Blast at president rally in central Afghanistan kills at least 24

first_imgKabul: At least 24 people have been killed and 32 wounded after a suicide blast outside a campaign rally being held by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in central Parwan province on Tuesday, a hospital official said. “The toll includes women and children,” Parwan hospital director Dr Abdul Qasim Sangin told AFP. Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said the bomber had been on a motorbike and had detonated at the first checkpoint leading to the rally. Ghani was unhurt. The toll emerged as a second blast rocked central Kabul, the latest to hit the Afghan capital, with an interior ministry official stating he would give more details later.last_img read more

NWT Health Minister looking for Indigenous physician to conduct inquiry into death

first_imgIman Kassam APTN National NewsNorthwest Territories Health Minister Glen Abernethy says he is looking for an Indigenous physician to conduct an external investigation into the death of Hugh Papik.“The concerns about the impacts of racism in the health care system have received considerable attention across Canada in recent years,” Abernethy told APTN in an interview Wednesday. “And we know in the Northwest Territories that this is a real issue and that our system is not immune.”The inquiry is called a critical incident investigation and is part of new legislation that went into effect Aug., 1.  The Legislation gives authority to the health minister to investigate any critical incident where there is a concern with the care that is being provided.Abernethy couldn’t speak directly to the Papik case due to privacy laws, but he said the results of the investigation, including any recommendations, will be made public.He could not give any details on how the investigation will be conducted, and no start date has been set.Hugh Papik, 68, died after suffering a stroke at the government operated Joe Greenland seniors home.According to his niece, Maggie Papik, nurses at the home believed the elder Papik was intoxicated.She said when she arrived at the centre he was lying on the ground in a pool of urine.Papik said once he was brought to the community health centre, the nurses also assumed he was drunk and didn’t treat him. She says they sat in the healthShe said they sat in the health centre for more than six hours before he was medevaced to a larger health centre in Inuvik.Inuvialuit Elder whose stroke went untreated for six hours has died says nieceBy that point, she says her uncle didn’t know his own name.Papik was told by doctors that her uncle had too much swelling in his brain, and wasn’t going to make it. She then decided to take him off of life support.Hugh Papik died on Aug., 15 at the health centre in Inuvik.ikassam@aptn.calast_img read more

Oriental Bank logs Q4 net profit of Rs 202 crore

first_imgNew Delhi: Public sector Oriental Bank of Commere (OBC) Monday posted a net profit of Rs 201.50 crore for the January-March quarter of the last fiscal, helped by fall in bad loans, arrest of fresh slippages and a healthy growth in retail loan portfolio. The bank had clocked a loss to the tune of Rs 1,650.22 crore in the corresponding period of the fiscal ended March 2018. Total income grew to Rs 5,711.92 crore in the March 2019 quarter from Rs 4,689.12 crore in the same period of the preceding fiscal. On a yearly basis, the bank managed to return to profit after two fiscals by registering a net profit of Rs 55 crore for FY 2018-19. Also Read – Commercial vehicle sales to remain subdued in current fiscal: IcraThe lender had posted a loss of Rs 5,872 crore in 2017-18 and of Rs 1,094.07 crore in 2016-17. For FY 2018-19, total income stood at Rs 20,536.77 crore as against Rs 20,181.25 crore in the previous fiscal. On the asset quality front, gross non-performing assets (NPAs) came down to 12.66 per cent of gross advances at the end of March 2019 from 17.63 per cent in March 2018. Net NPAs or bad loans were also trimmed to 5.93 per cent from 10.48 per cent. Also Read – Ashok Leyland stock tanks over 5 pc as co plans to suspend production for up to 15 days”We have been making profits for the last three quarters. We are very confident that we will sustain the profit in the times to come year after year, quarter after quarter…,” the bank’s MD and chief executive, Mukesh Kumar Jain, told a news conference at its headquarters. “Earlier we were having more than Rs 12,000 crore slippages (for) the full year, now this is contained to around Rs 7,000 crore. Recovery and upgradation (of loan accounts) … has increased from Rs 3,161 crore to Rs 6,597 crore now,” he said. So these things are basically contributing to the turnaround, Jain said. Further, he said that the bank is confident of bringing down the bad loans to below 5 per cent on a net basis by the next fiscal and the gross NPAs less than 10 per cent on account of focussed strategy on arresting slippages, speedier recovery process and constant monitoring. “Our main focus is on recovery and upgradation only. We have even posted six general managers in the field for only with the responsibility of recovery and upgradation (of loan accounts). And we have been seeing good results also,” he said. On asked about bank consolidation and prospects of merger into some bigger, Jain said being a mid-sized bank Oriental Bank can equally acquire some other lender/s as well because of strong fundamentals. “We can think of acquiring some other banks also. Yes, if some opportunity is there as we are in profits, good credit growth is there, net interest margin of about 2.73 per cent. All these parameters are quite healthy and we are open to acquire other bank as well,” he added.last_img read more

