3 LeT ultras killed in Pulwama

first_imgThree Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants, including a student, were killed in south Kashmir on Thursday morning, sparking clashes that resulted in the killing of a youth and injuries to over 50 protesters.A Srinagar-based police spokesman said the Pulwama police, the Army’s 50 Rashtriya Rifles and CRPF acting on specific information about the presence of militants in Bank Mohalla, Kakapora, Pulwama, closed in on their hideout. The ensuing gun battle, which began around 9 p.m. on Wednesday, ended in the morning, and the house where the militants were holed up was razed.“One Army official was injured but is stable,” said the spokesman.The LeT militants were identified as Majid Hameed Mir, Shakir Ahmad Jugjoo and Irshad Ahmad Dar, all residents of Pulwama. Two AK rifles and one pistol were recovered from the encounter site.“Mir was behind the killing of two sarpanches and a bank robbery. He, along with Gugjoo, killed two civilians,” said the police.Scores of locals participated in the funerals of the three militants, with two coming from middle-class families. Mir, 19, according to his brother Imtiyaz Ahmad, was a final semester student at Kite Polytechnic College and was missing from June last year. The family owns orchards, restaurants and deals with poultry.Gugjoo, 18, who was to join a college in Chandigarh on April 25 , went missing on April 22 as police launched a search for him. “We received his last call on Wednesday when he wanted to speak to his mother,” said his relative. The third militant was a sand-digger and a school dropout.last_img read more

Supreme Court upholds Bombay High Court order, no IPL match in Maharashtra after May 1

first_imgThe Supreme Court today dismissed pleas by Mumbai Cricket Association and Mahrashtra Cricket Association against shifting of Indian Premier League matches out of Maharashtra. (Full IPL 2016 Coverage )Maharashtra has been reeling under severe drought this year and the Bombay High Court had ordered all IPL matches to be shifted out of the state in May. However, the court has allowed the BCCI to go ahead with the Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians vs match at the MCA Stadium in Pune on May 1.The Supreme Court’s order means the BCCI will now have to deal with logistical nightmares. As many 12 matches, including the final will have to be shifted out of the state. Defending champions Mumbai Indians, who were asked to select from three venues – Jaipur, Kanpur and Raipur – had reportedly selected Jaipur’s Sawai Mansingh Stadium as their home venue in May. However, the pitch was queered further after the Rajasthan High Court asked the state government why IPL matches should be held there when the drought situation in the state was worse than Maharashtra. The government has been asked to file a reply by April 30 before the Rajasthan High Court delivers its verdict on May 3.It has been learnt that logistical considerations and creation of an easy fan base are the primary reasons that prompted Mumbai Indians to zero in on Jaipur, which has had the experience of hosting IPL matches during the first eight seasons of IPL.Meanwhile. BCCI secretary Anurag Thakur had recently said that the board was deliberating on shifting the IPL out of India over constant water crises. The cash-rich T20 league has been played overseas twice in its nine-year history. advertisementIn 2009, the IPL bandwagon had moved to South Africa due to the general elections in India while in 2014, the BCCI took the IPL to the United Arab Emirates for the first 15 days, also because of the general elections.”The IPL Governing Council will be looking at the venues in India and abroad. We have to check the availability of the venues and prevailing conditions,” Thakur had told the media in New Delhi last week.last_img read more

Sachin Tendulkar reveals his mother started the ‘Sachin Sachin’ chant

first_imgIt would be innumerable times that you have heard the chant ‘Sachin Sachin’ when the legendary cricketer would come out to bat. (Nobody knows everything about me: Tendulkar)The fans present both inside the stadium as well as those glued to their TV screens would be chanting ‘Sachin Sachin’ in order to show their support to the ‘God of Cricket’.The chants of ‘Sachin-Sachin’ with appreciable decibel levels, echoing in unison throughout the stadium, had become customary each time the Mumbaikar played on the field. (Sachin: A Billion Dreams relives important moments of my life: Tendulkar)The chants brought the country together time and again and it seemed as if there was no other person than Sachin playing inside the stadium.But did you ever wonder who first chanted the ‘Sachin mantra’? Well, the Master Blaster himself has given the answer to the same. It was his mother.”My mother would do that. When I would be playing downstairs in the building and I won’t want to come home, so that’s when my mother would start shouting ‘Sachin Sachin upar upar aa jao’,” Sachin Tendulkar revealed during the song launch of Sachin Anthem for the upcoming movie ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’.The movie captures the cricket and personal life of the Master Blaster in detail, revealing aspects of his life, which have never been heard of or seen before.Produced by Ravi Bhagchandka of 200 Not Out and Shrikant Bhasi of Carnival Motion Pictures, and helmed by Emmy-nominated James Erskine, ‘Sachin: A Billion Dreams’ is all set to hit the screens on May 26.advertisementlast_img read more

