Five Meerut policemen injured in attack by cattle trader’s family

first_imgFive police personnel, including two women constables, were injured in Meerut when they were attacked by family members of a cattle trader, Akram, against whom complaints of stealing two buffaloes were lodged. In the melee that ensued, Akram escaped.On Wednesday night, the police from Incholi police station went to Lavad town in Meerut to arrest the cattle trader. According to local sources, the police party in plain clothes did not know there was a wedding in the family and a large number of relatives had assembled in the house. The police were in for a shock as, when they tried to take Akram for questioning, they faced stiff resistance from the family. Stones were pelted at the police and women tore off policemen’s clothes, forcing them to leave the spot. “Akram and his father Aslam used women as shield and they managed to get Akram freed from police custody. We had to rush in more force from other police stations to control the situation,” said SP (Rural) Avinash Pandey who rushed to the spot with SP (City) Akhilesh N. Singh.Mr. Pandey said Akram, who has several complaints of not returning the borrowed money against him, managed to escape but the police have arrested Aslam and 10 other members of the family under IPC Section 307 (attempt to murder), Section 147 (rioting), Section 504 (intent to breach peace) and Section 341 (wrongful restraint), among others. Sections 3 and 7 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act 1984 have also been invoked. “The police personnel who got hurt are out of danger but some of them have received head injuries as they were attacked with sticks,” he said. Mr. Pandey added the case did not have any communal dimension as most of the complainants against Akram were Muslims.last_img read more

Vijender Singh beats snake blood-drinking Hungarian boxer: All about the match and the boxer

first_imgIndia’s Olympic medalist boxer Vijender Singh knocked out Hungarian opponent Alexander Horvath to record his fourth consecutive win in Pro Boxing match. Vijender Singh dedicated his win to the Pathankot and J&K martyrs. Before the match, the Hungarian boxer admitted to have started dining on snake’s blood to attain supernatural powers. He had also remarked that he would give boxing lessons to Singh and there was no way Singh could beat him.Born in Kaluwas Village, five kilometres from Bhiwani, Haryana, Vijender took up boxing at a very young age. The Olympic medal winner has admitted that boxing has never been only his profession but also his passion.Listed are some facts you should definitely know about the boxer:1.  He obtained his initial training in boxing from his birthplace. He used to practise at the Bhiwani Boxing Club under Coach Jagdish Singh, who encouraged him to take up boxing.2.  In 2000, Vijender won his first gold medal at the National Games. Three years later, he became India’s Youth Boxing Champion.3.  In 2003, Vijender, a 17-year-old, took part in the Afro-Asian Games as a senior boxer. He fought against very experienced boxers and clinched the silver medal.4.  Vijender had also taken part in the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics in the welterweight division and lost to Turkey’s Mustafa Karagollu by 20-25 score.5.  In 2006 Commonwealth Games, Vijender won the semi-final against England’s Neil Perkins but lost in the final round against South Africa’s Bongani Mwelase.6.  This defeat was not entirely unfruitful as it won Vijender a qualification to the middleweight (75 kg) division at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, where he bagged the bronze medal, having lost the semifinal against Kazakhstan’s Bakhtiyar Artayev.advertisement7.  Vijender beat Artayev in the quarterfinal at The President’s Cup boxing tournament, which is considered as a dress rehearsal for the Olympics.8.  At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Vijender won the bronze medal by beating Ecuador’s Carlos Gongora by 9-4 score.9.  In July 2009, Vijender Singh was given the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, India’s highest sporting honour.10. On October 10, 2015, Vijender won his first professional boxing match against a British boxer, Sonny Whiting, whom he knocked out within Round 3 at the Manchester Arena.Interested in General Knowledge and Current Affairs? Click here to stay informed and know what is happening around the world with our G.K. and Current Affairs section.To get more updates on Current Affairs, send in your query by mail to education.intoday@gmail.comlast_img read more

