam Milne, who is also ruled out due to a hamstring injury, never featured for RCB after playing his first match of the season and same was the case with David Wiese. Shane Watson has been doing decently well with the ball along with leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. (Also read: Royal Challengers Bangalore host Rising Pune Supergiants in battle of strugglers) Top heavyadvertisementThe batting tells a different story for RCB having scored 150-plus in all of their seven matches they have played so far. Kohli has been in scintillating form with 433 runs, which includes a century and four fifties. But it has been the bowling that is letting down the Bangalore-based franchise.In their last match against Kolkata Knight Riders, RCB had everything in control defending a total of 185, until few lapses on the field and poor bowling came back to haunt like a nightmare. RCB conceded the advantage and the big-hitting Yusuf Pathan and Andre Russell ran away with the game.Luck gone for a ‘toss’In this season the trend of chasing a target has been successful but Kohli has not been lucky with the toss either, with RCB only getting to chase once against Sunrisers Hyderabad and falling short by 15 runs. Having a destructive batting firepower and Kohli being a batsman who thrives while chasing a target could just work well for RCB and more importantly cover up the bowling lapses. But RCB can’t fancy to chase everytime and for that to happen, Kohli needs to win tosses.RCB have tried out every other bowler available in their arsenal and don’t have much time to extend the trial run. Rather, the focus from the think tank and Kohli should have horses for courses approach and give them the confidence to bowl at their best under pressure.last_img read more

Brawl Ends Cyprus Soccer Game

first_imgNICOSIA — Officials say a referee has called off a Cypriot first-division match after fans briefly invaded the pitch and clashed with players before the game had started.The Oct. 18 match had third-place Anorthosis Famagusta visiting fourth-place Apollon in Limassol.Apollon spokesman Phanourios Constantinou told The Associated Press that about 50 Anorthosis fans originally seated behind the Apollon bench attacked stadium stewards and clashed with Apollon players.Constantinou said there weren’t serious injuries, but some players received treatment. He said the referee called off the match because the stadium’s security officer and police couldn’t give safety guarantees.Anorthosis President Charalambos Manoli was quoted by sports website kerkida.net as saying the match should have proceeded because fans had returned to their seats.He said gestures by Apollon players and officials had provoked Anorthosis fans.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Huawei and Honor have launched 8 phones in India in 3 months, here are some worth your attention and money

