Inter-faith couple face saffron fury

first_imgSangh Parivar activists, including those of the BJP, the Vishwa Hindu Parishad, the Bajrang Dal and the ABVP, tried to assault an inter-religious couple in Hapur on Saturday. They arrived outside the house in Devlok Colony where Vidya Shrivastava and Shoaib Alam lived and created a ruckus, while accusing Alam of manipulating Vidya into marriage. The mob started raising slogans. Vidya and Alam, both residents of Sitamarhi in Bihar, fell in love but their families opposed their relationship. They got married in court early this year and were living in Hapur where Alam has been running a computer training institute. The couple called the police to rescue them from the “harassment” of the Hindutva workers. When the police tried to take the couple out of the house, the Hindutva activists grappled with them trying to snatch Alam from their custody. The police resorted to a lathi charge.Deputy Superintendent of Police Pawan Kumar Baliyan told The Hindu: “While Vidya’s relatives alleged that Alam had lured her and manipulated her into marriage, she told the police that they had married in court and she was living with Alam willingly.” “Vidya’s relatives did not even file a report that she was missing or had been kidnapped,” Mr. Baliyan said. Vijay Pal, MLA, told the media that the girl’s parents reached Hapur and contacted VHP workers, after which they had gone to “rescue” the girl. He alleged that many Hindutva workers were injured in the lathicharge, which SP Hemant Kutiyal denied.last_img read more

Delhi HC dismisses plea of Manipur student activist booked for sedition

first_imgThe Delhi High Court on Monday dismissed a Manipur student activist’s plea challenging his arrest and transit remand in New Delhi in a sedition case lodged against him for making remarks over the Citizenship Bill on social media.Justice Sunil Gaur dismissed activist Veewon Thokchom’s plea who was arrested by Manipur police in Delhi on February 15.The court had earlier reserved order on the plea.Mr. Thokchom had filed the petition through his brother seeking quashing of the transit remand claiming it to be defective.His counsel had argued that the transit remand order suffered from non-application of mind.Counsel for Manipur police had contended that misleading facts were being placed before the court by the activist’s lawyer and he would be taken to Manipur to be produced before the concerned court on February 19.The High Court had earlier in the day, transferred the petition to another Bench for hearing it today itself due to some technical issues.Mr. Thokchom’s counsel had claimed that the 23-year-old youth’s arrest was illegal and after going through the FIR, no criminal offence was being made out.He was arrested and charged with sedition for a Facebook post critical of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The petition has made state of Manipur and Delhi Police as parties.If convicted, the offence of sedition could entail a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.last_img read more

India Signs Customs Treaty With Holland To Push Business With Europe

first_imgIndia and European economic major Netherlands last week singed Customs Treaty which will boost trade ties between the two countries through an efficicent management of customs rules. Menno Snel, Netherlands Minister for Customs and Taxation, during whose trip the Customs Treaty was signed told ET that the more efficient cargo can pass borders, whether in the Port of Rotterdam or Mumbai – or the airport of New Delhi, the more time and money is saved. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

SPORT-OLY-RIO

first_imgAfter much pleading, Rio received nearly USD 300 million After much pleading, Rio received nearly USD 300 million from the federal coffers to extend its metro network to link the main Olympic zone of Barra da Tijuca with the chic Ipanema district.But the federal budget is in no better shape.Brazils primary fiscal deficit is forecast to be around USD 47 billion. And the government is confronted with double-digit inflation, unemployment at a record 11 percent. The climate has been worsened by political upheaval. The country is in the midst of a controversial impeachment process against its leftwing president, Dilma Rousseff, who has been suspended from office for alleged manipulation of public accounts.She has been replaced in the interim by her vice president, Michel Temer, who comes from the center-right PMDB party — the same grouping that runs Rio de Janeiro and the state housing it.Rousseffs fate is to be decided by the Senate in the coming months, likely in the middle of August, when the Olympics will be in full swing.The Games are expected to bring in 10,500 athletes and half a million tourists from around the world, with sporting events and Rio itself to be thrown into the glare of international media. AFP AH AHlast_img read more

