BHU students post online plea to NHRC

first_imgProfessors and students of the Banaras Hindu University have started an online petition demanding “protection without preaching” for girl students and condemning police action on students on Saturday night, resulting in injuries to girl students.Petitioning the chairperson of the National Human Rights Commission, the online statement on has already received more than 1,450 signatures.last_img

Vanessa Hudgens sports mehendi at New York Fashion Week

first_imgThe good old ‘mehendi’ (henna tattoo) had become all the rage in the West when ‘Queen of Pop’ Madonna became a fan of the traditional art and now High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens is sporting it.The former Disney star wore intricate henna patterns on her hands as she sat front row during the ongoing New York Fashion Week.Hudgens became a household name playing angel-faced good girl Gabriella in the ‘High School Musical’ films.Besides the ‘mehendi’, the 22-year-old has also got her first tattoo, a butterfly on the nape of her neck, reported New York Post.Other international celebs who are fans of the Indian body art are Sting’s wife Trudie Styler, pop star Prince and rocker Gwen Stefani.last_img read more

Shunned Mauro Icardi Takes Legal Action Against Inter Milan: Reports

first_img Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow 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. Milan: Inter Milan striker Mauro Icardi has begun legal action against the Serie A club, demanding to return to full training and 1.5 million euros ($1.6 million) in compensation, according to reports in Italy on Friday.The Argentinian — who was stripped of the captaincy last season amid a long contract dispute — has been told that he is no longer part of the club’s plans under new coach Antonio Conte. The 26-year-old has continued to train with the team, but is not allowed to take part in full tactical sessions.His lawyers have written a letter to the club outlining his demands, Gazzetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia reported.Icardi’s wife Wanda Nara, who is also his agent, has insisted he wants to remain at Inter where he has played since 2013 after joining from league rivals Sampdoria.Icardi was the joint top-scorer in the 2017-18 Serie A campaign with 29 goals, but managed just 11 last term having spent 53 days on the sidelines after being replaced as skipper by goalkeeper Samir Handanovic.The Argentine has been linked with moves away from Inter over the summer to clubs including Juventus, Napoli, Roma, French club Monaco and Atletico Madrid in Spain, with the transfer window closing on September 2.Inter Milan endured a topsy-turvy Serie A campaign last season, only securing fourth place and Champions League qualification on the final day.Luciano Spalletti left his role as head coach in May, with former Juventus, Italy and Chelsea boss Conte taking over. footballinter milanmauro icardi First Published: August 31, 2019, 9:30 AM ISTlast_img read more

Shaharyar Khan says he was told by PM Nawaz Sharif to continue as PCB chief

first_imgPakistan Cricket Board Chairman Shaharyar Khan has confirmed reports that he had been told to continue at his post by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who is the patron in chief of the PCB.According to a Pakistan newspaper, Khan said he had met with Nawaz Sharif in London to discuss his future as well as cricket matters.”The PM told me I should carry on working as Chairman of the Board and I have agreed to do that until August 2017,” Khan said.The PCB chief had earlier indicated in an interview to PTI last month that he might step down after completing two years in office in August this year.About his relationship with his predecessor and now executive committee chairman Najam Sethi, Khan said they were old friends.”I try to consult with Najam and we take collective decisions but in the end as Chairman all responsibility for decisions taken is on me,” he added.Khan is in his second tenure as PCB Chairman having served in this position between 2003-2006. In his first tenure, he managed to convince India to tour Pakistan after 14 long years.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

