MI vs RPS: MS Dhoni breaches 400-run mark in IPL playoffs with Wankhede special

first_imgMahendra Singh Dhoni brought out the full range of shots from his arsenal and plundered an unbeaten 40 off just 26 balls as Rising Pune Supergiant defeated Mumbai Indians by 20 runs in the first qualifier on Tuesday night. Dhoni was at his destructive best, smashing 40 off 26 balls in the death overs to propel Pune to 162 for four before young off-spinner Sundar took three important wickets that led to Mumbai falling short with 142 for nine in Qualifier 1.It was Pune’s third win over Mumbai in as many games this season, providing them with an opportunity to win the coveted trophy in only their second season.Mumbai, who had topped the group stages, remain in the competition and will meet the winner of tomorrow’s Eliminator, between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kolkata Knight Riders, in Qualifier 2 on Friday.Dhoni was promoted up the order to No. 4 and the move worked perfectly for the visitors, who were struggling early on in the match when they were reduced to 9/2 in the second over. Manoj Tiwary (58) and Ajinkya Rahane then bailed their team out of trouble and added 80 runs for the third wicket before the latter departed after a well-made 56.Dhoni then came out to bat and like he usually does, took some time to settle in, before launching into Mitchell McClenaghan and Jasprit Bumrah in the death overs. Dhoni plundered five sixes during his knock and added 73 runs with Tiwary for the fourth-wicket to help the team reach a challenging total.With the pitch playing unusually slow, anything over 150 was a tricky target despite Mumbai batting deep.advertisementSundar sent back opposition skipper Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard in a space of 12 balls to leave Mumbai gasping at 51 for four in eight overs.Parthiv Patel (52 off 40) was solid at the other end and even used the long handle effectively to smash three sixes on the on side.He eventually ran out of partners with Pandya brothers too back in the pavilion leaving Mumbai at 101 for six in the 15th over. Patel too fell three balls later, leaving the tail- enders to do too much in the end with 60 runs needed off the last 30 balls.Dhoni has been lethal for Pune whenever he has batted in the No. 4 position. Before this knock he had 119 runs at 39.66 and a strike rate of over 146 in the four times he has come out to bat in that position.The 35-year-old also has a terrific record in the playoffs of the IPL and he took his tally to 437 runs in 15 innings at over 44. Dhoni also loves to bat against the Mumbai Indians in this stage of the tournament. He has scored 194 runs against MI in six innings in the playoffs at an average of over 51 with three half-centuries.last_img read more

TN govt defends single-window system for engg admissions

first_imgChennai, Jul 20 (PTI)The Tamil Nadu government today told the Madras High Court that the single-window admission system to engineering colleges allows the socio-economically weaker students to access all courses of all colleges in the state and choose one of them by filing a single admission form.The state government made this submission defending the single-window admission system to engineering colleges in the state in its affidavit filed before the bnech of Justice K Ravichandra Baabu.The affidavit was filed in response to a plea seeking to scrap the single-window system for admissions for 2017-18.The affidavit filed by the Department of Higher Education secretary and Technical Education director said the single window counselling provides an opportunity to SEBC students to have access to various courses of all institutions all over the state by filing a single form for Tamil Nadu Engineering Admissions (TNEA).The states single-window admission system had been challenged by the Self-Financing Engineering Colleges Management Association of the Tirunelveli Anna University of Technology.The association had sought permission to the private colleges to fill up their seats in enginneering courses on their own.The petitioner, had later amended the prayer and sought permission to private institutions to admit students under government quota on the fees fixed by the Fee Fixation Committee for the academic year 2017-18.When the matter came up before Justice Baabu, he directed the additional advocate general to get instructions on the amended prayer and posted the matter for further hearing on July 26.The authorities, in their counter-affidavit, further said the system ensured that the reservation policies of state and Central government such as sports quota, ex-service men and others are also met.advertisementThat apart, the state government also provides the first generation graduates fee waiver to students admitted under this counselling irrespective of his socio-economic status, the affidavit said.The government further said the Tamil Nadu Engineering Admission for academic year 2017-18 had already commenced on July 17 and scrapping it would create confusion among students.The system ensures transparency and non-exploitation and has been repeatedly endorsed by the Supreme Court, the affidavit said.It further said a total of 526 self-financing (387 non- minority and 99 minority) engineering colleges had consented to the government to share with the state 65 per cent of their seats in non-minority institutions and 50 per cent in minority institutions for TNEA 2017 and were also willing to participate in counselling conducted by Anna University for the academic year. The government also sought dismissal of the plea on the sole ground that it had been filed at the eleventh hour. PTI COR SS RAXlast_img read more

