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Demands in RS to confer Bharat Ratna to Dhyanchand

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 16 (PTI) Amid demands from members in Rajya Sabha for conferring Bharat Ratna to Indian hockey icon Major Dhyanchand, Government today said it was in agreement with the sentiments that indigenous games of the country should be given importance. Dilip Tirkey (BJD), former Indian hockey player, raised the issue of discrimination against Indian sports like kabaddi and hockey and reminded that Indian hockey icon Dhyanchand has not been given the Bharat Ratna. Responding to his supplementary during Question Hour, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiu lauded Tirkey for his contribution to hockey and said he was in agreement with the sentiments expressed for giving priority to indigenous games of the country. He also praised Tirkey for bringing laurels to the country. Amid slogans from some members for giving Bharat Ratna to Dhyanchand, Rijiju said cricket player Sachin Tendulkar had become the first sportsperson to get a Bharat Ratna during the previous government. “This decision was not taken during the term of our government,” he said. Rijiju said that kabaddi players have been given Khel Ratna and Arjuna awards. A member had earlier asked why Indian kabaddi players were not given Rajiv Khel Ratna award even as they have won major tournaments. Rijiju was also asked whether the government has asked sports federations to submit their plans for organising national events and competing in tournaments abroad much in advance and actions taken against those federations which have not furnished such information. Replying in affirmative, Rijiju said,”the government had issued instructions on January 1 this year asking various organisations including National Sports Federations (NSFs) to submit their proposals for seeking approval of the government for various sports events at least 90 days before the commencement of such events.” (More) PTI AMR ARCadvertisementlast_img read more

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Dominic Thiem stuns Roger Federer to reach Stuttgart ATP final

first_imgRoger Federer squandered two match points and lost to Dominic Thiem 3-6, 7-6 (7), 6-4 in a rain-interrupted Mercedes Cup semifinal on Saturday.Thiem led 5-0 in the second set before winning the tiebreaker in which he saved the match points for his second straight win over Federer.Thiem beat Federer in the third round of the Italian Open before Federer took a month off to deal with a back injury. That win was on clay, while Saturday’s came on grass, Federer’s favorite surface.Thiem, with three ATP titles this year, reached his maiden Grand Slam semifinals at the French Open, and the Austrian has jumped to No. 7 in the world.Thiem will play either Juan Martin del Potro or Philipp Kohlschreiber for the title.last_img read more

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Educate the girl child: Heena Sidhu

first_imgMumbai, Nov 19 (IANS) Ace Indian shooter Heena Sidhu says education is the foundation of everything, adding that it is important to educate girls.”Enjoy the hard work you are putting into the process. And educate the girl child – education is the foundation of everything around us,” Sidhu said in a statement to IANS.Sidhu will honoured for her contribution to the world of sports by featuring in the list of The POW-fect Girls. Cartoon Network, home to the three superhero sisters — Blossom, Bubbles and Buttercup — is celebrating 20 years of “The Powerpuff Girls” in November. In India, Cartoon Network, in partnership with The Souled Store, has announced The POW-fect Girls’ — a list featuring 20 extraordinary women trailblazers.Cartoon Network India has identified these 20 powerful women influencers from the diverse worlds of acting, sports and athletics, social activism, business and entrepreneurship amongst others, for the inaugural edition of the list.The list also features names like Ira Dubey, Sucheta Pal, Mithila Palkar, Kubbra Sait, Revathi Roy, Pooja Dhingra, Pernia Qureshi, Nandita Mahatani, Shakti Mohan, Neeti Mohan, Mukti Mohan, Shweta Tripathi and Shibani Dandekar. Fashion designer Mahtani said: “For me, the Powerpuff girls are metaphors for fearlessness. From their early years of schooling, these girls have fought each problem with a courageous attitude. They are realistic and like every girl-next-door, these girls are imperfect with their set of strengths and weaknesses.”–IANSsug/nv/bglast_img read more