first_imgHuawei has arrived in India. After skipping a year with regards to flagship standards Huawei made a comeback in India, in April, with its crazy triple-camera phone called the P20 Pro. For those looking for an affordable option, Huawei also came out with the P20 Lite, a stripped down version of the P20 Pro, alongside. The company has now launched the mid-tier Nova 3 and Nova 3i phones in India with good specs and attractive prices.Huawei subsidiary Honor, meanwhile, has also been keeping busy launching one good phone after another. The company launched the budget Honor 7A and Honor 7C and the flagship Honor 10 in India in May. It has now launched the Honor 9N and is gearing up for one more launch on August 6 where the company will announce the gaming-focused Honor Play for the Indian market.With so many phones, it obviously becomes a little difficult to pick the right one. So, we did some math for you, to help you make the right choice. Here are all the Huawei and Honor phones launched in India recently and which of them are worth your time and money.Honor 7A: Rs 8,999: YayHonor has launched a phone under Rs 10,000 after a long, long time which makes the Honor 7A kind of interesting. The Honor 7A is also interesting from a pure hardware perspective.It comes with a 5.7-inch HD+ IPS LCD display and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage which is expandable by up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0. Other connectivity options include: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, micro-USB and a 3.5mm audio jack. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.advertisement Honor 7A, 7COn the optics front, the Honor 7A sports a dual rear camera setup on the rear consisting of one 13-megapixel camera and another 2-megapixel camera for depth sensing aka portrait photography. On the front, the Honor 7A comes with an 8-megapixel camera with ‘soft’ selfie light.Honor 7C: Rs 9,999 & Rs 11,999: NayYou can say that the Honor 7C is a glorified Honor 7A but because it isn’t remarkably better than the Honor 7A, it is better you save yourself some money and buy the Honor 7A instead.The Honor 7C comes with a 5.99-inch HD+ IPS LCD display and 18:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 450 processor clubbed with up to 4GB RAM and up to 64GB storage which is expandable by up to 256GB via a dedicated micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0. Other connectivity options include: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS/A-GPS, micro-USB, Bluetooth v4.2 and a 3.5mm headphone jack. The phone is backed by a 3,000mAh battery.On the optics front, the Honor 7C sports a dual rear camera setup on the rear consisting of one 13-megapixel camera and another 2-megapixel camera for depth sensing aka portrait photography. On the front, the Honor 7C comes with an 8-megapixel camera with ‘soft’ selfie light.Side note: In terms of all-round design, both the Honor 7A and Honor 7C look exactly the same. Both the phones come with a full-plastic body and a rear-mounted fingerprint scanner. Both the phones come with on-screen navigation keys and dual rear cameras with AI built into them. The front cam, in both the cases, also supports facial recognition tech.Honor 9N: Rs 11,999, Rs 13,999 & 17,999: Yay but conditions applyThe Honor 9N is meant for those who are into the notch trend and also those looking to click many selfies. At the same time, it is only the base variant, that makes sense because the higher end versions differ only in RAM (and storage) and the price point that they deal with have better, more powerful phones.Its USP lies in its design. Although the Honor 9N uses copious amount of plastic in its construction, Honor is using 12 layers of glass coating on the back that imparts it a mirror-like finish while the outer frame has a smooth matte finish that feels premium in the hands. On the front, it comes with a notch up top — that you can also hide via software — and chin at the bottom. Honor 9NThe Honor 9N comes with a 5.84-inch Full View full-HD+ IPS LCD display and 19:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 659 processor with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage which is expandable via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8.0. It has a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 13-megapixel sensor and another 2-megapixel sensor for depth sensing. Both of them have an aperture of f/2.2 and also there’s PDAF for fast focusing. The dual camera system on-board the Honor 9N can take portrait shots or photos with shallow depth of field.advertisementThe Honor 9N is furher backed by a 3,000mAh battery and charges over standard micro-USB.Huawei P20 Lite: Rs 19,999: NayThe P20 Lite is a stripped down version of the P20 Pro for those looking to buy a Huawei phone on the cheap. It shares the looks — although it’s not glass but plastic and has a fingerprint scanner on the back — as well as the notch of the P20 Pro, as also sports a 24-megapixel front camera with portrait lighting feature, like the P20 Pro. But considering that there is a Nova 3i that has been launched now, the P20 Lite is a little hard to recommend in front of it. Then there’s competition.The P20 Lite comes with a 5.84-inch Full-HD+ IPS LCD screen with a 2280×1080 pixel resolution, an octa-core Kirin 659 processor, 4GB RAM and 64GB storage (expandable), Android 8.0 Oreo-based EMUI 8, and a 3,000mAh battery.Unlike the P20 Pro, the P20 Lite has a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16-megapixel sensor and another 2-megapixel