Players Get Creative, Yanks at Dodger Stadium

first_imgNAME THAT NICKNAMEJerseys will take on a different look during Players’ Weekend, when big leaguers are encouraged to be creative with what goes on the back of their uniforms.Cleveland outfielder Yasiel Puig will have Wild Horse, for the way he charges around the bases. Rays pitcher Charlie Morton will use Ground Chuck, for how he induces grounders. Reds first baseman Joey Votto will go with Who — for the “Abbott and Costello” comedy routine of “Who’s on First?”Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis is skipping letters and going with an emoji — of lettuce, to rhyme with his last name.OCTOBER PREVIEW?Yankees lefty James Paxton is having one of the best stretches of his career. Paxton (9-6, 4.53 ERA) takes the mound at Dodger Stadium looking to win his fifth straight start — he won seven in a row in 2017 with Seattle.Los Angeles counters with lefty Hyun-Jin Ryu, who is 12-3 and leads the majors with a 1.64 ERA.New York manager Aaron Boone knows this series between the two teams with the top records in the majors should be special.“I think when you’re talking about interleague and two historic franchises having a great year, Players’ Weekend, which should add some fun to it, I know it’s something that we’ll all look forward to,” Boone said.FLY THE WThe Cubs have won five in a row and are 44-19 at Wrigley Field this season, winning 16 of their last 19 home games.The NL Central leaders try to keep it going when lefty Jon Lester (10-8, 4.23 ERA) pitches the opener of a three-game series against Washington and right-hander Aníbal Sanchez (7-6, 3.99). Sanchez is 7-0 in his last 15 starts.Chicago edged the Giants 1-0 Thursday with the wind blowing in at Wrigley. A day earlier, the Cubs outslugged San Francisco 12-11 in a game with seven home runs.CATCHING ONVeteran catcher Francisco Cervelli is available after the Pirates granted his request for a release. The 33-year-old Cervelli recently completed a rehab assignment after working his way back from his latest concussion.Cervelli is hoping to hook on with a contender — there’s speculation that NL East-leading Atlanta might be interested.Cervelli hasn’t played in the majors since May 25. He’s been in 34 games this season, hitting .193 with one home run and five RBIs.“Out of respect and appreciation for Francisco, we have chosen to honor his request to be released in order for him to pursue an opportunity that potentially gives him a chance at more playing time, as well as an opportunity this season to compete in the postseason,” Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington said. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Your Samsung Galaxy smartphone could play PUBG smoother with this upcoming feature

first_imgSamsung has been lately on its toes when it comes to innovation in the smartphone space. At the Samsung Developer Conference 2018, it proudly showed-off their first foldable smartphone prototype and announced to make it commercial sometime in 2019. It also wooed the world with its anti-notch solution in the form of punch-hole displays, also known as Infinity-O display. Samsung also catered to breeding grounds of gamers with its Galaxy Note 9 last year. It seems that Samsung has taken its affiliation with the world of gaming a bit seriously and is working on several features for next-gen Galaxy smartphones.A new media report states that Samsung is working on a new software technology that will boost GPU performance on its smartphones. The technology has been registered with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (UIPO) under the name of Neuro Game Booster technology. While the patent registration hasn’t mentioned how the technology works, it seems that Samsung will be relying on neural networks that Android and the next-generation chipsets will offer.However, this isn’t the first time such a kind of technology has come to our knowledge. In the past, Huawei came up with its GPU Turbo technology on select Huawei and Honor smartphones. Huawei’s technology worked on a different principle, wherein the GPU stored the rendered frames in the cache memory for a while. The CPU would then re-use the pre-rendered frames to reduce the stress on the GPU and cut down on processing time. This was particularly helpful if the same scene is repeated in a particular game. The GPU Turbo technology delivered higher frame rates in demanding games, making the overall gameplay experience smoother.advertisementIn the case of Samsung’s technology, it remains to be seen what kind of underlying technology is used to boost GPU performance. The next generation chips and modern software will let Samsung exploit artificial intelligence to possibly reduce the stress on the GPU and offer higher frame rates. The effects of the technology won’t be evident on the high-end models, but midrange models could be able to benefit from the technology with less-powerful internals.As of now, it’s now known whether Samsung will deliver this technology to its existing lineup of Galaxy smartphones. The flagship models such as the Note 9 and S9 have a high chance of getting the Neuro Game Booster Technology. However, the current crop of Galaxy A series and J series smartphones could highly benefit from such technology in place. It also remains to be seen whether the game boost technology will only be limited to its Exynos chips or trickle down to the models sporting Qualcomm chipsets.ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy Fold may offer a smaller battery than Galaxy A70, new leak suggestsALSO READ | Exclusive: Samsung to launch Galaxy M10 at Rs 8,990, M20 at Rs 12,990ALSO READ | Samsung Galaxy M10 may come with 6.2-inch Infinity-V display, Exynos chiplast_img read more

