U.P. plans law against organised crime

first_imgThe Yogi Adityanath government on Wednesday gave its nod to a new law against organised crime in Uttar Pradesh along the lines of the stringent Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act (MCOCA). At a meeting presided by the Chief Minister, the State cabinet approved the Uttar Pradesh Control of Organised Crime Act, 2017.The BJP government is expected to introduce the proposed legislation in the Winter Session of the State Assembly, which commences from Thursday. The government said the UPCOCA was brought to check and curb acts of oganised crime and mafia, including land grabs, illegal mining, sale of illegal medicine and illicit liquor, wildlife smuggling, extortion, abduction syndicates as well as white-collared criminals. The draft of the proposed law, which could be tabled in the Assembly soon, was prepared in consultation with the State Law Department and after an “intensive study” of MCOCA, Cabinet Minister Shrikant Sharma said. A similar law was passed by the Uttar Pradesh government in 2007-08 when Mayawati was in power but it had to be withdrawn after then President Pratibha Patil refused to give it assent. Shrikant Sharma, U.P. Cabinet Minister, said it was the BJP government’s “priority” to make the State “free from injustice, crime and fear, and establish the rule of law.”Under the UPCOCA, the State would be empowered to seize the property of those implicated by the law during the period of investigation and properties acquired by people through illegal activities and organised crime would also be seized. State security would also be withdrawn from persons booked under the the law. Special courts would be set up for the trial of cases under UPCOCA for speedy conclusion. “Criminals will not be able to roam free for too long,” said Mr. Sharma.The government is introducing the UPCOCA when it already has a stringent law to check crime syndicates, the Gangsters Act. However, the UPCOCA would have 28 provisions in addition to the Gangsters Act.S.R Darapuri, retired IPS officer, was critical of the UPCOCA. He said the present laws were sufficient to deal with crimes in UP and there was no need for a special Act. Mr. Darapuri also said that the general experience was that “all such laws were misused against the weeker sections of the society,” in particular Dalits and Muslims.”These Special Acts do not help much in controlling crime. The need is for the existing laws to be implemented uniformly. There is a tendency to add more laws to cover up failure of the state in implementing existing laws,” Mr. Darapuri told The Hindu.last_img read more

Namajunas snatches 115-pound title at UFC 217

first_imgThe referee stops the fight, after which Rose Namajunas celebrates a win over Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of Poland, at UFC 217. APNEW YORK — Rose Namajunas took the 115-pound championship away from undefeated Joanna Jedrejczyk with a dominant performance at UFC 217.Namajunas connected with a left in the first round and pounced once Jedrejczyk (14-1) hit the canvas on Saturday night. Namajunas pounded away at the fallen champ as the Madison Square Garden crowd went absolutely wild for a fighter that had been soundly booed during her entrance.ADVERTISEMENT View comments Wilder knocks out Stiverne in 1st round Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes PLAY LIST 01:42Stars face off at ONE: Dawn of Heroes02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’01:52UFC: McGregor set for Nurmagomedov showdown01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa MOST READ Namajunas (17-3) ended Jedrejczyk’s bid at matching Ronda Rousey’s women’s record with six straight title defenses.Namajunas choked back tears as UFC President Dana White slapped the strawweight championship belt over her shoulder. She was drowned out by the roars as she spoke about what the championship meant to her inside the octagon.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Just confidence, conditioning, composure, content that I’m the champion,” she said. Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Bart Starr, quarterback who led Packers to five NFL titles, dies aged 85

first_img Facebook NFL Share on Pinterest Share on Twitter Share on Messenger Bart Starr, the quarterback who helped establish the Green Bay Packers as the finest NFL team of the 1960s, has died. He was 85, and had been in failing health since suffering a serious stroke in 2014.“We are saddened to note the passing of our husband, father, grandfather, and friend, Bart Starr,” read a statement from Starr’s family. “He battled with courage and determination to transcend the serious stroke he suffered in September 2014, but his most recent illness was too much to overcome.“While he may always be best known for his success as the Packers quarterback for 16 years, his true legacy will always be the respectful manner in which he treated every person he met, his humble demeanor, and his generous spirit.”The Packers chose Starr out of the University of Alabama with the 200th pick in the 1956 draft, and after coach Vince Lombardi’s arrival in 1959, Starr led Green Bay to six division titles, five NFL championships and wins in the first two Super Bowls. US sports 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. Support The Guardian Twitter Share on LinkedIn Share via Email Share on Facebook Green Bay Packers Since you’re here… news Pinterest Topics But it was in the “Ice Bowl” on New Year’s Eve 1967 that Starr secured his legacy, when he scored on a sneak with 16 seconds left to give Green Bay a 21-17 win over the Dallas Cowboys. After his retirement he became the Packers’ head coach in 1974, but he could not match the success of his playing days. In seven seasons as head coach, the Packers reached the playoffs only once.Starr was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977. Reuse this contentlast_img read more

