Denzel Ward celebrates interception in Big Ten Championship Game.INDIANAPOLIS, IN – DECEMBER 02: Denzel Ward #12 of the Ohio State Buckeyes celebrates an interception against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half during the Big Ten Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)Every year, we see newly-drafted NFL players do awesome things with their money.  You can add Ohio State’s Denzel Ward to that list.Two years ago, Ward’s father passed away. That left his mom by herself with the family mortgage.Not anymore. Ward revealed last night that he is taking over payments for his mother.“I’m paying for her house so she doesn’t have to worry about that anymore,” he told NFL Total Access.This is really cool: Denzel Ward told @NFLTotalAccess last night that he’s taken over his mom’s mortgage. “I’m paying for her house so she doesn’t have to worry about that anymore.” Ward lost his dad two springs ago.— Patrick Maks (@maksimuspatrick) May 16, 2018Ward has not signed his rookie contract yet. He’s in line for a nice payday.According to Business Insider, Ward’s projected total salary will be close to $30 million, with a signing bonus close to $20 million.That’s not bad for the No. 4 pick in the draft. His mom will appreciate it also.Kudos to Denzel. read more

first_imgJason Cabinda prepares for a play in the Fiesta Bowl vs. Washington.GLENDALE, AZ – DECEMBER 30: Linebacker Jason Cabinda #40 of the Penn State Nittany Lions in action during the Playstation Fiesta Bowl against the Washington Huskies at University of Phoenix Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Glendale, Arizona. The Nittany Lions defeated the Huskies 35-28. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)Jason Cabinda starred for Penn State football from 2014-17. During that time, he was a big part of the revitalization of the program under James Franklin.The linebacker recorded 279 total tackles in four years. He received All-Big Ten plaudits in 2015 and 2016.His Nittany Lions accomplished a lot during his four years. However, they’ve been unable to reach the College Football Playoff thus far.Cabinda went on to an NFL career. After going undrafted, he made the Oakland Raiders last season, and recorded 20 tackles as a rookie.He still follows his alma mater though, and has high hopes for the program.Jason Cabinda recently joined The Spun’s Chris Rosvoglou on his “Face The Football Facts” podcast to discuss Penn State, as well as his NFL career.Cabinda thinks the program is at a place where it can reach the College Football Playoff, something it has fallen just short of a few times in recent years. The Nittany Lions just need to finish big games and put together the full resume they need.“We were really just one step out of it the last two years that I was there… For us, it’s just ‘finish.’ We’ve gotten to points where we were up two touchdowns on Ohio State where, if we win this game, we’re for sure going to the playoffs. They managed to come back during the fourth quarter, so I think it’s really just finishing.“We have everything we need. We have all of the necessary components to win, to be a dominant team. It’s really just about time management and finishing in that fourth quarter, that’s really the biggest thing these past few years have come down to for us.”Cabinda also weighed in on the star players he lined up against during his time in college. Trace McSorley may be the top Penn State quarterback in years, but he gives the nod to Saquon Barkley as the most impossible to defend former college teammate.“”In my opinion, it really comes down to who the most special athlete of those guys is, and to me its Saquon. His mix of size and speed is really just unheard of. He’s a 5-foot-8, 170 pound scatback inside of a 6-foot-2, 230 pound body. That’s the best way that I can describe him.”Cabinda definitely isn’t the only one who has that takeaway on Barkley, who quickly translated to the NFL game after an incredible Penn State career.The full interview is available here.last_img read more

first_imgLee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit of College GameDay have a discussion.BRISTOL, TN – SEPTEMBER 10: ESPN’s Lee Corso and Kirk Herbstreit on set during College Gameday prior to the game between the Virginia Tech Hokies and the Tennessee Volunteers at Bristol Motor Speedway on September 10, 2016 in Bristol, Tennessee. (Photo by Michael Shroyer/Getty Images)ESPN’s college football analysts have updated their College Football Playoff predictions following Week 1 of the 2019 college football season.Week 1 was fairly uneventful, outside of a couple of embarrassing losses in the SEC, with basically all of the College Football Playoff contenders impressing.Clemson, Alabama, Georgia, Oklahoma and Ohio State all rolled in their season openers, with the quarterbacks for each program impressing.ESPN’s college football analysts have since updated their College Football Playoff picks following Week 1.Who do ESPN’s analysts have making the College Football Playoff right now? Here are the picks:Andrea Adelson: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Ohio State Edward Aschoff: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Ohio State; 4. Texas Kyle Bonagura: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Ohio State Bill Connelly: 1. Alabama; 2. Clemson; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Georgia Heather Dinich: 1. Alabama; 2. Oklahoma; 3. Clemson; 4. Ohio State Sam Khan Jr.: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Georgia David M. Hale: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Ohio State; 4. Oklahoma Chris Low: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Georgia Ivan Maisel: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Utah Adam Rittenberg: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Oklahoma; 4. Georgia Alex Scarborough: 1. Clemson; 2. Oklahoma; 3. Alabama; 4. Michigan Tom VanHaaren: 1. Clemson; 2. Alabama; 3. Georgia; 4. OklahomaIt’s important to note that this is who ESPN’s analysts would have making the College Football Playoff if it were to take place right now. This is not their prediction for how the season will end.Week 2 of the season should be a big one as far as the College Football Playoff is concerned, too.The second week of the season is highlighted by LSU’s trip to Texas. We also get Ohio State-Cincinnati and Clemson-Texas A&M.It can’t get here soon enough.last_img read more

