Valley cleric loses title of ‘Mirwaiz’

first_imgThe title of Mirwaiz (head priest) was withdrawn from the well-known south Kashmir priest, Qazi Yasir, after an “obscene” video involving him went viral a few days ago.A spokesman of the Islamic Research Institute (Idara) said the group’s patron Mohammed Abdullah on Friday “decided to take away the post of Mirwaiz from Mr. Yasir.” He was also asked to step down from the presidentship of Idara Tehqiqat-e-Islami, an influential religious body of south Kashmir.A video of the priest with a woman had gone viral recently. Yasir, a prominent religious and political figure from south Kashmir, is known for his fiery speeches and has often been detained by the security forces to maintain order in the region. He spearheaded many anti-India rallies in south Kashmir in the past few years.‘False claims’His family, however, said that Yasir’s image “was being tarnished by fake propaganda”. “We have registered a case against those who are behind this. We hope that police will act tough against these persons, who have started a false campaign against Qazi Yasir,” said a close relative. Yasir graduated in Islamic Studies from Aligarh Muslim University. His father, Qazi Nisar, an influential religious figure, was assassinated in June 1994.last_img read more

Bhopal gas tragedy survivors left in the lurch as aid funds dry up

first_imgWith a surging set of appeals for ex gratia for injuries and disabilities, Bhopal gas tragedy survivors have been left in the lurch as the Centre may soon run out of funds to pay them compensation. It is yet to work out a plan to secure ₹61.72 crore for 3,629 cases pending approval.The Appellate Court here is continuing to hear appeals, but there is a hold for now on granting final approval by the Union Ministry of Chemical and Fertilizers, says a letter issued by the Ministry in February.The Welfare Commissioner’s office here, that functions under the Centre, in July 2018 had sent to the Centre a proposal for the sanction of additional 3,629 cases, which are now pending for more than a year, with more number of cases mounting since.Fast depletingAll this, as the ₹874.28 crore set aside in 2010 for the disbursement of ex gratia is fast drying up, with as much as ₹807.4 crore exhausted until April 2018, says a report of the Standing Committee on Chemicals and Fertilizers (2017-2018).More than 200 new cases of permanent partial disability have been granted approval, and are awaiting payment.“Non-payment of awarded amount may cause agitation among the claimants,” Sushant Huddar, In-Charge Registrar of the Welfare Commissioner’s Office, wrote to the State government in June.The stasis has been caused by the Centre’s attempts to tap a fund first, as in 2010, it had estimated 48,000 claimants, but close to 50,000 have already been compensated so far, says Rachna Dhingra, coordinator, the International Campaign for Justice in Bhopal.At a review meeting in June, the Centre considered banking on the corpus fund of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital Trust (BMHT), accumulated to ₹891.31 crore, to make ex gratia payments.For the purpose, it said, Cabinet’s approval would be necessary, according to the minutes of the meeting.Moreover, a Core Group in the Union Health Ministry has considered the merger of the Bhopal Memorial Hospital and Research Centre with the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, thereby facilitating the fund transfer.A representative of the Department of Health Research, however, clarified “the interest earned from the Corpus Fund may be utilised for the purpose of treatment of the victims of the Bhopal gas tragedy and their family members.”The Law Ministry would be consulted on the dissolution of the BMHT and the transfer of funds, say the minutes.“All the payments to claimants have been frozen,” said an official at the Welfare Commissioner’s office, requesting anonymity.“Advocates and social workers are pressing us to release funds. But we tell them the Centre has to take a step first. They ask us to keep them informed of the developments.”On August 28, the Centre had committed to facilitate some payments through the hospital, and later pay it back whenever a budget was finalised, he added.SC order“Do they know dissolving the corpus fund will require the Supreme Court’s approval?” asked Ms. Dhingra.The fund, set up following a 1991 Supreme Court order, cannot be used for non-medical purposes without its approval, she added.last_img read more

German FA wants to stick with coach Joachim Loew past 2018

first_imgGermany’s football association (DFB) is eager to extend the contract of national team coach Joachim Loew past the 2018 World Cup, DFB president Reinhard Grindel said on Monday.Loew, who has been in charge since 2006, coached Germany to the 2014 World Cup title and to a total of five straight semi-final appearances at World Cups and Euros, with his current deal running to 2018 and the World Cup in Russia.The 56-year-old, in charge for 138 matches so far, saw his team fail to win Euro 2016 after losing in the semi-final stage to hosts France in July but after hesitating a few days eventually said he would stay on as Germany coach to 2018. (Also read: Germany’s Lukas Podolski retires from international football)”I said before the Euro that I can imagine a long-term collaboration (with Loew),” Grindel told Germany’s Kicker magazine.”I have a very good relationship with Loew and if he wants to talk about his future then I am ready to do so any time.”Grindel said Loew’s success meant the coach could decide if and when he wanted to extend the deal.”Out of respect for our World Cup coach this is something he can decide for himself. If he wishes to do so only after the 2018 World Cup then I would tell him that this is the way we will do it,” said Grindel, who took over the DFB presidency in April. (Also read: Thomas Mueller strikes as Germany beat Norway in World Cup qualifier)”He has achieved so much and has earned that right.”advertisementGermany kicked off the World Cup qualifying campaign with a 3-0 victory over Norway on Sept. 4 in their first Group C game.last_img read more

