Take the chance to win NRL Grand Final tickets and a night’s accommodation in Sydney for you and a friend by posting a pic of you watching the #NRLTouchPremiership!To enter, post a pic or short video of you or someone else watching the NRL Touch Premiership on any device, live or on-demand, through NRL.com, Kayo Sports, Fox League or Sky Sport by 19/08/19. Use the hashtag #NRLTouchPremiership and tag @touchfootballaustralia.Go here to see the broadcast draw for the NRL Touch Premiership: touchfootball.com.au/2019-nrl-touch-premiership-broadcast-detailsGo here to stream past games of the NRL Touch Premiership for free: bit.ly/watchnrltouch Terms & Conditions: The promoter is Touch Football Australia Ltd, ABN 55 090 088 207, Suite 1/18 Napier Close, Deakin ACT 2600. Competition commences 10:00am on Saturday 20/07/2019, and ends 11:00pm on Monday 19/08/2019. There is only one prize on offer, valid for the prizewinner and a guest of their choosing. The prize consists of two ‘gold category’ tickets to the NRL Grand Final on Sunday 6th October in Sydney (to the total value of $520) and one night of accommodation for two people in a shared room at Quest at Sydney Olympic Park (total value of $214) on Sunday 6th October. The total prize pack value is $734. Any travel or other costs associated with attending the grand final and staying in the accommodation will need to be covered by the prizewinner and their guest. How to enter: Post on either Instagram, Instagram Stories, Facebook or Twitter a photo or video of you or someone else watching any 2019 NRL Touch Premiership broadcast/stream from either NRL.com, Kayo Sports, Fox League or, in New Zealand, Sky Sport, on any device, live or on-demand. The hashtag #NRLTouchPremiership must be used with posts. On Instagram and Facebook, @touchfootballaustralia must be tagged. On Twitter, @touchfootyaus must be tagged. Enter as many times as you like. The winner will be judged by Touch Football Australia (TFA) from Rugby League Central, 44 Driver Ave, Moore Park NSW 2021 at 10:00am on Tuesday 20/08/2019. Winner will be notified via social media by 5:00pm on Wednesday 21/08/2019. Winner will need to respond with phone number in order to claim prize. Failure to respond to TFA’s notification with a phone number by 5:00pm Friday 23/08/2019 will result in a new winner being selected by TFA. Winner will be publicly announced on TFA’s social media channels by 5:00pm Monday 26/08/2019. The purpose of this competition is to promote the NRL Touch Premiership broadcasts. You are not eligible to win this prize if you are an employee of Touch Football Australia.
October 28, 2019
Maddison & Sancho emerge as Man Utd top summer targetsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United have identified their top two targets for the next summer transfer window.The Red Devils are still in the midst of a rebuild under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.According to ESPN, two names that stand out on their list are James Maddison from Leicester City and Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund.The latter is the right winger United think can solve their problems in that position.And Maddison is a central and attacking midfielder who would add intensity, passing ability and set-piece quality to the team.Neither player would come cheap, especially Sancho, given their clubs’ desire to hold on to them. TagsTransfersAbout the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your say
October 27, 2019
ANN ARBOR, MI – NOVEMBER 25: Urban Meyer head coach of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Jim Harbaugh head coach of the Michigan Wolverines shake hands after the game. Ohio State won 31 to 20 on November 25, 2017 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Will Jim Harbaugh leave Michigan for the NFL this offseason?The Los Angeles Rams head coaching job is now open and, unsurprisingly, Jim Harbaugh is being mentioned as a possible candidate.No one is saying that Harbaugh has legitimate interest in the position, but respected reporters are saying that they won’t be surprised if the Rams make a run at the Michigan head coach.Michigan defensive lineman Chase Winovich has something to say about that.After Pro Football Talk tweeted that “$10 to $15 million” could get Harbaugh to leave the Wolverines for Los Angeles, Winovich tweeted the following.You clearly don’t understand our head ball coach if you think he can be bought out like that.He’s not going anywhere-we wouldn’t let him lol https://t.co/hKkvo2Qxmr— Chase Winovich (@Chase_Winovich) December 13, 2016So don’t worry, Michigan fans, Harbaugh’s future with the Wolverines has been spoken for. According to one of his players, he’s not going anywhere.Michigan is currently preparing for an Orange Bowl bout against Florida State, set to take place in Miami on Friday, Dec. 30 at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.
