Rebels alter poll maths for parties in south Haryana

first_imgRebels of the BJP and the Congress filed nominations as Independents from at least five Assembly constituencies in south Haryana, comprising Gurugram, Nuh, Rewari and Mahendragarh districts, on the last day of filing papers on Friday, altering the electoral arithmetic for the candidates of their respective parties.In Gurgaon Assembly seat, the BJP’s Sudhir Singla faces a strong rebellion in the form of his own partyman and sitting MLA Umesh Aggarwal, who made his wife Anita Aggarwal contest as an Independent from the prestigious constituency after the party snubbed him. Mr. Aggarwal, who had won the seat with a record margin of over 80,000 votes in 2014, has not been on good terms with Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar ever since he led a rebellion against him in 2016 along with a dozen party MLAs.Khattar blamedFiling her nomination papers, Ms. Aggarwal minced no words in blaming Mr. Khattar for the denial of ticket to her husband. She added that her husband had only raised his voice for the people of Gurugram, but it did not go down well with the Chief Minister.Similarly, Municipal Corporation of Gurugram Senior Deputy Mayor Pramila Kablana’s husband Gaje Singh Kablana and councillor Seema Pahuja filed their nominations as Independents from Gurgaon after the Congress chose former Minister Sukhbir Kataria over them.In Pataudi, former MLA Rambir Singh and Mukesh Kumari decided to take on Congress’s Sudhir Chaudhary as Independents after the party denied them the ticket. Similarly, BJP’s Satya Prakash Jaravata, who was chosen over the sitting MLA Bimla Chaudhary, faces opposition from party rebel Narender Kumar, an Independent candidate.In neighbouring Rewari district, BJP’s Sunil Musepur, a close confidant of Union Minister and Gurgaon MP Rao Inderjit Singh, has been challenged by the party’s sitting MLA Randhir Singh Kapriwas, who filed his nomination as an Independent. Mr. Kapriwas had alleged that the party high command denied ticket to him at the instance of Mr. Singh.In Punhana, the Congress replaced Mohammad Ajaz Khan with Mohammad Ilyas as its candidate minutes before the 3 p.m. deadline for filing of nomination in view of stiff opposition. Still, three rebel Congress leaders are in the fray from the seat. The BJP’s Kumari Nouksham Choudhary faces party rebel and sitting MLA Rahish Khan, who also threw in his hat as an Independent. In Ferozepur Jhirka, Congress’s Mamman Khan too faces party’s two rebels.BJP candidates in Badshahpur and Bawal may also face opposition from their own partymen.last_img read more

BBC back on song as Benzema silences boos

first_imgReal Madrid Benzema silences Bernabeu boos as BBC show Madrid what they have been missing Ben Hayward Last updated 1 year ago 01:22 2/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(6) Benzema Bale Casemiro celebrate against Alaves Getty Real Madrid Cristiano Ronaldo Gareth Bale Karim Benzema Real Madrid v Deportivo Alavés Deportivo Alavés Primera División Opinion The three forwards all contributed as Los Blancos beat Alaves 4-0 at the Bernabeu in a timely return to form ahead of the trip to PSG in early March The Real Madrid fans were growing impatient. First, Karim Benzema slipped to scuff a shot when it looked easier to score and then, minutes later, the France forward hit the post from two yards out with the goal at his mercy in an action that – mercifully for him at least – was called offside.Benzema is having one of those seasons and, on Saturday, against Alaves, it seemed as if he was going to endure another frustrating afternoon. But in the blazing sun at the Santiago Bernabeu, the 30-year-old kept his head down and this time, things went his way.Jeered by fans after his earlier miss, Benzema laid off the ball for Cristiano Ronaldo to open the scoring a minute before half-time and save the team from further boos at the interval. 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 It was a timely breakthrough and, a minute into the second half, Benzema stole possession and advanced with the ball, feeding Gareth Bale to double the hosts’ advantage. Suddenly, Zinedine Zidane’s side, lacking in rhythm for much of the first period, had settled a potentially tricky fixture either side of the break.Up until then, Lucas Vazquez – in the team for a third consecutive start – had been Real’s standout player, causing problems for Alaves with some superb dribbling and incisive runs.Bale, widely linked with a summer departure by the Madrid media on Friday, had blown hot and cold. The Welsh winger, playing on the left of midfield in a 4-4-2 formation, had come close with one spectacular overhead effort, but also wasted possession on a couple of occasions.However, his goal will do him the world of good as he looks to recover from recent criticism and being benched for three out of the last four matches by Zidane, who summed up the 28-year-old’s poor performance at Betis last weekend by saying: “Gareth… he played his game.”Lucas then teed up Ronaldo for the third and in the closing stages, as Bale was sent tumbling in the box, Cristiano handed the ball to Benzema and the France forward fired home from the spot. It was a nice gesture from the Portuguese and the striker had deserved a goal despite his problems earlier on.RM scoreIn the end, it was straightforward enough against an Alaves side that had taken 22 points from their previous 11 games, making them the third-best team in La Liga in that period (after Barcelona and Atletico). And it was much to do with the BBC, who all netted one goal in the same game for the first time since April 2016.Reunited in attack all together earlier this term for the first time in 273 days, Madrid’s famous forward line has remained under scrutiny with both Bale and Benzema off form in recent weeks.That has coincided with the impressive displays of Marco Asensio and Lucas, who both came on late against Paris Saint-Germain in the teams’ last-16 first leg at the Bernabeu to help win the match for Real.Those two will obviously be in contention to start in the return match at the Parc des Princes on March 6, but Bale, Benzema and Cristiano can be devastating together when all on song and the BBC’s Saturday’s showing will delight Zidane ahead of the big match in Paris. How they have been missed.last_img read more

Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo may launch in India soon

first_img Sanket Vijayasarathy New DelhiJanuary 28, 2019UPDATED: January 28, 2019 10:33 IST HIGHLIGHTSOppo may launch the F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo in India soonThe F11 and F11 Pro may come with 10x optical zoom and triple rear camerasThe R17 Neo sports a 6.4-inch AMOLED display and is powered by a Snapdragon 660 chipOppo is planning to launch a trio of smartphones in India, possibly by the end of the first quarter of 2019. A new report details that the Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo are coming to the country along with some specifications. It is possible that the F11 phones may be Oppo’s first smartphones to come with 10x optical zoom. Oppo may debut the F11 series at MWC 2019 in February after which an India launch is expected.Oppo has already announced that it is bringing 10x optical zoom to smartphones and it will reveal this at MWC 2019 in Barcelona. According to a report by MySmartPrice, the Oppo F11 and F11 Pro might just be those smartphones. They were recently certified The F11 duo may come with triple cameras as well, but beyond these details not much is known about the devices as of now. The report also does not provide an exact timeline for the launch of the F11 and F11 Pro in India.Meanwhile, the Oppo R17 Neo is also expected to land in the country soon. The phone was first announced in Japan in October as a lower mid-range version of the Oppo R17 Pro. The R17 Neo sports a 6.41-inch FHD+ AMOLED display. It is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon 660 chipset coupled with 4GB of RAM. In comparison, the R17 and R17 Pro offer Snapdragon 670 and Snapdragon 710 chips, respectively.The Oppo R17 Neo also comes with dual cameras on the back that includes a 16MP primary sensor and a 2MP secondary sensor. Up front, the R17 Neo gets a 25MP selfie snapper. The R17 Neo is offered with 128GB of internal storage, 4GB and Bluetooth 5.0 support, as well as an in-display fingerprint sensor. It houses a 3,600mAh battery and runs Android 8.1 with ColorOS 5.2 on top.advertisementThe R17 Neo has a price of JPY 38,988 in Japan, which roughly translates to around Rs 25,000 in India. This is what we expect the India pricing to be considering the R17 slots a little higher at Rs 34,990. Oppo should start teasing the launch of these phones in a few days if they are indeed set for a Q1 2019 launch in India.ALSO READ | Oppo R15 Pro launched in India with Snapdragon 660, now on sale on Amazon IndiaALSO READ | Oppo R17 Pro review: Stunning, good performance and crazy fast chargingGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanket Vijayasarathy Tags :Follow OppoFollow Oppo F11Follow Oppo F11 ProFollow Oppo R17 Neo Oppo F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo may launch in India soonOppo is reportedly planning to launch at least three new smartphones in India by the end of Q1 2019 and this may include the F11, F11 Pro and R17 Neo.advertisementlast_img read more

Province Continues to Support Region of Queens Municipality

first_imgThe province continues to work with the people and communities in Queens County, to help build a brighter future following the closure of the Bowater mill. Queens MLA Vicki Conrad, on behalf of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism Minister Percy Paris, announced today, April 10, the province will cover the remaining municipal costs for the Queens General Hospital project. “The closure of the Bowater mill was a devastating blow to families and businesses along the South Shore, and as expected, the Region of Queens Municipality experienced a sudden loss of tax revenue, making it harder to fund some capital projects,” said Ms. Conrad. “Last December, Premier Darrell Dexter promised to work with local officials to ensure important projects stay on track while local councils take some time to plan and adapt. “This will ensure this important community project is completed, despite the municipality’s lost tax revenue from the mill closure.” The province will pay an additional $500,000 toward the renovations and improvements at Queens General Hospital, relieving the Region of Queens Municipality of its final two payments of $250,000 to the South Shore District Health Authority. This will bring the province’s total contribution to the Queens General health project to $3 million. “Our council made a $1-million commitment to the Queens General health project when times were better, before the mill closed,” said Christopher Clarke, mayor of the Region of Queens Municipality. “This funding has mitigated the amount of tax increase that would have been necessary to offset the loss from Bowater, and so, we very much appreciate the province stepping forward.” “The people of Queens have shown generosity and courage in these hard times by continuing to support fundraising efforts for improvements, renovations and updates to our hospital,” said John Murray, a board member of the South Shore District Health Board and chair of the Funds Raising Committee of the Queens General Hospital Project. “Thanks to our community and to our municipal and provincial partners, this project is on track.” The province will soon announce details of an agreement with the Municipality of District of Lunenburg to help offset its lost tax revenue. The forest industry is changing and the mill site can offer a place for Nova Scotians to lead that change. The province continues to offer support to the local workforce and is moving ahead with plans to create a bioresources centre that will change the face of the forestry sector. Innovation will be a key part of protecting and creating jobs, now and in the future. This approach will attract private investment and support research and development of new products not yet imagined. The Lunenburg-Queens Transition Action team, with representation from provincial departments and agencies and municipal governments, will meet later this week to discuss actions taken since December 2012 and plans for moving forward.last_img read more

