Opposition will have to set aside its differences: Tejashwi Yadav

first_imgIn a telephonic interview, former Deputy Chief Minister of Bihar and chosen successor to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Tejashwi Yadav speaks about the Opposition rally called by his father in Patna on Sunday and the possible shape of Opposition politics in the months ahead. Excerpts:What’s the aim of Lalu Prasad’s August 27 rally?With the BJP’s rise, the RSS and its sister organisations have set up systems to act as a parallel government without responsibility but with immense nuisance value…. in Delhi, the government employs right-wing propaganda to hide its failures. Every educational and constitutional body is systematically being infested with Sangh Parivar members and rightist ideology, to change the minds of the youth and the ethos of the nation beyond repair…The Opposition and those opposing the propaganda-driven high-handedness of the Sangh Parivar are being hounded…. If we stay mute,.. future generations will never forgive us. Our rally is to get the country’s populace to rally behind a unified and tolerant opposition for a better, vibrant and united future.Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Mayawati, and Sitaram Yechury are skipping the rally. Is that a setback?The Desh Bachao, Bhajpa Bhagao Maharally is an RJD rally, not a rally of all Opposition parties. So too much must not be read into the inability of top leaders of other parties (to attend the rally).Those unable to attend… have conveyed their personal reasons … Soniaji personally spoke to me on Thursday; Rahulji has prior commitments, and we were aware of it. The party will be represented by other leaders. The CPI(M) is not coming, probably because of the political situation in West Bengal. (BSP chief) Mayawatiji is not coming but her talking about sharing of seats means she’s open to unity moves with the Samajwadi Party (SP).That’s a positive sign. U.P., Bihar and Jharkhand together have 134 seats of which the BJP holds 115 seats currently. If the RJD, SP, BSP, Congress and Jharkhand Mukti Morcha get together, they can win over 100 Lok Sabha seats.All these parties are based on similar principles. All of us will have to respect each other’s concerns and set aside inter-party rivalry… Some new parties like the Biju Janata Dal, the Asom Gana Parishad and the Indian National Lok Dal are coming.The grand alliance government’s collapse was not just a setback for the RJD, but the entire secular Opposition. Your comment.The mahagatbandhan [grand alliance] was a perfect model to check the Sangh Parivar and BJP. But if someone, who was either being blackmailed or had a vested interest, decided to part ways … that doesn’t mean the idea was faulty or it can’t be replicated with more principled and stable partners. …Even in the so-called Modi wave, only 32% of the voters voted for the BJP… All we have to ensure is a united Opposition with an alternative positive narrative which can expose PM Modi, who has performed miserably on all fronts.Will the Congress lead the Opposition and, if so, who will head it — Sonia Gandhi or Rahul?As the biggest and the only national party in the Opposition with a pan-Indian presence, Congress can get the maximum seats and lead the Opposition. Who will lead Congress is for the Congress to decide.Is a United Front-type situation — in which H.D. Deve Gowda became PM in 1996, with the Congress supporting from outside — possible in 2019?Past experience shows this isn’t a good idea — it’s not good for stability. It’s better to have a United Progressive Alliance-I-type situation in which the Congress was supported by all major regional parties.Nitish Kumar recently said: “The mandate was for serving the people of Bihar and not for enriching one family”…After having ditched the mandate of the voters …he had to come up with baseless allegations to justify his unjustifiable action. Levelling accusations is easy, but what stopped him from coming up with facts to prove that I or my family had used the opportunity provided by the voters for our benefit in these 20 months?…Nitishji needed a reason to surrender in front of the BJP to maintain his credibility. The BJP was more than happy to comply. Thus we had a string of politically inspired accusations, cases and raids… His present cabinet has 75% tainted ministers.What then was Mr. Kumar’s real reason for returning to the BJP, given that he broke his association with the party in 2013?There is more to it than meets the eye! There must be some skeletons hidden in the closet of this U-turn specialist that he simply surrendered in front of the might of Narendra Damodardas Modi, whom he was accusing of causing all the hardships in the country not very long ago. One reason could be the threat that the murder charges against him would get fast-tracked by the BJP.last_img read more

IPL Auction 2019: West Indian players make big bucks, Vihari goes to Delhi

first_imgWest Indian stars continued to rule the roost in the Indian Premier League auctions yet again. In the 2019 IPL Player Auction, Carlos Brathwait was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 5 crore while Shimron Hetmyer sold for Rs 4.2 crore to Royal Challengers Bangalore.The IPL is dominated by West Indian stars who have turned in some sterling performances over the years. Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith have all played defining roles for their teams over the years.Gayle was bought by Kings XI Punjab last year and he hammered a hundred in the early days of the 2018 IPL. Narine, meanwhile, continues to be a bright spark for Kolkata Knight Riders.KKR had to outbid Kings XI Punjab to bag the services of Brathwaite.Welcome the Big Man from Barbados! @TridentSportsX #ComeHome2KKR #IPLAuction #KorboLorboJeetbo pic.twitter.com/Dhwce8wSEqKolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 18, 2018Meanwhile, Hetmyer was earlier sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 4.20 crore.A total of 70 players can be bought at the auction with 20 slots available for the the foreign players.Hanuma Vihari was sold to Delhi Capitals for Rs 2 crore. Vihari is currently in Australia and played two gutsy knocks in the Perth Test and impressed several experts.Meanwhile, the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Brendon McCullum, Chris Woakes and Martin Guptill were unsold in the first round. They will, however, be recalled into the auction pool later in the evening.last_img read more

