Deboshmitas first album Pranami to release today

first_imgNapoleon Bonaparte used to say ‘Impossible is a word to be found in the dictionary of fools.’ The English proverb says, “Where there is a will, there is a way.”There are people who have worked hard to prove that these sentences are true, and can be achieved. One such person is Deboshmita Nath, who despite being a patient of Cerebral Pulsy is carrying on with her passion for recitation. Her first audio album ‘Pranami’ will be released by Bhabna cassettes today at Kolkata Press Club in presence of eminent personalities like Pradip Ghosh, Sujit Basu, Jagannath Basu, Bratati Bandyopadhyay, Bijoylakshmi Barman, among others. Also Read – An income drop can harm brain The CD contains 14 poems written by Rabindranath. Bhabna cassette will release the CD by Deboshmita, who faced several ailments which was later detected as Cerebral Palsy. It is often found that those who suffer from this disease have poor coordination, stiff muscles or weak muscles and tremors. There may be problem with sensation, vision, hearing, swallowing and often speaking. But fighting all odds, her parents stood by her and gave her the constant encouragement to overcome the hindrances. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardWhile she was fighting from the disease, she received training in drawing and swimming. Though, attending school had become a major problem for her, she passed ICSE examination in 2017, and thereafter completed her higher secondary in 2019. At her home, her parents used to play songs for her all the time., which further resulted in her interest for recitation. Her first step was ‘LeechuChor’ by KaziNazrul Islam. Then, she got her initial training in recitation from Shampa Roy Chowdhuree.Followed by the workshop of BratatiBondopadhya and JaganathBasu. By releasing this album, Bhabna Cassettes attempts to encourage those children who are suffering from such diseases to not give up, and cross the hurdles of life with success and honour. Deboshmita stands out to be source of inspiration to all of them.last_img read more

Bell Canada statement about illegal access of customer information

first_img Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook We apologize to Bell customers for this situation and are contacting those affected directly.Bell took immediate steps to secure affected systems. The company has been working closely with the RCMP cyber crime unit in its investigation and has informed the Office of the Privacy Commissioner.To learn more about how to protect your personal information, please visit Bell’s security and fraud prevention resources on Bell.ca. Please note that Bell will never ask customers for credit card or other personal information by e-mail.Bell continues to work together with government, law enforcement agencies and the technology industry to combat the growth of hacking and other cyber crimes. For more information about cyber crime prevention and how to protect your data, please visit the RCMP web site at www.Rcmp-grc.gc.ca and the federal government’s cyber safety web site at http://www.Getcybersafe.gc.ca.About BellBell is Canada’s largest communications company, providing consumers and business customers with wireless, TV, Internet, home phone and business communications services. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home, and digital media. For more information, please visit Bell.ca. MONTRÉAL, May 15, 2017 – Bell Canada today announced the illegal access of Bell customer information by an anonymous hacker. Bell has determined that the information obtained contains email addresses, customer names and/or telephone numbers.There is no indication that any financial, password or other sensitive personal information was accessed. This incident is not connected to the recent global WannaCry malware attacks.The illegally accessed information contains approximately 1.9 million active email addresses and approximately 1,700 names and active phone numbers. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitterlast_img read more

Donald Trump Sparks Debate With Series of Racist Tweets

Rabat – On Sunday, July 14, US President Donald Trump made headlines with a barrage of tweets which targeted at four democratic congresswomen, who are all ethnic minorities. The tweets caused a public outcry, with many dubbing the tweets racist and xenophobic.“So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,” the US president tweeted.Read also: Moroccans Protest Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’ in Rabat“Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how ..it is done,” he added. “These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!” The congresswomen clapback: “THIS is what racism looks like”While he did not explicitly name the women, the context makes it clear who he meant.The four women he was targeting, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who were all born in the US with the exception of Omar who came to the US as a refugee from Somali aged 12, have hit back at Trump.Ocasio-Cortez, who is of Puerto Rican descent but was born in the Bronx just 12 miles from the hospital Trump was born, replied saying: “You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us.”You are angry because you can’t conceive of an America that includes us. You rely on a frightened America for your plunder.You won’t accept a nation that sees healthcare as a right or education as a #1 priority, especially where we’re the ones fighting for it.Yet here we are.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 14, 2019Pressley, who is an African American born in Ohio, also hit back on twitter, saying: “THIS is what racism looks like.”THIS is what racism looks like. WE are what democracy looks like. And we’re not going anywhere. Except back to DC to fight for the families you marginalize and vilify everyday. pic.twitter.com/vYzoxCgN0X— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) July 14, 2019Omar also replied, calling Trump the “most corrupt and inept president” president the US has ever seen, and accused him of stoking white nationalism.Mr. President,As Members of Congress, the only country we swear an oath to is the United States.Which is why we are fighting to protect it from the worst, most corrupt and inept president we have ever seen. https://t.co/FBygHa2QTt— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 14, 2019You are stoking white nationalism bc you are angry that people like us are serving in Congress and fighting against your hate-filled agenda.“America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired.” -RFK— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 14, 2019Lastly, Taib, who was born in was born in Detroit to Palestinian parents and was the second ever Muslim woman to be elected in to congress after Omar, tweeted: “I am fighting against corruption in OUR country.” Yo @realDonaldTrump, I am fighting corruption in OUR country. I do it every day when I hold your admin accountable as a U.S. Congresswoman. Detroit taught me how to fight for the communities you continue to degrade & attack. Keep talking, you’ll be out of the WH soon. #TickTock— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) July 14, 2019Trump doubles down on comments amid Replubican party silenceDespite the backlash, on Monday, July 15, Trump stood by his statements during a press conference in front of the White House.“These are people that in my opinion hate our country,” President Trump told reporters. “As far as I’m concerned if you hate our country, if you’re not happy here, you can leave. You can leave right now. I don’t know who’s going to miss ’em,” he said.When asked by one reporter whether he was concerned about people dubbing his tweets racist, he responded: “It doesn’t concern me because many people agree with me.”In response, the four democrats also called a press conference on Capitol Hill that afternoon. “We don’t leave the things that we love,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “We are focused on making it better.” Pressley shared a similar sentiment, and encouraged “the American people and all of us in this room and beyond to not take the bait.“This is a disruptive distraction from the issues of concern and consequences to the American people,” said Pressley.Omar simply described his comments as “ridiculous.” This is his plan to pit us against each other.” she added.The press conference seemed to only further anger Trump, who went on another Twitter tirade, today, July 16. “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” Trump insisted.Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body! The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show “weakness” and fall into their trap. This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat…..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019…..Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country. Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8%, Cortez at 21%. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 16, 2019While the Democratic party was vocal and quick to denounce Trump’s statements, his own party remained mostly silent, except for two who condemned the tweets.Republican Senator Susan Collins said in a statement the tweets were “way over the line” and should be removed. Republican Congressman Will Hurd, who is African American, described the comments as “racist and xenophobic.”But one Republican, Congressman Andy Harris, defended Trump. Speaking to a radio station, said: “Clearly it’s not a racist comment. He could have meant go back to the district they came from, the neighbourhood they came from.” read more

