Protests erupt in Kashmir Valley against alleged rape of 3-year-old

first_imgProtests erupted on Monday in parts of the Kashmir Valley against the rape of a three-year-old, allegedly by a local youth in north Kashmir, forcing the authorities to close all educational institutes. Divisional Commissioner of Kashmir Baseer Ahmad Khan appealed to people to maintain peace, brotherhood and law and order. “Justice will be done and the culprit will be given severe punishment as per law. It will be investigated on a fast track,” he said.On Thursday, the youth allegedly lured the child with a candy and raped her in Sumbal area’s Trehgam locality.A medical report is yet to be produced.The child’s family said she was sexually assaulted by the youth who lives in their neighbourhood. Violent protests broke out for the second consecutive day in parts of Baramulla, Srinagar and Bandipora districts. Protesters closed the Srinagar-Baramulla highway. The authorities decided to close schools and colleges as a precautionary measure. A spontaneous shutdown was observed across the Valley over the incident.Youth arrested: policeA police official said the youth had been arrested, and a special investigation team constituted to investigate the case. The head of a local school who issued a birth certificate to the accused, declaring him a minor, has been arrested. A medical team is likely to determine the accused’s age through scientific measures.All political parties, religious and social groups have condemned the incident.”Mortified to hear about the rape of a three-year-old in Sumbal. What kind of a sick pervert would do this? Society often blames women for inviting unwanted attention but what was this child’s fault? Times like these, Shariah law seems apt so that such paedophiles are stoned to death,” Mehbooba Mufti, former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir said in a tweet. People’s Conference general secretary Imran Reza Ansari described the incident as a crime against humanity and demanded severe punishment to the accused.”The need of the hour is to set up a fast track court for punishing the accused. Action should be taken against the school for issuing a fake date of birth certificate to show that the accused is a minor,” said Mr. Ansari.Mirwaiz’s pleaHurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq appealed for unity and vigil against some elements who want to divide people on sectarian basis.”A fervent appeal to all the people of Kashmir to maintain unity and vigil, especially in view of mischievous forces waiting to create a sectarian divide out of this most reprehensible crime against a child which is indeed a crime against all humanity. All of Kashmir stands in unison,” said Mr. Farooq.last_img read more