2008 X-BLADES NATIONAL TOUCH LEAGUE – THE BEST OF ENEMIES

first_imgPlanning for the 2008 X-Blades National Touch League (NTL) has already begun in earnest. The showcase event on the National calendar will comprise new and exciting formats that will see the Open and Senior competitions overlapping for the first time in the history of the flagship tournament.Touch Football Australia (TFA) will be leading the way with innovation in all areas to enhance the NTL experience for all participants in every aspect of endeavour.Part of this commitment to excellence is the promotion and branding of the tournament.The NTL held in Coffs Harbour annually in March has always been about the Touch Football community uniting in the spirit of competition to test themselves against the best from around the nation on the field, then enjoy the opportunities for camaraderie and friendship off the field.With this concept firmly in mind, the 2008 X-Blades NTL will be themed “The Best of Enemies”.To whet your appetite for some fantastic showcase clashes for the 2008 tournament Touch Football Australia National Media Coordinator Karley Banks will deliver a series of “Best of Enemies” stories that capture the spirit, history, and atmosphere that is the National Touch League…Today we look at the Women’s Open rivalry between The Sydney Mets and the South Queensland Sharks through the eyes of two of the biggest names in the Women’s game, four time World Cup champions Australian Women’s Open Captain Sharyn Williams (Sharks) and Australian Women’s Open Vice-Captain Amanda Judd (Mets).Please click onto the below attachment to read the full story. Related Filesbest_of_enemies_-_vol_1_-_wo-pdflast_img read more

Sears Canada granted permission to liquidate remaining 130 stores

first_imgSears Canada has received court approval to proceed with a full liquidation of its remaining stores, signalling the end of an era for a 65-year-old chain that was once a staple at malls across the country.Ontario Superior Court heard Friday that after weeks of discussion and a bid from the company’s executive chairman, no viable buyer has been found. The move will put 12,000 of its employees out of a job.Justice Glenn Hainey approved Sears Canada’s motion to liquidate its remaining 130 stores, and said he was satisfied that there was no viable alternative following a months-long saga stemming from the embattled retailer’s decision to seek protection from its creditors in June.Liquidation could start as early as Oct. 19, and could continue for 10 to 14 week, stretching closing sales across the busy holiday shopping period.Orestes Pasparakis, a lawyer representing the court-appointed monitor FTI Consulting Canada, said it supported the liquidation because it did not think there was any other option.“We recognize that today the order will effectively bring Sears Canada’s 65 years as a national retailer to an end,” he told the court. “Many people have worked hard to understand whether there is a viable alternative. It appears that there is not.”A buyer group led by Sears Canada executive chairman Brandon Stranzl had been in discussions to purchase the retailer and continue to operate it. Stranzl, who stepped away from his role with the company in August to launch a bid, was in the Toronto courtroom on Friday.Jeremy Dacks, a lawyer for Sears Canada, told the court Friday the company had remained optimistic and many stakeholders worked “tirelessly around the clock,” but ultimately decided liquidation was the best way forward.Under the terms of the liquidation agreement, Sears Canada can terminate the agreement if another potential transaction emerges, but will need to pay a break fee and expense reimbursement totalling $4.55 million, the court heard.Susan Ursel, a lawyer representing current and former employees, told Justice Hainey Friday that they will continue to support discussions towards a potential transaction.“This company has touched the lives of generations of Canadians,” she told the court.“For employees and their families, it has been a source of livelihood, community, camaraderie and pride. That we’ve come to this juncture is a source of frustration, anger in some corners, and apprehension for many.”Sears Canada currently has 74 full department store locations, eight Sears Home Stores, and 49 Sears Hometown stores, facing closure. It currently has approximately 12,000 employees, three-quarters of which are part-time.That tally doesn’t include the 2,900 job cuts Sears Canada previously announced in June, when it announced the closure of 20 department store locations, 15 Sears Home stores, 10 Sears Outlet and 14 Sears Hometown locations.last_img read more

