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first_imgNHK is set to demonstrate the very first United States broadcast of 8K video signal at NAB 2014.In our previous article we examined the difference between 4K and HD in regards to its relationship with 8K video. Recent announcements made by NHK have inspired us to examine 8K broadcasting more in-depth…8K BroadcastingNHK is one of the world’s leaders in future video technologies. They have been on the cutting edge of creating better viewing experiences in regards to video resolution. For example, they were testing HD signal at the 1984 Olympic Games, which was over 15 years before consumers were even buying HD TV’s.Fast forward to 2014 and NHK is the leading advocate for 8K broadcasting. Since 2012 they have been testing 8K video signal from their home in Japan. In January of 2014, NHK successfully transmitted a long distance broadcast of 8K signal with 22.2 surround sound from 27 kilometers (16.7 miles) away. The signal transfer happened on a single 6 MHz TV channel which shows it is possible to broadcast 8K signal using available airwaves.NHK Broadcasting Test in Japan via UbergizmoThis broadcast featured a data signal of 24 Gbits a second and has the ability to broadcast at 120 frames per second. Broadcasting the signal was possible due to Orthogonal Frequency-Division Multiplexing (OFDM), a data encoding method used in wi-fi signals. They also use multiple input/output data signals that breaks the signal up into 6 smaller parts. In short, the signal is impressive and definitely futuristic.8K at NAB 2014NHK has recently announced that they plan to demonstrate 8K broadcasting at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) show in April 2014. The demonstration, if successful, will be the very first 8K broadcast to ever happen the the United States. The broadcast will be featured on a 350 inch television with 22.2 point surround sound. NHK will be playing recorded 8K footage from the Sochi Olympics. They will also be sharing some of their findings regarding 8K resolution.NHK 8K camera at the 2012 London Olympic Games via WhatHiFiWhere Can I See I the 8K Broadcast?If you are interested in seeing this historic broadcast, you can check it out at NHK’s booth in the Futures Park of North Hall at the 2014 NAB conference – booth N231. While your in Futures Park be sure to check out a live broadcast of HDR video presented by goHDR and the University of Warwick. A more detailed list of Futures Park can be found on NAB’s website. We’ll see you there!Have any comments about 8K broadcasting? Share in the comments below.last_img read more

first_imgNOT OUT: Jagmohan Dalmiya takes on the ICC againIt’s time for the lord of Lord’s to start ducking for cover.Jagmohan Dalmiya, president, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is still raging against the International Cricket Council (ICC) and last week he struck another blow at it by presenting,NOT OUT: Jagmohan Dalmiya takes on the ICC againIt’s time for the lord of Lord’s to start ducking for cover.Jagmohan Dalmiya, president, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), is still raging against the International Cricket Council (ICC) and last week he struck another blow at it by presenting a “united Asian” demand that the Mike Denness issue be taken to vote by the ICC executive board.For those who came in late: Dalmiya and the BCCI are protesting against the three-man committee appointed by the ICC to look into the validity of Denness’ rulings against six Indian players during the Port Elizabeth Test of 2001.The heads of the Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi boards, acting under the aegis of the Asian Cricket Council which met in Dubai, went with Dalmiya in demanding that the three-man commission be put on hold until the ICC meeting in Cape Town next month. What’s more, they informed the ICC that South Africa, West Indies and Zimbabwe were also with the Asian lobby.This show of unity surprised the ICC as it came after India’s Asian brethren maintained a diplomatic silence at the time of the crisis last November.The turnaround came even as Dalmiya rallied to support boycott-hit Pakistan’s cricket schedules, threatening to pull out of India’s year-end tour of New Zealand if the Kiwis did not visit Pakistan earlier.Ehsan Mani, chairman of ICC’s finance committee and a special invitee to the Dubai confabulations, told INDIA TODAY, “This involves the common interest of Asian cricket.”advertisementBut the plot continues to thicken as it is learnt that the England and Wales Cricket Board, which is as close to Dalmiya as Lord’s is to Lonavala, has decided upon its nominee for the elite panel of ICC match referees to be finalised in April. The gentleman in question? Mike Denness.last_img read more

first_imgBatting great Sunil Gavaskar on Sunday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys have “embarrassed” the country with their “jelly-like” resistance in the Test series against England and even suggested that those not interested in playing longer-format should quit the Test team.India suffered yet another humiliating defeat as they lost the fifth Test by an innings and 244 runs.”If you do not want to be playing Test cricket for India, quit. Just play limited-overs cricket. You should not be embarrassing your country like that,” Gavaskar said in BBC Radio’s Test Match Special show.Gavaskar though said England should be cautious for future series since this win has come against an Indian side which did not play tough cricket.”Everything about England has been top-class. But, India have shown jelly-like resistance. Therefore, England should not get carried away because there are sterner tests to come,” he said.Commenting in the same programme, former England captain Michael Vaughan questioned Indian players’ commitment.”It’s a disgrace to think that India have been blown away in 29 overs under blue skies on a pitch that was only doing a bit. They should be embarrassed. Some of those strokes were of players who didn’t want to fight for their country,” Vaughan said.last_img read more