Navy arrests 16 Indian fishermen poaching in Sri Lankan waters

The fishermen and boats were to be handed over to the Jaffna Fisheries Inspectorate and the Mannar Assistant Directorate of Fisheries once being brought ashore.Akram Alavi said the latest arrest follows the arrest of 17 Indian fishermen two days earlier. (Colombo Gazette) The Navy assisted the Coast Guard to arrest sixteen (16) Indian fishermen who were poaching in Sri Lankan waters at two separate locations late last night, Navy spokesman Akram Alavi told the Colombo Gazette.He said that the fishermen were arrested south of Delft Islands and off Mannar and three of their boats were also seized. read more

Time Warner Cable CEO offers to end blackout proposes that CBS signal

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Ryan Nakashima, The Associated Press Posted Aug 5, 2013 6:01 pm MDT Time Warner Cable CEO offers to end blackout, proposes that CBS signal be sold ‘a la carte’ LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Time Warner Cable Inc. CEO Glenn Britt has offered to end a four-day blackout of CBS stations in three major cities, saying the cable operator would allow CBS to sell its stations’ signal “a la carte” to consumers instead of bundling it with other channels.That would “allow customers to decide for themselves how much value they ascribe to CBS programming,” Britt said in a letter to CBS CEO Leslie Moonves that was released to the media.CBS Corp. called the proposal a “sham.”“Anyone familiar with the entertainment business knows that the economics and structure of the cable industry doesn’t work that way and isn’t likely to for quite some time,” it said.CBS signals have been blacked out to some 3 million Time Warner Cable subscribers in New York, Los Angeles and Dallas since Friday in a dispute over how much the cable operator has to pay for CBS programming. Britt’s proposal is a radical departure from how TV is sold today — in packages that can contain a hundred or more channels, many of which consumers don’t watch.Craig Moffett, an industry analyst with Moffett Research LLC, called the proposal “mostly a bit of theatre” that CBS would never accept.“CBS would never agree to a model where customers could opt to take it or leave it,” he said. “The economics of that would never be as attractive as the current model, where everyone has to pay whether they want the service or not.”Investors seemed to shrug at the proposal. Time Warner Cable shares slipped 68 cents or half a per cent to finish at $116.42. CBS shares dipped 67 cents, a little more than 1 per cent, to close at $53.86 Monday.TV station owners like CBS want to boost revenue and profit from the fees they charge to distributors — and many industry observers see this as their prime engine of growth in the coming years. But pay TV distributors say they’re trying to keep costs low to hang onto subscribers sick of paying higher monthly bills. Retransmission fees paid by cable, satellite and telecommunications providers are set to double by 2018 to $6 billion, according to research firm SNL Kagan.The fee fights have become common in recent years. Most have been resolved within a few weeks. However, the American Television Alliance (ATVA), a grouping of pay TV distributors, says there are now a record 79 U.S. markets being affected by blackouts. Besides the Time Warner Cable dispute with CBS, starting on Thursday some Dish Network Corp. subscribers lost access to some ABC, NBC and Fox affiliate stations owned by Raycom Media Inc. in 36 markets in 15 states from Florida to Hawaii.Tens of thousands of DirecTV subscribers lost access to a local CBS station in Odesa, Texas, on Thursday. Five other blackouts are ongoing, including one between Cox Communications and Mt. Baker Cable in Seattle that has lingered since Jan. 1, 2012, according to the ATVA.The basis for all of the disputes is the 1992 Cable Act, which allows TV station owners to either force pay TV operators to carry their signals for free, or bargain for carriage at whatever rates they can extract in negotiations. Since then, leverage in such negotiations has shifted dramatically in favour of the content owners, who can demand higher fees or pull their signal. Cable TV operators have usually been forced to pay higher rates or risk losing subscribers to satellite TV companies, a shift that has been happening for years.But the situation has gotten so dire that DirecTV, which in the past has seen competitor blackouts as a way to steal subscribers, rallied to Time Warner Cable’s defence in a statement on Saturday, saying “all pay TV customers are feeling trapped and helpless” by “ridiculous” rate increase demands.The longer the fight goes on, the greater the chance that Congress gets involved to balance the playing field, said Rich Greenfield, a media and technology analyst with BTIG Research. “Having the government poking their nose into the situation could be decidedly bad for CBS,” he said.Legislation isn’t pending, but lawmakers and lobbyists are considering folding new retransmission rules into a bill required to renew the license of satellite TV operators DirecTV and Dish by the end of 2014. Hearings on the matter are likely to start up around late September, according to ATVA spokesman Brian Frederick. “Our video laws need updating now more than ever,” he said.Consumer outrage over the blackout has been similar to past disputes, according to Time Warner Cable spokeswoman Maureen Huff.The company has been offering pro-rated rebates to the some 2.5 million Time Warner Cable subscribers who pay extra for CBS-owned Showtime, which has also been blacked out during the fight. For the time being, the cable operator has replaced CBS with programming from Starz Kids and Family.With so many blackouts at so many different TV operators, including the satellite players, switching providers might not help.“People understand increasingly that switching is not the answer,” said Time Warner Cable’s Huff. “If you switch to another provider, they’re going to face the same situation the next time they’re up with CBS.”Customers could be getting desensitized to blackouts because they occur so frequently.And the level of outrage might be muted because the fight is occurring during the summer, when networks don’t debut many new shows.Besides CBS’s new hit, “Under the Dome,” which it premiered in June thanks to a special arrangement for exclusive online access on Amazon.com, subscribers only missed new episodes Sunday night of Showtime’s “Dexter,” in its eighth and final season, as well as “Ray Donovan,” a Showtime series that began in June.That’s not the same as missing an NFL regular season football game, or even a preseason game, which won’t air on CBS until Aug. 23.“Viewers are outside in the sun,” said Laura Martin, a media industry analyst with investment bank Needham & Co. “If CBS was in the middle of its prime-time schedule, they would be much more annoyed.”But the wide array of online viewing options is not an effective substitute for the programs that CBS offers, especially its live sports offerings, including golf, Martin and other industry observers said.Acknowledging the greater number of viewers who watch TV shows online, CBS took the unusual move of blocking video access on its apps and website to people who get their Internet service from Time Warner Cable, including those who get TV packages from other providers. Even though millions of Time Warner Cable subscribers couldn’t see Tiger Woods claim his eighth victory at the Firestone Country Club on Sunday, industry watchers said that wasn’t as important as NFL football, which has its first regular season games on CBS on Sept. 8.It’s unlikely that Time Warner Cable will drag out the dispute that long, said analyst Moffett.“The closer we get to football season, the more the leverage shifts to CBS,” Moffett said. “Once the football season begins, it’s game set and match in CBS’s favour.” read more

