Come to Santiago Bernabeu and you will win Ballon d’Or, Real Madrid tell Neymar

first_imgReal Madrid president Florentino Perez has opened the door for Neymar to join the European champions by declaring it would help further the forward’s individual ambitions.Neymar finished third behind Lionel Messi and winner Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or on Thursday and Perez suggested the only way for the Brazilian to break the duo’s stranglehold on the prize – which has extended to a decade – would be to join Real.”Being in Madrid would make it easier to win the Ballon d’Or,” Perez told Spanish radio. “Madrid is a club that gives a big player everything they need to do so. Everyone knows I wanted to sign him.”Perez attempted to bring Neymar to Real from Santos on several occasions before he plumped for arch-rivals Barcelona in 2013.He enjoyed success in Catalonia, helping Barca win the treble in 2015 before leaving for Paris St Germain in a world-record 222 million euro deal this year.In September Neymar, 25, was involved in an on-field spat with team mate Edinson Cavani over who was going to take a penalty and there has been growing media speculation that his stint in the French capital could be a brief one.last_img read more

Asian Games Medal Tally 2014: How India fared in Incheon

first_imgThe 18th edition of the Asian Games is underway in Jakarta, Indonesia and it’s time we take a look back at how India fared during the 2014 edition. The 17th edition of the Games took place in Incheon, South Korea in 2014. India finished 8th in the medal table with a tally of 57 including 11 gold, 10 silver and 36 bronze.China finished at the top of table with 342 medals followed by South Korea (228) and Japan (200).India have sent a 572-athlete strong contingent to Indonesia for Asian Games 2018, who will be participating in 18 different events. By the afternoon of August 24, India had won six gold medals.Here are the gold medal medal winners for India at Asian Games 2018 so far:Bajrang Punia, wrestlingWrestler Bajrang won India’s its first gold medal at the games in the 65kg freestyle category.An in-form Bajrang outclassed Uzbekistan’s Sirojiddin Khasanov (13-3), Tajikistan’s Fayziev Abdulqosim (12-2) and Mongolia’s N Batmagnai Batchuluu (10-0) to storm into the gold medal bout.Asian Games 2018: Medal TallyIn the final, he was tested by Japan’s Takatani Daichi but the Haryana grappler held his nerve to prevail 10-8 in an exciting battle.Vinesh Phogat, wrestlingVinesh created hsitory after she won the 50kg category final. Vinesh is the first Indian female wrestler to win gold at the Games.Vinesh defeated Japan’s Irie Yuki 6-2 in the final to bag the top prize.Saurabh Chaudhary, shootingSaurabh, clinched the top prize in men’s 10m air pistol event with Games record of 240.7. The 16-year-old, son of a farmer, became the youngest Indian shooter to strike gold at the games.advertisementRahi Sarnobat, shootingRahi scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman shooter to win a gold medal at the Asian Games as she prevailed in a nervy shoot-off in the 25m pistol event.Asian Games 2018: Full coverageThe 27-year-old got the better of Thailand’s Naphaswan Yangpaiboon in a shoot-off after both shot a Games record score of 34 in the finals.Indian rowing teamThe Indian rowing team clinched the gold medal in the men’s Quadruple Sculls final.The Indian rowing team comprising of Sawarn Singh, Dattu Bhokanal, Om Prakash and Sukhmeet Singh crossed the finish line in first place with a time of 6:17.13 to bag the yellow medal.Rohan Bopanna and Divij Sharan, tennisBopanna and Sharan won the gold medal in the men’s doubles tennis event at the ongoing 18th Asian Games 2018 in the twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang by winning the gold medal match against Kazakhstan’s men’s doubles pair.Bopanna and Sharan, who were the top seeds in the event, played to their billing throughout the tournament and beat Kazakhstan’s Aleksandr Bublik and Denis Yevseyev 6-3, 6-4 to scoop the top prize in the event.last_img read more

Golf is a weird sport, never know what’s around the corner: Shane Lowry after British Open win

first_img Next Reuters PortrushJuly 22, 2019UPDATED: July 22, 2019 10:39 IST (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSShane Lowry won the British Open by six strokesLowry finished at 15-under 269, while Tommy Fleetwood, shot 74 for second placeLowry became the 2nd player from Ireland to lift the Claret Jug after Padraig HarringtonShane Lowry described his British Open win on Sunday as like an “out of body experience” and for once the cliche of victory being “unbelievable” appeared utterly sincere.As his closest opponent, England’s Tommy Fleetwood, put it, Lowry had “controlled” the final round at Royal Portrush and he did so despite the pressure, the wild weather and his own history.Three years ago, he had blown a four stroke lead in the final round of the US Open at Oakmont but if that memory haunted him, he showed no signs of it, with his controlled and efficient one-over final round of 72, securing a six-stroke win over Fleetwood.”I had to fight to the bitter end today, and that’s what helped me – that’s where I struggled in Oakmont,” said Lowry.”I always said after Oakmont, if I could have got the last four holes back, I’d give anything to be standing on the 14th fairway again.”So I knew today that I was going to have to fight to the very end, and I did.”If Oakmont seems a long time ago, even more recent traumas can now be packed away in the box labelled learning experience’.At last year’s Open Championship at Carnoustie, Lowry shot an awful 74, fired his caddy on the spot and then missed the cut.”I sat in the car park in Carnoustie on Thursday, almost a year ago right to this week and I cried. Golf wasn’t my friend at the time, it was something that become very stressful and it was weighing on me and I just didn’t like doing it. And, look, what a difference a year makes, I suppose,” he said.advertisement”But that just shows how fickle golf is. Golf is a weird sport and you never know what’s around the corner. That’s why you need to remind yourself, and you need other people there to remind you. You need to fight through the bad times.”SELF-BELIEFThe burly, bearded Irishman has clearly been gifted with a talent for the sport and with an engaging personality that won over all who witnessed him at Portrush – none more so than the fans who raced on to the fairways and rushed to the galleries to share his moment of glory.But one suspects he hasn’t always been blessed with the self-belief that some in golf are fortunate to possess.”I didn’t even know going out this morning if I was good enough to win a major. I knew I was able to put a few days together. I knew I was able to play the golf course. I just went out there and tried to give my best. And look, I’m here now, a major champion. I can’t believe I’m saying it, to be honest,” he said.”I think the people around me really believed that I could, which helped me an awful lot. So I suppose when the people around you really believe in you, it helps you an awful lot.”Lowry was careful to avoid getting entangled in some of the grand narratives about Irish history and identity that always run the risk of upsetting or alienating someone.But when it comes to the history of Irish golf, Lowry now has his place among the greats and he takes his place alongside fellow Open winner and countryman Padraig Harrington.”I’m Irish. I grew up holing putts back home to win The Open. It was always The Open, wasn’t it? I watched Paddy win his two Opens,” he said.”To have him there on the 18th… like you go into Paddy’s house and the Claret Jug is sitting on the kitchen table, and I’m going to have one on my kitchen table, as well. I said that to him, as well, that’s going to be quite nice.”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 byrohan sen Tags :Follow Shane LowryFollow Tommy FleetwoodFollow British OpenFollow Golf Golf is a weird sport, never know what’s around the corner: Shane Lowry after British Open winShane Lowry now has his place among the greats and he takes his place alongside fellow British Open winner and countryman Padraig Harrington.advertisementlast_img read more

