Greece Gets Euro 2016 Easy Draw

first_imgAfter faring poorly in the last European soccer championship, Greece has a far easier field for opening round of the 2016 tourney, providing a better chance to advance deeper.Instead of facing perennial powerhouses such as Portugal, Italy, Spain and England, Greece’s competition will come from teams far down in the rankings: Hungary, Romania, Finland, Northern Ireland and the Faroe Islands.“Not so good, not so bad,” was the diplomatic comment on the draw by Greece manager Fernando Santos. “All teams are dangerous,” he also said, wary not to be overconfident.It’s not certain he would even be still with the team by then as he hasn’t yet accepted an offer from the Greek federation on an extension to his contract beyond the World Cup finals this summer.Since shocking the soccer world by winning the 2004 European championship with some miraculous play, Greece has foundered badly since then in following tourneys, particularly on offense.In Euro 2016, the top two of each group and the best third-placed team advance directly to the finals to be held in France, while the other third-placed teams from the nine groups will face a play-off.There will be 24 teams in the field. The first round of games will be on September 7-9, 2014 to begin determining who will be in the finals two years later.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Ruthless Saints leave insipid Leicester in desperate relegation fight

first_imgShare on Pinterest Newcastle call for end to relegation as Premiership basement battle hots up Share on LinkedIn Northampton Share via Email Support The Guardian Since you’re here… If there was any doubt as to whether Leicester are involved in the Premiership’s relegation battle, it can now be said with some certainty that they are fighting for their lives. Take nothing away from Northampton, who ruthlessly romped to a second consecutive away win in the east Midlands derby with Cobus Reinach and Dan Biggar commanding, but it is hard to remember a more insipid performance from the Tigers against their bitter rivals.They are 10th in the Premiership table, and will stay there come what may in the rest of the weekend’s fixtures, but they will be anxiously awaiting the results considering they could wake on Sunday just four points from the foot of the table. “We want to be competing at the top end of the league but we are right down at the bottom and in the mire,” said the Leicester head coach, Geordan Murphy. “It’s going to be tight.”Against a hugely impressive Northampton side Leicester were 20-3 down at half-time after tries from Reinach and Tom Collins (2), before Biggar twisted the knife in the second. The Saints were superior in every department but their outside-centre Rory Hutchinson warrants special mention, twisting the Tigers’ blood with his quick feet. The flankers Heinrich Brüssow and Jamie Gibson deserve huge credit, too, in a comprehensive victory that lifts the upwardly mobile Saints into fifth place.It was during this fixture last year that the former Northampton centre Rob Horne suffered a career-ending arm injury, leading to the Saints turning their home fixture against Leicester into a memorial match at Twickenham earlier this season. Northampton failed to deliver that day and their director of rugby, Chris Boyd, admitted that frustration had lingered. “We were terrible disappointed with the way we played. I thought we disrespected that occasion so there was a little extra bird on the shoulder for Rob,” said Boyd, who revealed afterwards he expects Dylan Hartley to return to action before the end of the season, having undergone surgery on a knee injury.There is no need for Northampton to rush him back on this evidence but such is the pressure on Leicester at present that five of their six England internationals were in the starting lineup – Ben Youngs the only one not included because of a shoulder injury. Despite the cavalry, it was an inauspicious start for Leicester and proceeded to get worse when Reinach streaked into the left-hand corner for the opening try. Leicester felt that Northampton’s huge winger Taqele Naiyaravoro had knocked on George Ford’s towering kick in the buildup but they should be more concerned by the gaping hole Collins ghosted through. He arced back left and freed Reinach to race clear.Leicester responded with a period of concerted pressure but could not find a way past Northampton’s scrambling defence. They had some joy breaking Northampton’s line but less idea of how best to take advantage. The Saints, meanwhile, made the most of their visits into Leicester’s 22. A barrelling run from Brüssow got Northampton in behind and Mike Williams’s cynical infringement led to a simple three points for Biggar and a yellow card for the Leicester flanker. Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Leicester Share on Facebookcenter_img Rugby union Premiership Northampton’s second try soon followed and Leicester cannot claim they had not been warned. Hutchinson had made good ground on the left not long before he scythed his way through on the right, releasing Collins to canter under the posts. Leicester simply could not live with the tempo brought by Reinach and Biggar. Between them they ran the Tigers defence right, then left before a glorious floating pass from Hutchinson found Naiyaravoro on the touchline. His offload teed up Collins for his second try of the evening.A somewhat bizarre wedding ceremony on the pitch at half-time did little to change the funereal atmosphere in the stands, so poor had Leicester been in the opening half, and it got no better when Biggar extended Northampton’s lead to 20 points with a penalty early in the second. Another two routine penalties for Biggar – the first conceded by Dan Cole, who also received a yellow card – and Leicester were resigned to defeat. Ford did scamper over – if it was going to be anyone for Leicester it was going to be him – with 14 minutes to go and Tom Youngs added another from close range after Gibson’s late yellow card but it did little to disguise just how emphatically Leicester had been beaten.LeicesterOlowofela; Aspland-Robinson, Tuilagi (Owen 69), Eastmond (Toomua ht), May; G Ford, Harrison (White 61); Genge (Gigena 72), Youngs (capt), Cole (Heyes 78), Spencer, Kitchener (Wells 68), Williams (Kerr 74), O’Connor (Fitzgerald 62), Thompson.Tries G Ford, T Youngs. Con G Ford. Pen G FordSin-bin Williams 30, Cole 52NorthamptonTuala (Kellaway 68); Collins, Hutchinson, Francis, Naiyaravoro (Furbank 58); Biggar, Reinach (Mitchell 68); Van Wyk (Waller ht), Fish (Marshall 65), Hill (Franks 62), Ratuniyarawa (Craig 74), Moon, Gibson, Brüssow (Wood 62), Harrison (capt).Tries Reinach, Collins 2 Con Biggar Pens Biggar 4Referee W Barnes. The Breakdown: sign up and get our weekly rugby union email. Read more Topics match reports Share on WhatsApp … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Never got settled in any IPL franchise: Yuvraj Singh