Angelique Kerber hoping to avoid early exit at Roland Garros

first_imgAngelique Kerber could face an embarrassing first-round exit at the French Open if the world number one takes her poor clay court form into her first round match against Russian Ekaterina Makarova on Sunday.The German failed to win a match in her last tournament — falling to unheralded Estonian qualifier Anett Kontaveit in the second round in Rome after being granted a first-round bye.Makarova is likely to provide Kerber with a tough challenge on a searing hot day on Court Philippe Chatrier as she arrived at Roland Garros high on confidence, having beaten Agnieszka Radwanska and Dominika Cibulkova on the slow surface this year.Petra Kvitova makes a much awaited return after being forced out of action because of injuries sustained to her left playing hand when she was stabbed during a burglary last December.None of the top five seeds in the men’s draw are in action but the only man to beat claycourt machine Rafa Nadal on his favourite surface this season, Austrian Dominic Thiem, starts his campaign against Bernard Tomic on Court Suzanne Lenglen.The home crowd will be treated with an all-French duel between Lucas Pouille, the 16th seed, and Julien Benneteau, a former quarter-finalist.last_img read more

450 Million for a Moroccan Project in Cote dIvoire

Rabat – King Mohammed VI, accompanied by Prince Moulay Ismail, and the President of the Republic of Côte d’Ivoire, Alassane Dramane Ouattara, presided over the presentation of the Bay of Cocody’s project safeguarding and enhancing progress the in Abidjan.The two head of states presided over the signing of a memorandum of understanding Monday, March 6, on the site that will soon shelter what is expected to be one of the future jewels of Ivorian tourism.Before and after this stage, the two heads of state visited the construction sites, which include the decontamination of the lagoon as well as the construction of recreational areas, hotels, restaurants and sports centers. During this ceremony, the president of the board of “Marchica Med”, the Moroccan company in charge of project steering, Saïd Zarrou, delivered a speech before the two Heads of State in which he affirmed that the project “safeguarding and enhancing the Bay of Cocody, has crossed some important milestones” and has thus reached a stage of maturity, particularly in terms of infrastructure.Zarrou did not fail to emphasize that “all the components of the project are under study or construction” for a total amount of 450 million dollars.Before and after this stage, the two heads of state visited the construction sites, which include the decontamination of the lagoon as well as the construction of recreational areas, hotels, restaurants and sports centers.This memorandum, signed by the Ivorian Minister of Economic Infrastructure, Amédie Kouakou Koffi and Said Zarrou, sets out the modalities for the implementation of a valorization and exploitation program on the upgrading of the Rive Plateau, the Parc Urbain de Cocody and Of the Banco Green Coulée. It also provides for an extension of the partnership for urban and port development in Grand Bassam.Amédie Kouakou Koffi also indicated that the first phase of the construction works is scheduled to end on 7 August. For all infrastructures, delivery is set for 2020. read more

Polisario Conducts Provocative Military Maneuvers East of Defense Wall

Rabat – On Sunday, Polsiario’s “army” carried out a provocative military maneuver in Mehriz, a town east of Morocco’s berm wall in Western Sahara.The “official” news agency of the self-styled Sahrawi Arab Democratic Republic (SADR), Sahara Press Service, reported that the separatist army conducted a “military maneuver in the fourth military region in Mehriz,” a region the Polisario Front claims a “liberated zone” in Western Sahara.The maneuver, added the agency, was supervised by the self-proclaimed leader of the front, Ibrahim Ghali. The provocative move might escalate tension between Morocco and the separatist group because both Morocco and the UN warned Polisario of taking any action that might change the status quo of the region.Read Also: Western Sahara: US House Adopts pro-Algeria-Polisario Draft Spending BillThe Sahara Press Service said that the region also witnessed the “destruction of the eighth and last stockpile of antipersonnel mines.”Through this move, the front is violating UN Security Council Resolution 2440, which called on the front to “fully adhere to its commitments to the Personal Envoy” with respect to the buffer zone and other areas in Western Sahara east of Morocco’s defense berm. The resolution also called on the separatist group to refrain from changing the status quo.The UN also banned any meeting between foreign officials outside of the Tindouf camps in Algeria, urging Polisario to stop relocating or constructing any facilities in the areas that Polisario has long claimed as “liberated zones.”Read Also: Facts about Western Sahara Conflict that You Should KnowThe military maneuver in Mehriz followed Polsiario’s defiant threats to disrupt participants of the Monaco-Dakar Rally.Earlier this month, pro-Polisario news outlet Futurosahara reported that “the Monaco-Dakar Rally organizers ignore the Sahrawi authorities’ warnings for the second year in a row.”Read Also: El Khalfi: Provocations in Guerguerat Put Polisario in Confrontation with UNPolisario’s new provocative maneuvers are also expected to further slow down the UN-led political process to find a mutually acceptable solution to the conflict.The maneuvers might also hamper the efforts of the UN Secretary-General’s Personal Envoy Horst Kohler, who managed to convene the parties to the conflict in a roundtable of talks in Geneva in December 2018.The Moroccan government has responded to Polisario’s recent threat to the Monaco-Dakar rally in emphasizing that such maneuvers will put the separatist group in confrontation with the UN and not Morocco.On January 3, Moroccan Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi said that “from the start of the ceasefire in the 1990s until today Morocco has been firm and will remain resolute and will continue to be firm on these provocations.” read more

