The National Commission for Women (NCW) has said that athlete Pinki Pramanik was treated in an “unjustified manner” and it will send a team to West Bengal to meet the Asian Games gold medallist accused of being a male and committing rape.”We are planning to send a team from NCW to West Bengal soon, who will go and visit Pinki and talk to her and find out what’s true and what’s not and what is her current condition,” NCW chairperson Mamta Sharma told reporters here on the sidelines of a programme.Pinki was on Wednesday freed after 26 days in judicial custody for allegedly raping her live-in partner, a divorcee and a mother of one. She has alleged harassment in custody and said everything was “pre-planned” and that she was “framed”.”She (Pinki) has been treated in a very unjustified manner. She has brought pride to our country. Whatever ill-treatment she has gone through, be it in the prison, or by the policemen… the government did not pay any attention to it and I think it is very wrong on everyone’s part,” Sharma said.Hailing from Tilakdi in Purulia district West Bengal, Pinki retired from athletics three years ago. She won the gold in the 4×400 metres relay at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha in Qatar and a silver at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games the same year.
(REOPENS SPD 10) (REOPENS SPD 10) Tendulkar welcomed the MCAs move and said budding cricketers will be encouraged.”I am happy that Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has cleared my suggestion for more players in school squad to be involved actively. Budding cricketers will be encouraged and I welcome the move,” the right-handed batsman said. PTI NRB PM PM
Alvaro Morata’s emotional response to scoring his first Chelsea goal since the middle of August was welcomed by Maurizio Sarri.Morata missed an early sitter in Thursday’s Europa League tie at home to Vidi, but made amends with the winner in the second half.It was the first time Morata, whose first season in English football was disrupted by a back injury, has scored since a 3-2 win over Arsenal in the Premier League. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! Having been booked for dissent earlier in the game, Morata appeared to be very emotional after scoring, burying his face in the shoulder of team-mate Willian, who created the goal with a flicked header.Olivier Giroud was rested from the squad against Vidi, suggesting he has taken Morata’s mantle as Chelsea’s first-choice striker, but Sarri was delighted for the Spain international.”I don’t know,” Sarri replied when asked if Morata had cried after scoring. “But if after a goal he wants to cry, I hope to see him cry very often.”Really very happy for him. It’s very important for him to score. I think it’s very important for him to play a very good match. He played a very good match.”It’s very important for him to play for the team, like this evening. I think Alvaro can restart from this performance.”He played very well, better than in the last period and so we can restart with this performance. Sometimes you can score, sometimes not, but the performance is important.”For us he’s a very important player. At the moment we have Alvaro and Giroud, but we have to play every three days for a long time, I think, I hope, and so he’s a very important player for us, for our season. Both, Alvaro and Olivier.”Good victory in Stamford Bridge! Keep going!Come on blues! @chelseafc @europaleague pic.twitter.com/m8lPDF1iOh— kepa Arrizabalaga (@kepa_46) October 4, 2018Ross Barkley almost marked his recall to the England squad with a goal, the second-half substitute hitting the crossbar with a clever header.”I’m very happy for him. He had a very serious injury last season,” Sarri said of the former Everton man. “Now he’s recovering very well. He’s improving match by match, week by week. I’m really very happy with him.”I think he can have a very important future in this club and in the national team.”