October 17, 2019
HALIFAX – A prosecutor asked the jury deciding the fate of accused murderer Christopher Garnier to sit in silence for two minutes Monday, reaffirming the minimum length of time it would have taken to strangle Nova Scotia police officer Catherine Campbell.Christine Driscoll said the Crown had proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Garnier, 30, punched and strangled Campbell inside a Halifax apartment more than two years ago, and used a compost bin to dispose of her body near Halifax’s Macdonald Bridge.“The truth is that Ms. Campbell did nothing wrong. Her life was over and she was treated like trash,” Driscoll said during her closing arguments in Nova Scotia Supreme Court.But the defence argued the off-duty Truro police constable’s death was a tragedy, not a murder.Defence lawyer Joel Pink asked the 14-member jury to find his client not guilty of second-degree murder and interfering with a dead body, saying the 36-year-old woman died accidentally during rough sex.He said Garnier “at all times acted lawfully and properly.”“There was an unexpected tragedy on McCully Street in Halifax. A tragedy, however, does not make the actions of a man or woman a crime,” Pink told the jury Monday.“It only becomes a crime when the actions of the man or woman meet the requisites of law. I respectfully submit that this is not the case here.”Driscoll pointed out that the “remarkable” thing about what happened on Sept. 11, 2015, is that many of the events in question were captured on video, including Campbell and Garnier meeting and kissing at the Halifax Alehouse. But the roughly 45 minutes the pair were inside the McCully Street apartment early that morning, after being dropped off by a cab from the downtown bar, were not.“For that very short period, but very important time period, Ms. Campbell cannot speak for herself. But the forensic evidence speaks for her, and it speaks loud and clear,” said Driscoll, reminding the jury of blood spatter evidence from inside the apartment.Driscoll also noted that Campbell had a broken nose and that her DNA was found on Garnier’s T-shirt and the clasp of his watch.The Crown lawyer said Garnier took steps to conceal evidence by disposing of her body, ditching the compost bin in bushes, putting his T-shirt and her car keys into a garbage bag, and throwing them into a dumpster, and tossing his broken necklace onto the roof of a building.Driscoll said items in the car Garnier was driving at the time of his arrest — including a tarp, gloves, rope and gasoline — shows he remembered where he dumped her body and planned to move her remains. The jury has heard officers followed Garnier to an area near the bridge, where Campbell’s body was discovered on a steep embankment hours earlier.Garnier took the stand in his own defence last week, telling the jury that during sex play, Campbell encouraged him to choke and slap her before she died. However, he said his memories about that night are fragmented.He said he doesn’t remember walking with the compost bin through the city’s north end towards the harbour and dumping her body in thick brush, where it stayed undetected for about five days.Driscoll said Garnier “concocted this story in an attempt to take all of the responsibility off of himself.”“He cannot live with what he has done. He cannot accept that he is responsible for this,” she said. “He’s actually suggesting that she killed herself, and it’s ridiculous.”Pink noted that chief medical examiner Dr. Matthew Bowes conceded during his testimony that Campbell’s injuries, including her broken nose, could have been caused after she died.He said Campbell’s death did not amount to culpable homicide, and that there is “not a scintilla of evidence” to prove Garnier lost control and murdered Campbell.“We are not assembled here today for vengeance. We are here for a just and proper resolution of this matter,” said Pink.Pink said the defence of automatism was available to Garnier on the charge of interfering with a dead body.A psychiatrist called by the defence last week said automatism is a condition in which a person is not consciously aware or in control of their actions. Dr. Stephen Hucker also said Garnier suffered from acute stress disorder following Campbell’s death, which could explain his memory loss.Driscoll ended her closing arguments by reminding the jury that Bowes concluded Campbell died of strangulation.“He said, at a minimum, (it’s) two minutes of continuous pressure to cause death,” she told the packed courtroom before asking for two minutes of silence.Garnier, wearing a black suit jacket, sat quietly at his lawyer’s bench throughout the closing arguments.Justice Joshua Arnold is expected to give his final instructions to the jury on Wednesday, after a break in the trial on Tuesday. Following his instructions, the jury will be sequestered until they reach a verdict.Follow (at)AlyThomson on Twitter.
