12 killed in Odisha landslip

first_imgTwelve persons, including five children, were killed and four went missing after heavy rain in the wake of cyclone Titli triggered a landslip in Gangabada panchayat of Gajapati district of Odisha, reports reaching here on Friday said.The 12 bodies have been recovered from the spot by locals. The deceased were members of five families. The 16 persons from Baraghar village, around 50 km from district headquarters town, Paralakhemundi, had taken shelter in a cave atop a nearby hill. As communication lines were down in the district due to the cyclone and the road to the village blocked by fallen trees, news about this incident did not come out till Friday evening. Even the administration had no news about it, till a local news channel reached the spot. The Gajapati Superintendent of Police (SP) has since left for the spot.last_img read more

Rahul Aware Won Bronze as India Enjoy Best-ever Show at World Wrestling Championships

first_img Deepak Puniarahul awareWorld Wrestling Championships First Published: September 22, 2019, 8:02 PM IST Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Nur-Sultan (Kazakhstan): Rahul Aware on Monday bagged a bronze medal to ensure that India’s best-ever medal haul at the World Wrestling Championship after young Deepak Punia settled for silver having pulled out of final due to injury.Aware outclassed Tyler Lee Graff, the 2017 Pan-America champion, 11-4 in the 61kg bronze play-off to take India’s tally to five medals. India’s previous best show was in 2013, when the country had three in their kitty courtesy Amir Dahiya (silver), Bajrang Punia (bronze) and Sandeep Tulsi Yadav (bronze in Greco-Roman)Aware was in complete control of the bout and jumped in joy at the end, having won the biggest medal of his career.The Maharashtra grappler had won a gold at the 2018 Commonwealth Games and two bronze at the Asian Championships (2009, 2011).The American surprised Aware with a double leg attack, the moment the bout started and earned two points with a takedown. However, he became alert and twice wriggled out of Graff’s single leg attacks. He also scored consecutive takedown points to lead 4-2 at the break.In the second period too, Graff got hold of Aware’s right leg but the Indian got himself out of trouble in an impressive manner.He then pulled the bout it away from the American with a flurry of moves the takedowns and expose take a commanding 10-2 lead. It consolidated further when the American lost a challenge. Eventually he won 11-4.Aware had lost a pacy semifinal 6-10 to Beka Lomtadze, the European championship silver medallist.The morning of the final day of the championships brought with it the news that Deepak Punia will not be able to compete in Sunday’s final against Iranian great Hazsan Yazdani due to an ankle injury sustained during the semifinal.”The left foot is not taking the load. It’s difficult to fight in this condition and could have aggravated the injury. I know it was a big chance to fight against Yazdani but I can’t help it,” Deepak told PTI.Deepak had come out of the mat limping and a swollen right eye after his semifinal against Switzerland’s Stefan Reichmuth.It was a good draw for Deepak and he exploited it to get the biggest medal of his career.In a dream run, Deepak reached the final with wins over Reichmuth, Colombia’s Carlos Arturo Mendez and Kazakhstan’s Adilet Davlumbayev.He became only the fifth Indian ever to reach the World Championship after Bishamber Singh (1967) Sushil Kumar (2010), Amit Dahiya (2013) and Bajaramg Punia (2018). Only last year he had won the junior world champion.Sushil Kumar remains India’s only World Champion. He had won a gold in 2010 in Moscow. last_img read more

Football: Italian giants face European Football ban for one year.

first_imgAdvertisement7-time UCL winner, AC Milan have been banned from playing Europa League next season for breaching the Financial Fair Play rules. They had finished sixth in the league last year and had qualified for the Europa League this year.UEFA said that after the change in ownership of AC Milan, they went on a buying spree spending £200m and UEFA said that there “remained uncertainties” following an investigation into the Serie A club’s financial affairs. The “uncertainties” were said to relate to the refinancing of a loan due to be paid back in October 2018.However, later on, Wednesday, the Italian club announced they would appeal against the ban to the CAS.“AC Milan has instructed its legal team to appeal the decision before the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, seeking for a prompt review of the ruling,” AC Milan said.However, before the verdict, Milan released a video on Twitter saying they expected “fairness, rulings based on facts and equal rules for all” from UEFA.Read Also:-Football: Ajax bags Southampton’s top scorer Dusan TadicFootball: Argentine Legend, Diego Maradona ‘fine’ as confirmed by doctors after seeming to have collapsed during Argentina vs Nigeria Advertisementlast_img read more