(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)With bowl season getting into full swing this week, we spoke to OddsShark gambling expert Jon Campbell about betting on the bowls and the College Football Playoff.(Note: this interview was conducted on Thursday, December 22.)The Spun: Washington is currently a 14.5 point underdog to Alabama in the Peach Bowl semifinal game. The Huskies have been great this year, but had their worst performance of the season against probably the most talented team on the schedule: USC. Do you think the Huskies have a realistic chance of keeping this one close? (Ed. note: the line is now down to 14 points at most sportsbooks.)Jon Campbell: I like Alabama to cover the spread here. I think the spread’s still a little too low, I would’ve had Alabama closer to a 17-point favorite. I like Alabama at 14.5. Not too much shocks me anymore in sports and college football, but I think it would be a surprise for me and a lot of people if Washington does up winning this one. If you look at the moneyline, the payout is 6-1, so it’s not the craziest thing you’ve ever heard if Washington does end up winning this one, but it would be unlikely.One thing I do like about them is that they take really good care of the ball. They’re No. 1 in the nation in turnover margin this year, so it’s going to be interesting.The Spun: Over in the other semifinal, Ohio State and Clemson are pretty evenly matched, Ohio State’s a three-point favorite right now, but have had some moments of inconsistency this season. Which do you trust more in the Fiesta Bowl?Campbell: Clemson’s the best bowl bet in the nation since 2012, they’re 5-0 against the spread, so it’s tough for me to bet against them here. They were 3.5-point underdogs for a long time and that line has come down. I like Clemson a lot more at +3.5, but I do think they can win this game. I think they match-up really well, and Deshaun Watson’s going to be a tough test for Ohio State as he is for everyone, and I just love this defensive front for Clemson. I love the Buckeyes too, they’re obviously a great team, but I do think Clemson has a really good shot to win this one straight up. I think they’re going to give Ohio State a lot of trouble.The Spun: A number of bowl games feature interesting variables due to the coaching carousel. We’ve already seen Houston lose without Tom Herman, and WKU not miss a beat without Jeff Brohm. Overall, do you see any real trends for teams in the middle of a coaching transition, or is it more of a crap shoot?Campbell: You kind of took the answer out of my mouth there. It really depends from team to team. With Houston losing Tom Herman, you’d think with that one they’d be the least affected, because the offensive coordinator now becomes the head coach, with Major Applewhite, but I think they had a real let down in their bowl game and the last game of the season with the coaching change. And then Western Kentucky, they don’t miss a beat without Jeff Brohm.So it’s one of these things that I think the media likes to talk about more in general than it actually affects the team. I think nowadays the players, even at the college level, know the coaches could change at any time, so I think it is a bigger deal to the media than it is to the point spread, but it is something to pay attention to.The Spun: Is there one prominent factor that you look at above the others when it comes to picking a bowl game?Campbell: You have to look at which conferences are playing one another, and some conferences are better than others of course. That’s the first thing that always jumps out to me, and that’s a really quick handicap. The next thing I look at is defense first when I’m handicapping football in general, and I think most recreational bettors start with offense first, but I look with defense, and how well that defense matches up with the strength of the other team’s offense. That’s where I start.The Spun: I think in bowl season, it seems to be a general thought that there’s more offense than normal, and we saw that in that Memphis-Western Kentucky game, but I saw you tweet on Wednesday that it was the first game to hit the over. Through the first eight bowls, we’re at 1-7 in over-unders. Is there something going on this year that you think has impacted the total points, or is it the randomness of bowl season?Campbell: No, it’s just the way it goes, and it almost always balances out. The numbers are almost a perfect 50/50 when you look back to the 2012 season. And year-to-year, it balances out really close to 50/50, so there’s actually a little bit of an advantage to bettors now that we know the under has come in, and knowing that it balances out, I would recommend keeping a closer eye and look to the over first, because it should come around.(Ed. Note: After today’s Army win over North Texas, the over-under record is 8-9, with seven of the last nine games going over. Good call, Jon.)The Spun: Which of the remaining match-ups do you think is flying under the radar, but could be one of the more fun games left on the slate?Campbell: I think maybe the Belk Bowl in Charlotte on Dec. 29, Arkansas vs. Virginia Tech. Virginia Tech’s favored by seven, the total is 62. You’ve got two balanced offenses there that can do different things on offense, and I think that we might see a lot of points in this one, and I think it could be a close game. This is one that’s definitely flying under the radar and isn’t being talked about much, but it could be a fun game.The Spun: If you could only place one bet for the remainder of this bowl season, what would it be?Campbell: This is always a tough one because I like to lay a lot of bets, but if I had to pick one, it might be South Carolina getting 10 points against South Florida in the Birmingham Bowl. And that’s another bowl game that nobody really cares about but going back to the conference thing, this is an SEC team, the best conference all year, every year it seems, and they have a great defense that has 25 takeaways this season. So with them getting double digits, I think all of the focus is on South Florida’s offense, and it’s a great offense, but I think they’re going to be in tough against a pretty good SEC defense here that can also turn the ball over, and I just think 10 points is too many.The Spun: That should definitely be an interesting one, and we talked before about coaches leaving. It’ll be hard to know what the impact of Willie Taggart going to Oregon will be. To wrap up, does anyone manage to upset Alabama, or does the Crimson Tide take home the national title?Campbell: I like Alabama. I know that’s not a really exciting answer, but they’re just too good this year. I don’t think anyone will beat them. Over a 60 minute game, they just do everything so well, and they’re going to beat whomever they have to play.—Check out OddsShark for everything you need to know about betting this bowl season. Jon Campbell can be found on Twitter @JonnyOddsShark.