Bachchannama

first_imgAmit. Amit Bachchan. That’s how he was known in the early sixties in a Calcutta that really rocked, socially, culturally, intellectually and commercially. Young, tall, lanky with limbs that seemed to go on forever and a very conspicuous Adam’s apple, which kept bobbing up and down (in distracting fashion), the guy worked as an executive at a multi-national company and lived the charmed life of a carefree bachelor in a city that offered an embarrassment of riches.   Amitabh Bachchan in The Last LearI met him a couple of times through my St. Xaviers college buddy Victor Banerjee, who was starring in a musical (along with him) entitled Desert Song. Shy, well-mannered and soft-spoken, he appeared the retiring kind – one who, despite an active interest in English theatre, didn’t like to scorch public space with his personality. However, I have to confess, that even in those early days, what struck casual Bachchan-watchers was his innate sense of composure, quiet dignity and the way he conducted himself in public. The man epitomized refinement, an endearing sense of reserve and … class. One fine day there was a buzz that the Bachchan guy, the “lamboo” with a great voice, was splitting from the city to try his luck in Bollywood! Had he totally lost it? Was he suffering from delusions of grandeur? This was the late 1960s when the Rajesh Khanna wave was at its demonic height. What on earth could this toothpick offer? The first reports of his signing-on Saat Hindustani and the subsequent news that it hardly got a decent release prompted collective shrugs from our crowd.   The all star familyMy trips to Mumbai confirmed my worst fears. Right from his name (in an environment bursting at the seams with Kumars, Kapoors, Khannas and Khans) to his looks, background, stature, body language and the way he conducted himself, Bachchan was a mega-misfit all the way. Ridiculed, overlooked, neglected and rejected, Bachchan’s first commercial success – after his critically acclaimed performance in the Rajesh Khanna – driven Anand – was perceived as a never-ending corny laugh-fest. Playing lead opposite Aruna Irani, in Mehmood’s Bombay to Goa, he let fly a fine zinger of a performance, but it was the star comedians show all the way, and the lightweight hero was quickly forgotten by most. Luckily script-writers Salim-Javed weren’t among them. I remember Javed Akhtar telling me how Bachchan and Zanjeer happened. “Salim saab and I were at the end of our tether in terms of whom to cast as our edgy, unsmiling, intense cop who believed in violence without apology, spoke with his fists and generally epitomised the impatience and restlessness of that era. Today, we are so thankful that the script was vetoed by several established heroes of that time, because no one could ever dream of embellishing the role with the kind of style, deadly cool and panache, re-enforced with that heart-wrenching touch of soul-searing vulnerability that Amitabh Bachchan did. It took us only a few scenes in that silly Mehmood caper to decide who would be our Vijay. That’s how Zanjeer and the Angry Young Man was born.”   The Bachchan familyInterestingly, I was in Mumbai and at his Vile Parle residence during that auspicious September of 1973, a week before the release of the film that would change his life forever. Bachchan was pleasant and polite (as always) as we recalled the exciting Calcutta of the mid-60s and common friends, but appeared a bit jumpy and restless. He had just completed, he said, a role in a film where he played a cop who repeatedly takes the law in his hands. There were no light moments of the usual, popular escapist, audience-friendly romance and comedy. It was an unrelieved, intense, one-dimensional saga of a loner wanting to take on an unjust corrupt world. The guy was going through a miserable phase – the industry’s undisputed Mr. Unlucky – and he was desperately praying for the film to turn the tide. Would it? He requested me to pray for him. I remember smiling bravely and flashing the V sign before leaving his house. Another bomb, I told myself, beginning to feel real bad for the talented but jinxed actor, specializing in good performances in lousy movies that regularly bit dust at the box-office. Ah well …Amazingly, it was this very same Zanjeer that unchained Amitabh Bachchan from ill fortune and catapulted him into planet Wow. Fusing sexy machismo with Clint Eastwood-style cool, Bachchan introduced a brand of anti-herogiri never seen in mainstream fare which – bingo – worked! Tapping astutely into the temper of the times (an environment ripe with impatience, ferment, frustration and helplessness at a system that failed to deliver) the young actor soon found himself re-shaping his connect with the industry and audience alike. Success brings confidence and very soon, widening his histrionic bandwidth to include his brand of comedy, romance, song-dance, action, drama with a kind of magnetic conviction and credibility, he became the definitive one man industry.  His astonishing highs, his sudden lows with Toofan and Jadugar (a decade and a half later), his unhappy association with politics and the ABCL nose-dive have been chronicled a zillion times to warrant repetition. His amazing phoenix-like resurrection as an anchor in Kaun Banega Ka Crorepati in early 2000, however, demands re-telling. Siddharth Basu, who produced the landmark reality show, lays it on with trademark eloquence. “STAR was looking for a vehicle that would be a flagship for the turnaround relating to the launch of their Hindi channel. Who Wants to be a Millionaire, the hugely popular U.K. originated game-show was one of the concepts under consideration. The format was exceptionally strong and the temptation to use it was great, but the crucial question was: who would be the face for the show. We needed magical and mesmerising charisma and drawing power across the board. Many names were lobbed but when Sameer Nair (Programming Head) threw in AB, my jaws dropped! I tried to visualize the enormity of the project, whether the Big B would agree and did Sameer really hope to pull off mission impossible? The overwhelming success of KBC I & II bears testimony to the mind-boggling teamwork involved, but it was AB who really was the crucial driver for taking KBC to the skies! Blending style and class with mass-appeal, he infused in the show color and drama that was truly awesome! The bi-lingual ease and eloquence fused with a warmth that connected with every single participant across 350 episodes was incredible! Diligent, disciplined and conscientious, he took pains to do his homework after every single episode and at the end of the day ultimately managed to achieve the impossible – bestow on the box the dimension of the big screen! He broke the rules, re-invented himself with cool leather and denim outfit in the sequel and generally blew everyone’s mind. Man, whatta guy!”  Today Bachchan’s audacious willingness to not only push the envelope, but cram it to bursting point, through doing a variety of roles with a range of young, new age directors, seems to reflect his conscious decision of taking that magic leap into the exciting unknown. And with accolade, applause and awards across the globe, films, shows and endorsements raining on his backyard and his popularity once again zooming skywards, the Big B has truly gained iconic status. As a passionate Bachchan-watcher I have tracked his journey from nowhere land to Shahenshah territory. Some actors occupy the stage; few rule it. Some actors hold an audience; few possess it. Some actors light up a scene; few ignite the entire film. These combustible few blaze with the magic and mystique of acting – authority, intelligence, intuition, intensity – that triggers that sublime leap to greatness. There is a charisma apart from the role itself when these blessed creatures grace the screen, transforming co-stars into awed, rapt and overwhelmed onlookers!Keep going Sexy Sam … Kabhi Alvida Na Kehna. Yours is the power and glory……RITUPARNO GHOSHON THE BIG B’S NEWEST LANDMARKLovers of quality cinema will be familiar with film-maker Rituparno Ghosh. The youngest (Gautam Ghosh, Aparna Sen, Buddhadev Dasgupta are older) director of this celeb list from Kolkata, he struck with his very first directorial debut project Unishe April (19th April) a decade ago. He has never looked back, garnering name, fame, respect, accolade, adulation and awards at home and abroad. He is also the only director who, sitting in Kolkata, gets the biggest Bollywood stars to come down to the city and work happily in his projects for peanuts! Ash Rai, Ajay Devgun (Raincoat, Chokher Bali) Abhishek Bachchan and Soha Ali Khan (Antar Mahal) and now Preity Zinta and the biggest of the big … The Big B (in the English language film The last Lear, also starring Preity Zinta, Arjun Rampal, Shefali Shah and Divya Dutta).   Rituparno Ghosh with Amitabh BachchanIn this exclusive interview with Little India, the film-maker talks of his unforgettable once-in-a-lifetime experience collaborating with the towering inferno.  Over to Ritu …“Like everyone else, I was a huge fan of Amitabh Bachchan! When I started working in films, got more serious, involved, knowledgeable and experienced and watched his performances more closely, I felt that somewhere, (beyond his stunning ability to make the craziest and most filmy situation look convincing and believable), there was a void in his arsenal; one kind of fire-power was missing. I had absolutely no doubt that – intelligent, sensitive and honest that he was, in his heart of hearts, aware of it, but as a megastar, your roles are largely defined by your history of box office hits and The Angry Young Man image stuck to him like an albatross! With time, he slowly shed it and transitioned magnificently into character roles, but still, I continued to feel that there was an entire universe of untapped energy waiting to be detonated …Once I got to know the family (I am very close to Jaya-di and very friendly with Abhi and Ash) and started interacting with him, I found him cordial, refined, polite, but formal. While I wasn’t really intimidated, there was certainly a distance between us. However, the idea of casting him took seed only when I started seriously thinking of making The Making of the Last Lear. Once the script was ready I really couldn’t think of anybody else who could lend the kind of charisma, chutzpah, magic and gravitas that defined the persona of Harish Mishra, the veteran recluse, eccentric theatre actor who lived in the past and raged against the modern world with all the fire and fury he could muster! When I first approached him with the proposal and concept, he asked me to tell him the gist of the film in 3 lines! I did. Later, I gingerly sent him the script too. He obviously liked the concept and storyline enough to read the script carefully and come to the shooting, meticulously prepared.Working with Amit-da was an enriching experience. He does his homework inside-out even today after being 38 years in the industry. He offers suggestions, but never ever compromising either his dignity as a professional actor or intruding on the allotted space of the director. He works quietly and privately and is forever open to suggestions. He never ever throws his weight around and goes out of his way to make every single member of the cast and crew comfortable. He, for me, redefined the term “professional,” replacing the stereotypical image of a cold and clinical artiste to a person exuding warmth, positivity and sincerity. He is also an amazingly honest actor, always ready to own up any deficiencies or limitations he may encounter while portraying a scene. Clichéd as it may seem, he is a director’s dream, responding to both the big gesture and nuanced unspoken moment with the same unerring sense of total understanding and delivering, in the magical manner that only he can! Since this was a totally different genre of film from the movies he usually engages in, I found him (as I always suspected) hungry to explore, savor and get his teeth into a completely new histrionic experience. When was the last time, if ever, anybody saw him in a shabby, unkempt, raving, ranting, eccentric role coloured with vulnerability and insecurity? Amitabh Bachchan (if the critics at Toronto, London and Goa Film Festivals are to be believed) has delivered a powerhouse performance … majestic, moving, magical and memorable!  Thanks Amit-da. For me, you will always remain The Last (and greatest) Lear.”  – Monojit Lahiri   Related Itemslast_img read more

Krishnan Madasamy and Subrata Pal: Caught in Indian sport’s vicious circle

first_imgKrishnan MadasamyA fallen athlete is a lonely one. Who remembers Subrata Pal today? Tomorrow, who will remember Krishnan Madasamy? Both lifters, separated by 12 years, were stripped of Commonwealth Games medals and their stories run parallel, a sign how little changes in Indian sport.Kolkata-based Pal, 38 today, who tested positive,Krishnan MadasamyA fallen athlete is a lonely one. Who remembers Subrata Pal today? Tomorrow, who will remember Krishnan Madasamy? Both lifters, separated by 12 years, were stripped of Commonwealth Games medals and their stories run parallel, a sign how little changes in Indian sport.Kolkata-based Pal, 38 today, who tested positive after winning silver in Auckland in 1990, lives quietly, working for Eastern Railways. Madasamy, whose tainted Games silver came in Manchester this year, shares a one-room home with a friend and is a painter at the Integral Coach Factory in Perambur near Chennai.Two evenings after winning his medal in 1990, all Pal was told by officials was that he had to return home from Auckland. He was banned for two years and to this day maintains he was never told what “substance” he was banned for.”If we get into trouble, our coaches just desert us.” Subrata Pal, 1990 Commonwealth Games weightlifterMadasamy, who tested positive for a nandrolone derivative and could face a two-year ban, says he consumed only vitamins and creatine and cleared a dope test in March and was tested again between April and July.When he tested positive in Manchester, he said he volunteered to undergo a blood test. “But Games officials told me it cost too much. Lifting was my passion but I just don’t feel like doing anything anymore.”Pal claims his coach Pal Singh Sandhu kept track of and gave him all the medication he ever took. “He did not trust anyone else with it.” After his test, Pal said he found Sandhu unwilling to help. “If we win a medal, they’re always around to share the limelight,” he says. “But if we get into trouble, they just desert us.”advertisementPal and Madasamy have been caught in Indian sport’s vicious circle – Sandhu is still coach of the national weightlifting team.last_img read more

