Calcutta HC allows online nominations in panchayat polls

first_imgKOLKATA: The Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the State Election Commission (SEC) to accept the nominations of all the candidates who had submitted their candidature electronically for the West Bengal panchayat polls on the last date of filing nominations on April 23.The order by Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice Arindam Mukherjee has been hailed as “historic” not only by political parties in the Opposition but also by political observers, as it has set a precedence.As per the High Court order, the nomination papers filled by candidates in the pre-determined format sent to the Panchayat Returning Officers not in person but electronically on or before 3 pm on April 23 [last date of nomination] has to be accepted by the SEC. This may put an end to possible violence in future as candidates may opt to file nominations without visiting the office of the Returning Officer, the observers said.The three-tier rural poll scheduled to be held on May 14.West Bengal witnessed widespread violence during the nomination process, with even veteran Opposition leaders not being spared. The ruling Trinamool Congress is all set to win at least one-third of the seats uncontested as the Opposition could not field its candidates there.“…filing of nomination through e-mail invariably prevents large-scale violence centring around the panchayat elections and above all, bloodshed and loss of precious human life,” the court order noted. Reminding the SEC that it should act “fairly, transparently and independently”, the court observed that the “right guaranteed to the electorate to exercise its voting right gets substantially enhanced by wider participation of candidates in the election process.”The Communist Party of India (Marxist) had filed a petition in the High Court seeking acceptance of candidatures of those who had filed their nominations electronically.last_img read more

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Uruguay downs Slovenia 2-0 sans Suarez in World Cup warm-up

first_imgEdinson Cavani and Christian Stuani scored the goals for UruguayGoals by Edinson Cavani and Christian Stuani lifted Uruguay past Slovenia 2-0 in a World Cup warm-up game Wednesday night.With the exception of star Luis Suarez, who is recovering from knee surgery, Uruguay was at full strength for the match. Uruguay hopes to at least repeat its performance at the World Cup four years ago, when it made the semifinals before losing to the Netherlands.Cavani opened the scoring in the 36th minute with a strong header off a perfect pass from playmaker Diego Forlan.Forty minutes later, Stuani clinched the win after Cavani set him up for an easy shot into an unguarded net.Uruguay opens its World Cup play against Costa Rica on June 14. Slovenia didn’t qualify.last_img read more

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Iceland coach says Portugal draw feels like a win

first_imgThe scoreline may have been 1-1, but level-headed Iceland coach Heimir Hallgrimsson was unable to prevent the word ‘victory’ passing his lips as the Nordic side held Portugal at Euro 2016 on Tuesday in their first appearance in the finals of a major tournament.An early second-half goal from Birkir Bjarnason cancelled out Nani’s first-half strike, and the Icelanders withstood long periods of intensive pressure to come away with the draw. (Full Euro 2016 coverage )’TOTAL TEAM VICTORY'”Our defending was fantastic: we were really organised and worked really hard. Apart from one or two situations, we were really focused and it was a total team victory for us,” Hallgrimsson told reporters.A visibly frustrated Cristiano Ronaldo was effectively reined in by a disciplined joint effort from the Icelanders, with central defenders Kari Arnason and Ragnar Sigurdsson repeatedly cutting out crosses and hoofing the ball upfield. (Ronaldo fails to fire as Iceland hold Portugal )”You can’t ask one player to stop guys like Cristiano Ronaldo. It’s unfair to put a player to mark him, so it has to be a team effort,” Hallgrimsson said.”There were a lot of players that were responsible for Ronaldo, and luckily he didnt have many chances.”The team was cheered on by hordes of fans in blue team shirts, many of them wearing Viking horns. There were an estimated 7,000 Icelandic spectators at the St Etienne stadium, or more than 2 percent of the country’s 330,000 population.FANS WERE FANTASTIC”The Iceland fans were fantastic, unbelievable, it was just like playing at home. When they got tired, the fans just cheered them on,” Hallgrimsson said.advertisementHe said Iceland would take a confidence boost into their next game with Hungary in Marseille on Saturday, where a win would give them an excellent chance of making the tournament’s last-16.”It’s really good to have a point. We can go a little bit more relaxed into the next game, but with a win against Hungary we are probably almost there.”last_img read more