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Oklahoma Lands 4-Star DE Amani Bledsoe

first_imgOklahoma landed another big-time commit Thursday afternoon – this time from four-star defensive end Amani Bledsoe. Bledsoe, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound star from Lawrence, Kansas, chose the Sooners over dozens of other programs, including Oregon, Florida State, Miami (FL), Nebraska, Ohio State and more. Randy Withers of KansasGridiron.com was the first to report the news.Head coach Bob Stoops also tweeted about the commitment.BREAKING: 4-star Lawrence (KS) DE Amani Bledsoe commits to #Oklahoma, choosing #Sooners over #KUFBall— Randy Withers (@RandyWithersKC) January 21, 2016Another future Kansan draft pick headed to Soonerland! #785 #OUDNA #Sooners16 #BoomerSooner— Bob Stoops (@OU_CoachStoops) January 21, 2016Bledsoe later tweeted the news himself, thanking the other schools that offered him.#Boomer #rushmen #OU pic.twitter.com/q2Rs2B3ntn— Homeboy Moooooose (@amani_bledsoe) January 21, 2016Rivals lists Bledsoe as the top-ranked player in his state. He’s a huge addition for OU’s program.last_img read more

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New Bowl Projection For NC State Heading Into Saturday’s Action

first_imgAn NC State cheerleader running with a flag.RALEIGH, NC – OCTOBER 01: NC State Mascot Ms. Wuf follows flag bearers after a score during the NC State Wolfpack football game against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons at Carter-Finley Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Raleigh, North Carolina. (Photo by Mike Comer/Getty Images)NC State crushed East Carolina on Saturday, notching their ninth win of the season in the process. The Wolfpack are headed to a solid bowl game – let’s check in on the latest projection.During the season, NC State lost to Clemson, Syracuse and Wake Forest. The Wolfpack scored wins over James Madison, Georgia State, Marshall, Virginia, Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, UNC and East Carolina.NC State finished third in the ACC Atlantic – three games behind undefeated Clemson. The Wolfpack will be playing in a decent bowl game as a result.Depending upon the outcome of Clemson vs. Pitt, it’s likely that either NC State or Syracuse is second in line in pecking order in the league.Currently, Eric Single of Sports Illustrated has NC State projected to take on West Virginia in the Camping World Bowl. That game would take place on December 28 in Orlando.NC State can win its ninth game of the season with a victory in its bowl contest.We’ll know NC State’s actual bowl game on Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

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Threesome Tollbooth is a Secret New York City Bar that Only Fits 3 People

first_img The Growing Legend of Fort George Brewery’s Yearly Release, 3-Way IPA The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queens Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea) 14 Scandinavian Clothing Brands You Need to Know The concept of a tollbooth-sized, three-person speakeasy hardly seems like a viable business plan. However, it’s clear the the folks behind Threesome Tollbooth are motivated by more than turning a profit. The idea is a novel (if hipster) blend of cocktail-fueled entertainment and performance art, and it couldn’t be more quintessentially Brooklyn.Beyond the vague details on its official FAQ page, there’s little public information available about Threesome Tollbooth. At its core, it’s an enigmatic and exclusive popup speakeasy. “Enigmatic” because few patrons know exactly where it’s located, and “exclusive” because tickets are nigh impossible to get your hands on. It’s about as intimate a bar as you’re ever going to find. In fact, Tollbooth’s FAQ states very plainly there’s only room for “you and one person with whom you are very comfortable.” Make sure you can fit comfortably in an airplane seat, because space is tight. The third person? Your bartender.center_img The creative force behind Threesome Tollbooth is N.D. Austin. New York locals may recall Austin as the brains behind The Night Heron, a blatantly illegal jazz club that opened in 2013 in an abandoned Chelsea water tower. The artist’s resume, as it were, includes similar projects in Cairo and Iceland. Along with Ida C. Benedetto, Austin launched Sextantworks , a since-disbanded project through which the duo created “dozens of site-specific experiences inspired by generosity, location, intimacy, and transgression.” So, his creative influences are clear.Ticketed guests are emailed the day of their reservation with instructions to meet Austin or his partner outside a heavily graffitied, but otherwise unassuming metal door in Bushwick. On the other side lies an alley, which leads to a literal broom closet inside a shuttered Italian restaurant. The closet has been repurposed with copious wood paneling and lined with proper mixology tools and mystery liquors (some homemade). For the better part of an hour, the two guests are treated to an exclusive tasting menu that changes from session to session. The exact pours are dictated by the whims of the bartender and the sense of adventure (or not) that the patrons bring to the evening.Tickets are available now through Tock. Expect to wait at least a month to be seated. The pricing varies, but typical prime-time tickets run $120 per person, while early or late night seatings can be had for around $100. A pair of tickets includes one hour of private bartending service and a tasting menu with a handful of three-ounce “mini-cocktails.” The tip is included. It’s Time to Ditch Your Sleeping Bag for a Versatile, Lightweight Camping Quilt Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

