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Sathyaraj expresses regret for remarks made during Cauvery

first_imgdispute(Attn Eds: adding a line in para two) Chennai, Apr 21 (PTI) “Baahubali” actor Sathyaraj today expressed “wholehearted regret” over his comments during the Cauvery dispute while appealing for the smooth release of the second part of the SS Rajamouli-directed film in Karnataka next week.The actor, who plays the role of Kattappa in the movie, clarified that he was not against Kannada people and was even offered films in the industry though he could not do them due to the paucity of time.His statement comes following the demands of an apology from the actor by pro-Kannada outfits, who had threatened to stall the release of the film in the state.In a video released to the media, Sathyaraj read out a statement, saying he had made the remarks nine years ago at a protest held by the Tamil film industry against the “attack” on Tamils in Karnataka over the Cauvery dispute. “I had spoken something nine years ago at the meeting which has been viewed on Youtube. And since they feel hurt over some of the words spoken by me, I express my wholehearted regret to them (Kannada people) for those words,” he said.Sathyaraj said he did not want the hard work of the films team go to waste and appealed for allowing its release in Karnataka.”I am a small actor in a mega film called Baahubali. I dont want the efforts of many people to go to waste. Not just that, I have the added responsibility of ensuring exhibitors in Karnataka, who have bought (screening rights of) Baahubali 2, are not affected,” he said in what he termed as an “explanation” to Tamil people and activists.advertisementAn atheist, known for his pro-Tamil views, Sathyaraj insisted that he will continue to voice support for matters concerning Tamils including the Cauvery dispute and the Eelam issue in Sri Lanka.The actor, sporting a black T-shirt synonymous with the the states Progressive movement led by rationalist leader, late E V Ramasamy Periyar, said he was not against Kannada people.In a message to producers and filmmakers, he said those who fear “problems” in the future by casting him in their films may not do so and avoid “facing losses.””Because I take more pride in living and dying as a Tamil without any superstition than living and dying as an actor,” he added.He also extended his thanks to director Rajamouli, the films producers, various professional bodies of Tamil cinema including an artistes association and his well-wishers “for tolerating the difficulties caused by me.”Kannada Okoota, an umbrella organisation of Kannada bodies, has announced Bengaluru Bandh on April 28, the date of release of the film, to protest his remarks.”The remarks made by Sathyaraj against Kannadigas during the Cauvery row (a few years ago) had crossed limits of decency. We will not allow the film to be released under any circumstances,” Vatal Nagaraj, who heads Kannada Okoota, had said.Director Rajamouli has already released video statement, saying Sathyarajs comments were made in a personal capacity and had no relation with the movie. PTI SA BN JCH BKlast_img read more

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IBASE: 9th/8th gen Intel Xeon / Core processors based PICMG 1.3 full-size CPU card

first_imgIBASE Technology launches the IB995 PICMG 1.3 Full-Size CPU Card, a slot-card server designed for the 8th Gen and 9th Gen (codenamed “Coffee Lake Refresh”) of Intel’s Core processors with support for up to 8 cores and CNVi architecture for wireless connectivity devices. The new CPU Card delivers cutting-edge performance with intelligent security and hardware monitoring features for real-time applications in process control, surveillance or imaging in the field of automation, transportation, medical technology and digital surveillance markets.The IB995 is currently available in 3 models, integrated with different chipsets: C246 (IB995AF-C246), Q370 (IB995AF) and H310 (IB995EF) – all of which feature an M.2 storage interface with NVMe (Non-Volatile Memory Express) that enables rapid storage with write speeds of up to 3500MB/s (7 times over SATA SSDs), and up to 32 GB of DDR4-2166/2400 memory. Additionally, the board offers advanced TPM 2.0 to provide a high level of hardware-based security that carries out cryptographic operations for access control and authentication, and prevent phishing attacks. With Intel® AMT 11.6, remote maintenance of operating systems and hardware enables IT managers to protect networked computers to improve service quality and reduce service operation costs.The IB995 provides a wide range of interface and expansion flexibility. These include DVI-D, DVI-I and 24-bit dual channel video outputs, and three USB 2.0, five USB 3.0, five SATA III with RAID, four serial ports and two M.2 sockets (M/E key). It also comes with two Gigabit Ethernet, a PCIe x16 (from backplane), and four PCIe x1 expansion slots (configurable as one PCIe x4). The number of USB 3.0 and SATA varies, depending on the IB995 series.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules Continue Reading Previous HCC Embedded introduces SafeexFAT file system solution for failsafe data storageNext Molex releases Micro-Latch 2.00mm wire-to-board connector systemlast_img read more