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Asensio the hero as Madrid top Espanyol

first_imgReal Madrid got back to winning ways in LaLiga and moved top of the table with a tight 1-0 home win against Espanyol secured thanks to Marco Asensio’s first-half goal.Madrid dropped their first points under Julen Lopetegui last time out at Athletic Bilbao but despite resting Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Toni Kroos they collected a vital victory on Saturday.Former Espanyol star Asensio struck from Luka Modric’s pass shortly before half-time, the goal surviving a review for offside, and Lopetegui opted to rest Karim Benzema for the final 30 minutes. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Mariano Diaz was sent on to make his second league debut for the club, the striker having rejoined from Lyon, but Espanyol almost levelled when a cute Borja Iglesias chip rebounded off the crossbar.Pablo Piatti slotted a presentable chance wide in the 14th minute as Espanyol made a confident start, with a mishit Isco shot the only time Madrid threatened in the opening half an hour.Hernan Perez wasted a great chance on the break, firing straight at Thibaut Courtois, who was recalled after Keylor Navas was preferred for Madrid’s Champions League defeat of Roma. Jumping for joy!41′ @marcoasensio10 pic.twitter.com/B66O2kw12s— Real Madrid C.F.  (@realmadriden) September 22, 2018And although a lengthy VAR review for offside was needed, Madrid led in the 41st minute when Modric threaded a pass through to Asensio, who drilled a neat finish into the bottom-right.Diego Lopez tipped a Modric shot around the post shortly after the restart as Madrid sought to make the points safe, then Isco had the former Los Blancos goalkeeper scrambling with a strike that curled wide.But Espanyol almost snatched an equaliser in the 65th minute, Iglesias capitalising on a rare Sergio Ramos error but seeing his floated effort over Courtois come back off the woodwork. Strength in depth showsSpeaking to the media before this game, Lopetegui indicated he was considering squad rotation and he gave opportunities to players including Dani Ceballos and Alvaro Odriozola, who made his debut filling in for injured right-back Dani Carvajal. Despite the scare of Iglesias hitting the crossbar, it was a decision that paid off for the former Spain boss.Asensio an able Bale deputyBale has had a brilliant start to the season so the decision to rest him was always going to be a big call for Lopetegui. But being able to call upon Asensio, one of Europe’s best young players, lessened the risk. And the 22-year-old, who spent the 2015-16 season on loan at Espanyol, showed his old club what they are missing with an unerring finish to win the points for Madrid, who could be leapfrogged by rivals Barcelona on Sunday.LaLiga still getting used to VARIt is early days for VAR in LaLiga and the fact it took a couple of minutes to give Asensio’s perfectly legal goal showed there are teething problems. Referee Antonio Miguel Mateu Lahoz seemed adamant Asensio was offside and almost reluctantly signalled for the goal after the VAR team had been shown a number of replays. Only one was needed to show Asensio was clearly onside.Key Opta Facts1 – Marco Asensio has scored his first La Liga goal since February 2018 against Betis (two goals) and his first at Santiago Bernabeu in the competition since November 2017 vs Las Palmas. Necessary. pic.twitter.com/xSIcGuav86— OptaJose (@OptaJose) September 22, 2018- Real Madrid have lost only one of their 22 last meetings against Espanyol in La Liga (W18 D3), with this defeat coming in February 2018 (1-0 in Cornella).- Benzema has failed to score in his last three games for Real Madrid in all competitions, failing to register a single shot on target in all three. – Espanyol have lost in each of their last six visits to Santiago Bernabeu, without scoring a goal in any of the last five encounters. It is their worst such run without a goal in meetings against Real Madrid away from home in the history of the competition. – Real Madrid have won 101 La Liga games against Espanyol, more than any team against a single opponent in the history of the competition. – Thibaut Courtois has kept a clean sheet in La Liga for the first time with Real Madrid. His last clean sheet in the competition was in April 2014 vs Valencia. What’s next?A midweek round of LaLiga fixtures sees Madrid facing a tricky trip to Sevilla on Wednesday, with Espanyol hosting Eibar 24 hours earlier. read morelast_img read more

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Stars To Attend Global Lyme Alliances 4th Annual New York City Gala