UN rights experts urge Iran to halt execution of two Ahwazi Arabs

Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi, who were arrested in November 2012 and sentenced to death on charges of Moharebeh (enmity against God) by a Revolutionary Court in September 2013, according to the Office for the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).“The accused were convicted either primarily or solely on the basis of a televised ‘confession’ which appeared on Iranian State TV in June 2013,” OHCHR quoted the human rights experts as saying, and were apparently not allowed legal representation of their own choosing and were later denied regular access to their court-appointed lawyer. Reported footage showing Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi “confessing” to their role in an explosion of a natural gas pipeline was aired on Iran’s State-controlled television.“The timing of the video release, as well as its content, beg serious questions about its legitimacy as evidence in the conviction and sentencing of these men to the most serious and irreversible fate possible,” the OHCHR press release said.Just last month, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Iran, Ahmed Shaheed, said he regretted the spike in executions this year in Iran and renewed his call to the Government to immediately halt them. Over 170 persons including at least two women have been executed since the beginning of 2014 and a large number of prisoners on death row risk imminent execution.In addition to Shaheed, the experts involved in today’s appeal are: the Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Christof Heyns; Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Rita Izsák; and the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul; and the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Independent experts or special rapporteurs are appointed by the Geneva-based UN Human Rights Council to monitor, report and advise on human rights issues. The experts work on a voluntary basis; they are not UN staff and do not receive a salary for their work. They are independent from any Government or organization and serve in their individual capacity.In issuing the appeal on the eve of the reported executions of the two men, OHCHR says both Ali Chebeishat and Sayed Khaled Mousavi have reportedly been subjected to severe mistreatment and beatings, possibly amounting to torture. The two men have now been held incommunicado for over two months, and neither their lawyer nor family members have been able to obtain official information regarding their current whereabouts or the status of their cases, says OHCHR. “First and foremost, the Iranian authorities must stop the executions and the accused should be permitted a new, fair trial,” the press release says. “The authorities must also cease any and all retribution against family members for allegedly speaking with international organizations, including the United Nations.”“The Iranian authorities must promptly inform Messrs. Chebeishat and Mousavi’s families of their whereabouts, and allow their families and their lawyers’ access to details regarding the status of their cases, in accordance with both international and Iranian law,” it said. read more

