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Mask-wearing Lankans force India to declare on smog-hit day

first_img(Eds: Updating with more inputs)By Kushan Sarkar/Sourav Roy BurmanNew Delhi, Dec 3 (PTI) In an unprecedented turn of events, the embattled Sri Lankan cricket team today held up play during the third Test against India, complaining of poor air quality that forced the hosts to declare their innings.The first-ever incident of this kind in the sports 140- year-old history saw an international team resort to anti- pollution masks while fielding and then refuse to continue, stopping play for 26 minutes over three interruptions.Record-breaking India skipper Virat Kohli, who was dismissed for 243 after the action resumed, was forced to declare at 536 for seven as some of the visiting teams substitute fielders too refused to take the field.The Lankan move irked the BCCI and Team Indias support staff nearly called it a deliberate tactic, though the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB)s rating of the capitals air quality remained “very poor”.BCCI acting president CK Khanna said, “If 20,000 people in the stands did not have problem and the Indian team did not face any issue, I wonder why Sri Lankan team made a big fuss. I will need to talk to the secretary and ask him to write to the Sri Lanka Cricket.”Two Ranji Trophy matches in the city in the beginning of November last year – between Hyderabad and Tripura and Gujarat against Bengal – were cancelled due to smog. Those games, though, were scheduled a few days after Diwali when the quality of air in the capital is at its worst.advertisementAsked about Sri Lankas protest, Indias bowling coach Bharat Arun said, “Virat batted close to two days and he didnt need a mask! We are focussed on what we need to do. The conditions are the same for both teams, we arent too bothered about it.”As the day drew to a close, a question mark hung over the fate of the third days play at the Feorz Shah Kotla, and both the cricket boards are expected to sit across the table to sort out the issue. The ICC may not get involved as bilateral series is prerogative of the two boards.Once an angry-looking Kohli signalled declaration, the Lankan players were booed by the crowd who chanted losers losers, as the visitors retreated to the dressing room.Interestingly when the Indian team took the field, none of the players wore anti-pollution masks.Sri Lankas interim coach Nic Pothas cited the health issues that their players faced, saying match referee David Boon found Suranga Lakmal and Dhananjaya De Silva vomiting inside the dressing room.”Gamage and Suranga Lakmal were struggling. The match referee was in our change room as well as the doctor. The poor guy (Lakmal) was continuously vomiting. Dhananjaya de Silva was also vomiting. Its tough and you rely on doctors to give you advice, because we arent medical people,” Pothas said.He said that whether they will play tomorrow will be decided by the match officials.Earlier in the day, the CPCB, the body that measures air pollution, had stated: “Exposure to such air for a prolonged period can trigger respiratory illness. The most dominant pollutants are PM2.5 and PM10. These are ultrafine particulates, which can measure up to 30 times finer than the width of a human hair.”The concentration of PM2.5 and PM10 were 223 and 383 micrograms per cubic metre at 1pm today afternoon. The corresponding 24-hour prescribed standards are 60 and 100.”Sri Lankan players halted the proceedings thrice ? first between 12:32 to 12:49 for 17 minutes – after which they were convinced to resume playing. Gamage, who had complained of uneasiness, immediately got rid of Ravichandran Ashwin in the 125th over but again felt unwell. He was taken off the field with Lakmal completing his over.The next break happened between 1:14 and 1:19 pm when Lankan manager Asanka Gurusinha and Indian coach Ravi Shastri came out with contrasting requests.It was the third stoppage at 1:28 pm that led Kohli to declare the innings as the fielders refused to carry on.Smog is a very common phenomenon in Delhi as farmers in the adjoining states of Punjab and Haryana burn crops during the end of October and November.However, smog, over the years, has been prevalent during the first two weeks of November. The BCCI has never been forced to shift the venue of a Test match as the air quality improves during the month of December. PTI KHS/SBR AH AHlast_img read more

A Top 4-Star Recruit Has Announced His Decommitment

first_imgA generic picture of a football pylon.BLACKSBURG, VA – NOVEMBER 17: A general view of an end zone pylon during the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and North Carolina Tar Heels at Lane Stadium on November 17, 2011 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Geoff Burke/Getty Images)One of the top athletes in the 2019 recruiting class is back on the open market.Cam’Ron Kelly, the No. 1 recruit in Virginia Tech’s class, has announced a major change to his recruiting process. He’s decided to open things back up.The four-star recruit, ranked the No. 12 ATH in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings, announced on Twitter that he’s de-committed from the Hokies.Kelly says he will be taking his time over the next couple of months to make his final decision.Here’s his full announcement:Thank you for everything ! #Hokienation— Cam’Ron Kelly (@CamRonJKelly) July 22, 2018Kelly, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound recruit, is ranked the No. 174 overall recruit in the 2019 class by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.Oklahoma and Penn State, among other programs, are expected to get involved in his recruitment moving forward.last_img read more