first_img Indo-Asian News Service KolkataJuly 9, 2019UPDATED: July 9, 2019 15:55 IST Yuvraj Singh announced retirement from all forms of cricket last month (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSYuvraj Singh played for 6 different IPL franchises before announcing retirementYuvraj said he did not settle in whichever team he played forYuvraj singh announced retirement from all forms of cricket last monthIndia’s 2011 World Cup winning hero Yuvraj Singh, who announced his retirement last month, on Tuesday said he rues not getting settled in any side while playing the Indian Premier League (IPL).Yuvraj, who was the player of the tournament in the 2011 World Cup, played for six different franchises in the cash-rich tournament and was part of two IPL winning teams Sunrisers Hyderabad (2016) and Mumbai Indians this year.”I was never settled in whichever franchise I played for. I didn’t really get settled where you are made to play for one franchise or maybe two,” Yuvraj said while receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 91st annual general meeting of the Indian Chambers of Commerce here.In the 2014 auctions, Yuvraj was the most expensive player of IPL history after Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) won an intense bid with Kolkata Knight Riders for a whopping Rs 14 crore.”I almost joined KKR but last moment (in the auctions), I went to RCB. I probably had my best IPL season with RCB. It was unfortunate not to come to KKR,” he recalled.The left-hander was part of Sunrisers Hyderabad’s maiden and only IPL triumph in 2016 but the stylish all-rounder went unsold in the first round of bidding for this year’s IPL before being sold to eventual winners Mumbai at his base price of Rs 1 crore.”I can’t really complain about it. It was great working with all these teams. Being with Mumbai Indians and winning the championship, and also winning for Sunrisers was a great experience,” said Yuvraj, who played four matches for Mumbai this season.advertisementTalking about the inaugural World Twenty20, where he helped India win the title and smashed a record six sixes in a row against England pacer Stuart Broad, Yuvraj said: “The inaugural World Twenty in 2007 changed world cricket specially in T20. It was just my day. The fifth ball was a yorker and still I managed to hit that out of the park. It was my day.””It was a phenomenal tournament, it took cricket to the next level. Absolutely nobody was expecting us to win it. We played fearless cricket. We had a new captain. We lost a few crucial games and had to win all three to get to the finals. We just went and expressed ourselves,” he added.Read More | Yuvraj Singh retirement bash: Shikhar Dhawan, Mohammad Kaif, Sania Mirza in attendanceRead More | Yuvraj Singh tries to troll Jasprit Bumrah. India pacer makes smart comebackAlso SeeFor 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 byAnita Jat Tags :Follow World Cup 2019Follow Yuvraj SinghFollow IPL 2019 Never got settled in any IPL franchise: Yuvraj SinghYuvraj Singh, who played for six different franchises in his IPL career, said he did not really settle in any of the sides he had played for in the cash-rich tournament.advertisementlast_img read more

Woodford Reserve Uncorks Special Edition Bourbon Bottle for 2018 Kentucky Derby

first_img The Best American Liqueur Stirred or Shaken? How to Make a Perfect Vodka Martini Editors’ Recommendations 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World The Best Documentaries on Netflix Right Now If You Haven’t Visited the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, What Are You Waiting For? It’s that time of the year again, when an entire day’s — nay a week’s — worth of celebrations boils down to two minutes of actions. That’s right, sports fans, it’s time for the Kentucky Derby and with that, it’s time for Kentucky Derby-related everything.We’ve got you covered on mint juleps and on how to bet on the Derby , but we’re looking here specifically at this year and how Woodford Reserve, the official sponsor of the Kentucky Derby, is commemorating the event: with a special edition bottle of their bourbon. (This is the nineteenth iteration, for all those keeping count.)This year, the bottle art was designed by a Brown-Forman employee, Keith Anderson. The bottle features powerful thoroughbreds as they leaving the starting gate, alive in the glory of their colorful racing silks.Anderson, who has worked at the private dining room, Bourbon Street Café, at Brown-Forman headquarters in Louisville, Kentucky, has been an artist since he was a child. While not a full-time artist, he sold paintings to fund his tuition at Murray State University and then the University of Louisville. At a company party in 2017, he told the senior vice president of Brown-Forman, Mark Bacon, that he could be as good, if not better than, the national artists that Woodford Reserve has used in previous years.“Sometimes we overlook the very talent that’s right in front of us,” Bacon said. “We are deeply honored to start this new partnership with Churchill Downs – and to celebrate it with the beautiful artwork of Keith Anderson.”Anderson called having his work featured “a dream come true.”The 2018 Kentucky Derby Bottle hit shelves nationwide in March with a suggested retail price of $43.99. It can also be purchased online at Reserve Bar for $54.If you really want to blow your Kentucky Derby experience out of the water, you can up your game by purchasing one of Woodford Reserve’s $1,000 Mint Julep Cups. (There’s also a $2,500 version if a grand isn’t expensive enough for you).The $1,000 “Bluegrass Cup” features polished sterling silver rose applications and is plated in 18-karat yellow gold. The $2,500 “Commonwealth Cup” is a sterling silver cup with a 24-karat heavy reliquary quality gold plating, with sterling silver details.This year’s cup was created with the theme “Best of Kentucky” in mind. It features:The Twin Spires of Churchill Downs, a nod to Woodford Reserve’s inaugural year as the Presenting Sponsor of the Kentucky DerbyLines that run around the cup that represent one of the key ingrdients in Woodford Reserve, limestone-filtered water (it’s also important in producing a champion horse, too).Three sterling silver applications: a thoroughbred horse and jockey, a bottle of Woodford Reserve, and a rose (it is called the “Run for the Roses,” after all).Each cup will be presented in a wooden box lined with silk (like those worn by the jockeys).All proceeds from the $1,000 Mint Julep Cup are benefiting the Jennifer Lawrence Arts Fund, which is dedicated to supporting a variety of organizations, with the ultimate goal of delivering arts access, education, and excellence opportunities.If you’re looking to purchase one of these cups, you’d better hurry; only 90 Bluegrass cups and 15 commonwealth cups were made. They can be pre-ordered here and be picked up at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Any unsold cups will be made available for purchase day-of.last_img read more

