Baig to mount PDP defence of Art. 35A

first_imgThe Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday said senior leader and MP Muzaffar Hussain Baig and party counsel will fight the legal challenge to the validity of Article 35A in the Supreme Court on the next date of hearing.“Veteran PDP leader and MP from Baramulla, Muzaffar Hussain Baig, along with party’s legal counsel will fight the assault being launched against the State’s special position in the Supreme Court of India and will remain present in the court on next hearing slated to be held on August 27,” Peoples Democratic Party chief spokesman Rafi Mir said on Wednesday.Mr. Baig, an alumni of Harvard Law School, served as the advocate-general of Jammu and Kashmir from 1987-89 before joining politics.Mr. Mir said PDP president Mehbooba Mufti held a detailed meeting with party’s top leadership over the present political situation and measures needed to be taken to defend Article 35A in the apex court. “It was unanimously agreed during the meeting that the special position accorded to the State of Jammu and Kashmir by the Constitution of India needs to be protected on all fronts and that the party will remain in the forefront to defend it in the Supreme Court,” He said.Top lawyers Mr. Mir said it was highlighted how the PDP while being part of the coalition with the BJP took “drastic and vital measures” for the defence of Article 35A and the government had engaged the top lawyers of the country for the purpose. Ms. Mehbooba emphasised that the fight to safeguard Jammu and Kashmir’s special status will be carried forward with the same zest, he said.The Supreme Court had, on August 6, said a three-judge bench would decide whether the pleas challenging Article 35A should be referred to a five-judge Constitution bench for examining the larger issue of alleged violation of the doctrine of basic structure of the Constitution.The bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice A. Khanwilkar had adjourned the crucial hearing on as many as five petitions “to the week commencing from August 27” on the grounds that they pertained to the challenge to a Constitutional scheme and could not be heard as the third judge, Justice D.Y. Chandrachud, was not present on that day.last_img read more

IPL 2017: Steve Smith’s Pune outclass Virat Kohli’s Bangalore to end losing streak

first_imgRising Pune Supergiant (RPS) ended their three-match losing run as they defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 27 runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) game at the Chinnaswamy stadium here on Sunday.Asked to bat, Pune suffered a late batting collapse but managed to post a competitive total of 161 for eight in 20 overs. In reply, RCB put up an below-par show, being restricted to 134/9, as they suffered their hat-trick of losses. RCB vs RPS Match HighlightsFor Pune, Rahul Tripathi (31) and Ajinkya Rahane (30) provided a 63-run opening stand and a 58-run third-wicket stand between captain Steven Smith (27) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (28) led to expectations that they would score around 175.But Dhoni and Smith fell off successive deliveries starting from the final ball of the 16th over. They lost three more wickets within three runs. But Manoj Tiwary’s quickfire 27 off 11 deliveries helped them get past 161.However, the competitive total could easily have been a match-winning one, thanks to the start they got from Tripathi (31) and Rahane (30), who posted 61 at the end of Powerplay overs (six).Both scored at a fair clip, Tripathi especially impressive with hitting three fours and a six against pacers Adam Milne and Sreenath Aravind.Rahane too looked fluent, timing the ball nicely as he hit five fours in his 30-run knock.Leg-spinner Samuel Badree broke the opening partnership as Rahane missed the length completely, allowing the ball to dismantle his stumps, with Pune at 63/1 in 7.4 overs.The following over, bowled by left-arm spinner Pawan Negi, saw Tripathi hitting straight at Virat Kohli at short cover.advertisementThese two quick wickets brought Steven Smith and Dhoni to the middle and a partnership slowly flourished.Dhoni, who had 28 runs so far prior to this match, showed flashes of his destructive self, hoicking a delivery from leg-spinner Yuzvender Chahal to the roof of the stadium in the leg side.Smith too joined in the act as the pair got their side past 100 in 13.2 overs.But just when both were seeming to be dangerous going into the last overs, Dhoni and Smith were bowled in successive deliveries off Shane Watson and Aravind, respectively, leaving Pune at 127/4 in 16.1 overs.Five deliveries later, Aravind removed Daniel Christian (1). The following over saw Kiwi paceman Adam Milne dismissing Ben Stokes (2) and Shardul Thakur (0) in the first two deliveries, as Pune plunged to 130/7.Later, Tiwary cracked three fours and two sixes off the 11 deliveries he faced to lift Pune to 161/8.Chasing the innings, RCB didn’t get a good start, losing opener Mandeep Singh (0) who edged one to wicket-keeper off Shardul in the second over.Captain Virat Kohli, who at the personal score of 11 got a reprieve as Tiwary dropped a regular catch at first slip off a Shardul delivery in the second over, could only score a 28 off 19 deliveries.With Kohli’s dismissal, following a miscued shot which landed in the hands of Rahane at deep cover off a Stoke delivery, the hosts were at a spot of bother at 41/2 in 5.3 overs.RCB bowlers operated with discipline, giving no room for the batsmen. The problem for RCB turned worse as a set A.B. de Villiers (29 off 30) was stumped by Dhoni in the bowling of leg-spinner Imran Tahir, reducing the hosts to 70/3 in 10.2 overs.Kedar Jadhav (18) and Shane Watson (14) too struggled against the the likes of Tahir and medium pacers Stokes and Daniel Christian.With the required run rate mounting, a frustrated Jadhav jumped down the track only to drag Jaydev Unadkat delivery on to his stumps, as RCB tottered at 91/4, still needing 71 in 5.1 overs.Watson followed Jadhav soon to the dug-out after being bowled by Stokes, as RCB looked down the barrel at 101/5 in 15.5 overs.Shardul dealt a double double blow to RCB, dismissing dangerous-looking pair of Pawan Negi (11 off seven) and Stuart Binny (18 off eight), to plunge the hosts to 125/7 in 18 overs.Unadkat then got into the act, removing Samuel Badree (0) in the 19th over from which RCB could only score six, needing a mountain to climb. Stokes accounted for Adam Milne (2) to seal the game for Pune.last_img read more

