It is not surprising at all that the maiden trip of India’s new Home Minister Amit Shah to Srinagar—during which he emphasised the need for carrying development to the grassroots, pulled up the state administration for its failures and reiterated the policy of relentless pursuit of the terrorists—has left the communal-minded Valley parties and the separatist lobby with no scope for raising any political criticism of the visit. The opponents of the Narendra Modi regime have not been able to find fault with the Centre’s decision to extend reservations granted to people living in the hazardous territory along the Line of Control (LoC) to those settled on the International Border on the same grounds, for fear of exposing their communal outlook. However, the Valley parties, like the separatists there, have for long got away with their blatantly sectarian line that regarded Kashmir not as a territorial problem caused by the Pak occupation of a part of the state but as a ‘Muslim issue’—and run their politics in total disregard of the reality that Jammu and Kashmir was an integral state housing multiple faiths and communities. Also Read – A special kind of bondBoth People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Conference (NC) were mute spectators to the planned ouster of Kashmiri Pandits from the Valley instigated by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and what is worse, they spinelessly endorsed the attempt of Pakistan to replicate the Afghan Jehad in Kashmir in the early Nineties through a sustained infiltration of Mujahideen of Lashkar-e-Taiba, an outfit that comprised the Ahle Hadis and followed the extremist Hanbali line. Also Read – Insider threat managementThe LeT gradually subjugated the outfits of Jamaat, a Hanafi organisation subscribing to Ijtehad, to a degree where Burhan Wani and Asiya Andrabi would take orders directly from Maulana Hafiz Sayeed based in Pakistan. The Salafi influences imported by these terrorists have nearly destroyed Kashmiriyat that represented the people-oriented value system of Kashmiris. The only agenda the political parties of the Valley are now able to pursue is to demand early assembly elections, invoking the moral narrative that an elected government was always to be preferred over President’s rule in a democracy. But what has their own record of long years in office got to show—beyond the paralysis of a subverted administration, appeasement of pro-Pak lobbies, and permissiveness of corruption? The NC leadership is faulting BJP for having run a coalition with PDP. It is true that the intent of the Centre to opt for that arrangement to encourage the party of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to come closer to the national mainstream proved misplaced but it is all aimed at scoring a point for NC against its political rival. It needs to be mentioned, however, that the inordinate delay on the part of BJP in pulling out of a coalition that had put the state on the path of alienation and given total freedom to militants, has remained totally unexplained. During Mehbooba Mufti’s regime, NC also maintained a pro-Pak stand on the issue of cross-border terrorism and even made an absurd statement that the Centre should talk to Pakistan if it wanted stone-pelting to stop. Was this not a clear admission that Pak agents were behind the disturbances caused by stone pelters and that the administration was too complicit to even identify the masterminds who planned the mischief? There has been an unmistakable competition between the two Valley parties to keep the separatists on their side for gaining power. This story has not changed and the Modi government would be well-advised not to encourage these communal forces ever in future. All these years, the average Kashmiri in the Valley and the citizens elsewhere in the state have suffered at the hands of their greedy political masters. They were kept from development at the ground level and fed on anti-India propaganda all the time. The question of India resuming talks with Pakistan lies on the Centre’s turf, connected as it is to the unfinished agenda of what should be done with LoC and it does not permit involvement of any third party, internal or external. People of Jammu and Kashmir have the right to make demands on the democratically-elected rulers of the state for promoting development and establishing peace. They should not let the latter remain preoccupied with their own political games. Even the basic step of getting all district magistrates (DMs) and Superintendents of Police (SPs) to regularly interact with citizens was not brought into play in Jammu and Kashmir. The initiatives taken under the President’s rule to pave the way for elections to the panchayat and municipal bodies are unnerving the Valley parties who were feeling left out and were therefore, raising a bogey that these elections could be held only when there was an Assembly in place. It is in this backdrop that the first visit of the new Home Minister to Kashmir has laid the groundwork for a constructive set of policies to be implemented there in a time frame. There is no compromise with terrorism and relentless pursuit of the mujahideen and their local acolytes through Intelligence-based operations have to be kept up. The state should put the J&K Police in the forefront of a drive against enemy agents hibernating in villages and towns based on local Intelligence, instead of leaving everything on the shoulders of the army. The state administration has to be sternly handled to get it to measure up to the challenge in the spheres of both development and security. Separatists playing the Pakistan game have to be shown their place and legally proceeded against. Evidence is now piling up about the intricate channels through which Pakistan is funding its agents and the separatists in the Valley and elsewhere to run its proxy war against India. The Modi government gets the credit for hitting at the root of the covert offensive of the enemy. In Jammu and Kashmir, the state’s outreach to the people has to be intensified to encourage them to take charge of the local self bodies, become stakeholders in their own development and not allow corrupt politicians to line up their pockets. The cause of local self-governance is best served when divisive party politics is not allowed to spoil it. Once the state tastes the fruits of a democratic advancement and learns to avail of the enormous opportunities that the Kashmiri youth have for them all over India, the artificial construct of ‘total alienation’ floated by vested political interests will fade away. The questions of autonomy enjoyed by the state of Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution would then cease to be a bone of contention between the Centre and the state or between the state and its regions and evolve on two basic paradigms—that it all had to be about the integral state of Jammu and Kashmir treating all its citizens on the same footing, and that the threat to the state was from a hostile Pakistan needing to be countered by an alliance of Kashmiris, security forces made available to the state and the political leaders who believed Kashmir had a pride of place in India. (The writer is a former Director of Intelligence Bureau. Views expressed are strictly personal)