Apart from Rahane, no Indian batsman seeks my advice: Gavaskar

first_imgFormer India captain Sunil Gavaskar has revealed that only Ajinkya Rahane takes his tips on batting from the current crop of Indian players.Gavaskar said earlier players like Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid used to take his advice on batting but the same is not the case with the current Team India members.”No batsman comes to me for advice now. Earlier, players like Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman would often speak to me on tours but I guess this generation is different and they have different coaches and batting coaches. Only Ajinkya Rahane comes to me sometimes,” Gavaskar told Aaj Tak.After having joined Aaj Tak & India Today as a cricket expert, Gavaskar, had on Sunday on the same platform criticised the Virat Kohli-led Indian team for not going into the ongoing five-Test series against England with enough preparation.Sunil Gavaskar unhappy with Shikhar Dhawan’s approach to Test cricketGavaskar, one of the greatest openers India have ever had, is also unhappy with opener Shikhar Dhawan’s approach in the longer format. The Delhi lad returned with scores of 26 and 13 in the first Test at Birmingham.”Shikhar simply does not want to change his game,” the 69-year-old fumed.”He believes in playing in the same manner which has brought him success till now. You can still get away with such shots in one-day cricket because there aren’t many slips and the push or the edge goes for a boundary through the slip cordon. But in Tests, such shots will only result in a fall of wicket. Till a player makes a mental adjustment, he will continue to struggle against the red ball in overseas condition,” said India’s original little master.advertisementSunil Gavaskar Exclusive: ‘India should have played more warm-up games in England’Gavaskar has also come down hard on those experts who are comparing Hardik Pandya with the legendary Kapil Dev. “Kapil Dev should not be compared with anyone. He is not just a once-in-generation player but a once-in-a century cricketer just like Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar. We should not compare him with anyone,” Gavaskar reacted angrily on a show with Aaj Tak when reminded about the comparisons made between the duo since the Indian team’s tour of Sri Lanka last year.With Cheteshwar Pujara looking a certainty in India’s XI for the second Test which starts at the Lord’s Thursday, Gavaskar hinted that the team management had made a mistake by dropping him for the series opener. “I will play one more batsman at Lord’s in the form of [Cheteshwar] Pujara. He has the technique and patience required for a Test match. Whose place he’ll take will depend on the pitch. If the wicket isn’t that green then I will play him in place of Umesh Yadav and stay with Hardik Pandya.”Ganguly wants Vijay, Rahane to step up in remaining Tests vs EnglandIndia, chasing 194 for a win, lost the Edgbaston Test by 31 runs after getting all out for 162 on the fourth day. The former India captain opined that even the hosts would’ve struggled had they batted last.”For India to win the Lord’s Test, they need to win the toss and elect to bat first. Look what had happened in the third Test at Johannesburg last year when South Africa batting last against India collapsed before reaching 200. Most of the teams are struggling to chase even a total anywhere near 200 in the final innings. England too might have struggled if they were chasing in place of India in the first Test at Edgbaston.”last_img read more

ESPN’s Mike Golic Will Attempt To Eat 36 Mini-Doughnuts In 1 Hour Tomorrow

first_imgESPN's Mike Golic.NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 12: Sports media personality Mike Golic attends the Annual Charity Day hosted by Cantor Fitzgerald, BGC and GFI at Cantor Fitzgerald on September 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/Getty Images for Cantor Fitzgerald)ESPN radio host Mike Golic will attempt an interesting feat Thursday morning. Golic, in response to a bet from Jon “Stugotz” Weiner over at The Dan Le Batard Show, will try to eat 36 mini-doughnuts in an hour, live on-air during Mike & Mike. Stugotz accomplished the feat in a three-hour time period last week, but had a rough time in the process. Tomorrow, @espngolic will attempt to eat 36 powdered mini donuts in ONE HOUR! Retweet if you think he will do it. https://t.co/x9qtyV0uaC— Mike & Mike (@MikeAndMike) November 11, 2015Wondering just how big these doughnuts are? Here’s a shot of Stugotz’ plate before he started chowing down.Happy Thursday from the @LeBatardShow!!! pic.twitter.com/KMf6a53O2F— Charlie Hulme (@charlie_hulme) November 5, 2015The stakes? Should Golic finish the doughnuts in an hour, Stugotz will have to shave his head. If Golic cannot get through them, he’ll have to do something on the Le Batard Show’s “Grid Of Death.”Will he pull it off? We’ll find out tomorrow morning.last_img read more

A Top 2019 QB Recruit Has Flipped His Commitment

General view of Kenan Stadium.CHAPEL HILL, NC – NOVEMBER 05: General view of the game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets at Kenan Stadium on November 5, 2016 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)Mack Brown scored a major recruiting win in his return to North Carolina today as he was able to flip four-star Florida State quarterback recruit Sam Howell.Howell hails from Monroe (N.C.) Sun Valley High School. He had been committed to the Seminoles since April, but had been pursued heavily by UNC since then.Howell visited his in-state program unofficially in September and officially in November. He appeared to be trending toward UNC for some time now, and made it official today.BREAKING: #Rivals100 QB Sam Howell flips from #FloridaState to #NorthCarolina. #RivalsNSDHowell talks about his commitment to the #TarHeels here-> https://t.co/pxLgBEUrQDWhat does his commitment mean for #UNC & #FSU-> https://t.co/touZNnVGap pic.twitter.com/3Yw7Zcq1mF— Adam Friedman (@RivalsFriedman) December 19, 2018While UNC wooed Howell while Larry Fedora was still the coach, this is a crucial win for Mack Brown. Being able to flip an in-state kid from FSU is a great start to his first recruiting class in his second stint in Chapel Hill.UNC assistant Tim Brewster celebrated the commitment on Twitter soon after it was announced.What a great moment in Tar Heel football history!! #MackIsBack!!— Tim Brewster (@TimBrewster) December 19, 2018Howell is the No. 3 Pro-Style quarterback in the 2019 class and the 87th-rated prospect overall, according to 247Sports’ Composite Rankings. read more

Dover Port Granted Additional Powers

first_imgPress Release; October 13, 2014 zoom The Dover Harbour Board has confirmed that  the U.K.’s Marine Management Organisation approved the Port of Dover’s application for additional powers.Dover Harbour Board submitted the Harbour Revision Order back in June 2014.The order is dated October 9, 2014 and will come into force on November 5, 2014, after it has been laid before the U.K. Parliament by the Marine Management Organisation.Commenting on the approval, Tim Waggott, Chief Executive, Port of Dover, said: “This empowering decision arrives just four months after the initial application was made. Such a swift approval, in record time, comes only days after we announced the biggest ever single investment in Dover, the £120 million Phase 1 of Dover Western Docks Revival. This means we now have the necessary powers to progress the project, delivering over 600 new jobs for Dover and transforming the waterfront to be the catalyst for Dover’s wider regeneration.We look set to deliver a record traffic performance in 2014.  These are new and uncharted waters for us all, but I believe we are entering a period of time that will go down in the history books as the start of a golden age if we all continue to support each other and work together to deliver for Dover.”last_img read more

