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first_imgKolkata: In a giant stride to strengthen its campaign before the ensuing Lok Sabha elections, the Trinamool Congress on Saturday took to social media and uploaded a short video highlighting the state government’s ‘Sabuj Sathi’ scheme. The video, at the same time, demands an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on why he has failed to provide basic infrastructure to make the girl child go to school though the Centre boasts of a very successful ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao’ scheme. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe video — titled ‘Pradhan Mantri Hisab Dao’ — begins with a young girl from Rewari village in Haryana talking about her difficulty in reaching her school which is more than 14 kilometres away. The girl says that she has been compelled to drop out owing to her difficulty and criticises the Centre for its failure in taking adequate measures in implementing its ‘Beti Bachao Beti Padhao Yojana’. The video then switches to Hooghly district where a rural woman talks about the ‘Sabuj Sathi’ scheme of the TMC government in Bengal and its role in facilitating girls to reach their schools easily. The video ends with an appeal to vote for TMC for development in the state and for building a secular and progressive Centre in Delhi. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayChief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pet project ‘Sabuj Sathi’, that has benefitted nearly 1 crore students of classes between IX and XII of the state-run, aided schools and madrasas, was selected among the top five most voted projects by the United Nations in February. The project is one-of-its-kind in the country in which bicycles are given free of cost to the students across the state. State Finance minister Amit Mitra had announced the distribution of bicycles among state-run, aided schools and madrasas during his 2015-16 Budget speech. “We will be uploading some more videos highlighting various people-friendly schemes of the Mamata Banerjee government and at the same time raising questions over the failure of the Narendra Modi government,” a senior member of the TMC Cyber Cell said. This is the first time that the Trinamool Congress has uploaded such a video on the Facebook page of the All India Trinamool Congress. During the Panchayat polls, the TMC had also made videos showcasing different development schemes but the questions about the failure of the Prime Minister had not been raised then. The video assumes significance with TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee taking a leading role to unite all parties opposed to the saffron party under one umbrella. The ‘United India’ rally convened by her on January 19 had witnessed several important leaders across the nation who are opposed to the BJP unitedly pitching for the ouster of the Narendra Modi government. It was in September last year when Banerjee, during a digital conclave of her party, had instructed her youth brigade to take to social media to counter the spread of fake news by the BJP to ensure that no wrong information is circulated through social media. All India Trinamool Youth Congress president Abhishek Banerjee asserted in building an arsenal of ‘digital warriors’ to garner more support for the ruling party and said that the cell would work hard to ensure that the party wins all the 42 Lok Sabha seats.last_img read more

By Jonathan WalshRabat – The United Kingdom’s national head of counterterrorism warned that the so-called Islamic State (IS) may be plotting terror attacks of ‘enormous and spectacular’ scale on British soil.The remarks were made by Mark Rowley, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, during a briefing in London today. Rowley went on to claim that the number of terror-related offenses had hit record levels this past year. In the wake of the Paris attacks last November, Prime Minister David Cameron had revealed that seven smaller scale terror attacks in the UK were foiled in 2015 alone. Rowley claims, however, that intelligence suggests IS is now looking to commit attacks on a much larger scale. Such attacks, he said, would represent the ‘natural next step’ for the radical organization that aims to attack ‘Western lifestyles’.“In recent months we’ve seen a broadening of that… Going from that narrow focus on police and military as symbols of the state to something much broader,’’ Rowley said.“And you see a terrorist group which has big ambitions for enormous and spectacular attacks, not just the types that we’ve seen foiled to date.”Rowley also used his speech to warn of the increasing diversification of active IS members. The increasing number of women and children joining the IS is a dangerous new trend not  found in previously existing extremist organizations. Statistics show that of all those arrested in the UK on terror-related charges last year, 14 percent were female and 13 percent were 20 years old or younger.“That would not have been the picture that one would have seen a few years ago. That is an indication of that radicalisation, the effect of the propaganda and the way the messages of Daesh (IS) are resonating with some individuals,” Rowley said. read more