I-League clubs not ready to hand AFC Champions League slot to ISL

first_imgI-League clubs not ready to hand AFC Champions League slot to ISLThe AFC Champions League qualifier slot has been handed to I-League champions while the AFC Cup spot was given to ISL winners. However, the AIFF forwarded a request to AFC to allot the champion team of ISL the AFC qualifier slot. advertisement Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 27, 2019UPDATED: July 27, 2019 16:51 IST @ILeagueOfficial PhotoHIGHLIGHTSAIFF has forwarded a request to AFC to hand the AFC Champions League qualifier spot to ISL winnersGokulam FC president VC Praveen questioned AIFF’s latest moveAIFF had promised that the interest of I-League clubs will be taken care ofThe long-standing issue between the Indian Super League (ISL) and the I-League took a new turn on Saturday when some of the I-League clubs asked the All India Football Federation (AIFF) why the federation forwarded a request to the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) to allot the champion team of ISL an AFC Champions League qualification berth.Speaking to IANS, Gokulam FC president VC Praveen asked why a proposal was forwarded regarding the slot in the Champions League when the federation had said it will maintain status quo. So far that slot went to the winner of the I-League.”We said okay to the status quo proposal but said that we need the AFC slot. How can they interchange if it is status quo for the next three years?” questioned Praveen.AIFF president Praful Patel in a meeting with the unified I-League clubs on July 3 promised that the interests of the I-League clubs will be taken care of and the two leagues will run simultaneously maintaining a status quo. But after AIFF’s executive committee meeting on July 9, the AIFF forwarded a request to the AFC to allot the champion team of ISL a qualification berth.Speaking on the turn of events, Mohun Bagan executive committee Debashis Dutta said: “We met Praful Patel on July 3 and he told us what he had to and in reply we told him that we will get back to him in 24 hours. But then the minutes of the meeting wasn’t recorded. So, we had no option but to ask AFC and FIFA to help us.”advertisementAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow i-leagueFollow ISLFollow AFC CupFollow AFC Champions LeagueFollow AIFFlast_img read more

Displaced Sri Lankans increasingly returning home from camps – UN

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) spokesperson Andrej Mahecic told journalists that in the past two weeks alone, an estimated 39,000 people have returned to their former villages – mostly in the north and east of Sri Lanka – as part of the Government’s return plan.Another 16,500 people have been released from the camps where they have been sheltering since the conflict ended in May and are being accommodated with host families, Mr. Mahecic said. This group includes many pregnant women and elderly persons. A number of persons with disabilities have also been released to specialized care institutions.More than 270,000 Sri Lankans were staying in closed camps after hostilities between the military and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended, and in recent months senior UN humanitarian and human rights officials have voiced concern over their safety.About 163,000 people now remain, and Mr. Mahecic said conditions inside those camps are deteriorating.“UNHCR and other UN agencies continue to advocate strongly with the Government of Sri Lanka to expedite the return of all remaining IDPs [internally displaced persons] to their areas of origin in safety and dignity and in line with international standards,” he told a press briefing in Geneva, where the agency is headquartered.“We also continue to advocate for the full freedom of movement for those who are not able to immediately return to their homes or stay with friends and relatives once the ongoing phase of the return is complete.”UNHCR, with the assistance of other UN aid agencies, has been distributing relief items such as sleeping mats, bed sheets and hurricane lamps to people returning to their former communities.Returning families also receive a shelter grant equivalent to about $250 so they can start rebuilding their homes.In Kilinochchi and Mullaitivu districts, the agency has held talks with Government officials to ensure that minimum standards for safe returns, such as the completion of mine clearance activities and access to services, are met.UNHCR has provided five demining flail machines to speed up mine-clearing operations in former conflict areas, and those machines are expected to arrive tomorrow.The mine clearance operations will be carried out by the Sri Lankan Government with the help of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) and other organizations. 6 November 2009About 90,000 Sri Lankans displaced by the conflict between Government forces and Tamil separatists have returned to their homes in the past three months, and the pace of returns has begun to accelerate, the United Nations refugee agency reported today. read more

Ban to visit Jamaica to participate in Caribbean regional summit

30 June 2010Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Jamaica this weekend to attend a Caribbean summit and discuss regional efforts to try to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations announced today. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will travel to Jamaica this weekend to attend a Caribbean summit and discuss regional efforts to try to achieve the social and economic targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the United Nations announced today.The Thirty-First Meeting of the Conference of Heads of Government of the Caribbean Community, which is also known as CARICOM, is slated to begin in Montego Bay on Sunday.Mr. Ban is expected to tell participants that the international community must act in concert in dealing with the impact of the global economic crisis, particularly its effects on the world’s most vulnerable.He will also discuss the MDGs, which have a target date of 2015, and the need for Caribbean countries to accelerate progress towards the goals, which include slashing poverty, improving maternal health, fighting environmental degradation and boosting school attendance rates.In September the UN chief is hosting a high-level event at UN Headquarters in New York that is aimed at charting the progress so far towards the MDGs and determining where attention and resources should be devoted between now and 2015.In his address to the CARICOM gathering, Mr. Ban is also set to discuss UN efforts to support Haiti in the aftermath of January’s catastrophic earthquake, which killed more than 200,000 people and left at least one million others homeless.While visiting Jamaica Mr. Ban will also have bilateral meetings with various heads of Government from the Caribbean as well as representatives of regional organizations. read more