UN launches International Year of Freshwater

The United Nations today launched the International Year of Freshwater in a bid to raise awareness and action to manage and protect clean water resources, with UN officials calling attention to its vital role in health, hygiene and development.In her opening remarks to a panel discussion held at UN Headquarters in New York, the UN Deputy Secretary-General, Louise Fréchette, said freshwater issues were at the heart of humankind’s hopes for peace and development in the 21st century. “If we continue with business as usual, it will take only a little more than two decades for two-thirds of the world’s population to be living in moderate to severe water stress,” she warned.The Deputy Secretary-General explained that the main goals during the course of the Year would be to raise awareness, create a platform for creativity with regards to new ideas, technologies and arrangements, and increase participation throughout all segments and levels of society.The Year should also promote peaceful dialogue on water-related issues, Ms. Fréchette added, noting that it is often said that water crises and scarcities will at some point lead to armed conflict over this precious resource. “But water problems can also be a catalyst for cooperation,” she stressed, calling for greater interaction between governments, the private sector and “users” to create “equitable and environmentally sound solutions.””The International Year is not an end in itself, but rather a beginning – the start of more intensive efforts to address one of the major challenges of our times,” the Deputy Secretary-General said.The General Assembly proclaimed the International Year in December 2000, following that year’s Millennium Declaration by world leaders, who pledged to reduce by half the proportion of people who are unable to reach, or to afford, safe drinking water by 2015. According to the UN, 1.2 billion people are without access to fresh water and 2.4 billion lack proper sanitation. More than 3 million die each year from diseases caused by unsafe water.In his message marking the occasion, Secretary-General Kofi Annan stated that the Year would strive to “mobilize the world behind these goals by raising awareness, by generating new ideas and strategies, and by promoting participation, partnerships and peaceful dialogue.”The Secretary-General also underscored the importance of improving stewardship of water resources. “Let us use the knowledge and technology at our disposal,” he said, “and do our utmost to protect the world’s precious resources – our lifeline for survival and sustainable development in the 21st century.”Mr. Annan also called for “much more efficient irrigation, far less toxic agriculture and industry, and new investments in water infrastructure and services.”As part of the Year’s observances, next month the UN will issue the first edition of the World Water Development Report, a joint effort involving 23 UN agencies and other entities that provides a comprehensive view of today’s water problems and offers wide-ranging recommendations for meeting future water demand. read more

Annan seeks Security Council decisions on terms of Cyprus plan

The Secretary-General’s request is being submitted in accordance with the plan finalized last month at the invitation of the parties and he asks the Council to consider it before Saturday’s simultaneous referenda, which if approved would enable a united Cyprus to enter the European Union on 1 May. “I would hope that the Council could reassure Cypriots, as they proceed to referenda, that the United Nations is prepared to act to meet the responsibilities foreseen for it under the plan,” he writes in the report released today. The decisions requested of the Security Council would be contingent on the outcome of the balloting, and be null and void if the Foundation Agreement did not enter into force for any reason. The Council is being asked to endorse the Foundation Agreement, Mr. Annan says, “to reassure the two sides that the Council is cognizant of their key concerns and endorses the means by which they are addressed in the agreement.” He also asks the 15-member body to take formal note that the plan expressly prohibits partition or secession and to acknowledge the political equality and distinct identity of Greek Cypriots and Turkish Cypriots. In asking the Council to prohibit the import and export of weapons to Cyprus, the Secretary-General notes that the arms embargo is part of the broader understanding that the country should be demilitarized. It is also seen as “an important factor in ensuring the effective implementation of the Comprehensive Settlement and in eliminating further threats to international peace and security in the area,” he adds. Meanwhile, the new UN operation would serve quite different tasks and take over from the UN Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP), which after its creation in 1964 has been supervising ceasefire lines on the island nation. The new mandate would include monitoring and verification of the parties’ compliance with the plan’s provisions relating to troop withdrawals, dissolution of local forces and police activities. The UN operation would enjoy freedom of movement throughout the island, and be comprised of some 2,500 hundred troops, double the current UNFICYP force, 510 civilian police, and a substantial number of national and international civilian staff. read more