first_imgGlobal Lyme Alliance (GLA), the leading 501c3 dedicated to conquering Lyme and other tick-borne diseases through research, education and awareness, will hold its 4th annual New York City Gala on October 11th at Cipriani 42nd Street.The event aims to raise Lyme disease awareness and research funds to improve diagnostics, treatments and ultimately find a cure for Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.Erin Walker will serve as the evening’s honored guest. As a mother, equestrian, business owner, and wife of 2016 PGA Champion Jimmy Walker, she is an active advocate for Lyme disease awareness and research. Both Erin and Jimmy Walker have been affected by Lyme, which is a global epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 329,000 new cases are reported in the U.S. alone every year.“We are inspired by Erin and Jimmy’s stories,” said GLA CEO Scott Santarella, “and join them in their fight to not only find a cure for themselves, and the millions of others who are currently suffering from Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses. This year, Global Lyme Alliance celebrated surpassing $10 million in research grant funding, a milestone in our commitment to accurately diagnose, treat and cure this potentially incapacitating tick-borne disease. But tens of millions of more dollars are needed if we are to convert promising tests and therapies from the lab to the doctor’s office.”More than 700 individuals, including celebrities, business leaders, philanthropists and noteworthy scientists, are expected to attend the event. It will be hosted by Lori Stokes, co-host of FOX 5’s “Good Day New York.” Celebrated event planner Lawrence Scott is producing the evening including designing and donating the decor for the event. The Gala menu is inspired by Drew Nieporent of Myriad Restaurant Group, including Nobu. Sutton Foster, Broadway veteran and star of TV Land’s “Younger” will headline the program. Foster is a two-time Tony Award winner for her starring roles in “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and “Anything Goes.”The Co-Chairs for the event include Joseph Abboud, celebrated menswear designer and author; Charles Balducci, co-founder, Snyder/Balducci Group, Merrill Lynch; Chris Corrinet, senior VP, CBRE; Robert Kobre, vice chairman, Credit Suisse; Jarrod Nadel, chief product development officer, Tailored Brands, Inc.; Drew Nieporent, owner, Myriad Restaurant Group; Peter Norley, COO, Credit Suisse Securities; and Larry Scott, owner, Lawrence Scott Events.Honorary Event Chairs include: Jay McInerney, Jim Miller, Mary Beth Pfeiffer, Mike Schneider, Victor Slezak, and Marisol and Rob Thomas.Platinum Sponsors include: Big Apple Circus, Credit Suisse, Nancy and Bob Del Genio, David Nolan Foundation, Lawrence Scott Events, Tailored Brands, and Withersworldwide.The Global Lyme Alliance New York Gala will be held Thursday, October 11, 2018 from 6:30 p.m. until 11 p.m. at Cipriani 42nd Street, 110 East 42nd Street at Park Avenue. It features a cocktail reception, dinner and live auction. For more information, or to purchase tables or tickets, please contact Jennifer Kunin at 212-249-6188 or go to GLA.org/2018nygala.last_img read more

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Morocco Improves Its Trade Balance

Rabat – Morocco’s trade deficit has narrowed to 20.51 billion Dirhams by the end of February against 32.64 billion dirhams a year earlier, latest figures from the Exchange Office have revealed. Imports decreased by 15.2 per cent moving from 63.18 billion dirhams to 53.56 billion Dirhams.The decrease in imports was mainly due to the falling oil prices which also led to a decline in the country’s imports of energy (93.8% of the total decline of imports). The import-export ratio has reached 61.7% against 48.3% by the end of February, the Office said. The change is also due to the 8.2% increase in exports.Exports increased 33.04 billion Dirhams against 30.54 billion Dirhams during the same period last year.The performance in exports originates from the increase in sales of phosphates and derivatives (20.4), the automotive sector (+MAD 10,1) and those of agriculture and Agri-food (10.4%).10 MAD = 0.99 USD read more

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Loonie extends its decline of last week as global economy shows signs

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 4, 2012 5:17 pm MDT Loonie extends its decline of last week as global economy shows signs of trouble TORONTO – The Canadian dollar moved lower Monday, as growing concerns about the global economy weighed on currencies.The loonie closed down 0.03 of a cent to 96.18, near a 5-1/2 month low.It has lost more than five cents in a little over a month as nervous traders avoided risk and flocked to the U.S. Treasury and amid reduced expectations for a rate hike from Canada’s central bank.The Bank of Canada is widely expected to leave its key rate unchanged at one per cent on Tuesday, and governor Mark Carney could also end up discouraging any thought of a rise in interest rates this year because of a slowing economy.Finance Minister Jim Flaherty told reporters in Toronto he will discuss the worsening economic climate with his Group of Seven colleagues Tuesday morning.Flaherty said he considers the global economic situation to be serious but added Canada’s relatively small federal debt and deficit give the federal government room to act if the need arises as it did in the 2008-09 downturn.In commodities, the July crude contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 75 cents to $83.98 U-S a barrel.The July copper contract on the Nymex rose two cents to US$3.33 a pound.Bullion prices for August were lower with the contract falling $8.20 to US$1,613.90 an ounce. read more

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South Carolina beats Coastal Carolina 8579 behind Lawson