Season 5 of Pro Kabaddi League starts tomorrow in Hyderabad

first_imgHyderabad, Jul 27 (PTI) The fifth season of the Pro Kabaddi League is all set to enthral the lovers of the game as it begins here tomorrow.The inaugural match of the tournament would be held at the Gachibowli stadium between the Rahul Chaudhari-led Telugu Titans and Tamil Thalaivas.The inaugural ceremony is likely to be a star-studded affair, with sports icons and film personalities expected to attend the event. Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar will sing a glorious rendition of the National Anthem before the start of the first match of the season, the organisers said in a release here today.Kabaddi stars Anup Kumar, Rahul Chaudhari, Ajay Thakur, Nitin Tomar, besides international player Meraj Sheykh were present at a curtain raiser event here today.Hyderabad would host matches up to August 3. As many as 12 teams compete in the tournament and the season would culminate with the finals slated for October 28 in Chennai.”We are now one day away from the most thrilling season of VIVO Pro Kabaddi ever. I am proud, excited and, at the same time, grateful to the fans, franchises, Star and the federations for supporting us at every step of this journey. I look forward to an engaging season of kabaddi,” said Anupam Goswami, League Commissioner, VIVO Pro Kabaddi.The 12 teams are Bengal Warriors, Bengaluru Bulls, Dabang Delhi KC, Gujarat Fortune Giants, Haryana Steelers, Jaipur Pink Panthers, Puneri Paltan, U Mumba, Patna Pirates, Tamil Thailavas, Telugu Titans and UP Yodha. PTI SJR NRB RYSlast_img read more

Neymar nets twice on home debut as PSG thrash Toulouse in Ligue 1

first_imgParis St Germain’s record signing Neymar scored twice on his home debut as the 10-man side thrashed Toulouse 6-2 to go top of Ligue 1.Last season’s runners-up produced a stunning display as they set out to reap the benefits of securing the services of Brazilian striker Neymar for 222 million euros (202.70 million pounds).Neymar, who left Barcelona to join the French side, drew PSG level after Max Gradel had put Toulouse ahead with a volley in the 18th minute.Adrien Rabiot struck home before an Edinson Cavani penalty made it 3-1 after Marco Verratti was given his marching orders in the 69th minute.The visitors closed the gap thanks to Christopher Jullien’s header but there was no stopping PSG as Javier Pastore, Layvin Kurzawa and a second by Neymar completed the rout.The result moved PSG to the top of the table on goal difference, with champions Monaco and Saint-Etienne also maintaining their 100 percent records with three wins each.($1 = 0.8508 euros)last_img read more