UM Adventure motorcycles spotted in India, launch on the cards

first_imgThe adventure motorcycle segment is growing by leaps and bounds with major manufacturers recognized the need for lower displacement motorcycles with BMW Motorrad bringing in the G 310 GS alongside Kawasaki’s X300, RE Himalayan, and the upcoming Hero XPulse and KTM’s 390 Adventure. Now it seems UM Motorcycles has been working on adventure sports motorcycle, with two of its adventure motorcycles spotted in India.The models which have been spotted looking like the Hypersport and the DSR dual-sports motorcycles are sold in overseas markets with various displacement figures. However, the two models make land in the Indian market with the 223cc engine which will debut on the upcoming UM Renegade Duty motorcycles as well. The two motorcycles in the pictures look to have been modified for the Indian market. For instance, the front forks on the Hypersport are telescopic and not USD as on the international version. The mirrors and the seats are also different.The second motorcycle seems to be the DSR II which comes with wired-wheels and in this motorcycle as well, the USD forks have been replaced with the telescopic unit. The international version gets a digi-analog instrument cluster, full-LED lighting, and USB charging. It is not certain how many of the features will make it to the final model here in India.Both motorcycles get disc brakes on the front and back. Suspension duties on the rear are taken care of by a non-adjustable monoshock. ABS should be standard as norms for ABS in motorcycles above 125cc. However, it is not known if the motorcycles will get single- or dual-channel ABS. Expect the pricing to be around Rs 1 lakh, ex-showroom.advertisementlast_img read more

Pakistan bans IPL 2019 broadcast, says India ‘harming’ cricket in the country

first_imgPakistan on Tuesday banned the telecast of Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches in the country, alleging that India has made an “organised effort to harm” the game in Pakistan.Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry told a press conference that the decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan, a former captain of Pakistani cricket team.He said the move was taken by the Cabinet because India left no opportunity to harm Pakistan’s cricket.”India made an organised effort to harm cricket in Pakistan and it doesn’t make sense for us to allow an Indian domestic tournament to be promoted here,” he said, pointing out that the official Indian broadcaster pulled out of the fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) in the middle of the tournament after the Pulwama attack “to harm the league and cricket” in Pakistan.In February, DSport — the official broadcasters of the PSL in India — stopped the coverage of the tournament in protest of the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF personnel.Indian company IMG Reliance also pulled out of its deal to produce the television coverage of the PSL worldwide forcing the Pakistan-based T20 league to find a new production company midway into the tournament.Chaudhry said the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) would ensure that no IPL match is aired in Pakistan.He said the Pakistan government believes that sports and culture should not be politicised, but India adopted an aggressive posture against Pakistani players and artists.advertisementAlso Read | IPL 2019: Virat Kohli joins MS Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir in elite captains’ listAlso See:last_img read more

More Palestinians die after being denied access through Israeli checkpoints UN reports

The latest incident occurred in August when a 76-year-old woman from Barta’a a-Sharqiya in Jenin district with heart problems died after Israeli soldiers refused to allow her to pass a gate in order to reach the hospital in Jenin, the Humanitarian Monitor Report for August said. The Monitor, a monthly report of key humanitarian indicators and field observations collected by UN agencies, noted that July and August witnessed the highest total number of Israeli settler incidents against Palestinians in the occupied Territory in 2007, 37 and 30 respectively, a significant increase over the previous two months and considerably higher than the 2006 monthly average of 20. Children under 18 also continued to be victims of Israeli-Palestinian violence and of conflict within the Palestinian community, with a three-fold increase in deaths in August compared to July. Since the beginning of the second Intifada (Palestinian uprising) in 2000, 48 people have died after they were denied passage through an Israeli checkpoint. The vast majority of those deaths, 34, occurred during 2001 and 2002. After international condemnation, the number of deaths then dropped dramatically to an average of 2 or 3 per year, but from 1 January to 31 August this year five people have died because they were unable to access medical attention, the Monitor said. “The figure also corresponds to a disturbing increase in the number of delays and denials of ambulances at checkpoints,” it added, noting that while in 2006 there was a monthly average of 10 delays or denials of ambulance access, the monthly average for 2007 is 53. “Under international humanitarian law there is an obligation to ensure that the sick, aged, feeble, and expectant mothers be accorded particular protection and respect,” the Monitor said. “The IDF (Israeli army) claims that soldiers are informed of a special procedure related to persons requiring medical treatment, which is intended to expedite their crossing at checkpoints. “By obstructing ambulances and denying people medical care in emergency situations, soldiers not only violate those procedures, but also contribute to the unnecessary deathsof the sick and wounded,” it added. On settler incidents the Monitor noted that on 2 August, two Israeli settlers from Mitzpe Ya’ir outpost in southern Hebron district attacked a UN vehicle carrying three UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) employees and two Israeli journalists. One settler broke the windshield of the vehicle, injuring one OCHA employee in the eye. Israeli soldiers and police intervened and detained the two settlers. “The issue of settler violence against Palestinian civilians will be an issue of particular concern in the coming months as Palestinians throughout the West Bank attempt to harvest their olive crop,” it said. On Palestinian children, the Monitor reported a three-fold increase in those killed in August compared to July – 11 to four – bringing the 2007 total to 70, 47 per cent of whom were killed by the Israeli armed forces, 44 per cent by Palestinians and 9 percent by unexploded ordnance. In August, eight were killed by the IDF, two by a Palestinian Qassam rocket that exploded in Palestinian territory and one in internal violence. Of those killed by the IDF, two, aged 9 and 12 years, were allegedly present near a rocket launcher and were hit by a surface-to-surface missile fired by Israeli soldiers. As previous reports have noted, the Monitor stressed that the continued closure of the principle Gaza crossing points at Karni and Rafah have had a significant impact on the daily lives of Gaza’s 1.4 million residents. The closure has been effective since June following the defeat of Fatah forces by Hamas, which resulted in a break down in Israeli-Palestinian coordination mechanisms at the crossings. On the West Bank, Bethlehem and Hebron-area farmers have been severely affect by the inability to effectively market their grape harvest due to tightened Israeli internal closures, including denial of access to their lands especially around Israeli settlements, and the loss of markets in Israel, abroad, Gaza and the northern West Bank. 28 September 2007An increasing number of Palestinians have died after being denied passage through Israeli checkpoints, according to the latest United Nations humanitarian report on the occupied Palestinian territory. read more