9 days agoNew York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton future

first_imgTagsTransfersLoan MarketAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say New York Red Bulls winger Josh Sims hopes for Southampton futureby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSouthampton loanee Josh Sims still wants a future at St Mary’s.Sims is hoping his loan spell in America with the New York Red Bulls won’t see him forgotten at Saints. He told the Daily Echo: “On paper, it seems a bit of a weird one but there was thought behind it,” revealed the academy lad.“With Ralph (Hasenhuttl), the manager at Southampton, being from a Red Bull team, the way he sort of sets up the team with tactics at Southampton is similar to this.“Southampton are very good. They watch all the games, they ask me how I’m getting on during the week. I’m not just sort of out of sight, out of mind. “That’s a big thing as well because I’m still a Southampton player so I don’t want to be forgotten about. I don’t feel forgotten about.” last_img read more

Softball Ohio State opens season 31 over the weekend

OSU then-junior Alex Bayne (2) is welcomed by her teammates at home plate after hitting a home run during a game against Penn State on April 6 at Buckeye Field. Credit: Lantern File PhotoThe Ohio State softball team opened its season with three wins and a loss at the Aggie Classic in College Station, Texas, over the weekend.The Buckeyes came out hot in their season opener, scoring 10 runs on seven hits while senior pitcher Shelby Hursh struck out six batters and allowed just two hits in five shutout innings. Senior infielder Anna Kirk went two-for-two with a home run, while sophomore shortstop Lilli Piper, a transfer from the University of Akron, made her OSU debut by driving in three runs with a triple and a home run.In the second game of the weekend, the Buckeyes fell 9-1 to No. 19 Texas A&M on Saturday, despite scoring the game’s first run thanks to a first-inning home run by senior right fielder Alex Bayne. The Aggies responded immediately, scoring three runs in the first two innings before putting the game out of reach with a five-run third inning.The Buckeyes responded to the loss with a 4-3 walk-off win over Lamar later in the day. Lamar held a 2-0 lead heading into the sixth inning, but OSU rallied, scoring three runs in the sixth thanks to a two-run home run from Bayne and an RBI from junior infielder Ashley Goodwin. Lamar tied the game with a run at the top of the seventh inning, but the Buckeyes got the 4-3 win in extra innings thanks to a walk-off single from Piper that scored Bayne in the bottom of the eighth.In the final game of the weekend, OSU used a late-game rally to topple Central Michigan 5-1 on Sunday. The Buckeyes managed just one run in the first seven innings of the game, but OSU exploded in extra innings, scoring four runs on RBIs from junior outfielder Bailee Sturgeon, sophomore infielder Emily Clark, Kirk and Piper. Hursh closed the game with a scoreless eighth inning.The Buckeyes head to Chapel Hill, North Carolina, next weekend for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge where they have two game against North Carolina and Louisville in a three day span. read more

Wrestling Snyder Stieber put in impressive World Cup performances USA falls to

Junior Kyle Snyder and former OSU wrestler Logan Steiber are honored at the Buckeyes Feb. 3, 2017 match against Penn State at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 32-12. Credit: Nicholas McWilliams | Sports EditorImpressive showings at wrestling Freestyle World Cup in Iran by Buckeye and world champion Kyle Snyder and world champion and former Buckeyes Logan Stieber were not enough to bring home the gold for USA Wrestling. The U.S. ultimately finished in second to Iran in the tournament, and Snyder and Stieber each compiled an individual record of 3-1 at the two-day event.Snyder’s loss came to Aslanbek Alborov of Azerbaijan, but the U.S. still put together a victory over the Azerbaijani team. Alborov defeated Snyder by a score of 5-4 at 97 kg.Stieber only suffered one loss as well, being taken down by Masoud Esmaeilpoorjouybari of Iran in his final bout of the tournament. Stieber fell 6-2 to Esmaeilpoorjouybari while wrestling at 61 kg.Overall, the U.S. team lost five of eight matches in the final, with the U.S. wins coming from Snyder, Olympic champion Jordan Burroughs (74 kg) and David Taylor (86 kg).Snyder will travel back to be with the Ohio State team for the postseason, but will miss this week’s matchup with No. 8 Cornell on Feb. 19, OSU coach Tom Ryan said. read more