British Columbia ends 201617 fiscal year with 27 billion surplus

VICTORIA — The B.C. government ended the last fiscal year with a surplus of $2.7 billion, largely in line with unaudited financial results released two months ago by the province’s former Liberal government.The 2016-17 public accounts released Tuesday by Finance Minister Carole James also show a $3.4-billion increase in revenue over the budget forecast while spending was $1.3 billion higher.James said while B.C.’s economic growth outperformed most other provinces, poverty remains a reality for many people struggling to afford basic needs in a province where the cost of housing is high.She said the New Democrats are planning programs to benefit seniors, as well as low- to middle-income families that can’t pay for quality child care and businesses that can’t find employees because of the cost of living in some communities.“It’s really tough for people out there to see the benefit of a surplus this size when they’re struggling day to day to manage, when you take a look at the poverty rates in our province,” James said.“A budget and a surplus belong to the people of British Columbia. The people of our province should see the benefits of any strong economy that we have.”James said the government will make key spending decisions in education, and some of them will be reflected in next month’s financial update before a full budget is released in February.Under the Budget Transparency and Accountability Act, the surplus will be applied to the provincial operating debt.The government collected $2.8 billion more than it expected in taxes, including $1.5 billion more than it forecast from personal income taxes.The province’s GDP grew by an estimated 3.7 per cent in 2016, and James said private-sector forecasts expect B.C. to be among the top provincial economic performers in 2017 and 2018.A 15 per cent tax on foreign home-buyers brought in last August in Metro Vancouver collected $102 million in revenue to the end of 2016, James said, adding she couldn’t say whether the NDP would expand it to other hot real estate markets, including Vancouver Island.The Liberals released an unaudited financial update in June that pegged the surplus at $2.8 billion shortly before they were defeated in the legislature on a confidence vote, leading to the NDP forming a minority government.Liberal finance critic Shirley Bond said the NDP hasn’t released details on the financial impact of its spending promises.“The unanswered question is whether the NDP have a plan on how to keep B.C.’s economy growing to ensure investments can continue to be made,” she said in a news release. “This should not be a one-time spending spree that government can never afford again. We need to see a plan to sustain revenues.”James said unprecedented wildfires in the province’s Interior will eat away at the surplus, with much of the fire season still to come.She said financial challenges facing the provincial auto insurer, the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia, are “very alarming” and in the next week or so she expects the minister responsible to provide “specific approaches” to deal with those issues.Auditor general Carol Bellringer noted three concerns in the public accounts, two involving the self-supporting Transportation Investment Corporation, which is responsible for the Port Mann Bridge and the George Massey Tunnel replacement project.Bellringer said the corporation doesn’t meet the criteria to be self-supporting and that puts taxpayers on the hook for its $3.4 billion debt. However, she said the difference doesn’t affect the government’s bottom line.One other concern surrounding federal government revenue transfers means the government’s reported surplus of $2.7 billion should have been higher by $900 million, she added.James said the government believes the most transparent process is to ensure project revenues and costs are amortized “so people see the expenses going out as the project comes online.”Alberta, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia use the same process for deferred revenue, she said. read more

Post disaster needs assessment for floods landslides launched

The PDNA was first conceptualized in 2008, as a result of a tripartite agreement between the United Nations Development Group (UNDG), the European Union, and the World Bank as an effort to harmonize post crisis assessments and recovery planning.A team of international experts from UN Agencies, the European Union and the World Bank arrived in Sri Lanka to support the Government in the efforts to conduct the PDNA, which is to be presented in August 2016. With the findings and recommendations of the PDNA, Sri Lanka will be in a position to align itself with Priority 4 of the Sendai Framework: ‘Enhancing disaster preparedness for effective response and to “Build Back Better” in recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction’. Speaking at the event, UN Resident Coordinator Alain Sibenaler said, “As Sri Lanka moves forward from emergency and early recovery phases, a thorough and consolidated assessment of loss, damage and human impact is needed to guide national recovery efforts. The Government of Sri Lanka decided to undertake a Post Disaster Needs Assessment to estimate impacts of the floods and landslides. In responding to the Government’s request, UN Agencies will work together with the EU and the World Bank to provide the required technical and financial support to conduct the PDNA.” The Sri Lanka Post Disaster Needs Assessment (PDNA) for the recent floods and landslides was initiated today under the leadership of the Ministry of Disaster Management and the Ministry of Policy Planning and Economic Affairs, together with UN Agencies, the European Union, and the World Bank.The excessive rains in May 2016 caused heavy floods in 22 districts of the country and landslides in the central hills, displacing close to 60,000 families. The unexpected rainfall was the heaviest in more than 18 years in some regions, with serious impacts recorded in urban (Colombo and Gampaha) areas and in the hill country. Delivering a message on behalf of the Minister of Disaster Management, the Secretary, S. S. Miyanawala stated, “As we are in the process of recovery from the recent disaster impact, we need to understand the sectoral impacts and what needs to be done to build back better. Sri Lanka is fortunate to have the support of the United Nations, World Bank, and European Union, to conduct a systematic Post Disaster Needs Assessment using a world-accepted methodology”. Furthermore, the PDNA will provide the Government and other stakeholders with details of the losses, damages and impacts of the May 2016 floods and landslides, with recommendations for short and medium term recovery strategies, while providing guidance for long term resilience building in Sri Lanka. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Committee to handle stateowned Dubai developers disputes

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Dubai says it has set up a special committee to “resolve multiple disputes” involving a government-owned developer as it faces a series of lawsuits amid an economic slowdown gripping the city-state.The government’s Dubai Media Office told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the committee of judges will handle all cases against Meydan, a developer whose name graces the Dubai racecourse that hosts horseracing’s richest race.The office said: “Although Meydan should be able to cover its liabilities, the government is prepared to stand behind it and make good on any payments ordered by the judges.”Dubai similarly relied on such special committee amid its 2009 financial crisis.The Financial Times first reported about the creation of the committee. Meydan officials could not be reached for comment.The Associated Press read more