PM Modi hails AIADMK merger, assures all help to Tamil Nadu government

first_imgAfter months of confusion, two warring factions of the AIADMK have merged. Soon after shaking hands with CM E Palaniswami at AIADMK headquarters in Chennai, O Panneerselvam announced that party general secretary VK Sasikala would be removed from the post. Panneerselvam later took oath as the Deputy CM. He will also hold Finance and Housing portfolios.WATCH LIVE Palaniswami said Paneerselvam will be AIADMK’s coordinator while he will be the joint coordinator.LATEST UPDATES: Chennai: MLAs supporting TTV Dinakaran pay tributes to former CM Jayalalithaa at her Marina Beach memorial #AIADMKMerger pic.twitter.com/NVmayq7o7t ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017PM Modi hails AIADMK merger, tweets, “I congratulate Thiru O Panneerselvam & others who took oath today. I hope Tamil Nadu scales newer heights of progress in the years to come. Centre assures all possible support to Chief Minister Thiru Edappadi K. Palaniswami & Deputy CM Thiru O Panneerselvam for the growth of Tamil Nadu.”O Panneerselvam takes oath as Deputy Chief Minister. E Palaniswami announces new coordinating committee to guide the party and government. OPS to be the principal coordinator. Chennai: CM E.Palaniswami & O.Panneerselvam pay tributes to former CM Jayalalithaa at her Marina Beach memorial #AIADMKMerger pic.twitter.com/AQkIs9vTzt ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017AIADMK general council to meet to formally decided on Sasikala’s position in the party.Sasikala will be removed from AIADMK, says Panneerselvam. Panneerselvam to be Deputy CM. He will also get Finance and Housing portofolios; K Pandiarajan: Tamil language and culture, and Archaeology; Udumalai Radhakrishnan: Animal Husbandry; Balakrishna Reddy: Sports and Youth Welfare; CV Shanmugam: Mines and Minerals along with Law and Prison Affairs.We will fulfill Amma’s dream and win back two leaves symbol too, says E PalaniswamiWe have decided to work for the party together. I will work as a worker of the party: PanneerselvamWe have one mother, we are one AIADMK. We are one family, says OPS.EPS, OPS shake hands marking the merger of the two AIADMK factions.”Tamil people have had gandhi cap, saffron cap, Kashmir cap and now a clown cap. Is this enough or do you want? Enjoy Tamils,” tweets superstar Kamal Haasan.Tamil Nadu Chief Secretary Girija Vaidyanathan reaches Raj Bhavan to discuss AIADMK merger and Cabinet reshuffle. Panneerselvam’s swearing-in likely at 5pm.Both EPS, OPS have reached AIADMK party headquarters in Chennai.Panneerselvam likely to be sworn-in as Deputy CM later in the evening today.The issue of Sasikala has been kept on the backburner for now.Both the factions have decided to leave it to the Election Commission to decide on the General Secretary post.All demands have been met,we are happy with everything.Heading to party office, expect good news: S Semallai, #AIADMK leader (OPS faction)advertisement- ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017EPS reaches AIADMK party headquarters.Started to #AIADMK HQ. #AIADMKMerger- O Panneerselvam (@OfficeOfOPS) August 21, 2017Panneerselvam is expected to visit AIADMK headquarters later today.Sources say EPS is hesitant to remove Sasikala from AIADMK.  On the other hand OPS is firm on his demand for Sasikala’s removal.CM Palaniswami has cancelled his plan to go to AIADMK headquartersGovernor C Vidyasagar Rao arrives in Chennai.Sources say Panneerselvam has a last minute demand. Paneerselvam has said he will go to the AIADMK headquarters only after ouster of VK Sasikala. OPS camp says EPS faction is hesitating to remove Sasikala from general secretary’s post.Blow to Dinakaram ahead of AIADMK merger. Only 13 MLAs with Dinakaran.He had earlier claimed support of 20. legislators. Paneerselvam likely to visit AIADMK headquarters later today.Both Palaniswami and Panneerselvam are likely to fly to Delhi tonight.Tamil Nadu: Amid #AIADMKMerger speculations, party MLAs and workers reach party headquarter in Chennai. pic.twitter.com/6Bo7tXdLXE- ANI (@ANI) August 21, 2017BJP president Amit Shah has cancelled his Chennai visit. He was to visit Tamil Nadu from 22-24 August.India Today has accessed EPS-OPS camps merger plan. According to the deal, Panneerselvam is likely to take oath as the Deputy CM of Tamil Nadu at 4pm today. He will also get PWD.Other members of OPS camp – Mafoi, Semmalai – also to be inducted in the Cabinet.Dinakaran has claimed to have support of 20 MLAs in the 234-seat Tamil Nadu Assembly.OPS to be made guiding working president of AIADMK. Both the factions agree to limit Sasikala’s role in AIADMK.Ahead of the formalisation of the deal, the Palaniswami camp is likely to make an announcement in respect of party chief V K Sasikala since the Panneerselvam faction is firm on a ‘formal expulsion’ of the jailed leader.advertisementIn a resolution on August 10, the chief minister’s camp had already delegitimised Deputy general Secretary and Sasikala’s nephew TTV Dinakaran setting the stage for a merger.Though the merger appears imminent, the faction led by Dinakaran yesterday had flayed the merger attempt as a drama.The deputy general secretary’s faction said their leader ‘has the ability to put a full stop’ to whatever decision that could be taken related to a merger.ALSO READ:  AIADMK merger: Talks on reunion moved a step forward, says O PanneerselvamDid Bengaluru jail officials allow Sasikala a day out of prison? Video suggests soEndgame near for Sasikala, Dinakaran as Palaniswami orders judicial probe into Jayalalithaa deathWATCH: AIADMK merger: O Panneerselvam takes oath as Deputy CM of Tamil Nadulast_img read more

