HP’s Pavilion Notebook with scratch free black cover

first_imgHP Pavilion Notebook Rs 58,000The notebook’s imprint finish of high gloss resin sports a unique wave pattern and keeps the black cover scratch free.It comes loaded with a 1.3 megapixel webcam over 14.1-inch hi-definition display. You can play CDs without booting up the computer.Direct access to the DVD drive is,HP Pavilion Notebook Rs 58,000The notebook’s imprint finish of high gloss resin sports a unique wave pattern and keeps the black cover scratch free.It comes loaded with a 1.3 megapixel webcam over 14.1-inch hi-definition display. You can play CDs without booting up the computer.Direct access to the DVD drive is through the ‘Quickplay’ buttons. Graze over the buttons even in the dark, shuffle through songs like an MP3 player and control the volume without going into the media player.last_img read more

Tri-series: David Warner fine with vice-captaincy

first_imgDavid Warner was named Australia vice-captain for the tri-series, and thus, when Michael Clarke was ruled out of Friday’s match against Sri Lanka, he would have expected to be named captain.But instead, the national selection panel decided to go for the vast experience of Ricky Ponting, since they were bent on ‘resting’ Test vice- captain Brad Haddin, and didn’t consider Warner experienced enough for the job.On Wednesday, Warner himself stated that the move was fine with him. “Obviously, appointing Ricky as captain is due to his experience and that’s an opportunity for me to be under him as well and he’s led the country for many years so I’m looking forward to being his vice (captain),” Warner said on Wednesday.”I’m just actually happy I’m playing another one-day game for Australia, that’s the main thing. Obviously, I haven’t had a great start to the one-day series… as selectors have noted they don’t want to put any extra pressure on myself and I agree with that.”Chairman of selectors John Inverarity claimed that Warner was not ready for the top job yet. “David Warner is a young player making his way. He displays considerable leadership potential, but the selection panel is of the view that he should not, at this moment, have the added responsibility of captaincy thrust on him. David has been gaining valuable experience under Michael Clarke’s captaincy and now he will have the opportunity to grow his leadership skills further as vice-captain to Ricky Ponting.”The selectors drew flak from legendary Australia skipper Steve Waugh, who slammed the decision to revert the captaincy to Ponting. “If David Warner is in there as vice-captain, I assume they think he’s leadership material and if he’s vice-captain why can’t he captain the side as well?,” Waugh was quoted as saying by the Australian media. “Ricky will do it blindfolded but the future is probably David Warner, so I’m surprised they didn’t go to Warner.”advertisementThis is the second time in a month that Warner has been overlooked for the top job, despite being tagged as the future Australia captain. Uncapped Tasmanian George Bailey was appointed to lead the Twenty20 team in the two internationals against India.While Waugh may not understand the decision, another former Test skipper, Kim Hughes, says it was right not to give the captaincy to Warner.”As far as establishing himself as a consistent player, he’s a long, long way away from that,” Hughes told Melbourne radio station SEN .”He’s intuitive, brilliant in the field, but I just think the last thing he needs is too many burdens. At this stage Warner is still coming to grips with what he needs to be to become a great player, which we all hope he will be, and that’s consistency.”last_img read more

Patna police denies arresting India’s U-19 skipper Ishan Kishan

first_imgPatna Police on Wednesday denied reports that India’s under-19 cricket captain Ishan Kishan was arrested after his over-speeding car hit an auto-rickshaw in a Kankarbagh area here last evening.The reports also claimed that Kishan and his father Pranab Pandey were ‘manhandled’ after the incident.”There has been no arrest or FIR in the case. Both the parties have settled it mutually at the police station yesterday,” officer in-charge of Kankarbagh police station Vijay Kumar Mishra said.The officer said it was Kishan’s father Pandey who was driving the car when it hit the auto-rickshaw that turned turtle and a woman sustained minor injury.Bihar Cricket Association joint secretary Neeraj Singh said there was nothing to worry about and the cricketer has already resumed training.Singh, who had gone to the police station after hearing about the incident yesterday, said Kishan and his father were on their way to a sports store from their residence in Rajendra Nagar and described the scene.”Suddenly the autorickshaw tried to cross the road and was hit from behind. There were two women among the passengers; all of them got furious and manhandled the duo. Fortunately police reached the spot and took control of the situation.”One of the women sustained minor injuries and that was promptly taken care of. Both Kishan and his father cooperated and settled it,” Singh said.However, reports claimed that the 17-year-old wicketkeeper batsman, who was appointed captain for the upcoming ICC Under-19 World Cup in Bangladesh, was arrested for alleged reckless driving, damaging someone’s vehicle and misbehaving with people.advertisementIt was reported that Ishan was driving his father’s car when he allegedly over-sped and hit an auto-rickshaw from behind and the impact of the collision was so strong that passengers sustained injuries.Terming it totally false, Singh said, “I don’t know why the incident is being blown out of proportion. It’s nothing serious at all and Kishan has already joined training today.”The Under-19 World Cup is scheduled to be held in Bangladesh from January 27-February 14 and India begin their campaign against Ireland January 28.last_img read more