Strings with a dream Darla Daniels seeks to spread the music

first_imgAPTN National NewsA two-year arts program has just wrapped up in Edmonton and a young graduate hopes to make a big impact.Darla Daniels is from the Buffalo Lake Metis settlement.And she’s planning to use her experience to teach classical and traditional music to Aboriginal children.APTN National News reporter Keith Laboucan has this story.last_img

Savings at the pump to boost holiday shopping retail analysts say

TORONTO – Savings at the pump may allow many Canadians to shell out more for gifts this holiday season and boost sales for retailers, analysts say, particularly as a weaker loonie prompts fewer shoppers to venture south of the border.Oil prices have fallen well over 40 per cent since the summer, leading to a major sell-off of energy stocks, but it has also translated into savings for motorists filling their tanks.And that’s likely to spur lower- to middle-income Canadians to splurge more on Christmas gifts said Mark Satov, president and founder of Satov Consulting.Weakness in the loonie also means fewer Canadians will go across the border to do their holiday shopping, Satov added.“When you do a price parity comparison and you go and see what that jacket is selling for in Buffalo, it’s getting more and more expensive as the Canadian dollar drops,” he said.While all Canadian retailers are likely to benefit from Canadians having more disposable income in their pockets, RBC analyst Irene Nattel says convenience stores are “on the front lines of this new spending opportunity,” especially those attached to gas stations.“Savings at the pump are likely to drive the purchase of small indulgences in the short-term,” Nattel said in a note to clients.Steve Tennant, the vice-president and general manager of Hasty Market, said lower gasoline prices will motivate Canadians to do more driving.“If there is an increase in people driving, that means more frequent stops at the gas station,” Tennant said.Some of the money saved at the pump will likely go to paying down debt, said Tennant, but not all of it.“Hopefully we can sell a few more lottery tickets because there’s more disposable income in everybody’s pocket,” he said.Lower gasoline prices will also reduce the fuel surcharges that retailers pay to have goods shipped to their stores, said Tennant.Alex Scholten, president of the Canadian Convenience Stores Association, said gas stations are also likely to see fewer incidents of customers driving off without paying.“When the price of gasoline goes down, customers don’t feel the pinch as much, and as a result our experience has always been that the incidence of those drive-offs goes down significantly.”But retailers could end up suffering if low oil prices persist for a long time and leave the economy battered, Satov noted.“What you could see is further downward pressure on the stock market, and on the economy in general, because we’re so resource based, which would lead to lower consumer confidence, which would lead to lower retail spending,” Satov said.“So short term, for Christmas, I think we’re probably fine and maybe even positive. Longer term, depending on what happens, I think you could see an economic downturn to some degree, and retail never does well in economic downturns.” by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 14, 2014 5:26 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Savings at the pump to boost holiday shopping, retail analysts say read more

South Sudan UN peacekeeping chief sets up task force after probe into

“I have established a task force, with a calendar, to implement all the recommendations that were made. The Secretary-General has approved these recommendations, so we will try to move things forward as quickly as possible,” Hervé Ladsous, the Under-Secretary-General for UN Peacekeeping Operations, told reporters after closed-door consultations with the Security Council.Mr. Ladsous’ discussions with the Council come after the Secretary-General received yesterday a report (summarized here) from the Independent Special Investigation, which revealed “serious shortcomings” in UNMISS’ response to violence that broke out in and around Juba in early July, in which, according to some conservative estimates, at least 73 people were killed, including more than 20 internally displaced persons in the Mission’s civilian protection sites.Recalling other outbreaks of violence in the young country, including this past February in Malakal, Mr. Ladsous, in his informal comments to the press, stressed: “When we think back on the incidents in July, which were extremely bad, one has to also remember that the primary responsibility for what happened there, lies with the government of South Sudan and various South Sudanese political actors […] In the words of the Secretary-General, these political actors […] are betraying their people by allowing these awful situations to happen.” The incidents occurred during a spate of clashes between rival forces – the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) loyal to President Salva Kiir and the SPLA in Opposition backing First Vice-President Riek Machar – that broke out on 7 July, close to the fifth anniversary of the country’s independence. UN compounds and UNMISS-managed civilian protection sites were attacked during the fighting and, according to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, a separate preliminary UN investigation into the violence and its aftermath revealed that Government security forces carried out killings and rapes, and looted and destroyed properties. The report, commissioned by the Secretary-General found, among others, that “a lack of leadership on the part of key senior Mission personnel culminated in a chaotic and ineffective response to the violence.”Mr. Ladsous stressed today that in all this, there are a number of issues of a systemic nature that need to be addressed, with troop-contributing countries and with the Security Council, “because they are the ones who are giving us these very difficult mandates to handle operations of peace, when there is in fact no peace.” Moreover, he drew attention to the victims, saying that while “any victim is one victim too many, [we] still have 200,000 [internally displaced persons] at bases and camps in South Sudan; and probably most of them owe their lives to us, and that work continues.” Indeed, he described the situation on the ground as “very difficult,” with fighting in various parts of the country, as well as a rise in hate speech, “which could fuel ethnic frictions, and possibly worse, so this is something that needs to be watched very closely,” and all of this in a context where “the political process is not getting any traction.”Asked about fallout from the Secretary-General’s request, in line with eth report’s recommendations, for the “immediate replacement” of UNMISS Force Commander, Lt. Gen. Johnson Mogoa Kimani Ondieki, of Kenya, Mr. Ladsous said there is system-wide accountability. We all have a degree of responsibility. In the matter of the Force Commander […] I think the conclusions were irrefutable.” At the same time, he said the UN regretted Kenya’s decision to withdraw its troops from UN operations, “because Kenya has been a solid contributor to our police, and troops in peacekeeping operations. It is their sovereign decision, I respect that, but of course I regret it.” In any case, the UN is assessing what consequences this will have on the regional protection force that was agreed upon by the Security Council in early September to be deployed as part of UNMISS, “that we are trying to bring into existence as quickly as possible.”South Sudan has faced ongoing challenges since a political face-off between Mr. Kiir and Mr. Machar erupted into full blown conflict in December 2013. The crisis has produced one of the world’s worst displacement situations with immense suffering for civilians. Despite the August 2015 peace agreement that formally ended the war, conflict and instability have also spread to previously unaffected areas in the Greater Equatoria and Greater Bahr-El-Ghazal regions of South Sudan. UNMISS Chinese Battalion and UNPOL FPU from Nepal tirelessly continue to provide protection of civilians and maintain security in the UN House base, Jebel area, in Juba. Photo: UNMISS/Eric Kanalstein read more

