‘Dirty war’ has to be fought with ‘innovative ways’, says Gen Bipin Rawat

first_imgThe Indian Army is facing a “dirty war” in Jammu and Kashmir, which has to be fought with “innovative” ways, Army Chief Gen. Bipin Rawat has said, defending the use of a Kashmiri man as ‘human shield’ by a young officer.In an exclusive interaction with the PTI, Gen. Rawat said the main objective of awarding Major Leetul Gogoi, when a Court of Inquiry was finalising its probe into the incident, was to boost the morale of young officers of the force who are operating in a very difficult environment in the militancy-infested State.“This is a proxy war and proxy war is a dirty war. It is played in a dirty way. The rules of engagements are there when the adversary comes face-to-face and fights with you. It is a dirty war…. That is where innovation comes in. You fight a dirty war with innovations,” Gen. Rawat said.The Army Chief’s Commendation medal to Maj. Gogoi, who had tied a man to an Army jeep and used him as a ‘human shield’ from stone throwers last month, was criticised by human rights activists, Kashmiri groups and by a few retired Army generals.A video of the incident had triggered a row with many condemning it.Maj. Gogoi was awarded for his sustained efforts in counter-insurgency operations.“What I am supposed to tell my troops?”“People are throwing stones at us, people are throwing petrol bombs at us. If my men ask me what do we do, should I say, just wait and die? I will come with a nice coffin with a national flag and I will send your bodies home with honour. Is it what I am supposed to tell them as chief? I have to maintain the morale of my troops who are operating there,” Gen. Rawat said.Talking about the complexity of the security challenge in the State, he suggested it would have been easier for the armed forces if the protesters were firing weapons instead of throwing stones.“In fact, I wish these people, instead of throwing stones at us, were firing weapons at us. Then I would have been happy. Then I could do what I (want to do),” he said.Gen. Rawat, who had served in Jammu and Kashmir extensively, said if people in any country lose fear of the Army, then the country was doomed. “Adversaries must be afraid of you and at the same time your people must be afraid of you. We are a friendly Army, but when we are called to restore law and order, people have to be afraid of us,” he said.The General also asserted that maximum restraint was being maintained while handling the situation in the Valley.“Duty to lift Army’s morale”Gen. Rawat said that as the Army chief, it was his duty to lift the morale of the Army personnel in Jammu and Kashmir and he did it by awarding Major Gogoi.“As Army Chief my concern is morale of the Army. That is my job. I am far away from the battle field. I cannot influence the situation there. I can only tell the boys that I am with you. I always tell my people, things will go wrong, but if things have gone wrong and you did not have mala fide intent, I am there,” he said.Gen. Rawat also added that there was a ploy to break the trust between various security forces, and Maj. Gogoi could not have refused to provide security when polling agents had sought security assistance.“Tomorrow elections have to be held in Anantnag and similar things may happen. If the Army does not respond to call for assistance, then the trust between the people whom we are protecting, police and Army will break.“That is something I cannot allow to happen. This is what the militants want. It can create a divide between the Army and other security forces,” he said.The Army Chief said he had a broad idea about what was going on in the Court of Inquiry into the ‘human shield’ incident, and that is why he went ahead with awarding the Major. “I know what is happening in the COI. It is being finalised. What do we punish him for?”He said armed forces had the right to self-defence and Maj. Gogoi could have opted for firing at the crowd, but he chose not to resort to it.Farooq Dar, who was tied to the jeep, said he was not a militant or a stone-thrower, and was only returning home after casting his vote in the by-election when he was hauled away.He said he still suffered from physical and mental trauma after being paraded on the jeep’s bonnet with a sign slung around his neck, warning stone-pelters of the consequences.On the need for harsh measuresThe Army Chief said just four districts of South Kashmir were disturbed and it was incorrect to say that entire Kashmir has gone out of control. “It will have to be a composite solution. Everybody will have to get involved. Army’s role is to ensure that violence does not take place and the common man who is not indulging in this (violence) is protected,” he said, when asked about the solution to the Kashmir issue.The Army Chief also wondered why not much noise was made when young Army officer Lt. Umar Fayaz was killed by militants when he was on leave and emphasised on the need for taking harsh measures to stop infiltration and counter-terrorism.When asked whether there should be a political initiative to reach out to the Kashmiri people, the Army Chief said it was for the government to decide, adding such initiatives were taken in the past as well.“Has political initiative not been taken in the past? What was the result, you had Kargil…,” he said.To a separate question, the Army Chief said he does not anticipate a “limited war” with Pakistan.last_img read more

LG Optimus L9 launched with Android 4.0

first_imgLG has announced a new smartphone Optimus L9 which is powered by 1GHz dual-core processor and boasts of a 4.7-inch IPS display. The new LG device reportedly runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. According to the report on thinkdigit.com, the new device sports a 5MP camera with LED flash and VGA front-facing camera, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal storage and a 2,150 mAh battery. For connectivity, the device supports 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth and GPS/aGPS. The device measures 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1mm and weighs around 125gm.The Optimus L9 also features Qtranslator app, which can translate text from 44 different languages using optical character recognition technology, said the report, adding that other features include Q Memo, My Style keypad and SiO+ technology.The new smartphone will be showcased at the IFA trade fair. The LG has claimed that QTranslator installed with Optimus L9 translates not only words, but also entire sentences and phrases with a simple scan from nearly 44 foreign languages to 64 user languages. Using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, the new device also recognizes letters upon scanning with the camera and utilizes electronic dictionary to translate words, sentences or phrases.However, the company has so far not revealed the pricing or the availability information of this smartphone.With Agency inputslast_img read more