Dropped Allan sees PSG move ruled out

first_imgAllan has been dropped for Napoli’s Serie A clash with AC Milan on Saturday, but head coach Carlo Ancelotti insists the midfielder will not be sold to Paris Saint-Germain.There were reports in Italy on Thursday that Ligue 1 champions PSG were close to finalising a deal for Allan that could be worth in excess of €100 million (£87m/$114m).Ancelotti has decided to leave the 28-year-old out of his squad for the trip to San Siro given the speculation over his future in recent days. 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! However, he maintains Napoli have no desire to sell Allan at this stage of the season.”Allan is not in the squad for tomorrow,” he told a news conference on Friday. “He’s had a troubled week and he’s not trained much.”We’re keeping him here to train and for the game on Tuesday [against Milan in the Coppa Italia quarter-final].”The only thing I know is that he is staying, fortunately. Nothing more. He’s an important player for us and will be more and more important this season.”With Allan, we’ve always been very clear. There is no need to sell him. PSG wanted him, but then there are conditions and negotiations.”The club would have accepted the player’s wish to move if the conditions were there, but the player is aware [this is not the case] and we won’t have any problems.”Ancelotti did, however, confirm Napoli’s interest in Villarreal midfielder Pablo Fornals, who is said to have a release clause of €25m (£22m/$28m), and reiterated his admiration for PSV forward Hirving Lozano.”The club is very attentive to what goes on in football internationally,” he said.”Fornals is one of the players we are following with interest. Lozano is part of that list of players. He’s a great forward.”last_img read more

2 days ago​Depay praises Man Utd midfielder Pereira for Liverpool performance

first_img​Depay praises Man Utd midfielder Pereira for Liverpool performanceby Freddie Taylor2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United winger Memphis Depay has praised the club’s attacking midfielder Andreas Pereira.The latter has endured some criticism from United fans for his indifferent displays this season.But Pereira was impressive in the no.10 role as United battled for a 1-1 draw with Liverpool at Old Trafford on Sunday.And he earned praise from Depay for that performance.When Pereira posted about the game on his Instagram account, Depay replied by saying “You was [fire emoji].” About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

IPL 2019 Broadcast Channels List: How and Where to watch SRH vs RCB Live Streaming

first_img India Today Web Desk HyderabadMarch 31, 2019UPDATED: March 31, 2019 11:36 IST IPL 2019, SRH vs RCB broadcast channels (AP Photo)Having registered their first win of the season on Friday night, Sunrisers Hyderabad will be high on confidence when they take on Virat Kohli’s Royals Challengers Bangalore in Sunday’s afternoon game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.The RCB are yet to register a win after two games and the boys will look to turn things around in Hyderabad. But it won’t be very easy because firstly SRH will have the home support and secondly with the sun beating down on the wicket, it could be that spin comes into play and makes stroke-making difficult.Like David Warner pointed out after Friday’s match that it wasn’t the easiest of wickets to bat on and Sanju Samson’s hundred showed how good a batsman he is. Though he was also quick to point out how things could be different on Sunday as it will be a 4 p.m. start..@davidwarner31: Fantastic innings mate! Well played! @IamSanjuSamson: David, you destroyed my day, my 100 was not enough!!The duo played stunning yet contrasting knocks for @rajasthanroyals and @SunRisers – by @28anand.#VIVOIPL #SRHvRRhttps://t.co/CNZz2JfzHR pic.twitter.com/JOJLa9o6X9IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 30, 2019While SRH look like a side which has a sorted line-up, RCB will need to relook the batting. They have failed to do well in both their games. While the 70 all-out in the first game was more due to the pitch conditions at the Chepauk Stadium, their failure to chase down Mumbai Indians’ total of 187 at home on Thursday raised the question on whether the unit was too dependent on skipper Kohli.advertisementWhere will the IPL 2019 match between SRH vs RCB be played?The IPL 2019 match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Royal Challengers Bangalore will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad from 4 PM IST.Where can I watch the IPL 2019 match between SRH vs RCB live?The match will be shown on the Star Sports TV network and can also be streamed on hotstar.com.Where can I check the online live updates of the IPL 2019 match between SRH vs RCB?You can follow our coverage here – www.indiatoday.in/sports/ipl-2019 & www.indiatoday.in/sports.What are the squads for the IPL 2019 match between SRH vs RCB?Sunrisers Hyderabad: David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, Manish Pandey, Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan, Vijay Shankar, Yusuf Pathan, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Kane Williamson, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, Shreevats Goswami, Wriddhiman Saha, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Billy StanlakeRoyal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Parthiv Patel, Moeen Ali, AB de Villiers, Shimron Hetmyer, Shivam Dube, Colin de Grandhomme, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Devdutt Padikkal, Himmat Singh, Milind Kumar, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Heinrich Klaasen, Pawan Negi, Washington Sundar, Akshdeep Nath, Prayas Barman, Kulwant Khejroliya, Tim SoutheeAlso Read | KL Rahul’s mantra in IPL: When Chris Gayle bats like that, never try to be a heroAlso Read | IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma fined Rs 12 lakh for MI’s slow over-rate vs KXIPAlso Read | Prithvi Shaw fell 1 run short of becoming IPL’s youngest-ever centurionFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byrohan sen Tags :Follow SRH vs RCBFollow Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Royal Challengers BangaloreFollow srh vs rcb broadcasting channelFollow srh vs rcb live BroadcastFollow hyderabad vs bangalore broadcast channel IPL 2019 Broadcast Channels List: How and Where to watch SRH vs RCB Live StreamingSRH vs RCB IPL 2019 broadcast channels list: In Match 11 of the Indian Premier League, Sunrisers Hyderabad will host Royal Challengers Bangalore as they look to improve upon their already-impressive home record at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in Hyderabad on Sunday.advertisementlast_img read more