Mentality of a champion! Unflappable USWNT on top of the world

first_imgAn opponent that was tougher than expected. Multiple head injuries. Key players at less than full strength. In a World Cup final, these are all factors that could lead to a team’s downfall. For the unflappable U.S. women’s national team, they were mere speed bumps on the way to a second straight World Cup title.  Megan Rapinoe and Rose Lavelle both started Sunday’s game against the Netherlands and didn’t look at full strength due to hamstring injuries.  Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare It was only fitting then, that Rapinoe and Lavelle scored the goals in a 2-0 win that solidified the USWNT’s status as the dominant force in the women’s game. It wasn’t easy though. For the first time all tournament, the U.S. did not score before 13 minutes of a game. In fact, they did not even score before the half, though they cranked up the pressure just before the halftime whistle and would’ve gone ahead were it not for some great saves from Sari van Veenendaal.  For the most part though, the Dutch game plan worked. Sarina Wiegman had her side sit back and allow the U.S. to have possession in non-dangerous areas and look to break quickly when they won the ball back.  The Netherlands also looked to get stuck in, leaving a little something extra in a few challenges to let the U.S. know they wouldn’t be intimidated. Alex Morgan Stefanie Van der Gragt USWNT USA Women's World Cup 2019There would be more adversity to overcome as Kelley O’Hara, who has been solid at right back for the U.S. the entire tournament had to be withdrawn at halftime due to a head injury suffered late in the first half.  Then Becky Sauerbrunn suffered a nasty wound during a clash of heads with a Dutch player, and was forced to play the rest of the game with a bandage on her head. Rapinoe and Lavelle meanwhile, looked well short of the high standards they have set at times during this tournament.  Injured or no, that pair made the difference in an eight-minute stretch of the second half. After Alex Morgan was fouled in the box, Rapinoe stepped up to the spot with supreme confidence and buried her seventh goal of the tournament to give her side the lead.  Lavelle then showed her abilities when she took off on a run right down the middle of the Dutch defense and after wrong-footing her defender, drove a low arrowed shot into the bottom corner to effectively end the game as a contest. Rose Lavelle USWNT Women's World Cup 2019The USWNT has taken the best punch from three of Europe’s best – France, England and the Netherlands – and continued standing tall. There is no more worthy champion and there is no more fitting way to win another World Cup than how the U.S. did it on Sunday. There’s nothing that can shake this group of confident, headstrong players. And because of that, they are world champions yet again.last_img read more

StealthGas Wraps Up Its 26Strong Newbuilding Program

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stealthgas  StealthGas, a Greek owner of LPG vessels, has taken delivery of the last LPG vessel from its newbuilding program.The delivered ship is a 22,000 cbm ice class semi-refrigerated hybrid scrubber fitted eco LPG carrier, the Eco Freeze, the fourth in the series.“This acquisition concludes the company’s expansion phase which commenced in 2011 and totaled the acquisition of 26 newbuilding LPG vessels. Twenty ships were delivered from Japanese yards and six from South Korean yards,” StealthGas said.The company’s fleet is made up of 56 vessels, comprising 52 LPG carriers with a total capacity of 329,149 cbm , three M.R. product tankers and one Aframax oil tanker with a total capacity of 255,804 dwt.last_img

Manitoba RCMP turns to Twitter to help solve Leah Anderson murder appeals

first_imgSeveral suspects came to the forefront right away but one by one they have been ruled out through DNA testing and polygraph tests.The RCMP said it has now made significant advancements in the investigation and has narrowed down the remaining suspects and determined that the killer was a male and known to Anderson.Police said they are aggressively following up on the final aspects of the investigation so officers can move forward into a position where an arrest can be made.The RCMP are asking the community to come together to provide any new information that could help conclude the investigation. Dennis WardAPTN National NewsThe Manitoba RCMP has turned it’s Twitter social media account profiles into a plea for help in solving the murder of Leah Anderson.The body of the 15-year-old from Gods Lake Narrows in Northern Manitoba was found on a snowmobile trail on January 6, 2013, two days after she was last seen.On Tuesday, RCMP also released new information, photographs and messages related to her murder.We need the community to come together to help bring justice to Leah by sharing info with us about who did this. #rcmpmb #leah pic.twitter.com/Vbk9clSw9x— RCMP Manitoba (@rcmpmb) July 18, 2017RCMP says Anderson left her home with her skates on the night of January 4, 2013. According to the information provided, somewhere between her door and the arena, she met her killer.“He brutally beat her and left her dead on a snowmobile/walking trail,” said a post on the RMCP Manitoba Facebook page. The popular, funny girl with so much potential was gone. “Not only was the community dealing with the grief of losing Leah, they had to come to terms with the brutal manner of her death and the fact that in their isolated community, where the ice road in and out was closed, the killer was still there” the post continued. Leah Anderson Tweetlast_img read more