ARLINGTON, TEXAS – DECEMBER 29: A detail view of a Notre Dame Fighting Irish players helmet showing the CFP logo during the College Football Playoff Semifinal Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic against the Clemson Tigers at AT&T Stadium on December 29, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)The first full weekend of college football will finish off with Notre Dame and Louisville on Labor Day. The television and kickoff info for that game is now out.Notre Dame players Asmar Bilal, Shaun Crawford and Chris Finke helped announce the game time and TV programming this afternoon. You can see their video below.The Fighting Irish and Cardinals will kick off at 8 p.m. ET on Monday, September 2 from Cardinal Stadium in Louisville.ESPN will broadcast the game. Before Commencement this weekend, our guys wanted to drop the kick time for our opener vs. Louisville.📍 Cardinal Stadium🏈 Irish vs. Cardinals📅 Monday – Sept. 2 – 8 p.m. ET📺 ESPN#GoIrish pic.twitter.com/xAaRqGcZoH— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) May 16, 2019Notre Dame and Louisville are coming off vastly different 2018 seasons. The Fighting Irish went undefeated in the regular season before losing to Clemson in the College Football Playoff national semifinal.The Cardinals, meanwhile, went 2-10 and winless in ACC play in 2018. They are entering Year One under new head coach Scott Satterfield.These two programs have only met once before, back in 2014. Louisville beat the Fighting Irish at Notre Dame Stadium.This year’s game should be an interesting early test for both squads.
London: England’s fast bowler Jofra Archer bowled the Super Over against New Zealand in the World Cup final on Sunday and got his name marked in England’s cricket history. Archer took 20 wickets in 11 innings during the tournament despite grieving the loss of his cousin. According to The Times newspaper, Jofra Archer’s cousin Ashantio Blackman,24, was killed outside his home in St Philip, eastern Barbados, on May 31. Blackman was shot dead the day after England’s World Cup campaign started with a 104-run win against South Africa. Also Read – Dhoni, Paes spotted playing football togetherJofra’s father Frank Archer, 55, told The Times newspaper: “Ashantio is the same age as Jofra and they were really close, he even messaged him in the days before he died. Jofra was really affected by his death but had to carry on.” The England and Wales Cricket Board has already stated that Jofra Archer as a bowler is the prized possession and they made the residency rules easier in the country to accommodate him in the England Cricket team for the World Cup. Jofra has qualified for a British passport and only became eligible to play for England in March. “People have been questioning his Britishness, but him playing for England has shown he will inspire everyone to play cricket because it’s usually seen as an elitist sport,” his father said.
KOLKATA: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has instructed to shut down all swimming clubs operating at College Square for an indefi nite period, following the death of Mohammad Shahbaaz on Sunday morning.”We will investigate the reason behind the death of the youth, who unfortunately drowned at the pool. We will find out whether the swimming clubs have been abiding by the guidelines issued by us or not. All the swimming clubs at College square have been asked to shut down till our probe is complete,” said Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (Parks and Gardens). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaTh e civic body had issued a series of guidelines for the safety and security of the swimmers taking sessions from the three swimming clubs running at College Square. Th e directives mentioned that these clubs will need to employ at least two trainers at each pool. “The rules that no swimmers should be allowed in the pool without a life jacket and divers will have to be deployed in the pool for the little swimmers, were among the guidelines,” an official of the Parks and Gardensdepartment of KMC said. Th e guidelines also stated that in case of children, guardians should not leave their wards and go elsewhere while they are being trained in swimming. Shahbaaz had joined as a member of Th e Calcutta University Institute College Square (Vidyasagar Udyan) swimming section barely a week ago.
APTN National NewsThe Torngat Mountains in Labrador is Canada’s newest national park.And from the very beginning it was designed with the Inuit in mind.APTN National News reporter Ossie Michelin was at the park and files this report.
Tackling terror demands a multi-faceted approach that goes beyond military means, President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan said at the General Assembly’s high-level segment today, calling on the support of the international body to address the scourge.“Fighting it requires political will, popular mobilization and a socio-economic strategy that wins the hearts and minds of nations afflicted by it,” Mr. Zardari, the husband of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto, who was assassinated last December.He stressed the need to generate jobs and provide education for the people, adding, “to mobilize them we have to give them hope and opportunity for the future.”Unlike those who only know about terror from what they read, “we live with it,” the President told delegates. “We do not learn about terror from reading newspapers or watching the evening news.”The President trumpeted democracy as the only means to triumph in the struggle against extremism.He noted that his late wife “understood that democracy was not an end, but a beginning: that a starving child has no human rights; that a father who could not support his family was someone ripe for extremism.”But he underlined that Pakistan needs the support of other nations to succeed, having contributed its military facilities, air space, intelligence and armed forces to the international community. “In our stability lies the world’s security,” Mr. Zardari said.“Better relations between Pakistan, Afghanistan and India would help create the regional environment that is more conducive to reducing militancy in our region,” he added. 25 September 2008Tackling terror demands a multi-faceted approach that goes beyond military means, President Asif Ali Zardari of Pakistan said at the General Assembly’s high-level segment today, calling on the support of the international body to address the scourge.