Education Ministry Invites Proposals for School Feeding Projects

first_imgThe Ministry of Education is inviting small community enterprises to submit proposals for school feeding projects that will support the Government’s efforts to fulfill the nutritional needs of students.Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, in his contribution to the 2013/14 Sectoral Debate in Gordon House on May 15, said the initiative “should open up huge opportunities for farmers, small community enterprises and voluntary inputs”.“Communities need to come forward with credible projects to feed school children using local products wherever possible. We will consider giving them money to help,” he stated.“All the Ministry of Education wants to know is that the nutrition is adequate, that no needy child is denied and there is accountability for the money,” he pointed out.Minister Thwaites appealed to Members of Parliament from rural constituencies to support the initiative, pointing to a school feeding experiment in North West St. Elizabeth that is doing well.“It is feeding the children, largely using local produce and weaning them from the diet of fried chicken and rice every day,” he stated.The Minister informed that there is just over $4 billion available this year to feed the nation’s school children, including students under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).“Right, now we are offering 136,000 units of bulla and bag juice daily. In addition, we spend nearly $3 billion buying foreign dry goods. We feel we must do much better,” he stated.He informed that Nutrition Products Limited will increase its volumes and diversify its offerings to include, for example, muffins with sweet potato, carrot or banana. “We have also made provision to use local eggs instead of imported butter oil,” he noted.“We must use local fruits in increasing proportions to manufacture a nutritious drink. Can you imagine having to import juice concentrate from Vietnam and Indonesia? This is a small business opportunity,” the Minister pointed out further.Contact: Alecia Smith-Edwardslast_img read more

Long Beach Encourages Pollution-Control Testing

first_imgzoom A new incentive program has been approved by the Board of Long Beach Harbor Commissioners aimed at rewarding shipping lines for taking part in testing of new air pollution-control technology for vessels.The first to benefit from the new incentive will be vessel operators that are participating in the Port of Long Beach demonstration of a barge-mounted emissions-capture system for ships at berth.By waiving the parking or “dockage” fee, the new incentive program is designed to encourage vessel operators to participate in the testing of this barge-mounted system and other similar technology.An estimated 40 vessel calls each year will be eligible for this incentive over the next two years. In addition to the incentive, the port’s Technology Advancement Program provides funding for inventors to test their clean-air technology.“This incentive will allow more ships to participate in these important demonstration projects, so we are very happy to offer it. As the Green Port, the Port of Long Beach is committed to being a leader in air pollution reduction and elimination. We’ve made great strides in that area, but we’re far from finished,” said Harbor Commission President Doug Drummond.Shore power, which reduces air pollution by allowing docked ships to shut down shipboard engines and plug in for clean power, is installed at all of the port’s container shipping terminals. But there is also a need for at-berth emissions control when shore power is not feasible, according to the port authority.Currently, the barge-based “Advanced Maritime Emissions Control System” or AMECS is undergoing testing at the port.The AMECS uses a 115-foot-high tower mounted on a barge to connect to a ship and vacuum up emissions. The gases are sent through filters and scrubbers remove pollutants.According to the port, the system is seeking approval from state regulators to qualify as an alternative to shore power for container ships and will also be tested on other types of cargo ships.last_img read more

Siddhant Chaturvedi Sanya Malhotra to voice for Men in Black International

first_imgMumbai: Siddhant Chaturvedi and Sanya Malhotra will be lending their voice for Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in the Hindi version of “Men in Black: International”. The much awaited action spin-off introduces two new MIB members – Hemsworth as Agent H and Tessa as Agent M. Both Siddhant and Sanya are excited to be part of the cult franchise. “This cult franchise is a global phenomenon and has set a benchmark for sci-fi comedy films. I have been a fan of the films since childhood and I am extremely happy to join the MIB family. Also Read – ‘Will be acting till I die’ “Chris Hemsworth is a global icon and I have been religiously following him since his superhero days. To voice for his character is a dream come true. I hope with this project, I manage to live up to audiences expectations and sustain MIB’s legacy in India,” Siddhant said in a statement. Sanya said she too has been a huge fan of “Men in Black” series. “I am very happy that I got the opportunity to voice for Tessa’s character an d be a part of this franchise in my own special way. She is really headstrong and fierce, something I relate to. This has been a unique and challenging experience and I hope my fans will appreciate this new venture from me.” Siddhant grabbed eyeballs in his Bollywood debut film “Gully Boy”, while Sanya, who entered the industry with “Dangal” have critically acclaimed “Pataakha”, “Photograph” and a commercial hit “Badhaai Ho” to her credit. Sony Pictures Entertainment India releases “Men In Black: International” ?on June, 14? in Hindi, English, Tamil and Telugu.last_img read more