Tangier Prosecutor Delays Trial of Arrested Wheel Clamp Activist

Rabat – After his arrest July 26, an activist, opposed to the use of wheel clamps, has had his trial postponed twice.In Tangier, several citizens have started a campaign to protest wheel clamps, questioning the legality of the practice. The council, in conjunction with partnered parking companies uses wheel clamps to immobilize cars whose owners have not paid parking fees. The wheel clamps can also considerable damage cars, leading to disputes over the clamps’ legality.   Most prominently representing the campaign is Mohamed Said Bouhaja, the owner of a car rental agency. On July 26, Bouhaja was arrested on six different charges which include “theft and destruction of public property, acquisition of tools to open or break locks and incitement to crime.” The charges followed a complaint lodged against him by Somagec Parkings, the company which currently manages the underground car parks and ticket machines in Tangier. Somagec have accused Bouhaja of stealing 150 wheel clamps.Upon his arrest, nearly 20 lawyers appeared to support Bouhaja, demanding that he be prosecuted on bail. However, the prosecutor general refused to grant him provisional release and has postponed his trial twice. The court postponed the trial first until Thursday, August 2, and then until Thursday, August 16.  Bouhaja is currently being held in the Tang village prison in Tangier. In a statement to H24, Omar Benaajiba, Bouhaja’s lawyer expressed his dissatisfaction with the arrest: “The police found no hoof or hoof key,” referring to the wheel clamps and the tools used to unlock and remove them. Benaajiba perceived the arrest of Bouhaja as “a way to scare the people involved in the fight against the laying of wheel clamps in Tangier.”Read also: Moroccan Actor Calls for Protests against Tangier’s Only Electricity ProviderThe issue of wheel clamps in MoroccoThe battle against wheel clamps in Morocco is not new. In Rabat, the fight goes back as far as 1997. Abderrahmane Benameur was one of the leading figures against the non-legality of wheel clamps to immobilize cars.In an interview with H24, he stated, “In the year 1997 or 1998, the Rabat City Council authorized a company to organize the circulation of part of the capital and to impose specific charges and set traps commonly called ‘sabots.’  So, I decided to fight in order to prove that these activities were illegal.” After many years, Benameur was successful in his fight against wheel clamps. In 2014, the Court of Appeals in Rabat confirmed the illegality of immobilizing vehicles with a wheel clamp. The court decided that it was up to the Municipal Council to take the appropriate measures to implement the decision. However, because the authority of the court’s decision was only local, other Moroccan cities still deal with wheel clamps. Benameur stated, “In Casablanca, we can get today only compensation which ranges from 3,000 to 20,000 MAD depending on the severity of the damage inflicted and this may only be 1 or 2 years later.” Many Casablanca residents in fact have complained that wheel clamps damage their cars, but few have dared to complain about their use and imposed taxes. Benaemur emphasized to Moroccans the need for associations and further action in order to permanently suspend the practice of wheel clamping.By Isabella Wang read more

Ranaviraja briefs French President on new policies

The Ambassador of Sri Lanka Tilak Ranaviraja met French President François Hollande this week to present his credentials and briefed him on the policies of the new Government.The meeting and ceremonial event was held at the Elysée Presidential Palace in Paris. Ambassador Ranaviraja extended the warmest felicitations of President Maithripala Sirisena to his counterpart. During a brief audience that followed after the presentation of credentials and the official photograph being taken, the President and the Ambassador discussed the deep rooted bilateral relationship, their commitment to develop this further, and the importance of friendship between the two countries. Ambassador briefed President Hollande of the policies of the new Government.At the conclusion of the main ceremony, the Protocol Department of the French Foreign Ministry escorted the Ambassador to the Embassy, where they also attended a reception organized to welcome the new Ambassador. (Colombo Gazette) The presentation ceremony was attended by senior French government officials from the Elysée Palace and the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the senior Embassy officials. read more

