Flop actor Zayed Khan turns to production

first_imgNot having made quite the splash as an actor as he may have hoped for, Zayed Khan is now looking at movie production as an alternative career. The actor, who had earlier declared he would co-produce a movie with Dia Mirza, is now said to be seriously working on a sports film.Says a source, “Zayed has always been interested in making sports based films. He has finally found a script which he might convert into a film.” We have learnt that Zayed has been trying to rope in Farukh Kabir – who directed the Naseeruddin Shah starrer Allah ke Banday last year – for the project. Farukh denies receiving any such offer, but says he is keen on doing a sports movie.Zayed Khan made his Bollywood debut in 2000, with the dud Chura Liya Hai Tumne opposite Esha Deol. His last tryst with celluloid was a guest appearance in the Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer Anjaana Anjaani, which too, flopped miserably.last_img read more

What is Anushka Sharma doing in Team India photo? Fans not impressed

first_imgVirat Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma is being targeted once again on social media after she appeared in the Indian team’s picture at the High Commission event in London on Tuesday.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has posted a picture of the team members and support staff with officials of the Indian High Commission in London.Anushka also features in the picture, standing next to husband and Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli.But her presence has raised eyebrows among Indian fans who are clueless as to why she is being allowed to travel with the team in the first place.Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma visit High Commission of India in London with teamAnushka is the only star wife who is still accompanying her partner on the tour. In the picture, posted by BCCI on social media, the Bollywood actress can be seen standing in the front along side Kohli with majority of his teammates standing behind them.#TeamIndia members at the High Commission of India in London. pic.twitter.com/tUhaGkSQfeBCCI (@BCCI) August 7, 2018It is indeed puzzling as to how Anushka is still travelling with Kohli and the team as the BCCI had barred the wives and girlfriends of the Indian cricket team players from accompanying their respective partners until the end of the third Test against England.Virat Kohli enjoying simple things in life with Anushka Sharma in EnglandAccording to reports, the BCCI has also decided that WAGs of India’s cricket stars will join their partners only for 14 days after the first two weeks of a 45-day tour in future.advertisementThe cricketers’ wives including Anushka, Sakshi Dhoni, Ritika Sajdeh (Rohit Sharma’s wife), Ayesha Mukherjee (Shikhar Dhawan’s spouse) and others were present throughout the limited-overs series between India and England in July.But only Anushka has stayed back with Kohli while the rest have left which is what some people on Twitter are complaining about.Vice captain is in last row and First Lady of Indian cricket is in front row. These people giving lecture online few days back. @AnushkaSharmaAli MG (@aliasgarmg) August 7, 2018Why @BCCI allows someones wife at official tour…. Please confirm Is your team mens are at work or on honeymoonNishant (@NishNishantkr) August 7, 2018Why is Anushka here lmao?She is at the center while the vice captain is at the end lol whatta jokeOd (@odshek) August 8, 2018No Hard feelings but I heard recently BCCI denied players from having their wives around when on tour in England. WTH is Anushka doing among Indian team?? Rules are meant for Team and captain should lead from front in every aspect. Just sayingThe Cricket Guy (@ambade_akash) August 7, 2018anushka sharma is also there in the squad so probably she will be included in the playing 11 too for the next matchMayank Sharma (@MSharma56483635) August 7, 2018As someone mentioned earlier the vice captain of the Indian cricket team is standing in last row, whereas the captain’s wife is in front row. This just looks unprofessional by everyone.Bharath Aiyanna (@bharathaiyanna) August 7, 2018. @AnushkaSharma please dont be an #ItemGirl everywhere, at least where a whole nation loves cricket like anything. You just happens to be the wife of @imVkohli shouldnt be the reason or privilege to be present on that frame. #shame #BCCIVikky Mohanty (@vikkymohanty) August 7, 2018Is captain wife more important than vice captain? Where are other players wife’s? Don’t divide team for the sake of captain or Bollywood pleaseSanjay Tank (@SanjaySTank) August 8, 2018India cricket stars head to exotic locales post ODI series loss vs EnglandAnushka’s presence however, seems to be helping Kohli in the Test series as he smashed his maiden hundred in England even though it came in a lost cause in the first Test at Edgbaston last week.Virat Kohli enjoys meal with wife Anushka Sharma in LondonAnushka was seen cheering from the stands as Kohli reached triple figures and kissed his wedding ring to celebrate the achievement.Kohli smashed 149 and 51 in both innings of the Edgbaston Test but his efforts went in vain as India lost the match by 31 runs.As a result of his performance, Kohli toppled former Australia captain Steve Smith to clinch the top spot in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen for the first time in his career.Strolling on the streets in England: Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and AnushkaThe two teams are now gearing up for the second match which will begin on Thursday at the Lord’s Cricket Ground. England currently lead the five-match Test series 1-0.advertisementlast_img read more

