Motorists Urged to Use Caution on Roads

first_img Motorists across Nova Scotia are urged to use added caution onroads and highways today, Dec. 15. Drivers are urged to stay off roads and highways if conditionswarrant. Many roads and highways across Nova Scotia are covered in snowand slush. Pavement may be frozen, especially in slushyconditions. Drivers should monitor road and weather reports if they need totravel. Up-to-date road conditions are available online and then clicking on Road Conditions andWeather in the top left corner. You can also call 1-800-307-SNOW(7669) or 902-424-3933 in Halifax. 30- TRANSPORTATION/PUBLIC WORKS -Motorists Urged to Use Caution onRoadslast_img

Indian police bust betting on Sri Lanka – Bangladesh match

Kailash Chatwani and Sunil Amalchandani, both residents of Godhra, have been booked under various section of The Public Gambling Act. Chatwani and Amalchandani were caught red-handed during a raid by the LCB on Suvidha society in Godhra town.Nineteen mobile phones, two laptops and two television sets along with other electronic devices worth Rs. 4 lakh have been seized. “The two arrested accused have confessed to the involvement of Chetan Satmani who is a BJP councilor in Godhra Nagarpalika. He had escaped before the raid.” (Colombo Gazette) According to the police, the accused were allegedly betting on the one-day match, played between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Dambulla, Sri Lanka, on Saturday. Indian police have busted a cricket betting den in which the accused were allegedly betting on the one-day match, played between Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in Dambulla.Acting on a tip-off, the Local Crime Branch (LCB) busted a cricket betting den, allegedly run by local BJP councillor Chetan Satvani in Godhra in Gujarat and arrested two persons. Satvani, however, managed to escape, the Indian Express reported. read more

Canada ties for gold in twoman bobsled

From left, driver Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis of Germany and driver Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada celebrate during the two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. The two countries tied for a gold medal. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn) Canada has tied with Germany for gold in men’s two-man bobsled at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz had a combined four-run time of 3:16.86.Driver Justin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz of Canada celebrate as they cross the finish area after tying for the gold with Germany during the two-man bobsled final at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)The pair tied Germany’s Francesco Friedrich and Thorsten Margis for first place.This is the second time in Olympic history Canada has tied for gold in the two-man bobsleigh.The first time was in 1998 at the Nagano Games in Japan.Olympic #goldJustin Kripps and Alexander Kopacz become Olympic champions, sliding to two-man #bobsleigh gold at #PyeongChang2018. Details:— Team Canada (@TeamCanada) February 19, 2018Hamilton’s Nick Poloniato and Burlington’s Jesse Lumsden, who is a former CFL running back, ended in seventh place. read more

UN refugee agency voices regret over new Danish immigration rules

Under the Refugee Convention, there are clear restrictions on the expulsion of refugees, given the very serious consequences that they could face. “We are therefore concerned that the new Danish legislation allows for expulsion for lesser, albeit serious, offences, such as tax evasion and vandalism,” UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesman Ron Redmond told a news briefing in Geneva.“Likewise, we are worried that according to the new Danish legislation, the decision to expel a refugee also entails that he or she loses his or her refugee status, putting the person in a legal limbo.”Last year, Denmark received 2,260 asylum applications, primarily from Serbia and Montenegro (including Kosovo), Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and the Russian Federation, (including Chechens). In the last five years, 28,670 applications were submitted. In December, UNHCR warned that a European Union (EU) directive on asylum procedures might lead to a serious downgrading of asylum standards in the EU and beyond. It said the directive, which sets minimum norms for adjudicating asylum claims, could lead to breaches of international refugee law if no additional safeguards were introduced.The Agency was particularly concerned about rules allowing states to designate “safe third countries” outside the EU, to which asylum seekers can be turned back without even having had their claims heard in an EU member State.The directive also failed to spell out clearly that asylum seekers cannot be sent back to their countries of origin while waiting for the outcome of their appeals, thus removing the right to an effective remedy in the event that an error had been made, UNHCR said. read more