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Milaha’s Profit Grows by 17 Pct

first_imgzoom Qatar Navigation (Milaha) Q.S.C. delivered a net profit of QAR 959 million (USD 264 million) for the first nine months of 2015, a 17% increase compared to the same period in 2014. Milaha’s operating revenues increased by 17% to QAR 2.31 billion for the period, up from QR 1.97 billion for the same period in 2014. The company’s operating profit increased by 29% to QAR 699 million from QR 540 million for the same period last year.Earnings per share amounted to QAR 8.44, also up from last year’s QR 7.22.“We are very pleased with our operating results for this reporting period. We have remained focused and disciplined in executing our strategic priorities, and as a result, we continue to deliver strong financial performance and create value for our shareholders,” said HE Sheikh Ali bin Jassim Al Thani, Chairman of Milaha.Milaha Maritime & Logistics’ revenue grew by 30% and net profit by 151%, which Milaha attributed mainly to the port and container shipping units, which were positively impacted by significant growth in trade volumes amid an increase in project and infrastructure activity in Qatar.The company’s Gas & Petrochem’s revenue rose by 52% and net profit by 18%, on the back of robust charter rates from its fully owned and operated product tankers and gas carriers as well as from its investments in associates.Milaha also saw a revenue jump of 29% and net profit growth by 120% in its offshore business driven largely by the strong performance in its diving services business.In addition, Milaha experienced increase in trading revenue and profit of 12% and 100% respectively on the back of strong equipment sales driven largely by the ongoing projects in Qatar.Despite outperforming the Qatar Exchange index, the performance of the actively traded investment portfolio of Milaha Capital experienced a decline, resulting in a 33% drop in net profit compared to the same period in 2014, the company said.last_img read more

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Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img KINGS COUNTY: Whitman Bridge Whitman Bridge, on Whitman Road between Maple Avenue and Ward Road in Aylesford, is closed for repairs until further notice. The detour route is Maple Avenue, Victoria Road and Ward Road. COLCHESTER/HANTS COUNTIES: Highway 102, Shubenacadie River Construction is taking place on Highway 102 at the bridges over the Shubenacadie River until September. Traffic is moving in both directions, drivers are urged to travel with extra caution in the area. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Eddy Road Eddy Road to Fort Lawrence, near Amherst, is closed until further notice. INVERNESS COUNTY: Crowdis Bridge Crowdis Bridge is closed until further notice for repairs. A detour is available via Crowdis Cross Road, West Big Interval Road and Hatchery Road. INVERNESS COUNTY: West Lake Ainslie Road The Hayes River Bridge on West Lake Ainslie Road has a 15-tonne weight restriction. CONTINUING WORK DIGBY COUNTY: Melanson Mills Bridge Melanson Mills Bridge on Marc Comeau Road is closed until further notice to replace the deck. A detour route is in place. VICTORIA COUNTY: Gillis Bridge Gillis Bridge on North Branch Road, just past Uisge Ban (USH-AK BAHN) Falls Provincial Park, is closed until further notice. Access to the park is not affected. -30- INVERNESS COUNTY: Trunk 4 – Port Hastings Rotary Trunk 4 at the Port Hastings Rotary will have partial lane closures during the installation of an overhead sign. The work will last until the end of March. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Varner Bridge Work is underway on a new bridge beside the existing Varner Bridge on Route 208 near New Germany. The bridge is open during construction, but there may be occasional, brief closures during normal construction activities. Drivers should use extra caution in the area. The new two-lane bridge will be completed this year. GUYSBOROUGH COUNTY: Melford Brook Bridge The Melford Brook Bridge, on Route 344 at Middle Melford, is closed. A two-lane detour bridge is in place until a permanent bridge is built. The speed limit is reduced to 60 km/h and warning signs are in place.last_img read more

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Shah credits PM for taking yoga to the world