NEW YORK — The latest on developments in financial markets (all times local):9:35 a.m.Major U.S. indexes are mixed in early trading as gains for health care stocks are offset by weakness in energy companies.Johnson & Johnson rose 1.5% early Wednesday.The energy sector was broadly lower. Concho Resources gave up 2.1%Benchmark U.S. crude sank 2% early Wednesday to just over $52 a barrel. It was trading at $59 a barrel two weeks ago. Traders think demand for oil may wane at the same time supplies are high.Technology stocks also fell. Network equipment maker Cisco lost 1.1%The S&P 500 index was little changed at 2,888.The Dow Jones Industrial Average edged up 31 points, or 0.1%, to 26,075. The Nasdaq fell 4 points, or 0.1%, to 7,818.The Associated Press read more

Since 2003 the UN Development Programme (UNDP) Goodwill Ambassadors have captained two teams of international soccer stars in a bid to mobilize the public in attacking poverty and to promote the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), which seek to halve world poverty by 2015.“It is extremely motivating to see that the Match Against Poverty is reaching wider and wider audiences. This is the match that we all need to win,” stressed Ronaldo, the top Brazilian goal scorer.Between 2008 and 2015 the Brazilian and French internationals are scheduled to play in eight games, each promoting one of the eight MDGs and the funds raised at the games going to projects supporting the goal spotlighted by the match.“Every year I am looking forward to playing this game for such a just cause,” said Mr. Zidane, the former French national captain.The theme for this year’s match in the northern city of Fés, the first to be played outside Europe, is centred on the goal to eradicate extreme poverty and hunger. Proceeds raised through the game will go to UNDP anti-poverty projects around the world, including a national project in Morocco.“We are now more than halfway towards the target date, 2015, by which the MDGs are to be achieved,” said UNDP Administrator Kemal Dervis.“Despite many significant achievements, we need to continue our campaign to reach them. Initiatives like the Match Against Poverty… are an important contribution,” Mr. Dervis added. 16 October 2008World Cup winners and United Nations Goodwill Ambassadors, Ronaldo and Zinédine Zidane, announced today that the sixth annual football “Match Against Poverty” will take place in Morocco next month. read more

Addressing senior economic officials from across the world gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Secretary-General Kofi Annan today spoke out in favour of “genuine market access opportunities” for developing countries and a rapid termination of trade-distorting subsidies for agriculture in the developed States. Mr. Annan told a key meeting of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) that rich countries should take “bold measures” to facilitate a successful conclusion of the currently stalled Doha trade talks. Negotiators have called for new progress by the end of this month on what is known as “the development round” of trade agreements. The Secretary-General’s remarks were heard by finance and development ministers and high-level officials of the World Trade Organization (WTO), the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and the World Bank, along with representatives of the 54-member Economic and Social Council. The guests, hosted by ECOSOC, came to New York directly from Washington, DC, where they had participated over the past weekend in the Bretton Woods Spring meeting. Consultations between ECOSOC and the main finance and trade institutions covered a range of issues, including national strategies to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs); debt relief; and the development efforts and finance needs of middle-income developing countries.Today’s meeting is aimed at advancing previous international agreements, including the Outcome Document adopted by national leaders attending the 2005 World Summit. Citing decisions reached at that meeting, ECOSOC President Ali Hachani of Tunisia said that the Council would review progress on the MDGs and related goals annually, and would convene a global Development Cooperation Forum. Mr. Hachani also warned that continued strong worldwide economic growth “should not lead to complacency,” but rather should be seized on as an opportunity to more rapidly advance national and international action on development goals. The chairman of the Bretton Woods’ Development Committee, Colombian finance minister Alberto Carrasquilla, noted that two thirds of the increase in world energy demand over the next 25 years will come from developing countries, where 1.6 billion people currently lack access even to electricity. He told the meeting that required investments of about $300 billion a year to meet these needs should be directed toward more efficient carbon energy. Mr. Carrasquilla also called on the Bretton Woods institutions to address the need to foster greater participation by developing and transition economies. This echoed a call made by Mr. Annan in an address delivered by Under-Secretary-General José Antonio Ocampo to the weekend meeting in Washington. read more