Ban Kimoon urges political solution as Sri Lanka truce breaks down

Mr. Ban is “deeply worried” that the withdrawal from the accord comes amidst intensifying fighting in the North and increasing violence across the country, including the capital, Colombo, his spokesperson said in a statement today. “The Secretary-General urges all concerned to ensure the protection of civilians and enable humanitarian assistance to be provided to affected areas,” the statement added. In a report released last week, Mr. Ban highlighted the continued recruitment and use of children as soldiers, particularly by the Tamil Tiger rebels and a breakaway group known as the Tamil Makkal Viduthali Pulikal (TMVP)/Karuna faction. The report noted that “both parties have failed to cease the abduction, recruitment and use of children.” In addition, the LTTE and the TMVP/Karuna faction – which split from the Tamil Tigers and now supports Government troops – have also failed to “release all children associated with their forces and engage in transparent procedures for release and verification,” which includes allowing the UN Task Force on monitoring and reporting full access to military locations under their control. 3 January 2008Secretary-General has underscored the urgent need for a political solution to end the bloodshed in Sri Lanka following the Government’s decision to terminate the 2002 Ceasefire Agreement that halted a decades-long conflict with the separatist Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). read more

Sri Lankans living in Kuwait illegally urged to make use of amnesty

The amnesty allows illegal residents to leave the country during the above mentioned period through any port without paying penalties; or to legalize their status and continue residing in Kuwait after paying all fines and obtaining a valid visa without being referred to the investigation department. Those who leave the country during this amnesty will be allowed to enter Kuwait again if they meet the regular conditions of entry and if they were not banned from entry for another reason. If an illegal resident is caught during the amnesty period, he or she will be deported immediately. Residency violators who don’t leave the country during the amnesty period would have to, not only face legal penalties, but also denial of valid visa, deportation and denial of re-entry into Kuwait.During the amnesty period in 2011, 739 Sri Lankans had rectified their residency status and 2862 Sri Lankans left Kuwait having availed of the amnesty. This is a rare opportunity for about 15,447 Sri Lankans who live illegally in Kuwait to resolve their residency issues or leave the country without being blacklisted.Therefore, the Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait requests the relatives of the Sri Lankans who live in Kuwait without legal residency permits, to inform them to rectify residency status or return to Sri Lanka under the amnesty granted.For further inquiries in this regard the Embassy could be contacted via its hot line:  00 965 65000118. (Colombo Gazette) However, residency violators who are banned from travelling or subjected to court cases should visit the Residency Affairs Department to discuss the possibility of getting a valid visa during the amnesty period, the decree stated. The Sri Lanka Embassy in Kuwait has requested the relatives of the Sri Lankans who live in Kuwait without legal residency permits, to inform them to rectify residency status or return to Sri Lanka under an amnesty which has now being granted.The Ministry of Interior of Kuwait, on Tuesday (23/01) declared an amnesty period from 29th January – 22nd February 2018, for expatriates who do not possess residency permits or those with expired residency permits, to rectify their status or leave the country. read more

Iraq UN envoy visits Turkey as he finetunes world bodys role

Fresh from weekend meetings with Kuwaiti leaders, Mr. Vieira de Mello,Secretary-General Kofi Annan’s Special Representative, expressed his appreciation for Turkey’s full engagement in seeking ways to best support the process of restoring stability in Iraq and for its current humanitarian assistance. During the three-hour meeting the two sides had “a fruitful exchange of views on how to ensure the full implementation” of the latest Security Council resolution on Iraq, a spokesman for the UN envoy said in Baghdad. “Mr. Gul emphasized Turkey’s genuine commitment to the welfare of all Iraqis, and to seeking ways of relieving their suffering,” the spokesman added. “He also underlined the importance of the equitable representation of all sectors of Iraq’s population in its leadership institutions, indicating that this would ensure a stable and prosperous Iraq.” Mr. Gul briefed the UN team on the debate in Turkey over any military contribution that his country might make to Iraq’s stabilization. The two teams also discussed how to proceed with ensuring the voluntary return of all refugees to and from Iraq. As part of his efforts to obtain input from a full spectrum of Iraqi and neighbouring leaders as he fine tunes a UN role in the country following the recent war, Mr. Vieira de Mello has already visited Saudi Arabia, Syria and Iran. He also plans to travel to Egypt shortly. read more