Rays Beat Yanks in 12, 4-3

first_imgNEW YORK — Following a long stretch of futility, Tampa Bay’s fortunes have turned.Logan Forsythe hit a tie-breaking single with two outs in the 12th inning and the Rays beat the New York Yankees 4-3 the night of June 30 despite squandering a late lead.“This is my own personal theory, is that to win on the road in extra innings really is good for a team’s morale,” Tampa Bay Manager Joe Maddon said.Kevin Kiermaier homered in his third straight game and Matt Joyce also went deep for the resurgent Rays, who have their first three-game winning streak since taking a season-best four in a row May 22-25.They’ve won five of six overall and no longer own the worst record in the majors, a distinction that had belonged to them since June 4.“Nobody quit,” Maddon said. “To lose a game like this would have been really hard to walk in here. It’s very difficult, and you don’t know the negative complementary impacts it’s going to have.”The only real bad news for the Rays was that shortstop Yunel Escobar is headed to the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 25, because of a sore right shoulder. “Pretty much on target for a minimal stay,” Maddon said.Brian Roberts homered off Rays reliever Joel Peralta with one out in the ninth to tie it 3-all. As the ball cleared the right-field wall, Peralta crouched near the mound and pounded his fist into his glove.But the scuffling Yankees were unable to muster any more offense and lost for the seventh time in nine games.“They were able to get the big hits at the end and we weren’t,” Manager Joe Girardi said. “We’ve had two extremely tough losses on this homestand.”Chris Archer nearly became the first pitcher in more than a century to win his first five outings against the Yankees, and Tampa Bay hurlers finished June with 287 strikeouts — breaking the major league record for one month set by the Chicago Cubs, who had 286 in August 2002.“It was so special,” Archer said. “We’re going to be etched in stone for a while.”Brandon Guyer drew a two-out walk from Jose Ramirez (0-2) in the 12th and stole second. Forsythe lined the next pitch into center field, scoring Guyer easily.“Big boost in confidence. That’s why we keep battling every game,” said Forsythe, who also played excellent defense at second base. “We never think we’re out of it, and it’s great to be that guy tonight.”Brad Boxberger (1-1) pitched two perfect innings for his first major league win in 72 appearances. “Really dominant kind of stuff,” Maddon said. “He was in total command of the moment.”Archer went seven innings and was in line for the victory until Roberts homered. The last pitcher to start his career 5-0 in five games against New York was Washington Senators Hall of Famer Walter Johnson from 1907-08 — back when the club was still called the Highlanders.The 25-year-old Archer has a 1.51 ERA in 35 2-3 innings against the Yankees.Ryan Hanigan gave the Rays a 3-2 lead in the eighth with an RBI single off closer David Robertson. Hanigan’s clutch hit came after Dellin Betances issued consecutive two-out walks.“I couldn’t make pitches with two outs,” Betances said. “That’s why I was so frustrated: I couldn’t end the inning.”New York pitchers have walked 16 in the last two games.Despite his team’s record (36-49), Maddon is optimistic the Rays have turned things around in time to make a run. Tampa Bay’s bats busted loose for 12 runs Sunday in Baltimore, and Joyce picked up right where he left off.Joyce, who tied team records with five hits and 12 total bases the day before, connected off David Phelps in the first inning for his third home run in two games.Going into June 29, Joyce had three homers all season — none since May 11.Kiermaier, who had three hits, made it 2-0 with a leadoff shot in the third, but the Yankees finally broke through against Archer in the bottom half. Brett Gardner grounded an RBI triple inside first base and scored on Derek Jeter’s groundout.(MIKE FITZPATRICK, AP Sports Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

I’m ready for Australia: Murali Vijay after scoring hundred in Test warm-up

first_imgIndia opener Murali Vijay is back on the scoreboard with a solid hundred against Cricket Australia XI in India’s only warm-up match ahead of the four-match Test series against Australia, starting December 6.Vijay, who scored 129 off 132 deliveries in the second innings, raced from 52 to his hundred in a space of just 27 balls, including scoring 26 runs off one over.Vijay said that he was aware that opportunities will come his way and just wanted to be prepared for it. Vijay said he was ready to contribute for India in the upcoming series.”It was good to get some practice hitting over the boundary. I just took my chances and it came my way. I know opportunities are round the corner and wanted to be in a positive frame of mind.”I have been working hard on my game and fitness, and I am looking forward to contributing in this series. Hopefully I can do that,” Vijay said.Vijay added 109 runs with KL Rahul, who scored a fluent 62, and belied the dressing room’s concerns over the opening combination after youngster Prithvi Shaw was injured while fielding on day three.”Basically I am ready (after playing county cricket, tour matches in New Zealand and Australia). I just want to go out there, contribute and give a good start for my team.”I have always been aiming at that and nothing is different this time.”Vijay said that the bouncy pitches in Australia suit the way he likes to play and he feels good batting in the country, also considering his previous performance here.advertisement”Playing in Australia suits my game because I am a batsman who likes to play on the backfoot. Australia is the one place you get the bounce so you can play your shots coming from India and exploring shots that you have kept in your kit. I can get them out.”We (Rahul and him) come from the same part of India so we understand each other well. He is a good guy to bat with and he is fun. Hopefully we can carry that momentum forward into the first Test.”It always feels good to go to grounds where you have scored runs as it helps you a lot and I have good memories of it.”A century stand between Vijay and Rahul. Rahul brings up a vital half century. Vijay 43*. #TeamIndia 105/0 #CAXIvIND (@BCCI) December 1, 2018When asked about any added responsibility, Vijay replied, “Once you play international cricket you have to have responsibility, whether it is your first year or you have played four years ago. It is about taking responsibility and doing the job for the team. Age or years don’t matter here.”You have to work and find ways to work things out. If you are not part of the team, you have to make sure you keep your work ethics at the top level and once you get the chance you have to be ready to go. That was my basic fundamental after being dropped in England until now.”Vijay denied any concerns about the hosts putting on a 540-odd score, despite India using all of their Test bowling resources. He said the basic idea of the practice game is to get fine tuned for the Test series ahead.He also said India weren’t starting the contest as favourites, but only aimed to play good cricket.”Anybody can score runs. We play as per the wicket. We tried our best to get them out. But obviously our intensity was not up to the mark because we were trying a few things and that’s going to happen in a practice game.”That’s why we are here. We had prepared to play four days, but missed out on one day. Our bowlers had a good stint today and hopefully they were able to prepare well.”Everybody has got their practice done. We are now working on a few specifics and the whole idea of practice game is to get the feel going.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Australia start favourites in Test series vs India, says Ravichandran AshwinAlso Read | Play hard but fair: Cricket Australia’s new chairman has a message before India TestsAlso Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: Gavaskarlast_img read more