FEATURE Giving a voice to the victims of sexual and physical violence

19 August 2009For nearly two and a half years, Roselidah Ondeko has been at work in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), helping local women find their voices to speak out about the epidemic of gender-based sexual and physical violence in the region. Roselidah is employed by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), and coordinates the programme on sexual violence in the provinces of North and South Kivu, which is financially supported by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). She is based in Goma, North Kivu’s provincial capital. The eastern DRC, which faces ongoing conflict between rebels and the Congolese army, is notorious for the high rates of sexual and physical violence against civilians, especially women. “At the beginning it was very difficult to listen to all these stories and to see what these women had been subjected to. I had to confront it with colleagues practising the same profession,” Roselidah explains in an interview with the UN News Centre on the occasion of World Humanitarian Day, which is marked today. But Roselidah recalls that these female victims of sexual violence who have come to seek medical and psychological support have decided not to succumb. “When you look at what they endured, you see that they have not given in. They have hope,” she says. Moreover, rather than speaking of victims, she prefers to use the word ‘survivors.’ Roselidah cites the example of a woman who had been raped, then abandoned by her husband. Under the programme she was given a goat as a source of revenue. That was in 2007. “In 2008, when I met her, she already had six more goats,” Roselidah says. “She said she felt she had to continue, because if she let things go she didn’t know who would take care of her children.” According to data collected by UNFPA the number of reported cases of sexual violence has grown between January and June in South Kivu compared to the same period of last year. That could be explained, according to the Roselidah, by the relative calm in certain areas of the province. “The survivors can now have access to medical care and psychological services and health workers can reach areas that were previously inaccessible because of insecurity,” she explains. The perpetrators of sexual violence are in the majority men in uniform, whether soldiers of the Congolese army or fighters from the rebel groups. “We see more and more children affected” by this sexual violence, Roselidah adds. Before she arrived in the DRC, Roselidah was posted in the Darfur region of western Sudan and Uganda. When she compares the current situation with that in Darfur for example, the UNFPA staffer notes that the people in the DRC speak more openly of the sexual violence that has been perpetrated. “In Darfur, women are very frightened to speak of sexual violence, and the health workers who care for them do it in the greatest secrecy,” for fear of reprisals, she notes. read more

Tickets selling fast for Ontarios biggest VQA celebration

The wines have been selected and Ontario’s top winemakers are ready to pour their favourites at the 31st annual Cuvée Grand Tasting in Niagara Falls this Saturday, March 23.Organized by Brock University’s Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture Institute (CCOVI), the Cuvée Grand Tasting takes place at Scotiabank Convention Centre and is expected to be another sold-out affair. The event is the largest celebration of VQA wine of its kind and highlights the $4.4-billion Ontario wine industry.“We’ll have 48 Ontario VQA wineries on hand this year pouring two of their winemakers’ favourite wines, plus local chefs preparing their signature dishes at live cooking stations,” said Cuvée manager Barb Tatarnic. “New this year, guests can experience Cuvée using augmented reality with the LifeAR mobile application, developed by students from Brock, allowing them to view which wineries are represented, what they’re pouring and even purchase wine online at the Grand Tasting.”Cuvée provides future grape growers and winemakers the chance to interact directly with key industry players.Proceeds from the event support the Cuvée Legacy Fund, which was established to fund industry-driven research initiatives and scholarships for students. More than $122,000 has been generated since CCOVI took the lead in organizing the event four years ago.“Winning that scholarship meant all my hard work for the past three-and-a-half years came together,” said Nick Pappas (BSc’18), who won the Cuvée Award for Academic Excellence in 2018. “It is great to win a scholarship, but to win one in the industry you are entering is amazing. That money helped me finish off the last couple of courses at Brock and having that award on a resumé is just amazing.”Champions in the province’s grape and wine industry will also be showcased at the event, including the Cuvée Vineyard of Excellence and Winemaker of Excellence awards, along with the Tony Aspler Award of Excellence.The Grand Tasting is followed by the Après Cuvée after party, which features live music from the Associates, Icewine, sparkling wine, cider and local craft beer.The Cuvée en Route passport program will extend the wine celebration all weekend long running from March 22 to 24 at participating wineries across Niagara. A complete list of participating wineries at the Grand Tasting and en Route can be found at cuvee.caTickets, which include both the Saturday night Grand Tasting and the en Route passport, are available online at cuvee.ca/tickets for $200 per person. Tickets for the en Route passport only are $30.VIDEO: Student scholarship winners talk about how proceeds from the Cuvée wine weekend support grape and wine scholarships and research initiatives read more

