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Closure of National Highway causes problems in Kashmir Valley

first_imgAbdul Rehman Ganai, 61, a chronic post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) patient from south Kashmir’s Anantnag, who lost his son during a street protest in 2016, is likely to miss his check-up with the Valley’s leading psychiatrist, Dr. Arshad Hussain, this Sunday, as the ban on the movement of civilian traffic on the 271-km National Highway 44 in Kashmir will be enforced for convoy movement. Dr. Hussain is among many leading doctors of the Valley who meet patients on Sundays in towns located on the flanks of the highway. “Due to my week-long busy schedule in Srinagar, I was available only on Sundays to patients in Anantnag town. Many people from far-flung areas, who could not otherwise make it to Srinagar, would come for consultations. We have decided to stop the practice for the time being,” Dr. Hussian, Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Government Medical College, Srinagar, told The Hindu. The doctor said he sees over 100 patients on Sundays as, “Kashmir is witnessing a multi-fold increase in patients with mental health disorders in the face of heightened violence in recent years.”The closure of the highway on Sundays and Wednesdays, as a preventive measure against suicide bombing attacks after the Pulwama incident, is likely to impact the State’s tourism, horticulture and education sectors, apart from patient care, according to locals. Families need permission from police authorities for any inter-district movement on the days of the closure. “My daughter’s wedding season is on Wednesday. I am not sure about the process that will allow safe and unhindered passage of groom from Anantnag to Pulwama,” said Shahnawaz Ahmad Dar, an orchardist from Pulwama. Meanwhile, in a formal order issued by the Additional Deputy Commissioner (ADC), Anantnag, a family has been given permission for vehicular movement towards the bride’s home in Jammu’s Doda for the coming Wednesday. “Danish Ali, son of Showkat Ali Bhat from New Qazi Bagh Anantnag, accompanied by 12 persons be allowed to move from Anantnag to Doda in connection with their marriage ceremony on April 6-7 after proper frisking and security check. The permission is valid for two days only,” reads the order. Facing condemnation from political parties and civil society groups, Divisional Commissioner-Kashmir, Baseer Ahmad Khan, has offered “permission to movement of the emergency vehicles, including ambulances, school buses and other essential services,” for what is becoming a poll issue in south Kashmir. “Unsatisfied” with Mr. Khan’s assurances, Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader M.Y. Tarigami demanded complete revocation of the order. “The highway is the only road link that connects Kashmir with the rest of the country. This is completely choking the freedom of movement for lakhs of residents. It is unheard of in recent history,” Mr. Tarigami said.“It’s a measure of collective punishment of the people,” said Justice Hasnain Masoodi, National Conference’s (NC) candidate for Anantnag seat, calling the decision “anti-people.”last_img read more

Google Pixel 2, XL 2 and 3 to come with Snapdragon 835 processor

first_imgGoogle is planning to introduce three Pixel phones this year, unlike the two that it launched last year, in a bid to take on the iPhone 8 and the Galaxy S8. Although there is no official information from Google about these phones, rumours are that they will be called Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 and, this is a surprise, the Pixel 3. Of these, the Pixel Xl 2 and Pixel 2 will be direct successors of the last year’s Pixel phones. The Pixel 3, meanwhile, could be something entirely different or possibly a special-edition phone. Some more information about the next Pixel phone has also come from Android OpenSource Project. This new info hints that the Pixel 2017 will be powered by Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 835 processor. Apparently, this processor will be used in all three Pixel variants. Last year the Pixel and the Pixel XL launched with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 821.Also Read: Google sells over 2.1 million Pixel units, Pixel 3, 2 and XL 2 rumours startIf this is indeed the case, Pixel 2, Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 3 will give a very tough competition to the recently-announced Samsung Galaxy S8, S8 Plus, Xiaomi Mi 6, and possibly the upcoming OnePlus 5. All these phones use Snapdragon 835 although the galaxy S8 and the Galaxy S8 Plus are also available in Exynos variant.Out of the three Pixel phones, Pixel 2 (codename Walleye) and Pixel XL 2 (codename Muskie) are going to be second-generations devices, while on the other hand, Pixel 3 which is codenamed Taimen will be a third-generation phone. The Pixel 3 is also likely to be the most expensive of the three devices. The upcoming Pixel phones are expected to sport a whole new look and display compared to the last year’s Pixel devices.advertisementOther rumours about the Google smartphones – Pixel XL 2 and Pixel 2 will come packed with an upgraded design detail. The phones are expected to boast a waterproof body and premium metallic finish. While on the other hand, the high-end Pixel 3 will sport a much bigger display screen as compared to the Pixel 2 and Pixel XL 2.Also Read: Google Pixel 2 phones are codenamed Muskie and WalleyeNot only this, the upcoming Pixel phones are expected to feature a much-improved hardware and camera set up as well. No further details about the specifications have been revealed so far. Although you must remember that the Pixel phones last year came with a very good camera — possibly the best camera in a phone ever — and hence you must expect the new Pixels to at least match or surpass them. Last year’s Pixel phones were manufactured by HTC but for now it is not clear who is going to be Google’s hardware partner for Pixel phones in 2017. Earlier reports hinted that several smartphone vendors, including HTC, LG, Coolpad, and TCL, were competing win the contract for manufacturing 2017 Pixel phones.last_img read more