REGINA – Saskatchewan Immigration Minister Jeremy Harrison says the province is disappointed with the federal government’s changes to its temporary foreign worker program.Harrison says Saskatchewan doesn’t have enough domestic workers and there’s — quote — “a crying need” for workers to fill jobs.He notes the province’s unemployment rate in May was 3.7 per cent, the lowest among the provinces.One of the changes puts a cap of 10 per cent on the number of low-wage temporary foreign workers an employer can hire at each worksite.Harrison says there will be an impact on the Saskatchewan economy if businesses can’t find workers and have to shut down or cut back hours.The minister says he is happy to see that the changes call for stronger enforcement and higher penalties, because he believes there were some abuses of the old program. by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 20, 2014 2:56 pm MDT Saskatchewan disappointed with new temporary foreign worker rules AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Neuroscientist Sid Segalowitz is on a mission to determine how early the development of autism can be detected in a child’s brain. “Autism is one of those conditions where, if they can diagnose it early, then intervention can have a huge beneficial effect,” said Segalowitz, a professor in Brock’s Department of Psychology. “But we have got to get it early because the brain is developing quickly and we can influence the brain development pattern more the earlier we start.“We have some sense of how the brain may be developing differently in children who have been diagnosed with autism, but does this manifest itself right after birth?”To answer this question, an international research team based at McGill University has turned to Segalowitz and his Brock research team, who are widely recognized for their ability to record and interpret brain waves gathered by an electroencephalogram (EEG).The cerebral cortex of the human brain is constantly active with electrical impulses that regulate everything from our thoughts to emotions to speech. These brainwave patterns are recorded on the EEG through sensors placed on the scalp. From these patterns are drawn the systematic responses of electrical activity, called the Event-Related Potential (ERP), which happen when someone views a picture, listens to a sound or experiences any other such stimulus. Segalowitz and his colleagues have documented how specific neural patterns are related to a wide range of human behaviour, particularly risk-taking, anxiety and aggression in adolescents.Researchers from McGill, Harvard University, the University of Washington Autism Centre and Birkbeck, University of London asked Segalowitz to clean up and help interpret EEG data gathered from hundreds of children, from newborns to toddlers a few years old. The international team deemed these babies to be at risk of autism mostly because their older siblings were identified as having the disorder.Segalowitz accepted, and says the collaboration could open up new frontiers of awareness. “Most of our knowledge about brainwave patterns as they relate to information and emotional processing come from adults and not from babies, so this is exploratory. The patterns in infants are not so straightforward.”This is partly because there is a lot of “noise” in EEG brainwaves — patterns in the data coming from movements rather than thoughts. He said electrical signals in parts of the brain that control movement are large, and tend to override a baby’s thinking or emotional signals.The work has its challenges. Babies sleep very well, but fuss a lot. It can also be challenging to get a six-month-old to focus on a screen to view pictures. Then it takes time to establish if certain brain patterns are over- or under-responsive “because we don’t know in advance which is the right level.”Segalowitz and his team scrutinize EEG results for discernable patterns, and compare brainwaves of autism-vulnerable babies to those with no family history of autism. But he says many children with autism don’t have the same pattern of “cortical pruning” as other children. Typically, neurons, dendrites, synapse and other brain structures cause the cerebral cortex to “grow madly and very quickly.”  But then the brain “prunes” itself, reducing the structures not well used to make room for new development, resulting in the cortex getting thicker and then thinner. “There’s evidence to suggest that in autistic children, the brains don’t get thinner. So now the question is, ‘what is going on?’ It may be that the fine-tuning is not there, which is part and parcel of this symptom of being very sensitive to sensory input.”However, Segalowitz cautions against taking a ‘cause-and-effect’ view of autism, saying the condition is highly complicated, with many influencing factors.Segalowitz and his colleagues are also applying this EEG expertise in other mental health-related projects, including a long-term study on adolescent brain growth and risk-taking behaviours, and on the brain growth and response patterns of young adults with cerebral palsy. read more