22 October 2008The General Assembly today elected 18 countries to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations, for three-year terms starting 1 January next year. The General Assembly today elected 18 countries to serve on the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), one of the principal organs of the United Nations, for three-year terms starting 1 January next year.Eleven new members were chosen for the 54-member body, which coordinates the economic, social and related work of the various UN specialized agencies, regional commissions and functional commissions, and seven others were re-elected.ECOSOC members are chosen by secret ballot and according to geographical grouping, and its overall membership is divided between 14 African countries, 13 nations from the Western Europe and Other States grouping, 11 Asian States, 10 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean and six from Eastern Europe. This year none of the races for open seats were contested.In the African category, Guinea-Bissau was re-elected while Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Morocco and Namibia were chosen to succeed Angola, Benin, Madagascar and Mauritania.Japan and Saudi Arabia were re-elected to the seats allocated as part of the Asian contingent, and India replaces Sri Lanka, which is retiring. In the Eastern European category, Estonia succeeds the Czech Republic.Four new members were chosen from Latin America and the Caribbean: Guatemala, Peru, Saint Kitts and Nevis and Venezuela. They replace Cuba, Guyana, Haiti and Paraguay.France, Greece, Liechtenstein and Portugal have been re-elected from the Western European and Other States category, while Germany was chosen to succeed Austria. Iceland is also relinquishing its seat for the remainder of the term – not due to end until 31 December 2010 – to Norway.ECOSOC’s membership includes 18 members whose terms expire at the end of next year: Algeria, Cape Verde, Malawi, Somalia, Sudan, Indonesia, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Philippines, Belarus, Romania, Barbados, Bolivia, El Salvador, Canada, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United States.Cameroon, the Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Niger, China, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Republic of Korea, Poland, Moldova, Russia, Brazil, Saint Lucia, Uruguay, New Zealand, Sweden and the United Kingdom are slated to end their terms as members at the end of 2010.
The Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said that since April, attacks in Aleppo and the surrounding areas have resulted in hundreds of people injured or killed, many of them children. “It has also caused damage to schools, hospitals and other civilian infrastructure, and hindered humanitarian aid operations,” the UN Spokesman, Stéphane Dujarric, told journalists in New York. He added that such attacks “can constitute violations of international humanitarian law.”“We call on all parties to the conflict to take all measures to protect civilians and facilitate humanitarian access, as required under international humanitarian law, in order to safeguard the lives of all civilians,” the Spokesman said.The United Nations relief agency charged with the well-being of Palestine refugees across the Middle East today also deplored the violence in the Aleppo area, extending its condolences to the bereaved families.According to the UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA), 14 year-old Baraa Mahmoud Hosin Jomaa was killed in Al Hamadaniyeh, Aleppo, on Saturday when an exploding rocket struck his home. On Sunday, 41-year-old Khairieh Zohir Siam was struck by a bullet from a sniper rifle while she was travelling in a commercial mini-bus in the Al Ramoseh area in Aleppo city. She was killed instantly, while another Palestine refugee, a fellow passenger, was injured in the hand and neck, according to the UN agency.In Khan Eshieh camp, located in southern rural Damascus, intense fighting involving the use of heavy weapons and airborne munitions continues to endanger the lives of Palestine refugees and to damage and destroy civilian homes. UNRWA reported that the home of a Palestine refugee was hit and severely damaged on Saturday by an explosive munition. This follows the death of a six year-old Palestine refugee child from an artillery explosion on 27 May, and the death of five Palestine refugees in two separate artillery strikes inside Khan Eshieh camp on 17 May.“UNRWA remains gravely concerned about the risk of death and serious injury to Palestine refugees and other civilians throughout Syria,” according to a statement by the UN agency.“The Agency reiterates its demands to all parties to desist from exposing civilians to these risks. To save civilian lives, it is imperative that all sides respect and comply with their international humanitarian law obligations,” UNRWA added.Also today, the United Nations announced that it has received access to 15 of the 17 besieged areas under the UN Inter-Agency Convoy Plan agreed to earlier this month. The approvals include the areas of Daraya, Douma and Moadamiyah.