Malkin Picks Up 1,000th point, Pens Rally by Caps 5-3 (Pics,Vid)

first_imgPITTSBURGH (AP) — Evgeni Malkin isn’t one for nerves. And yet they came anyway as the weeks crept by and the Pittsburgh Penguins star inched closer to 1,000 career points.A pep talk from coach Mike Sullivan helped. So did the return to form of one of the NHL’s most formidable power plays, one that pushed Malkin to the lofty milestone and lifted the Penguins past the Washington Capitals 5-3 on Tuesday night.Malkin collected a pair of secondary assists with the man advantage — the first one on a Sidney Crosby one-timer that capped a frantic flurry in the second period, the second on Phil Kessel’s second goal in six weeks — to become the 88th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 career points and help Pittsburgh snap Washington’s seven-game winning streak.Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby celebrates his second goal of the second period during an NHL hockey game against the Washington Capitals in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)“It’s like a little bit slow but it’s finally over, 1,000,” Malkin said. “I breathe normally. Thanking my teammates. Special day for my family, my friends. Like I play hockey all my life you know, it’s amazing to be here and win here against Washington. A special day for sure.”Malkin’s teammates mobbed him in the corner as the 32-year-old forward who has played 1B to Crosby’s 1A for much of his career tried to drink in the moment as the sellout crowd, including owner and Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux, rose in unison.“Making 1,000 points is crazy number for sure you know,” Malkin said. “I grow up in small city and never think I play in NHL and score like, 1,000 points.”Crosby collected his 32nd and 33rd goals during Pittsburgh’s second-period outburst. Jake Guentzel started Pittsburgh’s comeback with his team-leading 35th of the season after Jared McCann stripped Washington center Evgeny Kuznetzov for the first of three goals in 107 seconds.“We get that one, got a huge boost,” Crosby said. “It’s been a while since we scored in bunches like that. That’s important. That’s fun.”Washington Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin (8) checks Pittsburgh Penguins’ Marcus Pettersson (28) into the boards during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Tuesday, March 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)Kessel and McCann both added a goal and an assist for the Penguins, who have won six of eight. Matt Murray stopped 38 shots as Pittsburgh topped the rival Capitals for the third time in four meetings this season and moved within four points of Washington in the claustrophobic Metropolitan Division.Jakub Vrana scored twice for the Capitals. John Carlson collected his 11th and Alexander Ovechkin picked up an assist to become the 48th player in NHL history with 1,200 career points. Braden Holtby made 25 saves but briefly came undone during Pittsburgh’s decisive push in the second.“I thought we gave this one away, to be honest with you,” Washington center Nicklas Backstrom said. “They got one there and they get some energy from that, and they just kept going. That’s something we’re not happy about.””It’s one of the best nights of my life. It’s a special day for my family, my friends. I played hockey all my life… It’s a special day.”#Ma1Kin discusses his milestone:— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 13, 2019The reigning Stanley Cup champions came in unbeaten since Feb. 23, a stretch that vaulted them to the top spot in the Metropolitan. Ten months removed from a dramatic Game 6 overtime victory in the conference semifinals last spring that served as the springboard to their first championship, the Capitals spent the first 30 toying with the Penguins, smothering the Penguins offensively and riding Vrana’s marksmanship to a 2-0 advantage.The momentum Washington spent half a game building vanished shortly after Vrana’s wrist shot bounced off Murray’s blocker, over the goaltender’s head, off his back and into the net for a two-goal lead.Congratulations to Evgeni Malkin on becoming the 88th player in NHL history to reach 1,000 points. What an incredible career accomplishment. #Ma1Kin— Pittsburgh Penguins (@penguins) March 13, 2019McCann’s deft strip of Kuznetsov set up a 2-on-1 with Guentzel, who fired into the open net to make it 2-1. Crosby tied the game 47 seconds later, collecting a Justin Schultz flip pass that soared over the entirety of the neutral zone before it landed at the end of Crosby’s stick. Pittsburgh’s captain held off two defenders while slipping the puck between Holtby’s legs.Backstrom was called for tripping Malkin shortly after Crosby evened it up, and Crosby capped Pittsburgh’s outburst by finishing off a perfectly executed tic-tac-toe that started with Malkin feeding it to Kessel, who then fed a wide-open Crosby.“We know that they play that way,” Holtby said. “They don’t waste any shots. They don’t waste any opportunities. … Sometimes you just have to stick with it and just came up a little short.”Kessel’s second goal since Jan. 30 11:16 into the third period put Pittsburgh up 4-2. Malkin earned the secondary assist to join Crosby, Ovechkin and San Jose’s Joe Thornton and Toronto’s Patrick Marleau as the only active members of the NHL’s 1,000-point club.By: Will Graves, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Asian Games 2018 get underway with glittering opening ceremony

