Blogger Abhijit Iyer-Mitra appears before Odisha Assembly House committee

first_imgDelhi-based journalist and blogger Abhijit Iyer-Mitra, who courted controversy over his alleged objectionable remarks about the Sun Temple and legislators of Odisha, appeared before the State Assembly House Committee in Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. He will appear before the Committee again on November 2.Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s statement was recorded by the Committee which is headed by Leader of Opposition Narasingha Mishra. Five other legislators – Kanak Vardhan Singh Deo, Debiprasad Mishra, Pramila Mallick, Arun Kumar Sahoo and Sanjay Kumar Das Burma – who are members of the Committee were also present.Mr. Mishra after the hearing told presspersons that Mr. Iyer-Mitra will appear before the Committee for the second time as the proceedings have remained inconclusive.Mr. Iyer-Mitra will file an affidavit on November 23 after which the Committee will decide the next course of action before filing a report with recommendation to the House, said Mr. Mishra. Mr. Iyer-Mitra’s counsel Nikhil Mehra told The Hindu that the blogger appeared before the House Committee voluntarily in response to the summons issued by the Committee and was asked to file a detailed affidavit after the recording of initial statement.The House Committee had summoned Mr. Iyer-Mitra for breach of privilege of the House for his alleged derogatory remarks against the State legislators in social media in the wake of the controversy over his video post against the backdrop of the Konark temple.Mr. Iyer-Mitra, who had failed to appear before the House Committee on October 11, had apologised for his remarks in an email to the Speaker of the State Assembly. He was summoned again to appear on October 23.Mr. Iyer-Mitra had been earlier arrested by Odisha police in Delhi on the charges of promoting enmity between different groups on grounds of religion. A Delhi court had denied permission to police to bring him on transit remand. Instead, the court had granted Mr. Iyer-Mitra limited bail until September 28 and asked him to join the investigation. He, however, was subsequently denied regular bail by the Supreme Court.As regards the two cases registered against Mr. Iyer-Mitra – one at Konark and another in Bhubaneswar – the police are likely to question him this evening. These two cases relate to his video post in which he allegedly made unsavoury remarks on the architecture of the Sun temple at Konark.last_img read more

Pakistan beat Sri Lanka by 15 runs in World T20 warm-up clash

first_imgLeft-arm spinner Imad Wasim came up with a four-wicket haul as Pakistan produced a clinical display to humble Sri Lanka by 15 runs in a World Twenty20 warm-up match here on Monday.Replying to Pakistan’s 157/5, Sri Lanka could only reach 142/9 before around 15,000 spectators at the Eden Gardens.Mohammed Hafeez led the charge for Pakistan with an unconquered 49-ball 70, that was inclusive of nine fours and a six. (Afridi could be in trouble with Pakistan law after comments on India fans) The Sri Lankan innings began with a jolt, as Tilakratne Dilshan got out in the very second over without bothering the scorer. The other opener Dinesh Chandimal (30; 21 b, 5×4) went on the offensive with some delectable shots, and added 37 for the second wicket with Lahiru Thirimanne (45; 37b, 4×4, 2×6).Wasim then got into the act, getting rid of Chandimal in the sixth over, with Hafeez taking the offering at mid-wicket. Sri Lanka were then 39/2.Chamara Kapugedera and Thirimanne tried to retrieve the situation with another 37-run partnerhip, that came to an end with the former becoming Wasim’s second victim.Thirimanne was looking solid, as he plundered 14 runs off a lacklustre Shahid Afridi in the seventh over, and then lofted him out of the ground in the 12th, but was also lucky to be the beneficiary of a dropped catch by Hafeez at deep mid-wicket.However, he failed to take advantage of the reprieve, and was out a little later at the same score of 39, giving another wicket to the 27-year-old Wasim. The Wales-born, who carries a dual passport, did more havoc to the top order by seeing the back of Sri Lankan captain Angelo Mathews (10), with the Lankan score reading 101/5 in the 13th over.advertisementThe skipper’s dismissal opened the floodgates, as Sri Lanka lost three more wickets by adding only 19 runs. The match was virtually over. And the remaining overs were a mere formality.Sri Lanka had earlier lost to New Zealand by 74 runs in their first warm-up game.Earlier, the Pakistan innings was built around three partnerships, with Hafeez being involved in two of them. Openers Sharjeel Khan and Ahmed Shehzad provided the perfect launch with a 39-run stand before Sharzeel was devoured by Sachitra Senanayeke with an incoming ball in the sixth over.It was a revenge of sorts for Senanayeke, who was clobbered by the Pakistani batsman for a four and six of consecutive balls in his previous over. Shehzad (18) departed a little later, following which Hafeez and Sarfraz Ahmed (13) put on 39 for the third wicket.Pakistan were 63/2 at the halfway stage of the innings.Rangana Herath plotted Sarfraz’s dismissal in the 13th over, with Dinesh Chandimal doing a smart bit of stumping.Hafeez then showed some blitz batting in the company or Umar Akmal (13), with the pair adding 53 runs of 34 balls.Akmal departed in the penultimate over, which gave Thisara Perera a double wicket, as Afridi lasted only three balls and could not even open his account.Brief scores: Pakistan 157/5 in 20 overs (    Mohammad Hafeez 70 n.o.; Thisara Perera 2/21) vs Sri Lanka 142/9 in 20 overs (Lahiru Thirimanne 45; Imad Wasim 4/45)last_img read more