‘We don’t use history, we don’t look at trends’: inside the mind of Dylan Hartley

first_img Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Pinterest news Share via Email Share on WhatsApp Nor does it matter a jot what happened last year or last week. “History is history. That can’t help us. We can only affect what happens on Saturday.”Not long ago England’s players were all budding historians, obsessed with those who wore the shirt before them. Less so now, according to Hartley. “You do have to respect all that but it’s not something we tap into to win games. We don’t look backwards. We don’t use history, we don’t look at trends. As soon as you start looking back you take your eye off the ball and miss the next game.”The biggest irony is that the man sent off for swearing at Wayne Barnes in the 2013 Premiership final is now increasingly viewed as an expert in communicating with match officials. “I think about that a lot. I think about my body language, how I gesture towards the ref, how I approach them and when it’s time to do so. You’ve got to pick your moments.“All referees are different, will interpret laws differently or have a favourite penalty. The stats show that. It’s not us against them; we need to work together.”Increasingly, it feels aeons since Warren Gatland singled out Hartley on the eve of the 2011 Wales v England match and suggested he might crack, just as Eddie Jones has been doing with Rhys Patchell this week. Hartley is not about to reopen that can of worms but winning big matches is never a chore: “Any international game is sweeter when you win. It’s all we want to do, get better and win games. For confidence we train bloody hard, we prepare well and we trust each other to execute. That’s where I get my confidence from.”Lucky Dylan? The results column would suggest otherwise. Topics Given Hartley is about to win his 91st international cap, one behind Johnson’s combined tally for England and the Lions, the Northampton hooker is building up an impressive body of statistical evidence to brandish at those who still view him as a hot-headed liability. Would anyone care to guess how many yellow and red cards the 31-year-old has received in his record 46 Six Nations games for England? The answer is a big fat zero.The mindset with which he now approaches Test matches has certainly matured over time. “I don’t know what I did five years ago because I probably didn’t do the same thing. I did whatever I felt like in the week.” These days he has developed more of a coiled spring mentality: “You can’t get into a routine because as soon as you do that you get comfortable. You don’t want comfortable players. We want players who are challenged the whole time.” Read more Aaron Shingler ready to show his switch-hitting skills at Twickenham Share on Facebook England rugby union team Six Nations 2018 … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more Dylan Hartley Share on Messenger Share on Twitter Wales eager to make England’s ‘Jones the Gob’ rue his trash talk Share on LinkedIn Reuse this content Six Nations Many people believe Dylan Hartley is fortunate still to be captain of England. Maybe he is in some respects but every footsoldier loves a lucky general. Then again, how much luck is ultimately involved when you have led your team in 24 Test matches and lost once? The more I practise the luckier I get as Gary Player used to say.In 12 home Tests as captain Hartley has yet to make a losing speech. With or without the armband he is unbeaten in an England jersey at Twickenham since November 2014. Since making his Six Nations debut in 2009 he has lost at HQ in the championship twice in 23 outings, to Ireland in 2010 and Wales in 2012. Martin Johnson, for comparison’s sake, had a marginally worse ratio, having also suffered two home defeats in the tournament in 19 attempts from 1993 to 2003. Rugby unionlast_img read more

