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Shah encouraging people to violate SC order on Sabarimala: Kejriwal

first_imgNew Delhi, Oct 28 (PTI) Delhi Chief Minister and AAP national convener Arvind Kejriwal Sunday alleged that BJP president Amit Shah through his comments on the Sabarimala verdict was “actively encouraging people to violate the Supreme Court order”. The chief minister hoped that the apex court would take cognisance of Shah’s remarks. “Amit Shah actively encouraging people to violate SC orders. Creating anarchy. Hopefully, SC will take cognisance (sic),” Kejriwal tweeted. Addressing a gathering in Kerala’s Kannur on Saturday, Shah listed court verdicts which have not been implemented, including on ‘Jallikattu’ (traditional bull taming sport of Tamil Nadu) and prohibiting loudspeakers in mosques, and said “impractical” directions should not be given by courts and they should pass orders that can be implemented. On September 28, the Supreme Court paved the way for entry of women of all ages into the Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala in Kerala. A five-judge constitution bench in its 4:1 verdict, had said that banning the entry of women of menstrual age into the shrine is gender discrimination and the practice violates rights of Hindu women. PTI BUN SMNlast_img read more

The Coaches Poll – #8

first_imgWe’ve been here before too, quite recently really. In 2009 the Zac and Dez show Cowboys started at #11 in the coaches poll before handling Georgia and leapfrogging five teams to land at #6 in week 2 behind (in order): Florida, Texas, USC, Alabama, and Penn State. I got a text from Nolo about four minutes after that poll came out that read, “Florida! Texas! USC! Alabama! Penn State! Are those college football teams you want to be associated with?!?!?!?!”Then we played Houston at home and you know the rest.I’m also curious as to what goes on in the minds of coaches when they’re voting on stuff like this: “okay Florida State, man they’re going to be good this year with Bowden and Ponder running the show. Top five for sure. LSU too with Jamarcus Russel, man I don’t know if we could beat them.” I mean these people literally do not care about anything besides their teams winning the games on their schedules. It’s absolute insanity that the way they vote is 1/3 responsible for the two teams playing for the national title and millions of dollars (indirectly of course).A few more thoughts on the new coaches poll (I know we don’t care, but I’m going to break it down anyway!!): Preseason polls are kind of like Bill Simmons’ annual trade value column. A hell of a lot of fun to read and study and argue about but in the end mostly not that meaningful.Well, not meaningful in the sense that they don’t really hold much weight as to who’s good and who’s not good (Auburn was #22 this time last year).Unfortunately for the college football fan, since the NCAA is stuck somewhere between the late 70s and Doug Flutie’s BC career in terms of progressiveness, polls actually do mean something when it comes to who plays for the national title.And that actually turns out to be a good thing for #8 (in the coaches poll) Oklahoma State this year since they only need to win twelve straight sixty minute college football games and have six teams in front of them lose once and we’ll all be dancing on Bourbon street in five months.See the problem for OSU (and really the problem with preseason polls in general) has always been that if you don’t start high enough it’s nearly impossible to crack the top 10 or top 15 which would earn you hype and a national following which means you go to a bowl that pays a lot of money and…well you get the point.In college negotiations classes they teach you that you need to set a base (or an “anchor”) from which to negotiate. Once you set the anchor it’s harder for me to pull you away from that spot in our arguments. The same is true for preseason polls. It’s why you have undeserving big-name teams sitting in the top 15 at the end of the season after a lackluster year – because it’s harder to move up or down no matter what you do once you’re anchored by the weight of that preseason ranking. Even though the initial ranking is based on what you did nine to ten months ago. The whole thing makes my head hurt.Last year OSU started outside the top 25 and proceeded to outscore its opponents 297-173 in the first six games. They “rose” to #14 but still had four 1-loss teams ahead of them. If that same scenario takes place this year I can bet you whatever amount of money Dez Bryant has on him in jewelry right now OSU will not have four teams ahead of them in the polls. It’s simple math really: jumping over a large amount of teams in a poll voted on by humans is harder than jumping over a small amount of teams. Last year they could have run the table and Mike Holder could have given Mark Emmert a lap dance and there’s a 0% chance they would have been playing for crystal in Tempe. This year though? If you go undefeated you’re absolutely playing for the title unless a.) two teams ahead of you don’t lose or b.) a team from the SEC behind you doesn’t lose. Texas was 5-7 last year and lost to Iowa State at home and is ranked #24.Tulsa was 10-3 last year and beat Houston and Notre Dame on the road and didn’t get a vote.I’m liking that OU is #1 because that means they’re probably going to be AP #1 too…and you know what that means!!Teams I think will finish higher than where they start: West Virginia, Mississippi State, and MichiganTeams I think will finish lower than where they start: OU, LSU, and Nebraska.This OSU team is where it should be: in the top ten with a world of expectations. That late September game with A&M will almost definitely be between two top ten (and maybe top eight or seven) squads and Kyle Field is going to be a war zone. It’s going to be phenomenal.So here it is Cowboys, take care of business in September and you’ll be a top five squad going into October with the table set for a title run. New Orleans has never been closer to Stillwater than it is right now. If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