EU common asylum policy should not downgrade standards – UN refugee chief

Speaking to members of the European Parliament in Brussels, António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), also welcomed efforts by the European Union (EU) to help the global refugee agency strengthen third countries’ ability to protect and assist refugees.“But this cannot be at the expense of Europe’s own responsibility to provide asylum to those who need it,” said Mr. Guterres, a former Portuguese prime minister who was a member of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in the early 1980s. “Europe is…and must remain…a continent of asylum.”Nearly three months ago, UNHCR warned that a controversial EU directive on asylum procedures adopted without discussion by the 25 EU Member States could lead to a downgrading of asylum standards. While UNHCR has supported Europe’s ongoing efforts to harmonize asylum procedures, the refugee agency is particularly concerned about a rule that let States designate “safe third countries” outside the EU. Asylum-seekers can be turned back to these States without even having had their claims heard in an EU Member State.Mr. Guterres said he was pleased that the European Parliament now had a right of co-decision in asylum matters, which means an enhanced role for its Civil Liberties Committee. Previously, Parliament only held a consultative role in the process.The EU Directive sets common minimum standards in several key areas, including the reception of asylum-seekers, asylum procedures and qualification for refugee status.As a protection agency, UNHCR’s primary challenges are preserving asylum as population flows become increasingly complex, and stopping the increase in intolerance and exclusion in societies, Mr. Guterres, who assumed his post in June 2005, told the European officials.“People who are in need of protection should not be forced to turn to human smugglers and traffickers to reach safety,” he said, adding that UNHCR recognized countries’ right to manage their borders and define their migration policies.He said UNHCR is ready to help governments find innovative solutions so that their border controls and the ways they manage migration respects the protection of refugees and international law. read more

Confidential document warns Ontario Liberals to step up fight against deficit

by Maria Babbage, The Canadian Press Posted Jul 9, 2013 1:38 pm MDT Confidential document warns Ontario Liberals to step up fight against deficit TORONTO – The governing Liberals were warned in January that they’d have to step up deficit-fighting measures and possibly cut program spending to re-balance the books in 2017-18, according to a newly released confidential document to cabinet.Even though the government is beating its deficit forecasts, it needs to ramp up the action required to meet its targets over the next few years, the document said.Ministries have already started developing plans to curb spending over the next two years, but they have no direction out to 2017-18, the document states.“Given the complexity and lead time necessary to reduce expenditures and transform public services, planning for changes to take affect (sic) two or three years out will need to start soon,” it said.The document was dated Jan. 25, the day before Premier Kathleen Wynne won the Liberal leadership race, replacing Dalton McGuinty.It warns that if the province is to eliminate its deficit, program spending can’t rise beyond one per cent because sluggish economic growth won’t increase revenue beyond four per cent in the “foreseeable future.”“Major structural changes” are needed to reduce the growth rate in program spending, it said.The Progressive Conservatives, who obtained the document through a legislative committee examining the cancellation of two gas plants, say it shows the Liberals have no plan to lift Ontario out of its fiscal hole.But the Liberals defended their record, saying they are routinely provided with worst-case scenario advice from bureaucrats that helps them make decisions without compromising public services.The PCs say other confidential documents tabled to the committee show the government was warned two years ago to address many of the same issues in its fiscal plan.It included the reduction of non-health and education spending by at least four per cent a year, which was deemed “so far beyond administrative or efficiency savings it’s not even funny,” according to a document written by top finance bureaucrat Peter Wallace in November 2011, who took over as secretary of cabinet the following month.It also offers some options, such as keeping education spending at one per cent annual growth by clamping down on teacher compensation.The more recent document, which the Tories believe must have crossed Wallace’s desk, shows that the Liberals are ignoring a “five alarm bell for action.”“Basically it tells you that nothing has happened for two years and he’s getting alarmed that nothing has happened since,” Tory Leader Tim Hudak said Tuesday.But a spokeswoman for Finance Minister Charles Sousa said the government has held program spending to less than one per cent on average for the last two years.It’s implementing over 60 per cent of the recommendations from a government-commissioned report from economist Don Drummond outlining measures to slay the province’s deficit without raising taxes, Susie Heath said in an email.She said it has also reached agreements to freeze public sector wages and reduce pension costs. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Another late blown lead leaves Dolphins Gase feeling lousy