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Grilled Baked Potatoes with Chopped Grill Master Angie Mar

first_imgThere’s nothing more classic than a loaded baked potato next to a grilled to perfection steak. But how many baked potatoes packed with sour cream can you really eat in one summer? We wanted to change up our baked potato routine, so we asked newly crowned Chopped Grill Master Grand Champion Angie Mar, headchef of New York’s Beatrice Inn, for some pointers on uplifting our spud game. Thanks to her, we’ll now be prepared for next level baked potatoes both on and off the grill. There’s nothing wrong with grilling potatoes the old fashioned way, just like you would in the oven: season them with oil, salt, and herbs, wrap them in foil, and grill them until tender. Or you could break the mold and take your baked potatoes to the next level and follow Mar’s suggestion for baking your potatoes in the coals of your grill. Mar says it creates an interesting visual and textural side dish, “They will char and become black on the outside. Once they are cooked through, you can remove them from the coals and toss them with olive oil, salt and lemon.” When it’s getting too cold to grill outside (or if El Niño is going to bury your grill under five feet of snow this winter), you can take Mar’s grilling secrets indoors.Mar suggests ditching the traditional baked potato for the beautiful texture and fragrance of a salt baked potato. She says to “try placing them on a baking sheet that is covered with kosher salt and scattered with thyme and garlic. Bake them in an oven at 350° for about 25 minutes until you can easily pierce them with a knife.”A baked potato wouldn’t be complete without its toppings. Of course, toppings are a matter of personal preference and if bacon and sour cream are your go-to options, we’re not going to stop you. But consider Mar’s recommendations and try dressing your next grilled potato up with high quality olive oil, sea salt, lemon, and thyme. When asked what her favorite baked potato accoutrements were, Mar doesn’t settle for anything less than the best, “If I’m feeling a bit indulgent, perhaps a nice dollop of crème fraiche, a pat of butter and some rendered guanciale.” An American Classic: How to Grill Burgers The Right Way Every Time Become a Grill Master this Summer with the Best Grilling Accessories Editors’ Recommendations How to Grill Fish: A Quick and Easy Guide to Getting it Right Every Time Pro Chefs Dish on the Perfect Seven-Layer Dip Recipes The Custom Indian x Traeger Motorcycle Features a Legit Barbecue Grill Sidecar last_img read more

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Woman defends sending friendly emails to RCMP inspector after alleged assault

first_imgVANCOUVER – A woman who has accused British Columbia’s former RCMP spokesman of sexual assault defended sending him friendly emails after the alleged attack during a heated cross-examination Monday.David Butcher is representing former inspector Tim Shields in provincial court and he presented the woman with printed copies of emails she sent to his client while she was a civilian RCMP employee.In various emails, she asked if he had any “magnificent inspiring revelations” while he was on vacation, praised his “beautiful” photography and inquired about his ailing father.Butcher repeatedly pressed her to explain the tone of the emails. The woman, who cannot be identified, appeared to grow frustrated, at times rolling her eyes and raising her voice.“I’m suggesting to you that’s a very friendly thing to do … ” Butcher began to say at one point, referring to her email about Shields’s father.“Friendly is not an invitation to sex,” she interjected. “Friendly is not coming on to someone. In 2017, that there’s even an insinuation like that is beyond me.“If you choose to interpret them another way, that is your thought process. It has nothing to do with the intent of the email.”Butcher replied that all the messages were sent “after the fact,” referring to the alleged assault.“They were all after the fact, yeah, the fact that I wanted to just forget about it and move on with my life,” she said.Shields has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault.The woman has previously testified he led her to a washroom in their Vancouver workplace in the fall of 2009, locked the door, touched her breasts and put her hand on his genitals.Butcher has suggested the woman allowed Shields to lead her into the washroom to participate in sex acts.In 2011, when Shields was sent to a detachment in Burnaby the woman sent a note to a colleague who was putting together a scrapbook that wished him well.“You weren’t wishing him any ill at this point, were you?” Butcher asked.“No,” the woman responded. “Why wouldn’t I write him a nice message? … I’ve sent countless messages to people when they are leaving, transferring and I bet they’re all very similar.”Shields left the RCMP in December 2015 and was charged the following May.The woman has told the court she was diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder after leaving her civilian job with the RCMP.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more

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Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlements

first_imgJERUSALEM — Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank.The company said Monday it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.”Airbnb says that although it had been operating in accordance with U.S. law, it long wrestled with the question of whether to do business in Israeli settlements, which most of the international community views as illegal. Palestinians and human rights groups have long urged the company to remove the listings.Airbnb said it would cease its operations in the occupied territory in hopes that “a framework is put in place where the entire global community is aligned.”Israeli officials condemned the decision.The Associated Presslast_img read more