Bayern sign Perisic on loan

first_imgBayern Munich have signed Ivan Perisic on a season-long loan from Inter, with an option to make the deal permanent next year.The 30-year-old joined Inter in 2015 and has been a regular starter during his four years at San Siro, scoring eight goals in Serie A last term.He will provide competition to Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman at the Allianz Arena and could be included in Bayern’s opening league game against Hertha Berlin on Friday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? Ox-rated! Dream night in Genk for Liverpool ace after injury nightmare Messi a man for all Champions League seasons – but will this really be Barcelona’s? Head coach Niko Kovac has been in the market for at least one new wide forward following the departures of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben at the end of the 2018-19 campaign.#FCBayern have signed Croatia international Ivan Perišić. The World Cup runner up will join the club on loan from Inter Milan with immediate effect. #ServusIvan #MiaSanMia— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) August 13, 2019Bayern’s hopes of signing Manchester City’s Leroy Sane in this transfer window were effectively scuppered last week following the news he will be out for six to seven months after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury to his right knee.Perisic has previously played in the Bundesliga, initially for Borussia Dortmund before joining Wolfsburg midway through the 2012-13 season. He won the domestic double with Dortmund in 2012 and went on to win another DFB-Pokal and DFL-Supercup with the Wolves.He has made 82 appearances for Croatia and starred at the 2018 World Cup, scoring in the semi-final against England and in the final defeat to France.”I am very happy to be back in Germany,” Perisic told Bayern’s official website.”Bayern is one of the biggest clubs in Europe. We want to attack not only in the Bundesliga and in the DFB-Pokal, but also in the Champions League.”Bayern’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic added: “Ivan will help us with his many years of experience at an international top level immediately. “He is technically strong and flexible in attack. I’m sure Ivan will integrate quickly as he already knows the Bundesliga and our coach Niko Kovac well.”last_img read more

Get off your mobile phone. 5 hours of daily use can lead to obesity and cancer

first_img Next Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiJuly 26, 2019UPDATED: July 26, 2019 19:52 IST Spending more than 5 hours on phone daily can make you fatResearchers have found that students who use their smartphones five or more hours a day are prone to higher risk of obesity and likely to have other lifestyle habits that increases the risk of heart disease.According to a study, researchers analysed 1,060 students (700 girls and 360 boys) of Colombia with an average age of 19 years and 20 years, respectively.”It is important for the general population to know and be aware that, despite being undoubtedly attractive for its multiple purposes, portability, comfort, access to countless services, information and entertainment sources, mobile technology should also be used to improve habits and healthy behaviours,” said study lead Author Mirary Mantilla-Morron from the Simon Bolivar University in Colombia.The study found that the risk of obesity increases by 43 per cent if a smartphone was used for five or more hours a day, as participating students were twice as likely to drink more sugary drinks, fast food, sweets, snacks and have decreased physical activities.According to researchers, 26 per cent of the students who were overweight and 4.6 per cent who were obese spent more than five hours using their device.Spending too much time using the smartphone facilitates sedentary behaviours, reduces the time of physical activity, which increases the risk of premature death, diabetes, heart disease and different types of cancer, the study said.According to Rajesh Kapoor, surgical Gastroenterology, Jaypee Hospital, Noida, using smartphones today is not a mere choice, rather it has become a necessity. But using it for too long may risk your healthy life.advertisement”The best way out is to encourage yourself to reduce the duration of time being used on phones and other related gadgets at the same time, to indulge in physical activities like yoga or any other sports or exercise pattern, and by not becoming a couch potato,” Kapoor told IANS.”It is not a question of five or more hours on the phone. It is a question of how much activity level we are able to build into our life,” Achal Bhagat, Senior Consultant, Psychiatry at Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals in Delhi told IANS.”And if we are not able to build it to an adequate level, then it increases the chances of obesity and related health risk factors. Phone is one of the ways of exhibiting that we are not doing enough physical activities in our life,” he added.ALSO READ | An apple a day is 100 million bacteria for your gut. But it is not all bad newsALSO WATCH | Health TipsGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNishtha Grover Tags :Follow mobile phoneFollow CancerFollow Obesity Get off your mobile phone. 5 hours of daily use can lead to obesity and cancerSpending too much time using the smartphone facilitates sedentary behaviours, reduces the time of physical activity, which increases the risk of premature death, diabetes, heart disease and different types of cancer.advertisementlast_img read more