UNcomplicating the UN a new podcast is born over coffee in New

Here’s how it went down:Jason: “What do you do at the UN?” Sinduja: Speaks for 20 minutes straight, excitedly, but mostly in academic and high level “UN-speak”…Jason: “Yeah, but so…what do you actually DO?” And so, UNcomplicated was born: “The UN can seem intimidating and complicated”, our dynamic hosts told us. “We aim to make the United Nations accessible and straightforward”.As a UN staffer of many years, Sinduja has a hatful of academic credentials and published high-level studies, “but what I enjoy most is talking to interesting people, and organizations, that help make the world a better place”, she said. I’m well aware that Sinduja has a much better radio voice, but I am as excited on the inside, as she is on the outside, to be co-host of UNcomplicated – Jason DeWall (he’s new around here)She’s been demystifying the UN and telling stories about the places she’s been, and the people she’s met during her career, for a long time, so it only seemed natural that once Jason made it clear he’d never set foot inside UN Headquarters on Manhattan’s 42nd Street before, something needed to be done.Jason freely admits he’s minus a masters’ degree in international diplomacy, but he does at least work as a Brooklyn-based international event host. He studied sociology at Morningside College in the US state of Iowa: “I’m well aware that Sinduja has a much better radio voice, but I am as excited on the inside, as she is on the outside, to be co-host of UNcomplicated”, he told us.  “Our aim is to inform our audience by sharing compelling stories about the UN and encourage them to ENGAGE with the UN and its partners and INSPIRE them to align with all the good work that get done inside this building”, said the duo.For this first episode, ahead of the big General Debate of world leaders at the UN General Assembly, Sinduja and Jason take a tour, and set the stage for the busiest days of the year.“Along the way, we introduce you to some fascinating people who knowingly, or just by natural alignment with the UN Agenda, are working towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), to support the planet and strive for peace and prosperity”, they said. Listen below to the first episode here on the platform of UN News partners, SoundCloud, or just click on the podcast here on the page. And you can hear our wide range of UN-focused podcasts stretching back over the years, by going to The Lid is On, right here. read more

Boise State beats Utah State gets Mountain West title shot

BOISE, Idaho — Boise State has a chance for a conference title and maybe even a big bowl game.Brett Rypien threw for 310 yards and a touchdown, Alexander Mattison rushed for 200 yards and three scores, and the No. 21 Broncos beat No. 14 Utah State 33-24 on Saturday night.Boise State (10-2, 7-1), which has won seven straight since losing to San Diego State on Oct. 6, will host Fresno State for the Mountain West championship next Saturday in a rematch from last season.“When you get in these moments, you get more confidence and you know you’re capable of doing it,” Boise State coach Bryan Harsin said. “Our defence had its backs against the wall and our offence went out and supported them. And when our offence had its back to the wall, our defence supported them. And that’s what this team is all about.”Utah State (10-2, 7-1) had its 10-game winning streak snapped and had its hopes dashed of earning a berth to one of the New Year’s Six bowls.“We didn’t have enough when it mattered most,” Utah State coach Matt Wells said. “We continued to battle and found a way back into it. But obviously we couldn’t make a play at the end.”The Broncos relied on a bend-but-don’t-break defence as the offence struggled to land a knockout blow in a tight game throughout.In a see-saw affair early, the game seemed to turn in Boise State’s favour after a big gamble by the Aggies.Trailing 10-7 early in the second quarter, Utah State faked a punt on fourth-and-1 from its own 34 on a direct snap to tight end Dax Raymond. But Boise State, which had its defensive unit on the field, stuffed Raymond at the line of scrimmage.Boise State promptly responded with a scoring drive that took seven plays and overcame a pair of personal fouls, culminating on a 1-yard run by Mattison.Despite a 363-yard passing performance by Jordan Love, Utah State never seemed to find a rhythm on offence.The Aggies stayed within striking distance late in the fourth quarter after Gerold Bright took a screen pass from Love and raced 83 yards for the touchdown.But Boise State drove right back down the field, scoring on another 1-yard run by Mattison to ice the victory.THE TAKEAWAYUtah State: The Aggies weren’t consistent on the road this season and it finally caught up with them. However, Love is only a sophomore and the future is bright for Utah State in the Mountain West.Boise State: The Broncos have yet to put together four solid quarters since early in the season, but they continue to find a way to win in close games down the stretch. While this hasn’t been Harsin’s strongest team, it has been resilient and could be a formidable foe in a New Year’s Six bowl should Central Florida stumble next week and open the door for the Broncos.POLL IMPLICATIONSUtah State: The Aggies will slide but shouldn’t fall all the way out of the rankings after losing a relatively close game to another ranked team.Boise State: The Broncos may move up a couple of notches but there isn’t much room to climb, as most of the teams directly in front of them won over the weekend.UP NEXTUtah State: The Aggies will await the bowl announcements on Dec. 2 to see where they will conclude the season.Boise State: The Broncos will remain at home next week to host Fresno State in a rematch of last season’s Mountain West championship game.Jason Chatraw, The Associated Press read more