All Blacks irresistible in remarkable 57-0 drubbing of South Africa

first_imgNehe Milner-Skudder scored two of the All Blacks’ eight tries as they destroyed South Africa 57-0 at North Harbour Stadium on Saturday to post a record points margin against the Springboks.The All Blacks were ruthless in their execution of their opportunities to post 50 points for the second successive Test against their traditional foes, with their 57-15 win last year in Durban the previous largest margin. Rieko Ioane, Milner-Skudder, Brodie Retallick and Scott Barrett all crossed in the first half to give the All Blacks a 31-0 lead at the break, before Ofa Tu’ungafasi, Lima Sopoaga and Codie Taylor scored in the second half.Despite the scoreline, the Springboks created numerous opportunities with their running lines, interplay and kicks into space, but were unable to finish off as the All Blacks defence was superb.“We came out here with plenty of intensity,” the All Blacks captain, Kieran Read, said. “The South Africans have been playing really well this year, I commend them on that. The scoreline probably didn’t look pretty for them …”New Zealand were ruthless in identifying those gaps and taking their opportunities throughout the game and had sealed the win by half-time. They scored three long-range tries with Ioane, Milner-Skudder and Retallick all crossing after the world champions found space behind the defensive line. The replacement Scott Barrett also crossed after his older brother Beauden cross-kicked for Dane Coles to knock the ball down to the 23-year-old, who was on the field as Liam Squire underwent a head injury assessment.Milner-Skudder grabbed his second try in the 53rd minute and both coaches then emptied the benches, with Tu’ungafasi scoring his first Test try 10 minutes later.The All Blacks dominated the final 20 minutes with the Springboks defending for much of it and it was testament to their grit they conceded only the tries to Sopoaga in the 73rd minute and Taylor after the full-time hooter. Read more Share via Email Facebook match reports Share on WhatsApp Wallabies 45-20 Argentina: Rugby Championship – as it happened South Africa rugby team New Zealand rugby union team Share on Facebook Share on Pinterest … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. 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Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The Observer Topicscenter_img Share on Twitter Twitter “If we could have scored a try or a couple of points in the first half it could have been a different thing,” the Springboks coach, Allister Coetzee, said. “But they were just too good for us.”It was the biggest defeat in South Africa’s history, eclipsing the 53-3 loss against England at Twickenham in 2002.The former South Africa captain Jean de Villiers said the team had hit a new low. “We all thought last year losing to New Zealand by 42 points was a low point and we didn’t think it could get worse. It did today,” he said. “It is very difficult to find something positive to say about this game. We need to be honest with ourselves, we got outplayed in every single department and were beaten by a much better team.”In Canberra, Australia scored five second-half tries to rally to their first victory of this year’s championship with a 45-20 win over Argentina. Israel Folau scored tries either side of half-time and Sekope Kepu, Will Genia, Nick Phipps and Jordan Uelese also crossed to secure a bonus point victory. Bernard Foley converted all six tries and kicked a penalty to help the Wallabies back to winning ways after they lost twice to the All Blacks and drew with the Springboks in their first three matches of the competition.Argentina led 13-10 at half-time after bullying their hosts in the back-row contest but a first-half try from Martin Landajo and a brilliant late effort from Matías Moroni were not enough for a first win in Australia since 1983.Australia next face South Africa in Bloemfontein on 1 October, while the All Blacks travel to Buenos Aires. Reuters Rugby union Rugby Championship Beauden Barrett flicks a pass behind his back to set up Nehe Milner-Skudder for a stunning first-half try. Photograph: Anthony Au-Yeung/Getty Images Since you’re here… Share on LinkedIn Support The Guardian Pinterest Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img read more

James Franklin Discusses Allegations Of Penn State Running Up Score

first_img He’s referring to the Penn State reserves that came in during the third quarter of action. They also had their way with Idaho last weekend.Backup quarterback Will Levis completed 11-of-14 pass attempts for 62 yards and a touchdown. It became clear that even the second-string team for the Nittany Lions was too much to handle.Franklin on the final score: “No one likes to see that, but I will tell you that those guys (reserves) deserve to get in the game and play.”— Audrey Snyder (@audsnyder4) September 3, 2019Scoring 79 points against any opponent might seem brutal, but James Franklin brought up a great point. It’s not like he left his starting lineup in the game for all four quarters.The chances of Penn State frequently blowing out opponents during conference play are slim. Allowing the reserves to get quality minutes in the season opener gives the coaching staff to see how their backup options may perform down the stretch.We’ll see if Penn State can continue its dominance on Saturday when it hosts Buffalo. Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans.PASADENA, CA – JANUARY 02: Penn State Nittany Lions head coach James Franklin looks on against the USC Trojans during the 2017 Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual at the Rose Bowl on January 2, 2017 in Pasadena, California. (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)James Franklin’s Penn State Nittany Lions looked quite dominant in its season opener against Idaho. On the flip side, the prestigious program received criticism for apparently running up the score.The Nittany Lions won 79-7 over the Vandals in a contest that was basically over heading into halftime. Starting quarterback Sean Clifford shined in his season debut with 280 passing yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.While fans in Happy Valley must be thrilled about how their team looks heading into Week 2, James Franklin and the coaching staff have been dealing with questions about running up the score on a lesser opponent.Franklin had an interesting response to those critics, saying “No one likes to see that, but I will tell you that those guys deserve to get in the game and play.”last_img read more