I just relish playing badminton: Kidambi Srikanth to India Today

first_imgKidambi Srikanth rewrote the history books in the past few weeks when he became the first Indian to win the men’s singles title at the Indonesia Super Series Premier and the Australian Open on June 18 and June 25 respectively.After losing in the final of the Singapore Open against compatriot Sai Praneeth, Srikanth reached the finals of the Indonesia Open and the Australian Open to become the first Indian shuttler and only the sixth in the world to enter the finals of three consecutive Super Series events.Srikanth has now won four Super Series titles — China Open (2014), India Open (2015), Indonesia Super Series Premier (2017) and Australian Open (2017) — becoming the second most successful Indian in the Super Series circuit after Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal, who has 10 titles to her name.Srikanth with Indonesia Super Series and Australian Open gold medals. (AP Photo)As he gears up to prepare for the World Championships, the most talked about sportsperson at the moment, took out some time out to talk to India Today in an exclusive interview.Here are the excerpts:Abreshmina S Quadri: You have won two big Superseries titles at Indonesia Super Series and the Australian Open. What has winning those big matches given you back in terms of understanding of the game?Kidambi Srikanth: Understanding of the game is definitely important but more than anything else, I enjoyed playing the sport. During that injury period, I missed competitive badminton and so coming back, I just enjoyed competitive play.Abreshmina: What has changed for you since the Rio Olympics loss to Lin Dan?advertisementSrikanth: Nothing has changed. I played a couple of Superseries after the Olympics but then the injury happened. When I came back from the long injury lay-off, you know training after that and spending time working on the game, I think that has helped me a lot.Abreshmina: What is the most important aspect of the game for you when you are playing the top seeds?Srikanth: I don’t really think that I’m playing a top player and instead just play my game and enjoy playing. I think that’s all I do, just relish playing badminton. Against Chen Long in the Australian Open final it was the same. Like I said I missed playing competitive badminton and I just wanted to play more and more games, that’s what I thought before playing these tournaments.Abreshmina: Currently, we are seeing a collective rise of men’s shuttlers. What has changed for you all at the preparation level?Srikanth: I think it’s just the belief in us now that we can perform well and our Indonesian coach (Mulyo Handoyo) who has come in has been a boost. We are playing for a longer period of time in the training and so when we go into a match, we know we can last long.Abreshmina: What do you have to say about your comparisons with Virat Kohli especially after the Indian cricket team’s loss to Pakistan in the Champions Trophy final?Srikanth: I don’t want to compare myself to anyone you know. Everyone is working hard in their respective games. We performed really well throughout the Champions Trophy and even Kohli was top class throughout. He’s also a human being, he’s not a machine and we can’t expect him to score in every game. I believe every human being has a bad day and unfortunately for us it came in the final. Otherwise they performed so well and I don’t feel the need to compare.Abreshmina: Over the years, we have seen a constant production of top male shuttlers but why do we see such a huge gap between the level of play by Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu and rest of the women shuttlers?Srikanth: I really don’t know anything about that. You should ask this question to Gopi sir and other coaches. I have no idea about this.Abreshmina: After all this success, what next for you?Srikanth: I’ll just be concentrating on my training. I have a lot of time before the World Championships and I’ll be putting all that time on my training. I have travelled too much in the last few days and now I just want to get back to training. Whenever I have trained well for a longer period of time, I have come back stronger and I’m looking forward to that.(AP Photo)Abreshmina: You just said that spending long period of time in training has always helped you but there’s a constant emphasis on match practice even by Saina who’s returning from an injury. Your thoughts on that.advertisementSrikanth: Match practice is definitely very important but all of us at training are players of top level and we train together, which is of immense help. Like you see me, Prannoy, Praneeth and Kashyap, all of us are playing at the highest level and so we are constantly in touch with that level. Our training programme doesn’t let us getting detached from top level match environment.Abreshmina: All you men’s singles players train together everyday so when you face each other in big tournaments, what kind of change do you look to bring in your gameplan?Srikanth: All of us train together and we have been doing that since last five years or so and therefore, we have seen each other grow and we know everything about each other’s game. In situations when we have to face each other in tournaments, we can’t really do anything different but it’s about who plays better on the given day. The one that plays 5 per cent better than the other takes the game.Abreshmina: In our country, we see that support is given to players after they become a star instead of the other way round and even Sunil Chhetri spoke about it. Your thoughts?Srikanth: I have always got really good support from my academy, the government and Badminton Association of India so I consider myself very lucky. But it’s true that the players need to be sent out for tournaments from the junior level and be given that kind of exposure. Only with exposure of the international level, they will know what it’s like to play at that level and so, it’s important to trust the players from a young age and give them good international practice.Abreshmina: We don’t see many male shuttlers getting big endorsements. Now that you’ve got some big success under your belt, are you finally getting offers from big brands?Srikanth: The company that handles my deals is in talks with a few brands and if any deal is struck, you’ll know.Abreshmina: So you are being offered endorsements intensively now after those victories?Srikanth: It’s not like I’m being approached and all. My company handles these matters. For these endorsement deals, it’s like sometimes the brands approach and sometimes it’s the other way round. So nothing substantial as yet.Abreshmina: Leave aside cricket, we generally see female athletes getting much more limelight than their male counterparts. Do you feel the glamour quotient plays a part in that?Srikanth: I’m asked this question so many times and I don’t really know why it is happening. In fact you know it should be talked about in media and you guys should have an answer to why such is the case. We have no idea why this disparity, media should sit and talk about this.Abreshmina: Now there are going to be huge expectations from you. How do you plan to handle that?advertisementSrikanth: Of course people are going to expect me to win and I will give my best each time I am on the court. But that is all I can promise.last_img read more