Cranked Rangers Ready for Habs

first_imgNEW YORK — Madison Square Garden underwent a recent $1 billion transformation, and yet it will have another completely different feeling once the New York Rangers hit the ice in the Eastern Conference finals.Gone will be the fear of impending doom that enveloped the club during its second-round comeback against Pittsburgh. Missing will be the nerves that any goal or loss could mean the end of the season.Suddenly, the Rangers are the front-runners against the Montreal Canadiens, and their fans now have the chance to celebrate the ride with them.“Having fan support is obviously huge,” Rangers coach Alain Vigneault said. “Unconditional love, it’s something that’s really beneficial to a team.”New York is riding a five-game winning streak, but four of those victories came on the road — two in Pittsburgh when the Rangers erased a 3-1 series deficit, and the first two in this matchup with Montreal.The Rangers will skate at the Garden on May 22 with a series lead for the first time since Game 2 of the first round against Philadelphia 15 games ago.“It’s a good feeling, but we know we’ve accomplished nothing yet,” forward Martin St. Louis said. “We’re trying to prepare for a Montreal team that’s going to come out with a lot of energy. We know that. This is a big game for everybody. We know where the series is, and it’s a big opportunity for us.”Nothing is a guarantee, but to take a 3-0 series lead would set the Rangers up for their first trip to the Stanley Cup finals since 1994.Since New York fell way behind Pittsburgh with a dispirited home loss in Game 4, the Rangers have been playing with a sense of desperation. It didn’t reset once they eliminated the Penguins, and so far they have shown no signs they will let the Canadiens recover.“I feel every game is a must-win in the playoffs,” St. Louis said. “You go into every game understanding what can happen with a loss and what can happen with a win. It’s a lot of momentum shifting, a buildup in the playoffs, and you want to make sure you keep it as long as you can.”The Canadiens’ mindset is to regroup and play the kind of road game the Rangers did by jumping on them.Montreal is still dealing with the loss of No. 1 goalie Carey Price, who was knocked out of the series by injury in the opener, but now is trying to rally around third-stringer Dustin Tokarski.The inexperienced goalie, who has played in only 11 career NHL games, got the surprise nod by coach Michel Therrien in Game 2 over regular backup Peter Budaj and was tabbed again  to start in Game 3.Struggled forward Thomas Vanek was dropped to the fourth line in practice alongside Danny Briere and Brandon Prust in another potential shake-up.“Don’t read too much, OK?” Therrien said. “They might change tomorrow.”Whatever the lineup looks like, the Canadiens have adopted a motto of no excuses as the series shifts to New York.“We lost the first two games. We’ve got to do something different,” Canadiens captain Brian Gionta said in Montreal before the team flew south. “But at the same time, we had a pretty good game in Game 2. We’ve just got to find ways to get more goals and get to them a little more offensively.”They netted only two in a blowout loss in the opener, and then scored one on May 19 in a 3-1 loss. The Canadiens grabbed what had been an all-important first goal, but they lost the lead just 17 seconds later and were trailing 2-1 before the first period ended.Henrik Lundqvist was the main reason the Rangers were ahead, holding off an early attack and then a third-period surge in which he stopped all 19 Canadiens shots. He made 40 saves overall.“We are down two, and we are going on the road,” said forward Max Pacioretty, who scored the lone Montreal goal in Game 2. “Obviously, we would have liked to have Game 2, but we can only worry about Game 3. We’ve got to be better.“We have to make life difficult for their goalie, and if we do that, I like our team’s chances.”Pacioretty, a Connecticut native, is also looking forward to the atmosphere at the Garden, even though he will be wearing an enemy sweater.“I love MSG,” he said. “I grew up watching games there. I love going there. I haven’t played in the finished building yet, so this will be fun for me.”One person who hopes to be back on the ice is Rangers forward Derick Brassard, who was injured early in the opener and missed all of Game 2. He went through a full practice on May 21 and was waiting to meet with the medical staff and Vigneault to see if he would rejoin the lineup.Fellow forward Benoit Pouliot sat out for a maintenance day.(IRA PODELL, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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Six Stunning Stats From Oklahoma State’s 30-27 Win over Texas

first_imgWhile you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. OSU’s win over Texas was somehow both wildly underwhelming and incredibly historic. We’ve already taken a look at some of the more frustrating parts so I thought I’d cheer you up with a couple of stunning stats from Saturday in Austin.1. Last loss in AustinIf OSU and Texas play on this same date in Austin in 2017, it will have been 3,258 days since Texas last beat Oklahoma State at home. That’s unbelievable.2. Haskell, eh?Even more so, Texas’ football records go back to 1902. In that span, only three teams have won four straight in Austin (no team has won five).Haskell (1902-1905)Notre Dame (1913-1996)Oklahoma State (2010-2015)3. Mason Rudolph’s historyMaso Rudolph became the first OSU QB since 1945 to win games at OU and at Texas in his career. Not Brandon Weeden. Not Zac Robinson. Not Josh Fields. Not Mike Gundy. Not Clint Chelf (although it should have been).Only Mason Rudolph.4. Turnover margin usually spells doomSaturday was Mike Gundy’s 132nd game as the head coach at Oklahoma State. Previously, OSU had been 3-8 when turning the ball over three or more times and creating one or fewer on D. And those wins were against Houston, Sam Houston and Colorado.5. Gundy’s 50th conference winHow about this … Mike Gundy now has more conference wins than every other coach in OSU history has total wins except for Pat Jones and Jim Lookabaugh. No other OSU coach has ever won more than 30 conference games.6. Texas stalled outTexas gained two yards in the final 17 minutes of the game. That’s unbelievable. Your thoughts on Texas’ effectiveness in the 4th quarter, Glenn?last_img read more