Greece Represented in the NBA Draft: Hawks Select Dorsey, Nets Pick Vezenkov

first_imgNEW YORK – The Atlanta Hawks selected Oregon shooting guard Tyler Dorsey with their first second-round pick, No. 41 overall, in the NBA Draft on Thursday.The Oregon Greek-American sophomore got rolling late in the season with 20-plus points in his last eight games, helping the Ducks reach the Final Four for the first time since 1939.Dorsey, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound sophomore, averaged 16.5 points, 6.5 rebounds and 4.5 assists last season. He shot .423 (88 of 208) from 3-point range, a strength.After graduating from Maranatha High School, in Pasadena, California, he played college basketball for the Oregon Ducks. He is also a member of the senior Greek national team.Dorsey acquired dual citizenship (full citizenship with both the United States and Greece) and a Greek passport, due to his mother’s Greek background. Dorsey’s mother was born to a Greek father and Israeli mother, and her Greek surname is Konstantinidou.In the second round with the 57th overall pick, the Nets selected 6-foot-9, Cyprus born Aleksandar Vezenkov. Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks called the 21-year-old an elite shooter.Aleksandar VezenkovVezenkov is a professional basketball player for FC Barcelona of the Liga ACB.Vezenkov was born in Cyprus, and was raised in Greek communities in Cyprus and Greece. However, due to his Bulgarian descent, he has Bulgarian citizenship, and he has regularly chosen to represent the Bulgarian national team, on both the junior and senior levels. Despite that, Vezenkov holds triple citizenship for Bulgaria, Cyprus and Greece.Always considered to be one of the best players in his age group in Europe, Vezenkov began playing youth club basketball in Cyprus in 2005 with APOEL Nicosia’s youth teams. In 2009, he moved to Greece and began playing youth club basketball with Aris’ youth teams, until 2011, when he joined Aris’ senior men’s club. He trained for several years at Nick Galis Hall, located near the center of Thessaloniki, Greece.Team-by-team breakdown of the players each team ended up with in the NBA draft (includes proposed trades):Atlanta Hawks1 (19) John Collins, f, Wake Forest2 (41) Tyler Dorsey, g, Oregon2 (60) Alpha Kaba, f, Mega Leks (Serbia)Boston Celtics1 (3) Jayson Tatum, f, Duke2 (37) Semi Ojeleye, f, SMU2 (53) Kadeem Allen, g, Arizona2 (56) Jabari Bird, g, CaliforniaBrooklyn Nets1 (22) Jarrett Allen, c, Texas2 (57) Aleksandar Vezenkov, f, FC Barcelona Lassa (Spain)Charlotte Hornets1 (11) Malik Monk, g, Kentucky2 (40) Dwayne Bacon, f, Florida State (from New Orleans)Chicago Bulls1 (7) Lauri Markkanen, f, Arizona (from Minnesota)Cleveland CavaliersNONE.Dallas Mavericks1 (9) Dennis Smith Jr., g, N.C. StateDenver Nuggets1 (24) Tyler Lydon, f, Syracuse (from Utah)2 (49) Vlatko Cancar, f, Mega Leks (Serbia)2 (51) Monte’ Morris, g, Iowa StateDetroit Pistons1 (12) Luke Kennard, g, DukeGolden State Warriors2 (38) Jordan Bell, f, Oregon (from Chicago)Houston Rockets2 (43) Isaiah Hartenstein, c, Zalgiris (Lithuania)Indiana Pacers1 (18) TJ Leaf, f, UCLA2 (47) Ike Anigbogu, c, UCLA2 (52) Edmond Sumner, g, Xavier (from New Orelans)L.A. ClippersNONE.L.A. Lakers1 (2) Lonzo Ball, g, UCLA1 (27) Kyle Kuzma, f, Utah (from Brooklyn)1 (30) Josh Hart, g, Villanova (from Utah)2 (42) Thomas Bryant, c, Indiana (from Utah)Memphis Grizzlies2 (35) Ivan Rabb, f, California (from Orlando)2 (45) Dillon Brooks, f, Oregon (from Houston)Miami Heat1 (14) Bam Adebayo, f, KentuckyMilwaukee Bucks1 (17) D.J. Wilson, f, Michigan2 (48) Sindarius Thornwell, g, South CarolinaMinnesota Timberwolves1 (16) Justin Patton, c, Creighton (from Chicago)New Orleans Pelicans2 (31) Frank Jackson, g, Duke (from Charlotte)New York Knicks1 (8) Frank Ntilikina, g, Strasbourg (France)2 (44) Damyean Dotson, g, Houston2 (58) Ognjen Jaramaz, g, Mega Leks (Serbia)Oklahoma City Thunder1 (21) Terrance Ferguson, g, Adelaide 36ers (Australia)Orlando Magic1 (6) Jonathan Isaac, f, Florida State2 (33) Wesley Iwundu, f, Kansas StatePhiladelphia 76ers1 (1) Markelle Fultz, g, Washington1 (25) Anzejs Pasecniks, c, Herbalife Gran Canaria (Spain) (from Orlando)2 (36) Jonah Bolden, f, FMP Beograd (Serbia)2 (39) Jawun Evans, g, Oklahoma State2 (46) Sterling Brown, g, SMU2 (50) Mathias Lessort, f, Nanterre 92 (France)Phoenix Suns1 (4) Josh Jackson, f, Kansas2 (32) Davon Reed, g, Miami2 (54) Alec Peters, f, ValparaisoPortland Trail Blazers1 (10) Zach Collins, c, Gonzaga (from Sacramento)1 (26) Caleb Swanigan, f, PurdueSacramento Kings1 (5) De’Aaron Fox, g, Kentucky1 (15) Justin Jackson, f, North Carolina (from Portland)1 (20) Harry Giles, c, Duke (from Portland)2 (34) Frank Mason III, g, KansasSan Antonio Spurs1 (29) Derrick White, g, Colorado2 (59) Jaron Blossomgame, f, ClemsonToronto Raptors1 (23) OG Anunoby, f, IndianaUtah Jazz1 (13) Donovan Mitchell, g, Louisville (from Denver)1 (28) Tony Bradley, c, North Carolina (from LA Lakers)2 (55) Nigel Williams-Goss, g, GonzagaWashington WizardsNONE.TweetPinShare11 Shareslast_img read more