sensor for depth sensing.Huawei Nova 3i: Rs 20,999: YayThe Nova 3i is essentially a toned down Nova 3. The Nova 3i has the same design, the same display, the same software and the same dual front cameras. The phone has more toned down hardware and rear camera credentials though. The Nova 3i is powered by a Kirin 710 processor with up to 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage. It ships with a 16+2MP dual camera setup on the rear and is further backed by a 3,340mAh battery.Honor 10: Rs 32,999: YayThe Honor 10 is the Honor phone to buy if you have a budget of Rs 33,000. It’s that good. It takes a lot of inspiration from the P20 Pro, if you were to talk about looks and feel. Much like the P20 Pro, the Honor 10 also uses 3D glass and metal, in its construction. Much like the P20 Pro, the glass back on the Honor 10, can also bend light at will. This means it can reflect light differently depending on how you view it, and as a result, it can have this crazy psychedelic effect on your eyes.The Honor 10 has a notch and an in-screen fingerprint scanner.It comes with a 5.84-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD display. It is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 970 processor that packs in its own dedicated Neural Processing Unit (NPU) for enabling dedicated AI functions inside the Honor 10. The phone comes with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage (non-expandable). The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1.advertisement Honor 10On to photography, the Honor 10 has a dual camera system on the rear consisting of one 16-megapixel colour or RGB sensor and another 24-megapixel monochrome sensor. Both of them have an aperture of f/1.8 and also there’s PDAF for fast focusing. The dual camera system on-board the Honor 10 can also take portrait shots or photos with shallow depth of field. This dual camera system also supports 2X optical zoom.On the front, the Honor 10, comes with a 24-megapixel camera. It can also do portrait selfies, and also there is face unlock.The Honor 10 cameras, because of Huawei’s dedicated NPU, can do a lot of AI stuff. This majorly includes scene and object recognition. The Honor 10’s cameras can identify 22 real-time objects and 500+ scenes, and then accordingly it can assist in bringing more out of your photos, according to Honor. The Honor 10, as a result, can make your greenery look greener, blue sky look bluer, text look sharper, a dog look cuter (pun intended), so on and so forth.The Honor 10 is further backed by a 3,400mAh battery. The phone charges via USB Type-C and supports fast charging with the company’s Super Charge technology claimed to offer 50 per cent charge in 25 minutes of charging.Huawei Nova 3: Rs 34,999: YayThe Nova 3 is simply a more affordable P20 Pro. If you can spare a couple of thousands more, this is the phone that you should pick. That and also in case you’re looking for a bigger phone.The Huawei Nova 3 comes with a 6.3-inch full-HD+ IPS LCD display and 19.5:9 aspect ratio. It is powered by Huawei’s in-house Kirin 970 processor with up to 6GB of RAM and up to 128GB of internal storage which is also expandable via a hybrid micro-SD card slot. The dual-SIM phone runs Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.2. Huawei Nova 3The Nova 3 supports Huawei’s GPU Turbo technology and comes pre-installed with graphically intensive games such as PUBG, and also provides 10 different vibrations for 30 different scenarios within these games including shots, explosions and quakes.On to photography, the Nova 3 has the same dual rear cameras as the Honor 10. This dual camera system consists of one 16-megapixel colour or RGB sensor and another 24-megapixel monochrome sensor. Both of them have an aperture of f/1.8 and also there’s PDAF for fast focusing. On the front, the Nova 3, comes with a dual camera system consisting of one 24-megapixel sensor and another 2-megapixel sensor for depth sensing.The Nova 3 is further backed by a 3,750mAh battery. The phone charges via USB Type-C and supports fast charging.Huawei P20 Pro: Rs 64,999: YayThe P20 Pro is Huawei’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy S9, Galaxy S9+, Google’s Pixel 2, and Apple’s iPhone X, with hardware to brag and a price to match.The P20 Pro packs in a triple camera setup on the rear. This triple rear camera setup consists of one 40MP RGB sensor (f/1.8) plus one 20MP Monochrome sensor (f/1.6) plus one 8MP Telephoto sensor (f/2.4). While you’re free to shoot 40MP photos, the P20 Pro by default, shoots 10MP shots by combining the data from four adjacent pixels into one through a feature that Huawei is calling Light Fusion.The P20 Pro does the usual Huawei mojo, unless specifically asked to shoot 40MP photos. The system can intelligently combine the data from both the RGB and the Monochrome sensors to produce brighter photos, with more detail, and richer colours, according to Huawei. The RGB and the Monochrome sensors don’t have OIS in the literal sense but come with something called as AIS or AI-enabled stabilisation. The third camera — an 8-megapixel tele-photo — meanwhile ships with OIS and allows for 3X optical zoom and up to 5X hybrid zoom.On the front, the P20 Pro comes with a 24-megapixel camera with portrait lighting feature.The P20 Pro further comes with a 6.1-inch Full-HD+ OLED screen with bare-minimum bezels, a Kirin 970 processor, 6GB RAM, Android 8.1 Oreo-based EMUI 8.1, and a 4,000mAh battery. There’s no headphone jack, but, the phone comes with an LDAC for higher-bitrate Bluetooth audio streaming.last_img read more