Federer congratulates Basel after win

first_imgBasel v Manchester United Federer congratulates Basel after stunning win over Man Utd Sacha Pisani 13:03 11/23/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Roger Federer GLYN KIRK Basel v Manchester United Basel Manchester United UEFA Champions League Basel’s most famous supporter, a 19-time grand slam champion himself, revelled in the memorable win against the Premier League giants Tennis great Roger Federer joined the celebrations as Basel stunned Manchester United in the Champions League on Wednesday.Michael Lang scored at the death to condemn United to a 1-0 defeat, denying the Premier League giants qualification for the last 16.It was also United’s first loss in Group A and Basel’s most famous supporter, 19-time grand slam champion and Swiss star Federer, revelled in the memorable win. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “Words can’t possibly describe this incredible moment for this club, wow!!!! Congrats to the team,” Federer wrote on Twitter.Words can’t possibly describe this incredible moment for this club, wow!!!!Congrats to the team  https://t.co/qvEOCHoSmN — Roger Federer (@rogerfederer) November 22, 2017 Basel have the opportunity to qualify for the knockout round, with Raphael Wicky’s men second and ahead of third-placed CSKA Moscow heading into the final matchday, while United are three points clear at the summit.last_img read more

Collaboration Necessary to Deal with Flooding

first_imgStory Highlights Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says collaboration between the Government and citizens is necessary to minimise the effects of flooding in the country. He encouraged the Councillors “to adopt a different kind of approach to ensure that their communities are prepared for the hurricane season”. Minister of Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Desmond McKenzie, says collaboration between the Government and citizens is necessary to minimise the effects of flooding in the country.Speaking at a special meeting of the Hanover Municipal Corporation on May 24, Mr. McKenzie said the Ministry will, in the next two to three months, embark on a sensitisation campaign to engage the public around proper flood mitigation.“The country has been experiencing severe effects from the weather. What we are seeing now is that areas that were never affected before by flooding have been severely compromised, and the limited resources that are available at times are not adequate to respond to the needs that exist right across the various municipalities,” he pointed out.In this regard, he said that Mayors will be engaged to look at the approaches that are necessary for each parish during the upcoming hurricane season.He encouraged the Councillors “to adopt a different kind of approach to ensure that their communities are prepared for the hurricane season”.“The challenge I am throwing out to the Councillors of Hanover is for you to use your community meetings to speak to the various areas. You know the areas within the parish that are prone to flooding,” he said.Mr. McKenzie emphasised that while the nation must prepare itself to face a very active hurricane season, the Government will do its part to ensure that the proper mitigation strategies are implemented.“In June, we are going into a three-day orientation with all Disaster Coordinators across the country, with a view to preparing ourselves for a very active hurricane season,” he outlined.During the meeting, the Poor Relief Department was presented with a computer and a printer, while the workers of the Department and Councillors were presented with tablets. “In June, we are going into a three-day orientation with all Disaster Coordinators across the country, with a view to preparing ourselves for a very active hurricane season,” he outlined.last_img read more

King Mohammed VI Orders Humanitarian Aid to Be Sent to Rohingya…

Rabat- King Mohammed VI has given instructions to send urgent humanitarian aid to Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh, the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a communiqué on Tuesday.“This humanitarian action aims at assissting the efforts of a brother country to face the massive influx of the Muslim minority of the Rohingya, coming from Myanmar,” said the release.The communiqué explained that the supplies are comprised of tents, covers, basic food and medicine. The aid package will be transported by air, explained the release. Seen as a serious humanitarian crisis, the Rohingya exodus has been making the headlines of international media.The number of the Rohingya refugees fleeing to Bangladesh from prosecution in Myanmar has shot up to 270,000, said a spokesperson of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Friday.The Muslim minority has been facing prosecution in their country for decades.Today’s crisis has prompted the UN to call for urgent action and adress the issue in Myanmar. “The numbers are so alarming,” the UN official told AFP.On Monday the UN human rights chief Zeid Raad Al Hussein called the prosecution of the Muslim minority ” a textbook example of ethnic cleansing.”He urged Myanmar authorities to end the “cruel military operation” in Rakhine state from where the Rohingya have been forced to flee for their lives.It has been difficult for international media to access Rakhine state to verify the horrific accounts refugees have given about the persecution conducted by the Myanmar army.The Myanmar government has defended its military operations by accusing Rohingya rebels of committing atrocities in the area and launching attacks on army elements.In June the monarch took another humanitarian action by giving instructions to send food supply to Qatar following the decision of four Arab countries to cut ties and impose an embargo on the Gulf state, which is depends on food imports. read more

Number of Somalis uprooted by violence in capital tops 200000 – UN

More than 200,000 people have now been forced to flee the Somali capital Mogadishu since fighting broke out between the Government and opposition groups in early May, in the biggest exodus from the troubled city since Ethiopian forces intervened in the Horn of Africa nation in 2007, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today.By yesterday, the eight-week offensive led by the Al-Shabab and Hisb-ul-Islam militia against the Government had driven a “staggering” 204,000 people from the capital, agency spokesperson Ron Redmond said.“The escalating conflict in Mogadishu is having a devastating impact on the city’s population, causing enormous suffering and massive displacement,” he said.UNHCR’s local partners have reported that clashes in the past week have claimed 105 lives and injured 382 people.Neighbourhoods affected by the violence “have hitherto been islands of peace, escaping much of the conflict and destruction,” Mr. Redmond pointed out.Many Mogadishu residents are fleeing their homes for the first time since the start of Somalia’s civil war in 1991.Many of those uprooted by the current crisis fled to the Afgooye corridor, west of the capital and already home to 400,000 displaced people. The majority are now headed further afield to the Lower and Middle Shabelle, Galgaduud, Bay and Lower Juba regions.The UNHCR spokesperson said that the number of internally displaced persons (IDPs) has climbed to 1.2 million, out of a total population of over 9 million.Although the Somali-Kenyan border is officially closed, with Kenyan authorities not allowing asylum-seekers to cross, the number of people arriving at the UNHCR-run Dabaab refugee complex in Kenya – the world’s largest, hosting over 280,000 refugees – continues to rise.Since May, over 11,000 Somalis have been registered at Dabaab, bringing the total that has arrived at the site since the start of the year to 36,000.But UNHCR said that the number of Somali refugees arriving in Kenya is far higher, since many of them have made their way to urban centres such as Nairobi, Mombasa and Garissa. 7 July 2009More than 200,000 people have now been forced to flee the Somali capital Mogadishu since fighting broke out between the Government and opposition groups in early May, in the biggest exodus from the troubled city since Ethiopian forces intervened in the Horn of Africa nation in 2007, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) said today. read more