first_imgThe ‘problem’ is also much more serious on the silver screen Dominic Dromgoole, former head of Shakespeare’s Globe, told the paper that help with lines was “happening more and more in film now”. Complicite said they use the technology as a “fallback”, and added:  “It’s just the way the company works. Everything is always devised in the rehearsal room. We’re always changing things.”  Yet perhaps the correct response is not surprise, but a yawn.As one artistic director at a large theatre company told The Sunday Times: “People have always used whatever available technology as an aide-memoire in theatre.”If Shakespeare suddenly rewrote King Lear, they probably would have gone on with some of it written on their sleeve.” Jack Nicholson in Chinatown, which Evans producedCredit:Everett Collection / Rex Features Jack Nicholson Robert Evans Robert Evans and Ali McGraw, in a still from the film version of The Kid Stays in the PictureCredit:Channel 4 “Know your lines and don’t bump into the furniture”, were the two pieces of advice given to a young Katharine Hepburn by acting veteran Spencer Tracy.Now, however, it seems only the second remains necessary, after it it was discovered actors at London’s Royal Court Theatre have been using an autocue.center_img Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy in 1945’s ‘Without Love’Credit:AFP/Getty Images Audiences had long suspected that certain players were reading, rather than reciting their lines from memory, but it may come as a shock to learn that the practice is becoming increasingly common.The fact was confirmed after production company Complicite put out a statement admitting it had used the electronic devices to help actors reaching for the right words in at least two of its recent plays.They include The Kid Stays in the Picture, a play based on the life of colourful film producer Robert Evans, which is currently playing at the Royal Court, and The Encounter, which ran at the Barbican last year. He added: “Certain actors don’t want to learn their lines. They have it fed in their ear while they’re performing.“A lot of people say ‘oh, this is immoral,’ and then you think, acting is about pretending. You can’t say there’s some high morality about pretending.”Actors who are said to have used earpieces on stage include the Hollywood veterans Bruce Willis, Al Pacino and Richard Dreyfuss. Hepburnlast_img read more

first_imgJunior mining and exploration companies the world over are in melt down. Yet the fundamentals for massive mineral product demand are still apparent. Many commentators believe there will be a quick turnround in the financial markets for the mining companies. Ironically all this is delaying a lot of exploration when the project piepline had not recovered from the last downturn in the industry. However, in the mean time, companies like ValGold Resources are suffering. Typical of the sector, it has elected to substantially change its strategic direction in response to on-going market conditions. “With the recent share price melt down which ValGold has experienced along with most other junior resource issuers, ValGold now intends to focus its exploration and development efforts onto only those projects with demonstrated mineral resources and a strong potential for advancing to production. Early stage or ‘greenfields’ projects appear for the time being to be not financeable and seem to have little or no bearing on market valuations. This is evidenced by the near global devaluation of junior resource issuers and the dramatic loss in value of the TSX Venture Exchange Composite Index which has plunged approximately 20% since September 30.“In addition, ValGold will endeavour to advance its current advanced projects using joint ventures or earn-in transactions. Its Ontario projects such as Tower Mountain near Thunder Bay and Garrison Township on the Golden Highway of the Timmins mining camp have recently garnered attention from both junior and intermediate gold companies. Under its new strategy, ValGold has commenced its search for new acquisitions of projects having existing resources that would add value to our property portfolio. This search includes assets both within Canada and other jurisdictions that are mining-friendly and politically sound. ValGold’s management has already identified potential mining projects that match our requirements and management intends to pursue the most promising of these.”As its first act under this change in strategy Valgold has terminated its option agreement with Newmont Overseas Exploration to earn an interest from Newmont in certain mineral property exploration permits and licenses in northwest Guyana. Under the terms of the agreement, ValGold could have earned a 100% of Newmont’s interest in those properties