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Monday named a four-member committee to oversee the daily operations of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).The committee, which includes historian Ramachandra Guha, Vikram Limaye, Managing Director and CEO of IDFC, Diana Edulji, former India women’s Test cricketer, will be headed by Vinod Rai, former Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG).CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEOThe apex court bench, headed by Justice Dipak Mishra, also directed the CEO of BCCI, Rahul Johri, to report to the panel of administrators.It was also decided that Limaye and BCCI joint secretary Amitabh Choudhary will represent BCCI in the International Cricket Council (ICC) meeting likely to be held in first week of February.Significantly, there is no limit of term for the interim BCCI panel. It will study reforms implemented and report on what needs to be doneMeanwhile, the Supreme Court also deferred the suggestion of the Centre that the Sports Secretary should be appointed in the panel of administrators.The apex court has asked BCCI to submit a list of the recommendations which have been implemented to the newly appointed administrators.It also asked Amicus Curiae Anil Diwan and Gopal Subramanium to submit the Lodha Panel recommendations and their report on the implementation so far. The Court also noted that the appointment of a government servant would amount to interference.Former India cricketer Kirti Azad hailed the appointment of the panel. “Most importantly, the cozy council will have nothing to do with administration and financial management of cricket,” he told India Today.advertisementOn January 2, the Supreme Court had sacked BCCI president Anurag Thakur and secretary Ajay Shirke from their posts after they continued to stall the implementation of the Lodha reforms. That necessitated the appointment of a panel which will now oversee daily operations of the Indian cricket board.last_img read more

first_imgNew Delhi, Nov 22 (PTI) At loggerheads with the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) on the testing of Indian cricketers, the BCCI today discussed the matter with Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and also sought the governments view on playing arch-foes Pakistan in the planned ICC Test Championship.NADA wants to bring Indian cricketers in its net but the cricket board has rejected the demand. BCCI has insisted that it is a WADA-compliant organisation so there was no need for it come under NADAs supervision.The BCCI has its Special General Meeting (SGM) scheduled for December 9, where the NADA issue has been now added to the agenda after the meeting with Rathore.BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and General Manager (Administration and Game Development) Prof. Ratnakar Shetty, who is well- versed with the BCCIs anti-doping policy, met Rathore at his office for about 45 minutes.”The topic of discussion today was about NADA and WADA. During yesterdays meeting, it was decided that Rahul will be accompanied by Prof Shetty as he is aware about the anti- doping policy of BCCI. There were some other operational topics discussed but main was anti doping policy,” a BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity.The ministrys view, which is not yet clear, will now be conveyed to officials and also discussed at the SGM. When CK Khanna, the acting BCCI President, was contacted, he confirmed that anti-doping policy has been added to the agenda. Another BCCI official said, “This meeting was a courtesy call and was planned long ago. Since Rathore took charge, they wanted to meet him. All issues, including cricketing ties with Pakistan, was discussed.”advertisement”Anyway, playing Pakistan or not, it is not only the decision of Sports Ministry but it lies mainly with PMO and the Home Ministry,” the official said.Also discussed was the contentious issue of playing Pakistan. India has not played any bilateral series with Pakistan since the limited overs series featuring two T20Is and three ODIs in India in 2012-13. The Twenty20 series was drawn and Pakistan won the ODIs 2-1.As per the ICC Future Tours Program, each of its member countries are bound to play against each other at least once and if India do not play with Pakistan, they would lose points.As per the format, each team would play at least three home and away Test series respectively and members are free to negotiate more series (between 2019 to 2021) depending on availability.In 2014, BCCI and PCB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to play six bilateral series between 2015 and 2023.However, after India refused to play Pakistan due to strained relations, the PCB sent a notice of dispute to the Indian Board, claiming losses due to the BCCIs refusal to tour Pakistan in 2015. PTI ATK/KHS/BS AT PM PMlast_img read more