Consultations Planned for Accessibility

first_imgPeople are invited to provide input into the province’s plan for an accessible Nova Scotia at engagement sessions from May 22 to June 4 in various communities. “We have set a goal of becoming an accessible province by 2030,” said Mark Furey Minister responsible for the Accessibility Act. “This is an ambitious and important goal and it will take all of us working together to achieve it.” “I encourage everyone to provide input into this work so that we can identify and remove barriers and create a province that is accessible to all.” Sessions are planned for Yarmouth, Bridgewater, Dartmouth, Kentville, Stellarton and Sydney. All facilities are accessible and CART and ASL interpretation services will be provided. Those who are unable to attend a session can provide written feedback to the accessibility directorate at accessibility@novascotia.ca . Government will release its accessibility strategy this fall. The strategy will outline priorities, timelines and actions for accessibility standards in education, employment, the built environment, the delivery of goods and services, information and communication and transportation. The strategy will be developed based on what is heard at the consultations, from ongoing discussions with persons with disabilities, businesses, municipalities, post-secondary institutions and from jurisdictional research. For more information on accessibility, or to review a copy of the consultation backgrounder, visit https://novascotia.ca/accessibility/consultation .last_img read more

No respect for coupinstalled rulers says Turkey in Egypt row

first_imgANKARA- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Saturday his government would never respect military-installed rulers, in remarks made after Egypt’s expulsion of Ankara’s ambassador. “I will never respect those who come to power after coups,” Erdogan told reporters.Egypt announced earlier that it was downgrading its diplomatic relations with Ankara, and expelled the Turkish ambassador over Erdogan’s “provocative” criticism of Cairo, in the latest escalation of tensions between the two countries. In return, Ankara declared the Egyptian ambassador “persona non grata” and downgraded diplomatic relations to the level of charge d’affaires.Both Turkey and Egypt had recalled their respective envoys in August for consultations, but while the Turkish ambassador eventually returned to Cairo in September, Egyptian Abderahman Salah El-Din stayed home.The August 14 police and military crackdown on supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi sparked a storm of international condemnation and strained relations between Turkey and Egypt.Erdogan, a supporter of Morsi and his Muslim Brotherhood, angered Egypt’s new rulers after calling the July ouster of Morsi an “unacceptable coup.”The Turkish premier said Saturday his government backed democracy movements in the world, adding: “We never respect those who do not respect the people’s sovereign rights.”After the spat with Cairo, Erdogan flashed the “Rabaa” salute during a rally in the northern Turkish city of Trabzon early on Saturday.He has often used the gesture during his ruling Justice and Development Party’s (AKP) rallies to show solidarity with the Muslim Brotherhood.last_img read more

Murder solved after 19 years son arrested

However based on information received by the Galle Criminal Investigations unit launched an investigation. Investigators have identified the locations where the body parts of the victim was hidden. The suspects are to be produced in court today. A mysterious murder of a 70 year old man in Galle 19 years ago, who was initially reported missing, has been solved following police investigations and the son of the victim as well as the son-in-law of the victim have been arrested.The police media unit said this morning that the victim had been killed by the son in June 1993 and his boy was them cut in half and hidden at two locations with the help of his sister’s husband. The son had then three days later reported his father missing to the police in an attempt to conceal the  murder. read more

Government school teachers principals to launch union action

As a result the unions said that the school teachers, principals and administration officers who go on sick leave tomorrow.Aprotest march is also expected to be staged opposite the Education Ministry. (Colombo Gazette) Government school teachers and principals have decided to launch trade union action tomorrow.Trade unions representing the school teachers, principals and administration officers said they will launch trade union action against the appointments given in the state education sector to alleged victims of political revenge. read more

Broadcaster demands Australia police drop probe of reporters

CANBERRA, Australia — An Australian broadcaster has asked the government to drop a police investigation of two reporters who published leaked classified documents two years ago.Australian Broadcasting Corp. Managing Director David Anderson says he had written to Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton calling for police to drop their investigation of two ABC reporters.Dutton’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.Government assurances that public sector leakers rather than journalists are the targets of raids on the ABC and News Corp. last month have come under question as new details have emerged of police efforts to track one reporter’s movements and to discover who reporters talk to by phone.Opposition leader Anthony Albanese has supported the ABC’s call for the investigation to end.The Associated Press read more