Côte dIvoire Security Council extends UN mission renews diamond and arms sanctions

The Security Council today extended by three weeks the mandate of the United Nations Operation in Côte d’Ivoire (UNOCI) while also renewing the ban on arms and diamond trade with the country, which is divided between a rebel-held north and Government-controlled south.By a unanimously adopted resolution on UNOCI, the Council also extended the mandate of the French forces supporting the mission until 10 January 2007.Secretary-General Kofi Annan had recommended a one-year extension, through 15 December 2007, in his latest report to the Council on Côte d’Ivoire. That report issued a strong call to the parties to restart their stalled peace process and resolve their disputes.In it, Mr. Annan emphasized that the mandate of Prime Minister Charles Konan Banny and President Laurent Gbagbo was renewed for a “final transition period not exceeding 12 months.” He called on Mr. Banny and Mr. Gbagbo to “eschew confrontation and maintain a constructive working relationship.”By a separate resolution, also adopted unanimously, the Council today renewed until 31 October 2007 the arms and rough diamond bans it had previously imposed on Côte d’Ivoire.The resolution noted that the Council could consider modifying or even lifting the measures before next October if the necessary conditions are met.Other provisions of the resolution extended for six months the mandate of the Group of Experts monitoring the arms embargo, and demanded that all Ivorian parties, including the transitional Government and the rebel Forces Nouvelles, provide unhindered access to equipment, sites and installations to the Group, as well as to UNOCI and French forces.The Council also threatened to impose targeted measures against persons the Committee determined were undermining peace and national reconciliation in Côte d’Ivoire, attacking or obstructing the action of UNOCI or the French forces that support it, committing human rights violations, or publicly inciting hatred and violence.UNOCI has nearly 9,000 uniformed personnel supported by some 360 international civilian personnel, 500 local staff and 220 UN Volunteers. read more

Saskatchewan says sale of oil and natural gas rights down in October

by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2013 10:50 am MDT REGINA – There has been a drop in the sale of oil and natural gas rights in Saskatchewan.The province says the October sale of Crown rights has brought in $9.1 million.That compares to $15.2 million for the same time last year.Energy Minister Tim McMillan says the change reflects a shift in focus by the energy industry as companies drill what they already have rather than buying new rights.The ministry expects energy land sales to increase next year as more leases become available, including in the lucrative Bakken play.Overall, the sale of leases to date this year has brought the province $53.5 million compared to $92.4 million for the same time period last year.McMillan says Alberta and British Columbia are experiencing the same trend. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Saskatchewan says sale of oil and natural gas rights down in October read more

Hire 10 encourages employers to make the pledge

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Recruiters hoping to help those laid off in the city say they’ve seen an increase in the amount of people looking for work.Shawn Baldwin is the CEO of Hire 10, a pledge that businesses make to hire 10 people in the city.Oil and gas may have been hit hard, but Baldwin says there are other sectors in need of people now in this economic downturn.“We’re seeing activity in healthcare, we’re seeing quite a bit of activity in the tech sector, there’s a number of organizations within the logistical area, [and] manufacturing there’s still some,” he said.Hire 10 is holding an event in hopes of helping connect employers with job seekers on Thursday. While it’s no surprise people have signed up to look for work, Baldwin says there’s been a number of employers who will be in attendance, pledging a total of 600 jobs to offer.The event runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on December 17 on the main floor ballroom at the Metropolitan Centre at 333 4 Ave. S.W. by Ian Campbell Posted Dec 16, 2015 3:03 pm MDT Hire 10 encourages employers to make the pledge read more

Equitable Group stock soars after deal to borrow up to 2 billion

Equitable Group stock soars after deal to borrow up to $2 billion from banks by The Canadian Press Posted May 1, 2017 9:59 am MDT Last Updated May 1, 2017 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – Equitable Group (TSX:EQB) shares soared on Monday after the alternative mortgage lender said it reached a deal to borrow up to $2 billion, if needed, from a syndicate of Canadian banks.Shares of Equitable rose 33.89 per cent to $48.86 in morning trading. Equitable’s stock price had been under pressure after clients of rival Home Capital Group (TSX:HCG) began pulling their money out of that subprime lender.Many savers became nervous after staff with Ontario’s securities watchdog last month alleged that Home Capital misled investors. Home Capital has said the allegations are without merit and has vowed to defend itself.Both Equitable Group and Home Capital offer mortgages to people who may not qualify for loans from the major banks.In a news release issued Monday, Equitable Group says it also saw a decrease in its deposit balances last week, with clients pulling out an average of $75 million daily between Wednesday and Friday. In total, Equitable lost 2.4 per cent of its deposit base during those three days.But Equitable Group has secured a letter of commitment for a credit facility from a syndicate of banks including TD Bank, CIBC and National Bank. The terms include a 0.75 per cent commitment fee and an interest rate equal to the banks’ cost of funds plus 1.25 per cent.Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. read more