Auba pleased with Maldini praise

first_imgMilan Aubameyang delighted with praise from ‘hero’ Maldini Ben Spratt Last updated 2 years ago 01:19 12/9/2017 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(1) Aubameyang - Cropped Bongarts Milan Borussia Dortmund Serie A Bundesliga Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang The former Rossoneri trainee was delighted to hear Maldini’s praise, and admitted that he was one of his idols at San Siro Borussia Dortmund forward Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is delighted that his “hero” Paolo Maldini has acknowledged his progress since leaving AC Milan.Gabon international Aubameyang was on Milan’s books between 2007 and 2011, but he failed to make a first-team appearance before moving to Saint-Etienne.Auba 4/5 to score against Spurs Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘I’m getting better’ – Can Man Utd flop Fred save his Old Trafford career? Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing An impressive stint in France was rewarded with a move to Dortmund, where Aubameyang has established himself as one of Europe’s top forwards and scored 31 Bundesliga goals last season.Maldini – who was a player at Milan until 2009 – recently conceded that the Serie A giants had failed to recognise the forward’s potential and could not now afford him – something that Aubameyang is pleased with.”Happy to read that Maldini had some nice words about me,” Aubameyang tweeted, alongside a picture of the pair. “I was watching him like a hero when I was in Milan.”Happy to read that P.Maldini had some nice words about Me i was watching him like a hero when i was in Milano #bigrespect pic.twitter.com/EGNY5rIrEJ — Aubameyang P-E (@Aubameyang7) September 10, 2017 Aubameyang has scored two goals in three league games so far this season, with Dortmund beginning their Champions League campaign at Tottenham on Wednesday.last_img read more

Ryan Day Praises Urban Meyer For How Much He’s Helped

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p #OhioState HC Ryan Day on @BullandFox re: Urban Meyer: “We talk on a weekly basis. He’s a huge resource for me. He’s been unbelievable. He’s a legend. Anytime there’s a question, he’s always there and he’s been unbelievable in this process.”— Keith Britton (@KeithBritton86) September 18, 2019So far Day has had little-to-no trouble transitioning into a full-time head coach.His Buckeyes have torn the opposition apart, outscoring opponents 138-31 in the first three games. And that’s with a first-year starter in Justin Fields.Whatever advice Meyer has been giving Day has certainly been paying off so far. Urban Meyer speaking to the Ohio State media.COLUMBUS, OH – DECEMBER 04: Ohio State Buckeyes head coach Urban Meyer describes how he believes Ohio State University is one of the few institutions that has both elite athletics and elite academics during a press conference at Ohio State University on December 4, 2018 in Columbus, Ohio. At the press conference head coach Meyer announced his retirement and offensive coordinator Ryan Day was announced as the next head coach. Meyer will continue to coach until after the Ohio State Buckeyes play in the Rose Bowl. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)This may be Ryan Day’s first year as a full-time head coach, but he hasn’t been going in blind this season. He’s had a coaching legend giving him a helping hand on a regular basis.In a recent interview on Bull and Fox, the Ohio State head coach revealed that Urban Meyer, his former boss, has continued helping him behind the scenes. He praised Meyer for talking to him on a regular basis and said he serves as “a huge resource” for him.“We talk on a weekly basis. He’s a huge resource for me… He’s a legend. Anytime there’s a question, he’s always there and he’s been unbelievable in this process.”Day was hired by the Buckeyes as an assistant in 2017. He quickly earned promotion to full-time offensive coordinator and managed the team in Meyer’s place for several games in 2018.When Meyer announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season, Day was named as his successor.last_img read more

June Tourism Stats Available

first_imgNova Scotia welcomed three per cent fewer visitors from January to June compared to 2010. Other indicators, such as cruise ship passengers, showed positive results. Room nights sold in the province were up by two per cent in the same period. “A challenging economic environment and continuing poor weather have likely had an impact on visitors travelling to the province by road,” said Percy Paris, Minister of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “However, we are encouraged by the number of visitors arriving by air and cruise ship. We are working with our tourism partners to continue to attract more visitors to Nova Scotia to build our tourism industry and create good jobs that grow our economy.” Air travel has been consistently up this year, with an increase of nine per cent compared to 2010, while road travel to the province decreased by seven per cent. Motorcoach traffic showed a significant increase for the first six months of this year, with a 26 per cent increase over last year. The cruise ship season is off to a positive start. Halifax showed a 62 per cent increase in cruise visitors year to date over last year and Sydney was up 28 per cent. In June, visitors to Nova Scotia decreased by two per cent overall compared to last year. Air travel was up by two per cent, while road travel decreased by three per cent. Domestic travel to the province was down three per cent year to date. Visits from Ontario increased by one per cent and visits from Western Canada increased by 10 per cent. Visits from Quebec were up by five per cent, while visits from Atlantic Canada decreased by six per cent. Visits from the United States were down five per cent year to date compared to last year, but results for June were on par with 2010. Total overseas visits were up six per cent for the year. Results for Germany are up 53 per cent, while visits from the UK were down 25 per cent. Tourism statistics vary across the province. Detailed results can be found at www.gov.ns.ca/econ/tourism/research/latest-activity-updates.asp . Nova Scotia’s comprehensive system for reporting monthly tourism statistics includes counting non-resident overnight visitors at entry points to the province and gathers the number of room nights sold from licensed accommodation operators. Tourism is an important contributor to Nova Scotia’s economy. In 2008, the industry employed more than 31,000 people and generated revenues of $1.82 billion.last_img read more

