SCPA Reaches Record Volumes in 2018

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: South Carolina Ports Authority The South Carolina Ports Authority reported 6.4 percent year-over-year container volume growth, with a record 2.3 million TEUs handled in 2018.The year marked the third consecutive calendar year of record TEU volume for SCPA. The Port moved 199,701 TEUs in December alone, a 9.2 percent increase over December 2017 and the strongest December in SCPA history.As measured by the total number of boxes handled, SCPA moved 114,018 pier containers in December and a record 1.3 million pier containers in 2018.“We are pleased to report our strongest December in history and record-breaking growth of our container business in calendar year 2018,” said SCPA president and CEO Jim Newsome.“January is already off to a strong start, and despite uncertainty in the trade industry we are optimistic that volumes will remain strong as we work to achieve our plans for 4.4 percent growth in fiscal 2019.”last_img read more

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Noida Police fines 400 school buses over safety measures

first_imgNoida: Over 400 school buses and vans were issued ‘challans’ in Noida and Greater Noida on Thursday for not having adequate safety measures on board the vehicles, officials said. The action was carried out as part of “Operation Clean”, a special initiative of Gautam Buddh Nagar police to make roads safer, the officials said. The police campaign was carried out on vehicles linked to 129 schools and began at 6.30 am, a spokesperson said. “During the campaign, 427 school buses and vans were issued ‘challans’ after they were found not having adequate safety measures and not fulfilling the safety criterion. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items”Another 702 buses and vans were let off with a warning to adopt proper safety measures while having children on board,” the spokesperson said. Around Rs 26,700 was collected in fines during the 11th edition of the “Operation Clean”, he said. Gautam Buddh Nagar SSP Vaibhav Krishna said the action was taken after a number of complaints were received about school buses and vans violating traffic rules and compromising the safety of children. “There have been complaints that these vehicles get overloaded with children, run on wrong lanes, risking lives of children and other commuters. So this campaign was to send out a message that you’re being watched when you violate rules. There’s no getting away from the law,” Krishna told on Thursday.last_img read more

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JK move correct economy needs to be corrected Swamy

first_imgPune: BJP lawmaker Subramanian Swamy has said the withdrawal of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status was correct but the state of economy “needs to be corrected” as this issue is also important for national security and nation-building. The Rajya Sabha MP told reporters Sunday the “wrong policies” adopted during former finance minister Arun Jaitley’s tenure were responsible for the economy slowing down. He also criticised ex-Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan for raising interest rates. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ “I think the wrong policies adopted during the tenure of Arun Jaitley, which are still in force, such as levying high taxes are some of the reasons for the slowdown… Increase in interest rates by former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan was one of the reasons (for the slowdown),” said Swamy. He was speaking to reporters on the sidelines of an event in Pune. Replying to a question on the Centre’s move to scrap the provisions of Article 370, which gave special powers to Jammu and Kashmir, and the economy, Swamy said, “The economy needs to be corrected. My advice was not sought on the economic front. My advice was sought on Article 370, and it was done correctly.” “Yes, the economy should be given priority. In fact, both things are important for nation-building and national security,” he added. Jaitley served as finance minister during the first term of the Narendra Modi government. Jaitley, 66, is on life support at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi.last_img read more

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CM slams Sheila Dikshitled Congress tenure in Delhi

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chief Minister and AAP national convenor Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday slammed former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit-led Congress tenure in Delhi over development issues.”If Sheila Ji worked properly then government schools would not have been in such a poor state, neither health system and the price of electricity would not have increased that much,” the CM said during a rally at Gokalpur in North East Delhi. On the other hand, accusing the Centre of creating hurdles in Delhi’s development, the AAP leader said he faced obstructions at various stages to get clearances from the central government. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Delhi would get nothing by making Congress president Rahul Gandhi a prime minister or reelecting Narendra Modi. Their parties did nothing for the national capital but just led to its people” Kejriwal said. He said the people of Delhi pay Rs 1.5 lakh crore as Income Tax and receive only Rs 325 crore from the Centre. “Why should we pay so much and get so less in return? What have Delhiites done to the central government to deserving this? The situation is similar to the time before India got independence. “First Britishers looted us, now the central government is looting us,” the chief minister said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Just for the political rivalry, PM Modi stopped the development work for the common man of Delhi. Last time you voted for him, but this time do not vote for him. Otherwise, he would not let me work for development,” he added. The ruling Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) in the city is fighting the Lok Sabha election on the agenda of granting full statehood to Delhi. From healthcare, housing, electricity, education, the safety of women to stopping sealing, Kejriwal made a host of promises if Delhi becomes a full state, which will be possible, he claimed, if Delhi chooses AAP candidates from all seven Lok Sabha seats. Some works can’t be done till Delhi becomes a full state. Women feel unsafe and there is hooliganism everywhere because Delhi Police doesn’t listen to people,” CM Kejriwal said. “The police come under the PM and no one can meet the PM,” said the CM. If Delhi Police reports to Delhi government, he said, the law and order system will be such that girls will be able to go out at 11 pm without any fear. Sealing will also be stopped in 24 hours, CM Kejriwal promised.last_img read more