UN agencies rally to end to female genital mutilation within a generation

An estimated 3 million girls are at risk of undergoing the procedure – which involves the partial or total removal of external female genital organs – that some 140 million women, mostly in Asia, the Middle East and in Africa, have already endured. In a statement issued today, the agencies pledged to support governments and communities to abandon female genital mutilation, which remains widespread in many parts of the world, highlighting the damaging effects of the practice on the health of women, girls and newborn babies.The agencies expressed their concern about the “medicalization” of the practice, whereby it is performed by health professionals in health facilities, and the belief that it enhances a girl’s chastity and chances of marriage by controlling her sexuality. “We recognize that traditions are often stronger than law, and legal action by itself is not enough,” they said. “Change must also come from within. This is why it is critical for us to join hands and work closely with communities and their leaders so that they can bring about sustainable social change.”The aim is to have a major reduction in female genital mutilation in many countries by 2015, the target date for the achievement of the global anti-poverty objectives known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).“If we can come together for a sustained push, female genital mutilation can vanish within a generation,” said Deputy Secretary General Asha-Rose Migiro, adding her voice to the pledge made today. “But this goal demands both increased resources and strengthened coordination and cooperation among all of us.”She called on countries to join the UN as full partners in the fight against female genital mutilation, which “clashes with our core universal values and constitutes a challenge to human dignity and health.”Pledging their commitment to end the practice are the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the UN Development Programme (UNDP), The UN Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA), the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organizations (UNESCO), the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), the Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR), the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the UN Development Fund for Women (UNIFEM) and the World Health Organization (WHO). 27 February 2008Ten United Nations agencies have banded together to help eliminate the harmful practice of female genital mutilation within a generation, stressing the need for strong leadership and greater resources to protect the health and lives of millions of women and girls. read more

Current global crises deepening hunger worldwide warns UN agency

28 May 2009The current economic, food, energy and climate crises are deepening global hunger, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, urging greater efforts to help people improve their health and their lives. The current economic, food, energy and climate crises are deepening global hunger, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today, urging greater efforts to help people improve their health and their lives. “We are facing one crisis after another, one on top of the other, in recent years,” Sheila Sisulu, WFP’s Deputy Executive Director for Hunger Solutions, told reporters at UN Headquarters in New York. “The effects of these crises are disproportionately affecting the poorest and most vulnerable – those who are least responsible for the crises.”Ms. Sisulu said that not only have the numbers of people suffering from malnutrition increased due to the multiple crises but the effects on those who were already hungry and suffering from micronutrient deficiencies have been significant. “The crises have broadened and deepened the extent of hunger and malnutrition in the world,” she said, adding that hunger “wrecks people’s lives [and] their health.”She also noted that hunger also reduces productivity and diminishes the capacity to learn, and that the effects are often irreversible, especially when they affect the very young. “We have an absolute crucial window of opportunity during pregnancy and the first 24 months of a child’s life to prevent stunting,” she said. “Stunted at two years of age, means stunted for life, with large long-term consequences in terms of health, education and productivity.”Ms. Sisulu called for urgent action to fund safety net programmes that focus on providing food with the right nutrients to all children in need, especially children under two.She pointed to a joint WFP and UN Economic Commission for Latin American and the Caribbean (ECLAC) study which highlighted that the cost of hunger is estimated in some countries to be as high as 11 per cent of gross domestic product.“The impact of the current crises on hunger and malnutrition is big. The cost of hunger and malnutrition is as big. But the good news is that the benefits of fighting hunger and malnutrition can be even bigger provided we do it at the right time,” she said.To fight hunger and malnutrition, an expert panel of economists, including five Nobel Laureates, ranked vitamin A and zinc supplementation for children as the very best investment in development and placed micronutrient fortification highly.Ms. Sisulu said researchers have “found that an annual investment of $60 million in vitamin A and zinc supplementation combined would yield benefits of more than $1 billion per year.”Investing $1.2 billion a year in micronutrient programming over five years would “yield benefits of $15.3 billion, representing better health, fewer deaths and increased future earnings,” she added.With its range of programmes and expertise, she said that WFP is well positioned to help deliver some of these benefits. She highlighted the agency’s initiatives, including cash and voucher transfers; risk-reduction instruments; home-grown school feeding programmes; nutritious food products to more effectively prevent and treat different types of malnutrition among different populations; and the Purchase for Progress programme which aims at increasing the development impact of WFP’s $1.1 billion worth of food procurement.The WFP official also underscored the success of Plumpy’Nut, a paste based on peanuts, oil, sugar, milk powder, vitamins and minerals, stressing that it has shown “remarkable results” for severe acute malnutrition among children. read more