first_imgIndonesia President Joko Widodo declared the 18th Asian Games open in a glittering ceremony on Saturday at the Gelora Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta.The opening ceremony launched what promises to be a frenetic fortnight of breathless sporting action featuring the best of the continent’s athletes.The country’s President made an unorthodox and dramatic entrance to the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, riding a motorbike onto the stage before officially opening Indonesia’s second hosting of the Asiad.”We are proud, we are honoured by the arrival of the special guests from 45 countries,” Widodo told a crowd of 50,000 packed into the same arena where the 1962 Games were opened.”During the 18th Asian Games we, the nations of Asia, want to show that we are one in brotherhood.” A spectacular pyrotechnic show, including a simulated volcanic eruption, lit up the Jakarta skyline on Saturday night as Indonesia rolled out the red carpet for the continent’s elite athletes in the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games.The North and South Korean athletes illustrated that sentiment at a localised level by marching together under a common flag featuring a map of the divided peninsula.There was a huge cheer for the Palestine contingent and Kuwait’s team were also able to march after a ban from the Olympic movement, imposed nearly three years ago for government interference in sport, was provisionally lifted on Thursday.Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) President Sheikh Ahmad Al-Fahad Al-Ahmed Al-Sabah hailed his homeland’s return.”We are proud that the Kuwaiti athletes after so many years are participating under the Kuwaiti flag … to complete the 45 flags of all our members,” he said.advertisementWith Indonesia entering the stage, this marks the beginning of the #OpeningAG2018 ! Watch it live on all national tv channels and #AsianGames2018 Games 2018 (@asiangames2018) August 18, 2018The centrepiece of the set was a huge model of a volcano around which 3,600 performers danced in various colourful costumes, entertaining an enthusiastic crowd and the millions watching around the continent on TV.The climax of the ceremony came when former Olympic badminton champion Susi Susanti carried the Games’ torch to the summit of the volcano and set off a spectacular display of fireworks.Some 9,000 security personnel stood guard at the stadium, which has previously hosted, among others, Pope John Paul II, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi and Guns N’ Roses as well as English Premier League sides such as Chelsea, Liverpool and Arsenal.Security remains a concern in world’s biggest Muslim-majority country, which witnessed suicide attacks claimed by Islamic State in the city of Surabaya in May – the deadliest militant attacks in more than a decade.Organisers have said 100,000 police and military personnel will be on duty to protect the Games, while facial recognition technology will be used at some of the venues.The colourful two-and-half hour ceremony combined trend with tradition, while also poignantly observing a minute’s silence in memory of the 460 killed in the earthquakes that rocked the resort island of Lombok this month.Some 13,000 athletes from 45 national Olympic committees will compete in 40 sports and 67 disciplines in the biggest multi-sport extravaganza outside Olympics with the schedule including new events ranging from bridge to roller skating.Esports debuts as an official demonstration sport in Indonesia, which volunteered to host the Games after Vietnam pulled out in 2014 citing financial concerns. The Games, which conclude on Sept. 2, are the first co-hosted by two cities with Palembang on the island of Sumatra acting as venue for some sports along with the capital.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

India vs West Indies: Prithvi Shaw to debut in 1st Test as India announce 12-man squad

first_imgIn a break away from tradition, the Indian cricket team on Wednesday announced the 12-man squad for the first Test match against the West Indies a day before the first ball of the series is to be bowled on October 4.India vs West Indies Live Score Test MatchTeenage batting sensation Prithvi Shaw will make his Test debut in the first game of the two-match series, becoming India’s 293rd Test player.18-year-old Shaw has played only 14 first-class games, scoring 1,418 runs at an average of 56.71, and will open alongside KL Rahul, who was the third opener in England and survived the axe after posting a breezy 149 in the final Test at the Oval.”We have a change at the top of the order and we will give these guys enough space and enough chances to feel comfortable at that position,” India captain Virat Kohli told reporters. “We want them to be confident about what they are doing.”Virat Kohli, Prithvi Shaw share a light moment as India get down to practice in RajkotYoung @PrithviShaw is all set to make his Test debut tomorrow at Rajkot. How well does he time the ball? #TeamIndia #INDvWI (@BCCI) October 3, 2018India have named three spinners – Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja – in the team. Fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur have also been included.The final XI however, will be announced by captain Virat Kohli at the toss on Thursday.Also read – Virat Kohli tells Prithvi Shaw the secret behind his success in EnglandadvertisementUncapped opener Mayank Agarwal, all-rounder Hanuma Vihari and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj are the three players to miss out from India’s original 15-man squad. India have named three spinners and three fast bowlers in the 12-man squad (Twitter Photo)The Test series against West Indies will be India’s last chance to play some red-ball cricket before their tour to Australia. The Indian team are again not scheduled to play any practice games before the Test series as of now due to a cramped schedule.Also read – We know the Indian conditions and know how to go about our job: Ajinkya RahaneAll set! #TeamIndia gear up for their practice session on the eve of the 1st Test against West Indies #INDvWI (@BCCI) October 3, 2018India, who last lost a Test series at home in late 2012 against England, started the year with a 2-1 loss to South Africa but then thrashed debutants Afghanistan at home in a one-off Test before flying to England, where they won the T20 series 2-1 but lost the ODI series 1-2 before going on to lose the five-match Test series 1-4.The trip to Australia will be the last chance in 2018 for Kohli’s men to show they can match their formidable home form with success abroad and show the world why they are the world’s top-ranked Test side.India 12-man squad: KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw (debut), Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur.last_img read more