by incurring expenditures of $5.0 million over four years. ValGold’s option to purchase a 100% interest in and to the Fish Creek property in Guyana has also been terminated. Both of the Newmont and Fish Creek projects are considered early stage and would require significant additional work to determine whether drill targets existed. The expected budgets for the required work are considered be beyond the capacity of the Company to fund in the current market for junior resource stocks.last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Following 22 years at the helm of the Greek Communist Party (KKE) Aleka Papariga could be stepping down, Kathimerini understands.According to the daily newspaper’s sources, Papariga is contemplating not running for the post of general secretary at the party’s 19th congress which is scheduled to begin at KKE’s headquarters in Perissos, northern Athens, on Thursday.Papariga had hinted at the possibility of stepping down in recent interviews with local media. Speaking to Kathimerini in March, the Communist Party general secretary had noted that it was up to the communist party’s congress to determine its next leadership, while in the beginning fo the year, she had told Mega television station that KKE had developed a new generation of highly capable party officials.At the congress, Papariga is expected to present the central commiittee’s suggestions regarding the party’s duties, program and action until the next congress.last_img read more

first_img July 20, 2018 , Suspect shot in Del Mar after pursuit ends in crash Updated: 10:13 AM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 20, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – A suspected drunk driver was shot by sheriff’s deputies after leading them on a pursuit across North County freeways Friday night, the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department said Saturday.The driver, whose name was not released, was shot in the upper torso and taken to a local hospital, where he remained in stable condition, according to Lt. Anthony Dupree of the San Diego Police Department, which is investigating the incident.A deputy had tried to pull the man over in Vista near the intersection of Poinsettia Avenue and Linda Vista Drive just before 8:45 p.m. Friday when he took off, Dupree said.The driver headed north on surface streets and entered westbound state Route 78 at Sycamore Avenue, then continued onto southbound Interstate 5, at times reaching speeds in excess of 100 mph.During the pursuit, the driver called 911 and told the dispatcher he had a loaded handgun, a female passenger was in the car with him, and he wanted to commit “suicide by cop,” Dupree said.The driver exited I-5 at Leucadia Boulevard and let his passenger out of the car before continuing to flee from officers back onto the freeway. He exited again at Carmel Valley Road and drove west, then veered south onto the Torrey Preserve marsh, driving for about 200 yards before coming to a stop. The area is within San Diego city limits.The driver got out of the car and began advancing toward deputies, who gave him “verbal commands,” Dupree said.“The suspect kept his right hand behind his back and at one point quickly pointed something at the deputies while taking a shooting stance,” leading deputies to fire at the man, Dupree said.The suspect was struck in the upper torso and was taken into custody. Deputies gave the man first aid until paramedics were able to take him to a hospital, Dupree said.The deputies involved in the shooting are a 5-year veteran and a 2- year veteran of the San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Dupree said. last_img read more

first_imgThe southeast flank and summit of Mt. Carlisle volcano. (Courtesy Kirsten Nicolaysen, Whitman College)The Islands of the Four Mountains are at the center of the Aleutians — geographically, and in folklore passed down from prehistoric times. But we don’t know much about the people who lived there.Download AudioAn upcoming expedition to the site may change that. KUCB’s Annie Ropeik caught up with the researchers in Unalaska as they prepared for their trip — and for what it could reveal about the earliest Unangan people.Download AudioThe current story goes like this: the Unangan people came across the land bridge from Siberia and started making a loop. They moved down through the Alaska Interior and along the coast. Nine-thousand years ago, they got to the Eastern Aleutians and started working their way up the chain.