first_imgCroatia captain Luka Modric praised his team’s character after another dramatic penalty shootout victory in this year’s FIFA World Cup in Russia.Croatia beat hosts Russia 4-3 via penalties to reach the semis, where they will take on England in Saint Petersburg on Wednesday.This was the second time Croatia have won a match in this year’s World Cup via penalty shootout. In the round of 16, they beat Denmark 3-2 to march into the quarters. That day Danijel Subasic pulled off three saves to deny the Danish boys a place into the last eight. On Saturday, he pulled off one during the shootout and numerous important saves with a hamstring injury in another heroic performance.And, captain Modric was all praise for the character shown by his boys in Sochi.”Another drama for us. We didn’t play well in the first half, we didn’t control the game as we wanted. From the start of the second half we played much better, but unfortunately we couldn’t finish the game. We showed the character again,” said Modric.Into the last four.Onwards to Moscow.What a #WorldCup adventure for #Croatia.#FlamingPride #Family #Vatreni | CFF (@HNS_CFF) July 7, 2018MATCH HIGHLIGHTS | REPORTSSpeaking about the semi-final, the Real Madrid midfielder said: “We are in the semi-finals, we will enjoy the game. We have enough time to rest and prepare well.”He and the Croats however, will have to buck up if they want to reach their first-ever World Cup final. They will be up against a spirited England, who defeated a stout Swedish team without breaking a sweat earlier in the day in Samara.advertisementUnlike Gareth Southgate’s team, who are on a roll in Russia despite a nerve-wrecking penalty shootout win against Colombia, the Croatians have managed to put themselves in a spot in both their knockout matches from winning situations.On Saturday, Ivan Rakitic stroked home the winning penalty to send Croatia into a semis after Mario Fernandes dramatically equalised for Russia with five minutes of extra time remaining, only to miss a crucial kick in the shootout.Both teams had also won on penalties in their second round matches, with Russia beating Spain, but the hosts’ marksmanship let them down this time.Fyodor Smolov saw Russia’s first penalty saved by Danijel Subasic and, although Russia goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved a Mateo Kovacic kick, the hosts’ fate was sealed when Fernandes, turning from hero to villain, fired completely wide from their third attempt.In the previous 120 minutes, Denis Cheryshev rifled Russia in front with a long-range thunderbolt, his fourth goal of the tournament, in the 31st minute before Andrej Kramaric headed Croatia level six minutes before halftime.Croatia then went ahead with a soft Domagoj Vida header in the eleventh minute of extra time but Russia still managed to bounce back through Fernandes.(With inputs from Reuters)last_img read more

first_imgThe teeming Capital is still striving to grow and trees often fall by the wayside to make room for human needs. At the root of such a green cover vs development debate is the lush treeladen campus of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi near Hauz Khas, also known as an excellent birding site, which is feeling the heat of growing infrastructural needs.At least 653 big native trees inside the campus premises have been felled, with due authorisation, since September last year to build new hostels for boys and girls, a shopping complex, indoor sports arena, a research and innovation park, and the GH Keswani Research Centre.Mail Today has a copy of the permission given by the Delhi forest department which has surprisingly asked for transplantation of only six trees out of the 653 old mango, jamun, neem, tamarind, amaltas, gulmohar, neeli gulmohar, ashoka, Buddha Coconut, Devil’s Tree, etc, to be chopped down. These were planted way back in 1961 when IITD was established.The institution has also paid Rs 3.72 crore for compensatory afforestation in Yamuna Bank area and the Aravalli Biodiversity Park.Sources said that the forest department had initially refused permission, so IIT authorities had to take up the matter with the ministry of human resource development (MHRD) and even Delhi education minister Manish Sisodia to allow the razing of trees and construction. IITD director V Ramgopal Rao told Mail Today, “Even this permission we got with so much difficulty after waiting for five years and following up with so many agencies.”advertisementHowever, environmental experts and landscape architects pointed out that 653 is indeed a big number of trees to be lost in the middle of the city. “The four campuses of Delhi University, Jawaharlal Nehru University, Indira Gandhi National Open University and IIT are some of the last refuges of thousands of old trees in the city,” said Vikrant Tongad, NGO, SAFE.”If you look at Delhi on Google Earth, South Delhi is in fact the green lung of the entire Capital. At a time when we are ranked sixth among world cities on air pollution, braving rising summer temperatures and sandstorms, and projects like that of NBCC, it’s imperative we relook at our development model,” he added.Vikrant also underlined that Delhi’s soil character and hot climate are not conducive to new plantations and raising them into the big healthy trees that exist today will be difficult.”Many of our development projects have bad designs. The authorities or project proponents hire the cheapest architect at the last moment who prefers to start with a ‘clean slate’, and incorporating trees into his designs is his last priority,” said KT Ravindran, urban designer and former chairman of Delhi Urban Arts Commission (DUAC).However, other experts like Dr Surya Prakash, zoologist, School of Life Sciences, JNU, said infrastructural growth like colleges, offices, roads and highways will always claim a few tree lives.”It is the responsibility of the government to ensure balance between nature and development. After the British in Lutyens’ Zone, nobody bothered to do a long-term, sustained plantation programme with special focus on location and variety of trees. Our forest and horticulture departments should step up to this critical task,” he said.Many former students of IIT rued the loss of bird habitat that would have been caused by the loss of 653 trees.”The IIT campus is home to at least 56 species of birds. While the 320 acres of green expanse will still support them, but if expansion continues at this rate, we know we will start seeing them less often,” said an IIT alumnus who requested anonymity.last_img read more

