England’s resounding victory over Australia on Saturday enabled Bangladesh to book an unexpected spot in Champions Trophy semi-finals but the South Asians are playing down expectations of going all the way to claim a maiden major title.The hosts had already qualified before the Edgbaston encounter but relished the chance to put one over their bitterest rivals and eased to a 40-run win in the rain-affected Group A finale to end Australia’s interest in the competition.That loss enabled Bangladesh, who had stunned New Zealand the previous day, to advance at their expense and the Tigers are keeping their feet firmly planted on the ground after reaching the last four of a global tournament for the first time.”It’s a big thing for our cricket. It is an opportunity for us but I want to request everybody not to think we will go all the way to win the title,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza told reporters at the team hotel in Cardiff.”It’s a tournament of the top eight teams and more challenging than the World Cup. So, to be in the semi-final is itself an achievement for us. It is also a reward for our continued effort towards improving our game,” he added.”I think everyone has contributed to what we are today. The whole nation will be with us as they were in our desperate times and good times.”All four teams in Group B — India, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Pakistan — can still advance going into their final round of pool matches but Bangladesh have no preference over who they wish to face at Edgbaston on Thursday.advertisement”It can be any team and we are not thinking about that. Our focus for the next few days will be to prepare ourselves for the next game,” Mortaza added.Number six Mahmudullah and all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan made the highest partnership for any wicket in an ODI for the side when they put on 224 to take the match away from New Zealand but Bangladesh are resisting the temptation to tinker with their lineup.”We have given him (Mahmudullah) a role around six months ago, which is to bat at number six. He has responded well batting there,” batting coach Thilan Samaraweera said.”He was actually batting further up when I took the job in 2015 but after that, the coaching staff thought about getting him ready for the 2019 World Cup with the role at six.”He is doing well there, finishing the game for the team recently, in (the recent tri-series in) Ireland and against New Zealand on Friday.”
Chandigarh, Aug 25 (PTI) Dera Sacha Sauda chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh was lodged in a make-shift jail at a police training centre in Rohtak soon after his conviction in a rape case today.”Gurmeet Ram Rahim has been put in (special jail at) PTC Sunaria,” Rohtak Deputy Commissioner Atul Kumar told PTI, adding, tight security arrangements have been made.Judge Jagdeep Singh of CBI special court at Panchkula convicted the self-styled godman and said the quantum of sentence will be pronounced on August 28, CBI counsel H P S Verma said.Immediately after his conviction, followers of the Sirsa based Dera went on rampage and clashed with security personnel leaving many dead and injured.”Tight security arrangements have been put in place in Rohtak,” the DC said.Haryana Government has established special jails in three districts, a spokesman of the Jails Department said here.The spokesman said that these special jails were in Nahar Singh cricket stadium, Faridabad, Sports Stadium, Pundrak, district Karnal and Police Training College (PTC) Rest House, Sunaria, district Rohtak.These orders would remain in operation till further orders, he added.Meanwhile, CBI counsel Verma said that Gurmeet Ram Rahim was accompanied by his daughter when he reached the courtroom in Panchkula after travelling from the sect headquarters at Sirsa.At the time of court pronouncing him guilty in the 2002 case, the sect chief appeared “calm and composed”, the CBI counsel said. The 50-year-old Dera head had earlier appealed to his followers to maintain peace.Verma said that the Dera head had been found guilty under Section 376 (rape) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of IPC. PTI VSD SUN RTadvertisement
England created history when they blasted the highest total ODI world record in in men’s cricket of 481/6 and thrashed Australia by 242 runs at Trent Bridge on Tuesday. England also took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.Australia skipper Tim Paine elected to bowl first and was soon regretting that decision as the home batsmen ran riot against his inexperienced attack.Jonny Bairstow plundered a magnificent 139 off 92 balls while Alex Hales smashed 147 from 92.Skipper Eoin Morgan tucked into the scoring feast with a 21-ball half century — the fastest by an England batsman in ODIs — to become his country’s leading one-day scorer.Also read – England blast 481 vs Australia, record highest ODI score in men’s cricketThe total surpassed England’s previous record 444 scored two years ago against Pakistan, also at Trent Bridge.Australia were never in the hunt once opener D’Arcy Short chipped a catch to Moeen Ali off the bowling of David Willey in the fourth over and Moeen removed Travis Head and Shaun Marsh.Adil Rashid ended with four wickets as Australia were bowled out in 37 overs for 239 — handing England their biggest ever winning margin in ODIs and Australia’s heaviest defeat. REMARKABLE DAYIt was a remarkable day of shot-making by England’s batsmen though as they carved an ODI record 62 boundaries, including 21 sixes. The only disappointment was that they failed to go beyond the 500-run barrier after some late wickets fell.Remarkably England failed to strike a boundary in the last four overs — although the damage to the Australian morale was already done.advertisementAustralia skipper Tim Paine described England’s batting as some of the “best striking I’ve ever seen.””They are red hot at the moment,” he said. “That is as hard a day’s cricket