Scenic Unveils 2020/2021 SE Asia Cruise Season With Fares Held at 2019/2020

first_imgGuests can also choose between free flights or $1,500 in savings Boston, April 2019 – Southeast Asia is fast becoming one of the most sought after regions to explore, offering travelers a look at ancient cultures, historic treasures, exotic locales and enticing foods. And Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours continues to offer one of the best ways to be immersed into the local scene with its exclusive excursions and its luxury Space Ships. For guests looking to explore SE Asia during the 2020-2021 season, whether sailing along the historic Mekong River as it meanders through Vietnam and Cambodia or on Myanmar’s culturally-rich Irrawaddy River, Scenic is keeping its fares at the 2019-2020 level for all bookings made through June 30, 2019. And throwing in roundtrip air from the USA – or $1,500 per person savings. Additional details can be found in the online brochure. The itineraries, ranging from 11 to 31 days, include the usual sites of floating canal villages, verdant paddy fields, ancient temples and bustling markets, but also step away into some of the more unique and immersive opportunities. On the Mekong, guests can choose to try multiple forms of transport including bicycles, ox carts, Tuk Tuks, long tail boats, speed boats and sampans; learn the art of Vietnamese and Cambodian cooking; visit a family-operated fish farm; meet with survivors of the Khmer Rouge; and enjoy lunch at a local NGO restaurant that teaches local street kids hospitality skills. Along the Irrawaddy, guests spend time with locals on the ‘Circle’ train that travels around Yangon; cook regional cuisine after exploring Pindaya Caves; mingle with local pilgrims at Tant Kyi Taung, a hilltop pagoda with stunning views; and learn about life at home with a visit to a local family for lunch at Inle Lake. Scenic Enrich are exclusive-to-Scenic excursions and truly make every journey special and memorable. These opportunities are included on every itinerary. Examples include, in Cambodia, a magical themed gala dinner at Angkor’s Kravan Temple, with a unique and outstanding show featuring the alluring Apsara dancers, and a Tuk Tuk City Lights tour of Phnom Penh ending with an exclusive after-hours distillery visit and tasting. In Vietnam, guests take to the streets of Ho Chi Minh on vintage Vespas to absorb some of the energy of the nightlife and enjoy an array of delicious street foods. In Myanmar, there is a magical themed dinner with a cultural show in front of the candle lit Bagan Temple ruins; an opportunity to interact with novice monks, nuns and orphans at a monastic-supported school; and learning how to produce gold leaf at a workshop. Scenic’s truly all-inclusive fares means everything except massages and the hair dresser is included: private butler service, unlimited complimentary beverages, gratuities, transfers, cultural entertainment, regional cuisine as well as Western dining in customized settings: poolside to cabin, al fresco to fine dining. And Scenic Freechoice activities help create remarkable memories from the regions’ kaleidoscope of customs and cuisine. Scenic is the only river cruise line to design and build their SE Asia luxury river ships to meet European safety standards. The 68-guest Scenic Spirit on the Mekong and the 44-guest Scenic Aurafor the Irrawaddy include key features such as marine paneling so noises do not penetrate to adjoining suites, compartmentalized fire zones, and custom built-in sprinkler systems throughout all public and private spaces. Accommodations onboard are all suites with walk out balconies (no porthole cabins) and are the most spacious and luxurious in SE Asia, offering sizes of up to 861 ft² on the Mekong and 735 ft² on the Irrawaddy. Guests enjoy pillow menus, scenic slumber beds, separate living and bedroom and bathrooms, and walk in wardrobes. Public areas include a pool, open air cinema, sun decks, spa, fitness room, sauna and steam room (Spirit), elevator (Spirit) and multiple dining options. Guests are also able to take in a stunning visual display of some of the most popular local artists of recent times, with a gallery of original artworks adorning the walls and hallways of both ships. Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours has grown over its 33-year history to include award-winning, all-inclusive escorted tours that take participants to many of the world’s most fascinating destinations and, since 2008, truly all-inclusive, five-star river cruises in Europe, SE Asia, Russia and Egypt on its 15 Space-Ships. In 2019, Scenic is introducing the world’s first Discovery Yacht, the 228-guest Scenic Eclipse.last_img read more

CSDC and CSCL Receive USD 169m in Scrap-and-Build Subsidies

first_imgzoom China Shipping Development Company (CSDC) and China Shipping Container Lines (CSCL) have received a combined subsidy of around CNY 1.05 billion (USD 169m) from China’s Ministry of Finance for the disposal and retrofitting of their vessels.CSDC was granted approximately CNY 925 million (USD 149m), while CSCL received around CNY 127m (USD 20.5m) through their parent company China Shipping (Group) Company.CSCL expects the subsidy for the disposal and retrofitting of the vessels will have a positive impact on the company’s annual results.CSDC said that the subsidy was already taken into account in preparation of the company’s management accounts in early July 2015,  based on which the company indicated the expected net loss of approximately CNY 130 million, arising from non-operational items.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Defence lawyers error prompts Appeal Court to quash sexassault conviction

first_imgTORONTO – A man found guilty for the violent sexual assault of a new mother has had his conviction quashed after Ontario’s top court on Monday agreed his lawyer had failed him at trial.In deciding a miscarriage of justice had occurred, the Court of Appeal said Ian Walendzewicz might have succeeded in undermining the complainant’s credibility if he had an effective lawyer — normally a difficult argument for an accused to make.Superior Court Justice Jane Ferguson, sitting without a jury, convicted Walendzewicz, of Cobourg, Ont., in February 2013 — a decade after the alleged attack. Evidence at trial, based on the complainant’s testimony, was that the man with whom she had an on and off relationship arrived drunk at her apartment on a night in October 2003.The woman alleged Walendzewicz punched her in the face and broke her nose, threatened to pour hot soup on her and her three-week-old baby, then raped her, court records show. She reported the alleged incident to police and went to hospital, where she completed a sexual assault questionnaire.One of the answers she gave on the form — entered into evidence by the prosecution with agreement from the defence — was that she’d had protected sex just two days before the alleged attack — an answer Walendzewicz’s lawyer failed to notice.Walendzewicz’s defence — he did not testify — turned on his argument that the woman had agreed to sex with him, but during her trial testimony, she was adamant she would never have done so that soon after giving birth.“Three weeks after having a baby you are not having sex,” the woman testified, according to a transcript. “You are supposed to be waiting at least six weeks. And trust me, the last thing on your mind after giving natural childbirth is sex.”Justice Ferguson accepted her testimony as truthful, and convicted the accused, then in his mid-30s, of sexual assault, assault causing bodily harm, and uttering threats.Walendzewicz’s appeal turned on the complainant’s answer on the hospital questionnaire.Because he had failed to notice her prior statement, Walendzewicz’s lawyer did not bring an application to cross-examine the woman on the answer, which might have exposed an apparent contradiction about her unwillingness to have sex.The lawyer did belatedly try to reference the questionnaire in closing arguments, but Ferguson ruled that out of bounds because he had failed to raise it earlier.For its part, the prosecution argued on appeal that the questionnaire did not prove the woman had agreed to sex two days before the alleged assault. The Crown asserted that cross-examining her about the questionnaire would only have elicited more evidence of his abuse of the woman.The Appeal Court rejected the prosecution arguments.“The complainant sought to corroborate her position she did not consent by offering the testimony (she gave),” the Appeal Court said. “This testimony while on the witness stand at trial was central to her credibility, which was the only live issue at trial.”The mere fact his defence made no attempt to try to undermine her credibility by challenging her over the questionnaire, the court said, was enough to show Walendzewicz had ineffective trial counsel.“We are satisfied that the appellant received ineffective representation at trial that undermines the reliability of the verdict and resulted in a miscarriage of justice,” the Appeal Court said.last_img read more