Travel in Luxury with the Ultra Swanky 2018 Airstream Atlas

first_img Editors’ Recommendations How to Choose the Right Dress Shirt How to Shave With a Straight Razor Airstream/FacebookWe here at The Manual have covered plenty of RVs, from go-anywhere, off-road-ready models to utilitarian, ultra-light travel trailers. However, if you’re looking to really road trip in style, few companies do it better than Airstream. The iconic brand is stepping up its game yet again with the 2018 Airstream Atlas Touring Coach, its most luxurious, most chic, and most expensive coach to date.To be clear, this is an RV for those who feel “only the best will do.” The list of customizable, high-end finishes includes teak inlays, leather seating, and exotic fabric accents.The Atlas packs a surprising amount of essential and luxury features into a compact space. A full 73-inch Murphy Suite folds into the wall when not in use. There’s a three-piece bathroom with Kohler fixtures and a swanky kitchen that’s probably better than the one in your apartment. The hideaway, 40-inch smart TV disappears into the countertop at the push of a button; centralized touchscreen panels provide ready access to the lighting, entertainment, and climate control systems; and a Bluetooth-enabled Samsung Soundbar with built-in woofers pumps out high-end audio.Airstream/Facebook Airstream/FacebookThe list of other legitimately useful features is just as long, including a tankless water heater to ensure unlimited, instant-on hot water; a quiet 3.2kw diesel generator; a power sunroof with sunshade; and standard solar panels to provide all the electricity you’re going to need to power these high-tech features.Airstream partnered with Mercedes-Benz to incorporate some of the car maker’s most revolutionary tech into the Atlas’ inner workings. Every coach includes a solid list of standard safety features like collision prevention assist, multiple exterior cameras, lane-keeping assist, and Load-Adaptive ESP, and Air Ride Suspension systems for an ultra-smooth ride. Plus, a boatload of airbags is at the ready in case your road trip gets a little too exciting. The entire affair is powered by Mercedes’ 3.0L V6 turbo diesel engine to balance power and fuel economy.Like everything in Airstream’s catalog, the Atlas doesn’t come cheap. Add in the Mercedes-Benz underpinnings, and it’s no surprise the price tag starts at a cool $215,900.Feature image courtesy of Airstream/Facebook. Icons of America: Taking a Corvette Road Trip Along Route 66 NASCAR Driver Brad Keselowski on Crashing, Winning, and Creating a Legacy The Nomadic Beer Maestros of Evil Twin Brewing Find a Permanent Home in Queenslast_img read more

Viking Announces Record Bookings From New Explorers’ Sale on 2020 River Cruises

first_imgExtensive Cruise & Air Savings for Travelers Leads to Surge in River Cruise Bookings  Los Angeles (May 8, 2019) – Viking (www.vikingcruises.com) today announced that Monday, May 6, was one of its highest sales days of the year – 53% percent higher than the daily average to date in 2019. The surge in interest is attributed to the company’s new Explorers’ Sale®, which launched on May 1 and runs through May 31. As part of the special Explorers’ Sale, U.S. residents receive a new 2-for-1 deposit, up-to-free international airfare, and additional bonus savings on all 2020 river cruises, including popular voyages on the Rhine, Main and Danube Rivers, such as the 15-day Grand European Tour, 12-day Paris to the Swiss Alps and 8-day Romantic Danubeitineraries. “River cruising continues to be one of the fastest-growing segments of the travel industry, and the positive response we are seeing from our guests is an indication of the demand for destination-focused travel,” said Torstein Hagen, Chairman of Viking. “We offer our guests the largest selection of itineraries and variety of stateroom choices on the rivers, and we provide the best value in the industry. As river cruising increases in popularity among experienced travelers, we look forward to introducing even more guests to ‘the Viking way’ of exploration.” Today’s announcement comes as Viking continues to expand its river fleet. In March the company welcomed seven new ships – including six Viking Longships and one ship built specifically for the Douro River – further demonstrating strong demand for European river cruises. Viking currently operates a fleet of 72 river vessels around the world. The Viking Difference Designed for discerning travelers with interests in history, art, music and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. Ships are intimate in size, with more time in port and more overnights. On board, guests find serene Scandinavian spaces, where every room is both beautiful and functional, quiet and filled with light. With the most al fresco dining opportunities on the waterways of Europe, featuring regional cuisine and always-available American classics, Viking’s guests can truly dine in their destination. A focus on cultural enrichment brings immersive experiences on shore and on board. And only The Viking Way® of exploration provides guests with itineraries that feature Local Life, Working World and Privileged Access experiences. Local Life excursions shine a light on everyday activities and include experiences such as Viking Chef-hosted trips to local farmers markets, tea at home with local residents and visits with local schoolchildren. Working World excursions feature behind-the-scenes “making of” experiences, illuminating destinations through their most famous exports, such as factory and farm visits. Privileged Access excursions include experiences such as a behind-the-scenes tour of Lobkowicz Palace in Prague, an experience developed with Prince William Lobkowicz and Princess Alexandra Lobkowicz; a special concert with the Vienna Boys’ Choir at Schönbrunn Palace; a private tour and wine tasting at Schloss Löwenstein in Lower Franconia; a private Cognac Blending experience at Camus near Bordeaux; and an exclusive dinner in the Churchill War Rooms in London. In addition, Viking offers a compelling value compared to other cruise lines. Every cruise fare includes an outside stateroom, a complimentary shore excursion in each port of call, all onboard meals, and all port charges and government taxes. Guests also enjoy many complimentary amenities as part of their fare, including beer and wine with lunch and dinner service; Wi-Fi; and cultural performances as part of the Viking’s Cultural Curriculum® onboard programming. Booking Details From now through May 31, 2019, U.S. residents can take advantage of Viking’s special Explorers’ Sale®, featuring up-to-free airfare, a new 2-for-1 deposit, and additional bonus savings on all 2020 river cruises.  About Viking Cruises Viking was founded in 1997 with the purchase of four ships in Russia. Designed for discerning travelers with interests in science, history, culture and cuisine, Chairman Torstein Hagen often says Viking offers guests “the thinking person’s cruise” as an alternative to mainstream cruises. In its first three years of operation, Viking has been rated the #1 ocean cruise line in Travel + Leisure’s 2016, 2017 and 2018 “World’s Best” Awards. Viking currently operates a fleet of 78 vessels, offering scenic cruising on rivers and oceans around the world. In addition to the Travel + Leisurehonors, Viking has also been honored multiple times on Condé Nast Traveler’s “Gold List” as well as recognized by Cruise Critic as “Best Overall” Small-Mid size ship in the 2018 Cruisers’ Choice Awards, “Best River Cruise Line” and “Best River Itineraries,” with the entire Viking Longships® fleet being named “Best New River Ships” in the website’s Editors’ Picks Awards. For additional information, contact Viking at 1-855-8-VIKING (1-855-884-5464) or visit www.vikingcruises.com.last_img read more