Dispute over Visa fees heats up as Walmart stops accepting credit card

Dispute over Visa fees heats up as Walmart stops accepting credit card in Manitoba by Aleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press Posted Oct 24, 2016 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Oct 24, 2016 at 9:00 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email TORONTO – The dispute between Walmart Canada and Visa over merchant fees escalated Monday as the retail giant stopped accepting the credit card at its 16 stores in Manitoba.Walmart first refused Visa credit cards at its three stores in Thunder Bay, Ont., in mid-July, arguing that the financial services firm charges high fees to merchants.Alex Roberton, a spokesman for Walmart, said the company pays more than $100 million a year in credit card fees and is focused on reducing Visa transaction costs.Roberton said the impact of its policy on customers in Thunder Bay has been minimal, adding that the stores have seen an increase in cash and debit payments.Walmart announced in June that it would expand its phase-out of Visa at all of its Canadian stores — more than 400 — though Roberton said it hasn’t determined which stores will be next.Visa spokeswoman Carla Hindman said Walmart’s action to further limit Visa acceptance in Canada is disappointing.Visa has said it offered Walmart one of the lowest rates for any merchant in the country, but Walmart wanted fees that would have been lower than those charged to local grocery markets, pharmacies, convenience stores, charities and schools.Despite the dispute, both companies say they are committed to working out a solution.The Retail Council of Canada, which represents businesses including Walmart, has said the average merchant fee of 1.5 per cent charged by Visa and MasterCard is higher than rates charged in other countries.The council has called on the federal government to intervene and lower fees for all merchants.The Finance Department said it is assessing the merchant fees to determine whether the costs and benefits of credit card transactions is appropriate.The review will take into account factors including the impact of Visa and MasterCard’s recent voluntary fee reductions, the adoption of a code of conduct for the country’s credit and debit card industry and approaches in other jurisdictions, said the department.Follow @AleksSagan on Twitter. Signage at a Laval, Que., Walmart store is seen on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz read more

Commentary Ray Smalls arrest part of a growing trend for Ohio State

Being an athlete at Ohio State comes with a certain expectation, an expectation that you carry yourself with pride on and off the field. That would imply maintaining good academic standing, staying out of trouble and wearing the pride of Buckeye nation on your shoulders. Enter former OSU wide receiver Ray Small, who just can’t seem to keep himself out of the media spotlight. His most recent transgression involves a felony charge for allegedly possessing 243 suspected Oxycontin pills, hand-rolled marijuana cigarettes, undisclosed suspected amounts of heroin and a loaded 25-calber pistol after the car in which he was a passenger was pulled over and searched. Granted, while Small had his issues at OSU, he was never involved in anything of such a serious nature. In fact, it wasn’t the law he toed the line with, but former OSU coach Jim Tressel. Tressel suspended Small in 2008 for two games and also for the 2010 Rose Bowl. The Rose Bowl game was the last chance Small had to suit up in a Buckeye uniform. He also found himself in the news after he spoke to The Lantern last spring and admitted that Buckeye players received benefits including discounts on automobiles. Small’s former teammates chastised him for his comments. With this latest transgression, Small has elevated himself into the company of former OSU running back Maurice Clarett, not somewhere anyone should want to find themselves. The problem is not necessarily that Small had a run in with the law. Rather, the problem is that Small is just another name that can be added to the list of former Buckeye’s finding themselves in the news for all the wrong reasons. Small and Clarett can be found alongside the names of former Buckeye’s like Terrelle Pryor, DeVier Posey, Dominic Clarke, Jaamal Berry and Michael Current. Pryor and Posey were involved in the memorabilia-for-tattoos scandal of last season that ultimately led to the resignation of Tressel and saw Pryor forgo his senior season for the NFL. Posey ended up serving five games for his role in the tattoos scandal and an additional five games after being overcompensated for work done in the summer months for former OSU booster Robert DeGeronimo. Berry was charged with assault, battery and disorderly conduct after a Nov. 2 incident and has since left the team for good. After being charged with drunk driving on Jan. 7, Clarke was released from his scholarship. It was the second time in less than four months that Clarke had been arrested, after he was arrested for an incident involving a compressed-air gun Oct. 9. Current, a former lineman who played under coach Woody Hayes in the 1960’s, was found dead in a wildlife refuge just outside of Salem, Ore., on Jan. 16. He is believed to have taken his own life and was facing five counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of luring a minor at the time of his death. Perhaps this past year has been an aberration, something we won’t see again for a very long time. Or, it’s part of a growing trend that is beginning to reflect poorly on OSU. OSU was always the knight in shining armor, there to set the example for the rest of the college world to follow, something that clearly hasn’t been the case recently. Coach Urban Meyer was criticized while at Florida for the amount of off-field incidents his players were involved in. Hopefully the same problems don’t follow Meyer to OSU. A few years ago, Small would have been the exception, but today, he’s part of a trend. And that is a problem for OSU fans everywhere. read more

Emilia Fox daughter wont be following in family footsteps because she doesnt

Emilia Fox has revealed that her family’s thespian dynasty could be coming to an end, after her seven-year-old daughter refused to accept that acting is a job. The Silent Witness star is the daughter of actor Edward Fox and actress Joanna David. Her younger brother Freddie is also an actor, as are her cousins Jack, Laurence and Lydia. Her uncle is the actor James Fox. Freddie and Edward are currently appearing in the Oscar Wilde play ‘An Ideal Husband’ on the West End, playing father and son the Earl of Caversham and the Viscount Goring. Fox – who gave birth to seven-year-old Rose in November 2010 – said the youngster will “categorically not” follow in their footsteps.Appearing on the Graham Norton Show, the actress said: “The other day when she was telling us about being born, going to school, going to university and getting a job, one of the family asked her if she would go to drama school and her reply was, ‘acting is not a job, it’s an activity’.”I had to agree with her.” Emilia Fox, Lucy Fox, Edward Fox and Freddie FoxCredit:Alan Davidson/Silverhub/REX/Shutterstock The former Green Wing star said: “I’ve recorded a lot of audio books so we had a lot of fairy tales on CD and I am ashamed to say that with our first child, I would press ‘play’ and back out of the room.”I wonder if he thought it odd that every story started with, ‘Read by Stephen Mangan’.” Also on Friday night’s show was fellow actor Stephen Mangan who admitted to being a lazy parent when it came to bedtime stories. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Emilia Fox, Lucy Fox, Edward Fox and Freddie Fox at a celebration of the Life of Sir John Mortimer at Southwark Cathedral - 17 Nov 2009 read more