Sakshi Malik celebrates Rio Bronze with family on Mind Rocks stage

first_imgOlympic Bronze medallist Sakshi Malik today celebrated her phenomenal Rio success with her family at the India Today Mind Rocks event. Sakshi, who ended India’s agonizing wait for a medal at the Rio Olympics by winning the Bronze in the women’s freestyle 58kg category, was one of the youth icons invited for the mega event held at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi. (Have lost touch with my friends, says Sakshi Malik)Sakshi was at her energetic best as she invited her entire family to dance with her on the stage. Her family, including mother, father and a few relatives, shook a leg on the tunes of ‘Baby ko Bass pasand hai’, drawing loud cheer from the audience. (In Pics: Sakshi Malik sizzles at Mind Rocks 2016)The 24-year-old Sakshi was asked to dance to Hindi music but the fearless wrestler, who sends shivers down her opponents’ spines on the mat, said she is not a dancer and has never been interested in dancing. However, her mother, did a brief jig to the popular “Baby ko base pasand hai (from the movie ‘Sultan’). (Watch: Sakshi Malik performs ‘dhobi pachad’ on stage)Sakshi also called her entire family on stage and announced “Aajao, sab ek saath enjoy karte hain” (Come, let’s all enjoy together). There were loud cheers from the audience, which largely constituted young students. (Sakshi Malik gives wrestling lessons to young fans)Before the pleasant family celebrations, Sakshi also threw an open challenge to the audience to wrestle with her and gave a glimpse of her famous move ‘Dhobi Pachad’. (Watch: Sakshi Malik’s mother dances on stage to celebrate Rio Bronze)advertisementThe Haryana girl also said her life has significantly changed a month after winning the Rio Bronze. She has lost touch with her friends because she now barely has any time – what with media commitments and several public appearances. But this is just the start of a celebrity life for the most acclaimed wrestler in the country now. (Watch: Sakshi Malik gives out signed t-shirts to young fans)Sakshi has received numerous awards, including cash rewards, a BMW and a customised Thar. Her father too has got a promotion. (Watch: Sakshi Malik opens up on life after Rio Bronze)But Sakshi had said she was happy to drive her old hatchback – VW Polo, which was a gift from her father.last_img read more

Jose Mourinho not pleased with Manchester United despite Celta Vigo win

first_imgDespite Marcus Rashford firing Manchester United to a first-leg advantage against Celta Vigo, manager Jose Mourinho has said that he was not at all satisfied with the result of Europa League semi-final tie.Striker Marcus Rashford ‘s superb free-kick in the second-half helped his side beat Celta Vigo 1-0 at Balaidos to gain the upper hand in their last-four clash.In-form Rashford, who also scored a dramatic extra-time winner against Anderlecht in the quarter-finals, scored a bending a free-kick into the corner in the 67th minute to ensure United take an away goal and a massive advantage going back to Old Trafford in a week’s time for the semi-final second leg.Mourinho, however, said that although he was happy with his side’s performance against Celta Vigo, he does not feel the same way about the result.”I am very pleased with the performance but not with the result. We played well enough to have [the] result closed but we have to go and play at Old Trafford. At half-time [it] should have been three or at least two, but the result is open,” goal.com quoted Mourinho as saying.While United hold the advantage going into next Friday’s second leg at Old Trafford, Mourinho believes the tie could have been already over had his side made full use of their chances.”We tried to win the match. We missed chances but the team played well, they were compact against a team who are difficult to play against. Let’s hope Old Trafford want us to win because when Old Trafford wants it, we win,” the Portuguese manager added.advertisementWith the Jose Mourinho’s side outside the Premier League’s top four, the Europa League perhaps represents their best chance of earning a place in next season’s Champions League.United will next take on Arsenal in their Premier League clash on Sunday, while Celta will lock horn with Malaga on the same day.last_img read more

Eovaldi Retires 18 Straight, Yanks Beat Arizona, 4-2

first_imgPHOENIX — Nathan Eovaldi doesn’t consider himself an ace just yet. He sure pitched like one the night of May 17, though.Eovaldi retired the 18 batters he faced after allowing a freak lead-off base hit and the New York Yankees salvaged the final game of a three-game series in Arizona by beating the Diamondbacks 4-2.“I don’t look at myself as an ace but I do want to try and do well when we’re struggling and try to get us back on track,” he said. “I do feel like if you have a good start from the starter, everybody else kind of builds off that.”Jean Segura’s ground ball to start the first inning bounced off the bag at second and dribbled into the outfield for a double.Yankees Manager Joe Girardi thought it would have been a base hit even if it hadn’t hit the bag “but it was one of the weirder doubles you’re going to see.”After that, only two balls even reached the outfield off the Yankees right-hander, who hit 100 mph on the Chase Field radar gun while improving to 4-0 in his last five starts.Eovaldi (4-2) gave up one run and struck out five with no walks.“He attacked,” Girardi said. “He did a heck of a job. We needed a win tonight after losing the first two the way we did and he pitched a great game.”Brett Gardner hit a two-run homer and Jacoby Ellsbury went 3 for 3 with an RBI single for New York. Aroldis Chapman threw a perfect ninth for his fourth save since being reinstated on May 9.Shelby Miller (1-5) scattered 10 hits over 5 2/3 innings, allowing three runs.Eovaldi threw just 85 pitches and admitted he was “a little bit disappointed” not to come out for the seventh.But Girardi instead turned the ball over to the well-rested big three at the back end of the bullpen — Dellin Betances, Andrew Miller and Chapman.“I’m going to take my chances probably 99 percent of the time with Betances, Miller and Chapman,” Girardi said, “just because they’re so good.”The only other Arizona hit for the night was Chris Owings’ home run off Andrew Miller in the eighth.Ellsbury opened the game with a walk and Gardner hit Shelby Miller’s 1-2 pitch into the right field seats for his fifth home run of the season.After his unorthodox double in the first, Segura took third on a ground out and scored when Paul Goldschmidt bounced out to third.Third baseman Chase Headley may have had a chance to throw the runner out at home, especially when Segura screeched to a stop about two-thirds of the way there, but chose to get the sure out instead.New York added a run in the sixth.With a runner at second and two outs, Arizona Manager Chip Hale went to the mound but chose not to make a pitching change.Ellsbury followed with an RBI single, making him 6-for-6 lifetime against Miller.“I went to talk to him and make sure it was his last hitter,” Hale explained. “I was going to bring in Chaf (Andrew Chafin) for Gardner. Ellsbury’s numbers versus left-handers are really good. Granted, he hits Shelby pretty well, but we had a plan how to pitch him, but he (Miller) just got the ball up a little.”(BOB BAUM, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Wright brands Alexis saga ‘ridiculous’