KXIP star KL Rahul hits maiden Indian Premier League hundred

first_imgKL Rahul hit his 3rd successive fifty-plus score and his maiden IPL hundred as Kings XI Punjab dominated Mumbai Indians in match 24 of the 2019 Indian Premier League at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. KL Rahul now has 1 hundred and 3 fifties in 7 matches for KXIP this season.KL Rahul was watchful for most part of the innings but he exploded in the penultimate over of the innings when he blasted Hardik Pandya for 3 sixes and a 4 to move into the 90s.He then Jasprit Bumrah for a six to move to 98 and on the fourth ball of the final over, ran two to bring up his first ever IPL hundred off 63 balls.Take a bow, @klrahul11 What an innings by the @lionsdenkxip opener as he brings up his maiden #VIVOIPL #KXIP 197/4 after 20 overs pic.twitter.com/czmaVNnXTv IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 10, 2019Last year, KL Rahul made 95 not out which was his career-best score in the IPL before tonight.KL Rahul had a poor start to the IPL this year. He scored 4 against Rajasthan Royals and got out for 1 against Kolkata Knight Riders.In an interview with India Today, Rahul had said he wanted to be more disciplined with the World Cup in mind. He then hit an unbeaten 71 against Mumbai Indians, was dismissed for 15 against Delhi Capitals before the straight fifty-plus scores.Rahul’s streak of fifties started against Chennai Super Kings when he made 55. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad, KL Rahul saw his team through to victory with an ubeaten 71 before hitting another fifty against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede.advertisementKL Rahul holds the record for the joint most fifties in Test cricket along with Chris Rogers, Kumar Sangakkara, Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Andy Flower and Everton Weeks.From March 2017 to August 2017, KL Rahul made 7 successive fifties against Australia and Sri Lanka. His sequence of scores read: 90, 51, 57, 60, 51 not out, 57 and 85.On Wednesday, KL Rahul was the more subdued in a 116-run stand for the first wicket with Chris Gayle who blasted a 36-ball 63. Once Gayle was dismissed, the scoring rate fell and KXIP lost David Miller and Karun Nair in quick succession.KL Rahul finished with 100 not out off 64 balls and said the plan for him to bat as deep as possible.”Lost for breath a little bit. Honestly thought the way Chris and I started, we would get over 200 but lost our way in the middle. But it was not easy and I am happy with the way we finished. For the first 6 overs, the plan was simple: both of us look to play cricketing shots,” Rahul told the broadcasters after KXIP’s innings.”After the first six overs, whoever looks good, looks to take off. If Chris plays for 12 overs, it’s deadly for the opposition After Chris got out, we lost some more quick wickets,” he said.Asked to recall his six-hitting spree against Hardik Pandya in the 19th over, Rahul said he was focussed on the ball and not the bowler: “I am focussing on the ball, now the bowler. Does not matter who runs in, I am looking to hit the ball for a six,” Rahul said.The other bright spark for KXIP was Chris Gayle’s fiery form Wednesday night. Chris Gayle had hit 79 against Rajasthan Royals in KXIP’s season opener on March 25.Between that 79 vs the Royals and the hundred vs KXIP, Chris Gayle made 20, 40, 5 and 16. On Wednesday, Gayle bounced back to form after a sedate start. With KL Rahul, Chris Gayle brought up a century opening stand after Mumbai Indians skipper Kieron Pollard won the toss and decided to bowl.Chris Gayle was in fine form for KXIP in the 2018 IPL. He had scored a hundred against Sunrisers Hyderabad besides 3 fifties. In 11 matches last year, Gayle had scored 368 runs.During the 2019 IPL, Chris Gayle became the fastest to 4000 IPL runs. He is also the only man to hit 300 sixes in the Indian Premier League.Also Read | IPL 2019: Enjoying my batting, says KL Rahul after consistent performances for Kings XIAlso Read | IPL 2019: KL Rahul shines as Kings XI pip Sunrisers and vault into top 4last_img read more

ONE DEAD, ONE INJURED FOLLOWING WESTSIDE STABBING

first_imgOne man is dead and a second man injured following a double stabbing Thursday evening on Sioux City’s westside.Police were dispatched to the 1700 block of Geneva Street shortly before 7pm. for a report of man that had been cut with a knife.Officers found two men in the vicinity, each with numerous lacerations that police believe resulted from a physical confrontation between them.Both were taken to local hospitals.45-year-old Eleazar Lopez-Martinez of Sioux City would later be pronounced dead at the hospital from apparent knife wounds.The other man , who has not been identified, was treated for several non-life threatening lacerations and released from the hospital.No charges have been filed in the case at this time and police say the investigation is ongoing.last_img

