PAK FM writes to EAM Jaishankar bats for dialogue

first_imgNew Delhi: Pakistani Foriegn minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi has written a letter to S Jaishankar congratulating him on his appointment as the external affairs minister of India. Jaishankar took charge last Friday and was the former Foreign Secretary. In the letter, Qureshi also advocated for talks between the 2 countries. Ties between the 2 countries are frayed since the Pulwama terror attack on 14th of February whose responsibility was claimed by Pakistan based United Nations listed terror group Jaish-e-Mohammad. Also Read – Dussehra with a ‘green’ twist This comes in the backdrop of visit of Pakistani Foreign Secretary Sohail Mahmood to India on Eid, during which he offered Namaz at Delhi’s historic Jama Masjid. MEA has clarified that his visit was a “personal visit and there was no meeting scheduled” between Pak FS & any Indian official. Meanwhile, Ministry of External Affairs has dismissed reports of any meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi & Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan on the sidelines of Shanghai cooperation organization next week in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. Also Read – India receives its first Rafale fighter jet from France MEA’s spokesperson Raveesh Kumar, in response to WION’s question at the first weekly MEA presser of the new govt said, “To the best of my knowledge no meeting has been planned between PM Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan at the SCO Summit in Bishkek.” Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan had called PM Modi to congratulate after his victory in the general elections. During the call, PM Modi asked Pak PM to create an environment free of terror.(With inputs from DNA)last_img read more

Unnao rape Court orders framing of charges against Sengar

first_imgNew Delhi: A Delhi court on Friday ordered framing of charges against expelled BJP MLA Kuldeep Singh Sengar in the Unnao rape case. A bench presided by District and Sessions Judge Dharmesh Sharma charged Sengar with sections 376(1) (punishment for rape), 120B (criminal conspiracy), 363 (punishment for rape), 366 (kidnapping, abducting or inducing woman to compel her marriage) and 109 (punishment for abetment) of the Indian Penal Code and 3 and 4 (penetrative sexual assault) of POCSO Act. The apex court earlier this month directed the transfer of all cases relating to the matter outside Uttar Pradesh. The case relates to the rape of a minor girl allegedly by Sengar at his residence in Unnao on June 4 two years ago when she had gone to meet him to seek a job. Sengar is currently lodged in Tihar Jail.last_img read more

Kiwi Stars Want To Get Free With Greenpeace

first_imgA star-studded array of New Zealanders has joined forces to criticise the government in a new campaign to be launched this (Wednesday) evening.Hollywood actors Sam Neill and Lucy Lawless, award-winning musicians the Topp Twins, Tiki Taane and Warren Maxwell have teamed up with acclaimed writer Albert Wendt, academic Dr Ranginui Walker, leading businessman Phillip Mills, entrepreneur Nick Gerritsen, former Acting Judge of the Supreme Court Sir Ted Thomas and many others to condemn the government’s plans for deep sea oil drilling and attempts to crack down on peaceful protests.

Uniting under the slogan Get Free, they have created a new three-minute ‘call to action’ addressed to the nation, which can be seen at In it, they call for New Zealanders to stand together in defence of the country’s oceans, the New Zealand way of life, the right to protest and against the government’s plans to drill for deep sea oil.

Backing clean energy instead would, say the group, be a boost for New Zealand’s environment and economy. Almost 30,000 jobs could be created in areas such as the geothermal and bioenergy industries, revealed a report, released earlier this year and based on scientific modelling carried out by experts in Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The analysis shows that the geothermal industry alone could be worth over NZ$4billion to the economy every year.And a growing bioenergy sector could see New Zealand becoming increasingly less reliant on foreign oil imports, saving the country over NZ$7billion each year by 2035.

The call comes in the wake of the National-led government’s controversial crackdown on protest at sea and as New Zealand’s reputation for being clean and green faces increasing international scrutiny. In recent days, Texan oil company Anadarko has announced plans to drill in New Zealand waters in the coming months.

Bunny McDiarmid, head of Greenpeace, who co-ordinated Get Free, said: “The Get Free message is loud and clear that if we don’t stand up now, we stand to lose things of great value to us – our democratic rights and our unpolluted waters.”

Sir Ted Thomas said: “The new law making it illegal to protest at sea is shameful. We have a long history of defending our land and sea and fighting for our freedoms. In many ways protest has provided the strong foundations on which we have built New Zealand. If there ever was a time to protect our country, now is that time.”

Leading New Zealand businessman and founder of the Pure Advantage group Phillip Mills said: “From a business perspective, failure to deal with climate change will undo all of our hard work. Conversely, the greatest future opportunities lie in dealing with this problem. The intelligent path for New Zealand is clean energy innovation, not the blind pursuit of more oil.”

Entrepreneur Nick Gerritsen said: “The evolution of the green economy is a natural fit for NZ. It’s what we do. It’s what the world thinks and expects of us. It’s common sense because it’s where our competitive advantage rests.”

Others participating in Get Free include Lady Blake and Peter Williams QC, oncologist Dr George Laking, Te Whanau ā Apanui kaumātua Rikirangi Gage and lawyer Dayle Takitimu, surfing stars Mischa Davis and Daniel Kereopa, actors Robyn Malcolm and Lucy Lawless and Maria Tyrrell, the daughter of RNZN Commander Alan Tyrrell who was the Commanding Officer of the HMNZS Otago at the Moruroa Protests.

The government’s new law banning aspects of peaceful protesting at sea was heavily criticised by lawyers and politicians when it was introduced. Over 45,000 people signed a statement against the new measures.last_img read more

Gavin DeGraw Headlines 10 Year Reunion Bash for Augies Quest

first_imgAugie’s Quest today announced its 10 Year Reunion Bash, set to take place on Friday, March 13, 2015, at the JW Marriott, located at 900 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015.The event is held in conjunction with the 34th Annual IHRSA Tradeshow and Convention.Proceeds will go towards the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s first and largest non-profit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research, with the goal of finding effective treatments and a cure for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).The event will feature entertainment from Grammy-nominated recording artist, Gavin DeGraw, with a special performance from John Ondrasik of Five For Fighting. The Bash will be hosted by Natalie Morales of NBC’s The Today Show.The 10 Year Reunion Bash for Augie’s Quest will provide guests with a fun, high school-reunion theme and will highlight the past 10 years of successful fundraising put on by the organization, in hopes of bringing donations to an all-time high to ultimately end the affects of ALS. The event features a silent and live auction with one-of-a-kind packages. The BASH for Augie’s Quest is presented by IHRSA, with sponsors including Technogym, The Atlantic Club, The Bay Club Company, Zumba, Newtown Athletic Club, and 24 Hour Fitness.The purpose of Augie’s Quest has always been to fund research and drug development aimed at ending ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since 2007, Augie’s Quest has raised more than $44 million in support of finding effective ALS treatments- making it the largest individual fundraising program for ALS. All funds raised by Augie’s Quest benefit the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s first and largest nonprofit biotech focused 100 percent on ALS research. Support comes from a huge network of national events and promotions, including the BASH for Augie’s Quest, Tradition of Hope Gala and widely successful campaigns within the very generous fitness industry, such as the Clubs for the Quest, as well as a hugely innovative joint-fundraising initiative called the ClubCorp Charity Classic which benefits Augie’s Quest and other local charities chosen by that networks members directly. For more information, click here.For tickets and information about the Bash, click here.last_img read more