Montreal announces new animal bylaw moves to ban horsedrawn carriages

first_imgMONTREAL – The elegant draft horses that pull tourist caleches through Old Montreal will soon be clip-clopping their way into the city’s history books as the municipal administration moves forward with a plan to ban the activity as of 2020.City Coun. Craig Sauve said Thursday he’s introducing a regulation to end the horse-drawn carriages amid growing concern over the welfare of the animals, despite tighter rules imposed on the industry in recent years.“The conclusions are clear: the unfortunate incidents involving horses and caleches have continued to occur,” he told a news conference.There have been at least four accidents involving carriage horses since 2014, as well as several hundred citizen complaints over the treatment of the horses, according to data provided by the city.There were also 14 tickets given out in 2016 and 2017 for infractions related to horse health and the state of the carriages.The city’s new regulation would prohibit horse-drawn carriages anywhere on Montreal’s territory as of Dec. 21, 2019.Sauve said the timeline would give drivers and owners enough time find other work, noting the administration had been promising to end the carriage horse industry since the municipal election campaign last fall.“We see there have been a lot of cases of horses being mistreated, horses dying while doing their caleche activities,” Sauve said.“We promised in the campaign to put an end to this industry, and we’re giving them a year and a half to adjust and we think that’s enough time.”The city also unveiled its revamped animal-control bylaw, six months after overturning the previous administration’s ban on pit bull-type dogs.Fomer mayor Denis Coderre enacted the pit bull ban in 2016 after a 55-year-old Montreal woman died after a dog attack in her backyard.Mayor Valerie Plante’s adminstration revoked the controversial ban in December and later held a series of citizen consultations to come up with the framework that was presented on Thursday.While the new regulations do not target a specific breed, they impose tough conditions on dogs that are considered potentially dangerous due to past behaviour.Any dog who is involved in an altercation or shows signs of aggression must wear a muzzle, be kept on a short leash away from children, and be evaluated by a behavioural expert to determine whether it should be euthanized or whether the owner should abide by strict conditions.Owners of these potentially dangerous dogs must be over the age of 18 and cannot have been convicted of an animal-related or violent crime.The bylaw also introduces mandatory sterilization of dogs, cats and rabbits and will require pet stores to sell only rescued animals.It also brings in new welfare rules, including a ban on spiked or electric collars and a rule preventing dogs from being left tied outside for more than three hours.Sauve said the city’s approach will do a better job of reducing dog bites than breed-specific legislation, which he described as both ineffective and hard to apply.“The best practices across the world show it’s impossible to identify a dog (breed) visually,” he said.“You have to have a comprehensive approach, and that’s what we’re proposing here, to look at all dogs that are aggressive and not target one breed.”He noted the Quebec government recently reached the same conclusion when it decided to backtrack on breed-specific legislation tabled in April 2017.Public Security Minister Martin Coiteux said there wasn’t enough scientific data to warrant going ahead with a provincewide ban on new pit bulls.Both of Montreal’s animal-themed bylaws are expected to take effect once they are adopted at a future city council meeting.While the Montreal SPCA praised both the animal-control bylaw and the caleche ban, the owner of the city’s largest carriage horse operation had a predictably different reaction.Luc Desparois, who owns 22 horses and operates a stable near downtown, accused the administration of taking away at least 50 jobs and robbing the city of a historic profession he calls “a jewel of Montreal.”In a phone interview, Desparois said he’s been the victim of animal activists and special interest groups who have worked to shut him down at all costs, despite the fact he says he’s followed all the city’s regulations.He vehemently denies his horses are mistreated and says he has the vet records to prove it.“Come and visit them and see: there’s not a mark on them, not a sick one among them,” he said.last_img read more