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Egypt holds Jazeera crew on terror accusations prosecution

first_imgCAIRO- Egypt has accused detained journalists from the Qatari-based Al-Jazeera television network of belonging to a “terrorist” group, saying they had ties with the blacklisted Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution said Tuesday.“The prosecution accused the suspects of belonging to a terrorist group,” the prosecution said. It was not immediately clear if all of the detained journalists, including Australian Peter Greste, faced the same accusation.One of the lawyers for Mohamed Adel Fahmy, the Canadian-Egyptian bureau chief for Jazeera English in Cairo, said his client had been accused of membership in the Brotherhood, which the military-installed government designated a “terrorist” group last week. Police had arrested the journalists on Sunday, and the prosecution ordered them detained on Tuesday for two weeks to undergo questioning.The government has cracked down on deposed president Mohamed Morsi’s Brotherhood movement since his overthrow in July.The crackdown has extended to media perceived as biased in favour of the Islamists.last_img read more

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Benin as waters continue to rise UN and partners get aid to

“Needs are very high because of the floods. We will continue to do everything we can to ensure the response is as quick and effective as it can be,” said the UN Resident Coordinator in Benin, Nardos Bekele-Thomas. At least 680,000 people have already been affected by the floods, which started in mid-September. Around 200,000 people, most currently hosted by other families, are in need of shelters, with over 55,000 homes totally destroyed, 128,000 hectares of crops ruined, and 81,000 livestock dead. A total of 55 districts out of 77 in Benin have been affected. The World Food Programme (WFP) and its partners distributed food aid this weekend to approximately 2,450 vulnerable people living with host families in Zangnanado in the south of the country, one of the worst affected areas. “Food is one of the most important needs at this stage,” said Moumini Ouedraogo, WFP Country Director in Benin. “Many people lost their crops because of the devastating floods–if we do not intervene in time, the consequences could be serious.” The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has provided 262,000 water purification tablets and hygiene material for 150,000 people. To support the Ministry of Health, the World Health Organization (WHO) has provided a health kit for treating 1,000 cholera cases over a period of three months. More aid will be delivered in the days ahead. Approximately 430 tents will be distributed in the Departments of Alibori, Borgou, Collines, Mono and Zou in the coming days by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in collaboration with its partners on the ground. According to the latest estimates of the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), over 1.8 million people have been affected by floods in Central and West Africa this year. 2 November 2010United Nations agencies and humanitarian organizations are providing critical humanitarian aid to people affected by floods in Benin over the last month, as rainfall continues to swell the Niger River in the north of the West African country. read more

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Hamilton child molester Greenes dangerous offender hearing

Updated:Warning: Some details of this story may be disturbing.Convicted child abductor and molester John Adam Greene, 29, is back in a Hamilton court today for a dangerous offender hearing. He has pleaded guilty to a number of charges, including attempted murder and sexual interference.According to the agreed statement of facts Greene brought a 7-year-old girl inside an apartment near Sanford Ave on May 17th, 2014. Once there he pushed her and hit her several times and sexually assaulted her.The statement says Greene choked her until she went unconscious. It says he thought he killed her and doused her in bleach in an attempt to destroy of evidence.His girlfriend came home and Greene took off.Court has heard Greene has a lengthy criminal history of violence. The Crown says he has 65 past convictions, 30 of which involve violence.He turned himself in to police a couple of days later and has been assessed by a forensic psychiatrist from St Joe’s.That psychiatrist took the stand and in his report he has detailed Greene’s history of violence and his sexual history; in court he said that Greene fits the criteria for psychopathy.The hearing is expected to last until the end of the week. read more

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Spanish domination of Europe

Spanish teams are dominating Europe, and the facts speak that. THW Kiel is the only non-Spanish team that is able to break the Spanish “monologue” in European Handball. With Barcelona winning this years (2011) Champions League , it is now 5 titles in the past 7 years for Spanish teams. Of course, that means Ciudad Real and Barcelona. If we thought that THW Kiel’s victory last year at LANXESS arena will begin at least few years of non-Spanish domination, we were wrong. The “Kings” and the “Catalans” blew away the German teams in this years semifinals, and have disappointed handball Germany, which was expecting much more this year from HSV Hamburg and Rhein-Neckar Lowen. If we could agree that Rhein-Neckar Lowen is perhaps not the same class as the other three, still HSV Hamburg’s performance in their match against Ciudad Real leaves place for doubt on whether what was done wrong  in team’s play in comparison to the Spanish one.Spanish teams played atomic handball, and with the help of some fantastic saves from Hombrados and Saric, they traced their way to the final. In the final, it was all-even, both teams knew each other and knew how to exploit other team’s weaknesses. But Barcelona had something more. They had the in-very-good-mood goalkeeper Danijel Saric. He was outstanding, was simply more than deservedly the man of the match, and for sure goes the attribute that Barcelona owes a large due of the title to him.What can we expect next season ? Barcelona is likely gonna keep the same squad. They could perhaps do one change in the playing squad with Myrhol coming, but that won’t change much and they will for sure be regarded again as one of the top favourites for the next year’s title in the same arena again, Lanxess Arena in Cologne. Perhaps we could expect something new from Ciudad Real. They have been doing simply too many changes when it comes to changing players for attack/defence, and this has perhaps costed them the title. Maybe we should expect more stability in the game, and see less changes, with perhaps buying a player that could play attack and defence as good.The Germans have underestimated, but they will still be very competitive next season, and might be unfortunately the only ones that could be having a shot at stopping the Spanish domination of Europe, unless we see some extraordinary plays from Montpellier, Chekhovskie Medvedi, etc… Teams that realistically need much stronger bench in order to compete at the same level as the Spanish and German clubs.All in all, Barcelona absolutely deserved the title. They went through THW Kiel in the quarter-finals, then Rhein-Neckar Lowen in the semifinal, and in the final Ciudad Real was swept away. Perhaps not as interesting matches as the last season, but then again, the next season is already here knocking at the door… ← Previous Story Barcelona conquers Europe! Barca 27-24 Ciudad Real Next Story → Gensheimer doesn’t break Perunicic’s record read more