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MP Congs chowkidar chor hai campaign banned by poll body

first_imgBhopal: The Election Commission (EC) Thursday banned the Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee’s audio and video poll campaign which uses the phrase ‘chowkidar chor hai’ following objections from the BJP.The Congress said it would request the EC to review its decision, as the campaign did not name any person. As per an EC spokesperson, state’s Joint Chief Electoral Officer Rajesh Kaul’s order said that the campaign, titled ‘chowkidar chor hai’, was being banned as the EC’s media certification and scrutiny committee decided to revoke the permission granted to it on April 5. The BJP had complained to the poll authorities that the campaign used objectionable language against ‘chowkidar’, which referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been using the phrase ‘chowkidar chor hai’ (the watchman is thief) to target Modi over the Rafale fighter aircraft deal. Modi, earlier, had termed himself as nation’s ‘chowkidar’ or watchman.last_img read more

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Now Congs Chaturvedi is BJPs ally Shiv Sena leader

first_imgNew Delhi: Following the footsteps of Tom Vadakkan, a leader from Kerala who was a close aide of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, Congress national spokesperson and convenor of party’s media cell Priyanka Chaturvedi resigned from the grand old party on Friday and joined BJP’s oldest ally Shiv Sena.After quitting all the posts in the party, Chaturvedi sent her resignation to the party’s president Rahul Gandhi. Though Chaturvedi held Congress’s move to reinstate party workers who misbehaved with her recently as the reason of her resignation, but party insiders said that Chaturvedi quit the grand old party after she was denied ticket to contest Lok Sabha election from Mumbai North parliamentary constituency. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Chaturvedi was disappointed over the party fielding cinestar Urmila Matondkar from Mumbai North seat instead of her. A sentence in her resignation letter written to Congress president Rahul Gandhi also indicate that she was dissatisfied over ignorance of her ambitions,” the party insiders said. In her letter to Congress president, Chaturvedi wrote, “I have not asked, sought rewards or returns for myself in the hope that the party and its leadership would take care of my aspirations.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHowever, Chaturvedi has denied that she quit Congress on denial of Lok Sabha ticket. At a press conference in Mumbai, Chaturvedi was welcomed into the Sena by the party president Uddhav Thackeray, who said Shiv Sena workers have got a ‘good sister’ in Chaturvedi. “I’m thankful to Uddhavji for giving me respect and welcoming me into the party,” Chaturvedi said after joining Sena. Chaturvedi told reporters that she was pained after some Congress workers, who had made comments against her, were reinstated by that party. Without naming Congress, she said, “I was very let down. I thought if I didn’t fight for my self-respect, I would fail women. I have joined the Sena after a lot of thinking, and understanding my responsibility towards the cause of women.” Meanwhile, the BJP on Friday said that there is “fear” among women after the Congress chose to side with its workers rather than a woman leader who was allegedly abused by them. “Priyanka Chaturvedi had to leave the Congress after being abused by her own party workers. Instead of giving her protection, the (Congress) party protected its workers. This has created fear among women across the country seeing this face of the Congress,” BJP spokesperson Madhav Bhandari said, adding that not just Chaturvedi, other women leaders in the party (Congress) too would not feel safe anymore. Prior to Chaturvedi, Congress’s media cell bigwig Tom Vadakkan had switched his side from Congress to BJP as he was upset over Congress’ stand on the Pulwama attacks in which 40 CRPF personnel were killed. “If a political party takes such a position that is against the country then I’m left with no option but to leave the party,” Vadakkan had said in his press conference after joining the BJP in early March.last_img read more

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Morocco One of the Most Religious Countries in the World Study

Rabat – Morocco is one of the most religious countries in the world, according to a new study. A new study by leading pollster Win/Gallup International surveyed a sample of more than 63,000 people from 65 countries about religion. The study has ranked Morocco among the most religious countries in the world with 93 per cent of Moroccans identify themselves as religious compared to only 4 per cent who said they were not religious. An even smaller percentage of Moroccans said they are convinced atheists – 1 per cent.To produce these results, the Win/Gallup survey used polling techniques such as face-to-face, on the phone or online conversations with respondents. According to the study, the most religious country in the world is Thailand, where 94 per cent belong to a religion, while just 1 per cent of the Thai people identify themselves as atheists. Many countries across Africa and the Middle East were not included in this study. Countries like Saudi Arabia, where the majority of people are usually expected to identify themselves as religious, were not surveyed.The study has also found that China is by far the country that harbors the largest number of people who identify themselves as atheists. The country with a population exceeding a billion has twice as many atheists as believers. It is followed by Japan as the second least religious country in the world. Western Europe and Oceania are significantly less religious in comparison to Africa, the Americas, Asia and Eastern Europe.Jean-Marc Leger, president of WIN/Gallup International Association, said that organized religion continues its worldwide scale dominance.“[W]e see that the total number of people who consider themselves to be religious is actually relatively high, Leger said, according to the Telegraph.“Furthermore, with the trend of an increasingly religious youth globally, we can assume that the number of people who consider themselves religious will only continue to increase.”In Europe, the United Kingdom is among the less religious countries, with 54 per cent of the population is not religious, compared to 30 per cent who said they are and 13 per cent who are convinced atheists. In the U.S, 56 per cent of respondents said they are religious, while 33 per cent claimed they were not, and 6 per cent identified themselves as atheists.Also among the findings is that older people are less religious than younger people. The study has found that people in their early twenties are most likely to embrace a religion, while people aged between the age of 44-54 are the least likely to do the same.Housewives are most likely to be religious, followed by retirees and then students. Wealthier people with more education tend to be less religious, the study says.Four out of five people without education identify as religious, while the number stands at only 3 out of five of those who received higher education. read more