TransCanada celebrates one billion barrels of oil

TransCanada celebrates one billion barrels of oil Calgary-based TransCanada is celebrating a milestone.The company says it has delivered its one billionth barrel of Canadian and U.S. crude oil on the Keystone XL system.CEO Russ Girling is using the opportunity to trumpet how the pipeline is the safest and most efficient way to transport oil.He says it would take approximately 1.7 million train cars or 3.3 million trucks to transport the same amount of crude oil.This month marks the 2,600 mile pipeline’s fifth anniversary.The final part of the project is currently being reviewed by the state department, but U.S. President Barack Obama has vetoed attempts by the Republican-controlled congress to fast track its approval. by Craig Lester Posted Jul 20, 2015 7:08 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Conor Murray planning rough Lions reunion with Scottish enemies

first_imgThey have added a new dimension to their game from being on tour with Stuart (Hogg) and Sean (Maitland). You got to see them up close. They are really threatening runners. They really like to express themselves on the pitch and that gives two dimensions to the Scottish team. They have got a great pack, great at the breakdown and when they want to go wide.“They are really dangerous particularly on the counter-attack with the likes of Hogg and Sean Maitland, Tim Visser [currently injured] and a number of other back three players they have at their disposal, they are quite dangerous.”The running threat from Hogg and Maitland became very clear to Murray during line drills and training sessions with the duo.“From training with them you might see other dimensions of their game you might not have seen in the analysis,” he says. “It can only be a good thing to know your enemy a little bit better.” LAST FEBRUARY’S CLASH with Scotland at Murrayfield was Conor Murray’s first time to face Ireland’s celtic foes. For 69 minutes he was part of an Ireland team that ram-raided the Scottish defence with precious little in return.The Scots out-tackled the Irish four-to-one and never threatened the visitors’ tryline but still claimed the win. Murray returned to Murrayfield last month, with Munster, and was on the receiving end of another defeat.Edinburgh were torn asunder on their return leg, at Thomond Park, and Murray sniped over for a try. Scottish teams are often callow away from home but the scrum-half is expecting Scott Johnson’s men to put up a real fight in Sunday’s Six Nations opener.“From last year, experience-wise, there are no easy games in the Six Nations,” says Murray. “You might have heard players say that before, just to answer an awkward question but definitely from my experience there are no easy games.“You saw Scotland during November they pushed a lot of southern hemisphere teams close. Having played against them last year with the defeat, they are a team that can hang in there. If you get your chances you gotta take them. If you don’t convert your chances they will hang in there and they will be there until the end. You’ve got to be really clinical.”While second-row Richie Gray starts on the Scottish bench, two other players that Murray played with on the Lions tour to Australia will feature in the visiting backline. Conor Murray and Sean Maitland joking during the Lions Tour. Pic: INPHO/Dan SheridanThis morning’s session in Maynooth took place in a deluge and Murray called it the worst day’s training so far this year’. “It put the skills under pressure and I thought we trained quite well,” he added. “Our shape looked quite good. If it’s a little bit drier on Sunday we will be in a good place after coming through this morning.”The big question Ireland must answer this weekend is if they can match the intensity and performance levels that almost did for New Zealand in November. Murray smiled ruefully when the “consistency” was broached.“That consistency element is definitely a topic of discussion in our camp for a long time now,” he replied. “With Joe [Schmidt] there now we are trying to figure that out and fix it. That was a great performance. We came agonisingly close. We don’t want to dwell on it too much but at the same time we got to look back at it and take the positives that we can take out of it.“A lot of rugby has been played since then but the last time we were together that is how we played. We want to build on that and improve in certain areas. There is definitely areas of that game where we can improve and hopefully take forward into this Six Nations.”Boss drafted in as Reddan set to become Ireland’s first injury casualty‘A bloody hard thing to do’ – O’Driscoll on Ireland’s Grand Slam hopeslast_img read more