MSK Prasad reveals why Mayank Agarwal was ignored for WI tour despite World Cup call-up

first_img Indo-Asian News Service MumbaiJuly 21, 2019UPDATED: July 21, 2019 16:31 IST Mayank Agarwal has to go back and play domestic cricket and prove his mettle. (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSIndia will play 3 T20s, 3 ODIs and 2 Tests in West Indies from August 3-30Mayank Agarwal has not been selected in India’s squad for West Indies tourMayank was called in to replace all-rounder Vijay Shankar in India’s squad for World Cup 2019He was flown in as a replacement for the injured Vijay Shankar on the insistence of the team management during the World Cup and now Mayank Agarwal is not a part of the ODI team for the West Indies series. While an opener being called in for a middle-order all-rounder was no less a surprise, his exclusion for the team for the Windies series comes as a bigger shocker just when one thought the selectors would look forward to try and groom players with an eye on the 2023 World Cup.Commenting on the whole jigsaw that saw Rishabh Pant being first called in to replace opener Shikhar Dhawan and then opener Mayank called in to replace all-rounder Vijay Shankar, chief selector M.S.K. Prasad put it on the demand of the team management and the written communication that came to them from England during the showpiece event.”In between any series I don’t do press conference and that has led to speculations. When Dhawan got injured, we already had a third opener in KL. We didn’t have a left hander at top so the team management had requested for a left-hander and we had no option other than Pant. It confused many why middle-order came in for opener. Again why an opener for Vijay Shankar.”When Shankar was injured, Rahul had a big fall at the boundary so there was a medical emergency on whether he will continue or not. At that time a written communication was given that a back-up opener was needed. That is when we went to Mayank,” he explained.advertisementIANS had already reported during the showpiece event that it was the team management which had asked for Mayank to be flown in. “If you see the record he had during the one-day series against the A’ teams, you will see that he scored 287 runs in four innings with two hundred. Not to forget his 151 against Leicestershire in the warm-up game. That series was also played in June and July and the general thought is that he is versatile and can adapt well,” the source had explained.And now, Mayank has to go back and play domestic cricket and prove his mettle.Also Read | India tour of West Indies: Saha, Rohit back in India Test squad, Dhawan returns to ODI sideAlso Read | Legendary player like MS Dhoni knows when to retire: MSK PrasadAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySaurabh Kumar Tags :Follow India VS West IndiesFollow Mayank AgarwalFollow MSK Prasad MSK Prasad reveals why Mayank Agarwal was ignored for WI tour despite World Cup call-upThe selection panel of the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the three Indian squads (ODIs, T20Is and Tests) for the upcoming tour of the West Indies which starts from August 3 in Florida.advertisementlast_img read more

McCulloch House Museum Reopens

first_imgMcCulloch House Museum in Pictou will celebrate its re-opening on Sunday, Aug. 20, with an afternoon tea and tours of a new interactive exhibit about Thomas McCulloch. Rev. Dr. McCulloch was a presbyterian minister, educator, amateur naturalist, political reformer and writer. He established Pictou Academy and was the first principal of Dalhousie College in Halifax. “This museum is an important heritage resource for Pictou and for all Nova Scotians,” said Tourism, Culture and Heritage Minister Len Goucher. “It has a place in the provincial museum system because Thomas McCulloch’s activism and efforts to improve education in the early 1800s continue to influence the lives of Nova Scotians.” Rev. Dr. McCulloch’s personal legacy is a lasting and positive one. He contributed to the idea of broad, liberal education for all Nova Scotians and Canadians. His story is also a gateway to understanding Scottish heritage in the province over the past 250 years. The McCulloch House Museum has been closed for structural repairs and improvements to exhibits since the late 1990s. The Department of Tourism, Culture and Heritage invested $50,000 in renewing interpretation at the museum. The museum’s local management group and other partners also contributed. “We received generous funding assistance from the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, the Town of Pictou and the Municipality of the County of Pictou,” said Murray Hill, president of the Pictou County Genealogical and Heritage Society. “We couldn’t have done this without the support of the generous people of Pictou and our community volunteers.” Mr. Hill noted that society members who authored the publication Slates to Computers, donated the proceeds to the McCulloch House revitalization. McCulloch House Museum is part of the Nova Scotia Museum and is located at 100 Haliburton Rd., Pictou. It is open daily until Oct. 15. Hours are Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is charged. The re-opening event takes place on Sunday, Aug. 20, at 2 p.m. with an official program, refreshments, and tours of the new permanent exhibit. Everyone is invited to attend. There is no admission charge on the day of the re-opening celebration.last_img read more

Failed coup attempt in S. Sudan left at least 400 dead:…

first_imgJUBA – According to the United Nations, over 10,000 civilians have sought refuge at two of its compounds in Juba.At least 400 people were killed and 800 injured in clashes that accompanied South Sudan’s failed coup attempt, medical sources said Wednesday.An earlier death toll announced by the Health Ministry had put the number at 66, while South Sudanese security sources said that at least 120 people had been killed in the violence. According to the United Nations, over 10,000 civilians have sought refuge at two of its compounds in Juba.“The mission is taking every possible step to ensure their safety while they are staying on UNMISS [United Nations Mission in South Sudan] premises,” Hilde Johnson, special representative of the UN secretary-general, said in a statement.On Monday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir announced that the army had successfully quashed a coup attempt by troops loyal to sacked vice-president Riek Machar.A government spokesman said Tuesday that ten people had been arrested for suspected involvement in the coup.In July, Kiir abruptly sacked Machar – along with the entire government – and drew up a special committee to investigate allegations of government corruption.Last year, Kiir had sent a letter to 75 current and former government officials suspected of embezzling some $4 billion over a six-year period starting from 2005.Kiir has recently come under fire from senior members of the ruling SPLM who accuse him of failing to adequately run both the party and the nascent country.US orders departure of non-essential embassy staff from S. Sudan’s JubaThe US embassy in South Sudan said Wednesday that all non-essential embassy personnel had been ordered to depart the country amid ongoing clashes in capital Juba, despite government claims that a coup attempt had been quashed.The embassy said it would assist all US citizens wishing to leave Juba.“Citizens who wish to take advantage of flights arranged by the [US] Department of State should arrive at the Juba Airport no later than 10:30 this morning,” read an embassy press statement.On Monday, South Sudanese President Salva Kiir announced that the army had successfully suppressed an attempted coup by troops loyal to sacked vice-president Riek Machar.On Tuesday, a government spokesman said that ten people had been arrested for suspected involvement in the putsch.According to medical sources, at least 400 people were killed and 800 injured in clashes in Juba that accompanied the failed coup attempt.Early this month, SPLM leaders gave vent to unprecedented criticism of Kiir, claiming that he favored a small clique within the party at the expense of other party members, which, they asserted, had led to the polarization of the movement.last_img read more