October 14, 2019
The Canadian PressWINNIPEG – Jurors at the trial of a man charged in the death of a 15-year-old girl in Winnipeg are being told that the accused’s own words convict him.Prosecutor Jim Ross says in his closing arguments that audio recordings police made in Raymond Cormier’s apartment are all the jury needs to find him guilty of second-degree murder.Ross says Cormier admitted to several people that he had sex with Tina Fontaine.Ross also says Cormier found out Tina was underage, which gave him a “powerful motive” for killing her.During the trial, the Crown presented audio recordings from a six-month undercover investigation in 2015 during which police bugged Cormier’s apartment.Tina’s body, wrapped in a duvet cover and weighed down by rocks, was pulled from the Red River in Winnipeg several days after she disappeared in August 2014.The recordings captured Comier, often mumbling and stuttering, telling multiple people he was attracted to Tina and had sex with her.In one recording, Cormier was heard telling a woman that he would make a bet that Tina was killed because “I found out she was 15 years old.”In another, Cormier was heard arguing with a woman and saying that there was a little girl in a “grave someplace screaming at the top of her lungs for me to finish the job. And guess what? I finished the job.”“This case can be quickly decided because the words he speaks are admissions of murder, plain and simple,” Ross told the jury Tuesday.He said Cormier wanted to make sure Tina didn’t follow through on a threat to go to police.“He’s exposed here legally … it could make him a pedophile.”“You all know who the little girl in the grave is,” Ross said to jurors.The defence told court last week that the recordings could have been misheard and the transcripts could have errors.Ross also said that repeated denials from Cormier don’t mean that he is innocent.“What kind of man admits to the murder of a child? He would be a pariah. It’s hardly surprising for a man to deny that crime,” Ross argued.“Mr. Cormier says a lot of things. His admissions are more telling than his denials,” he added. “The truth is not in his denials. His denials are tailored for the police or his associates.”Court has already heard that Tina was raised by her great-aunt on the Sagkeeng First Nation, 120 kilometres north of Winnipeg, but went to the city to visit her mother. It was there that the girl became an exploited youth.
October 4, 2019
NTSB: Pilot errors caused deadly Georgia jet crash; lack of sleep called contributing factor ATLANTA – Federal investigators say a pilot failed to follow procedures during landing, and that fatigue from lack of sleep contributed to a fiery jet crash that killed a Georgia vascular surgeon and four colleagues from a vein care practice.In a report released Tuesday, the National Transportation Safety Board determined the probable cause of the Feb. 20, 2013, crash was the pilot’s failure to follow procedures. It said his lack of knowledge about the aircraft and fatigue contributed to the accident near an airport in Thomson.The report says that the pilot only slept five hours the night before and later slept for about four hours in a chair in a pilot lounge in Nashville, Tennessee.The pilot and co-pilot survived, but were severely injured. All five passengers, seated in the back, were killed. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2014 10:21 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email
September 28, 2019
Louisville and South Florida play Monday night in the second-round women’s NCAA tournament game that our March Madness predictions have the least certainty about. We’re giving Louisville, the No. 3 seed in the Albany region, a 52 percent chance to beat South Florida and advance to the Sweet Sixteen. It might as well be a coin flip. No other favorite in a second-round game had less than a 66 percent chance of winning.Why is the game so tough to call? It has more to do with the unusual structure of the women’s tournament’s first two rounds than with the teams involved. Typically, the top four seeds in each region get to host the first two rounds. This year, that happened for 15 of 16 top-four seeds. Louisville was the exception, because its arena is busy hosting men’s tournament games. Rather than head to a neutral site, the Cardinals had to travel to the arena of the next highest-seeded team in its quartet: South Florida’s Sun Dome in Tampa.Home court advantage typically is worth 3.5 points in women’s college hoops. So this scheduling conflict adds up to a 7-point swing in the Bulls’ favor as they look to make a dent in the Cardinals’ 26-4 record against them and avenge a loss last year that effectively knocked them out of the tournament.