Missing WikiLeaks associate had kayak accident in Norway

first_imgOslo: A Dutch WikiLeaks associate who went missing under mysterious circumstances a year ago probably had a kayaking accident, Norwegian police said Friday, adding that his body had not yet been found. Arjen Kamphuis, a cybersecurity expert then aged 47, had not been seen since he left his hotel in the northern Norwegian town of Bodo on August 20, 2018. His disappearance had triggered a wave of conspiracy theories on social media, ranging from CIA and Russian involvement to a mission to carry out a secret project for WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USThen police discovered a kayak in the same area where a fisherman had found some of Kamphuis’s personal belongings floating in the waters about 50 kilometres (30 miles) east of Bodo. “The police have concluded that Mr Kamphuis most likely suffered an accident in the evening of August 20, 2018, while kayaking in the Skjerstad Fjord a few kilometres north of the village of Rognan in Nordland County in northern Norway, and was subsequently lost at sea,” the police said in a statement. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls”His body has still not been recovered,” they added. WikiLeaks, which published secret US military documents and diplomatic cables in 2010, called Kamphuis’s disappearance “strange”. The mystery deepened when a phone linked to Kamphuis was briefly switched on in an area near the southwestern city of Stavanger, located 1,600 kilometres from Bodo, on August 30 last year. But on Friday, police explained that two truck drivers from eastern Europe had found the phone, a laptop and other items belonging to Kamphuis while they were fishing in the spot where his kayak was found and took the items with them. “The police have no reason to believe that the truck drivers were involved in the disappearance of Mr Kamphuis in any other way,” the police statement said.last_img read more

Tendulkar explains what sets Smith apart from other batsmen

first_imgNew Delhi: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar has showered praises on Steve Smith of Australia, who continued his brilliant run of form in the Ashes series by slamming a double century against England in the ongoing fourth Test in Manchester. On Thursday, Smith — who had to miss the third Ashes Test due to concussion — played an incredible knock of 212 to help Australia post a mammoth first inning total of 497/8 and take the driver’s seat at the Old Trafford. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh”Complicated technique but an organised mindset is what sets Steve Smith apart. Incredible comeback!” Tendulkar tweeted while praising Smith. While hitting his third ton, his 26th overall, in the five-match Ashes series, Smith also went past Tendulkar in an illustrious list led by Aussie great Don Bradman. The 30-year-old has now become the second fastest cricketer in the history of the game to hit 26 Test tons. The former Australian skipper pushed Tendulkar to the third spot as he reached the milestone in 121 innings, while the ‘Master Blaster’ got to this mark in 136 innings.last_img read more

Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil Nova Scotias softspoken fiscal hawk