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Coogi Rapperinspired basketball shirt looks like ours

NEW YORK — The clothing brand Coogi has launched a full-court press against the Brooklyn Nets over a Notorious B.I.G.-inspired jersey.The New York Times says a special version of the team’s jersey is at the centre of a copyright lawsuit against the Nets, the National Basketball Association and Nike.Coogi is heavily associated with the late rapper, whose real name was Christopher Wallace. He referenced Coogi in some of his songs, including the hit “Hypnotize.”The company says a multicolored stripe pattern called “Brooklyn Camo” on the Nike-manufactured “City Edition” jersey copies its designs.The lawsuit says the amount of the alleged damages would be “established at trial.”NBA spokesman Mike Bass says the lawsuit has “no merit whatsoever.”The Nets and Nike declined to comment.___Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.comThe Associated Press read more

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Israel in talks with Sri Lanka to upgrade Kfir fighter jets

Manufactured at the Lahav division of the Military Aircraft Group in Israel, the Kfirs are designed as a versatile all-weather multi-role supersonic combat jet. The jets can fly at an altitude of 30,000m. with a maximum speed of 2,285 kph and has a range of 1,300 km. It has a maximum take-off weight of 14,600 kg. and can carry several air-to-air and air-to-surface missiles, bombs and other munitions. While it is an Israeli-built jet, the Kfir had a short operational history with the Israel Air Force, entering service in 1975 and withdrawn from the IAF in the second half of the 1990s, just some twenty years later. Nonetheless, the Kfir has been sold to the air forces of Sri Lanka, Colombia and Ecuador. The jets are also used by ATAC, an American civilian company that provides enemy staging and trials for the US Navy. The ceremony, which took place at the CACOM1 air base in Palanquero, Colombia was attended by IAI’s management team, representatives of Colombia’s National Defense Ministry, Colombia Air Force commander, and the staff of Israel’s Embassy in Colombia.According to General Carlos Eduardo Bueno, commander of Colombia’s air force, “This project is of prime importance for Colombia’s air force and is another great example of our long-standing collaboration with IAI including important integrations of key, challenging features. The combination of radar, communication and advanced technologies has made the Kfir squadron the leader that it is.” (Colombo Gazette) The Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) is in talks with Sri Lanka to upgrade Kfir fighter jets of the Sri Lanka Air Force, The Jerusalem Post has learned.Sri Lanka purchased a total of 16 Kfir jets from Israel between 1995 and 2005; at least seven were lost during the 26-year-long Sri Lankan civil war and IAI is in talks with Colombo to upgrade and return to service its five grounded Kfir jets. Despite not having an Israeli Embassy on the island country, instead being represented by Israel’s ambassador to India, the two countries have substantial military ties with a large part of the Sri Lankan navy using Israeli-made Dvora and Shaldag attack craft.Meanwhile, IAI marked the completion of the upgrading of Kfir airplanes for the Colombian air force, fitting them with an expanded range of weapons and sensors as well as new model numbers. read more

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Baseball Ohio State drops home opener swept in doubleheader in Cincinnati to