Experimental Eskimos hope change of government leads to recognition and compensation for

first_imgAccording to Ittinuar, ITK President Natan Obed mentioned their case to Trudeau during their Iqaluit meeting.APTN asked the ITK what was said, but Obed did not make himself available for an interview. But a spokesperson for the organization said, “we support them.”Trudeau has promised to implement all 94 calls to action listed in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 2014 report.The one of particular interest to Ittinuar, Nungak, and Tagoona is Number 26.“We call upon the federal, provincial and territorial government to review and amend their respective statue of limitations to ensure that they conform to the principle that government and other entities cannot rely on limitation defences to defend legal actions of historical abuse brought by Aboriginal people.”The government is leaning on the statute of limitations because it took Ittinar, Nungak and Tagoona 11 years to file their lawsuit after they learned of the experiment.Nungak said they were all cautious.“I said, ‘Peter, I suppose now, in pursuit of compensation, we’ll have to expose the unsavoury dysfunctions we have all experienced post-experiment. Broken family ties, inability to maintain healthy relationships, and, in my case, struggles with severe alcoholism,’” said Nungak.“It took us years to sort of self-assess – what has it cost me? What has this cost me in my own individual personal life? I have never been close to my family ever again – although I have four brothers and two sisters, all still living.”Both have talked publicly about their past personal issues now.They said that is behind them.The government did get what the experiment sought out to do – all three men became leaders, and instrumental in the development of Nunavut and Nunavik for the Inuit.In the early 1970s, Nungak helped negotiate the James Bay Agreement that would create Inuit rights for the first time in Québec. Those negotiations also created the Makovik Corporation that represents the 15 communities of Nunavik, politically.Ittinuar and Tagoona worked on the political front with the Inuit Tapirisat of Canada, later the ITK.In 1979, Ittinuar became the first Inuk Member of Parliament representing Nunatsiaq, later Nunavut for the NDP. Later he would cross the floor to join Pierre Trudeau’s Liberals.In the 1980s, all three were deeply involved with constitutional talks with the Canadian government including language used in the repatriation of the Constitution.Nungak currently lives in Kangirsuk, Nunavik.Ittinuar lives in Brantford, Ont.Tagoona lives in Baker Lake, NU.This lawsuit is only part of “Experimental Eskimo” project.Later, four more children would be plucked from their homes in Nunavut and sent south to sink or swim.Sarah Silou from Baker Lake, NU was sent to Edmonton, Alta.Leesee Komoartok, Roasie Joamie and Jeanne Mike from Pangnirtung, NU were sent to Petite Riviere, Nova Scotiia.Their claim is almost identical to the one Ittinuar, Nungak and Tagoona filed. Now everyone is waiting.“I try not to be angry, and bitter and whining and complaining and just being a miserable fellow for having gone through all this,” said Nungak. “My only complaint now is that the government should recognize that they ran an experiment – they ran a human experiment without informed consent of our parents and they owe us for work we did in that experiment. But I try not to express it in terms of bitterness and hatred.“All we want is let’s get paid for what we did and we’ll sign a release and we’ll call it a day,” said Ittinuar. “We’ll go away, you can go away and that will be the end of that – we don’t want an apology. Zebedee Nungak as an “Eskimo” <>1234 Ittinuar, left, with former prime minister Pierre Trudeau and his family in 1983. To the right of Ittinuar is Justin. <>12345 Mark Blackburn APTN National NewsZebedee Nungak was 12 years old in 1963 and doing well in school in his home community of Puvirnituq in Northern Quebec. When not studying, Nungak was out on the land with his friends, a .22 rifle in hand and dreams of being a great Inuit hunter.But the federal government had a different plan for him.They wanted to try an experiment.By August of that year, Nungak would be on a plane bound for Ottawa.“The government called it a social experiment or an experiment to see or determine if Inuit children could withstand being ‘educated’ in among white children in suburbia,” said Nungak.In the early 1960s, three men were part of a program the Canadian government called the “Eskimo Experiment.” It was run by the department of Northern Affairs and National Resources (now Indigenous and Northern Affairs) to determine if Inuit children were smart enough to be educated in the south, and eventually become future leaders.Peter Ittinuar from Chesterfield Inlet, Nunavut, Eric Tagoona from Baker Lake, Nunavut, (then Northwest Territories) and Nungak from Puvirnituq, on the eastern shores of Hudson Bay, were taken from their homes for more than six years – and had little or no contact with their friends and families in the North.Now, nearly 60 years later, they want recognition and a negotiated settlement from Canada because they said the experiments forever changed their lives.“The experiment was two-fold,” said Ittinuar, 67, who is a negotiator in the Negotiations and Reconciliation Division in the ministry of Relations and Reconciliation for the province of Ontario. “One was to see how well these kids do in the classroom and obtaining grade certification and all that, and secondly how well would they do socially and how well would they adapt culturally.“And that experiment was to help them determine new policies up north, whether to bring kids down south and determine whether we were little savages or as good as well as white kids.”Nungak, from left, Tagoona, and Ittinuar in Ottawa in 1964.To start the experiment, Ottawa needed to find test subjects – students who excelled in existing Arctic schools. The department sent a team across the North to administer Intelligence Quotient (IQ) tests to find the brightest Inuit students. And it seemed the department wasn’t concerned about what that would do to Inuit culture in the future.“It can be argued that such a directed educational program will disrupt northern native family ties, and will rapidly destroy native culture,” said a departmental report. “We must follow through with the natural consequences of that program.”Peter Ittinuar was a 12-year-old growing up as a typical ‘Eskimo child,’ learning to fish and hunt in his small community that sits on the northwestern shores of Hudson Bay.“In 1960 there were still many, many people still living pretty nomadic lives and living out on the land at that time,” he said. “They were then starting to be herded into communities and you know small one room schools were being built. The question for the government was how are we going to educate all the Inuit up north en-masse? You know they’re isolated, they’re way up there do we bring them down south? Do we build schools up there?”The program was administered by Gordon Devitt, the district superintendent of schools in the North.Among their peers, Ittinuar and Tagoona stood out.In late August 1962, the two 12-year-olds left from the airport in Rankin Inlet for their journey to join the Qallunaat (white people) in Ottawa.“There was always a crowd at the airport when a DC-3 came in or the Northern Norseman single engine plane,” Ittinuar said. “I think my dad was actually working in the mine when I left, and I think it was my aunt took me to the airport … it was a day that changed my life.”In Ottawa, the place of straight lines and paved roads, Tagoona and Ittinuar had access to everything.They stayed with the same family and attended the J.H. Putman public school in the city’s west end. There, they excelled in their studies.Their “Dick and Jane” English, as they described it, quickly improved and both immersed themselves in extra-curricular activities including judo, swimming, music and community sports including hockey and softball.“In fact, one of the few things that encouraged me …,” remembered Nungak, 65 who is now a radio commentator and author. “Previous to this I thought the white people were some sort of superior race. That they never went hungry. All their women were beautiful and even their garbage was good. That was my stereotype impression of white people.“But during one of my classes at Parkway public school in which I spent my first year in Grade 6, one of my fellow students, we were doing a reading exercise and he was struggling with a word, he was reading some text and he said ‘and he had to deter … he had to deter- mine’ and I was amazed. If he can, a Qallunaat boy can have trouble with words in his own language that I knew – he was trying to say determine … what am I doing feeling any sense of inferiority? And I never looked back.”Eric Tagoona in Ottawa in 1964.According to a letter penned in 1964 by R.L. Kennedy, the department’s superintendent of the Arctic, the boys were achieving “above class average,” and said, “they are capable of competing with children in southern Canada.”“We recognized it started us on a road pretty much ahead of our peers towards an education that helped shape our lives,” said Ittinuar.August 14, 1963 is when Zebedee Nungak set off on his own journey from northern Québec to Ottawa.“I was a walk-in,” said Nungak. “I didn’t go through any IQ testing I just walked in. The late Ralph Ritcey who was one of the senior bureaucrats who was responsible for our care and supervision described it as such, as a “walk-in.”Nungak said he remembered being excited the day he left Puvirnituq for Ottawa.“I was a 12-year-old boy, very anxious to get on being in a strange environment among the Qallunaat,” he said. “I didn’t have any morbid fear of getting into this mysterious experience. And my parents were entirely supportive – they were not kicking and screaming.”While Nungak’s parents were not “kicking and screaming” about their son’s departure, they didn’t know the government was conducting an experiment.In fact, the government didn’t get the informed consent for any of the three boys to travel.They just told them they were going.Except for Peter Ittinuar’s parents.“My mother was away at a (tuberculosis) sanatorium,” said Ittinuar. “My dad found out from a priest who had found out from a teacher who had found out from a government official and there were no consent forms signed … it was planned ahead but there was no consent. They did what they wanted to do.”While Tagoona keeps in touch with both Nungak, and Ittinuar, he rarely has contact with the world outside Baker Lake, NU.Both Nungak and Ittinuar agree there was a disconnect in the experience.While they were receiving a good education, and living in a middle-class home, they had no one to turn to during hard times – but say they were not physically abused.They received a far better education than that of their peers in the Arctic – and they would fulfill the government’s plan and become leaders of their people.But as they grew older, the three recognized that this higher learning came at a cost.They were not Inuit in the eyes of their family and friends in the North, and in the south, would never be accepted as Qallunaat.“Whatever I gained from the experience chipped away at my core identity of being an Eskimo man,” said Nungak. “The one thing that I did learn was to speak and write and express myself in English well – well enough for natural English speakers to understand what I’m trying to get across.“But that knowledge is absolutely useless when I’m at the floe edge hunting seals or walrus and I’ve caught one and now I have to butcher it – my knowledge of English is absolutely useless then – when I’m in my Eskimo element.”“It was also an extreme struggle to regain our language and culture,” said Ittinuar. “And all the things that were truncated like hunting skills. Quite frankly there was also extreme reverse racism by our own people – and that one really, really, really hurt and I didn’t understand it for a long time.”None of the three men learned of the government’s experiment until 1997.That’s when a researcher from Trent University in Ontario discovered a series of papers on the “Eskimo Experiment” in the archives.It changed how they felt about their experience – and now they want to be compensated. “In essence, our clients were being treated like cattle,” said Steve Cooper, the lawyer retained by the three men. “They were used for government purposes. There was no proper consultation, there was no proper consultation of the families.”In 2008, Cooper filed a statement of claim against the government for failing to live up to its fiduciary duty to protect the culture of the three men.They’re seeking $350,000 each in damages.“This is not a big dollar item. These are not huge claims,” said Cooper. “This is not a $50 million dollar claim that was used to resolve Labrador. It involves a very small group of people who were treated in a way that was contrary to the fiduciary duties of her Majesty at the time.”The lawsuit has been on hold for years. That’s because, under prime minister Stephen Harper, government lawyers would often threaten to have the case dismissed on the technicality that it was past the statute of limitations.Not entirely sure how the courts would rule the statute argument, Cooper and his Experimental Eskimos decided to lay low until there was a change of government, and possibly, a change of heart.That happened in October 2015 when the Liberals formed the government and the message of a new “Nation to Nation relationship” was heard time and time again from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.“It has come alive again from its dormant state frankly because of the change of government and the consequent change of policy and particularly the statements in the TRC report,” said Cooper, who also represented residential school survivors in Newfoundland and Labrador – a case that went from battling in the courts under Harper, to a negotiated a $50 million settlement under the new Liberal regime.Cooper said he recently sent a letter to the Department of Justice to find out if there was any interest in going to court and having a judge look at the merits of the case for the Experimental Eskimos – or whether Canada will continue to lean on the statute of limitations.“We’re reminding them again about the Truth and Reconciliation commission (TRC) recommendations that the prime minister has pledged to follow in every instance, saying that litigation should be replaced by discussion,” said Cooper.In 2016, Ittinuar sent an email to Jody Wilson Raybould, Canada’s attorney general, and a former regional chief for the Assembly of First Nation in British Columbia.“This request is out of the blue but Zebedee Nungak and I thought there is no harm in asking for a brief meeting with you,” wrote Ittinuar in the email Sept. 30, 2016. “Many years ago both Zebedee and I worked alongside your father during the “constitutional wars” of the ‘80s.“This request for a briefing meeting concerns three of us from the early to mid-1960s. A rather unusual and unique case officially called ‘The Eskimo Experiment’. We wondered if we might be able to meet with you sometime in the near future, at your convenience, for 15 to 30 minutes. We know your time is valuable, but we do want to apprise you of our case.”Ittinuar never heard back.“I don’t know if she even got it. I don’t know how things work at that level; whether an underling gets it and says look some crackpot,” said Ittinuar. “We’re hoping we can at least talk it out and see what we can do.”Now the men have enlisted the help of NDP MP Romeo Saganash.In 2015, the MP for Abitibi, Baie, James, Nunavik, Eeyou in northern Québec, and Nungak’s representative in Ottawa, rose in the House of Commons and read a statement.“As with the residential school system, the impacts and consequences the policy would have on the children were never considered. This past week, the parties involved in the class-action suit for residential schools in Newfoundland and Labrador have finally reached an agreement and settlement, which, as a survivor myself, I applaud,” said Saganash.“It is in the same spirit of reconciliation that the Government of Canada needs to do the same in favour of the Experimental Eskimos. The survivors of this other dark chapter of our history are calling on us to help them, so they too can turn a page on injustice, with dignity and honour.”Saganash said he’s been working the file since 2011.He applauded the signing of the Inuit Nunangat Declaration between Canada and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) in February. The document is supposed to guide Canada towards reconciliation with Inuit around relocation programs of the 1950s, and treatment during the tuberculosis epidemic.He said it’s time Canada came through for Ittinuar, Nungak and Tagoona.“I’m hoping the feds are honest with this process that they’ve established. That it’s not going to be all talk and no action,” said Saganash. “This is one beautiful example where they can show leadership and action.”last_img read more