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina’s A.J. Lawson and Hassani Gravett each notched a career-high in points as the Gamecocks held on to beat Coastal Carolina 85-79 on Friday night.Lawson was scoreless in South Carolina’s last game, but with preseason All-SEC selection Chris Silva again in early foul trouble Friday, he shouldered the scoring load with 25 points against the Chanticleers. Gravett added 23.The Gamecocks (4-3) erased an eight-point deficit in the first half to lead by nine at the break, but the Chanticleers, who hit 11 3-pointers, never went away.Coastal erased a 10-point deficit to lead by one seven minutes into the first half, but Silva, playing with three fouls, woke up. He swished a soft hook shot from the right side, put a miss back with a thunderous dunk and tightened his defence.The Chanticleers’ Zac Cuthbertson and his teammates’ long-range shooting kept Coastal close but South Carolina, in the bonus with 12 minutes to play, kept hitting free throws. The Gamecocks were 25-of-33 from the line and stroked 10 3-pointers of their own.BIG PICTURESouth Carolina: The Gamecocks were humbled on their home court last time out by Wofford, a strong team but not one that should hang with, much less beat, a team that was in the Final Four less than two years ago. Frank Martin is still working with a young team that has already had numerous injuries and keeps preaching a learning process.Coastal Carolina: Cuthbertson is a potential Sun Belt player of the year candidate, leading the Chanticleers in scoring, rebounding and assists. If the Chants can find just one more consistent player around him they’ll be a tough out in league play.UP NEXTSouth Carolina begins a four-game stretch that will go a long way toward determining its post-season chances. The Gamecocks are at Wyoming on Wednesday, then travel to No. 7 Michigan Dec. 8 to complete the road trip. After that is the exam break and back-to-back games against No. 4 Virginia and archrival Clemson, which recently fell out of the Top 25.Coastal Carolina hosts Hampton on Wednesday to start its last four-game stretch of non-conference games. The Chanticleers will have two home and two away games during the stretch, including a Dec. 9 game at Wofford, which whipped the Gamecocks by 20 points.The Associated Press read more

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LeBrons Legend Didnt Need Reinforcing But He Did It Anyway

LeBron doesn’t go quietlyMost points per game in NBA history when facing elimination* RkPlayerGamesPoints/G 3Kyrie Irving531.2 2Michael Jordan1331.3 1LeBron James2234.1 There’s a reason why James has made seven consecutive NBA Finals, with an eighth appearance potentially awaiting the result of Sunday’s Game 7.1The only players in NBA history who made more Finals than that in a row are all Red Auerbach-era Celtics: Bill Russell (10), Tommy Heinsohn (9) and Sam Jones (9), according to the Elias Sports Bureau. He makes life extraordinarily hard for opponents when they’re trying to close out his teams. Even after seeming to run out of gas late in Game 5, James showed few signs of fatigue on Friday, logging 46 minutes and saving some of his best plays for the fourth quarter (even after pulling up limping with an apparent ankle injury at one point).James got a little bit of help, in the form of George Hill (20 points on 58 percent shooting) and a bench that outscored Boston’s reserves 36-23, even as three of Cleveland’s other starters — Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and JR Smith — combined for only seven total points. (Love exited with a concussion just five minutes into the game, and is questionable to play on Sunday.) But down the stretch, it was all LeBron: He had an astonishing usage rate of 48.8 percent in the fourth quarter. Although James carrying an undermanned squad to the Finals is nothing new, watching it play out in real time seldom ceases to amaze.Meanwhile, the Celtics dug a hole for themselves on the scoreboard in the second quarter, following a nice start powered by an aggressive Jaylen Brown. They eventually mounted a late charge — but one that could never quite overcome LeBron’s heroics. After a star-making 24-point performance in Game 5, Jayson Tatum played more like a rookie in Game 6, and Boston’s usually staunch defense allowed an astronomical 120.3 points per 100 possessions during the second half. Even granting that Boston’s defense tends to be much, much worse on the road than at home, Brad Stevens has some things to iron out ahead of Game 7.Either way, Friday’s result helped extend one of the oddest series in playoff history, in terms of home-road splits. Between Cleveland and Boston, the home team has won each of the first six games in this East final, by an average margin of 16.7 points per contest. I know home-court advantage means a lot in the NBA playoffs… but this has been ridiculous. Since the postseason expanded to 16 teams in 1984, only one other seven-game series saw the home team win each game by a bigger margin: The 2008 clash between the Spurs and (New Orleans) Hornets, where the home team won the first six games by an average of 18.2 points.In that series, the Spurs broke the stalemate with a road victory in Game 7, so we’ll see if LeBron and the Cavs can overcome the Celtics’ home court magic to do the same. All that hinges on that outcome is an entire era of NBA history, LeBron’s future in Cleveland, one of the great playoff home-court performances ever and a potential passing of the torch to the next generation of Eastern Conference stars. (You know — no big deal.) And given the way this series has played out so far, nothing on Sunday should come as a surprise to us, no matter who comes out on top.Check out our latest NBA predictions. When you’re already arguably the greatest player in NBA history, it’s tough to find new ways to add to your legend — but LeBron James somehow managed that feat Friday night, as his Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics 109-99 to force a seventh game in the Eastern Conference finals. In a do-or-die contest, all James did was score 46 points, snag 11 boards and hand out 9 assists, padding his numbers as the NBA’s all-time postseason leader in points per game when facing elimination (according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group): 4Wilt Chamberlain2331.1 * Among players with a minimum of five such gamesSource: ESPN Stats & Information read more