Phillies Stall Mets Again, 7-5

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares PHILADELPHIA — Maybe the Phillies will manager to avoid their first 100-loss season since 1961.Freddy Galvis had two RBIs and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch in the sixth inning, helping Philadelphia defeat the New York Mets 7-5 on Sept. 30.The last-place Phillies (61-97) need to win two of their last four games to avoid the century mark.“I wake up every day knowing I don’t want to lose 100 games,” Phillies reliever Justin De Fratus said. “That wouldn’t be a nice thing to sit on in the offseason.”De Fratus hit Mets slugger Yoenis Cespedes on the ring and middle fingers with a pitch in the third inning, leading to a testy game.“I felt pain when I first got hit,” Cespedes said through a translator. “I was relieved when X-rays came back negative.”“That’s always scary,” added Mets Manager Terry Collins. “Very relieved he’s OK.”De Fratus said it was a sinker that got away. “I hope he’s OK,” he said. “We don’t want to be doing them any favors, but that’s not the way I want to do it. I feel bad about it.”Acquired at the July 31 trade deadline from Detroit, Cespedes is batting .287 with 17 homers and 44 RBIs in 54 games with the Mets. Overall, he has set career highs this season with 35 home runs and 105 RBIs.He exited in the third inning after being hit, but returned to the dugout in the sixth when the benches started to empty following a high-and-tight pitch.Cespedes’ replacement, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, later was hit. After that, Odubel Herrera of the Phillies was plunked in the back.The three hit batters prompted a warning to both teams before Hansel Robles’ head-high pitch sent Philadelphia’s Cameron Rupp to the ground in the sixth. Robles and Collins were ejected.“It was a fastball that got away,” Robles said. Said Collins, “You can’t miss that bad up around the head.”Daniel Murphy and Michael Conforto homered for the NL East champion Mets, who remained one game ahead of the Los Angeles Dodgers for home-field advantage in the Division Series. The Mets hold the tiebreaker in the event the teams finish with identical records.Ken Roberts (1-1) retired one batter. Seven Phillies relievers combined to pitch 8 1-3 scoreless innings, capped by Ken Giles working the ninth for his 15th save in 19 chances.Bobby Parnell (2-4) faced three batters and retired none of them.The teams combined to use 17 pitchers in the 3-hour, 59-minute game. “It was an ugly game,” Collins said. “We have to get rekindled here. We’ll get it going.”Darin Ruf had a two-run double for the Phillies.The Phillies went ahead with three runs on one hit in the sixth, with Galvis scoring on Carlos Torres’ wild pitch.Conforto’s two-run homer with two outs in the first made it 5-0 and finished Alec Asher.last_img read more

Amazins Strike First, Win 3-1

first_imgLOS ANGELES, CA – Jacob deGrom outdueled his counterpart Clayton Kershaw in Game 1 of the National League Division Series (NLDS), as the New York Mets won their first postseason appearance since 2006, 3-1, against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the same team they beat in that season’s NLDS, in a 3-0 series sweep.Behind deGrom’s dominant pitching, the Mets managed to get to the near-equally spectacular Kershaw twice, on a Daniel Murphy solo homer in the 4th, and a two-out, bases loaded single from team captain David Wright in the 7th.After the Dodgers scored a run in the 8th off of Tyler Clippard to cut the lead to 3-1, closer Jeurys Familia came in to record yet another four-out save, which he has made almost a routine occurrence.The series remains in Los Angeles for Game 2 Saturday, Oct. 10 with the  Mets’ red-hot righthander Noah Syndergaard against the Dodgers’ ace, Zach Grienke, who’s had a 19-3 1.66 ERA Cy Young-worthy season.The teams get a day off on Sunday and then the series shifts to New York on Oct. 12 with the Mets’ own ace, Matt Harvey, on the mound. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Brighton splash out record £16m on Locadia

first_imgTransfers Brighton break transfer record for £16m Locadia Matthew Scott Last updated 1 year ago 05:36 1/20/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Locadia - cropped Brighton and Hove Albion Transfers Brighton & Hove Albion Brighton & Hove Albion v Chelsea Premier League The Seagulls have set a club record with their outlay on the Dutch striker as they seek to achieve safety in the Premier League Brighton and Hove Albion have parted with a club-record fee reported to be in the region of £16 million to sign PSV striker Jurgen Locadia.The forward has penned a deal until 2022 at the Amex Stadium, as Chris Hughton looks to add goals in the Seagulls’ attempts to retain their Premier League status.Brighton are 16th in the table, three points above the drop zone, but only rock-bottom Swansea City have scored fewer than their 17 goals this term. Article continues below Editors’ Picks 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 Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Locadia arrives on the south coast with nine goals to his name in 16 Eredivisie outings this season.Hughton told the club’s official website: “We are delighted to have signed Jurgen, and pleased to welcome him to the club. “He is a player we have been aware of for some time, and it’s been no secret we have wanted to add a striker of his type.”He is a strong, powerful and quick centre-forward, with a real eye for goal and will increase our attacking options in the second half of the season.”Jurgen already has a prolific goal record with PSV in the Dutch top division, and it is one we hope he can continue here with us in the Premier League.”last_img read more