first_imgHALIFAX – Stephen McNeil is a soft-spoken man with a lower-register voice and a somewhat imposing 6-foot-5 frame. He doesn’t always exude warmth on TV, and he understands that.“Some might see me as a bit stiff and not as jovial as I really am,” said the 52-year-old Liberal premier. “For most Nova Scotians, that’s how they know me, through the television screen.”David Johnson, a political science professor at Cape Breton University, said that is McNeil’s biggest challenge as he seeks a second straight majority in the May 30 election: his image, as conveyed through the mainstream media.“I’ve always sensed that for a Nova Scotia premier to do well, they need to be seen as avuncular — everyone’s favourite uncle,” Johnson said.“If there’s an Achilles heel for Stephen McNeil … it’s that he comes off as being rather cold and aloof, and a bit condescending at times — some would say arrogant. If I was a campaign manager, I’d be telling him, ‘Be warmer, but more avuncular.’”In an interview with The Canadian Press in his seventh-floor office overlooking Halifax harbour, a more easygoing manner emerges as McNeil talks about growing up in the Annapolis Valley, the 12th of 17 children.He points to treasured items, including signed photos of NHL greats Sidney Crosby and Bobby Orr. Above those pictures are collages showing a jumble of photos of his two children when they were young. Colleen is now 27 and Jeffrey is 25.On another wall, there’s a picture of the 13th hole at the Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, where he and his son travelled to watch the 2010 Masters Tournament. The premier says he’s not much of a golfer, but his son is accomplished at the sport.On a shelf facing his desk, there’s a single, black-and-white photo of his father Burt, who choked to death while eating Sunday dinner when McNeil was eight years old.McNeil recalls how he and 13 other siblings were ushered out of the house that day, the youngest only 18 months old.“There’s a big gap in people’s lives when something like that happens,” he said, recalling how his mother Theresa suddenly faced the daunting task of raising so many young children on her own.“She had no driver’s licence and hadn’t worked outside the house … The next morning, she woke up and said, ‘We’re it.’ We were all looking at her.”She would later work in a factory before becoming Canada’s first female high sheriff, which made her responsible for court security in Annapolis County.McNeil studied refrigeration repair in Dartmouth, N.S., before opening his own appliance repair shop in Bridgetown, east of the family home in Granville Ferry. He ran the business for 15 years before winning his first provincial election bid in 2003.“I didn’t train to be the premier,” he said. “I was out working. I made my living carrying a tool box.”McNeil is a self-described fiscal conservative who has made it his mission to balance the province’s books.Throughout his first term, the premier has taken aim at public sector unions, saying members’ wages have increased 11.5 per cent over the past seven years, well above the increases seen in the private sector.“Most Nova Scotians who aren’t in the public sector would have liked to have that over the last seven years,” he said. “(But) we didn’t remove anything. We just said, ‘Let’s just slow down and let the economy catch up.’”Last February, McNeil’s government imposed a contract on 9,400 public school teachers, ending a two-month work-to-rule campaign.In April 2014, the government forced 2,400 striking nurses back to work by introducing legislation that requires all health-sector unions to draft essential services agreements before any job action can occur.It has made him some enemies, and harshened his public image, and both opposition parties have built much of their campaigns around that.The premier said he got a whiff of what was coming on April 19 when Progressive Conservative Leader Jamie Baillie took what McNeil felt was a personal shot at him.“His style of leadership, which has been to divide people, which has been to keep people down — like nurses and teachers who want to make the system better — is not getting us where we need to be,” Baillie told CBC.A few days later, NDP Leader Gary Burrill described McNeil as “morally deficient.”McNeil said he expects the campaign will be nasty.“I’m bruised up enough now that I can deal with all that stuff,” McNeil said. “But I worry about the slope we’re on.”In particular, he said the rise of social media has led to a debasement of political discourse, where reasoned debate has been replaced by taunts that reverberate through the Internet’s echo chambers.McNeil noted a recent online post from one of his own constituents referred to him as a latter-day Hitler.“There are people, that’s all they do. They sit there, and it’s their avenue to say whatever they want to say without ever having to be held accountable for it … And it’s becoming part of campaigns.”An opinion poll in March suggested voter support for the Liberals had declined sharply since the previous quarter, but the numbers still pointed toward another majority win for the governing party.Decided voter support for the Liberal party dropped from 56 per cent to 44 per cent, according to a survey of 1,210 adults conducted by Halifax-based Corporate Research Associates Inc. The Progressive Conservatives stood at 28 per cent, up eight points, and the New Democrats were at 23 per cent, up from 19 per cent, while five per cent supported the Green Party.McNeil said he wasn’t concerned about his party’s dip in the poll, which had a margin of error of plus or minus 2.8 percentage points.He said the poll shows most Nova Scotians understand the tough decisions were for the right reasons.“There isn’t a four-year premier in Canada that wouldn’t take those numbers,” he said.—–TOMORROW: NDP Leader Gary Burrilllast_img read more

Austin Mahone Supports Global Youth Traffic Safety Month

first_imgThe Allstate Foundation and singer Austin Mahone are challenging teens to #GetThereSafe during Global Youth Traffic Safety Month this May and throughout the summer, the deadliest season for young drivers on the road.Austin Mahone – Get There SafeStarting today through August 8, teens across the country will have a chance to show where and how they get there safely by entering the #GetThereSafe Challenge. The winning high school will be determined by a random drawing and will receive a meet and greet with Austin in the fall.Car crashes continue to be the No. 1 killer of American teens, causing more teen deaths each year than homicide, suicide, and cancer. The Allstate Foundation’s #GetThereSafe program asks teens not to engage in three risky behaviors that cause teen crash fatalities: speeding, failure to wear a seatbelt and distractions caused by passengers in the car. To demonstrate smart driving and to enter the Challenge, teens must upload photos of themselves or their destination and select a specific driving behavior hashtag – #slowdown, #seatbelt and #nodistractions via the free #GetThereSafe app (available on iTunes and in the Google Play stores).“We should always have each other’s backs, and this program lets us do that when it really counts – behind the wheel,” said Mahone. “The fact that nearly eight teens die each day in car crashes motivated me to get involved so that my friends, family and fans can all get there safe every time they get into a car.”The #GetThereSafe program also encourages teens to flag the issue of teen safe driving in their schools and communities through social media conversations and raising a #GetThereSafe flag. High schools in the states with the highest number of teen crash fatalities – California, Texas and Florida – will highlight the teen driving issue during the month of May at #GetThereSafe flag raising events on school campuses. The flag serves as a symbol of solidarity and a visual reminder for teens to practice smart driving behaviors every time they get in the car as a driver or passenger.“We understand that driving provides teens with a sense of freedom and fun, but there is a serious responsibility that teens take on every time they get behind the wheel,” said Steve Sorenson, Allstate executive vice president of product operations. “We believe that small behavior changes, such as wearing a seatbelt and slowing down, can help teens focus on the critical task of getting to their destination safely.”According to the National Highway and Traffic Safety Administration and the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety: • Fifty–six percent of American teens in fatal car crashes were not wearing a seat belt. • Speeding is a factor in one out of every three teen fatal crashes. • For teens, adding one teen passenger to a car increases their crash risk by almost 50 percent and that risk grows exponentially as more teen passengers are added – 202 percent more likely to crash with two teen passengers and 439 percent more likely with three or more teen passengers.The #GetThereSafe program supports the commitment that The Allstate Foundation has made to help reduce teen crash fatalities. To learn more about the #GetThereSafe program, valuable tips for teen drivers, rules for the #GetThereSafe Challenge and to view social media conversations around this important topic, visit www.teensgettheresafe.com.last_img read more