EGov site at GuyanaBrazil crossing to be resuscitated – NDMA Chairman

The E-Government site located at the Guyana/Brazil Border Crossing to be resuscitatedPlans are in the pipeline for the resuscitation of the E-Government site located close to the Guyana/Brazil border crossing, in an effort to provide internet access in the capital town of Lethem and other communities in Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo (Region Nine).According to a release from the DPI, Chairman of the National Data Management Authority (NDMA), Floyd Levi during a visit to the site on Friday, February 16, said the site, which has not functioned for some three years, was established to connect with any Brazilian company offering internet, to service government offices, Non-Governmental Organisations (NGOs) and Community Information and Communication Technology (ICT) hubs in Lethem.“We also intend to use this position to take internet all the way to communities all the way in the North Rupununi Savannahs such as Rupertee, Annai and even far North as Kurupukari,” Levi noted.The site visit marked the beginning of a feasibility study, which will then be followed by a further visit by a team of engineers who will conduct an assessment to determine the cost to receive internet connection from the site, possibly over a Microwave Network to the North Rupununi.Engineers from the Ministry of Business also provided the NDMA Chairman with an initial assessment of the condition of the site. Levi explained that while not visible the tower at the site is leaning and has other infrastructural defects that must be corrected.“The base that was built for the generator, the foundation has actually given away so we do have to make some civil engineering interventions and we need to know if those interventions are possible and what are the likely costs of resuscitating this site. That is our first priority,” Levi explained.The NDMA Chairman was part of the team lead by Minister of Public Telecommunications, Catherine Hughes that conducted outreaches in Lethem and several villages in Region Nine including Toka, Aranaputa, Rupertee, Annai, Kurupukari and Fairview in Region Eight.A visit was also made to the E-Government site at the Kurupukari Crossing. The NDMA Chairman said once that site is reassessed, it is anticipated that internet will be provided to the Guyana Police Force and Immigration offices in that area, Iwokrama and Fairview. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNDMA conducting needs assessment for internet connectivity in Region 9February 16, 2018In “Internet”Improved internet, telecommunications services under US$17M GRIF projectFebruary 19, 2018In “latest news”Pomeroon residents to benefit from free internet by SeptemberAugust 7, 2019In “latest news” read more

The email nobody wants to see from campus IT

first_imgWhen I was at university, laptops were still quite an expensive device to own. The netbook hadn’t even been thought about yet, and Internet access was a privilege reserved for the computer lab. Nowadays everyone owns multiple devices that can access the web. Your phone, your tablet, a cheap laptop, or a desktop PC, they can all give you access to news, entertainment, software, and increasingly cloud services.At university the focus is as much on enjoying yourself as it is about gaining a degree. So the temptation is always there for the student with no money to download their entertainment rather than buy it. That’s where file-sharing networks come in and the free applications such as uTorrent that allows easy downloading of torrents.The problem with doing that on the university network is the IT department which logs and filters all the traffic passing through its servers. With that in mind, anyone deciding they want to watch the extended edition of Lord of the Rings, or have a weekend watching the complete Seinfeld for example, is going to set off a few alarm bells with IT when they download all that video data.Proof that this does happen and invokes a reaction comes in the form of this image shared by Reddit user DanV2 (click to enlarge).It was sent to him as a PDF attachment from his campus IT department and showed the rather large amount of data he had been downloading over the course of 24 hours earlier this year. Half the traffic was torrent downloads, and that yellow segment on the left is the traffic of everyone else. We assume it’s everyone else on the campus which shows you just how much data he managed to grab.Games, movies, a few Linux ISOs? Your guess is as good as ours as to what he actually decided to download that day.via Reddit (image courtesy of Ji-Ho on Flickr)last_img read more

New card to battle taxdodging retailers

first_imgAs of January 1, taxpayers will be able to pick up a card from banks that can be used to electronically record transactions as they shop.The data recorded on the card, which shoppers can use on an optional basis, will be passed on immediately to the Finance Ministry, which will update the taxpayer’s file with the information it has just received.Finance Ministry officials believe that the card will help boost state revenues, mainly from value-added tax, making it harder for business owners to conceal sales figures.Once they have picked up the card from the bank, taxpayers will need to inform the Finance Ministry of its 19-digit code in order to link it with their tax file number (AFM). The card will not display their AFM or any other personal details.Shoppers that want to record the value of their shopping transaction, which can be used to secure tax benefits, will present the card to the retailer as they pay. The retailer will swipe the card through the POS machine used for credit cards transactions and the information will then be passed onto the bank that has provided the machine.At the end of eachmonth, the bank will send the information to the Finance Ministry.The ministry and the Hellenic Bank Association are expected to finalize incentives that will be used to encourage taxpayers to use the card in the next 10 days.On one side of the card, there will be the Finance Ministry’s logo, along with the serial number, and on the other side will be a magnetic strip.According to Finance Ministry sources, taxpayers will be able to check the amounts they have passed through the cards on the Internet via the Taxisnet site.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Seismic movement on the right side of the Greek political spectrum