New Delhi: The Congress on Saturday attacked the BJP government over the slump in the GDP, with party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra demanding that the Centre clarify who is responsible for “destroying” the economy. Gandhi on Twitter said the government that trumpeted of bringing “achche din” (good days) has now “punctured” the economy. “The GDP growth rate clearly shows that the government trumpeting about ‘Achche din’ (good days) has punctured the state of the economy. Neither is GDP growth nor is the Rupee strong and jobs are lost. Now clarify as to whose act is it to destroy the economy,” she said in a tweet in Hindi. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’ Sharp deceleration in manufacturing output and subdued farm sector activity pulled down India’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to over six-year low of 5 per cent in the April-June quarter of 2019-20, according to official data released on Friday. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said, “Remember the hit movie QSQT – Qayamat Se Qayamat Tak?. Now QSQT is synonymous with Quarter Se Quarter Tak. Two consecutive quarters of low GDP growth sought to be buried by managing headlines.” Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&K Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari also hit out at the central government over the low GDP growth. “GDP growth is not 5 pc it is 3 pc. There is a statistical bump of 2 pc due to change of base year from 2004-2005 to 2011-12. ELEPHANT in room is-GOVT CREATED TERROR – The systematic destruction of the economic environment by the brutal and indiscriminate use of IT, ED, CBI over past 5 years,” he tweeted. Senior spokesperson Anand Sharma asked the government not to make boastful claims and instead inform the country about the roadmap for the recovery of the Indian economy, which he said is under a downward spiral “under your watch”. “The ‘State of Economy; in BJP rule. Is this the ‘New India’?” Randeep Surjewala wrote on Twitter, adding a graph of GDP growth in January-March 2018 quarter from 8.1 per cent to 5 per cent in April-June 2019 quarter. Party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said India’s GDP growth rate is 5 per cent but even this is according to the new methodology which comes with a “Modi booster”. “Real GDP minus Modi booster is around 3 pc,” Singhvi said. “No wonder we had Balakot breastbeating, questioning nationalism, disbursal of cash just before elections. 6 quarters went from 8 pc to 7 pc onwards to 5.8 pc and now to 5 pc quarterly GDP growth. With this clear trend over 18 months, despite all packages, this government has had no effect,” he said on Twitter. The Congress had on Friday said the slump in GDP is a “Modi-made disaster”, and demanded that a financial emergency be declared in the country. The truth can no longer be hidden despite “headline management” by the ruling dispensation, the opposition party had said.
WINNIPEG – Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister was hiking while on vacation in New Mexico and was overdue by an hour when his wife called police who found him injured at a trailhead.Lt. Elizabeth Armijo of the New Mexico State Police said Pallister was reported missing by his wife on Monday at about 7 p.m.The premier’s office said Pallister was hiking in the Gila Wilderness when he had a serious fall and suffered fractures in his left arm, along with numerous cuts and bruises.The government said Pallister was hospitalized that night and returned to Manitoba on Friday to determine if surgery will be necessary.Armijo said rescue volunteers began to prepare for a search after Pallister’s wife, Esther, called. But a New Mexico State Police officer who had been searching some different trailheads in the area found the premier at the main entrance for the Mogollon Trail, Armijo said.“When he was located, he had sustained some injuries, nothing serious, but enough to be transported to a hospital where he was treated,” she told The Canadian Press Friday.“He was waiting there and, due to his injury, it sounds like he was immobile.”Pallister was on vacation during a one-week break between legislature sessions.Armijo said she didn’t know if Pallister was hiking alone. She noted the Mogollon Trail has varying levels of intensity.“It’s in a very high altitude area and there are a lot of canyons and some treacherous areas that can be difficult for hiking. There’s a variety of trails that you can go in that specific area, but it’s definitely a trail that would be considered for experienced hikers.”Pallister’s office initially said the fall occurred Tuesday, but a spokesman later said that might have been a mistake.“He arrived back today, so we informed the public today,” Pallister’s director of communications, Chisholm Pothier, said in an email when asked why the premier’s accident wasn’t made public until Friday.The premier’s office also said earlier that Pallister suffered compound fractures, which mean the bone pierced the skin, but a spokesman later corrected that to say the fracture was comminuted, or there were multiple fractures.The Gila Wilderness is a 2,200-square kilometre protected area in southwestern New Mexico that offers “forested hills, majestic mountains and range land,” says a United States government website. It is remote and some areas are hard to access, because the wilderness designation includes strict limits on roads and motorized vehicles.It was designated the world’s first wilderness area in June 1924.Pallister’s office said he will be resting at home with his family this weekend.His Progressive Conservative government is scheduled to lay out its legislative plans in a throne speech on Tuesday.“He … would like to thank police and medical personnel for their quality care,” the premier’s office said in a statement.— With files from Rob Drinkwater in EdmontonThe premier’s office had said earlier Friday that Pallister suffered compound fractures, which mean the bone pierced the skin, but later corrected that to say there were multiple fractures.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. An earlier version included information from the premier’s office that said he suffered compound fractures.
In a statement made by his spokesman in New York, Mr. Annan said he “remains deeply committed to the search for a comprehensive solution” in Cyprus and welcomed the upcoming visit of Jack Straw.The United Nations Peacekeeping Force in Cyprus (UNFICYP) has been operating since 1964 to prevent further fighting between the Greek Cypriot and Turkish Cypriot communities and one of its roles is to monitor ceasefire lines that extend some 180 kilometres across the island.Last month the Security Council extended UNFICYP’s mandate until the middle of June, following Mr. Annan’s report on the country that noted the situation in Cyprus was calm but “progress toward a political solution remains negligible at best.”“I continue to believe that only the achievement of a comprehensive settlement will bring an end to the Cyprus problem,” Mr. Annan noted in December.At that time the Security Council urged both the Greek and Turkish Cypriot sides to avoid any action which could lead to an increase in tension and also expressed concern over the conduct of military exercises that had not been seen since 2001.Official contacts between the two parties have not resumed since the April 2004 referendum on a comprehensive settlement plan failed. About 65 per cent of Turkish Cypriots voted in favour of the plan, while 76 per cent of Greek Cypriots voted against.