“Both teams know each other, are very familiar with both styles, with personnel, so it’s a shame we’re meeting this early in the tournament,” South Florida coach Jose Fernandez told the Tampa Bay Times. “But I’m glad we’re home.”That bit of scheduling luck, and not South Florida’s strength, is what boosts the Bulls’ chances so much. South Florida is good for a 6 seed: Our mashup of power ratings and rankings says the Bulls are the 20th best team in the field, so they probably should have gotten a 5 seed. But Louisville might also have been underseeded. It’s the eighth-highest-rated team in the field, which usually is good enough for a 2 seed. The Cardinals won their first-round game by 33 points, compared to a 9-point win for South Florida. Texas, the fifth seed in the Albany region, and No. 4 California were rated much more closely than Louisville and South Florida are. In fact, Texas rated slightly higher than Cal, yet Cal, playing at home in Berkeley, had a two-in-three chance of winning. (Texas pulled off the upset, 73-70.)Monday night’s toss-up game is a good argument for changing the best-teams-host model in the early rounds, for two reasons. First, choosing neutral sites in advance would prevent the double-booking of arenas such as Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center. And second, the women’s tournament probably would have more competitive games if it didn’t boost its already-strong favorites with hosting privileges.Through Sunday, men’s favorites, playing in neutral arenas, have struggled more than women’s teams that get to host their competition. Two of 16 men’s teams seeded fourth or better lost in the round of 64, and five more went down in the next round. The teams averaged a winning margin of 12.3 points in the round of 64 and 4.4 points in the next round. By contrast, all of the 15 women’s teams that were seeded that high and got to host made it to the round of 32, and just three of the eight that played at home on Sunday lost there. The 15 teams averaged a 23.3-point win in the first round and a 9.5-point win in the second round. Some of the difference is due to a wider spread of talent in the women’s field.1The difference between the eighth- and 24th-best teams in our normalized pre-tournament team ratings gives a sense of how big the spread is, since teams of around those levels play typical round-of-32 games. In both the men’s and women’s fields this year, that spread is 5 points. So this year the men’s field is about as spread out as the women’s, thanks in part to the men’s field being unusually top-heavy.Until the women’s tournament removes favorites’ hosting rights, here’s a more modest proposal for schools that have women’s teams as strong as Louisville’s (Elite Eight last year, national runner-up the year before): Don’t host men’s tournament games on the opening weekend, lest you put your women’s team at a competitive disadvantage.Check out FiveThirtyEight’s March Madness predictions.
September 22, 2019
ItxakoZebic Maja One of the best Croatian player, Maja Zebic, who came to Itxako from Podravka this summer recognize an importance of virtual life of athletes. She launched a personal website majazebic.com, where all handball fans can find a lot of information about her career, personal life and some blogs.HP supports all efforts of handball promotion and handball players, who thinks that their activities have to be much wider than 40×20. ← Previous Story Fourth season of the WRHL to begin! Next Story → Spanish SD Itxako – Fantastic promotion example
September 20, 2019
Hadopi veut connaître les pratiques du pré-numériqueLa Haute autorité a lancé un appel d’offres pour une étude sur les modes de consommation culturelle avant l’ère du numérique. Comment les gens accédaient à la culture dans les années 80 ? C’est à cette question que s’attelle l’Hadopi, qui veut déterminer le panier moyen du consommateur de K7, Vinyles et VHS lors de la période de la “New Wave”, reine du Top 50. La Haute autorité a donc publié dans les bulletins officiels le lancement d’un “marché d’étude sur l’évolution des pratiques de partage et le panier moyen de consommation de biens culturels de l’ère pré-numérique à nos jours”, relaye PC Inpact.”Le présent marché doit permettre à l’Hadopi de connaître l’évolution des pratiques culturelles et les usages culturels des années 80 à nos jours et l’évolution du panier moyen dédié à la culture”, est-il ajouté. Le tout afin de savoir réellement en quoi le Web et sa gratuité ont pu contribuer à l’accès à ces produits d’une plus grande frange de la population. Un marché d’étude de 6 mois qui rapportera 50.000 euros à ses auteurs. Intéressés ? Le 2 mars 2012 à 14:15 • Maxime Lambert
September 20, 2019