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Crysis now has Oculus Rift support thanks to a mod

first_imgVirtual reality for gaming has seen an influx of support recently due to the existence of the Oculus Rift VR headset. The headset is nearly finished and has growing support from developers, including Valve and John Carmack.The Oculus Rift won’t be a success unless it has the games to support it, but it looks as though adding support isn’t actually that difficult. Modder Nathan Andrews has already got the headset working with Half-Life 2, and now he’s ported his Oculus Rift mod over to Crysis. The video above shows him playing the game using the headset. Unfortunately there’s no footage of him moving around, just the game being played from his perspective.The other good news is Andrews says he’s working on adding support for CryEngine 3, meaning Crysis 2, Crysis 3, MechWarrior Online, Sniper: Ghost Warrior 2, and many more titles could get patched in the future to also support Oculus Rift.What you may notice from watching the video is the aiming isn’t great. That’s simply because this is a work in progress and Andrews has yet to get the crosshairs tracking properly. He also says the game takes a bit of getting used to playing in this way, which is understandable, and the recording is one of his earlier sessions.The potential is certainly there for Oculus Rift to be a huge hit with gamers, and Andrews says its accuracy is continuing to improve. He has started using a 9DOF 1000hz YEI 3-space tracker and claims he’s seeing a 4-fold accuracy increase over what Carmack was enjoying with the Hillcrest tracker beta firmware.Here’s the Half-Life 2 video Andrews created which actually shows him moving around while playing.last_img read more

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Documentary on Irelands barber culture From trendy city spots to mobile shops

first_img Mar 26th 2017, 11:00 AM By Cliodhna Russell Share215 Tweet Email4 Brady said they spoke to around 30 barbers. Most were Irish but some worked in Norway, Rotterdam and LA.We wanted to get a lot of different takes on the trade and we got some really good characters and really great stories. Short URL Documentary on Ireland’s barber culture: From trendy city spots to mobile shops at cattle markets “We wanted to get a lot of different takes on the trade and we got some really good characters and really great stories.” “YOU MIGHT NOT have any clothes, you might not have an automobile, you might not have an apartment – but you do have control over your hair.”Gruaig is an Irish documentary which explores the barber culture in Ireland.Director Colin Brady told TheJournal.ie that it involved travelling around the country for two years filming different barbers and listening to their stories.“Your stereotypical barber now has beard and tattoos and it’s seen as a really cool rock’n’roll job but we also found guys who did it forever as well as the new guys coming in.“It’s not all about cool and trendy barbers. We wanted to get a variety of different barbers, of different ages and different voices.We also interview a Tipperary barber who travels around in a van cutting farmer’s hair at cattle markets. http://jrnl.ie/3303075 14,465 Views 24 Comments Sunday 26 Mar 2017, 11:00 AM One barber they spoke to was 92 years old and died during filming. Brady said his name was still above the door at the Dublin barber and he used to go into the shop to chat with the customers.We have a lot of observational footage, real everyday stuff – some really funny moments and some sad moments in there too. There are some ups and downs but these are people’s lives and they’re letting us in.“Anybody from this country, or anywhere in the world, would see that it’s not just about barbering, it’s about life and family and the trade being handed down through generations.”Brady said they’re hoping to have the full length documentary in cinemas this summer. Source: Taller Stories/YouTubeRead: After 49 years on the round, Ireland’s oldest ice-cream man stars in short documentary> Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Director appointed for Hellenic Centre