first_imgTransfers Alexis saga at Arsenal branded ‘ridiculous’ by club legend Wright Last updated 2 years ago 19:32 9/2/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Alexis Sanchez Arsenal Getty Images Transfers Arsenal A. Sánchez Premier League The former striker has slammed the Gunners for refusing to offload the Chilean forward, while allowing several other players to run their deals down Arsenal’s handling of Alexis Sanchez and the contracts of several other players has been slammed as “ridiculous” by Ian Wright.The Gunners ended the summer transfer window with their Chilean forward still on their books, despite receiving a £60 million bid from Premier League rivals Manchester City.Get Arsenal 7/1 to win the Europa League Article continues below Editors’ Picks Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina He will now continue to run down his current deal, alongside fellow creative influence Mesut Ozil.Another of those to have entered the final 12 months of his agreement at Emirates Stadium, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, has moved on to Liverpool for £35m, but club legend Wright believes the club have become a “total shambles”.The former Gunners striker wrote in a column for The Sun: “The latest transfer-deadline-day disaster shows you yet again the people handling the business side of things at Arsenal are failing on every possible level.“Letting the deadline pass without selling Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez was just ridiculous. It did not make any sense in football or financial terms.“Whether it is chief executive Ivan Gazidis or someone else who is in charge of the comings and goings, they need to be held to account for this total shambles.“We have got to the situation where we have NINE players at the Emirates out of contract at the end of this season, and eight more will be in the same boat in another year’s time.“But there seems to be no sense of urgency to either tie them to new contracts or to line up replacements. That is financial ­madness.“And in the short term, why would you refuse to sell Sanchez for £60million, just because you think he is a £100m player? If he had another three years left on his contract, yeah, hold out for every penny you can get.Ian Wright Arsenal Alexis Sanchez“But we all know he’s off whatever happens next summer, so Arsenal are probably going to end up with sweet FA for him.“Arsenal have known Sanchez, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and the rest were running their contracts down.“And yet there was still the last-minute scramble for replacements, instead of sensible, long-term planning.“Just when you think things cannot get any worse at Arsenal, you have to witness yet another behind-the-scenes fiasco.“The way they are going about things would be laughable if it wasn’t so damaging to the club.”Goal revealed on Friday that unsettled Sanchez does not want to play for Arsenal again after seeing a move blocked, but Arsene Wenger has maintained that the player remains “100 per cent committed”.last_img read more