Stay on target Futurama may be no more, and The Simpsons may never end, but Matt Groening isn’t done making adult cartoons. Netflix has ordered 20 episodes, across two seasons, of a new animated series for adults called Disenchantment. Looking at the show’s synopsis, you almost couldn’t ask for a better follow-up to Futurama. While that show explored Groening’s take on science fiction, Disenchantment will satirize the other side of the bookshelf: Fantasy.Disenchantment takes place in a failing medieval kingdom called Dreamland. A press release says the show will follow the adventures of the “hard-drinking young princess Bean,” her elf companion Elfo (ha!), and her personal demon Luci. The group will encounter all manner of fantasy creatures, including a lot of stupid humans.Groening says, “Ultimately, Disenchantment will be about life and death, love and sex, and how to keep laughing in a world full of suffering and idiots, despite what the elders and wizards and other jerks tell you.”That definitely sounds like a Groening series. The cast is also amazing. It stars Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, Nat Faxon, and Eric Andre. All three are incredibly funny, talented comedians and I’m excited to hear what they do when given Groening’s dialog. The cast is rounded out with veteran voice actors like John DiMaggio, Billy West, Maurice LaMarche and Tress MacNeille. That’s a lot of talent for one show. This could very well turn out to be the best-animated series on Netflix. (Sorry, Bojack.) Especially when you remember how well-animated Groening shows typically are. His shows still have some of the best facial acting and slapstick in adult animation.Though we wish Futurama could get renewed forever, Disenchantment sounds like a perfect follow-up. It’ll be fun to see Groening take on a new genre, and bring his wit and social commentary to an imagined past instead of an imagined future. Even with the genre switch, we’ll be glad to have another series from the master that shows us how to laugh “in a world of suffering and idiots.” That feels important.The first season of 10 episodes will hit Netflix sometime in 2018.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. What to Stream on Netflix This WeekendZach Galifianakis Hits the Road in ‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ Trailer
September 19, 2019
BEIJING — A man exploded a small homemade bomb outside the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Thursday, injuring only himself, according to police and an embassy spokesperson.Photos on social media showed a large amount of smoke and police vehicles surrounding the embassy shortly after the incident. Apart from a heightened security presence, the scene outside appeared to be normal by early afternoon.The Beijing Police Department posted a statement on its website identifying the suspect only by his surname, Jiang, and said he was 26 years old and a native of Tongliao city in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia. He was injured on the hand by the explosive device, which was made from fireworks and was detonated at about 1 p.m., police said.There was no word on a motive and the statement said the investigation was continuing.No damage was done to embassy property and no other injuries were recorded, a U.S. embassy spokesperson said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.Only one person was involved and police responded to the situation, the spokesperson said.Neither the police nor the embassy had any comment on a report by the ruling Communist Party newspaper Global Times that said officers had earlier removed a women from outside the embassy who had sprayed gasoline on herself in a “suspected attempt at self-immolation” at around 11 a.m.
September 16, 2019
An E. coli outbreak linked to raw milk from a farm near Wilsonville has sickened 18 people, including a Clark County child.Oregon Public Health officials have confirmed five cases of E. coli, all in children younger than 15 years old. Four of the children have been hospitalized, three with acute kidney failure, a complication associated with E. coli, according to health officials.Thirteen other people have reported having diarrhea, but the cases haven’t been lab-confirmed as E. coli. All of the sickened people consumed raw unpasteurized milk from Foundation Farm in Clackamas County, according to Oregon health officials.A Clark County boy who is younger than 11 is among those who became ill after consuming the milk, said Dr. Alan Melnick, Clark County Health Officer. Melnick didn’t provide more specific information about the boy in order to protect his identity.The boy had diarrhea and other symptoms consistent with E. coli. Those symptoms have since resolved, Melnick said.The local lab found the boy tested positive for E. coli. The state lab is confirming those results, Melnick said.The other children and adult who were sickened live in Clackamas, Multnomah and Washington counties in Oregon.Oregon health officials announced Tuesday that samples taken from Foundation Farm cows, manure and surfaces, as well as raw milk from a farm customer, were positive for E. coli O157:H7.The dairy distributed milk to 48 families that were part of a herd-share program in which people contract to take ownership of a portion of a herd or individual animals, according to Oregon Public Health.