Global ocean group to study possible toxic splashdowns of space debris

first_imgBob Weber, The Canadian Press A global agency that sets rules for the seas is studying the environmental effects of more and more rocket stages that may contain toxic fuel dropping into the world’s oceans.The International Maritime Organization’s concern comes after Inuit groups expressed anger over Russian launch stages splashing down in Canadian waters hunters depend on for food. It also follows research detailing a satellite industry growing worldwide despite little understanding of its consequences.“Right now we are just starting an information-gathering phase,” said Linda Porebski, a senior Environment Canada official who heads one of the maritime group’s scientific bodies, which has just met in Vancouver.“We are generally aware there are an increasing number of launches, and that there are booster rockets that fall, and that there is potentially fuel on board.”General awareness is all there is of the rapidly expanding industry, said David Santillo, a Greenpeace-funded biologist at the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom.“We can’t get very far in terms of knowing exactly what’s going to be launched, how much of that is going to come down in the oceans, what material it’s going to be carrying, how much excess fuel,” he said.“It’s very hard to get that information.”Greenpeace decided to dig into the issue in 2017 following Inuit concerns that a Russian-launched rocket carrying a satellite owned by the European Space Agency would drop a stage in the North Water Polynya, one of the Arctic’s most biologically productive areas.Academic research found at least 11 such splashdowns since 2002. All of those rockets were fuelled by highly toxic hydrazine.Documents released under access-to-information laws suggest there have been others. A launch site in French Guiana also uses trajectories that drop debris in the Arctic. “Residual hazardous fuel may still be in tanks on re-entry,” the documents say. They list 39 sites around the globe. Santillo’s research found at least 30 companies sending satellites into orbit, some with plans for weekly liftoffs. A company in Canso, N.S., has applied to launch hydrazine-fuelled rockets.Little is public about their trajectories or possible debris, Santillo said.Although rockets routinely carry a supply of extra fuel, officials dismiss the risk. The European Space Agency has said leftovers are burned up on re-entry.Canadian government documents echo that.“Hydrazine is unlikely to still be present by the time the debris falls to Earth,” wrote one staff member at Global Affairs Canada. Another called the likelihood of rocket fuel entering the oceans a “false narrative.”Others aren’t so sure.“It is somewhat possible that upwards of 10 per cent of residual fuel could potentially be present in the upper stage of a launch vehicle,” wrote one official from National Defence, although she added it was “quite likely” the risk would be “very low.”Porebski wrote in response to another email: “I am not sure I share your assessments of the claims of the risks being overblown, especially given the potential for great increases in traffic … certainly there is a lack of tracking or hard data to support any real conclusions about risks or impacts.” Research from Russian launch sites suggests some fuel does reach the water’s surface. Hydrazine is gradually being phased out of most space programs, but Santillo said other fuels are also harmful.“There is general concern. The difficulty is getting information on what those alternative fuels are and how they would behave in the environment.”Contaminants could include other materials such as battery components, Santillo said.“Each of them has a cumulative environmental burden.”Porebski said her group has requested information from governments as well as international bodies involved with space. She said it’s hoped there will be preliminary data by June.“We’re looking at starting a dialogue on how we would go forward.”Santillo said the space industry is the only one left using oceans without any kind of regulation. Now’s the time to reconsider, he said.“The earlier there can be this type of thinking, the more chance there is that we can achieve something a bit more sustainable than launching a vehicle and forgetting about it.”— Follow Bob Weber on Twitter at @row1960 last_img read more

Kiefer Sutherland stars in one of two ABC shows being filmed in

first_img Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Heads-up, stargazers: You might be seeing Kiefer Sutherland walking around the streets of Toronto shortly.ABC Studios has announced that two new primetime TV shows will be filmed in Toronto starting this month, which is good news for T.O.’s film and TV scene, since it’ll result in hundreds of local jobs and millions of dollars spent on local vendors.“This announcement is a vote of confidence in the dynamic, competitive business environment we have created,” Premier Kathleen Wynne said in a statement. Advertisementcenter_img Login/Register With: Twitter Advertisementlast_img

Hundreds Rally in Rabat in Solidarity with Hajar Raissouni

Rabat – More than 300 people rallied today in front of the Moroccan parliament in protest against the verdict of Rabat’s Court of First Instance in the case of journalist Hajar Raissouni.Both Raissouni, 28, and her fiance received a sentence of one year in prison on September 30 for illegal abortion and sex outside marriage.The police arrested the journalist and her fiance on August 31 for “illegal abortion and premarital sexual relations.” The journalist writes for the Arabic-language daily Akhbar Al Youm.The court’s decision divided public opinion and stirred a backlash, with activists and human rights NGOs calling on the judiciary system to repeal laws against abortion.protest in solidarity with Moroccan journalist Hajar Raissouni. Photo Credit: Morocco World NewsActivists,- women and men – of all ages, held banners protesting the verdict.The banners were similar to theslogans chanted during the protest, said “Freedom for Hajar,” and “freedom for Rifaa al-Amine,” Raissouni’s fiance of a Sudanese nationality.Other protesters held banners calling for the release of Raissouni’s doctor,who received a two year prison sentence for conducting her alleged abortion. Both Raissouni and the doctor denied the abortion charges against them.Protesters rallied in Rabat to show solidarity with Hajar Raissouni. Photo Credit: Morocco World NewsOther slogans that protesters chanted during the protest suggest that the journalist’s arrest is a political move due to her writing, an accusation that the public prosecutor at the first instance court denied.On September 5, the prosecutor said that Raissouni was arrested due to illegal abortion and not for journalism.The journalist is known for her interviews with parents of Hirak Rif detained activists, such as the prominent leader of the social movement, Nasser Zefafi.Activists at the protest also condemn the defamation of her case on social media.IndividualismAt the protest, feminists and activists shouted their prepared slogans with cracked voices.While solidarity motivated some of the activists to go out to express support for Raissouni, others seized the protest as an opportunity to decry the lack of individualism in Morocco.“We came here to express our anger against the verdict Hajar Raissouni received,”deputy president of Federal Association for Women Rights Samira Muheya told Morocco World News.The activist added that the verdict and the crimes attributed to Raissouni should be retracted.Muheya called on the government to amend and repeal the laws in place with new ones that keep pace with our era.Article 453 in Morocco’s penal code stipulates that abortion is not punishable if it is practiced to preserve the mother’s physical health in case of a medical threat. In this case, abortion can be openly practiced with the spouse’s authorization. It is both punishable for the doctor and the patient.Sex outside marriage is also a crime in Morocco, according to Article 16 of the Family Code. The article clarifies that a legal contract is the only document accepted to prove a marriage.Abortion “should not be illegal,” a protester said.“What if a woman was raped? Abortion save souls and lives of children. It is better than throwing children in the street,” he added.Days after the arrest of Raissouni, feminists and activists signed a manifesto to criticize Morocco’s laws criminalzing sexual abo relations outside marriage and abortion.Raissouni and all other defendants prosecuted in the case will appeal the verdict.Protesters holding banners to show support with Hajar Raissouni. Photo Credit: Morocco World News read more