Questions raised over how schools are chosen for government meals scheme

first_img Share9 Tweet Email5 The School Meals Scheme is voluntary and schools are not required to participate. Source: Shutterstock/Karen GrigoryanThe Department of Education said that in recent years they “prioritised DEIS schools when allocating resources under its School Meals Schemes”. .@finegael Met up with @RichardbrutonTD at St Josephs Stanhope St to announce €3M expansion of School Meals Scheme:— Leo Varadkar (@LeoVaradkar) March 27, 2017 Questions raised over how schools are chosen for government meals scheme A Sinn Féin TD says that although the announcement is welcome, the DEIS scheme is a blunt tool to identify disadvantage. By Gráinne Ní Aodha 16 Comments Demographic profile (age, education, population increase)Social class composition (education level, employment sector, mean number of persons per room)Labour market situation (percentage of unskilled workers, unemployment profile, one parent family profile).But Carol Nolan said that the government’s criteria for deciding what’s a DEIS school doesn’t quite work:“I am aware of a number of schools that cannot understand why they have not been included in the DEIS scheme, given the levels of disadvantage reported in their schools.“I know a number of these schools have applied in recent years for funding for school meals and have been refused, as the funding was sufficient to primarily cover those with DEIS status only, meaning these schools have effectively lost out twice.”What’s on the menu? Source: Shutterstock/279photo StudioThe Department of Social Protection said that it was up to individual schools to decide what breakfasts to buy with the funding given, but gave the following examples:Full canteen services, operated by either the school itself or outsourced to private catering firmsPurchase of prepared meals by the school from specialist school meals suppliersPurchase of prepared meals by the school from local suppliers such as cafes, restaurants or delicatessensPurchase and preparation of meals by school/group staff or volunteersPurchase of food requiring no preparation from local shops or wholesalers.An example they gave for breakfast was “cereal, toast, scone, fruit, yoghurt, milk, unsweetened juice: two items must be provided.”Read: New schools plan ‘will reflect more diversity in 21st century Ireland’Poll: Are school uniforms too expensive? Mar 28th 2017, 6:05 AM Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article AN EXPANSION TO the School Meals Scheme was announced yesterday by the government – but how does the scheme work, and what’s actually being served to students?Up to 245 schools will either join the programme or see their services expanded with around 47,000 pupils benefiting from school lunches or breakfasts.It was launched by education minister Richard Bruton and welfare minister Leo Varadkar, who are both in contention for the Fine Gael leadership, incidentally. Breaking that figure of €3 million down, from September to December:€1.7 million will provide breakfast and lunch clubs in 65 DEIS schools, with a combined enrolment of around 12,000 children€1.5 million will provide breakfasts in up to 180 non-DEIS schools benefiting around 35,000 children.If the allocation of €3 million to give 47,000 students a meal for five days a week between September to December seems like too little, this statement by Sinn Féin TD Carol Nolan seems to suggest that it is:“Currently, the school meals programme provides only 90% of the funding for school lunches in some circumstances and I am aware of schools that will run out of money before the school year for the programme.”How were schools chosen? 14,729 Views In relation to schools not participating in DEIS – the [government] are engaging on the details of non-DEIS schools to be offered schools meals to ensure that resources are most effectively matched to need.Primary and post-primary schools are assessed to decide if they’re eligible for DEIS, or Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools.The government does this by using the HP Index: a method of measuring the relative affluence or disadvantage of an area based on CSO statistics.The HP Index involves three dimensions of affluence/disadvantage: Tuesday 28 Mar 2017, 6:05 AM Source: Leo Varadkar/Twitterlast_img read more

Samsung Star 3 et le Star 3 DuoS deux nouveaux mobiles dentrée

first_imgSamsung Star 3 et le Star 3 DuoS : deux nouveaux mobiles d’entrée de gammesCe sont deux nouveaux mobiles tactiles compacts, qui ne pèsent que 95 grammes et séduiront sans doute un public cherchant l’efficacité de l’économie dans leur mobile.Le Samsung Star 3 mesure à peine 10,2 cm sur 5,8 sur 1,2, avec un écran 3 pouces (7,6 cm) et pas de clavier physique. Il ne propose pas de 3G, mais de la 2G (c’est-à-dire de la connexion de données tout de même, via l’EDGE et le GSM) et du WiFi, avec en plus une connectivité Bluetooth 3.0, un port micro USB pour la recharge et le branchement à l’ordinateur et une sortie minijack pour les casques. Un tuner radio est également présent.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Le Star 3 Duos est identique à ceci près qu’il s’agit d’une version Dual-SIM, donc permettant de gérer deux numéros mobiles en même temps, typiquement un numéro personnel et un numéro professionnel. Les mobiles tournent sur une base Android (numéro inconnu), mais l’interface graphique est propriétaire, nommée TouchWiz Lite 2.0, et s’affiche en 240×320 pixels. Un appareil photo 3,15 MP est présent sur le dos de l’appareil, et un logement pour carte microSD permettra de stocker jusqu’à 32 Go (la mémoire interne ne fait que 20 Mo…)Les appareils existeront en finitions noires ou blanches, et devraient arriver au premier semestre 2012 dans nos contrées. Fait intriguant, Samsung ne semble pas avoir l’intention de sortir ces deux nouveautés en Amérique du Nord. Le 21 janvier 2012 à 18:45 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