China Ocean Industry Group Loses Arbitration over Four Ships

first_imgzoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pexels under CC0 Creative Commons license London Maritime Arbitrators Association has ruled against Hong Kong-based shipbuilding company China Ocean Industry Group in an arbitration proceeding in relation to the construction of four ships, ordering the shipbuilder to refund over USD 112 million to an unnamed customer.The arbitration procedure was launched in August 2018, after the company failed to reach a deal with the customer over delayed deliveries of four ships.According to the arbitration ruling, the customer was entitled to rescind or cancel the shipbuilding contracts, and as such, the client in question in entitled to repayment of made installments in full, plus interest, bringing the total refund value to USD 112.1 million.What is more, the group has been ordered to bear the costs on indemnity basis as well as arbitration award costs totaling in approximately USD 732,000 (GBP 577,885). China Ocean Industry Group said it plans to settle the payment from bank financing.As a result of the decision, on January 3, 2019, the company, Jiangxi Shipbuilding and Jiangsu Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding Co entered into a framework agreement for the acquisition, construction and onward transfer of one of the four vessels which has been rescinded by the customer.Under the terms of the deal, the vessel will be put on sale on an as-is basis by way of public auction with a starting price of USD 8 million.Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding, an indirect subsidiary of Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, agreed to bid USD 8 million for the vessel. Should the bid price exceed USD 8 million, Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding would not be obliged to place any additional bids.“Should Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding succeed in the bid and upon completion of the construction of the rescinded vessel, the group shall enjoy a first right to repurchase the rescinded vessel from Yangzi Xinfu Shipbuilding at USD 16 million together with interest at 12% per annum,” the group said.China Ocean Industry explained that the arrangement is in line with the cooperation framework between the group and Yangzijiang Shipbuilding, which enables Jiangzhou Shipbuilding to reorganize its shipbuilding business and to deal with the vessels under the shipbuilding contracts which have been cancelled or rescinded to minimize the financial impact on the group.In total, the yard has faced hurdles in timely delivery of seven vessels.last_img read more

Adityanath urges HRD to establish IISER in UP

first_imgNew Delhi: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has written to Union HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal ‘Nishank’ urging him to establish an IISER in the state. In his letter, Adityanath has said the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER) has been providing inter-disciplinary education and in order to promote science education, the Human Resource Development (HRD) Ministry has established seven such institutes in the country. “Uttar Pradesh is India’s largest state in terms of its population of 23 crore and a huge section of it consists of youth, who are in search of educational and employment opportunities.last_img read more

A mothers journey from the jail cell

first_imgAPTN National NewsMany Aboriginal women coming out of the prison system find it next to impossible to transition back into society.That’s why a new centre opened its doors in Winnipeg.APTN National News reporter Tiar Wilson has this story.last_img

Security Council schedules evening consultations on Iraq

The talks, which are to resume tonight, are centred on a proposed draft resolution circulated by the United States and United Kingdom. Also today, Council members concluded an open debate on women, peace and security which began yesterday and saw the participation of some three dozen speakers. Numerous representatives took the opportunity to call for attention to women’s concerns in the formulation of mandates for UN peacekeeping operations. There were also widespread calls for increasing the participation of women in all decisions regarding peacemaking, peacekeeping and post-conflict initiatives. read more

Thompson confident ahead of World Championships

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedThompson leads glittering 200m field in ZurichSeptember 1, 2016In “latest news”Jamaican sprinters brace for life after BoltMay 12, 2017In “latest news”Bolt, Thompson headline Jamaica’s 59-member team to London World ChampsJuly 25, 2017In “latest news” (Jamaica Observer) After a smashing season last year, just the thought of Jamaica’s double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson getting better must be frightening for her rivals, to say the least.Thompson, who swept the 100m and the 200m at the Rio Olympics in 10.71 and 21.78 seconds, respectively, believes she is the one to beat.THOMPSON… I have a slight advantage over others (Photo: Observer file)“As a double Olympic gold medallist, I would say yes (I am the one to beat); I have a slight advantage over others,” said the 24-year-old, after officially being introduced as the new FLOW brand ambassador on Sunday.“But I mean everybody is training, everybody wants to win and I will have to work hard. Not because I am Olympic champion doesn’t mean I am going to have an advantage. So I will just have to maintain my focus and composure and continue to be on top,” she added.Thompson, who was a relatively unknown athlete in 2013, showed remarkably improvement and lowered her 100m personal best from 11.41 to 10.70 seconds in just three years, believes there is more in the tank.“I think I have improved and there is more room for improvement,” said Thompson, who opened her season clocking 7.02 seconds over the 60m outdoor at the Queens/Grace Jackson meet on January 28. Her previous best was 7.04 seconds, a clear sign that she is ahead of where she was last year this time.“I am feeling good and the training is going well so far. My main focus is to put in the training and just go out there and perform as the best I can,” she noted.Last year, Thompson was voted Jamaica’s Sportswoman of the Year for the first time after destroying a quality field to win the 100m at the Rio Olympic by a widening 0.12 margin, clocking a splendid 10.71.She then got sweet revenge in the 200m outlasting her 2015 World Championships conqueror Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands, winning in 21.78 seconds and became the first woman to cop the Olympic double in 28 years after American world record holder Florence Griffith-Joyner in 1988.Thompson is expecting to be at her best at the London World Championships in August.“When I go out there to compete, I go to compete, and every year is a learning experience. Beijing was an experience, the Olympics was an experience and coming forward at this year’s World Championships, I wouldn’t say I have more confidence going into the World Championships,” a confident Thompson pointed out.But before the London World Championships, Thompson has her eyes on making her debut at the World Relays in The Bahamas April 22-23.“I am looking forward to the World Relays. I have never been there before and I am looking forward to this year because I know when team Jamaica steps out there, we are going to perform and I am looking forward to be on those relays this year,” said Thompson, with a gleam in her eyes.“The World Relays seem more excited than others and I am looking forward to be in Bahamas,” she added. read more