Actors hired to pose as Ontario Tory supporters outside leaders debate

first_imgTORONTO – Doug Ford and his Progressive Conservatives spent part of their day Tuesday explaining why a local candidate hired actors to pose as Tory supporters outside the first leaders’ debate ahead of the Ontario election.A group of people hoisting signs and wearing shirts with slogans supporting Ford cheered as the party leader arrived at the CityNews television studios for the debate held in downtown Toronto on Monday evening.It later came to light that the crowd was made up of actors hired by a Toronto candidate — a move that was wrong, Ford’s spokeswoman said.“Doug Ford has attracted record crowds since entering the race for PC leader,” Melissa Lantsman said in a statement. “A local candidate made a decision to engage a casting agency. This was unnecessary and a mistake. It will not happen again.”Ford said he didn’t know about the paid supporters when asked about the matter at a news conference.“We don’t need to pay anyone. When we have events, we’re packed, we have standing room only,” he told reporters on Tuesday morning, adding that he would talk to Toronto-Centre candidate Meredith Cartwright about the situation.Cartwright, who had shared posts on social media showing photos of the crowd outside the debate, said she had no comment when reached by phone on Tuesday.The other parties were quick to pile on.“We don’t have to pay people to come and support us, we have a very excited group of volunteers,” said NDP leader Andrea Horwath. “I think it’s kind of funny and in some ways kind of sad.”Liberal campaign co-chair Deb Matthews laid into Ford.“I guess we’ve come to expect that everything about Ford is fake,” she said. “The stories are fake, his facts are fake and now we know his supporters are fake.”Ontario heads to the polls June 7.last_img read more

Morocco Ranks Second in Cyber Security in MENA Region report

first_imgCasablanca – Right behind Oman, Morocco is second in the North African and Middle Eastern region in terms of Cyber security, based on a project that has identified 17 performance indicators in 5 categories.Morocco has been ranked second behind Oman in the Cyber Security Global Index (GCI), on the sidelines of the International Telecommunication Union congress (ITU), held in Bangkok, Thailand, under the theme “A conversation that matters.”With a total score of 0.559 points, Morocco came second after Oman (0.765 points). The kingdom, which has the highest rate of connectivity, comes ahead of its North African neighbors, namely Egypt and Tunisia, whereas Sudan ranks fifth. The ranking takes into account 17 performance indicators in five categories that are legal, technical, organizational, as well as capacity building and cooperation. According to the GCI, the goal is to publish five other regional indexes to eventually constitute an overall index.“The GCI project is a joint effort between ITU and ABI Research, a market intelligence company specializing in global technology markets,” stated representatives of the organizations.As stated in the joint agreement, the Telecommunication Development Bureau (TDB), responsible for supporting developing countries in ITU, ABI Research and Ibra College of Technology (ICT), are developing mechanisms of classification, performing primary research and national reference capacities.The purpose of the GCI is to promote government strategies at the national level and ensure their implementation in all industries and sectors.It is also aimed at integrating security into the base of technological progress and promoting a global culture of cyber security. In this sense, some countries like Morocco have in recent years developed strategies to enhance computer security.According to Daily LaVieEco, only 11 African countries currently have what is called a CERT, Computer Emergency Response Team, an organization that “handles computer security incidents.”Morocco, along with Tunisia, Sudan and Egypt, are the only Arab countries to have a CERT team.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributedlast_img read more