Bourbon Sells 12 Vessels for USD 378 Million

first_imgzoom Bourbon announces the transfer of ownership of 12 vessels to the Chinese company ICBC Financial Leasing (“ICBCL”) for a total value of approximately US$ 378 million, as part of the sale and bareboat charter agreement for up to 51 vessels signed with ICBCL on April 9, 2013.With the 9 vessels already transferred in September 2013 as part of the agreement, this brings the total number of vessels transferred to ICBCL to 21 for a total value of approximately US$ 522 million. The transfer of the remaining maximum 30 vessels should take place during the first half of 2014.At the end of November 2013, Bourbon signed an agreement with Standard Chartered Bank (“SCB”) for the sale and bareboat charter of 6 new build vessels for a total amount of approximately US$ 150 million. The ownership of 3 vessels has been transferred for an amount of nearly US$ 65 million at year end. The remaining 3 vessels will be delivered to SCB during the second half of 2014. This agreement provides for a fixed bareboat charter rate of 10.2% per year for 10 years.In addition to vessel disposals in line with the “Transforming for Beyond” action plan, Bourbon sold older vessels in 2013 for a total value of US$ 183 million, some of which included a bareboat charter agreement.Through the implementation of its active fleet management program, Bourbon has achieved US$ 770 million of vessel sales in 2013, generating a capital gain of approximately US$ 180 million.As expected, Bourbon free cash flow will be positive for the second half and full year 2013, and the level of its debt will be reduced.Active fleet managementSummary of vessel sales in 2013Bourbon, January 7, 2014last_img read more

More Immigrants Settling Staying in Nova Scotia

first_img The Jan. 1, launch of the Nova Scotia Demand: Express Entry stream to provide a faster route for skilled and educated immigrants in response to labour market demands In August 2014, Premier Stephen McNeil appointed Wadih Fares and Colin Dodds as joint chairs of the Premier’s Immigration Advisory Council In August 2014, Ms. Diab announced a strengthening of the partnership among government and settlement service providers to enhance services for people, families and communities In June 2014, the province changed the Provincial Nominee Program to ensure that international students who want to stay in Nova Scotia, have a way to do so. More immigrants chose to make Nova Scotia their home last year than at any time in the last ten years. More are also staying, with the highest retention rate in recent history. “Enhanced immigration is crucial to the future success of Nova Scotia and will help grow our economy,” said Immigration Minister Lena Metlege Diab. “Immigrants help build our province and our country and help make our province a vibrant, dynamic society.” Ms. Diab made the announcement at a breakfast meeting with the Truro and Colchester Chamber of Commerce. Last year, 2,661 newcomers settled in the province. This included 717 people coming through the Nova Scotia Nominee Program, the highest number yet for the program. Nominations only partially reflect the total number of immigrants who move to Nova Scotia as nominees may bring families, spouses and children. More immigrants are also choosing to stay. The most recent Statistics Canada figures indicate a 71 per cent retention rate for immigrants who arrived in Nova Scotia between 2007-2011. “Nova Scotia is a welcoming community and we want to ensure our province is seen by immigrants as an excellent choice,” said Ms. Diab. “On our part, government is working to make immigration to Nova Scotia more successful.” Recent measures include:last_img read more

Yogi to meet Sonbhadra victims

first_imgLucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will visit Sonebhadra on Sunday to meet the family members of the victims of the firing incident.Ten people were killed and several sustained injuries on July 17 in a shootout over a land dispute at Murtiya village in Sonebhadra district.The Chief Minister, in the state Assembly on Friday, had said that 29 people have been arrested and four officials have been suspended in connection with the incident. Also Read – Squadrons which participated in Balakot air strike awarded citations on IAF Day”Till now, 29 criminals have been arrested. A single barrel gun, three double-barrel guns and a rifle have been seized. Whoever is found responsible for this incident, strictest action will be taken against them,” he had said.The state government has announced an ex-gratia of Rs 5 lakh each for the families of the victims.On Saturday, Sonebhadra District Magistrate Ankit Agarwal, who disbursed the relief funds, said: “According to the instructions of Chief Minister, Rs 5 lakh was made available to the families of the ten deceased in the Sonebhadra firing case. Eight of the affected parties were present today while two were not available.” Also Read – Don’t use ‘lynching’ to defame India: BhagwatCongress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi also met the families of the victims on Saturday and announced an ex-gratia of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of the deceased from Congress party. She urged the state government to give Rs 25 lakh as ex-gratia to the victims.The Sonebhadra carnage has turned into a major controversy after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra was detained on Friday and kept in detention for more than 24 hours. The families of the carnage victims walked nearly 70 kilometres and came to meet her at the Chunar guest house where she was detained.Priyanka Gandhi later ended her dharna and returned to Delhi after meeting the victims.last_img read more