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Man arrested in connection with Dublin gym shooting

first_imgA 46-YEAR-old man has been arrested in connection with a shooting at a gym in Dublin this week.A 32-year-old man was shot numerous times in the incident at the Ballyboggan Industrial Estate, Cabra at around 10.40 am on Wednesday, 15 May.A man was arrested today in Dublin and is being detained at Finglas Garda Station under the provisions of section 50 of the Criminal Justice Act 2007 as amended.Gardaí are appealing for anyone who may have been in the area at the time of the shooting or who may have seen a silver coloured Mini with a northern registration plate, leave the scene in the direction of Finglas, to contact them at Cabra Garda Station 01 666 7400, the Garda Confidential Line 1800-666-111 or any Garda Station.Read: Dublin gym shooting victim still in critical condition>last_img read more

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Consumer confidence down

first_imgBusiness sentiment and consumer confidence were in decline in March, according to a monthly survey conducted by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE).The economic sentiment index in Greece slid from 98.2 points in February to 96.8 points in March as pessimism regarding the course of the economy was relatively increased across virtually all sectors, especially services and construction.According to IOBE the return of downbeat estimates is due to the tight credit conditions and the extended uncertainty over the general course of Greece’s economy. Several issues remain open, IOBE added, as no agreement has yet been reached between Athens and its creditors nor are citizens and enterprises able to evaluate the content of the prospective deal.The foundation also estimates that the Greek economy is in a state of anticipation ahead of the new conditions that will define its framework, at least in the short term. The expectations of both people and businesses will then be shaped accordingly.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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De lexercice physique et moins de télévision pour vivre plus longtemps

first_imgDe l’exercice physique et moins de télévision pour vivre plus longtempsUne étude taïwanaise, publiée aujourd’hui, révèle que 15 minutes d’exercice physique par jour suffirait à allonger l’espérance de vie de trois ans. Une seconde étude, cette fois-ci australienne indique que regarder la télévision six heures par jour pourrait au contraire la réduire de cinq ans.Si l’on savait déjà qu’une vie trop sédentaire était mauvaise pour la santé, c’est une nouvelle alerte qu’émettent deux récentes études, l’une taïwanaise et l’autre australienne, publiées aujourd’hui. En effet, ces deux équipes de chercheurs ont étudié l’impact qu’avaient une pratique régulière d’exercice physique d’une part, et plusieurs heures passées devant la télévision d’autre part, sur l’espérance de vie. Les résultats publiés dans les revues The Lancet et le British Journal of Sports Medicine se sont alors révélés tout à fait parlant.A Taïwan, 400.000 volontaires ont été placés sous surveillance médicale complète de 1996 à 2008 et classés en cinq catégories selon leurs habitudes de vie : pas ou peu actives, moyennement actives, actives et très actives, explique l’AFP. Puis les chercheurs de l’Institut national de recherches médicales et de l’Université nationale du sport, tous deux basés à Taïwan, ont ensuite comparé les personnes qui faisaient de l’exercice à celles qui s’en abstenaient complètement. Au final, les scientifiques se sont alors aperçus que les personnes pratiquant au moins 15 minutes d’activité physique quotidienne réduisaient leur mortalité en moyenne de 14% et leur risque de cancer de 10%, soit une augmentation de l’espérance de vie de trois ans. Au contraire, les personnes ne pratiquant aucune activité physique voyaient leurs risques de mortalité augmenter de 17%, comparées aux groupes pratiquant un peu d’exercice physique, révèle l’AFP. Trop de télévision diminue l’espérance de vie À lire aussiPourquoi dit-on 15 – 30 – 40 au tennis ?De leur côté, les chercheurs australiens de l’université de Queensland ont étudié les données de près de 11.000 adultes âgés d’au moins 25 ans et suivis depuis 1999-2000. En utilisant une construction statistique rapporté à l’ensemble de la population australienne, ils ont alors calculé que six heures de télévision quotidiennes réduisaient l’espérance de vie de cinq ans. Une conséquence bien évidemment due à l’inactivité physique provoquée par cette occupation.Si ces deux études ne sont donc pas inédites, elles confirment une nouvelle fois l’importance de garder une activité physique régulière, même de courte durée et ce, quelque soit son âge. Le 16 août 2011 à 15:54 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