first_imgAs many predicted, the aftershock of the agreement between the governments of Greece and FYROM on the issue of the latter country’s name is being felt throughout the political establishment.This week, the Syriza-ANEL coalition received yet another blow, when ANEL MP Yorgos Lazarides, a member for the second Thessaloniki electorate, announced his decision to resign from the party and continue as an independent.This resignation followed that of deputy speaker of the House, Dimitris Kammenos, leaving the coalition with a frail majority of 152 MPs.Both coalition partners have been pressuring Lazaridis to quit his parliamentary seat, and accused him of defecting to the opposition, arguing that just two weeks ago, he voted in favour of the government, when Nea Dimokratia presented a no-confidence vote.The leading party of the coalition, Syriza, has been accusing the opposition of orchestrating a constitutional crisis, but the government has also been under attack, accused of nurturing the establishment of a new right-wing party, set up by former members of the Karamanlis government, that would steal votes from Nea Dimokratia in the next elections.This might not be necessary, since the opposition party managed to enter a crisis of its own. On Wednesday, ND leader Kyriakos Mitsotakis ousted Constantinos Michalos, one of the most prominent members of the party’s political committee. Michalos, who is also the president of the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry, came forward in support of the Eurogroup agreement regarding Greece’s bailout exit and debt relief, crossing party lines.“There is no room in Nea Dimokratia for any Trojan Horses,” reads the party’s statement, which is seen as a confirmation of its abandonment of centrism and shift to the far-right. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Transient man sentenced to more than 4 years for child pornography

first_imgA transient man who possessed thousands of images of child pornography on his phone was sentenced Monday to more than four years in prison.Colt L. Bailey, 25, pleaded guilty last month to three counts of first-degree possessing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct. According to an affidavit of probable cause, Bailey’s cousin and another woman contacted the Clark County Sheriff’s Office after finding suspected child pornography on his cellphone. Bailey had left his phone in one of the women’s cars. The women found a folder on the phone containing more than 8,000 images of child pornography depicting girls between the ages of 5 and 10. They then turned the phone over to the sheriff’s office, the affidavit states.Investigators obtained a search warrant for the phone and discovered thousands of images of child pornography. One image depicted a child who appeared to be as young as 3, court records say.last_img read more

Vancouver woman wins Big Buck Hunter video game tournament

first_imgFor more information about the game, visitwww.bigbuckhd.comAn archive of the 2013 Big Buck Hunter tournament will be online at the site in the next few weeks.Melinda Van Hoomissen of Vancouver clenched her teeth when she realized she’d be facing rival Sara Erlandson early in the Ladies Big Buck Hunter championship in Chicago.Erlandson, defending two-time champion, is about as good as they get at the fast-paced hunting and shooting video game.Van Hoomissen, 39, finished second to her last year — but she wasn’t about to let that happen in 2013.“My husband and I talked, and I said ‘I have to destroy her now,’” Van Hoomissen said, knowing that she was likely to play against Erlandson, who is from Wisconsin, again in the tournament’s final round.As the two women faced off in their first game Friday night, Melinda’s husband, Scott Van Hoomissen, stood nearby, too tense to even cheer.“All I did was stand in the same place with my hands over my face half the time,” Scott said. “I was petrified. I know how hard we both worked for this.”The couple, who have six children, spend countless hours practicing on a high-definition version of the game at Jake’s Bar & Grill, 4602 N.E. St. Johns Road, and on a less-tricked-out machine that they own at home.last_img read more