Bandits beat terrorise Berbice teacher – even wanted her to strip

– security guard choppedFour armed bandits, carrying guns and a cutlass, broke into a teacher’s Canje, Berbice home and robbed her of a quantity of cash and other valuables but not before severely beating her.The incident occurred some time around 01:30hrs on Tuesday and during the attack, a security guard was also chopped.According to a Guyana Times report,  the bandits attacked the 45-year-old guard, Claudius Alert, then proceeded to enter the house at Lot 22 Bhudhan’s Housing Scheme, Caracas, West Canje, by breaking open the back door.They then confronted the 43-year-old teacher, Easter Reid, who was home alone at the time.The Canje house which armed bandits invaded Tuesday morningAccording to the traumatised woman, she was held at gunpoint as the bandits demanded money.“They said where you have the gold and money? I said ‘I don’t have’ and one said: ‘strip, lemme see, strip’ and I started to pull down my dress,” she related.However, one of the other bandits stopped his accomplice. “Don’t bother let the lady strip,” she recalled him saying.The English and Food Preparation teacher told this newspaper that all of the men were masked. She noted that while she was still to properly assess her losses, the bandits made off with jewellery and several digital boxes.“I don’t really wear jewellery, but they took my wedding band, they took another ring I had for my husband, the DVR from security cameras, an E-Networks control box and another box I had for movies,” Reid explained.The woman further recounted that while the one bandit was attempting to sexually assault her, she could hear the bandits beating the guard, adding that she heard “chopping sounds”.She noted that the Police took about 45 minutes to arrive after the initial call.Speaking with this publication, neighbours indicated that when the Police were a few houses away on their way to the scene, the men left the home. Reid corroborated that she heard one of the men saying that the Police were coming before they fled.Meanwhile, the security guard suffered a laceration to the face apparently from a glass bottle that was smashed against him and a chop to the head as well as injuries to the eye.The teacher explained that the guard was employed since February 15.Two persons have since been arrested. The Police are on the hunt for others and are pursuing certain leads. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedArmed bandits terrorise East Canje family during 45-minute home invasionApril 23, 2016In “Crime”Bandit accidentally shot and killed by accomplice after robbing Berbice familyAugust 22, 2016In “Crime”Armed bandits terrorise Corentyne familyAugust 13, 2019In “Crime” read more

