BSP to contest 38 seats in U.P. as SP settles for 37; RLD to get 3

first_imgThe Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) on Thursday announced that they will contest 75 out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in the 2019 general election, practically ruling out any possibility of the Congress joining the anti-BJP alliance in the State.While the SP will contest 37, the BSP will fight it out in 38 seats, the presidents of the two parties, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati, said in a joint statement.The names of the candidates have not been announced. Out of the remaining five seats, three will go to the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD). The RLD brushed aside all speculation of being in talks with the Congress, and affirmed that it was a part of the SP-BSP alliance. The three seats for the RLD are Muzaffarnagar, Baghpat and Mathura. RLD chief Ajit Singh is expected to fight from Muzaffarnagar while vice-president Jayant Chaudhary is likely to contest from Baghpat, considered the pocket borough of the family.The alliance has decided to not field any candidates in Rae Bareli and Amethi, currently held by Sonia Gandhi and Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Some key constituencies, held by high-profile BJP leaders, including Varanasi, Lucknow, Gorakhpur, Kairana, Phulpur, Allahabad, Azamgarh and Faizabad, have been allotted to the SP. While Varanasi is the constituency of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Gorakhpur is the bastion of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Lucknow is currently held by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. However, in 2018, the SP wrested Phulpur and Gorakhpur with the support of the BSP and the Nishad Party in a by-poll, while in Kairana the RLD defeated the BJP as a united Opposition experimented in poll management.The SP’s seats include Kannauj, where Mr. Akhilesh Yadav is expected to contest, and Mainpuri, considered a stronghold of SP founder Mulayam Singh. Mulayam’s poserMoments before the list was released, however, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav was once again embarrassed by his father Mulayam Singh, who questioned the distribution of seats, saying it would weaken the SP. “On what basis were half the seats given (to the BSP),” the SP patriarch asked, while addressing party workers at the party headquarters. The seats in the BSP’s list of 38 include Saharanpur, Meerut, Aligarh, Bijnor, and Bulandshahr. Out of the 17 reserved (SC) seats in teh State, the BSP is contesting 10 while the SP has got seven. The reserved seats include Agra, Nagina and Bulandshahr. While the BSP has no members in the current Lok Sabha, the SP has seven. The RLD holds the Kairana seat.RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary said his party was regularly working for an “effective opposition unity” against the anti-farmer, anti-youth and anti-Dalit policies of the BJP government.last_img read more

Injury played huge part in England debacle: MS Dhoni

first_imgIndia suffered a humiliating whitewash in both Test and One-Day series in their disastrous England tour but captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that injury to several key team members played a huge part in the debacle.”I have not seen so many injuries in the last five years. To see 9-11 players get injured in one series has been shocking. In the ODI series we also did not have luck,” he said at the press conference after India lost the fifth and final ODI by six wickets here.”If you look at the first two Tests, we were left with three bowlers. If your bowling starts looking weak, the pressure piles up on batsmen. You cannot carry a team consistently on just one department.”If Zaheer was there in the first Test and we could have pressed advantage in the second innings instead of relying on part-timers. It could have looked different. But it’s important what we did. There is no point in sulking,” Dhoni said.Dhoni, however, said that his side would not be thinking for revenge when England tour India next month to play five one-day matches.”You should not have such a feeling. If you have revenge in your mind, you become desperate and start putting pressure on the whole side. It’s better to stick to basics,” he said.”We also would have to see how many of the 9-11 players who are injured are now fit and have played some matches. We have to see who all are available for selection.”advertisementAsked if he thought injured players should straightaway be allowed to get back into the side without having a few matches under their belt, he said, “It’s tough. We have to exactly see what kind of injury it is.”It is good if someone has some matches under his belt. But it’s difficult because you need experience in a line-up. You try to balance it. You don?t want your bowling department to look completely fresh.”Dhoni blamed the conditions and injury to Munaf Patel as the reason for India’s six-wicket defeat in the fifth and final match here.”To have Munaf injured after four overs, broke the rhythm of our bowling. The ball was also getting very wet. This was the fifth time we lost the toss and it became very difficult for spinners,” he reasoned.The Indian captain underlined the point that the practice games should not be an official fixture where only 11 players can play. Flexibility with numbers of players who can play is important for practice games.”We were not able to use practice games in best possible manner. The first game was official and we could not play more than 11 players. Just before a Test match, the players had to be on the field for 90 overs. The second practice game was the same,” he said.”We will make sure there is an MoU in place that practice games should be just practice games. You should be able to play more than 12 players. If I am asked to play an official game, I would prefer playing a Test match than these practice games,” he added.Dhoni held a high view of the present England side but was not prepared to concede they were the current best side in the world.”England are a very good side, irrespective of the format they are playing. As they play more and more cricket, they would get only better. But it’s difficult to say if they are the best side. The top 3-4 sides are all good. They are among the best sides.”In sub-continent, it might be different but they can still get the reverse swing to control the batsmen. England’s batting line up also looks settled. Broad and Bresnan can not only bowl fast and quick but they can also bat which means England bats very deep,” he said. .Despite playing without a break for a long time, Dhoni gave the hint that he could be turning out in the Champions League Twenty20 rather than take a break.”There are four games to be played at the league stage in 10 days. We will see how I stand before the start of the Champions League Twenty20. Next 3-4 days will be complete rest. Our first game is on 24th. I am hoping my fitness does not get worse.”Asked about the Pakistan fast bowler Mohammad Aamir admitting to spot-fixing, Dhoni said, “It’s something seriously wrong. People might talk about forgiveness but for me match-fixing and spot-fixing is going against the nation. It’s my personal view.”advertisement-With PTI inputslast_img read more