7 Ohio State football players on preseason awards watch lists

Then-junior defensive lineman Michael Bennett (63) celebrates recovering a fumble during a game against San Diego State Sept. 7 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 42-7.Credit: Lantern file photoThe Heisman Trophy is arguably the most prestigious and recognizable trophy in college football, but seven Ohio State football players have been named to preseason watch lists for other notable awards.Senior quarterback Braxton Miller, who has earned the distinction as Big Ten Offensive Player and Quarterback of the Year for the past two seasons, has been named to the watch lists for the Maxwell Award, the Davey O’Brien Award and the Walter Camp Trophy.The Maxwell Award recognizes the college player of the year as voted on by members of the Maxwell Football Club, coaches and sports writers. The Davey O’Brien Award is presented to the nation’s best quarterback, which Miller was named as a finalist for in 2012, and the Walter Camp Trophy is another player of the year award that takes character into account.Joining Miller in preseason honors from the offense are senior wide receiver Devin Smith, who was named to the Biletnikoff Award watch list, and senior tight end Jeff Heuerman, who was placed on the watch list for the John Mackey Award.The Biletnikoff is presented by the Tallahassee Quarterback Club Foundation, Inc., to the most outstanding receiver, and the John Mackey Award recognizes the most outstanding tight end in the nation.From the defensive unit, senior defensive lineman Michael Bennett and sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa were named to the watch lists for the Chuck Bednarik Award, Bronko Nagurski Trophy and the Rotary Lombardi Award.The Chuck Bednarik Award is presented to the defensive player of the year by the Maxwell Football Club, while the Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded to the best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and is presented by the Charlotte Touchdown Club. The Rotary Lombardi Award, named after former Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi, recognizes the best lineman or linebacker in the country.Bennett was also named to the preseason watch list for the Outland Trophy, which is presented to the nation’s best interior lineman.Joining Bennett and Bosa is senior linebacker Curtis Grant, who was placed on the preseason watch list for the Butkus Award. The Butkus Award, named for Dick Butkus, is presented by the Butkus Foundation to the nation’s best linebacker who displays achievement on the field and in the community.Finally, sophomore punter Cameron Johnston was selected for the Ray Guy Award, which is presented by the Augusta Sports Council to the nation’s top punter.OSU is scheduled to start its season Aug. 30 against Navy in Baltimore, Md. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Dagur Sigurdsson new Germany coach

BundesligaDagur SigurdssonDHBgermanyhandballHBL ← Previous Story Hans Lindberg six weeks out Next Story → Dinamo Bucharest: Seven new players and high hopes for the upcoming season As some German media have reported, such as handball-world.com and dpa, the new German coach will be Dagur Sigursson. However, the official press-conference by the German handball federation is scheduled on Tuesday, when the new name will be officially revealed. Dagur Sigursson is the currently Fuchse Berlin coach, and it won’t be the first time that he will have double role, as he previously coached Fuchse and Austrian national team at the same time. read more

Some Samsung Galaxy S IIs have NVIDIA Tegra 2 chips inside

first_imgWhen you buy a new gadget, you want to know what you’re getting. You want to know the specs, and you also want to know that the specs written on the box are the same as what’s actually inside of your gadget. If the brand new notebook you bought at the store came with only an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU instead of a Sandy Bridge one, you’d be angry, right?Not in the case of Samsung‘s anticipated successor to their Galaxy S Android smartphone, the Galaxy S II. Why? Well, if you buy a Samsung Galaxy S II, you’ll have no idea what you are getting inside: some will boast an NVIDIA Tegra 2 inside, and others won’t.AdChoices广告It’s hard to believe, but it’s true. In some Samsung Galaxy S II boxes, you’ll find handsets that use NVIDIA’s excellent dual-core SoC to power things, while others will contain Samsung’s own system-on-a-chip, the inferior Exynos. Worst of all, there’s absolutely no way to tell which one you’re getting at retail: it’s random right down to the SKU number.Pretty clearly, this is a supply issue, but not the way you think: the Galaxy S II is supposed to have an Exynos inside, but apparently, Samsung was simply incapable of supplying enough of their own SoC, and had to contract with NVIDIA to pitch in some Tegra 2 to meet demand.It’s a pity Samsung didn’t decide to switch over to the Tegra 2 entirely. . The dual-core Tegra 2 is a great SoC: heck, it even has its own Android app now. It’s just too bad that the Galaxy S II is only a Tegra 2 device by chance and luck, not design.Read more at Technaboblast_img read more

Foreign relations to be enhanced between TCI Haiti Dominican Republic

first_img Hospital overflowing, chaos, damage and dead bodies in Gros-Morne Haiti Recommended for you TCI on Alert as riots rage in Haiti, two-year president asked to resign Related Items:british ambassador, dominican republic, haiti, peter beckingham, steven fisher, Tci Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 22 Sept 2015 – A so called ‘Three Way Link’ between the TCI, Dominican Republic and Haiti is already being hailed as having the potential to deal with crime, border infringements and investment opportunties according to the Governor, His Excellency Peter Beckingham. The British Ambassador to the DR & Haiti and the UK’s Charge D’ Affaires on September 14-16 visited the Turks and Caicos to consider ways to enhance relations. It was explained by the Governor’s Office in a media release that a merge with these neighboring countries could bring about changes, which put an end to illegal fishing and people trafficking. It could also spawn on investments in agriculture and high-end tourism.Governor Peter Beckingham said after the visit: “I’m pleased that the senior members of our team in Santo Domingo and Port au Prince have now seen for themselves the importance of the relationships between our three countries. Commenting on his visit the Ambassador Mr Steven Fisher said: “There are understandable concerns in Turks and Caicos, which I heard very clearly, about illegal fishing, the maritime border dispute, and the exploitation of women; all matters will reportedly be brought up in London. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouselast_img read more