Jorginho agent not ruling out Juventus move

first_imgJorginho’s previous spell at Napoli will not stop him from reuniting with Maurizio Sarri at Serie A rivals Juventus, according to the Chelsea midfielder’s agent.New Juventus head coach Sarri took Jorginho to Chelsea from Napoli last season and has been tipped to sign him again ahead of his first campaign back in Italy’s top flight.The 27-year-old made 54 appearances in all competitions as Chelsea won the Europa League in 2018-19, but he failed to truly adapt to Premier League football following his move. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? There have been suggestions that he could be heading for a swift Serie A return after just 11 months at Stamford Bridge.And Jorginho’s representative Joao Santos said, while the player is not actively seeking a move while he remains tied to the club until 2023, a transfer cannot be ruled out.”Chelsea have a four-year contract with the lad,” Santos told Tuttomercatoweb. “We’ll wait a few days to figure out whether there is any truth in this interest mentioned in the papers.”His past at Napoli won’t be an issue, because Jorginho is a professional. Right now, Jorginho is happy at Chelsea. “He found a great atmosphere and we can’t really say that he’d like to go elsewhere, but anything can happen in the transfer market. We’ll wait and see…”Sarri finished as a runner-up to Juventus in 2017-18 with Napoli before he left to join Chelsea, where he capped his one and only season at the club by winning the Europa League with victory over Arsenal in last month’s final.Santos expects the incoming Juve boss, who will be officially unveiled on Thursday, to further improve the Italian champions with his famed style of play.”Sarri already showed at Napoli and Chelsea that he is a top-level coach,” he said. “At a club like Juve, who have been so well-organised for years, he can only improve and continue to win.”I’ve been tracking Sarri for five years and his style of football is very entertaining. Juventus will change, because before they would win without being convincing. Now they’ll convince too.”last_img read more