Ohio State field hockey set for matchup with Rutgers

OSU sophomore midfielder Paige Hamilton points to a spot on the field looking for a pass in a game against Penn State Sept. 28 at Buckeye Varsity Field. OSU lost 4-3 Credit: Grant Miller / Copy chiefOhio State field hockey (4-7, 0-3) is coming off a win against third-ranked Virginia on Sunday, and the team is looking to continue to roll Friday in Piscataway, N.J., against Big Ten-newcomer Rutgers.The win against Virginia got OSU back on track after a 6-0 loss to Maryland two days earlier.Freshman midfielder Morgan Kile scored two goals against Virginia, including the game-winner in overtime. She said the team is beginning to play for the good of the group and that principle should carry over for the rest of the season.“The difference between our (Maryland) game and our (Virginia) game was we just went in with the attitude that no matter what happens, we’re gonna play in the moment and for each other,” she said. “And I think that positivity carried us through that game.”Rutgers (5-6, 0-4) enters Friday’s matchup with OSU after defeating New Hampshire, 2-1, on Sunday, but the Scarlet Knights have yet to pick up a Big Ten victory in their inaugural season in the conference. The Buckeyes have yet to win a conference game this season as well.OSU junior back Emma Royce said despite its record, Rutgers will be tough to prepare for because of its unfamiliar style.“It’s certainly a curveball because they’ve just been playing a different style of hockey for so long,” Royce said. “It’s different for us, but it’s also an advantage. They’re not used to a Big Ten style of hockey so in that sense we can have them on their back heels.”No matter the challenge, OSU has an added incentive to defeat Rutgers on Friday, and then win again Sunday at home against Kent State (4-7). OSU coach Anne Wilkinson sits at 298 career victories — two away from reaching a career milestone.Royce said Wilkinson’s passion for field hockey rubs off on the team.“I think everyone wants her to get that 300 because she’s had such a long and successful career here,” Royce said about Wilkinson, who has accumulated 219 of her 298 career victories since coming to OSU in fall 1996. “Her competitive energy and her shear willingness to never give up on this team.“We’ve had high points like Virginia, but we’ve also had low points where we feel like we haven’t played to the best of our ability. But coach Wilkinson never gave up on this team.”The Scarlet Knights could still present a strong challenge against OSU, Wilkinson said.“Rutgers is an outstanding team,” Wilkinson said. “I think (we) know it’s back in the Big Ten and anything can happen.”OSU is set to face Rutgers at 1 p.m. Friday. If the Buckeyes can pull out the victory, they will have a chance to clinch Wilkinson’s 300th win at home Sunday at 1 p.m. against Kent State at Buckeye Varsity Field.“I’ve had some great memories,” Wilkinson said. “I’ve had such a great experience. It’s been a lot of fun. All 300 of them, when that happens.” read more

A Brief History of NY vs LA Championship Battles

The Lakers showcased one of the most dominant teams ever in their 1972 championship victory over the Knicks. And New York successfully secured its revenge over LA in the 1973 title series. Unfortunately for the Knicks, they were unable to retool after losing the core of those great early-’70s teams, and soon Celtics-Lakers would supplant Knicks-Lakers as the league’s premier cross-coastal rivalry.But if we count the New Jersey Nets as a “New York team” — at the time, they played at the Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 7 miles west of Midtown Manhattan — then the 2002 NBA Finals did feature a New York-Los Angeles battle. (Granted, it was something of a lopsided one; the powerhouse Lakers swept Jason Kidd’s Nets in four games.)If we define “New York” and “Los Angeles” as their metropolitan statistical areas, then the NHL won’t be seeing its first N.Y.-LA championship battle this season. Although the Rangers and Kings have never faced each other for a Stanley Cup before, Los Angeles won its first hockey crown over the New Jersey Devils — who play in Newark, New Jersey (a part of the New York metropolitan area) — in 2012. And in 2003, the Devils beat the Anaheim Mighty Ducks for the Stanley Cup in seven games.Unfortunately, no such technicalities can produce a New York-Los Angeles championship clash in football.The Los Angeles Rams appeared in four pre-merger NFL Championship Games, but none were against New York teams (three came against Cleveland and one against Philadelphia). And by the time they left for St. Louis in 1995, the Rams had only one Super Bowl appearance to their credit — the same total as the New York Jets. The two cities’ more successful franchises never got on the same wavelength, either: Like the New York Giants, the Raiders have appeared in five Super Bowls, but only one as a Los Angeles-based squad (against the Washington Redskins in 1984).The timing was off when both cities had teams, and Los Angeles hasn’t been home to an NFL franchise since the 1994 season. The dream of a New York-vs.-Los Angeles Super Bowl will continue to be on hold.In the 10 championship matchups that have taken place between the two cities over the years, five have gone to Los Angeles and five to New York. The Rangers are hoping to break the tie in their favor over the next week or so, although the opening odds are about 3-to-2 against that happening. Then again, the Kings have kept things interesting throughout the playoffs, despite arguably being the league’s best team on paper. If that trend continues, look for a long, entertaining Stanley Cup Final. The Los Angeles Kings prevailed in typically dramatic style Sunday night, beating the Chicago Blackhawks in overtime in Game 7 to end the Western Conference finals. With the New York Rangers having clinched a spot in the Stanley Cup Final last Thursday, the Kings’ victory sets up what is a surprisingly rare occurrence in professional sports: a championship matchup between the two biggest cities in the United States, LA and New York.New York City, of course, has been home to major pro sports since the very beginning and hosted the first “World’s Series” in 1884. Los Angeles was a relative latecomer to the professional scene; it wasn’t until 1946 that the NFL’s Los Angeles Rams and the All-America Football Conference’s Los Angeles Dons became the first LA-based major pro sports teams. Since then, the two cities have faced each other with hardware on the line just 11 times, including the coming Rangers-Kings tilt: four times in MLB, four times in the NBA and three times in the NHL (these matchups have also provided a few “Where were you when … ?” moments).The first came in 1963, five years after the Dodgers uprooted themselves from, coincidentally enough, Brooklyn and put down roots in Los Angeles. Facing the heavily favored two-time defending World Series champion New York Yankees, the Dodgers put together one of the more surprising routs in sports history, sweeping the Yankees in four games. The two franchises would go on to meet in three more World Series, all between 1977 and 1981; the Yankees won in 1977 and 1978, and the Dodgers won in 1981. Of course, the 1977 World Series gave us: There have been a few close calls since. In 1986, the Anaheim-based California Angels would have faced the New York Mets in the World Series if not for a heartbreaking loss to the Boston Red Sox in the AL championship series. And in 2009, the Dodgers could have met the Yankees in the World Series again, but LA lost to the Philadelphia Phillies in a five-game NL championship series.In the NBA, it seems like the Los Angeles Lakers and New York Knicks should have a marquee rivalry. But aside from a brief period in the early 1970s, things have been one-sided in favor of the Lakers. LA has won 10 NBA titles since 1974; New York has zero. What a rivalry it was during its halcyon days, though. Willis Reed hobbled onto the court against LA in 1970 NBA finals: read more