Ohio State mens basketball ready to avenge itself vs Michigan State in

Michigan State senior guard Bryn Forbes (5) cheers from the bench during the Spartans’ 81-62 win over Ohio State at the Schottenstein Center on Feb. 23.Credit: Samantha Hollingshead | Photo EditorINDIANAPOLIS – The Ohio State men’s basketball team took care of business Thursday night against Penn State, grinding out a 79-75 victory. But its work at the Bankers Life Fieldhouse is not done. In some ways, it’s just beginning for the Buckeyes as they advance into the quarterfinals of the Big Ten tournament. That’s because their opponent Friday night is a team that has beaten them twice in less than three weeks: the Michigan State Spartans. “This is the game we’ve been waiting for,” said OSU freshman center Daniel Giddens. “After our last loss at their place, we’re just ready to avenge ourselves.” The Buckeyes started slow against the Nittany Lions, trailing by double digits at times in the first half before trimming it to a three-point deficit at the break. OSU used an explosive start in the second period to grab control and, eventually, after fending off a few late pushes by Penn State, the victory. In the locker room after the game, most of the chatter wasn’t about what just happened on the floor, but instead, it centered on the things the Buckeyes need to do to extend their stay in Indianapolis into Saturday. Simply put, the list is rather long.“They pose so many problems,” said OSU coach Thad Matta. The first thing the Scarlet and Gray have to do, sophomore forward Keita Bates-Diop said, is focus for 40 minutes, not just one half. When the two teams played in Columbus on Feb. 23, the Buckeyes trailed by only five points at the break before losing by 19. The second time around, last Saturday in East Lansing, Michigan, OSU was within striking distance for the opening 15 minutes, then things started to sputter en route to a 15-point defeat.The two-faced nature of the Buckeyes’ performances can’t be attributed to just one thing, said junior forward Marc Loving, who led OSU with 24 points against Penn State, but the Spartans’ pace of play, compounded with their ball movement, takes its toll.If a strong second half is what’s needed to upset Michigan State, OSU showed it’s capable of putting forth one against Penn State. The Buckeyes roared back in the final 20 minutes Thursday night, scoring 45 second-half points. Granted, Michigan State, the tournament’s second seed, is a whole different animal than Penn State, but it gives players confidence, Loving said. “I feel like it should definitely carry over (to Friday),” he said. The other big thing the Buckeyes will try to correct before Friday night, Giddens said, is not trying to put too much focus on just one player. In the first game versus Michigan State, the attention was centered on Denzel Valentine, and rightfully so. The senior guard is a leading candidate for national player of the year, but he isn’t the only elite talent on coach Tom Izzo’s team. With the Buckeyes concentrating on Valentine, senior guard Bryn Forbes took advantage, hitting six 3-pointers on his way to a 27-point performance. In the regular-season rematch, the reverse happened. Steadfast on stopping Forbes, Valentine had a 27-point outing of his own, while adding 13 assists. This creates all sorts of problems, Giddens said, but the team is aware now that everyone on the floor needs to buckle down and defend. If it puts too much attention on Forbes and Valentine, Giddens mentioned that senior forward Matt Costello could do damage of his own.Although the task of advancing to the tournament semifinals will be a difficult one, many of the players said another crack at the Spartans is just what they wanted. After getting beat twice, they know what they need to flip the script this time around.Their work starts now and continues until the ball gets tossed up Friday at 6:30 p.m.“We’ll head back, grab something to eat, and we’ve already got (the film) we need to show ready,” Matta said. “I think they understand that the mission is not accomplished yet.” 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