Ban Kimoon applauds UN Peacebuilding Commission on early successes

“The Peacebuilding Commission embodies all aspects of the UN’s work: peace, development and human rights,” Mr. Ban said at a PBC retreat he is attending this weekend.Backed by the multi-year standing Peacebuilding Fund, the Commission focuses on reconstruction, institution-building and the promotion of sustainable development in post-conflict countries.The Secretary-General congratulated the Commission for providing assistance to Sierra Leone through an at-times tense election process, as well as for bringing key groups in Burundi to the table to break a deadlock in Parliament.“Peacebuilding is not just about ‘bricks and mortar’ – it is a transformative process involving changing attitudes about how to manage conflict,” he told the retreat’s participants. “While we haven’t yet determined how to measure the Commission’s accomplishments, I am confident that the people of Burundi and Sierra Leone will soon affirm its positive impact on their lives.”He added that the PBC must now use the momentum generated by its success in those two nations to assist Guinea-Bissau, which last December became the third country on the Commission’s agenda. 18 January 2008Lauding the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission (PBC) on its successes in Sierra Leone and Burundi, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today underscored the advisory body’s key role in helping countries emerging from conflict avert a slide back to war. read more

Authorities identify 4 passengers killed after NYC commuter train derails on riverside

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The Metropolitan Transit Authority has identified the four people killed after a New York City commuter train derailed.The MTA identified the victims Sunday as 54-year-old Donna L. Smith of Newburgh; 58-year-old James G. Lovell of Cold Spring; 59-year-old James M. Ferrari of Montrose; and 35-year-old Ahn Kisook of Queens.Family members for Smith and Lovell didn’t return messages seeking comment Sunday. Relatives for Ferrari and Kisook couldn’t immediately be reached.More than 60 others suffered injuries in the early morning crash.Federal investigators plan to upright the Metro-North cars to check for any other possible victims Sunday night.Officials say the accident is the second passenger train derailment in six months for Metro-North — and the first passenger deaths in an accident in its nearly 31-year history. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Authorities identify 4 passengers killed after NYC commuter train derails on riverside curve by Verena Dobnik And Deepti Hajela, The Associated Press Posted Dec 1, 2013 6:10 am MDT read more

Le planétarium de New York se transforme pour un soir en jeu

first_imgLe planétarium de New York se transforme pour un soir en jeu vidéo Le planétarium du Rose Center for Earth and Space de New York accueillera ce jeudi soir 200 personnes réunies pour prendre part à un jeu vidéo développé par le groupe indépendant de développeurs Babycastles. Ils monteront à bord d’un vaisseau spatial et navigueront dans l’espace.Ce jeudi soir, le planétarium Hayden, situé dans le Rose Center for Earth and Space du Musée d’Histoire Naturelle de New York, accueillera 200 personnes invitées à participer à un jeu vidéo cosmique. Organisé dans le cadre de l’événement “Cosmic Cocktails and Space Arcade”, ce jeu qui plongera les visiteurs au coeur de l’espace a été développé par Babycastles, un groupe de développeurs de jeux d’arcade.À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembreLe dôme du Rose Center for Earth and Space laissera ainsi place à “un magnifique univers fictif” que les participants exploreront à bord d’un vaisseau spatial. Baptisé Space Cruiser, le jeu commence avec la naissance de cet univers, avant de transporter les visiteurs à travers de nouvelles galaxies et les trous de ver, ces tunnels qui relient un trou noir et un trou blanc. Ils passeront entre les ceintures d’astéroïdes et devront éviter de nombreux dangers.C’est à 18h30 ce soir que décollera le vaisseau spatial, dont toutes les places ont été vendues.Découvrez ce qui attend les heureux touristes de l’espace en vidéo sur MaxisciencesLe 26 janvier 2012 à 19:38 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Facebook Has Played Us All