Opinion 5 defensive players who will make an impact for Ohio State

OSU sophomore safety Vonn Bell. Credit: Courtesy of OSULast season, the Ohio State football defense left a lot to be desired, and it might have to turn that around in a big way to support an offense that will be playing without senior quarterback Braxton Miller.The Buckeye defense gave up a total of 5,284 yards in 2013, including 3,752 yards through the air. If the team wants to have more success in 2014, some players will have to step up with only seven starters returning from last season.The following five players — not all of whom were starters last season — will have to take their games to the next level to help keep the Buckeyes’ championship hopes alive.1. Senior cornerback Doran GrantLet’s be frank: OSU’s pass defense was awful last season.Former Buckeye Bradley Roby had all the talent in the world, but he never seemed to be able to put it all together after an early-season suspension. Enter Grant, who showed some flashes of athleticism and talent, but still spent a fair amount of time getting beaten in the flats — along with the entire defense.Grant has big-play ability and has received a lot of praise from coach Urban Meyer this offseason, but will need to build on his 58 tackles and three interceptions from 2013 if the Buckeyes want to see a big jump forward in pass defense. Meyer went so far as to say Grant was playing to the caliber of an All-Big Ten cornerback in fall camp.He’s the only returning starter in the defensive backfield, and is by far the most senior player of them all. As a leader and as a player, if Grant turns a corner this season, it will be a completely new OSU defense.2. Sophomore defensive lineman Joey Bosa Bosa played in all 14 games last season as a true freshman and did more than flash his potential as a dominating lineman. He arrived on campus already looking like an NFL-ready player and his production — especially later in the season — proved he has the potential to be one of the best ever at OSU.After tallying 7.5 sacks last season — second only to junior defensive lineman Noah Spence — Bosa has a chance to make a statement on a Big Ten and national level this year.The defensive line is the Buckeyes’ best position group, and Bosa just might be the best of the bunch.3. (tie) Sophomore safety Vonn Bell and redshirt-sophomore safety Tyvis PowellThe OSU safeties had a pretty rough go throughout 2013. Then-senior Christian Bryant broke his ankle against Wisconsin to end his Buckeye career, and the safeties were left without someone who was arguably their best player. C.J. Barnett was the other starter and he finished second on the team with 84 tackles, but Barnett has since graduated as well.In 2014, Bell and Powell look set to take their spots, hoping to do better than former OSU safety Corey “Pitt” Brown did filling in for Bryant last season.Both are extremely talented players, as Bell is one of the highest-rated recruits Meyer has brought to OSU and Powell played extensively last season. They even each had trademark moments last year: Bell had an incredible one-handed interception in the Orange Bowl while Powell sealed a win against Michigan with an interception on the Wolverines last ditch two-point attempt. Along with Grant, Bell and Powell have a chance to live up to expectations this season and transform the OSU pass defense into one of the best in the Big Ten.4. Senior defensive lineman Michael BennettBennett brings a lot to the table on and off the field. Meyer announced Monday that Bennett, along with Grant and three others, was voted a team captain by his teammates.As a leader, he’ll be the go-to guy on the defensive line, but as a player, he’ll still need to be dominant for the unit to live up to their best-in-the-nation potential.Last season the Centerville, Ohio, native totaled 11.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks while fighting through minor injuries throughout the season. If he’s fully healthy in 2014, Bennett could put together an even better season and be looking toward the first round of the NFL Draft next spring.5. Freshman linebacker Raekwon McMillanJunior Joshua Perry and senior Curtis Grant are the familiar returning names on the OSU linebacker’s depth chart, but McMillan could eventually leave Columbus as the best of the bunch.He was a five-star recruit coming out of high school as one of the best prep linebackers in the nation. That comes with a lot of lofty expectations as a freshman, especially at a school known for producing standout linebackers like A.J. Hawk and Chris Spielman.There’s almost nothing to go off of outside of high school footage and his performance in the Spring Game, but McMillan is going to see the field early and often if OSU coaches are to be believed.Regardless of whether he starts a single game this season, McMillan will be tasked with doing more than your average freshman, and all signs point toward him being up for the challenge.OSU’s season-opener is scheduled for Saturday against Navy at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Physalie toutes les plages de Gironde rouvertes