Duke Nukem Forever Fully Loaded includes GeForce GTX 560

first_imgReleasing special editions of games has become a popular thing to do over the past several years. Publishers see them as a way of pushing up profits in return for some unique items or in-game rewards. Fans see them as a collectible item, or more recently, as a way of gaining an advantage or something to show-off while playing.While special editions may include a book, extra DVD, collectible figure, or even some night goggles, Gearbox and 2K Games have decided to go a step further for the release of Duke Nukem Forever next month.As well as the standard edition of the game, you can also preorder the Balls of Steel Edition which includes a collectible bust of the Duke, certificate of authenticity, a 100-page hardcover book, and a bunch of Duke items thrown in the box for good measure. However, this isn’t the only special edition on offer. There’s another called Fully Loaded.The key inclusion in the Fully Loaded edition is a rather powerful graphics card. That’s right, 2K Games has seen fit to ship the game with a graphics card. As well as an art book, mouse pad, belt buckle, and the game, you will also get your hands on an EVGA GeForce GTX 560 graphics card.EVGA’s card is no slouch in the performance department. It runs at a core clock speed of 810MHz, has 336 CUDA cores, and 1GB of GDDR5 memory running at 4008MHz. In other words, settings for the game out the box should all be “Very High.”So how much can you expect to pay for this game with graphics card bundled? EVGA has it listed for $244.99 on its site, but you may find it slightly cheaper elsewhere.Duke Nukem Forever finally gets a release on June 14 across the U.S. after spending 15 years in development.More at EVGA, via Destructoidlast_img read more

How to check if youre eligible for an iPhone 4S upgrade

first_imgDamn.If you’re planning on getting the iPhone 4S on launch day (October 14), remember that pre-orders start right at midnight (West Coast time) tonight. To those chomping at the bit to ask Siri the meaning of life, here’s the breakdown of the easiest ways to check if you’re eligible for the 4S at upgrade prices…AppleBy far the easiest way to check your upgrade status is to go straight to Apple’s website. The link below will open a dialogue that asks for your current carrier (and some additional information) before determining your upgrade eligibility.Apple’s Check iPhone Upgrade EligibilityIt will tell you if you’re eligible no matter what iPhone carrier you are currently on (AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon). You don’t have to already have an iPhone to check, you just need to be on one of those carriers.Verizon and AT&T users, take note that you will need to have your billing password ready. At least on Verizon, this is not the same as your account password (the one you sign in to My Verizon with). If you have no idea what your billing password is, a VZW rep can reset it for you by calling *611 from your current Verizon phone. I just did that, and had it taken care of within a couple of minutes.Carrier WebsitesApple’s eligibility check should be all that you need. But you should also be able to check at your carrier’s site as well, if you want.On each of the following pages, you will need to enter your current wireless account info, and it will tell you whether you are eligible:Verizon Upgrade CheckAT&T Upgrade CheckSprint Upgrade CheckSet your alarmRemember, tonight (technically tomorrow morning) at 12:01 am PST is when pre-orders begin. That’s 1:01 am in Denver, 2:01 am in Chicago, and 3:01 am in New York. Don’t be fooled by the let-down many have expressed over not having an iPhone 5, the 4S is going to sell in bunches. I’d recommend pre-ordering as early as possible if you want to have the 4S on the 14th.last_img read more

Windows Phone licensing cost revealed by ZTE 23 30

first_imgAndroid is free. Apple and RIM don’t allow their mobile OSes on anyone’s devices but their own — at least for now, but that may soon change depending on how RIM makes out with Goldman Sachs. That pretty much leaves Microsoft on its own in the pay-to-play mobile OS game, and now we’ve been given a good idea what the cost of admission might be.According to ZTE’s Santiago Sierra, portfolio manager for the company’s UK office, Windows Phone costs between $23 and $30 per license. Does that mean everyone who builds Windows phones pays that amount? Possibly, but it’s important to remember that Microsoft typically offers tiered pricing. Top manufacturers with a global presence (like Samsung and HTC) may receive a break on those prices. Some estimates have previously pegged Windows Phone license costs at as little as $3, but they weren’t provided by official sources within a company.That said, ZTE is the fourth-largest makers of mobile phones in the world. They don’t have the brand presence outside Asia that Samsung or HTC do, but they still move a ton of devices every year.The reported cost for licensing Windows Phone has raised eyebrows, with some bloggers calling Microsoft’s pricing exorbitant. In truth, if a manufacturer is willing to pay that price to ship smartphones that run the OS, then it’s a reasonable price. If that weren’t the case and the pricing actually was out of line, they’d probably just focus their efforts on Android instead. That’s the route Sony has chosen, though their decision had more to do with the required Xbox Live integration — not pricing.via NeoWinlast_img read more