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Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram St John’s Community Care officially opened its doors in Townsville last Saturday 18 April, with a blessing from the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.Participating in the ribbon cutting ceremony were His Grace Bishop Seraphim, vicar general of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese, along with the assistant bishop to His Eminence Archbishop Stylianos.The centre, which provides services to enhance the independence and quality of life of the aged, along with assistance for younger people with intellectual and physical disabilities, was established by Theo Bacalakis and the team at St John’s the Baptist under the guidance of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of Australia.With centres in both Cairns and Taigum, Towsville is now the third addition, providing much-needed services to the surrounding districts. Also present on the day were Townsville’s mayor, Jenny Hill; minister for disabilities and seniors, and assistant to the premier in North Queensland, Hon. Coralee O’Rourke; Scott Stewart, member of parliament for Townsville; Jim Raptis, Hon. Consul for Greece in Queensland and Chas Gianarakis, acting chair for St John’s Community Care.It proved to be a busy weekend for the Greek Community of St Theodore, with a divine liturgy taking place on the following Sunday.The service was celebrated by His Grace Bishop Seraphim together with Father Menelaos Hatzoglou, parish priest from Cairns and newly appointed priest to Townsville, Father Alexios Kapandritis.A lunch followed in the adjoining church hall, during which Ms Hill presented the Greek Community with an award for the Townsville Greek Festival.
Tromper le flair des moustiques pour lutter contre le paludismeUne avancée majeure pourrait être permise par la découverte de scientifiques qui pensent avoir réussi à identifier les molécules odorantes capables de tromper le flair des moustiques.Le moustique détecte ses proies à partir du CO2 relâché lorsqu’elles respirent, expliquent des chercheurs dans la revue Nature. Les molécules qui viennent d’être découvertes permettraient de tromper le flair des moustiques et notamment des femelles Anopheles gambiae, Aedes aegypti et Culex quinquefasciatus, vecteurs du paludisme et d’autres maladies comme la dengue, la fièvre jaune, la filariose et le virus du Nil occidental. Ces molécules pourraient donc donner naissance à de nouveaux répulsifs ou à des leurres, estime Anandasankar Ray, professeur à l’université de Californie.À lire aussiDengue : symptômes, traitement, prévention, où en est-on ?Si ces substances sont utilisées, elles permettraient de remplacer le DEET, un répulsif aussi efficace que coûteux et qui demande à être régulièrement appliqué, indique l’AFP. De plus, au fil du temps, les moustiques y deviennent résistants ce qui inquiète de plus en plus les autorités sanitaires. Les pièges à base de neige carbonique, de CO2 ou de propane existent mais ils sont à la fois encombrants et chers et ne peuvent donc pas être utilisés à grande échelle dans les pays pauvres où le paludisme fait des ravages (800.000 morts en 2009 dont 90% en Afrique parmi lesquels on compte 92% d’enfants). Les nouveaux pièges, eux, pourraient être à la fois “extrêmement maniables, pratiques et facilement rechargeables”, indique M. Ray.Ces molécules odorantes seraient capables de brouiller les cellules sensibles au dioxyde de carbone. Ces cellules, situées sur de minuscules antennes placées de part et d’autre de la bouche de l’insecte, s’activent dès la perception du CO2 et poussent le moustique à décoller pour aller “contre le vent” afin de remonter à la source. D’autres détecteurs de chaleur et d’odeurs (la sueur notamment) guident l’insecte. Toutefois, l’innocuité de ces substances chimiques pour l’homme reste à démontrer, indiquent les chercheurs.Le 2 juin 2011 à 20:12 • Emmanuel Perrin
Bears barely seem to notice the 40 people watching them from the Brooks Falls platform. (KDLG photo)Stepping off a float plane onto the beach at Brooks Camp can be disorienting.“Where are the falls? Where are all these bears? Do we just walk there now?” one wonders.The answers to these questions – and plenty of others – are answered at a brief orientation film shown to nearly every visitor before they make the short hike up to Brooks Falls, one of Alaska’s most iconic outdoor spots.Listen now“Brooks belongs first of all to the bears and other wildlife. As visitors we need to let them be wild, and watch out for our safety,” the authoritative, almost ominous voice narrating the enjoyably dated video explains. The video, which is available in English, Japanese and other languages common to the hundreds of visitors who will pass through each day in July, then covers the ground rules.“Keep 50 yards away from any bear, and 100 yards away from a sow with cubs.” Stay alert at all times, and make noise with your group. Give the bear the right-of-way, and don’t make eye contact. Keep children close, gear in hand, and leave all food and scraps back in the designated cache behind the electric fence,” the narrator said.