Mens soccer team looks to kick away upset attempt

At the beginning of the Ohio State men’s soccer season, the coaching staff set a goal to make the NCAA tournament. With the regular season end in sight, the Buckeyes need a few more wins if they hope to make the tournament.“These six games are critical,” coach John Bluem said. “We’re getting into that part of our schedule where we’re playing some good teams right now. You want to be in good form at the end of the season and we certainly need to finish strong to reach one of our team goals this year.”The No. 15 Buckeyes’ will play tonight when the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames visit Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. UIC has burst onto the soccer scene in the last several years, going deep into the NCAA tournament under the leadership of coach John Trask. Last season, the Flames made it to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament, but this season has been a struggle. “They’re having some difficulties this year,” Bluem said. “But they’re right around .500, so it’s not like they’ve fallen off the end of the earth, but it seems like something is missing this year. We’re not falling for that, though. I know they’re a real good team.”Bluem knows that UIC could upset the Buckeyes if given the opportunity.“I think this team is capable of coming in here and giving us a very tough game,” Bluem said.UIC comes to Columbus with a record of 3-4-4, riding a two-game losing streak. However, they have played well against several other Big Ten teams and against Akron, the No. 1 team in the country. OSU goalie Matt Lampson was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week after he posted back-to-back shutouts last week. For Lampson, it is the second time he has received the Big Ten honor.The OSU men’s soccer team takes the field at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. read more

2017 Big Ten football preview Purdue Boilermakers

Purdue senior linebacker T.J. McCollum (6) attempts a to sack Ohio University running back A.J. Ouellette (45). Credit: Courtesy of Purdue AthleticsLocation: West Lafayette, Indiana2016 Record: 3-9 (1-8 Big Ten)Head Coach: Jeff Brohm2017 record so far: 1-1All time record vs. OSU: 14-39What has happened thus far in 2017:Purdue was defeated 35-28 in its season opener by No. 16 Louisville and 2016 Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Lamar Jackson. The Boilermakers were led by their defense, which forced three turnovers in this game, but were ultimately overmatched by the Cardinals’ high-powered offense. They went on to face the Ohio Bobcats Friday, winning 44-21. Running back Tario Fuller led the team to victory with 142 rushing yards on 16 carries and a touchdown. This marked the first win of the Jeff Brohm era in West Lafayette, Indiana.Impact PlayerRedshirt senior linebacker T.J. McCollum could have a major impact on the Boilermaker defense this season. He had 120 solo tackles — including 16 for a loss — in his three seasons prior to joining Purdue. The linebacker’s 18 tackles in his first two games lead the team. McCollum transferred from Western Kentucky with Brohm.StrengthsPurdue’s strength will be the linebackers. The Boilermakers added McCollum to a linebacker core of sophomore Markus Bailey and senior Ja’Whaun Bentley. Bailey led the team in tackles last season with 97 while Bentley had 50 tackles last season, including seven for loss. Tight end is also emerging as a position of strength for Purdue. Junior Cole Herdman leads the team in receiving yards this season with 146 yards on six receptions and a touchdown, while backup tight end Brycen Hopkins has seven receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns. WeaknessesPurdue’s pass defense must improve if the team is going to contend against some of the better teams in the Big Ten like Michigan and Wisconsin, which it will face on Sept. 23 and Oct. 14, respectively. The pass defense has given up 602 yards and three touchdowns so far this season. The secondary added transfer safety T.J. Jallow, yet the starters in the secondary only had one interception last season. Overall, the defense looks improved from last season, but its ability to slow down the passing game could determine how far the team will go. read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchell passes Brittney Griner to become third alltime scorer

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell shoots a shot during the Buckeyes’ game against Washington on Nov. 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell just keeps climbing the scoring record books.During the third quarter of Sunday’s win against Penn State, Mitchell hit a free throw to surpass former Baylor forward Brittney Griner to become the No. 3 all-time scorer in women’s college basketball. She finished the game with 22 points to give her 3,286 career points.Mitchell needs 108 points to pass former Southwest Missouri State guard Jackie Stiles, who sits in second with 3,393 career points. This season, Mitchell averages 24.4 points per game. If the Buckeyes make the Big Ten championship game, she will have three conference tournament games. Those contests combined, with their games in the NCAA tournament, should allow Mitchell to pass Stiles to become the second-leading scorer in NCAA history.However, Mitchell is unlikely to pass former Washington guard Kelsey Plum to become the all-time leading scorer in college basketball. She has a slim chance if the Buckeyes make an unexpected run to the Final Four, but would have to average more points per game than she has in any of her four collegiate seasons. Plum set the record last season when she ended her career with 3,527 points. Mitchell holds the NCAA records for most 3s made and most 3-pointers attempted. She also has the longest streak of games with at least one made 3-pointer in NCAA history, which is ongoing. The Mitchell-led Buckeyes will be back in action at noon Friday as the top seed in the Big Ten tournament. They will play the winner of the game between the No. 8 and No. 9 seeds. read more