16000 Fans decided Kiril Lazarov was the best Player of the EHF

Blazenko LackovicDarko StanicGabor CsasarJoan CanellasKiril LazarovMikkel HansenNiklas LandinThe best player of EHF EURO 2012 One of the greatest voting Contest in the World of Handball organised by Handball-Planet.com about the question of the Best Player at the EHF EURO 2012 in Serbia attracted 16.000 fans and get one answer – Kiril Lazarov! Macedonian Star, unique because his united title of Topscorer at the World Championships, European Championships and EHF Champions League, got the biggest number of votes, more than 10.000 and with 63% of all votes win the title from the Handball Fans Worldwide.Second place wins fourth scorer of the EHF EURO 2012 and the best Hungarian player, Gabor Csaszar with almost 3000 votes (17%) and on the third place is Serbian “Minister of Defense”, Darko Stanic with almost 2.200 votes (13,5%).FINAL RESULTS (15952 VOTES):KIRIL LAZAROV 10099 (63,30%)GABOR CSASZAR 2829 (17,71%)DARKO STANIC 2149 (13,47%)NIKLAS LANDIN 302 (1,90%)MIKKEL HANSEN 250 (1,56%)MOMIR ILIC 215 (1,35%)DRAGAN GAJIC 53 (0,34%)BLAZENKO LACKOVIC 29 (0,18%)MIRKO ALILOVIC 13 (0,08%)JOAN CANELLAS 12 (0,07%) ← Previous Story Maximilian Schubert stays in FA Goppingen Next Story → TRANSFER BOMB: Bielecki and younger Lijewski in Vive Targi Kielce read more

Google lets you build with Lego in Chrome

first_imgGoogle has been working with Lego Australia to build the largest Lego set ever created. Only this set exists purely in your browser, and lets everyone build their very own creations without being limited by the number of bricks in a box.The Lego creation tool is being called Build, and forms the latest Chrome Experiment. You can start building immediately by visiting the Build with Chrome website where you can choose a plot and begin piling up the bricks. And for such a simple tool the structures you can create are surprisingly varied and complex. The video above, for example, shows the Sydney Harbour Bridge being created.Google is quick to point out that Build has only been made possible through the rapid development of browser technology over the past few years. Build relies on WebGL to function, and would grind to a halt in any browser more than a few versions old. There’s also Google Maps working away behind the scenes providing the mapping data for each country.For the moment you can only claim a plot within Australia and New Zealand, but Google intends to open up the map over time to other areas of the world. It’s worth claiming a plot now though, as the space available is finite and Google is treating claims on a first-come-first-served basis.As well as seeing how creative individuals can get with their little plot of Lego land, I’d also like to see some collaborations larger larger, multi-plot structures appearing. No doubt we’ll get a few Google+ Lego Circles appearing specifically for such an undertaking.Read more at Google Australia Bloglast_img read more

Microsoft Research gives Tony Stark a hand in Iron Man 3

first_imgThe staff at Microsoft Research already get to work with some pretty cool new technologies. Every now and then, however, Hollywood comes calling and they get to lend their expertise and vision to a studio effort like Iron Man 3.Kevin Schofield is the general manager of Microsoft Research, and he was thrilled to be asked to contribute to the latest installment of Iron Man. And why not? Tony Stark’s lab is packed with the kind of stuff die-hard geeks daydream about, and his Iron Man suits are some of the coolest wearable gadgets around. Sorry Google Glass, you’re not even in the same ballpark.Why bring in Microsoft Research? Because its team has experience with some of the mind-blowing future tech that you’ve already seen in Iron Man — in particular, with the sort of three-dimensional holographic interfaces like the ones projected by J.A.R.V.I.S.In recent years, Microsoft Research has worked on a number of projects in that space. The most widely-recognized, of course, is Kinect, which has been providing the DIY scene with a way to hack Minority Report-style controls into their Windows systems for years now.Interacting with a computer using gestures is only half the battle, of course. Fortunately, Microsoft Research has shown that it knows how to turn a user’s surroundings into a fully interactive display.There’s IllumiRoom — the slick, immersive display-extending projector tech that might find its way into the next Xbox. There’s also the HoloDesk project, which created a way for a user to interact with a projected 3D object. Kinect, of course, provided the required gesture tracking.Last but not least, there’s the recently-uncovered holographic telepresence project. It seems like the perfect jumping off point for something like a system that can render holographic dopplegangers to confuse adversaries during suited combat.last_img read more