Famed Nova Scotia treasure hunter did it his way minister tells funeral

first_imgMARTINS POINT, N.S. — An American man who dedicated his life to finding treasure on Nova Scotia’s Oak Island was remembered Monday as a larger-than-life figure who became a pillar in the community he made home for more than 50 years.Roughly 120 people packed a small wood-panelled church in the coastal community of Martins Point for the funeral of Dan Blankenship.Blankenship, a U.S. Army veteran who became fixated on the Oak Island mystery, died March 17 at age 95.The service included a rendition of Frank Sinatra’s “My Way.”“He enjoyed his life,” said Rev. Ron Barkhouse of St. Mark’s Anglican Church, where Blankenship would often attend services.“He had 95 years to do what he wanted to do.”Blankenship was a staple on “The Curse of Oak Island,” a reality TV series on the History channel set on the 57-hectare island on Nova Scotia’s south shore.David Eisnor, a longtime family friend, said during a eulogy that Blankenship was known around the world for being a treasure hunting legend, but he had many interests.Eisnor said his resume would also include “scuba diver, fisherman, armchair quarterback for his love of football, dancer and singer.”Blankenship became hooked on the story of Oak Island after reading a “Reader’s Digest” story in 1965 at his Florida home.Eisnor said at the time, Blankenship asked his wife Jane to read the piece, hoping it would also pique her interest.“She handed it back to him and said, ‘So what?’” said Eisnor, sparking a few laughs from the crowd.“Dan said to her, ‘Well number one, there’s treasure on Oak Island, and number two, I’m going to find it.’“It’s a statement like that, in a nutshell, that summed up Dan’s unbridled determination for everything that he did.”Blankenship co-owned the island with a group of investors, including brothers Rick and Marty Lagina, who are doing the major work on site now. Their search for treasure has been featured during the reality TV show’s six seasons.The Oak Island legend began in 1795 when curious teenage boys began digging at the site, thinking they might find a pirate’s buried treasure. Theories on who may have buried treasure on the island range from pirate Blackbeard to the Knights Templar.Aly Thomson, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Officials Optimistic about Future of Oil and Gas in Morocco

Rabat – Fastnet Oil & Gas revealed earlier this week on their website that the Foum Assaka FA-1 well in the Agadir basin “encountered oil and gas shows and demonstrated a working system; however, commercial volumes of hydrocarbons were not found.” “The FA-1 well has been drilled to total depth within budget,” said Paul Griffiths, managing director of Fastnet.Despite the seemingly disappointing news for oil and gas, the Minister for Energy Water and the Environment, Abdelkader Aamara together with Amina Benkhadra from the National Office of Hydrocarbons and Mines (ONHYM), expressed a positive and reassuring view regarding the future of the industry during the opening session of the Morocco Oil and Gas summit that took place in Marrakech from May 7-8.According to daily newspaper Akhbar Al Yaoum, the optimism of the two officials was translated into figures showing that more than 34 companies are now operating in Morocco in the framework of 131 offshore and onshore exploration permits, in addition to five reconnaissance licenses and nine exploitation concessions. During the summit, Benkhadra highlighted the progress made last year. In 2013, there was an acquisition of 5451 square kilometers of 3D seismic data, 654 square kilometers of 2D seismic data, the drilling of three wells, and MAD 2.4 billion ($294 million) in investments from ONHYM oil companies. This year, 27 wells have been drilled and the net worth of investments is estimated at around MAD 5 billion.The ONHYM boss seemed cautiously optimistic, according to Akhbar Al Yaoum. “Nobody said it was easy to search for oil and gas deposits. It took Chevron four years of dry wells in Saudi Arabia before the explorations in Dammam,” Benkhadra said. Dammam is the most oil-rich region in the world.Edited by Liz Yaslik© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed read more

IndoLanka accord is a sound framework say Indian experts

The Indo-Sri Lankan agreement drafted in 1987 is a sound framework that can be improved upon, say Indian politicians and those who were involved closely with the political developments then, The Hindu newspaper reported.For speakers at the launch of Tamil book, Ore inaprachinaiyum or opandhamum on Friday, it was time to recall the incidents that led to the accord and the later developments, including the assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi and the death of LTTE leader Prabhakaran. N. Ram, Chairman, The Hindu Group, recalled that Panruti S. Ramachandran, then a Minister in M.G. Ramachandran’s Cabinet had explained Prabakaran’s position to Rajiv Gandhi and that the former would never compromise on anything less than a separate State for Tamils. “The gap could not be bridged. I know that neither Centre nor State has supported a separate State. Even in Tamil Nadu, people have not supported the idea,” he said, recalling that during elections the issue was generally part of other demands. Senior journalist Gnani recalled that when the accord was being framed, he had vehemently opposed it. Advocate K.S. Radhakrishnan recalled the events that led to India’s involvement in Sri Lanka’s internal strife and felt that it was a geopolitical issue that India could not neglect. Former IPS officer G. Thilakavathi recalled her long association with Asokamitran and his wife, Rajeswari. Nanda, publisher of Kalaignan Publications, spoke. Mr. Ramachandran felt the agreement was a guarantee on the part of India but since the Sinhalese did not welcome it, the accord did not work. The decisions made by successive Sri Lankan rulers played a major part in dividing the populations. However, it is equality and providing equal opportunities that would bring about equal outcome, he said.The book, authored by T. Ramakrishnan, Senior Associate Editor with The Hindu, was released by Mr. Ramachandran and the first copywas received by the author’s mother, Rajeswari Thyagarajan. read more