Consider the culture to encourage Chinese investment in Australian mining projects

first_imgKimberly Global, a China-Australia business consultancy, has urged Australia’s mining and exploration companies to acknowledge how culture shapes China’s way of doing business, in order to be more certain about attracting Sino project partners and to move clear from recent strained business relations between the two countries. It cautions that the biggest business risk facing these Australian companies looking for Chinese joint venture partners, is that they shy away from business with Sino entities due to perceived doubts about the the country’s culture, history, political, regulatory and economic environments affecting how they conduct their business affairs.Kimberley Global said the Sino commodities powerhouse remained Australia’s largest trading partner – with both sides keen that there is no impediment to normal business relations.“The domestic resources sector, particularly the juniors, needs to take some heart from the fact both countries have gone to pains in recent weeks to stress the importance they see in the relationship not only on a bilateral basis, but for a strategic longer term,” Dr Xian Tao from the consultancy said.“Ignorance, however, should not be used an excuse for failure to secure a Sino joint venture deal. There has been a litany of resources players which have failed to secure a Chinese partner due primarily to a clear lack of understanding of the country and culture into which they ventured.“Some of these situations reached crisis level – a point damaging to mutual long-term business interests and strategies for both Australia and China. Chinese do conduct business in a different way but not at the expense of the desire for a mutually beneficial outcome – a factor that has been overlooked of late.“From our experience, the key to understanding the Chinese business climate and to successfully negotiate and secure a Sino-backed joint venture, is to make a better effort to appreciate the history, culture, attitude and philosophy behind those ways of why and how Chinese businesspeople assess and then conclude a partnership deal.”Dr Tao said Australian miners and explorers also need to appreciate that despite its 5,000 years of history, China is in real terms, a developing and young country with a barely 60-year old modern political, economic and legal system.“The Chinese Government is helping drive continuous improvements and reforms in bilateral trade and significant changes are evident,” Dr Tao said.“This is creating opportunities, not barriers, to Australia’s resources participants and I can only encourage those within local exploration and mining ranks who hold possibly outdated views and attitudes towards China, to upgrade their awareness.”Dr Tao said modern Chinese business people were not dissimilar to their Australian equivalents and shared the same family and professional values. “Any differences can be managed but require an open mind, good communication, allowing sufficient time for each party to undertake their own due diligence and learning Chinese culture so that trust and closer working relationships result.”She said joint venture partnerships were not a one way road and there remained an obligation on Chinese players in resources to reciprocate and learn to do business in Australia in an environment that better appreciated the Australian way of concluding transactions.Australian-based Kimberley Global is primarily focused on Australia-China mining business and specialises in linking mining entities in like-minded commodity areas as well as interpretative, translation, business strategies and skills recruitment services.last_img read more

Final Cut Pro X 64bit previewed due in June for 299

first_imgFinal Cut Pro users have waited almost two years for an update to Apple’s professional video editing suite, but yesterday at the FCP User Group Supermeet at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference in Las Vegas, FCP users breathed a sigh of relief with the announcement of Final Cut Pro X due out in June.Apple skipped a few numbers from 2009’s version 7 to 2011’s version 10, but that’s most likely due to Apple’s preference for “X” branding. The software will be offered as a standalone purchase in the Mac App Store for $299, which may seem like a lot but it’s nothing compared to the $999 Final Cut Studio suite.The 12-year-old platform will be seeing plenty of improvements. Most notably, and a first for FCP, is support for 64-bit operating systems. The 64-bit support will allow larger amounts of RAM to be processed more easily than the 32-bit architecture. The addition of the new version will allow for background rendering, which will make editing a lot quicker since it renders video out of sight, meaning you don’t have to sit there and wait for each render. iMovie also has this feature.Many of the additions to Final Cut Pro X are designed to speed up the editing process. For example, you can now make edits as footage is being imported. And, besides the user interface looking a bit more like Apple’s iMovie, FCP X is taking a few cues from its consumer-level counterpart and bringing over some iMovie features. Another time saver, iMovie’s “skimming” feature lets you preview the clip by running your mouse over it. The newly added iMovie feature that detects when people are in each shot is also featured in FCP X. The nice thing about it is it can detect what type of shot the clip is, like a close-up, or a wide angle, for example.Many editors can be overwhelmed with thousands of clips, but the new version of FCP lets you tag certain parts of the clip so that you can find the specific part you’re looking for in a large library.Another huge time-saver is a new feature called “auditioning,” which lets you test out different edits without having to redo your work every time. You can create different combinations of your audio and video tracks on the timeline, and then choose which one you like.We hope to get some hands-on time with the new FCP, but until then, what other Final Cut Pro X features would you like to see come June?More at Photography Baylast_img read more