UK New AllGirl Muslim School Opened its Doors Encourages Academic Excellence

Taroudante- A new all-girl Muslim school opened its doors in the city of Coventry, West Midlands, England, encouraging students to aspire to high positions in the country by joining top universities, according to the local Coventry telegraph.For now, the school serves students in temporary buildings on Lincoln Street, Foleshill while permanent premises are still under construction.The school hosts 153 students so far.  All girls are aged 11 to 13 years, and the school aims to eventually host high school students up of to 18 years old. During her speech in the first assembly of the newly opened Eden Girls School, Asiyah Ravat, head of the school, encouraged students to aim for “best universities to become a lawyer or surgeon, or even running the country as Prime Minister.”In the same speech, (If you are referring to the “source” as the speech. If not, clarify the source), Mrs Ravat said: “We are aiming to be a non-selective grammar school. At the first assembly, we talked about aspirations.”“I said that standing in front of me might be a future British Prime Minister as well as future surgeons and lawyers.The new all-girl school has set certain strict rules that every pupil must respect.While the headscarf, mandated to be purple, is optional, the school does not allow students to wear trousers, and applying make up or wearing jewelry is strictly forbidden.The uniform is a navy blazer with purple piping, an ankle-length navy skirt, a white blouse, and bags must be black.All lessons will start and end with a special prayer.© Morocco World News. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, rewritten or redistributed. read more

The end of a fantastic era – a look back on the

The speed and elegant appearance of the Concorde inspired awe. Its ear-rattling sonic booms irritated people on the ground and led to restrictions on where the jet could fly.The Concorde’s maiden flight was 50 years ago this month. Although the plane went out of service in 2003, its delta-wing design and drooping nose still make it instantly recognizable even to people who have never seen one in person.The Concorde was the world’s first supersonic passenger plane. It was a technological marvel and a source of pride in Britain and France, whose aerospace companies joined forces to produce the plane.Its first flight occurred on March 2, 1969, in Toulouse, France. The test flight lasted 28 minutes. British Airways and Air France launched passenger flights in 1976.With four jet engines and afterburners, the plane could fly at twice the speed of sound and cruised at close to 60,000 feet, far above other airliners. It promised to revolutionize long-distance travel by cutting flying time from the U.S. East Coast to Europe from eight hours to three and a half hours.Depending on the layout, the plane could seat up to 128 passengers, far fewer than on many other planes flying the trans-Atlantic routes. The relative scarcity of seats and the plane’s high operating costs made tickets expensive — typically several thousand dollars — so it was mostly reserved for the wealthy and famous, occasionally royalty.In the U.S., the plane flew mainly to New York and Washington and attracted quite a buzz. In the mid-1980s, men dressed as Union and Confederate soldiers to re-enact a Civil War battle in Virginia paused in mid-skirmish to gaze up at a Concorde flying into nearby Dulles Airport.A Concorde captain raved that the plane flew beautifully, and that the only indication of its speed came from looking down at other jets far below that seemed as if they were flying backward — the Concorde was moving about 800 mph faster.Jamie Baker, an airline analyst and aviation enthusiast, took the plane from New York to London in 2002. Perhaps because it was a morning flight, the mood was more dignified than festive, Baker says. The ride was so smooth that there was hardly any sensation of flight.“No turbulence. No sense of motion, save for the clouds passing by below us,” Baker says. “Concorde was a tool devised to outwit time.”Former Boeing engineer Peter Lemme recalls his 1998 flight as a delight, but cramped.“The seats were more like what we flew domestically in coach,” he says. “The food was excessive,” including caviar, and there was a duty-free cart piled with very expensive items.However, the Concorde never caught on widely. The plane’s economics were challenging, and its sonic booms led it to be banned on many overland routes. Only 20 were built; 14 of which were used for passenger service.As time went on, flights were disrupted by mechanical breakdowns including engine failures and a broken rudder. Reviewers complained about the small cabin, noise, and vibrations that started during takeoff and continued once airborne.The plane’s darkest day came on July 25, 2000, when an Air France Concorde crashed into a hotel and exploded shortly after takeoff in Paris, killing all 109 people on board and four on the ground.Investigators determined that the plane ran over a metal strip that had fallen off another jet on to the runway, damaging a tire. A piece of the tire crashed into the underside of the wing, shockwaves caused a fuel tank to rupture, and the fuel ignited.The planes were grounded for expensive modifications. After 18 months, BA and Air France both resumed flights, but traffic never recovered.It was determined that a more intensive and expensive maintenance schedule would be required to keep the fleet flying. In 2003, BA and Air France both stopped Concorde service.BA’s chief executive called it “the end of a fantastic era in world aviation,” but added that retiring the planes was a prudent business decision.Supersonic transports could yet make a comeback. Several companies are working on models and hope to test them soon.The Associated Press read more