Re-Building Confidence Critical – Finance Minister

first_img Steadfast commitment to implementation, and re-building confidence in the economy, are two factors deemed necessary for the success of Jamaica’s current economic programme and the country’s performance, under the new International Monetary Fund (IMF) US$932.3 million four-year Extended Fund Facility (EFF).Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, and Head of the IMF’s Mission Team to Jamaica, Jan Kees Martijn, highlighted these factors, while addressing Thursday’s (August 22) joint media briefing at the Ministry’s offices in Kingston, where details of the country’s first quarterly performance review under the EFF (April to June),  were outlined.In his remarks, Dr. Phillips said Jamaica’s future under the programme “really depends on us – the country”.“There are many who did not believe that we would have concluded a programme (with the IMF) and, indeed, they were pleasantly surprised and satisfied with Jamaica’s fulfillment, not only of the prior conditions. I think we need to emphasize that they (prior conditions) were not easily achieved, but they were achieved with the sacrifice and contribution of stakeholders from all sectors in the country,” he said.In terms of confidence in the economy, Dr. Phillips acknowledged that this “will take time to build.” While noting that “we are seeing signs of it already” he stated that “we are also seeing that there are those who remain to be convinced.”“I don’t think that we will convince them by a lot of talk, necessarily. I think we will convince them as we proceed with implementation,” the Minister said.Dr. Phillips said having recently concluded a series of discussions with holders of Jamaican government bonds in North America and in Europe, “I can say that we are seeing the slow but steady and significant re-building of this confidence, certainly, in the international community.”He added, however, that the economic programme will require sustained implementation over future quarters in order to sustain a build-up in confidence.The Finance Minister emphasized that this effort will also require that a more comprehensive communications endeavour be undertaken, both locally and internationally, to facilitate better understanding by persons of the programme’s rationale, while enabling them to take advantage of anticipated benefits.“The successful conclusion of this first review will add to that level of confidence. So, what we have to do is sustain our commitment to the path and not lose heart or become overwhelmed by the immediate painful difficulties which we face,” Dr. Phillips said.Meanwhile, Mr. Martijn noted that Jamaica’s current economic challenges did not occur, nor will they be solved overnight.“The reason we have a four-year programme is because we know that there is a whole series of reforms in many areas…to be implemented. So, ongoing implementation (is important),” he said.Mr. Martijn also noted that the Jamaican economy’s performance is being carefully analyzed.“Investors are looking at the country. That return of confidence is…absolutely critical. The two are, of course, related, because with steadfast implementation, we believe that confidence will return and at that stage, the benefits of these (economic) reforms would become truly apparent,” he said. In terms of confidence in the economy, Dr. Phillips acknowledged that this “will take time to build.” Jamaican economy’s performance is being carefully analyzed The economic programme will require sustained implementation over future quarters Story Highlightslast_img read more

NIS Contribution Mandatory for Employed Jamaicans

first_img  “The NIS is mandatory if you are working. There are provisions in the law to sanction employers and persons, who don’t contribute and I believe we (the government) may have to look at that to make sure that when these funds are taken from your salary that it is indeed paid over to the scheme,” she said. Story Highlights This year’s awards luncheon honoured four distinguished Jamaicans – founder and chairman of Cari-Med Limited and philanthropist, Glen Christian; founder of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), Joy Crooks; medical doctor and philanthropist, Owen James; and educator, author and theatre practitioner, Dr. Jean Small. The call was made by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, at the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons’ (CCRP) 2018 Living Legacy Awards luncheon held on Friday (September 28), at the Mona Visitors Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus. Employers, workers and self-employed persons are being reminded to contribute to the National Insurance Scheme (NIS) as required by law.The call was made by Minister of Labour and Social Security, Hon. Shahine Robinson, at the Caribbean Community of Retired Persons’ (CCRP) 2018 Living Legacy Awards luncheon held on Friday (September 28), at the Mona Visitors Lodge, University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona Campus.She said that non-compliance is a major factor in the lack of growth in the number of contributors, despite increased employment levels.Under the law, all persons age 18 years and older, who are gainfully employed and domiciled in Jamaica, should be insured under the NIS.“The NIS is mandatory if you are working. There are provisions in the law to sanction employers and persons, who don’t contribute and I believe we (the government) may have to look at that to make sure that when these funds are taken from your salary that it is indeed paid over to the scheme,” she said.Mrs. Robinson said every effort is being made to preserve the scheme, which was established 56 years ago.“It was a brilliant idea and it has served the people of Jamaica well and we want to continue to build on that,” she said.Meanwhile, she informed that the Ministry is taking steps to increase the number of NIS contributors.These include increasing the monitoring of places of work to ensure that all eligible persons are registered; improving service to contributors/ pensioners; and developing public education and marketing campaigns to reach persons, including those, who are self-employed.A survey of self-employed persons will be done during this financial year and the information, along with data from the NIS Awareness and Perception Survey will be used to inform the marketing campaign to increase compliance among this group.Established in 2012, the annual CCRP Living Legacy Awards recognise senior citizens, 55 years or older, who have contributed to the growth and development of the country.This year’s awards luncheon honoured four distinguished Jamaicans – founder and chairman of Cari-Med Limited and philanthropist, Glen Christian; founder of the Committee for the Upliftment of the Mentally Ill (CUMI), Joy Crooks; medical doctor and philanthropist, Owen James; and educator, author and theatre practitioner, Dr. Jean Small.Citations were read and plaques presented to each of the award recipients in honour of their contributions to national development.last_img read more

10 killed 9 injured in Afghanistan suicide attack

first_imgKabul: As many as 10 people, including five civilians, were killed and nine others injured in a suicide attack on a police vehicle at Jalalabad in the Nangarhar province of Afghanistan on Thursday, officials said. The attack took place around 4.15 p.m. near a security check-point, Nangarhar Governor’s spokesman Attaullah Khogyanai told Efe news. The suicide bomber targeted a police car “in which nine people, including five civilians, among them a child, were martyred”, he said. Also Read – ‘Hong Kong won’t rule out Chinese help over protests’ Nine civilians, including three children, were also injured in the attack. They were taken to a hospital. Of them, the condition of three persons is said to be critical. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. Nangarhar is home to both Taliban and Islamic State militants. Both groups have in the past carried out deadly attacks in Jalalabad. But the Islamic State has been more active compared with Taliban in the last two years.last_img read more