Ohio State then-junior catcher, now shortstop, Jalen Washington bats against Northwestern on March 26, 2016 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Edward Sutelan | Lantern reporterThe Ohio State baseball team has never encountered much trouble opening up the season at home. They were undefeated at home under head coach Greg Beals and have not lost since 2004, but that streak ended this weekend, as did their three-game winning streak as they were swept by Xavier. The team is now 8-11 on the season, while Xavier improves to an even 10-10.The team was able to find the power stroke as they received six home runs over the weekend. This home run production was not spread out too far, however, as only three players combined for those six.Junior second baseman Noah McGowan blasted three home runs in Game 3, senior shortstop Jalen Washington knocked two over the fence in Game 2 and junior left fielder Tyler Cowles had one of his own in Game 2 as well.Game 1The Buckeyes took the Musketeers to extra innings, but surrendered a run in the top of the 13th inning to lose their home opener, 3-2.Xavier may have been on the road, but they were still able to get things going early. Their first batter of the game reached first, stole second and later advanced on to third base to give the Musketeers their first scoring chance of the night. Freshman first baseman Nate Monastra was able to come through for his team and delivered an RBI single up the middle to give his team the early 1-0 lead.The second inning started off quite similar to the first. Again, Xavier lead off the inning with a base hit, this time a double. The runner then advanced on to third on a single that put runners on the corners.Senior center fielder Matt Fallon followed that up with a successful squeeze bunt attempt to the first baseman was that pushed across the second Xavier run of the night, giving them a 2-0 lead.It did not take long for the Buckeyes to respond. In the bottom of the third inning, a walk, error and sacrifice bunt put runners on second and third for senior shortstop Jalen Washington, who lifted a sacrifice fly to center field to put OSU on the board.Junior second baseman Noah McGowan then followed up Washington’s sacrifice fly with the Buckeyes’ first hit of the game that knotted the game up at two.The score remained tied at two apiece until the top of the 13th inning. The Musketeers loaded up the bases on a pair of hits and a walk before the Buckeyes struck out the next two batters. With the bases loaded and two away, senior right fielder Joe Gellenbeck took the six-pitch walk that pushed across the would-be winning run and bring the score to 3-2.The most potent force at the dish for OSU was again junior center fielder Tre’ Gantt. The leadoff hitter for OSU continued his hot streak into the home opener by delivering three hits in five at-bats. He has now reached base in all 17 games and owns a team-leading .365 batting average. Game 2Hoping to gain some momentum coming off their home-opener, the Buckeyes led the game late, but blew a 4-3 lead and lost in the bottom of the ninth, 5-4.For the second game in a row, the Musketeers got started early. In the bottom of the second inning, a pair of walks and a single loaded up the bases with nobody out. A sacrifice fly put the team up early 1-0 before a squeeze bunt scored another run. The scoring finished with Gallagher lining only the second hit of the game up the middle to put Xavier on top 3-0.The Scarlet and Gray did not wait long before responding. Half an inning later in the top of the third, junior left fielder Tyler Cowles blasted a home run over the left field wall to bring the score to 3-1.With the score now 3-1, the Buckeyes were looking for some more offense and they found it in the form of co-captain Washington. In the top of the fourth inning, he crushed OSU’s second home run of the game over the left field wall and brought the game to within one.The following inning, the team again found some offense off the bat of Washington. With a runner on first and two away, Washington again connected off Xavier’s starter and sent his second home run of the game out and gave OSU its first lead of the game.After being held scoreless for four straight innings, Xavier lifted a sacrifice fly in the seventh to tie up the game at four.The game stayed tied until the bottom of the ninth inning. A hit-by-pitch, walk and single loaded up the bases with one away for Xavier junior shortstop Mitch Gallagher. Gallagher lifted his second sacrifice fly of the game to center field, bringing home the winning run for the team and sealing the 5-4 victory.This was Washington’s first game batting third in the lineup and he delivered exactly what the team was looking for. The fourth-year co-captain came to the plate four times and finished the game with two hits (both home runs), two runs scored and three RBI’s.Game 3OSU built up three leads against Xavier, but blew all three and lost 6-5 in walk-off fashion for the second-straight game.Coming off a loss in which they gave up three early runs, the Buckeyes were all set to get on the scoreboard as early as possible. With the game still tied at zero in the top of the third, McGowan stepped up to the plate and launched the ball over the left field fence to put his team ahead 1-0.The Buckeyes had the early lead, but it would not take long for the Musketeers to respond. With two outs and a runner on second base in the bottom of the third, junior designated hitter Blaine Griffiths doubled to right field and tied the game up at one.The game stayed tied until the seventh inning when McGowan came to bat with runners on the corners. For the second time, he homered to left field to put the Buckeyes ahead 4-1.Xavier again responded quickly to the offensive strike by the Buckeyes. The first batter of the bottom of the seventh inning homered to left field to bring the game to only a two-run gap.But the Musketeers weren’t done there. The next inning, they put runners on first and second for junior catcher Nate Soria, who singled to left to bring Xavier to within one. Another single loaded up the bases for junior left fielder Will LaRue, who walked to tie the game. Xavier had tied the game up, but the McGowan show was still going on. OSU’s second baseman stepped up to the plate for the fifth time and for the third time, he homered to left field to give OSU the 5-4 lead.Now trailing for the third time in this game, Xavier was down to its final three outs. After the leadoff hitter was hit by a pitch, Gellenbeck homered to right-center field to deliver the Musketeers the 6-5 victory and secure the three-game sweep.This was the clear standout game for McGowan. The third-year transfer from McClellan Community College finished the game 3-5 with three runs scored, five RBI and three home runs in the game. The Buckeyes will take the field again at Bill Davis for only the second time this season when they host Youngstown State on Tuesday, with first pitch scheduled for 5:05 p.m. read more