first_imgNew Delhi: Crediting the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, his lieutenant and Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that Yoga is now the signature of Indian culture globally.While addressing a gathering in Rohtak in Haryana on the occasion of the International Yoga Day on Friday, Shah said, “Yoga is acting as an Ambassador of India, attracting the world towards Yoga and the country’s old age culture.” He further praised PM Modi’s efforts in this move and it is being performed simultaneously in about 200 countries, the minister added. “Addressing the UN General Assembly on December 11, 2014, PM Modi presented our heritage before the world. Within 70 days of putting the proposal of observing June 21 as Yoga day, 177 countries accepted it. As a result of it, the whole world is celebrating International Yoga Day,” he said. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaHe was the chief guest at poll-bound Haryana’s state-level function of the 5th International Yoga Day. It is also celebrated to raise global awareness about the benefits of the ancient Indian practice. Without naming anyone, Shah said there are some who point fingers by saying what will be gained by doing yoga for a day. “I want to humbly tell those pointing fingers that today, on this occasion, in 200 nations crores of people who are doing yoga will help inspire millions of children, who will take a pledge to connect yoga with their life,” he added. In the past when India was under foreign rule, including by the British, yoga was restricted to saints and seers, the ruling BJP president further mentioned. Also Read – Modi formed OBC commission which earlier govts didn’t do: ShahMoreover, he expressed gratitude to saints and seers as also to Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and Ramdev for popularising this ancient Indian practice. Expressing happiness on a large number of people taking to yoga, the home minister said he is surprised to see a gathering of 1 lakh to 1.5 lakh attending early morning yoga camps of Ramdev. “I want to express gratitude and thank all those who have helped promote yoga and make it as a revolution,” he said. Shah also congratulated the Khattar government for setting up a Yoga Council in the state. He highlighted the benefits of the ancient Indian practice for overall well-being, saying yoga keeps body and mind healthy. Yoga is showing the world the way towards a healthy life, he said. “Yoga is the symbol of India’s ancient history and diversity which is showing the world the way towards a healthy life,” he tweeted after the event. Earlier, speaking on this occasion, Chief Minister Manohar Lal described Yoga as an ancient practice and said that the present State Government has taken several steps for the promotion of Yoga in the State. He said that yesterday only, the State Government has constituted Yog Parishad so that the people of all walks of life adopt Yoga in their life and ensure their physical, mental and spiritual development. The celebrations were held at 80 places in Haryana. On the occasion, apart from Khattar, state minister Anil Vij, Manish Grover, senior BJP leader Anil Jain, BJP MP from Rohtak, Arvind Sharma, state BJP chief Subhash Barala, Chief Secretary D.S Dhesi and other senior officers of the district administration also performed various yoga ‘asanas’ including ‘Kapal Bhati’, ‘Anulom Vilom’ and ‘Bhramari Pranayama’. slast_img read more

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WHISTLER FILM FEST AFTER DARK

first_img Twitter Advertisement The Whistler Film Festival always offers the chance to catch a few highly touted films before they hit the multiplex, with Mary Queen of Scots (starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie) and If Beale Street Could Talk (from Moonlight director Barry Jenkins) among this year’s big-ticket items. But it’s the under-the-radar product that WFF does best. Here are three recommendations to get your chilled-out festival started. The Whistler Film Festival runs from Wednesday to Sunday (November 28 to December 2).Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story(Canada)Local standup comedian Richard Lett lost an upwardly mobile career to alcoholism and drug abuse, which this doc captures in gruesome detail, rock bottom included. By the time filmmaker Roy Tighe began pointing his camera at Lett in 2009, he’d been banned from every club in the city except one. Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img Lett’s infamous bit “The Ballad of Bobby Pickton” is perhaps the stress test here for the curious. As an expression of all the rage and disgust that Lett would habitually turn on himself and everyone else, it’s painfully true, if you have the stomach for it. Homelessness and psychosis would follow as the abuse wore on and the gigs dried up, but this is a redemption story, and a particularly poignant one for Vancouverites familiar with some of Lett’s local contemporaries who line up to either praise or condemn the man. (The Straight’s Guy MacPherson sticks to the facts.) Facebook Papa and daughter get matching tats in the doc Never Be Done: The Richard Glen Lett Story. Login/Register With:last_img read more

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Binny Bansal out as CEO of Flipkart Group

first_imgNEW YORK — The co-founder of Flipkart, the massive online retail operation in India acquired by Walmart this year, has stepped down as CEO following an allegation of serious personal misconduct.Walmart, which purchased a $16 billion controlling stake in Flipkart Group in May, the largest single investment in its history, said Tuesday that an independent investigation done on behalf of both companies did not find evidence corroborating the allegation against Binny Bansal, but it did reveal lapses in judgment on his part.Walmart cited “a lack of transparency, related to how Binny responded to the situation.”Kalyan Krishnamurthy, who took over as CEO of Flipkart in 2017, will continue in that role.Binny Bansal and Sachin Bansal —who are not related — founded Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, in 2007.Walmart believes India, which has more than 1 billion people, could be among the world’s top five e-commerce markets within the next five years. Flipkart appeals to its customers for numerous reasons, including its various payment options. The company focused early on mobile phones, and in 2016 became the first app in India to reach 50 million users.Bangalore-based Flipkart has acquired a string of other companies in recent years, from fashion e-commerce company Myntra to mobile payment firm PhonePe. Its supply chain arm, eKart, serves hundreds of cities and makes at least 500,000 deliveries daily.Retailers based outside of India, including Walmart, have faced years of political resistance to opening outlets in the country, where mom-and-pop store owners wield enormous influence. Prior to Flipkart, Walmart’s business in India was focused only on selling items directly to small businesses though its Best Price stores.The Flipkart acquisition gives Walmart far more influence in India — both politically and economically.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Getting around on the ice