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Super Mario Odyssey and Other E3 Nintendo Switch Games That Arent Zelda

first_img For weeks I’ve been letting you know about the plethora of cool, smaller, indie games on the Nintendo Switch. But let’s be real. For many, the next true game of note to hit Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid that isn’t Zelda is the beautiful and incomprehensibly strange Super Mario Odyssey. At E3 (and more recently, at an extended hands-on event here in New York) we finally took a brief trip to New Donk City, and even tried out some other big games Nintendo has on the horizon.Super Mario Odyssey is a Switch Game That Isn’t Zelda, but it’s closer than you’d think. Nintendo likes to say this is a 3D platformer more in the vein of Super Mario 64 than the acclaimed but more linear Super Mario Galaxy. But even in our limited sandbox Odyssey’s openness feels closer to an open-world game like Grand Theft Auto or the latest Zelda than what the N64 was capable of delivering.Mario climbs skyscrapers and bounces off taxi cabs. He pulls up a map to fast travel. He uses different regional currency to buy mafioso outfits and lunar fuel like some kind of moon man. He takes on quests from Mayor Pauline (who also sings the jazzy vocal theme song that’s classic and timeless in a way Mario himself might enjoy) to track down musicians. He enters pipes into 2D sidescrolling levels projected against the wall like graffiti, still wearing whatever new outfit he has like a dusty zoot suit. And he throws his hat to create a new platform to bounce off of for more elaborate platforming.While I welcomed the return to free exploration, I feared the open hub-like levels might lack the tight, directed, obstacle course challenges that make Super Mario Galaxy and Super Mario 3D World so great. It’s a catch-22. Fortunately, in both New Donk City and the Mexico-inspired Tostarena Town, veering off in any direction in these dense Japanese gardens of environments would most likely result in me finding some new platforming challenge, like hopping on girders to find Captain Toad or making my way up an inverted desert pyramid. Plus, the sheer joy and immediacy of Mario’s movement applied to an open world makes simple exploration more fun and worthwhile than even Zelda.Oh, and Mario’s hat can now possess the living. That’s the casual gameplay bombshell Nintendo revealed during their E3 spotlight. In a Mexican-themed desert kingdom, we took control of Bullet Bills to reach faraway trinkets. But the more existential horror came when we “cap-tured” a realistic human man in New Donk City to drive an RC car. Taking on new forms provides new gameplay mechanics with unreal creativity that could power entire indie games on their own, and Super Mario Odyssey constantly throws them at you like no biggie. We are dying to see more. Super Mario Odyssey launches October 27.Surprisingly, the one game that rivaled Odyssey in terms of beauty and sheer Mario strangeness was the long-rumored Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle. The Nintendo reps straight-up admitted this is an X-COM-style turn-based strategy game just with Mario and Ubisoft’s furry, better Minions. Sorry, Rayman.Whatever you think of the Rabbids, the version of the Mushroom Kingdom Ubisoft has crafted with them is undeniably eye-catching. Colorful cartoony natural landscapes bounce and breathe alongside the comedic Looney Tunes animations of the characters. It almost looks like a pre-rendered Donkey Kong game. And the landscapes hold puzzles to solve outside of the combat. But soon the visual splendor faded into the background as I became engrossed in the tactics. The strategy mechanics, from half vs. full cover to likelihood of hits to weapon load outs to passive skills, feel very familiar an as X-COM fan. But seeing them in a Mario context made by a non-Nintendo developer is just so great in a weird, bootleg way. Mario can equip a Bowser-themed gun called Hell in a Shell.The trademark technique, at least in this demo, is jumping one unit off of another unit to expand its movement options. So you could do something like have Mario dash attack through an enemy, jump off of Rabbid Peach, land behind cover, and fire at another enemy. Add in wrinkles like pipe shortcuts across the map and foes like Chain-Chomps that attack anyone, and there’s real potential for complex strategies. The boss fight against a Piranha Rabbid had me activating special moves like elemental barriers and causing status effects by blasting burning blocks. I hope the rest of the game is tough enough to demand thinking that clever. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle launches August 29.Splatoon 2 is only a month away, and we already got to check it out its revamped competitive multiplayer during the March test fires. However, at E3 we played the cooperative Salmon Run mode. Four players team up to blast hordes of nasty fish and collect their valuable eggs. Like any good millennials, the squid kids are freelancers completing quotas. It’s a great bit of Splatoon lore.Horde modes have been great fits in third-person shooters for years now. Splatoon 2 is no different. Learning the attack patterns of boss fish, usually by dying, was good and chaotic fun. Even at five percent difficulty, our team had trouble, and the max is 100 percent. Salmon Run goes a long way toward making Splatoon 2 feel like a real sequel. My only worries are the less-than-ideal voice chat solutions for team communication and the fact that online play for the mode is limited to certain times. That’s lame and seems unnecessary. The only way to play whenever you want is locally with friends. Splatoon 2 launches July 21.Speaking of teammates, I also got to play a little FIFA 18 on the Switch. I’m no soccer fan, and I can’t meaningfully analyze a soccer sim. But the EA reps insist that the Switch version’s lack of the recent Frostbite engine only impacts it on a visual level. The custom engine should make it play like other versions of the game on other consoles, except now it’s also portable. And while the game is also missing the single-player story mode, the popular Ultimate Team feature (where players assemble their own dream teams with or without micro-transactions) is intact. People who know more about FIFA than I do will tell you how the Switch version stacks up when FIFA 18 launches September 29.The last game we saw was Fire Emblem Warriors coming this fall. It sure is a Dynasty Warriors game all right. You slash a bunch of mooks with increasingly large and ridiculous anime attacks to take over outposts. The pleasing visuals reminded me of the cutscenes from 3DS Fire Emblem games, and it certainly looked better than the other Switch Warriors game I played on the show floor, Fate/Extella. I’m curious to see if any of Fire Emblem‘s strategy roots will mitigate the infamous brainlessness of the Musou genre. And while characters can pair up on the battlefield, if they can’t romance each other like in more recent Fire Emblem games that’s a huge missed opportunity. You see? The Nintendo Switch has Games That Aren’t Zelda. And we’re going to keep telling you about them.Buy it now!The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WindNintendo SwitchEssential Nintendo Switch AccessoriesView as: One Page Slides1/51. Mario can capture the souls of the living in fake New York and fake Mexico in Super Mario Odyssey.2. FIFA 18 on Switch is a soccer sim for the home and on the go.3. Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle is an X-COM-style strategy game featuring two franchises you’d never think would cross over.4. Salmon Run is the new co-op mode in Nintendo’s paintball team shooter Splatoon 2.5. Fire Emblem Warriors is Dynasty Warriors but with all of your favorite anime husbands and wives.Let us know how we’re doing The Xbox One X Looks Nice, But Twice as Nice as the Xbox One?Hands-On: Mega Man Legacy Collection 2 is a Blast of Pure Nostalgia Stay on targetlast_img read more