Bahamas Police gets gun ammunition drugs suspects and ask for help with

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, August 15, 2017 – Nassau – In other Police news, two males were arrested following the seizure of a ammunition on Sunday August 13th.    The Drug Enforcement Unit, got a significant tip and conducted a search of an abandoned building on Ragged Island Street, where they uncovered 50 .38 rounds of ammunition.   Two male males found in the building and they were taken into custody in connection.Three more men are in custody for drug possession after Mobile Division officers on routine patrol intercepted a Honda Accord with three suspicious males on Collins Avenue.   A search of the car turned up marijuana; this happened on Monday.Mobile Division officers arrested five (5) others between Sunday and Monday for armed robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and outstanding court warrants.   Also, 52 drivers were arrested for various traffic violations.   A sawed off shot gun was found after a search of  a premises on Strachan’s Boulevard off Soldier Road around 4pm Sunday, No one was arrested in connection with this discovery.Police say they need help in finding who was behind two separate Sunday August 13th armed robberies in Nassau.    In the first incident, shortly after 12:00 noon, a man was about make a deposit at a local bank in Western New Providence, when three males in a stolen gold Honda CRV car license plate number AK6511 armed with handguns pulled up and robbed him of a deposit bag containing a large amount of cash before speeding off.   The stolen car was found abandoned on West Bay Street.In the second incident, shortly before 9:00 pm, a man had just pulled up in his Hyundai Tucson car at his home located in Imperial Park, when two males with handguns approached and robbed him his vehicle containing a small amount of cash before speeding off.   The stolen vehicle was later located abandoned in the Redland Acres area. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img read more

Stan Lees former business partner charged with elder abuse report says

first_img Tags 0 Culture Post a comment Share your voice Stan Lee died last year.  Getty Images Stan Lee’s former business partner Keya Morgan was charged Friday with felony elder abuse against the late comic book writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, according to a Tuesday report by CBS2 Los Angeles.Among the charges facing Morgan are false imprisonment of an elder adult and forgery or fraud against an elder adult, the report says. The charges reportedly stem from an incident that occurred during the summer of 2018.A warrant has been issued for Morgan’s arrest, the report says.  Last August, a judge issued a restraining order against Morgan, stipulating that he stay away from Lee, according to a report in Variety. At the time, Morgan told the publication that the allegations against him were “fake, fraudulent news.”The Los Angeles Superior Court, where Morgan was reportedly charged, didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.  Lee died last November at 95 and made his final Marvel cameo in Avengers: Endgame. Stan Lee Marvellast_img read more

Sixth grader cuts hand draws Blue Whale

first_imgYet another school student addicted to Blue Whale Challenge game has been found, this time in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur district.Yet another school student addicted to Blue Whale Challenge game has been found, this time in Sreepur upazila of Gazipur district.Teachers of Gazipur Meridian School saw the whale, cut with a blade on a hand of the Class VI student, Monday morning.Later, they informed the matter to his family.”He was attending classes since the morning. His classmates informed a teacher about cut marks on his hand. The teacher found the photo of a blood-stained whale folding up the student’s sleeves. He also found out a 2.10-minute video, shot while he carried out the act,” said the headmaster of the school, Billal Hossain.He further said the student had become irregular at school for the last few days. “He also took leave several times due to sickness and other reasons.”The student said he installed a game a few days ago but uninstalled it later. He admitted that he had cut the whale on his hand on Sunday night as per the direction in the game.However, he refused it later.last_img read more

Cargo Planes Flight Data Recorder Found At Crash Site In Anahuac

first_img Share NTSBSearch crews have recovered the flight data recorder from the cargo jet that crashed in Trinity Bay in Anahuac, TX. The device has been transported to NTSB labs in Washington, D.C. for evaluation.Authorities say they’ve recovered the flight data recorder from the cargo plane that crashed into Trinity Bay, about 60 miles east of Houston, a week ago.The National Transportation Safety Board said in a tweet Sunday that the flight data recorder had been recovered and was being transported to its labs in Washington, D.C. for evaluation.NTSB has recovered the flight data recorder from the cargo jet that crashed in Trinity Bay in Anahuac, TX. FDR being transported to NTSB labs in DC for evaluation. #Anahuac pic.twitter.com/qzGHYyf6sD— NTSB_Newsroom (@NTSB_Newsroom) March 3, 2019The Boeing 767 cargo plane slammed nose-first into the shallow waters of Trinity Bay on February 23. The NTSB said Friday that the cockpit voice recorder from the plane had been recovered.Emergency workers have recovered the bodies of two of the three people who were aboard Flight 3591. Those were of 44-year-old first officer and co-pilot Conrad Aska and 36-year-old passenger Sean Archuleta.The Chambers County Sheriff’s Office reported over the weekend that remains recovered last week from Trinity Bay are those of 60-year-old Capt. Ricky Blakely. He was piloting the airplane, which was carrying packages for Amazon from Miami to Houston.The bay’s deep mud has made the recovery effort more difficult.last_img read more