DJ Summer Camp finds talent supports Youth

first_img Related Items:Caribbean House Evolution Experience, DJ summer camp, John Sivalas, Ted Baylet “Hi, my name is Faith, and I like performing because it was actually my first time d-jaying for real.  And it was actually very fun, i’ve never gotten an opportunity like that before.”   – Faith Somewhere Café on the Beach, was the grounds for the grand finale, where the junior DJ winner got to execute her skills; 10 year old Faith spoke to us at the cheque presentation.  It is a great story and you can see more of it in our new season of Turquoise Morning which begins in a few weeks.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Caribbean House Evolution Experience and John Sivalas hosted the event. It was a cheque for $7,500 and was presented to Roxanne Wake Forbes, Director of the Youth Center by Ted Bayley of Somewhere and on behalf of Caribbean House Evolution. “I want to thank the kids from the youth center for coming and participating each of the last two years, it’s been wonderful having them on board.   As Mr. Sivalas commented, Somewhere’s Cafe’s goal like his is to bring all communities together.”  – Ted Bayley Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, September 6, 2016 – Summer break is over for students as the first day back to school for many was marked yesterday and over the break, Magnetic Media met some really cool kids who participated in a DJ Summer camp which also reaped a pretty penny for the Edward Gartland Youth Center.  “I feel that everywhere I go I want to make it more accessible to everyone, but as a base of house music, that we can maybe mix it up and make our own Caribbean house music that doesn’t really exist anywhere.”  – John Sivalaslast_img read more

Dense Smoke Advisory Issued For Sterling Seward Highway

first_imgSmoke from the Swan Lake fire will reduce visibilities to one quarter mile or less at times, according to the advisory. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享8/21/19 – 6:00am Sean Baines with the National Weather Service: “Smoke will likely be dense along the highway along Cooper Landing to Sterling along the highway. Not only should be people driving be careful, but those with respiratory problems may have difficulty breathing when outside and are advised to use caution.” In addition, the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Division of Air Quality has issued an Air Quality Advisory that includes the Kenai Peninsula due to wildfire smoke from the Swan Lake fire. The National Weather Service in Anchorage has issued a Dense Smoke Advisory, which is in effect until 10pm Wednesday. The advisory stretches from the Sterling and Seward Highway junction southward to Seward.center_img Generally, worse conditions occur overnight and during the early morning hours, as the atmosphere cools and brings smoke to the surface. During the day, surface heating will generally cause the smoke to lift, temporarily improving air quality, according to the release. A dense smoke advisory means fires will create widespread smoke, limiting visibilities. If driving, slow down, use your headlights, and leave plenty of distance ahead of you in case a sudden stop is needed. Air quality monitors have been set up near the fire area. Data from monitors in Cooper Landing can be viewed at https://tinyurl.com/y3rsbkr5. The monitor in Sterling can be found at https://tinyurl.com/y5ens5fv.last_img read more