first_img2015 is right around the corner, and we are getting stoked for another year’s worth of music. Plenty of bands have already announced records in the coming year, and we are previewing five of the ones we’re most excited for below. Hear some new material from the five bands to get yourself psyched for the forthcoming records. Luckily all of the albums, bar one, are confirmed to be out in the first quarter of the year, so you won’t have to wait long to hear the full thing!Modest Mouse – Strangers to Ourselves – Out 3/3 via EpicGrand Lake Islands – Song From Far – Out 1/20 via Good Mountain RecordsRead the band’s interview with CMJ!Hear the title track via BandcampThe Decemberists – What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World – Out 1/20 via CapitolJosé González – Vestiges and Claws – Out 2/17 via MuteThe Wrens – TBAHear a track cut from the band’s followup to The Meadowlands via SoundCloud. 6 Fastest Cars in the World Right Now Which Lobster Roll Style Reigns Supreme: Connecticut or Maine? Editors’ Recommendations All 21 Six Flags Parks in the U.S., Ranked 5 Most Expensive Coffees in the World Tattoo Ideas for Men (For When You Have No Idea)last_img read more

first_imgGurugram: Intense heatwave prevailing over the city now seems to be taking a toll on the citizens on a more dangerous level. Two persons reportedly have lost their lives in Gurugram in last three days due to the heat stroke.In the first casualty, a 19-year old student from Manesar died on Saturday apparently due to the extreme heat. As per his family members then identified as Hemant was in the scorching heat whole day on Saturday. He arrived at his home in the evening and went to sleep thereafter. After a long time when Hemant did not wake up, the family shockingly found out that he was no more. Also Read – Cylinder blast kills mother and daughter in Karawal NagarIn yet another incident, a 58-year-old person street hawker also died due to the heat stroke in Garhi Harsaru area. According to doctors, heat stroke is the most serious heat-related illness. “In this kind of weather citizens should limit their outdoor activities and adopt preventive measures when going outdoors. They should wear loose light-coloured clothing to reduce heat absorption and facilitate sweat evaporation and heat dissipation,” said BK Rajoura, Civil surgeon Gurugram.last_img read more

“As in other countries emerging from civil war, reform of the security sector in the DRC encompasses not only the challenges of creating a unified army, establishing a police force and disarming and reintegrating former combatants,” she told a high-level meeting convened to draw up reform proposals. “It also involves creating a transparent security sector framework – one that clearly outlines the roles and responsibilities of the Government and legislature in managing the security of the country.”She called on participants to go beyond outlining a wish list, and instead work out “a clear and realistic plan” that addresses long-term policies, as well as such immediate issues as military and police integration, disarmament, institution-building and security requirements.Secretary-General Kofi Annan has been concerned that donor governments and international financial institutions, faced with enormous challenges in many other areas of the world, have been giving the DRC a lower priority, Ms. Fréchette said. “But even though the war in the DRC has ended, the greatest task lies ahead: building a democratic State.”She called on all parties to refrain from any actions that would upset the delicate arrangements in place that offer the best chance to end the war definitely.Meanwhile in the DRC, the UN mission, known as MONUC, today reported that it took 133 passengers to safety on Saturday after the barge on which they were travelling began to take on water at Maita, a locality about 56 kilometres from Mbandaka.The boat left the capital, Kinshasa, on 15 January bound for Kisangani, but it hit a rock four days later. Subsequently, a small fire broke out but was immediately extinguished. More than 50 of the passengers told MONUC they preferred to remain on board the stable barge with their cargo.Last Monday MONUC rescued 280 people from a fire aboard a whaleboat at Lukolela, 150 kilometres south-west of Mbandaka. read more