Favorite Childrens Authors Come Together To Get Kids Reading

first_imgRecent research from The Kids & Family Reading Report indicates that 91% of kids say that their favorite books are the ones they picked out themselves – and summer is the perfect time for those fun books kids choose themselves.13 favorite children’s authors have written original short stories that kids can unlock as rewards in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading ChaTo encourage kids to “Power Up and Read” throughout the summer, 13 favorite children’s authors have written original short stories that kids can unlock as rewards in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.This free summer reading program, created by Scholastic and powered by Energizer, encourages kids around the world to log the minutes they spend reading in order to unlock more stories, earn rewards, and help set a new world record for minutes read – seeking to top the 304,749,681 minutes read in summer 2014. Children and families can sign up for the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge starting today at www.scholastic.com/summer.The top children’s authors participating include: Blue Balliett, Patrik Henry Bass, Varian Johnson, Gordon Korman, Michael Northtrop, Maggie Stiefvater and Jackson Pierce, Roland Smith, R.L. Stine, Tui T. Sutherland, Lauren Tarshis, Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Jude Watson. Each of the authors has written a unique short story using the same opening sentence which is,“I glanced over my shoulder to make sure that no one had followed me into the shadowy library, then took a deep breath and opened the glowing book…”“We know that summer is the ideal time for kids to discover the power and joy of reading,” said Maggie McGuire, VP Scholastic Kids & Parents Online. “The Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge creates an environment where kids are encouraged to choose their own books and read all summer, setting kids up to succeed when returning to school in the fall.”“I am a big believer in the power of choice when it comes to reading. In some cases, this freedom takes the pressure off reading, allowing a book to ‘just be a book.’ Other times, it allows readers to choose a book that serves as a mirror of their world or a window to a different perspective—or both! Whatever the reason, the power to choose gets us all reading, and the more we read, the more we grow,” said acclaimed author Varian Johnson, one of the featured authors in this year’s Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge.SUMMER READING FOR KIDS • Ultimate goal of setting a new 2015 reading world record: Students read and log minutes, earn digital badges and rewards, and help set a new world record for summer reading. • Read along with original short stories: Each original short story has a “read along” audio component, inviting children of all ages and reading levels to enjoy these engaging stories. • Dynamic creative writing game: Students can play a new “Innovation Machine” story starter game, powered by Energizer. This game encourages kids to create a one-of-a-kind story with fun story starters and wacky vocabulary combinations and enter into a contest to win prizes. Twelve winners will each receive a set of 12 signed books from the participating authors.SUMMER READING FOR PARENTS • Free daily tips: Parents can find something every day on the new “daily digest” with articles and tips from Scholastic Parents Channel experts here. • 2015 summer book list: Curated by Scholastic experts, this list features books for children in Pre-K through Young Adults. • Weekly sweepstakes: Parents can enter to win a “Power Up & Read prize pack,” including a Scholastic tote bag, a copy of Reading Unbound by Jeffrey Wilhelm and Michael Smith, $10 gift certificate to Scholastic Store Online, Energizer® brand batteries, Scholastic books and more.SUMMER READING FOR EDUCATORS • Grand prize for top school: The top elementary school that logs the most minutes this summer will win a visit from bestselling author Michael Northrop and the top middle school that logs the most minutes will win a visit from bestselling author Varian Johnson. • Classroom library sweepstakes: Educators who pre-register their students before June 30th, 2015 will be entered to win a free classroom library of 50 books. • Free summer reading tools: Educators can track their students reading minutes through the “Educator Dashboard” and their school’s progress on a virtual map, send automated emails to parents and access bi-lingual resources and printables.For more information about the Scholastic Summer Challenge, click here.last_img read more