Federal government provinces on verge of smogreduction deal at Banff meeting

Federal government, provinces on verge of smog-reduction deal at Banff meeting OTTAWA – Federal and provincial environment ministers are poised to announce a new deal to better control industrial air pollution and reduce smog.The Canadian Press has learned that officials from both levels of government have agreed in principle to the air-quality deal, and have the backing of almost all affected industries.Ministers are meeting Thursday in Banff to sign the deal, barring last-minute objections, multiple sources say.“This is the first comprehensive national environment scheme that I can recall,” said Stephen Hazell, an Ottawa-based environment lawyer who has been involved in smog-reduction since 2007. “This is extraordinary in itself.”The deal would see the governments agree to higher standards on air quality, at first targeting fine particulate matter and ground-level ozone.Then they’ll move on limits to nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and volatile organic compounds.“It’s a big improvement over the standards we have right now,” Hazell said. “You have Alberta, Ontario and the Government of Canada agreement on a national approach to deal with one of the big environmental problems of our time: smog.”Government sources cautioned that ministers still had to give a final stamp of approval Thursday. Quebec’s position was still unknown, given the recent change in government. Quebec often opts out of such agreements but implements them on its own terms.The federal-provincial environment ministers’ website said the changes were prompted because it became obvious that the current standards were too low.“With new science and research regarding the effects of air pollution on our health and the environment it has become apparent that the current Canada-wide standards need to be updated and more stringent ambient air quality standards are necessary,” says the website.In fact it was Prime Minister Stephen Harper who provided the political impetus in 2007, when he vowed to cut smog in half by 2015, Hazell said. This agreement won’t go nearly that far, he said, but it will likely result in sizable smog reductions over time.The new air-quality management system will specifically target industrial pollutants by setting minimum emissions requirements for each individual industry.“It’s not a one-size-fits-all,” Hazell said.Documentation on the ministers’ website says the requirements would affect a wide range of industrial activity related to mining, energy and oil sands, and would apply to boilers, heaters, turbines and engines.Transportation is also targeted by the new air-quality management system.But Hazell said the final, fine print with the oilsands industry was still under negotiation.While the federal government would set the country’s standards, provinces would be left to implement the agreement, with an eye on six regions in which smog may cross boundaries.If a province does not keep smog below the required levels, the federal government will have the power to step in and force industry to be more compliant, Hazell said.“The federal government can get involved and basically kick some ass,” he said.Negotiators have been working for years on the smog deal, in conjunction with industry and non-governmental groups. They hope to implement the new standards next year.One weakness with the agreement is that the flexibility makes it next to impossible to know how much smog will actually be reduced, Hazell added.“How much are we actually going to get out of this? It’s hard to figure out.”Pollution control is a life-and-death matter for tens of thousands of Canadians every year, according to research done by the Canadian Medical Association.In a 2008 study, the association produced data showing that 21,000 Canadians die prematurely every year because of the effects of air pollution.Most of those deaths are from accumulated exposure over years, but 3,000 are the result of short-term acute exposure, the study said.The CMA said that in 2008, air pollution was the cause of 9,000 hospital visits, 30,0000 emergency department visits and 620,000 doctor’s office visits. by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 10, 2012 5:16 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Time running out for 14 million children in manmade crises in Africa

“We can still save many lives. The severe malnutrition and looming famine are largely man-made,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake in a news release issued by the UN agency today. “Our common humanity demands faster action,” he underscored. According to UNICEF, as many as 462,000 children in Yemen – where a conflict has been raging for the past two years – are currently suffering from severe acute malnutrition. This figure has risen nearly 200 per cent since 2014. Similarly, in conflict affected parts of northeast Nigeria, including Adamawa, Borno and Yobi, the number of children with severe acute malnutrition is expected to reach 450,000. According to a famine early warning system, the famine likely occurred in some previously inaccessible areas of Borno, and it is likely ongoing, and will continue, in other areas which remain beyond humanitarian reach. Furthermore, in Somalia, droughts threaten an already fragile population battered by decades of conflict: almost half the population (6.2 million people) faces acute food insecurity and is in need of urgent relief, 185,000 among them children suffering from severe acute malnutrition. There are fears that the number could rise to 270,000 in the next few months. In South Sudan, a famine was recently declared in parts of the country, adding to a humanitarian situation already complicated due to poverty and insecurity. Over 270,000 children are severely malnourished in the country and the total number of food insecure people across the country is expected to rise once the lean season sets in. RELATED: Famine declared in region of South Sudan – UNIn its response, UNICEF, working with partners, has been providing therapeutic treatment to 220,000 severely malnourished children in Nigeria, over 200,000 in both South Sudan and Somalia, and 320,000 children in Yemen. However, more action is urgently needed. “Time is running out,” said Mr. Lake. “We must not repeat the tragedy of the 2011 famine in the Horn of Africa.” read more