MovieBob Reviews ROUGH NIGHT 2017

first_img Is Rough Night Good?It’s pretty good.Can you elaborate on that?I can – I’m not sure that I should. Good mainstream comedy is one of the hardest types of film to properly “review” because they’re usually built on a very basic, broad premise that lives or dies bases on telling a lot of great jokes. And if you tell people the jokes you’re kind of guaranteeing they won’t get as much out of them as you did.Well… what’s it about, at least?Scarlett Johansson, Ilana Glazer, Jillian Bell and Zoe Kravitz are a group of now-grownup college best friends reuniting for Johansson’s bachelorette party in Florida along with Kate McKinnon as her relative newcomer buddy from Australia. Through a series of misunderstandings and complications, a male exotic dancer winds up accidentally dead in the house they’re staying at, and through even more misunderstandings and complications they wind up making themselves all look very, very guilty of manslaughter. And as they all have various reasons beyond the obvious to not want to be imprisoned for this, they resolve to dispose of the body and cover up the whole incident, which spirals out into even MORE misunderstandings and complications.So it’s a gender-flipped Very Bad Things?The “accidentally-killed sex worker” setup is similar to that, yes. But the tone is completely different. Very Bad Things was purposefully nihilistic and at times seemed to either approve of (or at least find glibly humorous) the idea of a dead woman’s body as literal plot device. Whereas Rough Night (despite the misleading trailers) is all about finding absurd humor in the horror of the situation and the desperation of the characters – all of whom are mortified by what’s happened. Also, without getting into spoiler territory: The circumstances of what’s going on handily establish a lack of malice and reasonable (for this kind of comedy) explanation for why they wind up looking guilty of more than being present during a freak accident.Is it similar to Bridesmaids?Only in the sense that it’s an R-rated adult comedy with a predominantly female lead cast. Otherwise, it’s very different. Aiming more for the kind of upscale/lowbrow hybrid humor that characterized a lot of the later Blake Edwards comedies (think Skin Deep). It also has a zany, quick-witted, tightly-plotted “screwball comedy” tone (reminiscent of writer/director Lucia Aniello’s contributions to Broad City) that’s about as far removed from Paul Feig’s leisurely improvisational ‘feelgoodism’ as you can get.Who gives the standout performance(s)?It’s a very good cast, especially the main five women. But if I had to name MVPs it’d be a toss-up between Kate McKinnon and Ilana Glazer. Glazer because she’s playing a character type who’s usually a caricature in mainstream comedy (a streetwise political-activist gay woman) as a three-dimensional human in very refreshing ways. McKinnon because they’ve very interestingly set her up as the audience surrogate (she’s meeting most of Scarlett’s other friends for the first time and, as a foreigner, is amused/perplexed by a lot of American idioms). But also as a kind of human laugh-track for the rest of the jokes. Paul W. Downs (Trey from Broad City, also the director’s husband) has a hilarious subplot as Johansson’s fiancee that your best not knowing too much about beforehand.Does anything make it notably different than a typical comedy like this?Lot’s of little details in the way the characters and scenario play out. Kravitz and Glazer’s characters were originally a couple, and it’s a running gag that everyone but them can easily tell they’re still crazy about each other even though Kravitz is now married (to a man) with children, but it’s played sentimental and doesn’t fetishize their same-sex flirting. There are a few bits juxtaposing the rowdy/raunchy women with Downs and his guy friends who are all atypically sophisticated/sensitive men that gets laughs from the contrast. It’s also interesting that, instead of creating overcomplicated rationales for calling the police, they point out that women and/or people of color in their situation can’t necessarily trust them.So you recommend it?I do. I don’t know that it’s a “classic,” but I laughed a lot, and it played as a crowd-pleaser at my screening. If you’re a fan of the genre or any of the main cast, it’s probably a safe bet. Stay on target MovieBob Reviews: ‘Shadow’MovieBob Reviews: ‘The Curse of La Llorona’ last_img read more

Heres Sonic The Hedgehogs Gross LiveAction Movie Body

first_imgStay on target In ‘Team Sonic Racing,’ Why Does Sonic Drive A Car?Live-Action ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Delayed to 2020 The curse of Paramount’s live-action Sonic the Hedgehog draws ever closer as alleged leaks of the full CGI character design have begun popping up all over the internet. And by “full” we mean “you can see his horrible human eyes and hands with white fur in place of gloves.” The images comes from brand development agency Hamagami/Carroll, Inc. and include wonderful tips for keeping Sonic’s spirit alive in marketing. It’s crucial to remember that Sonic is chill and mischievous but definitely not malicious. We won’t post all the images here, because they are getting taken down and because we also want to spare you. But here’s a taste. And keep reading for more awful glimpses at Sonic’s cinematic body.cursed image of apparently the Sonic the Hedgehog design for the live action movie— Wario64 (@Wario64) March 4, 2019If you thought that Pokemon: Detective Pikachu would be 2019’s only live-action video game adaptation with disgustingly hairy and muscular takes on previously cute virtual creatures from the 1990s then I’m afraid we’ve got some bad news for you. Our sister site IGN has the first look at the live-action Sonic The Hedgehog movie. And just based on this shadowy motion poster, this CGI take on Sega’s speedster has got to go, and fast.Take a look at the brand new motion poster for Sonic The Hedgehog right here!— IGN (@IGN) December 10, 2018Honestly realistic Pikachu looks like a triumph of character design compared to this haunted silhouette. The head shape is basically right but why does he have such a furry but lean and ripped adult man’s body? We guess the idea is that he’s lithe and athletic, like a runner. But it just looks so wrong. Classic Sonic’s little potbelly gives him cartoon charm when paired with his trickster speed.This looks like a monster, even more than Modern Sonic when he actually turned into a monster. And we’re already terrified we haven’t yet seen what they did so Sonic’s (admittedly weird) one big eye. Producer Tim Miller (of Deadpool!) singled out the eye as a particular sticking point when discussing the design with Sega. We assume the sneakers also caused a lot of discussion.And now just days after we thought we had recovered from this first picture, a new poster emerged from the darkness giving us a sunny soul-searing look at Sonic’s hairy and distressingly long outstretched legs overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge.The gross picture isn’t the only new Sonic movie detail we learned though. According to IGN, the team compared Sonic’s “fish out of water” role in the movie to 2012’s Ted. They’re still finalizing exactly how the speed looks. Director Jeff Fowler is a Sonic devotee who wants to please other fans, hopefully including the ones who like to draw. And voice actor Ben Schwartz was (perfectly) cast after helping out on a test video. Between all that and other details like James Marsden as sheriff of Green Hills and Jim Carrey as Dr. Robotnik, you start to think maybe this could work. But look at the poster again and try to keep it together.Sonic The Hedgehog curses theaters next November. For more on Sonic the Hedgehog, check out why Sonic Mania is the best Sonic game since his Twitter feed and watch us talk about Sonic The Hedgehog 2, a game you should play before you die.<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>last_img read more