Fear of more Darfur clashes causing displaced people to flee says UNAU

12 May 2010Fears of a possible military battle in North Darfur are causing people already staying in camps for the internally displaced to flee again, the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reported today, adding that it is monitoring the situation. Fears of a possible military battle in North Darfur are causing people already staying in camps for the internally displaced to flee again, the United Nations-African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) reported today, adding that it is monitoring the situation.“The security situation in North Darfur remains tense,” the Mission stated in information provided to the media. The assessment follows reports of an expanding presence of both Sudanese Government troops and forces from one of the leading insurgent groups in Darfur, the Justice and Equality Movement (JEM).The build-up is reportedly underway in the Shangil Tobaya region where a camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs), run by the UN, is located.According to a UNAMID patrol team, some 70 per cent of IDPs there have left the camp. In February, the Government and JEM signed a Framework Agreement in Doha, Qatar, paving the way for a final resolution of the conflict in Darfur, where an estimated 300,000 people have been killed and another 2.7 million forced from their homes since violence erupted in 2003. read more

Murdered 83yearold may have been involved in a row with a fellow dog

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. It happened at the same spot where an unsolved rape happened more than 20 years ago.Police will also explore whether Mr Wrighton could have been the victim of a mistaken identity. His name is similar to that of notorious paedophile Peter Righton, who lived just 16 miles away, but died a decade ago. Mr Wrighton, described as a “lovely, gentle husband, dad and grandfather”, was captured on CCTV as he purchased something from a local Post Office shortly before he was killed. The third man is described as a white male, aged 30 to 50, of medium build, who wore dark-coloured clothing and was seen walking without a dog in the northern area of the heath.”These are descriptions of people that we believe were in the area, not necessarily together but we’re keen to trace them as part of our ongoing appeal to trace witnesses in the relevant area at the relevant time,” DS Smith added.He said officers were working with National Crime Agency experts on the investigation.An inquest into Mr Wrighton’s death has been opened and adjourned. An elderly man murdered as he walked his dog may have been involved in a row with a fellow dog walker, it emerged on Friday.Peter Wrighton, 83, was repeatedly stabbed in the neck and head in woodland near his home in East Harling, Norfolk. There have been no arrests, and no weapon has been found.Police are now investigating reports that a witness saw two elderly men arguing in a wood on Saturday morning, shortly before the brutal killing of Mr Wrighton. Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk Dressed in a black t shirt and grey trousers, he walked calmly through the shop before smiling as he paid for his items and left.Detectives released descriptions of three men they are keen to speak to. Detective Superintendent Andy Smith, who is overseeing the investigation, said: “This is a particularly brutal murder. Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, Norfolk Police search woodland in East Harling Police search woodland in East HarlingCredit:SWNS.com “We need to piece together Peter’s final movements so that we can understand what happened to him and why.”This means we want to hear from you if you know something or you know someone who has information but who is for whatever reason reluctant to come forward themselves.”He said he was a “large-scale, complex and detailed investigation” involving several strands, including forensic investigations, extensive searches, witness interviews, house-to-house inquiries, CCTV capture and review and close liaison with the victim’s family.He said officers were appealing specifically to three men who police are yet to trace as potential witnesses.The first is described as a slim white male over 50, with pale skin and grey or white hair and balding on top.He was believed to be wearing heavy-rimmed glasses and light-coloured trousers, and was seen in The Street changing into a white t-shirt.The second potential witness is a white male with a tanned complexion, aged 25 to 30, 5ft 9in to 5ft 11in, with an athletic build, short, dark wavy hair and dark eyes.He wore a grey or blue t-shirt, grey floppy gym-style shorts above the knee and heavy duty flip flops, and was seen within the boundary of the woodland site which police are searching. Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, NorfolkCredit:PA Peter Wrighton, who was stabbed to death while walking his two dogs in East Harling, NorfolkCredit:PAlast_img read more

Call of Duty Black Ops Beats Five Day Sales Record

first_imgCall of Duty: Black Ops set another sales record, pulling in a staggering $650 million in its first five days. That number beats the old record held by its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 by $100 million. Black Ops also holds the record for the first 24 hours in North America, pulling in $360 million in that timeframe–beating out Modern Warfare 2 by $50 million. The game also holds all manner of other records–according to publisher Activision, it is Amazon’s best-selling game launch. More than 5.9 million multiplayer hours were logged on Xbox Live in the game’s first 24 hours. Activision CEO Eric Hirshberg isn’t gloating too much,There are many reasons for the success of Black Ops, but first and foremost is the fact that our team at Treyarch delivered a truly awesome game, and in the process have established themselves as one of the most talented developers in the world.last_img read more