Commentary Bowl Championship Series predictions good for Ohio State

After one of the most riveting weekends of college football in recent memory, voters will need to put some serious thought into their submissions over the next two weeks.This past Saturday, two climactic finishes turned the tide of the BCS picture. Faced with the possibility of suddenly downing rival Ohio State, Michigan coach Brady Hoke made an all or nothing decision to attempt a two-point conversion late in the game with the Wolverines down one. After OSU redshirt-freshman cornerback Tyvis Powell intercepted redshirt-junior quarterback Devin Gardner’s pass attempt, the Buckeyes managed to survive and stay unbeaten.The rest of Saturday’s games made OSU one of only two unbeaten teams from BCS conferences (the other being Florida State). Previously undefeated and top-ranked Alabama lost to then-No. 4 Auburn, after senior cornerback Chris Davis returned a failed Alabama 57 yard field goal attempt 100 yards for a touchdown.After the release of the BCS standings on Sunday night, the Top 5 rankings are No.1 Florida State, No. 2 OSU, No. 3 Auburn, No. 4 Alabama and No. 5 Missouri.If Florida State and OSU both win their conference championship games (against No. 20 Duke and No. 10 Michigan State respectively), it seems difficult to prevent both teams from playing in the national title game. I predict that both teams will win, and that this scenario will occur. If either team loses, the media’s SEC bias may sneak the winner of the SEC Championship game between Auburn and Missouri into the title game (especially if Auburn wins).Looking beyond the title game, I do believe that Auburn will win the SEC Championship. Between their No. 5-ranked rushing attack and scoring proficiency (ranked 18th in points per game), Auburn should pull out a tight victory over Missouri.In the Pac-12, I see No. 11 Arizona State will upset No. 7 Stanford in the championship game. Most of Stanford’s victories have been close games, and they almost melted down against then-No. 2 Oregon, even though they held on for a six point victory. Although Arizona State has also had many close victories, they will be playing at home, where they have defeated every opponent besides No. 21 Wisconsin by at least double digits (ASU is 8-1 as the home team, with the lone loss to Notre Dame).In the Big 12, I predict that No. 6 Oklahoma State will win the conference. I think that No. 9 Baylor will lose to No. 25 Texas, and the Cowboys will take down No. 17 Oklahoma, thus securing their place in a BCS bowl.In the American Athletic Conference, I believe that the No. 16 Central Florida will win the BCS bid. Although I believe that No. 19 Louisville is the more talented team, it seems that most scenarios favor UCF claiming the bid (since they are undefeated in conference, including a win against Louisville).These results would lead to the following matchups:Rose Bowl: Michigan State vs. Arizona StateFiesta Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Alabama (At Large)Sugar Bowl: Auburn vs. UCFOrange Bowl: Clemson vs. Northern Illinois (At Large)National Title Game (in Pasadena, California): Florida State vs. Ohio StateI predict that Michigan State, Oklahoma State, Auburn and Northern Illinois will all win their BCS contests. Oklahoma State and Alabama will probably be the most intriguing regular BCS contest as both teams have only one loss on the season by single digits.As for the National Title game, it will be close. I predict in a thriller similar to the Michigan game, the Buckeyes will prevail at the last second. Considering the talents of Carlos Hyde and Braxton Miller (who combined for 379 rushing yards against Michigan), Florida State will be hard pressed to stop the Buckeye run game. read more

Tescos hitech plan to hunt down cheating shoppers who use disabled parking

first_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tesco parking officials are using handheld devices to catch out disabled bay cheats, it has emerged amid supermarket clampdowns on misuse by people who do not hold a blue badge.The supermarket is believed to be the first high street giant to harness the new technology to catch out shoppers parking illegally.Parking attendants use the app on the device to record details of vehicles parked in disabled bays that are not displaying blue badges. Parking company Horizon then checks the vehicles against the DVLA database so that it can send out a parking charge notice to owners by post.  I got to know students and their loved ones and learnt about living with a disability. “The new self-monitoring scheme allows stores to better control their car park, to help protect the disabled bays. This makes parking at Tesco fairer for everyone.”I spoke to British paratrooper Jordan Beecher who shops at our Finchley store. In 2012, while on his third operational tour of Afghanistan, he stepped on an improvised explosive device which claimed his left leg.”Jordan told me it was imperative that he had access to disabled parking as he adjusted to his new circumstances.”She added: “Disabled parking is an important part of the customer experience that is sometimes overlooked. I’m trying to change that.”The scheme was initially trialed in 70 stores before being rolled out nationwide, she said.CORRECTION: When this article was first published it mistakenly suggested that the scheme was designed to catch people using “fake” blue badges, whereas its purpose is to identify vehicles that do not display a blue badge. The article has been corrected accordingly and we are happy to make this clear. center_img It comes after growing complaints from customers including disabled ex-servicemen and women as well as able-bodied shoppers at abuse of the system.Many of those who need the spaces are soldiers who suffered life changing injuries and are trying to adapt back into normal society.The technology has been introduced by Tesco’s car park operations manager, Cat Parkinson, whose parents were teachers at a school for pupils with special needs, making it an issue close to her heart, she said.She also spoke to disabled servicemen and women before launching the scheme this week. She said: “The subject of living with disability is close to my heart.last_img read more