first_img Podcasts Are TV Shows Now With ‘Limetown’ Trailer7 Icebreakers for Facebook’s New Dating Service Remember that Mark Zuckerberg covers his laptop camera and microphone.….and that phone in your pocket or bag, has a microphone and camera on it too !! pic.twitter.com/TZjJjsSjeD— Telomere (@ChrisDarroch2) March 27, 2018It has been said countless times — if the product is free, then you are the product. We’ve known this. We’ve ALL known this.How many times have you looked up a product and then saw an ad for that thing or something very similar pop up on Facebook or Amazon moments later? When we agree to buy into modern social media, or vast segments of the internet, we are being served content for free. That money doesn’t come from nothing. It comes from the data you provide by participating. That’s the role of cookies, that’s the role of trackers, etc.We are already living in a cyberpunk dystopia. It’s practically inescapable at this point. If, for instance, you want to cut Facebook out of your life as I am now wont to do, you have to grapple with all the apps and services you’ve connected to the platform. If you want to keep in touch with all the folks you had in your digital address book… good freaking luck. Few other platforms are as centralized or as dominant. Amazon and the like are no easier, and trying use the internet at all without interacting with a Google-owned service is basically impossible.But, that’s just it. These services wouldn’t have become so dominant if we didn’t ask for it. We wanted easier log-ins. We wanted more content to scroll through our never-ending #content binges. We signed up for this. If anything, that’s the most terrifying thing about all this. This is a hell of our own making.It’s hard to be sympathetic for the lion’s share of… well, people, because I was just as guilty as anyone else. I gave Facebook everything, curtly dismissing concerns of privacy, (foolishly) thinking, “What have I to hide?”Truth be told, I still have very little to hide. I’m fairly open about my life, and I don’t mind people knowing about me. Where it gets a little dicey, though, is when that data gets put into a giant bin, processed and analyzed to hell, then spat back out as a precisely engineered mechanism that will cause me to spend more money, recklessly. Or, perhaps worse, keep me trapped in an endless loop of media consumption. Not to pacify me or anything truly nefarious, but to keep me plugging more data into the algorithms so that I keep consuming.We’re all complacent victims. And, with precious little recourse, there’s not much to do. Besides, unplug.Orrrrrr we could make peace with our real-world cyberpunk dystopia and take the express route to our collective corporatist nightmare. Heyyyyy, that reminds me… Have you seen this puppy video?For more on how to protect your privacy from Facebook visit our sister site PCMag. So the Facebook/Cambridge Analytica data “leak” is bad. Real bad. And it’s also pushing a lot of ourboundaries for how we, as a society describe and discuss data and privacy. This wasn’t a leak per se, as CA technically acquired user data as the system was designed. There were no hacks, breaches, or abused vulnerabilities. The system was working as intended. And we all should have known that.There’ve been more than a few armchair culture critics who have pointed out Zuck’s own rather infamously stringent privacy precautions. He’s appeared in public with his laptop, as well as snapped in more than a few shots, with devices that have had their microphones and cameras taped over — a common tactic for those looking to avoid unwanted snooping. And these sort of things tie into this broader narrative that Zuckerberg knew what he was designing and did foresee at least some of these privacy concerns and continued to push Facebook as a platform regardless.And that narrative is an easy one to follow because that’s precisely what happened.Okay, sure, perhaps Z didn’t see this particular scenario, but the push for big data has always been about exactly this scenario — hyper-targeted advertising that pulls from as many different sources of info for you as it can.center_img Stay on targetlast_img read more

Teen Titans Go Vs Teen Titans Trailer Doesnt Anger Me

first_img Joaquin Phoenix Wanted Thomas Wayne Excluded From ‘Joker’ Script’Joker’ Earns High Rotten Tomatoes Score From Film Critics Stay on target Not that I’m watching much Cartoon Network these days but even I know that wacky superhero comedy Teen Titans Go is one of the channel’s biggest hits. They even went to the movies last summer. Surely something this harmless couldn’t be controversial.But Teen Titans Go isn’t just a wacky superhero comedy. It’s also a re-imagining of the beloved original 2003 Teen Titans cartoon, itself a stylish adaptation of the legendary 1980s New Teen Titans run. And fans of that show haven’t enjoyed watching it be replaced by this sillier follow-up. Plus the new show loves making fun of fans of the old show which is honestly great.And yet, as a die-hard fan of that original show who doesn’t care one way or another about Go, the best thing I can say about this trailer for the upcoming crossover Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans is that it doesn’t anger me. See for yourself.Like last year’s Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans has the two teenage superhero groups teaming up from across dimensions to take on bigger threats like Raven’s demonic father Trigon… and Santa Claus.First teased at the end of Teen Titans Go to the Movies, this is direct-to-video film clearly still focuses on the newer Titans. The original crew appear to be guest stars and even their anime-inspired designs are slightly tweaked for the newer style. Plus we see hints of other horny Titan incarnations joining the fight.Still, what’s always been weird to me about this schism is that the original Teen Titans cartoon was also funny. It was more dramatic and emotional but it wasn’t this brooding overly serious DC bore that this new trailer tries to retcon it into. That’s Young Justice and the live-action Titans show both on DC Universe.But whatever, I’m still looking forward to revisiting my Teen Titans when Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans releases later this year.last_img read more

Gattuso on transfers There will be very few signings

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has warned their supporters that they will not be as active as last summer in the upcoming transfer windowUpon the completion of Li Yonghong’s takeover last year, the Chinese businessman funded a major spending spree for Milan in order for them to re-claim their spot among the elite clubs in Europe.The Serie A side promptly signed up the likes of Leonardo Bonucci, Hakan Calhanoglu and Andre Silva, for this season. But so far, they have struggled to produce the kind of performances that were expected of them with head coach Vincenzo Montella being fired in November due to a poor start in their campaign.Since Gattuso was promoted from the youth ranks, the Italian has successfully guided the club back into contention for a spot in next season’s Champions League places and was recently awarded a new three year contract.It was expected that Yonghong would have provided Gattuso with substantial backing for the summer transfer window in order to build a side capable of mounting a challenge for the Serie A title, but the former midfielder insists that further spending is not the answer at the club and that it is up to both himself and his fellow coaches to ensure progression.“There will be very few signings and I am happy with that because these players are some of the best in the world,” said Gattuso, according to the club’s Twitter.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“Some of them will improve.“We will dip into the transfer market to sign a few players to help this team, but don’t expect 20 or 30 new signings. It is my duty is to coach the team.”???Gattuso: “We will dip into the transfer market to sign a few players to help this team but don’t expect 20-30 new signings. But my duty is to coach the team / Non vi aspettate 20-30 nuovi acquisti. Prenderemo qualcuno, ma il mercato non lo faccio io. Io alleno questi ragazzi”— AC Milan (@acmilan) 17 April 2018last_img read more