Beware Phone calls messages regarding job in IGIA can be fake

first_imgNew Delhi: If you receives any phone call, email or social media message from stranger posing himself as official, seeking money on the pretext of providing a job at Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGI), then be cautious before applying for work as there is a possibility that you are being duped.The fraudsters are also giving fake advertisements on various newspapers regarding the job at the airport. The Delhi Police have received several complaints related to the fraud with job seekers. Police sources told Millennium Post that last year, as many as 26 complaints and in current year, nearly 18 complaints were received at IGI Airport unit of Delhi Police on cheating job aspirants through various modus operandi. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”After analysing the complaints, we registered four cases,” a police officer said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (IGI) Sanjay Bhatia told Millennium Post that none of the cheating cases took place in IGI jurisdiction. “Fraudsters only used the name of IGI to dupe people, otherwise cases happened in different places. But we launched the investigation only to bust such rackets,” said DCP IGI. Investigators, handling such cases at IGI airport, said, “In such complaints, it has been observed that most of the cheaters are alluring the job seekers in the name of providing jobs at airport in the Airlines, AAI, cargo, housekeeping or any reputed company working at the airport.” Speaking on various modus operandi being used by scamsters, investigators told that with the help of fake social media advertisement, criminals are deceiving people. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”In one of the cases, the complainant came in contact with one fraud through social media who introduced himself as human resource personnel at the airport. The victim was promised of a good job and offer letter was sent to him in Whatsapp. The accused took Rs 17,000 from the victim,” police said. Adding further one of the investigators said that through a newspaper advertisement regarding job offer at the airport, fraudsters lured unemployed youths. “E-mail id fraud is also common. By using a name of any airlines, accused send a common email to the victims that they have been shortlisted for a job. Then some fake offer letters were provided to the victims. During this process, the cheaters asked hefty amount from victims,” a senior officer said.last_img read more

Four Northeast BC communities get gas tax funding

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Four communities in Northeast B.C. will be receiving funding for various projects from money collected by the Federal Gas Tax Fund.The provincial and federal governments, along with the Union of B.C. Municipalities announced that five community projects in the Northeast have been approved to get a total of $3.2 million from the Gas Tax Fund. 108 projects across the province have been for nearly $193 million from the federal Gas Tax Fund.The City of Fort St. John will be receiving $105,000 for a long term water supply plan. The City has been looking at the issue since at least 2015, when it struck a tentative deal with BC Hydro to withdraw water from the Site C reservoir without charge. Three years ago, a report from Urban Systems looking at a 50-year growth plan for Fort St. John said that the city could be home to anywhere between 46,000 and 84,000 residents by 2065. The report also warned that the City, which currently draws its water from the Peace River through a series of groundwater wells, would experience a severe shortfall in its water supply without upgrades or a new water source in place by this year. According to the report from three years ago, the City’s water supply was built to serve only about 17,800 people.Taylor, Tumbler Ridge, and the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality will also be getting money from the Gas Tax Fund to support projects in their communities. Taylor will be receiving $39,450 for phase one of its Asset Management Plan, Tumbler Ridge is slated to get $80,000 to develop a Parks and Rec master plan, while the NRRM will be getting $82,500 for an economic strategy and $2.9 million for a renewal of its wastewater treatment plant aeration system.last_img read more

Despite pressure and losses ISIL remains potent threat UN political chief warns

“The threat from ISIL has been intensified by its use of the Internet and social media to disseminate propaganda online to a wide international audience,” Jeffrey Feltman, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, told a Security Council meeting on threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts. “Although the volume of such messages has declined in the past 16 months, the threat persists as supporters outside Syria and Iraq collect and re-distribute this propaganda,” he added. In Europe, for example, ISIL has used its online presence to encourage supporters to mount attacks in their countries of residence. “This has led to multiple attacks, including in Belgium, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, Sweden, Turkey, and the United Kingdom,” noted Mr. Feltman, adding that while some of those extremists had been labelled “lone actors,” investigations demonstrate that the perpetrators often received support or resources from facilitators and, in a number of cases, were in direct contact with ISIL enablers. He also noted a decrease in the flow of foreign terrorist fighters and in the overall number of ISIL fighters during the last 16 months but returnees and the relocation of fightersfrom the conflict zones to other regions now present a considerable – and an increasingly transnational – threat to international security. At same time, Mr. Feltman also warned that ISIL continues to fund affiliates, while urging them to become more self-sufficient and proactive in developing internal revenue streams. “Money services, including exchange houses and money couriers, continue to be a preferred method for ISIL and its supporters to move funds across borders,” he said, expressing concern that funds for reconstruction and stabilization for newly liberated areas should not enable ISIL remnants to abuse those new resources. Further, welcoming recent Security Council initiatives countering terrorist narratives, protecting critical infrastructure and stemming the destruction, looting and smuggling of cultural heritage sites and artefacts, the senior UN official called for more effort to implement norms and mechanisms, particularly those relating to terrorist financing and foreign terrorist fighter threats. He also informed the meeting of the work undertaken by the UN and other actors, including the INTERPOL and the Financial Action Task Force to strengthen regional and national frameworks to counter terrorism financing and arrest the flow of foreign terrorist fighters. read more