Super Talent turns USB 30 drives into virtual PCs with Ceedo

first_imgRead more at Super TalentMatthew’s OpinionThis is something I hadn’t really considered with the introduction of a faster USB standard. Not only can we have apps stored on these USB 3.0 drives, but the speed allows everything to run from the drive as if you’re running them on the machine’s main hard drive. It’s a PC in your pocket the size of a thumb drive.With USB 2.0 flash drives suites of apps could run directly from the drive, but the transfer speed was a limitation. That limitation now seems to have gone.A lot of users now rely upon cloud-based services to allow work to occur on any machine, but companies can see this as a security risk, so an offline alternative is desirable. There’s also a market here for people who work on locked down machines, but want to spend their lunch breaks writing, playing games, or catching up on some personal reading.The only issue I have with this Ceedo solution is it costs money to purchase and use. I’m sure there’s some capable free alternatives out there. If you have a recommendation for some alternatives please share it with us. With the introduction of USB 3.0 we can now all carry around a super-fast portable drive in our pocket. Such transfer speeds also open up the market for more functionality beyond just storing data, and storage specialst Super Talent has picked up on that fact.The company’s USB 3.0 Express RAM Cache flash drive now has the option of bundling Ceedo Personal–a suite of commonly used apps that runs right off the drive. This includes many of the typical Windows programs we use on a daily basis such as OpenOffice.org, your favorite browser, Skype, e-mail, and a whole host of other apps across the following categories:AdChoices广告ProductivityInstant MessengersWeb BrowsersFun & GamesPhoto EditorsMedia PlayersUtilitiesIT CornerThe full list of compatible apps is available to view on the Ceedo Programs Directory.The benefit of using Ceedo is that all your data remains on the portable drive, with the PC only being used for resources such as screen and keyboard use. As it’s on a USB 3.0 drive too, the loading of these apps is near instant. One final advantage is the fact it doesn’t require admin rights to run, so if you’re on a locked-down machine at work, or a public terminal, you can still boot up your Ceedo programs.Super Talent is offering Ceedo packaged with an Express RAM Cache drive at a discounted price over the usual $40 charge. Buy it with the drive and you get half off the price. Here’s the 3 drive options with the Ceedo Personal software bundled:USB 3.0 Express Cach 16GB with Ceedo Personal – $79USB 3.0 Express Cach 32GB with Ceedo Personal – $119USB 3.0 Express Cach 54GB with Ceedo Personal – $209last_img read more

Dragon Quest X requires 70 minute install

first_imgAlthough it has gained in popularity among Western gamers ever since the release of Dragon Quest VIII on the PS2, it’s Japan where Dragon Quest games see the most success. A new release in the series usually results in millions of pre-orders and first days sales, and lots of time taken off work or school.Dragon Quest X has just been released on the Wii in Japan, but it is really testing the patience of gamers. DQ10 is an unusual release in the series because it isn’t your typical JRPG. This time Square Enix opted to make an MMO, the first to ever see a release on the Wii.That decision has meant gamers can’t just buy the game, they need a 16GB USB stick, too. While no one appreciates being forced to buy storage to play a game, that’s not the main issue. The problem is, DQ10 requires an install, and Japanese gamers are finding the process takes 70 minutes.I get annoyed if I insert a disc in my 360 or PS3 and get told an update is required before I can play. But they never take 70 minutes. It seems ludicrous that the process takes so long and that the game has been designed to require so much data be transferred to the USB stick.Square Enix may be able to speed the process up with a patch, but by then all the day one buyers will have sat through the install becoming ever more frustrated. I bet more than a few have decided the install must have crashed and tried again.The game is also set to be released on the Wii U where the long install process can hopefully be sped up significantly, but that may not be the case if the system relies on an external hard drive.Hopefully, if there is an issue with the install process, Square Enix can fix it before deciding to release the game in the West on either platform.via Kotakulast_img read more