DAVIE, Fla. — Adam Gase wore his cap with the bill tugged even lower than usual Monday, as if trying to avoid looking at the big picture.It’s not pretty. His Miami Dolphins (5-6) have lost six of their past eight games, including two in a row, to fall below .500 for the first time in 2018.And now they’ve earned a reputation for blowing double-digit fourth-quarter leads. They did it for the second time this season Sunday, when Indianapolis erased a 10-point deficit in the final 8 1/2 minutes to win 27-24.In Week 5, Cincinnati rallied from a 17-point deficit and scored four times in the fourth period to beat Miami 27-17.“You’re disappointed because you’ve got two games where you’re going, 5-6 (could be) 7-4,” Gase said.“It’s a lousy feeling,” he added, although he used a locker-room synonym for “lousy.”Quarterback Ryan Tannehill played Sunday for the first time since the Cincinnati debacle, when he hurt his throwing shoulder. He went 2 for 4 for minus 3 yards in the fourth quarter against the Colts but still finished with a passer rating of 119.4 and emerged from the game in good shape physically.“The shoulder wasn’t an issue,” Tannehill said. “It felt really good. I really didn’t even think about it throughout the game.”Miami’s meltdown was a whopper, however. Indy outgained the Dolphins 200 yards to minus 1 yard in the final 13 1/2 minutes.“The way it went down, obviously, really hurts,” Tannehill said.The collapse triggered a frenzy on social media, with Gase’s play-calling criticized like never before in his three seasons as head coach.He acknowledged second-guessing himself regarding one call, saying the Colts’ scheme surprised him on a second-and-10 pass into the flat to DeVante Parker that went for no gain during a three-and-out before the Colts’ winning drive.“If I could have that one back, that probably could have made a difference,” Gase muttered. “You hate when you’re up and you lose the lead, and you know what you left on the field, and you know some of the situational stuff that didn’t get done right.”As a result, the Dolphins had three takeaways, deflected a punt, scored on a 74-yard pass and still managed to lose.“It was right there,” defensive end Cameron Wake said. “I mean, everything. It was scripted the way we wanted.”With the defeat, the Dolphins fell behind seven teams in the AFC standings. They’ll likely be favoured in only two of their final five games, including Sunday at home against Buffalo, and appear destined to miss the playoffs for the 15th time in the past 17 years.It can be argued that the Dolphins are worse than their record, and below .500 is where they belong. They rank 28th in the NFL in offence and 29th in defence. They’ve been outgained by 928 yards, third-worst in the league.Injuries continue to ravage the offence, with receiver Danny Amendola (right knee) and centre Travis Swanson (ankle) the latest casualties. The status of both for Sunday’s game is uncertain.But Gase predicted his team will bounce back from the latest loss.“The good thing about NFL players is once we hit Wednesday, they really don’t care about last week,” he said. “It’s probably better they’re like that, compared with the coaches. We’ll dwell.”___More AP NFL: https://apnews.com/NFL and https://twitter.com/AP_NFL___Follow Steven Wine on Twitter: http://twitter.com/Steve_Wine.Steven Wine, The Associated Press read more

Jackets flop to Penguins then end skid with win

Columbus Blue Jackets 5, Washington Capitals 4The last two players any struggling team’s goalie wants to see coming up the ice towards them are Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin. Unfortunately for the Columbus Blue Jackets, the NHL schedule doesn’t afford them a choice in the matter.Coming off of a heart-wrenching loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins in which the Jackets gave up a 3-1 lead with under three minutes remaining, Columbus looked to rebound against Ovechkin and his Washington Capitals.Washington kicked off the scoring with a goal on a wrister by Nicklas Backstrom.  From that point on, Jackets’ captain Rick Nash put the team on his back and refused to lose.He scored the Jackets’ first goal on a backhander in the second period. Nash then assisted on R.J. Umberger’s goal to give Columbus the lead on the power play.In the third, Washington struck back with two goals by Brooks Laich and another by Quentin Laing.Raffi Torres came up with two goals of his own, including the equalizer in which Columbus had an empty net with twenty-three seconds remaining.In overtime, former OSU player Umberger scored again on a gorgeous assist from Nash to end the Jackets’ struggle. Columbus finally dispelled the stretch of bad luck that seemed to be plaguing them.      Pittsburgh Penguins 4, Columbus Blue Jackets 3 (SO)When you are being picked on and pushed around, the code of the schoolyard demands that you call out the biggest, baddest dude on the block and bloody his nose to re-establish your toughness.So with the Blue Jackets coming into Friday’s game losers of four of their last five and having given up 26 goals during that stretch, they looked to prove themselves against the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Pittsburgh Penguins.But there’s a reason that the bully is feared.The Columbus Blue Jackets, leading 3-1 in the third period, seemed to be getting the better of the fight until the Penguins got up off the mat, dusted themselves off and, with three minutes remaining in regulation, delivered a two-goal combination that sent the game into overtime.After five minutes of overtime saw both combatants still standing, Pittsburgh’s center Sidney Crosby delivered the knockout punch on the Penguins’ second shot of the shootout. The Jackets’ Kristian Huselius couldn’t counter, and the game was over.“It should have never got to a shootout,” Blue Jackets coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We haven’t had the killer instinct. We could have shut the door and really hurt them, but we didn’t.”The 19,136 fans in attendance seemed to be split evenly between the Jackets and the Penguins when the game began. The bipartisan crowd traded chants, cheers and jeers throughout the night.Blue Jackets captain Rick Nash got the scoring started with just fewer than two minutes remaining in the first period. During a power play, he put a shot on goal with a nifty wrap-around move. The rebound kicked out to Jackets center Derick Brassard, who fired a slapshot from the right circle.Pittsburgh backup goalie Brent Johnson made the save, but the puck came off his blocker to Nash, who was on his knees in the slot. He put it past Johnson for a 1-0 lead.Nash struck again in the second period with a wrister off a nice pass from Jackets center Antoine Vermette that beat Johnson high and right.Pittsburgh struck back later in the period with a short-handed goal by left winger Chris Kunitz off an assist by Crosby.The Jackets closed out the second period scoring with a goal that highlighted the type of teamwork and hustle that was on display during Columbus’ early season winning streak.Jackets defenseman Marc Methot laid out and blocked a Pittsburgh shot in the corner.Columbus’ Derek Dorsett raced up center ice and passed to teammate Samuel Pahlsson. Pahlsson fed it right back to Dorsett who faked right and then went left with a backhander that Johnson couldn’t handle.In the third period, the Jackets seemed content with their lead.“We started to play the clock far too early,” Hitchcock said. “We took our foot off the gas, and we didn’t get the game shut down.”Pittsburgh capitalized.Penguin defenseman Martin Skoula fired a slapshot that Mason deflected. Another Penguins player fell in front of Jackets goalie Steve Mason, screening him from the puck. Ruslan Fedotenko cleaned up the rebound to bring the Penguins within one.Thirty-nine seconds later, Pittsburgh defenseman Alex Goligoski tied it up with a laser from between the circles.Mason stood tall in overtime. He stopped several Penguin point-blank attempts in front of the net.But the shootout proved to be too much for him. Crosby, taking Pittsburgh’s second shot, appeared to be stopped in his attempt. But the puck inched across the goal line just under Mason’s stick.“I thought he had me,” Crosby said of the game-winner. “I tried to get him to bite a little bit. I’ll take them however they go.”The Jackets stood toe-to-toe with the reigning champions and for 57 minutes appeared to be getting the better of them. This time, however, the bully won. read more