It’s another extremely cold night out there and Environment Canada says the conditions are dangerous. Anyone who is planning on being outdoors is being advised to use extreme caution because the wind chills could reach minus forty degrees celsius.To give you an idea of just how cold that is, with windchill it’s expected to be colder in many parts of Southern Ontario, including hamilton, than the capital of one of Canada’s most northern provinces Iqaluit and Nunavut. That’s right, colder than Nunavut and it means exposed skin could freeze in less than five minutes. No matter how you were dressed it was difficult to get around in the Hamilton area because many sidewalks and roads were covered in a thick layer of ice. And many still are.City crews spent most of the day clearing and salting residential streets but now that the temps have dropped and the snow has been falling again, They’re back focussing on main roads all available hands are working long hours into the evening. It’s been a harrowing day, and it’s not getting better.Morning traffic was snarled as people tried to make their way back to work after the holidays. And it was a treacherous first day back for students even those living within walking distance.“You have to pick your way around? Yeah walk in other people’s footsteps and make sure you don’t slide on what looks like slush, but is actually ice. It’s deadly.” “You’ve got running shoes, you’ve got dress shoes, is that enough? No. No grip at all. I’m just walking carefully, not safe at all.”Are people not dressing for the weather? We know that when it comes to falls, inappropriate footwear is always in the studies for why people fall. I would say really, with the amount of ice we’re talking, unless you’re wearing cleats, there’s not much footwear that would help.By mid afternoon, Hamilton emergency physician Paul Miller saw a couple broken hips, a smashed wrist and a head injury, all typical in these conditions: “Are these preventable injuries? Well, common sense goes a long way when it comes to walking on icy sidewalks, shovelling if you’re not fit enough, driving in unsafe conditions.”The doctor also dealt with two patients struck by heart attacks while shovelling.“My back is killing me. Never shoveled so much. I was like picking up ice. Unreal.“It’s not heavy, just frozen solid so it’s not moving. Just chipping away.”“I have spare shovels, laugh”Hamilton waste collectors need help too. the cold and the icy banks of snow along roadways are slowing their progress; some residents waited days for pickup. The city asks that if you can, wait until next week to put out your recycling so crews can get through the backlog of already voluminous Christmas waste.This afternoon, road conditions were so bad in Flamborough, the city’s waste collection contractor had to pull it’s trucks off the road. So if your garbage wasn’t collected, you are asked to keep it until next Monday and waste limits will be waived. Collection will resume Tuesday but the city has just asked that if you can, hold your waste until next week, especially blue box items that could blow around in the high winds that are expected. read more

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Refugee issues should be included in Africas new recovery plan – UNHCR

Ruud Lubbers, who is in Durban, South Africa, for the launch of the African Union, told African leaders it was crucial that forced population displacement in the continent, including refugee issues, be vigorously addressed in NEPAD’s efforts to lay the foundation for long-term peace and sustainable development. There are currently 4.2 million people of concern to UNHCR in Africa, including approximately 3 million refugees affected by protracted conflict situations.”Returning home is one thing, staying home can be quite another,” Mr. Lubbers said. “That is why it is crucial that the international community work to ensure that refugee returns are sustainable through large-scale post-war reconstruction programmes and projects in countries of origin.”In a recent proposal to the World Bank and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Mr. Lubbers suggested that the three organizations strengthen their cooperation throughout the entire continuum of refugee repatriation, reintegration, rehabilitation and reconstruction.The High Commissioner’s so-called “4Rs Plan” is aimed at helping to bridge the gap between “humanitarian” and “development” work – a distinction that has been problematic in the past because it fails to recognize the transitional nature of the relief-to-development process.In related news, Mr. Lubbers was scheduled to meet today with Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, the current president of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), to secure more support from the organization in resolving the latest fighting in Liberia.Yesterday, the High Commissioner met with the Foreign Minister of Sierra Leone, Momadou Koroma, seeking that country’s assistance in gaining the release of five nurses abducted from a refugee camp northwest of Monrovia three weeks ago.Meanwhile, the UNHCR Office in Monrovia has reported an increase in the number of Sierra Leonean refugees asking for help in returning home, with more than 2,000 registered so far. The UN agency was making arrangements to transport the refugees back to Sierra Leone by sea, as the main road from Monrovia remained blocked, with the first boat trip possibly beginning as early as next week.In the meantime, the influx of Liberian refugees into Sierra Leone continued, with more than 1,800 passing through the Gendema crossing point last week, bringing the total since the beginning of the year to 40,000. There were also indications that a large number of Liberians were using unofficial crossing points. read more

