Heated 2nd half run propels Miami to romp of Pistons

first_imgUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chief MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting And thanks to a 21-0 run to open the second half, the Miami Heat now have a tiny bit of breathing room in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The biggest Heat run of the season led to the biggest Heat win of the season, a 108-74 romp past the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.“Just a professional win by us tonight,” Heat guard Dwyane Wade said. “We played against a team that wasn’t making shots early, and we continued to keep going at them and continued to keep applying pressure.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesJustise Winslow scored 16 points for Miami, which had seven players in double figures. Dion Waiters scored 14, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside each had 13 and Wade finished with 11 for Miami.Miami’s starting five — Richardson, Winslow, Waiters, Bam Adebayo and Kelly Olynyk — played 12 minutes together. They shot 12 for 17, 4 for 4 from 3-point range and Miami outscored Detroit 36-13 in those 12 minutes. Andre Drummond fouled out with 6:30 left and finished with five points and nine rebounds — snapping his run of 19 consecutive double-doubles, which left him tied with Bob Lanier for the Pistons’ all-time record streak in that department.It wasn’t Drummond’s night.It wasn’t the Pistons’ night in any way. They shot 36 percent, got outrebounded 51-36 and were 8 for 37 from 3-point range — 1 for 17 in the second half. It went down as Detroit’s second-worst loss of the season, topped only by a 37-pointer at Indiana on Dec. 28.“For two games in a row now, we didn’t come out in playoff mode,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. “There’s nothing schematically. There’s nothing X-and-O wise. It’s our approach. We have to understand at this time of year … the only thing you can do is scrap and play hard.”TIP-INSPistons: Detroit hadn’t lost a quarter by 25 points since Oct. 30, 2010. … Drummond was looking to join Kevin Love (53), Dwight Howard (separate streaks of 33 and 20), Griffin (27) and Russell Westbrook (23, earlier this season) as players in the last decade with 20 straight double-doubles.Heat: Miami opened on an 8-0 run, its best to start a game this season. … It was Miami’s 600th sellout at AmericanAirlines Arena — the last 413 of those coming consecutively — and 900th home sellout overall. … The Heat celebrated Pride Night, and the national anthem before the game was performed by the South Florida Gay Men’s Chorus.EIGHT IS ENOUGHThere have been four instances of a team holding another to eight points or less in a quarter this season. Miami is responsible for three of them. Houston held Chicago to seven in the third quarter on Nov. 3 — and the rest of the list is all Heat. Miami held the Los Angeles Clippers to eight points in the fourth quarter on Dec. 8, and kept the Milwaukee Bucks to that many in the first quarter on Dec. 22.WADE BLOCKS Minus Kevin Durant, Warriors stop Rockets’ 9-game win streak LATEST STORIES Wade had a first-quarter blocked shot against Detroit’s 7-foot-1 Thon Maker. It was the 879th block of Wade’s career, leaving him 14 shy of Michael Jordan’s all-time regular-season record for guards. When adding playoff games, Wade already has more blocks than any guard in history.SLOW STARTDetroit has trailed after the first quarter in each of its last five games, and the 12-point deficit after 12 minutes in this one matched the Pistons’ third-largest, after-one-quarter hole this season. They had rallied to win three of the first four in those cases — but didn’t come close in this one.UP NEXTPistons: Host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.Heat: Host Milwaukee on Friday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 1 dead, 3 injured in Quezon road crash PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments Trump campaign, GOP groups attack Google’s new ad policy “Our starting lineup has had some good starts and some play that’s been trending in the right direction,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. “But that was as inspiring as they’ve been.”Blake Griffin scored 13 points for Detroit, which got 11 from Wayne Ellington. Detroit missed its first 11 shots of the third quarter, eight of them from 3-point range.The Pistons have now dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25 and 29 — and both were blowout losses, with this one on the heels of a 103-75 rout in Brooklyn on Wednesday.“It’s about our mental fortitude and coming out and having a better mindset at the beginning of games, myself included,” Griffin said. “I’m not excluding myself from that at all. If we have any fight about us at all we’ll come out and rectify that.”Miami (32-35) is still No. 8 in the East, now two games ahead of No. 9 Orlando and two games back of No. 7 Detroit.ADVERTISEMENT P2.5 B shabu seized in Makati sting, Chinese national nabbed Hong Kong tunnel reopens, campus siege nears end Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Miami Heat center Hassan Whiteside (21) and guard Josh Richardson (0) celebrate after Whiteside scored during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons, Wednesday, March 13, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)MIAMI — The outcome was in doubt at halftime.It didn’t stay that way for long.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