Toilets sinks and showers Smart water is here

first_img Amazon Google CNET Smart Home $79 • Aug 30 • iRobot Roomba S9 Plus vs. Neato Botvac D7 Connected By now, there are connected products for nearly every corner of your smart home. Security, lighting, cooking, cleaning and entertainment are all voice-enabled, if you’re willing to spend the money and swap out your dumb systems. Smart plumbing isn’t any different. There’s a steady stream of products that aim to smarten your water supply from all angles, but which ones are worth it? Are they all luxurious add-ons or ways to truly improve your home’s efficiency and convenience? It might depend on the category. Let’s take a look at where smart plumbing products might show up in your home and what they offer. KitchenSmart water in the kitchen is centered around the kitchen sink. Kohler and Delta both offer smart faucets that connect to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands. Kohler’s Sensate Faucet comes with voice commands and Delta’s VoiceIQ Module smartens up compatible Touch2O faucets.You can do things like ask your faucet to dispense a specific amount of water or turn the faucet on or off. With both models, you’ll need an always-on power supply and you’ll need to put the handle in the “On” position and then turn off the water with motion sensing in order to enable voice commands. Both models are expensive, too.   The Kohler Sensate faucet with voice commands works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.  Chris Monroe/CNET Once you’ve installed your faucet and connected it to your voice assistant, there are some handy functions. You can ask for 12 ounces of water, ask your voice assistant to turn the faucet on or in Delta’s case, ask it to heat up your water.These faucets aren’t perfect, though. You’ll need to use a clunky command like “Hey, Google, ask Kohler to dispense 8 ounces of water,” and the custom commands for things like “fill spaghetti pot” can be tricky to get just right. However, if you’re already in the market for a high-end Delta or Kohler faucet, getting a model with these smarts won’t add much, if any, extra cost. image001Phyn’s new Smart Water Assistant attaches to the water lines beneath your sink.  Phyn There are other options for monitoring water in your kitchen. Phyn’s latest water monitor, the $299 Phyn Smart Water Assistant, attaches to the hot/cold water lines under your sink and doesn’t require professional installation. It can let you know if you pipes are beginning to freeze, monitor your home’s water pressure and show your water consumption all through the Phyn app on your mobile device. We haven’t tested this system yet, but it seems to toe the line between leak detector and whole-home water monitor. BathroomSmartening the water in your bathroom can take several forms. Let’s start with shower systems. A smart shower could mean an entire system or just a connected shower head. Prices range from less than $100 to several thousands.The U by Moen Smart Shower system has a $1,225 MSRP and can create profiles for individuals in your household with specifics for temperature. It can warm up your shower, then pause the water flow until you’re ready to step inside. That’s one way to potentially reduce your water consumption, but installation does require a professional and that high price tag doesn’t include any special shower heads or premium hardware, only the thermostatic digital shower valve and control panel. ubymoensmartshower-12.jpg Chris Monroe/CNET Kohler has a similar DTV+ shower system that works with the Kohler Konnect app. You can create presets for sound, water, steam and special lighting if you have that installed. Smart commands with Kohler’s shower also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.Smart showers like these are largely luxurious and not focused on water savings. While there are some economical aspects, your’e paying mostly for the convenience of getting your shower up and running at the sound of your voice. hydraoshowerheads-1.jpgFrench company Smart and Blue’s Hydrao range of showerheads are kitted out with LED lights that change color, from green to blue to purple to red, based on how long you’ve been showering.Of course, there are more affordable ways to smarten your shower, like Kickstarter’s Livin shower head, a gadget that monitors water consumption and allows you to press a button that pauses water flow.That one hasn’t hit retail yet, but you can buy models under $70 from WaterHawk and DreamSpa with integrated LEDs that change colors corresponding to temperature. The Hydrao Smart Shower System is powered entirely by the water flowing through it and lights up with different colors to indicate how much water you’ve used. These easy-to-install, affordable alternatives are a great way to get into smart showering. kohler-smart-lab-18Kohler’s Numi Smart toilet works with the Kohler Konnect app.  Tyler Lizenby/CNET Then, there are toilets. Yes, smart toilets are a thing. Not only does Kohler make a smart toilet, but it’s made multiple versions. The newest, $9,000 mega toilet can play music, heat the seat, heat the floor below it, put on a light show, raise and lower the lid and of course, flush automatically. It can save presets for up to six people for custom experiences. We’ve had the Numi Smart Toilet in the CNET Smart Home for a while, and though it can do a lot, I’ve never felt like I’ve had a $9,000 experience. Numi isn’t doing anything to save you water beyond the 1.28-gallons-per-flush rate either, so if water-saving tech is your goal, this toilet isn’t going to do much. Leak detectorsAmong all the smart water products out there, leak detectors are the most affordable and most portable. Put them anywhere you’re concerned about leaks. They’re great for basements, underneath kitchen or bathroom sinks or behind toilets. These battery-powered, small devices connect to a mobile app through a smart home hub or Wi-Fi to warn you if water touches the sensor. You’ll get a push notifications to straight your phone. cnet-security-018-roost-leak-detectorYou’ve got a lot of options when it comes to these handy water watchers. SmartThings, iHome, Honeywell, Fibaro and Roost all make a version of a water sensor. These are great for monitoring places that are prone to water, but they can’t tell you much about what’s happening inside your pipes. For a more thorough look at the temperatures, pressures and flow rates in your home’s water supply, you’ll need a whole-home system. Whole-home water monitoring systemsThere are systems that can monitor your entire home’s water supply. Some can even shut off the water in a catastrophic failure event. These typically install at your water meter or you home’s main water supply and require a Wi-Fi connection and app.Some can be DIY, but most at least recommend a professional consultation. With these systems in place, you can see all kinds of stats from your daily, weekly and monthly consumption to water pressure, temperature and flow rate. Moen recently acquired Flo, a whole-home startup that does just that. You can install Flo yourself, but it’s recommended that a Flo professional comes out to your home. You’ll need to be pretty comfortable working with your own water pipes if you want to install this $500 system yourself. flo-product-photos-2 Tyler Lizenby/CNET Once Flo is installed, it can monitor the water pressure and water flow throughout your home. It can also remotely shut off your water if something goes wrong. Of course, you’ll get notifications on everything Flo is doing as well as the option to perform health tests on your system. A similar system, Flume, straps around your home’s existing water meter and connects via a bridge to your Wi-Fi. Unlike Flo, it is intended to be self-installed. Once it’s set up, you’ll get information on water consumption, pressure and any problems it detects within your home. That system costs $200, but it can’t shut off your water in an emergency like Flo can. For most people, these pricey systems are on the overkill side, but if you live in an area prone to freezing pipes, or you’re trying to keep an eye on a plumbing system that isn’t reliable, whole-home systems could save you from a lot of damage. When it comes to smart water, these are probably the most practical and data-driven devices. Is any of this stuff worth it? Monitoring your water isn’t the most luxurious of smart home capabilities. It’s not the cool, connected thing you’ll show your friends when they come over. However, if you have consistent leak worries in your home or you’re frequently traveling, having at least a leak detector can offer a lot of peace of mind. Smart water value really depends on the category. Sensors, especially the more affordable and portable options are a worthy return on a relatively small investment. However, a $9,000 toilet or $1,200 shower system? Those luxury goods, and they’re obviously not for everyone. The concept behind smart kitchen faucets is intriguing and useful in some cases, but it hasn’t been perfected and is still pricey.That doesn’t mean the average consumer will be locked out of smart water forever. This corner of smart home tech continues to expand and does seem to be working toward real innovation and usefulness. It has the potential to increase our homes’ efficiency and solve problems before they start, and for that reason, it’s worth keeping an eye on.  Tags Best Buy reading • Smart showers, smart toilets and smart sinks: Should you put your plumbing online? 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Father planned Beauty murder to frame rapist Police