This Weeks Best YouTube Videos Grilling Phones Green Lantern Gropings and More

first_imgThe news this week has been clearly dominated by horror stories of the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) “enhanced screening techniques,” which either involve you walking in front of a Backscatter X-Ray machine that can see clear through your clothing and that many people consider a massive invasion of privacy, or the aggressive patdowns you’re subjected to if you opt out of the machine. More on that below, but it wasn’t the only thing floating around YouTube this week: we also got our first trailer for the upcoming Green Lantern movie, and someone wasted a ton of money putting an iPhone 4, a new Windows Phone 7 device, and a brand new T-Mobile G2 on a hot grill to see which one grilled the fastest. Some people have a lot of spare cash, clearly. The video that started it all, one man recording his experience trying to pass through a TSA checkpoint to board his flight, opting out of the x-ray machine and being on the receiving end of a full-on patdown instead. That man’s name is John Tyner, and he will forever be known as the “Don’t Touch My Junk” guy at worst, and at best as the guy who inspired a potential revolt in the form of “National Opt Out Day.” Regardless of how your feel about the TSA or about airport security in general, I think we can all agree that being groped probably doesn’t need to be a pre-requisite for boarding a flight. Tyner’s video has racked up over 100,000 views, coverage on major news networks, and yes – merchandising in the form of T-Shirts and other apparel that proudly paste “Don’t Touch My Junk” across…your junk. Released over last weekend, this video features three beautiful smartphones, the iPhone 4, the T-Mobile G2, and the just released HTC Surround (running Windows Phone 7) sitting on top of an EZ Grill that you can buy just about anywhere for about ten bucks. The phones on the other hand totalled well over $1500 at retail, and the folks at EZ Grill figured it would be a pretty good publicity stunt to drop the three phones on top of the hot grill to see which one roasted the fastest. It clearly worked, and while I won’t spoil you on the results, I will say the video has racked up well over a million views, so you should hurry before someone else spoils you. Don’t Touch My Junk Green Lantern Trailer Android, WinPho7, iPhone … What Grills Faster? Merton Plays at YouTube TSA’s Enhanced Security Spurs US “Airport Rage” Even though the movie won’t be released until June of 2011, this trailer for the upcoming Green Lantern feature film drew a lot of attention when it was released on the Web earlier this week. The movie, featuring Ryan Reynolds as Hal Jordan, tells the story of how the Green Lantern’s ring made its way to earth and the origin story of the hero that’s now been a fixture in DC Comics since 1940. As with any controversy that manages to make it big on the Web, the folks at NMA World have put together a hilarious animated spoof of the situation that boils the issue down to the essentials that you need to understand the issues. With 400,000 views (way more than the original videos that inspired it,) this video will get you up to speed if you have no idea what all the fuss over junk touching is about. Merton has earned a reputation for himself as “The Chatroulette Piano Guy who looks conspicuously like Ben Folds,” for hopping onto ChatRoulette and serenading unwitting users with song when they clearly joined expecting something else. In this special event, Merton headed over to YouTube HQ to play for the staff there. The fine folks at YouTube set him up with a piano and sound system, and he proceeds to tell the folks at YouTube how awesome their office is. We know, Merton. We know.last_img read more

Lancement dun satellite militaire américain top secret

first_imgLancement d’un satellite militaire américain top secretLa plus grande fusée jamais lancée depuis la côte ouest des Etats-Unis a quitté la base aérienne militaire de Vandenberg hier, embarquant à son bord un satellite top secret, ont indiqué les autorités militaires.Le décollage, qui a eu lieu à 13h10 depuis la base de l’US Air Force à Vandenberg en Californie, doit emmener du matériel destiné à fournir des informations au bureau de reconnaissance national américain, ont indiqué les autorités militaires.La fusée Delta IV qui a pris son envol a déjà à son actif 23 lancements et son moteur est capable de produire une poussée de presque 1 million de kilos, rappelle Reuters.Selon le Los Angeles Times, des analystes affirment que ce satellite est un satellite espion, capable de capturer des images extrêmement détaillées. Il serait à même, selon eux, de distinguer le modèle d’une voiture depuis des centaines de kilomètres au-dessus de nos têtes… Le 21 janvier 2011 à 11:19 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

2 injured in Vancouver bar shooting, suspect sought

first_imgPolice are working to identify a suspect after two people were hurt in a shooting at a Vancouver bar early Thursday morning. Officers were called to QuarterDeck Bar, 4300 E. Fourth Plain Blvd., just before 1 a.m. after an unidentified person outside fired a gun into the bar, Vancouver Police Department spokeswoman Kim Kapp said.Two patrons were injured, Kapp said. One suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries, and the other sustained less serious injuries and was expected to be released from the hospital on Thursday, she said.Police do not have a description of the suspect and do not know if the armed person was on foot or in a vehicle, Kapp said.Names of the victims and the hospital where they were being treated was not released for the victims’ protection, Kapp said.last_img