Law students hailed by judges after overturning care workers sexual assault conviction

 Gareth Jones from Trecastle, PowysCredit:WALES NEWS SERVICE The following evening the police arrived at his home. He handed over his unwashed uniform from the previous night’s shift before being arrested for sexual assault.”That’s when my life just crumbled,” he told the BBC. “I felt like my heart had just been ripped out of me.“I was shocked, all over the place. I’d done nothing wrong.”At trial, Mr Jones, who has a learning difficulty that impairs his understanding, found proceedings impossible to follow and did not understand what was going on.Court of Appeal judges considered new evidence before ruling that the conviction could not be considered safe, pointing to a lack of DNA evidence.  Gareth Jones from Trecastle, Powys “University projects are a sticking plaster only and cannot replace a properly-funded legal aid system.” The team, led by Dr Dennis Eady, get sent hundreds of cases from people desperate to expose alleged miscarriages of justice.But as they sifted through the documents concerning Mr Jones’s case, they quickly realised there was a realistic prospect of overturning the conviction. There was a lack of medical evidence and Mr Jones had not been treated as a vulnerable person in court. A team of university law students have succeeded in overturning the conviction of a care worker who was wrongly jailed for sexually assaulting a dementia patient.The astonishing victory was the culmination of six years of unpaid work by students, solicitors and barristers who were determined to expose the miscarriage of justice.Gareth Jones, who has learning difficulties, was jailed in 2008 for what was described in court as a “vicious and sadistic” attack on a vulnerable, elderly woman.He had always pleaded his innocence but was “depicted as a monster” before the jury and was  jailed for nine years, a sentence later reduced to seven years on appeal.Gareth, 33, from Trecastle, Powys, spent three and a half years in Usk Prison and was forced to sign the sex offenders register.But his long-term carer, Paula Morgan was determined to prove his innocence and spent months searching for a legal team who would take up his case before coming across the Cardiff University Innocence Project. Cardiff UniversityCredit:James Davies/Alamy Stock Photo “The key thing about the new evidence was that (the patient’s) injuries could have been caused by a series of medical mishaps,” Dr Eady said. “There were other explanations. As a case to be taken on, it was a fairly obvious one.“It was an unfair trial but more to the point, Gareth didn’t do it.”Mr Jones was carrying out routine checks at the care home near Brecon when he realised the elderly patient in question was bleeding heavily, and so pressed an emergency call button for help.When colleagues arrived he left the room, as he could not stand the sight of blood but later accompanied the woman to hospital. Cardiff University Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. They said if the case was heard today, Mr Jones would have been given support for his learning difficulties during the legal process and the jury would have been directed to take it into account during their deliberations.”The charged and rhetorical nature of the questions and some of Mr Jones’s responses would have been likely to leave the jury with the impression that he had no answer to the charge,” they said.The judges acknowledged the “significant contribution” the Cardiff University Innocence Project made to his appeal.It is the second time the Innocence Project, launched in 2006, has successfully overturned a criminal conviction and it remains the only such project in the UK to have done so.The team made history in 2014, after former gang member Dwaine George, jailed for life in 2002 after teenager Daniel Dale was shot dead in Manchester, had his murder conviction overturned.The inocence project allows students who are passionate about investigating alleged miscarriages of justice to work on cases of long-term prisoners who maintain their innocence of serious crimes for which they have been convicted.Professor Julie Price, Head of Pro Bono at Cardiff University’s School of Law and Politics said: “The appeals system is problematic and needs to change. Even if you can afford lawyers, the system is stacked against you. read more

IMDEX Launches InField Geoanalysis solution

first_imgIMDEX Ltd has announced the launch of its In-Field Geoanalysis solution at the Resources for Future Generations Conference 2018 in Vancouver, Canada, 16-21 June 2018. Making an informed decision in the minerals discovery process requires reliable information about the geology, including hidden sub-surface information. Reliable geochemical data is a critical component of this. IMDEX’s new In-Field Geoanalysis solution – a complete portable sample preparation and analysis system – “provides this data and enables geologists to make informed decisions on site and in near real-time.”Commenting on this complete end-to-end solution for rapid sample preparation and near real-time analysis, Global Product Manager – Geosciences, James Cleverley said: “We are excited to officially unveil this unique solution, as it supports geoscientists in making timely informed decisions. As a geoscientist running a drilling or sampling program you can be up and running with your own on-site lab, producing consistent and quality samples, managing the analysis and quality control and having confidence the data you are viewing is accurate and repeatable, all in 20 minutes. The key is the preparation of quality samples – it is not just pointing and shooting at rocks.”Cleverley added that IMDEX’s In-Field Geoanalysis solution addresses a historical industry challenge, that is, the protracted exploration lifecycle from sample collection to receipt of information to make critical decisions regarding drilling or sampling programs. Typically a sample is collected and transported to an off-site laboratory for preparation and analysis. Resulting data is then interpreted and used to either validate or update a geological model. Based on this model, informed decisions can then be made – for example drill another hole, change the sampling strategy, or move to the next target.Depending on the style and stage of the program, this cycle can take three months or more, which often results in decisions being made without having all of the necessary data available. In Cleverley’s view this lifecycle is too long and the risks and associated costs are too high. “Imagine finding an error in the data collection process or drilling in the wrong place because of an incomplete geological model?”IMDEX’s Global Manager Integrated Solution, Michelle Carey, says the key benefit for clients is timely access to accurate data, which subsequently reduces the total cost of the exploration project. “It supports the geoscientist’s decision process and gives them more time to act on that decision, removing the burden of assay logistics, time delays and data administration. It is another way IMDEX is striving to reduce the costs and increase the efficiencies of our clients’ operations.”IMDEX now delivers a range of end-to-end solutions to the global minerals industry and targeted non-mining applications. These solutions integrate products and technologies from leading brands AMC and REFLEX and include: Drilling Optimisation; Downhole Navigation; Structural Geology; Driller Operable Geophysics; and In-Field Geoanalysis.The company’s latest solution combines: the REFLEX CRUSHER™ and REFLEX MILL™– a portable sample preparation system; the REFLEX PRESS™ – an innovative sample press and die that produces a high quality and consistent sample; and the REFLEX XRF™ – a hardware/ software solution that delivers controlled assay workflows, QA/QC, together with data management. These technologies seamlessly integrate with IMDEXHUB-IQ™ – award winning cloud-based software and IMDEX ioGAS™ – the leading exploratory data analytics software for the detection of anomalies and relationships in geoscience data.The REFLEX CRUSHER™ is used to crush a coarse sample taken directly from the drill or field site. The sample is then milled into a fine powder using the REFLEX MILL™ and compacted into a homogenous, dense, flat puck using the REFLEX PRESS™. This produces a consistent, representative, quality sample that is analysed using the REFLEX XRF™ and Connect software. With real-time data and a secure chain of custody, IMDEXHUB-IQ™ seamlessly captures geoscientific data – including detailed petrophysical and geochemical analysis – which can be exported to IMDEX ioGAS™ further analysis and modelling.The complete solution arrives on site in six pelican cases and can be setup in 15-20 minutes. Clients then have a full processing system where they need it, which can deliver approximately 100 samples per day. “Just imagine relaxing with a cup of tea, while analysing today’s data and making an informed decision about the next day’s work program, changes to the soil sampling program, or reliably directing the driller where to drill next. The result is dynamic intelligent sampling, smarter drilling and a quicker return on expenditure,” says Cleverley.last_img read more