Social ABCs program aims to give autistic children their voice researchers

first_imgTORONTO – Alex Munro and his mom Jenn Potenza swoosh down a slide side-by-side, the six-year-old grinning at her with delight and chattering non-stop as the pair dash from one part of the brightly coloured playground to the next.This parent-child interaction may not seem like anything out of the ordinary — but for Potenza, every smile and every word from her son is a treasured gift.Alex has autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and at age three, he didn’t speak and rarely made direct eye contact with his parents, common symptoms of the neurological condition that affects an estimated one in every 68 children.“They told me in the beginning that he may never learn to talk, he may never be able to go to a regular classroom,” Potenza recalls doctors saying after Alex was diagnosed with a relatively severe form of ASD at age two.But thanks to an innovative program being studied at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital in Toronto, Alex has found his voice.Known as the Social ABCs, the program teaches parents strategies to help toddlers with ASD to talk or vocalize in more meaningful ways and to smile more with their caregivers.The 12-week intervention, developed by clinical researchers at Holland Bloorview and IWK Health Centre in Halifax, uses objects that grab a child’s attention and motivates them to verbally interact with their parents.“I remember specifically Alex was motivated by food and snacks like ice cream and cookies,” says Kate Bernardi, a research co-ordinator at Holland Bloorview’s autism research centre and a parent coach for the Social ABCs program.“And so we just started with that at first and we would give Jenn the cookies and let Alex see them and wait for a signal from him that he wanted one,” she says.“And then I would coach Jenn to hold onto those cookies while she was showing them to Alex and model the word ‘cookie’ for him to say, so that he would know what he was supposed to do to get one of those cookies from Mom.“It was mostly getting something he really, really wanted,” Potenza adds, “like a Popsicle or juice or a cookie, and showing him what the expectation was and then just waiting until we got either that eye contact or he had said the words that we were looking for before he got the reward.”It took a little time, with Alex initially making little “cuh” sounds for cookie, but eventually as Potenza practised with her son, he graduated to full words and then to whole sentences.“There was a lot of crying involved, but once he understood ‘OK, I get rewarded after,’ it almost forced him to just say the words to get what he wanted,” says the Toronto mom. “There were little words coming maybe within a week and a half — very small words — but it started happening with consistency.”Potenza will never forget the moment Alex finally spoke.“Hearing his voice for the first time was absolutely phenomenal…. You have this little person you love so much and you don’t get the opportunity to really know what they’re thinking or they can’t tell you anything or express their needs or their wants,” she says, her eyes tearing up at the memory.“When they have no language and you hear it for the first time — whether it be for a cookie or a glass of juice — it doesn’t matter what it is. Just to hear them talk to you about something is probably the best feeling in the world.”Once completely non-verbal, Alex now can’t seem to get the words out fast enough as he discloses how he loves frolicking with his dog Lucky — “He was born on St. Patrick’s Day” — and playing the online game “Minecraft.”“So on ‘Minecraft,’ you build a city and then you can live in any building. I can build roads,” he says with a gap-toothed grin, the result of recently losing his front baby teeth.Potenza and Alex, who enters Grade 2 in September, were part of a recently published study at Holland Bloorview and the IWK Health Centre that enrolled 62 children with ASD, aged 12 to 30 months, and their primary caregivers. Half the families were randomly assigned to immediately receive the Social ABCs, while the other half waited six months to begin the program.“What we found was that for the babies and families who received the Social ABCs initially, if you followed the development over that first six-month period, we saw significant gains in the amount of time the babies spent looking at their primary caregiver … and an increased amount of time that the parents and babies were smiling together,” explains psychologist Dr. Jessica Brian, co-lead of Holland Bloorview’s autism research centre.Researchers also saw increased verbal responses to parental prompts and gains in their functional language, as well as how often they initiated a verbal connection on their own, says Brian, who co-developed the program with Dr. Susan Bryson, an autism researcher at Dalhousie University in Halifax.“So the babies were approaching their parents more and initiating social contact. We’re very excited about the finding of initiating because it’s not something we taught specifically and it’s something we know is often very impaired in children with autism spectrum disorder.”However, babies and toddlers in the delayed-program group made minimal progress, she says.The researchers will soon begin a followup study — taking place in Toronto, Halifax and Edmonton — that will give caregivers training in how to better attract the attention of babies and toddlers with ASD or suspected ASD before starting the standard components of the program.“We’re hoping that boosting that ahead of time will give the children an even bigger response to the Social ABCs,” says Brian.For Potenza, who also has a nine-year-old daughter, the program was a lifeline that means her youngest child’s future will be much brighter than originally predicted.“I will never forget the day he first said, ‘Mom, I love you.’“I just started crying. I said, ‘I love you too,’ and it honestly was one of the best moments of my entire life.”– Follow @SherylUbelacker on Twitter.last_img read more

Kahnawake council breaking own gaming law say community members

first_imgAPTN National NewsKahnawake has held three referendums on building a casino on their land.In every instance, the community voted “no.”But that hasn’t stopped the band council from venturing into online gaming.They’re wagering that it will lead to prosperity for the community.However, many in the community say the council is breaking Kahnawake law when it comes to how it regulates gaming.APTN’s Tom Fennario has this story.last_img

Israelis and Palestinians engaged in most intensive talks in eight years –

Israelis and Palestinians are currently engaged in the most intensive negotiations on issues pertaining to final status since the political process broke down almost eight years ago, a senior United Nations official told an open meeting of the Security Council today.However, Assistant-Secretary-General for Political Affairs Angela Kane warned the 15-member body that “the significance of this should not be underestimated, but neither should the grave risks to the process be overlooked.”She noted that there have been several major incidents of violence recently, particularly in and around Gaza.The area “has also witnessed heightened humanitarian distress, while conditions in the West Bank including East Jerusalem have not significantly improved despite continuing efforts,” Ms. Kane said in her briefing to the Council on the events of the past month.During the reporting period, Ms. Kane said, 69 Palestinians, including 15 children, were killed in operations of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), and 95 injured, while six Israelis were killed by Palestinian militants and 27 injured.“We are deeply alarmed at the prospects of a further intensification of violence, given the terrible implications for civilians and the threat such conflict would pose to the security of all parties – the Palestinians, Israel and Egypt,” she said, calling on the latter country to continue its efforts towards bringing calm to Gaza.Following the 9 April attack on the Nahal Oz fuel terminal the Israeli Government is re-examining security mechanisms for secure commercial fuel delivery into Gaza.“Had Nahal Oz not been able to reopen today, the [Gaza] power plant would have shut down and most areas of Gaza would have experienced increased electricity cuts,” the Assistant Secretary-General said.Low levels of fuel have resulted in vehicular transport being brought to a standstill and 15-20 per cent of the Gazan population receiving water for 3-5 hours every four days.Some 60,000 cubic meters of raw and partially treated sewage is dumped into the Mediterranean Sea daily, and most fishing vessels have been grounded, meaning the sardine season will be lost, Ms. Kane reported.Humanitarian agencies are also being impacted. The fuel supplies of the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) will run out on 24 April, and in a bid to conserve fuel, it is prioritizing food distribution, solid waste removal and sewage projects.“As of tomorrow, unless petrol is allowed in, UNRWA will discontinue its food assistance to 650,000 refugees as well as its garbage collection services benefiting 500,000 Gazans,” she said, adding that a further 500,000 people in one dozen municipalities are living without any solid waste management capacity, mostly due to the lack of fuel.The Assistant Secretary-General welcomed the Israeli Government’s removal of obstacles in the West Bank. However, UN staff have found that only 44 have been removed, of which only five were significant.“We welcome these removals, but strongly urge further and more substantive progress to ease restrictions as envisaged in the 2005 Agreement on Movement and Access and is vital to Palestinian economic revival,” she observed.She also voiced support for the re-affirmation of the Arab Peace Initiative, “which remains a central element in the search for peace in the region. We encourage Arab support for President [Mahmoud] Abbas’ efforts to negotiate a peace treaty with Israel; Prime Minister [Salam] Fayad’s efforts to build the institutions of a future Palestinian state; and for Palestinian unity.”On Lebanon, Ms. Kane said the country is undergoing “an intense political crisis” that has prevented the presidential election, with the top office having remained vacant since late last November.Furthermore, the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) has noticed a sharp increase in the daily number of Israeli air violations, which surged from 282 in February to 692 in March and reached 476 in the first half of April alone.“The overflights constitute violations of Lebanese sovereignty and the Blue Line and continue to undermine the credibility of UNIFIL and the Lebanese Armed Forces,” Ms. Kane stated.On 2 May, the principals of the Middle East diplomatic Quartet – consisting of the UN, European Union, United States and Russian Federation – are gathering in London for a meeting chaired by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to assess the process launched in Annapolis in November 2007.Mr. Ban, along with Special Coordinator for the Middle East Process Robert Serry, are working with both sides, the regional partners and within the Quartet “to support the political process, encourage action to meet commitments and improve conditions on the ground, and address the grave humanitarian, political and security situation in and around Gaza,” the Assistant Secretary-General told the Security Council. 23 April 2008Israelis and Palestinians are currently engaged in the most intensive negotiations on issues pertaining to final status since the political process broke down almost eight years ago, a senior United Nations official told an open meeting of the Security Council today. read more