Australia beat Pakistan by 41 runs

first_imgTaunton: David Warner was not his usual destructive self but effective nevertheless, his first international century since completing the ball-tampering ban setting up Australia’s 41-run win over Pakistan in the World Cup here on Wednesday. Australia looked set for a total in excess of 350 while Warner and captain Aaron Finch (82) were at the crease, but Mohammad Amir (5/30) staged a grand comeback with his best ODI bowling figures to bowl their opponents out for 307. Also Read – Andy Murray to make Grand Slam return at Australian OpenPakistan’s innings ended at 266 in 45.4 overs overs but not before the duo of Sarfaraz Ahmed and Wahab Riaz gave the Australians a scare with a rearguard action that revived their hopes for a while. Pakistan were at one stage tottering at 160 for six in the 30th over. Riaz smashed 45 off 39 balls with two fours and three sixes, while Sarfaraz made 40 off 48. The side’s top-scorer though was opener Imam-ul-Haq (53), Mohammad Hafeez contributed 46 while Hasan Ali blazed away to 32 off only 15 balls before Mitchell Starc closed out the game at the death. Also Read – Mandhana ruled out of South Africa ODI series”When I got out we had 70 balls to go, as the ‘in’ batter you want to bat 50 overs. We should have been around 340-50, credit to Pakistan, their second spells were fantastic and made it hard for us to hit down the ground,” Warner said at the post-match presentation ceremony. The dashing left-handed opener struck 107 off 111 balls, with 11 fours and a six. Earlier, sent into bat after the coin landed in Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed’s favour, Australia were off to a steady start with Warner and Finch helping them to 50 in 10 overs. Amir started with a maiden and going with only four mainline bowlers, Australia knew they needed to score big to put Pakistan under pressure. The Aussies broke free against Shaheen Afridi, with Finch hitting him over the deep square leg fence for a six and Warner employing the pull shot to get a four. As Australia looked for quick runs, Amir showed his class by bowling another maiden over. Apart from the singles and twos, both managed to find the ropes occasionally, before Finch carted Mohammad Hafeez for 16 runs with the help of a six and two boundaries.last_img read more

Family of Colten Boushie files lawsuit against RCMP Gerald Stanley

first_imgThe family of an Indigenous man shot to death on a Saskatchewan farm has filed lawsuits against the RCMP and the farmer who was acquitted in the killing.Colten Boushie was killed after being shot in the head on a farm near the community of Biggar in August 2016.Gerald Stanley, the landowner, was found not guilty of second-degree murder after testifying that his gun went off accidentally.The claim against Stanley argues that he caused the death of Boushie through negligence, recklessness, or by an intentional act.Boushie’s family is also suing the Attorney General of Canada and individual RCMP officers over the way they were treated on the night Boushie died.None of the allegations has been proven in court.last_img read more

Doig River First Nation Treaty Land Entitlement – Open Houses

first_imgEight First Nations communities in the Northeast are signatures to Treaty 8; Blueberry Doig River Fort Nelson Halfway River McLeod Lake Prophet Saulteau West MoberlyAccording to the B.C. Government, it is their duty to uphold the honour of the crown and implement historic treaties in ways that are generous, fair and just as they are seeking to provide lands which have been owed to Treaty 8 First Nations for more than 100 years.Treaty Land Entitlement claims in B.C. are intended to honour treaty rights by settling the land debt owed to First Nations shared the Government.For more information, contact Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The BC Government shares they want to keep the public and stakeholders informed throughout the negotiation and implementation of Treaty Land Entitlement with opportunities to ask questions and provide feedback.There will be Open Houses on the following dates and locations; Friday, March 8th, 2019 from 1 pm – 3 pm at the Pink Mountain, Buffalo Inn Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 10 am to 12 noon at the Rose Prairie. Rose Prairie   Community Centre Saturday, March 9th, 2019 from 3 pm to 5 pm at the Cecil Lake, Cecil Lake Hall Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 from 6:30 pm – 8 pm at the Buick, Buick Community HallThe public is invited to learn about the work so far and what is to come.last_img read more

Asylum seekers in industrialized countries decrease in 2nd quarter UN agency

Applications in 29 industrialised countries, excluding Italy, for the period between April and June saw a drop of 12 per cent – 106,850 compared with 121,910 during the first three months of the year – while the number of Iraqis seeking asylum fell 43 per cent compared to the first quarter, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said.But Iraqis still remain the largest asylum-seeking nationality over the first six months, at 17,500. This compares with 26,000 in the last six months of last year.”Almost all the major countries of asylum are receiving fewer asylum seekers this year compared to last year,” UNHCR spokesman Rupert Colville said in Geneva. “Of the top 20 countries of origin, only four have shown a slight increase. All the others have decreased.”Altogether, the number of applications during the first half of 2003 was 19 per cent lower than during the first six months of 2002, and 22 per cent lower than the second half of last year.In the European Union, and in Europe overall, the new figures were the lowest since UNHCR started collecting quarterly data at the beginning of 1999. During the second quarter of this year, the EU countries saw a drop of 16 per cent, to 66,260, following on from a 17 per cent drop in the first quarter. The number in North America also dropped by 12 per cent compared to the previous quarter.By country of asylum, the most significant quarterly decreases were recorded in the United Kingdom (down 34 per cent), Spain and Ireland (both down 31 per cent), Germany (down 24 per cent) and Sweden (down 22 per cent).The biggest increase in asylum applications was among Russians, who rose 54 per cent to become the largest group overall during the second quarter. The number of Russian applicants (including Chechens) rose particularly sharply in Austria and the Czech Republic. During the first six months, 12,700 Russians sought asylum in the 29 industrialized countries surveyed, while the figure for the whole of 2002 was around 20,000. read more