No illegal migrant will be allowed in India Amit Shah

first_imgGuwahati: Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Sunday said no “illegal migrant” would be allowed to stay in the country and that the NRC exercise in Assam was completed in “time-bound manner”. Shah, also the chairman of the North Eastern Council (NEC), was addressing chief ministers of eight northeastern states, in his inaugural address at the 68th plenary session of the NEC here.”Various people have raised all kinds of questions on the National Register of Citizens (NRC). I want to clearly say that not a single illegal migrant will be allowed to stay in the country by the Government of India. That is our commitment”, the Union Home Minister asserted. Referring to the just-published NRC, Shah said, “lt was completed in a time-bound manner”. The meeting was also addressed by Union Minister of State in charge of DoNER and NEC vice-chairman Jitendra Singh, official sources said.last_img read more

Women from Lethbridge Pronghorns university hockey team file lawsuit

first_imgLETHBRIDGE, Alta. – Four players from the University of Lethbridge women’s hockey team are suing the school, its sports director and the team’s coach.A statement of claim filed on Tuesday in Court of Queen’s Bench names Olivia Alexander, Alannah Jensen, Chelsea Kasprick and Brittney Sawyer as plaintiffs.The women claim in court documents obtained by Lethbridge News Now that they were harassed and intimidated while playing for the Pronghorns.They allege coach Michelle Janus made abusive remarks to players and allowed bullying on the team.The women also allege the university and sports executive director Ken McInnes did not do enough — namely firing Janus as head coach — when multiple concerns were raised as early as 2015.None of the allegations has been proven in court and the university has said it will not provide any comments specific to the lawsuit.The statement of claim says the players were “subjected to the harassing and demeaning conduct, representations, omission and/or negligence of McInnes and Janus.”“The defendants harassed and bullied the plaintiffs by engaging in threatening and intimidating behaviours, not providing them proper care, calling them names and suggesting they were mentally unstable on a daily basis,” the document says.The players also allege the university breached its contracts with the players by failing to maintain an environment free from discrimination, bullying and harassment.A list of damages alleged by the players include physical, psychological and emotional harm, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, panic attacks, headaches, insomnia and loss of interest in playing sports, specifically hockey.A list of 21 complaints were submitted to the university in May by six players, including the four who have filed the lawsuit. They outlined concerns with Janus under the university’s harassment and discrimination policy and asked for her termination.That resulted in the university launching an investigation. It concluded with a response from acting chief human resources officer Nancy Walker on July 31.“The conclusion relating to the harassment complaint was that the policy on harassment has been violated,” wrote Walker.“The investigation conclusion in regards to discrimination was that based on the balance of probabilities and findings of fact, the policy on discrimination of different treatment on the basis of protected grounds has not been violated.”She went on to outline steps that would be taken to address the situation, including improved communication, counselling and more in-depth training for Janus.In response to the lawsuit, the university said it has already begun implementing many of the suggestions in the investigation’s report.“The women’s hockey coach has committed to the actions recommended in the report to ensure the continued growth and development of the women’s hockey program and to provide a positive experience for student athletes both in and out of the classroom,” the university said. (Lethbridge News Now)last_img read more