According to the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) the “severity of needs is deepening”, with the number of people in acute need, a staggering 27 per cent higher than last year, when it was already the most acute crisis on the globe.Thursday’s 2019 Humanitarian Needs Overview for Yemen report, shows that 14.3 million people are classified as being in acute need, with around 3.2 million requiring treatment for acute malnutrition; that includes two million children under-five, and more than one million pregnant and lactating women.Highlighting that more than 20 million people across the country are food insecure, half of them suffering extreme levels of hunger, the report focuses on some key humanitarian issues: basic survival needs, protection of civilians and livelihoods and essential basic services.“The escalation of the conflict since March 2015 has dramatically aggravated the protection crisis in which millions face risks to their safety and basic rights”, OCHA reports.The UN agency data shows that a total of 17.8 million people lack access to safe water and sanitation, and 19.7 million lack access to adequate healthcare. Poor sanitation and waterborne diseases, including cholera, left hundreds of thousands of people ill last year. Meanwhile, grain which could help feed millions, is still at risk of rotting in a key Red Sea storage facility because conditions are too unsafe to reach it, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths and UN Emergency relief chief Mark Lowcock said earlier this week.Death toll and displaced people During the past four years of intense conflict between Government forces and Houthi rebels have left tens of thousands dead or injured including at least 17,700 civilians as verified by the UN.The agency adds that an estimated 3.3 million people remain displaced, up from 2.2 million last year, including 685,000 people who fled fighting in Hudaydah and on the west coast, from June onwards. According to the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), the number of sites hosting displaced people has increased by almost half over the past 12 months.Pledging conference In a bid to respond to the urgent humanitarian needs, the United Nations and the Governments of Sweden and Switzerland will convene the third High-Level Pledging Event for the Humanitarian Crisis in Yemen, later this month.The event is scheduled for 26 February in Geneva and seeks to garner support for the humanitarian response and alleviate the suffering of the Yemeni people. At the beginning of this month, UN Emergency relief chief Mark Lowcock said that $4 billion would be needed. read more

Road casualties have fallen dramatically in 10 years, thanks to improvements in new car design. That was the message delivered in Brussels today by transport minister, Dr Stephen Ladyman MP at a conference to celebrate 10 years of independent crash test body EuroNCAP. ‘Car makers deserve real credit for dramatic improvements in safety trends over the last 10 years.’, he said. He added that EuroNCAP might extend its role beyond crash tests to communicate abuse of safety rules and highlighted the case of the Landwind, a Chinese import into the EU. The SUV was imported via Germany, but was not subject to the strict safety rules and crash tests applied to other 4×4 vehicles on the market. Instead, the importer used procedures intended for low volume car makers. Following import, crash tests were carried out by German safety body ADAC. The results were poor, showing basic shortcomings in areas such as a lack of a collapsible steering column. In the footage, the column can be seen moving forward and upward, striking the driver’s head before breaking through the vehicle roof. While Dr Ladyman said that the EU must maintain Single Vehicle Approval (SVA), to support niche manufacturers like specialist sport car makers in the UK, he described the Landwind situation as ‘totally unacceptable’. Mr Ari Vatanen, road safety rapporteur in the European Parliament, added his support for the minister’s comments. He described the Landwind case as a loophole that must be closed. He said that volume manufacturers must not be allowed to bring vehicles to the European market under ‘low volume’ rules, side-stepping the legislative requirement for crash testing. Dr Sergio Marchionne, chief executive of the European automobile manufacturers’ association ACEA also spoke at the event. He praised the role of EuroNCAP in driving safety improvements in new car design, but sounded a note of caution about too much focus on the car and too little in other areas of road safety. Dr Marchionne called for an integrated approach in the drive to reduce casualties further. This would look to other key factors central to road safety improvements, including better road design, driver training, education and enforcement, he said. As well as hosting a range of high profile, international speakers, EuroNCAP revealed the results of a consumer survey, looking at how safety factors feature on the new car buyers’ agenda. A copy can be downloaded here: http://www.euroncap.com/content/media/press_releases/november_29_2005_survey1.html Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) read more