first_imgAfghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan had decided to play for Adelaide Strikers in a Big Bash League (BBL) 2018-19 match against Sydney Thunder on the New Year’s Eve in honour of his late father, who passed away on the previous day.Rashid had put an emotional post on social media, mourning the death of the “most important person” in his life but he fronted up to play for his BBL team in front of a 40,000-strong crowd at the Adelaide Oval.It was an emotional moment for Rashid but it was business as usual for the 20-year-old leg-spinner on the field as he picked up two wickets and played a key role in the Strikers’ 20-run win over the Thunder on Monday.Rashid was welcomed to the bowling crease in the ninth over of Thunder’s chase by thunderous applause from the Adelaide crowd. The Afghanistan star didn’t strike in his first two overs but got his first wicket of the day in the 15th over by removing Jason Sangha.Rashid, who is known for his enthusiastic celebrations, just smiled when he got his first wicket. In a heartwarming gesture, all his Strikers teammates ran up to him and gave him warm hugs.When Rashid finished his quota of four overs with figures of 34 for 2, the Adelaide crowd applauded the leg-spinner’s grit and determination. The applause did not stop even after an over was completed after the end of Rashid’s spell.A lot of love for Rashid Khan during a tough time for the popular Striker #BBL08 (@cricketcomau) January 1, 2019Rashid one of our brothers in the side: Strikers wicketkeeper Alex CareyStrikers’ wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey, who shone with the bat with a half-century on Monday, heaped praise on Rashid, saying he doesn’t have words to describe their “brother” from Afghanistan.”I’d like to think we’ve all welcomed him here in Adelaide into our family. He’s one of our brothers in the side, he’s one of the best players in the world at cricket but just the person he is – I don’t have high enough words (for him),” Carey told”He’s just one of the best I’ve come across as a person. He was out signing autographs before the game, he fronted up tonight and played outstandingly.”He’s fitted into our group amazingly over the last two seasons. I don’t have enough words to describe what a bloke he is. He’s played a fair bit of cricket here now and he’s always got a big smile on his face which means a lot with the crowd as well, he loves the energy.”Deservedly, Rashid ended the year with a world record as he picked up 98 wickets in T20s – the most by a bowler in a calendar year in the shortest format of the game.Rashid, who led the Strikers to BBL glory by topping the bowling charts with 18 wickets from 11 matches last season, is yet to decide whether he will return to Afghanistan, according to the report. The Strikers next face the Melbourne Renegades in Geelong on Thursday.Also Read | Australian Prime Minister hosts Virat Kohli and Tim Paine’s men at official residenceAlso Read | How sports stars around the world welcomed 2019Also See:last_img read more

first_imgeSports Goal VS: New York City FC on FIFA 18 Goal Last updated 1 year ago 21:30 5/24/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) eSports Graham ‘GrayzaGoal’ McIntyre took on Christopher ‘NYC_Chris’ Holly in an all-star eSports star clash on EA Sports’ flagship football game In a new series from Goal, our own professional FIFA player, Graham ‘GrayzaGoal’ McIntyre, will take on other FIFA pros from some of the biggest football clubs and eSports organisations across the world.In the first four episodes, GrayzaGoal will face eSports stars from Manchester City, New York City FC and Melbourne City FC.The first episode, which you can watch here, sees GrayzaGoal against Christopher ‘NYC_Chris’ Holly. NYC_Chris picked up his first professional tournament win at last year’s FUT Regionals in Vancouver, and played GrayzaGoal soon after finishing third at the eMLS Cup. Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now HandshakeIn other episodes, GrayzaGoal will can be seen challenging Kai ‘deto’ Wollin and Marcus ‘ExpectSporting’ Jorgensen from Manchester City, as well as Melbourne City FC’s Marcus ‘MelbourneCity Marcus’ Gomes. All four matches were recorded at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.All ‘Goal Versus’ matches take place using the FUT game mode in FIFA 18, allowing the players to pick from some of the biggest names in FIFA.GrayzaGoal said: “The City clubs have some of the best players in the world. All four matches were some of the hardest I’ve had but it’s great to compete and test yourself against the best. Now, I’m just looking forward to playing in more tournaments and seeing who Goal lines up next.”last_img read more