Boston College forward Nik Popovic wandered back on the court after the game, unable to find the postgame radio interview that was expecting him.It’s not often the BC backup big man is called upon for such duties.Popovic scored all 18 of his points in the second half and Wynston Tabbs added 17 points on Monday night to lead Boston College to a 68-56 victory over Minnesota and send the Golden Gophers to their first loss of the season.It was the first time in two seasons that Popovic was the team’s leading scorer, and the first time in his career he had the most points in the game.“I thought he was patient in the post. Took his time,” BC coach Jim Christian said. “I thought he played a solid game around the basket. When he’s patient, he’s a good player.”Ky Bowman had 12 points and 11 rebounds, and Steffon Mitchell added 13 rebounds as the Eagles (5-1) held Minnesota without a basket for 8:05 early in the second half to open a double-digit lead. BC snapped a three-game losing streak in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge and improved to 7-4 in the conference matchup overall.It was the first-ever game between the schools, and it marked the return of Minnesota coach Richard Pitino to the city where his father failed so spectacularly as coach of the Celtics.Jordan Murphy scored 16 with 11 rebounds for the Gophers (5-1), who fell to 9-11 in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge. But he fouled out with 5:33 remaining when he was called for charging into Popovic.“It hurts you, him being in foul trouble,” Pitino said. “He’s your best player, one of them.”Bowman, a first-team preseason All-Atlantic Coast Conference selection, shot just 3 for 13 from the field and missed all three shots he took in the second half. But Popovic was among those helping to make up for Bowman’s off night, making all nine field goal attempts that he took in the game.“We definitely had to step up defensively and offensively,” Tabbs said. “We just keep him in the game, he’s going to make plays for us.”After taking a one-point lead into the half, BC fell behind 35-33 before scoring six straight points and 18 of the next 23.BIG PICTUREMinnesota: After trekking cross-country following a three-game tournament in Vancouver, British Columbia, the Gophers return home for a chance to regroup against Oklahoma State. “I could make every excuse until I’m blue in the face, but none of it really matters,” Pitino said.Boston College: Bounced back after a loss to IUPUI with three straight wins. Popovic blamed himself for the Nov. 14 loss, in which he went 1 for 5 from the field, 2 for 8 from the line and fouled out.UP NEXTMinnesota: Plays Oklahoma State at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday night.Boston College: Hosts Sacred Heart on Thursday night.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Jimmy Golen, The Associated Press
Ohio State redshirt junior defeseman Matt Joyaux blocks a Michigan State forward from the puck along the boards in a game on March 3. Credit: Kevin Stankiewicz | Lantern photographerEarlier this week, Ohio State men’s hockey coach Steve Rohlik said his team will have to have a good start and play a full 60 minutes in Friday’s Game One in order to have a successful weekend.The No. 13 Buckeyes (17-10-6, 8-8-1-1), however, only completed half of the job in the series opener, as OSU allowed four first-period goals before clawing back to fall to the visiting Michigan State Spartans (7-21-3, 3-12-2-0), 5-4.Senior forwards Nick Schilkey and David Gust, junior forward Kevin Miller and sophomore forward Mason Jobst all netted a goal each in the loss. Jobst and Gust also notched a multi-point game on the night with assists, as well as a helper from sophomore forward Dakota Joshua and senior defender Josh Healey.“You’ve got to look in the mirror, and obviously it starts with me,” Rohlik said. “To come out at home in a game that you’ve got to have and give up four (goals) like that, it’s inexcusable. It’s just not OK.”Following a sluggish, but physical, opening five minutes of the first period, the Spartans opened the game’s scoring off an OSU turnover in the neutral zone. Michigan State sophomore forward Cody Milan centered a pass to freshman forward Logan Lambdin, who beat OSU goaltender Christian Frey outside the crease to put the visitors up 1-0.Four minutes later, Michigan State doubled its lead as senior forward Thomas Ebbing deflected freshman defender Mitch Eliot’s shot from the point into the back of the net to put the Spartans up two with 9:15 remaining in the period.Continuing to pepper Frey with a barrage of shots, Michigan State cashed in for a third time in the period when redshirt senior Rhett Holland’s shot veered off the stick of Milan and over the OSU goaltender for a 3-0 lead for Milan’s second point of the night. Minutes later, the Spartans added a fourth in the period when freshman forward Sam Saliba scored on the power play.“It was kind of a shock at first — which isn’t good — on the bench,” Jobst said. “Then we came in the locker room and kind of shook things up, and tried to rally the boys. But any time you give a team a four-goal lead, you just can’t do that.”Out of the locker room, the Scarlet and Gray replaced Frey in net with senior Matt Tomkins, and searched for a solution to an offensive outage and four-goal deficit. Michigan State suffered its second penalty of the night just seconds into the period, and the nation’s leading powerplay offense delivered as Schilkey buried his Big Ten-leading 25th goal of the season from the slot to cut the Spartan lead to 4-1. Healey and Jobst each recorded an assist on the play.Michigan State’s Lambdin responded and slotted his second goal of the night to put the visitors up 5-1 with 12:35 remaining in the second, but OSU again cut the lead to three as great team passing just outside the crease from Gust and Joshua set up Miller for a tap-in and his ninth goal of the season.The Spartans racked up their third powerplay of the night with less than eight minutes remaining in the period — however, it was the short-handed Buckeyes who benefitted from the penalty.Off a turnover in the Michigan State zone, Jobst found himself one-on-one with Spartan freshman goaltender John Lethemon, and the sophomore prevailed with his 15th goal and 44th point of the year to cut the lead to two heading into the final intermission.With time winding down in the third period, OSU earned its third powerplay of the game. Jobst pushed a pass to Joshua near the slot, who centered the puck to a waiting Gust, and the senior wristed his 14th goal and 34th point of the season to cut the Michigan State lead to one with 4:17 remaining.The Scarlet and Gray produced opportunities to equalize down the stretch, but could not capitalize in the closing moments to drop Game One of the series, 5-4.“At the end of the day — no matter what happens, whoever you’re out there with — to me, it was about the effort and just getting out competed,” Rohlik said. “We scored some goals there, we generated a little bit of offense, but we’ve got to play desperate hockey from the start instead of getting down four goals and then getting desperate.”With Game Two and the Buckeyes’ senior night slated for Saturday evening, Rohlik said his side will have to make major adjustments to come back strong in the series finale.“We’ve shot both feet off here the last two games, so right now we’ve got to go out there and play loose, but play desperate hockey,” Rohlik said. “Go out there and play like we can, go out there and play like a team that belongs to be out there, that wants to win, that expects to win — and you’ve got to have that attitude again.”