Was Kingsway Theatre saga an act of racism or jerkism TORONTO STAR

first_imgAdvertisement Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisementcenter_img In his defence, Pereira said Adeliyi was “rude and belligerent to the staff,” which is why he called the police. He says he mentioned race in response to questions by the police.Did the police ask, “Is she black?” or “What is her race?” or “Describe this woman, including her skin colour?” The police won’t say.If Adeliyi was white, would Pereira have said, “She is a white woman with black clothes?” Twitter Readers, not just of colour, described similar bad experiences with the theatre in emails to the Star and on social media. On Yelp, the theatre owner Rui Pereira appeared to respond to negative reviewers with f-bombs.So how did racism become an element here? For Adeliyi, it happened when Pereira called the police on her and described her as black and threatening. Racism is not quite the same as jerk-ism, although a Venn diagram of the two sets would result in a huge overlap.An incident at Kingsway Theatre last weekend left Torontonians squabbling when the black actress, Wendy Olunike Adeliyi, posted on Facebook her experience of being denied entry to watch a film (ironically about race) because she was carrying a backpack.Was it racism or was it not?last_img read more

Iran president says US ”leader of world terrorism”

first_imgTehran: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that the United States was the real “leader of world terrorism” after Washington blacklisted Iran’s Revolutionary Guards as a “foreign terrorist organisation”. “Who are you to label revolutionary institutions as terrorists?” Rouhani asked in a speech broadcast live by state television. Speaking at a ceremony to mark Iran’s national nuclear technology day in Tehran, Rouhani defended the Revolutionary Guards as a force that has fought terrorism ever since its creation in 1979. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from US In contrast, the Islamic republic’s president accused US forces of having always been directly or indirectly involved with terrorist groups or acts of terrorism. “You want to use terrorist groups as tools against the nations of the region… you are the leader of world terrorism. “Who is propagating and encouraging terrorism in today’s world? Who wanted to use ISIS (the Islamic State group) as a tool?” Rouhani asked, saying that the US is harbouring the leaders of the jihadist organisation. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential polls “Even now America is hiding the heads of ISIS, even now they are not prepared to tell the regional governments where the heads of ISIS are hiding.” Iran swiftly retaliated against the US move on Monday by calling US troops “terrorists”. It is the first time that Washington has branded part of a foreign government a terrorist group, meaning that anyone who deals with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps could face prison in the United States. To support his accusations, Rouhani cited the downing of Iran Air Flight 655 in July 1988 by missiles fired from the US naval ship the USS Vincennes. “You have done everything imaginable. Which force was it that shot down our civil airliner in the waters of the Persian Gulf?” he said, adding that it was aimed at intimidating Iran. “You wanted to tell the Iranian nation that we do not have any red lines, you wanted to say that we also kill children, you wanted to say that we also kill women,” Rouhani said, concluding that the US was transmitting “a message of terrorism in the whole world.”last_img read more