ATP Rankings: Rafael Nadal Returns to No. 1 In Spite of Novak Djokovic Triumph at Paris Masters

first_imgParis: Rafael Nadal’s return to the world number one position for the eighth time in his career was confirmed when the ATP rankings were released on Monday.The Spaniard leapfrogs Novak Djokovic even though the Serb sealed his fifth Paris Masters title on Sunday with a 6-3, 6-4 victory over Canadian Denis Shapovalov. Nadal, whose last stint at the top ended a year ago on November 4, 2018, withdrew from his semi-final against Shapovalov in Paris with an abdominal muscle strain.Djokovic slips down the rankings because he loses the points that he won a year ago in London when Nadal was absent.The 2019 battle between Nadal, winner of the French and US Opens, and Djokovic who triumphed in Australia and Wimbledon is set to go to the wire as either could still finish the year at number one.If the Spaniard does not play or fails to win a round-robin match at the World Tour Finals, Djokovic must claim two group-stage victories and make the final to pass him.Djokovic would also be sure of the year-end top ranking should he win the tournament and Nadal does not reach the semis.Nadal first reached number one on August 18, 2008 when he was just 22. He has spent 197 weeks at the top, the sixth-highest in ATP history behind Roger Federer (310), Pete Sampras (286), Djokovic (275), Ivan Lendl (270) and Jimmy Connors (268).Gael Monfils returns to the top 10 for the first time since February 2017 after reaching the semi-finals in Paris while 20-year-old Shapovalov climbs 13 places to a career-high 15.Latest ATP rankings:1. Rafael Nadal (ESP) 9,585 pts (+1)2. Novak Djokovic (SRB) 8,945 (-1)3. Roger Federer (SUI) 6,1904. Daniil Medvedev (RUS) 5,7055. Dominic Thiem (AUT) 5,0256. Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE) 4,000 (+1)7. Alexander Zverev (GER) 2,945 (-1)8. Matteo Berrettini (ITA) 2,670 (+1)9. Roberto Bautista (ESP) 2,540 (+1)10. Gael Monfils (FRA) 2,530 (+3)11. David Goffin (BEL) 2,335 (+3)12. Fabio Fognini (ITA) 2,29013. Kei Nishikori (JPN) 2,180 (-2)14. Diego Schwartzman (ARG) 2,125 (+1)15. Denis Shapovalov (CAN) 2,050 (+13)16. Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 2,00017. Karen Khachanov (RUS) 1,840 (-9)18. Alex De Minaur (AUS) 1,77519. John Isner (USA) 1,770 (-2)20. Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 1,747 (+7) Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. alexander zverevatpatp rankingsDaniil Medvedev First Published: November 4, 2019, 5:43 PM ISTlast_img read more

Drop Kieron Pollard for final ODI: Waqar Younis to West Indies

first_imgLegendary Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis believes Kieron Pollard is hurting the West Indies team’s morale with his lackadaisical approach and should be axed for Wednesday’s final One-Day International against Pakistan.Waqar said the big-hitting all-rounder “did not even try” as the Caribbean side slid to a 59-run defeat in pursuit of an imposing 338 for victory at Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Sunday, reports CMC.Pollard entered in the 38th over with the West Indies on 194 for four and facing a required run rate of nearly 12 runs an over but displayed little aggressive intent. “His approach and the way he played in this game and in any of the T20 games, you’re destroying the morale of the team,” said Waqar on Monday, the second highest wicket-taker in Pakistan Test history with 373 scalps from 87 games.”The way he batted – he went in with 11 an over or about 12 an over required and he is known for this sort of situation. And he just went in and he hit one boundary and batted the entire time and not going anywhere.”He wasn’t there, he was not in the middle so I feel he needs a break. Whoever you want to bring in, Pollard needs a break. That’s how I feel.”Pollard has been a peripheral figure in what has been a wretched series, as the West Indies have lost all five of their games against Pakistan, spanning the three-match Twenty20 series and the ongoing two of the three-match One-Day series. (Also read: 2nd ODI: Babar Azam hits another century as Pakistan clinch series against West Indies)advertisementThe right-hander managed nine from 17 balls in the first T20 which the West Indies lost by eight wickets, scored 18 from 13 deliveries in the side’s 16-run defeat in the second game and got 16 from 12 balls in the last game which ended in an eight-wicket loss.So far in the two One-Days, Pollard has scored nine and 22 – the latter innings on Sunday requiring 29 balls and ending with him getting out in the deep in the penultimate over with the fate of the game already decided.Former West Indies batsman and captain Vivian Richards, also a television analyst for the series, agreed changes were necessary for the final One-Day, with Pollard perhaps sitting out and left-hander Jonathan Carter coming in. He also argued for Shannon Gabriel to play alongside 19-year-old speedster Alzarri Joseph, who made his debut in the second One-Day.”I think that if Shannon is fit for the next match why not play the two individuals (Gabriel and Joseph). It’s a good suggestion in terms of Pollard, (he) didn’t really show up tonight (Sunday),” Richards said on Monday.” …but those particular two in that sense in the fast bowling department, it would be nice to see Shannon Gabriel back (alongside) Alzarri Joseph.”last_img read more