At UN President of Zimbabwe denounces sanctions against his country

“We invite other countries with which we may have differences of whatever nature to eschew threats, pressures and punitive actions, in favour of reconciliation, friendship and dialogue,” said Mr. Mugabe.“I therefore denounce, in the strongest terms, the illegal sanctions that are imposed on my country by the European Union and the USA and call for their immediate and unconditional removal,” he continued.He also touched on the question of Security Council reform, saying that he reiterated Africa’s common position on its reform.“We are disappointed that we have lost the opportunity of this anniversary [of the United Nations] to address this burning issue of the reform of the UN Security Council in a manner that satisfies the just demands and expectations of the majority of us,” he said. He also called for “the revitalization of the General Assembly” and “inclusivity and transparency in selecting our organization’s Secretary-General, by ensuring that the General Assembly plays a more significant role in that process.”Turning to the subject of human rights, Mr. Mugabe said that, while respecting and upholding those rights was the obligation of all states, he rejected attempts “to prescribe ‘new rights’ that are contrary to our values, norms, traditions and beliefs.”The President of Zimbabwe also spoke of the refugee crisis in the Middle East and beyond.“For some months now, we have watched heartbreaking and harrowing scenes of desperate refugees seeking to enter Europe,” he said. “This tragic situation could have been avoided through the respect of the independence of other countries and non-interference in their internal affairs,” he added. read more

Manchester attack victim Olivia Campbells mother breaks down at vigil as she

first_imgThe crowd applauded as the grieving mother broke down.She went on: “As a family, we’re united, we’re standing strong. I ask her friends, strangers, relatives to do the same.”Please stay together, don’t let this beat any of us, please. Don’t let my daughter be a victim.” Olivia Campbell was among the Manchester attack victims “I just knew – something told me I had to come here.” The heartbroken mother of one of the Manchester attack victims broke down at a vigil as she begged crowds not to let the atrocity “beat any of us”.Olivia Campbell, from Bury, Greater Manchester, was among the first of the victims to be named after suicide bomber Salman Abed attacked the Manchester Arena on Monday night after a concert by US singer Ariana Grande.Olivia’s family had spent Tuesday frantically searching for the 15-year-old, but in the early hours of Wednesday Charlotte Campbell revealed her daughter had died in the blast. Olivia Campbell was among the Manchester attack victimsCredit:Reuters Alongside a photo of Olivia, she wrote on Facebook: “RIP my darling precious gorgeous girl Olivia Campbell taken far far too soon go sing with the angels and keep smiling mummy loves you so much.”Attending a vigil in Bury, she said: “I can’t thank you enough for what you’ve done for us – for being here, for giving us your support, for sharing her everywhere.”This is such a hard time for us, I had to come, I didn’t know what to do, I don’t know where to be, I don’t know what to do. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Marking shovels and tractors Government turns to Eircodes to tackle rural theft