What happened to VR at E3 2019 A quiet showing for virtual

first_img • 23 Photos Aug 3 • E3 journalists see their personal info exposed by security flaw Tags Comments E3 2019 E3 2019 Share your voice E3 2019: The weirdest stuff from the show floor Unreal Garden, a virtual/augmented demo area at E3 2019. James Martin/CNET If you were looking for cool new VR things at this year’s E3 2019, you probably came to the wrong show. No wild new headset, no genre-shaking new games. That’s OK. E3 wasn’t expected to be big on VR this year. Just a few years ago, big gaming brands like Call of Duty and Star Wars: Battlefront were hawking VR levels. Today, nothing of the sort. I followed E3 from afar this year and was surprised how little VR FOMO I felt. Unlike the wild experiments happening at Sundance or the Tribeca Film Festival, or GDC, E3’s VR moments were pretty subdued.Does it mean that VR is starting to shrink away from the main spotlight in the gaming industry? I don’t know. But there are a few clear explanations…maybe.Microsoft: Dead silent on VRThe only big console maker with an E3 press conference this year didn’t mention VR at all. While Microsoft wasn’t expected to announce any VR hardware news, I still find it strange. Microsoft paved new roads with HoloLens, demoing AR games back at E3 2015. Microsoft has had VR headsets on PCs for years, too, and the original Oculus Rift and HTC Vive are both PC-based platforms. Unlike the PlayStation 4 with PSVR, the Xbox One never had VR support. Who knows if that will change with Project Scarlett, Microsoft’s next major console upgrade. The console’s specs are more than capable of playing current VR games. Whether Microsoft feels that’s important remains to be seen. For now, the bigger tech focus is game streaming.sony-playstation-vr-virtual-reality-7663Sony and PSVR weren’t at E3 this year, but there’s plenty of VR coming for PlayStation. James Martin/CNET Sony: Still big on VR, but an E3 no-showPlayStation VR has become a key part of Sony’s PlayStation ecosystem, and Sony has been investing in major games for VR since 2016. This year is already seeing a number of high-quality games, from Blood and Truth to the upcoming VR update to No Man’s Sky. PlayStation’s global head of R&D, Dominic Mallinson, recently told me he sees a bright future for VR and envisions some key upgrades that could be coming to a future PS5-compatible VR headset. PSVR is already confirmed to work with Sony’s next-gen console. But E3 wasn’t the place to gather any more news, as Sony skipped the show entirely for the first time. Nintendo: Labo VR may have been a one-off The most unpredictable game company in the world shocked me with a cardboard Labo VR kit this spring, but while that kit has a few extras that work with games like Super Mario Odyssey and Breath of the Wild, it’s not really a platform for future VR games. According to Labo head Tsubasa Sakaguchi, VR was always part of the plans for Labo in particular. But, while Nintendo had plenty of game news at E3, none of it involved more VR. I would have been shocked if they had. 7 See All Computers Gaming Virtual Reality Apps Jul 26 • Doom Eternal: QuakeCon ‘Year of Doom’ keynote shows more ‘Battlemode’ action reading • What happened to VR at E3 2019? A quiet showing for virtual things Aug 19 • Borderlands 3: FL4K, new endgame content and everything else we know PC: VR games here and thereA number of promising VR games were announced at E3, mostly during a livestream hosted by UploadVR. Many of the games were sequels. A few look to offer more advanced multiplayer. None of them, from the ones I saw demo videos of, looked incredibly surprising. (I didn’t get to demo any…I wasn’t at E3.)PC VR gaming is a little fragmented right now: there’s the new Oculus Rift S, which has its own in-headset tracking. There’s Microsoft’s Windows VR platform, which is becoming more enterprise-focused. Steam VR supports HTC Vive, and also the upcoming Valve Index, but so far, there haven’t been any major new games that have emerged to make the most of the innovative Index controllers.Games like Budget Cuts 2 and the wild music-shooting-rhythm game Pistol Whip look like some great ones to look forward to. Bethesda’s VR Wolfenstein game looks interesting. But, on a whole, it didn’t feel like any of these games were shooting to make VR any more must-have than it is now.Oculus Quest: the console on the rise?The most interesting wild card may be the Oculus Quest. The $399 totally mobile standalone VR headset is still the best thing I’ve seen in tech this year, and feels almost like the Nintendo Switch of VR. A handful of new game ports coming to Quest and announced at E3, seem like the most promising news of the show: Echo Arena and Arizona Sunshine, plus some music extras in Dance Central and Beat Saber. Many of these are still ports of existing games, or DLC, with a few unique projects in the mix. How many quality games Oculus can keep coming for Quest will determine how essential it feels. Right now, Oculus Quest is my favorite VR game system. But it’s not where all the best games are yet. Oculus Valve Virtual Reality Facebook HTC Microsoft Sony Nintendo Aug 28 • Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order trailer, gameplay footage and everything we knowlast_img read more