UN envoy condemns killing of female electoral worker in Afghanistan

A woman was killed this morning when a vehicle carrying four electoral workers and their driver was hit by an explosive device about 50 kilometres south of the city of Jalalabad in Nangarhar Province.The driver, who was seriously injured, is being treated at a hospital in the capital Kabul, while the other three electoral workers – who were taking part in the country’s voter registration campaign – were treated at a Jalalabad hospital and later discharged.Jean Arnault, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Afghanistan, issued a statement expressing his sorrow to the family and friends of the late electoral worker and said he hoped the injured would recover quickly.Mr. Arnault also praised the courage of the electoral workers, who have been registering voters around the country since December despite a series of deadly attacks. Many of the attacks have focused on women, whose rights were severely curtailed under the ousted Taliban regime.Today’s killing occurred less than two weeks after two female electoral workers died when an explosion hit their mini-bus. That attack also took place near Jalalabad.More than six million people have registered to vote in Afghanistan’s presidential and parliamentary elections, and women now comprise nearly four out of every 10 voters, the UN Assistance Mission to the country (UNAMA) announced.Briefing reporters in Kabul, UNAMA spokesman Manoel de Almeida e Silva said provisional figures indicated that 6,182,051 people had registered as of last night. This includes more than 2.4 million women, or 38.8 per cent of the overall total.The proportion of women has increased steadily since registration began, when it was confined to the country’s eight biggest cities. The central highlands region continues to have the largest percentage of female registrants – 53 per cent. Women, however, make up just 20 per cent of registrants in the south. read more

NBA Free Agency Diary Fine Lets Pretend Kawhi Is On The Lakers

Keep track of the chaotic NBA offseason with our Free Agency Diary. Troy Daniels01500015-0.4-2.6-3.1 With Kawhi, the playoff Lakers would have major star powerProjected full-strength playoff depth chart for the 2019-20 Los Angeles Lakers, based on CARMELO plus/minus ratings YearTeamBest Players by Wins CreatedTeam Wins Created PLAYERPGSGSFPFCTOTALOFF. +/-DEF. +/-TOT. +/- 240+5.2+3.28.4 EXPECTED MINUTES PER GAMEPLAYER RATING Kawhi Leonard01485027+3.2+0.94.0 Dear NBA Diary,With each passing day that Kawhi Leonard remains unsigned, it seems like the media speculation only intensifies that he’ll join the Los Angeles Lakers. Why? For starters, Leonard is from the area originally, and the Lakers have been mentioned as a prime destination for Leonard going back years. Plus the Lakers themselves also seem to be mega-confident about their chances. Of course, the Raptors (the team Kawhi literally just won the title with) and Clippers (L.A.’s other team) are also reportedly pushing hard for his services, so nobody truly knows how real this Laker hype is. (Some reporters have even gone as far as to track Leonard’s flights across the country, looking for any possible clues about his decision, while ESPN’s Jalen Rose said Wednesday that he was “99 percent hearing” Leonard would return to Toronto. Again, who knows?)But but let’s say the Lakers’ dreams come true and Kawhi agrees to play with LeBron James and Anthony Davis. (My colleague Chris Herring wrote on Tuesday about how the Lakers have basically gambled their entire offseason on Leonard, so they’d better hope this happens.) Our CARMELO projections think the resulting team would have the league’s third-best regular-season offense and fourth-best overall roster — even while giving 24 of its 240 minutes per game to generic “replacement level” placeholders. Such a team would have a CARMELO rating of 1621, which roughly equates to 52.8 wins per 82 games.That number ranks second-best in the Western Conference, trailing only the Houston Rockets (59.8). But the real damage done by the hypothetical LeBron-AD-Kawhi Lakers would occur during the playoffs. As part of our spruced up CARMELO projections for 2019-20, we have added a “playoff adjustment” for individual players. We’ll have more on how this works soon, but it essentially gives extra credit in the playoffs to players who have a history of elevating their games during the postseason — and penalties to those who have a history of underperforming. And as it happens, both James (who gets a bonus of 1.5 points per 100 possessions in the playoffs) and Leonard (who gets a bonus of 0.8 points per 100) rank among the NBA players who improve most during the postseason.That’s why the team L.A. would hypothetically roll out in the playoffs rises to a CARMELO of 1717 and closes the gap versus Houston (1744 playoff CARMELO) for the best in the West. CARMELO team rating:1717 Replacement-level C000099-1.7+1.3-0.4 LeBron James1001910039+4.7+1.76.5 Alex Caruso20000020-0.9+0.8-0.1 Either way, the Lakers would make history in how they were created if they were to get Leonard. When the original Kawhi-to-L.A. rumors started flying last summer (at that time potentially teaming him with James and Paul George), I wrote about how the resulting Big Three could create a new paradigm — one forged from scratch. This prospective Big Three of James/Leonard/Davis would fit the same bill. If the Lakers win 60 games, they would instantly rank among the best teams (by the sum of team consensus Wins Created) since the merger whose three most valuable players all made their NBA debuts with other franchises: * An estimate of a player’s value based on an average of wins generated via Box Plus/Minus, Win Shares and Player Efficiency Rating.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 1999MIAA. Mourning • T. Hardaway • T. Porter57.2 Replacement-level PG18000018-0.7-1.0-1.7 Anthony Davis00013940+2.2+3.65.8 Talen Horton-Tucker0930012-2.3-0.9-3.2 2006DETC. Billups • B. Wallace • R. Wallace60.5 Jared Dudley00213015-1.6+0.4-1.2 Zach Norvell Jr.01000010-1.8-1.4-3.2 Kyle Kuzma001619035+0.4-0.9-0.5 Will the Lakers join this list of teams made from scratch?Best teams (by total consensus Wins Created* per 82 games) whose best three players all made their NBA debuts with other franchises 2000PORS. Pippen • S. Smith • R. Wallace60.4 1997ATLM. Blaylock • C. Laettner • D. Mutombo58.2 2008DETC. Billups • R. Wallace • R. Hamilton61.7 Expected wins:61.3 Team total All of this depends on Kawhi actually signing with the Lakers, of course. And if his free agency has taught us anything so far, it’s that the famously inscrutable Leonard isn’t giving anything away, even as the media hype builds around him. read more