Heres why most Christians will celebrate Easter this weekend – but not

first_imgEaster takes place this weekend, but Greek Orthodox Christians of the diaspora usually miss out on a public holiday on Easter Monday that is set to coincide with the religious celebrations of other Christian faiths.Other Western Christian countries celebrate Easter on 21 April, but Greek Orthodox Christians will celebrate on 28 April.The reason for the difference in dates has to do with the Julian calendar that often lags behind the Gregorian used by Catholics and other Christians.READ MORE: Twenty Greek Australian students are about to experience their first Easter in Greece In the early days of Christianity, Easter dates varied between different religious groups. This caused a great deal of confusion until the meeting of the Holy Fathers of the First Ecumenical Council in 325 AD that decided to set the date on the first Sunday after the first full moon following the vernal equinox, but always after Passover. In 1923, the matter came up for discussion again when Orthodox churches met in Istanbul. They decided to continue with the Georgian calendar, except for Easter. The equinox date was set at 21 March, which is 3 April on the Julian calendar. The first full moon after the equinox this year falls on 19 April, hence Catholics, Protestants and other Christians will celebrate Easter this weekend. Orthodox Christians, however, will observe Good Friday on 26 April and Easter Sunday on 28 April.READ MORE: Attend the Palm Sunday cross-weaving workshopGreek Orthodox Christians will enjoy Easter at the same time as the Catholic world again in 2025 when the two ways of calculating the holiday coincide. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Walker Allows Legislature to Convene in Anchorage This Week

first_imgGov. Bill Walker will allow the Legislature to leave Juneau and convene the special session in Anchorage this week.Download Audio:His spokesperson, Grace Jang, said in an email that the No. 1 priority is that lawmakers pass a fully-funded budget.Walker last month called the special session for Juneau. However, legislative leaders yesterday announced plans to begin holding floor sessions in Anchorage Thursday, citing work on the Capitol as a reason for the move.A memo from the Legislature’s top attorney says he believes a court would find that lawmakers could not legally convene the current special session outside of Juneau without Walker’s agreement.last_img read more

Bill fixing alcohol and marijuana laws sails toward passage

first_imgRep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, and chair of the Judiciary Committee speaking to the House in February. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)A bill with big implications for alcohol and marijuana has sailed out of the House Judiciary committee without opposition.Download AudioSB 165, sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, deals primarily with reforming the rules around alcohol consumption for minors and adults younger than 21.The bill changes the Minor Consuming Alcohol violation under Title 4, making it a $500 penalty, similar to a parking ticket. That fee can be reduced as low as $50 if a person completes a treatment program within a six months of the judgement, which supporters of the bill say is a more effective way of dealing with youth substance abuse than the current system.The rule change would also keep a young person’s name from appearing on the state’s Courtview website, which Sen. Micciche said in earlier testimony can devastate a young person’s life.Judiciary Chair Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, calls the change a significant improvement.“As someone who once upon a time had teenage children, I always was kind of perplexed by some of the insanity in our alcohol regulation relating to minors,” LeDoux said in closing remarks. “This fixes a lot.”Many Title 4 laws haven’t been updated since 1980, according to Chuck Kopp, aid to Sen. Micciche.Another part of the legislation clears a roadblock currently faced by residents hoping to start cannabis businesses across the state. It authorizes the department of Public Safety to run criminal background checks on applicants for commercial cannabis permits, which are currently under review by the state’s Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.Public health officials as well as members of the alcohol industry, who are often on opposing sides of regulatory debates, have both spoken in support of the measure.SB 165 now moves on to the Rules Committee. Proponents are optimistic it will pass this session.last_img read more

New Push For Eminent Domain Reform Expected At Texas Legislature

first_img Share Travis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaA natural gas pipeline under construction in Alpine, TX in 2016.If you want to cook up a battle over private property rights in Texas, here’s the recipe:Take a handful of sprawling cities and growing populations that are expanding into once-rural areas, add a booming oil and gas industry with a desperate need for new pipelines to move record-high volumes of hydrocarbons, and sprinkle in the new electric lines needed to power both of those trends.In recent years, as companies and governments build more roads, power lines and pipelines across Texas, rural landowners have become increasingly familiar with – and angry about – the powers of eminent domain. Their efforts to check those powers at the state capitol haven’t succeeded, but there’s a new push on the horizon for the 2019 Texas legislative session. As the debate gets ready to heat up, here’s what you need to know about eminent domain in Texas.Eminent what?If you haven’t heard the phrase before, “eminent domain” is essentially the power public entities and some companies have to use private property to build something, even if the landowner doesn’t want to play along. (President Trump has talked about using that power to build his promised border wall.)When it comes to oil and gas pipelines, the folks at the energy reporting project StateImpact Texas summed it up nicely a few years ago:Texans take pride in the their private property. Over 95 percent of land in the Lone Star State is privately owned. And sometimes, pipeline companies want to use that land for their projects.Typically a pipeline company will reach an individual agreement with a landowner on compensation, but in the event of a failure to reach an agreement, pipeline companies in Texas at times use eminent domain to “condem” the land needed for their pipeline.…To get eminent domain to route a pipeline across private land in Texas, all a company has to do is check a box on a two-page form to the Railroad Commission of Texas (which regulates drilling and pipelines in the state).By checking that box, the pipeline company says it is a “common carrier,” i.e. a pipeline that will be available at market rates for other companies to use, and therefore in the public interest.What happened last time lawmakers met?In 2017, State Sen. Lois Kolkhorst proposed some tweaks to how eminent domain works in Texas. Her bills would have, among other things, expanded landowners’ rights during condemnation proceedings and forced pipeline companies to be more specific about their plans. The efforts ultimately died.A bill from State Rep. DeWayne Burns would have also required more transparency from pipeline companies, and would have forced companies to pay landowners if their property, crops or livestock were damaged by the project. That bill also died.Two main advocacy groups were involved in the debate. Texans for Property Rights lobbied for reform, while the Coalition for Critical Infrastructure defended condemnation powers. (The former is a group of ranching and agriculture interests; the latter represents the oil and gas industry, local governments and business interests. Both are still involved in the debate in Austin.)What will happen this session?“We don’t know,” said pipeline company attorney and eminent domain defender James Mann. “The disagreements over eminent domain seem to get bigger and tougher every session. We would anticipate that this session will be no different.”The 2017 legislative session was a fiery one focused on hot-button issues like transgender people’s access to bathrooms and “sanctuary cities.” So it’s perhaps not surprising that wonky, rural-centric issues like eminent domain reform didn’t get much attention.That could change this session, as lawmakers are expected to focus on policies with less of a culture war tinge: things like school funding and property tax reform. A spokesperson for Kolkhorst said the senator will file eminent domain legislation similar to her previous reform efforts “in the near future.”Reform advocates say they want companies using condemnation powers to follow the same standards as public entities. Kaleb McLaurin, with the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, said companies should make better compensation offers up-front before trying to condemn land, and should follow stricter guidelines for accessing land after projects are finished.“We’re just trying to implement fairness, transparency and accountability into that process,” he said.Defenders of eminent domain say they’re open to negotiating ways to make the process more amenable to landowners, but Mann argues it would be better if those talks happen outside the legislature.“Sometimes the complaint’s about money, but more often it’s about how landowners are either happy or unhappy with the way operations are being conducted,” Mann said. “Those are [the] kind of things that we can work on general industry standards to address.”Eminent domain defenders argue it’s a “seldom-used, last resort” for infrastructure projects, as the Texas Pipeline Association describes it, and that most disputes with landowners are eventually settled privately.last_img read more