first_imgTHE SIMON COMMUNITY says it recorded an 88 per cent increase in the number of people bedding down in Dublin’s inner city area between July and September this year, compared the the same period in 2012.There was also a 66 per cent increase in numbers sleeping rough in the area between Jervis Street, Amien Street and Harcourt Street in the first six months of 2013, compared to last year.Dublin Simon Community CEO Sam McGuinness has described the increase as “frightening”, and said the organisation was “really concerned at these trends across this narrow catchment area”. The early morning street counts carried out by the charity take place twice a week at 6am.85 people were found to be sleeping rough in the inner city on one night earlier this month — the highest figure since the charity began keeping a record of the numbers.The homeless organisation warned that the Government’s plan to end long term homelessness by 2016 was “in serious jeopardy” as it launched its annual review this morning.McGuinness said that services in the area were being stretched more than ever at a time when demand was at crisis level.“The homeless sector has already absorbed massive reductions and we are expecting further cuts,” McGuinness said.“This will mean that since 2008, we have experienced severe decreases, making it extremely challenging to tackle the alarming rise in demand for housing and support services for the most vulnerable in our society.”Read: Co Down woman may have taken part in Nairobi attack >last_img read more

first_img Short URL Image: Niall Carson 11 Comments ‘Disillusioned and concerned’: Midwives to start industrial action over staff shortages They have voted in favour of action up to and including the complete withdrawal of labour. http://jrnl.ie/3109788 8,162 Views Nov 29th 2016, 5:32 PM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 29 Nov 2016, 5:32 PM By Garreth MacNamee MIDWIVES IN THE Taoiseach’s hometown of Castlebar, Mayo, are to start industrial action due to staff shortages.The INMO members at Mayo University Hospital said they have voted in favour of action up to and including the complete withdrawal of labour.In a statement this evening, the nurses said there are severe staff shortages in the maternity ward which need to be addressed as soon as possible.Members said they would first perform a lunchtime protest on 5 December and then will implement a work-to-rule on 7 December, where “members will withdraw from clerical and support duties to focus on, and prioritise, direct midwifery care”.If no progress is made at that stage, the union said it will proceed “to a full withdrawal of labour”.Speaking today, INMO industrial relations officer, Anne Burke said:“Midwives are disillusioned with the HSE and its failure to listen and act in a timely fashion and put in place robust governance and safe staffing arrangements. Our members have nothing personally to gain by speaking out except securing a safe, quality and appropriately staffed maternity service for mothers and babies. Burke said that frontline midwives are very concerned about the ongoing clinical risks at the hospital, which the INMO claim have been left “unaddressed”. Protests earlier this year. Source: Niall Carson/PAEarlier this month, the INMO called for an immediate discussion with the Government over pay and working conditions and balloted their members on the prospect of industrial action.This was in response to recommendations made by the Labour Court on garda pay.Minister for Health Simon Harris said at the time that he was “well aware of the challenges with recruiting staff nurses” and that his department was attempting to bring in as many new nurses as possible.Read: UKIP wants the Irish government to help pay for a motorway in Wales with EU funds >Read: Government to talk to public sector unions about Garda pay deal > Share123 Tweet Email1 Image: Niall Carsonlast_img read more