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Babies born in Australia luckier than Greece

first_imgBabies being born in Australia have higher opportunities of a “healthy, safe and prosperous life” than those born in Greece and Cyprus, a forecasting index has revealed. The index, created by the Economist Intelligence Unit, has placed Australia second on the list as the best place to be born in 2013, with Cyprus sitting at number 23 and Greece halfway down ranked 34. “Its quality-of-life index links the results of subjective life-satisfaction surveys – how happy people say they are – to objective determinants of life across countries,” said Laza Kekic, the director of EIU’s country forecasting services, for The Economist. The index – colloquially refered to as the “lottery of life” takes into account 11 different statistically significant factors, including national crime rates, trust in public institutions, geography, policies, and national economy. The forecasters look at the economic future of the countries in 2030, when babies born in 2013 will reach adulthood, including the estimated average salary. Switzerland was ranked the luckiest country for a baby to be born with a score of 8.22 out of 10, and Australia scored 8.12 securing second place. Apart from the Scandanavian countries, many European countries trailed behind in the list, with Kekic stating that this is due to the large debts the babies will inherit. The global financial crisis also played a role in the scores of European countries – not just on the financial ratings, as Kekic points out, but also “on unemployment and personal security … In doing so, it has eroded both family and community life”. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Tottenham Hotspur severely weakened ahead of Champions League clash with Barcelona

first_imgThe Daily Star reported today about immense injury problems Tottenham Hotspur and Barcelona are going through ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League encounter.After suffering a frustrating 2-1 defeat to Inter Milan on the opening matchday, the Spurs are obliged to achieve a positive result against the Catalans, but it’s going far from simple, considering six first-team members will skip the match.Apart from the second-choice goalkeeper Michel Vorm, Jan Vertonghen, Serge Aurier, Mousa Dembele, Dele Alli, and Christian Eriksen are all set to remain on the stands due to various physical problems.The only positive thing for Mauricio Pochettino is the return of Hugo Lloris, who will be ready to take the field from the first minute according to some reports.🗣️ Mauricio on injuries: “We have players with different injuries – it’s not a pattern that happens from something specific. We are not victims though – we must feel strong. Every player must feel they can win and achieve what we want.”#COYS pic.twitter.com/EkOaRW2pcr— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) October 2, 2018David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.Meanwhile, Malcom, Sergi Samper, Sergi Roberto, Samuel Umtiti, and Carles Alena won’t be playing for the visitors, with the French defender sidelined with a nasty looking knee injury.Although Umtiti stands out as the only notable absence, Ernesto Valverde might face a tough choice regarding his potential replacement, considering Clement Lenglet failed to live up to expectations so far, while Thomas Vermaelen barely collected 20 appearances in his 3-year spell at the Camp Nou.✈ BCN ➡ LONDON#SpursBarça pic.twitter.com/ePEu0gIPga— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 2, 2018last_img read more

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ASA Outlines Priorities for Bioenergy Program for Biodiesel

