Pep Guardiola rules out complacency from runaway league leaders Manchester City

first_imgPep Guardiola ruled out any possibility of complacency from league leaders Manchester City after his team’s 4-0 win against Swansea City.And that spells out trouble for the chasers as it means there is little or no chance of catching City, who have a 11-point gap from second placed Manchester United.Fresh from overseeing an outright record for successive Premier League victories — 15 and counting this season — with the 4-0 masterclass at Swansea, Guardiola was adamant that his side will not lose focus no matter what.HIGHLIGHTS!1??5?? in a row!!! #swansvcitySHORT ?? ?? Manchester City (@ManCity) December 14, 2017″That is not going to happen,” the Spaniard told the BBC, when asked if a slacking off might materialise with City now 11 points clear.”We are so demanding for our players. We can lose, we can drop points but complacency never happened in the past, the present or the future. Winning 15 games in a row gives us a lot of confidence,” Guardiola said.City lead the table with 49 points while United sit second on 38 followed by Chelsea at third (35) and Spurs on fourth (31).Having broken the single-season record with a 14th consecutive win in the Manchester derby at United on Sunday, win number 15 beat the top-flight landmark in the Premier League era set by Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal, spanning two seasons in 2002.Team Spirit! David Silva (@21LVA) December 13, 2017 Yet what has evidently delighted the Spaniard more than anything has been the way City seemed to have carved out their triumphs in the same kaleidoscopic manner he fashioned previously at Barcelona and Bayern Munich.”If people are happy watching us, that is the best gift,” he said, making it sound like an early Christmas present for English soccer fans.advertisementAmong the delights he has served up, perhaps nothing has been finer than the way Guardiola has brought David Silva, his marvellous Spanish midfield conductor, into full bloom.With his double against Swansea, Silva has now been involved in 13 Premier League goals in 17 matches this season — five goals and eight assists — which is already more than he managed in the whole of 2016-17.Guardiola was left delighted that, at 31, his orchestrator was now apparently also becoming more of a predator.”Im so happy for David,” he enthused. “We cannot disguise his quality but in the past he didn’t score too much goals. He’s sharp, he’s in an amazing condition.”It may have been a pleasure for the neutral but for Swansea boss Paul Clement, who also had to see goals from Kevin De Bruyne and Sergio Aguero ensure his side remain rooted to the foot of the table, it was “horrible” to behold.”For me, (City) are one of the best sides I’ve ever come across,” said Clement, who has been assistant manager at Real Madrid and Bayern Munich.”So many good athletes, so many intelligent footballers and it’s really hard to pin them down.”5 goals and 8 assists for @21LVA #mancity Manchester City (@ManCity) December 13, 2017So hard indeed that only Everton, in the Premier League, this season have managed to take a point from them and it is increasingly looking the tallest of orders for any other side to follow suit.(Courtesy: Reuters)last_img read more

Dale Steyn overtakes Shaun Pollock to become South Africa’s highest Test wicket-taker

first_imgDale Steyn surpassed Shaun Pollock’s record of 421 wickets for South Africa in Test cricket during the first Test against Pakistan at the SuperSport Park in Centurion on Wednesday. Steyn had been stuck at 421 wickets since July but with the wicket of Fakhar Zaman at Centurion, he finally reached 422 wickets in just 89 matches. Pollock’s record of 421 wickets came in 108 games while Steyn took 19 less matches to overtake the record.Steyn bowled a delivery outside off to Zaman and in attempt to chase it, Zaman got a thick outside edge and Dean Elgar took a regulation catch at third slip.Youngster Kagiso Rabada lifted Steyn on his shoulder acknowledging the huge contribution of Steyn to South African cricket. On the commentary there was Shaun Pollock, whose record Steyn had just broken, and he said, “Steyn deserves to be the leading wicket taker for South Africa.” Dale Steyn was congratulated by all his teammates for the milestone. (Reuters Photo)In July against Sri Lanka, Steyn had made a comeback after recovering from a heel injury he sustained in January and equalled Pollock’s record in that series.Almost half a year later, Steyn surpassed Pollock to own the record of most Test wickets for South Africa.Well done @DaleSteyn62 Pollock (@7polly7) December 26, 2018Considered one of the all-time greats in the sport, Steyn debuted for South Africa 14 years ago and is still one of the most lethal bowlers in the world.In his career that spans from 2004 to date, Steyn has given away 9548 in the 17743 deliveries he has bowled. His strike is a solid 42 while his best innings figure is 7/51 and the best match figure is 11/60.advertisementAlso Read | MS Dhoni deserves a World Cup farewell: Sunil Gavaskar to India TodayAlso Read | Agarwal has shown other Indian batsmen how to put Lyon under pressure: ClarkeAlso See:last_img read more

Selfie of Moroccos Hicham El Guerrouj With the French President

Rabat – Morocco’s Former Olympic champion Hicham El Guerrouj published on his Facebook page, a photo with his wife and French President Francois Hollande.“Our joy was great attending decorating Nawal El Moutawakel and meeting with President Francois Hollande,” said El Guerrouj.Last Wednesday, French president bestowed France’s highest award, the Legion of Honour, to former Moroccan athlete and Olympic champion Nawal El Moutawakel. This award is in recognition of the strong ties between France and Morocco, and reflects the bonds of friendship between King Mohammed VI and the French president, former Olympic champion in 400m hurdles in Los Angeles in 1984 said. read more