first_imgRapeFather of Beauty Akhter and two others were involved in the sensational murder of the 16-year-old girl, police said on Saturday, reports UNB.Victim’s father Sayed Ali, his relative Moyna Mia, and a hired professional killer murdered Beauty to implicate one Babul Mia in the crime, Bidhan Tripura, superintendent of police in Habiganj, said at a press conference in Habiganj.He said Beauty’s father Sayed gave confessional statements before Habiganj judicial magistrate Touhidul Islam under section 164 over the murder earlier in the day.Beauty’s father planned to kill her assuming her fade marital prospect after the incident of kidnap and rape, said Shamsur Rahman Bhuiyan, additional superintendent of police and also the head of a three-member probe committee formed over the murder.Moyna Mia took the opportunity to take revenge against Babul as his wife was defeated by Babul’s mother in recently held Union Parisad election, he said.The trio killed Beauty during the wee hours of 17 March and dumped the body in Brahmandora Haor, he added.Beauty of Brahmondora village in Shayestaganj upazila went missing on 16 March and police recovered her body from haor area the next day.According to the case statement, Babul Mia kidnapped Beauty, 16, of Brahmondora village in Shayestaganj upazila on 21 January and raped her for a month.Later on 4 March, the victim’s family members filed a murder case with Woman and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal.On 18 March, her father Sayed Ali filed the case against two people with names, including Babul, and several unknown people with Shayestaganj police station.As Babul started to threat Beauty’s family members for withdrawing the case she was sent to her grandfather’s house at Gunipur village in Lakhai upazila of Habiganj.Later, Babul was arrested in Beanibazar area of Sylhet on 31 March.Police also detained Babul’s mother and one Ismail of Brahmondora village for their alleged involvement in the incident.The incident created a widespread outcry among people when a photograph of the victim’s body lying on a field went viral on Facebook.last_img read more

11 Trade Ministers Reach Deal On Pacific Trade Without US

first_imgPhoto via Twitter Justin Trudeau‏ @JustinTrudeauJapanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin TrudeauIn a major breakthrough, trade ministers from 11 Pacific Rim countries said they reached a deal Saturday to proceed with the free-trade Trans-Pacific Partnership deal that was in doubt after President Donald Trump abandoned it.A statement issued in the early hours Saturday said an accord was reached on “core elements” of the 11-member pact. The compromise was delayed by last-minute disagreements that prevented the TPP leaders from meeting to endorse a plan on Friday.“Ministers are pleased to announce that they have agreed on the core elements of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership,” the 11 nations said in a statement.It said that the ministers maintained “the high standards, overall balance and integrity of the TPP while ensuring the commercial and other interests of all participants and preserving our inherent right to regulate, including the flexibility of the parties to set legislative and regulatory priorities.”In January, Trump pulled out of the deal that was championed by his predecessor Barack Obama. Leaders of the 11 countries remaining in the TPP had been due to meet and endorse a deal worked out in last-minute talks overnight.Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said earlier Friday that the 11 leaders had to postpone their meeting on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Danang, Vietnam. Abe spoke after meeting with Canadian Prime Ministers Justin Trudeau, who had said days earlier that Canada would not be rushed into an agreement.The TPP member countries are trying to find a way forward without the U.S., the biggest economy and, before Trump took office, one of its most assertive supporters. Trump has said he prefers country-to-country deals and is seeking to renegotiate several major trade agreements to, as he says, “put America first.”Trump reiterated his markedly different stance on trade before the 21-member APEC summit convened late Friday with a gala banquet.The U.S. president told an APEC business conference that “we are not going to let the United States be taken advantage of anymore.” He lambasted the World Trade Organization and other trade forums as unfair to the United States and reiterated his preference for bilateral trade deals, saying “I am always going to put America first.”Trump said he would not enter into large trade agreements, alluding to U.S. involvement in the North American Free Trade Agreement and the TPP.In contrast, Chinese President Xi Jinping told the same group that nations need to stay committed to economic openness or risk being left behind.The Chinese president drew loud applause when he urged support for the “multilateral trading regime” and progress toward a free-trade zone in the Asia-Pacific. China is not part of the TPP.APEC operates by consensus and customarily issues nonbinding statements. TPP commitments would eventually be ratified and enforced by its members.But even talks this week on a declaration to cap the APEC summit had to be extended for an extra half day as ministers haggled over wording. It’s unclear what the exact sticking points were, but officials have alluded to differences over the unequal impact more open trade has had on workers and concerns over automation in manufacturing that could leave many millions in a wide array of industries with no work to do.As a developing country with a fast-growing export sector, this year’s host country, Vietnam, has a strong interest in open trade and access for its exports to consumers in the West. The summit is an occasion for its leaders to showcase the progress its economy has made thanks largely to foreign investment and trade. Danang, Vietnam’s third largest city, is in the midst of a construction boom as dozens of resorts and smaller hotels pop up along its scenic coastline.APEC’s members are Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam. Sharelast_img read more