Extremely poor quality materials caused Bangladesh factory collapse

first_img(Image: AM Ahad/AP)A GOVERNMENT INVESTIGATION found that “extremely” poor quality construction materials and a series of violations caused the collapse of a garment factory building in Bangladesh that has been called the worst garment-industry disaster in history, the committee head said today.Last month’s disaster killed more than 1,100 workers and highlighted the hazardous working conditions in Bangladesh’s $20 billion garment industry and the lack of safety for millions of workers who are paid as low as $38 a month.“The owner used extremely poor quality iron rods and cement,” committee head Khandker Mainuddin Ahmed told The Associated Press a day after submitting the report to the government. “There were a series of irregularities.”Not built for industrial useThe report found that building owner Sohel Rana had permission to build a six-story structure and added two floors illegally so he could rent them out to garment factories. Past statements from authorities said the owner had permission for a five-story structure and added three floors illegally.The report also said the building was not built for industrial use and the weight of the heavy garment factory machinery and their vibrations contributed to the building collapse. Those factors had previously been cited.The ground on which the building was built was not fit for a multi-story building, the report said.“A portion of the building was constructed on land which had been a body of water before and was filled with rubbish,” Ahmed said. (Ismail Ferdous/AP)Life in jailThe committee recommended that Rana and the owners of the garment factories be sentenced to life in jail if they are found guilty of violating building codes.Rana, three engineers and four factory owners have been arrested.The building was shut down briefly after workers spotted cracks in its walls and pillars a day before the April 24 collapse. But the garment factory workers were called back to work, many of them forcefully.More than 2,500 people were rescued shortly after the disaster. The committee urged the government to ensure that all those injured receive free medical treatment.last_img read more

Les bébés humains et chimpanzés utiliseraient une communication gestuelle similaire

first_imgLes bébés humains et chimpanzés utiliseraient une communication gestuelle similairePubliant leurs travaux dans la revue Frontiers in Comparative Psychology, des chercheurs américains ont mis en évidence la proximité entre les modes de communication gestuelle chez les bébés humains, chimpanzés et bonobos.L’équipe de Kristen Gillespie-Lynch, psychologue du développement à l’Université de Staten Island, à New York, a comparé des vidéos montrant le comportement quotidien d’une fillette entre 11 mois et 2 ans, à d’autres séquences montrant celui de 2 jeunes singes (initiés au langage des signes au Centre de recherche sur le langage à Atlanta) entre 1 an et 26 mois : Panpanzee, un chimpanzé, et Panbanisha, un bonobo.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Au début, les 3 bébés utilisaient, bien plus que des mots (fillette) ou des signes appris (singes), les mêmes gestes spontanés : désigner du doigt un objet convoité, ou tendre les bras quand ils voulaient être pris dans les bras, par exemple. Cependant, la petite fille, en plus, saluait de la main, hochait ou secouait la tête pour dire ‘oui’ ou ‘non’ – des gestes ‘instinctifs’ absents du répertoire des 2 jeunes singes.De plus, la petite fille, via ce type de communication, semblait plutôt axée sur le partage de son expérience avec les autres gens, tandis que les singes ‘instrumentalisaient’ les gestes, les utilisant plutôt pour obtenir ce qu’ils désiraient. Puis, en grandissant, les 3 jeunes ont utilisé de plus en plus la communication symbolique – langage des signes chez les singes ou parole chez la fillette – mais de façon plus spectaculaire chez cette dernière.Si l’on en croit ces observations, humains, chimpanzés et bonobos utilisent donc au départ un ‘tronc commun’ en matière de communication. “Le geste joue un rôle important dans l’évolution du langage, car il précède l’usage du langage chez ces [trois] espèces. Nous pouvons donc nous faire une idée de ce que notre ancêtre commun était en mesure de faire en termes de communication”, conclut Kristen Gillespie-Lynch.Le 8 juin 2013 à 16:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews PACIFIC RIM UPRISING