Federal leaders scatter across country as campaign ramps up in earnest

OTTAWA — The Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats spent the day at the halfway point of the federal election campaign in their comfort zones.Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau talked about gun control. Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer promised to improve access to a tax credit, this time for people with disabilities. NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh promised, once again, his party would bring in universal and affordable child care nationwide.All of them, meanwhile, went after each other for either promising to spend too much — or not enough, depending on who was talking.Trudeau was in Toronto Monday to speak with health-care professionals about what he promised a re-elected Liberal government would do about guns.That is a hot topic in a city that has seen 342 shootings involving 505 victims this year alone, according to Toronto police data. Twenty-nine of the injuries were fatal. The numbers changed throughout the day to reflect more incidents being recorded.Story continues belowThis advertisement has not loaded yet,but your article continues below.Those proposed measures include outlawing the semi-automatic AR-15, which was used in many recent mass shootings in the United States, a buy-back program for legally purchased assault rifles and working with provinces and territories to allow cities to further restrict or ban handguns.“The choice for Canadians is crystal clear,” Trudeau said. “Liberals will strengthen gun control. Conservatives will weaken gun control.”Those were fighting words from Trudeau, even as some of the people who shared the stage with him in Toronto said his proposals are not strong enough.Scheer was also visiting familiar territory on Monday, as he went to Whitby, Ont., to propose legislation that would expand access to the federal disability tax credit, as well as make it easier for people to qualify for a registered savings plan for people with disabilities.“It’s so important that Canadians with a disability can care for themselves and parents can support their children without worrying about their bottom line,” said Scheer, who made the announcement in the riding once held by the late Jim Flaherty, the former Conservative finance minister — at a facility for people with disabilities Flaherty helped birth.Flaherty was an advocate for the disability community and so is his widow, Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott. One of their sons has special needs.The promise Scheer made Monday follows other pledges to re-introduce tax credits the Liberals have eliminated, including for public transit and recreation programs for children. It also comes after the Liberal government was accused, in 2017, of trying to make it harder for diabetics to qualify.“Imagine being told you’re insufficiently disabled to keep more of your own money to manage your own health,” said Scheer.Scheer also faced questions about his never having finished the licensing process to become an insurance broker, a job he says he had before politics. The party says he was accredited, but left the industry before getting his licence.On Monday, Scheer said he worked in an insurance office for about six or seven months in 2003 and that his tasks included supporting more senior staff and providing information to customers. He said licensed brokers finalized transactions.Out in Vancouver, Singh was promising to bring in universal child care, costing no more than $10 per day, across the country by 2030.“Our goal is to make sure that no kid goes without child care, that every family gets the child care they need,” said Singh.The NDP has long been pushing for such a national program, and made a similar promise to create one million spaces costing no more than $15 per day a central plank in their 2015 election platform under former leader Thomas Mulcair.Singh noted that the Liberals have also promised universal child care before, notably in the 1993 campaign that brought former prime minister Jean Chretien to power, but never brought it in. The Liberals did pledge $7.5 billion over 11 years to child care, but did not create a universal program.The Liberals released their election platform on Sunday, and its contents helped provide talking points to both Trudeau and his rivals.There is billions in new spending — $57 billion worth, according to the Conservatives’ critical math — to be financed in party by new taxes on the wealthy, large international corporations, foreign housing speculators and tech giants.There’s billions in red ink, too: the platform projects a $27.4-billion deficit next year, falling to $21 billion by the fourth year of what would be a second Liberal mandate, should Trudeau’s growth-and-investment approach win out over what he calls the cuts and austerity of the Conservatives.Scheer highlighted what Conservatives consider Liberal disregard for the federal balance sheet, an image Trudeau seemed to lean into Sunday as an important point of distinction between the two parties.“(Trudeau) has made billions of dollars in uncosted promises that will force him to either raise taxes, break promises or break the bank,” Scheer said.The platform does not include costing for the promise to introduce a national pharmacare program, which Trudeau noted would require negotiations with the provinces and territories.Singh, who suggested that means Trudeau was backing away from his promise to bring in universal pharmacare, which the NDP has promised to implement, portrayed the Liberals as a party that will also bring in cuts to services.He also said voters should not believe Trudeau when he describes the election as a choice between the Liberals and Tories.“Mr. Trudeau is going to scare you and say you have to settle for less, but you don’t have to settle for less,” Singh said.Green Leader Elizabeth May began her day in Vancouver, while People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier travelled to Windsor, Ont.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 30, 2019. read more

US sanctions TT citizen for alleged ISIS involvement

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T preparing for deportation of would-be Islamic State combatantsAugust 2, 2016In “latest news”US identifies two Trinidadian nationals as financiers of ISISSeptember 20, 2018In “Regional”Caribbean News Round-upNovember 15, 2015In “Regional” TRINIDAD EXPRESS – The United States imposed sanctions Thursday on seven people for allegedly supporting the Islamic State group or al-Qaida.Among them is a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago,  Shane Dominic Crawford, who has been accused of being an ISIS terrorist.The State Department says the Trinidad and Tobago citizen is believed to be fighting for ISIS in Syria.US media say it is a sign of growing U.S. concern that the Caribbean island nation has unexpectedly emerged as a source of foreign fighters and money for IS.The U.S. said Crawford had served as an interpreter for IS, translating the group’s propaganda into English.He is the only person from the Western Hemisphere that has been named among those sanctioned.The State Department also declared El Shafee Elsheikh, one of the notorious British-sounding captors accused of executing hostages, to be a global terrorist. The U.S. said Elsheikh travelled to Syria in 2012 and first joined al-Qaida’s branch there, and then later joined IS, beheading more than 27 hostages and torturing others.The designations freeze any assets that Elsheikh and others targeted may have in the U.S. and bars Americans from doing business with them.The U.S. also targeted Anjem Choudary, one of Britain’s best-known radical Islamic preachers, who was sentenced last year to 5 1/2 years in prison for encouraging IS. For years, he ran groups in the U.K. under the names al-Muhajiroun, Islam4UK and Muslims Against Crusades.Several people who attended his rallies or events have been convicted of violent attacks. The State Department said Choudary has vowed to continue recruiting extremists while in prison.The latest round of targets indicated the U.S. is attempting to pursue IS followers who have sought to spread the extremist ideology in Southeast Asia and other areas far from Iraq and Syria.Muhammad Bahrun Naim Anggih Tamtomo, an Indonesian national, was targeted for allegedly helping associates in Indonesia plan attacks. And the U.S. said Muhammad Wanndy Bin Mohamed Jedi, of Malaysia, had ordered an IS cell in Malaysia to carry out multiple attacks there. The U.S. said Wanndy is based in Syria and Iraq, and Naim in Syria.A New Zealand native, Mark John Taylor, was targeted for fighting for IS in Syria for the last several years. The U.S. said he’d appeared in an IS propaganda video intended to inspire terror attacks in New Zealand and Australia.A Swedish member of al-Qaida, Sami Bouras, was an unusual addition to the list. The U.S. said Bouras, who is of Tunisian descent, had helped plan suicide attacks. read more