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Suicidal man on I-5 freeway ramp rescued after hour

first_imgTraffic around Interstate 5 near downtown Vancouver and the Columbia River was blocked for more than an hour Thursday while officials coaxed a suicidal man off the ledge of an interchange ramp.Officers responded shortly after 5 p.m. for a report of a suicidal subject seen on the Interstate 5 exit to state Highway 14, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.Southbound traffic on Interstate 5 was stopped near Highway 14. The Interstate 5 ramp southbound onto state Highway 14 was blocked off while officers and crisis negotiators responded. Northbound interstate traffic, coming over the bridge, was re-routed to Highway 14.Washington State Trooper Will Finn said on Twitter the man had tied himself to a light pole and was threatening to jump.The man had tied rope to wires cut from a light pole, and Clark County sheriff’s Deputy Jim Payne spotted him while driving home, according to the sheriff’s office.The man had climbed onto the barrier and threatened to jump, and Payne started talking to him until crisis negotiators responded.After about an hour, the man climbed from the barrier and was peacefully taken into custody, the sheriff’s office said.By the time it was all over, southbound traffic on Interstate 5 was backed up to about state Highway 500.The man was transported to a hospital for evaluation, according to Finn.The freeway was reopened in both directions by about 6:10 p.m.last_img read more

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Simeone talks after defeating Rayo Vallecano

first_imgThe Atletico Madrid boss had many things to say after his team barely won 1-0 in the second fixture of the 2018-2019 La Liga seasonFor Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone, compliments and critics have to be taken with a grain of salt.After defeating Rayo Vallecano 1-0, Los Colchoneros’ boss spoke about what the first victory of the season means for the club.“Compliments and critics don’t depend on us”, he said according to Spanish newspaper Marca.“Work, compromise and humility are what depends on us.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.He also talked about the difficulty of the match, which was decided by an Antoine Griezmaan goal at the 63th-minute mark.“It was difficult from the start, we did not start well. We were late to find our game,” he said.“In the first half, we both had chances. And in the second half, we were able to become better.”“But after the goal, we couldn’t recover the ball as we wanted. This was good for Rayo,” he added.last_img read more

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Sitka tribal council pens FBI alleging racism in police dept

first_imgOn Tuesday (11-17-15), Sitka’s tribal council wrote a letter to the Anchorage division of the FBI, regarding a tasing incident of a Native Alaska teenager in the Sitka jail last year. The letter alleges that prejudice exists within the Sitka Police Department and asks the FBI to consult the tribe during the investigation.Download AudioTo see a copy of the letter click here: STA Letter to FBIThe letter was written to the special agent in charge at the FBI, the agency investigating the tasing of Franklin Hoogendorn last year. The letter asks for a couple of things. The first is to consider racial bias as a factor in the case.Sitka’s tribal council penned a letter to the FBI investigating the arrest of a Native Alaskan teenager last year. In it, they express concerns the conduct was influenced by race. (Emily Kwong/KCAW photo)The letter reads, “This incident is symptomatic of other actions by the Sitka Police Department which have alarmed citizens of this Tribe for many years. Many of our citizens believe such prejudice does exist within the local police department.”Tribal Chairman Mike Baines wrote the letter and said, “I’ve heard of a lot of Natives getting assaulted by the police and that kind of thing. That it’s pretty common. That’s one of our main concerns and it’s been coming out nationwide that it’s happening all over. It’s just a real concern for us and we want to do what we can to stop it growing locally.”At present, Sitka Tribe of Alaska has 4,000 enrolled tribal citizens. Hoogendorn is a citizen of the Native Village of Koyuk, outside of Nome. Baines would not go into further detail about the incidents described in the letter, nor would the tribe’s attorney. I asked Baines whether he felt the issue was department-wide or isolated to single officers.Baines said, “I think there’s some that are pretty respectful and I’ve had pretty successful interactions with some of them. But the way that the police chief said that the incident didn’t break any department laws…I think that’ s a pretty big concern that the policies allowed for them to taser young man is a pretty big issue.”Shortly after the arrest took place on September 6, 2014, the Sitka police chief Sheldon Schmitt reviewed the footage and determined that the actions of the three officers complied with arrest policies and that those policies have been changed since. KCAW’s public records request for those policies was denied.In sending the letter, Baines also asks for inclusion. The letter cites the Clinton-era Executive Order 13175, which requires federal agencies to consult tribal governments when considering policies that would impact tribal communities. The letter says, “The Sitka Tribe of Alaska is ready, willing, and able to do government-to-government consultation.”Meanwhile, the FBI investigation is pending and for this reason, the city administrator Mark Gorman and police lieutenant Jeff Ankerfelt said the city and the police department had no comment at this time.The FBI also could not comment on any correspondence, but did say that, as with all investigations, the agency follows up on all leads.last_img read more