as I’ve had in 16 or 17 years. Today it was a learning experience.”Wherever we put the field they hit the gaps. They are the yardstick of 50-over cricket right now.” FLYING STARTEngland got off to a flying start with Jason Roy and Bairstow offering a sign of what was to come.Bairstow struck three fours off quickie Jhye Richardson’s first over and Roy tucked into Billy Stanlake, pulling him for a six as England reached 38-0 after five overs.Bairstow was dropped on 30 by Marcus Stoinis and that proved extremely costly as he began to pepper the boundary.When Roy was run out for 82 it brought Hales to the crease and he set about the Australian attack with relish, striking 16 fours and five sixes in a sizzling knock.It seemed inevitable England would reach 500 but Hales and Morgan went in successive balls late on as Richardson got some belated reward and the run rate finally dropped.Morgan, who will lead England into a home World Cup next year, said it was a complete display.”There were some outstanding performances and we were relentless both with the bat and the ball,” he said.”It’s certainly a day to be proud. The top three are a huge asset to have. There are two games to go and still opportunities for them to score big runs so hopefully they will continue to be as hungry as they were today.”(With inputs from Reuters)
Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Y2 successor in India today. This is the Redmi Y3. Ahead of the launch, the company has revealed several details about the smartphone. Xiaomi has confirmed that the Redmi Y3 will come with a 32MP selfie camera, gradient finish, 4000mAh battery, dot drop notch, among other things. The company has also revealed that the Redmi Y3 will be durable and can take a beating a two. This hints that the phone may sport Gorilla Glass 5 on the front similar to the Redmi Note 7 series.The Redmi Y3 is already listed on Amazon India website which suggests that the phone can be grabbed from the e-store after it goes official in the country today. Not much of the specs are known about the Redmi Y3 but teases suggests that it is going to be an upgraded version of the Redmi Y2, which was launched in India last year.Notably, the Redmi Y3 launch event will start at 12 noon today and interested consumers can head to the company website, YouTube channel or Amazon India to watch the unveiling of the phone live. It is also worth noting that India is the first smartphone market that will get the Redmi Y3. So, today is the global launch of the Y3 in India.The key highlight of the Redmi Y3 is its selfie camera. Xiaomi India has confirmed that the Redmi Y3 will come with a 32MP selfie camera on the front which will sit on the dot drop notch on the top of the screen. The front design of the Redmi Y3 will be similar to the Redmi Note 7 series of phones. On the rear panel, the phone will sport dual cameras. The rear camera specs hasn’t been revealed by the company yet. Meanwhile, Xiaomi India has also confirmed that the Redmi Y3 will come with a big 4000mAh battery.advertisementOverall, going by all the teasers so far we believe the Redmi Y3 will be a much-upgraded version of the Redmi Y2 in terms of specifications, design, performance, camera, battery and almost every other aspect.As of yet, there’s no information about the India price of Redmi Y3. In India, the Redmi Y2 3GB+32GB model currently sells for Rs 8,999, while the 4GB+64GB model of the phone comes for Rs 10,999. We at India Today Tech expect the Redmi Y3 to either be slightly higher priced or similar to the Redmi Y2.The Redmi Y2 is available in funky colours like gold, dark grey, blue, rose gold, and black. The Redmi Y3 is also expected to come in classy colours. The blue version of the phone is already shown in the durability test video.ALSO READ | TikTok ban in India causing loss to Bytedance worth $500,000 daily, 250 jobs are at riskALSO READ | OnePlus 7 series to be launched on May 14 in India, company hints at gradient coloursALSO READ | Not just flagship killer, in 2019 OnePlus wants its next phone to be a flagship
Here at Pistols Firing, we use Slack to communicate back and forth. Sometimes this is constructive. Other times we riff for 20 minutes on Mike Gundy’s golf game. We’re going to try and do an informal roundtable every Wednesday about whatever is going on this week and post it here.Here is Volume 1. It’s pretty slangy and GIF-y and not meant to be anything serious. We’re just here to talk about OSU the way we all do in real life. If you need to brush up on any of the contributors, you can do so here.Porter (publisher): I agree with @boonek about the RBs. Shades of Joe Randle in Justice Hill.Boone (head of crootin): Someone in that group is going to be severely disappointed by the middle of the season…Porter: Carson.Aldrich (head of hoops): ^retweetCarson (podcaster): Why does everyone think I don’t like him? I was just skeptical is all, none more so than Porter!Porter: Bring me your Booker T. takes.Carson: The speed at which you’ve distanced yourself from our convo is faster than TyreekPorter: HahahaCarson: He didn’t start btw, which is all I was really questioning: A freshman starting Game 1 over three seniors. Did Boone report he was starting?Caleb (intern): Gosh, I know it’s cloudy here in OKC but it seems awfully shady in here…?Porter: I was talking about Chris Carson! Not @carsoncunningham !!Aldrich: Lol I was talking about Chris Carson too but this is greatPorter: It really is. A heel turn from Carson on official Big Cat Is Back Day.Boone: lol Nooo @carsoncunningham I didn’t. But I think @sam.aldrich10 wrote something about Gundy “potentially” starting Hill..Southwell (chief uni officer): Give Justice Hill jersey #24 and have Bob Stoops re-punt to him. Let’s see what happensAldrich: I was simply relaying Robert Allen’s sentimentsCarson: We are both CCs too, gotta figure out a name for Chris.Porter: We could just call him Jeremy Smith 2Boone: Yeah true that, @sam.aldrich10. But to be fair to Robert, he’s definitely