ARMBrix Zero is a cheap way to get your hands on a

first_imgAt $145, the ARMBrix Zero is a heck of a lot more expensive than the Raspberry Pi, but it packs a whole lot more processing power thanks to the ARM Cortex A15-based Exynos 5 SoC it features. The last time a developer board with an Exynos 5 chip popped up on Geek.com, it was Samsung’s own offering and it had a list price that was more than $100 higher than the ARMBrix Zero.This board also features the very capable Mali T604 GPU, and it’s kitted out with the basic trimmings you’d expect from a slightly more expensive model like the Zero. There’s an HDMI output, SPDIF, and microphone and speaker jacks for addressing your multimedia needs. Two USB 2.0 ports and a single USB 3.0 port provide room for your external peripherals, and an RJ45 Ethernet jack grants network connectivity.There’s no on-board Wi-Fi module, but there is a SATA port. A second option like a mini PCIe socket or SD card might have been a nice addition, but it’s hard to fault ARMBrix for leaving them out when the price has been kept so low. If you need additional bells and whistles, Samsung’s board is the way to go.Like most other dev boards (with the notable exception of that new AMD -based model from Sage), all you’re getting for the sticker price is the board itself. You’ll need to spring for a 5V power supply if you don’t have a spare kicking around, and it looks as though you’ll be on the hook for shipping if you pre-order the ARMBrix Zero, too.More at CNX Softwarelast_img read more

Amazon Launches Its Own Monthly Anime Streaming Service

first_imgStay on target Anime streaming services seem to be taking over the internet. You’ve got Crunchyroll, Funimation, Hulu’s anime section and several others. There are plenty of ways to stream your favorite shows if you’re willing to pay to do it, and Amazon is hoping you’ll spend a fiver on its latest subscription anime streaming service Anime Strike.Currently, the channel has rights to anime that’s currently already airing in Japan like Scum’s Wish and Blue Exorcist: Kyoto Saga, as well as older shows like When They Cry, One-Punch Man, and a smattering of others. There’s a decent offering of anime if you need to supplement your other choices, but on its own, at the moment it’s a little weaker than the other options out there.But that’s probably to be expected since it just made its debut. The service was just launched, and for $4.99 a month in addition to your Amazon Prime subscription (yes, it’s a paid extra unfortunately). But you’ll gain access to over 1,000 anime titles, with several exclusive titles that you can only find on that service, simulcasts, and classic films from the annals of anime history. You can sign up for a free 7-day trial if you’re interested in trying out the service, but you’ll have to have already been signed up for Amazon Prime to add it to your video inventory.This is part of a new Amazon Channels initiative that began in earnest in December 2015, where Amazon adds specialized services like HBO, Stars or Showtime and online-only offerings that you can pay additional fees for to enjoy.If you’re looking to choose which anime streaming service might work best for you, keep in mind that there are both Japanese and English voice tracks for several shows on here if that tips the scales, and there are new episodes being added every week. It’s going to be a pretty decent contender for sure, but it’ll need more time to incubate before it can offer as many awesome shows as some of its competition does.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Amazon Employees Join Sept. 20 Global Climate WalkoutGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls last_img read more

Monday Night Raw nominated for TV Show of the Year at the

first_img Videos Articles WhatsApp Wrestleview Weekly: Predictions for tonight’s Clash of Champions event in Charlotte Now Playing Up Next Roman Reigns is in Remission WWE announced today that Monday Night Raw has been nominated for an award.Monday Night Raw has been nominated as TV Show of the Year to the People’s Choice Awards. To vote for Raw, tweet “#The Show” and “#wweraw” to count as a vote or visit the PCA website.The People’s Choice Awards will air on Sunday, November 10 from Santa Monica, California on the E! Network.#TheShow #PCAs pic.twitter.com/mne0dS0iM0— E! People’s Choice (@peopleschoice) September 4, 2019 Now Playing Up Next Facebook Velvet Sky WWE SummerSlam 2020 Coming To TD Garden In Boston Bully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On Twitter Google+ Now Playing Up Next WWE Pitches Crazy Superstar Shake-up Changes Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipBully Ray Calls Out Ring Of Honor Fan On TwitterVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:07Loaded: 100.00%0:07Remaining Time -0:23 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 Twitter Now Playing Up Next Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Chad Gable advances to the finals of the King of the Ring to be held on this Monday’s RAW Pinterest WWE Draft confirmed to be taking place as a two-night event starting on October 11 Mike Tedesco RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Jewish Family Service to provide immigration legal services at SDSU CSUSM