Battery charger blamed for Aug 3 house fire

first_imgA fire that destroyed one house and heavily damaged another was caused by a malfunction in a car battery charger, according to fire investigators.Firefighters rushed to a house at 1517 East Reserve St. at about 4:40 p.m. on Aug. 3, where crews battled a blaze that spread from that residence to a neighboring house at 1523 East Reserve St. Fire crews had the blaze out in about 30 minutes.A woman was using a battery charger to try to jump start her vehicle. The charger had a system failure or malfunctioned, sparking a fire on a fence, Vancouver Fire Marshal Heidi Scarpelli said.From there, the hot conditions and wind helped spread the blaze to the two homes, she said. Vancouver reached about 104 degrees when the fire started, the hottest Aug. 3 on record, creating a perfect storm of conditions to fuel the flames.The ranch-style house at 1517 East Reserve St. was a total loss, Scarpelli said, causing an estimated $264,582 in total damage to structure and contents.last_img read more

Environmentalists say Tongass plan doesnt act fast enough

first_imgA federal proposal to make Southeast Alaska’s logging industry sustainable while preserving old growth in the Tongass National Forest does too little, too slowly–according to one conservation group.Download AudioAerial view of Tongass National Forest (Photo by Alan Wu/Flickr Creative Commons)The Oregon-based Geos Institute says the Tongass National Forest draft plan is out of step with a global agreement to reduce climate change.President Obama visited Alaska back in September to see the effects of climate change firsthand.Then, a few months later, the U.S. joined about 195 nations in signing the Paris Climate Change Agreement.The president has made reducing carbon emissions a talking point during his time in office.“But his administration puts forth a plan that’s not ambitious enough,” says Dominick DellaSala, scientist at the Geos Institute. What he’s referring to is the draft timber plan for the Tongass, which is open for public comment until February.In a nutshell, the federal plan outlines dramatically reducing old-growth logging. While ensuring a sustainable supply of young-growth trees. The problem, DellaSala says, is the plan isn’t aggressive enough.“Those acres of trees over time being cut down would be equivalent to 4 million additional cars on Alaska roads every year”…. Over a time span of 100 years.The Geos Institute has been crunching their numbers with Forest Service data. DellaSala believes the transition from old- to young-growth logging could be done in five years, rather than 16. That’s what the plan is proposing.DellaSala says trees soak up carbon dioxide from the atmosphere like a sponge. Essentially, a big stick of carbon.“Now unfortunately, when a tree does fall in a forest and if it’s done by logging, you’re going to lose about 80 percent of that stored carbon.”Eventually, when it decomposes, it goes up into the atmosphere as greenhouse gas. And with old-growth trees, DellaSala says you get more carbon.With the Paris Climate Change Agreement, leaders came up with guidelines to slow global warming. They pledged to protect forests, like the Tongass.“So it’s absolutely critical to everyone’s future that we keep those temperatures below that 4-degree Fahrenheit tipping point that most scientists believe that all hell will break loose in terms of climate change.”But not everyone shares DellaSala’s point of view.“You know, I don’t really give a damn about the Paris, what they did over there with climate change.”Owen Graham is the executive director of the Alaska Forest Association. A timber industry group. He thinks the Tongass draft plan already transitions to young-growth trees too soon. Any sooner could be devastating.“That’ll put the local sawmills out of business. And it seems kind of pointless. it’s just cutting the trees early and exporting them.”He says most mills in the area can’t process the less valuable product. So the trees would likely be shipped overseas or down South. The loss of hundreds of regional jobs.“The industry that we’ve had in Southeast Alaska has never been a big industry despite what you hear from some of the environmental groups. …We’ve never been a big industry and we’ve never had a significant impact on anything, let alone global warming.”Dominick DellaSala says the goal of his report isn’t to reduce jobs. It’s to find alternatives.“I think we need to demonstrate that with a pilot study that these young trees can be processed locally, they can add jobs and they can have value to them.”Forest Service reps said they need more time to review DellaSala report before commenting. But he says the clock is ticking. As the president is wrapping up his term…“This is not a legacy gift to Alaskans when we still have this much old growth on the table.”How much old growth is on the table? According to the plan, more than 43,000 acres by about the year 2117.That sounds like a lot. But it’s about 0.25 percent of the entire Tongass.last_img read more