“Nine-thousand years ago, this was just a blasted landscape,” Jeff Dickrell, a historian based in Unalaska, said. “There was no grass, there was no dirt – it was just volcanic ash.”That’s exactly what they would have seen on the Islands of the Four Mountains, in the center of the chain. The islands are mostly just – volcanoes.But for whatever reason, some Unangans decided to put down roots there and build house pits. Past researchers have found those ruins, but they don’t know much else about the settlers. It’s a mystery that University of Kansas archaeologist Dixie West will try to unravel this summer.Islands of the Four Mountains in the central Aleutian Islands, Alaska. (Image courtesy Dave Schneider & AVO/USGS)“We’re going to be going out to look at different settlements – prehistoric villages,” West said. “We want to know how prehistoric humans adapted to the changes in the climate, and also, what were their strategies for living in an area which had the potential for massive volcanic explosions?”West and her research team will look for genetic evidence in peat bogs on the islands to tell them who lived there and when. They’ll also search for artifacts like stone tools, and carbon date them.Their expert on that is Virginia Hatfield, also of the University of Kansas. She says she hopes the house pits they find on the four volcanoes – Cleveland, Herbert, Tana, and Carlisle – will be in good enough shape to study.“Since no excavation has occurred, we really don’t know,” West said. “We’re real interested in the one on Carlisle, since it has multiple layers of ash deposits and prehistoric occupation. And that’ll give us an idea of how people lived through time.”They know at least one group of prehistoric Unangan lived on the islands – and they think more might have moved in as recently as a thousand years ago. Even if it hasn’t always been inhabited, it’s clearly an important place to the Unangans. In oral histories, the islands are described like the Garden of Eden – a place where life began.Jeff Dickrell, the local historian, says all the reasons that the IFM are uninhabited today, were what attracted prehistoric Unangans. Each islands is made up almost entirely of its volcano, with no bays or salmon streams. And between them, changing tides create a rapids.(Google Maps screenshot)“That’s why I think the origination story comes from there, because that’s where the energy is,” Dickrell said. “That’s where all the sea mammals are going to be, where all the fish are going to be.”“They don’t like the quiet backs of bays, they like the energy places, the points, passes, and that is the place.”But some Unangan in the Eastern Aleutians take the story one step further. They say their people literally came from the Islands of the Four Mountains – which would mean they moved against the east-to-west tide of migration that we understand today.This summer, the research team will be looking for evidence on the islands that might match up with the oral histories. It would be a big find.But Dickrell says this expedition is going to change our understanding no matter what happens.“In the entire history of archaeology, there’s probably been 20 digs in the Aleutians – almost none, relatively,” Dickrell said. “So the amount of information is so little, that every new site changes the story.”Whether it’s adding onto the one we already have, or rewriting it altogether.last_img read more

first_imgBengaluru: The Congress on Sunday intensified efforts to persuade another rebel MLA Ramalinga Reddy to return to the party fold, in a desperate bid to save the Congress-JD(S) coalition government in Karnataka teetering in the wake of the resignation of its legislators. Sources in the Congress told PTI that the party’s state working president Eshwar Khandre and H K Patil have headed to Ramalinga Reddy’s residence. Reddy, BTM Layout Assembly MLA, is said to be maintaining silence and has not been responding to the party’s attempts to appease him. He is also among the MLAs who have resigned. Also Read – Polls may come anytime: Siddaramaiah says Yediyurappa government won’t last long Advertise With Us On Saturday, a team of BJP leaders led by Yelahanka MLA S R Vishwanath and Padmanabha Reddy had called on him at his residence. “Ramalinga Reddy has neither gone to Mumbai, nor he has given any statement that can be considered as an anti-party activity. It is incumbent upon us to persuade him. We are sure he won’t leave the party,” said party spokesperson Subhash Agarwal. Also Read – Kumaraswamy never treated me as friend but like enemy: Siddaramaiah Advertise With Us The coalition government is on a sticky wicket with 16 MLAs–13 of the Congress and three of the JD(S) — resigning from the Assembly. Besides, two independent legislators, who were made ministers recently to provide stability, have quit the cabinet. The independents — H Nagesh and R Shankar — have also withdrawn support to the coalition government and are now supporting the BJP. The ruling coalition’s strength in the House is 116 (Congress 78, JD(S) 37 and BSP one), besides the speaker. With the support of the two independents, the opposition BJP has 107 MLAs in the 224-member House. If the resignations of the 16 MLAs are accepted, the ruling coalition’s tally will be reduced to 100. The speaker has a vote too.last_img read more

first_imgEric Gay | APFile photo of Texas Gov. Greg Abbott at an event where he announced his bid for re-election, Friday, July 14, 2017, in San Antonio.Texas Governor Greg Abbott will be in Kingwood, Thursday, March 15th. He will be meeting with community leaders and elected officials to discuss Hurricane Harvey recovery.The roundtable meeting will take place at Kingwood Community Center, 4102 Rustic Woods Drive Kingwood, TX 77345, at 2:30 p.m. Sharelast_img