first_imgLa Trobe University has announced the appointment of Chair in Greek Studies and Director for the new Research Centre for Greek Studies.The brief announcement in the Dean’s Newsletter to Humanities & Social Sciences Staff, November 4, informs teaching staff that the position has been filled and that the name of the successful applicant will be announced upon approval of the appointment by the University’s Council.“The position of Chair in Greek Studies and Director, Research Centre for Greek Studies has been filled. I will make an announcement once Council has approved the appointment,” writes the Dean of the Faculty that will “adopt” the Centre.The Research Centre for Greek Studies will replace the defunct National Centre for Hellenic Research and Studies (EKEME), that was closed last year following a damning review of its practices and serious doubts about its financial viability.A Review of the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research, commissioned by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Tim Brown, recommended among other things “that the University disestablish the NCHSR (EKEME) and replace it with a Centre for Hellenic Studies (provisional title) within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences” (Review Committee of the National Centre for Hellenic Studies and Research, Recommendation 5).The recommendation of the Review Committee was the death knell of EKEME. The Council ordered its closure and announced the replacement of the ten years old EKEME with a new, academically re-oriented Research Centre for Greek Studies.In a hostile public meeting, in October 2008, professor Brown told agitated friends of EKEME the closure of the Centre will not disadvantage the teaching of the Greek language at La Trobe University. Professor Brown, at the meeting, underscored the “commitment” of the university to support the new Centre for the first five years of its existence, after which a review will determine its future.It is hoped that the new Centre will commence operating in 2010, thus negating criticism for “feet dragging” by the university. NKEE understands that the name of the successful applicant may be announced at tomorrow’s staff meeting, together with details about the establishment of the Centre. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Facebook fatigue

first_imgUsers of Facebook are starting to tire, according to analysts. Figures from the Inside Facebook blog show that the rate of growth has slowed for the second month in a row.Users are developing “Facebook fatigue” where they can’t seem to keep up or are bothered with keeping their social life through this social media network. Analysts say that these new figures are the first sign of things to come and that the trend is heading to the downfall of Facebook. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Sky News head Angelo Frangopoulos cancels program that featured farright extremist

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Sky News faced a week of major outrage, after The Adam Giles Show featured an interview with far-right extremist Blaire Cottrell, who shared his opinions on immigration. The former leader of United Patriots Front, a far-right nationalist group, has a criminal history which includes being found guilty last year of inciting contempt, revulsion or ridicule of Muslims. In the interview, he expressed racist views and advocated taking all the white farmers from South Africa and stopping immigration from the rest of the world.Sky News managing editor, Angelo FrangopoulosSky News head Angelo Frangopoulos later admitted that it was a mistake to feature the United Patriots Front leader on the show. “We deeply regret featuring the interview on our channel,” the channel’s chief executive Angelo Frangopoulos said. “It was an error of judgment and we have taken action to ensure our standards, which we are proud of, are maintained.” Frangopoulos, who has been at Sky News since its inception in 1996 , pledged to “ensure the production of weekend programs and guest appearances meet editorial, journalistic and community expectations”.Apart from canceling the Adam Giles Show, Sky News stated that Cottrell, who has stated in the past to be an “avid admirer of Adolf Hitler”, would not be appearing on the channel in the future.Frangopoulos, who is moving on to lead Sky News Arabia in Abu Dhabi, has also announced the replacement of the channel’s news director, Greg Byrnes, by Kaycie Bradford, as he will be moved into the acting program director position. Political editor of Sky News, David Speers, mentioned that this was something that had to be addressed, going as far as to describe Cottrell as a “Neo-Nazi”: “We’re not the first channel to put Cottrell on the air … but that’s no excuse. He should never have been invited on the Adam Giles program last night and someone should have stopped that from happening.”The interview was met with such disapproval that it even forced Victoria’s Minister of Public Transport, Jacinta Allan to immediately order the removal of Sky News from all Metro Train stations around town. “Hatred and racism have no place on our screens or in our community”, she said through her Twitter account to later add that “I’ve got a responsibility as the public transport minister to ensure that passengers aren’t bombarded with what’s really shocking content and messages.”last_img read more