first_img Is Pacific Rim: Uprising good?It’s alright.Just alright?I mean… what were you expecting? You didn’t think it was going to be as good as the first one, did you?Should I not have?Guillermo del Toro not returning to direct, Rinko Kikuchi only back for a minor cameo, new cast mostly of kids doing a Top Gun/Starship Troopers riff and very blatantly only happening in the first place because Chinese multiplex investors demanded an (affordable) sequel to this franchise in particular?Well, when you put it that way…But yeah, it’s fine.What’s the big difference?In the original, Guillermo del Toro took a premise and screenplay that was essentially a checklist of Saturday morning Anime and tokusatsu cliches and dumped about 900 gallons of… “himself” all over it until it resembled something like an elevation of the form. Don’t get me wrong; I love it – it’s a blast of a movie. But it’s a blast of a movie that lives and dies almost entirely on style and atmosphere and said atmosphere is all about the uniquely bizarre fusion of del Toro’s retro-pulp schlock-horror sensibilities mashing together with what’s otherwise “Not-Godzilla vs. Not-Gundam” or “Dumb Evangelion.”Uprising, on the other hand, mostly looks like any other optimized-for-Chinese-IMAX-3D multiplex blockbuster: Bright primary colors, lots of big swooping slow-motion tumbles and particle effects, mostly daytime shooting and big stretches that are either entirely CGI or CG characters dropped into plate shots. Certainly not “bad” looking – probably the best live-action mecha-anime ever on balance, in fact – just lacking the signature flair that made the original stick out so much more profoundly.What’s the plot this time?Refreshingly, it’s an actual sequel as opposed to a retread or soft reboot. It’s been 10 years since the events of the original film and, unlike every other monster movie sequel ever, everyone pretty much agrees that the Kaiju will probably come back so they’ve kept up building more and better  Jaegers to fight them if they do. But now there’s disagreement over whether to keep using the original two-person piloted versions or remote-controlled “drone” versions developed by a Chinese company run by Jing Tian and Newton (Charlie Day from the original movie.) John Boyega is playing Stacker Pentecost’s (Idris Elba) estranged wash-out son, who gets pulled back into the army to help train new young Jaeger pilots with an ex-friend (Scott Eastwood).  He gets wrapped up in a conspiracy mystery involving a rogue “evil” Jaeger of unknown origin and it probably goes without saying that something fishy is up with those drones.And also the Kaiju are back, right?Yeah, the trailers and posters have all given away that there’s eventually Kaiju to fight again, but before that there’s actually a pretty solid mystery as to what’s going on and who’s “up to” what that I wouldn’t give away. On paper it’s a pretty good narrative. But there’s honestly a little too much of it, and it’s paced very awkwardly (there’s a villain reveal that’s blown WAY too early for no good reason) since it’s clear that “action” beat “story” in every “what can we afford to cut?” discussion.How are the actors?Mostly interchangeable, especially the younger kids playing the new pilots who feel like they might’ve had bigger parts in a longer cut. It’s nice to hear John Boyega get to use his real voice in a big movie again, at least, and always nice to see Rinko Kikuchi even if Mako Mori is really only onhand as an expository cameo in this one. Scott Eastwood isn’t really given much to work with.Is it worth seeing?Once the FX team gets to take over for the robot fighting (which is most of the time), it’s quite a show, especially at IMAX-scale. Nowhere near as stylish or involving as the original, but you get a lot of robot/monster combat as things roll into Act 3 and the finale is much more brazen about the Godzilla/Gundam/Ultraman/etc. homage stuff than the first one. So if that’s your scene you should definitely get your fix here. MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ Stay on targetcenter_img Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

House Lawyers File Motion to Stop Milcon Funds from Going to Border

first_imgHouse lawyers filed a motion Tuesday evening requesting a federal judge block the administration’s plan to use reprogrammed DOD funds for southern border barriers, according to The Hill.The motion seeks to stop about $6 billion in military construction and counter-drug funds for building President Donald Trump’s long-promised border wall.“Defendants are moving quickly to construct the border wall, and they have awarded contracts against funds that Congress did not appropriate for that purpose,” House General Counsel Doug Letter wrote with other lawyers. “And more contracts are coming soon. Once made, these unconstitutional expenditures cannot be undone, and the grave institutional injury inflicted on the House cannot be remedied.”The motion argues the president violated the Constitution when he sidestepped congressional authority in directing reallocation of funds in his February emergency declaration.The Army Corps of Engineers, which handles most of the barrier contracts, has moved to award up to $8 billion in DOD funds, according to a Quartz report.The Department of Homeland Security has moved forward with using DOD funds for barriers in Arizona and New Mexico, Military Times reported Tuesday.Customs and Border Protection photo by Nicholas Robbs ADC AUTHORlast_img read more

2020 Nissan Sylphy offers likely glimpse of next US Sentra

first_img 2020 Nissan Sylphy rises in Shanghai, looks like the next Sentra 32 Photos Post a comment Nissan is also updating its long-serving HR16DE four-cylinder engine for the Chinese-market Sylphy. So far, the company is making no mention of power, torque or efficiency figures in its press release for the third-generation engine. However, they do note the presence of an updated Xtronic continuously variable transmission.Nissan says its engineers have increased the stiffness of the Sylphy’s body and improved suspension and steering feel — all changes that should make this compact sedan more fun to drive.Perhaps just as importantly, the 2020 Nissan Sylphy is getting some much-needed cabin and safety upgrades. Nissan is quick to call out the Sylphy’s new single-switch HVAC control system, as well as a color 7-inch TFT screen in the instrument binnacle and an 8-inch screen in the center stack.Enlarge ImageQuilted camel-colored leather seats in a Sentr… Sylphy? Never thought we’d live to see the day. Nissan Safety comes courtesy of Nissan’s Intelligent Mobility program and consists of forward collision warning, blind spot warning, lane departure warning, cross traffic alert and Intelligent Driving Alert, a basic monitor to curb drowsy and distracted driving. Not bad for a car at the Sylphy’s end of the luxury/value continuum (especially in China, which has been somewhat slower to adopt advanced driver assist features than other markets). Nissan also makes a point of calling out that the new 2020 Sylphy has a coefficient of drag that is the same as its aging GT-R sports coupe — 0.26. (Somehow, we don’t see owners casually slipping this tidbit into date-night conversations.)2020 Nissan Sylphy - SentraEnlarge ImageThe new Sylphy dumps its formerly lumpen looks for something altogether sleeker. Nissan “The all-new Nissan Sylphy represents the full landing of Nissan Intelligent Mobility in China,” said Daniele Schillaci, executive vice president of Nissan, in a statement. “With an even more stylish design and advanced connectivity and safety technologies, the all-new Nissan Sylphy gives customers a whole new level of confidence and excitement, befitting of a leading family sedan.”Now, how much of this ends up on the US-market Sentra remains to be seen, but we’re willing to bet we’ll end up seeing nearly all of it in US showrooms in the not-too-distant future. Tags 2019 Nissan Pathfinder Rock Creek Edition first drive: Its roots are showing 0 Nissan’s Sylphy line is getting ready to observe its 20th birthday. As a present of sorts, the fine folks in Yokohama are celebrating by rolling out an all-new model at the Shanghai Motor Show, aka AutoChina. Why is this news important to us Americans? Because if history is any guide, we will eventually know this Sylphy by a different name: Sentra.While Nissan officials are stopping short of confirming it, minus a few market-specific tweaks, we believe the vibrant orange sedan seen here is the 2020 Nissan Sentra. Given that the current B17 generation has been around since 2013 and has never really been considered a top-flight competitor, this new model can’t arrive soon enough.So, what does the 2020 Nissan Sylphy bring to the table? Well, to begin with, it adopts the Japanese automaker’s current design language, which, while not going to go down in the annals of history as a great beauty, is a significant improvement over the outgoing model. That means there’s a version of Nissan’s signature V-motion grille, a pair of narrower headlamps, and a far sleeker overall aesthetic than today’s Sylphy and Sentra models. Unsurprisingly, the new design looks a lot like today’s 2019 Altima, as well as the new 2020 Nissan Versa sedan that was revealed just this past weekend. Share your voice More From Roadshow 2019 Nissan Leaf Plus review: A better EV, but maybe not the best Nissan Shanghai Motor Show 2019 Nissan 2020 Nissan Versa first drive: 15% more price, 100% more car Sedanslast_img read more