Female police officer had sex with rape victim in McDonalds toilets court

first_imgPeters was handed a sentence of 22 months by Judge Anthony Leonard QC at Southwark Crown Court, after she previously pleaded guilty to misconduct in public office.Kate Bex, prosecuting, said Peters was trained to deal with the “emotional impact” on victims of sexual assault and would have been expected to recognise victims’ vulnerability. “Ms Peters was in a position of trust,” she said.The pair’s first sexual contact – a kiss – took place on February 24 at the refuge where the victim was staying.Ms Bex said the victim “flirted” with Peters and “made it clear to her that she found her attractive and therefore in her own words she encouraged it”.A couple of days later consensual sexual intercourse took place at the victim’s grandfather’s house when Peters was on duty, Ms Bex said.Another sexual encounter happened at the same place on March 1, another in a hotel on March 8 and later the same month the pair had sexual intercourse in the “lavatories at McDonald’s”, Ms Bex added. It was just two people who fell for each other in bad circumstancesKate Bex, prosecuting repeating what the victim said Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The pair had consensual sexual intercourse in the "lavatories at McDonald's" The pair had consensual sexual intercourse in the “lavatories at McDonald’s”Credit:Rui Vieira The relationship was revealed when the victim told a member of staff at the refuge that she had broken up with Peters.The court heard that the victim said she realised that Peters was never going to leave her girlfriend.”And to use her own words, she was tired of being her dirty little secret,” Ms Bex said.At Peters’ request, the victim deleted the app on her phone that hosted messages between the pair. Peters threatened to kill herself, and the victim cut her wrists resulting in her having to go to hospital.In an interview in November, the victim described having been “in love” with Peters. It is clear that V loved you and you loved V and you are not being punished for that factJudge Anthony Leonard QC Asked if she thought Peters was taking advantage of her, Ms Bex told the court the victim said “no” and said the victim added: “It was just two people who fell for each other in bad circumstances.”Judge Leonard said it “beggars belief” that Peters, someone he said seemed to be so admired, did what she did.Referring to the victim as “V”, he said: “It is clear that V loved you and you loved V and you are not being punished for that fact.”The judge said the police force was “shocked” by her actions, saying: “I accept that your behaviour was out of character.”But he added: “You must have realised as soon as it started how inappropriate your relationship was.”The judge told Peters her actions will bring her career to an end.He pointed out that while the relationship was consensual he does not accept that her behaviour was not “predatory”. A police officer who had sex in a McDonald’s toilet with a rape victim she was assigned to help has been jailed for 22 months.Charlotte Peters, 33, from Luton, was based in the Sexual Offences Exploitation and Child Abuse Command in the Metropolitan Police when she had a relationship with a young female.The officer was in a “position of trust”, responsible for acting as a liaison between the victim and the police investigation, when she had sexual encounters with the victim who was “in love” with her.last_img read more

Meet the visual effects studio behind some of the best video game

first_imgCharacters from various Playstation 3 games gather in a seedy bar to reminisce. Doctor Who looks up as hundreds of spaceships swarm around Stonehenge. The magic mirror in Snow White and the Huntsman melts at the queen’s call and reforms into a reflective figure. They’re all impressive examples of seamless visual effects, and they all came from the same studio.The Mill has been adding effects to commercials, TV shows, movies, and more since 1990, and you’ve probably come across their work more than once. Just like “Michael,” the player championed by that pub full of game characters, people who do effects work are often unsung heroes of video production. And that’s why you might be surprised, while looking at the studio’s 2012 showreel, at how many clips you recognize.The Mill has a knack for creating effects that blend naturally with real footage. Somehow the flaming head of Sweet Tooth doesn’t look awkward in an underground bar, nor does the soft glow of a blue Portal portal in the background — and that video is only one example of their game-related work.The Mill’s brief Kid Icarus: Uprising commercial nails the style of that title, and their Mass Effect 3 ad looks so authentic that it will give you hope for the ME feature film project. (The movie is still early in development, so there’s no indication whether The Mill will be involved, but their shot of Reapers destroying the Golden Gate Bridge makes a pretty good argument for it.)See more of The Mill’s work on their website.last_img read more

Doctor says paralytically unconsciously drunk teens at West Cork disco could have

first_imgDoctor says ‘paralytically, unconsciously drunk’ teens at West Cork disco could have died Medical professionals who treated the teenagers said parents need to take more responsibility for their children’s behaviour. Short URL Image: Shutterstock/Stokkete By Michelle Hennessy 84,846 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: Shutterstock/Stokkete 70 Comments Feb 23rd 2018, 12:28 PM https://jrnl.ie/3867894 TWO TEENAGERS AT a disco in West Cork could have died due to their level of alcohol intoxication, an emergency medicine specialist has said.The Irish Examiner reported this morning that a dozen “drunk children” attended an underage alcohol-free disco at Bandon Rugby Club in West Cork last Friday.Teens were searched at the door and anyone who arrived drunk was directed to a dressing room where they were monitored. Medical back-up as also called in to attend to a number of severely intoxicated teenagers.Dr Jason van der Velde, a pre-hospital emergency medicine specialist, went to the rugby club to assess the condition of the youths, many aged around 16, and set up a field hospital to treat them.He described the scene when he arrived as a “vomatorium”.He told RTÉ’s Sean O’Rourke programme this morning that he was not exaggerating when he said that two of the children had the potential to die at scene due to excessively high blood pressure and difficulty breathing.“We’re not talking about a little bit tipsy, we’re talking about absolutely paralytically, unconsciously drunk,” he said.Two teenagers were sent by ambulance to CUH where they needed overnight care and treatment.Some of the unconscious youths had naggins of vodka concealed in their socks, he said, and dismissed the suggestion that drinks may have been spiked.Van der Velde said Bandon Rugby Club had run the event very well and praised its efforts to assist those trying to help around a dozen or so very drunk teenagers.“They had done an exceptional job in corralling these really intoxicated teenagers straight off the bus into a safe area in the clubhouse which they warmed up and ensured these kids were safe.”Dr Chris Luke, a consultant in emergency medicine at Cork University Hospital also praised the efforts of Dr van der Velde for managing to keep many of the teenagers from needing to attend a packed emergency department.He told RTÉ that emergency staff in the emergency department are “basically worn out”.“The department is already stowed out, it’s already massively busy and congested and working flat out at 140% so that’s what matters.”He said parents of teenagers need to “get a grip” and recognise that their children may engaging in this kind of behaviour.Read: Heavy drinkers have higher risk of getting dementia>Read: ‘We can’t afford to give a pub €5,000′: Craft producers hit out at exclusive drinks deals> Friday 23 Feb 2018, 12:28 PM Share589 Tweet Email12 last_img read more