September 13, 2019
Solano County, Calif., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to prepare a joint land use study (JLUS) for Travis Air Force Base, including the associated special use airspace and C-17 assault landing zone.The Department of Defense Office of Economic Adjustment (OEA) provides grants to state and local governments to conduct a JLUS planning process to support the long-term sustainability and operability of the military installation complex. Solano County has received an OEA grant to assist in the preparation of a JLUS for Travis AFB located in Fairfield, Calif. The county will be the project sponsor.Interested firms must demonstrate knowledge and experience in community planning, development and land use issues, fiscal impact analysis, economic development, and military installation management and operations. Proposals should be submitted to: Jim Leland, principal planner, Solano County Department of Resource Management, 675 Texas Street, Fairfield, CA 94533, no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time, on Aug. 31.The request for proposals can be viewed on the county website. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
September 9, 2019
An initiative that would add another roadblock to the Pebble Mine project will appear on the ballot this fall, now that a legal challenge against it has failed.The Alaska Supreme Court issued an expedited order on Monday saying that the Bristol Bay Forever initiative was constitutional. The order comes less than two weeks after the justices heard the case. The lawsuit was brought by a coalition of mining groups, who believe the initiative is invalid because it only regulates mining in one part of the state. The Alaska Constitution does not allow statewide initiatives to deal with local matters.But initiative sponsors and the Alaska Division of Elections defended the ballot proposition, which would require the Legislature to approve large-scale mining operations in the Bristol Bay region. They argued that the health of that watershed and its salmon fishery is an issue of statewide importance.The Supreme Court still has to issue a formal opinion explaining their judgment, but the two-page order allows the Division of Elections to go ahead with preparing the November 4 ballot.
September 6, 2019
BILASPUR: Noted social worker and Padma Shri awardee Damodar Ganesh Bapat passed away at a hospital here on Friday night. He was 84. Bapat was known for his social work in tribal areas in Chhattisgarh. He dedicated his life to the treatment and service of leprosy patients at Bhartiya Kushta Nivarak Sangh in Janjgir-Champa district. He was awarded Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award, by President Ram Nath Kovind in 2018 for his service to the society.
September 6, 2019
New Delhi : On June 26, 1975, the morning after the Emergency was proclaimed, Arun Jaitley gathered a group of people and burnt an effigy of then prime minister Indira Gandhi, making him, in his own words, the “first satyagrahi” against the Emergency. He was later arrested under preventive detention and was in custody for a period of 19 months from 1975 to 1977. “When the Emergency was proclaimed at midnight on 25 June 1975, they came to arrest me. I managed to escape by going to a friend’s house nearby… The next morning … Also Read – Shah urges women to shun plastic bags Advertise With Us I collected as many people as I could and burnt an effigy of Mrs Gandhi (Indira) and got arrested. I courted arrest. I technically became the first ‘satyagrahi’ against the Emergency because on 26 June, this was the only protest in the country. For three months, I was at Ambala jail,” said Jaitley, as quoted in the book “Defining India: Through Their Eyes” by journalist-author Sonia Singh. Also Read – Free bus travel for women gets Cabinet nod Advertise With Us Jaitley, senior BJP leader and former finance minister, died Saturday at the AIIMS hospital, two weeks after he was admitted following complaint of breathlessness. He was 66. He was Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) student leader and the president of the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) in 1970s. A bright law student, who lost a great deal of time academically because of his detention, he tried to make the best of his time as a political prisoner. It was in jail, the lawyer-turned-politician said, that he picked up an “aptitude for reading and writing”. Advertise With Us “Friends and family would send me books or I would borrow them from the jail library… For instance, I read the entire Constituent Assembly debates in jail. I would read a lot, write occasionally, and that’s a passion that’s continued. “On a lighter side, morning and evening we would play badminton and volleyball,” said Jaitley, who shared the cell with a dozen prominent leaders, including former prime minister late Atal Bihari Vajpayee, BJP veteran LK Advani and the late RSS ideologue Nanaji Deshmukh. But then the jail came with its share of problems and one in particular bothered the young man from a Punjabi household, known for his fondness for butter chicken from Delhi’s Moti Mahal. It was the bad quality of its food. “The jail food used to be very bad. As a detainee, you’s get a fixed ration allowance — a total of Rs 3. After an agitation, it was increased to Rs 5, which wasn’t as bad as it is today. But you could afford a chapati and a vegetable at one time and a chapati and a dal in the next meal — these were the only two meals possible,” he added. However, not someone to give up, a trait that helped him in his close to five-decades-long political career, Jaitley soon found a solution to this problem too. “… All of us faked illness so we could get a medical diet of eggs, bread and butter which used to suffice as breakfast. For the non-vegetarians we’d slip some money to the jail guard who would bring us some lamb or chicken, and we would cook it there. So, we now made the best of the Rs 5 and improved upon it. ” he added.