The chances of surviving an overdose may depend on where person lives

first_imgVANCOUVER — The day after one of his closest friends died alone in his bedroom from an opioid overdose, Brandon Bailey started sharing his cellphone number across social media.The recovered drug addict from Windsor, Ont., has a message for other users: If you’re going to use, call me.“I will come to you and make sure that you are safe,” Bailey wrote in a Facebook post.Bailey, who is also a member of the Windsor Overdose Prevention Society, said he’s been frustrated by a lack of overdose prevention services like safe consumption sites in the city, and he wants to ensure the overdose-reversing drug naloxone is within arms reach for anyone at risk.Since his November post on Facebook, he has also distributed his cellphone number on flyers.“We need to be doing something,” he said.The overdose crisis has devastated communities across the country and is being credited with slowing the progress of life expectancy, which had risen three years between 2000 and 2016.Opioids killed an estimated 9,000 people between January 2016 and June 2018, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada. About 94 per cent of those deaths were deemed accidental and almost three-quarters involved the powerful opioid fentanyl.But access to overdose prevention services vary geographically, prompting some advocates to say that a person’s chances of surviving an overdose depends on where you live.There are eight approved supervised consumption sites in British Columbia, nine in Ontario, six in Alberta, four in Quebec, and none elsewhere, according to Health Canada.Supervised consumption sites allow people to use their drugs under medical supervision, many of which provide testing for fentanyl contamination and access to sterile equipment.Naloxone is now available for purchase at pharmacies in every province and territory except Alberta, Yukon and Nunavut, the Canadian Pharmacists Association said.Access to the free, take-home naloxone kits is more varied, with Quebec offering the nasal spray to anyone over 14 through pharmacies, New Brunswick giving naloxone to other sites like health and social services, and British Columbia offering free access to people at risk of overdosing, those likely to witness an overdose and to First Nations. Jordan Westfall, executive director for the Canadian Association of People Who Use Drugs, said rural and remote areas are particularly underserved.“There are large parts of the country that don’t have these services pretty much at all. These are lifelines for people at risk of overdosing that aren’t accessible to people,” Westfall said.A lack of education and political will have been the biggest challenges to preventing overdose deaths, he said. Unlike other health-care decisions that are based on data, the question of allowing services like supervised consumption sites is often put before the public, he said.“In a lot of cases, we’ve put human lives up for public consultation. That’s kind of a metaphor for how we treat the health care of people who use drugs, which is stigmatized in society,” Westfall said.He said harm reduction could go further by providing a safe drug supply to users, given that so many deaths appear related to drugs contaminated with fentanyl.“Everybody else in the country, when they take a sip of beer they don’t have to worry that they’re going to drop dead. We need to see the same safety for everyone in the country using drugs on the streets,” he said.Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside has been at the centre of the overdose crisis in British Columbia and it’s also where some of the most accessible harm-reduction services are located. Last month, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart announced he would direct staff to look for a site where drug users can get safe opioids to prevent overdoses.Sarah Blyth, co-founder of the Overdose Prevention Society in Vancouver, said supervised consumption sites and naloxone save lives every day. On the day of the interview, she said three people had already overdosed at a nearby safe injection site but they survived because they were surrounded by people who understood drug use and overdose prevention.But Rebecca Jesseman, policy director for the Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Addiction, said there are some good reasons for variation in available services: dominant drug problems also vary geographically.The opioid crisis is more pronounced in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec, she said, while the central provinces of Manitoba and Saskatchewan are more concerned with fighting a methamphetamine problem.“Part of the reason for different levels of response is the fact that the problem is different across Canada, so we do need to respond in a way that is specific to the local context,” she said.Health Canada said in a statement that the federal government allocates funding based on the severity of the opioid crisis and the population size in each province or territory.Jesseman said mobile units have begun providing support to places without permanent overdose prevention services, she said.But beyond geographic variations, she said services often fail to meet the needs of the individual, especially as they relate to language, gender, age and culture.“The system often looks at people who need help as being treatment resistant, rather than looking at what is wrong with the system and how we can meet their needs,” Jesseman said.“We wouldn’t accept this variation in service quality and availability for health conditions like cancer, diabetes and heart disease, so why is it the norm for substance use?”Amy Smart, The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Iraq Kurdish lawmakers confirm support for new electoral laws with UN envoy

12 December 2009The top United Nations envoy to Iraq met today with parliamentarians from the Kurdish Alliance Bloc to discuss the recently brokered electoral laws that allow for national elections expected to take place early next year. The compromise in the electoral law centres on the allocation of seats in parliament, which the Secretary-General’s Special Representative Ad Melkert and the Kurdish lawmakers reaffirmed would be used exclusively for the 2010 Council of Representatives election.Since the Council of Representatives finalized the amendments to the law by 6 December, the UN Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) – which Mr. Melkert heads – has advised all parties that it is feasible to hold the elections on 27 February 2010.National polling was originally slated for January, but the electoral law was vetoed by the Sunni member of Iraq’s three-member Presidency Council last month and was sent back to the Council of Representatives.In today’s meeting, both sides stressed the importance of gathering census data in 2010 to support long term planning for the rebuilding and prosperity of Iraq, agreeing that the census data should be used for the development of proper civil and voter registries. Mr. Melkert also underscored the international community’s commitment to providing the necessary support to Government institutions conducting the census.In addition, he voiced willingness to meet with the officials of the Iraqi Kurdistan Region to continue discussing issues between the Federal Government and the Kurdistan Regional Government, including Article 140 of the Iraqi Constitution, which deals with conditions for holding a referendum in the region regarding its geographical make up. Mr. Melkert reiterated the UN’s support to reach a satisfactory and sustainable political agreement on these issues in order to promote security, stability and democracy in Iraq. read more

US Navy begins military exercise in China managed Hambantota Port

The CARAT series began at sea in Sri Lanka, where U.S. Sailors and Marines join the Sri Lanka Armed Forces to conduct partnered training focused on building interoperability and strengthening relationships, along with sharing best practices. The US has consistently raised concerns over the Hambantota Port saying it maybe used by China for military purposes. CARAT, the U.S. Navy’s oldest and longest continually-running regional exercise in South Asia and Southeast Asia, strengthens partnerships between regional navies and enhances maritime security cooperation throughout the Indo-Pacific. The week-long exercise at the Hamantota port will offer Sailors and Marines a chance to conduct underwater diving sessions, combat lifesaving training and practice small boat maneuvers. Navy Seabees will also be working with the Sri Lankan Navy civil engineering branch to renovate an elementary school in the nearby area, the US Navy said.Sri Lankan Sailors will have the chance to serve aboard Navy vessels for hands-on learning during the at-sea phase of the exercise to increase interoperability between the two countries. U.S. assets participating include the Arleigh-Burke class guided-missile destroyer USS Spruance (DDG 90), Military Sealift Command expeditionary fast transport ship USNS Millinocket (T-EPF 3) and a P-8 Poseidon maritime patrol craft. The US Navy today began a military exercise at the Hambantota Port which is managed by China.Commander, Task Force 73 announced the beginning of the 25th annual Cooperation Afloat Readiness and Training (CARAT) exercise series between the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the armed forces of partner nations. read more