5 Game Enhancements PS4 Pro Enables

first_img During September’s PlayStation Meeting, Sony officially announced the PlayStation 4 Pro. The event focused on the enhancements PS4 Pro would have over the current PlayStation 4. This includes High Dynamic Range support, checkerboard 4K scaling, and more stable frame rates. Even those who play on standard 1080p televisions will notice these improvements. While it was admittedly difficult to see these enhancements from a live stream, it was simple to understand the power of the PlayStation 4 Pro.Out of all the games shown, the highlight was Horizon: Zero Dawn. More than any title at the event, Horizon nicely demonstrated how the PS4 Pro’s more robust horsepower will benefit PS4 games going forward. During the event, we got to see how the game looked with and without HDR and all of the other enhancements. While the title still looks impressive running on a stock PS4, it looks significantly better on a PS4 Pro.These enhancements will be something most upcoming titles can benefit from if developers choose to enable them. Below are five ways the PS4 Pro will make games better for PlayStation users.Looks great even on 1080pThough the PS4 Pro’s enhancements will be more noticeable on 4K HDR-enabled televisions, those with 1080p TVs won’t be left out of the party. Thanks to supersampling, players will get a more stable image with “virtually no jaggies.” This is possible because the game is internally rendered at a high resolution before it is shrunken down to 1080p. Some detail is lost, but users will still get vastly improved graphics.Higher detailed texturesA game like Horizon with its lush, vast environments will benefit from higher quality shadow maps and anisotropic filtering. These techniques will increase the quality of textures overall. Everything from rocks, trees, villages, people, and of course, robot dinosaurs will look real enough to touch. For Horizon specifically, the team is still working on how to tweak all of this for 1080p output, but on 4K TVs, users will easily see the richer texture quality in the game.Checkerboard renderingWith some exceptions, most titles on PS4 will not run at native 4K. However, instead of simply upscaling games, the PS4 Pro will use a special technique called checkerboard rendering to enhance visual fidelity. This will produce images that are nearly indistinguishable from true 4K. The technique itself is pretty involved, but what’s important is that checkerboard rendering will make all games on PS4 Pro look fantastic.HDRHigh Dynamic Range is something that is relatively new to gaming and 4K TVs. HDR enhances the range of colors that can be displayed on a screen, giving games a richer look. With normal rendering techniques, a lot of color fidelity is lost when converting images for normal TVs. With an HDR capable television, none of that data is lost. This is something that even owners of regular PS4s can benefit from, provided they play games on a 4K HDR television.Stable frame ratesSome games on PS4 Pro will benefit from having more stable, or higher frame rates. This isn’t something that is as widely publicized, but it is worth noting. One example is Rise of the Tomb Raider which will give players the option to play with an unlocked frame rate that will go up to 45 frames per second (provided they play at 1080p). Even though the vast majority of games won’t get higher frame rates, most will have a stable 30 frames per second at 4K resolution.The PlayStation 4 Pro will be released on November 11. Stay on target Best TV For PS4 ProNYCC 2018: Devil May Cry 5 is a Hell of a Good Time last_img read more

Outdoor light may lower shortsightedness in kids

first_imgIncreasing exposure to outdoor light can significantly reduce short-sightedness in children, a new study has found.The findings revealed that it is not ‘near work’ on computer and other screens that causes myopia, but a lack of adequate outdoor light.“Children exposed to the least outdoor light had faster eye growth and hence faster myopia progression,” said lead researcher Scott Read, optometrist and associate professor at Queensland University Of Technology in Australia. Also, for those who already have myopia, increasing time outside is likely to reduce the progression of the vision problem. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Children should spend more than an hour and preferably at least two hours a day in the outdoor light to help prevent myopia from developing and progressing.“Optometrists need to make their patients aware that less than 60 minutes’ exposure to light outdoors per day is a risk factor for myopia,” Read suggested.The findings were presented at the Australian Vision Convention in Queensland, Australia.last_img read more