Paradise Papers Leak Expose the Dirty Deeds of the Worlds Richest

Rabat – The offshore secrets of the world’s richest are being exposed this week in a massive 13-million-document leak. Dubbed the Paradise Papers, the leak shows that the elite like Queen Elizabeth II, members of Trump’s administration, and various African presidents use offshore accounts to preserve their wealth and avoid taxation.As the poor are growing poorer, the rich are sheltering their wealth in secretive havens, mainly to avoid taxation but also to evade international sanctions and to hide compromising financial deals.The massive document leak carried out by International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ) has revealed a vast tax abuse network of over 25,000 companies owned by individuals from 180 countries, stemming all the way back to 1950. The 13.4 million documents were mainly leaked from Appleby, a law firm based in Bermuda.The 119-year-old company assists wealthy clients in circumventing millions of dollars in tax burden by placing ownership of assets, including companies, private aircraft, real estate and yachts, in small tropical islands that “charge zero taxes and [do] not ask many questions,” says The Guardian.The documents were obtained from two companies in Singapore and Bermuda by the German newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, the same group that unveiled a similar trove referred to as the Panama Papers in 2016, who then shared them with the ICIJ.Among the major companies appearing in the Paradise Papers is tech giant Apple. The company sifts a big portion of its earnings to Irish subsidiaries, avoiding income taxes. The offshore business saved Apple more than USD 128 billion in earnings free from taxation. On November 7, Politico reported that the European competition authorities had contacted Apple over the tax arrangement exposed by the leak.But the technique isn’t unique to Apple. Facebook, Apple, Uber, Nike, Walmart, Allianz, Siemens, McDonald’s, and Yahoo! are among the corporations that own offshore companies.Apple, Nike, and Facebook avoided “billions of dollars” in tax using offshore companies, according to The Express Tribune.British Queen Elizabeth II is also listed in the leak, as about USD 13 million of her private money was invested in offshore islands.Three former Canadian prime ministers are also named in the Paradise Papers: Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin, and Brian Mulroney.The papers found that Stephen Bronfman, an adviser and close friend of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, also moved millions of dollars offshore.From Trump’s administration, more than a dozen members are included the business, including the Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and Gary D. Cohn, the director of the US National Economic Council. Wilbur Ross, the United States Secretary of Commerce, holds stakes in offshore businesses which deal with Russian officials sanctioned by the US.Major American donors and advisers also pop up in the documents, including major donors Robert Mercer and Sheldon Adelson.The African names to appear in the list so far are Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Nigeria President of the Nigerian Senate Bukola Saraki and Uganda’s Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa.Prince Khaled bin Sultan bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a former deputy minister of defense for Saudi Arabia, is in the list for owning yachts and airplanes in Bermuda.Rami Makhlouf, reportedly Syria’s wealthiest man, is listed in the papers along with the sons of Turkey’s Prime Minister Binali Y?ld?r?m.Between the two leaks, the Paradise Papers are bigger in number of records (13.5 million in Paradise Papers vs. 11.5 million in Panama Papers) while the Panama Papers are bigger in terms of size of the leak (1.4 terabytes in Paradise Papers vs. 2.6 terabytes in Panama Papers). read more

Drunk driving victim identified

00:00:00 | 00:00:00::Projekktor V1.3.09 The woman who was fatally struck by a car on Wednesday night has been identified as 33-year-old Zoë Nudell.Reports say that Nudell had only been in Hamilton for a couple of weeks, having just moved from Halifax.She was jogging across Charlton Avenue East when she was hit.Joseph Warren, 42, is charged with impaired driving causing death and possession of marijuana.Police had received a call about a drunk driver and were trying to track him down when the woman was hit.Nudell died of her injuries Thursday night. read more

New Brunswick researcher launches project to help track authors of malware

New Brunswick researcher launches project to help track authors of malware by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 7, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 7, 2015 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email FREDERICTON – As use of the Internet has exploded, so has the number of malware attacks around the world and now a researcher at the University of New Brunswick is trying to unlock the digital fingerprints of hackers who are after your money and personal information.“A typical computer user can host a lot of profitable things for a hacker,” said Natalia Stakhanova, a professor at school’s Information Security Centre of Excellence.Stakhanova has begun a five-year research project aimed at trying to determine the digital profile of people developing certain types of malicious software, or malware.She is focusing on the binary side of existing malware to look for clues about the source of an infection and the kinds of tools used to develop it. Her team will also try to determine whether the malware was targeting a specific person or if it is more random.“We hope to at some time to be able identify where it comes from. So we’ll know who wrote it, why he wrote it, how it was written, and where that person lives,” she said.“It’s probably going to take us a while.”According to a 2014 report by Intel Security, the estimated annual cost to the global economy from cybercrime is more than $400 billion.In recent years there have been a number of major malware attacks on large retailers, such as Target and Home Depot, giving the malware creators access to the personal information of shoppers.Doug Cooke, director of sales engineering at Intel Security Canada, said the work of researchers like Stakhanova is very important.“If they are starting to understand the attributes of those types of people or what motivates them, then maybe all of us can start ferreting them out a little bit easier and help to put a dent in this,” he said.Cooke said the hackers have become more sophisticated and quickly launch variants of their malware once earlier versions are detected and defences put in place.“It has been an increasing arms race over time,” he said, noting that more than 400 million different pieces of malware have been detected around the world.“They’re looking to make money and use your computer for some gain, such as launching a spam campaign which could result in dollars, or to gain information off your computer that could be of value.”According to the McAfee Labs Threats Report for August 2015, the threat of malware spreads well beyond home and business computers as we adopt new technology connected to the Internet, such as smartphones and other devices.It suggests technology linked to healthcare, energy, retail, cities and transportation are also vulnerable.“Attackers are not after the devices themselves but the data or gateway capability that they enable,” it said.“Cloud adoption has changed the nature of some attacks, as devices are attacked not for the small amount of data that they store, but as a path to where the important data resides.”Cooke said companies need to be more proactive in building a full program for thwarting malware, which goes beyond just having protective software to being able to react quickly in the event of an attack.“If you have a breach, how do you handle that from a media perspective, but also how you’re going to react technically to minimize its impact,” he said.Stakhanova said individuals also need to protect themselves by encrypting personal information and keeping it on an external drive, and ensuring you have updated malware protection.“You need passwords that are long and complicated and don’t contain the name of your dog or your spouse,” she said. read more