FORWARDS WIN GAMES, backs decide by how much.It is a well-worn cliché, but there is utter truth in it on so many occasions. Northampton can call on the likes of Courtney Lawes, Salesi Ma’afu, Samu Manoa and Dylan Hartley against Leinster this weekend at Franklin’s Gardens in their efforts to underline that fact.Greg Feek is responsible for countering the Premiership side’s power in the tight, given his role as scrum coach to Leinster. The former All Black has done superb work with the province – and moonlighting with Ireland – since 2010, but recognises that Saturday’s Heineken Cup clash may be one of his toughest tasks yet.“Everyone is Europe is under no allusions as to Northampton’s strengths. It’s knowing that, but to stop it is another thing. Obviously we’re going to go out there and play footy, but we know that they’ll come at us up there [in the forwards] and we know that if we don’t get it right, it’s going to be a pretty tough day.We’ve got a huge respect for them, how they play, the players’ attitudes and how they’re coached. So it’s going to be one heck of a battle, particularly over there.”Whatever about the strength of the opposition on Saturday, Feek is very much inwardly focused. The Kiwi concentrates on working with his own players, looking to eke out every improvement he can in an area of the game that has been the topic of so much discussion in recent years.Cian Healy and Mike Ross are deservedly established as the pillars of Leinster’s scrum, but the emergence of Jack McGrath and Marty Moore has been welcome. The tyros have been putting their hands up all season in selection terms, so much so that Feek would be relaxed about the inexperienced pair starting against the Saints.“That’s been great, they’ve certainly grown those guys. They’ve been chipping away over the last couple of years, particularly Jack. Now Marty’s getting more game time and they’ve got to be consistent with that, prove they can go to the next level; Heineken Cup and the intensity of that.Mike Ross faced the Saints’ scrum in the 2011 Heineken Cup final. ©INPHO/Colm O’Neill.“Jack proved he can do Test match rugby, so Cian’s looking over his shoulder. So is Rossy, and there are other guys there wanting to have a crack too. We’ve got a pretty good squad to choose from and it’s exciting times. The only problem is we’ve got Northampton this week so we’ve got to make sure we’re right on the ball there.”A problem indeed. The Saints are in foreboding form so far this season, second in the Premiership and having beaten the Ospreys in their most recent European fixture. The last time Leinster traveled to Franklin’s Gardens was in 2012, when they were on the receiving end of a 43-0 pre-season hiding.Northampton are full of confidence under Jim Mallinder at the moment, and Feek says Leinster need a good start on Saturday if they are to have any hope of a crucial away win.You might have a lapse in the first ten minutes and that could be it for the whole game. You just can’t afford to do that at Heineken Cup level, to chase a game and try to come back into it, particularly against a team like Northampton. It makes it very tough.“Last time we were there, we got hammered. So certainly, it gives you a bit of a reality check for exactly what you’re getting yourself into. They’ve got a good core of players who have been there for a while and they’ve got a coaching group that have been there for a while, that they’ve grown under.“We’ve got a lot of respect for what they do as players and how they coach. It’s certainly a great challenge for us.”Like rugby? Follow TheScore.ie’s dedicated Twitter account @rugby_ie >Munster boosted by heavy injury toll for PerpignanPayne still a doubt for Ulster as Muller comes back into the mix
SpaceX is trying to buy a hamlet inside its Texas rocket-launch site because it ‘did not anticipate’ there’d be any ‘significant disruption’ to residents who live there 16-year-old Greta Thunberg met with Obama and chided senators, saying they’re not trying hard enough to fight climate change The US is building a case against Iran in the attacks on Saudi Arabia, but Trump is in no rush to act A car plowed through the main hall of Trump Plaza in New Rochelle, New York IN TODAY’S FAST-paced world, we don’t want to waste any more time than necessary.Here are some highly useful and innovative web resources that will help make you more productive and save you a lot of time in the long-run:Clear Focus — This timer uses the Pomodoro Technique to prevent you from wasting time on distractions. Instead, it helps you focus on what really matters, by alternating work sessions with small breaks. You’ll be able to concentrate more easily and get things done. Just tap once, and get working.Coffitivity — It has been scientifically proven that people work better with white noise in the background. This site replicates the sound of a coffee shop to achieve the perfect combination of calm and commotion. It’ll help you get your creative juices flowing so you won’t feel stuck. Other websites that provide great background noise for focusing are Rainymood and Focus At Will. Source: Noisey via YouTubeDo Nothing For 2 Minutes — Although it seems counterintuitive, this website is the perfect way to refocus your mind after a hard meeting or stressful call, in just under 120 seconds.Doodle — Trying to schedule a meeting? You never need to endure tedious email threads about everyone’s available times again. Instead, use Doodle to identify a few potential windows of time for the meeting, and ask everyone else to identify when works for them within those times. It’ll be much easier to find the time slot that works for everyone. Source: the-gif-princess via TumblrEvernote — This simple yet sophisticated note-taking app is legendary for productivity. It organizes your notes in an elegant way, allows you to search