30th Anniversary Of Program That Delivers Thanksgiving Meals To Homebound Elders

first_imgWikimedia CommonsThe year 2018 marks the 30th anniversary of a program of the Harris County Area Agency on Aging that delivers thousands of meals to homebound older adults.The agency is a division of the Houston Health Department and the program is called Houston Meals for the Elderly. In addition to Thanksgiving meals, the agency funds several local organizations to provide home delivered meals throughout the year.Deborah Moore, assistant director of human services for the Houston Health Department, noted that “while appreciative of the delicious meal, these older adults also really look forward to the visit on Thanksgiving morning.”The agency delivered 3,000 meals last Thanksgiving and has a goal of 4,000 for its 30th anniversary.The meals will be delivered from 10 sites across Harris County. Sharelast_img read more

Detmers Garners D1Baseball AllAmerica Honor

first_imgStory Links The 2019 ACC Pitcher of the Year, Detmers has been one of the top pitchers in the country this season. The Chatham, Illinois, native is 12-4 overall and tied for the national lead in wins. Detmers set Louisville’s single-season strikeout record during the NCAA Regional and enters the College World Series second in the country in wit 162 strikeouts. Louisville (49-16) continues its postseason run on Sunday at the 2019 NCAA College World Series. The Cardinals will take on Vanderbilt with first pitch scheduled for 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT on ESPN. Print Friendly Version LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville sophomore Reid Detmers secured another All-America honor as D1Baseball released its All-America teams on Thursday. Detmers was one of five starting pitchers named to the first team. The left-hander has now been recognized by four organizations, with D1Baseball joining Collegiate Baseball Newspaper, the NCBWA and Perfect Game. Detmers owns nine starts with double digit strikeouts this season, including seven no-hit innings in consecutive starts against Brown and James Madison. Behind a dominant start to the season, the southpaw was named the D1Baseball Midseason Top Pitcher and Perfect Game Midseason National Pitcher of the Year. D1Baseball All-America Teams last_img read more

Royal wedding popular with gamers whod have guessed it

first_imgSure, there are girls all around the world just swooning over the idea of a handsome prince marrying a commoner, as Prince William did Friday when he made Kate Middleton his bride. But besides these fawning teens with photos of the prince strewn about their walls, there is a completely different group of people who are equally excited about the Royal Wedding.It seems the gaming community has added a little bit of Will and Kate into their games as well. From zombies to scavenger hunts, we bring you five Royal Wedding-themed games to get you ready for the big day.1. Class 3 OutbreakWhat gamer doesn’t love zombies? Class 3 Outbreak, a web game that uses Google Maps data to put your actual location into the game, lets you see what would actually happen to your area’s population if a clan of zombies actually attacked.  In honor of the Royal Wedding, Class 3 Outbreak has added a “Wills & Kate” map. The game has an eerie soundtrack of the wedding march mixed in with some pretty gruesome zombie groans. The creators, Jay Weston and Saxon Druce of Binary Space congratulate the couple and hope the special day goes “somewhat better than the virtual representation.”2. The Sims 3So you can’t actually play this Sims version of the Royal Wedding, but the video (posted below) is pretty entertaining. If the wedding today actually showed Will and Kate making out on the floor of the Westminster Abbey, Harry showing up shirtless and possibly intoxicated, and the Queen and Prince Charles getting down on the dance floor, maybe we would be more inclined to wake up at 5 a.m. to watch the real thing. Instead, we have this delightful video from the Sims, which was created using Sims 3 and expansion packs.3. Royal Wedding at Miniclip.comThe browser-based game is free, and honestly, a little mind-numbing. The Royal Wedding game has you playing as Will and Kate doing mindless tasks like finding William’s labrador, or finding Kate’s cellphone. It’s more of a scavenger hunt type of puzzle game, but it’s pretty fun if you have some time to kill while all the news sites are down and you’re trying to watch the coverage of the event. The artwork is actually very well done and the attention to detail is not to go unnoticed. The game is actually pretty tricky, so don’t dismiss it just yet.4. FarmvilleOver the past few days, every one’s favorite social network farming game, Farmville, has released various items in conjunction with the Royal Wedding. Although they’re not marketed as “Royal Wedding Corgie,” or “Royal Wedding Dress,” the new items are all part of Farmville’s new Enchanted Love theme in the game, which, to our knowledge started on Monday. New items include Giant Wedding Trees, the Royal Guard Duck, the Royal Horse, the Royal Palace, a Giant Ribbon Flower, a Ribbon Flower Tree, a Welsh Corgi, a Knight Steed, a Romantic Cottage, a Wedding Dress, and a Black Tuxedo. These all go for various amounts of Farm Cash, and most items are available for only a limited time.5. Lucent HeartLucent Heart, the Massively Multiplayer Online (MMO) adventure game from Gamania, is based off of the zodiac and Greek mythology and influences the good guys as they battle the bad to get control over the land of Arcadia. Each player’s actions are based on their daily horoscope, and along with Cupid match-making, some players even plan an in-game wedding with all their friends (in the game, of course) will attend. And to celebrate the Royal Wedding, Lucent Heart is hosting its own version.Gamania UK product manager Niall Callaghan told Gamasutra that honestly, it’s not the real William and Kate in the game, but the characters look a lot like the real prince and princess-to-be. Watch the trailer here.Photo via GelaSkinslast_img read more