right about Justice being the best option.Aldrich: Absolutely not arguing that.. Justice is the real dealThomas (Xs and Os): So is this RB rotation the topic of discussion?Porter: Sure. Who should start on Saturday?Aldrich: I also thought Rennie Childs already had “Jeremy Smith 2” title on lockBoone: Can Raymond Taylor come back? He had more yards than all of our backs on Saturday.Thomas: Carson again, see who gets hot. Barry j will be a specialist guy, carr will see majority of carries in garbage time.Thomas: Taylor would bounce off of anything I loved him.Carson: One for me, and one for Ray TayPorter: I think Hill should start. Give Carson red zone carries. Let Barry J. do Senior things in the return game. Line up Jeff Carr in the slot. Trade Rennie Childs for a backup LB.Caleb: I agree with Thomas, start Carson again and let them rotate for the first half again. If anyone (Hill) starts to show more promise, load the carries that way a bit more. I liked the distribution last game with Hill getting the most touches. I think this week could also be make or break for Childs whether he stays in the running the next few games or drops to the back of the pack.Southwell: Diamond formation rotating fresh legs. Barry J, Hill, and Carr can also rotate in the slot for the “jet sweep” touch pass optionPorter: Is anyone concerned about losing to CMU and/or the Aaron Rodgers II (according to Gundy) it has at QB?Thomas: Nah not as of now. Their style of play doesn’t match up well, neither does Pitt’sCarson: It’s clear to me the two best options are Barry J & Justice. They have the juice. We know what Chris Carson can & can’t do at this point. 3rd & 1 who do you hand it to?Aldrich: Start Hill and rotate Barry J in as needed. Give goal line touches to CastlemanCarson: Vincent Taylor RB3.Aldrich: Now we’re talkingPorter: Barry J. ran for one yard on four carries, @carsoncunninghamCarson: Check Engine Light packageCarson: How many carries w/ starting o-line?Porter: They were playing SE Louisiana!Thomas: Rennie and carson looked much improved, I say Carson/Child’s/Hill rotation and then specialist Barry and his backup is Carr. They should make a specialist role with their own packages and such. Kind of how they used hill but a lot better. They didn’t know how to use hill effectively at all.Porter: Am I wrong in saying Carr isn’t really a RB, @thomasfleming ?Thomas: He is but could be better utilized, especially considering how crowded they are at RB. There’s a role for a small, quick guy in modern football. Like a poor man’s Jakeem grant or shane williams-RhodesBoone: Against CMU I really don’t think it matters who gets the start. If it goes as planned they’ll have the second team offensive line in before Gundy checks out for his 2:00 tee at Karsten Creek. But Hill should get the start, followed by Carson, Childs and Carr.Porter: Do you think Gundy cheats in golf?Aldrich: I probably wouldn’t call him out on it if he’s got the camo oakley’s onPorter:Boone: Oh absolutely he does. He’s that guy that tees up in the fairway when I’m looking for my ball in the rough.Porter: “Just doing everything the right way over here.”Carson: If you make Gundy putt out…”That’s not matoor.”Porter: “I’m very ack-u-rut with my wedges”Boone: “Uh yeah, can I get a mulletan on that one? My hands were sweaty.”Boone:Caleb: Does that role for Carr overlap with McCleskey’s role in the jet sweep/screen/”whatever else he does” game?Thomas: Potentially. Unless you use McCleskey just as a star slot receiver and all of the plays for him are in passing game.Aldrich: First par 5 of the day *Yurcich reaches for 3-Iron*Caleb: Scale of 1-10 what is the likelihood that we see any of the following this season: a) Mason running the triple option. b) Barry J. running the Wildcat. c) a wide receiver set of all true freshmen (Obi, Stoner, Alexander, Hill in the slot?) d) a reverse pass to Rudolph for a 40+ yard touchdownPorter: If we see Mason running the triple option, I’m going to drive up to Stillwater and do a hunger strike outside of Joe’s until Gundy promises to never do that again.Thomas: They’ve ran the traditional option w him two or three times with an inside zone read and bubble. And that TD they had with Carr against TCU was technically a variation of traditional triple opt, but Rudolph didn’t actually read anyone off of inside zone.Carson: Reverse pass to Mason plz. Shades of Chelf vs. Baylor. Gundy vs. Wyoming (YouTube it, kids). What song is Mason singing in the 4th Qtr & is it audible over the coed shrieks?Porter: [points to student section while crooning Should Have Been a Cowboy, multiple sorority girls die]See you guys next week.If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
TEMPE, ARIZONA – APRIL 26: Quarterback Kyler Murray of the Arizona Cardinals poses during a press conference at the Dignity Health Arizona Cardinals Training Center on April 26, 2019 in Tempe, Arizona. Murray was the first pick overall by the Arizona Cardinals in the 2019 NFL Draft. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Kyler Murray is an accomplished passer, but his running ability was also a major reason why the Arizona Cardinals selected him No. 1 overall in this year’s draft. Murray can extend and make plays with his legs.The multi-sport star has ample speed. Though he didn’t run the 40-yard dash at the NFL Scouting Combine or his pro day, Murray claims he clocked a 4.3 the last time he did it.That was “two, three years” ago according to Murray, but a new Instagram post from a Cardinals workout shows his wheels are still elite. In it, Murray is going neck-and-neck in a sprint with fellow rookie Andy Isabella.Isabella, a wide receiver out of UMass, timed at 4.31 in the 40-yard dash at the combine. That type of speed is what makes Murray so enticing a prospect. If he’s in the open field, look out.Murray’s skill set and athleticism should make for a transition to the NFL that is fun to watch. He’ll have his share of growing pains, but he’ll also do things that wow you.