House prices continue to slide

first_imgResidential property prices remained on a downward course in the third quarter of the year, as according to Bank of Greece data released the average price dropped by 7 per cent on an annual basis and completed a 7.8 per cent total decline in the first nine months of the year.Property surveys conducted by banks for mortgage purposes amounted to just 4,219 in the July-September period – i.e. 6.1 per cent fewer than in the same quarter in 2013. This means that there were even fewer transactions, as property surveying concerns not only new mortgage loan issues but also the refinancing of some existing loans.The central bank has also downwardly revised the data for the first two quarters of the year, as well as figures for 2013, which is evidence of the negative course of the housing market. The revised figures show that an annual decline of 10.9 per cent was recorded in home prices last year (up from an original estimate for 10.3 per cent), while prices dropped 8.8 per cent year-on-year in this year’s first quarter (from 7.5 per cent) and in the second quarter the revised decline came to 7.7 per cent (from 7.3 per cent).The drop in the prices of newly-built homes (aged up to five years) reached 6.1 per cent, while older properties saw their prices drop by 7.5 per cent in the third quarter. In the year to end-September, the prices of new houses dropped 7.1 per cent while for older ones the drop was 8.3 per cent from the same period in 2013.In geographical terms Athens has seen a considerably bigger decline than in other main cities, amounting to 9 per cent on a yearly basis in July-September, while the drop in Thessaloniki came to 6.5 per cent, in other major cities to 5.5 per cent and in the rest of the country to 4.6 per cent. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Discovering the Greeks in the heart of the American South

first_imgLast August my family and I packed our bags and left Chicago, the anchor of the American Midwest, for South Carolina, the heart of the American South. The ‘South’ conjures up images and stereotypes both within America and outside, and as your virtual American correspondent, I thought my insights on our new region and its Greek communities might be of interest.It is not too much of a stretch to say that ‘The South’ is a nation within a nation. The region did attempt to break away from the American Union, and nearly succeeded. South Carolina was the first state to secede from the United States, and ten other states followed suit in an unsuccessful attempt to gain independence. The region lacked (until recently) the ethnic and cultural diversity of the Northern or Pacific states, with immigrants from every corner of Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. ‘The South’ was basically white and black, the former largely Anglo-Celtic with French and German enclaves, and the latter descendants of African slaves. Both whites and blacks were largely Protestant, and proud of their Southern identity, but lived in parallel, unequal societies. While the North was at the cutting edge of the industrial and corporate revolutions, the South was largely agricultural and poor, though whenever the United States faced an enemy Southerners were first to volunteer.It was hardly a surprise that the wave of European immigrants that included our own Greek community migrated largely to the North. Here were the jobs, and despite the tremendous prejudice that all immigrants, particularly non-Protestant Southern and Eastern Europeans, faced, in the north the Greeks were part of a mosaic of European immigrants of Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, and Orthodox background, an environment more diverse than a largely monocultural South.And yet . . .A photo from 1911 of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church which was founded in 1864. Photo: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, New Orleans.The South did attract immigrants, including Greeks. Lots of Greeks, actually. If we are historically-minded, the first Greek enclave in the New World was the settlement of New Smyrna, a colony in today’s Florida where a number of Greeks and Spaniards eked out a precarious living in the 1760s, before the colony collapsed and moved to nearby St. Augustine. The first Greek Orthodox Church and community in America was established in 1864 in New Orleans, Louisiana, the South’s largest port and a Francophone, Catholic enclave in the South.French-speaking New Orleans was a bit of an outlier, a merchant colony more typical of the Greek merchant communities in Central Europe rather than the larger immigrant communities that would become the norm with the Greek mass migration that began in the 1890s. Factory, mining and railroad jobs were few and far between in the South, so the Greeks first went North. Slowly, however, Greeks did migrate into the South, usually in more entrepreneurial roles, or radiating from key Southern ports, such as Charleston, South Carolina, Savannah, Georgia, Mobile, Alabama, Houston, Texas, and of course New Orleans, all of which have long-established Greek communities.Perhaps the most Greek place in the United States is the coastal town of Tarpon Springs, Florida, which had an influx of Greek sponge divers, initially from Hydra and Aegina, and then from the Dodecanese islands, in the years before the Balkan Wars. The town still has a very large Greek Community, bolstered by tens of thousands of Chicago and New York Greeks, part of a northern wave of migration that has transformed much of coastal Florida into something no longer quite culturally southern.America in its earlier years had many utopian or religious based communes, and the South was the site of the only Greek Orthodox experiment in American communalism, the Malbis Plantation, near the port of Mobile. Founded in 1906 by Jason Malbis, a Greek Orthodox monk from Chicago, the community had a thriving set of farms and businesses before slowly dismantling in the 1950s. Many residents of nearby Greek communities are descendants of Malbis settlers.Greeks did move inland from the coasts, establishing communities throughout the interior South. AHEPA, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, was founded in 1922 in Atlanta, Georgia, at the height of nativist prejudice against Southern Europeans, whether in the North or the South. The Ku Klux Klan (KKK), originally founded in the post-Civil War South, had targeted Greeks in their list of undesirables, and AHEPA’s efforts in combatting prejudice, safeguarding heritage and fostering American patriotism played a key role in the success and the self-confidence of the Greek American community, in the South and elsewhere in America.‘UNCLE NICK’ THE GRAND OLD MAN OF THE GREEK COMMUNITY OF GREENVILLEWe now live in Upstate South Carolina, in the college town of Clemson, where I study and teach. About 30 miles away is the city of Greenville, a former cotton mill town now one of the fastest growing cities in America. Greenville is the home of our Greek Orthodox parish, St. George, a community founded about a century ago by Greek immigrants, entrepreneurs and mill workers. As in most American communities, there is a large Peloponnesian contingent, primarily from Lakonia, but there is also a strong Evritanian community, a legacy of chain migration that continued until recently.Alexander Billinis (R) with Nick Theodore, former Lt. Governor of South Carolina. Photo: Vilma BillinisOne of the first people I met was ‘Uncle Nick’ Theodore, who I call the grand old man of the Greek Community of Greenville. In his own immediate family, this would be disputed, as the 90-year-old ‘Uncle Nick’ is the kid brother of three older sisters, aged 101, 100, and 98. I met Nick after church one day, when he was deep in conversation with my 14-year-old son, making sure that the transplanted Chicago boy felt at home down South.The youngest son of immigrants from Lakonia, Nick credits the example of his older siblings, and the American public school system, with his integration into American life and his realisation of the American Dream. At the same time, his Greek heritage was fostered by the presence of an active church and the strong influence of AHEPA, particularly the Sons of Pericles, which raised a generation proud of country and heritage. He credits the Sons of Pericles for his introduction into politics; he rose to be Supreme President of the national order in 1953.Then of course, there were the dances, he recalls with a twinkle in the eye, and at one of these, he met Emily, his wife of 63 years. In the early 1960s, he entered the South Carolina state legislature, at a time when South Carolina’s lower house was all white, all male, and all (Southern) Democrat. When I asked him if his Greek heritage provoked any prejudices or raised eyebrows, the characteristically cheerful and optimistic Nick said, “some, at the beginning, but people are people”. His sonorous voice recalling a Southern orator of past, with a hint of Demosthenes, combined with a folksy “down-home” authenticity, which goes down well here where the coastal plain meets the Appalachians, endeared him to his constituents.He gave back to his community. Citing the role that education played in his life, throughout his political career, which included two terms as Lieutenant Governor of South Carolina, from 1986 to 1995, Nick worked tirelessly to improve education and business prospects for the state. His administration succeeded in bringing BMW’s North American headquarters and production to the state. When I mentioned it to him, he smiled quietly and reminded me, “we were just doing our job for the people of South Carolina”. Whereas most white South Carolinians became Republican, Nick remains a Democrat.He has lived the American Dream yet he cautions all, particularly his own Greek-American community, “not to forget where we came from” in a literal and figurative sense. He remembers the Greek community he grew up in, hardworking people trying to create their own American Dream, and now remarks with pride about his community, now more diverse, with many mixed marriages, and how a recent parishioner fainted in church, and was attended by several doctors on the spot. “I tell you, Buddy, she got better care in church than she would have at the ER (Emergency Center of a Hospital)!”On Election Day, November – of this year, I was over at Nick’s house with my children, picking up a few photos for this story. After inquiring about school and sports, Nick talked about change to these future voters: “times change, and we want them to change, but we want it done in a civil manner”. Wise words, from a man embodying the best of American, Greek, and Orthodox traditions. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