Rockers Brand New Land No 1 Album On Billboard

first_img Brand New Top Billboard 200 rockers-brand-new-land-no-1-album-billboard News Facebook New York-based quartet’s first album in eight years reaches the topTim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 28, 2017 – 9:17 am New York-based rock quartet Brand New have scored their first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200, displacing Kesha’s Rainbow. The group’s Science Fiction, their first new album in eight years, moved 58,000 equivalent album units for the week ending Aug. 24, according to Billboard. Brand New — comprising Jesse Lacey, Vincent Accardi, Brian Lane, and Garrett Tierney — have made Science Fiction only available via streaming and digital services thus far. A physical CD and LP release is scheduled for Oct. 17. Other albums to top the chart in 2017 sans a physical release include Drake’s More Life and Big Sean’s I Decided.In related news, rapper Kodak Black has bowed at No. 2 with Project Baby Two, backed by 50,000 units. The mixtape album was propelled mainly by 39,000 streaming equivalent units.13 Highlights From The 2017 MTV VMAs Twitter Email Rockers Brand New Land No. 1 Album On Billboard last_img read more

Indian airlines to incur losses up to 19 billion – report

first_imgReuters fileIndian airlines are expected to post combined losses of up to $1.9 billion this financial year led by full-service carriers like Air India and Jet Airways are driven by rising costs and low airfares, aviation consulting firm Corrective Action Preventive Action (CAPA) India said.The loss forecast for the 12 months ending March 31 is up from an estimated $430 million to $460 million sector-wide loss in January largely due to the depreciation of the rupee and a rise in oil prices, CAPA said in a report released on Monday evening.Ticket prices have not risen to compensate for higher costs, and CAPA said with the exception of Interglobe Aviation Ltd IndiGo, none of the airlines have strong enough balance sheets to comfortably withstand higher costs and lower yields.”Most carriers are ill-equipped to withstand cyclical downturns,” CAPA said in the report. “Airlines have completely lost pricing power as a result of the rapid influx of capacity.”India is the fastest-growing domestic aviation market in the world and carriers have placed orders for hundreds of new Airbus SE and Boeing Co jets.But airlines have struggled to stay profitable despite filling nearly 90 percent of seats and seeing a more than doubling of domestic passenger numbers over the last four years.India is one of the cheapest domestic airline markets in the world and promotions such as $50 one-way tickets on the two-hour flight from Mumbai to Delhi are easy to find.CAPA estimated Indian airlines, including money-losing state-owned Air India Ltd, need an additional $3 billion of capital in the near term to shore up their balance sheets.The government in June said it had failed to attract bidders for a 76 percent stake in the national carrier, which is dependent on handouts to keep operating.Jet Airways (India) Ltd last month reported a quarterly loss of 13.23 billion rupees ($185.79 million) and said it was seeking to cut costs, inject capital and monetize its frequent flyer programme.Budget carrier IndiGo, the country’s largest airline, in July report, ted its lowest quarterly profit in three years, with earnings down 97 percent due to rising fuel costs and foreign exchange losses.last_img read more

Aaron Rodgers is a divider not a uniter

first_imgColin says:People don’t appreciate what they have.Don’t try to get happier than happy.Josh Norman is no Richard Sherman.The exhaustive search for footage of a George Foster home run off Willie Hernandez from the 70’s.Klay Thompson is the key to the Warriors success.Guests: Holly Holm – Former UFC Bantamweight Champ joins the show to look ahead to her fight against Valenina Shevchenko, how she rebounded from her loss, and if she’ll fight Ronda Rousey again.Richie Incognito – Buffalo Bills Guard in studio to discuss his path back to the NFL, how his life has changed since his notorious suspension, and loving the game of footballPete Prisco – CBS Senior NFL Writer talks overrated/underrated NFL players, Aaron Rodgers personality, and why he thinks Kam Chancellor is overrated.last_img read more

This Chinese Robot Parks Your Car for You

first_img 2 min read The dreaded act of parallel parking could soon become a thing of the past with Chinese inventors backing their new parking robot to take away the stress for anxious drivers.The laser-guided “Geta” (get a car) robot slides under your vehicle, picks it up, finds a parking space in the lot and places the car in the tightest of spots.The soon to be launched robot needs just two minutes to park a vehicle, does not need tracks, has 360 degrees mobility and will utilize space better than humans, said creators Yee Fung Automation Technology, based in the south China city of Shenzhen.”The parking robot is designed to increase parking space,” Yee Fung’s 33-year-old chief executive and brainchild of Geta, Marco Wu, told Reuters.”The robot can go everywhere … and will reform parking in the future.”Mainland China is expected to have more than 200 million cars by 2020, the government say, meaning that finding space to park could become increasingly difficult.Wu said Geta finds spaces by transmitting signals to a computer containing a map which then directs the robot to an available spot.The purple and lime green robot will cost more than 1 million yuan ($150,000) and Wu said there had been lots of interest from cities where space is at a premium.”There are many companies interested in our products, such as commercial property companies in Singapore and London, public parking companies in the Middle East, and developers, governments, as well as public parking companies in China,” he said.(Reporting by Reuters TV; Editing by Patrick Johnston) This story originally appeared on Reuters Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. July 5, 2016 Register Now »last_img read more