New Delhi: Urban India will be totally Open Defecation Free by October 2, 2019, exactly five years after Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched the Swachh Bharat campaign, Minister of State Hardeep Singh Puri said on Tuesday. Puri stated this while launching the Swachh Sarvekshan 2020, the fifth edition of the annual cleanliness survey to rate the cities on cleanliness. “There has been a significant transformation in Swachh Bharat Abhiyan from just being a government project to a people’s movement in the last five years,” said the Housing and Urban Affairs Minister. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ He said when the Swachh Sarvekshan was started in 2016, only 70 odd cities were included. This rose to 4,000 in 2018. “The defining feature of what we are doing now is the 100 per cent geographical coverage throughout the country,” the Minister said. “Instead of making the ‘sarvekshan’ of the cities just an annual process, we decided to take the process a step further. Earlier, we were using Google to map the toilets, now we are using Artificial Intelligence to ensure that there is complete transparency and there is no misdirection of the resources,” he said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Puri launched the Swachh Survekshan 2020 toolkit that contains a detailed survey methodology and component indicators with scores to help cities to prepare themselves for the survey. He emphasised that the country would achieve 100 per cent ODF status in urban areas by October 2, the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi. “I want to encourage all those 4,284 urban cities that have got the ODF status to maintain that status. I am aware of the cases where once you achieve the ODF status, a certain degree of complacency seeps in and the slippage takes place.” He added: “There is heightened awareness today and the systems are in place to deal with the interlinked issues of garbage collection, restoration of water bodies, de-silting. “Today’s event for launching the Swachh Survekshan 2020, with field survey to be conducted in January 2020, is particularly significant since it gives us the opportunity to reaffirm once again our promise for a Clean, Garbage Free and Sanitary New India.” Durga Shanker Mishra, Secretary, Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs, said every year the Swachh Survekshan was redesigned innovatively to ensure that the process becomes more and more robust, with focus on sustaining the changed behaviour.
Trina RoacheAPTN National NewsBeatrice Hunter, the Inuk land protector put in jail for protesting peacefully, had some tough questions for the premier of Newfoundland and Labrador but said she was “disappointed and disgusted” with his answers.Hunter confronted him at an event in Goose Bay on Tuesday evening and used Facebook Live to grill Premier Dwight Ball about Muskrat Falls, a controversial hydroelectric project outside of town.A big shock for Hunter was that Ball had not read an open letter from Senators Murray Sinclair and Kim Pate.“When the Senate sends you a letter, wouldn’t you respond ASAP? Especially when it’s the Senate?” said Hunter, in an interview from her home in Labrador. “And it shows that even just by him not reading the letter is a lack of respect for our lives and a lack of respect for the Senate.”On Monday, two senators wrote a joint letter to the premier about the “unjust incarceration” of Hunter for “engaging in a peaceful protest.”Sinclair and Pate said the “actions of the government in this regard have been shameful.”But on Tuesday evening, Ball told Hunter, “I’ve been travelling today and I haven’t really seen the letter yet. I’ve seen some media reports on it, we’ve had some conversations with it, so we need to clearly figure out exactly what the senators were asking for.”The senators asked the province to conduct a “review of its laws to ensure they do not derogate from existing Indigenous rights.”Hunter asked Ball if he would help get the charges against Labrador land protectors dropped.She’s one of 37 people facing criminal charges, including mischief over $5,000 and disobeying a court order, stemming from protests last fall.“I think none of us, yourself, would want a premier or any elected official that’s willing to interfere with a court process,” answered Ball. “I find the whole process very frustrating. I followed your story. It is a very frustrating thing for me to be into. Let’s keep in mind this is not a project I supported.”But Hunter was not appeased and replied, “You say you were very frustrated. How do you think I feel about it being in prison for 11 days?”On May 30, Hunter was sent to a men’s prison in St. John’s, 1,600 km to the south, after she told a judge she could not promise to stop protesting at Muskrat Falls.One concern of the ongoing opposition to the project is that unstable geography at an area of the dam called the North Spur could cause a breach in the dam and massive flooding for communities along the Lower Churchill River.Another, and the main focus of the ongoing protests last fall is methylmercury.A 2015 study by Harvard University indicated that leaving the trees and topsoil in the reservoir when it was flooded would create methylmercury that could contaminate traditional food sources downstream.After a marathon meeting last October, the premier reached a deal with Indigenous leaders.It promised an Independent Expert Advisory Committee to review environment impacts. Ball told Hunter that it’s now set up, and the government is just waiting for Indigenous leaders to find someone to chair the committee.And while the land protectors demand to have the reservoir cleared was not met, Nalcor Energy, the provincial crown corporation developing Muskrat Falls, promised it would release the flood waters from the spillway this spring.But in a recent update on its website, Nalcor reported, “Current water elevation upstream of the spillway remains around 21.5m above sea level. The plan is to keep the water at this level until mid-July. The water must remain at this level to install the necessary equipment that will ensure the safety of river users near the spillway and facility. Once this work is completed, the water level in the reservoir will be lowered.”Hunter has lost trust in government, including the Indigenous leaders in Labrador.“Todd Russell and Yvonne Jones had tried to visit me in prison,” said Hunter. “But I had denied them because I felt that I wouldn’t probably be in prison if they had done their job.”Russell is the leader of the NunatuKavut Community Council. And Jones is the Liberal MP for Labrador.Jones is the Liberal MP for Labrador and the parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Affairs Carolyn Bennett.“We’re fighting for Labrador lives to ensure that no one gets poisoned or drowned,” she said but isn’t looking to politicians for answers, including Dwight Ball.“There was nothing in his answers that said okay, Beatrice, we’re going to help Labrador,” said Hunter. “It seemed he avoided giving real answers to my questions.”And that included her repeated question, asking if Ball would resign as NL Minister for Aboriginal Affairs.email@example.com