Enhanced SouthSouth cooperation can boost achievement of development goals – UN chief

“South-South cooperation offers real, concrete solutions to common development challenges,” Mr. Ban said in his message to mark the United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation. “Sharing best practices, funding pilot projects in far-flung locales, providing the capital to scale-up successful projects, supplying regional public goods, developing and adapting appropriate technologies —these are the opportunities that the international community needs to better leverage.” Mr. Ban said South-South cooperation was particularly important as the world approached the 2015 deadline of the eight anti-poverty targets known as the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). Agreed upon by world leaders at a UN summit in 2000, the MDGs set specific targets on poverty alleviation, education, gender equality, child and maternal health, environmental stability, HIV/AIDS and malaria reduction, and a global partnership for development. “In many developing countries incomes are up, poverty is declining and hope is rising,” he said in his remarks delivered by the Associate Administrator of the UN Development Programme (UNDP), Rebecca Grynspan. Mr. Ban pointed out significant progress such as the achievement of the goal to cut extreme poverty by half, increasing access to education for girls and boys, and significantly reducing infant mortality. More than 2 billion people also gained access to drinking water. “These and other economic achievements of the global South have given rise to a rapidly expanding middle class adding a strong voice to demands for more liberties, equity, decent jobs and a wide range of goods and services that are critical to genuine human progress,” he said. In spite of positive trends, Mr. Ban noted that there are still 1.2 billion people living in conditions of extreme poverty, and stressed the importance of defining a post-2015 agenda that will galvanize development efforts in the years and decades ahead. “As that agenda takes shape, the international community is already united around the idea that South-South cooperation should remain an integral part of the global partnership for development,” he said. “Developing countries are turning to each other for lessons on innovative policies and schemes to address pressing development challenges.” He pointed to examples of cooperation between Brazil and Africa, as well as India and China, which have helped tackle issues such as childhood nutrition, agriculture, and the development of new infrastructure. “More solutions are available across the global South which, if adequately harnessed, could make meaningful contributions across a range of urgent concerns, from hunger and health to education and sustainable energy,” Mr. Ban said, and called on partners to “redouble their efforts to harness the wealth of knowledge, expertise and development thinking in the Global South.” In December 2011, the General Assembly, decided that, beginning in 2012, the observance of the UN Day for South-South Cooperation would be changed from 19 December to 12 September, to mark the day in 1978 when the UN Conference on Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries adopted the Buenos Aires Plan of Action for Promoting and Implementing Technical Cooperation among Developing Countries. read more

Mens volleyball Two California teams come to Columbus to face topranked Buckeyes

Then-junior outside hitter Gabriel Domecus (7) during a match against Ball State on Feb. 6 at St. John Arena. OSU lost 3-2. Credit: Courtesy of OSUOhio State’s top-ranked men’s volleyball team (18-0, 8-0 MIVA) takes on two Mountain Pacific Sports Federation opponents in University of California, San Diego (5-13, 2-11 MPSF) and No. 6 University of California, Irvine (13-6, 9-5 MPSF).The Buckeyes head into the weekend riding a 41-match win streak. UC San Diego and UC Irvine come out of one of the most competitive volleyball conferences in the country with 10 of the 12 teams ranked in the top 15 nationally.“MPSF always says that they’re the best conference,” said sophomore setter Sanil Thomas. “We want to kind of put them in their place a little bit, so it’s going to be fun.”UC San DiegoOn Friday, the UC San Diego Tritons face OSU after UC Irvine takes on No. 12 Ball State in back-to-back games in St. John Arena. The last time the Buckeyes and the Tritons met was in 2011, when the Tritons won in a four-set match in California, but the Buckeyes hold the all-time series 2-1.After having a four-day break from volleyball, the Buckeyes will hope to break its five-match second set losing streak when it takes on the Tritons on Friday. Eight of 10 total sets lost this season have come in the second set for OSU.“If we’re looking ahead to the Saturday match and we don’t take care of business on Friday, then we haven’t done ourselves justice,” said OSU head coach Pete Hanson. “I would like to think that [the OSU players] would have a little more pep in their step so to speak come Friday and Saturday.”The Tritons rank in the top 20 in blocks per set nationally with 2.11 per set. Junior opposite Tanner Syftestad lead the team with 43 total blocks including four solo stuffs. Freshman libero Ryan Lew has 109 digs to lead the Tritons receiving at a rate of .928.UC IrvineOn Saturday, OSU and Ball State swap opponents, with the Buckeyes taking on the UC Irvine Anteaters. The trip to Columbus will be the Anteaters’ first, where they will hope to improve their record against the Buckeyes to 7-4. The last time the teams met was at Long Beach State University last season, where the Buckeyes earned a win in four sets.Senior libero Gabriel Domecus leads the Buckeyes in digs with 125 this season. His 743 career digs sit in the No. 2 spot in school history, tied with Conor Martin from the 2005-2008 seasons. Senior outside hitter Nicolas Szerszen is not too far behind Domecus this season, tallying a total of 102 through 18 matches. “I think that when we play our game we’re very hard to beat, very tough to beat,” Thomas said. “It’s all about us bringing our best game, holding ourselves to a higher standard.”The Anteaters rank sixth nationally with 12 assists per set. Senior opposite Michael Saeta leads the team with 619 assists this season. Senior opposite Tamir Hershko is the go-to target for Saeta with 3.03 kills per set, the team’s best.The two matches this weekend will put Hanson within two of 1,000 career matches in his three-plus decades as the coach of the Buckeyes. Under his guidance, the program has gone 663-333 (.667) overall and 288-90 (.762) in Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association conference play.OSU faces UC San Diego on Friday at 7 p.m. and UC Irvine on Saturday at 7 p.m., both in St. John Arena. read more