Sony WI-C600N wireless earphones review: Good noise cancellation and light weight make it a practical choice

first_imgIn the last year, we have seen a lot of new launches in the wireless earphone segment. With an increasing number of smartphones ditching the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack, audio gear makers are coming up with wireless headphones at different prices points: High-end, low-end, affordable, premium, you get it all.Nowadays, you can get a decent pair of neckband-style wireless earphones for as low as Rs 4,000 or go up to spend close to Rs 30,000 for a premium headset with advanced audio drivers. Sony is an active player in this segment and it recently launched the WH-CH700N over-the-ear headphones in India at a price of Rs 12,990. To cater to more diverse kind of consumers, the company has now unveiled the WI-C600N wireless in-ear headphones.Priced at Rs 10,990, Sony is betting big on the WI-C600N to take on the competition and hence has given these earphones features like active noise cancellation and a lightweight build. Unlike the competition, Sony is targeting the casual user and intends the WI-C600N to be used as a backpack companion instead of a gym-companion. I recently spent almost a week with the WI-C600N and came away impressed.Design and buildThe WI-C600N is meant to be an all-day companion and Sony has made sure users find it comfortable. The WI-C600N is light and its buds are coated with soft rubber that is skin-friendly. The entire neckband is covered in soft rubber with embedded buttons on the edges. The right edge of the neckband features a single button for controlling noise cancellation. The left edge of the neckband houses the conventional buttons such as the volume rockers, the play/pause/call pickup and a power button. There’s also an LED indicator to show the status of the device — whether it’s charging or connected to a device. And there is a USB-C port protected under a flap – yes, USB-C on a headphone. Sadly, it doesn’t support fast charging. Sony also provides NFC to quickly pair the headphone with a smartphone.advertisement As with all neckband-style headphones, the earbuds are connected to the neckband via wires. The earbuds are designed to fit most ear sizes. And they can magnetically attach to each other so that when users aren’t using them, they stick to each other and the cables don’t tangle.Due to an ergonomic design and use of soft-touch plastics, the WI-C600N feels comfortable to wear for an entire day. The design ensures the earbuds remain inside the ear canal. I tried them while briskly walking or even jogging and they never fell out. The WI-C600N is surely one of the most comfortable wireless in-ear headphones I have used. However, the WI-C600N isn’t water, dust or sweat resistant and therefore, shouldn’t be used in environments with moisture or dust. The flexible nature of the neckband means that you can simply throw it in your backpack and not worry about it snapping or breaking – it’s quite durable.Audio performanceGetting the ergonomics in a wireless earphone right is one thing and ensuring quality audio is another. Thankfully, Sony manages to deliver the same pristine audio quality that we have come to expect from the brand. The WI-C600N sports two 6mm drivers with a supported frequency range of 20Hz-20KHz. Compared to most other earphones at this price range, the 6mm driver units seem not enough to deliver an impactful audio quality. However, in the real world, it’s a different case altogether. The WI-C600N offers clean audio at most frequencies. The mids sound good while the highs never seem to distort. The lower frequencies are also rendered well. Bass may not be as heavy as earphones with 10mm or larger drivers, but it’s more than enough for pop songs of our era. For example, I listened to Taki Taki and I was easily able to make out all the frequencies – the controlled bass made for an overall balanced audio quality. The passive noise cancellation is also really good and manages to block most of the unwanted sounds, even when you aren’t using the Active Noise Cancellation.When the Active Noise Cancellation is switched on, the WI-C600N tries to filter out the lower frequency noise. Sounds of car engines, wind noise, birds chirping and a loud ambience noise can be blocked up to a larger extent with the Active Noise Cancellation. The system does make a noticeable difference when you are outdoors but is not as good as some over-the-ear headphones.advertisementDespite that, Sony’s Headphones Connect app offers three modes of noise cancelling. The first mode is meant to entirely block external noise. The second “Voice mode” allows the user to permit only voices, which essentially lets the system pass high frequency sounds along with the audio. The third “Normal mode” is meant to allow all ambient noises with the noise cancellation kept to a minimum. For the most part, I preferred to keep the noise cancellation in the first mode and block all noises. The voice mode is useful when you have to talk to someone while still listening to music.Using Sony WI-C600NThe WI-C600N earphones are very easy to live with. Over the course of my time with the WI-C600N, I found that it reliably connects to a smartphone or tablet. I never noticed any interference, even while sitting in a room with a few Wi-Fi networks and wireless devices. The Sony Headphones Connect app provides an easy option to fine tune the audio via its own equaliser with an added option to adjust the bass. The app also offers a mode to switch to a different mode that ensures strong connectivity instead of better audio quality. One can also turn on or off the DSEE via the app. Sony says that the WI-C600N lasts up to 7 hours in normal mode and up to 6 hours with Active Noise Cancellation. On an average day, I used the WI-C600N with a combination of both modes and I was able to get an entire day’s usage. Do note that I kept the headphones always connected to my smartphone. The Active Noise Cancellation does drain the battery faster and is, therefore, only recommended for the time when you are close to a power source. If the WI-C600N isn’t connected to any device for more than 5 minutes, it automatically switches off. However, the Headphones Connect app lets you tweak the auto switch-off timing.The WI-C600N also offers support for voice assistants. The WI-C600N is certified to support Google Assistant and can support Alexa and Siri. I mostly used the WI-C600N with a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and it automatically latched on to Google Assistant – no support for Bixby here. The Google Assistant delivers voice alerts for smartphone notifications and even lets you reply to messages via dictation with supported apps. On the whole, I found the smart voice assistant feature handy while commuting.Should you buy the Sony WI-C600N? The WI-C600N is easily one of the most value-for-money wireless earphones that Sony makes right now. The headphone offers a clear and balanced audio quality. Noise cancellation is of immense help when you are outdoors – the three separate modes for noise cancellation is a nice touch. The lightweight build and the soft-touch plastics mean that you can easily wear this all day long and you won’t encounter skin irritation. The battery life is fairly good as well for a headphone with active noise cancellation.advertisementAt Rs 10,990, the WI-C600N is definitely expensive, especially when you consider cheaper alternatives. The OnePlus Bullets Wireless offers almost a similar audio quality for Rs 3,990 but misses out on active noise cancellation and robust build quality. The Noise Shots X3 for around Rs 3,999 offer completely wireless earbuds but struggle with poor audio reception via microphones during calls.To sum it up, if you prefer uncompromised wireless audio experience and are willing to spend up to Rs 11,000 in pursuit of practicality and impressive audio quality, the Sony WI-C600N makes a lot of sense.ALSO READ | Sony WH-CH700N review: Great sound and battery life, average noise cancellingALSO READ | OnePlus Type-C Bullets earphones review: Perfect companion to OnePlus 6TALSO READ | Noise Shots X3 Bass review: Earbuds with lots of bassSony WI-C600N review 8/10ProsBalanced audio qualityLightweight buildActive noise cancellationConsAverage battery lifeNo fast chargingNo water or sweat resistancelast_img read more