Markets update at midmorning

On the markets at midmorning (ET):The Toronto Stock Exchange’s S&P/TSX composite index was up 57.99 points to 15,207.59, after 90 minutes of trading.In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average lost 28.76 points to 21,438.38. The S&P 500 index added 1.13 points to 2,438.16, and the Nasdaq composite index was up 35.13 points to 6,223.16.The Canadian dollar was trading at 75.25 cents US, down from Tuesday’s average price of 75.37 cents US.The August crude contract was up 11 cents at US$43.62 per barrel and the July natural gas contract was up three cents at US$2.93 per mmBTU.The August gold contract was up $2.60 to US$1,246.10 an ounce and the July copper contract was up four cents at US$2.59 a pound. read more

Access and marketability key when getting a mortgage on a cottage

OTTAWA – Whether you call it a cottage, a cabin or a camp, when the temperature begins to rise, the dreams of sitting on the dock at a place of your own start this time of year.But if you don’t have the cash on hand to buy one outright, you’ll have to borrow the money.And while the basic process of applying for and qualifying for a mortgage are the same, lenders will look at many more variables when assessing a property before lending money to buy a cottage.Barry Gollom, vice-president of mortgages and lending at CIBC, says while your strength as a borrower is important, banks will also take a close look at the property being acquired when determining how much they are willing to lend.“Lenders will look at the location, proximity to a major market, sometimes is it on a big lake, is it on a small lake, access to the property, year-around is best, paved roads is a plus,” Gollom said.“Lenders will want to ensure that there’s a safe and consistent water source as this can sometimes materially impact the marketability and value of the cottage.”Mortgage broker Frank Napolitano says most lenders want a cottage to be a four-season property if they are going to loan you money, but he says some will finance three-season cabins.“It is difficult to get financing if you can only access the cottage by water,” says Napolitano, managing partner at Mortgage Brokers Ottawa.“The property has to be marketable.”If you aren’t putting down at least 20 per cent, you’ll need mortgage default insurance just like an ordinary home purchase.However, CMHC changed its rules last year so that it would no longer insure mortgages on second homes. That means you’ll have to go with a private mortgage insurance company which can provide the necessary coverage if your lender requires it due to the size of your down payment.Insurers may also have limits on the amount they will cover for a vacation property, depending on its characteristics.Depending on your situation, you could also consider refinancing your home or using a home equity line of credit if you have paid off enough of it to use it to borrow the cash you need.Gollom says it is not uncommon for buyers to use a combination of financing through their home and the vacation property to make the purchase.However, if you only made a small down payment on your home when you bought it and haven’t owned it for very long, you may not have the room you need to finance your new purchase.Joe Walsh, a mortgage broker with Bedrock Financial Group in Toronto, says no matter how you choose to finance your purchase, for the lender it is about whether you can repay the debt.“You need to have a lot of room in your income to be able to service the additional, what $200,000, $300,000?” he said.Gollom said it’s important to make sure the decision to buy a cottage fits within your overall financial plan.“It is a decision that really does require very thoughtful planning,” he said.“It is so important to understand the broader implications of the purchase of a vacation property as it relates to your other goals.” Access and marketability key when getting a mortgage on a cottage by Craig Wong, The Canadian Press Posted May 21, 2015 7:59 am MDT Last Updated May 21, 2015 at 11:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

93 million children with disabilities among the most likely to be left

Another key factor preventing the inclusion of disabled youngsters in their communities, and their ability to exercise their rights, is ongoing segregation into special schools, institutions and sheltered homes.“This is a legacy of a model which has caused exclusion and marginalisation,” said Catalina Devandas Aguilar, Special Rapporteur on the rights of persons with disabilities. “We can no longer have children being hidden away and isolated, children with disabilities must have the opportunity to dream of a full and happy life,” she added.Addressing the Council, Ms. Aguilar insisted that children with disabilities “face stigma, discrimination, prejudice and barriers. They are abandoned, neglected, socially excluded, segregated, over protected, not given accessibility and the services and support they need.”In addition to these challenges, she said one in three school-age children with disabilities do not have a primary education, while a child with learning difficulties is almost five times more likely to suffer sexual violence than their peers. /p>Echoing her message, Moldova children’s rights advocate Dumitriţa Cropivnitchi from the non-governmental organization Lumos, described her experience of discrimination, linked to disability.“Because of my disability, at the age of five, I was sent to live in an institution as it was the only place I could receive an education,” she said. Can you imagine what it would be like, she added, “for a five-year old to be sent to a huge cold building, that smelt of porridge, and to have her parents replaced by educators, to share a room with 11 others, clothes and live by the rules of the institution?”After staying there for five years, Ms. Cropivnitchi returned home and benefited from reforms that introduced mainstream schools that she could attend, including one in her village.“It is indisputable that childhood is meant to be the most beautiful yet also, the most vulnerable stage in life,” she told the Human Rights Council. “During childhood, a child is dependent on adults. Children with disabilities can continue to be dependent and vulnerable their whole life… I ask myself now, how is this correct’, she said, to do this to “the thousands, millions of children around the world?” Speaking at a Human Rights Council event highlighting how disabled youngsters are more exposed to violence, abuse and neglect, Ms. Bachelet explained that they have the same rights as all children.Children with disabilities must have a say in all matters that affect the course of their lives – UN rights chief BacheletTheir empowerment depends upon these rights being realized, she said – particularly the equal right to education – before highlighting how learning gives everyone the potential to escape poverty and exploitation.“Children with disabilities must have a say in all matters that affect the course of their lives…They must be empowered to reach their full potential and enjoy their full human rights – and this requires us to change both attitudes and environmental factors.” Ms. Bachelet insisted.Discrimination against children with disabilities can begin as soon as they are born, the High Commissioner noted, from authorities choosing not to register births, to separating them from families and placing them in care institutions. read more

Mondays Daily Brief drugresistant diseases Venezuelan refugees fighting in Tripoli and hate