Annan condemns attacks on Iraqi tribunal defence counsellors

In particular, he cited the “cold-blooded murders” of counsellors to the Special Iraqi Criminal Tribunal Adel al-Zubeidi today and Saadoun al-Janabi last month, according to a UN spokesperson.”These actions undermine efforts to uphold the cause of justice and the rule of law in Iraq. In this regard, it is vitally important that the security of all involved with the Tribunal should be equally assured to ensure a trial free from intimidation and coercion,” the spokesperson said.”The Secretary-General hopes that the Tribunal will uphold the international standards of justice necessary to ensure its legitimacy, fairness and independence,” she added.In other news from Iraq today, Mr. Annan’s senior envoy in that country praised the conduct of the Independent Election Commission of Iraq (IECI), which oversaw the 15 October constitutional referendum and other polls of the past year in the strife-torn country.”The IECI preserved the levels of transparency and accountability that are consistent with internationally accepted standards and practices for verification of the votes,” Ashraf Jehangir Qazi, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said as the results of the field audit of last month’s referendum were released.”The IECI has overseen 22 different elections in Iraq in one year, a remarkable task by any standard,” he added. The UN, which has a mandate to provide strategic advice and technical assistance to the IECI under Security Council Resolution 1546, has been supporting the IECI since its establishment in May 2004. Under the coordination of the UN Electoral Assistance Team, some 45 foreign specialists provided advice and technical support to IECI headquarters and its 1,000 staff members for the organization of the referendum.The IECI hired more than 100,000 polling staff across the country and carried out a public outreach campaign featuring television commercials, leaflets and education materials. It also trained staff and provided materials for polling stations. read more

Peru UN agency supports recovery of some 7000 farmers from El Niño

Citing preliminary estimates, the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) said that adverse conditions caused by the coastal El Niño phenomenon from January to March had affected about 445,000 people in Peru’s worst-hit northern coastal areas – 59 per cent of affected households. “According to Peru’s Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, more than 60,000 hectares of crops have been severely or partially affected and 18,000 hectares were left completely unusable,” FAO reported.To address the situation, the Government approved the Agrarian Reactivation Plan with an investment of $76 million. FAO seeks to complement this by requesting some $3.1 million from the international community to support activities aimed at restoring family agriculture in the remote areas of Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad. “The FAO recovery project will provide the necessary inputs to establish orchards, recover irrigation infrastructure and provide technical assistance in animal health,” the UN agency explained. FAO stated that these activities will be implemented directly, with affected farmers receiving cash-for-work transfers for household income generation, access to food and mitigating migration to cities. “In Piura, Lambayeque and La Libertad, FAO will support the rehabilitation of local supply markets, to ensure that farmers and fisher folk can quickly reinsert themselves into these marketing channels so that they obtain direct sources of income,” the agency added.As climate disasters are the emergencies that most impact food security and agriculture in Latin America and the Caribbean, FAO is calling on the international community to support the recovery of the livelihoods of the affected farmers and farmers, coordinated with the national government and subnational governments.According to FAO, addressing these challenges requires adequate risk governance, early warning and monitoring systems, implementation of good practices and risk prevention and mitigation technologies in the agricultural sector, to ensure a rapid response focused on saving lives and livelihoods.FAO, together with the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR), is supporting countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to develop a Regional Strategy for Disaster Risk Management in the agricultural sector and food and nutritional security, in response to a request by the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States. read more