Viewer numbers for 811 Total Divas audience is up

first_img Google+ “Total Bellas” renewed for a fifth season, New episodes to premiere in early 2020 Facebook Leigh Sales and Lisa Wilkinson deserve gold Logies. WhatsApp Kanye West Netflix announces season three of GLOW set to premiere Friday, August 9 Felicity Huffman To Be Sentenced In College Admission Scandal Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Now Playing Up Next Jenna Fischer, Angela Kinsey Launching ‘Office’ Podcastcenter_img Twitter Last night’s 8/11 WWE Total Divas on E! drew 1.18 million viewers. This number is up from last week’s show that drew 1.01 million viewers.Source: Showbuzzdaily.comRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipKim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing MakeupVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Kim Kardashian ‘Got in Trouble’ With Kanye For Daughter North Wearing Makeup Jason Namako RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Trade hopes lift Wall Street Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Match announced for next week’s 205 Live, 8-Man Elimination from TLC PPV in 2015last_img read more

Elderly woman missing after leaving Orchards home to go bowling

first_imgThe Clark County Sheriff’s Office is asking people to keep an eye out for an 83-year-old woman who went missing since checking out of her assisted living facility in Orchards late Wednesday morning.The sheriff’s office said Lunetta M. Hinzman was last seen around 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, when she checked herself out of Brookdale Vancouver Orchards Assisted Living Facility, 10011 N.E. 118th Ave.She was going bowling at Hazel Dell Lanes but never arrived, according to the sheriff’s office.Hinzman was driving a dark blue 2001 Buick Park Avenue. The sedan has Washington license plates DP432111, which are plates for those with a disability.Hinzman is white, 5 feet 6 inches tall, weighs 165 pounds and has gray hair and brown eyes. The sheriff’s office said it didn’t have a clothing description, but said she wears Coke-bottle-style glasses.Family members told the sheriff’s office Hinzman is beginning to show signs of memory loss and may have forgotten how to get home. She’s also on daily medications, but none that are life-sustaining, the sheriff’s office added.The sheriff’s office asked anyone who spots Hinzman or her car to call 911.last_img read more

Reliance Communications Aircel likely to sign merger agreement in September

first_imgReliance Communications (RCom) and Aircel are likely to sign a merger contract by the first week of September to form the country’s third largest telecommunication company by subscriber base.The merged entity, which could cater to over 196 million subscribers, will carry over Rs. 14,000 crore in debt transferred from RCom and Aircel, says an earlier report. RCom had net debt of Rs. 41,362.1 crore at the end of the 2015-16 financial year, while Aircel’s debt figures are not available.”Term sheet between the two companies has been finalised. Definitive agreement for merger between the two companies is expected to be signed in a week or 10 days,” a source close to the development was quoted by PTI.The process for regulatory approval will begin after the merger agreement is signed. “It should take around four to six months time to complete the merger and then the combined entity will be rebranded,” the source added.The new company will have spectrum licence for all bandwidth which include 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 2100 MHz and 2300 MHz. The cash flow of the new company is estimated to be around Rs. 7,000 crore, while business from the first day is expected to touch Rs. 25,000 crore.Meanwhile, the merger between RCom and Sistema Shyam Teleservices is on hold because of Sistema’s issue over a spectrum contiguity levy imposed by the Department of Telecommunications.The two mergers are set in a backdrop where the debt-ridden telecom sector is said to have a debt burden of Rs. 3,50,000 crore. Reliance Jio is expected to exert 4G tariff pressure on telecom majors Airtel, Vodafone and Idea.Earlier, Idea had denied media reports on its merger with the second largest telecom firm Vodafone. According to Telecom Regulatory Authority’s February 2016 data, Vodafone had a market share of 19.16 per cent while Idea was close behind with 17.01 per cent market share.last_img read more