The United Nations announced the allocation today of $86 million for emergency aid operations in some of the world’s worst, yet most neglected crises, allowing life-saving relief work to continue in 10 countries where needs are high but financial support is low. “People living through some of the most critical humanitarian crises do not always receive the attention that they need,” UN humanitarian chief and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos said. “These allocations will go to help millions of people who are caught in crises that have been forgotten or overshadowed by other emergencies.”The money comes from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) set up in 2006 with an annual target of $500 million to fund relief operations for both sudden-onset crises, such as those caused by a natural disasters or the outbreak of fighting, and chronic crises that have slipped below the humanitarian radar, like lingering refugee and hunger needs.Some $11.5 million from the allocation announced today will help people in Mali who are still feeling the impact of the deadly inter-communal violence that left many displaced in 2012. A further $5.5 million will allow UN agencies in Myanmar to maintain operations in Kachin and Rakhine states, where thousands of families affected by fighting and displacement continue to need humanitarian aid.The rest of the allocations will support relief efforts in Chad ($10 million), Colombia ($4.5 million), Djibouti ($4 million), the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea ($6.5 million), Haiti ($6 million), Sudan ($20 million), Uganda ($4 million), and Yemen ($14 million).CERF pools donor contributions into a single fund so that money is available to start relief work immediately when needs arise. Globally, the fund allocated almost $482 million in 2013, of which over $174 million went towards aid work in chronically under-funded crises. The UN General Assembly established CERF to make funding for humanitarian emergencies faster and more equitable. Since then, 125 Member States and dozens of private-sector donors and regional Governments have contributed more than $3.35 billion to the fund. Since its inception, CERF has allocated more than $3.2 billion for humanitarian agencies operating in 88 countries and territories.
The tablet space is starting to get a little crowded. While the iPad Best Price at Amazon is still seated far above the others in terms of sales, the competition is starting to get it together. The Nexus 7 and Kindle Fire have started to make some dents in Apple’s market share.Apple has been famously opposed to 7-inch tablets, but the rumors surrounding a new 7.85-inch iPad Mini are reaching deafening levels. It very well could be that Apple plans to put a stop to the growth that these smaller, less expensive devices have been scratching out with a new device of their own. Instead of announcing this tablet at the same time that the new iPhone is announced, Apple is expected to hold a separate event in October to release this new tablet.October is expected to be a very interesting month for gadgets. Amazon and Google will be busy fighting with each other after the new Kindle devices are on shelves, and Microsoft has planned the release of their Surface tablet on the 26th.Throwing a new iPad into that mix will create an interesting powder keg. Apple’s tablet offerings are soon to be challenged by three different competitors, and each of their tablets offer an impressive take on how we should be computing. Depending on when in October the iPad Mini would be announced, Microsoft’s Surface tablet risks being drowned out by consumers eager to try Apple’s latest device.Like the Surface tablet, there’s still no mention of price for the new iPad yet. Apple has never been a company particularly interested in racing to the bottom, but it will be difficult to convince consumers that the iPad mini is worth the extra cash. The Nexus 7 especially has demonstrated an amazing experience for $200, and with the holiday season upon us, price will be a significant factor.via Bloomberg
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek Finance Minister George Papaconstantinou last week expressed satisfaction over the understanding, as he said, shown by Eurogroup president Jean Claude Juncker and EU Economy and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Joaquin Almunia towards Athens’ efforts at greater fiscal consolidation. Speaking to reporters after an ECOFIN meeting here, the minister stressed it was very positive the fact that EU officials acknowledged that positive steps were taken towards the right direction, while they (officials) categorically rejected speculation over the “collapse” of the Greek economy.Papaconstantinou said the Greek problem was mainly a problem of policies implemented by the previous government and stressed that an ECOFIN decision to proceed with the next step of disciplinary procedures against Greece for its excessive deficits was a clear line dividing the past and the future. “A future which will be judged based on decisions taken by the current government and will be recorded not only in the 2010 state budget but mainly in an updated Stability and Growth program to be submitted to the European Commission in January,” he said.The Greek minister said he briefed his counterparts in a Eurogroup meeting over the main aspects of next year’s budget, which aims at supporting the growth of the economy and put the country’s public finances in order by cutting the fiscal deficit by 3.6 percentage points next year. Papaconstantinou said the government will table a new draft law on the tax system to Parliament in May, along with measures to drastically cut overspending in the public sectors, opening a dialogue on the reform of the social insurance system and actions to improving economic competitiveness.He said the European Commission has not made any recommendations to Greece towards cutting or freezing public sector wages.Papaconstantinou reassured markets that Greek state securities were a very good investment.