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article ‘Marking shovels and tractors’: Government turns to Eircodes to tackle rural theft A campaign encouraging people to mark their property with their Eircode is being launched today. COMBAT CRIME AND prevent theft in rural Ireland? Use Eircodes to mark your property, the government is now suggesting. A new campaign launching today encourages property owners, farmers and businesses to mark their property with the seven-digit identifier. Eircode – a postcode system for identifying the location of every house and business in Ireland – was launched back in 2015. Each Eircode is unique, which is helpful for emergency services, people making deliveries, and those looking to find their correct destination.The codes, however, have been criticised in the past for having no logistical sense and for the €38 million spend on the system. In a turn of events though, they could prove beneficial in tackling crime if people label valuable items with their Eircode through the Property Marking Ireland programme, the aim of which is to deter theft and enable An Garda Siochána to identify and reunite stolen property with its owner. The logic behind the move is simple: If a stolen item is marked discreetly with an Eircode in a difficult-to-remove location, it is less attractive to criminals.A marked item is also easier to return to an owner if recovered by the gardaí. The new scheme works by way of an Eircode stamp embedded onto metal items, essentially anything from a shovel to a tractor. Or a digger.Similar efforts to tackle rural and agricultural crime have emerged in recent years. In 2017, the Irish Farmers’ Association launched a Summer Secure campaign to advise its members to tattoo their equipment as their own with some sort of permanent, unique mark.At the time that there were an estimated 2,000 thefts from farmyards reported each year in Ireland. “Property theft is very prevalent in rural Ireland and we need to put every barrier in place to rule out this type of illegal action,” Minister of State for Natural Resources, Community Affairs and Digital Development Sean Canney TD has said. “The use of Eircodes is a clever way of identifying ownership of property and helps in having recovered property returned.”The new Eircode scheme will be rolled out over the coming months by non-profit Property Marking Ireland in Co Donegal, Sligo, Cavan, Louth, Clare and Tipperary.  Short URL 35 Comments Thursday 25 Apr 2019, 12:10 AM Image: Eircode 21,058 Views Share Tweet Email1 Apr 25th 2019, 12:11 AM By Cónal Thomas Image: Eircodelast_img read more

Buy This Comic Peter Parker The Spectactular SpiderMan 1

first_imgStay on target Buy This Comic: DEATH ORB #1Buy This Comic: MAN-EATERS #1 Today is Wednesday, better known as New Comic Book Day, the best day of the week. A lot of great comics came out today, but this column is meant to focus on the best of the best, the must have books that should be in everyone’s stack for the week. This week, that comic is Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1, a massive from Marvel Comics, writer Chip Zdarsky, artists Adam Kubert and Goran Parlov, and colorist Jordie Bellaire.via Marvel ComicsPeter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1(W) Chip Zdarsky (A) Adam Kubert, Goran Parlov (C) Jordie Bellaire SPIDER-MAN RETURNS TO THE FRIENDLY NEIGHBORHOOD! The web-slinging, wallcrawling wonder returns to New York City in the all-new PETER PARKER: THE SPECTACULAR SPIDER-MAN. A companion series to the best-selling Amazing Spider-Man series, Peter Parker is going back-to-basics for big heroics in the Big Apple. Featuring adversaries old and new, be there as Spider-Man returns to his friendly neighborhood for his never-ending battle against crime and the dreaded “Parker Luck.”via Marvel ComicsLet me get this out of the way real quick. Chip Zdarsky, from Sex Criminals, Howard the Duck, and Jughead, is writing Spider-Man, and this is perfect. I cannot emphasize enough how perfect a match Zdarsky’s humor and sensibilities are for the friendly neighborhood millennial. Howard the Duck is one of my favorite comics, especially Marvel Comics, to come out in the past two decades, and if you haven’t read it yet, I strongly urge you to do so, and it can all be found here, and here, and here. Zdarsky and artist Joe Quinones teamed up to bring the foul-mouthed fowl to a new generation of readers following the duck’s cameo at the end of them first Guardians of the Galaxy movie. Quinones’ great expressive faces and spot on depiction of New York, combined with Zdarsky’s quirks, made it one of the best comics that I don’t feel like gets enough credit. Zdarsky seems to find strength in two things, the first being his ability to get to the core of a character, and the second is his willingness to have fun in the Marvel Universe’s sandbox. With Spider-Man, he does it again, dialing down all of the extra bits added to the character in the last ten years and honing in on what makes Peter Parker so likable.Zdarsky writes Peter as a young-ish guy just trying his best. He’s far from perfect and is even kind of insufferable sometimes. He makes plans and forgets, doesn’t have his priorities right, can be a bad friend sometimes, but at the end of the day, he cares and is trying, which is more than can be said for a lot of people. This first issue seems to be zooming in on the “Friendly, Neighborhood” part of the character that has got lost in the fuss of his bombastic, superspy adventures recently. With the new Homecoming movie coming out, this is exactly the kind of Spider-Man comic that we need right now, and Zdarsky delivers the goods. Showing Peter’s friendship with Johnny Storm, how awful Peter is with… people, but especially women, and just how in over his head he seems to be at all times are all great bits. It shows just how good of a grasp Zdarsky has on the character, and I can’t wait to see where he takes him.via Marvel ComicsAdam Kubert is the main artist on this book, and it’s weird because I am used to seeing him on more event-scaled books, but his recent stint on the Secret Wars mini-series, Spider-Man: Renew Your Vows, seems like a good precursor to this series. I don’t know that Kubert’s style fits as well with the tone of this book as it could, coming across as a little too serious, but I am sure it’ll work more going forward, especially with that last page reveal. I won’t give any spoilers away here, but if you want some context, I would strongly urge you to read this if you have not already. The series also seems to be setting up something more sinister in the backup which is also written by Zdarsky with art by Goran Parlov, which honestly feels like a throwback of sorts. Especially with how Parlov’s art feels like John Romita Sr. All in all, this first issue feels like a really loving take on the character and a great jumping on point for new readers.  Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1 is available today in print and online at Comixology.6/21/17 Releases – In addition to Peter Parker: The Spectacular Spider-Man #1, here is a list of other new titles that came out this week that you should also be reading, if you are not already.Archie #21 by writer Mark Waid, artist Pete Woods, and Archie Comics. Part 2 of the Over The Edge storyline. Who lives? Who dies? Riverdale will never be the same.All New Guardians of the Galaxy #4 by writer Gerry Duggan, artist Aaron Kuder, and Marvel Comics.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