first_img Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Stay on target Video games, like any other art, can stay with us long after we’re done interacting with them. They can make us think and want to share those thoughts with others. Why did you think I wanted this job? However, some video game thoughts are too big and complex to share in blog posts. They call for hundreds of pages of criticism or original storytelling. And if you have hundreds of pages worth of words to write, you’re probably writing a book. So here are some of the best video game books you can and should read.View as: One Page Slides1/221. A Boy Made of Blocks by Keith StuartA heartwarming story about a father and son that acknowledges how much modern kids adore Minecraft.Purchase Here2. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels by Jason SchreierInstead of scooping industry secrets, Jason Schreier uses his ace reporting skills to tells us the human stories behind the creation of massive AAA games like Destiny and Dragon Age.Purchase Here3. Boss Fight BooksLike the 33 ⅓ series but for video games, each book in the Boss Fight series is one author’s deep dive into a single title, whether it’s an autobiography blended with EarthBound or a look at the secret but massive impact of ZZT.Purchase Here4. Breakout: How Atari 8-Bit Computers Defined a Generation by Jamie LendinoThis book chronicles the best of Atari’s overlooked 8-bit era, and it was written by Jamie Lendino, Editor-in-Chief of Geek.com sister site ExtremeTech.Purchase Here5. Breathing Machine by Leigh AlexanderLeigh Alexander beautifully recounts the weird and wonderful influence computers and gaming can have on a growing child.Purchase Here6. Console Wars by Blake J. HarrisGamers today sometimes have favorite platforms, but their fights are nothing compared to the bloodbath of Nintendo vs. Sega in the 1990s. Relive the Greatest War.Purchase Here7. Critical Path by Dan AmrichIf you want to do what we do and become a video game journalist, this reference book is a great place to start.Purchase Here8. Embed With Games by Cara EllisonJournalist Cara Ellison spent months traveling the world and living with different game developers. Here’s what she experienced.Purchase Here9. Extra Lives by Tom BissellWhen he’s not writing video games themselves or co-writing tell-all books about The Room, Tom Bissell also writes humanistic essays on what video games mean to people.Purchase Here10. Killing Is Harmless by Brendan KeoghWith its Heart of Darkness themes and Apocalypse Now terror, Spec Ops: The Line takes the military shooter genre to task, and this analysis will help readers appreciate the game even more. Purchase Here11. Masters of Doom by David KushnerFamous Hell shooter Doom (the original not the also excellent Game of the Year reboot) is one of the most important games ever made. This book focuses on its brilliant, eccentric creators at id Software.Purchase Here12. Persuasive Games by Ian BogostIf you’ve heard of any “video game professors” it’s probably Ian Bogost. So here’s the video game book for you more academic types.Purchase Here13. Piranha Frenzy by Colin CampbellThis is a “fictional” book about the drama that surrounds the world of video game journalism. It’s ridiculous yet entirely accurate.Purchase Here14. Power-Up: How Japanese Video Games Gave the World an Extra Life by Chris KohlerChris Kohler is one of the finest writers about Japanese video games, and this thesis-turned-book is his best argument for the value of Japan’s enormous contribution to the art form.Purchase Here15. Ready Player One by Ernest ClineThis sci-fi adventure about a futuristic MMO, soon to be a Spielberg movie, is absolutely dripping with video game references, particularly games of the 1980s.Purchase Here16. Reality Is Broken by Jane McGonigalVideo games are played by millions of people and make billions of dollars. This book challenges us to expand our vision of what games can do as a huge, permanent part of culture.Purchase Here17. Super Mario Bros. 3 Brick by Brick by Bob ChipmanWritten by our own Bob “MovieBob” Chipman, this book is a written Let’s Play of one of the great Nintendo games of all time.Purchase Here18. Up Up Down Down Left Write by Nathan MeunierAnother great video game journalism reference book, I’ve personally used many tips from this guide.Purchase Here19. Rise of the Video Game Zinesters by Anna AnthropyAn art culture is only as cool as its subcultures, and this look at video game design subcultures from various alternative identities is extremely cool.Purchase Here20. Game Design Companion: A Critical Analysis of Wario Land 4 by Daniel JohnsonThere are plenty of great, accessible videos on game design online like Extra Credits or Game Maker’s Toolkit. But if you want a lengthy, written analysis of the design for this great Game Boy Advance Wario platformer, this is it.Purchase Here21. WTF Is Wrong With Video Games? by Phil OwenIf you love something, you aren’t afraid to criticize it, so take a break from praising video games and think about how the industry can improve.Purchase Here22. Empires of Eve by Andrew GroenEve: Online is an utterly fascinating video game in which thousands of players role-play in a shared digital online world of starships. It exists in-between fact and fiction. In chronicling various monumental Eve events from years past, Andrew Groen essentially wrote a virtual history book.Purchase Herelast_img read more

first_imgDAVIE, FLA. (WSVN) – One person was killed and another was airlifted to the hospital after, officials said, three vehicles crashed in Davie, Monday afternoon.Davie police and fire rescue responded to the scene involving a dark-colored car, a white van and a third vehicle, along Nob Hill Road and Lake Vista Way in Davie, Monday afternoon.Fire rescue crews had to extricate one person from their car.Another victim was pulled out of the van and transported to a nearby hospital.Several other occupants sustained minor injuries; they were not transported.Nob Hill Road remained closed to traffic in both directions for hours. It reopened at around 10 p.m.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. HOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – A father and son accused of burglarizing multiple Subway restaurants in Hollywood have been arrested.Surveillance video captured the scene at the Subway restaurant near Stirling Road and North 29th Avenue on April 12 at around 1:45 a.m.Hollywood Police said 25-year-old Nathan Cole shattered the glass of the store and took off with a safe containing $300.Cameras outside recorded his father, 57-year-old James Earl Cole, keeping watch.Both men have been arrested.According to police, the duo also took cash registers from two other Hollywood Subway restaurants on April 9.They’re both charged with burglary, grand theft and criminal mischief. last_img read more