9 January 2009The United Nations will resume suspended aid distribution for hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in Gaza as soon as possible after receiving credible security assurances from “the very highest levels” in Israel following an attack that killed one UN contract driver and injured a second although they had received Israeli clearance. At the same time, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, intensifying diplomatic efforts to ensure implementation of last night”s Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire, phoned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert today to voice his disappointment that the violence is continuing on the ground in disregard of the call.“He”s working right now on those diplomatic channels,” spokesperson Michele Montas told a news briefing in New York as Israel”s offensive moved towards its 15th day with the stated aim of ending Hamas rocket attacks from Gaza.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) yesterday suspended food delivery operations to 750,000 Palestinian refugees after the Israeli attack.“It”s very good news we”ve received these assurances,” UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs John Holmes told the briefing. Speaking by video link from ground zero in Gaza, UNRWA Director of Operations John Ging said: “We”re very relieved here.” He added that it was a “horrendous decision” he had had to make to suspend delivery operations when hundreds of thousands of Gazans are in dire need of food, water and other essentials.The assurances were given at a high-level meeting today at the Defence Ministry in Tel Aviv at which Israel “deeply regretted” the incidents and said they did not reflect official Government policy.“The UN received credible assurances that the security of UN personnel, installations and humanitarian operations would be fully respected, including undertakings of improved liaison and more effective internal coordination within the IDF [Israeli Defence Forces] ” UNRWA and the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process (UNSCO) said in a joint statement.“On this basis, UN staff movements suspended yesterday will resume as soon as possible. The UN will keep the safety and security of its staff under constant review,” they added. Mr. Ging said the assurances came from the highest levels of the Government and UNRWA Commissioner General Karen AbuZayd would hold further meetings in Tel Aviv tomorrow. “We”re optimistic,” he added about the forthcoming resumption.On the ground, however, the fighting continued despite last night”s ceasefire resolution. “Today in Gaza we woke up to the good news from the Security Council, it certainly generated some realistic basis for hope that hope is certainly waning as the day has gone along,” Mr. Ging said. “It”s the same, if not worse on the ground,” Mr. Holmes added, voicing disappointment that both sides had ignored the call. “Civilians are not safe anywhere in Gaza,” he said, stressing the rising civilian toll among the 792 dead and 3,200 injured, according to Palestinian figures deemed credible by the UN. He noted that some aid was getting through the crossings from Israel, but the problem was moving it around within the Gaza Strip amid the fierce fighting. Israel again instituted its third successive three-hour truce today, which Mr. Holmes said was useful “in terms of the population having a little bit of relief from the constant bombing and shelling and violence, the ability to move around to some extent, to have access to the wounded, to bury their dead, to have access to shops if such things are open, but also to enable technicians to repair infrastructure on the power side and on the water side.“But let me emphasize again: it does not create an environment where there is free and safe access to basic services for long enough for the population to be meaningful,” he added. The food situation continues to deteriorate with 80 per cent of the 1.5 million people in need of assistance, the health situation is “extremely worrying,” with access problems for hospital staff, most of Gaza is without power, solid sewage waste is piling up, and over 21,000 people are now sheltering in UN schools amid a shortage of blankets and other essentials, he said.Meanwhile, World Food Programme (WFP) Executive Director Josette Sheeran today went to Rafah on the Egyptian border with Gaza to get first hand information on the humanitarian challenges, and pledged to provide food aid to some 360,000 of the non-refugee population in Gaza, up from 250,000 at present.She has sent a senior WFP team to Jerusalem to urge the Israeli authorities to grant freer humanitarian access to Gaza so that the agency can respond to the immediate food needs. “It”s critical that WFP and all humanitarian workers have free and unfettered access to the people of Gaza at this difficult time,” she said, adding that food supplies were waiting in warehouses to be distributed to the hungry. In New York, General Assembly President Miguel D”Escoto, while welcoming the ceasefire resolution as an important step, said it “reflects a minimalist response of the Security Council to a horrific aggression. “The Council”s action, important as it is, was neither prompt nor effective, as demanded by Article 24 of the United Nations Charter. Rather than responding to the warnings of a likely new aggression against Gaza, the Council fiddled while Gaza burned,” his spokesperson said in a statement. “Gaza is still burning, but the Security Council resolution could be at least a first step in a process to quench that fire. The President is aware that the Security Council resolution does not eliminate the continuing obligations of the United Nations as a whole, including the General Assembly, to the people of Gaza. He will continue his efforts to meet those obligations.” read more

9 February 2011The head of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) said today that the agency is delivering food aid to half a million people affected by the massive floods in Sri Lanka, while planning for longer-term support to help those affected recover from the disaster. Josette Sheeran, the WFP Executive Director, noted that the floods have severely damaged Sri Lanka’s rice crop, the country staple. Rice mills have also been damaged.“In a global climate of food price volatility, such disruptions in the production of staple commodities in developing countries ring alarm bells,” said Ms. Sheeran. “We all know that any price hikes have a greater impact on the world’s poorest people, because they spend up to 80 per cent of their daily income on food.”Although rice prices in the global markets have not risen to the worrying levels seen in the cost of wheat and maize, Ms. Sheeran cautioned that the floods in Sri Lanka are a reminder that erratic weather events can undermine the efforts of families, communities and countries to create food security.“WFP is planning longer-term assistance to cover serious gaps in household food supplies in the weeks and months ahead, to ensure that this weather shock can be overcome and flood victims can rebuild their lives,’ she said.In a related development, the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF), is dispatching more supplies to support communities hit by the floods.Supplies includes 19,000 school kits, 10,600 reinforced tarpaulins, 60 drums of chlorine bleaching powder, 2,000 sleeping mats, water tanks (2,000 litre capacity each), water purification tablets and children’s clothes.The new consignment of materials brings the total value of UNICEF supplies to Sri Lanka during the past three weeks to more than $600,000.The supplies are mainly aimed at helping families to ensure they have access to safe water and an ability to maintain basic levels of hygiene.More than a million people have been affected by the latest wave flooding which has affected communities living in the north and the east of the country.Consignments of relief supplies from UNICEF have been handed over to local government officials for distribution to those displaced by the floods. The UN is currently revising its emergency fundraising appeal to reflect the impact of the renewed flooding. read more

first_imgApple has delayed the release of the iPad 2 in Japan, pushing the launch back until further notice. According to Apple, the date being pushed back to allow the country to focus on recovery. No new release date for the iPad 2 has been announced yet. However, other countries set to receive the tablet on March 25th (the original date for Japan) will still get it in that time frame.Via Apple Insiderlast_img