Week In Westminster – Week ending Friday 16 September 2011

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Immediate State action needed on Magdalene justice scheme

first_imgTHE STATE HAS been called on to begin immediate action on the Magdalene Laundries restorative justice scheme.The call came from JFM Research as it welcomed a UN Report on the Holy See.Today’s report from the UN watchdog for children’s rights said that the Vatican should immediately remove all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers, and turn them over to civil authorities.MagdalenesToday, JFM said that the Catholic church and the four religious orders that ran Magdalene Laundries in Ireland “have refused to accept unanimous survivor testimony that they were imprisoned and subjected to forced labour and torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment”.None of the orders have offered an apology to Magdalene survivors, nor have they contributed to the compensation fund. The Catholic Church has not made any attempt to instigate an internal investigation into Magdalene abuse, nor has it held anyone accountable for what happened.The group said that one year after the publication of the McAleese report and Taoiseach Enda Kenny’s official State apology, “survivors have still not ‘obtained’ the Redress called for by the UN Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) in 2011″.JFM Research said it is “gravely concerned” by “unacceptable additional delays”.We are aware of three survivors who have died and two others who have experienced repeated hospitalisations since the Taoiseach’s apology last year.According to the group, the Irish government recently sent “final offer” letters to some survivors.It said that these detailed lump-sum compensation payments and including the legal waiver whereby women surrender “any right of action against the State or any public or statutory body or agency” arising out of their time in a Magdalene Laundry.All other elements of the restorative justice scheme, such as pensions, health care, housing assistance, a memorial and a help line, are dependent on legislation and governmental discussions.“To date, there is no definitive timeline as to when such legislation will be passed,” stated the group.It also said that within the terms of the restorative justice scheme, the provision of health care benefits, for example, is limited to survivors living “in the State”. It describes this as discriminatory against survivors in the Irish diaspora abroad.In response to the scathing UN report, the Vatican said today that it will protect children, but said that it believed some of the observations are an attempt to “interfere with Catholic Church teaching on the dignity of the human person and in the exercise of religious freedom”.Read: Vatican says it will protect children – but criticises UN for ‘interfering’>last_img read more

Geek deals 899 Dell XPS 13 ultrabook with 128GB SSD

first_imgWhen it comes to ultrabooks, premium models are relatively few and far between. While most of the PC industry seems intent on racing to the bottom, there are still are still a few models out there that exemplify what can be done with modern engineering… and a liberal R&D budget.Some noteworthy models that come to mind are Lenovo’s ThinkPad X1 Carbon, maybe HP’s Envy lineup, and Dell’s XPS ultrabooks. The XPS 13 on sale today was originally launched as a late addition to the 2011 Sandy Bridge models and was again refreshed a bit later with the 2012 Ivy Bridge platform. Accordingly, we don’t expect to see it updated with 2013’s Haswell until later, but that doesn’t change how hot of a deal this is.The XPS 13 manages to stand out from its peers with a 13.3-inch screen that is stuffed into a chassis normally used for 11.6-inch screens, thanks to some tricks with a bezel-less design and Gorilla Glass cover. The chassis measures just 0.24-inches to 0.71-inches and weighs just under 3 lbs, thanks to a combination of machined aluminum, carbon fiber composite, and magnesium all slathered in soft touch paint.Today’s deal comes well configured with a Core i5 dual-core 3rd gen processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 128GB SSD. Ports are more on the limited side since this is a super-svelte machine, but you still get two USB 3.0, Mini DisplayPort video output, Wireless-N, and Bluetooth 4.0. Of course this wouldn’t be a premium ultrabook without the backlit keyboard and glass-covered touchpad.Marked down to $899.99, this machine is a good deal for all the premium goodies built into it. If you have a bit more leeway in your budget, we might recommend you check out the Core i7 version that also gets a ridiculous Full HD 1080p screen!Dell XPS 13 13.3-inch ultrabook with 128GB SSD for $899.99 + free shipping (reg. $999.99 | use coupon KD8T76PX1RR$T1)Our other top deals:Refurb Linksys Wireless-N Range extender/bridge (RE1000) for $35.99 + free shipping (reg. 89.99 | use coupon HSRMACCS10)Logitech K800 Wireless Illuminated Keyboard with hand proximity detection for $80.74 + free shipping (reg. $94.99 | use coupon ZCZ5MMX9JLG01M)Dell UltraSharp U2713H 27-inch 2560×1440 IPS LCD monitor for $764.99 + free shipping (reg. $999.99 | use coupon RJ6T0D4489P6T3)last_img read more