UN, global health agencies sound alarm on drug-resistant infections; new recommendations to reduce ‘staggering number’ of future deaths Deaths caused by infections from antibiotic-resistant bacteria will skyrocket over the next two decades, along with huge economic costs, without immediate, ambitious and coordinated action, the UN World Health Organization (WHO) and partners warned on Monday.According to a groundbreaking report, the UN Ad hoc Interagency Coordinating Group on Antimicrobial Resistance warned that if no action is taken, drug-resistant diseases could cause 10 million deaths each year by 2050 and damage to the economy as catastrophic as during the 2008-2009 global financial crisis. By 2030, antimicrobial resistance could force up to 24 million people into extreme poverty. Read our full report here.‘Continuing absence’ of political solution to Israel-Palestine conflict ‘undermines and compounds’ UN efforts to end wholesale crisis Without increased support, the health, education and well-being of at least 327,000 children from Venezuela living as migrants and refugees in Colombia will be in jeopardy, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) warned on Monday.“At a time when anti-migrant sentiment is growing worldwide, Colombia has generously kept its doors open to its neighbors from Venezuela,” said Paloma Escudero, UNICEF Director of Communication who has just finished a four-day visit to Cúcuta, on the Colombian side of the border with Venezuela.Find the complete story here.Civilian needs ‘urgent’ amid Tripoli airstrikes, clashes To Libya now, where civilians are trapped by fighting around the capital, Tripoli, and access to food is “becoming a greater challenge”, the UN humanitarian coordinating office (OCHA) has said. The violence comes after years of instability that have followed the overthrow of President Muammar Gaddafi in 2011, with the UN-recognized Government of National Accord under assault from forces loyal to military commander Khalifa Haftar.On Monday morning, Ghassan Salamé, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Head of the UN Support Mission in Libya, told French radio that the fighting had reached a “military stalemate” and the frontline had barely moved since General Haftar’s offensive began, three weeks ago.In an appeal for humanitarian shipments to Libya to be speeded up to meet “urgent” needs, OCHA said that indiscriminate shelling and rocket attacks have continued.Airstrikes were also reported at the weekend, impacting residential areas in Ain Zara and Al Twaisha, with unconfirmed reports of at least one civilian death, as well as damage to people’s homes. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the fighting has claimed 345 lives and injured more than 1,650. Of that number, 96 civilian casualties have been confirmed: 22 dead and 74 wounded, while some 40,000 people have now fled the fighting, which began 24 days ago.Hatred ‘a threat to everyone’, urges Guterres calling for global effort to end xenophobia and ‘loathsome rhetoric’ A “disturbing groundswell” of hate-based violence and intolerance aimed at religious devotees across all faiths, must be countered soon before it’s too late, the United Nations Secretary-General said on Monday, noting murderous attacks in just the past few days on a synagogue in California, and a church in Burkina Faso. “Such incidents have become all-too-familiar” said António Guterres, citing “Muslims gunned down in mosques, their religious sites vandalized; Jews murdered in synagogues, their gravestones defaced with swastikas” and Christians “killed at prayer, their churches often torched.”Instead of being safe havens, houses of worship have become targets, he warned, noting that “beyond the murders, there is loathsome rhetoric: xenophobia aimed not only at religious groups but also at migrants, minorities and refugees…venom directed at anyone considered the ‘other’”.Read the full story here. The UN is “continuing to address the humanitarian, economic and political crisis in the Occupied Palestinian Territory” but efforts are continually undermined by the lack of any political progress towards a two-State solution, said the head of UN Political and Peacebuilding Affairs (DPPA) on Monday.Rosemary DiCarlo was briefing the UN Security Council on the latest situation in the Middle East and said hopes for two States living side by side in peace, “continue to be replaced by the rising fears of future annexation. The possibility of establishing a viable and contiguous Palestinian State continues to be eroded by facts on the ground.”Find our coverage of the Security Council meeting here.Some 300,000 Venezuelan children in Colombia need humanitarian assistance; UNICEF looks to boost response funding read more

Blue Jays claim righthander Drake off waivers designate Leiter Jr

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays claimed right-handed pitcher Oliver Drake off waivers from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.Right-hander Mark Leiter Jr. was designated for assignment in the corresponding roster move.Drake briefly pitched for the Blue Jays last season, allowing four hits, three runs and striking out two over 1 2/3 innings through two games in late July.The 33-year-old from Massachusetts also pitched for the Brewers, Indians, Angels and Twins in 2018 and had a 5.29 earned-run average with 51 strikeouts and 17 walks.Tampa Bay claimed Drake off waivers from Minnesota earlier this month.Leiter Jr., a September call-up, pitched 6 2/3 innings for the Blue Jays in 2018, allowing 11 runs (10 earned) with four walks and nine strikeouts. The Canadian Press read more

Canary Systems releases MultiLogger Suite 2016

first_imgCanary Systems has a major update to its MultiLogger® Suite software platform for automated data acquisition. The 2016 release version provides over 30 new enhancements to one of the leading data integration, data reduction and data visualization tools on the market, programmed by engineers, for engineers. This includes dozens of completely new major features that further enhance the ability to integrate geo-monitoring data from a multitude of sources – and locations – into a single, combined, easy to use software platform. MultiLogger Suite 2016 is free for existing customers.Below is a sampling of just the top five most important new features in MultiLogger Suite 2016.   3D Element Charts allow for quick 3D visualization of data, such as ground water contours and more.Automatically generate contour lines and color-coded overlays from any data type on any type of view. Sample applications include generating ground water contours from piezometer data, ground movement overlays for 3D data such as prisms and GPS, or even load and pressure data from load cells and pressure cells. Enhanced Applications Mode for 3D Data Analysis – working with and analyzing 3D data (e.g. GPS, Prisms) has never been easier, right within the browser. With dozens of calculations supported for 3D ground movement, velocity, inverse velocity, scatter plots, just to name a few, and support for custom calculations, MLWeb becomes the only integrated data analysis tool you’ll need, the company says.Additional database management operations are now available in MLWeb browser client. New web features include database operations such as backup and restore, auditing, upgrading, validating data and setting tolerances, just to name a few. Active Directory support – there is no need to remember your login – Active Directory integration means: automatic single-sign on with your Windows credentialsMultiLogger Suite is, Canary Systems says, “the most versatile integrated data management platform in the market, with an intuitive interface to collect, view and analyze all your monitoring data. MLSuite is suited for projects of all sizes, including very large deployments, and can be used seamlessly for manual and automated data collection. MultiLogger interfaces directly with most types of dataloggers, allowing you to program your data collection directly in a simple point-and-click interface without the need for third party tools (though it works with many third-party tools, too).“Easy to deploy without the need for web programming or development, MLSuite can be run over intranet/Internet, or installed locally on a desktop. MLSuite offers more data visualization and management options than anybody else, including: powerful notifications and reporting features that help translate raw date into decisions and actions quickly, full GIS map server integration, 3D visualization, comprehensive  document management including photos and videos, and a free field data entry app, MLField®.“MLSuite is used in thousands of projects worldwide across a number of markets and applications, including mining, dam safety, structural, environmental, industrial and others, as web based application, workstation tool, and on mobile devices.”last_img read more