Gabon and Equatorial Guinea set terms of UN mediation over disputed islands

Meeting at UN Headquarters in New York yesterday with mediator Yves Fortier, the parties signed a communiqué outlining several procedural steps to be taken in future talks on sovereignty over the oil-rich islands of Mbanié, Coctotiers and Congas in the Corisco Bay. The two sides also pledged to spare no effort in reaching a fair and peaceful resolution of their dispute.The mediation effort stems from July when, during a meeting with UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, the leaders of Gabon and Equatorial Guinea agreed to accept his good offices. Mr. Annan then named Mr. Fortier, a former Canadian Ambassador to the UN with extensive diplomatic experience, to conduct the talks.

Applications for US unemployment benefits fell last week to 3month low of

by Christopher S. Rugaber, The Associated Press Posted Mar 13, 2014 6:34 am MDT WASHINGTON – The number of people seeking U.S. unemployment benefits dropped 9,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 315,000, a sign the job market is picking up after a winter slump.The Labor Department said Thursday that the four-week average of applications, a less volatile figure, decreased 6,250 to 330,500, the lowest since early December.Applications are a rough proxy for layoffs. The declines indicate companies are confident enough about the economy to keep their staffs.Employers are also hiring more after harsh winter weather lowered job gains in January and December, the government said last week. The economy gained 175,000 jobs last month, up from just 129,000 in January and only 84,000 in December.The report “supports the idea that the labour market is still improving,” said Dan Greenhaus, chief strategist at brokerage firm BTIG. “This is another unquestionable positive.”About 3.45 million people received unemployment benefits as of Feb. 22, the latest figures available. That’s 13,000 more than the previous week.In a separate report Thursday, the Commerce Department said that sales at retail stores and restaurants rose 0.3 per cent last month. The rebound suggests consumers are spending a bit more after sales fell a sharp 0.6 per cent in January.The unemployment applications and retail sales suggest the economy is recovering after harsh winter weather caused auto sales to dip, factory orders to fall, and sales of existing homes to plummet.The unemployment rate ticked up last month to 6.7 per cent from 6.6 per cent, but the increase occurred partly for a good reason: more people started looking for jobs. Most weren’t immediately hired, boosting the unemployment rate. But the fact that they started job hunting suggests they were optimistic about their prospects.The weather did force about 6 million people with full-time jobs to work part-time in February. Many of their paychecks will shrink, likely weighing on spending.That’s one reason economists forecast growth will slow to an annual rate of 2 per cent or less in the first three months of this year, down from 2.4 per cent in the final three months of last year. But as the weather improves, most analysts expect growth to rebound to an annual rate near 3 per cent. Job seekers line up to meet prospective employers at a career fair at a hotel in Dallas, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014. The Labor Department reports Thursday March 13, 2014 on the number of people who applied for unemployment benefits last week (AP Photo/LM Otero) Applications for US unemployment benefits fell last week to 3-month low of 315,000 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Norway tops UN development rankings while Niger is placed last

The new HDI figures, launched today in Mexico City by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), combines measures of life expectancy, literacy, school enrolment and gross domestic product (GDP) per capita. This year 187 countries and territories were measured.Norway retained its top position from last year, ahead of Australia and the US, while the Netherlands, Germany, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden, Switzerland and Japan round out the top 10, in that order.However, when the HDI is adjusted for internal inequalities in health, education and income, the standings of some countries fall significantly. The US falls from 3 to 16 and the Republic of Korea descends from 12 to 28. By contrast, Sweden rises from the seventh to the fourth spot.“National averages hide large variation in human experiences, and wide disparities remain within countries of both the North and the South,” the report says.The report, entitled The Rise of the South: Human Progress in a Diverse World, emphasizes the unprecedented growth of developing countries, which is propelling millions out of poverty and reshaping the global system. Human Development Index trends, 1980–2012. Credit: UNDPAccording to the report, leading economies in the South such as China, India and Brazil will be the main drivers of economic growth and societal change for the first time in centuries. This growth, however, is not limited to these three countries, and the report spotlights more than 40 other countries that have made greater human development gains in recent decades than what was predicted. read more