Darrelle Revis Traded From Jets to Tampa Bay Bucs

Darrelle Revis, disgruntled with his New York Jets’ contract, was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for the 13th pick in the upcoming NFL Draft and a conditional pick next year.The deal is worth $96 million, making Revis the highest-paid defensive back in NFL history, but includes no guaranteed money, according to sources close to the Pro Bowl cornerback.The conditional pick headed to the Jets is a fourth-round selection in 2014, but could become a third-rounder if Revis is on Tampa Bay’s roster on the third day of the 2014 league year, sources said.The Buccaneers will formally introduce Revis during a news conference Monday at noon EST. The front page of the Buccaneers’ official website posted a large photo of Revis in what appears to be a Tampa Bay jersey with the words: “Treasure Island. Darrelle Revis (CB). It’s a Bucs Life.”A four-time Pro Bowler during his six-year stint in New York, the 27-year-old Revis addressed Jets fans in a series of tweets Sunday night.“I been sitting around for the last hour trying to figure out what to say to the Jet Nation & I came up with this,” Revis posted on his Twitter account. “The six years I played for the New York Jets were unbelievable. I put my body on the line everyday & did everything could to help the team win.“I experienced a lot & learned a lot. The memories I had in New York I will keep dearly to my heart. I want to thank all the jets fans for making me feel welcome.”The six-year, $96 million deal would make Revis one of the NFL’s two highest-paid defensive players, along with Mario Williams.Jets general manager John Idzik cited multiple reasons for the trade, namely the inability to negotiate a long-term extension and a “degree of uncertainty” regarding Revis’ rehab from a serious knee injury suffered last season.“It became quite evident to us that there is a substantial difference between Darrelle’s view of his value and ours,” Idzik said Sunday during a conference call.Revis will not be released before this season, meaning he is assured of making this season’s base salary, but his contract includes none of the money that the NFL refers to as “guaranteed” money. Tampa Bay would be able to release Revis before any season without incurring any salary-cap charge.The final obstacle to the deal was completed Sunday, when Revis flew on a private plane from New Jersey to Tampa, Fla., to undergo a physical that included a comprehensive checkup on his knee. He passed it, making the trade official.“We have no concerns about Darrelle Revis’ physical condition,” a Bucs senior team official told ESPN’s Sal Paolantonio. “He will be out there the first day of training camp and ready to go Week 1.”The three sides — the Jets, the Buccaneers and Revis — spent the weekend hammering out their respective agreements. read more

Second man charged over €1 million cannabis plant haul

first_imgA SECOND MAN has been charged this evening in connection with the discovery of €1 million worth of cannabis plants in Tralee, Co Kerry, earlier this week.On Monday, gardaí seized over 1,000 plants with a street value in excess of €1 million following planned searches in Clash, Tralee. Two men were arrested at the scene and one man in his late 20s was charged the following day.The second man, a 29-year-old, will appear at Dingle District Court tomorrow at 10.30am in connection with the seizure.Related: Court appearance for man over drugs seizure>Read: Man jumps from roof to escape as gardaí uncover cannabis operation>last_img

Zynga soffre léditeur OMGPOP

first_imgZynga s’offre l’éditeur OMGPOPDans sa stratégie d’émancipation vis-à-vis de Facebook, l’éditeur de jeux sociaux a acquis l’étonnant OMGPOP, qui cartonne en ce moment avec le jeu Draw Something.Zynga n’est pas resté insensible au succès de Draw Something, une sorte de Pictionary interactif de l’éditeur OMGPOP. Le créateur des fameux Angry Birds aurait ainsi mis 210 millions de dollars pour racheter ce nouveau venu dans la hiérarchie des jeux sociaux, idéal pour ne plus faire cavalier seul dans son entreprise d’émancipation vis-à-vis de Facebook, explique IT Espresso. Il faut dire qu’en un mois et demi, Draw Something a séduit plus de 35 millions d’utilisateurs, dont 15 millions qui ont téléchargé les clients mobiles pour iOS et Android, versions gratuite et payante confondues.Résultat, Draw Something a relégué des valeurs sûres du secteurs tels que CityVille et CastleVille ou encore Words With Friends, dont l’éditeur est un certain… Zynga ! Zynga s’est donc offert un joli cadeau qui lui permet d’étoffer son portefeuille de services, via notamment l’ajout d’une plateforme destinée aux développeurs, pour la création de nouveaux jeux. Reste que selon nombre d’analystes, OMGPOP aurait pu très bien se débrouiller seul et tirer de substantiels bénéfices de son jeu, notamment en terme de produits dérivés. Le 24 mars 2012 à 10:30 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