Great men sometimes do bad things Shock as US judge sentences rapist

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 53 Comments 46,896 Views ‘Great men sometimes do bad things’: Shock as US judge sentences rapist bishop Keith Vallejo was sentenced to ‘up to life’ in prison this week. By Associated Press Keith Vallejo leaves the courtroom, in Provo, Utah Image: Dominic Valente/AP Saturday 15 Apr 2017, 2:57 PMcenter_img Keith Vallejo leaves the courtroom, in Provo, Utah Image: Dominic Valente/AP Share Tweet Email Apr 15th 2017, 2:57 PM Short URL A WOMAN HAS said she is shocked by a Utah judge’s comments in which he called a former Mormon bishop convicted of sexually assaulting her a “good man” during his sentencing hearing.Julia Kirby said that Judge Thomas Low appeared to care more for her attacker than he did about her.“He only cared about the person he was convicting, and I think that is really kind of despicable,” said the 23-year-old Kirby, who has given The Associated Press permission to publish her nameLow sentenced Keith Robert Vallejo to up to life in prison this week after a jury found him guilty of 10 counts of forcible sexual abuse and one count of object rape.Kirby said she was 19 when Vallejo, a relative, groped her multiple times when she stayed at his house while attending Brigham Young University in 2013.Kirby plans to file an official complaint against Low in the hopes of getting him removed as a judge.Low is facing a deluge of complaints after saying “The court has no doubt that Mr Vallejo is an extraordinarily good man…. But great men sometimes do bad things.”The criticism began around the time Low freed Vallejo from custody after a jury convicted him, said Jennifer Yim, executive director of the Utah Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.But Yim said most of the roughly 40 emails, six voicemails and some Facebook messages received since late March came after Low sentenced Vallejo this week and seemed to get emotional during the hearing.Ryan McBride, the prosecutor on the case, said Low’s comments were inappropriate and said it may have come in response to more than 50 character letters about Vallejo, most of them detailing the good things he has done. The defendant’s brother spoke at the hearing and compared Vallejo to Jesus in making the argument that he was wrongly convicted, McBride said. Keith Vallejo’s mugshot. Source: AP“I don’t think it’s wrong to acknowledge the good things that someone has done in their lives,” the prosecutor said. “But I think whenever you do that in a case like this, you’ve also got to say, ‘But it doesn’t excuse what you’ve done.’ ”Low declined comment through a court spokesman.“I maintain my innocence,” Vallejo said during the hearing after a brief comment on how the justice system bullies people into confessing.Mormon StrongholdThe abuse occurred in Provo, a Mormon stronghold that is home to Brigham Young University. Low attended the school, where almost all students are Mormon, but it is not clear whether he is a member of the faith.There was no indication that the judge had any prior relationship with Vallejo, McBride said. Low would have to disclose something like that, he said.In the faith, bishops are regular church members who lead their congregations for four to five years. The position is unpaid and part of the religion’s lay clergy structure that makes it different from many other religions.Low’s comments also sparked outrage on Friday from advocates for sexual assault victims.“The signal that it sends to sexual violence survivors is that if you choose to disclose, that we’re still going to treat your perpetrator as if they’re a good person,” Turner Bitton, executive director of the Utah Coalition Against Sexual Assault.Read: Bum-pinching Tunisian football boss slapped with life banRead: Two men charged in connection with the death of Irishman Dylan Crawfordlast_img read more

Un sondage sur lApple TV qui en dévoile les caractéristiques

first_imgUn sondage sur l’Apple TV, qui en dévoile les caractéristiquesMentionnée par Isaacson dans la biographie de Steve Jobs, la TV d’Apple se cache encore du grand public. Mais il semblerait que le détaillant américain Best Buy (lien non disponible) en sache plus que tout le monde.La firme a effectué un questionnaire auprès de sa clientèle sur le sujet de la télévision Apple. Si l’on peut douter du fait que la marque à la pomme est divulgué quoi que ce soit à Best Buy, le marchand, lui, semble sûr de ce qu’il avance en divulguant un certain nombre de caractéristiques très claires. Selon Best Buy, l’Apple TV sera:- un écran de 42 pouces LED (HD 1080p)- TV sous iOs permettant de télécharger des applications sur l’App Store (par exemple Angry Birds)- iCloud pour regarder des films, émissions…en streaming et se servir de l’iPad ou iPhone comme télécommande- Possibilité d’utiliser des services comme Netflix, YouTube, Flickr…- iSight et Skype pour des appels vidéos- un prix de 1.499 dollars (un peu moins de 1.200 euros)Best Buy est-il dans le vrai? Peut-être, même si certains points comme la mention de iSight qu’Apple semble avoir un peu délaissé et de Skype, alors que le géant américain possède FaceTime, peuvent augmenter les suspicions de fabulations de la part du marchand. De même, Siri (commande vocale connue sur l’iPhone 4S) n’est pas évoqué, alors qu’on aurait pu imaginer Apple le développer sur sa TV. Alors, info ou intox? Il faudra encore patienter pour avoir la réponse mais nul doute que cela alimentera vos rêves les plus fous…Le 6 février 2012 à 21:00 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Pump keeps Vancouver mans heart working as he awaits transplant

first_imgIn a matter of weeks, Wesley Dameron’s life took a dramatic turn.The 29-year-old Vancouver man went from being healthy and active to learning that one of his body’s most important organs was failing. Now, five years later, his heart is sustained by a mechanical pump as he awaits a transplant. And while he’s constantly battling fatigue, he hasn’t slowed down.Dameron and his wife, Adriana, are raising two young boys, 5-year-old Asher and 2-year-old Noah. They’re running a business — G6 Airpark, an indoor trampoline park in Vancouver and Portland — that’s focused on family recreation and fitness. And he’s speaking out about his heart condition as the featured speaker at the American Heart Association’s annual Heart Ball later this month.Here are some upcoming events, hosted by the American Heart Association:o National Wear Red Day — Friday. The American Heart Association is urging people to wear red to create awareness about women and heart disease.o National Wear Red Day Healthy Hearts Event — noon to 2 p.m. Friday at Macy’s in downtown Portland, 621 S.E. Fifth Ave. The event will include heart-healthy food samples and recipes, fitness demonstrations, blood pressure screening, hands-only CPR instruction and more. Guests should reserve a spot at the free event here.o American Heart Association’s 18th Annual Heart Ball — 6 p.m. Feb. 15 at The Nines Luxury Hotel, 525 S.W. Morrison St., Portland. The annual fundraiser’s guest speaker will be Wesley Dameron, a Vancouver resident and business owner who has heart failure.last_img read more

Family displaced after fire rips through Fort Lauderdale home

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – A family of four has been displaced after a fire tore through their Fort Lauderdale home.Fort Lauderdale firefighters responded to the scene, located near Northeast 48th Court and 17th Avenue just after 9 p.m., Tuesday.Two adults and two children have been displaced following the fire.The Red Cross will assist the family.The cause of the fire remains under investigation.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