Opinion Handling of Shane Morris injury shameful embarrassing

Michigan sophomore quarterback Shane Morris (7) hands the ball off during a game against Utah on Sept. 20 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mich. Michigan lost, 26-10.Credit: Courtesy of MCTWhen you hear the word concussion, what comes to mind?From someone who has played quarterback just at the high school and college club level for seven combined years, I can tell you any sort of hit to the head is as painful as it looks.I do not want to speak for Michigan quarterback Shane Morris, but from the looks of his reactions immediately after the hit he took from Minnesota redshirt-junior defensive lineman Theiren Cockran, Morris was in significant pain — yet he stayed in the game. This decision has brought outrage upon the program and has warranted responses by the athletic director Dave Brandon and university president Mark S. Schlissel.Not only was he left in the game, he was left susceptible to at a minimum one more hit as Michigan coach Brady Hoke let the sophomore quarterback attempt one more pass, which was nearly intercepted.Hoke claimed after the game that he did not see the hit, which is why Morris was allowed to continue. Hoke also added that Morris is a tough kid and wanted to stay in the game, therefore, Hoke obliged.There is something Hoke needs to understand, and that is there is a difference between playing hurt, and playing injured.Football is without a doubt one of the most physical sports on the planet and it is inevitable that players will get bumps and bruises. As a football player, you are expected to play through it, as being sore comes with the job.However, being hurt is not the same as being injured. Morris was clearly already playing hurt on what appeared to be a sore ankle, but following the blow from Cockran, it seemed apparent that Morris was injured.Hoke, who has already been under fire for Michigan’s uncharacteristic 2-3 start to the season, is now fully in the fire, and rightfully so.Whether it’s in fact Hoke’s job to know if a player is injured, he should care enough about his players that he wants to know immediately whether a player is injured or not.Ohio State coach Urban Meyer said Monday that his training staff, along with his strength coach, are in charge of monitoring players constantly and added that he has a conversation on every series as to whether players are good to play.So why then did Hoke not have a similar conversation with his training staff who he claims its job it is to monitor his players? Why was a wobbly, blatantly injured Morris allowed back into the game?Even two days later, Hoke said he had no knowledge that Morris had suffered any sort of head injury and the only reason Morris had been held out of practice was because of an ankle injury.Then, nearly 12 hours after that, at approximately 1 a.m., Brandon released a statement saying that Morris had in fact sustained a mild concussion on the play.Yet Hoke still put Morris on the field, in a situation where he was free game for the Minnesota defense.Now, as I write this, Michigan students are rallying on their campus, calling for the resignation of Brandon. One student, who has been all over social media has been wearing OSU gear in protest.Morris and his family deserve better treatment than Hoke and his staff gave him Saturday at the Big House, and finally the school acknowledged that with Brandon’s early morning statement, followed by a statement from Schlissel.Schlissel, the only one from Michigan who has made any sort of sense during this unfortunate situation, released a statement shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday and said he has requested to be briefed with “a thorough review of our in-game player safety procedures, particularly those involving head injuries, and will involve experts from the University of Michigan Health System in assessing its medical aspects.”Schlissel is just the latest Michigan figurehead to throw the man below him under the bus, and would have never been put in this situation had Hoke simply showed the slightest interest for the well-being of Morris.No matter what your stance is as a fan, this is not a situation to laugh, smile or joke about. A young football player was put in a dangerous situation in which his well-being was, without question, put in jeopardy.No one, including Hoke, is taking responsibility for what happened at the University of Michigan and someone needs to be held accountable. read more

EHF Cup F4 Three tickets more for Nantes

← Previous Story Miladin Kozlina stays in Metalurg Skopje until 2015 Next Story → Martin Galia leaves Bundesliga after 9 years – Swiss St.Otmar is next destination! EHF Cup F4Nantes handball The hosts of the Men´s EHF Cup Finals HBC Nantes clinched the direct ticket to the final weekend (18/19 May in Nantes) in the last round of the group phase and decided that only three quarter-finals will be played.The draw of the quarter-finals will take place on Tuesday 26 March at 11:45 hrs local time at EHF Office in Vienna.The two teams from Pot 2 will be drawn against two teams from Pot 1. Teams from Pot 2 will play the 1st leg on the home court. The remaining two teams from Pot 1 will be drawn against each other, the team drawn first will play the first leg on the home court. There will be no protection from teams from the same country, but teams from the same group of the group phase cannot face each other.Danish side Team Tvis Holstebro and all three German teams including the winners of the last edition of the old EHF Cup Frisch Auf Göppingen are among the seeded teams in the Pot 1 before the draw, but all-German encounter in the last knock-out stage on the way to the EHF Cup is still possible, since two group winners will face each other.From the second ranked teams only Slovenia´s RK Branik Maribor and Denmark´s KIF Kolding made it to the next stage as both will be in Pot 2.The first leg of the quarter-finals is scheduled for 20/21 April, the second leg will follow next weekend (27/28 April).Seeding for the draw of the Men’s EHF Cup Quarter-finals:Pot 1Winner of Group A – Frisch Auf Göppingen (GER)Winner of Group B – Rhein Neckar Löwen (GER)Winner of Group C – Team Tvis Holstebro (DEN)Winner of Group D – SC Magdeburg (GER)Pot 2Best team of the rankings of all second placed teams – RK Branik Maribor (SLO)Second best team of the rankings of all second placed teams – KIF Kolding (DEN)Further informationThe draw event will be live streamed on and fans will be able to follow the draw on the liveticker on and on @ehfmedia Twitter.source: EHF read more