HandsOn Sea of Thieves is a Playable Pirate Bay

first_imgStay on target Hands-On: ‘Stranded Sails’ Is a Relaxing Farm Sim AdventureHands-On: ‘Sparklite’ Is a Fun Zelda-Inspired Roguelike When’s the last time Rare made a video game? If you don’t know about the British developer’s illustrious 30-year legacy, track down the excellent historical compilation Rare Replay and check out classics like Banjo-Kazooie, Viva Piñata, Perfect Dark, and Conker’s Bad Fur Day. But ever since jumping ship from Nintendo to Microsoft, the studio has seen somewhat of a decline. The house the Stamper Brothers built has been trapped in Kinect Hell while other teams managed to spin their questionable fighting game Killer Instinct into actual gold (even while featuring questionable Rare characters like the Battletoads).From any studio, Sea of Thieves would seem ambitious. It’s an open world online adventure about plundering and socializing out on the ocean with your pirate friends. But as the most substantial game Rare has put out in years, the stakes are that much higher. Fortunately, after a lengthy play session with the upcoming Xbox/PC game at a recent Microsoft event, I think Rare knew this was the time to prove what they are still capable of.With little more than the wind at our backs and a handful of vague treasure maps, me and three others set sail for some general piracy. Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag breathed new life into that series with its liberating pirate mechanics, so much so that Ubisoft is basically spinning it off into its own game next year with Skull and Bones. And Sea of Thieves can’t help but feel somewhat familiar if you’ve played those games, or even the similarly stylized The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, due to the shared nautical subject matter.However, what struck me most about Sea of Thieves was how it eschews crafted content like scripted set pieces content in favor of the emergent joy that can come from a handful of lunatics together on a boat. It’s very anti-AAA. The game purposefully has a more cartoony look to allow for wackier antics that might seem off-putting if done more realistically. It’s pretty much an immersive sim like Deus Ex or System Shock but with a more spread out world and the added multiplayer elements.For example, before even raising the anchor or angling the sails, we spent a few minutes playing our instruments and drinking so much we couldn’t walk straight. Rare has always had a cheeky English sense of humor, and that tone fits so well with pirates that it makes you wonder why it took them so long to get here (outside King K. Rool in Donkey Kong Country or the abandoned Project Dream).But eventually we decided we should actually go out and get some treasure. Sea of Thieves gives you maps, but rarely are the maps detailed enough to point you exactly where you need to go. Like honest no-good pirates, you have to rely on your compass and your crew, calling out what direction to go in and when to avoid incoming obstacles. Port! Starboard! Storm up ahead! Don’t crash into that rock!This focus on true navigation continued once we got to an island, or rather, shot ourselves out of our cannon onto an island. We knew generally where treasure was, but to find the right spot to start digging, we needed to pay attention to landmarks or follows specific clues like “walk seven paces from the mournful turtle.” Meanwhile, enemy skeletons would rise out of the ground for us to fend off with swords or guns that kind of sucked but in a way that felt appropriate.Skeletons aren’t the only foes to worry about though. Once we loaded our ship with treasure and headed toward the nearest port to cash in, a rival boat full of other real players started tailing us. We frantically fought back, some of us angling the ship in the right direction, others loading and shooting and cannonballs. Some of us even patched up holes in the hull while scooping up excess water with a bucket and shoving scurvy-fighting bananas in our mouths for health.Once the ships got closer things got even more out of control. Enemies boarded our ship and vice versa. If you die, you enter Davy Jones’s locker for a little bit before returning to the frenzy. I learned this after one enemy got the jump on me during the big fight because I prematurely started playing my victory accordion. And if your ship sinks, you’re thrown into the ocean full of hungry sharks until you find a friendly mermaid who gives you a new vessel.Fortunately, for us it didn’t come to that. The other ship’s captain ran off with our most valuable treasure. But that chest was also cursed and simulated the effects of drunkenness as long as anyone held it. Wobbling, he fell off the side into the water and I jumped in after him. A wasted sitting duck, he was no match for my pistol. At this point, we were at the beach of the port island, so I grabbed the treasure and woozily swam toward the merchant to finally reap the reward.It was an awesome unexpected sequence that came about solely from us as players interacting with the game’s presented systems. Sea of Thieves does have crafted content. The three treasure maps we completed made up a voyage quest. But Rare really just wants to provide players with new and evolving ways to stumble into their own pirate adventures. The emphasis on socializing should also make the game a great fit for the faster, more social, more customizable dashboard I checked out coming to Xbox in time for the Xbox One X launch this holiday.If this 90-minute play sessions was any indication, Sea of Thieves is shaping up to be a delightful watery sandbox as well as a welcome return to form from a beloved developer. As someone who typically plays games alone, I don’t expect its charms to hold up as well for me if I play with strangers online as opposed to helpful guiding developers. But if you want to hang out with friends on the virtual high seas, keep your non-eyepatch eye out for Sea of Thieves coming to Xbox One and PC in early 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Former medical assistant accused of molesting girl faces judge

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. DORAL, FLA. (WSVN) – A man was arrested last Monday after molesting a young girl and prosecutors are worried there may be other victims.A girl came forward and said she was molested by a medical assistant when she was under 11 years old.Her mother filed a police report on Oct. 17, telling police the attacks took place when her daughter was between the ages of 8 and 11 years old.Police began investigating the situation and arrested Mauricio Bautista, a former medical assistant at the Endocrinology Medical Service.Investigators said Bautista admitted to the crimes and currently faces charges.There is a fear that there may be more victims, said Doral Police Capt. Carlos Arango. “If there are any other victims out here from this individual who went through the same experience, they can step up,” said Arango. “You can come to our office. This is all done in private. This is all done very discretely. We hope that nobody went through this experience.”As police believe there may be other victims, they ask anyone who may have had a similar experience with Bautista to contact the Doral Police Department at (305) 593-6699. last_img read more

Stray dog found with screwworms in Homestead

first_imghttp://www.freshfromflorida.com/Divisions-Offices/Animal-Industry/Consumer-Resources/Reportable-Animal-Diseases/New-World-ScrewwormCopyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Surveillance is also being used to check vehicles traveling north from the Keys to the mainlands. “Now we have opened up a second front in this war where we are actively engaged in surveillance and sterile fly release here in the Homestead area,” Putnam said.Over 100 Key deer have been killed due to screwworms near Big Pine Key since late September.The swift deaths gained the attention of local, state and federal officials who then began to fight the spread aggressively.This brings on a new fear for pet owners in the area considering that the New World screwworm flies lay their eggs in the wounds of warm blooded animals before feeding on their flesh. The larvae can kill the host animal in a matter of days.As Putnam mentioned during a press conference, the invasive screwworm can impact South Florida wildlife, including the Florida panther, which lives in the Everglades.Officials are warning pet owners to be on the lookout for any suspicious wounds to prevent the fatal infestation.For more information on screwworms and the eradication process, follow this link: HOMESTEAD, FLA. (WSVN) – Florida agricultural officials addressed the public, Thursday, after a dog was found in Homestead with screwworms.According to the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam H. Putnam, the stray dog was found with screwworms in Homestead in December. The dog was found with open wounds.“The New World screwworm is a significant threat not only to Florida’s agricultural livestock economy but to our precious wildlife resources and potentially to pets,” said Putnam.This is the first time in 50 years that this fly larva has made its way to mainland Florida. Previously, the screwworm was only found in the Florida Keys. “Flies in general come in by the thousands, and you have a whole bunch of livestock here in Florida. A lot meat markets can be affected as well as the economy itself,” said Quinton Glenn, manager of Everglades Outpost Inc.The Florida Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Agriculture set up a temporary headquarters in nearby Florida City to fight screwworms in the area. Officials added that they discovered a male fly in the Homestead area.In order to eradicate the dangerous flies, a sterile group of 300,000 flies were released within a 10 mile radius. The method, which costs nearly a half million dollars per month, has been proven to break the life cycle of the screwworm.Another release is planned for Friday. last_img read more