Womens Basketball No 9 Ohio State beats Idaho 9956 for the programs

Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell controls the ball during the first quarter of the Buckeyes’ game against Idaho on Nov. 15. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorThe Ohio State women’s basketball team had to ferociously compete in its 85-64 win against No. 14 Stanford and in its 95-90 overtime loss to No. 5 Louisville, but its road to victory against Idaho proved to be much easier.Behind a 59-35 rebounding advantage, No. 9 Ohio State (2-1) defeated Idaho (1-1) 99-56 to pick up the program’s 1,000th victory Wednesday night at the Schottenstein Center.Redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper tallied a team-leading 18 points and 18 boards. Ohio State a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds and 5-foot-8 Harper, who started in the Buckeyes’ four-guard starting lineup, led the team with six offensive boards.“I’m just trying to be whatever the team needs me to be,” Harper said. “Yeah, I think it’s very versatile, but I think it requires a very mental, disciplined focus from me to be able to switch back and forth.”Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga had 17 points on 6-of-8 shooting and added 14 rebounds. She struggled in the Buckeyes’ second game of the year against Louisville after corralling a school-record 26 rebounds against Stanford in the season opener. “She gives that inside presence,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “What it does is it gives us more balance. We can get shot-happy from the perimeter. If we can get the ball to her around the basket, just get a little more balance in what we’re doing.”Mavunga and Harper each had double-doubles before halftime. The Buckeyes held a 19-0 edge in second-chance points and 36 of their points came from inside the paint. Ohio State’s 59 rebounds were more than it had in any game last season.The Buckeyes trailed 7-5 to begin the game, then redshirt junior guard Sierra Calhoun drained a jumper and they went on an 18-point run fueled by impressive ball movement. The Vandals, who made 18 3-pointers in their season-opening 83-69 win against Colorado State, had open looks, but failed to convert them into points. Idaho made six of its 32 3-point attempts.“We defended it well in practice and that just carried over to the game,” Harper said. “We just tried to focus on that and make sure that we kept them off the line because they’re a very great 3-point shooting team.”The Buckeyes connected on 13-of-34 shots from beyond the arc. Senior guard Kelsey Mitchell led Ohio State with four 3-pointers and scored 16 points while adding four assists.The Buckeyes ended the first half on an 11-1 run in the final 3:04 of the second quarter and entered halftime with a commanding 49-24 lead. Idaho never came within 23 points of Ohio State the remainder of the game.Calhoun rebounded from her 2-for-14 performance last game and made 6-of-13 shots for 15 points. Sophomore guard Jensen Caretti scored double-digits for the first time in her career, connecting on 5-of-9 shots for 14 points.“Tonight was really valuable for her and hopefully she can continue to gain confidence as we aspire to expand our rotation a little bit more,” McGuff said.Guard Mikayla Ferenz and forward Geraldine McCorkell led the way for Idaho, scoring 17 and 14 points, respectively.Ohio State will next take the court at 7 p.m. Friday against Quinnipiac. read more

Suspected paedophile deputy head teacher stranded on Falklands after return to UK is

A teacher who moved his family 8,000 miles to the South Atlantic, after landing a job as deputy head at the Falklands Island school, has been charged with child sex offences. Paul Barton, 41, is currently on bail in Stanley awaiting trial and last month was refused permission to fly back to the UK to attend his father’s funeral. He was appointed deputy headteacher at the Community School in Stanley and recently celebrated with the pupils as they enjoyed… A former Captain in the Territorial Army, Mr Barton relocated to the Falklands in January 2016, with his wife, two children and three dogs after leaving his job as acting assistant principal at the De Warenne Academy in Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