Royaume-Uni : l’écureuil roux a retrouvé son habitatAprès 50 ans de labeur acharné, des volontaires ont réussi à restituer aux désormais rares écureuils roux un habitat viable sur une petite île du Dorset. Leur principal ennemi : les rhododendrons invasifs, qui étouffaient la forêt.Depuis 1962, 15.000 volontaires, du louveteau au retraité, sous la houlette du Dorset Wildlife Trust, ont participé à la réhabilitation de l’île de Brownsea, au large de la côte du Dorset, littéralement envahie par les buissons de rhododendrons qui étouffaient le couvert végétal originel. Leur but : restituer aux quelques 250 écureuils roux de l’île un habitat propice.À lire aussiUn écureuil nous donne une leçon de déblayage de neige”Quand nous sommes arrivés ici en 1962, on pouvait à peine marcher sur l’île, la terre était vraiment mourante à cause des rhododendrons. Les premiers jours, nous avions du mal à voir les écureuils. Et maintenant, un jour comme celui-ci, vous pourrez probablement en voir une douzaine”, explique Richard Yeoman, un volontaire, au terme de décennies d’arrachage des plantes parasites et de restauration de la forêt.Le nombre d’écureuils roux devrait augmenter sur ce sanctuaire exempt d’écureuil gris – l’envahissant rival du roux – à mesure que la forêt se régénère. Ceci grâce au patient labeur du Dorset Wildlife Trust et du National Trust, qui se sont partagés le travail, et grâce surtout à l’énergie des défricheurs, amoureux du sympathique petit rongeur.Le 2 octobre 2011 à 13:03 • Maxime Lambert
GLENDALE, Wis. (WSVN) – A Wisconsin woman faces charges after police said she became upset over a mistake with her McDonald’s order.Investigators said Debreaka Jones, 19, got angry after she was given a sausage biscuit instead of a bacon biscuit.Surveillance footage showed Jones toss the incorrect order through the drive-thru window, prosecutors said.According to investigators, she then walked inside the restaurant and allegedly pushed a 17-year-old employee to the floor, causing her to hit her head.The teen was reportedly treated for dizziness and a possible concussion.Jones has been charged with disorderly conduct and physical abuse of a child. If convicted, she could face more than six years in prison.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich announces that he’s staying in the race for governor in Anchorage on Tuesday, the deadline for candidates to withdraw and have their names taken off the ballot. Also pictured: His son Jacob Begich, wife Deborah Bonito and lieutenant governor running mate Debra Call. The three-way race includes Gov. Bill Walker, an independent, former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy, a Republican, and Begich, a Democrat. (Photo by Liz Ruskin/Alaska Public Media)Former U.S. Sen. Mark Begich announced that he’s staying in the race for governor. This sets up a three-way race between Begich, former state Sen. Mike Dunleavy and Gov. Bill Walker.Listen now“Alaska’s never given up on me, and I won’t give up on Alaska,” Begich said at a press conference in Anchorage on Tuesday. “For those that are wondering, I’m staying in this race for governor.”Both power brokers and conflicted voters have expressed concern that the Democratic Begich and independent Walker will compete for the same voters.A recent poll commissioned by the Alaska AFL-CIO found Dunleavy, a Republican, would win a three-way race by 10 points, but would lose to both Walker and Begich in a two-way race.Both Begich and Walker resisted calls to withdraw. Begich said he will fight for women’s right to make their own health care decisions. He also highlighted his support for protecting permanent fund dividends. And he said he would work to fully fund education and to reduce crime.“It’s a three-way race, so get used to it,” he said. “We are focusing on what this race is about: the people of Alaska. Alaskans will need to make their choice of who they will support and vote accordingly. You cannot cut a deal on your values, just to make sure that one person or another becomes governor.”Begich wouldn’t answer questions about how his decision to stay in the race could lead to Dunleavy winning.Begich has criticized recent cuts to PFDs made by Walker and the Legislature. Walker and lawmakers said they made the cuts to help close the gap between what the state spends and what it raises in oil royalties, taxes and fees.Both Begich and Walker have said they would make up for any long-lasting budget gap with new revenue. Neither have campaigned on a specific tax proposal.Dunleavy opposes new taxes. He has said he would use permanent fund earnings to pay for higher PFDs. But he hasn’t said how deeply he would draw down permanent fund earnings.Four years ago, Democratic nominee Byron Mallott joined his ticket with Walker, and the Alaska Democratic Party supported Walker and Mallott.
Maruti Suzuki’s next offering in the sedan segment, Ciaz, is not expected until September but the spy photos of the car has been doing the rounds on the web for quite sometime.Now the latest in the line is an image posted by the MotorBeam team, which shows Ciaz being tested outside Maruti’s Gurgaon plant. The car is seen heavily camouflaged, thus not revealing much details on its design.Ciaz, the new entry into the C-segment, was first seen at the Delhi Auto Expo 214 and is likely to make its India debut in September. The car, codenamed YL1, is expected to replace the underperforming SX4 sedan in the country and resembles the Suzuki Authentics concept car, which was shown at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.Ciaz is likely to pack the same 1.3 liter Multijet diesel or 1.4 liter K Series petrol engine of Ertiga. Under the hood, it is expected to carry some of the features of both SX4 and Ertiga. Other speculated features of the car include 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push button start, puddle lamps and leather seats.The car is also expected to host a number of safety features like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). Rumours are also rife that the Maruti’s new sedan will get the Automated Manual Transmission (AMT) technology, which was introduced with the new Maruti Suzuki Celerio. Ciaz will take on the likes of Hyundai Verna, Honda City and Volkswagen Vento.Maruti is also rumoured to launch the AMT version of Alto K10. Alto K10, a successful small offering of Marurti, has seen a dip in its sales in recent years. The introduction of the AMT variant of Alto K10 is expected to salvage its losing charm in the sub-continent market.(Edited by Vishnuprasad S Pillai)