Where Is the Digital Edition Market Heading

first_imgThere was a time when page flipping digital editions were all the rage. I remember getting my first look at one of these content carriers while I was in my graduate studies at the University of Colorado.  It felt cool and comfortable. I loved that animations and video were built in to make the content come to life. Furthermore, the UI was intuitive because it spoke to something I already understood, turning a page.Today, page flipping technology still has relevance and many of our clients here at Nxtbook Media continue to use it to drive their brands and content forward. Additionally, we’ve been able to enhance our page turning platform to a customization level that makes it suitable for many types of content. Through enhancements from our design team and custom development solutions, we now work on catalogs, journals, education materials, publications, and marketing collateral, among other pieces. Here you will find an example of our page turning solution for a nationally recognized construction company. The platform, as you see, helps to tell a directed brand story that is difficult to replicate through a website.In regards to the readership for curated platforms, Pew Research Center recently completed a study which demonstrates trends for one form of page-based digital content, e-books. As you can see in the graph below, expansion of the market has been robust over the past five years.Furthermore, German media research giant Gfk just recently published a study showing a 27% increase in digital edition magazine readership from 2015 to 2016, with similar gains expected from 2016 to 2017 once the numbers are in. On top of this, Nikolay Malyarov, Chief Content Officer for Press Reader, stated in a recent article through FIPP that digital editions are still a very relevant part of a diverse, robust strategy for many publishers.  In fact, he goes on to state the following as the top monetization strategy in his article:“Know your audience to grow your audience through smart data. Digital editions are not dead.  Many readers still enjoy them, expect them as part of every publishers’ content offering, and are willing to pay for them.”Many of our clients who simply post links to their digital edition on social media channels see sizeable bumps in their readership. We have seen it truly doesn’t take much from an advertising perspective, as an audience simply needs to be met where they are and at the right time with a digital edition.  Interestingly, Malyarov goes on to mention in the FIPP article,  “The lack of marketing of digital editions is also not helping publishers grow digital revenues.” On our side, we have seen content creators simply put their digital edition on a website and hope for the best, similar to putting a magazine on a print newsstand.  In our crowded digital content market, this won’t work unless the developer of content has a strong brand that is constantly drawing large audiences to their website.   All this said, the stats still point to solid growth in the electronic curated content market and a strong opportunity for monetization and engagement through simple advertising.I know overall I am painting a rosy picture for the industry.  Honestly,  I would be remiss to not mention that the buzz has dulled a bit in regards to page-turning digital editions. Buzz, we have found, tends primarily to follow monetization of a content platform. We can put the blame on what seems to be a “laissez-faire” approach to marketing, but that may not be the full picture. We know page-flipping technology has become “old hat” to some content creators, as well as some audiences. Websites have continued to evolve and carried with them the latest of design and custom development innovations, such as parallax scrolling, full-screen video, ad serving and impressive interactivity. Page flip technology will always be limited design and functionality wise by what many consider its greatest strength, page turning.Furthermore, as the Pew Research study demonstrates, curated electronic content consumption growth over the past five years has primarily been through mobile devices. Most page flip technologies present a somewhat stodgy pinch-to-zoom smartphone experience. Responsive websites have helped content creators to publish an easy to read experience across all devices.Still, at the heart of it, we see the stats and hear the desire for a deep storytelling, curated experience from current and potential clients.  With this in mind, as well as the aforementioned concerns, we’ve stepped into the realm of responsive digital editions. This type of curated content has the flexibility, in regards to design and all-device functionality, of a website while still holding the curation of a page flipping digital edition. You can see an example of it here. Of course, these enhancements in design and functionality have not only been attractive to content creators but also readers. On average we’ve seen growth of 25% in unique readership when a client has transitioned from our page-flipping digital edition solution to this new platform. Through our talks with past clients, trade show attendees, potential clients, and current clients we have seen a good bit of the buzz return with this new platform.Of course, no content platform is without its holes, but the data seems to speak to great opportunity in digital editions because readers continue to value the platform. Additionally, the statistics coming from a transition to responsive digital editions show there is a possibility of more expansive growth than we are currently seeing in the market.Sponsored by Nxtbook Media: Nxtbook Media focuses on giving publishers and content marketers the tools they need to deeply engage with their audiences through innovative digital publishing solutions. Feel free to read more about their one of a kind responsive solution at www.nxtbookmedia.com/pageraft.last_img read more