Drew McIntyre resigns with WWE appears at NXT TakeOver Orlando

first_imgRecommended videosPowered by AnyClipWill Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar?Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:31/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:03Remaining Time -0:28 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Videos Articles Twitter In an interview with ESPN.com on late Saturday, Drew McIntyre (Drew Galloway) confirmed that he has re-signed with WWE after appearing on camera at NXT TakeOver: Orlando.“I’ve won championships all across the world. I’ve helped build brands. So what’s the next logical thing for me to do? It’s to come here and win the NXT title. If that’s not clear enough for everybody, Drew McIntyre has signed with NXT.”McIntyre was released by WWE back in 2014 and immediately got active on the independent wrestling scene working for EVOLVE, PWU, ICW, AAW and many other promotions.He would later make the jump to TNA in 2015, holding both the TNA World Heavyweight Championship and later the Impact Wrestling Grand Championship. After ongoing contract negotiations with Impact Wrestling earlier this year, McIntyre opted to not re-sign with the company when the change in power to Anthem was taking place.McIntyre was shown on camera in the audience at NXT TakeOver: Orlando on Saturday night. He then confirmed in the interview with ESPN that he was indeed back with the company.Fancy seeing YOU here, #DrewMcIntyre! #NXTTakeOver @WWENetwork pic.twitter.com/maClXmz8cN— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) April 2, 2017 WhatsApp Bobby Lashley Comments are closed. Google+ April 2, 2017 at 2:32 am 4 COMMENTS Now Playing Up Next Paul Heyman Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Glenn Wolf Richie Sheaffer unknown April 2, 2017 at 4:30 am Now Playing Up Next They clearly didnt want him on World of Sport! April 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT WWE Confirms The Shield And Ronda Rousey At Super Show-Down Facebook WALTER and Kassius Ohno set to compete at EVOLVE 135 and 136 Live Events Now Playing Up Next Will Bobby Lashley Finally Face Brock Lesnar? 9/13 Impact Highlights: oVe vs. Blanchard and Dreamer in Street Fight Main Event Videos Articles Brock Lesnar Let him keep his old theme. It would go over so well with the NXT crowd. The epitome of Redesign Rebuild and Reclaim! So excited to see him back! ! Jaime Miguel Now Playing Up Next Is The Rocks Return To WWE In Jeopardy? great news, aside from i can’t watch NXT. was a ridiculous waste of his talents last time, let’s hope they do something more sensible with him this time. 9/13 NXT Live Results: Cocoa, FL (Dain vs. Kushida, NXT North American Title Match) Videos Articles Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Now Playing Up Next April 2, 2017 at 1:18 am Pinterestlast_img read more