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) testified this morning in Washington, D.C., on implementation of Farm Bill Section 9005, the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, at a U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development and Rural Business-Cooperative Service public meeting. ASA urged USDA to move expeditiously to implement the Bioenergy Program, provide payments to U.S. biodiesel producers in fiscal year 2009, and ensure that payments are provided on all gallons of domestically produced biodiesel.”To realize that future potential and meet the objectives of greater U.S. energy independence, rural economic development, and improving the environment, we need the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels to support current domestic biodiesel production,” said ASA Board member Bob Henry, a soybean producer from Robinson, Kan. “The Bioenergy Program could provide the support necessary to make U.S. biodiesel more competitive and ensure that the new Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) is filled with domestically produced biofuels.”The RFS for biomass-based diesel begins at 500 million gallons in 2009 and ramps up to 1 billion gallons in 2012. The Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels provides for payments to be made to eligible producers to support and ensure an expanding production of advanced biofuels. The Act provides $55 million for FY 2009 and 2010, $85 million for FY 2011, and $105 million for FY 2012. In addition, the Act authorizes appropriated funding in the amount of $25 million for each of FY 2009–2012.”The ASA and National Biodiesel Board worked together to actively support the inclusion of the Bioenergy Program in the Farm Bill reauthorization,” Henry said “As the primary proponents of the program, we worked with Congress throughout the process in support of its inclusion in the final Farm Bill.”The U.S. biodiesel industry was in large part hatched from the work of soybean producer organizations. Soybean producers and rural communities have benefited tremendously from the new markets that have resulted from biodiesel production. While U.S. biodiesel is being produced from a diverse array of feedstocks, soybean oil is still used for up to 80 percent of U.S. biodiesel production.”A premium is paid for soybean oil over other feedstocks because of the high quality of biodiesel it produces,” Henry said. “The biodiesel market has helped to reduce the historical surplus level of soybean oil stocks and replaced the markets lost as a result of the shift away from trans fats.”A top priority for U.S. biodiesel producers is to ensure that the Bioenergy Program payments are provided on all gallons of biodiesel produced. The previous Bioenergy Program was focused, by statute, on increased or incremental production. Program or payment caps should be implemented only insofar as they are necessary due to the total program funding and the number of eligible producers that apply.”Payments on all gallons of biodiesel produced is important to ensure competitive fairness among biodiesel producers that have maintained production during the industry’s difficult economic times,” Henry said. “If the program were to focus or provide a higher level of payment on increased production, it would provide a competitive advantage to new producers or those that re-start after having suspended production. Those who have maintained their biodiesel production should not be punished or put at a competitive disadvantage.”The Bioenergy Program is needed to help make U.S. biodiesel more competitive against subsidized imports from countries that lack intellectual property enforcement.”Argentina uses Differential Export Taxes (DETs) as an export subsidy that has artificially lowers the costs of finished biodiesel versus soybean oil,” Henry said. “In the past year Argentina raised their export tax on soyoil from 24 percent to 32 percent, while the export tax on soy based biodiesel was left at 5 percent, with a 2.5 percent tax credit.”According to a report on the sector by USDA, Argentina is expected to quadruple their production in 2008, and by the end of the decade will be making 10 times the amount it produced in 2007. Argentina’s use of DETs provides an effective export subsidy to its biodiesel exports and this has contributed to the tremendous expansion of Argentine biodiesel capacity, production and exports that is underway.”Seed piracy and lack of intellectual property enforcement has also allowed Argentine producers to utilize seed technologies for free while U.S. farmers are paying for these very same technologies,” Henry said. “This allows Argentine soybeans and soybean oil to be produced and marketed at an artificially low cost.”For example, U.S. soybean producers paid approximately $15 per unit in royalty for Roundup ReadyÒ soybean seed. At an average of 1.2 units/acre this would translate into a $18 per acre artificial advantage for Argentine soy production over U.S. production owing to seed piracy and the Argentine government’s lack of intellectual property enforcement. At an average of 42 bushels per acre, that translates into a 43 cent per bushel or $15.75 per metric ton price artificial production cost advantage for Argentine soybeans.”In the absence of tariff protection at the U.S. border, it is possible that foreign produced biodiesel could displace domestic biodiesel in our own market,” Henry said. “The Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels should be used to help protect and encourage domestic biodiesel production.”last_img read more

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TSeries beat PewDiePie to 100M YouTube subscribers is it the end of

first_img YouTube YouTuber PewDiePie operated the most subscribed-to channel on YouTube for five years.  PewDiePie/YouTube If you know only one YouTube star, it’s probably PewDiePie, the king of the YouTubers — but he isn’t YouTube’s No. 1 anymore. Earlier this week, Indian music-video and trailer channel T-Series won the race to be the first channel with 100 million subscribers on YouTube. The milestone further sealed T-Series as the winner of a months-long horse race against Felix Kjellberg, the independent video creator known as PewDiePie who ruled YouTube with its most-subscribed-to channel for five years. PewDiePie’s channel currently sits at 96 million subscribers, by comparison.  0 Share your voice Digital Media Post a comment The race, and T-Series’ victory, has stoked debate about whether it marks the end of an era for YouTube. Google’s massive video site was defined in its first decade as a place to find the independent content creators known as YouTubers (and as a place to binge-watch cat videos). PewDiePie has morphed his video persona over the years. Starting out as an expletive-blurting “let’s play” streamer of video-game play, he evolved toward music videos and a specialty in internet meme reviews. But he’s always remained a prototypical YouTuber: mostly just a guy with a microphone talking directly to fans. T-Series, meanwhile, is a channel for a major Indian record label and film production company of the same name. As T-Series nipped at PewDiePie’s heels and eventually usurped his crown, the community of YouTubers debated. Was it fair to compare one creator with an entire corporation? And did T-Series’ ascendancy mark the end of an age on YouTube that gave rise to a generation of independent video celebrities?But the site has become a galaxy of genres and audiences, none of which necessarily rules any of the others. A look at YouTube’s top trending videos provides a snapshot. At the time of publication, the top 10 trending videos on YouTube included trailers for movies and a video game, a clip from a big broadcast TV show and a pro sports league’s post. But half of the top 10 were videos made by YouTubers, like a haunted-house challenge video by MrBeast and a post by one of YouTube’s first big stars, Jenna Marbles. Mass-media brands have advantages of deep pockets and built-in recognition to dominate attention on YouTube. But the site still has an entrenched audience looking for the kind of independent-creator content that defined YouTube for years. Independent “content creators will always have a chance to come out on top, because people want somebody that they can relate to” Dang Matt Smith, a YouTube creator with more than 8 million subscribers, said in a YouTube video about the subscriber race between PewDiePie and T-Series.And make no mistake: The battle with T-Series was a boon to PewDiePie’s subscriber numbers. screen-shot-2019-05-31-at-1-10-33-pm.pngA Social Blade chart of PewDiePie’s daily subscriber additions over the last three years.  Social Blade Statistics from social media tracker Social Blade show that Kjellberg’s subscription growth follows a fairly steady cadence over the years, with two exceptions. One occurred in February 2017, when his channel saw a dramatic drop and then an immediate spike in subscribers when he was the subject of a Wall Street Journal report about anti-Semitic content on YouTube. But that craggy section at the end of the chart? That represents months of sustained, extraordinary daily gains in subscribers to PewDiePie’s channel, all coinciding with a period in which Kjellberg and others fanned the flames. The threat from T-Series and encouragement from PewDiePie motivated his fan base — known as his bro army — to embark on a campaign to keep subscribers streaming to his channel. That included dramatic stunts, like that YouTuber MrBeast buying every billboard in his town to advertise PewDiePie, and fans sneaking a fake page of support onto the Wall Street Journal’s website. PewDiePie’s loss to T-Series was one of his biggest wins. Every YouTuber should be so lucky. And with YouTube drawing in more than 2 billion monthly users, there’s plenty of space left for YouTubers to endure.  Congratulations to @TSeries for reaching 100M subscribers! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/6kHopm2GAZ— YouTube (@YouTube) May 30, 2019 Tagslast_img read more