first_imgThe RBI eased tough gold import rules on Wednesday by allowing seven more private agencies to ship the precious metal, a move that industry officials say could augment supplies and reduce premiums in the peak wedding season.Gold imports by India, the world’s No. 2 bullion consumer after China, could quickly rise from current levels, according to the officials. This would help global prices, which slumped 28 percent last year, partly due to India’s import curbs.Struggling with a ballooning trade deficit, India in 2013 imposed a record high duty of 10 percent on overseas purchases of gold, the second-biggest item in its import bill, and introduced a rule tying import quantities to export levels.On Wednesday, the Reserve Bank of India allowed “star trading houses”, private jewellery exporters which had been barred from importing gold since July 2013, to resume imports, with immediate effect.As a result, more than 20 entities, including state-run banks, private banks and agencies will now be allowed to import the metal.”This is a welcome step as it is some sort of relaxation. Supplies will increase in another 8-10 days and premiums will certainly come down,” said Bachhraj Bamalwa, director with All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation.”Some gold that was routed through illegal channels will now be routed legally.”LEGAL IMPORTSLegal monthly imports may soon increase by another 10-15 tonnes, from the current 20 tonnes, triggering a sharp correction in premiums to $40-50 an ounce on London prices from the current $90, he said. Premiums had hit a record of $160 an ounce in December last year.The RBI also allowed banks to make gold loans to domestic jewellery makers, a practice that was stopped last year. Without the gold loans jewellers had been forced to take credit to fund purchases, adding to their costs.”Gold metal loans are of great significance as they are expected to release the cost pressures, which all the jewellery retailers were facing,” said Sudheesh Nambiath, India analyst, Thomson Reuters GFMS.India’s incoming prime minister, Narendra Modi, who led the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a decisive victory in a just-concluded election, has indicated his willingness to remove gold curbs.Modi will be sworn in on Monday and the plan to ease the curbs is ready for his government to take up.”Once Modi is sworn in, we expect more relaxation on gold imports,” said Bamalwa.last_img read more

first_imgThe Securities and Exchange Board of India (Sebi) has reportedly clamped down on a large number of organised syndicates who set up “shops” to convert black money into legitimate-looking funds through the stock market platform.Quoting Sebi chairman UK Sinha, PTI reported on Wednesday that the regulator has acted against nearly 900 firms as it suspects tax evasion to the tune of at least Rs 6,000 crore. It has also referred these cases to the Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) under the Income Tax Department for further investigation.”We have banned more than 900 entities and my guess is that the tax avoidance that has happened in these cases is more than Rs 5000-6,000 crore… We have given all the details to the CBDT and we have told them that they should probe them,” the Sebi chief told PTI.He said Sebi is trying to curb money laundering and other market-related manipulations separately, adding there are always people in any country or in any market who try to find loopholes and take advantage.last_img read more

first_imgAdvertisements of Paytm, a digital wallet company, are seen placed at stalls of roadside vegetable vendors in Mumbai, India, November 19, 2016.Reuters fileU.S. payment firms have successfully pushed India to consider diluting rules on data storage, but their lobbying campaign has sparked a bitter industry spat pitting them against local rival Paytm, according to sources and documents seen by Reuters.India’s central bank in April directed payment firms to store data locally for “unfettered supervisory access” – a move, companies such as Visa, Mastercard and American Express fear would cost millions of dollars and hamper global fraud detection.But the rules give a competitive advantage to Paytm, backed by Japan’s Softbank Group and China’s Alibaba, which already stores all its data in India. The company has publicly supported the proposal and, behind closed doors, tried to thwart efforts of those opposing them.In a meeting between officials and industry representatives in June, chaired by India’s economic affairs secretary S.C. Garg, Paytm argued with foreign company executives on the benefits of storing data locally and said the rules were in the national interest, three people with knowledge of the discussions said. Garg told Paytm not to bring the national interest into a debate around data storage, the sources said. Garg did not respond to a request for comment.Separately, in May, Paytm privately objected to lobby group Payments Council of India (PCI), which wanted to tell the central bank that “most” of its members had some concerns with the proposal, e-mails seen by Reuters showed.Paytm’s spokeswoman Sonia Dhawan did not comment on Reuters queries about the government meeting, but said “for the benefit of the country and to uphold the need for data privacy, all the data related to the Indian users must be stored and processed” only in the country. “There is absolutely no need for the data of two Indians doing transactions in India to be shared or stored overseas,” she said. A coffee shop displays signs for Visa, MasterCard and Discover, in Washington, May 1, 2013.Reuters fileNeil Shah, research director at Counterpoint Research, said Paytm’s “cross-lobbying” to push for implementation of the new rules made complete business sense as that would force foreign companies to focus on compliance, instead of growth.”Pressure on foreign firms could have implications on their existing strategies,” said Shah. “It can derail them a bit, basically”.Digital payments and use of cards in India has soared since November 2016, when Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a sudden ban on existing high-value currency notes and started pushing digital payments.Indians in May clocked transactions worth $52 billion using their 964 million credit and debit cards, nearly double the amount recorded back in November 2016. Monthly mobile-wallet payments have risen nearly fivefold to $2 billion during the period, data from the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) showed. A credit card for representation purpose onlyPixabayThe RBI in April said payments data should be stored “only in India” within six months for “safety and security”. But U.S. firms protested and India’s finance ministry in June recommended relaxing the directive, according to minutes of a government meeting seen by Reuters.That month, the Payments Council of India (PCI), which counts Paytm as well as U.S. payment companies among its members, started working on a draft listing concerns it had with rules, e-mails exchanged between industry executives showed. Most of its member companies, PCI said in its initial drafts, had “some concerns” with the RBI’s directive.In one e-mail to the industry, which was copied to various executives including from Facebook, Google and three U.S. card companies, Paytm’s Dhawan asked for the company’s views to be included.Paytm’s representation, seen by Reuters, said it “fully supports the RBI mandate” and that the central bank’s timeline of six months “should be adhered to by all”. PCI later submitted a letter to the RBI saying it had received “divided” responses from its members – a shift from its original stance when it was saying “most” of its members had some concerns.last_img read more