Musicians Freak Out as They Belatedly Learn Myspace Lost 50 Million Songs

first_imgMyspace-related news travels very, very slowly in the late 2010s. So while the company had quietly acknowledged a massive data loss in response to user inquiries last year, it took until this weekend for the greater public to begin to become aware that all music uploaded to the site prior to 2015 has now migrated to the land of Nospace. That is to say: it’s toast.“As a result of a server migration project, any photos, videos, and audio files you uploaded more than three years ago may no longer be available on or from Myspace,” the company — now owned by Meredith — said in a statement at the top of their music player eight months or more ago. “We apologize for the inconvenience and suggest that you retain your backup copies.”The apology, which previously had been grist for alarmed discussions among a tiny contingent of Reddit users, grabbed the attention of music and tech hounds in a bigger way Sunday after being publicized in a JWZ post and Boing Boing article Sunday. Tech reporter Andy Baio estimated the loss at 50 million songs by 14 million artists. Had anyone not backed up the songs that were stored on the once ubiquitous, now largely abandoned service? Looking at chagrined comments from musicians kicking themselves on threads discussing the data loss, the answer is clearly yes.Some of the aggrieved were bands that had never held on to copies of their old demos, while others had strictly personal reasons to feel the loss. “My son recorded a song when he was 7 years old that his guitar instructor uploaded to his Myspace page. My son died 2 years ago, at the age of 20, and I would do anything to be able to hear it again,” wrote one Reddit user.Earlier in 2018, MySpace had emailed complainants that the problem was only temporary, telling at least one user in an email, “We are aware of the issue and I have been informed the issue will be fixed, however, there is no exact time frame for when this will be completed.” In March 2018, the company said, “We’re in the process of doing a huge maintenance project for videos and songs. Due to this maintenance, you may notice some issues playing songs or videos. During this process, there may be possible downtime. We are actively working to ensure there is little to no issues with your listening experience. Please bear with us.”MySpace also said at that time that videos in the FLV format “can no longer be played due to an update to the player. We updated our player to HTML5. Unfortunately, we do not offer a way to play or download these videos.”It’s a further lesson that no one can depend on the kindness of strangers or the endurance of social media sites to host their work forever, with musicians suddenly sounding the alert that even Facebook and other platforms that seem likely to go a longer distance than Myspace are not the Library of Congress.Tweeted Baio: “I’m deeply skeptical this was an accident. Flagrant incompetence may be bad PR, but it still sounds better than ‘we can’t be bothered with the effort of migrating and hosting 50 million old MP3s.’” ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Variety has reached out to Myspace for comment.The service had not figured much in public discussion since a much-ballyhooed, celebrity-fueled relaunch in 2013, which followed a purchase by Justin Timberlake and other partners in 2011. In 2016, Myspace was purchased by Time Inc., which was itself purchased by the magazine company Meredith at the beginning of 2018. In May of last year, the Wall Street Journal reported that Meredith was exploring a sale of Viant Technology, Myspace’s parent company.“ is still online, but that doesn’t mean Myspace didn’t die,” the New York Times wrote in December. “It’s best understood as undead: existing in some corporeal form, with nothing left behind the eyes. Now, after a long series of sales and corporate relocations, it’s a sleepy news and entertainment portal, owned by the magazine publisher Meredith and vaguely affiliated with People and Entertainment Weekly.” The Times suggested that Meredith purchased the site mostly to mine data from its billion-plug registrations from earlier years for targeted ads.last_img read more

Begun the Humans vs Driveless Car Wars Have

first_img For some reason, even after the commercial and artistic failure of Terminator Genisys, Schwarzenegger is taking the fight to Skynet once again in a new Terminator film from Deadpool director Tim Miller. They even just cast Mackenzie Davis. But the real fight between humans and machines won’t be that inevitably mediocre movie. It’s happening right now literally on the streets. Futurism has a pretty hilarious/terrifying rundown of the recent 2018 plague that is human-on-driveless car violence.Here are a few examples of humanity’s growing rap sheet against our autonomous automobile allies. In San Francisco, a dude started shouting and striking a Chevy Bolt (a PCMag Editors’ Choice Winner) at a traffic stop. He even broke a a tail light. A different dude in San Francisco slapped a different stopped Chevy Bolt and scratched a window. And while they aren’t self-driving cars, San Francisco residents did assault patrolling security robots at an animal shelter.So why do people hate self-driving cars so much? Well in that second case the assailant was a taxi driver, so for him attacking the symbol of how Uber plans to take away his livelihood just makes sense from a job security perspective. But in general people probably just don’t trust driveless cars because they are radical and dangerous-looking new technology (even if they are safer than human driving). Even I made a Terminator joke in this story and those movies are all about (ir)rational fear of technology. Plus, if you live in San Francisco, it’s probably fun to stick it to hyper-capitalist gentrifying Silicon Valley folks in their fancy cyber wagons.AdChoices广告Fortunately, no humans were hurt in any of these attacks. Even when cars are doing the driving legally humans needs to technically be behind the wheel. So in an emergency they could stop the vehicle from crashing into a pedestrian. Hopefully, in the future, we won’t look back on these days as the relatively peaceful period before World War Car truly turned bloody.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Scania Unveils Multi-Purpose Autonomous Vehicle ConceptUS Postal Service Begins Testing Self-Driving Trucks last_img read more

Tom Hanks Is Watching You in the First Trailer for The Circle

first_imgDecember 6, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global The first trailer for The Circle, the film adaptation of Dave Eggers’s 2013 novel about a young woman who gets a job at mysterious and powerful Bay Area tech company — it’s not Google, but it’s not not Google — dropped today.It begins with off-beat interview questions and office perks and quickly morphs into something more sinister. Related: Don’t Feel Bad, Eric Schmidt Can’t Answer Google’s Crazy Interview Questions EitherTom Hanks plays The Circle’s enigmatic founder, and Emma Watson is the new hire at the center of the interconnected intrigue. Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) and John Boyega (Star Wars) play her co-workers.The film comes out on April 28. Check out the trailer above. Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.center_img 1 min read Register Now »last_img read more

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