Divyanka Tripathi has no qualms about playing a mother to grown-ups

first_imgThe rumours of time-leap in Star Plus’ daily soap Yeh Hai Mohabbatein surfaced last year too, but it seems this time it is finally happening as the search for new faces has already started.According to reports, the show is all set for a time-leap of 10 years. Though there is no official announcement for the same yet, but the producers have already started searching for new actors. Actress Aditi Bhatia has apparently been approached to play the role of grown up Ruhi. Currently, the role of Raman and Ishita’s daughter, Ruhi, is being played by Ruhanika Dhawan. Also read: Aditi Bhatia to play grown-up Ruhi in Yeh Hai Mohabbatein?Usually, when a TV series undergoes a time-leap, it leaves its lead actors insecure and worried. However, Yeh Hai Mohabbatein’s lead actress Divyanka Tripathi is unperturbed about the change in the show.  Divyanka with Ruhanika on the sets of Yeh Hai Mohabbatein. Picture courtesy: Divyanka Tripathi/InstagramShe says though she’s not been officially informed about the leap, she is prepared to play a mother to grown up kids.”I haven’t been officially informed about the leap,” she told The Times Of India, adding, “And even if it does happen, I will go on with full faith in the show and its makers. I am open to changes as long as my skills are being properly utilised and the show continues to rake in good ratings. The show is above all. As far as aging on screen is concerned, I am sure the TV audience don’t go by stereotypes – they have evolved and become smarter over the years. Irrespective of my looks and age, they’ll like me if I portray my character well.”advertisementAre you ready to see Divyanka sporting grey hair?Also read: Divyanka Tripathi and Vivek Dahiya to get married in Julylast_img read more

Stars Step Up For New York Following Hurricane Sandy

first_imgA number of stars have shown they care for the people of New York in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.Lady Gaga has announced a $1 million donation to the Red Cross with the following message: “Today I pledge 1 million dollars to New York & The American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy Relief. If it wasn’t for NYC: the Lower Eastside, Harlem, the Bronx and Brooklyn, I would not be the woman or artist that I am today. New York is relentless ambition, a drive to succeed, a place where there is a natural pursuit of diversity through compassion. Please accept this gift on behalf of myself, my parents Joe and Cynthia, and my sister Natali; with our deepest gratitude New York for raising us. Thank you for helping me build my spirit. I will now help you rebuild yours. Sincerely, Lady Gaga and The Germanottas.”Also donating money to charities helping victims of the superstorm was Jack Johnson, who has pledged $50,000 to be distributed between Food Bank For New York City, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Save the Children, Waves for Water, GlobalGiving and Direct Relief International.“After years of touring and surfing along the East Coast, I have made so many great friends,” said Jack. “It is heartbreaking to see the images and hear their stories. I just made donations to help recover and relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy. If you can’t donate money, you can donate food, supplies or your time. Our East Coast family, friends and neighbors need our help.”Rachael Ray has donated $500,000 to the ASPCA to assist with pets affected by Sandy. Her pet food brand, Nutrish, is donating 4 tons of pet food to victims, and her charity Yum-o! has donated $100,000 to City Harvest and the Food Bank for New York City.Rihanna has also donated $100,000 to the Food Bank for New York City, as well as 1000 sleeping bags.Justin Bieber has announced that $1 from every ticket to his NY concerts will go to Sandy relief: “For every ticket sold on the #BELIEVEtour we donate 1 dollar to charity,” he tweeted. “So after talking with the team I am proud to announce that for the 4 NYC area shows… The Jersey Show, Brooklyn Show, and 2 MSG’s We are going to donate $1 to HURRICANE SANDY Relief. thanks for helping us #GIVEBACK.”Newlyweds Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel were spotted out-and-about in New York during the weekend, volunteering to help victims in Queens by helping to hand out emergency supplies.On Friday, Molly Sims donated all proceeds from OpenSky.com to the Red Cross.Copyright ©2012Look to the Starslast_img read more