The best smart home devices at CES 2019 began to grow up

first_img reading • The best smart home devices at CES 2019 began to grow up Now playing: Watch this: Smart Home Comments 52 Photos Share your voice Google Assistant Interpreter mode and Google Assistant Connect Google Assistant’s Interpreter mode is a great example of how deep experience in machine learning and natural language processing can pay off. International travelers may be the first to encounter Interpreter, since Google is piloting it at hotel concierge desks. With Interpreter, a Google Smart Display and eventually an Android phone can act as a translation tool for two people who need to carry on a conversation but don’t speak the same language. Right now, Interpreter can translate 27 different languages and not only shows the conversation on the screen, but the Assistant itself actually says both parts of the conversation out loud. You can read the full hands-on conducted by my colleague Rich Nieva. Despite a few bumps, Google Interpreter Mode feels remarkably useful. It also looks like a sharp poke in the eye to Amazon’s competing Alexa voice service. Alexa can only speak six languages right now — English, French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish — along with a handful of English dialects. Amazon has a learning tool called Cleo to help Alexa add more languages, but Google launching Interpreter mode highlights a discrete edge for Assistant as an all-purpose service. google-connect-0 Vanessa Salas/CNET Google also laid the groundwork for an answer to Amazon’s avalanche of device announcements this past fall. Google Assistant Connect is essentially a chip for third-party device makers to add basic Google Assistant connectivity to their devices. As examples, Google demonstrated a concept, credit card-style E-Ink display that showed basic time, weather and traffic information, provided by a direct connection to a nearby Google Home speaker. It also showed a mock-up of a smart button you could tie to a Google Home speaker to which you had associated a set of smart lights. The button itself doesn’t ping Google’s cloud service, but by pressing it, it sends the on/off command request to the Google Home device that does. Think of Google Assistant Connect as the Google equivalent to Amazon’s Alexa Gadgets Toolkit. Amazon’s Echo Wall Clock is a product of that kit. The Clock doesn’t have an Alexa speaker built in, but instead sets the time and displays Alexa timers via data provided by its connection to an Echo speaker. Both kits enable developers to come to market with creative, lightweight products that can be either fun or useful to consumers, and also extend the reach of their respective voice platforms. I expect Google’s annual developer showcase, Google I/O, will have a deluge of new Google Assistant gadgets, similar to Amazon’s event last year. kitchenaid-smart-display-2 Chris Monroe/CNET Whirlpool Connected KitchenI love cooking, and it’s hard to imagine bringing more technology into my kitchen, but the KitchenAid Smart Display from Whirlpool is something I’d consider. That alone makes it notable. It’s essentially the same as the other Google Smart Displays from Google and its partners that launched last year, with the addition of a splash-resistant coating, and integration with Yummly, a recipe recommendation and cooking walkthrough app Whirlpool is rolling out across kitchen products from the Smart Display to a full-sized wall oven. What makes the KitchenAid Smart Display compelling is that it piggybacks off the strong foundation of Google Assistant and the other Google-powered smart displays, which are already good at walking you through a recipe. The splash resistance is a thoughtful improvement, and if you like Yummly and decide you want to go deeper into Whirlpool’s smart kitchen universe, the app maintains continuity with other Whirlpool products, letting you tee up cook time and temperature from the display.  whirlpool-hub-wall-oven-2 Chris Monroe/CNET Of the other products, the wall oven in particular is an example of the goofiest impulses of the smart kitchen, but that’s OK. It’s only a concept, and it’s exactly the kind of thing that drums up hype at CES. Instead of a traditional glass viewing window, the Whirlpool Connected Hub Wall Oven has a transparent AR display. It will show you recipe steps from the Yummly service, or a rendering of whatever dish you’re making. A camera above the screen tracks your head movements, which then prompt the meal rendering to move on the screen, so you can see multiple sides of it.  1:30 $99 LaMetric hasn’t put a price on the Sky yet, nor even the number of panels that will come in a kit (probably eight). With all the complication that comes with linking devices together, privacy or the fundamental debate around the benefits of smart home, it’s refreshing to have a class of products that simply serve to look great on your wall.  The smart home still has plenty of room to mature, and recent headlines have done the category no favors in its ongoing effort to prove that it deserves consumer trust. More competition will only help, and with at least some of the hardware mature enough to invite more and more services, it appears the smart home might have moved out of its infancy. The question for 2019 will be how it grows from here, and whether or not it can convince consumers to hang around to find out.  Now playing: Watch this: 1:33 Tags Walmart 1:38 Now playing: Watch this: CES 2019 Check out all the smart home products at CES 2019 Correction, Jan. 11: This story has been updated to indicate that Alexa is currently fluent in six languages, not three as originally stated.Every story from CES 2019: It’s the year’s biggest tech show.   2:22 The Smart Clock also has a unique snooze feature for its alarm. Smack the clock when the alarm goes off and it will go into snooze mode. You can also set it to trigger a “good morning” routine across your Google Assistant smart home devices once you dismiss the alarm. All of that is clever enough, but also notable is that this is yet another Google Assistant device aimed directly at an Amazon equivalent, and arguably doing it better.  