Mohand Laenser Benkiranes Government Formation Logic Will Lead to Political Crisis

Rabat – Popular Movement (MP) Secretary-General Mohand Laenser said on Thursday that Head of Government Abdelilah Benkirane’s logic for the government formation process “cannot lead to anything but a political crisis because it ignores the principles of symmetry, harmony and trust that should be the cornerstone of any effective and efficient alliance.”Laenser noted that instead of opting for a cabinet reshuffle after winning the October 7th elections, the Justice and Development Party’s (PJD) Benkirane has chosen a full-scale course adjustment – delaying the completion of the formation process.“Benkirane’s preference for the parties of the Kutla – the trusted Istiqlal Party and the Party of Progress and Socialism – does not cancel the incorporation of other parties in the government coalition in order to complete a parliamentary majority,” the MP leader said. “This is making the task of forming a government harder and risks a political crisis.” Morocco still is not in political crisis mode, Laenser said, while encouraging the PJD leader to pursue relationships with the remainder of the political parties with seats in the new legislature.The two Kutla parties have declared their support for Benkirane’s coalition so far, but negotiations with the National Rally of Independents (RNI), led by Minister of Agriculture and Fisheries Aziz Akhannouch, and the Socialist Union of Popular Forces (USFP) are still ongoing.The government coalition’s seat count now stands at 183 seats – 15 seats shy of a majority. An alliance with either the RNI (37 seats) or the USFP (20 seats) would give the PJD the 198 seats it needs to push its legislative agenda. read more

Congress MPs want 13A in Lanka

The MPs also said that Sri Lanka should take urgent steps for implementation of LLRC recommendations with clear time bound programme.“The Sri Lanka government should send message to the world that normalcy is restored by replacing Army by Police,” the MPs said. The MPs also suggested that Indian universities can have an understanding with institutions in these areas for higher studies. (PTI) They also said that displaced Tamil civilians and refugees in India should be enabled to get back their houses and lands left in Sri Lanka by sending a team of survey and settlement officials from India and identifying the properties and pushing for claim from the concerned refugees.“Fertile lands and fishermen villages of the north and east were taken away by the Military as ‘Security Zone.’ This should be handed over to owners and allow them to economically develop the country,” the letter said.The MPs also recommended establishment of centres for rehabilitation of widows, mentally challenged children and differently-abled persons and children. “The political empowerment through implementation of 13th Amendment of the Constitution of Sri Lanka made on Rajiv Gandhi’s effort, by holding talks with TNA and other Tamil political parties are in urgency to create the confidence of the Tamils to return to motherland,” they said in the letter. The 13th Amendment of the Sri Lankan Constitution envisages devolution of powers to Tamil-dominated northern and eastern provinces. “India’s human resources department should send teachers for English, Science and Mathematics for schools with the cooperation of Tamil Nadu government as Tamil knowing teachers are needed,” they said. Rajya Sabha member EM Sudarshana Natchiappan, Lok Sabha members M Krishnasamy, NSV Chithan and Manicka Tagore made these demands in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh after they returned last week. Congress MPs, who were part of the delegation that visited Sri Lanka recently, have demanded India’s intervention in ensuring political empowerment of minority Tamils by implementing the historic 13th Amendment, holding talks with various political parties there.Four Congress MPs from Tamil Nadu also asked India to demand urgent steps from Sri Lanka to implement recommendations of the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) with a “clear time-bound programme”. read more