for text within an image, captures everything from PDF to web pages, and even has a Webclipper so you can save anything you see online with a single click.Feedly — This useful site organizes the content of your favorite news websites or blogs into one place, so you can easily read and share what matters to you.FocusWriter — This tool provides a simple, distraction-free writing environment for anyone who needs to get things done. You get a nice, full-screen blank canvas to focus on the next paper you have to write. It also includes timers, alarms, goal setting, themes, typewriter sound effects, statistics, and spell checking.Hootsuite — If you need to manage multiple social media accounts, this is the site for you. Hootsuite is a social media dashboard that helps you reduce the amount of time you spend on Twitter and Facebook by scheduling posts for the upcoming weeks. Get your social media work out of the way in one block of time, instead of spending a few hours every day on it. Source: rafi-d-angelo via TubmlrIFTTT — Create productivity chains with this simple app. It uses the idea of “If this, then that” so you can make recipes of Triggers and Actions to prompt you to stay productive. For example, you can make a recipe to unmute your phone when you get home, mute your ringer at bedtime, or text your wife when you leave work.Lift — Do you want to run every day? Drink more water? Spend 15 minutes reading before bed? Lift helps you develop better habits by keeping track of your daily progress and sending you push notifications to remind you to stay on track. Another great site for building good habits is HabitForge, a program that will send you a daily reminder of your goals.Pocket — Use pocket to help you store information, links, and images so you can search through them later. It’s also great for bookmarking things to read for later. Another great resource to save articles is Instapaper, which also allows you to highlight important information.Productivity Owl — This Google Chrome extension will force you to be more productive. An owl follows you to every website you visit and swoops across the page when you’re not being productive. Source: owl image via ShutterstockSelfcontrol — This incredibly useful app temporarily blocks you from any distractions or addicting sites such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Youtube. It’s only for Mac users, but don’t worry — Cold Turkey has the same functions, specifically made for Windows users.Unroll Me — When you sign up, you’ll find a list of all your subscription emails. Unsubscribe instantly from whatever you don’t want. For the subscriptions you want to keep, Unroll Me will “roll” them into one message so you can see them at a glance instead of reading through dozens of emails. More great resources for email productivity are Mailbox and Sanebox.Wakerupper — This site provides you simple telephone reminders, so you can set a wake-up call at a specific time, remind yourself of important events, remember to take your medication on time, escape from a boring date or meeting, or simply set follow-ups for tasks you meant to do. A similar iPhone app is Due, which repeatedly alerts you about your tasks until you complete them.Workflowy — With this organizational tool, you’ll be able to free your mind of clutter and make your life much, much easier. It’ll help you organize your personal to-dos, collaborate on team projects, take notes, write research papers, keep a journal, plan a huge event, and much more.Wunderlist — This is the easiest way to manage and share your to-do lists. It is applicable for everything from trip planning to shopping lists to even running your own business. Other great resources to help you with task management are Any.do, Remember The Milk, and Todoist.Now, get to it.- Maggie ZhangRead: 6 web distractions to pass the time if you’re stuck in work>
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cyprus is considering an appeal to the UN Security Council after a recent Turkish encroachment of the island’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Foreign Minister Ioannis Kasoulides said this week.Speaking to local media, Kasoulides said that the move had been discussed during his meeting with Greek officials in Athens earlier this week. “However, no decision has been made,” he said.In the same interview, Kasoulides said that a number of foreign countries, including the United States, were working to contain the fallout from Turkey’s decision earlier this month to conduct seismic research off the island’s southern coast, in areas where Cyprus already has licenses to drill for natural gas.Source: Kathimerini
The latest figures released by the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) estimate that over three thousand migrants have died at seas the past 12 months in their quest for a safe haven.According to the current estimate, 3,771 migrants died while trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea to Europe last year.The final number for 2015 was released on Tuesday and is up from the the 3,692 figure the agency released before Christmas. The IOM said last year was the deadliest on record for migrants crossing the Mediterranean, with the number of deaths rising from 3,279 in 2014.At the same time, there was an enormous increase last year in people making the often-dangerous crossing. The IOM’s final tally for the number of people who arrived in Europe by sea last year was 1,004,356 — almost a fivefold increase over the previous year’s 219,000.The agency went on to say that 77 per cent of the deaths were on the central Mediterranean route, involving individuals who were mainly crossing from Libya.Source: Kathimerini Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram
After a series of TV tapings earlier this year that have yet to air, WWE has confirmed the NXT UK brand will begin airing weekly on the WWE Network starting next week.NXT UK, a new UK based extension of the NXT brand, began filming TV tapings back in July in Cambridge and later in August from Birmingham.Paul “Triple H” Levesque stated back in August that they decided to go ahead and start filming content for the NXT UK brand as they “didn’t want to wait.” Speculation among the wrestling media stated WWE was hoping to come to terms with a potential television partner in the UK to air the series, but that no longer appears to be the case.You can check out WWE’s announcement below.NXT UK to stream on WWE NetworkLONDON, England and STAMFORD, Conn. — WWE today announced that NXT UK, a new weekly episodic series featuring the greatest male and female competitors from the U.K., will stream on WWE Network on Wednesdays, beginning Oct. 17 at 8 p.m. BT/3 p.m. ET.The one-hour episodes will feature the biggest names from NXT UK, including Pete Dunne, Mark Andrews, Rhea Ripley, Toni Storm, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven and Wolfgang. Joining the NXT UK broadcasting team as backstage interviewer is British broadcasting personality Radzi Chinyanganya, best known for hosting ITV game show “Cannonball,” and in his ongoing role as a presenter of the world’s longest-running children’s TV show, the BBC’s “Blue Peter.” Calling the action are commentators Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph, joined by ring announcer Andy Shepherd and NXT UK General Manager, the legendary Johnny Saint.“NXT UK is the next step in our global localization strategy, and we are proud to do this in a place where WWE has had a special relationship for more than 30 years,” said Paul “Triple H” Levesque, WWE Executive Vice President, Talent, Live Events & Creative.WWE Network is the home of NXT UK plus all WWE live pay-per-view events — including WrestleMania — for $9.99 per month. WWE Network also includes groundbreaking original programming, reality shows, documentaries, classic matches and more than 10,000 hours of video on demand.Upcoming live events for NXT UK take place in Plymouth and Liverpool on the following dates:Saturday, Oct. 13 and Sunday, Oct. 14, at Plymouth PavilionsSaturday, Nov. 24 and Sunday, Nov. 25, at Liverpool OlympiaTickets for these events are available via www.livenation.co.uk. Further information is available at www.wwe.com/events. Twitter WWE Clash of Champions Results – 9/15/19 (Rollins vs. Strowman, Kingston vs. Orton) Google+ WhatsApp Facebook Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Wrestleview Live #65: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Live Podcast: Reviewing and discussing WWE Clash of Champions from Charlotte Pinterest
According to Sky Sports, Bundesliga club Schalke are not interested in signing Tottenham Hotspur left-back Danny Rose contrary to initial reports.The Bundesliga club plan to secure just one more signing, preferably a left-back. They have a budget or around €7m according to Sky sources, and Danny Rose is not on their radar.Schalke are not interested in loan deals but are looking to make a permanent signing.The German club are hoping to finalise a deal for a new defender by the weekend.Pochettino: ‘Happy’ Christian Eriksen ready for Spurs action Andrew Smyth – September 12, 2019 Mauricio Pochettino insists Christian Eriksen is “happy” and in the right frame of mind for Tottenham despite his failed summer exit.Danny Rose has been one of the players heavily linked to the club but the price tag has been the only stumbling block in the way of a deal.It has been initially reported that Tottenham were willing to listen to offers for Danny Rose, along with Toby Alderweireld and Mousa Dembele this summer.Since criticising Spurs’ ambition and wage structure last year, Rose has faced an uncertain future.Comments for which he subsequently apologised, but the damage seems to have already been done.
In the face of a difficult magazine market, Johnson has been revampingthe Ebony and Jet brands to include multiplatform content creation. Inprint, the company has been working to attract new, younger audiences as well as to position the company as the go-to source for news andentertainment with a “unique black point-of view.”Through the first three months of 2010, Ebony saw advertising pagestumble 30.6 percent compared to the same period last year, according toPublishers Information Bureau figures. At Jet, the losses were evensteeper; ad pages declined 33.1 percent.“As a media company, we had to completely rethink distribution in termsof our content offering beyond print,” Johnson chairman and CEO LindaJohnson Rice says in the video. That means Johnson’s brands areexpanding into social media, events, mobile and e-readers and tabletslike the Apple iPad.So does MYJET247.com deliver the engaging, go-to online environmentJohnson says it was aiming for? You be the judge. Leave your commentsbelow. As part of a bigger initiative to reposition Ebony and Jet beyond justtheir printed magazines, Johnson Publishing has launched MYJET247.com.The site is constructed around eight topic verticals, including JetBuzz, Jet Beauty, Jet Love, Jet Connect, Jet Perspective, Jet Style, Jet Music and Jet Video.And to really make sure that you know that the Jet brand is more thanjust that struggling print product, Johnson headed into the productionstudio (and tapped celebrities like actress/singer Brandy and TreySongz) to put together this slick video press release: In the video, acting chief marketing officer Melvin P. Young says theidea behind the site is to “create a new value proposition with adistinctive brand identity” and enhance the online user experience.“Users will have the opportunity to participate, actively engage andshare very unique experiences across each of these branded sites,” Young says of the topic channels.