Nebraska WR Keyan Williams Announces Transfer Destination

first_imgFlag members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers perform before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights.LINCOLN, NE – SEPTEMBER 23: Flag members of the Nebraska Cornhuskers perform before the game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Memorial Stadium on September 23, 2017 in Lincoln, Nebraska. (Photo by Steven Branscombe/Getty Images)Nebraska wide receiver Keyan Williams announced earlier this month that he had decided to transfer out of the Huskers’ program. The wideout announced this morning where he’s decided to transfer to.Williams, the son of Nebraska’s former wide receivers coach, announced back on May 14 that he was going to transfer.The 5-foot-10, 195-pound wide receiver is graduating from Nebraska. He’ll be eligible to play right away a grad transfer in 2018.This was his full announcement at the time of his transfer:#GBRAlways ??— Keyan Williams (@Primetime_IX) May 14, 2018Williams is a New Orleans, La. native. He first played at Fresno State.He announced this morning that he’s committed to Ball State.ITS TIME.— Keyan Williams (@Primetime_IX) May 29, 2018Best of luck at Ball State, Keyan.last_img read more

Michigan Has Landed A Grad Transfer QB From A Big Ten School

first_imgView of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes.SALT LAKE CITY, UT – SEPTEMBER 3: View of a Michigan Wolverines football helmet before their game against the Utah Utes at Rice-Eccles Stadium on September 3, 2015 in Salt Lake City, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr/Getty Images)The Michigan quarterback room appears to have gotten a little more crowded. The Wolverines have added a grad transfer at the position.Interestingly, the new addition comes from a fellow Big Ten team. Illinois quarterback Jeff George Jr. is heading to Michigan.George Jr., the son of former NFL QB Jeff George, announced his intentions to transfer to UM last night.He has two seasons of eligibility remaining.Go Blue!!! 〽️?— Jeff George Jr (@jgeorgeqb) June 13, 2018At first glance, this seems like a curious move. George Jr. was a two-star recruit out of high schoo in 2014 l and Michigan is already well-stocked at the quarterback position.The Wolverines have Shea Patterson, Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton, so George Jr. looks like a distant fifth on the depth chart. However, if he’s enrolling as a walk-on, which seems likely, the move makes more sense.George Jr. enrolled at Illinois as a grayshirt in 2015 and redshirted the 2015 season. He threw for 1,743 yards, 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in two seasons at Illinois.Against Michigan in 2016, George Jr. completed 4-of-15 passes for 95 yards, one touchdown and one interception.last_img read more

Services disrupted on Delhi Metros Magenta line

first_imgNew Delhi: Passengers on the Delhi Metro’s Magenta Line faced hardship on Sunday as services were disrupted on the corridor for nearly two hours due to some technical issues, officials said. Magenta Line connects Botanical Garden in Noida to Janakpuri West stations in Delhi, both stations being interchange facilities. Around 9:30 am, the DMRC tweeted about the snag and disruption in services. “Due to a technical issue, train services will be run in following loops temporarily:1) Between Janakpuri West & R K Puram 2) Between Botanical Garden & Kalkaji,” it tweeted. Also Read – Bangla Sahib Gurudwara bans use of all types of plastic items Officials said, trains were operated on a single line between R K Puram and Kalkaji Mandir stations temporarily, adding exact cause of the snag was being ascertained. In an official statement, DMRC said, “Train services on Line-8 (Magenta) between Kalkaji and R K Puram section were affected today from 8.55 AM to 11 AM due to motoring problem being reported from a train at Chirag Delhi UP platform (going towards Janakpuri West). It stated that after local troubleshooting measures, the train was withdrawn from service after deboarding its passengers at Chirag Delhi to avoid further delay on the Line and sent to depot for investigation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder “During this period,services were run normal between Janakpuri West and R K Puram section as one loop and Kalkaji Mandir to Botanical Garden section as another loop. Whereas, connectivity was provided on the affected section between Kalkaji Mandir to R.K. Puram section on single line during the period,” it also stated. Several commuters took to Twitter to share the hassles they faced on the Magenta Line. “In Magenta Line metro at Okhla Vihar station…Train is standing here from last 10 minutes and doing exactly same at every other station,” @iamtuhindixit tweeted. Around 11 am, the issue was resolved and normal services were resumed, officials said.last_img read more

No winning ticket for Saturday nights 13 million Lotto 649 jackpot

first_imgTORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $13 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the $1 million guaranteed prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Ontario.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Sept. 6 will be approximately $16 million.last_img

TSX advances as Loblaw moves to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Chinese data