first_imgPhysalie : toutes les plages de Gironde rouvertesSelon la direction zonale Sud-ouest des CRS, plus aucune plage n’était interdite à la baignade hier en Gironde. Fermée mardi, la plage de Porge a pu de nouveau accueillir les vacanciers après la disparition de la quarantaine de physalies observées dans les eaux. “Plus aucune plage n’était interdite à la baignade hier en Gironde après la réouverture de celle du Porge, fermée mardi en raison d’une présence importante de physalies”, c’est ce qu’a indiqué mercredi Rodéric Martin, officier de la direction zonale Sud-ouest des CRS qui surveillent les plages de la côte. À lire aussiSoleil : Pourquoi est-ce que l’on bronze ?Depuis le début de la semaine, la baignade avait en effet dû être interdite dans plusieurs stations balnéaires alors que des invasions massives de physalies, créatures marines venimeuses, avaient été constatées dans les eaux. Lundi, c’est la plage de Lacanau qui avait vu débarquer près de 200 de ces cnidaires aux allures de méduses. C’était alors l’échouage le plus massif jamais constaté en Gironde. Hier, les CRS n’ont donc constaté aucune nouvelle apparition, alors que ces créatures ont commencé à envahir les plages dès la mi-juillet, notamment dans les Landes et dans les Pyrénées-Atlantiques, obligeant à interdire temporairement la baignade. Le 11 août 2011 à 10:03 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Amazon aurait vendu 6 millions de Kindle Fire

first_imgAmazon aurait vendu 6 millions de Kindle FireSelon les estimations des analystes, Amazon aurait déjà écoulé 6 millions d’exemplaires de sa tablette tactile pour les mois de novembre et décembre 2011. Un vrai plébiscite.Amazon aurait donc réussi, avec son modèle de tablette tactile Kindle Fire, a imposer un produit capable de rivaliser avec l’iPad d’Apple. Car à ce jour, aucun constructeur déployant un appareil sous Android, n’a réussi à s’imposer comme challenger. À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Selon les analystes, le site de e-commerce a trouvé la formule pour intéresser le public à sa tablette puisque 6 millions d’exemplaires auraient trouvé leur place dans les foyers américains, indique Génération NT. Une vraie prouesse puisque le modèle n’est pour le moment vendu qu’aux États-Unis et qu’il n’a bénéficié que de deux mois de commercialisation.Fidèle à sa réputation, Amazon ne donne pas de chiffres officiels sur l’état de ses ventes mais avait admis peu avant Noël qu’il s’écoulait 1 million de tablettes par semaine. Son prix agressif a pesé dans la balance, le Kindle Fire étant vendu 199 dollars (150 euros) contre un iPad vendu 499 dollars, ou 380 euros chez nous.Sur le marché des tablettes sous Android, le Kindle Fire fait également très fort puisqu’il représenterait, toujours selon les analystes, la moitié des ventes de ces appareils lors du dernier trimestre 2011. On attend désormais une disponibilité internationale pour mesurer l’ampleur du phénomène Kindle. Tim Cook, PDG d’Apple, déclarait il y a quelques jours que le succès du Kindle n’avait pas affecté les ventes d’iPad. Pas dit que cela dure sur les prochains mois. Le 4 février 2012 à 21:00 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

Incredible Images of Historic Bomb Cyclone That Blasted Central US

first_img It has a slightly terrifying name, and it arrived in the central U.S. yesterday — the bomb cyclone.The storm system, described by the National Weather Service (NWS) as “historic” and “incredible,” brought high winds, rain, and snow to a huge swath of the country, including the Rocky Mountains, the Plains, the Mississippi Valley, and the Great Lakes region.There’s a blizzard currently over Colorado that’s at roughly hurricane strength and forming an eye-like cloud-free spot in the middle.The @NWS just called it a “cyclone of historic proportions”— Eric Holthaus (@EricHolthaus) March 13, 2019The storm is caused by bombogenesis, which occurs when a midlatitude cyclone rapidly intensifies, dropping at least 24 millibars over 24 hours (a millibar measures atmospheric pressure). This can happen when a cold air mass collides with a warm air mass, such as air over warm ocean waters, according to NOAA.An incredible storm system is taking shape in the central U.S. with blizzard conditions & high winds across several states. Travel will be treacherous in locations, and the combo of snow and wind will likely lead to power outages. Find your local office –— NWS (@NWS) March 13, 2019 Mini Satellite View of Hurricane Dorian Shows Intense Storm ActivityWild Horses of NC to Ride Out Hurricane With ‘Butts to the Wind’ New visibility status: none #BombCyclone @csgazette— Kaitlin Durbin (@njKaitlinDurbin) March 13, 2019“This is about as bad as I’ve ever been in … as I’ve been in winter-wise in the 27 years at The Weather Channel,” meteorologist Mike Seidel said during a live report from near the Denver airport. “I’m trying to run back every snow storm I’ve ever been in with a lot of wind. And I can think of maybe the Duluth Blizzard that was on Feb 29, 2012, and … this is right up there with that as far as the wind. That had heavier snowfall though.”According to, the storm continued to hammer parts of Nebraska and the Dakotas Thursday with heavy snow and blasting winds with gusts that limited visibility across the region. Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts also issued a state of emergency on Tuesday.This is why I-25 is closed between Colorado Springs and Castle Rock. @KRDONC13— Heather Skold KRDO (@HeatherSkold13) March 13, 2019 Conditions have deteriorated in Rapid City within the past hour. Winds in excess of 50 mph and visibility less than 1/2 mile. #sdwx #wywx— NWS Rapid City (@NWSRapidCity) March 13, 2019In all, the bomb cycline forced the closure of interstates in six states, stranded hundreds of vehicles, and led to two deaths.Among the stranded were about 200 vehicles along Interstate 25 near Colorado Springs, according to the Associated Press.About 100 vehicles were stranded along a 7-mile stretch of Colorado State Highway 86.Denver traffic: Bomb cyclone aftermath leaves abandoned cars, closed highways and electrical hazards— The Denver Post (@denverpost) March 14, 2019Scientists are still studying how bomb cyclones in recent years are, or aren’t, affected by the larger trend of global climate change. Sea surface temperatures, which have been rising, affect the intensity of storms and greenhouse gases have been found to disrupt the jet stream, a powerful river of winds that steers weather systems in the Northern Hemisphere, according to Inside Climate News.But climate scientist Jonathan Martin of the University of Wisconsin-Madison told NPR, “There isn’t a direct link between the slowly changing climate and this event.”Although this storm is unusually intense, “these things come around every few years,” he said.More on ‘Super Bloom’ Erupts in Southern CaliforniaWatch: Avalanche Swallows Cars on Colorado Highway‘Ice Tsunami’ Prompts Evacuations Along Lake Erie Stunning view of the water vapor imagery over the Rockies & Plains this afternoon showing the intense low pressure system bringing dangerous weather to several states. The “warm” colors in this loop show where dry air (at mid levels of the atmosphere) is wrapping into the low.— NWS (@NWS) March 13, 2019In Colorado, the storm turned deadly when a State Patrol corporal was struck and killed by a vehicle while he was outside helping a car that slid off of Interstate 76 in Weld County, Colorado, AccuWeather reported.Colorado Gov. Jared Polis declared a state of emergency on Wednesday and activated the Colorado National Guard to assist with search, rescue and safety operations.The #BombCyclone dumping snow on Colorado. People stuck in blizzard like conditions. NWS reported an 80 mph wind gust at the Denver Airport. That’s as strong as a Cat 1 hurricane. How that system will impact us in the bi-state @ksdknews #TISL— Jenn Sullivan (@JennSullivanTV) March 14, 2019center_img 100-CAR CRASH ON I-25: Multiple agencies from across northern Larimer County, Weld County, and Wyoming responded to a 100-car crash on I-25, north of Wellington this morning. Injuries ranged from minor to serious, with no fatalities reported, per @WellingtonFire1.#MarchBlizzard— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) March 14, 2019 Time lapse of the #BombCyclone in Aurora, CO #snowday— Sean White (@sirgrim007) March 14, 2019 Stay on targetlast_img read more