AL must relinquish power before polls BNP

first_imgLogo of BNPThe opposition BNP on Sunday warned that the Awami League government must quit as people will not allow holding of the national elections under prime minister Sheikh Hasina, reports UNB.Speaking at a press conference at the party’s Nayapaltan central office, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi also trashed AL general secretary Obaidul Quader’s comment that Khaleda Zia’s release is not possible out of legal process.”This time, you (govt) will have to go, no matter how many plots and evil designs you resort to hang onto power…you must release Khaleda Zia and hold the election after dissolving parliament,” he said.The BNP leader said there is no alternative to holding the election under a non-party neutral government to ensure people’s voting tights.”Sheikh Hasina is the enemy of a fair election. Holding the polls under her means snatching people’s voting right,” he observed.Referring to AL general secretary’s comment that Khaleda’s release depends on court, not on Awami League, Rizvi said Quader’s remark is not acceptable. “People have rejected his comment.”He alleged that the government is repeatedly obstructing Khaleda’s release on bail from the apex court through various tactics. “Khaleda Zia has been kept in jail now at the behest of the government.”The BNP leader said the government must amend the constitution to include the provision of the election-time neutral government for ensuring a credible and inclusive election.He said their party has been on a movement for restoring people’s voting right to hold the lection under a non-party administration. “Any movement for realising people’s demands never failed in the world. Our movement will also become successful.”Rizvi alleged that police arrested their party’s 89 activists across the country, including in the capital, while observing BNP’s 40th anniversary programmes on Saturday.He condemned and protested the arrest of their party men and demanded the government release them immediately.last_img read more

Report Low Graduation Rates At Texas Charter Schools

first_imgJOHN WALKER | HTTP://BIT.LY/2OIKGSU / FLICKR CREATIVE COMMONSAccording to a 2017 report from the Texas Education Agency, just 62 percent of Texas charter school students graduated on time in 2016, compared to more than 90 percent of students from traditional school districts.The discrepancy doesn’t show up on campus or district level accountability reports, however, because most charter schools with low graduation rates are rated under alternative standards or have high numbers of students excluded from the graduation count.But it’s a statistic the Intercultural Development Research Association believes Texas should be paying attention to. The San Antonio-based research and advocacy groupreleased a report last week highlighting the difference in graduation rates.READ | Four-year graduation rate for charter schools versus traditional schools “Often times the narrative is ‘well, charter schools are performing worse than traditional public schools but that’s because they’re educating more students at at-risk circumstances.’ And our analysis showed that that wasn’t true: that those levels are very close. But when you look at overall outcomes for charter schools, they’re graduating far fewer students,” Hinojosa said.Bruce Marchand, director of growth and development with the Texas Charter School Association, disagreed. He thinks a comparison of graduation rates should only include charter schools rated under standard accountability measures.“Charters serve more of these challenging students,” Marchand said. “That’s why you can’t lump them together.“I guess we could look at all kids lumped together and kind of draw some conclusions, but again I think the conclusions that are drawn, are not — they don’t accurately portray the quality of charter education,.”According to the Texas Education Agency, charter schools rated under normal accountability measures had a graduation rate of about 95 percent in 2015, but charter schools rated under alternative standards had a graduation rate of less than 50 percent.To Hinojosa, that’s unacceptable even if the student attends a charter school specifically for students at risk of dropping out.“Those students who don’t graduate (regardless of their circumstances) don’t get a diploma. And if they don’t get a diploma, then their life outcomes will likely show depressed wages, depressed tax contributions, increased chance of relying on state and federal services,” Hinojosa said.Texas considers a student at risk of dropping out for a number of reasons, ranging from failing standardized tests to being on parole. Sharecenter_img “A 90 percent versus a 62 percent graduation rate — it’s huge. That’s incredible because charter schools are seen as these kind of rescue schools,” said David Hinojosa, program director for IDRA. “Yet, then when you look at the outcomes for these charter schools and this diversion of resources towards charter schools they’re not paying off.”IDRA’s calculation includes the graduation rates of all charter schools, including those that have asked the state to be rated under alternative standards. Under Texas law, schools can ask to be measured under alternative standards if most of their students are classified as at risk of dropping out of school. About 22 percent of Texas charter schools are rated under alternative standards.Hinojosa said looking at the graduation rates of all charter schools “offers a fair comparison” because the statewide percentage of charter school students Texas considers at risk of dropping out is about the same as the rate of at-risk students in traditional school districts: a little more than 50 percent.READ | 2015 graduation rates separated by types of charter schoolslast_img read more