The Latest Victims attorney PGE 11B settlement positive

SAN FRANCISCO — The Latest on PG&E agreeing to pay $11 billion as part of settlement with insurers (all times local):11:30 a.m.An attorney representing hundreds of California wildfire victims says Pacific Gas & Electric agreeing to pay $11 billion in a settlement with a group of insurance companies is a step in the right direction.Gerald Singleton represents more than 5,000 victims who lost their homes in Northern California wildfires started by the utility’s equipment.Singleton said the agreement announced Friday is good for the beleaguered company because it now has reached settlements with insurance companies and public entities.He adds “now we just have to get a fair amount for the individuals.”The utility announced it agreed to pay $11 billion to a group of insurance companies representing claims from Northern California wildfires in 2017 and 2018. It also reaffirmed its commitment to paying $1 billion to local governments.___7:20 a.m.Pacific Gas & Electric and a group of insurers say they have reached an $11 billion settlement to cover most of the claims from the 2017 and 2018 wildfires in California.The utility said in a statement Friday the tentative agreement covers 85% of the insurance claims, including a fire that decimated the town of Paradise.A group of insurers said in a separate statement the settlement is well below the $20 billion the insurance companies had sought in bankruptcy court.PG&E Corp. on Monday released a plan to offer nearly $18 billion to victims, insurance companies and cities and public entities in California that battled fires sparked by electrical equipment.PG&E sought bankruptcy protection in January because it said it could not afford an estimated $30 billion in damages.The Associated Press read more

Hannspree Creates More Novelty TVs

first_imgIf you’ve ever seen an oddly designed LCD TV that looks like it would be at home in a child’s playroom, chances are it was designed by Hannspree. Surprisingly, the market for novelty TVs isn’t saturated and Hannspree is making more of them. The company just announced an apple-shaped 28-inch set and a basketball-shaped 28-inch set. These LCDs have a wide viewing angle, a 1920 x 1200 native resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, 2 HDMI inputs, and a 10,000:1 contrast ratio.Hannspree has also just released a simple, sleek, 28-inch set with a piano-black bezel, and you can find it at,,, and If you want one of the novelty shapes, however, look for a Hannspree retail store at They list for $499.99, so you’ll pay a little extra for that unusual shape.last_img read more

5story office building proposed in downtown Vancouver

first_imgMore mixed-use development is coming to downtown Vancouver, this time in the form of a new five-story building on Main Street.A pre-application filed with the city of Vancouver this week proposes knocking down the current home of money management firm Johnson Bixby & Associates, a one-story office at the corner of East 12th Street and Main Street.In its place will rise a five-story, 24,000-square-foot building to include conference space, offices and retail, aligning with other new projects that have risen up around downtown Vancouver.The project, to be overseen by Vancouver-based Robertson Engineering, will also include improvements to nearby streets and utilities. The new building will offer 20 surface parking stalls, according to the filings.It’s unclear when the project would break ground. The conference with city planners for the project is set for Jan. 4, but no timeline for demolition or construction is laid out in the filings.The future location of Johnson Bixby & Associates is also unclear. The filings don’t indicate whether the firm will take a spot in the new building or will look for different office space. The property, less than one-third of an acre, is owned by the company and the plans were signed by Heidi Johnson Bixby on Dec. 13.last_img read more