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Jagan Mohan Reddy is an opportunistic politician DCC

first_imgKadapa: Describing Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy as an opportunistic politician, Congress senior leader and District Congress Committee(DCC) president N.Tulasi Reddy alleged that Jagan has no moral right to speak about credibility in politics as he was responsible for pledging the future of AP people at the feet of Telangana chief minister K.Chandra Sekhar Rao by attending as chief guest to inauguration of Kaleswaram lift irrigation scheme. Also Read – Women docs appointed in key posts in Tirupati Advertise With Us Addressing press conference at Vempalli on Saturday the DCC president recalled that Jagan Mohan Reddy had performed a 3 day Jaladeksha at Kurnool from 16th May to 18 in 2016 in protest against proposal of Telangana government constructing Kaleswaram, Palamuru Ranga Reddy lift irrigation schemes on Godavari, Krishna rivers without permissions and water allocations. During his speech Jagan Mohan Reddy called KCR as ‘Hitler’ and warned of face dire consequences from AP farmers if he go ahead of proposed projects. He said if lift irrigation projects were constructed on Godavari, Krishna rivers Andhra Pradesh would have become desert ultimately leads war for water between two states. Also Read – Event management students of SPMVV exhibit talent Advertise With Us The congress senior leader surprised what made Jagan Mohan Reddy to attend as chief guest for Kaleswaram project inauguration as once he opposed such proposal. Why he lauded KCR as God and feel fortunate participating in the event. “Jagan Mohan Reddy has no either clarity over the development of state or eradicating poverty as he always concentrating how to loot public money and protect his properties in Hyderabad. This is the example that chief minister is like Meka Vanne Puli as people of the state have seen his real face through this incident”. As responsible chief minister Jagan Mohan REddy should answer the people of his double standards over the construction of lift irrigation schemes on Godavari, Krishna rivers he questioned. Party leaders were present.last_img read more

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Akbaruddin Owaisi denies giving hate speech in Karimnagar

first_imgHyderabad: MIM floor leader Akbaruddin Owaisi has condemned the reports that he delivered a controversial speech in Karimnagar. “Recently, I gave a speech in Karimnagar, wherein I did not give any offensive or illegal statement nor I hurt the feelings of any community. However, some persons with ulterior motive for their political gain are adding words and creating different meanings as per their own desires and imagination. They also approached police and misled them. My speech doesn’t constitute any offense,” he said. Also Read – Hyderabad: Intermediate student dies of cardiac arrest in class Advertise With Us I have not contravened any provision of law,” Akbaruddin Owaisi said in a statement on Friday. Akbaruddin Owaisi Responds his Words |HMTV00:07/08:02 LIVE00:00AdvertisementNext Video×Akbaruddin Owaisi Responds his Words |HMTV00:00/03:55 LIVE00:00Loading Ad Next Video×last_img read more

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Bigg Boss Telugu 3 vote Who among these 8 contestants should be