Moves to improve living standards in the north

The projects are also to be implemented for the families who are residing in more than six islands around the northern Jaffna peninsula, Karunathilaka added. The projects include upgrading the transport system in these areas for families to travel from the islands to the mainland, Karunathilaka said. The government said it will launch special projects in war-ravaged north to improve living conditions of the families residing there.Co-Cabinet Spokesperson and Media Minister Gayantha Karunathilaka told a media briefing that on a proposal submitted to the cabinet by Minister of Rehabilitation and Resettlement, D.M. Swaminathan, the government had approved implementation of ten projects to upgrade the living status of these communities. In June, government officials in the Northern Province, called for private investments in many key areas including construction and healthcare, in order to improve the conditions in the former war areas. (Courtesy Xinhua) Sri Lanka’s north was one of the worst affected in a 30-year civil war between government troops and Tamil Tiger rebels and was almost cut off for most duration of the war from the rest of the country.After the end of the conflict in May 2009 with the defeat of the Tigers, thousands of people were left displaced with the north left crumbled. read more

Key suspect in Lasanthas killing given diplomatic post by Gota

Fonseka in his testimony to the police has said security and intelligence operations in Colombo were carried out by Rajapaksa and national Intelligence Chief Kapila Hendawithrana, who is also accused of leading a killer squad, according to a report filed in the Mount Lavinia courts last month.However, the latest evidence showed that Gotabhaya Rajapaksa nominated army intelligence operative major Bandara Bulathwatte as an “intelligence officer” with the rank of second secretary at the Sri Lankan embassy in Bangkok, just a week before the January 2010 presidential elections. The appointment of major Bulathwatte was made in the heat of a bruising presidential election campaign. Bulathwatte’s bio data was obtained from army commander Jagath Jayasuriya. Transfer of public servants cannot be carried out when an election has been called unless with the concurrence of the Elections Commissioner or under urgent national security considerations, but such a requirement was not mentioned in appointing Bulathwatte to Thailand a week before the polls.However, after President Mahinda Rajapaksa was re-elected and Fonseka was arrested, defence secretary Rajapaksa changes his mind and tells the Foreign Secretary to defer Bulathwatte’s posting due to national security considerations.“Request please to make necessary arrangements to postpone the scheduled departure of the above officer (Major B.W.D.M.R.P.S.S.B.D Bulathwatte) until further notice as his presence in Colombo is of importance with regard to matters pertaining to national security,” said the then chief of National Intelligence Kapila Hendawitharana in a letter to the Foreign Secretary. This letter is sent on February 25, almost a month after the election is won by President Mahinda Rajapaksa. The chief suspect in Lasantha Wickrematunga’s assassination was given a diplomatic post by the then defence secretary Gotabhaya Rajapaksa but it was withdrawn soon after Mahinda Rajapaksa won the January 2010 election, fresh evidence has revealed, according to the Economy News website.Rajapaksa has denied any involvement in the January 2009 assassination of Sunday Leader editor Wickrematunga and a string of other attacks against dissident journalists, but new evidence shows he nominated the main suspect as an intelligence officer at the Sri Lanka embassy in Thailand. President Rajapaksa was challenged at the polls by his army chief Fonseka who ended up in jail after a controversial court martial and high court proceedings against him.In a hastily prepared letter, Rajapaksa asked the Foreign Secretary to appoint Bulathwatte as an intelligence officer after recalling another officer holding the rank of second secretary in Bangkok. It was done in such haste, even a bio data of Bulathwatte was not attached, although it was requirement for him to get his visa and have the appointment regularised by the foreign ministry.This letter dated January 18, 2010 was issued in Rajapaksa’s name and it was authenticated as genuine by the then additional secretary to the defence ministry, Ravi Arunthavanathan. Exactly two weeks after asking the Foreign secretary to hold Bulathwatte’s appointment, Hendawitharana gives the go ahead to send Bulathwatte to Thailand. Hendawitharana then makes a U-turn five days later asking the foreign secretary to further postpone the appointment.This time, the reason for the postponement is: “The presence of the officer is urgently required for a very important matter pertaining to the national security.”Technical evidence and telephone records have placed Bulathwatte at the location where Lasantha was killed as well as in the places where other journalists were attacked. His six-member gang is now in remand custody and several of them have been identified by those who survived attacks.The vehicle used in some of the attacks as well as Lasantha’s killing has been recovered from the home of a woman linked to Bulathwatte, who is now in remand custody.Soon after the former defence secretary’s name was mentioned in a court document last month, he denied any involvement and left the island and is said to be in Singapore following a study course.The former military intelligence chief, Hendawitharana, has already been questioned by police in connection with Lasantha’s killing, but investigators said several other officers are due to be questioned and high profile arrests are imminent.Two other suspects in the attacks against Lasantha and several others, Warrant Officers R. L. Rajapaksha and I. P. A. Udalagama, had been given clerical jobs at the Sri Lankan embassy in Germany. The then powerful defence secretary has denied allegations by his army commander and erstwhile friend Sarath Fonseka that he led a killer squad comprising handpicked army commandos attached to a secret killer gang. Rajapaksa has countered the allegation saying that if there were any secret killer squads involving army personnel, Fonseka as the then commander should take responsibility. read more

Convocation ceremonies streamed live

Those who want to see Brock’s Convocation ceremonies but can’t make it to St. Catharines now have an alternative.This week’s ceremonies will be streamed live at livestream.com/brockuniversity. The channel will broadcast each of the ceremonies from June 7 to 11.For a schedule, visit the 2011 Spring Convocation Ceremony schedule.The ceremonies are held in the Ian Beddis Gymnasium of the Walker Complex.