Twitter Where Does Megadeth’s David Ellefson Keep His GRAMMY? One of metal’s low frequency pioneers lets us into his Arizona home to share where his golden statue restsNate HertweckGRAMMYs Jan 30, 2019 – 10:00 am Few bands can boast the longevity, impact and relevance in metal that thrash gods Megadeth. In early 2017, their hard work was rewarded with the GRAMMY for Best Metal Performance at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for “Dystopia,” the title track from their 15th studio album. News Facebook Email NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Jan 30, 2019 – 9:59 am Where Does David Ellefson Keep His GRAMMY? Where Does David Ellefson Keep His GRAMMY? where-does-megadeths-david-ellefson-keep-his-grammy “We’ve never written songs to win GRAMMYs, or any awards quite honestly,” Megadeth bassist and co-founder David Ellefson tells the Recording Academy during a recent visit to his Arizona home to see where he keeps his GRAMMY. “We just write songs. And it seems like if we like them, our fans like them.”While this might have been Megadeth’s first GRAMMY win, it was far from their first nomination. Ellefson and his band had been nominated an impressive 12 times throughout their career, earning their first nomination back in 1990 for their influential thrash masterpiece Rust In Peace.For Ellefson, even if the goal isn’t to win any awards, there is still a sense of conquering that comes from creating what you know to be your best work.”I think with Dystopia there was this moment where [we said], ‘if they don’t like this we’re out of ideas.’ Because every record you make, you’re essentially creating your next future,” says Ellefson. “And I don’t care who you are and how great of a record you feel you’ve made, when you first put it on for somebody to hear it, there’s always this moment of like, ‘oh god, I hope they like this.’ We certainly have had that with every album, and I think with Dystopia, we held our heads high… It seems to have done the trick to get us to the winner’s circle.”Where Does Halestorm’s Lzzy Hale Keep Her GRAMMY?Read more
Prime minister Sheikh Hasina. File photoPrime minister Sheikh Hasina will be present at Army Stadium in Dhaka on Monday afternoon where the second namaz-e-janaza of 23 plane crash victims will be held, reports UNB.The namaz-e-janaza of 23 US-Bangla plane crash victims will be held at Army Stadium at 4:00pm, said Rezaul Karim, assistant director of Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR).Prime minister Sheikh Hasina will also attend the funeral programme, said her press secretary Ihsanul Karim.Earlier, the first namaz-e-janaza was held at Bangladesh Mission in Kathmandu at 9am on Monday.A cargo plane of Bangladesh Air Force, carrying the bodies, is scheduled to land at Shahjalal International Airport in the city around 3pm.A total of 23 bodies were identified till Sunday. Their respective passport numbers are provided in parentheses.The name of the 23 victims also with their passport numbers are Foysal Ahmed (AG7611296), Bilkis Ara (BC0049030), Akhtara Begum (BQ0966082), Begum Hurun Nahar Bilquis Banu (BL0077261), Akhtara Begum ( BQ0966082), Nazia Afrin Chowdhury ( 0C0196215), Md Rokibul Hasan (BF0245028), Sanzida Huque (BL0129840), Md Hasan Imam (BL0077270), Meenhaz Bin Nasir (BL0948957), Akhi Moni ( BA0546584), FH Priok (BE0269054),Tamarra Prionmoyee (BR0896359), Md Motiur Rahman (BA0594388), SM Mahmudur Rahman (BA0594388), Tahira Tanvin Shashi Reza (BB0778372), Umme Salma (0C5084403),Aniruddha Zaman (BP0122973), Md Nuruz Zaman (BF0621111), Md Rafiquz Zaman (BL0601965), pilot Abid Sultan (BE0760912), co-pilot Prithula Rashid (BF0430528), crews Khwaja Hossain Mohammad Shafey (AF3028136) and crew Sharmin Akhter Nabila (BE0925527).The three bodies are yet to be identified. They are Alifuzzaman (BQ0626689), Pias Roy (BC0759899) and Mohammad Nazrul Islam (BH0461552).At least 49 people, including 26 Bangladeshi nationals, were killed as the US-Bangla Airlines aircraft crashed and burst into flames at Tribhuvan International Airport in the capital of Himalayan county Nepal on Monday last.
1 Movie titles with a minimum spend of $100,000 for airings detected between 10/15/2018 and 10/21/2018.* TV Impressions – Total TV ad impressions delivered for the brand or spot.* Attention Score – Measures the propensity of consumers to interrupt an ad play on TV. The higher the score, the more complete views. Actions that interrupt an ad play include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV.* Attention Index – Represents the Attention of a specific creative or program placement vs the average. The average is represented by a score of 100, and the total index range is from 0 through 200. For example, an attention index of 125 means that there are 25% fewer interrupted ad plays compared to the average.Variety has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you this weekly look at what studios are spending to market their movies on TV. Learn more about the iSpot.tv platform and methodology. Impressions: 300,461,532Attention Score: 94.00Attention Index: 116National Airings: 825Networks: 39Most Spend On: NBC, USA NetworkCreative Versions: 13Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $8.21MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 09/12/18 Top Movie Commercials by Weekly TV SpendData provided by iSpot.tv Popular on Variety $4.34M – The Nutcracker and the Four Realms $3.91M – Hunter Killer Impressions: 252,499,825Attention Score: 92.24Attention Index: 92National Airings: 625Networks: 26Most Spend On: NBC, ABCCreative Versions: 28Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $12.64MStudio: Walt Disney PicturesStarted Airing: 12/25/17 TV ad placements for Universal’s “Halloween” (EMV: $4.2 million), Columbia Pictures’ “The Girl in the Spider’s Web” ($3.94 million) and Lionsgate’s “Hunter Killer” ($3.91 million) round out the chart. Notably, “Hunter Killer” has the best iSpot Attention Index (131) in the ranking, getting 31% fewer interruptions than the average movie ad (interruptions include changing the channel, pulling up the guide, fast-forwarding or turning off the TV). Impressions: 291,463,007Attention Score: 92.13Attention Index: 91National Airings: 403Networks: 28Most Spend On: ESPN, AMCCreative Versions: 6Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $6.26MStudio: Columbia PicturesStarted Airing: 09/12/18 $3.94M – The Girl in the Spider’s Web $4.97M – The Grinch $4.2M – Halloween In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for “The Grinch.”Ads placed for the remake of the Christmas classic had an estimated media value of $4.97 million through Sunday for 825 national ad airings on 39 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Oct. 15-21. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized spend across networks including NBC, USA Network and Fox, and during specific programming such as NFL Football, This Is Us and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Just behind “The Grinch” in second place: Walt Disney Pictures’ “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” which saw 625 national ad airings across 26 networks, with an estimated media value of $4.34 million. Impressions: 239,510,444Attention Score: 95.04Attention Index: 131National Airings: 354Networks: 19Most Spend On: ESPN, CBSCreative Versions: 9Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $7.86MStudio: LionsgateStarted Airing: 10/07/18 Impressions: 297,960,633Attention Score: 94.35Attention Index: 121National Airings: 873Networks: 36Most Spend On: ESPN, Adult SwimCreative Versions: 34Est. Lifetime TV Spend: $17.68MStudio: Universal PicturesStarted Airing: 06/10/18 ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