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Les ÉtatsUnis aux commandes de leur Internet

first_imgLes États-Unis aux commandes de leur Internet Barack Obama a signé mardi un décret qui permet au gouvernement fédéral de mettre la main sur l’Internet américain en cas de catastrophe naturelle ou de menace à la sûreté nationale. Le texte s’avère très critiqué par certaines associations. Le président des États-Unis, Barack Obama a signé mardi 10 juillet un décret très controversé. Relatif à la sûreté nationale et aux communications d’urgence, il est destiné à renforcer les prérogatives d’agences fédérales sur les télécommunications et le web.Le texte indique alors que “le gouvernement fédéral doit avoir les moyens de communiquer à tout moment et en toutes circonstances pour assurer ses missions les plus urgentes et essentielles.”Le point 5.2 est notamment critiqué par les organisations de défense des liberté, dont EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center). Le décret confie en effet au secrétaire à la sécurité intérieure des États-Unis “la supervision du développement, des tests, de la mise en œuvre et de l’entretien” des mesures d’urgence mises en place par plusieurs relais de communication, y compris sur “les réseaux de communication non militaires”, en d’autres termes, l’Internet fournit au grand public.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Nos confrères de The Verge notent néanmoins qu’il existe déjà un texte signé par le président américain qui accordait au gouvernement fédéral de réquisitionner les réseaux détenus par le gouvernement, ainsi que ceux détenus par les opérateurs privés en cas de crise.Barack Obama peut toutefois peut modifier ou supprimer le texte, avant que le décret ne devienne une loi, soit dans les 30 jours suivant sa publication au registre fédéral.  Le 12 juillet 2012 à 15:50 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Federal grant would reopen station add 13 firefighters

first_imgVancouver is poised to accept a federal grant that would reopen Fire Station 6, but the city council found out on Monday that no firehouse is free.The city has moved into the next round of consideration for a $2.3 million Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response, or SAFER, grant that would allow Vancouver to hire 13 new firefighters and restaff its closed fire station. But in order to proceed, the city council had to answer two basic questions from federal officials: Would they accept the money if it were offered? And, would they commit to keeping their staff at 165 members until the grant expires in two years?Ultimately, a majority of them said yes, and the city will be told if it gets the SAFER grant anywhere from spring to late fall. The council will then vote to say if it accepts the money, Interim Fire Chief Joe Molina said.But with a projected deficit of $2 million to $4 million over the next two years, and an unresolved labor contract with the firefighters’ union that likely won’t be resolved until early summer, the mayor and several councilors seemed wary of getting in too deep. No layoffs in the fire department for two years — and the possibility that the cost of firefighters’ salaries and benefits could increase — means the cuts would have to happen in already deeply cleaved areas.“I have reservations on moving forward and on the timing of this,” Mayor Tim Leavitt said. “If arbitration goes the way our fire suppression unit would like it to go, we’re going to have to make layoffs in other departments. Other departments are going to have to take a hit.”last_img read more

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Former Vancouver councilor to run for county commission

first_imgFormer Vancouver City Councilor Pat Campbell announced Monday that he plans to run for Clark County commissioner.Campbell, 67, said he will join the now four-way race as an independent for the seat held by Commissioner Marc Boldt, 57, a Hockinson Republican seeking his third term.Political newcomer Roman Battan, 31, is running as a Democrat, while Republican and CEO of U.S. Digital, David Madore, 60, has also said he’ll run for the District 2 seat.Campbell served one four-year term on Vancouver’s city council, but lost his re-election bid in last August’s primary. He said he sees himself as having a shot to take down Madore, who he said will undermine the county’s ability to function if he’s elected. Campbell said he’s a fan of Boldt’s ability to compromise in his swing position on the three-member county board, but fears that Boldt’s recent sanction by the county Republican party will undercut his support from conservatives.“The Republicans who are active, the ones that will go out and campaign and help you, they’ll be working for Madore,” Campbell said.He said that if Madore were elected, and Republican Commissioner Tom Mielke holds his seat in this year’s election, the county government “would come to a stop.”last_img read more

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Trucks cargo catches fire in Port Everglades

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. PORT EVERGLADES, Fla. (WSVN) – A truck  carrying liquid propane tanks caught on fire at Port Everglades, Tuesday morning.According to Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue, crews responded to the truck fire just after 11 a.m. Officials said the truck’s cargo, which was later found to be liquid propane tanks, was engulfed in flames and there were concerns that it may explode.7SkyForce HD was over the scene and, as of 11:20 a.m., the majority of the fire was extinguished, with only bits of cargo on fire.As of 11:30 a.m., the fire was completely extinguished.No one was injured.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.last_img read more

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YouTube wont allow younger minors to livestream without an adult