SpainCroatia farewell to Rolando Urios

The next official game for the European Champions 2012 for Spain against Croatia, that is to be played 9th or 10th of March, will also be used as a special occasion, saying good bye to a player that managed to become World Champion with Spain, Rolando Urios.The Spanish federation are preparing a rich farewell, and they also want that he parts with the national team in a game against one of the best teams in the World, as well as a game that is very important for the qualifications for the European Championship 2012.The president of the Spanish Federation, Juan de Dios Roman, added that it was “honor to have Urios in the Spanish team, and that’s why he needs to be sent like a champion”, ← Previous Story Serbian Super League derby (Video): Partizan beat Zvezda Next Story → Lars Kaufmann in SG Flensburg from 2011 Croatia handballRolando UriosSpain handball read more

US Newspapers Stymied By Cyber Attack

first_imgHere’s the latest on the suspected malware attack that prevented delivery today: It may have been the worst interruption of service since a fire erupted in the pressroom 30 years ago. Thanks all for your patience and understanding.— San Diego Union-Tribune (@sdut) December 30, 2018Tribune employees had to create “workarounds” to get Saturday’s papers printed, according to CEO Justin Dearborn.“There is no evidence that customer credit card information or personally identifiable information has been compromised,” he wrote in a memo, published by CNN.Tribune Publishing’s properties include the Chicago Tribune, New York Daily News, The Baltimore Sun, Orlando Sentinel, South Florida’s Sun-Sentinel, Virginia’s Daily Press and The Virginian-Pilot, The Morning Call of Lehigh Valley, and the Hartford Courant.Oddly, the affected newspapers’ websites did not appear to be affected by the digital bug.More on Media Outpaces Print Newspapers as U.S. News SourceAutonomous Cyber Weapons Are On the Attack‘Side-Channel’ Cyber Attacks Rare, But Chilling Production of Baltimore Sun newspapers and other Tribune Publishing publications was hampered by a viral attack, but websites were not affected.— The Baltimore Sun (@baltimoresun) December 30, 2018The cyberattack, according to the L.A. Times, “appears to have originated from outside the United States … but officials said it was too soon to say whether it was carried out by a foreign state or some other entity.”“We believe the intention of the attack was to disable infrastructure, more specifically servers, as opposed to looking to steal information,” the Times‘ anonymous source said.The unknown virus “hobbled our ability to publish,” Union-Tribune editor Jeff Light said in a Saturday morning letter to readers. A cyberattack that appears to have originated from outside the U.S. caused major printing and delivery disruptions at several newspapers across the country including the Los Angeles Times, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.— Los Angeles Times (@latimes) December 30, 2018 Newspapers are suffering enough without being the target of a cyber attack.Some of the country’s best-known broadsheets over the weekend suffered printing and distribution delays due to reported malware.The Los Angeles Times and San Diego Union-Tribune were affected, as well as a handful of Chicago-based Tribune Publishing media businesses.Saturday’s print edition of The Baltimore Sun, for example, was released without its usual comics or puzzles (essentially rendering the periodical useless for many subscribers).In parts of California, distribution of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal was also delayed, due to issues with a Los Angeles back-end printing  plant.center_img Google Adds an ASCII Mode to Its VirusTotal Malware Scanning ServiceEpic Games Calls out Google for Revealing Fortnite Vulnerability Stay on targetlast_img read more

Pochettino cautious ahead of Everton clash

first_imgDespite their recent run of good form, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino believes they cannot get carried away and must work on their self-confidence.Tottenham have won eight out of their last 10 games in all competitions, and are now just six points off the top of the Premier League table, but Pochettino is not complacent as he understands how quickly results can change.“At the moment we are playing well, but the moment we lose games it’s going to turn quick. I know that very well. This is normal,” Pochettino told Sky Sports.“I try to understand everything. In this football club if some bad results arrive it’s going to turn again. All the positives will be reversed and become negatives.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“We are happy, but not so happy. I think there’s still massive work to do. But when I say ‘worst feeling’ I don’t speak about the inside of the club. I talk about the perception outside.“We are still fragile, not solid enough as a club to support some good and some bad because the perception of the people can affect the club.“I think we are changing a lot and we are going to change, if we have time, to do that. But our self-belief is still so fragile.”last_img read more