Interjet Cancun flights canceled due to shortage of staff

first_imgThe Procuraduría General del Consumidor (Profeco) has since requested the airline make effective remedies to the 4,722 passengers affected by flight cancellation attributable to the provider with the refund the price of the ticket or offer substitute transportation on the first available flight.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window) Since Saturday, 13 varying arriving and departing flights involving Cancun were canceled. “Since Saturday, some flights have been canceled due to a combination of factors — operational movements, delays in flight itineraries and natural weekend demand, which has generated a domino effect in subsequent operations,” he said through a statement. By regulation, flights cannot operate without a minimum number of personnel, according to the Civil Aviation Law. In recent weeks, Interjet has had problems in contractual negotiations with its workforce. Cancun, Q.R. — More than a dozen flights were canceled by Mexico’s Interjet airline this weekend due to staff shortages, affecting passengers heading to and from Cancun. center_img Miguel Alemán Magnani, Interjet general director, pointed out risks for the company due to the financial situation it is going through. Several weeks ago during the International Association of Air Transport in the City of Mexico, the company’s CEO, William Shaw warned that “the airline is sick”, and without an agreement to work, the condition could worsen. He explained that they were in continued negotiations with workers. Eduardo Rivadeneyra Núñez, spokesman and head of Public Relations said that 12 of the canceled flights were Mexico City-Cancun while one was a Mexico City-Cancun-Toronto flight. In total, 13 flights were affected by the company’s lack of staff. last_img read more

It needs to go Petition launched to get rid of temporary traffic

first_imgPunter found hiding in bushes Click for Sound Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailDozens of residents are calling for a ‘temporary’ island installed in a town centre to be removed – eight years after it was put in. The £15,000 splinter island was installed at Stone’s Christchurch Way’s junction with Lichfield Road to to tackle a bottleneck in the area. But back in  2011 – shortly after it was installed – several residents and councillors spoke out against it following reports of increased journey times and gridlock for shoppers attempting to leave Morrisons car park onto Christchurch Way. Now fresh calls have been made for it to be scrapped with more than 120 people signing an e-petition. Stone Town Council member Rob Kenney launched the petition on Staffordshire County Council’s website. Driver named following fatal collision Watch Next Video Loading Video Unavailable Video will play in  We visited just some of the city’s most ‘annoying roads’ Share this video Watch againcenter_img The video will start in 8Cancel Play now Dozens want to see the island ripped up Residents told StokeonTrentLive they are keen to see it ripped up. Rodney Sherratt, aged 45, of Yarnfield, said:  “I think it should go – it’s terrible trying to get out of the Morrisons car park when it’s busy. “The problem is people coming out of that junction off the car park. Most people want the right hand lane and when the lights are on the traffic backs up and you can’t get out of the car park. “If you could use both lanes it would be loads better. I’d definitely like to see the island removed. I’ve seen the traffic all the way back to the top of the hill on most occasions, especially on a Saturday when Morrisons is busy.” poll loadingDoes the island in Stone need to go?0+ VOTES SO FARYesNo Jean Plant, of Stone, has signed the petition. The 71-year-old said: “My sister scraped her van coming round it because it isn’t a big enough turning.  “A lot of traffic comes down here and people who haven’t been here before don’t know you can only turn left and they have to indicate to go over the other side because they don’t realise it’s a one way.  “When it rains it forms a big puddle, I don’t know why they did it in the first place. It was only supposed to be temporary, I’d definitely be happy to see it go.  Everybody is signing the petition.” Traffic queuing in Stone But Robert Watson-Smith, aged 70, of  Stone, said:  “You get the odd one trying to get into the next lane because they haven’t realised but if they were in the wrong lane and the island wasn’t there they’d be cutting across. “I think the money would be far better spent filling in pot holes. It hasn’t caused me any issues. The water collects there a bit but only when it’s raining heavy. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. “I don’t see the point in getting rid of it in all honesty.” County councillor Jill Hood, who represents the Stone Urban ward, told a town council meeting last year that she was meeting with county council’s highways officers to reconsider the traffic island. We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.com She said: “The county council are of the view it should stay there unless we can prove otherwise. “To me it is common sense we get rid of it. Keep your fingers crossed and we can persuade the powers that be it should not be there.” Councillor Helen Fisher, cabinet member for highways and transport at the county council said: “We do listen to residents and work with local communities when there is an issue affecting their neighbourhood. “Following a request from the local county councillor, highways teams will be carrying out a feasibility study on the potential removal of the splitter island. If this was identified as the best option, any improvement work would need to be prioritised against other works in the area.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Click to playTap to play Dad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Police search for missing woman Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook –  Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter –  For breaking news and the latest stories,  click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories.  Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram. The island was installed eight years ago The petition said: “Since its installation in 2011 at the bottom of Christchurch Way in Stone – the traffic flow there has become increasingly congested. “Through traffic and exiting cars from Morrisons car park are experiencing long delays. The carnival parade is prevented from travelling down the High Street as the right turn exit at the bottom cannot be negotiated by the HGVs. “This also applies to emergency vehicles called to the High Street and large delivery vehicles to the High Street, all are unable to turn right. They have to continue to the Lichfield Road to make hazardous turns in small side streets to return to Stafford Street towards the A34.” Within two weeks of the e-petition’s launch 103 people had signed it with that number now standing at 124. It will remain active until May 31. Read MoreM6 drivers can expect fines in the post after being caught filming HGV crash   The island was installed to filter left hand lane traffic towards the B5027 Lichfield Road and all traffic for the A34 or Crown Street into the right hand lane. Previously both lanes could be used to access the A34 and Crown Street but the vast majority of traffic for the A34 stayed in the left hand lane, and was further slowed by traffic turning left for Uttoxeter. last_img read more