UFC 200 Live Results Brock Lesnar defeats Mark Hunt in his return

first_img Videos Articles July 10, 2016 at 1:41 am Now Playing Up Next Pinterest Videos Articles In my opinion, from what I watched Mark didn’t control the match at all and his blows didn’t seem to effect Lesnar. 1st round was all Brock , while 2nd was even but 3rd was also all Brock.It ended with Mark being pummeled to the mat and being saved by the bell ending in a unanimous decision.I dont watch MMA much but, from what i watched (not read) it was 1 sided and Brock Lesnar did a very good job with a opponent known for his hard hits. Now Playing Up Next WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Vince Now Playing Up Next WhatsApp Well Hunt, In wrestling we call that a squash match The thing that amazed me is how evenly matched in size they were. Lesnar is not overwhelming at all Paul Heyman Braun Strowman Still Not Cleared For Match Brock Lesnar July 10, 2016 at 1:31 am Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Brock Lesnar’s return to the UFC is next against Mark Hunt.A promo was shown for WWE SummerSlam on August 21 in Brooklyn featuring Brock Lesnar’s return to WWE against the also returning Randy Orton.Mark Hunt is on his way out to a big reaction.Mixed reaction for Brock Lesnar.Brock Lesnar (5-3) vs. Mark Hunt (12-10-1)Round 1: Both tap gloves to start. Leg kick early by Brock. Both being cautious. Hunt missed a big right hand attempt as Brock ducked out of the way. More leg kicks from Brock. Brock shot in for a single leg and gets Hunt against the cage. Brock with the takedown. Hunt is back up against the cage. Brock gets the takedown on Hunt and gets into side control. Brock flattens out Hunt. Brock dropping left hands on Hunt as Hunt gets on his knees and gives up his back. Brock is throws a big knee to the body. More shots from Brock. Hunt stands up. Brock with another huge takedown and gets full mount on Hunt. Brock easily takes the first round, 10-9.Round 2: Hunt is walking Lesnar down early. Hunt throws an overhand right and Brock eats some of it, but not enough to put him down. Hunt focusing on throwing lefts at Brock. Hunt stuffs a takedown attempt by Brock. Hunt is looking to land that left walking Brock down. More shots thrown by Hunt, but Brock is staying in it. Hunt misses a huge right and avoids a takedown from Brock. Brock misses a right hand attempt. Hunt with a left hook to the body of Brock. Hunt throws another right that grazes Brock. Brock throwing left jabs with his palm. Brock now working the left jab at Hunt. Brock avoids a shot and goes for a single on Hunt. Brock has Hunt pushed up against the cage. That felt pretty even, but edge to Hunt, 10-9.Round 3: Hunt is trying to finish this fight and throws a huge right hand that lands on Brock. Brock secures and gets a takedown on Hunt. Brock throwing left hands at Hunt. Hunt is trying to defend, but they are getting through. Brock continues to throw left hands. Brock is clamping down on the left leg of Hunt to keep him grounded. Brock has half guard now on Hunt. The referee almost looked like he was going to stand them up. Lesnar throwing shots to the body of Hunt. Lesnar is landing flush shots to the face of Hunt. Hunt doing good at eating shots, but is defending. Brock looks like he is going to setup an arm triangle. Brock now has full mount. Brock landing huge right hands on Hunt. Hunt is not defending these shots at all. Hunt is throwing rights from the bottom. Brock is holding Hunt’s head in place with his left arm as he throws bombs. Brock is now throwing lefts as well. Brock is keeping Hunt held down as he throws more shots. The round expires. Lesnar takes it, 10-9.Winner: Brock Lesnar via unanimous decision (29-27 by all three judges)Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBrock Lesnar Will Wrestle At SummerSlamVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:49/Current Time 0:01Loaded: 9.66%0:02Remaining Time -0:48 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Brock Lesnar Takes WWE Universal Championship July 10, 2016 at 1:44 am Steven Herrera July 10, 2016 at 4:59 pm Google+ July 10, 2016 at 8:38 am Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? Now Playing Up Next 72mike72 WWE RAW Results – 9/9/19 (Steve Austin moderates, KOTR Semifinal, Women’s Tag Match) Now Playing Up Next TheCyberZon Vince Dana White Twitter Facebook Videos Articles Comments are closed.last_img read more


RTCIPF Mourns the death of Assistant Superintendant James Callender

first_img Related Items:#AssistantSuperintendentJamesCallender Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppTurks and Caicos, May 4, 2017 – Providenciales –It is with a deep sense of sadness and regret that Acting Commissioner of Police Rodney Adams announced the death of #Assistant Superintendent James Callender, who passed away on Tuesday May 2nd, 2017.Mr. James Callender of Barbados, Joined the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force on January 3rd 1980 and has worked in numerous units and Divisions before he was promoted to the rank of Inspector on 2nd July 2007 and later in April 2nd 2014, he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Superintendent.At the time of his passing, Mr. Callender was posted at the Chalk Sound Police Station as Divisional Commander.  Condolences are extended to his entire family and friends.Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later date.   May his soul rest in peace and rise in glory.Press Release: RTCIPF#AssistantSuperintendentJamesCallender Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


Official Luis Muriel joins Fiorentina on loan

first_imgSevilla forward Luis Muriel has signed up for Fiorentina for the rest of this season, despite interest from AC MilanThe Colombia international had only arrived at Sevilla in 2017 from Serie A side Sampdoria for a reported club-record deal of €20m.But Muriel could only score nine goals in 46 appearances across all competitions last season and found himself out of favour under new coach Pablo Machín this term.The former Girona boss has instead stuck with Milan loanee Andre Silva, Wissam Ben Yedder and Quincy Promes.Due to this, Muriel has been restricted to just a single start and a further five substitute appearances in Sevilla’s opening 17 La Liga games this season.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso had been interested in bringing the out-of-favour Muriel back to Italy this month, but he’s been beaten to it by fellow Serie A side Fiorentina.Stefano Pioli’s side will have Muriel on loan until the end of the season with the option of making it a permanent deal afterwards.“Luis Muriel has joined ACF Fiorentina on loan until the end of the season, with an option to buy once the loan period has ended,” read a statement on the Sevilla website.Fiorentina, who are 10th in the Serie A, will next face Torino in the Coppa Italia on January 13.last_img read more