Queen of Ndebele music enchants

first_imgThe colours and sounds of Africa came alive here last week through the mesmerising music of Peki Emelia Nothembia Mkhwebane, known as the African queen of Ndebele music.The Ndebele musical tradition derives from the culture of the ethnic Zulu people of South Africa.Makhwebane enthralled a near-full house at the FICCI auditorium Saturday evening on the final day of the Days of South Africa in India festival, organised jointly by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and South Africa’s Department of Art and Culture. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’To repeated cries of encore, Mkhwenabe and her band gave a spectacular performance combining music and song with an energetic, spellbinding dance. She led the performance with her high pitched, soulful voice and electric guitar while the dancers entranced with their traditional costumes, coloured in vivid hues with intricate bead and metalwork.With songs like Angekhe Angijhiye (Jesus is great, will always be with me) and Igama (I have worked for my name), all sung in Ndebele with backup vocals, the performance was a vivid demonstration of how South African music is a dialogue with various forms and their hybridisation. ‘My music takes from both rural and urban traditions,’ Mkhwebane, who composes her songs, said. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Music is a vital part of everyday life in Africa. It is always there in religious ceremonies, festivals, and social rituals. Everyone plays an active part in the musical life of the community,’ she said.For someone who has taken Ndebele culture to the world, Mkhwebane’s life mirrors the history of multicultural South Africa. Orphaned at the age of five, and unable to have a formal education, she learnt to play the reed flute from her grandmother and the guitar from her uncle.Mkhwebane has travelled extensively abroad, performing in the United States, Europe and Australia. She has many awards to her credit. These include the Tourism Ambassador for South Africa, the South African Music Award and more.last_img read more

Romance Under the Star lit Sky

first_imgThe month of romance calls for culinary delights curated with love. It’s the time of the year to treat your special someone to an intimate dinner, where you can experience a unique blend of crafted gourmet and unmatched luxury, for everlasting memories.Celebrate your eternal bond this Valentine’s Day as The Imperial makes their menus aphrodisiac. Make your moments eternal with Chef Veena Arora’s South-East Asian spread at ‘The Spice Route’ or head for a romantic culinary sojourn with a ‘Unique Dining Experience’ in intricately structured canopies, under a star lit sky at ‘San Gimignano lawns’ and ‘1911 lawns’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDesigned with precision and creatively crafted with flowers and oyster candles, the canopies offer an exclusive and a private dining affair with your beloved. ‘Daniell’s Tavern’ offers a divine interlude with authentic Pan-Indian flavors while ‘La Baguette’ – the French patisserie is all set to surprise your loved one with sinful desserts. A luxe romantic evening awaits you here!Chef Prem K Pogakula, Executive Sous Chef at The Imperial, New Delhi, says, “The menus at The Imperial for valentine’s day are hand-picked with exotic ingredients to keep the romantic mood flowing. The idea is to use more of local aphrodisiac ingredients to create a memorable experience through food. We have not only worked on the taste but a lot on the presentations across cuisines. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWe have private canopies at ‘1911 Lawns’ and ‘San Gimignano Lawns’ to further conjure romance with opulence for an enchanting evening under the star lit sky, for our discerning guests. It is important to keep the flow going till the last bite of dessert.” 7:00pm to 11:45pm at The Spice Route | San Gimignano | 1911 restaurant6:30pm to 11:45pm at Daniell’s Tavern | 10:00am to 10:00pm at La Baguettelast_img read more