Samsung Galaxy SII la mise à jour vers Android Jelly Bean pour

first_imgSamsung Galaxy SII : la mise à jour vers Android Jelly Bean pour janvier 2013Alors que le calendrier de la mise à jour suit son cours sur la plupart des smartphones Samsung, le Galaxy SII semble loger aux abonnés absents. D’après le site SamMobile, il y a une raison à ça, et le résultat de ce retard en vaudrait la chandelle.Touchés de plein fouet par une faille critique il y a quelques jours, les produits phares des smartphones Samsung, les Galaxy SIII et Note 2, continuent bon gré mal gré leur bonhomme de chemin vers leurs mises à jour pour Android 4 Jelly Bean. Ce qui ne serait pas le cas pour le Galaxy SII.En effet, la mise à jour de l’ex-smartphone star de la marque, qui devait alors lieu durant le mois de décembre, serait déplacée au mois suivant. Mais pourquoi ?D’après le site SamMobile, ce retard pourrait trouver sa cause sur cette fameuse faille de sécurité des processeurs Exynos, révélée par un développeur sur le forum XdaDeveloppers. Elle serait devenue une priorité pour le constructeur, préférant, de fait, laisser de côté la mise à jour vers Jelly Bean pour l’officialiser plus tard.À lire aussiMaladie de Charcot : symptômes, causes, traitement, où en est on ?Mais face à l’éventuelle déception des utilisateurs du smartphone, le constructeur pourrait répondre par un déploiement de la mise à jour de façon générale, et non plus pays par pays en Europe, indique SamMobile et le site Génération NT.Un peu de baume au cœur pour les possesseurs de Galaxy SII, donc, qui en ont bien besoin en ce moment.Le 19 décembre 2012 à 11:31 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

This App Lets You Download Anything From the Web Directly to the

first_imgStay on target Offcloud – Lifetime subscription – $49.99See Deal Sonic Soak Is the Tiny Washing Machine That Goes AnywhereThis $500 SEO Tool Is Only $24 Today center_img Get easy access to all kinds of files including audio, videos, and even newsgroups from virtually every corner of the web with Offcloud. Enjoy a lifetime subscription now and pay only $49.99 — an immense savings of 83 percent off the regular price of $299.95.Offcloud is a popular web app that allows you to automatically download content from practically any internet site to your home computer, office system, mobile device, or even your cloud-based storage. It even lets you download BitTorrents more easily and securely than using a VPN, so it’s the perfect solution for anyone that needs to move a lot of data in a small amount of time.With a lifetime subscription, you’ll never have to worry about manually downloading a file again. Offcloud will take care of the whole process for you. It captures audio and video files from sites like SoundCloud and YouTube so you can access them from anywhere later — even while offline — and it’s compatible with cloud storage sites like DropBox.If you download content, you need to have a download manager. Get a lifetime of Offcloud now and pay just $49.99 for a limited time.last_img read more

Library celebrates 15 years with frogthemed party

first_imgAbout 250 people came out Saturday to celebrate 15 years of the Three Creeks Community Library being a communal place for families, branch manager Barbara Jorgenson said. The event was frog-themed, as the Friends of The Three Creeks Community Library has donated a bronze sculpture of a frog lying on its belly reading, which is planned for the outside of the building.Saturday’s event included an amphibian show, frog-themed crafts and cupcakes. The sculpture is in the process of being made and is scheduled to be installed to its concrete lily pad by the end of September.last_img read more

Delhi to remain partly cloudy heavy rain forecast for Odisha

first_imgNew Delhi, Aug 8 (IANS) The national capital is expected to remain partly cloudy, with light drizzle in isolated places, even as the Met Department has forecast very heavy rainf for Odisha and Chhattisgarh on Thursday. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), heavy rain can be expected in Delhi only by August 13. Delhi and the National Capital Region had experienced heavy rains on August 6 that resulted in disruption of traffic and normal lives. Also Read – Subramanian Swamy cross-examined in National Herald case Advertise With Us “No heavy or moderate rainfall is expected over Delhi as of now. The skies will remain partly cloudy with very light rains or drizzle at some places,” said IMD’s regional weather forecasting chief Kuldeep Srivastava. According to private weather forecasting agency Skymet, rainfall over Delhi can be expected only after the monsoon trough finishes passing through the south of the national capital. Also Read – War propaganda delays removal of internet restriction in Jammu and Kashmir Advertise With Us The IMD issued a bulletin on Thursday forecasting extremely heavy rainfall over Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Konkan AND Goa, Kerala and Karnataka over the next two days apart from Odisha and Chhattisgarh. Gujarat is also expected to get heavy rainfall by Friday as per Skymet. Heavy rain was also been predicted over Gangetic West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha. Advertise With Us Meanwhile, the flood situation continued to be grim in Maharashtra and Karnataka with no abatement in rainfall and release of water from major reservoirs over the last few days. The Indian Army, which is assisting the respective state governments in carrying out relief and rescue operations, has so far rescued 500 persons apart from providing medical aid and distributing food packets to those affected. Rescue operations were undertaken in Maharashtra in the villages of Birwadi and Asankoli in Raigad district and Mouje Digraj, Haripur and Nandre villages of Sangli and Kohlapur districts. More than 1,200 people are reported to be stranded in these villages.last_img read more

SSC examinee abducted outside exam centre stabbed

first_imgMap of madaripurA Secondary School Certificate (SSC) candidate was stabbed in front of his examination centre in Shibchar upazila of Madaripur on Thursday, reports UNB.The injured Shuvo Haolader, 16, who was supposed to sit for Thursday’s Finance and Banking examination, was rushed to Shibchar Upazila Health Complex and later, moved to Faridpur Medical College Hospital considering the severity of his injury.Family and hospital sources said Shuvo, son of a certain Ali Mia Haolader, hailing from Bhanga upazila, reached the exam centre at Sheikh Fazilatunnesa Government Girls’ High School around 9:30am.An alleged terrorist Nahid and another called Shuvo while he was entering the centre and brought him to the bank of a nearby pond. They stabbed Shuvo on his legs indiscriminately with an axe, leaving him severely injured.Shibchar Upazila Health Complex medical officer Imdadul Haque said the extent of Shuvo’s injury was fatal. The tendon of his right leg might have been cut off.Officer-in-Charge of Shibchar police station Zakir Hossain said they were trying to arrest the accused.last_img read more