International School calls flag controversy a Mistake

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Sept 2015 – They are calling it an honest mistake, school administrators at the International School of Providenciales say it was an admitted oversight by officials which led to the Turks and Caicos flag being flown below eight other flags in total and more specifically the Canadian and Sweden flag on the school’s premises recently. This in light of outrage by residents who called the act disrespectful after a picture surfaced on Facebook.It was leader of the Progressive Democratic Alliance, Oswald Skippings who first brought the grievance to light as he shared the photo and his thoughts with followers on social media saying, “This display of flags is obviously a total disregard for our sovereignty.” Residents who felt the act degraded the Turks and Caicos flag also shared similar sentiments.Amidst the controversy, school officials say they have repositioned the TCI flag. Administrators say the flags represent the nationalities of their students and are sometimes raised by the school children, as was the case in this instance.On the school grounds today, the TCI flag could be seen visibly flying high, on its own pole. Turks and Caicos flag protocols states that the TCI flag must be flown above the flags of other countries. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:tci flag, turks and caicos international schoollast_img read more

The Iconoclash Program Cartoonist Panel Talk Political Correctness

first_imgThe Iconoclash program is sponsoring a panel at New York University’s Washington D.C. campus on Feb. 11 from 6:30 p. m. – 8 p. m. The panel will feature caricature cartoonists Steven Degryse, Kevin Kallaugher, Ann Telnaes, and Matt Wuerker who will discuss the acceptability of cartoons as they merge with political, religious, and other personal beliefs. The conversation will take place one year after the tragic attacks on the French Satirical Magazine Charlie Hebdo. Panelists will discuss political correctness as it pertains to comedic art. The event is free and open to the public, and it will take place at 1307 L street N.W. For more information, visit read more

Researchers investigate why clothes dont fall apart

first_img © 2018 Strong carbon fiber artificial muscles can lift 12,600 times their own weight 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. Cotton thread is made of many tiny fibers, each just 2-3 cm long, yet when spun together the fibers are capable of transmitting tension over indefinitely long distances. From a physics perspective, how threads and yarns transmit tension—making them strong enough to keep clothes from falling apart—is a long-standing puzzle that is not completely understood. Citation: Researchers investigate ‘why clothes don’t fall apart’ (2018, April 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from In a new paper published in Physical Review Letters entitled “Why Clothes Don’t Fall Apart: Tension Transmission in Staple Yarns,” physicists Patrick Warren at Unilever R&D Port Sunlight, Robin Ball at the University of Warwick, and Ray Goldstein at the University of Cambridge have investigated yarn tension in the framework of statistical physics. Using techniques from linear programming, they show that the collective friction among fibers creates a locking mechanism, and as long as there is sufficient friction, a random assembly of fibers can in principle transmit an indefinitely large tension.Their results provide a quantitative basis for the heuristic explanation proposed by Galileo in 1638, who was puzzling over the problem of how a rope can be so strong when it is made of such small fibers. “The very act of twisting causes the threads to bind one another in such a way that… when the rope is stretched… the fibers break rather than separate from each other,” he wrote. In modern terms, Galileo was describing friction.In the new study, the researchers modeled the yarn as a group of randomly overlapping fibers. The results showed that, as the friction increases, a percolation transition emerges. As the researchers explain, this transition corresponds to “a switch from a ‘ductile’ failure model where the yarn fails by fiber slippage… to a ‘brittle’ failure mode where the failure mechanism is fiber breakage.” Above this threshold, the tensile strength becomes roughly 100 times stronger than before.”We now understand better at a fundamental level how friction stops fibrous materials from falling apart,” Goldstein told “From an applied perspective, we can use the insights to underpin the design of fabric conditioners, for example.”In the future, the model could also be used to optimize the properties of sewing threads made of various fiber blends. When extended from fibers to granular media, the results may also have applications for better understanding the stress transmission in sand piles and grain silos. In addition, the researchers plan to investigate the threshold in greater depth.”We plan to write a longer paper exploring the nature of the ‘supercritical’ state, above the percolation transition,” Goldstein said.center_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Patrick B. Warren, Robin C. Ball, and Raymond E. Goldstein. “Why Clothes Don’t Fall Apart: Tension Transmission in Staple Yarns.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.158001 Explore further Cotton sewing thread. Credit: Warren et al. Published by the American Physical Societylast_img read more