Hundreds of caravan travelers waiting at San Ysidro Port of Entry

first_imgHundreds of caravan travelers waiting at San Ysidro Port of Entry KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: April 29, 2018 April 29, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSan Diegans for Secure Borders spokesperson Amy Sutton was in studio to break down the current story developing at the border.While a couple hundred people traveling in a migrant caravan from Central America were planning to seek asylum in the United States today, Customs and Border Protection officials said the San Ysidro Port of Entry is at capacity for people without documentation.“Depending upon port circumstances at the time of arrival, those individuals may need to wait in Mexico as CBP officers work to process those already within our facilities,” CBP Commissioner Kevin McAleenan said in a statement. “As sufficient space and resources become available, CBP officers will be able to take additional individuals into the port for processing. CBP will communicate with Mexican authorities for operational awareness on this issue of capacity within CBP facilities as appropriate.”Earlier in the day, some of the caravan travelers — many of whom say they’re fleeing violence in their home countries — were at a cross-border rally 6 miles west of the port of entry. The refugees milled about at Playas de Tijuana on the Mexican side of the fence near its terminus at the Pacific Ocean. North of the fence, another 50 supporters rallied in Friendship Park, at the southern end of the United States’ Pacific Coast.Some supporters of the caravan scaled the border fence, apparently clamoring up from the Mexican side, although no one attempted to cross north into the United States.The citizens of countries in Central America and their caravan leaders, a group called Pueblo Sin Fronteras, told the Los Angeles Times that the migrants are asylum-seekers fleeing from dangers in their home countries. The Times reported that “no more than 200 of the group will go to the Tijuana-San Diego crossing and request U.S. protection.”Over the weekend, they’ve been engaging in legal orientation sessions to understand their rights and what to expect at the U.S. entrance, the Times reported.In San Diego on Saturday, a group of demonstrators marched from Balboa Park to Chicano Park.The caravan has been making national headlines for the past month after catching the attention of President Donald Trump. It first began with about 1,000 people March 25 in the Mexican city of Tapachula, near the Guatemala border, drawing comments from Trump as evidence of what he and his aides portrayed as a significant threat, the Post reported.In the intervening month, the caravan migrants’ numbers have dwindled significantly.Customs and Border Protection officials said on Saturday that some of the migrants in the caravan had tried to cross the border near San Ysidro since Friday. No estimate was given on the number of border-crossing attempts that had taken place.Young children — and in one case, a pregnant woman — were detected among people trying to enter the U.S. illegally through “a dark, treacherous canyon that is notorious for human and drug smuggling,”  CBP Chief Patrol Agent Rodney S. Scott saidScott said it was “unconscionable” that children were being smuggled into the country in what he referred to as dangerous conditions.In the statement, he warned the remaining caravan members to follow the law.“If anyone has encouraged you to illegally enter the United States, or make any false statements to U.S. government officials, they are giving you bad advice and they are placing you and your family at risk,” he said.“We are a very welcoming country but just like your own house, we expect everyone to enter through our front door and answer questions honestly. On a national level that front door is the Ports of Entry. If you enter the United States at any place other than a Port of Entry it is a crime.” last_img read more

Final 2007 Report Magazine Ad Revenues Grow Ad Pages Dip

first_imgSome magazines had markedly strong years, in both ad revenue and, to a lesser extent, page gains. Reader’s Digest Association’s Every Day with Rachael Ray took in $78.3 million in PIB advertising revenue in 2007—an increase of 283 percent over 2006—on 717 ad pages, a 59 percent increase over the previous year. (RDA’s flagship title, Reader’s Digest, fared closer to the industry average, up eight percent in revenue, down roughly one percent in pages.)New York magazine had yet another good year, up 16.3 percent in ad revenue and 4.3 percent in ad pages, overtaking the New Yorker in total reported ad revenue ($227.3 million to $226.2 million) for the first time.Britney and Brangelina made their presence felt, too, as celebrity magazines saw increases in spending. In Touch (up 31.6 percent in ad revenue, 20.2 percent in ad pages) Life and Style (up 67.6 percent in revenue, 39.8 percent in pages), OK! (up 110 percent and 44 percent, respectively) all had productive PIB years.The newsweekly category did not fare so well. Newsweek (down 1.8 percent in ad pages, 6.7 percent in pages), Time (down 18 percent in ad revenue on 6.9 percent fewer ad pages), and U.S. News & World Report (up one percent in ad revenue, down 4.6 percent in ad pages) continued to struggle as news—and marketers’ interests—continued to shift online. Only Felix Dennis’ The Week—the magazine he left out of the sale of his U.S. magazines—registered significant growth, up 15.8 percent in ad revenue and 5.3 percent in ad pages.Other notables: TV Guide—sold for $2.8 billion in December—saw solid PIB gains (up 33.5 percent in revenue, 23 percent in ad pages); Best Life continued to climb, up 61.1 percent in ad revenue (to $35.4 million) on 584 ad pages—a 37 percent increase; and Portfolio tallied $28 million on 656 ad pages in its first nine months in existence.For a full list of magazine totals, click here. Total magazine rate-card-reported advertising revenue for consumer magazines grew 6.1 percent in 2007 when compared to 2006, according to year-end Publishers Information Bureau figures released this morning. But total ad pages—considered the more telling statistic, given the unaccounted rate card discounts doled out by publishers—declined about a half a percent (-0.6) over the same period.Nine of the 12 major advertising categories—comprising more than 85 percent of the $25.5 billion of total magazine ad spending—showed increases. Eight categories bought more ad pages in 2007 than in 2006. Drug companies spent the most on advertising in magazines, according to PIB.“In the face of a weakened economy, lowered consumer confidence and tighter ad budgets, magazine spending held steady in 2007, and even posted a stronger finish in the fourth quarter,” Magazine Publishers of America executive vice president and chief marketing officer Ellen Oppenheim said in a statement accompanying the PIB release.last_img read more