Swamp Thing premieres on DC Universe May 31

first_img Tags See It Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) 51 Photos 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. Read Google Home Hub review Comments 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. Sarah Tew/CNET 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. Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Although the trailer was light on screen time for the plant-based hero, Swamp Thing will be a central character in the show, along with Abby Arcane, as played by Crystal Reed. Abby is a CDC doctor investigating a deadly disease in the swamps of her hometown of Houma, Louisiana. In the comics, she’s the love interest of Swamp Thing and the niece of Anton Arcane, the hero’s archenemy. The history of Swamp Thing on screen stretches back to 1982, when famed horror director Wes Craven took a crack at the creature’s story.DC and Warner Bros. revealed their Netflix-style service DC Universe in May 2018, along with a list of original programming in the works for the platform. Of that list, the animated Harley Quinn series and Stargirl will premiere later this year and the beginning of 2020, respectively.  $155 at Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Tags $999 Best Buy See It 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. Best geek movies of the decade $999 DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express $520 at HP Rylo 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. Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $210 at Best Buy 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. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Read the Rylo camera preview Share your voice Turo 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. Swamp Thing is coming.  DC The DC Universe streaming service is about to debut another original show, and it’s a long-time fan favorite. The first trailer for the upcoming Swamp Thing series appeared Tuesday on YouTube, and the show’s set to appear on the platform May 31. It will be the first solo hero original show for DC Universe, which already aired its team-based originals Titans, Young Justice:  Outsiders and Doom Patrol. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TV and Movies,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. $59 at eBay First look at Swamp Thing creature in new trailer HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Angela Lang/CNET Sarah Tew/CNET Read the AirPods review Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Now playing: Watch this: $6 at Tidal See It Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) 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. 0 Turo: Save $30 on any car rental 2:26 TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays See at Turo 7 Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See it Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Share your voice See at Amazon 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. Sprint Amazon $999 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. 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. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Apple iPhone XS 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 Post a comment Read DJI Osmo Action preview 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). Sarah Tew/CNET $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate $299 at Amazonlast_img read more

Chief Minister lauds SP Siddharth Kaushal over Spandana

first_imgOngole: Chief Minister YS Jaganmohan Reddy appreciated the district Superintendent of Police Siddharth Kaushal for his groundbreaking initiatives in organising ‘Spandana’, grievance redressal program in a more transparent way, said a press release from the SP’s office here on Tuesday. The note said that in the video-conference held with district police department officials on Tuesday about the response on ‘Spandana’, the chief minister lauded the efforts of the SP in utilizing the technology to incorporate transparency in government administration. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us It may be recalled that the SP introduced the video-conference system in all police stations in the district, including in the rural and remote area police stations. He is monitoring the grievance program in all stations through the video-conference and directing the officials for action or taking their version for the delay in investigations while he receives a complaint at his office. He is also live-streaming the ‘Spandana’ program on facebook for the public increasing the transparency in the police department. The chief minister appreciated these efforts of the SP and advised him to continue the same.last_img read more

Game of Thrones spinoff to serve as the origin story of Night

first_imgGame of Thrones season 8 episode 2 reviewGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)HBO’s Game of Thrones season 8 only has three episodes remaining and fans will be wondering what to watch next after the release of the final episode. There is this awaited Lords of The Rings series under the production of Amazon but if you still wish to stay in Westeros then worry not, George RR Martin has finally given an update which we all have been waiting for from a long time.Back in 2017, George RR Martin revealed that after the end of Game of Thrones, there were five spinoff shows from the original stories that fans would be able to enjoy for a long time. Martin considered them as successors to Game of Thrones. However, in his recent blog, he stated that three out of those five spinoffs are still moving forward nicely.George RR Martin further pointed out that HBO has ordered a pilot for one of the spinoffs, which is set more than 10,000 years of before the events of Game of Thrones. Several fans have been speculating that this untitled series will finally show us Children of Forest and how they kidnapped the First Men, who eventually became the Night King. If this happens, then one of those Game of Thrones spinoffs will serve as the origin story of Night King. It would be pretty exciting to see how the showrunners will take the narrative forward and what new they will be doing in the show that will fulfil the expectations of millions of fans.In his blog, George RR Martin further stated that the remaining two spinoffs are still in development and they are trying their best to materialise their thoughts into reality. ‘The Winds of Winter’ release date might come as a surprise to the fansReuters”The one I am not supposed to call THE LONG NIGHT will be shooting later this year, and two other shows remain in the script stage, but are edging closer. What are they about? I cannot say. But maybe some of you should pick up a copy of FIRE & BLOOD and come up with your own theories,” Martin wrote.Meanwhile, HBO’s Game of Thrones will return on Sunday night (in the United States) and on Monday morning in India with a brand new episode of season 8. There are several theories about the upcoming episode as Tyrion Lannister will betray Daenerys Targaryen, fans will learn more when the awaited episode will release worldwide.last_img read more