“Overall we’ve had very few incidents here at Brooks Camp, and I think that is largely attributable to the fact that we have very strict food control, and we’re able to educate every single visitor that comes through here reasonably well,” ranger Michael Saxton said. He’s the lead wildlife technician at Brooks.Katmai’s rangers estimated they had 40 individual bears at Brooks in July, not including cubs, being observed by 300 to 400 visitors each day. Some humans camp overnight, some fish the river, but most step off the plane and head for a few hours at the viewing platforms.Dating to 1950, Saxton said NPS has only recorded three “incidents” of bears tangling with people around Brooks, and none were fatal. In 1966, a fisherman cooked his catch at his campsite and woke up to a bear dragging him away before another person scared the bear off. In 1991, a ranger walking down the old trail — improved with a new boardwalk in 2000 — got too close to a sow and cubs and was charged. She wrapped herself around a tree while the sow roughed her up, and afterwards it was discovered she had a bite mark on her arm. Saxton said the third is a “story” that no one has been able to verify actually happened, but supposedly involved a family who knew to step into the woods if bears came down the trail. When a bear happened along, mom is said to have jumped one way, dad jumped the other, and junior, left in the middle, was barreled over by the bear and sustained scrapes and bruises.Brooks has a lodge, a restaurant with cold beer on tap, campsites, and a number of other facilities that seem a bit out of place in the middle of southwest Alaska’s wilderness. Rangers know these comforts can put visitors in a less defensive mode than perhaps they we ought to be, so there is a large contingent of staff to keep an eye on things. According to Cathy Bell, Katmai’s chief of interpretation, there are probably a dozen interpretative rangers, five bear management technicians, 10 law enforcement and maintenance staff, plus a handful of volunteers at Brooks during the summer peak.Tourists from around the world taking in the nice view and sunshine at Brooks Falls in late July. (KDLG photo)One of those rangers is Tandi Stephens, who directed our small, ad hoc group to a mound of grass not far past the lodge.“I’ll just bring you up here. Right now we have some bears right off the trail, so we’re just sort of holding here,” Stephens explained in hushed voice.Another ranger approached with an update, and a third, nearer to the bridge, called information to Stephens on the radio.“Copy, you have a bear at the upriver end of the marsh, near Big Island, and then bears are now at the river between Corner and Point,” the ranger said as the group waited.“This is where we earn our bear pins, and this a trust. You trust me and I trust you, so we’ll go as a group, that’s always safer, and please listen,” Stephens explained to the visitors, none of whom appeared alarmed. She asked this reporter to spit his gum out in a trash can behind an electric fence a few hundred yards away, but swallowing it was faster.Katmai’s rangers keep a close watch on the bear activity near the bridge, intending not to leave people stuck mid-river or, worse, on the bridge with a bear. The traffic delays can last a few minutes to an hour or more, and it’s all up to the bears who barely seem to notice the humans. Nearby, fly fishermen wade the river mouth, and visitors question among themselves if they’ll be shouted at for wading across should the delay go on too long.On the other side of the lovely Brooks River and up the trail, visitors reach the first of two viewing platforms.“If you’ve just arrived and are hoping to add your name to the wait list, we have our little pager system here. I’ll write down the name of your party, the number of people with you and when there’s space available that pager will buzz continuously,” ranger Rebecca Nourot explained to one group after the next. She politely smiled off the “can we get some appetizers while we wait” for the umpteenth time of the day as she handed out the pagers, which are the same as those used in chain restaurants.NPS has determined that only 40 people should be on the Falls Platform at once, and there is a one hour time limit there. The lower Riffles Platform provided ample bear-eating-salmon viewing while groups waited their turn. When the buzzer beckons, visitors are asked to ignore bear cubs rolling in the soft grass below as they are hurried across an elevated boardwalk between two Jurassic Park-sized doors.Cathy Snyder from North Carolina was among the 40 mesmerized visitors on the Falls Platform, each a little starstruck to stand so near to a few of Brooks’ biggest internet stars. The hefty bruins moved little from their earned spots in the “jacuzzi,” grabbing sockeye as they passed underneath or leapt over the falls.“It’s my first time out, it’s been great, and the bears have been hungry,” Snyder said gleefully.(KDLG photo)Being near to the bears, mainly while walking the trails, did not frighten her. Nor did she mind the presence or directions of the rangers, or getting held up for a while at the bridge while two cubs played in the water. The experience felt balanced and well-managed, she said.“Oh absolutely, lots of fun, and they’ve done very well,” Snyder said. “They’ve kept a good eye on it, and I’m not worried about my safety at all.”Of course, as NPS wildlife biologist Leslie Skora points out, nature plays a big, obvious role in keeping bears and humans apart, too.“The tremendous salmon resource helps everybody seem to get along a little better,” Skora said.The number of bears at Brooks Falls has been growing, as have the number of people coming to see them each year. The rules have changed a few times, as has the infrastructure and the number of onsite rangers. It may be too tightly supervised now for the liking of some, as a few King Salmon-based lodges have grumbled lately, but ranger Saxton said it’s part of the Brooks Camp tradeoff.“Of course when you have this many people and this many bears, we don’t like to use the word ‘safe’ out here, you can’t promise anything,” Saxton said. “But we do the best that we can, and part of that is having a slightly more controlled environment.”