The Toronto stock market was higher Monday, led by strength in the consumer staples sector after grocery giant Loblaw Cos. Ltd. announced plans to buy Shoppers Drug Mart Corp. for $12.4 billion in cash and stock.The S&P/TSX composite index gained 86.28 points to 12,548.46.In a related move, Loblaw’s majority owner, George Weston Ltd. (TSX:WN) will subscribe for 10.5 million additional shares of the grocer for $47.55, the closing price for Loblaw shares on Friday. Proceeds from the Weston stock purchase will be used to pay a portion of the Shoppers purchase.Traders also applauded the deal, sending Loblaw shares up $4.08 or 8.58 per cent to $51.63 while George Weston climbed $4.92 to $88.20.Loblaw is offering $33.18 in cash plus about six-tenths of a Loblaw common share for each Shoppers Drug Mart common share. Shoppers shares surged $12.84 or 26.59 per cent to $61.24 as holders of Shoppers stock also have the option of receiving $61.54 cash but the amount of cash is capped at $6.7 billion and the number of shares is capped at 119.9 million.The Canadian dollar was down 0.13 of a cent 96.06 cents US.U.S. indexes were lacklustre despite better than expected earnings from banking giant Citigroup. Both the Dow industrials and S&P 500 closed at fresh record highs on Friday, and on Monday the Dow edged up 9.79 points to 15,474.09, the Nasdaq composite index was 2.98 points higher to 3,603.06 while the S&P 500 index rose one point to 1,681.19.Other data showed that U.S. retail sales increased last month. While overall sales were up, much of that increase was driven by higher gas prices and volatile auto sales. Core retail sales rose just 0.15 per cent, the weakest showing since January.The report from the Commerce Department showed some weakness at retail stores, particularly department stores.Citigroup turned in earnings of US$1.25 a share, ex-items, which beat analyst forecasts of $1.17. Its shares were up almost two per cent. Citigroup shares climbed 52 cents to $51.33.The strong showing followed earnings on Friday from JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo that also beat forecasts.There was also relief that a slowdown in China’s economic growth wasn’t as sharp as previously thought. The world’s second-largest economy grew 7.5 per cent from a year earlier in the second quarter, slowing from the previous quarter’s 7.7 per cent, as weak trade and a clampdown on lending took their toll.A clampdown on risky lending at state banks had contributed to worries that China’s growth might fall below seven per cent.Other data showed that growth in Chinese factory output slowed to 9.3 per cent for the first half of the year, down 0.2 percentage points from the first quarter’s rate. And retail sales growth decelerated to 12.7 per cent for the first quarter, declining by 1.7 percentage points from a year earlier.However, signs of slowing Chinese growth depressed other commodity prices. Oil retreated with the August contract on the Nymex down 30 cents to US$105.65 a barrel.Oil is up about 10 per cent so far this month, jolted higher by unexpectedly sharp drops in U.S. crude and gasoline inventories, which suggest stronger demand. The energy sector was up 0.04 per cent.The September copper contract on the New York Mercantile Exchange down three cents to US$3.13 a pound. The base metals sector was off 0.4 per cent. First Quantum Minerals (TSX:FM) declined 30 cents to $15.48.The utilities group was the strongest gainer next to the consumer staples group which houses Loblaw, Shoppers and George Weston, up 0.85 per cent. Just Energh Group (TSX:JE) rose 12 cents to $6.95.The industrials component was ahead 0.7 per cent as Canadian Pacific Railway (TSX:CP) advanced $1.23 to $132.96.The financials group was ahead 0.5 per cent while Manulife Financial (TSX:MFC) improved by 24 cents to $18.20.The TSX gold sector was slightly lower while August bullion gained $5.90 to US$1,283.50 an ounce.Endeavour Silver Corp. (TSX:EDR) were up 30 cents or 8.89 per cent to $3.67 after the miner said it is adjusting its second quarter revenue upward, saying the figure reported on July 10 was 12 per cent lower than it should have been. The revised revenues for Q2 are $71.3 million, up 76 per cent from $40.5 million in the same quarter last year. The company attributes the change to the marking to market of certain concentrate sales that had already received final pricing during the quarter.North American markets ended last week with strong gains after U.S. Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke reassured markets that the U.S. needs a “highly accommodative monetary policy,” or low interest rates, for the foreseeable future. The Fed is buying $85 billion a month in bonds to keep interest rates low.In other corporate news, Fiera Properties Ltd., a joint-venture between Fiera Capital Corp. (TSX:FSZ) and Fiera Properties’ management team, is launching a diversified open-ended property fund. The Fiera Properties CORE Fund will be managed by Fiera Properties’ real estate portfolio management team. Fiera Capital shares added 13 cents to $12.08.European bourses advanced with London’s FTSE 100 index ahead 0.59 per cent, Frankfurt’s DAX rose 0.17 per cent and the Paris CAC 40 was up 0.56 per cent. read more