MMC Norilsk Nickel opens Arctic Council workshop

first_imgThe international workshop devoted to prevention and management of emergencies in the Arctic region including environmental emergencies starts its work today in Dudinka. The workshop is organised by the Russian Ministry of Emergencies and the Emergency Prevention, Preparedness and Response (EPPR) Working Group of the Arctic Council.  Norilsk Nickel provides assistance in the workshop organisation and takes an active part in the discussions. The workshop is attended by the experts of the Russian Ministry of Emergencies and representatives of the Arctic Council member states including Sweden, Norway, USA, Canada and Finland. This is a pilot event organised in the framework of a joint project which is implemented by the Ministry of Emergencies and the Arctic Council with the aim to improve security support systems for project development in the Arctic regions. Implementation of the project is based on the state-private partnership. On the part of private business it is supported by leading Russian companies including MMC Norilsk Nickel whose key production facilities are located in the Far North. According to the General Director of MMC Norilsk Nickel, Vladimir Strzhalkovky, “The Arctic is not a theoretical but a practical issue to us. Here, in the Taimyr Peninsula, our operations are united in one industrial centre that includes production plants, power supply facilities and transport infrastructure. Given the remoteness and isolation of the Norilsk Industrial Region from ‘the mainland’, MMC Norilsk Nickel has assumed responsibility for securing reliable power supply to the production site and the city”.  He also explained that Norilsk was always looking for innovative solutions ensuring the efficient operation of its production facilities in the Far North. For example, in order to avoid any interruptions in the transportation of production supplies to this industrial center, which may be accessed only by water or by air, Norilsk decided to create its own sea fleet of five Arctic-type vessels. Two vessels are already in operation, and after the commissioning of remaining three ships in 2009 the company will become logistically independent. The availability of the company’s own fleet will guarantee the reliability of metal delivery to our consumers and the environmental safety of cargo transportation. One of the long-term goals set out in Norilsk’s development strategy consists in enhancing the environmental safety of metal production in line with environment protection laws.  In 2007 the company’s expenditures in the environment protection measures at its Russian operations amounted approximately to RUB9 billion. Further steps were made to diminish air pollution, as provided for by the appropriate Action Plan. Norilsk implements a large-scale environmental program worth RUB36 billion. The company maintains working contacts with a number of environmental organizations and operates in close co-operation with Putorana State Biosphere Reserve. According to Vladimir Strzhalkovsky, “operation of Norilsk Nickel proves that Arctic does not mean just problems and challenges, but this region opens unique opportunities for development. I am sure that  joint efforts of the state and private businesses, as well as experience sharing among all interested parties, will allow our country to develop the potential of these Arctic territories to the maximum extent”.The workshop time-table includes presentations and discussions, a visit to the Oktyabrsky mine and a trip to Putorana Nature Reserve. Norilsk’s key production units in Russia are the Polar Division and OJSC Kola Mining and Metallurgical Co.last_img read more

How to get 5GB of free Dropbox storage

first_imgDropbox serves as a rock-solid cloud storage service for millions of personal and business customers. The 2GB of free storage that it offers is enough for most casual users, but what about those users who have tons of content? They can upgrade to a premium plan, but they run $100 per year for 50GB, or $200 annually for a 100GB plan. Those free 2GB are nice, but after that, Dropbox ain’t cheap.A new promotion that Dropbox is running may be able to help with that. With the service’s latest beta desktop software, it has added an automatic photo import feature. Plug in a camera or smartphone, and you’ll have the option to automatically import those pictures to your Dropbox account. If it reminds you of Apple’s Photostream, that’s no coincidence: it’s likely designed to directly compete with the iCloud service.To help promote the new feature, Dropbox is throwing us all a bone. Anyone who uses the photo import tool — even once — will get some extra Dropbox storage. On your first import, you automatically get an extra 500MB added to your account. For every 500MB of photos you import after that, you get another 500MB of storage added to your account. The fun gets cut off after 4.5GB of uploads, for a grand total of 5GB of free storage if you use the new service enough.This is a great deal for customers who don’t want to pay extra for Dropbox storage. You can triple your Dropbox quota without paying a dime. Additionally, the photo import feature is pretty handy. Dropbox hasn’t yet added this tweak to mobile apps, but it’s only logical that it eventually would. There are already hacks in place on both iOS and Android that allow you to automatically import all new photos to Dropbox.Those who use Apple products probably won’t see any reason to abandon iCloud’s Photostream syncing, as it already serves the same function. But for those who prefer other platforms — or those who like Apple but don’t want to be locked into their ecosystem — this is a nifty way to have your images always ready and waiting in the cloud. That it rewards you for trying it only sweetens the pot. You can do just that by visiting the source link below, and downloading the beta Dropbox client for Mac, Windows, or Linux.via Dropboxlast_img read more

Resident Evil 6 demo code reveals two hidden playable characters

first_imgEveryones favorite villainess might be playable in the upcoming zombie shooter, Resident Evil 6.Players of the Resi 6 demo have decrypted the code to see if there were any secrets hidden within. Sure enough they found a list of all playable characters, which includes everyone we know about; Sherry, Jake, Leon, Helena, Chris, and Piers, and two new ones we didn’t — Ada and Helper.Helper seems to indicate a co-op partner for Ada, which could turn out to be almost anyone who isn’t already starring in Resi 6. The evidence seems to indicate it could be a woman called Carla Radames, though. Carla was first mentioned in January 2012 when some information about the game leaked. The leak mentioned a list of characters we did not know about at the time so many believe she could well be Ada’s co-op partner.Ada is also seen looking at Carla’s files in the E3 Resi 6 trailer, but it’s shown so quickly you’d easily miss it. We’ve captured the image you can see below of the young blond haired woman pictured with a man called Derek C. Simmons who appears in the trailer talking to Leon and Helena. Leon accused Derek of being the one who infected the president and it’s possible he’s the man behind the creation of the new C-Virus.Ada Wong has always been on the very edge between being a good character and a bad one. Her role in Resi 6 seems to be as a very dangerous, unpredictable woman. It’s unclear how her campaign will fit in between the three main heroes campaigns. Perhaps hers will be unlocked after you complete the main game – giving a different perspective to the story. It’s not the first time players have played as Ada after all; she had her own mini campaign in Resident Evil 4 which you unlocked after completing the main story.via ShackNewslast_img read more