The Ultimate Super Smash Bros Character Guide Mii Fighters

first_imgStay on target ‘Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’ Was Final Mission From Late Nintendo President‘Undertale’s’ Sans Is Basically a Brand New ‘Sma… Mii Fighters Hit Yourself!Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is huge. Not just in terms of hype and importance and sales potential, but just in terms of sheer stuff. The Nintendo Switch mascot fighter features over a hundred stages, nearly a thousand songs, and too many Pokemon and items and Assist Trophies to think of crammed onto a cartridge you can plan on the go or on a TV. When you have as many big franchises as Nintendo, putting them all in one game will make that game is very big boy indeed.But the biggest, most exciting thing about Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is its mind-blowing, heartwarming roster of playable characters. Fighting games pride themselves not just on the strength of their mechanics but the strength of its fighters, especially in a crossover fighters like this. And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate crushes all rivals by including every single playable character from the across the four previous games in the twenty-year-old series. Include the new combatants and so far we have over 70 fighters to wrap our heads around. We’re excited, but we’re also intimidated. So to get ready for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, every day, character by character, we’re creating the ultimate guide to all of its characters. Today’s fighters: Mii Fighters.center_img Who Are They?Mii Fighters are me, you, and anyone else you want them to be. While Villagers in Animal Crossing are supposed to represent you somewhat, Miis are Nintendo’s full-on avatar creation system that first debuted with the Nintendo Wii. Who doesn’t remember boxing as your handmade self-caricature in Wii Sports? Surprisingly robust Mii-creation tools have since come to the Wii U, Switch, 3DS, and even mobile phones in the short-lived Miitomo app.Smash HistoryAlthough Miis were a huge part of the Wii era, they didn’t appear in Smash Bros. until Smash Wii U/3DS. However, the wait was worth it because Miis ended up being a great reason to add a create-a-fighter component to the roster. Along with picking a Mii face you could also choose between dozens of different special moves split across three character classes: Brawler, Swordfighter, and Gunner.What Looks New in Ultimate?Miis never really got a chance in Smash Wii U/3DS. They weren’t great characters but mostly the competitive scene just didn’t want to mess around with custom movesets. However, things are looking up in Ultimate. Mii Fighters have generally buffed movesets. The now-universal size and weight make balancing easier. And custom movesets are easier to swallow since they’ve been removed from the rest of the cast. Plus it just feels great to demolish someone online while playing as your own girlfriend dressed up like a bear.Our Hopes?Some people really didn’t want Miis to return in Ultimate which makes no sense to me. Smash Bros. is all about crazy crossovers and Miis lets you add anybody you want to the cast if you’re creative enough. Nintendo itself advertised the characters with an Ice-T Mii! Our hopes for Miis in Ultimate are more costumes to open up the custom possibilities even more. Get Chocobo hats back in there. Let me play as little Liquid Snake. How can have you outfits for Spring Man and Ribbon Girl but not Twintelle???Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is available now. Read our review of this majestic video game pageant. And for more check out cool Switch games to play that aren’t Smash Bros., because those definitely exist.View as: One Page Slides1/761. Read Mario’s Guide2. Read Donkey Kong’s Guide3. Read Link’s Guide4. Read Samus’s Guide5. Read Dark Samus’s Guide6. Read Yoshi’s Guide7. Read Kirby’s Guide8. Read Fox’s Guide9. Read Pikachu’s Guide10. Read Luigi’s Guide11. Read Ness’s Guide12. Read Captain Falcon’s Guide13. Read Jigglypuff’s Guide14. Read Peach’s Guide15. Read Daisy’s Guide16. Read Bowser’s Guide17. Read Ice Climbers’ Guide18. Read Sheik’s Guide19. Read Zelda’s Guide20. Read Dr. Mario’s Guide21. Read Pichu’s Guide22. Read Falco’s Guide23. Read Marth’s Guide24. Read Lucina’s Guide25. Read Young Link’s Guide26. Read Ganondorf’s Guide27. Read Mewtwo’s Guide28. Read Roy’s Guide29. Read Chrom’s Guide30. Read Mr. Game and Watch’s Guide31. Read Meta Knight’s Guide32. Read Pit’s Guide33. Read Dark Pit’s Guide34. Read Zero Suit Samus’s Guide35. Read Wario’s Guide36. Read Snake’s Guide37. Read Ike’s Guide38. Read Pokemon Trainer’s Guide39. Read Diddy Kong’s Guide40. Read Lucas’s Guide41. Read Sonic’s Guide42. Read King Dedede’s Guide43. Read Olimar’s Guide44. Read Lucario’s Guide45. Read R.O.B.’s Guide46. Read Toon Link’s Guide47. Read Wolf’s Guide48. Read Villager’s Guide49. Read Mega Man’s Guide50. Read Wii Fit Trainer’s Guide51. Read Rosalina and Luma’s Guide52. Read Little Mac’s Guide53. Read Greninja’s Guide54. Read Mii Fighters’ Guide55. Read Palutena’s Guide56. Read Pac-Man’s Guide57. Read Robin’s Guide58. Read Shulk’s Guide59. Read Bowser Jr.’s Guide60. Read Duck Hunt’s Guide61. Read Ryu’s Guide62. Read Cloud’s Guide63. Read Corrin’s Guide64. Read Bayonetta’s Guide65. Read Inkling’s Guide66. Read Ridley’s Guide67. Read Simon’s Guide68. Read Richter’s Guide69. Read King K. Rool’s Guide70. Read Isabelle’s Guide71. Read Ken’s Guide72. Read Incineroar’s Guide73. Read Piranha Plant’s Guide74. Read Joker’s Guide75. Read Hero’s Guide76. Read Banjo and Kazooie’s Guidelast_img read more