Wilmingtons Shriners Auditorium To Host Huge Car Show On August 25

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Aleppo Shriners are holding their fifth annual Car Show on Sunday, August 25, 2019, from 10am to 2pm, at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Street). Proceeds will benefit the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children.Admission is free to the public. The event includes music, prizes, food and a 50/50 raffle.Registration for show vehicles begins at 9am. A $20 donation is required. Contact Steve at 617-628-6251 or sshrdude[at] to learn more.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: Feztival of Trees Coming To Shriners Auditorium On November 22-24In “Community”COMING TO THE SHRINERS: Hot Tub Expo In Wilmington This WeekendIn “Business”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Thursday, August 22, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

After ASAT success India to create space doctrine with Ajit Doval in

first_imgTesting the ASAT today, India showed its military might in space as it became the 4th country to become a part of the elite space power club.Representative imageAfter the successful testing of anti-satellite (ASAT) missile under Mission Shakti, India is now ready to have a space doctrine of its own which would be prepared by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. Prime Minister Narendra Narendra Modi has already given a go-ahead to the setting up of this space doctrine which will lay down the procedure for operationalisation of India’s new space defense capability. NSA Ajit Doval also heads the Indian Ballistic Missile Defence Programme at the the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)The space doctrine would also entail the creation of a space command on the lines of Nuclear Command Authority to identify any possible threat to the Indian satellites and activate the ASAT programme for a proper response to such attack, senior officials at DRDO and Union Home Ministry told Hindustan Times.India’s sucessful attempt at strengthening its space weaponry will also need to be effectively stragetised and it remains to be seen whether it will stick to the  No First Use (NFU) like in case of its nuclear technology.”We need to set up offensive/ defensive steps needed in case Indian satellites are destroyed/ degraded or there is access denial by an adversary through electro-magnetic radiation,” an official said.India, which has joined the powerful league of three countries such as United States, Russia and China to use such an anti-satellite missile, is also likely to have a space command of its own for management and operationalisation of A-SAT missiles. Currently, it has a separate strategic forces command and a cyber command.  A surface-to-surface Agni V missile is displayed during the Republic Day parade in New Delhi January 26, 2013.ReutersIndia acquring the strength of ASAT weapons has made it capable of targetting a satellite by locating and destroying it. In this, way, India can target the enemy country’s economy, stock markets, navigation and weather infrastructure using the weapons such as ASAT missilies without even crossing the border to that particular country.Pakistan and China are wary of the new damage potential that India has acquired. While Pakistan has condemned India’s attempt at strengthening its space defense technology by calling it as a militarisation of space, experts say that the newly acquired space prowess by India can also impact its bilateral relations with China.last_img read more

Yes Game of Thrones also killed Grey Worm and remaining Unsullied

first_imgGame of thrones season 8 episode 5 release dateGame of Thrones (@gameofthrones/Instagram)Game of Thrones season 8 ending showed Grey Worm heading to the island of Naath along with the remaining Unsullied. But if you have read the Game of Thrones books written by George RR Martin, then you will know that the show somehow killed Grey Worm in the end as well.Game of Thrones season 8 ended and it showed Jon Snow going to The Wall and reunite with Tormund and Ghost. Sansa Stark has now declared that North is an independent place and does not come under the King’s orders. Bran Stark is named king of all the remaining Six Kingdoms. Arya Stark, on the other hand, has decided to go the West of Westeros and explore new places. At the same time, it featured Grey Worm heading to Naath, the place where Missandei was born.In Game of Thrones season 8, Grey Worm and Missandei decide to go to Naath after the war is over. However, Missandei was brutally killed by The Mountain on Cersei Lannister’s orders. So, in the end, it was only Grey Worm who went there.As per Screenrant, the lonely island is covered extensively in George RR Martin’s A World of Ice and Fire. The Isle of Butterflies, as the place is known in ancient times, is described very peaceful. The citizens of that place do not believe in any war and even refuses to kill an animal to eat. Instead, they consume only fruits and vegetables. Facebook/Game of ThronesGeorge RR Martin’s books went on to describe that strangers do not live long upon the Island of Naath. In the past, others have tried to invade the place only to meet with a deadly end. As per the books, no invaders lasted more than a year “for some evil humor lurks in the very air of this fair isle, and all those who linger too long soon succumb.”The alleged fever is carried by the butterflies and do not affect anyone who is born on the place. Instead, it kills all the strangers. Grey Worm and the remaining Unsullied are not from the Naath, it is most likely that after reaching the place, they would have met with sweating blood and having their flesh slough from their bones.That being said, HBO’s TV series did not talk much about the place so it is likely possible that Grey Worm would have gone to Naath in a perfect tribute to Missandei and would have lived the rest of his days in peace.last_img read more