Quebec Newfoundland and Labrador face pension risk Moodys

TORONTO — Quebec and Newfoundland and Labrador face the biggest pension risk among Canadian provinces due to large shortfalls in their pension funds, ratings agency Moody’s says.Moody’s said Thursday that Saskatchewan also has a large pension deficit, but noted it has closed its defined-benefit plans and takes a pay-as-you-go approach to funding them.“In both Quebec and in Newfoundland and Labrador, relatively large unfunded pension liabilities pose a challenge as they are likely to continue to rise for multiple reasons,” Moody’s analyst Michael Yake wrote in a report.The report said average asset returns have been lower since 2008-09, while the discount rates which are used to calculate liabilities have fallen and the average life expectancy of pensioners is rising.Saskatchewan and Newfoundland and Labrador had the highest ratio of unfunded liabilities to revenues at 55%, while Quebec stood at 49%, it said.Ontario was the best positioned as the only province with a small surplus.“We believe that credit risk tied to pensions is manageable because of the relatively small size of unfunded liabilities as a share of revenue and because we expect the provinces that are facing the highest liabilities to enact reforms,” Yake wrote.“If they do not, then credit risk could rise.”The provinces are not alone in facing the problem of underfunded pensions in the wake of the financial crisis.Several of the biggest names in corporate Canada also face deficits in their employee pension plans, forcing them to put millions into the plans.Canadian Pacific Railway, Canadian National Railway, Bell Canada, MTS Allstream, Canada Post and NAV Canada have all lobbied Ottawa in hopes of gaining some measure of funding relief for their pension plans.Air Canada struck a deal earlier this year to give it some help, but the relief came with rules that set limits on executive pay and prevent it from paying dividends to shareholders and buying back stock. read more

Portugal truckers plan another strike risking gas supplies

LISBON, Portugal — Portuguese tanker truck drivers have announced a new walkout, just days after returning to work and resuming talks with employers in a pay dispute.The Hazardous Materials Drivers Union said Wednesday its about 750 members — from a total of some 900 in Portugal — will refuse to work overtime and on weekends and public holidays Sept. 7-22.The union says truckers work many overtime hours to keep the country’s 3,000 gas stations stocked.Truckers ended a seven-day walkout on Sunday, after government emergency measures prevented gas pumps from running dry. Talks with employers broke down late Tuesday.A spate of strikes has tested the Socialist government, traditionally sympathetic to trade unions. But with a general election less than two months away, the centre-left is wary of taking sides.The Associated Press read more

Welcome to Simcoe

Two new gateway signs have been installed to welcome people to Simcoe.The signs, located at Highway 24 North and South, feature two pieces of the town’s history: the county administration building and the Carillon Tower.“Gateway signs to your community are like the front door to your house,”   Clark Hoskin, Norfolk County Director of Tourism and Economic Development, said in a release. “It is one of the first things that a visitor or potential investors see. It’s our chance to make a great first impression.”The Simcoe Gateway Sign Committee, comprised of community stakeholders and county staff, spearheaded the design, fundraising and installation of the signs.Funding is provided by the county and through matching funds raised in the community.Several  organizations each donated $1,000 to the project. These groups include: The Rotary Club of Norfolk Sunrise, Rotary Club of Simcoe, Simcoe Lions Club, Knights of Columbus, Simcoe & District Chamber of Commerce, Gentlemen of Harmony, Royal Canadian Legion and Downtown Simcoe BIA.This is part of a county-wide initiative. Signs have already been installed or upgraded in Port Rowan, Waterford, and Port Dover. Two other gateway signs for Simcoe are expected to be installed by 2020. read more

Annan strongly deplores latest round of Middle East violence

Reacting to Israeli military raids yesterday in a densely populated area of the Gaza Strip, which left at least 14 Palestinians killed – including several children – and dozens wounded, the Secretary-General, through his spokesman, called on the Government of Israel “to abide by its obligation under international humanitarian law to avoid civilian casualties and to desist from the use of disproportionate force in densely populated areas.”The spokesman’s statement also strongly deplored “the reckless action” by Palestinian extremists on Saturday at Erez checkpoint, where hundreds of Palestinians and UN and other international staff regularly cross to and from Israel, which resulted in the deaths of two Palestinian security officers.It was the third attack at Erez since the beginning of the year. read more