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The California State University Chancellor’s Office announced Wednesday that Jewish Family Service of San Diego will provide immigration legal services to students, staff and faculty at Cal State San Marcos and San Diego State University.CSU announced partnerships with four immigrant-rights organizations around the state to roll out legal services to all but one of its 23 campuses over the next six months, the exception being the California State University Maritime Academy. CSU is funding the partnerships with $7 million in state money, according to the chancellor’s office.“I am delighted that we will be able to increase the availability of immigration legal services to the California State University community,” CSU Chancellor Timothy White said. “We remain committed to ensuring that all CSU students have the opportunity to pursue their higher education goals regardless of their country of origin.”Through the partnership, attorneys, paralegals and JFS representatives will regularly visit the CSUSM and SDSU campuses to provide services like general consultations, renewals of green cards and protected status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and “know your rights” presentations.The campuses will provide private meeting areas for students and faculty, schedule appointments with legal consultants and inform students about the collaboration through workshops and outreach events.“Jewish Family Service of San Diego applauds California State University’s systemwide plan that provides immigration legal services to students and employees,” said JFS lead higher education legal services attorney Jairo Castaneda. “It’s especially important for everyone on campus to know they have this support, whenever they need it.”According to the chancellor’s office, roughly 9,500 CSU students are undocumented at the university system’s 23 campuses. Students without documentation will be prioritized for legal assistance over students with legal immigration issues and university staff and faculty.Students and faculty can also visit the CSU immigration resources website at www2.calstate.edu/attend/student-services/resources-for-undocumented- students/pages/default.aspx. KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Posted: August 28, 2019 August 28, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Jewish Family Service to provide immigration legal services at SDSU, CSUSMlast_img read more

ASA Testifies at Senate Hearing on USBrazil Competitiveness

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) today indicated that U.S. soybean producers are facing a significant and growing challenge from South American farmers, particularly in Brazil. In testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, ASA urged Congress to address key issues including modernizing river transportation, enforcing intellectual property rights, increasing soybean research funding, investigating Brazilian domestic subsidies, and expanding foreign market access and domestic market demand.”Prospects for future growth in world demand for both soybean meal and soybean oil are bright,” said ASA Chairman Bart Ruth, a soybean and corn producer from Rising City, Neb. “ASA’s goal is to position the U.S. soybean industry to maximize its return from the growing global market over the next century. Opportunity exists to address competitiveness issues both at home and abroad.”The expansion of the U.S. soybean industry has been a tremendous success story over the last thirty years. From 46 million acres and 1.3 billion bushels in 1972, U.S. soybean production grew to 72 million harvested acres and 2.7 billion bushels in 2002. The industry has strongly supported expanding international trade by reducing tariffs and eliminating other trade barriers to increase access and encourage demand for soy and livestock products in global markets.”The rise in competition from South American exporting countries, and the certainty that it will increase over the next several decades, make aggressive opening of major developing country markets in Doha trade negotiations essential,” Ruth said. “How we all decide to address this challenge will affect the profitability and prosperity of our national agricultural economy, and the overall U.S. economy, for years to come.”To maintain and enhance the distinct advantage the United States has over Brazil in transportation costs, ASA urged legislation authorizing and appropriating funds for lock modernization and extensions on the Mississippi and Illinois waterways that are responsible for transporting 75 percent of all U.S. soybeans exports.ASA also said that the U.S. Government and companies holding technology patents should actively pursue all possible legal remedies to address the un-level playing field in Brazil where weak or non-existent intellectual property protection and enforcement is benefiting Brazilian growers and hurting the competitiveness of U.S. soybean producers. The combination of Brazilian growers not paying royalties on pirated Roundup Ready® Soybean seed, along with the economic benefits Brazilian growers receive from that technology, gives Brazilian growers an ill-gotten competitive advantage estimated at $20 per acre (53 cents per bushel using average yields).ASA has sent letters to both the Commerce Department and the United States Trade Representative urging action against the unfair benefits that illegal use of Roundup Ready soybean technology is providing Brazilian farmers. In addition, ASA strongly supports Monsanto’s actions to begin addressing widespread Brazilian piracy of RoundUp Ready soybeans through a system that collects royalties on Brazilian exports of soybeans and soybean meal to countries where Monsanto has patent protection.”ASA calls on Brazilian and international soybean traders and processors to cooperate in implementing this system,” Ruth said. “Non-cooperation would perpetuate the competitive disadvantage U.S. growers and the entire U.S. soy industry face because of the ongoing theft of RoundUp Ready soybean technology by Brazilian farmers. In addition,” Ruth said, “non-cooperation would continue the trade in a patented product that has been widely pirated.”In other areas, ASA is calling for increased U.S. federal soybean research funding so that U.S. soybean producers can catch up with and keep pace with their Brazilian competitors. While U.S. soybean yields are stagnant or only very slowly improving, yields as well as protein and oil content in Brazil have improved rapidly through government and private sector research, and now surpass U.S. yields and protein levels.Ruth also told the committee that the U.S. Government should investigate the various policies and subsidies that are helping fuel the rapid expansion of crop and livestock production in Brazil, and the results of that investigation should be used to formulate appropriate U.S. policies and trade negotiating objectives. ASA commends Committee Chairman Senator Norm Coleman (R-MN) for his leadership in assessing the competitiveness of U.S. agriculture in the world market.In addition, ASA said that protecting and enhancing U.S. domestic market demand is key for soybean producers. Whether it be maintaining a healthy and competitive domestic livestock industry, increasing domestic use through a tax incentive that allows biodiesel to be used to help meet our nation’s energy needs, or creating new soy uses, the U.S. must enhance demand here in our home market where we have the greatest competitive advantage.”Increasing world demand through market access and income growth is a must,” Ruth said. “The best way to secure worldwide income growth is through a comprehensive trade round that creates new market access opportunities.”last_img read more