Virat Kohli was desperate to score a hundred Bhuvneshwar Kumar reveals

first_imgBoth Bhuvi and Virat starred in India’s victoryTwitter/Virat Kohli2019 World Cup was a strange tournament for Virat Kohli. The fact that he didn’t get a single hundred in the 9 matches that he played in the tournament suggests that he wasn’t at his best. However, throughout the event, he was getting half-centuries where he seemed as much in control as he ever does. It was only a quirk of fate that none of his innings turned into a three-figure score.But this semi-failure was starting to trouble Kohli and he was very keen to get his 42nd ODI hundred, if one goes by the comments of his teammate Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Speaking after the match to the reporters in the official press conference, the Indian seamer saw the reaction of his skipper after reacing his ton as an indication of huge relief.”From Virat’s expression, you can make out that how badly he wanted a hundred. It’s not like he was out of form. It was just that he was getting dismissed in the 70s or 80s in the World Cup. The wicket was not easy. When he came back after getting dismissed, he said the wicket is not that easy,” Bhuvi stated. Kohli scored his 42nd ODI hundredTwitter/BCCIIn the World Cup, the Indian captain was uncharacteristically pushed to the background by his teammate Rohit Sharma who walked away with five centuries. Kohli was almost always among the runs and played a key role, along with Rohit, in ensuring that the Indian team posted good scores which their bowlers can defend. The over-reliance on the top-order, however, was a source of worry for the Indian team and this weakness got exposed fully in the semi-finals when the top-order gave way.But in bilateral series like these, especially against teams which do not have any bowlers with the ‘x-factor,’ Virat becomes nearly impossible to stop. He had plundered runs against West Indies last year in a home series and on Sunday, picked up from where he left off in that contest.The 30-year old now has 42 ODI hundreds. This takes him to just seven short of Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time record of 49 centuries. But here is a mind boggling fact: while Sachin Tendulkar needed more than 460 ODIs to get his full set of centuries, Kohli has played just 238 matches so far for his 42. Even if he goes through couple of absolutely horrendous runs of bad form, he should still get to the unconquered landmark of 50 ODI tons without much difficulty well before getting close to Sachin’s number of ODI appearances.What makes cricket special is the combination of individual brilliance and collective team effort needed for success. While Kohli always puts the interest of his team first, it is not surprising that he also doesn’t mind getting three-figure scores under his belt.last_img read more

Obama reluctance might have emboldened Russia election meddling

first_imgOfficial portrait of Barack Obama. Photo: CollectedRussia may have stepped up efforts to meddle in the 2016 US election after president Barack Obama’s administration did not retaliate strongly to reports of its activities, former aides to the Democratic president told US senators on Wednesday.Victoria Nuland, a top state department official dealing with Russia under Obama, told the Senate intelligence committee that Moscow seemed to have slowed its influence campaign after Obama made “a stern and personal warning” to Russian president Vladimir Putin in September 2016.But she said the campaign seemed to accelerate during October, using social media platforms to spread false narratives as the 8 November Election Day approached.”I think it’s probably the case that the Russians expected deterrent measures and didn’t see them, and so felt they could keep pushing,” Nuland said.The panel held the hearing as part of its investigation that began after US intelligence agencies concluded that Moscow sought to influence the presidential campaign to boost Republican Donald Trump’s chances of winning the White House.Russia denies seeking to influence the election. Trump has repeatedly dismissed investigations of Russian meddling as a “witch hunt.”The committee’s Republican chairman, Senator Richard Burr, said he plans more hearings with Obama’s national security advisor, Susan Rice, and the former heads of the FBI and department of justice.Nuland and Michael Daniel, who was Obama’s cyber security coordinator, said US agencies and technology companies did not share enough information to effectively combat foreign election hacking.”We didn’t have sufficient integration of information to understand how their campaign was structured,” Nuland said.They said the threat from Russia to November’s US mid-term elections and the 2020 presidential campaign remains.Daniel said the administration was focused in 2016 on activity aimed at state and local election systems, and did not become fully aware until later of the extent of the foreign influence operations.Nuland said the Obama administration held back from a strong response for reasons including a reluctance to seem to be influencing the contest between the Republican Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, Obama’s former secretary of state. “There was already by late July and early August accusations by candidate Trump that the election would be rigged. And I think there was a concern that if this wasn’t handled properly, any move publicly would be seen as President Obama playing into those accusations,” she said.last_img read more