Greek PM visits Israel for first time in decades

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou met in Jerusalem last Thursday during the first visit to Israel by a Greek Prime Minister in three decades. They held a joint press conference on Thursday after a meeting between the two prime ministers in Tel Aviv. Papandreou, on his part, thanked Netanyahu for his willingness to support the actions of the Greek The Greek Prime Minister also referred to a further development of cooperation in tourism, agriculture, trade and technology. Concerning the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip, Papandreou praised the Israeli government’s decision to relax the blockade but stressed that a series of measures would now be necessary for a final solution to the problems. He also expressed hope and conviction that indirect talks on the Palestinian problem would lead to direct talks in the near future. On his part, Israel’s Prime Minister acknowledged the national debt crisis faced by Papandreou saying “I know how difficult economic reform can be, I want to do everything I can to improve Greece’s and Israel’s economic ties.” Netanyahu also stressed the many things that Greece and Israel shared in common, which he said arose from a shared set of values and principles. He said that their talks had focused primarily on the peace process negotiations, establishing peace in the region and peace with neighbours, adding that this “could not be different”. “We exchanged views on how this could be achieved. We had a constructive dialogue that came to supplement all that we had first discussed during our chance meeting some time ago in a restaurant in Moscow,” Netanyahu said. He said the two sides had also explored ways of extending existing economic ties in the fields of technology, know-how, trade and agriculture. Papandreou indirectly replied to articles in the Israeli and foreign press concerning the timing of his visit, saying that the strengthening of relations was a standing policy for Athens and underlining his intention for more initiatives to promote the peace process. “We are neighbours, we live in the same region, we desire peace and we do not take advantage of conflicts in the area. We are taking and I will take further initiatives, including with Turkey, for a peaceful dialogue in order to proceed with building a peaceful neighbourhood for the benefit of all,” he stressed. The Greek Prime Minister invited his Israeli counterpart to visit Greece, an invitation that Netanyahu accepted, promising to carry out the visit in the near future. The Greek Prime Minister, accompanied by Alternate Foreign Minister Dimitris Droutsas and government spokesman George Petalotis, on Thursday also met Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman and Israel’s main opposition party leader Tzipi Livny. After meeting Israeli officials, Papandreou met the family of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and then depart for Ramallah for talks with the Palestinian Authority leadership.last_img read more

Le Pentax Q une taille de compact mais avec objectifs interchangeables

first_imgLe Pentax Q : une taille de compact mais avec objectifs interchangeables !Il est certain que le Pentax Q se démarque des autres compacts ou reflex ! Il possède la taille des premiers et approche les capacités des seconds, notamment grâce à ses objectifs interchangeables. Sa petite taille est impressionnante, mais cela suffit-il pour faire de lui un excellent appareil ? Le Pentax Q est si petit qu’il tient dans la main (avec une taille de 98 x 57,5 x 31 mm). Et pourtant, c’est un compact à objectifs interchangeables. Il ne pèse que 200g, batterie et carte SD incluses. Imbattable pour le moment.Malheureusement, sa taille minuscule fait également chuter le reste de  ses caractéristiques. Le PENTAX Q est équipé d’un capteur CMOS 12,4 Mega pixels rétro-éclairé d’une taille de 1/2.3 pouce. La surface est donc quasiment huit fois inférieure à un capteur 4/3 pouce (comme la plupart des appareils concurrents), ce qui devrait entraîner quelques limites en gestion du bruit électronique (une dégradation de la photo sera visible avec une  sensibilité à la lumière élevée, qu’on appelle ISO).Dépourvu de viseur optique, Pentax propose un accessoire pour pallier à ce manque, augmentant significativement sa taille. Un flash rétractable est également disponible et 4 objectifs sont déjà disponibles : un Zoom Standard 27,5-83mm, un Fish-Eye 17,5mm, un 35mm et un 100mm. À lire aussiOlympus dévoile le Tough TG-1 pour des photos en conditions extrêmesLe Pentax Q offre une possibilité de filmer des vidéos en Full HD (1920 x1080), ce qui fait de ce nouveau compact, un appareil tout de même très complet.La firme japonaise offre avec son Pentax Q (attention à soigner votre prononciation si vous le procurer) un compact hors du commun par sa taille minuscule. C’est sans aucun doute le « plus » de cet appareil photo numérique. Pour le rapport « qualité-prix » on repassera car le Q est vendu plus cher que ses concurrents pour des performances moindres (environ 700 euros). Reste à savoir ce qui vous intéresse : taille ou performances ? Le 27 octobre 2011 à 13:20 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Les insectes prédateurs préfèrent manger équilibré

first_imgLes insectes prédateurs préfèrent manger ‘équilibré’ Publiant son étude dans Proceedings of Royal Society B, une équipe internationale a montré expérimentalement que des coléoptères carnivores choisissaient, lorsque cela est possible, une alimentation équilibrée, propre à leur permettre d’engendrer un maximum de progéniture.Des chercheurs australiens, danois et néo-zélandais, dirigés par des scientifiques des universités britanniques d’Exeter et d’Oxford, ont capturé plusieurs femelles d’agones à tache dorsale (Anchomenus dorsalis), des coléoptères carnivores bien connus des jardiniers et friands de limaces, de pucerons et autres mites. Divisant l’échantillon en 3 groupes, ils ont soumis le 1er à un régime alimentaire presque exclusivement protéiné, le 2ème à un régime essentiellement lipidique (riche en graisses), et proposé enfin au 3ème groupe divers aliments, variés sur le plan nutritionnel.À lire aussiIl laisse une fourmi coupe-feuille lui découper le doigtRésultats : les insectes du 3ème groupe ont instinctivement opté pour une alimentation leur donnant un juste équilibre entre protéines et graisses, optimal pour obtenir une descendance nombreuse et saine, et ont pondu d’avantage d’œufs que les femelles des 2 autres groupes. Si des recherches antérieures avaient déjà montré que les insectes végétariens et omnivores mangeaient ‘équilibré’, les scientifiques pensaient jusqu’à présent que les prédateurs, devant se contenter des proies qu’ils trouvent, privilégiaient la quantité (calories) et non la qualité.”À une période de l’année où beaucoup d’entre nous sont axés sur une alimentation saine, il est intéressant de voir que les prédateurs sont également sélectifs sur ce qu’ils mangent. Nous avons montré pour la première fois qu’en fait, ils choisissent les aliments qui leur donneront le bon équilibre ente nutriments. Nos résultats pourraient aider à approfondir notre compréhension des réseaux trophiques et de la façon dont les communautés d’animaux interagissent dans la nature”, conclut le Dr Kim Jensen, de l’Université d’Exeter, directeur de l’étude cité par Science Daily.Le 12 janvier 2012 à 17:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nemanja Matic suffers a longterm injury blow at Man United