How Facebook likes could profile voters for manipulation

first_imgNEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook “likes” can tell a lot about a person. Maybe even enough to fuel a voter-manipulation effort like the one a Trump-affiliated data-mining firm stands accused of — and which Facebook may have enabled.The social network is under fire after The New York Times and The Guardian newspaper reported that former Trump campaign consultant Cambridge Analytica used data, including user likes, inappropriately obtained from roughly 50 million Facebook users to try to influence elections.Monday was a wild roller coaster ride for Facebook, whose shares plunged 7 per cent in its worst one-day decline since 2014. Officials in the EU and the U.S. sought answers, while Britain’s information commissioner said she will seek a warrant to access Cambridge Analytica’s servers because the British firm had been “unco-operative” in her investigation. The first casualty of that investigation was an audit of Cambridge that Facebook had announced earlier in the day; the company said it “stood down” that effort at the request of British officials.Adding to the turmoil, the New York Times reported that Facebook security chief Alex Stamos will step down by August following clashes over how aggressively Facebook should address its role in spreading disinformation. In a tweet , Stamos said he’s still fully engaged at Facebook but that his role has changed.It would have been quieter had Facebook likes not turned out to be so revealing. Researchers in a 2013 study found that likes on hobbies, interests and other attributes can predict personal attributes such as sexual orientation and political affiliation. Computers analyze such data to look for patterns that might not be obvious, such as a link between a preference for curly fries and higher intelligence.Chris Wylie, a Cambridge co-founder who left in 2014, said the firm used such techniques to learn about individuals and create an information cocoon to change their perceptions. In doing so, he said, the firm “took fake news to the next level.”“This is based on an idea called ‘informational dominance,’ which is the idea that if you can capture every channel of information around a person and then inject content around them, you can change their perception of what’s actually happening,” Wylie said Monday on NBC’s “Today.” It’s not yet clear exactly how the firm might have attempted to do that.Late Friday, Facebook said Cambridge improperly obtained information from 270,000 people who downloaded an app described as a personality test. Those people agreed to share data with the app for research — not for political targeting. And the data included who their Facebook friends were and what they liked — even though those friends hadn’t downloaded the app or given explicit consent.Cambridge got limited information on the friends, but machines can use detailed answers from smaller groups to make good inferences on the rest, said Kenneth Sanford of the data science company Dataiku.Cambridge was backed by the conservative billionaire Richard Mercer, and at one point employed Stephen Bannon — later President Donald Trump’s campaign chairman and White House adviser — as a vice-president. The Trump campaign paid Cambridge roughly $6 million according to federal election records, although officials have more recently played down that work.The type of data mining reportedly used by Cambridge Analytica is fairly common, but is typically used to sell diapers and other products. Netflix, for instance, provides individualized recommendations based on how a person’s viewing behaviours fit with what other customers watch.But that common technique can take on an ominous cast if it’s connected to possible elections meddling, said Robert Ricci, a marketing director at Blue Fountain Media.Wylie said Cambridge Analytica aimed to “explore mental vulnerabilities of people.” He said the firm “works on creating a web of disinformation online so people start going down the rabbit hole of clicking on blogs, websites etc. that make them think things are happening that may not be.”Wylie told “Today” that while political ads are also targeted at specific voters, the Cambridge effort aimed to make sure people wouldn’t know they were getting messages aimed at influencing their views.The Trump campaign has denied using Cambridge’s data. The firm itself denies wrongdoing, and says it didn’t retain any of the data pulled from Facebook and didn’t use it in its 2016 campaign work.Yet Cambridge boasted of its work after another client, Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, won the Iowa caucus in 2016.Cambridge helped differentiate Cruz from similarly minded Republican rivals by identifying automated red light cameras as an issue of importance to residents upset with government intrusion. Potential voters living near the red light cameras were sent direct messages saying Cruz was against their use.Even on mainstay issues such as gun rights, Cambridge CEO Alexander Nix said at the time, the firm used personality types to tailor its messages. For voters who care about tradition, it could push the importance of making sure grandfathers can offer family shooting lessons. For someone identified as introverted, a pitch might have described keeping guns for protection against crime.It’s possible that Cambridge tapped other data sources, including what Cruz’s campaign app collected. Nix said during the Cruz campaign that it had five or six sources of data on each voter.Facebook declined to provide officials for interview and didn’t immediately respond to requests for information beyond its statements Friday and Monday. Cambridge also didn’t immediately respond to emailed questions.Facebook makes it easy for advertisers to target users based on nuanced information about them. Facebook’s mapping of the “social graph” — essentially the web of people’s real-life connections — is also invaluable for marketers.For example, researchers can look at people’s clusters of friends and get good insight as to who is important and influential, said Jonathan Albright, research director at the Tow Center for Digital Journalism at Columbia University. People who bridge different friend networks, for example, can have more influence when they post something, making them prime for targeting.Two-thirds of Americans get at least some of their news on social media, according on Pew Research Center. While people don’t exist in a Facebook-only vacuum, it is possible that bogus information users saw on the site could later be reinforced by the “rabbit hole” of clicks and conspiracy sites on the broader internet, as Wylie described.___An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated the sum paid by the 2016 Trump campaign to Cambridge Analytica. It was $5.9 million according to federal election records.AP technology reporter Ryan Nakashima contributed to this report from Menlo Park, California.last_img read more

Results from the 2019 Northern Classic Naturals

first_imgWomen’s Fitness – Junior Placing Competitor First #1 Faith Bock Men’s Bodybuilding – Middleweight Placing Competitor First #2 Jason Keller  Men’s Bodybuilding – Light Heavyweight Placing Competitor First #33  Justin Rille Second #2 Jason Keller  Men’s Physique – True Novice Placing Competitor  First #5 Brian Simpson  Second #4 Robert Doucette Men’s Physique – Novice Placing Competitor First #3 Shaun Swanson Men’s Physique – Junior Placing Competitor First #6 Jerry Wiens Men’s Physique – Masters 40+ Placing Competitor First #4 Robert Doucette  Men’s Physique – Medium Placing Competitor First #6 Jerry Wiens  Second #5 Brian Simpson  Men’s Physique – Tall Placing Competitor  First #3 Shaun Swanson Second #2 Jason Keller Women’s Physique – Novice Placing Competitor First #7 Sheena Heaton  Women’s Physique – Short Placing CompetitorFirst #7 Sheena Heaton  Women’s Figure – True Novice Placing Competitor First #7 Sheena Heaton  Second #10 Amber Lindley  Third #8 Jackie Chartier  Fourth #9 Lynette Cordonier  Women’s Figure – Novice Placing CompetitorFirst #11 Cenia Bock Second #7 Sheena HeatonThird #1 Faith Bock  Fourth #8 Jackie Chartier Fifth #9 Lynette Cordonier Women’s Figure – Teenage Placing Competitor First #1 Faith Bock Women’s Figure – Grandmasters Placing Competitor  First #11 Cenia Bock Second #10 Amber Lindley Women’s Figure – Masters 35+ Placing Competitor First #12 Amanda Rathburn  Second #13 Melanie Stephens Third #11 Cenia Bock Fourth #10 Amber Lindley  Fifth #8 Jackie Chartier  Sixth #9 Lynette Cordonier  Women’s Figure – Short Placing Competitor 1 1 Faith Bock Women’s Figure – Medium Placing Competitor First #11 Cenia Bock Second #7 Sheena Heaton Third #10 Amber LindleyWomen’s Figure – Tall Placing CompetitorFirst #12 Amanda RathburnSecond  #13 Melanie Stephens Third  #8 Jackie Chartier Women’s Bikini – True Novice Placing Competitor First #14 Faye Anstey  Second #15 Daya Barclay Third #16 Samantha Hender Fourth #17 Barb Mather Women’s Bikini – Novice Placing CompetitorFirst #14 Faye Anstey  Second #15 Daya Barclay  Third #22 Stacey Gruen  Fourth #23 Karri Stoppler  Fifth #17 Barb Mather  Women’s Bikini – Grandmasters Placing Competitor First #11 Cenia Bock Second #17 Barb Mather  Women’s Bikini – Masters 35+ Placing Competitor First #26 Brandee Stewart Second #25 Chrystal Jones Third #11 Cenia Bock  Fourth #24 Tammy Chapman Fifth #13 Melanie Stephens  Sixth #23 Karri Stoppler  Seventh #17 Barb Mather  Women’s Bikini – Class A Placing CompetitorFirst #25 Chrystal Jones Women’s Bikini – Class B Placing Competitor  First #26 Brandee Stewart Second #16 Samantha Hender Women’s Bikini – Class C Placing Competitor First #29 Rebecca Topol  Second #11 Cenia Bock  Third 15 Daya Barclay  Fourth #21 Sydney GrantWomen’s Bikini – Class D Placing CompetitorFirst #14  Faye AnsteySecond #24 Tammy Chapman  Third #22 Stacey Gruen Fourth #23 Karri Stoppler Fifth #17 Barb Mather Men’s Classic Physique – Novice Placing Competitor First #33 Justin Rille Men’s Classic Physique – Class C Placing Competitor First #33 Justin Rille  center_img FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The 2019 Northern Classic Naturals was held at the North Peace Cultural Centre, Saturday, July 20th, 2019.The following are the results from the show;last_img read more