Russian plane crashes with 71 passengers

first_imgA Russian passenger plane carrying 71 people crashed in the outskirts of Moscow on Sunday after taking off from the capital’s Domodedovo airport, Russian media reported.The Antonov An-148 plane operated by the domestic Saratov Airlines was flying to Orsk, a city in the Urals, and crashed in the Ramensky district outside Moscow. Russian news agencies reported 65 passengers and 6 crew were on board.News agencies said witnesses in the village of Argunovo saw a burning plane falling from the sky.A source from Russia’s emergency services told Interfax that the 71 people on board “had no chance” of survival.The same news agency reported that the wreckage of the plane was spread over a wide area around the crash site.last_img read more


US Republicans duck president in key House races

first_imgUS president Donald Trump makes his second visit to Minnesota, with a rally on Thursday, 4 October 2018, in Rochester, Minn. Photo: APLeonard Lance is a Republican congressman seeking re-election in a Republican district. But he has little to say about the Republican president.Lance’s campaign website, which outlines his positions on immigration, taxes and other hot issues, offers no statement of support for US president Donald Trump.On his Twitter and Facebook accounts, Lance has offered no plaudits this year for the president. When he does reference Trump, he’s more likely to note their differences. He’s co-sponsored bipartisan legislation to restrict the president’s power to impose tariffs on imports and to require reunification of immigrant children and parents separated after being caught crossing the southern border. He’s also touted his support for gun control.Lance says he’s not necessarily trying to distance himself from Trump. “There are areas of agreement, but I also point out the areas of disagreement,” he said in an interview. In a moderately conservative district, he added, his “bipartisan” approach is “consistent with the views of a majority of the constituents.”Yet Lance’s approach also reflects a broader reality. November’s congressional elections are widely viewed as a referendum on the president, and in the well-heeled, reliably Republican suburbs in North Jersey where Lance is running, there’s not a lot of love for Donald Trump. It’s a challenge faced by Republican candidates in similar districts nationwide who are trying to capture the moderate-to-conservative voters they need to win.Perched in the outer ring of the New York City suburbs, New Jersey’s 7th Congressional District has been a Republican stronghold for three decades. It’s an enclave of white, wealthy, well-educated voters where the median household income exceeds $100,000 and nearly three-quarters of adult residents have attended college.The 7th is typical of the higher-income, generally suburban districts that are battlegrounds in the fight to win control of the US House of Representatives this November.Trump largely enjoys strong support within his party: Reuters/Ipsos opinion polls put him at 82 per cent approval among Republican likely voters. But that backing softens among Republicans with college degrees and higher incomes. In 2016, he ran poorly in many districts where those voters hold sway.Some disenchanted Republicans take issue with Trump’s policies, particularly on immigration, the environment and US-Russia relations, polling shows. More often, they condemn the president for being divisive and disrespectful.Now, with polls and analysts favouring Democrats to win the House majority, battleground Republicans need every vote. And few questions loom larger than how closely they should align themselves with the president.The answer for many: keep quiet.Among 56 House battleground districts, the Republican nominees in 19 – more than a third – have offered no support for Trump on their campaign websites or on campaign Twitter and Facebook posts made this year, a Reuters analysis shows.The trend is particularly profound in the 10 wealthiest of those battlegrounds. Just four of the Republican candidates in those districts have supported Trump on their websites or social media accounts. In the 10 battlegrounds with the lowest median incomes, eight of the Republican candidates have expressed support for him.The Reuters analysis provides a measure of how many Republican candidates in battleground races are trying to steer clear of the president. Anecdotal reporting has shown some distancing themselves from Trump, but there has been no clear picture until now of how often this is happening.Reuters analysed dozens of campaign websites and thousands of social media posts of candidates in battleground races. The analysis shows how the Republican Party’s battleground candidates are handling competing pressures: a Republican base that shuns candidates who criticize Trump, and moderates and independents who want legislators to stand up to him.Among the incumbent Republicans who are running silent on Trump, most have backed the bulk of his legislative priorities. But they are not touting that support. It’s a delicate balancing act.“Donald Trump dominates everything,” says Republican pollster Whit Ayres, who is advising several congressional candidates in affluent suburban districts. Ayres urges those candidates to steer clear of embracing Trump – and to avoid criticizing him. Keep the president out of the conversation, he says, and “emphasize how great a fit the Republican candidate is for the values and interests of that particular district.”Trump has campaigned in support of a dozen House candidates since early August, including several in battleground districts with more modest household incomes. He plans additional events for House candidates in the weeks ahead.In an Oct. 1 memo, White House political director Bill Stepien warned that Republican candidates who don’t embrace the president won’t capitalize on the zeal he generates among people who like the country’s direction. Noting that Republicans are “lagging in enthusiasm” for the party’s congressional candidates, Stepien hailed Trump’s ability to “turn out new and unlikely voters.” To win, he added, candidates must “closely, clearly and boldly align themselves” with the president and his policies.The memo, which was reviewed by Reuters, was first reported Tuesday by the New York Times. The White House declined to comment.THE TRUMP TESTLeonard Lance is the latest in a string of Republicans who have held New Jersey’s 7th District congressional seat since the 1980s. It’s a success built on steady support from an electorate heavy on white collar professionals who favour moderate, fiscally conservative candidates. This year, some of those constituents, including even a few local Republican officials, are applying a new litmus test for their vote: They want a candidate who opposes Trump.“There’s nothing presidential about him,” says Michelle Garay, the Republican mayor of Alexandria, a small township in the district. Garay, a retired industrial scientist and first-time elected official, finds Trump’s views “extreme” on everything from immigration to environmental regulation.“There’s very little I can find where I agree with him.” This year, Garay says, she’s backing Lance’s Democratic opponent, Tom Malinowski, a former State Department official in the Obama administration.Nic Messina, a Republican official in the nearby borough of Stockton, shares similar views. “Republicans are not standing up for their true values,” says Messina, president of the borough’s governing council. He once appeared on a political flier with Lance and is seeking re-election this year as a Republican. But he plans to vote Democrat in the congressional race because he wants “more active opposition” to Trump.Most of this year’s 56 battleground seats, like New Jersey’s 7th, already are in Republican hands. Just five have Democratic incumbents. In many of the Republican-held districts, the Trump effect on voters like Garay and Messina has made it tougher to navigate a path to victory.Reuters identified a district as a battleground when three independent political analysis groups – Cook Political Report, Inside Elections and the University of Virginia’s Center for Politics – agreed the race was competitive or leaning against the incumbent party.Trump won in 34 of those 56 districts in 2016, but his victories were concentrated in areas with lower incomes. He won more than 75 per cent  of the battleground districts with median incomes below $75,000; he won fewer than 20 per cent  of those with median incomes above $75,000. Trump also fared slightly worse in districts with high per cent ages of college-educated voters – a demographic that typically correlates with higher incomes.Polling suggests Trump remains a harder sell with those constituencies. Among Republicans with college degrees and household incomes of $75,000 or more, 51 per cent said over the last month they are “certain” to vote in the upcoming congressional elections, down 9 points from 2014, Reuters/Ipsos polling shows.In battleground districts, races can be decided by a handful of votes. Republican Party officials recognize that some candidates face a dilemma in how to handle the president. And they are letting them steer their own course.“We trust our candidates to run races that are relevant to their specific districts,” says Jack Pandol, who handles communications for House races in western states at the National Republican Congressional Committee. In deciding whether to support Trump, he adds, candidates should shape their campaigns based on “feedback they’re getting from voters.”THE TRUMP TIGHTROPESix-term Representative Peter Roskam has a good sense of how voters in Illinois’ 6th Congressional District feel about the president. Despite re-electing the Republican congressman in 2016, they backed Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over Trump by nearly 7 per cent age points.The district typifies the battlegrounds where Republican candidates face anti-Trump headwinds: a fast-growing suburb west of Chicago with a median income near $100,000.Roskam has made no statements of support for Trump on his website or in posts this year to his social media accounts. He acknowledges that associating himself with the president might do more harm than good. Having Trump campaign for him in the district “obviously wouldn’t be helpful,” he said in an interview.Roskam has criticized Trump’s tariffs on imported goods and has decried the administration’s separation of immigrant children from parents. After Trump held a July press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin and refused to condemn Putin for interference in the 2016 US elections, Roskam called Trump’s performance “an affront to American democracy.”But Roskam notes that he also backs the president on issues important to pro-Trump voters, such as raising military spending and lowering taxes. In an August tweet, Roskam described as “absurd” a statement by his Democratic opponent comparing Trump with al Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden.“This district is discerning,” Roskam said, and voters want a candidate who will represent their interests independent of the president.But Roskam’s reluctance to embrace Trump isn’t enough for some of the anti-Trump Republicans he’s trying to capture.“Peter Roskam has distanced himself from Trump, but he doesn’t stand up to him,” said Bill Wentz, 73, a lifelong Republican and former federal government lawyer.Roskam hasn’t done enough to fight the president on economic policies that Wentz says undermine traditional Republican support for free markets by picking “winners and losers.” He also is uncomfortable with Trump’s failure to fully embrace US intelligence agencies’ finding that Russia interfered in the 2016 US elections.Wentz’s answer: vote for Roskam’s Democratic opponent, Sean Casten.Fostering enthusiasm among disaffected Republicans without alienating Trump loyalists is a tall order, says Christine Matthews, a pollster advising Republican candidates. The president’s core supporters “don’t want to see any distance between you and Trump,” Matthews says, while some college-educated Republicans and independents are “motivated to vote against Trump.”Reuters/Ipsos polling suggests the number of Republicans who are so turned off that they are likely to stay home is relatively small. Among moderate, registered Republicans with college degrees and incomes of $75,000 or more – a group somewhat less supportive of Trump than other Republicans – less than 1 per cent say they don’t plan to vote.The bigger threat is the 14 per cent in that Republican demographic who, like Wentz in Illinois, say they will back a Democrat or a third-party candidate.Robert Ellis, 75, a Republican businessman in Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District, is among them. A regular Republican donor, Ellis is put off by Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric and divisive tweets. So, he’s not backing Republican nominee Danny Tarkanian, a fervent Trump backer, in the battleground race outside Las Vegas.Instead, Ellis says, he’s throwing his financial support and his vote to Democratic candidate Susie Lee, hoping Democrats can win the House and provide a check on Trump.“That way they will have to compromise,” Ellis says. “Work together.”Lance, the Republican candidate in New Jersey’s 7th district, is seeking that elusive middle ground.Lance says he backs the president on issues such as fighting Islamic State and standing tough against Iran’s nuclear weapons program. But he’s quick to tick off examples of his differences with the president. He notes he was among just 12 House Republicans to oppose the Trump-backed tax reform act, which limits local and state tax deductions that are popular in New Jersey.He dismisses the notion that his race will be a referendum on Trump. The district’s voters, he says, have a history of casting ballots “based upon candidates and based upon issues.”It’s a nuanced approach in a district where anti-Trump sentiment runs high. In 2016, Lance won handily even though the district voted narrowly for Clinton in the presidential race.Garay and Messina, the two Republican officials who plan to vote Democrat in this year’s congressional race, want a candidate who will work against the president. Both say plenty of Republicans in the district share their frustration with Trump, but they expect many will stick with the party’s congressional candidate.“There are people who say, ‘I’m a Republican and I will never vote for a Democrat, no matter what,’” Garay says. Raised in a Republican family that favoured conservative icon Barry Goldwater, Garay fiercely opposed Clinton in 2016. But her discomfort with Trump drove her to vote for a third-party candidate.Now, she says, it’s time to “put country before party” and back Malinowski, the 7th District’s Democratic challenger. “Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures.”last_img read more