Here is what ails Mango People

first_img‘When robert Vadra said ‘We are mango people in a banana republic’, he made news and while we deliberated over it, we made humour,’ said Sundeep Sharma.The 32-year-old organised an open mic nite called A Comedy Open Mic for Mango People last weekend in the Capital to provide a platform to new talent and give comedy regulars a place to try out new material.’The first day of organising an open mic was a funny day in itself. The venue where we had decided to perform first had some problem and the venue had to be cancelled. First I thought that the name Banana Republic (meaning a failed state) is playing up to its reputation and is not auspicious, then the idea the show must go on took over me,’ Sundeep narrated on a lighter note. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show featured both amateurs and professional comedians like Rajneesh Kapoor, Amit Tandon, Zakir Khan, Joke Singh Nishant Comedian, Moneesh Chakravarty (who made his debut), Manu Sharma, Vasu Ritu Primlani, Appurv Gupta and Nitin Gupta (Rivaldo) of the popular Delhi circuit.As and when the stage was taken over by the performers, the crowd went berserk with laughter. Be it Zakir Khan’s introspection over how some girls he knew transformed into pretty chicks later — thereby completing a metamorphosis — must have left Franz Kafka in splits. Similarly, Tandon cracked a few punches on married men and their witty musings after marriage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixManu’s comical timing on the other hand was bang on with his playful antics based on the name of the venue and how he has to face the brunt of sharing his name with a killer in real life. Sundeep too displayed his comical skills by giving a five second discount time to understand all intelligent jokes.Vasu shared her plight of being a fairer sex in the male dominated society on a lighter note, as Nishant wished hard to buy that car which would ensure one can drive from Gurgaon to Connaught Place in just 15 minutes — as claimed by a random property dealer.Rajneesh Kapoor, a veteran in the comedy circuit, tickled the funny bone with his experience of asking for directions in the Capital, where a cow is a pertinent milestone.Similarly Rivaldo gave some tips on how to deal with hair loss and how display pictures on Facebook are in sync with your respective boyfriends and girlfriends. For all the lovers of comedy in the Capital, Sharma will be back again with his next in December.last_img read more

After Paolo Soleris comments the significance of

first_imgAfter Paolo Soleri’s comments the significance of the many parasols in evidence became clear. The parasol is important for its efficient daily use and ritualistic presence in a truly urban landscape among congenial people.[photo: sue] The Community Waterfall (a part of the theatrical work “Spectrum”) was a ritual performed by Vessel and the members of the audience/ community. Vessel performers gathered water from the canal in buckets and brought them up on the bridge. At a signal, the buckets were emptied over the side of the bridge back into the canal.[photo: David DeGomez] Of course Paolo Soleri was the star of the day. He was repeatedly solicited for photos and comments and here we see media and fans surrounding him.[photo: sue] Waiting for solar high noon when a shaft of sunlight was produced in the 6″ gap between the stainless steel pylons was a highlight of the ceremony.[photo: Tomiaki Tamura]center_img Many Arcosanti residents attended wearing black and carrying white parasols. Many old friends and alumni, including Nancy Way and Paula Wittner (creator of the large painting “Fellowship” now hanging in the Arcosanti Cafe) were there for this important event.[photo: sue] December 27, 2010This continues our report of the opening and dedication of the PAOLO SOLERI BRIDGE AND PLAZA. The public opening and dedication was held on Saturday, December 11, with festivities and events throughout the day. The official dedication ceremonies and speakers were scheduled between 11 am and 2 pm.Members of Vessel performed another installment of “Spectrum”, the atmospheric theatrical work created for the bridge site and the opening. The work started with a processional walk through the plaza and across the bridge and continued throughout the day with the silent, solemn performers weaving in and out of the crowd in colorful costumes. Each performer was costumed all in one color of the spectrum, even the skin.[photo: YoungSoo Kim]last_img read more