One-Fifth of Moroccan Population Aged 15-24: HCP

Rabat – As the world celebrated International Youth Day on August 12, the High Commission for Planning (HCP) published a survey of socio-economic demographics of Moroccans aged 15 to 24, on the basis of the 2014 General Population and Housing Census.The survey showed that young people aged between 15 and 24 represented one-fifth of the Moroccan population in 2014. They numbered around 6.03 million in 2004, down from 6.09 million in 2014.With 19.1 percent of 10- to 24-year-olds, the Casablanca-Settat region had the kingdom’s largest youth population in 2014. Marrakech-Safi region was second with 13.5 percent, followed by Rabat-Sale-Kenitra (13.2 percent) and Fes-Meknes (12.6 percent). On the other hand, the Guelmin-Oued Noun, Layouune-Sakia El Hamra, and Dakhla-Oued Ed Dahab regions recorded the lowest numbers of youth population: 1.3 percent, 1.1 percent and 0.3 percent respectively.The number of young people who were married increased by 16.6 percent in 2014, compared to 14 percent in 2004.29.2 percent of 15-24 years-old girls had their first marriage, while only 3.8 percent of men got married in 2014.In 2014 the rate of illiteracy among young people in Morocco reached 11.0 percent. The HCP noted that young people are globally less exposed to illiteracy, although there are disparities between them in terms of gender and place of residence.HCP’s survey showed that the difference in illiteracy between young men and women is considerably reduced when one moves from rural to urban areas. It found that 14.8 percent of girls are illiterate compared to 7.2 percent of boys.Illiteracy rates among young people aged 15 to 24 ranged from 4.0 percent in Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra to 13.3 percent in Beni Mellal-Khénifra region.The report showcased that 28.8 percent of young people aged between 15 and 24 received no education in 2004, compared to only 10.1 percent in 2014. 24.8 percent had finished primary education, while 29.6 percent had completed middle school education in 2014.The source added that 14.6 percent of students had access to high school education, while 10 percent had their higher education in the same year.In 2014, 69.5 percent of young men received middle school or tertiary education (compared to 52.1 per cent in 2004). Young girls education increased by 59.0 percent, compared with 39.1percent in 2004. 14 percent of young girls had no education, compared with 6.1 percent of young boys.22.9 percent of young boys had finished primary education, compared with 26.8 percent of girls.4.3 percent of non-educated youth live in urban areas in 2014, compared to 18.4 percent in rural areas.Nearly one-third of urban youths had their high school degrees, compared with 11.8 percent of rural youth. Only 3.7 percent of rural youth reached higher education levels in 2014, compared with 14.3 percent among urban youth. read more

Heroin smuggling from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka on the rise