Valve ditches Steam Controller touchscreen adds real buttons

first_imgValve is in uncharted territory as it develops a different kind of controller to go with its upcoming Steam Machine initiative. It’s understandable there would be some changes along the way, but reports from Valve’s Steam Dev Days conference indicate the beta controller has been tweaked pretty dramatically. The updated concept includes a more traditional button layout and no central touchscreen.Valve pointed to the touchscreen in particular as one of the critical features that would allow the controller to support all the games in Steam’s catalog. The screen was going to be a clickable surface that could act as a secondary button cluster, a trackpad, or an informational display.The image from the Steam Controller’s touchscreen was supposed to be overlayed on the game when it was actively in use so you wouldn’t end up staring at your hands, but testing showed that gamers were still looking down quite often to get their bearings. Valve has said that it wants the cost of the Steam Controller to be competitive with other devices, so perhaps that also had something to do with the change. There is some talk of an on-screen “ghosting” mode to make button mapping easier without the touchscreen, but it’s not clear how that would work.The physical buttons on the face of the controller are in the traditional d-pad and ABXY layout. This is probably being done to ensure backward compatibility with older games. Frankly, it’s also less scary, because new and unfamiliar things are just like that.Images posted from the conference show the buttons positioned right below the dual touchpads in two separate clusters.This is still a preliminary design for the controller. It might change again before the device ships.last_img read more

PS4 expected to be up to 210 cheaper than Xbox One in

first_imgIn the West, Microsoft has worked hard to bring price parity between the Xbox One and the PS4. The main change carried out to achieve that being the removal of Kinect as a mandatory inclusion with the console. But in China, where the Xbox One is already on sale, Sony will hold a price advantage once again.The PS4 is set to go on sale in China early next year, and it is rumored that the price point will be set at 2,999 RMB (US$490). The price of the Xbox One without Kinect is currently 3,699 RMB ($604), which works out to be a $114 difference. Add in Kinect and the price difference increases to $210. So while Microsoft has the advantage of already being available on the market, come 2015 it will have a struggle on its hands unless a price drop is instigated.Neither Sony nor Microsoft has decided to enter the Chinese market alone, instead doing deals with local companies and going into partnership. Microsoft chose BesTV and Sony chose Shanghai Oriental Pearl. Since the deals were signed those two companies have merged (becoming Shanghai Media Group (SMG)), effectively meaning one company is selling the rival machines across China.It seems likely SMG will put pressure on Microsoft to allow price parity, especially if sales of the Xbox One slow considerably when the PS4 launches. It also looks likely that China will be a very different gaming market to the rest of the world. There will be no used game sales, region locking and online activation will be in full effect, and there will be little to no support for the sale of games made outside of China. SMG sees no profit in it.Whatever happens, China is a massive potential market for both Sony and Microsoft, so expect them to take some rather unusual decisions about what their consoles are allowed to do and play there in the coming years.last_img read more