To quote The Hitchhiker’s Guide, “There is an art to flying, or rather a knack. Its knack lies in learning to throw yourself at the ground and miss. … Clearly, it is this second part, the missing, that presents the difficulties.”Birdly is a new Oculus Rift project that reduces the learning curve of flying immensely while never letting you hit the ground in reality.Of course, you won’t really be flying the way Arthur Dent did, but Birdly provides a truly immersive virtual reality experience. It’s being developed by a group from the Zurich University of the Arts, and it’s yet another wild look at the kind of things we can expect from Oculus Rift developers. It’s like strapping on Daedalus’ wax wings only without the risk of catastrophic melting.There are two key components to the rig. First, of course, there’s the Oculus Rift that supplies the user with VR imagery. Then there’s the controller, a table-like device that you lie on face down. “Wings” extend to either side with a hand-sized paddle and a single button to trigger specific actions. The rig is articulated and allows users to tilt and move like a bird… well, like a man-bird, anyway, flapping and swooping through the virtual airspace. There’s even a fan mounted on the front to give you the sensation of air rushing past.Those lucky enough to haven taken Birdly for a test flight have been blown away. One user recounts tipping downward a little hard — which resulted in the fan speeding up and the virtual landscape rushing past his eyes alarmingly fast. His pulse raced and he found himself gulping for air before adjusting his posture and pulling back up into a gentle glide.Obviously you’re going to need a bigger house to fully enjoy it. Between your new omni-directional treadmill and a Birdly rig, square footage will start disappearing in a hurry.
<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Lakers should add depth, not a third starAfter a year in L.A., the Lakers finally landed LeBron James a running mate by pulling of a trade for Anthony Davis, but Colin doesn’t think they should add a third star to the mix.Colin pointed out that the third star in LeBron’s Big 3’s (Kevin Love, Chris Bosh) are more like the third wheels that struggle to find their role and always see their production slashed. Instead, he thinks Rob Pelinka should load up on quality veteran depth, and shooting, if they want to be true title favorites. Guests:Chris Broussard, Bill Oram, and Doug Gottlieb Also:-Of Course the Lakers won the AD deal-Lonzo/Lakers era was unimpressive-Where Colin was right/wrong
January 28, 2014 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 1 min read For all its coolness, Google Glass is a somewhat awkward-looking device. If you’ve been lucky enough to see one of the many Google Glass-wearing techies strolling around places like New York City and San Francisco, then you know they tend to stick out like a sore thumb.But it looks like that’s about to change.Google has announced something called the Titanium Collection. It’s a new line of Google Glass that come with prescription glasses and sunglasses. In other words, Glass just got a whole lot more useful and stylish.Related: More People to Get Google Glass as Explorer Program ExpandsThe Titanium Collection will include four frame shapes in gray with subtle accent colors inside the frames. Each will cost $225. Google also plans on adding three options for sunglasses which will cost $150 each.And if you need prescription lenses and have vision insurance, your policy might even help cover your new frames, Google says. Related: 10 Reasons Why Google Glass Is Doomed Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. With millennials checking their phones 150 times a day and the average person regardless of age spending five hours a day on his or her smartphone, mobile devices are firmly entrenched as today’s leading media.By 2019, mobile advertising will represent 72 percent of all U.S. digital advertising.Related: 104 Facts You Didn’t Know About Mobile Marketing (Infographic)This applies to all ecommerce sites; even product-review sites like Yelp or BestAdvisor are in this mix. The message is that if you’re not being smart about reaching your customers via mobile, you’re leaving a ton of money on the table. So, how can you be smart?Here are five mobile marketing practices companies must adopt in the age of “the mobile moment.”1. Location-based marketingThe era of location-based marketing is here. Businesses send customers notifications when they pass a store and promotions when they are near strategic locations where the brand’s products or services would be useful.In this context, Foursquare recently released Foursquare Analytics, which grants client businesses and marketers access to location intelligence and technology for more than 90 million geofenced