Senior UN official briefs US Congressional panel on advances in UN reform

Briefing the International Relations Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives in Washington on the recent World Summit, Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s chief of staff, Mark Malloch Brown, said the negotiations on many issues fell short of UN hopes, having been hampered by unresolved differences between Member States and “a regrettable amount of mistrust.“In March, when the Secretary General proposed an agenda for the summit, he deliberately set the bar high, since in international negotiations you never get everything you ask,” he said.Mr. Annan also presented the reforms as a package – development, security, human rights and UN reform – not because he expected them to be adopted without change, but because States would be more likely to compromise on some issues if they received concessions on the issues to which they assigned a higher priority, Mr. Malloch Brown said.“To be quite specific, the US and others who share the same reform agenda were not going to get what they wanted on management reform, on human rights, or on terrorism unless they showed sensitivity to the views of those many governments for whom development is the overriding priority – and vice versa,” he said.For the first time, he said, the entire UN membership has accepted “the responsibility to protect” populations from genocide, war crimes, ethnic cleansing and crimes against humanity and the funding for the UN’s human rights machinery would be doubled from 2 per cent of the Organization’s budget.“I believe one important consequence of the reforms must be to allow Israel to play its full part as a member state in all the UN’s affairs and no longer to be judged by harsher standards than those applied to other Member States,” he added.He noted that the US House of Representatives had passed a bill bearing the name of Committee Chairman Henry Hyde to ensure UN reform. “But I hope you might now also understand why we respectfully disagree with the method that you adopted, which mandates withholding of US dues from the United Nations if certain benchmarks and deadlines are not met.”“I fear that this would provoke a backlash among other Member States, whose effect would be not to advance but to set back the priorities that you and we share – such as an effective Human Rights Council, the extensive reform of UN management, a clear definition of terrorism – because it would shatter the pro-reform coalition among UN members,” Mr. Malloch Brown said. The key to success was broadening that coalition. “In this effort, the US is an essential player, but by no means the only one,” he said.On the recent hurricanes that have struck the Gulf Coast, Mr. Malloch Brown commiserated with the many Americans who have suffered bereavement, injury, or hardship, and noted that apart from the humanitarian and logistical assistance given by the UN itself, 136 Member States had offered help out of solidarity and concern.Turning to management reform, he gave the committee a long list of major actions that the Summit expected to be accomplished in a short time. He said they included a clear instruction to apply existing standards of conduct scrupulously and to develop a code of ethics that would extend beyond the Secretariat to the entire UN system, while Mr. Annan’s intention to create an independent ethics office was recognized “and I’m glad to tell you that just yesterday he formally approved this.”In the next few weeks, “we will be working hard to review almost 60 years of mandates and all the budget and human resources rules and regulations. Amazing as it may seem, such reviews have never before been done in the history of the UN,” Mr. Malloch Brown said.He added that he doubted that the majority of Member States would have accepted the urgency of management reform without the Iraqi oil-for-food scandal and the various investigations into it. read more

Russell Loving lead Buckeyes to blowout of No 16 Maryland 8056

OSU fans wear Shredder masks based on the archenemy of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles during a game on Jan. 29 against Maryland at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 80-56. Credit Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerAnother slow start and another ink-drying night for D’Angelo Russell.It’s become the norm for the Ohio State men’s basketball team as the freshman guard filled up the box score and led the Buckeyes to a 80-56 win against No. 16 Maryland on Thursday night at the Schottenstein Center.Freshman forward Jae’Sean Tate said the victory was a result of OSU’s best performance of the season.“We had great energy from the start. I think this was the best start we’ve gotten off to in a while,” Tate said after the game. “Great energy off the bench, everybody just played hard and played their role.”Russell totaled 18 points, 14 rebounds and six assists on 6-of-12 shooting from the field. Sophomore forward Marc Loving chipped in with a career and game-high 19 points in the win.“Everybody brought something to the table,” Russell said after the game. “I feel like we’re going through our stride, playing the best basketball we’ve played all year. No stopping now.”OSU coach Thad Matta said he saw toughness from the Buckeyes, and added that he felt each player stayed within their role on the court.“For the most part, I thought guys did what they’re supposed to,” Matta said after the game. “We rebounded the ball well, we rebounded out of our area and I thought we did a good job of the rotations defensively and walled guys up.”Days after OSU (17-5, 6-3) fell behind early before storming back to beat then-No. 23 Indiana by 12 on Sunday, the Buckeyes turned a cold-shooting opening 10 minutes into a 34-26 halftime lead. That lead ballooned to 16 less than four minutes into the second half before OSU pulled away for its third win in a row.Tate said the Buckeyes can’t take their recent success lightly, but have to keep working to build on the streak.“We just gotta still continue to get better, we can’t rest on our laurels, we can’t rest on these three wins in a row,” he said. “Every week we just gotta go out there and try to play better than we did the last week.”After losing three of their first six Big Ten games, Russell said the Buckeyes’ rough patches have helped them grow into a winner.“I credit the losses, I feel like the losses that we had at the beginning of the year make us who we are now,” he said. “And like I said I … feel like everybody brings what they’re suppose to do to the table, there’s no turning around, we just keep going forward, keep getting better every day.”While slow starts in recent games have turned into early deficits for the Buckeyes, their matchup with Maryland (18-4, 6-3) strayed slightly from the script.OSU and the Terrapins combined to miss four field goals in the first minute of regulation before Tate — starting for the third straight game — made it 2-0 for the Buckeyes. Neither team scored again until Maryland freshman guard Melo Trimble made one free throw with 17:05 on the clock.Despite struggling to score early on, Matta said his players had a good attitude in the game’s opening minutes.“Even with the start, 3-1, at the 16-minute timeout, guys didn’t panic, we stuck with it,” he said. “I told ‘em when they got to the bench, I said, ‘Hey, good news bad news. We’ve finally outscored somebody to start the game, but it’s only 3-1.’ But that’s a good start for us, so we’ll take that.”Trimble, who was averaging 16.3 points per game going into the matchup, didn’t score again until the second half and didn’t register a single point from the field.The Terrapins didn’t tally their first field goal until the 12:29 mark, and the Buckeyes never lost the lead throughout the game.Maryland coach Mark Turgeon kept it simple when detailing why his team couldn’t get back into the game.“We didn’t have it, didn’t have it all night, we could never get it going,” Turgeon said after the game. “I’ll take the blame for that.”Russell poured in three of five first-half 3-point attempts on his way to 12 points before the break, to go along with seven rebounds and five assists.OSU stormed out of the gates in the second half as senior forward Sam Thompson’s 3-pointer with 16:10 to play gave the Buckeyes a 16-point advantage.Maryland edged closer, but Loving’s shooting kept the Buckeyes ahead by double digits. He finished the game 5-of-5 from 3-point range. Russell made the lead 20 with a jumper with less than five minutes on the clock, all but ensuring the outcome.Loving has come off the bench the past three games after starting OSU’s first 19 outings, but he said that hasn’t changed his mindset on the court.“My role didn’t change on the team, and it was a good night. I was able to knock some shots down,” he said after the game. “At the end of the day, it was about the victory and that’s what we got, and I’m proud of my team.”Tate added 16 points and eight rebounds for the Buckeyes and the team finished 10-of-17 from deep.Matta said the play of Loving and Tate was “the difference in the game.”“We need him (Loving) to shoot the basketball, he was set to shoot it tonight,” Matta said. “Jae’Sean’s activity, and he’s got just such great footwork and he gets it down there and he’s finishing well … You love his energy, I thought all these guys played with some great energy tonight.”Senior guard Dez Wells led Maryland with 12 points while junior forward Jake Layman added 10.The Buckeyes are scheduled for a two-game road trip starting with Purdue on Wednesday in West Lafayette, Ind. Tip is set for 6:30 p.m. read more