Theres Not Much Evidence A New Coach Will Help The Jets 49ers

It’s Black Monday — the day after the NFL’s regular season concludes — when 20 to 25 percent of teams (usually of the non-playoff-bound variety) have historically begun their offseason by firing (or otherwise parting ways with) their head coaches. This year, the New York Jets have fired Rex Ryan, Mike Smith is out in Atlanta and Jim Harbaugh left the San Francisco 49ers in a mutual split. Further changes may be coming.Teams don’t take these coaching changes lightly, but for all the focus on the coaching carousel, it’s been difficult for researchers to figure out how much who’s wearing the headset matters.Teams that change coaches have a strong tendency to improve the following season, which could be taken as prima facie evidence that swapping in a new coach makes a profound difference. But it also could simply be the residue of regression to the mean. A poor record is generally required for a team to consider dismissing its coach, but much of the differences in NFL team records is due to luck and not the comparative skill levels of the teams themselves. When that luck evens out, the team appears to improve, even if its underlying skill didn’t change all that much.And this phenomena is essentially what the research on NFL coaching changes has found. Although the average team to change coaches since 1994 has seen its winning percentage improve from .383 to .428 the next season, that’s mostly regression to the mean at work. In fact, once we account for the teams’ previous Elo ratings and the inexorable pull that a .500 record exerts on NFL teams from year to year, there’s little evidence that changing coaches helps teams at all.The aforementioned sample of teams had an average Elo rating of 1437 at the end of the regular season with their old coach, which tends to translate to a .463 winning percentage the following year whether a team changes coaches or not. But the season after making the change, those teams averaged a .428 winning percentage — about 35 points lower than we’d have expected based on their previous Elo ratings. This may speak to broader institutional issues that are correlated with coaching changes but beyond the influence of the coach himself, such as dysfunctional ownership, a poor general manager or players who consistently win less than point-differential-based metrics would predict.These types of findings lend credence to the theory that NFL coaching changes offer franchises little more than the illusion of control over their future. While it may feel satisfying to fans and owners to fire a coach after a disappointing season, it’s tough to quantify the real benefits of such a move — if any even exist. read more

Just one in ten parents seek GP help about childs bedwetting

first_imgNEW RESEARCH HAS shown parents of children who wet the bed rarely seek advice from their GP and many keep the problem a secret from others.The results of a survey were published today by the Search for a Dry Bed campaign, with the research focusing on the pattern of bedwetting during the summer months.It showed that almost a third of parents say their child misses out on summer activities such as sleepovers with friends and family and camping trips due to wetting the bed with 62 per cent of children continuing to wet the bed regularly while away from home.Over a third of parents also said that their own summer holiday is affected by their child wearing pull-ups, having to remember to pack disposable bed mats and extra supplies. Data shows 14 per cent of parents said they become more anxious that their child will wet the bed during the summer holidays, and they will have to inform others that their child may have an accident.25 per cent of parents said they do not tell others about their child’s bedwetting and just one in ten go to their GP to seek help, despite reporting that their child suffers self-confidence issues and low moods as a result.The most common methods used to prevent bed wetting during the summer months were restricting late-night drinks, mot making an issue of it and praising them when they are not wet.Speaking today, consultant pediatrician at Cavan General Hospital, Dr Nick Van Der Spek, said he would encourage any parent coping with a child that wets the bed to visit their GP, their local public health nurse or the campaign’s website to seek “immediate advice”.Van Der Spek will host a live Q&A on the topic on the Facebook page at 7pm on 23 May to provide parents with the opportunity to ask any questions about the condition, how to cope, and how to properly treat the condition. In addition, the campaign will host a children’s creative writing workshop in early June for some parents and their children who may have participated in the live interactive session on The impact of bed-wetting on Irish mothers>Read: Survey shows 47 per cent of GPs think bedwetting is hereditary>last_img read more

Ford Enters Electric Market With 2012 Focus

first_imgWith the Nissan Leaf and Chevy Volt attracting plenty of attention, if not sales, it’s not surprising that other automotive manufacturers are jumping into the electric vehicle market as well. At this year’s ces Ford announced that the popular Focus model would be available as an EV starting at the end of this year.The car will based on the standard 2012 version of the Focus and will have an expected range of 100 miles and a top speed of around 84 miles per hour. One of the defining features of the EV Focus, though, appears to be its charging time. Ford is claiming that the car will be able to fully recharge in three to four hours, which is about half of the time for most similar cars. Best Buy is lending its support to the new car and will be installing 240 volt charging stations at stores across the country.Since it was unveiled at a gadget expo, the EV Focus also comes packed with some neat little features. That includes the new MyFord Touch dashboard, as well as a mobile app that lets you unlock doors, set charging times, and more. The Ford Focus EV will be available for sale in November 2011.Via CNetlast_img read more