first_imgCaretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has confirmed that Nemanja Matic is out of today’s clash with Liverpool in the Premier League and will likely be sidelined for “a couple of weeks”.The 30-year-old midfielder has featured in 12 of Solskjaer’s 13 games in charge of Manchester United and will surely be missed in their big clash with rivals Liverpool at Old Trafford.Taking Matic’s place in the midfield is Scott McTominay after the Serbian was forced to withdraw due to an injury he sustained in training during the week.“He [Matic] got injured during one of the training sessions a few days ago,” Solskjaer told MUTV.”We tried to get him fit for the game but it was not to be. He will probably be out for a couple of weeks, but we will manage without him.”We tried to get him fit for the game but it was not to be. He will probably be out for a couple of weeks, but we will manage without him.“Scott has played in these games before. He is an Academy kid who knows the importance of this game. He has got some of the same attributes that Nemanja has, so I am sure he will slot in there and do well.”Matic was signed from Chelsea in 2017 by Jose Mourinho and has been an ever-present figure in the United line-up ever since.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.But now Matic could be absent for United’s Premier League games against Crystal Palace and Southampton this week along with the return leg of their last-16 Champions League clash at Paris Saint-Germain on March 6, where Solskjaer’s side must overturn a 2-0 aggregate deficit.Although former assistant coach Rene Meulensteen recently spoke out against the Serbian by claiming that he’s too slow to be a decent midfield partner for Paul Pogba.Meanwhile, David de Gea has replaced Sergio Romero in goal for United’s game today against Liverpool.Team-Line UpsManchester United: De Gea, Young (captain), Smalling, Lindelof, Shaw, Herrera, McTominay, Pogba, Mata, Lukaku, Rashford.Subs: Romero, Bailly, Alexis, Lingard, A. Pereira, Fred, Dalot.Liverpool: Alisson, Matip, Van Dijk, Robertson, Milner, Wijnaldum, Henderson (captain), Fabinho, Mane, Salah, Firmino.Subs: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Keita, Lallana, Shaqiri, Sturridge, Origi.last_img read more

Four teenagers attacked and robbed at City Heights skate park

first_imgFour teenagers attacked and robbed at City Heights skate park KUSI Newsroom Posted: May 6, 2018 May 6, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, center_img Updated: 12:31 PM SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Two teenagers and two adults were attacked and robbed at a skate park in City Heights, and the suspects remained at large Sunday.Around 8 p.m. Saturday, the four people — ages 16, 17, 18 and 19 — were at a skate park near Landis Street when a group of young men approached them and started an argument, San Diego police Officer Robert Heims said.The four ran to a nearby pedestrian bridge, where they were attacked by another group that had apparently been waiting for them, Heims said.There were about 15 people in total between the two groups, he said.The suspects punched and kicked the four victims, then took their wallets and cellphones, Heims said. One of the victims was stabbed, and another was cut on the finger.All of the suspects fled in an unknown direction, according to Heims. They were described as Hispanic or Asian men between the ages of 15 and 22.It was unclear how or if they knew the victims. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Fire crews in grim search for Californias dead