These AI Wheelchairs Can Detect Movement and Watch for Obstacles

first_img Motion sensors and smart navigation aren’t available for most mobility devices, however, one U.K. professor aims to change that with his AI-enabled wheelchairs.Dr. Konstantinos Sirlantzis, an Intelligent Systems senior lecturer at the University of Kent, is working on a high-tech project called Assistive Devices for empowering Disabled People through robotic Technologies (ADAPT), PCMag reported. The project, which involves smart wheelchairs that can detect movement and watch for obstacles, can help improve people’s lives in the future.ADAPT, which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the University of Kent, has recruited 10 people with disabilities through a nearby hospital’s neurorehabilitation unit, which focuses on individuals who’ve suffered from brain injuries and strokes.“We consider our work to be ‘socially robotic assistive technology,’ Dr. Sirlantzis told PCMag. “It helps users to participate more fully in their world through the use of technology.Dr. Sirlantzis is taking a modular-focused approach for ADAPT: His team is combining AI and sensing technology to achieve collaborative control of the wheelchairs and conduct assessments of the emotional and physiological state of users.These smart wheelchairs leverage AI to learn users’ movement preferences, style of driving, and their current physiology. Some of ADAPT’s advanced technologies include tracking the movement of a person’s head, nose, or iris to control wheelchairs, and LiDAR mapping to help with navigation and obstacle warnings.If Dr. Sirlantzis’ smart wheelchairs become commercially available in upcoming years, people with mobility issues will be able to have more accessible devices that will elevate their comfort, safety, and movement.More on Tests ‘Smart’ Astroskin Jersey on Space StationIBM and McCormick Tap AI to ‘Spice Up’ Food SeasoningsTinder for Foodies: Samsung Turns Smart Fridge Into Dating Service McDonald’s Plans to Serve AI Voice Technology at Drive ThruCIMON Returns to Earth After 14 Months on ISS Stay on targetlast_img read more

Emery delighted with win against tough Huddersfield

first_imgUnai Emery has revealed his happiness as Arsenal fought hard and long to break down a resilient Huddersfield Town in their 1-0 win at the Emirates.Lucas Torreira’s acrobatic goal in the second half was enough to hand Arsenal all three points as they struggled to break the deadlock and Emery is delighted as the Gunners extend their unbeaten run to 21 matches.“Tough match for us,” Emery told Sky Sports.“I wanted to play with more rhythm in the match but they were moving with a slow rhythm and with all the passion we needed to play this [type of] match and at the end of it, we are happy with this victory.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“It’s been a very big week for us and we wanted to win today for our supporters. We wanted to play better with a different rhythm in the match but we couldn’t do that because there were a lot of stoppages in the 90 minutes.“It’s not just [difficult] for us, also for the opposition. Their plan was to play a very slow rhythm, go one-to-one in all the positions, which was not easy for us, and then a lot of long balls, second actions and a lot of stoppages in the match. For me, today was a very good victory in a very tough match.”last_img read more