Zulkosky organizes meeting to discuss alcohols impact on villages

first_imgRepresentative Tiffany Zulkosky is flying back to Bethel for Cama-i. (Christine Trudeau/KYUK)Representative Tiffany Zulkosky is flying back to Bethel for the Cama-i Festival this weekend, and she’s bringing staffers from the governor’s office with her. The group will discuss alcohol’s impact on Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta villages at a “Listening Session” on Saturday evening.Listen nowThe delegation arriving in Bethel on Saturday is something of a task force drawn from the Walker administration’s staff. Walt Monegan, the Commissioner of the Department of Public Safety, will be there. Representatives from the Attorney General and Lieutenant Governor’s offices will be, too. Representative Zulkosky organized the meeting in direct response to resolutions issued by the villages of Napaskiak and Marshall, which urged the governor to declare a state of emergency in their communities last week.Both villages addressed the Y-K Delta’s lack of public safety. In Napaskiak, tribal council members claim that Bethel’s liquor store has led to a sharp increase in alcohol-related deaths in their village.“We’ve buried so many loved ones,” Tribal Administrator Sharon Williams said. “So many already.”In Marshall, tribal council members say that they’ve also seen a spike in alcohol-related incidents, and the village is struggling to handle it. With the exception of occasional Trooper visits, Marshall has no law enforcement. According to Marshall Tribal Administrator Nick Andrew Jr., that makes coping with the alcohol and opioid epidemics next to impossible.“Living without public safety – in America, mind you – it’s a scenario where you feel like America’s forgotten,” Andrew said.Both villages urged Governor Walker to intervene. Now, their resolutions are gaining traction at a state and national level. U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski mentioned Napaskiak’s resolution on Wednesday during a meeting of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee.“It is just yet one more reminder to me that when we think about those who we serve and the cries for help that they are asking us for, we have so very much to do,” Murkowski said.Murkowski also referred to stresses caused by opioid use in rural Alaska. She said that Alaska’s rate of heroin overdose deaths in 2012 was over 50 percent higher than the national average, and the overdose death rate was highest among Alaska Native people.Tiffany Zulkosky’s “Listening Session” on the impact of Bethel’s liquor store on the Y-K Delta is open to the public. Constituents are welcome to discuss other concerns as well. It’s scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Bethel Regional High School in room C-22.last_img read more

Harleen Sethi opens up on breakup with Vicky Kaushal says it is

first_imgHarleen Sethi opens up on breakup with Vicky Kaushal.InstagramHarleen Sethi and Vicky Kaushal are no longer together, and both of them have made their breakup public. Now, the actress has finally openly spoken about it during an interview.Harleen said that though the split did not affect her much, her family and friends were much bothered with it. She further expressed discontent at being addressed as Vicky’s ex-girlfriend, and asserted that she is “nobody’s ex or current or even future girlfriend”.”Honestly, it did not bother me but it did bother my family and friends. As an individual, we all have our own identities. Just because I was associated with a movie star and I haven’t done a movie yet, doesn’t make me any less. I still love myself. And I would love to be known as Harleen Sethi. I think it will be unfair to call someone else my ex-boyfriend, right? I am nobody’s ex or current or even future girlfriend. I am Harleen Sethi,” she told Pinkvilla when asked how she handled the heartbreak.Reflecting on her positive self, Harleen further said that the breakup will help her grow as an actor. “I think for an actor it is essential to experience all sort of emotions in real life. In a way, it is good what happened”. She added when asked if it affected her work.Soon after they parted ways, Harleen had made an Instagram post where she wrote a poem, highlighting that breakups and relationships do not make or break her. Harleen Sethi, Vicky KaushalInstagram”From where I started. To where I’ve come. I didn’t design this path. His will was welcome. Fearlessly hustling. Energetic and bustling. I found who I was. A small fish in a big pond. I enjoyed the eccentricities. Performances and anxieties. Feeling alive every day. Making a mark in my own way. Link ups don’t build me. Breakups don’t break me. Wins don’t fill me. Failures don’t kill me. I feel complete. I feel sufficient. I have my own swag, I am my own tag #iammyowntag #harleensethi,” she had written.Although the exact reason behind their split is not known, many speculations were made including Vicky’s overwhelming success to be one of those.last_img read more

221 killed in road accidents during Eid vacation

first_imgPresident of Jatree Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad (Passenger Rights Protection Council) GM Quamrul Islam speaks at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in Dhaka on Wednesday, 12 June, 2019. Photo: UNBAt least 221 people were killed, 652 injured and 375 others got crippled in 185 road accidents on the country’s roads and highways in 12 days between 30 May and 10 June during the recent Eid-ul-Fitr vacation, reports UNB.Besides, four people were killed in five accidents on river routes, while 22 others lost their lives on rail tracks across the country during the period.President of Jatree Odhikar Sangrakkhan Parishad (Passenger Rights Protection Council) GM Quamrul Islam revealed it at a press conference at the Jatiya Press Club in the city on Wednesday.Accident research and monitoring cell members of the organisation prepared the report compiling published reports of 18 national dailies, six regional dailies and 10 online news portals.The report also stated that Eid journeys were a little bit comfortable this year compared to the past years due to the government’s initiatives as well as rationing in leave arrangements for Eid journeys.The number of road accidents, causalities and damages has declined slightly compared to the past years, it said.President of Freedom Fighters’ Foundation Ismail Gazi Delwar, former General Secretary of the Jatiya Press Club Quamrul Islam, General Secretary of the organisation Shamsuddin Chowdhury, Organising Secretary Abdullah Al-Zubayer, Finance Secretary Sayamun and Nahar Zidani were, among others, present.last_img read more