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The heritage listed Belvedere – the building situated next door to South Brisbane’s Greek Club and one that is owned by the Greek community of St George – has been destroyed in a suspicious fire. The building, which has been abandones for several years, was knocked down today. An excavator was brought in to knock down two walls, which were in danger of collapsing.“To make sure it’s safe we’re going to knock down two walls to stop them falling on other houses,” Qld Fire and rescue Service acting superintendent Frank Stemm said.It took 11 fire crews 90 minutes to fight the fire and try and save the building but it was all in vain. The Greek Community of St George, which owns the building, has been told to call in an excavator after a Brisbane City Council representative deemed it unsafe.The Belvedere building at 27 Edmonstone Street is more than 125 years old and once inspired prize-winning Brisbane writer David Malouf.It is understood the Greek community applied for the building to be demolished in 2010 but after a legal battle, it was decided the historic building would be restored.Since then, it has been boarded up and been the haunt of squatters, although there was nobody in the house when the fire took hold.There were fears that the fire could threaten neighbouring properties, which include the Greek Club and a sprawling, renovated colonial home.Greek Club Vice-President Michael Anastas said it had been a morning of shock and awe.He said he had been at the site since 7:00 am and his first priority was to work with police and fire crews and ensure no one was inside.“The (Greek) Community has taken immediate precautions and shut down our services on the advice of the fire brigade,” he said.Their services include the Greek Club next door to Belvedere, their church, child care, aged care, respite care and disability and youth services.He said the use of the building and land was the subject of legal proceedings.“(Brisbane City) Council had rejected an application for demolition during the past 12 months,” he said.“We’re currently actively involved in discussions with the Council to discuss options for the retention of the property ans to maximise the benefits to the community for its services and needs – not just the Greek Community, the broader community,” he said.When asked if the Greek Community had any plans to develop the property, Mr Anastas said development “was not the appropriate word”.Source: news.comlast_img read more

first_imgAfter 90 minutes of driving erratically around the county and evading police, a sport utility vehicle crashed into a car in Hazel Dell, injuring one woman. The three people in the SUV were arrested. The incident began in the parking lot of the Safeway in Orchards off Northeast 76th Street, where someone reported a verbal disturbance at 1:18 p.m. When a Clark County sheriff’s deputy arrived, the individuals got back into the SUV and took off, said agency spokesman Sgt. Fred Neiman. As the vehicle drove recklessly through several cities in the county, officers tried multiple times to pull it over, he said. Neiman said the SUV drove to Battle Ground, where it evaded Battle Ground police, and then got on Interstate 5 south, where Washington State Patrol troopers tried to pull over the vehicle. Sometime during the trip, the SUV also went to Ridgefield. Around 2:45 p.m., the SUV crashed into a black Scion on Northeast 99th Street just west of Hazel Dell Avenue, Neiman said. The woman in that vehicle was injured and transported to a local hospital. The SUV’s driver, Thomas Brummer, 31, was arrested and booked into the Clark County Jail on suspicion of eluding police. The two passengers both ran from the crash site and were found by police. Amos Higgins, 30, was transported to a local hospital after complaining of back pain and then booked into jail on an outstanding Department of Corrections warrant. Jessica Robles, 19, was booked into jail for allegedly possessing methamphetamine. The sheriff’s office is investigating the circumstances that led to the crash.last_img read more

first_imgThe $9.1 billion state operating budget has passed the House Finance committee. It’s down about $1.6 million from the original bill, much of that due to a cut in school construction and debt service money.The House version of the operating budget is about $43 million less in unrestricted general funds than what the Governor proposed.last_img

first_imgA boy displaced from the eastern Yemeni district of Durahemi pours water drawn from a well into jerry cans near the Red Sea port city of Hodeida on 9 July 2019. Photo: AFPA court run by Yemen’s Huthi rebels on Tuesday sentenced 30 academics, trade unionists and preachers to death for allegedly spying for the Saudi-led coalition, a judicial source said.The men, among 36 defendants tried by the criminal court in the rebel-held capital Sanaa, have been in custody for at least the past year, the source told AFP.”The criminal court today (Tuesday) issued a verdict condemning 30 people to death on charges of spying for the aggression countries,” the source said, adding that the other six were acquitted.He said the men were convicted of supplying the coalition with information on locations for air strikes.Amnesty International condemned the verdicts, saying they had targeted “political opposition figures” in “sham trials”.Among those condemned to death was Yussef al-Bawab, a 45-year-old father of five and linguistics professor, who had been “arbitrarily arrested in late 2016″, it said in a statement.”Since the Huthi de facto authorities assumed control of the justice system in 2015, they have progressively utilised the Sanaa-based SCC (Specialised Criminal Court) to target persons they deem to be opponents or even just critics,” said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty’s Middle East research director.The military coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015, a few months after the Iran-aligned Shiite Huthi rebels captured Sanaa.The coalition backs the internationally-recognised government of president Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi.Since the Huthis took control of the capital in September 2014, their courts have issued several death sentences for spying.In May last year, a Sanaa court sentenced two men to death for spying for Riyadh, while in January, the same court condemned to death 22-year old mother Asmaa al-Omeissy and two men on charges of aiding the United Arab Emirates, a key partner in the coalition.On Tuesday, the supreme court commuted Omeissy’s death penalty to 15 years in jail, a judicial source in Sanaa said. There was no decision yet on the two men sentenced with her.Yemen’s conflict has killed tens of thousands of people, many of them civilians, relief agencies say, and left millions displaced and in need of aid.last_img read more