first_imgDo you miss standing at the arcade with a pocket full of quarters hoping the kid in the Hypercolor tank top would bite it already so you could get your hands on one of the Ninja Turtles? Well, VoxMachina wants to bring that retro gaming experience back, but shrink it down a bit and put it on a flat surface in your home. They’ve developed a tabletop prototype called Star Force Pi: STORMTROOPER that comes complete with more than 10,000 games, an image-laden box, instruction book, and the kind of control configuration we all know and love.The concept is based on the pre-NES Grandstand Starforce Electric Tabletop Game System from 1984, but far better looking and with the potential to play more games than we could have ever dreamed of back then. The system includes some of the most beloved side scrolling arcade games of all time like X-Men, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, and The Simpsons.According to a post on the system’s Facebook page, the device consists of “Raspberry Pi, hdhardsoft’s Arcade Kit, a rechargeable 3000mAh battery, QVGA screen, HDMI/LAN/USB extensions, speaker, 10 switches/buttons and knobs, and a full-size microswitch Arcade Joystick.” The back also features two USB inputs, HDMI output, and an Ethernet plug to actually install games onto the system. When the machine is fully charged thanks to the five volt plug, you get about five hours of continuous gameplay.Aside from a few potential copyright issues — like those game images on the box and a name and logo that might draw the attention of a Disney lawyer or three dozen — the Star Force Pi: STORMTROOPER looks ready to rock. In fact, if you’re interested in getting your hands on one, let the folks at VoxMachina know on their Facebook and YouTube pages.At this point they don’t have concrete plans on selling the system, but are looking to see if there’s enough interest out there to sell “something larger, professionally developed and crowdfunded.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Members of various animal lovers’ organisations and television artistes from the state will hit the city’s streets on Wednesday demanding severe punishment for the two nursing students who had allegedly killed 16 puppies inside NRS Medical College and Hospital campus few days ago.TV artistes and animal activists on Tuesday expressed their wish to meet senior officials of the West Bengal Nursing Council (WBNC) in Salt Lake. A rally would be taken out from Karunamoyee More at around 12 pm on Wednesday and the animal lovers would march down the streets before meeting the WBNC officials. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSome of them on Tuesday also staged a demonstration outside the NRS protesting against the two nursing students who were allowed to take classes after allegedly committing the brutal crime. Meanwhile, it may be mentioned that Moutusi Mondal and Soma Burman, the two nursing students from NRS Medical College and Hospital who were arrested for their alleged involvement in the killing of 16 puppies, went back to their classes on Monday, a couple of days after they were granted bail by Sealdah Court. The WBNC that looks after nursing-related issues seemed to have no objection to their joining classes. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseA senior official of the NRS Medical College and Hospital on Monday said they had submitted a report to the Swasthya Bhawan after carrying out a probe into the incident and it was the discretion of the West Bengal Nursing Council on taking the final call regarding their ban. The hospital official also argued that the court has not imposed any restrictions on their attending classes. However, the city-based animal lover and TV personalities are not ready to buy the logic put forward by the hospital authorities. TV actress Debolina Dutta said they have spoken to the hospital authorities demanding an explanation on how the two accused nursing students have been allowed to get back to their classes. Dutta said the hospital authorities told them that they hardly had any role to play in this regard. She also urged all the conscience-stricken people to join their rally on Wednesday so that they can bring the perpetrators to book. “We will go to every possible forum to fix accountability on the persons who brutally killed the pups. We would also like to see who gave them permission to join their classes,” Dutta said.last_img read more