GPA Spent D150M to Build Platforms for Aljamdou Kansala Ferries Ousman

first_imgBy Mamadou Dem Mr. Ousman Jobarteh, Deputy Managing Director of the Gambia Ports Authority (GPA), yesterday revealed to the ‘Janneh’ Commission of Enquiry that the extension cost for the landing platforms for Banjul and Barra Terminal for Aljamdou and Kansala ferries and other landing sites, amounted to the sum of D150, 000,000.00.According to the witness, the sum of $2, 431,000.00 was the contract awarded to Michela Construction for the extension of the landing platforms at the GPA ferry terminals. He said the platform built at the Banjul and Barra terminal for the Aljamdou and Kansala Ferries, cost the GPA D8, 000,000.00 while that of Bambatenda and Yellitenda cost D70, 000,000.00Correspondence from the office of the former president to the Managing Director of GPA relating to the constructions, was admitted as exhibits.  The witness continued that after spending the sums of D150, 000,000.00, the ferries cannot still dock.At that juncture, Commission Chairman Sourahata Janneh put it to the witness that hence the ferries cannot dock despite spending huge sums of money spent on them, then they are still useless. The witness responded affirmatively.Mr. Tony Ghattas, former Managing Director of APAM and proprietor of GHATSON Company while continuing with his testimony, yesterday refuted allegations that he is a close associate of the former president, Yahya Jammeh.The business Mogul who reappeared to shed light on contracts he carried out during the former regime and especially during his tenure as Managing Director of the Mining Company APAM, confirmed bank statements from Sky Bank bearing the name of Sanghai Gambia Industrial Ltd, which were admitted as exhibits. He also confirmed that GHATSON Company Ltd also holds a bank account at Sky and Guaranty Trust Banks respectively.When shown the dalasi and dollar accounts statements at the GT Bank, he confirmed them as the statements of GHATSON which were accordingly applied and admitted as exhibits.According to him, Sanghai Zhong Zheng Mineral Company is a Chinese based Company, dealing in the buying and selling of Heavy Mineral Concentrates (HMC) which his Company, GHATSON, is partnering with. But that APAM was the Company exporting minerals to China.Mr. Ghattas further explained to the Commission that GHATSON Company which is partnering with Sanghai Zhong Zheng Mineral Company, is operating in Mozambique, Vietnam and Indonesia, for HMC business; that he has never visited any of these countries but rather acts as a middle agent and after every transaction or dealing, he will have his percentage or profit.At that juncture, Counsel Bensouda intimated to the witness that he was deviating from her question and has not shown any document of contract with the Companies he is partnering with in China and other countries. However, the Attorney for Ghattas, Sheriff Tambadou, said his client has been consistent in his testimony and did not know that his client will be questioned on contract documents for other companies in China, among others.Barrister Tambadou argued that the business mogul has always stated that the businesses are done by Sanghai Zhong Zheng Mineral Company but when asked by Commission Chairman whether he received money or payments directly from China, he responded in the affirmative; that his payments come through Sanghai Zhong Zheng Mineral Company; that after the sale of minerals, he would get his percentage based on his capacity as a middle man in the business, but he has no share in the Company.He was asked to show any payment made by the said company in his Gambian accounts which he promised to provide to the Commission. He added that he did not claim the sum of $290,000.00 to buy dredgers because his license was terminated by the Geological Department; that the said sum was approved by General Badjie from the APAM fund and he has no document to prove that as Bajie’s approval was verbal.Mr. Ghattas refuted the allegation that he committed APAM to approve $2,130,000.00 to buy dredgers; that he paid D9.7 Million to GHATSON Company to provide services to APAM. He said he paid the villagers of Gunjur for the construction of a road after an agreement with the Geology Department, but that the project was funded by APAM and he did not have an invoice to show the payment he made to villagers.When asked whether he has documents relating to the shipment of equipment from China upon arrival in the Gambia, he responded in the affirmative. He also claimed that he negotiated with General Badjie prior to the construction of the road in Sanyang and not the Geology Department. Asked why he used APAM’s money to buy cement, animal feed and basalt, he said he did so because APAM did not have money then, and he will use his money for the supply and be refunded later.According to him, the reasons why he paid money to Gambia Milling Corporation was because he was making animal feed which was paid by GHATSON Company limited. He said he spent D67, 000,000.00 and all the dollars generated from HMC on animal feed.Under cross-examination by his Lawyer, Ghattas said he is not a close associate of Jammeh as alleged by Nuha Touray, former Secretary to Cabinet, neither did he meet Jammeh in person.“I am not a close associate of Yahya Jammeh and I never met him in person,” Ghattas told the ‘Janneh’ Commission. He finally testified that he did not know who appointed him as Managing Director of APAM but promised to check his letter of appointment to know who actually appointed him as the MD.Mr. Ousman Jobarteh, Deputy Managing Director of Gambia Ports Authority, reappeared and was shown documents relating to Barajali Ferry. He said photos of the ferry were taken, showing the circumstances of the ferry at the time. The photos said to be obtained in 2006 by Suwaibou Barrow a staff of GPA, were admitted as exhibits.Sitting continues today.last_img read more

San Diego police make 62 DUI arrests during holiday period

first_img Posted: July 6, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California Highway Patrol arrested 62 drivers for suspicion of drunk driving in San Diego County over the holiday period, officials said today.While there were no fatalities on county freeways this year, the CHP said 17 people were killed in California during the July Fourth holiday period. The CHP holiday reporting period was from 6 p.m. Wednesday to 6 a.m. Saturday.The arrests for suspicion of DUI in the county increased over last year’s holiday period by 28. The CHP only tracks DUI arrests made by CHP officers.Statewide, three pedestrians were killed during the holiday period in the CHP’s jurisdiction. There were two motorcycle deaths reported statewide.This year there were 17 driving fatalities in California, as reported by all law enforcement agencies. Last year there were also 17. This year there were 839 arrests by CHP officers for suspicion of DUI throughout California. There were 389 last year. San Diego police make 62 DUI arrests during holiday period July 6, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, last_img read more