HandsOn Rise of the Tomb Raider on Xbox One X is the

first_img Square-Enix Officially Announces New Tomb Raider GameBest Games to Get for the PlayStation 4 Pro Stay on target The Xbox One X is set to launch in just a few short weeks. As Microsoft has touted, this machine will be “the most powerful console ever.” One title that will take advantage of the system’s six teraflops is Rise of the Tomb Raider. This game already looked great on Xbox 360, PC, and PS4. How will it appear on Microsoft’s upcoming system? I had a chance to check out the game last week and saw the enhancements first-hand. It is safe to say that Xbox One X owners will be happy about this one.As you would expect, Rise of the Tomb Raider (RotTR from this point forward) runs at a native 4K resolution on Xbox One X. It was developed by Nixxes, who also handled the PC, PS4, and Xbox 360 ports. The company has proven it knows how to get the most out of hardware. On Xbox One X, Nixxes was able to take things to another level.Like the PS4 version, this port of RotTR has a slew of graphical options. There is the aforementioned 4K mode which delivers a pure 2160p signal. Enriched 4K mode contains more graphical in-game effects such as volumetric fog, increased anti-aliasing, increased foliage, and more. The game runs at 30 frames-per-second on both 4K modes. Lastly, users have the option to play at a standard 1080p resolution. While this mode displays fewer pixels than either of the 4K modes, it does enable the game to run at 60fps. Because of this, gamers can choose between performance or resolution.I’ve played RotTR several times on each of the available platforms. As I made my way through the Syrian level’s familiar caves, hidden chambers, and aqueducts, it was like playing for the first time. There were a few instances where I almost botched certain jumps or got caught in easily avoidable traps because I was too busy looking at all of the new details. I was especially impressed by the lighting and how the environment was affected by it.I was told that it wasn’t hard to port RotTR to Xbox One X. The game was already a graphical powerhouse even on the Xbox 360. It was really just a matter of further enhancing what was already there and optimizing it for the system. The build I played was actually an alpha version. Since development is still ongoing, it’s reasonable to believe it will look even better when the patch is eventually released.Those who already own the game on Xbox One can enjoy the enhanced Xbox One X edition by simply installing a patch. RotTR on Xbox One is fairly cheap these days, so securing a copy won’t break the bank. By releasing this as an update, Microsoft is wisely ensuring that both old and new customers are treated fairly.Square-Enix and Crystal Dynamics have certainly gotten a lot of mileage out of RotTR for the past two years. This isn’t an issue since the game is truly one of this generation’s best. Its fitting that this former Xbox One exclusive is also a showcase title for Xbox One X. Even those (like myself) who are somewhat skeptical about iterative consoles will have a hard time denying how impressive this port looks. It’s certainly worth it for those looking forward to purchasing “The X.”Rise of the Tomb Raider has at last revealed its final form.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

TCI Minister of Tourism Visits South Caicos

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, March 11, 2018 – South Caicos – The Minister of Tourism, Environment, Heritage, Maritime & Gaming, Hon. Ralph Higgs, accompanied by Permanent Secretary, Cherylann Jones, and other senior officials visited South Caicos on Friday 2nd March.  The purpose of the visit was to meet with Seafood Plant Operators, and Fishermen, to get a better understanding of state of the industry since the opening of the Conch and Lobster seasons.South Caicos, the fishing capital, of the Turks & Caicos Islands currently has three functioning plants, which provides jobs for many of the South Caicos residence. With almost 100 licensed fishermen, and other persons working in the plants.  The plants also export conch and lobster and supply local markets, the Minister had the opportunity to tour a fishing plant and engage fishermen.In a meeting with the fisher folk, Minister Higgs, indicated his intention to work closely with the stakeholders in the fisheries industry to ensure the sustainability of their livelihoods, fish stocks, and securing opportunities for a robust and diversified industry.  He went on to say that the issue of illegal poaching of banks was high on his agenda.  He requested the commitment of the fishermen in working with the Department of Environment & Coastal Resources (DECR) in policing this precious resource.The visit also lend itself to a few site visits of development on the island which are being monitored by the DECR.Release: TCIG Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Time Inc Using SpinOff Debt to Buy IPC Media

first_imgTime Warner officially announced that it’s spinning Time Inc. off with $1.4 billion in debt, adding that the financing will be used to purchase Time Inc.’s U.K. operation, IPC Media. The debt will be raised through an offering of unsecured senior notes and Time Inc. will enter into a secured loan facility, according to a statement. Whatever remains of the debt facility after buying IPC will be used to pay a cash dividend back to Time Warner. Time Warner’s chief financial officer Howard Averill first revealed a $1.3 billion debt load attached to the Time Inc. spin-off in early February during TW’s fourth quarter earnings call.Time Warner bought IPC Media, which publishes brands such as Woman’s Weekly, NME and InStyle, in 2001 for about $1.7 billion.The spinoff is on track to happen by the end of the second quarter.last_img read more

Fort Yukon Plans New Landfill to Improve Safety Facilitate More Recycling

first_imgThe City of Ft. Yukon plans to build a new landfill. The project is aimed at improving safety and recycling some of the community’s waste stream.Download Audiolast_img