Disney Is Using Drones to Create a New Type of Holiday Show

first_img Climate Activists Use Drones to Shut Down Heathrow Airport Next MonthUPS Wants to Bring Drone Deliveries to U.S. Hospitals Stay on target We pretty much expect drones to be used for surveillance, product delivery, or pawesome filmmaking. But Disney is utilizing drones to make for one of the most magical shows on earth even more magical! Disney World is going to be a home for special drone shows running twice nightly from 7 to 8:30 p.m. all the way up through January 8th. Talk about magical indeed.It’s a show that will feature special twinkling lights in the sky accompanied by holiday music favorites and Disney standards like “When You Wish Upon A Star,” “O Christmas Tree,” and “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” The drones themselves will form various patterns and eventually gather in the shape of a Christmas tree for maximum holiday effect.Starbright Holidays will feature drones because of their brightness and sense of depth and all of the different shapes they can form while floating in the air high above the ground. It might be a little strange at first to watch, but going from just the pictures alone it looks like a breathtaking placeThe show will take place between Disney Springs and Disney’s Saratoga Springs hotel, and admission and parking are free for Disney guests. The fleet incorporates 300 drones and is the first of its type and scale as far as the United States is concerned. The drones themselves weigh only about half a pound and have LED lights on them that are capable of making over 4 billion color combinations.The show may only last five minutes, but it’s such an awesome and detailed display that it’s definitely going to be worth checking out if you find yourself in the area during the holiday season. As we see drones themselves evolve and utilize additional tech as the years go by, no doubt we’ll be seeing a whole lot more of these kinds of things going forward.last_img read more

1A Across America Submit Your Question For The Presidential Candidates

first_img Share Democratic presidential hopefuls are meeting for the second time on the debate stage July 30 and 31. We want your input to help guide our coverage of the debates and the 2020 election. Share your thoughts in the form below. 0/140Your contact infoWe’ll be in touch if we look into your question.Sign me up for your newsletter!Please don’t publish my nameSubmitpowered by Hearken1A Across America is a two-year collaboration to incorporate more local and regional voices into the national conversation. Leading up to the 2020 elections, 1A’s production team will work closely with Houston Public Media to bring the region’s underreported issues and concerns to 1A’s national audience.How else can I share my ideas for 1A Across America? Call (855) 236-1212Email AcrossAmerica – at – wamu.orgSlide into our Twitter mentions and use #AcrossAmericaTry our app, Vox Pop. You can get it on the App Store or Google Play. And you can learn more about it here.1A Across America is funded through a grant from The Corporation for Public Broadcasting. CPB is a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967 that is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. CPB is also the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.last_img read more

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Wed May 24

first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uWe’ll discuss the latest on the Manchester terror bombing and the terror threat globally and domestically with law enforcement expert Neill Franklin, executive director of Law Enforcement Against Prohibition. Plus, former federal prosecutor Sheryl Wood talks about the Trump White House’s decision to seek legal counsel connected to the Trump-Russia investigation and the selection of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead that investigation. Plus, the Mod Squad Taya Graham and Stephen Janis of The Real News Network report on law enforcement and politics.These stories and much more on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes, Monday through Friday, 5-7 p.m.last_img