Church opens arms to celebrate inclusivity

first_imgBattle Ground — The Battle Ground Community United Methodist Church recently voted to publicly welcome all people — including groups that have sometimes been excluded from churches.The worldwide United Methodist Church is “ambiguous” on issues of sexuality, according to a statement from the Battle Ground church. Local congregations that want to take a stand welcoming sexual minorities often embark on a process of discussing this idea and then voting on it. That process is called “reconciling.”The church has adopted a statement that explicitly mentions past “pain of exclusion or discrimination” and welcomes people of any race, sexual orientation, gender identity, faith history, socioeconomic status, and physical and mental ability. “God welcomes all people, and so do we,” said the Rev. Rachon Hanson. “That’s always been true at this church. What’s changed is that we’re going public with God’s message of welcome.“That doesn’t mean we all agree about everything. It means this church works hard to make sure everyone feels welcomed, respected, and loved,” Hanson said. “It means this is a safe place to explore your relationship with God. It’s safe whether you’re young or old, gay or straight, liberal or conservative, or even if you’re not sure what you believe.”Hanson said all are invited to a celebration at 11:15 a.m., following 10 a.m. worship service, on Sunday, Dec. 7, at 10300 N.E. 199th Street, Battle Ground. Visit to learn more.last_img read more

Mumbai building collapses many feared trapped

first_imgA four-storey building collapsed in south Mumbai’s Dongri area on Tuesday, with at least 50 people feared trapped in the debris, a BMC Disaster Control official. The Kesarbai building collapsed at around 11.30 a.m. The Fire Brigade, police and disaster management teams have rushed to the site and launched rescue operations.last_img

God Eater 2 Rage Burst is as close to Monster Hunter as

first_imgBut the biggest problem I find with God Eater is that the battles are fast and over with before you really get into them. It’s an issue that’s due to it being essentially a mobile title. Missions can be completed in a minute or two in some cases, and the levels themselves are generally tiny, much smaller than anything else in Monster Hunter. There’s also nowhere near as much strategy in God Eater, and while some of the new things are cool (the ability to make custom bullets, for example) the battles themselves tend to devolve into button mashing.Those of you without a 3DS may have no other option, and it’s not as if God Eater is a bad series at all! If you were ignorant of its influences you could play this for dozens of hours and enjoy your time thoroughly, and you still can have fun if you’re not. To be able to get that monster hunting fix on PlayStation 4 or on your PC is a fine thing, but it’s hard to recommend the imitator when the real deal is right there, and with a new release to boot.God Eater 2 Rage Burst is available right now for PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, and PC via Steam. There’s no two ways about it, the God Eater series is a direct ripoff of Monster Hunter. It’s far from the only one (Toukiden is another fine example) but it’s probably the most well-regarded, as Bandai Namco took the proven formula and mixed it up for Monster Hunter-starved PSP owners. Now with the release of God Eater 2: Rage Burst PS4 and PC owners can see what the fuss is about, provided they don’t mind playing a remake of a three year old mobile game.It’s been a big year for God Eater in the States. Just a couple of months ago God Eater Resurrection was unveiled for the PS4 and PS Vita as sort of an appetizer before the full course. Itself a port of the first game in the series, it’s the first console release of the series over here and a fine introduction to it.The anime-influenced aesthetic is fun and the story is simple- you play a (custom created) God Eater who’s aligned with a group of teens who are fighting off demons known as Aragami. The world as we know it is over and it’s become a barren post-apocalyptic wasteland where monsters roam. It’s only via these super-powered God Eaters that humanity has a chance. There’s actually a surprisingly robust, fun, and memorable story told in-between missions, which is fortunate as the battles themselves are repetitive. Most of them simply have you jumping into a battlefield and killing a few monsters, before returning and resupplying to do it again.As with Monster Hunter you’ll be able to learn all about the beasts you confront (the bigger ones run and hide from you to heal, again like Monster Hunter) and let you prepare for the battles. Single and online co-op play with three teammates is supported, allowing you to coordinate for bigger fights.Aside from the heavier reliance on story, the big appeal of God Eater is that your massive, insanely large weapon can transform on the fly. You can turn it from a physical weapon into a gun, or a shield, or even a giant monster demon head that bites into enemies and tears items from them. The other ones seem reasonable enough, but no one seems to really mention how freaky the latter truly is.I can be talking about either God Eater Resurrection or God Eater 2 here, as they both play exactly the same. God Eater 2 takes place three years after the events in Resurrection, however, and finds you playing as a new recruit in a special ‘Blood’ Unit. This means that you’re yet another new-type of God Eater, and this one unlocks Blood powers that augment your skills. They provide an experience system encouraging you to keep trying new attacks, as if you use one long enough you’ll move down a skill tree and get new abilities and buffs.God Eater 2 has 100 hours of story and gameplay, 200 blood arts, a handful of new weapons like a variant scythe, and even more numbers to peruse. There are no real major advancements between the two titles so the key word here is “more,” which isn’t something particularly needed in a genre that allows you to play for months without seeing it all. <>last_img read more