first_imgManuel Balce Ceneta, APU.S. Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas, left, listens as Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington.Texas’ 7th Congressional District in West Houston has been in Republican hands for five decades, ever since George H.W. Bush won the seat in 1966. Congressman John Culberson has held the seat for 17 years. But analysts at The Cook Political Report now say the district is a “toss up.” That means Culberson may be the most vulnerable incumbent in the state.There are four big reasons why. The first is that, “the district demographics have shifted considerably over the last ten years and certainly even since the last election,” according to Tony Essalih, a principal at Cornerstone Government Affairs.Essalih worked for Culberson for a decade, including five years as the congressman’s chief of staff. He said urban districts like the 7th have been attracting a lot of new residents.“The movers into those districts are coming from other major cities in the U.S. that are more traditionally left-leaning cities like New York, Chicago, L.A., D.C., Boston, and they’re coming down for good job opportunities, but they’re not coming as card-carrying Republicans,” said Essalih. At the same time, the district’s Latino population is growing, and older Anglo voters are dying.Despite these shifts, Culberson still won reelection in 2016 by a dozen points. But the district went for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump. Now, Trump is president, which brings us to our second point.“Historically, if you look at midterm elections for the party in power, the president’s party usually loses 30-plus seats in the House,” said Essalih.The third reason Culberson could be vulnerable: “Women are very angry. They’re angry at institutions, at men in general. They’re just angry,” said Nancy Sims, a political analyst at Pierpont Communications and lecturer at the University of Houston.Sims said Clinton’s defeat and the #MeToo movement are motivating more women to vote in 2018 – and run for office. “If one of the women candidates were to win the Democratic nomination, that’s going to make it tougher for Culberson.”Three of the seven Democratic candidates in the district are women. Two of them – attorney Lizzie Pannill Fletcher and progressive activist Laura Moser – have each raised well over $500,000. Among the other candidates, non-profit executive Alex Triantaphyllis has raised more than $900,000, just short of Culberson’s own total. “And I would say that Dr. Jason Westin is also worth watching,” said Sims. “He’s not raised as much money, but he’s self-funded a pretty aggressive campaign.”With such a crowded field, the Democratic primary will likely go to a May runoff. If the eventual nominee wants to beat Culberson in November, they’ll still need to win over disaffected Republicans. Bob Stein, a political science professor at Rice University, said that will be expensive.“It might take as much as $1.5 million to $2 million to really go after crossover Republican voters,” he said. Stein thinks calling the race a toss up is a bit of an exaggeration, and that there are plenty of long-time 7th District Republicans who will never vote Democratic.But there’s one last factor that could tip the balance against Culberson: Harvey. The 7th overlaps the Addicks and Barker Reservoirs, which flooded surrounding neighborhoods during and after the storm. Culberson has been working from his seat on the House Appropriations Committee to get disaster relief money to his constituents. But for many, that money isn’t coming nearly fast enough.“I don’t think many of even his primary voters know that John Culberson’s a subcommittee chairman on the Appropriations Committee,” said Stein. “They know he’s an incumbent. They know he’s a Republican. And they know that Republicans control the White House, the Congress, House, and Senate. They expect something to be done.”Two years ago, Culberson faced two primary challengers who, combined, captured more than a third of the Republican vote. Stein said virtually all of those who voted against Culberson live in areas that suffered heavy flooding. Listen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /03:52 Sharelast_img read more