New Research From Psychological Science

first_imgPsychological Constellations Assessed at Age 13 Predict Distinct Forms of Eminence 35 Years Later Infants acquiring language must learn word meanings, which can be cued by the rules for combining words into sentences (syntax). But this poses a chicken-and-egg problem: Infants need words to learn syntax and syntax to learn words. In two experiments, de Carvalho and colleagues found that 18-month olds may learn syntax by relying on function words (e.g., the, a), which signal that the following word is a verb or a name, and phrasal prosody (i.e., the rhythm and melody of speech). They showed French infants videos of a penguin cartwheeling or spinning, accompanied by spoken sentences with two novel words (bamoule and doripe) used as either names (e.g., bamoule referred to the penguin) or verbs (e.g., bamoule referred to the act of spinning). In accordance with standard syntax, a function word (e.g., the) appeared before the novel word when it was used as a noun but not when it was used as a verb. Afterward, the researchers switched the videos associated with each sentence and measured how long infants looked at the videos. Infants looked longer when the new video/sentence combination suggested that the initially learned word was used incorrectly — indicating that they were surprised. The same pattern of results occurred when instead of a function cue before the novel words, only prosody changed. Infants thus seem to use function words and prosodic cues to infer the syntax of sentences and then use the syntax to acquire word meanings. Alex de Carvalho, Angela Xiaoxue He, Jeffrey Lidz, and Anne Christophe ​ Spatial attention is thought to bind visual object features (e.g., color, shape, orientation) that co-occur at the same location and integrate them into a coherent object representation. But what happens when attention is split across different locations or shifted from location to location? Participants reported the color and orientation of a visual target, which was presented with three distractors of different colors and orientations. Before the target appeared, participants either (a) held their attention to the future target location, cued by a black square outline; (b) shifted their attention from one cued location to a second cued location where the target would appear; or (c) split their attention between two locations cued at the same time. Participants made more errors when their attention was split or shifted. However, the nature of those errors differed: When attention was shifted, participants reported both the color and orientation of the nontarget presented in the first attended location; when attention was split, participants mixed up the features of target and nontarget objects. This indicates that splitting attention across multiple locations degrades object integrity and the ability to bind features, but shifting attention preserves bound objects. Moreover, participants also inadvertently had their attention lapse to noncued locations and reported the color and orientation of the nontarget at that location, preserving object identity but at the wrong location. These data emphasize the importance of attending one location at a time for feature binding and intact object perception. Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science: Emma Wu Dowd and Julie D. Golombcenter_img Brian O. Bernstein, David Lubinski, and Camilla P. Benbow ​ Math/scientific and verbal/humanistic profiles assessed at age 13 predict forms and fields of eminence at age 50, this research suggests. Value orientations of 13-year-olds who scored among the top 1% on SAT-Mathematical Reasoning or SAT-Verbal were measured with six scales: Theoretical, Aesthetic, Social, Economic, Political, and Religious. The combination of their abilities and values resulted in scores on a math/scientific function (high mathematical ability and theoretical values with low social and religious values) and a verbal/humanistic function (high verbal ability and aesthetic values). The researchers assessed the same participants at age 50, focusing this time on whether they had achieved eminence, defined as attaining a consequential and creative career (e.g., full professor at a research-intensive university, a Fortune 500 executive, or an award-winning journalist), and if they had, placed them in a science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) group, a humanities and social sciences group, or an “other” group, according to their field. Results indicated that eminent participants had scored higher on one or both of the functions than noneminent participants. STEM leaders scored higher on the math/scientific function than their peers, and humanities leaders scored higher on the verbal/humanistic function than their peers. Individuals who were leaders in other fields (e.g., medicine or law) had a balanced score between the two functions. The authors replicated these results in a study that assessed graduate students in STEM fields 25 years later. Thus, looking at children’s preferences and abilities by the time they are 13 years old may to some degree predict their future eminence and field of work. Prosody and Function Words Cue the Acquisition of Word Meanings in 18-Month-Old Infants Object-Feature Binding Survives Dynamic Shifts of Spatial Attentionlast_img read more


Heartwarming Rendition

first_imgFeelings cannot be explained in a better way other than music. Music, which can surpass words and take their meanings to a different level, is the best way to immortalise someone of great importance.  This thought became a reality when on the 84th birth anniversary of the Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Sarod master Ayaan Ali Khan devoted an instrumental rendition of Raghupati Raghav Raja Ram and Vaishnav Jan ko as a  musical tribute and mark of reverence to the Late President. The event took place on Thursday in a reputed school of Gurgaon and was an effort to inculcate the essence of musical traditions in students. Ayaan Ali Khan was accompanied on Tabla by Ustad Rashid Mustapha Thirakua and Pt Fateh Singh Gangwani of the Jaipur School of Kathak.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Ayaan Ali Khan, the youngest son of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan, in his 90 minutes performance, weaved spirituality, devotion and human emotions seamlessly and deeply in the students. His breathtaking performance mesmerised the students of the school and the inquisitiveness of French students to learn the stringed instrument further added glory to the entire event. The students tried their best to sing along, clap and tap their feet while witnessing the performance that gave a soulful rendering of melodious ragas. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Late President always had a love for traditional music and had immense knowledge of the instrument Sarod. Ayaan said “The day marks the birth anniversary of a great scientist Dr Kalam who was fond of music and together we would pay a tribute to him by playing the favorite compositions of another great leader Mahatma Gandhi who had his birth anniversary on the 2nd of this month.  Music transcends the barriers of language, it reunites the soul to the creator. Children should learn Music as meditating with the Ragas would enhance their concentration.” “Making students know about their culture is a great tribute that we could have offered to the Late President. We are thankful to Ayaan Ali Khan who joined us for an impeccable performance and for delivering the importance of Sarod to the students,” said Rupa Chakravarty, Principal. Ranvijay Singh, a student of XI standard said, “It was an amazing experience to witness Ayaan Ali Khan’s performance at our school. I really enjoyed the entire program.last_img read more

Accor and Starwood OK with TripAdvisor reviews

first_imgNovotel Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Online hotel reviews, to respond or retaliate? That is the question for hotels around the world as the online critique system becomes an influential traveller’s resource. With websites like TripAdvisor providing up to 20 million members 35 million reviews, hotels around the globe are working up solutions to deal with the uninhibited criticisms, the Sydney Morning Herald reported. Some Australian hotels have recognised the benefits of the system even directing enquiring guests to read them. Hotel operator Accor made up of Novotel, Sofitel and Mercure has embraced the power of online reviews by adding a TripAdvisor link on its 4000 hotel websites. “We appreciate that the decision making of our guests is no longer limited to the information in our brochure,” Accor Director of Marketing, Quality and Consumer Product Clair Wearne said. “We understand that they are making decisions based on valid information from other users.” Ms Wearne said the Accor group is so committed to TripAdvisor they send customers an email encouraging them to post reviews and the option to remain anonymous makes the feedback received valuable to its hotels. “You can’t get much better than that honest, transparent feedback,” she said. “Is there a better way for a hotel general manager to really understand what a guest thinks?” The Starwood group has also welcomed the power of online reviews, hiring people to respond to criticisms and concerns. The Starwood hotel group made up of Sheraton, Westin and Le Meridien brands has adopted a practical response to the online reviews by allowing individual hotels to respond to them as well as hired extra staff to directly communicate with guests long after their stay. Starwood Pacific Hotels Field Marketing Manager Alison Boyd said that while it is important to remember the review sites have an impact on a travellers decision it also offers the hotels useful feedback. Hotels and restaurants around Britain and the US have taken an opposite stance on the issue, perceiving the online system as an attack and are in the process of taking up legal action against TripAdvisor. The hotels have accused TripAdvisor for posting unfair and false reviews by competitors.TripAdvisor responded to accusations claiming to have technology that flags suspicious activity and a team of fraud experts. last_img read more

Visit Dallas and the Fort Worth Convention  Visit

first_imgVisit Dallas and the Fort Worth Convention & Visitors’ Bureau have been on a week-long sales mission. The journey began in Auckland on Monday 8 May with a function for the travel industry and NZ Media at Miss Moonshine’s Restaurant in Ponsonby. Miss Moonshine’s specialises in slow-cooked street side food hot off the barbecue… great for a Texas-inspired evening. Austin Allsup, a Fort Worth ‘The Voice’ 2016 top 10 finalist played a set of his great songs and the evening was enjoyed by all.The next stop was Melbourne, where on Tuesday 9 an evening reception saw industry and media attend a similar event followed by media, including LATTE, on Wednesday at Tatler in Sydney and Thursday at the Basement finished off a very informative and fun mission spreading the message of the growth happening in tourism and shopping opportunities in Dallas and Fort Worth, the cities of Cowboys and Culture.As part of the events it was also announced that the Fort Worth Distilled TX Whiskey will be sold in Australia from 2018 and in the Sydney Media and Industry events special tastings were provided. Guests of the Sydney media and industry events were invited to have a taste, topping off the sales mission week in style.last_img read more