September 3, 2019
Lakehead Grammar SchoolA couple more persons in the education ministry, other than the arrested personal officer of the education minister and a staff member, have been involved in bribes for the unlawful reopening of the Lakehead Grammar School, said a case statement.According to the case statement filed by deputy inspector general (DIG) of police Monirul Islam with the Banani police station last Monday, the accused had taken Tk 430,000 from the owner of Lakehead Grammar School, Khaled Hasan Motin. The identities of the accused are not mentioned in the statement though.The police are not investigating the accusations against Md. Motaleb Hossain, PO of the education minister, and Md. Nasiruddin, an upper division clerk, on the grounds that the law under which the case was filed relates to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC)’s authority.ACC chairman Iqbal Mahmood also confirmed to the media on Tuesday that the case would be investigated by the commission. He said the police are to investigate whether the school owner was involved in militancy or not.Though the police presented the three defendants in court on Tuesday, they did not seek remand for interrogation.The police only sought their imprisonment till the investigation ended. This was granted by the Dhaka metropolitan magistrate, denying the defendants’ bail petitions.According to the case statement, Lakehead Grammar School chairman Khaled and his collaborator Asif were trying to reopen the school, violating the court order.Nasir and Motaleb went to the RM group office at Banani on 16 December by a vehicle belonging to Khaled. A Tk 430,000 bribe was agreed upon, according to the statement.On 18 December Nasir took Tk 50,000 from Khaled at the RM group office and later took Tk 50,000 on 25 December and once again took Tk 200,000 on 11 January. The money was shared among Motaleb and a couple of others of the education ministry.In return, these officials, as the statement goes, handed over confidential documents regarding the school to Khaled and Asif.DIG Monirul in his statement mentioned that on 22 January afternoon, police followed Nasir to Banani where he was found carrying Tk 130,000. Later, Nasir helped the police to identify Khaled at the RM group office at Banani and Motaleb’s involvement with them was traced. Motaleb was then arrested on Tuesday from Dhanmondi.The statement also includes accused Khaled of motivating his friend Rezwan Harun to militancy.Education minister Nurul Islam Nahid on Tuesday told the media said Motaleb and Nasir would be suspended.*The report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Nusrat Nowrin.
September 1, 2019
Stay on target Happy birthday, Christopher Eccleston—you brooding, leather-clad, Northern lad, you.Playing the ninth incarnation of Doctor Who‘s titular character, Eccleston led the show’s revival in 2005 as a very intentionally “stripped down” version of the Doctor.Having performed “very intense, dramatic, even tragic roles,” according to then-executive producer Julie Gardner, the new Doctor offered Eccleston a chance “to still be very intense but also frivolous as well.”After 16 years off the air, the classic BBC program relaunched with a sharper edge—and a Manchester accent.“The Doctor is a scientist and an intellectual, and a lot of people seem to think you can only be those things if you speak with received pronunciation which, of course, is rubbish,” Eccleston said more than a decade ago.His signature ears and wry smile bring a particular charm to the character—that of a working-class bloke who just happened to find himself traveling through space and time in a blue box.Dressed comfortably in a black leather jacket and jeans—”I didn’t want the costume to be my performance,” Eccleston said—the actor appeared in 13 episodes, before leaving the TARDIS, for reasons that, to this day, remain as mysterious as the Doctor.Still, he had quite the adventure, seeing all sorts of things: ghosts from the past, aliens from the future, the day the Earth died in a ball of flame. It wasn’t quiet, it wasn’t safe, and it wasn’t calm—but it was the trip of a lifetime.For many (myself included), Christopher Eccleston was the gateway drug to the Whoniverse. So cool and collected, he fought Daleks and Slitheen, met Charles Dickens, and always saved the world.Eccleston has never returned to the Doctor Who set; instead, he’s moved on to other projects, appearing in Heroes, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, Thor: The Dark World, Fortitude, The A Word, and The Leftovers.Cheers to 53, sir! We hope it’s fantastic.Stream Doctor Who Season 1 now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.View as: One Page Slides1. Blair Shedd2. Fabian Cobos3. Alyona 114. Raine Szramski5. Kirsty Louise6. JEM S7. Mike Kenny8. Giulia J9. Megan Bednarz HBO Max Scores Exclusive ‘Doctor Who’ Streaming RightsJo Tro Do Plo Plo No: ‘Doctor Who’ Welcomes Back Familiar Monster