Full Show Maternal Mortality Rates And New Years Resolutions For Houston Jan

first_img Listen 00:00 /50:14 On Thursday’s Houston Matters: A new study casts doubt on previously reported maternal mortality rates in Texas. Researchers say inaccurate data has provided an unclear picture, and that those rates may not be as high as previously thought. We learn more from one of the researchers involved and talk with two local experts about pregnancy-related deaths to understand what causes them and how to reduce the numbers.Also this hour: A new year means, of course, New Year’s resolutions. But what should we, as Houstonians, resolve to change in 2018? What changes would we like to see in the city, and how should we try to improve our community? We get your suggestions.Plus: A new book addresses a lot of the history behind how Houston’s transportation decisions were made over the years and how those decisions shaped the city. And we revisit Craig Cohen’s 2014 conversation with Sandra Lord about the history of Houston’s downtown tunnel system.WATCH: Today’s Houston Matters 360-Degree Facebook Live Video Xcenter_img We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharelast_img read more

Russian Consul General speaks on IndoRussia ties

first_imgKolkata: Consul General of the Russian Federation in Kolkata, Alexey M Idamkin highlighted several areas of mutual co-operation between India and Russia while addressing a Special Session on ‘The Current and Future Perspectives of Russia-India Relations and interaction between the two Countries’ organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce at its premises on Monday.India-Russia bilateral trade exceeded US$ 8 billion in the period between January and November, 2017, registering a 21 percent increase than the trade for the same period in 2016. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”The bilateral trade volume is expected to reach $30 billion and investments by $15 billion by 2025″, stated Idamkin.Speaking on bilateral investments, Idamkin highlighted that Rosneft’s $12.9 billion acquisition of Essar Oil in India is by far the largest institutional investment that India has receivedfrom Russia.Sharma highlighted that the establishment of the International North-South Transport Corridor will benefit trade and investment between the two countries which do not share common land borders.last_img read more

Roller Coasters were First Invented to Distract People from Immoral Behavior

first_imgRiding roller coasters is one of the world’s most popular amusement pastimes. People will sometimes wait for hours to ride the newest thrill ride or an old classic. There are many reasons that people ride and love roller coasters: they enjoy the speed, the seeming danger, and like a little kid riding a wagon a bit too fast on a curved side-walk, they like being scared.Oddly enough, none of these things were the primary reason for the invention of the roller-coaster. The thing that motivated the inventor of the roller coaster in the late 1800s was immorality.St. Petersburg, Russia, amusement park Divo Ostrov, August 2017.Believing that America was both creating and rushing into a den of iniquity, LaMarcus Adna Thompson was on the lookout for a past-time that would draw Americans away from the taverns, gambling and dancing halls, and brothels that were becoming increasingly popular as the nation grew more and more prosperous after the Civil War.Gambling at the Orient Saloon in Bisbee, Arizona, c.1900. Photograph by C.S. Fly.Born in Ohio and later moving to Elkhart, Indiana, Thompson had invented a device to manufacture seamless ladies stockings and other hosiery. This business and his patent made Thompson a rich man. He retired early, due to poor health, earning money from his patent.LaMarcus Adna ThompsonThompson was an intensely religious man, and like many Americans of the time, he was concerned that the increasingly wealthy and urban culture developing in the country was a decidedly bad influence. He wanted to do something about it.On a pleasure trip to the relaxing hills of Pennsylvania, Thompson was inspired by something very different than women’s hosiery.At the oddly named town of Mauch Chunk in the eastern part of the state, Thompson came across people riding an old mining railway – for fun.Mauch Chunk and Summit Hill Switchback Railroad, looking down on the boat landings at Mauch Chunk.The Mauch Chunk railway had been constructed to transport coal to the nearby docks on the Lehigh River and then onto the steel mills of Bethlehem.The railway had been converted to a vacation experience when the coal mines of the area began to fade. In the early 1800s the railway was nine miles long and mules were used to pull coal carts up nearby Mt. Pisgah.Mount Pisgah with the Mauch Chunk Switchback Railway.Later in the 19th century, the railway was expanded to some eighteen miles, and the mules were replaced with a steam engine. However, most of the length of the track was a gravity-powered switchback.The cars rolled down the track at speeds that sometimes far exceeded the speed of a running horse or a train – remember, these were the days before cars and planes: nothing man-made moved that fast.For the people visiting the hills around Mauch Chunk, the railway was a thrill. Some people called it “harrowing,” because at the end there was a 600-plus foot “drop.” That drop was more like a slope, but there was nothing comparable at the time. By the time LaMarcus Thompson visited, tourists paid one dollar (not cheap for the time) for a ride on the railway, which took 80 minutes to complete.Thompson’s Switchback Railway, 1884.This gave Thompson his idea. He drew up plans for a smaller version of the switchback railway he had seen.It would include a couple of features that he had seen in Pennsylvania, like the “train” cars themselves, and a ratchet system to prevent the trains from rolling backward. He designed the now familiar wooden frame structure and patented his idea.The first Thompson “roller coaster” was built in the spring of 1884, at Coney Island, New York. Established as a resort area in the first part of the 1800s, by the time the Civil War ended, Coney Island had theaters, a racetrack, restaurants, and to the delight of many who thought differently from Thompson, many taverns and bordellos.Coney Island beach, amusement park, and high rises as seen from the pier in June 2016. Photo by MusikAnimal CC BY SA 4.0While not legal, these “Houses of Pleasure” were mostly tolerated with a knowing wink, as long as things were kept properly discreet and orderly.Thompson chose Coney Island for precisely this reason.His “Switchback Railway” would keep people out in the fresh air, out of the taverns and brothels, and keep families together.Loop the Loop, Coney Island, 1903.The price of a ticket was a nickel. There is some debate about the top speed, but it was less than ten miles per hour. Again, other than a horse (which few people in Coney Island had ever ridden) and a closed-in train, ten miles an hour was fast.There were no cars, no planes, and few people at the time owned bicycles. The elevation of Thompson’s original ride was fifty feet and it was six hundred feet long.Starting at the top, the cars rode down the length of the track, which included a couple of small dips.Looping the Loop, Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, 1900.At the other end, gravity carried the riders up another hill, and they then returned to their starting point. Two train cars would be operating at the same time.Within three weeks, Thompson was making some six hundred dollars a day — the equivalent of fifteen-thousand a day today! Within a short time, Thompson was making improvements and patented them. Soon others were developing their own switchback railways.Many of them increased the speed, which made them popular. Thompson’s amusements, which he began to build across the country, did gradually increase speed as well, but Thompson focused on adding novelties: tunnels, lights, fake mountains, “scenery” next to the track, etc.The interior of Space Mountain at Walt Disney World Resort’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando, Florida. Photo by WillMcC CC BY-SA 3.0The popular Space Mountain ride at Disney World with its dark tunnels and flashing lights is a direct descendant of Thompson’s first rides.The term “roller coaster” came into vogue in the late 1880s, most likely taken from the name of a type of winter ride which featured a toboggan on rollers which was pulled to the top of a snowy hill, much like Thompson’s railway.In actual fact, Thompson was not the inventor of the roller coaster. Similar gravity rides had existed for a short time in France before Thompson’s ride, but never quite took and soon were a thing of the past.Read another story from us: The Sneaky Ways America First Lured Innovative Thinkers and Industries to its ShoresBy the time he died at the age of 71 in 1919, Thompson was a very rich man. Millions of people were riding his rides and having the time of their lives – well, almost…Thompson’s rides never quite replaced bars and bordellos.last_img read more