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) 5 ways to set parental controls in the YouTube Kids app Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Boost Mobile Sarah Tew/CNET Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Share your voice Read the AirPods review HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $155 at Google Express Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Read the Rylo camera preview Chris Monroe/CNET Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 $6 at Tidal Angela Lang/CNET Rylo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Comments Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $59 at eBay Turo: Save $30 on any car rental $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Tags $299 at Amazon I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Sarah Tew/CNET Post a comment $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. See It Digital Media Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. 0 Read DJI Osmo Action preview Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo $60 at Best Buy Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags Read Google Home Hub review Now playing: Watch this: Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. YouTube changed its livestream policies for younger minors. Illustration by CNET YouTube is changing its policies for livestreams as part of its efforts to protect minors from being exploited and preyed upon on the massive video site.The video platform said it’s restricting “younger minors” from livestreaming unless they’re accompanied by an adult, according to a blog post Monday. YouTube considers this group to be children under the age of 13, who the site says need an adult to create their account. Channels violating the policy will lose access to livestreaming, and YouTube said it’ll use machine learning to automatically remove this type of content. These changes come on the same day as a New York Times report on a study from researchers at Harvard’s Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, which found those who view videos of partially clothed children on YouTube would receive recommendations for other videos with similar content. The result, according to the study, was an algorithm providing those who sexualize children a constant stream of videos to watch. YouTube came under fire in 2017 when inappropriate videos geared toward children gained large numbers of views resulting in the video platform removing millions of videos. Early in 2019, YouTube also began disabling comments on videos featuring minors and removed more than 400 channels for violating policies. Some critics said these changes were not solving the problem.  See at Amazon Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) 2:03 Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. $999 Best Buy Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) See It See It $999 YouTube,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $210 at Best Buy Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Sprint $520 at HP See it CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Share your voice 7 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. The Cheapskate What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Amazonlast_img read more

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Marine scientist Michelle Ridgway remembered for being outspoken conservationist

first_imgMichelle Ridgway sailing off Oahu in January 2016. The siblings were in Hawaii celebrating their brother’s 50th birthday. (Photo courtesy of Mark Ridgway)Friends and family are mourning the loss of an Alaska marine scientist who died today as a result of a single-vehicle crash Friday.Listen now54-year-old Michelle Ridgway, who lived near Auke Bay north of Juneau, was an avid deep sea diver who did things her way.The lifelong Alaskan was part of a Greenpeace-sponsored expedition in 2007 into the Zhemchug Canyon, a canyon in the Bering Sea is both longer and deeper than the Grand Canyon.Ridgway was a private person, but an outspoken conservationist.In 2013 testifying before an Alaska Senate committee, she opens on a personal note about turning 18:“I had just used my first PFD check to get exactly what I wanted, my scuba diving license, so I could spend the rest of my life being a research diver,” Ridgway told the committee. “That’s all I’ve ever wanted and that’s all I’ve ever done.”Ridgway was alarmed that a majority of legislators were poised to roll back a citizens’ initiative that prevented cruise ships from discharging wastewater less than 3 miles from shore.“I have dived in this state from Metlakatla to Barrow and Nome hundreds of times. I spend a tremendous amount of my life underwater diving on the water, down to the depths of the oceans that we can reach by submarine in Alaska,” Ridgway said. “And I wish that this morning I could show you what I see, I could tell you what we’ve learned. It’s a phenomenally rich ocean we live in and it matters a great deal what we do to it.”Ridgway’s closest family members recalled a woman who never pulled her punches. Her younger brother, Mark Ridgway of Juneau, said his big sister was, put simply, “a bad ass.”“We just had a big family debate. My mother and father didn’t quite take to the term immediately when we would bounce it around,” Mark Ridgway said by phone from Seattle. “A friend of ours looked it up on the Urban Dictionary to show them that indeed, yes, the definition in the Urban Dictionary fits my sister to a T.”Mark said her passion for the water started at a young age.“We grew up on the water in Ketchikan and swimming around in tide pools and she was always fascinated by it,” Mark said. “She took that fascination and turned it into, I think, a life-long accomplishment.”Other marine scientists knew her as a hard-charging and fiercely independent personality who accomplished a lot as her own boss.“It’s difficult in this type of business,” Pete Hagen, deputy director of the NOAA marine lab at Auke Bay, said. “A lot of times larger companies or agencies are taking care of things and you have to hustle a bit and she was a hustler, no question about that. Michelle was impassioned about what she did and she was an excellent communicator and it’s a real loss, a real loss all the way around.”Ridgway also was an educator who regularly worked with school kids on the Pribilof Islands. Her brother said her work with children made him the proudest.“While she’s been helpful in making policy and decisions at very high levels, I think her most important achievement – to me personally – is that there’s a lot of kids out there who have a greater appreciation of the world they’re in because she was around,” Mark said.After the crash Friday, she was medevaced to Seattle, but never recovered.last_img read more

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