Amazon Echo Show 5 vs Google Nest Hub

first_img Best all‑around smart display • Angela Lang/CNET Post a comment Nest Google Assistant Amazon Best Buy Facebook Google Lenovo Aug 31 • Alexa can tell you if someone breaks into your house Read Google Home Hub review Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Amazon Echo Show 5 Better for video chat reading • Amazon Echo Show 5 vs Google Nest Hub Aug 31 • Best smart light bulbs for 2019 (plus switches, light strips, accessories and more) CNET Smart Home $100 at Best Buy Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected Aug 30 • Battling bot vacs: iRobot Roomba S9+ vs Neato Botvac D7 Connected Smart displays have become the latest battleground for virtual assistant products, bringing the voice-activated smarts of Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to countertop-sized touchscreens equipped with a microphone, speakers and, in many cases, a video camera for chatting with friends and relatives. The category launched with 10-inch models that usually sold for $200 or more. A second wave of products brought smaller screens, lower prices and more popularity. Here’s a look at some of the best sub-$150 smart displays you can choose from. CNET editors pick the products and services we write about. When you buy through our links, we may get a commission.    0 $65 at Amazon Amazon introduced the smart display category in clunky fashion with the original, sharp-angled Echo Show. A refined update to that 10-inch screen improved matters, but it might be the 5-inch Echo Show 5 that helps Alexa-based smart displays really take off. Among sub-$150 smart displays, the Echo Show 5 sits in the middle of the category in terms of screen size, without sacrificing its capability. It’s larger than the 4-inch Lenovo Smart Clock, but unlike Lenovo’s bedside display, the Echo Show 5 can show pictures from an Amazon or Facebook photo library, it can serve up a control screen for any Alexa-connected smart home devices and, unique to the lower-end displays, it also has a video camera. Amazon hopes a physical shutter you can slide over the lens will mitigate any camera-related privacy concerns. A feature that lets you slap the top of the Echo Show 5 to snooze any alarms is also a nice touch. The Echo Show 5 looks diminutive next to the 7-inch Google Nest Hub (formerly the Google Home Hub). It’s easier to read the Nest Hub’s screen from across your kitchen. On the other hand, the Echo Show 5 takes up a few square inches’ less counter space. That might not matter in a suburban household, but every inch matters in the tiny kitchen of a city apartment. The biggest difference beyond screen size is the fact that the Echo Show 5 has a video camera built into it. The idea is that you will use the camera to conduct video chats with family members and friends who also own an Echo Show device. That sounds harmless enough, but Amazon has come under scrutiny for its privacy policies and its intentions for camera-based facial recognition technology. If the camera makes you feel uncomfortable, a physical shutter built into the Echo Show 5 can obscure the camera lens. That might not be enough to make everyone happy with the idea of the Echo Show 5 as a bedside alarm clock, though, which Amazon clearly has in mind. Lenovo Smart Clock While it’s not as fully featured as either the Amazon or the Nest displays, Lenovo’s $50 Smart Clock is still worth a mention. It doesn’t have a video camera and the display won’t even show photos. Instead, the Smart Clock is designed to sit on your nightstand and give you just the right amount of information to start your day, either through the screen or via Google Assistant. The screen can show you the time, the weather and your personal calendar. You can even give it a whack to put it into snooze mode once the alarm goes off, and it also has a sunrise mode that gradually dials up the brightness on the display. It can show you live video from a Nest Cam if you have one and you can assign smart home scenes to a few programmable buttons, but there’s no smart home control screen like there is with the Google Nest Hub. The Lenovo Smart Clock tries to find the right balance between contemporary features and pared-down bedside tech. It mostly hits the mark, but your phone makes a lot of its features redundant. It’s a good fit if you rely on Google Assistant, but you also want to minimize the presence of screens in your bedroom.  Tags Google Nest Hub When it debuted as the Google Home Hub in October 2018, this 7-inch device invigorated the nascent smart display category for two major reasons. First, its $150 price tag came in $80 under Amazon’s $230 Echo Show. Secondly, Google read the room early in terms of consumers’ suspicion about smart home gadgets and left off the video camera that seemed so key to the smart display concept, at least as defined by Amazon. (Although it had previously allowed third-party, camera-equipped smart displays using Google Assistant to come to market.) With no camera, Google’s smart display can’t rely on the emotional lure of easy video chatting with friends and family to succeed. Yes, it supports a photo feed and it’s hard to resist that steady drip of kid pictures, but this is more than just a digital photo frame. Now called the Google Nest Hub after a rebrand this spring, this 7-inch display isn’t shy about putting forward its interface and the superiority of Google Assistant to win you over. The differences between those core features of the Google and Amazon displays are subtle, but the more you use them the more you notice them. Among other things, the way the Nest Hub can walk you through a recipe and remember the steps you’re on, even when you shift to another task halfway through, is particularly useful. A very well organized control screen for any smart home devices also makes the Nest Hub an accessible, but unobtrusive smart home control center. Amazon’s equivalent page doesn’t have the same depth of options, like organizing your devices by room. Google also introduced a welcome quality of life feature to Google Assistant this spring. When an alarm goes off, you can simply say “Stop,” instead of “Hey Google, stop.” It’s a user-friendly nod to expediency and getting out of its own way that anyone can appreciate.Compared with the Echo Show 5, the Google Nest Hub is too large for most people to accept it as an alarm clock. If you really want a stationary little screen to facilitate video chatting, the Echo Show 5 is also the obvious alternative among the sub $100 screens. Google isn’t ceding video chats entirely to Amazon. The $230 Nest Hub Max comes out in just a few weeks. I’ve found my phone more convenient than digital displays for talking with relatives face-to-digital-face, so I don’t take too many points away for the fact that the Nest Hub lacks a camera. The most important feature for these smart displays, which promise a light-touch way to organize your day, is how much information they can put forward and how easily. Thanks to its overall polish, and the robustness of Google Assistant, the Google Nest Hub is the better device. $100 at Best Buy Chris Monroe/CNET Worth considering $50 at Best Buy Lenovo Smart Clock CNET Smart Home $50 at Best Buy Amazon Echo Show 5 In terms of the next steps for smart displays, most imminent is the $230 Google Nest Hub Max, a higher-end model due out Sept. 9 with a 10-inch screen, a 4K video camera that works as a Nest Cam and can track whoever’s on screen (sounds creepy, but it was cool when we saw a similar feature on the Facebook Portal display) and speakers tuned for better audio output. The rumor mill hasn’t produced much concrete information about what’s next for lower end smart displays. We saw a prototype of a 3-inch E Ink display at CES 2019 built around Google Assistant Connect, a product development program Google is working on that it hopes will add lots of new, simple satellite products to the Google Assistant family. The E Ink display we saw was more of a tricked out Post-It note than anything else, since it lacked a microphone and speakers, and required another Google Assistant device nearby to feed it the time, weather, and other information for easy viewing. Perhaps we’ll see its next iteration, or something similar from Amazon by way of its own Alexa Gadgets Toolkit, at CES 2020.  Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Worth considering Tyler Lizenby/CNET Read Echo Show 5 review $65 at Amazon Google Nest Hub Smart Home Share your voice See All Better for video chat Best all-around smart displaylast_img read more