With DNA Dating App Pheramor You Swab Then Swipe For Love

first_imgSame goes, we can safely say, for companies that promise to tell you if you’ve got the right stuff to be a superhero or a starting NFL quarterback. Attraction is a complicated bit of calculus. You’ve got your socioeconomic factors plus race and culture and politics and religion multiplied by what sorts of relationships you had with your parents and siblings growing up. But is there a part of the equation that is purely biological?Pheramor—and some biologists stretching back two decades—say yes. According to them, it all comes down to pheromones. On its website, the company explains that people are more likely to be attracted to one another the more different their DNA is. “The way species can ‘sense’ how different the DNA is in a potential mate is through smelling their pheromones,” states the site’s science section.That is a lovely story. “But the reality is that there’s no scientific evidence for something called a pheromone,” says Richard Doty, who studies smell and taste at the University of Pennsylvania. Bacteria is the single biggest determinant of body odor, he notes, and preferences for smells are to a large degree learned, subject to cultural differences.“The notion that there are these magical genes that are somehow associated with smells that permeate the environment and dictate our attraction to people is total nonsense. If human pheromones actually elicited the kinds of behaviors we see in other mammals the subways of New York City would be in a constant state of mayhem with people hopping all over each other.”In a 2015 review of the scientific literature on pheromones published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B, University of Oxford zoologist Tristram Wyatt came to much the same conclusion. “Pheromones have really caught the public imagination, particularly in association with sex or desire,” he says. “But the bottom line is that for the present it’s still true to say that no human pheromone has ever been robustly demonstrated, and certainly not chemically identified.”So if they don’t exist, how did wind of human pheromones reach the public in the first place? It comes down to a few popular studies, which Pheramor also touts on its website. The most famous are the “Sweaty T-Shirt Experiments.” Conducted by a Swiss evolutionary biologist named Claus Wedekind in the mid-90s, the studies involved a handful of college students with unshaved armpits wearing cotton t-shirts for a few days in a row, then handing them over to other college students to sniff and rate on intensity and pleasantness. It found that women who were not on the pill were more likely to select the shirts of men who had the greatest genetic difference in a certain area of chromosome six—one that codes for something called the major histocompatibility complex, or MHC.MHC proteins are responsible for helping the immune system recognize invaders, and the idea of linking these immune system genes with sexual attraction goes all the way back to 1976. Scientists at Memorial Sloan Kettering found that male mice tended to choose female partners with the most dissimilar MHC genes, which the researchers guessed were detected through scent. The leap to the T-shirt tests, then, was that since humans also chose partners with greater MHC gene variety, they must also be using smell, even if unconsciously.It’s a selection of these MHC genes, 11 of them, that Pheramor is comparing when it looks at its users’ DNA. When I asked co-founder and CEO Asma Mirza which pheromones those genes were connected to, she demurred. “We don’t really look at the pheromones, that’s something that gets confusing for people,” she said. “I’m a chemist and I can tell you that pheromones are a big black box. We know they exist and that somehow these 11 genes are linked to them, but we don’t know how. That’s why we’re swabbing cheeks, not armpits.” To be fair, a series of unrelated papers published in the mid-2000s have provided further evidence that women can detect differences in the MHC genotypes of males according to smell, even though no scientist has yet been able to pin down what exactly those olfactory cues are. And on account of costs, no one has yet screened entire genomes, to see if the “opposites attract” maxim applies beyond this one little area of one little chromosome. So for now, the MHC remains the top contender for genetic attraction.But experts like Wyatt say the science behind matching you with someone who has different immune system genes remains theoretical. He cites the International HapMap project, which mapped genetic variations from thousands of people around the globe, including many husbands and wives. When two different research groups went to look at MHC differences between couples, one found an effect, and one didn’t. “You’d expect things to be more clear-cut if this really was a dominant way people choose partners,” Wyatt says.Even if the science is murky, people are still eager for anything that could give them an edge in the digital dating pool. Pheramor is launching with about 3,000 users in Houston, with plans to begin expanding to Austin next month and Boston later this year. While the DNA stuff might be a draw for some, many others are attracted to the ease of not having to fill out a million questions or set up another generic profile. Instead, Pheramor’s technology will autopopulate one for you, based on all your likes and posts and hashtags on platforms like Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. It will even help you choose the most statistically successful kinds of selfies.You can still manually edit the profile, if, like Mirza experienced, some outdated information comes up. “When I connected mine it said my favorite movie was Big Fat Liar, which I must have posted in high school,” she says. “It was pretty embarrassing, there were a lot of things I deleted.” But the idea is that your cyberfootprint on social media, which for some people is already a decade old, has way more data points than any personality test you