WHS SOFTBALL Wildcats Beat Wakefield In Close Game

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington High School Varsity Softball team (3-2) defeated Wakefield High by a score of 3-1 on Monday, April 29, 2019.The Wildcats spotted Wakefield a run in the top of the first on a walk, an error and an infield out, but pitcher Ally Moran roared back by allowing only 1 hit while striking out 10 in the contest.The Wildcats struggled to get on base,  but did manage to plate 3 runs in the bottom of the third. Left fielder Kacie Bourrell led off with a single. With one out, Ashley Crawford reached base on an error, moving Bourrell to second. Ally Moran loaded the bases with her first of two singles for the game. Bella Kieran singled to left plating Bourrell. With two outs and bases full, Chase Anderson came up and stroked a 2 RBI single of her own.In the fourth inning, Jenna Sweeney roped a 2-out double but was stranded there.In the bottom of the sixth, Bourrell made a nice catch on a deep fly ball to left.“We won today, but it was not pretty,” said Coach Audrey Cabral. “We need to be more patient at the plate going forward as well as being able to execute our short game.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Win Back-To-Back Games, Moran Gives Up 3 Hits While Striking Out 22In “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Lexington, Moran Picks Up Another WinIn “Sports”WHS SOFTBALL: Wildcats Defeat Greater Lowell Tech & Stoneham, Qualify For State TournamentIn “Sports”last_img read more

Trapper Creek man dies when plane strikes tree

first_imgAlaska State Troopers say a Trapper Creek man died after his plane struck a tree while flying over his daughter’s wedding reception.Download AudioKTUU-TV reports that 54-year-old Michael Zagula died Sunday after the landing gear from his Cessna U206G struck a tree and caused the aircraft to crash.Trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen says the crash occurred in Trapper Creek.National Transportation Safety Board chief Alaska investigator Clint Johnson says an investigator is scheduled to visit the crash site Monday.Zagula’s body will be sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.last_img read more

Advantage Reliance Jio as India may keep Chinese giant Huawei out of

first_imgA government ban on Chinese equipment maker Huawei from 5G trials will be an advantage for Reliance Jio that has mostly European equipment.IBTimes IndiaMukesh Ambani-led Reliance Jio will get a double boost if Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government finally decides to keep technology leader Huawei of China out of the 5G trials set to begin soon. A top government adviser has opposed allowing Huawei to take part in the trials that Telecommunication Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad recently said would begin in a few weeks. The opposition of K Vijay Raghavan, the principal scientific adviser to the Narendra Modi government, will be a setback for mobile telephony market leader Vodafone Idea and third-placed Bharti Airtel. These two extensively use equipment manufactured by Huawei while Reliance Jio reportedly uses mainly European-origin equipment.Raghavan, who heads a high-level committee on 5G, said India should “go for (5G) trials immediately with all, except for Chinese vendors,” a report in The Times of India said. “For China, we should prepare pros and cons for going with them,” the report quotes Raghavan as saying at the June 13 meeting of the sub-committee on 5G and technology trials. The committee has officials from the Intelligence Bureau (IB), ministries of external affairs, home, telecom and IT and the department of science and technology.Reports say PM Modi and US President Donald Trump discussed measures to explore collaboration in 5G telecommunications technology on the sidelines of the G20 Summit. The two leaders discussed the technical and business opportunities that 5G provides. President Trump also reportedly discussed the Huawei episode with Chinese President Xi Jinping. The trilateral meeting between PM Modi, Trump and Abe focused on how Japan-America-India can work together towards an open, stable and rule-based Indo-Pacific region. TwitterNew Delhi is a divided house with representatives of different wings taking divergent views on letting Huawei participate in the security trials. Yet, there was a consensus about the need for safeguards to deal with security fears that the Chinese major evokes worldwide because of its rumoured ties with the Chinese political and People Liberation Army (PLA) establishments, according to media reports. Though Huawei, which is facing a global blacklisting by Washington, has offered a “no backdoor” guarantee to Indian authorities, some government officials are still wary. Their concerns are legitimate in that India still lags in technology and equipment to test the vulnerabilities of advanced telecom networks.Indian intelligence agencies have taken the stand that while security should be paramount in any decision, including Huawei will be a political decision of the government. Vodafone Idea, the market leader in mobile service, enjoys a revenue market share (RMS) of 32.2 per cent. But Reliance Jio is close on the heels at 31.7 percent after having forged ahead of Airtel at 27.3 percent.A ban on Huawei will leave Asian players South Korean Samsung, and Japanese NEC, US-based Cisco, AT&T, Qualcomm, and Verizon, and European players Swedish Ericcson, Finnish Nokia, and French Orange in the fray. The mobile service providers that have depended on Huawei will lose their price advantage because the switch to more expensive European or US equipment will be financially painful. For Reliance Jio, the integration of the 5G equipment will be easier.last_img read more