Analysts say the spike in recent cases follows a lull in drug smuggling from Tamil Nadu, which peaked in the late 1990s as a result of the LTTE’s reliance on heroin trafficking. The Tamil rebels began smuggling heroin in the early 1980s, with the So viet invasion of Afghanistan disrupting traditional smuggling routes and Pakistan-based drug gangs making contacts with Sri Lankan Tamil insurgents in the state. Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) Chennai zonal director A Bruno says Sri Lanka is a hub for the heroin trade to Southeast Asian countries and drug cartels have been routing consignments to these nations mostly via Tamil Nadu.The Tuticorin police seized 5kg of heroin three weeks ago and the Sri Lankan navy in April arrested Rameswaram fishermen for possession of around 13kg of the drug. “The drug is mainly sourced from two areas: across Afghanistan, and the northern states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, from where the excess poppy legally cultivated by farmers for medicinal purposes,” Bruno said. Heroin smuggling from Tamil Nadu to Sri Lanka using the sea route is on the rise, Tamil Nadu officials have said.With a 1,067-km coastline, excellent air connectivity with Southeast Asian countries and major national and state highways that link Tamil Nadu with all parts of India, the state is once again fast emerging as a major transit and shipment point for drug smuggling cartels, the Times of India reported. “We have formed special squads in demarcated areas across the state to track drug trafficking by road.” Statistics show seizures of cocaine, among the costliest party drugs, has been relatively consistent between 2015 and 2017, but there has been a spurt in seizures of heroin, ephedrine and pseudoephedrine. Statistics from enforcement agencies show that these cartels are smuggling increasingly larger quantities of contraband. These agencies seized 86kg of ephedrine in the first half of 2017, or three times the amount confiscated in 2016. They have seized 115kg of heroin across Tamil Nadu this year, dwarfing confiscations in the past six years, and registered a 25% increase in amphetamine seizures from 2016. While Chennai and Coimbatore are key hubs in Tamil Nadu for the consumption and smuggling of narcotics, enforcement officials say Tirupur, with a large population of affluent students and IT professionals, is now another city where drug use is growing at a rapid rate. These gangs deal in organically-derived drugs like heroin, cocaine and cannabis, synthetic drugs like lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD, widely referred to as acid), and drug precursors such as ketamine and pseudoephedrine. A senior Tamil Nadu police officer, who has had discussions with Sri Lankan narcotics control officials, says consumption of drugs in Sri Lanka is on the rise and the country’s market is lucrative for those in the trade. “TN coastline is used to ferry drugs like heroin and ganja to Southeast Asian countries,” he said. Officers with various enforcement agencies say narcotic dealers are also sourcing locally-made drugs -a more recent and distinctly worrying development. The presence of units that manufacture drugs like ephedrine, pseudoephedrine and methamphetamine is a cause of concern, they say.The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) a week ago busted a small manufacturing facility in Red Hills, Chennai, and confiscated 90kg of heroin, 56kg of pseudoephedrine and 11kg of methamphetamine.The primary focus of investigators, however, remains on gangs using Chennai and other ports in the state as transit points to smuggle drugs.NCB sleuths in the past month seized two consignments of pseudoephedrine, landing 15kg from both busts, bound for Malaysia and South Africa. Pseudoephedrine is a precursor of the party drug ecstasy and is in huge demand in Southeast Asian countries and in the West. NCB regularly tracks postal and courier networks for packages of LSD stamps after investigators found evidence of this modus operandi in Kancheepuram district. But one officer admits that the bureau has only been able to identify middlemen in the network and investigators are still trying to identify the kingpins in the multi-state and international drug smuggling cartels. “Enforcement agencies are working together to identify and break up drug smuggling gangs. We have strengthened coastal monitoring networks to intercept drugs on the high seas,” senior NCB officer Bruno said. read more

WHOWTO expert workshop explores poor countries access to affordable drugs

The workshop on affordable drugs, which began yesterday and will run through Wednesday in Høsbjør, Norway, drew the participation of WHO Director-General Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland, Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS, and Adrian Otten, Director of WTO’s Intellectual Property Division, all of whom addressed the gathering this morning.According to the WTO, the workshop aims to explore “the full range of obstacles that developing countries face in obtaining essential drugs, both patented and generic.”Experts will tackle the question of differential pricing — sometimes called “tiered or “equity” pricing — a practice which involves charging less for medicines in poor countries.”The workshop will explore the conditions that would provide a win-win situation — one that would benefit everyone involved,” the WTO said.”Many people think that differential pricing can be beneficial to the consumer in the poorer country, but not be harmful — and may even be beneficial — to the consumer in the rich country,” explained WHO expert Jonathan Quick.Mary Partlow of the Global Health Council, a United States non-governmental organization which organized the event, explained that it would deal with — but not be limited to — drugs to help treat AIDS. “The workshop covers all essential medications, such as those needed to fight tuberculosis, malaria and other infectious and tropical diseases,” she told the UN News Service.Ms. Partlow said the meeting was “definitely a step forward” in the process of making key medicines available to all who need them. read more

New York City turns old pay phones into modern touch terminals

first_imgNew York City’s pay phones got a brief moment in the spotlight when during Hurricane Sandy thousands of people relied on them for communication. Even so, given the popularity of mobile phones, the pay phone are a pointless use of a vastly connected infrastructure. What should become of these old, nearly useless relics, considering that they will generate revenue and they occupy some very valuable real estate? The city is turning them into stationery tablets.City engineers have begun rolling out an ambitious plan to transform hundreds of old-fashioned phone booths into modern touchscreen displays that provide tourists with local information and sponsored advertisements, as well as emergency alerts that can be pushed through to the machines at a moment’s notice.When you think about it, yes, pay phones are antiques, but they do actually share a pretty vast communication network and they require no additional electrical power. So New York City, along with Cisco and a company called City 24/7 decided to take that existing infrastructure and turn it into something fit for the 21st century.Already, there are a few screens installed around Manhattan, and there are plans to install around two more every day, on average, until the total reaches 250. And they won’t just be in Manhattan but also in Queens, Brooklyn, the Bronx, and Staten Island. They will become profitable for the city because of paid advertisements that appear on the displays, but they will also be invaluable resources, providing real-time news, weather, and more. Cisco’s part comes in with some of the technology infrastructure but also by helping to automate the display of information when there is an emergency, a street closure, or something else along those lines.This is truly a step toward building a city of the future — much more so than the UK’s move to turn its pay phones into WiFi hot spots. If you’re worried about the pay phones, though, don’t worry just yet. New York City still has more than 12,000 of them on the streets.via GigaOMlast_img read more