Baltimore Business Aims to Help Seniors Live their Lives

first_imgSavvy Senior Shopper CEO and Owner, Katasha Smart, started a personalized senior assisting service to assist the elderly in Baltimore in their homes with everyday tasks.“When seniors get to a certain age they can’t thrive as well in a nursing home,” Smart told the AFRO. “When they live somewhere all their lives and get accustomed, then taken out of it, they can’t function well. People don’t take care of seniors especially if they don’t have people coming to visiting them [in nursing homes] everyday.”Katasha Smart, CEO of Savvy Senior Shopper, handles the tasks that home health care aides don’t. (Courtesy Photo)Starting in 2008, Savvy Senior Shopper offered a limited amount of services for seniors who needed things done, such as getting prescriptions, groceries and feeding pets.Smart started the business after her own experience of helping her grandmother.“My grandmother drove my passion to do this. When I was young she went to a nursing home and my mom had to work so we couldn’t leave my grandma home,” Smart said. “I would ask my grandmother if I could go out to outside and play and my mother would come home and my grandmother wouldn’t remember letting me go outside.”Handling the day to day operations from her home, the business currently is a nightly and weekend service. Three people, including Smart, handle tasks for the elderly.Smart said if any senior needed things done during the day, they have a designated person to handle those tasks such as document handling and Maryland Vehicle Administration services (MVA).Smart and her team do not do any medical operations in the home as they are not licensed to do so. Smart is looking for ways to expand their services because she see the needs for so much more.Smart said it is hard to move seniors from point A to point B. Therefore she would like Savvy Senior Shopper to have dedicated, “A door to door man to maneuver them in and out of their house, into a vehicle, to their destination, out of the car into and getting them to their place and back.”Local Baltimore resident Phyllis Price, 53, said her family used the service when they needed it. “My aunt and uncles used it for a year and a half,” Price said. “They needed it to do things such as getting groceries and getting medication for his prosthetic leg. These were things that my cousin couldn’t do when my aunt and uncle were alive.Price said the service filled a need. I’ve told my friends that need it for their mother’s, aunt or friends that could use it.It is a wonderful service.”For more information go to read more

MovieBob Reviews BREAKING IN 2018

first_imgLet us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Is Breaking In good?It’s not bad, but totally unremarkable overall.What’s it about?Gabrielle Union is the estranged daughter of a wealthy businessman who, after he dies suddenly while under investigation for unspecified criminal activities by the government, has to spend a weekend getting an old Summerhouse she inherited ready for resale with her two kids. Unfortunately, the house – which is equipped with a high-tech automated security system – is also besieged by a group of dangerous burglars looking for a safe full of cash hidden somewhere inside who take the kids hostage, forcing her to attempt a one-woman rescue from the outside.Sounds exciting, at least.It has its moments, just not enough of them. Mostly it just never rises above competent or becoming unique in any way – beyond, of course, the obvious notation that Hollywood could stand to produce more lead roles for women of color in general. But while it’s good to see Union in a major part again, she’s not given a lot to work with here beyond boilerplate thriller beats.How so?Well, there’s not much story at play here – it’s a basic home-invasion/siege movie with some light Die Hard elements dropped in, all stripped down to the essentials and moving along very fast without much in the way of nuance or digression. Usually, that’s done because the “focus” is going to be a unique central performance, a big plot twist, some unusual style of directing or storytelling, maybe even just an especially high level of violence or having the hero use a special skill or style of problem-solving. But there’s nothing like that really happening here. You keep waiting for the “hook” to show up, and then there isn’t one.Is it maybe supposed to be more of a character piece?If so, they forgot to include much. Union is engaging and well-performed, and there are flashes of an idea that she’s nursing some dark memories of this particular house and complex issues with her late father that inform her actions but don’t get fleshed out and never really come into focus. There’s a repeated refrain that “No one knows what she’s capable of,” but we don’t really see anyone she knows treat her with anything other than respect and she doesn’t really “do” anything action wise to hint at some hidden reservoir of secret skills or willingness to take the fight to dark places; and apart from dividing the four bad guys into the expected “cool-headed leader, smart guy, weak guy, dangerous-psycho final-boss guy” classes there’s no indication that they’ve got any particular outlook on her other than as an obstacle.So do you not recommend it?Well, like I said… it’s not “bad,” it’s just also nothing special. It’s largely inoffensive and works as a “get the bad guys” movie for an engaging enough third act once it comes around. And I don’t think anyone who ends up seeing it will come away being especially annoyed with it – but if it wasn’t for a studio marketing department thinking maybe it could be pushed as Mother’s Day programming it feels like something that would’ve gone straight to Redbox.center_img MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