first_img3Rahul Sipligunj8466 996 706 6Sreemukhi8466 996 713 Voting on Hotstar App1 – Download the Hotstar app from Playstore and install it on your smartphone.2 – Login to the page through your e-mail or Facebook account.3 – Type Bigg Boss Telugu in the Search bar and press Enter.4 – Click on the green ‘Vote’ button below the video5 – Find the names of the contestants who are facing elimination test this week.6 – You will get 10 votes per day till Saturday midnight. You can either cast those votes to one person or divide it among the nominated contestants.7 – One click on any contestant is considered one vote and you have to click ten times to cast 10 votes. Once you click on any contestant and you can take back that vote. You need to decide on who you want to vote for before clicking on anyone. 5Mahesh Vitta8466 996 712 4Punarnavi Bhupalam8466 996 709 8Vithika Sheru8466 996 715 2Himaja8466 996 705center_img NoContestantNumber Bigg Boss Telugu 3 vote system on Hotstar AppScreenshots of Hotstar AppEight contestants, including Sreemukhi, Vithika Sheru and Varun Sandesh, have been nominated for the elimination from Akkineni Nagarjuna’s reality TV show Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in the second week.Bigg Boss kick-started the nomination process for the second week elimination on Monday and he called in one by one to confession room. Before this, he warned that the contestants should not discuss about nominations. If anyone does it, he or she will be nominated directly. Since it is the first day for Tamanna inside the house, she is safe from the eviction and nobody should nominate her name.Thirteen contestants nominated 2 names each. But Bigg Boss announced that Vithika Sheru had missed the chance to nominate as she was seen talking to Varun Sandesh about something related to it. Though the couple denied discussing it, Bigg Boss did not invite her to nominate two participants for eviction.On the other hand, Baba Bhaskar initially could not nominate anyone, because he found it difficult. Bigg Boss insisted upon nominating someone as per the task. He said that he would to nominate himself. Bigg Boss asked him to take more time to think on it. However, he nominated two contestants later after Sreemukhi and other contestants convinced him to do it. Have your say in the pollVote: Who among these 8 contestants should be eliminated from Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in week 2? 1. Vithika Sheru 18.4% 2. Sreemukhi 17.89% 3. Mahesh Vitta 15.59% 4. Jaffar Babu 12.21% 5. Himaja Reddy 10% 6. Varun Sandesh 9.46% 7. Punarnavi Bhupalam 8.78% 8. Rahul Sipligunj 7.67% 7Varun Sandesh8466 996 714 Bigg Boss finally announced that contestants like Sreemukhi, Himaja, Vithika Sheru, Rahul Sipligunj, Mahesh Vitta, Jaffar Babu, Varun Sandesh and Punarnavi Bhupalam were nominated for elimination from Akkineni Nagarjuna’s Bigg Boss Telugu 3 in week 2. Audience have two options like missed call and voting on hotstar app to save their favourite housemates. Here are the steps to save them.Missed call from PhoneStep 1: Find your favourite Bigg Boss Telugu bontestant missed call number form the below table.Step 2: Dial it.Step 3: Give missed call to that number.Step 4: Your vote is submitted.Note: Only 10 missed call can be given from one phone number in a week.Here are the Missed Call Numbers of Bigg Boss Telugu 3 contestantsNoNoContestantContestantNumberNumberNo1ContestantJaffarNumber8466 996 704No2ContestantHimajaNumber8466 996 705No3ContestantRahul SipligunjNumber8466 996 706No4ContestantPunarnavi BhupalamNumber8466 996 709No5ContestantMahesh VittaNumber8466 996 712No6ContestantSreemukhiNumber8466 996 713No7ContestantVarun SandeshNumber8466 996 714No8ContestantVithika SheruNumber8466 996 715 1Jaffar8466 996 704last_img read more

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Google AI Turns Selfies Into Ethereal Poetry Portraits

first_img Robot Dog Astro Can Sit, Lie Down, and Save LivesMIT’s AI Knitting System Designs, Creates Woven Garments Stay on target Roses are red, violets are blue, donate a word, and Google’s AI will write a poem for you.From the folks who brought you fine-art doppelgängers and 3D world heritage tours comes POEMPORTRAITS, an online collective artwork that superimposes unique verses on an ethereal self-portrait.Described by creator Es Devlin as “a combination of poetry, design, and machine learning,” the program invites people to generate their own compositions, and contribute to an evolving poem.Visit g.co/poemportraits to “donate” a word of your choice and take a selfie (or skip that step for text only), then watch as the computer ponders life, the universe, and everything to come up with a (sometimes incomprehensible) stanza.Create a personalized poem, with the help of AI (via Google)“Each word you donate will be expanded into original lines of poetry by an algorithm that’s trained on millions of words of 19th century poetry,” according to Devlin.The London-based artist and stage designer teamed with Google Arts & Culture and Ross Goodwin to create the technology behind POEMPORTRAITS.“It works a bit like predictive text,” Devlin said. “It doesn’t copy or rework existing phrases, but uses its training material to build a complex statistical model.“The resulting poems can be surprisingly poignant, and at other times nonsensical,” she admitted. “And it’s the profoundly human way that we seek and find personal resonance in machine-generated text that’s the essence of this project.”Case in point: I offered the word “dystopia,” and got this in return: “That dystopia still compasses the world. The calm of the sun and the sunshine.”It’s quite addictive, really. After each AI-generated poem, I dive back in with another word—”tulip,” “media,” “technology,” “equality,” “ampersand.” I’m not sure if I’m making the collective poem better or worse, but I can’t seem to stop.One of the first in-browser selfie filters that responds to the shape of your face, POEMPORTRAITS may not work on some mobile devices.More on Geek.com:Rare Bonnie and Clyde Poetry, Photos to Hit Auction BlockAI-Powered ‘Private Detector’ Protects Bumble Users From Dick PicsArtificial Intelligence Created an Entirely New Sportlast_img read more