Mens Basketball Ohio State plays in survival mode during win streak

Ohio State sophomore forward Kyle Young (25) questions the referees after he was called for a foul in the second half of the game against Indiana on Feb. 10. Ohio State won 55-52. Credit: Casey Cascaldo | Photo EditorBLOOMINGTON, Ind. — Indiana had already made its comeback against Ohio State. After trailing by nine points with 6:29 left in the game, the Hoosiers managed to tie the game, hitting three 3s in the next three possessions. Trading baskets with Ohio State with the game tied at 49, Indiana junior guard Devonte Green hit a deep 3, a supposed dagger, causing an eruption from the 17,000-plus in Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. With the arena buzzing with an excitement, creating a momentum that seemed impossible for the Buckeyes to overcome, redshirt senior guard Keyshawn Woods passed the ball to senior guard C.J. Jackson, who, after holding it for three seconds, threw up and made what head coach Chris Holtmann called “a prayer.” “How many times has he done that in his career?” Holtmann said. But this shot, this prayer that secured an eventual three-point victory for Ohio State, tied the game the Buckeyes had in its grasp for the majority of the contest, first losing the lead with Green’s 3 with 1:46 left in the game. Throughout the contest, it was prototypical Ohio State basketball: inconsistency ruled in Bloomington. In the first half, the Buckeyes struggled offensively, making 10-of-26 attempts from the field, and struggled to keep possession, recording nine turnovers and allowing 11 points off those mistakes. Jackson said these are the kind of games that unite teams: to be able to beat a team on the road, but do so with things to work and improve on, knowing there is still a lot of work to be done. But the senior guard said there is momentum on Ohio State’s side after a win like this. “It feels like we are kind of getting our stride back that we had earlier in the season,” he said. But this stride, according to Holtmann, is a different kind of stride than the one the Buckeyes were on in nonconference play. This is a stride in which, he said, players and coaches can take time to appreciate the process of team building and going through trials as a group. “When you live in the valley a little bit, you tend to appreciate the climb to the mountaintop,” Holtmann said. “Maybe it’s just going through what we went through in that stretch that kind of forces you to appreciate this journey we are on and appreciate winning a game and enjoying the moment because that can get lost a little bit when you are 12-1.” The head coach said it takes a group of players that have been through rough stretches and tough times to set the tone on what the process should look like. He looked to junior forward Andre Wesson, who, scoring a team-leading 15 points, put down a dunk with 20 seconds left to secure the victory, setting up the play solely for the veteran. But this process is something Holtmann has tried to ingrain within his coaching from Day 1. “I don’t know if that’s just something you can turn on in the middle of February, this idea of just playing to the next play and staying with it,” Holtmann said. “You know you get so frustrated, coaches get frustrated, players get frustrated, but it’s a fast game, and if you let it get the best of you, then you got no chance.” That’s an improvement Ohio State saw in the second half, shooting 50 percent from the field, making 5-of-9 from 3 and recording six turnovers. Ohio State is focused on what’s next. But it’s what is immediately next: the next play, the next game, not the Big Ten tournament or whether the team will earn a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Because Holtmann knows how this game could have gone, mentioning what could have been the game-winner for Indiana — a 3-point attempt by freshman guard Romeo Langford that rimmed out late in the second half. “It was a fight to the finish,” Holtmann said. And it’s the immediate fight that he and Ohio State are focused on. read more