Top 10 most read stories 1622 August 2018

first_imgThe top 10 most read stories on www.employeebenefits.co.uk between 6 and 22 August 2018 were:Team Tactics seeks professional cuddlers to run corporate team building eventsNHS Scotland awards three-year pay deal to 60,000 staffNorthern Gas and Power and Skyscanner among 2018’s best employers for work-life balanceExtracurricular clubs rank as most popular employee benefitRedington reduces mean gender pay gap by 21.4% in one yearProspect members reject five-year Ministry of Justice pay dealPoll: 46% believe a good work-life balance is their organisation’s top engagement driverNew Zealand government awards 30% pay rise to address pay equity claimPrimadell accountant pleads guilty to pensions auto-enrolment non-compliance29% cannot explain how company cars impact upon their taxeslast_img read more

Police ID woman in catering scam involving local news stations

first_imgMIAMI (WSVN) – Police have identified the woman who allegedly pretended to work for local news stations, including 7News, to swindle a catering business and two restaurants.According to City of Miami Police, 52-year-old Cadence Bryant was captured on surveillance video as she waited to meet with a caterer at the 99 Cents Store at Northwest 11th Avenue and 54th Street in Liberty City, May 15.Investigators said the suspect asked the caterer to lend her $200 to purchase party supplies for an event at a news station and told the victim the station would reimburse her.Police said the victim made the 15-mile drive to the station only to discover there was no event.Last year, officials said, two local restaurants fell victim to the scam and were directed to 7News for payment.Detectives said Bryant frequents the following locations:Winn-Dixie Plaza at 1150 NW 54th St.Camillus House at 1603 NW 7th Ave.New Direction Shelter at 3140 NW 76th St.Lotus House at 217 NW 15th St.If you have any information on Bryant’s whereabouts, call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS. Remember, you can always remain anonymous, and you may be eligible for a $1,000 reward. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

Kacey Musgraves Miley Cyrus Maren Morris And More Pay Tribute to Dolly

first_imgNews Email Kacey Musgraves, Miley Cyrus, Maren Morris And More Pay Tribute to Dolly Parton Twitter Stars Honor Dolly Parton At The 2019 GRAMMYs kacey-musgraves-miley-cyrus-maren-morris-and-more-pay-tribute-dolly-parton Facebook The Backwoods Barbie teamed up with a number of singers for a medley of career-spanning songs at the 61st GRAMMY AwardsBonnie StiernbergGRAMMYs Feb 10, 2019 – 6:39 pm The GRAMMY tribute to MusiCares Person Of The Year and all-around legend Dolly Parton was a star-studded affair, featuring performances from the likes of Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry, Little Big Town and more, but the real star of the segment was the Backwoods Barbie herself. NETWORK ERRORCannot Contact ServerRELOAD YOUR SCREEN OR TRY SELECTING A DIFFERENT VIDEO Feb 10, 2019 – 7:28 pm Dolly Parton Medley: GRAMMY Performance Parton stunned with some excellent vocals, kicking things off with Kacey Musgraves and Perry on “Here You Come Again” before duetting with her goddaughter Cyrus on “Jolene.”Cyrus and Parton were joined by Maren Morris for some gorgeous three-part harmony on “After the Gold Rush,” which she recorded with Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris on their classic Trio II album.Little Big Town appeared for new track “Red Shoes” from the Dumplin’ soundtrack before Parton brought it home with a “9 to 5” finale.10 Must-Hear Songs By Dolly PartonFull Winners List: 61st GRAMMY Awardslast_img read more

RMLD SPOTLIGHT RMLD Offers NoCost Home Energy Assessments To Wilmington Residents

first_imgREADING, MA — The Reading Municipal Light Department offers no-cost home energy assessments to residential customers who are interested in implementing energy efficiency and conservation measures. The assessment consists of an evaluation of the home to identify efficiency measures that will help to conserve energy and lower your electric bill. Information about the various residential rebate programs is also provided.To request a Home Energy Assessment, please contact RMLD’s provider, Energy New England, at 888-772-4242.If you are a served by a gas utility that is a Mass Save member (such as National Grid), RMLD recommends that you obtain a home energy assessment through Mass Save because it will evaluate items in your home that are specific to your heating type. Visit Mass Save’s website to schedule an appointment with them.(NOTE: The above announcement is from RMLD.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSAVE THE DATE: RMLD To Hold Family-Friendly Open House On October 10In “Community”RMLD Cuts Ribbon For New Battery Energy Storage SystemIn “Government”RMLD Invites Customers To Attend Free Electric Car Show In Wilmington On September 15In “Community”last_img read more