BitTorrent Live lavènement du streaming P2P

first_imgBitTorrent Live: l’avènement du streaming P2PLe créateur de BitTorrent a dévoilé au MusicTech Summit de San Francisco, un nouveau protocole de streaming en P2P révolutionnaire : BitTorrent Live. L’informaticien Bram Cohan, créateur du logiciel permettant le partage de fichier en peer-to-peer (P2P) BitTorrent, a présenté au MusicTech Summit de San Francisco, un nouveau protocole de streaming en P2P. Cet outil permettrait une véritable révolution de la diffusion des images de télévision. En effet, l’utilisateur deviendrait son propre diffuseur.Bram Cohen a donc dévoilé lors du MusicTech Summit de San Francisco, BitTorrent Live. Le système permet la diffusion en streaming P2P. BitTorrent Live change les habitudes de télévision et de vidéo à la demande en transformant le téléspectateur en diffuseur grâce à un logiciel client, qui sera décliné pour les systèmes d’exploitation de Windows, Mac et Linux. Grâce au logiciel, le temps de latence est inférieur à 5 secondes.Bram Cohen explique que “l’infrastructure physique actuelle de diffusion de la télévision est inévitablement appelée à disparaître, mais le téléviseur comme outil de consommation de contenu vidéo, lui, est là pour rester.” Les tarifs de BitTorent Live restent inconnus pour l’instant mais le service sera gratuit pour un usage non commercial, selon ZDNet. Le 19 février 2012 à 17:50 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

116 WWE RAW Ratings Big increase in overall viewers this week featuring

first_img Seth Rollins WhatsApp Google+ Videos Articles Pinterest Facebook Could The Rock Vs. Roman Reigns Actually Happen? Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns Kevin Owens sends cryptic NXT messages after being “fired” on Smackdown Live WWE Smackdown Ratings: Viewership stays over 2 million, WWE stays No. 1 on Tuesday Now Playing Up Next Daniel Bryan WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) center_img WrestleMania Could Be Biggest Ever WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down This week’s 1/16 WWE RAW drew an average of 3.27 million viewers on Monday night on the USA Network according to a report by Showbuzzdaily.com.This is up from last week’s show that drew 2.91 million viewers. RAW came in at No. 3, No. 4 and No. 5 overall for the night on cable in the key 18-49 demographic.NBA Basketball coverage on ESPN won the night with 4.52 million viewers.Hourly breakdowns of the WWE RAW RatingsHourly breakdowns were as follows.Hour 1: 3.519 (up from 3.014 million viewers last week)Hour 2: 3.221 (up from 3.019 million viewers)Hour 3: 3.074 (up from 2.689 million viewers)RAW, headlined by Roman Reigns, Seth Rollins and Sami Zayn vs. Kevin Owens, Chris Jericho and Braun Strowman in a six man tag team match, averaged a 1.14 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday night. This is up from last week’s 0.97 rating.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipWrestleMania Could Be Biggest EverVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:04Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:26 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Twitter Now Playing Up Next Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WWE’s Kevin Owens Scheduled For Surgery WWE Lists The Shields Top 10 Wins Videos Articles Videos Articleslast_img read more

Community Foundation awards grant dollars

first_imgThe Community Foundation for Southwest Washington is awarding nearly one-third of a million dollars in grants to nonprofit organizations and schools throughout the region.The board of directors approved $309,122 in grants for 36 organizations. The grants are from the Community Giving Fund, the Children’s Trust Fund, the Youth Philanthropy Fund and the Cowlitz County Community Fund.Grants from the Community Giving Fund were awarded to Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, Children’s Center, Community Home Health and Hospice, Community Services Northwest, Cowlitz County Community Fund, Friends of the Children, Innovative Services Northwest, Metropolitan Performing Arts Academy, Mosaic Arts Alliance, New Day Community Dental Clinic, Parks Foundation of Clark County, Rock Cove Assisted Living Facility, School of Piano Technology for the Blind, Second Step Housing, Share, Vancouver Children’s Opera, Wordstock, Youth Philanthropy Program, and YWCA Clark County.Grants from the Children’s Trust Fund were awarded to Big Brothers Big Sisters Columbia Northwest, Clark County Sheriff’s Office, Friends of the Columbia Gorge, Northwest Children’s Outreach, La Center Police Department, Parks Foundation of Clark County, Principal’s Checkbook Fund, ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center, Share and YWCA Clark County.Grants from the Youth Philanthropy Fund were awarded to Boys and Girls Clubs of Southwest Washington, Clark County Food Bank, Evergreen School District Foundation, Northwest Children’s Outreach, ROCKSOLID Community Teen Center and Share, Inc.last_img read more