first_img Trade In Your Nintendo Switch For a Better Battery (With a Catch)Get Used to ‘Fortnite’s’ Powerful Mech Suits Ever since superstar streamer Ninja took a fat check from Microsoft to perform exclusively on Mixer, there’s a been a question of what would happen to his massively popular Twitch page. Instead of simply archiving it like other offline channels, Twitch poked fun at the breakup by displaying “The Ninja You’re Looking For Is In Another Castle” at the top. The rest of the page showcased other popular streamers, including a pornography stream.Naturally, Ninja wasn’t happy with the state of his former channel, because of the porn and Twitch’s general pettiness for using the page to promote other accounts. He recorded an apology video and hoped Twitch would fix things. Twitch apologized and then did revert Ninja’s page to a typical offline channel, with archived videos and links for donations and social media. They’re also suspending the stream recommendation feature pending an investigation.Disgusted and so sorry. pic.twitter.com/gnUY5Kp52E— Ninja (@Ninja) August 11, 2019If you know about any online video game streamers, it’s probably Ninja. With his colorful hair and skill in games like Halo and Fortnite, Tyler “Ninja” Blevins is one of the most successful people who films themselves playing video games for a living. And he’s found much of that success on Twitch.tv, the most popular place for streaming video games.But other companies are trying take Twitch down, most notably Microsoft. Over the past few years the technology giant has been building up Mixer, its own streaming platform that has gotten pretty impressive with nifty new community features and swanky New York City esports arenas. But what good is a streaming platform without an audience?So in a bombshell bit on news, drama on par with a free agent committing to carry a new team, Ninja has announced that he’s leaving Twitch to return to his roots and stream full-time on Mixer.The next chapter,https://t.co/lvn9KBjEYq pic.twitter.com/tljVgyM3bG— Ninja (@Ninja) August 1, 2019There are times when Microsoft just reminds you how much money they have. They can get away with recalling billions of dollars worth of broken Xbox 360s. They can shrug off the disappointment of Xbox One sales. And they can pay Ninja what has to be an absurd fee to leave his Twitch home behind for the unproven waters of Mixer. Whatever they’re paying him though is probably worth it as Ninja bringing his fanbase to Mixer will raise the platform’s profile tremendously. It’s like launching the first Xbox with Halo.“I never would have thought that I could build a career by doing what I love, and I am extremely grateful for the incredible experiences that I have had,” Blevins said in a statement. “As I look at the next step in my career, achieving bigger goals in the gaming industry with Mixer will allow me to have the perfect balance of opportunities and success.”Ninja makes his debut on Mixer August 2 during Lollapalooza for some Red Bull thing. You can also look out for his upcoming book Get Good: My Ultimate Guide to Gaming coming August 20. Maybe it’ll help you compete in the next Fortnite World Cup that Ninja didn’t even qualify for. And while he’s in the mood for change, maybe Ninja will start streaming with women? Stay on targetlast_img read more

first_imgBob Bradley, head coach of Egypt’s national team, looks on during their football match against Zimbabwe in the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Borg el-Arab near the Egyptian port city of Alexandria on March 26. Khaled Desouki/AFP CAIRO — Egypt’s national soccer team often plays to empty stadiums these days, under orders from security forces. Some of the players don’t get paid. And recently, many team members got stranded at Cairo’s airport by the 7 p.m. curfew.In a time of revolution, even Egypt’s beloved soccer stars have suffered from violence and economic crisis. Now, an unusual figure — a U.S. man — is trying to hold the team together in its improbable quest to qualify for the World Cup despite a military crackdown that has divided the country.“Inside our team, clearly not everyone sees things the same way,” said Bob Bradley, who became Egypt’s coach two years ago after managing the U.S. men’s national soccer team. “Like everywhere in Egypt, that means there are discussions and disagreements. But inside the team, there’s still a strong bond.”The stakes for the Pharoahs, as the team is known, go well beyond a few soccer games. The squad has vaulted into the final stage of qualifying for the World Cup, a tournament that Egypt hasn’t reached for nearly a quarter-century. Winning one of the 32 berths in the 2014 tournament could rally a nation rent by politics and religion, where more than 1,000 people have been killed since the military deposed an unpopular elected government on July 3.