Latest underground wireless solution from Cobham

first_imgThe NetNodeIS, Intrinsically Safe, is the latest adaptation of Cobham’s COFDM (Coded Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplexing) wireless communications product range. Developed specifically for deployment in underground coal mines, the system can remain active and uninterrupted even when an explosive atmosphere has been detected, leading to improved production efficiency and miner safety, according to the company.The design of the NetNodeIS is based on proven Cobham COFDM technology currently used in demanding environments by military, government and broadcast organisations worldwide. The wireless mesh system is now offered with the European ATEX and the International IEC Ex M1 certifications, ensuring its intrinsically safe design and build quality. These standards permit its use in underground coal mining environments.Cobham states that NetNodeIS gives Operations Managers in coal mines another valuable tool to ensure continual access to critical production data and to maintain situational awareness from the coal face to the control room. The product can be used in combination with other Cobham wireless COFDM nodes and other existing third party IP-based systems placed outside the mine, or in the areas where a potentially explosive atmosphere does not occur.NetNodeIS can be combined in a fluid self-forming, self-healing mesh which continually optimises the routing of IP traffic such as voice, video and control data over multiple redundant communication paths around the network. This is particularly important in the eventuality of unplanned obstructions occurring which may arise from mining operations or accidents.last_img read more

Danish invasion of Malmo WC 2011

← Previous Story EURO 2012 Qualification (Round 1): Lucky draw for Germany Next Story → France wants Men’s WC 2015! The Danes are not wasting time, and are already actively preparing for the World Championship that is to take place in Sweden, from 13th to 30th January 2011. According to the statistics, so far 8,000 tickets have been sold out for the game against Croatia, and another 6,000 are sold for the game against Serbia. The fact that Malmo (where Denmark play their games) is very close to Copenhagen (35 minutes by train), makes this World Championship very attractive for the Danish, and even greater number of Danish people are expected there for the games, to support the team of Ulrik Wilbek.In Preliminary group in Malmo are playing also Algeria, Australia and Romania.Denmark started with a win over Belarus 41:33 qualifications for EURO 2012. read more

Celtic will be the toughest test so far – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club midfielder Derek Johnstone will be the tougher test so far this season for Steven Gerrard’s side.The Gers are unbeaten so far in 12 games in all competitions and are also through to the group stages of the UEFA Europa League after failing to make it past the first qualifying game last season.“For the first time in years, it looks as though the Rangers supporters have a team that knows what playing for the club is all about, and players who have caught the Rangers bug themselves representing the club,” Johnstone said, as quoted by EveningTimes.Lennon insists Celtic will seal its Europa League Manuel R. Medina – August 28, 2019 The team’s manager, Neil Lennon, believes his team is ready to take advantage of its 2-0 lead against AIK Stockholm and qualify to the group stage.“The supporters are fanatical about the team and you can see the players are buying into it too. And the reaction of Gerrard himself was brilliant to see.”“There seems to be a realisation that this team could be on the brink of something special, and what would be more special than a win over Celtic this Sunday?”“If Rangers can go to Russia and get a result with nine men, then they will believe they can go to Celtic Park and get a result too. It certainly won’t be easy, because in my book Celtic are a better team than Ufa.”last_img read more

Warnock confident despite West Ham loss

first_imgDespite losing 3-1 at West Ham on Tuesday, Cardiff City manager Neil Warnock believes his team can win games away from home and pick up points.Warnock remains defiant as the loss leaves them just two points outside the relegation zone.Joe Ralls missed a penalty to put Cardiff City ahead in the first half as Lucas Perez netted a brace to help West Ham to a 3-1 victory at the London Stadium.“Tonight showed we can win away games from home,” Warnock told Sky Sports.I pulled Manuel Pellegrini in the technical area and said: ‘how can we be losing 3-0’ – it was a mad 12 minutes, then the penalty miss.“If that goes in then you could sense the crowd was beginning to think it wasn’t going their way.“I refuse to criticize Ralls – he’ll get some stick from the fans but it takes guts to take a penalty. I can’t even watch one. I wouldn’t criticize him.declan rice, england, West ham UnitedReport: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“How can you legislate for two lads going for the same ball, there’s not a lot we can do. We work on these things in training.“It’s frustrating to concede goals that we’ve done all season not just tonight – you think we don’t work on it, we probably shouldn’t bother. It might work better than that.“We’ve shown we can compete. Tonight we looked a decent side. After we weathered the storm in the first 10 minutes, we played some good stuff.“It would have been interesting to see the penalty go in. It’s another disappointment for me, but I’m going to get those at my age.”last_img read more

Boil water notice lifted for Oakland Park residents

first_imgOAKLAND PARK, FLA. (WSVN) – Officials have lifted a boil water alert for residents of Oakland Park who were affected by a water main break.The boil water notice was issued after an independent contractor broke a water main at Northwest Second Avenue and 66th street in Fort Lauderdale, Friday.Water was initially cut off to over 4,000 residents and businesses between Northeast 45th Street to 69th Street and North Andrews Avenue to North Dixie Highway.However, service was eventually restored, and the boil water notice was issued.Laboratory samples have returned, and late Monday morning, officials confirmed the water was now safe to drink.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