Facebook ramps up its response to violent videos

Facebook ramps up its response to violent videos by Barbara Ortutay, The Associated Press Posted May 3, 2017 8:38 am MDT Last Updated May 3, 2017 at 5:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FILE – In this Monday, June 4, 2012, file photo, a girl looks at Facebook on her computer in Palo Alto, Calif. In a blog post Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that the company will hire another 3,000 people to review videos of crime and suicides following murders shown live. (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma, File) NEW YORK, N.Y. – Facebook is stepping up its efforts to keep inappropriate and often violent material — including recent high-profile videos of murders and suicides, hate speech and extremist propaganda — off of its site.On Wednesday, the world’s biggest social network said it plans to hire 3,000 more people to review videos and other posts after getting criticized for not responding quickly enough to murders shown on its service.The hires over the next year will be on top of the 4,500 people Facebook already tasks with identifying criminal and other questionable material for removal. CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote Wednesday that the company is “working to make these videos easier to report so we can take the right action sooner — whether that’s responding quickly when someone needs help or taking a post down.”Facebook, which had 18,770 employees at the end of March, would not say if the new hires would be contractors or full-time workers. David Fischer, the head of Facebook’s advertising business, said in an interview that the detection and removal of hate speech and content that promotes violence or terrorism is an “ongoing priority” for the company, and the community operations teams are a “continued investment.”Videos and posts that glorify violence are against Facebook’s rules, but Facebook has drawn criticism for responding slowly to such items, including video of a slaying in Cleveland and the live-streamed killing of a baby in Thailand. The Thailand video was up for 24 hours before it was removed.In most cases, such material gets reviewed for possible removal only if users complain. News reports and posts that condemn violence are allowed. This makes for a tricky balancing act for the company. Facebook does not want to act as a censor, as videos of violence, such as those documenting police brutality or the horrors of war, can serve an important purpose.LIVE STREAM CHALLENGESPolicing live video streams is especially difficult, as viewers don’t know what will happen. This rawness is part of their appeal.While the negative videos make headlines, they are just a tiny fraction of what users post every day. The good? Families documenting a toddler’s first steps for faraway relatives, journalists documenting news events, musicians performing for their fans and people raising money for charities.“We don’t want to get rid of the positive aspects and benefits of live streaming,” said Benjamin Burroughs, a professor of emerging media at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.Burroughs said that Facebook clearly knew live streams would help the company make money, as they keep users on Facebook longer, making advertisers happy. If Facebook hadn’t also considered the possibility that live streams of crime or violence would inevitably appear alongside the positive stuff, “they weren’t doing a good enough job researching implications for societal harm,” Burroughs said.EARNINGS RESULTSFacebook also reported stronger-than-expected quarterly results on Wednesday, as has been its custom. The company earned $3.06 billion, or $1.04 per share, in the January-March period. That’s up from 76 per cent from $1.74 billion, or 60 cents per share, a year earlier. Analysts polled by FactSet were expecting earnings of 87 cents per share.Revenue grew 49 per cent to $8.03 billion from $5.38 billion. Analysts expected $7.83 billion.Facebook had 1.94 billion monthly active users as of the end of March, up 17 per cent from a year earlier. Daily active users were 1.28 billion, on average, for the month of March.FUNHOUSE MIRROR?With a quarter of the world’s population on it, Facebook can serve as a mirror for humanity, amplifying both the good and the bad — the local fundraiser for a needy family and the murder-suicide in a faraway corner of the planet. But lately, it has gotten outsized attention for its role in the latter, whether that means allowing the spread of false news and government propaganda or videos of horrific crimes.Videos livestreaming murder or depicting kidnapping and torture have made international headlines even when the crimes themselves wouldn’t have, simply because they were on Facebook, visible to people who wouldn’t have seen them otherwise.As the company introduces even more new features, it will continue to grapple with the reality that they will not always be used for positive or even mundane purposes. From his interviews and Facebook posts, it appears that Zuckerberg is at least aware of this, even if his company doesn’t always respond as quickly as outsiders would like.“It’s heartbreaking, and I’ve been reflecting on how we can do better for our community,” Zuckerberg wrote on Wednesday about the recent videos.It’s a learning curve for Facebook. In November, for example, Zuckerberg called the idea that false news on Facebook influenced the U.S. election “crazy.” A month later, the company introduced a slew of initiatives aimed at combating false news and supporting journalism. And just last week, it acknowledged that governments or others are using its social network to influence political sentiment in ways that could affect national elections.WHAT TO DOZuckerberg said Facebook workers review “millions of reports” every week. In addition to removing videos of crime or getting help for someone who might hurt themselves, he said, the company’s bulked-up reviewing force will “also help us get better at removing things we don’t allow on Facebook like hate speech and child exploitation.”Wednesday’s announcement is a clear sign that Facebook continues to need human reviewers to monitor content, even as it tries to outsource some of the work to software due in part to its sheer size and the volume of stuff people post.It’s not all up to Facebook, though. Burroughs said users themselves need to decide whether they want to look at violent videos posted on Facebook or to circulate them, for example. And he urged news organizations to consider whether each Facebook live-streamed murder is a story.“We have to be careful that it doesn’t become a kind of voyeurism,” he said. read more