Firefox looks to use HTML5 to run PDFs in the web browser

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. (PhysOrg.com) — In the current generation of web browsers if you want to view a PDF in your web browser you are going to need the help of a plug-in to do it. While that may not sound like a major roadblock a growing number of users have expressed concerns over the security of using third party plug-ins on their systems, since they can also potentially be used to run malicious code. Explore further Firefox 4 has simpler design, more privacy control © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Firefox looks to use HTML5 to run PDFs in the web browser (2011, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-06-firefox-html5-pdfs-web-browser.html People working at the Firefox project are looking to change all of that. They are currently working on a PDF reader that is developed with HTML5 and JavaScript. This may be a realistic option because web browsers and PDFs do a lot of the same tasks, rendering text and images on an as needed basis. This means that adding a PDF reader function to a web browser is not a large leap forward in technology. The tool just needs a little bit more programming in order to do it.The project, which has been in development for about a month, has been dubbed pdf.js, and is available on the Mozilla.org site as a demo. The system does still have some glitches, since it is not even currently in its beta version, but users can get an idea of how the system may work once the bugs have been worked out of the code. While no release date has been given on the system the developers hope to be able to get the pdf.js project to render PDFs natively in the Firefox browser itself within the next three months.last_img read more

The Meandering Path to That Aha Moment

first_imgYou’ve reached a roadblock on a project at work, so you go home in frustration. While cooking dinner, you suddenly figure out a solution to the obstacle you left at the office. Recent findings from the University of California, Santa Barbara indicate that some of our most inventive ideas unfold like this — especially if we work in a profession that requires a lot of creativity. Gable, S.L., Hopper, E.A., & Schooler, J.W. (2019). When the muses strike: Creative ideas of physicists and writers routinely occur during mind wandering. Psychological Science. doi.org/10.1177/0956797618820626 In a pair of studies, psychological scientists Shelly L. Gable, Elizabeth A. Hopper, and Jonathan Schooler recruited two types of people whose livelihoods depend on innovation—theoretical physicists and professional writers. The first study involved 45 physicists at a research institute and 53 writers — including screenwriters, novelists, and nonfiction writers. Every evening over a 2-week period, the participants received a survey email that asked about any creative idea they had related to their profession and what they were doing when they had the idea. Specifically, they reported whether they were working on the problem at hand, on another work-related problem, or on something unrelated to work (such as paying bills).In addition, participants reported whether the idea related to some kind of impasse or ongoing project, and whether it felt like an “aha” moment. Lastly, they rated the level of creativity and importance of the idea.About 6 months later, the participants received a follow-up survey containing the ideas that they had listed in the earlier surveys. Once again, they rated each idea’s level of creativity and importance.The second study followed the same procedure, but with a slightly smaller number of participants and a follow-up survey at 3 months instead of 6.Across the two studies, participants reported that about 20% of their most important ideas occurred when they were thinking about something else, and they rated the ideas as being as equally important and creative as those formed while they were working on task.In the follow-up surveys, the participants rated their previous ideas as slightly more creative, but less important, compared with their earlier ratings. Overall, they were more likely to rate ideas generated during mind wandering as the coveted “aha” moments compared with ideas generated while working.The authors acknowledge some limitations in the research, including their reliance on the subjectivity of participants’ self-reports. But the findings are an indication that creative professionals routinely have some of their most inventive ideas outside of work.center_img Referencelast_img read more

When Khadi transcends boundaries

first_imgThe crowd got spellbound and the guests were mesmerized, when India’s leading designers Rohit Bal, Anju Modi, Payal Jain and Poonam Bhagat showcased their ground-breaking modern twists to Khadi ensembles in colours of white, black, indigo, green and saffron at the show named ‘Khadi – Transcending Boundaries’, at the International SME Convention 2018.The event was held under the aegis of Khadi Village and Industries Commission (KVIC) at NSIC Ground in New Delhi. The Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) had organised the International SME Convention 2018, in which representatives of 36 countries showed active participation. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUnion Minister of State for MSME Giriraj Singh, who was the chief guest, said that it was a matter of pride for Ministry of MSME that KVIC had organised such a marvelous show. “We, in fact, brought Khadi from village to global level, following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of ‘Khadi for Nation, Khadi for Fashion and Khadi for Transformation’,” he said.Echoing similar views, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that it was the biggest exposure of the signature fabric so far as it caught the attention of the representatives of altogether 36 countries and won accolades from all of them. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAmong other prominent national and international personalities, who witnessed this grand Khadi fashion show, were Union Minister of Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Lok Sabha MP Meenakshi Lekhi, World Union of Small and Medium Enterprises President Gian Franco Terenzi, Africa SME Forum Chairman Dogad Dogoui, Association of Ghana Industries President Yew Adu Gyamfi, ad guru Prahlad Kakkar, MSME Secretary Arun Kumar Panda and KVIC CEO Preeta Verma. FDCI President Sunil Sethi curated the show.last_img read more