The Symphony which Inspired a Nation to Defeat Nazism

first_imgRussian composer Dmitri Shostakovich (1906-1975) works and person are enigmatic. Historians and music critics, both during his lifetime and today, are divided about his works and the essence of the man. Some say his works are extremely hard to fathom and equally hard to listen to. Nonetheless there is no denying the impact his 7th symphony had on the outcome of the city Leningrad (now St. Petersburg, Russia) and on the fate of World War 2 as a whole. Written and performed while the city was under one of the most harrowing sieges in history, it came to embody strength and defiance in the face of overwhelming adversity.Dmitri Shostakovich in the audience at the Bach Celebration of July 28, 1950. Photo by Roger & Renate Rössing. Fotothek_df_roe-neg CC BY-SA 3.0 deTo this day, over seventy years after it was written, the “Leningrad Symphony” is considered the musical symbol of the Soviet Union’s/Russia’s resistance and triumph against Hitler in WWII.It is played every year at a memorial for the heroes of the city of Leningrad who number a half million (and likely many more). The first strains of the work are still likely to induce tears in Russians young and old, much like the strains of Tchaikovsky did when Napoleon’s invasion was remembered.Saint Petersburg/Leningrad.Shostakovich himself is the subject of debate. Some consider him a middling talent. Others a great one. Still others believe that his talent was purposely suppressed in a time when everything, including musical works (even those without lyrics) was political.Other voices say he was a political survivor who simply did what he could to get by. The truth is likely somewhat a combination of all of these things. No one who lived during Stalin’s reign of terror could truly be his or her self. One always was guarded, and trusted very few, if any. Shostakovich himself was many times on the verge of arrest or worse – not for his words, but solely because of his art, and the qualities that Stalin and his many toadies attributed to it or not.Birthplace of Shostakovich (now School No. 267). Commemorative plaque at left. Photo by Smerus CC BY 2.5Dmitri Shostakovich was born in St. Petersburg itself. He was connected to, and part of the city. Those readers familiar with Russian/Soviet history will know that St. Petersburg was founded by Russian Tsar Peter the Great.During the Bolshevik Revolution is was called Petrograd and in the Soviet Era which followed, it was known as Leningrad, after the “Father of Soviet Communism.” Today, it has been renamed yet again and is St. Petersburg once more.Saint Petersburg.He came from a middle-class background (which later did not help him with Soviet authorities looking for reasons to condemn him), and was a musical prodigy likely from birth.He took piano lessons from his mother but soon was playing and writing things far beyond her abilities to keep up with.When he was thirteen, just a year or so removed from the revolutionary upheaval of the Bolshevik’s, he entered the Petrograd Conservatory.Shostakovich in 1925.While at the conservatory, he was both admired and criticized. Instructors recognized his talent but criticized him for being too willing to copy those who went before, such as Stravinsky and Prokofiev.Still, when he wrote his First Symphony, which premiered in 1926, he was recognized as a great young talent, and fortunately (or unfortunately) was noticed by Russian Field Marshal Tukhachevsky, a hero of the Bolshevik Revolution and the subsequent Russian Civil War. Tukhachevsky prided himself on being an educated and refined man, and personally sponsored many artists and athletes.Mikhail Nikolayevich Tukhachevsky.The Field Marshal’s wish was to elevate the masses, to lift up their culture, rather than bring the culture of Russia down to them. For a time, he was quite successful and having Tukhachevsky as a patron was a very good thing – for a time. It meant that in the unbelievably dangerous and political times of the 1920s and 30s in the U.S.S.R., you had “proteksiya” — protection.Unfortunately, Tukhachevsky, while recognized as a great tactician and patron, was not a great politician. As Stalin rose in power, Tukhachevsky fell. Even before his death in the Great Purge of 1936-37, his star was on the wane, and anyone associated with him was suspected of working against the regime – Stalin in particular. This meant Shostakovich, among many many others.Joseph Stalin.In 1936, Stalin made two trips to the opera/symphony in Moscow that were meant to convey a very strong message. The first performance, by a little-known composer, Stalin said had “great ideological and political value.”This little-known composer rose in the ranks of favored musicians and gained the many perks that went with it. Ten days later, Stalin again attended a performance, this time of Shostakovich’s “Lady Macbeth of the Mtsensk District.”Left to right – Sergei Prokofiev, Shostakovich, Aram Khachaturian, 1945.Told beforehand that Stalin would be there, Shostakovich canceled a previously arranged tour. When Stalin got up without clapping and left immediately, everyone present, especially Shostakovich, knew he was in trouble. When the show ended, Shostakovich was white as a ghost and shaking so much from fear he could barely take a bow.Within weeks, Shostakovich’s commission dried up, his income was cut by over 75 percent, and he contemplated suicide. Naturally very nervous, and likely with a case of OCD, Shostakovich’s only reason for living was his wife and two children.Told he was to be arrested one particular night, he waited with packed bags by the buildings’ elevators so when the police came to take him away, they wouldn’t wake his family. Many of his artist friends – writers, fellow musicians, actors – were swept up in Stalin’s purges. Many were shot. Many served time in the Gulag and never returned. Others did, but were never the same.Shostakovich in 1950. Photo by Deutsche Fotothek‎ CC BY-SA 3.0 deDesperate to find work and feed his family, Shostakovich took work writing movie soundtracks. He also went secretly to work on his Fifth Symphony, which premiered a year later.Purposely introducing sounds that could be related to Russian folk music (representing the peasantry), and industrial sounds from horns and percussion (symbolizing the workers), the Fifth brought Shostakovich back into Stalin’s good graces. Temporarily. His 6th Symphony followed in 1939, it was a safe work, following the dictates of what good “Soviet” music should be.Shostakovich voting in the election of the Council of Administration of Soviet Musicians in Moscow in 1974. Photo by Щербинин Юрий CC BY-SA 3.0Shostakovich’s most famous work, the Leningrad, is mysterious. Some of his friends and family said, after Stalin’s death and again after Gorbachev’s period of “Glasnost,” or (“openness”), the composer had begun work on the symphony before the German invasion of the U.S.S.R. and the siege of Leningrad. They say he was secretly condemning not only the rise and threat of Nazi Germany, but the totalitarianism at home as well.Shostakovich himself said that when the Nazi invasion came and the Germans were at the gates of the city, he wrote with “an inhuman intensity I have never before reached.”, turning out page after page. The symphony is long – over seventy minutes, and Shostakovich had to be almost forcibly evacuated from the city to the interior of the country to finish its last movement.While he was doing this, hundreds of thousands of his countrymen were dying in Leningrad – it was a horror show of artillery, starvation, disease, thirst, and cannibalism. This last has been verified in the years since the fall of the U.S.S.R.Dmitri Shostakovich in 1958.In December 1941, two years before the siege was lifted and as German troops were at the gates of Moscow, Shostakovich finished his work. Ironically, the people of Leningrad and most of the Soviet Union did not hear the work until it was broadcast live in both London and New York. A microfilm of the score had been sent out of war-torn Russia.Eight months after its completion, the Leningrad Symphony was played for the survivors of the siege, who still had more than two years of horror to endure. Many said after the war that the first performance lifted them up out of the city and gave them the courage to carry on – at least for a time. The work was incredibly popular during the rest of the decade and came to symbolize not only Leningrad’s fortitude but the resilience of the Soviet people, who lost over twenty million of their countrymen during the war.A Russian stamp in Shostakovich’s memory, published in 2000.As for Shostakovich, he continued writing, completing various smaller works and eight more symphonies in his lifetime. But beginning in 1948, it looked again like he might not be able to complete anything. Stalin began another purge, for various paranoid reasons. The reason given for Shostakovich’s removal from the Moscow Conservatory (the most elite of them all) was that he wrote music with “too much Western influence.”He was briefly rehabilitated for propaganda reasons in 1949, and was sent to the U.S. for a public tour, but was humiliated when exiled novelist Vladimir Nabokov described him as “not a free man,” and an “obedient tool of his government.” When he returned to the U.S.S.R., not having publicly fought back against this (it was true), he again was in Stalin’s dog-house.Read another story from us: Scotland’s Largest and Oldest Clan has Appointed its First Chief in 337 YearsWhen Stalin died in 1953, and Khrushchev slowly began to loosen some chains in the U.S.S.R., Shostakovich once again was rehabilitated. In 1960, he joined the Communist Party, a move which some friends condemned, but while in an “elected” position, he wrote works interpreted as being sympathetic with the Soviet Union’s oppressed Jewish minority.Dmitri Shostakovich died in 1975 after a long illness.last_img read more