De lamiante découverte sous une rame du RER B

first_imgDe l’amiante découverte sous une rame du RER BDe la poussière d’amiante a été découverte sous une rame du RER B. Une rame pourtant récemment rénovée. Par mesure de précaution, la RATP a lancé une inspection de plusieurs autres rames, entraînant des perturbations et l’inquiétude de ses employés.De la poussière d’amiante a été découverte lors d’un examen précédent la remise en service d’une rame du RER B, qui avait été récemment rénovée. Comme le rapporte le site de Libération, la RATP a décidé d’inspecter plusieurs rames elles aussi rénovées il y a peu. Ainsi, dix sept analyses sont actuellement en cours, a indiqué le réseau de transports en commun parisien. Inquiets, les employés de la RATP ont menacé d’exercer leur droit de retrait, mais pour l’heure, aucun arrêt de travail n’a été annoncé. “Ça fait plus de 40 ans qu’on dénonce les méfaits de l’amiante : il est regrettable de constater encore sa présence sur des matériels en 2011”, a souligné Jacques Eliez, secrétaire général CGT-RATP, cité par LCI. “On a plein de suppositions. Peut-être que l’amiante se trouvait sur certaines parties de la rame qui ont été poncées, et qui ont dégagé de la poussière”, explique de son côté Joël Joseph, un conducteur du RER B. “La direction nous assure que les trains sont désamiantés, mais on constate que ce n’est pas le cas” s’insurge-t-il.Si les conducteurs de la RATP sont si inquiets, c’est parce que l’amiante est une substance dangereuse lorsqu’elle est inhalée. La fine poussière peut s’infiltrer profondément dans les poumons et provoquer des cancer ou des asbestoses, de graves affections des poumons.Le 16 septembre 2011 à 15:57 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Le Kiosque dApple fait du bien aux ventes de magazines

first_imgLe Kiosque d’Apple fait du bien aux ventes de magazinesLes relations entre Apple et la presse ont toujours été conflictuelles. Le modèle économique proposé par la Pomme est au centre des débats depuis deux ans mais la vente de magazines digitaux commence enfin à décoller.Le milieu de la presse n’a jamais été l’ami d’Apple. Quand la marque a présenté l’iPad en janvier 2010, elle leur a promis un nouvel élan pour leur activité et une plateforme à visibilité maximale. Mais elle a oublié de leur préciser les conditions d’utilisation, avec 30% de commission sur l’abonnement si il est souscrit sur l’App Store. Les premiers chiffres de ventes avaient affaibli Apple, le succès n’étant pas au rendez-vous mais depuis l’entreprise a révisé sa copie : elle propose les abonnements depuis une application dédiée appelée Kiosque et les chiffres de vente ont clairement rebondi.À lire aussiiPhone 6 : un smartphone fragile qui se plierait en restant dans une poche ?Selon des chiffres relayés par le site Numerama, l’arrivée du Kiosque a redonné le sourire à nombre de titres de presse, dont certains ont vu leurs ventes augmenter de 750%. Concernant les abonnements, le nerf de la guerre en matière de publication journalistique, eux aussi ont subi une hausse sensible depuis octobre. Un titre en particulier, le Popular Science Magazine, vient de donner des statistiques détaillées sur son nombre de lecteurs. Staffan Ekholm, le PDG du magazine, se félicite de ces ventes et constate lui aussi l’engouement créé autour de son titre après son arrivée sur le Kiosque.En France, les éditeurs de presse freinent des quatre fers, trouvant la politique d’Apple trop restrictive. Les conditions d’utilisation sont jugées trop fermées et les commissions trop importantes. Tous les acteurs importants de l’information ont fait bloc mais récemment, le titre Le Point a fait son apparition sur le Kiosque. Apple utilise souvent cette politique du “diviser pour mieux régner” et fait valoir ses plus de 85% de part de marché pour contraindre les éditeurs à signer. Pourront-ils résister davantage ?Le 28 décembre 2011 à 15:10 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Nikki Cross vs Bianca Belair tonight on WWE NXT Interviews after Smackdown

first_img WWE NXT Results – 9/11/19 (Last episode before the USA Network move, Ripley vs. Baszler) Now Playing Up Next Facebook Pinterest WhatsApp WWE NXT is back on the WWE Network tonight at 8:00 p.m. Eastern (7:00 CT).Scheduled for tonight’s show is Nikki Cross vs. Bianca Belair, Oney Lorcan will reunite with Danny Burch for the first time since TakeOver: Chicago II, Raul Mendoza vs. Lars Sullivan and an appearance by NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa.Interviews after Smackdown Live last nightWWE posted these videos after last night’s Smackdown Live in Lafayette. Big changes reportedly made to WWE RAW and Smackdown Live writing teams Seth Rollins Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Google+ Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Joan Jett Set To Perform Ronda Rouseys Entrance At WrestleMania 35 Cesaro Roman Reigns is in Remission Kurt Angle Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Now Playing Up Next Videos Articles Ronda Rousey Highlighting WWEs Problems Videos Articles Twitter FOX to reportedly air WWE “Smackdown’s Greatest Hits” special Friday, September 27 Videos Articles Now Playing Up Nextlast_img read more