Follow Kevin Maher, (the man behind it all) and Flat Stan on: Twitter, Facebook, and Tumblr. Stay on target Kristen Gudsnuk Talks Inspirations and What Brought Henchgirl To LifeCosplay Gallery: New York Comic Con 2017, Part 2 Face front, True Believers!This year marks Stan Lee’s final appearance at New York Comic-Con and we’re going to help him go out in a memorable way and help him hit all areas of the con.Help us celebrate “Stan The Man” by sending Flat Stan Lee to the Javits Convention Center and around the greatest city in the world. Here’s how it works:Print and cut-out your very own Flat Stan Lee.Bring him with you to NYCC. Take photos of Flat Stan.Post on Social Media (Twitter & Instagram)Use the hashtag #FlatStanNYCCWe’ll send a prize to whoever gets a photo of Flat Stan Lee with Stanley Martin Lieber himself. A gallery of our favorites will be shared with our Geekdom on Monday. Here’s a complete schedule of Stan’s NYCC appearances. And for inspiration, here are some photos from Flat Stan Lee’s previous adventures. <><>
The hits just keep on coming in 2016. Some much-beloved actors and artists have passed away this year, and you can now add iconic actor Gene Wilder to that list.Wilder, who gained fame for roles in films like Blazing Saddles and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, died at home in Stamford, Connecticut from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease.Wilder got his big break as accountant Leo Bloom in 1967’s The Producers, for which he got an Oscar nomination. Wilder is perhaps best known for his enduring portrayal of chocolatier Willy Wonka in the 1971 classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. The movie didn’t rack up big numbers at the box office, but over the years it has become a favorite of kids (and grown ups) around the world. It wasn’t until later roles in the Mel Brooks films Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein that Wilder became a household name.In the 1980s, Wilder did a series of successful comedy films co-starring Richard Pryor. However, Wilder largely retired following the death of his wife, Saturday Night Live performer Gilda Radner in 1989. It speaks to the impact his performances had that even after all these years, he’s still held in such high regard.According to Wilder’s family, he escaped many of the most devastating symptoms of Alzheimer’s. He never lost his ability to recognize close friends and family and retained his “central-gentle-life affirming core personality.” Wilder and his family chose not to make his condition known earlier because they didn’t want kids who saw “the real Willy Wonka” to have to hear about his illness from adults. A class act to the end.
More information: Towards high-speed imaging of infrared photons with bio-inspired nanoarchitectures, Nature Photonics (2012) doi:10.1038/nphoton.2011.355AbstractExisting infrared detectors rely on complex microfabrication and thermal management methods. Here, we report an attractive platform of low-thermal-mass resonators inspired by the architectures of iridescent Morpho butterfly scales. In these resonators, the optical cavity is modulated by its thermal expansion and refractive index change, resulting in ‘wavelength conversion’ of mid-wave infrared (3–8 µm) radiation into visible iridescence changes. By doping Morpho butterfly scales with single-walled carbon nanotubes, we achieved mid-wave infrared detection with 18–62 mK noise-equivalent temperature difference and 35–40 Hz heat-sink-free response speed. The nanoscale pitch and the extremely small thermal mass of individual ‘pixels’ promise significant improvements over existing detectors. Computational analysis explains the origin of this thermal response and guides future conceptually new bio-inspired thermal imaging sensor designs. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Colors of Butterfly Wing Yield Clues to Light-Altering Structures Citation: Researchers make better heat sensor based on butterfly wings (2012, February 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-02-sensor-based-butterfly-wings.html Journal information: Nature Photonics Explore further In their study, the team used the Morpho sulkowsky butterfly, a native of South America, a species known for its iridescence. It, like most butterflies, has wings that are made up of thousands of tiny tree-like structures made of chitin. When light strikes the branches and folds of the nanosized structures, it’s bounced around causing a multitude of reflections and refractions, partly accounting for the coloring that we see when looking at them. The other part is caused by the chitin expanding (changing its refraction index) when exposed to infrared radiation, which is subsequently converted to visible light. The chitin expands by actually absorbing the infrared light, a property that is of special interest to the team of researchers at General Electric’s Global Research Center; a group who has found they can increase the heat absorption of the chitin by adding a layer of carbon nanotubes. In so doing they discovered the resultant product could sense temperature differences as small as 0.018 °C.Thermal imaging systems are used in night vision goggles to help people see in the dark and in many other devices such as those that detect heat loss from buildings. As more sensitive devices are made, higher resolutions can be had which could lead to sensors able to detect medical conditions earlier, or problems with mechanical machinery. If this new method using fabricated butterfly wings and nanotubes pans out, it would also vastly reduce the cost associated with manufacturing such devices because it would do away with such components as heat sinks and the need to fabricate other micro-components. © 2011 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Scientists have long known that butterfly wings produce their iridescent colors by bouncing light around and between tiny ridges in structures made of chitin. More recently they’ve discovered that the chitin material in their wings also expands when struck by infrared radiation which causes a change in its refraction index, converting it to visible light. Now, by adding a layer of carbon nanotubes to the wing material, the researchers have found they are able to increase the amount of heat absorbed. This discovery, the team writes in their paper published in Nature Photonics, could lead to new kinds of thermal imaging systems. Morpho didius batterfly. Image: Wikipedia.
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