Flamenco performance traces the Spanish diaspora

first_imgThree hundred years ago, flamenco was an obscure dance performed only in southern Spain. There it might have remained, the pastime of peasants and Roma, unknown to the outside world. But flamenco spread: Today, dancers stomp feet and click castanets across the Americas, from Buenos Aires to Montreal.This theme of migration informs the new show “Con El Alma Aferrada” (“With the Soul Clinging”), performed this weekend by flamenco troupe Al Ándalus. Forty-eight dancers use this far-flung art form to tell the story of migrating peoples. The show takes place this Sunday at the Costa Rican-North American Cultural Center.“Migration is complex and often painful,” said Rocío González Urrutia, director of Al Ándalus. “It means leaving what you have in the hopes of something better. Oftentimes, however, that which is idealized isn’t found or satisfied, and one has to continue living with that – go on despite everything and maintain hope above all.”She added that “Alma” focuses on the first third of the 20th century, when 5.5 million people left Spain for the Americas, bringing flamenco with them. The show represents the Spanish diaspora through one of its most famous dance forms. While “Alma” is a flamenco show, the choreography hints of tango and other Latin American dance styles. Courtesy Al ÁndalusOn the surface, Al Ándalus is a training program for dance students, who frequently perform around the Central Valley. But this description barely skims the surface of their abilities: Instead of the solo work that many people associate with flamenco, the Al Ándalus members perform group choreography, clapping, flipping fans, and stomping heels with perfect sychronicity.“The popularity of flamenco has been increasing over the years,” said González of the local dance scene. “In the 80s, my mother, Patricia Urrutia, from Guatemala, created one of the first schools for Spanish dance in Costa Rica. Then with the passage of time and with globalization there is more access to study materials, increased contact with flamenco dancers, and it has begun to grow. Currently in Costa Rica there are about five small dance schools and a conglomerate of aficionados that I estimate to be about 500 people.”“Con El Alma Aferrada” performs Dec. 14 at the Teatro Eugene O’Neill, Los Yoses. 4 & 7 p.m. ₡11,000 ($22). Info: Al Ándalus website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Van Gogh’s Ear, a storytelling festival, and other happenings around Costa Rica Tico stand-up, founding father, and other happenings around Costa Rica French film, art walks, and other happenings around Costa Rica Little Mermaid ballet, Gamer Fair, and other happenings around Costa Ricalast_img read more