lametric-0 Vanessa Salas/CNET LaMetric Sky Color-changing LED wall panels are perhaps the best novelty in the smart home category. Nanoleaf and Lifx have come to the show with triangular and square models before, but LaMetric’s design moves the concept forward.   The Sky is comprised of interlocking, triangular panels with built-in LEDs. Where most other panel design let you program one color per panel, each of LaMetric’s panels is made of 32 smaller triangular portions, all of which you can set to a different color. The result is a beautiful stained-glass effect that you can hang on your wall.  7 Now playing: Watch this: News • Black Mirror season 5 has three new trailers to stress you out today See All See Itcenter_img Preview • For your consideration: Google Home seeks employment as your family’s Rosie the robot Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it Lenovo Smart Clock uses Google Assistant to wake you… Apple Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 • GE Google Assistant Alexa KitchenAid Amazon Google Lenovo Philips Apple Whirlpool $79 Mentioned Above Google Home Crutchfield Whirpool and KitchenAid show off connected cooking at… LaMetric’s pixelated LED wall panels shine at CES 2019 Google Home Sep 1 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? I’m intrigued with another concept from the show: the WLabs Smart Countertop Oven. A competitor to connected countertop ovens from June, Brava and others, the WLabs model has food identification technology that can identify food you put into it and then automatically set cook time and temperature. That’s a lot like June’s oven, but Whirlpool has more heating elements in its version, which the company says will result in more even cooking and more cook mode options. This one will actually become available to consumers.  Whirlpool says it’s offering 2,000 units in a test run this spring for $800. This kind of appliance isn’t for everyone, but we liked the June oven for what it was when we reviewed it last year. With serious competition in this space, someone may eventually get it right at a price more people can afford. google-starter-kit-1 Chris Monroe/CNET C by GE Lighting products The best thing about the GE smart lighting line expansion is it gives real competition to Philips Hue due to the breadth of GE’s device line-up. With three new smart bulbs, five new smart light switches, a smart power outlet (for lamps) and a smart motion detector to let you trigger some automations, you can now outfit the lighting scheme of an entire home with GE hardware.  GE’s pricing is competitive with the equivalent products from Philips, and like Philips, the GE kit works with the three major smart home voice assistants, Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri. Philips still has more bulb options than GE, but with color-changing A19 and BR30 floodlight bulbs (it already had all-white models), GE hits the two most important bulb designs for residential use. This hardware will roll at a steady pace this year, with two dimmer switches coming to stores in Q1 2019. netatmo-smart-video-doorbell-product-photos-2 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell We saw multiple video doorbells at this year’s show, including a new peephole design from Ring. That’s a clever design, but the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell earned our admiration as the first video doorbell to work with Apple’s HomeKit smart home platform, and for the fact that unlike competing doorbells, Netatmo offers a lot of its accompanying services for free. Where August, Nest, Ring and others charge for video storage and person detection, the Netatmo bell comes with a microSD card for local storage, as well as the ability to store clips on DropBox or on an FTP server. You can also view those clips via the Netatmo app. Person detection and the ability to outline specific motion-monitoring zones in the camera’s field of view are also free. All of that usually requires a monthly subscription service fee. Here, they’re free. Pricing is still TBD, but you’ll see Netatmo’s doorbell in stores in the second half of 2019. lenovo-google-assistant-smart-clock-ces-2019-7770 James Martin/CNET Lenovo Smart Clock The Lenovo Smart Clock is similar to Amazon’s Echo Spot bedside smart display, but with one major exception: no camera. That alone is reason enough to like this thing.  The Smart Clock includes Google Assistant, as well as a pared-down version of Google’s smart display interface designed only to show you information like traffic on your route to work, weather, calendar appointments and maybe a video feed from a Google-connected smart camera. It can play music, but not video from any of the various streaming services, nor can it show pictures.  How To • Make Google Home get your groceries Review • Google Home is better than ever, but you probably shouldn’t buy it Google owned this one. No question. Yes, Google spent a ton on marketing. Its booth in the parking lot of the Las Vegas Convention Center was bigger than most houses. It had a roller coaster (kind of; it was really more of a flat “ride”). And Google backed all the style with substance, demoing Google Assistant voice services far ahead of the competition and announcing a startling number of connected devices that work with its products. Beyond Google’s dominance, smaller smart home subcategories bloomed at CES, including GE’s C by GE smart lights and Whirlpool and its Yummly- and Google-powered connected kitchen products. With increased competition, and forward movement for certain categories, the smart home is no longer about gawking at the fact that you can control your lights with an app. The smart home appears to have grown up some. In order of importance, here’s what we saw that stood out the most. See It Google Assistant’s new interpreter mode erases language… See it $69last_img read more