August 31, 2019
Citation: Typhoon-like data wiper is latest computer virus headache (2012, August 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-typhoon-like-wiper-latest-virus-headache.html Source: Kaspersky Lab © 2012 Phys.Org Global wave of Flame cyber attacks called staggering Explore further Guesses that it is going after the energy sector are based on a recent incident where the network for the national oil company in Saudi Arabia was taken offline following a malware intrusion. In a Saudi Aramco statement acknowledging the attack, but not naming any specific virus, the explanation was disruptions were “suspected to be the result of a virus that had infected personal workstations without affecting the primary components of the network.” It affirmed the continued integrity of its networks.Security experts set about trying to explore details of the virus and issued their statements. According to Symantec, “W32.Disttrack is a new threat that is being used in specific targeted attacks against at least one organization in the energy sector. It is a destructive malware that corrupts files on a compromised computer and overwrites the MBR (Master Boot Record) in an effort to render a computer unusable.”Kaspersky Lab noted that this new virus has a file named Wiper. “The “wiper” reference immediately reminds us of the Iranian computer-wiping incidents from April 2012 that led to the discovery of Flame,” said a Kaspersky source.That led them to ask if this was another Wiper incident similar to the attack in Iran. They answered their own question, No.“Based on researching several systems attacked by the original Wiper, is that it is not. The original “Wiper” was using certain service names (“RAHD…”) together with specific filenames for its drivers (“%temp%~dxxx.tmp”) which do not appear to be present in this malware. Additionally, the original Wiper was using a certain pattern to wipe disks which again is not used by this malware.” Kaspersky Lab called Shamoon “the work of script kiddies.”Nonetheless, the attack is considered a grown-up headache in that it makes computers unusable. The person’s PC is unbootable. The machine’s data is wiped. A list of the wiped files is passed to the attacker’s center, in turn replacing the files with JPEG images. This move successfully thwarts rescue attempts to get the deleted files back.What puzzled security sleuths examining Shamoon is that its motive, unlike other worms, was not to steal information, but just to wipe it off. Seculert, security specialists, said the code had unusual characteristics compared with that seen in other attacks.”The interesting part of this malware is that instead of staying under the radar and collect information, the malware was designed to overwrite and wipe the files,” the company said.While the malware does not try to steal sensitive information, it does appear to be concerned with names of the files that it deleted and how many files and the IP address of the infected computers.One Symantec researcher said that, since the malware was an executable, it might arrive at the victim’s workstation as an e-mail attachment.Generally, security firms examining Shamoon agreed that the malware was not widespread and was launched in very focused attacks.By Friday, reports coming in from the UK said that, in a post on the website Pastebin.com, the Arab Youth Group claimed responsibility for the attack. The group called the attack a message to Saudi officials. (Phys.org) — A new computer virus is leaving security experts asking what could be the motive and where is the source—but one suspicion is that it is targeting infrastructure in the energy industry. The culprit, called Shamoon, wipes out files and then makes the affected computer unusable. More information: www.securelist.com/en/blog?pri … 1&weblogid=208193786 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
August 17, 2019
Discussing the current state of the industry as well as looking towards future trends and expectations, the WTM Industry Report delves into the following key topics; Industry Optimism, Olympics, Aviation, Emerging Markets, Travel Resource and UK Trends. Participants were surveyed on a variety of controversial issues such as Air Passenger Duty and airport expansion as well as more light-hearted travel topics such as favourite celebrity passengers. “Now in its fourth year, the WTM Industry Report offers trade and consumers a comprehensive ‘state-of-the-nation’ view of how the travel market is coping with the challenges it faces and what the future might hold,” Reed Travel Exhibitions senior director for World Travel Market Simon Press said. Source = ETB News: L.B. Offering a unique perspective on the current environment of the travel and tourism industry, the World Travel Market 2013 Industry Report has revealed the opinions of 1,277 senior industry executives and 1,001 consumers.