ZeroTouch New kind of infrared touch computer interface w video

first_img Explore further Zero-thickness visual hull sensing with ZeroTouch — ecologylab.net/research/zerotouch/index.html– Interface Ecology Lab exhibiting multifinger ZeroTouch sensing at ACM CHI in VancouverCorrection/Update: Jonathan Moeller should have been credited as the inventor of the ZeroTouch, as he was not just a research assistant on the team. Also, according to Moeller, the “ZeroTouch is a full multi-touch sensor, and it tracks 20+ fingers in its current configuration, meaning pinch and spread gestures are entirely possible, as are many other high degree of freedom gestures.” On display at the Computer Human Interaction (CHI) conference this past week, in Vancouver, British Columbia, the ZeroTouch, invented by Jonathan Moeller, was demonstrated by various students working on the team, which was led by Andruid Kerne.In contrast to other touch type screens, such as those on the iPhone or iPad, the ZeroTouch requires no pressure to be exerted, which can mean less muscle fatigue if used over a long period of time; and because it can be used in more than one format, the ZeroTouch is far more versatile; when placed alone on a table for example, it might be used as a drafting device, replacing far more expensive options; and its application as a virtual painting canvas, while unique, is certainly not it’s most engaging feature; that would have to be the ability to place it over a conventional screen, instantly converting it, very cheaply, into a touchscreen device. Play Citation: ZeroTouch: New kind of infrared touch computer interface (w/ video) (2011, May 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-zerotouch-kind-infrared-interface-video.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Mobile devices serve as own mice with optical sensing (w/ Video) To do its magic, the ZeroTouch has LEDs and infrared sensors (similar to the technology used in television remote controls) mounted around the periphery of the frame, which are then connected to a computer that crunches the constant stream of data coming in from the sensors; when a finger or other device is introduced into the invisible plane, the infrared signals sent from LEDs on one part of the frame are blocked from reaching the complementary sensors on the opposite side, which is then interpreted as a touch. More information: © 2010 PhysOrg.com Also, according to Moeller, the “ZeroTouch is a full multi-touch sensor, and it tracks 20+ fingers in its current configuration, meaning pinch and spread gestures are entirely possible, as are many other high degree of freedom gestures.” He also said in a prior interview that he and his team are working on a three-dimensional device where multiple frames are laid atop one another, that he says, should allow for a much higher degree of dexterity. It should also allow for hovering and 3-D hand manipulation of virtual objects, both of which are not currently available with any touchscreen device. (PhysOrg.com) — Students from Texas A&M have unveiled a project they’ve been working on for the past couple of years they call the ZeroTouch; a device that looks like an empty picture frame and uses embedded LEDs and infrared sensors to translate human movement into computer commands. Taking the technology behind the Microsoft Connect a step further, the ZeroTouch can be laid flat on a table, mounted on a computer screen or hung in the air; each for a completely unique purpose. When laid flat, it can be used as a drawing board, when mounted over a regular computer screen it can be used as a touchscreen device, and when hung in the air it can be used as a virtual canvas for painting.last_img read more

TMC GoM holds meet to foil BJPs conspiracy

first_imgKolkata: Following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Monday held a detailed meeting to foil “BJP’s conspiracy” of restricting the state’s growth by calling bandh.After the meeting of the GoM, the state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee said: “BJP is trying to disturb the peace in the state. The administration will take all necessary steps to ensure that everything functions normally like any other day on September 26.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Necessary steps will be taken if BJP and its wings, including Bajrang Dal and RSS, threaten people to observe the bandh,” Chatterjee said, adding that the police have also been asked to maintain vigil to avoid any untoward incident in the state. He further said that all state government offices will function as usual. “We also urge private schools and colleges to keep the institutions open. The state government will ensure their safety and security,” Chatterjee said, adding that it would be a criminal offence if anyone damages public property. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee said the state Transport department is also taking necessary steps to ensure that the public transport system does not get affected due to the bandh called on September 26. The matter will also be discussed with private operators. The state Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari has also been directed to take necessary steps in this connection. Chatterjee further said that the people of Bengal have never supported any bandh since 2011 and this time too the people will not support the same. “Calling a bandh is a conspiracy to purposefully restrict the growth of the state. Mamata Banerjee is working towards overall development of the state and there have been constant effort by them (BJP) to hamper the same. But the people of Bengal will never let it happen,” Chatterjee maintained. It may be mentioned that the Chief Minister had earlier said that there will be no bandh in the state as it leaves a negative impact on its image and at the same time, it leads to a huge financial loss with everything coming to a standstill on the day of bandh. The Chief Minister, who is at present in Milan, had set up the GoM before leaving for her visit to Germany and Italy. The GoM has been tasked with holding meetings and taking the final decision on various issues that are cropping up in the state, in the Chief Minister’s absence. The GoM has discussed various issues to ensure that people do not face any inconvenience after setting out of their homes on September 26.last_img read more