could ever take. Christopher Plata doesn’t have time or patience for bad dates anymore. The 30 year-old nursing student has been trying for years to meet Mr. Right—first on Grindr and Compatible Partners (eHarmony’s queer subsidiary), and more recently on Bumble—and has yet to find someone with whom he shares a real connection. “I’ve really been through the wringer,” he says. So in December, while he was attending Houston’s Day For Night music festival, he stopped by a booth hawking cheek swabs, and handed over a few thousand cheek cells in the name of love.The booth belonged to Pheramor, a Houston-based online dating startup that claims to use your DNA as the secret sauce in its matchmaking formulation. The company launched today in its home metropolis, with plans to soon expand to other US cities. Its app, which is available for iOS and Android, is a sort of 23andMe meets Tinder meets monogamists.Of course, sexual chemistry isn’t just about deoxyribonucleic acid. And so in addition to the 11 “attraction genes” Pheramor uses to suss out biological compatibility, the company also encourages users to connect its app with all their social media profiles, to be data-mined for personality traits and mutual interests.It works like this: For $19.99 (plus a $10 monthly membership fee), Pheramor will ship you a kit to swab your cheeks, which you then send back for sequencing. The company will combine that information with personality traits and interests gleaned from your profile to populate your app with a carousel of genetically and socially optimized potential mates in your area. To discourage mindless swiping, each match shows up as a blurred photo with a score of your compatibility, between 0 and 100.For some 40 million Americans like Plata, who have yet to find lasting love online, it’s a tantalizing prospect. But the science behind genetic attraction is shaky ground to build a relationship on, let alone a commercial enterprise. Sure, it might sound more solid than all the mushy behavioral psychology smoke and mirrors you get from most dating apps. It’s biology, after all! But experts say that’s just a nice hook—to satisfy a cultural desire for objectivity, even in our romantic pursuits. Love, even in 2018, can’t be reduced to your genes. As the cost of genetic sequencing plummets, more consumer genetics companies are popping up. But there are plenty that overpromise. And Pheramor is only going to be collecting more. In a few months the company will roll out a new feature called Second Date, which will track users locations and know if they meet up with one of their matches. The app will then push out a survey to see how the date went. If both parties answer positively, it will suggest that you go out again. The feature will also let Pheramor know if you liked that sort of person, so it can serve you more profiles of similar folks. “We’re trying to use sociological data to make this a better experience,” says Mirza.That’s the part that gives people like Luke Stark pause. The Dartmouth digital technology sociologist cautions how apps like Tinder and perhaps Pheramor take advantage of the fact that people can’t see or feel their data, so they’re easily lured into giving it away. “The broader privacy concern with something like this is that the public doesn’t yet realize all the behavioral data they’re providing voluntarily can be used to build these personality profiles that can then be sold,” he says. “At this point personality tests and social media data are functionally the same.”While Pheramor’s privacy policy reserves the right to sell user information to third parties, Mirza says that’s just to protect themselves legally. The only organization they sell data to, she says, is a large cancer registry. You see, those same immune genes purportedly responsible for attraction also determine whether or not someone can be a blood stem cell donor for people suffering from disorders like leukemia, lymphoma, and sickle cell disease. Pheramor gives all its users the option to consent to being part of the registry. “What’s cooler than fighting heartbreak and cancer at the same time?” she says. Judging by the science so far, our bet’s on curing cancer first.Genetic Genies Beware of screening panels that promise to tell you if your unborn baby will like cilantro; they’re not a replacement for clinical prenatal genetic tests.last_img read more

Can people cause earthquakes Yes and it just happened in Mexico City

first_imgThe “earthquake” was so epic that seismologists in Chile even recorded artificial activity in Mexico City, said USA Today.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerSo can we all agree that Mexico City has the best sports fans in the world? If Mexico ends up winning the World Cup, consider yourself warned and run for cover. Share Mexico’s Institute of Geologic and Atmospheric Investigations reported that at least two sensors in Mexico City recorded seismic activity at the same time Mexico player Hirving Lozano scored the game-winning goal. According to the institute, these seismic blips may have been generated by “massive jumps” across the city, particularly in public squares and parks where fans had gathered to watch the game and celebrate the goal. MEXICO CITY  — The ground shook in Mexico City on Sunday, not because of an earthquake but because soccer fans really know how to party.After Mexico’s stunning win over defending champions Germany in Sunday’s World Cup opener, fans took to the streets of Mexico City and celebrated by waving the Mexican flag and breaking into song. Crowds converged around the iconic Angel of Independence monument, bouncing with joy and chanting “Mexico” for hours after the match. Posted by Tags: Earthquake, Mexico City, World Cup If you’re thinking that sounds tame as far as sports celebrations go, think again. Mexico’s fans were so exuberant that they actually caused an “artificial earthquake”. << Previous PostNext Post >> Can people cause earthquakes? Yes, and it just happened in Mexico City Travelweek Group Monday, June 18, 2018 last_img read more