United Airlines planes on the tarmac at San Francisco International Airport in San Francisco, California. AFP file photoUnited Airlines found itself in the middle of a social media storm on Monday, after the US carrier forcefully removed a passenger from a flight due to overbooking.The incident occurred Sunday on a United Express flight bound for Louisville, Kentucky, from Chicago. United Express flights are operated by one of eight regional airlines which partner with United.The airline said it had asked for volunteers to give up their seats on the flight, and police were called after one passenger refused to leave the plane.Smartphone video posted online showed three Chicago Department of Aviation police officers struggling with a seated middle-aged man.The man started to scream as he is dragged off while other passengers looked on—some recording the event with their phones.One passenger can be heard yelling, “Oh my God, look at what you did to him!”The incident ignited social media outrage, with “United” a trending term on Twitter, Facebook and Google.It was another example of bad press and negative social media coverage for United, after an incident in late March when two teenage girls were denied boarding a flight in Denver because they wore leggings.The airline defended its action, saying the girls were flying on passes that require them to abide by a dress code in return for free or discounted travel.In Sunday’s incident, United told US media that it had asked for volunteers to leave the overbooked plane.“One customer refused to leave the aircraft voluntarily and law enforcement was asked to come to the gate,” United spokesman Charlie Hobart was quoted by the Chicago Tribune newspaper as saying.The airline did not return AFP’s request for comment.United Airlines chief executive Oscar Munoz addressed the latest controversy in a statement posted Monday on the airline’s website.“This is an upsetting event to all of us,” Munoz said, adding that the airline was conducting a “detailed review of what happened.”“We are also reaching out to this passenger to talk directly to him and further address and resolve this situation,” he said.Tyler Bridges, who posted video of Sunday’s incident on Twitter, wrote: “not a good way to treat a Doctor trying to get to work because they overbooked.”He described passenger reaction on the plane as “disturbed.”“Kids were crying,” he said.Bridges also wrote that the man appeared bloodied by his encounter with law enforcement and posted video showing him later running back on the plane, repeatedly saying, “I have to go home.”The man appeared to be pacing and disoriented.US airlines are allowed to involuntarily bump passengers off overbooked flights, with compensation, if enough volunteers cannot be found, according to the US Department of Transportation.
Share Bob DaemmrichGov. Greg Abbott gave the opening speech at the state republican convention in Dallas, Texas on May 12, 2016.Gov. Greg Abbott is set to meet with President Donald Trump on Friday at the White House.The meeting, scheduled for 11 a.m. Eastern Time in the Oval Office, will include Charter Communications CEO Thomas Rutledge, according to the White House.The topic of the meeting was not immediately clear, but it comes as the cable company moves forward with plans to open its first Spanish-language call center in McAllen. The call center is expected to add over 600 jobs to the border city. Since winning the presidential election last year, Trump has looked to highlight — and take credit for — new investments that companies have been making in the United States. Abbott’s meeting with Trump also comes the same day the U.S. House is expected to vote on Republicans’ plan to repeal and replace Obamacare after postponing the vote Thursday. Abbott said Thursday he was “very closely” watching the debate over the legislation.This article originally appeared in The Texas Tribune at https://www.texastribune.org/2017/03/23/abbott-meet-trump-white-house/.Texas Tribune mission statementThe Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.
X Listen Share Laura Isensee/Houston Public MediaParent and activist Travis McGee addressed a crowd of people at the HISD meeting while the board was in closed session and before a scuffle erupted with police officers. 00:00 /11:16 No matter how you associate politically, it seems fair to say that since the 2016 presidential election, politics have been especially fraught with conflict and seem to be increasingly present on people’s minds.In fact, politics may be so much on people’s mind that it causes them an undue amount of stress similar to anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders, according to new research.The research indicates that, following the 2016 election, many individuals have reported intrusive thoughts — and even ritualistic behaviors — associated with anxiety and stress related specifically to the state of politics. And the symptoms are present no matter what party you align with.To find out more, Craig Cohen talks with Sandra Cepeda and Eric Storch from Baylor College of Medicine and learns how this data might be used in the future. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Many gamers will be settling down to play through BioShock Infinite today, some later than others if you chose to buy the physical copy of the PC version.One of the bonuses of completing the game is unlocking 1999 Mode, which can be described as an ultra hard setting. It’s not just a harder game mode, though, it’s both more difficult and a different experience.AdChoices广告1999 Mode is named after the release year of the game System Shock 2, which several employees of Irrational Games worked on, including Ken Levine. Just like that game, 1999 Mode will force the player to make decisions about specializations that cannot be reversed and could even render certain parts of the game unbeatable. Yes, 1999 Mode will inevitably force game restarts depending on your choices.If that sounds like the perfect challenge to you, the good news is you don’t have to complete BioShock Infinite in order to unlock the mode. Irrational has included an alternative unlock mechanism. You simply enter the well-known Konami Code.In the past, Ken Levine has said the game definitely wouldn’t allow the unlock to happen through a code, but he was either joking at the time or changed his mind. From the main menu you can enter the following sequence of button presses and the 1999 Mode will appear as an option:Up, Up, Down, Down, Left, Right, Left, Right, B, A (or O, X on PS3)On PC, it will be whatever keys you have setup for cancel and confirm actions to replace the last two button presses in the sequence.I suspect most gamers will want to play the game to completion normally before attempting 1999 Mode. But the Konami Code is there in case you can’t wait. It’s also a welcome addition to the game as it does change the gameplay dynamics enough to make it a different experience. It’s not just you playing the same game again only having to play better to survive.