TSA intercepts python hidden in computer at MIA

first_imgTSA Officers at MIA intercepted this Ball or Royal Python artfully concealed inside a hard drive. This organic mass was not explosive, but it shows you can’t hide any threat from us. pic.twitter.com/mmCIQmOKxQ— TSAmedia_SariK (@TSAmedia_SariK) July 9, 2018 Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT, FLA. (WSVN) – TSA officers are no strangers to thwarting smuggling attempts in luggage, but they may not have expected this slithery surprise.Agents at Miami International Airport discovered a python wrapped in nylon material and concealed inside a computer tower on Sunday, the TSA announced. The equipment was found in a checked bag headed for a flight to Barbados.“This organic mass was not explosive, but it shows you can’t hide any threat from us,” wrote TSA spokesperson Sari Koshetz on Twitter.U.S. Fish and Wildlife took possession of the snake, and the TSA said the passenger will be fined.“Neither the passenger nor the snake flew to Barbados yesterday,” Koshetz said.Though the discovery was not an imminent danger, the agency said wildlife pose a very real threat on aircraft, noting animals of many species have been known to escape and chew through wires.The TSA identified the reptile as a Ball or Royal Python, which is considered a non-native species by the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. “While they can be confused with Burmese pythons, adult ball pythons rarely grow longer than 4 feet,” the FWC said on its website.last_img read more

BSFR rescue cat from burning building in Deerfield Beach

first_imgDEERFIELD BEACH, FLA. (WSVN) – A cat is lucky to be alive after it was saved from a burning building after a warehouse caught fire in Deerfield Beach.Broward Sheriff’s Fire Rescue responded just after 4 p.m., Thursday, to the scene of a fire at the business along Northwest 40th Court and Powerline Road.Around 60 firefighters were in the area working to put out the flames.One of the firefighters managed to save a cat from the burning building.The cat was administered oxygen and is expected to be OK.The State Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Week In Review 11261130

first_imgMonday 11/26Audio PlayerJennifer-Monday-1126.mp3VmJennifer-Monday-1126.mp300:00RPdBorough Mayor’s Office Attends FERC Meeting In D.C., Soldotna City Council To Tour Proposed Site For New Visitor Center, 2018 Toys For Tots Is Underway On The Kenai Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The KSRM News Department compiled some of the top stories from this past week. Tuesday 11/27Audio PlayerJennifer-Tuesday-1127.mp3VmJennifer-Tuesday-1127.mp300:00RPdQuick Appointed Commissioner of the Department of Administration, Borough Approves Lease Of Anchor Point Parcels To Hilcorp, Redoubt Elementary Students Donate 1,300 Pounds Of Food To Local Food Bank Wednesday 11/28Audio PlayerJennifer-wednesday-1128.mp3VmJennifer-wednesday-1128.mp300:00RPdDon’t Miss The Klimpke Christmas Lights In Nikiski, Local Law Enforcement Warn Of Increase In Thefts Over Holiday Season, Kenaitze Among Alaska Native Tribes Suing Drug Companies Thursday 11/29Audio PlayerJennifer-Thursday-1129.mp3VmJennifer-Thursday-1129.mp300:00RPdBorough Mayor Names New Chief Of Staff, Credit Union 1 Now Offering Financial Services To Marijuana Businesses, Soldotna Advances To Next Round For Levitt AMP GrantFriday 11/30Audio PlayerJennifer-Friday-1130.mp3VmJennifer-Friday-1130.mp300:00RPdBack-To-Back Earthquakes Shake South Central Alaska, Kenai Spur Highway Near South Miller Damaged In Earthquakelast_img read more

Soldotna Man Arrested For Driving Excavator Into His Home With Family Inside

first_imgAccording to the online Trooper dispatch, Leadens was found to have driven an excavator into his house which his family was in. Leadens was intoxicated. Leadens was arrested, transported, and ultimately remanded to Wildwood Pretrial for one count DV Assault 3, one count Assault 3 non-DV, DUI, and DV Criminal Mischief 3. Troopers did not respond for comment on whether or not there were any reported injuries nor describe the level of damage the house sustained. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A Soldotna man was arrested over the weekend for driving an excavator into his house which his family was in. The Alaska State Troopers responded on Saturday to the disturbance. Troopers arrived on scene and contacted the Matthew Leadens, 40, Soldotna.last_img read more