Ode to an artist

first_imgThe book by Professor B.N. Goswamy and Rosa Maria Falvo showcases some of the rare early works that have never been exhibited before. Art Alive Gallery will be launching the book along with the artist’s solo exhibition at Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre on February 12. The show will continue at Art Alive Gallery, Panchsheel thereafter. Burman’s work takes us through his work as legends, family, and Indian gods meet and mingle in his private, kaleidoscopic universe. While realism resurfaces in his paintings, his work transports viewers into the realm of fantasy across a decidedly optimistic, oneiric landscape.    Prof. B.N.Goswamy is an eminent Indian art historian and critic. He is the recipient of the Padma Bhushan Award (2008) and Rosa Maria Falvo is a writer and curator, as well as Skira’s international commissions editor. Since 2005 she has been regularly travelling and working closely with artists and institutions throughout Asia.last_img read more

Winja Virustotal Uploader for Windows

first_imgWinja Virustotal Uploader for Windows by Martin Brinkmann on May 09, 2016 in Windows – Last Update: May 09, 2016 – 7 commentsWinja is a redesigned version of Phrozensoft’s classic Virustotal Uploader that has been released as a release candidate build recently.Virustotal is without doubt one of the go-to services when it comes to scanning a file for viruses online. Its appeal is mainly based on the fact that it is using dozens of antivirus engines in file verifications. Instead of just relying on a single engine, it uses the collective intelligence of many. The main gain from this is that it is more likely that viruses get identified correctly.The service itself maintains an uploader for Windows systems that you can make use of to send files directly from your local system to the service. The most recent version of it displays the list of running processes that you can send to the service right away.Winja Virustotal UploaderWinja needs to be installed on the system before you can start using it. The installer is clean however and does not push third-party offers.The program displays its main functions right after start on the Home screen. There you find listed the following core options:Select a file that you want Virustotal to scan. The file is uploaded automatically and scan results are displayed afterwards, all without leaving the program interface.Download and scan to enter a file url directly. Winja will download the file to the local system, save it with a fake extension, and submit it to Virustotal for scanning afterwards.Quick process scan displays the list of running processes so that you can pick one for a scan on Virustotal.All selected files, downloads or processes are moved to the running scan tasks tab where they are listed. Tasks are moved to the session scan results tab if scans are successful and remain otherwise in the tasks listing from where you can restart the task or remove it.Winja displays a toast notification when a report is available. You may disable that option in the program settings, or limit notifications if at least one of the scan engines detected an infection.Each engine is listed with its name, version, last time of update, and result if it has detected malicious code in the file.You can’t sort files by result though which would be helpful as you may need to scroll right now to look at the hits.The program ships with a set of extra tools which require administrative rights. These have been part of the company’s Virustotal Uploader application as well but they have been improved in Winja.The first change is that additional information are displayed for each entry under Process Viewer. The program lists the information about the user, architecture, description and company name now.The tree structure is another new feature which highlights process dependencies.You can right-click on any process to submit it to Virustotal for scanning, kill it, open its properties or additional information (by selecting open in palette). These additional information reveal loaded modules and opened files of the process.Task Scheduler displays the list of configured tasks and their state while Windows Startup and Registered Services do the same for startup programs and Windows Services.Each entry can be submitted to Virustotal for scanning, and options are provided to delete entries or change their state.Comparison to Phrozensoft Virustotal UploaderWinja resembles Phrozensoft’s previous program Virustotal Uploader in many regards. While functionality is nearly the same, there are a couple of differences that users of the previous program may want to know about.One thing that is missing in the new program is the widget that allowed you to drag and drop files onto it to have them scanned by Virustotal.Other options that the new version does not support right now include the old version’s Incognito Mode which prevented the generation of activity logs, and the automatic opening of results in a web browser.Information have been improved however and since this is only an initial version, it is possible that the remaining features are added at a later point in time.TipsHere are a couple of tips to get you started:You may want to disable the notifications that the program displays when scan reports are available or errors are noticed during the upload. You can disable them with a click on Phrozen > Program Settings.The program does not add a quick file scan option to Windows Explorer anymore by default. You can enable it in the Program Settings.You can add your own Virustotal API key if you have one there as well. You can check the progress of any file or url by checking the running scan tasks or session scan results tabs.A right-click on a file in the results listing enables you to open its result page on the Virustotal website. This can be useful to check on the positive hits that Virustotal reported. It is however possible to double-click a file in the program to display the scan results right in the interface.Closing WordsWinja is a feature rich Virustotal Uploader for Windows devices. The program is available as a free download from the developer website.SummaryArticle NameWinja Virustotal Uploader for WindowsDescriptionWinja is a redesigned version of Phrozensoft’s classic Virustotal Uploader that has been released as a release candidate build recently.Author Martin BrinkmannPublisher Ghacks Technology NewsLogo Advertisementlast_img read more