first_imgAn aircraft flies past a helicopter going down to collect water at Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, on 11 November 2018, as the battle to control the Woolsey Fire continues. Near Los Angeles, where the `Woolsey Fire` is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway. Photo: AFPSearch teams recovered bodies from the devastation left by California’s most destructive ever wildfire on Sunday, as the statewide death toll rose to at least 29 with high winds hampering the effort to save lives and homes.Firefighters took advantage of a brief calm overnight to make headway against the multiple blazes, but conditions were hellish on Sunday, with winds forecast to gust as high as 60 miles (100 kilometers) an hour, and humidity low.In fire zones north and south, acrid smoke blanketed the sky for miles, the sun barely visible. On the ground, cars caught in the blaze were reduced to mangled metal carcasses, while power lines were gnawed by the flames.The largest inferno — the so-called “Camp Fire” in the northern foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains — has destroyed 6,700 homes, business and other buildings in the town of Paradise, effectively wiping it off the map.At least 25 people have lost their lives in and around the community of 27,000, according to an official count by authorities.In Magalia, north of Paradise, workers from a local mortuary team recover a body on Sunday, which was put into a blue bag and loaded into a hearse.And in the hills above the nearby Concow area, a recovery team discovered the body of another person near several cars on a dirt road running alongside a cannabis farm.The blaze is now tied with the 1991 “Tunnel Fire” as the second-deadliest fire to hit the state. The deadliest was the “Griffith Park Fire” in 1933, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (Cal Fire).At the southern end of the state, where the “Woolsey Fire” is threatening mansions and mobile homes alike in the coastal celebrity redoubt of Malibu, the death toll has been limited to two victims found in a vehicle on a private driveway.Los Angeles County Fire chief Daryl Osby told reporters of his gratitude to firefighters “who’ve done all they could do save tens of thousands of people’s lives and thousands of people’s homes.”‘ New abnormal ‘Rescuers spent hours on Saturday collecting bodies around Paradise and placing them in a black hearse. Body parts were transported by bucket, while intact remains were carried in body bags.At the Holly Hills Mobile Estate the mobile homes had been reduced to smoldering piles of debris. Yellow police tape delineated spots that were tagged “Doe C” and “Doe D,” a grim marker of the bodies that had recently been removed.Locals fled the danger, but police told AFP some farmers returned to check on their cattle.Fanned by strong winds, the “Camp Fire” has so far scorched 111,000 acres (45,000 hectares) and is 25 percent contained, Cal Fire said. So far, three of the more than 4,000 firefighters deployed have been injured.They estimate they will need three weeks to fully contain the blaze.Evacuation orders have been issued to more than 250,000 people across California, with authorities urging residents not to ignore warnings to flee.”This is not the new normal, this is the new abnormal. And this new abnormal will continue, certainly in the next 10 to 15 to 20 years,” California Governor Jerry Brown told a news conference on Sunday.”Unfortunately, the best science is telling us that the dryness, warmth, drought, all those things, they’re gonna intensify,” he said, referring to conditions conducive to fires.’Dangerously wrong’Almost 6,000 miles away, president Donald Trump, in France for World War I commemorations, drew fierce criticism for an unsympathetic reaction to the devastation.”There is no reason for these massive, deadly and costly forest fires in California except that forest management is so poor,” Trump tweeted, threatening to withdraw federal support.Brian Rice, the head of the California Professional Firefighters, slammed the tweet as “ill-informed, ill-timed and demeaning to those who are suffering as well as the men and women on the front lines.”He said the president’s claim that forest policies were mismanaged “is dangerously wrong.”The tweet also drew political criticism. Republican Senator Cory Gardner told ABC News on Sunday: “I don’t think it’s appropriate to threaten funding.”That’s not going to happen. Funding will be available. It always is available to our people wherever they are, whatever disaster they are facing.”Malibu mansions in flamesIn southern California, the “Woolsey Fire” engulfed parts of Thousand Oaks, where the community is still shell-shocked after a Marine Corps veteran shot dead 12 people in a country music bar on Wednesday.It has consumed around 83,000 acres, destroyed at least 177 buildings and was ten percent contained, Cal Fire said Sunday.The blaze reached the Paramount Ranch, destroying sets used for hundreds of productions including HBO’S sci-fi western “Westworld,” network officials said.Keegan Gibbs, 33, was crushed to find his childhood Malibu home had been consumed by flames.”Malibu is a really small community and gets a bad rap for being this kind of elitist, snobby place, and it’s exactly the opposite,” Gibbs told The Los Angeles Times.last_img

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

Bengal to support tech firms in upcoming Silicon Valley Hub

first_imgKolkata: The state government is all set to provide “support price” to technology companies for setting up their facilities at the upcoming Silicon Valley Hub at New Town.”The state has decided to provide the support price to attract technology companies from across the world so that they can set up their units at an affordable cost in the proposed hub. A policy document will be announced soon,” Debashis Sen, Additional Chief Secretary, department of IT&Electronics, said on Tuesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe was addressing a gathering at the 17th ICT East organised by the CII.”The intent of the Bengal government is to create a strong platform and make a robust digital ecosystem that evolves and grows in Bengal,” Sen said.”Bengal wants to become a knowledge catalyst on upcoming technology for businesses. The state government has partnered a number of leading institutions for this. We have partnered Calcutta University on Quantum computing, with ISI on Blockchain, with MAKAUT on Cyber Security, on robotics with NIT and on innovation and artificial intelligence with IIT Kharagpur,” he said adding that the state government will organise a Blockchain Congress in December. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSen added that with the rise of tech companies like Byju, Alibaba and Tencent the “centre of gravity for technology-related businesses” is shifting from the West to the East. “BAT (Byju, Alibaba and Tencent) is taking over the traditional behemoths of the Silicon Valley in California. Bengal is strategically creating a platform to take advantage of the emerging scenario,” he said.Dipankar Chakrabarti, co-chairman, CII Eastern Region Startup and Innovation Taskforce and Executive Director, PwC India, said: “There is a tremendous opportunity for companies in Eastern India to leverage technology megatrends like Internet of Things (IoT), machine learning, artificial intelligence, Blockchain, etc.”Last month, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had laid foundation for the setting up of the Silicon Valley Hub on 200 acreas of land.last_img read more