US to offer Chinas ZTE temporary relief on export curbs Official

first_imgThe U.S. Department of Commerce is expected this week to lift export curbs it imposed on Chinese telecom equipment and smart phone maker ZTE Corp for alleged Iran sanctions violations.”The relief would be temporary in nature and would be maintained only if ZTE is abiding by its commitments to the U.S. Government,” according to a senior official at the agency.The Commerce Department restrictions imposed earlier this month made it difficult for ZTE to acquire U.S. components by requiring its suppliers to apply for an export license before shipping any American-made equipment or parts to ZTE.The department had said the license applications generally would be denied.Shenzhen-based ZTE has been “in active, constructive discussions” with the Commerce Department for the past week, according to a senior official at the agency.”As part of the effort to resolve the matter, and based upon binding commitments that ZTE has made to the U.S. government, Commerce expects this week to be able to provide temporary relief from some licensing requirements,” the official said.The details of the commitments are expected to be published this week in the U.S. Federal Register.ZTE was not immediately available for comment outside regular office hours.BIG HITZTE is among the largest companies that the Commerce Department has hit with a near-total export ban, according to public records.It is the No. 4 smart phone vendor in the United States, with a 7 percent market share, behind Apple Inc, Samsung Electronics Co and LG Electronics Inc, according to research firm IDC. It sells handset devices to three of the four largest U.S. mobile carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile US and Sprint CorpThe export restrictions have drawn protests from the Chinese government and rocked ZTE’s business.Its shares have not traded on the Hong Kong stock exchange for the past two weeks. The company also said last week it was delaying the publication of its annual results while it assesses the impact of Washington’s action.ZTE also said it would postpone its board meeting. Its shares last closed at HK$14.16, prior to a trading suspension on March 7.Goldman Sachs suspended its coverage on ZTE, saying there was not enough information to determine an investment rating, price target and earnings estimates for the company.Since coming under fire in 2012 for alleged deals with sanctions-hit Iran and possible links to the Chinese government and military, ZTE has ramped up its spending on Washington lobbyists.It spent $5.1 million in the last four years, up from $2,12,000 in 2011, as it sought to assuage national security concerns, according to publicly available lobbying records maintained by Congress.The Commerce Department investigated ZTE for alleged export-control violations following Reuters reports in 2012 that the company had signed contracts to ship millions of dollars worth of American-made hardware and software to Iran’s largest telecoms carrier.last_img read more

5 rapists arrested in city

first_imgMap of DhakaPolice have arrested five people in connection with a rape and murder in the capital city’s Kadamtali area.The Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) said this in an SMS sent to media houses on Thursday morning.According to the text message, members of the Kadamtali police station arrested the five men on Wednesday night.The police did not unveil details of the arrestees.The text message read that the DMP will hold a media briefing over the matter at 11:00am.last_img

Trump drops twostate Mideast deal

first_imgUS President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hold a meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC. Photo:AFPUS President Donald Trump shelved Washington’s years-long quest for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Wednesday, saying he would back a single state if it led to peace.The new president warmly welcomed Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the White House and hailed the “unbreakable” bond between their countries.And while he urged Netanyahu to “hold back” from building Jewish settlements for a “little bit,” Trump broke with international consensus insisting on a future that included a Palestinian state alongside Israel.“So I’m looking at two-state and one-state, and I like the one that both parties like. I’m very happy with the one that both parties like,” he said. “I can live with either one.”Trump said he had thought a two-state solution “looked like it may be the easier of the two. But honestly, if Israel and the Palestinians are happy, I’m happy with the one they like the best.”This change in the US stance was calculated to please Netanyahu and his right-wing coalition.“I think the Palestinians have to get rid of some of that hate that they’re taught from a very young age,” Trump said, echoing Netanyahu’s argument that the Palestinians are not ready for peace.Netanyahu had warm words for the Israeli-US alliance, and hammered home his own prerequisites for peace.“First, the Palestinians must recognize the Jewish state. They have to stop calling for Israel’s destruction,” he said.“Second, in any peace agreement, Israel must retain the overriding security control over the entire area west of the Jordan River.”This region contains the entire West Bank area that would represent the heart of any Palestinian state as conceived in all previous international agreements.Arab capitalsThe previous US administration of Barack Obama had warned Israel that if it did not reach a two-state deal with the Palestinians, it would never reach an accommodation with the Arab world.But Netanyahu insisted he was already developing closer security ties with his Sunni neighbors, who share Israel’s concerns about Iranian subversion and “radical Islam.”And he urged Trump’s administration to get on board.“For the first time in the life of my country, Arab countries in the region do not see Israel as an enemy, but increasingly as an ally,” he told Trump.“I believe that under your leadership, this change in our region creates an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen security and advance peace.”In a joint statement, the two sides proclaimed “a new day” in US-Israel relations and that there was “no daylight” between them.Whatever the view in Cairo and Riyadh, the shift in Washington’s position, which was revealed overnight by a White House official, triggered Palestinian despair and consternation in international capitals.The second-ranking official in the Palestine Liberation Organization, Saeb Erekat, denounced it as an attempt to “bury the two-state solution and eliminate the state of Palestine.”And he implicitly warned Israelis that any single nation that emerged would not be specifically Jewish.“There’s only one alternative,” he told a news conference. “A single democratic state that guarantees the rights of all: Jews, Muslims and Christians.”Victory cryThe new US message deliberately echoed the long-standing Israeli position: no peace deal can be imposed from outside and the agenda for talks must reflect the reality on the ground.Naftali Bennett, the right-wing leader of the hardline Jewish Home party and an opponent of any Palestinian state, cried victory.“A new era. New ideas. No need for third Palestinian state beyond Jordan and Gaza. Big day for Israelis and reasonable Arabs,” he tweeted. “Congrats.”But Trump’s decision flew in the face of an international consensus that any final status agreement must be based on a return to Israel’s 1967 border—albeit with land swaps.Just five days before Trump’s January 20 inauguration, the United States was among 70 countries to endorse this vision at a peace conference in Paris.One month before that, Obama’s UN ambassador allowed a Security Council motion that criticized Israeli settlement building to pass without the usual US veto.Addressing a US-Israeli conference in December, the then secretary of state John Kerry called settlements a “barrier” to progress.Under Trump, that vision appears dead, and Washington has aligned itself with Netanyahu’s government and its supporters in the right-wing settler movement.After the White House talks, Netanyahu met with US congressional leaders in the US Capitol, where he addressed Trump’s call to slow settlement expansion.“I think we’ll try to find a common understanding that is consistent with the pursuit of peace and security,” he said.Speaking in Cairo after talks with Egypt’s President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned that “everything must be done” to preserve the two-state solution.France, which organized the January peace conference, was also unimpressed.Its UN ambassador Francois Delattre told reporters “our commitment to the two-state solution is stronger than ever.”Trump has tapped son-in-law Jared Kushner and lawyer Jason Greenblatt to lead peace efforts.Netanyahu had dinner Tuesday with Kushner—a long-time family friend—and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.last_img read more