Emery Ramsey remains an important member at Arsenal

first_imgArsenal boss Unai Emery insists that Aaron Ramsey remains important to him, although he will not get involved with his contract talksThe 27-year-old midfielder’s current deal will expire at the end of the season with latest reports suggesting that a new offer by Arsenal has been withdrawn.The Gunners have also allegedly decided to part with Ramsey in the winter transfer window should no further progress be made at that point.Speaking ahead to Arsenal’s home game against Watford on Saturday, Emery gave his take on Ramsey’s situation at North London.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“There are three elements, three aspects. One is the player and also the player with their family and representatives. The other is the club and the other is the squad. My focus is always on the team,” said Emery on the club website.“My focus is preparing with the players and only thinking about the match tomorrow.”Asked whether he considers Ramsey to be important, Emery replied: “For me, every player is very important with their relation with the team. I consider each player an important space in the squad.”last_img read more

TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award Stewart wins too

first_img Related Items:#AdamStewart, #magneticmedianews, #MinRalphHiggs, #TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryaward Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppUnited States, June 8, 2017 – New York – Turks and Caicos wins in Tourism rolling in this week, as former Tourist Board director and current Tourism Minister, Hon Ralph Higgs will today be bestowed a special honour at the CTO Awards Luncheon in New York.   Minister Higgs will be presented with the Allied Award.  Established in 2005, the Allied Award is presented to an individual among the CTO family who has done an extraordinary job of contributing, in a tangible way, to the sustainable development not only of his or her country, but of the region. The North Caicos MP will today get the prize at the Wyndham New Yorker, where the event is set for noon to 2pm.  Another honoree is no stranger to the Turks and Caicos; it is Adam Stewart, Deputy Chairman of Sandals Resort International who will get the Jerry Award, for demonstrated passion in the development of the region through time, energy, financial, and other personal and professional resources.  It is Caribbean Week in NY.#MagneticMediaNews#TCItourismministergetsCTOindustryaward#MinRalphHiggs#AdamStewart Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Tourism Minister gets CTO industry Award, Stewart wins toolast_img read more

Dr Jennifer Campbell on her race for District 2 seat

first_img KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter 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) – What is San Diego going to do about its homeless issues or short term vacation rentals? Those questions need to be answered by the people running for City Council.Doctor Jennifer Campbell is running against incumbent Lorie Zapf for the District 2 seat, and she joined us Tuesday afternoon with more on her campaign. Posted: October 9, 2018 October 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, Dr. Jennifer Campbell, on her race for District 2 seatlast_img read more

A young man commits suicide in Krishna district

first_imgPedana: A police case has registered over the suicide of a young man in Kanchakoduru village in Pedana mandal of Krishna district on Wednesday. According to the police, the deceased identified as Gopichand, an ITI student who is working as an apprentice in Machilipatnam Bell Company for the past two months. He has committed suicide by hanging himself at his home on Tuesday. The locals noticed Gopichand hanging rushed to save him, but Gopi died by the time they brought him down. Also Read – TDP to open shelters for victims of attacks Advertise With Us Recently, Gapichand has got appointed as Grama Volunteer with this he has left his apprenticeship with the Bell Company. In the complaint, Gopichand’s father Srinivasa Rao said to the police that his son has told him about a dispute with three friends over a cell phone. Srinivasa Rao alleges that those three people came to the house on Tuesday and beaten up Gopi and threatened him. He said his son had committed suicide with the fear of threat. Over this, the Gudur police have registered a case and investigating.last_img read more

Xbox One S in Storm Grey or Military Green will include Battlefield

first_imgFall is nearly here which means that we’re about to see a slew of new console bundles from both Sony and Microsoft. Today, Microsoft announced several Xbox One S bundles that are themed around EA’s upcoming Battlefield 1. Given how Microsoft has an exclusivity deal (of sorts) for the game, this announcement isn’t much of a surprise.The bundles come in three varieties. The first of them features a standard 500GB Xbox One S console that comes with a digital copy of Battlefield 1 for $300. The next bundle is exactly like the previous one, except that the system comes in “Storm Grey.” Interestingly enough, this bundle, which will only be available in Microsoft stores and Walmart, comes out on November 1, a full week after the game launches on October 21.Those who want the best bundle available will want to pick up the 1TB “Military Green” variant. This one comes with the Early Enlister Deluxe Edition of Battlefield 1. This version of the game comes with several pieces of DLC, including the Hellfighter Pack, the Red Baron Pack, the Lawrence of Arabia pack, and a new skin for Behemoth vehicles. This bundle will set folks back $350 and goes on sale on October 18. This is definitely the bundle to get for those who want to play several days before the official release.All of these bundles come with a free month of EA Access. Those with EA Access, even if they do not have one of these bundles, will be able to play Battlefield 1 on October 18.Battlefield 1 is set to be one of the biggest games of the holiday season, so these bundles should help Microsoft compete with Sony who is set to launch its PlayStation 4 Pro on November 10. It should be noted that bundles purchased from GameStop stores will come with physical copies of the game. Most bundles come with digital codes, so this could be a big incentive for people to buy the system.last_img read more