Demand for aluminium is growing worldwide ALUMINIUM 2022

first_imgThe Global Aluminum Market was valued at $133,564 million in 2015, and is projected to reach $167,277 million by 2022, growing at a CAGR of 3.3% from 2016 to 2022. The transport segment dominated the market in 2015, with more than one-fourth share, in terms of revenue. Request Sample Report at: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/request-sample/2067?utm_source=Hitechnews&utm_medium=NiranjanAluminum is a nonmagnetic and ductile metal with a dull luster due to thin aluminum oxide coating. Low metal density, corrosion resistance, and thermal conductivity are some properties, which makes it ideal for various industrial applications. Growth in transport industry is the major factor that drives the growth of the aluminum market across the globe. In addition, technological advancements, rapid development & urbanization in emerging economies, and growth in aluminum demand from various end user industries such as foil & packaging supplement the market growth.Modern manufacturers are enhancing the design of aluminum cans to make the cans more hygienic. An overall increase in production capacity by key leaders and high degree of vertical integration are observed in the industry. Manufacturers integrate their value chain to gain control over supply chain and offer aluminum products to end users at reduced costs. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and Environment Protection Agency (EPA) are some of the regulatory authorities present in the aluminum market.Transport segment accounted for more than one-fifth of the market, in terms of volume, in 2015. Aluminum products are extensively used in transport industry due to their performance, weight to strength ratio, thermal conductivity, corrosion resistance, safety, and environment benefits. North American automotive manufacturers plan to increase aluminum usage in light trucks and cars by over 40% by 2025. Aluminum engine mounts, tailgate frames, running boards, and roof consoles are corrosion resistant and are more resilient in vehicle crashes due to their flexibility and inherent strength. Studies have confirmed that use of aluminum in motor industry reduces CO2 emissions.For Purchase Enquiry: https://www.alliedmarketresearch.com/purchase-enquiry/2067?utm_source=Hitechnews&utm_medium=NiranjanExtrusions segment holds the largest share, in terms of revenue, and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 2.9%. Aluminum extrusions offer lightweight and durability to patio furniture, sports equipment and others. Flexible and low cost extrusion tooling allows manufacturers to experiment with new applications and designs.KEY FINDINGS OF THE STUDYAsia-Pacific is expected to lead the market during the forecast period, followed by Europe.Flat rolled market volume is projected to grow with a CAGR of 4.0% during the forecast period.The transport segment is expected to show highest growth, registering a CAGR of 3.6%.Turkey accounted for 1.6% share in the LAMEA aluminum market in 2015.Mexico is projected to grow at a fastest rate in the North America aluminum market, registering a CAGR of 4.0%.Germany accounts for 8.4% share in the European aluminum market in 2015.Asia-Pacific and Europe collectively contributed more than half of the share to the global aluminum market revenue in 2015. In the same year, Asia-Pacific dominated the market owing to massive urbanization, growth in income of people in urban areas, and rapid industrial development.The prominent market players are Alcoa CorpoAluminum Marketration (U.S.), Aluminium Corporation of China Limited (CHALCO) (China), China Hongqiao Group Ltd. (China), China Power Investment Corp. (CPI) (China), East Hope Group Company Limited (China), Emirates Global Aluminium PJSC (UAE), Norsk Hydro ASA (Norway), Rio Tinto Alcan Inc. (Canada), United Company RUSAL Plc. (Russia), and Xinfa Group Co., Ltd. (China).For More News : https://shrikantchavan725.blogspot.com/2019/05/aluminum-market-overview.htmllast_img read more

Get Ankers 5in1 USBC Hub For Just 27

first_imgToday’s ultra-slim laptops tend to sacrifice connectivity for portability. Fortunately, there are plenty of laptop accessories designed to give lean laptops like the MacBook Pro that extra connectivity they need for daily use.Amazon, for instance, currently has the Anker 5-in-1 USB C Hub on sale for $26.99 via an on-page clickable coupon. (The discount is applied during the final checkout page). Normally, priced at $45.99, that’s $19 off and the lowest price we’ve seen for this hub.Buy the Anker 5-in-1 USB C Hub for $26.99 ($19 off)Anker’s hub connects to a single USB-C port and instantly adds two USB-A ports, one HDMI port, and two SD card slots.Moreover, this USB-C hub supports 4K video at 30Hz, which makes it easy to display videos from your laptop onto a TV or monitor.There’s no telling when Amazon’s sale will end, so give your laptop the connectivity boost it needs while it’s still on sale.Advertisement Best Laptop Deals for April 201914 Must-Have Accessories for a New Laptop Best Laptop of 2019 MacBook Air 2018 Hands-on: A Good Step ForwardThe new MacBook Air is pricey at $1,199, but it includes most of the improvements we were hoping for, including a sharper display, narrower bezels and more power.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?03:46关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/5-in-1-usb-c-hub-deals?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0002:1302:13Your Recommended Playlist03:46MacBook Air vs MacBook Pro: Which 13-inch MacBook Is Right For You?02:01Apple’s Mac & iPad Pro Event: 5 Things You Need To Know01:30Best & Worst Laptop Brands 201901:30How to Use VLOOKUP in Excel01:32How to Turn Your Windows 10 PC into a Wireless Display01:34How to Reset a Windows 10 PC02:14Chromebook Buying Guide关闭 center_img by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book5 Mid-engine Corvettes That Weren’tKelley Blue BookUndoGrepolis – Free Online GameGamers Around the World Have Been Waiting for this GameGrepolis – Free Online GameUndoTODAYPolice Identify Girl Licking Ice Cream Tub In Viral VideoTODAYUndoForbes15 Cities With the Worst Drivers in AmericaForbesUndoMy Food and FamilyHealthy, Homemade Drunken Thai Noodles In Just 20 MinutesMy Food and FamilyUndoMayo ClinicManaging psoriatic arthritis painMayo ClinicUndoAdvertisementlast_img read more