Matic Insurance Services Appoints Head of Insurance

first_img in Headlines, News Jeff SnyderMatic Insurance Services, Inc. announced the appointment of its new Head of Insurance, Jeff Snyder. He will be responsible for expanding the company’s national footprint, recruiting new agents to its Columbus, Ohio, operations center and overseeing the development of Matic’s internal agency management platform, including its direct integrations with insurance carriers. Snyder said he looks forward to the future in his new position and with Matic. “I couldn’t be happier about joining a company that is revolutionizing the way consumers buy insurance,” he said. “Not only is Matic streamlining the mortgage process, they offer the most comprehensive and affordable insurance products in the industry. I look forward to creating an operations team that is unparalleled in the industry and building upon an already fantastic company culture.”Snyder comes to Matic with 10 years of experience in the financial services and technology industries. Most recently, he co-founded and oversaw sales and operations for a digital insurance agency that sold a broad range of products from carriers nationwide. Snyder currently serves as a board member at Schey Sales Centre at Ohio University. Aaron Schiff, CEO of Matic, looks forward to the expertise Snyder will bring in his new position. “The increasing demand for Matic’s solutions made it imperative to find a dynamic leader with technology, insurance and sales expertise to run our insurance operations,” he said. “Jeff was the perfect choice, given his knowledge of the industry, his experience in creating a digital insurance process and his experience building high-performance sales teams. We are thrilled to welcome him aboard.” Share Matic Insurance Services Appoints Head of Insurancecenter_img December 21, 2016 643 Views Company News Matic Insurance Services 2016-12-21 Staff Writerlast_img read more

Cunard has released full details of its 2019 inter

first_imgCunard has released full details of its 2019 international cruise program, featuring a record two month season in Australia for its popular liner, Queen Elizabeth.Aussies have a choice of 27 different local cruise combinations on QE, which will be based in Melbourne and Sydney from February to April 2019, with fares starting from $549* per person twin share for a two-night cruise between the cities.The longest deployment Down Under for any of Cunard’s current fleet of Queens, Queen Elizabeth’s Australian season is a highlight of the cruise line’s new Oceans of Discovery program, featuring cruises around the globe on Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. On sale from 30 March 2017, the new program features a 107-night full world circumnavigation by Queen Victoria and an array of exotic voyages on Queen Mary 2 and Queen Elizabeth, including more regionally focussed itineraries.In Australia, Queen Elizabeth’s local offering will include an unprecedented seven roundtrip cruises from Sydney and Melbourne visiting New Zealand, Tasmania and South Australia.Fares for a 12-night roundtrip cruise to New Zealand departing Sydney on 20 February 2019 start from $2949* per person twin share. A 12-night roundtrip cruise to New Zealand departing Melbourne on 18 March 2019, and including an overnight in Wellington, starts from $2899* per person twin share.Shorter cruise offerings include a five-night roundtrip cruise to Tasmania from Sydney departing 4 March 2019 with fares from $1299* per person twin share. A six-night roundtrip cruise to Tasmania from Melbourne, departing 12 March 2019 and including an overnight stay in Hobart, is priced from $1599* per person twin share.The season will also include Queen Elizabeth’s maiden call to Burnie on 18 February 2019, with the visit marking the first time one of Cunard’s current fleet has visited the northern Tasmanian city.Another feature of Queen Elizabeth’s 2019 program will be two roundtrip cruises in Japan including a nine-night circumnavigation of Japan’s main island of Honshu during the cherry blossom season. Departing Yokohama on 19 April 2019, fares for the cruise, which will offer five maiden calls to Japanese ports, start from $2999* per person twin share.From Japan, Queen Elizabeth will sail the Gulf of Alaska, en route to Vancouver in a history-making voyage, which will mark the ship’s maiden Alaskan cruise as well as the first time Cunard has crossed Alaskan waters in more than 20 years.Travellers wanting a longer cruise experience on Queen Elizabeth can also enjoy a classic line voyage experience from Southampton to Melbourne via South Africa and Western Australia. Departing 3 January 2019, the 38-night world voyage is priced from $9749* per person twin share.Meanwhile Queen Victoria will offer the full world cruise experience, sailing from Southampton on 10 January 2019 to the Americas and through the Panama Canal, before cruising the Pacific to New Zealand and Australia. Local ports of call will include Tauranga, Auckland, Bay of Islands, Sydney, Brisbane, Whitsundays and Darwin. Fares for the full world voyage start from $25,999 per person twin share while a shorter 19-night voyage from Sydney to Hong Kong, departing February 28, 2019, starts from $4499* per person.For travellers seeking deeper immersion in a region, Queen Mary 2 will offer a series of regional cruises across the Mediterranean and Asia, with voyages ranging from seven to 94 nights. Options include a 14-night cruise from Dubai to Singapore departing 29 January 2019 and visiting Doha, Muscat, Goa, Colombo, Sri Lanka, Phuket & Penang, with fares from $3249* per person twin share.*Subject to availability, conditions apply. 2019cruiseCunardlast_img read more