12 drug suspects plead not guilty

first_imgTwelve of the 49 people arrested last week in connection with a massive Clark County marijuana bust pleaded not guilty Thursday to drug-related charges.Trial for Say Tran, 55, Hoang Le, 29, and Billy Luu, 21, was set for Jan. 9. Trial for Minh Le, 55, and Dustin Nguyen, 27, was set for Jan. 11. Trial for Jennifer Chinh, 34, and Sinh Ngo, 61, was set for Dec. 12.Trial for Quat Nguyen, 49, was set for Dec. 7; Dec. 5 for Suu Le, 50; Dec. 19 for Dwight Naipo, 29; and Jan. 8 for David Tran, 19. All trial dates are subject to postponement.Most defendants are charged with manufacture of marijuana or possession with intent to deliver.Their arrests came as a result of Operation Gang Green on Oct. 13, an investigation by the Clark-Skamania Drug Task Force that netted about 6,800 marijuana plants following raids on 56 Clark County locations. About 300 police officers were involved.The rest of the defendants will be arraigned Oct. 28. Thursday’s arraignments were to accommodate attorneys who are unable appear for the Oct. 28 hearing.last_img read more

South Florida students overcome hardships to graduate

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – South Florida graduates celebrated overcoming obstacles both in and out the classroom.Miriam Marlow was diagnosed with thyroid cancer while in the 10th grade. Despite missing countless days of classes battling the disease, she was able to graduate in 2017 with her class.“There were many people who said I should be home-schooled, and I said that I didn’t want to. I wanted to stay in school like everybody else,” she said. “If you keep going and striving for what you want, you’ll get there eventually.”Odalys Villanueva and her family were detained in Mexico when she was 5 years old. Villanueva and her family spent a week in jail after they tried to enter the U.S.“We stayed there for about five days, and I would sleep on the floor,” she said.A few years later, Villanueva and her family made it across the border, and in 2017, she walked across the stage as one of the top in her South Florida class.“Now that I see myself, it’s very inspiring that I didn’t let that hold me back,” said Villanueva. Not everyone in their class was able to walk across the stage.Sixteen-year-old Richard Hallman was shot and killed in Allapattah in 2015.His mother, Tranell Harris, walked the stage in his place and was given his diploma, cap and gown.“Richard, I’m proud of you, son. I said last night I’d walk the stage,” she said as the audience applauded. “I’m crying because I’m happy. You made it, son.”At Felix Varela Senior High School, students also graduated despite hardships.George Lubian, a swimmer, was told by doctors to stop after he fractured his vertebrate.“I had so much pain that I couldn’t bend down to touch my toes,” said Lubian, who is now a state finalist. “I wanted to do it because it’s a big part of my life, and that’s why I put so much dedication in trying to get back to the top.” last_img read more

Chevy teases midengine C8 Corvette by showing off its steering wheel

first_img6:25 Chevrolet 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better More about 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Share your voice Review • 2019 Chevrolet Corvette review: America’s sports car is still a thrill Comment Check out Chevy Corvette steering wheels through the ages More From Roadshow Now playing: Watch this: 1 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Sports Cars Future Cars Auto Tech Tags 2019 Chevrolet Corvette convertible is a classic drop-top Enlarge ImageSquared-off steering wheels are now in vogue. Please adjust your lookbooks accordingly. Chevrolet Right now, automotive enthusiasts are hungry for midengine Corvette content. But with the reveal still a week away, everyone is pretty much taking what they can get. Chevy teased the car itself when it announced the date of its reveal, but we haven’t seen much more from them until today.Chevrolet on Friday published the first official image of the 2020 C8 Corvette’s steering wheel. It’s closer to the steering wheel of, say, the Ford GT than the outgoing Corvette. There are only two spokes on the wheel, each moving downwards in sort of a flipped manner to the Corvette logo’s flags. There are audio controls below each spoke, and some limited switches on the spokes themselves. The massive open space above the wheel hub looks kind of funny, but that might be necessary if the Corvette has a large gauge cluster, digital or otherwise.Chevrolet also put out a picture of each prior generation’s steering wheel to give people an idea of how much it’s changed over time. The first- and second-generation Corvette wheels were about as straightforward as can be, but those designs are much harder to replicate in the modern day, thanks to pesky airbags and the like. The last time we saw a two-spoke wheel from the Corvette, it was in the C4, which had a fun digital dashboard filling in all the open space.The least attractive wheel of the bunch belongs to the C5 Corvette, with its airbag looking like a very obvious goiter. Then again, that was also the low point in the Corvette’s interior design, with barely shaped plastic panels that basically became a meme in the automotive enthusiast community before memes became a “thing.”It’ll be interesting to see where Chevrolet takes the Corvette’s interior next, given the radical changes happening everywhere else on the car — like, you know, removing the engine from the front. We’ll know what’s up for sure when the C8 Corvette makes its debut on July 18 at 7:30 p.m. PT, and you can follow along with us on GM’s own livestream. Chevrolet 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value 8 Photoslast_img read more