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Ebola waned but so did human bonds

first_imgHow would you assess the impact of Ebola in the entire African region, particularly the 3 most affected countries?Ebola outbreak was declared in March 2014, but Indian media did not do much at the time, although I tried to reach out. Media around the world put my country or our  three countries in the spotlight. Anyway now everyone knows what’s happening in my country. In fact Ebola fever epidemic killed nearly more than 5,000 and infected close to 10,000 in the the countries- Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. And all those three countries are located in the West African region, so that deadly fever has affected the human relationship, and it has affected the country, the trade, it has affected all the activities in the country. Also Read – FM favours cess over additional tax for compensating statesIn West Africa, we belong to the community called Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) where there is no requirement of a visa, if you want to travel from one country to another. Therefore, there is free movement of people and free movement of goods as well. So those three countries are neighboring countries and can see how people are willing to move freely from one country to another. We used to do that, it is more or less the same, just that people have been divided into three territories. It is not easy to control the border. Ebola’s impact has been on every single aspect of human life in the country. It has changed even the way people are behaving. For instance in our country we greet people by a handshake. And today due to the Ebola scare, people are not shaking hands, even blood relations. Also Read – Indian eves lose to NZ in four-nation series openerThis disease has changed the way of life in these three countries. Thanks to the international communities including India, I feel that now it is under control and I was reading a report that said that from next week some vaccines will be available and they will start experimenting. We were supposed to organise the African Cup of Nations. A big soccer event that periodically takes place in Africa. Morocco was supposed to host the event but now the soccer authorities in the country are looking for other countries to host the event for Africa. Similarly, many international conferences that were supposed to take place in Africa have been postponed. Even here in India we were supposed to have the third edition of the African India Forum Summit but it has been cancelled due to the breakout of Ebola. So basically this is my assessment, not only it has affected the three countries but the whole sub region as a whole.  Tell us about its impact on your country?As far as my country is concerned, the latest statistics which came out yesterday,  show that 1,659 people have been infected and 966 have died. The rate of mortality is nearly 58.2 per cent including medical personnel. 94 of the medical staff have been infected and 43 have died. So the rate is nearly 46.23 per cent- which is a lot!What are the steps the government or people are taking to control the disease?Lack of awareness is the main issue. We have to convince the population as a whole that this disease is curable although there is no vaccine yet, to cure. The main steps we have taken is the awareness campaign and which involves all the leadership, all political and religious leaders, the civil servants and the national bodies are involved in the fight. So today, according to statistics, the scope is now decreasing and is stablising. There are no more new infections. This happened because  of what the leadership did in the country. They increased the awareness campaign and told people what to do, what not to do, why to wash hands and what to do incase someone is affected- quickly to be taken to a treatment centre. And whoever that person has contact with has to be followed too, medically speaking. So that’s what the country has been doing, and we have received a lot of support from WHO, from France, from USA, from China, from India, from Canada and from so many countries around the world. So in the near future, before the end of the year, we are hoping to receive a good signal from my country. You see for instance, I was reading from the newspaper that Liberia has waved the state of emergency for medical reasons. That state of emergency has been waved to allow people to move freely because they have assessed that the infection rate is stable and people more and more are understanding that yes the disease is curable – if you go early to the treatment centre, but if you stay home, you wont be cured and you will infect the people surrounding you as well. So that is what we have been doing, I feel that the campaign has been successful.You mentioned that your country has received tremendous response from countries all over the world. Please elaborate.Yes. From Asia: China, India and Malaysia ahve contributed trmemdously. India contributed up to 12.5 million USD to WHO and  which has directly affected countries. And China did a lot as well- they sent logistics, money and even sent personnel. But even while we are talking about some countries making contribution I can’t call it absolute, it is just an overview. From west, France is on the front line. France is even establishing a hospital in one of the affected areas and the French foreign minister is in Guinea since yesterday as we speak. USA has done a lot, they have sent 3,000 trucks to Monrovia in Liberia. United Kingdom, Germany, Netherlands have sent money. Its a concern for everybody in the world as we have seen some cases in USA and also in Spain. People are travelling. People make contact and we cannot stop that. This deadly disease has to be fought strongly. Developing countries are suffering because the health infrastructure is too poor as compared to the developed countries you. So it is a huge cause for every one. And I really appreciate the contribution made by the whole world to fight the disease. And I am sure that in the near future, we will find the appropriate drug to eradicate it completely.Can you please share with me, how do India and Guinea engage with each other. What kind of relationship do they have with each other?I think that should have been the first question. Of course, India and Guinea are friendly countries. They share lot of things in common. Because they are all independent states and they belong to so many international organisations for instance United Nations, Non Aligned Movement and other organisations around the world, so the relationship has enough strategy and history behind it too. India was the first country to open its diplomatic mission in Guinea. Until 1988, India had  an embassy in Conakry but for some reason it was closed down and currently your embassy in Cote D’Ivore, is taking care of Guinea.As far as development is concerned, India has been funding so many projects in Guinea, in the sector of power (energy). India has been providing funding  for the transportation sector. We have more than 100 buses from TATA. Since I am here, we will be working together. India will be funding up to $35 million in the sector of strengthening our health system and nearly $60 million in the sector of agriculture. Some projects are on in the sector of food processing, in providing fertilisers for agriculture, in providing machines for agriculture. In the sector of education we have some students here. When it comes to international affairs and international issues, we support each other. So far we have upto 12-15 students studying in universities and high schools in India. And the number will be increasing as India is allocating every year, scholarship platforms for students from the 8th to the 12th standard. Although as countries, we use different languages, it is not a barrier. I feel that basically as a developing country, India,  being one of the largest democracies in the world has inspired so many countries in Africa including Guinea.last_img read more

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