Mark Zuckerberg QA Facebook Founder Opens up about The Social Network Facebook

first_imgMark Zuckerberg addressing the Q&A sessionFacebookSocial media giant Facebook arranged a community Q&A session with its founder Mark Zuckerberg on Friday. The session was arranged to listen to the users’ feedbacks and vision on the website’s updates.In the exclusive session, Zuckerberg, with several other chiefs belonging to the social network, mentioned that Facebook will arrange such session every week.In the one hour stretched session, the 30-year-old entrepreneur discussed on several strategies and future trends. He mentioned that the trend is changing towards video and thus Facebook will be mostly video in the coming five years. Responding to a question on whether the increasing popularity of photo uploads will create a huge data load, the billionaire mentioned that the company’s Data Centres have it covered, but the real challenge lies behind improving the infrastructure to allow for richer contents like videos in user’s feeds.Many were invited by for the session at Menlo Park, California headquarters and people were allowed to submit their queries online, which were later addressed by Zuckerberg.Responding to the Facebook Messenger’s requirement, he said that the dedicated Messenger app has achieved a better experience than the traditional system as people gets faster response using this.”Asking everyone in our community to install another app is a big ask. But Facebook thought it could provide a better, faster messaging product if it split off from its own app,” he mentioned.”We really believe this is a better experience,” he added.He also talked regarding several other aspects, including his opinion on the David Fincher directorial “The Social Network” (2010). He exclaimed that the movie took on many liberties in telling the story, which he found “hurtful”.”The reality is that writing code and building a product and then building a company actually is not a glamorous enough thing to make a movie about. If they were really making a movie (of my life), it would have been of me sitting at a computer, coding for two hours straight, which probably would have not been that good of a movie,” Zuckerberg said.Answering to the question whether Facebook is losing its cool, Zuckerberg said “my goal was never to make Facebook cool”. Instead, he wanted to develop a helpful service that just works.When asked why he always appears in same Tee and hoodies, he said that he wears it every day as he wants to avoid wasting time in “things that are silly or frivolous”.last_img read more

Jhenaidah schoolgirl electrocuted

first_img.A schoolgirl was electrocuted at Pobhati in Jhenaidah district town on Friday morning, reports UNB.The deceased is Ria Khatun, 10, a class-IV student of Pobhati Khane Khoda Primary School and daughter of Saiful Islam of the area.Officer-in-charge of sadar police station Emdadul Haque Sheikh said Ria was electrocuted while switching on a light at her house around 11:00am, leaving her dead on the spot.last_img

Stargate Origins Gets a Swashbuckling Teaser and Release Date

first_img Stargate: Origins Brings the Series Back to its RootsSDCC Announcement: Stargate Returns Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetcenter_img It’s been years since we’ve had any new Stargate stories, but there’s still a lot of love for Roland Emmerich’s military sci-fi franchise. Even after 10 years of Stargate SG-1, five of Stargate: Atlantis and two of Stargate: Universe, fans are still hungry for more. In 2018, they’ll finally get it. Stargate: Origins comes out next year, and will focus on a young Catherine Langford. We’ll see her stumble on a mysterious, ancient technology and find out where the Stargate leads. The series got its first teaser trailer today, and it looks like a lot of fun. It’s certainly a new take on the franchise, but it still feels like classic Stargate in pretty much every way.I love the World War II setting. It makes the whole thing feel like a sci-fi Indiana Jones movie. Chatherine Langford sees a decent amount of action in this short teaser too, which is especially promising. We got to see her in action sporadically throughout the original movie and SG-1, but this is the first time she’s taken the lead role in a series. She was always a cool character whenever she appeared on the old show, so it’s exciting to see the franchise finally build her out into the action star we always knew she must have been.Stargate: Origins will air on Stargate Command , the standalone streaming service exclusively for Stargate stuff. For a one-time payment of $20, you get access to all of Stargate, including the original 1994  movie, as well as the new series when it comes out. Their All Access pass lasts until May 15, 2018. It’s unclear what’ll happen after that, whether there’ll be some way to re-up or a different place to watch everything. Still, $20 for all of Stargate is a pretty good deal if you can manage to watch it between now and May.Honestly, before this teaser, I was on the fence about whether I needed more Stargate in my life. I enjoyed most of SG-1, though 10 full seasons is a bit much for any show. Atlantis was pretty fantastic all the way through, but by the time Universe came along, I was pretty much done with the franchise. This teaser is making me rethink that. It looks like it’s bringing back the sense of fun and adventure that made the SG-1 so fun to begin with, and that Universe mostly lacked. That music is getting me pumped too. I’m completely on board for a new series of mysterious portals, ancient aliens and archaeological adventure.Stargate: Origins premieres on February 15, 2018 on Stargate Command.last_img read more