Nick and Cris explain why Colin is wrong for thinking wide receivers

first_imgNick Wright and Cris Carter are in for Colin:LeBron James went public with his displeasure about the current Cavs roster. He wants to add more pieces, and isn’t seeing eye to eye with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert. Gilbert is already spending the most money of any NBA owner, and is already well into the luxury tax.Nick Wright says LeBron being grumpy is nothing new, and isn’t a long-term concern. He’s been similarly upset in each of the past two seasons and everything turned out fine. Dan Gilbert said he would spend whatever I took if LeBron came back to Cleveland.Nick thinks he should get busy writing checks.Cris is worried based on what he’s seen from the Cavs recently, especially defensively. He doesn’t see them as a sure thing to make the Finals, and even thinks they could get bounced in the East.“Dan Gilbert ain’t the parent. LeBron’s everyone’s daddy in the whole organization.” – Nick WrightColin has said on various occasions that the wide receiver position is overrated. He’s also said that diva wide receivers cause more headaches than they are worth. Not surprisingly, the Hall of Fame wide receiver guest hosting the show today disagreed.Cris has had enough. Both he and Nick agree that it’s unfair that in a passing league, the quarterbacks get all the credit. They argue that it’s the second most important position on the field. Just because Brady and Rodgers can win with less talent, but that’s the exception and not the rule. If the SteelersGuests:Bill Romanowski – Super Bowl Champion with Broncos and Niners joins the show to look back at his best matchups with Cris Carter; why trash talking never detracted from doing his job; why he disagrees with Colin’s theory that wide receivers are overrated; and why he still thinks Montana is the greatest quarterback of all-time.Jim Jackson – 14 year NBA veteran and FS1 NBA analyst is in-studio to discuss LeBron’s recent comments; why the Cavs need a true back-up point guard; his take on Rondo’s recent comments criticizing Jimmy Butler and D-Wade; and who’s to blame for the mess in Chicago.Eric Mangini – Former Jets and Patriots head coach is in-studio to explain what Kyle Shanahan is going through as an assistant awaiting a head coaching job; why people who think Jimmy Garoppolo is a sure thing should slow down; why any team trading with Belichick should always be cautious; and if he thinks Belichick would ever trade Tom Brady.last_img read more

LGBTI rapper CupcaKKe gets upfront in new queer video Crayons

first_imgShare this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… The outspoken Chicago rapper – who stood as a queer champion in her 2015 single LGBT – has been an outspoken ally to the community.She even helped a kid who had been made homeless for coming out.She breathes colour and life into a genre that is stereotypically seen as heterosexual.And now CupcaKKe, real name Elizabeth Eden Harris, could well do the same with her upfront, no-holds-barred single.CupcaKKe says ‘gays are full of colour’[embedded content]The lyrics – ‘boy or boy/girl on girl/like what you like/fuck the world’ are an unapologetic reminder that modern sexuality is a diverse matter.But the video itself, in juxtaposition to the hard lyrics, sees an explosion of colour, joy and dance.The video follows two guys walking down the street holding hands, before a bystander who takes issue with their sexuality accosts them.(Picture: YouTube/CupcaKKe) GAYSTARNEWS- eTN Chatroom for Readers (join us) LGBT advocate and rapper CupcaKKe is shaking her stuff for new single Crayons.center_img Icons in LGBTI history and today share their pivotal stories in 29 portraitsHayley Kiyoko wins at the VMAs and 20GayTeen is alive and wellF.D. Bordeaux: ‘It’s essential to live out and proud as a gay rapper’Read the full article on Gaystarnews:  :https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/lgbti-rapper-cupcakke-new-video/ (Picture: YouTube/CupcaKKe) That’s when a whole gang of gays pounce to defend the couple, before a huge party kicks off in celebration.Because that’s how it goes in the eyes of CupcaKKe!‘It’s all about the taste of rainbows and colors/ The gays gonna serve you life like a butler,’ she raps.CupccaKe helped out a homeless gay teen in 2015Previously in 2015, Cup was contacted on Twitter by 17-year-old Christian, who contacted the rap star after his mother discovered text messages on his phone.”@CupcakKe_rapper im homeless my mom just booted me from the house  yr music is helping me pull through queen…going through some tough shit,’ Christian tweeted.CupcakKe responded to the tweet with a direct message to the Texas teen asking if he needed a hotel, offering to pay it for herself.While he slept at a friend’s house for the reminder of the night, Christian sent his thanks.‘Let me [know] i just want you to be nice warm and safe,’ she sent back.‘I was honestly shocked when she responded asking me if I needed a hotel. I really did need a shelter badly,’ he told BuzzFeedGot a news tip? Want to share your story? Email us .last_img read more

Nearly 80 per cent of rubbish still being dumped in landfills

first_imgCyprus ranked second in per capita production of municipal solid waste among EU member states in 2016 while nearly 80 per cent of rubbish is still dumped in landfills, the Cyprus News Agency (CNA) reported on Wednesday.In the latest available EU data, which go up to 2016, per capita production of municipal solid waste reached 642kg in Cyprus, second only to Denmark which marked 777kg per capita.Germany came in third with 627kg, followed by Malta with 621kg and Luxembourg with 614kg. The average municipal solid waste production per inhabitant of the EU in 2016 was 483kg.Meanwhile, according to the statistical service Cystat on Wednesday, 79.5 per cent of the 521,000 tonnes of municipal solid waste that was managed in 2017 in Cyprus, was dumped in landfills.Fifteen per cent was separated for recycling, 2 per cent was composted, 3.2 per cent was used for backfilling and 0.3 per cent was burnt for energy production.Total production of municipal solid waste in 2017 reached 547,000 tonnes, marking an increase of 0.36 per cent compared to 2016, during which Cyprus produced 545,000 tonnes.Earlier this year, Environment Minister Costas Kadis said that the amount of rubbish thrown into landfills is unacceptable and the practice threatens to burden the state with large fines by the European authorities.According to European directives, he said, less than 10 per cent of municipal rubbish should end up in landfills, whereas in Cyprus more than 70 per cent does.Kadis’ remarks came after the European council adopted a waste package which sets out new rules for waste management and establishes legally binding targets for recycling.Member states will have to meet targets as they increase the reuse and recycling of municipal waste over the coming years. They need to reuse and recycle 55 per cent of it by 2025, 60 per cent by 2030 and 65 per cent by 2035. You May LikeInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesNew Rule in Rowland Heights, California Leaves Drivers FumingInsured Nation – Auto Insurance QuotesUndoPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedPlarium I Vikings: Free Online GameUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoThe Deniz boat incident showed clearly the intentions of the Turkish sideUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more