first_imgProblem, though: Most robots don’t envelop their subjects and point 500 cameras at them to monitor their movements. It’s not like this system would do you any good in the wild. (Your average robot out there as one or two cameras, in addition to a lidar system that maps the world in lasers.) Which is why Joo and his colleagues have taken what they’ve learned with the Panoptic Studio and developed a program called OpenPose, which can model your movements as a skeleton in real time, right through your webcam. And if it can run on your webcam, it can run on a robot one day. Go ahead, try it here.It’s this kind of lightweight system that could be combined with voice recognition in a robot to facilitate more natural communication. “In social interaction, the small details are also very important,” says Joo. “Small facial expressions and small hand gestures that dramatically affect our interaction. We can directly catch the meaning of this details.”This will be pivotal in a wide range of interactions with machines. Robot arms in the workplace have to be able to detect our presence if they’re going to be truly collaborative. You might even imagine therapy robots that interact with autistic children, precisely monitoring their facial expressions. We’re already seeing this kind of sensing technology in a robot that’s helping deaf children communicate.So what began in a camera-laden dome in a basement could one day bring us closer to the machines. Darth Vader would be so proud. In a chilly basement room at Carnegie Mellon University sits a giant dome that looks like part physics experiment, part that chamber Darth Vader kicks back in. Wires and electronic boxes stud the walls, which curve nearly 14 feet in the air. But this space wasn’t built for subatomic particles, and it wasn’t built for space villains. It was built for the betterment of robots.This is the so-called Panoptic Studio. The wires and electronics are actually an elaborate system of 500 cameras, both 2-D and 3-D, that capture groups of people inside the dome—none of those silly ball-covered suits required. What you get is a glimpse of how robots will one day watch us, picking out subtle gestures that will be pivotal to the interaction between humans and machines. To do that, these researchers are collecting a mountain of data to train 3-D machine vision algorithms, a lot like how visual recognition already works in 2-D.At the moment, robots aren’t half bad at verbally communicating with humans. A companion robot like Kuri, for example, is more or less a digital assistant on wheels that responds to your commands. But really, there’s so much more to communication than words. As robots grow more sophisticated, so will our relationship with them. They’ll need to recognize our gestures if we want them to bring us things we point to. More subtly, something like a security robot would do well to analyze postures to detect aggression. And a healthcare robot should be able to spot facial expressions that might indicate pain.Robots are miles away from being able to do all that, but the Panoptic Studio is an intriguing bridge to that future. It works by marrying feeds from that mess of cameras—mostly low-resolution, but also 31 in high-resolution and 10 Kinect 3-D cameras. The system computes the location of each camera in space, so when all the feeds are fused, it can accurately overlay a skeleton on the subjects within the dome, showing limbs and even individual fingers.All those feeds means a whole lot of data coming in—600 gigabytes a minute—so the researchers use an army of GPUs to crunch it all. To date, they’ve collected more than a petabyte of data, or one million gigabytes, showing everything from people shaking hands to dancing to playing musical instruments. If you were trying to teach an algorithm to recognize photos of people doing those activities, you could pretty easily assemble a training set by combing through stock photos online. But no such data set exists for 3-D imagery. “That’s why we need this studio, because at this moment this is maybe the only easy way to collect such data,” says Carnegie Mellon roboticist Hanbyul Joo, who helped develop the system.last_img read more

first_imgHousehold electricity bills will increase by at least 5 per cent in June compared to May, spokeswoman of the Electricity Authority of Cyprus (EAC) said on Monday.As in the past, the increase is due to a rise in global oil prices. She explained authorities check the prices of fuel every month, and adjustment are made accordingly.She stressed that the public can help lower the amount they have to pay.“When using air conditioning, people should keep windows and doors shut and keep temperatures at comfortable levels, around 26C. Setting the temperature 1C lower than necessary may mean a 7 per cent increase in the electricity bill,” she said.In 2018, electricity prices rose by 27.7 per cent. Again, the increase was attributed to rising oil prices on which the EAC depends for electricity production. You May LikePopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoLivestlyChip And Joanna’s $18M Mansion Is Perfect, But It’s The Backyard Everyone Is Talking AboutLivestlyUndoSmart Tips DailySeniors With No Life Insurance May Get A $250,000 Policy If They Do ThisSmart Tips DailyUndo Concern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoCypriot tycoon launches ‘Bank of Cannabis’Undoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more