Advice on Building a Social Network from CIO

first_imgI found a great article posted on the Syndicom Web site from CIO magazine on how to develop an online community. Here are four points I pulled out that relate to content publishers: 1. Design for EvolutionBecause communities of practice are organic, designing them is more a matter of shepherding their evolution than creating them from scratch. As the community grows, new members bring new interests and may pull the focus of the community in different directions.2. Open a Dialog Between Inside and Outside Effective community design is built on the collective experience of community members. Only an insider can appreciate the issues at the heart of the domain, the knowledge that is important to share, the challenges his field faces, and the latent potential in emerging ideas and techniques. Only an insider can know who the real players are and their relationships. Good community design requires an understanding of the community’s potential to develop and steward knowledge, but it often takes an outside perspective to help members see the possibilities3. Invite Different Levels of ParticipationPeople participate in communities for different reasons. We commonly see three main levels of community participation. The first is a small core group of people who actively participate in discussions. As the community matures, this core group takes on much of the community’s leadership. But this group is usually rather small, only 10 percent to 15 percent of the whole community. At the next level outside this core is the active group. These members attend meetings regularly and participate occasionally in the community forums, but without the regularity or intensity of the core group. The active group is also quite small, another 15 percent to 20 percent of the community. A large portion of community members are peripheral and rarely participate. Instead, they keep to the sidelines, watching the interaction of the core and active members4. Focus on ValueValue is key to community life because participation in most communities is voluntary. But the full value of a community is often not apparent when it is first formed. Moreover, the source of value often changes during the life of the community. Communities need to create events, activities and relationships that help their potential value emerge and enable them to discover new ways to harvest it rather than attempting to determine their expected value in advance. For more great articles on creating a social network, see the Syndicom resources page.last_img read more

Juneau roller derby team starts junior league

first_imgThe Juneau RollerGirls are training a coed junior league this fall. Roller derby is characterized by fast-paced bouts, slick moves and cheeky alter egos. Helmets are essential. But the raucous sport can be adapted for kids.Download AudioTaku RollerSports is loaning the gear for the junior derby league. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)At the Zach Gordon Youth Center, Kim Champney is skating backwards. She holds the hands of a young skater to help with the girl’s balance and demonstrates the utility of a wrist guard.“I can slam my hand down and it doesn’t hurt at all,” she says.On Juneau’s adult roller derby team, Champney is what you call a jammer.“My derby name is Kimbustible.”Taku RollerSports is loaning the gear for the junior derby league. (Photo by Elizabeth Jenkins/KTOO)During bouts, she tries to lap the opposing team’s blockers. A blocker’s job is to stop the jammer from getting through.“And you can do this by knocking them over, getting in front of them or physically moving people around the track,” Champney said.The 12 to 17  year-old coed league will start out a little differently. There won’t be any physical contact to begin with. Players will have to work their way up to that. However, Champney admits roller derby may have an image to overcome.“Back in the 70s, it was like the World Wrestling Federation or whatever. It was very staged and dramatic,” she said. “People were knocking people over. Even the movie Whip It that’s been part of the resurgence — overemphasized the violent part in it.”Initially, she says kids will learn the basics: how to skate, how to stop and how to go backwards. By the time they’re doing more advanced moves, like blocking, they’ll have a strong foundation.“I’ve played for five years and I’ve never had a critical injury. My daughter is going to be a part of roller derby, and I feel like there’s been a big safety aspect,” Champney said.Just a few weeks ago, an international derby association announced it was trying to unite junior leagues. Adult teams have already cropped up in nearly every Southeast community and Champney thinks more kids’ leagues are to follow.The Juneau roller girls were inspired last spring after watching kids from Seattle play. They were leaps and bounds ahead of the adults, and Champney says she’s lucky she’s playing now.“Because when there’s established junior programs, we won’t be able to compete.”Stephanie Kruse rolls around on skates with a toddler on her hip. Her derby name is Titan Young.“And Luke’s roller derby name is Sling Shot. His mom is Catapult Kim. So he’s Sling Shot,” she said.Kruse says she’s excited to teach. Derby is the first organized sport she’s played and it’s taught her a lot. One of the takeaways she thinks could be valuable for kids is body confidence.“It doesn’t matter how tall you are, short you are, big you are. Everyone has a secret roller derby super power and figuring it out and unlocking it,” Kruse said.As the recruiting begins, Kim Champney says the kids can put their own spin on things–coming up with derby names and a fierce team logo.“We want to make it kid led. So any youth who’s interested in getting in on the ground floor can really help us shape that,” she said.Petersburg’s Rok’n Blockers might have some new competition.last_img read more