Geek Pick Oculus Rift S Is Good Old VR

first_imgGeek Pick: Philips Hue Play Light Bar Lights Up Your MediaGeek Pick: Nokia 7.1 Is an Excellent, Affordable Android PhoneGeek Pick: Flir One Pro Is a Hot Thermal Camera Stay on target Geek Pick: Ikea Sonos Symfonisk Is A WiFi Bookshelf SpeakerGeek Pick: Fi Smart Dog Collar Sniffs Out Your Pet center_img The modern version of virtual reality has been around for long enough now that you can look back and start to see certain generational shifts. Case in point, the recent Oculus Quest, with its completely untethered headset offering true freedom in a VR experience, makes a decisive break with VR headsets of the past that required you to stay connected to a PC to play.But there’s still value in that now somewhat antiquated take on VR, and one of the best traditional VR headsets you can get is the new Oculus Rift S.AdChoices广告Yes, with the Oculus Rift S you still need to wire yourself up to a computer in order to play. There are no wireless connection options either unlike rival Vive headsets. This can get uncomfortable and potentially dangerous if you forget about the potential trip-line when immersed in another world.But the benefit of VR like this is that using a computer’s power a connected VR headset can always offer more robust experiences compared to a modest completely standalone model. At a minimum your computer needs an Nvidia GTX 1060 or AMD Radeon RX 480 graphics card, an Intel i5-4590 or AMD Ryzen 5 1500X CPU, and 8GB of RAM. With specs like that you’re going to get better performance as well as access to a wider variety of VR games since SteamVR games are also available with some tinkering. Oculus Quest is much more of a walled garden when it comes to software.And even with its connection the Oculus Rift S is more freeing than its predecessor. New trackers integrated onto the headset itself remove the need for external sensors, freeing up space in your room and your USB ports. The way the straps and visor fit on your head is more ergonomic. And while the 1,280 by 1,440 resolution isn’t as high as the Quest weirdly enough, it’s still an improvement over previous models.For more on the Oculus Rift S check out the extensive review on our sister site For more on VR check out our review of Nintendo Labo VR Kit and our hands-on impressions of the upcoming Iron Man VR game.More on read more

Diksha An ode to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia

first_imgMuch to the delight of music lovers, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts organised the second series of ‘Diksha’, based on the Guru-Shishya Parampara. Event was based on the ancient tradition of passing knowledge orally, from teachers to students. In the first series, IGNCA had celebrated Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his disciples. This time it hosted Padma Vibhushan Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and his disciples.Speaking on the occasion, Sachchidanad Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA, said, “With this programme dedicated to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, we are organising the second chapter of Guru-Shishya Parampara. We will be organising such theme-based programmes at regular intervals, which will be based on great artists like Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia, Sarod Maestro Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and others.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We are grateful to Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasiya and Vrindaban Gurukul for providing IGNCA an opportunity to organise such mesmerising programmes,” added Joshiji. On the first day, Krutika Janginmath played Raga Desh, alap Jod Jhala, Madhya durt Teen Taal and Thumri ‘Aaj Shyam Sang Holi Khelun’ in Raag Kaifi. At the end of day one, Rupak Kulkarni played Raag Bageshwari while Pandit Ram K Mishra accompanied him on Tabla. On day two, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia performed with his disciples including Rupak Kulkarni on Flute, Saskia Rao de-Haas on Cello, Siddhrtha Sarkar on Violin, Jean Christophe on Flute, Krutika Janginmath on Flute and Rashid Mustafa Thirakwa on Tabla. Before the performance, he said, “We are thankful to IGNCA for this wonderful event. It is a unique series dedicated to the Guru and his shishyas.” Second day also saw violin recital by Siddharath Sarkar. He played Raag Puriya Kalyan and Charukeshi, followed by Jean Christophe’s flute performance. 2-days Diksha: Guru Shishya Parampara’ was inaugurated by Arun Goel, Secretary, Ministry Of Culture GoI, Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia and Dr Sachchidanand Joshi, Member Secretary, IGNCA.last_img read more