Putting the Ad in iPad

first_imgSome have referred to the current marketplace as the ‘golden age’ of online advertising, with the advent of 3G technology and the iPad craze. But the publishing industry seems to be missing out on at least part of what could be a $50 billion ad spend. Time spent with print media accounts for 12 percent of users’ consumption and 26 percent of ad dollars while Internet usage accounts for 28 percent of user consumption at just 13 percent of ad dollars, according to Morgan Stanley analyst Mary Meeker.That’s the story at Hearst’s Popular Mechanics. Online advertising is up 46 percent over last year, outpacing print which is up 25 percent. But print represents 89 percent of the magazine’s total revenue. Most advertisers take an integrated approach of using both print and online advertising. “With any advertising—online, in print, on mobile platforms—you strive to engage the reader or user,” says publisher Bill Congdon. “If they aren’t connecting with your message, that’s a misstep and a lost opportunity.”These days, publishers and advertisers are trying to make content and advertising available for all devices— desktops, iphones, androids and the iPad. Advertisers want to be able to create a campaign and execute it across the widest universe of devices to get the highest possible reach of the targeted audience, says Boris Fridman, CEO of Crisp Wireless, a rich media platform provider used by Popular Mechanics. “There’s a convergence now with online and mobile as mobile devices become more sophisticated with rich media,” he adds. “The difference certainly gets blurry. Rich media is almost a must.”The rich-media ads that ran on Popular Mechanics’ iPad issue, which was released over the summer, performed well against the goal to engage users by providing additional value, Congdon says. The interactions were not created for the sake of novelty, but rather for deeper information related to an advertiser’s message, he says. The model the magazine used was to take the print ad as the foundation and build interactivity into the ads, based on what the marketer wanted. For example, for Inifiniti, the advertiser had multiple pictures of a vehicle for the iPad. The History Channel ran an ad with embedded video from its upcoming series, “Ice Road Truckers.” For Stanley tools, the publisher built in ‘hot spots’ that when clicked on, would provide more information. One overriding component of the ads, which all performed well, according to Congdon, was the easy option to pull out of the interactivity. “All of the ads linked to the advertisers’ Web sites, but most importantly, we built that function so that once done browsing, the user clicks a ‘done’ button and is directed back to the ad in the application,” he says. “The application itself never closed, so there was not a chance of getting lost in cycberspace.”The Next Big ThingWhat’s quickly growing as the device of choice is the iPad. In fact, after selling a million devices of its new tablet computer in less than a month, Apple’s iPad is one of the fastest-growing new consumer computing devices ever.  There are three types of advertising on the iPad: the desktop Web site ads displayed in the browser; then the iPhone-style ads and banners on applications, and there’s another advertising opportunity that is totally unique to it—interactive print, says Fridman. This new opportunity is generally the same print ad seen in a magazine, but the ad is converted to an interactive ad displayed as a page within the iPad, he explains. “The iPad is an interesting device because it opens advertising to a new type in a different fashion,” Fridman says. “This is exactly what we’re doing, delivering ads in digital magazines.” Mobile devices have the added benefit of being able to capture a user’s location to deliver a geographically relevant ad, such as an ad for a restaurant in the area of the user. There are certainly best practices and pitfalls. Congdon says that one of the most critical elements of an online or mobile ad is its placement proximity to relevant content. “Our auto aftermarket clients—Pennzoil, Bridgestone—perform well because they are surrounded by useful auto DIY content, which is the reason the online user is in that content area,” he says.As for pitfalls, there are several. In the early days, pop-ups quickly became the advertising ‘don’t’,  but those largely went away after the advertising community and the IAB together established some rules, Fridman says. In fact, the IAB Pop-Up Task Force found that 90 percent of users found pop-ups to be ‘annoying’ and more than 50 percent cited a ‘very negative affect’ to brands using pop-ups. These days, concerns surround advertiser transgressions with mobile applications. “There are things in mobile that advertisers need to care about,” Fridman says. “Mobile is a personal device, and if I see advertising that’s completely irrelevant to me, I’ll be displeased. If it interrupts what I’m doing and takes me away from that application, that’s a huge problem for me. When I get a text message, it had better not be from any promotions in my inbox. I’m not happy when that happens. But at the same time, if done right, mobile ads can be engaging and deliver value.”SIDEBARPopular Mechanics’ Most Popular Ad SpecsPopularMechanics.com recently switched over to the Hearst Magazines Digital Media platform and got an online redesign as part of the process. Here’s a look at some of the magazine’s top online advertising performers, according to publisher Bill Congdon:ONLINE 1) 500×500 Interstitial2) 1000×124 (Master Masthead, actually a custom oversized leaderboard)3) 336×280 (LREC, or large rectangle)4) Sponsorships. 100% Share of Voice of all banners in targeted sections (i.e., Combining/running at same time the Master Masthead and LREC). IPAD1004×768 pixels132 dpi/ppiRGB color specs, layered PSD fileslast_img read more