“The national team is the only thing that unites all Egyptians,” said a fan, pharmacologist Marwan Mohammad, 28, who was attending a packed “friendly” match Sunday between two domestic teams, Al Ahly and Shibin.In this soccer-mad nation, the national pastime has long been more than just a sport. Toward the end of President Hosni Mubarak’s 30-year reign, hard-core soccer fans known as “ultras” often skirmished with police, a sign of how Egyptians were chafing under authoritarian rule. The ultras of Al Ahly turned into the toughest defenders of Tahrir Square during the 2011 uprising that toppled Mubarak, and soccer die-hards have played a role in demonstrations since then. Bradley, a bald New Jersey native with a no-nonsense manner, is well aware of how politics has been entwined with soccer in Egypt. He has been trying to keep the national team from getting sucked into the fray.“This is a difficult period, a tough time in the country,” said Bradley, still muscular and fit at 55, in a blue Nike T-shirt, shorts and sneakers, as he sat in a cafe overlooking the Nile one recent afternoon. “Throughout all of that, we always tried to talk (with players) about the fact that during this period, we had a chance to do something special, something that was important to everyone in Egypt, and that we had a big responsibility.”Just months after Bradley started his job, he got a taste of how political tensions could flare in Egyptian soccer. In February 2012, Al Ahly fans were attacked by ultras of their rival, Al-Masry, in the Suez Canal city of Port Said. Police looked on impassively as at least 74 people were killed with knives and clubs. Al Ahly fans claimed that police allowed the bloodbath in revenge for the ultras’ role in bringing down Mubarak, a charge denied by the government.Bradley watched the scenes of carnage with horror from Cairo. In his long soccer career — which includes positions as an assistant coach with D.C. United in 1996-1997 and head coach of the Chicago Fire, the New York/New Jersey MetroStars and Los Angeles-based Chivas USA — he had seen fights. But nothing like this.He met several of his players at a memorial service for the victims a few days later. “The emotion, the look on their faces told the story,” he said.Bradley had players on both teams. He counseled his men to get over their anger, honoring the dead but maintaining their responsibility to their team and country. One of his stars, Al Ahly midfielder Mohammed Aboutrika, initially threatened to quit the sport, but he backed down.Still, another problem loomed. Because of the tragedy, Egyptian authorities suspended play in the domestic soccer league, which employed many of the national team members.“We had to come up with a plan to keep them motivated, fit, sharp,” said Bradley. He and his assistants scrambled to set up friendly matches in Sudan, Lebanon and other countries.Egypt’s political turmoil has only escalated since then. In mid-August, the Pharoahs were in the Red Sea resort of El Gouna, preparing for a match, when phone calls started arriving from Cairo. Security forces firing guns and tear gas had broken up two massive sit-ins organized by the Muslim Brotherhood to protest the ouster of the country’s first Islamist president, Mohammed Morsi. Hundreds of civilians were killed.The coach met with his distraught players. “We said this, ‘Look, the result of our match today doesn’t change what’s taking place, but it’s still our chance for 90 minutes to go on the field and be a symbol of being strong and being united,’ ” Bradley said.The team defeated Uganda, 3-0 — playing in an empty stadium, as state security has often required during the charged political times. That night, the Pharoahs flew back to Cairo, which had been slapped with a 7 p.m. curfew. Many players, unable to get through police checkpoints, had to stay at the airport hotel.With the Egyptian domestic squads idled, some of Bradley’s players have joined European teams. Others are unpaid, living off their savings.“They’re not sure what’s happening with their careers,” Bradley said. “And yet every time we had national team camp, they came into camp, ready to be there, still honored to be part of the national team.”The Pharoahs have already clinched first place in their World Cup qualifying group. Regardless of the outcome of the Sept. 10 final against Guinea, they have secured a place in the African playoffs this fall as one of 10 teams that will vie for five spots in the World Cup field.Even before moving to Egypt, Bradley had seen his share of ups and downs in soccer. He coached the U.S. men in the 2010 World Cup but was fired the following summer. Getting the Pharoahs into the tournament would be a different kind of World Cup dream, one he shares with millions of Egyptians.“It would unite people and make people love the Egypt they knew,” said Abdul Rahman Mustafa, a 69-year-old soccer fan standing outside the friendly match in Cairo. “The joy would make us forget what is happening now.”Steven Goff in Washington and Amer Shakhatreh in Cairo contributed to this report.© 2013, The Washington Post Facebook Commentscenter_img No related posts.last_img read more

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