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Why your Black Ops KD ratio is so bad

first_imgWondering why you can’t stay alive for more than 10 seconds straight when playing Call of Duty: Black Ops? Watch this guy grab 33 kills in 50 seconds using Chopper Gunner and maybe the mystery will be solved.In case you haven’t encountered it yet, Chopper Gunner is available for 5,000 COD bucks and requires a killstreak of 9. This will put you in a helicopter shooting a gatling gun that is insanely deadly on smaller maps. You have 30 seconds to do as much damage as possible, unless if a quick-witted opponent manages to shoot you down.AdChoices广告The choppers aren’t very hard to take down, but if everyone is being selfish and just trying to rack up kills while the gunner wreaks havoc it’s possible to rack up the huge number of kills we see here.last_img read more

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Microchips Help Deter Amazon Deforestation

first_imgDeforestation is a big problem in the Amazon rain forest, the largest such forest in the world, and now technology is being used to help fight the issue. Amazonian trees are being implanted with microchips in order to prevent illegal logging.Each chip contains a variety of useful information, including the location and size of the tree. This information gives those who buy the wood the knowledge of where it came from and who cut it down. With this information buyers can determine whether or not the tree was cut down by an illegal logging operation. The hope is that the technology will help deter such activity.“People talk a lot these days about wood coming from sustainable forestry practices–this is a system that can prove it,” forestry engineer Paulo Borges told Reuters.last_img read more

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Valve adding 5000 Steam for Linux beta testers today

first_imgThe Steam for Linux beta has been running for 18 days now, and Valve has decided with so many people in the US enjoying a long weekend, it’s the perfect time to expand the number of beta testers allowed on the servers. So with that in mind, the current 1,000 or so beta testers will be joined by another 5,000 today.If you signed up for the beta, keep an eye on your inbox as today could most certainly be the day you get to join in. According to the wording of the Valve announcement, the invite should already have arrived.The reason for the expansion is because Valve is making good progress on fixing all the bugs using the service in anger has uncovered. There’s also that promise of releasing the final version before the end of 2012, so Valve really needs to ramp up the user count quickly and stress test this version before we hit December.If you do get access, the game you’ll most likely get to play is Team Fortress 2. However, there’s thought to be at least another 24 games on the service that are already Linux-compatible. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the number of games accessible to beta testers expand in the coming weeks as another final test for the system.Anyone who chose to travel over Thanksgiving and who signed up for this… I’d suggest not checking your email as chances are you got invited, but wont be able to accept and play until you get home in a few days.last_img read more

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Golden Dawn reach out to diaspora

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece’s ultra-nationalist party Golden Dawn (Chrysi Avgi) has inaugurated a new office in New York City, to reach out to the Greek diaspora. Golden Dawn claims a branch is already operational in Melbourne, Australia. Neos Kosmos has received emails from the Melbourne branch of Golden Dawn but no member will put there name to the notifications. According to Ekathimerini two polls last weekend have placed Golden Dawn as the third political party in Greece, on nine per cent of the vote. Their rise in popularity, means that the ultra-nationalist party has now overtaken PASOK in public opinion. Golden Dawn is now reaching out to the Greek diaspora, opening a branch of the political party in New York City. The party’s New York website says: “The Golden Dawn is the only political party in Greece that unapologetically stands for the sovereignty, security, and dignity of the Greek people.The party intends to reverse decades of unlimited third world immigration which has brought crime, unemployment, disease and possibly terrorism to the once peaceful Greek cities. We stand with the Greek people who have been driven to poverty and despair by the imposition of the genocidal IMF and European Union austerity policies that are decimating the population and turning Greece into a slave state. Our goals are to promote and support the Golden Dawn’s nationalist ideals and vision for Greece among the Greek diaspora. We must resist and overcome the genocidal multi- culturalist, and anti-Hellenic agenda of the New World Order.” Source: Kathimerninilast_img read more