Nintendo is Killing Miiverse in Japan This NovemberThere’s a Reason Why Link Doesn’t Wear His Iconic Green Hat … Stay on target A few days ago I fired up my Wii U and played through the recent port of Severed, an indie game released earlier this year from the folks behind Guacamelee. Contrary to popular opinion, I really enjoy my Wii U and play it more often than you’d expect. However, there’s no denying that soon the console will be dead. Sooner or later Nintendo will have to reveal the NX, you know, that machine coming out in five months.This means every time I boot up my Wii U could be the last time. Every new game I play on it could be the last new game. This isn’t a new experience. It happens every time an older console generation dies so a new one can be born. However, this time, I realized something has changed. This time could also be the last time I use a certain console for the last time. Some of the most interesting video games come out near the death of a console. But what will happen if console death itself becomes a thing of the past?The life and death of a video game console used to be a fairly predictable cycle. A fun cycle to experience, but a predictable one to look back on. New systems would launch at roughly the same time with roughly the same power. Launch games were technical showpieces maybe with some exciting ideas that usually lacked content because they were rushed to market, especially if they were from third parties. As the years went on, the install bases grew, developers became more confident with the hardware, and the games improved. Soon enough it would be time for the next cycle of consoles and players were left with the last vestiges of old-gen software as developers shifted the bulk of their attention to the shiny new hardware.A lot of fascinating games were released during those twilight periods for waning game consoles, games free from the pressure to be huge tentpoles that could instead let their creativity flourish. I’m talking about games like Drill Dozer for the Game Boy Advance, Wario’s Woods for the NES, Final Fantasy XII for the PlayStation 2, Conker’s Bad Fur Day for the N64, Oddworld: Stranger’s Wrath for the original Xbox, and Donkey Kong Jungle Beat for the GameCube. I now also include Severed in this quality bunch, but we’ll get to that later.However, this cycle is breaking down. The last generation was several years longer than past cycles. Eight years passed between the launch of the Xbox 360 and the Xbox One, double the time between the 360 and the original Xbox. The first few years of this last cycle resembled past cycles, but then we entered this strange overtime where even though the games on the consoles had already peaked in terms of quality, developers still had to crank out more of them. This is why we got extraneous sequels like Gears of War: Judgment and God of War: Ascension. I remember in 2008 hearing rumors that Microsoft was about to unveil a 360 successor, and while that’s so untrue it’s almost quaint now, peripherals like the Kinect, Wii MotionPlus, and PlayStation Move did basically turn their respective boxes into new machines.Eventually, proper new consoles did debut, but the sheer length of the previous cycle and fears about the viability of this cycle kept things from going back to normal. Instead of getting an intriguing crop of twilight games for the 360 and PS3, developers simply created games for old and new consoles alike. AAA games like GTA V, Metal Gear Solid V, Shadow of Mordor, Destiny, and Rise of the Tomb Raider were all cross-generation releases. And every day it seems like another 360/PS3 game is being “remastered” for the new consoles, HD remakes of games that were already in HD.Now the final destruction of the cycle is almost in sight. Later this year Sony will release the PS4 Pro, not the next PlayStation but an upgraded version of the existing PlayStation. Meanwhile, Project Scorpio arrives next year, a significantly improved console Microsoft still insists is part of the Xbox One family. Together these moves suggest console generations as we knew them are over. Like smartphones or PCs, console manufacturers will now improve and make iterations on existing machines rather than starting over from scratch every five or so years.There are upsides to this trend. Maintaining continuity between different versions of a console makes it easier to preserve backward compatibility. Developers will also likely appreciate having more power in a console they are familiar with, rather than having to learn how to code for an entirely new device. However, consumers might be confused by this shift, at least initially. It’s easy to understand the difference between a PS4 and PS3. A PS4 vs a PS4 Pro is a little trickier. There’s also the fear of these expensive toys becoming obsolete faster through the power of brutal capitalism. Then again, parents of NES-owning children were also outraged at first after the Super Nintendo launched. They got over it.This brings us back to the Wii U. Like I said the whole reason I started thinking about all this future was because I realized how Severed might be the last Wii U game I play aside from maybe Paper Mario: Color Splash, which I’m also playing and enjoying. I plan on picking up The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild on the NX. Unlike the PS4 and Xbox One, the Wii U is definitely going away. What little we know about the NX suggests it will be a clean break, not an incremental upgrade. But if this is the last time that shift happens to a console, that means this is the last set of those twilight games.Fortunately, Severed fits that tradition in a really great way. In Severed players control a one-armed girl named Sasha slashing her way to recover her family’s corpses in a stylish hellscape that continues Canadian developer DrinkBox Studios’ obsession with all things Latin American. The first-person perspective evokes classic computer RPGs like Ultima but the layered dungeon design and pattern-heavy sword combat are very much Zelda meets Infinity Blade. It’s quite satisfying. The game first launched on the PlayStation Vita (another dead video game machine) and is available on iOS as well. But this is a touch-driven game I can’t imagine not playing with a stylus, and the big screen of the Wii U GamePad makes this superior to the 3DS version also included with the purchase. Regardless of platform, I think Severed is a game worth playing, but it’s even more meaningful to me now as part of the farewell tour for both the Wii U and perhaps the very idea of video game console farewell tours.Maybe this is all premature. Maybe the NX will also have a traditional console cycle or maybe we will one day see an actual PlayStation 5 or a totally new Xbox. But video games are technology, and when technology changes it tends to keep changing rather than change but then go back to the way things were. So, severed from the past, soon we may all find ourselves in the peculiar position of not commemorating dead consoles but commemorating the dead concept of dead consoles.