Hitmen assasinate deputy mayor of La Ceiba in Honduras

first_imgTEGUCIGALPA – Unknown gunmen on Tuesday shot dead the deputy mayor of the Caribbean port city of La Ceiba, Ángel Salinas, when he was driving to his office, police chief Oswaldo Flores said.“He had just left his house when two men on a motorcycle approached his car and shot him. They left him wounded, but he died minutes after he arrived at the hospital,” Flores said.He said police officers are conducting a sweep La Ceiba, Honduras’ third largest city, located 400 km north of the capital.“Municipal officials had been offered security, which is provided to many other public officials, but they did not take threats against them seriously,” Flores said.Honduras has the highest murder rate in the world, at 92 per 100,000 inhabitants, according to the United Nations. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

5 questions for musician John Carey – Blues is alive all over

first_imgRelated posts:Yoga Day, Father’s Day exhibit and other happenings around Costa Rica Fourth of July, school vacation romps, and other happenings around Costa Rica ‘Abominable Creatures,’ contemporary dance, and other happenings around Costa Rica Dance Company performance, La Llorona, and other happenings around Costa Rica John Carey is a blues musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and best-known as the “Harmonica Wizard” of New Orleans – although this month, he’s venturing south for a Costa Rican tour. Carey will take the stage during three different performances in December. During one show, he’ll be backed by the JR Blues Band; another Costa Rican band, The Glorious Bastard, will open for Carey at another show.The Tico Times spoke to the musician before his visit. Excerpts follow.How did you become a musician, and what’s the heritage you want your music to leave behind?When I was a kid I use to sing with my brothers and sisters all the time; I got to sing in coffee houses with them when I was very young. I later started picking up the harmonica, and eventually took lessons from James Montgomery. He was a popular blues artist who did shows with the Almond Brothers band and James Cotton; he taught  me the craft of playing blues harp. My career began when I was going to blues clubs in my teens. I would see Albert Collins, Howlin’ Wolf, and Chicago blues artists like Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. One night I went to a club called Joe’s Place and sat in with bluesman Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup, who wrote “That’s All Right, Mama,” Elvis Presley’s first big hit. It was right then and there that I knew I wanted to sing the blues.Actually, I have a heritage that’s already going on. I have two sons who are professional musicians. Brendon was a blues guitarist for years in my band; now he is writing and doing his own music. My other son Sean, who lives in New Orleans,  is a bass player on a few of my albums and is presently producing and performing there. They are both artists in their own right. Brendon is a reggae artist in Martinique and Sean is a hip hop R& B artist in New Orleans. Also, I had a lot of other musicians in my band who are recording artists now.What would you say are the main influences in your music, and who are your favorite musicians?The Rolling Stones and the Animals were my first albums that I bought. They were doing covers of bluesmen that I knew nothing about because I could not hear them on mainstream radio. Eventually I started looking into who these blues artist were. That’s when I discovered Muddy Waters, BB King, Howlin’ Wolf, and my favorites: Buddy Guy and Junior Wells.Other favorite musicians of mine are Carlos Santana, Eric Burton, Sonny Boy Williamson, Elmore James, James Cotton, Robert Johnson and Albert King. What makes your music different, and what do you think is the key to success?My music is different because it is like a hybrid of all different types of music. All the influences I have  had over the years: rock ‘n’ roll, funk, blues and country. The 60s soul music that was coming out of Memphis, New Orleans and Motown has helped shape my sound. I think the key to success is to stay focused and really enjoy what you are doing.What do you feel when you are onstage, and what do you seek to get across?No matter where I am in the world, I realize that music is the universal language, and the blues is alive all over the world. When I get onstage I feel like I become a different person. The adrenaline kicks in and I feel like I’m in command and I can really get things going no matter where I am. What I transmit from the stage is a high-energy groove that will make you want to move.Have you ever played in Costa Rica before? What do you think about Costa Rican music?I have never played in Costa Rica before, but I have a lot of friends who have been  there. They have told me how wonderful and beautiful the place is, and I’m really looking forward to having a really great time. I am looking forward to experiencing the culture as well as the great musical experience I’m going to have with [my Costa Rican colleagues], the JR Blues Band.I like a lot of the more traditional rhythmic and melodic music that I have heard. I am hoping to learn more about it during this upcoming visit. I am looking forward to having a wonderful interaction with my fans through music that will make you move and dance.John Carey’s performances in Costa Rica will take place Dec. 5 at Café de Playa, in Playas Del Coco, Buanacaste; Dec. 6 at the closure of Festival Paseo Gastronómico La Luz, Barrio Escalante, San José; and Dec. 10 as the main show at Amón Solar, El Sótano, San José. For more information, visit the JR Blues Band Facebook page. Facebook Commentslast_img read more