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South Florida man overcomes all odds to become a Reebok CrossFit Masters

first_imgAnd this wasn’t the first time Ramirez has overcome a major injury.When he was 25, the daredevil got hurt jumping off a mountain and required two blood transfusions to save his life. Doctors at the time said he would be unable to walk again.Now, he’s hoping to be crowned “Fittest Man in the World” for a fourth time in a row.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Florida Rep. Michael Bileca: “In the emergency room, on Thanksgiving day, the first set of doctors were telling Shawn that it’s just not possible.”Shawn Ramirez: “Everybody was like, ‘Shawn’s hurt. I don’t know if he’s going to be able to do it,’ and that was just fuel to my fire. Once they said that, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s on.’”But time was working against Ramirez. He had less than three months to get ready to compete against 20,000 other athletes, and doctors said the recovery time for Shawn’s injury could be twice that long.However, thanks to the combination of hard work, specialists from West Kendall Baptist Hospital and the backing of his loving family, Ramirez was able to overcome the strain of all these obstacles.Despite facing seemingly insurmountable odds, “The Ram” battered his competition. Ramirez earned his three-peat once again claiming the title of CrossFit Master. Florida Rep. Michael Bileca: “If you think of the word champion, if you think of the word heart, if you think of the word role model, it’s Shawn.”Shawn Ramirez: “No matter what anybody says to you, no matter what circumstances you’re faced with, if you believe you will achieve, there’s nothing that can stop you. Nothing.”With a will and work ethic that is unquestionably strong and supported, the only question remaining is….Shawn Ramirez: “Four in a row? Four in a row?” center_img MIAMI (WSVN) – After winning the Reebok CrossFit Masters competition in 2014 and 2015, a South Florida father’s hope for a third win appeared all but gone when he suffered a significant injury. That’s when a supportive group of family and friends stepped in and pushed Shawn Ramirez to go for gold.Surrounded by a roomful of his biggest fans, Shawn “The Ram” Ramirez finds his comfort zone feeding off the energy and emotion of loved ones — and three adorable sons.Shawn Ramirez: “This guy, he pushes me. This one here is my biggest fan. And this one here gives me the determination.”The 42-year-old father of three is an unrelenting competitor who appreciates the importance of a support system. He utilizes his support system to reach unbelievable heights, including earning the title of “Fittest Man on Earth.”Family member Florida Rep. Michael Bileca: “Shawn, in front of all of us, made the impossible possible.”Shawn Ramirez: “I knew with that support there was nothing that could stop me.”Ramirez, a two-time winner of the Reebok CrossFit Masters competition, suffered a devastating injury last November, just months before attempting to win for a third year in a row. He fractured his left ankle and tibia in three parts and tore two ligaments while playing soccer with his children. last_img read more

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Community Leaders Flying to Kotzebue for Meeting on Ambler Road

first_imgAIDEA is holding a large community meeting, it’s 30th in the outreach process ahead of preparing an Environmental Impact Statement. Earlier this month there was a tri-village meeting in Kobuk. (Photo by Zachariah Hughes, KNOM News)Starting Wednesday, the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority—or AIDEA—is holding two days of meetings in Kotzebue about a proposed 200-mile road through the interior to the Ambler Mining District.“We’re pulling together community leadership from the stakeholders in the proposed corridor, as part of our community outreach. And we’ve had a lot of interest and are expecting really good participation,” said Karsten Rodvik, AIDEA’s head of external affairs. The agency is flying in representatives from almost all the communities along the road’s potential route from the Dalton Highway, through the Interior, and to the Kobuk Valley—all as AIDEA moves forward the Environmental Impact Statement for the road.But PJ Simon, second chief for the community of Allekaket, says leadership there isn’t sending anyone, out of protest. When AIDEA held it’s first and only meeting in Allakaket last year, Simon remembers leaders felt the agency and other representatives did not adequately listen to local feelings about the road.“You guys say you…are here to hear our concerns, but yet none of you even have notepads out,” Simon recalls, “and it doesn’t seem like you guys are going to listen to us.”Local leadership in the Koyukuk region opposes the road—and has issued resolutions saying so—and that’s why Simon thinks AIDEA’s holding the meeting in Kotzebue, which isn’t along the road’s propose route.“They never go to Allakaket because they know we have a firm stance against the road. So we feel that we’re not getting heard. And having a meeting in Kotzebue, of all places—nothing wrong with that—but it’s away from the road. It’s not ground zero. You won’t be able to see what is affected,” he added.Rodvik disagrees. He says Kotzebue has the facilities to hold a gathering of this size. Those facilities include conference rooms at the Nullagvik Hotel, which will also lodge many of the representatives coming to the meeting. The hotel is owned by the NANA Development Corporation; NANA, for its part, says it supports AIDEA’s environmental review of the potential road but hasn’t made a decision on the road itself.Rodvik explained that AIDEA has worked hard to connect with communities as the process has advanced.“This meeting is consistent with our community outreach,” he said. “We’ve had numerous meetings in communities and have publicized those meetings in the community. And through local tribal and city councils. So, we feel that we are reaching out.”Despite that outreach, few details about this week’s meetings were publicly available ahead of time. AIDEA has a websitedevoted to the Ambler Road, but nothing about the meeting or it’s agenda are posted there.Rodvik says the intention is not to shut anyone out, but to make sure the conversation takes place between what he calls the most “immediate stakeholders.”“Well there’ll be representatives from NANA and Doyan Regional Corporations, Northwest Arctic Borough, Alaska Department of Fish and Game, National Park Service, and others. Again this is a meeting involving stakeholders—theimmediate stakeholders I should say—in the proposed corridor.”But the definition of a stakeholder isn’t so clear: while nine communities lie along the road’s proposed path, there are also business owners, wilderness advocates, and subsistence users claiming they’ll be impacted by any industrial road through the region.Wednesday’s meetings in Kotzebue starts at noon and last through Thursday.last_img read more