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Sex racket busted in Hyderabad 2 held

first_imgThe Special Operations Team (SOT) officials busted a sex racket at Boduppal arresting two people including a 22-year-old woman on Friday. The woman, Sandhya is learned to have been running the racket in a rented house at Vijayanagar colony with her male companion H Ramesh. The SOT officials of Malkajgiri zone raided the house and rescued two women besides arresting the organisers. According to the officials, the woman would target independent houses at deserted areas and vacates after a few months. Later, she shifts the racket to another area and continues the activity, said police.last_img read more

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Appreciations from industry encourage DJ Zenith to come up with more songs

first_imgDJ ZenithPR HandoutDJ Zenith aka Harshit Agarwal has become very popular in the music industry. In 2014, he started his journey in music and since then, there has been no looking back. So far, he has worked with prominent talents in the music industry like Alan Walker, Tiesto, Republic, David Guetta and many others.This year, DJ Zenith produced a song called Junglee which is receiving great response from the people. For the song, he collaborated with Charan who worked on the vocals. The music video of the song Junglee was quite a hit and even caught the attention of some amazing musicians in Bollywood.One such phenomenal music composer who was impressed by DJ Zenith’s work on the song Junglee was Amit Trivedi. Amit congratulated DJ Zenith and Charan for their wonderful song. It was quite an overwhelming moment for both DJ Zenith and Charan.The music video of Junglee is about role reversal where a madaari (master) is told to entertain the passersby by his monkey. The concept is quite unique and the music is a treat to one’s ears.This great response encouraged DJ Zenith to work more and he will be producing more tracks.last_img read more

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Prince of Persia creator finds lost source code 23 years later

first_imgJordan Mechner may not be a name many of you know unless you are up-to-date with your video gaming history. He’s probably better known as the creator of Prince of Persia.Although the series has been ongoing and handled by teams at Ubisoft, Mechner created the original game for the Apple II way back in 1989. That was a decade before the series went 3D, and long before any of us were using CD drives to install our games.Since that release 23 years ago Mechner has gone on to develop the sequel, Prince of Persia 2: The Shadow and the Flame and then joined Ubisoft to reinvigorate the series for a new audience in 2001. Along the way, he managed to misplace the original source code for that first Prince of Persia game and has been searching for it ever since.Yesterday he found it, and the discovery is all thanks to his father. The three packs of  3.5″ Apple ProDOS disks had been safely stored away in a brown box along with a load of Amstrad copies of his 1984 game Karateka.The problem he faces now is how to extract the code from those old 3.5″ disks to his MacBook Air, but he has a friend on board with the requisite skill set. The ultimate aim is to make the source code readable on modern machines, and hopefully after that he may be kind enough to release it for us all to see.I’m encouraged that Mechner will do this because he has been so willing to share old journals and detailed information about his games via his blog in the past. So we might get a full rundown of the source code in the near future.More at Jordan Mechner’s bloglast_img read more

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