Does Apple owe you 5

first_imgThe way we view apps has evolved rapidly over the last few years. What started as a convenience item for most companies is now a requirement, often more important than a well built website. A side effect of this rapid evolution is missing some critical steps to avoid abuse, which lead to a settlement Apple just agreed to involving apps targeted at selling to children.In app purchases are an incredibly powerful tool. In a world where we can impulse buy something small and have it be delivered immediately, making sure there are fewer and fewer steps in the micro transaction will guarantee more sales. Apple’s in-app purchasing system nets them a percentage of every dollar made in every app across their ecosystem, so they have a vested interested in making sure there are very few steps in a given transaction. This works well as long as you are dealing with adults, but when you aim this system at children you are bound to run into problems.Many games for iOS resorted to using in-game currency to purchase things needed to easily progress in each game. Downloading and playing the game is free, but you can progress much faster if you’re willing to pay for an item or accessory to help out. If you want in-game currency, you pay real money through Apple’s in-app purchasing system.It’s not a bad idea, especially if you’re up to the challenge of trying to play without the aid of in-game money, but if you’re not careful those in-app purchases can rack up quickly. If you’re a child, and it’s not obvious that you are spending your parents money to get fake money for your game, their bank account can quickly suffer.Obviously parents were upset about this, and a class action lawsuit was created to try and address the problem with Apple. In-app purchasing systems were quickly adjusted to require a password, and game developers now clearly state when real money is changing hands, but the damage was already done. Many users were out hundreds of dollars as a result of these games, often with no idea that the transactions were taking place until they were long done. There’s no record of how many users were involved in the class action suit, or how Apple plans to handle extreme cases, but if you are able to prove that you were a victim of this system you can get some money back.GigaOm reports that Apple is expected to send an email to over 23 million iTunes users who may have made purchases that fall under the list of infringing apps. Apple will issue anywhere from $5 to $30 in iTunes credit to anyone able to prove that a minor used their account to buy things with in-app purchasing. For users who have more than $30 in purchases that qualify, a request can be made that the money be returned in cash instead of credit. It’s unclear exactly when this is expected to start, as the settlement has yet to be approved by a federal judge, but once that happens the emails are expected to follow shortly after.last_img read more

Game of Thrones Season 8 MetroCards Delayed in NYC

first_img Game of Thrones’ final season won’t air until April, but the show’s fans in New York will have to wait for another surprise: Season 8 transit MetroCards.HBO recently collaborated with Grand Central Station and the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) for a major Game of Thrones promotion, according to Newsweek. On Tuesday, Grand Central Station was set to feature Game of Thrones decor and distribute 250,000 limited-edition Game of Thrones MetroCards.However, this plan never took place. In response to a Newsweek tweet, the MTA wrote that the plan to debut Game of Thrones MetroCards is delayed and that there isn’t a set “release date at this time.” MTA also advised to check its Twitter account for updates.@MTA What’s going on with the Game of Thrones metro cards at Grand Central tomorrow? What time will they be available?— detective psyduck (@AndWhalen) November 26, 2018 ‘Game of Thrones’ Targaryen Prequel Series Is Reportedly Coming to HBO‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Stay on targetcenter_img Good afternoon. We do not have a firm release date for this promotional MetroCard at this time and the cards will not be coming out this week — please check back for details as they become available. ^BD— NYCT Subway (@NYCTSubway) November 26, 2018HBO and MTA’s Game of Thrones MetroCards aren’t the only products focused on the series’ last season. In October, Diageo’s Johnnie Walker and HBO unveiled a limited-edition White Walker by Johnnie Walker scotch whiskey and the Game of Thrones Single Malt Scotch Whiskey Collection. For those that love Game of Thrones and board game nights, the HBOShop has a Game of Thrones Monopoly game, which is available for pre-order on its website.Winter is coming, and Throneheads can collect awesome fan merchandise from now until the Game of Thrones Season 8 premiere next year. Over the next few months, fans will have to wait for more details on what’s to come for Westeros.More on Geek.com:‘Game of Thrones’ is Coming Back to HBO in April 2019Dragons Make ‘Game of Thrones: Conquest’ a Real ScorcherHulu and George R.R. Martin Are Developing New ‘Wild Cards’ Showslast_img read more