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DNA Evidence Leads to Dropped Murder Charge in 1998 Slaying

first_imgBALTIMORE (AP) — A man who was has been in prison for about 18 years after he was convicted in the 1998 stabbing death of a 16-year-old girl is expected to be released this week after new tests showed that DNA on the victim’s T-shirt did not match his.Malcolm Jabbar Bryant, 42, was convicted of stabbing Toni Bullock on Nov. 20, 1998. Bryant was arrested a few weeks after Bullock was killed. Police said the girl was walking with her best friend when a man grabbed her, demanded money and pulled her into a vacant lot before stabbing her. Police had said robbery was the motive.Toni’s friend, the only eyewitness, picked Bryant out of a photo lineup array that the Baltimore Police Department no longer uses.At a news conference Wednesday, Marilyn Mosby said it was dark and rainy the night Bullock was killed, and the witness likely only had three or four seconds to glance at the attacker.In light of the new DNA test, attorneys for Bryant asked for a new trial and, with no objection from prosecutors, a Baltimore Circuit Court judge granted the motion. When the judge did that, prosecutors dropped all charges.Bryant walked silently out of the courtroom, still handcuffed and shackled, and visibly overcome by emotion.His mother, Annie Bryant, shouted “Hallelujah!” from the gallery.“Eighteen years,” she said outside of the courtroom. “It was a horror.”Michelle Nethercott, an attorney with the University of Baltimore’s Innocence Project Clinic, has worked with Bryant for the past eight years. Nethercott said prosecutors were initially unwilling to support her quest for DNA testing, but have recently become cooperative.During the hearing, Assistant State’s Attorney Lauren Lipscomb said the State’s Attorney’s Office had reopened the investigation earlier this year, and investigators had interviewed the initial eye witness and several of Bryant’s alibi witnesses, as well as reviewed the new DNA test results.Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby said she understood how painful the exoneration is for Bullock’s family.“They must deal with the unsettling reality that the killer has not been brought to justice,” Mosby said. “We want them to know their daughter has not been forgotten.”Mosby also apologized to Bryant and his family.“My heart breaks for Malcolm Bryant, who was only 25 years old when he was sentenced,” she said. “Now 42, it’s hard to reconcile that we live in a world that would take 17 prime years away from an innocent man for a crime in which he had no part.”Baltimore Police Commissioner Kevin Davis said Bullock’s slaying is now “an active case. We will take pursuit of this killer seriously.”Mosby said Bryant was identified by the witness based on a photo array, and was charged the next day. Davis said Wednesday that the department has changed its technique for how photo arrays are arranged.Instead of presenting six photographs together in a “six-pack,” a witness is given one photograph at a time. In addition, detectives in charge of administering the photos are not informed about the suspect in the array.“Today, this is what our community expects from public safety,” Davis said. “Our community expects us to do the right thing when information that exists identifies people are responsible for crimes, or exonerates people for not being responsible for crimes.”___Associated Press writer Kasey Jones contributed to this report.last_img read more

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