locations around the world.The company has also moved to integrate Uber into its system, enabling users both to discover places to go and also get there, using the same app. In fact, users can now order a ride from inside Foursquare City Guide without having to switch applications. No need to type in the address, look up directions or struggle through translations.2. In-app marketingGoogle Play currently offers 2.8 million apps, while Apple has 2.2 million. With such intense competition, apps must offer the most personalized service possible, or risk being ditched. In-app marketing fuels relevance and engagement, which in turn drives retention, loyalty and lifetime value.An example of this is the challenge faced by India’s Federal Bank as a result of that country’s 2016 “demonetization plan” (when it replaced its 500 and 1,000 rupee notes with 2000 notes). Within months of the plan’s implementation, over 14 million Indians downloaded the bank’s new apps, and digital-payment use surged up to 80-fold among India’s 260 million smartphone owners.Related: Top 7 Reasons You Should Make Mobile Marketing a PriorityTo capitalize on this deluge of new app users, the bank turned to Insert, an in-app marketing platform that allows marketers to create and publish targeted campaigns quickly, independent of development resources.It further deployed contextual campaigns around a national holiday, as well as other targeted promotions, directly in the app. This resulted in an immediate uptick in conversions and retention.3. SMS marketingMobile text marketing is the focus of many misconceptions, but with 91 percent of millennials text messaging weekly, marketing is essential. Many corporations, including Coca-Cola, Walmart and Toys ‘R’ Us, have integrated text messaging into their mobile-marketing strategies.When a Domino’s pizza franchise in North Carolina wanted to improve advertising at college sports games, it turned to EZtexting, a short messaging marketing service (SMS). Previous campaigns had displayed Domino’s web address in ads, but the franchise found that most fans didn’t bother jotting down a URL during a basketball game.In response, Domino’s reconfigured its new ads to tell viewers to text a certain number to get free or discounted pizza. Responses skyrocketed.4. Mobile marketing measurementMobile ad revenue recently surpassed the amount spent on desktop ad revenue. With billions of dollars being dedicated to reach customers on their mobile devices, a scientific approach to mobile marketing has become necessary. AppsFlyer illustrates this approach, as a mobile attribution and marketing data-analytics company that helps marketers pinpoint their targeting, optimize their ad spend and boost their ROI.Take the example of Game Circus, creators of the smash hit mobile video game Coin Dozer. Without the right data, mobile game developers were having difficulty reacting quickly to changes in the market or determining if the quality of users generated by certain ad channels was improving or declining over time.The marketing team took action: It began using AppsFlyer to link attribution data to the engagement and LTV metrics it was monitoring at the game or campaign level. The result? Coin Dozer subsequently achieved a 2.3-times increase in total installs and more than a 40 percent increase in gross profit.5. QR codesOne way to swiftly provide relevant information to mobile users is through the use of QR codes. These digital bar codes act as shortcuts for getting valuable information into the hands of customers and prospects. QR codes are highly versatile and can function as a Facebook “like” button as well as offer coupons, provide tourists with information and perform other functions.One memorable QR campaign was the “Guinness QR code on a beer glass” action brilliantly dreamed up by advertising agency BBDO. When customers poured a Guinness — and only a Guinness — into a special glass, the beer’s black color filled out a code on the glass that was scannable with a smartphone. Once it was scanned, customers could tweet about their pints, update their Facebook status, check in via Foursquare, download coupons and promotions and invite friends to join them.The QR code could even launch exclusive Guinness content.Final wordsEach of these tactics can be duplicated — by you. What’s more, each tactic offers your company the ability to increase exposure, grow, attract and retain clients in ways that are relevant, timely and appealing to their interest in digital media.Related: 4 Tips For Mobile-Marketing Success in 2017So, give one or more of these a try: By continuing to develop your business’s mobile-marketing activities, you’ll be positioning your company exactly where your customers are hanging out. July 24, 2017 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Register Now »