World Handball goalkeeper 2017

Arpad SterbikGonzalo Perez de VargasMattias AnderssonNiklas LandinWorld Handball goalkeeper 2017  Loading …CLICK AND VOTE:WORLD BEST LEFT WING 2017WORLD BEST LEFT BACK 2017WORLD BEST PLAYMAKER 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT BACK 2017WORLD BEST RIGHT WING 2017WORLD BEST LINE-PLAYER 2017WORLD BEST GOALKEEPER 2017WORLD BEST DEFENSIVE PLAYER 2017 World Handball goalkeeper 2017? Niklas Landin (THW Kiel – Denmark) Arpad Sterbik (RK Vardar Skopje – Spain) Gonzalo Perez de Vargas (FC Barcelona Lassa – Spain) Mattias Andersson (SG Flensburg Handewitt – Sweden)View Results ← Previous Story World Handball right wing 2017? Next Story → World Handball line-player 2017? read more

Dalic Croatia dont intend to stop here

first_imgCroatia boss Zlatko Dalic insists that they intend to go beyond the quarter-finals of the World Cup after booking their place to the last-eight in a tense penalty shoot-out win over DenmarkAfter some impressive displays in their opening three games of the tournament, Croatia failed to build on their Group D win in a convincing manner in what turned out to a rather disappointing match against Group C runners-up Denmark.Mario Mandzukic cancelled out Martin Jorgensen’s 1st-minute opener for the Danes by taking advantage of a mix-up to grab the equaliser just three minutes later.The scoreline remained the same for the rest of the game with the Vatreni later securing a 3-2 win in a penalty shoot-out.But Dalic insists that his side are far from done.“We have come so far but we don’t intend to stop here,” said the 51-year-old, according to The National.Goalkeeper Danijel Subasic saved three spot-kicks form Nicolai Jorgensen, Lasse Schone and Christian Eriksen.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“You have to earn your luck and the lads earned theirs,” added Dalic.“Without luck, you cannot do anything in life.”The Croatian coach was full of praise for Luka Modric, who missed a golden chance to hand the side the win when he missed a 116th-minute extra-time penalty.But the captain then later stepped up to score in the penalty shoot-out.“He said it himself, ‘I am going to take a penalty in the shoot-out,’” said Dalic.“Can you imagine what would have happened if he had not scored, but he’s a great player.”Croatia will now meet hosts Russia at the Fisht Olympic Stadium on Saturday for the quarter-finals of the World Cup.last_img read more

Lifx teases colorchanging candelabra bulbs at CES 2019

first_img CES 2019 CNET Smart Home Tags Mentioned Above Lifx Tile Check out all the smart home products at CES 2019 Best Buy Review • Smart, multicolor Lifx Tiles might drive you up the wall CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Multicolor candelabra bulbs, coming soon from Lifx. Ry Crist/CNET Lifx is adding color-changing candelabra bulbs to its lineup of smart LED lights, the company tells me at CES 2019 here in Las Vegas. Pricing isn’t set yet, but Lifx expects them to launch in the third quarter of 2019. What makes these lights especially interesting is that they can put out multiple colors at once — a fairly uncommon feature, even among larger-sized smart bulbs. That lets them simulate a flickering flame, or put out some of the same animated, tie-dye-type effects that you get with the multicolor Lifx Tile wall panels. The controls for the bulbs are similar to the Tiles, too. Along with controlling and automating them, you’ll be able to paint designs onto each bulb by dragging your finger over a bulb-shaped canvas in the Lifx app. Lifx tells me that each color-changing diode inside of the bulb is its own individual zone of light. That adds up to a total of 30 zones that you can paint colors across. lifx-cnadelabra-bulbs-appEnlarge ImageYou can paint colors onto the bulb by dragging your finger across a bulb-shaped canvas in the Lifx app. Ry Crist/CNET Beyond basic color control, Lifx claims that it sees growing interest in smart lighting that feels artistic and expressive. “It feels like the tide is shifting,” Lifx CEO Tim Peters tells me, expressing hope that the candelabra bulbs will help scratch that itch for its customers. The question is how much these things will ultimately cost at launch. It’ll likely be a lot. Color-changing candelabra bulbs from Philips Hue currently sell for about $50 each — and those only put out one color at a time. It wouldn’t surprise me if the multicolor Lifx versions cost even more, which could fast get prohibitively expensive for folks looking to upgrade a fixture with multiple bulbs in it. When we know more on that front, we’ll let you know — and expect a full review from the CNET Smart Home as soon as the bulbs arrive. Google Assistant CES Products Alexa Philips Siri Apple HomeKit See It See it 52 Photos Lifx Tile Light Bulbs Post a comment 0 $189 Share your voice Preview • Light up your walls with Lifx Tile LED panels CES 2019: Every story so far: It’s the year’s biggest tech show. CES 2019 schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. $193last_img read more

Now we have to watch out for zombie snakes Oh great

first_img Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Apple iPhone XS Paddle through 16 breathtaking and prize-winning underwater photos $999 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays 16 Photos Tags Best Buy Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Read Google Home Hub review Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The Cheapskate The parks department offers a link to a page from the group Amphibians and Reptiles of North Carolina, which explains  the snake’s zombie behavior in more detail. “When threatened, hognose snakes hiss loudly and spread their necks like cobras do, resulting in the nicknames ‘puff adder’ or ‘spreading adder,'” the page explains.  “They rarely bite during these displays, but they may strike repeatedly. If the antagonist continues, the hognose snake will feign death by opening its mouth, rolling over on its back, and writhing around. If turned over onto its belly, it will immediately roll again onto its back.”It gets even more horror-movie-like when you learn that “enlarged teeth in the rear of the (snake’s) mouth are used to ‘pop’ toads for easier swallowing.” That’s toad-ally disturbing. But to humans, the snake isn’t much of a threat. Katie Hall of the parks department told Fast Company that while the snake does have venom, it very rarely bites people, and the bites are treatable.”It’s not like your flesh is going to rot or you’re going to lose a limb or something,” Hall said.North Carolina State Parks has declared 2019 to be the “year of the snake,” and is urging residents to “scale back your fear” by learning about the creatures. Forget The Walking Dead. Try The Crawling Dead. Last week, the North Carolina State Parks and Recreation Department warned citizens about a “zombie snake” in the state that knows how to play dead.In the post, the department shared images of the eastern hognose snake lying on its back, mouth open, pretending to be dead. “Let’s play a game!” the post declared. “Who is this ‘famous’ NC snake? A cobra? A zombie snake? It’s a harmless one.” $60 at Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $59 at eBay Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Sprint Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. See at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It Rylo Boost Mobile Angela Lang/CNETcenter_img Share your voice Read the Rylo camera preview The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Sarah Tew/CNET $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express 7 Sci-Tech,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. 1 Share your voice Comments Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. $155 at Google Express See at Turo What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Turo $999 See it Comment JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $999 Read the AirPods review See It $210 at Best Buy Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Tags Chris Monroe/CNET HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Sarah Tew/CNET Read Lenovo Smart Clock review DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $6 at Tidal See It Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Amazonlast_img read more