Naknek Museum Opens Fishing Nostalgia Traditional Culture On Display

first_imgNaknek celebrated the grand opening of its new museum last Saturday. The museum showcases artifacts from the Bristol Bay fishing industry and traditional culture. The Bristol Bay Historical Society hopes the museum will give local tourism a boost and connect residents to the region’s history through objects.The new museum is housed in an historic building across from the library in downtown Naknek.Several intricate model sailing schooners are on display.Credit Hannah Colton/KDLGLaRece Egli is a Naknek artist who led efforts to set up the collection. She says the building has come a long way.Artist LaRece Egli unwraps several glazed ceramic plates that came from old canneries. The plates were donated to the museum by Naknek resident Rod Cyr. Credit Hannah Colton/KDLG“Three weeks ago the floor wasn’t yet finished, the walls were dirty, none of the artifacts had been moved in and cleaned, the cases were still sitting in crates in Anchorage… so it’s been a complete transformation.”The items in the collection mostly came from the old Naknek museum, which was closed for years. There are model sailing schooners, cedar corks, old cannery equipment, and a hand-sewn fur parka.With help from Anchorage Museum conservationists and local volunteers, Egli spent many hours moving, cleaning and installing these artifacts.She says this painstaking work was all worth it to hear the stories people have about the objects in the collection.“I mean, even that coffee can sitting right over there that we’re accepting donations in… in the last 24 hours I’ve heard 2 stories about how those cans were valued because they’re square, I guess they were coveted for berry picking because they could be mounted onto a frame of a backpack easily.. And that’s just a coffee can!”A beautiful fur parka, handcrafted by Annahook Thompson, is one of the most eyecatching pieces upon entering the museum.Credit Hannah Colton/KDLGAmong the visitors on opening day was Tim Troll, who wrote a book about the sailing days of the Bristol Bay salmon fishery. Troll says he was amazed by one item in particular – a gear list from an old cannery.“It’s a board that has sailboat numbers from 1 to 37 along the vertical, and along the horizontal it has gear, like your stove, your tent, your water beaker… so that every fisherman they checked off their particular gear for the fishing boat, and then the cannery sent them out there,” says Troll.” I’d never seen anything like that. You know, it gives you a real feel for those guys out there…. That really does tell the story right there, once you understand what it is.”The museum’s collection will continue to grow. Bristol Bay Historical Society President Fred Anderson says the Society is planning outbuildings to showcase old planes and vessels.“We have a growing collection of wooden boats, all the way from a sailboat conversation, up to the last wooden boat made before they went to fiberglass,” says Anderson. “it’ll be very nice and interesting.In the coming weeks, the Historical Society will hammer out the details of running the new museum. They’ll set regular hours, charge admission, and open a coffee shop next door.They expect the fundraising, and the story gathering, will be ongoing indefinitely.A hand-sewn children’s toy is one of Egli’s favorite pieces in the collection. “What really gets me is the little ptarmigan feet!” she said.Credit Hannah Colton/KDLGlast_img read more

Taiwanese delegation visits Sri City

first_imgTirupati: A 14-member business delegation from the Taiwanese CNC Machine Tools manufacturing sector, headed by TJR Precision Technology CEO Chen Ying-Chu visited Sri City on Tuesday. Sri City Foundation’s President Ramesh Subramaniam has welcomed the delegation while Senior Vice President (Marketing) R Shivasankar gave them a presentation on the unique features of the integrated business city. He also highlighted the slew of incentives offered by the Central and State governments to the prospective investors coming forward for investment. Also Read – Three of a family commits suicide at Amalapuram in East Godavari Advertise With Us Stating that performance of Sri City is perfect, Chen Ying-Chu said that they were all impressed. He was confident that some of the Taiwanese companies from the CNC Machinery manufacturing sector would be keen to invest in Sri City. The purpose of their visit was to have a first-hand information about the mega industrial park and explore the feasibility of setting up manufacturing units. Annotating on the visit, Sri City MD Ravindra Sannareddy said that the facility hosts more than 185 companies in various sectors, from different parts of the globe, and ten per cent of them are in engineering sector. “We are confident, their visit will pave way for investments from the Taiwanese CNC Machine Tools manufacturing sector too,” he stated.last_img read more

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Launches Watch Out for Snakes Tour

first_img GEEK PICK OF THE DAY: Mystery Science Theater 3000 Round Logo MatJoel Hodgson Talks MST3K Live, Eegah! and Returning to Riffs It’s the joke that spawned a thousand callbacks. An awkwardly dubbed-in line in the 1962 caveman horror flick Eegah! became a favorite punching bag on Mystery Science Theater 3000. Is there a wilderness shot with nobody talking? “Watch out for snakes!” It never got old, and was still funny when Jonah and the bots (with new voices) yelled it out in Netflix’s revival of the series. It’s only fitting that the new cast name their first live tour after it.The MST3K Watch Out for Snakes Tour will be the first ever Mystery Science Theater 3000 live show. Unlike Rifftrax Live or the Cinematic Titanic live shows (all of which featured former cast members of the original MST3K), it seems like these shows will take place in the universe of the show. Jonah Ray will perform as Jonah Heston, and will appear onstage with Tom Servo , Crow and Gypsy. The tour’s promo video notes that the robots’ voice may change depending on the show. Pearl’s clone Synthia (played on the show by Rebecca Hanson) will also be there along with her skeletal ska-playing henchmen. The Mads, Felicia Day’s Kinga Forrester and Patton Oswalt TV’s Son of TV’s Frank, will have some pre-recorded bits where they check in on their captors via video. Check out the wonderfully low-budget promo below featuring Day and Oswalt.All cities on the tour will see Jonah and the bots riff on the b-movie classic Eegah! with new riffs. That alone is cause for excitement. I can’t wait to hear what new awkward shaving sequence jokes they came up with in the 24 years since the original episode aired. Some cities will also feature a second screening of a secret bad movie. You can see when, where and what is showing in your city at MST3K.com/tour.If you’ve ever been to one of the Rifftrax or Cinematic Titanic live shows, you know how fun it is to watch people riff on a movie with a crowd. The live audience adds a different energy to the show, that gives it a more spontaneous feel. (Even when, in the case of Rifftrax Live!, they’re reading from scripts.) This new incarnation of MST3K is perfect for a live show like this, given its heightened sense of theatricality. I’m only sad that Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt won’t actually be there. I desperately want to see a Broadway-style staging of the new intro. Stay on targetlast_img read more