Ambler Road Would Have Mixed Impact on NW Arctic Caribou

first_imgThe Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, or AIDEA, says it is still moving forward to prepare an environmental impact statement for the contentious Ambler Road, even after Governor Bill Walker has placed a hold on the project.The Ambler road would branch west off the Dalton Highway near Evansville and run into the copper deposit near Ambler. If the road eventually gets the go-ahead, it will be a mixed bag for the Northwest Arctic Caribou Herd which winters on and migrates through land that the road would bisect.“I think we’ve got enough information to show that with regard to caribou, it’s not an easy answer,” said Jim Dau, a biologist with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game based in Kotzebue.“It varies tremendously, seasonally. It’s hard to make a categorical statement saying roads are terrible for caribou or they have no effect. It’s not that simple.”Dau says the road and development that comes with it will have long-term impacts on the caribou herd and its users—but the costs and benefits aren’t clear-cut. Dau said caribou can coexist with roads but they fragment habitat and interrupt migration range.“I think the major impact of roads on caribou is how it affects movements, not just how much lichen is covered by gravel.”In a recent study, biologists from the Wilderness Society, the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Park Service found that about 1.5 to 8.5 percent of the northwest herd’s lichen-rich winter habitat would be displaced by the proposed road. That may not sound like much but Dau said there is more to consider.Most of the caribou migrate south in the fall, traveling just to the west of where the road would end, but sometimes, instead of traveling south toward the Seward Peninsula, they hook a left and walk up the Kobuk.“You know, I’ve seen 50 or 80 thousand caribou walk completely out of the Kobuk into the Koyukuk—the upper Koyukuk drainage—and that’s completely along that road, that proposed road.”The caribou can likely learn to live along a road. They have done it time and time again throughout the continent. Dau has studied herds’ movements near the Kuparuk oil fields, near the Red Dog Mine. He’s talked to biologists in Canada whose herds navigate much more developed land than in Alaska. But Dau’s question is one many share: Will this be the only road, or is it just the first?AIDEA has said many times that the Ambler Road will be the only road and it will be closed and remediated once mining operations have ceased. The public has been skeptical, especially given its cost in the hundreds of millions of dollars. Dau said he doesn’t support or oppose the road, but if this is just the beginning of development, he says he’s taking the long-term view.“If they were going to extend that road from Ambler out to any deep-water port, then it would bisect the NW Arctic herd range and the caribou would have to cross that road multiple times per year,” he said. “That would be a very, very different animal. So, I tend to think about long-term things. Not just the next 10 years or 20 years. What’s this road going to look like in 50, 75 years or 100 years? Those are the time frames you need to think about.”While AIDEA has maintained that the Ambler Road would be industrial-use only, Dau said the public, including subsistence users in villages near the road, would likely desire access for hunting and other uses if the road were built.last_img read more

Shashi Tharoor praises Imran Khan gets trolled for affection towards Pakistan

first_imgHowever, the Congress leader’s comment has all the potential to spark the once doused yet alight Tipu Sultan debate back into politics during the time of Lok Sabha elections, especially with the BJP in Karnataka.Since the Congress government of Karnataka in 2015, led by Siddaramaiah, had introduced Tipu Sultan Jayanthi (birth anniversary), there have been several protests against this.Several people took to social media to express their views of Tharoor praising the Pakistan PM.Here are some reactions:- Stop endorsing Tharoorji Tippu, an admirer of Hinduism Affection for Pakistan? Tipu Sultan will always remain a hot topic for debate Not a hero! Shashi Tharoor speaks at an event on the third day of the ZEE Jaipur Literature Festival in the Indian city of Jaipur on January 23, 2016Rohit Jain Paras/AFP/Getty Images [Representational Image]Congress candidate from Kerala’s capital city Thiruvananthapuram Shashi Tharoor praised Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Monday for remembering the death anniversary of Tipu Sultan.The senior Congress leader’s praise comes after PM Imran Khan tweeted saying, “Today 4th May is the death anniversary of Tipu Sultan – a man I admire because he preferred freedom and died fighting for it rather than live a life of enslavement.”Shashi Tharoor retweeted the Pakistan PM’s post saying that he personally knows Imran Khan’s interest in the history of the Indian subcontinent. “He read; he cares. It is disappointing, though, that it took a Pakistani leader to remember a great Indian hero on his punyathithi,” read his tweet.last_img read more

HISD Board Approves 20162017 Budget With 84 Million In Cuts

first_img X Share To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Al OrtizFrom left to right: Ken Huewitt, HISD interim superintendent; board president Manuel Rodriguez and board member Wanda Adams during the public hearing held to vote on the budget for school year 2016-17.The Houston Independent School District board approved the budget for the 2016-2017 school year.Texas now considers HISD a wealthy district due to rising property values and that means the district has to reimburse the state approximately $162 million through a mechanism called recapture.The budget for the next school year contains $84 million in cuts to balance this situation, which is happening for the first time in HISD’s history.The cuts will result in the district eliminating 80 administrative positions, as well as doing away with the Apollo program and ending teachers’ bonuses.Some members of the board criticized the state’s system to fund public schools and interim Superintendent Ken Huewitt said reforms are needed.“We can kind of move forward and start dealing with this recapture issue because this is not something that we have to deal with every year, we’ve got to get this changed,” Huewitt said at the end of the public hearing held to approve the budget.The budget was passed by five votes to two.Trustees Manuel Rodríguez, Wanda Adams, Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Jolanda Jones and Michael Lunceford voted in favor of the budget, while Greg Meyers and Anna Eastman voted against it.Trustees Harvin Moore and Diana Dávila were not present at the time of the vote. Listenlast_img read more

EN ESPAÑOL ¿Puede el voto latino decidir el empate entre Ted Cruz

first_imgLa contienda electoral entre el senador republicano Ted Cruz y el demócrata Beto O´Rourke, que será decidida en noviembre en las urnas, está en empate en intención de voto, según una encuesta reciente.Jerónimo Cortina explica En Pocas Palabras por qué  los latinos podrían tener la llave del desempate. Sharelast_img