first_imgStay on target ‘Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Mire’Doctor Who’ Underrated Villain of the Week: Zygon You know Daleks and Davros and Missy the Master, Angels and Silence hell-bent on disaster. But do you recall the most underrated Doctor Who villains of all?Each week, I will dig into the depths of the Whoniverse to examine one rejected, misjudged, or altogether forgotten big bad.Today is Dec. 1, which means the start of my UVoW advent calendar: A different yuletide monster every Friday, leading up to Christmas—starting with this intergalactic plunderer.Not someone you want to meet in a dark alley (via BBC)SYCORAXFirst appearance: “The Christmas Invasion” (2005)—season 2, Christmas specialHome planet: Fire Trap (JX82 system)Doctor: TenthCompanion: Rose Tyler, Jackie Tyler, Mickey Smith‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all thro’ the Earth, creatures were celebrating, while an alien spaceship took berth.All eyes are on Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes, we know who you are), as she prepares for a live broadcast from space probe Guinevere One, set to land on Mars.Instead, Britain’s own Christmas miracle is intercepted by a giant vessel rocketing toward Earth. And the first images transmitted live “from the depths of space” are not of the red planet’s rocky terrain, but the red eyes of a craggy alien face.“On the 25th of December, the human race has been shown absolute proof that alien life exists,” a TV news anchor calmly tells viewers.And it’s not pretty.Sycorax wear mantles of bone to hide their grisly features (via BBC)The Sycorax wear mantles of bone, usually keeping their grisly features concealed under helmets. Proficient in the use of certain weapons, the skinless humanoids can deliver a bolt of energy that simply disintegrates its target, leaving only a pile of bones.They travel in a retrofitted asteroid, which used to be their home in the distant JX82 system, known as Fire Trap. Now, the Sycorax use it to raid other “inferior” planets—like Earth.That pixelated glimpse, however, is all most people ever see of the superstitious creatures, who lead a third of the world’s population in a hypnotic trance to just shy of committing assisted suicide.Say it, don’t spray it (via BBC)Meanwhile, Rose—keen and cunning after 13 weeks of touring with the Doctor—bides her time with the Sycorax, fending off her impending death. And those of Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes, we know who you are) and Mickey. Until the Doctor wakes up.The first full-episode appearance by David Tennant, this Christmas special kicks into high gear when the bathrobed Time Lord steps out of the TARDIS and into a sword fight the likes of which has never been replicated on Doctor Who since. (Much to my chagrin.)The Doctor’s hand is severed, the Sycorax leader falsely claim victory, the Doctor regrows his hand, the Sycorax leader attempts to attack from behind, the Doctor throws a satsuma at the ship’s sensor, dropping the Sycorax leader to his death.Our Gallifreyan hero orders the Sycorax to leave Earth and never return. We’ll never know, though, if they would have kept that promise—for Harriet Jones, Prime Minister (yes, we know who you are), orders Torchwood to destroy the alien ship.Mickey makes friends everywhere he goes (via BBC)Eagle-eyed Whovians may remember Sycorax from William Shakespeare’s The Tempest. Though she dies before the play begins, Sycorax is described as a witch who was the mother of the beast Caliban.The name is referenced in “The Shakespeare Code,” when the Doctor finds a horse skull in The Globe and remarks that “Reminds me of a Sycorax.” (Also a nod to writer and then-showrunner Russell T. Davies, who reportedly based the alien’s facial structure on the skull of a horse.)You just can’t keep a good villain down: The Sycorax make a brief appearance in Eleventh Doctor episode “The Pandorica Opens,” as part of The Alliance formed to trap the Time Lord.Later, in “The Name of the Doctor,” the Great Intelligence mentions them as a faction that left the Doctor “blood-soaked.”center_img Stream all of Doctor Who now for free with your Amazon Prime membership.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

first_img in Daily Dose, Data, Featured, News Affordability Home Home Builders Home Prices HOUSING National Association of Home Builders 2019-06-17 Radhika Ojha June 17, 2019 297 Views Homebuilders Remain Confident, For Nowcenter_img Share Builder confidence for new single-family homes fell slightly to 64 in June according to the latest data from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB)/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).Builder confidence fell two points in June and has held in the low- to mid-60s over the past five months, the NAHB data indicated.The indices gauging builder perception of sales in the next six months, as well as the traffic of prospective buyers, also declined in June.While the index measuring current sales conditions fell one point to 71, the component gauging expectations in the next six months declined two points to 70. The survey charting buyer traffic decreased one point to 48, according to NAHB.One of the reasons for the growing uncertainty among builders was concerns over the current trade issues, according to Greg Ugalde, Chairman, NAHB. “While demand for single-family homes remains sound, builders continue to report rising development and construction costs, with some additional concerns over trade issues,” Ugalde said.Home prices remained another worrying factor for builders along with excessive regulation and labor shortage, issues that have been at the top of builders’ minds since the beginning of 2019. “Despite lower mortgage rates, home prices remain somewhat high relative to incomes, which is particularly challenging for entry-level buyers,” said Robert Dietz, Chief Economist, NAHB. “And while new home sales picked up in March and April, builders continue to grapple with excessive regulations, a shortage of lots and lack of skilled labor that are hurting affordability and depressing supply.”Breaking up the data by regional three-month averages, the HMI indicated that the South was the only region to indicate a fall in the indices with a single point drop to 67 in June. West remained unchanged at 71 points while the Northeast recorded a three-point gain to 60 during the month.Click here to read the full report.last_img read more

first_imgFor the first time ever, a New Zealand judging panel has been introduced for the 2018 Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) Australasia 2018 Cruise Industry Awards.The awards will have a completely refreshed look and feel from 2019, with the addition of new and updated awards, a new and more open online nomination and submission process, and a revamped judging panel.In announcing the launch of the 2018 awards, CLIA Australasia managing director Joel Katz said the changes were in response to the industry’s evolution.‘The Cruise Industry Awards has always been about recognising excellence in our industry and just as we have been doing for the past 17 years, the event will continue to be a celebration of CLIA travel agent members and cruise media.‘But things change over time and it’s important that we continue to recognise the achievements of our partners.These changes reflect how our industry has grown and evolved since our first awards night back in 2002,’ says Katz.Changes include updated nomination criteria that recognise marketing activity, investment in product training and innovation, and engagement with CLIA, as well as cruise sales; and new categories for Cruise Champion, Cruise Agency of the Year, and Rising Star Award.The 18th annual Cruise Industry Awards will be held at The Star, Sydney on 23 February 2019.Nominations are now open and will close on 14 December.The post CLIA refreshes Cruise Industry Awards appeared first on Discover the South Pacific.Source: Bloglast_img read more